* Posts by Charles 9

5718 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Catalan town hall seriously downsizes monarch

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Re: Inventive?

That's why I said "can" instead of "will". In places where freedom of speech is not strongly assured, dissing the country's leadership will draw at best dirty looks and at worst LEOs. Your mention of the Sex Pistols expression probably showed England is tolerant enough to let the isolated case slide as a nonviolent protest. In the Catalan case, it appears to be somewhere in between: a summons to explain oneself.

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Re: Inventive?

Looks like YAAC forgot the Joke Alert. I guess you haven't heard of comedian Larry the Cable Guy, have you? He actually made a joke of that, and his typical outfit happens to be sleeveless.

Another joke take of this is to "arm bears". Imagine a poster with an upright bear (a la Smokey) carrying a 12-gauge pump-action shotgun.

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Re: Inventive?

I'm not too knowledgeable of the laws in Spain, but I suspect, like most monarchies, that presenting the reigning monarch in a less-then-respectable light can result in penalties, so that would be what this case will be assessing. What needs to be determined is just where the line is located, and if crossed, just how grossly was it crossed by this diminutive expression? Would it be better or worse, for example, than hanging the original picture upside-down?

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Technically, a militia can be one. That's why the ruling against gun control ordinances in Chicago and DC and the declaration that bearing arms is an individual right (since an individual can be a militia).

That said, the men in Oregon probably figured (correctly) that any kind of effigy or symbolic protest would be ignored (unlike in Europe, men of power in America can usually overlook these kinds of things as just self-expression and not a direct attack on them personally). If you want to get an American politician's attention, you're going to have to be somewhat more forceful in your expression.

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T-Mobile US boss John Legere calls bulls*** on video throttling claims

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Re: Pink?

So what happens when you tunnel into YouTube through a VPN? Now T-Mobile only sees scrambled data. How will they know what you're doing?

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Re: When Unlimited != Unlimited

The reason "setup" and "login" came into vogue is because the style you cite is considered grammatically correct: dangling prepositions (proper style says prepositions MUST have an object, as in "up the creek" or "in the hole").

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Re: It's not throttling

Can this be proven? What if you tunneled your mobile connection through a VPN, for example? Now T-Mobile can't sense the YouTube connection properly.

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When Unlimited != Unlimited

I got in on a deal when they were offering two lines of "Unlimited" LTE (buddied up) for a decent amount of money. So far I haven't really tested the waters, though I do occasionally stream video and do some downloading.

But what really needs to be done is for the FCC to come down on any and all "unlimited" advertising as infeasible in a world of physically-limited bandwidth, be it wired or wireless. Now, "unmetered" is a feasible target, but it must be held to that: absolutely no metering whatsoever, making this impractical for wireless.

As for the YouTube beef, it does sound like a legitimate beef to me. After all, wasn't sweetheart deals (and the favoritism they entail) one of the reasons for the Net Neutrality push in the first place?

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How hard can it be to kick terrorists off the web? Tech bosses, US govt bods thrash it out

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"The problem is that people came to trust government at all."

And the problem behind the problem is that your average person isn't interested in anything as remote as that. They just want to see tomorrow, that's all. The simpler their lives can be, the better. It takes a certain amount of enlightenment to be able to question things around you; most don't have the intellect for that.

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The enemy doesn't NEED backdoors, just a general idea. Unlike us, bound by Rules of Engagement, the enemy can attack indiscriminately. There's no such thing as neutrals to them: there's allies, enemies, and sympathizers, and the latter two are fair game. Thus civilians get targeted instead of, say, military installations.

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And yet, by doing that, they make themselves more vulnerable to enemy action by providing a ready-made, robust solution instead of a homebrew job which can be hit or miss. The one big bug-a-boo about freedom is that it can always be turned against you. Heck, according to the opening of Genesis, GOD learned that the hard way.

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If the people have lost trust in the intelligence agencies, how come they're STILL the agency called upon to keep crazies from blowing up the country? Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Re: Simple question...

Unless it's a cop rappelling from a police chopper (assume it's SWAT). He's in the line of duty, so he's allowed to trespass if the police have a warrant that grants them forcible entry.

