Re: So, settings-win.data.microsoft.com is hard-coded, eh ?
No, it'll just turn out to be an Andromeda Strain, meaning nuking it will only make it stronger...
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No, it'll just turn out to be an Andromeda Strain, meaning nuking it will only make it stronger...
They do, but it's the same IP that hosts various Microsoft services, meaning you can't block at the IP level without collateral damage. And before you say, "Who needs them?" one of them could be Windows Update, which is the mechanism for pushing security updates.
Plus the IPs they resolve to are the same ones that host most Microsoft-based services. Meaning you can't block it without collateral damage.
Can anyone see if Windows Update is among those services, meaning blocking the IP also blocks future security updates, meaning you're pwned either way?
Probably hard-coded into the kernel, which is of course below the network driver which is below the TCP/IP stack. Thus why you have to block it outside the PC, thus why they use the same IP as assorted other services, thus why you can't block it without collateral damage, thus why serious gamers are pretty much stuck since there's no real alternative to Windows there.
It's pretty simple, really, and one I'm not too surprised to see:
The IP address 188.8.131.52 resolves to a pretty generic Microsoft domain (ns2.msft.net), which means it's probably used for a variety for its services.
Basically, this means you can't block it outside your PC without collateral damage. I wouldn't be too surprised if it's also the Windows Update IP, meaning security updates would get blocked, too.
Honest, never heard of it, but I AM familiar with Mel Brooks' Spaceballs, which was the first thing noted in the comments and the first thing to spring to my mind. Something about sneaking in a can of pure, fresh air is both macabre and amusing.
First thing that sprang to my mind, too.
Why? Because people are asking for them and threatening to go elsewhere if the seller can't deliver. What can you do when you're dependent on customers who demand the moon?
That's known in credit parlance as a hold. Gas pumps are best known for it. Basically, they tell the credit company they're calling dibs and to reserve the amount until the transaction goes through, at which point it officially posts. It's not all bad, though. If it falls through, it's easy enough for them to rescind the hold.
Well, two can play that game if push comes to shove. I'm sure someone would love to be the one who represents the clients who put bell cellular to heel and therefore would be willing to work on contingency.
"It wouldn't be fool-proof, but it would prevent firmware malware from being downloaded an installed on the sly."
But then you get caught between a rock and a hard place. If the firmware can't be rewritten, odds are an undetectable bug (that require perhaps a rare but distinct liminality condition) will come along that gets exploited. And if it CAN be updated, odds are social engineering and a famous Douglas Adams quote will undermine any safeguards you try to put on it.
Since we're talking a shotgun, then no odds are the shot falling back down isn't likely to be an issue. Recall we had this discussion a month ago when a man took a shotgun to an invading UAV. Since shot aren't on spiral trajectories, they'll just tumble back to the ground like comparably-sized gravel.
That depends on how tall the telephone pole is. If it's the normal 15-20 feet, then yeah well within range. But once you get to the taller 50-foot ones, then the scatter of the shot makes it a much less certain affair.
There are people in the south who are proud to call themselves rednecks. Otherwise, Jeff Foxworthy would never have gotten off the ground as a comic.
PS. I hope everyone realizes the term itself comes from the sunburn on the back of the necks of people who work outdoors all day.
No, spade fade exists in the US, too. We try to discourage it by posting notices of calling for underground utility markings before commencing digging. What the article describes is best described as "Redneck Celebratory Collateral Damage".
But I'm a little surprised the shot from a shotgun actually managed to sever (or nearly sever) an overhead fiber-optic cable. Either the cable was not that high off the ground, the shotgun was of a particularly large bore, or it was literally a million-to-one shot.
Even if it's midday?
Why all the magnetic treatment if you're gonna burn a hard drive, given that heat (especially intense heat like a thermite fire) affects magnetics, too?
But then why don't they press for a ban on police impersonating journalists as well, which has happened in real life, particularly in hostage situations where the hostage-taker is in it for the press coverage?
