* Posts by Another User

81 posts • joined 12 Jun 2012


FYI: Get ready for face scans on leaving the US because 1.2% of visitors overstayed their visas

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Don’t exaggerate the system’s capabilities

Recognizing you when yo try do board is not exactly rocket science. You already have a ticket and your biometrics are connected to this ticket. The automatic boarding system only has to match your image against the 200-400 expected passengers. This will have a very low rate of false positives.

It does not help against fake IDs at all. Why? It is a new ID to the system. It will connect your newly recorded image with this fake ID and make sure that only this fraudster/terrorist can travel with this ‘ID’.

Other agencies will search for duplicates. This should find people under witness protection who have been given a new identity, spies from foreign countries, and lots of people who just look like somebody else. With a population of almost 8 billion not everyone can have his unique face...

If there's 5G connectivity but no 5G devices on it, does it make a sound? Wait, no, that's not right

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Untrue argument that supermarkets will use these.

It’s is not true that every item in a supermarket will be tagged with 5G devices. This claim had been made before with RFID tags.

Every item would be automatically scanned when you left the supermarket. Except that it was too expensive and it did not work as expected.

The too high price for RFID tags is 7 cent per tag. This already exceeds the profit margin for most food products up to 5 US$.

Vengeful sacked IT bod destroyed ex-employer's AWS cloud accounts. Now he'll spent rest of 2019 in the clink

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Wouldn’t make a difference

Log of ‘random site’ would have showed the exact same IP address of poster. So same result: 2 years in the slammer.

Core-blimey! Riddle of Earth's mysterious center finally 'solved' by smarty seismologists

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Re: Gone fission....

Kelvin had calculated the age of the earth to be between 20 million and 100 million years. Radioactivity and its effects were unknown when Kelvin performed his analysis. The current age of the earth is 4.5 billion years. This age can be explained by having a fission reactor in the core.

I don‘t understand why and when the fission should have stopped. After this we are in the range of 100 millions of years range of Kelvin‘s calculation before the core gets too cold.

Vodafone and EE ship Apple's Watch 4, but not without LTE teething issues

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Re: No Roaming with AppleWatch 3/4

Unfortunately this is legal. Here straight from the horse’s mouth:

‘Every existing or new contract that includes roaming services will change to "roam like at home" contract.’


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No Roaming with AppleWatch 3/4

An eSIM could give you additional freedom in selecting a provider. Here you cannot even use the AppleWatch in other countries. Particularly in Europe it is easy to cross borders. No roaming is a massive limitation.

Y'know what? VoIP can also be free from pesky regulation – US judges

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Should be considered implementation detail

There is not only VoIP. There exists VoLTE and WiFi calling which is supported by Android mobiles (and iPhones). Important is if you can call or get called by someone using a POTS telephone.

If so the this should be considered a phone service.

It should be up to the provider to change the underlying technology if it is cheaper to operate. Still the operator should be bound by the existing regulations (public utility, wiretapping etc.)

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Re: CCIE Opinion for those who care

Not really true. German Telekom for example is replacing all its POTS technology with VoIP.

End customers get a box (combined modem, switch router, hot spot) where they can attach their phone to. Customers do not get internet access unless they book it.

Difference for customers is that this box needs power, whereas a phone is powered over the phone wire. QoS is handled by provider. Obvious disadvantage is that you cannot call emergency services if there is a power outage. So this looks like a phone service and behaves like a phone service. Also wiretapping rules do apply etc.

Apple to require privacy policy on all apps

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Re: re: Anything interactive MUST collect data as a matter of course, and usually use that data

‘Timetable lookup”. For convenience the app will ask you for your location as this is likely to be the place where you want to lookup the timetable.

So collection of PII.

You are using the app in two different cities. Now the app vendor could sell the data to a train company and you will get special offers.

In a Facebook way the app could ask for your contact list so that your contacts could be offered cheap fares to visit your on your birthday.

I guess this looks like a prime example why privacy rules need to be in place.

US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Facebook worked better than expected

At the time the colonies were at war with England and as such the Declaration of Independence was incitement.

Facebook did catch that.

Today every government would forcefully object if citizens were to complain about „no taxation without representation” and were about to ‘enforce’ stronger representation.

Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Those two guys will be successful in their future lives...

Although they state in their second sentence of the abstract that their idea is bollocks:

‘Though the design of such a framework is fraught with risks to users' security and privacy’

they decide to proceed regardless.

I see great potential in further screwups of processor design. Maybe ‘optimizing’ virtualization. Why not have global inode ref counters for shared file systems...

Storm brewing? Weather buff uses deep learning to predict patterns

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Weather proverbs

Should easily reach 88%. Deep learning seems particularly unsuitable for this kind of problem.

Maybe deep learning can be applied to find out to which kind of problems it can be applied :-)

Death notice: Moore’s Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018

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Re: Two words...

