* Posts by Jonski

80 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009

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Independent inquiry into British air-traffic-control IT nightmare

Jonski
Coat

Shurely

If this is flight control software, it should be run from the cloud?

get-coat -exit "Stage Left" -nowait

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Govt spaffs £170k to develop the INTERNET OF SHEEP

Jonski

IoT security

Given the fact that security is an afterthought in the Internet of (woolly) Things, I expect it will be trivial for a) a rustler to be a hacker and make off with the sheep without the farmer suspecting a thing, and b) the farmer faking their sheep's credentials and getting whatever EU credits they can and are not eligible for.

This also means that farmers will have to carry the burden of proof when their sheep start downloading sheep-shagging videos under extreme porn laws.

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Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

Jonski

Re: um...

So what would you call a website in New Zealand?

Is it New Zealandish, New Zealander or New Zealandesque?

The nationality on my New Zealand passport says "New Zealand"; my wife's Irish passport says "Irish".

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Scientists skeptical of Lockheed Martin's truck-sized FUSION reactor breakthrough boast

Jonski

Re: Size

Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 as seen on B787's:

Length: 4.738 m; Diameter: 2.85 m; Dry weight: 5,765 kg

This is less than a quarter of the volume of a 7x13 m reactor, and I'd hate to think what the mass of the reactor would be- I'm guessing 200+ tonnes?

So it may have roughly equivalent power output to today's engines (which are only getting more efficient), but I can't see its power:weight or thrust:weight ratios allowing for it to be used in aviation any time ever.

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This isn't a sci-fi movie: It's a human-made probe snapping a comet selfie

Jonski
Paris Hilton

Best selfie EVA

And not a duckfaced teen in sight.

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A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers

Jonski

Re: Oh, please...

What's your point? I have learned to fly. I have aviated in gliders, parapents, light aircraft, helicopters, balloons and parachutes. I have hang gliders still on my list, although you won't get me in a microlight. But until I win Lotto and get a Martin Jetpack, there's not a lot else that can fill that microflying niche.

Now I'm interested in UAVs. These have many advantages not available to other more traditional aircraft- for example giving you the chance to melt the front of your camera up close and personal in Icelandic volcanoes. And not even a Martin Jetpack can help you do that.

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White LED lies: It's great, but Nobel physics prize-winning great?

Jonski
Facepalm

Ummm

Secondly, at some point, we expect satiation and thus increasing efficiency...

I read that as sanitation and wondered if we will all now start pooing more?

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

Jonski
FAIL

The security flaws were discovered... after reading about problems in another (old and discontinued) Heatmiser product...

The definition of a masochist: someone who paints themselves into a corner, then goes back for a second coat.

FFS, when will they (manufacturers of IOT Thingies) learn? It's only been several decades now.

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Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack

Jonski

Can't use a smudge eh?

Using a fingerprint as security is doomed, as many have commented. Personally, I agree but for other reasons as well.

As I go about my daily life, I leave a bit of fingerprint here, there, everywhere. I don't do this for my PINs or passwords. It wouldn't take much for someone to scrape together a few samples of my fingerprint scraps, stitch them together (I half expect Photoshop to do this OOB) and then manufacture a quality facsimile of my print.

I've already seen with mine own eyes another fingerprint reader work with a photocopy of a fingerprint.

And once compromised, it's not as if you can reset your fingerprint.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

Jonski

If you ask 100 people on the street what is wrong with TV, none of them will say "Resolution" - Nicholas Negroponte, M.I.T.

No, but I do say "Frame Rate". I can't stand the jittering strobe caused by fast pan and slow frames.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

Jonski

Re: OH RLY?

Yes, I've done it. When splicing cables, you loop each side, inject light across the join and look at the joint attenuation from the other side. It's standard practice, or at least it was when I did it in 1998.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

Jonski
Devil

Re: can it run Crysis?

talking AI toasters that won't accept you want something else for breakfast

As built by the customer retention division of Comcast?

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

Jonski
Big Brother

That old carnard

I might be doing nothing wrong, and I might have nothing to fear, but I still lock the toilet door when I'm on the crapper.

Which is why, after being on teh intertoobz for the past 20 years, I'm now reluctantly researching which VPN provider best suits my needs. Although I'm sure one day, some organ of the state will point a finger and say: Why is he using VPN? Must be up to no good!

