* Posts by Tim Roberts 1

194 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Sep 2009


Apple redecorates its iPhone prison to appease Europe

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I'll probably be hammered from both sides for this but here goes.

I was a relatively early user of macs, with the encouragement of my Dad, owning a Mac Plus back in the day..

Over the years, in several iterations I graduated up to a Power PC G5 in about 2005.

This machine served me well. and eventually died a natural death. In 2019, I went over to PC, mainly on a cost/benefit basis, but also because the "closed shop" was starting to irritate me for the software I was interested in.

I have never owned an iPhone, and never will as I'm a very basic user - just for calls when I need to, so a cheap android one does me well.

The software for my win10 PC is serving me well in my interests of ham radio, electronics and photography. Stand alone, single purchase software for these is imho vastly better than what was available for my old mac.

Will I be upgrading to win11 anytime soon? Not on your nelly! I have it on a work laptop and frankly it's a piece of crap.

Microsoft touts migration to Windows 11 as painless, though wallets may disagree

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I have a w10 PC at home that is not compatible with w11.

I also have a w11 laptop that I use for work.

Frankly, if I thought it was worth the effort and cost, I'd change the laptop to w10.

Imo, w11 is a pain in the arse - it does nothing for my "productivity" and offers little to nil in "must have's"

As for edge .... Jeeze, don't get me started.....

HP customers claim firmware update rendered third-party ink verboten

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Re: Obsession with colour printing is the problem

Yes, same with my Brother MFC-8460, purchased a long time because it also has a scanner.

Don't do a lot of printing now, but did heaps when I was still working as a teacher.

Paper roller jammed a month or so ago, but a good clean and printer head was all that was needed.

My wife occasionally uses an inkjet to print photos/designs onto fabric for various quilting projects, but otherwise, laser rules in our house.

'Return to Office' declared dead

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This article is worth a read. Obviously about Australian WFH, but applies elsewhere I imagine.


Take Windows 11... please. Leaks confirm low numbers for Microsoft's latest OS

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I don't claim to be any sort of Windows expert as I've only migrated over from mac's in the last 2 years - mainly a cost/benefit exercise if anyone cares.

So, my home PC runs win 10, and I'm gradually getting the hang of how to do things, and am able to work out all issues given a bit of time. When I do system updates, I get told that win 11 won't work on it.

My work laptop ( I own it but take it to work each day) is win 11. Really I see no advantage in win 11 for what I do.

Some text - I use Libre office, some internet - I use duckducgo, some email - I use thunderbird, some PDF, I use adobe, some photos - I use various bits of software depending on what I'm trying to do, but happy to use GIMP, some audio/video - I use Audacity and VLC.

Yeah yeah, I'm a boring old fart but win 11 is just not worth the upgrade effort for my home pc, and won't be unless it dies in the arse and I'm forced to upgrade.

Point is, I suspect I'm not alone.

Not even the ghost of obsolescence can coerce users onto Windows 11

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I don't count myself as an expert by any measure, but I do have a win 10 desktop for home and a win 11 laptop for work - yeah yeah the old one died, and was not worth repairing.

I see absolutely no advantage to upgrading my 10 machine, and will resist the temptation until something that cannot be replace finally bites the dust. No, I'm not a fan of win 11.

Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

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Re: She should have got 15 years

Yep, the word "fuckwit" comes to mind ...... she might was well have done the deed.

Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

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Michael who??

Who is Michael Dell? ...... for that matter who/what is Dell?

Oz consumer watchdog: 'up to' speeds shouldn't be in broadband ads

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with apologies to Monty Python

" ..... up to clearly includes the number zero ...." (or some such in a skit about pills that allow one to sleep with up to 1000 women per week)

ExoMars update: Schiaparelli probe's parachute malfunctioned

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I'll post before the detractors

Even getting there is an amazing achievement, so I hope the coulda/shoulda/woulda naysayers out there really have a good look at what was achieved compared to what was not achieved. There is nothing here on earth that is comparable to a mission to mars - no not even a mission to the ocean depths as there will be a cable to pull you back up.

Getting to mars is a success, not landing is a disappointment.

nbn™ says nobody needs gigabit internet, trumpets XG-Fast at 8Gbps anyway

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nice to see ....

that NBN (Telstra in another coat) is deciding who needs what - the reality is that the current LNP government hobbled the NBN for political purposes ( note I did not say political gain, as I believe there will be none for them).

Thanks Scabbot, Turdball et.al. for sending Aus down an inferior internet path. No I won't be fucking voting for you in the future.

User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Re: Bad references

I Kenya a few decades ago they used to say

"This man has done me well, I hope he does you too"

(at least according to my Dad who worked there in the late 50's and early 60's)

Why XPoint SSDs won't meet original speed claims: A guide

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"The horizontal access ...."

Last time I taught this stuff it was called an axis.... Oh well I must be getting old or not keeping up with new terminology (or both)

nbn™ switches on first Telstra HFC-powered broadband services

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To quote (probably badly ) Monty Python "...as long as you realise that up-to clearly includes the number zero"

IIRC this was from a skit about some treatment that would allow one to "sleep with up to 300 women per day" or somesuch.

