* Posts by Dave 126

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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If you don't want a connected TV, don't connect it to your network.

Similarly: If you don't want your TV to pick up terrestrial broadcasts, don't plug in an aerial.

For smaller sizes, you could just buy yourself a monitor I guess, but at bigger sizes every TV using the latest panel technology (OLED, Quantum Dot, local dimming etc) will have a 'smart' functionality and a tuner or two. The functionality really doesn't add much to the cost of the TV.

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Re: Short term problem @dave_126

Absolutely, James. And yeah, even if there is some good content on TV (the David Attenborough programme about Bioluminescence on BBC is awe inspiring) it might not be broadcast when I want to watch it - so yeah, streaming is how I watch most of my video.

For sure, it is *nice* to have streaming built into the TV, but the chances are that your PVR, Blu-Ray player or games console can do the streaming duties too. If not, a Chromecast or equivalent can be had for next to nothing (compared to a TV) and a phone or tablet makes a good remote control (especially when you need to enter text to search for content). Heck, I've got an old phone in a draw that happily stream HD video over a HDMI cable.

A large reason that we are seeing 'smart TVs' being sold is that the required circuitry adds very little to the cost of a TV. It's a bit like 3D functionality - it doesn't add to the cost of TV, because the refresh rates have been made higher for other purposes - so it is included even if the buyer isn't likely to use it.

(Actually, some of the BBC Nature stuff deserves to be bought on Blu-Ray - video of flocks of birds will upset streaming codecs. :))

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Re: Android TV

>The whole thing is hideous and I would give it a couple of years at most before personalised ads start getting shoved down to the viewer and there will be nothing you can do

Er, just use the TV as a dumb screen and use the HDMI inputs for your choice of box, dongle, Blu Ray or computer. If you don't want the TV's smart features, just don't connect it to the internet. Easy. You have several HDMI ports, USB, Composite, and even DisplayPort on some models. A good number of people with Sky or Cable boxes don't even use the TV's built in tuners.

>because you agreed to the Google licence agreement when you bought the telly - yes really - I'm not making this up.

It seems that you are making this up. FFS, it's a Sony TV, and Sony will always have it work with other video sources (that they would like you to buy from them). Unlike their smartphones, Sony don't *need* to run Android on their TVs - their previous TV UI's were fine for select input / change volume/ adjust picture - so Google don't have the same leverage to make Sony hobble their TVs even if the wanted to.

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Re: Short term problem

@Rich 2

Yeah, that's all true, but you don't *have* to use the TV's built-in streaming hardware. You can get the same functionality from a discrete box or dongle in the event of the TV's OS becoming out of date or unsupported.

HD streaming dongles start at around £15, the 4K versions will have dropped in price by the time there is enough 4K content around to be worth bothering with.

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Re: Short term problem

>Why the joke icon????

Because unlike a phone, a TV doesn't need network access to perform its primary function - displaying video. All of the 'smart' or 'connected' functionality can be provided by an inexpensive (compared to the tv) box or dongle. Therefore, a TV with an out-of-date OS is still fit for purpose - hence the joke icon.

TV updates that affect the playback of video (adding new HDR formats, for example) can be done by downloading the update on a computer and transferring it to the TV with a USB stick.

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Re: Aahh!

Modern TVs come with a 5 year guarantee as standard, in keeping with our statuary right to have it last a 'reasonable' time.

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All the Sony TVs have Android built in, and they make some of the best LED TVs, along with Samsung who use their own Tizen OS.

LG, who are the only ones making OLED tvs, use WebOS.

LED sets are brighter, so perhaps more suitable for watching in well lit situations, OLED sets have perfectly black blacks, making them better for watching movies with the lights down.

You won't be able to buy a 'dumb screen' at a TV sizes, but nobody is forcing you to plug an ethernet cable into it. By the time 4K content is more widely available, external HDMI 2.0 boxes should be cheaper.

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Apple launches HomeKit app – but where are the products?

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Re: How about fixing the iPhone keyboard ?

>but its usage is spotty at best - the apple keyboard will pop up for certain passwords,

That sounds like a feature not a bug, if you can't trust the vendor of a 3rd party keyboard.

>no microphone on the new keyboard, I'd forgotten how constraining Apple products are.

