* Posts by Colin Miller

490 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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