1264 posts • joined 14 Nov 2007
Re: What is the point of a warrant?
>> So with encrypted traffic either party can decrypt it, or its no good.
Not sure you meant to put that ... only the receiver has to be able to decrypt it. If they find a mail from me to you in my "SENT" folder and the content is encrypted with your public key (and I wasn't dumb enough to keep the plaintext), the only record of the content retrievable without the private key is what I (claim to) remember sending you.
MH17 -- SA-11 / BUK complexity
I keep reading that it is unlikely a rebel group could have used this system to brink down MH17 without 'expert help' - presumably the Russians,
Now, I have no idea, but is this true? My military expertise is limited to taking out a few tanks with a Javelin on CoD4, so I have no idea. Are Javelins really that easy to use? Although I would think not, I am tempted to assume that many of these weapons are as easy to use as possible - no time to RTFM in a war. And I generally think that the complexity of a system does not always make it harder to use, often the reverse, because the whole purpose of the complexity in some cases is to assist the human operator.
Can anyone enlighten me? Or amusingly ridicule my naivety in the comments? Thanks in advance.
>>Bear in mind this is a US study. US cars are mostly automatic and therefore easier to drive.
... and a lot of their lanes are two cars wide! Should have seen the face of a US colleague when I was driving him down a country lane and a car came the other way. "What?" he shouted, "this is a one way road!" I assured him it wasn't but he really couldn't understand how a road only wide enough for one vehicle could have two-way traffic.
Re: Probably not that big a probe needed
>>Targeting it so it goes right down the pipe is likely to be pretty tricky however.
Probably have to turn off the targeting computer on final approach.
Message Garbled ...
... what he actually* said was "Good luck, Mr Gorsky".
* FSVO actually
Actually, it is sheer stupidity to use nickel in an item that is going to be in prolonged skin contact; jewelers have known this for years. Remember, we're talking premium product here, so there's no excuse.
As for the negativity, there was barely a mention of what happened at WWDC because it was extremely boring - if you think there was 'genuinely interesting tech news' at this conference, please - just tell me what it was, because I must have slipped into a coma during all the self-congratulatory emptiness.
... sounds more like sexual assault to me.
Re: Obvious reason is obvious...
I've heard of a businesses in a local industrial park using a microwave link to the home of a conveniently located employee to get round BT's apparent habit of holding SMBs to ransom regarding connectivity. Not sure how that plays with the Ts&Cs but it does look like there's a bit of mickey taking going on, so I can't blame them.
relative degrees of shamefulness ...
Not knowing how to zoom -- a little bit shameful.
Not even suspecting that zooming is possible -- a little bit more shameful.
Speaking authoritatively as if zooming isn't possible -- breathtaking!
Re: So right about the record player.
>>map data was built in and didn't need a data connection.
Check out OSMAnd, it's surprisingly good.
Re: Patent This!
"Volumetric Displays" where a screen rotates (often illuminated by laser) already exist: I've seen one used for molecular model display. And I'm pretty sure I read about the concept last century.
Re: Act of Desperation!
I would just stop paying if I had a 10kbps connection, contract or not. If they wanted to prove that <256kb/s is 'Broadband' they'd have to get a judge to agree with them before I paid up.
I still want to see ...
... RIPA vs the claim that "it's actually a big block of random numbers that I use for statistical / mathematical / cryptographic purposes".
What if someone had downloaded the Wikileaks 'insurance' file? You don't know what's in it, and you don't have the keys - can you just prove it has the same hash as the published file? Or is it an offence just to possess it?
Re: Typos can also cause problems.
Yep, I had the same, rm *>o. Your file wasn't empty, it contained a newline!
Re: People don't mind sex and violence as much on TV...
>>F*ing wall to wall Big Brother, TOWIE and HoneyBollockBoo. FFS.
I appreciate the sentiment, but would advise you to look harder and record, and to use on-demand. Really I never watch live TV - it's just 700 channels of rubbish. But 10s of hours of good quality television is broadcast per week, plenty to keep you occupied: you just have to find it, and you wont find it by channel surfing the dross that is being broadcast at any particular time.
Thanks for finding the mount ...
