* Posts by JetSetJim

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EE's not-spot-busting small cell trial delights Cumbrian villagers

JetSetJim

Re: What security are they building in?

For additional boxes, I would imagine that when they fire up and connect, they need to register with the gateway box so that they can be establish some form of IPSec tunnel between them. Then there will probably be a proprietary handshake or two to set up the link - perhaps over the daisy chain of site, or perhaps direct, but nonetheless there will be plenty of authentication, possibly also against a list of device serial numbers that are expected to be installed.

None of the above is much different to the macro network infrastructure.

At the end of the day, GCHQ heavies can still lean on the operator to give them access - whether via a Legal Intercept gateway, or one of those mysterious black boxes that do pukka DPI

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

JetSetJim

Re: Parachute

Jeff Bezos has that one already

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Amazon DROPS next day delivery amid Cyber Monday MADNESS

JetSetJim

Re: T&Cs

Indeed, they read:

"We will not be held responsible for any delay or failure to comply with our obligations under these Terms if the delay or failure arises from any cause which is beyond our reasonable control. This condition does not affect your statutory rights."

and:

"For One-Day, Express and Evening delivery please see their respective terms and conditions."

lastly, from the One Day T&Cs:

"If you choose One-Day Delivery, your order will be dispatched with the intention that it's delivered one day after dispatch" (emphasis added)

I think more than enough scope for a Get Out Of Jail Free card, although IANAL and I have no idea how many of their conditions are legally acceptable. But, the One Day conditions do state:

"We use a range of carriers to provide our One-Day service and delivery time frames may vary by carrier, but all deliveries will be attempted by 21:00."

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As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

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Economist @ techcrunch?

That'd be the site that waves the flag for internet startups then? So no conflict of interest there as they would like nothing more than for startups to disrupt established "firms" (to become "firms" in themselves, in some form of Ouroboros metaphor).

Business models need to change to adapt to the fact that it's very easy to provide a service in the age of the internet - that's all that's happening. Small stuff that needs doing quickly is very easy to farm out to some freelancer you find in a market place - although I suspect YMMV with regards to quality of work, but you could always hedge your bets and get three (or more) people to do the same thing until you can find your "stable" of reliable workers if you need skilled work (be it coding, writing PR fluff, or developing management strategy powerpoints).

Big multinationals did it with off-shoring, now the smaller outfits can get in on the game. Where it takes us, who knows.

BTW - were you hinting that you wanted a Nobel with this piece? Keep up the good work and I'm sure it'll come :)

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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Re: @JetSetJim see Terminator II

True - although it may be a stretch to call that a pint by volume of terminator.

Perhaps one of the missing kill methods was the T1000 liquefying into a targets mouth, down into their stomach and then "branching out", as it were.

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JetSetJim

Re: Well done that man

A pint of terminator?

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GROUP HUG, shouts Facebook. C'mere and let us squeeze you more

JetSetJim
Big Brother

Pls fix typo

It's "content-free ad platform", not "free-content ad platform"

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

JetSetJim

Re: It might make candidate selection a tad more interesting for constituencies

Interesting - I didn't know that - although the current set of ministerial posts are occupied entirely by MPs, with only two Privvy Counsellors in the "supporting roles" categories (according to wiki, they're two baronesses so both in the house of lords). Reading a bit of the history, it's not that common for a non-MP to be a cabinet member, too.

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JetSetJim

Re: Sorry Tim

Well, it might be nice if they had a relevant qualification to do the job - for example insist that the minister in charge of the defence of the realm has served his/her time in the forces, or have the minister for health have some health related qualification of some sorts, etc...

It might make candidate selection a tad more interesting for constituencies as the party leader would need to ensure that sufficient amounts of qualifications are elected so that they can have a few choices for the ministerial post to cope with the occasional balls-up.. (so yes, this is probably completely unworkable)

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JetSetJim

Re: Weeell... sort of

I, too, worry that it will end up with aforementioned MP opening MS Word, typing "Hello World" and then using File -> Save as -> HTML and thinking that's all there is to this interweb lark. If you're lucky, they may use the Insert picture from file option...

