* Posts by IglooDude

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

IglooDude

Re: The DoL sued Google earlier this year seeking to get its hands on the details....

If Google has actually done the analysis, why not just hand that over to the DoL, is what I'm curious about. Are they safeguarding their algorithm? Surely the DoL can get from the IRS a list of Google employees, their protected characteristics, and their compensation, and do their own non-Google-optimized runthrough? Which now makes me wonder - since DoL could theoretically do that currently for any company at all, then maybe they really are after the algorithm?

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

IglooDude

"it should be up to the airlines to decide how they want to handle it; things like passenger comfort and amenities are their domain anyway."

And they've done SO well with that so far, eh? They've handled it by (prepare to be shocked) monetizing it, 100% of the time.

Which means, I predict, that if the FCC allows inflight calling that they'll charge extra to allow individuals to make calls inflight, and if you're lucky, they'll charge extra to seat someone in a "quiet row" where calls are not allowed, so if you don't want to pay more you'll have the worst of both worlds: not able to make voice calls but having to listen to your seatmate chatter away, and them chatting louder to be heard about the high ambient noise level to boot.

But... by the same token that I don't like marijuana but want it legalized and prefer the fairer sex but support same-sex marriage and don't like annoying gits but am generally opposed to their murder, in this case I don't think the FCC or FAA should be regulating inflight cellular usage if it's no longer a safety issue. And really, isn't sitting belted on a plane the safest place on the planet to BE distracted, unless you're the pilot?

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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

IglooDude

Re: So is this about mobile OS integration, or autonomous vehicles?

"As far as I can tell, all futurists are self qualified."

Or will be soon, at any rate.

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

IglooDude

Re: Retro-Rocket Ulterior Motive

ULA was probably also proceeding according to an overall plan: When serious money was to be laid out for a Mars launch, they'd do the necessary design at that time, and get paid for it. Cost-plus contracts don't incentivize designing cheaper and more efficient alternatives.

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Public IPv4 drought: Verizon Wireless to stop handing out static addys

IglooDude

Re: Verizon, not Verizon Wireless

@Dropbear, my experience does differ from yours, but that's probably because my job involves working with what you'd consider the outliers: M2M companies requiring "mobile-terminate" access to their devices. Riding existing TCP or UDP sessions inside NAT timeouts hasn't been a really satisfactory approach for many of my customers, and beyond that anything requiring nonlocal maintenance/configuration/polling/whatever gets a VPN to private-IP'ed devices of one flavor or another.

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IglooDude

Re: Verizon, not Verizon Wireless

The article also said "business customers", and the point is really the M2M space, where there's the occasional server sitting behind the cellular modem. Verizon does/did, Sprint (the cellular division) does, T-Mobile and AT&T do for certain business accounts, and there's at least one European cellular operator with the capability but I can't remember offhand which one it is.

Given the security and unsolicited usage issues associated with assigning public static IPs to cellular devices (especially when there are servers/cameras/whatever M2M kit sitting on/behind them), using static private IPs and IPsec tunnels between the MNO/MVNO and the customer's sites has been the traditional workaround for a decade or so, as it's a rare application architecture that truly requires static public IP to function.

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

IglooDude
Pint

Thanks for the Voyager2 note, Reg

It always cheers me up a bit when I'm reminded of how those two probes we've flung out there are still managing to radio home with some bits here and there.

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

IglooDude
Pint

Well played, sir!!

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

IglooDude

Re: Huh?

"What I think Customs and Border Patrol will be looking for, however, is your REACTION to the question. You'd have to be a convincing liar to get past them."

And if you're a bona fide American, your reaction to the question will be "Zark off, you gestapo-wannabe".

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Haven't deleted your Yahoo account yet? Reminder: Hackers forged login cookies

IglooDude
Happy

You should post the address here, so we can all use it for spam-inducing activities.

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IglooDude

Re: Alohanumeric (was Until we fine)

...and at least twenty of them have to be vowels.

(I lived in a town there named "Aiea".)

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IglooDude

I think it's fair to say that (except for a few poor bastards that for whatever reason can't extricate themselves from needing the specific email address), anyone still using Yahoo email at this point has no concern for their account's security anyway, and 2FA or anything else isn't going to get a lot of participation.

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Hold the phone! Crap customer service cost telcos £2.9 BEEEELLION in 2016

IglooDude

I'm actually a little surprised that your request for the recordings was actually fulfilled, and not ignored, diverted, blackholed, responded to with "oh we lost those recordings", etc. Well done!

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

IglooDude
Pint

We know it wasn't, and yet even being reported incorrectly, the thought of a "Facebook satellite" being incinerated cheered me up this morning.

