* Posts by JeffyPoooh

2473 posts • joined 28 Jun 2013

Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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Re: Car lobby?

Thank you for the attempted explanation.

I've a Mercedes E-class; the single rear fog lamp is immediately adjacent to the left (Canada) brake light. If I had dual rear fog lights, there's no 'placement' distinction at all from the brake lites. The *only* distinction would be the middle 3rd Brake light, but that's not trustworthy due to older cars not having it. Keep in mind the fog.

The Child-driven Owner-modified (often-BuMWipes) that I've seen with dual rear brake lights similarly had no distinctive placement. The dual rear fog lights were indistinguishable from brake lights. The symmetry was pleasing, but the overall effect was negative.

Please keep in mind that I'm referring to owner-installed symmetry-enhancing additional bulb hacks.

They're immediately adjacent to the brake lights. There's no 'placement'.

YMMV.

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Re: Car lobby?

@Ledswinger

Dual rear red foglamps are called 'Brake Lights'.

I've followed cars with such hacks. They're annoying and dangerous.

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Well (badly-written bills aside)...

There's going to come a time when the vehicles will have enough full-authority self-driving command of the controls (steering wheel, brakes, accelerator), combined with the general immaturity of the software architectures, that perhaps aftermarket tinkering with the software could eventually (possibly, maybe, someday) lead to some sort of nightmare scenario.This time is probably about now.

It's far from unimaginable. It's inevitable.

Problem is, technical solutions get into Computer Security. Which is itself perfectly hopeless.

This isn't 'End of the World' bad. But it will get on the evening news within the next 5 or 10 years.

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Score one for the patent trolls: US appeals court says it's OK to shop for patent-friendly judges

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Stop complaining and do something about it...

Apply for a 'Business Model' Patent on "venue shopping" for a friendly court.

Then you can sue the patent trolls for violating your patent.

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Intel loses its ARM wrestling match, kicks out Atom mobe chips

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Most worrying bit...

"...fuel the virtuous cycle..."

That vomit-raising phrase reads as if it was written in Chinese, and then run through Google Translate. Which would be perfectly acceptable.

But if that was actually drafted and approved in native English, then Intel is doomed. It reveals serious brain-rot.

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FCC 126MHz 5G auction

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Q:The "126 MHz" is the 'How Much?', but of 'What Spectrum?'

A: It's apparently UHF spectrum around 600 MHz. TV UHF band.

Prime spectrum for mobile communications.

Even the FCC source documents aren't exactly forthcoming with this important detail.

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Europe's Earth-watching sat beams back icy first pic

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Must. Build. Big. Radar Corner Reflector.

I want to leave my mark on radarsat datasets.

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TiVo sells for $1.1bn

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"DVR service TiVo"

DVR "Service"?

Their 'service' is 99% Keep-Alive flag and 1% TV Guide data.

One of the most mind-boggling business models ever conceived.

Doubly mind-boggling: someone actually thought it up, and people actually pay for it.

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Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell

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Probably not subtle enough to maximize callers' wasted time

But a great concept...

Once upon a time, we purchased a little $3 button-like gadget that plugged into the phone line. Powered by the phone line. Press the button and it'd hold the line off-hook and then play a preprogrammed audio file down the line. The audio was first a 'Line Disconnected' tone, to convince robot dialers to hang up and strike the number from the list, followed by a voice announcement informing any humans that this line does not accept this type of call.

This button technology could be combined with this new audio creation, for the home market.

Since then we've got Caller ID.

Oh, the SoundCloud file just ended. I left it playing in the other browser tab. Got to the end, LOL.

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Japan's Hitomi space 'scope bricked, declared lost after software bug

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'Paranoid Programming Practices'

I don't know what JPL and NASA (perhaps others) call their software coding style, but there have been many examples of their paranoid approach, where the programmers don't even trust themselves, saving missions. The usual 'Safe Mode' is just the tip of the iceberg; there seems to be many layers of paranoia built into their typical code, based on what I've read about their occasional mission emergencies (and how the software often helps in surprising ways). The same approach extends into the hardware architecture and design of course, but that's not as impressive as the software coders own rigorous hubris-elimination practices (opposite of *a* stereotype).

Somebody ought to formalize this process in a text book, 'Paranoid Programming Practices'.

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

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So, back to 'Once in 1.87 million' years then...

Carry on...

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SpaceX is go for US military GPS sat launch, smashes ULA monopoly

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Re: What a week for SpaceX

Gordon 10: "...What a week for SpaceX. First the Mars mission..."

You'd be wanting to look up Adm. Rickover's 'Say-Do' rant.

There is no "Mars mission" this "week".

You're overly excited.

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PM wrote: "Crony capitalism toppled by competition."

What an odd sentence.

I know what you meant, but what you wrote is just wrong on several levels.

