In 99.9% of cases something usually needs to be put down in order to open the door by the handle
Lever handles for the win. Then you can use your elbow or your shopping to open the door.
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In 99.9% of cases something usually needs to be put down in order to open the door by the handle
Lever handles for the win. Then you can use your elbow or your shopping to open the door.
No, SpaceShips One and Two are overhyped. Assuming equal mass, the energy required to reach orbit is more than forty (40) times greater than the energy required to reach an altitude of 100km. They're not playing in the same league.
> Very poor practice to rely on static IPs
Except in many cases ... and the DHCP server would commonly be one of those.
"have the DoD destroy them with some air-to-space missiles"
Exploding anti-satellite missiles would be a *much* more serious source of space junk than a few tiny satellites.
"You host anything, with a US based company, regardless of where the physical iron sits, Uncle Sam can Go Shoulder deep into your data and pull anything out he wants."
Bad news for you: it's not limited to US-based companies. Say you're a UK university with a small presence in the US for the purposes of purchasing, marketing, etc. What's to stop the US subpoenaing data held on a UK campus? You probably don't want to end up in a situation where university employees can't travel to the US.
"Copyright infringement is a crime. It isn't stealing, but it is still criminal."
Nope. It varies by jurisdiction but commonly you have to be profiting from your copyright infringement for it to be a criminal act. Using a Getty image for your school assignment isn't going to result in any criminal penalty, even if you use the high resolution versions.
"Microsoft's agreement of purchase prevents class action law suit."
That might fly in the US: there are precedents there for software at least. I don't that kind of clause is going to be effective to many other jurisdictions though, especially for hardware.
' "May" being a word that European data privacy watchdogs have strongly discouraged companies using'
"May" also being a name they probably feel strongly about as well.
There are now multiple conflicting rumours of ZUMA failure, all vague and unverified due to ZUMA's secret nature. Was it SpaceX's fault? Are the rumours misdirection aimed at obscuring ZUMA's real nature and continued existence?
This is just like how they tax car companies for the costs of all the traffic cops. And, linking with the terror angle, I propose they up these special taxes on car companies now that the government has to pay for all those new bollards to stop terrorists mowing down pedestrians.
I wonder how long it will be before the government makes it illegal to use a tool like this on your passport photos. They probably think it is already but catching people at it and successfully prosecuting them is going to be challenging.
'Quad9 won't “store, correlate, or otherwise leverage” personal information.'
And if the above is a lie our legal recourse is what? It's a free service so no contract exists. And I assume it's legal for police in the UK to lie to encourage people to incriminate themselves, the same as elsewhere in the world. I think there's going to be a large overlap between the likely users of such a service and the tinfoil hat brigade who won't be touching it with a barge pole.
How do you know the NDA isn't itself protected by copyright, or have you seen it, in which case, why not post a copy? There's a good chance that DJI only sends out the NDA to people who apply and there's nothing to stop them controlling distribution using copyright law.
The 4.7.7 update is just exactly the same patch as the 4.8.3 patch. WordPress appears to apply security patches to older versions going back a long way, which is nice. Updating from a 4.7 to a 4.8 release is not necessary for security reasons and will probably change the way your site looks, or even break it if you use customisations or plug-ins.
Best practice would be to have a test site to try any upgrade first, before upgrading your production site. I usually just risk it and allow auto-updates for patches that only increment the third part of the version number but changes in the second number are too dangerous to skip testing if your site is commercial.
The heads can read a narrow track but only write a broad track. So the writing partly overlaps within a "zone". Reading is as before but, if you want to write a track, you have to write all the overlapping tracks.
Obviously, don't use these in a write-intensive and/or random-IO environment. They're ideal for things like steaming video where it's almost all read-only, and the writes are huge files, i.e., mostly sequential.
I'm pretty sure that if the bank made a mistake whereby it lost $1T of funds it would be on the hook and the old "computer error" defence would not stop them being bankrupted. Also, I'd be very surprised if AUSTRAC needs to demonstrate criminal intent to nail the bank; incompetence alone should be enough.
Remember when they had stuff they really didn't want you to photocopy they'd print it in black on red or something? Because colour copiers and even scanners were not generally available. This 3D printing DRM seems about as stupid as that. It may annoy a few people at home trying to make a copy or two for their own use. It will have zero impact on the serious counterfeiters who know what they're doing and who will trivially work around this.
More to the point, as far as I can see the wide availability of cheap photocopiers has still not killed off the printing industry; ebooks are having more of an impact. The nearest equivalent for toys I can think of is VR headsets so maybe Disney should be concentrating on VR games featuring their characters. Kingdom Hearts III VR anyone?
"Anti-slavery legislation might trum [sic] warrant. It could be an interesting situation."
Anti-slavery legislation is just legislation, open to being overridden by subsequent legislation. We're not talking about the US where they have an anti-slavery clause in their constitution which will trump (with a small "t") any legislation.
