* Posts by Colin Tree

162 posts • joined 28 Feb 2008


Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

Colin Tree

Re: Foolish

Your foolish,

you don't upgrade,

you partition your data from your OS

It's all about OS design, data should be independent.

Many years ago the venerable gurus designed Unix very carefully,

it still works really well.

M$ wanted your money,

and here comes a new bucket full of money from the chumps.

Colin Tree

20 years of free upgrades

Some files in my /home partition are 20 years old.

My /home partition stays, and I upgrade Linux around it.

Upgrades for free,

different distros,

different applications,

new computers,

new hard drives,

keep and expand the /home partition.


Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

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adds up

.... So, how much do you pay for your El Reg membership? ....

by copping these fecking adds

and maybe a bit of tracking and profiling

the internet is THE marketing tool

there's no such thing as freeloading

even if you are trying to


Australia's Telstra and Optus outed as two of the world's six most expensive ISPs

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The ACCC has to have more power to stop monopolies and duopolies or quadopolies (banks), which Australia's marketplace is full of.

Name a business sector which isn't dominated and screwed down.

We, the consumers, are always the screwees.

Capitalism is meant to be about competition.

It isn't, it's about stopping fair competition and making unrealistic profits.


Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Like adds on tv, they are 'LOUDER' than the content.

Good to see more work blocking this dross.


Ford's parallel PARCing: Motor giant tries to craft new tech just like Xerox

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We could download a Future Ford from PirateBay,

and print it

Would that be cyber fraud or grand theft auto ?


Where's yr buccaneers

On yr buccened


Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

Colin Tree


"...it is capable of correctly assessing debts..."

"...non-responsive clients..."

"...found several deficiencies in the program..."

"...Those messes, the report finds,..."

They're not "messes", they have drastic consequences for vulnerable people.

Last year, my mother, on an age pension, had an issue with CentreLink,

it is now costing her $7000/month, because of poor staffing and complications, resolving what should have been a simple paper work issue.


April proves to be the cruellest month again as Fujitsu staff down tools

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It's great to see a strong union stand up for their members.

Good luck with the fight comrades, don't give up.

Workers united will never be defeated.


Mark Shuttleworth says some free software folk are 'deeply anti-social' and 'love to hate'

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Some rich, influential people think their shit don't stink. Sorry to say, it stinks more.

People get rich at many others expense, that wealth didn't grow on trees, other people worked hard for your wealth.

You might think you're a god because you've looked down on this earth, sorry again, you're not.

Lots of things tacked onto Linux have failed because they have pulled in a different direction. Some hope to have the momentum to drag everyone in their wake and then suck more money out of them.

I was dumbfounded when I downloaded a Ubuntu image the other day.

You dicks wanted money upfront.

I hope you go to Mars for your next trip, so we can see the back of you.


British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

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just a bit different

Second last sentence - "...quietly hiring a number of engineers from Imagination ..."

Cheaper than buying the company, let the lawyers do the rest.

Having some of their engineers means it's not a clean-room design.

Could be done like NEC <-> Intel with their clone V20 <->8088, originally copied microcode, but final implementation was by an independent contractor, with sufficient difference to slip by the judge, internal layout was also slightly different.


Robots are killing jobs after all, apparently: One droid equals 5.6 workers

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my robot

Technology, especially the internet brings technology to the individual.

Computers used to be only used by large corporations, but now they are everywhere, for everyone's advantage. But you have to step up and grab hold of it.

The world doesn't need corporations any more, large jobs can be accomplished by many individuals co-ordinated over the internet. This should be the rise of people power. Computers put the power into your hands.

My robot does work for me, for my profit and doesn't put me out of work, in fact it makes a better product, quicker and easier.

I retrained myself to do what I wanted to do. I've now got a shed full of machinery, some I designed and built. 5 years ago I had a fret saw and last did woodwork in high school over 40 years ago.

Roll your own !

Would I rather be a wage slave, working for 'the man' or a tech/artisan making really cool wooden surfboards ?


Court smacks Telstra over wholesale pricing

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ACCC power

So why can't the same price control apply to our electricity supply ?


Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

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linux android

A lot of these things are based on Linux or Android.

Easier if the security is hard wired into the OS,

the os devs have much better security knowledge than some small startup toothbrush maker.


Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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It's about the per seat licensing fee.

Can't beat free.


Sure, we could replace FTNN, says nbn™, if you let the unwired wait even longer for broadband

Colin Tree

Re: And here we go again.

And it's what I was saying from day one.

They needed to build up the backbone of the network with redundancy and spare fibres all the way to the exchanges before worrying about connecting customers.

Technologies change quickly. Use the best at the time, but it will be constantly upgraded.

Then build out fibres to all premises.

The basis is fibres. The technologies, protocols and topologies that run on the fibres are always changing.

It has been run by bloody accountants who have to show a return on investment in a short time frame... so wrong.

