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* Posts by Adrian Harvey

43 posts • joined 21 May 2009

Hackers seize Detroit's database, demand $800k. Motor City shrugs: OK, take it

Adrian Harvey
Joke

OCP

I thought Detroit was way ahead with cyber security - I saw a documentary about it once.... Robo...something... I think it was called.

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Toyota to launch hydrogen (ie, NATURAL GAS) powered fuel cell hybrid

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: Dreaming

Yes, because you've built a 'battery' where the charging and discharging parts can be separated. But don't underestimate how hard hydrogen storage is. Not only can't it be realistically stored as a liquid (far too cold), which means that energy density is fairly poor vs the weight of the storage system [As an aside here, in NZ we used to have CNG (natural gas{=methane}) run cars with a filling network at petrol stations throughout the North Island, and *it* suffered from energy density issues. Now only LPG remains. LPG is much denser as it is liquid under storage, so you get a lot more in a tank.] But Hydrogen atoms are so small that quantum effects become a factor. It can quantum tunnel across solid barriers and so escape barriers which aught ordinarily to contain a gas under that pressure. This requires ensuring areas Hydrogen is near are well ventilated so that an explosive quantity of gas can never build up.

None of this should stop us trying, but we need to invest lots in other technologies to use in the interim because it's going to be a long time until this is really workable tech for normal car use...

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At last! Now you can STIFLE dull chums you can't really unfriend on Facebook

Adrian Harvey
Go

What I want

What I want to be able to do is to - for certain friends - is follow their posts only, and not their likes, shares, games, adverts, etc. I like the "toddler photos" in that they're what's happening in my friends life, but I don't need their web history.

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NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)

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Go

A guide

Indeed. For those wishing to follow the advice in the article (unless that isn't a misspelling), here is a handy illustrated guide.

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Sh** just got real: Amazon to open actual shop in New York City

Adrian Harvey

or Argos

Those in the UK will, of course, be far more familiar with Argos. Especially as it is still going.

It was what came to my mind first when I saw the article. I fondly remember reading the catalogue and wishing I could afford various toys....

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No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

Adrian Harvey
Happy

One non-nerd feature

But which doesn't seem to be mentioned anywhere (ok, so I found it on the device before finding it on the web...). Is the ability to set complex repeats on calendar entries (eg: every 2 weeks).

Previous versions would correctly read complex repeats set elsewhere, but you couldn't change them, or create a new appointment with them. I found this really frustrating so it seems like a big thing to me...

Perhaps there are other hidden non-nerd features that weren't promoted? Anyone else want to chip in with their finds?

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: Data only?

That's how it ought to work, but the people designing the cellular protocols designed for a lot more cases than just simple undifferentiated Internet data. That's why there's that APN setting in your phone.

And these things really are used. For example my previous employer had a set of in-truck delivery operator terminals which had a private network back to a router in a special section of our DMZ. I know, a similar effect could've been achieved with an IP sec tunnel over an Internet connection but that's not how this solution was designed to work and of course would've exposed the terminals to a greater range of threats.

There's probably a good technical workaround for this somewhere - like a standard APN that provides access across all networks - I'm just trying to say that the design as it is means that it's not totally simple.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Adrian Harvey
Unhappy

Bah humbug

I'm annoyed that both the new phone models are bigger. I don't want a bigger phone. I understand some do, and the plus-size model will be a good addition to the range, but why oh why did they have to make the base model larger too!

And no sapphire screen either. So apart from NFC there's not much to reccomend it over the 5s :-(

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

Adrian Harvey
Alert

Re: Security questions?

Caution: Apple do ask these questions is circumstances other than password recovery. I was asked for them at some point after getting my phone replaced under warrantee, though I can't remember now what action triggered the questioning. Make sure you print out your answers and put them somewhere otherwise you may be stuck at a critical time.

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: Typical Rotten Apple Treatment

I don't pretend to know their official position, but their position in my case was that the "genius" ran a diagnostics program, said that the battery was under performing and replaced the phone. And it wasn't a battery problem I had come in about. They appeared to be routinely checking the battery performance of every phone that came in for service.

