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Canada Halts Online Tax Returns In Wake of Heartbleed

Jucius Maximus Re:Honest? (50 comments)

This is a good Use Case for why Certificate Patrol can be invaluable. It stores certificates and notifies you when they change, and whether that change would be expected or maybe suspicious.

Because I was running Certificate Patrol, my browser had already saved the previous certificates from the bank websites and was in a position to automatically notifiy me if anything changes. (I've been seeing a lot of Certificate Patrol notifications recently across the web in general, right after this HeartBleed problem came out.)

As for the Canadian Banks, I can say that I saw no Certificate Fingerprint change in TD, RBC and Tangerine. But PC Financial had changed their certificate very recently. I don't use BMO or Scotia so I can't comment on those ones.

about 10 months ago

Internet Downloading Costs To Rise In Canada

Jucius Maximus Root Cause (433 comments)

The root problem here is the monopoly on infrastructure owned by a company that also provides services. For years now, other competitors offered uncapped DSL using Bell's infrastructure, while Bell offered a fraction of the bandwidth for much greater prices (and hassles.) I guess enough people woke up and started switching away from Bell's native service and jumped to other providers. And naturally, Bell uses their governmental friends to kill the competition, instead of, you know, competing and improving their services. BELL CANADA IS THE WORST COMPANY IN ALL OF CANADA. BELIEVE IT.

For much of the most densely populated area of Canada, Bell and Rogers own both the infrastructure and provide services to end users. I don't think that should be permitted. Companies should not be able to perform both functions. This is already what happened in our electricity industry in Ontario, when Ontario Hydro was broken up into separate generation and transmission entities.) Bell continues to use the CRTC, which is an impotent and ineffectual organization that seems to be on the leash of the same politicians that decided their friends at Bell would get a monopoly, to prevent other organizations from laying down wires underground in new residential developments.

This problem would not exist if a real competitive market was in place.

I am continually surprised by the amount of energy that Bell puts in to creative marketing, customer disservice, finding ways of adding hidden fees, and downright screwing people. If they just put a fraction of their efforts into actually improving their services, they would actually be a competitive company. But wait, they aren't interested in fair competition. Bell just wants passive income through forced usage of their monopolistic network.

By the way, it bears repeating again, Bell Canada is THE WORST COMPANY IN ALL OF CANADA. I am seriously not joking. Imagine the incompetence, bureaucracy and arrogance of government incorporated into a business. Add the fact that it's their intent to screw you at every turn and "accidentally" add 48 month contracts onto every deal that to which you've never agreed, and for which they somehow lost the audio recording of that CSR's call. That's Bell. They're like government for much of the Canadian population because you pretty much HAVE TO USE THEM because they own the wires.

*Note for other Canadians: I am fully aware of the other Telus / MTS / and other monopolies outside of Ontario/Quebec.

about 4 years ago

Adobe Goes To Flash 10.1, Forgoes Security Fix For 10

Jucius Maximus Re:Download Links (320 comments)

Thanks, much appreciated.

more than 4 years ago

Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

Jucius Maximus Re:Train Your Hand / Arm Muscles (569 comments)

I never had "fill in the blank" exams at school, and only some of the first or second year stuff was multiple choice. Most everything was mathematics, essay, or other long answer.

more than 4 years ago

Pen Still Mightier Than the Laptop For Notetaking?

Jucius Maximus Train Your Hand / Arm Muscles (569 comments)

Although I graduated some years back, I still advocate the use of pen and paper to students because of final exams. You are going to be sitting in the gymnasiums writing 15 hours of exams in the space of a few days. By hand. On paper.

If you haven't been training up your hand all semester, your arm is going to break down after about 20 minutes because your muscles are not used to manual writing. Good luck being effective on your exams when your wrist is about to fall off.

