* Posts by An nonymous Cowerd

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An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Rage!

Yep, a neat font trick, by adding just a handful of fonts and by setting my FF52 to this user agent

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Fedora; Linux x86_64; rv:44.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/44.0

I was finally able to get 2 similar users, so three of us in total, that's a bit better than unique

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An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Duh, well they could charge you more for holidays/hotels

so only 48 others are using the single extension Privacy Badger on a locked-down chrome?

>PB logo.gif identified in only 49/~6000 Browser tests,

>whilst on FF 52 there were around 2000 Privacy Badger blocker users, so a bit more dilution

>Safari - a locked down Ghostery (without Evidon direct tracking) seemed OK - but I don't really trust it

however the standard fingerprinting, OS, resolution, fonts canvas etc individualised me in all cases.,

then there's server side cookies, evercookies, telemetry [Apple still get a packet with your UUID everytime you query "About this Mac" on your own desktop/laptop!]

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Machine vs. machine battle has begun to de-fraud the internet of lies

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I have noticed an uptick in fake news last week

To solve this, it helps to put the fake news in context - something that simple AI rules can't realistically do yet

Consider these news stories, what AI or machine learning can put them into context?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4394216/PETER-HITCHENS-noble-cause-Bombs-Al-Qaeda.html

http://blog.dilbert.com/post/159264981001/the-syrian-gas-attack-persuasion#_=_

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4396138/Generals-taking-White-House-says-JOHN-R-BRADLEY.html

( notice that these are a rare exception of the Daily Wail seeming to make sense! )

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

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Thanks petef

perhaps El'Reg's macs are like mine and forgot to tell about any libreSSL sidechannel security updates to OS10.11.6, although somehow Safari upgraded itself today to 10.1 without me noticing!

next I bet the dishwasher will be upgrading its own firmware. . . ?

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An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Is bit-rot a real phenomena?

Bit-Rot seems to have really happened in the realm of RFID/ePassports from the 2006 era. Quite a few in my collection no longer respond, presumably their flash mem is a bit holey by now

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Van Allen surprise: fewer nasty particles than NASA expected

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: "Houston...we have a problem"

Latvia is potentially following the Netherlands in approving state pension liability solutions, an attempt in Lithuania in 2014 didn't succeed after this quote Jul 26, 2014 - Euthanasia might be needed for poor people. . .health minister

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: "incentivised" THIS!

Until I read an article about it [being banned/blocked] I had never thought of using Kodi for streaming stuff:

I just bought the Leelbox for twenty quid , as streaming is defined as NOT ILLEGAL, I watched some great programs [not sport] that would have been very difficult to see/find otherwise - e.g. Peruvian TV playing a Bel Canto opera recital, don't get that form of content on the broadcast media, often, 'appen.

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MAC randomization: A massive failure that leaves iPhones, Android mobes open to tracking

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: the phone actively sends out requests

Yes, all phones that I tested in a previous 'privacy lab' test environment were radiating at maximum power ~ 100mW @ 2.412Ghz 'can you hear me - come in please':- "Trump_Massage_Parlor_Party_WiFi_HotSpot";"Kremlin_OpenWiFi";"Fort_Meade_Hotel";"Vauxhall_Cross_Secret_WiFi";"Palace_Hotel_Tehran" etcetera, really!

I congratulate the , er. . . consultants, who put that in the WiFi spec! "Known networks will be joined automatically" (Laptops obviously do the same, check - for macOS - in Networks/Advanced/Preferred Networks and [-] those that you don't wish to advertise)

and wrt a previous comment, I was able to build an OpenBTS 4G->3G/2G for not that much (€500) for testing inside my indoor double walled screened tent, I think there are hundreds of similar very basic GSM basestations sold every year, according to a Dutch radio-ham who sold me mine.

Currently a russian group has developed a decent open source SDR £800 h/w for 3G/2G here http://umtrx.osmocom.org/trac/ which could easily do the WiFi 'business intelligence' market but with a bit of coding would also cover UMTS/GSM.

