If there's an NSA ear in the woods and there's nobody around worth listening to, the other four eyes probably won't find anything either.
502 posts • joined 21 Oct 2007
A new story at this time of night?
Have you no Ω to go to?
You started it :-P
Re: Jesus wept.
David 132 wrote:Microsoft are selling - OK, giving away - colossal numbers of Windows 10 licenses, so there's obviously many, many people in the world who don't share my opinion & concerns.
Or are not technically literate enough to know or care about the implications as long as funny cat videos may be viewed, Aunty Mabel's joke e-mails still come through (with all the addresses in the "To:" field, of course) and they can play the odd hand of Solitaire. To them, a computer is a black box and the intricacies of the OS are as out of reach as the bottom of the Mariana Trench. These are people who can't even find the latest piece of crapware they downloaded even though the Downloads folder is pinned in Explorer. And Windows 10 has to be better, because it's a bigger number, right?
To cut a long waffle short, IT has gone Mainstream - with a capital daft.
Do I come across as the guy in this icon? --->
No, you come across as a normal, rational, intelligent human being who is sick to the back teeth of people screwing with his basic human right to privacy and hiding it beneath a semi-transparent veneer of bullshit that not only insults your intelligence but also takes advantage of, shall we say, the less cerebrally endowed to create a critical mass of people who "don't mind" because they don't understand what they're giving away to legitimise the whole damned thing. And you're not alone.
He's just an Eggdrop with a very specific set of scripts timed to run in the Yvening.
Is it not possible that Hillary's e-mail spillary is ancillary and the grillery is artillery from the deep south Conservative hillbillary?
Aimee wrote: I cant believe it 'knows' its in an mot testing station, that would be technically possible, but spooky!!
Being revved to the red line and held there for a few seconds while in neutral is something that tends to only be done in testing stations, if we conveniently ignore bellends in McD's car park. Add the immobility of the steering to that and you have a fairly sound recipe for detecting whether you need the testing or the road fuel map switched in.
Besides which, MOT stations test for particulate emissions (smoke test), not NO, so this little trick will be missed completely.
Or, you know, just do it outside of the USA, perhaps? I'm sorry but I'm totally unmoved by this use of the DMCA as a bludgeon to stop hacking (in the original context of the word, not the meeja definition).
There's a swagger with these three and four letter acronym laws that needs firm modification with a clue-by-four. They need to be reminded that their jurisdiction is not universal. IMHO, if you own a piece of hardware which relies on soft/firmware to function, personal reverse engineering, security auditing and removing restrictions once title has passed is fair game.
Naturally, the code is still subject to copyright so your analysis and patches belong to you but the original code and the derivative doesn't, even outside the Land of the Non-Free - but the derivative doesn't solely belong to them, either.
TL;DR: Fuck 'em, we're not American.
[2708:2708:0920/140109:FATAL:navigation_controller_impl.cc(927)] Check failed: active_entry->site_instance() == rfh->GetSiteInstance().
 2708 abort chromium
Debian Jessie 64 bit. Looks like it's pretty universal.
Re: Little musical interlude...
Apologies to the down-voters for the irreverence but, as eny fule no, it comes as standard on El Reg. Incidentally, it was originally because said chap had just become foreman, so s/leader's/foreman's/ and the third line was "I've got a raise, I'm off the dole" and it just struck me as hilariously funny at the time - until I realised that people's principles have a price and the whole thing's a truism on human nature.
Time will tell if it applies here. As for the disapproval, I throw myself upon the mercy of the Commentardosphere.
Little musical interlude...
The working class can kiss my ass
I've got the leader's job at last
Annoying Dave is my new role
You can stick the red flag up your hole!
With apologies to the chap I first heard singing something like it on the shop floor of an electronics company.
Re: i for one, welcome... (actually I don't but that's by the by)
Precisely. It could have been much worse. Have a search on El Reg for Burnham, concentrating on his stint as Culture Secretary. He hasn't a sodding clue. Some of the rot he came out with in cahoots with Wacky Jacqui was almost as bad as Call-Me-Dave's stance on encryption.
