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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

JetSetJim
Pint

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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JetSetJim

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

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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

JetSetJim
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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
Facepalm

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!

JetSetJim
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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
Mushroom

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

JetSetJim
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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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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

JetSetJim

Re: dead animals: yes

Is it true or urban legend that the sphincter muscles relax on death? If true, then there's poo in them thar dead varmints, leaking into that big pond. Do you wanna drink varmint poo (as well as all the bird poo that falls in, and fly poo, mozzie poo and all the rest of the ecosystem that poos in the reservoir)?

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Norwegians trial Oculus Rift in tanks: The ultimate battlefield simulator

JetSetJim

Re: Bad, just bad

Better yet, have it as Picture-in-Picture and it auto-points to where the driver/commander is looking.

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

JetSetJim

Prior art

There are numerous companies already selling s/w to do this in the cellular networks - location based services have been offered for donkeys years, with increasingly more accurate location derivation. Cisco sell location services for their access point stuff, too (I think it's part of the Cisco Insight platform, but could be wrong). Hence this is blindingly obvious and non-patentable - all they might be adding to the party is telling the mobile where it is based on this, rather than telling an operator/marketing partner.

Height is easy for commercial deployments of AP - it gets written into the database either as a floor index, or height above local ground in metres.

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Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

JetSetJim

Application description

Trying to read the engineering through the legalese in the patent application, it seem that Apple have "invented" a dual display for 3-D. The first one is in charge of the proper 3-D display, and the second one is a mirrored version of the first (or at least sensors of manipulations in a separate volume of space) that the user can poke to make the display change. It's not at all clear to me why you'd have a secondary display as it kind-of makes the primary one redundant - perhaps the resolution on the primary one will be greater.

Personally, it still smacks of taking existing stuff and slapping them together in an obvious manner (perhaps non-obvious in that they don't really need the primary display, so it's a bit of a waste of time!). There are already 3-D displays, and there are (probably) already sensors that can tell you where a fingertip is in a space (certainly can look at a hand, isn't that what Kinect can do? And what about the various VR/Glove combinations). Couple that with lots of Science-Fiction films and it is blindingly obvious to slap them together to make them interact and the only surprise is that no-one has made a commercial product that I know of (not that I've looked). One would hope that on examination, this patent is either chucked out or scoped right down to be so narrow it is trivial to avoid infringement.

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Reg probe bombshell: How we HACKED mobile voicemail without a PIN

JetSetJim

It's not just 3 or EE you need to badger

Who made the HLR and Voicemail systems - I suspect they're made by someone completely different, and specced to "competitive" prices. I agree that it's shoddy by today's standards to not have these security features, but I wonder how old the current kit is and if there is budget to replace it (as, if it's quite old, chances are the firm that made it has been bought by someone else and EOL'd, so no more s/w upgrades).

Ask 'em who provided the kit, and then go knocking on their doors. Ask them for their feature list & roadmap to find out if the operator is being tight and not paying for optional features, or needs to fork out for a new platform cos the old one won't ever get a s/w upgrade.

I've disabled by voicemail, so no worries about hacking there :)

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

JetSetJim
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Re: Just for this...

Go on there and wish for Ms Cole to give the £200K back to the taxpayer, as she clearly doesn't need the financing

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Son of Phillips: Northamber is not exiting Chessington HQ

JetSetJim

I'd be surprised if the planners went for it - I grew up around there and there is not much around - nowadays the planners want walking distance to facilities (school, shop, doctors, etc..) in any new developments and that place is not reasonable walking distance to anything (although I did on many occasion wander past rather drunk after the last bus had finished - but at that stage of inebriation pretty much anything is walking distance). As for bus links, there used to be a bus service that went past, but it was rather infrequent and only used small buses as the roads around there have width restrictions. II suppose it's reasonable for the commuter to walk to the Waterloo-serving train station in Tolworth (just under a mile) (or Chessington North station) - parking is a bugger around those stations. If local industry is shrinking enough to warrant them investigating a residential conversion, then there are unlikely to be any jobs around in the area, either.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

JetSetJim

Re: BT

Well, the problem is swings and roundabouts. Early on in the days, it didn't matter that it could take a long time to resolve a problem. But then managers started to measure the Cost of Poor Quality, and wanted to minimise it. That leads to targets, which leads to manipulation of the metrics. Then the managers would wander off wielding the torch of "Right First Time initiatives" to justify a further cut to support budgets & targets.

