* Posts by TimeMaster T

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Minecraft marketing mods miff Mojang

TimeMaster T

Re: Regain a little dignity...

Just installed it. Thanks for the link :)

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ISS pump-up space podule refuses to engorge

TimeMaster T

I wonder

could it have gotten cold enough in there for the air in the tanks to liquefy?

No, it couldn't be that simple. Someone would have thought of that an installed heaters to prevent it from happening it there was a chance of it being a problem.

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

TimeMaster T
Coat

well ...

The ME262 does have a nice set of nacelles.

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Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

TimeMaster T

Re: Loss

Ah, but what about the time wasted checking if FB is back on line every two minutes?

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

So ...

Putin wants a bigger missile.

Why does the word "compensating" come to mind?

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

TimeMaster T
Thumb Up

Building a rocket is not new. Its just doing the math, drawing some blueprints and building it.

What is impressive as all Hells to me is the programming needed to pull this off.

I used to teach real time embedded programming and from a RTOS programmers standpoint this is just Freaking incredible.

Serious Kudos to the SpaceX team that wrote and tested the code.

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

TimeMaster T
Coat

Super conspiracy mode : ON

What if the chicken wing theft was just a false flag operation to get a stingray activated in an area that contained a "person of interest" (terrorist, civil rights lawyer, environmental activist, etc.).

Sure, they could have just used a Stingray without a warrant, and risked getting anything they collected thrown out later as tainted. BUT by getting the warrant to use the device they can say the data collected against the "person of interest" was not illegally acquired since it was the result of a legal search using the Stingray device that just "happened" to pickup some other data. Sort of like a cop using a warrant to search a house for a stolen coffee maker and finding a few lines of cocaine that belong to a visiting friend on the kitchen table, sure its outside the scope of the original warrant but still admissible.

After all, they didn't catch the wing thief did they?

Super conspiracy mode : OFF

mines the grey trench coat with the graphene/kevlar/tin foil composite lining and matching hat..

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

TimeMaster T

Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

Fun fact about the USA. The original Constitution only authorized the Navy/Marines, it forbid a standing Army and of course the Air Force wasn't even imagined.

A Civil war, some amendments and technological advancements later and the USA now has everything their Founding Fathers didn't think a good country should have.

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TimeMaster T

Re: This is how the US is preserving its air superiority

"The F-35 is destined to be a very expensive laughing stock around the world."

Don't you mean

"The F-35 is a laughing stock around the world."

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

TimeMaster T

Re: What a criminal waste of helium

Most of the "issues" were caused by bad design choices. The Hindenburg was covered in a paint that was effectively thermit and had thousands of gallons of diesel fuel on board. All the hydrogen was burned up with in the first 90 seconds, and the hydrogen fire burned UP, it was the burning diesel fuel that fell down.

Watch the video of the Hindenburg again sometime, and remember that Hydrogen flames are nearly invisible.

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TimeMaster T
Boffin

Re: What a criminal waste of helium

They could always switch to Hydrogen.

Seriously.

These are unmanned units so loss of life is not an issue, except possibly when taking off and landing. What made the Hindenburg so deadly was not the gas it used but the highly flammable paint it was coated with and all the diesel fuel it was carrying. With a properly designed gas envelope and equipment pod there is no reason it couldn't be at least as safe as what they currently use.

Most people reactions to using hydrogen are just like their reaction to nuclear energy. Hydrogen==Hindenburg!! nuclear==Fukushima!!, both cases the problem was caused by poor design choices, not the core technology itself.

Something else I just thought of. It might be possible to use condensed water from the air and some of the solar energy to keep the gas envelop topped up so the "on station time" might be extended. This is just an off the top of my head idea, I don't know what the rate of gas escape is and all the other factors that need to be accounted for but it might be something to look into.

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

TimeMaster T
Trollface

Chuckle ...

This is what you get when you make your software dependent on a closed source proprietary software package that you don't have direct control over.

Sucks to be Adobe right now, glad I don't have any their stock.

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

TimeMaster T

Re: Stinks of corruption

small correction. Nothing was "stolen". The woman provided the phone to the police and consented to its contents being copied. However, the police had no fucking business copying and keeping more than the video the victim had made. And they sure as Hells should not have provided it to the lawyer until charges had actually been brought against the accused as part of discovery.

Given the number of times I've heard about police doing more to protect each other than to protect the public I can't help but think there was malicious intent by individuals in the police department.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

TimeMaster T

Re: To be Fair

One of the things they teach you in law school and the training academy of every LEO in the USA, is what kind of judge is needed for what level of search.

