* Posts by scubaal

16 posts • joined 8 Jan 2016

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding


currently in LHR

In BA Lounge in LHR still trying to get to where I am supposed to be (spain) from OZ due to BA cock-up.

Most helpful BA office was in USA -trying calling that from Oz - but least they answer.

The Oz support number ON THE BA WEBSITE has a recorded message that says 'this number is no longer in use - please call the number on the web site'.

You couldn't make it up.

Six car-makers team to build European 'leccy car charge bar network


Betamax vs. VHS anyone?

FFS. Haven't we done this before - many times?

Anyone remember the videotape wars of the 1980s?

Yes Betamax was technically superior but VHS had the numbers - that's all that counts.

One charging plug please - if Tesla is out there use it. Or is Elon charging $$$ in licensing (I suspect not).

Its like the railways in Australia in the early 1900s (different gauges)

or analogue cellphones in the US in the 1990s (incompatible networks)

Everybody loses (cos customers wait) until there is one compatible standard for basic infrastructure.

Dumbest move this year.

Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3


broke it

had one for two weeks. Dropped it on concrete - twice - was ok. Then smashed the screen on the cover of an outboard motor I was fitting (true). No repairs possible. Decided I wasn't the target demographic for any fragile expensive gizmo on my wrist.

NB Seiko 30 year old mechanical watch has survived my lifestyle with one service/rebuild - including trips to 60 metres underwater - although I am dreading the day when there are no more watchmakers in town. (ie real ones).

D-Link DWR-932 B owner? Trash it, says security bug-hunter


Re: really taking the piss

and as a newly appointed IT manager to an education network I found 50 domain admins (all of whom had no idea they were) because 'it fixed the problems they were having'........cuts down support calls (at least for a while)

Did last night's US presidential debate Wi-Fi rip-off break the law?


but there is also the stadium effect?

Have any of you tried to use wifi in a densely populated venue. It dies. Its called the stadium effect. Free service begets unlimited demand - which in wifi kills the service for everyone. Even tech conferences (which I attend a lot of) often have woeful wireless at the 'keynote' where a thousand people congregate in a small space.

Whether they should charge $200 or not I don't know (I suspect not) but I guarantee that 'normal everyday' free wifi hotspots would not have delivered anyway.

It's time for a discussion about malvertising


not just malware

and even if the malware is not a significant concern for you (maybe) ad-related performance degradation definitely is. Pages taking 2 minutes to load because of all the embedded ads - then running a video that you didn't ask for and have no interest in and have to scroll all around the still loading page to turn off.

The advertising agencies have done this themselves. No concept of 'reasonableness' in the implicit agreement with the reader to suffer an ad or two for free content.

Even worse for many areas - remote communities, offshore islands etc - that have very poor to non-existent bandwidth. So my blocker stays on a) because it helps mitigate malware and b) because its the only way the web is even usable.

Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet


heres a thought

could we make copyright a little easier for mere mortals?

how hard is it when you are creating a lovingly illustrated presentation to work what the friggin copyright on an object is - let along comply with it. following the provenance of every photo you come across is painful in the extreme, when they've been copied 1000x. I agree with *reasonable* copyright, I want to do the right thing, so couldn't we embed the copyright/ownership info in the metadata somehow? Couldn't I just press a button that would total all the cents (if any) and tell me my presso will cost $4.50 - distributed to all the rights owners (or not if its free). Couldn't that same button provide a preformatted source reference/copyright list.

Ok rant over - its just I do this a lot and even if you *try* to do the right thing it seems to hard for the average Joe or Joanne.

QANTAS' air safety spiel warns not to try finding lost phones


look out for the Samsung 7

On a Qantas flight last week safety briefing stated under no circumstances was it permitted to charge a 'Samsung 7' on this plane. quite specific. great marketing Apple.


while we're exchanging random anecdotes about helpful labels and warnings I once bought a very expensive, indestructible camera case. Warranted forever except a) Shark attack b) Bear attack c) Children under five.

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?


Re: Ditching the 3.5mm jack

and you generally cant listen to it over the net anyway because all the towers are saturated by 20k people all posting to Facebook of themselves 'at the match'.

I take a $2 AM radio to every match and have people clustered around me asking for the commentary......sometimes the old tech works best.....and I work in tech.

Pains us to run an Apple article without the words 'fined', 'guilty' or 'on fire' in it, but here we are


Re: Stupid headphone adapter...

back in the day - a book :)

Australian Information Industries Association*: you're not the future of democracy, so please shut up


its not all or nothing

one thing that many miss is its possible to have the best of both worlds. paper voting and electronic (ie automated) counting using scanning/barcode systems. that way the paper originals are retained should there be a dispute but the automated counting could run all the preference permutation in minutes.

so the voting act would be the same - but the result would be near instant.

why not?

The Day Netflix Blocked My VPN is the world's new most-hated show


its not about their revenue

its not about their (Netflix's) revenue

its about content licensing

probably getting to the point where regional content owners (think Foxtel in Oz) are going to take on (sue) Netflix for 'knowingly supporting infringement' or some such lawyerish gobbledegook.

at the end of the day problem falls out of regional content licensing model

cant see that changing as the content providers (studios) love it

meanwhile back to pirate feeds for everyone else

How hard can it be to kick terrorists off the web? Tech bosses, US govt bods thrash it out


its already been done - and repealed because it didnt work

those who have a long a memory in the business as I have will remember this was already tried...and failed.....

back in the 90s strong encryption was classed as a 'munition' by the US and could not be exported.

So we had 2 versions of windows - one with 128 bit keys for good ol USA and one with 56-bit keys (international version) for the rest of the world.

So what did the rest of the world do:

a) bought all their software retail in New York as someone was passing through - hence we all got 'US' version regardless

b) anyone who needed real encryption bought it from Israel or Estonia - who were only too happy to supply proper software

eventually the thing was repealed after lobbying from US tech companies pointing out how much money they were losing.....


yes but.....

and of course its not helped by the fact that discussion is always exclusively about the right/privacy of US citizens......so the other 5.5Bn of us don't matter.

Now I know that is US politics - but how many phones are Apple/Samsung/Microsoft etc gonna sell if the rest of world thinks the US govt has a back door (even if it is 'only' used to spy on foreigners who don't vote in the US).

Oz e-health privacy: after a breach is too late


yes but.....

Agree with all the concerns above.....but let's be very clear that there are very real tangible benefits to the individual from a properly designed and working system. The frustration of not having all the information in front of the hospital/specialist/GP you are currently taking to because it either on bits of paper or on a different system they cant access I know personally. Even when you think you have given permission - they still don't get access and still don't have the records. Also there are many cases every year where either the wrong/no treatment is given because a key bit of information wasn't known by the medical staff. So yes - this implementation sounds like a disaster - but please let's not throw the baby out with the bath water. The *idea* is not just good - it's essential to save lives and improve healthcare.

Now someone needs to build on that works :)

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