* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

How a QR code can fool iOS 11's Camera app into opening evil.com rather than nice.co.uk

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Re: QR codes are almost as much fun as shortened URL's

I got one from Wells Fargo yesterday. As I don't bank with Wells Fargo I simply deleted it and moved on, but it did look pretty official and probably a lot of Wells Fargo customers would click on it without thinking twice.

Unfortunately the scammers are getting smarter, but the chances of the average web surfer getting smarter don't look too good.

Foxconn embiggens footprint with nearly a BEEELLION for Belkin

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How is it "screwing over" companies to choose another supplier? If you owned a business where one client was responsible for 75% of your revenue, is the client screwing you over if they decide they don't need you anymore, or did you screw yourself by not finding more clients so you weren't so dependent on the one?

Anyway, Foxconn assembles stuff for many companies other than Apple, including many of the big names plastered on the side of PCs, games consoles, TVs and other consumer gear, so even if Apple decided they were going a different way after whatever their current contract is expires it wouldn't make much of a dent in Foxconn.

Students: Duh, of course we're blowing our loan bucks on crypto coins

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Re: Careful

Easy to say "go ahead and invest in it" a few years ago in hindsight. If bitcoin was $100,000 in 2021 you'd probably say the same thing then I guess?

If they are only putting in say $1000 worth then it isn't a huge loss and might as others suggest be worth it from an educational standpoint (well it would be if they end up losing money, if they make money it will probably teach them the wrong lesson and they'll jump on the next bubble all that much harder)

I'm sure a few have probably taken out the maximum sized loans they could and put all the excess into bitcoin, thinking that if it went from $1000 to $10,000, it will go from $10,000 to $100,000 and they'll use the proceeds to pay off their loans.

Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

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Re: Why not ban pit stops when the safety car is out.

How about a simpler solution, and don't allow cars to gain position by making a pit stop during cautions? If they come out "too early" they have to fall in line behind the car they were behind before. If they come out too late and lose position, too bad (no different than a normal pit stop but since cars are moving more slowly at least you lose less)

Google lobbies hard to derail new US privacy laws – using dodgy stats

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Re: Facebook is full of frauds and scams

There's a difference between scammers and anti-vaxers, since there isn't anyone profiting off the anti-vax movement to any great degree (I'm sure someone will come up with a few examples, but it is nothing like the multi billion dollar "alternative medicine" industry selling herbs or homeopathic remedies)

If you believe Facebook should rule anti-vax and anti-climate change are a hoax and not allow the groups on Facebook, where do you end? Do they ban NRA groups if they decide it is "obvious" that guns are a problem? Do they ban a "Hillary for jail" group because the FBI declined to prosecute her? Do they ban an "impeach Trump" group if they decide they shouldn't allow that until Mueller's investigation is finished and his findings are released? Talk about a slippery slope.

Ban scams where someone is trying to make money off something, but groups where people are wrong should not be prevented. This is the internet, if you don't have the freedom to be wrong on the internet you don't have freedom at all.

FCC boss to block 'national security risk' companies (cough, Huawei, ZTE) from US's $8.5bn broadband pot

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Re: How Deep Do You Want to Go

Who says a component sourced from the US won't be substandard? Corporations all over the world have profit motives to cut corners and make more money, this isn't something unique to China.

Instead of spending crazy amounts of money on components and trusting the company you are buying them from will use all that extra money to do the stringent tests you require, perhaps they should buy components on the open market - through shell companies so the sellers won't know they are selling to the DoD (so they can't jack up the price etc.)

They'd still specify high quality but not give a DoD-like list of conditions, and instead hire several testing firms to test all the components, and verify they meet the required standards. If they don't, they axe that supplier and buy more from the others. If one testing firm is not catching the failures the others are, axe it.

I bet the whole procurement process would be far cheaper done like this.

Slap visibility beacons on bikes so they can chat to auto autos, says trade body

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What's the point?

If autonomous vehicles don't have good enough sensors to "see" a bike in all conditions then they should be permitted on the road, because how are they going to see an animal, debris, a '57 Chevy or other items that don't have a beacon!

