* Posts by Haku

1813 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

YouTube turns off cash tap for automatic video nasties

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

@DontFeedTheTrolls, you're absolutely right, in fact I've never tried to get subscribers to my channel, I just checked one day and went "holy crap, I've got hundreds of subscribers!" then went about the rest of my day like nothing happened :)

Whenever I see someone plead "like and subscribe" on their YT video(s) I get this vibe from them that comes across as "Acknowledge my existance! ACKNOWLEDGE MY EXISTANCE!!!"

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

Solarflare, that's almost exactly the same reason why I have so many subscribers & views, a few of my random videos got a heck of a lot of views.

It does make me wonder why my subscriber count doesn't drop, it's not as if I'm particularly consistant with the content & timing of my uploads, they're generally about whatever hobby I'm into at the time.

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Re: *checks YouTube channel stats*

Yes, moving the goalposts at this point has just widened the gap between the currently successful and those who are almost/want to be successful.

To be honest I've never seen my YouTube account as anything other than an online video depository for random videos I want to share with maybe a few individuals, I have no interest in turning myself into a brand / 'personality' and think the whole situation of people (generally young) desparately trying to build up a following is quite amusing.

The thing I've observed from various channels I frequent (tech stuff such as EEV Blog, AvE, Techmoan, multirotor reviewers/educators etc.) is that the successful ones have seen the decline of YouTube ad revenue coming from a mile off so they're on the Patreon platform which for some is generating them more money direct from subscribers than advertisers on YouTube, in fact one multirotor guy recently quit his job and is doing YouTube / Patreon full time now.

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*checks YouTube channel stats*

Total viewing time: Over 55,137 hours (6.2 years).

Nice!

Number of subscribers: 972.

Awww.

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Drone perves defeated by tinfoil houses

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Re: Crow(d)funding

"First deliveries expected in 2027."

Will they be delivered by drone?

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Re: Arm Laser Turrets!

"the concept of ballistic backdrop"

When watching Star Wars etc. I do sometimes wonder in the space battle scenes where all those stray laser blasts end up...

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Not everyone is paranoid about spying drones.

Mainly because most don't know the actual level of sophistication of drones or even thier existance, but I'm sure the news media will be more than happy to continue with their misinformation & paranoia over this rapidly growing hobby just to gain more page views from clickbait headlines.

I had this friendly encounter a few weeks back: youtube.com/watch?v=1zkW0s92_Q0 (goggles recording)

When they eventually got to the bottom of the field where I was flying from I let them use my spare set of goggles to watch me fly like this over the field and they were emazed at it youtube.com/watch?v=NRqw3ePK7tA (recording from a miniature 4.5 gram 720p camera+DVR stuck on with foam tape)

This was with a quadcopter that's 13x13x6 cm weighing 110 grams, well below any sort of registration requirement based on weight.

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Qualcomm joins Intel, Apple, Arm, AMD in confirming its CPUs suffer hack bugs, too

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Online fraud.

Banks must be secretly rubbing their hands with glee, another reason to reject fraud claims - they can basically say your credit card details got ripped off because you've been been buying things online with it using a computing device with an 'insecure CPU'...

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UK drone collision study didn't show airliner window penetration

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Registration.

Only the responsible will register, those who don't are either unaware of the need or they plan on doing something bad.

The list will not help the police when an unregistered owner does something bad, they'll likely target the innocents on the list because they live in the area of the incedent, meaning drone owners will have to account for their whereabouts at all times.

Also, what if a registered owner is flying their drone in a certain area and an unregistered owner causes an incedent with theirs in the same area and at the same time - the registered owner will need strong evidence to prove their innocence, whilst the unregistered owner will likely get off scott free because the police don't have them on the list...

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Amazon: Intel Meltdown patch will slow down your AWS EC2 server

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BBC news headline "Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple"

Does that mean Apples are rotten to the core?

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Ow, stop hitting me!

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Good stuff!

Those NCIS & Castle clips have it all wrong, this is how modern day hacking scenes should be played out, as demonstrated by The Shatner:

Blinking and beeping and flashing!

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Re: Good stuff!

Hollywood movie? Don't be silly, they'd just be wasting their time and money, nothing can top the film "Hackers" for its computer hacking realism!

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Captain Morgan told off for Snapchat lens: That grog be aimed at kiddies

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Here's one good reason for anyone over 18 to be on Snapchat.

It's to 'shout': BLOODY KIDS! GET OFF MY LAWN!!!

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You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

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Re: $1.6bn? That's nothing, some people have $8bn iPods!

That means you can sue anyone who makes any new invention in the future because that sequence of numbers already contains those inventions details.

Genius!

Now all you need to do is convince a judge to grant you a copyright on the entire world & universe based on that post-it-note.