Re: "Personal" computer no more
David 132 wrote: Up until about 2-3 years ago, my computers were under my control - a small oasis of control in a world in which I'm largely powerless and my ability to live my life as I see fit is being systematically stripped away.
My sentiments exactly - and I've been using FreeBSD and Linux ever since I can remember. Anything that wasn't a desktop PC had these "features" where it isn't really your choice as to what happens and it's a continuing uphill struggle to wrestle control back, which gradient gets steeper with every iteration.
There's seemingly no end to it and the really remarkable thing is people don't seem to care that it's creeping into every aspect of their lives by extension. I suspect it's the slowly boiling frog effect but, whatever it is, it's not healthy.
Thank you for articulating those concerns far more eloquently than I ever could.
Looking forward to the Storm
Swift's all very good (if you're not as fussy as me, get one) but I want a real back/home/menu button set, not something stealing a goodly bit of my screen. 128GB SD and 1080p (for the occasional VR headset use) are nice to have, too.
I will be on the list when the Storm launches, no doubt about it. That fixed battery isn't really a problem if it's like the one in the Moto G - changing that is a five minute job. I just hope the build finds its way into the public Cyanogenmod repo but, as long as I can get root and fastboot access, I don't care enough for it to be a blocker issue.
While we're on the subject of CyanogenMod, please note that CyanogenOS and CyanogenMod are two very different things. The former does take a lot from the latter but there's no guarantee that the CyanogenOS devices will be backported or that a CyanogenOS device will be CM-like in the things you can do to it, eg bootloader and custom recovery. cyngn.com is a commercial entity, cyanogenmod.org is a community site.
Re: Print Media
Which only works for them because of a giant captive market twice daily.
Yet more reason to eschew public transport, as if we need more...
Rainbow was Thames TV, if I recall correctly. Now I'm off to play with my twanger...
So I'm stuck paying the telly tax if I want to use my computer because we all know the iPlayer "loophole" being closed will mean anyone capable of using iPlayer in the UK will be rogered senseless until they pay up.
Not only is the telly tax regressive, it originally depended on the WT Act for its existence. I suppose you could argue that anyone using WiFi is technically receiving TV off-air but that's pure sophistry.
Also, isn't it a bugger when a tin-pot broadcasting company full of luvvies can hold your democratically elected government to ransom? There's something seriously amiss with that situation.
Re: Bloody systemd!
Shouldn't you be pitting a new file in /etc/systemd/system instead of modifying the existing one in /lib/systemd/system?
Not at the moment, no. I deliberately put that there so that when (if) nfs-common gets the update to a proper unit file, the next systemd update will wipe out my changes which then allows systemd updates to make other changes to that file without my modification becoming persistent. Method in the madness.
I don't want custom stuff hanging around that could potentially screw up rc ordering unless it's absolutely necessary. I had enough of that on FreeBSD, thanks. At least if it gets wiped out before nfs-common is dragged up to date I'll have known behaviour to go on. rc ordering screwups, on the other hand, are fast-tracks to male pattern baldness.
Also and probably mainly, I'm lazy ;-)
NFS mounts are still in a race condition with the remote filesystem target! It's unacceptable, I tell you! /lib/systemd/system, add "After=nfs-common.service" to remote-fs-pre.target and all should then be well.
Joking aside, this stuff should be in nfs-common's run control files. The reason it can't be is that nfs-common still uses an old style init script. As Creslin says, we're waiting for the legacy stuff to go away before everything starts to just work again.
Re: I had a Western Digital drive ONCE. Load of carp.
I beg to differ. WD's range and Travelstar 2.5" drives both pre and post Borgmentation have turned out to be the most reliable drives for me. I still have a couple of first generation 160GB REs in a RAID1 set running 24/7, way past their five year warranty period.
So I'm absolutely chuffed to bits. Thanks, El Reg!
