* Posts by Stoneshop

3975 posts • joined 8 Oct 2009

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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First against the wall

After we're done with the environment-destroying governments and companies, so they have some time to reflect on their antisocial behaviour.

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Marriott's Starwood hotels mega-hack: Half a BILLION guests' deets exposed over 4 years

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Re: Being fair to Marriott

Details of half a billion customer

Half a billion customer records. Though with multiple records per customer that would still amount to at least several tens of million customers.

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Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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A pain in the arse is what it is.

You should bevel the corners then, and also wet it.

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Re: what's soap?

It's what you use to get the blood off your hands when you want to approach the next luser without raising undue suspicion.

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Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: Reluctantly may have to get a smart meter.

Nice ideas with the mirror and camera, but I need to repeatedly push the button on the electricity meter to cycle through the display to get both the daytime and night readings.

A Raspberry Pi can easily control a servo or solenoid positioned to push that button for you, as well as run the cam. And you only need to power it up the moment you actually need to read the meter.

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Re: Ca$h...

all those who didn't have a convenient roof to put some subsidised panels on.

Over here there are initiatives to let people participate in installations on other people's roofs, including public buildings.

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Re: Nah.. They won't be getting a grilling..

they simply dont last anywhere as long as they claim.

We've bought a bunch of them at IKEA[0][1], various wattages and both dimmable and not, and none have failed in over at least three years; a number are approaching five, and I can probably locate two or three that were fitted when we moved in seven years ago.

[0] Cheap enough that I can't be arsed to look for even cheaper ones. That might come with probably higher failure rates anyway.

[1] Hex key not needed, therefore not included.

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Re: Nah.. They won't be getting a grilling..

The biggest consumption in fridge/freezers is the motors. Strategies like keeping the freezer full - even with added blocks of newspaper - will cut down that consumption.

My freezer, when opened, presents me with a column of closed drawer fronts, so there's very little cold air wafting out. And it beeps at me when I have the door open for longer than (a minute I think).

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Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*

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Re: Rare Events One And All (@ tfb)(@ Stoneshop)

And also the issue of writing manuals/documentation, a job position that nowadays seems reserved for interns and low wage employees with absolute zero knowledge of the system,

... as well as the language(s) in which it should be written.

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Re: Rare Events One And All (@ tfb)

but recently I've become more and more convinced that it's not that: no-one understands these platforms because they are passing beyond the ability of humans to understand

How about a Java deployment running in a middleware layer in a virtual machine on some hardware platform somewhere, communicating with other Java deployments running in another middleware layer in other virtual machines on another hardware platform elsewhere, via networks and a message bus implemented in $deity-knows what language and sized several wee bits too small on yet more virtual machines on one more hardware platform somewhere else again. Hardware, message bus, middleware, virtualisation, network and applications are all managed by different groups, so good luck in getting any of them to accept responsibility for lacking performance let alone total failure.

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Creepy or super creepy? That is the question Mozilla's throwing at IoT Christmas pressies

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Re: Why buy this stuff in the first place?

Now, why haven't I seen this in my local pub? Or any pub for that matter?

And the obvious integration with the pub's Ordering and Loyalty apps, and your bank's mobile payment app (in a way that doesn't preclude you from hydrating your mates when the banking behind that app inevitably goes on the blink).

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Pasta-covered cat leads to kid night operator taking apart the mainframe

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Re: Screwdriver? Try a spanner!

So who do you think it was who managed to drop his 10mm spanner neatly across the bare ends of the live and return busbars then?

10mm spanner -> M6 bolt. M10 bolt -> 17mm spanner.

I was told about an incident in the exchange I was assigned to for keeping their VAXes happy: a painter had set a tin of paint down on those bus bars. Across both.

The result was said to have been similar to Mr. Bean's way of painting his living room.

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Re: Burroughs/Unisys...

...only to find a 10 inch long thin flatblade screwdriver, with a 6 inch uninsulated bit, jauntily lying across the motherboard.

A PC is where you can lose a screwdriver in. A mini is where you can lose a toolkit in, and a mainframe is where you can lose the service engineer in.

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Re: Got to love undocumented fixes

But also, how did it get to the point of having the printer stripped to components

There was a time when computer equipment was subjected to Preventive Maintenance, usually as part of a service contract. Replacing the drive belt and tensioner in RA8x drives, adjusting vacuum and pressure levels and replacing filters in various tape drives, down to replacing or cleaning out the airflow filters in VAXen and Alphaservers.

Preventive Maintenance on printers would have been in those contracts too, and printers being subject to the unholy alliance of dust, moving mechanical parts and the buildup of gooey ink, they would dearly need it. Which means that at least once a year, but probably more often, a service engineer would show up, dragging a trolley with the PM kit for that printer model, and to a first approximation take the entire printer apart indeed. With any part not deemed up to spec and potentially causing a service call some weeks or months on, let alone broken, replaced. If the customer was lucky the printer would be back in working order at the end of the day, but it might instead be waiting for parts that weren't in the kit, in the engineer's "would be useful to have at hand" stash of parts back in his car, nor in any of his printer-frobbing colleagues' either.

