469 posts • joined 16 Mar 2008
Next, they'll be charging us for the bullet they use at our execution.
Re: Boeing makes communications systems already
But this phone isn't a system. It has to work with commercial or even government owned networks. And that's where vulnerabilities exist. Pick up your 'secure' Boeing phone while on a business trip and for all you know, it is talking to a hacked femtocell in the room next door. Or if the telecom is in the hands of a snoopy government, no extra hardware is needed. Odds are all the telecoms equipment has been manufactured to comply with government mandated back doors (see CALEA).
As far as the physical security: Any foreign intelligence service can easily afford to acquire a few dozen of these units to do a bit of trial and error reverse engineering. The security screws will fall pretty quickly. The people who will get caught red-handed trying to mess with the phone's innards are the lowly employees. Who might attempt to pull that micro SD card before their IT security comes around for an audit. I guess they shouldn't have downloaded all that pornhub.com stuff to begin with.
Not going to weigh in on either side of these arguments. Just pulling up a comfy chair with my beverage and popcorn.
Keeping the materials needed to build nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons out of the hands of terrorists, bad guys or rogue states isn't very difficult. At least not compared to the controls needed to keep cyber weapon precursors* out of their hands.
That level of control would make a totalitarian police state green with envy. It would also make the likes of the MPAA, RIAA and the major software houses, who would undoubtedly retain the rights to own/operate such tools, giddy with the thought of no more garage start-ups taking their markets or share their intellectual property.
A background check and permit to own a compiler? I don't think so.
*A PC with a decent tool suite.
'"main challenge is the human element" as big data forces a change to scientific approach - moving from trying to work out why something happens to a "world of correlation based on sample sizes".'
But then we always hear that correlation is not causation. Sure, you might be able to wring a few interesting patterns out of the data. But if you can't get back to some underlying mechanisms behind the measurements, they mean nothing. You have what is called 'cargo cult science'. We did everything correctly based on the data we had. But, lacking a model of the phenomenon, we missed the pieces for which not data had been, or could be, collected. We kept up the airstrips, but the planes stopped coming.
We are hard wired to find patterns in random noise. Its a survival skill from when spotting the tiger in the tall grass meant survival. But that's a skill humans share with animals. Where we differ is in deduction. Getting to the underlying 'why' behind the data.
Re: Yes indeedy
Perhaps I don't understand it either.
Given some finite subsequence, there is an upper bound on its sum. That is, if the sequence selected happened to be a run of all '+', the sum will be equal to the length of that subsequence. It can't be bigger.
Now, given the original infinite subsequence, its sum is determined by probability. The most probable sum is zero, but there is some probability that it is greater (or less). And given most probability distributions (that I am familiar with), they approach but never reach a probability of 0 at a sum of +/- infinity. So there is a non-zero probability that there is a sequence sum larger than any bounded value that I can think of.
Or there's something about infinite series and probabilities that I'm missing.
Its like money laundering. Yes, its the betting that is illegal. But given law enforcement's inability to curb some activity, they go after something related to it. Can't be bothered to look for some criminal activity? Then just crack down on the transfer of funds which results from it. Never mind the other legitimate activities sharing this same trait.
Possession of multiple rubber ducks is a sure sign of illegal gambling and must be monitored by a designated authority. There will be an inevitable IRS tax form.
There's some guy in NASA's spacecraft final preparation group who has been wondering all this time where he set down his jelly dougnut.
Re: this kind of service for that kind of price.
"Except the phone companies have been socialistic since their inception in the US."
Not by its own choice. And until 1984, there was only one. Congress and the FCC mandated various forms of price leveling to provide 'equity' for rural customers. After Ma Bell was broken up, urban and rural customers were not necessarily even served by the same company. So the government stepped in and created a Universal Service Fund to subsidize rural service. The phone companies are good old free market capitalist exploiters to the extent that the government lets them.
The issue of FiOS or cable or wireless broadband providing or not providing different service types is one of non competition. My broadband provider advertises network, TV and phone nationally. But contact them from my home address and phone service is not available. I'm not even supposed to run VoIP (although I do) because the phone company, cable company and wireless providers have carved up the markets among themselves.
Re: To get around the muzzling orders...
"My own inclination would be Iceland, with both reasonable laws and power availability."
Dragged our submarine's anchor across your fiber optic cables. Sorry about that. Perhaps if we had more involvement in the traffic they carry, we'd be more careful next time.
