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Chewy509

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The Australian Government has setup "My Health Record" in which all your personal medical records are stored in a central DB/service and can be accessed by medical practitioners as needed...

In the short time it's been operational, at least 99 (reported) breaches have occurred... It appears the access controls in use are very limited, and all it may take is some small medical office in a small country town (who most likely won't be following best practice in regards to infosec) to be 0wned, for the entire DB to be siphoned off...

Imagine what some company would be willing to pay for an entire country population medical history!

Thankfully the service is opt out... (for now)
 

LunarMist

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I was trying to write crapper. That site doesn't work, but it's something Chinese?
I guess the internet is not the issue, but the way it used and quality of content on it is very poor now. Commercial sites have tons of obnoxious video adverts or even normal content that cannot be disabled. Then there is the horrible F*c****k and Tw*t**, and Google and Andoroids tracking you every minute and forcing you to download a crappy app to do something poorly that should not require any app. It's hardly worth it.
 

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I got to do some emergency plumbing on Sunday afternoon evening. I went into the basement to turn off a circuit breaker to replace a bad light switch and found puddles of water on the floor. So that suddenly took priority. The dielectric union on the inlet side of the hot water heater had sprung a leak and was spraying a tiny stream of water onto my workbench. It filled up all sorts of things with water. It took me several hours to get most of the water cleaned up, some stuff thrown out, other stuff dried out, and then finally fix the plumbing so I could have hot water again. I got to go out in a near blizzard to buy plumbing parts at the store and then I had the joy of trying to solder brass fittings that just did not want to solder.

Then last night I got to take the new dielectric union apart and had to tighten it onto the pipe from the hot water heater even more since it seemed to have a very slight leak. A drop of water would develop on the threads over the course of several hours. Now it seem to be water tight.

Tonight, I was finally able to replace the faulty light switch. :geek:
 

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I also had some some emergency plumbing issues on Sunday afternoon that needed the whole house water to be shut off. Fortunately my girlfriend was in the kitchen at the time when the faucet hot water line ruptured. I'm glad she was there to hear it as it was spraying all over the place under the cabinet. The on/off valve under the sink wouldn't turn so she had to go in the basement and turn the water off to the house.

I'm really surprised that a flexible steel hose ruptured like this. The hoses were not replaceable so we had to buy a new kitchen faucet which now comes with the plastic pex hoses. When I pulled the old faucet out, I could see at the top of the cold water line that the steel braiding had also pulled away and may have only been a matter of time before it also ruptured.



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Chewy509

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Seems we all had a plumbing story this week... I had to replace the tap valves in the ensuite shower last week, due the shower having a slight leak with the taps turned off. (The nylon/rubber ends on the valves had deteriorated due to over tightening).
 

Stereodude

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I'm really surprised that a flexible steel hose ruptured like this...
FWIW, the hose isn't steel. The steel braid is supposed to prevent bursting of the underlying material (though they can still develop leaks). Clearly it didn't quite work as intended. They sell them as burst proof hoses. I have one for the water line to my fridge. Maybe on my washer also. I'm a little fuzzy on that as I don't look at them frequently (ever?).

Wow, that's not good. :( Am I the only one that just calls a plumber?
Apparently. I'm up to the task of basic to moderate around the house work. I'm generally interested to save the money and I trust my own work. :cool:
 

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I was aware that the steel braided hoses weren't just steel, but I was surprised because as you mentioned, they're typically sold as burst-proof and in this case it clearly failed and burst. I also have double lined hoses for the waster hookups. They have the plastic-like material inside, steel braiding, then another rubber-like coating over top of the steel braid. I should probably add a steel braid hose to the fridge waterline...
 

DrunkenBastard

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Internet says "An insurance company's study of washing machine hoses says that the average age of a failed hose is 8.7 years. The study recommends replacing both stainless steel braided hoses and rubber hoses every 5 to 7 years. The most common place for a washing machine hose to leak or burst is at the connection.Jan 16, 2017"

I tend to turn the well pump off if away for a while, prob wouldnt be a bad thing to have some kind of leak detection/notification system in place though.
 

LunarMist

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That only covers failed hoses claimed on insurance? I'd expect that some hoses never fail before being replaced for various reasons. I think it makes sense to replace hoses when appliances are changed or remodeling is done.
 

snowhiker

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I have rubber hoses on my clothes washing machine. They are 13, going on 14 years old. Every 6 months of so I read a post regarding "burst hoses" and I think, "I should probably replace my hoses" but I never do. {fingers crossed}
 

Chewy509

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OK: Im impressed. Looks like the Evo started as pretty much a 4 door, street legal race car. Specs are similar to my old 64.5 mustang funny car. 2800 pounds, 350 HP, 5 to 6 speed, and fantastic suspension. I wish they would have had the prices. Must have started around 40-60 grand.
Wish I had one, without the spoilers, in a plain white wrapper...
Actually not.
In this day and age, buy a cheap eco car for the street. Spend 3-5 grand and buy a used Formula Vee. Spend the money on track time.
No radar cops on Sears Point or Laguna Seca.
FYI, 2015 Evo was AU$53,700 (+ on road costs), or it seems in the US, was US$38,805 (+ on road costs) on release.

Agree, locally "hooning" / street racing has become a real problem... It would be nice if they went to the local track(s) for that stuff...

Source: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/...lancer-evolution-final-edition-bids-farewell/

Moved from SSDs thread to here to avoid the SSD thread turning into car talk...
 

Chewy509

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I've seen a few, but those rally type of street cars are not so popular in the US compared to N/A performance cars.
I think it's a case of the market for mods for Japanese based cars is a lot less than say Ford or Chev, not to mention the "made is US" factor going against foreign designed/made cars...

Likewise here we see a lot of utes being favoured locally... One example...

 

LunarMist

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Linikin is BS. I cannot see the profiles of candidates because I don't have an account. :mad:
I don't want an account for obvious reasons.
 

Chewy509

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On Saturday the family and I ate at McDonalds for the first time in about 6mths. (We were out grocery shopping in an area we don't normally go, so unsure of the local options).

I got a Big Mac meal... My wife asked how the Big Mac was, and I said, "Well, the meat had no flavour, I'm not sure that was meant to be cheese, the bun was sweet, the only thing with any flavour was the sauce, but overall very unsatisfying...",

Her reply, "What did you expect, its McDonald's"...
 

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I moved into my new home a couple weeks ago and as part of this I knew the first project would be to replace all the 2nd floor carpeting. The house was built in 1985 and I believe the carpets might have been original. They smelled and had all kinds of stains on them.

I spent the weekend doing the demolition of the entire 2nd floor to remove the carpets in preparation for my hardwood contractor that came this morning. The amount of dirt I swept and vacuumed off the subfloor that was under all the carpets was impressively disgusting to me.

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