* Posts by Symon

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New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'

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Re: ha!

Not so much to win hearts and minds, more to splatter said organs over the wedding cake.

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Own goal for Scottish Football Association as fans sent phishy emails

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Picture in article.

That picture has no relevance to Scottish football. The goalkeeper is clearly making a save.

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Re: You know what they say to do if you're about to hit a deer

@YAAC. The more you drive, the less intelligent you are.

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The UK's Investigatory Powers Act allows the State to tell lies in court

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Does this mean that whatever evidence is presented in such cases, the jury can have a reasonable doubt?

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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Re: You can't do that ...

If you are "a billionaire real-estate developer", and it looks possible you might get caught out not paying some taxes, I strongly recommend you get a new job where you can influence changes to the revenue rules.

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Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

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Re: SUBS! (or failing that, turn on the spelling checker)

Well the headline references the Mastercard ads, using "priceless". However, from the article, Mastercard are unaffected by this. "Visa, unlike rival Mastercard, does not detect the flood of requests as unusual"

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Always back up your data!

Differential backup is important. Otherwise unnoticed corruption can render your backup useless. Think rdiff-backup rather than raw rsync. This lets you restore to any point in time.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Re: "on the UK island of Jersey"

@H in the Hague. "My wife has a blood type that is most common on the Iberian Peninsula" Back to Stewart Lee!

"And before them, 2000BC, 4,000 years ago, was the Beaker folk, weren't it? Bloody Beaker folk. The Beaker folk. Coming over here, rowing up the Tagus Estuary from the Iberian Peninsula in improvised rafts. The bloody Beaker folk, coming over here with their beakers. With their drinking vessels. What's wrong with just cupping up the water in your hands? And licking it up like a cat? My name's Paul Nuttall of UKIP and I say we need to ensure the brightest and best Beaker folk stay in the Iberian Peninsula and fill it with beakers instead of coming over here to the UK and teaching us to drink liquid out of cups."

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Re: Redundancy

I wonder if there is (or should be) a microwave link to the French mainland? It's easily within line-of-sight.

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Re: "on the UK island of Jersey"

Keep going back in time, à la Stewart Lee.

"And before them, 400 million years ago, when the first fish crawled up onto the land. Our land. You get back in the sea. You finned cunt. Coming up here, onto our land with your barely developed lungs and your hopes and dreams of a better tomorrow for fish. Get back in the sea. My name's Paul Nuttall of UKIP and I say we need to ensure the brightest and best fish stay in the sea and concentrate on making it aquatically prosperous instead of coming up here onto the land."

From about 0:12:07

http://subsaga.com/bbc/comedy/stewart-lees-comedy-vehicle/series-3/2-england.html

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UK cops spot webcam 'sextortion' plots: How vics can hit stop

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Re: Why

Even if they're not stupid, they might be full of shit. Or fucking nuts.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8rh6qqsmxNs

Sweary link. It's George Carlin for fucks sake!

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Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen

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Re: I wonder.....

@Timmy. There's a browser add-on thing called TrackMeNot which tries to stop users being profiled by the sites they visit. It wouldn't need a lot of modification to make it go to a vast number of sites, simply crawling around the internets, and thus hide 'real' web visits in a shitstorm of noise. The new law doesn't force ISPs to store every page, just the domain, or so I believe. Whatever, it's obvious that no-one in the Houses of Parliament (with the possible exception of the Lib Dems) has the remotest idea about IT whatsoever.

https://cs.nyu.edu/trackmenot/

"TrackMeNot is a lightweight browser extension that helps protect web searchers from surveillance and data-profiling by search engines. It does so not by means of concealment or encryption (i.e. covering one's tracks), but instead, paradoxically, by the opposite strategy: noise and obfuscation. With TrackMeNot, actual web searches, lost in a cloud of false leads, are essentially hidden in plain view. User-installed TrackMeNot works with Firefox and Chrome browsers and popular search engines (AOL, Yahoo!, Google, and Bing) and requires no 3rd-party servers or services."

