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2 points · 2 hours ago

education that our parents and grand-parents got for free.

Your grandparents started uni after 1973?

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The system before Gough had a lot more scholarships so that most people going to uni didn't pay fees.

0 points · 1 hour ago

There's no way the value of those old scholarships comes close to matching the government's current payments for higher education, even allowing for inflation and population increase. Free uni for all lasted only from 1974 until 1989. Trying to make it sound like it was around for ages by talking about "our parents and grand-parents" is distorting the facts.

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I think it's quite reasonable to suggest that grandparents might have gone to uni in '74, had a kid in '78 who had a kid 2000, who would now be uni age. I mean, it wouldn't be all that common, but I'm sure it's happened.

FWIW, the handful of people I know that went to uni pre Gough (and all with grandchildren who went to uni) all got Commonwealth scholarships which covered all uni fees. There was even a living allowance, I believe. I think the scheme was introduced in the 50s by that well known radical lefty, Menzies.

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7 points · 4 hours ago

Apparently this quote comes from Bill Shorten:

“We are prepared to discuss the latest policy, but I think in all fairness, if you know what his latest policy is could you let us know? He keeps changing his mind every day.”

For someone criticised for lacking personality (as though it should matter?) I think that's a pretty good line.

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Quite the zinger.

What's the point? When they lose the next election Labor will just introduce its targets. And they will lose, either because they can't figure out what they stand for, or because they replace Malcolm and piss people off.

Y'know, I bet if you maxed the RAM, put an SSD in that baby and installed Linux...

It does sound like IT might not be a good fit for you. It really does need you to keep running to stay in the same spot, if you stop learning new things, stop maintaining and updating your skills, you will fall behind and be increasingly less employable.

If you are lucky you can stay in the same job, doing the same stuff, learning the bare minimum to keep your job, but the moment you need to find another job you will find it very difficult.

But if you've been doing this for 6 years, maybe it's working, maybe you've temporarily lost your mojo. I'll leave that for you to judge.

From a practical point of view Cisco certification is quite easy to maintain - pass an exam at the same or higher level, and it renews everything. The downside is if you fail to renew, you lose everything and need to start again. So it can be useful to add on specialties - like CCNA Security.

And who knows, maybe studying for something new like CCNA Security or wireless or design or whatever else, will spark some interest.

Some people will have strong feelings about putting the names of certifications on your resume if you don't actually hold those certifications. So to be on the safe side you need to make it really clear that these were courses and you don't hold the certification. If it's just self study, then it's even shakier ground.

Anyone can read a book, watch some videos, and stick it on a resume. The proof is in passing the exam.

Certainly, these are things you should mention in the cover letter and in the interview since they show that you have an interest in the field and a commitment to "ongoing" study and training. The risk is if it looks like you are claiming qualifications which you don't have - particularly with automated screening of resumes for keywords.

Also be ready to be tested on what you've studied in the interview.

Net+ is worthwhile until the day you get your CCENT (well, there are some limited circumstances where it still has value). So it depends on when you are planning on looking for intern/work vs planning on getting CCENT, and how much money you have to spend.

It's had the ability to generate PDFs since pretty much forever.

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Macs have had print to PDF since Mac OS X because they have used Display PostScript since before it was Mac OS X and then windowing system uses PDF, and CUPS print engine is based on PostScript. So it's very easy to make PDF.

Exactly. Anything on the Mac can print to PDF. :)

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Well, anything that uses the macOS printer subsystem. If it does its own thing... results may vary.

And I just checked: Calculator can print to pdf.

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The MCSA/MCSE are evolving as the nature of the work evolves. They will still be worthwhile for their typical useful lifespan (5 or so years).

47 points · 3 days ago

Yes, but bring a caffeinated beverage.

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But I don't caffeine :(

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, broke into Apple’s mainframe

Was it a Gibson? I hear that big iron is sweet!

It really is the true measure of this field. It's kind of a built in thing, isn't it? It's weird, because nobody here was (likely) born before Google, but there's got to be some kind of hereditary "Googles good" marker that they can flat now-a-days, I'd imagine.

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Before google there were Unix manuals and printouts and BBSes.

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Before Google there was metacrawler and altavista.

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5 points · 4 days ago

I'd do 2 separate 2x port channels. 1 for storage and management, 1 for VM networking.

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Why not just do one big port channel and trunk the VLANs?

Worst case one vlan goes wild and blocks the others. Locking you out of your management interface.

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Haven't seen that in the wild. Is it common?

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The aim of communication is for both people to have the same understanding. I think if you are regularly encountering confusion, maybe you need to find a different way to express things.