As did the successful launch and barge-landing here. Well done, Space-X!

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Insane blackhats behind world's most expensive ransomware 'forget' to backup crypto keys

IglooDude

Re: Sounds like...

Indeed, I'd think that the whitehats helping people with ransomware decryption could help just by getting the targets to claim (loudly) that they sent the money but did not get any decryption, and only the (gratis) whitehats decrypted their files.

Lying sure, but for a very good cause: the destruction of the ransomware business model...

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3... 2...1... and 123-Reg hit by DDoSers. Again

IglooDude
Coat

Re: Domain Registration

Well, that sounds so good that it's practically mythical!

Oh, right.

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Xmas software update knackered US Customs computer systems

IglooDude

Re: Nope, your terminology is wrong

That's a great question, to which many US airport designers apparently do not have a coherent answer. My local airport is a good example, where the baggage claim belts are less than a hundred meters from the doors to the "arrivals road" sidewalk, with no apparent access controls and no one even occasionally spot-checking luggage to retrieving-person.

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Today is the 211th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar

IglooDude

Re: Not quite...

While British ships were indeed superior pound-for-pound, the significant tactical advantage was that they left a chunk of the enemy line downwind of them and needing to (slowly) tack back upwind to get back into the battle, while they hammered the rest of the enemy fleet.

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This speech recognition code is 'just as good' as a pro transcriber

IglooDude

I'm doubtful.

My wife did medical transcription for quite a while. There's been continuous talk of moving to automation for it, but it runs up against two things: Doctors' voice recordings are frequently as incoherent as their penmanship is illegible, and seemingly for the same reason - they mostly appear to care not a bit how much effort is needed to sort it out.

For random phone conversations 5% or even 10% error rates may be adequate, but for medical purposes where lives are more likely to be at stake (setting aside calls to emergency services), I daresay it'll be a while till they're in the sub-1% realm. Or in other words, we're likely to automate the doctors themselves sooner than we automate the medical transcription the fleshbag versions require.

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Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

IglooDude
Thumb Up

This is outstanding.

This story makes my day, assuming the study is reasonably unbiased and statistically valid. It's not often lately that a study actually supports what most people have been saying, and a few particular law-and-order-above-all-else types have been denying. Now please excuse me while I go send this link to the heads of the Boston Police union leadership.

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FAA powers up an invisible hand, groping the skies for rule-busting biz drones

IglooDude

That's why I specified the 'burbs, you see. Out rural one presumably knows the bullet will probably not hit something warm-blooded downrange. And regarding bullet velocities, here's your facts: http://chuckhawks.com/rifle_ballistics_table.htm

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IglooDude

I dearly hope that all those folks with rifles and an eye toward defending their suburban airspace remember that every miss is a rifle bullet going a couple thousand feet per second landing _somewhere_ and that somewhere probably has relatively innocent people in it. Best to stick to the shotguns.

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NASA tried turning lost spacecraft STEREO-B off and on again... but it didn't work. True story

IglooDude

Re: "...their orbit drifted further away to the other side of the Sun..."

Or they could build and launch STEREO-C and get it out at 90deg from Earth/A&B and hop comms through it around the Solar interference.

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

IglooDude

I'll pay more to stay clear of Microsoft. Whether that more includes $70/yr, I'm not yet decided.

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SpaceX lands another rocket

IglooDude
Pint

It may be getting more boring, but still toast-worthy.

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Brit network O2 hands out free Windows virus with USB pens

IglooDude

Re: doughnuts

That's part of security awareness at my place, we bring in doughnuts every month or two, and they're Security Donuts (lax American spelling, sure) - as in:

Donut click on that link!!

Yes, granted it's dorky, but all the more memorable for it.

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Your 'intimate personal massager' – cough – is spying on you

IglooDude
Gimp

Re: Security research. Yeah, that's what it was

Just a thought, could folks in more socially liberal areas be using more precise search terms than 'porn' and thus confusing the research results?

I'd offer some examples, but you've thought of a few already yourself in the time it took to read this, if you're a typical Reg reader.

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If managing PCs is still hard, good luck patching 100,000 internet things

IglooDude

"But you won't have to worry about sending new firmware or security updates to enormous fleets of things. Nor will malware on things be an issue."

How dumb does a device have to be before it is not a target? If it is remotely accessible and is capable of doing something, it's not dumb enough.

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US drug squads told to get a warrant before tracking mobile phones

IglooDude
Big Brother

This is outstanding. It may be a baby step, but at least it's a baby step in the right direction for once.

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Pints on a plane!

IglooDude
Pint

A lot more blue ice coming off those airplanes, I suspect...