Re: Post war operations
We knew nothing*. But after the war, we talked the Brits (and other Commonwealth members) into smashing all the technology to bits. Or the Soviets might get it. Meanwhile we went on to commercialize that very same technology.
*Interesting anecdote: A British telephone company engineer pioneered the use of vacuum tube logic in one of the versions of Colossus. When an American counterpart came over to look at the new machine (the US had built an older, relay based version), the Brits showed it to him. He asked if it would be possible to see it in operation and was told that it was (vacuum tubes being silent compared to the noisy relay logic of the older system).
Makes sense. fWHR might be subconsciously related to overall "body width". Back in the old days, weight was related to wealth and power. If you were rich/powerful enough to eat well while the peasants were starving ......
This has carried forward into almost modern times. Portrayals of rich and powerful men were often more portly. From kings to the stereotypical fat sheriff/mayor in American redneck towns.
The other point that is interesting was the fWHR as an indication of desirability for short-term relationships. It reinforces some other studies that undermine monogamy among homo sapiens. Women choose the best genetic material with which to conceive their children. But they choose a husband based on one least likely to run off with the younger secretary due to his lower social position.
And just for the sake of honesty: Fathead checking in here.
Re: Scary Stuff
Some of the ANPR systems used in my city use active illumination and are quite accurate both day and night.
The scene is illuminated with an infrared flash which works in conjunction with the license plate retroreflective background to produce a very high contrast image. I'm not certain, but some systems may take a second picture without the flash and subtract this background data from the IR illuminated one, leaving only the reflected regions in the data (a fast and expensive camera is needed).
The resulting success rate is high enough to encourage compliance with tolling and parking regulations with a minimum of human oversight. You might get away with the occasional infraction, but with a reliability of over 50%, you will get caught more often than not.
.... the broadcast code for "Move aside. An El Reg reader is coming through."
Not the country then? Good. They didn't fall for the big wooden rabbit. GCHQ still has a chance.
Apple user detected
Mood: Overly smug.
Twist-on connectors if you must respect trademarks.
Perhaps more of a USAian thing, as I see screw-type terminal blocks in EU wiring (when I look).
Looking for a prescient post?
Windows 9 is a bigger dog than Windows 8/8.1 was.
Re: auld lang syne
I have a number of these. An FX-550 got me through an EE degree (on one battery). I have a collection of HPs, including the HP-41C, HP-28S (which I carry today along side a slide rule). I have a few TI-59s in the collection as well. Then there's my HP-16C, excellent for doing binary/hex math and bit manipulation. Plus a pile of 'lesser' calculators and slide rules.
I'm keeping my eyes open for an HP-9100A or B. Desktop rather than pocket sized, but worthy of my collection. Also a Curta would be nice.
"BlackBerry phones are losing Keys?"
Came to post same joke. Modded you up instead. Left satisfied.
We have another name for it. But I'm not certain the USPTO will grant a trademark for something made up from the number keys shifted.
99 to 1?
Then leave it to the market. No sense in the 99 getting their panties in a bunch over what I drive or how I heat my house. Their collective actions will far outweigh mine, making all the arguments over my behaviour moot.
The NSA's link analysis identifies persons communicating with foreign entities and targets them for further investigation. In fact, in the world of security clearances, doing business with foreign entities can get you classified as a "non US Person" whether you are a US citizen or not.
So, how many of you have received the ubiquitous letter from that wealthy Nigerian ex-government minister wishing to transfer funds overseas? Communicating with foreign national? Check. Possible involvement in transfer of funds from/to overseas? Check.
You're on the list, buddy!
It wouldn't surprise me at all if a certain number of these 419 scams were NSA pretexts to justify further surveillance.
Microsoft gets right arm stuck: Solution is to chew off left arm just so it won't happen again.
Monitoring suspected terrorist communications networks within MMORPGs. At least that's what they tell the boss when they get caught playing WoW on company time.
Re: interesting but...
Hand cranked generators typically require (almost) continuous low level work input. This scheme requires an occasional high level work input and no attention between times. Wind up devices fall between these two cases.
Next step: Whip up a general purpose generator kit. Offer it with some interchangeable gears (think LEGO*). Let the locals or some NGO group find various input power sources and produce instructions install them. I recall seeing a low power generator running off a crank connected to a paddle in a creek that oscillated in an eddy current.
*We'll need the obligatory Playmobil mockup for proof of concept.
"Were I to design this I'd use something like a torque converter."
