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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

Rob Crawford

Re: Blocker

No they don't use standard wifi

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Vagueness followed by a "Dear Governement give us money to combat this menace" letter

House of Lords committee has been told that while civilians are “undoubtedly” using drones to get up to no good

Certainly we are looking at the emergence of this technology, that we believe undoubtedly creates opportunities for negligent, reckless or malicious use,”

we have undoubtedly seen it used to harass people

So how vague can you get?

Err apart from people flying them in stupid places nobody has heard of anybody being harassed (apart from lunatics who claim it's illegal to fly a multirotor regardless of a camera being attached)

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

Rob Crawford

Re: Do any of you realize...

Hey have you gotten your twitter accounts back yet.

You do realise that there is over a 70% probability that anybody who mentions shills is actually talking absolute shite

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

Rob Crawford

Meh! say the multirotor community

Awful lot of money for something that isn't likely to hoist a decent camera.

As for descent rate, they limit the decent rate, some of us get considerably faster descents (but then again we are daft enough to not bother with the fully automated methods favoured by the majority of those who own ready built DJI machines.)

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

Rob Crawford

Oh great

Will wait till it says Sorry Dave I can't do that and starts singing Daisy Daisy

Then again it will probably crash before carrying out any real harm

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

Rob Crawford

I couldn't agree more

I for one refused to buy a Blackberry device as I resented others not being able to read my communications with minimal effort.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

Rob Crawford

Re: illicit viewers?

No doubt this posting will feature on a future Dave Gorman show

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

Rob Crawford

Who cares?

No really who cares apart from him and his nearest and dearest, it really is nothing to do with me or anybody else.

Though in saying that I'm sure some troglodyte will have an issue about it I suppose.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

Rob Crawford

Insert usual grumble about the term Drone

Seems to be an assumption that the only reason to fly a multi rotor is to take photos and make use of GPS functionality all the time.

I have a fat quad (450mm DJI) with Ardupilot, GPS et al and simply don't fly it, all my time is spent on a little 250mm machine with a £19 flight controller (Acro Naze) with expensive motors it was still sub £200, with cheaper motors it would be under £140.

Why prefer the simple machine, because I actually have to fly the thing rather than having the flight controller doing all the work (the quad copter equivalent of script kiddies), though the fact that hitting a rugby post at 30+ mph and the repair costing less than £2 may also have it's appeal ;)

I suspect activities such as the following may point to why multirotors appeal to people (more than simply ambling around under computer control anyway)

hxxps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYtw17i_CXU&list=UUkous_8XKjZkKiK5Qe13BXw

hxxps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XE2SKxKVX18&list=UU_ln1TA-w4bahRI7yN0TcJA

The Hubsan x4 is a fine trainer for anybody considering a larger machine, and a Blade Nano QX is an even better choice and are excellent in their own right as indoor entertainment.

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Linux Foundation plans open-source drone hit

Rob Crawford

Oh great

No doubt we will now be requiring a multicore 32 bit processor just to flash the LED to indicate that there is a GPS lock.

No doubt everything will run on BASH and PYTHON scripts, require a harddrive, a couple of gig of RAM and an internet connection.

The cut and past coders are coming now APM is going to look like the MultiWii <shudder>

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

Rob Crawford

Prior art

Used rotatable screens in the early 90s in the publishing industry (and they where old then)

As the solution existed it doesn't matter what method they patent as it is just an alternate implementation method of an old technology.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

Rob Crawford

Re: @Version 1.0 - Knee Jerk Off

The Definition of a Hand-Held Mobile Phone

The Regulation includes any "device, other than a two-way radio, which performs an interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data".

By that definition my wife is a mobile phone as she isn't a two way radio, which provides interactive communication and as far as I am aware she is also capable of receiving data (though she is usually transmitting)

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Nvidia blasts sueballs at Qualcomm, Samsung – wants Galaxy kit banned

Rob Crawford

Maybe my memory is poor

But I seem to remember programmable shaders and GPUs long before nvidia had them (and I was using their products back in the TNT days)

Of course the patent people don't actually bother to look and see if Prior Art actually exists (because they don't understand what they are issuing patents for)

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

Rob Crawford

Re: Recent news on Page 2

Hmmm I think you probably have never done anything that would justify the time taken, therefore you are simply jealous.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

Rob Crawford

Re: He needs the attention, but still...

