* Posts by Jess--

309 posts • joined 18 Nov 2009

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: Is the book worth a read?

Cheers for the info, I had missed the new expanse book

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Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings

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probably because at a different stage in flight failing to unlock the booms because a sensor says the rocket is firing would be just as deadly.

some things are better left under direct pilot control... but doing so does allow for errors (especially with a new type of aircraft that nobody has extensive experience with)

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Grand App Auto: Tesla smartphone hack can track, locate, unlock, and start cars

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Physical Key

I once horrified a neighbour who had locked themselves out of their car by walking up to their drivers door with a bunch of random car keys and unlocking their door in under 30 seconds.

The keys I had were spare keys from various vehicles that had been owned & scrapped by my family over about 20 years, I targeted their drivers door as that lock had the most use (and would therefore have more wear).

about 10 seconds was spent finding a key that had the right blade shape and the last 20 seconds was spent jiggling it up and down / in & out while trying to turn it.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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Re: Is the "domestic level" tech capable of this?

If you can get the transmitter or receiver high enough you would be amazed at the distances that can be covered with tiny amounts of power

from a height of 81,919 feet (15 1/2 miles) above melton mowbray a 1mW transmitter on 434Mhz was clearly receivable at a range of 267 miles (Brussels) without the use of directional aerials.

for reference the transmitter was attached to a high altitude balloon and consisted of 2AAA cells, 1 arduino pro mini, 1 mini gps board and a small RF transmitter (due to an error in the code it ended up transmitting 1mW instead of the permitted and planned 10 mW)

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Re: Nationalization not needed.

Sounds almost like Onley with it's aluminium phone cables.

it became a habit there that if you saw a BT / Openreach van you checked that your lines were still operational (around 20% of the time they had been killed)

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

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Re: Capacities

that would be just like my 16 megabyte smartmedia cards...

or the smartdisk 3.5" floppy adaptor for them (no not a reader that went in place of your floppy drive but a 3.5 disk that the card slotted into that you then placed in your standard drive)

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Re: The end of an era

"This could mark the end of whole "pizza delivery man" genre of pr0n..."

or usher in a whole new genre

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

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Re: R-Fence

jamming the control signals would probably not help, most quads capable of flying that high will have systems that will either hold position or return to launch position if the signal is lost

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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Re: Just works

I would have no objection to drm in games IF...

the last action of the publisher before shutting down their auth servers was to release a patch that removed the drm from the game enabling people that have purchased the game to continue playing if they wish.

Yes it would mean that the game would then effectively be free for anyone that can get hold of a copy (torrents etc) but since the publisher would no longer be selling or supporting the game by that point they could not argue that this represented any lost sales (in fact the counter argument could be that this older "free" version may lead to purchases of a newer version of a game in the series)

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Peace?

and there was me thinking it was Peace, Love and Unity

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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I have dealings with ofcom, the thing that instantly raised suspicion (other than the fact that my server had already flagged it as spam / malware) was that the email did not contain either my name or any registered callsign.

I have licenses from ofcom for business radio, 3 ham licenses and a Notice of variation for a D-Star repeater. other than the missed details the email looked plausible.

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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around here the nearest "main" road is bad enough that is managed to break various parts of my rear suspension (on a toyota landcruiser) and rip the front fairing off at least 2 normal cars that I have seen (by normal I mean totally factory original / not lowered etc)

it's fairly common to see a fresh scrape in the road followed by a nice streak of black oil followed by a black puddle (suggesting someone has lost their sump)

the councils solution on this road has been to put up uneven road signs and steadily lower the speed limit on the road (it's currently down to 20mph from 60)

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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leaving the ground

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'Free' VPN Hola is LITERALLY flogging access to users' devices

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Re: Finding work for idle nodes

If I was writing software that had to rely on whether the system was idle or not I would ask the operating system periodically (say once per minute) whether power saving had been activated (screen off / hard drive spun down / cpu speed dropped etc) or screensaver activated. Then if those tests say the system is idle have the software report as being available on the network. and continue checking that the system is still idle but at an increased frequency (maybe once every 5 seconds)

As soon as the tests say that the system is not idle report to the network that the system is not available.

doing it this way would allow my software to know whether there had been any activity without knowing (or needing to know) the details of the activity (leave that to the underlying operating system)

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EXTREME COUPONING zeros checkout carts in eBay's Magento

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Re: It seems like it would be slightly difficult to exploit

it has been fixed since february provided all sites have updated to versions since then, only sites running older versions are vulnerable. The problem is that there are a lot of sites running the older version, direct quote from a friend that has used it "it's an updating nightmare and the admin side is horrific"

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

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I see mention of being able to get an executable signed for use within an enterprise (but only within that enterprise).

but the only way I see of getting an executable signed to run on ANY machine is submitting it to the windows store.

