* Posts by IglooDude

378 posts • joined 9 Sep 2010

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Once again, UK doesn't rule out buying F-35A fighter jets

IglooDude

Re: Why go totally F-35?

US carriers lately (since the 1960s) have four cats, two on the bow and two on the angled deck portside. The bow ones are usable more or less simultaneously (with a bit of careful timing) with landings, but the side ones are definitely not.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

IglooDude
Joke

Re: Well done NASA!

Technically, Voyager has been thrown* away. A very very very long way away.

* = by planets, via gravity, as they don't have arms.

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

IglooDude
Facepalm

It could be worse

I'll give Amazon one bit of credit - this "deliver packages inside your front door" concept is less stupid than a recent Walmart trial-balloon of "deliver groceries to your kitchen refrigerator", with the same sort of delivery-unlocking feature. While everyone is noting the problem in the Amazon system due to underlying wifi weakness, at least when it works correctly it does not feature an unknown person actually walking through your house to get to the kitchen. The mind boggles.

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You know what's coming next: FBI is upset it can't get into Texas church gunman's smartphone

IglooDude
Joke

Re: FBI can't unlock smartphone

"There is presumably a small logical difficulty in preventing violent killers in the military having guns"

Ordinarily I'd agree with you, but this is the Air Force we're talking about.

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Sex harassment scandal scoops up Silicon Valley's Slimy Scoble

IglooDude

No does mean no, though not always for the same reason.

For the vast majority of women, it simply means no. If there are some few women out there for whom it means 'maybe' or some variation of 'yes', then yay for them, but since I really don't like socializing* with folk that won't communicate clearly or worse play games with that sort of thing, ultimately it all boils down to the same thing: no really does mean no.

*The fact that I'm very and happily married and not propositioning anyone anyway is presumably not relevant here, but noted anyway in case the missus happens to read this.

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Have you heard the one about IoT network tech that uses SIM cards?

IglooDude

"Rather than using 3G or LTE data, however, Thingstream just uses the 2G USSD capability."

I feel like I'm missing something - aren't cellular carriers turning down 2G left and right?

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Super Cali goes ballistic, small-cell law is bogus. School IT outsourcing is also... quite atrocious

IglooDude
Pint

Re: never mind the Super Cali headlines...

I dunno, this particular headline was worth some virtual upvotes, or a raised glass.

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Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B

IglooDude

In such conditions the space center goes into lockdown. Non-essential staff are evacuated and a core team of volunteers stays on site until the storm is past, safe in the launch bunkers.

My first thought was yeah, if there's a superhurricane coming, even a sharknado, one place I wouldn't mind being is in a rocket launch site bunker. Then I thought... ummmm, it IS waterproof, right? Because it'll be a lot tougher to get out of than an attic onto the roof once the storm surge puts everything several meters underwater.

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

IglooDude

Re: the sort of precautions you would take if you were being parachuted into [..] France in 1941

"Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff."

Weekend yeah, but most of it didn't last past Sunday night. Though the ammo lasted all the way till Thursday.

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IglooDude

Re: FedEx routing "errors" are common

"...unless the package happens to contain... a phone."

And (irony aside), it doesn't need a phone - there's several luggage-tracking devices/apps out there that'd do nicely, enabling you to keep your phone powered off and therefore keeping it in a completely encrypted status.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

IglooDude

Re: wrongo

"To be fair, Gerald Ford went through several battles while serving on an aircraft carrier (the USS Monterey, maybe?) during WWII. I can offer no similar excuse for Ronald Reagan."

Just thinking, it's funny that in a place where the Navy isn't the Senior Service, we've had a high percentage of chief executives out of that service since WW2: JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and George HW Bush, and one more came rather close (McCain). Truman and Eisenhower distinguished themselves (combat and SACEUR respectively) in the Army, and nothing notable since then.

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Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail

IglooDude

Re: whatever is not forbidden is compulsory ?