"both vehicles 'cut' the turn and let the other vehicle pass 'on the wrong side'. I'd expect 'interesting' things would occur if one driver each picked a different method..."
I think most traffic codes prescribe the latter method, as this has the practical consideration that neither car has to cross the other's path, meaning each can proceed at his/her own pace.
"Heavy carts tended to have the driver sitting curbside as that way he could see more easily when manouvering for deliveries. There are a few places in the world where the handedness of the driving is changed from the norm for similar reasons."
"I'm aware of that. Given the normal position of a coach or carriage driver of the period, it's logical to go to the right on a narrow passageway such as a bridge. You need to be able to see how close your wheels are to the edge as this is more critical than possibly bumping the other coach."
If the edge of the road is more important than oncoming traffic, then the driver's seat is to the edge side. Two other examples of this: open pit mine trucks (no guardrails, so edge observation is a matter of life and death) and mail trucks (so that mail/post boxes in places that use them are within arm's reach of the truck driver).
"Where two vehicles are facing each other across the junction and one is indicating to turn across the others path then I'm not sure who has right of way (if anyone)."
When two opposing cars meet at an intersection at the same time:
- If both are going straight, there is no conflict and both can proceed within the law.
- If both cars are turning in the same relative direction, there is no conflict and both can proceed within the law.
- If one is turning and one is going straight, the turning car yields to the ongoing car.
- If both cars are tuning in opposite relative directions such that they'll meet on the same street, the one turning across traffic yields to the one who doesn't have to cross traffic to complete the turn (IOW, the one turning opposite the driving side yields to the one turning with the driving side).
"Since when? to take your analogy of water craft in actual fact paddle/oar has priority over sail over motor - size doesn't come into it: it's not a case of my ***** is bigger than yours."
Within the same power sources, "my ship is bigger than yours" really does apply, and it's all down to physics and inertia. Outside them, you have a point, the harder to steer vessel needs the space more than you. I would think in the late 19th century (when sail was giving way to self-powered watercraft), powered craft gave way to sail craft out of desire not to cause wrecks. That's also why drivers are told to give lorries more way and why you must never trust your gut at railroad crossings (in both cases, it's easy to misjudge the amount of momentum these vehicles have and just how difficult it is for them to stop suddenly).
"No idea what the criac is in the US, mind (which, Jagged, is where I assume Dan Paul is from)"
The general rule in the US is that road maintenance is collected through a combination of gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees (the latter getting more attention lately because it can make up for the lower gas taxes brought in by high-efficiency and non-liquid-fuel vehicles). Other taxes may be involved but they're done on a case by case basis depending on the needs of the state or locality. Virginia, for example, restructured its gasoline tax structure a few years ago to bring in more revenue (for much-needed road repairs) and to reduce the need to adjust for inflation again in future.
"Rule 64 that says you MUST NOT cycle on the pavement."
This rule would have to depend on the locality because where I live, the rule is that, barring a designated bike path, you MUST cycle on the pavement because the sidewalk is meant for walking. Besides, some places sidewalks don't exist. You stick to the outside so that cars can pass you.
"In most places they fall foul of the "keep aware of your surroundings" rule. It is rarely acted upon by the cops, though I remember that Montreal's city police started dishing out heavy fines to cyclists sporting headgear when I was there a couple years back. I heard a lot of my colleagues bitch about how unfair it was that they were fined as the motorists were a danger to them, not the opposite. Idiots."
It's like that where I am as well. You cannot block both ears when driving or riding because one needs to have aural awareness (in the event of a horn or siren, for example, the source of which may not be immediately visible). I think they let a monaural earpiece slide, though, since one ear was still free.
The thing is, the sprint only occurs over the last, say, 200m. Everything before that is jockeying for position, and getting behind a cyclist to slipstream before pulling away late is a known sprint tactic. So yes, the final part is the actual sprint and is accurate; it's just the leadup that stinks to the audience although to the racers, it's valid headgames.
