* Posts by Paul Crawford

3705 posts • joined 15 Mar 2007

Cops: Autonomous Uber driver may have been streaming The Voice before death crash

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@ 2Nick3

Just how much was she being paid?

What degree of training did she have on the capabilities (or otherwise) of the "automated driving" system?

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Sadly they might, but really it should be whoever turned off the safety brake system and those who approved the change (or had failed to implement a change approval system).

As software reaches the point of actually and visibly killing people, those developing and testing it need to be held to the same standards that anyone designing a bridge, etc, would be.

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What the "safety driver" was (or was not) doing is far less important than the safety/emergency brake system being turned off. Looking to blame them for the crash in some way is utterly missing the point:

1) The car should have detected and stopped for anyone in its path. To miss an adult & bike is an utter travesty of the system's claimed suitability for real-world use.

2) At what point did they test the car/configuration in a test range with typical objects?

3) Most believed the driver was there to take over if the car gave ample warning of a fault of situation it could not handle.

4) As seen in the Air France crash, even skilled pilots with minutest to react have real difficulties in taking over from an autopilot when conditions were too difficult for its capabilities.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Content creators have long been demanding a version of PDF that supports embedded HTML5-based media, interactivity and animation

For the love of $DIETY no, no and thrice no!

How many vulnerabilities have been in Acrobat reader due to the ability to execute arbitrary code? Please keep a document standard as that - something for reading and printing. Even the option for forms to fill in has piss-poor support and don't get me started on the shit that is the encrypted versions that only Adobe products can open.

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It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

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No, fitting seat belts is just common sense.

Some really old cars don't have any points you can sensibly attach belt mechanisms to (or are so valuable as "original" you don't want to and don't drive much either), but probably most cars post 1950s are OK. In fact many had them as extra cost options until the law changed to mandate them, first for front seats and then also for rear.

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No idea about Japan but if they have classic cars on the road it can't be the case.

The UK MOT test has changed over they years and got tighter (e.g. now a warning light for ABS or engine management fault is an automatic fail even if it passes brake efficiency/missions), but the underlying test criteria like seatbelts (must be sound if fitted, but not obligatory on old cars), exhaust emissions in terms of CO/particulates, etc, are those at the time it was first sold.

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However, that MOT is based on the standards of safety equipment, emissions, etc, that applied at the time the vehicle was first registered.

This is a bit like saying ALL cars must pass current standards and so most over a few years old are then automatically off to the scrappers.

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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Re: obvious solution ...

Very true, but as always the problem is the same: money and convenience.

Some hospital staff need external internet access, and also internal. But no one will do a red/blue network and separate terminals for air-gapping it, or even a properly thought out system on common networking to have logically separate VLANs, white listed web sites, strongly sandboxed applications, etc, etc, because they already have a running and generally working system and don't want / can't tolerate the disruption of a massive overhaul.

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How to stealthily poison neural network chips in the supply chain

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Re: Can someone explain.....

Exactly, and it survives typical software scans for tampering or a re-install.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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It is probably much much simpler and its why x86 persists, why Windows RT was doomed, and why practically all phones use ARM chips: Software.

No one really wants to recompile, test (yes, I know its a novel concept), debug and support existing software for a new product hardly anyone uses. And so the new product remains hardly used.

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Re: Well, it's Microsoft

Just like Google?

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Boffins offer to make speculative execution great again with Spectre-Meltdown CPU fix

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Re: Hard as I try...

and mandatory programming standards

There's your problem right there.

The problem is the "need for speed" and the fact the world+dog now expects to run javascript in web browsers. So the malicious code comes from any web site that is vaguely compromised (such as advert channels) and that today is "normal". Web browsers can (and partly may do) things to disrupt timing which is the underlying exploit route, but I doubt they are willing to break stuff that is already out there to shore up hardware design flaws.

Most likely their core developer efforts are about removing useful browser functions (firefox) or adding spying (chrome) instead, but then I'm a cynical bastard at heart.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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Re: French!!!!!!

I also have a love-hate relationship with the French: I love drinking their wine, hate eating their snails!

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Bank of England to set new standards for when IT goes bad

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Re: We need a backup system

Keep them in a plastic tube then? Should improve the hang of one's trousers.

Just like the Spinal Tap airport security scene...

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ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

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Probably team up with FIFA or the directors of the European Patent Office?

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Microsoft says Windows 10 April update is fit for business rollout

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Re: FS@*! Windows

If any of said neighbours are attractive then you might also have the grumbleflick problem solved as well that way.

