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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Robin Bradshaw

Audio wankery

Don't tell me its better, show me:

http://www.home.agilent.com/en/pc-1000000520%3Aepsg%3Apgr/spectrum-analyzer-signal-analyzer?nid=-536902453.0&cc=GB&lc=eng

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Facebook swallows Oculus VR goggle-geeks. Did that really happen?

Robin Bradshaw

Have you all seen....

For everybody who has posted here citing their dismay at this purchase have you considered looking at CastAR from technical illusions http://technicalillusions.com/

They are currently in development and I believe their kickstarter is slated to ship the first hardware some time after September this year.

The demonstrations of tabletop multi-person 3D play were enough to persuade me I want this.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

Robin Bradshaw

To infinity and beyond

The Z1 is much better with its Buzz lightyear green and white vibe.

Although if you added a pair of circular antennas to the Z2 helmet it would have echos of Robbie the robot.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

Robin Bradshaw

Let me get this right

Orange have filled their phone with shitware? I shall file that right next to my report on ursine defecation habits.

Of far more interest has anyone written a script for the ASDA signup page to let you spam the shit out of a range of phone numbers with activation codes? I cant be the only one whose mind went there first.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

Robin Bradshaw

"I also wish those horrible people at Microsoft would do an update where the default "Hide known extensions" is not ticked."

If i could upvote that 1000 times, its the first thing I change on a fresh install.

Especially when you cant trust the icons to tell you the filetype when you can take your malware.exe and set its icon to look like the windows folder icon/pdf icon etc

That stupid preselected option has alot to answer for.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

Robin Bradshaw

Extracting urine

FFS next they will be charging to remove the NSA spyware from their bios :)

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

Robin Bradshaw

Password fields present on an insecure (http://) page.

I just had a really cursory check of the web.de website, turn on developer console of firefox and have a look and what do i see:

"Password fields present on an insecure (http://) page. This is a security risk that allows user login credentials to be stolen."

They don't actually give a shit about user security :)

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Borrowed technology from the Dreamliner batteries??

Don Jefe have you seen how many screws are inside an iphone5?

Dont get me wrong they are really quite impressive mechanically but there are loads and loads and loads of damn fiddely screws in there holding it all together, its like a swiss watch.

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Re: What would you do with a Boeing Black on your lab bench?

"And it is impossible for anyone to modify USB drivers so the key exchange happens before anything else gets passed on it?"

And nobody would ever think to send a longer key than was expected :)

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Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

Oh Noes!!!

Tamper proof screws AND epoxy!!!!!!! There's no way anyone would be able to open that.

I take it boeing have not kept up on the state of the art with disposable glued and plastic welded consumer electronic tat that's horrible to try to repair.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Oooo, the shiny!

Jai What size/type SSD are you specing to get a price of £400? The going rate for a SATA SSD in the 240 - 256GB range seems to be somewhere between £100 - £140.

My top tip for the crucial website is use it to find out what ram your machine takes and how many sticks/ max amount etc then go and buy it from somewhere else that isnt so stupidly expensive :)

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Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

Robin Bradshaw

"Suppose consumers understood that Google uses tying and full-line-forcing to prevent manufacturers from offering phones with alternative apps, which could drive down phone prices"

I have another way of looking at this, If i choose to buy an android phone with google I get to be sure of a minimum level of functionality youtube/maps/play and a degree of familiarity with the device from the get go because it meets these standards in order to get the google bits.

Or I could go to orange and buy some wretched piece of shit android phone that has been mangled to the point of useleness and filled with shitware because they can. (which I would then reflash to cyanogenmod because I can and did)

There is nothing stopping me supplementing or replacing any of the google supplied functionality with some other apps of my choice but as an end user the "with google" bit of the branding means I can rely on a minimum level of not shit, assuming it didnt come form orange :)

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Object to #YearOfCode? You're a misogynist and a snob, says the BBC

Robin Bradshaw

Statute law in an SVN

"For example, have a glimpse at this excruciating TED talk for MPs by Richard Heaton"

I actually thought that was quite an impressive way of looking at things, and perhaps adding a bit of organisation to the mess that is law, when I have tried to look up legislation in the past I wanted the law as it now is, not the original bill and a massive list of amendments that other bills have made since and try to reconcile it, just like linux kernel 1.0 and a mountain of diffs isnt particularly usefull to me even if it would work to compile a current kernel.

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WHEEE... CRUNCH! iPad Mini tops list of most breakable slabs, mobes

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Industry Standard "vulture" drop test

There is actually an industry standard for impact robustness its the IK rating that nobody uses, like the IP rating for water and dustproof-ness.

There is also the US military MIL-STD-810 if your tablet was built to that standard it would be rugged indeed, like panasonic toughbooks and the dell XFR laptops.

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

Robin Bradshaw
Flame

Im outraged

All the assets of a nation state intelligence agency and the best they could do was a SYN flood!!!

What the bloody hell have my taxes being paying for? At the very least I would have expected them to have taken control of the IRC server by exploiting the IPMI implementation and formatted its drives.

Or perhaps reflashed its bios with one with a rootkit embedded in its SMM handlers, even if they couldnt write it they could have bought it from the NSA's toy catalogue.

Bunch of useless chair warming muppets.

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

Robin Bradshaw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5svjovC-XA

There was a talk about DSRC and its privacy implications at the 2012 chaos communications congress, i got the impression it (at least at that point) hadnt been entirely thought through but had potential.

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Look out, Earth! Here comes China Operating System (aka Linux)

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Under the GPL

"The definition of "Enough work to exempt it from the GPL" is "Enough for it to constitute an entirely new work in its own right, aot a derivative work based on an existing copyrighted work"."

