* Posts by Dale 3

335 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

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Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

Dale 3

Re: More dead cats :)

Darwin in action. Eventually the only birds left will be the ones smart enough to avoid cats.

Or is it... eventually the only cats left will be the ones that kill and eat birds.

Oh.

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Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

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Joke

I can see how this would be useful. I would love to be able to play some of the modern games that people talk about, but unfortunately I'm not a gamer, my PC is too slow, my reactions slower, and I generally get killed within the first 15 seconds. I wouldn't mind having a bot which could play the games for me and just send me an email every so often telling me how often I had won. Then I could go back to reading Reddit or something.

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Tesla autopilot driver 'was speeding' moments before death – prelim report

Dale 3

Re: Waste of time

Truck was turning across traffic (car hit at 90 degrees) Assuming worst case it had started from stationary due to waiting for oncoming traffic, a big heavy truck with low acceleration could easily take 30 seconds to complete the turn. A car going at 74 mph will cover over half a mile in 30s. The road may have looked clear for half a mile when the truck driver started his turn. If not starting from stationary the distances will be smaller, but still the point is that cars going at 74mph cover a lot more distance per unit of time than many people realise.

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Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

Dale 3

Re: Huh?

Thanks for looking it up and sharing. Pity the author didn't think it was necessary to explain the industry-insider terminology to this mostly not-advertising-executives audience.

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Florida U boffins think they've defeated all ransomware

Dale 3

Rate detection

Our IT guys stopped a ransomware infection in the act (by pulling the network cable on the victim machine). They detected it by one of their monitoring systems noticing high volumes of files being changed on the network by the same PC in a short space of time. Network files were restored from backup within a couple of hours. The victim PC got re-imaged and lost everything local, but we're encouraged to avoid keeping things locally for just this sort of reason. I suppose it might have gone unnoticed longer if the malware had trickled its network activity. It's always going to be an arms race between malware and anti-malware, but being able to analyse and monitor the types of changes being made to files sounds like a good supplement to volume and rate statistics when defending against attacks.

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You can’t sit there, my IoT desk tells me

Dale 3

So that's the origin of the staircases in Harry Potter.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

Dale 3

Re: Anybody else think that humanity is reduced by this?

We're going to need to dramatically change the meaning of work and the rewards given to displaced workers if the future is a relative few entrepreneurs and people handling those parts of design and software-writing that cannot be automated, and a huge mass of people who are otherwise underemployed.

Apart from some of the terminology, this is probably a statement that has been uttered by every generation since the industrial revolution.

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'Double speak' squawk users as Silent Circle kills warrant canary

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Re: It was a business decision

You didn't use an icon so I'm not sure if you were serious or being sarcastic. In case you were serious... you do understand how warrant canaries work, don't you? It's a statement affirming that they haven't (yet) received any secret warrants which they aren't allowed to reveal publicly. If they subsequently receive one, they "yank" the warrant canary. It's not done "on a whim" as you say, it's the entire point. If they say "business reasons", well maybe that's because they're not allowed to say the real reason.

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Eds off their meds: Does this headline REALLY need to be so astronomically long it can be measured in parsecs?

Dale 3

Adverts which pause when you look away would be awesome. Sticky tape over the camera, and they're permanently paused.

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

Dale 3

Just remember...

the last mainstream connections devices will need

...there is a difference between technical need and company/shareholder need.

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Our CompSci exam was full of 'typos', admits Scottish exam board

Dale 3

Re: Brilliant...

If your tablet weighs 65kg, it must be full of the wiruses and malwares. Don't worry though, because "David" from the Microsofts Customer Technical department will be calling you shortly. To save some time you could get your event viewer open now and have a look at all the errors. Keep your credit card handy.

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

Dale 3

Control devices through an app

unimpressed with the ability to control devices through an app, possibly preferring to stride over and flip the switch themselves

I don't mind in principle controlling things from my phone, it's just too much of a bother to have to unlock the phone every time I want to turn a light on. Or use one app to turn the lights down, another to start the movie player, and another to adjust the volume on the telly (then have to unlock it again every time the volume needs adjustment).

