* Posts by adam 40

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Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

adam 40

Re: Security software 101

You keep it at least hashed or XOR-ed with some other binary, then only unhash it as you are copying it out into the web page you're logging in to. It will only be a simple protection for speed, but at least it will obfuscate the RAM copy until the last moment.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

adam 40

Re: Maximum Password length

If you have 18 fingers then you must be my long lost cousin from Norfolk.... let's get married!

A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity: NASA bids emotional farewell to its cocky, hardworking RC science car on Mars

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Re: Little Green Men (with boots on)

Yeah https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/47237463

Time index 00:09s where it says "Sol 439".

That is DEFINITELY a boot mark lower right of frame - proof of life - until we ran the poor bugger over.

;^)

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Alien

Little Green Men (with boots on)

I wsa idly watching a fast-forward video associated with this story on the BBC, and there appeared to be bootmarks in the soil in one part of it.

Anyone else notice this? Or was I hallucinating?

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: Just because you're paranoid...

"Nah, this is our response to being kicked out of Gallileo"

"What can you fit in a 25kg payload"?

How about an atomic clock, a computer, and a microwave transmitter - with a constellation of drones, we could have our own UK GPS network up and running in months.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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IT Angle

I've learned the hard way

over the years the number of times that IT (in various organisations) have been able to restore a files that I've accidentally deleted or corrupted, from tape - only 2 successes out of probably around 10.

Anything important to me - I back it up myself.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

adam 40

Re: Out of luck.

Pah!

I have a Battlezone tank game from around 1983 (6502 CPU, vector graphiics) that still works great.

And a similar vintage 700MB 19" rack disk drive - still spins up and does its checks, if you put a shilling or two in the meter.

adam 40

Re: Remember Y2K?

"not paying for electricity and getting a diesel generator instead"

No - chip fat.

Not so stupid, after all.

Housing biz made to pay £1.5k for sticking fingers in its ears when served a subject access request

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Re: SAR no or inadequate response - what next?

If you send a recorded delivery letter then also video yourself inserting letter into envelope at the Post Office, sealing it, countersigning the flap, and handing it over.

HMRC for example have been known to acknowledge receipt of the envelope but claiming it had nothing inside.

Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit

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Holmes

Misepresenting youself

Are you saying that the age-old McKenzie Friend has been banned? Last time I looked, you were still allowed to.

My track record in representing myself is: win in small claims (£1000) and win in Magistrate's court.

I may have a fool for a client but I have a brilliant lawyer!

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Difference in use

>> The FBI is ONLY using third party samples, it's not an agent submitting their DNA. Very different use case. <<

Not only that, they are submitting DNA sampleas against the owner's will. E.g. perps, corpses, and similar, have not given consent.

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Service Life

I have a thermostat in my house that's probably 40 years old and still going strong.

Even after they fix this fiasco, what are the changes of their service still working in 40 years time? Or even in 10 years time?

Hardworking Americans keep busy during the government shutdown driving up smut traffic

adam 40

Fnarr fnarr!

Your "in your end - oh!" was lost on Mr DJO, methinks!

I just hope Nancy Pelosi will pay more lip service to Trump

As netizens, devs scream bloody murder over Chrome ad-block block, Googlers insist: It's not set in stone (yet)

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There is always the old fashioned way

Edit /etc/hosts (or whatever it is on your O/S)

Add (sic) lines like

ads.google.com 127.0.0.1

Not much they can do about that one....

P.S. CAPTCHA on el Reg? WTF!!!!

Clone your own Prince Phil, says eBay seller hawking debris left over from royal car crash

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Paris Hilton

Whenever I hit a peasant with my car...

I put it in the boot and a few days later pluck it, stuff it, and roast it.

Or is that a pheasant? Always getting those two mixed up.

Maybe Phil should apologise for not stuffing them.....

< Paris because she's a tasty bird too. >

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn

adam 40

Kerr metric

A rotating body curves spacetime differently to a static body, see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerr_metric

adam 40

It depends on your frame of reference

From the ring's perspective....

