* Posts by Brian Morrison

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

Brian Morrison

Re: Get a grip...

If there is sufficient hard information that allows such actions under the supervision of a judge or magistrate that's fine, but doing it because "I don't like the way his eyes slant in a bit" is not an acceptable method. Nor is "He encrypts his email"

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Brian Morrison

Re: Cameron can go do one

Yeth!

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

Brian Morrison

Re: @AC "11 mins" whatever that means, ElReg (was:Whatever.)

It's not the encryption that's the weak link. If your data is somewhere that it is accessible then it is vulnerable no matter what you do and the protections of the protocol used to access it are useless unless they are known only by you.

If you manage to store data in a form where it really can't be decrypted or the protections bypassed then it's clear that you really have something to hide and you will be threatened badly by the players in the game if they deem it important enough.

Standing up to the power that a state can command is really difficult, it's almost certainly not worth it if you need to be able to set foot in most Western countries.

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Samsung BlackBerry gobble DENIED: We're not for sale to Sammy – execs

Brian Morrison

It's a wind up...

...it seems that Kevin at Crackberry made a joke about John Chen, a contract and an S-pen to sign it with in a Las Vegas hotel room and someone perhaps took it seriously.

Reports are that John Chen is quite unamused about it.

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Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land

Brian Morrison

Re: Not all Nexuses (Nexii?)

On the other hand I would prefer that my Nexus 7 LTE doesn't crash several (or more) times per day like my Nexus 5 due to the annoying screen memory leak so I am quite content to wait for a while.

I am reasonably happy with Lollipop in many respects, but it's been a big change from Kitkat and will take a point release or two to round of the rough corners it was born with (ouch!)

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Fedora 21: Linux fans will LOVE it - after the install woes

Brian Morrison

Re: Minimal install

I'm really happy with it, feels a lot more slick than F20 did.

My only problem was that fedup wouldn't get as far as actually running the update, fixed that by using fedora-upgrade instead.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Why install when it's going to be obsolete in a few months?

You could take that approach but, with a couple of minor exceptions which took at most a couple of hours to fix, I have been using Fedora since about FC3 or 4 and upgrading it along the way. It's good enough for what I do with it (everything at home) and I see no reason to change.

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

Brian Morrison

Re: tom dial @chris lively

To be honest Matt, I am unsurprised by these sorts of decision. The real question we should be asking is "Are the laws that underlie these powers reasonable where the ability to compromise communications of those in legitimate surveillance also means that all those communications from people that are not targets of surveillance should remain entirely obscured and not made vulnerable as a consequence of legitimate operations?". That's a much more pertinent question to my mind.

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Legendary Brit physicist Stephen Hawking gets full Intel comms refresh

Brian Morrison

Re: "Intel integrated technology British predictive text company SwiftKey"?

The article includes the missing "from" that comes after technology, perhaps El Reg have edited it since your comment but in any case it now makes sense to me.

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Randall Munroe: The root nerd talks to The Register

Brian Morrison

Re: Ring

But is he an acrobat?

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Blade Runner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it

Brian Morrison

Re: If they re-do the bit where Daryl Hannah

Slightly prissy comment there...

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Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register

Brian Morrison

Re: Oil system?

And yet the Concorde hydraulic system, using enormously expensive M2V fluid, managed not to leak despite some joints being of a sliding type and operating at 4,000psi.

Tornados have thrust reversers, which is why the fin always gets sooty.

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Brian Morrison

Re: No...

Yes, it's the idler gear for reverse together with the corresponding main and layshaft gears that are straight cut.

Straight cut gears also led to the demise of Bristol Britannia prototype G-ALRX that was crash landed on the Severn mud flats after the straight cut reduction gear started vibration at the natural tooth frequency and broke up, the engine accelerated with no load and the resulting turbine failure set fire to the oil tank in the wing.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Car Hacking

A friend of mine has a couple of Meteor engines in one of his garages, one is totally knackered (holes in every piece of crankcase mainly) but the other is a runner. So one fine day he decided to start it just to see what happened.

The engine has not exhaust stubs, or indeed anything much, but he thought that with the aid of a 12V battery he could probably get it to turn over and fire. Well, actually no he couldn't, the battery voltage is just too low so nothing much happened. But the trying meant that a fair bit of fuel ended up in the float chambers, induction manifold and, well, just about everywhere really.

Another friend arrived, and as these things do it transpired that he couldn't wait to get his car battery out and put it in series with the original. This was duly done. The starter was engaged, the engine fired, and ran for about 15 seconds. During this time it made a massive amount of noise, emitted 2 foot long flames out of the exhausts, blew stuff around the garage and damn nearly deafended the pair of them.

Bloody good fun! Bit they were almost into cacking territory...

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

Brian Morrison

Re: Rebecca Brooks

Yes, although it seems that some evidence involving her that could have been used didn't surface in time.

But the double jeopardy rule has gone, so maybe there is scope for future action.

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Brian Morrison

Re: We need the tainted evidence laws of civilized countries

Exactly this!

While the data may not have been obtained through a criminal act (it may just have been negligent) it seems extraordinary that anything obtained by accident can still be processed and used.

