* Posts by Robin Bradshaw

339 posts • joined 26 Sep 2007

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Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

Robin Bradshaw

A 2m Drone! seems legit.

Whilst not being impossible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIi_vuzmOSY

Its somewhat improbable unless its some ridiculously expensive commercial thing, i just measured my cheerson cx-20 and its about 40cm across.

Given the description of "orb shaped objects" its likely either weather balloons or my childhood favourite of bin bags cut up and taped together to make a balloon envelope and burning hexamine tablets wired into the bottom to make a diy hot air balloon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OjB6ia5v0c , although these days you can just buy environmentally unfriendly sky lanterns off ebay but not that big i think.

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Freak 'em out !

By be my friend did you mean harrass them into joining your professional network on LinkedIn? :P

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Robin Bradshaw

Re: What

Should FANUC still be supplying replacement bubble memory and paper tape readers? :P

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Robin Bradshaw

You could supply support and updates for 200 years after end of life and it wont make a jot of difference if the end users wont apply those updates.

If legislation is needed i'd suggest its more of the kind that makes not applying security updates in a timely fashion criminal negligence.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

Robin Bradshaw

And yet microsoft provide monthly updates that protect you against the newest threats for free! and people wont apply them.

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Common profile...

How long do you think it would take for them to notice that everyone entering the US was known online as Trumpy McTrumpface? :P

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MPs worried Brexit vote website wobble caused by foreign hackers

Robin Bradshaw

A committee of MPs has expressed concerns that schoolchild's homework might have been eaten by a dog.

I can only assume these same MP's think the entirety of google is running on a single PC like ones on their desks.

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Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

Robin Bradshaw

I think the real news here is US plugs are horrible flimsy badly designed shit.

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

Robin Bradshaw
Coat

In the style of the Daily Fail

Just now it took me two minutes on google to find a visual terror guide on how one unthinking muppet and a bus can inflict injury upon millions.

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/05/11/12/3409387C00000578-0-image-a-1_1462964426095.jpg

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

Robin Bradshaw

Re: The commenter needs to do some thinking

Looking at the view count and using the earning figure* of $1.68 per 1000 views the video you screen captured has earned the Axis of Evil™ about $6.87 and with a massive 1641 subscribers they are quite lucky to even get that, perhaps they have a patreon because they really arent going to be funding anything more than the occasional Sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of pop for lunch with that level of income.

Perhaps a better angle would be how mind numbingly stupid it would be to attempt to fund your terror operation using youtube revenue given how hard it is to get eyeballs on your content and how little you get per 1000 views.

*given by Dave Jones of eevblog here https://youtu.be/R8qdOAEQnps?t=5m9s

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Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

Robin Bradshaw

Im not sure why the downvotes, that screenshot with the guardian advert (from the times story) is perhaps one of the most disingenuous I have ever seen, framing the story as ohhh evil terrirists making money on adverts while accompanying it with a screenshot of a Britain First video.

Dont get me wrong I totally consider Britain First to be vile racist knuckle dragging idiots, but if your going to frame a story as oh no funding terror, then utterly fail to find a screen grab and have to resort to being selective about when you screen shot a home grown uk racists video to make it look like that, then i have to question how big of a problem is this, surely with youtube being awash with this shit and the end of days being upon us it wouldnt have been hard to find an actual example.

Of course there is also the attribution issue, is it actually terrorists uploading stuff or enterprising Macedonian teenagers making money by uploading any old shit people will click on :P

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-38168281

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Volkswagen pleads guilty to three Dieselgate criminal charges

Robin Bradshaw

Re: That was never the test

"But nobody else actually changed how their engines ran based on whether they were actively being tested."

You didnt watch that video did you?

The bit where the Zafira reduces adblue injection when its going faster than the max test speed, or outside the testing temperature window, or as you mentioned altitude if its being driven at a higher altitude than the highest European testing station or reducing the amount of EGR if accelerated harder that than required for the test (which is fine as EGR works best at low powers) but keeping it reduced even after returning to normal lower power use.