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Re: cock shots

Here is the truth about cock shots from Red Dwarf:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ofl_UP3apM

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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And remove USA software?

Given the revealed spying of USA / 5-eyes on various EU nations, can we also expect a directive to eliminate any USA software that has built-in telemetry or remote access built in?

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: World Gin Day

An oft-muted sentiment round here "it only hurts when you stop"

And elsewhere it only hurts when you start.

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Have to use SMB 1.0? Windows 10 April 2018 Update says NO

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Turning off IPv6 will earn you geek creds if you are doing it specifically to avoid VPN leaks.

The fact that it is 2018 and VPNs leak on IPv6 is a rant for another day...

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What got breached this week? Ticket portals, DNA sites, and Atlanta's police cameras

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Re: hmmm

I wouldn't trust a LED, there is certainly some way to remotely deactivate it.

If the LED is simply a software status indicator then it is worth SFA. But correctly engineered the LED would be fed direct from the switched power to the webcam/microphone so it is an unambiguous indicator of the device being usable.

Sadly that is not how most things are done these days :(

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Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security

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Re: Plain text rudder commands is not a problem in itself

Maybe if insurance companies start to take notice of this sort of shit then maybe the shipowner might be forced in to using network segregation and a decent VPN for ship-related access?

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Five actually useful real-world things that came out at Apple's WWDC

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Re: Facebook nagging

True, but then Apple could threaten to purge the FB app from its store/phones.

Now a lot of FB addicts might be unhappy, but a nice long detailed message from Apple to said users about what FB is doing and why might make them (and their higher-than-average spending to advertisers) think twice about using FB ever again.

One way or another, I would be happy to sit back with some popcorn and watch the fall out.

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Re: I thought browser fingerprint hiding deserved a mention.

Sadly the Safari browser is only for iOS/MacOS now. But this is very much what Mozilla should be doing, instead of slavishly copying Chrome, in order to keep themselves relevant and possibly even desired.

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Tech giants! How do you know Jim in accounting isn't Putin moves on you

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Re: suddenly...

Well if his name is Sergy its either that or being called a Meerkat.

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Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory

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Re: Impact on Segal's law?

And a man with 12 very, very good watches is much more sure than one with two?

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Apple WWDC: There's no way iOS and macOS will fully merge as one

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SW only?

"Today is all about software," said CEO Tim Cook in his opening remarks.

Have you tried asking the pro users who are going to other suppliers and Windows due to the lack of features on your pro Macbooks (such as several USB-2 ports, SD card reader, etc)?,

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Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this 'autonomous' car-chasing camera drone

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Also do they look out for bridges, trees, pylons, high buildings, etc, that might just be close to the road?

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Telegram crypto-chat chap says Apple has 'restricted' its app updates worldwide

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Re: Bye bye Apple?

Would this be an Apple's platform that stores everything on the iCloud and is handed over on request to any official government request?

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RIP to two 'naut legends: A moonwalker and a spacewalker

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Re: @bombastic bob

And UK [post-brexit]. I'd be *stoked* if there were a UK space program sending people to the moon. ('Thunderbirds are GO' - heh)

The UK is quite unique in developing its own launch technology, then abandoning it.

Also the UK went down the road of high-test peroxide oxidants which decompose in to oxygen and steam (sometimes explosively, and have killed US rocket researches and the unfortunate submariners on the Kursk). So I guess there is something rather fitting that we* made it in to space with steam power.

[*] we as in UK made satellite, not as far as astronauts unfortunately.

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Mapping plan

the IPv4-IPv6 1:1 mapping plan that has internet engineers up in arms.

Forgive me for not seeing a big problem with this, or for understanding why it would reduce address space by 25%, but can someone explain what the underlying issue is?

In my naive mind I would think that a 32-bit address for IPv4 need only take 1/2^96 of the 128 bit IPv6 addresses to work, or around 1.3e-29 of addresses. What have I missed?

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Britain mulls 'complete shutdown' of 4G net for emergency services

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£1300 a device is a piss-take,

I think that is the equivalent per-year cost of the set and the infrastructure.

Most folk pay 1/10 to 1/3 of that for (crappy) 3G/4G phone coverage and handset, but the Airwave infrastructure dose not have anything like the same total number of users to cover costs.

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Have you heard about ransomware? Now's the time to ask: Are you covered?

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Re: Insure AFTER Checking Security ?