There is a phrase for this level of work, "clean room implementation"

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Sceptical

I was sceptical too however I had a look at the NSA's "maplin" catalogue of cool toys here:

http://goo.gl/nPZf18

It appears that some of their data transmission devices such as LOUDAUTO and other devices from the ANGRYNEIGHBOUR range are long range RFID type devices that modulate their data onto a CW signal from the reader, sort of like the TAG used for paying the severn bridge, or the same sort of tag they use in the US for toll payments if my understanding is correct.

Which is a really clever way of doing things as the energy burden for transmission is then shifted to the reader rather than transmission device so you dont need massive batterys.

Sadly my knowledge of RF voodoo is a bit lacking or id have a bash at replicating the tech as it seems simple yet very clever, although It got me wondering if sites of security importance are going to be buying SDR radios to continuously scan the RF spectrum and alert if there are suddenly any large changes in recieved power in the GHz range, which would also catch active transmissions from their HOWLERMONKEY devices. Its all quite clever really.

And thats just the RF stuff, do the server jockeys on here trust their IPMI implementation (vPro etc)

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Samsung Nexus S beats Galaxy S III – at detecting GAMMA RAYS

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Radiation is so last year :)

No a normal CCD with the IR filter removed can film near infra red, like the IR diode in your TV remote control but wont record thermal IR.

And yes im suspicious of the lack of actual images on the website, you can see actual imaging on various youtube videos such as this one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICAzaZ1RTt0

But i do have a feeling there are some software shenanigans going on as the sensor is aparently 80x60 pixels, still quite impressive though.

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Robin Bradshaw

Radiation is so last year :)

Thermal imaging is going to be all the rage for 2014, even if its only 80x60 pixels.

http://www.flir.com/flirone/

I cant wait for a phone with the Flir Lepton sensor builtin.

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

Robin Bradshaw

Everything they need except a user manual

So set up an IMSI catcher that downgrades all the connections to A5/0 and log away to your hearts content, throw in some voice print analysis and you should be able to make a nice list of who has what phone and what they are doing with it. It not like you even need an expensive one from Rhode & Schwartz, you could probably repurpose the femto cells the carriers sell to make the phone work in your house.

Or alternatively grep through the carriers logs for the phones that never change location from the prison and are only switched on sporadically then route a copy of all calls to and from those numbers to GCHQ, I mean whats the point in building all that lawfull intercept infrastructure if you not going to use it :)

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Makes sense to me...

"Mod is now normally used as an abbreviation of 'Modification'"

I think it still is being used this way, as in you'll have to modify it to make it usable.

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

Robin Bradshaw

Cottonmouth will stand out like a sore thumb as it will be the only USB cable ever made that actually meets USB specs, unlike the millions of cheap crap chinese cables made with copper plated string that only just barely work. :)

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Kids DON'T WANT privacy

"But as for mass survelliance, a quick check of the crime clear up rate would suggest that criminality is still, on balance of probability, something you can get away with."

You are assuming that the object of mass surveillance is preventing crime, rather than facilitating it.

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

Robin Bradshaw

Re: RE:WTF are toddlers doing using the internet unsupervised???

commenting on youtube

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Hong Kong Bitcoin miners pour datacentre in a FISH TANK

Robin Bradshaw

Party like its 1985

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cray-2

Of course there is no precedent for the use of fluorinert in cooling electronics :)

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Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

Robin Bradshaw

Re: The wonders of having a metal phone body

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi-b9k-0KfE

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.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

Robin Bradshaw

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.

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

Robin Bradshaw

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

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

Robin Bradshaw

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5svjovC-XA

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DON'T BREW THAT CUPPA! Your kettle could be a SPAMBOT

Robin Bradshaw

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.

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Call yourself a 'hacker', watch your ex-boss seize your PC without warning

Robin Bradshaw

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.

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Robin Bradshaw

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.

https://github.com/visdom/visdom

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Tech specs wreck: Details of Google's Nexus 5 smartphone LEAKED over interwebs

Robin Bradshaw

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.

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Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force

Robin Bradshaw

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.

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Reg readers! You've got 100 MILLION QUID - what would you BLOW it on?

Robin Bradshaw

Hit squad

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.

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

Robin Bradshaw

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:

http://wlstorage.net/file/penney-report.pdf

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.

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

Robin Bradshaw

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?

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How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

Robin Bradshaw

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

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GCHQ Can you find it

Robin Bradshaw

GCHQ Can you find it

Unless i missed it the reg hasnt run anything about this years GCHQ challenge which you can find here:

https://canyoufindit.co.uk/

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.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

Robin Bradshaw

Shift the offensiveness 1 to the left

offensive.words.pointlessly.banned.co.uk

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China's corruption crackdown killing off Unix

Robin Bradshaw

Re: It always starts at the low end.

The fluff in my bellybutton is worth more than Nokia.

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LOHAN cops a faceful of smutronyms

Robin Bradshaw

SIDEKICK

Spanish

Imposed

Deactivation

Enhancement

Key

Initiated

Controlled

Kill

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

Robin Bradshaw

HERPES

High-altitude

Emergency

Remote

Protective

Equipment

System

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

Robin Bradshaw

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.

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Huge flaw in article

It was Tommy Flowers from the GPO that pretty much invented the computer.

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UK mulls ban on tiny mobiles to block prison smugglers

Robin Bradshaw

Sigh

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?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

Robin Bradshaw

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

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

Robin Bradshaw

No Toast!

Oh god they're trying to build talkie toaster but as a bin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec

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Think your smutty Snapchats can't be saved by dorks? THINK AGAIN

Robin Bradshaw

Meh

You seen one fanny, you seen 'em all

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