* Posts by Justicesays

614 posts • joined 15 Jun 2010


Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist


Well, you dont.

Based on the article, turns out its quite hard to sell $18m of maple syrup when

a) The police and maple syrup industry know someone has stolen it

b) You don't actually have a legitimate source of maple syrup to show to buyers.

Unlike drugs or something, its not like users of maple syrup need to avoid police attention.

They would probably much rather avoid a charge of receiving stolen goods.

So you get caught when one of them reports it.

Apple confirms Amazon ebooks bendover, EU watchdog drops bone


They have just taken the easy way out

Which is to do nothing about the VAT on ebooks, while giving excuses like:

Well, only rich people can afford ebooks readers.

Its impossible to tell the difference between an ebook and computer software, especially if the ebook has pictures or music in it.


Then eventually dead tree books will become a luxury item , due to the small number sold/high prices, and be re-classifed as such, and subject to VAT as well.

But there will still be VAT on ebooks as "Well, its too late to do anything about it now".

And another VAT exception will have been entirely eliminated.

NASA reveals secrets of Curiosity’s selfies

Black Helicopters

Re: Simple

You Fools!

Clearly these are images of the rover reflected in the shiny hull of the flying saucer it is currently investigating.

That explains the distorted image, AND the announcement NASA were going to make and then pretended was just about clay or whatever.

UN's 'bid to wrestle control of internet' stalled by asterisk


Re: "stalled by asterisk"

Wait until they get around to discussing if # should be called "hash" or "pound".

Linux kernel dumps 386 chip support


What he should have said

Is that if the 386 lot don't like it, they can fork off. (the previous linux kernel)

Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits


Re: ReVuln seem like nice people

You can also turn off your telly or other device.

Neither might be convenient however (you might live along the A127 for instance)

I wonder what they do if they find a critical vuln. in say, airplane flight systems,air traffic control or life support?

Does the CAA/whoever have to bid against Al Qaeda ?


Re: ReVuln seem like nice people

No, you appear to be thinking of security researchers who publish vulns in their entirety without seeking payment (with or without privately informing the vendor).

These are people publishing the fact that they know there are vulnerabilities in a device , and will sell the knowledge of that to the highest bidder, be it crims, governments or the (now pressured) device owner.

In your analogy they announce there are crash causing potholes somewhere on the A127 and offer to sell a map to the highest bidder, be that highwaymen bent on robbing crashed or stopped cars or the highways agency - they don't really care.

Entire US Congress votes against ITU control of internet


USAians, Your elected representatives

Working for you Google.

Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home


Re: Hey microsoft!

They probably made a copy of the hard drive for evidence purposes.

That's copyright infringement right there!

Unfortunately there is probably some kind of "Fair use" term for law enforcement

Flash memory made immortal by fiery heat


Re: I Think Wear Leveling Will Still be Needed

wear levelling seems like a lot of overhead for general use in this case.

Swapping some blocks out when they look likely to fail after three years constant use would just require a bad block/relocation table like regular hdds have.

Whereas an "old" SSD block would fail in a couple of hours in the same situation, so wear levelling makes alot more sense.

'Look, isn't there some way we can get Julian out of here?'

Black Helicopters

They are getting him out of there, this is part of the plan,

And the "chronic lung illness" is part of it.

Here's the scene, policemen standing around outside the embassy when a doctor and an EMT come through carrying a stretcher.

Minutes later a thin blond man comes out of the embassy on the stretcher, wearing a oxygen mask.

Police run over, much commotion, arrest blond man there and then, doctor objects to mask being lifted etc.

Police get in ambulance and all concerned driven to hospital.

When they get there, EMT breaks off , goes to a quiet place and removes "Mission impossible" style mask, revealing The Assange, with dyed black hair, dark fake tan and a goatee.

Quickly jumps in a waiting vehicle and speeds off to a beach where a zodiac/speed boat/french fishing boat crewed by Argentinian special forces is waiting.

Boat whisks him out to sea where they meet up with a container ship bound for South America.

The Assange is inserted into a pre-prepared container with living quarters / septic tank / water etc. all self contained, and seals are affixed showing it was consigned in Spain 2 weeks earlier.