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

Jonski
Big Brother

Suggestion

It's easy to remember unique, high-entropy passwords specific to individual websites if you have the right algorithm.

For example: for each website (say, this one) you have a strongish stock password root that you use everywhere ("amonkeystolemybananas" or "T!f2A3^5", it doesn't matter it's the only thing you need to remember). You then append or prepend something based on the URL (say every odd letter of the domain "hrgsecu") and potentially a time-based value with keyshift ("jan" > "ksm") somewhere as well.

For extra-high value sites, use a second stock password and generate similarly.

So potentially a password would look like hrgsecuT!f2A3^5ksm and problem solved.

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Can it be true? That I hold here, in my mortal hand, a nugget of PUREST ... BLACK?

Jonski
Black Helicopters

According to The Stones

I see a red door and I want it painted vantablack

No colors any more, I want them to turn vantablack

- Mick Jagger

(Helicopter icon, because it's... vantablack!)

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

Jonski

Re: Just tell them you've sold your house

"Then they just insist you should take their service at your next place of abode."

Then tell them you're emigrating to the Outer Hebrides.

-Oh, you don't have coverage there? What a pity.

-Oh you do have coverage there? My mistake I meant to say I was emigrating to Mururoa Atoll.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

Jonski
Big Brother

Re: Nappy Ad's

Here in NZ (a generally liberal and progressive country) we now see nappy ads that have the black censorship rectangle jiggling over the baby's bottom as he toddles down a corridor.

A backwards step and panders to the Won't Somebody Think Of Teh Children brigade.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

Jonski
Holmes

Enemy of the State

It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

Jonski
Boffin

Flanders & Swann - Song Of Reproduction

I shall just leave this here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fJmmDkvQyc

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

Jonski
Coat

So pretty

Let's see them pack that inside 2U and FCoE...

Mine's the one with the Sub-Etha Sens-O-Matic and the Electronic Thumb in the pocket...

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128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours

Jonski

Better password needed

Than '123456'.

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

Jonski

If there are any devs in Auckland, NZ, then there is a hacker event coming up very soon (this weekend, register now!) to play with real-time data on our transport network. Check out #hackakl on Twitter.

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

Jonski

Best of both worlds

If you want both USB3 for your lappy and micro SD for your phone, try something like the USB3/mSD adapter. (It works, bitches.)

http://www.amazon.com/Lexar-High-Performance-microSDXC-Memory-LSDMI64GBBNL633R/dp/B00IF4OATU

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

Jonski

Re: support checklist

I'm reminded of a certain company that refines palm oil, and also provides something that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike IT support.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

Jonski
Boffin

Re: Cuing the obligatory audiophile discussion regarding sample rates...

But! But! But a violinist playing C8 (4186 kHz) and swaying back and forwards across the stage will be pushing that phase all over the place! That's why I always use a three-legged pinewood milking stool (imported via fairtrade and sourced secondhand from goatherding Albanian peasants, a snip at only £1799) in my anechoic room, so that I don't get antiphase reflections from the chair's back support destructively interfering with the incoming wavefront. For what antiphase I do get, I find the pinewood gives softer reflections and a warmer decoherence, allowing me to achieve that finest audio quality that Nickleback always intended to produce.

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Star Wars movie to start shooting in UK this summer

Jonski
Mushroom

Reboot and crossover

Aliens vs. Ewoks.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

Jonski

Re: More cash than sense.

Longdrops contaminate groundwater. The problem exists, and this device is a good solution. It sterilises the waste and turns it into something useful. If nothing else, this device will slow the spread of waterborne diseases.

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Jonski

A great example of great design

Having travelled overland thru Africa for three months, visiting most places starting with "Z", and many others, all I can say is I came to really appreciate a freshly dug longdrop.

There were flush toilets (squat) with no running water that people still used, that I had to use.

There were long drops with wicker lids, writhing with maggots in the full sun.

There were outhouses that reeked of ammonia so strongly, you literally couldn't breath. Literally.

There were times we dug our own shallow holes in a farmer's field and did our business there.

In the Serengeti, you don't even go behind a bush. Lions lurk behind bushes. You do it on open ground.

I was just a visitor. I only began to understand the issues faced by the locals every day for their whole lives.