Other h/w is available, I think I even got a €25 RTL-SDR to sniff GSM fairly well, as in Kraken, 2TB rainbow tables and successful recovery of keys! Thank goodness I was doing this in a government lab as part of my day job. Interestingly, I found that several essential files , widely available on the internet had been appropriately 'adjusted' - to avoid the script-kiddie usage, more of those hard-working 'consultants' at work behind the scenes.

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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Competition is good & Ryzen looks great

I'm building a few (cheap) home PCs at present and Ryzen is yet to arrive; best value CPU chip this week is suprisingly the Intel Pentium dual-core/4-thread Kaby-Lake G4600 @ 3.60GHz - combined with a KFA2-GTX1060OC 3GB and a few other bits.

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

An nonymous Cowerd

what ads?

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WTF is your problem, Netgear? Another hijack hole found in its routers

An nonymous Cowerd

I recently upgraded from Asus to Apple, throughput went up, availability went up!

(hanging off a long distance 802.11A/WiMax mountain top ISP-company in the alps)

this shiny 2013 Extreme does do AC quite well, limit of about 50 clients, and I was able to find it refurb - Apple are about to drop making new ones, according to rumors. AMZN currently has them for £159.

Strangely, my ISP (often) cut my RT-AC56U off as it was pinging for NTP 'too-much' in their opinion, the previous Asus RT-N16 was perfect - but was taken out by the EMP of lightning hitting something in the garden.

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NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

An nonymous Cowerd

stuff happens

some wellwisher recently sent me a mail message, with a small xml file pretending to be a "meeting.ics", this small file contained a list of 19k+ addresses, all in rsvp-mode

24 Apr 2015 17:26:01 +0200\n

From: remote.participation@xxx\n

To: an_onymous_cowerd@xxx\n

Reply-to:\n

Subject: Adobe Connect - Meeting Invitation to "Meeting Room L2"\n

MIME-version: 1.0\n

. . .

BEGIN:VCALENDAR

removed much stuff that is evil

. . . 19 thousand respondents

PRIORITY:5\n

X-MICROSOFT-CDO-IMPORTANCE:1\n

CLASS:PUBLIC\n

BEGIN:VALARM\n

TRIGGER:-PT15M\n. . .etc

good to see that it might have only disrupted services for a few hours, I post this info here as I've already described the event widely & openly and I've left the field of crypto/internet-security/balance-of-privacy-vs-security/ for something more peaceful!

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Corn-based diet turns French hamsters into baby eating cannibals

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: corn syrup instead of sugar

No, it is now prevalent: check everything that you buy in your local supermarket - from Austria to New Zealand - everything now seems to contain high percentages of glucose-fructose syrup GFS aka (enzymed)corn-syrup or HFCS (high fructose-corn syrup) or fructose-glucose or isoglucose or . . .

and I can't see that it should

Sucrose just ain't what it used to be https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2546703/

p.s. allegedly the EU market for isoglucose will triple next year https://engineeredignorance.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/isoglucose-fake-sugar/

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Trump's FBI boss, Attorney General picks reckon your encryption's getting backdoored

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Simple solution

and hi-res images of the TSA backdoor key were published, meaning that anyone can get in . . .

do you feel even safer?

similar to the FBI/NSA bulk personal dataset super profiled databases of our overcollected private stuff - where it is presumed the crims/vlad have third-party access to it all . . . or have crims/vlad stopped paying & perverting (several/hundreds of) the million squirrels with secret access . . . sigh

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

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Crypto AG is/was in Switzerland

https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2008/01/nsa_backdoors_i.html

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Thermals

I'm happy with my Bulgarian Olimex boards, no USB3 yet, but gig-ethernet whilst cool & silent running.

I used the SATA interface for rotary HDD without problems, stuck a LiPo on as nano-UPS. can run Android or Debian. [Cortex-A7, DualCore, 1GHz, DDR3 1GB, 4GB NAND] ~75$/€/£

https://www.olimex.com/Products/SOM/A20/A20-SOM-EVB/open-source-hardware

https://www.olimex.com/forum/index.php?board=30.0

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DDoS in 2017: Strap yourself in for a bumpy ride

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Pirate

The inevitable DDoS-aclypse is one thing, stealing a USN drone is currently more entertaining!