The Feds screwed up. They should have gotten another warrant before they went outside the boundaries of the warrant they had. And if they didn't know the difference they shouldn't be in law enforcement.

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NYPD anti-crypto Twitter campaign goes about as well as you'd expect

TimeMaster T

food for thought

If a good cop knows that another officer is bad and doesn't do anything, doesn't that make the "good" cop worse than the bad cop since they are not only NOT doing anything to stop the bad cop (so an accessory after the fact) but are also protecting the bad cop (obstruction) by not reporting them.

So by this its easy to arrive at the conclusion that all the police are dirty, not just one or two.

The greatest evil is when the good to nothing.

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TimeMaster T
Boffin

Re: Rememebr folks, the average US cop's IQ is only 104

probably the older cops that where hired before the departments started going for lower barrel recruits are biasing the average up by a large amount. Give it a little more time, when the older cops retire we'll see the more accurate, and lower, average emerge among the remaining street thugs^wcops.

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

TimeMaster T

Re: 2 thoughts

That is a very rude thing to say. Davros is much better looking.

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TimeMaster T
WTF?

Off topic ...

Has anyone else noticed that the more insane a politician, judge or military leader is the more square their face is?

Fienstien, Trump, Putin, Gingrich, Cruz, Rubio, Scalia, Patton, MacArthur, Kim-Jong, etc. all have really square faces.

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Saturn spacecraft immune to mysterious Planet 9's charms

TimeMaster T

Re: Cassini is unaffected by Planet 9's gravitational charms

The article mentions that "Planet 9" would not be able to directly affect Cassini but could affect Saturn's orbit which WOULD affect Cassini's position relative to the Earth since Cassini is within Saturn's gravity well.

But they didn't find anything that showed an effect on Saturn during Cassini's time there. This lack of detection could mean;

The current positions of Saturn and Planet 9 are so far apart that any deviance in Saturn's orbit is so small it is below the detection threshold of the instruments. This could be the case if "9" is currently near the outer end of it's orbit. So effort must continue using other methods.

OR

There is no "Planet 9" and the evidence so far is just random orbital noise that looks like a pattern

I'm hoping its the former, it would be really cool if a new, big, planet was found during my lifetime. Sadly there would not be a mission to it within whats left of my lifetime. A planet so far out would likely be so cold, and has stayed that way, as to have preserved information about the dust/gas cloud that formed the solar system.

Side note; Pluto comes in close enough to the sun that it gets enough heat at times to maintain a gaseous atmosphere for a time, so some of the Hydrogen and other lite gasses would have had a chance to boil off a little since Pluto formed. Planet 9 might be far enough out and big enough to have held onto more of its original gasses.

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NASA celebrates 50-year anniversary of first spaceship docking in orbit

TimeMaster T
Unhappy

And in three years ...

In 2019 it will be the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

And in that 50 years there have only been 12 humans who have walked on the moon.

I grew with the Apollo missions and I remember how there was all this talk of permanent bases on the moon and missions to Mars by the year 2000.

Then America stumbled somewhere along the way and never got it's stride back, and now its not really even in the race anymore.

What the Hells went wrong?

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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

TimeMaster T
Coat

Re: So the question is....

"Zepplins are cool."

Unless filled with Hydrogen.

Then they are really Hot!!

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Former US anti-terror chief tears into FBI over iPhone unlocking case

TimeMaster T

Re: Kind of what I said a couple weeks ago.

Doesn't surprise me that I mixed up the phone versions, I tend to get the different model "smart phones" confused no mater who make them.

Thanks for clarifying things for me and everyone else. :)

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TimeMaster T

Re: Kind of what I said a couple weeks ago.

My understanding of the system Apple is using , and I may be wrong so bear with me, is that the iPhone has two numbers that are used to generate the decryption key needed to get at the user data in the flash.

One part of the key is the 4-6 digit PIN set by the user, the second is a larger key that is stored in a single chip in the iPhone. The key in the chip is generated once when the chip is made, randomly and there is no record kept of that key. If the key in the chip is erased then its game over.

When the user puts in their PIN the OS hands the PIN off to the chip and the chip hashes the PIN with the larger key it has in its internal flash. The OS never gets the key in the chip. The chip then passes the hashed value back to the OS and the OS uses that to try and decrypt the user flash storage. If the OS can't decrypt the flash it asks the user to re-enter the PIN, with the delay between attempts getting longer each time, and if you enter the wrong PIN 10 time the hidden key in the chip gets erased. And then its going to take until the heat death of the Universe to decrypt the user flash.

