* Posts by Annihilator

3100 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

128TB SSD by 2018? Toshiba promises much, delivers ... a little

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Re: Dear SSD manufacters

"My god, it's full of stars!"

Upvoted just for that

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Re: What I'd like to see...

"Is auto companies providing a display that gives you the option of using whatever platform you want"

It used to be so. Clearly it didn't make enough money for the car companies though:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_7736 (single or double)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_10487

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Re: Wait a minute....

"Bizarrely, some roads that cross from England to Scotland have signs saying "Drive on the Left". I wonder if there was ever an incident that prompted these signs for the bleedingly obvious?"

Because tourists will rightly see that they're changing country and naturally wonder if they also drive on the left.

China to Hong Kong, for example, switch when you cross the border.

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Ashley Madison hacked potential competitor, leaked emails suggest

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Re: Pen test

"If the pen test was not authorised by nerve.com, it's illegal. Simple."

Implication is that it was authorised though. Could well be a steaming pile of PR though.

This is the problem with taking emails and reporting them without context. It doesn't give full details of why they were doing it, whether they were allowed, what the outcome was...

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Pen test

"Avid Life Media was approached with an offer to partner with Nerve.com in the weeks leading up to this exchange, according to other emails in Biderman's leaked archive."

The response they've given elsewhere (Guardian - http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/aug/25/ashley-madison-discussed-hacking-competitor-site-nerve-com-emails) suggested that this was the case, and that effectively the "hack" was a pen test as part of a due dilligence. The 'other emails' kind of back this up.

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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

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Re: PIN generation

I just entered my RSA token into an online password strength checker. The result was "It would take a desktop PC about 0.00025 seconds to crack your password".

And can a desktop PC type all those pins into a phone in 0.00025 seconds?

You can do the old "lock/wipe phone after x tries". On a bank card, it's 3 attempts. On an iPhone for example, you can do 10. But assuming a 4-digit pin, and assuming you can see the grease marks of which keys are involved, there are only 24 permutations if you know the 4 digits used, so with 10 attempts, you've got an almost 50% chance of unlocking the phone.

The really strange quirk, it's harder to guess if you have a repeated pin number (1123) as the grease marks only show 3 keys, but not which is repeated - there are 36 permutations if you only know the pin contains the numbers {1, 2, 3} (12 permutations if 1 is repeated, 12 if 2 is repeated and 12 if 3 is repeated). If there are only 2 digits used, there are 14 permutations, as you don't know if both digits are doubled, or if one is tripled.

It's not intuitive to think, but for 4-6 digit passcode, use 1 fewer digits. For 7+, use 2 fewer.

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Apple recalling iPhone 6 Pluses to correct their iSight

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No, Steve Jobs allegedly responded to someone saying to *avoid* holding it that way. i.e. on the edges:

http://www.engadget.com/2010/06/24/apple-responds-over-iphone-4-reception-issues-youre-holding-th/

So while not a direct quote, "you're holding it wrong" became the paraphrase of "just avoid holding it in that way"

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"The cameras are almost always a module bought in from someone who knows about optics, like Sony for example."

And Sony buy lenses from someone who knows more about optics, like Carl Zeiss AG - well, for their good ones anyway.

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Twenty years since Windows 95, and we still love our Start buttons

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NSFW?

At first I thought you were referring to a different parody, but no. What's NSFW about that song? Unless you work at MS I suppose...

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Ashley Madison spam starts, as leak linked to first suicide

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Re: Spam started... @PLee

"Why would you bother? If you signed up, you should assume that you're in there. What are you going to do about it?"

Well if you bothered to read the comment, this is the "if you *didn't* sign up, but someone else used your details" scenario that was being checked. Sign-up details weren't validated in any way by AM, so there's a lot of presumably fake data in there..

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Dr Cornelius had heard about "2 chimps, 1 cup" but regretted googling it immediately

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: Why should they ban them?

"Why should I have to put up with exhaled chemical vapours being blown around me, nicotine or not?"

What, like CO2?

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Re: Why should they ban them?

"Same as I'd rather people not have fish and chips or curry for lunch in small spaces."

Yes, but no-one's made that illegal yet, as far as I'm aware...

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Nicotine-free?

Funny there seems little mention of the users of e-cigarettes that have weaned off to 0 nicotine liquids. You would think that would be championed.

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The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: "The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?"

"I wonder if the site's owners can be sued"

Well there will surely be Data Protection niggles, in the UK at least. Namely that information help be accurate (clearly not the case in the "Tony Blair is signed up" example) but also not be kept longer than necessary - given the, erm, dating website charges you to remove your old details (even if it wasn't you) suggests they're not doing this as a matter of process. Also fake data (signed up, never used) could arguably fall into the latter category.

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Adulterers antsy as 'entire' Ashley Madison databases leak online

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Re: Ain't gettin' nuthin here!

"No, its because it appears that "90 - 95% of the users are male". So, either the implied 5 - 10% of female users are *extremely* busy, or - and this seem more likely - most of the blokes on there are very dissatisfied cos they ain't gettin' nuthin'."