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Re: FAA enforedes airspace restrictions to ground level

They do. Their authority attaches to the aircraft, not the air. As long as it flies and is larger than, say, a foot in dimension, they FAA holds legal authority via various acts that define its authority. That's why FAA regulations apply to aircraft even when they're on the ground.

Where authority over the air comes in is that the FAA can regulate what can go into regulated airspace. So, for example, aircraft that can climb over 500 feet need to follow FAA rules regarding flight plans and so on, so as to reduce the risk of incursions and collisions. They don't have such controlling authority at lower altitudes, but they still have a say over the aircraft themselves.

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Re: FAA

Not when it comes to safety in a vehicle that weighs many tons, operates at over 10,000 meters most of the time in air pressures too low to breathe, and have been known to get pretty finnicky. The primary reason for all the rigamarole is electromagnetic interference; there's a constant concern even one little adjustment will snowball, cause an airliner to crash, kill hundreds of people, and create lots of finger-pointing. Engineering may be the art of making do with as little as possible, but what price a life? How do you accomplish the goals of an engineer when lost lives are not acceptable?

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"That means that the courts has already decided that the drone was trespassing, in a very worrying if not malicious fashion. It remains to be seen whether the lawsuit has any merit or not."

The problem is that the drone is large enough to fall under the FAA's mandate, and their mandate attaches to any and all aircraft, manned or unmanned, bigger than about a foot in wingspan or diameter, regardless of its location within US territorial airspace. The suit (which is being filed in federal court) is claiming this means the FAA's jurisdiction takes precedence, trumping the earlier state court ruling.

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"Although I do find it a little strange that $1500 will cover both his $1800 toy plus his court costs."

Depreciation. Thanks to Chinese knockoffs, drones are getting less expensive by the month. What cost $1800 then is only $1500 now.

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South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

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Re: The more you know.....

And here I thought someone was going to go the other way and wonder why I'm talking about either birds or high-ranking churchmen.

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Re: The more you know.....

Apparently, this is because ages in the far east, like Korea, are given as an ordinal rather than a cardinal, so "1st year" makes sense to them.

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Re: Fiber bundles to all county seats

All fine and dandy. Now who PAYS for all that infrastructure rollout?

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Re: It's much the same over here....

It also helps that Singapore and Hong Kong are TINY. Try doing the same thing in the United States where there's tons of sparse population to consider.

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Re: Comcast and Co disagree

If that's the case, then why is no one using it while people clamor for more bandwidth? Any economist would see that as artificial scarcity to their detriment since someone else could come along and find a way to use the dark fiber to undercut them.

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Re: Please can we borrow him

I may be mistaken, but the high price may be due to the need to install a cabinet at that junction (branching out fiber optics isn't always as simple as installing a splitter; the last mile in my Cox neighborhood for example is still copper). If neither she nor anyone else on her street has already signed up for the fiber, then that means infrastructure additions much the way Virginia Natural Gas doesn't run through my neighborhood because no one was interested in ponying up for the pipe (I use propane instead). Now, as it so happens a Verizon FiOS cabinet happens to be in the easement next to my house, so if I wanted to, I can switch (indeed, Verizon has sent many an offer). But since that means boxes throughout the house, the bottom-line price isn't good enough yet.

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Re: Free Internet

So what happens when there's a war or disaster and all the power gets cut. Tablets and networks don't work without electricity. And no too long ago, my neighborhood got blacked out for NINE DAYS by a mild hurricane. Say what you will about books, but physical media still needs to exist as a backup, capable of being used with nothing but manpower.

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Re: A serious problem

Have you ever considered that perhaps this one business near I-95 IS in a blackout zone? I personally know that I-95 can pass by some radio-controlled areas (such as military installations). So where exactly IS this business that can't get help from a cable company three miles down, and what is the cableco's excuse for not rolling out an additional three miles?

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Re: The report MUST be wrong!

Monoplies ARE free-market capitalism. They're just the endgame: what happens when one company beats out all the others and becomes the winner (thus why I also call capitalism "winner economics"). Once you're at the top, you can use your incumbency to stymie challengers.

