* Posts by Remy Redert

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UK Court of Appeal settles reseller's question: Is software a good?

Remy Redert

No, HMG. The distinction that's making the judge rule that software is not goods is one issued by the UK government, not from the EU. The law that is being sued over is EU-wide and specific to goods.

Either the UK can amend their local version of it to fit their local issue of Software being defined as not goods because they've got a separate definition of it. Or the EU can pre-empt them and rewrite the original law to include Software specifically. The question is, is this an issue in any other EU countries?

We've already got rulings here in the Netherlands holding that a perpetual software license is treated as a good in all ways applicable to it, including right of sale and transference. AFAIK Germany and France have similar rulings.

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Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser

Remy Redert

Re: Fucking idiots

The EU did investigate both of them some time ago. That's where the mandatory browser selection screen came from. And a few years back when they investigated Apple, they decided that Apple didn't have a big enough market share to worry about possible monopoly abuse. If you don't like iOs forcing you to use inferior apps, don't get an iOs based device.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

Remy Redert

When I set up a computer for my little brother, who is mentally handicapped and has a long history of bricking Windows installs, I installed Debian linux on it and set him up with a user account with minimal rights.

4 years later, it's still running. It needs my attention for a few minutes every few weeks to authorize updates. My brother cannot install, download or otherwise mess with anything important. He can't even change the settings for the wireless network, only turn it off and on.

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Re: Games, anyone?

Valve's not going to charge Windows 10 S users anything, because Steam's not on the Windows app store and probably will never be, since it's a direct competitor to Microsoft's store. Instead, Windows users will switch out of S mode. And if S mode becomes the default on new installs or even better, if Microsoft wants to charge money to switch people out of it, EU anti-trust is going to come down like several tons of bricks.

Building Steam for ARM's probably not too difficult, but how much work is it going to be to convert games to ARM? Win32/64 to Linux isn't generally too hard, especially if it's something you've considered from the start, but from there to ARM is quite a leap.

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123 Reg suffers deja vu: Websites restored from August 2017 backups amid storage meltdown

Remy Redert

Re: It is safer to presume

Both of your examples, the accountant and the solicitor are legally responsible for any repercussions should they make a (terribly negligent) mistake and should be insured against the costs of any such repercussions.

When I trust an accountant to do my accounting and he loses the last 6 months of accounts, he has a problem with the tax man, not me. When I trust a solicitor to check a contract for me and it later comes out it has a clause that is severely to my detriment, I can sue the solicitor for the resulting costs and thus be made whole.

When I trust a hosting provider to host my website and manage back-ups, I have no legal recourse when they fuck up. Since there are no repercussions for failure on their side, I shouldn't trust them unless they've earned that trust in other ways and should assume that they will fail.

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Remy Redert

What if you make a back up on 31-12-2017 and your machine drops dead on 01-01-2018? We can make an exception for that one right?

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UK peers: Is this what you call governance of facial recog tech? A 'few scattered papers'!

Remy Redert

It's a little less overly broad than that. But face coverings in public without a good reason absolutely will attract police attention. Generally I expect they'll ask you kindly to remove the offending article, as this is the modern German police, not the US.

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Remy Redert

That would be after the prosecutor gets to see the images over which you were arrested, 3 months into the trial after a year+ of detention?

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

Remy Redert

Ever since I had a cat induced computer outage when one jumped onto the case and sat on the power button, I've taken to the simple expedient of not connecting any of the buttons on the case, setting the machine to start when the power comes on. The big switch for the power bar is much less sensitive to cat induced failures.

On a related note, which idiot of a designer decided that buttons should be put on the top of the case, where they're hard to reach if the case is in any kind of enclosure and easy to set off accidentally if they're not?

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

Remy Redert

Re: but can it drop the ..

Neither. They speak English so they can communicate with other NATO aircraft as well.

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Getty load of this: Google to kill off 'View image' button in search

Remy Redert

Re: Am I missing something?