A month later he appears in Ecuador.

The "doctor" mingles with the hospital staff and disappears.

The man with pneumonia (the real EMT sans disguise) turns out to be a disposable foreign national with a now much enlarged bank account to make up for the time he will serve.

VPN ban makes for nervy times behind Great Firewall


Precipitous , I do not think that means what you think it means...

"the precipitous nature of doing business in China"

Should this be "precarious" by any chance.

Unless doing business in China was a sudden and dramatic turn for the worse of course.

Elon Musk envisions small town of vegetarians on Mars


Re: Because...

"Talking about settling Mars is about as plausible as talking about using wormholes to travel to distant galaxies."

No its not.

Wormholes are a purely theoretical idea that humanity has no concept of how we could generate or make practical use of , vs rockets which have been in use for over 60 years, and have already demonstrated the ability to send stuff to Mars successfully. I would have to say there is a huge qualitative difference in those two endeavours.

Humanity could give a good go at colonising Mars if we dedicated a considerable proportion of our resources to it, using only existing technology.

Whereas opening "wormholes to distant galaxies" is total sci-fi bullshit

Google to UN: Internet FREEDOM IS FREE, and must remain so


Re: To be fair, at least one point they make is valid

"meant that the end users, and the ISP's were paying part of the cost of people watching iplayer instead of the BBC paying the entire upload cost.

If my understanding is correct, one can see why the ISP's thought the BBC were taking the piss and wanted to charge the BBC for bandwidth transferred P2P."

And then of course the users would pay less?


Thought not.

Apple cultists slaver as Mothership landing now foretold in 2016


Re: It doesn't look like the most efficient use of space.

code monkeys


Re: Form over function.. again

I'm hoping they have a little tram system at the least.

Ideally turbolifts of course.

Ten... PC games you may have missed


Re: PC Games?

A Demo?

Given how short the game is, the demo must be only a couple of minutes!

Astronauts (or other 'nauts) could find life on Mars quite healthy


Solve two problems at once, with H2O

"But that still leaves a lot of potential for explorers to be hit by harmful radiation during solar storms and so on. Shielding materials would necessarily be heavy, and thus probably impractical to send along on an interplanetary trip."

Water is a pretty good radiation shielding material, esp. against high energy cosmic rays (compared to metals which generally emit showers of secondary particles should a cosmic ray hit them).

And it doesn't tend to become long term radioactive either.

Plus, presumably astronauts will be bringing along water in any case (what with all the drinking and so on).

which would save on special purpose shielding, certainly for a storm shelter.

Long flat tanks under the skin for general travel, then pump the water to a smaller centre shelter area with much deeper tanks when a storm is due.

Pretty standard sci-fi concept.

Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes


Re: Species specific rat poison.

Blue apples?

New Microsoft Windows chief 'shocked' by Sinofsky defenestration


Re: Peters principle, can't do your job? Get promoted out of it.

You realize that in the UK, if you pass your driving test in an automatic car, you are only qualified to drive an automatic, and have to pass again in a manual to be able to drive one.

Those that pass in a manual are however licensed to drive an automatic without a further test.

So I guess it is exactly like saying that, pity its also true.

SECRET 28 'scientific experts' who Greened the BBC - Revealed!


Re: Impartiality and scientific theories

On the other hard, if it turned out the seminar was run by David Ike and the Church of Scientology, you would like to know, right?

Windows boss Steve Sinofsky exits Microsoft


Re: Is he going to take Ribbon with him?

Probably not, as the idiot that has replaced him was the inventor of the Ribbon.

So now everything will have Ribbons.

I'm surprised that Windows 8 didn't feature a "Start Ribbon" instead of the IFKAM UI

Judge: Your boss has no right to your emails held by a third party


Re: They should have used email archiving

Except most companies prefer to make sure any "unnecessary" emails are deleted in a "timely" fashion.

This co-incidentally saves a lot of time and possible exposure in any pre-trial discovery that goes on.

Saves finding any 3 year old email from your head of QA saying that the product shouldn't be released in it current form or something.

Automatic archiving just creates a huge gold mine for the opposition lawyers.

