* Posts by Haku

1569 posts • joined 13 Apr 2007

Sysadmin finds insecure printer, remotely prints 'Fix Me!' notice

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Re: Biggest surprise to me...

I like how there's an link at the bottom of the page where you can buy a printed out copy of the cartoon...

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Industrial Light & Magic: 40 years of Lucas's pioneering FX-wing

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Re: Industrial Light & Magic

Or Pen Island?

http://www.penisland.net/

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Ugh, that's what I forgot to do yesterday, watch Star Wars

The edited hd blu-ray version that someone restored back to the theatrical cut & spread it online. If you're thinking 'pirate!' I have the original trilogy theatrical cut on laserdisc, 3 different copies... the French release, German release & the US definitive release.

At least I remembered to feed my brother's cat ;)

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

"I'm also increasingly tending to withdraw cash from a cashpoint prior to going shopping, and purchasing with cash, because I strongly object to all this unwanted invasion of privacy."

I've been doing that for many years, not only because of the privacy aspect but also so I don't get into debt by spending what I don't have - the increase in availablity of instant money you don't have has near ruined many people's lives.

Although the privacy aspect does tend to get blown out of the water as soon as I withdraw cash from an ATM at a supermarket then use that cash and my store card in said supermarket.

Oops.

But hey at least I have no debts :)

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IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

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xkcd - Standards

https://xkcd.com/927/

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DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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"compulsory registration"

That'll help me sleep better at night, knowing the bad guys will be in a drone database so when they do bad things they can be tracked down and dealt with appropriately.

Yeah, the bad guys will definitely register.

And they'll only use drones that have the state mandated geofencing restrictions.

Won't they?

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Call one EMC after the famous Aussie physicist who put bubbles into beer.

What do you mean Young Einstein wasn't a biopic?

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America's drone owner database grounded: FAA rules blown out of sky

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For the curious

This is the thread on rcgroups.com where John A. Taylor announced his challenge to the FAA's model aircraft registration regulation, with links to the pdf documents he submitted

https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2845649-Taylor-v-FAA-Update

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We're heading back… to the future! Net neutrality rules on chopping block

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Re: "Bad corporate culture"

"It doesn't matter what you do. It's all about whose side you're on these days."

You know those sci-fi films where there's an alien invasion and all the countries on the planet put aside their differences to team up and fight the invading force?

Never gonna happen, pure fiction.

Not the alien invasion part, the teaming up part.

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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Re: (unsurprising)

"However, the people who voted for Brexit weren't the ones who use the internet much."

The majority of their online time was probably spent with their heads buried in the sand*

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*Facebook

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Britain shouldn't turn its back on EU drone regs, warns aerospace boffin

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New rules won't stop idiots being idiots, or criminals being criminals.

It'll just class a bunch of idiots and ignorants as criminals, as well as classing a whole bunch of existing fliers who are not breaking any current rules, as criminals.

It also won't stop China from selling the parts for, or whole drones/planes/helicopters that have no such geofencing restrictions, allowing said idiots, ignorants & 'criminals' to ship them from there in untracked and practically unmarked packages ('toy' on the customs declaration form is meaningless), then going out and flying them at distances not allowed and in places not allowed.

So basically all us RC airborne craft fliers are going to get screwed over because of a few morons & criminals, like those ones trying to drop stuff into prisons, and the perceived danger of them near airports - someone should tell the law proposal makers you can't regulate stupidity, it doesn't bloody work!

The police force is already streched so I don't know how they'll cope when suddenly a bunch more people are classed as criminals because of a law change - and it's not like every police officer knows every law in detail, especially new ones that come into play - just look at the problems photographers have had in public places over the recent years. Not to mention some of the general public whose only knowlege of drones is spoon fed to them by sensational headlines in tabloid papers, who then think people who fly drones are only doing to to spy on people etc. and the police should be called...

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Bend over, model aircraft fliers, you're about to get screwed through no fault of your own.

2.3.1.5 Model Aircraft

"Model aircraft are within the scope of this NPA since, pursuant to the definition of a UA in the new Basic Regulation, a model aircraft is a UA. A definition that could distinguish model aircraft from UAS is not easy to be developed. Some model aircraft pilots argue that they would be reluctant to use certain UAS technology supposed to assist them in conducting the flight (e.g. a flight control system with higher automation than a typical radio control) since this would reduce their pleasure. Said technology instead is widely used in UAS since in this case, a remote pilot could focus more on the payload (e.g. filming with a camera) than in flying the UAS. Therefore, a definition of model aircraft could be based on the absence of a flight control system that potentially allows a UAS to fly within the BVLOS range. In reality, certain model aircraft are indeed equipped with some form of assisted flight control system. This approach was therefore rejected. On the other hand, it is recognised that model aircraft activities have good safety records. This is not due to the type of aircraft used but rather to the code of conduct developed by the model club and associations. In most cases, they have related procedures, they build awareness, and in some cases, they also provide training to their members, thus creating a safety framework."

