* Posts by julian.smith

353 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Mar 2016


Australia to 'stand up and punch back' against cyber crims


Re: It’s all a joke

Australia has a dismal record in anything related to information technology.

"What I will say is that we will be holding talks with Russian law enforcement about these individuals.

Let us know how it goes

Their capability to "go after" Russian hackers is zero.

Empty posturing

HPE supercomputer to tell Singapore that it's hot, humid, probably going to rain


Even the English PM of the day could predict that the Singapore weather would be "humid, probably going to rain"

Elon Musk jettisons Twitter leadership, says takeover was 'to try to help humanity'


Re: More court cases to come?

Elon folded because even he understood that Kathaleen McCormick wasn't going to cop it from a tosser like him

Game score

Delaware 1 Musk 0

Berghain 1 Musk 0 (They've seen plenty of wannabees at Berghain)

There's a pattern here

His purchase of Twitter looks like one of the greatest incinerations of capital, look for the business school case study

Couldn't happen to a nicer person .... apart from Donald the Russian asset


Re: The taste of schadenfreude


IT Angle

Re: The taste of schadenfreude

Just another whining American?


Woke alert

Usually "woke" is a sign that the user couldn't spell or define "politically correct".

As the Cousins say: dumb as a sack of rocks

Or as we say: American



Re: The taste of schadenfreude

Elon's a loser

Not cool enough - couldn't get in to Bernghain

Dropped $30 billion on Twitter + he's on the hook for $1B+ of annual interest on Twitter's debt

" a billion here, a billion there - it adds up" W Buffet.

Tesla's PE is 70 - look out below


Re: The taste of schadenfreude

Regrettably, oblivion didn't come

Suicide is painless ...

Big Brother

Re: The taste of schadenfreude

Look on the bright side:

- the covid deniers were over-represented in the deaths

- many of the deaths were of Americans - think of it as Natural Selection



Re: Spotted typo

Tesla shareholders might be cross

Twitter shareholders (and former senior officers) will be laughing all the way to the bank

Oracle's Larry Ellison shares fears of bankrupting Western civilization with healthcare


Looking for solutions

If you are looking for solutions to healthcare, I wouldn't start with the USA.

Call me when the USA has a functional National Health system

Australia has one that works pretty well.

Only the crackpot RWNJs are interested in adopting the the US "model"

Er, Musk's trial hasn't stopped, no matter what he told Twitter, says judge


Elon meet Katie

Kathaleen Saint Jude McCormick (the Chancellor) has not fallen for any of Musk's shenanigans.

It's all still on:

- the depositions

- the trial

- the multi-billion dollar purchase of Twitter for the agreed price

Musk doesn't make the rules in her Court

Elon's way out of his depth on this one

Musk tries to stall Twitter takeover trial following whistleblower claims


Re Musk's chances

Matt Levine from Bloomberg has been all over this from the beginning.

TL;DR Musk's chances are near zero

His best outcome is the $1 billion break fee

His most likely outcome is specific performance, forced to buy for $44 billion

Couldn't happen to a better person.

Binance exec says scammers made a 'deep fake hologram' of him to fool victims


The hits just keep coming

this deep fake was refined enough to fool several .....

"highly intelligent crypto community members."

... a classic demonstration of an oxymoron

"Criminals don't need advanced technical skills to steal your funds — all it takes is making you believe them."

A neat description of the crypto "industry"

Warren Buffet said all of Bitcoin was worth less than $25 .... I think he overvalued it.

IBM puts NIST’s quantum-resistant crypto to work in Z16 mainframe


Trust the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)?

I've got an NFT of the Brooklyn Bridge you'll be interested in.

Dumb as a sack of rocks.

My Big Coin founder is – you guessed it – a $6m crypto-fraudster


Re: I'll sell you a box of matches for $1000


Sell NFTs of a box of matches

That way the mark doesn't even have light the matches - the money is already gone.

Tesla jettisons 75% of Bitcoin holdings, boosting cash balance by $936m


Re: Twitter fine?

Elon will be VERY lucky to get out of his Twitter brain fart for the $1 billion breakup fee.

The legal opinions, as distinct from Elon's fantasy, are that he's on the hook for the agreed purchase price. The concepts of:

- not a leg to stand on

- specific performance (completing the agreed purchase)

are relevant here.

The trial will be in the specialist jurisdiction of Delaware, not on Twitter.

They know what they are doing there - the judge, Delaware Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick, has got form with tossers like Elon.

Ex-Coinbase manager charged in first-ever crypto insider trading case


Small time

Only $1.5m?

