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Microsoft Certifications For High School Credits In Australia

mcbridematt Re:Cisco does it to. (126 comments)

I think the Cisco stuff, as I did it, is portable enough. At the time Cisco released a new revision of the course which had two different editions: 'Discovery' (hands on -presumably not so portable) and 'Exploration' (theory based - following on from the previous version).

The theory based course covers the fundamentals of networking (at the small enterprise and ISP level at least) very well - quite a bit of the stuff in the curriculum appeared again in the telecommunications subjects I've done at University.

about a year ago

Microsoft Certifications For High School Credits In Australia

mcbridematt Cisco does it to. (126 comments)

I was able to do the CCNA program as a unit for my high school certificate (VCE) here in Victoria, Australia. It was delivered through Cisco's Network Academy - to get the credit you had to pass the tests on netacad, but you still needed to sit the formal certification exams afterwards if you wanted the actual CCNA certification.

about a year ago

Aussie Researchers Crack Transport Crypto, Get Free Rides

mcbridematt Re:Killing anonymity (88 comments)

More likely it is the Brisbane GoCard or Perth SmartRider - which use the horribly insecure MiFare Classic, which was compromised some years ago and there are 'off the shelf' exploits.

The operator of the Brisbane system even tried to play down the significance of the MiFare Classic exploit when it was known before launch.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Smart Meter Data Shared Far and Wide

mcbridematt Re:Shocked (172 comments)

The ones in my area (here in Victoria,Australia) are frequency hopping in the 900MHz unlicensed use band (never has been used for GSM900 here). Jamming one channel won't kill anyones supply. Apparently each meter has an IPv6 based connection as well.

more than 2 years ago

Asus Delivers Speed Boost With USB Attached SCSI Protocol

mcbridematt Re:This will never catch on if... (93 comments)

It isn't proprietary - it is part of the USB3 spec, but hardware that actually supports it appears to have been missing, until now. There has been a Linux driver for a while now, and TFA says Windows 8 will implement it too.

more than 2 years ago

UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference

mcbridematt Re:what are you talking about? (94 comments)

The APAC 700MHz is a straight forward split in half, 45MHz each up and down with a some separation in the middle.

The US has two major 700MHz bands which are presently incompatible, CPE-wise with each other, yet alone other frequency plans for the "700MHz" block.

more than 2 years ago

UK Government To Offer Free TV Filters For 4G Interference

mcbridematt Re:Could? (94 comments)

because those frequencies are allocated to terrestrial TV in Australia.

It is actually because Australia will be using the (more sensible) 'digital dividend' plan with the rest of the Asia region once we finally turn off digital TV, not the US layout which was carved up according to political and profit motives. I don't think there are any interference issues. Maybe the UK regulator is tight on available bandwidth in the European 800MHz band.

more than 2 years ago

DNSChanger Shut-Down Means Internet Blackout Coming For Hundreds of Thousands

mcbridematt Interesting statistics (264 comments)

DNSChanger infections by AS

Top infected ISPs:

  • Comcast / AS7922 - 10211 unique IPs
  • BSNL (India) / AS9829 - 13818 unique IPs
  • France Telecom / AS3215 - 5075 unique IPs


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Hobbyist-Ready LCD Touch Panel For Embedded Projects?

mcbridematt Look on eBay (142 comments)

Search eBay - I bought a 3.2" LCD with touchscreen like this one (~$25) and I'm currently working on driving it with an ARM Cortex-M3 controller.

The downside is that these ones are generally designed to interface with 8051 or 68000-type micros, hence they only expose the 16-bit parallel bus on the LCD controller. Not as optimal, but the displays are quite cheap.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?

mcbridematt Linux box + tcpdump (338 comments)

tpcdump -i $OUTGOING_INTERFACE -w $HOME/capture_file -s 65000

Then tell everyone who he is monitoring to use a VPN.

more than 2 years ago

Who's Pirating Game of Thrones, and Why?

mcbridematt Re:A week? (1004 comments)

Hardly the only reason.

If you live in Australia, you would already pirate everything else anyway - the commercial TV networks are terrible - poor HD content, editing programs to fit more ads in, US content shown when convenient for them etc.

