* Posts by Colin Miller

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Thousands of UK drivers' details leaked through hole in parking ticket website

Colin Miller

Re: This company should be fined at a hugely disproportionate amount

If the bosses are fined, then they'll charge it to their company as a business expense.

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Get yourself connected: GrovePi+ Starter Kit

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Random musings

A few random musings.

* It slightly odd that the I²C buses and Analogue ports are numbered from 0, but the digital ports are numbered from 1.

* I hope the power pin-outs on each port are the same, across the port types, so that if you connect a device to the wrong type of port, it doesn't work, but isn't damaged.

* I²C is a bus system, each device has (from memory) a 8 bit address, which is 5 bit class and 3 bit device. Therefore there can be 4 digital ports, with 8 bit output each. Thus, if the LEDs had HEX dip selectors on them, there could be upto 32 LEDs.

* The I²C ports should allow daisy-chaining, or star-topology, subject to power constraints.

All-in-all an useful interesting module. As for it not teaching people how to access a device, why run before you can walk? Adding a UART directly to the data/address bus is the classic way to do it, but is easy to destroy both the CPU, the UART, and anything else on the buses if things go wrong. Anyway, don't modern peripherals for embedded systems come with a SDK, or at least sample code, rather than just a data sheet?

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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Peppercorn fees?

Surely the publishers are allowed to set what fee they want. If they want to, they can decide to set it a €0.01 per excerpt-view, or €1.00 per annum for unlimited excerpt-views.

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ACHTUNG! Scary Linux system backdoor turns boxes into DDoS droids

Colin Miller

Re: To catch this malware ...

And in the name of everything that is sensible, turn off root ssh login — always login via a normal user and use su / sudo to become root.

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Re: To catch this malware ...

You can also use fail2ban.

This is a small script that monitors your logs, for N occurrences of regexp X in Y seconds, from the same IP number.. If this is reached, then it carries out an action, and a second action after Z seconds.

By default it monitors /var/log/auth.log, looking for ssh login failures (either wrong password, or non-existent/no-login user). If this occurs 5 times in 10 minutes, then it will invoke iptables to block all incoming traffic from that IP number to your ssh server, and then automatically unban it 10 minutes later. It can also be set to email you an alert.

It is possible to have it monitor itself, so if the same IP address gets banned 5 times in a day, they get a week's ban (tweak to your inner BOFH's content).

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'Camera-shy' Raspberry Pi 2 suffers strange 'XENON DEATH FLASH' glitch

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Re: reminds me of a problem I had

The Myrka were also stunned or killed when exposed to UV light…

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Plane crash blamed on in-flight SELFIES

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Re: Hats off...

Who broke the V-hold? One would assume that the mud it landed it cushioned the impact a bit.

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Mobile evidence?

Did none of the mobile phones survive enough to check their memory cards?

I assume the manufacture can remove the on-board flash chip from a wrecked phone, and then extract all the data from it.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

Colin Miller

SSL

And will Facebook, the electoral commission and .gov.uk be using terrorist-enabling SSL?

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PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

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amongst Windows?

Is this only amongst the different versions of MS-Windows, rather than all possible desktop OSes?

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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How to lie with statistics

I notice the stats are given as school-employee-pervs per general-population, rather than school-employee-pers per school-employee.

If a state has more school-employees per general population (wherever because it has more pupils, or more school-employees-per-pupil), this will bias the stats towards that state.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Re: Fantastic

There's a reason why UV-blocking glass is used for fluorescent lamps, it is harmful to our retinas.

As for solar charging, the Sun gives, on Earth, approx 1kW/m2 of sunlight across all frequencies, when the surface is perpendicular to the Sun. This is largely independent of latitude. A 5.5" 16:9 display is 13cm by 7 cm or about 1/100 of a square metre. If the solar panel can use about 10% of the sunlight (inc non-visible), then it would collect about 1W, which is less than most smart phones phones use when idle.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

Colin Miller

Re: Acronym fun

Or even litho-breaking

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: 1.5 MILLION SCOVILLE masala omelette

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actually post-pub?

