* Posts by Richard 12

2727 posts • joined 16 Jun 2009

Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: @Wommit

All fighter jets shot down in the last couple of decades were brought down by drones.

You see, by any reasomable definition, guided missiles are a type of drone.

One that can't land and doesn't fly for very long, but still a drone.

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Microsoft snubs alert over Exchange hole

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Re: it only takes only four lines of code and a local config file

It's like keeping the house keys in the car.

So if a miscreant can break into your car they have the keys to your house.

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Re: Can anyone explain AOs conclusion?

Napoleonic law starts from the principle that everything is forbidden.

So you're not far wrong.

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Re: Even EU supporters hate these sort of rules.

No he isn't evil.

He's just a fool. A fool with high aspirations and a wonderful view of the world, that sadly doesn't match reality.

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

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Re: WEEKS

It is effectively impossible to do roll back any iOS update whatsoever.

Android can be rolled back at will if rooted, however I understand it to be very difficult (perhaps now impossible) otherwise.

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Australia Post says use blockchain for voting. Expert: you're kidding

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Re: Reminds of a famous quote

Ballot stuffing is relatively difficult these days, because there are so many voters.

Each box doesn't contain very many ballots relative to the margin of votes, which means a lot of boxes have to be compromised.

Stuffing is only really feasible in the rare cases where the margin is in the hundreds of votes.

Unless you can swap out an entire vanload, which would need the collusion of a large number of people.

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Great British Block-Off: GCHQ floats plan to share its DNS filters

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Re: How long?

It was the plebs up North that voted for this, for the most part.

I presume this was mostly because Londoner plebs have seen unbridled Westminster.

Throw off the yoke of the EU! Hand unlimited POWER to your Westminster overlords!

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Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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Re: Paper rocket

Excel...

I once directly controlled the lights in the building from Excel.

I had to take a shower afterwards.

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Brit spies and chums slurped 750k+ bits of info on you last year

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I'll use your maths then

So they snooped on a communication from or to 4.3% of UK households.

Additionally, every single communication has two ends, and thus they snoopped on both ends - 8.6%

That's 1 in 12 households. How many households on your street?

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Seagate sued by its own staff for leaking personal info to identity thieves

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The data wasn't stolen

It was given away.

- At least, that's the allegation.

HR handed over the private data to an unknown party. There was no break-in, they simply said "We want it" and HR handed it over.

Therefore Seagate are 100% completely liable for this. No ifs, buts or maybes.

It's no different to someone crashing their parked car because they forgot to put on the handbrake. They screwed up by making a pretty stupid mistake, and they are liable.

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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I believe that mine supplies power (until it decides the battery might be a bit low) if the vehicle is unlocked but the key is not in the vehicle.

It shuts it down when locked.

So perhaps the key was not in the ignition but the vehicle was unlocked?

And the phablet on display...

Something about that seems foolish. Can't quite put my finger on it.

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Re: The windscreen glass melted

Plastic scratches easily and UV degrades quite quickly.

The glass has coatings to reflect any the UV and is very hard to avoid scratches.

The plastic then provides the extreme toughness to prevent easy cracking and ensure that the pane breaks "safely" in the event of a collision.

Mixed materials are very often far better than any one material.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

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Re: Previous DCC Employee

Probably because they can already track down power theft pretty accurately.

All the substations have accurate metering, and they know the expected load given what's attached to it. It's not rocket science to spot a substation that's supplying more than the expected load.

While in theory more accurate metering might help, it'd take extremely high penetration >90% or more before it could begin to offer anything they don't already have.

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Internet of Sins: Million more devices sharing known private keys for HTTPS, SSH admin

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Re: Doesn't even require complex solution

Generating the keys requires a decent source of entropy - otherwise it's not a key.

Most microcontrollers don't have those unless the IoT designer adds one in hardware.

Some of the new ARM do have this built-in, but it adds cost.

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Not an option in 99.9% of IoT

These are custom hardware.

They aren't PCs, or even well-known chipsets.

There isn't any free software for them, flashing new firmware onto it is difficult - often needing a custom programming dongle - and the huge variety means that every one is different.

Without the original source and toolchain it's basically impossible for a well-resourced developer to create a firmware pack, let alone a hobbyist.

Welcome to the real world of hardware.

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Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

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No means no

And when you've said no fifteen different times in fifteen different ways, what's the final escalation?

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Re: Linus does good work.

These posts happen after a series of "bad idea because..." posts.

It's the final "Seriously, go away right now, you've pushed this way too far."

Unfortunately volunteer-run organisations have very little else they can do - if the volunteer won't accept a polite "no", then the only remaining choices are an impolite "no" or ejection.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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Re: Security eh?

HSBC will of course gladly pay for their customers to change their faces in the event of a breach.

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HDMI hooks up with USB-C in cables that reverse, one way

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Will they cut their licence fees?

