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Member Since 10 Sep 2008
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In Topic: don't want to make you paranoid, but...

10 July 2018 - 02:58 PM


I was amazed by how cool microfilm was!

Film in general is pretty awesome.

Kodachrome-64 colour slide film is estimated to yield something like 50MP of resolution, and archival microfilm goes well beyond that.



I'd believe that.


We had A4 paper blown up to what must be bilboard size by default (accidentally), and it was clear as anything!

Just, my god!

I haven't seen a SCSI card for years.....


Yeah, it was amazingly cool to see such fast data transfer on such archaic hardware. I'd never have expected it.

In Topic: don't want to make you paranoid, but...

10 July 2018 - 09:24 AM

Oh don't get me wrong, I think there's a net benefit in the system, as long as identifiable data doesn't get turned over to third parties like other government departments, private insurers or employers.  But it's taking AAAAGGGESSSS to get a usable amount of data into the system or a decent amount of providers or patients on board.


A couple of my friends actually made decent money literally just walking around and signing people up to opt in by explaining what it is and what the benefits are.  If they made their quota of 100 paper applications per day they go a bonus.  That was years ago and it's STILL not big enough to be useful.


Yeah but if you've worked government, you'd know security is not the best.


2nd story time, and I swear 100% true.

I was helping someone in the Treasury, lets call her 'Anne'.


Anne was in her 70's, and about 10 years ago she ticked "Save My Password" in the custom Treasury software.

She had denied all PC updates, as she only used ONE application, and this one "had all her passwords on it".

As Windows XP moved away for windows 7 (non-optional) she had to change PC's.


I found her in tears, because she was unable to work; she didn't know any of her logons. (FUCK! This is going to be a drama.)

So I call the Treasury Support line (we were simply contracted to help).


"Hi, My name is MS, I'm here with Anne, and she's forgotten all her passwords. What do you need to reset those? Supervisor request? Photo ID? She's upset and I want to get this sorted for her"

"Hi MS, just hold on for one minute."

....one minute passes...

"Ok, Her passwords are cat, dog, mouse" (not literally, but they were basic non-secure words).

"Neat, thank you, and she'll have to change those?"

"No, those are what they were"



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.

In Topic: BASTARD CHILD Member Since 10 Sep 2008

10 July 2018 - 08:44 AM

While I'm sure he'd love it, I'm not sure the general public would take well to gluing photoshops to his grave, or holding a LAN party in a graveyard.

In Topic: BASTARD CHILD Member Since 10 Sep 2008

09 July 2018 - 04:00 PM

Hard to think all these names i literally grew up with are slowly passing.

I was one of those nerdy no friends type people, and this community was, and is, home.


RIP buddy, I can't say I knew him personally more than anyone else on here, but I'll be damned if it's not sad to see any atomican fall.


We're literally a dying breed.

Stupid caner.


In Topic: Life gallops on

09 July 2018 - 03:55 PM

i remember ya.

welcome back