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

IglooDude

Re: Interesting downplaying there

And General Petraeus as well.

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IglooDude

Re: Interesting downplaying there

Are you aware that the Secretary of State is expected to assign classification to stuff themselves by virtue of their position?

That's why Clinton has always been careful to say "there's nothing marked classified on my email server", rather than just "there's nothing classified on my email server". No one has ever accused Hillary Clinton of being dumb.

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Smut shaming: Anonymous fights Islamic State... with porn

IglooDude

Re: Worth 1,000 Words

pr0n + "nuclear option" just has to be goatse-related.

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Sysadmin 'fesses up to wrecking his former employer's IT systems

IglooDude

Re: I thought?

Presumably #1 he saw it coming, and #2 after well over a decade there, I'm sure he learned plenty of service account passwords and colleagues' account logins, to say nothing of knowing where the unpatched vulnerabilities, weak spots, and security checks were. The greatest hacker in the world generally doesn't hold a candle to the individual that starts with familiarity and access and then gets (inadequately) locked out.

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Atlassian cuts Bamboo from the cloud, lays pipelines into Bitbucket

IglooDude

Re: FTFY

Indeed. Similar to why I won't install an IM client on my work mobile. If it is important enough to wake me up, it's important enough for you to actually call me.

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

IglooDude

I wonder if he's also snagged the TLD 'dickli'? If the goal is to 'secure intellectual property rights of the Chairman's name', it seems appropriate. And it seems appropriate for other reasons, too.

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

IglooDude

Time to go meta with an air-traveler portable hotspot named "Only an idiot would think this is a bomb".

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SpaceX adds Mars haulage to its price list

IglooDude

Re: Let's take up a collection

Yep, it's delivery to Mars. Doesn't say anything about a landing so either leave it in orbit (and wait for the occupants to come out and retrieve it), or just let Martian gravity reel it in and see if they're packaged well enough to survive a 50km drop off the truck.

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IglooDude

Re: Amazon Prime?

"Wait until Amazon adds Mars to their "Prime" free shipping list - then you'll know that Mars has really arrived."

Till then, if I was Jeff Bezos, I'd offer delivery to Mars using SpaceX's shipping rates with a small 5% handling fee markup.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

IglooDude

Re: Tracking

Truly if they're worried about people spending too long in the toilet, they should start by tracking executives, whose time costs the company more than anyone else's? And in the spirit of leadership and transparency, make that tracking data accessible by all company employees?

I think I just figured out my next suggestion box submission...

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IglooDude

Re: Tracking

I assumed the Home Office was covered by the 'secure mental health unit' reference.

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1,000 cats await stadium-sized sandwich bag launch

IglooDude

I assumed the SPB was referring to the Reg version as well, once they started talking about converted units and especially cricket pitches.

Now Wikipedia will have to have an SPB disambiguation page?

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Reddit's warrant canary shuffles off this mortal coil

IglooDude

Or you could get like Australia, that has made warrant canaries themselves illegal.

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Google: Our self-driving cars would be tip-top if you meatheads didn’t crash into them

IglooDude
Joke

Still there may be an advantage to the GoogleAI: it constantly checks for texting and call behavior from all nearby cars and via comparison with registration information identifies vehicles with smartphone-distracted drivers so as to maintain increased separation.

Or at any rate, that's why Google says they want all that data, right?

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Three scoops 'most reliable network' crown, EE takes every other title

IglooDude

It depends on the architecture, I think. Frequently the big networks optimize the retail/public APN's speeds via sharing among GGSNs/SGSNs (or whatever the LTE terms are), and the MVNOs might only be using one or two GGSNs for their own APNs. My sense is that the MVNO is (or should be) offering some network customization options in lieu of pure speed, where data is concerned. For voice, it's typically identical between them.

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Bye-bye, BT: Finance director jumps ship

IglooDude

One wonders how soon the announcement about the impending departure of newly-redundant staff will appear.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

IglooDude

Perhaps a bit like calling a "transportation support" agency. Sure there may be a series of mistaken assumptions about whether you're calling about a problem with your car, but when the support person asks you to engage the ignition, "I don't have a car" is considerably less unhelpful than "It's not there" even though both are technically correct responses.

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

IglooDude

Re: It's hopeless

Not necessarily - the top 25 passwords are ALWAYS going to be this collection of mindmeltingly simple passwords, even if the percentage of users using them is .01%. Good passwords are not going to be commonly used. So even if there's only a handful of people worldwide using 123456 because educating users on best security practices has been successful beyond anyone's wildest fantasies, this article can still be trotted out annually nearly verbatim.

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