* Posts by Voland's right hand

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Tortilla de patatas

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Re: Potatoe variety

I beg to differ. Real canarian spud grown in volcanic ash (not fake imports).

The best Tortilla I have had was in a small hamlet in the middle of nowhere on La Palma. Actually, once upon a time you could have a decent one even on Lansarote. Not now of course - papas do not grow well in a concrete parking lot.

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US Navy's LOCUST DRONE CANNON is like death SWARMED up

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Prior art

You call that a drone swarm?

Now this ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-700_Granit ) is a drone swarm. Thankfully, never ever fired in anger.

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RADIOACTIVE WWII aircraft carrier FOUND OFF CALIFORNIA

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If they deliberately scuttled it they'd be pretty stupid to forget to take the planes off first.

Not if they were glowing in the dark.

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Governments lodge just 10 subpoenas for GitHub user info

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Interesting

All three Russian requests are related to misusing github as a pastebin for "the suicide guide". If memory serves me right, the Russian law involved here dates from the Stalin's days - it is one of the articles in the criminal code which prohibit assisted suicide. I would have expected that to be dropped during the edits in the 90-es and 2000s. Guess not.

The articles are available from outside Russia by the way - nothing earth shattering in them.It is also not "law enforcement" (as in article). It is the Russian equivalent of Trading Standards (which in Russia has teeth by the way, though it tends to use them selectively).

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: firmware

card too old, the vendor is not shipping updated drivers any more Bingo - nailed it on the head.

Nvidia has a policy to force obsolescence of older GPUs at driver level long before they need to be obsolete as hardware.

There is nothing wrong with 620 series for example. I have a nice fanless PCIE Quadra and couple of nice fanless 620s which are still more than sufficient for nearly every use a non-hard core gamer will make of them. However, I can no longer use them with their drivers because they have set an "obsolete" mark for them. They are no longer supported. I cannot run them with noveau either because they run too hot (last time I tried) due to lack of dynamic frequency management.

As a result they are sitting in the spare parts drawer and all desktop GPUs have now been replaced by AMD. For these, I still have to run the proprietary Catalyst driver for a couple of months on the newest parts, but I can switch to the free one shortly thereafter.

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Oracle grunts, grimaces, pushes out 98-flaw security patch batch

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Re: Might be a bit less painful if they were a bit more "regular"

Ya call that constipation, now early 2000-es was Oracle constipation. They were not releasing security fixes for years in some cases.

In any case, the CVE database has no info on the vulns (they are just reserved numbers) and there is no announcement with actual vuln contents on BUGTRAQ. What a bunch of ... ... ... ...

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

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Re: Well duh!

Not just that. I do not see how this is compliant with Eu Electronic Waste directive and its counterparts in various USA states and Japan. I am starting to wonder how much of the "other Sir Johny juice" has been used to grease it getting a CE kitemark - it should not have gotten one as it is not compliant to current regs for consumer equipment in their recycling portion.

A car built with this level of disregard for the equivalent (slightly older) regs for recycling for cars would have been prohibited from sale.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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Re: Just a thought:

RP_FLIP

That is an interesting idea. However, it does not have the mass to convert to a landing pad. You are looking at a "monster FLIP" with displacement ~ 10x the displacement of the original RP_FLIP to do that. At least.

I would not be surpirsed if Elon builds something like this when the idea reaches production stage as it can double as a launch pad as well.

1. It makes his march towards "The Ultimate Supervillain" status nearly complete. Add a large fake tanker and no Lotus driving Brit teamed up with a cute "Russian" (quotes intended) agent will be able to defeat him.

2. From a cost-saving perspective he no longer has to lease the fairly expensive pads at NASA facilities.

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Re: ..

Size matters.

Like it or not a Nimitz class monster does not wobble too much. It is just too BIG for that.

Compared to that landing on a small barge is a different exercise in its entirety.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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Re: So "Don't be evil"...

You should look at this in context:

http://blog.efeciftci.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/terminator-linux41-825x510.jpg

We have only a few more Linux versions to go.

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Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul

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Where your wallet is

If you commute by car.

1200£ per year 30 miles daily round trip, 250 days per year, assuming traffic congestion, jams, waste of fuel, etc. 8400£ savings. Services are cheaper too ~ 1000£. Tax is zero (for now) ~ 1000. All in all - it pays back on face value as a second household car/commuter vehicle within warranty. The biggest Kia problem (for me) - it being a vomit comet boat is largely alleviated by moving of centre of gravity lower so it does not wobble so much. You can charge overnight, range does not matter because your workplace is within round-trip range.

