208 posts • joined Wednesday 26th September 2007 09:19 GMT
Party like its 1985
Of course there is no precedent for the use of fluorinert in cooling electronics :)
Re: The wonders of having a metal phone body
Have a watch of the EEVblog teardown of a pair of chinese fake apple chargers and stare in awe at the piss poor creepage distances and shoddy manufacturing.
Re: Lithium Metal...
Energiser lithium batterys contain a thin sheet of metallic lithium rolled up like a swiss roll.
See youtube for videos of its extraction and inevitable burning.
With £500 an hour rates youd think they could configure there webserver properly so it doesnt have a fit and serve you an "Additionally, a 500 Internal Server Error error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request." instead of a 404
Warn other drivers by DSRC
I have an idea, its not a particularly good one, but it would be workable.
Globally car manufacturers are working on implementing DSRC "Digital short range communications" aka your car broadcasting its status to other cars within about 380m using 802.11p wireless , so your car will be able to listen to the cars around it and warn you not to overtake if say there is an oncoming vehicle.
Perhaps there could be a status in this standard for driver on phone so your car will alert all the other cars in the area you're on the phone and will be driving badly, in addition to telling the world + dog your speed :)
Its going to be a brave new world.
For more info watch the video here:
Like hiding diamonds in lumps of coal
Where do i buy one? a small computer with wifi and mains powersupply for £10 or so and all i have to do is extract it from the crap kettle its packed in, bargain.
Re: On reading the article
Compile it and see if it works, if it does then that is the sum total of the disputed code, if it doesnt then some secret sauce is missing.
There isnt a facepalm big enough.
"they have the necessary computer skills and intent to simultaneously release the code publicly and conceal their role in that act."
For example they could have uploaded it all to github 7 months ago with their name on it.
I cannot find the words to describe the stupidity of this decision.
Should publish these for all phones
OK I'm fairly sure I have the right leaked service manual in front of me and i can see "16Gb(SDRAM DDR2)" which I'm quite certain is wrong, unless they are using 14Gb of it for the baseband, which would be wasteful.
One thing I particularly appreciate is they list how many bars in the signal strength == what dBm.
I would paste the table here but I'm sure that would draw the ire of the moderator.
I for one salute LG for there attempt at ending the bullshit that is random uncalibrated signal strength meters, and I shall be happy in the knowledge that if I am ever using LTE and have 4 bars I have better than -85dBm±3dBm signal strength.
Re: How many hackers does it take to change a lightbulb?
> Seriously, you'd hope - against all common sense and reason - that anything that was actually critical
> would be a long, long way from being accessible over the internet.
Step 1) Have a play on SHODAN http://www.shodanhq.com/ (although it appears to be dead at the moment)
Step 2) Be sad because of what you have seen.
Ban powerline networking equipment, and engage roaming black ops hit squad to locate and remove it with extreme prejudice, then once they have done that send them round to the ISP's to have a word about the usage of the word unlimited, with even more prejudice. If time allows send them on a jolly to India to sort out the sales calls, but that could also be done with cruise missiles.
Re: Once something become possible
@Scott Wheeler, whilst this isnt a step by step DIY guide to making a nuke in your shed theres some interesting insights into building a plutonium implosion bomb here:
Although I would dock them points for using a polonium-beryllium initiator (PoBe) a plutonium-beryllium initiator (PuBe) has much more scope for mirth and giggles.
Is it really financially viable to extract fake vanilla flavour from the arses of beavers rather that knock up a batch of fake vanilla flavour in a lab?
How much do beaver arse glands go for by the tonne?
Re: *Off Topic Feature Request*
cornz 1 could you get away with using a pair of rs232 to bluetooth adapters? Such as a pair of these which i give as an example only i have no idea if they are any good http://r.ebay.com/HBG33B
GCHQ Can you find it
Unless i missed it the reg hasnt run anything about this years GCHQ challenge which you can find here:
I found the omission of a story a bit odd since they are hosting one of the pages, I only found out about it from the sponsered links section on the bottom left.
Shift the offensiveness 1 to the left
I quite enjoy the cold calls, I know this isn't going to be to everybody's tastes but I like the opportunity to be creatively stupid.
The last time I had a call about double glazing I told the sales guy that I didn't need it as i had bricked up all the windows, "why did you do that?" he asked, Because i'm a vampire.
And the solar panel seller who was told I couldn't have panels fitted because I live in the arches under a railway bridge and the trains would smash the solar panels.
Embrace the madness, the hardest part is not laughing while acting like an idiot.
Re: Huge flaw in article
It was Tommy Flowers from the GPO that pretty much invented the computer.
One of the few cases where GCHQ should be intercepting and analysing calls to attempt to collect intelligence on criminal activities and they arent.
Turn a blind eye to the phones and listen in and catch them out doing naughty things.
The government really are as thick as pigshit when it comes to technology arent they?
Better devs, shinier turd
"It is difficult for Japanese companies like Sony to neglect the audio and visual quality engineering, as there are so many super engineers in these segments. On the other hand, they do not have enough engineering resources for the application software development."
Yes it was totally a lack of skilled developers that made sonic stage such a steaming pile of turd and nothing to do with trying to force people to use ATRAC in the age of the MP3 resulting in an overly annoying device to use while the competitions offerings just required plugging in and copying your music over.
Its not a lack of developers preventing sony from getting a high gloss shine on that particular turd that puts customers off, its the turd itself.
Im with Neil Barnes, "browses the web and reads books all day" id kill for that job
Oh god they're trying to build talkie toaster but as a bin.