The usefulness of V2V communication is predicated on the ability of TWO WAY communication. Are cyclists going to need to communicate with an on board computer prior to making a turn so their beacon can communicate the intention to autonomous cars? The cars will need to recognize hand signals[*], and cyclists will have to drive defensively and not assume the car sees/understands the signal (i.e. just like the situation today with human drivers)

[*]The only one I use while cycling is left turn (right turn if I was in the UK) because that's what matters to cars behind me, though I do my best to turn only when there are no cars anywhere near behind me as I'd be betting my life that they aren't texting or otherwise distracted! Drivers don't have any reason to care if I'm turning right - and in fact I don't want them to know because if they plan to turn right as well they might think they can turn 'around' me, so it is advantageous for me to let them believe I plan to continue straight. There isn't any benefit to them knowing I plan to stop, because if I'm stopping it is because there's a stop sign or stoplight which they will have to obey as well.

India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

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Trash disposal

Is this really something we should worry about? Since there is no atmosphere and no running water on the Moon, trash will remain exactly where you put it forever. Just bury it - some of it might be useful again in the future so even if shooting it into the Sun was remotely practical I think it would be a bad idea.

Even if there was a substantial lunar colony the amount of trash generated is likely to be small by Earth standards, since the value proposition of recycling will be so much better versus bringing stuff from Earth or making it locally.

Something particularly hazardous like radioactive waste or toxic chemicals you might want to bury a little deeper and further from inhabited areas, just to protect against the unlikely possibility of a meteor landing on top of it and sending it flying...

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: Facebook forcing people to use Messenger on mobile

I never installed it, if someone sent me a message I'd pointedly ignore it for a few days, then login via the web to read it, and reply to them saying I got it but for future reference I don't have messenger and rarely login via the web so they wouldn't try to contact me that way again.

Good news: The only thing standing between NASA and $20bn is...

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Re: Omnibus

Since the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional you'd need an amendment to make it happen, which implies it would have to be something both parties can agree on (since we will never - hopefully never - see either party control 2/3 of both the house and senate and vote as a unified block)

Be simpler to change Senate rules such that you can't have an "omnibus" budget that covers everything, but separate budgets for different parts of the government have to be passed separately, and can't contain any non-spending privileges.

Note however that sometimes those "non-spending privileges" can be good. One item inserted into the spending bill which apparently no one noticed until after it had passed was a provision that imposes additional sanctions on Russia. No way was Trump ever going to agree to doing anything his Russian master didn't want otherwise.

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Re: Omnibus

None of them really wants line item veto because democrats don't want a republican president to veto their pork, and republicans don't want a democrat president to veto their pork.

Republicans only talk about it when democrats control congress, similar to how they only talk about how terrible deficits are when a democrat is in the White House. You sure didn't hear anything about the massive blowout deficit we're going to have thanks to this bill and the tax cuts - and this is with full employment...imagine how big it will get when there's a downturn (the odds of this happening sooner rather than later have increased now that Trump is going full trade war with China)

More ad-versarial tech: Mozilla to pop limited ad blocker into Firefox

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Re: They lost me with Quantum

What alternative has anywhere near the amount of customization, even if Quantum has less than it used to? It isn't like Chrome is comparable, and I wouldn't care what it could do - the price of sharing all my browsing data with Google makes it a non-starter for me!

If you switched to some browser with one or two percent of the market, I'm curious which one and why.

NAND chips are going to stay too pricey for flash to slit disk's throat...

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You have it backwards

Because hard drives are slower, compressing the data / deduplication is easier when using them versus SSDs - the fewer MB/sec passing through the less computation there is to do. Though in a nearline environment there the number of I/Os is very small - it isn't "nearline" if drives are serving multiple megabytes per second.

At some point the per TB cost difference will become small enough that power costs will dominate. In a nearline environment you hope to keep most drives spun down to save power. Spinning up a drive, performing the I/O then spinning down will end up using a lot more power than sending that request to a sleeping SSD that can be woke up in a millisecond or two and immediately go back to sleep.

DeepMind boffins brain-damage AI to find out what makes it tick

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Maybe they need to design an AI

That can be used to figure out how AIs work.

Mozilla pulls ads from Facebook after spat over privacy controls

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Re: pulling its ads from Facebook

Why do you assume they will return? Mozilla is a non-profit, and advertising browsers on a platform that is mostly accessed via mobile these days is probably not the most productive use of their advertising dollar anyway.

I mean, there's no reason for iPhone users to download Firefox (if there even is a version for iOS) since it would have to use WebKit, and there's no reason for Android users to download it because they've already handed Google all their data so worrying about browser privacy is kinda pointless.

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Re: If you want privacy...

