* Posts by Robin Bradshaw

321 posts • joined 26 Sep 2007

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Robin Bradshaw

Re: In other news...

Why would you use a UK VPN provider? the whole point of them is to make it look like you're in the US so you get the good Netflix :P

Im curious though, where is the going to leave use after we get kicked out of the EU, what with all that hooha a while back with the US government having to cook up safe harbour and pinkie swear they werent going do bad things with EU citizens data.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

Robin Bradshaw

$300 for a book full of product shots‽

Imagine how much the Argos catalogue must be worth!

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

Robin Bradshaw

Try superdrug, Boots are rubbish

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What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

Robin Bradshaw

To do a really good job of faking a recording it would also have to fake the 50Hz mains hum fluctuations so it appears to have been recorded at the appropriate time and date:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20629671

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I was assuming this would be a look at the mini...

My memory of the Maxi is of horrible vinyl seats that if left parked in the summer sun would heat up to the point that a small child wearing shorts jumping in the back would find the sudden scorching plastic on flesh quite painful.

Better than the Austin Princess though, that just made you seasick.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

Robin Bradshaw

Re: "... idiots in Range Rovers who think they're indestructible."

Your video doesnt show a landrover either, more a landrover shaped dune buggy, without all the extra rollcage in that the roof would have been level with the bottom of the windows, landrovers are useless if you roll them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rizV-F57deM

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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Robin Bradshaw

I cant wait for the follow on lawsuit where Adobe sue apple for not having support for flash

Be careful what you wish for :P

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

Robin Bradshaw

Prst. V.Jeltz You can have a trawl through UK import tarriffs and codes and red tape here:

https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/a-z-index/a

The WTO has something to do with it too, quite frankly it all seems a bit of a nightmare, those are the rates we charge for imports, no country on earth will let us charge for imports and not return the favour for our exports, so the governments of country X and Y will more or less both get their cut, it just means it will cost you more when you buy stuff.

Also if Europe were to decide British holiday makers needed a visa to enter Europe on holiday you'd have to pay for that too, but those nice Europeans would never do something like that to us just to be arsey.

I imagine somewhere in the bowels of the Spanish government someone is planning how to leverage this to get Gibraltar back.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Robin Bradshaw

Why Britain Uses Separate Hot and Cold Taps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfHgUu_8KgA

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

Robin Bradshaw

Where in London can you have a high speed car chase?

Apparently the average traffic speed in London is about that of a running chicken:

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/804876.london_cars_move_no_faster_than_chickens/

Perhaps they could attach cameras to chickens and train them to run after cars, cheaper than a drone and you can eat them at the end of their service life.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

Robin Bradshaw

Re: "a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure"

"HTTPS is really, really slow"

Your doing it wrong

https://www.troyhunt.com/i-wanna-go-fast-https-massive-speed-advantage/

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Robin Bradshaw

Re: It's pretty minimal cost

It will have a tiny positive SEO impact, if your clients care about such things you should perhaps have been looking at this already :)

https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal.html

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Haters gonna hate...

Killing Time here is the SMETS2 smart meter technical specs draft:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381535/SMIP_E2E_SMETS2.pdf

I would draw your attention to section 5.5.7:

"ESME shall be capable of operating in Credit Mode and Prepayment Mode and of being remotely switched from one mode to the other."

And just above it section 5.5.6 Load Limiting, which to my eye seems a particularly weasel worded section, that I take to mean they can set a power usage threshold that if you exceed it they switch you off for a bit, now I know traditional meters have this feature too but that is at about 60 or 80 Amps when your main fuse blows, I doubt they will be so generous with this load limiting feature.

Something along the lines of "of course if you want to draw more than 3KW you'll have to pay for our premium electricity service"

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

Robin Bradshaw

Richard 12 atomic clocks were big once

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2011/may/11/atomic-clock-is-smallest-on-the-market

Obviously this atomic gyroscope will be made like an hour glass so you just have to turn it over to make a new reading :)

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IT snafu takes down Action Fraud's web crime reporting form

Robin Bradshaw

Hmmmmmm

I particularly like the way they are collecting information from the public about fraud, possibly including their name and address (i didnt progress through all the questions) and sending it back over http, if you try to use https you get an invalid certificate as the cert that is served is valid for about 90 other domains but not actionfrauds.

What a shower of shit.

