* Posts by Rob Crawford

627 posts • joined 21 Mar 2007


Netflix wants to choose its own adventure where Bandersnatch trademark case magically vanishes

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Re: Scott Adams not a precedent??

Actually the Tunnels and Trolls solo adventure Buffalo Castle was released in 1976 and use the tried and tested go to page xx (or section xx)

Considering there was a full industry publishing these style of adventures (Tunnels & Trolls, D&D and Runequest being but three) it's going to be quite hard to account for why they never 'defended their IP'

from the so called copyists (or more interestingly their predecessors)

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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So what happens if the software providers simply don't bother to add the back door, and say we don't really care about the Australian market anyway.

ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee

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Maybe Bannon is after a discount Mussolini sex bot?

Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Yeah that will work

Anybody remember Operation Ore back in 2002 that resulted in several suicides over accusations of child porn.

Turns out the child porn link was really a link to the US government mandated age checking via a porn hub

which used the ability to make a CC payment age verification.

The FBI 'expert' claimed it was a child porn link and so thousands of people ended up being prosecuted and placed on offenders registers.

"But it can't happen here" say those who shout "Won't somebody think of the children."

ZX Spectrum Vega+ blows a FUSE: It runs open-source emulator

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I owned a 128k Enterprise

Apart from the shit case, even shittier keyboard and the damn thing being slower than you could imagine it was great.

Oh except for the edge connectors for the monitor connection that meant most people blew up their Enterprises.

Oh and the overheating problem, I never knew a heatsink that go so hot until pentium processors turned up.

Dust yourself off and try again: Ancient Solaris patch missed the mark

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Oh right I forgot Oracle, I suppose that explains it all really

Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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I would like to ask a question

To quote "But by making even one FireOS phone, the OEM would have lost the ability to include Google Play Store on its other devices."

Has anybody even seen the Play Store on any Amazon device, as I most certainly haven't, they don't use it as they want all the income for themselves.

So that's a bit of a non argument.

I'm not agreeing with googles business plan but lets at least avoid non existent examples being used.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist

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Re: Where did you get that $20 padlock?

Just rap the lock (as it's phrased) and the pawls bounce open on masterlocks and similar, hence it is wise to use something which uses ball bearings to secure the hasp

Shimming tends to be irritating and sometimes they even make one that fits together proper properly.

For chinese built locks usually the locking mechanism isn't protected so a 'knife' can be shoved up through the key way and used to unlatch the catches.

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The Uervoton is even worse it actually has it's screws accessible on the outside https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uje4pxfSlI&t=0s

Many regular mechanical padlocks are not much better (some are actually worse) with your hardware store.

Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

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Re: The same law for everyone ...

Obviously you haven't kept yourself up to date with how the computer misuse act is applied to the rest of the population.

People end up in a court room for accessing publicly accessible material, I know a couple of people who ended up in a courtroom for notifying hosting companies that there was publicly accessible documents/pages that looked like they should be private.

Few week later the cops arrive at their houses and employers, grab all hardware and media and make their lives hell for a couple of years.

Rob Crawford

Re: Black and white or various shades of grey?

You may wish to correct this statement to

I think that considering her stated reason was to ensure an unbiased trial, this was a just and fair verdict.

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If it was anybody else

If it was anybody else it the lack of training or anything else would have got the "but you accessed something that you shouldn't have" response.

Funny enough the majority of us seem to be required to be capable of speaking on the phone and working through documents at the same time

Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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What that software with bugs

Well who would have considered such a thing.

I'm wondering how this software gets written considering Github doesn't have a whole lot of autonomous car projects to copy and paste from ;P

Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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Re: Try watching UGC for a month.

To be honest I would rather lose Holywood and the endless inane crap that gets made these days (and that's ignoring the sequel to the sequel to the sequel of a poor remake) seems that any decent film that is made is in spite of the entertainment industry rather than because of it

I have seen two recent films in the last two years solely because I was entombed on a Dublin to San Francisco flight and I am still unsure as to whether the films or the flight were the more mind numbing aspect of those 11 hours (I worked through their audio selection on the return flight and even then everything was 30+ years old) the rest of my film watching has consisted of about 5 pre 1970s 'classsics.'

About twice a month I will get around to watching a documentary and that's it, to be honest I would ditch TV altogether if it wasn't for the rest of the family, my news comes from the radio which doesn't suffer so much from the endless churn of 24 hour news stations.

The rest of the time I either do something or work through tutorials on YouTube (and similar) and some live streams, Iv'e even been known to play the odd video game one in a while.

So before dissing the good quality UGC that is out there, have a think about the pap that the entertainment industry tells you that you need to watch

Rob Crawford

The automated systems don't work

Anybody who follows any number of channels on YouTube will find the following

Automated DCMA claims for stolen material (which isn't stolen)

DCMA complaints from falsely claiming ownership of material

DCMA complaints when "fair use" applies

False claims of regarding ownership of background music tracks

The system doesn't work already so why would you introduce a system which is even worse?

Even if the fingerprinting did work properly, it would still be a minefield and would simply benefit those with the right lawyers.