But if they put up the low resolution file, they'll end up low on the search ranking and may be excluded based on size, because there's no way for a website to give the bot a low res file to link and say "I have these other resolutions as well".

Additionally, any significant watermark is going to screw up reverse image search, so you can't show those to the bot either.

Worst part is all the cases where a website purports to have a picture, the view image link sends you right to it but the link to the page it should be on doesn't have it, where it will now be impossible to find the picture you're looking for.

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Aut-doh!-pilot: Driver jams 65mph Tesla Model S under fire truck, walks away from crash

Remy Redert

Re: The Nasty Little Truth About Deep Learning

In the vast majority of cases, you should expect the AI to do better because it has a much faster response time than the human driver, which means even if an accident is unavoidable, the AI will be go slower than the human.

The problem is that the Tesla's autopilot is not at the point where it can do this reliably. Funnily enough, the emergency braking systems in more and trucks and some of the higher end cars are getting to the point where they can reliably perform an emergency stop.

Either the Tesla's sensors failed horribly, the autopilot failed horribly or the autopilot wasn't turned on and for some reason, emergency braking is linked to it rather than being a separate system.

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There are other, legal ways to nab Microsoft emails, privacy groups remind Supremes

Remy Redert

Re: Sue the judge, maybe?

Can't sue a US judge on US soil for actions taken in the US. They can fine Microsoft for illegally releasing information if any of the information is considered private under Irish law.

If the Supreme Court sides with the FBI, this should also scupper the privacy figleaf and possibly cause a mass exodus of tech companies from the US.

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

Remy Redert

Re: Whose law enforcement?

There's also the possibility that other countries will mandate phones sold in their territories not include backdoors because of security concerns, which would create the opposite of the old problem where high grade crypto was considered munitions grade and export of it was tightly restricted.

Instead, high grade crypto will remain the norm in the rest of the world while US crypto is crippled.

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Remy Redert

Locks on your luggage do not need to be TSA approved. If the TSA decides to open your bag and it doesn't have a TSA lock on it, they will cut the lock open.

Meanwhile in Europe, there is no equivalent because opening someone's luggage without them present is illegal in almost all cases. So you get the passenger connected to the bag, inform them that their bag is being inspected and would you open it please so we don't have to destroy the lock?

Make sure your travel gear is at the very least tamper evident. Good locks, no zippers so that any attempt to open the bag and put something in it will leave clear evidence for you to point to, should customs intercept your bag before you get it and take it to customs yourself because it's been tampered with.

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

Remy Redert

Re: Redmond office hours only

All machines under my care are set to avoid Microsoft's espionage as much as possible. The machine that received the patch early even runs in a VM with a Linux host blocking pretty much all communication with the mothership because it's the machine I use.

I've now stepped that up to blocking all communication with Microsoft IPs. I'll have to rely on script blockers, anti-virus and an extremely restrictive firewall to protect my machine, as I can no longer trust their patches.

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Remy Redert

Re: Redmond office hours only

I received this patch on Friday evening, without any action on my part, on one of the PCs in my house.

I regularly see one or more of the Win10 machines in the household receive patches days before the rest.

That never happens to the win7 and Linux boxes though.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

Remy Redert

Re: Goosey, gossey gander....

There was a supreme court case on that. US constitutional rights apply to everyone in the US according to the supreme court. Of course the CBP argues that it doesn't apply to non-citizens at airports because they haven't actually been allowed into the US yet and nobody's challenged that in court yet.

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Security hole in AMD CPUs' hidden secure processor code revealed ahead of patches

Remy Redert

They could take your encrypted hard drives, but without compromising the TPM, they'll never be able to recover the encryption key and thus the data is useless.

Your hard drive is encrypted right? If it's not encrypted, then there's nothing stopping someone from taking the drive and stealing your data off it that way.

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Crewless dinghy signs to UK Ship Register for Middle East mission

Remy Redert

It's small enough that the pipe laying ship can just tow it or even hoist it on deck for passage through the Canal, if the authorities cause any kind of trouble.

