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Rybags

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    Just shy of a month ...

    When the magazine changed hands it was decided to charge to be able to use the Green Room - either pay direct or enter the Green Code which was included in each magazine (gave access for a month?) As a Hero at the time I think I got free access - in those days probably less than 50 people would have had the freebie. Turned out to not be popular and attendence dropped somewhat for a while.
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    The Atomic era concludes and we were magnificent

    Don't know why, but that's how I read it until 3/4 through the sentence.
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    The Atomic era concludes and we were magnificent

    We had the last big move with the new forum "barely seeded". If a new one started with look/feel but no content, it wouldn't be a huge drama. Though... just looked through my PM list - would be nice if there was some utility that could export them.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Huge # of buttons isn't an attraction for me, though depends how you define it. Minimum is 3rd mb with tilt wheel for me. Nice extras are back/forward. Welcome but not vital is the DPI toggle. But I've been using gestures in FF for near 10 years, which in a way can substitute for keys/buttons.
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    What's on your mind?

    What a bunch of horseshit! Public Servant awarded $176,000 for PTSD for witnessing an accident where someone got run over by a car in a carwash https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6756096/public-servant-awarded-more-than-176000-after-witnessing-accident-at-outlet-centre/?cs=14225 (partial quote) A public servant has been awarded more than $176,000 in damages after she witnessed a pedestrian get hit by a car at Canberra Outlet Centre. An ACT Supreme Court judgment, published on Wednesday, said Wendy Lee was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after she witnessed the incident. The judgment said Ms Lee had received good news about her breast cancer's remission on the morning of November 25, 2016, and later got her car washed at the Star Car Wash at the outlet centre's underground car park. She was 59 years old at the time. When she got back into her vehicle, she heard somebody "screaming for help" and looked over to see an elderly man's head and arm protruding from under a Ford ute in a car wash bay. The judgment said Ms Lee waved her arms for the ute's driver stop, and ran over to help the injured man, who she believed was dead. The man moaned and she and the driver of the ute, Shahid Hussain Mehdi, helped him get to his feet. The man's legs gave way and he fell to the ground. He was later hospitalised but survived the accident and did not appear to suffer any significant trauma, the judgment said. Justice John Burns on Tuesday found that the driver of the ute, who was an employee of the Star Car Wash, owed Ms Lee a "relevant duty of care not to cause her mental harm by reversing the Ford without reasonable care". The actual victim didn't suffer lasting physical trauma.
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    The Atomic era concludes and we were magnificent

    Good meeting all the people I met here in person too... probably into the 200+ area. Have barely seen any in the last 10 years though, I think the last event of any officialdomness I went to was an overnight camp with Chef, AccessDenied, Fenn and a couple of others, probably around 2007-8. Used to run into Dajobo or Chef in my travels on average once per 6 months but haven't seen either in nearly 2/over 4 years.
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    My organs might be safe !

    First thought when I did the maths on the area was WTF but I took too many zeros off and that's over double the size of the ACT. If a square boundary it'd be a bit over 75 km per side.
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    Post Your Latest Real Life Purchase!

    Looks real nice... but having been used to cordless for probably 5 years now I can't go back, even if it's something with way better feel and response (do in fact have an MS cordless from ~ 15 years ago but hated and hardly used it)
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    My organs might be safe !

    I didn't mention lamb either. It's not uncommon to be able to go out into the country a bit and get half a lamb for 25 bucks or a little more. Yet even when they're getting rid of stock like that in "hard times" you still go to Coles and see the racks at that price or more per kg.
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    What's on your mind?

    Cake goes great with suspected gout, same with other junk food. * from first hand experience.
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    My organs might be safe !

    The price of beef has been ridiculous for a long time. I remember when I'd do an almost weekly trip and just grab 4-6 T-bones and not pay a great deal. Chicken is cheap. Pork isn't too bad. Fish is the classic "you get what you pay for". Those prices also reflect the so-called carbon impact of the three in relative terms (chicken being largely indoor/battery and lower impact). And what used to be cheap and almost classified as offal has come into the mainstream and become expensive. I remember when pork ribs were an unknown and you'd get them for next to nothing. But then the chain rib delivery joints opened up and people started doing their own. Now you pay stupid money for something that's essentially 50% bone by weight. And the same has happened for some other cuts of various meats. Lamb shanks another that were a throw to the dog item until about 20 years ago and now a premium item despite being even more bone by weight.
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    The Atomic era concludes and we were magnificent