This isnt changing how the engines run if they are being tested?

The rest of your reply suggests that the only data that counts is the test data and "It is meaningless to compare the emissions in unknown conditions to the emissions in specified conditions." that's exactly how the manufacturers view it too, which is why they are all on the fiddle with the engines behaving nicely under the test conditions and turning off or reducing emissions features when they aren't operating under conditions that correspond to testing.

There is a very nice slide at 50m45s showing the results of testing the Zafira with a portable testing system in real world use with both the old cheating software, and their revised not cheating software after Germany had some stern words with them , its almost miraculous.

(it will use more adblue though)

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Robin Bradshaw

Re: Natural Law v Governmental Law

"The emissions laws are met by everyone else."

Richard 12, I have some bad news for you, all the manufacturers are bullshitting the tests.

Felix Domke gave an excellent talk on how Vauxhall/Opel are doing it in the Zafira at last years Chaos Communications Congress (the Opel analysis starts appx 20min)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t4paclIwuU

And you can find the report referenced in that talk here:

https://www.bundestag.de/blob/461984/f23e5f41d8668625ec3fa74d74cf50bc/stellungnahme_mock-data.pdf

On page 2 is the graph showing a variety of cars tested, the bottom of the bar is how that car did in the Euro emissions test regime, the top of the bar is how it measured in real world useage, so the size of the bar is the amount of bullshitting, a bit like Pinocchio's nose :)

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

Robin Bradshaw

As an example of availability problems

So the solution put forward to the "availability problem" (of the 2015 top five movies) is if a film isnt available on you netflix or Amazon Instant Video you should also subscribe to NowTV which will get me 4 of them, so who carries the fifth and how much do they want, so far thats £5.99 for basic netflix, £5.99 for prime video, £9.99 for NowTV and i still might not be able to find the film I want, and I have to pay that every month just incase i decide i want to watch a film.

How much would it cost per month in subscriptions to ensure that for an arbitrary choice of film one of my subscriptions would have it? Or is there a services that individually or combined has this amazing coverage but you buy/rent per film? that would work too.

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Weeping ANgel

There is also a "sontaran" project which looks like a work in progress to create an implant for a siemens VOIP phone, so Dr Who does appear to be quite an influence.

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Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Really smart meter?

Im fairly sure the economy 7 time switches were radios tuned to Radio 4 LW, they dont contain a clock but switch on and of according to a signal embedded in the Radio 4 transmission, its quite oddly interesting really. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_teleswitch

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I carry a whole bag in winter

After watching that video id suggest taking the handbrake off and not gunning it would be more effective

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We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

Robin Bradshaw

Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it's someone else's witch being hunted.

<rant>

Perhaps the USTR could show the Chinese how its done by cleaning up Ebay, which is every bit as bad as Taobao, or does ebay get a free pass because its American and can therefore do no wrong.

They are impossible to contact, ignore all efforts to report unsafe electrical items, to the point you cant even give them a reference to the relevant RAPEX alert to demonstrate they are unsafe and banned in the EU.

As an example: the Extra dangerous electrocute-o-daptor with lamp test feature., there are several RAPEX entry's for this one, this is one of them 1144/09: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/main/index.cfm?event=main.notification&search_term=1144/09&exclude_search_term=0&search_year=2009 (its a pdf)

Here it is on ebay the first one i found: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-International-World-Wide-Multi-Travel-Plug-Charger-Adapter-UK-3-Pin-EU-/262524545975

And here is a wonderful video from bigclivedotcom demonstrating its exciting lamp test feature :) https://youtu.be/hvOTiQKkQMo

So if the USTR would be so kind as to also add ebay to that shit list id be eternally grateful.

</rant>

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Robin Bradshaw

Re: In other news...

Why would you use a UK VPN provider? the whole point of them is to make it look like you're in the US so you get the good Netflix :P

Im curious though, where is the going to leave use after we get kicked out of the EU, what with all that hooha a while back with the US government having to cook up safe harbour and pinkie swear they werent going do bad things with EU citizens data.