Loose .zips sink chips: How poisoned archives can hack your computer

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Re: Another deja vu?

I remember zip bombs from the very early 90s, it really is annoying that nobody seems to learn.

'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Funny enough on the phones I have I simply disable preinstalled apps that I don't want.

The fact that I also remove all permissions before disabling them (and check my firewall logs for them chatting) does not make me paranoid.

Flight Simulator's DRM fighter nosedives into Chrome's cache

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Crucify them

Well that's about all I have to add really

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

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Rinse and repeat

Ans yet if nothing was done about the click fraud and security API use the same people would also complain

Android ransomware DoubleLocker encrypts data and changes PINs

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Re: RE: Kain

Maybe you should plug their toilet in and do the human race a favour

Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data

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No problem here (yet)

Haven't hand this issue on the Pixel I have and the issue hasn't raised it's head on the Nexus 5X either.

I did have an issue two consecutive months after security updates on the Nexus were it switched off Wi-Fi (for some reason)

Then again I caught those because I'm a data miser and have an alert set for mobile data usage (you do these things when ones beloved goes for a walks while listening to her favourite by streaming from YouTube)

Networking vendors are good for free lunches, hopeless for networks

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Re: "a developer can see the problem of networking clearly ... especially if they know networking."

Available data seems to imply that deveropers know very little about developing (unless cut and paste from examples on the internet counts as development)

sadly I know of way too many 'network engineers' who do the same thing <sigh>

Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

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Oh when will Google allow us to revoke permissions to apps.

I can't actually remember how long I have been able to do that, but it turned up in Android 6 (Marshmallow I think it was)

Maybe you need an OS update

Virgin Media mulls ditching 1 in 3 UK facilities, starts £20m spend audit

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Re: Hmm

Considering the only times I have managed to speak to anybody who wasn't an idiot it was because I was put through to the Dundee office.

Considering the concept of efficient seems to involve an Indian team that have no ability whatsoever to resolve the issue while trying to sell you a more expensive option.

Virgin media have never provided an efficient service (either from a domestic or commercial user perspective) they have however provided services with poor backend systems and ever less able customer facing staff.

UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Penetrated by a camera?

I very much doubt it was the DJI glass filled nylon arms, the motor or the flight controller that did the damage.

In all likelihood it was the DSLR (or less likely the battery) that actually did the penetrating.

Therefore it should either be cameras or batteries that should be banned.

I also wonder it was a tractor battery or something that they used

Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

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As realistic as Dropbears and JAckaroos

So is it rude to ask how the Great Australian Firewall succeeded ?

Oh wait whats that it was useless wasn't it

Ex-MI5 boss: People ask, why didn't you follow all these people ... on your radar?

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Had the IRA got 36 counties the next target would have been the Irish government as they were essentially a Marxist organisation that would not have tolerated Irish governments of the time.

As has been shown they would not have given up the power and control of their communities or the lucrative "community worker" status

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Actually they had a habit of giving warnings that were crafted to move people closer to other other bombs which they neglected to mention to anybody

UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Re: Air!

Funny how Britain always becomes England isn't it

Quick break out the flags

Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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I was on board with the whole thing then I saw Eclipse

Oh well that's something else that isn't going to work

'The last thing I want is a software dev taking control of my craft'

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You mean they have sold the airspace

All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Well it's not as if the recording companies ever get around to paying the artists who do the actual work.

I've come to the stage were most of the artists I like have ended up running their own companies so I buy from them now.

SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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"Connect app and while it's certainly very grabby on data – you need to have both GPS and Bluetooth turned on to use it"

While I do not see the need for the GPS I do have some sympathy for wanting the Bluetooth to be enabled what with them requiring the Bluetooth for Yer actual connectivity.

I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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Re: Considering

I had more difficulty not shouting at him to be honest, though according to other office denizens I was very close to failure.

That was noticed when I started suggesting that my current certifications actually may mean that I know a little about Wi-Fi <sigh>

Still it entertained everybody else.

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their tech support claimed that you can't use the 5GHz channels unless you are using Apple devices as it is specifically for Apples use.

My new network kit arrived about 90 minutes later (10 days early) and surprisingly enough within an hour of arriving home my VM router was in modem mode and Meraki kit has been doing everything else.

So the prospect of IP V6 arriving doesn't really strike me as something that is likely to arrive until somebody actually forces them (and then their 'tech support' staff will deny it's existence unless you are using Apple devices.

How to leak data from an air-gapped PC – using, er, a humble scanner

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Oh look a Daily Mail April fool

Drones will be able to carry 120GB footage of you in the shower if Seagate has its way

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Re: @Cynic_999 - being seen from the air while naked

Have added the quote

"That said, drone enthusiasts can prevent a lot of irritation and upset if they respect other people's privacy. There is plenty of room to avoid problems, and even where it cannot be avoided a polite knock on the door and a quick, friendly chat goes a very long way to avoid misunderstandings and unpleasantness."

Actually 'drone pilots' shouldn't have to do that, for the simple reason that they should not be flying that close to people and structures. There are regulations that flyers are obliged to adhere to.