Would our gallant reporter have noticed the heat if he was well-oiled from his local taberna?

Well, not until the next morning…

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Re: Sympathy...

Aye, capsaicin is only slightly water soluble, but is fat soluble. High-fat milk is the best drink to calm chilli fire.

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Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

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Re: CHAP

It's been given a slap on the cheek and a double espresso, and crawled back to action.

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AFTER 13:45

Does "After 13:45" mean shortly after, or anytime after, possibly upto close-of-business?

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CHAP

It looks like their CHAP server has gone for a wee lie-down in a quiet darkened corner.

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No cellphones in cells, you slag! UK.gov moots prison mobe zap law

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phone tracing

They could use a dummy base-station, which in turn, impersonates each network. In the GSM and LTE standards, there is no mechanism for the network to securely identify itself to the phone. This will give them the phone's IMEI, and the SIM's IMSI. From there, they can ask the networks to nuke both.

If they are feeling vindictive, they could (ask the network to) check if the SIM has been topped-up via credit-card, or by calling a centre on another phone, and chase after whoever owns them.

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

Colin Miller

The Received-From: SMTP header might show the public IP adddress of the NAT that the infected machine is connected to.

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Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

Colin Miller

So they are now charging a "tax" not a "levy" on storage devices. Apart from who collects it and gives it to Finnish equivalent of the BPI/MIAA/RIAA, is there any real change?

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G.fast is HERE: Sckipio slurps funding to cook up SPAWN of VDSL tech

Colin Miller

Dynamic up/down ratio?

Does G.fast allow the modem and DSLAM to change the up/down ratio? I.e. most of the time a home user will have 90% down, but if they start uploading a huge file the modem will notice that it its window is increasing, and then ask the DSLAM to swap to 10% down, 90% up?

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Globe-spanning SEA-ME-WE 3 sea cable feared cut, broken or ...

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later cables

How do you lift your cable if other, later, cables have been laid on top of yours? Will they slide out from underneath them?

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Bitcoin laid bare: Boffins beat anonymity

Colin Miller

Re: Does anyone really care

"Anonymous cash also does not attract transaction fees which the Banks thrive on, which is another reason why we must preserve it."

In the UK personal banking is (mainly) free. Companies, however, are charged when they deposit £10/£20 notes, and also when they withdraw £5 and coins. This is why shops offer cash-back on debit-card withdrawals - there is a fixed fee for each card transaction, so cashback costs the shop nothing, and it saves them on the percentage fee on depositing cash at day's end.

In most other countries, there are transaction charges for personal banking.

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Rosetta science team thinks Philae might come to life in the spring

Colin Miller

Re: Faced to detonate?

Kilometer is the 'Merkin spelling. Although why the ESA are using en-US is a different matter.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane tumbles onto BBC World Service

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old news?

Wasn't it click at stupid o'clock about 1 week ago?

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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facemask?

Why wasn't he wearing a facemask, as he clearly expected it to squirt everywhere?

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IEEE turns crank on new wired Ethernet standards

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Re: Why?

10GBASE-CX4 is limited to 15metres, most places that would uses multi-gigabit WiFi (airport terminals etc), will have more than 15metres between the AP and their upstream connection.

The point of the new standard is so that the old cabling won't have to be replaced with new for > 1Gbit/sec wired.

However, biting the bullet and putting in the best fibre-optic links might be more sensible, if any APs can talk directly to fibre ethernet.

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France KICKS UK into THIRD PLACE for public Wi-Fi hotspots

Colin Miller

Turn of wifi

You can turn off WiFi on JellyBean and KitKat on the slide-down menu.

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IP Freely? ECJ to rule on privacy rules for dynamic IP addresses

Colin Miller

Web server log

Does that that webservers physically located in the EU must not log the requestor's IP address and the requested URL, as that is personally identifying information?

Except where the website is under going ACTIVE debugging, and the log is needed for that.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Best Version of Windows

Hasn't every version of MS-Windows been announced as "the best, most secure version yet"?

