* Posts by adam 40

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

adam 40

Re: "You wanted a miracle, I give you F.B.I.!"

@Staggers

Hypocrisy and corruption go right up to the top of the judiciary in the UK too, don't you know.

If you don't believe me take a look at the "Party Wall etc. Act 1996".

You might wonder why this demonstrates a corrupt judiciary, but look for the list of exclusions to where the Act applies. Section 18 Exception in case of Temples etc. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1996/40

OOhh yes - m'learned friends made sure they weren't affected.

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Astroboffins discover that half of the Milky Way's matter comes from other galaxies

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Paris Hilton

The big bang didn't happen in my living room...

... it happened in my bedroom! (Tra laaa)

Anyhow it only seems logical that panspermia would come along for the ride with the wind from the other galaxies, so yes, life probably came from somewhere else, billions of years ago.

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Unhappy

Plowed?

Grrrr. If I wanted to see things like that I'd be on the nature.com website instead...

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Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: A luddite writes...

>> Business trips that actually require physical input. I regularly fly on business, and not just "for a meeting", we use telepresence/conferencing for those.

Yeah but I bet when you're going through immigration you're only there "for a meeting". I made the mistake of admitting I was there to do a little bit of work (to fix a test rig in Nortel) when entering Canada once, after thoroughly enjoying the "ahem" hospitality in business class on the way over the pond. I almost got barred entry, and had to spend C$125 on a work visa for 7 days. Whoops!

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NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration

adam 40

Will it start a war?

I hope that they include in the code whatever recommendations come from the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) guidelines.

It would be a shame if it decided to do something (change course?) that was then interpreted as an attack by an alien civilisation, and they returned the favour by launching a battle fleet. I have two small dogs and they already have trouble with their guts, thank you, without having to swallow the arriving battle fleets.

P.S. to those above, we used to do AI on quite puny computers back in the '80's, you just have to be careful with the code.

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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Holmes

Fraud?

More like "Bank Error in your Favour"

Do not pass go, collect £134.000.

All he needed was a "Get out of Jail" card ;^(

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Insert coin: Atari retro console is coming back

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Linux

Inzert Goin

Surely it's spelt "Inzert Goin"? That's what Gorf used to say...

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Uncle Sam bungs rich tech giants quarter of a billion bucks for exascale super R&D

adam 40

I bet windoze would still run like a dog...

... either that or the fastest ever BSOD.

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Firefox 54 delivers sandboxes Mozilla's wanted since 2009

adam 40

Re: All I want

I agree and it's not just my phone but my old laptop too.

Chrome seems a bit less hoggy than firefox but at the end of the day (literally most days) I have to kill my browser with procmon and restart it (best way to do it since it knows to restore the tabs).

It's all the sodding memory leaks that get me - you can run it, all the tabs, and it takes a gig and a half, then leave it 8 hours DOING NOTHING IN LOCKSCREEN and it's sucked up another gig.

I expect all the programmers must have shares in samsung, crucial, kingston, etc ,etc.... ;^)

And don't get me started on bloody website browser upgrade fascism! Jeez.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

adam 40

Why are they changing the FS anyway?

Is it because the current FS doesn't have enough backdoors to allow the NSA quick enough access to data on a perp's phone?

I think we should be told....

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explains why they bricked my Iphone 4

A while back an upgrade bricked my Iphone 4, and there's no way to roll it back (and I hadn't saved the required blobs first)

Nice one Apple. Fuckers.

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Virgin Media resolves flaw in config backup for Super Hub routers

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SH3 rebooting twice a day

I have recently gone over to Virgin cable and initially my SH3 was fine, but now reboots once or twice a day.

This really plays havoc with long downloads, why can't they make these things reliable?

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Sergey Brin building humanitarian blimp for lifesaving leisure

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Flame

It's the Kim Kardashenberg!

Looks like a flying arse in white spandex.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

adam 40

Re: Plugins

>> Perhaps the next step is that all computers will be considered dangerous devices requiring registration the same way cars are. And all software firms and programmers will likely have to sign legal oaths and probably even post surety bonds. <<

What about electronics engineers? Some of us still know how computers actually work, and can build our own.

