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I blame Captain Splendid

tqft Re:McNulty (8 comments)

Not much.
You are still at fault.
If you are still confused I will think of something

about 3 months ago
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Emory University SCCM Server Accidentally Reformats All Computers Campus-wide

tqft Did the backup and restore work? (564 comments)

Be interesting to know how much actual data was lost

about 5 months ago
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Springsteen fan?

tqft Re:I admire his art (7 comments)

I am not even sure what his politics is like

Seen him once live it was good

about 8 months ago
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Post xmas xmas tree management

tqft Re:I'd like to see... (6 comments)

isn't it obvious? would could have possibly gone wrong

about 9 months ago
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Quiz for you all - who said it

tqft Re:8 out of 10 (20 comments)

This exact comment has already been posted. Try to be more original...

Troll Tuesday a roaring success :)

Hope your turkey flavoured hannukah was enjoyable

about a year ago
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Quiz for you all - who said it

tqft Re:8 out of 10 (20 comments)

Troll Tuesday a roaring success :)

Hope your turkey flavoured hannukah was enjoyable

about a year ago
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Quiz for you all - who said it

tqft Re: 8 out of 10 (20 comments)

she has made public request for a special northern economic zone with lower taxes.
where a lot of her mines do or will operate.
given the complaints by companies about the difficulty of getting labour kack if infrastructure and high cost of everything why does it need supercharging?

about a year ago
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Quiz for you all - who said it

tqft Re:8 out of 10 (20 comments)

But she love tax breaks for corporations.
I think it might be kind of funny if the Chinese try and muscle her operations and our Defence organisations are called on to back her and there is no money in the kitty for it.

about a year ago
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Quiz for you all - who said it

tqft Re:9 out of ten (20 comments)

I tried again using your method got 6/10. Obviously I don't know the difference

about a year ago
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CAPTAIN JUSTICE!

tqft Please send that lawyer to Queensland (2 comments)

See Queensland Vicious Lawlessness Association Disestablishment bill and the associated goodies.
Already been abused.
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/bikers-asked-to-give-police-notice-of-rides-20131031-2wm1l.html
http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/11/01/461024_crime-and-court-news.html
The justiciary is not impressed
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/state-to-appeal-judges-hold-on-bikie-case-20131101-2wrwn.html

Also the special G20 legislation is a world beater.

anonymous (australia) has already taken notice and is definitely looking lulz

about a year ago
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

tqft If I was google &/or bing (277 comments)

I would categorize incoming queries by userid/ip and relate that to a company.

Then see what companies are up to what.

But that would be evil.

about a year ago
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

tqft Re:AltaVista? (277 comments)

it should return a je or 5 seeing as they are crawled these days ;)

about a year ago
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Writing a book is easy

tqft Ummm an editor? (24 comments)

as in a professional?

about a year ago
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19 Minutes Of H8

tqft Murdoch & the IPA (15 comments)

Have a look at the IPA.

I haven't watched it and don't plan to.

Surprisingly enough Murdoch's spiel may not have been the worst at the celebratory dinner from various reports.

about a year and a half ago

Submissions

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50 years of James Bond

tqft tqft writes  |  about 2 years ago

tqft writes "50 classic James Bond scenes
Do we have a count of the number of times Q gear saved Bond, James Bond ?
As I recall no computer was ever inappropriately used in a Bond movie, normally they were just shot or blown up as we are all tempted to do."

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Less DRM more explodey goodness

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tqft writes ""MOMENTUM BOOKS, Pan Macmillan Australia’s digital-only imprint, today announced that by early August all its titles would be released without DRM."

Ignore the JB fella, unless you like thinky explosions."

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User Journal Quantum Random Numbers

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 2 years ago

tqft writes "What the world needs is more truly random sources of numbers. Here are some more:

" We do this by splitting a beam of light into two beams and then measuring the power in each beam. Because light is quantised, the light intensity in each beam fluctuates about the mean. Those fluctuations, due ultimately to the quantum vacuum, can be converted into a source of random numbers. Every number is randomly generated in real time and cannot be predicted beforehand. So if you need some really random numbers, use the link below!"

http://photonics.anu.edu.au/qoptics/Research/qrng.php

http://150.203.48.55/Matrix.php"

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Ultra-capacitors in use in airships

