* Posts by DJO

453 posts • joined 28 Sep 2011

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Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

DJO

Will they ever learn?

Yet again pointless functionality is exploited.

Subtitles are plain text sometimes with a bit of simple formatting, the ability for them to contain and run executable code is so pointless & stupid it makes Trump look like Mr Brainbox.

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Code-thief pleads guilty to pinching file system to sell to China

DJO

Priorities

Lets see if I've got this right

For failing to steal and sell some obscure code, possible 75 years

For actual rape 10 to 15 years, possibly commuted to zilch if the perp is a nice white boy.

Perhaps the American judicial system had got it's priorities a bit fucked.

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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

DJO

I confess I have one PC running XP because it's all it needs for the single purpose the PC is used for.

It is however on it's own sub-net which is not allowed to connect to the internet which is what anybody running a redundant OS should do.

Run redundant OS's if you must but only an idiot lets them talk to the outside world.

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Blighty's buying another 17 F-35s, confirms the American government

DJO

Fighters are really redundant.

Ground attack can be performed by drones.

Hostile intercept by ground to air missiles.

Civilian intercept by any plane you've got hanging around.

After that there is no real role for fighters any more.

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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

DJO

Re: The land of the ....?

recommend 1984, but also read Brave New World.

Animal Farm might be worth reading too - All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.

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New satellites could cause catastrophic space junk collisions

DJO

Re: The real worry is cascade collisions, where debris from one hits a bunch of others.

Debris collision cascade is known as Kessler Syndrome (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome) and is well known to players of several space games.

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

DJO

Re: Brilliant

Next up: The solar powered submarine

That actually could work!

Have a football field sized neutrally buoyant sheet of solar cells that could be towed behind the sub when cruising close to the surface and rolled back in when going deeper.

But probably more hassle than a simple old fashioned nuclear generator.

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DJO

Re: Reality check time?

Batteries have awful energy-to-mass ratios when compared to good old flammable liquids.

Also batteries don't lose weight as the energy is consumed so the overall energy requirements will be slightly higher.

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DJO

Re: Reality check time?

I'm pretty sure they do not plan to power the aircraft by solar power.

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Boeing details 'Deep Space Gateway' for Mars mission staging

DJO

Re: Nice idea

like a roller coaster,

ROTFLMAO

A roller coaster may max at 100mph and still they come off from time to time.

Your hypothetical lunar track would need speeds of about 13,000 mph.

The bearings would explode, the tracks would twist.

Given current materials technology there is no way it could possibly work.

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DJO

Re: Nice idea

the rails go all the way around the Moon, it's a very long railgun

An engineering impossibility, nothing could stay on the tracks at speeds far in excess of escape velocity.

Once the projectile is above a critical speed the gun must be straight, any deviation would be catastrophic.

5km is a reasonable maximum length for the final straight part of the gun, getting the projectile up to a speed to cover the roughly 60,000,000 km between Earth & Mars in exactly one year would expose the projectile to an acceleration of about 90G

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DJO

Re: Nice idea

The acceleration needed on a lunar railgun to fire a ship to Mars to get there in under a year would squish the crew into a thin film of raspberry jam.

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People may have been wrongly sent back to prison over faulty tags

DJO

Re: Who Else?

Could a tag be replaced with a ruggedised, non-removable Apple Watch?

It's supposed to be rehabilitation, not punishment.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

DJO

IQ tests

IQ tests are good for one thing and one thing alone:

Measuring how good you are at IQ tests. That's it, they provide no more value or insight than that, the tests are too culturally based and your mark can be improved by practising at taking tests.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

DJO

Colour me surprised

A government minister exhibits a fundamental lack of understanding about how encryption works and the inherent problems with backdoors - I'm shocked.

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

DJO

Re: Read more

"Don't get me started on the click here to read more buttons"

Well they are hardly likely to label the button "click here to install sypware" are they now?

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

DJO

Re: Still not seeing this

Countermeasures are possible, I would be interested in seeing how small and lightweight corner reflectors can be made from an ablative substance. How much light sent back to the source would start to cause problems for the weapon and more importantly for the operators?

At the most basic end expect to see missiles and drones Chrome plated in the future.

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Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

DJO

OK, you're stupid!

Actually rather than "stupid", you've been misled by this specific use of the word "spin" - In (sub-atomic) physics "spin" is a measure of angular momentum and not a matter of simply turning.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spin_(physics)

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

DJO

Re: Good reasons for BBC

The best indicator of their impartiality is that both the left and the right criticise the BBC, both accuse the BBC of supporting the opposing side.

