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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

Colin Miller

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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Colin Miller

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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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

Colin Miller

Re: Still no decent encryption in BitTorrent though

The .torrent you downloaded has a hash of the whole file, and a hash of each blob the file has been split into. If the blob hash doesn't match, then the peer is untrustworthy and should be rejected.

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Google's Canadian 'memory hole' to continue

Colin Miller

Re: Comment comment comment

IIRC,

Google.cn doesn't know what happened in the Square at the Gate of Heavenly Peace, 25 years ago (was it really that long ago?)

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Lads from Lagos turn from 419 scams to basic malware slinging

Colin Miller

FB page is back

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

Colin Miller

Permission changing apps

Apps such as Advanced Permission Manager let you remove permissions from other applications.

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

Colin Miller

implantable contraceptives

The is already a long-term implantable contraceptive pill; IIRC it has small hole at one end so that the drug slowly leaks out, and into the woman's bloodstream. If it is removed early, fertility generally returns within a few months.

Given this, it could be possible to put a small ball-valve (Silence at the back!) at the end of it, with a NFC powered link to turn the valve turn the contraception on and off; it would remain in its last state when not powered. If the remove can query the state of the valve, then it will reassure both partners about the state of the device. However, the woman, could, if she doesn't want to get pregnant, but her partner does, turn the device back on after sex.

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WHOMP! There it is: IBM demos 154TB tape

Colin Miller

storage shelf life?

Out of interest, what is the storage life-span of recorded data?

The magnetic domains must be tiny, can they spontaneously demagnetise?

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Comcast and EA said to be planning streaming games service

Colin Miller

Is the game running on the STB, or on a server-farm and streamed to the STB?

If the latter, then how are they keeping the lag down to acceptable limits (sub 10ms)

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

Colin Miller

There are several Android apps that limit the permissions of other apps; they are useful in cases like this.

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Firefox, is that you? Version 29 looks rather like a certain shiny rival

Colin Miller

Ribbons, we don't need no stickin ribbons

Why the blazes is everyone moving to ribbon menus?

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Marauding quid-a-day nosh hack menaces teepee hippie villages

Colin Miller

Re: What to do with leftovers?

@Neil,

I take it you don't extremely slum it at Whittards of Chelsea?

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Colin Miller

Re: Is it foraging still if......

Dandelions (when young) and clover are good on salads…

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

Colin Miller

Can the anti-vrius (and Windows updates) be persuaded to go via a caching proxy? Would save on bandwidth, and I'd hope there's a HTTP proxy for when different customers read the same news reports, etc.

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Colin Miller

Re: No screwdriver?

I can see you not wanting a screwdriver in your hand-luggage, but didn't you have some hold luggage as well?

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Soz, BT: All EE's 4G goodies still won't give you 'seamless voice'

Colin Miller

Re: Then again....

Isn't Voda owned by C&W? Would make it interesting if C&W own BT.

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'Hello, is that the space station? NASA here. Can you put us through to Moscow?'

Colin Miller

Re: Quick get the oxycetelyne torches

Hermes and Hopper have been cancelled; Hermes was developed at the same time as Ariane5, so the latter is human-rated. The current developmental human-rated module for Ariane5 is IXV, but I'm not sure what state it is in.

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Colin Miller

Re: Political Posturing

Crimea was part of Russia until 1954 when Khrushchev donated it to Ukraine.

It is now populated mainly by descendants of Russian citizens, the native Tartars were sent to the Gulags for supporting Hitler over Stalin.

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Colin Miller

Re: Political Posturing

AC,

Do you really think that Britain, Russia, or the US left Afghanistan in a better state than they found it?

All three countries found to their cost (Britain did twice!), that Afghanistan can not be controlled by force.

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Sick of walking into things while gawping at your iPhone? Apple has a patent app. for that

Colin Miller

Re: Prior Art

The idea is not exactly "non-obvious to those well versed in the art", or whatever the test is.

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

Colin Miller

Re: Invented Skynet?

A military skynet already exists - it's the name of the UK MOD satcom system…

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Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad

Colin Miller

Re: It's not phone calls, it's data

On Android the top swipe menu lets you turn off "Mobile Data". You can still send/receive calls and txts (not sure about MMS, but I suspect it's no-send, and receive notifications only), but all apps are blocked, until you turn it back on or connect to a WiFi point.

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Colin Miller

Re: Three PAYG - lock to network

You can lock your (UK SIM using) phone to Vodaphone Italy, or whoever their prefered partner is - you should have got a txt to say who it is.

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That toolbar you downloaded is malware? Tough, read the EULA

Colin Miller

Re: It's a huge waste of time to attempt BTC mining on a normal PC

If you're not paying the 'leccy bill, then it might be, even if all your victims in total only give you one bitcoin.