This site, most dating sites, most nightclubs too in my experience... This is the way it's always been!

Related to the same reason that Take Me Out is structured as 1 guy, 30 women. Were the genders reversed, there would still be 30 eager men with their lights on at the end of each segment.

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Don't fight the cistern: Voda takes the plunge with plumbers’ parking app

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Re: "OBD-II port is mandatory on all cars sold since 1995"

It should read "mandatory on all cars sold in the US since the end of 1995"

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Re: OBD II

I wondered that. My only guess is that it's to figure out what kind of vehicle it's currently attached to, as parking costs can vary on vehicle size (vans costing more than cars etc), but it's a stretch.

Other advantage being it's an easy way of keeping it powered without leaving it visible.

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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Anecdote

On holiday in Seattle, was with my wife at a hotel bar when a big Amazon conference was on. Some (drunk) guy claiming to be on their grad scheme imposed a conversation on us about how amazing Amazon was and how he was proud to work there, as he had a team he managed (in distribution I believe). He regaled us on how he berated them when they failed to meet targets and how many people he'd fired because of it. He was around 20-24, arrogant, yet astute enough to realise his team hated him. He didn't know or care why.

My wife and I came to the conclusion that we agreed with his team.

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"does not mean bad people managers don't exist in the company and do turn someone's workplace experience at Amazon into a special kind of hell."

Yes that's the problem - the NYT stated Amazon is "conducting an experiment in how far it can push white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions", implying it's the whole company. All Bezos has to do is show a token non-jackass which effectively refutes that claim.

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Monster Scalextric Formula 1 circuit to go under the hammer

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Re: Cornering

At full-pelt, yes. That's the challenge. Of pretty much any car racing thinking about it...

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ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps

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Re: @Graham Marsden

"I get some of your point, farming gators etc is fine, But how do you farm sharks?"

You don't, you fish for them, like tuna, cod, haddock etc.

Fish and chips in Australia is quite often shark, and the ones they go under aren't remotely under threat (Least Concern on the conservation rankings)

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W is for WTF: Google CEO quits, new biz Alphabet takes over

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Re: Bad boys

Alex Nussbaum:

I'm not sure about Google, with their slogan: 'Don't be evil.' That's their slogan: 'Don't be evil.' ... Why bring it up? That's suspicious. That's like being on a date and hearing, "Hey, I hope you're having a good time! And don't even think about the possibility of me being a serial killer. Put it out of your mind!"

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

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Re: Golf R

"So how does this car compare with the Golf R"

You'll get nearly £20K change if you buy the Golf R? Almost £50K for the RS3 is nuts.

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Windows 10: Buy cheap, buy twice, right? Buy FREE ... buy FOREVER

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Free

Until you try to change the handle and the brush of your broom in a year's time. Then it's far from clear what you're position is with regards to a Win 10 product key.

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NASA: 'Closest thing yet to ANOTHER EARTH' - FOUND

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Re: Back of Envelope Calculations

Not sure where you got 1.6 from? The mass is 5x that of earth, the radius is 1.6. Surface gravity is G*m/r^2. Gives you ~19m/s^2, or roughly twice our planet's 9.8.

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Re: Highly elliptical orbit

Near circular orbits exist because they're more stable, particularly in what is likely to be a multi-planet system.

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

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Re: Who's laughing now???

"Question - do RFID-proof wallets set off airport metal detectors?"

Yes. But really, just put all your belongings in the little tray they give you, metal or not. It's just easier!

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NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'

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Re: Or a space mirror?

Karl Pilkington wanted to put a mirror on the moon - so he could look up and see his reflection.

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Scammers going after iOS as fake crash reports hit UK

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Re: A Fix

"It just works"

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Comet-invader Philae goes silent, mothership Rosetta forced to retreat

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Re: Was it ever planned to be operating this close to the Sun?

Not sure I understand this one? The "tail" is indicative of there being more solar energy collected, surely you'd expect (as the team have) that the closer to the sun, the more energy the lander gets - it's why it came back to life in the first place.

The comet's orbit is outside of Earth's, so it's not like it will be completely burning up. Although it's possible the lander will shift due to the changes on the comet surface as its ice begins to melt and break up.

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Did speeding American manhole cover beat Sputnik into space? Top boffin speaks to El Reg

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Re: Orbit?

"So IF that things survived passage through the Earth's atmosphere (and it seems to me that the probability of that happening at that velocity is rather small), it was headed for interstellar space, and would have got there well before Voyager."

Surely that depends on what direction it was going in comparison to our orbit. If it were facing the opposite way to our orbital trajectory (launched at 6am or 6pm, not sure which), it would have lost orbital 'speed' and effectively moved to a lower solar orbit.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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Re: Neil's fooling only himself

"A good song is still a good song regardless of the audio quality."

That explains why the chavs at the back of the bus seem to like listening to their music out of their phone's speaker...

