* Posts by JeffyPoooh

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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"...Operating systems, first of all," Stallman said.

That's a hopelessly stale concept. FAIL.

Any (for example) Smartphone contains probably several subsystems that contain their own programmable devices. Baseband chipsets, USB controllers which may be ARM processors, etc., etc. , etc.

Believing that the OS is the one-and-only foundation upon which security can be placed is very naïve.

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Push the 'Lock" button on the door panel

"JeffyPoooh, you must have a very old car. My 1993..."

2008.

Mercedes E-class (W211).

The key fob also contains a metal key just in case the electronic locks aren't working.

Million of dollars a day on R&D results in some very well-considered designs.

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Push the 'Lock" button on the door panel

1) Make sure you're holding the key in your hand

2) Reach over and press the 'Lock' button on the inside of the door

3) Make really sure you've got the key, not left it inside the car

4) Slam door closed

5) Confirm you've still got the key

6) Walk around and jiggle the door and trunk handles to make sure they're locked

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Google, Microsoft and Apple explain their tax tricks in Australia

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"Alternative Minimum Income Tax"

"Your Corporate Gross Profit Margin was 38% as you admitted in your Annual Report. Since you forgot to make any profit in Australia, we'll just apply the same profit margin to your total sales here, as a legislated Alternative Minimum Income Tax."

Such an approach would quickly level out the income re-distribution.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Re: Analog Security

@Big John - "...Forcing them to actually break thru a security device means they can't even attempt to justify the taking later as some sort of accident. ..."

Bingo. Thank you for that. An e-beer for you.

It's no longer surprising to me that some don't understand such basic things. Too many people are apparently incapable of thinking these days.

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Re: 3d printed commentards

Based on comments I've read on various forums, some folks actually believe that such complex assemblies are actually being 3D printed. The whole completed product pops out of the 3D printer ready to go, in their mind.

It's scary when one catches a glimpse of what's inside some heads.

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Re: Analog Security

If you disagree, then it's because you failed to parse the statement correctly.

Try again; read slower if it helps. Keep trying until you get it.

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Re: Its always important to know how much security your getting.

I had a $200 lock once. Somebody stole it.

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Re: 3D printed?

Yes, that's what the headline wluld read.

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Re: Analog Security

The purpose of even a very poor lock is to make the unauthorized opening of it into a clearly defined crime.

It doesn't have to be a good lock to fulfill its legal purpose.

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Re: Stop with the 3D printing headlines

Amen.

Place one trivial crappy '3D Printed' plastic bracket on the Parts List, and suddenly the top level assembly magically become a "3D Printed Airplane / Car / Space Shuttle / Mobile Phone..."

It's beyond annoying now...

3D Printing news items are contributing to the rapid drop in average IQ. People are losing the ability to correctly process information.

People, I've met them, ACTUALLY believe these headlines.

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"3D Printed Device"

Bull feathers.

Most of the device is a stepper motor, a solenoid, wires, a programmable device, etc., etc. A crappy plastic frame is not a 'device'. At best, it's the least interesting item on the parts list.

The headline reveals woolly thinking.

It's become a pandemic, where the phrase '3D printed' causes human brains to fail to correctly process simple facts.

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

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Re: Say it isn't so!

Systems can be designed to physically (hardware) restrict data to flow in only one direction.

For example, hard wiring a 'RECEIVE ONLY' or 'XMIT DISABLE' pin as required.

This is really basic Avionics 101.

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Re: Strange

"Seems a bit odd to arrest someone for doing the impossible..."

It's their way of encouraging him to shut his nonsense-spewing pie hole.

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Re: Times sure have changed

"I pulled out a laptop and plugged in an Arduino-like board to do some development."

Use of 'external peripherals' is not permitted for quite reasonable and rational EMI reasons.

No need to seek further explanation.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: Not total madness, just 90%.

The only common connection is power. The rest is BS.