Seemed pretty good treatment to me. And as battery problems tend to get worse over time a full recall may not have been justified earlier on.

Of course this is an anecdote, not a statistical sample, YMMV, etc

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

Adrian Harvey

Re: sell by?

Depends on the design, but many analogue meters don't need the battery at all. Often the battery is there just to supply power for the resistance (Ohm) tests. If you never use those functions, the battery is idle.....

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END your Macbook SHAME: Convert it into a Microsoft SURFACE

Adrian Harvey
Thumb Up

Re: Tempting

Wow! That's almost enough material for an entire BOFH episode right there! I hope Simon Travaglia is reading....

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Arcserve on split-up with CA Technologies: 'We’re a startup now. We’re really hungry'

Adrian Harvey
Coat

What's old is new again

New! Windows Centric! Startup! ?!?

I remember when Cheyenne Arcserve was *the* way to backup Novell Netware servers.

Sigh. I'll get me coat.

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

Adrian Harvey

Re: French TV those days

What was awesome about Swiss TV, or at least the cable service I had whilst living there, was that it mostly consisted of direct feeds of all the other language groups' broadcast channels - so, BBC 1,2,3,4 ITV1,2... etc, etc as well as the French and Italian channels. So no cut-down BBC "prime" channel like seemed to be on offer in Germany for example. Had to remember that show times were skewed (+1H for UK channels). They didn't even swap out the ads on the commercial stations, it was mildly amusing to have commercials for products that we couldn't possibly buy.

Of course it wasn't really Swiss per-se, so your point stands, but it was a good service that I wish I could get elsewhere in the world!

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Elon Musk GIVES UP ON SEX: He'll make do with a 'cheap' Tesla III instead

Adrian Harvey

Should have been the U. But Robocop references have been diluted by the new remake I suppose....

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BOFH: You can take our lives, but you'll never take OUR MACROS

Adrian Harvey
Devil

More bits

Should have got him to upgrade to the 64-bit version of Excel first. Handles heaps more rows than 32-bit. And all his plugins won't work... Bwhahahaha!

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USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

Adrian Harvey

>> "Insulation on the pins of the plug" - are they suggesting that this was an issue in this case?

I believe said insulation is a requirement of the safety standards. Therefore lack of insulation would provide a quick and easy to spot warning sign to the customer that the device was non-compliant.

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Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

Adrian Harvey

Better yet , on a mac install f.lux and get whites that match your lighting. On a iPad/pod/phone , jailbreak and install f.lux or on iOS 7.1 turn on settings>General>Accessibility>Increase Contrast>Reduce White Point>On. (Not as good as f.lux, but avoids the need for Ray-Bans...)

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Facebook, you fools! Forget Oculus, you could have bought TRON-type headsets

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: You can get clip-on lenses

Don't forget that these only work if your theatre has gone for the circular polarized system. If your cinema/s use color-shift (Dolby 3D) then those are no good.

Dolby don't seem to have licensed their stuff and I haven't been able to find any sellers of clone glasses. Which is annoying because I find the ones in the cinema limit my field of view, so that I have to turn my head to see the edges of the screen if I'm not near the back of the theatre. I guess I'm wearing them wrong :-). And I don't even wear glasses.

Goggles icon seemed appropriate here....

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VMware embiggens VSAN to petabyte scale

Adrian Harvey

Re: Embiggens?

You're not a Simpsons fan, I guess?

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Apple to uncloak new iPads, iMacs at October 15 event?

Adrian Harvey
Thumb Up

Re: still waiting

<quote> Have you used an iPad with a keyboard? It even supports Emacs keycombos out of the box (carried over from OS X which inherited this from NeXTStep)! </quote>

I have, but I didn't know about the Emacs combos! That's valuable information - which ones in particular? Emacs has an awful lot of combos - it wasn't known as Escape Meta Alt Control Shift for nothing!

Thumbs up for you (even if I would have preferred Wordstar combos!)

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How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

Adrian Harvey
Unhappy

Re: Purchases

>Unless they were going to ditch their own NOS, what was the point of the UNIX purchase? They never >sensibly built on it. So they sold it again.

