* Posts by Adam 1

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Just because they provide updates doesn't mean you should install them. Some of the older models that scrape onto the list of compatible devices work so slow you will soon need an upgrade.

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

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>The nature of a circle means that adding 1cm to a 2m turbine blade increases the catchable wind by almost half (4.52sq m compared to 3.14), while removing 1cm reduces the harvested wind by half a square metre

Not the circles I am picturing...

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Top smut site Flashes visitors, leaves behind nasty virus

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So firing up fiddler and, um "doing research for your story" eh?

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Boffin finds formula for four-year-five-nines disk arrays

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Re: Some wierd assumptions

Plus the assumption that you run a data centre but would have to call a guy in to replace the drive?

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

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Re: So is Firefox safe or what?

The problem isn't so much the browser (or they would just update it in Google play or advise you to use another browser). The problem is that the WebKit rendering engine is used by apps to integrate web content into a regular app. Most commonly, this is how the ad supported apps show those ads, but there are also things like phonegap which lets you wrap an html5 website and deploy it to the various app stores in what appears to the user to be a regular app on their platform.

We are in a state where a dodgy advertisement on a free game is a relatively easy attack vector but Google won't fix it.

Not good enough Google!

(Posted from my Nexus 5 running lollipop)

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Re: Wait 90 days and publish the exploit?

Came in here to find this comment. Was not disappointed.

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Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

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Re: Wouldn't this problem take care of itself?

You have to keep an eye on the drop bear with a selfie stick. That never ends well.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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>That said, 8EiB is about a couple orders of magnitude or so higher than even today's high-end RAM usage.

And the fart of a flea is also a couple of orders of magnitude quieter than a jumbo jet at take off.

The 64 bit address space is really big [citation needed].

The Titan supercomputer at oak ridge is the current largest by RAM. If you decided that you needed you needed a million times more RAM to play the latest version of Crysis, you are still an order of magnitude from running out.

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>Because 64 bit software support is only going to last so long.

May I make a bold prediction;

16EiB ought to be enough for anybody.

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LEAKED: Samsung's iPHONE 6 KILLER... the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Re: Apple Worried, more like happy!

Not all android is Java.

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Possible Lizard Squad members claim hack of Oz travel insurer

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Re: People still buy travel insurance?

Mostly to get you first world (or as close as available nearby) hospital cover if you fall ill or get injured abroad. Some injuries have long recovery times and prevent you travelling home on your cattle class tickets.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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Shirley they could have used more understandable units of measure. I mean we all know that hair driers need a lot of energy [citation needed] so saying that could mean anything.

Why not just state the number in terms of how it compares to the power used by a London bus to drive one beard second.

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Re: Lacking history

I just learnt something today from a cat on the internet.

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Elon Musk: Wanna see a multimillion-dollar rocket EXPLODE? WATCH THIS

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Re: Acronym fun

Seems a good candidate for Total Inability To Support Usual Performance...

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Microsoft snubs Codeplex, moves big projects to GitHub

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Re: Microsoft FAIL

Eadon?

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Australia tries to ban crypto research – by ACCIDENT

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Re: Necessary sacrifices

I, for one, welcome our new <noun> <adverb> overlords.

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Already happening I'm afraid. Some well known technical news sites based in the UK don't even use https in their comments section.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

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you miss one important differentiating feature

With a Mondeo, you need to find a marked car spot at B. With the others you can just use the dual purpose indicator stalk and stop your vehicle somewhere you find convenient.

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SpaceX in ROCKET HOVERSHIP PRANG: 'Close – but no cigar,' says Musk

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I just hope they have the good sense to check the el reg forums before they waste any more money.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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Re: So its more efficient in the use of fuel

Yes. Methane is a particularly potent greenhouse gas.

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BILL GATES DRINKS 'boiled and treated' POO. Ah, 'delicious'

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.... where his pennies were spent?

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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Re: How come...

If the alternative is FireWire then USB is definitely more secure (can't bypass OS and read all RAM directly)

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Hey, I am not defending them, just pointing out the real world problem. I am sure the newer machines have some sort of counter measures (like how server class machines have alarms that record when the case is open, wouldn't be too hard to do the same when the service door was opened).

My guess is that the bean counters figured that the countermeasures would cost more to retrofit than they will lose to these sort of scams.

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No, but the level of protection around the section housing the computer innards is nowhere near the safe/cash drawer.

Search on YouTube for Barnaby jack. He demonstrates a walkup attack.

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Marriott: The TRUTH about personal Wi-Fi hotel jam bid

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It would be more convincing if their submission explicitly stated that they only sought permission to jam APs that purported to be associated with the hotel but that were not.

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Ex-Microsoft Bug Bounty dev forced to decrypt laptop for Paris airport official

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Re: Meh

>Yep. I guess 'Woman Made To Prove Laptop Worked At Airport' wouldn't be as interesting a headline

Why does it matter if it works? What if it broke whist travelling? Let's say or wonderfully reliable SSD just gave up without warning and now you just see some text about missing boot devices? Are you supposed to their away your otherwise fine laptop? Are you supposed to fart around trying to sort out warranty claims whilst abroad?

Officialdom gone mad is the kindest way to put it. Time for hidden volumes when travelling to France I suppose...

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Apple's 16GB iPhones are a big fat lie, claims iOS 8 storage hog lawsuit

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Probably because you can reallocate that partition back if you were inclined to do so (just pray that you never need to reformat)

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It is also because in one of those cases that is over 50% of the advertised space. A reasonable consumer expects a degree of space used by OS paraphernalia but not in that magnitude. They also expect that a 32GB device from manufacturer A holds roughly the same amount of their stuff as a 32GB device from manufacturer B.