Allowing 3rd party developers to use the Siri APIs has only just been announced at this WWDC, so it is possible that 3rd party iOS keyboards will allow voice input soon. Maybe.

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>Apple's attitude to third parties – where it dictates terms and expects people to follow them – has not worked out so well in other markets

It seems to have worked well in the audio peripheral market- the 3rd party 'made for iPod/Phone' - headphones and speaker dock market.

I'm an Android user, and in most stores the selection of iPhone headsets is much wider. They only ever half work with Android phones ( because a, Apple is awkward and b, even within individual Android vendors, the implementation of the 3.mm audio input/output socket varies)

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Apple WWDC: OS X is dead, long live macOS

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Re: So, no revolutions in sight then

You want change for change's sake?

One of the nice things about OS X (originally called Mac OS X) is that it doesn't force change upon users, like Windows has done over the same period. Ideas from touch-based OSs - such as multi-touch gestures on Apple trackpads - have been added to OS X, but they never stopped the user from doing things the way they already had been. Heck, unlike Office in Windows, Apple still let users use menus, if that is what they want to.

Oh, there was some Mac news that wasn't in their keynote: a new file system called APFS, still in Beta.

(For the record, I mainly use Windows - familiarity breeds contempt, I guess. I have administered a few Macs though, and found them to be pretty civilised. It could be that I haven't used OSX enough to discover any massive annoyances)

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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All this coverage of this acquisition on the The Register, yet I haven't seen anyone make the point that potentially LinkdIn's biggest competitor is the long established recruitment agency industry. They were making money from their own silos of user/client-provided data long before Facebook et al were on the scene, agencies that would take a percentage of someone's earnings. What value would they add? Why, no more than consult their databases and liaises with employers and employees.

LinkdIn has the potential to disrupt that - if anything else, it could automate the process of checking references, from the point of view of recruiters.

This isn't my point of view, but one that given to me in a pub by the head of recruitment for a large company a few years back.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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Yeah, I take your point. However, in the rapidly evolving world of IT, the public need to think about things *before* they happen. Analysts play a role in this - even if they have as much insight and foresight as a Wired.com hack, because here we all are, offering argument and counter-argument.

The analysts don't have 20:20 crystal balls, but they usually do offer their reasoning. We obviously can't go by the predictions offered to us by any players in the game, such as Google, Samsung, MS, Apple etc because they want to bend our perception to their ends. The big players do, however, have their own analysts, and I suspect that some of them are very good at what they do, and have more expensively-gained information to study.

tl;dr: 1, Laypeople speculating is healthy

2, We won't read here what the best analysts think

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Update for Security?

If I was serious about security (i.e, I had need to have client's data on my phone, which would result in fines for me were my phone to be accessed by a third party) then the saying "If you want to go there, then I would't start from here" would seem to apply.

Here's the thing: I can't easily find any information about just how vulnerable - or otherwise - Android (various versions) is to attack, both proof-of-concept and seen-in-the-wild. Perhaps the Reg could put together a sketch of the current Android security landscape?

I don't even know if it is safer to have an older version of Android, but with no extra apps installed, or to have a new version but with dozens of apps from the Google play store.

If I was a doctor or a lawyer, I'd just buy an iPhone and be done with it. If I was a terrorist, a whistle-blower, or a very high level executive or engineer, I'd be spend some time and discipline studying operation security before making a decision.

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Re: Don't blame the OEMs

>Google, with its perpetual attention deficit disorder, never sat down and thought properly about an update mechanism for Android.

They didn't have a choice - The way most ARM-based systems were designed doesn't allow for a one-ROM-fits-all (Linux distro-style) updating. Google bought Android in, as they were desperate to catch up with the iPhone. That was at the beginning.

In Act 2, silicon was advancing so much that two-year-old phones weren't really worth updating. It's only been the last couple of years that older phones have been good enough to keep using (though of course a new budget, but pretty good, Android phone won't break the bank).

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>We need something like linux for phones. Something that users can install on a wide range of hardware and still have something functional.

>>Isn't that what AOSP ROMs like Cyanogenmod are?

Alas, no - those ROMs still need to compiled beforehand to work on a specific handset.