Usually, BOfH leaves me nodding sagely in agreement. This time it's full on belly laugh - and I have a lot of belly ;-)
You owe me a new bloody K120 and a pot of screen wipes from Poundland.
Oh my god, Boris! We've just been chosen to meet and greet Donald Trump!
Bloody ads again.
Perhaps when you have to defend your business model every ten minutes, it may just be that your business model is a parasitic nuisance.
I know people, myself included, who will not buy anything advertised aggressively on principle. If your ad makes it harder for me to find the information I wanted (specs on a 'phone, a schematic, some code snippet with a common name) then not only am I never going to touch that product or the site pushing it with a ten foot pole, I'm going to actively ask others to avoid them as well. It's why StartPage and DDG are doing so well right now.
I don't particularly care about positioning of ads because, patently, anyone serving them has a pecuniary interest in people seeing them anyway. Arguing over rankings is just splitting hairs. For those of us who use the web for research there is nothing more annoying and dispiriting than trying to find something and every promising link for information turns out to be another bloody digital salesweasel trying to pry open your wallet.
So no, Google, not everyone universally adores your ads. A lot of us think that they, and you, suck.
I think we need to remember that, along with new features and shiny bling, MS have had to put up with "my stone-age application, cavepaint 22B.C., must work, dammit!" from all comers. It's this backwards compatibility that has caused a lot of the beer gut Windows currently has.
I'm not for one second saying MS is blameless for the lardy arse-cheeks dangling pendulous over the edge of the platters in your HDD, just that they have been, on occasion, unfairly criticised for bloat when it's in response to customer demands for legacy code not to break - without the ability to recompile it against newer libraries. It's a bit like the stick Pirelli is currently getting for crap tyres that don't last 31 laps after F1 management asked them for crap tyres that won't last 31 laps...
Icon: Devil's advocate, natch.
Re: Ban it. Ban what?
MonkeyFedge wrote: I was under the impression that the vapour from ecigs was not just water vapour (and nicotine), but also propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, and whatever flavourings are present.
You are correct. It's actually an aerosol of liquid disassociating from the bulk in the wick and becoming suspended in air due to applied heat from a coil. The nicotine is almost all absorbed by the user immediately, thus there are only trace amounts of that in the exhale. There is flavouring, PG and/or VG, as you rightly point out. There's a "Goldilocks zone" temperature range for this aerosol process, above which the heat causes unwanted chemical reactions in the liquid and you get a few nasties (acrolein, aldehydes) in the aerosol. This only affects the user, though. Sidestream, even on a badly set up atomiser/power combo, is negligible, especially when compared to smoking.
I've often toyed with the idea of a piezoelectric system similar to that used in ink jet printers as a safer method of obtaining the aerosol. Few problems, not least of which is the variable composition of e-liquids.
I have heard that the origin of the 'water vapour' claim was someone saying that ecig vapour was no more harmful than water vapour, not that it /was/ water vapour.
There's actually very little water vapour at all, above what a human would normally exhale with a breath plus what is used to thin the VG. It was actually a misquote taken a bit further by critics and used to trick naïve supporters into making the false statement which can be easily knocked down with the facts - a straw man, if you will - which then makes anything factual that person quotes less likely to be accepted. I know that sounds a bit "conspiracy theory" and I'm sorry for that but there's billions in big pharma and big tobacco profits at stake here.
What would also help is if people supporting the right to vape would kindly get their facts straight before mounting the soap box, otherwise "please don't stick up for me any more, I don't think my nerves can take it" applies. I'd also add that the "right to vape" includes, as rights very often do, responsibilities to others, which probably includes not cloud-chasing at work, not vaping sickly or pungent flavours in an enclosed space and maybe even asking if it's okay to vape as we used to when we smoked before all the smoking ban nonsense came in and buggered up everyone's ability to interact courteously. A PG heavy flavourless mix will give you the same nic and throat hit (actually, PG heavy is more effective as VG mutes the hit) without fogging up the room or offending anyone's digestive system. Surely we can switch atties for half an hour when asked just to keep the peace?