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Rivals' keyword marketing activity censured by High Court

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Gavels.

Re: The picture at the top of this article. English law courts don't use gavels. They never have. Maybe they were auctioning off the keywords? SOLD, to the pedant at the back.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk/2009/nov/23/writ-large-courtroom-drama-bbc

https://www.judiciary.gov.uk/about-the-judiciary/the-justice-system/court-traditions/

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San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: Not the developer's fault.

@MNG. Thanks for your time commenting. Your posts are insightful, and I'm going to need to read more a lot about the subject before I would be confident in offering an opinion. Thanks again.

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" skyscraper at 80 Natoma" Are you sure you didn't mean Nakatomi? Yippie-Ki-Yay...

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

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Re: Knock in Ireland

Robert, is that the Holy Stone of Clonrichert? The class two relic that got inserted into Bishop Facks? I think that would be an ecumenical matter.

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AF447, wasn't it that the plane's computers couldn't make sense of the data inputs, so control was handed back to the pilots. Unfortunately, they couldn't work out what to do either. However, I believe there are rare incidents where the plane can prevent a pilot from doing what he needs to do, for example if you're planning on ditching in the Hudson River. Capn. Sullenberger, who was flying a Airbus A320-214, "... noted that the impact could have been less violent but software in the plane, designed to prevent pitching up and down, had prevented him from manually getting maximum lift during the four seconds before water impact."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Airways_Flight_1549#Aircraft

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Indeed, the world needs nuclear powered aircraft. Think of the emissions savings. FAB.

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"pilgrimages to Mecca from around the world". I wonder if the insurance premium goes up if your planes are packed full of devout Muslims on the Hajj? Also, what do you do with the planes for the rest of the year? Fly crippled Catholics to Lourdes? I pretty sure that Hindus are meant to walk to the Kumbh Mela. All that said, I think that you're onto something. Pilgrim Airways could have some mileage in it. Literally. Arsenal have Emirates on their shirts, Argyle are screaming out for sponsorship!

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Re: First Flight Challenges

" A lifetime of excitement compressed into 5 minutes of sheer exhilaration," That reminds me of Captain Eric Melrose "Winkle" Brown who sadly passed away earlier this year. He was a "British Royal Navy officer and test pilot who flew 487 different types of aircraft, more than anyone else in history. He was also the most-decorated pilot in the history of the Royal Navy."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Brown_(pilot)

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'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Re: Welcome to embedded system engineering

"deploying parachutes at a negative altitude."

It reminds me of an experiment that was done on the space shuttle. Ronald Reagan's Pentagon scientists had stuck a "laser" on a Hawaiian hill that the space shuttle was due to fly over. The shuttle had a mirror on it to reflect the light back to the eager boffins. Sadly, someone told the space shuttle computers the Maui mountain's height in feet, when it expected the data to be in nautical miles. The mirror was pointed out into space. At no point did the computer worry that it was about to fly into an enormous mountain.

http://www.nytimes.com/1985/06/20/us/laser-test-fails-to-strike-mirror-in-space-shuttle.html

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D-Link joins hands with Microsoft to give 'Super Wi-Fi' a push

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Re: 54MHz?

"there's a limit to the data rate based on the frequency"

Bloody bollocks, Bob. Ultimately, the data rate depends on the bandwidth of the channel and the signal-to-noise ratio therein. The absolute frequency has bugger all to do with it, except that some carrier frequencies are not as attenuated as much as others in a given medium. The coding can have a big effect, but that's nonetheless a secondary effect. It's like Claude Shannon, and before him Ralph Hartley, never existed!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon%E2%80%93Hartley_theorem

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

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Re: Magnetic card skimming

Read the article more carefully. You still enter your PIN on the ATM.

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Hackers electrocute selves in quest to turn secure doors inside out

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Re: They're still alive after electrocution?

@Grunty, Caesars, I think! There's a myriad reasons why people fall for the etymological fallacy. And I don't mean exactly 10,000. Even though that's an appeal to popular usage, and the word's based on an absolute number.