So yes, a printer closely resembling one of those exploded views in the associated service manual, with an ink-smeared person wielding screwdrivers and spanners next to it may well have been a planned activity.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal man sits on Steve Bannon design tech shindig committee

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Re: Bannon aint the draw he once was.

Most events he attends as guest of honour

That's some rather ... peculiar phrasing.

struggle to reach double figures now.

Given his drinking habits he probably sees double all the time, so that helps.

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I would

Just to make sure he goes in first.

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: Hmm. Obviously Isaac Newton

Our cats are indeed very much in debt to Sir Isaac because of the cat flap. This gravity thing however is boldly ignored by one of them, and I suspect the others wouldn't be all that bothered if it wasn't there except perhaps for keeping the kibble in its bowl.

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

The Model M is not the only worthwhile IBM keyboard. They all share the same characteristics though: clicky, heavy and robust. Bash some luser's head in and just run it through the dishwasher before using again robust.

They also had some very average plasticy spongy ones that came with the PS/2s and such.

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Unless form 4412-B needs to be filled in in triplicate

"And here's your receipt for our receipt"

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

The white ones I see have curved sides or rounded corners, so no worthwhile IBM keyboards.

There's one with colour-coded keycaps, which looks to be a bit special.

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Please don't try to contact me or find me

it is impossible, since I sent you an email from your email account.

Hahaha.

Received-SPF: None (no SPF record) identity=mailfrom; client-ip=185.236.209.63; helo=[185.236.209.126]; envelope-from=compromisedaccount; receiver=compromisedaccount

Received: from [185.236.209.126] (unknown [185.236.209.63]) by mailprovider (Postfix) with ESMTP id 93152252CE

Message-ID: <BE6780530B59B4D801E6356D3FD2BE67@CTJANL63ROU>

iplocation.net tells me 185.236.209.63 is in Russia, and who his ISP is.

But spammers expect people not to be able to real mail headers.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

with demands varying from $480 to $4000 depending on the email, and I may have missed some, as I was just checking the obvious ones that I supposedly sent to myself.

Have you had your accountant inquire about these yet? "Umm, that $4000 transfer to yourself with the description 'Blackmail'? What is that about, if I may ask?"

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Re: Pikers!

The emails I received requested $6000 and $7000.

In US dollars? There are other currencies that also use the '$' sign, but whose currency units are more like zlotys, drachme or lire down to Zimbabwean dollars.

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Re: Racist?

They want seriously clueless people who'll pay up without question.

And they'll get a free garnishing of people who are intent on wasting the scammer's time.

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If not I will deport the videotape to all your contacts.

VHS? Betamax? Betacam? V2000? V1500? Ampex? Some other open-reel format? Then, PAL, NTSC or SECAM?

It's going to cost more in tape and postage than those BTC(USD600).

I'm also curious how a laptop that doesn't even have a cam can view me defragging my hard drive, but I'm willing to be enlightened. Never mind that SSDs don't need defragging anyway.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

It's a shame a lot of regular sites view any email address containing the '+' as invalid.

$name.$service@$domain should be accepted, and I haven't found any site that doesn't. Currently I simply have a catch-all on my domain, and some local processing using procmail. Works a treat.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

I think it's a generational thing. I'm a crusty 52

I can assure you it's not.

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

... and to boot, it was not even one of the throwaway $(servicename)_$(qualifier)@$(mydomain) ones I expected.

In my case, $servicename == monsterboard. Nothing else.

Hmm, do they still exist? Apparently, yes. So I try logging in: nope. Password reminder? "No account associated with that mail address" or something like that.

And harvesting my contacts from there (insofar as they can actually do so, given a non-existent account) would yield a dozen or so spammy recruiters I haven't had any contact with for the past fifteen years, so I doubt they still work where they did back then.

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I ship you knot: 2,400-year-old Greek trading vessel found intact at bottom of Black Sea

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Re: Wood floats...

Quebracho

Which appears to be the wood I know as Kibrahacha, the wood that kills hatchets.

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Re: Divers ...

am I missing something?

Yes. The divers shown in the video are exploring a different wreck quite a bit closer to the shore.

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Cops called after pair enter Canadian home and give it a good clean

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theirs isn't the sort of place where you get many 'strangers'

"Trespassers will be shot. Survivors will be shot again until they get the hint."

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Re: Meanwhile in London...

the free cleaners arrive...

"'morning. We're here for Julian's clock."

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Re: No problem leaving the door open here in Austria ...

That's because every house in Australia is home to multiple species of deadly spiders

Austrians tend to have little fear of finding deadly spiders in their Lederhosen. And kangaroos, wombats and dropbears are a little thin on the ground too.

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Re: No problem leaving the door open here in Austria ...

... since miscreants most likely don't know, that my dog's looks and her behaviour differ heavily.

