* Posts by Colin Tree

215 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Feb 2008


Facebook privacy audit by auditors finds everything is awesome!

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too big to fail

It's no trade secret Facebook make their money from selling our data.

So why has everybody got a problem.

Facebook is "too big to fail" now that so many other businesses have their marketing tied to the platform and business model. So the FTC is reluctant to upset the big end of town.

Diplomats, 'Net greybeards work to disarm USA, China and Russia’s cyber-weapons

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Until the physical layer and protocols are trustworthy and auditable nothing can be trusted.

Assuring authenticity has to be built into the physical layer.

Cryptography works until it is broken, then we move on to a longer key or different cypher.

Everything added to try and create trust is only a bandaid over a broken system.

Start again.

Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed

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why is this a problem,

or when does it become a large enough problem to do something about it


Sneaky satellite launch raises risk of Gravity-style space collision

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space junk



4 more isn't going to make a difference

"... 29,000 larger (10cm>) debris were estimated to be in orbit ..."

Why isn't digital fixing the productivity puzzle?

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people are the economy

Jeez, how many times have I said "people are the economy"

company profits and trickle down, phooey

dunderhead economists and business dudes are simplistic, cut costs, increase profits

how about pay people more, they'll have more money to purchase expensive shit and all companies will make more profit

they don't look at the larger circulation of money, only their own limited self interest and profit

the economy is a big machine which fails if all the wheels aren't greased sufficiently

Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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far queue

Peter Dutton, thick as a copper, not a nice person.

Watching him on Press Club was disturbing, he really believes himself.

Go and join the far queue.

Luckily free, open source should keep us safe and secure.

Hoping our future online access will be Dutton free.

Australia's new insta-pay scheme has insta-lookup of any user's phone number

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stupid fish

This is just for stupid fish who can't remember the milk.

I never remember phone numbers, they're in my phone. The numbers have been verified because I talk or text with the other parties. People are names not numbers.

I would pre verify a new number putting them in my contacts then talking with them before transferring funds.

The banks have it round the wrong way. Their app has to verify with my contact list.

nbn™ scoreboard: our new way to look at Australia's national broadband network

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score 66/100 ---> 12/100

Love the Corporate Plan-2018-2021 cover picture, woman working with medical imaging in the bush

I'm paying for 50 Mbs, getting 30 Mbs --> 6 Mbs

My customer experience = mediocre to fail

They've given us a placebo, under-provisioning puts less strain on the network while taking more money, the masses are happy with their (not perfect) streaming 'Happy Days'. How many people are continuously logging their internet performance and would know just how bad it gets ?

If they made a proper network, gave everyone top speed and charged a flat $40, everyone would connect, they'd make friends and money at the same time. That would rise with inflation to what they were expecting. But no, the fat cats had to fuck with it.

Besides the XPoint: Persistent memory tech is cool, but the price tag... OUCH

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They want to sell top dollar to the server market.

Want to get economy of scale ?

Putting Xpoint memory in embedded processors would simplify both hardware and software by replacing registers, eeprom, flash and sram. Slower than sram, but embedded isn't chasing peak performance.

One memory to rule them all.

Crowdfunding small print binned as Retro Computers Ltd loses court refund action

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Re: On the other hand

No, I don't think that is what the judge said.

Morton was protected because " the campaign owners have to perform any promise to contributors. "

In this case " it says 'this order'. Not 'this pledge' but 'this order' has been successfully added to your campaign, said the judge "

I'm very dubious about crowd funding.

A developer should have a prototype product to show that they are fair dinkum. Fine tuning plastic mouldings, etc and doing a production run are worth funding and you might reasonably expect something back for your money. And it will help the fledgling company get up and running.

Should ISPs pay to block pirate websites? Supreme Court to decide

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anyone pirating is using a vpn, as encouraged by piratebay, etc

bypasses the ISP so WGAF

more shit coming from moronic mouths

Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

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side door

Think laterally.

The best backdoor to encryption might be social engineering.

A backdoor to encryption is a side door.

Criminals often exploit this weakness.

Australian Senate vote-counting-ware contract a complete shambles

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right wing people were elected

LNP won

the right people were elected

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature

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Should be a recall

Australia won't prescribe its national broadband network a high-fibre diet

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definition of Cost-effective and Quickly

"....the NBN....experts to use their discretion to choose the most appropriate technology to ensure the network is rolled out as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.”

Cost-effective has to include long term maintenance.