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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Re: "declare harddrives with bad sectors fit for work"

@Dwarf, how dare you! That's utterly despicable, the written equivilant of hitting below the belt.

Bringing facts to an argument... have you no shame?

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Re: ATOS..?

Given the nature of their 'healthcare' division it wouldn't surprise me if they declare harddrives with bad sectors fit for work so long as it made them money.

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Re: Fun with statistics

I will have to go through Atos's fitness-for-work exam sometime in the future, I already have trouble sleeping but just the thought of this impending event can make it worse at times.

It's some scary shit realising that some 'unfit-for-their-job' company who employ people without the level of medical knowledge needed to properly assess a vast range of medical conditions is sealing the fate of so many people's ability to live independent lives without having to rely on the good will of family / friends / charities.

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From the same company that brought you...

"In the United Kingdom, from 1998 - 2015 Atos Healthcare was at the centre of a controversy over the management of contracts by their healthcare division of the Work Capability Assessment for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

In August 2015, statistics from the Department of Work and Pensions revealed that 2,380 people had died between 2011 - 2014 soon after being found fit for work through disability benefit assessments.

In 2014, "the DWP negotiated an early exit from the existing WCA contract with the private firm, Atos, after raising concerns about the quality of its work."

However, Atos still (as of October 2016) undertakes work for the DWP in assessing Personal Independence Payment applications.The Press Association revealed in 2017 that Atos, used by the DWP to make its decisions, are set to be paid more than £700m for their five-year contracts against an original estimate of £512m."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atos

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Try not to scream: Ads are coming to Amazon's Alexa – and VR goggles

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Re: "OK, you can scream now..."

It could be worse.

Imagine if they implimented the ability for your device to determine you're having an asthma attack because it hears you're wheezing but no tschhh sound of an inhaler, so it calls paramedics.

Only this time it wasn't an asthma attack, the paramedics discover you with your trousers down your ankles and... well you can guess the rest...

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"It's 3 am, are you having trouble sleeping? If so, try new Snooze Eze from Blammo."

Bleary eyed homeowner wakes up, "Honey, did you leave that fucking Alexa on again?"

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French drone bods Parrot wheel out 'prosumer' division

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Re: Doh! Moment

It looked like the transmitter was pre-2.4ghz era, indicated by the telescopic antenna, so no binding necessary.

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On the subject of remote controlled flying things, I was watching a recent episode of Scorpion - hey I know what I'm getting into with that show & its Hollywood science but this time it really took the piss - they were trying to catch a falling space craft module by remote piloting a helicopter up to 5,280 feet (1 mile), then let it fall straight down next to the module and grab it with a robot arm...

No that wasn't my "Seriously??" moment, get this. they lost connection to the helicopter so Happy swapped the dead batteries in the transmitter (which didn't even have its telescopic antenna extended) for new ones - 2 AA's... THAT was it, because the only RC controllers I have that take 2 AA's are for micro quadcopters and the transmitter has a range of 100 feet with luck, not even close to the 5,280 feet the tv helicopter went up to.

Yeah yeah yeah, get out more, I will as soon as my big quadcopter batteries are charged ;)

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We are 'heroes,' says police chief whose force frisked a photographer

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Re: Pepper spray is a delicious example!

re: http://www.examiner.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/man-caught-knife-said-needed-12992281

"He must pay £625 prosecution costs plus £85 victim surcharge and the knife will be forfeited and destroyed."

The whole situation seems quite absurd, but to havve to pay a victim surcharge on top?

What the actual fuck?

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: She is working for it

I've always loved dystopian sci-fi movies; Brazil, Blade Runner, Logan's Run, GATTACA, Cube, V for Vendetta, Dark City etc., a brief bit of escapism to another, strange reality, but now I look around at what's happening on our planet those films don't seem quite so appealing anymore...

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Qualcomm to demand US iPhone import ban

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Re: In a statement last week, Apple also told The Register

First Brexit, then Trump, now Apple are talking to El Reg.

Are these markers for the beginning of judgement day?

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40,000 Tinder pics scraped into big data service

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Re: a flatmate leaves a fridge when they move out

"There's something weird in the fridge today

I don't know what it is

Food I can't recognize

My roommate won't throw a thing away

I guess it's probably his

It looks like it's alive...

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And livin' in the fridge... livin' in the fridge

Livin' in the fridge... livin' in the fridge"

Weird Al Yankovic - Livin' In The Fridge

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KickassTorrents kicked out again, this time by Australia

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In related news...

10 Years in Jail For Internet Pirates Now Reality in the UK (TorrentFreak.com)

Isn't life wonderful.

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Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Re: Easy

http://bugmenot.com/ - find & share logins, real useful for when you find that obscure/obselete driver file for that old bit of kit you have but the website you found it on requires signing up to access said file.