Whichever side of the road you drive on is considered your "driving hand". The US makes you drive on the right (so is a right-hand) while in the UK you drive on the left (a left-hand). There's no advantage or disadvantage either way and mainly boils down to cultural and practical considerations (how did you do it before cars, where do most of your cars come from, etc.).
That's nothing. The track stand was also what killed slow bicycle racing. I think one rider was able to pull off a track stand for several hours, hinting that if this kept up, there would soon be a point where a race would never finish in a reasonable length of time.
The general rules of thumb at an all-stop is (1) first in, first out; (2) if two or more vehicles arrive at once, drivers yield to the one to the side of their driving hand (eg. right in the US, left in the UK), meaning the one with no vehicle to his driving side normally goes first and proceeds in reverse from there; (3) in the event all approaches are filled at the same time, meaning the driving-hand rule has an infinite loop, that's gonna have to be hashed out between the drivers.
Anyway, in this case, the Google car was obviously waxing caution. It just turned out it hit an edge case: someone who didn't exactly follow the driving-hand rule. If I read this correctly, both car and bike arrived at the same time, and the bike was to the right, meaning the car was correctly yielding to the bike. Thing was, the bike didn't move right away, so the car started to move, but stopped when the bike started moving, too. It's sort of a case of ping-ponging hesitation, each flinching when the other moves and then vice versa.
No, the true strength of the one-time pad is that it's literally impossible to determine the actual message without foreknowledge of it. The reason being a properly-used OTP cipher can actually be deciphered into ANY message of the same or shorter length. The ONLY determining factor in OTP is the pad itself.
Bandwidth, yes, but what about reliability? The pigeon, for example, could go astray or end up shot down or caught by a bird of prey or a cat. The bicycle or car could get caught in a traffic jam or, worse, crash.
"Are "book" codes easy to crack? The ones where each end uses an agreed edition of a common book and the coding references a word/letter by page, paragraph, line, word/letter offset numbers."
It depends on how the book is kept. If it's based on something you have to carry with you, if you're caught they can use the book in your possession to try to decipher the code. Things that are too common (like newspapers) are also risky as the enemy may well have one of these and will try it as a matter of course.
I don't think they actually charge you for it, simply put a hold on it. It'll look like the charge has been made, but it won't actually post until it's completed and the seller can still call it off without affecting your balance.
What about those external battery banks? Charge a 20Ah jobber and take it with you. No external power source, so there's no practical way for the airlines to block it.
Airlines only ban them in checked baggage, and that's due to them being a fire risk. You can take them in your carry-on baggage if you wish. I speak from experience.
Add on GOOD radio setups that can pick up whatever signals you want (mobile, LTE, WiFi at least, but also GPS if it's included). A knockoff phone can tick all those boxes but have terrible radio support that makes it a deal-breaker.
Thing is, we don't know exactly what the US government is capable of in their black projects, and something like this they would take GREAT pains to keep secrets much as they did with the F-117 and SR-71 back during the Cold War. And we know they can tap undersea cables in situ with help from a submarine.
It's 180K in the USA alone, with an additional 150K in the Netherlands and so on.
So. putting them all together, you get 180,000 + 150,000 + 4 * (50,000) = 530,000 between all six countries listed.
"But is the private key actual evidence? I'm not talking about wiping the encrypted data, just removing the ability to decrypt it."
IIRC, enablers, like keys to a locked safe, DO count as evidence since they count as leads much like a witness testimony can provide a lead to other evidence. Destroying the lead denies access to the other evidence, so the charge is usually destruction of evidence.
"Some form of HSM that only works if unlocked within a specific time frame for example?"
Like I said, plods are savvy to time bombs so will image the entire system and keep them in a system where the time stays within a narrow range of the point of confiscation.
Plus it's been forked into products like VeraCrypt that keep maintaining the code while adding some useful things like more robust encryption practices.
...Or was it the 12th sentence on page 97? Oh wait, that's an illustration! Was it the caption on that page. Wait, where's the book?!