... a cheap smartphone will do the rest. My almost disposably cheap LG Optimus 3 can just about run a map app (Google or OSM offline), a radio app (Jango or TuneIn+) - or music off the SD card, a dashcam app (Autoguard BlackBox) and a wifi hotspot simultaneously. It does need a high current USB cable tho :-)
That's less than £50 for the phone, less than £20 on apps and less than £30 on mount and cable -- the dedicated hardware is increasingly unable to cut it against the vast economies of scale applicable to landfill Android.
The only thing I need to add when driving older vehicles is a cigarette lighter bluetooth receiver with a 3.5mm output which, in extremis, can be plugged into one of those fake cassette things when the car doesn't even have an audio input.
"It's actually a very good idea and something I've been looking forward to for a while."
No need to look forward to it - I've been using Tasker on Android to ensure that my screen lock is disabled whenever my phone can see my local wifi. I have no problem with the 'idea' at all, but patenting it is a problem, it isn't nearly novel or non-obvious enough.
Hardly anyone has mentioned that ...
... the research was also crap: for instance they were using automated emotion scoring of posts using tools (LIWC, I think) that are only considered reliable for longer texts.
It seems a shame to make such a massive ethical cock-up for such a weak result. Or maybe it's just karma.
Re: Wikipedia? Really?
"There are good reasons why academics and professionals don't use Wikipedia"
I think you are confusing 'use' and 'cite'. Citing Wikipedia as a reference is almost as stupid as ignoring it entirely. By all means, treat it with scepticism - but you should everything with scepticism. I have even had to deal with people quoting papers as having authority because "they are proper scientific papers in Arxiv" without seeming to realise that they are preprints (and therefore have had possibly less peer review than if they'd been in Wikipedia).
more excited about the gamut than the pixels ...
Don't really understand the value of 4K on 77" - my kids have HD projected onto 100" and you can't see pixels at an appropriate viewing distance. Colour gamut - and perhaps frame rate - is where the quality will be most noticeable for anything but the vastest screens.
Re: cant this be solved
In the UK you would be committing another offence by refusing to reveal the password.
Re: I prefer the infra-red camera trick
Possible countermeasure - heat keypad to 37C.
Re: Elephant in the room
"Why didn't he knick the PC?"
ITYM "nick" unless perhaps it's lingerie theft.
My teenagers ...
... all use full english, and so do their friends. In my experience it is those in their 40s, who were in their 20s when txt spk was necessary, who still use this antiquated form of message compression.
Bad news ...
... for friends of Alistair McGowan
They worked fine - if you remember their purpose was to part idiots from (other people's) money.
Re: So how does this work?
No idea whether it work, but maybe adding a bit of PEG400 to the PG/VG mixture would help with solubility issues?
Re: 2Gb file?
>>How many legally obtained files do you have that are over 2Gb?
A TrueCrypt container? A zip archive? Home video? There's dozens of possibilities.
So are these D-Wave boxes fast ...
... until you observe them?
Re: Factorial, not exponential
Correct. If f(n) is n! / a^n, then think about what f(n+1) is -- It gets bigger by a factor of (n+1)/a and therefore the growth of the factorial increasingly exceeds that of the exponential as n increases.
Devil's advocate says...
... containers don't need to be smart if it scans in and out and the shelves have weight sensors. If it knows that you have taken a 1pt carton out, it got 595g lighter, and when you put it back in it only gets 205g heavier again, then it knows you've used 390ml milk and that you have 178ml left.
But I think it's more likely that your supermarket could tell you than that your fridge could: "Hey, John, you used to buy 2pts milk a day and one box of Cap'n Crunch a week but you haven't bought much milk recently, do you need more?"
This approach is still fallible, of course: "No thank you, Tesco, now that my sons are teenagers I just have milk piped from the local dairy. And when we run out of cereal I have to call Eddie Stobarts"
Re: Evolution works
Yes - but the flip side means that very efficient solar cells may be hard - there's always been a lot of evolutionary pressure on photosynthesis, but it's still not that efficient.
Re: Identification problem
"surely this would require all electric cars to have a BFO "E" stencilled on the bonnet in flourescent paint"
No, it would be done like the Congestion Charge in London - number plate recognition and checking in a database of those who've paid.
Ruined it ...
Matt, you actually made sense in your previous post and presented a cogent argument. In this post you have reverted back to ad-hominems against everyone with whom you disagree. In contrast, there is some pretty decent conservative / (sometimes quite far) right-of-centre writing on El Reg, what with Tim, Andrew and Lewis, and they generally present a coherent view with which one who holds a differing perspective can engage -- and even in some cases be persuaded.
