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* Posts by Colin Tree

197 posts • joined 28 Feb 2008

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IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

Colin Tree

tri-state

I'm waiting for three-state memory

+ve -ve zero

true, false, don't care

true, false, maybe

true, false, stop bit

Especially as a stop bit, serial storage, variable word length,

a true or false flag could be stored as f+1,

a very long number could be stored in n+1 bits,

variable length instruction, execute

how much redundancy is there in fixed length words ?

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

Iris scan ?

fingerprint scan ?

pin number ?

swipe pattern ?

voice ?

any of the above ?

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UK industry bods: Re-train ONE MEEELLION manufacturing workers to deal with new tech

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my advantage

I've used my tech skills to create cad/cam high tech wooden surfboards and try and encourage the surfing community away from plastics into a sustainable future.

Now I've just got to make a buck out of it.

I've got negative earnings, so tax breaks are useless, used my super to fund development.

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poor innovators

You will find artisans, innovators and creative people living in lower cost regions.

They are focused on creating, not making mellions to pay inner city London rent and hanging around with tossers partying. They congregate in stimulating communities, feeding off each other's passions and sharing. You can't make it happen, just create the environment for it to coalesce.

Next come the trendies who like to be 'in the scene', then the rich tossers come to party with the trendies, then the artisans piss off somewhere else more conducive.

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Spare me the confected 'Innovation Theatre' that is hackfests and their ilk

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clueless businessmen

Society has to take the money away from the clueless businessmen and give it to innovators.

They are just stealing your ingenuity and fresh thinking because they have none.

It is sad that money rules the world, because they are just festering maggots, sucking goodness, taking and not giving back.

Part of the click wrap agreement is all ideas submitted or developed are owned by them, and they don't have to give you squat.

Talking to universities is just the same.

Incubators want a saleable product, or a quick path to release and profitability. Basically they just do the marketing, again a clueless bunch of businessmen.

These days, tech gear and development systems are pretty cheap and your solo development path isn't so steep. Do some yourself, align with like minded mates and do it yourselves.

Get a product ready then crowdfund it to get production up.

Pity you don't have the balls to do it anymore.

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Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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Re: Not a Noob

RTFM means Read The Fucking Manual

You are an old (L)user

Stick with Windoze

or

https://docs.slackware.com/

https://www.debian.org/doc/

https://help.ubuntu.com/

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boys flogging themselves

Home page reads like newby Linux boys trying to flog their services and provide professional business support.

If you want to mention security, you need to talk about no Micro$oft security support for older OSs on older boxen and how Wine is the only safe place to run your legacy Windoze applications.

If you want to talk about legacy Windoze boxen, they might also run legacy Windoze apps, doesn't get a mention till documents... available Q40S applications... down the page a bit.

Trinity based on KDE3, forked, get real boys, shows their inexperience, not a stable base.

KDE shite is never fast or light, if they had any experience they'd use anything else.

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nbn™ to use G.fast in late 2018, firstly in commercial premises

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MTM

A new flavour is being dropped into the Multi Technology Mix pot.

More complication, more cost, more confusion.

So is it now a multi stepped upgrade from FTTN ---> FTTP ?

Just give us all fibre you dickheads.

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Australian government launches review of .au domain

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synergy

Mitch wants to give the domain registration to some prick company which donates to the LNP, so his mates can put prices way up and make lots of filthy money and donate more money to the LNP.

It's a synergistic - all the mates get rich and screw everyone else. Why not, it's what they've done with everything else.

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Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

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take back control

The only way to secure your data is to publish your data under a license which stops other entities accessing or using your data without your explicit permission and limitations and allows you to take legal action against them.

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Git fscked by SHA-1 collision? Not so fast, says Linus Torvalds

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xmit error

I use the hash to check the file transmission had no errors, that's all.

You have to trust the source Luke.

Sometimes reputable news sites report servers have been compromised,

which has happened to trustworthy sites from time to time.

Basically, peer reviewed security.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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100 %

Friday afternoon after a pub lunch, you look drunk.

100 % probability you will be tested positive.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

Colin Tree

money, happy

Ignorance is bliss

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Azure fell over for 7 hours in Europe because someone accidentally set off the fire extinguishers

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in theory

in theory,

read the article, they're low level, physical, real world problems,

but clouds are so ethereal, each level of abstraction increases complexity.

If you didn't use the azure cloud, you wouldn't have a problem.

KISS

oh, azure is the colour of a clear sky, nothing to do with clouds,

MS cockup again

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Blame Canada? $5.7m IBM IT deal balloons to $185m thanks to 'an open bag of money'

Colin Tree

Re: Hmmm ... I'm begging to sense a trend ...

Just waiting for Census-fail II

Same-Sex Marriage Plebiscite Yes / No / Don'tknow / Maybe

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Falling apart at the seamless: Inside Apple's LTE Watch fiasco

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Surf rage

Seen the add ???

Want to get beaten up ???

The watch will be unwelcome out in the surf.

What fuckup, air head yuppie thought of that for the add doesn't surf

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nbn™ adds premises to FTTC, HFC, slims down FTTN build

Colin Tree

bumhole of the Gold Coast

and being the bumhole, we got FTTN.

We're a forgotten corner of the Gold Coast, and as I feared, we got the bum deal NBN connection.

I will stay on our old ADSL as long as possible, see how the early adopters go and if it fails in the first good rain.

Is there anywhere we can find the CVC for each ISP ?

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Groundhog Day! ACCC again calls for truth in broadband advertising

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gold plated guarantee

I want to see minimum and daily average speeds and MTBF guarantees,

or the ISPs pay compensation.

Maybe a failover to a minimum service of telephone.

This is an essential service.

