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  1. apothecary

    Conroy & Rudd..the enemy within..NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

    Shit bro, somebody needs a hug and a blanket.
  2. If you think this won't happen here, that's foolish. Frankly, it is obvious to me that it is ALREADY happening. ETS in it's current form is a sticky sticky mess from an environmental and financial perspective. I don't like it. We should have a hard rolling tax on emissions (not just carbon) which increases YoY and by usage as well as a tarriff on any imported products which are not meeting stringent emissions rules. That way the polluters pay and they can't just offshore to China to sell our resources back to us. http://www.wnd.com/index.php/index.php?pageId=118953 As a trader, every day I see government manipulation in the currency markets which FAILS ALMOST EVERY TIME. For example, the Bank of Japan and Swiss National Bank intervene in spot markets often to weaken their respective currency against USD and Euros. But it never works. The moral of the story is: hard market lessons are like a bandaid, you need to get it over with as soon as possible, let the market set the price because in the end it will anyway. To me this situation is identical. We need to step in now and set some hard rules on how this will work from which there can be no loopholing or escape. We need to set a dollar value on the environment, and make no mistake that value will end up being higher than anyone is willing to currently pay. But wiggle all you want, sooner or later we will be paying the dollar value of the environment, willingly or unwillingly. The market is human nature, you can't fuck with it. You can try but it never works. The environment is nature, you can't fuck with it. You can try but it never works. All that will happen is the price we strove so hard to avoid paying will be extracted from us down the line by nature in what will probably not be a nice way.
  3. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/07...4.htm?site=news I wish I could disagree with DSC Battye.
  4. apothecary

    Tried smoking Dokha..Nice!

    What the hell reptyle? Get off it bro. Thanks for your post artdplmr and welcome to the forums. It is good to see some writing on a smoking mix we don't have a lot of info on. I'm Iranian and have never heard of this stuff myself, so very interesting for me. From some initial research the effect seems largely to be from nicotine in cured tobacco, so that's why you don't miss cigarettes - you are probably getting more nicotine now than then. Coolness probably modulated using the usual mint, clove, honey, vanilla suspects. Hotness may simply be modulated by the degree of tobacco curing (i.e. tar and nicotine content). Thought it was kind of funny you said "not gonna tell you the site find it yourself" and then you told us?
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    Internet Censorship Trials

    I thought it was HAARP?
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    The hole in my gums

    Aren't ya supposed to insert the sarcasm, first, PD?
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    Internet Censorship Trials

    Italy on it too http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/330180/
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    redbacks..hundreds of the fuckers.

    Just read that article Dale Cooper, good one. Daddy long legs and Black House Spiders are definitely the way to go. Biological controls rock! Yea right WoodDragon, I forgot about long haired dogs, sorry As an avid flea hunter, I would like to see your collection of combs ;)
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    Recommended VPNs

    No not really, at best only encrypted only between your host and the VPN gateway. From the gateway (from which is a minimum of 3 hops to the recipients inbox, often many many more) it is all plaintext. You should use PGP (GnuPG being the free open source implementation) to encrypt all standalone transmissions (documents, emails, addressbooks, etc) regardless of the protocol (VPN, ssh tun, ssl http proxy, whatever) used to transmit! It is really important for people to learn the technicals of these protocols to ensure they don't give a false sense of security. You need to understand precisely what security they can and cannot provide. If you want real anonymity you can't go past Brazilian or Estonian providers (imho). But realistically I would be looking for providers in Hong Kong or Taiwan. New Zealand was a prime candidate for my thoughts, but someone raised the point recently they will probably be in the filtering boat before long.
  10. Auburn has a history, I used to hang out there as a mischievous adolescent. Have seen police retreating from its suburban streets more than once, driveby shotgun holes in the medical office window, Turkish gangsters marking their territory with physical violence in plain view of witnesses, etc. A lot of issues stem these days from housing young Somali refugees in the area who have known nothing but murder and war their whole lives without any real support for employment or even psychological integration. There is a heavy criminal influence on the area, but also a heavy and strict Muslim influence, so the two play out in conjunction. You aren't gonna get shot up or mugged as a "civilian" but certain times of year certain streets only locals are game (or have reason) to enter. Ghettos of the world are the same over: you treat people like animals and damned if you aren't gonna get a few animals. Best pide, kebabs and turkish delight in the city if you ask me though.
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    Internet Censorship Trials

