* Posts by Eddy Ito

3492 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Stop resetting your passwords, says UK govt's spy network

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Re: Pointless

I'd also wager that most users who are forced to change their password regularly don't change it by much to make remembering that much easier. Chances are that if their current password is Password_3 the next one will be Password_4.

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Jailed hacker 'Guccifer' claims Hillary server gave him spillery

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Huh? An e-mail server receiving messages and from servers all over the place. Who'da thunk it?

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UK govt admits it pulled 10-year file-sharing jail sentence out of its arse

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I think you'll find that Serco, G4S and Sodexo were likely the folks behind the scenes. Although I find it rather cute you think the process is in any way democratic.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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@JimmyPage

We don't directly choose our President either. We have these things called "electors" who actually choose the President. In theory they are pledged to vote for a particular candidate but the reality is that they are largely free to cast their vote for anybody they wish. It's a rather screwy process especially given the original process was equally screwy and led to the 12th Amendment. I suppose this is where it needs to be explained that in another turn to that screwiness is that each state makes it's own process for figuring out how electors are chosen and how they are apportioned/winner take all.

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FAA rules out fast-tracking drone regulations

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Don't worry it won't be long before the retail hobby shops, manufacturers and flyers figure out they'll need to stump up some coin for their own lobby. Then it's a short trip until the anti-droners from Drone Control Inc are cursing the NDA (National Drone Association) and saying that they enable criminals and terrorists to roam our skys dealing death from above.

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Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

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Re: "past the $5,000 threshold set by the FEC for candidates that do not accept campaign donations"

Technically the $3,480 filing fee (2% of the first year salary) can be waived if you can collect 10,000 voter signatures so $4,975 would buy you 199 words and still stay under the $5,000 cap. Of course that doesn't leave much left for advertising. There's also the write-in campaign which only requires 65 to 100 signatures but the time period to register is after the 1 April deadline to get the candidate statement on record.

Essentially it's a well designed system to keep the power where it is instead of allowing it be open to all. Come to think of it, it looks very like a cartel.

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I am Craig Wright, inventor of Craig Wright

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Re: We are all Spartacus

Would that make us a Sparticluster?

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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Re: Steal/knick/hot-wire 3 cars

That's an easy one. They hire it out. Contract prisons are a big thing these days since they aren't subject to the red tape that a municipality would be required to go through and they could likely get tax breaks for bringing jobs into an area. It's one of the reasons that minimum sentencing guidelines are always on the increase as the lobbyists know the "tough on crime" package sells well with voters and if a congress critter isn't going to play ball his opponent in the next election will. The Incarceration Industrial Complex has become a huge problem in the U.S.

Here's just one example.

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I don't know what's worse. When the numpty congress critters write the stupid legislation or when they let the lobbyists write it. Of course if it gets a snappy title then every one of them will vote for it without reading it as happened with the Patriot Act to name just one.

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America edges closer to get-a-proper-warrant-to-read-my-email law

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Re: Prediction: 97 to 3

You forgot Dianne's prying eyes buddy Sen. Dick Burr from NC.

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All I can say is that Feinstein is going to be apoplectic.

What? A guy can hope.

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Samsung's little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek!

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Meh

Sorry, too much "Gee" and not enough "Whiz".

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US intercepts Bermuda Triangle bubble podule

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Re: Darwin candidate?

Clearly his intended destination was the UK and he was simply trying to make it into the Gulf Stream and from there into the North Atlantic Drift. Why I suspect that on his next attempt it won't be long before he's having tea in Buckingham Palace. That said he should get started right away so he stays clear of hurricane season.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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@Sir Runcible Spoon Re: Dear Ferals

He may not be qualified but thanks to the prevalence of Dunning–Kruger in judges he'll never know.

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Re: Dear Ferals

He's a judge, not an IT guy. Heck, he probably has to call his niece when his iPhone acts up. I also assume the Feds picked a lenient judge and went in and said "look we need this warrant to nab some pedo. All we're going to do is install some software on his machine to track him" the judge isn't necessarily going to understand that the pedo in question could be anywhere especially if they come to him just before his scheduled tee time as he's trying to get out on the links.

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Mitsubishi 'fesses up: We lied in fuel tests to make our cars look great

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Re: Self Testing

Well it's certainly cheaper than having to buy off the independent lab and the regulators. Whether it's really different, well I'm not so sure.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: Outdated concept for some

Wait. I don't understand. I thought the whole Kitchen v. Herbert thing meant that young men could marry each other all they wanted. First the state passes a law banning young men from marrying and now they blame porn when young men don't. It's all very confusing.