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 3 years ago

tqft writes "http://www.spacewar.com/reports/HALE_D_Demonstrated_During_Abbreviated_Flight_999.html
"The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin launched the first-of-its kind High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator this morning, demonstrating a number of key technologies critical to development of unmanned airships."

http://cryptogon.com/?p=23937
"Now, pay close attention to what Joe Myers, Harrison County Sheriff, says in this video starting at 1 minute 37 seconds:

        You know it’s top secret through the military, but the batteries was a big thing.[sic] T"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdSeyR6H7zs&feature=player_embedded"

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The truth is out there? ha ha

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tqft writes ""One Ministry of Defence (MoD) note refers to a 1999 letter stating that a Royal Air Force plane returning from a mission in Europe during World War II was "approached by a metallic UFO". The unidentified author of the letter says his grandfather attended a wartime meeting between Mr Churchill and US General Dwight D Eisenhower during which the two expressed concern over the incident and "decided to keep it secret". " The highlights of the August 2010 releases http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/aug-2010-highlights-guide.pdf [pdf warning]"
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I am a bastard but not an uber-nerd

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 4 years ago

tqft (619476) writes "Have been reading journals but not really keeping up — the /. front page could have announced an alien invasion and I wouldn't know. So I am bastard now asking for help. Am looking for a new monitor to replace the getting old 17in CRT. Am also buying some reading glasses (they are being made and I will have them in a week or so). Do I need a DVI port in the monitor? Current graphics (onboard Intel 945 chipset) has no DVI output, but graphics card will be next purchase. Is DVI useful/the future? Am looking at this one http://www.mymuch.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=52_55&products_id=4595 $259 24in (61cm) with VGA, DVI and HDMI port. Just a monitor. and this one — bigger (and more expensive) http://u.lasoo.com.au/Offer/rank-arena-full-high-definition-lcd-tv-with-built-in-hd-tuner/10722 $500 a 25.6in (64cm) with HDMI and VGA port. a HD TV with ports. Both are 1900x1080, 1080p. The amount of crappy monitors out there is amazing — and dodgy salespeople who wouldn't know full hd spec from VGA. But I am not an uber-nerd — got the latest Star Trek movie on DVD which includes the model Enterprise for Xmas. Am going to open the package watch the movie and put the mdoel up in the study. PS: I still suck at guitar, a bit less because I have been practicing, but more importantly I now suck loud. PPS: it appears the answer to one of Tom H's puzzle sites is not landlord.com or stupidpeople.com which are the two I have tried."
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Philip Jose Farmer - RIP

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tqft writes ""February 25th:

Philip José Farmer passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning.

He will be missed greatly by his wife Bette, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and countless fans around the world.

January 26, 1918 — February 25, 2009. R.I.P. ""

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Sonic firewall suckage

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tqft writes "Email filtering working?

http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=5419
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Sonicwall License Manager Failure
Published: 2008-12-02,
Last Updated: 2008-12-02 21:16:21 UTC
by Deborah Hale (Version: 2)
0 comment(s) Details are still sketchy as to the cause of a failure overnight of the Sonicwall License Manager Server. We are receiving reports from Sonicwall users that the server "reset" (meaning invalidated) the licenses on all of their email security products. The customers are reporting that this is causing them to be unable to login to their own systems. It is reported that the support calls are not being answered and are going straight to voicemail.

It appears that Sonic Wall users received an email overnight indicating that the Email Security licenses have been reset and says that the filtering will not be working. The email recommended that the customer contact Tech Support (which could be why the calls are going straight to voicemail). One of our readers who is also a Sonic Wall customer sent us this information from correspondence with Sonic Wall : "The issue is on our backend server who stores the registrations, some ES appliances got licences resetted. The exact cause is still being analized with high priority. In those cases entering the mysonicwall credentials or uploading file solve the issue. Kind Regards Ivan" ...
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Oh dear. All paid up subscribers to. Maybe it would have been better if you hadn't paid and then you may have got left of the deactivation list.

No access to your own system is bad."
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Elsevier journal fraud?

