* Posts by Yag

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

Yag

Re: Spell it phonetically

...stored in my password manager.

Why would a company want customers who are likely to forget their password anyway?

Love the irony...

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

Yag
Joke

Looks like the cluster bomb manufacturer are looking for diversification...

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

Yag

Re: why we use Russian stuff

Just go and watch "pentagon wars" for a (very dramatized) example...

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

Yag

Re: "The project ran late and over budget. "

Seems like the problem was before the engine themselves.

“contradictory instructions” from the flight control system... Off to nag some coworkers :)

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

Yag
Headmaster

Details, details...

AFDX (Arinc 664 actually, AFDX is Airbus' property) HW layer is a redundant ethernet with a few gimmicks added.

AFDX protocol layer is strangely similar to UDP/IP. We often used a plain old PC with Wireshark to investigate the traffic instead of using the cumbersome AFDX tools...

However...

* There's only a handful of planes that use AFDX, and two of those are either not yet widely deployed (there's 2 A350 flying around) or (and?) military (A400M). Which leave only the A380 and B787s.

* Due to the constraints added by AFDX compared to your ol' Ethernet/IP/UDP, it's unlikely you can "spoof" one of the inboard equipment with a plain old PC, even if you're directly linked on the AFDX bus. The worse you might do is a DOS attack. But...

* As stated on the article, the switches and routers between the AFDX network and the ethernet/IFE networks are not really of the "dumb" style, and filter all upcoming traffic, thank you.

This is why this whole story smelled fishy to me from the start...

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Yag

Re: Old news

Nope.

MH370 was a relatively old B777.

This kind of plane use "old school" avionic specific links (Arinc 429) which requires a very special kind of interface to be tampered with, and there's no way it can be connected to a W-LAN or an Ethernet network without significant interfacing HW and SW.

Even if Boeing wanted an A429-to-Ethernet converter for providing the position/speed/alt to the IFE, there's no chance in hell they added the Ethernet-to-A429 conversion (for the simplest of reasons : costs!)

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Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed

Yag
Headmaster

including the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) and Eurocopter.

Eurocopter (now renamed as Airbus Helicopter) is a subdivision of EADS (Airbus Group)

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

Yag

Re: Anon CVs

The anonymous CVs were tested in France a few years ago*.

It went quite poorly : The chances to get an interview was roughly the same for women and seniors**, but it actually went down for ethnic minorities (slashed by half, from 10% to 5%).

Seems like there were more sympathetic people willing to give a chance than racist a****les in those places of power...

** "roughly" because the anonymous CV changed the "same sex/same age bracket" bias of the recruiters. One of the ironic note was that women recruiter favored men over women when using anonymous CVs...

* full report of the study, in french : http://www.crest.fr/images/CVanonyme/rapport.pdf)

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Word to your mother: Office 2016 preview flung at world + dog

Yag

Re: Office 2007 is fine

My bad, I didn't tried myself, I was assuming op's informations were accurate. (and we all know what "assume" makes of U and especially me :))

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Yag

Re: Office 2007 is fine

The thing is, that's uncompressed. Once you zip that up, it's no longer a pile of characters, it's (in simple terms) one instance of that string with an integer saying repeat one million times.

First, this is wrong, as I'm pretty sure the numbers after "row" and "col" are variable (one entry for each combination)

Second, compression is not an excuse for something that could be solved by a less crappy format (Keeping the XML and adding a simple rule like "Saving : Empty cells are not be saved. Loading : If a cell is not defined in the file then it's considered empty" would do the trick)

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Yag

Framemaker...

I remember this one, able to handle documents with thousands of pages while Word had trouble not to corrupt any document over 50 pages...

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Accused Aussie game hacker flees to Europe ahead of trial

Yag
Trollface

"seven counts of possessing child-exploitation material"

Perhaps nude pictures of his 15 years-old girlfriend from several years ago?

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

Yag
Mushroom

For the US definition of "Fail safe"...

see the movie.

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Yag

Re: "dude who codes websites in PHP"

Know much about 178C (as well as B)? I used to.

You mean the DO-178C? I understand that you are a bit angry, but "used to" know a 4-years old standard that is not yet fully deployed is a bit exagerated...

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Yag

Re: So...Garbage from Non-Aviators

It shows up a poor program test if counters can overflow and haven't got a standard handler to reset them. Both the programmer team and the test team should be in front of the leather top desk :-)

Unfortunately, this is a bit more complicated.

The standard in such systems is to use Requirement Based Tests. If a tester add such a robustness test with no requirement to justify it, he'll be in front of the leather top desk.

And, of course, those kind of requirements are often "forgotten" by the SW designers...

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

Yag

Re: impressive effort

Same can be said for Opportunity,the little rover that could.