And non-vapers, ask me politely to modify my behaviour if my vaping affects you in any way. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the result. Tell me and you'll get exactly what you deserve. Courtesy cuts both ways.
Re: Who should take the credit for this?
Thank you, kind sir.
Candour compels me to admit that, towards the end, it was becoming a little like shooting mirror carp side-on in a small barrel of undiluted glycerine. One glance at the Daily Fail and they're all experts :-)
If only the same experts in the legislature were so easy to deal with. The HoL has some pretty clued up people - Viscount Ridley springs immediately to mind - but they don't make the law, they simply have a veto on new bills. in the case of the TPD I doubt we even have that luxury as implementing it is a treaty obligation. The odds really are stacked against us at this point and it's going to take a minor miracle to undo all the damage done by moral crusaders and the clueless.
My DNA40 and Kayfun 3.1ES combo? The thing to remember about the TPD is it legislates for vendors, not the general public. Your e-cig isn't going to become illegal overnight, it'll just be verboten to sell them. It's not me I'm concerned for, it's the millions of smokers who haven't had the chance I've had to escape the clutches of big tobacco, government sin tax gouging, being treated like a leper and the smoke->quit->smoke->quit cycle that NRT forces upon you. Once vaping is driven underground, the same cluelessness that drove it there will pollute the supply chain with such massive awfulness that it will become a self-fulfilling prophecy and we truly will have awful, dangerous products out there. Imagine V4p3rm4n-69 (Bitcoin welcome) mixing your juice in his bathroom: Green Fairy, a cheeky little absinthe number with a hint of toilet duck...
Yes, looks like you've covered all the bases there and you're in several orders of magnitude territory.
Congratulations on the health gains. I'm not sure you can ascribe those to vaping solely; you seem to have a positive attitude to turning your health around, which is probably the bigger contributor. Vaping will help as part of an overall harm reduction strategy but it's not a sovereign specific. Even if it is safer than breathing the air in London, if you're in London you've no choice but to do that as well.
Re: Does anyone know...
They're not oils. PG and VG are alcohols. Oil would give you lipoid pneumonia, which you really, really don't want.
Anyone putting Diethylene Glycol in e-liquid will quickly find themselves on a (recklessly) negligent manslaughter charge.
Yes, monopropylene glycol can be used as an anti freeze. That doesn't make it the same as DEG, it just means it modifies water's freezing point, as does salt. Anything else you want me to debunk, or are you done?
I don't particularly want your exhaled carbon dioxide blown in my face, which is probably a damned sight more dangerous than anything in e-cig vapour given that CO2 an asphyxiant. The chances of you stopping exhaling are about the same as your ill-informed rant stopping me from vaping, though.
 Yes, okay, I'm fighting fire with fire. It's all in the concentration, something a lot of people commenting on this don't seem to be able to do when it comes to facts.
Re: Does anyone know...
Well, actually, they DO stink. It's not just water vapour, and if it is there must be trace elements come with it because I can not only tell that someone is vaping nearby, it affects me (it's usually how I fnd out, it's not like I'm looking for it)
Oh, poor you! Tell me, do you refrain from cooking just in case someone doesn't like the smell of what you're having for tea? Clue: If it's chips, it is also creating more acrolein (a toxin) than a vaper will produce in his entire lifetime. If said vaper is nic-free, it'll also contain more nicotine.
Nobody who knows how vaping works will tell you the exhaled vapour is just water vapour. Of course it isn't, or it would dissipate like steam from a kettle. It's an aerosol of PG and/or VG carrier plus the flavouring and nicotine, if any. The "water vapour" myth was a straw man set up by vaping's critics.
I have family using this stuff and while I'm happy they're off tobacco, I also note that their use has no end. So it's not helping to close down an addiction, it's replacing it with another.