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/16/politics/chinese-warship-underwater-drone-stolen/index.html

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Apple blames air for iPhone 6S's narcolepsy

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: If only they made batteries removable...

but then your phone couldn't simulate being off (in certain circumstances). . .

many German companies use biscuit-tins as phone homes for confidential meetings

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An nonymous Cowerd

Re: Apple obeying now in some of the EU. . .

I've had a two-year old iPad Air recently repaired under the italian SOGA, iOS10 completely trashed it, revealing some underlying glitches that had been present in iOS9 - but not terminal until the '10.

(there was a bug in the initial iOS10 OTA rollout, according to the 'Genius,' that required a special type of reset), but combined with a background component fault - earned me a complete replacement.

Fruity were fined €0.9M in 2011 and threatened with a further €0.3M in 2012 if they didn't start respecting the SOGA. http://www.reuters.com/article/apple-italy-antitrust-idUSL6E8I2FRD20120702

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Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: About that server...

If I recall correctly , there was a thread or two on Reddit about the actual server, including a hilarious request from the PFY mail server technician who allegedly asked the Reddit community 'how to permanently delete emails for a very important person'

I think the server was kept in a bathroom, but I might be completely wrong , if I get 27 down votes from agency robots then I'll presume I was right!

According to the Daily Mail it was a hosted server, really stored in a bathroom closet

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3201367/Hillary-s-email-firm-run-loft-apartment-servers-BATHROOM-raising-new-questions-security-sensitive-messages-held.html

and Reddit mostly helped the PFY to use 'bleachbit' according tho this

http://dailycaller.com/2016/09/21/house-committee-orders-reddit-to-preserve-hillary-email-technicians-posts/

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Qatari hack: Bank 'investigating' leak

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Re: Why bother with security?

this smells a bit of Spy vs Spy antics (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onR7PD3Grc0)

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

An nonymous Cowerd

Correcting slightly 'beefier MacMini's"

The entry level is now a low speed dual-core i5, with soldered RAM. People have been buying remnants on eBay/other resellers of all of last years' quad-core minis. It's obvious that Apple don't wish the potentially powerful mini to steal sales from Mac Pro and 5K iMac.

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

An nonymous Cowerd

when I first tested ultrawideband in my lab

I got reliable 20 metre distance 100's of megabit/s comms, but even though I knew the UWB-RF was there I couldn't find it on my Tek Real-Time Spectrum Analysers - until...

a) I brought in a 1.25 metre diameter gibertini TVRO dish focussed from 1 metre away at the UWB access point

b) added a Miteq SOTA WB LNA and wa5vjb PCB LP antenna at the feed point.

The UWB RF grass then finally started to become evident. I guess modern TLA agencies use this sub-nanosecond RF pulse-formed data-comms, possibly in addition to the standard piezo exotic audio frequency air-gap bypass.

My question of the day:Can you fit a very large parabolic antenna system on the counter-ELINT trolley in the warm corridor of a datacentre?

what does NYT mean by "trade institutions inside the European Union", EFTA?, DG RTD??, DG TREN??? - terribly radical places!

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Cray scoops Brit switch maker staff and assets from administrator

An nonymous Cowerd

I asked Seymour for a job

and he said "No, can't do that as you're not American"

but this chat was quite some time ago in Switzerland

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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Mushroom

in the antiproton collector at CERN

with a stable beam in the PS, we could see the Mediterranean but mostly Atlantic tides slightly moving France on our beam diagnostics. And that was on the other side of the country, behind an Alp or two.

With linear colliders, they're rather less subtle than stochastically cooled circular ones - you generate a current, and launch/accelerate it in a straight line down an evacuated tube for a single 'bang', each run might well be different, whilst with synchrotron colliders like LHC you get to see nearly the same bunch of particles 27km/c =~ every 90 microseconds and can so prepare the beam 'density' a bit better?

I suppose I'll have to read the design report and see how it might be a good linear design? Last I heard it was hoped that the big interesting linear collider might go to DESY near Hamburg... are you still designing it Nick?

Oh & BTW , hadrons are multi-quark fuzzinesses - eg protons, pbars, neutrons, mesons, pions - not exactly e's and ebars - which are leptons, so might El'Reg be referring to the Huge Lepton Collider?

