* Posts by Arachnoid

1045 posts • joined 17 May 2012


What a cheep shot: Bird sorry after legal eagles fire DMCA takedown at scooter unlock blog



Could not Bird be prosecuted for dumping after all I could leave a pile of crap on the pavement with a for hire sign in a similar manner?

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate



All these hacks from "Foreign sponsored states" are a complete waste of time on their part all they need to do is intercept all the certificate reminders

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms


Sounds more like Citizen over watch

There is nothing to stop sophisticated "bad guys" writing and distributing their own communication application even as they are reputed to do these days, use "game chat" to pass messages. Neither of option will give authorities any chance of accessing the intelligence they seek.

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog


Funnily enough

This has come up on the very same day Tourtech UK Ltd [ the motorcycle parts company] seem to have sent out a mass email to many customers with an attached receipt for work carried out to the sum of £351.24 . The source appears to be from their email server but they too seem to have neither registered on the ICO Public register nor reported the possible loss of customer data and are "investigating the matter".

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report


Fully Autonomous

its so much like self drive vehicles........ who takes the blame when someone is injured or dies through its actions [or inactions i.e. self preservation] ?

If one elected party brings them in and a death occurs during another parties term of office whilst under their watch, who exactly is to blame. The designer, innovator, programmer or the network supervisor?

Palliative care for Windows 10 Mobile like a Crimean field hospital, but with even less effort



Well someone had to mention it.This so reminds me of the " secure" operating system that took a nose dive for lack of viable investment in user experience and usability.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons


Quite wicked electronic tipping Yobos

Damn vandals often ruin areas ,knuckleheads.Needs extra observation, criminals often leave evidence, maybe a klue.

This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop


Security PAH who needs stupid security

These devices all suffer from a complete lack of security in any form related to restricting access, as previously documented by the TV show that caused an Alexa device to order online products using the owners account. They could at least have some form of verbal access code when doing such things instead of just acknowledging whomever speaks out loud..

Alexa Open the front door!..........

Chuck this on expenses: £2k iPad paints Apple as the premium fondleslab specialist – as planned


I can just hear the distant bleating of the iSheep now

"iPaaaads Good, Tablets BAAAAD!"


level one Apple Care

Im surprised apple haven't introduced a newer and much dearer, level one Apple Care for the higher priced items they are now selling to the Sheep.

Anyhow that now £3K+ iSheep will need to find as the new phone will make it a matching set.

Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own



"I would have tried XPLite"

Ah yes those modded OSs were better designed than a whole team of Microsoft employees could come up with.


What about the stuff that we really don't want...

"Get of my Lawn!"

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...


One from DARPA

"AI cannibalism

In the early 2000s, Mike Sellers was working on social AI agents for DARPA. During one simulation, two AI agents named Adam and Eve were given a few basic skills. They knew how to eat, but not what to eat. When they tried to eat apples from a tree, they felt happy. When they tried to eat wood from the same tree they didn't get any reward.

So far so good, right? Things started going haywire when another AI agent, Stan, was introduced. Adam and Eve learned associatively. Because Stan was hanging around when they were eating apples, the agents learned to associate Stan with both eating and the feeling of happiness.

Guess what happened next?

"At the time it was pretty horrifying as we realized what had happened," writes Sellers. "In this AI architecture, we tried to put as few constraints on behaviors as possible... but we did put in a firm no cannibalism restriction after that: no matter how hungry they got, they would never eat each other again."


Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment


Obi Wan You're My Only Hope

Yes but it was very tidy rubbish,,,,,,,,,,

Brit startup plans fusion-powered missions to the stars


Nukes in Space

So first to show the enormous cost of the project according to Nasa it spends around $6000 to send something the size and weight on a Lemon into space.

Second say you get this project up there and light the touch paper, how the hell are you proposing to slow such a mass going at the speeds you need for interplanetary travel ,create an stable orbit then fire off again to the next planet of interest as each would take days?

Not only that but the maths required for such navigational feats to hop planet to planet would be astronomical bearing in mind your "road map" is made from a telescope based on a planet millions of miles from where you are.

Thirdly what are the occupants going to survive on in regard to Air and food or is this going to be a one way journey?

[Quotes from google] :

How long did it take for Voyager to get to Pluto?

Launched in 2006, New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft to ever leave Earth. It crossed the orbit of Jupiter the next year and has been traveling nearly a million miles a day—but it still took 9.5 years for the spacecraft to reach Pluto and its moons.