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Build your OWN Apple iBeacon with a Raspberry Pi

Colin Miller

One could have a lot of fun by putting a PiBeacon in a backpack and have it broadcast random IDs, related to where you are in.

In Macys'? Broadcast Bloomingdale...

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Asus Transformer Book T100: Xbox One? PS4? Nah, get a cute convertible for Christmas

Colin Miller

Re: MicroUSB Charging

USB is 5V. There are cigarette lighter socket -> 5V 2A adaptors around.

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China: 'JADE RABBIT' will be FOUND ON MOON

Colin Miller

Some cultures thought that it was a hare or rabbit on the moon, not a man. The Celts thought it was a hare (rabbits were brought to Britain by the Romans). Most of the far-East cultures think that it is a rabbit.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_rabbit

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

Colin Miller

You are assuming that the daytime and nighttime electricity demand is the same; it isn't. As this PDF (page 16 shows) UK 9am-7pm demand is 45-60GW, whilst evening is 20GW to 45GW. If the cars can be set to autocharge using 20GW for 6hrs, that's 120GWHr, or enough for 7.5 million 16kWhr cars.

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Oooh! My NAUGHTY SKIRT keeps riding up! Hello, INTERNET EXPLORER

Colin Miller

Is that a Microsoft ergonomic keyboard she's using?

BTW, this sort of thing is called Moe anthropomorphism.

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Cops: Bloke makes bet with wife. Wife loses - so hubby TASERS her

Colin Miller

Re: Before anybody suggests it is confined to the US ...

Talking about Mr Kyle, a warring wife ran over her husband (and his father) with her campervan, after appearing on the show to 'help resolve their issues'.

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Crowdfunded audit of 'NSA-proof' encryption suite TrueCrypt is GO

Colin Miller

Re: Classic bait and switch coming up....

You do know what the properties of a cryptographic one-way hash are? Admittedly MD5 sum is insecure, and has this has been theoretically known since 1996 and proven in 2006.

Now, it depends on your level of paranoia about the NSA developed SHA-2 and the NIST sponsored SHA-3 hashes...

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RED planet, INDIAN mission: Space probe prepares for voyage to Mars orbit

Colin Miller

Re: Any chance of a sponsorship logo?

We're stopping aid to India in 2015, looks like we're still helping Pakistan and Bangladesh.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20265583

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

Colin Miller

Re: I guess the issue is.....

Possibly, $ISP charge £1,000,000 for a static IP address, payable at £10/month. You can sell the address back to the ISP for whatever amount you haven't yet paid off.

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The Reg explores technology in a remote aboriginal community

Colin Miller

Link speed?

Out of interest, what speed is the satellite link giving you? And is that the fastest contract available (with or without a dish upgrade)?

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Oz Army red-faced after ready ... aim ... FIRE burns suburbs

Colin Miller

The guardian think it's a live-fire range in Lithgow,

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/bushfire-investigation-too-early-negligence-caused-blaze

and have previously run a story hinting that the range started one of the fires.

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11m Chinese engulfed by 'Airpocalypse' at 4000% of safe pollution levels

Colin Miller

Re: Forget global warming

> China produces a quarter of the world's CO2, we in the UK create 1%.

China has 19% of the World's population, the UK has 0.8%.

CO2/capita for China is 1.32, for UK it is 1.13.

We seem to be about as carbon-intense as each other; the major problem in China seems to be the soot; no Clean Air Acts out there, AFAIK.

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Android's defences against malicious apps dissed by security bods

Colin Miller

Re: I want "fake data" options - per app, per permission.

If you enable the developer menu, then you can fake location information to apps.

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Ubisoft's Watch Dogs muzzled by delays

Colin Miller
WTF?

Re: Pronounciation

Is "phallice" any better a pronunciation?

I, too, thought it was pronounced "Fails".

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Send dosh (insecurely) via email, Jack Dorsey's Square tells punters

Colin Miller

Re: Completely unnecessary in the UK.

To do inter-bank cash transfers, you need to know the recipient's account number and sort code.

To set up a direct debit from an account, all you need to know is the account number and sort code - the account holder's name isn't checked. You can get up to all sorts of mischief, as Jeremy Clarkson found out. It will be be rectified eventually through the DD guarantee, but if they cleaned out your account to can be hassle until its fixed.

It really depends on how much you trust the payer, with friends and family it should be fine. With friends-of-friends maybe not.

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Cannabis can CURE CANCER - cheaply and without getting you high

Colin Miller

Hemp?

Is hemp low in only THC or low in the other cannabinoids as well?

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Rubbish broadband drives Scottish people out of the Highlands

Colin Miller

Re: News from the trenches

>>> When Scotland becomes Salmond's personal thiefdom feifdom do you really think he'll start to give an actual fuck about the Highlands?

Salmond's seat is Banff and Buchan, which is the area around Peterhead, on the North-East Aberdeenshire coast. It's not exactly very urban.

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