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

Remy Redert

Re: Wow

AFAIK all Apple machines run on Intel hardware, so if the malware writers really wanted to there's a few gaping holes in the management engine to exploit. I'd bet that even if a patch is available, the vast majority of machines will not have installed it.

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Re: A complete wipe?

I agree that you can't trust the OS itself afterwards, but with Linux at least it would be possible to boot off a live DVD/USB and run a scan from a known good OS to clean out any infection of the system.

The only way to get around that would be to have a firmware persistent malware at which point you'd have to wipe and reinstall the firmware for everything as well, probably over USB.

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FCC gives Google's broadband balloons 'experimental license' in Puerto Rico

Remy Redert

Absolutely. But without effective communication, how do you determine where those are needed? And without communication, those in Puerto Rico have a hard time reaching friends and family outside of their immediate area, leading to a lot of uncertainty and stress. This seems like an excellent emergency measure for reestablishing a communications infrastructure after a disaster, prior to a permanent infrastructure being rebuilt.

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Schrems busts Privacy Shield wide open

Remy Redert

The judge agreed with the data protection commish (Irish I assume?) that there are legitimate concerns regarding there being an effective remedy (to private data being abused) under US law.

And then the judge sent the whole thing on to the EU court for them to decide whether or not the Privacy Shield Ombudsperson is enough of a remedy. When the EU court decides it's not, Privacy shield is scuppered.

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Don’t fear the software shopkeeper: T&Cs banning bad reviews aren’t legal in America

Remy Redert

There is, it's called extortion and it's illegal for a good reason.

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Sorry, but those huge walls of terms and conditions you never read are legally binding

Remy Redert

Don't know the rules in the UK, but here EULAs more or less go into the bin entirely if they are presented 'as is' or after payment, because the courts consider a EULA a contract and both negotiation and having the terms and conditions prior to purchase are required for a contract to be enforceable.

The former is a smaller issue than the latter, but can still easily result in a court throwing unreasonable parts of a EULA right out the window. And then there's the issue of not being to sign away rights so while the contract may call for arbitration, they can't prevent you from going to court anyways if you don't agree with the results thereof or if the process takes an unreasonable amount of time.

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

Remy Redert

Re: Backups?

You could probably get away with IF you use incremental back ups and store the deletion, so that any restored database would not have the data you were ordered to delete, even if it might conceivably be recovered from the back ups directly.

If you're planning to just go "Oh if we restore the back up you'll have to ask for your data to be deleted again", expect to be fined.

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Remy Redert

Re: It is just not going to happen

How does 4% of global annual turn over sound? Because that's the kind of money we're talking about for serious infractions.

Companies will comply with the GDPR or they will go out of business.

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Remy Redert

Re: "Making the pirate experience less fun is part of the strategy."

How about making the legal alternative available? Where I live, I can only get HBO (well, not HBO, because they're not allowed to use the HBO name even if it is mostly HBO content) through 1 cable provider. Which doesn't provide cable in my area.

I can't get HBO from HBO directly, I can't buy GoT anywhere else until months after release. So my choices are 'wait months/years until a DVD/Blu-Ray release happens' or 'Pirate now'

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

Remy Redert

Re: Florida Man

Hmm... This change from rise to drop wouldn't happen to roughly coincide with a world war and mass use of leaded fuels would it? Some might consider that given the documented effects of lead on the development of the brain, that these two events might be somehow linked and that with the more recent ban on most such sources of airborne lead in the western world, we might see the trend eventually reverse itself?

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

Remy Redert

Re: Remote pilots?

Who would you trust to implement remote piloting in a way that is safe and yet can still be accessed in an emergency? Remember, lots of people will need the key because the remote pilot will have to be relatively close to the airplane in distress, otherwise latency means it's only giving instructions to the auto pilot instead of actually flying.

Any remote control facility is open to abuse. The risk is higher the greater the impact of abuse, the lower the quality of code and the more people need access to the remote control option.

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Remy Redert

Re: Remote pilots?

