* Posts by Jess--

326 posts • joined 18 Nov 2009

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Amazon Key door-entry flaw: No easy fix to stop rogue couriers burgling your place unseen

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Re: Background check

more like "can you hire a van"

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Farmer Giles

round here (lincolnshire coast) it would be easier to signpost where there isn't mud on the road.

even on A roads we get stretches that are miles long where the road marking are obscured by a layer of mud

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Re: Critical updates

logic should dictate that if the vehicle is in use when it is aware an update is available (critical or not) it should delay installing the update until the current journey is complete.

by all means download the update while in use but don't try and apply it until the vehicle is not in use.

so after leaving the car underground for a month it pulls out and gets notified of an update

this displays an icon to the user and a time (the approx time it will take to install)

the user then know that the next time the vehicle stops (and they get out) the vehicle will be unusable for that time and can plan accordingly (they may decide to go straight to work rather than stop at a coffee shop on the way)

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Re: Ah!!

the non dyed diesel was known as DERV (Diesel Engined Road Vehicle) and gets charged extra tax

the dyed version is intended for non road vehicle use (agricultural vehicles / plant generators etc)

an oddity in the law is red diesel is used in boats and it up to the boat owner to declare what percentage of the fuel is to be used for propulsion (taxed) and the proportion used for other purposes like charging batteries or heating (untaxed)

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Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: "drone was attacked by the hornets while being used [..] to locate the creatures' nest"

we get normal wasp nest underground in the garden here.

I just stick a 12v high speed fan (9 inch) over the entrance and leave it for a week.

no more wasps (plenty of wings left over though)

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Ofcom pops 37% spectrum cap on mobile providers' domes

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Three want some more of the lower frequency spectrum as that has better building penetration. (900-950mhz from memory)

originally only Cellnet and Vodafone had these frequencies, T-Mobile and Orange had higher frequencies (1800 mhz from memory)

Three originally only had 2100mhz available.

I see that Three now have some spectrum at 1800 mhz (presumably freed up by the combining of Orange and T-mobile into EE) and some at 800mhz

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

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his solution was to wipe the AI's memory every night, which it bypassed by printing it's memory and having a team of typists feed the memory back in each day

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

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Re: Back in the 1990's...

I remember the old PS/2 full tower machines.

absolutely rock solid (literally) and would work forever on one condition....

never... ever... clean inside them

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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Re: updates

I'd rather not wait while the car tries to download it's updates over the (1 bar if you hold the antenna in the right spot while waving in circles with your other hand) gprs connection that is available here.

far better option would be to disable autonomous functions until it is updated.

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University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines

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Re: I'm guessing the slightly tough part.

Trouble is on a lot of these things you can't change the passwords.

for example on a cctv dvr manufactured by dahua (and heavily resold under many brands) you can change all of the passwords apart from 2, the 1st is a remote view login (33333333 / 33333333) the 2nd is a root login (88888888 / 88888888)

the box itself is a cracking bit of kit but you can't deploy it because there is no way of making it secure.

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Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP

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Leaking Helium?

Unless I am wrong the HGST drives are the newer helium filled drives.

I wonder if the failure is being caused by the helium escaping (it's quite good at escaping through almost any material)

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Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users

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Re: No quite wizadry but...

sounds like the dreaded microvitec cub monitors

lost count of the number of those that I fitted an elastic band to inside (to pull the ht cable away from the case and stop it arcing across)

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

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Re: One still wonders what happens ...

It used to take a 10p and a 2p scraped together to put ferguson tv's into standby

what coinage works with turbines?

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Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

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Re: Old news

He said it appeared to be driven by some kind of artificial intelligence.

He didn't say that it was switched on (or that it was the intelligence of an amoeba)

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I predict that the system will learn a lot of new swear words when this is used in live traffic

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Energy firm points to hackers after Kiev power outage

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Re: Why is the substation connected to the internet?

they probably got a good deal on powerline ethernet adaptors

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

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Re: A canary by any other name?

HRD is not the rig, it's just a bit of software on a computer (which will shut down if it's license expires or is revoked)

I don't see how a radio manufacturer would be able to remotely kill their radio's as there is no simple control method meaning any shutdown would have to be done over the air on frequencies supported by the radio, the baofeng ones you mention (like many other cheap handhelds) are vhf/uhf units which means in normal use they have a range that is a little more than line of sight (possibly a 30-50 mile radius but usually much less), the sheer number of transmitters needed to cover a country would make it a poor choice

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Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges

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Re: Is the book worth a read?

