* Posts by Justicesays

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Got an Android phone? SMASH IT with a hammer – and do it NOW

Justicesays
Devil

Re: First Android worm?

After a few iterations all the phone networks in the world would be overwhelmed with SMS, permanently, just have to make sure you *don't* check if the phone is already infected before sending out the new SMS's!

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John McAfee: Ashley Madison hack may ‘destabilise society’

Justicesays
Facepalm

Re: So he accessed a computer system without authorization?

Erm,

Someone gave him their password (possibly) when he asked.

That's it, no computer system access involved.

Might as well arrest those people handing out chocolate bars for passwords...

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Justicesays
Devil

> Is no work done on Friday?

I think you got it in one!

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

Justicesays

Check the angular vector of the moon!

Oh hang on, Zarkova , got confused there for a second.

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Hacked Hacking Team team – like everyone in security – read The Register

Justicesays
Headmaster

Re: I think Sophocles hit it dead on...

There is no Euripides version...

You may be thinking of

http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/moa/AFZ9616.0001.001/250?rgn=subject;view=image;q1=Daniel+--++Biblical+figure

And the closest thing in Antigone is

"By far the greatest part of happiness is wisdom. We must not ever act impiously

toward the gods. Proud words of arrogant men receive harsh punishments...

old age learns at the last to be wise."

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Justicesays
Headmaster

Re: I think Sophocles hit it dead on...

"Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad"

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Justicesays
Headmaster

Re: Pride comes before a fall

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

Justicesays

Re: How would we know?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permutation_City

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Let me PLUG that up there, love. It’s perfectly standaAAARGH!

Justicesays

Re: Microwave recipes

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/3407497.htm

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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

Justicesays
Facepalm

Re: Sue them under the DMCA?

The whole point of the article is that they asked for a warrant to bypass the legal restrictions on reverse engineering.

Also the DMCA contains a law enforcement/intelligence services free pass.

Oh, and the DMCA is a USA law, and this is GCHQ we are talking about.

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Justicesays

wont someone think of the

"Choose your own adventure" book authors?

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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

Justicesays

You can download all the source, which is what the GPL says you need to be able to do.

Building that source into a working OS and removing all the "RedHat"(TM) references is harder.

Which is why CentOS exists.

Look it up.

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Cisco account managers' sales bonuses slashed

Justicesays

Retrospective?

I know that the USA is the land of no employee protections, but surely retrospectively changing someone's compensation is a lawsuit waiting to happen.

They can hardly argue that increased compensation doesn't lead to more sales or they wouldn't offer it in the first place!

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Intel inside: Six of the best affordable PC laptops

Justicesays

Checking the CPU and GPU benchmark specs...

The Dell is about the same as the £600 laptop I bought as a cheapy casual gaming system for hols , in 2012.

Not much movement in the bottom end of the laptop tech range.

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

Justicesays

Re: Flash....

why would Intel buying them make it better?

It's in Intels interest for your computer to become too slow to use after a few years, so you buy a shiny new one (with the latest Intel CPU).

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

Justicesays

Re: "the e-kini will record the temperature"

In a bikini?

Seems a bit excessive even for you.

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Power your temperature sensor with this BONKERS router hack

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Re: Cow Fart Powered Cars Anyone?

Studies show that with the right d̶i̶e̶t̶ grant funding source c̶o̶w̶s̶ scientists can be persuaded to fart even more m̶e̶t̶h̶a̶n̶e̶ hot air. Experts suspect that with perhaps as few as 50 to 100 super farter ̶c̶o̶w̶s̶ scientists ̶i̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶c̶a̶r̶ ̶b̶o̶o̶t̶ being funded, along with enough f̶o̶o̶d̶ ̶f̶o̶r̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶j̶o̶u̶r̶n̶e̶y̶ bribes for the standards committee ̶c̶a̶r̶s̶ ̶c̶o̶u̶l̶d̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶a̶d̶a̶p̶t̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶a̶v̶o̶i̶d̶ ̶u̶s̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶f̶o̶s̶s̶i̶l̶ ̶f̶u̶e̶l̶ any old bollocks could get accepted as a standard. They admit that the ̶s̶i̶z̶e̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶c̶o̶n̶s̶e̶q̶u̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶w̶e̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶i̶n̶c̶r̶e̶a̶s̶e̶s̶ stupidity of the idea may adversely affect the c̶a̶r̶'̶s̶ ̶h̶a̶n̶d̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ performance of your future devices but ̶w̶i̶t̶h̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶i̶t̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶f̶u̶r̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶d̶e̶v̶e̶l̶o̶p̶m̶e̶n̶t̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶w̶i̶d̶e̶r̶ ̶r̶o̶a̶d̶s̶,̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶y̶ ̶e̶x̶p̶e̶c̶t̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶b̶l̶e̶m̶s̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶o̶v̶e̶r̶c̶o̶m̶e̶ they don't really give a shit.

