* Posts by julian.smith

116 posts • joined 7 Mar 2016


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.

European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes


Turning the UK into a third-world nation

No need to threaten to turn the UK into a third-world nation - it IS a third-world nation

Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors


Re: whack a mole time again

Malcolm the (Dumb) Mathematician is gone.

Replaced by Scott the (Dumber) Evangelical

The conservatives are stumbling towards electoral oblivion

It's best to see this as a clever move to increase the computer literacy of the population.

The intended purpose: to increase the revenues of Big Media (including Rupert the Unspeakable) will not be achieved

Android data slurping measured and monitored

Big Brother

If they could get the health data too

The Australian "government" has this covered with their MyHealth scam.

Oz government offers privacy concessions on MyHealth Record


GPDR Compliant?

I'm on my way OUT

Call me when it's GPDR compliant and I'll consider it

Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone


Re: "If the AI detects that a machine is calling you and you don't want to speak to the machine ..."

The capability already exists

Introduce them to Lenny: 2233435945@sip2sip.info

He's happy to talk to them

You should be able to listen in as well.

Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain


Re: Be glad...

There's an election coming cobber .... remember Turnbull's "everyone will have broadband by the end of 2016"?

Perhaps a good kick in the nuts

Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes


Re: Seriously snowflake?

Ain't that America something to see ...

Enjoy your broken society .... and your compromised, traitor President (Moscow's Man)



Re: Meanwhile, at amazon.com.au...

I (sort of) agree

Amazon US (real Amazon) has:

- a thriving Japanese business (amazon.co.jp)

- no problem shipping to Japan and charging Japanese tax, which is more complex than Australia's simple 10%

Amazon Japan, to some extent Amazon UK (don't know but I suspect Amazon Germany +++) have relatively competitive prices ie. they want to do business in that country

Amazon AU will end up as a business school case study in failed market entry.

EBay (and also Gearbest, BangGood , AliExpress +++) have taken the tax changes in their stride and are eating their lunch

Their offerings are orders of magnitude more comprehensive than Amazon AU (last time I looked there were no sellers of Samsung SD cards, FFS)

Amazon AU wasn't bothered by surging demand ... and won't be until they have a competitive offering .... talk about leaving money on the table!

ZTE sends 400 million hostages, gets back in business stateside



Dumb enough to be an American

Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones


Fanboi Tax

Buy Apple

.... declare your technical ignorance

..... get reamed

There's one born every day

Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban


"ZTE was banned ... for flouting laws about exporting to Iran and North Korea."


This is what exceptionalist overreach looks like

After Hubris, Nemesis

Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards


Re: Me feeling happy ...

I have my own domain

I give each "requester" their own email address composed from their domain [theregister@mydomain.com]

From then on it's trivial to identify "requesters" who have been compromised - their emails are also usually flagged by my provider's spam detection software and:

- cease dealing with them

- blacklist any email using the compromised details

Easy peasy

Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die


Re: The more I listen to the EU...

The more I'm pleased that the UK is exiting .... spoiled brats

British (hubris + arrogance) = self harm

Advanced VPNFilter malware menacing routers worldwide

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Compromised by design!

Grilled over failed DoE project, Turnbull's Transformers turn turtle


Re: “lots of vendors” are talking to the government about blockchain

Want to talk about blockchain ... Malcolm's your man

Mathematics is his thing .... who will forget that "the laws of Australia override the laws of Mathematics"

A dunce masquerading as an empty suit

nbn™ isn’t fixing HFC, it’s ‘optimising’ it


The skill was in finding someone as dumb as Malcolm the Mathematician

The Uk had Amber "Necessary Hashtags" we have (soon to be had) Malcolm


Re: So how long until they expect to 'tap' the money ?

What is this "NBN Mobile internet" of which you speak?

Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard


Re: About time

I'm a big Buffett fan but his tech track record is patchy

From Forbes "Buffett's IBM investment was a disappointment. As of last May, he had lost about $800 million on IBM, according to Business Insider. Even if he broke even, he would have been better off in an S&P 500 index fund -- which has risen 138% since his purchase inSeptember 2011."

Warren Buffett says cryptocurrency attracts charlatans, AI won’t change investing


Re: Investment Formulae can work...

"Investment Formulae can work..."

