* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

6311 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: 4G?

It was a problem with early coil powered transmitters in the 1920/1930.

The solution was to preface each message code with a unused code (10) that didn't matter. Hence 10-4

5
0

Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: the intent

private to everyone except us - is also an important declaration.

2
0

Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

To be closely followed by another communication from the RIAA about region coding.

12
1

Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: At 250K a pop.

But the first vehicles were new and led to the development of better stuff. There is already better stuff and this is nothing more than was done in the 1950s with dropping x-planes from high altitude bombers. The only purpose is to extract money from rich idiots who either do't understand the difference between space and orbit, or who don't care.

It's as if Herr Benz introduced a car today with no engine that only went downhill and claimed it as a major breakthrough in low carbon emmission vehicles.

1
4
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: And we should give a Rat's Arse about this why?

Because 1) beardy is likely to be one of the first passengers and 2) it doesn't look that safe .....

3
0

Your servers are underwater? Chill OUT, baby – liquid's cool

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: The future is Iceland.

If you are going to put all the computers in what is effectively a deep fat fryer - then the future is probably Scotland.

13
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

And you would prefer sticking your hands into the chip fryer they are proposing here ?

0
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: BOFH

Concorde and the ST71 used fuel to cool their airframes - so a diesel cooled cluster isn't a bad idea.....

0
0

Large Hadron Collider gives young ALICE a black-hole ray gun

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Not actually new, you know

If I'm standing next to ALICE thinking - "bloody hell thats a lot of detector", then I'm sure that neither of us is moving very much - so I'm mostly uncertain about where it is.

Although I only became an astrophysicist because i'm too short to be a high-energy physicist.

It's well known that the only purpose of HEP researchers is to stand in front of detectors in pictures to give them scale. As a result all HEP students are selected to be exactly 2.0m tall

4
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Not actually new, you know

At 10,000tons we are pretty sure of its momentum (bugger all) so we aren't entirely sure it was THERE

2
1

WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Democracy 2.0

I presume the Russians know how much oil and gas we have agreed to buy from Russia.

I suspect this is more about keeping it a secret from voters in the oil patch.

8
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Democracy

There is a slight difference between keeping military secrets from your enemies and keeping trade deals with your (nominal) enemies secret from your own people.

22
0

One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Argh!

The physical plug and cable is the same (although good luck getting 40Gbs down the one from the dollar store). It's the protocols the devices support over the wire that is different. You aren't going to have a MP3 player support 4k video or Thunderbolt.

3
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: USB-C is a big mistake

Careful, even mentioning "the plug that shall not be named" can summon demons.....

11
0

US Senate passes USA Freedom Act – a long lip service to NSA reforms

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Of the FBI flying spy planes over public protests monitoring the cell phones of US citizens daring to openly do democracy

3
0

Facebook flings PGP-encrypted email at world+dog. Don't lose your private key

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Security from whom?

> make the risky environment in which journalists work a little bit safer

Except facebook are encrypting the messages and can copy your key to any 3 letter agency who asks.

There is no end-end user-user encryption - this does little more than an HTTPS facebook page.

1
18

Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Is there any reason for the Spandsh to block the black bod data?

Evidence, transparency, proper legal procedure.

As opposed to the more traditional response to a military aircraft accident. If pilot==dead then {pilot error.}

Because suggesting that the aircraft was at fault might impact the manufacturer's profitablilty which would put the defence of the realm (and jobs in a marginal constituency) at risk.

15
2
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Why can you install software incorrectly on an aircraft?

CAPA Report:

Add line "remove disk 1" before line "insert disk 2" .....

2
0

'I thought we were pals!' Belgium, Netherlands demand answers from Germany in spy bust-up

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

I think perhaps their Nato and Eu allies thought that they might be spying on the common enemy, the USSR and then USSR-II, not on their friends and allies.