    I'm using Optus FTTN here (edge of inner city Melb) and it is awesome! As a trader reliable internet is priority for me, have no complaints so far for Optus. Previously to this I've used exetel and tpg (tpg sucks for traders, exetel rocks), and optus cable way back in the day when it was called [email protected] (all in suburban Sydney). Most likely your service degradation is more to do with distance from the exchange coupled with older infrastructure. Also, Optus is supposed to contact you by email if you are in the trial, so if you haven't heard from them you aren't in it.
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    redbacks..hundreds of the fuckers.

    I can safely assure you that getting your garden sprayed in the Sydney area will not stop the problem at all. If I noticed one thing, it actually eliminated the redbacks competition to increase numbers. They just go into hiding or try and move into your house! Standing collections of cacti pots are the worst because predators aren't gonna sneak their way through a million spines to get to the bottom lips where they live. Spread your potted stuff out, try and figure out what they are eating. Fight the food source as they will probably be much easier to control and if you control the food supply you control the redback population. Make the habitat less hospitable for the food (obviously you're a good gardener if there is enough other insect biodiversity to supply such a large number of redbacks). I like fly traps especially, wood ash is good too. But like passive said, don't underestimate the ability of one night of hard spider killing work to convince them to move into your neighbours backyard. We even control our dogs fleas this way.
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    Internet Censorship Trials

    Keep writing to your ministers, they don't give a shit about you. Keep attending protests, like those for the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, those for the new anti terrorism laws, those for APEC, those for the Gunns mill, those for all the shit we hit the street for FOR NOTHING. Sign your petitions, they will throw it in the bin unless there is a lobby group bigger than ACL behind it. This is all useless action, if you ask me (not that I didn't try it all at one point). What do I suggest instead? Keep calm. Don't get hysterical over this rubbish. Be patient. Don't waste your energy trying to fight something that hasn't even been introduced to the Senate. Get ready. This sort of censorship will be inevitable part of the internet in the next 20-30 years IMHO. Learn the technicals. Because it's obvious you don't understand them right now. And for fucks sake people, don't forget! We are living in a world where someone directly implicated in Iran Contra is the US Secretary of Defense. Where Liberal politicians who were involved in blatant lying to the Australian people about the Iraq war and "people overboard" are holding government salaries or pensions. Where the rule of law only applies to the political body for one election term. Where lobbyists become politicians. You think when this shit falls apart Conroy isn't gonna move into some other cushy govt job? My arse. Just don't forget.
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    Major upgrade due

    thanks tort for your general awesomeness
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    To Conan Troutman

    Great to see at least some resolutions on the still outstanding trades (as I believe there have been a few covered by Conan now). Any Melb members want to take up the similar local offer? I will gladly help Ed out with postage/packaging and even donate the extra cut he said to whoever needs it most.
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    Internet Censorship Trials

    Be patient bro. For one I would prefer things to continue as they are exactly until the last possible moment. Closing off membership and similar measures will only provide these fools with their long term goal: crackdown on information. When the men with book burning torches are on their way to the monestary the monks don't pick up swords to fight, they faithfully inscribe all their knowledge and send it off to a saner land in hope of its return in a better future. This time around it takes 5 seconds for inscription and probably a few hours to send it anywhere in the world safe from harm where it doesn't even need to remain hidden like the old days. But either way, just like the monks did we should continue business as usual until the threat presents itself in real form. There is after all, still knowledge to be got! Don't let this hysterical bullshit get to you. They still need to introduce this legislation, get a pass in the Senate (which I believe will require floor crossing from both Green and Independent senators who are both on the record as opposed to the deal - as is the IIA), followed by a lengthy implementation process and even lengthier process of stopping hackers from destroying their hard work once a week. As someone in the industry I can safely say technical implementation will be a long drawn out nightmare for these idiots if they can pull it off AT ALL. Still at the end of the day assuming all this comes to pass there is no way for them to kill circumvention techniques off without killing off pretty much all legitimate ecommerce. For all we know this is just a doomed-to-fail ploy by Rudd/Conroy to appease the fundy Fielding so he can say "I tried" and get some juice on Fielding for the next floor crossing. At the moment, the only tangible outcome I see from this "look ma - no brains" exercise of the Labour government is that a shitload of one of their core demographics (left leaning under 30s) will be voting Green or other next election. Society at large may be totally apathetic to this shit, but the same internet wave which Obama and Rudd tried to capitalise on is certainly going to come back and bite them in the arse before too long. "We put this fence here, but damn if it doen't stop water going in that giant hole over there"
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    Internet Censorship Trials

