* Posts by Woodnag

24 posts • joined 24 May 2010

EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: Old bangers rule

Sorry, is it you or your car that's the old banger?

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Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp

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What about OpenWRT and DDWRT?

Any reports on those images?

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

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That pretty much describes every class action...

"money grab by lawyers" is the mechanism for class actions to work, not a fault. Class actions were put into law to allow companies to be *punished* (by money) for pulling fast ones for small amounts of money on a lot of people. It wouldn't be worth each individual pursuing action. The lawyers work on contingency, and get a large part of the settlement.

Again, the prime purpose of the class action is not to get restitution for the victims, but rather to punish the offender by money. It is therefore more important for the sum to be large, than for the victims to be compensated, to stop repeat behaviour. Thus it is not too important where the money goes.

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If you ate at one of these PF Chang's restaurants, your bank card is at risk

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Re: "If you ate at 33 of these"

Yup, that's what it takes. Eat at all 33 restaurants, and your bank card is at risk. Even if you paid cash!

Have to confess, I've seen better written ledes.

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Another 'NSA-proof' webmail biz popped by JavaScript injection bug

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Why 128 bit AES not 256 bit?

Just asking.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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What does "after examining the blueprints" mean?

Did the auditers really use that language?

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

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Re: The ultimate question of life the universe and everything.

No. The answer is "None, it's a hardware problem."

However, the are 10 sort of engineer: those that understand binary, and those who don't.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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That's not actually possible...

...since the UK doens't have a constitution. And Theresa May is proposing UK withdraws from the European convention on human rights (ECHR) after the next election, 'snot looking so good is it?

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AMD tries to kickstart ARM-for-servers ecosystem

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Re: Would make a nice filer

10 SATA please. That's 2x 5 disk ZFS RAIDs.

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Mint Linux gifts Unity haters with 'Nadia' ... plus her Mate

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Lubuntu too

For those trying dists, if you quite like Mint then try Lubuntu as well. They are both fast and minimalist and being Ubuntu/deb based it is very easy to install stuff.

Two advices for newbies setting up a system.

1. Partition your system with a boot partition (eg 125MB), swap partition (eg 8GB), / partition (eg 20GB), /home (the rest) so you can change Linuxes by just telling the new install to reformat the / and install there.

2. Keep a text file with all the info you need to setup the system next time, eg:

# Install Samba, Samba Server configuration Tool

apt-get --yes --quiet install samba samba-common system-config-samba

# Install Application Configuration Editor, LIBREOFFICE, RHYTHMBOX, TCL and WISH, Gdebi command line

apt-get --yes --quiet install gconf-editor libreoffice rhythmbox tk8.5 gdebi-core

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Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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ZFS

As various posters have mentioned, ZFS (available as part of FreeBSD) is the only reliable FS available for free. Trouble is, Sun hasn't open sourced the version with native encryption yet, and alternatives (GELI) are frankly a PITA.

Honestly, setting up and using FreeNAS on some old machine with ZFS is dead easy, gives plenty of early warning when a drive is going dubious. However, you do need 8GB of RAM as practical minimum.

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Skype denies system upgrade enables in-call spying

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Actually my only question needs improvement

The question Skype needs to answer is:

"Can Skype directly monitor and/or record audio and/or video calls of Skype users, and/or can third parties such as law enforcement do the same?"

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FAIL

The first sentence doesn't describe what Skype discussed...

"Skype has issued a formal denial to reports that it has been allowing law enforcement to listen in on users' calls following a change in its system architecture."

Er, no, that's not what Mark Gillett said. The questions all had qualifications:

"It has been suggested that Skype made changes in its architecture at the behest of Microsoft in order to provide law enforcement with greater access to our users' communications."

"It has been suggested that as a result of recent architecture changes Skype now monitors and records audio and video calls of our users."

"It has been suggested that the changes we have made were made to facilitate law enforcement access to instant messages on Skype."

The only claim Skype made is that THE CHANGES don't improve monitoring and access. He doesn't say that Skype doesn't monitor or records audio and video calls, have easy L.E. access etc.

Mark Gillett is deceiving by omission, and it's sad that most readers leap to the implication and not the facts of his very careful choice of words.

The ONLY question he needs to answer is:

"Can Skype monitor and/or record audio and/or video calls of Skype users?"

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Facebook: Your boss asks for your password, we'll sue him! Maybe

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Re: Passwords

Yes! And if their followup response is that they expect (or for the purpose of the interview, presume we expect) employees to provide this info on request, the interviewee's response should be to re-iterate the request for the policy, since if that's the case the company is probably not an attractive employer.

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Re: Flat NO.

Why would FB want to do this? The applicant is not a useful source of revenue to FB. The hiring company could be easily such, if FB adds features quite different to your suggestions.

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Toshiba readies zero Watt standby mode telly

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..er, no

You simply don't understand the problem. It's easy to step down from 12V to 3.3V at 100mW or so (google TPS62120 for a high efficiency buck regulator example).

To make a 100mW *ISOLATED* supply from 230VAC involves running the switcher directly from the supply (at least for startup) through a resistor... and for a modern chip needing ~50µA startup current, that's more than 10mW wasted continuously. We haven't even mentioned magnetisation losses in the transformer yet.

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Council not fined after 7,200 sensitive files dumped in skip

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...why is no-one asking why

"The information stored on the computer and the papers included details of ... any past criminal convictions".

Councils keep details of criminal history? Er, why? And if so, doesn't that come under (presumably stricter) misuse of police data law?

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Councils keep details of criminal history?

"The information stored on the computer and the papers included details of ... any past criminal convictions".

Councils keep details of criminal history? Er, why? And if so, doesn't that come under (presumably stricter) misuse of police data law?

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A sysadmin's top ten tales of woe

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Floopy days are here again

1. The person doing MSBACKUP only put one floppy in, and just pressed ENTER when asked to replace with enxt disk.

2. New software is purchased, IT person makes a master backup floppy for the office safe, and working backup floppy, and working copy floppy for user. Orig floppy goes home with CEO. Loads of redundancy, multi site, gold stars all round.

One day, the user's machine says bee-baaaaar, bee-baaaaar etc - can't read the disk. Ok, we'll make you a new one from working backup floppy. Oops, same problem. Try master backup floppy. That's duff too. CEO's copy is brought in, bad also. Of course the problem was the floppy drive, which has now killed all copies of the software...

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Judge orders turnover of woman's deleted Facebook posts

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Actually this is useful...

...because since FB is obliged to cough up what material they can, and the details will be public, we can found out exactly what FB caches despite the privacy policy.

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Sony Bravia KDL-32NX503 32in LCD TV

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FAIL

Contrast ratio?

David - you show a spec list with 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio near the bottom of your piece.

This spec is not at the Sony page you link to:

http://www.sony.co.uk/product/t32-nx-series/kdl-32nx503/tab/overview

This TV uses CCFL backlight, so cannot use zone dimming. The contrast ratio will be that of the matice LCD panel, around 1000:1

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eBay shill bidder gets £5,000 fine

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How to bid on Ebay...

Put an initial bid on at starting price, unless no-one has bid yet. Then bid your limit plus a silly amount to beat someone with a round number (put 41.23 instead of 40.00) 15 secs before the end.

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Mozilla dons grass skirt with near-ready Thunderbird 3.1 release

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This is why I'm stil on 2.0.0.24

Nothing on 3.0 was useful to me, the indexing was a complete pain, so I reverted...

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Hitachi Maxell demos 50TB capacity LTO-class tape

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Not "400% more"...

Yeah yeah, engineers ARE pedantic, and I am one. 400% times would be ok, just a slight exaggeration.

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