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Courageous and principled

I am personally limited by the PRISM and related activities. I can't tell you how I'm limited, but I am.

PRISM by its very existence is destroying democracy by not allowing many world societies to ever change. It has the potential to lock the society at the current level.

The PRISM technologies are used, including using the PRISM APIs, by every tin-pot dictator and undemocratic monster out there - Iran, Syria Russia, all the 'stans (inclusing those that boil people alive) etc

PRISM type technology allows targetting individuals, communities, by keyword searches in a database. It allows 3am boot-down-doors, it allows more subtle denial of renewal of housing benefit to category X (who PRISM knows are its enemies) it allows bad things to be done by not necessarily the current US government but by a future more sinister one, it allows these bad things to be done by any state that implements PRISM technologies, which last time I checked was most worldwide states from Netherlands to Malawi for gods sake.

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Colombian boffins reconstruct flight path of Russian meteor

An nonymous Cowerd

apparently the next show will be Mars in 2014

when Comet C/2013 A1 may (or may not) smack into Spirit or Curiosity or..

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BBC World Service in a jam as China blocks broadcasts

An nonymous Cowerd

Re: "impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world"

quote "Must be scope for some geometrically-creative dish design there. There's no reason a dish has to be receiving only from the satellite it seems to be pointed at."

There's a nice garden lamp available in Switzerland which has a concealed 50cm sat tvro dish inside some plastic-globe thing. It wouldn't be much use at C-Band but great for Ku-Band. (It gets around some Swiss planning laws)

last time I tuned around the shortwaves I couldn't actually find the BBCWS - all the famous frequencies 648 5975 9410 15025 seemed to have gone, the obscure freq chart at http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/schedules/frequencies/ shows that they are however still broadcasting targeted areas. A quick check on Glenn Hauser's band scans (at http://www.w4uvh.net/dxld1308.txt) show that China is playing loud "crash & bang opera music" all over the place....but mostly aimed at anything Tibetan/Formosan

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Mobes with monster 72-core GPU to debut in China

An nonymous Cowerd
Happy

Tegra 4i

I'm looking forward to the Tegra 4i, (which is more related to the Tegra 3 than the Tegra 4; The Tegra 4i has similar QuadCore plus the lite CPU to the Tegra 4, but they're ~2GHz Cortex A9 cores; the 4i manages to lose 12 graphic cores - down to just 60...... something else needs that tiny space on the silicon)

So why do I look forward to the 4i?, well it's explained as featuring an British designed Icera software defined radio as part of the SoC single chip package.

SDR History: Icera made a '450 Espresso' HSPA+ modem in 2011 thruput-28MBPS, an Icera 410 LTE Modem thruput-50MBPS (which gained AT&T LTE certification) in 2012, now this upcoming QuadCore Tegra 4i SDR will debut at 100MBPS and will be upgradeable to around 150MBPS LTE/4G.

The Tegra 4i is is expected to power mid-range Android smartphones manufactured in 2014

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Nokia Lumia 820 WinPho 8 review

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FAIL

Quality? I recommended a colleague buy a Nokia Lumia 710

as I was having fun with a HTC Mozart win7.5 'Mango'.

After a year with the Nokia Lumia 710 - my mate emailed (for reasons that will become apparent) and said "great smartphone; lovely screen; snappy browsing; excellent maps; only problem is that when I phone people they cannot understand a single word that I say"

wurfle-snuffle-spludge-zxhuu-zhuu (was the sound)

we tried a proved-good external headset-mic: wurfle-gnurfle-snuffle-spludge-zxhuu-zhuu (again)

seems to be a minority but endemic problem on the 710, minority - sure, but devastating on a phone! The forums seem to indicate that if you can get the phone to a Nokia authorised whatever then they will just swap it, it's some sort of motherboard codec hardware or software failure, there are spikes of digital noise and all sorts of garbage on the voice channel. He's now hunting down a HTC Mango Radar something or other that will probably get the update to 7.8 tomorrow...