Habitable HEAVY GRAVITY WORLD found just 42 light-years away


Re: DesPlaines

Probably not "his best works" because they are not his works at all.

EE wrote a novella using that concept.

His estate authorized Stephen Goldin to use the concept and name to write a series.

10 years after he died.


BBC in secret trial to see if you care about thing you plainly don't


Re: So..

You are amazed that many people don't see the benefit in switching to an overpriced, lower quality, less portable and more power-hungry technology that offers very few additional benefits?

I personally don't see why we should have to switch to something that is crap in the hope it gets better.

Here's an idea, make it better, and then everyone wouldn't mind switching.

Make the technology small and cheap and energy efficient enough that people could include it in car radios and so on for very little additional cost. Then travel back in time and do that 10 years ago so we might be willing to switch now.

Alternatively, make it small and cheap now, and then lets wait 10 years and see how it looks.

Don't make it large, expensive and power hungry, then remove your only benefit by (deliberately) making it low quality on top, and expect people to go "Yeah, lets switch to that"

The only ones who will befit from switching off FM is those who will get to sell off the frequency space to this allegedly huge number of commercial stations just waiting in the wings.

Assuming of course any commercial radio station can afford to fund itself once the same advertising cash is split between however may additional stations we end up with.


Re: So..

You some kind of shill for the DAB lobby?

Lets face it, DAB radios are still currently large (unlike an FM radio that can be small enough to be built into headphones, mp3 players etc.), power hungry (DAB radio power consumption about 40x that of an FM radio)

and the quality is shitty, (as the people pushing it are more about how many channels you can fit into the available frequency space than the quality of those channels, more money that way).

If you dispute this, please indicate your matchbox sized or smaller DAB radio of choice that runs for 40+ hours on a single AAA battery. Or any DAB receiver that runs on a watch battery.

If I wanted to listen to digital radio at home, I would use the internet based digital radio option, rather than buying a crappy DAB radio.

If I wanted to listen to the radio in my car (like almost all radio listeners do), then I guess I'll use the FM radio that has been built into almost every car on the road today. The cheap, reliable FM radio that doesn't require multiple digital decode circuits constantly running to handle the station shifts as I travel around.

Assuming the DAB lobby pushing their inadequate technology doesn't manage to bribe enough MPs / Celebrity shills to get FM turned off of course.

Some great math being used to "prove" DAB is popular, like only counting "kitchen" style radio sales, rather than including all the FM decodes built into phones, tablets, mp3 players and (or course) cars.

Or counting people listening to radio (at home only of course) on their PC's/Tablets as "Digital radio" listeners, thus implying they are using DAB and we should turn off FM to get more of the DAB they want to them...

US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

Big Brother

Re: Why does anyone outside the US care?

"although the USA has quite gone as far as using the prisoners as forced labour. Yet."

Presuming you meant "Hasn't", You realize the US has a prison population of over 2 million, and the vast majority of these are forced to work for $0.25 per hour or be locked in solitary?

That large swathes of the US economy requires this "Prison labour" to remain competitive with offshore production.

Laws like the "three strikes" law have been criticized as primarily existing to keep the US prison population high to provide a suitable cheap labour pool.

EC: Microsoft didn't honour browser-choice commitment


Re: what browser market?

The main reason browsers are free is because Microsoft forced the first commercial browser (Netscape Navigator, maybe you heard of it?) out of business by bundling a browser in their OS for free.

Which is why there was a monopoly ruling to break Microsoft up in the late 90s, into an OS vendor, and a separate software vendor.

Then I guess various palms were greased, as eventually the department of justice bottled and said they would just let Microsoft get away with telling the PC manufacturers that they could bundle non-Microsoft software with their hardware offerings without getting cut off. Because that seems fair.

So you logic of "why would I care about Microsoft bundled IE because all browsers are free" is completely backwards.

Browsers are free because Microsoft bundle one, so they all have to compete with that. And the Anti-trust authorities let them keep doing it even after it was deemed to be abuse of monopoly.

Bloke jailed for being unable to use BlackBerry Messenger freed


Re: A shame, shameful prosecution


They bring you into the station and say

"How about we just issue you with a caution and you don't do it again? Save the trouble of taking it to court etc."