All in all, it looks viable. In fact, this is the first EV I have seen so far which is good enough to be considered as a possible replacement for the Daihatsu which we use as a city runabout when (and if) it decides to go to the great scrapheap in the sky.

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Labour manifesto: Tech Bacc, not-spot zapping and hi-speed interwebs

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@ Evil Graham

Actually for the great majority of people, the intricacies of the insides of a computer are way beyond their skill or desire to understand.

So is mathematics, chemistry, physics and astronomy. We do teach them in school though.

It does not matter if they will use it even once during their lives. What matters is that they have an idea how it works and have acquired some structured thinking in the process of figuring out how it works.

In any case, while the intention was to teach them in schools, the schools did their very best to obstruct the intention. Same as with academies - given even an inch of deregulation a unionized state employee will peruse that deregulation to do less work.

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Learn yourself hireable: Top tips for improving your tech appeal

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Just contribute to a project

Same (or better) result, fraction of the cost and a "live CV" you can point at - "I am the guy who wrote this". You also learn stuff in the process - how things work, compliance practices, coding practices, testing practices, integration practices, etc.

It is not necessary to be a developer by the way - there is plenty of sysadmin, automation, etc projects to go around which can be used for such a CV uplift.

Yeah, I know, unpopular compared to "loading the tape*" with the latest "career info" into your head at a course/exam.

* The "tape" reference is from Azimov's "Profession". It used to be a mandatory reading for an engineering degree in MIT. Probably still is.

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Russian censor warns against meme 'misuse'

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Yeah, like it worked before

One of the most beautiful (and difficult for non native speakers) parts of the Russian language is the 3-5 meanings of anything and the subtle change of meaning depending on word order. A good example is Chekov - all of his works are consider "tragic" by foreigners while the Russian roll on the floor laughing. As a result while Western (and especially Anglo-Saxon) humour is situation based, Russian humour centers around double meaning and context.

So going back to the subject at hand. Even Stalin and Brezhnev failed in their attempts of subdue the power of Russian Humour. Harnessing the power of memes? Yeah, right, just watch Common Miracle (Объкновенное Чудо) which was made during the darkest days of the "communist" (quotes intended) gerontocracy. You can see the exact chances of "meme control" happening in Russia. The film is one non-stop 4h memefest (used till this day) taking the piss with rulers of the day to a "Spitting Image" level. Despite that, it still saw the light of day (first as a play, then as a film) because there is nothing on the surface to give a reason for the censor to stop it - it is all in the second, third, ... meaning of the dialogue.

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Nokia may tell struggling HERE Maps division to get lost – report

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Re: I was using it yesterday

Welcome to the Canaries.

I know the Canaries like the back of my hand - when we were younger and not slaves to the school vacation schedule we used to go there 4 times a year and return rentals with 2k+ clocked in 10 days or so. I would not use any Sat Nav there. The one place in Europe (if that still counts as Europe) where the good old paper map is still invaluable. Always get one from the rental company - it is worth it.

On Lansarote - you may still get some resemblance of directions. On Tenerife it is hilarious - you get (nearly all satnavs) rating the 2.5m wide alleys between the banana fields as equal with a normal road. However, in either case, it kind'a works.

Try it on La Palma or El Hierro. Even Google Maps has whole "urbanizacions" mapped erroneously to a single street and has no idea about 95% of the postcodes and streets in most cities.

So a SatNav not working on the Canaries is not an indication that it is a bad SatNav. It may be perfectly viable (nearly) anywhere else in the world. Even in the darkest, deepest Eastern Europe where most SatNavs have only the motorways in their database.

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US govt bans Intel from selling chips to China's supercomputer boffins

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Re: Since those chips are already made in China...

These models are not. These models along with special purpose CPUs like Cavium, radiation resistant PPC, etc are the reasons why there is still fab capacity in the USA and Eu.

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

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Really?

You obviously have not watched the Tom n Jerry rendition of that recently.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Too Thin.

Concur. Battery life is laughable. My Xperia SP manages several days on average with WiFi, Bluetooth on, SIP client running. So moving to this (if I was mad to do it) will be a downgrade.

