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Day One With the Brand New Oculus Rift DK2: the Good, the Ugly and the Games

zacherynuk DK2 (48 comments)

Had my notification of shipping last week - hoping will be here soon.

If you have the DK1 and want something new to try with it, and have the $$ - this is the daddy of FPV remote controlled fun - I've been loving it for a good long while now. : http://emrlabs.com/index.php?p...

about a month ago
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Meet LibreOffice Volunteer Robinson Tryon (Video)

zacherynuk I might well be alone here. (26 comments)

But in addition to word-processing, spreadsheets and presentations, my office also requires email.

It's long overdue somebody steps up to this challenge.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

zacherynuk Re:Plumber (509 comments)

PS - Lakeland. You write really well. Nicely.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

zacherynuk Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Aye. Mate. I agree with you on the possibilities. But to quote ICE T : “Shit aint like that!”

That’s coming from a small IT business ~ 1.5m$/yr.

We still have (major global) clients insisting on either fax or paper invoicing. Often the remittance is an amalgamation of several of our invoices and often the reference is ‘theirs’ not ‘ours’

In a truly wired system none of this should be a factor, but right now, right here. It very much is. I find myself knocking on the portcullis of big business daily. It’s. Just. Not. Budging.

I can import my statements directly into my accounting software, I can set regex rules and I could automate the bollocks off the whole thing. The people who pay me do not play ball. Shit, I Still receive cheques for fucks sake.





The machine will need operators for decades to come.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

zacherynuk Re:Plumber (509 comments)

Have you *ANY* idea what you are talking about ?

At this stage computers can replace *some* functions of an accountant - and basically make submitting your accounts to the accountant less painful - but a good accountant works with YOU and with the SYSTEM. Computers / accountancy software simply cannot do that at this stage.

Bookeepers. How the FUCK do you think computers are replacing them ? Are computers opening the post for remittance advice, chasing short payments, chasing overpayments. Are they reconciling the ledger? Are they writing off stock, invoices and lost items ? Are they collating expenses receipts and chasing staff for proofs?

No mate, they aren't.

I hire accountants but I EMPLOY bookkeepers.

about a month ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

zacherynuk Re: And then throw it in a fire (91 comments)

I'd like that ! :)

Sadly I only have a .177 air rifle ...

about a month ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

zacherynuk Please don't leave the UK! (151 comments)

We'll give you SPACESHIPS if you stay! (promise)

about a month ago
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Want To Ensure Your Personal Android Data Is Truly Wiped? Turn On Encryption

zacherynuk Re:And then throw it in a fire (91 comments)

Tell you what mate, good luck with your punch and hammer technique.

I very regularly need to physically destroy hard disks, and depending on the vendor, it's actually rather tough - especially 15K SCSI jobbies which, due to the rotational speed require very sturdy housings.

Couple of weeks ago I had to wreck 3 dozen old worthless drives - even with running water to keep the bit cool, I still went through 4 tungsten bits.

about a month ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

zacherynuk The Problem. (254 comments)

Software cannot currently exist in or directly access Layer 8.

Our governments are addressing this and within the decade 'AV Firms' will once again have full access to all IO and static data within layer 8 of the OSI model.

I have been reliably informed that these measures will reduce crime and increase community compliance and by bringing calm to all who have the Thought Process Modification (TPM) chip installed.

about 4 months ago
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Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec

zacherynuk Re:No explanation for why though? (254 comments)

Great post. No mod points do I'll join in even if OT. There is a fad on cooking everything a little as possible (because that's how it should be done!) Bollocks. You like what you like.

I like my red meat pink in the middle, not bloody with a crisp dark and in places caramelised exterior.

I like my turkey dry, but with plenty of gravy / juices. I like my chicken crisp but juicy

I like things how I like them, I was recently refused a kangaroo steak well done, and even after my instance they served it blue. Who the fuck are they to tell me how I like kangaroo?