My view on this is simply that there where (and still are) superior whistle blowing websites out there.

Non of their 'founders' found it necessary to change their mobile phone every couple of days and travel incognito and only stay in associates homes.

Additionally the other sites always seemed to release more relevant information than WikiLeaks used to reveal.

But then again the likes of Cryptome (for example) didn't have a narcissistic (oops sorry charismatic) leader, who tried to claim ownership of stolen material (sorry Julian it's not yours).

You also fucked over just about everybody that did support you, threw crap at the Guardian when you didn't get your own way and you are still bleating.

BTW you where a shit hacker and coder too

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

Rob Crawford

If you are going to print it try this version

Just the straight version for printing purposes, none of the parchment effects.

http://media.wizards.com/downloads/dnd/DnDBasicRules(PrinterFriendly).pdf

May not save paper but will be quicker and it will save a lot of toner

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Fearful of the drone-filled skies? Get some protection

Rob Crawford

Re: Fe Fi Fo FUD, I smell the snake oil

Considering the number of cabbages that I get telling me that I can't fly multi rotors on the private land that they are in the process of trespassing upon.

It's shite like that which gets people like me threatened (and in some cases assaulted) because too many members of the public have a common ancestor than the rest of us mammals

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Fe Fi Fo FUD, I smell the snake oil

Dear god almighty save us from idiots (like me if I have double posted this)

Firstly, oh look a paedophile has been mentioned, no the offender will not be flying a quad over your garden, most likely he is a family member or close friend. Maybe the offender is on the internet talking to your kids because you don't supervise what your kids are doing online.

But he/she is not flying a drone over your house

To the anti drone idiots. YES, you up at the top of this page

Have you ever encountered a quad copter or any of the variants, they are fucking obvious, if it's within 50 feet you then you can see and hear the big noisy flying thing. I will give you a hint it the thing in the air doesn't have feathers or fur.

If they are using the typical gopro or a mobius camera then they are making a hell of a lot of noise right next to you because it needs to be close due to the cameras being a bit crap for that soet of thing

Anybody else snooping is a professional and 50 metre range is no use to you, but then the camera isn't likely to be attached to a quad (between 5 & 20 minute flight time for what ordinary enthusiasts can afford.) It's probably poking out of their bedroom window or shubbery.

Signal jammer, what are you going to do jam 5.8GHz, 2.4GHz, 1.2GHz 900MHz (appx) and 433MHz ? Well in Europe that would be illegal, and you would have neighbours/police paying you a visit.

In the states your neighbour would shoot you for interrupting his WiFi, baby monitor, kids radio controlled whatever (car, plane, quad), video sender, home security system, remote controls.

Get the idea? (probably not)

For those who didn't read the product details.

You must configure those RF sources that are deemed to be OK, people have enough trouble setting a new password on their WiFi router and as for moving to a non interfering channel so will this work?

There's so many things wrong with this crap it's not funny meanwhile it's FUD all the way.

Summary of the product:

It's crap designed to take money off people and give almost nothing back.

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US sheddies knock up flying plastic toolbox

Rob Crawford

Dollar must have devalued a lot

That's a hell of a high price to pay for an APM

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Anonymous: Why we're PICKETING Glenn Greenwald's book tour

Rob Crawford

He's a journalist why would you expect him to have any sort of technical competence?

As for his personality, this is his mealticket,

As for anonymous although they have done some interesting and even useful things for the most parts they're just a group of Kevins (as in Harry Enfield) shouting I'm not your slave and wanting everything their own way regardless of the lack of logic they apply (which is such a waste)

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

Rob Crawford

Enough idiots with quadcoptors

God it's bad enough without some company hiring the damn things to self-obsessed halfwits.

Yes I do have a couple of quads but unlike some I can actually fly the damn thing (still haven't been arsed to put a camera on any of them though)

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

Rob Crawford

Re: Village?

Actually in the UK it's the lack of a church that defines a hamlet.

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

Rob Crawford

Alternately

Corporate versions of PGP provide employers with the ability to decrypt employees encrypted messages

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Rob Crawford

Hmm on the Alfa analogy

Every Alfa owner I have known has loved the cars but ditched them as they spent more time getting fixed.