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Re: They're still alive after electrocution?

@Grunty. Yep, just like December. It's the tenth month. "There is no appeal to popular use, because it explicitly states the figure. Nope, things with numbers are absolute." Next time you go to your grocer, remember that while you're dating your cheque.

Words that you might be interested in include "manure" which was a verb meaning 'to work the land by hand'. Remind you of anything?

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Re: "then increased the amount of electrons running through their prototype."

@DainB. WHAT?! The protons are in the nucleus of the atoms. In a fixed wire, they don't move anywhere. The electrons are the things that move in a conductor. Even in a p-type semiconductor. In a given wire, if the current increases, the speed of the electrons increases. The speed of the electrons is pretty slow, maybe a millimeter per minute or so. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drift_velocity#Numerical_example The field in the wire moves much quicker of course, maybe 2/3 c.

Oh, and while I'm at it, the names of SI units aren't capitalised, unless they're at the start of a sentence. So it's coulombs and amperes. The one exception is degrees Celsius. I hope that helps.

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"then increased the amount of electrons running through their prototype."

I doubt that. To be technically correct, which is the best kind of correct, I reckon they increased the speed of the electrons (current). They did this by pushing them harder (voltage) through the wires. You could increase the 'amount of electrons' by making the wires longer, fat lot of good that would be in this case.

Whatever, did this phrase "in reality it was something more akin to success." remind anyone else of Professor Piehead?

http://viz.co.uk/crap-joke-professor-piehead/

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Re: They're still alive after electrocution?

"Electrocute = electric + execute:" Ah, our old friend the etymological fallacy. Guess what, words change their meanings over time!

http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001256.html

"People maintain that "decimate" can't mean 'almost entirely wipe out' because it really means 'wipe out one-tenth of'. Or that "since" and "while" can only be used as temporal connectives, not as logical ones (meaning, roughly, 'because' and 'although'), because that was their original meaning."

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Irish eyes are crying: Tens of thousands of broadband modems wide open to hijacking

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"except for IP addresses"

"blocked port 7547 except for IP addresses assigned to its own management servers. Had the company done so for its D1000, the vulnerabilities would not have been exploitable."

Yes, what could possibly go wrong with that?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_address_spoofing

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AWS shines light on Virginia solar scheme

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Solar and clouds?

More practically, Virginia has four nuclear power plants, as does Ohio. Why not put your clouds next to those?

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ESA lofts one astronaut and four Galileo satellites into orbit

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"European-controlled Galileo global positioning network into low-Earth orbit"

Nope, they're in medium Earth orbit. From the linked article:- "The Galileos are at their target altitude, after a flawless release from the new dispenser designed to handle four satellites."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_Earth_orbit

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: Mac can be pawned too.

@hplasm. Para. 3.

"MacOS users can breathe a sigh of relief: Kamkar's attack currently only works on Windows and Linux boxen."

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

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It's better to talk about luminous efficacy rather than efficiency. Luminous efficacy is measured in lumens per watt. The human eye is more sensitive to some colours than others, and the lumens bit takes that into account. Efficiency is dimensionless, and doesn't make a lot of sense for lighting. As for the astronomy angle, I'll leave you with a Repo Man quote! (Repo Man is set in LA)

J. Frank Parnell: Beautiful evening; you can almost see the stars...

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: Planetary Protection Programme

More here:- https://planetaryprotection.nasa.gov/overview

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Stolen passwords integrated into the ultimate dictionary attack

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Re: Using a password manager

I couldn't agree more. A password safe is the only way to go. There are many that work across a range of devices. I use this one, https://pwsafe.org/ , designed by Mr. Security himself, Bruce Security.

p.s. See my post below on how to deal with shite websites that try to block users pasting a password.

