* Posts by Charles 9

10410 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: Guns...

A high-candlepower utility light should be more than sufficient, and they make them in a portable handheld configuration. Wide cone of light so it works shotgun-style: hard to miss.

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Re: Cricket bats

Not to mention baseball bats (which are nigh-ubiquitous in America) can inflict comparable damage, especially the aluminum ones. Their ubiquity and legality make them a preferred gang weapon when less-lethal force is required.

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Bloke cuffed after 'You deserve a seizure' GIF tweet gave epileptic a fit

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Re: Responsibility

Just curious. What if the allergy sufferer is illiterate? I think that claim was used in the McDonald's coffee suit (which got tossed out for a different reason), claiming the plaintiff couldn't understand the "Caution! Hot!" warnings on the cup because he couldn't READ the warning.

Just wondering if there's a precedent for when a business gives fair warning but the victim was not in a position to read or comprehend the warning.

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Carnegie-Mellon Uni emits 'don't be stupid' list for C++ developers

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Re: Pascal is the future!

"Don't take control from me when I know what I am doing."

But then, the big question. Do you KNOW what you're doing, or do you THINK you know what you're doing?

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DNA-bothering eggheads brew beer you were literally born to like

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Re: Budweiser

The fact Budweiser and especially Bud Light sells considerably should tell you people like F'n close to water (that's what Sex on the Beach is, after all). Also remember, most of America is hotter than most of Europe, so their preference for alcohol content will be different due to the climate (lagers sell a lot better than ales in hotter climates).

The fact the craft beer industry is thriving in America should also tell you it's not the end of the beer world there, either.

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It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard

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Re: Well you don't actually have to listen to anything W3C says

Plus distributors normally have the most important thing a talent needs to make it in the business: connections.

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Re: Fair Use, We Don't Need No Steenkin' Fair Use!

Well, as they say, their content, their rules, unless you want to go back to the commission model.

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Re: Dreadfully Reaming My Internets

4K BDRIPs haven't shown up yet. They're learning from the console and smartphone people, where hardware-based chains of trust have kept jailbreaking and pirating to a minimum.

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Re: Sellout

More like waved the white flag. He realized he didn't matter anymore. The Wild West is being tamed (as ever) by the robber barons. Money talks, all else walks.

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Re: Remember everybody!

Wanna bet HTML6 will move the markup behind the EME to prevent online (malware) editing? Remember, Google's on the W3C, AND they produce the most popular browser in Chrome, and Mozilla is more or less forced to follow or become insignificant. Does the term "captive market" ring any bells?

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As ad boycott picks up pace, Google knows it doesn't have to worry

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Re: Who watches adverts?

Until something goes wrong like a false positive. I once used a Proxomitron but had to give it up due to too many false positives.

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Re: Who watches adverts?

But as the old skit goes, while ad men may be wasting most of their money, there's no way to know WHERE that "most" is actually being wasted, and that 10% is enough to support all the rest, so ad men keep plugging.

As for the ad-blockers being popular, are they REALLY popular? Popular as in the hoi polloi are using them now, or do they just SEEM popular because the tech-oriented are being squeaky wheels?

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

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You hide it in plain sight by not using traditional channels. Say disguise it with other encrypted traffic with no specific destination (the plods intercept at switch level).

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Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers

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Re: Analogies

Or worse, they use one layer to leapfrog or otherwise bypass the others.

In this case, they can perform a "Cry Wolf" attack. Trip a bunch of false alarms so that eventually keeping the alarm and responding to it isn't worth the time and/or money. Or trip someone else's (maybe multiple) system(s) as a diversion to keep them busy while you go for the real target.

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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Re: Another slight issue?

Except last I checked the ISS is in LOW Earth Orbit (meaning 1,200 miles tops--higher than that is Medium Earth Orbit). It's closer to terra firma than the geostationary distance of 22,000 miles or so.

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I think the better term is "Li-Fi".

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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No, changing your IP won't deter the snoops for very long.

Quote: "However, Herrmann writes, someone with access to the infrastructure can easily watch a user's behaviour while they have one IP address, create a classifier for that user, and look for behaviour that matches that classifier when the IP address changes."