I don't think I've ever seen a metric system that engineers didn't try to game.

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Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

JetSetJim

Re: Meh

At least until you consider the dumb-assed s/w and design patents allowable in the US which means Apple and others can play this game in the courts rather than the marketplace

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

JetSetJim

Re: Spider Monkey 1, Homosap 0

I thought this was an article about Ballmer - naturally he'd quickly lose interest in the iThing

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

JetSetJim

Re: re Lionel Baden

>Suppose they all last for an average of 10 minutes

Standard industry models are calls lasting 90-120 seconds. Obviously it varies a bit by country and pricing plan, too (Italians talk a lot IIRC, for example).

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

JetSetJim

Re: Mobile phones and tracking

If you know the name & address of the user, you can pull the records of where they attempted to register once you've obtained their IMSI from their home network. Assuming the networks in the country in question have any data retention policies for legal intercept/tracking activities.

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JetSetJim

Re: Mobile phones and tracking

Maybe low to the ground, but up high it is rare to get reception due to the antenna patterns on phone masts - no sense in radiating power 7 miles straight up. Not saying it absolutely cannot happen, but the absence of such data for this flight is not indicative of anything.

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JetSetJim

Re: "Disillusioned pilot possibly with a political motive"

> Still, I still can't quite see how destroying your aircraft (having first ensured to as great a degree of certainty as you can that it will never be recovered or the truth known) and killing 239 innocent people advances any personal or political agenda, no matter how deranged you are

Didn't you know - killing people is a good way of changing their minds.

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

JetSetJim

Obviously..

> The proposal, which we expect to finalise very soon, aims to widen take up, encourage greater use of PAF, and meet the current and future needs of users, solutions providers and developers of PAF based products in today’s marketplace.

So that's a price hike, then?

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It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II

JetSetJim

Ringu vs Pingu

Had to say I initially mis-read it and conjured up all sorts of weird imagery of little flightless birds attacking castles...

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

JetSetJim

BBQ

Sterling work, although I think there's going to be an issue selling it to the public for use as a BBQ fuel. Hickory smoked - fine. Poo-smoked - maybe less fine

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Apple granted patent for two-faced iPhone with wraparound touchscreen

JetSetJim

Re: Nonsense

Ah - but think of the scratches. Think of the screen replacement revenue...

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John Lewis unzips mega Oracle ERP package

JetSetJim

Parallels

If it's anything like the "upgrades" of the Waitrose Online over the years, expect a few weeks of fail before they adjust for new load.

On the other hand, stick some orders in during that time as, when they inevitably fail, they'll probably give you some decent presents to compensate just like Waitrose did

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New radio tech could HALVE mobe operators' bandwidth needs

JetSetJim

Batteries...

> Won't this kill battery life?

No more than the updates for Angry Birds to squeeze yet more adverts into it.

Seriously, there's other stuff in the LTE spec that allows the operator to suck the juice from your phone. Take MDT, for example - a feature designed to make your mobile a radio test station and let the operator suck up the logs to do radio optimisation. It'll be a lot cheaper for the operator to do this than send out a van stuffed full of expensive electronics - and it will obviously let them collect data in places the vans can't get to.

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

JetSetJim

As someone else has noted...

It's a Pez dispenser - only it spits out iPhones

Still fugly though

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Mobe operators, need to check your network? There’s an app for that

JetSetJim

not always

A lot of this info can just be sniffed by the mobes - no need to transmit and interfere.

Obviously more advanced tests could be done with transmitting data, but you could easily imagine a good build of this s/w being able to schedule calls/downloads for each device from one central point

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