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Re: Sites also a problem

@Brian. You need to try harder mate! There are many Chrome and Firefox extensions available to override these double dumbass website wankers. Search for 'allow password paste'. Here's one called "Don’t fuck with paste". The swearing improves your mood as you stick one to the man!

https://www.cyberciti.biz/linux-news/google-chrome-extension-to-removes-password-paste-blocking-on-website/

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Re: Freecycle

@Lord. It is your business, but you also made it our business when you posted bad advice. On here people like to post informative stuff and correct any bad thinking, especially when someone appears to advocate wasting stuff for no good reason. Overwriting the data is more secure than smashing up the disk. If you whack it, someone could still (theoretically) get the platters, or parts of them, and extract some data. If you overwrite the data, it's gone forever. The stuff from the early 90s about recovering erased data from a floppy disk won't work anymore. (I posted a link above explaining why) What you were 'taught' is not true for today's tech, and Laz was pointing that out to you.

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Re: Freecycle

@Laz. One pass is enough. All that crap about multi-pass is overkill.

"The notion that overwritten sectors can be recovered by searching for 'shadow' copies on today's hard drives is false."

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2477228/data-privacy/is-overwritten-data-really-unrecoverable-.html

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Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports

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I'll leave this here.

https://haveibeenpwned.com/

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NHS IT bod sends test email to 850k users – and then responses are sent 'reply all'

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My theory is the two down votes are because people are hanged. Donkeys are hung. I voted up notwithstanding.

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Re: And now for...

Ha, 'they' deleted my post. Guess the kids these days haven't watched Monty Python. Moderator, try here:- https://youtu.be/uK92NYwBMts?t=141

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Your body reveals your password by interfering with Wi-Fi

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I thought blind people would be using voice control these days anyway? Is the problem of detecting blind people using smartphone screens a bit like this:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7L3iSZsNpY

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Encrypted email sign-ups instantly double in wake of Trump victory

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Who was signing up?

I guess that was Hillary and her friends migrating email providers.

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CERN boffins see strange ... oh, wait, that's just New Zealand moving 2m north

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Re: More a storm than a quake

"Graboid" Anyone know where to get a copy of "Tremors" with the melonfarming swearing still in it? "Be advised, however, that there are two more, repeat, two more motherhumpers." just doesn't work, whichever goddamn rec room you break into.

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Firewalls snuffed by 'BlackNurse' Ping of Death attack

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pfSense for the win!

NOT AFFECTED:

Iptables (Netfilter! - thx Martin ;-)) (even with 480 Mbit/sek)

mikrotik CCR1036-12G-4S firmware: 3.27 (250 Mbit/sek) and no problem

OpenBSD 6.0 and current

Windows Firewalls

pfSense

http://blacknurse.dk/

"Vulture South suspects it arises from a popular open source library." Well, it's not Linux or BSD. I wonder...

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Boffins find Galaxy making killer radiation, rule out Samsung phone as source

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Re: "All of these would ruin your day if you happened to live in the same galaxy"

@Nano. Far side of the world. That would only save you from the effects if the GRB hit square on to one of the poles. Anywhere below 60N or above 60S and the weather mixes up any bad shit the GRB leaves in the atmosphere all around the planet, as the longitudinal diffusion around the Earth takes only a week or two. Diffusion into the opposite hemisphere takes a couple of years, so polar hits only affect that hemisphere.

The gamma rays themselves aren't the issue, their energy gets used up in the atmosphere. It's the ozone depletion and the consequent increase in solar UV radiation that fucks everything up. You might think that wearing a hat would save you from the sunburn, but the trouble is the UV increase would kill a lot of phytoplankton, which is the basis of the marine food chain as well as oxygen production. Total bummer!

Safe distance from a GRB is about 3kpc. So, "tens of thousands of lightyears" will save you, Pascal. Bad bursts happen about once every 500My. Anyway, that's what these doom-mongers think.

http://cds.cern.ch/record/642831/files/0309415

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Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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You think "GAY PORN" would somehow be worse than "STRAIGHT PORN"? Wanker.

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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AI boffin Professor Noel Sharkey

That's the one out of Robot Wars and The Undertones, right?

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