It costs a bleedin' fortune to put an HDMI connector on anything, whether device or cable.

That's one of the main reasons DisplayPort is doing well.

The other being that DisplayPort is objectively better, though that's never really mattered too much in this industry.

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Brave idea: Ex Mozilla man punts Bitcoin adblocking browser

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Re: Opt in rather than creep out

Some of that happens because the advertisers do not know if conversion has happened - maybe you're still looking.

Oddly, even the one you actually bought %product% from still pays to advertise it to you.

Some of it is just stupid, like Amazon's "Since you recently bought a satnav, perhaps you'd like a satnav?".

The properly foolish part of it is the timeouts seem to be really long. Many advertisers seem to keep banging on about some you looked at weeks ago, and it's pretty obvious that anything you haven't searched for in a few days is something that you either decided against or have already bought.

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A plumber with a blowtorch is the enemy of the data centre

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In the US it varies by city

And sometimes by street.

In the EU the unions don't have the same kind of stranglehold, however for the most part the primary contractor hires subcontractors who actually know a little bit about the data cabling.

I encounter a lot of aluminium "Cat 6", however for the most part the subbies do a reasonable job because they don't get paid otherwise.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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This would be a civil case, not criminal.

As it's potentially libel or slander. I forget the exact definition.

By publishing, they remove the need for a civil case, so it is crime prevention.

Or at least it can be argued such, which is good enough for the ICO.

Aside from that there is a clear public interest in publishing information that allows the public to check what politicians are lying about each day.

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Because he's damaging their specific business by claiming something that's not true.

A couple of other franchises are, to put it mildly, unacceptably terrible, but Virgin are very good - considerably better than BR ever was - as they've actually invested rather a lot in things like rolling stock and the like.

On top of that, he did it to claim that their business should not exist at all.

Would you let it lie if any politician said "JackHassle'so business is terrible and the Government should throw them out and take it over"?

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Probably didn't happen.

The claim that a family moved has only been made by Corbyn's aides, with nothing to back it up.

So far the only entities claiming that there weren't any seats are Corbyn and his aides.

And the (only?) reason it matters because his entire schtick is honesty - without that he's nothing.

Which is of course why this was a bloody stupid stunt and he should damn well have known better - do it on a Southern train for example.

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NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

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"While falling under gravity" implies that it's a one-shot measurement.

And the kit to do this is huge.

This is not a portable device, even in theory. Sounds like a possible massive scientific instrument like the tanks down mines or current gravity wave sensors.

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NSA's Cisco PIX exploit leaks

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Re: "Whose" interests?

In the case of the NSA, either of those would do.

Companies don't want the NSA snooping around their stuff either.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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Re: What was Unicode for again?

Unicode is very hard to do correctly, yet many programmer insist on trying.

There's a library. Just use ICU (or one of the many wrappers) and have done with it FFS.

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ISS astronauts begin spacewalk to install new docking adapter

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Robot valets

Though you'll be expected to watch them very closely, and forgive then if they accidentally crash the spacecraft as long as they make the sad face.

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My headset is reading my mind and talking behind my back

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Trouble cooking?

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

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Re: Just a thought

There's the videoconferencing tool you're using, the crapware that installs with the Webcam that you can't figure out how to kill, the NSA intercept, the GCHQ intercept and the KGB intercept.

Perhaps this is actually MS's "up yours" to the TLA/ETLA agencies as the intercepts want the compressed stream?

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$100m settlement snub: Super Cali goes ballistic, says Uber deal atrocious

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**Applause**

How long have you been working on that headline?

'Tis a work of art.

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Microsoft promises free terrible coffee every month you use Edge

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Re: '20 of which must be made on mobile'

Pokemon Go appears to have killed the last few.

At least, that's the reason given. Not that they actually play it.

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Adblock Plus chalk talk takes stock: Facebook's gonna block our block of their block of our block? Let's rock

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Re: Williams makes an interesting point,

FB themselves claim to be an outlet for journalism.

So it doesn't really matter whether anyone else agrees, if they say they're a journalism outlet then they self-evidently must comply with those rules.

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

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Re: communicate with the grid... mmmmm

And if thousands of white goods around the country attempted to participate in autonomous demand management, the grid would disintegrate the first time there was a minor frequency excursion.

Suddenly dropped load is ****ing terrifying.

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Re: How is this a "thought crime unit"?

And "obviously" nobody would ever get prosecuted for blowing off steam in a tweet about wanting an airport to get their act together.

Yet it did actually happen.

Laws like this are dangerous.

Putting together a group who's entire purpose is to prosecute people for posting things online is worse, because they will find something to justify their existence.

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Swedish Pokemon teens terrorised by laser-wielding 'sex pigs'

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Unlikely to permanently damage

Even assuming it's really a 1mW, temporary blindness is still no joke.

It's not that different to pepper spray in your face.

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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

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Re: The other Microsoft

Indeed.