Furthermore, utilities are a necessary eyesore. They have high upfront costs for infrastructure (meaning you needed a high customer count to spread the costs), AND that infrastructure tends to not sit too well with the customers (thus you rarely see more than one sewage or gas supplier--think two sets of pipes). Thus they only tolerate it as much as they need to due to NIMBY issues, thus utilities tend to be natural monopolies.

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Re: Comcast and Co disagree

"It should be illegal to fill in a utility trench before throwing fiber or at least conduit into it, likewise to touch a power pole without hanging fiber on it."

Except the power company frequently has no relation to the cable/telephone company. Plus it's their property, meaning they can sue for unlawful imposition of costs into their operations. Plus recall that the US is a BIG country. Have you ever assessed the costs of running high-speed fiber from New York to Los Angeles--or longer, Miami to Seattle?

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NSA spying on US and Israeli politicians stirs Congress from Christmas slumbers

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Re: Seriously?

Even ENCRYPTED communications? Even FIBER communications? Let's see it, then.

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Re: h4rm0ny Seriously, though

And don't think it's not because the Israelis don't say anything one way or the other when their extremists talk. It's like Muslims who don't denounce far and wide when extreme members of their religion commit atrocities. There is no neutrality in a conflict such as this. Silence WILL be construed as tacit acceptance.

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Re: h4rm0ny Seriously, though

Point is that both sides claim God on their side, which means compromise is practically impossible. Especially for that one hill that's ONLY sacred to them when they AND THEY ALONE possess it. When two sides want sole possession of an irreplaceable thing, there's going to be a fight. Even if a third party takes it away or destroys it, that just sets both sides on the third party.

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

Many times, there is no replacement package, and the hardware is custom, so virtualization is not an option. It's bare metal or bust.

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

"4. For the cases where the Windows tool won't run under Wine or Crossover run Windows in a VM. An old copy of W2K may do fine and won't try to install spyware even if you let it connect to the net."

And if the software balks in the VM?

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

"All we can do is to keep abreast of the security battle and get users to be savvy."

So how do you fix Stupid?

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Re: With all these brilliant coders out there :

"It's called ReactOS and won't be finished for a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggg time."

Judging by their homepage, it hasn't been updated in over a year. Plus their original target was Win2K compatibility. Meanwhile, there have been FOUR major Windows releases since then. They're trying to chase a moving target, and it's getting away from them.

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Re: @ Doug -- Paying for Windows 10 after July

"business related apps"

What if that business-related app is a custom industrial control system that runs on XP and only XP? Changing OS is not an option due to the custom nature of the hardware (which also means it can't be virtualized, so VMs are not an option), and since the hardware's hugely expensive and still being amortized, you can't switch it out.

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Re: Thanks Microsoft

Until you realize that one piece of software you need is Windows-only, won't run on WINE, and acts funny in a VM.

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And then you get hit with a drive-by. BAM! There goes your idea of "being careful". I mean, what if El Reg gets hit with a drive-by, especially on one of its internal (read: won't be filtered) ads?

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Re: Ahh! Registry hacking! Of course.

I do keep the CLI in mind, even in Windows. In fact, I've become pretty adept at Batch Files and VBScript automation, because few things beat batch files for...well, batch operations, doing similar things to numerous files at a time.

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Re: Paying for Windows 10 after July

"World + Dog: "Linux after August! (Whoopee!)""

Later...

"Where's my Fallout 4?!"

Gamers: "Back to Windows in September...and this time for a fee!"

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Plus what about all the NEW games that come along like Fallout 4? I'd love to leave Windows, but let's face it. For serious PC gaming, there's no alternative. Even with Valve's serious push, most games released on Steam (especially the headliners) are Windows-ONLY.

And no, WINE will not save us:

https://www.vg247.com/2015/11/14/steamos-vs-windows-games-benchmark/

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

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Re: Right answer, wrong reasons - Lone Wolves

Did Timothy McVeigh and company have any conspirators when they bombed Oklahoma City. What about Ted Kaczynski? The worst school massacre in American history was committed by a single disgruntled farmer who used his tools of the trade. A single rogue pilot can subdue his copilot and crash a jet (we have one confirmed instance and one probable).

