* Posts by julian.smith

150 posts • joined 7 Mar 2016


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 [email protected] 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?

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free


Re: Easily solved

"Mexican citizens cannot be President of the USA"

I'm surprised that a Russian asset can be President of the USA


Re: Easily solved

"I saw Satan laughing with delight ..... the day the music died"

What's the problem Donny?

"The Mexicans will pay for the wall"

Bank the cheque, build the wall and move on

Oh wait ...

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…


Re: Truth = opposite of LIE .... not a different version of the last LIE you told. !!!

Australia is .....


Re: Would you trust a spammer to defend you to the death from the government?

The Australian "government" has just acquired this power because terrorists, etc

Welcome to the Free World

Windows 10 can carry on slurping even when you're sure you yelled STOP!


Re: Ads? I never see any.

I didn't know there were "Ads" on El Reg - I must have configured something wrongly.

[Mint /Firefox / UBlock Origin / No Script]

Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google


Australia: where the "laws" are more powerful than Mathematics



Re: That's a good point. And...

"Source is an official briefing."

I call BS - provide evidence or STFU

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul


Re: Eff the E.U.

Goodbye ... take Putin's Bitch with you

British fixed broadband is cheap … and, er, fairly nasty – global survey


Re: Downloads

A HD file of an NFL game is usually much larger than 5GB

I wouldn't watch a movie that was not a lot bigger than 5GB

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Tablet Use Case: Vehicle Navigation system

I use a 10" Chinese Android 7 tablet as a dedicated large screen navigation computer in my vehicle.

Has a nice hires screen set up with large fonts for easy visbility and a data SIM

Its main app is Google Maps - gives a much better perspective than a smartphone

Uses 3 location systems: GPS, GLONASS and the Chinese one - almost instant location data

Add in:

- DigiHUD Speedometer for a GPS based speed display

- Foobar for music from an SD card to the vehicle sound system

and I'm good to go

I use a smartphone for .... voice and SMS - and very occasionaly, a laptop when I'm away from home

Horses for courses!

The great and powerful Oz (broadband network): Revs rise, but nbn™'s exec bonuses don't


OZ mobile costs -> zero

I have an ALDI SIM (uses Telstra's network)

In JAN 2018 for $15 pm I got:

- unlimited fixed / mobile / SMS

- 1 GB data

In NOV 2018 the offer is

- unlimited fixed / mobile / SMS

- 2GB data -< [unused data rolls over] -<[1.5GB]

FYI I consider Telstra to be a compond word "fucking_Telstra"

The revenues (to Telstra) haven't risen but the consumer benefits have

Compared to the previous grotesque costs this is a new reality!

It will continue - think what the real costs of bandwidth must be!

Bad news for Telstra shareholders inc. the OZ government

Not my problem.

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee


Re: An inspection by the RSPCA might ...

I had a similar problem with a neighbour who had 2 barking dogs in a very quiet location.

After preliminary testing with a hand held air horn, which resulted in some behaviour modification but not a total cessation, I had a remote controlled 104dB sounder installed facing their property.

They were dog owners but not completely stupid or untrainable.

It took time to train them to understand that ANY dog noise was followed by about 20 seconds of VERY loud noise from the "Dog Horn"

They left - years later, their house remains unsold. Karma's a bitch.

Tranquility was restored.

Oz opposition backs the 'regulatory hallucinogen' of anti-piracy laws


It's a clever ruse

The effect will be to increase the computer skills of the population.

They will learn:

- changing DNS

- changing search engines eg. startpage.com

- using encryption

- using VPNs

The result will be a Clever, Agile Country.



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