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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

IglooDude

Re: Blimey.

Why would they off Feinstein? She's been their biggest supporter/apologist, current outrage notwithstanding. The senators sniff trouble, they'll put Rand Paul (or actually, a like-minded Democrat, since Sen. Paul is a Republican and so realistically isn't currently eligible) in as the Intelligence Committee chair, and watch how the CIA likes *that*.

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New 4G router pitched at biz bods sick to death of titsup networks

IglooDude

Re: Antennas?

I'm reading on Cradlepoint's site that yes, it does take external antennas. Most 3G/LTE routers nowadays do.

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IglooDude

It is a better deal when you have a hundred sites, and can pool your usage - hopefully, you're not rolling on backup too often at any one site. I've seen a lot of this being sold, particularly when the remote sites are all hub-and-spoke'd to the core corporate LAN anyway.

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NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE

IglooDude
Joke

Are we sure it wasn't just a test run for waterboarding in space? The problem with Guantanamo seems to be that prisoners can eventually be retrieved from there, so Martian extraordinary rendition would seem to solve a lot of problems for the US government.

Joke icon, sure, but one does wonder what John Yoo is up to these days...

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

IglooDude

To be fair, most people could hardly give a duck about this news.

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Feds to flog off $28m in Bitcoin from Silk Road drug souk seizure

IglooDude

I wonder if the NSA could devote some of their encryption/password cracking resources to bitcoin mining, and thereby create their own sort of budgetary moneylaundering?

I'd add the joke icon, but... *shudder* it wouldn't surprise me at all if it was actually already in progress, like some perversion of Rule 34.

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

IglooDude

Re: But..

I assumed they were referring to the Surface tablet fire sale... *snicker*

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

IglooDude

Re: Don't forget W12K

Indeed. I still can't fathom how that made it through any design meetings.

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Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

IglooDude

Two years ago, I called up the account manager I'd had for a few years to that point (previous conversation being a couple months prior). Extension not in service. Email address just returned a bounceback. Tried to call the primary sales line and no one could locate the name, or my account. Okay, someone got laid off, and the organization signally failed to take over her communications lines and transfer them elsewhere. Got it. Tried to get ahold of a salesperson to make an order of a few laptops on my account. It took me the better part of a day to find someone who was willing to take my order, and then... no order. And that person wouldn't return my calls or email. Their supervisor kept referring me back to them, though, even though I was explicitly asking to be referred to someone - anyone - else. Eventually I got the few laptops ordered (it was actually urgent, and important that they be the same model/hardware as previous ones I'd ordered), and that's the last time I've bought anything with the name Dell on it.

I'm sure losing my $20K/yr spending isn't affecting their bottom line, but surely all these anecdotes do add up to a bit of data (and some red ink)?

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NSA refuses to deny spying on members of Congress

IglooDude

Re: IglooDope (Yawn)

"""Snowdope"? "Dummicrats"? Seriously?" Is that your best effort, all you can think to post? Seriously?"

It's not all I can think to post, no. But in my experience, no content worth any thoughtful contemplation or serious debate has ever arrived embedded with proper names adjusted for cheap mockery. If you feel your post deserves consideration, then you'd do well to drop the really stupid name-calling.

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IglooDude

Re: (Yawn)

"Snowdope"? "Dummicrats"? Seriously?

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Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

IglooDude

Disco - or whatever you call Macklemore's music. It's CES, there's nothing confidential going on there - in fact the vendors will say it's confidential only hoping that'll get wider publicity as a "leak" rather than just a normal PR blast.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

IglooDude

Re: Seriously?

No, he really does mean towing - as in, dragging the line further and further towards increased censorship and centralized nannyism.

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Quadrillion-dollar finance house spams Reg reader with bankers' private data

IglooDude
Joke

Just give him the fraction-of-cents from all the transaction rounding being done by DTCC for a year.

(I know, I know, it doesn't really work that way, it's a joke.)

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If you want an IT job you'll need more than a degree, say top techies

IglooDude

Re: Random degrees

Indeed. I have a four-year degree in Political Science while being a server/network IT engineer/supervisor, but hey, it's a degree, and it checks the box. Similarly, no one in my (20-some person) office has a degree that is actually related to the job and career path they're in.

For what it is worth, the US military has a similar mindset - they (typically) require 4yr degrees for commissioned officers, but they don't distinguish between electronic engineering and basket-weaving as far as how it affects one's military service career (other than legal/medical specialties and such).

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Lantern lights the way to web freedom for Great Firewall prisoners

IglooDude

Sure, they can't monitor the traffic, if China's Great Firewall is blocking it all. *sigh*

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SpaceX Falcon 9 reaches MONEY RING with successful launch

IglooDude
Pint

Another tip of the cap to Mr. Musk and SpaceX, well done lads!

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In a meeting with a woman? For pity's sake DON'T READ THIS

IglooDude

Re: Speaking of rudeness...

I try to offer to reschedule so that they can attend in a place without being a danger on the road, can view the web conference, etc, noting that screams, crunches, and dead air/disconnects tend to disrupt the meetings. Once I do that two or or three times they tend to get the idea. If they don't, I get with them privately to explain more explicitly. Fairly good results with that approach so far, though there's a couple knuckleheads that I've gone to plan B with - inviting their boss instead of them.