Part of the diminishing returns wrt drives is that every time a drive fails, you have to stop running or run at a significantly reduced capacity while you replace the damaged drive and rebuild the array.

In airplanes, a high MTBF is a great advantage, but safety forces you to land in most cases if you lose a single engine, even if you had 8 or 10 to start with. The Falcon 9 on the other hand doesn't have any such option. It either completes the mission or it fails. Adding more engines increases the risk of an engine failing, but significantly reduces the risk of the mission failing

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German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request

Remy Redert

Re: Contract?

You must be an adult to form a legally binding contract. Contracts with minors are far more susceptible to a judge overturning them if they run against the minor's interest or otherwise cause issues where for an adult, that will pretty much only happen if the contract is outright illegal or abusive or was signed under pressure or false pretenses.

So a minor can enter in a legal contract, but due to the difficulties of enforcing a contract on a minor, a lot of companies won't enter into most kinds of contracts with minors. For example, try getting into a closed beta that requires an NDA as a minor. An adult who breaks that contract can potentially be sued (even if it's rare for that to happen), but a breach of contract suit against a minor is going to be a lot harder, since you will likely have to demonstrate that the minor fully understood the consequences of breaking the contract, as well the terms of the contract itself.

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

Remy Redert

Re: Axed Geoblocking

Just 4 months late? When is this going to happen?

Entirely too many movies and series release more than half a year later than in the US, if at all, in some parts of Europe. And people wonder why movie piracy and the like remains such a big issue.

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French fling fun-sized fine at Facebook for freakin' following folk

Remy Redert

Re: Does not compute, Captain

Our respective representatives wondered that as well. Which is why the new regs due next year increase the maximum possible fine to 4% of global turnover. Because companies have repeatedly shown that fines which do not threaten to bankrupt them are not sufficient to make them pay attention.

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'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back

Remy Redert

It does. Instead, you can go with "You can't sue us in Australia because we are an exclusively American outfit operating exclusively under US law and publishing our articles for consumption by US citizens."

The alleged crime happened in the US, by a US organisation and no doubt US citizens. The Australian court has no jurisdiction in the US and no way to enforce its ruling except by blocking all EFF IPs and disappearing the EFF from Australia's version of the internet.

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Trump sets sights on net neutrality

Remy Redert

Re: I'd equate Trump to Hitler but...

Unfortunately, you are missing a vital step towards ensuring a new US government remains sane. The US needs to step out of the 2 party state system and First Past The Post voting and switch to a better democracy by using proportional representation. As a bonus, this also makes gerrymandering a moot point as votes will be totalled on the national level.

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Microsoft delivers secure China-only cut of Windows 10

Remy Redert

Except as already established previously, the telemetry ignores the host file. You need a separate firewall to deal with it. And I'm not sure if a firewall on the same PC will work.

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RAF pilot sacked for sending Airbus Voyager into sudden dive

Remy Redert

Re: Interesting

Looks like the pilot screwed up, co-pilot returned to the cockpit and applied pitch up. The fly by wire system noted the speed was getting dangerously high and idled the engines to prevent the aircraft exceeding the do not exceed speed.

So the pilot failed thoroughly, but the co-pilot acted quickly and correctly once he returned to the flight deck while the fly by wire helped.

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

Remy Redert

He could say he opposes serial killers working in child care and the left would protest and big tech would file lawsuits.

And he would try to stop this by banning a group of people that had no serial killers in recent history, in a way that violates anti-discrimination laws. He would then defend the ban by claiming that there's lots of serial killers in that group.

And then he'd be surprised when people go to the streets in protest and file lawsuits against him and his order, just like you apparently are.

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US govt can't stop Microsoft taking its Irish email seizure fight to the Supreme Court

Remy Redert

Re: Get them from the account holder

Well, there's this funny thing in the US called the constitution and one of the things it specifies is that people cannot be forced to incriminate themselves. This has already been tested and found to apply to passwords and PIN codes.

