* Posts by julian.smith

247 posts • joined 7 Mar 2016

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'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now

julian.smith
Mushroom

Freedom Now!

Get used to it stupid English .... this is your future

LMAO

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Mushroom

Freedom Now!

Get used to it stupid English .... dumb as a sack of rocks!

This is your future

LMAO

Blessed are the cryptographers, labelling them criminal enablers is just foolish

julian.smith
FAIL

I call BS

"it asserted that encrypted messaging services .... are used ‘almost exclusively’ for illegal activity"

How do they know?

They want access because they DON'T know

Pants on fire!

Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days

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Pint

Re: Medical Expert

Thank you for your contribution to species improvement.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

julian.smith
Facepalm

Japan's first roundabout; American roundabouts

There are very few roundabouts in Japan. The few that are there are quite recent.

Any visitor driving in Japan knows that there is a traffic light approx. every 100m. They are not synchronised and don't have detectors. Traffic lights DO however provide bribes for local councils, roundabouts do not.

My Japanese wife says that Japanese are not smart enough to work out what to do at a roundabout - they are used to being told what to do for most things.

America will struggle because of "freedumb"; unfortunately the death toll, whilst contributing to species improvement, will not be sufficient to solve the larger problem.

julian.smith
Happy

Re: WA roundabouts

What is the date of your anecdote?

These days Sandgropers are quite familiar with roundabouts.

Stuxnet sibling theory surges after Iran says nuke facility shut down by electrical fault

julian.smith
Mushroom

The New York Times

A discredited US government mouthpiece.

Its journalism days are long gone.

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into

julian.smith
Happy

Re: Not a translator

... how did it go?

Before I went to Japan the advice I was given was that young females spoke better English than other Japanese .. I got to speak to some cute girls and met a charming lady ... we've been married for 11 years.

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Thumb Up

Re: Not a translator

Many years ago I was in a department store in Amsterdam.

I spoke English to the cashier

- the next person spoke German

- the next French

- the next Italian

Small countries with smart people (think Scandinavia) have these skills.

Japan tests digital currency, because all the cool kids are doing it already

julian.smith
FAIL

First things first

"Bank of Japan (BoJ) has announced it will study the feasibility of a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)"

They would be better off developing a modern banking system.

Anyone who has lived in Japan knows the that the Japanese retail banking "system" is an expensive, backward, inconvenient shambles.

Similarly, the BOJ could sort out the existing mess - most of the Japanese retail banks are "zombie", bankrupt leftovers from the Bubble Time.

Learn to walk before trying to run

LMAO

Australian ponders requiring multiple IDs to sign up for social media, plus more crypto-busting backdoors

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Go

Re: You need to prove who you are to buy a SIM in Aus?

(from Australia)

The issue is ACTIVATING the SIM

SIMs are readily available: ALDI, Post Office, +++

In order to ACTIVATE a SIM, this can be done online, you need to provide the reference documents to get 100 points of ID. A drivers licence + a passport will do, there are plenty of other options.

julian.smith
Happy

Re: I wasn't aware there were countries without that requirement.

The Netherlands

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

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FAIL

Oxymoron alert!

"the extremely clever federal government in Australia" is an oxymoron

The proposal is a dumber version of the "Australian laws trump the laws of mathematics" nonsense

Dumb as a sack of rocks

Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

julian.smith
Big Brother

If you're too lazy

If you're too lazy to use a VPN

Lube up

julian.smith

Re: Privacy Badger

Use both

julian.smith
Mushroom

Startpage

Startpage IS dodgy

Mozilla VPN now nudges users to put shields up on dodgy networks, adds LAN access

julian.smith
Linux

Browsers and VPN

I like my privacy

I prefer to separate the browser and the VPN functionality

I use AirVPN - it provides machine level (or router level) VPN

YMMV

OVH flames scorched cloud customers with pledge to build data centre fire simulation lab

julian.smith
Stop

Answering the wrong question

A couple of years ago I was travelling in rural France.

