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Digia Spinning Off Qt Division Into New Company

sr180 Re:Can't beat the Micro$oft Machine (59 comments)

Confirmed. Much of the Oil and Gas industry software now runs on QT. Except for the old legacy cruft. And there's plenty of that. Here's looking at you Z-map.

about two weeks ago

The Ever So Unlikely Tale of How ARM Came To Rule the World

sr180 Re:Acorn Risc Machine (111 comments)

They did well in Australia. Many private schools had them - mainly for teaching Logo.

about 6 months ago

Microsoft Admits Windows 8.1 Update May Bork Your Mouse, Promises a Fix

sr180 Re:Valid reasons? (326 comments)

My biggest issue, that no-one so far has mentioned? Press start, type in Putty. Hit enter or click on the search tile. Putty starts.
Connect to my machine, no problems.
Want to open another connection? Repeat the process. Nope, the start menu wont open two copies of putty, it simply takes you to the running copy. The fix is to change registry keys... WTF? why isnt there a real option to definite this behaviour?

I only noticed it recently, because the update to 8.1 killed my Classic Start menu install, and I thought I try the Windows Start menu.

about 9 months ago

Backdoor Found In OpenX Ad Platform

sr180 Re:interestingly, has always been open source (43 comments)

Yes - its been exploited to. I admin a site - and we were hit quite hard by this. Im amazed that its taken this long for the exploit to be acknowledged.

1 year,13 days

Apache OpenOffice 4.0 Released With Major New Features

sr180 Re: Play Nice (238 comments)

Unfortunately Not quite true. We've fought the MS bandwagon for many years - standardized on Thunderbird and Open Office - however calendars with Lightning and Caldav have just never worked reliable. It appears to work - however it does not scale to reasonable workloads. It does not take too many calendars with a few entries to start causing pauses and issues in thunderbird.
Further to this, the simple features are just missing. Setting calendar permissions? Ligntning doesnt support it - even though caldav does. Finding available calendars on the server - not supported - even though its supported by almost all Android phones via caldav. Also there are serious issues with invites, issues with resources - no good meeting scheduler. Furthermore - tasks are missing some quite simple features - so much so, that most of my staff found them unusable, and either use another tasking program, or use appointments as tasks instead.

We tried very very very hard to like Thunderbird with Ligntning. Thunderbird and a good IMAP server is excellent (we like cyrus - with multiple servers around the globe) - however the calendars jsut arent up to it.
Office 365 - well, the mail is no where as good as what we had, however, calendaring and tasks work (90% of the time in typical MS fashion.)

1 year,27 days

Australian Air Force's Recruiting Puzzle Shown To Be Unsolvable

sr180 Re: This is why (113 comments)

Its an even bigger issue here known as 457 visas. Even the government knows they are being widely abused however the opposition likes the status quo. Supposedly its only for job types that people are in short supply how ever almost every job you can think of is on the 457 pre approved list.

about a year ago

My cumulative GPA, thus far:

sr180 Re:What GPA is. (441 comments)

Well, since the Adelaide Grand Prix hasnt been around for over 10 years, you'll love to hear about the Clipsal 500 - one of the largest touring car races by patronage in the world.

about a year and a half ago

Windows 8: a 'Christmas Gift For Someone You Hate'

sr180 Re:The start panel isn't such a big deal... (740 comments)

Some of these new metro apps are pretty cool. However, on my 27 inch monitor, the full screen really annoys me. What I wish, is that I could size them, and put them where I want! You could put them in a box, I could drag them around the screen. I dont know, you could call them 'windows' or something.

For my use case, windows 8 is a complete waste of time. The metro interface just gets in the way. In standard form the new start screen is slower and takes more time to use.
2 Common use cases for me:
Windows: Aim to the Start Button Click, slight move to programs, click on program.
Windows 8: Move down to the left corner wait for the start to appear and click. Now move the mouse to the app I want which could be the whole way across my 27 inch screen, and click on program. Or worst case, move to the far right of the screen to scroll the screen across, and then move up to the program to click on it. On my monitor, that can be alot of mouse movement just to run one program.

Windows: Hit start, type calc. Hit enter. Very quick. (unless something cpu heavy is running - may take a while to appear)
Windows 8: Hits start, type calc. hit enter. This is noticeably slower. The search list takes much more time to populate.