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

IglooDude

Re: Real names optional

Or do what I do, and just slightly misspell your real last name (along with an email address devoted purely to facebook). Real friends hardly notice, and still a decent evasion of search engines.

The general common sense about not saying anything on a social site that you wouldn't publish in a newspaper still applies, of course.

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IglooDude

Re: And so it begins

No, seriously, "bloody freakin genius" is a bit of an understatement. Wow.

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El Reg seeks new mobile, wireless tech writer - could it be YOU?

IglooDude

I almost wish I resided in London, but it's too far of a commute from Boston, and I'm not sure I'm snarky enough to measure up to El Reg's inimitable editorial style.

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James Bond's Lotus Esprit submarine car sells for £550,000

IglooDude

Re: Not enough info

So more correctly, "which isn't currently road-worthy" (until it gets retrofitted with Back-To-The-Future style hoverboard technology)...

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Obama prepares to crawl up NSA's ass with microscope

IglooDude

You apparently have not talked to me.

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AOL boss: Soz about that 'Abel, you're fired!' Patch showdown

IglooDude

One wonders whether the apology would still have been forthcoming had someone else not been recording and thus making the incident public news.

It's all irrelevant anyway, it's not like their morale could get any worse as they're already facing a flip-a-coin round of layoffs.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

IglooDude

Re: "they don't give you the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing"`

You're painting with a brush broader than... um what's the official Reg unit of length again? Pretty damned broad, anyway. So I confess to being a little bit curious as to what your opinion of US Democrats is.

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UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

IglooDude

What they very likely mean is no identifying information being transmitted alongside the usage - just a customer ID of some sort that they can match to your account with actual identification in their database at home. At least, that is how such services traditionally work (like with personal medical device monitoring).

And yeah - radiation, really? Do they have a problem with the cellphone in their house, or wifi, or bluetooth, or cordless phone, or... *sigh*

There are good reasons to oppose this, but 'radiation' certainly is not one of them. Security of the data may be, but that's entirely dependent upon the architecture of the implementation.

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Gadgets are NOT the perfect gift for REAL men

IglooDude
Happy

Last wife's birthday I got her a slow-cooker. Year before that, a Dutch Oven (aka big iron pot). If I'm to believe her (and I do), she REALLY appreciated the gifts.

God, how I do love that woman.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

IglooDude

Because glide landing on Mars is more problematic?

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IglooDude

Re: Powered by ARM

I'd hope that they wouldn't use GPS, as that'd take away the option of using it on the moon or Mars. Rather, I'd figure they'd use laser rangefinders and a handful of inertial sensors for the necessary precision, and utility in places where we don't have GPS satellites overhead.

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Ecuador denies granting asylum, safe passage to Snowden

IglooDude
Unhappy

Hmmmm

Am I the only one that thinks we'll never actually see Snowden again, that sometime in the last few days he was carted (or crated) out of Sheremetyevo to some underground facility a few hours away, where Putin's people could extract everything they want out of him (notably, a few encryption keys) rather than waiting till he decided to leak some more? Snowden's defenses would be set up to deal with US thug tactics, not Russian thug tactics, and let's face it - Putin is much more experienced in that arena than Obama.

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

IglooDude
Facepalm

Re: I'm no longer voting "for" but "against"

Except we're talking about Congress?

You may have unintentionally highlighted the problem - we hardly know our Rep/Senators' names (I'd bet 20% can name both their Senators, and 10% can name their Rep), so only hardcore political fetishists and party loyalists show up for primary elections and in November it's an R/D lesser-of-two-evils or party-line vote for the vast majority. Then we wonder why our Congress is completely dysfunctional.

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

IglooDude
Facepalm

Re: MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

Beat me to the related "In Soviet Russia, your thoughts control the black helicopters!"

Cadence sucks, bad internet meme, I deserve the downvotes anyway. *sob*

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Mars Express' 10th birthday celebrated with Martian atlas

IglooDude
Pint

And here's to the engineers and support team for a their decade of success.

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Websites to 'close' for China's 'Internet maintenance day'

IglooDude

Re: you can't see me

Nowhere was in Oklahoma until recently, when an F5 tornado did some ad hoc relocation.

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

IglooDude

"Existing smart meters are using the cellular networks, generally 2G, which isn't ideal. The signalling overheads required by a GSM connection can easily be bigger than the actual data being harvested from an electricity meter, and there's considerable overheads in maintaining a GSM even when it's not being used."

Exactly correct, and completely misleading. The overhead (TCP/IP wrapping and such) can be more than the actual data being harvested, but you're hardly overloading tower/backhaul facilities even at double the number of bytes going across, and if you pool your cellular usage plans with the operator and make sure the rounding is legit, there's no real issue there. There's GGSN/SGSN overhead in maintaining a GSM's PDP session even when it's not being used, but there's worthwhile ways around it, like piggybacking updates when the meter connects to the home server, or for unusual circumstances waking it up and getting it to establish a new PDP via sending an appropriately-crafted SMS to it.

