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    leadeater got a reaction from like_ooh_ahh in Russian Malware found on Laptops given by Government   
    Personally I think the bigger question is presumably these devices were imaged and prepared to go out to students so how is it malware go on them in the first place, does the base image they are putting on to the devices contain the malware in it because that's a epic fail if it does.
     
    My gut feeling is they got compromised when sent to the school and placed on to their network and the schools are the source of the infection, seems like the most likely scenario to me. Then the school issued the device to the intended student after they had done what was necessary to get it ready for that student for that school.
  2. Agree
    leadeater got a reaction from Benji in Russian Malware found on Laptops given by Government   
    Personally I think the bigger question is presumably these devices were imaged and prepared to go out to students so how is it malware go on them in the first place, does the base image they are putting on to the devices contain the malware in it because that's a epic fail if it does.
     
    My gut feeling is they got compromised when sent to the school and placed on to their network and the schools are the source of the infection, seems like the most likely scenario to me. Then the school issued the device to the intended student after they had done what was necessary to get it ready for that student for that school.
  3. Agree
    leadeater got a reaction from GDRRiley in Russian Malware found on Laptops given by Government   
    Personally I think the bigger question is presumably these devices were imaged and prepared to go out to students so how is it malware go on them in the first place, does the base image they are putting on to the devices contain the malware in it because that's a epic fail if it does.
     
    My gut feeling is they got compromised when sent to the school and placed on to their network and the schools are the source of the infection, seems like the most likely scenario to me. Then the school issued the device to the intended student after they had done what was necessary to get it ready for that student for that school.
  4. Agree
    leadeater got a reaction from Spotty in Russian Malware found on Laptops given by Government   
    Personally I think the bigger question is presumably these devices were imaged and prepared to go out to students so how is it malware go on them in the first place, does the base image they are putting on to the devices contain the malware in it because that's a epic fail if it does.
     
    My gut feeling is they got compromised when sent to the school and placed on to their network and the schools are the source of the infection, seems like the most likely scenario to me. Then the school issued the device to the intended student after they had done what was necessary to get it ready for that student for that school.
  5. Funny
    leadeater reacted to like_ooh_ahh in Considering (trying) to move to New Zealand (from Canada)   
    And then there’s me thinking back in 2015 that I’ll be moving to NZ and live in Auckland through a student visa. 
  6. Agree
    leadeater reacted to StDragon in [Update: Bug existed in Insider Builds since August] Chkdsk is supposedly corrupting SSDs on Windows 10   
    EOL simply means end of support for that product or revision.
     
    Depending on the product, you can pay extra for extended support, but that's not purely profit as it is paying the staff to hold on to the knowledge base and skillset to continue support. But progress is like a wave, you move with progress so you're always with it. Stand still, and it will leave you behind and isolated from official support.
     
    If you've ever worked in IT, you know that budgeting for proactive replacement is of paramount importance. The whole stack (network, server hardware, OS, applications) must be kept up in compliance. Chatting up the forums for unofficial "work-arounds"  and scavenging for parts on eBay is not a fun place to be. That can lead to significant security exposure and/or downtime.
     
    All products have a lifecycle; empower yourself to know that now so you can plan accordingly. 
  7. Agree
    leadeater reacted to Moonzy in H1 susceptible to catch fire - contact NZXT   
    Badly designed pcie riser, the PCB have exposed 12v line in the screw hole, where screws are normally grounded, creating a short, allegedly, all speculations and not confirmed, but looks right
     
    Doesn't trip OCP because the case provides enough resistance
     
    I would say replacing it with nylon screws is a cheap fix
    if there's nothing to ground the exposed wire, then there's almost no risk
     
    But yes I would sleep better at night if they changed the riser and not the screw, as GN mentioned, people might use metal screws or something in the future when they re-use the part and cause a fire.
     
     
    edit: i have an issue with their demo of how it happens
    the screw thread doesnt really move up and down relative to the piece, it just rotates as it screws in, so if it doesnt touch the trace, it shouldnt touch it
    unless the pcb becomes loose and shifted up and down slightly
     
    regardless, moving the screw does seem to start the issue so there's definitely something wrong there
  8. Informative
    leadeater got a reaction from like_ooh_ahh in Considering (trying) to move to New Zealand (from Canada)   
    Auckland isn't New Zealand, no idea who they are 😉 🙃
     
    But yes rent and housing cost in Auckland is very high comparative to pay so not a good choice to immigrate to unless you can buy in to the property market from the start, otherwise everything will go in to rent and you'll never save for a deposit on a house.
     