If anyone wonders how it is that GCHQ and friends are using bulk intercept data within a strict legal framework, this tells you that while the framework may be strictly adhered to the underlying law is really rather wide and very lax in its approach to privacy.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

Brian Morrison

My Nexus 5 is also somewhat slower under some circumstances. Switching back to the home screen can lead to 2 or 3 seconds before everything appears, especially widgets.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

Brian Morrison

Re: Some People

Which is exactly why some people hated the Firefox awesome bar so much...

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Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

Brian Morrison

Re: Turbo pumps

The Engines that came in from the Cold I think it was called.

Most closed-cycle (turbopump exhaust fed into combustion chamber) engines run the turbopump fuel-rich which gives lower pressures and temperatures. The NK33 does the opposite by running the turbopump oxidizer-rich. The result is high specific impulse engines where any kind of small problem with the turbopump operation can lead to the steel casing of the pump melting and burning through in roughly 100ms. The casing is roughly an inch thick piece of very tough hardened steel.

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Brian Morrison

Re: In this case, it's not the technology.

There can be lots of causes of turbopump failure, but the NK33 is particularly vulnerable because to get its high specific impulse it puts O2-rich turbopump exhaust into the combustion chamber. That means that if anything goes wrong with the flow of the very-hot gas/liquid exhaust flow the turbopump casing can burn through in a small fraction of a second leading to catastrophic thrust reduction and probably an explosion of the remaining fuel/oxidizer.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

Brian Morrison

Re: The country

It's worse than that.

Similar thing happened locally, and being a techy I was asked to explain to the antis all about the benefits of having a base station locally. This was in a pub, fortunately.

I started off by explaining about radio wave propagation. Within a few seconds a lady piped up "But it's a phone, not a radio!" "No, it uses radio to transmit the signals needed to carry the voices" I said. "Oh, so that's why I get the nice lady that sounds just like the one on Radio 4" she said.

I settled for a couple of pints in the end.

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

Brian Morrison

Re: So remind me how these two tally up?

If you have no SSID then the BSSID will be recorded instead.

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'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

Brian Morrison

Re: Multiplicative capabilities

"You will not be beaten or murdered for exposing corruption in London city hall"

No, you won't, but you will be maliciously prosecuted for consensual sexual activities which are classed as likely to lead to harm to the genitals by a government expert witness and also be charged with extreme porn offences and have your reputation dragged through the mud and the tabloids. Ask Simon Walsh. His mistake? Questioning City of London police over corruption that he became aware of in his day jobs as a barrister, alderman and magistrate. And those offences were dragged up in forensic detail only after the police failed to find any evidence of him being part of a child porn ring. He was acquitted because fortunately there are people who specialise in protecting the unfortunate against such fishing expeditions.

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/12/nick-cohen-simon-walsh-cps-pornography-prosecution

This is the sort of stuff that Kafka wrote about, and it's time it stopped.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Say nothing...

GCHQ spokesman: <waves hand> These are not the legal proceedings you are looking for...

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Brian Morrison

Re: Raise your hand....

Let's not forget that the gubmint is currently trying to remove all 3 of the things we rely on to try and keep some sort of popular control over the state's power.

They are:

1) Trying to limit Human Rights legislation

2) Trying to heavily restrict legal aid

3) Trying to prevent access to Judicial Review

In the latter case the Lords have just voted the government amendments down 3 times but I'm sure the slavering maniacs will be back with more ordure-soaked stupidity soon.

The price of freedom really is eternal vigilance, and even that is no guarantee.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

Brian Morrison

The 90 degree roll is probably to align the guidance platform to the required trajectory. Saturn and Shuttle did exactly this.

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Brian Morrison

Re: just like the good old days.

The big difference with these NK33 closed cycle engines (like the Rocketdyne F1 and the SSME the turbopump exhaust reenters the combustion chamber) is that they run the turbopump oxidiser rich rather than fuel rich. This is much more efficient, but it has a side-effect that the turbopump casing can burn through very rapidly if something goes wrong. 1" of hardened steel lasts less than 100ms in these cases...

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

Brian Morrison

Re: Get a grip people...

I agree that it would be good to get poorly-performing stuff that misrepresents itself as a well-trusted part out of the market, but given the level at which these counterfeit parts live (several layers below the people who put their label on the box) then it's a lot easier said than done.

Causing a work->doesn't work regression is not acceptable, as explained frequently by Linus every new kernel release.

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WAITER! There's a Flappy Bird in my Lollipop!

Brian Morrison
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Very hot blonde doctor?

Hmm, I assume that she's been through the necessary checks after treating people from West Africa?

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Brian Morrison

Re: @Andy Prough Hostile leadership vs hostile software

Which is a workable desktop environment for most people that do. I've used it for years, I never got on with KDE and haven't been able to live with Mate or Cinnamon (although I did try for quite a while).

Alternatives exist, as long as someone maintains them then that's fine for everyone.

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Brian Morrison

Re: @Andy Prough - Hostile leadership vs hostile software

I wouldn't expect a server to have any of this stuff on it, it's used for workstations (although my own machines with pulseaudio and systemd do a bit of serving for IMAP etc) and that's where it is useful.