Seems to me that they are trying to make it so that in the future if you want to develop for the windows platform you MUST sell it through the windows store.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: De-acceleration

already been mentioned in the other comments that the train also has wheels under it that it can decelerate on if needed, I would also imagine that given the speed and the airflow under the train that it wouldn't just drop the 10cm instantly but rather drop slowly as the train lost speed through air resistance.

probably the only time when the train is totally supported by maglev would be when it is accelerating away from a station, once up to speed I would think that the majority of lifting power would be coming from air between the track and train

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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That would only work if he was normally supplying the same goods to other customers.

The argument here is that the business in question is refusing to supply their normal everyday service to a particular group of customers based on their perceived sexuality.

I wonder which wedding they would choose to cater for...

Jess + John

Jess + Jane

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Re: Update Security

@avatar of they

Updating wouldn't happen from the "10 million lazy / ignorant PC owners who haven't updated AV or got a decent update cycle" since they will not have the current updates that your machine would be attempting to download.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Re: i am amazed

They used to be good, they were one of the first to detect / block code-red and nimda back in the day. A few years after that it turned into a nightmare.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: When I was a kid

best degaussing tool for tubes I ever found was a cheapo soldering gun (not iron)

hold against screen, pull trigger and move in circles while getting further from screen

let go of trigger when you are 2 feet from the screen

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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

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Re: Pole Squatting Cells

sounds to me like these cells should use some of their own capacity to link to their neighbour creating a daisy chain link with each cell acting as a relay for its neighbour until it reaches a cell with true backhaul

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Critical 0-days in open source? The problem isn't code, it's CASH

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Re: Invulnerable

so is a housebrick

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

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Surely one small problem with making solar cells with organic components would be that almost (if not all) organic components suffer some form of degradation when exposed to prolonged UV light, and of course with solar cells it's that UV light that you want to work well due to the higher energy levels (which is what causes the damage).

I can see these cells being like Oled screens, very nice but fairly short lived and susceptible to damage

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Toshiba packs NUMERIC KEYPAD onto self-bricking USB drive

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Re: TrueCrypt?

I would have thought that the advantage here is that the encryption / decryption is to be done on the device meaning that the machine it is attached to is not even aware that it is dealing with anything more complex than a normal usb drive, solves a whole range of problems with operating system compatibility since the operating system does not have to deal with the encryption used on the drive.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Re: For the Nth time

To my mind a drone is any flying aircraft with no pilot on board that is capable of making changes to its own flight direction or speed without input from a human operator.

as an example when flying my radio controlled plane if I turn off my transmitter the plane will continue flying in the same direction until the ground or another object gets in its way, this is not a drone.

if I turned off my transmitter and after a short period of no input my plane turned, flew to a designated safe area, circled above the area until it's battery reached a safety limit before gradually descending to hopefully land safely then this meets my definition of a drone

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: Trouble is, the last time round

read the wording carefully...

"The Green Party of England and Wales believes that illegal mass surveillance must be opposed"

They say nothing about mass surveillance being opposed once it becomes legal

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Bernie Madoff's coders jailed for role in $65bn ponzi scheme fiasco

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Re: 30 Months behind bars...

So far they have found about 1.26 million going to this pair (976k to O'Hara and 289k to Perez) so probably not going to keep them in comfort for too long

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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I suspect the police asked for records pertaining to one phone numbers outgoing calls,

Vodoafone dumped the outgoing calls from the account associated with that number not allowing for the fact it was a business account containing multiple phones.

depending on the wording of the original request made by the police vodafone may have given them exactly what they asked for

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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Re: UK needs to learn from other countries

hole punch through the antenna loop works quite well too, just choose your spot carefully so you don't get rid of something you need on the card

no loop means no induction to power the chip (chip n pin / magstripe all still work)

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

Jess--

Re: Toilet breaks?

or enable it to ensure a lower number of calls in the future (well in my case anyway)

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Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER

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Re: Seems pointless.

higher resolution on a phone maybe (my phone matches one of the monitors in front of me) but there is a huge difference in usability between that resolution on an 8 inch screen and the same resolution on a 23 inch screen.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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can usually tell

I can usually tell the difference between lossy / lossless, however for convenience / compatibility I tend to use high bitrate mp3 and accept the difference.