Get the fundamentals correct and the rest will fall into place. It's a fluid system, not fixed.


Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

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dark ages

Grow up England


you're living in the dark ages

what a con


Highway to HBLL: The missing link between DRAM and L3 found

Colin Tree

Re: Might DRAM be squeezed out altogether?

you've never bought fast static ram, have you ?

go on, how much $more

Colin Tree

Re: Or

Or, of course.

Why not a very large number of much smaller cores, immediate processing, no caching.

Chain a large number of cores, each carries out a small subroutine then passes the result.

100,000 cores simultaneously processing, minimal storage, data is always in transit.

If you want a small core - a serial single bit processor,

handles unlimited word length calculations with no overflow, no floating point, a group of cores might preform any one calculation.

Now the cores are so small you could afford millions of cores.

They are so cheap you can afford to have many sitting around waiting for some more data to be crunched.

This is just a different idea.

You're flogging a dead horse with super hot, super big, super complicated processors.

Think of something different.

We're stuck on an architecture over 70 years old that's just been jazzed up to overcome bottlenecks. This is just another bit of jazz, interleaved, wide bus, static ram, fuck who cares, ho hum.


D-round VC ReRAM cash comes crashing down on Crossbar

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iI Crossbar keep their rr tech open for all platforms and allow their technology to be embedded in interesting new ways, they'll flog Intel who want to sell their tech as part of Intel platform only.


Australia wants to jail infosec researchers for pointing out dodgy data

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Crazy law

Brandis is just like Trump.

Get a crazy idea in his head and make it into law.

But the underlying reason is fulfilling neoliberal (LNP) policy.

Here comes the fascist, authoritarian, corporatised state.


Turnbull transforms tech right off his agenda

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purchase the prime ministership

$590M worth of solar farms and wind turbines ?

$1.75M to purchase the prime ministership ?

Some of the education work on STEM is going ahead in leaps and bounds, if your kids are in a Qld independent school (no thanks to government meddling).

Stop calling coal fired base-load and build solar and make it carry the day time base-load,

coal is only needed to come on line when the sun don't shine, just to fill the gaps.

I got sick of watching, the press were very gentle with him, such a dignified affair,

the hard questions are so obvious, but not asked.


I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

Colin Tree

Re: Taxed Enough Already

Hi Bob,

Remember man made extreme climate change.

This is the end of the petroleum industry.

Take a cold shower, suck it up, that party is over.

Your choices will be, walk, cycle, public transport or solar/electric,

take your pick.

Just remember the stoopid gummint has historically subsidised petroleum, coal, etc.

But yes I totally agree, users and profit makers pay, but the stoopid gummint could shift it's subsidies from petroleum/coal to solar/wind/etc electric.

The change from petroleum to electric could be quite rapid if current cars can be efficiently retro fitted with electric.


Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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M$ is rusted on in all education systems.

I saw a BSD server in a hippy primary school near Nimbin once.

Years ago I went around many primary schools north half of NSW doing a rollout and tried to raise interest in Linux - not a hope.

Half of their PCs were stuffed with viruses and basically useless, but that's the way they like it.

Don't worry about the license cost, the maintenance cost is sky high and the teachers can't do it..


Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

Colin Tree

The minister isn't a mathematician, and is not qualified to understand that

ATO ≠ Centrelink


Solar-powered LoRa IoT node: Nice idea but it won't replace batteries

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Got an electricity monitor right here on my bench.

Yesterday opened it up and the batteries had leaked on the pcb.

Call me cynical, but I see batteries as a way to sell more product, not to mention the flat battery disposal problem.

Great to see solar powered IoT. I especially like slowing down the processes to suit the power input. There is a particular clock-less processor which would suit this perfectly.


systemd free Linux distro Devuan releases second beta

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hello Devuan

I used Debian for many years, but went to Slackware to avoid systemd.

Great now I can get back to reliable dependencies and security updates.

Regarding Jim's conspiracy theories, I feel it is to shove DRM into our free OS.


User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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take away

If you don't use the technology properly,

I'll come down there and take it off you.


Former Autonomy CFO indicted in USA for misleading investors

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slight of hand

After some slight of hand they got their 8.8M back, so what's the problem


Australia's new data breach disclosure laws have a rather floppy definition of 'breach'

Colin Tree

John 3:19-21

....... and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen .........

deceitful pricks

transparency is the best medicine


Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

Colin Tree

race to the bottom

Cheapest man(woman) gets hired.

If Trump's going to put a tariff on foreign goods, he has to put a tariff on foreign workers.

A fair amount would be the amount of money taken out of the US economy by a foreign worker.

Especially taking into account further cash recirculation in the local economy which would be lost with a foreign worker.

This will encourage employers to re-skill the local workforce.


Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

Colin Tree


I'm on the don't call register here in Australia.

No use.