Better yet, a DC to DC voltage converter. You tweak the conversion ratio to keep the generator running at a peak efficiency point while providing constant output current (to an LED array) or constant voltage (to charge a battery). The firmware, once developed, is much cheaper per unit than knocking off copies of a mechanical device. The microcontrollers can be had for pennies apiece.
For pumped storage, you need water. Even though you can pump it back up, there will be system losses. Water is scarce in many third world countries. Rocks are plentiful.
Re: $299 vs £350
What is that in Big Macs?
Re: Looks like a modernised netbook
Sometimes its better to install your own favorite distro. I have an EeePC with an OEM Linux system. It works quite well, but I continually run into a few places where Asus saw fit to install some crippled version of a 'standard' utility.
Re: Intelligent design at Nasa?
"I think our ancestors left the trees a lot more then one million years ago..."
I return from time to time: http://www.hovnanian.com/images/treetrim.jpg
"Anonymous currency is a destabilizing problem for any country attempting to hold legitimate elections."
Well, as already stated, you can't buy votes directly. But what all this cash does buy is media access. Throw a few hundred million at an election and it doesn't end up in the candidates or the voters back pockets. It ends up in the pockets of the media machine. Attack this problem* to reduce the demand for cash to run a successful campaign and the whole anonymous funds problem becomes a smaller issue.
*Shorten the election season. Candidates don't have to travel across the country by horseback or train anymore. You go before the cameras or on line, state your piece and the people vote. Sure, TV time will still cost a bundle per minute. But you reduce the number of minutes available to campaign.
"What is this obsession the world has with pedos?"
A universal revulsion that can be directed against any activity or object deemed to be facilitating their activity. Its the "Think of the children" argument.
Practically any other quasi-criminal activity is subject to varying degrees of unacceptability in different cultures. Drugs, prostitution, dodging the tax man, etc. are not guaranteed to generate the same reaction as pedophilia. So its a useful claim to generate ill will against anything that can be tied to it.
Are we going to start calling this ASOD (the Azure Screen of Death)?
Re: Not sure this is so impressive, and this is dangerous...
"At one level, we as humans learn by being able to choose to do an action to interact with the environment, and learn from / experience the result (the classic being kids playing with blocks trying to fit a square peg into a round hole, etc…). Computers, even massive systems like Google's don't really have the chance to perform actions that effect the world around them."
Ever wonder if Google Maps was running you through a maze with cheese at some end point? And watching intently, collecting information in preparation for the eventual takeover.
I for one, welcome our new overlords.
Re: The gift that keeps on giving
I bought an SD card formatted FAT32. I didn't see any restrictions in the instructions restricting its use to certain OSs. So I figure I have an implied license to read it as I wish.
Energy from urine?
The New York subway system becomes self sustaining.
Re: Golden Rule
"I have seen people in a higher position getting pissed of when asked to look the other way for a second."
Poor use of social engineering. You turn around, look past them and exclaim, "Look at the t*ts on that secretary!"
Re: I don't find this hard to believe
Compartmentalization. Having worked on the periphery of Dept of Defense projects, I've seen quite a bit of this at private contractors. "I have a top secret clearance. So let me see your blueprints." Nope. You have clearance for your project. I have clearance for mine. There are very few people in the DoD chain of command that are authorized to see everything. Never mind the private contractors.
In fact, (and contrary to what I've heard in a few pubs down the road from the plant after work) you're not even supposed to run around telling the public what sort of clearance you've got. Impress the cocktail waitress with some other story.
Re: And this is security?
"Wonder Woman's lasso of truth"
That has some foundation in reality. In her prime (and that cute outfit), I would have told Lynda Carter anything.
Re: Inori is close, but not quite...
Firefox replies with:
Geek's Dream Girl/Browser
Cute, doesn't do much. And submits to practically any questionable request.
And after all your precious standards work is done, law enforcement will just wave this under your nose. And you'll give them a tap off your backbone. I'm sure all members of the Five Eyes have similar legislation in place.
Re: 3 of 19
Not certain how things work on your side of the pond. But:
"I received a letter from the Metropolitan Police sent straight to my home address (not via my solicitor which is what they should have done)"
I'd be willing to bet that, absent a court issued warrant, the police figure they'll just ask in a quasi-official mode. And if the suspect offers it up, they are ahead of the game.
Mr Rogers to Microsoft coders: "Can you say 'buffer overrun exploit' boys and girls? I knew you could."
Putting on trademark Cardigan sweater.
What has changed?
Electronics (Kindle, laptop, iPad) OK above 10,000 feet. Air mode only.
Its been this way for years. So what's with the big hallelujah?
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