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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

4ecks

Re: Patch cycle

When I finally got round to updating my mk1 model ME370T Nexus7 to 4.4.3 last week it immediately wanted to update to 4.4.4.

You can always go to "Settings", "About Tablet", "System updates" and perform a manual check.

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Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet

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Made me think of

The "Homer" from Logan's Run

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Made me think of

Heavy Time by C J Cherryh. Just like the Gold Rush, the ones that supply the miners really make the money.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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Megaphone

Re: No Noise...???

oooh, me wants the sound of a RR Merlin, with a touch of the Avro Vulcan howl for the overtake button, and speakers that go up 11!

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Pint

Re: All too familiar

Been through this too, last time I spent 10min talking them through installing TeamViewer, and 2-3hrs scanning for & cleaning all the malware toolbars and other crap off their system. The good part is I'll be in their country soon and collecting on the promised beer.

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Joke

Maybe

Neutrinos are less flamboyant than Photons, perhaps they don't slow down for every paparazzi opportunity or stop to take selfies, hence the difference in arrival time. ;)_

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US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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Coat

Re: "quis custodiet ipsos custodes"

Since the days of Genesis, why does it always seem to be me looking at you,

you looking at me. Its' always the same, it's just a shame, that's all.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

4ecks

Re: 90%

you forgot that it all runs over dark-fibre.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

4ecks

How about this, keep your current fridge :-

ASDA already have a record of what you bought - the unique till receipt no. links to a list that itemises your purchases, you can even use this yourself for their price guarantee, and I suppose other retailers must have the same data capabilities for their own stock control purposes, we just need access to this data ourselves.

Most supermarket produce has a barcode/qr/rfid tag.

I propose a standalone tablet style display-multiscanner (bar+qr+rfid+scales+imaging camera) that you can quickly book-in stock by entering the till receipt id, the shop has already scanned the items anyway.

Also, the ability to :-

1) enter items bought elsewhere by either scanning in or manually entering them by text or image.

2) define a storage location i.e storecupboard, fridge, freezer etc. (when I buy butter 1 goes in the fridge, the rest go in the freezer, same with bread).

3) set a re-order preference for a particular brand or generic/own brand i.e Fairy or any washing-up liquid.

4) record/set a date of entry - can be used to alert expiry date/age of produce.

On usage the items can be easily scanned or weighed to deduct them from the stock inventory, allowing for either unit or partial pack deduction i.e. 1 apple, 1 box of dishwasher salt, 87g frozen of peas from a 1kg bag, or 2 OXO cubes from a box of 12.

If you can set max/min & over time the mean stock levels for items then eventually you should be able to predict daily, weekly and monthly shopping lists, as well as getting reminders that you might want to transfer butter from the freezer to the fridge so it's defrosted before the current pack runs out, and that you've still got that tin of chickpeas in the cupboard from 5 years ago (do not re-order flag set!) :)

For an IoT angle, the ability to link to a price comparison site could give you a preferred supplier & estimated budget planner, with the ability to generate a tailored shopping list that could be placed for collection or delivery if required. You could even have a meal planner and get the system to suggest ideas based on the available ingredients, it could even calorie count your meals.

Shouldn't be too difficult to use current information processing & hardware technology to put this in a domestic setting at the sub-£100 mark, at the end of the day it's really just an epos type till entry system without the cash handling and small database stock management system, you could even have some of it "in the cloud", I'm sure that Google or Facebook etc. would love to have more information about you.

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L337 crackrz use dumb passwords too

4ecks

Ok, I'll start you off..

nimda or 64632, the admin password for the PBX system where I used to work, at least they changed it from the default 23646. ;)

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4ecks
Paris Hilton

Re: Re: Policies

Thanks for the randomly generated new Ebay password, but are the 14th and 34th characters I's or l's ?

You know it's damned hard to read the invisible ink on these post-it notes that I use for keeping track of all the different passwords. ;)

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Cunning Reg reader cracks LOHAN hot coupling condundrum

4ecks

Re: Conductive Grease

Try these :- http://www.electrolube.com

Available from CPC and much cheaper than cool-amp by the looks of it.

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4ecks

What is the voltage + current

expected to go through these connectors? You don't want hot-spots welding them together, low temperature conductive grease sounds like a good idea.

