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Metric Cooking: So Far off the Mark

I’ve spent a little time in the kitchen as of late. I’ve been pulling recipes from old and new cookbooks, and of course from the internet. One thing I’ve come to realise is that precisely nobody in the industry uses the metric system correctly.

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Bypass Netflix Geoblocks with IPv6 [Defunct 06/16]

[UPDATE June 2016]: Netflix have blocked all HE IPv6 tunnels. Deploying IPv6 via HE’s tunnel mechanism will actually now break even the most legitimate of configurations from any country.

There’s been a lot of talk (and action) as of late as Netflix starts crumbling under the irrational demands of the content owners. It seems it’s no longer acceptable to view content from behind the IP of a node that’s known to obscure the true location of the endpoint (i.e. a VPN or proxy).

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A Political/Economic Rant: Why Holding an Absolute Position is Absolutely Wrong

Many people these days would categorise a government/economy as one of four types: Capitalist, Socialist, Communist or Fascist. These are well known to be completely different and assumed by many to be incompatible with one another, and conclude that any particular nation would fall into one, and only one of these categories. Some people choose a favourite and form very strong opinions to defend their position.

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Hacking the Realtek DVB RTL2832U into Linux by hand

I had the misfortune of purchasing two of these PCIe TV tuners (as per lsusb):

Bus 004 Device 002: ID 1f4d:a803 G-Tek Electronics Group
Bus 003 Device 002: ID 1f4d:a803 G-Tek Electronics Group

I’d assumed that the RTL2832U was a common chipset, and would detect on a stock kernel. How wrong I was. Not only do you need to compile media_build, you need to patch media_build for this card to detect.

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Insulating a Car on the Cheap

Here’s a one-day, $30 mod you can do to your car if it has interior rattles, road noise, or if the car is too loud and buzzy from outside once the subwoofers kick in. Mine exhibited all of these problems.

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Let’s Encrypt is in Beta

It appears that Let’s Encrypt has started its closed beta as of 29th October 2015. I’ve managed to get in on it, and Ubermotive is running on a brand new SSL certificate signed by the Let’s Encrypt CA. I’ve gone through the site and replaced most HTTP links with HTTPS ones and also forced HTTPS site-wide (you’ll get a redirect if you attempt to enter by HTTP). So far, so good.

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Integrating Netflix into MythTV

Well, MythTV launched in Australia today. I couldn’t have my wife trying to start/stop the MythTV frontend and poke around looking for web browsers, typing URLs and maximising windows and whatnot, so I quickly banged up a Netflix launch button for MythTV.

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Every Automated Billing System Ever is Shit

This is a part of the world that I don’t understand. There are so many companies out there who need to perform the simple task of measuring the service they provide and billing it at a set interval. I really don’t think I’m being naive when I say it’s a simple task – I’m a software engineer, and throughout my career, I’ve written ledger interfaces for a 30 billion dollar super fund, reverse-engineered communications protocols for dozens of devices, and written code for everything from firmware to websites on many major platforms. While possessing the capability to develop literally any of the billing systems I deal with month-to-month, I often find myself unable to perform the simplest of tasks.  I’ll start with the absolute worst.

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On IPv6

What the hell is IPv6, and why should I care?

It’s the next generation of Internet protocol. You’re probably heard that the world has pretty much run out of IPv4 addresses. Sure, four billion sounded like a lot of endpoints when it was first drafted, but absolutely predicted this sort of growth. In layman’s terms, the v4 internet is full, and we need to build a bigger one.

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DAB+: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Since the release of the Compact Disc in 1982, there has been a notable trend for multimedia to go digital. To be honest, I’m surprised it has taken this long for radio to follow suit. As much as the idea of digital radio was perfectly logical, its implementation is lousy, and I would have done things differently.