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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Re: Hopefully leads to devices getting patched

The issue isn't always with the phone manufacturer, but with various chipset manufacturers... they don't don't always get a new Android binary blob over to the phone vendors. Where is their motivation to do so?

Saying that phone vendors don't do updates because they love built in obsolescence is art school level of analysis. you might be right on occasion, but your reasoning is suspect.

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Re: If it works for Apple...

>Just as Safari and other Apple services are an inextricable part of iOS.... ...Sure, using the Oracle lawsuit might be an easy excuse, but if the EU likes how Apple does things, might as well jump on the bandwagon.

The EU only tries to hobble companies that they consider to be abusing their dominant market position... Apple have a small (but lucrative) slice of the market, so they will be left alone.

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Re: Speaking as a consumer ...

>all the existing customizable phones are hopelessly out of date?

Out of date? If it still makes phone calls and sends texts, it won't be out of date. I'm aware of the good work done by people on XDA, but really, they are often trying to customise something that should have been good enough to begin with, bringing bugs and security holes onto the process. I'd be interested to see a percentage figure for the number of phones that run an Android version that din't come from the vendor. It's a phone, not a toy.

Android has slow updates because of its architecture - Google were in a hurry to catch up with the iPhone at the time. The way ChromeOS updates show how Google would like things to be done.

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Freeze, lastholes: USB-C and Thunderbolt are the ultimate physical ports

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>Or are they going to leave it fifteen years and then look into a monopoly action against Apple costing more than it ever recovers, ala Microsoft vs EU?

What the hell are you thinking? Apple don't have a monopoly! How - or why - would you prosecute a company for the abuse of a monopoly it doesn't have? Shit, I'd be surprised if they enjoyed 25% market share, let alone 50%.

The EU mandated micro-USB for charging because Samsung used several different connectors, Sony used several different connectors, Nokia used several different connectors... and these proprietary connectors were hard-wired to their wall plugs. The only company that used the same charging connector for its gadgets over several years was Apple, and their wall plugs just had a USB-A socket.

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Re: I'm sure thunderbolt is great...

You don't have to buy your Thunderbolt cables from Apple.

It's a bit like FireWire, some version of which were faster than USB 2 - most people ('consumers') didn't really need the extra speed and features (not being packet-based, FW is a more natural fit for audio recording gear). Of course, the people who did need it, initially for high res scanners and then digital video cameras, made good use of it (or whatever the hell it was Sony called it) for many years.

Niche kit always looks a bit pricey, regardless of who makes it.

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Re: Even a broken clock etc. etc.

> file sizes and storage density having all but stagnated in the past decade.

4K televisions are becoming very inexpensive, and they like to be fed with a lot of data (their resolution is higher, but they also use more bits per pixel). I mention this because video files have driven consumer HDD sizes and interconnects in the past.

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Re: SCSI anyone?

You're not imagining. Intel developed the optical version of Thunderbolt - then called LightPeak - first, before reverting to copper on cost grounds. Apple contributed the Thunderbolt name, and it was mainly Apple who used it - though Sony, bless 'em, made a VAIO laptop with a USB-A Thunderbolt port for driving an external GPU.

This was some years ago now (indeed, VAIOs were still Sony), but it is only now that the idea of external GPUs are gaining traction amongst the gaming crowd. And Apple's next cinema display is rumoured to have its own GPU, because its existing Macbook Pros don't have a connection capable of shunting 5K video.

As always, I'll let the gamers and Apple users pay the first-adopter's premium and iron out the bugs, and look forward to it being cheap and reliable in a year or two.

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Thunderbolt started off as an Intel concept that used optical fibres called LightPeak but it proved too costly, so they reverted to copper, and Apple contributed the Thunderbolt name. Lightpeak seemed an attractive idea to me at the time, because a noisey computer / server / GPU farm could be kept in the next room - or indeed the garden shed - without much compromise. These days though, computers good enough for my purposes are generally cooler and quieter.

I keep hearing about photonic circuitry too, but it seems to be a few years off at the very least.

As regards consumer and desktop devices, copper-cable based solutions offer a usability advantage of optical connections* - they can carry power, so a single cable can do 'everything' (power, video, storage, peripherals etc).