I believe, guessing this part actually, that the 10 count is done in the chip, the OS just signals the chip that it got the right PIN and was successful in reading the user flash and the chip resets its attempt counter. So the only way to prevent the chip from erasing the hidden key is to hack the OS so it never signals the chip that the PIN was wrong.

So what the FBI wants Apple to do is;

disable the delay between the PIN entry attempts

keep the OS from telling the key chip that the PIN was wrong so it doesn't increment the fail counter

add an I/O channel so the PIN can be entered using something other than the phone's touchscreen

Have the OS signal a successful decrypt over some I/O channel so the system brute forcing the PIN will know to alert the operators

and finally Apple has to sign the new binaries with there private key so the FBI can load the hacked OS into the iPhone's firmware.

If Apple does those then the FBI can brute force the 4-6 digit PIN with a 286 running a script in a few days/weeks depending on the how many attempts per second can be carried out. And then the FBI would also have the legal precedent of using the "All Writes Act", which is NOT a warrant as defined by the US Constitution to force Apple and other companies to provide the Feds with access to a users encrypted data.

I might be totally off base with the above but I think I got the gist of it right.

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Microsoft adds 'non-security updates' to security patches

TimeMaster T

Re: "we will just add another nail to the coffin"

And Holy Water, don't forget the Holy Water.

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

TimeMaster T

Re: Mr Barack "Hope & Change" Obama

" If that nut actually had a chance in hell of winning (Thankfully he does NOT). "

You might want to read this,

http://firebrandleft.com/university-100-accuracy-record-predicts-bernie-sanders-will-americas-next-president/

and start packing.

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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

TimeMaster T
Big Brother

Re: But it's my router, I've bought it

@Tridac

" It's no probalem anyway, as there are dozens of brands that are reprogrammable,"

for now.

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

TimeMaster T
Boffin

IANAA (I'm not an Astronomer)

Does anyone know if the "WOW" signal in 1977 was from this proposed target area?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wow!_signal

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Who hit you, HP Inc? 'Windows 10! It's all Windows 10's fault'

TimeMaster T

Sorry but ...

I have little sympathy for a company that opted to keep all it's eggs in the basket with MS for all this time.

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

TimeMaster T
Happy

I see this as great news

It mean that Linux has become popular enough that cyber cooks consider it worth their time to try and compromise it.

Can the year of the Linux Desktop be far behind?

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Wi-Fi banana all grown up, now a suit-wearing enterprise wall slab

TimeMaster T
Coat

Aww ...

I liked the Banana version better, it was more appealing.

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

TimeMaster T

Lewis was right

"“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

C. S. Lewis:

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

TimeMaster T
Black Helicopters

Re: Technological solution

A laser guided .50cal round would be better. Already developed and has a max range approaching 8 miles and a flight time of seconds. Of course there is always the risk that it would hit someone standing NEXT to the dip head with the laser. Though that would cut down on the likelihood people would hang out with idiots who get their jollies shooting lasers at planes.

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South Korea abandons manufacturing enclave in nuclear North

TimeMaster T
Mushroom

Lets just hope ...

I really hope they have already evacuated the complex, wiped the servers/workstations and set thermite destruct charges on any heavy equipment they don't want the Norks to have. Because I can totally see the North Koreans just saying FU and sending troops in to secure the place ASAP, probably with the excuse that it was to ensure the safety of the North Koreans working there.

The part that really worries me is that history has shown that seemingly little things like this can be like a lit match into a pool full of petrol and cause things to heat up real fast.

I am probably wrong, and I really hope that I am.

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Don't touch that PDF or webpage until your Windows PC is patched

TimeMaster T
Alert

WTF??

How in the Hells did you get that icon?!?!

I'ff give you a pint if you tell me.

Please. Pretty please. With salted caramel on top.

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We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

TimeMaster T

Sonicare

pop a WiFi chip and a little extra code into one of those and you've got an IoT toothbrush. I would not be surprised if there was already one being preped for market.

Personally I plan to avoid IoT devices, how many times I raid the fridge in the middle of the night for ice cream is nobodies business but mine.

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Reports: First death from meteorite impact recorded in India

TimeMaster T

Re: Law of averages

IIRCC The Tunguska event is currently believed to have been cause by a cometary fragment, so technically not a "meteorite".