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Dale 3

My explorer.exe on WIndows 10 also need regular killing and restarting, though not because of the Start Menu which continues to work fine (so far)... my explorer.exe leaks memory and generally doesn't last more than 2-3 days because it's consumed all 16GB of the available RAM. (Probably it isn't the Windows exe itself, but some other add-on which is leaking, but I haven't found out which one(s) yet.) When I get a moment I'll be writing myself a little utility to automatically kill and restart explorer.exe.

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Geniuses at HMRC sack too many staff! Nope, can't do it online. FAIL

Dale 3

redundant = surplus to requirements

How to do it correctly: Improve process (+£); find redundant people; make them redundant (-££).

How government/large organisations do it: Make arbitrary number of people redundant (-££); change process (+££); find out how many of them really were redundant; get contractors to deal with the backlog (+£££).

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Password reuse bot steals creds from weak sites, logs in to banks

Dale 3

What good could they do with it

Ok lets assume someone could get into my account. What good could they do with it

Jeremy Clarkson had a similar thought when he published his bank account number and sort code in his newspaper column. Some joker quickly signed him up for a direct debit to a charity. Just because you can't think of something another person might do, doesn't mean they can't either. There's a lot more information than just account numbers available to someone who can get into your account.

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Google releases v4 Safe Browsing API

Dale 3

"Any URL found on a Safe Browsing list is considered unsafe."

...quoted from the Google API page. Curious naming convention, although I get what they mean when read in context.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

Dale 3

Re: Love the A380

Virgin now operate the B787 London to South Africa, and the environmental conditions are just as you say, significantly quieter inside, higher humidity and generally a more comfortable atmosphere. Also, the onboard entertainment screens are vastly improved - more of an Ipad experience than what used to be reminiscent of watching a VHS tape on EP. (You still have to fast forward through Richard Branson's tedious waffle at the start of every programme.)

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Sysadmin paid a month's salary for one day of nothing

Dale 3

Opposite

I was a volunteer engineer for a community radio station. Was on standby but at a new year party on 31 Dec 1999. It hit midnight and our main on-air system went down (i.e. silence). So my story is the exact opposite - I wasn't paid, millenium bug did hit us, and I had to leave the party to respond.

Turns out the UPS monitoring software couldn't cope and shut down the UPS. Line power and everything else was fine, so I just pulled the monitoring cable and restarted, then went back to the party (and later fixed it up properly).

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Bali banking bandits foiled by probing penetration tester

Dale 3

Re: Miserable security

Not every ATM is at a bank branch. Yes the staff could to inspect the ones that are at branches, and it would reduce losses a little, but it does nothing for all the other ATMs.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

Dale 3

Bandwidth

You think that was a waste of bandwidth? My Win10 clean install (on a new PC) downloads the equivalent of itself *every day*.

Previously my monthly usage was around 30GB (some might consider that low in this modern era, but I don't do a lot of video watching). I was a bit miffed I had chosen my ISP's "unlimited" package over their cheaper capped option because I really struggled to get anywhere near the 40GB cap. Since installing the new PC with Win10 in February, last month's usage was 97GB without me even trying. This month I'm already at 96GB with a week to go until my next billing date. And that's *after* I switched off the peer-to-peer Windows Updates sharing which is on by default.

Next thing is to install something like ZoneAlam to try to find out where 4GB went in a 24 hour period when all I did was check email. Anyway who gets their Win10 by accident (I'm thinking grandparents who got the cheapest capped broadband because all they're doing is email and occasional Skype), is going to get horribly burned when they blow their cap in the first week.

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Ultra-rare WWII Lorenz cipher machine goes on display at Bletchley Park

Dale 3
Happy

poor b&$#&*%$

Pfft, I see your cipher is just a simple letter substitution!

