* Posts by Jess--

341 posts • joined 18 Nov 2009


Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey


A distant relative was stationed overseas after the end of ww2 and ended up where the german subs were being decommissioned.

On his return to the UK a lot of his friends had souvenirs confiscated (guns etc) but all he had on him were a standard kit bag (no extras), 1 packet of cigarettes, 1 lighter and one matchbox.

The matchbox bought a farm outright and paid for livestock.

It was packed solid with platinum contacts that had been removed from switchgear on the german subs

I can hear the light! Boffins beam audio into ears with freakin' lasers


Re: Ain't science wonderful ?

That was my first thought too.

walking past shops could become very annoying.

driving towards an unscrupulous garage could result in unusual noises seeming to come from your car

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?


Re: Re:No Display Detected

Seen in an API

"Error 999 - Something seriously fucked up"

Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail


with grey monotonous skies that go on for a bit if memory serves (not followed link)

Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab


Re: Push volume button to mute

Astra (late 90s new shape one)


both had the pull the headlight switch for internal light

Cracking the passwords of some WPA2 Wi-Fi networks just got easier


Re: Nice Model M KB in piccie

I only have four here, all with manufacturing stickers from 1988 on.

one in use and three in case I ever actually manage to wear one out or break it.

since I've been trying to kill this one for 30 years I suspect someone will be gaining 3 boxed model M keyboards in my will.

looking at mine a little more closely it's now due for a decent clean...

this involves popping off all the keys, sticking them in a pair of old football socks and putting them through the washing machine

Super Cali goes ballistic: mugshot site atrocious


as I see it they fell foul of the law because the only way of getting a picture taken down was to pay.

if they had a free option (will be taken down within 6 months of request) and a paid fast-track option they may have got away with it.

Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov


some of the examples I have heard about did hold british passports and only ran into problems when they came to renew their existing passport

They're back! 'Feds only' encryption backdoors prepped in US by Dems


by relatively unique I mean it is theoretically possible for someone to have generated an identical key even if the odds are vanishingly small. but even if there were an identical key out there somewhere the odds of that key being tried in my lock would be even smaller.


this talk of encryption that can be accessed by the owner and law enforcement make me think of locks that can be opened by 2 different keys.

Key 1 is owned by you and is relatively unique, Key 2 is on the keyring of every member of law enforcement worldwide.

of course nobody could ever possibly get a copy of Key 2!

I can't help thinking of luggage locks.

NASA on SpaceX's 2015 big boom: Bargain bin steel liberated your pressure vessel


Re: A bad move by NASA

Have I missed something?

what is this U.S. Space station you refer to?

I think the only space station currently active is the ISS (International Space Station)

Batteries are so heavy, said user. If I take it out, will this thing work?


Re: Earlier phones saved you the effort of removing the battery yourself.

almost as bad as the nokia with the spring loaded sliding mic & cover.

you pressed a button and the cover flicked down answering an incoming call, to start with.... eventually you pressed the button to answer the call and send the cover / mic flying across the floor

New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory


"I was in the area, so I thought I'd come and fix it now".

also known as

I screwed up your line at the other end while working on another line and without a tracer plugged in here I can't fix it.

Rolls-Royce, Airbus, Siemens tease electric flight engine project


Re: "powered by batteries and an onboard generator using jet fuel"

I think the efficiency will come from running the single generator engine at it's most efficient speed / loading, where it can provide enough power for flight and some battery charging.

if we assume that there will be on generator per electic motor on the plane we may end up with a plane flying on 4 electric motors but only running 2 generators rather than 4 jet engines

with regard to the electric motor the plan is for seimens to build a 2MW motor (assuming 2MW = 2 MegaWatt rather than 2MW being a model No)


I suspect the jet powered generator will be running at a fixed speed / output and anything not consumed by propulsion will be dumped into batteries.

for takeoff I would guess power would come from both batteries and direct from the generator but once airborne (where the power would usually be dialled back) the generator will provide enough power for flight and recharging of batteries (ready for the next takeoff or high power demand time)

basically it's the plane version of a prius

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


Re: Background check

more like "can you hire a van"

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


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


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)

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


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)

Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone


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)

Ofcom pops 37% spectrum cap on mobile providers' domes


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

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


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

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


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

New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability


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.

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


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.

Unlucky WD Ultrastar drives are knackered, need replacing ASAP


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)

Naughty sysadmins use dark magic to fix PCs for clueless users


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)

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


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?

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


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)


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

Energy firm points to hackers after Kiev power outage


Re: Why is the substation connected to the internet?

they probably got a good deal on powerline ethernet adaptors

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


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

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


Re: Is the book worth a read?

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

Beardy Branson's space bird spreads its wings


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)

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


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.

Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules


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)

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


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)

Samsung deals out microSD-crushing faster fingernail flash cards


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)

Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot


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

Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace


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

Reverser laments crypto game protection, says wares dead after 2018


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)

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


Re: Peace?

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

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


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.

Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils


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)

Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane


leaving the ground

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


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)

EXTREME COUPONING zeros checkout carts in eBay's Magento


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"

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


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.

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


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

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


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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