* Posts by DryBones

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Still 3D printing with one material? We can use TEN, say MIT eggheads

DryBones

Re: how about gasket material?

Try Dap 686 for a start...

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Fancy a mile-high EARJOB? We've had five!

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Holmes

Fun Fact...

While the noise cancelling earphones may reduce your perception of sound, they do not actually cancel the sound itself. Or maybe I mean the carrier is still there, even if the modulation isn't. Picture the sound wave on an X-Y graph. You can set all the Y to 0, but you still have motion in X.

All I know is when I put on a set of Bose it gets quiet, but I am very aware of a pressure -inside- my ears when they are donned and active, versus donned and disabled. It's a curious thing, somewhat disconcerting, and has kept me from springing for any pair of them.

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Dating gets even more dangerous after PlentyOfFish suffers tainted ads

DryBones

"Has this demonstration of the lack of proper ad inspection and sanitization prompted you to re-evaluate your choice of ad network?"

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Random numbers aren't, says infosec boffin

DryBones
Boffin

Well, the problem here is that in order to properly test for randomness, you need a sufficiently large sample size tested against it, and to understand the conditions under which the randomness is maintained. If you test a hundred numbers that look good, but after a thousand it loops back to the beginning...

Take my vehicle's radio. The MP3 "shuffle" functionality at first blush might seem to work just fine. However, once you've drive it for a year you'll realize that it has a very, very strong tendency to a certain pattern of song numbers, and with one or two variations in places, follows it every single time it decides to reset to the start of the pseudorandom sequence. This is a crap implementation, and I've complained to them that beginning programmers learn how to seed their random number generator better than this, please replace their intern and recompile.

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Windows 10 collects colossal 0.375 per cent market share in July

DryBones

Well...

I think that's not bad for not having been released for even a week yet, and the staggered rollout.

Upgraded my just-for-fun desktop, saw no huge problems. About a 2 hour wait while it chewed it all over, the associated bag of hammers for its privacy options, and it didn't figure out I had an Nvidia until the second reboot... Moved the laptop after, same.

Just saying.

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The Q7: Audi’s big SUV goes from tosspot to tip-top

DryBones

Mine fits quite well, but I suppose it's more in the crossover / son-of-a-wagon category.

Is there a number you can call to report them for booting/towing?

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Pirate

Re: Google Sat Nav usability research

Not sure what you're on about, Google has been spanking the satnav general market (with the occasional moan) for years now. They're simply better at delivering the information.

As for your something, I suggest that you take it to a bigger city sometime. When you take an exit, then have to choose between 2 diverging lanes within 200' of that, and then again another 300' on, while moving at a reasonable clip, it's rather helpful to be able to glance at the screen and see you need to go right, stay left, then go right before you have to combine it with keeping other vehicles from initiating mating.

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'Fix these Windows 10 Horrors': Readers turn their guns on Redmond

DryBones

Re: Then there is the Whitespace everywhere

Google Calendar did the same thing, absurd use of whitespace. They backtracked after getting excoriated in the reviews page. I plan to do similar as required with Microsoft Feedback. This is something they have needed for a while (for all meanings).

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Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars

DryBones

I smell...

A new Pwn2Own category!

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

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Tch.

Nothing for the PC? Considering the number of convertible laptops that are starting to make it into the mass market, this looks like such an easy win. Just like those for the iPad, all the stylus needs to do is report pressure over the bluetooth link and Bob's your uncle. Then for $100 or whatever, I can turn my laptop into a graphics tablet.

Anyone want to take my money for such a thing? Anyone? Bueller?

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KRAKKOOM! SpaceX Falcon supply mission to ISS EXPLODES minutes after launch

DryBones

Re: Physics Says...

The upper stage tanks tend to have a bladder to help push the reactants to the pipes so the engine can run, they don't like to stay put in the absence of gravity. These bladders are filled with helium as it's neutral and won't freeze. If the helium is supplied at the wrong time and rather excessive pressure though...

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DryBones

Re: Which companies offices?

Only if they're ignorant. Those really on their game think "that could have been us".

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DryBones

Re: Working blind, but not for long!

Space shuttle and Delta Clipper already did reuse. From what's been studied and said the hard part isn't getting it back, it's making it ready to fly again for notably less than making a new one.

If the tanks rip open after 3 launchers, there might be economic challenges.

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Apple pulls Civil War games in Confederate flag takedown

DryBones

Re: All the balls have left the bar

@AC: I think you parsed the wrong meaning there. I meant of those who become vegetarians, it seems like more and more are changing to such a diet because they cannot bear the thought that an animal died for their food.

