* Posts by BristolBachelor

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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Re: Where are they shopping

The vendor is not allowed to store the CV2, which means that they can only take it if they bill you that second. However they are not allowed to bill you until they actually supply the goods or service (in the UK). Anyone who tales an order and then seems it later cannot officially use the CV2.

I'd be more upset that they've created a new system that has EXACTLY the same, known flaw as the last one, which is that it always uses the same number for every single transaction. Was it designe by someone more stupid than Homer Simpson?

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

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Re: The other reason?

"Also I'd heard that cheating was one of the reasons for the popularity of dual-SIM phones in China. "

Yeah, but that's the networks complaining that their marks were cheating on them by using another network.

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An EPIC picture of Earth, sunny side up, from one MEEELLION miles out

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Re: Why is the left edge of the atmosphere different from the right?

Looking at the high res on the monitor I have here, it seems to have pretty much the same sharpness both sides, however the left side seems to have a blue outline. Possibly is chromatic distortion. When you get this, it tends to show as e.g. green fringe on one side, and magenta on the other (or yellow/blue or something else, depending on the processing)

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Re: If you're interested...

Which space junk are you talking about? As far as I know, all old expired satellites have been moved off the Langrange points at the ends of their missions. (e.g. WMAP, Planck, Herschel....too many more to remember)

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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Re: I've wondered about this every time they have had to dive into the lifeboat....

It's a much smaller target, and can detach in seconds and return to Earth without needing any pre-planning, in the event that the ISS suffered serious damage. In terms of debris proof, it would be practically impossible - there are all sorts of things up there in all sports of orbits that could intersect with huge amounts of energy.

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US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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By any account, the attack was one of the worst in history

So in the same press release, did they say how many people's details were spied on by the NSA? was it less than this, or was it something like 98% of the people who use the Internet?

I'd like to say FUCKING HYPOCRITES but somehow that feels too soft.

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Rampaging fox terrorises rural sports club, victim sustains ‘tweaked groin’

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Yes, very disturbing. It should have been "my mother and I ..."

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Hold my vodka, comrade – I got this: Ruskies blast supplies to the ISS

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Re: It just boggles the mind!

and once they worked out what the shuttle was really like, the ONLY thing it was allowed to be used for was to take up huge ISS sections that couldn't be taken up any other way (and one Hubble servicing mission). It was absolutely FORBIDDEN to use the shuttle for crew rotation or supply missions because it was by then it was known just how dangerous it was.

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Airbus to build 900 mini-satellites for OneWeb's orbital internet system

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Re: Three to Seven other competitors

I think that this system is supposed to fit in between the mobile handsets and KaSat. What I have seen suggests that you don't need a fixed dish and license to be a user, in fact a number of the antennas will be mobile on vehicles, etc. This is a major plus - using something like KaSat on a mobile basis seems to be very difficult.

Also I don't think O3b really competes with this, since you need 2 dishes, each of which is tracking a bird across the sky, one after another. For backhall or village ISP, O3b could be useful, but for a single user (especially with little space for dishes, or mobile use) I don't think so.

As far as capacity is concerned, if your options are this or dial-up, or you want access when infrastructure is down, and in a mobile context, then it could work. We'll only know when it flies, or crashes and burns.

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Re: Remember Iridium?

I also heard that they had big problems getting permission in each country to use the particular frequency band they had. By the time they had negotiated enough rights, the cellular networks had rolled out and there was less need for Iridium. Also the data access is still only at the same speed that I had with a Nokia 9000 over 15 years ago, so their unique selling points are very weak.

I assume (hope) that oneweb will know all this, and have a better handle on things.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: Over engineered?

I'm not going to dig out the specs, but they will say something like "Must have a reliability better than 0.9 for the primary mission phase 1, and better than 0.85 for extended mission phase 2". The primary mission will include 1 year on ground testing, launch, 10 years in space with nasty radiation and horrible temperature changes, separation from Rosetta, landing, and then 60 hours operation on the surface". Extended mission phase 2 probably is something like 1-2 months, but with higher temperatures, and after doing some stressful things.