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

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Black Helicopters

Re: "Burn Notice" was a documentary series

And so is "Person of Interest".

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SpaceX 'Dragon V2' ROCKET PODULE can hover-land on Earth - or MARS

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Pint

Re: A thing of beauty

Well they've got the skill set & technology to do a "Carlsberg" of a BBQ, cryonics for the beer chiller & rocket thrusters for the grill.

But seriously, well done to them for what's been achieved so far, and good luck for the future.

Cheap(er) launch costs and fast turn-around of re-useable launch vehicles was what the Shuttle was supposed to be about, but with no real aim or ability to go above low earth orbit it didn't really have much of a use once the ISS was finished and the supply & ferry duties could be done by the Russians.

Elon has the aim of Mars, and being a private company isn't subject to the whims of politicians and the pork-barrel price gouging of the military-industrial complex, a man with vision and the resources to see it made real.

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128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours

4ecks
Coat

Re: New Uncrackable Crypto

Or -

1) Put plaintext through Google Translate into Klingon.

2) Create "Klingon plaintext" document in Word95 and then add lots of formatting, different fonts and text sizes.

3) Open with Office2013/365

4) "Save as" .docx

5) Rename file type to .doc

Instant double encryption including an obscure proprietary method, unfortunately you'll probably never be able to unscramble it. ;-)

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Scots team builds SONIC SCREWDRIVER to repair damaged nerves

4ecks

Re: Intriguing device.

Another small step from Sci-Fi to reality, I refer to the body-knitting scene from The Fifth Element.

However the future medical possibilities are interesting - improved healing with less scar tissue, nerve repair, retinal repair, how about bio-mechanical/bio-electronic implants assembled in the lab with no chance of tissue rejection, coupled with nano-tech and stem-cells the myriad uses could do so much for human well-being.

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

4ecks
Joke

Re: Gooooooowld

Why don't they use some of the guests from the Jeremy Kyle show - cheap & dense !

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Stop bullying SUPER FAT GODZILLA, urge movie stars

4ecks
Joke

Re: Organic Chobham

Is that known as "Chubby-Ham"?

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Supposedly secure Dogecoin service Dogevault goes offline

4ecks

Why do I always read it as

Dodgy-coin ?

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

4ecks
Unhappy

Re: Vintage planes

Probably for the same reasons the RAF isn't flying TSR2's -

politics, stupidity and money troubles.

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FTC: State laws blocking Tesla's direct sales are 'protectionist'

4ecks
Coat

Err..first car in space?

4 wheels - check

steering - check

seats - check

chassis - check

motor - check

sounds like a general description for a car?

I think the honour of 1st (+ 2nd & 3rd) car in space goes to GM & NASA with the LRV aka the Moon Buggy.

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Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?

4ecks
Facepalm

Hanlon's razor

8 is above 5 on a numeric keypad, fat finger syndrome strikes again!

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

4ecks

Re: Guess I won't be seeing this then

If you're running Firefox + NoScript, just allow jwpcdn.com and reload the page - works fine for me now.

I do wish The Reg would also put up a link to the video embeds in their stories, as not all browsers (esp. mobile) have the required plug-ins.

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Jury: Samsung must cough $290m of $379m Apple wanted - NOT in 5 cent pieces

4ecks

Uncle Sam sings Samsung

But will Apple have to pay tax on this? Flipside of the coin, is this a tax deductible amount for Samsung?

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Indestructible, badass rootkit BadBIOS: Is this tech world's Loch Ness Monster? VOTE NOW

4ecks
Black Helicopters

Paranoia ?

See Icon -->

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Wanna run someone over in your next Ford? No dice, it won't let you

4ecks

No more Ford product placement...

in those high speed Hollywood action movies, or Zombie apocalypse stories unless the sensors can tell living from living-dead and will let you plough them down.

On serious note - will the parking sensors leave enough gap between parked cars so that you don't box others in?

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Lighting bods blind designophiles with LED-powered lounge lamps

4ecks
Happy

Re: I'd be happy with ...

LED lamp technology has advanced very rapidly, what you bought a couple of years ago is "old".

The new COB sources have improved thermal management and hence higher lm/w output.