    You can get a high speed VPN to any sane country for 5-10USD a month. I would go New Zealand, in terms of internet technology they have been ahead of us for almost a decade. Their pipe speed to other countries is probably significantly faster than ours. Australian geeks are some of the most tech savvy and vindictive in the world. The countrywide USB sneakernet has been transferring pirated movies/music/books/software/everything at a bandwidth faster than the the fastest Australian domestic internet speed for almost three years (roughly 5.5 megabytes per second to express post a full 500GB hard drive anywhere in the country for less cost than a 500GB/month download quota on any ISP). Use specific VPN darknets will start popping up everywhere and before long, hooking up to each other to provide a fully functional and undetectable internet-within-internet. Said it before, will say it again, I remain largely unphased. Wake me up when the government is willing to block encrypted traffic on the HTTPS port to all hosts who aren't on a whitelist of somesort. I have used all the below tools at one point or another and can assure they all function equally well to circumvent this rediculous measure in short order in an undetectable manner. Read all your prohibited material using these tools and an ubuntu livecd (or similar solution winxp livecd for example) to ensure no illegal data is written to your hard drive (from whence it can be recovered). You can save useful docs onto a heavily encrypted (using truecrypt or similar) USB stick. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_private_network http://www.darknet.org.uk/2006/03/ssl-vpns-and-openvpn/ http://www.torproject.org/ http://www.haystacknetwork.com/ http://www.i2p2.de/ http://freenetproject.org/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunneling_protocol http://www.ssh.com/support/documentation/online/ssh/winhelp/32/Tunneling_Explained.html http://souptonuts.sourceforge.net/sshtips.htm http://freenx.berlios.de/ http://thomer.com/howtos/nstx.html I'd incite you all to some subversion, if they hadn't already made that illegal a few years ago... It has to start somewhere It has to start sometime What better place than here, what better time than now? All hell can't stop us now All hell can't stop us now EDIT: Just spotted this on WP, suits well, cred to Reebdoog: First they came for the hackers. But I never did anything illegal with my computer, so I didn't speak up. Then they came for the pornographers. But I thought there was too much smut on the Internet anyway, so I didn't speak up. Then they came for the anonymous remailers. But a lot of nasty stuff gets sent from anon.penet.fi, so I didn't speak up. Then they came for the encryption users. But I could never figure out how to work PGP anyway, so I didn't speak up. Then they came for me. And by that time there was no one left to speak up.
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    Major upgrade due

    This isn't simply a client side issue T. There are multiple errors in the CSS and JS for the site. The PNG file which is your logo might need to be resaved as a jpeg or saved under an older PNG compression. I can confirm (with no browser cache enabled in all instances): Windows XP IE7.0.57 doesn't show the logo. Safari 4 MacOSX doesn't show the logo. Firefox error console reports the following errors (under linux and windows XP): IE reports the following errors: Since both IE and ff reported similar JS line number for their error I'd be willing to hazard a guess this is the problem with the logo loading. I really dislike Google Chrome. Considering Firefox 3.5 benchmarked as faster or just as fast anyway, with all the extra stuff it does, I much prefer it. Use Safari 4 at work which is also good (as long as you don't have to do web development).
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    Drug money saved banks in global crisis

    This is pretty much word for word what Bear was saying would happen when he spoke EGA...
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    World news..Bay man charged in massive drug bust

    Why did the other guy say he'd "seen it over 100 times"? What a confusing story. It would be interesting to see the size of the bag which the ketamine was found in, as a measure of how much ketamine there was before he was apprehended
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    Major upgrade due

    Logo seems to come and go here.
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    EGA feedback?