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Buy a Mercedes

"My car ABS refuses to work on ice. All I want is a button to disable ABS when on ice. Never going to happen because of Health & Safety."

My Mercedes will, upon command (pressing the brake pedal harder), lock up the wheels at slow speeds. Great for studded tires on icy hills.

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Time to get your babble on: Microsoft opens Skype Translator Preview to all comers

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Re: German is probably the worst…

Think: spacesoptional

Notthatdifficultreally.

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Re: "I vant to fondle your buttocks...'

But if one doesn't know the other language, then the problem you've described simply does not exist.

As far as we know.

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"I vant to fondle your buttocks...'

When I use an online translator, I cycle the paragraph back forth between English and whatever until the meaning stabilizes. It often takes three or four passes with adjustments to ensure it says what you want.

I can't imagine how unreliable 'on the fly' translation would be in comparison.

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Pandora ordered to pay up extra royalties in BMI row

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Percentage of revenues

If revenues are nil, then no money for BMI?

There are so many Internet Radio Stations happily streaming away, 24/7, with not a single commercial or appeal for money.

Endless music with no interruptions.

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Sony ICF-7600D

I own one.

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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ten million to one?

Ten million to one in any given location, or in the entire Universe?

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Flying cars will take to the skies in 2017, if government allows

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2017

Ha ha ha...

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

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How to pack...

TL;DR: legal size carry-on bag *plus* a 'personal item' is a laptop bag for small laptop and endless gadgets.

If I'm going on a trip, I'd bring several gadgets, including a small laptop. The airline allows a 'personal item' which is a full size laptop bag. Modern gadgets are so small that the laptop bags easily holds a small laptop plus another half dozen gadgets (incl several tablets) and accessories. It all fits into one laptop bag 'personal item'. Even full size noise cancelling headphones of the folding variety.

Ladies with handbags can't have another laptop bag, sorry.

The legal size carry on bag is for clothes and such. Nothing tech or valuable just in case the carry on bag needs to be 'sky checked' at the aircraft door.

This method allows essentially unlimited gadgets, and a carry on bag just for clothing.

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Re: Wrong Tablet

My latest and presently favourite tablet is a cheap 'D2' branded Win 8.1 8-inch. It was only $100 Cdn and free shipping, on sale. Being full Win 8.1 it's easy to install Chrome and Ad Blocker making it the perfect Youtube small screen with headphones device.

Being so cheap and good is nice.

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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Re: Whazzat?

PIR typically has a 'bee's eye' lens that provides a series of zones. As a warm target moves around, the heat signal goes up and down due to the lens design. The electronics are thus single channel and trivial, while the 'magic' clever bit is the plastic lens.

The primary alternative technology is a field disturbance sensor using microwave and Doppler.

One can buy 'dual tech' alarm sensors that use both to reduce false alarms.

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Re: Whazzat?

"The motion detectors work off heat, not movement"

Sign of someone that doesn't really understand how things work.

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: Green Mountain Coffee brand

Dan Paul offered "Green Mountain ...Bet they have some guilt in this game too!"

I'll bet you're right, considering that Keurig is a brand owned by Green Mountain Coffee.

LOL

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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Re: Where does the electricity go?

"Ignore the 'leccy meter, chump"

Solution = make it a space heater.

Ideally the thermostat would signal an orderly shutdown, as opposed to a sudden power cut.

My house uses 10 kW of electric heaters, with a 25+% duty cycle (very roughly) in the depths of winter.

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Re: Cryptinomicon

Silly nonsense.

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HP wag has last laugh at US prez wannabe with carlyfiorina.org snatch

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Nice snatch

That is all.

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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@HES "We use 13-17 kWh per day"

If I was using only $1.50 or $2.00 a day in electric power, then I wouldn't bother going off the grid.

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Re: Oh...

"...a bunch of AA batteries in a nice box."

I hope that they're at least 18650 form factor. If not larger.