Quickly has to take into account time to correct sub-standard connections.

'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

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Do it the tech way.

We need a new disruptive technology to push these platforms aside and make them obsolete.

Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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have they seen what a password might be ?

I give people examples of what a password might look like, use one or make up your own

e.g. $ pwgen -y 10

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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our data has value

So our data has value, shouldn't we all monetise it.

If Google had to pay us to use our data, maybe they'd slurp less.

Money is the only thing companies understand.

IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

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I'm waiting for three-state memory

+ve -ve zero

true, false, don't care

true, false, maybe

true, false, stop bit

Especially as a stop bit, serial storage, variable word length,

a true or false flag could be stored as f+1,

a very long number could be stored in n+1 bits,

variable length instruction, execute

how much redundancy is there in fixed length words ?

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

Iris scan ?

fingerprint scan ?

pin number ?

swipe pattern ?

voice ?

any of the above ?

UK industry bods: Re-train one million manufacturing workers to deal with new tech

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my advantage

I've used my tech skills to create cad/cam high tech wooden surfboards and try and encourage the surfing community away from plastics into a sustainable future.

Now I've just got to make a buck out of it.

I've got negative earnings, so tax breaks are useless, used my super to fund development.

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poor innovators

You will find artisans, innovators and creative people living in lower cost regions.

They are focused on creating, not making mellions to pay inner city London rent and hanging around with tossers partying. They congregate in stimulating communities, feeding off each other's passions and sharing. You can't make it happen, just create the environment for it to coalesce.

Next come the trendies who like to be 'in the scene', then the rich tossers come to party with the trendies, then the artisans piss off somewhere else more conducive.

Spare me the confected 'Innovation Theatre' that is hackfests and their ilk

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clueless businessmen

Society has to take the money away from the clueless businessmen and give it to innovators.

They are just stealing your ingenuity and fresh thinking because they have none.

It is sad that money rules the world, because they are just festering maggots, sucking goodness, taking and not giving back.

Part of the click wrap agreement is all ideas submitted or developed are owned by them, and they don't have to give you squat.

Talking to universities is just the same.

Incubators want a saleable product, or a quick path to release and profitability. Basically they just do the marketing, again a clueless bunch of businessmen.

These days, tech gear and development systems are pretty cheap and your solo development path isn't so steep. Do some yourself, align with like minded mates and do it yourselves.

Get a product ready then crowdfund it to get production up.

Pity you don't have the balls to do it anymore.

Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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Re: Not a Noob

RTFM means Read The Fucking Manual

You are an old (L)user

Stick with Windoze





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boys flogging themselves

Home page reads like newby Linux boys trying to flog their services and provide professional business support.

If you want to mention security, you need to talk about no Micro$oft security support for older OSs on older boxen and how Wine is the only safe place to run your legacy Windoze applications.

If you want to talk about legacy Windoze boxen, they might also run legacy Windoze apps, doesn't get a mention till documents... available Q40S applications... down the page a bit.

Trinity based on KDE3, forked, get real boys, shows their inexperience, not a stable base.

KDE shite is never fast or light, if they had any experience they'd use anything else.

nbn™ to use G.fast in late 2018, firstly in commercial premises

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A new flavour is being dropped into the Multi Technology Mix pot.

More complication, more cost, more confusion.

So is it now a multi stepped upgrade from FTTN ---> FTTP ?

Just give us all fibre you dickheads.

Australian government launches review of .au domain

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Mitch wants to give the domain registration to some prick company which donates to the LNP, so his mates can put prices way up and make lots of filthy money and donate more money to the LNP.

It's a synergistic - all the mates get rich and screw everyone else. Why not, it's what they've done with everything else.

Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

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take back control

The only way to secure your data is to publish your data under a license which stops other entities accessing or using your data without your explicit permission and limitations and allows you to take legal action against them.

Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

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xmit error

I use the hash to check the file transmission had no errors, that's all.

You have to trust the source Luke.

Sometimes reputable news sites report servers have been compromised,

which has happened to trustworthy sites from time to time.

Basically, peer reviewed security.

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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100 %

Friday afternoon after a pub lunch, you look drunk.

100 % probability you will be tested positive.

Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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money, happy

Ignorance is bliss

Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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in theory

in theory,

read the article, they're low level, physical, real world problems,

but clouds are so ethereal, each level of abstraction increases complexity.