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Australian telcos promise to be better NBN helpers

Colin Tree

Re: Voter imact < 4%

While we have a piss weak captain at the tiller, we'll just go from problem to problem with no resolutions. He is too gutless to stand up to companies, even the government owned NBN, just let them self regulate, the marketplace will sort out any problems.

Listening to Shorton on Q&A, he said they will not replace existing copper installs, but, at one point said they will install more FTTP. But he was dithering a lot through the show, so I don't think even he knew what he was saying. He was pushing slogans, when he could have been selling quality fibre.

The financial windfall will be savings in future maintenance. There will also be increasing efficiencies as they install more fibre.

I'm sure there will be efforts in the future to bring the whole network up to a good standard. Maybe some gold plating before selling it off for a loss to private enterprise.

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Microsoft, Apple cough up MEEELLIONS after Australian tax audits

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It's just business

" ... tax arrangements still used transfers between subsidiaries in Bermuda, Singapore and Ireland, becuase it needs to do so in order to remain competitive . "

And we're going to tax the bejesus out of you so Australia can stay in business, just suck it up.

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Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

Colin Tree

none of their bloody business

If it's money laundering from crime, they don't mind to make a loss. Throwing dirty money on roulette, 1/2 red, 1/2 black, guaranteed get back nearly 50%, never loose, but comes back clean.

The value of Bitcoin is going up because of investors/opportunists.

Traditional currencies only go down because of inflation.

$$$ to buy a house 20 years ago would only buy you a shithouse today.

I would rather use a currency which is stable, "what goes up must come down" Newton

(ii) is not issued by or under the authority of a government body = none of their bloody business

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Raising minimum wage will raise something else: An army of robots taking away folks' jobs

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corporate conscience

We have to legislate for companies to have a social conscience and responsibilities to ALL stakeholders - shareholders, workers, customers, government.

Pay your workers, shareholders and taxes fairly and don't rip off your customers.

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

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virtually

1:32 doesn't get close to working for streaming services. The CVC has to be averaged over a month and allow real peak usage.

It's a virtual circuit not a fixed bandwidth circuit. They just have to provision for a LOT more bandwidth to cover peak requirements.

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Re: rest assured

so your backbone is spineless and also lacks failover.

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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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cheap arse DIYs

They just realised DIYs only want to spend $10 for an SBC and they use free Linux or Android, no money to be made here, the money's in high end gear.

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TechnologyOne says City of Brisbane ignored its own reviews

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bump in the road

Oh great, variations, that's where we'll really make some money !!!

" council's business processes are “poorly defined” "

after working alongside BCC workers for many years, I can only agree with that, they should stick to patching potholes (badly), that's about their limit.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

Colin Tree

trust

I've used Firefox since it was Netscape, I trust it.

Mozilla will be 20 next year, it used to drag behind IE

and the competition has always been rough,

there's a lot at stake making a window to the internet

because it is so lucrative to control that many people.

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John McAfee plans to destroy Google. Details? Ummm...

Colin Tree

Re: We are not numbers. I'm not a statistic

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

Colin Tree

igots

it's 2017 not 1935

stop it

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nbn™ hits the half-way mark – but has more than half of the job left

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retailers and techs

So the retailers take the cream off the NBN profits to do what precisely ?

They provide a router/wifi and a poor service.

If a retailer came to our street and offered us all a fibre upgrade from the box to the premises, then I would think they were providing something worthwhile.

Think it was an extra $200 dollars difference between Turdbull moron NBN and the real NBN ?

It has now come to The Well but the copper in the ground is fully forked. We can tell when it rains by the depth of water and the number of Telstra techs repairing connections.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

Colin Tree

boxed set

Bought the Beatles boxed set back in the 70's,

but now have and regularly listen to the Beatles discography.

I reckon I've purchased a license to listen to their music,

and back then it was for life, not a single play on one device.

...relax and float downstream...

LSD, the golden age

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FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

Colin Tree

Re: An admirable effort.

who owns the domain ?

the domain registrar is responsible for authenticating ownership.

they check you have control of the server.

It worked well for me, and did the cron job for updating every 90 days.

(another check that you have control of the server)

If I was doing a store handling others credit details I'd do a bit more.

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Australian oppn. leader wants to do something about Bitcoin, because terrorism and crypto

Colin Tree

go "legit"

If you want to move money around, create a web of offshore companies, pay an accountant and hide your funds in tax havens, just like real companies do. Armament manufacturers even get the president to rubber stamp deals.

Bill Shorten says there are things 'we do not know enough about.....

So Bill, get someone to talk who does know, and if you can't find someone on your team of dickhead politicians, stand aside for a new generation.

You can't see the world is being run by conservative dickheads who don't have a clue.

The time is soon coming when we put the bastards up against a wall...

"Vive la Revolution"

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nbn™ needs copper to build FTTN: another 15,000 km of it

Colin Tree

Hand's up

OK,

my hand's up to pay my extra $252 for FTTP instead of FTTN.

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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.

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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.

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Australian Taxation Office named as party preventing IT contractors being paid

Colin Tree

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

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

Colin Tree

screwed

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.

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

Colin Tree

LOUDER

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

Good to see more work blocking this dross.

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

Colin Tree

buccaneer

We could download a Future Ford from PirateBay,

and print it

Would that be cyber fraud or grand theft auto ?

Ahoy

Where's yr buccaneers

On yr buccened

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Ombudsman slams Centrelink debt recovery system

Colin Tree

Messes

"...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.

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

Colin Tree

comrades

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.

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

Colin Tree

Mars

Mark,

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.

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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.

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

Colin Tree

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 ?

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Court smacks Telstra over wholesale pricing

Colin Tree

ACCC power

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

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

Colin Tree

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.

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

Colin Tree

license

It's about the per seat licensing fee.

Can't beat free.

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