The really big bucks are in shorting the house of cards that is TETHER

[the one that doesn't have a legitimate audit of the "assets" backing its "stablecoin"]

Crypto? LMAO

Crypto lender Celsius in Chapter 11 deep freeze


Re: Celsius has, right now, a $1.19 billion deficit on its balance sheet

Celcius has "an approximately $509 million uncollateralized claim against this party"

They loaned $500 million to a "party" WITHOUT collateral!

No wonder they've got a $1 BILLION+ hole in their balance sheet

Sam Bankman-Fried took one look and said they were uncooperative and had a $2 billlion hole... and walked away


The hole in the balance sheet is because they didn't properly hedge their USD / crypto exposure

Gone in a puff of smoke

Just waiting for TETHER (which won't provide audited financials) to implode

Tether Market Cap $65.33B

Tether 24H Volume $44.81B

Watch that space

SCOTUS judges 'doxxed' after overturning Roe v Wade



Actions have consequences .... who knew?

The (Dis)united States sinks further into the sewer.


Get over it: Microsoft is a Linux and open source company these days


We can only assume

What was the "author" on?

Where did they get it?

How much did it cost?

The "Opinion Piece" is the the type of crap that gets "Influencing" a bad name!

First-ever James Webb Space Telescope image revealed

Big Brother

Still missing?

Any sign of god?

I know you're out there somewhere ... somewhere

API rate limits at the core of Elon Musk’s decision to ditch Twitter


Re: a real M&A specialist ...

Matt Levine from Bloomberg is the man. He's been documenting the legal and financial issues of Elon's Twitter brain farts for a while.

He has a (sort of) daily email. You can get it here:


He also has high quality, well qualified information on crypto and other interesting financial matters.

Is computer vision the cure for school shootings? Likely not


It's NOT a Problem

All of the dead are Americans

It's Species Improvement.

Let them drown in their own Exceptionalism ... the civilised world doesn't have this problem .... hmmm


... the Cure

Is there a problem?

.. almost all American shooting victims are Americans

It's not going to solve the real problem ... there are way too many Americans .. but it's a start

Plenty of good money to be made

- AI "detection"

- arming the teachers


Will the "Final Solution" will be arming the students? ... what could possibly go wrong?

So many guns, so little safety ... when you are in a hole stop digging... LMAO

The USA (an oxymoron):

- where armed traitors freely roam the streets, where the(Confederate) flag of treason flies freely

- unable to protect its Capitol

- unable to protect its children

- where Christian nutjobs control the Supreme Court


A clusterfuck

UK signs deal to share police biometric database with US border guards


It's not a problem ... it's an opportunity

American gun-related deaths are not a problem - recipients are almost exclusively American.

No civilised people are even injured in this process.

The next step in the NRA's Master Plan will be to arm all school children .... what could possibly go wrong?

It's a business opportunity that also results in Species Improvement


China says it has photographed all of Mars from orbit


Wait until you find Donald Trump

The worm in the apple of American exceptionalism


Re: Take it with a pinch of salt

Dumb enough to be an American!

Trio accused of selling $88m of pirated Avaya licenses


"street value"

It's bullshit

It's not an offer to BUY

They've never made a SELL at that price

As real as crypto


Bill Gates says NFTs '100% based on greater fool theory' amid crypto cataclysm


Re: NFTs have no intrinsic value whatsoever, but have sold for multiple millions.

I own the Brooklyn Bridge

... I've got the receipt on the blockchain


The Oracle of Omaha

Warren said he wouldn't pay $25 for all of the Bitcoin in the world.

What would he know?

Soon $25 for the lot might be the highest bid.

China's blockchain boosters slam crypto as Ponzi scheme

Paris Hilton

Dumb as a sack of rocks


.... mumblefuck




... mumblefuck

Smart contract

.. mumblefuck



Can I sell you an NFT of the Brooklyn Bridge?


Re: Ponzi scheme?

"You can't say that of crypto, it's right out in the open"

I call BS

- how did Celsius (withdrawals halted) make its money?

- how does TETHER (the black hole that will destroy Crypto) make its money?

... why won't it provide a credible audit of its "assets"?

Step right up and get done again!

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash


Meanwhile in sloppy reporting

"Last year, Tesla's "Big Battery" in Victoria, Australia, burst into flames and burned for days,"

At an investor briefing in Paris, Neoen CEO Xavier Barbaro stated that it’s too early to determine if the fire on two of the 212 Megapacks in the Victoria site would delay the battery system’s rollout.