So I applaud initiatives like this. Anything that makes life better for rural Africans. Anything that "just works", requires minimal and simple maintenance, and costs very little, can only be a good thing.

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

Jonski

Re: Golden ear set again

"I was inspired to build it after seeing the stack of Class A amps being used by Pink Floyd on their 'Tour 72' tour where they debuted Dark side."

Upvoted for a) getting The Floyd into an audiophilia thread and b) Just Being There, in '72. I have to content myself with watching Live At Pompeii. I was only old enough to see them in '87, but it is still the best concert I've ever attended, with RW's recent The Wall a close second.

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Boston court confirms Peeping Tom's right to upskirt

Jonski

Re: If it is illegal to 'upskirt'

There is a legal concept called "expectation of privacy". Wearing a bikini, you have little expectation of privacy. Wearing street clothes, like a skirt, you have much more. Wearing a burka you have the most.

Also, the range the photo is taken from is probably importan. You're not a peeping tom if you glance into a window from the street. If you press your nose up against it though, you probably are. Taking a photo from eye level or waist level is OK. Taking it from knee level, pointing up and at close range and you've got bigger problems than focal length.

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Jonski

Suggestions

IANAL, but it seems to me there are too many laws criminalising specifc acts that are perfectly well covered under broader laws.

Could they not have prosecuted under a public order crime law, or perhaps offensive behaviour instead? Very few people would disagree that upskirting is offensive, both to the victim, to women and to the public in general.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

Jonski

Re: Reminds of a day I had in Spain

Back in the 1950s, my mother worked as a lab tech at an animal research facility in NZ. Her colleague was pipetting bull semen when she caught an air bubble, and got a mouthful.

Rule 34 probably applies here, but this happened even before ARPANET.

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Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

Jonski
Pint

I knew I'd seen this before...

[The members of "The People's Front of Judea" are sitting in the amphitheatre. Stan has just announced that he wants to be a woman and wants to be called "Loretta," and is explaining why.]

Stan: I want to have babies.

Reg: You want to have babies?!?!

Stan: It's every man's right to have babies if he wants them.

Reg: But ... you can't HAVE babies!

Stan: Don't you oppress me!

Reg: I'm not oppressing you, Stan. You haven't got a womb! Where's the foetus gonna gestate? You gonna keep it in a box?

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

Jonski

Re: Still working

@ Graham Marsden: My FX-82 died that way too, until I cleaned the switch contacts with a bit of isopropyl alcohol. That worked fine for a while longer, and upon its ensuing re-death, a judicious application of emery paper to the metal contacts worked a treat.

YMMV.

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Vatican shrugs off apocalypse, fiddles with accounts dept

Jonski
FAIL

Re: as it almost always is

Sorry, tonysmith, you're mistaken. While Stalin and Mao were atheists, they didn't commit their atrocities BECAUSE of their atheism. Hitler was a Catholic. He didn't commit his atrocities because of his Catholicism, although he was aided and abetted by the Catholic church. The common denominator here is that these people were leaders of totalitarian regimes. They committed the atrocities because of this.

On the other hand, atrocities like the crusades and suicide bombing ARE committed because of religion.

Consider that none of Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao, Napoleon, Cortes etc. believed in pixies. Christianity does not believe in pixies. This clearly shows the moral deficiency of non-pixie religions like Christianity.

I suggest you have a read of something like http://wiki.ironchariots.org/index.php?title=20th_century_atrocities to get a better understanding of what you are alleging.

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Faulty network switched closed Melbourne tunnels

Jonski
Mushroom

Re: Planning for failure

Fail yourself. If you read the article, you'll see: "The hardware failure at 4.30 am shut down the company’s safety systems, and at 5.30 am, the company decided to close the tunnels. The affected safety systems include emergency response, radio transmission systems, signage, smoke exhaust and water deluge."

Running a tunnel without safety systems like these would be gross negligence. Even if running traffic through in escorted convoy, there could be a nose-to-tail causing a fire. Without smoke exhaust and water deluge, let alone emergency response, that could be catastrophic. Need I explain it more?

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Steve Jobs' Apple-powered yacht makes belated first trip

Jonski
WTF?

Re: Further to this

Thanks, el Reg, for borking my Ascii Art!