I was told by people in Novell that the netware and Unix developers had problems working together. Mainly that the Unix guys wanted netware to become a service that ran under unix and e netware chaps wanted unix to be an application-running API that ran under Netware.

I think I most miss the file compression system. For those who weren't there it ran as a scheduled process overnight and compressed files which hadn't been opened for a specified number of days. Then if they were accessed again they would be decompressed in memory the first time and written back uncompressed he second time. Backups via the normal API got the compressed copies to go to tape too. A simple form of HSM which I wish someone would copy.

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SIM crypto CRACKED by a SINGLE text, mobes stuffed with spyware

Adrian Harvey

Does anyone know which phones are only using single DES, and how to tell if yours is vulnerable?

Also, I would have thought it was the SIM provider (ie: the network operator) who determined the encryption mode of the SIM - or at least set the options available for the phone to choose from - and therefor to fix the problem by disabling or limiting use of single DES...

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How smart does your desk phone need to be?

Adrian Harvey
Go

Re: And affordable CTI, Fuggedaboutdit

Cisco have (or had, it's been 2 years now...) a TAPI driver for Windows. Install it, supply with your phone userID and password, and those modem dial commands now drive the VOIP phone.

Then you can dial direct from Outlook, etc just as you describe. There was no extra licence over the one already there for the phone. There's a little clunkyness in places dud to pretending to be a modem, etc, but it was perfectly useable.

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Why next iPhone screen could be made of SAPPHIRE - and a steal...

Adrian Harvey
Go

Sapphire glass is already in use on the iPhone

Only to cover the camera lens on the iPhone 5 though. But perhaps it shows intent...

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Microsoft brings Azure back online

Adrian Harvey

Re: IBM Too

There was some lack of detail in the media - the data center itself was not down - my customer has equipment housed there and it was fine. I heard about their cloud having issues - but don't know what they were.

And no, I don't work for IBM...

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Review: HP Spectre XT TouchSmart

Adrian Harvey

Numerical keypad

I suppose it depends on how you type, but I dislike having numerical keypads on laptops. Not because I don't like numerical keypads, but because when the manufacturers fit them they offset the rest of the keyboard, such that the centre of the normal typing area does not line up with the centre of the screen. So I find either my head or spine twisted in a way that all the OH&S stuff says is bad, and which is actually uncomfortable after a long time too.

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Fireflies donate gut feelings to LED research

Adrian Harvey
Pint

reflaction

I seem to have invented a new word. I meant refraction (assuming that the "reflection" in the article is caused by total internal refraction.... (if it isn't then I meant relection, of course... :-) )

Beer icon because I clearly need one.

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Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: Ever see a Fresnel Lens?

But a Fresnel Lens is just a normal lens with as much of the 'useless' middle bit removed as possible. [useless because the bending of light you want a lens to do happens at the air/glass interface] The distortions that the 'steps' create mean it's only useful for focusing homogeneous light rather than, say, images.

This is aiming to reduce reflaction, which I would think was almost the opposite effect (except that I can't tell from the Reg article if that's how it works)

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Search engines we have known ... before Google crushed them

Adrian Harvey

Re: Anyone remember archie?

Particularly because the Australian archie server was named a.au and was therefore one of the shortest things you could type if you wanted a test ping to the Internet.... Used it for that way after I stopped using Archie for search...

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So you broke our encrypted files? Ha! They were DOUBLY encrypted

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: If you encrypt something more than once...

Depends on the algorithm... As you point out, DES is an algorithm where this is good. However most of the analysis on this is directed to the it's of a brute-force attack, whereas I think the point here is not to increase the crypto strength but to have 3 keys in different people's hands so that a compromise of one doesn't leak your files. Eg: provider hacked, keys stolen - still secure as they need your keys too.

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America to send space radar to Australia

Adrian Harvey

Funniest naval base name ever!

Harold Holt was the prime minister that Australia lost. Literally. see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Holt

As he was last seen swimming at a beach, a Naval communications complex seems fitting, in a highly ironic way.