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2016: Bad USB sticks, evil webpages, booby-trapped font files still menace Windows PCs

Dale 3
Windows

Windows 10 Patches

Here is my complete list of Windows 10 nagware patches to avoid/hide on Windows Update. Please let me know if I've missed any:

KB2952664

KB2976978

KB3035583

KB3112343

KB3123862

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'I bet Russian hackers weren't expecting their target to suck so epically hard as this'

Dale 3
Headmaster

Different languages do bitwise operations differently

Also, || is a logical operation, | is a bitwise operation. So in the given example x = x || (2^3) not only is the ^ not doing what they expected, but the logical || is also wrong. (Although that probably wasn't the point of the example.)

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Sick and tired of modern Windows? Upgrade to Windows 3.1 today – in your web browser

Dale 3

Minesweeper

I always presumed Minesweeper and Solitaire were educational games. Minesweeper taught accurate mouse pointing and clicking to a generation that had never had to do things like that before, and Solitaire taught drag and drop (or double-clicking, once you figured it out). All skills that we now take for granted.

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Winning Underhand C Contest code silently tricks nuke inspectors

Dale 3
Coat

Re: The power of backspace

Upvote, simply because it's 2016 and you're posting BASIC code. Which is fun.

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'Dodgy Type-C USB cable fried my laptop!'

Dale 3
Facepalm

Re: Who ever designed..

Indeed. Does the USB spec not include short circuit and/or overcurrent protection, or did the expensive hardware not implement it?

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Patent and trademark troll stung for £500k after fake renewal blitz

Dale 3
Megaphone

EHIC too

(Public Service Announcement)

Renewal of your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card - which replaced the old E111 form) is always FREE. I say again, there is NO CHARGE to renew your EHIC, ever. Any website which charges you a fee to renew, for any reason, is ripping you off.

They just pocket your money and pass on your form to the proper, free NHS site. They may claim to "check your application for mistakes", but really, how would they know if you wrote your name wrong on the form? It will just take longer because it has to go through them first before it reaches the genuine NHS site; you might as well send it directly for free. And don't fall for the "fast track" or "express" scam either. That just means they sit on your form slightly less before passing it on into the exact same NHS processing queue.

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

Dale 3

Cara Delavigne

I stopped reading the Evening Standard and Metro because it was getting so tedious with Cara Delavigne showing up in every issue. Went back a few weeks ago thinking their annual pass must have run out by now, but no, there she was on page 28.

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Skype founders planning non-drone robodelivery fleet. Repeat, not drones

Dale 3
Trollface

Entertainment

Heh, could be quite entertaining building little obstacle courses for these things once they start roaming your neighbourhood regularly.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Dale 3

Windows 10 finally levels the operating system playing field.

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UK's Lloyds Banking Group scrambles to patch account-snooping security hole

Dale 3

Re: You say bug he says feature

It's not a technical bug, it's a problem with the process. Technically it worked as designed, just the design wasn't so well thought out.

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It's alive! Farmer hides neglected, dust-clogged server between walls

Dale 3

WiFi

Just be thankful they hadn't invented WiFi when it was installed (presumably), or you'd likely still be looking for it.

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Hate noisy jets above you? What if they were charging your phone?

Dale 3

Windmill

Would be more efficient to just put the windmills at the sides of the runway - like you sometimes see along train tracks - and catch the air blast directly from the engines. But there's probably safety issues with having structures on the sides of the runways. Hmm, how about a ground-based cable launch assist to help get aircraft up without having to wind their engines up so much?

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Pioneer slaps 80s LASERS on cars for driverless push

Dale 3

Re: "I will welcome"

I would welcome a car that is driven by a human properly and securely at all times, but alas, that most likely wouldn't happen either before I retire.

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Nigerian prince swaps the sweet talk for keyloggers and exploits

Dale 3
Headmaster

Re: non english-speaking countries?

"its quiet possible"

Surely.

