* Posts by Daniel 18

21 posts • joined 1 Apr 2011

Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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But bulk steel production and fabrication is relatively cheap, and after a couple of centuries, now routine.

As for materials cost, lead is rougly 4 times as expensive as steel (4.4 times in 2010). Handy, particularly if you can get the customer to pay more for an 'enhanced product' that in the long run, costs less to make, after upgrading your plant for the new process.

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

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Re: The Register Fails

So the malware in your computer installs malware in your smartphone...

and your smartphone based two factor banking authentication is now worth (insert favourite perjorative).

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Surge pricing? How about surge fines: Pennsylvania orders Uber to cough up $11.4m

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Let's hear it for buggy whip makers and elevator operators

Just do away with government imposed commercial monopolies, where technically (and I do mean technically, as in we need to do spectrum management, air traffic control, physician licencing, or the equivalent) possible.

Taxi companies/owners (generally not the drivers so much, really) are reaping the benefits of a government imposed scarcity and inefficiency that artificially increases fees and inflates the value of a taxi licence, sometimes into the million dollar range, while simultaneously constraining access to services through both price and induced scarcity.

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Forget Game of Thrones as Android ransomware infects TVs

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I am not convinced that a proprietary dongle is any better than a proprietary 'smart TV'.

On the other hand, a Raspberry Pi i is cheap, runs Kodi, and if worst comes to worst, can be recovered by replacing the SD card. And you can install security software, and keep the OS up to date.

The current Pi may not handle 4K, but I don't really care... and later ones will likely do so.

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

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Re: Even a broken clock etc. etc.

I've noticed mention of 8K video on the way, and it seems likely that even larger resolutions will follow. It takes a lot to drive the ideal wall-sized display. Display demands will render current USB-C too slow soon enough.

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Firefox 48 beta brings 'largest change ever' thanks to 'Electrolysis'

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Re: Did anybody tell them about threads?

"In future releases they'll split up the tabs into separate processes, "

Oh God, I hope not. Chrome gobbles up way too much memory as you approach a useful (ie, large) number of windows and tabs... it's not good for much except a quick check if you need to look at a single site where the scripts are too tangled to whitelist.

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Why does an Android keyboard need to see your camera and log files – and why does it phone home to China?

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Re: Almost every app I consider for installation

"My pet peeve with network permissions is that I can't limit the destination. Many apps need/want network access to check for updates/configs/etc. I'd prefer to only allow them to phone home to destinations of which I approve. I've not seen Marshmallow's permissions in action, but a handy popup like "Blah wants to connect to 'tcp://dodgy.site/track/me'. Allow: Now, Always or Never?" would be much appreciated."

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Unfortunately, this becomes less and less useful as malware migrates, and all you see is some anonymous commodity cloud server in the url.

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: Why is having it restricted to local Wifi a huge disadvantage?

Because if you don't have GSM you can't be tracked, hacked, and monitored from anywhere in the world.

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MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation

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Re: IPv6 addresses

Randomizing the MAC is a good first step, which prevents leaking certain information... a lot more is sheltered by the VPN you are using. You are using a VPN, aren't you?

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Never use your real MAC

I think the point is that you should never use a fixed/real MAC unless you personally control the network and can be assured where your data isn't going.

The days when privacy was the default are long gone, and we are going to have to do quite a bit of work to get it back.

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Contact?

Contact felt curiously nebulous and insubstantial. I managed to watch the whole thing, but really wondered why, afterwards. I would generally re-watch a classic SF film (like Blade Runner) but have never felt the urge to see Contact again.

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Re: I refuse to be drawn into this thread!

Fifth Element is fantasy dressed up as science fiction.

Starship Troopers is an illogical, inconsistent mess. Is there a genre called 'botched movies'?

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Re: @Tony

Firefly, and Serenity, are science fiction with a western flavour.

Outland is a classic western with an SF setting.

Entirely different.

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

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Yup.

That should definitely be 225-70-38.

