* Posts by Oengus

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Boffins reveal how to pour a perfect glass of wine with no drips. First step, take a diamond...

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Pint

I'll drink to that... After all it is Friday afternoon.

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Australia bins safe harbour, presses ahead with Minister-as-NetAdmin plan

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Rubber stamp

The attorney-general will not be able to exercise their powers on a whim: the Australian Security and Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) will need to recommend an intervention.

You have to remember that ASIO is basically the Australian equivalent of the NSA or GCHQ. When was the last time that those organisations stopped a politico from exercising whatever powers they wanted to use? Usually they are prompting the politicos to exercise powers that are dubious and borderline (or outright) illegal. ASIO will just be a rubberstamp to anything the attorney-general wants...

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NASA to fire 1Gbps laser 'Wi-Fi' ... into spaaaaace

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Re: Latency...

120 milliseconds from earth to geosynchronous satellite, depending on location of location of space station receiving message 120 milliseconds (low earth orbit) to 240 milliseconds (geosynchronous orbit on the opposite side of the earth) or more if space station is at L4 or L5. Then of course you have to double that for the return trip...

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Latency...

You won't be playing any real time games over the link... The propagation delay will be somewhere between 1/4 second and 1 second depending on where your spaceship is in orbit in relation to the switching unit...

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Grab 'em by the pussy! Trump's lawyers 'send cease-and-desist letters' to a KITTEN website

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Re: Really ..

From having to chose between someone you hate or someone incompetent. Tough call :-(

Can you tell which is which?

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Better yet... lets ban all things Trump from the interwebs.

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Plans to force ISPs to filter content branded 'disproportionate'

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Like a chainsaw, the Internet is not a toy for unsupervised use by children or politicians.

FTFY

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Couldn't happen to a more deserving OS.

I vaguely remember seeing a PC that had Vista installed... I thought that Vista was long dead and buried (or at least should have been).

MS won't support Vista because it was technically a "Home" user OS. XP was technically a Business OS so theoretically anyone still using it has money to pay for support. MS long ago gave up caring for the home user (and lately I think they are only paying lip service to the business user without a subscription based service). Vista will not be missed by me.

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House of Lords: Drone vehicles are more than just robo-cars, mmkay

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What about...

CAV [connected and autonomous vehicles]

What about DAV [disconnected and autonomous vehicles] or UAV [Unconnected and autonomous vehicles] ?

Surely truly autonomous vehicles will be able to operate without any connection back to the mothership... Sure they may need to communicate with the mothership when their current task is complete to get their next assignment. They should, of course, be able to accept changes to tasking from the mothership during an assignment but shouldn't need to depend on the communications to do their task.

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US Marine Corps chiefs declare WAR on stolen sex snap sharing scum

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Digital is forever

The problem here is once it is released to the internet you can never control where it will end up. What was done is wrong but you can't put the genie back in the bottle...

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Time crystals really do exist, say physicists*

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Re: I'll start with a course of "who?", "what?", "why?", "where?" and "why?"

What happened to "When"? Oh, wait, it disappeared because we are talking about Time Crystals...

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Re: Great

What were you using to smoke the bacon? That might explain why he was lucid...

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Hailing frequencies open! WikiLeaks pings Microsoft after promise to share CIA tools

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if you don't put it on then that's your fault and it'll hurt when you get hit

and if you have ever been hit with the flak jacket on you will know it hurts as well. You will heal faster but it still hurts...

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Re: "We need to promote women disproportionately, pay them equally or better..."

A more sexist and discriminatory comment I haven't read anywhere in a long time. Discrimination goes both ways and suggesting that women be promoted disproportionately or paid better because they are women is discrimination. Everyone should be promoted or paid higher because of ability and skills not because of their gender (or sexual orientation but that is another can of worms).

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Lloyds to outsource 2,000 staff in IBM deal

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Don't these management types read the newspapers?

I am thinking of the debacles of Queensland Health payroll, Australian Bureau of Statistics census, Pennsylvania's unemployment compensation systems... There was a time when "No one was ever fired for buying IBM" but those days are long past.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: Unicornpiss @GATTACA

Think of it as if you owned a nice, new, reliable, safe and secure family car, but when you went to insure it the car insurance company said it had to be insured as if it were a classic Ferrari because the law said they were not allowed to ask you about your car

When I insure the family car I insure it for ~$30,000-$50,000. When I insure the classic Ferrari I insure it for $300,000-$500,000. Based on classic car insurance I have it is actually cheaper per dollar insured to insure the classic car than the family car. This is because statistically the chance of having to pay out on the classic car insurance is lower than the family car.