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Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

adam 40

Vacuum Energy?

The vacuum energy link to halopedia had me going for a minute or two!

Cheeky buggers.

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UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vuln to raid IT

adam 40

It tells us more about Windoze 10...

>> MS have therefore been publishing exploits against XP for several years now.

If there had been so many exploits against XP which were lurking there for years, just think how many more are waiting to be found in Windoze 10...

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you forgot the catchall "Money Laundering" as they are asking for Bitcoin.

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adam 40

It doesn't have to be connected to t'internet

Exactly - all NHS computers I've seen recently have USB ports within a patient's reach, it just takes a miscreant to plug in a memory stick and blammo!

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Netgear confirms: Intel's wobbly Puma 6 in fast broadband modems is super-easy to choke out

adam 40

haven't Intel submitted firmware patches for this?

As I understand it, Intel have rolled out firmware updates to the modem manufacturers and these are being rolled out to the ISP's.

I understand Virgin for exmple is going to be distributing firmware "soon" although they might still mean a month or two away.

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We know what you're thinking: Where the hell is all the antimatter?

adam 40

I've heard this assertion before about the glow from annihilation events. So I started looking into what we should be looking for.

Of course you are only going to get this effect between am/m pairs, not m/m or am/am.

Proton/antiproton annihilation results in a pair of gamma rays of around 938MeV. These may be red-shifted if the galaxies are far away, so we could be looking for a spectrum maybe between 90-900MeV.

What about the intensity of this radiation (if it were there) what would we expect? Would all the gas have mixed and annihilated aeons ago, or do you expect to see gas streaming out of the galaxies still? If so, at what rate?

Finally, looking at various observations from gamma ray observatories, these are currently at low resolution and show some radiation that may overlap with the expected spectrum. So I don't think the matter is settled, unless you can come up with specific research sources that can demonstrate the negative result with some certainty.

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adam 40

What's the spectrum of Antihydrogen?

Funny I typed this last night but maybe it was in positrons and annihilated itself. Anyhoo - here goes - again.

How do we know that distant galaxies aren't antimatter. Maybe "where the hell is it" - is all around us?

I still haven't had a decent explanation of why this can't be the case.

We are quite close to being able to measure the spectrum of antihydrogen, although it should be the same as normal hydrogen, if there do turn out to be some subtle differences then we will know what to look for out there.

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Australia' Smart meter leaders lag in securing devices

adam 40

The first smartmeter botnet?

When do we expect to see the first smartmeter-powered botnet emerge?

It can't be long....

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Ewe, get a womb! Docs grow baby lambs in shrink-wrap plastic bags

adam 40

Re: Too posh to push - now too lazy to carry?

@ Mr Smith - an interesting perspective, I will now have to chromecast the whole film.

@ The rest of you with yer thumbs down - your grasp of irony is positively Brevellian ;^)

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adam 40
Paris Hilton

Too posh to push - now too lazy to carry?

What's the betting that mothers in the third trimester now start having C-sections early and popping baby in a bag for no reason other than they won't have to carry to full term?

Just think - far fewer stretch marks, back to work earlier, what's not to like?

After all - "it's their body".

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

adam 40
Pirate

Artificial gravity on your spaceship

it's bad enough keeping acclimatised to 1g, on this trip you'd have to start at 1g and generate up to 3g before you got there, cranking up the g's bit by bit until you're used to it.

Also a few people would have to live in a centrifuge on earth for a few years to see if there were any ill effects. What if you got there and couldn't do anything after discovering "gravity sickness" or summat like that?

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Cops, Feds spaff $100m on Stingray cellphone snooping gear – and there's sod all oversight

adam 40

Hunting Stingrays

If you wanted to go out and hunt stingray-style IMSI catchers, there are a few techniques I can suggest:

a) look at the broadcast data. GSM broadcast data is all "in the clear" for example global paging, neighbour cell lists and the like. A simulated basestation will stick out like a sore thumb especially if you probe the paging by calling an MS attached to the (real) network.

b) suspect failure of TMSI hand-in to the cell - this is designed to fall back to IMSI procedures to reveal the handset's identity.

c) challenge the network - get GPRS attached and make sure the network is authentic - it should firewall you in the same way as the real network. There are usually some subtle properties that are hard to get "just right".