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Violence, vandals and vomit: London's naughtiest tech Tube stations revealed

Robin Bradshaw
Facepalm

Re: Blown bulbs?

TRT Its all well and good counting axles just dont do what the swiss did and hold the count in a single byte :P

https://www.reddit.com/r/softwaregore/comments/4s755a/trains_in_switzerland_must_not_have_exactly_256/

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Help me...

Its like Top Trumps but you have to go to various physical locations to get the cards and other locations to play your cards against other players, sort of, to make a bad analogy to a vintage card game.

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

Robin Bradshaw

Im sure both windows RT tablet owners will be very upset by this.

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

Re: Retinal identification as a consequence?

Im not sure why your quoting revelations for google scanning images for early signs of sight loss, that quote is quite obviously a prescient description of the windows 10 upgrade and windows store.

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MongoDB launches Atlas to manage deployments: Taking the Ops out of DevOps

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

But will it deploy with some sane defaults, or no password and world accessible?

https://www.shodan.io/search?query=mongodb

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

Robin Bradshaw

Re: where does it end?

Big John the unicode consortium were way ahead of you and you can sponsor a character:

https://twitter.com/unicode/status/725729260137119744

I have no idea who Seth Madlon-Kay is but applaud his willingness to waste $100 for comedy

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

Its android so you might be able to upgrade the hardware but you wont be able to update the OS

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

Robin Bradshaw

So they dropped the ban hammer on this app because

"your app may report inaccurate information which could mislead or confuse your users."

Yet a quick look at the app store finds horoscope apps

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/full-horoscope-daily-prediction/id407729716?mt=8

or the modern equivalent of x-ray spectacles ordered from the back page of comics

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/x-ray-cam/id434831157?mt=8

Apple are dicks

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Are state-sponsored attackers poisoning the statistical well?

Robin Bradshaw

This somewhat presupposes Governments make decisions based on scientific data.

I haven't seen any evidence this is the case in the UK.

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Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

Robin Bradshaw
FAIL

Never trust user input!

xss in the search box https://www.openbugbounty.org/incidents/138592/

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Mice

Cats in zero-G on a military parabolic flight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9XtK6R1QAk

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Space Archeology ?

Its not quite "space" archeology, but the UK airborne LIDAR dataset is close.

Here is stonehenge:

https://houseprices.io/lab/lidar/map?ref=SU122422

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Drones are far more dangerous than birds, here's why...

5. Though experiment: If we can have drones in the air why can't we have drone cars that get given to kids as xmas presents and share the roads with us? Oh wait, that'd be a terrible idea..

Theres this new project google is working on that nobody has heard about yet, Self driving cars!!! yeah i know crazy right, i heard they might even have some demo hardware in a few years time.

So not so much as a thought experiment, more they just aren't on sale yet, give it time and they will be.

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London cops hunt chimpanzee in top hat

Robin Bradshaw

If someone offered me that monstrosity of a stuffed chimp http://crappytaxidermy.com/ is the first place i would be contacting not the police.

Who the hell would pay money that? Id pay to have it taken away.

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Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon

Robin Bradshaw

Range of 100m

Lucky for them drones cant fly higher than 100m above the ground.

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Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix

Robin Bradshaw

Wait What??

So does this mean Virgin media saw all those fake Microsoft Support phone calls, decided that was a good business model and started doing their own version?

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Hack the planet, er, Pentagon: US Dept of Defense puts bounties on bugs

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

PLA Unit 61398 are going to make a mint in bountys.

Clearance shouldn't be too hard for them as they already have the OPM database. :)

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No tit for tat, or should that be tat for tit ... Women selling stuff on eBay get lower bids

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Study?

Richard Jones 1, one possible reason for the lower bids than face value is gift cards are into the more shady end of stuff being sold on ebay, with a not unreasonable chance it was a card purchased with stolen credit card details then being auctioned to launder the money, so i imagine there is a reduction in perceived value for it being potentially iffy.

http://krebsonsecurity.com/2015/12/the-role-of-phony-returns-in-gift-card-fraud/

Their paper states one of the items they tracked were auctions for a new “Bulova 18K Gold 95G07 Wrist Watch for Women.” which makes me wonder if they tracked any auctions that didn't scream someone cashing out credit cards, buying a gold watch from the online tat bazaar the only thing your likely to end up with is green stains on your wrist when the lacquer comes off the brass.

