* Posts by Mike Echo

86 publicly visible posts • joined 12 Aug 2009


nbn™ puts the acid on Australia's ISPs to speed up its NBN

Mike Echo

Re: The Need For Speed

"Then receiving a tailored speed to expect AFTER you place the order." (my caps)

Unless there is a way of testing the speed prior (eg a trial), users will not want to pay more money for the top tier speed if it is unattainable at that location.

Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Re: Does Trump know about the limits of Presidential power.

"Can we look forward to world class pacifier ejection events."

Here, have an upvote.

It will be interesting keeping an eye on the website http://www.track-trump.com/ which will simply keep track of promises kept or broken in the first 100 days. I am certainly no fan of Donald Trump but there is no law against voting for an imbecile. Or against imbeciles voting, for that matter.

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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Sometimes, just sometimes

I use an adblocker and will turn it off for sites that allow me to view decent content (ie not clickbait) and as long as the ads are not in my face.

NBN delivers boring, solid result for 2015/2016

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Re: 82% at 25Mbps or slower

Who would be foolish enough to pay for "up to 100Mbps" if the copper making up the last mile was in such poor condition it meant that they wouldn't get anywhere near that speed? I certainly wouldn't pay for 100 if 50 was the most I could get.

Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

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Re: Treason

"and, did ANYONE ever think that Trump *might* be telling a JOKE? *I* thought it was UPROARIOUSLY funny!"

Someone needs a humour transplant, methinks.

Australia gets one-quarter of a minister for national infosec

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They talk the talk but that is almost all.

No, Google you still can't have dotless, one-word domains

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It's about the money. It's always about the money.

Boston blocks Oz FoI: 'the price of our dodgy reports is a secret'

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All governments allow such consultancy but it ALL needs to be really, really transparent. It is taxpayer money after all.

Liberal Party of Australia: why are you paying so much for ancient software?

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Lo tech

Old software, old copper for an updated broadband network. The Libs really are showing their true level of understanding of modern technology.

No means no: Windows 10 nagware's red X will stop update – Microsoft

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Gun, meet foot

MS really are very, very silly sometimes. Windows 10 is probably not too awful an OS (I'm still on 7 as I have no need to upgrade just yet) but instead of letting customers upgrade IF and WHEN they want, they try to trick people into upgrading just so MS's numbers look good. Now I don't care what you say about the red X, it has always meant cancel ever since I have used a Windows OS so pretending otherwise is just pixie dust. Episodes like this show that MS really have very little respect for their customers (you know, the people who pay their salaries). Idjits.

Lester Haines: RIP

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Lester, you were always good for a laugh old son. Any time I saw your name on a byline, I always clicked to read the article as you rarely disappointed. Thanks for the smiles.

In obesity fight, UK’s heavy-handed soda tax beats US' watered-down warning

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Low-sugar fizzy drink

"a tax of 24 pence (36 cents) and 18 pence will be levied on each liter of high-sugar or low-sugar fizzy drinks, respectively."

Why would they tax low-sugar fizzy drink if they are aiming to reduce sugar consumption?

Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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The Bill and Melinda Gates foundation has done, and continues to do, some good work in the world. We all might make jokes, but credit where credit is due.

Switkowski wades into NBN leak debate, ALP is furious

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Silver linings

The only good thing to come of this is that now the issue of Oz broadband (Malcolm Turnbull's version of it, along with all its peculiarities) is in front of the public's eyes, not long before an election is due.

Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Re: Suggestions

"As nearly always is true in cases like this, failure to do so promptly and cheerfully will cost them more in the end, both money and good will."

Exactly. It never ceases to amaze me how companies profess to "value the customer", "focus on the basics", "empower", "stakeholders", <insert another business cliche here> and then just duck and weave, preferring to try and hide things under the carpet in the hope that the problem will go away. This is very, very poor service on the part of Microsoft and I hope the issue is reported far and wide and comes back to bite them on the bum.,

NBN leak pits minister against AFP commissioner

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Oh dear

Streisand effect much?