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It's the Internet of Feet: Lenovo shows smart shoes, projector keyboard phone

Justicesays

Re: Intriguing...

If the laser is powerful enough the desk *will* turn black.

Just ignore the smoke and/or flames associated with this process.

Pat pending for "Projection of laser of a power level that will char a surface without causing ignition".

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

Justicesays

Re: Zigbee isn't an issue.

How about cheap, shit, badly configured zigbee devices installed by the previous home owner that have never had a firmware update in their lifetime, and never will, regardless of the severity of any discovered security flaw?

Because that is the kind of crap people will have to deal with if this stuff takes off..

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Well YES, Silicon Valley VCs do think you're a CRETIN

Justicesays

So, this actually IS a thing!

http://www.nerdalize.com/

BBC story today

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32816775

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Justicesays
Boffin

Well,

If you could in fact make a chip operate at "toasting element" temperatures, then you could toast with the waste computational heat.. for the 5mins every day you run your toaster.

On the other hand, hot and fast running chips replacing the heating elements in your water heater might just be a thing! Seems sensible to use that entropy to do something useful* instead of going straight to the waste heat, right?

*usefulness will vary depending on the vapidity of the work the processor is put to.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

Justicesays

"1) Why does the boot not lock? Are you telling me someone designed a car where the only way to lock it is via radio? Stop buying these cars."

Normally you can lock the boot from the drivers lock in these cases. However, it requires some obscure left/right key turning to enable it, which no-one will be able to remember without looking at the manual for the car. Probably they disabled key locking of the boot at some point with one of those combos accidentally.

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

Justicesays
Devil

Whats up doc?

"Videos that model unsafe behaviors such as playing with lit matches, shooting a nail gun, juggling knives, tasting battery acid, and making a noose"

I would have thought that Warner Bros. would get those loony tunes cartoons taken down under the DMCA?

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

Justicesays

So

One environmentalist with a hatred of nuclear power

One hardline anti-libertarian who hates drugs

One hardline Christian scientist who opposes any kind of genetic tinkering.

One Octogenarian professor who is stuck in the 70s and doesn't trust all this newfangled stuff

3 appointees from various "Think tank" organizations.

I'm joking,

It's going to be 7 of the last one, who also cover the first 4.

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GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

Justicesays
Devil

Missing a comma?

"...terrorists, criminals and others, posing a serious threat to the UK"

FTFY.

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Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

Justicesays

Re: In fact, warning does make sense

"may contain..." is a voluntary label with no required wording or separation of ingredient types.

However, it's use on a packet of peanuts is almost certainly to indicate that the packet may well contain traces of other "nuts", as the label is *not* required.

A label saying "Contains: Peanuts" and "Ingredients: Peanuts, salt" is required however....

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Justicesays
Boffin

In fact, warning does make sense

Peanuts are a legume, not a nut, but are likely processed in the same factories that process actual nuts, so therefore putting a label on them saying "May contains nuts" is just the same as putting a label on cornflakes made in the same factory as crunchy nut cornflakes, for instance.

They may contain nuts from other processing lines that might have blown over or whatever, but they aren't nuts themselves.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

Justicesays
Devil

Re: A Great Innovation...But...