There's really good reasons to oppose smart meters having remote-disabling of utilities in households (and I for one do oppose them), but security of GSM and technical opposition to 2G modem connections (assuming no public IPs of course) aren't good reasons. It's just the best tool for a job that doesn't need doing.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

IglooDude

Re: Way to miss the point...

"Should I want to put a bullet in David Cameron, dont tempt me, with this I can make it myself, disguise it if I want to, and all I need to do is find the guy (probably when he's daughter hunting again), walk past, jam in in his gut and pull the trigger."

I'm right up with you up until I wonder why a knife wouldn't be at least as effective. You could print it from your 3D printer, if that's what suits you. Actually evade the metal detectors that way, too. Oh, and no loud bang, to boot.

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IglooDude

"I take it The Reg haven't seen the automatic model they've built that's already been taken off their site then..."

"Automatic" model? With apologies to William Goldman, I don't think that word means what you think it means.

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VTOL hybrid flying car promises the skies

IglooDude
Joke

Re: OK the *simple* numbers.

"It also help that it's unlikely they system will be designed to allow you to open the doors in hover and rappel to the ground, or offer covering fire while remaining in hover mode."

So a non-starter in the US consumer market, then?

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IglooDude

Re: Parachute - from the article...

In some cases that non steerable chute will STILL be preferable to a human pilot, which may also crash you in to the side of tall buildings, mountains, trees or lakes depending on which way the wind is blowing, except with propellers still spinning at cruising speed.

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Chair of Dish in dash for Sprint seat: Tries to slurp HALF its shares

IglooDude
Joke

I'm surprised AT&T isn't eyeing Sprint's seat, I heard they're on the rebound from a rejected proposal.

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Sprint promises to take 2G into the Internet of Things

IglooDude

"a few thousand 'leccy meters" plus ATMs, credit-card transaction processors, vending machines, parking meters, vehicle tracking modules, home medical monitoring devices, pipeline and similar utility monitoring, and whatever other uses clever people figure out for what amounts to a mobile copper-pair POTS line modem, which while requiring some spectrum and old kit doesn't use a figurative drop in the bucket of bandwidth.

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Yelling at mobes while driving just as bad as texting

IglooDude

I have a few friends that don't seem to get the irony (or is it just hypocrisy?) when they call me while they're driving their cars that have "watch out for bikers" stickers plastered on them.

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US Air Force beats off competition in NSA hacking fight

IglooDude

Re: I can be paranoid.

For the US military academies at least, they likely aren't going to be looking for a job for another 6-10 years, because they're going to be employed as officers in the military. These aren't kids gathered from the local internet cafe, they've been vetted and they signed up for four years of school and another 5-8 of service already. Individuals vary, but these are the least likely group of people to be using their training for malicious purposes of just about any teenagers you could find.

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Google U-turn DID preempt ICANN's block on corporate gTLD-snatchers

IglooDude

Re: ICANN need a good slapping

Your (and my, and everyone else's) definition of "wasted" and ICANN's definition of "wasted" are likely entirely different, given that the wasted money ends up in ICANN's bank account.

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

IglooDude

It is Israel. They pay a fair bit more attention to their borders than Schengen Area governments.

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Applause for the general approach, but it seems to me that many people would make a point of increasing their driving during the "normal driving evaluation" during the first six months, so as to enhance their rewards later on. Given how obvious this is, I suspect the Israelis have already figured out a counter to it.

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US Navy blasts drones with ship-mounted LASER CANNON

IglooDude

Re: Are they serious?

I know, if they were thinking they would have at least renamed the ship USS Shark first.

And instead of LaWS, they could have backronymed it as Forced Recalculation of Intended Kinetic Navigation or something.

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

IglooDude

Re: The mystery of the mysterious operatives

The Egyptian Navy probably apprehended the divers by virtue of stationing a patrol boat within a few hundred meters of the dinghy and waiting for them to surface. The divers, surfacing and seeing authorities (patrol boats look much bigger when viewed from two inches above sea level through a divers mask, trust me), deliberately or in panic disconnected/dropped whatever they might have been using back down to the seabed.

The Navy is presumably getting their own divers to search the local seabed for whatever evidence is actually there, or whatever they need to plant to convict these divers of whatever crime they're charging them with.

The point being, the current lack of evidence really isn't indicative either way.

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World's largest solar collection plant opened in Abu Dhabi

IglooDude
Coat

Re: Towards codifying the ElReg Law of banjaxed units

"Let's see, if a mW is a thousandth of a watt, then wot or whatt is a Mw ??"

That'd be a Megawit, and it is the average output of a standup comedy show routine, or a night with a thousand people that think they're funny.

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IglooDude

Re: Natural gas burner

I'm working from long-buried memories of naval ship steam plants, but if I recall correctly it's not just a matter of the water being in its gaseous phase, but rather getting it very hot and "dry" (also called superheated steam) in order to #1 maximize turbine efficiency, and #2 reduce wear and tear on the turbine blades.

The article may just be deficient in not referring to the natural gas burner as a proper superheater.

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