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    PAX AUS 2019

    My AirBnB is booked and paid for. Hell yea. Anybody else from the AtomiSphere going to be there? Mini m33t?
  2. Prompted by some tweets by @hawkeye I went looking for some of the awesome cover photos from at0mic's past. Bois.... We found em. https://www.10wallpaper.com/list/Australian_computer_gamers_magazine_Atomic_MPC_hardware_wallpaper.html The newer batch anyway, including the one I was specifically after: Enjoy, fam.
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    The rate at which we could complete S@H WU's was a bragging right among my old LAN party friends. We had a team, and the top spots on that leaderboard were as hotly contested as any shooter game you care to name. I'm talking 2001-2004. https://setiathome.berkeley.edu/team_display.php?teamid=31546 There we are!
  4. I moved to an apartment complex which is yet to receive NBN connectivity. I have the option to take up ADSL2+, but even best case 24/1 is unusable for me, given my Twitch bitrate is 3000-3200kbps. So I had to look at wireless. I've settled on a prepaid data-only plan with OVO, an Optus reseller, at $99/mo for 500GB. Not the best value, but also not the worst. The device I purchased was a Netgear Nighthawk M2 from Telstra, outright and sim-unlocked, at a cost of around $300. It came with 100GB of data on Telstra's network, which has lasted me just over 2 weeks with deliberately frugal use. I was apprehensive at first, but I think the results speak for themselves, and it's only going to get better when 5G comes along. Would I prefer a fixed-line connection? Of course I would, if not just for the quota, but for the lost packets performance and having a real IP address. Can I "make do" with 4G for a few months up to a year? I think so.
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    My Adventures with 4G

    The Nighthawk M2 is a Cat20 device. Up to 2Gbps.
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    Israel Folau and freedom of communication

    If two people want to do something to each other, and they both consent, to whom must they justify their actions? Not me. Certainly not you. And definitely not to some unseen moral arbiter in the sky.
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    Israel Folau and freedom of communication

    Israel's post is both broad and scathing, and your response was "Oh but he's just trying to warn and help people!", as if the buffoon has a shred of good intention in his body. First of all, social media is about generating exactly this kind of hype/hysteria, it doesn't matter whether it's positive or negative, people are talking about him, so he feels relevant, and will receive offers for paid promotion out of it. Secondly, there's an old saying that goes "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar". If Israel genuinely wanted to bring people across to his faith, there is plenty to love about individual church groups that would make a good sell. "Come to church on Sunday, there's music, it's warm and cosy, the people are friendly, and there's a place to sit down!" will convert more people than "BE ONE OF US OR BURN IN HELL". Posts like the one in your OP are NOT designed to warn/help people, they're there to be divisive and create controversy, and at that, Israel has succeeded. I wouldn't want somebody so petty and narcissistic working for me, regardless of the subject matter, and apparently, neither did Israel's employer. Organisation like Australian Rugby Union and the NRL want their players to be positive role models, not doomsayers. It speaks volumes that the ACL is standing behind Israel, rather than distancing themselves. It's not about the good that individual churches do for their communities, it's about trying to be the state sanctioned morality police.
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    Israel Folau and freedom of communication

    The goblin throws a cobbled-together explosive device at the party. The rest of you take .....(rolls dice).... 9 burning damage.
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    PAX AUS 2019

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    My Adventures with 4G

    Download speed, sure. The upload speed of ADSL2+ is only 1Mbps, that's the kicker.
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    Then to now

    Ignore Takoma.
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    I don't consent.
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    My mother died

    I feel for you Chris, my thoughts are with you and your family in your time of mourning. My sincerest sympathies.
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    So seemingly out of nowhere, it became popular to RolePlay on GTAV, using this modding platform called FiveM. I've been getting in to it, and helped produce some quality content. How about you guys? Anybody getting in on it? Also I'd be keen to here thoughts on why this 10 year old game became popular all of a sudden!
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    Whats the worst way you've connected to the interwebs?