Windows 8 without a start screen replacement for me is terrible. Windows 8 with a start screen replacement offers nothing more than windows 7. It feels a little snappier but that's it. Running windows 8 for while now, and I just don't use metro mode at all. As I opened with, If I could window some of the apps, Id possibly use them, but without that, there's no point.

about a year and a half ago

I double check my spam filters ...

sr180 Thanks to Cisco Ironport - relatively never (144 comments)

We use the Cisco Ironport - and have done since before Cisco bought them. Quite good devices - but as posted by someone above - 90% of the work is done by reputation filtering and protocol correctness filtering - which can be done using the normal black holes with relatively no cost. If the spam makes it through both of these, then its probably got a 5% chance of making it through the content filtering. I probably get a couple of false negatives a day - and 0 false positives in the last 3 years..

about a year and a half ago

Support Forums Reveal SCADA Infections

sr180 Re:wtf... (66 comments)

Second level support here. It means the Radiation Beam has been erroneously set to full power.

(Unfortunately if you think this is a joke, google the Therac 25 accident. This should be compulsory study for all programmers and software engineers.)

about 2 years ago

Will Microsoft Dis-Kinect Freeloading TV Viewers?

sr180 Re:Masking tape (478 comments)

That is what happens in Australia - with our ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Four TV channels, numerous radio stations, very good and relatively unbiased news service - no ads. All for approximate 7cents a day per tax payer. (Used to be 12 cents per day - and they proudly proclaimed this - but then their funding was somewhat cut.)

about 2 years ago

Boeing 787 Makes US Debut

sr180 Re:That doesn't really show anything. (317 comments)

Cheapest (full service - Qantas) flight from Adelaide to Melbourne 700kms (Australia): $140 (Meal + Newspaper + 1 free alcoholic drink + minimum 1000 FF points compared to BA's measly 125.)
Cheapest flight from Adelaide to Melbourne: $48.

US has it bad, very bad. Australians don't realise how bad flying is until we leave Australia.

about 2 years ago

PostgreSQL 9.2 Out with Greatly Improved Scalability

sr180 Re:LOL (146 comments)

Note that the two relevant entries that you mention are both spawned from the same product and code base. Originally, MS SQL Server was Sybase SQL server.

about 2 years ago

Mozilla Downshifting Development of Thunderbird E-Mail Client

sr180 Re:All Done? - But for Lightning (378 comments)

Lightning is full of bugs. Its been getting better over the years - but its so far behind Outlook and Exchange. Its a pity, because a little work with this, and it could be a very good Outlook/Exchange replacement. Cyrus-IMap is a better mail server than Exchange in every way, and the remnants of Netscape Calendar (now with Oracle) is a better calendar server in every way - its just the clients suck.

These are some wishes from semi-enterprise...
1. No auto-configuration. Why should users have to configure mail servers - configure it through DNS srv records. (Dont get me started on the current mail configuration - theres plenty of rants here already.) If the srv records are there, it knows all of the account details, just provide a username and password and thunderbird is configured.
2. The text editor is only a minor improvement from the original netscape (and in some ways that was better.) Have a look at MCE editor for ideas on providing a better editor (and its already in javascript for easy porting)
3. Plugin deployment is difficult.

1. No auto-configuration. Using Caldav means adding a horrible url for each calendar you want.
2. No way of administering these calendars. - Delete, rename etc. I can add new ones, by crafting a new url....
3. No adding of modifying permissions on calendars.
4. No listing available calendars from the server. I should simply be able to list my own calendars that are on the server - and list ones available from other users, and resources.
5. Invites are still spotty.
6. Theres very little insight to when it goes wrong. no meaningful error messages - stuff just doesnt work.

Sogo is addressing some of these things, however, this should all be included functionality - core to lightning.

It really highlights some of the issues - calendars are hard, and because its a plugin - its in javascript - and thats damn hard too.
But its annoying, because its so close to being a great enterprise product.

more than 2 years ago

Australian Telco Causes Minor Panic While Preparing Web Filter

sr180 Re:What do you mean!? (105 comments)

No, CDMA was shutdown. It has been replaced by the NextG network - with is simply a GSM/HSPA network operating at 850MHz in the country and also on 2100MHz in the cities. With this it combines the best of range and capacity with the dual frequencies. It really highlights the engineering excellence of the best of Telstra - its easily the best network in Australia, and the others are struggling to keep up. Its a pity that nothing else of Telstra shows similar quality.
It may not quite have the range of the old CDMA network, however its close, and it delivers excellence bandwidth to the areas it does cover. They have also rolled out 4G services through the CBD's and this will get a practical 30Mbs of downloads.