Yep, I remember the first time Facebook asked me "is xxx-xxx-xxxx your mobile number" when it was and I was how the hell did they know that? After a moment of sheer paranoia I realized that I had friends who had me in their phone's contact list and allowed Facebook to grab it. We were also friends in Facebook so it assumed by the name it must be mine.

To their credit they just occasionally ask if it is mine because they want to include a number for me but haven't ever automatically put it in so I still don't have a phone number listed on Facebook. I think they have required that for new accounts for some time but I joined in like 2006 so I dodged that bullet...

Reflection of a QR code on PoS scanner used to own mobile payments

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How can you challenge/response with a QR code?

Or a mag stripe? Maybe it could work with sonic payments, though I have no idea how they work (never heard of them until now) so who knows.

Not sure what the point was of the researcher suggesting a remedy that's clearly impossible. The whole point of Samsung doing their mag stripe thing was to allow Samsung Pay to work with old swipe only readers. If they were going to be upgraded to be able to respond they might as well upgrade them to do NFC.

That long-awaited Mark Zuckerberg response: Everything's fine! Mostly fixed! Facebook's great! All good in the hoodie!

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Re: It can NEVER be fixed

Last year their total expenses were $5.6 billion. A lot of that would go away if they had no revenue and sought no revenue, so I imagine if Zuckerberg's net worth of $67 billion (or $66 billion, the man's gotta eat) endowed a non profit Facebook it could be run indefinitely.

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It can NEVER be fixed

All that data that's out there is out there forever. Facebook has no way of knowing who has copies, and has no way of knowing those copies were deleted. They have no way of knowing who else illicitly took data collected from apps and gave/sold it on for commercial use.

It is a safe bet that up to 90% of Facebook users (i.e. those who were on it prior to the time when they stopped allowing apps to gather data on friends, and hadn't gone through all the deep dark corners of menus to turn on all the privacy settings they could) have been hoovered up and are stored in one or more databases somewhere in the world.

Once they have that data, Facebook policy changes or user level privacy changes don't matter. It isn't like spam where you can decide you have had enough and change your email address and leave all the old spam behind.

It is safe to assume the RNC and its partners kept a copy of this data, and probably sought out other sources of similar data to increase the size of their collection. It is also safe to assume that if the DNC and their partners didn't get this sort of data for the last election, they are quickly trying to remedy that situation today in time for the fall election.

You can't stuff the genie back in the bottle, the only way it will ever be behind us is for everyone to abandon Facebook like they abandoned Myspace - but for that to happen there will have to be somewhere new for them to go (after all, Myspace wouldn't have been abandoned if it wasn't for Facebook) No doubt this replacement will want to make more money and end up making the same mistakes, unless some rich billionaire who feels bad about the harm he's caused the world (hey Zuck, you listening?) starts one as a non-profit that doesn't take ads and maintains strict privacy controls.

Fog off! No more misty eyes for self-driving cars, declare MIT boffins

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Re: The bicyclist is dead

Probably nothing much is in the laws, as some locales seem to be willing to risk road safety by letting companies do pre-alpha level testing with two ton projectiles. I guess they figure it will make their city seem "high tech", and somehow lead to high tech companies wanting to locate there?

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Re: Maybe it's just me

That's a necessary assumption, and I do it too. But it only takes one time where you don't notice a car (if it is behind a bigger car so you don't see it and don't notice it is moving 2x as fast and will intercept your path) where even playing it safe like that will fail.

A human can be "at fault" for running in front of a car, but a car and its driver (whether meatbag or bag o bolts) are still responsible for making every effort to stop. If I run out in front of you and leave you 1/20th of a second to react, you will not be judged at fault. If I run out in front of you and leave you 2 seconds to react, you will be judged at least partially at fault.

Surprise UK raid of Cambridge Analytica delayed: Nobody expects the British information commissioner!

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Didn't their CEO brag

About how they were using encrypting and self destructing emails to avoid congressional oversight in the US? There may not be much for them to cover up, instead the extra day is just giving all their people time to practice saying "I'm sorry, I do not recall" for the 100th time in a row while maintaining a straight face.

Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Environmental concerns

Well the article did mention the prodigious amounts of water required to grow crops, which is often a concern in the western US where most hops are grown. They don't 'affect the environment' but they affect the amount of water available for other uses in times of drought, and in places like California's central valley where aquifers are being drawn down at an alarming rate (land in some places has lost 6-8 feet in elevation over the last few decades) that's a very real concern.