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Re: within the grasp of powerful crime gangs and government agents

Isn't this basically what the FBI do with their mobile MitM Stingray kit?

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

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Easy solution

Cut the cord. Do remember to disconnect it from the mains before cutting it however.

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NZ Pastafarians joined in noodly wedlock

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Re: Magnanimity in Voctory

... demonstrates that religion is no longer calling the shots...

If only that were true everywhere we might have a reasonable shot at world peace.

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Bay Area man forced out of his $400 box home

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Re: fire hazard

Oddly if he took the exact same box, stuck it on a small trailer frame and added features such as a propane cook top it would simply be a camping trailer and not a fire hazard. Perhaps he could even give it a little aerodynamics and make it a teardrop shape.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: Don't know about UK law

The question, should they succeed, will be whether any evidence found can then be used by the US court if he is extradited for trial over here.

Given this is a civil case I can't imagine any reason why he should be compelled to hand over a password to his property. It's a bit like they impounded his car and in order for him to get it back he has to give them the keys so they can go on a joy ride first.

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Websites take control of USB devices: Googlers propose WebUSB API

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Lovely. Google's cloud print extended to everyone and everything. But don't worry, that new industrial welding robot can only connect to the "Allowed Origins" web addresses so it will be impossible for the cloud-chain-of-trust to be broken. After all, hijacked websites are a thing of the past, right?

Just what we need SCADA comes home via USB and the supervisory access is in the wind cloud. It's a pity "the cloud" is really just someone else's computer but I suppose it's inevitable as so many people have grown up with personal responsibility removed by things like iPhones which do little more than make the difficult parts someone else's problem.

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White House flushes away court-ordered decryption like it was a stinky dead goldfish

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Meh, that just means they've been around the longest and the most crufty. In Feinstein's case she's also the most senile eldest Senator.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview

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Re: GPL?

Entirely proprietary? Maybe it is now, but I'd wager MS just did a little tweaking followed by

C:\> kldload linux

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Humans get 'aroused' fondling robots in their private areas – study

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Black Helicopters

while others say that attitudes will change and robots will handle the sex trade in the not-too-distant future.

Yup, I can hear the data collection boys at the GOOG and NSA giggling about it from here.

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How do you build a cheap iPhone? Use a lot of old parts

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Re: "...used parts..."

Given the new phones are likely still built in China and the recycled parts probably aren't being shipped to China says there's not much of a chance of getting a used part in a new phone. It doesn't make economic sense to ship a box of parts half way round the world when those parts can be quickly and easily used locally.

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Elon Musk takes wraps off planet-saving Model 3 vapourmobile

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The Bolt subsidy, it's a tax credit really, is no different from any other electric car. It's been in place since 2010 and applies to Tesla models as well so we'd need to know if the price Musk quotes is with or without the tax credit.

Essentially it's $7500 on full EVs with reduced amounts for some PHEVs like the Ford Fusion Energi which is only a tick over $4k while the Chevy Volt is the full $7.5k. Not sure what the formula is but I assume it's based on battery only range or worse like some convoluted politician derived formula that involves the overall batting average of the Washington Nationals.

Of course if you're in California you can also get a "clean vehicle rebate" up to a theoretical $6.5k even though I don't see any on the list that are over $5k.

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That one phone the FBI wanted unlocked? Here are 63 more, says ACLU

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Re: Involuntary servitude

"Apple is "Obstructing Justice" by "Aiding and abetting" the defendant in his effort to prevent the phones from being opened."

You are Dianne Feinstein and I claim my five pounds!

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Re: Involuntary servitude

It's exactly the "equal protection of the laws" bit. If I understand it correctly, given IANAL, the application here is that the government can't treat Apple differently from anyone else and I suppose everyone else is essentially allowed to write whatever software they like which implies that they aren't compelled to write particular software for the government. Also, as I understand it, software qualifies as protected speech under the 1st Amendment and compelling Apple to write the software would abridge their freedom of speech and this is the "protection of the law" to which Apple is seeking to be treated equally.

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We wrap our claws around latest pre-Build Windows 10 preview

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"... pre-Build Windows 10 preview"

So does this whole WaaS mean that Windows 10 is not now and never will be fully baked?

And here I thought Apple's 10.x was getting a bit old and confused identity wise. Come on, who will be the first to follow Spinal Tap and go to 11?

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Oracle v Google: Big Red wants $9.3bn in Java copyright damages

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Re: "Greed is good" ...