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No sex please, we're British.

However you're allowed to watch all you want of the distressing footage of stabbings, murder, war etc. that the news channels show.

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Drone maker DJI quietly made large chunks of Iraq, Syria no-fly zones

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Re: So they just roll their own

Yeah, make them learn how to roll their own flying death weapons!

That'll teach em...

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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

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Re: And supposedly Stong A.I. Is just around the corner...

AI learns from humans.

Humans make errors.

If 'judgement day' does come and we get wiped out it'll probably be because it learnt how to be stupid, and stupidity without any sort of conscience is some scary shit.

For god's sake don't let AI watch Jackass, or any 'reality' tv for that matter.

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TVs are now tablet computers without a touchscreen

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Re: Samsung. Eurgh .....

I bought my Sony 'smart' tv less than 2 years ago with a 6 year warranty from Richer Sounds, I expect it'll be quite obselete by the time the warranty ends, but I very rarely use its 'smart' capability anyway because I use external hardware for the source of the stuff'n'junk I consume.

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"Firmware upgradeable."

Yeah I've seen that little advertising gimmick printed on the box of some products I've bought, implying that the product is somehow 'future proof', but with some of them I'd be lucky to get even 2 or 3 firmware upgrades after purchase before the product is abandoned by the manufacturer because they've got a whole new range of 'shiny' they want to sell you and firmware upgrades to products they've already sold you doesn't make them any more money.

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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@William 3, missed opportunity there, you could've told me to shut up about my 'alt fact'.

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Often I've seen Americans refer to their country as 'number 1', although the meaning of that slogan has different connotations outside its borders.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Re: Problem

Always wear surgical gloves?

Though it might be a bit tricky if you were to get stopped at night by the police; "No officer, I wear these so the thieves don't steal my fingerprints". "Yeah that's a likely story laddie. I am placing you under arrest for posession of burglary tools."

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Yarr harr me hearties!

Time to fire up the stove and put the gummi bears into the melting pot!

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2002/05/16/gummi_bears_defeat_fingerprint_sensors/

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Re: Yeah, but what are electrolytes?

It's..what they use to make Brawndo.

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eBay threatens to block Australians from using offshore sellers

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So if you buy things from overseas and you don't pay the GST you'll be labelled a criminal?

Seems absurdly ironic considering the history of Australia...

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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The first iCar crash out on open roads will be blamed on the driver for holding the steering wheel wrong...

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Broadband providers almost double prices after deals end

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Common sense.

Not enough of it to go around these days :(

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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Re: I thought the ROV was going to be named Subby McSinksAlot?

Subby McSinksAlot - Baby Got Ballast:

I like big tugs and I can not lie

You other mariners can't deny

That when a boat docks in with an itty bitty wake

. . .

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Please discharge battery before entering the aircraft.

The reccomended storage level of lithium batteries is 40%, the individual cell voltage being about 3.8v. Some hobbyists who fly/drive RC vehicles only at the weekend will put their 40% charged batteries in sealable plastic bags then in the fridge until the next weekend. The plastic bag stops condensation from getting to the battery when you take it out and let it warm up before charging.

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Drone complaints to cops are up twelvefold in three years

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Black Helicopters

Aircraft Idenfitication Guide for Airline Pilots

https://i.imgur.com/7lx3aJD.jpg

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Reg now behind invisible HTML5 Bitcoin paywall

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They'd never let you down.

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Encryption backdoors won't stop terrorists.

It'll just give hackers a new goal, one with potentially untold riches and/or damage capability.

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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Re: Bravo

"Common sense."

That's practically a superpower in this day and age, I expect Marvel are already working on the film "Common-Sense-Man" who has a sidekick called Deductive Reasoning and they face an endless battle against Instant Gratification Man and his millions of lethargic minions known as The Army of Ignorants.

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Boffins name 12 new types of cloud in first Cloud Atlas since 1986

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None called Jerry Smith?

/Wubalubadubdub!

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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I'm glad Microsoft don't make cars.

EVERYONE would be in danger of said cars on the roads, not just the people driving them.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: Microsoft time

"I'm curious - what's the longest "X hours remaining" any of you folk have seen Windows display?"

Not strictly Windows, but it was on my Microsoft Xbox 360; for a while GTA Online was telling me that my average session time was over 584 million years...

http://www.haku.co.uk/pics/GTAO-SessionTime.jpg

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

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Since I got into quadcopters at the end of 2015 a few people I'd talked to about the hobby had eagerly told me about the amazing follow-me drone which was waterproof and was perfect for selfie videos whilst doing sports - they'd watched the slick, but fake, Lily drone promotional video and believed everything it showed them, which was actually filmed with GoPros on a DJI drone because the Lily was still in development.

Could Kudrone be the new Lily drone?

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Well done El Reg.

I'm sure the fact that a toy drone advert was showing on a terrorist group's YouTube channel was the reeason the channel was pulled.

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