* Posts by Charles 9

6849 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Sick of politicians robo-calling you? Bin your landline, says the FCC

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Re: Phones - phooey

I think the US chose 911 in the 60's for logical reasons: (1) It was an unused code. (2) It didn't start with a 1, so the routing was kept local. (3) It was still easy enough to remember and relatively quick to dial while still requiring some deliberation to commit (you have to think a bit before reaching and dialing the 9, but once you did that, the -1-1 part could be done in less than a couple seconds).

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German Govt mulls security standards for SOHOpeless routers

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Re: So it begins..

They may be published, but they're still active and enforced, meaning they have value can be SOLD. And remember, the "software patent" argument can't work here because the patents may be in the chips: in the HARDWARE.

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Re: Please leave WPS enabled

Would they take off for restrictions WPS to Push Button Control only given this usually requires physical access?

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Internet daddy Vint Cerf blasts FCC's plan to ban Wi-Fi router code mods

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Re: there's the Sixth Amendment to contend with

Not that. The presumption of innocence, meaning they gotta catch you in the act.

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So just what is the third Great Invention of all time?

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Re: But isn't money just another form of information?

It could have value if it is a SECRET.

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Re: Abstract thought.

"The ability to think of things not necessary for immediate survival leads to the ability to think of time, as in the past, present and most importantly, the future, and that allows the ability to plan ahead."

But animals have demonstrated the ability to plan ahead as well. Isn't that what feasting prior to hibernation is about? What about beavers with their dam building and so on? Building nests and homes with the intent to find a mate and raise a family? The thing is that we can't know for certain (yet) that animals other than ourselves are capable of abstract thought or the ability to teach and learn in ways other than by example.

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Google publishes crypto mandate for Android 6.0

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Re: Honeypot

You forget Marshmallow's new permission system. You get to say what's allowed and what's not. And even pre-Marshmallow apps can be tamed with App Ops.

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Well, if it's some randomly-generated thing just for the sake of having a key, then it wouldn't be so bad. Now, I'll agree if it's some predetermined default they use across an increasing number of Marshmallow phones, I'd be worried.

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Half-secure not good enough for Chrome users says Google

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Re: What is checked?

Chinese Cannon ring a bell? ANY unencrypted connection can be hijacked and injected with malware.

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Re: "users clicking “OK” on anything they don't understand"

Problem is they are frequently at odds. It's like with deadbolts; some people just don't like them. What do you do when the least acceptable level of security is also past the most acceptable level for inconvenience?

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Ireland moves to scrap 1 and 2 cent coins

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Re: Quids in!

American pennies are only copper-clad as well (been that way since 1982). Though in our case, we tend to use zinc to avoid the problems with reacting to magnets.

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Re: How does this work?

"However, this change is caused by the fact that nobody cares about such amounts. I remember a study showing that the psychological value most people give to 1c coins is actually negative, meaning that they are more trouble than they are worth."

Did they ask this in America, because over here I see quite the opposite: many people taking pride in being able to nail totals to the penny, pulling out little bags of change, and so on.

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Re: Doesn't matter as most people pay by card anyway

That kinda got ruined in America because most states insist on pre-tax pricing (yes, a legal requirement) so that sales taxes can't be hidden away. As a result, the final cent tally is all over the map and so is the rounding.

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Americans put plenty of stock in pennies. "A penny saved is a penny earned." "Give-A-Penny, Take-A-Penny", piggy banks, etc. Plus many Americans seem to take pride in penny-pinching and nailing the total to the penny.

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Accidental homicide: how VoLTE kills old style call accounting

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Re: Dynamic IP address?

Easily solved with a DDNS entry. Granted it's a slight additional expense, but it can be worth it if you're on the move a lot.

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Sprint sprints away from no-throttle policy – punishes 'unlimited' network hoggers

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Re: Everybody plays with words

Throttling is still a limit. That's why I say the word "unlimited" should be banned in advertising as both alluring and unrealistic, the way American cigarette ads are uber-restricted for the same two reasons.

Frankly, if I could propose a law in America's Congress, it would be to force all advertisers to the same standards they would have to face if they were testifying in a court: the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. They must sell their ads strictly on facts and typical results, not image, not atypical testimonials, with all claims told pessimistically. Failure to adhere will result both in fines and in a ban on any not-on-site advertising for varying periods.

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Re: Limited is Limited

Has anyone taken one of these "unlimited" carriers to court over false advertising issues?