Or the crazy awesome Voyager probes, leaving the solar system every couple of monthes.

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Yag

Re: "The US has been the first to flyby every planet of the Solar System"

The major issue is more of a semantic one...

Either only "planets" count, in which case this sentence is true since the demotion of Pluto, or the dwarfs planets count as well, in which case Eris, Makemake and a few others are still waiting for their flyby..

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Free markets aren't rubbish – in fact, they solve our rubbish woes

Yag

Re: When I was a kid

Watching that in Germany a couple of years back - drinks also had, as I understand it, a small return charge on the bottle, and the polite thing to do seemed to be *not* to reclaim it but to dispose in roadside refuse bins, thus allowing the more unfortunate members of the society to benefit. Don't know if that still applies.

The Pfand was still there last year.

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You can't keep a Secret and nor can anyone else: the app is closing

Yag
Trollface

Come on, Nazis were not that bad...

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Fondleslab deaths grounded ALL of American Airlines' 737s

Yag

Re: Perfectly clear who is responsible.

The informations about the flight plan may be mission critical, but they are not safety critical.

In airborne embedded software, safety is paramount and according to the definition of the main aerospace software certification standard (DO178b/ED12b), this should probably be classified as a level D software* - a very low level of criticity, used for example for the cockpit's ground maintenance software. As I have an habit of being overprotective, I would classify it as a level C Software*

Sure, if it happens in flight (which seems not to be the case here), it would be a bother for the crew, and even worse to the ATC** which will have to handle a herd of lost planes looking for directions, but it would not impair the plane ability to fly and safely land (the landing informations are provided by safety-critical application, thanks you)

* For reference, level D is defined as "Minor: Failure conditions which would not significantly reduce aircraft safety, and which would involve crew actions that are well within their capabilities. Minor failure conditions may include, for example, a slight reduction in safety margins or functional capabilities, a slight increase in crew workload, such as, routine flight plan changes, or some inconvenience to occupants."

Level C is defined as "Major: Failure conditions which would reduce the capability of the aircraft or the ability of the crew to cope with adverse operating conditions to the extent that there would be, for example, a significant reduction in safety margins or functional capabilities, a significant increase in crew workload or in conditions impairing crew efficiency, or discomfort to occupants, possibly including injuries." - Might be overkill in such a case.

** ATC : Air Traffic Control

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Yag

Re: Can you spell stupid?

As long as the FAA/EASA/<insert your local authority here> allows it, it's free game.

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Yag

Re: every pilot should have permanent acces to two tablets

Since most of these birds have glass cockpits is there a reason why the data couldn't be uploaded directly to the planes? Perhaps something complicated like a USB stick would work.

In order to include additionnal functionalities to a glass cockpit, you have to ensure that this software won't have an adverse effect on the overall system.

This mean developping the software following the good ol' DO178b (or the c if you're up to date), and would probably increase the costs of the developpement by a 4-5 factor, if not more...

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

Yag

Re: Hypocricy

Probably because most people that criticize Google on those topics still uses their products, but won't even touch a iFad with a ten foot pole.

In my case, the lack of complaints about Apple is more due to a mix of "beating a dead horse" and "shooting an ambulance" feeling.

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Celebrated Pakistani female online activist Sabeen Mahmud dies in shooting

Yag
Trollface

Re: Religion - the source of all evil

Extremism is more likely a source of all evil.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

Yag
Coat

Re: A Modest Proposal ...

Well, you know, your pension plan includes a portfolio including some shares in such companies.

No, leave your coat here, you won't need it where you're going...

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Top Spanish minister shows citizens are thick as tortillas de ballenas

Yag
Facepalm

Seen worse in France...

http://clubzetetique.free.fr/media/question2.JPG

Yes, 56% of the audience thinks that the Sun is orbiting Earth.

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Apple Watch RIPPED APART, its GUTS EXPOSED to hungry Vultures

Yag

"if you're worried about longevity in overpriced consumer tech, you're in the wrong market."

Indeed, but we were talking about good ol' fashioned watches and their lack of upgradibility mainly due to the fact that you don't need to upgrade them to keep on being useful.

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Yag
Gimp

"My Grandfather's Clock"

Reminds me of a quite recent Not Safe For Work comics.

(Seriously, don't look it up. This comic is not safe for sanity. What about mine? long gone, my friends, long gone...)

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Yag

"When buying a watch one generally doesn't expect it to be upgradeable"

When buying a decently priced watch, one generally doesn't expect it to be a piece of useless junk in 3-5 years...

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EU’s Timmermans: You can have our ear, lobbyists – just don't lie

Yag
Facepalm

What's the point?

Threatening registered lobbyist groups to remove their registration if they use unregistered lobbyist?

I don't want to live on this planet anymore...

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

Yag

I'm torn... should I upvote or downvote?