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Re: Cognotive Dissonance

In my mind there's a difference between borrowing genes from related plants to confer characteristics like different taste or color, versus adding genes for stuff like resistance to herbicides so you can soak the plants in them. I doubt that there are any harmful effects from consuming a GMO plant with a Roundup resistant gene, but consuming a plant that's been exposed repeatedly to Roundup is a different story.

Banning all GMO plants is the easy way around the quandry of trying to define which uses of GMO are "OK" versus those that should be prohibited. Given a large enough budget and number of years, I'm sure scientists could crossbreed yeasts to give them these hoppy genes instead of using science to insert them. However, you might end up with other genes you don't want coming along for the ride, or losing desirable genes from the yeast, since crossbreeding is not an exact science. So in some ways GMO may be superior to the old world way. The problem is that it can easily be misused by companies like Monsanto.

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Re: Over-h(y/o)pped

When I first tried IPAs I found them exceedingly bitter - I am very sensitive to bitter and can't stand even the tiniest sip of coffee! Maybe not "bitter" as such (I don't know exactly how that is tasted) but whatever it is that makes coffee taste bitter I absolutely cannot abide.

The craft brewers have got better at getting the hoppy flavor without the bitter accompaniment, and while there are still some I can't manage most of the IPAs - even a few double or triple IPAs - now avoid the extreme bitter sensation. You might be surprised at how much things have changed in the past five years.

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Soporific effect

I could definitely do without that, so I'm all for the hop-free IPAs if it leaves that "feature" behind...

I have really started to get into IPAs in the past five years, but the fact I fall asleep about 45 minutes after sitting down in front of the TV when I get home is really annoying. If I've had a nap in the evening it typically takes me 6-8 hours to get sleepy again, which leaves little if any time before I have to get up! Sitting in front of the computer isn't a problem, so I'm forced to go online and post while buzzed until the wee hours when I'd normally go to bed!

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Re: Whatever next?

If they can do that, sex free orgasms ought to follow close behind!

Seagate's HAMR to drop in 2020: Multi-actuator disk drives on the way

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Re: And the band played on!

You're probably safe with RAID6, the odds of losing three drives before a rebuild began after the first failure can complete would be infinitesimal.

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Re: And the band played on!

I think you vastly underestimate how much power a large SSD draws under load if you think 200x more power consumption is anything close to the truth.

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Re: Collocated data

And what exactly is wrong with having what is effectively two independent drives? You get X IOPS per drive, so having two drives (whether two physical drives or two "effectively independent" drives) gives you 2X IOPS. Just because you don't have two heads able to access the same block of data isn't a bad thing. Servers always have a lot of outstanding requests, so they'll be able to get through the queue 2X as quickly as they could otherwise.

Remember, this isn't targeted at home users who will generally have little or no parallelism in their I/O requests. Those people are going to be using SSDs, not 20 TB HAMR drives.

No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world's first 'blockchain election'

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Re: More blockchain nonsense

But it can't prevent fake votes from being added, or the process for counting the votes being compromised, so what good is it?

Some might think it is a good thing that they can refer to an entry in a blockchain and say "see, there's my vote for Jones for president!" but if that's possible then someone (your boss, your union, your husband, your unstable neighbor with the "Jones is a pedophile!" yard signs) could put pressure on you to vote the way they want. Today that's not possible because they don't have any way of knowing whether you voted their way or for Jones. If the evidence is in the blockchain, they could demand to see it, and the pressure to vote the way they want is amped up.

If all it does is say "DougS voted" then it doesn't act as an assurance that my vote for Jones was counted, only that SOME vote in my name was counted, which isn't worth much.

So no, blockchain adds exactly zero to the integrity of voting - and if it does it makes some people actively less safe from coercion.

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Voting via phone

If anything is guaranteed to get all the people fiddling around with 0 days focused on developed a widespread attack that could infect millions of phones and lie undetected until a given time, it would be voting on phones. Hackers who could develop this would be set for life, and even be able to afford the 24x7xlifetime security they'd need to keep the other side from retaliating.

Telegram still won't hand over crypto keys it says it does not store

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Why are they picking on Telegram?

Is it because the founder is Russian, they expect him to play ball? Sounds like he's the type that if he was made to do something that would compromise security he'd make sure everyone knew, or shut down the service entirely. So the FSB wouldn't be helped by this, since everyone would switch to other messaging apps that the FSB has no leverage over.