I experienced this a couple of years out of school when I chose to write the Professional Practice Exam. About 45 minutes into the three hour exam in the freezing cold gym at University of Toronto, I just about gnawed my hand off.

more than 4 years ago

Password Hackers Do Big Business With Ex-Lovers

Jucius Maximus Re:So wait... (197 comments)

"As opposed to a client-based email, where you can simply get it all through the filesystem? Physical access is game-over. So if you have 30min with your ex's machine, that's pretty much game over, if residing in clients."

I've been storing my Thunderbird folders inside a truecrypt container for some time now. It's peace of mind.

more than 5 years ago

AVG Update Breaks iTunes

Jucius Maximus Had This Problem Myself (185 comments)

It does not appear to flag "every" file related to iTunes, it is just the iTunesMiniPlayer.dll.

The workaround is to disable the real-time scanner.

However their latest update had fixed it, and my real-time scanner is running again without problem.

more than 5 years ago

Canada Telecoms Launch Mobile Payment Service

Jucius Maximus Re:Trust issues... (107 comments)

"I'm having trouble thinking of an organization I trust less than Canada's telecoms companies to handle my money." You can say that again! I trust the telecoms even less than the Federal Government, and that's saying a lot!

more than 5 years ago

US Government To Release Electronic Passport

Jucius Maximus Tinfoil Wallet (289 comments)

I did go ahead and line my wallet with aluminium foil. It actually does stop the reception for the wireless chip in my MasterCard.

about 7 years ago


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Goatse as my 'homepage'

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm just writing this to explain why I have the goatse site currently listed as my homepage.

It's because I've been reading slashdot for a good number of years now. I'm approaching 3000 posts. And I find a lot of fun and humour in the community and seeing people react when presented with illogical, untrue or just plain whacky information. Perhaps I'm just becoming jaded.

So I added goatse as my homepage in order to see how people will react. It's funny when people think that this is a troll account because of it. But rest assured that I am not actually the goatse guy.



Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 11 years ago I just went wardriving for the first time today. A Camry plus an iBook plus an Airport card plus iStumbler add up to one great little adventure!

This took place in the residential areas surrounding downtown Toronto Canada, and in the nearby city of Mississauga and I was finding hotspots at a rate of about 5 per minute.

Unsurprising Findings:
About 80% of APs were not encrypted.
About 70% of APs had default ssid settings, typically "Wireless" or "Linksys."
The AP at my own place did not show up since I have the ssid broadcast turned off.
Warchalking is a lost cause when it's raining.
Don't eat and wardrive. Your notebook gets all dirty.

Surprising Findings:

1. People who change the ssid use silly names. For example, "Dr. (name)'s Office" or "110WillowStreet." Yes, I actually saw an address somewhere in Mississauga, near Hurontario and Dundas I believe.

2. It's possible that the Toronto Stock Exchange has a hotspot running. I saw something called "TSENET" when driving near to the TSE. Who knows, it could have been anything.

3. Wardriving is a helluva good time!


w00t! Got A Job!

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 11 years ago I just got the call this afternoon.

After about 2 weeks of unemployment (which I am sure is very small compared to what many other slashdotters are experiencing) I will be starting work on monday for a IT tech / sysadmin type job. This should tide me over until I go back to class in Spetember. (I am a university student.)

[Btw, does anyone reading this know of any place where I could rent in the downtown Toronto area for not that much money? (I'm looking in the ~$450-500 range. I guess it doesn't hurt to ask ;-) ]

Anyway, the pay at this job is pretty low but I'm not complaining. The work seems quite interesting and, with hindsight, I performed pretty badly at some other interviews for high-paying jobs with great technology companies when I originally thought I had performed quite well. I guess I deserved it. Oh well, I am still learning.


One Metamoderation?

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago Has anyone else had a situation where they got some other number of moderations to metamoderate than 10? Just today, it gave me exactly one! I took a screenshot too if you're interested, although this would technically be very easy to fake.


Happy 2000th Post.

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago It's proven. I'm a slashdot addict and I have now racked up 2000 posts. Wow, and I've only been a member for about 28 months, if my count is right.