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ATTACK OF THE DRONES: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: That's Because...

More likely the FA was up in arms with unauthorised telecasting of the match

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COMET lander DRILL CLIFFHANGER as last dregs of power used

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Fingers crossed

...and a beer to wing it's way to them for an exciting Friday nights work

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

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Re: Well, I hope they work things out and can sample the comet!

According to xkcd, there're probably no whales on the comet, so that's where they went wrong.

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Re: Product placement aside

Perhaps they will have a future upgrade which features the option of a gyroscopically stabilised mount that swivels with the steering wheel to keep the phone always oriented in the same direction.

Or a launcher app that detects the phones orientation to the nearest degree and rotates the home screen/current app/keyboard appropriately. Endless possibilities to ensure the drivers attention is captivated by their little device, thus ensuring more phone-faceplants when the airbags go off.

I wonder if there's a Bulgarian equivalent?

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

JetSetJim

Re: Pity...

Technically, they don't "slurp" at all - instead they advertise that they are a cell for carrier X (perhaps also Y and Z), and phones will, if the signal is stronger than the one they're currently latched to, ask "can I have a go?", and part of that request will contain identifiers (including both IMSI and IMEI, under certain conditions which I assume they are meeting)

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ITU thought bubble ponders mass mobe-tracking to kill fake IT

JetSetJim

Too late...

You can already track anything with an IMEI - products are already in place within the UMTS/LTE operators operations centres which do that so that they can easily see where network congestion is happening, or track VIPs, or a variety of other use-cases for performance monitoring and optimisation. Assuming the IMEI has been correctly registered (and not spoofed), you'll be quickly able to see which are your problem devices with a simple filtering of the data against your TAC-list database (operators can get one from these folks, for example: http://www.tuv-sud.co.uk/uk-en/about-tuev-sued/tuev-sued-in-the-uk/tuev-sued-babt/other-services/imei-number-allocation/imei-database).

Even if the IMEI is spoofed to say "I'm an iPhone 6+", it would still be possible to detect the general performance of such phones and look for outliers in the data - either highlighting a faulty device, or a fake device.

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Hold onto your hats and follow the BYOD generation

JetSetJim
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@Taylor1

> The way I see this, these damn kids are too worried about trivial things, like what other people are saying or doing, that they cant or wont focus on the task they were HIRED to do.

Says the person posting to a forum during working hours (under the generous assumption you're in the UK and gainfully employed to work 9-5, M-F)

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

JetSetJim

Re: The questions of communications

Why have a system that can be remotely turned on? They'll have an "engineer" come out with some crap dongle that can just get plugged in to do it and then charge you £100 for the privilege.

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ROGUE SAIL BOAT blocks SPACE STATION PODULE blastoff

JetSetJim

Re: Power gives way to sail

Power gives way to sail, my arse. Perhaps with teensy boats & putt-putt Sunseekers that might well be the case, but if the "power" is a massive supertanker/cargo ship and you're in a tiny sailboat, don't expect the laws of physics to change to enable the big boat to get out of your way because you thought it was a good idea to cut them up. An "emergency stop" can take 15 minutes or more in a fully laden cargo ship, so instead expect to be steam-rollered under the large ship (which may not even notice).

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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Re: Spitfire

Not only the same school, I even had the same history teacher so we're roughly the same era :)

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JetSetJim

Re: Spitfire

Well, hopefully this article and the work by Kingston Aviation will not consign their work to a footnote. I went to school less than 100m from the Canbury Park Rd and there was not even a mention of it in any of our history lessons, which is a real shame. I remember the days of nipping out the school to go down there to the local newsagent to buy a shandy and pretend we were drinking real beer.

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

JetSetJim

Re: It's common sense.