It is fine as long as you and the cat are together in the steel box. But better do not tell the result.

Hackers' delight: Mobile bank app security flaw could have smacked millions

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Re: This is why personal certs are required

Your certificate is not good enough. The bank will have your public certificate to establish that you are the person you claim to be. You can prove this with your private certificate. Now the fake bank will also have access to your public certificate. So you are preventing the fake bank from getting cheated.

The fake bank will know that ‘you’ are ‘you’

You need to have a certificate issued by the bank to get a verification that the bank is the site it claims to be. Such a certificate can be baked into a banking app. Expiration of such a certificate is no problem as the application can be updated.

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Do VPNs really help?

The discussion is not about web browsers being tricked into accepting fake web sites but applications failing to check the chain of trust and not using a known certificate to establish the communication.

An App can be easily updated. It does not have to rely on a certificate it gets presented.

That said what is different with a VPN connection? In addition to names of banks an attacker will know the names of commercial VPN sites. Now there is the same problem for a MITM attack. Does the VPN software really know the supposed target? I doubt that a VPN provider only using a well know preshared secret and the email address can give protection.

Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition

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All white look the same ...

The paper contains pictures where the original face is in focus. The featureless face is out of focus - blurry. To me these do not look the same. Moreover the modified picture is ‚lying‘. It is worse than a retouched picture.

Another way to avoid eye contact: 4G on the Tube expected 'in 2019'

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Re: Won't matter to me

That is funny. ElReg is my social media platform...

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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Vasectomy - The Best Gift a Man can Give?


Divorce rate is between 30% and 50%. There is no population growth in most western countries.

This attempt is vain and futile. Where it would help it is not practiced and often illegal.

Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: What happens if...

The issue is really different. Even the Netflix case is not correct. If you share your Netflix details with somebody else then you are in breach of terms and conditions of the contract. The person you gave access details never entered into a contract with Netflix. Netflix can try to remedy this situation when the login process requires to agree to the contract and its T&Cs.

If you borrow a tablet from me and watch Netflix what then? You did not need to login to Netflix. Legal or illegal? Fine for an hour? Fine for a year? Still fine when you give me money for rent of the tablet?

What with email which is configured too for several accounts? Are you now a hacker when you start the App?

What does the Moon 4bn years ago and Yahoo! towers this week have in common? Both had an awful atmosphere

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Re: It, closer & larger

Diameter is meant. It is also a property which can be easily observed. Area would be nine times larger.

Hackers can turn web-connected car washes into horrible death traps

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Spaceballs quote

1-2-3-4-5? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard of in my life! That's the kinda thing an idiot would have on his luggage!

Who will save us from voice recog foolery from scumbags? Magnetometer!

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Next version will use camera

To detect if your ear is in the vicinity of the phone.

Even as kids we used non electro-mechanic contraptions to convey sound. A tin can telephone could work too.

To detect something as 'near' is not possible. You could use parabolic reflectors to get the sound 'near'.

Maybe we need a distinction between scientist and "scientist".

Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Re: Most expensive pointless biology experiment ever?

No control group on earth? Unlikely. So 40 more mice with the same condition. Killed on the exact same date. Preparing the mice went flawless in each instance? Maybe not. So a total of 100 mice. Monitoring by actual biologists should have been possible via a video link. Maybe somebody on board even got some training with the experiment before? A complete test run? Double the number.

Pointless? I doubt that. Gruesome? From an animals rights group perspective certainly.

How to nuke websites you don't like: Slam Google with millions of bogus DMCA takedowns

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Using lawyers against lawyers?

Pure unadulterated brilliance

Appliance-maker Liebherr chillin' with Microsoft, prototyping another Internet fridge

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Do not open

your fridge unless properly dressed? Fridge pics (NSFW) which are sent to your Facebook friends and family if you do not send money via Western Union?

Apple kills eavesdrop bug in FaceTime

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Re: a confession

FaceTime is one of the killer features. The calls are also encrypted what is not the case with most VoIP calls. When your family is spread around the globe you really appreciate such a cost saving feature. A virtual guided tour around the premises is nice. And if you are sitting in the bathtub there are also audio only FaceTime calls.

UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

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Re: 3% energy saving

That is likely to be a skewed result. a) A smart meter was a novelty. This will quickly wear off. And b) participants in a beta programme are generally more interested because of a)

If we can't find a working SCSI cable, the company will close tomorrow

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Re: Malchronism

Commodore PET 2001 was available 1977. It had 1 KB or 4 KB of RAM. Programmable calculators are even older. 75 years ago would've been a Zuse, Hollerith/IBM, Bletchley Park system. So, yes the dates are correct.

Teen faces trial for telling suicidal boyfriend to kill himself via text

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Re: Theatre Fire

Your argument doesn't hold water. Do you really think that texting 911 with such stuff will be considered free speech?