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Hello Miracast vid-beaming: ANOTHER thing the iPhone 5 hasn't got

Adrian Harvey
FAIL

Not knowing about AirPlay fail

iPhone hasn't got?! How can you be so unaware of AirPlay as to not even bother to compare it in the article?! If you mean it's not as free, or as standard as this might perhaps become, then say so. Or if the special wifi band negotiation is really miraculous then say that (it sounds complicated and failure-prone as well as requiring a very specific set up that may not be present when you want it)

That said I do wish Apple would open up or license AirPlay. It works great on my mythbox but it's not exactly official...

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Even slimmer PS3 out next week

Adrian Harvey
Thumb Down

Comparison photos needed

It's supposed to be smaller - but the jpegs on my screen look he same size as ever :-). Really need some side-by-side photos with orig, slim and slimmer. Or even just a Lego mock-up - c'mon Reg.

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'How I CRASHED my bank, stole PINs with a touch-tone phone'

Adrian Harvey
Boffin

Re: Bluebox?

Well, I bet a lot of the phone systems won't deal correctly with the DTMF tones for 'A' 'B' 'C' and 'D' (the original DTMF keypad had four extra keys on the right side to make a 4x4 grid -- I remember the phone we had as a kid after our dial phones were replaced having those keys) In my first fulltime IT job I was at a hospital and we had an local numberic pager system that hung off the phone system and you sent DTMF codes to display on the pager. The additional codes (which you couldn't get from the phone keypads, but a modem would generate) displayed interesting symbols (not the letters abcd) on the 7-segment displays on the pagers. We used this as a prank on a colleague by making his pager display odd messages... Ahhhh the old days.....

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Apple's iCloud goes titsup, email evaporates for unlucky 1%

Adrian Harvey
Pint

Re: Cupertino's idiot-tax outfit

This is The Register. There are no serious stories.

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Apple iPad 3 packs LAPTOP battery

Adrian Harvey
Holmes

Re: Overnight charge only?

It already is 20W - My iPad2 is, at least. The Apple-supplied charger is rated at 2A * 5 = 20W. I'm in New Zealand - is the charger in your country smaller?

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Telstra gets mail with Microsoft

Adrian Harvey
Coat

<pedant mode>

There are no dinosaurs in the La Brea tar pits. They're from the wrong era. Mammoths, dire wolves and sabre-toothed cats by the dozen, but no dinosaurs

</pedant mode>

Mines the one with the Lonely Planet guide to LA in the pocket....

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Undervalued TiVo wins yet another legal battle

Adrian Harvey
Unhappy

TiVo in NZ

The fact that they don't have guide data for 2 of the free-to-air TV channels in NZ (one of which is Prime - a channel a lot of people watch as it has Dr Who and Downton Abbey among others) has seriously hobbled it in NZ.

I don't understand why they can't source 3rd party guide data on the shows and claim that the schedule (ie: titles and times) is 'facts' and not copyrightable, but my colleagues argue that the joint venture in NZ partners with Telecom which protects it's own collections of 'facts' (think the WhitePages) and doesn't want precidents set in court.... More likely they just don't want the hastle of fighting it out.

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Seagate backup biz deletes name, restores EVault brand

Adrian Harvey

Leap year

Clearly they had to change it so that their customers wouldn't assume there was a full day's outage pending in 2012. Unlike MS Office 365 which is clearly heading for disaster.

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So what can't you do with VMware's VSA?

Adrian Harvey

Source of confusion?

I suspect the source of the block/file confusion is that ESX can use NFS as though it is block storage. Some people use this as an alternative to iSCSI. Oracle does a similar thing for database storage over NFS. Quite popular with NetApp users.

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CodeWeavers pours Wine for the masses

Adrian Harvey

Lotus Notes

When they started supporting notes it didn't have cross platform versions...

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NZ Telecom in 'deep' with Apple

Adrian Harvey

@Bruce Hoult

The current Iphone (3G) certainly does work on the New Telecom XT network. Not only does it support the 850Mhz band they are using http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs.html (as well as the standard 2100Mhz) but I have a test SIM on the new network and I can personally confirm that it works just fine!

The old(er) 2G one won't work, of course as the new network is UMTS only.

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