You'll probably want to do all this stuff on a secondhand mobile phone with a PAYG SIM bought with cash in a corner shop with no CCTV . A phone with an aerial socket will be handy - you can attach a yagi antenna for some direction-finding.

Happy hunting!

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How hard will it be to measure Planet Nine?

adam 40

It will need a name

Two suggestions:

Plutwo

and

Myanus

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

adam 40

Shooting data at Hawaii?

Nice that they are using Hawaii as the test bed.

I hope they will be using an "Aloha" protocol....

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

adam 40

Re: If there was jam in the keyboard...

or Apricot.

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Canada's privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

adam 40

Re: Take a "throwaway" spare phone, and another, FAIL OVER

Reminds me of another airport security story, I was going out of Stansted to E-pllus's labs in Germany, to do some interoperability testing, and I had seven phones in my pockets, which I emptied into the plastic box for the the Xray machine.

One attendant saw them all after they had gone through and said to the other "is there a limit on the number of phones you can take through?" Before he could answer I looked her straight in the eye and said "don't be silly!" and started putting them back in my pockets.

Good job she didn't take the batteries out - none of the stickers had CE marks on them - tee hee ;^)

So - take three phones - covers off the question above nicely.

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adam 40
Alert

Take a "throwaway" spare phone

... and your real phone in your checked-in baggage, with the battery removed (so - not an iPhone then...). wrapped in aluminium foil if possible. Keep your real SIM card in your loose change taped onto a 2-pound coin.

When challenged reluctantly give over the throwaway phone (it must be a working phone with a SIM).

This will throw them off the scent.

Soon after the twin towers incident airport security got really silly. They started x-raying laptops separate from your briefcase. So I was told to "take the laptop out of the case". When I said I had two laptops, that really confused the security guy, he said "no, take ONE laptop out", he was obviously following his scripted training!

So.... two phones should be enough.

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

adam 40
Holmes

Re: Wait! What? They have our MAC Addresses?

This applies to:

a) if you are on a public WiFi, surfing

b) you are at home and google has done a driveby of your WiFi hotspot. It has the MAC address of that.

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adam 40

I think we should be told...

what is the name we aren't supposed to google?

if we all started googling it the judge would be busy from now 'till kingdom come.

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Dark matter drought hits older galaxies: Boffins are, rightly, baffled

adam 40

Fractal, innit?

"Normal" matter seems to be distributed fractally all the way through from planets, solar systems, star clusters, galaxies, galaxy clusters, etc.

Why wouldn't the same be true of dark matter? Why would dark matter have to coincide with every galaxy equally?

Seems that we are just observing what's out there.

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

adam 40

Time to trash your own credit score!

Who needs credit anyway - pay upfront with cash, that's my motto.

If you can't pay for it, you can't afford it.

If your credit score is bad, the bank will refuse the bogus application. Job's a good 'un!

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Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

adam 40

time crystals aren’t real crystals - they don’t melt

Iodine is a real crystal, and it doesn't melt either.

It's just soooo sublime, daarling!!!

Also - at it's a cubic crystal lattice, maybe it's the "time cube" referred to above?

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NASA finds India's missing lunar orbiter with Earth-bound radar

adam 40

Lost property

As it's worth more than 50p I hope NASA will do the right thing and report this lost property to the nearest police station?

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'Password rules are bullsh*t!' Stackoverflow Jeff's rage overflows

adam 40

Re: Rules and Password Timeouts

Ha ha - ten passwords where you can't reuse parts of the password?

Let me see - i recon I could go round the loop and use up 9 passwords in such a way that a tenth password would be impossible.

Then make the IT guys reset the whole thing - social engineering, job done.