    Sad. But I guess predictable. It lasted probably a few years longer than I would have expected. Thanks Ben for everything, and fitting that you be the one making the announcement. Yep, significant part of our lives. With 15,000 posts on this incarnation and I think somewhere high 30s in the previous, that's 50,000 posts in a little over 19 years. Fark, given 19 years is a touch under 6,950 days that's an average of about 7 a day. A lot of typing at the least. What to do, where to go? I'm not sure. I guess I should check out Discord. Maybe we could start a Google Group? The amount of traffic we get would suit it. I do Facebook but don't want to be swallowed into that ecosystem. I'm on AtariAge but with about 1/3rd the amount of posts and a few years less active. Maybe it's time to downsize the internet presence? Dudeworld's still up... mostly inactive for almost 18 months.
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    Thunderspy vulnerability

    I think it can go back even further but some were supposedly fixed with firmware updates to the computer. But a compromised machine can supposedly actually prevent further updates. You can have a peripheral that can infect a machine powered on with it inserted and never know it. But for what it is, it seems to be one of those exploits that's been talked about a fair bit but I've not really heard of anyone suffering loss due to it. I had a repeat business customer call me out about it but there was little I could do. Researched first and told him of what I found, but there seemed at the time there was little to nothing in the way of utlities to detect anything wrong. All pretty stupid really, the easy way to protect firmware from dodgy updates in their case is use of certificates, as supposedly the EFI has to unlock it to enable flashing. But anyhow, this is Apple and they have the automatic blessing of most of their users that they never get malware or buggy OS updates.
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    how crap is this government ?

    NFI why that claim was made, but it's an entire state and supposedly the biggest is NYPD which is just the city so probably anything from 4-18 million people covered vs 8 for NSW. Then you have London, but maybe it's split into boroughs?
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    A man caught Covid-19 from a strawberry jam jar purchased shortly after it was placed on the shelf by an employee who'd just thoroughly washed and put new gloves on. Government conspiracy? Google "one man one jar" for further info.
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    Thunderspy vulnerability

    It's a good interface in that it also incorporates mini DVI (older variants) so adaptors can supply all the common video types (even old VGA DE-15) And it's fast, so USB 2 equipped machines could use a USB 3 hub. But addons tend to be pricey. And the security issues. But it's a problem of how it was implemented, and that comes down to the individual laptop maker. The attacks are option-Rom and DMA based. DMA attacks can be overcome by a proper IOMMU implementation. It now shares the physical USB-C connector, so will be around for a while.
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    Thunderspy vulnerability

    Thunderbolt by (lack of) design was vulnerable from the onset and it's been known for some time. The problem with plenty of Macs is that the firmware allows Thunderbolt devices to perform early initialisation in a privelaged state and additional to that, flashing of the Bios on the computer and device is allowed as well. Problem 2 is that you can be compromised and never know it. So in reality, just having access to your TB peripheral for a minute can be sufficient to get eventual access to your computer.
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    The bigger worry might be that the prostitutes are having an enforced holiday so they might go elsewhere looking for a bit!
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    My organs might be safe !

    If it was N Korea we might only just be getting the first rumours of it. I don't know what the in/out figures are for that place but I doubt their immigration and customs departments get much work.
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    My organs might be safe !

    Regardless of deliberate or not, they concealed it and were too slow in many of their actions. But then, same shit happens elsewhere, and here. The US death toll can be anything from 45,000 to over 90,000 depending on source.
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    My organs might be safe !

    Thanks to the dip in the real estate market, they're taking advantage by buying more. Time to put a stop to that I think. Ridiculous that non citizens are allowed to buy domestic properties.
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    NBN - Is it too expensive?

    Might suck a bit for TransACT users. Some services are sufficiently good that there's no point at all transferring. I've encountered speeds anywhere from a pretty shitty ~ 17 mbps up to high 70s.
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    The coronavirus conspiracy

    The Chinese one would be linked in with their social rating system. Contact with 2 or more Covid carriers = 50 point deduction. Get Covid yourself = 100 point deduction.
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    how crap is this government ?

    That was high fashion in the 70s! Just ask Rodney Dangerfield.
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    What's on your mind?

    I've found CW to be barely lacking compared to others in relation to customer service, as in giving advice re a particular product. Then on the flipside, I've got a local which is a small chain and discounter, and still seems to be able to have more people on site than the Coles up the road at some times, but still fail in most aspects of customer service. As in rude, not helpful much and inefficient to the point of you wondering just why the hell half of them are there. To me it's "Oh noes, look - medium pharma is picking on little pharma!" Little, medium, whatever. They still have a BMW out the back. It's an elitist industry of untouchables that needs a good shakeup more than most. If it means a few of them dropping out, then it's probably a good thing.
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