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Ok so as most of NZ knows, we've had a pretty crappy few weeks weather wise. The '100 year flood' hitting the southern North Island of NZ has been devastating and the flow on effects will last for years to come.

15 February - Just around the corner from home the Fire Service were called to a Tree down over New North Rd near Western Springs Rd in Kingsland. The Tree - a fairly substantial one - came down across the two westbound lanes. Fire Police were also called, to manage the traffic in order to minimse impact, whilst the Fire Service attacked the tree with a Chainsaw.

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As you can probably gather from my association with Toyspeed, i'm a Car Enthusiast. I own a Sports car (Celica GT-Four).

This guy, however, is a LOSER. No two ways about it.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/sundaystartimes/auckland/0,2106,2823889a6496,00.html

He goes to the illegal drags every Friday and Saturday night and has been arrested three times.

He has lost his licence twice, had his car impounded for 28 days and last year paid $8500 in fines.

He is due to appear again in court next month after his car was spotted doing doughnuts on Roscommon Rd.

You, my dear sir, are an idiot.

http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/UNID/C904D73068F79AD4CC256E46000F1A00?OpenDocument

DSE Now selling a Notebook computer with NO OS SUPPLIED. This of course means you can opt into using Linux, instead of Windows, without buying a Windows license.

Well done DSE! http://www.dse.co.nz and search for XC3394 .

In other news,

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/storyprint.cfm?storyID=3551690
Wellington is having reliability issues in its Fire Trucks.

I think this article probably just highlights how close-to-the-line things have been. The new appliances due later this year are probably just a wee bit later than possibly should have been... but full credit to the way that most NZFS Trucks are maintained - you never really hear of anything major, do you ?

[Update - 2 March 2004]


http://www.forbes.com/business/2004/03/01/cx_ld_0301vrsn.html - good grief. This quote gets me:

VeriSign's vice president of government relations, Tom Galvin, claims ICANN has overstepped its bounds by attempting to regulate non-registry-related services and even prices.


Forgive me - but How does wildcarding the .com and .net namespaces NOT effect the registry????


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Ok well the geeks out there probably know all about 'Sitefinder' - the wonderful service that Verisign set up on the root servers for the .com and .net zones - which meant that whenever you typed an address that didnt work, you got taken to a 'did you want to try this instead?' type search engine page, hosted by Verisign.

Its similar to the MSIE 'doesn't exist' error - however...

- You cant opt out.

- It means that *every single possible .com and .net permutation* did actually exist in the DNS. It pointed to a Verisign IP address. Suddenly no way of using the DNS to verify if a domain actually works or not.

Anyway there was a big stink kicked up, and the US Media even grabbed on to it. Unfortunately the key stink-kickers - members of the NANOG community - were branded as a 'small' proportion of the general public, where >80% of people seemed to like the service! Of course these 80% don't realise the collateral damage involved. The Web is NOT the Internet! (Other services exist too ya'know!)

ICANN - the guys who are responsible for administering Internet IP's and Names - Issued a requirement of Verisign to terminate the service pending investigation of its effects. After initially protesting, Verisign capitulated.

Now theyre suing.

Read on for links and more...

http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/UNID/16F777A20E971C5FCC256E45006FFA0C?OpenDocument

- This one deletes files, and the DoS it runs targets MS and the RIAA.

http://www.pchell.com/support/tildefile.shtml

Good ol' Microsoft eh ? Had this happen to me at Work and it took a fair whack of searching to come across this. Well done Greg. :)

http://www.internalmemos.com/memos/memodetails.php?memo_id=2146

I like it.. :P

(With thanks to fark.com...)

Also....

The latest in Penguin bashing.. I have a suspicion that maybe the BSD-Freaks write these things? :P

Well.. now that I have a forum to rant on - i'm going to use it !

Kentucky Fried Chicken, now known universally as KFC - defeats the definition of Fast Food. Sigh!

Had some KFC this afternoon at about 2pm, in Ponsonby. (Wasnt my idea!) Unfortunately this KFC, like the others i've visited from time to time, seemed par for the course:

- Waited in the queue 4 minutes With noone infront of me before ordering something simple - total cost less than $5 (and a drink was at least 1/3 of it).
- When my order was supplied ("Chicken Crisps"... 2 oversized chicken fingers with dipping sauce) - it was missing the sauce!
- When trying to find somewhere to sit, all the tables were dirty.

KFC has some serious issues IMHO, including
- Hygiene levels within the restaurant eating area (if not behind the counter)
- Never enough staff behind the counter
- Speed of service is often terrible.
- Get the order right!

I only have KFC once a month or so at this point - mostly for variety given the disproportionate number of times I eat fastfood over a week - but seem to be dissapointed more often than not. :/

http://www.concentric.net/~Maxfax/

Looks like a legacy site for a Fire Police unit in Pennsylvania, USA. Havn't read all of it yet but what I have looks interesting enough. :)

http://www.eeggs.com/items/30378.html

Ok so this is what happens when staff @ F&P get bored.

Macworld.com News Story - Study shows Mac OS X Server among most secure in world

The article includes the following quote which I think is important:

"the swift adoption of Linux last year within the online government and non-government server community, coupled with inadequate training and knowledge of how to keep that environment secure when running vulnerable third party applications, has contributed to a consistently higher proportion of comprised Linux servers."

So there you go. Its one thing moving to an Open Source environment- its another thing using it securely.

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