Although I do get irritated with the scare stories I have never had any compunction to tell people to stop flying somewhere inappropriate or in the past report them to the cops (flying model plains at the end of a commercial runway) or posting horrendously dangerous content to youtube (when the CAA used to want such material reported)

The majority of flyers are the same as they are responsible people who do not wish to lose their hobby due to the actions of a selfish few

Rob Crawford

Re: @Cynic_999 - being seen from the air while naked

So what you are pointing at are modified cameras that permit updated lenses.

In the case of DJI you are flying through the same camera as used for photographic purposes and for the most part these days they are DJI specific items

Additionally so that isn't going to go too well as you need a wide FOV to fly the damn thing and there is no method of changing the 'zoom' when in flight.

For most consumer kit the weight of any useful long range lens (even these days) will limit it's usefulness and by the time a suitable gimble (as it would need to be a good one that copes with more than an ultra light action cam) the weight and therefore the machines size goes up again.

I have a lightweight gimble for a small DSLR & associated lens that I am repairing (for a commercial pilot) and I could assure you no DJI available in an electronics store would be lifting it off the ground even without a camera in place.

Rob Crawford

Re: @Cynic_999 - being seen from the air while naked

Somehow I don't think anybody will be spending a few grand on building a large machine to hoist a camera with a large lens into the air to photograph you in your house.

You do realise that any commonly available machine doesn't have much more than a go-pro on board, even the nice DJI cameras are fairly high quality but still have action cam type optics.

The behemoths that carry the kit for what you are referring to are large, loud and expensive (I know enough licensed commercial operators)

But then again who is worried about reality when you can simply invent deviants to rail against

Rob Crawford

Re: Please tell me you don't believe in the voyeur/pedophile/pervert and a drone crap.

What are you talking about, are you making up statements I have not made?

What is the problem with me flying my radio control aircraft around an area where the flying of model aircraft is permitted?

What is the problem with proximity flying within abandoned buildings?

There is none, but for some reason you have decided to classify me as a moron, I'm afraid that you really need to educate yourself and on more than the matter of flying radio control models (because that's what they are)

Rob Crawford

Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

I take it from your comment that your experience of multi rotors and the cameras they can lift is non existent.

FYI they're noisy, very obvious and the cameras they carry are very limited unless you are going to spend a hell of a lot of money to hoist a DSLR into the air.

Remember when mobile phones with cameras where banned for the same reasons.

Rob Crawford

Re: Where are the Drone Jammers then?

Please tell me you don't believe in the voyeur/pedophile/pervert and a drone crap.

I mean really please return my faith in the IQ of people

Joe Public likes drones and regulations, finds UK.gov 'public dialogue'

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Oh look a method of taking money of people.

I'm rather confused how my 130mm racer will carry any transceivers for identification, also wondering how my 150mm racer will manage to carry anything apart from the minimal configuration it already has.

Apple sued by parents of girl killed by driver 'distracted by FaceTime'

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So how?

So how does the phone detect if it's the driver or a passenger using the phone.

I would not be overly happy if I couldn't use my phone on a bus, train, tram or while a passenger in a car.

I understand the family's anguish, anger and the desire to make anybody even vaguely connected with the accident responsible and I'm sure that my anger and distress would cause me to to try and do something.

However I do see this as a lawyer steering them in the wrong direction (and more for his own benefit than the family)

If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

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In the UK they would already know and based upon diameter you may end up on a watch list

Mirai variant turns TalkTalk routers into zombie botnet agents

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Not that Talk Talk are being crap, I'm simply surprised that so many Talk Talk users had an internet connection good enough to even get infected

Angry user demands three site visits to fix email address typos

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Easily fixed

Such issues are easily fixed by making such calls chargeable.

If the contract didn't cover such calls being chargeable then the people involved in the bid should be sacked

Swedes ban camera spy-drones for anything but crime fighting

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Re: Muppets

Nurse Ratchett his meds are wearing off, swat him with his Daily Mail

Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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Re: Bit miffed and surprised

In sport mode it can hit around 40 => 45 MPH though that probably isn't enough to stay in front of an aircraft and climb 150 metres at the same time.

Once again I will make the proviso that there are stupid people out there who do stupid things, but where are the events likely to occur, close to the ground and close to locations nobody should be flying anything larger than a piece of folded A4 paper.

Rob Crawford

Re: Heavy regulation

Wi-Fi isn't used (that's info coming from people who don't know what they're talking about, or who are talking about toys)

Output is limited to 100mW and in the case of the very common FrSky Taranis the absolute max range is about .9 of a mile on a standard setup and perhaps 2.7KM with the long range TX.

Further ranges can be gained by shifting down to 433MHz and going mad with antenna trackers.

I've never sent a machine out past 150 metres as a 450mm machine is difficult to see even with nice LEDs installed.

Personally I don't like FPV flying, but even then with a totally illegal 600mW 5.8GHz transmitter the range isn't massive. Those who want long range go down to 1.2 GHz (those require physically large antennas)

On the whole the people who are causing issues are idiots and who buy a ready made machine and fly somewhere stupid, usually through ignorance.


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