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Apple stops Caring in Italy, probably all Europe soon

An nonymous Cowerd

I'll happily pay for Applecare + I live in Italy

sorry that should be "I'd pay for Applecare+" as this extended warranty plus actually has a few micro-pay out of warranty incidents. I asked at Carosello/Carugate Applestore and it's still not available other than in USA. I had to negotiate with the geniuses for quite a while to get my iPad2 screen repaired free OOW. I did mention Warranty/Applecare/Italy a lot during my negotiations and that seemed to help!

(OK its $50 per incident, not that micro - but cheaper than the €250 OOW charge)

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Stuxnet ≠ cyberwar, says US Army Cyber Command officer

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Re: cyber = bollocks!

Yes, cyber-bollocks, cyber-fud, cyberrhea

but cyber-funding is what its all about

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Olympus PEN Mini E-PM1

An nonymous Cowerd

I just bought one

ah - but it was the older Olympus PEN E-PL1 which had a stinking 61% discount at your fave trader with the 14-42 kit lens = £250 all-up that I got. I prefer the 720p AVI video recording to the new 1080p AVCHD which is harder to edit, allegedly, on a Mac. I only get 7 minutes of video in one shot whilst the new camera in this review gets close to a half-hour. The Fotodiox Canon EOS adapter ($23) allows reuse of the old lenses from my ancient clockwork 35mm film SLR, hence saving some more dosh, have to stop-down & focus manually.

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GCHQ losing its 'internet whizzes' to Microsoft, Google

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GCHQ only does it to certain people?

"GCHQ" by R.J .Aldrich isbn-9780007312658 seems to imply that GCHQ does intercept everyone and anyone since ukusa; duchess of york, western union, harold wilson, (NSA FoI request found 1056 documents on diana likely sourced from Cheltenham)...... Google doesn't intercept me as I use baidu as my main search engine ('GCHQ' has 42100 hits on www.baidu.com) and I block the other google services.....I imagine that GCHQ uses unblockable legally defined interfaces to snoop? what other elint/comint/sigint provider can I choose?

the GCHQ parliamentary audit report stated that the average cost to UK Gov of each GCHQ worker is around £45000. I think that would need to double to meet the developing cyberchallenge

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Newly emerged banking Trojan challenges ZeuS-SpyEye duopoly

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I just use Tails

On x86 hardware, Tails is The Anonymous Internet Live System , a 700meg debian distro CD that runs iceweasel over Vidalia/Tor, and leaves minimal footprint on the host hardware. (It runs on a mac, but the Wifi wasn't functional on my iMac-ethernet ok) Now of course the problem is that the crims are starting to host Tor exit servers looking for financial traffic..... Come on three(4inuk) letter agencies, we need more Tor servers!

But yes, windows and banking should be kept f a r A P A R T

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Is there anything to find on bin Laden's hard drive?

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Coat

Whisky not beer?

when I mended a local's video recorder in riyadh a while ago I was unexpectedly given a half-bottle of scotch. I don't think the guy was a paid-up member of the made-up AQ, but he was definitely a pillar of the community and no doubt a supporter of the neighborhood Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Being a normal Saudi local he was a bit bipolar on most issues. Kim Philby's dad, Harry Saint John Bridger Sheik Abdullah Philby stated that "(Saudi/Nejd) Arabs are the only people I know of who combine ignorance with arrogance"

I also met a champagne salesman in riyadh, he said business was very good. The only beer available was tinnies of "Near" (zero alcohol flavored with cat's p!ss) but once the factory accidentally brewed real stuff.... I suspect UBL would have been a sweet-mint-tea persona

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Exploit-wielding boffins go on free online shopping binge

An nonymous Cowerd
Black Helicopters

oDNS is good enough to block the kids!

and allow some homework to get done, the restrictions on the game sites go away around 3 minutes after the last french verbs are conjugated! The serendipital 50% discount was just a result of 'thinking of the kids' - at least until they can type 50.17.222.156 and get to minecraft.net!

but you're right about good(bad?) malware always being able to phone home.

At work we ordered a reasonably expensive reprogrammable widget from a Candian company thru a Paris based dealer, when the actual HP workstation arrived - with sticky labels partially removed but indicating the origin of the HP workstation at a military software company based in the suburbs of Tel-Aviv, we simply stuck the PC in a cupboard and worked on an alternative open source system instead.