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Huawei? Apple and Samsung's worst nightmare, pal

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Re: Consequences - just like the US

>calling them "unintended consequences" would imply staggering stupidity on the part of managements

I have no trouble accepting the premise of that statement

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>I could quite easily imagine the two current smart phone market leaders doing a Nokia/RIM

Mind you at least one of these can always fall back to selling forklifts, washing machines, HIFIs, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, printers, cameras, air conditioners, bulldozers, CPU fans, hard drives, SSD, SD cards and a few dozen other lines. Even if they don't sell another phone ever again, they are not going to be like Nokia or RIM.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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really is a good meme candidate

> Very naughty people use ...

Very naughty people use cars

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Internet Explorer 12 to shed legacy cruft in bid to BEAT Chrome

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Some mouse manufacturers have started cutting costs by omitting the ALT button off their mice. Now I need a keyboard to access the menu. If I have to reach for the keyboard then I might as well just hit the Ctrl + XYZ combo needed to do the same thing.

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The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

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Re: I know it's a long article...

Apple Pay works using an NFC chip in the device with touch finger-print censor.

revenge cyber attack knocking the Hermit Kingdonm offline

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Re: 10 page spread

Mobile version is all one page.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Re: Flaw in the WiFi specs?

Yes it is a design flaw in the spec. It has been changed so I doubt this technique will work in 10 years time. Just needs to be practical to drop support for the older protocol versions.

See here

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_802.11w-2009

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Another solution is for hotel booking sites to include WiFi charges in the headline rate unless the hotel forgoes deauthing shenanigans.

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Dangerous NTP hole ruins your Chrissy lunch

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Alternate attack vectors?

A lot of focus here on pwning the server itself. Fair enough, but these machines are also fully trusted by other machines to set/reset their clocks. Could this not also make it possible to trick clients into accepting expired certs used to sign malware?

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Super Cali's futuristic Tesla batt swap focus – even though car tech test is an expected bonus

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Re: What a headline...

Heard it before though.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Re: Survey?

f) SONY - revenge against the internet.

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Microsoft whips out real-time translator for Skype calls

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Re: They spelt it wrong

Eye sea watt ewe did they're

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this could make Skype interesting

They just need to enable multi hop translations. I want my conversations to sound like DVD player instruction English. Much more fun than the current can you still hear me; yes but I only see the top of your head conversations that are par for the course.

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Uber surge pricing kicks in during Sydney siege

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Currently on my regular train sharing a 6 person seat with one other person. Normally I just get to chose whether to stand upstairs it downstairs.

If this is what can be achieved in public transport then bring it on (uber that is, not the dickhead in martin pl)

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: It was named after the explorer Juan Ponce de León

Or swap a few letters around and call it the USS Delorean.

I wonder how many lasers can be powered with 1.21 jigawatts.

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Your data: Stolen through PIXELS

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Wouldn't monitor physical disconnect and reconnect events be traceable?

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US Congress in cash freeze bid to DERAIL global DNS handover

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Re: groan

>Enlighten everyone on what the best form government is?

Benevolent dictatorship.

Getting the right dictator tends to be where it comes unstuck.

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A first look at Google’s Android Studio 1.0: Climbing out of the Eclipse kitchen sink

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Re: Those 'constraints' on Android Studio's evolution imposed by JetBrains ...

If resharper is anything to go by then I completely support those sentiments.

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Australia to block piracy sites if Big Content asks nicely in court

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No worries Canadia

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Also some sad goodbyes. Pdfcreator used to be one of those must installs before they started bundling spyware in their installer.

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Re: Wireshark

Or fiddler if you are dealing with http.

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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

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Re: what's the need for this ?

There are some good reasons for electronic voting done right (most aren't).

* Detection of vote tampering

* removal of accidental donkey voting where someone changed their mind and started crossing things out rather than getting a new paper making their intention unclear

* immediate results where the numbers are close.

* sensible sized ballot paper. Our legislation limits the size and therefore with enough candidates you have real accessibility problems with readable font size.

* random order per vote so column 1 isn't hugely advantaged by donkey vote.

* Logistics in producing, transporting, storing, counting those papers.

These are not theoretical problems. In the recent election, Western Australia's senate race was very close. Last and second last at specific points were within automatic recount thresholds at numerous points and preference flows varies the overall winner. During the recount they could not find from memory about 1000 votes from one polling station. They did simulations of both possible flows and demonstrated that the result could change which in the end cost many millions of dollars in a state wide revote.

In answer to your other question. Poll booth attendance is compulsory. What you do our don't write on your ballot paper is up to you but it will be considered informal if you don't fill it out correctly (wink wink nudge nudge). Compulsory attendance is actually a good thing (hasn't always been my view). But it achieves some useful effects.

* providing a mandate to the parliament (note parliament != government).

* much harder for anyone to use stand over tactics to keep opposing populations away.

* moderates the nuts that exist at the frays of all ends of the spectrum. I know that a number of places where politics doesn't seem to be contesting ideas but rather trying to motivate half interested parties to bother to turn up. If everyone is already there, you need to focus on how your policies affect the whole constituency or you won't get a large sway.

The real amazing part is that for once the parliament seems to have thought through the problems that such a change opens up, where good intentions have unintended bad consequences. If only they now apply their newfound wisdom to the slippery slopes of days retention and media reporting of special operations,I, for one would be much happier.

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