    I definitely noticed some "zombie mass-mindedness" from supposedly enlightened individuals this years EGA, especially during those talks which were discussing the science of issues. The issue doesn't revolve around that however, it is centered largely on the problems with insurance, site capacity, ability to put on a good event for N number of people, logistics and safety for those N people etc. It isn't a doof, it isn't run like one, so nobody can simply say "we are short X number of dollars, we better try and get N number more people to come next year".
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    End of year campin trip, NE Vic

    Got back a few hours ago, as I kept saying all weekend (ironically) I'm speechless! Had a really amazing time, feeling great. Huge thanks are definitely in order for PD! The site was beautiful beyond words, the weather perfect and company incomparable.
  24. Annabel Crabb aka "The Stick" has been laying her moniker into Abbott since this kerfuffle started. This latest piece I just had to share due to the general flavor of the article, but the picture alone is worth every penny. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/12/11/2768477.htm?site=news Last weekend, in the rash of interviews celebrating Tony Abbott's elevation to the Liberal leadership, People Skills was asked the inevitable question about marijuana. The correct answer to this question, in case you are wondering, has changed over the years. Once upon a time, it was: "Certainly not, you impertinent wretch. How dare you." These days, the correct answer - to be supplied with a self-deprecating laugh - is: "Of course! But it didn't do anything for me, I'm afraid!" And Tony Abbott duly supplied it. But then he went further, adding that on a tour of India on his way to England to take up the Rhodes scholarship, he had once consumed a lassi that was offered as a house speciality, and turned out to be "some sort of hemp yoghurt". Once this nightmarish concoction kicked in, Mr Abbott recalls, he was "away with the fairies for about 12 hours". In a life story that is a tapestry of such unlikely anecdotes, this revelation is not irreconcilable with the Tony Abbott we know. But those missing 12 hours are a story waiting to be told. Vision splendid My own theory is that during his travels in yoghurt-land, the young Mr Abbott experienced a vision. A vision of pyrotechnic luridity, full of strange portent, in which apparitions rose from the dead and the natural order of things appeared in sickening reverse. Like Coleridge, who dreamed up Kubla Khan in an opium stupor but was prevented from getting it all down on paper by the knock of an unfortunately-timed person from Porlock, Mr Abbott came out of his trance and hastened to Oxford, and the dream was mislaid. The young man's subsequent spiritual discomfiture is plainly apparent; he spent some time in a seminary and flirted with the Democratic Labor Party before packing his bags for Canberra, to work for Liberal leader John Hewson. Decades passed, and it was only this week that he was able to give flesh to his vision. But give it flesh he did, in what became the Great Reshuffle of 2009; a strange and exotic political event to cap off a year of wonders. The natural order of things was, as predicted in the Yoghurt Vision, wrenchingly inverted. The National Party, best known for its tendency to regional mendicancy, was magically placed in charge of the kitty, through the installation of Barnaby Joyce as shadow finance minister. Apparitions rose from the dead just as forseen; the spectral visage of Philip Ruddock, having napped for two years in a casket of loose earth, was once more seen at the table of power. Kevin Andrews, his lustrous black helmet undimmed by 24 months of being hidden under the stairs, stepped out into the light, suit neatly pressed. Perhaps the most haunting disinterment was that of Bronwyn Bishop, ushered back into service to look after ageing Australia in tandem with the Senate's stately, raven-haired Connie Fierravanti-Wells; a sort of "Bronnie and Connie Show" sent to remind the oldies that life can be full of surprises, even towards the end. Even Kevin Rudd seemed haunted by the manifestations, if a little confused. "Took the boys to the movies last night to see Zombieland," he Twittered the next day (I am not joking about this, by the way). "Zombieland gives me a whole new perspective on what to watch out for in politics. Boys loved it. I'm not sure." The cast and characters of the Yoghurt Vision are due in Sydney this morning to gather for their first shadow ministry meeting. Many are already applauding Mr Abbott's courage and radicalism. For others, it's all a little too much. As the great Hunter S Thompson once wrote: "A drug person can learn to cope with things like seeing their dead grandmother crawling up their leg with a knife in her teeth. But no-one should be asked to handle this trip."