* Posts by julian.smith

163 posts • joined 7 Mar 2016

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California Attorney General asks judge to force Lyft and Uber to classify drivers as employees – or else

julian.smith
Mushroom

Time is not on their side

Cash burn at Uber's pace can only last for a while.

There's a limit to funding stupid ... might take a while to get there

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

julian.smith
Facepalm

If you want to play hardball

Canada arrested a very senior Chinese business woman because she comitted an offence (supposedly) in America.

American courts claim world juristiction. China may call their bluff.

Canadia acted as an American poodle.

Actions have consequences

The Chinese (who are not necessarily good) understand the long game - look how they targeted Trumps heartland farmers, and dopey Australia's farmers.

My advice to Canada is, if you want to double down on Ms Huawei, get your Ambassador out of China first.

Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

julian.smith
Pint

Mate, attacking the beer is seriously out of order

If Australians made good beer they could export some ... unfortunately only Trumpland or the UK are possible markets

julian.smith
Mushroom

Re: An Attack or a Screwup?

"It's total cyber-war, by China"

I don't think so - the consensus view is that China has significant cyber capability.

This isn't sophisticated, except perhaps to Scotty.

Another reliable source, the Daily Mail, had advice on how to protect your home computer from the "attacks"

julian.smith
Facepalm

Australian Politicians and IT

Scotty from Marketing claimed:

- it was sophisticated, it wasn't

- it was widespread, couldn't name a company under attack

- it was a foreign actor, his sock puppets said China - without proof

China almost certainly has the capability for sophisticated, large scale cyber attacks - this wasn't one

My advice:

- don't piss off your biggest customer unless you are really sure of what you are doing and why you are doing it (Anyone want some barley, we've suddenly got plenty available)

- hope that the Chinese don't find out about Australia's blackballing of Huawei because, wait for it - it may contain undetected backdoors, unlike American kit

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

julian.smith
Happy

Re: Ah IT 'managers'

I do the IT stuff at our house: LAN, Wifi; 3 Linux, 1 WIN 8.1 desktops), tablets, smartphones, plenty of peripherals

My wife understands the 5 Minute Rule (call for help within 5 minutes)

She is quite computer literate yet doesn't try to fix something she doesn't understand if it's not working normally

Happy husband + happy wife + few IT problems = harmony

Australia's contact-tracing app still basically borked on iOS, says new bug report – and GAPPLE API version tested

julian.smith
Holmes

Re: Incompetent Aus Federal Government v WA Government

The falsely named, failed "CoronaSafe" app is more BS from Scotty from Marketing

Meanwhile in WA the Premier (Mr 89% approval) has it nicely under control.

Community transmission? We've heard of it

Border control? We do it.

When other States have zero cases, call. Until then POQ

Microsoft unshackles WSL2 Linux kernel from Windows 10 image for future fettling via Windows Update

julian.smith
WTF?

Re: re: speedy Linux updates

They won't bork my Linux update .... I don't use malware posing as an error riddled OS

julian.smith
Linux

re: speedy Linux updates

I enjoy it that Linux (Mint) updates quickly and doesn't require a reboot.

Updates also don't bork the OS.

What is this "Windows" of which you speak?

LMAO

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

julian.smith

What's the problem with reopening?

The UK is a massive failure with coronvirus - huge death toll (probably understated) - European league leaders in Deaths per Million

About 2,000 new cases per day

No effective incoming testing / quarantine

What could possibly go wrong?

The good news is that it's only Brits who will die, that's species improvement

Who cares? Your wretched government sure doesn't.

Hey Mister Prime Minister ... Scott! Can you get off my lawn please, mate?

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Re: Morrison

Health is a State, not Commonwealth, matter in Australia.

Western Australia's Premier Mark McGowan has an 89% approval rating for his management of the coronavirus pandemic

The Dream Team would be:

- Jacinda as PM for her communication skills and empathy

- Mark as Deputy for his clear communication and refusal to listen to fools like ScoMo

Privacy activists prep legal challenge against UK plan to keep coronavirus contact-tracing data for two decades

julian.smith
Happy

CovidSafe: the Australian Contact tracing app

With much fanfare the misleadingly named CovidSafe app was rush-released in Australia. It is subject to the usual dud programming and data slurp overreach

It was downloaded by about 30% of the mobile phone users but has sunk without trace. As far as is known it identified ONE possible case.

