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8619 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Infosec guru Schneier: Govts will intervene to regulate Internet of Sh!t

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Re: Others problems first

So ISP supply routers which by default don't let things connect to the internet.

So when granny buys that new gadget that lets her video talk to the grandkids, or lets a service monitor that she hasn't fallen - all she needs is a CCNA to enable the features in the router?

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Re: "enabling manufacturers to lock you out of the devices you bought...."

There was almost an Eu ban on using after-market motorbikes parts in europe, even proposing you could only fit manufacture's own tires. All in the name of safety. It only fell apart when it turned out to have been written with very close assistance of a certain Bavarian Motor Works company

But you can't imagine the new friendly non-monopolist Microsoft/Apple wanting a ban on Linux outside their own carefully billed data centers

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Ex-SpaceX avionics tech loses safety certificate-forging wrongful dismissal lawsuit

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Re: With friends like this ...

In the middle of a big campaign to remove the stigma of mental illness and encourage especially young men to seek medical help instead of just killing themselves in larger numbers.

We get the "he suffers from paranoia" therefore is a nut job so you can't believe anything he says.

So remember young men in tech, don't go to the doctor to talk about eg. depression - it will be used against you if you are ever arrested / fired / called as a witness.

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H-1B visa applications from India plummet (and Trump can't claim credit)

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Re: Thanks, Trump

So those 70,000 workers who would have been in your country paying tax, paying rent, buying cars eating in restaurants - are now employed in India doing your job ?

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Obama's intel chief says Russia totally tried to swing it for Trump

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But Russia suddenly got smart

Instead of funding dozens of marxist-ish groups who spend all their time bickering with each other and have bugger-all chance of getting elected, you 'support' far right groups in the hope of breaking up the country.

Like the time honoured British solution of splitting former colonies in two so they immediately go to war with each other and aren't any bother to you.

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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Re: a Mortal Threat...to augmented reality games

>So in short, private companies want to monetise public spaces

Like those National Geographic bastards with their pictures encouraging people to visit national parks

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Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

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Re: To be fair...

Australia USA, UK, New Zealand Canada. do have a point - other countries seem to encrypt almost all their communications. It's like they have a different word for everything. Some of the really sneaky ones don't even use proper letters

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Japanese cops arrest their first ransomware-slinging menace – er, a 14-year-old school boy

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Re: There is no excuse for this

So they can't do anything about N Korean/Russian/Chinese hackers doing real damage - but they have managed to collar some kid who may not have done any.

A bit like arresting a kid for letting off a banger because N Korea just nuked you

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Boffins have figured out a way of speeding up X-ray data collection

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Re: So...

Your current MRI or CT scan is a machines best guess of what your insides look like consistent with the noisy readings.

Adding knowledge of what your insides should look like can only increase the quality of the result

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

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Could we persuade Daily Mail readers that if going to Mars causes cancer then going to Venus must cure it? Then we could send them all.

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Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons

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Re: Humor vs. Stupid

i feel that your comment on my personal beliefs is an example of cyber-bullying - please report to your local ministry of truth fro reprogramming

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Re: Humor vs. Stupid

>there are so many topics that just should not be joked about,

No there aren't

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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Terrible

Now the Russians will learn about Russian involvement in the election

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ESA astronaut decelerates from 28,800kph to zero in first bumpy landing

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Re: You are missing the point

>unlike Russia which is enormous

More importantly is enormous east-west so you don't have to be too accurate in the orbit when your payload is coming down.

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Tough part

They then had to fly home on United

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The biggest British Airways IT meltdown WTF: 200 systems in the critical path?

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Telecoms used to handle that all the time.

When was the last time you heard of all of BT going down ?

There is a great quote about Erlang (programming language for phone systems) -

"in telecoms downtimes of a few seconds a year are just not acceptable."

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Re: More importantly

Most large dinosaurs are strong and stable

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Russian data scientist unable to claim £12,000 prize in Brit competition

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Re: To be fair to the organisers...

It will be changed to keep track of China and Russia's score next year

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Pai guy not too privacy shy, says your caller ID can't block IP, so anons go bye

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Re: >If they are simply legalised pirates then I'm not going to cry too much when one of them dies

I grew up Catholic in Belfast in the 70s - I don't have quite the same "Dixon of dock green" view of the police.

I now live in a N American city where the police in plain clothes pose as window washers / panhandlers to catch drivers at stop lights touching their cell phone / GPS to score the $150 fine.

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That was the ideal - unfortunately the partnership between police and community has gone.

Even if you aren't in a black community that see "accidental" police shootings as a major risk to your life.

As a reg reader you are likely to see the police as an extra tax for speeding / parking / driving with a phone

If they are simply legalised pirates then I'm not going to cry too much when one of them dies

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Boffins find evidence of strange uranium-producing bacteria lurking underground

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Re: Environmentalists

>Isn't contaminated ground water a problem for everyone and not just for "environmentalists"?

Not on average. Contaminated ground water > 10km away from me isn't a problem for me, it is for environmentalists 1000km away

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Re: WTF is this article?

