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Comment Re:Wi-Fi toothpick (Score 1) 401

> In the far east, particularly Japan, they have big (~0.6m) diffuse lights that put out 5500lm

[citation needed]

I just installed a 3,300 (chinese;-) lumen SMD LED flood light which draws a claimed 50W. I can't measure the light output, suffice to say it's hella bright, but the 50W was pretty close, as measured by my cheapo meter reader.

Not calling bullshit, but pretty impressive they can get another 2,200 lumen for the same wattage, so a link would be good.

Comment Re:One of two things. (Score 1) 365

older developers are one of two things: a wizard or burnt out. I have worked with many older burnt out and useless guys my age. They still have all the knowledge within them, the only thing is they have no spark, no desire to continue to learn or continue to innovate or, sadly, to continue to contribute. I call them the working welfare.

All my interview questions start with:
What's your passion?

The candidate's truthful answer will tell you all you need to know.

I'm also 40, still love to code, but have a family and other passions now (mostly bike riding and trail building) which mean I'm no longer as dedicated and driven as I once was (to code).

10 years ago I would work on my own projects until 2 or 3 in the morning and then head to work to code some more, as well as on weekends. Not any more though, unless it's really needed, and as a result I think I'm healthier and have a far better work-life balance, and I hope in 10 years from now I'm still doing the same thing.

I'm still productive and wouldn't consider myself useless or working welfare. As well as coding, I admin our build server and version control for a team of ~50 with many products. I just built my first domain specific language, and am eager to see if I can add auto-completion to it. Neither do I consider myself a wizard, I just have experience and that helps, if nothing else, to avoid the traps that are easy to fall into when building software.

Hopefully that's a reasonable example of how we don't all fit into the "wizard" or "working welfare" classes.

Comment Re:Is a password reset really appropriate? (Score 1) 104

There is only one salt per account, so of course it is unique per account. But that is probably not what you meant.

No, it is exactly what I meant. How do you know the salt is unique? Did you write the code? It's easier to use the same salt for every account rather than making it unique, since it can be hard-coded and doesn't need to be persisted with the hash.

See here for a more thorough explanation.

But don't worry. Salts are designed such that they don't need to be kept secret.

Of course, but as I said, if you're using the same salt for all your hashes then it becomes less secure.

Comment Re:Is a password reset really appropriate? (Score 1) 104

With the passwords being salted and hashed, they are not easy to brute force. This means for any user who has chosen a reasonably strong password in the first place, a leak of the hashed password is not an issue at all. Those users could go on using the same password without being exposed to any additional risk. So why force them to change their strong password to something else?

My guess would be the salt was either not unique per account, or was part of the compromised data. Either way it would make it (somewhat) easier to brute-force.

Comment Re:Wake up call (Score 1) 346

10 years will give him time to wonder if maybe he shouldn't play like some kind of untouchable omnipotent God at a keyboard. I look forward to hearing of more tough sentences in the future.

Compare to the recent settlement where HSBC laundered billions in drug money and no-one will be charged.

What a messed up country; a guy gets 10 years for cracking accounts and posting pictures of boobies, and corporations actively participating on the wrong side of the "war on drugs" get off with a few weeks lost income for the share holders, yet those who facilitated do not get charged. How pissed off would you be being locked up for a few grams of dope and reading about these guys getting no personal penalty for laundering drug money for tonnes of hard drugs!

Comment Re:I can only assume (Score 1) 547

I was one of the 5,000 people who were at the protest march. Did nothing to help of course, nor did the royal commission.

Pond-scum of an (ex-police) lawyer by the name of Eugene McGee, got drunk, was speeding when he killed a cyclist, fled the scene, hid from police, police didn't do their job properly, lawyer did what they do best and he found a way out, and he ends up with a small fine and lose of his driving license.

And people wonder why lawyers and police are held in such low esteem.

Comment Re:Games are an easy political issue (Score 1) 161

Perhaps, but you also lose geek cred for not using ½ or ¼ ;-)

btw, I live in South Australia and yes, this is just cheap political points, I suspect it's because we have a vocal christian community who frown upon violent fun.

As the father of a 6 year old Son, it's my job (and his Mums), not the states, to ensure he plays and watches appropriate games, videos, etc. I appreciate being advised as to the content rating of games, television and movies, but that's all it should be; a recommendation.

Comment Re:This is Australia calling. (Score 1) 217

This could be true, but [citation needed].

FWIW, we were in rim port hell for two years and stuck on dial up because when we moved into our home I didn't get ADSL connected within 3 months (new home, new baby = not much time for geeking out!) so we lost our reserved port (which no-one mentioned to us).

Once things settled down at home I checked the Telstra wholesale ADSL availability reports as soon as they came out, but the only way we managed to get ADSL(1) was when Telstra upgraded our local sub-exchange in the expectation they would win the NBN tender (pre NBN-co days). It was very arrogant of them, as they upgraded a *heap* of hardware (I have a mate who works there), but I'm not complaining...well...we're now stuck on ADSL1 and aren't on the NBN radar for at least 2-3 more years, but anything is better than dialup!

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