Then again having seen other peoples suffering with HTC phones possibly it s a suitable analogy.

Although my wife and I both had the original HTC Desire and really liked them but between the poor update policy (and sense bugs that where never fixed) and the final insulting android release that didn't leave enough space to install even the most minimal apps it was time to switch.

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

Rob Crawford

Re: Here's what I think happened

Fraid not my phone got many reboots last night along with sim card changes etc and no joy.

Phone was left to charge about 2:30 and at 7:00 connectivity had returned (without a further reboot) at the time I thought I had a duff sim and didn't trust it. It wasn't until I phoned EE that I found out it was the network itself

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Rob Crawford

Re: The story I have heard is below

Ah well that adds to the huge pile of absolute bollocks i hqve heard today (on several subjects)

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Re: Still no EE in the North West Cumbria

If you are in Dundee don't bother with O2 (and more so with Giff Gaff) as the only service my daughter finds reliable there is 3

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The story I have heard is below

The mobile reseller Ovivo closed down yesterday without notice <<< Danger Sign

Apparently they where using EE as their provider and when they shutdown their kit it buggered up EE

I lost service somewhere around 19:00 and found that I had service again around 07:00 this morning, though I was blaming a faulty SIM card (due to EE having no obvious status page) as my wifes phone/SIM (T-Mobile) continued to work regardless (yes I exchanged SIM cards and the fault followed the card)

As I'm just outside Belfast I suspect the issue was more to do with routes to wherever the authentication servers exist rather than the actual mobile network

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RIP Full Disclosure: Security world reacts to key mailing list's death

Rob Crawford

Shall we play a game

Lets call it Name the idiot that annoyed the admin.

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

Rob Crawford

Strange

It's funny how people expect storage on a phone to be sandboxed yet they don't expect it on a desktop or laptop for example. The developer should be looking after the saved data properly even if a sandbox is in place.

Yet there's so much whining going on now that Google are restricting the ability to write to SD card, however and whenever a developer wants.

No doubt sandboxing of data is on the way (now that KitKat permits automated cleanup of directories after an app is uninstalled)

If I released such an application then the data would be encrypted right from the start and the encryption key would NOT be easily available.

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

Rob Crawford

<sigh> Oi you stop shouting nonsence from the shallow end </sigh>

So I'm a moron for having a life, oh dear seems a little knowledge and a lack of useful things to do has made you think you have a valid opinion

Strangely enough the unaptly <sic> named Superhub, provides me with reasonable cover around the house, and generally works.

Why would I waste my time and money switching it to modem mode and installing an unnecessary wireless router?

If I want US Netflix I will stick with using a VPN service.

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

Rob Crawford

Fucking <sigh>

Firefox is a non standard option, therefore Dell will charge for the install.

As for installing it on all Dell machines, have you see the whinging that people do when they have something installed that they don't want, they start filing class actions on the manufacture for wasting their storage space.

I point you towards Samsung phone users complaining about the ANT drivers being installed (they're threatening court action)

Anyway if somebody needs Dell to install Firefox for them then they probably shouldn't be allowed to own a PC in the first place.

Please don't whinge about large rollouts as if you haven't got a suitable infrastructure to rollout required software to users then you probably shouldn't be involved with those machines in the first place.

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

Rob Crawford

2 months on 4G (or is it really 3.5G?)

I switched from T-Mobile to EE (well it's not really a switch) and I have to say that my coverage has improved and I happily get 4G connectivity in work and at home (previously I was lucky to get 3G at all in work)

However elsewhere it's all 3G and I can't see 3G being switched off for years, as for good old GSM I can't see it ever leaving.

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

Rob Crawford

Pity about the cover

Without the cover it looks excellent.

With the cover it's a case of Oh well!

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

Rob Crawford

Re: Doh!

See the iMitten string comment

Probably see a lot more iPads in the windows of Crack Converters when the criminals from the Met.

I also assume that they will only want white ones

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Re: Wrist Tether ?

Well the apple users could have two iDevices and have them tethered like the idiot mittens of old

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I the rest of the report is read

It's not only based on insurance claims, drop & submersion tests (and other slightly testable things) but their analysis of the construction and materials used.

