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One single type of payment terminal (the Verifone H5000), a rather old platform, officially announced End of Life 2018 with some sort of support until 2023, brought down big parts of card payment all over Germany as one of the embedded certificates expired unnoticed on Tuesday.

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My Grandma always used to say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

I don't know if that's true, or just one of Granny's myths.

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John Gruber is right for all the wrong reasons:

He's right that taking apart an iPhone with the proper tools is going to be an expensive and time-consuming endeavor. The designs of modern mobile devices demands that kind of sacrifice.

Where he misses the point is that these dinguses have become impossible to service without expensive tools.

Computers used to be something you could service yourself with a little grit and determination. Now it requires a freaking heat gun and a guitar just to get into the case.

Each iteration of miniaturization lead us to this point. When I saw surface-mount components I knew our days of repairability were numbered.

The damnation isn't that it takes thousands of dollars of special equipment to change a battery on the iPhone, it's that we've let companies make devices that require thousands of dollars in special equipment to change a $70 battery.

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Click download, wait 10 minutes while it generates the zip file, return to tab but you've missed the 5 second timeout to download the file...

Handy couple of tips for those with :

1. Learn how to speed read. Not joking this will save your sanity. Keeping the input up with your processing speed stops you losing focus.

2. On the same concept - use the increased playback speed option in video players for learning materials.
This content is created to be accessible by people with different audio processing abilities and can be too slow to hold your attention.
Speed it up to 1.5 or 1.75 and you'll stop having to rewind bits you missed.

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auspol, stolen generations 

Prospective new Liberal leader Peter Dutton walked out of the apology to the stolen generations. He's unfit to lead.

It's hilarious to watch the LNP groupies and fluffers decide that the problem is the LNP went 'woke' and that's what cost them their seats.

EVERY time one of the LNP right has struck out on their own because they think the LNP is too moderate, they've lost their seat in the next election.

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OMG The french minister of foreign affairs BASHING ScoMo live, calling him incompetent and admitting he's quite happy he's gone. This is absolute GOLD 🤣🤣🤣

"His defeat fits me well. The acts that have been done to France, when they've been done, were of such a brutality, cynicism, and I'm tempted to say of such a notorious incompetence. And it makes me happy to say this to you tonight. ... And I'm not sure he thought through the dates' concordance. But if he did, good on him, if he didn't... Well, too bad. I hope we will be able to re-create a frank and constructive dialogue with Australia in the future, Mrs the Minister"

I'm really looking forward to see him chat with Penny Wong. I reckon the exchange might be on another level compared to her predecessor.

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Watch "The Prodigy - Out Of Space (Official Video)" on YouTube

Went sailing again today. The bug has bitten me again, I'd forgotten how much I missed the water.
Going again tomorrow

This is less than 3hrs after the dust haze pic.
The smoke from the south coast fires has dropped on

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So is the sky in at the moment.

Two weeks of smoke, and now a wind change to deliver dust from central NSW instead.

It has *never* been like this in living memory.

This country is a political clown factory.

The generation that idolise the rebel Mad Max have turned out to be the monsters who create his world.

We know Australia is a nation of ultracops because our government is still alive after this vision of hell on earth.

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Unfacetiously wondering if someone has built a "How much of Australia has burnt today" bot so it's easier to track how doomed we are.

And it's my birthday, folks!

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