* Posts by Allan George Dyer

1521 posts • joined 12 Jun 2009

Pokemon Go Directly To Jail if you hunt here, says Oz Justice Dept

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Re: Act yoru age

"old enough to be in a courthouse" - aren't courthouses public spaces where everyone, no matter how young or old, can bring their case to be heard? OK, most of what goes on there is going to be as boring as hell to anyone with a zest for life, and they need a standard for behaviour so that they can get the business done, but they are fundamentally public spaces, for the people.

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Watch the world's biggest 'flying bum' go arse over tit in a crash

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Last year's dance craze...

Twerk it!

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Cisco's upsell plan: tell you your old kit is not as secure as its new kit

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Impressive?

"lanyards used at the conference, ... that contains a light and can be controlled from without. With impressive results, as the video below shows."

I hope that was sarcasm... surely an indistinguishable result could be obtained by a random flasher in each one? Wake me up when each one can establish its location accurately enough to show a readable message across the hall, and they are still cheap enough to throw away in a lanyard.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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A new international standard?

I must get one for my front door as soon as possible. It will make things so much easier when friends visit...

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Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

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Re: It was around before that

@Dr Dan Holdsworth - looking at genetic diversity to identify origin...

This could be an interesting study, but you'd probably want to study samples pre-Jet Age, (or, possibly, pre-World War I) when mass human travel stirred up the bacterial populations. Then you have the problem of DNA decay in old samples.

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We're going to bring an asteroid fragment into Lunar orbit

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Giving Skynet an Asteroid to Drop on Us?

What could possibly go wrong?

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'Daddy, what's a Blu-ray disc?'

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Re: quality..

@Dave 126 - Perhaps those "Free sound improving techniques" are there to flag up the gullible, and they are sending teams of con-artists round, looking for easy marks?

Perhaps they're selling training courses to stupid con-artists on how to look for these signs?

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: What are the odds

"but knew I was drunk..."

FTFY

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"Pete' has omitted some details...

Like, who closed the server cage door?

I hope the gift card was good, a week of intern's pay is pretty cheap.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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Re: Well, it appears to have worked as designed..

@AC - 'It was just more "in" the ground than "on"'

Well, no, "no damage was caused, other than to the drone itself", so the very expensive, military-grade concrete runway was completely unscathed by the incident.

Continuing this analysis, "Nobody was injured", so, on the basis that any landing you can walk away from is a good one, this was a good landing. They got the drone down, as fast as possible, without damaging anything else, and walked away.

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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The meanings of "identify"

For argument's sake...

You're down the pub with some mates, and a photo is snapped, you decide to go home, but lend your brother your jacket (it's a cold night) and your mates and him are later caught on CCTV doing something inappropriate with a traffic cone.

This system is likely to say it's you with the traffic cone.

Good enough for flooding you with Ads (road maintenance equipment, alcoholic support organisations...), but should NEVER be accepted as "beyond reasonable doubt" in a court of law. Of course, not being used in courts won't stop the security services using it when targeting drones.

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Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Did anyone else...

read the headline and think, "WTF, Microsoft is killing Windows 10 ALREADY!"

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Re: Everybody now....

@Pedigree-Pete

No, no, no, no, NO! It starts,

"Wheear 'as ta bin sin ah saw thee"

What are you, a S'thner?

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Public Health Warning

Please us appropriate head-gear when visiting Ilkley Moor.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Easy detection...

I don't think anyone else has mentioned (apologies if they have) the story I was told when young. While it is technically possible to detect the stray signals from a working TV, it's a lot easier to look for the aerials and cross-reference to the list of licenses. Of course, the old, VHF H-shaped aerials were big and easy to spot.

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Re: Once upon a time detector vans existed

@anonymous boring coward

Nice argument.

I wish you luck in your court case, trying to persuade a judge that a switched mode power supply isn't direct mains power.

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Forget security training, it's never going to solve Layer 8 (aka people)

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Re: Making legit look phishy

@Charles 9 - but there's a limited number of look-alive Unicode domain names, and they can be permanently banned after misuse. Even better, for CC TLDs, only allow characters from the official languages in the country and prevent the misuse before it happens.

