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Photos on the Scosche story show five connectors on the minijack. That'll be three for the audio, and assuming you don't want to mix your digital and analogue grounds, a single serial pair for the control signals. So you've pretty much *got* to have some sort of microcontroller there to encode the three buttons - or at any rate it's no surprise, for those about to point at all sorts of whacky analogue multiplexing schemes.
The real risk.
Depends on whether the password hashes were salted or not. If we assume for a moment that this is the result of an SQL injection attack then it's likely that the attackers have the user's email and a hashed password. If the hashes were not salted then a good number of them will be retrievable in a short space of time using rainbow tables. As the article says, with this info the attackers will then be in a position to log in to more valuable accounts elsewhere, such as paypal, which also asks for email address + password.
On Ubuntu, System->Preferences->Mouse->left-handed mouse.
My own theory on the early netbooks is that as well as wanting to keep costs down, the devices didn't actually count as PCs and that therefore they were actually *allowed* to sell a Windows-less computer. http://www.birdhouse.org/beos/byte/30-bootloader/ explains more about the relationship between MS and the hardware vendors. The article also makes the point that hardly anybody ever actually buys Windows: they buy a computer, and Windows is what comes with it. And only Windows.
Right, I'm off to install BeOS on an old Thinkpad...
My bet is that this is the first and last we'll hear of this. The Beeb can't show it working because it doesn't.
The Beeb's write-up has it as " a cup of tea" so 54 seconds sounds ample if you are only boiling up a small quantity.
12 mile limit.
So if the Navy - any Navy - pursues a pirate into Somalia's territorial waters, who is going to complain? There is no Somali government, as the Beeb reminds us every time it runs a Somali-related story. That is, of course, ignoring Somaliland and Puntland.
Works with FF and Safari?
Yet another sign that MS has jumped the shark. They didn't get where they are today by ensuring compatibility with third-party software if there was an MS product in that niche. Hell, they went out of their way to *break* third-party products and it worked very well for them (apart from a few minor legal quibbles).
Everybody forgotten Breedlove?
All this nonsense about nobody else bothering is, err, nonsense. In 96 and 97 (the ThrustSSC year, you might say) Craig Breedlove was busy tearing up the Black Rock Desert at more than 650 miles an hour.
English as spoke at Microsoft
'Larry is one of the most “experienced” developers' - well, is he or isn't he?
WTF does that mean?
"The email address that sent the message was created 10 minutes before it was sent."
Vista home - thirty quid extra.
I know the comments section is meant to be a fact-free zone, but I've done the legwork and so I thought I'd post the results here. An Inspiron 1525 of the same specification (except a 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card (Linux) instead of a 1490 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card (Windows)) reveals that Vista costs 30 quid more.
Papua New Guinea
There's no need to speculate - just look at Papua New Guinea. Three years ago I was in an area where "contact" had still not been made in the 40s. I met a man whose grandfather was alive at the time. When they saw planes flying overhead during WW2 they thought they were birds (what else could they be?). What happens after "contact" is well-documented.
What was the (first part of) the number? With NTL the most expensive international calls are 95p / minute (that's mobiles in Africa, etc.) The most expensive premium rate 09xx is 150p / minute. The most expensive possible call is to one of the Inmarsat regions, at 592p / minute. These numbers begin 0087xx, which just happens to be one digit different from a valid UK number...what a mess.
Well, the review suggests that the DAC is quite good; and it says the deck "doesn't excel as a playback device, so users are much better getting the tracks off the CDs and onto the HDD", which to me implies that it somehow sounds better if the digits are read off disk rather than CD.
And what exactly does an audiophile transport do to the bits? My bog-standard USB-connected CD-burner is capable of writing about 6 billion bits to disc without error, and then reading them all back without error.
Wider than average wide-angle lenses have been a feature of the Panasonic / Leica cameras for some time: to me it's the killer feature, as most compacts only go down to about 35mm equivalent and a 28 (or 30 in this case) makes it so much easier for indoor group shots and outdoor scenery shots - which is what a lot of people use their cameras for a lot of the time.
Fire the sysadmins' manager, don't blame the user.
As long as the users are human, they will click on attachments, follow links, and do anything else that might satisfy their curiosity - however much they're told not to. It's the sysadmins job to make sure that no damage results; it's the sysadmins' manager's job to make sure that they are getting this done.