You seen one fanny, you seen 'em all
Re: In the UK
And then the ensuing fight will be recorded on a dozen different smartphones and uploaded to youtube, followed by the police turning up reviewing CCTV of the area to establish what happened and potentially just for kicks requesting from the telcos a list of mobiles in the area so they can work out who to question.
All in all your best of staying home with the battery removed from your cellphone, google glass will just be the most visible threat to privacy, not the only one, and quite possibly not the most serious.
Its not perfect but you can bypass alot of the filtering on uk mobile phone networks by using https instead of http to get your smut, im sure this new filtering isnt going to be much better.
I call knockoff charger.
A teardown of 2 fake Chinese apple chargers, the fake chargers are a sack of shit, the same goes for knockoff laptop power supplys, I have seen one fake laptop PSU explode on being plugged in.
"The generator was driven by a very early electric drill - something that would make no sense in real life."
Unless you want to generate 3 phase for a home lathe/mill from a single phase mains input and your too cheap to buy an electronic converter.
Re: Black boxes
"and they could quite easily have slapped a d-notice"
They did but D-notices dont work any better for the government than they did for Barbra Streisand they merely act as a big neon sign saying there is muck here that need raking but youll have to post the results on said raking on your international news site.
http://www.andmagazine.com/content/phoenix/13003.html << see example
I had always assumed the idea for floating islands came from Hạ Long Bay in vietnam (as seen in the james bond film tomorrow never dies)
My first instinct
My first instinct upon reading this was it might be a laugh to turn up and start handing out Linux install and Libre office DVD's while espousing the virtues of open source software. That ought to get their backs up. :)
Does this mean that if i make up some random doom-mongering bollocks with no more supporting evidence than "I asked my cat if it was true and he didn't say no" I can get an article front page of the reg??? That would be fantastic :)
I think the correct response for story's like these is "piss off and come back with some actual evidence"
I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
I hate to do it but i'm going to side with Microsoft, they should have a much greater freedom to fix the problem since I expect that buried somewhere in the EULA they probably have the right to make critical system updates to ensure security, Im just guessing though, I mean who actually reads EULA's?
However if this is the case then they have the freedom to actually fix the issue whilst the security researchers can only sit and watch.
obviously with an evil foe called Gordon who everybody thinks dies but it turns out he didnt.
Re HDCP encryption of HDMI connections
HDMI does indeed support encryption but the keys have been discovered:
This is quite possibly how/why your friend magic box work.
Hooray, There will be much rejoicing as soon we shall be able to blast through our monthly download limit in 0.1 of a second. Isn't technology wonderful.
I assume that next week there will be uproar when the world discovers that for only a few hundred pounds you could buy the necessary tooling to make a gun out of real metal that fires more than one shot from machinemart/screwfix/axminster etc etc
Dont they teach metalwork in schools any more?
Why such a complex creature :)
Would it not have been easier to start by modelling a simpler lower form of life, like politicians?
But seriously this is impressive, i look forward to the day I can design and simulate a custom worm on my computer then send off the models dna to a lab and get a packet of custom attack nematodes back in the post, it will be awesome.
Not going to happen
Tracability of IP addresses will never happen, if it did your ISP wouldn't be able to charge you through the nose for a fixed IP for your home server.
ukgnome search ebay for "fe-5680a" it wont be so much a wristwatch as an atomic clock rucksack but itll be cheaper :)
"The unit contains a temperature controlled caesium gas chamber. A laser is used to heat the radioactive atoms, and a microwave resonator to detect the emissions from the atoms’ electrons as they change energy levels as part of the radioactive decay. The frequency of the microwaves is highly stable and provides the clock’s beat."
Unless symmetricon have some freakish new way to make a physics package the caesium used is caesium-133 which is not radioactive, and radioactive decay has nothing to do with it.
Here is a great video where engineer guy explains how a Cs atomic clock works, please note references to radiation are to electromagnetic radiation, ie microwaves
Its not like they will have been broadcasting AIS location data and you couldnt have just watched the ship here:
It seems somehow easier to just watch it on the internet than trying to salvage the nav systems from the scrappers and read the data off it.
Re: Stupid question
I think the letting go of a falling slinky has been covered most impressively by Veritasium on youtube here:
The slow motion video is quite captivating.
Re: Bonk Cards
I havent looked at nfc bank cards yet as i dont have one, but id certainly like to know more about the security of the cards, would you even have to steal the wallet or could you read the details off the card while it still in you pocket and clone it?
Mines the one with the proxmark3 in the pocket :)
Re: Legal oddity.
"A peppercorn in legal parlance is a metaphor for a very small payment, a nominal consideration, used to satisfy the requirements for the creation of a legal contract"
Re: Every article I've seen about this neglects to mention the most important thing
"An SDR is fairly bulky and probably wouldn't make it through secuirty, so I question the validity of this guys claims."
http://www.ettus.com/ <expensive yes, bulky no
If by fairly bulky you mean about the size of a book then yes its bulky, and since the ettus stuff comes in a nice shiny white professional looking box i have little doubt it would pass security, yeah if you tried to take a bare pcb with loose wires and tape holding it together id expect some raised eyebrows (but you just put it in a nice pelican case with a professional looking sticker saying "industrial prototype property of aperture labs" and it will probably still pass)
Not the only one wondering
Not quite the same but someone gave a talk at defcon 20 about the possibility of feeding data out of an x-plane simulation into gunradio to broadcast x-plane generated ADS-B into the real world, the flipside of feeding real world ADS-B into x-plane so you can virtually fly with real world planes did intrigue me thought, that could be fun.
What i have learned from this discussion
I think the one thing I will take away from this comments thread is the fact the United States doesn't appear to be particularly united, wouldnt it be easier to just agree on one set of laws for the whole country?
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