Now, if the reliability is 0.9, including the 10 years travel time, tell me what is the probability that it suddenly dies in the next 7 months?

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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WTF?

" the bulletin is only rated "important" as the user would need to manually open a maliciously crafted Office file"

Do what? So Office 2010 is safe as long as you never use it to open files?

Can't they just list all vulnerabilities as unimportant because if you don't switch the PC on....

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Microsoft: FINE, we'll help your web sessions be secure, SHEESH

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Maybe I'm the only one, but please stop this. I have to travel to places that either just block HTTPS outright, or they do a man in the middle so that they can scan everything on the way through. More common is just blocking it. I know this because of all the problems I had with Google always changing http://www.google.co.uk/ to HTTPS and then failing.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: If it was truly firmware?

It they made the memory write once, it would also solve those nasty questions about SMART parameters and the number of bad blocks - All the SMART would say perfect health and there would be no bad blocks - ever.

Sarcasm aside, the firmware needs some space to write stuff in non-volatile memory that isn't the disk, and it's certainly better to put one chip than 2. I've also seen disks that appear to store some of the disk firmware actually on the disk. A bit like the old days, when you enter the bootloader by hand, that then reads code from the paper tape, which becomes the OS, and then you can start loading programs.

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Case for drone usage now overwhelming as Enrique Iglesias concert almost stopped

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Re: It was his own fault

So when he sticks his finger into the running belt of his car engine, you'll tell us that cars shouldn't be allowed near people either?

Perhaps he should have just been wearing the correct Personal Protective Equipment to keep his fingers out of harm's way? A straight jacket?

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.sucks-gate: How about listening to us the first two times, exasperated FTC tells ICANN

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Re: .sucks sucks, but not for those reasons.

No. They'd put up a page that "lists all the people who have been affected" by Crappy-big-TV company, with an option for other people to add to the list. BUT - there would only appear 3 or 4 people on the list and their claims would be like "The TV is great, but the cardboard box it came in had fuzzy printing".

Anyone going to the site will think that maybe Crappy-big-TV company must actually be good with so few complaints, and the complaints all being minor.

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Not on mine. Time for a new phone?

Does it auto download all attachments and run them for all any any dodgy emails too, just to be helpful?

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Orange squeezed over Jazztel buy: Sell your Spanish FTTH network or else

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No effective competition

What she said doesn't make any sense, since there is effectively no competition in this market. Many households have no FTTH available, and almost none have more than one. E.g. Telefónica can charge what they want; it doesn't matter what Vodafone might charge, if the fibre to your house isn't Vodafone; you pay Telefonica's asking price, or you go without.

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Russia delays ISS crew mission over Progress launch safety fears

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Sorry for the delay. Roscos mos data shows that the oxidiseer tank deprurised, followed by the propellant tank . Also sorry for y h e typing. On a 3 hour journey by truck on unpaved roads :(

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Current theory is that separation happened early. It seems that it wasn't due to a pyro being fired at the wrong time either. It appears that it was caused by the tanks of the upper stage rupturing.

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They have no problem with coming back, but there is no point bringing them back now, and having the station only half-staffed. Also the Dragon may survive re-entry, but since it has no life support (or seats) it wouldn't make for a good experience!

I read that they wanted to swap the next crew launch with the next progress supply mission to have more confidence before putting astronauts on the rocket. When the next crew launch is set up, the retiring crew can come back.

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Door keys are an option. It's just a matter of time

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Re: Tell it to ...

or the Nest "thermostat" owners who find themselves without heating and hot water for a week or 2 after the clocks change (but it was only in the UK, so not so urgent to fix it).

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OECD nations gang up on internet retailers, tax dodgers

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Re: Not a burden?

The problem with this is what exactly are you selling? Let's narrow it down to "a film". Now depending on the media, or digital or not, it could be in a different class depending on the country. Now add in if it is "culturally important" - again the class changes (Note that culturally important in one country may not be in another). Continue listing all the parameters you need to work out the tax class for every country.