Not sure, but we may have a generation growing up with little concept of where their meat comes from. Ask, and get "The store."

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DryBones

Re: All the balls have left the bar

The problem is that society is simultaneously becoming less able to deal with the aberrants. It's out of their ability to process, completely traumatizing. No guns, no tolerance for them, abject fear of what they might do. More and more people are becoming vegetarians because they cannot deal with the idea that something had to die for their food. It's narrowing, reducing our ability to adapt and cope.

There are very valid reasons for having that tolerance, knowing about tools and weapons, for having a breath of experience. Knowing how to hunt, to fish, to make things, to design things. Sounds very Time Machine, gradually making people into Eloi.

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

DryBones
Coat

Translation

"We or our hardware supplier cannot be arsed to provide updated drivers to Microsoft."

Innit? I can't believe every one of Window's drivers is written by Microsoft, or that Samsung is wiring these chips up in ways they aren't actually designed to work. Naive, I know...

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

DryBones

Might I suggest uninstalling the apps, then? If you put crap on the phone, there will be crap on the phone.

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DryBones

Emotion rules reason.

Same as it ever was.

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Testing Windows 10 on Surface 3: Perfect combo or buggy embuggerance?

DryBones

Surface 3 vs Pro...

If you do the maths, by the time you add the pen and the keyboard that the Surface 3 Pro includes but the Surface 3 doesn't, you're practically at the cost of a Pro with less to show for it.

Rubbish.

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Google to shell out up to $58k for new Nexus epic pwnage

DryBones
Linux

Today's Lesson

If you are not confident of your ability to keep customers by just offering a network for them to use their phone on, you are doing piss-poor as a business.

Honestly at this point I'd be cheering if lawsuits related to these unpatched security issues started cropping up. It's their own fault, they wanted to mess with that's in the OS load to "differentiate", they became liable for delays. Can't process patches fast enough? Boo-hoo, try just adding your network info to what the manufacturer sends you and hitting "deploy ".

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How to hijack MILLIONS of Samsung mobes with man-in-the-middle diddle

DryBones
Pint

Whee

*pats his Nexus 5*

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

DryBones
Holmes

"I trust Google with my data more than I trust the US government."

Doesn't sound so silly now, does it?

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

DryBones

Skype Desktop Sucks Too

Mandatory ad-space, no ability to have multiple chat windows showing on the screen at the same time, totally unable to pull them out so can look at them all at a glance. Basically everything gets forced into one mold. Oh, also their killing support for any third-party access. I'm pretty sure that was what made me stop using them entirely.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

DryBones
Flame

There's the problem...

"According to safety documentation, the pilots would only get a warning from the ECUs when the aircraft is 400 feet (120 metres) off the ground."

Why does this not show up while it's still on the bloody tarmac?

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Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future

DryBones

So basically he's the very model of a psychopath, or sociopath, or whatever, and people love him. I seem to recall there being some study or government plan for a post-disaster response that involved putting all of those people in charge because they wouldn't have any empathy and would do what needed to be done. And everyone and their brother piled scorn on it. No wonder people say he's the next Steve Jobs, he inherited the reality distortion field.

Most of us don't want to work for someone that's a right knob, you know.

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'You wanted Silk Road to be your legacy. And it is. Now enjoy your life behind bars'

DryBones
Pint

Re: Tools.

Some tools are people, some people are tools...

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Elon Musk's SpaceX: Now we help do SURVEILLANCE for the SPOOKS

DryBones
Meh

Yep. Because 50 years ago there wasn't as much of a global economy going on, manufacturing wasn't being outsourced to China by everyone and their brother, and US aerospace companies hadn't discovered that Russian engine technology (or at least metallurgy) was decades ahead of theirs, and could be had for notably cheaper. Funny situation wherein the local technology was more expensive and less efficient, but they didn't care because patriotism. Nationalism? Anyway.

Now you've got the return of this drive to do it locally, only it's being used as a political football, and they also want it as cheaply as possible. The main reason it CAN be done cheaper is the emergence of additive manufacturing, which is a relatively recent development. Costs are going to come down, manufacturing of some of the stuff being used for politics is going to return to the US. It's just another folding chair in DC's stupid wrestling match.

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Maserati Ghibli S: Who cares what Joe Walsh thinks?