This is a legitimate rant, but a bit irrelevant to the subject of the article (the economic value of data)

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Google versus the EU: Sigh. You can't exploit a contestable monopoly

Yag
Devil

Re: So....

ok, I'm wrong, my bad. Google does not *force* anyone to use their services.

However, they give a strong emphasis to them in their search engine, which is indeed a logical business decision :

- Looking for "email"? Google mail is the first answer

- Looking for "maps" (or typing a physical address) ? Google maps this time

- Looking for "shopping"? Google shopping

Now, are those results biased by design (which would be indeed Evil), or because of a snowball effect? (people using google as their search engine are more likely to use other google services, ranking those services further up.)

- About the "I'm feeling lucky" button :

Very old statistics (2007 is very old in the Internet sense) shows that this button was used in roughly 1% of the searchs (obviously none of them performed by the demographic of El Reg's readers).

This button was supposed to cost google 100M$ in loss of advertising revenue at the time, giving a rough idea of the sheer amount of requests this tiny "1%" actually is.

And most of you are awful liars when saying you never used it : you HAD to try the "french military victories" bomb with this button at least once...

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Yag

"That cos you search term has -mail"

Duh.

Not if there's no space between "e" and "-mail".

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"The EU Commission is going to call Google in and give it a really hard talking to for offering what Google's users rather like to have"

Wrong. Consumer takes what they can get.In the mobile world, the relevant choices are either Apple's walled garden or Google's walled garden.

Having Gmail, YouTube, hangouts, google map, google play video/music/etc... applications pre-installed in the phone with no official way to remove is the exact same as for Microsoft and Internet Explorer.

Speaking about browsers, Chrome is the only application that I could remove. I guess it would have been too obvious if it weren't...

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Re: Harm..

Try the more generic and plainly obvious term "e-mail" instead, and... MAGIC!

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Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

Yag

Re: So as a rule...

... And if it's under 3 years old, it's still a beta veta version with neither support nor responsibility taken.

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Lapider les corneilles! French Patriot Act faces growing opposition

Yag
Trollface

Re: Helping the terrorists win

You scratch my back by helping me justifying excessive laws, I scratch yours by making sure everyone talk of you.

I'll even directly help you a bit by a few "humanitary interventions", in Lybia for example...

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

Yag

Re: re: And that this would be extortion

"Unfortunately even though I suspect many companies buying advertising space understand this they can't stop easily, since they need their competitors to stop too. So loads of money, time and energy gets wasted on achieving nothing except lining the pockets of the people selling ad space."

Reminds me of an economy course about "game theory". Quite interesting actually...

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Ex-Windows designer: Ballmer was dogmatic, Sinofsky's bonkers, and WinPho needs to change

Yag
Trollface

"While Steve Jobs may have called it “beautiful”"

Beautiful for saving iOS market share?

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Default admin password, weak Wi-Fi, open USB ports ... no wonder these electronic voting boxes are now BANNED

Yag

Re : You don't have millions of people at an individual voting district, you have maybe 5000 people.

In France, each of those district is divided in several voting stations. The local station only have 500 registered voters, and you can expect half of them turning in on the good days.

250 votes takes roughly 1h to process for a 4 people team.

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Yag

Re: First Line Says:

Manual systems? corrupted and untrackable?

As a regular citizen, I can get up early on election day and go to the voting station, check the urn before anyone vote (it's made of glass for this purpose), count the votes, stay for the ballot count and watch the process (I often even helps with it), then check the consistency of the obtained numbers with the official number reported on the web a few hours later for this station.

As any concerned joe can do the same for any voting station, I can not figure out where the "untrackable" part is.

A closed source blackbox electronic voting station, on the other hand...

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Energy utilities targeted by Office-spawned recon attack tool

Yag
Mushroom

Helium industries?

Maybe... no, let's hope not...

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Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment

Yag

Strange? no XKCD reference yet?

http://xkcd.com/1504/

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Bye bye, booth babes. IT security catwalk RSA nixes sexy outfits

Yag

Re: As someone from the con / geek community

Probably because of the almost total lack of coal miners in the countries they usually parasite.

I know of a few woman working in construction however...

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Yag
Trollface

Re: Not worth going then

Everything is things.

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There's gold in dem hills: 1000s of two-byte domains hit market

Yag

Cybersquatting avoidance probably. Or at least this was suggested by the seller.

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Rezzed: Indie gaming shows off its finest

Yag
Coat

Re: Roto chair

The cost of the base system itself is not that high...

But having to fork an additionnal 219 pounds for a crappy chair? and 160 for the table? What the hell?

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Microsoft scrambles to kill Live.fi man-in-the-middle diddle

Yag
Trollface

Just revenge.

Payback from former Nokia staff, perhaps?

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