Like we thought that the NSA was spying on the enemies of America and not, as it turns out, the American enemies of the NSA

3
2

Hyperloop tube trains, killer AI, and virtual skydiving: Yes, it's the Pioneers Festival

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

A British success

Thanks to its unique sales model ARM sold more chips last year than intel made in it's history.

And thanks to its unique sales model it made about as much money as the interest intel earns on its tea kitty

1
0

Hardcore creationist finds 60-million-year-old fossils in backyard ... 'No, it hasn’t changed my mind about the Bible'

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Evidence.

>God created 60 million old rocks 4000 years ago. Piece of piss if you're omnipotent.

Or God created them last thursday, along with the gentleman in question and his memory of learning that the earth was 4000 years old.

17
1

Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Good

But they now require the hospital to "provide adequate security " - presumably "adequate" means they never get hacked, so any hack proves it was inadequate, so they never have to pay = win

7
2

WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

>that they should therefore listen to the people

I think their intention IS to listen to the people

All the people, all the time, every phone call

13
0

Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

> I actually went out of my way not to buy Intel just ion the back of that.

I avoided United Airlines for years because they had to put "fly the freindly skies" into every fscking announcement - it was like being in a cult.

Hint to all the marketing people out there; your regular customers, the ones who fly several times a week, are very valuable - they are the ones who get pissed off at this sort of thing.

2
1

Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

If you were on a German voip line owned and administered by a German company in Germany then the Belgium authorities would have to ask the Germans for access.

If you were in Germany then the Germans would have to ask the Germans for the data.

If you are on Skype in Belgium then the Americans are tapping it because they own Microsoft, the Germans are tapping it because the data almost certain goes through CDX, the Brits are tapping it as a backup for the Americans, the Chinese are tapping it because they can.

About the only people not tapping it are the Belgian government and that's because they can't find the Belgian government.

4
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Good for them

"I'm not even going to attempt to imagine a situation where a search of someone's drawers or underwear is likely to save life or limb..."

If you didn't let them in they would have to hit you with a baton, therefore letting them in saves life and limb - simple really

2
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Good for them

Microsoft Ireland isn't a USA based company, it is entirely separate but wholly owned company that abides by EU law.

Skype luxemburg also obeys Eu law and Belgium can get a warrant in Luxemburg if it wants stored data handed over. If it wants live data in Belgium handed over then it needs to prove that the law applies to Skype in Belgium.

15
3

EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Who is using the computer?

>how does the ISP know which member of the household is using the connection?

Obviously we add chip'n'pin to the kids.

A simple zigbee device implanted in the child at birth ...

3
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: What has Network Neutrality got to do with this

> If one doesn't want it then its a 30 second operation to turn it off. What is the problem ?

Because this isn't a government porn filter - it's left upto the individual companies to choose what they want to block, even the actual "porn list" comes from a private organisation, want to know what political, environmental or religous organisations are on the block list? You can't, its commercial confidential information.

So your ISP can block whatever it chooses, news stories that are unfavourable to it's owner, sites that are a business rival and can choose to change anything they want

So if BA buy enough advertising on a Murdoch paper then this eu law would make it illegal for your News corp owned ISP to block or change any Ryanair page you visited.

3
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Oh dear

By pointing out that the UK's "block porn by default unless you opt out" could also allow a "Newscorp owned sites only by default - you can always choose another cable provider if you want"

Of course this is an entirely accidental side effect of the drafting of the law and wasn't intended by the party supported by a certain Australian media baron.

4
2

Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Time to leave

Canada would spy on you - but the government doesn't have any computers so they can't

1
0

Geofencing: The ultra-low power frontier for the Internet of Things

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Why does this stuff need to update ?

Yes every lawnmower, toothbrush and toilet to have a unique IPv6 address and be individually accessible from t'internet with only a perfectly configured free modem from crap-cable-provider(tm) to secure it.

2
0

Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: The downsides of Landy ownership...