Love or loath the BBC it is a 1000 times better than any likely possible alternative.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

DJO

An ordinary mousetrap, humane or deadly and something like an Amazon button (£5) pressed when the trap closes would do pretty much exactly the same for a significantly lower cost.

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Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

DJO

Re: Small potatoes

Just renting a dumpy one bedroom apartment here will eat nearly half of that

You need to be near to your work, our hypothetical crook does not, he'd could however easily afford to rent or buy a house near a beach in Goa or somewhere like that. Sun sea and a really low cost of living, ain't life a bitch.

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DJO

Re: Small potatoes

25 years with only $40,000 per year tax free. Bummer.

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

DJO

Re: Switch??

A little slider that obscures the lens would easier and cheaper to implement, also a switch is ambiguous, if it affects the driver rather than the hardware it might possible to circumvent it so you'd be back to sticky tape.

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Finally, a use for your mobile phone: Snapping ALIEN signal blurts

DJO

Re: Re. Aliens

Why bother emulating pulsars when you can use real pulsars for navigation - all you need is the angles to 3 or more known pulsars and you have your relative position.

The paper actually suggests the beams might be propulsion for light sails which seems a tad unlikely but it's a big old universe so literally anything is possible.

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

DJO

Re: 15,000 feet-per-minute

4,400 feet in 33 seconds assuming constant vertical acceleration from 0 ms-2 gives:

final vertical speed of 81.28 ms-1 = 16,000 feet/min

acceleration = 2.4629 ms-2 = 0.25115G

The article states objects were in free fall or pinned to the ceiling so at some points the acceleration must have exceeded 1G, 4 times the rate calculated for a constant decent so maxing at 15,000 feet/min is not at all odd, just do the maths.

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Last Concorde completes last journey, at maybe Mach 0.02

DJO

Re: Southend Airshow

Many years ago at Biggin Hill air show I watched a Vulcan fly so low over the crowd we could feel the warmth from the after-burners, pretty damn loud, Vulcan & Concorde, probably the best looking jets ever.

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Trump's new telecoms chief bins broadband subsidies for the poor

DJO

Re: The dead hand of Obama lives on...

Free education" and "Free healthcare" (described as 'means' to allegedly 'lift everyone up') are NEVER *FREE* because *SOMEONE* has to pay

Now I'll put this in short words you might be able to understand:

Well educated people tend to have better jobs than poorly educated people, better jobs tend to pay more than crap jobs, better paid jobholders pay more tax and make a greater contribution to society.

Sick people are a drain, healthy people a benefit, poor or non-existent healthcare increases the number of non-productive people.

The conclusion from this is that money spent on both education and healthcare benefit society in both the short and long terms. Cutting budgets or restricting access to education or healthcare are 100% counter-productive and only cause damage to the parts of society least able to help themselves.

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Going underground: The Royal Mail's great London train squeeze

DJO

using the tunnels for underground fibre must be possible

Too little and too late. The pipes belonging to the London Pneumatic Company which delivered compressed air to power lifts and other machinery in London were sold off to carry fibre years ago.

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Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

DJO

Re: Do people want to be lied to?

It's called confirmation bias, people will believe any crap if it aligns with what they already believe.

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Trump's plan: Tariffs on electronics, ban on skilled tech migrants, turn off the internet

DJO

Re: First of all, sorry

Apology accepted. To those who did vote for Trump I say this, You'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

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DJO

Re: And we thought BREXIT was bad

What's really depressing is that with 240,000,000 Americans to choose from, the Democrats couldn't find anyone better than Clinton to put up against him.

Actually Clinton was probably the best candidate for a long time, 20 years of public service, vast knowledge of national and international politics, respected internationally.

But 30 years of lies and persistent character assassination from the GOP has paid off for them, after the constant drip of innuendo against her even Democrats think she has baggage when it's all rubbish.

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DJO

Re: First of all, sorry

Trump is only in it for the money

That's why he admires Putin, Putin was a KGB operative, basically a civil servant - well paid but not massively so, he is now one of the richest men in the world with an estimated $100 billion to his name and somehow I don't think that was earned 100% honestly. If Putin can bleed that much cash out of Russia, how much can Trump get from the USA?

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DJO

Re: And we thought BREXIT was bad

I lived through the cold war and always felt optimistic about the future, Nixon was a crook but he was not going to do anything really stupid. For the first time in my life I feel really apprehensive about the future.

One thing though I can now appreciate how Hitler and Mussolini were able to win power, are we fated to repeat the same stupidity every 80 years?

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

DJO

Photons are massless and can be thrown off when an electron changes orbit so there is no change in mass also photons have no charge so there is no need to balance any charge.

