* Posts by GameCoder

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

GameCoder
Joke

I am changing my name to 'The Register'.

You will be hearing from my lawyers soon.

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

GameCoder
Holmes

For smokers who haven't tried vaping as a replacement

If you are a smoker who would like to give up, do try vaping. The devices are cheap, especially compared to cigs in the UK.

The experience is similar enough to smoking: give it 3 days or so. Initially you will prefer the cigs, but keep at it.

I find that the vaping is a fantastic alternative because:

* It provides the nicotine so no nasty withdrawals.

* The social scene of smoking, often misunderstood and omitted, is continued.

* With the vaper in your pocket it forms a mental barrier to buying or cadging fags: you know you have this alternative available.

What I didn't expect was that I appear to not want to smoke as much or as often. Vaping is not just a replacement, it *appears* to actually somehow also lessen the need. Anecdotal and sample size of one, but I am happy with this.

Then there is the advantage of being able to control the dosage of nicotine (down to zero if you dare), the complete absence of the carcinogen particles, no nasty clinging smoke smells (she wont even know you are smoking etc).

Its rare in life that these kinds of win-wins come along. If you haven't tried one yet, treat yourself to a cheapo one and invest a little in improving your health and life quality.

Icon shows a fellow nicotine addict :)

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

GameCoder

Not missing much

Seems the "big news" is that the new phone has no headphone jack - a fucking stupid idea if you ask me that I really hope doesn't spread to other phone manufacturers, or other media player makers.

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'Smart belt' loosens purses

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Joke

Perfect present for the missus....

Its her birthday coming up, I am sure she will appreciate this thoughtful, useful and stylish item that tracks her waistline :)

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Bloke accused of Linux kernel.org hack nabbed during traffic stop

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Got to dash out for some rubber johnnies? Amazon has a button for that

GameCoder
WTF?

Play-Doh???

Did I really read that right? Condoms and washing powder, OK I can kind of get it. But Play-Doh?

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WhatsApp is to hand your phone number to Facebook

GameCoder
Big Brother

They will link it by statistical analysis of the networks of your friends that use WhatsApp and/or Facebook. Many will have uploaded contact details, others may have uploaded your email addresses etc. Its not a hard problem to solve. They may not get your full name, but that's not what they actually want. They will have a unique identifier for YOU, and it will almost certainly be right. Ditto, and with bells on, what google is capable of doing. It doesn't matter if you never ever use anything by google, chances are very high that if you use the internet, there is a unique identifier in google's system with an electronic 'signature' that matches you.

Take a step back and imagine the data trove that Google can have on almost anyone, even someone who tries to be 'dark'. If you are a casual non tech user who accepts cookies, uses Gmail and has an android phone, google probably knows more about you than even your closest confidante.

I would really love a major news vendor to expose this to the public because I think many people would be shocked to understand this. I don't think many people realize that almost all web pages they visit are connected to the same company that runs their phone (for many) and that provides their mail, and manages all their files, and their work's files, and their online maps, and their internet searches etc etc. They may think they know this, but I don't think they grasp the implications fully.

Icon because we are way way beyond 1984 now.

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Flight sim records show MH370 captain practiced 'flight' near search area

GameCoder

I knew a flight-sim guy once...

He did long haul flights and had his missus pretend to be the airline hostess and bring him teas etc. No I am not making this up...

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Russian spy aircraft are flying over Britain – and the MoD's cool with it

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Joke

Re: As long as the British

Quid pro quo: the British can fly over the same land area in Russia as the Russians fly over in the UK :-)

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White hat banned for revealing vulns in news sites used by London councillors

GameCoder
WTF?

Re: RE: My eyes!!

No shit... if you read this far in the comments but haven't checked out the sites in question, they are worth a look. Its a trip down memory lane.

http://www.shepherdsbushw12.com/

http://www.hammersmithtoday.co.uk/

http://www.wimbledonsw19.com/

"Local intelligence for intelligent locals" indeed....

(Edit) For example, the site has this useful information:

"The Microsoft IE 5 browser can be found on most free disks included with Computer Magazines or can be downloaded from Microsoft. The disc that Dixons give out for Freeserve also includes the most uptodate version of this browser. "

I say these sites should be preserved in a museum. I kinda miss sites like these...

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

GameCoder

Multiple Teslas?

At the moment cars on autopilot using radar and other active sensors are probably so rare as to never interfere.

Would there be any issues if lots of vehicles in close proximity were relying on active sensor technology (analysis of reflections)? Can these sensors become blinded or confused by the emissions and reflections from other emitters?

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GameCoder

"Truly autonomous vehicles are much further in the future than people think."