I'm sure we'd never have found the presumed malware content. hope it likes the cupboard. Air gaps are better than openDNS, but I think oDNS will work with kids up to around age 15?

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An nonymous Cowerd
Happy

err....this is news?

being mildly paranoid about interweb safety I run Apples/Linuxes without flash, with noscript and betterprivacy and with OpenDNS blocking pages and pages of domains and stuff in the cloud before it gets near me, (like the entire .cn domain)

recently, I attempted to buy a weeks holiday in spain, nice resort 600 squid, but I couldn't complete the booking, I got 99% of the way through - but something didn't let it go through. I started tinkering and permitted scripts, allowed this allowed that, but it wasn't until I let loose the dogs of GoogleAnalytics that the payment page worked - problem was the price changed to 300 squid!

I said YES and paid. (imagining that if it was a flaw in the backend that the famous company would phone me up for a chat and say NO) got email a day later thanking me and the enclosed receipt showed that holiday was 600 squid plus 300 squid special discount, so yes, either it wasn't an error after-all, or 'special discount' mentioned nowhere else is just a way of reconciling a puzzling GIGO transaction. I assume the first option. Shields now back-up, to be taken down step-by-step next year?

it sometimes pays to be paranoid

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Apple frees iOS 4.3 two days before iPad 2 Arrival™

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Thumb Up

sunspider on gingerbread

I updated the iPad to 4.3 without problems, didn't notice *any* difference I must say.

luckily as my OTA Gingerbread popped up this week I can give a webkit.org sunspider0.9.1 result for my HTC Nexus One on Android 2.3.3 build GRI40

Standard Browser 5304.9ms +/- 0.6%

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HBGary 'puppets' FAIL to convince

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Flame

as Александр Исаевич Солженицын said

“Everyone is guilty of something or has something to conceal. All one has to do is look hard enough to find what it is,” from cancer ward, novel 1962; Google (Schmidt) have said (joked?) slightly more recently "that every young person will be entitled to automatically change their names when they reach adulthood in order to escape all the embarrassing stuff they did on social networking sites."

however in Germany this year a company allegedly denied a person a job because suspiciously there was NO FACEBOOK data found about him.

I think digital-footprint wars, with one side (US State via FedBizOps.gov) using Anonymizer IP Mapper and Anonymizer Enterprise Chameleon 'multiple persona swarm management' technologies means that internet Lusers will need balancing enabling technologies, non euphemistically .

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LibCons bin £2bn of late Labour projects

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Pint

I went to primary school in the 60's

next to Leeds Holt Park - when it was Holt Farm, a real farm with horses and fields of barley. ASDA arrived in the 70's, a big PFI school replaced the Holt Park school last year and stole the Farrar Lane (neolithic road) 10,000yr old common field as fenced-off playing fields. The 'postponed' £25M PFI Health Centre Hub would have been useful, in view of aging Britain. Anyway, I went to play IT in Europe decades ago - best wishes to you all!

The High Farm pub is still open in the Holt Farm buildings, decent beer!

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Exploding-battery epidemic caused by 'lithium moss'

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Boffin

Germanium Transistors

I found a box of old 1960's Germanium transistors, AF-117's in my loft. When I knocked up a test circuit - each transistor I tried was faulty. bit of googling led me to

http://www.vintage-radio.com/repair-restore-information/transistor_transistor-faults.html

which mentions that these AF117 series have mostly been 'killed' by dendritic growth.

NASA did some analysis of dendritic growth (in satellites) and found some naughty little tin crystals were able to self assemble to at least 10millimetres in length!

http://nepp.nasa.gov/whisker/

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Chocolate Factory eats crow on Googlephone

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Troll

N1 is a fine phone

Living in Italy, I had to order it from Goooogle via the UK. cost around €440 eventually compared to grey imports into Italy around €700! everything more or less works, some finger-itis occurs (triggering the next icon 'stead of the desired one) - some marketplace free apps are starting to give my Gphone a big doubleclick footprint, openDNS has sorted that. The alarm never worked - until I bought yesterday the Google bluetooth Alarm-Dock, today it rang for the first time in a month - then wouldn't stop - I had to make hard reset to stop the beeping. My wife's nice iPhone is boring in its placid functionality - I value the Nexus flexibility - but it's not worth over 400 quid.

