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How the World's First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

GumphMaster Re:Except... (112 comments)

Colossus was built to deal with the higher value, lower volume and more difficult Lorenz SZ40/42 electronic teletype machine ciphers known as "Tunny".

12 hours ago
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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

GumphMaster Re:LOL (393 comments)

Late 1980s: I used magnetic core memory attached to the AQS-901 acoustic processing system once fitted to Royal Australian Air Force P3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft. Also had the joy of paper tape and magnetic tape.

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Australia Rebooting Search For MH370

GumphMaster More information (92 comments)

A current bathymetric survey progress map is here. The earlier underwater search area was around the Zenith Plateau region. Elsewhere on that site are routine updates, although they are getting less frequent of late.

about 4 months ago
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New Zealand Spy Agency To Vet Network Builds, Provider Staff

GumphMaster Re:What I can't understand is... (92 comments)

They told the US where they could put their nuclear powered and/or armed vessels in 1984 and have stuck to it. That's is NZ's one bout of teenage rebellion. Now they have "grown up."

about 6 months ago
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Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

GumphMaster Re:Ghostery (219 comments)

I also listen via my ISP's mirror of the Double J stream. Unfortunately that stream does not carry useful metadata (song titles etc.) that VLC can pick up so when I occasionally want those I need the web site. I will not lose sleep over the loss of the site though.

about 7 months ago
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Help EFF Test a New Tool To Stop Creepy Online Tracking

GumphMaster Re:Ghostery (219 comments)

A radio station I listen to recently rebranded. Their "improved" web site does not deliver content without the WebTrends tracking code being allowed through NoScript/Ghostery. I seems to do do some magic callback foo to achieve this. This behaviour seems to rapidly expanding on the site; I found a page today that required NetCensus tracking as well. Curiously I get more content if I block JS altogether (although not fully functional). http://doublej.net.au/

about 7 months ago
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Lessig Launches a Super PAC To End All Super PACs

GumphMaster Re:Cause an Elected Dictatorship ? (465 comments)

The UK/ca/AU/nz Prime Ministers are effectively elected dictators

Bwah ha ha ha ha! You clearly have not been paying attention to Australian politics since 2007. The "dictator" was toppled several times by revolt from within and ended up running a minority Government until the election in Sep 2013. A "dictator" dependent on the support of minor parties to govern is hardly the description of one with unrestricted control. The current "dictator" is having trouble quelling the open discontent from within his own coalition in several policy areas and cannot get important policy initiatives through the parliament. Unfettered power? I don't think so.

about 7 months ago
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Oklahoma Botched an Execution With Untested Lethal Injection Drugs

GumphMaster Re:Why is this so difficult? (1198 comments)

Your vet will typically use high dose pentobarbital or sodium thiopental in euthanasia of cats and dogs. Pentobarbital is the drug that the Danish manufacturer is withholding from the US penal system because they use it in executions. Sodium thiopental is no longer manufactured in the US and cannot legally be exported from the EU for use in executions.

about 7 months ago
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Decommissioning Nuclear Plants Costing Far More Than Expected

GumphMaster Why should we find this surprising? (288 comments)

'The Yankee Nuclear Power Station in Rowe, Massachusetts, took 15 years to decommission—or five times longer than was needed to build it.

Of course it takes longer to decommission than to build. When it was built all the materials were essentially safe, non-toxic materials where handling is easy, well-understood, and well supported by standard systems, factories and the like. When it is torn down much of the material is unsafe or toxic to some degree, some is extremely unsafe and toxic, and all of it must be dealt with in situ using systems that are not commonly used elsewhere. Handling toxic material safely takes more time than handling safe materials. The extended time leads naturally to extended cost. As wise people have observed, time is money.

about 7 months ago
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Australian Exploration Company Believes It May Have Found MH370 Wreckage

GumphMaster Re:What is this, the tenth time? (293 comments)

Of all the things this country could (should) be ashamed of you chose that? +10 Imagination Failure

about 7 months ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

GumphMaster Re:Don't take the job (108 comments)

Please do not fly commercially, you clearly will not respect the authority of the pilots or the safety that zero blood alcohol/drug levels add to (http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/120.109). Don't consume anything that is mined in my part of the world, most (all) mining companies have zero tolerance for drink/drugs and random testing for same... even for office staff.

about 7 months ago
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52 Million Photos In FBI's Face Recognition Database By Next Year

GumphMaster Re:Why is this a surprise? (108 comments)

Not to mention access to the biometrics and photo in every US passport, images of every individual crossing the immigration line at an airport, and a fingerprint or prints for every non-US citizen crossing the line. That's all without trying too hard.

about 7 months ago
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OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

GumphMaster Re:Ted Unangst's article (304 comments)

My favourite bit: "There are probably many ways to shave this yak; here’s one." I always love a new (to me) take on classic clichés.