Basically, I'm writing this journal entry so that the post can be housed without polluting an article and so I can always find it. Sentimental value, I guess. Feel free to ignore it.


Slashdot Damages My Productivity

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago The observations here apply to me, not you. I'm not saying that slashdot damages everyone's productivity. But it damages mine.

Basically over the past year I have noticed that I grades are dropping and I spend tons of time on slashdot reading/posting/etc and having a damn good time. Just look at my number of posts. But dropping grades are bad.

Last summer when I was doing development work for a company, I blocked slashdot on my machine via hosts file and my productivity jumped. Just the inconvenience of having to remove it kept me paying attention to my job.

And look at me now. I have a major paper due tomorrow and I'm writing in my slashdot journal. Damnit, I have to keep myself away from this place!


The Office Part II

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago This could be considered a 'reflection' or a 'follow-up' to my 'The Office' journal entry June. (If you haven't read that one, this journal will be confusing to you. Go read it. It's short ;-)

Today, less that 1 week remains until the end of my work term. The software I developed has gotten some very enthusiastic and positive reasponse from Engineers and managers alike - I did a presentation to the Department Head late last week and it went quite well.

Now, to readers who have been made cynical by long experience with the world of work and programming in particular, please tell me if I learned the right things (as listed below) because, frankly, I'm too young to know.

- Pretty pictures are important. When demonstrating software, having 5% of the GUI done is more meaningful to the manager/non-programmer audience than having 50% of the coding done properly.

- Upper management is uninformed when it comes to computers. They don't know how to recognise policies that cut back on productivity with little or no tangible gain, and frankly they don't want advice or pointers from the people who do know.

- Watch the managers. Managers are managers for a reason. If you are in the lower ranks, you can learn a thing or two from watching how they handle questions in meetings, present information, interact with other people, etc.

- It's better to be a nice person. You're going to have to interact with your co-workers to do your job. It's best to help them out if you know a fix for their problem and make some friends. Some of them know amazing things and are willing to show if you have some initiative. (I found some of the best Dim Sum in Toronto this way!) If the people around you don't like you, then your life will be miserable.

- Appearances matter. Don't go around the office muttering to yourself. Show some pride in your work. Feel free to laugh. Managers and others notice these things and make quiet mental notes about your character. And it's infectious too, and can lead to a better office environment overall.

- Watch your money. You never know when your close family member / friend will ask to temporarily borrow $1000. You know they're trustworthy and will pay you back and you can't easily say no. Don't buy something on impulse and only buy it if you have a good reason and you need that specific item, not the cheaper alternative.


Disappearing story?

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago At about 10:36 AM (GMT-5) today a story about a potential Sub-Notebook and Handheld killer (link: http://www.oqo.com appeared on the front page for about 1 minute and then when I tried to "read more" all I got was "Nothing to see here. Move along." The story vanished.

I wish I had a screen shot.

Does this kind of thing happen often? Was the story pulled because it was fake or something?

I remember that the story said the device stored about 3 movies (no mention of size) or about 1000 mp3s. And it ran Windows XP. Am I hallucinating? I did see this story appear momentarily on the homepage.

Or is this a regular occurence that I have only just found out about?


America != United States of America

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago Some people keep responding to my sig with a certain dictionary quotation:

Main Entry: America
Pronunciation: &-'mer-&-k&
Usage: geographical name
1 either continent (N. America or S. America) of the western hemisphere
2 or the Americas /-k&z/ the lands of the western hemisphere including N., Central, & S. America & the W. Indies

I suspect they got this from an American dictionary.

Think about it...

This the same country that arbitrarily redefines words in 'easier to spell' variations such as aluminium/aluminum, aeroplane/airplane, colour/color, night/nite (OK 'nite' is not ubiquitous in the USA.)

This is from the same country where the RIAA can redefine the meaning of a word in the dictionary for its own purposes.