"Doyouthinkesurus"

China's really cotton'd on to this whole Moon exploration thing: First seed sprouts in lunar lander biosphere

adam 40

Re: It won't grow for long though

> Think you missed the joke icon... <

From your response, I can see that you're American.

"Irony, Irony, they've all got it irony....."

adam 40

It won't grow for long though

... on the dark side of the Moon. You need sunlight, see?

Killer superbugs in space... are something astronauts on orbiting science lab don't have to worry about right now

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Straining my credence

Staph Aureus is not a "strain of MRSA" it's the other way around. MRSA is Methicyllin-Resistant Staph Aureus, i.e. it's a strain of Staph.

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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Me too - my wifi is totally open

I have 100Mbps on the backhaul so even if you're on it all day, I won't notice....

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

adam 40

Re: "terrorists"

Terrorists - if the government says so.

Otherwise - not terrorists.

It's the government that defines this, and de facto creates "terror" or not, as the case may be.

adam 40

Guns vs Drones

Have you thought about this: if thie drone attack had happened in USA everyone at the airport would have been armed to the teeth and they would have been shot down in a couple of minutes.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones

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Christmas will be cancelled too

Apparently there's a drone near the North Pole and Santa can't take off either.

Tell all the kids.

adam 40

Only a ftikkin idiod would enable the video

... it would be recording the perps on launch...

adam 40

I find it ironic

That the police a whinging about stray bullets as their excuse for not shooting down the drone.

Yet they don't mind loosing off several shots at an unarmed electrician on the London Underground in a public tube train.

Just sayin.

Also this probably isn't the work of a foreign state or terrorist organisation, but THE GREEN PARTY just trying to cut down on carbon emissions. Good job!

Third irony is the drone on the Tannoy....

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight

adam 40

The guy on the left of the photo

Is only 6 degrees removed from the Bacon.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Go

Re: Sadly with May running the clock down...

The solution to that seems quite obvious. Split the country down the middle north to south. One side can stay in (let's call it the United Kingdowm of Europe), the other side leave (United Kingdom Independent Party-On). People who REALLY want to stay in can swap houses/jobs/whatever with Brexiteers on the other side.

In Scotland the line can be more 60/40 according to how the vote went.

i will be investing in Pickfords.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit

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Mushroom

Re: Best Turing Test Ever

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adam 40
Holmes

Best Turing Test Ever

... when they discover that the "man" inside the robot suit was actually

A REAL ROBOT!!!!

CERN also has a particle decelerator – and it’s trying to break physics

adam 40

Re: Why not Negative Mass

[i]It is difficult to say what exactly a "negative mass" would be.[/i]

How about -17fg?

Not that difficult, really.

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon

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Paris Hilton

Let's hope the batteries last longer...

... than the ones in their "Jade Rabbit"!

Did the moon move for you, darling?

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

adam 40

Re: I'm not worried

Why compare it to Li-ION batteries though? I thought chemical flow batteries were cheaper and reasonably efficient.

Also there's now a salt-water electrolyte rechargeable battery which is a cheaper alternative.

It's nearly 2019, and your network can get pwned through an oscilloscope

adam 40

You were lucky!

Heathkit scope for christmas? You were spoilt.

My first 'scope was an old black and white TV set, took off connections to the vertical coil out of the back.

Got my first 20kV jolt of that one, too.

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

adam 40

Especially if next to (Ed) Balls!

Office 365 Exchange enjoys a less than manic Monday. Users? Not so much

adam 40
IT Angle

At last! I can get some work done...

Without interruption from stoopid emails.

at least, I would if I wevern't on El Reg...

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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Thumb Up

Leaving the Gym Club

That is a fantastic analogy too - have you ever tried to leave a Gym?

Brexit is just the same - when will we get to cancel the direct debit (it seems not until Dec 2020 at the earliest at this rate)????

adam 40
Pint

Brexiteer and Proud

Not only that - I like my Brexit Hard (especially in the morning )

Pint logo for the good old British Pint - the one thing they never took away from us, and at the end of the day kept Britannia alive in our souls.

adam 40

Re: Three weeks...