For retro-fit applications try the Megaman GU10's (( http://www.megamanuk.com/products/led-lamps/professional-series/reflector/gu10/ ) for dimming I recommend http://www.varilight.co.uk/products/vpro.html ), and the Crompton GLS style lamps ( http://www.cromptonlamps.com/cat2.asp?cat1=15&cat2=115 ) . For new downlight installations the Ansell Titan has a 7 year registration-free warranty ( http://www.anselluk.com/products/Titan-LED-9W-LED-White/p1045 ) and for around £40+vat will more than pay for itself in 50W lamps that you don't have to replace over its rated life, let alone the 80% reduction in 'leccy used.

Just my tuppence-worth, from personal usage. YMMV.

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DARPA: You didn't think we could make a Mach 6 spaceplane, so let us have this MACH TEN job

4ecks
Mushroom

Re: Once something become possible

http://nuclearweaponarchive.org - nearly all you need to know about basic weapon design and construction, it's fairly easy to make a nuke. Weaponising it takes a bit more effort, harder still to get it to fit the pointy end of a missile. However it is not like you want it to come back and land for reuse once you've lit the blue touch paper.

Making a reusable & reliable rocket/space plane takes mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry, materials science, electronics, computing etc. AND more political desire than for using these to make bombs.

A lesson from history -

“ All modern aircraft have four dimensions: span, length, height and politics. TSR-2 simply got the first three right. ”

— Sir Sydney Camm

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Hypersonic 'scramjet' aims for Mach 8 test flight

4ecks

Re: So if the autodestruct doesn't happen.

At that speed impacting water is not much different to concrete, I personally know it hurts at 30mph, so at M1+ all you are likely to get is something like a mosquito hitting your windscreen.

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Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

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Big Brother

Full disclosure method

Why don't Google, Microsoft and the others use the proper "Government Approved"©®™ method.

i) Put all the information that they have in a PowerPoint presentation for the legal teams/courts.

ii) Burn a passworded zip file to CD/DVD.

iii) Put post-it note with password in with disk, clearly labeled with the contents.

iv) Lose in public area frequented by journalists.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

4ecks
Big Brother

Re: Poisoning the well

I'm not sure that I would want back or trust any of the hardware after the secret police had their mitts on it. Who knows what "little helpers" they might leave you with?

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

4ecks

Specially sheilded?

So how much Lead do you need to make a Zeppelin resistant to "Dark Lightning"?

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KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

4ecks
Black Helicopters

colour me suspicious but..

"A specially equipped nuclear submarine, the USS Jimmy Carter, carries cutting, tapping and interception systems to lie on the sea bed. The submarine has been in active service since 2005" - and how many undersea cables have suffered "anchor" damage at the times she has been in the area?

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Want faster fibre? Get rid of the glass

4ecks
Coat

What's the tog rating?

←the winter one with the hollow fibre filling please.

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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Paris Hilton

Re: "Elderly"?

Zaphod, I think this would be a more appropriate picture for use on El Reg...

http://www.imdb.com/media/rm4187790080/nm0000402

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LHC spots mesons flipping between matter and antimatter

4ecks
Joke

LHC Collider?

Why do we need to collide Lettuce, Ham & Cheese with Layers of Extra Pickle and Squeezy Mustard ?

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

4ecks
Megaphone

http://www.vivaciti.net/

Title says it all !

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

4ecks

Just had look at the "License"

Now I'm confused, can I or can't I install the software on a VM. The MSLA appears to contradict itself, and if so does it then invalidate the MSLA?

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Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

4ecks
Go

Re: Kickstarter/motorbike

As long as it's a 74-Z speeder bike :-)

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

4ecks

Re: LED lighting instead of fluorescent 'haz mat'

I supply lighting for a living, and IMHO most customers don't have a clue as to what different light sources are available & to what use they are best suited. Most new houses have halogen downlights 'cos the "designer" thinks they look good, but the latest generation of LED sources are much better suited and although the initial cost is higher, more cost effective over their expected lifetime. Megaman GU10 retrofit at 4W and 6W dimmable (£12) & 50000hr life, or Aurora AU-FRL series @ 9W & 75000hr are viable candidates to replace 50W halogens.

