Thank you so much for this story. I have very fond memories of my Grandfather's ferro yacht 'Shady Lady' and I've loved the feel of ferro in the water all my life.
Get well soon Harold.
I usually wear a mixture of short or long sleeve mtb shirts from NZone, Troy Lee, Ground Effect etc. I too hate the road shirts and they don't fit or look nice on me. Shorts are usually a branded mtb clothing manufacturer as well but I'm happy going for city based rides in jeans on occasion. I switch between Crank Brothers style pedals/cleats and flat pedals depending on the bike and where I'm riding.
2 things I never ride without - full finger gloves and good lycra shorts with a nice thick chamois. I find I can wear the shorts under anything and hardly notice they're there until I sit on a seat and then I'm thankful for the padding. I wear full finger gloves because I feel I get more grip on wet brake leavers. Oh, and I always wear a helmet which I guess makes it 3 things I never ride without (I alternate between a full face for downhill/freeride mountainbiking with jumps and stuff and a really nice normal style helmet with vents and stuff for around town or trail riding).
From the NBR article this evening it states - "A security issue was raised with us during the establishment phase for these kiosks. This was investigated and the system was rebuilt soon after. " - so in theory someone has looked at these kiosks twice (at least) and thought they were all good.
Wow! In theory you could have copied the hyper-v folders and stood them up with very little effort on any other machine. I'd like to assume they have some form of encryption on the network/virtual disks to stop that happening but it appears that's not the case.
This is IT security 101. You can have them all connected to the corporate network (although why you wouldn't have them in their own workgroup/domain is beyond me) you just make sure the user account associated to the kiosk machines can't see anything other than itself and a printer. The fact that the network and it's shares are open internally is extremely poor work on the sys admins behalf.
If I'm not mistaken the kiosk machines have full access to the internet too which could be exploited pretty easily. As I'm typing I realise that this is probably how the files were copied off the machine.
I wasn't there but I also wonder if it's wise selling beers at $20 for 4 as the only option as they have done at most/all previous BDOs and other gig's I've been to at Mt Smart? NZ is funny in this regard - we hate booze filled arseholes being dicks but we won't sell them anything less than a tanker load of beer at a time.
I guess it's all about efficiency - both in terms of getting people wasted fast and being able to serve everybody in a timely manner. I suspect there's a better way to handle booze at these events. If I found a tent that was relatively empty and only selling wine and cider I'd probably accept cider as a viable substitute for a beer or 4.
RE: RSS feeds - I prefer the way it currently runs. I'm happy to support the service offered by PA by coming to the site and letting the advertising revenue flow through whenever i check up on the latest updates.