Cheers for the info, I had missed the new expanse book

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Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings

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probably because at a different stage in flight failing to unlock the booms because a sensor says the rocket is firing would be just as deadly.

some things are better left under direct pilot control... but doing so does allow for errors (especially with a new type of aircraft that nobody has extensive experience with)

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Grand App Auto: Tesla smartphone hack can track, locate, unlock, and start cars

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Physical Key

I once horrified a neighbour who had locked themselves out of their car by walking up to their drivers door with a bunch of random car keys and unlocking their door in under 30 seconds.

The keys I had were spare keys from various vehicles that had been owned & scrapped by my family over about 20 years, I targeted their drivers door as that lock had the most use (and would therefore have more wear).

about 10 seconds was spent finding a key that had the right blade shape and the last 20 seconds was spent jiggling it up and down / in & out while trying to turn it.

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Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules

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Re: Is the "domestic level" tech capable of this?

If you can get the transmitter or receiver high enough you would be amazed at the distances that can be covered with tiny amounts of power

from a height of 81,919 feet (15 1/2 miles) above melton mowbray a 1mW transmitter on 434Mhz was clearly receivable at a range of 267 miles (Brussels) without the use of directional aerials.

for reference the transmitter was attached to a high altitude balloon and consisted of 2AAA cells, 1 arduino pro mini, 1 mini gps board and a small RF transmitter (due to an error in the code it ended up transmitting 1mW instead of the permitted and planned 10 mW)

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MPs tell BT: Lay more fibre or face split with Openreach

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Re: Nationalization not needed.

Sounds almost like Onley with it's aluminium phone cables.

it became a habit there that if you saw a BT / Openreach van you checked that your lines were still operational (around 20% of the time they had been killed)

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Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards

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Re: Capacities

that would be just like my 16 megabyte smartmedia cards...

or the smartdisk 3.5" floppy adaptor for them (no not a reader that went in place of your floppy drive but a 3.5 disk that the card slotted into that you then placed in your standard drive)

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Re: The end of an era

"This could mark the end of whole "pizza delivery man" genre of pr0n..."

or usher in a whole new genre

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

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Re: R-Fence

jamming the control signals would probably not help, most quads capable of flying that high will have systems that will either hold position or return to launch position if the signal is lost

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Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018

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Re: Just works

I would have no objection to drm in games IF...

the last action of the publisher before shutting down their auth servers was to release a patch that removed the drm from the game enabling people that have purchased the game to continue playing if they wish.

Yes it would mean that the game would then effectively be free for anyone that can get hold of a copy (torrents etc) but since the publisher would no longer be selling or supporting the game by that point they could not argue that this represented any lost sales (in fact the counter argument could be that this older "free" version may lead to purchases of a newer version of a game in the series)

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: Peace?

and there was me thinking it was Peace, Love and Unity

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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I have dealings with ofcom, the thing that instantly raised suspicion (other than the fact that my server had already flagged it as spam / malware) was that the email did not contain either my name or any registered callsign.

I have licenses from ofcom for business radio, 3 ham licenses and a Notice of variation for a D-Star repeater. other than the missed details the email looked plausible.

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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around here the nearest "main" road is bad enough that is managed to break various parts of my rear suspension (on a toyota landcruiser) and rip the front fairing off at least 2 normal cars that I have seen (by normal I mean totally factory original / not lowered etc)

it's fairly common to see a fresh scrape in the road followed by a nice streak of black oil followed by a black puddle (suggesting someone has lost their sump)

the councils solution on this road has been to put up uneven road signs and steadily lower the speed limit on the road (it's currently down to 20mph from 60)

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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leaving the ground

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'Free' VPN Hola is LITERALLY flogging access to users' devices

Jess--

Re: Finding work for idle nodes

If I was writing software that had to rely on whether the system was idle or not I would ask the operating system periodically (say once per minute) whether power saving had been activated (screen off / hard drive spun down / cpu speed dropped etc) or screensaver activated. Then if those tests say the system is idle have the software report as being available on the network. and continue checking that the system is still idle but at an increased frequency (maybe once every 5 seconds)

As soon as the tests say that the system is not idle report to the network that the system is not available.

doing it this way would allow my software to know whether there had been any activity without knowing (or needing to know) the details of the activity (leave that to the underlying operating system)

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EXTREME COUPONING zeros checkout carts in eBay's Magento

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Re: It seems like it would be slightly difficult to exploit

it has been fixed since february provided all sites have updated to versions since then, only sites running older versions are vulnerable. The problem is that there are a lot of sites running the older version, direct quote from a friend that has used it "it's an updating nightmare and the admin side is horrific"

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Windows 10 Device Guard: Microsoft's effort to keep malware off PCs

Jess--

I see mention of being able to get an executable signed for use within an enterprise (but only within that enterprise).

but the only way I see of getting an executable signed to run on ANY machine is submitting it to the windows store.