This. We seem to have leapt into self driving vehicles without me ever noticing that bit where software became provably reliable, developers think like safety engineers, and humanity developed something akin to 'AI'.

Do you trust industrial software development? The Toyota unintended acceleration case showed the quality of one major vehicle manufacturer: over 2000 global variables, nearly a 1000 buffer overrun vulnerabilities and much more. And that was industrial safety critical vehicle software. The behavior of Volkswagen and its emission results faking software also makes me question the VW development processes.

As well as being able to drive as safe as a human, car driving software needs to also be bug free. Given that the software being shipped by some car manufacturers has been able to be pwned by playing MP3s, I think we have some way to go before their software can be relied on enough that we can start thinking about how well we trust the AI.

I will trust self driving AI when it and the vehicle's software is open sourced and the AI can autonomously pass a human driving test ;)

"OK KITT, I want to you to drive until you find a safe spot and perform a turn-in-the road."

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

GameCoder
Thumb Up

Don't forget comic books (1954 onwards).

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Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted

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Thumb Up

Hey that was my idea! :)

I hope I am credited somewhere in the book: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2015/05/30/feature_crossness_pumping_station/ :)

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Google slaps Siri with Assistant and Amazon with Home device

GameCoder
Megaphone

Re: 20% of mobile searches are voice?

Maybe its 20% measured by bandwidth? :) e.g. Text search 'nearest garage' =~ upload 14+ bytes. "OK Google where is nearest garage" voice recording =~ christ knows but probably KB or more.

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Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

GameCoder

Something fishy

If I had developed this I would have a demo somewhere on my site, something longer than the short and unconvincing movie on the landing page.

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First ATM malware is back and badder than ever

GameCoder
Joke

Where do I apply?

Looks like these malware types are doing some interesting, creative and sophisticated work. Are they hiring? Whats the pay and benefits like?

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Iraq shuts down internet to prevent exam cheating. The country's entire internet

GameCoder
Mushroom

I have to admire them though

There is something admirable in their dedication to preventing cheating. They clearly realize how serious and important these exams are to the students lives, and are taking what we consider to be drastic and unusual steps to help make the exam fairer. Desperate times call for desperate measures etc.

Icon because sadly these people regularly deal with explosions and horrors that would bring Europe to a standstill. Sixty people killed by bombs in a single day this week, but I didn't see the Eiffel tower lit up with the colors of the Iraqi flag...

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Sloppy security in IoT putting 'life and limb' at risk, guru warns

GameCoder
Unhappy

VISA and your car

Its going to get really bad before it gets better. If it gets better at all. Here we are, 2016 and Windows still has vulnerabilities. So we cant just sit back and presume these are teething troubles that will go away. Don't get me started on Flash. How can there still be exploitable bugs in software that's basically doing the same damn thing for 15+ years?

I read with horror that VISA is teaming up with car manufacturers to automate payment via your cars computer system. I guess the idea is that you drive into a petrol station, fill up and drive away, and the car automatically pays? I really hope that up until the day I die I will still have the option of buying the 'old fashioned' items that didn't have all this integrated nonsense.

Fundamentally I think the problem is software engineering, and the perception of it. People seem to think that "coding" is a simple skill even kids can be taught. In fact, given the reliance of the modern world on software, it should be something more like surgery, with strict license and qualifications for those (of us) who work on software that really does shit.

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Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war

GameCoder
Flame

Exactly. You can inspect the contents, but you are not free to easily change them or opt out, because you lose your membership privileges. Look at the open source "Android" OS. Android and Google Play Service is basically a Google reporting tool, and vendors are required to have Google deeply integrated in their devices. I suspect something similar will happen with IoT. Google will provide "free" standards etc, and cute apps and devices, but only on the basis that they rape your home for data. Hardware manufactures will be happy to manufacture and sell the items, and the regulating bodies will hear one squeak from the geeks, happy grunts from the masses (initially) and the government will appoint Google bods to sit on the standardization and regulatory boards.

Coming soon: some shitty buzz named website / service from Google which allows you to "monitor" and "talk to" your home devices. Expect to see toasters and fridges badged with "works with Google" at your local white goods store.

The only loser is the customer. And this shit may set in stone standards we may never be able to shift later (VHS etc).

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Australia should be the 'Switzerland of data', Cisco head hacker says

GameCoder
Black Helicopters

Five Eyes and No Canaries

Clueless. Australia is a dangerous place to store any data. They have even made warrant canaries illegal.

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Turkish hacker pleads guilty to $55m maniac global ATM heist

GameCoder

pledded?