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Re: Ima 'Merkin

NASA's current excuse is that it's too expensive... but that's a one time cost. They've already lost one Mars orbiter due to non-metric measurements, and it will keep on costing them, unpredictably, in big ways and small, until they clean up their measurements.

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Re: Any more American Bashers need to vent your spleens? Create your own topic!

The reason the metric system was adopted in Europe was that it made no sense for each country to have its own measurement system, all different. It was adopted by the French in 1795, and by virtue of its obvious advantages, gradually spread through Euorpe.

By 1875 two thirds of Europe had adopted the metric system. At that time it is extremely unlikely that trade with the United States was a significant consideration. At that point, the only major European countries not using metric measurement were Britain and Russia.

There are now only three coutries that don't (visibly) use metric, and of them, the US is the only highly industrialized one. Most US industry is, of course, converted to metric, but they don't mention the fact to consumers. Given growing global trade, metric measurement continues to be the best way to go.

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Re: Metric and ICAO

Unfortunately, you never know if the person giving you the data... or the person who gave them the data... or their source... knows that. And you never know when someone along the way decided to be 'helpful' by converting to a 'better' measurement, in either direction.

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Good measurement is metric.

Every time you see something that is about ships or planes that mentions miles, you have to ask yourself 'is that a statute mile or nautical mile?'. The same goes for aircraft. And there are at least seven or eight defintions of 'ton', more than that of 'barrel', two common sizes of fluid ounce, pint, quart, and gallon; several definitions of non-fluid ounce, and the mess goes on and on.

And the mental 'clunk' you get by having extraneous, ambigous measurements thrown into any account is just annoying, not to mention the wrong numbers trying to settle into your brain.

SI, only, all the way.

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Bromine bomb drops toxic mercury fallout

Daniel 18

Isn't this backwards?

The most effective route for elemental mercury poisoning is through inhalation of vapor.

Shouldn't the story be 'bromine from melting ice removes toxic pollutant from atmosphere'?

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Unix still data center darling, says survey

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'Unix for mission critical roles, Linux not so much' is misleading

While certain types of workload seem to be popularly run on Unix, often things like corporate databases, it would be misleading to characterize the Linux workloads as non mission critical.

Unix seems to be often favoured for database servers, applications servers, and often web servers.

Linux, on the other hand, is very heavily used in firewalls, filter proxies, DNS servers, DHCP servers, IP administration systems, intrusion detection, intrusion prevention, network monitoring, server monitoring, packet capture and analysis systems, FTP, syslog servers and similar infrastructure components. Obviously failures in some of these will be vastly disruptive to delivery of services. These days, scratch an appliance, and you'll find Linux under the hood.

If I had to classify the situation, it would be that Unix is currently strong at the applications level, while Linux is coming to dominate the infrastructure level.

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Fight global warming with Asimov-style Psychohistory - profs

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Let's jump over the hard science questions straight to an imposed conclusion???

The science is equivocal about the nature of global warming. The models have too many guesstimated variables, much of the data is dodgy, for one reason or another, and way too many people stand to make trillions of dollars off "Global Warming!!!".

We don't know enough about the variation of solar radiation, the effects of cosmic rays on the upper atmosphere, and the response of ecosystems to changes in temperature and carbon dioxide levels.

Many of the analyses are all about the 'costs' of global warming, and very few look at the 'benefits' of global warming.

Some of the data that has been put forward as evidence for warming has proved either totally bogus, or at least irrelevant and based on misunderstandings of natural processes.

And while there is an anthropgenic contribution, we are coming to the end of an interglacial period, when the climate tends to get unstable and unpredictable. It is not at all clear that what we do will dominate climate change, and are we really sure that we can control climate anyway? The world has been both a lot hotter and a lot colder than it is now. To think that we will somehow 'freeze' the climate smacks more than a little of hubris.

The whole idea that someone should decide what everyone should belive and then manipulate us into doing so is totally repugnant, even if (IF) everything that the climate alarmists say is true is in fact accurate. Better global warming than mass mind control.

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