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#1203455 The one that got away

Posted by Kothos on 13 July 2018 - 01:49 PM

All of them.  For some reason I feel sad about everything single one - whether it was an intense long relationship that ended in disaster, or a drunken one night stand.  Whether it was my fault or whether it was her fault.  I want to collect them all before all the bad stuff happened and give each of them the perfect life.


But, I'm just a bozo with no super powers.


On the other hand, I'm happy with where I am too.  If things hadn't worked out the way they did I wouldn't be here where I am now.  So, am I weird for wanting it all, even thought it's mutually exclusive?

#1203454 Where does everybody live these days?

Posted by Kothos on 13 July 2018 - 01:42 PM

Tasmania, but most likely returning to Perth in the near future. I've reconnected with the love of my life after 27 years apart. 


Damn that sounds like a story and a half.

#1203351 don't want to make you paranoid, but...

Posted by Kothos on 10 July 2018 - 06:45 PM


So now we know 3 things.

1. They just gave someones high level access passwords to someone on the phone, who has not proven their identity.

2. They do NOT require any sort of password length or complexity.

3. The passwords are stored in plain text because he was able to read them back to me!!!!


Good god.



That's insane.  I mean I know a lot of support people are just too lazy/bored/untrained to withstand some of the more sophisticated social engineering tactics, but that's just INSANE.


all that stuff WOULD be useful, and even moreso if the medical record in the gp rooms was a standardised interface - which it isn't; swap practice and you may have a whole new system to comprehend - not unlike windoze . mac . linux... not dissimilar, but nothing like "the same"



Come to think of it, it sounds like they should have set interface standards for retail medical record software before they tried to implement the MyHealth system.  Otherwise, what's the point?

#1203324 Life gallops on

Posted by Kothos on 09 July 2018 - 10:07 PM

Hard to forget you when I see you on FB :-p But it's nice to come back to the forums every now and again and see what's what, what?


It's a bit sad though they are so empty.


P.S. Cute bubby!!

#1189041 Does the FCC have power here? NBN?

Posted by Kothos on 22 February 2017 - 11:43 PM

Our version of the FCC is ACMA and since they are a government department, there's Buckley's they'll define broadband in a way that sees another government outfit get sued.

#1180494 This Census

Posted by Kothos on 09 August 2016 - 09:23 PM


You do realise it's the government that can repeal and enact laws, right?


"You do realise" that the government doesn't control the senate right now, and repealing/changing the Census act would be a pretty hard sell to crossbench senators.


You might as well say no laws matter, because the could some day be repealed.



Every law matters while it's in effect.  Data matters forever.  I'm probably going to live another 44 years.  That's more than enough time for a new fuckity government to fuck me around,

#1179924 How caan you tell if an Internet provider has enough backhaul?

Posted by Kothos on 01 August 2016 - 02:29 PM

Try to avoid long term contracts is the best advice I can give as this allows you to jump from RSP to RSP easily. FTTP makes this so easy as you have four UNI-D ports so you can provision a new service on an unused port whilst maintaining the old service on another port. Once the new service is up and running you cancel the old service so no internet down time.


Hah!  Thanks for the advice!  I had just this idea today as well - with the 4 ports on the FTTP connection, I'll just keep two connections paid for for a few months, and trial the new one to see how good it is.


Telstra has helped me by putting me on a month-to-month plan and waived any and all fees in order to encourage me to stay once I move over.  This solves everything!


Thanks aliali and everyone else for the advice on relative ISP quality.

#1165257 MBA qualified?

Posted by Kothos on 18 December 2015 - 04:33 PM

I was wondering about this myself.  Just to progress my career with less effort than otherwise, I was thinking of doing an MBA, a Masters of Project Management or possibly a Masters of Engineering Management.


I didn't think I would learn *that* much as I've already done business, accounting and project management subjects in my under grad degree, I'd already run my own business and I'd already worked on major projects.  Nevertheless, it seemed an easy way to demonstrate I had knowledge and that's pretty much what employers want - something easy.


In the end I opted for a Masters in Teaching, with majors in Maths and Computing, which will qualify me to teach those subjects in high school.  It has numerous areas of theory covering project management, people management, psychology as well as more teaching-specific stuff.  Where a PM degree or MBA wouldn't actually qualify me for anything, this does, so it opens up my options.


Also, I work in the education industry and my company values teaching degrees, which are useful but also just to show off our teaching credentials to our clients.


Also, I'm enjoying it  :-)

#1165252 Worries about loosing your job?

Posted by Kothos on 18 December 2015 - 04:14 PM

I haven't worried about losing my job in at least 15 years.  I was self-employed for one thing, then I had a secure, un-losable job in a university (it's basically impossible to get fired or forcibly downsized in an Australian uni) and then I left to try new things and now I work in the university industry for a large US employer who is expanding into Australia... which the tertiery education industry here can afford to soak up this expansion because our dollar has fallen and our universities are more attractive to foreign students again, so they should have increasing amounts of money.


We just picked up our second client, both very major universities, so I'm still safe.


Up shot is, it doesn't necessarily matter what you do, but it does matter what industry you're in.


Also, what others have said, don't be in debt.  I have no useless debt apart from a home loan, and I have 6 months of expenses in the bank in case I am out of work.  It would take some incredibly bad luck for me to get into strife.


My advice is, if you're worried about losing your job, start looking for another one.  Don't wait until you're desperate, do it now.

#1156017 For the Amiga oldies.

Posted by Kothos on 02 June 2015 - 12:02 PM

If you still mess around with Amigas, or you just wanna indulge in some nostalgia.







#1156016 So based on Facebook Feedback. Life hack ahoy

Posted by Kothos on 02 June 2015 - 11:57 AM

Yes, that's me, pret... wait, the Dooby Brothers broke up?  Damn.

#1155883 Is the Green Room usually this dead?

Posted by Kothos on 30 May 2015 - 11:33 PM

I think the last time I was here, I didn't have kids.


What happens when we all kick the bucket?  Is the forum attracting new members at all?  Or it's just a legacy that will die with the last of us?

#1155868 how crap is this government ?

Posted by Kothos on 30 May 2015 - 10:34 PM

To be fair, everything should have GST on it so as not to create market biases.

#1134707 Roll Call!

Posted by Kothos on 08 August 2014 - 12:54 AM

Jesus Christ check out those results! What loyalty. At the same time this place will be dust and tumbleweeds when all the oldies are dead.