However the main benefits of LED's are in commercial premises, where reduced maintainance costs will often pay for the initial outlay over the expected life of the installation, and then some.

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

4ecks

Nice test

I wonder how well this would work on Selene or Mars?

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Anonymous cell: Shove off, credit-hoggers, WE took down HSBC

4ecks
Meh

Meh! Call that a "Denial of Service"?

HSBC unavailable for only a few hours - Anon DDOS = Fail.

The other banks appear to be able to do this much more successfully to their own customers - just put RBS into the search box for El Reg and see the list returned!

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Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed

4ecks

Hypotheticals

"Send All" is great for "Happy New Year" messages, but as this case shows, dangerous beyond belief.

Other hypotheticals - you leave your phone unlocked & unattended or it gets stolen - somebody else sends a compromising text or picture from your phone to everyone in your contacts list - you end up in gaol and on the SOR.

Was the message sent from your phone? - undeniably yes(*).

Was the message sent by you, the accused? - prove it beyond a "reasonable doubt", but I don't think "It wasn't me!" will go down well with the Judge and Jury.

(*)_ and don't even think of accepting the plea offer from the CPS to make it easy, 'cos they might offer you a "slap on the wrist", but you'll get the maximum instead!

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Draft UK libel law forces websites to axe mudslinging comments

4ecks
Big Brother

Re: The end of anonymity

" I assume govt has something in the pipeline for that." - finger-tip ID chip implants for everyone & NFC scanners on all internet enabled computer kit, means you have to digitally (geddit) sign all posts.

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Vote now for the ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

4ecks
Go

Re: None with Ketchup 'n' mustard?

Sorry, I kept eating it before remembering to take a piccy & submit it, but here's the text only version :-

2 x Rind-on Middle Back Unsmoked (best of both worlds back & streaky) , White Bread, Welsh Butter, Colman's Savora Mustard (or French's Classic Yellow) & either Heinz TK or, if available 1x fresh tomato.

i) Open kitchen window/turn on extract fan & close door - unless you want the smoke alarm going off !

ii) Trim rind from bacon & start to fry in a hot non-stick pan with a dash of oil, the fat from the rind will render down & you get excellent "Fried Crispy Worms" to crunch on.

iii) Add sliced tomato (4 slices) to pan & remove "Worms" before they burn & eat while cooking bacon.

iv) Add bacon, after 1-2 minutes turn over tomato & bacon.

v) Butter the bread and add mustard to lower slice.

vi) Arrange bacon on bread and layer with tomato then top slice of bread.

vii) Eat & Enjoy!

viii) Buggrit, forgot the camera again! ;)

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Mighty quake shook ENTIRE PLANET, broke tectonic plate

4ecks
FAIL

Units & scales

If your not going to use El Reg units i.e. Norris - No & linguine - lg, etc. then please remember that the 1930's Richter Scale is not the same as the now used 1970's MMS Mw, especially for large magnitude quakes.

Nevertheless, that was one big mutha of a quake - guess the bod's at HAARP got a bit too carried away!

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Smack your phones up, says Microsoft

4ecks
IT Angle

Re: Mantis Shrimp

Yes they can crack tanks, some Mantis Shrimp can "punch" with the equivalent force of a .22 caliber pistol round.

I can remember tales of a sudden spate of unexplained tank failures when I managed an aquatics shop around 20yr ago. They were later attributed to a batch of imported "living rock" that contained baby Mantis Shrimp which grew in to angry adults!

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Content convenience squeezes freetards: Swinburne Uni

4ecks

Flashback to Flashforward

So how many times were episodes of Flashforward or Heroes downloaded in the UK ? I would guess very few times compared to Stargate, Dexter, Eureka or Warehouse 13. Not because they weren't popular, but because they were aired so shortly after their US showing that there wasn't much point in using p2p.

I can understand that TV companies can be wary of buying shows with no track record of viewing figures, or as is the case with many programmes, no second series because the Nielsen ratings were poor - but as a viewer/consumer/customer, I don't want to wait for a year or more.

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Oracle knew about critical Java flaws since April

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Holmes

Oracle ... did not respond when contacted for comment by The Reg.

Oracle PR Dept. outgoing voicemail announcement :- "La la lah! We can't hear you!"

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