The New Lexicon Webster's Encyclopaedia Dictionary of the English Language (Canadian Edition of an American Dictionary):

America: the two continents North America and South America, extending from beyond the Arctic Circle to the subantarctic regions and joined by a central isthmus. North America is centred on longitude 100 deg W while South America lies further East centred on longitude 60 deg W. The name is from Americus Vespucius (Amerigo Vespucci). The total land area is over 16,000,000 sq. miles and the estimated total pop. 500,000,000 Linguistically and culturally the Americans are known as Anglo-America (the U.S.A. and Canada) and Latin America (Mexico, Central America, most of the West Indies, and South America)

So essentially, the American dictionary makers are saying that outside of the USA, America != United States of America.


The Office

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago Here I sit at the office in my first big-company office/tech job ever. I am developing software for internal corporate use.

A small message to those who read Dilbert but haven't had a big-company office job: Dogbert and Catbert are right. Cubicles. Office Politics. Real Work. Real Benefits. Real boring. Meetings. Managers. Deadlines. Departments. Yes, you never understand the true ironies shown in the Dilbert world until you live them.


Trends in Metamoderation?

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Has anyone else noticed that the metamoderation page has recently started to serve messages that are obvious trolls/offtopic/crapflood and fewer items that are ontopic and provide new and interesting information? It wasn't always like this. Even three weeks ago there was nary a crapflood or "Malda is gay" post appearing there.

Is this some sort of deliberate experiment? Or is the troll population exploding? Or am I just seeing random conspiracies when none are present?

What's up with this? Am I the only one that is noticing this? And if you see it too, what do you think it means?


Why I Won't Subscribe to Slashdot

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago Here are some reasons why I won't subscribe to slashdot (yet):

- Poor Editorial Quality: They still post stories with spelling / grammar errors.
- Poor Editorial Quality: They say that software is released when it has not reached the mirrors or been officially announced yet, thus slashdotting everything and preventing anyone from getting the software.
- Poor Editorial Quality: They went and posted blatant spoilers to the X-Files plot on the front page without warnings. And when they realised what they had done, the spoiler was not removed.
- Inexplicable Editorial Behaviour: They reject perfectly good stories again and again and then end up posting them weeks later. Mozilla 1.0RC1 has been out for a week and the editors have not posted it even though I submitted it.
- Arrogant Editors: They try to silence people who think differently. Did you ever read the first troll post investigation? The editors eliminated moderator privileges from everyone who modded that post up and kept knocking it down themselves.

This is why I will not give these people my money.


Account still alive...

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago Just for anyone who has nothing better to care about, my account is still alive and I only ended up losing 5 karma overall. The moderators did not attack en masse ... this time. I will have to be more careful in the future.


The Karma Police Will Track Me Down...

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 12 years ago Well I probably deserve this ... I got too arrogant and combined with tiredness/stress (final exams start in a few days) I posted some karma whore fecal matter in Making Your Room Quiet

Expect the Karma Police to Come Get Me Soon.

Just for reference:

Karma 50 (mostly the sum of moderation done to users comments)
User Bio

-2001-Dec-19- You may have seen the 8-Ball link in my sig. Please note that I am not affiliated with the site. I just like it ;-)

Jucius Maximus has posted 623 comments. Below find the most recent 24 comments.