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Khronos releases Vulkan 1.0 open graphics specification

GameCoder
Boffin

Microsoft is a contributing member of Khronos

To those saying Apple and Microsoft etc will never use this:

https://www.khronos.org/members/contributors/

https://www.khronos.org/members/promoters/

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

GameCoder
FAIL

Enum Fun

I've seen this one in some amateur C:

enum Bool { True, False };

You may need to think about it for a few seconds to see whats wrong here.

I've also seem at least one place which should have known better rely on undefined behaviour in their safety critical medical application...

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

GameCoder
Facepalm

FFS Microsoft

No release of Windows has pushed me so hard into the arms of Linux as this one. Its quite amazing how wrong Microsoft always gets things. Just release a decent version of Windows, people will come. But this one seems to be an annoying intrusive privacy invading nightmare.

The basic OS has improved so much the last 20 years, and Microsoft's software is maturing nicely. Visual Studio is amazing to work with, and I reluctantly have had to use recent versions of Office and been quite impressed by how easy it is to use, even by a hater like me. But Microsoft always seems to be always managed by dullards dragging the core tech down with dumb ideas. Stop trying to copy Google and Apple, find your niche and perfect it.

Sadly so many of the best PC games are still only on Windows. I am probably going to have a Windows games-only box and use Linux for everything else.

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

GameCoder

Texans

Well Texans might think they know about guns, but its clear they know fuck all about bombs.

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Is this the most puzzling DEF CON attendee badge yet on record?

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Thumb Up

Re: Of course there is the obvious answer:

I down-voted you at 4 upvotes to help you towards the mystical 4 up and 2 down :)

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Hawking, Musk, Woz (and Riley): ROBOTS will KILL US ALL

GameCoder

Re: It's already too late...

To me mounting a gun on a drone sounds like a challenge, but is in no way impossible. Some drones available in toy shops are very large now, and then there is the serious amateur drones, and the homebrew scene. Whether the drone survives after firing is a moot point if its job is done.

I certainly would not use the phrase "no way in hell" for this.

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GameCoder

Re: Spot on..

Yeah. Aren't most bullets also "fire and forget"? :)

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Websites that ID you by how you type: Great when someone's swiped your password, but...

GameCoder
Big Brother

Re: Providing they have JavaScript enabled...

Sad I know, but I have actually become accustomed to reading THE SOURCE HTML of some pages now. Some add-ons also let you edit the underlying code and run your own client side version of the page, which can bypass some of this bullshit.

But its not the internet I wanted...

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

GameCoder
WTF?

$5k per car, or...?

Because any fine I can consider easily paying as individual is a joke to a large corporation.

I can believe this level of incompetence though. I am leaving my job working with 'med-tech' because the software standards I experienced made the rushed code for a mediocre game look like NASA code. The software profession tolerates a lot of idiots.

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World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'

GameCoder

Only 200?

Clearly some of you out there are not pulling your weight...

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UH OH: Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi key with your friends' friends

GameCoder
Black Helicopters

RIPA and passwords

So, if I am friends with you via Outlook, and visit you in the UK, my computer automaticaly begins to use a password I have never seen? :) How do I explain that to the Orwellian authorities?

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Taming the Thames – The place that plugged London's Great Stink

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Make these travel guides a series

Fantastic, keep it up. Give it a couple of years and you can collect these articles into a nice quirky book and profit.

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

GameCoder
Black Helicopters

"The primary purpose of the software is to pick out keywords in recorded conversations"

But don't real people use code words instead of 'bomb', 'president', 'roadside', 'cell', 'payment' etc?

The USA and its friends repeatedly tortured Mohamedou Ould Slahi (still in Gitmo) and they tried to get him to explain what he meant by 'tea' in a recorded phonecall. That he may really just have been talking about tea never seems to have occurred to them.

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C++ Daddy Bjarne Stroustrup outlines directions for v17

GameCoder
Joke

Re: Whatever.

Perhaps he meant resource leaks and bugs?

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Daniel Radcliffe to feature in GTA biopic flick. Well, it's work at least

GameCoder

Correct: it required you to change a bit flag to gain access to the previously inaccessible content. This allowed you to be invited indoors by your dates and play a mini sex game to make her orgasm if I recall. It was all good fun, and the art assets and execution were very rough and ready: it had clearly been canned and just left in there, probably because the task to "Remove Sex Game" was very low priority in a tight game dev schedule.

When you do apply the Hot Coffee mod, at least it made sense of the dating part of the game. I had sensed there was something 'missing' in the game-play when you arrived back at your dates house and nothing followed, just a feeling as I played it, like there was some mission in the chain missing.