*Yeah, some people are working on power-over-fibre, but the use cases remain specialised (underwater robots, MRI machines, physics labs etc). My instinctual reaction to 'consumer fibre with 5W lasers beams' is "Arghh, my eyes my beautiful eyes!!"

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Fibre optic

I can see scenarios where a fibre optic connection would be useful.

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So. Why don't people talk to invisible robots in public?

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Re: And in other news...

>She dropped her phone and felt she would have been unable to dial 000...

The advice given in CPR training is to administer CPR first, and shout for someone else to call the emergency services afterwards, such is the urgency.

(FFS do NOT take my word for ot, but take a course yourself)

True, a Nokia 3310 *might* not have slipped from her hand, or might have been *easier* to dial [emergency number]. The nature of hypothetical questions is such that she might have left her Nokia in the car, instead of bringing it into her house to play Angry Birds.

The actual 'feature' she used was first seen on Motorola X handsets after they bought by Google. They made use of a smaller co-processor that could continually monitor the microphone for a 'O k Moto' voice prompt. Amazon have subsequently taken the idea and built it into a speaker-like device.

If Siri or its competitors can ring for an ambulance *and* relay location data, that would be a potentially life-saving feature. As it is at present, paramedic only have cell-mast triangulation dat, though in urban locations wifi-based location is often more accurate. Having the desk have the ability to instruct your phone to provide audio cues for the CPR rhythm - even better.

As always, the devil is in the details of the implementation.

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>format sea cucumber

AND I have my new passphrase!

Right o', gotta get on and set it as the passphrase for my Linkdin, MySpace, AshelyMadison, Beano and HSBC Bank accounts.

Might as well change my username whilst I'm at it... how does BlueTiger97$ sound to you guys?

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Re: I use it all the time!

When I do use Google voice search, I'm still surprised at how well it works. It's curious that I'm still surprised, I guess.

My accent is closer to RP than some people's, and for some odd reason I'm more likely to use it when I'm confident that it will understand me correctly (i.e, I know it find find 'star wars cinema' easier than some rare place name )

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>Even then, privacy concerns were paramount. Yet there is no more or less privacy talking to a VAPDA than there is typing into Google.

Eh? That's clearly not true:

-Typing a Google search: Google knows you're searching for "Haemorrhoid cream".

- Speaking Google search: Google AND your friends / co-workers know you're searching for "Haemorrhoid cream".

A lot of people have made peace with Google, Amazon and KinkyStuff.com knowing things about them that their friends and neighbours in real life do not.

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Space exploration: Are Musk and Bezos about to eclipse Gagarin and Armstrong?

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Re: The answer is no...

Well that's kind of the point: Henry Ford went in for an assembly-line approach. When you say he only famous because he put his name on his cars, you are sidestepping the whole *reason* his cars became famous in the first place. He didn't invent assembly lines or internal combustion engines, but he put his resources behind a combination of the two.

Or: Is a man who invents cars a better engineer than the man who invents machines to make cars? It's clearly a nonsense question.

Sometimes a person becomes associated with a technology because they were in the right place at the right time, with whatever motivation and whatever resources (brainpower, reputation, money) they happened to possess.

Heck, Aldous Huxley adopted Ford's name as a signpost in a fork of human history in Brave New World. The novel Catch-22 was a warning about how the manufacturing techniques in WW-2, echoing Dwight D Esienhower's Farewell Speech, had continued into peacetime. Heller's mate Kurt Vonnegut was a straight-up journalist until his editor mistook his true-to-life reportage of a post-war factory as science fiction.

There is technology, and then the is use that technology is put to. Would the name Oppenhiemer be as well known had his bosses not decided to finace the Manhatten Project?

Maybe individuals are important, maybe not - I don't know - though the telephone is held up as an example of very similar invention patents being filed on the same day by different people on different continents.

If inventor X had been 'run over by a bus' as a child, would inventor Y have invented the same thing within a year?

If a Salesman or Military Commander had not promoted invention A, would others have done sooner or later?

tl,dr If you are interested in technology, study the scientists and inventors. If you are interested about how technology impacts upon people's lives, study people, scientists, inventors, manufacturers, salesmen, generals, presidents, etc

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Re: Back to the Future

I once worked in a UK nuclear site... Down some scarcely used corridors would be black and photos of the physicists from the early days... Most of them smoking a pipe.