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Still, you have to wonder how long they'll be able to stay afloat with just one sponsor and what operationally amounts to a money sink.

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Re: RaspberryPi + PiHole

Not so sorted. PiHole only caches for five minutes.

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Re: How do you defeat against your own ISP recording your browsing history?

But can you REALLY trust those VPN providers to actually have the servers located in the countries listed AND not talk to Five Eyes on the sly?

And some of us can't use ad-blocking domain lookups due to false positives.

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No it won't, as the article notes. They can re-establish your trail, especially if it's the ISP (who ASSIGNS your IP) doing the tracking.

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No, the caches are just too short. Even ip-hole only caches for five minutes.They're saying you can solve it by keeping your cached entry for MUCH longer: say until it no longer works.

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"1) Going to the DNS for every request is inefficient. Caching for some period would be assumed to be standard. That period could be assumed to be more than a few minutes."

Unless, of course, it's the ISP that's doing the caching. Then they can still track you.

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Guess it's time for yet another use for a Raspberry Pi:

Use your raspberry Pi as a DNS cache to speed up your internet

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Unless you're using a CGNAT...

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Re: Simple fix

And if that's not possible (I can't on my R7000 because the latest versions still don't support WiFi)?

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Re: Explanation please?

Yes. Most of the images don't come from wikipedia itself, for example, but from the Wikimedia Commons (another domain, another lookup). How many pictures does that one page contain compared to other pages on the 'Pedia? What distribution of 'Pedia/Commons requests are made?

Put simply, because of all these side requests, just one page can create a fingerprint that can be combined with other pages to create a distinct trail. And unlike what the article says, many of us have longer-term IP allocations (otherwise, home servers don't work so well). Worst part is that this sniffing is all done via basic Internet protocols; trying to mask them will require changing the protocols which may not be efficient or even possible.

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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Re: Next:

"American Chili is exempt as it is weak-sauce."

Don't be so sure about that. Many places like to play dares on spiciness and routinely use Scotch Bonnets, Habaneros, and worse in their foods. Buffalo Wild Wings' spiciest wings use Ghost Peppers after a test showed them to be very popular. And remember the current world record for hottest chili pepper is an American cultivar: the Carolina Reaper.

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Re: Coming soon....

Again, a person with an implant bomb can fly buck naked (make the incision look like an appendectomy scar) and still go off on the plane. Or how about a SWALLOWED bomb that can then be regurgitated in the bathroom mid-flight (just say you're airsick)?

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Re: X-ray chat

"All explosive material is organic."

What about primary explosives? Last I heard they tend to use either lead azide or mercury fulminate. Both are inorganic. Sure they may be tricky stuff to handle, but so is PETN, and they HAVE used that.

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Re: Idiocy - but hardly a surprise

"For maximum effect a bomb has to go off while the plane is in the air but not only is the hardest to engineer, we've already seen that the chaos and terror which are the terrorist's aims can be achieved far more easily: just blow something up or start shooting in a crowd or getting a wheel or tyre to fail. Or just making a call to say you've planted a bomb."

But eventually the cry wolf thing gets stale and you gotta back it up somehow. I'm surprised they haven't plied their brains into demonstrating a means of blowing up a plane that CANNOT be prevented without blocking all airflight altogether. If you can pull it off for real JUST ONCE, you can put all general airflight on pins and needles because now you can literally down ANY airplane, ANY time, ANY where with no practical recourse. Now THAT would be what I call terror: because it would actually be backed up.

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Re: Idiocy - but hardly a surprise

"But show me a single determined, disciplined, smart one with A-level or better knowledge of electronics and chemistry and the ability to figure out export bureaucracy, and if he wants to blow a plane up - he'll do it. And he won't even need a ticket."

Oh really? Explain how without resorting to a ticket, security clearance, OR connections.

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Re: Denial of Service Attack

Why not substantiate the threat with one or two actual bombs like in the Somalia attack. Then they can't just blow off the threat and always have to wonder what's next.

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Since SMS, Twitter, and L33tspeek became end vogue.