I'd be very surprised if it's only 70% that don't know what a green browser bar is. Fact is, the vast majority of users don't care who issued the certificate or whether it's valid; any warning dialogs will go unread and made to go away as quickly as possible. We're all doomed, I tell you.
(oo-err: "70%?" on its own isn't recognised as a valid title; bug or feature?)
Has anybody seen a laptop made in the last ten years or so where it's actually possible to squeeze anything at all in to the case / under the keyboard?
Unless it's a Toughbook, in which case the disc wasn't hidden, it was just sitting in the drive.
The established route
The established route into space for Britons is this:
1. get a pilot's licence
2. get a PhD in science or engineering
3. move to the US
4. acquire US or dual citizenship
5. apply to NASA.
Has worked so far for Michael Foale, Piers Sellers and Nicholas Patrick.
Point of impact
"the fact they are apparently being seriously considered strongly suggests the rogue sat is on course to come down somewhere unfortunate" - nobody's got a scoobie where it's going to come down. Nobody.
No, they're not all as close to the equator as possible. Plesetsk for example is at 62.8 N, which is actually an advantage for many desirable orbits, as noted here :
although it's not a very recent webpage.
However I've just found some more intriguing behaviour; on the second wget to the same site (having picked another one at random) the .htm file doesn't contain the link to the .js file. Followed those two with a wget to get the .js, but found that a second wget to fetch the .js got 404'd.
I assume from this that it's keeping track of IP addresses and making sure that only one copy of the .js gets delivered per machine.
And yet more polydoofism
So now I've got two copies of the .js; they differ in one line:
< var arg="qgenahfr";
> var arg="dqwejbdj";
arg is appended in the script to the hostname thus:
and again it's a one-shot download - the second GET is a 404.
The download appears to be a Windows binary - I ran "strings" on it and it's full of this sort of thing:
It was done online.
You can see for yourself at diabetes.org.uk. Clarkson is still *largely* correct - there's no way to *permanently* deprive him of his money, as you can only set up DDs to carefully vetted organisations who promise to return the money immediately in case of a dispute.
It's still gob-smacking, though, that it is possible to do this to someone else's account.
Sadly most of the reporting that I can see is terribly inaccurate and will only continue to make people think that there's something terribly dangerous about revealing your account number.
"The biggest gripe we hear about Dell's Ubuntu program is that the company will only offer the OS on relatively crap hardware."
Really? IME people are usually whingeing about the pricing. To whit: every time I check the Dell site I find that the same spec computer with Windows on it is cheaper or that there's a special offer Windows box with a much better spec for only a few quid more.
What's this about putting nuclear warheads in orbit? Sheesh, let's have some accurate reporting, eh? There is a limited history of weapons in space - the Soviets put some on the Almaz military stations. And the Soyuz capsule is always equipped with a triple-barreled "survival gun".
@Androski - if you're not going fast enough to miss the ground as you get pulled back down to earth, you're not in orbit. It's very simple.
The law says "has a blade or is sharply pointed **AND** which is made or adapted for causing injury to the person".
And yes there is harm in taking the precaution. It's another erosion of our liberties. It's another example of a retail chain deciding on who it's going to sell stuff to.
Let's not forget
It's not an ID card scheme, it's a national database.
Consumers don't *choose* Windows, FFS. Consumers don't have a choice.
Because on Fridays
they file all their stories from the Saloon Bar of The Pen & Ink.
Only 2 doubles, actually.
As a plane nerd, I can tell you that there are 12 *single* suites on the SA A380s, four on each side and four in the middle. The pairs in the middle can have the dividing partition removed to form a double. So there's only two double "cabins" on board.
Warheads are designed and built in the UK. Missiles are leased from the Yanks. The official line is that the independent deterrent is just that. And the whole point of sub-based nukes is to be able to fry the enemy *after* your entire land-based comms structure has been wiped out.
Proxy server vs Hosts file.
Why go to all that hassle when you can add an entry to the hosts file and make www.ebay.com go wherever you like?
This story reminds me of another recent Reg story about a phishing attack where the screenshot showed the correct URL in the address bar - are they related?
And finally - even with Norton being the crap that it is, the user must have ignored a load of warnings in order to run an executable that they'd been sent in email, no?
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