What I don't do is claim to understand it all fully or want anyone else to do something they don't want to, my view is that systemd should be configurable to be as minimal as possible or even be removed in cases where it provides no useful benefits.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Oh please...

I've seen some of the complaints about systemd on the kernel list, the one in particular I remember was the one about the debug argument and I agree that it seemed pretty odd although I believe that someone patched it up to work properly after this. This was a Kay Sievers issue as well wasn't it?

There's no question that LP is very much a marmite issue to some people, possibly quite a lot of people. I wonder if he's just bad at explaining himself. I've read some of his blog, it didn't seem particularly obtuse but clearly he's a man on some sort of mission.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Oh please...

And yet, I use Fedora with systemd and pulseaudio. The latter is great for my purposes, I've had no trouble with it since Fedora 10 or so. Systemd? Well, it seems to work well for my needs, I only had one problem with a SpamAssassin update where I was trying to use -d as a spamd option without realising that systemd works a little differently.

Personally I don't understand the total dislike for it that some people have but then I am quite happy to see people build distros that use SysVinit if that's what they want. There is room for both camps.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

Brian Morrison

Re: Unrelated question

The simple answer is that the hoi polloi are being distracted by pursuing people like DLT while the purveyors of children in care, from Elm House for instance, are being carefully forgotten as much as possible.

If I didn't know better I'd think that some sort of conspiracy was in action.

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

Brian Morrison

Re: 4S killer

Doesn't seem to be the case on a 32GB version, at least not heard much complaining beyond the usual moaning about downloading the best part of a gigabyte and waiting for the installation to complete.

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You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an IMMENSE HEAVEN

Brian Morrison

I thought you were out by a fair bit, I made it 3.334x10^^17 molecules in 1/100th of a cubic mm. 100 quadrillion is 10^^20. Er, no, quadrillion is 10^^15 isn't it, I was thinking 10^^18 which is a quintillion. So it's actually 3.334x10^^14. Was that the number you first thought of?

18g (or cc) of water gives 6.022 x 10^^23 molecules, so divide by 18,000*100,000.

Fun with chemistry again after 33 years, yay!

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Brian Morrison

Re: Boring is good.

Yes, because the people who named it are in Hawaii and like names that reflect local culture.

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Brian Morrison

Re: And we're still...

Cyclical, yes.

In your particular case I think you're supposed to say "Oh no, not again!"

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Brian Morrison

And we're still...

...far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy...

<sigh!>

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Galileo! Galileo. Galileo! Galileo frigged-LEO: Easy come, easy go. Little high, little low

Brian Morrison

Re: what is their current orbit?

I don't think station keeping is much of a problem, it's not like geostationary orbit where they need to be within a small box over the equator as they are actually intended to be in a geosynchronous orbit (2 orbits in 24 hours is what the GPS SVs do, not sure if Galileo is the same).

In theory all that matters is that they are in a predictable position, fill in an empty part of the constellation and can be found and their ephemeris data measured very accurately using the earth stations, the satellites just send this information back to the GNSS receivers of the users which then perform the calculations needed to locate themselves.

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Will It Blend? Maybe. BlackBerry’s secret comeback weapon

Brian Morrison

Bridge has been supported on the BBOS 10 devices for a while now, so if you still have that Playbook...

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The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE WINS VOICE

Brian Morrison

Re: VMNOs

It should be identical in terms of everything within O2's network with the exception of the specific virtual links allocated to the MVNO in question and any interaction between the MVNO's billing system and the O2 HLR that holds the account details/credit status.

Short answer, very little difference, but I can say that in giffgaff's case their data links are pretty congested and they're in the process of making changes to tariffs etc to try and fix this.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

Brian Morrison

Re: Are there ANY success stories?

Divide and rule I should think, trying to prevent one copper from becoming de-facto PM or Home Secretary.

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Brian Morrison

Re: Are there ANY success stories?

Too late for the tax disc, as from October 2014 it is no more and will, like MoT and Motor Insurance, be checked from the DVLA database.

Looks like your sub-PO is going to need more sales of sundries...

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EE network whacked by 'PDP authentication failure' blunder

Brian Morrison

Re: Wondered what was going on

Ah, status@gate, that's a real blast from the past.

I shall raise you with a brief finger of post...

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

Brian Morrison

Re: confused by ...

The meaning is simple, only 1 in 100 does not make mobile calls even though they have a device that allows them to do so. These may be people using only SIP/VoIP.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

Brian Morrison

Re: @aBloke FromEarth - Possessing an image likely to cause injury

Er, but they're *all* a bunch of moralising clowns Graham, that's why they like being in charge :(

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Brian Morrison

Re: Possessing an image likely to cause injury

They mean that the image *depicts* an activity likely to cause injury to the "breasts, genitals or anus" which I think is what the extreme porn legislation says.

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Brian Morrison

It'll have been done under the We-couldn't-give-a-crap-about-the-law-you're-nicked Act.

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Brian Morrison

Re: unsolicited

I have never deleted any of my WhatsApp or BBM chats, my phone has lots of storage so why would I need to?

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