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$1.6bn? That's nothing, some people have $8bn iPods!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZadCj8O1-0

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Multiple-guess quiz will make Brit fliers safer, hopes drone-maker DJI

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Perceived threats.

I wish the government would do something more to kerb actual real threats to people's lives rather than waste time/money/resources on the perceived threats of drone incedents derived from statisticians and, more likely, people with agendas simply pulling numbers out of their arses.

What actual real threats? I don't know specifics, but I think a good start would be to increase police budgets instead of cutting them like that repulsive May thing has been doing.

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I fly my micro quads out of line of sight almost every flight - FPV goggles make this hobby a lot more fun :)

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Re: Hmmm

GPS receiver equipped multirotors will more than likely RTL (Return To Launch point) when the receiver stops getting a signal from your transmitter if it's not following a pre-determined flight plan, if the jammer also disrupts the GPS frequency then it's unpredictable what the multirotor will do - my guess is it may hover on the spot but drift & eventually crash as it can't determine X/Y position, just height from the barometer.

If the jammer is simply flooding the 2.4ghz frequency used by most radio control systems then it's got to be pretty powerful and directional to do any disrupting as most hobby grade transmitters use frequency hopping to avoid signal problems.

However, if you've anticipated such an attack on the 2.4ghz frequency then you might have decided to use a completely different method of control, such as the mobile phone network which will allow you to fly your craft a ridiculous distance...

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That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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"Wow, your iPhone is so fast! Is it new?"

"No, I changed the battery."

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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WTF?

So a company that's set up to make artificial reality is making artificial adverts for its artificial product?

Not sure if they're succeeding or failing at providing artificial reality, does an artificial double negative clause come into play here?

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Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

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Re: Ghost redirects.

I don't really trust an advertising company's opt out system, so I put these two lines into my "c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts" file:

127.0.0.1 api.viglink.com

127.0.0.1 cdn.viglink.com

It stops the redirect code from loading in the first place, and also eliminates viglink's ability to track every link clicked on a site that uses them.

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Oh and on the subject of redirects, I keep getting redirected to CloudFlare's captcha site to prove I'm not a robot every time I press the Preview or Submit button on this post. WTF is going on?

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Ghost redirects.

I noticed recently on a forum I frequent that whenever you clicked on a link someone posted it would redirect through an ad agency called viglink and certain sites would have an affiliate link added, despite the fact that when you view the html source the links are unaltered.

I didn't like that crap so I added the two culprit viglink api websites to my HOSTS file pointing them at 127.0.0.1 and the redirects don't happen there anymore.

But I only noticed the redirects were happening because the URL you end up at was not always the same as the one you clicked on, but sometimes you couldn't see the redirect happening even though it was, so it makes me wonder how much this invisible redirect practice is going on over the entire web without people knowing.

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US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

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Why are they even bothering to debate about closing the stable door?

The horse bolted long ago.

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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Re: Sorry to be parochial (or perhaps actually 'cosmopolitan')...

I think there's a worry along the lines of "Well, if they're doing it and getting away with it, why can't we?"

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I remember from my early internet days some 20 years ago there was a joke going around about someone being worried their internet bill would skyrocket because they were browsing websites from far away countries.

Doesn't seem so funny now.

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EE Business Broadband digital transformation: Portal offline until July

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"The Register has asked EE for a comment."

I wouldn't hold your breath for a reply, the postal system is quite busy this time of year.

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Auto auto fleets to dodge British potholes in future

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Unhappy

Inventing new ways of reporting problems doesn't mean said problems will get fixed sooner.

Or ever.

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Former ZX Spectrum reboot project man departs

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ThomH has a point, I did get my Microdrive to work, but only when a full moon fell on a Tuesday, and only then it would give me about 10 minutes of use starting at 7:17pm...

I've still got it somewhere, along with an Opus Discovery disc drive that allowed the ZX Spectrum to use 3.5" floppy discs as if they were Microdrive cartridges if memory serves me right (sometimes it doesn't, I think I'm getting old).

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Duke Nukem Forever

I bet in 10 years time people will be posting screenshots of their pre-order for a Vega+ that they're still waiting for.

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America's drone owner database is baaaack! Just in time for Xmas

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Re: Piffle.

When the downvotes on your posts continue to pour in because of what you say here, surely at some point you must take a look at what you're actually writing in comparison to what other people are saying and observing regarding to the events and situations you're commenting on?

Maybe try harder to see things from a different perspective?

You might be amazed at the results!

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Archive of 1.4 billion credentials in clear text found in dark web archive

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12345? That's amazing, I've got the same combination on my luggage!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6iW-8xPw3k

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: Despair over Brexit and Trump?