DryBones

Autoboxes

Yes, nothing with an automatic transmission qualifies as a sports car. For you see, even though automatics now changes gears faster than all but the most overcaffeinated stick fiddlers (what is the proper Reg-ization of driving stick?), can be be used in manual mode to choose your own shift points, and provide better fuel economy to boot, it's not a sports car without a manual transmission. If it lets me pay half as much insurance as the ricer that got eaten by my turbo-fed SUV, I'll support it.

In related topic, opinions on Ford/Mondeo's decision to offer an ECU 'tuner' box for their vehicles? I think it's simultaneously neat and rather behind the curve. To hear it told by one I know, tuner shops already offer the ability to fit a module that lets you switch between "Normal", "Eco", and "Badger in Pants Crazy" ECU profiles from the cruise-control ... er, controls.

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New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

DryBones

Re: Now if they could just turn display of file extensions back on…

Hmm, all right then. My impression was that such headers weren't already present and the icon was assigned by the OS based on the extension, though I suppose that wouldn't explain how Adobe and other programs got their icons on. So they make a calendar.exe and specify a PDF icon. Ok.

I know Irfanview checks image headers... Great, so everyone else is just damn lazy and blindly trusting the extension.

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DryBones

Re: Now if they could just turn display of file extensions back on…

Such as?

Also, how does it determine what they are, then? Does it try running every file on the off chance it's executable? Does it look at some setting in the header of the file that's even less visible to a user? How does this prevent a clueless user from running something named hotchickcaledar.pdf that has an executable icon when it should be a PDF icon, and entering their password when prompted?

Seriously curious here.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

DryBones
Holmes

Re: Good research, bad alliance

They sourced a Russian engine. You know, like everyone sources tons of stuff Made In China. Outsourcing has its risks, got enough paint to get the rest of the business world with that brush?

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KA-BOOM! Russian rocket EXPLODES over Siberia minutes after lift-off

DryBones

Re: Just a reminder...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Thor_and_Delta_launches

"Due to the size of the list, it has been split into several smaller articles"

There are a good number of failures in the early sections. A lot of them. We had to LEARN what was needed to be successful, and to a degree the efforts from around the world cross-pollinated, and everyone failed less as time went on and lessons were learned and shared. SpaceX has a good number of engineers from other launch companies, the knowledge-share information from NASA, as well as fresh-faced college kids, for instance.

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DryBones

Just a reminder...

Launches are hard to do right.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat

DryBones

A-freaking-men. Yet another example of trying to ignore the message, then shooting the messenger.

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Mobile spyware firm mSpy hacked, clients doxxed on dark web

DryBones

Today's secret word is

Schadenfreude.

Seriously, I think all operating systems should be patched to remove the ability to "hide" things on them. And by that I mean stuff that renders a process, a directory, etc, non-displayed even if looking in the right place. If it's not interesting /useful to end users fine, group it in a "system" category. But I want to be able to lift that lid and see the guts, including badware trying to slum.

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Security bods gagged using DMCA on eve of wireless key vuln reveal

DryBones

Streisand Effect in 3, 2, 1...

Someone is going to get creamed over this. And I don't think it's the researchers.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

DryBones
Mushroom

Re: Just like Windows Phone

"Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices, and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices..."

Good grief, I can smell that pile of bullshit from here. Smells like curry kimchee... (with apologies to Indians and Koreans). CARRIERS and MANUFACTURERS WON'T LET Google push new OS updates directly to their customers. That was a requirement they dictated to Google, in order to accept their OS onto phones that could get on their networks. In some ways it's good, in many ways it's bad. Mostly bad, because they want to add their own crapware to the OS image. Motorola is the best of those, they're pretty on-the-ball about things and light on the skinning. Samsung? Fuggetaboutit.

Nexus devices (yes, I use them, no I'm not employed by them) have an almost direct update path from Google, rather similar to Apple's delivery route. They can do that because they have a similar number of devices to test the builds for.

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Welcome to the family ... Microsoft licks nib of Surface pen maker N-trig

DryBones
Pint

The Wheel Turns

It's amusing how technology keeps moving from there being a pen, to not being a pen, to a pen again.

Whoops, where'd it go now?

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Fandroids, take your phone's antivirus and burn it – Android bod

DryBones

Re: And therein lies the problem ...

Huh. I haven't used a Sony, so I can't rightly say on the specific behavior of whatever blend of hardware and software they have going there, just the stuff you already covered about manufacturers and carriers layering it on. If it's a known issue with them, ok. I recall we had something about the camera API would get stuck continuously doing a CPU wakeup and sucking battery down, needing a power reset to fix. That was 4.3.something though, I think.