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tqft writes "John Baez former moderator sci.physics.research takes Elsevier to task
http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2008/11/the_case_of_m_s_el_naschie.html#more
"But here's where things get interesting: this journal also lists 322 papers with El Naschie as an author! "

Chaos, Solitons and Fractals
El Naschie is editor in chief of the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. This journal is published by Elsevier, one of the biggest players in the science publishing business.

and has some questions
"This case raises plenty of other questions:

Why did Elsevier let El Naschie become the editor in chief of this journal?
Who is El Naschie? What's his connection with getCited? ...
Why is he also an editor for International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation, and why does this journal flaunt its high 'impact factor'?
""
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Eee pc source code - now available here & now

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 5 years ago

tqft writes "Would you like source with that?

http://eeepc.asus.com/us/news11272007.htm
"ASUSTek is committed to meet the requirements of the GNU General Public License

The open source code for EeePC is available here. To download the source code of all open source software packages that are included in the product, follow the steps listed below."

http://support.asus.com/download/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

Coming soon:
"Asus is also pleased to announce the upcoming release of the Eee PC SDK""
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Jimmy Wales - Prophet, sellout or slavemaster?

tqft tqft writes  |  about 6 years ago

tqft writes ""Wikipedia isn't about human potential, whatever Wales says"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/25/wikipedia.internet
Proselytisation of the cult of Wikipedia has reached new heights. Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, has joined a speaker's agency (amusingly, he's advertised just above Karl Rove). Note that he keeps all fees, which can exceed $50,000 (£27,000), maintaining that such engagements "are inviting me in my personal capacity"
http://bit.ly/seth8
A recent article
http://bit.ly/seth14
in Trader Monthly Magazine provides a particularly blunt business analysis, one that contrasts strikingly with the evangelist glurge often found in press articles. It describes Wales's previous failed entrepreneurial ventures, leading to "... his effort to take the success — and, indeed, the underlying philosophy — of Wikipedia, and commercialise the hell out of it". "

More available here:
http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/

Would wikipedia be better of without him?"

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NYSE bad at math

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tqft writes "Looks like someone borked the stress test
http://www.technologyreview.com/Wire/20347/page1/
"At its worst levels of the day, the Dow was down 546 points, or 4.3 percent. It ended the day down 416.02, or 3.29 percent, at 12,216.24.

Part of the Dow's drop turned out to be not a decline, but a miscalculation. According to Dow Jones' account to Congress, high volume that day"

"The documents are letters explaining what happened on Feb. 27, 2007, that were requested by members of the House Financial Services Committee. Copies of the letters, which have not been publicly released, were provided to the AP by Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio."

Gotta love the system, can't even screw you over without getting it wrong.

I wonder what the trading would have looked like with the real numbers?
"describes a backlog of more than 500,000 undelivered messages carrying trades and other information from the trading floor. The order flow system, called Superdot, could handle only 17,000 messages per second at the time."

"Asked by members of Congress whether the Feb. 27, 2007, problems caused any damage to investors, Dow Jones, now a division of News Corp., described the Dow industrials as a ''news item created by the editors of the Wall Street Journal'' and not a listed security. Dow Jones also said it received no complaints from licensees of its indexes."

Oh sorry my mistake. No damage done — no problem."

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Asutralian Copyright Review Closes soon

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tqft writes "http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/22/2144069.htm
"The [Australian] Federal Government is seeking submissions on a review released today into photo and film copying law.

Attorney-General Robert McClelland says the review is a part of the Government's commitment to open and public consultation in achieving fair and effective copyright law."

Closing Date for Submissions is 29 February 2008
http://www.ag.gov.au/www/agd/agd.nsf/Page/Copyright_IssuesandReviews_Copyingphotosandfilmsforprivateuse
"The Government is reviewing the operation of two new copyright exceptions that permit 'format shifting'. These exceptions are sections 47J and 110AA of the Copyright Act 1968 which permit photographs and cinematograph films to be reproduced in a different format for private use, subject to certain conditions."
The issues paper is available at the AG's link above (.doc or .pdf format).
From the issues paper:
Issue 5: Should section 110AA be changed to permit additional copying
"(a) Under what additional circumstances should section 110AA
permit a copy to be made of a cinematograph film for private
and domestic use?
(b) What are the kinds and sources of films that are likely to be
reproduced under any proposed changes?
(c) To what extent are films likely to be reproduced under any
proposed changes subject to TPMs (such as anti-copy
measures) to block unlicensed copying?"