And subscription television was a flop here well before BitTorrent existed.

more than 2 years ago

Slashdot Coming Attractions

mcbridematt Re:In all seriousness (410 comments)

On the other hand, the SNR seems to be much better than other venues, both in content and discussions. Which is why I keep coming.

more than 2 years ago

The Story Behind Australia's CSIRO Wi-Fi Claims

mcbridematt Re:Holy Flamebait Batman! (161 comments)

Exactly. The technology in question was adopted for 802.11a and g. The Ars article is flamebait.

more than 2 years ago

Sony's Plan To Tighten Security and Fight Hacktivism

mcbridematt Cheaper strategy (247 comments)

Don't be dicks.

more than 2 years ago

Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

mcbridematt Re:100Mbps with a 200gb cap (217 comments)

There are 1TB plans out in the marketplace, why would you assume that the cap would remain constant?

No doubt someone will come out with a 100Mbps 'unlimited' plan.. of course, the contention ratio would be a very big number.

more than 2 years ago

Australia's Telstra Requires Fibre Customers To Use Copper Telephone

mcbridematt Re:Really a big deal? (217 comments)

All copper lines in the fibre footprint under the Australian NBN rollout are being decommissioned, the only people who will remain are those getting wireless or satellite broadband services, for POTS usage.

Some would argue that Telstra, by keeping the copper lines active until forced to decommission them (as is the deal), makes it easier for a future opposition government to scuttle the fibre rollout.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Ubuntu Lockdown Options?

mcbridematt Easy (387 comments)

Launch the testing app inside a standalone X11 instance - no window manager, just itself.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?

mcbridematt Re:FYI Steve Jobs routinely uses out of spec chann (251 comments)

"For WWDC, this used to be channel 13, which is not licensed for use in the US, but is in Japan."

Does he have special WiFi firmware to go with it?

Channel 13 stops working on my MacBook if any access points with the country code set to 'US' are nearby, even though I'm clearly in Australia (where 13 is allowed).

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Data-Only Phone, Voice Over WiFi?

mcbridematt Re:Not anytime soon (208 comments)

make that under (<) 100ms, usually 60ms at the low end.

more than 3 years ago


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Latest update

mcbridematt mcbridematt writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I've been a little sick recently, but this is what I'm going to post in a new build soon:

  • CSS System rewrite. Now, LexicalUnits are passed onto tags.
  • Some attempts to implement XUL Observers
  • Splash screen

Oh, JTidy might get the axe. It sucks :(


Longhorn 4008

mcbridematt mcbridematt writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I recently installed Longhorn Build 4008 on my lappy, even though I did have both Longhorn 3683 & 4008 on my desktop a few months back.

First, I recommend you look at My wine-devel post

My 3d2001SE marks dropped from 672 to 630. Consider the fact that my Duron 920Mhz Desktop with a GeForce4 Ti gets a 6300.

DirectX 9 games don't seem to work, freezing at startup. Gunmetal froze on my desktop, and 3dMark2003 refused to work on my lappy (it would only get around 10 :) ).


* A lot of references to Windoze XP have been changed to 'Longhorn Professional'. A notable exception is the Help center
* ZoneAlarm completely doesn't work at all, in terms of firewall.
* Now you know if you will get a Blaster message. The RPC service crashes, then issues a shutdown.
* Explorer crashes a lot. Remember, its a .net app
* I've discovered that Explorer and the sidebar are DirectX Apps
* The Intersil Prism Driver can't find its hardware, even though 802.11b still functions.


mcbridematt mcbridematt writes  |  more than 11 years ago

On the Jazilla front, I've added a splash screen and fixed a table layout bug.

On Sunday, I went to the swap meet and snagged:
1) Thermal Grease $4
2) Cold Cathdote $35 (Green)
3) Cooler Master LED Fan $12

I already have a Blue Cold Cathdote and Blue LED fan in my case, so I fitted the Cold Cathdote and the Fan in. With the pre-existing stuff, it makes a good effect.