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Re: Back to the Future

http://www.readanybook.com/ebook/day-of-the-moron-229

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Re: The answer is no...

Yeah, but isn't the name Henry Ford as well known as Karl Benz or Rudolf Diesel?

For that matter, Isambard Kingdom Brunel is famous too - again, for the scale of his implementation of existing inventions.

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>Nowadays you’re as likely to need an out of this world ego and background in Silicon Valley financing.

That'd be Buzz Aldrin, then! But seriously, his science fiction novel Encounter with Tiber (1996, written with John Barnes) reads almost as a manifesto for private enterprise getting mankind into space on routine basis. It's actually a good primer on many of the spaceflight concepts being planned in the near-to-middle term (the parts of the book based around Sol) and longer term (the technologies used by the Tiberians of the title).

I'll see if I can dig out a link to a good outline in the next ten minutes!

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Mars One puts 100 Red Planet corpses colonists through fresh tests

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Re: "Ah, but we're on Mars now"

>Who else read the Dr Strangelove lines in his voice? lol.

How could I not? :)

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50:50? Dr Strangelove disagrees!

Dr. Strangelove: Well, that would not be necessary, Mr. President. It could easily be accomplished with a computer. And a computer could be set and programmed to accept factors from youth, health, sexual fertility, intelligence, and a cross-section of necessary skills. Of course, it would be absolutely vital that our top government and military men be included to foster and impart the required principles of leadership and tradition. Naturally, they would breed prodigiously, eh? There would be much time, and little to do. Ha, ha. But ah, with the proper breeding techniques and a ratio of say, ten females to each male, I would guess that they could then work their way back to the present Gross National Product within say, twenty years

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Turgidson: Doctor, you mentioned the ratio of ten women to each man. Now, wouldn't that necessitate the abandonment of the so-called monogamous sexual relationship, I mean, as far as men were concerned?

Dr. Strangelove: Regrettably, yes. But it is, you know, a sacrifice required for the future of the human race. I hasten to add that since each man will be required to do prodigious...service along these lines, the women will have to be selected for their sexual characteristics which will have to be of a highly stimulating nature.

Russian Ambassador: I must confess, you have an astonishingly good idea there, Doctor.

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Re: selected from applications sent in by the public

I'd rather send them to Venus and leave Mars unsullied for when we can send decent people there!

In this same week, Elon Musk has been outlining his ideas for how a Martian direct democracy might work - simple ideas, such as laws having an expiry date after which they must be actively renewed. A direct democracy sounds like it wouldn't benefit from IP lawyers and reality TV idiots.

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You've got a patch, you've got a patch ... almost every Android device has a patch

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Re: Weurd

I'm not downplaying the importance of regular updates (or defending the chain of OEM > ODM <> Carrier > Regulator > User), but Planty has made a valid observation - News coverage, or personal accounts, of attacks on Android in the wild are a a bit thin on the ground. I say this not because I don't think they exist, but because I am curious.

Again, I'm not saying ignorance is an excuse for complacency.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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Re: Real shame

Nice article, but doesn't Sir David MacKay FRS, FInstP, FICE deserve to have his name mentioned?

"In his final interview before his untimely death, DECC’s chief scientific advisor called it an “appalling delusion” that the UK could meet its energy needs from renewables."

Perhaps In his final interview before his untimely death, DECC’s chief scientific advisor David McKay called it an “appalling delusion” that the UK could meet its energy needs from renewables. might work just as well?

Also, it should be noted the the conductor of the interview asks viewers to "please do not quote him out of context or sensationalise what he said."

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On her microphone's secret service: How spies, anyone can grab crypto keys from the air

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Re: Before I believe this I want to see it replicated by another, unrelated, group.

If the countermeasures to this attack are cheap and easy to implement - just have your computer run some other encryption code to create noise - why not implement them, even if you are doubtful that the attack is viable? The only 'cost' is slightly greater power consumption. I for one can't be arsed, because i don't work with state-level secrets - I'm just not worth the effort! Those people who do have state secrets will have their computers administered by folk who are in a position to replicate this - if replicated it can be.

Contrast this to the people who believed the trash about MMR, and as a result the lives of some people have been damaged.

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Re: How?

Some posters above have had a good bash at explaining...