The iPhonesque insistence on no-flash cards allowed is also quite annoying (to say the least).

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: Get a grip!

I am getting the grip. Most ARM chips have AES acceleration and libraries to use it.

Not using what the platform is already offering you is not just stupid, it is criminally stupid when security is concerned (regardless of the security grade).

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Tests show HTC, Sammy phablets BEND just like iPhone 6 Plus

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Re: Physics is a b***h, isn't it?

Or buy builder pants. Ones with extra pockets mid-thigh so you can put the phone somewhere where it will not bend.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Re: Peace be with you

Come on, it is only 30th. There is still 1 day to go until April's fool's day, though I have to admit, it is ramping up quite nicely. First the NEST, then this.

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Yahoo! and! Microsoft! extend! tricky! search! deal! talks! by! 30! days!

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Re: From a sample size of 1

The assumption is that you are not the target audience and the target audience which are the people still landing on Yahoo as a home page will use the search too as this is what they are accustomed to do.

Fundamentally wrong assumption I am afraid. The idea of using the search on the landing page went the way of the dinosaurs shortly after the browsers added a search tab. Someone has been living in the past here.

Yahoo was better off keeping their search engine (good or bad as it may be) and pursuing deals for defaulting search to that engine with (for example) mobile operators, etc.

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

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Re: And....

So "fair use" doesn't apply over there? Hmmm.... all the IP swapping/stealing/borrowing

What fecking IP stealing borrowing? Meccano as a concept (and its Czech, German, Russian, etc analogues is older than any terms allowed by normal patents, design patents and copyright. It is more than 100 years old. In any case, quite a lot of it is is basic metalworking and engineering and that pre-dates meccano by centuries.

By the way - that towel and paper are ~ 50-es or thereabouts. In those days the towels on both sides of the iron curtain were not disposable and did not have wings just yet. Especially during the post-war economic slump. Ask your grandma if you do not believe me (if you have a grandma that is old enough to have needed one during the post-war decade).

Also, if memory serves me right Usti Nad Ladem was German till 1945 and were they "kicked out" or "it was taken from them by force" is something where the opinions may vary. Depends which side of the border you ask the question. It is a very nice area. Beautiful scenery (dunno about mines, have not seen any), clean air, mineral water in nearly every town.

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

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Re: Not SUV-ie enough

Err... Your could have said it shorter. In two words: "Ballroom 4x4." It says anything and everything there is to be said about the CRV (that is how they call it on the Balkans).

No thanks, I will stick to my agricultural equipment - I drive a real 4x4 - an Isuzu Denver. It is no worse on the road. I have driven it at 90mph on the Autobahn - it is quiet, composed and comfortable for everyone inside. I have driven a diesel Honda along the same route and at the same speeds in previous years and it was distinctly rattly and felt like it is going to take off. The Denver can also can do real offroad and tow a broken down Ballroom 4x4 up 12% gradient without noticing (been there done that). The only downside is that it is difficult to get mileage better than 38mpg on the older model (the newer one can do 46).

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Easy come, easy go: Euro astroboffins blast brace of Galileo sats INTO SPAAACE

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Re: Three systems

Recent chipsets can do all both GPS and Glonass.

Mine definitely can: http://www.gsmarena.com/sony_xperia_s-4369.php

I am not sure if it is because of "more birds, better location", but it picks up in a fraction of the time it was taking the Nokia E71 and Xperia Arc before it (even with A-GPS off).

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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And the opposite

Looking at my "queue" on Amazon as well as my current film collection the best of Polish film happened to be made in France and in French: Three Colours, The Double Life of Veronique, Blanche, Immoral Tales, etc

So reality and their claims do not quite match.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Re: Indiana, WTF?

My exact thought.

Moral issues aside this creates a contradiction between contract, company code (something every large company has) and local law. This automatically raises a red flag for a large company in terms of operating there (as I said - this if we put the moral issues aside and look purely at the liability aspect).

Large companies have provisions to deal with this in on a country basis and they are quite expensive to maintain. If they have to do the same on a per-state basis they will scream murder. And in this case they did.

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Chip rumor-gasm: Intel to buy Altera! Samsung to buy AMD! ... or not

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Re: Been there done that

Back in the 90-es and early 2000-es internal Intel politcs commanded that anything and everything that is not x86 (current) or Itanic (going forward) is to be burned at the stake. It had RISC CPUs which sold like hot bread for industrial controllers, but it deliberately starved them from investment. It involuntarily became an ARM licensee (via StrongArm), murdered that one as well.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

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@Lars

It would surprise me if sites who want to sell within the EU did not provide English as a choice on their site.

