* Posts by lozhurst

15 posts • joined 13 Jul 2012

Leicestershire teen admits attempting to hack director of the CIA


He entered his plea at crown court so it's probably because one or more of the offences were indictable (can only be tried at crown court). Only offences which are summary only or triable either way can be heard at magistrates court.

Had it been just for sentencing, the plea would have been heard at magistrates court and the case "referred to crown court for sentencing". That's not what the article says happened, so that means it was not taken to crown court just for sentencing.

Edit: Just looked it up - "causing risk of serious damage to human welfare/national security" is section 3ZA of Computer Misuse Act 1990, which was added by Serious Crime Act 2015, and is indictable only, therefore cannot be heard at a magistrates court, hence straight to crown court for plea hearing.

Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend


Re: "the data wasn't collated or held in an accessible format"

What we have here is different police forces saying that the footage is submitted as part of a file of evidence to the courts. Answering the question 'in case xyz was any video evidence used' is, therefore, easy. Going the other way and saying 'was video a used in any case' is impossible without going through every single case and seeing if any reference it in their list of evidence. But wait, it's worse than that - just because the footage might have been listed as evidence doesn't mean that it was ever used in court (that's down to the lawyers on both sides deciding which evidence to present). For that someone will have to review every court record for every case. And if the accused pleaded guilty, who knows if that was because of there being video evidence or they would have held their hands up to whatever it was they did without it?

Yes it's poor and, as other commenters have pointed out, the meta data should exist to look this up (and now this has been published *maybe* the police forces will take that on board and sort it out) but at the moment it doesn't and they can't answer the question in a meaningful way.


Re: When to record

I'm sure the bobbies will be reassured to know that the camera is recording for the entirety of their shift, capturing high qualify audio and video every-time they take a dump or have a piss. In fact, there's a good chance that might be classed as "extreme pornography" if some back-office reviewer gets off on it.

MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech


Nobody noticed? I've been getting emails all week about it

....from Linux distros so happy they can include support without violating their self-imposed rules preventing them from doing so before.

Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal


"45 people" at the moment, apparently.

The hope that something somewhere flags unusual spikes in viewings, and the most common referrer, is going to keep me smiling for the rest of the day.

Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER


Re: In a gold rush, people selling spades make money

Indeed - just look at how much "specialist mining hardware" is now available, even from mainstream hardware retailers (i.e. not just fleabay anymore).

CERN releases retro 'Line Mode' browser


Text mode browsers essential for webdev

Any web developer worth their salt and working on public facing sites makes sure it renders sensibly in a text-mode browser, since that's how most screen readers see the web. Not only do we want to make our websites accessible for the differently-abled, we often have a legal obligation to.

'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K


Re: I guess we'll find out

"Well of course you can, you can also compile your own and run it from within your own account"

Although this gets difficult when all your user-writable directories are mounted noexec to prevent exactly this.

IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why


Re: Come the revolution

One reason house prices are not falling far, and are unlikely to, is people simply cannot sell for much less than than their original purchase price (thanks to high loan-to-value mortgages) and be able to settle the outstanding mortgage debt.

What's more likely to happen, as is the happening now, is that house prices will flatline (near to 0% changes) for an extended period of time and inflation will cause the relative value to decrease (i.e. the actual asking price of any particular house is unlikely to change but how what the "worth" of that amount of money is going down).

IT staff clamouring to pay for their own BYOD kit, says survey


Re: Actually

Problem is that (certainly in the cash-strapped situation many of us now work in) many organisations, especially in the public sector, have decided to standardise their IT provision on a single desktop specification (usually the cheapest system which can comfortably run Windows, Word and Excel symultaneously), which reduces both procurement (hurray - can now buy everyone's desktop in one massive purchase which attracts big bulk discounts) and support costs (everyone's hardware is now identical so support don't need to know about anything else), but the systems are woefully inadequate for anyone in a remotely specialised technical role (pittiful amount of RAM, slow processor (2 cores if you're luck), no virtualisation extensions, slow tiny harddisk).

The result, employees end up bringing in our own laptops because they're better suited to the job and more powerful than the brand new desktop "computers" supplied by our employers.

Longer, stronger love starts online, finds 19,000-marriage study


Re: I've been using "the internet" (whatever that is) ...

Absolutely nothing can replace real-life human contact when it comes to relationships but online dating allows one to perform a certain amount of "vetting" before decided whether or not one wishes to meet the other person and also means that physical attraction, although undeniably important for a sexual relationship, is no longer the key deciding factor on whether or not to engage in a real-life meeting with another person versus, for example, spotting someone you like the look of across a bar.

Disclaimer: Although I do not work for nor am I affiliated with any online dating site, I am currently in a relationship with a wonderful lady I met online.

Amazon, eBay, banks snub anti-fraud DNS tech, sniff securo bods


I know this item is focused on the big 100 e-commerce sites but at the other end of the scale the key reason for slow adoption is that many of the big domain name registrars, that SMEs and individuals use, still do not support uploading keys for DNSSEC. Until those of us at the bottom of the chain are given the tools required to implement it widespread adoption of DNSSEC is dead in the water. I do wonder if low levels of implementation is one of the excuses the top 100 will use to justify their lack of interest in pushing this out for their sites?

Why you need a home lab to keep your job

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Re: Lucky?

> Synergy tends to lose the connection a bit more frequently (maybe once every couple of hours)

I tunnel Synergy over an ssh connection (using Putty if a Windows machine is involved) and do not experience disconnects. It also gets around that pesky 'synergy sending plain keystrokes over the network' security issue.

Tiny tech ZigBee harnesses puny power of the press


Mesh infrastructure

If we make the reasonable assumption that the target device is going to be, relatively, power hungry there is still going to be need to have electrical outlets. Imagine building the proxy part of the mesh into the fascia of said outlets which could then retransmit to the next proxy either wireless in the same manner (the payload hopping along each enabled fascia) or over the mains wiring (like those Ethernet over mains adapters) to the target.

Replace your outlet fascias and have instant building-wide mesh.

How to fix the broken internet economy: START HERE

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Re: Geographical availability

>Now they all have "only available in the US and canada" everywhere.


>Amazon.co.uk has "This publisher has not yet made this book available on kindle"


>If you are lucky the ebook version will turn up in the UK at some point, months down the line.But sometimes not even then, as if the book is niche enough , it will never get its rights bought in this country.

Hear, hear. I find it particularly irritating, as a Kindle owner, to find that some internationally published (in paperback) mainstream fiction books are available for Kindle on amazon.com but not amazon.co.uk and therefore I can't get them.

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