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Chinese Hackers Launch Zero-Day Malware At Spiritual Activists, Military Groups

CaptainDefragged Re:Black hole them? (62 comments)

Hang on whilst I grab my flame retardant coat. I guess I should have been more specific and said "Chinese or Russian domains and IP blocks".

about a year and a half ago

Chinese Hackers Launch Zero-Day Malware At Spiritual Activists, Military Groups

CaptainDefragged Re:Black hole them? (62 comments)

Yes, thank you AC, that is what I had in mind. I don't see how managing your own security risks breaks the Internet either. If your home or business doesn't need to access risky countries, then firewall them off. Nothing retarded about that; sounds like common sense to me.

about a year and a half ago

Chinese Hackers Launch Zero-Day Malware At Spiritual Activists, Military Groups

CaptainDefragged Black hole them? (62 comments)

Unless your business has a legitimate need to accept traffic from China or Russia, wouldn't it be possible, perhaps prudent even, to block any traffic to and from those countries?

about a year and a half ago

Tiny Pill Relays Body Temperature of Firefighters In Real-time

CaptainDefragged Re:Speaking as a structural firefighter in the US (67 comments)

In this instance, the study is with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, which means they are mostly fighting bushfires dressed in overall type materials. Whilst they do structural fires too in the rural areas, wildfires are their bread and butter. A good example is today, where it's been 45 to 47 degrees celcius most of the day with less than 20% humidity. Add to that strong, searing hot winds. They are there for hours, days or even weeks in some cases They look something like this: http://images.3aw.com.au/2009/02/09/375630/1fire424-3-424x283.jpg

about 2 years ago

Facebook Won't Take Down Undercover Cop Page In Australia

CaptainDefragged Re:Don't complain about crime then (254 comments)

Yes they are not "undercover" as such but just unmarked or covert cars. The are generally easy to spot unless they are behind you. New South Wales Police are even taking advantage of this with a special batch of 50 highway cars highly marked and extremely visible from the rear, but almost covert from the front. They even have photos of their covert cars on their own Facebook pages. http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.420791607956995.85178.217834118252746&type=3

more than 2 years ago

Australian Malls To Track Shoppers By Their Phones

CaptainDefragged Re:T3000 (236 comments)

The Westfield at Kotara, NSW has paid parking, but you only pay after 3 hours. Less than that is free. On the plus side, they have installed a system to monitor car spaces and each one has a bi-colour light to show free or occupied. It makes it significantly easier to find a space. Westfield has to do something as their business model of increasing the rent each year to drive profit growth has slammed into a brick wall, with retail chains actively closing stores now in response to the massive rents.

more than 3 years ago

US Drone Fleet Hit By Computer Virus

CaptainDefragged Re:iBomb (370 comments)

What do you mean? An African or European iPhone?

more than 3 years ago

White House Proposes "Wealthy Tax"

CaptainDefragged Re:Good for them.... (2115 comments)

I've often thought this would be a great and fair idea. n=20% is probably a good rate too. If you earn a dollar you pay 20 cents tax; if you earn $1million you pay $200,000 tax. No deductions, no offsets. It would put a whole sector of hangers-on out of work, but wouldn't it be great overall. I'd love to see how the actual tax collection figures stack up versus the current system. The claims that it'll deter investment are a nonsense. If there is a dollar to be made, people will be in it.

more than 3 years ago

Nintendo Pulls Dead Or Alive Over Porn Fears In EU

CaptainDefragged Nudity != Porn (350 comments)

I'm quite perplexed as to how these zeolots have managed to get the mainstream populace to go along with "nudity == porn". Now we have a society that is terrified of taking photos of their own children and any photographer even near children is viewed with suspicion. Whilst porn generally involves some nudity, the converse is not the case. Nudity without a sexual context cannot be pornography. There really isn't a paedophile hiding behind every tree waiting to photograph your children and beat off to the pics later.

more than 3 years ago

McAfee's Website Full of Security Holes

CaptainDefragged Good... (114 comments)

...rot in hell McAfee.. after putting up with your crapware TPS at work all day.. f*ck you and f*ck your TPS garbage!