I'm on 5.1 at the moment, and was evidently wrong about battery use. It's saying 5% (left High Accuracy on evidently). That reminds me, the Battery percentages don't add to 100% OR to the percentage used. I nasty-grammed them about that once, need to do it again... Oh! Are you using the new stuff like Trusted Face and Trusted Place? Those seemed to drain it faster for me and didn't really give me much benefit, so turned them off again. Those might hold the camera and location services at the ready.

Nope, don't work for Google, be an interesting workplace to have if I did. I just got tired of the same nonremoveable bloatware you touched on after having a Samsung Epic and Galaxy Nexus, didn't want to have to root my phone in order to strip down to the standard stuff. So I yoinked an N5 off the Play Store when they came out. This probably makes me part of like... 2% or something, to be consistent. :)

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DryBones
Holmes

Re: And therein lies the problem ...

Congratulations. You really are the 1% here, since those happy with iOS, some manufacturer/carrier laden Android phone, or a Nexus covers the other 99%.

What phone, exactly, are you using? I've yet to see Google Play services using more than 2% of the battery on my Nexus 5 on the Battery Use listing, and I don't see the Camera in the Running Apps listing so I'm curious how one produces those results.

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ZOMBIE Google Glass 2 FEEDS ON Italian BRAINS, says specs supremo

DryBones

Re: Glass always has been, and always will be,

It's not, though. It's working decently in certain areas of the workplace, like operating theaters and warehouses and all. The things that it does Facebook is trying / wanting to do, and considering their traffic numbers, people seem to be loving it. If it was more high-tech visor like some of the anime stuff, they'd be all over Japan already. Microsoft and others are working on getting there.

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Joke

"Err...no. Make them detectable so the rest of us will know our privacy is being invaded."

There's a show on Netflix called Brain Games. At least one of the episodes touches on the limits of human attention and awareness. Just by making someone focus their attention on a spoon, a sleight-of-hand man steals several large items off him.

Trust me, you miss 98% of those invasions already. Glass just sticks out because you're not used to it like you are everything else. Probably be a grand accessory for a pickpocket.

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Republicans in sneaky bid to reauthorize Patriot Act spying until 2020

DryBones
Flame

"Sheriff, do the letters F O mean anything to you?"

I don't know about you, but whenever someone says there needs to be less investigation of government, I want more.

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Google broke own security with April fool gag

DryBones
Pint

Re: re: You might like to note the following:

And now I'm pondering what quantum physics would be like if the subatomic particles were named consistent with the Konami Code...

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

DryBones
Mushroom

@Martin

To me, it looks like a control issue. That's undamped/underdamped oscillation you're seeing, might have a 30m arc to it, too. Without seeing if it was stable earlier in the approach it's hard to say if this just developed on final approach, or if it's wiggled its way down. Either way, that being present just before landing is the kiss of death.

If you watch carefully, you can see it snap just above the dust cloud.

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Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

DryBones

Re: Does this total include...

Rubbish. By that logic your garage door opener and washing machine are full of malware. They don't have the permissions model and you can't load whatever you want on them.

Android and iOS give their customization in different places. I use Android because it gives me the control where I want to make things work how I want. Would I like the control something like App Ops gave? Yes, but not enough to switch back. Apple has way too much in the way of pretentious, elitist airs.

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

DryBones
Holmes

Re: Gave up Google Chrome

Erm...

Miserable performance in your very slow DSL environment seems it might be due to your very slow DSL environment?

Stop using IE, add the ScriptSafe plugin to Chrome, and start using the content white-listing it enables you to do. Firefox's is called ScriptNo, NoScript, something like that

Have the experts used MalwareBytes Anti-Malware from a safe boot with networking support(F5)?

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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

DryBones

Rubbish. You're creeped out by a search engine remembering your searches and history? Delete them, Google offers you that functionality in the dashboard.

Advertisers have been collecting things, using cookies of various types for more than a decade. Google is actually letting you be a user of that data too, and giving you the ability to remove a good deal of it. If it scares you, GO NUKE YOUR DATA.

The every hotel analogy is off. It's your concierge following you to each one you go to.

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DryBones
Pint

I love the double standard. When hotel concierges or a secretary / administrative assistant knows what you like and anticipates needs, it's excellent customer service. When it's code, it's creepy.

5:00 somewhere...

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

DryBones

Names

Really, they should call these use UVs, because really they're Utility Vehicles. In order to be called a Sport Utility Vehicle, it should be required to manage a certain degree of off-road performance (Land Rover, et al), and/or speed (0-60 in under 7s). Can't see where the Sport comes in, otherwise.

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