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BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

GameCoder

Re: Huh?

I took it to mean that they apply a "filter" at source (maybe it never even emits certain data), and only save what they know they need. As opposed to saving all the data, and filtering it. To go back to the logging analogy, it would be to not log everything (which generates huge amount of noise), but only log changes / new / unusual events (obv depends on your needs here).

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

GameCoder

I am not sure what guarantee he could trust really. Look at Gitmo, poor fuckers in there for 10+ years without a trial, the innocent author of Guantánamo Diary was ordered released in 2010 by a federal judge and he is still in prison 5 years later.

Snowdon would have to be mad to agree to a trial in the US.

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

GameCoder
Black Helicopters

Re: Don't buy US kit

Also we seem to be forgetting the 'spy' angle. Recently we are focusing on electronic intercepts and nobbling, but don't forget there is the time honored way of simply getting your person inside. I would be surprised if TLAs didnt also take this route. And I find it hard to imagine any competitive organisation restructuring itself internally and having the discipline to maintain the internal 'need-to-know' firewalling that would stop useful information just walking out the door.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Goofs

'Germans most important power in Europe'.

"I am just a gladiator these days".

"Ukraine is an important country in a lot of ways".

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Crap mobile coverage costs UK biz £30m a week, reckons survey

GameCoder

<X> costs biz £<Y>m a week

I see a lot of these reports: sickness, paperwork, internet, facebook, obesity etc. My gut feeling is they cant all be right as the sum would be staggering...

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

GameCoder

Re: Geneva Convention

The USoA had this added to the Geneva Convention because lasers are a very effective and cheap counter to air superiority. The wattage and focus required to disable a vehicle is significant, however blinding enemy pilots is much easier and lower powered. And the US wont set foot anywhere where they dont have total air superiority. Concern for the welfare of the comman man or the civility of warfare was not the aim with this cynical addition to the convention.

Technically the Swiss and Swedes added this however I have my tin foil hat on regarding their motivations.

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'How a censorious and moralistic blogger ruined my evening'

GameCoder
Facepalm

Rides of Glory

The page seems to be down now - was there seriously a public URL entitled "Rides of Glory" tracking one night stands? How did they work that out?

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Rosetta probot drilling DENIED: Philae has its 'LEG in the AIR'

GameCoder
Mushroom

Could have been worse, at least it didn't exploded at launch...

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Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

GameCoder
WTF?

500 times the size of the internet I hear

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29950946

"The so-called deep web - the anonymous part of the internet - is estimated to be anything up to 500 times the size of the surface web."

Sounds like we need a new Register Unit, 'estimates of the size of parts the internet', perhaps named 'Bullshits'?

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

GameCoder

Re: Targeted

If the purpose of the attacks was to kill civilians, then one doesn't give warnings, and we see this at present in bombings in Iraq and Nigeria. According to CAIN, the Provisional IRA was responsible for the deaths of 1,823 people between 1968 - 2001, or about 4 per month. The death tolls when civilian casualties are the goal are two to three orders of magnitude higher, peaking at 3,000 PER MONTH to take Iraq as an example.

Stop letting your emotions drive you, try some thinking for a change. None of this is apologist, simply an observation that civilian body count was obviously not the goal of the Provisional IRA.

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GameCoder

Targeted

You are correct, and in fact the IRA rarely targeted civilians. And please people, pay attention to the wording here before downvoting: *Targeted*. Civilians could and did get caught up, but they were not the targets per se. The IRA "spectaculars" series of attacks were in fact intended to be exactly what you suggest: strategic attention seeking bombings demonstrating ability and expensive disruptions, but civilian death was not the strategy (unlike for example, bombings of crowded markets in Iraq, which shows the horrors that might have been in the UK).

Taken to the conclusion: if you intend on waging a campaign of violence from within a country, do it without bloodshed but at high financial cost to your opponent.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

GameCoder
Mushroom

Doesn't ring true indeed

But I suspect that its most likely a story made up by the cops to resolve internal issues. A bit like "the prisoner walked into a door" or "the prisoner cut himself shaving", these are bullshit stories that suit the circumstances whilst minimizing the culpability of those involved. It happens every time officials are caught with their pants down. For example, I would not be shocked to learn that this is a cover story for an actual loss of 230g of high explosive, where they 'find' it by having a friend of a friend 'discover' they have the wrong suitcase.

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Gaming supremo creates maps that turn real world into Sim City

GameCoder
Pint

Gratz to the team

I know how hard the journey has been for some in that studio. Great to see this on The Register. I still have an infamous linked list implementation from my time there as a keepsake :)

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