You obviously never ever had to deal with the French.

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She is daft all right

The language barrier is one reason.

The other one is that amazon crosses the barrier massively now. You do not need to go to a foreign language site, you can get the same item from amazon marketplace in your own language.

Looking at my purchases over the last 1 year, a significant number of them while bought on amazon.co.uk ended up coming from Germany: Daughter's scooter for her birthday (real one with inflatable tyres, not the sh*t you get from halfords), shelves, tools, electricals, bathroom hooks - you name it. One or two things came from France and a couple of smaller items from Holland.

The sole reason for me to look at foreign sites in the past has been artificial market barriers. You cannot get continentally aligned (for Left Hand Drive) headlights and spares as well as winter spares such as pre-heaters, etc in the UK. That is quite funny as some of the are made in the UK too. That is mostly gone now as well (again, courtesy of amazon marketplace), so why bother?

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700,000 beautiful women do the bidding of one Twitter-scamming man

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How about an easier solution

Just do not trust anything posted on tw*tter in the first place. And do not use it. It is the first application I get rid of on a new smartphone (even if I have to root it to do so). The second is f***book.

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

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Re: About friggin' time.

If they are anywhere near the beef from the photo - I agree with you.

However, there is a fine line here. I was at a conference recently and Ericsson technical sales team was sprouting at least 3 long legged ladies with legs which would have passed the catwalk test (not something I can say about the fat beef in the pic). At least one of them showed up in a fairly short skirt on some of the days too.

There is a distinction here: They were actual tech sales employees and they knew their stuff. They just happened to be pretty as well.

So what's next? In the name of political correctness ban hiring Scandinavian and Eastern Europeans? Make everyone wear a full body burkha? Mandate that every techie is fat and ugly too? Make stuffing your face with Pizza and Dr Pepper a mandatory employment condition?

Err... With all due respect I disagree with that. No f*** way...

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Dutch Transport Inspectorate raid Uber's Amsterdam office

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There is no defence against a determined psycho

Turn on the news dude. That psycho passed a number of examinations including a professional psychologist evaluation within the last 6 months. Nuff said.

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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Re: @Salamander

Quote: A Chinese knockoff Porsche 911 might work in the Chinese backwoods where nobody has ever seen or heard the real thing, but it won't work in London. It's quite difficult to fake an ocean going yacht

Indeed. Confirmed by the mandatory Despair.com reference:

http://www.despair.com/love.html

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Industrial revolution was too short

Sigh... You need at least several hundred years _AND_ an absense of major conflict or migration to create a proper "genetic narrowing" on wealth accumulation grounds. That is why it is observed during the neolithic period and not after.

With the foundation of first tribal unions sometimes around the bronze age no human civilizaiton in Eurasia saw more than a few hundred years without a major invasion (to mix up the gene pool). Further to this, the periods of peace got progressively shorter and shorter. Thus, an "economic" factor in relation to genetic diversity would have been unable to kick in from sometimes around 2000 bc and onwards till this day.

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Helium-filled drive tech floats to top of HGST heap

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He 6 ?

Woah.... That will radioactively decompose with enough energy to power a small supernova in a couple of femtoseconds. Not something I would like as a name for my product...

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Re: Whats the point of home SIP anyway?

1. Voice quality is _NOT_ better. I have had HD voice to international for a decade now. BT does not have HD voice even locally. You get what you pay for - crappy narrowband PCM.

2. It is _NOT_ more reliable. If you use a proper provider (f.e. sipgate), it is at least as reliable if not more.

3. It allows you to have an arbitrary number of phones in a house. I have an office number, kids have their numbers, the house has a number of its own, etc.

4. You can use it as PBX internally and to close relatives. Grandma has not paid for a penny to pester the offspring for nearly 10 years now. Neither have we returning the calls. With wideband voice for most of the duration.

5. It is significantly cheaper. If I have to I can just dial into a US conference bridge and pay nothing. Even if it is toll, I still pay ~ 1p a minute. Try that with BT. No, calling cards do not count because the call quality is crap.

6. I do not have my phone sold to every single Harry and Sally from a double glazing or ambulance chasing company despite being ex-directory and in the phone preferences list.