Now what I do is pick up the phone,

say nothing,

they hang up in a couple of seconds.


nbn™ aces the easiest construction target it will have for two years

Colin Tree


Love how I learn new things from The Reg

Been watching a conduit pulled from 10km away, about half way so far, it's been months. Probably for FTTN, but the future could be FTTP.


Australia's IBM-assisted Census fail burned AU$30 MEEELLION

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effective government

something the LNP is always trying to avoid is "better measurements of the effectiveness of government programs"


Do businesses get the IT service they deserve?

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executive summary

I wouldn't even look at the questionnaire.

Knowing TheReg the questions are aimed at delivering their sales outcome.

In this case it's a solution solution, or a solution solution solution (it's gone to 4th person)

Tolly should just do the job they are being paid to do and stop pestering the workers.

The biggest job for a provider is the waterproof legal contract so they walk away with all the money.

Executives are concentrating on the 'bigger picture' and leave the details to the experts.

They often don't realise just how central IT has become to do business

They read an article about XYZ must have technology

They don't understand what they are asking for

The experts are another business and their aim is to make a lot of money from the client

IT people listen to execs, laugh behind their backs, count the money, rip them a new one

(Big Blue certainly does)


Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

Colin Tree

who cares

our 3 tablets are in a cupboard, somewhere, who cares


IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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Re: I call bullshit on this


I was watching the news,

story about filling in the census,

nothing on TV after the news,

oh, I'll go fill in the census,

didn't work, try again, 10 times,

and try again 10 minutes later, 10 more times

there's 10 -> 100 mellion +++

it's not about adding the total of Australians

it's about multiplying by their stupidity


User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

Colin Tree


Years ago I did a job at South Twe_d Primary School.

(real name obscured to protect the "user")

The school secretaries login had been set up

by an education department sysadmin as "luser".

It was explained to her that this meant "local user".


Zombie Moore's Law shows hardware is eating software

Colin Tree

Chuck Moore's Law

They've discovered Chuck Moore's Law

Less is More

Software has layers of abstraction, so it doesn't matter what hardware you run an application on. Programmers want to focus on the high level task and not on the nuts and bolts.

How wrong that paradigm is, and I hope it goes away.


Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

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dumb all over

Ice manufacturers in China can afford to loose 9 out of 10 shipments and still make a profit.

Ice -

high addiction rate

cheap to make

amazing profit margin in Australia

Many international drug syndicates target Australia because the cops are so dumb and the profits are so high.

Me thinks the drug problem has to be tackled by helping the addicts overcome addiction.

busting importers reduces supply, increases demand and prices attracting more importers.

Reducing the addicts reduces sales and demand dropping prices detracting importers.


EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

Colin Tree

decisions decisions

internet freedom <-or-> bomb under your butt

it was heavy handed surveillance until the bombs started going off

now they have to make the best use of the information gathered

track down the real terrorist networks

and stop the bombs


Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

Colin Tree

loose the adds - Icecat

Install Icecat web browser, run it alongside your current browser, notice the difference.

Right now there's no add at the top of this web page.

It does things like jumps adds on a certain surfcam site for continuous surf viewing


if you can't trust a GNU, who can you trust ????


Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

Colin Tree

GPS off, maybe ?

OK my GPS is off,

but in Location access -

Access to my location is on,

but it had been turned off.

So am I being tracked ????

is it just the black helicopters ????

am I just paranoid ????


Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

Colin Tree

Re: He's right. Again.

My wifi rtl8188cus relies on a hack of Realtek code to get around never fixed failings of the kernel driver rtl8192cu.

I see the fix is with the hardware manufacturers, who have to accept the importance of Linux and work with Linus to develop drivers which work properly.

The world should have moved past "we only develop drivers for Microsoft"


HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

Colin Tree

trust and verify

It comes down to a point, or better, many points of trust.

In HSBCs case your license or passport, which are themselves built up on trust of a number of official forms of identification.

These are interrelated from different government or business offices which have separately identified you. Your passport, license, birth certificate, a document addressed to you.

If you use biometrics, that biometric data should be taken by a trusted agent and stored in a trusted place.

Then there has to be a way to officially verify the voracity of that proof. It shouldn't be within one company but use a web of trust. If two or three trusted samples are held in different organisations and can be cross checked there is improved trust. A person can be identified with a percentage of trust depending on a range of factors.

It's bigger than just HSBC.


Zombie SCO shuffles back into court seeking IBM Linux cash

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IBM could buy the corpse of SCO and make sure, put a stake through it's heart before cremating it.

Making fun of SCO used to be fun, now it's boring.


Mozilla breathes petition-of-fire at EU copyright laws

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ISP for IP

Why don't some of our ISP payments go towards IP payments.

Access to the internet is more than just paying for bandwidth.

It should also be about payment for use of content.

How much bullshit could be avoided?

No more talk of pirates on the high seas.

No more DRM hardware and software.




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