And of course they just fail to mention that a caution is the same as a conviction in the eyes of the law, and if it is for a sexual offence (like "public exposure"), you can go on the sex offenders register.

And because you wont have a lawyer with you when they offer it, you wont know that and think "Cool, just a warning then", not "Like I'm going to admit guilt and go on the sex offenders register for something like that!"

Get their stats up nicely though

Tesla drops veil on top secret solar Superchargers


Re: cars per day?

This is why the use of the Supercharger "Damages your battery", otherwise they would always be empty.

So, rather than pay for electricity, get it for free but pay Telsa the $20000 (this figure made up) for a new battery 2 years earlier.

Sounds like a great deal..

Google in new Maps patent row - but not with Apple

Black Helicopters

Hmm. Coincidence?

So, just after iOS 6 ships with a heavily publicised standalone mapping application (albeit one that looks terrible in comparison to Google Maps), a company pops out of the woodwork to sue Google and get an injunction against their mapping system.

Maybe Apple has taken up the Microsoft tactic of sponsoring lawsuits...

Cambridge boffins: Chip and PIN cards CAN be cloned – here's how


Re: There might be a better way...

Uh huh,

And then, if someones card was used you could absolutely prove it was them because no-one else could possibly have the magic password?

Except you seem to have made a big assumption, that your bank is trustworthy.

Past cases of where Cards and/or PINs were delivered and use fraudulently were eventually (after court cases and so on, as banks refused to admit it) proven to be only plausible if committed by corrupt bank employees, often two working in collusion to bypass internal protections (guy who can make a change working with guy who can delete the logs of the change for instance)


German Pirate party punters 'don't pay their membership fees'


Re: "Saying this out loud"

I think he is right that if the advert said

"You wouldn't copy a car you liked the look of ,given the ability to do so near instantly and for free, and with no detriment to the present owner of the car"

most people would think , "Hmm, I would you know, if only to give driving that lambo a ago. I'd delete it afterwards though, honest"

Conflating theft and copyright breach is doing the content producers no favours.

People aren't stupid and will reach the above conclusion themselves, and then feel justified that it "wasn't stealing" because all they did was copy Bob's DVD. Bob still has his DVD, right?

Whereas they would do better to actually indicate who is getting affected by copyright breaches, and what the moral effect that has on content producers and society.

WiReD surgically removes damaged neurotrash 'expert'


Science "Journalism" works something like this

Scientist: So in conclusion, I can say we have successfully developed a cold resistant strain of wheat that could increase yields in colder climes.

"Journalist": So , for instance, you could grow wheat in the Arctic?

-Scribbles down headline "Scientists develop wheat that grows in the Arctic-

Scientist: Well, theoretically it could survive arctic temperatures for a short while, but

"Journalist": Ok, all done here, thanks.

-Back at the "Science Journalism Cave"-

"Science Editor": We'll need some extra input on this one, maybe you could contact some environmentalists, this "Wheat in the Arctic" sounds like the sort of thing that would rile them up and we can get some great quotes.

-Some phone calls later-

Nutty Enviromentalist: How dare these so called scientists despoil the practically untouched arctic wilderness. Just another example of how Humans are exploiting the whole plant. And the Arctic ice is already under threat from global warming, and now they want to thaw more of it to irrigate their Arctic wheat farms!

Driving a car? There's an app for that

Big Brother

Re: Real World...

I wouldn't worry about it,

We already have something thats a lot like this, they are called "Taxis", but use a meatbag Human for navigation instead of an android phone.

Based on that and the fact things rarely get cheaper, you wont be able to afford to call for a car very often anyway.

Anyway, the idea is you wont own a car, you will subscribe to "Autocars" (not the magazine) who will be a near monopoly or part of a cartel to keep prices unreasonably high. They will have slightly too few cars to provide everyone with a car when they need it, but will take car of fueling and maintaining the cars while gently extracting all your cash for the privilege.

If your car gets low enough on fuel to require a fill/charge up, you will be summarily ejected from the car to the side of the road while it goes off to find a maintenance point. Eventually another car will come and pick you up from the pouring rain to continue your journey.