The alternatives? Vodafone/3g is massively over subscribed, however on their way through $1BillionAUD to attempt to fix it. Optus is in a similar position, having caught everyone who fled from Vodafone.

more than 2 years ago

Samba 4 Enters Beta

sr180 Re:Big shoutout to Tridge and the whole Samba team (170 comments)

Solaris will join a domain - and allow decent user mapping. Samba's user mapping honestly just sucks - even when it is joined to a domain. There are options - but they are all 'patented' and expensive. (See Centrify or similar) (How do you patent user/userid mapping?)

more than 2 years ago

Samba 4 Enters Beta

sr180 Re:What about LDAP (170 comments)

Incidentally Ive noticed that 389 Directory server only allows single-values for attributes such as mail... They have probably done it to allow their replication to AD.

more than 2 years ago

Dolby's TrueHD 96K Upsampling To Improve Sound On Blu-Rays

sr180 Re:You cant hear it anyway. (255 comments)

Not true.. There is a good reason, and its reducing your quantisation noise. You will increase your Signal to Noise ration by sampling higher, doing your processing and then filtering back down. In fact, doubling your sampling frequency gives you the equivalent snr increase of more than an extra bit. DSP cycles are dirt cheap in the recording stage, so why not?

more than 2 years ago

Dolby's TrueHD 96K Upsampling To Improve Sound On Blu-Rays

sr180 Re:You cant hear it anyway. (255 comments)

How does a sound engineer get to call themselves an engineer? Im not having a go, Im just asking...

However, for those of you quoting Nyquist, you only have half the answer. One of the side benefits of a higher frequency is lower quantisation noise - and hence a better signal to noise ratio. When you take a sample of sound, you then fit it to 16 bits. Obviously an analogue sound pressure level wont fit perfectly into a 16 bit value - so you have to fit it to the nearest one. The difference then becomes noise - which can generally be approximated as white noise (I know mathematically this is possibly incorrect, but practically its true) with its energy spread over the available frequency. Filter this noise out (which your ears will do for anything above 20-25khz) and you reduce the effective quantisation noise being heard (you have filtered out half of the noise's power) - improving the signal to noise ratio.
This obviously will not work in the case of material already sampled - as the quantisation noise is already there in its sampled form, however, it will have a similar effect for the encoding - if the encoding poduces white noise as part of its process - which (not having researched their encoding thoroughly) is likely.

Will it truely make a difference? I doubt it. TrueHD is already damn good - and the limitations are really going to be in the amplifiers and the speakers, particularly the cheap power supplies modern home amps seems to carry. I'm sure this is really just more about planned obsolescence.

more than 2 years ago

Jars of Irradiated Russian Animals Find a New Purpose

sr180 Re:I wonder... (86 comments)

The Australians and the British simply had their soldiers walking through the falling mushroom clouds of nuclear tests. They then denied that this activity caused cancers later in life and refused to provide compensation or support for it.

more than 2 years ago


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sr180 sr180 writes  |  more than 8 years ago The Brighton Jetty Classic swim is this Sunday. So far it looks like its going to be a major event. Over 700 registrations already, which makes it South Australia's largest open water swim.


sr180 sr180 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Looking for an Open Water Swim to compete in? Try the The Brighton Jetty Classic Open Water Swim. In Feb 2006, at Brighton Beach, Adelaide South Australia.

The inaugural Brighton Jetty Classic Swim is an exciting. new, annual, STATE, sporting, swim event. What's deemed to become a major annual event on the South Australian sporting calendar that will incorporate community groups, particularly those involved in water sports, and will include significant media coverage by 5AA and Channel 7.

The event is planned with a community focus, celebrating sporting community clubs and promoting values of public participation. In otherwords 'A DAY AT THE BEACH' for everyone.

Leading up to the event a proposed come & try open water swim to be held every Saturday in November, December & January at 3pm at Brighton Beach with the benefits of becoming fit & active to participate in the Jetty 400 on the 5th February 2006 (To be published on website in October).

Organizations involved to date include Brighton Surf Club, Surf Life Saving SA, The Surf Boat Rowers of SA, The SA Health Education Centre, Swim SA, Swimming Clubs, Triathlon Clubs, Dragon Boat Pink Ladies "Breast Cancer Awareness" Demonstration Team, Rotary, St John Ambulance Aust. SA Inc. and The City of Holdfast Bay.


sr180 sr180 writes  |  more than 9 years ago Is it just me or has slashdot been lacking in content lately in regard to comments. Every post seems to be flooded with comments of people simply trying to be funny. All the informative posts are very very few and far between.

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