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Icelandic ash cloud to keep UK skies closed 'til Saturday

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Coat

Using an 1090MHz SSR ADS-B radar receiver

(which is networked) I was able to see a single flight from Scotland today; the overall number of flights is down from around 960 General Aviation in the air over Europe at any particular second , to around 300 at present. There is little flight activity until you get down to the Alps.

Below the Alps the traffic is running at 25% of normal volume, based on direct reception of the aircraft L-band squawk codes.

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Software engineer demands source of his speeding collar

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Grenade

red light safety cameras @AC21.21gmt

except in Italy, where many had commune installed red light safety cameras, 99% of these cameras then disappeared overnight when the camera manufacturer was arrested. truffe/semafori truccati

Allegedly, It turns out that the manufacturer/mayors changed the timing of the Amber light down from the legally mandated 'codice della strada' around 4 to 5 seconds to an en-criminalising 2 seconds. there might have been other 'tricks' involved as these were purely revenue cameras (some small village areas Travedona Monate near Varese made around a megaeuro per annum)

I don't know what the legal ramifications on appeals were as I wasn't caught by even the short Amber period.

It was amazing how fast the suspect installations all were removed!

By the way , France is VERY heavily investing in radar installations in 2009/2010 and remember that you need a fluorescent jacket for each (potential) person in the car = on the spot fine if not.

Italy , with a well defined constitution and 'code of the route' states that the following systems have been homologated and approved with info on www.trasporti.gov.it

T RED (decreto di approvazione n. 3458 del 15/12/05; estensioni n. 19403 del 27/7/06 e n. 48534 del 9/6/08).

- T RED Speed (approvazione 34047 del 16/4/08).

- Vista RED (approvazione162 del 23/2/06; estensioni 60298 dell'11/12/06 e 57768 dell'11/7/08).

- Photored F17A (conferma approvazione 1130 del 18/3/04; estensione 16708 del 19/2/07).

- Photored F17D (approvazione 47017 dell'11/5/2009).

- Velocar Red&Speed (decreto di approvazione 56214 dell'8/7/08)

- Traffistar SR 520 (approvazione 47177 del 4/6/08).

- L'Autostop k20 (conferma approvazione 1135 del 18/3/04).

- il Traffiphot III G (conferma approvazione 1132 del 18/3/04).

- L'Italian Red Speed TM (conferma approvazione 1131 del 18/3/04)

I think it wouldn't be possible to examine or contest the software!

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SanDisk flips out 32GB mobile phone card

An nonymous Cowerd
Black Helicopters

tiny form factor

allows the 32gb microSD to fit neatly inside a hollowed-out Euro/Pound/Dollar.

the hollow pound is quite expensive at around 30 dollars from spy-coins.makersmarket.com, I guess their mailing list is now carefully watched!

Plus this is no doubt highly illegal, isn't it still treason to deface The Queen's currency??

rumour has it that one in 5 pound coins is already a dud, but is it a hollow dud???

However the UPCOMING IN 2010 ACTA free trade agreement may render stop and seize of all digital data/code/mp3/mp4 a requirement at every border crossing, though this might be my misconception.

"Oh sorry officer, I accidentally carry all my 'secret' data inside a coin - faraday cage - doesn't everyone?".

Anyway , a coin is less corrosive than the old 'microSD wrapped in clingfilm/saranwrap kept in the mouth' stunt.

('ta to SchneierBlog for the empty cash)

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Apple revises iPad ship date

An nonymous Cowerd

several

by the end of 2010 I think I will own several iPaddies, they are *perfect family computers*.

As i don't need the webcam, I'll wait 'till November when the iPadV2 is released then buy the previous model (the yet to be released 32GB wifi only) on the refurb store for a decent price.

will it be http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/mac or http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/specialdeals/ipod ??

This has previously worked for various MacBook's plastic & Alu , AppleTV's and iPod touches etc you name it.

I've just got the £30 quid WinPro7 64bit EMEA DVD Upgrade running on the 2008 MB, which isn't specified for 64bit WIn7 Bootcamp, but works great.

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