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FRIKKIN' LASERS could REPLACE fibre-optic comms cables

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Didn't know about the relative time frames of pulse and survival of the light guide

Im sure i read once about trying to make a plasma channel using incredibly short pulses from a UV laser that became self focusing due to the physics.

However if it was achieved it wouldnt be used for anything as humanitarian as dissipating lightening (preventing a fair few wildfires) it would herald the era of Tom Swift's electric rifle and even more efficient warfare.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I have to defend the police here...

@condiment and the moral of that story is the good Samaritan would have been better off if he had walked on by and let the kid get run over, its a wonderful society were building isn't it.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Wrong Category

"What kind of people sign up for Talk Talk service?"

Idiots

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GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?

Robin Bradshaw

Roll your own

1, *Buy/build (its open source) this bluetooth TNC: http://www.mobilinkd.com/

2, Check this out to your laptop: https://github.com/lulzlabs/AirChat

2a, Or port to java app for your phone if you like.

3, Buy cheap Baofeng UV-5R radio off ebay for £25

4, Keep moving so OFCOM don't catch you in the unlikely event they aren't asleep at the wheel

*You dont actually need the TNC and indeed it probably isnt supported with airchat as is, it just uses the soundcard of a laptop as a modem but using a TNC shouldnt require too much of a change

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

Robin Bradshaw

the /b/tards have a better arsenal

Hmm i looked at their list and wasnt overly impressed:

CONCRETE DONKEY -> robodialer, presumably rented out in spare time to PPI and solar panel companys

BUMPERCAR -> clicking on the report this video button

CLUMSY BEEKEEPER -> IRC bot

BADGER -> spam

BOMB BAY -> link farming

BURLESQUE -> SMS spam

GAMBIT -> Wifi pineapple

GLITTERBALL -> excuse to play sadville in work time

IMPERIAL BARGE -> standard level of service from BT

PITBULL -> IM spam

GATEWAY -> too small a botnet to actually DDOS

SERPENTS TONGUE -> who the fuck uses fax anymore, do they also have attacks on telex??

SKYSCRAPER -> uploading videos to youtube

SWAMP DONKEY -> repackaged cryptolocker virus

OUTWARD -> GNU inetutils, nmap dig etc

SLAMMER -> probably an internal wiki give how unimpressive the rest is

HAVOK -> ettercap

WURLITZER -> multiupload.biz

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

Robin Bradshaw

Re: The Inevitable Conclusion

Yeah and eventually google will serve me ads i'm actually interested in and my mobile phone providers coverage map will be accurate.

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

Robin Bradshaw

If only a country had thought to protect the public's privacy.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

If only somebody had had the foresight to enshrine the people right to privacy by including some text such as that above in the country's basic principles of law, and had the foresight to predict the invention of the telegraph/telephone/internet and stipulate they were extensions of paper based communication so future dullards wouldn't try to weasel the people out of this protection.

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Israel develops wireless-malware-injection-by-smartmobe tool

Robin Bradshaw

Not sure about infection

Dunno about getting malware onto the machine but slurping data off an infected machine by FM radio seems like it would be doable, since there is basically a proof of concept for the Raspberry PI already:

http://makezine.com/projects/make-38-cameras-and-av/raspberry-pirate-radio/

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

Robin Bradshaw

Re: September 11, 2001

@OrsonX Actually GCHQ do care about your sexts:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/02/27/gchq_optic_nerve/

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Amazon Prime hot air drone service goes a-recruiting

Robin Bradshaw

Beaten to market

Amazon should speak to the cunning Lithuanian smugglers that beat them to market :)

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/05/russians-capture-cigarette-smuggling-drone/

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Campfire

Given a name like "Callam McMillan" Im going to go out on a limb and guess the poster is of Scottish descent and probably in the UK, If that is true he was bloody lucky it was dry enough to start a campfire, UK camping holidays usually involve monsoon like rain until the day you leave when it brightens up a bit :)

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Robin Bradshaw

Re: Hang on...

Apparently they were MIG 21 jets not large bypass turbo fans, you can see a short clip of "Big Wind" in action here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk96zIt4Q0c

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IANA starts handing out recovered IPv4 addresses

Robin Bradshaw
Coat

Re: IPv6 before CGNAT

How about a law that all porn and filesharing must be IPv6 only, everyone would be on IPv6 by the end of the week :)

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Brits to vote: Which pressing scientific challenge should get £10m thrown at it?

Robin Bradshaw

Re: They missed a trick...

@ Jacksonville

http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_on_global_population_growth

There you go, as mentioned by Wade Burchette improving the standard of living for emerging economy's will sort out population growth, Id highly recommend looking at other talks by Hans Rosling too.

Personally Id like to see more research into either Thorium cycle or maybe Fast neutron reactors as a source of clean electric for the future.

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FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

Robin Bradshaw

Summed up nicely by CGP Grey

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtt2aSV8wdw

or ViHart

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

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Vendors pushing fibre on developing countries, says Oz minister

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Everything depends on the country in question....

"Besides, how do define decent service?"

Youtube 480p no buffering

/me glares at Sky's craptastic "pro" substitute for Be.

Can we get the UK redefined as a developing country so we can get some of that fibre goodness too?

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BSkyB broadband growth chopped in HALF

Robin Bradshaw

Im not impressed either

Due to my lazyness and it not going shit until they migrated be a few weeks ago I stayed where I was, but it looks like I will be jumping ship soon, I was very unimpressed with them updating my router and as far as I could tell locking the DNS options, I dont appreciate having to use the telnet interface to reconfigure the DNS especially as a the tg585 telnet shell is arcane and strange, or as I ended up doing backing up the config editing it to remove all their administrative backdoors and reloading it.

Then to top it all off youtube doesnt work in the evenings without either degrading to a jumble of coloured blocks or severe buffering if you try to set it to a sane resolution (the no bandwidth in the evening was both pre and post fixing the router settings).

It all worked flawlessly for years with BE, even if the bebox is a bit shit.

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Polymer droplets turn smartmobes into microscopes

Robin Bradshaw

Foldscope excites me more

A similar system has already been developed at Stanford by Manu Prakash, the Foldscope, apparently it costs around 50 cents, has an XY stage of sorts and can project the image in a darkened room.

http://www.ted.com/talks/manu_prakash_a_50_cent_microscope_that_folds_like_origami

My only question I have is where can I buy some?

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All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Interestingly*

http://birdswitharms.tumblr.com/

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

Robin Bradshaw

Do what with an unauthenticated protocol

Its all well and good until some cock uses an arduino/rtlsdr/cc430 etc to sniff the remote ID and and them make your house look like close encounters of the third kind turning everything on and off randomly.

Seriously would some form of security really have killed them?

If anyone had this near me I would be that cock just for the lulz :)

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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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Robin Bradshaw

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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