* Posts by Charles 9

6652 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

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I recall those desks with glass panels and racks in the chair well to sit CRT monitors so people didn't have to crane their necks to see what they were typing.

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

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I think it's more a case of "Impersonating a Federal Officer" which, yes, is a federal offense (18 US Code § 912).

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GPS, you've gone too far this time

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Re: How far off? @Gomez Adams

It may me geographically shorter, but it may also be temporallly longer due to traffic or an accident. If people change lanes frequently, it's usually because the lane is backed up and moving slowly, so going around may requiring traveling further in terms of length but also allows traveling at a higher speed, offsetting the loss.

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California cops pull over Google car for driving too SLOWLY

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So what happens when you get a law-vs-law clash, where a car is BOTH prohibited from driving too slow in relation to other cars AND prohibited (due to vehicle classification) from going OVER a specified speed? Especially when the minimum becomes higher than the maximum, meaning the car can't help but break the law now?

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"The real fun comes when looking at the history of maximum speed limits on open highways. At present, it's 65 mph unless posted otherwise...like 70 mph on some. The *original* limit was "reasonable and proper"."

It mostly goes to population density. The sparser the population, the less the risk of a high-speed collision and therefore the safer it is to raise the limit. It also matters if your state is of some significant size like Montana and Texas. Texas houses the longest single chunk of singly-maintained highway in North America (it's piece of I-10, ~880 miles long, over 1/3 of the entire 2,400-mile-plus Interstate), and it's probably one of the few states known to post an 80mph limit, especially in the rural stretches of I-10. Montana I think used to have "reasonable and prudent" for its chunks of Interstates like I-90 but had to scale it back to only 75mph.

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Re: Klingt reichlich erfunden

You're supposed to start reacting when you see two or three cars in your rear-view, which you usually CAN see. Five's simply the limit upon which the police can intervene.

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Re: I'll betcha a dollar that...

Or worse, a "ghost driver": someone who manages to go the wrong way down a motorway and ends up making a head-on collision with both cars at speed. Now you have two cars crashing at the sum of their respective speeds. Even with crumple zones, a ghost driver collision is tough to live through simply due to the sheer forces involved.

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CloudFlare drinks the DNSSEC kool-aid, offers it on universal basis

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Re: Trust is supposed to be a two way street

Well then, you better get off the Internet, because that level of paranoia approaches Don't Trust Anyone, and since trust is required to perform any real communications...

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GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

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Re: Do they have internet in prison cells?

"It's like this: a body is found with an axe poking out the chest. There is a criminal around somewhere, the murderer, and there are suspects. The criminal is a criminal whether or not they are a suspect."

Not necessarily. The criminal may be the same as the victim: in this case, a Darwin Award Winner trying to play with axe juggling.

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Roamers rejoice! Google Maps gets offline regional navigation

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Re: maps.me uses openstreetmap

2D-only. A similar app already exists in F-Droid which by default is FOSS.

I'd prefer one that has a horizon perspective, better suited for driving navigation.

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Re: Useful in tunnels?

It does. A compass (usually via tri-axial magnetometer) and tri-axial accelerometer is enough to maintain reckoning until you emerge, and you'll find most phones of note will have these features standard these days. Even my old Nokia N95 had a compass; don't know about the accelerometer, though.

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UN privacy head slams 'worse than scary' UK surveillance bill

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Re: HumInt and SigInt both require wisdom

"Confirmation Bias is approaching data with a personal bias and so wrongly confirming that bias. What I meant is more innocent, more common, when we approach data with no expectations and yet still misunderstand it. Normal human error."

Confirmation Bias IS Normal Human Error. Bias is an inherent human trait based on experience. We can't help but be biased because experience shapes perception, subconsciously. IOW, we can't help but be biased just as we can't help but measure speed in relative terms: there's no absolute reference point to check otherwise.

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Drones are dropping drugs into prisons and the US govt just doesn't know what to do

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Re: Put up a net

And the next thing you know, the drones will just cut the nets. Either that or the prisoners start hoisting themselves up to rip them down and use them for escape attempts.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Re: Underground

Actually, south-facing windows make sense in the Northern Hemisphere because in the winter you want as much sun as possible to stay warm, and the sun tends to be heavily to the south in the winter, creating a shallow angle. In the summer, the sun is more to the north so comes down at a sharper angle which you addresses with features like porches and overhangs.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the directions are reversed, so you're better off facing windows north.

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Google engineer names and shames dodgy USB Type-C cable makers

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Re: Not "Linux commands"

Uh...what Radio Shack?

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Re: Er....

I don't know why a USB 2 charging port is 1.8A and a USB 3 charging port is 1.5A, but I'm guessing it's because I've misread/missunderstood something.

Because USB Charging over the traditional cable was always limited by the spec to 1.5A. It's just that many devices push the envelope towards 2A. Type-C cables BTW are allowed to go up to 3A by spec.

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XenData’s storage Jurassic Park: PC tape backup is BAAAAACK

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Re: I wonder how that works from a technical standpoint

In my experience, most of them coped by producing drink coasters and (sometimes dangerous!) frisbees...