Addicts of Facebook and pals are easy prey for manipulative scumbags – thanks to tech giants' 'extraordinary reach'

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Breaking up Google & Facebook

How? It isn't that difficult to see how you'd do it for Google, for instance they could be forced to split off Android and Maps from Search. If you really wanted to make them compete though you'd have to somehow break up search into multiple companies, but whoever owns "google.com" will keep all the users...

It is even less clear to see a way forward to breaking up Facebook, when the whole point of it was to connect everyone. Do you divide it by country, so there's a FacebookUSA and a FacebookUK, and am I allowed to re-friend my UK friends or are they banned from being on FacebookUSA and me from FacebookUK to maintain the split? Or do people whose names start with the letters A-E go to one "baby Facebook", F-I to another, and so forth?

Samsung’s DeX dock clicks the second time around

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Why not just connect the phone to the TV via HDMI? You just need a little USB-C breakout that includes an HDMI port/cable, and a few USB connectors (one C for charging and a couple As for keyboard/mouse or USB stick)

All you'd need to depend on having in the hotel or office is a keyboard - if this sort of thing became big hotels could make keyboards available, and people like me who hate touchpads as a mouse could bring along a small travel mouse. Carrying a breakout dongle, HDMI cable and possibly a mouse is a lot lighter load than a laptop, even a Surface or Air type laptop.

HDMI requires too much bandwidth to be practical for 2.4/5.8 GHz wireless in an environment with potentially many other users like a hotel or office. If you want wireless you should use the short range 60 GHz standard, but that's not built into any phones nor any TVs...

US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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Re: RE: RE: Tigra 07

It is very different from CCTV because few cities in the US are covered by public CCTV systems the way London and other large UK cities are. Sure, there may be a fair number of private systems, but the police don't have access to them unless they ask each individual business owner - who may be willing to help out for a major Boston bomber level crime but if police do it for every crime that may have had a suspect pass by they will quickly tire of all the work and tell the cops to get a warrant.

BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Re: @theVogon... Popcorn

I agree, if Trump ended up benefiting from this data he's not to blame. While his campaign was obviously willing to accept help they knew was illegal (they wouldn't have gone to so much trouble to lie and cover up all their Russian contacts, deals with Wikipedia etc. if they didn't know it was wrong) they had no way of knowing Cambridge obtained this data improperly.

Even if they had tried to do everything on the up and up and asked point blank "where did you get this data?" Cambridge wasn't likely to admit "if anyone ever founds out we got this, it will be a huge scandal and our business will be bankrupt within weeks".

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Re: Dodgy dealings with elections

No Trump wants everyone to believe he won all on his won. He won't even give credit to his campaign staffers, and every time one of them is indicted or otherwise tarnished, he has Sarah Huckabee go out there and claim "he played a very minor role in the campaign" - even for people who used to RUN his campaign!

He would never give Cambridge Analytica any credit, even if their name was unsullied. I doubt he'd even give his family any credit, if anyone tried to claim that Don Jr, Melania or Ivanka played a role in his victory.

Apple moves on HSTS abuse in Safari

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Google had a large hand in the development of HSTS

So its hardly surprising that it can be so easily subverted to track people against their wishes.

Anyone fancy testing the 'unlimited' drive writes claim on Nimbus Data's 100TB whopper SSD?

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990 drives per rack

A 7U module would allow for front-loading 51 drives (3x17) and a rack could hold 6 of them, which is 306 drives. However, other than making hot swap difficult there's nothing stopping you from using the full rack depth, which would allow 1836 drives in a standard 42U one meter deep rack.

OK, you probably need a few bays for electronics to connect to all those drives, but there's plenty of room to pack them a little less than maximally tight and still have room for backplane, controllers and fans, and reach 990 without maximal packing density. Not suggesting its a good idea, but its possible.

Another day, another self-flying car pipe dream surfaces

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Hate the idiots who sit in the passing lane

I pass many cars for every one that passes me, but I never stay in the passing lane when the "slow" lane is clear. That's actually illegal in most US states, and IMHO should be illegal everywhere.

Between lazy fools who like to stay in the passing lane because they can't be bothered to watch for cars coming down ramps that will require them to move over, and the self appointed speed enforcers who think driving the speed limit gives them the right to squat in the passing lane indefinitely, there are way too damn many people who think they drive safely but do not.