You know what really shits me? That TIL is at standard rates, not overtime or pub hok rates.. If I'm to get paid double rate, why isn't my TIL double?

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Depending on the circumstances, TIL might well be at overtime rates. Certainly, I've worked in situations where 1 hour of work beyond normal could be paid at 1.5* or taken as 1.5 hours of time in lieu. You might want to check that out.

Sacha Baron Cohen needs to do a "Who is Australia?" series next.

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Maybe he is already!

+1 for "Have you ever fired a customer?" - shows that they are doing well enough that they can afford to fire a customer and also that they have self respect (or respect for their employees) to not put up with bad clients. Probably also good to find out why they were fired (eg not paying, abusive, bad fit etc).

Just keep in mind that this customer may have been unwilling to spend money. But yes, probably a shit IT guy.

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What's frustrating is customers that won't spend money, complain, then jump ship and spend a bunch of money with the new guys. I've seen that twice. Relationship just breaks down somehow.

-1 points · 7 days ago · edited 5 days ago

It's not just hyperthreading. i7 has more cache (generally) and some features (depending on the model) not (always) enabled on i5: vPro, TSX-NI, Stable Image Platform Program, and Trusted Execution Technology.

Here's a comparison of current CoffeeLake mobile i5 and i7 processors. As you can see, there's a lot of variations.

Also, as a broad generalisation, laptops with i7s tend to be better all round than i5 eg more memory, better graphics, faster disk etc, since they tend to be targeted at "prosumer" market. This could be the actual reason for specifying an i7, and not so much the CPU itself.

It's also still true that a higher spec machine tends to have a longer useful lifespan (spilt beer notwithstanding).

Do you know what coursework you are doing? I know that some courses like you to use VMs (sometime multiple VMs simultaneously) which might get resource hungry.

If this is for reals, then friend would be wanted by state actors. AES256 is serious stuff. Cracking arbitrary AES256 is very impressive.

Not sure if it would end well or not.

An option, longer term, is to do the Master's online. It's much easier to balance online school with work and some work experience can make the content of the Master's more relevant and more obviously applicable.

The other piece of advice I'd offer up is to specialise. You will get further as expert in a niche than trying to be good enough at 'everything'. Specialising will also give you a better idea of what kind of Master's is best value for you to pursue. It'd be crazy to lock yourself into a career path now if you aren't sure what you'd like to do.

2 points · 7 days ago

Historical stats do not apply to individual situations. They are observations of what's happened in the past on a large scale, it has no bearing whatsoever on what you do individually.

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Although there's probably something that underlies those stats which (statistically) might well apply to OP. Best to find out why these other people don't go back and how OP might be different to those people.

36 points · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

Having worked across orgs of different sizes, I find that larger orgs tend to restrict what people can do (usually for very good reasons), but this can have the effect of people getting very focussed on their little bit and not seeing the bigger picture and not wanting to step outside the box that's been drawn for them. Kicking the problem over to someone else, passing the hot potato, or just saying "Can't be done" can be a problem in larger orgs.

I guess less good at "systems" thinking.

On the other hand, in smaller orgs, you can get people touching things that they probably shouldn't touch based on their actual skills.

All sizes of organisations can have a problem with the IT tail wagging the business dog - it's just that in smaller orgs, the sysadmin is closer to the top of the pile and more engaged with the business, whereas in larger orgs it's the CTO or CIO that's doing the wagging.

I’m confused what the blocked refers to? Like will chrome not open it or something? Who is blocking them I seem to be able to access them?

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Seems to be Portugal specific. I can't find English language that explains the situation, but basically the Portuguese government mandates that sites are blocked at the ISP level, so for Portuguese to access these, they need an application like this (I'm not sure if changing DNS servers works, or if DNS over HTTPS makes a difference). As a Chrome browser extension, it made circumventing the ban very simple.

I would like to see google's perspective on the matter. Did they do it because they wanted to gain favour with foreign countries? Or some other reason IDK.

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3 points · 7 days ago · edited 7 days ago

Well the extension's website says:

No dia 31 de Julho, o Ahoy! foi removido, sem qualquer justificação, da loja de extensões do Google Chrome.

"sem qualquer justificação" - without any reason/justification. So it seems that they didn't even tell the extension creator's why they removed it. Probably part of their blanket "We can remove anything, whenever, for whatever reason, and we don't have to tell you why."

I suspect that it was done at the request of the Portuguese government since the extension seems to be very much about circumventing the block by the Portuguese government.

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I like big stuff that promises the world, where you are harrassed daily by sales until you finally commit to purchase and then once you own it, realise that it would require months or years to properly configure to deliver on those promises and strangely it's really hard to find any support for the product from anywhere... until the license comes up for renewal.

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