Oh naturally people must give up something they enjoy, even though it it harmless just to comfort your fragile sensibilities, mustn't they?
Yeah, sure, ad hominem is the best way to discuss things. Let's not look at the data, let's go personal on someone who doesn't agree.
Utter rubbish. The data don't support the PP's assertion, nor do they support yours unless you can't stand to be near anything that smells of anything. My summary of his post was an opinion based on the facts and his or her ignorance of them. You're an anonymous tosser. That was an ad-hom. See the difference?
Re: Does anyone know...
Moktu wrote: Downvoted because I like Vanilla Custard.
Fair enough, you custarding heathen, you! :-)
Actually, for sickly smells, the jury's still out on whether custard or Hangsen RY4 (aka Golden Syrup Sponge Pudding) is worse. I'm leaning towards the RY4, if only for the amount of ethyl maltol they put in it.
It's still only a smell, though, much preferable to "stranger BO on the bus."
Lloyd wrote: I also buy Vegetable Glycerin from a baking supplier
Don't. Only use pharamceutical grade VG. Boots sell it for ~£1.30 for 200ml. Using food grade VG is a little risky, especially if it is sourced from overseas.
Salts wrote: Yesterdays report advised vaping reduces health risks of smoking by 95% wonder if the other 5% goes away with nicotine free juice?
The 5% is probably acrolein production, aldehydes and other toxins caused by overheating the liquid or taking a "dry hit" where there is not enough liquid in the wicking system to regulate the temperature of the coil. If your wicking is good and your atomiser within reasonable limits you should never see the 5%, at which point we're back to several orders of magnitude less risky than smoking burning leaf.
The Evolv DNA 40 and 25 systems take away the guesswork here with coil surface average temperature limiting (it's not temperature control as the set temp is a hard limit, above which the control logic will back off the power until it settles below that limit) which means you will never singe your cotton, let alone produce nasties from the liquid if set up correctly.
Re: Does anyone know...
John Robson wrote: Because they stink, and we don't really know what is in the fumes.
Tommyrot. We do know what is in the exhaled vapour, there have been numerous studies including one on vapour's effects on cells. You're just repeating the anti-vaping lobby's pet excuse.
What you've typed stinks worse than any e-cig I've ever used - and I have vaped vanilla custard!
Note: Vanilla custard: Just say no.
Re: Who should take the credit for this?
Linda McAven MEP was the rapporteur for the TPD2.
E-cigarettes are not banned in Wales. Drakeford would like them to be, so he can go down in history as the Assembly health bod who saved us from ourselves (history is probably going to disagree here - pompous ass is more likely) but they're quite legal.
Interestingly, my e-cig doesn't contain any nicotine (man 'flu, been hitting the menthol pretty hard for some respite from a sandpaper throat and throat hit is something I can do without) so they can all go swivel, it's not a tobacco product even in the misguided, loose sense that e-cig nicotine is derived from tobacco leaf.
The real issue is that this is driven by the users. There's no place for do-gooders, interventionists, healthcare leaders or big pharma gouging. We've taken back control of our lives with a simple technology. They only like technology when it cements their control, not ours.
Lies, damned lies and statistics
If that relies on the browser being truthful, good luck with those figures being accurate. Mine, for example, will identify as Firefox 39 on Windows 7 on every mechanism, not just user agent. It even fools Google, the de-facto kings of analytics - I get an e-mail on the rare occasions I actually use my (utterly fictitious) login to watch something Ogle has decided is age-restricted on the 'tube like vaping vids with "New sign-in from Windows 7" as the subject. That it isn't what it is pretending to be is a given.
I know, I'm an arsehole and I'm deliberately making my OS look less popular than it is. If you check with the EFF's Panopticlick, you'll discover why I do this. A *nix browser is just far too easy to track for comfort. Even with my settings, it's still one in 2.9 million.
Re: Android 7.0: Fisherman's Friend
Android 7 will be "Nougat." Pronounced "nugget" :-)
...because nut brittle, given this embuggerance of exploits, is too obvious.