"I expect to see a lot of researchers putting up warrant canaries if this ever happens."
This is not a problem for the government. Australia has already outlawed warrant canaries for some situations. If your legal system allows the government to outlaw revealing the existence of warrants then outlawing the revealing of the non-existence of warrants is but a short step.
"And what happens if they are asked a direct question about vulnerabilities? Are they legally required to lie? Even knowing that people will suffer loss due to their false reassurance?"
You don't have to lie; "I can't answer that for legal reasons" would probably be a legal response. If further asked what those legal reasons were then "I can't answer that for legal reasons" is, again, going to get the job done. It's going to convey much the same kind of impression as the phrase "helping the police with their enquiries".
Seems more apt than usual at this time.
Updating the software won't help. Decoding H.264 in software for even Full HD content, much less 4K, will be beyond the ability of any Android CPU. Going up to H.265 (HEVC) will be worse. Unless the graphics chip can provide hardware acceleration for a new codec (not going to happen) then you can forget decoding on that system. The sad reality is that forwards compatibility isn't worth attempting.
The move to increase the bit-depth (per channel) to 10 in the 4K H.265 standard is another example of why forwards compatibility won't work. Even if the processing unit could decode the video, there would be no way to display the 10-bit colour-depth on an old 8-bit display.
Making targets reflective is surprisingly ineffective against lasers. Only a small amount of heating starts to darken the surface and then it's all over.
Ask the government to encrypt government documents using only the same cryptography that has been used to backdoor everyone else's documents. Ask them why they're not comfortable publishing encrypted versions of, say, the minutes of recent cabinet meetings.
If the Dutch get too out of hand after sailing from Vlissingen, seems like an appropriate response would be some kind of return visit a few weeks later to celebrate the 208th anniversary of the bombardment and capture of the French port of Flushing. Surely they've got the mosquitoes under control there by now.
Surely this monster database is backed up to tape offsite securely, essentially forever. Explain to me how they can delete selected images from those backups. Thought not.
"both depend heavily for their traffic on showbiz trivia"
Wikipedia lives on donations, not advertising; therefore they don't depend on page views for cash. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that their donations are not predominantly coming from people interested in "showbiz trivia".
It doesn't seem likely that these criminals are cretins; I doubt they'd spend their time with ransomware if it wasn't turning a profit. Some people must be paying up. Even it none of the NHS trusts are paying up, this just means that the evil ones could improve their targeting, assuming they have any, but it doesn't make them cretins.
The talk of notices and counter-notices does sound like the DMCA is being used but this is claimed to be a trademark issue. My understanding is that the DMCA is for copyright only and not for other forms of intellectual property. As noted "Winter is Coming" is way too short to qualify for copyright protection.
Yes, apparently all the "Big 4" Australian banks decided just a few months ago that anything looking like an international transaction, even if entirely involving Australia dollars, was worthy of a full 3% bank fee. Any clues on avoiding this rip-off would be appreciated. Apparently some "platinum" credit cards are immune but gold and below are fair game :-(. It's particularly annoying because it's impossible to tell in advance whether international vendors like Adobe will generate the charge or not.
Could this be some kind of attack of the bean counters? Maybe their SMS gateway costs them more to send messages overseas. Also, they (and other sites that do 2FA via SMS) seem to have some kind of priority deal since the SMSes always arrive very promptly. I wouldn't be surprised if message validity expires before they are delivered overseas in some cases. Still, it's a stupid move to rate convenience over security.
'nor will those who publish crypto software, with the exception of when the technology applies to "weapons of mass destruction" '
How can cryptography apply specifically to weapons of mass destruction? If I publish general-purpose cryptographic software and a third party uses it to massively destroy stuff, am I on the hook? If not, what's the point of trying to control this stuff? If so, Defence's "not punitive" claims aren't very credible.
Why not just simply not export the research? Print copies, hand electronic copies to the examiners, but do not publish it online. Now you haven't exported it; problem solved. Surely exporting is not a requirement for the research to count towards assessment, or are some of the examiners overseas?
Now, if someone else maliciously (or this a strict liability law, no mens rea required?) exports it afterwards I can't see how it's your problem (or the university's, unless the other party was also part of the university). Does the law require this type of research to be kept secret or just not be exported? Is it an offence to recklessly or negligently reveal munitions research which might then be exported by others?
What's the good of hiding your IPv4 ass when it leaves your IPv6 bollocks exposed?
"Presuming the cars are tracked via GPS the car has to get its position"
You'd like to think that. I paid the more reasonable cost for the app last year and quickly concluded that the car position was probably being guessed ("interpolated" if you want to be generous) from just the three detection points they have around each circuit (at the end of each "sector"). The app was garbage that frequently showed up nonsensical information. It was marginally useful in seeing how non-front-running cars were doing, and during the ad breaks, but the bad experience made mine an easy decision when they drastically upped the price for this year. Now I'm feeling smug about this story.