Seems to me that they are trying to make it so that in the future if you want to develop for the windows platform you MUST sell it through the windows store.

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Japan showcases really, really fast … whoa, WTF was that?!

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Re: De-acceleration

already been mentioned in the other comments that the train also has wheels under it that it can decelerate on if needed, I would also imagine that given the speed and the airflow under the train that it wouldn't just drop the 10cm instantly but rather drop slowly as the train lost speed through air resistance.

probably the only time when the train is totally supported by maglev would be when it is accelerating away from a station, once up to speed I would think that the majority of lifting power would be coming from air between the track and train

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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That would only work if he was normally supplying the same goods to other customers.

The argument here is that the business in question is refusing to supply their normal everyday service to a particular group of customers based on their perceived sexuality.

I wonder which wedding they would choose to cater for...

Jess + John

Jess + Jane

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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Re: Update Security

@avatar of they

Updating wouldn't happen from the "10 million lazy / ignorant PC owners who haven't updated AV or got a decent update cycle" since they will not have the current updates that your machine would be attempting to download.

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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Re: i am amazed

They used to be good, they were one of the first to detect / block code-red and nimda back in the day. A few years after that it turned into a nightmare.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: When I was a kid

best degaussing tool for tubes I ever found was a cheapo soldering gun (not iron)

hold against screen, pull trigger and move in circles while getting further from screen

let go of trigger when you are 2 feet from the screen

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Small cells are like DRUNKS. They don't use lamp posts for light, they use 'em for support

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Re: Pole Squatting Cells

sounds to me like these cells should use some of their own capacity to link to their neighbour creating a daisy chain link with each cell acting as a relay for its neighbour until it reaches a cell with true backhaul

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Critical 0-days in open source? The problem isn't code, it's CASH

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Re: Invulnerable

so is a housebrick

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

Jess--

Surely one small problem with making solar cells with organic components would be that almost (if not all) organic components suffer some form of degradation when exposed to prolonged UV light, and of course with solar cells it's that UV light that you want to work well due to the higher energy levels (which is what causes the damage).

I can see these cells being like Oled screens, very nice but fairly short lived and susceptible to damage

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Toshiba packs NUMERIC KEYPAD onto self-bricking USB drive

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Re: TrueCrypt?

I would have thought that the advantage here is that the encryption / decryption is to be done on the device meaning that the machine it is attached to is not even aware that it is dealing with anything more complex than a normal usb drive, solves a whole range of problems with operating system compatibility since the operating system does not have to deal with the encryption used on the drive.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Re: For the Nth time

To my mind a drone is any flying aircraft with no pilot on board that is capable of making changes to its own flight direction or speed without input from a human operator.

as an example when flying my radio controlled plane if I turn off my transmitter the plane will continue flying in the same direction until the ground or another object gets in its way, this is not a drone.

if I turned off my transmitter and after a short period of no input my plane turned, flew to a designated safe area, circled above the area until it's battery reached a safety limit before gradually descending to hopefully land safely then this meets my definition of a drone

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Re: Trouble is, the last time round

read the wording carefully...

"The Green Party of England and Wales believes that illegal mass surveillance must be opposed"

They say nothing about mass surveillance being opposed once it becomes legal

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Bernie Madoff's coders jailed for role in $65bn ponzi scheme fiasco

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Re: 30 Months behind bars...

So far they have found about 1.26 million going to this pair (976k to O'Hara and 289k to Perez) so probably not going to keep them in comfort for too long

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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I suspect the police asked for records pertaining to one phone numbers outgoing calls,

Vodoafone dumped the outgoing calls from the account associated with that number not allowing for the fact it was a business account containing multiple phones.

depending on the wording of the original request made by the police vodafone may have given them exactly what they asked for

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Pay-by-bonk 'glitch' means cards can go kaching-for-crims

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Re: UK needs to learn from other countries

hole punch through the antenna loop works quite well too, just choose your spot carefully so you don't get rid of something you need on the card

no loop means no induction to power the chip (chip n pin / magstripe all still work)

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

Jess--

Re: Toilet breaks?

or enable it to ensure a lower number of calls in the future (well in my case anyway)

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Chrome 38's new HTML tag support makes fatties FIT and SKINNIER

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Re: Seems pointless.

higher resolution on a phone maybe (my phone matches one of the monitors in front of me) but there is a huge difference in usability between that resolution on an 8 inch screen and the same resolution on a 23 inch screen.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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can usually tell

I can usually tell the difference between lossy / lossless, however for convenience / compatibility I tend to use high bitrate mp3 and accept the difference.

It doesn't take high end equipment to be able to hear the difference (unless creative labs megaworks 250 speakers are high end)

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