French authorities raid Google's Paris HQ over tax allegations

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this is the essence ...

of international tax dodging by multinatiobnals. And I point no finger at Google because they are not alone.

Dick limps towards inglorious end: Gadget retailer on the brink

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Re: It's a sad end

I was about to write a similar comment but you beat me to it. Nicely written by the way.

No, drone owners – all our base are belong to US, thunders military

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this one looks good - silent as well


Australian test finds robot essay assessors on par with human teachers

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Re: @James51 and originality

Quite! NAPLAN is a scam if for no other reason is that it purports to assess something that doesn't exist.

Until we get the National Curriculum properly underway - something I support by the way - NAPALM (deliberate miss-spelling) is a waste of taxpayer money.

Few parents realise that they can pull their children out of the test, and I believe that is an option for schools as well. If I still had school aged children they definitely would not be sitting the test.

The stress it causes some children at the school where I work is terrible.

Now we know why Philae phouled up comet landing

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to all the naysayers ....

Yes, the original mission did not go as planned - hey we are talking an extremely hostile environment in space.

The mission in my estimation was a success - but of course there will be the obese lounge lizard with a drone who coulda' - woulda' - shoulda' done it better if he'd been asked.

This kind of mission was the stuff of dreams in my boyhood and I'm stoked that I've been alive to see it happen.

Cut the mission operators some slack and if you think you can do better/cheaper then give Kickstarter a try!

As my old Dad would have said - " Well done that man"

My 2c worth - keep the change naysayers.

Volvo eyes kangaroo detection tech

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Several commentators have mentioned some of the issues here:

- The most critical time is at dusk when your own driving vision is close to it's worst

- some people believe that they hop into the road because headlights give them an illuminated path

- Red kangaroos - the biggest? - weigh in at close to 100kg ~ 200lb

- many can hop at over 25kph ~14mph and for short distances at 70kph ~ 45mph

- they can hop sideways as part of their path

- they seem to appear out of nowhere, so good luck with detecting something off to the side and deciding that it will hop in front of the car.

Oh and yes, Wombats can also be a problem despite their stature - in a previous life I drove small buses and hit a wombat one evening. The bus was un-driveable - buggered the steering and the wombat didn't make it either. Mostly however, wombats are significantly less common that roos.

Good news: Adobe bangs out Flash patch fast. Bad news: Google's defenses were useless

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Whaaaat? Geeze Beeb get yourselves into the real world.

Aircon biz fined $1.3m after boss set up attack websites slamming critical punters

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Couldn't have happened to a nicer cunch of bunts.

Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Re: Just goes to show

Professor Tim... I like that, thanks! I wear that as a badge of success! Perhaps I should start my own poorly informed, uneducated, reactionary and shitty online blog to showt the evil, left wing, antichrist, anti-gun, degenerate, homo, lesbo, pinko, greenie hordes that I really mean business!

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Just goes to show

Stupidity is alive and well

Woman makes app that lets people rate and review you, Yelp-style. Now SHE'S upset people are 'reviewing' her

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only one suitable comment

you reap what you sow

NBN fibre-to-the-node launched: Now the long sprint begins

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Re: Fibre like speeds.....

Quite. We live at near the distance limit for ADSL, from the nearest exchange. It that is going to be our node then NBN is a waste of time, and will deliver no significant speed upgrade.

Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

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just a question

Is a kid who really made a bomb likely to show it to his teacher? The second teacher, the school and the police have just shown themselves up to be a bunch of idiots.

Bloke called Rod struck by lightning for second time

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deserves a limerick

An unlucky fellow named Rod

thought he'd been punished by God

struck by lightning twice

is not really nice

but at least he's a cheerful sod

Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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I wonder if Laura is also known as Ida (sorry)

A west Yorkshire lass name of Ida

was terrible 'fraid of the spider

in the 'nanas some seen

made miss Ida scream

at the thought of a spider inside 'er

Sun like it hot: Philae comet probe wakes up, phones home again

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a botched landing?

That's pretty harsh from someone who has probably only ever tried to park a car.

Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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@ Breen

Are you talking about "Philae warms up nicely" or "sends a second burst of data". Or perhaps both?

Dotcom keeps assets, for now

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I've said this a few times ....

.....and let me say it again. Fuck you USA ...... You do not own me, the world or even New Zealand.

I have no view on his guilt or innocence but I do have a definite view on US agencies pursuing him in New Zealand.

Again - FUCK OFF !

nbn has made ZERO fibre-to-the-node and cable connections

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no FTTN?

well colour me fucked!!

Fumbling Feds lose control of seized MegaUpload domains – to saucy vid slingers

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never used megaupload ...

... and I'm not a fan of "piracy" sites but the US really fucked up in their pursuit of Kim Dotcom. You think you own the world? Wrong. You think you have jurisdiction in every nation on Earth? Wrong. You think you own the internet? Theoretically you do but it is becoming increasingly obvious that this won't always be the case - in fact probably really isn't the case now.

Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: Is there really a place called "Radio Colony"…

Nice! as an old ham I'm probably one of a small crowd who knows what a yagi is


Tim Roberts 1

I'll bite

effing get a sense of humour, wankers! The joke is not about YOU...... chill out and get back to whatever you were doing before you saw the OFFENSIVE (not) robot pissing on an apple.. Jeysus .... I piss on my fruit trees regularly and am training my grandsons to do the same - nitrogen for those that wonder why we'd expose our willies to the cool evening air.

Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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reel to reel

I remember my parents angst when they lent their reel to reel to a "friend" who snapped off the little wings that held the reels in place on one side of the machine.

Basically the machine was buggered despite my Dad's best efforts to replace the wings with pins through carefully drilled holes.

As for applying my schlong to aforementioned machine..... sorry I was a bit too young.

Kill all geoblocks says Internet Society of Australia

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I agree!

"Geoblocking content should be banned under international trade treaties, according to the Internet Society of Australia"

No argument here in my home.....

Is the the internet INTERnational - NETwork_( yes I admit I'm probably wrong with n my interpretation) really there to give individuals access to "stuff"

Companies that use geoolocking are scum because they use my (your) location to determine price.

NBN Co loses the “Co” for AU$700,000

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here's the rub .

I, who doesn't need it (live in the western suburbs of Brisbane) and have very good adsl connection with mostly very good VOIP, will get NBN before one of my friends who lives 40km from me - in the sticks as they say - and relies on mobile phone for his internet at home. My sister in Launceston and friends in Hobart tell me the same story so I'm sure this is echoed around oz.

WTF! The NBN has been bastardised by Turnbull et.al. and they should be pilloried at the next election. A world class system reduced to a deploy-where-it-pays system.

Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

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Do not ...

turn off or unplug your computer , it will turn off automatically ---- installing update 1 of 1

NO, Joe Hockey, a 'Netflix tax' wouldn't raise 'billions'

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said Hockey ...

Said Hockey " I've worked out a way"

"to get Netflix - the fuckers - to pay"

"I'll charge GST"

" 'Twill bring BILLIONS to me"

"Hey Tony .... now what do you say?"

Cisco loses logo lawsuit against WiFi inventor boffinhaus

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Personally, ....

I would be totally confused by the similarity between the circle and the rectangle. I hope Cisco appeals because of the ultra-rounded corners of their rectangle in the CSIRO logo.

Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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reminds me of a limerick

It has long been a passion of mine

a new value for pi to assign

I'd fix it at three

'cos it's easier you see

than 3.14159

Sadly I cannot claim authorship of this one but I'll drink to the person who did.

Choc Factory splatters 51 bugs, Mozilla bumps cert checker

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you can't necessarily see everything

So personally I'm happy that the code is being inspected by others and pleased that Google is paying to get the bugs fixed.

Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again

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Not sure if you are correct in the "Piracy has not dented the profits of big movie in any significant way" , but you are definitely correct about archaic distribution.

Here in oz you cannot buy the latest Game of Thrones episodes at any price (or so I'm told). So the only way to access them is to download a copy from somewhere.

I'll wager that if they were available to purchase (download) on release, in higher quality then there would be a market.

I don't download copyrighted stuff, but I have no sympathy for the companies that are effectively hobbling their own market.

Telstra copper at crisis point, endangers NBN, says union

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Re: How did this happen?

You clearly do not know that union membership is not compulsory here in oz - in fact I cannot pay fortnightly from my pay to be a union member because of conservative policies of several years ago - but that is another story. What evidence do you have that only union members use plastic bags to cover the joints? ..... thought not ...... actually it would more likely be their employers who told them to cut as many corners as possible - union members or not - and provided the bags to do so. If the "baggers" are independent contractors then I'm sure they are intelligent enough to work out how to cut costs, union membership or not.

Uber Australia hiring lawyers, PR flaks

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Re: Sueballs at dawn

Yes I agree that this is inevitable. The ratio of cars on the road to accidents/serious accidents is small but basic probability theory tells us that it will happen somewhere sometime. If you are the uber driver at that somewhere/sometime point then basically you are royally fucked. I doubt that you will get any help or recompense from Uber - they are in it to make money, not to look after you.

Facebook worth more than Portugal? Hell, it's worth a LOT more than THAT

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worth more or "worth more"

Facebook may be worth more in dollar terms, and I accept that dollar worth is the king these days, but I posit that Portugal has far more to offer residents, travellers and visitors than any social media can. Visit Portugal and post your selfies, but remember that facebook is not the real Portugal and the real Portugal probably doesn't give a flying fuck about facebook (yet)

Alan Turing's lost notebook goes under the hammer

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Sadly ...

The treatment of Turing by UK establishment was appalling and well below what he deserved but yes, this document should stay in the UK, preferably at the Bletchley Park museum.

Australian desert deluge demonstrates why we're doing it

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Yep Central Australia .....

People who have not actually been there have no idea about isolation, keeping safe, extreme heat etc etc.

A truly amazing place - not one that I personally enjoy, but well worth a visit next time you are in oz.

Oh by the way if you break down, don't leave your vehicle (at least you'll be able to drink the radiator water if you get really desperate) ..... you did remember that sat phone didn't you?