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

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Re: MAC address changes are DANGEROUS because

But without a guaranteed unique identifier, there's NO WAY to prevent Mallory or Gene posing as you. Which basically means the whole network model (wired AND wireless) is not trustworthy because ANYTHING that runs on top of it can be hijacked from the outset (at First Contact, IOW).

Which puts us back into DTA Mode.

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Re: LINUX BEAT THEM BY YEARS

The problem was that ARM systems were not built with modularity in mind. Because they were made for power-sipping, fixed hardware maps on SoCs were the systems in vogue there. But beyond embedded and portable applications, you need modularity because configurations can change. An SSD may crap out and need switching. Same with a DIMM. Or perhaps GPU tech moves up and you want to upgrade. For the REAL PC world, you need to be able to mix and match, and to do that, you need a more general hardware design: something like an enumerated bus, which SBSA is a key step to providing.

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"Wow can be played on WINE. I haven't tried it since WINE 2.0, but with WINE 1.9.x and Legion, it worked without a performance penalty when using OpenGL. Unfortunately, Blizzard's implementation of OpenGL is buggy, and since it's not a supported API, they're not improving it (by their own admission)."

Last I checked, Battle.Net also BANS you for using WoW on WINE. So it's really a non-option. And let's not get started on their new ubergame, Overwatch. All WINE reports on it has been Garbage, so it doesn't look like Blizzard even cares. And like I said, Valve has little to show for all its efforts, and they're a company that KNOWS about Microsoft's plans. What do you do when no one seems to care the sky really is falling?

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Stolen passwords integrated into the ultimate dictionary attack

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Re: Password could work if expanded

Are you aware that websites have to accommodate the BLIND by law? Picture passwords are useless to the blind.

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Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)

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If Android would just include an internal backup mechanism, then my biggest reason to root would disappear. Why doesn't Android come with a utility so basic even Windows comes with one now?

PS. While they HAVE done KitKat, Oreo is a from a different company (Nabisco vs. Hershey) which would mean a different license agreement.

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Confirmed: TSA bans gear bigger than phones from airplane cabins

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Re: Meh

So, I was right, #1 and #2 applied to you. They DID search the case AND Customs did a check on it, identifying your bag in the process.

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Laptops, especially ultrabooks, CAN'T go in the hold because they have Lithium-Ion batteries in them (make them a spontaneous fire risk).

I'm still waiting for an incident to occur that involves a bomb that's practically impossible to detect (like the one with the bomb literally up his butt--he just forgot to take it out first).

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And before anyone says it's a hoax, recall the Daallo attack. That WAS a laptop bomb.

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Re: Batteries?

As I noted, I think the directive is meant to ban their transportatiobn, full stop. If you can't check them and you can't stow them, you simply can't take them with you.

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Re: Smaller-than-phone devices exempted?

Didn't one of those CATCH FIRE about a week ago?

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Re: Meh

One, SOP for lost bags is to search them in case they're contraband or assembled-on-the-spot bombs.

Two, since the luggage has an ID on it, they can tie it to the passenger and Customs can gets notified. Meaning they can also present a bill.

Three, there's no guarantee you'll even get the lost baggage.

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Re: Safer Baggage

I wonder how long that will last when people with appendectomy scars start trolling, "I have an implant bomb!" Since even a full-body x-ray's going to have a hard time finding an explosive INSIDE a body. And let's not start with dildo bombs (no joke; someone actually DID that one).

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Re: Meh

I already have, and he's right. The gate BEFORE the Luggage Claim is the Passport Control counter, where you show your "Papers, Please!"

The gate AFTER the Luggage Claim is Customs, where you're required to declare your belongings. Customs MUST wait until you regain ALL your belongings: including the checked baggage.

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Gestalts. Greater than the sums of their parts.

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Re: Any politician that proposes shit like this...

"Those not able -that is, everyone of them- should be put into a barrel and thrown into some big waterfall. Oh, and the barrel should be filled up to the brim with cacti."

And if they're masochists?

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Tip for darknet drug lords: Don't wear latex gloves to the post office

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Re: Why would he wear latex gloves?

Depends on the substance. Latex gloves are totally useless, for example, against dimethylmercury.

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