Tip o' the hat to Mr Pratchett
"An embuggerance of flaws."
Just so you know...
This, and the other start replacements, will not stop Cortana running in the background. Task mangler will reveal TSDB still watching your every move. There is only one way to stop TSDB running and that's remove her from C:\Windows\System Apps\ - you have to kill her process and quickly move the whole folder out of the path before, true to her gaming roots, she respawns, at which point the WinX start menu breaks spectacularly so you must have an alternative loaded and enabled. I'm fairly sure she'll come back with an eventual Windows Update, so keep an eye on task mangler.
Me? Sod this malarkey, I'm sticking with something that doesn't treat me as the product.
The elephant in the room
As if MS need any more bad publicity, they actually have a "standard" mechanism for doing this. Lenovo are the ones who got caught using it. I'll be very surprised if others aren't being a bit more sneaky rather than being more ethical.
Why did you drive your business off a cliff?
"The SatNad told us to!"
Lots of attempts in the log
One of the users targeted has no amateur radio licence. He does, however, have a marine licence for his boat which uses the same OLC system. Looks like something is a bit leaky.
The answer is simple...
...and it's there as soon as you boot into the shiny, new OS: MS are playing catch-up with Google and moving into the targeted ads backed by profiling biz. Check out the number of "privacy" controls in Win 10 and pay particular attention to the names of the bits that they flip. We'll flip them but the Twitfacespacebookerati will probably remain blithely ignorant to their existence as long as they can still watch funny cat videos on Youtube.
Cortana (hereinafter referred to as TSDB: That Spying Digital Bitch), Edge[ofReason], modern apps, they're all gateways for the flow of preference data from you and ingress portals to your eyeballs. Just like these free newspapers we used to get shoved through the door that lined the bottom of the budgie's cage, circulation is everything. That's why they're "giving away" Win 10 and it's also why corporates ain't getting it - because they generally have sysadmins who will come down on this sort of network traffic like a slightly manic, misanthropic ton of bricks.
I do wonder whether the IT media's skirting around this simplest of explanations is due to the fact that most of it is ad supported anyway and Windows' taking revenue right on the desktop is seen as a little bit of a threat. Well, it isn't. It's more like using an H-bomb to open a bag of crisps given MS' market share and, like primitive people trying to avoid mentioning the devil just in case it appears, they're a bit afraid to look at the possible outcome.
Once you get rid of all this dross by adding Classic Shell and Winaero tweaker then ripping out the spyware such as TSDB and OneDrive[sYouMad], it ends up looking remarkably like? Yep, Windows 7.
The underlying OS isn't too bad, as far as I can see with my limited testing. However, don't mistake "free-as-in-beer" with "without cost." The bill hasn't dropped yet and, when it does, it may well turn out to be less of a bargain than we thought.
And that's before we start on the cost to personal privacy.
Re: Why the hell connect cars to the net anyway?
Have an upvote. Not nearly sweary enough but adequately, although in a slightly bland manner, reflects my feelings on the matter.
Neither of my cars even have ODB - well, the Sportrak does but it's an advanced photonic system used in WWII: You short a link on the diag connector and a little man in the dashboard flashes out the fault codes, if any, on an Aldis lamp cunningly disguised as an EML. I'm quite happy with that, knowing that all the bits that make them go, stop, turn and dodge Nissans are connected to the controls either physically or hydraulically and I can examine, verify and rectify any of them without a proprietary interface plugged into a high-end laptop with a very expensive version of the little man in my dashboard at the keyboard.
As for television and entertainment in general, now that Top Gear has gone ginger and they're allowing some fool to commit the ultimate sacrilege of remaking Dad's Army, I have a clear desk policy of fucks to give about televisions and similar nonsense.