Whinge now or forever hold your peace."
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Polls

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tqft writes "Slashdot polls should be replaced after
1) 50,000 votes
2) 60,000 votes
3) 70,000 votes
4) after CowboyNeal votes"
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What MS Engineers are working on right now

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tqft writes "Original source as best I can find
http://searchsecurity.techtarget.com.au/topics/article.asp?DocID=6100986
"security researcher Beau Butler showed us how Microsoft's completely half-arsed fix of a known issue — problems with Windows Proxy Autodiscovery — could be used by the more evil among us to seize control of vast numbers of workstation"
"You'll be hearing more on this, but in the mean time it would make sense to configure a wpad server in your organisation to stop Microsoft's silly software from seeking proxy configuration files from evil hackers outside your organisation."

http://business.theage.com.au/flaw-leaves-microsoft-looking-like-a-turkey/20071123-1cfu.html
"The software giant confirmed the issue was serious and asked The Age not to publish the details over fears they could be used by cyber criminals to seize control of workstations.

Microsoft's engineers in Australia and the US scrambled to replicate and confirm the issue, with the security team working over this week's Thanksgiving holiday to begin work on a fix."

"The problem affects all versions of Windows, including the company's most recent release, Vista software. However, it does not affect every Windows computer, Mr Stathakopoulos said. It depends on how it is configured.

Mr Butler said he tried to alert Microsoft to the problem by email before going public with his research. "I didn't get any reply — I assumed they were aware of the issue," he said.""
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Censorship

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 6 years ago

tqft writes "What should be censored first?
1) GWB
2) government disinformation
3) real news (we don't want to know how bad it is)
4) Cowboy Neal"

Journals

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I blame Captain Splendid

tqft tqft writes  |  about 3 months ago

Just popped in to give the above some well deserved

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Springsteen fan?

tqft tqft writes  |  about 8 months ago

Bruce apparently played Born In the USA tonight.
wish I could have been there.

http://www.setlist.fm/setlist/bruce-springsteen/2014/aami-park-melbourne-australia-43c57f87.html#

3h30min

might try and find a bootleg site tomorrow

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Protip #374

tqft tqft writes  |  about 8 months ago

Before wiping your laptop after backing up your /home remember /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and possibly modprobe.conf

The filesystem was getting flaky and dropped out while I was using it. Paved the linux partitions and now resinstalling.
Next up wifi with broadcom.
re above: Missed the soundcard setup. Done now.

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Post xmas xmas tree management

tqft tqft writes  |  about 9 months ago

You know you want to
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymp3ZyHjC68

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Quiz for you all - who said it

tqft tqft writes  |  about a year ago

Courtesy of the Guardian - Ayn Rand or Gina Rinehart
http://www.theguardian.com/business/quiz/2013/nov/25/ayn-rand-gina-rinehart
10 questions one page
I got 5/10 but I didn't try hard

If you don't know about Gina - here is a sample
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-05/rinehart-says-aussie-workers-overpaid-unproductive/4243866

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News that matters

tqft tqft writes  |  about a year ago

With latest Debian sid 3.9 kernel, tv card works if I manually modprobe cx88-dvb.

I will be offline for a considerable period possibly weeks soon while I get temporarily and until I have stuff sorted out. Internet will be way down the list of stuff.

Move is because I am waiting on a formal offer of employment in a faraway city by myself for crap pay. But it is employment..

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Arise, Sir Baldrick

tqft tqft writes  |  about a year ago

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/queens-birthday-honours-arise-sir-baldrick--tony-robinson-knighted-just-a-cbe-for-blackadder-8659793.html
"As Baldrick once said: âoeItâ(TM)s all right, Blackadder, you donâ(TM)t have to curtsy or anything.â Tony Robinson, the diminutive actor, presenter and political activist who rose to fame in the 1980s as the put-upon manservant in the Blackadder series, is now Sir Tony."

We are well through the looking glass and down the rabbit hole.

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Welcome back me & watch out for debian upgrade

tqft tqft writes  |  about a year ago

Was here looking for last years posts on getting a tv card working so thought I would say Hi.
Hi.
So running debian sid I just did an update/upgrade to the 3.8 kernel and a bunch of other stuff.
xfce a bit busted.
grub changed some stuff around which was not expected but fixable.
And as alluded to above tv card not working. Not sure why. Boot into 3.2 kernel - working. Boot stock or custom 3.8 no.

Also with the install of the 3.8 kernel, the 3.8 source code doesn't come with the header files even if you have the 3.2 headers installed. Maybe that is why I have no dvb modules. About to reboot and see if the latest kernel compile with headers works.