I just missed the pharmacy closing for lunch - I thought, lazy bastards.

Then it dawned on me - who's got this quality of life thing right and who's got it wrong?

My conclusion: the Frogs have got it right - there's more to life than work.

Being just another alienated mouse on the 24/7 capitalist treadmill is not my idea of living

YMMV

Founders of medical science upstart uBiome once likened to Theranos now indicted for, you guessed it, fraud

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FAIL

What's the problem?

Capitalism at work.

What were you expecting? Patient care

Four women, including TV star, thought they were investing in a software business. It was a scam. Now the perp's going to jail

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FAIL

Not a Euro but laughing from afar

How are things over there in the:

- racist sewer

or is it:

- a racist swamp

How's that covid thing working out in the Land of the Free?

Dumb as a sack of rocks!

Linux Mint emits fix for memory-gobbling Cinnamon – and future version may insist on some updates

julian.smith
Linux

Re: Go Mint

I make a donation each time I do a major upgrade - it's the least I can do.

Japanese bank botched data migration, which somehow turned its ATMs into card-eating monsters

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FAIL

Re: Like a box of clowns being slowly immolated.

I also have years of experience with the Japanese banking "system" / clusterfuck.

It's difficult to know where to begin.

Moving small (< 5k USD) amounts of money (even in Yen) in or out is nearly impossible.

If they manage to get the Olympics going (I'll take the under on that one) it will be an opportunity for the wider world to experience that Japan is not advanced in all areas.

Visitors will find it difficult to comprehend that they cannot have a voice SIM (data SIM's are available)

Nice country, nearly all very nice people - anything to do with government is unbelievably incompetent.

Malware attack that crippled Mumbai's power system came from China, claims infosec intel outfit Recorded Future

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Big Brother

Re: China is the bully in the region

Unlike the USA which is the world bully

There is a special prize if your country has USA bases

California’s net neutrality rules good to go after judge boots Big Cable’s lawsuit

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FAIL

The USA: defining the bottom of the barrel

Life at the bottom of the sewer

Are you tired of winning yet?

LMAO

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news

julian.smith
Facepalm

Re: Screaming from the over-entitled masses

"The thing with aggregators like Facebook is that they completely fuck up "normal" visitor flows from your landing pages."

Indications (see the Neiman Journalism Lab at Harvard) are that 20% of visitors to the Australian branch of Murdoch's Empire of Filth arrive via Facebook, who don't charge anything to deliver them.

Thus 20% of the visitors have vanished. Not good news for a business model that sells "eyeballs" eg News Corp.

Rupert's attempted shakedown of Facebook is not going well - let's see who blinks first, time is not on Murdoch's side.

[Scotty from Hillsong is managing this, fresh from his AUD30billion per year humiliation by China - what could possibly go wrong?]

BTW Google's business model is totally different to Facebook's.

Goggle doesn't keep you on their website, they get paid handsomely by the receiver's targeted advertisers.

Facebook attempts to keep you on their website where their advertisers pay Facebook handsomely.

On balance I hate Murdoch more than Facebook but I'm happy to see a death match.

LastPass to limit fans of free password manager to one device type only – computer or mobile – from next month

julian.smith
Happy

Be sure to send some $upport to Keepass occasionally

Recovery time objective missed by four weeks, but Parler is back online

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Facepalm

Re: Protected minorities

Grammar isn't your thing!

Dumb as a sack of rocks.

Not a good example of the American education system

LMAO

julian.smith
Pint

Re: Protected minorities

Being a secessionist traitor is a perfectly valid reason for termination with extreme prejudice.

Huawei invokes 140-year-old law at England's High Court in latest bid to thwart CFO's US-Canada extradition

julian.smith
Facepalm

Your two Michaels

The idea that being an American toady - in this case facilitating the arrest of Meng Wanzhou - is without consequences has been shown to be dangerously naive.