While you filled your face at Noodles and Co, malware was slurping your bank cards

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Re: @ma1010 ... Probably management

I doubt that Noodles Co will face the bill. Its reputation was a little bit damaged but next quarter it is all forgotten.

Other companies incurred a damage where the stolen credit card data was used. But as you correctly state these companies still use mag stripes and are therefore liable for their own losses.

Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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Attack on Net Neutrality

This is really an attack on net neutrality by telcos. It is none of their business to meddle with my communication data.

Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

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Re: It must have worked OK...

"Please upgrade to version 8 before attempting this upgrade."

That is not possible. Version 8 is gone. It is not offered any more after version 9 had been released.

AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

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For the same reason UK cannot allow or deny Sweden the right to extradite Assange.

LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

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Khan academy works great on iPad and other devices

There is such a plethora of information available nowadays. Kids can have easy access to all of this. Sadly they are wasting their energy.

I suggest to try sites like http://khanacademy.org to see what I am talking about. Especially have a look at the Mathematics curriculum presented there.

Learning a foreign language on an Android or iPad tablet works great too. You get instant feedback and can perfect your pronunciation. This is something a book and paper cannot do.

Home Office: Fancy flogging us some SECRET SPY GEAR?

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Pseudo invitation to tender

With all the constraints mentioned they already know who is going to be their supplier. Who else could integrate existing secret equipment, is located in the UK, and pass the specific vetting?

Hungary's internet tax cannot be allowed to set a precedent, says EC

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Re: There is a point

Already invented. Think of stamps for email. German DE-mail is 0.39 EUR per sent email. Tax is included. It is authenticated and to be used for communication with authorities and for business purposes. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/De-Mail

In other words: Pigs can fly

(I do not know how many such mails are actually sent.)

Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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Ponzi scheme?

This sounds an awful lot like the dot com bubble economy. Growth was everything. Non-physical stuff like audio books from Audible make me a little bit wary as they would vanish with Amazon.

Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Re: Nothing new: Key helps locate a car

You have to authenticate with a password after putting the watch on your wrist. This authentication remains valid as long you have a pulse.

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Nothing new: Key helps locate a car

That is what most car keys do already. Press a button and your car honks or flashes it's lights.

So car thieves could have used this "feature" for years.

If Apple were to use the Apple watch as a key then this kind of theft would not work. The watch monitors heart rate and switches off payment functionality when the watch is removed from one's wrist. Similarly it could stop working as a car key.

No one wants iOS 8 because it's for NERDS - dev

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Re: iOS ME ?

Consider to make an iTunes backup and install your device from scratch.

This is what my iPad literally forced me to do. Now it is running stable again.

Mars needs oceans to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: Planets without Endorian Wood Terrorists.

About 70% of the surface of the earth is covered by water. "Dry" land is a result of plate tectonics and volcanism. Both of these mechanisms rely on a hot core. This same hot core also enables the magnetic field. As already mentioned the magnetic field protects the atmosphere from the solar wind.

So maybe another planet which could sustain life would have to be quite earth-like.

Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Re: Er, timing?

An extradition from Sweden would *not* require permission from the UK at all.

The reason is that there exists no extradition request (from the US) currently.

The UK cannot limit the terms of the request with hypothetical cases.

Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Use reset password link via email

Nearly all websites offer a "reset password via email link". For rarely visited sites there is no need to use a simple password. Just enter random characters which you do no not even have to memorise.

Next time you access this site click on reset password option, lather, rinse, and repeat.

German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

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Not fit for purpose

Cisco gear was supposedly intercepted on route to the customer and "enhanced" by the NSA.

Why should a Protonet or Draytek router be safe then?

This needs to be solved with laws and punishment. Society should not accept secret laws, secret courts, and secret services infringing on everybody's rights.

Kafka is closer than we think. Today there is news about a planned secret trial against two terror suspects. Why aren't we allowed to know who is accused and of what?

Your devices Heartbleeding - again

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Re: "possibly vulnerable"

On the other hand this "researcher" discredits himself. I did not bother to look at the original article after seeing these false statements.

Boeing, Cupertino to 'explore weaponisation of Apple technologies'

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Aluminium gave it away

I nearly fell for it but an American Company using the word 'Aluminium' instead of 'Aluminum' ?

You need to try a little harder :-)

Inmarsat: Doppler effect helped 'locate' MH370

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Re: Truly astonishing amount of information stored

There is no information that this collection is limited to a ping handshake. The last attempted handshake was described as incomplete. I do not read it as telling that there was no reply from the airplane at all. Further analysis would not be possible w/o data.

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Truly astonishing amount of information stored

Inmarsat seems to store the complete communication it handles. This was not a debugging session but a postmortem analysis.

10,000 km road trip proves Galileo satnav works, says ESA

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EU ready to switch off Galileo to aid US security?

Back in 2002 EU officials stated that the EU would switch off Galileo to aid US security.

I doubt that Galileo is available in regions where GPS is jammed or otherwise unavailable.


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