In a good business partnership, both parties create more value for each other than either does alone. It's a sign of a bad one if one or both parties, perhaps unintentionally, treats the other as a resource to be consumed. The relationship starts on first contact. I've thought a few times this year that technical recruiters would do well to keep this in mind when cold contacting potential candidates.
It's been a while since I've looked at NEM generation data. I had to update my generator list (whoa, the number of large solar farms is impressive) and incorporate the rooftop solar data from AEMO (only 2y available). Here's a comparison of March generator output for the last four years, broken down by region and scheduling type (scheduled, semi-scheduled and non-scheduled). Australia is mostly a coal-fired country (at least in the east coast), but it is slowly changing.
After Kaspersky discovered 22 mostly critical security vulnerabilities in UltraVNC software, we looked at uvnc's website–there is no security:
– one file contained secrets, there is no HTTPS/no modern security headers, the CMS is likely totally outdated
– their forum comes with the same "security" properties
– they only removed the secrets in one file so far; no further reply
Earthquake damage in Christchurch NZ from 2010 & 2011 quakes
The geotech engineering firm Tonkin+Taylor have released a photo montage of damage in Christchurch. Pretty tough to watch, but worth it to see just how a quake wrecks the land. https://youtu.be/Txs5eiVyWTc
I do miss hearing "Snoopy's Christmas". This article explains why it is super common in NZ and unheard of in the rest of the world. https://thespinoff.co.nz/music/now-thats-what-i-call-music/now-xmas/12-12-2018/how-snoopys-christmas-became-a-classic-in-nz-and-nowhere-else/
This shows what planning and preparation can achieve. Very rapid response to earthquake damage in Alaska. https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/8/18128983/alaska-earthquake-roads-fixed-anchorage-damage
With little debate and the support of the main opposition party, Australia has passed a law that will subvert Internet security and demolish user trust. What happens now? https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/12/new-fight-online-privacy-and-security-australia-falls-what-happens-next
Russia up to its old tricks at NATO press conference about Russian aggression in Sea of Azov. Trying to equate French protests to its actions. SecGen doesn't accept their BS question and burns them
'Not up to the job': former security monitor blasts Dutton for politicising encryption
"The sound of the dialup, pictured"
Newly-discovered Intel vulnerabilities in Skylake and Kaby Lake probably affects AMD, too:
– unrelated to Spectre, Meltdown or L1 Terminal Fault
– not reliant on speculative execution
– PortSmash currently poses a threat mainly to people using computers or services that allow untrusted people to use the same physical processor
Swedish ISP punishes Elsevier for forcing it to block Sci-Hub by also blocking Elsevier (and Swedish copyright authorities) https://boingboing.net/2018/11/03/balkanizing-the-balkanizers.html/amp
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