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Comment Re:Leave. (Score 1) 433

Just to take a quick alternate view on informing the company about the problem.... why?
Why spend more hours giving this info to managers who are currently not prepared to know or understand the current organisation, culture and situation?
Why take this time to guide a company you no longer work for to develop and improve them?
Why help your likely future opposition?
The one positive from doing it is that it is cathartic, you get it out of your head and perhaps you feel like you have accomplished something, but the physical result would be minimal. Harder yet is not being personally critical of those people and situations in the future, so it's something you can learn from, understand and see the signs earlier next time but unless you are there as the business consultant and restructuring 'head hunter' then it's actually not so much your responsibility to fix and even less your place to tell 'all knowing' managers what they are doing wrong.
Don't burn your bridges, just leave with a smile and move on happier elsewhere.

Comment Not a matter of fixing it.. (Score 1) 156

It was already broken before Christmas, I happened to go on their site the day before and even a simple search failed, category pages didn't load in a timely way and things were just visibly bad... As they have been for so long. Months ago we had a click-frenzy promotion, an attempt to have an Australian black-Friday situation and a number of web sites failed in the deluge of visitors, including at that time.. Myer.
This is a systemic problem and as a web tester I have a fair idea what is going on. The system selected and used for e-commerce is slow, the amount of legacy systems it links to and depends on is huge and when under pressure it will fail. It's not a matter of fixing it or simply throwing more technology at it, this will in fact make it worse. They don't penetration test, they are not secure, they are not up to the task of handling decent (and expected) consumer clicks and traffic, they will continue to waste money and prestige going down this path. This is another
Companies such as Myer here in Australia are complaining about their online competition and that they are losing sales to this new opportunity, other companies are making successful inroads into the sales market here because their sites work and provide a solution to consumer demand, the Australian retail and department store logic is to provide an over-priced and costly system that fails, reduce sales and support staff in the stores and then complain to the government that they have no protection against this competition.

Comment Everything is a server... (Score 1) 301

It's not just the running of torrent client/servers it is also all the systems we 'have' to have now.
I have a NAS (Network Access SERVER) for maintaining backups and delivering content to me on demand, it even runs a little security web-cam monitoring system which also... is a server.
I have a PS3, that's a server, I have a Smart TV, that's a server, my printer has a web server, my network interface has a web server.
Home automation: I dont have it, but how do you control these things and turn off your lights when your at work, via the integrated web SERVER!
I would even class some of the Android apps and google glass as a potential SERVER!
Even LED lights now have wifi and integrated web based administration.
I am not a business, I do not need to have a business account just to support the products that every first world home now has and that companies like Google themselves expect you to setup.

Comment it is not in their interest to bankrupt you (Score 1) 347

Just a consideration, but patent trolls normally approach those that are in a position to pay because it is best for them to gain an income and not just kill the cash-cow. This is now an unfortunate path in business, most tech companies will receive a claim and have to defend it and the resulting costs. You will need to talk to an IP lawyer and put forward a reasonable argument. A claim however (I am sure confirmed by a lawyer which I am not) will consider the request from a legal standpoint, is it a registered formal request or just an email that in all fairness may be ignored.

Comment file size is good (Score 1) 440

In my smaller efforts, I do a standard file search in the Windows folder/browser in detail view.. say *.mov or *.mp3 and sort them by file size and it's pretty quick.
Add the folder/view column and you can see their location and identify all the duplicates. This may not work so well for .jpg or .raw where the file sizes are closer but if the file-names are also duplicated this will be quite obvious. Right-click and open destination for more info (what else is in that folder) or Simply select all but one of the files shown and delete , there and then. Done.
Or is this too simple a solution?

Comment Re:Forced Upgrades? (Score 1) 665

For me Firefox was getting to be the slower option. Anytime I tried switching tabs to my Facebook or Google+ page it was slow to respond. Since I redid my system (full reinstall) I now suddenly got the Flash player breaking (which is very well know problem but not experienced by me before a full system/latest software install) so I went to Chrome full time. Much better experience, no memory issues and everything works quickly.

Comment Re:Not buying into Facebook IPO (Score 1) 307

This aint Kansas any more, and Mark, this is not you and a few other developers starting a new site. You have spent a good portion of the funds you have for this, not to say it's a bad purchase and I am sure you can justify it, but I am not going to spend mega bucks on a renovation for my house without discussing it properly with the wife, and nor should you Mark, you have a management board for a reason and your obligated to use them. So no, I wont be raising Facebook investments with my wife.

Comment It aint limewire... (Score 1) 369

Like most of the comments, it's just because people are getting it from elsewhere, places that are not monitored in the same way. Users are smarter now and limewire was too obvious, the youtube rips etc are now unmonitored and uncounted... Easy. Oh and reason B, music has become crap and the reason for downloading it has been diminished, thus sales are still down. Limewire was so 5 years ago...

Comment Re:Correct (Score 1) 665

Yes, in summary there are a number of issue to contend with by doing it and none actually improve the situation for users or admins or the traffic/networks. Since intercepted traffic is not really an issue anyway (in reality with network switches etc) at least at the network level then having twitter etc login on std http is not really a big issue. Your more likely to have your password guessed, trojaned or brute-forced or keylogged than for it being intercepted (like a postcard being read by a postman). You can go to https://facebook/twitter/gmail to login if you want (and further protect your password) but for most web sites displaying public and open content (at least before you get to a checkout) using ssl is a big headache.

Comment Re:It's bad (Score 1) 524

You idiot, public information actually being used is now a threat? ...But guns in the US are a right? Derp! There are at least three apps in iTunes that do this, AR is only one of them yet because it has the AR feature (overlayed on the camera view like Layar etc) it is a perceived problem. Does anybody really think that terrorists with missiles are actually going to use this app for guidance information? Heres is a great example. Melbourne Cricket Ground, AFL Grand Final. Planned and Expected, Qantas A380 fly-over. I live near the Melbourne Airport, yet this shows up, the A380 comes down from Sydney, circles a nearby suburb 4 times for 30 minutes, goes over the MCG arena and leaves. There is no way I could use this information to determine the flight-path or expected location of this plane. I knew more about it from the TV broadcast than what this app could deliver.

Comment Re:Unclean hands (Score 1) 340

This may depend on the country that the crack was produced. It is possible that in certain locations, the crack or cracking/modification of the original items was not in itself illegal. In Australia chipping a game console is quite legal, but obtaining illegal copies is not. In this sense copying a game chip and it's propriety content would be illegal, even if it was re-distributed back into countries where the act itself was illegal. So (and people are skirting around it here, but to state it obviously)... Are Rockstar illegally distributing software produced quite legally? I will add one other scenario, you can claim a legitimate tax deduction for lost profits of illicit income. In that, if your drug money was stolen you can claim a tax deduction because of course, you were paying tax on your income and properly informing the government about this in the first place right?

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