After what you mentioned became a perennial complaint, drives started coming with internal buffers capable of holding a few seconds worth of burn. They also came up with techniques like BURN-Proof to help cope with recovering gracefully from an interruption.

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Condi Rice, ICANN, and millions paid to lobby the US govt for total internet control

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Re: ICANN is using internet community money to lobby against the internet community !

Fair enough. Now tell us how we can wrest the power back from them? What cards can the community still play?

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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Re: yawn

The problem is that all the temptation amounts to crying wolf. Wake us up when one of these technologies actually hits the market and is actively undergoing real-world use. Until then, what use is it for us to know about something that may never pan out?

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Re: Yeah, yeah that all sounds great until you learn...

Days to discharge at what rate? A watch battery can last a year, but then again the watch only sips the power. A car OTOH has some pretty significant power demands which have to be delivered in a timely manner in order to be practical. So the big money question: can you run electric cars off these batteries right now?

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Google roasts critical twin Android bugs in new Marshmallow OS

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Re: T-Mobile to update 13 non-Nexus phones to Android M

I've seen "Coming Soon" signs covered in cobwebs, so I'll believe it when I actually see it.

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Stuxnet-style code signing of malware becomes darknet cottage industry

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Re: @AC

Or a RAID-0 where one of the drive firmwares has been pwned. Basically, trust on the Internet is a pipe dream yet you need trust to make communications work, meaning we're basically screwed. ANY trust system we can think up, someone else can subvert (like using shills to subvert a Web of Trust).

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Is the world ready for a bare-metal OS/2 rebirth?

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Re: Major niche OS

Babylon 5 mainly used the Amiga not just because of the 3D rendering and CGI but also because it was possible to overlay said CGI on top of the recorded footage thanks to its support for genlocks (in a day and age when video compositing hardware capable of keeping all the footage in sync was really hard to come by). That said, due to the limitations of the hardware, it's now pretty easy to see when the footage is composited instead of taken straight from film.

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Opera Jon's sparkling Vivaldi proves the browser isn't dead

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Re: Opera 12.16 is still the best browser, despite 3 years of neglect.

I find this odd, given that I use Firefox and Steam and have no issues. Perhaps an add-on is messing with steampowered.com and causing a redirect loop.

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E-mail crypto is as usable as it ever was, say boffins

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Re: 'Easy' ways to get and validate keys

"The obvious way to get the right key is to meet in person and exchange keys - or at least key finger prints. The less obvious way is to read and understand how the chain of trust works."

And then you run into the First Contact Problem. How does Alice know Bob is really Bob and not Mallory if Alice has never met Bob before? And if she tries to use a third party, how can she know Trent is really Trent?

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And how can you be sure the public key repository is a real public key repository and not one that's secretly switching out keys for imposters so they can send you "trusted" malware? IOW, how can you trust that Trent is really Trent and not Gene or Mallory?

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Next year's Windows 10 auto-upgrade is MSFT's worst idea since Vista

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Re: Is the Windows 10 forcefd upgrade even legal?

Didn't a few countries try that already only to come back?

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The only GOOD DRONE is a DEAD DRONE. Y'hear me, scumbags?!

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Re: Paint balls vs CCTV

"However, it is a felony to engage in a straw purchase - buying a gun for someone (usually a felon) who is not legally allowed to possess one."

But it's kind of hard to prove the gun was straw-purchased and not stolen as the former owner claims, and under the Sixth Amendment, it falls to the government to prove the straw buyer's lying.

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After Burner: Sega’s jet-fighting, puke-inducing arcade marvel

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Re: I have to disagree on the Amiga version being bad.

What about Reactor? It had that distortion guitar music tied to a BIG speaker.

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Channel Islands firm touts all-in-one secure comms app

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How can they assure the safety of their sandbox even against rooting and jailbreaking, which IINM let's the OS go ANYWHERE?

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How to build a totally open computer from the CPU to the desktop

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Re: Or you could just...

But this project goes one further. It's an attempt to build a computer that is open both in software and in hardware: with every bit of electronics open for scrutiny, including chip innards (which Lemote devices cannot fully assure).

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Oracle's Larry Ellison claims his Sparc M7 chip is hacker-proof – Errr...

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Re: Can we ditch the silly political correctness in reg articles

Then how is "it" classified?

PS. There's been talk of using "ze".

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By 2019, vendors will have sucked out your ID along with your cash 5 billion times

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Re: No thanks...

"The trouble is that in in the UK, schools are pushing biometrics for the critical job of paying for meals etc."

Just wondering. Was there a high incidence of lost or stolen cards in the past? That may have been a reason to push for a method of authentication much harder to lose (it would have to take a serious accident to lose one's finger or have one's fingerprint permanently marred).

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Re: No thanks...

You know, that xkcd comic fails to consider two types of people: masochists and true weaklings. Masochists would see the wrench and go, "Yeah! Hit me more!" while true weaklings wouldn't give up the code; they'd give up their consciousness at the sight of the wrench. Either way, you're more likely to kill them than get the codes from them.

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Would you be willing to go without if it's bio or bust (as in ALL the vendors do it, especially if required by law)?