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Audio cracking

Some combination locks make a distinct Click when you go past the correct number, this is why some safe crackers use stethoscopes to listen for them.

Does this device use them to speed up the process?

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Apple tool: Buying an iPhone in a carpark? Find out if it's STOLEN

Colin Miller

Remote IMEI check

How do you check the IMEI of a phone that's being flogged on fleaBay* ? You're chances of successfully getting your money back if it is dodgy is 1:infinity.

* Other online-bazaars for hawking tat are available.

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NSFW: Click here, watch iPhone 6 being TORTURED

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stick-out lens?

The Beeb says the the jPhone rocks when placed on a table, and attributes that to it bending. However, the article doesn't mention that the lens sticks out 1mm, which will cause it to rock.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

Colin Miller

Re: Meeeh

IIRC, Tom's Virtual TWM had multiple desktops since 1994 or so.

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Ariane

Can't the French Ariane rockets get high enough to launch Galileo?

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

Colin Miller

Given that the demand for schools isn't predicted, when they have 5 or 12 years warning, that doesn't surprise me.

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Fee is about correct

Assuming that the DVLA cost reduction is realised, and the South Wales police cost is typical, then (100-32)% of £68 is £46.24. Close enough to £50 to not justify reducing the fee.

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Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables

Colin Miller

Re: HP Cables Here In The UK Have A Fault To

BS-1363 is the standard for UK 13Amp mains plugs & sockets, so if a company puts them on its power cables model numbers, then it should be the same for all the UK ones.

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

Colin Miller

what is their current orbit?

How low are they? Can they be used in their current orbits? If not, is there enough fuel onboard to boost them to a useful orbit?

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

Colin Miller

move to a LLU provider

Do C&W (I think that's now Voda) home LLU? According to SamKnowes, only C&W (and another who I've got contact details for) provide LLU at my exchange.

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No more turning over a USB thing, then turning it over again to plug it in: Reversible socket ready for lift off

Colin Miller

Re: Size Part 2...

The USB trident should be on the top-side of the connector, and USB ports should have the top-side upwards, when the device is lying naturally. However, not all devices and cables follow this standard, and if the USB port is sideways, it's not clear which way is top.

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LOHAN acquires aircraft arboreal avoidance algorithm acronyms

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S.N.O.R.T C.O.C.A.I.N.E

System for the

Navigation

Over and

Recognition of

Trees

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Computerised

Action for the

Clearance of

Arboreal

Imperilment by

Navigation

Engines

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The Advanced Recognisance and Avoidance Pattern for Trees - aka Tara P-T (Palmer-Tomkinson)

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

Colin Miller

Why is an app needed?

With an integrated billing system,

all the QR code needs is http://tgi.com/payment/<restaurant- nmber>/<bill-or-table-number>

and it will take you directly to a payment site, with the correct amount, and inform the restaurant that you've just paid. A smart site will allow you to under-pay the bill, aslong as someone else pays the rest of it, thus allowing splitting.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

Colin Miller

Automatic Google Image Search?

Did Google use a hash of the image, which is easily changed by small changes to the photo, or do they run all photos in GoogleMail through Google Image Search, and alert their kiddyporn team to possible illegal photos?

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Plug and PREY: Hackers reprogram USB drives to silently infect PCs

Colin Miller

Re: Writing to keyboards

The keyboard doesn't send the ASCII code for the key that was pressed; it only sends the keycode.

It is upto the OS to decide what to make of the keycode, if it is CTRL or CAPSLOCK; 'Q' or 'A' (UK/FR keyboard), etc. The OS can tell the keyboard to switch on or off its LEDS, but that's about it.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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cost no more than outstanding contract

£625? That's £52pm. If if the customer cancels a contract, they should be charged no more than the total outstanding amount, when there is no fault on the suppliers part. Even for a quadplay service £52pm seems expensive.

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FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian Reg readers

Colin Miller

Re: Missing Sub Editor Found Wandering Quite Large Sandy Desert ...

Will you accept Limericks in Latin?

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