AA would be daft.

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Re: @dom

Service = 200A @ 240 volts (120-0-120). 48 kW on tap.

We never approach that. Even the electric heaters for space heating are only about 10 kW total. Even with the 4+kW electric clothes dryer 4+kW water heater, and a 2kW kettle all going at once, it's still under 50% loading.

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Re: Just add capacitors

InLog helpfully suggested: "Tesla just need to add some capacitor(s) into the mix to cope with short term peak loads of kettle / toaster etc."

You might want to look up the definition of Farad.

Hint: 1.0 Amp-seconds. Pay attention to voltage rating.

How big is your house?

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Re: Tinfoil Hats?

Water, shielding and propellant.

Hmmm. I guess the lower remaining mass on the way back might allow them to scurry back before they use up all their shielding?

Or is this where the feces comes into the equation?

Imagine 400 tonnes of feces reentering the atmosphere. Yuck.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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"...still enjoy a 21C lifestyle..."

23°C isn't bad, as long as there's cold beer.

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BlackBerry Leap: Touching biz users with a budget(ish) device

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"BlackBerry 10 is pretty damn good if you're not totally obsessed with apps..."

On a Smartphone, the OS is primarily used to access apps.

"Buds Buffet Restaurant is pretty darn good if you're not totally obsessed with food."

Blackberry App World (of disappointment).

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"...triangulating against cell masts."

We need a different word as it must be based on distances and intersecting circles.

Not angles and intersecting lines forming triangles.

'Circleulating'?

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

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Tom Tom

My coworkers with standalone Tom Tom brand GPS devices report that they appear to require periodic internet updates to prevent the GPS receiver from become very slow to find the satellites. They didn't initially realize that other brands 'just work' without such bi-weekly visits to the PC.

I wonder if there's some silly patent in their way. Such as storing the almanac data as received from the satellites, thus they might need to download it from the 'net. I dunno, but it's weird.

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Intel has ambitions to turn modems into virtual servers and reinvent broadband

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"...DOCSIS (Cable)....DSL (Phone)..."

Not fiber optic ONTs (optical network terminals)?

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Re: Noise!

It's not *just* amateur radio (ham) operators. It's also an issue for anyone that likes to listen to longwave, distant AM broadcast band, or shortwave radio.

The DC to 30 MHz spectrum is a precious resource due to the natural long range nature of the propagation, and it's a darn shame that it's being polluted with so much unnecessary man made noise.

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Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry

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Re: Gaining altitude?

"Dark Energy"

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Geneva boffins make light work of random numbers

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"...multiverses..."

I'm not sure if endlessly spawning an infinite number of parallel Universes (sic) adheres to the principle of 'Conservation of Mass' (even if we allow E=mc^2).

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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"OH MY GOD !! ...

...IT'S FULL OF STARS !!"

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'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

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Cheap unlocked Windows Phones

They're constantly on sale for $50 or $100 Canadian dollarettes, UNLOCKED, including free shipping and a generous free-shipping return policy if you don't like it.

Geesh, buy one as a spare phone. Or as a travel phone. Or just to try it out.

They're worth that just as a 4-inch tablet on wifi.

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Apple about to make Apple TV WAY LESS SUCKY - report

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Apple TV Gen 2 and YouTube

I've read that the Gen 2 and previous versions of the Apple TV will no longer support YouTube.

Or perhaps Google ("Do No Evil, except on Tuesdays") YouTube will no longer support a bunch of slightly dusty hardware.

It's a good thing that these gadgets are cheap.

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New antenna supports all three wireless charging standards

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Re: Yet another thought

Efficiency will be worse than a cable, I think obviously. Times N = billions. The world will need ten more coal powered generation stations to make up the gap.

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Re: Yet another thought

In spite of the many obvious downsides of this silly technology, at least we can celebrate that the public seems to have lost their likely-irrational fear of EM waves causing cancer.

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