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Re: extending to medical services as well

Then what happens if ALL doctors demand this, particularly under legal mandate? Would you be willing to renounce your citizenship and move to another country?

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Google lifts app price ceiling to US$400

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Re: Why should there be any limit ?

"However, for app developers, there is another route: Require the user to buy a license key. For those few apps which need it, particularly business apps, it wouldn't be enough of a hassle to put users off, and they could do volume licensing deals etc. Also, Google wouldn't be taking their cut."

Unless they use the in-app purchase system, and devs may be required to employ it as a security measure, much as eBay sellers are strongly encouraged to employ PayPal since other routes risk fraud.

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

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Re: Economic Value

"Personally, I look forward to 3d machines that can make anything through improving and freely available software - a true information age. However, I couldn't begin to predict the wants and needs of future consumers."

The catch is that 3D Printers are useless without source materials with which to produce the goods. Whoever can corner that market will be in considerable control. Then there's the matter of food, which at least at this juncture can't be "printed" by a machine and especially again without source materials.

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Google and cable pals oppose LTE-U's spectrum grab plan

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Re: LTE-U

Perhaps you can elaborate on just why such a scheme can't work? What gets in the way that can't somehow be negotiated?

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EU urged to ignore net neutrality delusions, choose science instead

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Re: What I want

Yes, it's always the sender who pays. Now, the receiver may be subject to currency conversion fees, but that's true with practically any currency conversion. It's how they maintain operations.

As for the receiver paying for shipping, isn't that why S&H is added to most bills when placing an order, so the receiver pays for the package due, just before it even gets sent out? Plus I think COD is still possible in certain situations.

In some countries cell phone minutes are assessed sending OR receiving, and if the other end's a cell phone that applies to him/her, too, because each user is employing the network: direction doesn't make a difference.

So why can't the Internet be charged both ways. Both ends are using the Internet are they not, which means making use of physical infrastructure that means someone else can't use it?

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Re: QoS != Net neutrality

But what happens when all traffic is encrypted and ISPs can't tell them apart?

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Re: One option

Or they can just turn the argument on its ear and pit the leasing and rental industry against the government. Any kind of rent or lease stipulates that what you do with it is YOUR responsibility. Otherwise, by the government's argument, a rental car company would become liable if their rental car was used in a robbery or as a car bomb.

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Re: Hypothetical situation ....

Furthermore, if the warrant allows for forcible entry, then police can just look for ways around your lock, such as employing a window or disassembling your door.

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

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Re: Only one reason...

LTE isn't sold by the minute but by the packet, usually by GBs. Depends on the plan, really. Many plans, though, will limit your LTE usage to a certain numbre of GBs. What happens after that depends. Some charge you extra, others drop you to 3G HSPA or 2G EDGE. Some like Sprint and T-Mobile offer what would be best called "unmetered within reason" LTE plans (I'm on one).

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Joining the illuminati? Just how bright can a smart bulb really be?

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I've read the article about timer operation, and I've thought that it would be nice to have a timer that's clever enough to maintain some variance in its operation. A savvy criminal may get wise to a light that turns itself on at the same time every night but if the turn on time wavers give or take 15 minutes, then it's harder to gauge if it's a person turning it on or a timer, making them more leery.

Responding to a smoke alarm would also be useful, too, since it would imply an emergency and a situation where people may not be in a condition to reach switches (due to smoke they may be coughing or otherwise keeping to the floor to avoid it).

Not saying these "smart bulbs" are the ideal answer to either one, but they do introduce some interesting use cases for which some more practical solutions may be developed.

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American robocallers to be shamed in public lists

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How when VOIP uses the Internet? They'll just route around any blocks and change their source UPS.

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So what's the internet community doing about the NSA cracking VPN, HTTPS encryption?

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Re: Who is that sending?

Pretty much. BTW we tend to use Alice and Bob. Anyway, D-H can stop a passive threat (Eve) but not an active one (Mallory) who can do MitM and trick one or both into believing they're the other side of the conversation (note this can apply even with keys at the First Contact phase).

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You CAN prove a negative by Contradiction. That's how Turing famous Halting Theorem works.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

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Re: Sea change in "allowed" foods

It's the allowed ruminants that eat grain (along with grass). Pigs (omnivores) can eat many different foods and are probably kept at living garbage disposals, but because of this they're considered unclean (probably with a history, again because of Trichinosis).

Reading up on the different food-based restrictions, you realize they mostly (the exceptions being the ones banned due to ritual like the yeast/Passover restriction) generally have a logical reason for restricting them: especially at the time, all the foods listed are potential sources of contamination, parasites, or disease (including blood). A lot of the banned creatures are considered scavengers and so would be thought to accumulate toxins from the food they eat.

I won't comment on the other restrictions as I lack the perspective to see any logic behind them.

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Joke

"Which is why ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is used these days instead."

Surprised no meat packer or whatever has taken this and gone, "Eat our preserved meat and avoid scurvy without oranges!"

That would draw my notice, as I can't stand fresh citrus or their juices. Even the smell makes me nauseous.

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