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The future of Not Reality is a strap-on that talks to my smarting ring

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Inbuilt obsolescence

Reading the Technical specs for the battery in the Helios Smart ring I wonder about the usable life

  • LiPo battery
  • 14mAh capacity nominal
  • 3.7 V nominal
  • 80% Capacity after 150 charges
  • Battery life 24 hours
Based on this you will need to recharge each day and, with the battery life down to 80% after 5 months, I wonder how many charges before the battery life is down to the level where you won't have enough charge to measure your daily exposure - at which point you will need to buy another ring.

Can I modify the ring patent to include a solar cell to provide the charge to keep the battery topped up and to provide the power to run the ring while exposed to light?

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Why

We want to implement the option that you can share your status on social media. You can share how much vitamin D you consumed. (found on the Helios Smart Ring website)

Why does all of this IoT crap have to have a social media link? When will these people get a life. All the more reason for not having social media...

The next thing you will read will be how these devices have been hacked and are used by criminals to tell in real time that you are not in your house (you are outside basking in the sunlight to get your Vitamin D score up) so they can safely break in and help themselves to your other kit. Alternatively there will be an attack on the users of the ring exposing them to excessive UV causing melanoma and other skin cancers...

Also, because it uses Bluetooth LE and has no On/Off switch just think of the tracking capabilities...

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'Nigerian princes' snatch billions from Western biz via fake email – Interpol

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Re: Religion

and one that white men actively seek to eradicate emulate.

FTFY

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State surveillance boom sparked by fear-mongering political populists, says UN

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A voice of reason

He therefore calls for nations to “improve security through proportionate and effective measures not with unduly disproportionate privacy-intrusive laws.”

Wow... a statement like this from a political type is almost unbelievable. I am worried that it will be a voice crying out in the wilderness and no one will listen (until it is too late).

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Seagate plays disk cricket with a 12TB Enterprise Capacity drive spinner

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Re: Missing the important question...

How many of these do I need to get all my data centre staff talking like Minnie Mouse?

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CIA hacking dossier leak reignites debate over vulnerability disclosure

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Re: CIA definition

CIA should stand for criminally incompetent agency ars3hol3s.

FTFY

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

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Centrelink

the system was automated to such an extent that individuals accused of fraud often were not notified until it was too late to challenge the determination and were not provided with a way to respond.

Now I know where Centrelink got their data matching software for fraud detections

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Success in the bedroom breeds success in the boardroom – research

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What, no interns in the White house these days?

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A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things

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Re: Now that is a useful IoT application

While that is ALSO Bullsh*t it is not the useful kind.

In this case it wouldn't be Bullsh*t it would be CowSh*t...

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I wonder if they monitor...

A large increase in tail activity signifies either that the cow is about to produce a particularly firm cowpat or that it is calving.

I wonder if they report the monitor the production cowpats as well - location, frequency, time to produce... to monitor the cows intestinal health.

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Internet declared a citizen's right for 34 million Indians

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Open access

I hope that the internet provided will be free of censorship and monitoring... but I can't see it happening.

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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D'oh!

includes unlimited cloud DVR storage with no fixed term contract, allowing subscribers to cancel at any time.

I am betting that when you end your subscription your cloud DVR storage evaporates as well.

Of course you can have unlimited cloud DVR storage... They are not going to keep a separate copy of each "title" for each subscriber. They will have one master copy (and numerous mirrors) and your DVR just indexes the content you recorded...

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Google, what the hell? Search giant wrongly said shop closed down, refused to list the truth

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Re: Libel

if successful, the amount awarded would be poultry.

I would have thought it would be chicken feed...

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Boeing seeks patent for mobile device case with built-in fire extinguisher

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Re: Water

"cartridges full of one cartridge with CO2 to enhance cool-down effects"

The CO2 isn't there to put out the fire. It is designed to cool the battery down before it explodes. The cartridge is triggered when the device detects excessive heat and before ignition...

Hands up those people that haven't used a CO2 extinguisher to cool down their beer...

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Requirement

It seems that it is a universal requirement for anyone in charge of the security agencies to have the temperament of a spoiled six year old prat.

They won't accept that they can't have their way. They keep pushing the same agenda regardless of how many times they are told it isn't possible. They think that if they keep nagging we will eventually give in to their demands.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Re: @Ellier ... This will impact others as well

Actually had this happen on one system I was working with. Another Admin "forgot" where he was and typed the command only to realise a fraction of a second after he hit enter that he had forgotten to chdir to the trash folder he meant to clear.

Thankfully the backups from the previous night were intact.

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Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

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Re: Power optional

If all you've got is windmills, don't expect to grind corn unless the a suitable wind is blowing.

FTFY because not all wind is suitable (not too strong, not too light but just right) for these windmills.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: Warning signs that your civil servant is technically clueless

They are employed by the civil service.

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Beeps, roots and leaves: Car-controlling Android apps create theft risk

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Those who fail to learn from history

The automotive industry is still relatively new to both application management and security issues, comparatively speaking, and is certainly working hard to address issues as they arise.