I dunno about anybody else but I would pretty much expect my phone to expire if it was submerged, and would view it as a bonus if it could do a Lazarus impersonation.

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Is your IT department too tough on users?

Rob Crawford

Definately No

We haven't killed any of them for almost a week

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

Rob Crawford

Re: I had the Sharp PC-1500 in 1992

Funny enough I found my PC-1500 in the attic a couple of days ago.

I also have one of the Ti portables which I will have to find (wish I had the cassette interface for it)

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

Rob Crawford

Re: Not DRONES just Radio Controlled Pests...

Can't use internal combustion engines in quads as they're steered by varying the motor speeds therefore electric motors have to be used (please don't mention an on board engine driving a generator)

Also unless the recipient lives within a couple of miles of an Amazon warehouse it sin't happening as the range simply doesn't exist.

As for ditching the parcels in the garden, that's bad enough at the moment with the alleged couriers we have to suffer.

Proof of delivery may be interesting with amazon answering saying well as you didn't have a garden we fucked it onto your roof, by the way can we have our quad back.

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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

Rob Crawford

The Masters device ?

Is it just me or should The Masters Tissue Compression Eliminator not be reassigned to Captain Jack as it does look remarkably like a teenagers drawing of cock & balls ?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

Rob Crawford

I like the road signs

They show where Apple are going, in this case it's straight towards

Drum roll......

Wait for it.....

More of the same!

Which is what all the fan boys and media types want

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First Lavabit, now CryptoSeal pulls the plug: VPN service axed

Rob Crawford

Re: Good on Cryptoseal for doing the right thing

Oh dear you are relying on HoPo for information.

Sorry you are about 5 months behind the story

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Oracle says open source has no place in military apps

Rob Crawford

Oh dear

Has anybody ever seen an Oracle rollout that actually worked.

Actually has anybody seen an Oracle all encompassing solution that actually worked never mind at rollout.

Sorry just bitter about at the amount of tweaks we had to carry out because you have to do things the Oracle way (catering for the things that the back end just can't quite manage to do)

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Axe falls: Virgin Media plans to kill 600 management jobs

Rob Crawford

Hoping

I have to say that I hope that they ditch the Indian team as they don't seem to understand that I am I am not phoning because I wish to buy additional service or because I am generally wishing to increase the size of my VM bill.

When I say I do NOT want these additional services, I am not being coy, I honestly don't want some irrelevance that only costs me £3.50 per month for the first 3.742 months of the 700 year contract you wish me to take

Apart from that (and the very expensive land line costs) VM have been OK.

The Scottish folks who have had to fix the upset that the Indian team causes have been very good and I hope nobody annoys them

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iPhone 5S: Fanbois, your prints are safe from the NSA, claim infosec bods

Rob Crawford

Re: Of course they would say that

Today the fingerprints are NOT passed onto the NSA (et al) and are stored securely

Couple of updates later the fingerprints ARE uploaded to the NSA for secure storage.

Wonder if every ios future update will be checked by the security types for what happens to the data

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

Rob Crawford

Glory days

How can Corel relive their glory days when they didn't have any.

Apart from a brief period when Corel Draw was the choice of backstreet vinyl cutters everywhere?

Corel was where tolerable software went to die (a bit like Computer Associates)

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

Rob Crawford

Re: Pushrods!

If using a spektrum receiver you would want to use Preset Failsafe rather than the default Hold Last Command failsafe mode.

With my APM 2.5 RTL (return to launch) is triggered on signal loss providing Preset Failsafe is used (otherwise the bugger simply lands wherever it happens to be)

Can't speak for Futaba kit as it's too expensive for me

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Re: Pushrods!

Threadlocker isn't CA

Although they are from the same family they are not one and the same.

BTW one of the reasons that threadlock tubes are deliberately almost empty is because it will spontaneously harden if there is no air in the bottle, in the case of CA it's water that will cause curing.) Electrochemical reactions also causes threadlock to cure (also unlike CA)

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Re: Pushrods!

Only DSMX does the frequency hopping, DSM2 simply selects appropriate channels on startup and sticks with them (I have seen the problems this causes once flying things get near electrical substations and other sources of noise)

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