So to sell your 2€ DVD, you enter into your software the following:

Item: Film, Colour, with sound, format DVD, Produced in France, Culturally significant in Elbonia, .....

Do you see where this is going? Have a headache yet? It is a complete nightmare to do properly.

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EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off

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Re: Lets summarise

1. Surprisingly not that difficult. But e.g. Amazon starts in English before they bastardise it into other languages. If all else fails, hail the Google god and machine translation.

2. With you 100%. How come some sellers can ship across borders for almost zero extra cost, while others want an extra £45!

3.Depends. Postcode lottery and all that.

4. The Euro one (min 2 years) is often better than anyone offers anyway (Apple!)

5. Trading Stadards. Hmm. When I was in Bristol, I accidentally bought something in Gloucester. Not hard when you consider that Bristol's only mall was really in Gloucester. Bristol TS says "not in Bristol; can't help". Glouchester's says " not a Gloucestershire council tax payer; can't help" YMMV

6. With you 150% What a fuck-up. Also causing us nightmares here.

7. Really the same as 6.

8. Depends on the courier really. The fault of the seller for not really trying.

9. Serves you right for not using the £ :)

10. Really? You've found an online company that offers support. Fsking hell do tell. WHO!?

The thing is that you have touched on a few items that get in the way. But WHY THE FUCK can't I PAY FOR a UK Kindle book on the UK Kindle website using a UK account, with a UK address in UK pounds? I wonder how quickly things would change if they told Amazon et al. that people could legally copy their book/video etc. if they refused to allow people to pay for it across birders? (see icon.Time for a relaxing café)

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Please tell me; what is the shipping cost on a Kindle book? But no - here in Spain I can only buy Kindle books in Spanish from the Spanish Amazon (digital downloads are the same, including the Amazon UK credits that I have on my account). The problems with that are: the Spanish Amazon is in Spanish, the books are in Spanish (and the there are VERY few textbooks about spacecraft design in Spanish) and they want paying in Euros. In addition, they probably don't work on a UK bought Kindle. Don't try to tell me that isn't artificial.

Oh and why is it I can buy something on the Spanish Amazon in Spain, and they still send it from the UK Amazon distribution centre, but buying the same thing in Amazon UK adds £15 to the postage charge?

Just to add insult to injury; in both cases I am buying from a "shop" in Luxemburgo!

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Australia cracks tech giants' tax dodge code

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Re: why should the coumtry in which the item is sold enjoy the biggest tax 'take'?

I'm not sure that they are saying that all the profit on manufacturing/selling the phone should be taxed in Australia. Rather what is not OK, is Apple Aus "buying" the phone for $999, selling it for $1000 and declaring $1 profit. Meanwhile Apple Ireland/Holland make $499 profit by buying the phone from the subcontract manufacturers for $500 and selling it to Apple Aus for $999

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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

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@HitSnooze

"How is this the Yanks fault? The Yanks made requests..."

So does that mean if I ask a hitman to kill someone for me, I haven't done anything wrong either? It is up to the hitman to decide if that is right or wrong?

And that's without even knowing if any pressure was put on BND to do it.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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App idea

OK I have a really unique app idea. It's a button that when pressed plays a far noise. Would this app be accepted - after all think of the utility - much more useful than a watch that told the time!

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'Use 1 capital' password prompts make them too predictable – study

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Re: Password rage

I wrote down my VbV password once (the horror) just to prove to myself that I wasn't going senile, and it still didn't work. When I managed to complain to someone knowledgeable there, he admitted to me that the password was automatically retired after 4 weeks of no use, so that was the reason why. Now I just reset it every time.

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MAYHEM in ORBIT: Russian cargo pod spins OUT OF CONTROL

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A couple of points. AFAIK the Progress is the only way of re-fueling the ISS now that there are no more ATVs (Anyone feel free to correct me on this).

There is no hope in hell of another ATV mission. The production line has been closed, and for example some of the standard "off the shelf" components take 53 weeks to arrive after ordering. Add in Assembly, Integration and Test, and you'd be lucky to still remember this failure by the time it arrived!