Update: rebooted and almost
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 5.905783] cx88/2: cx2388x MPEG-TS Driver Manager version 0.0.9 loaded
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 5.906683] cx88[0]: subsystem: 00ac:0400, board: DViCO FusionHDTV DVB-T PRO [card=64,insmod option], frontend(s): 1
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 5.906684] cx88[0]: TV tuner type 71, Radio tuner type -1
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.086895] cx2388x alsa driver version 0.0.9 loaded
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.087136] cx88/0: cx2388x v4l2 driver version 0.0.9 loaded
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.556278] tuner 9-0061: Tuner -1 found with type(s) Radio TV.
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.769787] xc2028 9-0061: creating new instance
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.769789] xc2028 9-0061: type set to XCeive xc2028/xc3028 tuner
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.769791] cx88[0]: Asking xc2028/3028 to load firmware xc3028-v27.fw
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.771530] cx88[0]/2: cx2388x 8802 Driver Manager
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.771560] cx88[0]/2: found at 0000:03:00.2, rev: 5, irq: 16, latency: 248, mmio: 0xf4000000
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.771652] cx88[0]/1: CX88x/0: ALSA support for cx2388x boards
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.772044] cx88[0]/0: found at 0000:03:00.0, rev: 5, irq: 16, latency: 248, mmio: 0xf6000000
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.772258] cx88[0]/0: registered device video1 [v4l2]
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.772324] cx88[0]/0: registered device vbi0
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.811124] cx88/2: cx2388x dvb driver version 0.0.9 loaded
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.811128] cx88/2: registering cx8802 driver, type: dvb access: shared
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.811131] cx88[0]/2: subsystem: 00ac:0400, board: DViCO FusionHDTV DVB-T PRO [card=64]
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.811132] cx88[0]/2: cx2388x based DVB/ATSC card
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.811133] cx8802_alloc_frontends() allocating 1 frontend(s)
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.826605] i2c i2c-9: sendbytes: NAK bailout.
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.826665] zl10353_read_register: readreg error (reg=127, ret==-5)
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 6.835128] xc2028 9-0061: Loading 80 firmware images from xc3028-v27.fw, type: xc2028 firmware, ver 2.7
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 7.172301] cx88[0]/2: dvb frontend not attached. Can't attach xc3028
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 7.172359] cx88[0]/2: dvb_register failed (err = -22)
Jun 2 15:58:50 tqft kernel: [ 7.172400] cx88[0]/2: cx8802 probe failed, err = -22

And an update to the update
  sudo modprobe cx88-dvb
gets tv card working. Why it isn't automatically I don't know. Maybe I should remove the modprobe.conf entry and let the big L handle it.

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An update of sorts

tqft tqft writes  |  about a year and a half ago

My plan to read he's by whitelisting appears to work.
attached screenshot:
http://imgur.com/kMY4MIi

Am I missing much that anyone knows of?

Still unemployed. Best feedback about possible jobs are a long way from here

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Oops Prisoner X your mistake

tqft tqft writes  |  about a year and a half ago

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/prisoner-x-arrested-over-leaks-to-asio-20130218-2enke.html
Appears our secret service can't keep a secret
"Suspected Australian-Israeli spy Ben Zygier is believed to have been arrested by his employer on suspicions he had informed Australia's domestic intelligence agency of his work for Mossad, reports say.

The ABC says it understands Mr Zygier met Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) officers while visiting Australia, where he revealed details about several Mossad missions including a secret operation in Italy."

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Israel Prisoner X?

tqft tqft writes  |  about a year and a half ago

I had never heard of this anyone got any info?
http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/content/2013/s3686243.htm
"There would be one more blip of information that would sneak out. Prisoner X - held in a video-monitored, regularly checked, suicide proof cell - had killed himself.

Who was Prisoner X and what had he done to end up secretly jailed in a high-tech cell and locked down under a nationwide media ban?

Now, for the first time, some answers."

So anyway I will be recording the program in case anyone cares and can't access it themselves.

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Tired of the same old insults?

tqft tqft writes  |  about 2 years ago

PJK - Paul Keating former prime minister of Australia quite gifted with words, is a master of insults. So anyway even though PJK is still with this, someone has ripped his style into iOS app so you can call the gum on your shoe better for your gait than a senator.
---------------
https://twitter.com/dannolan/status/281244363797958659
@dannolan
Shut up and give me your money the PJK Insults generator is AVAILABLE! https://itunes.apple.com/app/paul-keating-insult-generator/id585515482?mt=8 â¦
---------------
If you ask an Android version you may well find out what it can generate.