A more recent example is Australia's gratuitous, sustained effort to piss off its largest customer. They are left with a $A30b per year problem.

My view is that the Chinese will, if necessary, make an example of Canada over this matter. Sort out the problem or get your ambassador out ASAP. I presume there are no other Canadians in China.

Canada created this problem for itself, it's up to you to fix it.

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff

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Paris Hilton

Re: "Florida City" - LOL

It's smaller than Bum_fuck Arkensas

My BS detector is flashing

These yokels are dumber than a sack of rocks ... I'm surprised that the Sheriff can speak a coherent sentence.

No, you're not imagining the tech drought: Lenovo PC stocks one third of normal amid pandemic demand

julian.smith
Linux

Pluck you!

"Dell, last year said there was a chunk of the PCs out there in the market that are already older than four years and ripe for the plucking."

You wish

Our 4+ year Linux desktops and laptops are happily working away at less than 40% CPU

Pluck off

Microsoft backs Australia’s pay-for-news plan, risks massive blowback over a lousy $3bn and change

julian.smith
Linux

Re: Spite

Better to type

DuckDuckGo and VPN

julian.smith
Facepalm

Startpage is compromised?

Privacy One Group Ltd acquired a stake in the company which is owned by the advertising company System1. System1 states that it uses "technology to make advertising better and safer, while respecting consumer privacy".

An advertising company buys into a "privacy focussed" search engine

What could possibly go wrong?

I moved to DuckDuckGo

It's been a day or so and nope, we still can't wrap our head around why GitHub would fire someone for saying Nazis were storming the US Capitol

julian.smith
Childcatcher

Re: The problem

Are you comfortable with calling them traitors?

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?

julian.smith
Mushroom

Hmmm

The platforms don't initiate the contribution ... thus they are clearly different to newspapers / TV

TV for example, Faux often intiate the contribution .The distinction is between "Opinion" (clearly initiated) and "News" can be deliberately blurred .... taking Faux as an example tbeir "News" is primarily selected "Opinion"

FaecesBook doesn't have an "Opinion" ... its motivation is profit maximisation ... They don't care what is posted ... they didn't initiate it. It's not practical or reasonable for them to moderate the flood of user / product input / filth.

The sewer that America has descended into is the result. Capitalism at its unconscionable worst.

A system that can not / will not control treasonable / racist behaviour is in deep shit.

Donald the Deranged's best friend Vlad doesn't have this problem ... nor does he have the flag of treason openly displayed in his Capitol.

Watch this space.

Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password

julian.smith
Mushroom

Re: less than a month before no one has to care what appears on Trump’s Twitter feed ever again

Donald Trump is the perfect metaphor for the United! States of America.

You can't make this stuff up.

julian.smith
Pirate

Re: Gators!

Go Gators!!!

As UK breaks away from Europe, Facebook tells Brits: You'll all be Californians soon

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Big Brother

Re: So what?

Facebook: I've heard of it but haven't had the pleasure ... am I missing somethig?

How the US attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale

julian.smith
Facepalm

What could possibly go wrong?

Who knew that deliberately pissing off your biggest customer (30% of Australia's exports used to go to China) would have consequences?

Scotty from Hillsong didn't think it through ... and now he's knee deep in shit and the tide is rising

Would you be wanting some:

- barley

- beef

- timber

- lobster

- wine

- coal

- education services

- residential property

suddenly there seems to be a problem with the Big Buyer of all of these easily substitutable products.

You don't get rewarded for being stupid

In 2016 Australia's online census failed. Preparations for the 2021 edition have been rated 'partly effective'

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Facepalm

Australian Government + IT

What could possibly go wrong?