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Bomb hoax server hoster reportedly cuffed in France

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I don't get it

Because if they didn't they wouldn't get their cut of the money for all the fake microsoft support calls and sales spam calls.

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Israeli drones and jet signals slurped by UK and US SIGINT teams

Robin Bradshaw

Why would you do this?

Why on an expensive drone or fighter would would you use analogue video with cut and rotate encryption? Is their next plan to upgrade the system to replace the h-sync with a 4MHz burst?

Surely in the 20+ years since this was state of the art they would have managed to drag their drones into the digital telemetry era, even the crap consumer ones from china are doing video over wifi now.

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

Robin Bradshaw

Re: That Minority Report reference...

If your relying on public transportation in the UK, your movement will already be severely restricted.

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Hacks rebel after bosses secretly install motion sensors under desks

Robin Bradshaw

Did they do a teardown?

This OccupEye device has the whiff of half arsed internet-of-shit™ about it.

I wouldn't have been able to get any work done until i had fired up the sdr captured the transmissions, decoded the no doubt plaintext packet format and then bodged up something with an arduino and cheap chipcon radio to feed nonsense to the receivers. It would ruin my productivity.

everybody here, everybody gone, everybody here.......

If anyone has sniffed these devices do tell, id love to know if there is any security.

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Forget anonymity, we can remember you wholesale with machine intel, hackers warned

Robin Bradshaw

Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V

stackoverflow is going to end up getting blamed for everything :)

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'Phantom' menace threatens to down Xbox Live, PSN at Xmas

Robin Bradshaw

Its a ruse by the engineers at microsoft and sony to cover their arses when their networks inevitably slow to a crawl as everyone unwraps their new shiny console and tries to download the 6gigs of updates before they can play metalgearsofwarcraft 20

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Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Hmm

"One final technical point. If the technology actually worked as advertised, why isn't it being exploited by people who could make profit from it?"

It is

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/09/i2600i_girds_loins_to_fight_off_copyright_troll/

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Rap for wrap chaps in crap email trap: Chipotle HR used domain it had no control over

Robin Bradshaw

The tragic tale of foo :)

http://bar.com/

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iPad data entry errors caused plane to strike runway during takeoff

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Read it back?

I would hope that if you entered a weight of 64,000 tons it would pop up a warning that you are supposed to be trying to fly a plane not a battleship :)

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Lenovo stock: The channel iceberg is melting

Robin Bradshaw

Just an idea

Perhaps if they stopped installing malware on their machines they might sell a little better.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

Robin Bradshaw

Public art

Thats a bit high brow for my tastes.

Colin Furze's 16ft high jet powered farting arse was much better :)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LMzAS9SsMBw

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El Reg knocks a fiver off 16GB USB stick

Robin Bradshaw

Re: But ...

Nameless Dread i think the more important question is, what chipset do they use? Im hoping for Phison 2251-03 so i can put my own malware in it :)

https://github.com/adamcaudill/Psychson

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Tired of IoT hype? Internet of SLUGS and SPIDERS is the reality

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Use all resources available

Slug on a hamster wheel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5gI1joaCxI

You wont be running a datacenter with the electrical output though.

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China weaponizes its Great Firewall into the GREAT FIRE CANNON, menaces entire globe

Robin Bradshaw

Great cannon ping pong

I may have misunderstood but i was under the impression that if the developers at github had less scruples, they could have either setup a temporary 302 redirect to the largest video file on baidu they could find, or introduce their own ddos javascript to do the same in return to chinese site of their choice, it isnt that great of a cannon if your enemys can send your own weapon back at you.

Full respect to the devs at github for just using an alert() to halt the evil javascript and signal something was wrong to the end user, my first instinct would be to have a crack at flattening baidu.

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I helped Amazon.com find an XSS hole and all I got was this lousy t-shirt

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Smaller Companies - Bugs

Peter 26 you mean like this, where the amazon xss was reported? :)

https://www.xssposed.org/

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

Robin Bradshaw

My extremely rough calculations using google earth suggest that if the spaceport was built in Hastings in east sussex we could drop all our spent first stages on Brussels, assuming they land about 160miles east of the launch site like the shuttle SRB's

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

Robin Bradshaw

Re: MarkMonitorScrewedTaylorSwiftDotCom

Dont forget .horse

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