It sure can .... just look at Warren and Charlie

"...but only in the short term"

Er no, just look at Warren and Charlie - their "formulae" works in the long term

Perhaps, if you don't know what you are talking about, it's better to STFU


"I think AI does have the potential to improve capital allocation"

Paraphrasing Charles de Gaulle (on Brazil) "AI is the capital allocation of the future and always will be"


Re: Ostrich/head/sand/buried in.....

@amanfromMars 1

"Munger having a I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. type moment/breakdown."

Er no, amanfromMars 1 having:

a) a brain snap

b) an, I don't understand but I'll comment anyway, moment

c) both of the above

Warren and Charlie have got serious form in capital allocation - it's what they do.

They've forgotten more about capital markets than you'll ever know.

They also have very robust crap detectors.

Perhaps you could post a brief outline of your capabilities in capital markets

I suggest that you go all in on "markets reorganisation/AI alignment", whatever that means.

Drop us a line when your net worth exceeds USD 1 billion

Australian SigInt spooks won't get power to spy on locals


Mr Potato Head

Dutton is like Tony Abbott without the charm

GetUp will have a few of my $ to ensure he returns to the Qld Police - there's more like him there.

Facebook’s in real trouble now: Australia’s opened a probe


Re: Couple of million bucks?

What is this Facebook of which you speak?


Re: "The Information Commissioner

""The Information Commissioner" must be a Soviet moniker. Is just sounds so wrong in a free society."

Australia is a "free society" - who knew!

Citation required.

Oh sh-itcoin! Crypto-dosh swap-shop Coinbase empties punters' bank accounts


only 39 per cent of Americans could raise $1,000 to cover an emergency bill

Ain't that America somethin' to see

Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising


Re: Local speed? Overseas speed? Routing speed?

Let's start with the underprovisioning ISPs - I'm looking at you TPG and SkyMesh

Corporate level fines as a multiple of their profit from fraud


Australian Mediocrity

There's a reason why GodZone is number 51 in the Akamai Report

The locals are as dumb as a sack of rocks - they are used to being ripped off day in / day out

Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers


Re: It is not the copper wiring

The article is talking about the problems with backhaul.


The last mile works fine for most people.


But there is no point if the telcos do not provide sufficient capacity at the other end of the wire.

[correct - my personal lowpoint

Ookla NetGauge Result

Down: [*0.9 Mbps*] Up: [*4.3 Mbps*] Latency: [*84 ms*]

Sydney Server 20/07/2017 20:29+10

SkyMesh nbn™ fixed wireless service (Aggregated)

Peak information rate: 25/5 Mbps]

And the NBN charges the telcos for the privilege of providing backhaul, which is why they are not doing it.

[incorrect .. and contradicts your previous point]

Leave the "fraudband" politics behind and stick to the facts.

[good advice ... pity you didn't take it]

Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers


Re: the Brisbane Times

They are part of Fairfax - all of the other Fairfax "news" titles have the same content without the poxy ad-blocker detector

nbn™ blames cheap-ass telcos for grumpy users, absolves CVC pricing


Re: Aussie Broadband support NBN CVC position

I'm a new, happy Aussie BB customer

Fixed Wireless 25/5 - speed has never been below 23

I switched from SkyMesh [who used to be good before they were sold]

I have a speedtest showing 0.9!!!

If Aussie BB can do it .....

Vote with your feet

Australia cyber minister wants Asia to define new global laws of digi-war


Good luck

Another member of a completely clueless political class.

Ask the US government how they went when they wanted Apple to break their encryption.

Ask Malcolm the Clueless how the repeal of the Laws of Mathematics is going.

Ask George Metadata to define the difference between his arse and a hole in the ground


Retailers would love an NBN backhaul tariff restructure


Re: Move to charges based on contention instead of mb/s

100:1/$15/Unusable performance at peak times: SkyMesh

50:1/$20/Really slow performance at peak times: Internode

2:1/$40/Fast broadband at any time: Aussie Broadband

Four Brits cuffed in multimillion-quid Windows tech support call scam probe


I introduce them to my friend Lenny 2233435945@sip2sip.info

- they seem to enjoy talking to each other

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption


George (metadata) Brandis

Dumber than a sack of rocks


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