* Posts by julian.smith

163 posts • joined 7 Mar 2016


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


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


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


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


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"


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'


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


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


Re: re: speedy Linux updates

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


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?


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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?


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?


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"?


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


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


Australia is a Black Swan?

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


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


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


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


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



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...


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


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


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


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


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)


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…


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



Their military record is less than stellar

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


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


America = a cesspit

How are things in Trumpland's Swamp today?


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



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...


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!'


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


" 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


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


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.


FBI and immigration officials trawling US driving licence databases for suspects



Home of the free!


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

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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


Britons never never will be slaves


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


" 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


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

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Re: Just one question


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


Re: the test

How's it going?

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


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


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


Re: Advertisers and Salespeople




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


Re: Or maybe...

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

Jumps to conclusions ... lazy Trumper?



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