A huge increase in National Health Service spending over the next five years is expected to be announced by Theresa May in a speech on Monday. The numbers are larger than expected and, significantly, allow the prime minister to say that she will deliver the resonant figure on the side of the Brexit bus, an increase of more than £350m a week. Indeed, by 2023 public spending would be £385m a week more in real terms than today.

Boris was a lying git then, it wasn't £350m after all....

A new Raspberry Pi takes a bow with all of the speed but less of the RAM

adam 40

My Pi model A is still BNIB, too....

One day, one day...

Dollar for dollar, crafting cryptocurrency sucks up 'more energy' than mining gold, copper, etc

adam 40

Re: Virtual money has real-world consequences

Surely this is just economics - the "cost" of the currency be it crypto pr precious metal based is dominated by the energy cost.

On a related note my parents dump their solar power into their immersion tank through a big resistor - and get paid for it too via the government subsidy. What if instead they put the energy into a water-cooled mining computer and dump the energy into the same tank? They'll get paid twice, and the heat generated is still the same except this time doing some useful "work".

Doctor, doctor, I feel like my IoT-enabled vacuum cleaner is spying on me

adam 40
Paris Hilton

Unix - or VMS?

I just saw this advert for the new Vax Blade 2 Max:

https://www.vax.co.uk/blade2max

now, when I were a lad, a "Vax Core Processor" meant something completely different!

<Paris>Because it's a woman's job.</Paris>

Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

adam 40

Contractor Wednesday

Who was there in 1999 for "Contractor Wednesday"?

I still remember meeting Andrew Lansley in the Lobby.

Fat good it did though, I'm a permie now.

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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Megaphone

How do I get my money back?

I have an Iphone 4 that is stuck in "upgrade jail", since the iOS 7 upgrade the thing pretty much stopped working.

If I find a friendly Californian can they claim back the money and send the phone back to Apple for a refund, when the court case comes to fruition?

Incidentally when I complained about the phone's problems a couple of years ago on Apple public forums, I was told it "couldn't happen" and sent packing with a flea in my ear. FUCKING LIARS THE LOT OF THEM.

I feel a bit better now.... nurse, the screens!

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit

adam 40

Re: Hit the nail on that one.

So old people voted for something that will have be lived with and picked up by the next generation who didn't want it. What a selfish bunch the "leave" people are.

Has it ever occurred to anyone that the old people are (by definition) the only people who can remember life before the Common Market? And so are uniquely qualified to vote on this matter - because they are the only ones who know the difference?

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Roaming from the White Cliffs of Dover

What about roaming onto the continent from the UK shore - that used to cost a fortune, now it's free. So you can still be safely esconced in Blighty, and this will affect you.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

adam 40

Deja vu, all over again.

'And the whole thing will repeat itself...'

Back in the late nineties to the turn of the millennium when I was working on mobile phone development there were a myriad of proprietary leads out there. Even the same manufacturer had different plugs for different models. So every phone had to have a new charger, data cable, etc.

The US government (or possibly the FCC) got in on tidying this up and we all settled on mini USB and a barrel jack.

So how has this situation been allowed to happen again?

Perhaps it's just a glitch in the Matrix...

adam 40

The BSU lead!

"Let's have a British USB specification, which does what WE want, no matter that it doesn't match the rest of the world"

Yeah let's call it the BSU connector. It should have 3 pins not 4. And a fuse. Bring back the British Standards institute too. Brexit forever!

adam 40

Re: Be much more interested in...

Mostly agree except on the last point why is it my lawnmower plug pulls out of the socket when I get to the furthest part of the lawn?

As the earlier poster points out carrying adapters is a pain, which is only magnified when you go on holiday with family including recalcitrant teenagers and their associated electronics, and non-technical wife.

In the past I confess to cutting the ends off the wire and "plugging" the camera charger into the socket holes....

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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Potential breakdown

With the switch gap only an atom across or thereabouts I am wondering what the source-drain breakdown voltage will be in the 'off' state. I am guessing microvolts? So we might be looking at a whole new generation of core supply dc converters....

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