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

Robin Bradshaw

$300 for a book full of product shots‽

Imagine how much the Argos catalogue must be worth!

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

Robin Bradshaw

Try superdrug, Boots are rubbish

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What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

Robin Bradshaw

To do a really good job of faking a recording it would also have to fake the 50Hz mains hum fluctuations so it appears to have been recorded at the appropriate time and date:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20629671

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I was assuming this would be a look at the mini...

My memory of the Maxi is of horrible vinyl seats that if left parked in the summer sun would heat up to the point that a small child wearing shorts jumping in the back would find the sudden scorching plastic on flesh quite painful.

Better than the Austin Princess though, that just made you seasick.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

Robin Bradshaw

Re: "... idiots in Range Rovers who think they're indestructible."

Your video doesnt show a landrover either, more a landrover shaped dune buggy, without all the extra rollcage in that the roof would have been level with the bottom of the windows, landrovers are useless if you roll them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rizV-F57deM

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French programmers haul Apple into court over developer rules

Robin Bradshaw

I cant wait for the follow on lawsuit where Adobe sue apple for not having support for flash

Be careful what you wish for :P

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

Robin Bradshaw

Prst. V.Jeltz You can have a trawl through UK import tarriffs and codes and red tape here:

https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/a-z-index/a

The WTO has something to do with it too, quite frankly it all seems a bit of a nightmare, those are the rates we charge for imports, no country on earth will let us charge for imports and not return the favour for our exports, so the governments of country X and Y will more or less both get their cut, it just means it will cost you more when you buy stuff.

Also if Europe were to decide British holiday makers needed a visa to enter Europe on holiday you'd have to pay for that too, but those nice Europeans would never do something like that to us just to be arsey.

I imagine somewhere in the bowels of the Spanish government someone is planning how to leverage this to get Gibraltar back.

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Smelly toilets, smokers and the Kardashians. Virgin Media staff grill top brass

Robin Bradshaw

Why Britain Uses Separate Hot and Cold Taps

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HfHgUu_8KgA

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

Robin Bradshaw

Where in London can you have a high speed car chase?

Apparently the average traffic speed in London is about that of a running chicken:

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/804876.london_cars_move_no_faster_than_chickens/

Perhaps they could attach cameras to chickens and train them to run after cars, cheaper than a drone and you can eat them at the end of their service life.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

Robin Bradshaw

Re: "a long-term plan to mark all HTTP sites as non-secure"

"HTTPS is really, really slow"

Your doing it wrong

https://www.troyhunt.com/i-wanna-go-fast-https-massive-speed-advantage/

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Robin Bradshaw

Re: It's pretty minimal cost

It will have a tiny positive SEO impact, if your clients care about such things you should perhaps have been looking at this already :)

https://webmasters.googleblog.com/2014/08/https-as-ranking-signal.html

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Haters gonna hate...

Killing Time here is the SMETS2 smart meter technical specs draft:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/381535/SMIP_E2E_SMETS2.pdf

I would draw your attention to section 5.5.7:

"ESME shall be capable of operating in Credit Mode and Prepayment Mode and of being remotely switched from one mode to the other."

And just above it section 5.5.6 Load Limiting, which to my eye seems a particularly weasel worded section, that I take to mean they can set a power usage threshold that if you exceed it they switch you off for a bit, now I know traditional meters have this feature too but that is at about 60 or 80 Amps when your main fuse blows, I doubt they will be so generous with this load limiting feature.

Something along the lines of "of course if you want to draw more than 3KW you'll have to pay for our premium electricity service"

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

Robin Bradshaw

Richard 12 atomic clocks were big once

http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2011/may/11/atomic-clock-is-smallest-on-the-market

Obviously this atomic gyroscope will be made like an hour glass so you just have to turn it over to make a new reading :)

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IT snafu takes down Action Fraud's web crime reporting form

Robin Bradshaw

Hmmmmmm

I particularly like the way they are collecting information from the public about fraud, possibly including their name and address (i didnt progress through all the questions) and sending it back over http, if you try to use https you get an invalid certificate as the cert that is served is valid for about 90 other domains but not actionfrauds.