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BOFH: The Idiot-ware Project and the Meaningless Acronym

DJO

Re: I generally prefer hand tools,

Wolves are OK but not too easy to find, this dialogue from the movie "Snatch" might suggest a better route:

Then I hear the best thing to do is feed them to pigs.

You gotta starve the pigs for a few days...

...then the chopped-up body will look like curry to a pisshead.

You gotta shave the heads of your victims and pull the teeth out...

...for the piggies' digestion.

You could do this afterwards, of course...

...but you don't want to sieve through pigshit, do you?

They will go through bone like butter.

You need at least 16 pigs to finish the job in one sitting...

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Re: I generally prefer hand tools,

I was wondering about the Calcium Chloride as well,as a desiccant it would mummify the corpse and keep the smell down but that still leaves some incriminating evidence, perhaps Calcium Oxide (Quick Lime) would be a better alternative.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

DJO

Re: Easily fixed...

After many decades, I still have to conjure up memory aids and parse them to consciously derive the proper side each and every time I need to use them

Easy mnemonic: You Write with the Right.

In a similar vein for the nautically minded, "Port" has 4 letters, just like "Left"

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Online scammers speed up: Hit gold every 15 seconds

DJO

Not too tricky to stop

The banks need to create thousands of honeypot accounts and put the details on thousands of insecure PCs.

Any account trying to access a honeypot gets closed, all assets seized and if traceable the owners arrested and prosecuted.

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Apple's tax bill: Big in Japan. Like, $120m big

DJO

Hubris

If Apple had used the tax reduction measures to reduce their tax by around 50% it's probable nobody in a position to do anything about it would get that upset.

Trying to eliminate all tax is just stupidly greedy and not only invites punishment but may well spoil the fun and games for all the other slightly less greedy players.

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You should install smart meters even if they're dumb, says flack

DJO

Re: Pointless

I seriously question who (if anyone, including the leccy companies) will benefit from this?

The meter manufacturers and the fitting companies will do very well out of this thank you very much, as for domestic customers, not much.

Non-domestic industrial, public and commercial customers however have had these for a while and as long as the data is accurate and of high enough resolution (at least half hour reading) they really can make a big difference to high consumption users.

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Dwarf planet Ceres has a watery secret: An 11 mile wide ice volcano

DJO

Re: planet?

has cleared it's orbit

It lives in the asteroid belt so to say it has cleared its orbit might be a bit premature.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

DJO

It's not changing it to a time of day, it's just that it's impossible to know if two digits separated by a : are HH:MM or MM:SS so it defaults to HH:MM.

Enter unambiguous values such as (to use your example): "0:34:20" - a bit more typing but after a while it (should) become second nature.

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DJO

Re: An easy fix ...

You don't even need to do that. Just format the column as Text rather than general.

Yes yes, that works a treat if you are typing in data

Now try again with importing a multi megabyte CSV file full of, for example, phone numbers (leading zero gets stripped) or SIM numbers (truncated & converted to exponent notation).

It's relatively simple to write a pre-processor to put apostrophes into a CSV file to fix all that, but it should not be necessary.

Almost all Microsoft programs try to be helpful and in almost every case the "help" ends up creating more work than it saves.

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Ancient radioactive tree rings could rip up the history books

DJO

Re: "Amazing! New! Wrongco Proxy Crock!" at CanadaFreePress

Carbon-14 comes from ionized Nitrogen-14

No it does not.

C14 decays into N14 not the other way around.

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GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

DJO

Re: Stating the bloody obvious

Really, I always thought they made CPU stress test software, the AV stuff is surely just a by product of winding the CPU up to 100%

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Science non-fiction: Newly spotted alien world bathes in glow of three stars

DJO

Re: Am I missing something?

You've not missed anything, just they've simplified things a bit.

Look up "barycentre"

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What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier

DJO

Re: Go after the firms that are being advertised for

The problem with that is a company could set up advertising for its competitor in order to put them out of business. If done well it'd be hard to prove who instigated it and even then if the truth ever came to light the damage would be done.

Go after the directors of the companies providing the service, and nuke them from orbit.

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Woz says 'Jobs started Apple for money' – then says it must pay 50% tax like he does

DJO

Absolutely, If corporations are to enjoy the benefits of being "persons" then they should also have all the responsibilities of being "persons".

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Seagate's Kinetic drives: They're moving... but in what direction?

DJO

Yes, so?

So it's a network connected file system with multiple redundancies and it's own processing power for housekeeping. It's a fucking file server, perhaps a novel implementation but not exactly a new concept

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

DJO

Olof Larpi

That's a bit too much of a give-away isn't it?

6/10 - must try harder.

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