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What Is Your Favorite Ancient Olympic Game?

doktorjayd trolling (207 comments)

Managed to get my wife to look up the jousting schedule last week.

Got as far as the website before she realised

more than 2 years ago

I reach my workplace, primarily/typically, by:

doktorjayd i'm (566 comments)

guesing when sydney (UTC+10) comes in to work on monday, the boat option will probably spike.

for me though, no pants tuesdays extended back from monday clear through the weekend now i telecommute. w00t

more than 2 years ago

Is Australia's CSIRO a Patent Troll?

doktorjayd Re:Would you call Stanford University a patent tro (175 comments)

that means only exploring stuff that boring suits think might generate a bottom line.

even worse, it means exploring stuff that suits think will generate the highest amount, leaving us with an intellectual monoculture.

i understand the csiro has already re-invested into further wireless research as a result of this, but i also hope they're able to spread it around the organisation, even some pie-in-the-sky stuff ( the original wifi patent came about as a result of some radiotelescope research... hows that for pie in the sky? :) )

more than 2 years ago

Is Australia's CSIRO a Patent Troll?

doktorjayd Re:umm (175 comments)

Perhaps government agencies should leave "business" to businesses.

Perhaps business lobbies should leave "government" to governments.

pun aside, the csiro is a research organisation, funded by the commonwealth, and providing a return on the investment through patenting the outcomes of its research. another former public asset was the commonweath serum laboratory ( CSL ), which was sold at a price some years ago, and no longer returns its profits to the previous owner ( the australian government ).

we've been down this path with telcos, water authorities and power distributors ( privatisation ), and as far as i can tell, the only upside is if you land a senior management or board level gig with the new owners. certainly not the consumers, let alone the lower level employees who are thinned out before sale, then outsourced as soon as the public outcry over privatisation settles down.

i for one am all for government businesses, as these tend to be much more long-term result focused ( though short electoral cycles and the penchant for the right to strip and sell the assets do get in the way), which leads to steady training and employment through higher education in these fields.

universities in australia are largely publicly funded, and although there has been a push by some recent governments to make such institutions profitable in the short term, applying the long term lens to education is key to economic development for both public and private business.

why then do you think its bad for governments to be running institutions that can return on the investments they make?


more than 2 years ago

I believe humanity will first achieve ...

doktorjayd Re:Of course... (637 comments)

I would be more concerned that even if teleportation worked, we'd be talking about a COPY.

and there i was thinking about the patent trolling

more than 2 years ago

Mandatory Brake-Override Proposed For All Cars

doktorjayd dont cars already have this (911 comments)

.. just slip it into neutral - for manual or automatic transmission, then gradually apply the park brake.

on those rare occasions something like this comes up up the news, i cant help but think a) bullshit, and b) neutral, dipshit!

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Is There a War Against Small Mail Servers?

doktorjayd Re:Give up! The era of doing it yourself has passe (459 comments)

why is this modded -1?

its the first and only sensible response in the whole thread!

got a smallish business? google apps for the domain will be free

really, you pay a fraction of the cost of running your own mail / calendar / collaboration services with the additional benefit of them also handling the spam filtering for you.

i too ran my own smtp/imap servers for years, but have switched and will never look back!

more than 3 years ago

Australian Telstra Monopoly Dead

doktorjayd Re:NBN waste of money (100 comments)

No money goes back to the regions

ha. 'the city', and by that we generally mean sydney and melbourne, have been propping up 'the country' for generations with tax dollars from manufacturing and tertiary services ( and the like )

and now, with the voracious chinese economy booming to provide a viable market for all that red dirt, the bleating about 'contribution' comes up.

more than 4 years ago

Hole In Linux Kernel Provides Root Rights

doktorjayd Re:Why is there anything 32 bit on a 64 bit server (274 comments)

correcting my own presumptions,

seems java 5 was the first 64 bit sun distribution for linux.

takes a while to get there, but you can still click round the oracle java sites and find the binaries..



for the impatient

still, java 5 released sept 29 2004, so i guess i'm stretching to remember installs from 6 years ago

more than 4 years ago

Hole In Linux Kernel Provides Root Rights

doktorjayd Re:Why is there anything 32 bit on a 64 bit server (274 comments)

Sun Java and Adobe Flash have lacked 64 bit support


sun has had 64 bit binaries for linux as long as i can remember, at least since 1.4.x, and i'd take a loose bet they had 1.3.x 64 bit packages too. ( any earlier and you'd be stretching to find a 64 bit intel/amd linux distro...)

the java runtime itself has been natively 64 bits for a long time.

you _may_ be getting confused with the horrendous java applet plugin for _browsers_ which i think has only recently been part of the distributed java bundles.

more than 4 years ago

Hole In Linux Kernel Provides Root Rights

doktorjayd Re:But...but... (274 comments)

They do regression testing.

and yet vista was released...


more than 4 years ago

The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

doktorjayd alas.. (715 comments)

'twas the user

more than 4 years ago

Aussie National Broadband Network Will Be Gigabit

doktorjayd Re:Sex Party (258 comments)

Victorians: Vote [61] Stephen Conroy

please - consider that the internet filter shenanigans has been an elaborate charade to woo that nufty 'family first' senator steven fielding, and as soon as he's gone, labor can drop the charade entirely.

in that regard, if you must vote below the line, reserve the last couple o spots for family first.

( oh, and given there are 60 candidates for the senate in victoria, a 61 for anyone will render your vote null and void...)

more than 4 years ago

Aussie National Broadband Network Will Be Gigabit

doktorjayd Re:That's why you use fiber (258 comments)

Tony Abbott apparently doesn't understand a thing about modern networking

ahh, if it were only modern networking mr. Abbott didnt understand - the reality is that he, like his hero predecessor mr. Howard, and his predecessor's hero mr. Menzies, simply dont understand a world past about 1955.


more than 4 years ago

Coping With 1 Million SSH Authentication Failures?

doktorjayd contrack module ipt_recent (497 comments)

works quite well for me


its been around for years, and has kept my ssh service nice and available for almost as long.

basically, keeps a contrack record for tcp new attempts on the configured port(s), with threshholds for how many attempts before being temporarily blacklisted, then a timeout for how long before they can go again.

fail2ban and denyhosts fee way to high up in the stack for my liking

more than 4 years ago

Lines of computer code written in my life:

doktorjayd Re:No kidding (395 comments)

try sloccount for a more accurate account.


( most distros will have it in the package repos )

i myself think i'd be up near a million in just 10 yrs - java and unit/integration/functional tests make for fairly high line counts, even though most of the code written is not the main game itself.

a more interesting poll might be how many lines of code deleted or obsoleted, and to that i'd like to think about 25 % of what i've written gets refactored over time...

about 5 years ago

Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

doktorjayd missing option (708 comments)

i checked 'generic action movies in space', but really would have liked 'generic soap opera in space' as an option.

the day i realised star trek voyager was just that, was pretty much when i gave em all away!

more than 5 years ago

The Most Useless Key On My Keyboard Is...

doktorjayd dvorak (939 comments)

once worked with a guy who insisted on dvorak... and would set up shortcut switching to change on every pc he went near.

so he comes & works with you on a problem, fast switching back and forth the dvorak... then up and leaves..

without changing back!

all the keys are useless!

( and no, yelling out the dvorak key combo as you walk away to tell me how to change back isnt any help neither ).

more than 5 years ago


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