Welcome to the future.

Ubisoft: 'Vast majority of PC gamers are PIRATES'


Yeah Right

Essentially Ubisoft have screwed their own sales by their inability to realize their DRM policy and bad recent games are the problem, not rampant piracy.

Their PC platform sales have dropped by 90% in the last couple of years (Source: PC Gamer) , inconveniently in the same time period they introduced always on DRM, long outages when people couldn't play games due to DRM server administration etc.

Rather than admit , yeah, hugely restrictive DRM was a mistake and doesn't make people buy more games, they have instead gone "Well, clearly no-one buys any games any more, thats why our sales dropped 90%, so we are going to give stuff away for free instead and hope to addict people to micropayments like some kind of drug dealers"

I pay for all of my games (mostly via steam) , but I haven't bought an Ubisoft game (apart from really old ones) for a while due to the dual facts that:

1) They didnt look any good

2) Always on DRM puts me off. Steam has an offline mode that works fine.

Everything Everywhere to be Nothing Nowhere in rebrand



Doesn't sound that snappy, but you could paint Mr T orange and use him as your spokesperson.

Which would provide immediate brand recognition in the over 30s!

Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon


Re: Legal basis?

IANAL, but

They could grant him Ecuadoran citizenship,

then appoint him as ambassador to (say) Argentina

1. If a diplomatic agent passes through or is in the territory of a third State, which has granted him a passport visa if such visa was necessary, while proceeding to take up or to return to his post, or when returning to his own country, the third State shall accord him inviolability and such other immunities as may be required to ensure his transit or return. The same shall apply in the case of any members of his family enjoying privileges or immunities who are accompanying the diplomatic agent, or travelling separately to join him or to return to their country

In this case the UK would be the "Third state" and not have an option of not receiving the "Diplomat", but be obliged to not hider their progress.

Pretty sure he already has a visa, which they granted him.

Then they put him on a direct (charter?) flight to Argentina, and from there he can go to Ecuador

So long as Argentina don't deny his diplomatic credentials before he gets there.

Which seems unlikely tbh.

Google, PayPal, banks, mobile networks in pay-by-bonk peace summit


Not sure I understand

I keep seeing variations on this phrase "protected as they are with chip'n'pin transactions" used in conjunction with contactless payments.

So, a contactless payment is treated (in fraud terms) the same as an authorized PIN transaction?

If you claim a PIN authorized transaction is fraudulent, the first response of the bank is to claim that you did it, then they claim you must have told someone the pin. Then they refer it to the banking ombusman who sees "PIN Authorized" and backs the bank.

So we can expect the same treatment if we report a contactless payment as fraudulent?

Great! Sign me up!

Hello nasty, don't use my music: Deceased Beastie Boy to admen


Re: Don't Worry

That article also indicates that I'm not wrong on the judge thing.

The estate is still taxable on the value of his image and music etc. that could be used in advertising?!

Even if he forbids that use (a pretty much non-enforceable term apparently)


Re: Don't Worry

I just looked it up myself.

Based on Wikipedia and the NYT, he is stuffed on post-mortem image rights because he died in New York.

Unless they have put in legislation since then.



Don't Worry

I'm sure a judge will be along shortly to let the owners of the estate know that they don't have to abide by this kind of restriction.

What is the "copyright" on your own image anyway? life+70 ? Or just as long as it takes before noone bothers to sue you?

Microsoft: It's not Metro, it's Windows 8


Call them this:

Tablet apps should be referred to as "Tapps"

desktop apps as "Dapps"

The Windows advertising team as "Twats"

Windows 8 Tapp

Windows 8 Dapp

Windows 8 Twats


Using copyright to avoid Freedom of Info law? Ha, ha, NICE try!

Big Brother

Re: Automatioc publication

I thought under the great new ruling passed down from the legal monkeys at the top of the law tree , the email itself is publishing the information (albeit, just to the recipient)


Google Talk goes dumb in massive global outage


Re: "...apocalypse..."

"You'd find that a substantial portion of the younger population would suddenly have to look up and deal with the world as it really is (something many of them may never have had to do before). I find the prospect quite scary."