Also, while this might indeed be first Human death, lets not forget about the Dinosaurs :)

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FTC: Duo bought rights to Android game – then turned it into ad-slinging junkware in an update

TimeMaster T

and for their next trick ...

The next time someone wants to do something like that they will first push a simple update that adds the "by using this app you consent to us violating your privacy and us serving adds to you. Your continued use of this app indicates you accept the terms of this new EULA".

Then they will wait a week and push the addware serving update.

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Alleged ISIL hacker faces US terror charges for doxing soldiers

TimeMaster T

Re: retailer?

some places have discounts if your in the Military.

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Japanese chief TPP negotiator accused of taking $100,000 bribe

TimeMaster T

Re: Benefits.

If they don't someone will.

It is only a matter of time before the hopeless decide they have nothing left to loose, and that is when it will start getting messy.

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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

TimeMaster T

And you know this for a fact how?

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

TimeMaster T

"Would take a while to get there, voyager 1 has been going for 39 years"

coasting.

with a VASIMR or ion providing constant thrust we could get a probe there in under a year flight time

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/vasimr-rocket-mars_n_7009118.html

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TimeMaster T

Re: Artist's impression

That's pretty high magnification you got there!

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TimeMaster T

Re: Planet?

60 years coasting. If we used an Ion engine or VASIMR* that could provide constant thrust we could cut that time by a big factor, like under a year.

All we need to do is find it and have a really good reason to go there asap. Humanity won't do it of course, but we could, with just a couple decades of real effort.

Maybe if they detect unobtanium** or something uber cool like that.

*http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/06/vasimr-rocket-mars_n_7009118.html

**http://james-camerons-avatar.wikia.com/wiki/Unobtanium

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

TimeMaster T
Coat

Already have a Computer brain interface thank you very much

I have one interface for visual with a secondary input channel working in parallel with it so I wont miss anything and another paired set of inputs dedicated for audio. AND I have ten, count'em 10, output interfaces.

I can already interface with and operate everything in my home, work, car and general environment with my current I/O system. What does the Darpa system have to offer that is an improvement?

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David Bowie: Musician, actor... tech admirer

TimeMaster T
Coat

Guess its time to

put on my red shoes and dance the blues.

RIP Mr. Bowie, and my sympathies to those, like myself, who will have to carry on in this odd little world that now seems a little less interesting, and a little colder too.

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Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute

TimeMaster T
Meh

Re: Born to Raise Eyebrows

drawing of a cute girl or a photo of an aging male rocker. I know my preference but hey, whatever gets your boat to port.

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TimeMaster T
Coat

Who??

I've never heard of the guy till his death was reported on CNN, and while I think I >might< have heard of the band I can't be sure.

First thing I thought when I saw the name was "why would they want to name an element after a bunch of small furry rodents who's only claim to fame was running off a cliff when chased by a helicopter?"

If your going to name it after a singer how about "Mikunium" after Hatsune Miku? She is way cuter.

mines the one with the spring onion in the pocket.

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American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

TimeMaster T

Re: Thanks FCC

"Hillary and despite all her faults looks like the only choice."

Not the only choice. Bernie Sanders.

Remember: The only way to "throw your vote away" is to NOT vote. Don't like the candidates listed? Then write in who you want, even if its your pet hamster. Every voted counted that isn't for the wining candidate means they can't claim to represent a majority of the American people as easily.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

TimeMaster T

GIMP user for ~10 years.

for the average home/amateur photographer its great. And I've used it for a lot more than just dealing with red-eye.

It has the advantage of being both free and multi platform as well as being able to read just about every digital image format in existence.

Disclaimer: I've never used Photoshop so I can't offer a fair feature comparison.

That said if you can't afford Photoshop try GIMP, and I mean really try it, don't just start it up and whine that it has a different layout than Photoshop. There is always going to be a learning curve when you try a new piece of software.

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Debian Linux founder Ian Murdock dead at 42

TimeMaster T

Re: More details needed...

Didn't something like that also happen in Texas?

Woman gets arrested for no valid reason and is then found dead in her holding cell a few days later in what is declared a suicide.

Getting on the wrong side of a police officer can destroy your life. Even if you are innocent, and can prove it, the court will find some way to ignore the evidence and believe the officers story over yours.

Then every time you fill out a application for employment, security clearance, loan, etc. you will have to check the "Have you ever been arrested?" box. And they don't bother looking at the "why" field as they move your paperwork to the bin.

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