"2. Most houses are draughty. Air leak is sometimes the biggest enemy of residential energy efficiency and cost reduction, exceeding even insulation in importance. Infiltration of undesired outside hot or cold air means exfiltration of desired heated/cooled inside air, which you then have to replace, at your expense. Many sources of air leak are obvious, like the aforementioned windows and doors, also unplugged chimneys, gaps between sills and foundations, and the like. Others are downright arcane, weird, who'd-a-thunk-it sorts of things. First you address the obvious ones, then you formally test, most often by employing a professional, but you could do it yourself."

Go ahead, make your house airtight and then get back to me if you survive the monoxide poisoning!

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

Justicesays

Have the same issue with my homeplugs. I suspect they are crashing, perhaps due to overheating when in prolonged use.

In the end I moved the router back to an extension socket and ditched them.

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What is the REAL value of your precious, precious data?

Justicesays
Meh

So if one piece of data is so valueless...

why is it so hard to opt out of data collection?

cf. Supercookies, ignoring "Do not track" settings, opposition to Ad and script blockers.

Multiple tick boxes needed to opt out of (or maybe opt into? who can tell) data collection with triple negatives and auto-re/un-ticking on page refresh.

Companies used to rely on freely given information from "representative" samples, via surveys etc.

Now they just want all the data , even from those that wouldn't have completed the survey because they don't see why they should give their life story to the company they just bought a fridge from.

And they go to great lengths to get that information, in many cases against the laws of the countries they operate in (e.g opt in vs opt out).

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Transparency thrust sees Met police buying up to 30,000 bodycams

Justicesays

The solution is simple

When a camera equipped police office goes off shift, it will be their job to declare to the desk sergeant if there is anything of evidentiary interest on the camera. If they don't, the camera storage will be overwritten tout suite.

Any complaints against a specific officer will somehow get delayed just long enough that the camera will have already been reused, unless the person making the complaint has a lawyer with a court order on hot dial.

There will be some "guidelines" that will indicate that after certain categories of police work, all the camera evidence is kept (like protest suppression policing) , but it turns out that in this case the procedures weren't followed correctly. Sorry, could happen again.

Problem solved.

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

Justicesays
Joke

that company will be known simply as HP Inc

At least it's clear where the money is coming from with that name!

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Jawbone Up4 tapcash wristjob: Get BONKING with the latest sweaty hipster toy

Justicesays
Devil

So, it has to have an NFC capable terminal AND take Amex?

So, where is this one coffee shop located?

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Need speed? Then PCIe it is – server power without the politics

Justicesays

Going to be slow regardless

Modern day CPU's are so fast that the 1/2 light speed (+) that electrical signals travel is pretty slow over any significant distance, which is why

a) on-die and incorporated caches are getting larger and larger and contribute such significant performance increases

b) Why three dimensional chip design and die stacking is a major focus of interest

1 Gigahertz means 1 cpu cycle happens while light travels 30 cm.

Chips run at up over 5 Ghz, so 6cm.

If it turns out the data you needed was on a RAM chip 2 meters away, 66 cpu cycles (at least) will pass while you are waiting for it to turn up, regardless of what bus, technology or whatever you are using for an interconnect.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

Justicesays

https://xkcd.com/750/

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RAGING Google SLAPS naughty Chinese root cert kingpins CNNIC

Justicesays

Hmm, I wonder

"The Chocolate Factory state that "While neither we nor CNNIC believe any further unauthorized digital certificates have been issued, nor do we believe the misissued certificates were used outside the limited scope of MCS Holdings’ test network. CNNIC will be working to prevent any future incidents.""

So, How did Google "become aware" of these certificates?

Presumably Chrome reported back to the big Googleplex from inside MCS and ratted them out?

Nice bit of spyware you got there Google.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

Justicesays

Re: Just because the US still have an outstanding number of wires on poles...

Not always a benefit...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32150554

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Justicesays

Re: Smart meters are for one thing

Don't forget, You'll be able to pay for special tariffs. Such as the "No Brownouts for me" tariff, better have lots of cash though.

Yeah, when I heard that the alternative to investing in power generation infrastructure was "Smart Meters" I figured that was the idea as well, rolling brownouts. The increased spying and police anti-protest measures are being put in place to crack down on the power riots...