You say lone wolves do little damage. I say their capabilities can only increase, meaning you have to pay attention to them or one day they WILL do something catastrophic, like singlehandedly bringing down a skyscraper.

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Re: Right answer, wrong reasons

But by that time it's too late because odds are the way it makes itself known is by exploding. As for trying to figure out who put it in there, odds are there will be no trail because the needle was inserted, say, by people dressed all in black that have no distinguishing features, or from below where cameras don't reach and is impractical to prevent. Or it may have been shot in from a distance: too many opportunities to do this undetected. IOW, find the needle and it barely tells you anything, and you can't figure out who put the needle there. Meanwhile, there are still loose haystacks out there that may also have explosive needles out there, which is why the plods insist on increasing the hay to search: to find the rogue needles.

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Re: Right answer, wrong reasons

But doesn't that present a Catch-22? How do you know who to pursue if you don't have trails to follow? Especially with lone wolves who have little to no connections of any sort?

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Re: Right answer, wrong reasons

Then again, the plods were similarly handicapped. Plus, IIRC, the opposition had a lot of sympathizers because they had a political grudge. When they figured out a way to resolve the political conflict, the organization lost most of its mission, thus why you don't hear from them these days.

Al Queda had the advantage that they controlled a sovereign state that effectively gave them a safe haven. Attacking them would mean an act of war that only an atrocity like 9/11 could justify.

But what happens when you're up against a nihilist organization whose justification for total war is your mere existence?

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Re: The man is absolutely right!

But at the same time, to stretch the metaphor, even further, there are highly explosive needles in with the bunch, and if one of them slips through and then blows up, there's going to be an ungodly amount of finger-pointing straight at you for not spotting it in time, even though there's really no practical way to separate them out before they go off, so The State is kinda tasked with a nigh-impossible task by the people, yet when (not if) things go boom, they get the blame regardless.

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Plain cruelty: Boffins flay Linux ransomware for the third time

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That's assuming your malware can get online to call back to the server to hide the private key (the public key doesn't matter). But what if you have to assume you're working offline (such as in an airgapped machine)? Now you have to generate your own key, be able to hide it somewhere the victim can't find it, AND still be able to recall it later to do your dirty work. It's a "hiding in plain sight" scenario.

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Re: Hmmm

"How hard can it be to generate a random number?"

Moderately difficult. Now, being able to REMEMBER that number AND still hide it from the victim. That's another matter. If the malware's designed to be online, then a public key infrastructure can be used so that only the public encryption key stays with the victim (fat lot of good it'll do them). But if the malware has to be able to work offline, then you've got a problem: how to hide it so that the victim can't find it BUT be able to yourself find it later.

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

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Re: Horses for courses

The problem here is that the barrier for "trying hard enough" is getting lower and lower. Plus, in the realm of international espionage, money is much less an object then usual, yet the technology from that eventually trickles down, making it much easier to hack for fun and profit rather than for politics. Also, they're trying to blanket the coverage, turning it into a Hobson's choice of live with it or go without, and the latter becomes a matter of whether or not it's practical (or even viable, given there's still the chance of moles) in a modern world.

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But what if it's contained in a radio-opaque case, which is actually used in some devices in order to comply with FCC standards (not to transmit excessive interference)? Then even if the chip can operate in radio, it can't receive anything and nothing it transmits would likely be able to escape the case. Plus EMI might be detectable with the right sensors, tripping alarms. So perhaps hijacking an existing device like the keyboard: say you use a knock sequence and then read RF off a cable or carefully decide blinking lights (say the lock indicators standard on any PC keyboard).

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

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Re: Of course any password manager

"And all my saved payment details require the CVV number from the card. Which is *not* stored anywhere - not even on the card (use a soldering iron, the digits are embossed)."

But what happens when you FORGET the CVV numbers or get them mixed up and can't recall which is which?

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