<<<WTF ? "... and that the state of Massachusetts lacks laws that prohibit encouraging suicide ..." reminds me of this ...>>>

Right now those teens are being prosecuted for the misdemeanor crime (apparently not previously used in Massachusett's history) of "failing to report a death".

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Kill something, then hire cleaners to mop up the blood if you want to build a digital business

IglooDude
Coat

In this day and age, it is good to kill an app from time to time pour encourager les autres.

(Yeah, mine's the one with the copy of Candide in the pocket)

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

IglooDude

I read elsewhere (NY Times) that it is the latter - suicide.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

IglooDude

"Where's El Reg's Naval Correspondent when you need him?"

Can I fill in? I was a USN shipboard Communications officer for a few years back in the 90s.

Bridge officers (aka surface line officers) typically do not know Morse at all, or can fumble out an SOS. Even I was an oddity in being able to read signal flag hoists, to the chagrin of the senior enlisted signalmen. The only ones that know Morse fluently are the signalmen themselves and the occasional old-school radiomen.

On the whole, this sounds a bit like post-WW2 when radio traffic went from morse to voice and "high-speed" data - you still needed the enlisted folk as operators, even if they weren't tapping a telegraph key directly, and now the officers will be telling the signalmen what to type into the tablet and aim and click Send instead of copying down on paper them grabbing the signal lamp and start flipping. And those signalmen will continue to learn Morse as a backup for tablet failure until the service gets accustomed to the newfangled technology a few decades hence.

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

IglooDude

Re: "just gabbing on until..Norks have the ability to nuke the whole US and..free to invade SK.

"They've probably got much more artillery, and better defensive terrain (if they choose not to attack), but a much less modern airforce."

Much less modern airforce, indeed. In that particular respect, given SK, Japanese, and US airpower and air defenses in the region, it'd be like the Spanish Armada coming to invade an England defended by Jellicoe's Grand Fleet.

But on the whole, I sometimes wonder if the anti-Nork alliance is awaiting production-ready anti-artillery defenses before really pushing back on Kim, hoping to get it up and rolled out before the nuclear ICBM threat starts approaching credible levels?

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Make sure your Skype is up to date because FYI there's a nasty hole in it

IglooDude
Facepalm

Is this for retail or business Skype, or did I lose track of business Skype becoming Lync, or was it the other way around?

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

IglooDude
Pint

This is a great example of why SpaceX is kicking ULA's ass - they're doing great engineering trusting that it will solve political/contracting issues, and ULA is doing great political/contracting work trusting that it will solve engineering issues.

And pints all around for the two-fer, lads.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

IglooDude

I'm borrowing "TIGASA list" for future use. It'll nicely supplement my labeling things as SEPs (Somebody Else's Problems, for those of you that don't recall upended Italian restaurants from Douglas Adams books).

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Live blog: Fired FBI boss spills the beans to US Senate committee

IglooDude
Meh

And Comey's replacement will probably be someone who most recently defended a big-mouthed chief executive against allegations of politically motivated malice. That we could all hire folks as well-prepared for the job we want them to do...

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IglooDude

Re: Honest question

The reason is really Comey's reputation. And, I'd say somewhat ironically, Trump's threat of having 'taped' the meetings actually helped - it'd take a special kind of idiot to falsify meeting notes if an audiotape of it turned out to be available, and now that he's taken a pitchfork to both Hillary and Donald there seems to be bipartisan agreement (except for Trump administration folks) that Comey is no idiot.

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Cloudflare's incredible solution for IoT security: Use our services

IglooDude

Cloudflare isn't the first offering in this regard, anyway, though to be fair they're probably the first to do any serious content scanning/filtering. Some M2M/IoT MVNOs offer general "defense from the internet" by default - your cellular device gets a private (usually static) IP and various flavors of VPN options to enable you to initiate traffic to your devices, while the devices have unrestricted outbound internet access (same as PCs on your LAN) via many-to-one NAT at the MVNO outer edge.

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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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