In the case above an undetected access would go undetected for 6 whole months - so why not age the password once a week? Or once a day? Surely, 6 months is an intolerable amount of time to let your attacker in unfettered?

One other thing that I haven't seen mentioned above - apologies if I missed it - every login system should tell you when you last logged in as a matter of course. That helps the end user spot intrusions and then they can help the process by changing their password. Most do not do this, notable exceptions being HMRC (wow - they do one thing right!) although they too use the easily hackable SMS method of 2FA.

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adam 40

Rules and Password Timeouts

Somewhere I worked implemented a 6-month timeout on passwords AND bullshit rules AND non-reuse.

So after 6 months of using your nice strong password you were forced to give it up and try and remember another one.

Of course being a programmer, it took me a few minutes to discover I could change it 5 times and back to the original.

So every 6 months I have to spend a half hour or so resetting my password back to where it was in the first place. I book the time to "computer outages". Ho hum.

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Most of 2016's holes had fixes the day we knew about 'em. Did we patch? Did we @£$%

adam 40
Big Brother

Not a Member of the Monoculture

It's well known that infections spread best in monocultures.

Computer viruses, trojans and worms would surely follow that maxim.

Stay out of the monoculture, turn off all updates (and sometimes manually patch the occasional really nasty ones) and you'll be an unattractive target for the scriptkiddie's bot-botnets.

Not to mention the bloatware listed above requiring more and more memory and eventually a hardware upgrade....

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Next Generation Security: No, Dorothy, there is no magic wand

adam 40

proper backup software?

if you're using software to do backups, you're doing it wrong.

Keep it simple with a few shell scripts - and maybe a cron job - that way you are less likely to have a write-only mess.

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NASA's atom-chiller ready to fly to the ISS

adam 40

Large fridge - well 4K anyway

Don't forget even on the dark side you're being blasted by the big bang...

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

adam 40

Re: China Export mark ... in some way connected to reality,

I had to take the common mode choke out of my washing machine controller PCB because the windings blew. Saved me 50 quid for a new PCB, and it's worked fine since for 5 years.

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New prison law will let UK mobile networks deploy IMSI catchers

adam 40

It's not "TIMSI" it's "TMSI"....

... although it is pronounced "timsi".

I like the sound of those "femcel"s, are they used by fembots perchance?

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Radioactive leak riddle: Now Team America sniffs Europe's skies for iodine isotope source

adam 40
Angel

Re: You idiots!

True - Observed but infrequent side effects of ingesting Potassium Iodide (KI)

include the following:

• Nausea

• Intestinal Upset

• Rashes

• Inflammation of the Salivary Glands

• Possible allergic reactions

NOTE: Potassium Iodide (KI) cannot protect the body from radioactive

elements other than radioactive iodine...

50g for a fiver off eBay, the protective dose is 100ug a day. So that's 500 doses stashed for when the big one goes up, and I'll watch out for that upset tummy.

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adam 40

You idiots!

Someone has just tested a small "dirty bomb". Probably with a few grams of material.

Now you've told them how far the contamination has spread.

Stock up on iodine tablets now - while you have the chance.

Remember the Windscale leak? Iodine sales were banned in Boots the next day to prevent people self-administering.

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

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Mushroom

Sooo - the Earth is not a planet....

...by their new definition "has never undergone nuclear fusion".... hmmmm

Mike's Orrery (above) will require some more radical surgery.

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Drop the F-bomb, get your coding typos auto-corrected

adam 40

fk!

In the spirit of U*IX I'd have to abbreviate the "fuck" to "fk".

Otherwise it's all good.

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Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

adam 40
WTF?

Thought Police

Kalanick released this statement through Uber "We seek to make Uber a just workplace and there can be absolutely no place for this kind of behavior at Uber — and anyone who behaves this way or thinks this is OK will be fired."

Now I have a few problems with this....

a) How do they know what the employee is _thinking_?

b) What if they are thinking that, but keep it to themselves, and don't act on it - is that really a sacking offence?

c) What the f***?

If anyone needs sacking, it's the guy who comes up with a corporate policy like that.

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