So the bacteria "produce" uranium from uranium ore - in the same way that Alcor "produce" aluminium from bauxite

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Walmart workers invited to shuttle packages

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Re: SlaveMart

Walmart effect

If it were WholeFoods or Trader Joes doing this and they claimed it lowered the carbon footprint of the delivery everyone would be all over it and giving them awards

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Re: It starts as "Voluntary"

If you look carefully the efficency an effectiveness of dinosaur Walmart's supply chains and logistics beat Amazon

Of course as a cheap market place for anonymous tax avoiding 'entrepreneurs' to sell counterfeit stuff to be delivered by underpaid unofficial couriers Amazon is really innovative.

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Utah fights man's attempt to marry laptop

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Re: WOT?

As the story says, he is doing it to attack gay marriage.

As when the Great British Buffoon (TM) said that "they" would be allowing you to marry dogs next

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Re: Marrying a laptop is silly but...

Could be an interesting way of getting around the monopolies+mergers rules - have the corporations just marry

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ViaSat lofts world's most powerful communications satellite into orbit

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Re: "Clarke orbit"

I refer to all of them as Kepler orbits

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Mount the rocket underneath and you need landing gear the size of tower cranes,

Mount the rocket on top and you do an "opening scenes from moonraker" when you fire it.

Mount the rocket in the middle = just right.

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Re: Why do people design stupid things?

Yes - much better to have a monopoly of defense companies building ever bigger copies of WWII rockets for a single govt customer on a cost+ basis

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Re: "1) Starting at 30000 feet instead of sea level - equivalent to over 400 m/s"

It's not clear that equatorial launch helps so much for this.

It has the biggest boost for GSO orbits but anything going to GSO is going to be too big for this thing (see todays other reg satelite story). Smaller payloads are going into LEO at a whole bunch of orbital inclinations that don't need equatorial boost as much, ones in a polar orbit don't benefit at all.

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Re: Another idea

Because the whole point of this is to use the engines on the plane for flying in air - which aeroplane engines are really good at and rocket engines are really crap at.

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Re: Look at that hanger ...

You just build a hanger that is bigger on the inside

Or taxi at relativistic speeds and rely on the Lorentz contraction to get the plane into the barn

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Re: Why air launch?

It's all about the size of your nozzles (ooh-err missus)

In vacuum you want great big wide open nozzles, at sea level you need narrower ones. The result is a rocket that is less efficient at all stages of flight and least efficent at the start when you need the most thrust. The nearer you can be to vacuum when you light the blue touch paper, the more vacuum designed nozzles you can use.

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Two pilot option

Because Empire Strikes Back was his favorite film

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Re: Reason dual fuselage

Tricky to launch a rocket in mid-air when it is parked on TOP of the fuselage (at least more than once)

Signed

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Re: It's that big...

Means you can land somewhere outside Mother America and pickup the payload and launch it - without all the ITAR regs that the Boeing/Lockeed alliance used to block sealaunch

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Boadacia House

Although ISIS have claimed responsibility for Heathrow generally

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Re: Looking forward to the BOFH's take on this

I always assumed Cthulhu was responsible for keeping BA (and indeed most airlines) operating

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Re: Oh come on!

Obvioulsy too many Volts or Amperes - both names after foreigners.

They need to have more British Farads or Henrys

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Re: ... not due to outsourcing...

Or they did but covered it up .....

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Sons of IoT: Bikers hack Jeeps in auto theft spree

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Landrover also vulnerable

Thiefs have been fitting extra cogs from an after-market analytical engine to bypass the original Babbage parts in the onboard computer

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Re: Are Jeeps that expensive?

>It's quite normal for a vehicle to be worth more as parts than as a whole;

Jeep Wranglers also have a more than typically robust market for spare parts.

Although supposedly some of the newer models are able to drive off the dealer lot under their own steam rather than be towed directly to the service dept

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UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be 'deputised' by the state

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Re: Alice in Wonderland

You're lucky the law only extends to computers.

Wait until medical researchers get the same warrants.

We don't want you publishing anything about this real virus - we might have plans for it....

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Re: Warrant Canaries

Wasn't part of Brexit the opportunity to welcome our imperial marsupials to replace these european mammals ?

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Re: It is interesting to consider...

That explains the delivery speed at least

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NORK spy agency blamed for Bangladesh cyberheist, Sony Pictures hack

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Re: Who's going to protect us from the North Korean boogeyman

Unless North Korea is a hoax cooked up by a movie studio

Nobody has ever been there, the actors playing staring roles never change, half their missile tests have been revealed as photoshop - I think the whole country is done on a back lot at Sony

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Re: Still not convinced

Britain is safe though.

One of the excuses for upgrading Fylingdales 20years ago (violating a bunch of ABM treaties) was that it would protect Britain and her allies from Iranian and N Korean missiles.

So we can prevent any ICBMs that decide to fly from N Korea via Russia and head over Harrogate on their way to Washington - somehow

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Re: Still not convinced

This was a sophisticated targeted cyber-attack it could only have been launched by a sophisticated state level actor like North Korea.

This was a crude script-kiddie attack which would likely have been launched by a poor backward country like North Korea

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