7. Each of our mobiles is an extension and I can still get my calls abroad at no cost courtesy of SIP/TLS and sRTP (subject to working wifi).

And so on. I have had SIP (with a non-UK provider) since may 2004 and full house VOIP since 2005. I killed the landline partially in 2007 and fully ~2010. I have never looked back. Copper phone? Better? You gotta be kidding or you really have no clue what you are talking about.

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They are _NOT_ selling the access

I have been hit by this scam when migrating firewalls a couple of years back. I had a 5060 redirect opened by mistake for 48h and paid for it. Thankfully I had rate limits on my outgoing calls so the attacker DOS-ed himself by trying to call too many times simultaneously so it costed me only ~ 20-30£ instead of 2000+. Prior to that, a colleague of mine was hit for $500 or thereabouts.

1. The access is _NOT_ resold. This part register got WRONG. They can see the numbers - they all go to the same country and some number block, if not same number.

2. The access is used by a bulk dialer to dial premium rate numbers in sub-Saharan Africa, Maldives and a few other destinations. The destination shares the revenue from the premium call with the caller. This _IS_ how this scam works.

3. After being hit, I set up a honeypot and this is what I got from the logs.

3.1. The attackers are nearly allways located on networks belonging to Palestinian Authority terrirories and more recently (and to a lesser extent) neighbouring regions - Libia, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon. Using a compromised system elsewhere for the dialer portion of the attack (as in this case) is an exemption, not the rule.

This can be proven by giving the original dialer some trouble. Throw some errors, call rate limiting, etc. If you do that, you will see the original IP disengage and a new IP (probably human controlled from console) engage from a Middle East network. There will also be repeated scans after that for usual security through obscurity suspects like port 15060, etc for months. Most of these also come from "manual" attack and from Middle east, so I would suggest setting a honeypot there and then.

The money from the scam is specifically used to finance err ... (well, make your guess based on location of the scammer). So the solicitor firm involved in this case can solicit their group of choice in that region to put a special thanks on the next missile flying across the border for sponsoring it. And no, I am not joking.

3.2. Based on the locations involved, the there is reasonable grounds to believe that part of the criminal code applicable here is not fraud, computer misuse, etc. It is sponsoring terrorism. Considering that we have solicitors involved I think it will be a good idea to pool for some popcorn to watch the show.

4. FreePBX as an Asterisk derivative has ACLs on extensions. You _MUST_ configure those to your private LAN even if you never intend to open external access. This is especially important if you use old phones like early Cisco 7960 with pre-version 8.0 OS which do not accept complex passwords. For everything else AutomatedPasswordGenerator (apg), SIP-TLS (if supported) and sRTP (if supported) are the real answer. In addition to that, prohibiting any outgoing calls to zones outside 1 and 3 in the dialplan is a good idea too. 1 needs to be doubl-checked as well to ensure that it is not one of the outlying islands which will allow the attacker to set-up a sink for the scam. For more info: http://countrycode.org/

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Ford: Our latest car gizmo will CHOKE OFF your FUEL if you're speeding

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Slip road limits

Quote: Unfortunately, it couldn't work out whether a speed limit sign was on the motorway, slip-road. If it is just reading them, it is tolerable. It is no different from the nag on my GPS which cannot determine if it is on the slip or on the main carriageway until they separate by at least a few meters.

Now, deccelerating at each and every 406 junction so the psychotic behind you rear-ends you there and then - forget it. How can this pass for safety is beyond me. By the way - 406 is not a special case, most UK inner town dual (or more) carriageways has similar bogus signage.

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You misread the continental speed limit

German speed limits will make a lovely use case. They have speed limits like 120km/h on motorways which are vehicle, weather and time of day specific - up to 3 additional markings to parse.

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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Re: Now we know...

I thought it hit somewhere in Lancre, not in the middle of the Last Continent.

Anyway, I can go consult the library, just need to be sure that I do not ask any questions about DANGEROUS ANIMALS as this may result in me being burried under an avalanche of books.

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Re: Devonian?

There is a few more options.

We may be overestimating the effect of the asteroid and underestimating the effect of other factors. The Cretaceous extinction event coincides with the Deccan traps eruption. According to quite a few palaeontologists and geologists, the unpronounceable and unspellably named boulder hitting the gulf of Mexico is just the "final straw". The extinction was already on the way courtesy of the Deccan traps. It only accelerated it.

