* Posts by Surreal

25 posts • joined 16 Nov 2011

Beer in SPAAAACE: Photographic PROOF

Surreal
Boffin

Re: An opportunity

I'd think an Eisbock would be a good candidate for space beer. YMMV.

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DIME for your TOP SECRET thoughts? Son of Snowden's crypto-chatter client here soon

Surreal
Trollface

Re: Questions

And what about Naomi?

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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Windows

Shades of Win95 registration key

I'd thought MS got this bug sorted after it became widely known that one could simply enter spaces as the registration key during a Windows 95 install. That must have been the previous generation of MS engineers, I s'pose?

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Angela Merkel: Let US spies keep their internet. The EU will build its own

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Trollface

I don't see a bright future in I.T. security for her.

Oi! Burglars keep breaking into my house. I shall foil them by building a New House across the street!

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Tesla cars 'hackable' says Dell engineer

Surreal
Terminator

Re: @ Shannon

you wrote: "Do you really believe that car manufacturers specify to their software engineers that the API has a 'disable brakes' instruction built in?"

You obviously weren't at Defcon this year. Disable brake. Violently turn steering wheel with a servo (so it can parallel park, since you don't know how). Yank the seatbelt tight and startle the heck out of the driver... They didn't mention finding the accelerate API, but they were such nice boys they probably wouldn't. OnStar can tell my wife's car to slow to a crawl if it's reported stolen, so the "turn it down" call is there in her relatively non-techy 2011 Chevy Cruze.

That said, I hadn't heard of this conspiracy since I don't get out of my cave often. Get the Reader's Digest version from google by searching: car-hacking-code-released-at-defcon

It's adorable when people believe machines are trustworthy, safe, and unhackable.

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Android 4.2.2 slides up skirt slightly, reveals a slip of fishnet

Surreal
Trollface

What color is it, then?

If it's Black, that's boring, but if Google creates one that's mauve! Yowza!

I can't get excited about doing the Same Ol' in a slightly different way. I've had X10 modules throughout the house for turning lights and appliances on and off for ages, and a "firecracker" to let the PC control it if I really want to. More recently I control my Nest (R) Learning Thermostat of Wonderfulness from an Android app, or a browser, via TCP/IP. Whee! I can turn the heat on when I'm 10 minutes from home!

Pro Tip: to destroy a compact fluorescent bulb within a day or so, use an X10 module to control it. I suspect that it cycles the power on and off thousands of times per second. In any case, incandescent bulbs don't suffer the same fate. Sure, I *could* have the X10 control a relay and avoid that, but that's too much work.

Hey! What do you mean "nobody fricking cares"?

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

Surreal

Re: The Bic lighter of surveillance. Nice!

I'd guess* that a satellite capable of shooting down another would be more expensive, in materials at least, than one that just hangs up there doing more normal satellite kinda stuff. Do you prefer The Doritos of Surveillance? "Shoot down all you want, we'll make more!"

* dammit hplasm, I'm a geek, not a Defense Contractor / Population Control Technician!

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Surreal
Big Brother

The Bic lighter of surveillance. Nice!

Disposable, easily deployed satellites are an elegant counter to China's Satellite Killin' Technology. Imo.

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Google puts Nexus 4 back on sale, sells out pronto

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Thumb Up

Got one, not from Google tho

I wandered into a T-Mobile store two weeks ago and was surprised to score their last 12GB Nexus 4 (I'm in Arizona, fyi). Now the missus has my venerable Blackberry, and I've got a "relatively huge" network device clamped to my belt.

One downside, one-day battery-life aside, is the lack of a proper case for it. I bought an Otterbox from Amazon and had to perform surgery with a dremel tool, adding holes for the camera, flash, and most importantly, the proximity detector on the top-left of the display. Without the prox detector uncovered, it assumed that it was constantly mashed against my ear, making it impossible to hang up a call without powering the device off.

The Otterbox also makes it a big ol' device, instead of the shiny, slim, metrosexual accessory that it so yearns to be. I'll live, and so will it, even after I inevitably drop it on a hard surface.

I also had to download a 3rd-party volume-control app to be able to actually hear the remote end of a phone call. That's just weird, but problem solved.

I'm rather enjoying running approximately the same OS on my phone as I do on my desktop (RHES 5.8, btw).

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Sex offender wins case against Facebook vigilantism

Surreal
Holmes

Re: Sex offenders should be public knowledge

Well, perhaps I'm being hysterical, but I believe knowing about a potential threat is a good thing.

In the tradition of silly examples: if I'm notified by a reliable source that there are bears in the local park, I won't send my daughter unescorted to enjoy her smoked salmon and crackers. That doesn't, however, imply that I feel compelled to lob hand grenades into the park. See? :-D

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El Reg Movember lads sprout mighty Unix beards for cancer charity

Surreal
Headmaster

So, just me?

I'm puzzled. What might cancer to become prostrate? I'd think it'd be easier to fight.

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NASA SECRET DISCOVERY ON MARS: Meteor offers possible clue

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Devil

Re: Dear Reg

I, on the other hand, LOVE IT! It's much better than _CATS!_ and I want to take it again and again! Ok, only twice so far, and the 2nd time I suggested at the end that they may want to track who has completed it already.

That, and they need more stories with an attractive-buxom-redhead angle.

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Brits admit to using mobile phones during sex - and not in a good way

Surreal
Boffin

Re: Inquiry

Ah, replying to myself again, just like talking to Mrs Surreal.

