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Comment Mandated forces no fence sitting (Score 1) 1089

I doubt it would work the first time. For just as you describe.

However, the new group of 80% of the population will get to see what happens when the person/team they voted for trashes the office, lies to them, treats them as garbage, etc. The new voters can no longer sit on the fence, as they have always done so, and bitch and complain about politicians and politics. Because now, it is their fault. They voted for them.

So next time, more of them will pay attention to the details that affect them. Hopefully, eventually, they start to think beyond themselves.

Comment Re:OpenShot 2.0 (Score 1) 223

I've been using OpenShot heavily lately. I like it.

It has some bugs but it gets the job done. Surprisingly well. The other big thing going for it is that it is incredibly simple to use.

I started to use Blender but I had to abandon it. It was going to require a significant investment of time to be able to do similar stuff. I just don't have the time at the moment.

Comment Re:News for nerds, stuff that matters... (Score 4, Interesting) 784

It kinda is.

I attribute my total nerdiness to being raised "free range". I was mixing farm chemicals, putting together mechanical graders for fruit classification, architect and building water piping to get water from A to B (trenches go deep when dug by hand), etc. Parents were not around for large periods on time.

Mind you, this was a thousand kilometres from the nearest capital city in Australia. Right out in the bush. Shit was pretty wild there.

I'm a mathematician now. Well, with a good helping of computer science. Did ten years of supercomputing before starting my own tech company.

Yeah, lock those parents up for neglect.

Comment Re:Sounds like multiple failures (Score 2) 119

No. It is a big fucking problem of Amazon that IAM S3 keys can be used outside S3. A BIG FUCKING problem! A major security incident.

They, Amazon, need to sort their shit out. If I have IAM keys that are S3 read only on a certain bucket, then I EXPECT that it is read only on that bucket. If somebody has those keys, then all I want them to do is to read from that bucket. Not start EC2 instances, or change my Route53 records, or anything else.

This is Amazon's fault. No two way about it.

If somebody got the keys via github, then all they should have been able to do was what they were permitted to by those keys. PERIOD!

Comment Re: Again... (Score 1) 278

Exploited routers, pry the handshake where you know keys are being exchanged, collection and brute force. An organisation with the budget, people, knowledge and will can make magic happen.

Article even talks about placing stooges in security and standards groups to subterfuge weaker methods (by weaker, i mean in the first three of the NSA's five level rating).

Comment Re:Algorithms (Score 1) 161


    I'm Australian. So as far as you possibly can get from technology and innovation.

    I can understand the need for a specific language from a technology giant. When you build the hardware platform as complex as these guys probably have, with the type, and volume (in space and time), of data they have from customers hitting various services, it makes sense to have an internal language that understands how the data is stored and when wanting to run queries you want them to be run in an efficient manner. And I'm not talking about efficient as in fast. I'm also talking about the thousands of other people who also want to run queries. I'd want a language that natively understands queuing, scheduling and load balancing so not to disrupt the normal operations. If you don't, you can bring hardware to its knees very quickly.

    I get it. I'd do the same thing. The wrong type of generic programming could potentially be very bad for a company whose job it is to deliver consistent service.

Comment Re:Armistice Day (Score 1) 115

Forgot to mention.

Anzac day is a big deal as well as Remembrance Day. But that is more that we acknowledge how our commonwealth masters dictated us to our mass slaughter on a foreign soil whom we didn't have a particular argument with. My great grandfather got a VC there but plenty other relatives died. We're all still in awe, anger and sad about it.

For what it is worth, I'm still for the Monarchy. Mainly because I don't trust an Australian in the position.

Comment Re:Any effective opposition to this? (Score 1) 182

Whoa ... What have you been smoking?

Not that I think what you are saying is not possible, more that it will take the Australian government (and associated agencies) more coordination, competence and unity to reach such abilities. And I've never been witness to any such of the three stated capabilities.

Comment Re:I'll buy anything from China except food (Score 1) 431

We have a consumer law here in Aus that states that any edible produce sold must display clearly (along with price) where the item was grown, caught, processed, etc. We know where that fish and shrimp were caught.

So, we do see a lot of garlic coming from China (all that treated, bone white stuff), but we can easily see that and what has been grown locally as well so those of us who cook, pick that one. I'm not saying it is perfect, but it is a little bit of power to the consumer. Very stiff penalties for those making false or misleading representations.

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