When will the automotive (and other IoT things) learn from previous experiences.

In the past criminals used to target for armed robberies. As banks got smarter and improved their security the criminals moved on to easier targets (Service stations and Liquor stores) so these upped the ante.

Cyber criminals initially targeted the banks because they were "soft". The banks learned and hardened their Apps. Now that there are new, easier, targets and the criminals will over time change their target. It is only a matter of time before the hackers attack "insecure" Apps on other platforms.

I wonder how long before the first ransomware app to hold a car hostage appears...

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Hackers dream

The Register can't help wondering what that's going to look like once a bunch of vendors have talked different vendors in different industries to implement different identity management and access revocation solutions

With all of these self interests at work there will be security holes that you could drive a double decker bus through...

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Zuckerberg thinks he's cyber-Jesus – and publishes a 6,000-word world-saving manifesto

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Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community.

Facebook stands for data mining to provide more targeted ads and higher advertising revenue and making me richer.

FTFY

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nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic

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this should mean ISPs offer faster plans for fewer dollars and the pigs are fully fuelled and ready to fly...

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Don’t panic over cyber-terrorism: Daesh-bags still at script kiddie level

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Justification

At some point, there will be an online attack and the media – and parts of Washington DC – are going to go nuts about it and this will be the justification for the extension of Section 702 of America's Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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No crypto backdoors, more immigration ... says Republican head of House Committee on Homeland Security

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Medieval, I would have thought Neanderthal would be closer...

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'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

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Re: Protections from snooping businesses as well

This is where the real issues will be. Governments are bound by the convention, business is not. If you look at the serious snooping today the governments are rank amateurs. The real pros at snooping are Google, Facebook, et al.

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Australia finally passes mandatory data breach reporting legislation

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Weasel words

if organisations choose not to, they don't have to report.

This sounds like organisations will likely only report if they think it is in their best interests i.e. someone else is going to spill the beans on the data breach or there is the scope to gain some more money (rip off customers even more) to be able to "seal" the breach...

Mandatory should mean mandatory. No "Self assessment" of the breach. No weaselling out.

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Web banking malware slurps $1.2m for crooks, now kingpin 'fesses up

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The proliferation of malicious software is a scourge on our society.

Is Windows 10 included in this category? If not, it should be.

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Samsung battery factory bursts into flame in touching Note 7 tribute

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Ironic

To see this just 48 hours after seeing a commercial for Samsung batteries advertising how much effort they had put into research and development to make their batteries safer...

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Vizio coughs up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of families

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WTF?

Becoming "standard practice"

The hardware maker has updated its firmware to alert people to the collection of their private information, allowing them to turn this so-called feature off or on.

How long before this tracking is standard practice, across all manufacturers, and you accept their terms and conditions by simply purchasing their product? I fear that all TVs in the future will be "smart" and require an internet connection that allows them to "dial home" before they will even display an image.

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

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Another Cloud con

Skype's now heading to a cloudy architecture, the better to allow baked-in services like file sharing from within the Skype client and mobile video chats.

Skype's now heading to a cloudy architecture, the better to allow M$ to track your chats and target you.

FTFY

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What's the difference between you and a sea slug? When it comes to IT security, nothing

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Re: When will they...

(* it's in the IT cupboard, in the bottle marked "R/W head cleaner")

Nah, that is Isoprypyl Alcohol and it used to be 100%. The EHS Nazis have forced it to be watered down to 10%... because it was a fire risk.

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Broadband internet in New York is so garbage, the state's suing Charter

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Address the issues

Charter says it is already looking to address the issues cited in the filing.

They are going to change their advertising from "xxMpbs" to "up to xxMbps".

I have ADSL2+ here that is advertised as "up to 25Mbps" and I am lucky to get 8. The ISPs and Telcos use excuses like distance from the exchange and quality of the line. I have yet to find anyone, no matter how close they are to the exchange, that gets anywhere near the advertised ADSL2+ speeds...

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Google's Chrome is about to get rather in-your-face about HTTPS

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Stop

Don't do it

Geolocation can reveal an internet user’s home or work address, and be used for tracking. Such data needs to be more secure, she argued, and that need is only growing stronger.

So stop requesting the sensitive data unless truly appropriate, openly visible and approved by the end user. For the vast majority of websites there is no need for this sensitive information. Google et al only want it to be able to profile you and track you to their benefit (not yours).

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Facebook ‘Happy Birthday’ lawsuit rolls on

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Re: can't open pandora's box on spamming

Or more likely.. malvertsing... "Congratulations... send me 2 bitcoins or your data is history"......

Here's 3 bitcoins if you can guarantee that all copies of my data on facebook has been deleted permanently.

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