As for the thermal grease, I used it on my old gf4mx cooler to cool my gf4ti ram chips


mcbridematt mcbridematt writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Well, its the last day of the school holidays. (back to school for me tomorrow, dammit!) I've made significant advances on jazilla's codebase in the past 3 weeks, so lets go over them:

- Switch to XPFE (after modifing XPFE files)
- CSS Support, border: and text-decoration: only for the moment. Yes, align: was started, but it didn't work
- A dozen fixes to do with developing other apps with Jazilla (I found them while making a xul tutorial)
- Hidden easter egg (even though its not easter)
- Style and Span implemented. But DIV is proving to be a pain in the ass. to implemented
- M2 Alpha, XPFE raw --> M2 Beta (current) --> M2 (end of week)
- New developer: Nathan Le. Working on UI, which is fr33ing me to work on the renderer (even though I will work on the UI from time to time. We still need to implement XPCOM and overlays)
- I predict we might break out of Milestone (read: alpha) releases by October/November


The strain of undocumented elements

mcbridematt mcbridematt writes  |  more than 11 years ago

While working to get XPFE working on Jazilla, it looks like the XPFE team (now probably all working on Firebird) don't document their own code good enough.


<tabbrowser> (http://lxr.mozilla.org/seamonkey/source/xpfe/browser/resources/content/navigator.xul#316 ) mapped to <browser> in Jazilla; Lines 305-324 omitted completely in favour of: <browser id="content" src="chrome://jazilla/start.html">. At expense of the sidebar (<splitter> support in Jazilla is pretty crap anyway)

<toolbarbutton> (http://lxr.mozilla.org/seamonkey/source/xpfe/browser/resources/content/navigator.xul#133). Mapped to <button> in Jazilla. The above and this one are hardly documented in the _offical_ XUL programmers reference: http://www.mozilla.org/xpfe/xulref/.

<splitter collapse="left/right"> Not a culprit, as it's documented, but a pain in the ass to implement in Swing.

Use of <menubar> in <hbox>. (http://lxr.mozilla.org/seamonkey/source/xpfe/browser/resources/content/navigator.xul#127).
Also a Pain in the ass. In Jazilla-XPFE it's moved to the top level

And for my critics:
Wait until Jazilla 1.0 and we will see...


The future of Jazilla

mcbridematt mcbridematt writes  |  more than 11 years ago

Reports of hackers starting to hack a new Java port of Mozilla came on the 3rd of April 1998. I noted that IBM largely welcomed this. JavaSoft (almost non-existent these days, Java is pretty much marketed by Sun directly) also welcomed it "It is a great thing that they are doing it," said Tucker. "It seems like it might be a good thing for the industry to get a Java version of the browser.".

Two years later, the Jazilla project stalled, and a year after that, jXUL, (which would also stall, but become the base of a new Jazilla base one year later) was released (see here)

I took over the Jazilla project in August 2002 and moved very quickly by hacking the toolbars to look like Phoenix, and then released M2, which was the last ever release of Jazilla-classic/JavaGator.

A month later, I forked jXUL, had a look at it and then later implemented the browser tag. I had a disk crash, and lost it. So I've just created a new implementation which also has JS bindings (It ain't in CVS yet, Rhino appears to be blocking it from running).

Overall, Once the bulk of Jazilla work is completed, Jazilla should have a simular path to Mozilla (without XPFE being mothballed, hey XPFE rulez), with people using it to create cross platform programs, and having a good browser.

Since Jazilla is obviously coded in Java, Jazilla could be used to port XPFE or if you bloddy well prefer, Firebird to a whole lot of platforms which it doesn't run at the moment, only requiring a J2SE interpreter. Heck, if you search google groups far down enough, Al Sutton questioned weather to port NSPR to Java. It never happened, unfortunately :-(

I end on a bad note. I am the only developer working on the Jazilla project at the moment. Yes, there is a massive list of named on the SF names, but I am not allowed to remove them without appropriate authorisation yet. So if you are interested in a Java port of Mozilla should start hackin'


What to do with proprietary protocols?

mcbridematt mcbridematt writes  |  about 12 years ago I'm thinking of adding a squakbox client module to my VA-Pilot program so then I can add a VA-Pilot-to-FlightGear data bridge. I read the Developers prospectus and guess what?. It had 'proprietary' written all over it. It [the document] required me to sign a agreement not to 'let anything out' if I want to develop something for this protocol. What do you think I should do?

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