Might even be riots in the street.

Except without BBM, Facebook and Twitter rioters couldn't possibly organize themselves.

Plus the destructive feedback loop of having nowhere to gripe about everything being down.

"Damn Facebook is down, I'll just send a Tweet complaining about it"

"What? Twitter is down too? I'll have to Google+ about both of them then"

"No Google+ either?! And no BBM?"

"NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO" (Darth Vader style)

*phew*, I think we would be safe.

Might be an uptick in graffiti.

Stuxnet: 'Moral crime' or proportionate response?

Big Brother

So , where are the "sports" police

"Operation Olympic Games"

This is clearly a breach of the special magical protected state of the word "Olympics".

Aggravated even further by the use of the word "Games" in conjunction with it.

I assume the Corporate goons of the IOC (Illuminated Olympic Conspiracy) are even now moving to arrest the coiner of that operational label?

And this website.

And me.

Sysadmins! There's no shame in using a mouse to delete files


Would prefer admin gui's not to exist unless complemented by equally full-featured CLI

The main reason people in this topic state that they have to use GUI's is because "There is no easy way of doing it on the CLI" or "The GUI presents information difficult or impossible to obtain on the CLI".

This isnt a fault of the CLI, its the fault of the application/OS designer.

Personally I hate it when admin tasks can *only* be accomplished in the GUI. Like being forced to use a graphical installer (bye-bye easy automated deployment) or security settings that can only be determined via GUI pages (say goodbye to automated security audit scripting).

Sure, using a GUI can be nice when casually monitoring systems or doing a simple config change, but that task or information should also be obtainable/executed via CLI queries or commands.

And GUI's are ideal for general information creation and display, or for unskilled users (when well written).

Moving to GUI's means more people have to be employed to manage things, as GUI's are designed for humans to use. CLI's can be used by both humans and computers, which enables automation. Automation means one skilled sys-admin can keep on top of multiple systems and gainfully use their experience to work on new business projects. Doing the same work with GUI's requires the employment of more people, who will also be paid less, thus less skilled and less able to work on new projects.

Of course GUI writers can try to include automation in their designs, but this has a big flaw. Automation in GUI's allows you to do what the writer wants you to do.

Automation in a CLI allows you to do what *you* want to do.

Gov must act on 'innocent' web-browsing copyright timebomb


Just rationalizing existing laws

This is the same legal point why the online PVR companies get screwed (because they have to make copies).

Given some of the rulings around the required amount of text you can copy before its breaching copyright (like the newspaper headlines web sites were slapped for republishing), I'm surprised that the ISP and internet backbone escapes the same judgement (packets held in buffers being copyright material that requires a license).

Its not in the interests of the legal profession or Government to change the legal status of these "transient" copies.

Such nitpicking is a huge source of legal fees for many years to come.

Also allows big business much more control over their media than they would otherwise have.

The little guy is still screwed once they declare his work an "Orphan" ofc. Only big business need apply.

AMD pins its server hopes on SeaMicro technology - maybe in APUs


Screwed by Intel

When AMD managed to come up with architectures that were better and faster than Intels, Intel used its market dominance to suppress those products until its own chip engineers managed to get their next big thing off the production line.

Despite Intel having the crap sued out of them by the European commission and AMD , its not like AMD magically made market share after the court case, so Intel are still laughing all the way to the bank.

And extra money now (instead of 8-9 years ago when it could have been put to use funding research) isnt going to help AMD much apart from keeping the lights on a bit longer.

Valve to raise Steam for Ubuntu


Ensuring their future

Pretty sure Valve are seeing the writing on the wall so far as windows and the desktop is concerned. As apple only sell their OS with hardware, and the console markets are locked up tight, moving to linux gives them future proofing should MS go tits up , decide GFWL is the only allowed gaming platform on windows, or move their entire development effort to tablets.

I'm surprised they are using an existing linux distro actually. Might make more sense to provide a "ValveOS" cutdown linux with known drivers etc you can install in addition to your regular distro in a small partition, run off a USB stick etc. Game storage could be put on any drive after all.


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