The great dying before that (240M years ago) coincided with a similar eruption (in Siberia if memory serves me right). And so on.

Also, it depends on how it hit - angle, velocity, etc and what did it hit - shallow sea, earth, etc. Dunno, it will take quite a lot of digging until this gets into the textbooks on par with Chicxulub. I just hope they do not name it as unpronounceably too.

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Layla enjoys a Sanskrit makeover: Clapton set to become one of several Gods

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Happy

Hehe

This is what you get when you translate poetry into a language which is so strict that it was once considered a candidate for human-machine interaction.

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Cops cuff Colorado girl for allegedly poisoning mum after iPhone ban

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Re: @Kain It is Ma that needs help here

@adnim

Psychopaths are not born, they are created. Some are born. It is an unfortunate fact of life that it is possible for nature to do the same thing which is normally achieved via a specific type of lobotomy. Depending on how you do the cut you can remove usual "social animal" inhibitiions and produce a raging sociopath. The same effect is commonly observed in 3rds stage syphilis for the same reason (Lenin, some of the 17-18th century royalty, etc being a classic example).

These however (both born and created by surgery or disease) are _NOT_ a majority, they are a minority.

The majority are exactly as you say - raised to be such as a failure of parenting - total inability to set up an appropriate value system.

In any case, I will reiterate, it is Ma who needs help here. The fact that a 12 year old was flashing about with a 500$+ phone (even if it was a hand-me-down) in the first place tells me all I need to know about this case.

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It is Ma that needs help here

Frankly, sometimes I start thinking that requiring a license for parenting is not such a bad idea.

After all, it is quite clear that Ma has failed in her duty to teach the offspring what is right, what is wrong, what is a proportionate response and are you entitled to even consider the idea of responding prior to being able to foot the bill for a 500$+ iThing as well as its running costs.

Disclaimer - I got two kids, one of which is ~ that age.

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Audi TT: It's NOT a hairdresser-mobile, the dash is too flash

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Re: I just want a dumb car

Quote: I just want a dumb car

There is no need for an agreement. MSFT and Android support Mirrorlink, Apple as usually is trying something of its own. The sole problem I have found with Mirrorlink is that it will not display just anything. Part of the mirrorlink certification is to display only vetted apps when the vehicle is moving. Ditto for Apple's equivalent.

The reason is quite simple - insurance and liability. So you can expect only apps from developers that are big enough to shell out for the certification to show up on the display. For example - Google maps has the relevant magic incantations to convince a mirrorlink phone to display it in-motion on a mirrorlink stereo. Smaller nav app vendors like Cygic do not (for their standard editions). And as far as trying to display your mail or messages on the console while driving - you can just forget it.

I have a mirrorlink capable phone and a mirrorlink capable stereo. I tried it and I do not use it. Plain and simple - nearly all cars I know have the stereo too far outside your field of view. This means that you keep switching your attention between the road and the stereo display (showing whatever app you are running - f.e. maps) and that is a disaster in the making. This is the same as a car satnav vs a satnav on a phone in a well positioned holder (f.e. on the A pillar). I will prefer the latter any day, so the stereo in the dash having a satnav is pointless.

As far as the tech being obsolete, I would not be so sure. If it is upgradeable and the software is upgraded/updated regularly (f.e. the way Tesla does it) it can happily do 5-7 years before it looks dated. The problem is that I do not see VW doing it. Ever tried to get new firmware for your stereo from your "friendly" VW dealer? Even under warranty and if it is buggy? Try that - it is like pulling wisdom teeth without anaesthetic.

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Amazon issued with licence for delivery drone madness

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Hmm... Line of sight... Hm....

Right, Put the delivery NOC into a baloon gondola, and hoist it 10 miles up above aircraft corridors.

This gives 100 miles or thereabouts line of sight - more than the range of the drones.

So what were you saying once more?

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Microsoft open sources MSBuild, aims for cross-platform dev tools

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Ugh...

Another one... If Maven was not enough (the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of XML controlled build systems).

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Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code

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I guess you parents failed your first 7 years

Looks like your parents failed during the first 7 years. The ones where traditionally it is their responsibility to teach their offspring:

1. Respect for the dead

2. Respect for the ones that are greater than you

3. Respect for what other people like or dislike. While we may disagree with what other people do or honor, that is no reason to treat everyone else with disdain.

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