It doesn't take high end equipment to be able to hear the difference (unless creative labs megaworks 250 speakers are high end)

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: Speedo?

re: touchscreen stereos

I agree regarding the 100% touchscreen stereo systems, I went for an older model which (while still being touchscreen based) has a big volume knob next to the screen which has the nice addition of a single push of the knob (instead of turning) muting the system entirely no matter what it's doing (phone, pratnav or music)

another nice touch is that if I get an incoming phone call 1/2 of the screen is green "Answer" and the other half is red "Decline" meaning it's a big target to hit at a glance.

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Pedals and wheel in that Google robo-car or it's off the road – Cali DMV

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And in tomorrows news...

Google buys an insurance company

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

Jess--

Re: Standard Windows timings

you can enable AHCI post-install.

change one registry entry, reboot

then reboot again and change the setting in your bios to AHCI

job done

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Western morality

I always say the media should stop referring to a ceasefire and just call it reloading

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Re: "contains nothing of use."

Maybe the "nothing of use" means to the hacker, it doesn't say anywhere that what it does contain isn't traceable in some way (and I would be surprised if it wasn't)

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Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage

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working perfectly here

been working perfectly here (lincs via eclipse), wasn't aware there was any sort of an outage. been buying bits for a few projects.

sounding more like a dns fault with some isp's not having picked up on changes yet.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Er....

would you be referring to the eagle statue as the "Interesting Bug"?

that worked through RF resonance and harmonics which shifted very slightly with vibration (like sound)

all that was needed was a transmitter (on the right frequency) and a very sensitive receiver close by.

Still took them years to work out how it worked

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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Re: Do any of the wireless BlueTooth speaker systems work well?

if you want to try a cheap bluetooth set of headphones try the logitech h800.

They won't blow you away with sound quality but what they produce is not harsh, I tend to use them on the computer when I need to hear something but can't fire up the speaker system (someone else on the phone in the office) or for long train journeys.

I have NEVER had any issues with syncing or gaps in the sound etc

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Jess--

Re: @ Simon Harris - This new stuff looks boring

You wouldn't happen to mean the trusty wharfedale Linton 3XP's would you

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Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

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uBlox gps chips have a flight mode command switch which allows use above 12,000m as long as the speed of movement stays below a certain limit (300mph has been mentioned elsewhere)

different makers seem to have interpreted the gps restrictions in different ways,

ublox have taken the view that max height AND max speed = restriction

others have taken the view that max height OR max speed = restriction

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What data recovery software would you suggest?

Jess--

for quick / hassle free (and cost free) drive imagine have a look at SelfImage

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

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I had a house where I couldn't switch providers because of an old unpaid bill of £20.

every month a bill arrived addressed to FAO : Abbey National

turned out that three owners before me the owner had died and the house had been reposessed by abbey national.

the fun part was that without the bill being paid the power company wouldn't allow changes to the tariff or allow the change of supplier. And they wouldn't accept payment from me for the bill in question because the bill was in no way my responsibility. (nice little lock-in technique there)

That was 8 years ago, I bet the current owner still gets that bill monthly.

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Stop skiving: Computers can SEE THROUGH your FAKE PAIN

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we only want pain, not torture

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Google settles copyright suit with Viacom over YouTube vids

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more likely google are just paying viacom the advertising revenue

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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Re: Strange (Jess)

Hmmm so having to install a file manager app and then using that to gain access to the file system counts as direct access in your mind.

In my mind if I have to go and get something that is not included as standard on the devices operating system it is not direct access.

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Re: Strange

maybe its because on most mobile devices the user doesn't have direct access to the file system or the data stored without going through the installed app they assume that means it is only ever accessible through or by the app concerned.

compare that to a laptop or desktop environment where the user has access to the file system and can usually see what is being stored where and how.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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Good luck trying to organise that without it being picked up by the very surveillance that you intend to protest against.

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