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Hubble hits 25th anniversary IN SPAAACE – time for telescope to come home

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However, servicing WILL be possible, and it's been fitted with a docking device to make sure it can be done safely. The problem though is that Hubble was designed to have units removed and replaced in orbit, but the James Webb, no, so it would be difficult.

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Welcome to the FUTURE: Maine cops pay Bitcoin ransom to end office hostage drama

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Re: GPO

The "basic policy" fails when a Word file, Excel file, JPEG, etc. are all executable. That means that you can only save your Word files to disk D: and only open ones on disk E: At that point you have to revert to typewriters

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

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Re: Randomly add frames

Doesn't work very well for translations, believe me. You need consistency. Imagine that you have 3 episodes, sent to 3 translators. The first translates "constructor" as "carpenter", the 2nd as "brick layer" and the 3rd as "welder". All of a sudden in the 3rd episode, you find out the killer was the welder and you are left wondering who the he'll that is when you haven't heard of them before. For the same reason, you need a few episodes after the current one to work out how to translate things that evolve in the plot.

I often watch films with audio and subtitles in different languages, and some films lose all meaning because of botched translations.

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Stress me, test me, vex me ... boffins seek Hall Effect in frustrated magnets

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Re: Well? Did they or not?

and what did they find out about "the way the frictionless transfer of electricity works"? Mr Ohm is spinning in his grave as I write this.

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Re: ABS?

Most ABS sensors that I have seen are actually inductive. Not a bad idea considering that coils of wire are a lot more robust than pieces of silicon and high-gain amplifiers.

As for the reason for doing away with mechanical points in ignition systems, you only have to look at a set after a few thousand miles to know that a transistor could do a better job. Add in the fact that the advance timing for optimum spark doesn't just depend on manifold vacuum, and you'll probably want to calculate the optimum time for the spark, and drive the coil electronically.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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Re: Amazon

Amazon have got really bad recently. I often buy from the UK (where a DVD costs £2.50 instead of the 15€ here in Spain). Also Amazon UK has so many things that Amazon Spain does not.

Now they smack an instant charge on buying anything, and at the last minute say it can't be shipped to Spain, with a helpful link. The helpful link says that it can be shipped to Spain. If some Bozo came here, I'd explain the problems to him personally.

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Part of CAP IT system may be scrapped after digital fail – MPs

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Re: Digital Savings

You forgot to add in the 600M fine last time, so it cost 950M in total.

The icon is because if it was in a film I wouldn't think it credible.

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This is what happens when a judge in New York orders an e-hit on a Chinese software biz

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Re: Shameful (Shoe is on the other foot?)

Apples and Oranges.

"I agree that the US Legal system should have no direct authority beyond US borders" and "...assumes that European courts have no jurisdiction of US companies"

I see how you have confused legal borders with who a shareholder is. If "Facebook Ireland", which is a company firmly within the borders or Ireland (and also within Europe) does things that are contra to Irish or European law, then why shouldn't the Irish or European law system be able to rectify the problem? What difference does it make if "Facebook Ireland" is owned by an entity in the US?

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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WTF?

"...and they only want outgoing audio to work..."

Do what now? If I set a firewall to outgoing connections only, can I make outgoing conenctions? Even though to make a connection the other end has to say "YES" to my connection request?

Or are you saying that "outgoing conenctions" means that it makes no connections, because it can't hear the other end say "YES"?

and if outgoing connections only means that it can't recceive anything, how does outgoing audio work, without knowing that the connection has been opened, or without negotiating a codec?

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Yeah it will also be great driving on the continent with 120MPH speed limits because no one thought about MPH vs KPH. Also they tend to have speed limit signs with arrows just before the exit telling you that the exit road has a speed limit of 40KPH for example - be fun driving along at 120 and the car suddenly deciding that 40 is better!

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Hawk like an Egyptian: Google is HOPPING MAD over fake SSL certs

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Re: Odd?