    Understatement of the day lol. Nothing annoys me more than not being able to use left turn give way on to two lane roads because every dam person turning right lane sweeps in to the left lane, if there is one thing we need out of AI car technology is electric shocks to every person who does that, it'll fix the problem real fast.
     
    @YellowJerseyWhat are some of the things you aren't liking about Canada at the moment or think would be better here? In a lot of aspects Canada is a bigger New Zealand so you might just be moving to a slightly different flavor of vanilla ice-cream without any real change at all.
  9. Funny
    leadeater got a reaction from kaiju_wars in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    You mean a bit like this?
     

     
     
  10. Agree
    leadeater reacted to RorzNZ in Considering (trying) to move to New Zealand (from Canada)   
    Don’t live in Auckland, Wellington or Hamilton if you don’t want to pay high rent. Christchurch is going good now. Nelson is good too. 
     
    Wellington is pretty good for cycling and running. 
     
    Grass is always greener on the other side. I want to move away from NZ. 
     
    Healthcare is great here though.
     
    Drivers are shit. 
     
    Life is better if you are young and white. 
    No COVID, but we have no vaccine until April due to incompetence. Not that it matters as 1/4 of New Zealanders won’t take it. We have outbreaks of Measles.
     
    Avocados are cheap. Nothing else is. 
     
    Views and tourism are great. But you’ll be ripped off. Especially in Queenstown (which is the best for cycling btw).

    Don’t live in Auckland unless you have money. 
  11. Agree
    leadeater reacted to Akolyte in Considering (trying) to move to New Zealand (from Canada)   
    One of the tips is to keep up to date with the immigration NZ site if you do plan on moving over at some point.  Immigration New Zealand.  
     
    I know a lot of my mates from overseas are thinking of moving here as well, probably in part due to the all the issues that arose last year and how they've affected many countries around the world.  I'm definitely very grateful to my government and country for being able to look ahead, there are still precautions that people take but there's no lockdown over here at the moment. 
     
    Living costs are very high, and with all of the recent global and investor attention Auckland as had a faster housing bubble growth than normal recently.  Many cities down south are cheaper and are quite pleasant, if you've visited any of them on your travels. 
     
    I imagine our country will stay quite locked down immigration-wise for the foreseeable future, potentially allowing countries like Australia an easier pass but I don't really see anything more than that.  I know there are ways to get visas right now, but the criteria is a bit slim.   It will be interesting to see how things pan out once the pandemic is over. 
     
    My best suggestion if you're young and want to immigrate is to study, the costs might be a bit high but it's the best bet if you want to start building a firm foundation in the country and get ready to enter our workforce.   
     
    One thing for sure though, we (NZ) are always welcoming, so if you ever come to NZ feel free to hit me up.  
     
     
  12. Agree
    leadeater reacted to Spotty in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    Who says this proposed law won't also apply to Bing? You can't write laws that target a specific company, though it sure seems like they're trying...
     
    The proposal is extremely vague on what companies will be affected by this. We know Facebook and Google as that's who they're targeting, but it's certainly not limited to them. It's any company that is a "designated digital platform". What is a "designated digital platform"? There's no guidelines to define it. The proposal only states that it's up to the (communications?) Minister to decide which companies are designated digital platforms. 
  13. Funny
    leadeater reacted to Spotty in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    Australia has already adopted the Beer Economy.
     
  14. Agree
    leadeater got a reaction from startrek03 in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    I don't know, about 80% of me wants it to happen just to see what unfolds. Only proper way I see to see whos claims about how bad and unworkable or the opposite are true. Just anyone but my country lol.
     
    I doubt it's as unworkable as Google wants to make out but it's also likely actually very complex, but sure enough Google doesn't want to do it. Will it actually fix anything, probably not 🤷‍♂️. Still is a fair criticism for what Google actually does in terms of data trawling/harvesting and tailored gatekeeping, if your business isn't 'Google friendly' then you're pretty much doomed now days.
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    leadeater got a reaction from scottyseng in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    I don't know, about 80% of me wants it to happen just to see what unfolds. Only proper way I see to see whos claims about how bad and unworkable or the opposite are true. Just anyone but my country lol.
     
