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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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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Lite: 13.3-inch slimline notebook with a secret

Colin Miller

Re: no "context-menu button"

Shift-F10 should work in most MS-Windows programs; it's been there since Windows 3.1.

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Phone-blab plod breaks PRIVACY law after crash victim's 5hr ditch ordeal

Colin Miller

and here's another one, from 3 weeks ago. The driver was trapped in his inverted car, in a water filled ditch. He was spotted by a lorry driver (high view point) 14 hours later.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-23697669

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-23908252

IIRC a driver in the US was trapped in her car for several days after it went down a wooded hill side; she was only rescued after tourists (probably paying more attention to the view than the locals) spotted the hole in the woods.

However, there is a difference between not spotting a car that has crashed to somewhere out-of-sight (you need to spot the damaged hedge etc) , and not finding the driver of a visible crashed car.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

Colin Miller

Re: In response

Or hold down Alt and type '65' or '97' on the numerical keypad (assuming you're running MS-Windows form NT onwards).

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

Colin Miller

Re: "they got rid of that login method later on"

Ctrl-Alt-Del is the Secure Attention Sequence. It is impossible for a user-land application to intercept the sequence. On receipt, MS-Windows will switch to a second desktop, and display the login dialog box.

This is to stop a user-app from creating a spoof login box, or intercepting the WindowsMessages to the real one, and grabbing the user's UID/password.

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

Colin Miller

Re: Use of QR Codes

Although in theory QR codes can have upto 3000 bytes in them, the standard ones you see are limited to 50 characters, enough for a redirect URL on your website.

The 3000 byte versions have very high dot density, and I doubt if they'd scan correctly in anything but the most optimal conditions.

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Ofcom: Making a switch between ISPs will soon be much easier

Colin Miller

Re: "In the past, subscribers were required to do loads of legwork to make the switch"

I assume you weren't trying to make a joke.

It's a completely different *meaning* of MAC. You want the Migration Authorization Code, not the Media Access Code of your computer.

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Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

Colin Miller

It would be better if the browser had options to

1) Forget the entered master password now.

2) Auto-forget it when the screen saver engages.

3) Auto-forget after nnn minutes of inactivity in the browser.

Thus if you leave your machine alone miscreants will find it harder to log into your accounts.

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Can't agree on a coding style? Maybe the NEW YORK TIMES can help

Colin Miller

Re: 4 SPACES?!

Most editors can be set write out spaces instead of tabs, and to insert enough spaces to indent by 4 characters when TAB is pressed.

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Google's new Chromecast spills its simplistic guts

Colin Miller

vga

Is that a VGA header above the SDRAM chip?

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Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

Colin Miller

Re: none of the mistakes

>were "malicious or deliberate".

>How can you 'accidently' request someones texts, voicemails or emails?

>Sniff Sniff

>"I can smell shite"

You could request the details for your ex's new squeeze. Doing so is illegal, and is why the security services (and the police, etc) audit all requests, to check that the requester has a lawful reason to look up the information about the target.

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