    I can honestly say the worst way I've ever connected to the Internet was using the guest WiFi at the Best Western hotel in Hong Kong. My mobile had crappy reception regardless of where in the building I went, and the provided WiFi would just drop my devices randomly. Either the iPhone I had at the time, my MacBook Pro, or my Android tablet, didn't matter, it was just flaky as heck. Obviously my first Internet connection was dialup, it might have even been using a 28.8k modem, but it's not fair to say that's the "worst" because that's all there was at the time. The above experience was in 2015, and I felt it wasn't really acceptable. The WiFi in the McDonald's across the road was better, and free!
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    If you're happy with the performance then I reckon go for it. See if your VPN provider uses CG-NAT, or provides a real public IP to clients. If they use CG-NAT, then it will appear to the outside world that every customer is accessing resources from the one (or a handful) of IPs. If they don't use CG-NAT, then it'll still only appear that somebody in the VPN's datacentre is accessing resources. If the public IPs are recycled, you get your obfuscation that way. If you have concerns about your metadata tying you to a public IP, then make sure it gets refreshed every now and then. That will all depend on your VPN provider's configuration. If you want to get real technical, there are other forensic details inside application traffic that can betray a user (or at least establish that a collection of points belong to the same user), and using a VPN will do nothing to prevent these attacks but make the data harder to find.
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    Fair enough, but won't using the "One VPN for entire network" solution eat in to your ability to switch them around like that?
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    Sorta. It's conceivable that when you disconnect from the VPN service, the IP you had gets recycled the same way a dynamic IP on your ISP's network would. Only the VPN provider could possibly know which customer had which of their IPs at a given point in time. The only reasons I wouldn't use a VPN 24/7 for the entire network are speed, latency, and cost. If you're especially paranoid, you could recycle the VPN connection every 12-24 hours or something to change your public IP, unless the VPN provider assigns you a static one. (Or the VPN provider uses CG-NAT)
  19. i) the vision of Sir Henry Parkes of Australia as an English speaking, predominantly European Christian Commonwealth, as originally described in 1901 when Australia as a nation was founded; Sounds an awful lot like he intends to either coerce/force people to have a certain set of beliefs, or leave. How is that NOT forcing belief? I'm non-religious (you might say atheist), and Leonid is Jewish. We are not welcome in Anning's vision of Australia. A world where Jews aren't welcome, LITERALLY NAZI GERMANY. iii) traditional family values, including recognising marriage as only the union of a man and a woman and the sanctity of human life at all ages, including both the unborn and the elderly; Enforcing with the power of law that same-sex couples have less/no rights, and a specific dogmatic view on unborn foetuses. That isn't freedom of belief. Edit: And if that's not enough, there's also Anning's repeated use of the phrase "final solution" in his infamous speech to parliament.
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    VPN - Is fingerprinting a concern?

    It sounds like there are a lot of gaps in your knowledge here. "Reversing the arrows" when accessing a website through a proxy is, in most instances, not possible. There are fields in the HTTP spec for a proxy to indicate what IP it is requesting on behalf of, but there is absolutely no reason that the proxy server must populate them: $HTTP_proxy_headers = array( 'HTTP_VIA', 'VIA', 'Proxy-Connection', 'HTTP_X_FORWARDED_FOR', 'HTTP_FORWARDED_FOR', 'HTTP_X_FORWARDED', 'HTTP_FORWARDED', 'HTTP_CLIENT_IP', 'HTTP_FORWARDED_FOR_IP', 'X-PROXY-ID', 'MT-PROXY-ID', 'X-TINYPROXY', 'X_FORWARDED_FOR', 'FORWARDED_FOR', 'X_FORWARDED', 'FORWARDED', 'CLIENT-IP', 'CLIENT_IP', 'PROXY-AGENT', 'HTTP_X_CLUSTER_CLIENT_IP', 'FORWARDED_FOR_IP', 'HTTP_PROXY_CONNECTION'); WIthout this information in the header, the remote host cannot know that the page was requested through a proxy. Technically they could operate an IP blacklist of known proxies, but even then, they cannot know from where the request originated. On the topic of VPNs, there's no concept of your application connecting "through" the VPN service. It connects through an available IP interface, of which the VPN virtual interface is one. That interface is connected, for all intents and purposes, PHYSICALLY to the VPN provider's network, as if there was a long-arse Cat5 cable from your PC to them. Not just "basically", but in a very real, practical sense, connections to services ORIGINATE at the VPN provider's datacentre. Only the VPN provider knows what L2TP/PTPP/IPsec/etc connections their clients have to their concentrators, that information is on another very separate layer to the encrypted IP traffic. There are other ways someone could come to know your real public IP, but they're more bedded in sloppy handling of information than design weaknesses. E.g. Off-VPN you might visit a site that sets a cookie containing a session ID, then log on to your VPN and visit that same site, the host now knows that the same person used two IP's consecutively, one has a PTR record revealing an Aussie ISP name, the other is leased by "XYZ Networks" in Country A. Know what I mean?
  21. Sounds good. Oh, except.... Freedom of belief, as long as your beliefs are Fraser Anning's beliefs. So he's a hypocritical Nazi. Right up your alley then, DMB. Thank god he won zero seats in either house.
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    As an abstract concept, sure I think people have "a soul". I think it "persists" after death in the form of a legacy, photographs, memories, etc. Nothing beyond that.
  23. Why am I not surprised that DMB would vote for actual white supremacists, only a language and location away from being literal Nazis.