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Symantec CEO Mike Brown ousted after nasty numbers

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Good!

I hope it hurts.

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Getty on Google: It’s all about traffic, duh

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Getty "has 60 million images"

Is that all?

I think my selfie-enthusiast, food-tographer wife has at least twice that...

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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Re: Simple question

"Why one universe?"

We're really going to have to sit down and review the fundamental meaning of the prefix 'uni'.

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More important question...

Why the snorkel on the truck? Isn't the dish array in a desert?

QotD "Why is it in a sheep paddock?"

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Unisys releases its ClearPath MCP OS for VMs or x86

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And in other news...

Unisys is still around?

OMG...

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Alphabetti spaghetti: SanDisk adds SLC cache to TLC SSD

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SLC MLC TLC

The difference is 'just' * in the A/D stage. Conceptually, the 'Level' (bits/cell) could be defined and implemented in a trivial look-up table. The table column could be selected with a flag. (* There will be optimization complexities, as always.)

Caching is hard.

But the capability of fiddling with the Level (bits/cell) should have been baked into the original design, adjustable in 'firmware'. Even beyond the capabilities of the physics of the process du jour at the time.

(edit: As of this morning, "In total, your posts have been upvoted 10021 times and downvoted 3071 times." Yay! Just crossed 10k. :-) )

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

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Frost Nixon

Nixon "Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal."

In this Panama Papers case, there's little noise (at all) about the illegality of the leak, and the (il)legality of publishing the info.

Much different reaction than other leaks.

'When traditional print journalists do it, that means that it is not illegal.'

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

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Microsoft showing off their coding skills...

10 PRINT "Upgrade this PC to Windows 10"

20 PRINT "This PC is not compatible with Windows 10"

30 GOTO 10

Seriously. How friggin' hard is it to set a flag?

Call it the 'This_PC_is_not_compatible_with_Windows_10' flag.

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SpaceX: We'll land on Mars in 2018 (cough, with NASA's help)

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"...the US government has strict rules about decontamination..."

The USA is now making up rules about other planets?

Thus setting the new record for the maximum distance 'extraterritorial jurisdictional' claim.

So much for my 'Nigerian Sewage Lagoons on Mars' proposal. Sigh...

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Getty Images flings competition sueball at Google Image Search

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"Content is King"

How's that working out for you?

Even 2-hour movies in HD (GB files) are now nearly as portable as an MP3. Images haven't got a hope in hell. Hopeless.

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Blighty's SMB tech ranks bitterly divided on Brexit

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Border Control

Nothing better in the world than standing in long queues at Border Control (Customs, Immigration), and then having involuntary discussions with officious numbskulls.

Disclaimer: I'm Canadian. Sorry to intrude.

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Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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Hmmm...

It'd be a bit funny if an IT company selling Video Conferencing..., Telecommuting..., Remote Desktop..., etc. ...solutions had their headquarters in the over-crowded downtown core of an overpriced city.

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What do you call an old, unpatched and easily hacked PC? An ATM

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Kaspersky Labs

'We know how to make ATMs spew wads of cash, but we'd rather extract cash from old folks with PCs buying our "Security" software.'

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Microsoft to hike certification exam prices

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£1 = $1, likely...

Exchange Rate: exchange the '£' symbol in place of the '$' symbol. Done.

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F-35's dodgy software in the spotlight again

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'Superiority', by Arthur C. Clarke

Somebody failed to read 'Superiority', by Arthur C. Clarke.

Available online.

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If you're appy and you know it, say five Hail Marys – cyber-Pope

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"If you're appy..."

"I want 'appiness."

http://www.snopes.com/quotes/degaulle.asp

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

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Re: I dont get a choice.

Compilers are the fiercest 'spelling Nazis'. No excuses, no apologies.

Anyway, you can relax. I've arranged to have your full-weight vote reinstated. ;-)

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Re: I dont get a choice.

AC wrote "add blocking"

add = addition

ad = advertisement

Tom Scott does a nice video rant about the dangers of electronic voting. One possible upside of e-voting could be that everyone's online e-vote could be weighted down based on, for example, how often they use 'add' to mean 'advertisement', or using the wrong 'there, they're, their' word.

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'Wired' does this.

After about 15s, they throw up a message, "Here’s The Thing With Ad Blockers..."

Refresh, pause while content reloads, then click 'X' to stop it happening again.

Seems to work.

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NASA saves Kepler space 'scope by turning it off and on again

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Re: Daily reboot...

"...running Windows?"

My primary Windows tablet reboots randomly ($100 tablets, sigh...). It'd be nice if I could command it to confine its rebooting to just 03:00.

PS: I'm aware of the Windows 'Check for updates' setting.

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Daily reboot...

One of my gadgets, I can't remember which one, has a menu setting for what time of day (e.g. 03:00) you'd like it to perform its automatic daily reboot.