It's all related, of course. Modern motoring and broadcasting are squarely aimed at the lowest common denominator because that's where the bulk of "civilisation" sits these days. Soon they won't be able to scratch their arse without a smartphone app to tell them how, measure the efficacy of the act on the irritated orifice in question and upload that metric to Twitter along with a little carefully chosen politically correct anecdote about the event just in case anyone thinks anus scarification is discriminatory or the result promotes competitiveness.
Bootnote: This commentard does not advise the unsupervised scratching of arses. This activity should only be undertaken under the advice of your family medical practitioner. If symptoms persist, please consult a healthcare professional.
Priorities. They've heard of them.
Surely these days people have more stuff to worry about than Sue coming to work in a Grateful Dead T-shirt? Fair enough if the employee is customer-facing and fronting the corporate image but R&D geeks? The whole point of employing such people is that they think differently and are about as individual as it is possible to get. Shoe-horning them into a corporate drone shell is just going to piss them off and make them leave - or rebel and, believe me, you do not want creative people to have any reason to make your life more difficult because they will, in many new, interesting, hard to detect and quite possibly brilliant ways.
Quite aside from the detection issue and the auto-suppression systems not working with lithium fires, there's a very good reason that decent branded Li-Ion cells come with warnings not to charge below 0C (32F in old money). If you charge a cell below this temperature, it may precipitate lithium metal onto the anode and can short the cell, which is a Bad Thing. At even lower temperatures I suspect it doesn't even need to be charging for the cell to short.
Remind me again one of the reasons why stowaways don't survive in the wheel wells/cargo holds of planes?
Of course, bunging Li-Ion cells into the plane's own control systems outside the controlled environment of the cabin is also a Very Bad Idea, so all of you calling kettle|pot are quite correct.
Please ensure you turn off prefetch in your browser when looking at the Full Disclosure article. Security mailing lists usually obfuscate exploit URLs by using things like hxxp:// but this article seems to not only have failed to do so but also made them hyperlinks. If you have a vulnerable device and your browser takes it into its empty head to prefetch those links despite the rel="nofollow" attribute - well, let's just say possible unintended consequences, shall we?
A Transmission Called Malice
Nefarious purposes? Not so fast.
Firstly the front end of the receivers in these modern cars are so wide a simple 5W signal anywhere in the vicinity reasonably close to 433.92MHz will de-sense them. There used to be a repeater on the Winter Hill TV transmitter site until everyone who worked there bought a Land Rover, at which point the output at 433.3MHz de-sensed the receivers of their keyless entry systems to the point nobody could unlock their vehicles when the repeater was open. $DEITY forbid they should use the actual key.
Secondly the FM capture effect means someone with a broken, always on keyfob could potentially jam a whole car park if it is sufficiently more powerful than everyone else's.
Thirdly it could just be someone cocking around with a Baofeng (£25) with no malice aforethought apart from showing up these halfwits who are incapable of using a physical key. It may even have been a rent-a-copper's comms blocking the receivers if said car park was attached to one of those fancy, overpriced shopping centres they have around there. Sounds to me like yet another case of herd stupid.
It's highly unlikely anyone would have been deliberately stopping this lot from locking their cars so they could go through the crisp packets, old car park stickers and chocolate bar wrappers in the door pockets or rifle through the Starbucks cups in the passenger floorwell. You'd have to be pretty desperate...
In this case, the Kumquat Takeaway. Datsun has two roles: Firstly it produces the GT-R, as pure a driver's car as was ever made and secondly it produces its other models specifically to allow normal road users to know where all the bellends and school-run scrapers are so they can be avoided. They should put Nissan badges on the wings so you know it's going to pull out on you at the junction and you can take evasive action and do all the driving for them. Again.
Audi performs a similar function. Audis also have the patented spatial expansion windscreens that allow the driver to think they're obeying the two second rule while actually being a fag paper from your trumpet. Detecting the four rings of no confidence in your rear-view camera and flashing up a warning well in advance would be a useful addition for motorway driving...
Okay, I'm generalising, but it's Sunday. Have you been out there today? Christ, it's like the annual general meeting of the blind halfwit bodywork-benders society.