<= This

There is a tendency to look at the high-profile and possibly state-sponsored attacks and thing of the Dr Moriarty of cyber crime. But it seems many of the successful attacks come down to no planning: no procedure for folk to follow/report blunders with email, not patching machines, not having any form of internal controls/network segregation, and not having frequent tested backups to recover from.

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US-China trade war is back on: White House repeats threat to tax Middle Kingdom imports

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Let us not forget that China's growth in high-tech was driven initially largely by US firms wanting cheaper manufacturing and being willing to bend over to take whatever the Chinese government demanded in terms of joint ventures, etc, to push "shareholder value".

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Russia to Apple: Kill Telegram crypto-chat – or the App Store gets it

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Re: What about iMessage?

What about an app that simply encrypts over other's channels (SMS, email, FB messenger, etc, etc)?

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Re: Apple and Google opened the Pandora's Box

It is now simply a matter of time until all other governments form an orderly queue to get the same service.

Which is exactly what would happen if they add crypto backdoors for ANYONE - every country's gov, police, intelligence service, and petty bureaucrat will demand access to the back doors making it really just an open door - only one has to be in the service of a fund-stealing criminal gang for that to happen.

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Activists hate them! One weird trick Facebook uses to fool people into accepting GDPR terms

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Re: Wonder what would happen

People might get some work done and speak to their friends?

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AI in Medicine? It's back to the future, Dr Watson

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Re: sounds like Expert Systems Mk.2

I don't see the big improvement in "Speech Recognition."

I see remarkable demonstrations of this in may locations, but when I phone my bank the stupid automated system is utterly useless at speech recognition - and I'm talking yes/no and phonetic letter (alpha, bravo, Charlie, ...) which ought to be piss-easy.

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Smut site offers VPN so you don't bare all online

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Re: Save yourself embarrassment!

Well this is a leading lesbian on-line site, apparently:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/06/indy_reg/

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Re: Oh the b100dy irony

Maybe we should rename it to "Virtual Porn Network" in honour of their stiff opposition to hard laws violating our privates?

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FBI to World+Dog: Please, try turning it off and turning it back on

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Re: Ahem.

I shall be asking myself some pretty searching questions later on.

But will you be taking the rubber truncheon to yourself?

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: Bellend

You have to because total bellend to think you can take the nice bits but leave the bad bits.

Why bring up Brexit here?

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About to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? You might want to wait a little bit longer

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Re: @ tfewster

I have never had stability issues with desktop PCs and Linux (generally Ubuntu), but have had some buggy wifi with laptops and occasional no-display. But equally some people have stability/BSOD with various Windows machines for never adequately explained reasons.

If you want ones that are good and definitely work then check out Entroware:

https://www.entroware.com/store/

Otherwise some folk have decent results from cheap HP laptops, and you can get one *basic* model with only FreeDOS for under £200 with various people saying it worked fine with Linux:

https://www.ebuyer.com/819841-hp-255-g6-laptop-3kx70es-3kx70es-abu

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: Out of sync

While it seems to be getting better, the worse aspect of digital TV was the perceivable lack of sync between sound and picture. WTF were the Muppets behind it doing without a ridged specification on synchronisation?

However, a delay is inevitable in any bandwidth-efficient digital system as the performance of both lossy compression and forward error correction increase with allowable delay. Great for archive or non real-time stuff, a bit crap for live broadcast or radio mics for concerts, theatre, etc.

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Re: out of context

Maybe they were talking about the Ford Transit van?

Or the fetish photographer's absent minded moment? "Damn, I left the trannies of the tranny in the tranny because I was listening to the show on the tranny"

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And THIS is how you do it, Apple: Huawei shames Cupertino with under-glass sensor

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Re: Too good to be true?

I suspect you will find that Google does more 'spying' that ZTE

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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

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It certainly looks like a "dirty tricks" sort of case, but would the US gov really be so blatant about it?

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Robo-callers, robo-cops, robo-runners, robo-car crashes, and more

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Re: "The problem, more than anything else, seems to be with the monitoring driver"

The inability of a meta-sack to respond to a sudden failure of an automated machine is NO SURPRISE at all to the folks here.

No the real problem is they seem not to have fsking tested the recognition system on a range of typical targets before going out on a drive. That is the criminally negligent part,

Which also raises interesting points - what should the "driving test" for an automated car be before it is allowed on the road, and how should an MOT tester establish that all car sensors actually work (not just they self-test OK)?

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Re: Insecure by design

"any 14 year old with a modicum of sense"

Is probably going to be fine with legal pr0n sites anyway.

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Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

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FAIL

And yet you still seem to have failed in explaining how it really works.

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