What speed was the speed of the New Horizon satellite

The Jupiter flyby increased New Horizons' speed by 4 km/s (14,000 km/h; 9,000 mph), accelerating the probe to a velocity of 23 km/s (83,000 km/h; 51,000 mph) relative to the Sun and shortening its voyage to Pluto by three years.

When you look at it your propulsion is only a tiny part of the problem

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit


Clean room?

So you let cleaners into a clean room......... cant be that clean then

Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again


UK anonymity order

We already know this carries little [ read zero] weight on international web sites as out UK gagged media have attested many times.

Canadian security boss ain't afraid of no Huawei, sees no reason for ban


"white labs" where products are tested

Yea well firmware updates will some overcome that problem for the Chinese

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond


Ring of death?

Both my alexas had a continual circling yellow/orange ring on them around midnight so it sounds like a bodged update.

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit


Missed Opportunity

Rather than email and postcard users they could have just rolled out a new driver with the apology included so it just came up on the printer and PC screen even amending a discount voucher for upgrades. BOOM job done!

Microsoft: Like the Borg, we want to absorb all the world's biz computers


What used to be a Chinese/Indian accent at the end of the line is now evolving to a Eastern European chintzy brogue, so best called before lunch for a lucid response.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Re: Biometrics

Because your fingerprint can be copied from every item you touch and you only have ten options unless you were born with more fingers



Electronic keys

Are a a convenience to some at times but are bulky compared to traditional metal keys and add more security holes than they cure.With a traditional metal key the doors can be locked and the vehicle is secured but with an electronic key it only has to be within range or have a range extender surreptitiously applied to the signal, for the doors to be opened and driven off by a.n.other.


Just because they are electronic many assume they are more secure than a metal imprinted key, they are not it is merely a different not better form of key coding.They also massivly multiply in expense to replace as the vehicle gets older, if you can even get the fobs made and coded ten years down the road from manufacture.

Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything



The problem is not so much remembering several passwords but in our I.T. fad culture, hundreds of passwords many of which require uppercase,lowercase, number etc or frequent changes for no apparent logical reason . Whilst its not an ideal 100% fool proof solution 2FA using a mobile app generated or recieved code is a way forward , as long as its not just a front to make a system "seem" more secure with a back door via a poorly constructed password. Even the U.S. Presidents Football uses a damn antiquated card code generator which was lost by one president [allegedly]

Talking of security its amazing how many Banking institutions etc require various ways of the user identifying themself over the phone but have no "Handshake" themselves to verify that they are genuine.

DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space


Social Interation

Just ask the next passing UFO to give the lander a tune up



Are you having difficulty with your Rover?


The next Rover evolution

Has long ambidextrous arm with large and small hammer attachment

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go


Re: El Reg Units

Is this at Pounds of Force or Newtons as we wouldn't want to overcook the chops?

'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird


Re: Getting more and more off topic ...


IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere


Removable storage

Its in more devices than is apparent i.e. take hundreds of images for work projects so now how do you get them accessible to add to your training document?

Phones and other Camera like devices OK so say you set up some form of authorization whats to say the installed memory in the "device" is the same as that which was authorized i.e. change out the removable memory?

Just going back to laptops the hard drives are removable as are the ram chips.Yes a tad more fiddly to do but just the same risk apparently.....

It may not be as common these days on laptops but a second drive could be installed in place of the removable CD drive for extra storage.Is this not removable?

Making security so unworkable for the end user just makes people more inventive to circumvent it i.e. as mentioned using bluetooth.

Using a mobile phone to proved a phone connection to a laptop does this not count as adding an external media connection [in more ways than one]?

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture


3d Printers

IKEA only has a short term buisness plan, just wait till the ubiquitous"Star Trek" 3D printer comes to every home.


Yes but

Whos going to assemble and program the robot the destructions would be biblic in proportion !?

BTW who hasnt wanted a third arm when assembling stuff not just hoping it wont fall over before inserting part B,,,,,,,

We 'could' send troubled Watchkeeper drones to war, insists UK minister


Rename the damn thing.......

Call it the Kami- KarZee and use it for single flight missions

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat


Yahoo accounts

Have a similar working arrangement.You can use accountname-netflix@yahoo.com which will appear in your accountname@yahoo.com email account and again is a good way to see who has access to specific sign up details as it ignores anything past the dash.