I don't know if it's also been tested wrt usernames, but it seems likely that those would fall under the fifth amendment as well. So the US government cannot force a suspect to give up login details in order to retrieve e-mails.

Now, IANAL, but obvious law is obvious. If the user and company both reside in the same jurisdiction, then that jurisdiction's laws (and thus court orders) should apply, regardless of where the data is stored. If the user and company reside in different companies, the laws in the user's jurisdiction apply to him, but court orders will need to be obtained in the country the company operates in.

Physical location of the data is as stated irrelevant in this manner, provided that this is internationally agreed and enforced. Of course it'll never happen because it means the US won't be allowed to spy on everybody any more.

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Canada fines Amazon seven hours of profit for false advertising

Remy Redert

Re: List Price

Well, you could compare to the prices of your competitors or to the pre-sale price of the item. The former gives a much better comparison of your savings, but requires regular updating of your competitor price lists. The latter gives accurate savings vs buying it outside the sale, but don't compare to prices from other vendors.

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Amateur radio fans drop the ham-mer on HRD's license key 'blacklist'

Remy Redert

Re: Missing clause

Sorry, contract law applies to licences the same as it does to purchases. Once established, the contract cannot be revoked without mutual consent or exceptional circumstances. The contract can spell those exceptional circumstances out, but if the court decides the limitations are unreasonable you're in for a fun ride as they can and will assign fines and damages on top of making you refund the product and pay for the legal costs of the aggrieved party.

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Remy Redert

Re: Missing clause

Except that is not, in most countries, how contract law works. A contract is established between 2 informed parties and can only be dissolved with the consent of both parties. There are very few exceptions allowable to that requirement of mutual consent.

A company can decide not to sell you their product, but once they have sold you that product they cannot then retract that sale without a very good reason or with your consent.

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Rift rift assists swift shift at crest of adrift Occulus

Remy Redert

Don't forget that if you're developing for Vive (Aka SteamVR), you can use room scale and you can be fairly certain that any VR headsets released in the future will automatically support your game.

Look at the Fove, which is SteamVR compatible and will have room scale support. Eye tracking is pretty interesting and makes way for higher resolutions and lower system requirements.

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

Remy Redert

Re: Security by melting?

The answer is that flares are getting pretty ineffective. Lots of flares can still generate a big enough signature to just straight up blind an IR guided missile, increasing the chances of it missing by enough to not kill your airplane.

Chaff remains somewhat effective by the same principle. Your radar signature becomes so big and indistinct, it's hard for the missile to actually get close enough to kill your plane.

Any active decoy will very quickly run into the same problem flares ran into. Weapons will get smart enough to disregard a return that suddenly goes ballistic and chase the one that didn't go ballistic instead.

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

Remy Redert

Re: Counter productive

Is there any way for them to verify the Nth character of the password without having the password stored in the clear somewhere? If so, is there any point changing the password regularly when it's being stored in the clear on the bank's side and thus available for hackers anyways?

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Facebook image-tagging to be tested in Californian court

Remy Redert

Re: vote with your feet

Don't worry, Facebook will still tag you in any photos someone else puts on Facebook, even if you don't have an account. Just like they'll use their tracking cookies on everyone.

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The case for ethical ad-blocking

Remy Redert

Re: When is ad-blocking ethical?

Blocking ads from the same server is usually simple as well. Strip all flash. That just leaves you with (mostly) static ads which are usually unobtrusive. If the host makes those an annoyance as well, time to find another place for your content.

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Oculus Rift review-gasm round-up: The QT on VR

Remy Redert

Re: Having tried the Rift

The problem quoted was of course the cable between the head and the computer. But if the cable was between your head and something else you're wearing, you wouldn't have any of the tangling issues.

Given that capability, we can stick all the heavy crap (batteries, wireless gear, etc.) into a nice pack we belt around your waist. Cable up from there up your back to your head. We don't have to worry about it getting tangled because your arms don't normally reach there and you can't spin your head 360 degrees anyways. Now we've got much less of a problem with battery mass.

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