PS: I am about a month behind reading journal entries. I have lost 2 weeks. Too busy applying for jobs.

PPS: the world is getting uglier
Greece
http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/17/us-greece-media-idUSBRE8BG0CF20121217

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/15/us-greece-taxation-idUSBRE8BE0C320121215?feedType=RSS&feedName=businessNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=56943

HSBC
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/13/why-the-us-didnt-prosecute-hsbc/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=60132

"Gongloffâ(TM)s take is pretty mainstream: the NYT editorial page said that the decision is âoea dark day for the rule of lawâ, adding that âoeclearly, the government has bought into the notion that too big to fail is too big to jailâ."
If you laundered money for a drug cartel, your assets, possibly your family assets would be seized and sold. Why is HSBC so special?

LIBOR [if you don't know what LIBOR is read up on it so youare prepared when the SHTF]
http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2012/12/19/ubss-lies/

"
" If you keep 6s [i.e. the six month JPY LIBOR rate] unchanged today ⦠I will fucking do one humongous deal with you ⦠Like a 50,000 buck deal, whatever ⦠I need you to keep it as low as possible ⦠if you do that â¦. Iâ(TM)ll pay you, you know, 50,000 dollars, 100,000 dollars⦠whatever you want."

A 50,000 buck deal here does not mean a $50,000 deal: it means a $50 billion deal. If the broker on such a deal siphons off a fee of 0.0001%, thatâ(TM)s $50,000 right there."

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A Monopoly on Monopoly

tqft tqft writes  |  about 2 years ago

Apparently being a patent asshole isn't a new thing at all, nor twisting an innovative product to mercantile uses.

www.harpers.org/blog/2012/10/monopoly-is-theft/?single=1&src=longreads

The gameâ(TM)s true origins, however, go unmentioned in the official literature. Three decades before Darrowâ(TM)s patent, in 1903, a Maryland actress named Lizzie Magie created a proto-Monopoly as a tool for teaching the philosophy of Henry George, a nineteenth-century writer who had popularized the notion that no single person could claim to âoeownâ land. In his book Progress and Poverty (1879), George called private land ownership an âoeerroneous and destructive principleâ and argued that land should be held in common, with members of society acting collectively as âoethe general landlord.â

"The players could, however, vote to do something not officially allowed in Monopoly: cooperate. Under this alternative rule set, they would pay land rent not to a propertyâ(TM)s title holder but into a common potâ"the rent effectively socialized so that, as Magie later wrote, âoeProsperity is achieved.â

For close to thirty years after Magie fashioned her first board on an old piece of pressed wood, The Landlordâ(TM)s Game was played in various forms and under different namesâ"âoeMonopoly,â âoeFinance,â âoeAuction.â It was especially popular among Quaker communities in Atlantic City and Philadelphia, as well as among economics professors and university students whoâ(TM)d taken an interest in socialism. Shared freely as an invention in the public domain, as much a part of the cultural commons as chess or checkers, The Landlordâ(TM)s Game was, in effect, the property of anyone who learned how to play it."

PS: I no longer have any idea on how to make a link work in a je entry
PPS: I am about 2 weeks behind in reading je's that aren't spam

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David Brin How Democrats and Republicans Wage War

tqft tqft writes  |  about 2 years ago

http://davidbrin.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/how-democrats-and-republicans-wage-war.html
"Offered one day preceding the final Presidential debate, on foreign policy, in order to give you all some badly-needed perspective on the most important foreign policy matter of all... when and how to fight.

Last year finally saw the end of America's second-longest war. Dragging on a decade, that was the multi-trillion dollar quagmire of attrition and so-called "nation-building" in Iraq.

Our longest war, the continuing multi-trillion dollar, "nation-building" quagmire in Afghanistan, continues on and on"

I haven't finished reading it.

Undoubtedly many people may have differences of opinion on this.

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Almost

tqft tqft writes  |  about 2 years ago

Got a submission accepted and almost got first post on it.

Unemployment sucks btw.

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Revealed: US flew spy drone missions from Australia

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Perhaps from the "No shit Sherlock dept".
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-09-03/revealed-us-flew-drone-missions-from-australia/4236306
'The United States flew highly classified Global Hawk spy drone missions from the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh in South Australia from late 2001 until at least 2006.