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Thanks for that link 1980s_coder. Best analogy I've ever read:

"In our hypothetical Wide Spectrum Video craze, consider a fervent group of Spectrophiles who believe these limits aren't generous enough. They propose that video represent not only the visible spectrum, but also infrared and ultraviolet"

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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"My brother's laptop (my old laptop) is 1.2ghz and works fluidly on Windows 10"

You'll notice it was the RAM that drew the "no chance!" comment, not the processor speed. Processor speed is utterly meaningless these days anyway - you can get a mobile Core i7 running at 1.2GHz today, which would rather piss over the same-frequency Athlon XP I spent a fair penny on back in the early-2000's

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Account at HSBC? BAD LUCK, no iPhone bonk-banking for you

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Re: NFC? No thanks.

"I am personally at a loss to explain why anyone would pay upwards of £400 (conservatively) to replace an NFC enabled credit card which most people do not want either (especially not those that are aware of the risks)."

Because they're not buying their phone to replace their credit card, it's just a bonus feature? Do you honestly think people rushed out to buy an iPhone 6 based purely on the upcoming Apple Pay?

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Re: I was going to leave HSBC, but now I'm not so sure....

Delivering 2 weeks late is a "boycott" these days? I must remember that next time my project delivers late!

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Silly Question Time

It's also an exothermic reaction. For example, if the Hoover Dam had been poured in one continuous pour, it would still be emitting heat today.

Concrete (or cement technically) actually *needs* water to set.

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Q. Why did Nintendo force GitHub to take down an emulator? A. It was stuffed with ROMs

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I do find it odd, that the sytem and games were discontinued over 8 years ago, yet it's still illegal to have downloaded versions. Where is the loss of income for Nintendo on these emulator ROMs?

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Samsung's latest 2TB SSDs have big hats, but where's the cattle?

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"A 6 or 7-year warranty sounds good, but many users will be switching to faster replacement drives with more capacity before the warranty period ends, such is the pace of SSD technology development."

I don't want to be all "640K is enough for anyone" about it, but I'm not convinced that people would be replacing SSDs to get a speedier model. I've been running an 80GB drive as the boot disk for the past 5 years and have no intentions of replacing it.

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Smartphones are ludicrously under-used, so steal their brains

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Re: 'Right under our noses'

And is that pocket *above* your nose?..

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Mars rover Opportunity shuns dodgy flash chips, relies on RAM

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Re: Three months....

@Dom3 - spot on. It would actually be rather difficult (and stoopid) to design something to *only* work for 3 months. For it to be (as close as realistically possible) guaranteed to be operating after 3 months, you would expect its degradation to be in line with the decay curve you're describing.

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Re: Those panels are asking for "wash me"

Best message I've seen scrawled in a dirty van was "also available in white!!"

Chuckled when I saw that one.

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NASA's New Horizon probe rudely fires its thruster at gnome planet

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Genuine question

"Without the course correction, New Horizons would have been 20 seconds late"

Late for what?

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Facebook unveils SECRET logo furtle – in a TWEET

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Re: You have to wonder how much they spent

"I'd say something of the order of £50,000"

I genuinely think you've missed a zero off that, if not two.

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Cambridge boffins: STOP the rush to 5G. We just don't need it

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Re: Why can't we have both?

"I feel there's nothing wrong with preparing 5G and roll out 4G everywhere."

Yes, the way this was written you'd think they were mutually exclusive options. As if the boffins designing 5G standards are the same engineers who are out there malletting new 4G masts into the ground.

5G won't be ready for another 5 years. It's the equivalent of not buying a new CPU, knowing that Intel are working on the next gen chips at the moment.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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Re: And so it happens ...

Nice patronising post. But I'd argue Google isn't a search aggregator, it's a search engine. It may be a news aggregator, granted.

I'd also say, so what if people tell you they are insured with comparethemarket (though I doubt they do)? They're effectively the broker and long before they existed, people would use their broker's name to describe their insurance. Besides, even more people would say they were insured by Direct Line, when really it's underwritten by UK Insurance Limited. Lloyds home insurance are often rebranded Zurich or Axa products.

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SpaceX to blast Microsoft's HoloLens visors into SPAAAAACE

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Re: Does hololens use positional information from the headset to change the viewpoint?

I wondered that. Perhaps they're only using them as video relays as mentioned, and the "instructionals" are projected using markers to gain positional information. Inertials on their own would be terrible.

Although, it wouldn't be hard to rig up some sort of mini-GPS system in a known environment like the ISS. 3 or 4 synced pulses around the lab, 3 receivers on the headset.

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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"the PowerMac/Performa lines that you may remember disabling the enemy mothership in Independence Day."

Of course. I remember at the time remarking how it was lucky the aliens' ships were Mac compatible when most hardware you could buy in Dixons at the time, wasn't.

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SpaceX gets ready to crash barge-land ANOTHER rocket

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" the rockets could then be re-used, leading to considerable cost savings in terms of ongoing launches"

While I've no doubt this is the aim, I recall the same thing being promised of the space shuttle programme...

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