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Jonski

Further to this

I really do wonder what he might have got if he had built his own private jet? I am starting to imagine that it could be accurately represented in ASCII Art.

_

| |

_______| |_______

| _______| |_______|

| |

^| |^

=====

"Aesthetics and technology were closed books to him and, had he had his way, burnt and buried books as well." - Douglas Adams

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Jonski
FAIL

Re: Perfect embodiment of everything Apple.

Form over function, possibly. Style over substance, not so much. It would have to have style.

Even if I was a gazillionaire, this is not a boat that would remotely interest me. The only redeeming feature is the destroyer bow, a design I might incorporate into my (imaginary) mega-yacht as a nod to my RN forbears.

FWIW, Shenandoah is much more to my taste.

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Facebook's stock rally may be shortlived: Small advertisers enraged

Jonski
Big Brother

OK I admit it, I use FB.

Although everyone loves to dump on FB, it does have its uses*. There are friends and companies I genuinely want to get updates from. There are hobbies and interests I have that I want to learn more about. FB used to be good for this.

However I now notice that I don't get all the updates from everything that I have tagged- if I go to that feed's FB page, I am starting to see that only some of their posts have made it through to me. FB is starting to lose its attraction, but what's the alternative? G+ is a ghost town as far as I'm concerned.

* And I'm aware that I am grist for the mill. I don't post anything I don't mind being in the public domain.

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Mysterious galactic glow caused by Hitchhikers' Krikkit style stars

Jonski
Unhappy

Come back Douglas

We miss you.

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Berkeley Lab proposes 4D clock

Jonski

Ours is an essentially infinite universe

And in such a universe, it's almost certain that these entities have already arisen by chance. One may just have to look very hard to find them- I can imagine a cloud of these somewhere in interstellar or intergalactic space.

If they emit no energy, so as to not break the laws of thermodynamics*, how does one use them as a crystal? Currently crystals are used by energising them and allowing them to oscillate, but they do emit energy.

* The Laws Of Thermodynamics, to wit:

Law 1: You can't win, you can only break even.

Law 2: You can only break even at absolute zero.

Law 3: You can't reach absolute zero.

Law 0: You must play the game at all times.

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Ig Nobels 2012: Physics of ponytails, chimp arse-cognition and more

Jonski
Coat

Anatomical Ig Nobel

I sincerely hope the images presented to the chimps weren't in Smell-o-vision.

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Mars rover harangues empty landscape with loudhailer

Jonski
Megaphone

AYBABTU

The actual first broadcast was:

All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time.

(The fact of the broadcast happening has been suppressed by the Zero Wing conspiracy)

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Drilling into Amazon's tape-killing Glacier cloud archive

Jonski
Mushroom

Re: Clarfication?

99.999999999% annual data durability - in other words, in a year you should expect to lose about 1kilobyte of data for every terabyte stored, if you haven't annoyed the BOFH. (YMMV, E&OE, IANAL)

Oh, and megathrust earthquake followed by tsunami followed by diesel generator inundation followed by nuclear meltdown at more than two sites simultaneously notwithstanding.

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China's bullet trains to get face-invading cameras

Jonski
Big Brother

Re: Quite simply really

Can I expect Dazzle makeup to become de rigeur in the PRC now?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage#Modern_use

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Busted in the US? 'Drop your trousers, sir'

Jonski
WTF?

This ruling gives carte blanche to pervert cops to oogle anybody they want, on any trumped-up charge they can think of. I can't wait to see what lawsuits are spawned from this one, and what payouts people get when the decision is finally overturned.

A spot of fishing, anybody?

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Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

Jonski
Devil

Re: Eh?

" on the basis of the evidence available, no crime had been committed "

I'm surprised I'm the first to point this out, but even when a crime *has* been committed (and there are many, many examples of this), *still* nothing gets done except move the perp to another diocese.

Catholic bashing? Nope. Immoral, hypocritical, vindictive, evil organisation bashing? You betcha.

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ANZ bid for super telescope down to the wire

Jonski
Joke

I can understand NZ...

... but Western Australia?!?

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Virtual Australia & New Zealand Initiative launches

Jonski
Facepalm

And if the 3D model is incorrect, or out of date, and you still manage to dig through your neighbour's Internet connection, who is liable? I think I can guess the answer.

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