Watchdog signals Boeing 737 Max jets can return to US skies following software upgrade, pilot training

julian.smith
Mushroom

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

Die in a fire American capitalist jerks

One of the world's most prominent distributed ledger projects has been pushed back by a year

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FAIL

The Woop Woop Stock Exchange

ASX Equity Trades JUL 2020: 32,481,895

NYSE Tape A Daily U.S Equity Matched Volumes 28 OCT 2020: 1,094.7 (millions)

Thus the NYSE has about (1094 X (say 20 trading days) = 21,880 / 32.5 = 670 times the volume of trades of the ASX.

The ASX is less than insignificant

Cross-border digital payment system, championed by Saudi Arabia, gets green light... and yellow card from G7

julian.smith
Happy

Re: I find Visa and Mastercard work perfectly well cross boarder

I've heard of TransferWise, I use it and I'm a big fan.

The primary benefit is the exchange rate - very close to the xe.com mid rate (to the third decimal place)

Using their debit card for foreign payments eg, to Amazon US saves a number of Visa / MasterCard fees

The bank details for receiving a number of major currencies are also very useful

Basically, if you are using a high street bank and/or Visa, MasterCard, PayPal for any forex transactions you are paying A LOT over the odds

- exchange rate

- fees

- transfer costs

julian.smith
Happy

Re: I find Visa and Mastercard work perfectly well cross boarder

I've heard of TransferWise, I use it and I'm a big fan.

The primary benefit is the exchange rate - very close to the xe.com mid rate (to the third decimal place)

Using their debit card for foreign payments eg, to Amazon US saves a number of Visa / MasterCard fees

The bank details for receiving a number of major currencies are also very useful

Basically, if you are using a high street bank and/or Visa, MasterCard, PayPal for any forex transactions you are paying A LOT over the odds

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines

julian.smith
Facepalm

Re: This Case is Only Remarkable because

... there are also the duped worthies paid to put lipstick on the Theranos pig

"The credibility of Theranos was attributed in part to Holmes's personal connections and ability to recruit the support of influential people including Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, James Mattis, and Betsy DeVos." [Wikipedia]

"Holmes was in a clandestine romantic relationship with her chief operating officer, Ramesh Balwani.

After the demise of Theranos, she married hotel heir Billy Evans."

Billy is probably not the sharpest tool in the shed.

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FAIL

Re: One narcissist runs a fake company

Your description of the (formerly) United States as the new WWF is astute .... I see it as a sewer

Americans .... We're not laughing with you - we're laughing at you

Indonesia’s black-market phone prevention plan bricks a whole bunch of handsets

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FAIL

Turkey has a variation on this

To "prevent black market handsets" and not piss off tourists Turkey has a variation on this

You can bring a "foreign" handset in and get a local SIM

However, the handset must be registered to a Turkish citizen or foreign resident within 3 months or it's blacklisted

The result: you need a new handset every time you visit. iPhone fanthings will not face this problem

However, Turks are very enterprising - it's the home of the Telefon Hastanesi (Telephone Hospital) so it's probably a $25 fix

Google won’t let Australia have shiny new toys unless it picks apart pay-for-news plan

julian.smith
Linux

News filtering

I don't want to be in a search bubble, especially for news.

I use a VPN AND Google News - it seems to work OK as I'm still presented with the filth from Fake News Corp even though I never knowingly click on it (and have a script to block it if I mistakenly select it)

Seems to work OK

If I understand Google's petulant position I'll still be presented with Australian "news" as I'm not "in" Australia

Prepare your shocked faces: Crypto-coin exchange boss laundered millions of bucks for online auction crooks

julian.smith
Pirate

Small beer

Clickbait alert!

"large-scale cyber-fraud ring" ..... "millions of bucks" .... "high end cars"

In fact it's a pocket change ($5m) scam whose proceeds were laundered via Bitcoin

$5m scammed from 900 dumb Americans (about $5,500 per mug) - high end cars aren't worth what they used to be!

Singapore to test compulsory COVID-tracker usage as condition of entry to some venues

julian.smith
Big Brother

Re: Singapore, the One Party Police State

A friend described Singapore as "North Korea with electricity" for most of the reasons you cited.

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