Australia's success in containing Covid 19 is not dependent on this bullshit "app"

FYI a few entitled individuals, including politicians, demonstrated their belief that the social isolation and other measures were only for the "little people" - it did not end well.

Singapore to accelerate digitalisation of COVID-kicked economy

julian.smith
WTF?

Re: A good excuse

My first thought ... also another vector to track individuals

An expat Japanese described Singapore as North Korea with electricity.

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

julian.smith
Flame

Third world airlines like Ryanair

I avoid third world airlines such as Ryanair - the benefit does not outweigh:

- the risk of dying

- having to mix with Ryanair quality passengers

- Ryanair's well known concern for its customers

julian.smith
Mushroom

WHY would they build aircrafts that are: 1- grounded 2- unlikely to fly soon

... because American arrogance and greed have no limit?

julian.smith
Alert

Goodbye America

If it's Boeing ... I'm not going

I supect that China won't be certifying them any time soon

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

julian.smith
Terminator

Re: They didn't vote for him

Let's cut to the chase.

I'm from Australia - the part I live in solved it.

If you want to talk about lockdowns, etc

1. My health is more important than your business ....

2. What have you done for me ... lately?

Over

PS: Corona virus works best in failed systems like the USA

The combination of:

- naked capitalism (money is more important than people)

- stupidity aka "freedumb"

- a broken health system

ensures that corona virus will be endemic in the USA

Are we seeing "peak America"?

Goodbye

Australians can demand visitors to their homes run contact-tracing app

julian.smith
Linux

Re: Who can run the app?

I have a grand total of zero devices that are running the app

About 65% of mobile phones in Australia are not running the app - because they haven't downloaded it

Trust Scotty from Marketing / Rupert Murdoch - not likely

More automation to suddenly look like a jolly good idea as businesses struggle through coronavirus crisis, say analysts

julian.smith
Pirate

Australia is a Black Swan?

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe

julian.smith

Re: A long time coming

I use dd MMM yyyy as it is unambiguous

However, as pointed out, it's not suited to sorting - perhaps

dd MMM yyyy for text

and

YYYY MM DD for sorting, for example in file names

Australian contact-tracing app leaks telling info and increases chances of third-party tracking, say security folks

julian.smith
Alert

Pushing it uphill

# of mobile phones in Australia: 17.2m

"Goal": 10m (58%)

Success: "40%" (6.9m)

Actual: 2.8m (16%)

Call me when:

- you can be trusted

- you get to 50%

You know my number

Australia's contact-tracing app regulation avoids 'woolly' principles in comparable cyber-laws, say lawyers

julian.smith

I'll wait

Call me when you get to 50% - you know the number

This machine-learning upstart trained software to snare online drug dealers. Now it's going after fake coronavirus test equipment peddlers

julian.smith
Mushroom

Facebook

Can it probe Facebook?

If scams and crap were eliminated would Facebook even be a thing?

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

julian.smith

Re: Echo chamber aside

You get your science news from the Washington Examiner?

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions

julian.smith
Linux

Re: Glad the freetards are gone

Quite a good analysis of the "freetard" problem.

"if you're simply opposed to giving anyone any of your money for anything you use, enjoy your free-tier, ad-supported, best-effort support pauper status accounts :-)

Enjoy your free beer from the pub driptray later. [priceless!]

I give a contribution to any FOSS software developer whose products I use - it's a non-Microsoft, marginally Google environment.

How many steps was that, then? Uncle Sam's lawyers, watchdog race to probe Google's Fitbit gobble

julian.smith
FAIL

Already binned my Fitbit

Problematic performance

- Doesn't understand how to measure floors climbed

- Feeble battery life

and now with free Google slurping.

Replaced with a Huawei B4

- superior technology

- China is no threat to me

We lose money on repairs, sobs penniless Apple, even though we charge y'all a fortune

julian.smith
Linux

Re: Makes it easier to recognise idiots at first sighting

It's a leading indicator - not conclusive but indicative.

Ask if they have Bose speakers, if yes, it's confirmed.

El Reg calls Apple ownership an idiot tax ... seems astute to me.

Hey, you've earned it: Huawei chucks workers a £219m bonus for tackling US blacklist

julian.smith
FAIL

American neo-consrvative nonsense.

"Government governs best when it governs least."

Stated without evidence, dismissed without evidence!

If you don't want to govern, don't stand for election.