The operations were detected by a group of Adelaide aviation historians who had a member monitoring aircraft radio frequencies 20 hours a day. ...
While the Australian public and the South Australian Government were left in the dark, there were no restrictions on the international media.

In February 2006, an American journalist from industry publication Aviation Week and Space Technology was given access to report on a single Global Hawk reconnaissance mission from RAAF Edinburgh to southern Japan and back again. ...
Mr Aid says the US and Australia share much of the highly sensitive signals intelligence gathered by assets such as Global Hawk.

"Australia is a member of the so-called Five Eyes intelligence club that also includes the US, the United Kingdom, Canada and New Zealand," he said. ...
"The reality is that the Global Hawk system has proven not to be less expensive to operate than the U2," General Norton Schwartz said in January. ...
Tomorrow night on ABC1, Foreign Correspondent sounds the alarm on the swarms of private and government drones gathering in American skies and surely bound for the rest of the world.

Some of the drones have live streaming cameras and the ability to carry other payloads, and tens of thousands of them are expected to take to the sky.

But who's at the controls? Potentially anybody."

Will be checking if this item actually gets to air. Then iView :)

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Breaking news - digital multimedia rights holder gets a clue

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 2 years ago

http://blogs.abc.net.au/abc_tv/2012/08/the-doctor-to-premiere-on-iview.html
" ABC TV is thrilled to announce that in true time-lord style, the first episode of Season 7 of Doctor Who, "Asylum of the Daleks", will now premiere on iview Sunday, 2 September from 5.10am EST immediately after its UK launch on 1 September.

The new series of Doctor Who, including "Asylum of the Daleks", then starts on ABC1 the following Saturday, 8 September at 7.30pm EST, and is also repeated on ABC2 from Tuesday, 11 September at 9.30pm EST"

This may not help those not in the UK or in Australia.
That's the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Our government funded channel.
Allowing access to the new series before it airs over the airwaves.

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Some things for you

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Yes I have been mostly absent. This may continue. Actually flicking thru the je's in a feed reader (the only way to deal with the je spam) and occasional front page story.

Autism Spectrum Disorder - presented for reference. I haven't watched this yet, if you can't access it and need to watch it, let me know & I will snaffle a copy.
http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2012/08/23/3574441.htm#backgrounder
'Four Corners presents "The Autism Enigma". Filmed in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada the program looks at a controversial theory examining the possible links between harmful bacteria in a child's gut and ASD."

Monday Music Duel
I am enjoying this series of blog posts
http://www.girlclumsy.com/2012/08/monday-music-duel-10-ashes-to-ashes.html
Faith No More vs Bowie

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I can hope this isn't just an election strategy

tqft tqft writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Wayne Swan Deputy PM and currently acting leader while Julia is on holidays, continues his attack on what he sees as looming inequality and social distortion. How far would he get in USA arguing for higher taxes and more spending on the disadvantaged?
Sorry to criticise the USA but I think your politics and economy is pretty screwed up and I don't see how you are going to get out of it.
Of course given the governments current polling it could just be a Hail Mary pass, but they have been acting like they care (goodle Australia NDIS)

http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4167638.html

"Or from My Hometown on the Born in the USA album:

        Now main street's whitewashed windows and vacant stores

        Seems like there ain't nobody wants to come down here no more

        They're closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks

        Foreman says these jobs are going boys and they ain't coming back to

        Your hometownâ¦

And how about this, from the song Badlands on the Darkness on the Edge of Town album:

        Poor man wanna be rich

        Rich man wanna be king

        And a king ain't satisfied

        Till he rules everything.

When I listened again to that song recently it struck me that Springsteen could have been talking expressly about a few people that I've written about lately. Since my controversial essay was published in The Monthly in March I've been asked often whether I now regret having criticised some of Australia's wealthiest and most outspoken mining tycoons.

My answer is simple: no, I don't regret a word of it. Not for a second. In fact, my only regret is not going in hard enough, because every criticism I made has been played out almost to the letter on our national stage.

You will recall my original charge: that the rising influence of vested interests is threatening Australia's egalitarian social contract. I argued that a handful of powerful people not only think they have the right to a disproportionate share of the nation's economic success, they think they have the right to manipulate our democracy and our national conversation to gain an even bigger slice of the pie."

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