The criminals will always go for the low-hanging fruit, that's a good reason to improve the stature of the tree.

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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Re: Idiot rant

There's something missing in your statistics... what about immigrants who are nominally Muslim when they arrive, but then convert to another religion or become atheist later. How many of those join the ADF? I'm assuming that none would abandon their faith, then go and join ISIS.

Allowing people fleeing violence to live in a moderate, welcoming country may reduce the numbers that resort to extremism and violence themselves.

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You think Donald Trump is insecure? Check out his online store

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Make America Great Again

It occurs to me that the last time America was called great, it was part of Great Britain and colonies. Is this Trump's secret agenda? If elected, will he be holding negotiations with the Queen?

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Florida Man cleared of money laundering after selling Bitcoins to Agent Ponzi

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Re: Legal versus Moral

@martinusher - "suspicion of being terminally stupid"

Or flippant...

Hardware store cashier: "What do you need all these rubbish sacks and duct tape for, you planning to dispose of a body?"

Customer: "Yeah, and if you give me a discount, I can get rid of one for you too..."

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Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

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Re: Gah.

Unfortunately, your pre-empting gives me an additional pendant opportunity... a chimera (no, not the mythological creature, a single organism composed of cells from different zygotes) could be a partial clone, and gardeners routinely graft two plants into a single organism, so, keep the "completely".

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Calling all hipster... *hic* hip-hip-storians! Craft beer job spotted

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hipster or hopster?

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IT boss 'set up fake companies to charge his employers $2.4m'

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Re: Meh - when it comes to fraud, everything is bigger in Malaysia...

1MDB case: $700M allegedly into Mr Najib's personal bank accounts

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-33447456

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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It's the shop that reads the QR code...

In the payment example, your phone generates the QR code, and the supermarket cashier scans it. Presumably the code contains, as a minimum, the bank and account number, and a OTP to authorise a single transaction. There is no need for an URL that could lead to malware, and the supermarket would be crazy to parse it and use it as an URL.

There may be other ways to exploit it, but the QR code isn't a flaw in itself, it's just a way of transferring some data.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: Allan George Dyer I suppose it really doesn't matter what killed him

@ Matt Bryant - Please note that my comment was a reply to AC's comment, "With five police dead, there was zero chance he was ever going to see a trial." which goes beyond the specifics of the situation. Would the cops have killed him if he had escaped, and then walked into a police station naked, unarmed and said, "I killed those cops" - AC's comment suggests yes.

As for the situation in Dallas, I don't know enough about what happened, but I think there are questions to answer, most importantly, did they consider less lethal options?

A trial is important not just because of justice for the accused, but for how society sees itself. If a police force can arrest someone who has killed five officers so that he stands trial, then doesn't that suggest that they, in general, value life and don't shoot without good reason?

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Re: Hows the Robot?

@bombastic bob: DON'T give them ideas!!

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Re: I suppose it really doesn't matter what killed him

So the Dallas Police are just another violent street gang, who take revenge, not a professional force charged with keeping the peace in society? You may be right, I fear.

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The Great Brain Scan Scandal: It isn’t just boffins who should be ashamed

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Re: You missed the key study in this area

Got an IgNoble in neuroscience in 2012, too.

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Unmasking malware in TLS connections? It can be done, say Cisco researchers

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False positives?

So, it correctly identifies the malware family in 93.2% incidents, presumably that means it misses about 1 in 15. But the big question is, how often does it mis-identify a good flow as a malware flow? Having your important communication blocked because it appears to have the same flow pattern as a malware family is... not helpful.

Where's the "shoot yourself in the foot" icon when you need it?

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Microsoft's cringey 'Hey bae <3' recruiter email translated by El Reg

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Re: Delusions of Competence

Are you saying that your idea of how to treat 12 year olds is to invite them to wild, late-night parties with alcohol? Should we be reporting you to someone?

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Chap fails to quash 'shared password' 'hacking' conviction

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Hey, Judge Stephen Reinhardt...

Can I share your bank card and PIN? Maybe it will help you learn how "harmless" this practice is.