Not eaten anything from Findus, then?

Have had horse a long time ago in France - can't remember it, though. Had zebra in Kenya (Carnivore restaurant) and it didn't seem that tasty. Eland was nicer.

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

JetSetJim
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Other coverage:

International Business Times (also scraped into Yahoo!!!):

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/register-launch-first-3d-printed-rocket-powered-uav-into-space-1469472

3D-Printing Industry coverage:

http://3dprintingindustry.com/2014/10/13/registers-3d-printed-vulture-ready-get-high-lohan/

Keep up the good work, chaps!

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

JetSetJim

Re: Backslash, Backlash!

>>"I would also log each and every request, looking for evidence of abuse of power."

>YOU would, perhaps, but today we're talking about the telcos...

If there's one thing the telco's can do properly it would be traceability of these requests. There are a lot of comments on here spouting about how anyone's data can be grabbed most easily by the plod, which is very true indeed. However, all access requests are going to be tagged via some plod_id login, and most likely referenced against IDs of whatever mandated court documents are required to initiate such a search (at least from plod, GCHQ are quite likely to not use this system). This is because, at the end of the day, these searches are likely to be used in court cases, and if the defence solicitor does a check to see if the telco didn't receive proper notification with proper authorisation, then that evidence will get chucked out. The telco's systems will need to be able to provide that, as well as demonstrating that the data associated with that request hasn't been tampered with.

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

JetSetJim
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Re: Brought to you

Morris Minors were cool.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

JetSetJim

Re: Nobody will buy the smaller engine

I expect it's rear wheel drive (cheaper than running a drive shaft to the front, plus this mechanism might interfere with the turning circle), so should be ok in the snow (although I'd go round corners carefully with less weight over the front)

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Re: Breathes from under the car, so...

in the flooding of '07, all you could see were french cars (peugeots, at the time, I think) with low-slung air intakes abandoned by the side of the roads

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

JetSetJim

Re: Had this at Stansted recently...

Perhaps he didn't phrase it correctly - "dramatically cut down on Customs wait times - now that some folks with the biometric passports get stuck in the automatic-immigration queue where someone invariably hasn't read the pre-conditions for using that queue and cannot use the machine for whatever reason, thus reducing the main queue-size to see a fleshy customs operative"

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Chinese training...

So, it's trained on Chinese faces, does it work as well on other nationalities, or would it need extra training?

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

JetSetJim

Re: @dan1980

> Agreed, silly string is the best weapon. Short bursts so you can't be traced.

Or pennies - test out that gorilla glass...

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Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

JetSetJim

Re: Don't expect anything

When you're running you are unlikely to notice nuanced tones in any music you're listening to, and you usually need to be able to hear stuff going on around you too (approaching cars, etc). I've always hated having to have a second battery powered device for heart rate monitoring so this is a useful device. Hope the price tag isn't too high as I want a pair just for that reason.

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Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum

JetSetJim

There is already call preemption for emergency calls. If the network is congested it will dump calls to handle an emergency call request

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JetSetJim

Been done before

I saw UMTS networks that gave users different data rates based on their subscription type. Not a huge leap to "optimise the network" (aka penalise/throttle heavy users) via policy control in this way just by expanding the enum for "subscription type" to include that information, ignoring the probably extensions added into the LTE specs - this could be set to only kick in when there's congestion, or run all the time..

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

JetSetJim
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Re: Put it on Youtube

Does Canada want to leave the USA, then?

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Who will kill power companies? TESLA, says Morgan Stanley

JetSetJim
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Re: Where is my energy storage?

>I figure the batteries currently cost about 4 times the cost of the rest of a solar system and that is the high maintenance types that need toped up every few months.

That's an expensive set of batteries - if you need to free up some cash, how much do you want for Pluto?

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Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

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Re: @Trevor.

Ta for that. At some point I really must get round to RTFM for more features of this nice bit of kit I bought

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JetSetJim

Re: @Trevor.