    I doubt it's as unworkable as Google wants to make out but it's also likely actually very complex, but sure enough Google doesn't want to do it. Will it actually fix anything, probably not 🤷‍♂️. Still is a fair criticism for what Google actually does in terms of data trawling/harvesting and tailored gatekeeping, if your business isn't 'Google friendly' then you're pretty much doomed now days.
  16. Funny
    leadeater got a reaction from Dr_Whom in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    You mean a bit like this?
     

     
     
  17. Agree
    leadeater reacted to trag1c in Alphabet shuts down Loon!   
    I would say most of these types of companies are essentially providing services for no other reason than R&D. At the end of the day they're not a replacement for proper infrastructure, but more of a stop gap measure, so it is like bringing bottled water into an area with water filtration problems.
  18. Agree
    leadeater got a reaction from Spotty in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    Would probably be equally as accurate if you just took 'internet' out of that sentence too.
  19. Agree
    leadeater reacted to Spotty in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    Copying entire news articles is discouraged in the Tech News guidelines.
     
     
    Having snippets from the source articles that gives a summary of the topic does greatly encourage & improve discussion. There is a sweet spot for Tech News posts on the forum between not including any quotes or your own thoughts just linking to the news article and copying the entire article.
     
     
    As for this topic, I don't think the tiny snippet that Google shows for news articles will take away any traffic to the news site. The snippet Google shows is very insignificant, often less than a full sentence from the article. Sometimes it only shows the article title and an image from the article. It will give people an idea what the article is about but it will not replace the need for viewers to read that article.
     
    This is what I see in Google News.

     
    In Google Search results

     
    And in Google app feed on mobile

     
     
    Anyone interested in those topics would still click on the articles to read them. Media outlets are delusional if they think that Google is taking away traffic to their site. If it wasn't for Google I, and most other people, wouldn't find their articles in the first place. They're kicking the hand that feeds them in the balls.
     
    What a surprise 🙄 Murdoch has a history of ruining Australia's internet for his own interests.
     
  20. Agree
    leadeater reacted to WereCatf in SSD Raid on a HDD-only RAID chipset - can not use TRIM?   
    That applies to most (all?) mobo-builtin BIOS RAIDs. You should be using software RAID like e.g. Windows Storage Spaces under Windows or Btrfs/ZFS under Linux. Software RAID can make use of TRIM just fine, software RAID is also more flexible and may outperform the BIOS-one as well.
  21. Like
    leadeater reacted to Voy in Remote Windows Deployment   
    Yeah that makes sense. Just hoped there is some tool we could use to do that.
    Thank you for your help!
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    leadeater got a reaction from Electronics Wizardy in Remote Windows Deployment   
    You can use MDT to do this as it has an option to create Offline Deployment Media. Have a look in to setting up MDT.
     
    You should be able to as part of the imaging process create a recovery partition at the front of the disk that is bootable and contains this Offline Media that you will be able to boot from, it'll just be a secondary boot option. Updating this image won't be easy but at least you'll have a way to refresh systems back to a known state.
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    leadeater got a reaction from Taf the Ghost in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    I don't know, about 80% of me wants it to happen just to see what unfolds. Only proper way I see to see whos claims about how bad and unworkable or the opposite are true. Just anyone but my country lol.
     
    I doubt it's as unworkable as Google wants to make out but it's also likely actually very complex, but sure enough Google doesn't want to do it. Will it actually fix anything, probably not 🤷‍♂️. Still is a fair criticism for what Google actually does in terms of data trawling/harvesting and tailored gatekeeping, if your business isn't 'Google friendly' then you're pretty much doomed now days.
  24. Informative
    leadeater got a reaction from Master Disaster in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    Likely not, there's cross mixing when we each like something the other has done with each others own tweaks to suit but there is currently zero interest for such a law here.
     
    Things we do share are things like AS/NZS Electrical Safety and Compliance.
  25. Agree
    leadeater reacted to Spotty in Google threatens to pull out of Australia over new "link tax" laws   
    No. They're completely different countries with their own laws. The only thing Australia and New Zealand have in common are they are both part of the Commonwealth.
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