Ellison, Page or both?

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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@AC Re: I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that.

In what world does less than half = most?

That said it is rather interesting when looking at the data by state.

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Computers shouldn't smoke. Cigarettes aren't healthy for anyone

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Re: Keyboard hell (@Binky)

Huh, I always used Alt-412, Alt-0675, Alt-924 or Alt-01187. It's all very odd, if only there was a known pattern to it.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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Re: "Dodgy software" vice DO-178

Given the problems mentioned I was thinking it was put together following the guidelines for IoT.

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The FCC, once seen as a telco-thrashing hero, is sadly losing the plot

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Devil

And here I'm actually hopeful that with so many people who absolutely hate Donald, roughly an equal amount who absolutely hate Hillary and both of those counts being over half of voters that there might finally be a chance for a third party to candidate to enter the fray and knock one of the major parties out of this little cotillion.

The only question is what color should this new party adopt? White for giving up on both existing parties, purple for taking only the best of each party, orange for removing the worst of each party, brown for the shitty state of affairs we have now or chartreuse for the drink so good they named a color after it?

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Four of the top 10 places in the world for internet are, er, in the US

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Yes but of the entire list only Indonesia is actually impressive in size having a land area of roughly one fifth that of the US. Japan ranks a distant but quite respectable second area wise being slightly larger than Germany and about the size of Montana.

The rest are all tiny in comparison as taken all together they are less than half the size of Japan and even then South Korea accounts for 60%.

In all you've got two good sized countries, one small country and a collection of rather tiny locations only one of which, Singapore, actually counts as its own country and not a dependent state or special administrative region.

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Microsoft files patent for 'PhonePad', hints at future Windows plans

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Re: Linky

So it's a Wii U where any "phonepad" can be either the gamepad or console? Am I missing something?

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FBI's Most Wanted: Syrian Electronic Army hacktivists

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Re: Not the classic style of poster

They can't hack the San Bernardino iPhone if they're dead. I wonder how much the FBI is willing pay these consultants if it's $100k for just the finder's fee.

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Apple mulled gobbling its Brit GPU designers – but didn't like the taste

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Apple already owns a reasonable stake in Imagination Technologies and it wouldn't be the first time they've bought such an outfit

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Hackers giving up on crypto ransomware. Now they just lock up device, hope you pay

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So is this just a refresh of the locker which was defeated by booting an install disc and rolling back to a recent restore point?

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FBI backs down against Apple: Feds may be able to crack killer's iPhone without iGiant's help

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Re: precedent (Again)

I think its grate weir awl halving a discussion on sin tax and gramma. Do pardon my tan gent as it bears little regarding Apple and the FBI.

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'Hot Tech Talent' IT job board ads caught up in sexism allegations

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Re: Where did I see that thing this weekend?

I always figured it was a result of a computer in every pocket sucking up the supply of good code jockeys. When there were only a handful of shops the pay won't be bad but it isn't going to be super.

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Hotel light control hack illuminates lamentable state of IoT security

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Re: el reg FUD machine in full gear

Why is this FUD? Because IPv4 addresses behind NAT are invulnerable?

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Middle-aged US bloke pleads guilty to iCloud celeb nude photo hack

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Re: Middle aged?

Well according to this piece on philly.com the average male life expectancy in Lancaster, PA is a tick under 78 so half of that would be 39. If we're dividing it into three bands then anything between 26 and 52 falls in the middle. Didn't think it started so low, did you?

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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@Swarthy

They may look similar to you at first blush but they have little in common. Perhaps the biggest of these is you aren't free to walk away and ignore an ochlocracy. An ochlocracy is the equivalent of two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for dinner.

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Good luck with your anarchy.

You misunderstand anarchy or have confused it for ochlocracy.

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Woz waxwork weady to woll

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requiring a sitting of several hours and then several months of sculpting

I really hope, as it would only be fitting, that actually means they wanted to get the highest possible resolution out of their 3D scanner and printer. Besides, he just seems like the kind of guy who would get a kick of folks being able to download and print out an accurate mini-Woz at home.

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Bungling Seagate staffer leaked coworkers' social security numbers, other info to email fraudsters

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Couldn't the server set a custom flag indicating that an email originated outside the corporate lan as a means to mitigate such problems? Granted, it still requires people to actually look at it so maybe it wouldn't help in every case.

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Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon

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How do they reconcile 12 ft-lbs when a good cricket bowler or baseball pitcher can break 90 ft-lbs without too much trouble and a tennis ball machine will go over 30 ft-lbs?

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