What a shower of shit.

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Violence, vandals and vomit: London's naughtiest tech Tube stations revealed

Robin Bradshaw
Facepalm

Re: Blown bulbs?

TRT Its all well and good counting axles just dont do what the swiss did and hold the count in a single byte :P

https://www.reddit.com/r/softwaregore/comments/4s755a/trains_in_switzerland_must_not_have_exactly_256/

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Help me...

Its like Top Trumps but you have to go to various physical locations to get the cards and other locations to play your cards against other players, sort of, to make a bad analogy to a vintage card game.

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Microsoft silently kills dev backdoor that boots Linux on locked-down Windows RT slabs

Robin Bradshaw

Im sure both windows RT tablet owners will be very upset by this.

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Celebrated eye hospital Moorfields lets Google eyeball 1 million scans

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

Re: Retinal identification as a consequence?

Im not sure why your quoting revelations for google scanning images for early signs of sight loss, that quote is quite obviously a prescient description of the windows 10 upgrade and windows store.

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MongoDB launches Atlas to manage deployments: Taking the Ops out of DevOps

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

But will it deploy with some sane defaults, or no password and world accessible?

https://www.shodan.io/search?query=mongodb

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

Robin Bradshaw

Re: where does it end?

Big John the unicode consortium were way ahead of you and you can sponsor a character:

https://twitter.com/unicode/status/725729260137119744

I have no idea who Seth Madlon-Kay is but applaud his willingness to waste $100 for comedy

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

Its android so you might be able to upgrade the hardware but you wont be able to update the OS

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Apple bans benign iOS spyware detection, security info app

Robin Bradshaw

So they dropped the ban hammer on this app because

"your app may report inaccurate information which could mislead or confuse your users."

Yet a quick look at the app store finds horoscope apps

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/full-horoscope-daily-prediction/id407729716?mt=8

or the modern equivalent of x-ray spectacles ordered from the back page of comics

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/x-ray-cam/id434831157?mt=8

Apple are dicks

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Are state-sponsored attackers poisoning the statistical well?

Robin Bradshaw

This somewhat presupposes Governments make decisions based on scientific data.

I haven't seen any evidence this is the case in the UK.

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Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

Robin Bradshaw
FAIL

Never trust user input!

xss in the search box https://www.openbugbounty.org/incidents/138592/

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Watch: SpaceX finally lands Falcon rocket on robo-barge in one piece

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Mice

Cats in zero-G on a military parabolic flight:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9XtK6R1QAk

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Space Archeology ?

Its not quite "space" archeology, but the UK airborne LIDAR dataset is close.

Here is stonehenge:

https://houseprices.io/lab/lidar/map?ref=SU122422

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FAA's 'drone smash risk to aircraft' is plane crazy

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Drones are far more dangerous than birds, here's why...

5. Though experiment: If we can have drones in the air why can't we have drone cars that get given to kids as xmas presents and share the roads with us? Oh wait, that'd be a terrible idea..

Theres this new project google is working on that nobody has heard about yet, Self driving cars!!! yeah i know crazy right, i heard they might even have some demo hardware in a few years time.

So not so much as a thought experiment, more they just aren't on sale yet, give it time and they will be.

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London cops hunt chimpanzee in top hat

Robin Bradshaw

If someone offered me that monstrosity of a stuffed chimp http://crappytaxidermy.com/ is the first place i would be contacting not the police.

Who the hell would pay money that? Id pay to have it taken away.

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Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon

Robin Bradshaw

Range of 100m

Lucky for them drones cant fly higher than 100m above the ground.

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Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix

Robin Bradshaw

Wait What??

So does this mean Virgin media saw all those fake Microsoft Support phone calls, decided that was a good business model and started doing their own version?

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Hack the planet, er, Pentagon: US Dept of Defense puts bounties on bugs

Robin Bradshaw
Trollface

PLA Unit 61398 are going to make a mint in bountys.

Clearance shouldn't be too hard for them as they already have the OPM database. :)

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