Back to the GPS concept: if the cars do have GPS, and it would be so easy, cheap and useful that they probably do, then the telemetry is going to the teams, not to the F1 organisers. The teams get the timing data from the organisers and not the other way around.
Nominative determinism in action.
I understand that there's a clock ticking in Sweden so Assange doesn't have long to wait to forget about that mess due to a statue of limitations on his alleged crimes. His real problem will remain in the UK where he's clearly skipped bail.
Long ago, like in the 80s, there was ".oz" for Australia but it didn't survive the move to use the international standard for two-letter country codes so we changed, with a brief transition via ".oz.au". Only ".uk" seems to have managed to break the rules in that respect.
> As media transitions to digital
"As"! It's happened. I've been to plenty of Australian cinema venues in the last year and they've all been purely digital so my guess is that at least 90% of cinemas receive their films from the courier on 3.5" hard disks. Cost of the hardware is going to be around $100. Gone are the days of celluloid and silver.
The only reasons for staggering releases now are things like alignment with varying holiday dates in different countries. In fact there must be an incentive to align releases since surely people are less likely to go if they've already heard spoilers.
I'd much rather have an adhoc system of someone publishing what hash THEY see for Facebook, and what I see for Facebook and then if they match I have a semblance of security.
How are these published hashes going to reach you? Over the Internet? So the man in the middle is just going to intercept your request for these hashes and replace them with hashes for their bogus certs. In China in particular, the government controls your Internet connexion so this would be trivial for them. You could try downloading the hashes over SSL but, whoops, chicken meets egg. What you're suggesting is just an alternative or secondary system of trust that's really no different from what we have already.
"I wonder if enough people ran a background process that randomly walked the web with their spare bandwidth"
This seems too heavy-weight. If they have to record every IP number we communicate with, why not just ping IP numbers randomly. You could do this at a fairly high rate before it impacted your performance or traffic costs but it would hit their database fairly hard.
If you seriously think that a company that takes as many advertising dollars for Australian consumers as, for example, Facebook doesn't have a business presence here well ... Trust me, the Australian government would be able to extract the fines if it comes to that. See: https://www.facebook.com/FacebookAU/info?tab=page_info
There's only one, yet there are three. Last time someone tried to deal with a paradox of this kind they came up with the catchy chant "the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit". Amusingly this time it's "the Access, the WAN and the Data Centre" which has exactly the same rhythm. No, I don't want to hear any Latin.
If you want accented letters in IOS, just hold down the relevant letter key and all the accented options will pop up.
Your ISP service is not good so Akamai's stats are wrong?
I trust Akamai to know what download speeds people are getting; they're the ones who actually serve up many large downloads and the bottleneck is rarely going to be at their end. Where does the ABS get their numbers? I assume it's what ISPs and/or customers quote about their plans. Do we really think the maximum speed quoted on people's plans is a good guide to actual end-to-end performance?
Why are we blaming international link bottlenecks here? The whole reason we have Akamai in the first place is to bypass those links. Surely their stats will be based on speeds from their on-shore presence to Australian end users, a great way to measure our actual end-to-end speeds over entirely Australian infrastructure.
Any word on how many years of operational life have been sacrificed? Maneuvering fuel is often the limiting factor for satellites and presumably they must have used plenty of it to make a substantial orbital change like this. Once the fuel tanks are nearly empty the birds can no longer maintain station. They're supposed to use the last of their fuel to move away to a graveyard orbit or deorbit to avoid being a hazard.
An important feature of a voting system is that everyone has a chance to see and have confidence that it's secure. This means understanding what happens every step of the way. Voting on paper and using ballot boxes makes this possible though even this simple system can be rorted. Compare this with electronic voting which is many orders of magnitude more complex. No one person can possibly understand all the code in the voting software, OS, encryption libraries, drivers, computer and networking device firmware.
Want to speed up the count with computers? No problem: OCR the ballot papers. Maybe they already do. It would need to be special and very conservative OCR to deal with handwriting and send anything with even the slightest ambiguity to a human. Spot checking would be routine and you could always fall back on a full manual count because you still have the all-important piles of paper that voters actually marked.
"LEDs are less than 50 percent the power of CF bulbs for twice the light output"
When I go down the lighting aisle I find that LED lights struggle to even match CF for efficiency. 80 lumens per watt seems to be about the best you'll get for either technology. Wake me up when I can buy a standard bulb replacement that beats 100 lumens per watt.
Telstra already redirects DNS queries for non-existent domains to some advertising page in violation of DNS specs. You can opt out of this behaviour by manually configuring a different Telstra DNS server. Sadly this service has a high rate of false negatives which is probably also in violation of specs. It will occasionally tell me that sites like google.com or even theregister.co.uk don't exist ... until I push reload. I'm sure their new blocking rules will only make their DNS service even more reliable.
Are you serious? How long do you think the mercury in a glass thermometer is going to stay sealed in glass once it's buried with tons of other waste and driven over by heavy equipment?
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