My local MP's energy policy is apparently loft insulation, solar panels and hope, which pretty much sums it up for all the parties tbh.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

Justicesays
Devil

Re: Let them eat data

>If people started using their spare email capacity to spam encrypted messsages random data randomly across the planet then any system of surveillance would have an apoplectic fit.

>Mines the one with the One Time Pad in the pocket...

FTFY

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YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

Justicesays
Headmaster

Possibly the smelliest kind of havoc I agree

But you probably meant wreak...

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FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

Justicesays

Re: Visual Line of Sight

I guess it's some kind of definition of actually being there and looking at it with the mk1 eyeball.

As opposed to , say, flying two drones in tandem with camera's pointed at each other. Or a selfie stick on the one drone.

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Microsoft gets data centres powered up for big UPS turn-off

Justicesays

Wow!

I mean, I thought you saved money by centralizing everything for ease of maintenance and control. Now it turns out you save money by distributing and avoiding infrastructure while benefiting from "commoditization".

It almost seems like whatever you are doing currently is wrong, and you should switch to the opposite while spending cash on some vendors new kit.

Marketing eh.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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Unhappy

Oh yeah, I'm sure they saw those issues.....

You mean the incumbent Tory government found out their new voter registration system might disenfranchise a load of traditionally socialist voters and didn't jump right on it to fix that problem?

Who would have thought it.

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Solidfire offers unlimited SSD wear guarantee, punts software at market

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Boffin

Re: ...SSD warranties of up to five years...

How many 20 year old hard drives are you using in your enterprise right now?

How many would you be using even if they hadn't failed at some point?

in 1995 5.25" 9GB SCSI disks had just come out.

IDE disks had just gone over 540MB.

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Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup

Justicesays
Mushroom

They took over my broadband provider

And turned the service to shit, so I moved elsewhere.

Their secret throttling "beta" that went on for several months, affected all live users and wasn't announced or even mentioned until people complained was one of the motivators.

Oh, and the fact they actually promised not to do that when they took over.

I wasn't even on an "unlimited" contract , it had caps, precisely to avoid throttling.

What a bunch of lying cocks.

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

Justicesays
Unhappy

Bribery eh?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bribery_Act_2010

10 years and an unlimited fine apparently,

Although typically big companies appear to be able to bribe ..erm.. pay off .. "Negotiate a settlement" with the government investigating them for bribery to drop the charges.

As an MP, if a foreign company wants to present some suggestions for changes they would like to legislation in order to consider starting a business here or similar requests that might benefit the UK economy , then sure, point them to the right people, like the treasury or some under secretary somewhere, or consider sponsoring a bill yourself using their request as evidence of potential benefits.

Just don't ask them for money for doing your job eh, we are already paying you ...

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

Justicesays

Re: How to freeze animations?

I've been using the "superstop" mozilla addon ever since the Mozilla devs in their infinite "wisdom" decided that they liked making you watch animations and disabled the ESC key.

Not sure what is available for other browsers.

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

Justicesays

Maybe not everyone can learn to program?

Some research throws doubt on the idea that everyone is capable of learning programming effectivly.

http://www.eis.mdx.ac.uk/research/PhDArea/saeed/paper1.pdf

Although I guess a good grounding could at least help people understand what programmers do.

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

Justicesays
WTF?

Who is going to provide the insurance and take the fall?

So which insurance provider is going to provide the mandatory insurance.

And how much is it going to cost for that?

I would assume any accident would hike the premiums on all the "self driving" vehicles at once, as the all have the same AI "driver", or will it all be based on the "test driver" despite the unlikely scenario of the human driver reacting fast and accurately enough to avoid an accident if the AI does something stupid at real car speeds.

Who will be registered as the "driver", and be prosecuted and/or sued for dangerous driving if it decides to swerve into a pavement full of pedestrians at 40 mph, the unlucky "test driver" I presume?

Will a defense of "I wasn't driving, it was the computer" be a valid one, because that's going to set a precedent that could cause a few problems down the line...

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

Justicesays
Devil

Re: the key to success

"Stock buybacks are the only thing that matters. Not growth, not profit, just artificially boosting the value of our stock grants for immediate cashing in before we abandon ship.

Signed

Ten years of thieving IBM executive management."

FTFY

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