Just wanted to clarify that I'm not talking about "Blu", NLA or whatever. Look at sites like ecigsupply, madvapes, vaperschoice. I started with nasty/stale "tobacco-flavored", pre-filled, pricey ecigs.

As you were; smoke 'em if you've got em...

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Surreal

Re: Inquiry

My Army "buddy" was from Kentucky, worked in tobacco warehouses and seemingly saw himself as a smoking evangelist.

The missus and I have been using ecigs exclusively for about 6 months now. There are buttons to push, batteries to change and charge, various little devices to play with (atomizers! cartomizers! drip-tips!) , clean, unclog, refill with myriad flavors. Then you can get into variable voltage and ohms, new circuitry, form factors, variable (and verifiable) nicotine levels! Despite sucking money from the available stock, it's still much cheaper.

Ah, the fun. I think it's better than just setting little sticks on fire, flicking ashes about and littering-up the yard and premises! Much, much less destructive to ones health as well.

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Hacker sentenced to six years – WITH NO INTERNET

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FAIL

Dieties? Where, at the NASCAR rally?

Allow me to respond as a 'merkin, good Sir Puppy.

There's a rabid minority here in "the States" who worship fictionalized versions of the founding fathers. They are a recent phenomenon, or at least only recently visible. We also have folks who set poisonous snakes loose in church, and speak gibberish; I don't party with them either. As an aside, I was Shocked(!) to learn that Brits incarcerate people who incinerate posies! Savages.

I was in primary school in 1976 when we enjoyed bicentennial hoopla. Our social studies teacher took us all to see "1776", a movie about the folks who appear on our cash. My most vivid memory is of the fictional Ben Franklin gleefully suggesting that they should all go "Drinking and whoring!" I don't recall any protests, shock, or even outraged parents suing the school. Times change, fads come and go.

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Snake-fondling blonde nude punts Polish coffins

Surreal
Happy

Re: Coffins haven't been this sexy since vampires were invented.

Truly, those are to die for.

I'll be here all week, etc.

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Bradley Manning's lawyers seek to show 'cruel treatment'

Surreal
Mushroom

Re: He deserves to rot in jail if he's found guilty.

Indeed, Mr. Mouse. History has taught us that "I was following orders" excuses any abetting of immoral activities. The traitorous turncoat bastard should have simply looked the other way!

Either that, or something else.

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Source code smoking gun links Stuxnet AND Flame

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Devil

Re: Two Years Undetected??

I hope you haven't believed that "Antivirus" was any protection against new malware, Shockingly, I have a security analogy not based on cars:

Antivirus is like posting Wanted Posters for criminals. Officer Kaspersky spies a known felon, and nabs him! The wanted posters are useless against Thugston J. Never-Arrested (0-day).

So, no. AV products don't detect the spread of malware. That's a job for an integrity monitor, but those are a royal pain to maintain and the AV money just keeps rollin' in, so why bother?

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Chrome patches up after double dose of CanSecWest pwnage

Surreal
Pint

Refreshing

I applaud Google for mingling with the security community*, paying real money to researchers, and working toward a more secure platform. Seems cost-effective, a P.R. win, and much more clever than, say, declaring that one's steenky database line is "Unbreakable!". I still get the giggles from that one.

* sounds more dignified than "drunken aspies in black tshirts".

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Swiss space-cleaning bot grabs flying junk, hurls itself into furnace

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Joke

The obvious solution.

I can't believe the nobody has mentioned this, since we've known about it since stardate 5693.2. Just use a Tholian web. Duh, people!

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Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake

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Joke

Good timing, at least.

I'm thankful it didn't occur to anyone to burrow through the ice until 30 years ago. Imagine our valiant 1950's scientists: "Say, why don't we just clear that ice out of the way with Safe Nuclear Power?"

Lucky us, Russia used Clean Coal Technology! (i.e. kerosene)

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NEC claims terabit-plus record with 10,000 km hop

Surreal
Boffin

Ours is bigger.

It wasn't over anything like 10K kilometers, but we've recently documented a 19Tbps data transmission. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKE4HRsMBVE

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'Self-aware' bank account robbing code unleashed by hacker

Surreal
Mushroom

Quick! Shoot the messenger!

Oi... Shirley, and I hope I can call you that, Nobody Else in the Whole Wide World would ever have thought of that flavor of exploit*. Now we are collectively doomed. Doooomed, I tell ye!!!

* like, you know, the other project listed in the article. Best castrate him too, lest his Evil Genes be passed on to doom future generations.

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Feds cuff KISS rock star's DDoS suspect

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FAIL

Proportionality

According to the U.S. Attorney's office statement, he could get a maximum of 15 years for his heinous crime. Presumably, he slowed down someone, somewhere, who may have desperately needed to, ummm, download pictures of Gene Simmons?

<Peewee Herman Sarcastic Voice>I am sooo happy I live in the United States, home of Freedom and Justice, and not a police state like China! </Peewee>

I wonder how many lashes he could get for blasting an obnoxiously loud car stereo outside Simmons' home, DoSing verbal communication? Oh, a $50 traffic ticket? Right then.

The mind boggles.

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Army raygun to boost power with starlight de-twinkling tech

Surreal
Boffin

LOS weapon

It seems to me, a non-boffin, that artillery shells, missiles, enemy aircraft and such share the trait of coming into one's line of sight as they pose a gradually greater threat.

In theory, one doesn't toast infantrymen with this particular device.

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