Basically, the attackers aren't trying to get the key directly, but to reduce the number of 'guesses' required ('reducing the search space'). If you know what noises a computer system makes when performing encryption / decryption, then you can, over time, start to build a picture. So, to come back to your analogy:

>To me, it sounds like trying to decode a spoken conversation with a sample rate of one per minute... the orders of magnitude seem far too disjoint.

If the conversation was actually a looped snippet of speech, you could recreate it even at a sample of rate of 1Hz - if you had enough time. Note that in the article the attackers require an hour.

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Re: Mobile computing

>Why is a Faraday cage not realistic?

A Faraday cage wouldn't help. This attack works by listening to sound waves, not electromagnetic waves.

A window pane protects you from the wind, but not from peeping toms. A lace curtain protects you from peeping toms, but not from the wind.

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Re: Mobile computing

>Why is a Faraday cage not realistic?

If the encryption is being used to encrypt communications, then the computer has to be able to, er, communicate. If the connection to the wider world is wired, then okay, but a Faraday cage would stop any wireless RF data from being transmitted or received.

You could, I suppose, have your Faraday-clad computer use light to communicate to a modem.

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Re: Mobile computing

With acoustically transparent cloth - y'know, the sort of thing hi-fi speakers are clad with - a parabolic dish can be disguised as a suitcase. Or indeed, a loudspeaker.

It appears on first thoughts that a easy enough countermeasure would be to generate noise - maybe just have your computer run through some redundant, unused crypto algorithms.

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Well obviously. I wouldn't have escaped the Noodle Incident relatively unscathed had I not fashioned an antenna from the underwire of my companion's bra. But we don't talk about that.

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If you wear a tin foil hat, a duck-tape belt and a wrist-band of self-amalgamating tape then you'll have the materials at hand to deal with most situations!

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Well yes, but the article referred to it as a parabolic dish. If you put it on your head it won't work!

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NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

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Re: Has he got a 27B/6

Haha, It's been while since I've seen Brazil, so had to Google '27B/6'. Of course the result i got was http://www.27bslash6.com/ home of David Thorne of 'drawing of a spider as payment for overdue bill' fame.

Nice.

Especially since my most recent televisual entertainment has been the excellent second series of 'Utopia' [Au]' (known as Dreamland in the UK and US) by Aussie comdey types Working Dog Productions.

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Re: Why not try and burst it

The challenge in performing such an experiment would be to simulate the sheer velocity of a micro-meteorite. Probably easier to examine the results of the real thing.

The Soviets test-fired a canon in orbit in the 1970s, but it isn't around any more. Also, it shot rounds at around 700 metrews oper second, compared the *average* speed of a micrometeorite of 22,000 metres per second - though of course its slugs were bigger than a micrometeorite.

This sort of destructive testing is probably much easier on Earth, with pressure differences and temperatures controlled in a lab.

http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a18187/here-is-the-soviet-unions-secret-space-cannon/

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Fact: Huawei now outspends Apple on R&D

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Re: Chromebooks

For many workflows, Macs are bought because other people are using the same hardware and software combination - this makes troubleshooting easier.

I've never owned a Mac, but have found them pretty civilised to work with - especially when working with audio. Or should I phrase that as I found Windows' audio systems to a pain in the neck. (And no, the software I use precludes me from jumping to Linux)

Macs hold their value well on the resale value.

They are also recognised as having better than average screens, trackpads, quietness, speakers and battery life.

Still, Windows laptop vendors have upped their game in recent years and 3rd party Windows applications are getting better at supporting very high resolution displays, so everybody is a winner.

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>If Chinese industry in general is anything to go by, then a Huawei Dollar buys a lot more work than an Apple Dollar.

Huawei may or may not get more value for money on their R&D spend, but it's not as clear cut as you suppose. Apple have an R&D centre in Shanghai, for starters. And if Apple thought they could do all their R&D cheaply there, they wouldn't have R&D centres in Cambridge and Tel Aviv (I don't know what they do there, but I associate both Cambridge and Israel with silicon chip design).

Conversely, Huawei have eighteen R&D centres in Europe and employ 1500 in research.

EDIT: As far as I can make out, most of Huawei's European R&D is geared more towards 5G and infrastructure than it is handsets.

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