Just curious, is there an "off-grid" way to update DSM? Step 1 seems to be "unplug it from t'internet". :)

Fingers crossed mine lasts the 8 hours till I get home to check the config, though...

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Speak your brains on SIGNAL-FREE mobile comms

JetSetJim

Intriguing to see what they think their IPR is as delay tolerant networking (and this seems like a simpler point-to-point version of this, rather than allowing each node to act as a router) has been around for quite a while. In my mind I picture their product as a "tethered walkie-talkie" with a low bandwidth packet channel available to an app on the phone. No biggy.

But who knows, while I'm unwilling to say what they're doing is "new", neither was Apple with the original iPhone, but they managed to release a product at the right time. So they might be lucky.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

JetSetJim

Does that mean they continue to publish the watermarked version?

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

JetSetJim

Re: No different than ATT

Standard upsell to that is "you obviously need more channels". At least that's what Sky used to say

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Brit celebs' homes VANISH from Google's Street View

JetSetJim
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Re: Of course ...

Or even the ones posted on Daily Mail articles noting his extreme wealth:

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2012/09/16/article-2204154-04A4B75D0000044D-242_468x402.jpg

(from here)

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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"I had to individually look up each soldier and then print his license.”

Is this a license to kill?

Still, nice to see that "back-office" work gets recognised

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

JetSetJim

Re: Nokia 3310

Knowing where everyone is (while on a call) is relatively easy - the company I work for does it all the time. Knowing where everyone is in realtime is hard(er) though. But not impossible. The data volumes aren't that great.

Knowing where anyone is when they are not on a call is not that straighforward without compromising the phone. You can get some location information, but it's much coarser (typically a collection of cells (location area/routeing area/tracking area, depending on tech) granularity. Thankfully, there's all those "normal" apps that ping the network for updates (weather widgets), location checks (google does this), content updates (email clients), and this can get you back into the "in call" state much more frequently than you'd think, hence getting a better fix on your location.

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

JetSetJim
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Re: Why fibreglass cows?

Plus you could possibly power them on the methane emissions...

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

JetSetJim

Re: Great ariticle

IIRC you can set your profile such that when you visit someone else it just says "a linkedin member" viewed them. I think it requires you to be not searchable to enable this, plus I'm not sure how that plays with the paid premium membership that allows you to see everyone who viewed you, but it's a start...

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JetSetJim

Re: best post I've read all day

Or install a new, all encompassing keyboard on your phone. Who needs more than one key?

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JetSetJim

Re: Swirling JDs??

Thumbs up for the Balvenie - the first whisky I could actually stomach, a remarkably smooth and pleasant beverage.

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JetSetJim

Re: Revenge

The receiver of a new endorsement has to accept them - one of my ex-colleagues jokingly added "eating cakes" to my skill-set which, while true, wasn't necessarily something I'd stick on my online CV.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

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Boilerjuice do it for domestic oil deliveries...

Title says it all...

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Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

JetSetJim

Re: Recommendations for NAS-based home media set-up

Myself, I've got a Synology 2-bay box and the telly has a WDLiveTV box strapped to it. Upsides are that the WD box has iplayer (and other) apps on it - I assume stuff like Chromecast et al will have a similar feature set.

With regards to file permissions - stear clear of a media server implementation with DLNA as (unless they've changed it very recently) that protocol doesn't support user permission schemes. I had my box all set up with folders for kids stuff for the sprogs to be entertained with, and then grown up stuff in different folders - the media server indexes the lot and presents all of it to anyone with permission to use the media server app. The media server does look good, though - it's just not good for a household with kids around as they soon figure out how to use the remote for the WD box (although you could hide it and use the phone/tablet app instead).

So instead I log in via the file-share option, which does preserve user rights - so kiddies can only read their folder, and I can go in and read/write anything.

Also, Synology do some apps to sit on your tab/phone of choice for remote access if you open up your home router a bit.

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