The incident was on day 2 of testing.

It was controlled It didn't affect the rollout.

I'm no fan of Flaky Elon and look forward to him being forced to put his outsized mouth where his reduced money is where his mouth is by being forced to buy Twitter for $54 when it's current price is $37


I despise lazy reporting ... even from El Reg.

Investors start betting against Bitcoin with short-trade products



Smart choice

Warren says the best choice for the retail investor is a low cost index fund

The S&P 500 returns over, say, 10 years are spectacular.


So at least 5 dumbasses on here

Show the dumbasses

Go all in ... mortgage the house

Put your money where your mouth is

What could possibly go wrong?


Bitcoin is still "worth" about £20,000

Today's sucker price is $20,399.37

YTD range: 17,708.62 - 68,789.62

Warren got it right:

- When the tide goes out you can see who's been swimming naked

- I wouldn't pay $25 for all the BTC in the world

Don't mention the Bitcoin : Tether house of cards


Linux Mint adopts Timeshift from overworked original developer


One troll doesn't make Linux unfriendly

Timeshift IS very user friendly

Easy to set up

Runs seamlessly in the background

Restore is trivial and fast


Dumbest comment of the year?

"Timeshift is a useful tool. But it's not some piece of magic that can't be done using cp, dump, tar, pax, rsync, together with cron."

Timeshift means you don't have to learn and configure "cp, dump, tar, pax, rsync, together with cron"

It is a great set and forget solution to the backup / restore problem. Works seamlessly in the background


when you really, really need it it does a full system restore in around 5 minutes from an SSD

Every time it saves my systems I send TJ $10 - best investment I ever made

Makers of ad blockers and browser privacy extensions fear the end is near


Re: What is an advert?

I use uMatrix and Privacy Badger

What is an advert?

I don't remember seeing one .... am I missing something?

Amazon’s Kindle bookstore to quit China

Big Brother

-> USA issues

Is that the same USA where some 40% of people could not meet an unexpected expense of $1000?

Is that the same USA where school shootings are a growth industry?

Elon Musk needs more cash for Twitter buy after Tesla margin loan lapses


Re: nested companies

Please provide an example from the S&P 500

Paris Hilton

Re: Genuine question

"Why are there complex rules like this for buyouts?"

So that lazy idiots can ask stupid questions on an IT forum?


The Twit Musk

In the background the sale process continues (see Matt Levine at Bloomberg for details)

All of the "pause" stuff is an irrelevant smokescreen

The delightful reality is that:

- he is committed to a purchase at $54 that now sells for $37 (ouch!)

- he personally has to find $35 billion

- the additional interest costs are of the order of $1 billion

- Twitter is not that profitable, it's a dud investment

The capital loss is staggering

As Warren Buffett noted "a billion here, a billion there ... after a while it adds up"

BTW I note that Buffett has not put his hand up to join the financing

Conti: Russian-backed rulers of Costa Rican hacktocracy?


Windows security

Windows security is an oxymoron

Elon Musk 'violated' Twitter NDA over bot-check sample size


Re: Pulling back the curtain

"If Musk, by virtue of his due diligence in his purchase"

Musk declined to do due diligence

The rest of your post is at a similar level of ignorance!

Matt Levine from Bloomberg has a delightful, informed analysis of Musk's daily brain farts.

Check out his Money Matters - you've got a lot to learn

You should get out more ... a lot more

SoftBank to stop investing 'randomly' after losing billions of dollars


Re: If they were previously making investments "randomly"

"When the tide goes out, you can see who's been swimming naked" W Buffett

Logitech's sales plunge 20% as demand for PCs slows


Re: Logitech - meh

I call BS

I'm typing this on a K380 keyboard (Bluetooth) and using an M235 mouse (Unifying Receiver) on Linux Mint 20.3.

The peripherals are years old and fault-free

Our modest Linux network uses ONLY Logitech keyboards and mice - they just work.

Mozilla browser Firefox hits the big 100


Re: A well worn story.

The MAGA crowd invented "woke" to replace "politically correct" - it's easier for them to remember with their limited intelligence but just as meaningless.

"Woke" is now a signal that what follows is mindless nonsense

Schneider Electric to sell Russian ops to local management


Re: Or..

"Isn't all this a win for the very Russians we are supposed to be sanctioning?"


If the assets are worthless buying them isn't a win

Russia is set to be going back 30? 50? 75? years

America has come clean that their objective is to break the back of post Soviet Russia -

How's it going Vlad?