Back up the trucks for Zuck's bucks: Facebook revenues up 52 per cent

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Will facebook die?

A while ago I thought that facebook was like so many other things that seem to come and go and imagined it would only be a matter of time before the novelty wore off and facebook would fade into obscurity. Once mums and dads started using facebook, I thought that the cool factor would have evaporated and that kids would move on to the next big thing. Nobody wants to be seen hanging out with parents and all that. Personally, I have a facebook account but only check it once or twice a year, mainly to thank people for wishing me happy birthday after they have been prompted by facebook.

Maybe I was completely wrong (I know advertising income does not equal user growth but advertisers will not throw money at a dwindling user base). It would be interesting to see just where the user growth is happening, because if it is increasing in places where people don't have much of a disposable income then such growth is not going to do much for advertisers.

Will the facebook novelty wear off? When?

Australia's broadband policy is a flimsy, cynical House of Cards

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After being told to "destroy the NBN" when in opposition, Turnbull cannot admit that FTTP was the best choice after gaining power. It has become a political football.

Waleed Aly's NBN intervention is profoundly unhelpful

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Slow news day

I think Wally made a spur of the moment comment and you are making a mountain out of a molehill. I have seen more "profoundly unhelpful" comments from those in positions of authority (on both sides) who should know better and yet still do it intentionally.

Former Nokia boss Stephen Elop scores gig as chief innovator for Australia's top telco

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Just great

Great. Just what we need down here.

Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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"Which sounds very much like a legalistic way of saying because everybody's ignoring the law, the law is irrelevant."

Oh well, if everyone is doing it then it must be okay.

Yahoo! Mail! is! still! a! thing!, tries! blocking! Adblock! users!

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Do people still use Yahoo?

I dumped Yahoo quite a while back (search for "Yahoo" and "XSS" to see how vulnerable your Yahoo account is). With the number of free alternatives, I really can't see why anyone would bother with Yahoo any longer. Yahoo has been slowly sliding down the slope of irrelevance for quite some time now.

Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

Mike Echo

Re: A big rat flings itself from the s(t)inking ship

Here you go, a story in Oz news featuring a pic taken in happier times by the look of it.


Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Mike Echo

Re: Workarounds

"hideously obtrusive apps like hangouts"

One of the biggest incentives for me to root my phone was to take control of the Google bloat that was usually installed by default. Bye bye hangouts and quite a few other apps-that-always-update-but-I-never-ever-use.

Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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I hope they don't plan on releasing this model in Oz, as Vulture South readers will be well aware that cactus means "beyond repair" (ie f----d) down here.

Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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Re: Privacy and Clouds are big buzzwords these days.

Yep, I reckon the name will definitely be something cloudy, but, seeing as marketing will be creating it the name will end up really lame. It will end up with the kind of name only suits would think was "cool".

Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

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Or an all time favourite - "bigged up". Ewwww.

THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

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"continues to insist that it is not the publisher. It would prefer to be seen as a soapbox for commentards the world over to run free. If that generates more ad revenue - all the better. ®"

Oh, you cynic, you.

How long will the next NBN Co board last?

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I think this will eventually come back to bite Malcolm on the bum.

ENTIRE NBN BOARD offers to walk the plank: report

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"The weekend Fin Review detailed well the stuff ups in managing contractors & labour force."

Is that the same Fin Review that is the bastion of unbiased journalism regarding all things NBN?

What do you mean WHY is Sony PS4 so pricey in Oz?

Mike Echo

Re: Landfill devices

Kogan grey import, remember:

"This Product is offered and supplied by Kogan HK Limited pursuant to the Terms and Conditions.

Google: 'Austin is our next Fiber city.' AT&T: 'Us, too – maybe'

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Look at those prices and inclusions. It brings a tear to my eye.

Yahoo! webmail! hijacks! are! back!...