But without the tray it would just soak back into the ground where it could be pumped out by future generations - recycling at its best

3
0

SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Then you should be thinking of a way to economically harvest the plankton and either extract metals from it (Tim) or weaponise it (Lewis)

Either way; we need to kill a few whales to save a trillion plankton...

2
0

Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

The BBC's response

Was to change the casting of the CEO to the fine English actor Mr J Clarkson

And add a nude sauna scene.......

5
0

A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: The Pi needs windows

Pi was introduced because school CS classes became "a click on icon in Word" exercise

Microsoft offer a windows environment for Pi, backed by lots of marketing, glossy lesson plans etc.

Teachers who know nothing about computers think "computers = windows = good"

Schools scared of mumsnet stories about terrorist hackers want locked down computers

School CS lessons become a "click on link in web page from embedded IE" exercise

14
5

Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: "The project ran late and over budget. "

>That could be the corporate motto of Airbus

Boeing's was not only late and overbudget but they deliberatly built the first aircraft with non-approved rivets in order to meet Wall St expectations. Then had to drill every single one out and replace it before they could start tests.

2
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Under "wraps"? Seems odd....

So where does the black box go ?

To Airbus - so they can prove that it wasn't their fault

The spanish air force, the spanish civil aviation authority.

The turkish, since it was their plane.

The airbus member country who wrote the software

Who decides if it was the software

Having a judge decide this after some deiberation seems a better idea than first to the site grabs it.

2
1

Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: equivalent

Using a mobile phone distracted driving = $250 fine

Using a new car's buitl in touch screen 48 zone climate control integrated radio panel in the wife's Prius that I can't understand even with the manual = ok

Using my phone's sat nav = $250 fine

Using a window mounted after market sat nav = illegal in the next state over

Using a new cars integrated sat nav = ok

It's almost as if the car makers and the legislators were working together somehow

15
1

Amazon cloud to BEND TIME, exist in own time zone for 24 hours

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

That was the proposal a couple of years ago - it was vetoed by the UK

0
0

So why the hell do we bail banks out?

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Fractional reserve

because if you ring fence 7% then your competitor ring fences 6%, makes a profit on the 1% and undercuts you. So you ring fence 5%, and they ring fence 4% ........

2
0

Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

>Call me cynical, but a Republican candidate wants to place an electronic tagging device on every >citizen?

Of course not - that would be a stinkin commie plot.

They want everybody to buy their own tagging device and pay a monthly service fee to receive ads - that's the American way.

7
1

Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Confused

Which of the "prime time" TV offerings shown on that TV image would be improved by 4K ?

Most of them would only be improved by being shown in Ascii art on a ZX81

0
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: More than 4 catup services...

Dave has a catchup service ???????

2
0

Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: Please could somebody tell me...

Because it couldn't be used against people who weren't assisting a crime.

There are lots of things people do that the tory's bosses don't like which aren't a crime (yet)

2
0

BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Perhaps the department of pirates stole the 'r'

aarrghh me hearties

4
0

EU wants a panel o'boffins to replace solo science advisor

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: So

Yes but since everyone else will ignore the panel's reports it doesn't really matter

4
0

$19 billion made from dumped e-waste every year, says UN

Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Re: @Alan Brown

The problem is that one letter about this to the local council can have your cement operations shut down while a dozen levels of government all cover their arses with the voters by demanding inquiries and permits.

Burning waste is a huge commercial risk - even if you can do it safely and economically. Much better to ship it West Africa to be burned on bonfires.

1
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

Eco good

The local lying weasels here are running radio ads claiming how their e-waste recycling initiative fee (Google Translate=tax) has kept 1M tons of waste out of local land fills ... by shipping it to China.

5
0
Yet Another Anonymous coward
Silver badge

An even more Keynesian solution. Employ people to dig big holes in the ground and bury the metals in layers in the rock. Then if labor ever win they can pay people to mine them.

7
2

Forums