Came here to say the same about self certs - if you control the machines. The comment about China doesn't make sense - they could've just issued the certs themselves if they wanted them. More likely is that someone with a hold over the company in Egypt wanted to spy on machines that they don't own.

More to the point is the number of organisations with their hooks in private companies, plus the number of data breaches, means that even if SSL wasn't broken it almost wouldn't matter.

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EU creative collection agencies want YouTube et al to pay their wages

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Re: Organised crime is in the wrong business @Ratfox

"On the other hand, there is something to be said for protecting people from exploitative conditions."

You mean like a European law saying that you have no choice, you have to use Agency XXX or YYY (who are in a cartel) to sell your product (even if I don't want to sell it, but give it away free!).

As an aside, would this also mean that free apps that include something "creative" would suddenly become illegal?

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Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites

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Re: Tricked to visiting site...

It's even easier than that. You just hack a site like CNN, Reddit, theregister, etc. where you know your identified targets will be going, and place the code on there. We've seen sites that are very professional specific hacked to be nice watering holes for this type of thing.

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Re: Hang on...

"So a flaw in the Flash player needs the .SWF files re-compiling. "

Is this the case though? Or is it that the SDK compiled buggy code that could be compromised?

e.g. if your C compiler builds code that allows out of bounds memory leaks even when you ask it to do bounds checking, would you agree that it's an error in the compiler, or would you say that the processor that actually runs the code is at fault?

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: An odd decision by Apple

"Snow Leopard is 6 years old."

Bought a MBP new in 2012 and it came with Snow Leopard. Bloody Apple ripped me off then? Selling me a 3 year old OS?

Lion came out shortly after in 2012 (or 2013?) and is OK. Mountain Lion never worked. The latest greatest also seems to have lots of problems amounts those I know who upgraded, not only that networking doesn't work!

The problem with Xcode is a bit unfair. I think that officially Lion is no longer available, but see if you can beg permission to buy an upgrade - it was only something like £10

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Re: Looks stupid from an enterprise perspective...

"It's been said before that the best Windows laptop is a Macbook

Yeah, but that was some time before. Now no option for a power user - 17" screen? Nope. Anti-mirror screen? Nope. Just been looking, and shudder - the upgrade for a MBP seems to be a Dell mobile workstation - twice the ram, twice the processor, 4 GPU options (no idea if they'll fail the same way as the one in the MBP though) - heck it even has a network port to connect to a network!

At the last moment Apple agreed to replace the motherboard in the MBP, so it's staying, but the replacement wouldn't have been a new MBP.

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Boffins brew up FIRST CUPPA in SPAAACE using wireless energy (well, sort of)

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Re: energy for cloud-cuckoo land

Why from space? Because except for a few days around the equinox, the satellite has sunlight 24/7 (and even then, the longest "night time" is about 70 mins in 24 hours). The Sahara has nights in between all the daytimes, which is not great if you want 24 hour power.

As far as the amount of power and birds, etc, the normal plan is to beam the power with a density of about 1kW/M^2, which is the same a normal sunlight. One thing missing from this report is efficiency - normally conversion to microwave is normally only about 50% efficient.

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Ping-pong sueballs: Bankruptcy dogs LightSquared's chances

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"It remains uncertain whether the FCC will reinstate the licence. Despite the issue of GPS interference, LightSquared is certain that the network is viable, and that the interference issues can be managed. "

But this is the license that says they can transmit signals between satellites and the gound. They have always been free to do this. What they are not free to do is transmit high power ground-ground signals on a band that was specifically set aside only for satellite to ground use to avoid interference with GPS.

Meanwhile they are still finding money to pay to Inmarsat in return for Inmarsat not using their own license, even though Lightsquared is not using it. I can see this going on for a while yet.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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Re: Much as I like android..

"waiting not just for the handset maker but also the network (depending on your device) to bother to update it."

It's worse than that. I always buy my devices directly, not through the networks. I had to watch as each network OKed the software update and rolled it out. Only once every network was happy with the new version, did the stock manufacturer version get the update.

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