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Researcher pops locks on keylogger, finds admin's email inbox

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Re: Located or Accessed?

Sure, that's clear, but the later detail suggests otherwise. There doesn't seem to be a functional reason to have the final destination address and password in the keylogger, so did he get access to the inbox at all? Did he work out the destination address and ask law enforcement/google to get access? If it leads to the criminal being caught and prosecuted, that's good, but the article is deficient.

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Located or Accessed?

The first line claims the researcher, "has gained access to the inbox", but later it says that the credentials found, "lead through redirection to the author's inbox", so that is just discovering the destination address. It might only be a throwaway account.

Is there a story here at all?

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US hospitals hacked with ancient exploits

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Re: Surprised?

But Windows XP was sold as, "the most secure version of Windows - ever". Or was that Windows 2000?

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Ancient Exploits?

Don't tell me, the hospital porters wheeled in the wooden horse they found in the ambulance bay...

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'I urge everyone to fight back' – woman wins $10k from Microsoft over Windows 10 misery

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Can I get...

a "Windows 10 Upgrade" screensaver for Linux?

I feel I've missed the fun.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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Chinese equivalent of the FDA? Probably the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), but you're talking about the authority that oversaw the melamine in milk scandal https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Chinese_milk_scandal that had 300,000 victims.

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E-books the same as printed ones, says top Euro court egghead

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Can of worms...

So, with the "one copy, one user" model, could we have an intelligent device that reports back when the user puts the ebook down to make a cup of coffee or sleep, and then the system makes the copy available for another user in the downtime?

Or, say, display the text for 10ms, off for 10ms, on again... and display to a different user in the off phases, so two users merely appear to be reading the book at the same time, because of persistence of vision?

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Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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Wake me up when the researchers have proved the cats understand that gravity follows the inverse-square law

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Cygnus spacecraft on fire

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Awesome! Is there a recording...

of the meeting where this was proposed?

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Would YOU start a fire? TRAPPED in a new-build server farm

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Clarification please...

@fajensen - "The only thing", singular, so you've seen a body under a raised floor, and a naval torpedo under a raised floor, but not both together?

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Unicode serves up bacon emoji

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Re: Finally...

I detect a cultural bias. Isn't this http://www.museumnetworkuk.co.uk/talking/images/main_imgs/wallace/buckhurstarmour.jpg

equally valid as a martial arts uniform?

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US government publishes drone best practices

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Three basic groups:

"companies, individuals and media organizations"

So no guidelines for Government about when it is permitted to blow up cars and people in foreign countries eliminate terrorists in surgical strikes?

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Manchester cops to strap on 3K bodycams

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Two Sweepstakes:

Time until:

1) Officer gets confused about the on-off switch, and records all his toilet breaks, but nothing else.

2) Entire database is breached, and contents, including the video from (1) are dumped to YouTube.

Prizes? Probably rendition and detention at a facility of their choice - if you know that much about it, you probable did it, right?

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@Craig 2 - Or tell the officer that your body cam is live streaming to a secure server in a different jurisdiction...

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China's new rules may break the internet warns US government

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I'm hoping...

this will be the end of the "We are the ??? Domain Registration Service in China and someone else is trying to register your company name" scams, but I very much doubt it.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: @Vic -- Great article

"it could power Wales for 5-1/2 hours"

I propose a new Reg Standard derrived unit, defined as "The energy required to power a country the size of Wales (1Wa) for 5.5 hours". Named Llyn Peris, perhaps?

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Re: Great article

@itzman - "a capacitor displays a falling voltage as it discharges"

And a reservoir displays a falling water level (gravitational potential energy) as it discharges.

Sure, the grid voltage stays pretty constant, but it's a regulated output, and see what happens if you let the water level fall to half the height between the upper and lower reservoir (i.e., the upper reservoir and part of the feed pipe is dry)...

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Hacker flogs '42.5m freshly stolen logins' for seventy-five cents

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Re: SSO

So phones should be multi-user devices? Then we can hand our phone to someone, and they login with their account to make the call...

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Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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I blame Monopoly...

You don't get sent to jail for keeping the "Bank error in your favour".

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