Dr Seuss

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What's Open Flaws

First thing I did when looking at a new site: What’sOpen.com.au (although, I think the apostrophe isn’t there in the domain name!), search for some results.

Geez, I’d be pissed if I were the first hit in the list.

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It’s a bit scaled, but on Safari, the first item is almost totally obscured by the header graphic.

Oops.

Flaky Internet at 8:21pm

I seem to recall my internet going down, and then coming back up, at around the same time every night.

Tonight it flaked at 8:21pm.

IMDb Data and iTunes

Using python, it’s easy to get data from IMDb into your iTunes database.

You’ll need a few tools to get this working. appscript, py-IMDb and CocoaDialog. Install each of these, and for the latter, note where you store it. I’m not going to go through the code, as it is fairly well commented. If you can’t get it to work, leave a comment and I’ll see if I can help.

IMDB2iTunes.py

Note that you will need to save the file above, and rename it so it has a .py extension.

Savings & Loans - Internet Banking - Information

Internet Banking uses industry-standard encryption to help keep you safe online, while our Factor2 Personal Icons help protect you from unauthorised transfers from your account. The first time you transfer money to another financial institution or use BPAY, you will be asked to choose three secret icons that you’ll need to select every time you use these services.

(From Savings & Loans - Internet Banking - Information)

Okay, so let me get this straight. You have introduced a second set of paswords, right?

Each time you use BPAY or transfer funds to another financial institution, you will be prompted with nine icons, including your three chosen icons, in a random order. You will need to select your secret icons in the correct order before you can BPAY or transfer funds.

Okay, I have some issues with this.
Firstly, if someone already has access to my login details, they have breached security. They can look at personal details about me, including the address my credit union has on file. But not my date of birth. Which they might be able to get by google.
Okay, you are trying to do something nice and stop someone stealing all of my money if they happen to get my PCLink access details. And you give me a system where I need to click on three icons.
Surely shoulder-surfing is easier to do if you just have to see the three icons someone clicks on, rather than try to see what keys they have pressed on the keyboard.

If you forget your Factor2 Personal Icons, you will need to call our Member Contact Centre on 13 11 82 to have them reset.

Okay, so someone could get my login, pretend to forget my icons, and ring and get them reset. So the system can fairly easily be bypassed. But then I wouldn’t be able to get in myself. Granted, it is a level of security that didn’t exist before, but I don’t really see that it is any more secure. If they have gotten in, it stops them transferring all of my money out.
Until they ring, read off my address, google my date of birth, and then they can steal all of my money. Now, it happens I have been pretty good at keeping my date of birth private. I even use a faked D.O.B. for lots of online sites. Which I have to remember when I have used that fake.
It’s just lucky I don’t have much money in there…

Petabytes

And I thought me (almost) reaching my quota every month was making me a heavy user of the internet. I came across this on a torrent site:

Yes, that’s what it says. He’s downloaded 730 Terabytes, and uploaded 18,000 Terabytes. In about 18 months. That’s uploading about 1,000 TB/month.

Or another way, about 33TB uploaded every day. Which cannot possibly be right. 3TB per hour. 1TB every 20 minutes. 50GB per minute. Just under 1GB every second.

I put it that this is false.

eBay Feedback

I use eBay a bit, so I found this pretty funny:

From xkcd.com - if you don’t subscribe to his RSS feed, you really should.

Compressing Compressed Files

I’ve ranted about this type of thing before, but one thing that really pisses me off is when people attempt to compress already compressed files. I love the BBC program Spooks, but because they are still showing a series that is about 3 years old in my country, I’ve been forced to download the series via slightly shady means.

So, I’ve just grabbed the first few episodes of series 6. And the joker who made the first episode decided to rar th avi file. And split it into 15MB chunks. Why would you do this? At best, it is just slightly annoying (you have to unrar the file before you can use it), at worst it means you can’t access the file. If I were unable to snarf the entire torrent, then I would not be able to unrar the file, meaning I could not view any of the video. To put that in perspective, when I grabbed a Grand Designs episode I had missed on local TV, I only got 99.3% of the file. But I can still watch it in a viewer, and I can’t even see where the data is missing. I would not be able to do this with the Spooks episode.

Luckily, the whole thing downloaded, so it isn’t a big issue. Not this time.

Stack Overflow and asking questions.

I have only asked on question on Stack Overflow, and I really only did that to ensure I got the Beta badge.

Most of the questions that are on there can be solved by googling other sites. I find that that is a better way of solving problems for me, rather than asking a question.

I’m not trying to say I know the answers to everything, it is just that (with Google), one doesn’t need to ask that many questions. One just needs to search. And search clearly.

Twitter

I registered for Twitter ages ago, but only recently started actually using it all of the time.

http://twitter.com/schinckel