more than 3 years ago

Aussie City Braces For Worst Flood In 118 Years

CaptainDefragged Re:Please Donate (214 comments)

I think you mean Gatton, next door to Grantham. Grafton is in northern NSW. Still doesn't make it any better though :(

about 4 years ago

Dissecting the Neural Circuitry of Fear

CaptainDefragged Re:Yoda says... (123 comments)

fear of her predicted death and not being able to prevent it.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Pays Couple $1.7m For 1 Acre Plot

CaptainDefragged blog spam (215 comments)

Blog spam. Here is the actual story.

more than 4 years ago

Anti-Speed Camera Activist Buys Police Department's Web Domain

CaptainDefragged Re:Bluff City is south of Bristol Motor Speedway (680 comments)

A good test of the purpose for the cameras being installed is this: "Are the cameras clearly sign posted?"
Here in NSW, AU most speed cameras in high traffic areas are clearly sign posted, generally with 3 sets of big, can't miss them warning signs, especially on the motorways. This is about to change a little with our red light cameras being upgraded to digital "safety" cameras that do both speed and red light runners although they are still signposted. We are also about to get the mobile semi covert car based cameras again, but even they used to have to place a sign on the road to warn you.

more than 4 years ago

Designing the Computer UIs In Movies

CaptainDefragged Re:This wouldn't be a problem except... (371 comments)

I nearly feel off my chair when I saw Microsoft Vista on a tv show the other day. I think it was Cougar Town. I'll have to go back and get a screen grab.

about 5 years ago

Congress Mulls Research Into a Vehicle Mileage Tax

CaptainDefragged Re:Government FRAUD? (792 comments)

Why do all these crazy ideas revolve around GPS and the like? What's wrong with a simple solution?

When I visited New Zealand a few years ago, I was surprised by the huge difference in price between petrol and diesel. Turns out, they don't tax the diesel at the pump like petrol, but instead charge you the tax based on your mileage which is obtained by reading the odometer at registration time each year. Yes I know that you can interfere with odometers, but this is already against the law, so has the added bonus of not requiring new laws to enforce.

more than 5 years ago

Comic Artist Detained For Script Containing 9/11 Type Scenarios

CaptainDefragged Re:Proof please. (441 comments)

Seriously, disagree != troll

Just because this person has a personal experience that does not fit the current perception or stereotype of TSA, does not make him or her a troll.

more than 5 years ago

Australia, UK To Test Vehicle Speed-Limiting Devices

CaptainDefragged Evaluation Sheet (859 comments)

As someone who lives in New South Wales, allow me to elaborate on the real issues here.

[ ] many drivers drive too fast
[X] many drivers drive too slow
[X] many drivers tailgate / travel too close
[X] many drivers have poor lane discipline
[X] many drivers can't read the traffic / have no road craft skills
[X] many drivers are incompetent
[ ] many drivers are idiots
[X] many drivers think that their job is to form a rolling roadblock to force everyone else to drive at their speed
[X] many drivers are unlicenced/suspended and unregistered/uninsured
[ ] many drivers are drunk/drug affected
[x] many drivers are too busy playing with radio/cd/GPS/cell phone
[x] many drivers are too busy watching speedo for fear of getting booked by hidden cop/ speed camera
[x] many drivers don't know how to overtake safely
[ ] there aren't enough visible police on patrol
[X] there aren't any visible police on patrol
[x] the speed limit changes every hundred metres
[x] knee jerk responses by politicians

Of course, none of these will be solved by using GPS to restrict car speeds as most people don't speed here anyway.

more than 5 years ago



Mandatory internet filters to protect children

CaptainDefragged CaptainDefragged writes  |  about 7 years ago

CaptainDefragged (939505) writes "Just announced on the Australian ABC News site Senator Conroy says it will be mandatory for all internet service providers to provide clean feeds, or ISP filtering, to houses and schools that are free of pornography and inappropriate material. ... Senator Conroy says anyone wanting uncensored access to the internet will have to opt out of the service, and will work with the industry to ensure the filters do not affect the speed of the internet."
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