I'm rather confused about this alternate history proposed by the article author.

Because if Microsoft had done that, they would have vanished like Acorn, Commodore and all the other non-IBM-compatible PCs.

Microsoft exist because of their support for the myriad of IBM-compatibles, and their dedication to backwards compatibility, making sure that almost everything from the last decade still runs fine on next year's hotness.

This is blatant abuse of monopoly if it works, and killing the product if it doesn't.

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Researchers crack homomorphic encryption

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Re: can't resist

Put down your phone and tablet, and step away from your computer.

Those are all direct results of long-running "nerd wars".

And while you're at it, hand in your satnav, disconnect your electricity, gas and oil, and don't eat any food that came further than a day's walk.

I tip my hat to the nerds that came before, for they built our world.

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More gums than Jaws: Greenland super-sharks live past 400 years old

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Re: "...carbon-14 dating of Greenland shark eye lenses."

Also 272 isn't an average, it's an error bar.

Carbon dating is quite accurate but not very precise.

The largest of the sharks tested was aged between 272 and 512 years old, so most probably ~400.

Those are some pretty wide error bars.

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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Re: Not so much on call

Which is why nobody should ever be lone working.

Things can go oh so very badly wrong even when you're sat at a desk.

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I presume it's geographical numbers

Payphones will have originally had phone numbers assigned from the same block of numbers as the homes nearby.

So a 1-digit change gets a phone near the home, and if that happens to be a payphone then it's probable that it's a payphone near their home.

So the probability is higher than pure random that the right person is near enough to the payphone.

On top of that, nobody ever remembers the millions of times somebody phones a wrong number and gets the wrong person, only the occasion where the right person was on the wrong number.

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SAP kills staff reviews

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Wow. Smart move!

It seems there is now somebody in SAP HR who has a vague understanding of human nature.

Can they be moved into product design?

SAP's software is one of the most actively user-hostile things I've ever encountered.

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£1m military drone crashed in Wales after crew disabled anti-crash systems – report

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Re: Pitot tube for altitude?

Not to mention that they're nowhere near accurate enough for an instrument landing anyway.

Still, it's not like you could follow a radar beam down into the tarmac...

That's wierd. The airfield has one of those already.

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Re: It's almost as if the purpose of the design wasn't to make the best possible drone

In which case, why did they not just use the firmware and hardware from Ardupilot?

It works better and costs bugger all, so all the more margin.

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Idiot flies drone alongside Flybe jet landing at Newquay Airport

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Re: Conspiracy theory

The difference is in the props.

A helicopter has variable-pitch blades on the rotors, while a multicopter has fixed-pitch blades.

This means that tri/quad/hexa/etc/copters are much simpler to build and repair as there are far fewer moving parts.

- A quadcopter has exactly four moving parts and eight bearings/bushings.

That said, this almost certainly was not a drone anyway. It will have been a balloon or a plastic bag. Model aircraft do not fly fast, and are relatively rare. Balloons and plastic bags do not fly fast, and are very common.

In both cases you'd get to see it for a second or less, only enough time for a "flash of colour".

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

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Re: Would this count as a "malicious communication" for the purposes of UK legislation

Hacked USB flash firmware is a very common trick.

It's only discoverable by trying to write and read back the full reported size.

Perhaps my favourite marketing USB stick muppetry was the metal half-shelled USB memory stick handed out by several companies a few years back.

Those would quite easily go in upside-down, so you can guess what happened...

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Re: Would this count as a "malicious communication" for the purposes of UK legislation

Incompetence rather than malice.

Buying a few million USB sticks with pre-installed marketing tat always results in something going titsup.

Usually the marketing guff is never pre-installed, but sometimes you get a little extra...

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US Politicians tell DEF CON it'll take Congress ages to sort out how to regulate crypto

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Re: But.

It's a decent argument to make though.

"If you do this, your backers go bankrupt and you lose all your campaign funding."

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Inaccurate

Consider North Korea, Russia, Turkey, several sub-Sahara countries and many others.

The population demonstrably cannot trust these governments to act in their best interest, because they are either corrupt or dictatorships - perhaps both.

Once a thing is done it cannot be easily undone. Perhaps you trust the entirety of the current US Government. Perhaps you believe, despite all the incontrovertible evidence to the contrary, 100% of them are absolutely perfect and would never, ever under any circumstances do anything whatsoever to make any innocent person's life difficult in any way.

How long can that situation last? What if a lunatic with a bad toupee became President? What if a power-mad guy became director of an intelligence agency?

Unless you can be certain that there will never, ever, under any circumstances, for the entire future history of the USA be anyone who would ever be tempted to abuse such powers, you cannot ever allow these powers to exist.

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AdBlock Plus blocked in China: 159m forbidden from stripping adverts

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But adblocking clients don't exist

My browser never bothers to ask for the adverts. They aren't blocked

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