1 Re:Noise cancelling headphones posted on Thursday April 04, @01:04AM (Score:1 Replies: 1)
attached to Making Your Room Quiet
2 Dogs posted on Thursday April 04, @12:38AM (Score:1)
attached to Making Your Room Quiet
3 Re:Noise cancelling headphones posted on Thursday April 04, @12:30AM (Score:1 Replies: 2)
attached to Making Your Room Quiet
4 Re:A-D posted on Wednesday April 03, @10:49PM (Score:1)
attached to Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
5 CowboyNeal, Blood Warrior posted on Wednesday April 03, @10:45PM (Score:1)
attached to Poll: Coolest RPG (Non-computer)
6 Re:Poor kernel hackers posted on Wednesday April 03, @10:29PM (Score:1 Replies: 1)
attached to Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
7 Guaranteed Free Money! posted on Wednesday April 03, @08:38PM (Score:1 Replies: 1)
attached to Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
8 Re:CD-Audio drives posted on Wednesday April 03, @08:23PM (Score:1 Replies: 2)
attached to Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
9 Re:Dearest Michael posted on Wednesday April 03, @08:15PM (Score:-1)
attached to Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
10 What we need here... posted on Wednesday April 03, @08:09PM (Score:2 Replies: 1)
attached to Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
11 The users were warned! posted on Wednesday April 03, @08:02PM (Score:5 Replies: 3)
attached to Sony Intentionally Crashes Customers' Computers
12 Re:Why have a cat if you don't want it around you? posted on Wednesday April 03, @07:43PM (Score:1)
attached to Do Felines Have Instrument Preferences?
13 Good idea posted on Wednesday April 03, @06:06PM (Score:1 Replies: 1)
attached to Should Open Source Software Expire?
14 Cowboyneal posted on Wednesday April 03, @03:54PM (Score:1)
attached to Poll: Best Desktop Environment?
15 Re:Another completely far wing article posted on Wednesday April 03, @12:53PM (Score:1)
attached to Public CD Copying Machine in Australia
16 Lemmie Guess... posted on Tuesday April 02, @11:17PM (Score:1 Replies: 1)
attached to What Should Microsoft's Open Source Strategy Be?
17 Re:Two things: posted on Tuesday April 02, @08:54PM (Score:2 Replies: 1)
attached to Slashback: Blender, Pictures, Servitude
18 Re:Windows 2000 _is_ a good choice. posted on Tuesday April 02, @01:05AM (Score:1 Replies: 1)
attached to Poll: Best Windows Distribution?
19 Re:"with their owners' permission" posted on Tuesday April 02, @01:02AM (Score:1)
attached to Distributed Computing Program Hidden in Kazaa
20 Re:Sounds like outright theft posted on Tuesday April 02, @12:57AM (Score:1 Replies: 1)
attached to Distributed Computing Program Hidden in Kazaa
21 Sounds like outright theft posted on Monday April 01, @11:46PM (Score:3 Replies: 3)
attached to Distributed Computing Program Hidden in Kazaa
22 Re:Windows 2000 _is_ a good choice. posted on Monday April 01, @06:29PM (Score:1 Replies: 2)
attached to Poll: Best Windows Distribution?
23 If JAVA had proper garbage collection... posted on Monday April 01, @03:52PM (Score:2)
attached to CPAN Shifts Focus
24 Reminds me of an old joke... posted on Sunday March 31, @11:17PM (Score:2 Replies: 1)
attached to Best High-Tech Toilet?


w00t! my poll was posted!

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  about 13 years ago

Take a look at this:
Happiest Day Of My Life?

I liked it, so it's up! Thanks.


Program Manager, OSDN Events | http://www.osdn.com
Grant Chair, Linux International. | http://www.li.org
Co-editor, Open Sources | http://www.dibona.com

On Fri, 7 Dec 2001, you wrote:

> Chris:
> Here's a poll suggestion that you might want to consider for Slashdot. I
> hope I haven't missed a 'poll suggestion form' or anything:
> The happiest day of my life:
> - Graduation
> - Marriage
> - First Child
> - First Successful Linux Install
> - Getting Broadband
> - Getting Laid
> - Meeting CowBoyNeal (optional ;-)
> - C.M.
> aka "Jucius Maximus" user #229128 on slashdot
> ps: I'm a linux user because of slashdot. Thanks collectively to the site's crew.


Why am I here?

Jucius Maximus Jucius Maximus writes  |  more than 13 years ago It's 01:42 in the morning and I should be studying for my Differential Equations exam which starts in less than 7 hours. And I'm here writing on slashdot. /me is bad.

At least it's my last exam of the semester and then I'll be off until after Christmas! Hurray!

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