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Will Comcast's set-box killer murder your data caps? The truth revealed

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Data Cap?

Isn't that a stale concept with a good fiber network?

Bell (Canada) FibreOP has no data cap.

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: 'Cannot be explained by known Physics' they say...

@Flocke Kroes

Your post reads quite similar to the 'logic' of why "rockets cannot possibly work in a vacuum", circa Robert Goddard's time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_H._Goddard#New_York_Times_editorial

@Y'all

Nobody seems to have an issue with 'pressure' from light. But we're all stumped why there could be some infinitesimal force from a microwave horn? None of you ever got the memo about the EM spectrum? If solar flux or "laser" beams can push a light sail (widely accepted, I believe it's been proven), then there should be an infinitesimally small force by the EM emission from a microwave horn. Obviously (Light and microwaves are the same thing. Just different wavelengths.).

I'm not saying anything about the numbers. Just the concept.

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'Cannot be explained by known Physics' they say...

...But we're happy to propose 'light sails' and speak about using "laser beams" (sans sharks) to propel little spacecraft towards nearby star systems.

'Yeah, but that's Light and this is Microwaves which are completely different things. Light is photons and microwaves aren't...'

Sigh...

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What the world needs now is... not disk drives

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Re: SSD outrageous premium

So keep the $190. Spend the $100. Reinstall a clean OS onto the new SSD. Purchase any sort of $10 adapter to interface the HDD to the laptop, use for Backup Images. Use the leftover $80 for a nice dinner.

Win - clean install.

Win - SSD.

Win - Backup HDD.

Win - nice dinner.

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Perhaps the Utah Data Center has been completed?

Maybe Facebook, YouTube, and the like, have started silently deleting files that nobody would ever notice have gone missing?

Perhaps NetFlix is switching to h.265?

Perhaps the exponential growth of capacity per drive has overtaken the rate of content generation?

Oh, yeah. Windows 8 or higher ...

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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1) Huge archive, 2) No heirs?

I've read that he's got a vast archive of as-yet unreleased material. Likely worth hundreds of millions.

According to Wiki, he wasn't presently married and had no surviving children. Who will inherit his wealth and future income?

It's very sad when such talent dies young. Almost by definition, effectively irreplaceable.

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Soyuz to loft Sentinel-1B Earth-watching sat

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Radar Sats

I really should get around to building that large radar corner reflector that I've been contemplating. About 2 or 3 m on each side of the truncated cube. Reportedly such an installation, done correctly, may give a good solid consistent '255' bin in their data.

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FBI boss: We paid at least $1.2m to crack the San Bernardino iPhone

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"...we have a responsibility to keep people safe..."

Ah, I found it. This is where it all went wrong.

"...we have a responsibility to keep people safe..."

There's no limit to the amount of daft-evil that could be unleashed from this starting point.

"It's for your own protection...", he said, as he herded the last few citizens into their pens, and locked them in. "You'll be safe here. Good night." Then he turned, and walked away. Out into his very lonely and potentially dangerous freedom.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: systemd isn't hated

"...what it does to improve boot times..."

It's an indictment of OS designers (if not humanity in general) that anyone can still form the phrase 'improve boot times' in the year 2016. This topic should have optimized into being a complete non-issue at least a decade or two ago.

That it's still being done in such a time-wasteful manner is indicative of something deeply negative.

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Re: Yet more evidence

Root problem is that judges and courts have geographically-based jurisdiction, and of course the Internet isn't geographically-based.

Additionally, in this case, it's this entire united 'states' thingy, where the individual states have far too much power. Them giving up on the Monarchy was a huge mistake.

A solution might be either a court with jurisdiction over the entire (USA) Internet, or a SCOTUS ruling to define the applicable jurisdiction, perhaps based on the address of the server itself.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Simple solution...

Only do things on the Internet that you have no real interest in.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Google: RTBF "Arctic Penguins"

2 results (0.34 seconds)

Conspiracy I say!!

(Example found on my 5th try. Not bad.)

PS: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googlewhack

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ESA seeks resident space artist

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Al Bean

I'm pretty sure he's over 18.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Re: I thought they tried that before

AC: "Look on the bright side: less Mormons."

You mean, "fewer".

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Utah State Motto

"Get off xHamster and get married, thunders legislature"

Utah State Motto: Marry Early, Marry Often

[Golly that's funny. It really is...]

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Intel literally decimates workforce: 12,000 will be axed, CFO shifts to sales

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Re: Food for thought?

nautica implied that "...Microsoft has....killed the PC..." ...plus the Penguin icon.

Yes. And given that, it's funny how everyone hasn't immediately switched to Linux.

That in itself should be 'food for thought' for the Linux crowd. As in: What are they still doing wrong?

A veritable surplus of 'case study' topics here.

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