THAT's the level of horrible I'm talking about. About the only way many of these types of people survive is by muscle memory, but here even that gets tangled up with all the websites one visits regularly. Plus, in the case of the password safe, the computer may be shared.
Indeed. What kind of security precautions are advisable for people with sensitive files to keep but horrible memories, such that even "CorrectHorseBatteryStaple" is too hard to remember (Was that "HorseBatteryCorrectStaple" or was it "DonkeyWrongPilePin")?
Or they'll just move their operations out of the jurisdictions of these punitive districts. Ah, the beauty of the global village...
"Apparently, to get accountants to approve this plan, all you'll need to do is show them the trend in ad-blocking software."
But that still won't appease the legal department, who could justify the additional expenses to keep it "Not Our Problem". The only way you can convince the legal department is to prove to them they can't keep the problem away from their desks no matter what they do, but lawyers are trained to prevents this.
"You nuke the problem from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."
That's assuming your problem is an Alien-type problem and not an Andromeda Strain (where nuking would only make it worse).
And if the advertisers go the other way and go Take It Or Leave It: simply bar you from seeing any content without submitting? Would you be willing to walk away, perhaps from most of the Internet if the stance spreads to the wider Net?
The counter is that only a company like Apple, who has a uniquely sirenesque appeal (Apple's sorta like the Carrot Ironfounsersson of the computing world; you can't help but like the guy even with his strength and other quirks), could pull something like that off. Anyone else, and as Detritus would say, "We look in gutter for our heads..."
So what happens when you get a false positive and it blocks something you actually WANT (or worse, NEED) to retrieve?
Well, that scratches LTE in the US for starters. Band III is locked in by the military, and band IV is the best one there (II and XVII are noted as alternates). Good US multi-band phones can tune into bands I and VII which keep options open abroad (I speak from experience).
PS. This talk of a unibody design smells of one that can't be opened, which means the battery can't be removed. That's gonna be a turn-off right there.
"Hmm. I've had old flip-phones last more than five years. Also, my ancient Samsung Omnia would be able to work today (it turns on...) except that it was a Verizon device and there is no way that I am ever going to go anywhere near Verizon ever again. For one thing, it's still locked to Verizon as Veriscum refuses to unlock phones, even out of contract. (Or at least they refused back when I was a Veriscum victim, they may have changed lately. Doubt it, though. I hate Sprint, but they're not a bad as Verizon.)"
There's a reason for that. Pre-LTE Verizon phones were CDMA which were not interchangeable between carriers (mostly due to design limitations; CDMA phones could only tune in on that carrier's frequencies).
"Anyway did't some legal ruling the US force the carriers into unlocking phones?"
That ruling can only apply to GSM and LTE phones (both of which use SIMs) which are designed around interchangeability. That basically means AT&T, T-Mobile, MetroPCS, (LTE) Verizon phones, and any MVNOs using them as a backhaul. Sprint doesn't count because its pre-LTE phones were CDMA and its LTE phones use TDM (all the others use FDM) which IINM isn't as well supported.
"If you already have thermal power stations, then even after the 2nd or 3rd stage turbines the steam still has heat to help boil off seawater, and as you need to cool the steam off anyway the combined power and water plant can work out cheaper overall than RO."
That's a consideration, yes, and I'm sure power plant designers are keen to extract every last bit of heat out of their boilers (or at least until Diminishing Returns kicks in), but I think this will work only if the power station is close to a source of salt water. Otherwise, the pumping costs will likely tip it below break-even. Plus there's the issue of cleaning up the byproducts over time.
"The nice thing about TSE is that as the city grows, you get more of it. You can see this in action in Oman where the trees along the side of the highways reach further out of town every year."
You would think that your sewage treatment costs would rise along with the population. You'll need to increase your capacity so that you can treat more sewage at a time, and this may also involve additional capital expenditures (more tanks, etc.). How will does TSE scale with population growth?