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Bye bye Yahoo

I was getting heaps of these dodgy emails and while I didn't click on the link, I visited the website (top level, then second level) by entering the url manually. I just got curious is all, but it was definitely a momentary lapse of reason, as my yahoo address then sent out some of the same stuff. That will learn me for being cocky and thinking I was too clever to fall for this shi*t.

Anyway, I have since removed my Yahoo account and also deleted *anything* that required a Yahoo login (eg flickr, Yahoo Answers, etc). I should have done this ages ago, Yahoo is just problematic and not worth the aggravation.

Australia backs down from Internet filter plan

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"Conroy now says that effort has been such a success that a full filter is not needed."

But he would say that, wouldn't he?

Skype accused of ratting out user to private security without warrant

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Wouldn't any information gained from the Skype records be inadmissable because of the dodgy acquisition method used?

Google promises autonomous cars for all within five years

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A google car, using google maps, automatically drives you to a google advertised business where you can spend money from your google wallet. Sounds perfectly fine to me.

Zuckerberg loses $8bn in Facebook IPO fiasco

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It's nice to see that Bill Gates has given a decent amount to charity, especially through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. There are a few other well-to-dos who could follow that lead.

Chinese man blows off hands, builds new pair

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"love normally"?

“I control them with movements from my elbows and I can work, love normally and feed myself just like anyone else," he explained.

Am I the only one wondering what this involves? Pics please!

Visa and MasterCard warn of credit card data breach

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Chip not affected?

I assume this problem is only for those cards solely containing a magnetic strip, as opposed to having an embedded microchip as well.

CEO takes leave of Sensis

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No comment, I just wanted to see who wrote the great title. :-)

Facebook post-IPO: Free not fee will make Zuck a buck

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I, like man + dog, use Facebook, but could easily live without it. It contains nothing that is a "must have" (ie "would pay for") for me.

Parallel import argument turns toxic in Oz

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Truth hurts

I am looking at buying a Nikon DSLR via grey market very shortly. I like to support Oz business, but not when they treat you with contempt. We have been dicked for far too long as far as prices go.

Windows 7 overtakes XP - finally

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No WinPho figure in mobile OSes yet? Too early?

How to lose 375k customers the Vodafone Hutchinson way

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Too risky

I thought about going to Voda but after learning of all the performance and customer service problems, I think I had better stick with my current provider. Voda have some great deals, but what is the point of having a great deal on a phone when you can''t do the basics properly? The CEO says they have "turned the corner", but then he would say that, wouldn't he?

Well, that about wraps it up for the NBN

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@ Malcolm Turnbull

" What is interesting is that in a straight contest between 100 mbps and 50 mbps from the same telco with a modest price differential, there has been a decline in the 100 mbps share."

While the drop in 100 mbps user numbers might be "interesting", you cannot really use the drop to draw any conclusions as to why the numbers have dropped. There are probably various dynamics at play and we do not know the entire scenario.

Apple iCloud: Steve Jobs' own private internet

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Here in Oz this story made the prime time television news services. Never mind that the cloud has been around for quite a while now.

Mozilla puts squeeze on slow Firefox add-ons

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The reason I stick with Firefox (Pale Moon actually) is that some of the add-ons are almost indispensable. It's just a matter of keeping them at a minimum and being prepared to accept a performance hit as a trade-off for the benefit provided by the particular add-on/s. No doubt some people will grizzle about their start up times even though they have a squillion add-ons installed.

Telstra stirs NBN pot with 4G/LTE deployment announcement

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Mobile complements

I think mobile broadband might complement fibre rather than cannibalise its userbase. I don't think too many people would voluntarily have wireless (given its record of flakiness here) as their main home connection.

HP launches webOS products, but no ecosystem

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It's official. I now hate the much overused and abused word "ecosystem".

Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

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Flickr should have a system whereby they suspend the account, making all content appear "gone", while automagically sending an email to the account owner saying "your account has been suspended and will be deleted in x days unless you contact us", etc.