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SpaceX drone hovership ROCKET LANDER BURN: Musk to try again

Dale 3

Re: Ran out of hydraulic fluid?

"A closed system isn't that much more massive."

And yet, the billionaire aeronautical engineer and Chief Designer who has just successfully launched his own rocket into space, says that it is.

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BAN email footers – they WASTE my INK, wails Ctrl+P MP

Dale 3

'theoretical penalty is £1000 per instance'

Heh, they must have the ASA enforcing that one.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

Dale 3
Joke

Push

They are, but they need our help. Everyone, find your nearest East-facing wall, and give it a push.

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

Dale 3

Free-standing ATM

Gotta love the concept of a free-standing ATM. No need to break into the machine, just nick the whole machine and open it at your leisure. This was done a good many years ago in South Africa, involving an ATM inside the police headquarters of all places. I imagine a couple of guys with yellow jackets walked in and wheeled it out without anyone asking any questions.

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Google's first stab at control-free ROBOT car rolls off the line

Dale 3

Why the mirrors?

Why does the car with no controls have wing mirrors?

Yes, I suppose to go with the backup controls in case of manual intervention, but I would have expected little cameras or something rather than the big old sticking out cycle-slappers.

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Dale 3

Pop-up kid

If the self-driving car can't stop in the time it takes to detect a kid popping out from behind a parked car and apply the brakes, neither can a human driver even with lightning reflexes.

Possible caveats:

1) Humans might be able to see the kid through the windows of the parked car. So could the G-car sensors.

2) Humans might anticipate the kid before he was a threat and slow down. G-car could do the same in software.

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Cray-cray Met Office spaffs £97m on VERY AVERAGE HPC box

Dale 3

Re: The best weather forecasting...

The trouble with the elderly-neighbour-as-a-service model is that they're good individually for local forecasts, but weaken considerably at national forecasting. Then of course there is the rising cost associated with maintaining aging hardware.

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Dale 3

Re: 16TFlops for £97m???

Oh alright then, I'LL click the corrections button.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

Dale 3

Re: three modes: "normal, sport and insane".

I didn't get the roller coaster thing at first, then realised Tesla headquarters is in Palo Alto, just south of San Fransisco. The hills out there are insane enough (think any 1980s movie with a cop car chase flying over the tops of hills) that roller coaster would be entirely apt.

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

Dale 3

Card clash

To avoid card clash, you'd better make sure you don't wear it on the same arm as the Oyster/contactless card that you decided to use at the tube gate instead, or you may be charged twice/on the wrong card.

If you wear it on your left arm to avoid the above, make sure you don't accidentally go too close to the card reader of the tube gate to the left of the one you are going through, or you might end up paying for the chap next to you too.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

Dale 3

Re: Forget 'Hello Kitty'

This one is my favourite, airline Kulula in South Africa. I've travelled on it once. Another pic here.

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Memory troubling you, Android? Surprise! Another data slurp vuln uncovered

Dale 3

I do not install anything asking for this permission

Being able to understand what all those permissions actually mean, I suspect you are in the minority. For the majority the logic goes, more or less, "if I say No it won't install, so I guess the answer is Yes". The noble idea of app permissions is flawed by not being able to revoke them individually at install time or afterwards.

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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

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Wipe the magstripe

Krebson says that most European cash machines are only accepting chip & PIN, and banks issue cards with magstripes for compatibility with the rest of the world (mainly USA it would seem).

Maybe banks should start issuing cards without magstripes, for use at home and in Europe, with an option to order a duplicate with a magstripe if you want to travel beyond.

In the mean time, as long as you're sure that cash machines don't need the magstripe, you could just wave your bank card over the back of a speaker magnet so it wipes the magstripe content.

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

Dale 3

Microcell

That wouldn't stop someone from going into their phone menu and manually choosing to connect to a different network.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

Dale 3

Re: Alternate Email Addresses

Unfortunately it is also easy for people selling email addresses to simply remove everything from the '+' to the '@' sign in a gmail.com address.

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