Read a story recently about people in some average (i.e. not particularly safe, nor unsafe) neighbourhood, who found their dog had managed to open the front and back doors so that it would be able to lie in the open front door with a good refreshing draft wafting through. Initial reaction: "Oops. Err. Burglars?". Second reaction: "Noone's going to check if that 75 kilos of DOG will allow them in. Or back out."

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WTF?

A TV you can cycle off with?

today you can walk in and steal a $1000 phone and TV and cycle off

If you can cycle off with a TV it's hardly worth stealing anyway.

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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SQL

>select * from pantheon where existence = "proven"

0 rows returned.

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Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant

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Yes but what is it expanding into?

Nothing. There is no 'outside' of the universe.

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is the universe expanding, or are we shrinking within it?

Yes.

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Happy 60th birthday, video games. Thank William Higinbotham for your misspent evenings

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Re: Tanks

Based around the the AY-3-8700 I suspect.

Elektuur (the magazine that later went international as Elektor) once published a schematic for Pong built with 74xx TTL. Someone gave me a built but not working circuit, about the size of an A4 sheet, asking if I could fix it. From what I remember the ball and paddles were built around 74121 one-shots, two for their horizontal and vertical size, and another two for the h and v position. Plus of course a pile of standard logic for detecting whether the ball timing pulse matched either of the paddle timing pulses, and then changing the direction and v speed of the ball. No net, no borders, no on-screen score, but ISTR a follow-up article that outlined a score counter using nixies (quite likely cheaper than 7-seg LED at that time).

It took over 3 amps at 5 volt.

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Lets Get Real

Repeat after me, Embassies aren't foreign soil, they're just buildings that have been accorded diplomatic status.

Although if you've committed a crime in country X, any soil outside country X including its embassies and such, is foreign. Not sure about international waters; a different set of rules apply there, but I doubt anybody's going to lift a finger if Assange is nabbed from a dinghy floating halfway between the UK and South America.

Hm, I take that back. A lot of fingers will be lifted, to then descend on keyboards. But nothing more than that.

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: Deinstall parts of W10?

And possibly an option to not pay it at all with every new PC we buy when we want to not install it at all!

The system I bought for my old man a couple of weeks ago was entirely devoid of any OS, Windows or otherwise. Just a bog standard Shuttle XPC something. This surprised me a bit, but in all it was quite welcome.

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Re: Higher Power?

Can the downvoters explain why it's a bad/silly/stupid idea?

No, they just want to express their disagreement with your disagreement regarding what Windows allows you, if not forces you to do.

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Deinstall parts of W10?

I've found that not installing it at all saved me all that hassle.

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Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally

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Re: Drag

but such a large mirror might start acting like a solar sail.

Never mind that, you actually have to continually adjust the mirror's orientation to keep the solar reflection aimed at Chengdu anyway. If it's geostationary it will have a fixed position w.r.t. its target but the angle towards the sun will change with the time of night, and if he's putting the mirror in one of the appropriate Lagrange points the target will move relative to the mirror. Plus it will be more distant, hence appear smaller, and he'd need a way bigger mirror (so more materials and thus rocket launches) if he's to get anywhere near enough light on his city's streets.

A bunch of solar panels and a stonking big battery looks way more feasible.

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Re: return

A city having no electricity bill for its street lighting sounds like return to me.

Trying to get some numbers to go with that notion didn't yield much, but a BBC News article on the City of Westminster running their street lighting at 75% on average mentioned it would save UKP 420.000 on their leccy bill. Westminster is very very roughly 1% of Chengdu in area, but it's probably lit more brightly than Chengdu on average; let's say four times as bright, for ease of calculation. So taking that amount saved and multiplying by the difference in area we get about UKP 42 million, without correcting for energy price differences between UK and China. This would not quite pay for a single Space-X launch, but it's in the ballpark. I expect you'd need at least a few of them to get the materials plus an assembly robot up and into geostationary orbit.

If this guy has designed a really lightweight mirror it miiiight work.

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

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Re: How can I put this?

Unless these attacks were very well targeted (which doesn't seem likely),

There's a lot of kit, not just by SuperMicro, that's built/customised for particular customers. Such a customisation will not normally end up elsewhere. And given that those boards will be manufactured in dedicated production runs, it's relatively easy to target only those.

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Russian 'troll factory' firebombed – but still fit to fiddle with our minds

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Fight fire with fire

Rammstein - Benzin

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Re: Separated by a common language...

And where in the world is that English girl

Carmen Sandiego is English?

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Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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Re: Re. Restrictive?

Also yes if you find something like this the "right" thing to do is hand it in *IMMEDIATELY* to someone who knows what classified data is

And how would you know there could be confidential data on a stick, and not cat vids, without you plugging it in? People generally don't put labels "STRICTLY COMPANY CONFIDENTIAL" on such things, although there are ones that are sufficiently stupid to do so.

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Some are indeed very secure,

if you unplug them, remove the batteries and bury them in concrete.

Between the second and third step you left out chopping them up and incinerating the shards using thermite.

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