You are of course right that this is conjecture. However, your statement that this conjecture is "based on the paranoid dribblings of Internet wannabees" (whatever they are), along with your terms "Sheeple fantasies", "A$$nut" and "Snowjob", adds very little to your argument - I would say it detracts from it.
"We're offering £250/day"
"No problem, do you want me to work mornings or would you prefer afternoons?"
+form addressing is a very good tip, and I came here to say that too.
However, an awful lot of web forms regard '+' as an illegal character. Thank goodness for 10 minute mail.
"compression followed by XORing with a 32 bit secret which is sent in plaintext by the server"
Wow, that is truly weird, after all the apparent effort in setting up botnets and C&C servers. So I'm guessing you would only need one unencrypted copy of any of the encrypted files, use a few different compression algorithms on it, and you'd soon have the key, even if they'd sent it securely.
I'd have paid up or given up, as I'd have been expecting to crack AES256 or something of that ilk.
Clicking links ...
Now, I'm probably going to risk downvotes here but ... I firmly believe you should be able to click a link without worrying. Otherwise what is the point of QR codes? URL shorteners? The reason why clicking some links causes problems is because there are still far too many vulnerabilities in browsers.
I should be able to point a pdf reader, graphics program, word processor or *browser* at any input whatsoever in perfect safety. The fact that I cannot tells me that software writers have been pissing away their time tweaking the interfaces and adding nice-to-have features rather than addressing the real purpose of these programs.
"Not a great article ...
... or comparative analysis. Maybe the author was on a deadline. Maybe it was a side effect of something fun." -- Don Jefe
As is often the case with El Reg, the real insight sometimes has to wait until the comments, not the least your own. I shall bear the words of your mentor in mind when I come accross 'militarized' corporate-speak, as I have always found it quite jarring.
What fascinates me is what determines when a company can change tack, and do it successfully - I guess I'm thinking of cases like Nokia moving into mobile telecomms (and, it seems, your own company) - and when it results in a fatal split of focus. Even when a split is avoided the new direction may still end up with the company sliding into irrelevance and eventual failure. Is it mainly the foresight of those steering the organisation, or is it their luck?
Re: The real story
I've said it before, but ...
Ethnic Origin: "African"
Margin comment: "Aren't we all?"
IMHO, the book is great, but this particular advice is not always right --- sometimes choosing someone on first impressions is the right thing to do: a receptionist, a salesperson, and a complaint handler, for instance, will pretty much be rated by all your customers on first impressions too.
"The problem is that technology is advancing far quicker than the laws governing it. Partly because of the speed of the developments, partly because of the slowness of bureaucracy but mostly I suspect because vested interests are far closer to the ears of our elected so-called representatives than the the electorate is."
The irony is that advancing technology like this is probably one of the few areas in which lawmakers need to be moderately active, as laws governing well established concepts like theft, assault and homicide have largely reached steady state. Yet they prefer to waste their time with endless tweaking -- or berating us about what we eat, drink or inhale.
SMS Mobile phone for the hearing impaired.
Buy mobile phone; permanently divert all voice calls to answering service; switch answering service into 'holiday mode' (i.e. doesn't take messages) and change message to "thanks for calling me, but please send me a text instead".
Re: The females in the house have this request:
"self lowering toilet seat"
How about a device which detects when some barbarian is going to cover your entire bathroom with a fine mist of urine and reads them this message: "Do you think you're outdoors, seriously? Why are you lifting the seat, do you think it's ok to piss on the rim of the porcelain? If you're confident you won't, you won't need to lift the seat, will you?"
Honestly, if you think it's ok to piss standing up when you are in someone else's house, just try it in your own, turn off the lights, and go in there with a blacklight. Still feel happy about it? Toilet seats lift so you can clean them; that's all.
In the UK ...
... democracy is a privilege afforded only to those who do not live in 'safe seat' constituencies.
Re: Is it just me...
Indeed - the very first thing you learn when you start to understand cryptographic techniques is that you will never* be good enough to roll your own.
*obviously there's always a slim chance that you are a maths genius in their twenties, and maybe you will have a contribution to make in a decade or two
Re: Back to the Future?
^^ this is the paragraph that should have appeared at the front of the article :-) Thanks.
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- US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account