Transcript of one of Trump's speeches:

"... you look at the nuclear deal, the thing that really bothers me, it would have been so easy, and it's not - as important as these lives are - nuclear is so powerful. My uncle explained that to me many, many years ago, the power, and that was 35 years ago, he would explain the power of what's going to happen and he was right. Who would have thought? But when you look at what's going on with the four prisoners - now it used to be three, now it's four - but when it was three and even now, I would have said it's all in the messenger. Fellas, and it is fellas because, you know, they don't, they haven't figured that the women are smarter right now than the men, so, you know, it's going to take them about another 150 years - but the Persians are great negotiators, the Iranians are great negotiators. So, and they, they just killed, they just killed us."

And people actually voted for him on purpose??

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Re: Occasionally..

Gangnam Style got close to making YouTube throw a wobbly, they had to upgrade it to 64bit to cope with the viewcount.

A shame really, I'd have liked to have seen what happens when the viewcount goes over 2,147,483,647 views on a 32bit counting system.

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Yes, it's mad mad world.

About 5 years ago I uploaded 5 minute video to YouTube of a larger than normal sized balloon being filled with water in a bath, and its inevitble pop which caused a big enough wave to splash some out over the side.

View count to date: over 900,000.

As for the comments, it's funny reading the arguments they get into as too many of them have brains with a self preservation mode; it switches off as soon as they visit YouTube.

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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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I would like to ask those who voted leave because they wanted to close the borders to foreigners, if the irony of a Brexit causing the borders to be less secure is making them regret their vote decision, but I think the replies might be along the lines of "Irony? My wife does the housework".

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NiceHash diced up by hackers, thousands of Bitcoin pilfered

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Re: Entire contents of bitcoin wallet pilfered?

*checks wallet, sees 0.02 BTC*

Hey everyone, look at me, I'm all edgy!

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Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit

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Cloud services, part of the IoT* bubble.

*Internet of Turmoil

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

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Re: One winner

'Random how to'

Indeedy, YT is an amazing resource in that respect, brilliant for when you want to take a laptop apart because more often than not someone's kindly made a video which gives you an insight to what parts are stuck together and in which order to take them apart so you don't end up breaking bits.

The same when you're interested in product XYZ, people love to show off their new toys & gadgets so you get to see an end user playing with it, a visual try-before-you-buy which can be far better than pictures and text of its specifications.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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"Ministers should be ashamed."

Yes, they should, but too often being paid lots of money can alter people's moralities for the worse.

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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HELLO! YES I'M ON A PHABLET! NO IT'S RUBBISH!

/Dom Joly

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Holmes

Higher bandwidth cable costs more than standard bandwidth cable.

News at 11.

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Re: Another great decision

"The majority of law abiding fliers will register. The people breaking the existing rules will not bother and continue to break the rules."

I've said essentially that multiple times here, along with the fact that all the police will end up with is a "nice list" when what they actually want in the case of someone being a dick with a drone is a "naughty list" which will never happen, but they have this "nice list" so they might see who lives in the area of the incedent and go interrogate them just to be sure...

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Re: All I see here is

Deaths by multirotors in the UK last year: 0

Deaths by traffic accidents in the UK last year: 1,780

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FAIL

The police forces are already stretched enough as it is, and now they'll have to contend with a whole new sector of people doing illegal things.

A lot of the public and police don't even know the correct laws regarding photography in public places, which has caused some problems for amateur & professional photographers who were following the law but got caught up in the incorrect perception of the law from do gooder public & police, how those same people will cope with drone laws is anybody's guess.

And logistically how are they going to police the drone users who are out in the middle of nowhere, bothering nobody?

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Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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Re: Frequent changing of strong passwords

@Nick Ryan, that makes sense, I was given (I think as a joke) a pack of Hedgehog Flavoured Crisps back in the 80s as a kid and I don't remember liking them much because I thought they were made using derivatives of actual hedgehogs, but it turns out they were flavoured crisps by a brand called Hedgehog and the word "Flavoured" got them into trouble so they changed it to "Flavour".

https://www.doyouremember.co.uk/memory/hedgehog-flavoured-crisps

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Re: Frequent changing of strong passwords

The plain white Postit notes are more environmentally friendly due to no dyes being used.

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I'm bullshitting here as I have no idea, but in a world where some meat flavoured crisps are suitable for vegetarians it make perfect sense :)

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Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

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Real Genius

Won't be too long now before they put one in orbit for some clandestine assassinations.

Either that or to make truck loads of popcorn....

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Re: What did you expect?

The president was voted by the people and for the people.

Conclusion: Those people are idiots and will get what they deserve, unfortunately everyone else has to live with the consequences of those dumbass voters.

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You can replace "The president" with "Brexit" and my statement still stands firm :(

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