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Funny I didn't hear a lot of complaints from telephone companies when dial-up Internet was all the rage: people keeping phone lines tied up for hours on end and so on...

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Self-driving vehicles might be autonomous but insurance pay-outs probably won't be

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Re: Shutters?

As for the official name for the plastic dummy pin, which I learned after the fact, it's a minimum of FOUR words: An Insulated Shutter Opening Device (ISOD).

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Re: Oh Mr. Dabbs, you poor deluded child...

You'd think they'd have done that on trains and airliners by this point, though...

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Re: Shutters?

Britain uses what's known as the "Type G" plug and socket system. The sockets are typically designed so that the live and neutral connectors are covered by a spring-loaded shutter. Think of it as a way to keep curious tots from sticking nails in them. The earth/ground pin on a G plug is (as it should be for a safe plug design) longer than the other two. When you push the plug into the socket, the earth pin pushes a lever inside the socket that raises the shutter on the other two pins. Anyway, type G plugs are bulky because they must include internal fuses, and most devices are expected to have an earth wire and a metal earth plug. Some devices, though, don't need earthing (double-insulted stuff, for example). But they still need the physical plug so as to raise the shutter. Thus, the plastic dummy pin.

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Probably "Dummy Pin". The appliance doesn't need earthing but needs the plastic pin to open the shutters on the other two.

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Those circumstances can be argued in a court. If the failure was spontaneous, then no one's at fault and insurance policies will need to foot the bill. The argument will be that the explosion or fire was the result of neglect in maintenance, at which point the homeowner can become liable, but again, that's a matter for the courts to decide on a case by case basis.

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Re: Urban buses replaced first?

Thing is with a driverless bus you can go nuclear on the drivers' union. If you fire the whole lot for redundancy, there's little recourse left; even the courts will find it difficult to rule in favor of inefficiency.

But will an autonomous bus be able to negotiate sabotage like caltrops and barricades?

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Wheels come off parents' plan to dub sprog 'Mini Cooper'

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Re: Belgium wisely prevented Mr and Mrs Renault from calling their daughter Megane

I know the name Mercedes is pretty valid in most Romance languages (it's also a valid Spanish name, and I think you can have it in Italian, too), but this hint of it being Jewish makes me wonder which came first. Did the name come from Israel during Roman times becoming incorporated into Latin and so on, or did it come later?

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Slacker vendors' one-fix-a-year effort leaves 88% of Androids vulnerable

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ASAP = Untested = Bad Patches.

Then you run into the evil at the other end of the patching conundrum. If you push makers to get out critical patches ASAP, you end up with patches that lack of time has prevented proper testing. End result is patches which cause glitches (or worse, brick devices). You end up with a case of the cure being potentially worse than the disease...

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

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Actually, not quite. Tekken and Tekken 2 (as well as Soul Edge) ran on System 11, which you're correct was essentially the same spec as a PlayStation. That's why those translated so well to the PlayStation. However, Tekken 3 ran System 12, which was an improved variant (the MIPS CPU ran at 48 MHz, 50% better than the PSX-spec 33MHz, and it used a different sound system), so the translation this time around would have a few compromises.

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No change in US law, no data transfer deals – German state DPA

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Not quite. We still trust our family and ourselves. When we can't even trust ourselves, THEN we're fully in DTA mode, and that's probably when the Internet ceases to be a useful medium. After all, communication requires some degree of trust as Alice and Bob have no way to verify each other if they've never met before and can't trust a Trent to do it (since he may be corrupt).

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FAA issues lithium battery warning

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Re: not getting it, charles9

Does it have to be cabin baggage, though, is what I'm noting?

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Re: Bah!

The shampoo bottle is quite fine checked (just keep it in a plastic bag as a precaution). As for the knife, that depends. Those that would allow it prefer you keep it checked (the concern is you taking it out and using it, which you can't if it's checked).

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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

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Re: If adverts weren't so irritating I'd not block them

Well, didn't someone once say, "There's no such thing as bad publicity?" That even disgust gets people to talk about the subject which helps spread things by word of mouth?

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Laser razor binned from Kickstarter resurfaces on Indiegogo

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All this talk reminds me of my days playing Monday Night Combat at LaseRazor Arena (6 blades and a built in gel dispenser).

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Mozilla to boot all plugins from Firefox … except Flash

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Re: Don't confuse plugins with extensions

Six of one, half a dozen of the other. Changing the API means old extensions will get dropped, as well those that use XUL that have no counterparts in the new API.