If you didn't use the azure cloud, you wouldn't have a problem.


oh, azure is the colour of a clear sky, nothing to do with clouds,

MS cockup again

Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

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Re: Hmmm ... I'm begging to sense a trend ...

Just waiting for Census-fail II

Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite Yes / No / Don'tknow / Maybe

Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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Surf rage

Seen the add ???

Want to get beaten up ???

The watch will be unwelcome out in the surf.

What fuckup, air head yuppie thought of that for the add doesn't surf

nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

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bumhole of the Gold Coast

and being the bumhole, we got FTTN.

We're a forgotten corner of the Gold Coast, and as I feared, we got the bum deal NBN connection.

I will stay on our old ADSL as long as possible, see how the early adopters go and if it fails in the first good rain.

Is there anywhere we can find the CVC for each ISP ?

Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

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gold plated guarantee

I want to see minimum and daily average speeds and MTBF guarantees,

or the ISPs pay compensation.

Maybe a failover to a minimum service of telephone.

This is an essential service.

Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers

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Re: Voter imact < 4%

While we have a piss weak captain at the tiller, we'll just go from problem to problem with no resolutions. He is too gutless to stand up to companies, even the government owned NBN, just let them self regulate, the marketplace will sort out any problems.

Listening to Shorton on Q&A, he said they will not replace existing copper installs, but, at one point said they will install more FTTP. But he was dithering a lot through the show, so I don't think even he knew what he was saying. He was pushing slogans, when he could have been selling quality fibre.

The financial windfall will be savings in future maintenance. There will also be increasing efficiencies as they install more fibre.

I'm sure there will be efforts in the future to bring the whole network up to a good standard. Maybe some gold plating before selling it off for a loss to private enterprise.

Microsoft, Apple cough up millioins after Australian tax audits

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It's just business

" ... tax arrangements still used transfers between subsidiaries in Bermuda, Singapore and Ireland, becuase it needs to do so in order to remain competitive . "

And we're going to tax the bejesus out of you so Australia can stay in business, just suck it up.

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

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none of their bloody business

If it's money laundering from crime, they don't mind to make a loss. Throwing dirty money on roulette, 1/2 red, 1/2 black, guaranteed get back nearly 50%, never loose, but comes back clean.

The value of Bitcoin is going up because of investors/opportunists.

Traditional currencies only go down because of inflation.

$$$ to buy a house 20 years ago would only buy you a shithouse today.

I would rather use a currency which is stable, "what goes up must come down" Newton

(ii) is not issued by or under the authority of a government body = none of their bloody business

Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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corporate conscience

We have to legislate for companies to have a social conscience and responsibilities to ALL stakeholders - shareholders, workers, customers, government.

Pay your workers, shareholders and taxes fairly and don't rip off your customers.

nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing

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1:32 doesn't get close to working for streaming services. The CVC has to be averaged over a month and allow real peak usage.

It's a virtual circuit not a fixed bandwidth circuit. They just have to provision for a LOT more bandwidth to cover peak requirements.

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Re: rest assured

so your backbone is spineless and also lacks failover.

Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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cheap arse DIYs

They just realised DIYs only want to spend $10 for an SBC and they use free Linux or Android, no money to be made here, the money's in high end gear.

TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

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bump in the road

Oh great, variations, that's where we'll really make some money !!!

" council's business processes are “poorly defined” "

after working alongside BCC workers for many years, I can only agree with that, they should stick to patching potholes (badly), that's about their limit.

Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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I've used Firefox since it was Netscape, I trust it.

Mozilla will be 20 next year, it used to drag behind IE

and the competition has always been rough,

there's a lot at stake making a window to the internet

because it is so lucrative to control that many people.

John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

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Re: We are not numbers. I'm not a statistic

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?

Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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it's 2017 not 1935

stop it

nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

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retailers and techs

So the retailers take the cream off the NBN profits to do what precisely ?

They provide a router/wifi and a poor service.

If a retailer came to our street and offered us all a fibre upgrade from the box to the premises, then I would think they were providing something worthwhile.

Think it was an extra $200 dollars difference between Turdbull moron NBN and the real NBN ?

It has now come to The Well but the copper in the ground is fully forked. We can tell when it rains by the depth of water and the number of Telstra techs repairing connections.

OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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boxed set

Bought the Beatles boxed set back in the 70's,

but now have and regularly listen to the Beatles discography.

I reckon I've purchased a license to listen to their music,

and back then it was for life, not a single play on one device.

...relax and float downstream...

LSD, the golden age