Google forks out $2.1bn for Fitbit – and promises not to exploit all that delicious health data to sling ads (honest)

julian.smith
Mushroom

Bye Bye slurp

I've ordered my Xaiomi Band 4 as a replacement.

China is no realistic threat with my isolated data.

Another Google connection severed.

No Microsoft connection either.

Pound sand capitalist asshats

HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry

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Re: Brother HL2270DW (double-side, wireless)

I've had one for years - it just keeps printing in fine quality.

There are instructions on the interwebs for resetting page counts, etc

Good Linux drivers

Works fine with aftermarket consumables

Remember the FBI's promise it wasn’t abusing the NSA’s data on US peeps? Well, guess what…

julian.smith

Re: Opportunity costs..

I don't blame Americans for being stupid - they've got form.

Their last away win was Grenada?

The world is laughing at their "very stable genius"

Boris Brexit bluff binds .eu domains to time-bending itinerary

julian.smith

Re:Texas

Their military record is less than stellar

Texas’s war record "couldn’t cut hot butter"

https://medium.com/war-is-boring/the-god-awful-military-record-of-the-texas-republic-b23bac554bc3

Couldn't get a fcuk in a brothel

Remember the millions of fake net neutrality comments? They weren't as kosher as the FCC made out

julian.smith

America = a cesspit

How are things in Trumpland's Swamp today?

LMAO

Call-center scammer loses $9m appeal in stunning moment of poetic justice

julian.smith
Devil

Re: LENNY

Regrettably, LENNY only takes inwards calls

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...

julian.smith

Re: Namecheap

Somehow my Namecheap account was NOT whois protected

- I still get about 10 spams per day to namecheap@mydomain a year after I left (and it was one of the reasons I left).

Divert the power to the shields. 'I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain!'

julian.smith
Facepalm

Re: Specifications

I understand that the roof of the main railway station in Kuala Lumpur has to be able to bear a foot of snow.

European Commission inserts yet another probe into Google. This time it's the job ads service

julian.smith
FAIL

" i don't see why Google shouldn't be able to favour it's own services over rivals."

You've failed Monopoly Practices 101.

You will have to repeat this subject.

Pay attention and try to understand this time!

American Idiot?

Cisc-o-no! 'We’re being uninvited to bid' on China deals admits CEO as Middle Kingdom snub freaks out investors

julian.smith

Re: ...and just what did they expect would happen?

Why would anyone buy backdoored US products even in normal times?

Karma is a bitch!

Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why

julian.smith

Nothing much wrong with my NBN

50/20 Fixed Wireless with Aussie BB

I'm part of an (anonymous) Choice NBN monitoring project, I've got a black box on my router and they send me monthly reports

Av Down 35Mbps

Av Up 9 Mbps

Ping 61 ms

The research shows it's better than 95% of Aussies on 50/20 fixed wireless.

YMMV

FBI and immigration officials trawling US driving licence databases for suspects

julian.smith

Stasiland

Home of the free!

LMAO

We knew it was coming: Bureaucratic cockup triggers '6-month' delay of age verification block on porno in the UK

julian.smith
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Re: RE: Anonymous Wanker: BS alert

"Yeah but VPONs (sic) are simply honeypots in the end."

Citation required else it's BS

Let's check in with our friends in England and, oh good, bloke fined after hiding face from police mug-recog cam

julian.smith
Alert

Britons never never will be slaves

LMAO

Airbnb host thrown in the clink after guest finds hidden camera inside Wi-Fi router

julian.smith
Facepalm

" it's the market's responsibility to know what they are purchasing."

(American?) libertarian BS.

This is a classic case of market failure - no way that the buyer can be properly informed.

A great case for market regulation.

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS

julian.smith

Moto G3 here - the money I've saved buys a lot of good wine!

julian.smith
Thumb Up

Re: Just one question

Insightful

US: We'll pull security co-operation if you lot buy from Huawei

julian.smith

Re: the test

How's it going?

Now that's service: TalkTalk customers enjoy a Friday morning free of pesky emails

julian.smith
Happy

Re: Pesky emails

Thunderbird allows me to send email with ANY from address.

Still fewer Windows 10 devices out there than Instagrammer Kylie Jenner has dollars

julian.smith

Re: how to roll back KB4482887

Linux Mint 18.3

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

julian.smith

Re: Advertisers and Salespeople

Republicans

NRA

....

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

julian.smith

Re: Or maybe...

Dumb as a sack of rocks .... American?

Jumps to conclusions ... lazy Trumper?

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