White House: Is it OK to hijack, shoot down, or snoop on drones? Er ... asking for a friend



If someone wanted to conceal a drone they would make it look like a large Bird such as a Seagull or American Eagle. I really cant see the pointof this Bill, if the device is a threat then its open to capture or destruction.

PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin


Re: Picked up a cheaper NAS

Anywhere else will still be open if it fails under warrenty is your £20 really that important to you?.....

Tandy/Maplin on the odd time Ive been into these stores over the years is a tad like going into Sportsdirect much ado about nothing and overpriced tat with more staff than customers.

US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers


Open the Pod Bay Doors Hal

Im surprised a cluster type pod device hasn't been designed yet that allows the mass dropping of possibly hundreds of bird [?] type drones that blend into whatever neighbourhood they are let loose in.They could blend in quite well and have a range of several miles using either on-board intel or remote laser/satellite updatable guidance.

Theres nothing to stop them being like clustered mines that wait for an opportunistic target to pounce on.You could even seed the waters with homing fish types that attach to passing craft either for tracking purposes such as in submarine lanes or to interfere with onboard communications.

Google assisting the Pentagon in developing AI for its drones



You would have thought Amazon would have been all over this

BlackBerry unveils bold new strategy: Suing the c**p out of Facebook


Re: Enough, already

"it might as well be better to delete software patent as a whole."

Not really as it can take a developer as long to design something in software as someone designing something actually physical i.e a round cornered mobile phone.The problem appears to be the way the system is implemented and corrupted by some to their own gain and not of that of the original developer.

There was a patent war over hyperlinks only last year, yes its an patenable innovation but it seriously got scewed out of proportion much the same as we seem to be seeing here.

Windows Defender will strap pushy scareware to its ass-kicker machine


Obligatory Star Wars quote

To quote Admiral Ackbar " Its a TRAP!!!"

So you accidentally told a million people they are going to die: What next? Your essential guide...


Missed opportunity

This was Trumps ideal opportunity to say he had been informed a new U.S. laser weapons system had downed the ICBM removing the danger and that any similar launches by Rocket man would be treated the same way.......

He could then blame Worker 2 for provising misinformation if his bluff were called

Big shock: $700 Internet-of-Things door lock not a success


Its Amazing

How people think because its an electronic lock its somehow more secure then a mechanical device

Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login


Talking of Passwords

I wonder how many U.S. Politicians share their keys to the Nuclear deterant?

Trident nuke subs are hackable, thunders Wikipedia-based report


not approved by the Pentagon?

Its my understanding the targets are pre programmed into the Warheads, be it there may be a selectable menu option pre launch.

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access


"I don't drive. Why should I pay for roads that I never use?"

You don't happen to ride a freetard push [or even electric] bike do you?

Parties claiming bias is a way of getting even more air time allotted to your members to waffle on about your erroneous theories.

As for the BBC its a Dinosaur with a complete lack of any modern management skills in regard to providing on demand technology. They need to take a hard look at their competitors raking in money hand over fist [OOH look sky monthly subs plan far exceed BBCs yearly income per subscribed household].

Then work out how to bring the Ostrich like head in Sand BBC subscriptions and programming from the 18th century into the 21st.

Viewers have a wide variety of choice these days and its time the BBC actually competed with the market for its income not drinking Ambrosia wine all the time.

Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11


Aye eye

So the new iPhone X will recognize your face but not your eyes!

Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents


Re: Small and smaller

" Some old PCs will not do ANYTHING at power on if the battery is dead and/or CMOS corrupt. There ARE things that need an old PC."

Don`t forget the Compaqs which had the bios on the hard drive so you had to download the correct replacement firmware from their website on a new hard drive install......

Snap, crackle ... patch! Apple kicks out iOS 11.0.2 to tackle crappy calls, fix email glitches


So Self drive Cars,,,,,,,,,,

Will be full of bugs given the number of lines of code they will have or will they crash too?

US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars


If all thats required.............

Is a reduction in accident figures then just make it a 30 mph [or less] speed limit on all roads,install speed limiters in all vehicles and instant jail for any traffic offender or anyone tampering with such equipment.There ya go saved billions of investment in new technology and being unable to afford a new "high tech self drive car" and removing any miscreants from the road.

In doing so Ive increased the employment levels in Vehicle equipment and testing jobs, Prison officers, re-offence prevention officers.Thus enabling the Billions to be reinvested into the economy and jobs rather than unneeded equipment that constantly needs upgrading at great expense.

Gov contractor nicked on suspicion of Official Secrets Act breach


Free Speech like Freedom and Free will has a cost


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