It strikes me that, even if you accept a need for internal memory management like this, you would expect the security sensitive software to assume that every freed block of memory contained something sensitive and zero it immediately. Had it been doing that this bug would also have appeared many moons ago.

about 7 months ago
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Rover Curiosity Discovers Australia-Shaped Rock On Mars

GumphMaster Re:I'm trying (99 comments)

Or perhaps you are looking from a point to the northeast of a mirror reversed far north Queensland coast. The large notch is the Gulf of Carpentaria with Cape York Peninsula to the right, Arnhem Land/Northern Territory to its left, and the Kimberley coast trailing off around the back. As usual, Tasmania has just been dropped. It is as much Australia as the face on Mars is facial.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

GumphMaster Re:A patch closer to usability, few more to go (294 comments)

You could just install PuTTY with the provided Windows installer and save yourself the irritation.

about 8 months ago
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Windows 8.1 Update Released, With Improvements For Non-Touch Hardware

GumphMaster Re:It's a start (294 comments)

You are not alone. Patching the bits on a magnetic program load tapes using a combo of front panel switch banks and 50baud teletype is within my experience also (for AQS-901 systems circa 1990).

about 8 months ago

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Hollywood studios lose Australia download case

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 2 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "A case that has been around a few years is reaching the end of the line in the Australian High Court (highest court in the land). The ABC is reporting, "The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT) was appealing against a Federal Court ruling in February last year that internet service provider iiNet was not liable for users' copyright infringements."

AFACT is a Australian front for most of the large multinational movie industry players. Earlier court rulings confirmed the ISP position that they are not responsible for alleged copyright infringement by their customers as AFACT was claiming."

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Samsung vs. Apple Tit-for-tat Down Under

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "In the latest edition of the Apple vs. Samsung patent stupidity the ABC is reporting that Samsung has filed in Australian and Japanese courts seeking an injunction to halt sales of the iPhone 4S for alleged 3G patent violations. It remains to be seen whether Samsung has any better luck with the retaliatory strike in Australian and Japanese courts than it did with courts in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, I expect that Samsung will fail partly because of overseas precedent, but mostly because their patents are sane, technical and narrow in scope (unlike the patent a rectangle nature of the opposition).

If this stupidity ever stops then millions of dollars, euro, or Won that are being spent on lawyers might actually go into the innovation that patents are meant to promote. Who knows where that might lead?"

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Aussie ISP Wins Appeal Against Media Company Group

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 3 years ago

GumphMaster writes "A large group of movie studios and media companies headed by Village Roadshow has lost its appeal against an Australian Federal Court judgement involving internet service provider iiNet. The appeal was against a year old ruling that essentially declared it impossible to hold iiNet, and by extension ISPs in general, responsible for their user's actions.

The original claims not only sought to hold iiNet responsible for what its users did but also contended that iiNet actively encouraging, and itself breaching, copyright by running web caches and the like. The courts so far have fallen on the side of common sense. No doubt this is off to the High Court of Australia. No doubt also, that the continued action will not stop a single unauthorised download."

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BSkyB wants to take the 'Sky' out of Skype

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "From the " We've forgotten that the product is more important the the 'brand' " dept. via the Australian ABC:

"British satellite broadcaster BSkyB has confirmed it is locked in a dispute with Skype about the internet phone company's use of the "Sky" part of its name.

"The five-year battle only came to light when Skype filed documents this week ahead of a proposed $US100 million flotation on New York's NASDAQ stock exchange.

"The statement released for the initial public offering (IPO) revealed that Skype is contesting a number of challenges from BSkyB over the use of the word "Sky" in its brand name and logo."

BSkyB is badgering a potential future competitor based on the assumption that the world cannot tell "Skype" apart from "BSkyB". I suspect this recognition difficulty only exists in the minds of Murdoch Yes-men. The rest of us could tell these apart even if Skype did expand into television services."

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Australia: Sen. Stephen Conroy Stays

GumphMaster GumphMaster writes  |  more than 4 years ago

GumphMaster (772693) writes "Senator Stephen Conroy has been left as Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy in the new Australian Prime Minister's reshuffle of jobs. From reaction on the ABC web site (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/28/2938876.htm) this seems to be a fairly unpopular move. Even those that assess Conroy's performance in getting the National Broadband Network (NBN) proposal running as "effective and capable" (http://www.zdnet.com.au/how-gillard-can-save-the-comms-ministry-339304076.htm) call him embarrassing. I guess we need to wait for the election and hope the people of Victoria give him a nudge.

In other news, the global laughter continues uncensored."

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