I have had similar with game food, in England we don't worry too much about the rabbit summer season, but it's a massive US urban myth (citation?) so even serving local rabbit to dinner guests get a funny look - even though it has been fried and or (often stewed FFS)



Bottom line; don't fucking tell me how I like to eat my meat. I don't care if it's fillet, skirt or shin - cooked properly (in any preference) it's good for you and it tastes great. Just don't try and grill me a shin and tell me it's a sirloin.

about 4 months ago
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Experiment Suggests Monkeys Can Do Basic Math

zacherynuk Re:So monkeys can do basic math, (87 comments)

You guys should really learn how to vote for 'none Of The Above'

about 4 months ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

zacherynuk Re:Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (151 comments)

My thinking was that perhaps they didn't have all the keys they required for current certificates, but now after a bit more... persuasion / data collection they have and so having people renew their certs would mean they have renewed access... Easier to dish out known keys than try and retrieve unknown keys.

about 4 months ago
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Private Keys Stolen Within Hours From Heartbleed OpenSSL Site

zacherynuk Re:Even root CA certificates may be at risk. (151 comments)

YES! That's the whole point of this isn't it?

To get everyone to get new certificates so that NSA and GCHQ (etc) has an easy and seamless MITM



Back of the net.

(sadface)

about 4 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

zacherynuk Re:Bait (136 comments)

Fact is - a good SysAdmin can play well anywhere on the pitch. Typically a 'system' comprises of more than one discipline.

Basic time management, inter-personal skills and some grasp of hygiene are pretty much must-haves.

Knowledge of the tools required to perform your duties and save the planet are a gimme, surely, once you are in that position. I am sure a 'nix admin can't avoid other disciplines the same as a wintel admin can't avoid *nix. Difference perhaps is that a decent multi-disciplines admin won't throw their toys out of the pram when they find out they have to interact with 3rd parties. (personally, physically or programmatically - take your pick)

By definition a system is a "complex whole" and should not, in 2014 be defined by OS...unless you are going to be specific about that OS, in which case you are not a sysadmin you are a *nix admin shirly.

about 4 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

zacherynuk Re:Number 6 Problem (136 comments)

Indeed - not only that, but even if you are really good at keeping docs, an intranet log or similar - it still won't be read, understood or appreciated. Later on, with even the best of everyone's interests at heart the worst thing you could ever say is - "I documented this here, and explained it here and asked for feedback here and you said you read it..." Nothing like a few reference facts and common sense to drive a wedge between admins and users.

about 4 months ago
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Seven Habits of Highly Effective Unix Admins

zacherynuk Bait (136 comments)

For an inter-OS flame war ? (Again)

about 4 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

zacherynuk Re:WOWZA! (240 comments)

Perhaps not. But saying so is like telling a soldier he doesn't need his weapon, or a farmer doesn't need his mechanical equipment.
Supporting the IT requirements dozens of clients in scores of offices could, theoretically, be done with pen and paper and using public phone boxes. But in order to remain competitive we all need to use the technology at hand to it's fullest.

We could meet half way and just carry around separate timetables, laptops, wireless scanners a pagers and a couple of phones like we did circa 2000 - we could hire more people to keep indoors and monitor the systems and we could send dictation tapes back to the office to be typed up via courier. Indeed we could wait until the weekend to update our call systems. But again, sadly, we wouldn't stay in business very long.

I suppose you think that delivery companies waste too much money handing out PDA's (and software) to their drivers? What about the software paramedics carry - is that a waste of money too? - Sure, they don't *need* their mobile devices - but I'm very happy they have them.

about 4 months ago
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How much do you spend yearly on mobile apps?

zacherynuk WOWZA! (240 comments)

This poll has really surprised me!! Absolutely flabbergasted, to be frank.

I never plat games on my mobile, not have bought any recreational software, but I do purchase my email client and a few others

I need my mobile device for everything, Finding the time and platform of the train I need in the morning and half way through a days work to get to another client site, hailing a taxi, scanning wifi networks for strength and channel consumption, scanning networks for open shares, accessing my email accounts and accessing various other things.

I stopped using any apps with adverts in them 3-4 years ago due to power drain and now run cyanogen with suser for data leakage, but my primary apps are still paid for, if if I don't have them loaded on every device.

If the people on /. don't see the worth of buying decent mobile apps - what's the point of them other than to advertise and hijack the masses?

about 4 months ago

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