Nest reveals the first truly connected home

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Re: Why would anyone PAY for a video recording "service"?

Garage door openers are a solved problem, why did you feel you have to reinvent the wheel for that? Much easier to reach up on the ceiling of your car and press a button (whether built in or a little clip on remote) than to mess with your phone.

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Why would anyone PAY for a video recording "service"?

The most expensive part of a camera system are the cameras. If you want IP cameras it is actually cheaper to buy a system that comes with an NVR (and generally ethernet cables for the PoE the NVR has built in) Add a hard drive to the NVR, and there are cloud options for viewing without opening any ports similar to the "service" Nest offers but its free.

People are stupid.

Phone-free Microsoft patents Notch-free phone

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Hardly a new idea

Sony is already selling TVs that use the screen as a speaker.

The problem with going "notchless" (i.e. 100% of the front surface is screen) is that you have other bits like cameras that can't have pixels over the top of them.

Unless you go to that goofy pop up front camera (something that's just waiting to break off or become permanently popped in or popped out (remember the pop up headlights that used to be a fad, and how you'd see cars driving around with one popped up?) and are able to make the screen work as a microphone also, it seems there will at least have to be a hole or two in the screen. Maybe the notch haters would object less to a small hole in the display, or maybe they'd hate it even more because they'd feel they are SO CLOSE to being all screen, but not quite...

FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

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Re: Or is it vaporware?

One would hope that they'd insist on a demo. One of the cops will have an iPhone - make them break into his. If they spend money on it without proof or without another law enforcement agency they trust confirming it really works then hopefully the taxpayers find out so they can be rightfully fired.

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Not necessarily snake oil

At least not for the examples above like someone wanting to use a phone as a bug.

In such a case, the greater the variety (PINs versus passwords, Android vs iOS) the better, as you only have to compromise the weakest link. In that big meeting, me sitting there with my iPhone that has always used a password since I bought a 3gs might take a donkey's age to brute force, but that's no problem if the guy next to me was an easier mark.

The FBI will continue to whine because some phones will be protected by passwords, and they still believe they deserve a backdoor and don't believe they should have to pay third parties for equipment to let them hack (some) phones.

Of course this is irrelevant for spy agencies, since this requires physical access. If they had physical access they'd take my phone apart, add some tiny little microphone the size of a grain of rice (the iPhone X is packed pretty tight, but there's probably room somewhere) that will record everything around me for a few days and then they can get close enough to me (maybe sit next to me while I'm in a restaurant) to command it to download the contents to them.

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The company has already taken the money from buyers, who will have a useless device when the exploit is patched in a new version of iOS.

If they can get hold of a new 0 day they can sell law enforcement an update (or whole new device) to work with that new version of iOS and get paid again. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Seems like they have their business plan pretty well figured out...at least until Apple fixes whatever underlying problem is allowing them to apparently guess passwords at wire rate!

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

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Maybe it is because they started developing Android's successor a few years ago - Fuschia or whatever it is called. Perhaps the reason for the Pixel phones to exist is so they have a platform to start selling Fuschia on, and they'll leave Android behind.

Take that, com-raid: US Treasury slaps financial sanctions on Russians for cyber-shenanigans, 2016 election meddling

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Re: Sigh...

What in particular do you want more evidence for? The Russian interference in the election is accepted by pretty much everyone in the government, except for Trump and those congressmen and cable news networks with their lips surgically grafted onto his ass.

The evidence for them being responsible for the attempted nerve gas murder of their former agent is even more clear - the nerve agent they used was invented by Russia and they are the only ones who can make it. If they wanted to hide it they could have used something else, the fact they used something that unquestionably links it to them shows they want to make a statement that they believe they can act with impunity in the west.

Sure looks like they believe they have compromised Trump, and his waffling on EVER laying blame for ANYTHING at their feet and total inaction (despite his ridiculous lies that he's tougher on them than Obama) sure makes it look like he has been compromised by them. If he hasn't, the quickest way to prove it would be some tough sanctions - if he wants to continue to ignore the election meddling he can say it is for the nerve gas attack on English soil.

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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We have no idea what technology we'll be using in 200 years

We certainly didn't know we'd be using radio, have satellites etc. back in 1818.

We rely on radio to detect civiilizations, but if there is something better that doesn't radiate to the whole universe how would we know where those civilizations are?

Replace '200' with '2000', '20,000' and so on and it gets even more ridiculous to assume that they will be using radio.

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