"All popular extensions will no doubt be ported: if not then they probably aren't being updated much either and on borrowed time anyway."

But why fix what isn't broken?

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This isn't so much a WON'T FIX as CAN'T FIX. Google has essentially inked a deal with Adobe to personally maintain Flash exclusively for Blink-based browsers like Chrome. The code is proprietary and mercurial and tied specifically to Blink; meaning there's no real way for Firefox to cope. Even if it claims it's using Pepper, odds are it's using undocumented features, rendering a translation unlikely.

So basically, barring a success on Shumway, Google has stolen the march on Mozilla regarding Flash on Linux, and there's nothing right now that Mozilla can do about it.

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Only one problem: they're planning to drop both NPAPI andXUL.

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PHONE me if you feel DIRTY: Yanks and 'Nadians wave bye-bye to magstripe

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Re: PIN

They must expect you to use it ONLY at Target. Target happens to be one of the few places that have turned on their Chip readers (Walmart is another).

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Actually, many do, especially the big retailers. They just haven't turned them on yet. Ingenico iSC250 and 350 models, both of which are NFC- and Chip-capable (it's in their datasheets), are popping up all over the place, and the other manufacturers are keeping up. Walmart has already turned their Chip readers on, for example. Even the third-party CC handlers are starting to encourage smaller retailers to swap out their PIN pads for newer chip-capable ones, again for liability reasons.

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Re: US Rules...

In most banks, adding a PIN to your chip is at your discretion, usually if you're going abroad as you're more likely to need one. Otherwise, as you said, the US will transition to PINs in time. The hard part (getting Chip-reading PIN pads installed) is in progress, and the Chip helps defeat cloning and replay attacks which are the current major headache for credit card companies (online theft requires the CVV code which most shoulder surfers normally won't see, and the paranoid can tape it over after memorizing it).

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Re: Choose your poison.

"(I expect to see Marshmallow sometime in mid-2016.)"

Marshmallow's rolling out RIGHT NOW.

And the CVS number's not on the magstripe, meaning you have to contact the card issuer (the only other source of the CVS) to verify the card. That's why they're used for "Cardholder Not Present" transactions.

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Re: US Rules...

They will pretty soon. Rules are going into effect now and will be enforced at the beginning of the year. Once that happens, first link in the chain that isn't toeing the line gets the fraud bill.

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Re: Redundancy

ONLY for those terminals that won't take chips. Otherwise, the regs state that if you swipe a chip card, the pad's supposed to prompt you to use the Chip instead.

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"How do you get money out of ATMs then?"

Chips are only being applied to credit cards (actual ones) at the moment.

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

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Then again, the coffee maker only has one plug. It's not like the monitor plugs into the tower which in turn plugs into the wall (some power supplies have a piggyback capability, but practically no one ever uses it). A close analogue would be a video game console or 80's-era computer hooked to the TV. One doesn't expect to be able to turn that on and see anything without turning on the TV first.

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Ad-slinging rootkit nasty permanently drills into Android mobes, tabs

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Just curious. What kind of measures does this malware take to prevent itself being removed?

Does it usurp any su programs and apps?

Does it break the recovery partition to prevent restoring a nandroid?

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Re: What to do

You gotta root the phone first and rooting can break stuff like your warranty and Android Pay.

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4K catches fire with OTT streamers, while broadcasters burn

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Re: Content is everything

I don't know. I've seen stores that intentionally tune their HDTVs to sports channels. It's popular so it draws attention. I don't think I've seen a lot of 4K sport demos yet, but I think I've seen one or two, and they weren't relatively tame motion sports like golf or tennis. Though I admit I haven't seen them do an auto race with a lot of car-following movement.

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Re: Not interested

"they are talking arse, images are just upscaled, unless you use a tripod and film the same thing at 1080p and 4k with industry camera`s"

Didn't the article mention 6K cameras, meaning 1080p and 4K are both downsampled from the 6K raw source?

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Re: Waste of time and money, you can't break the rules of biology.

"Higher resolutions will mean less noticeable artefacts:-)"

ONLY if you give it enough corresponding bandwidth to compensate. Otherwise, you force it to cram and create even larger artifacts that offset the resolution improvement.

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Search engine can find the VPN that NUCLEAR PLANT boss DIDN'T KNOW was there - report

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Re: Jobsworths

And then you come to the realization that balance is impossible, because you reach the UNhappy medium where you're too old to keep up yet not old enough to be properly familiar with the system.

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