* Posts by Nifty

650 posts • joined 13 Sep 2012

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: There was something the Chinese didn't know already?

“not sure why military types of each generation believe that they can combine high and low altitude performance, stealth, speed and agility, short take off, heavy weapons capability, long endurance, land & maritime capability etc all in one airframe“

Same mentality that resulted in the ‘sports utility vehicle’

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Uber 'does not exist any more' says Turkish president

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Instanbul - the one place that NEEDS Uber

There is a breathtakingly crafty scam among Istanbul taxi drivers. I think they give each other training on it.

- Your friendly, English-speaking driver wants to drop you off at a busy intersection or narrow street near, but not at your actual destination.

- An irate traffic queue instantly builds up behind the taxi and starts sounding their horns.

- When you pay (flustered), he uses sleight of hand (it's very good) and switches your largest note for a small value one, thrusts this back at you and claims he has not received full payment. You've little option but to pay again.

The 2nd time this trick was performed we were ready and watching but could still not spot the switch. We stood our ground and he drove off disgusted.

So if there is anywhere in the world that needs a fully trackable system like Uber, maybe it's Istanbul.

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UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year

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Re: Visas and skills gaps

On which planet?

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Won't downvote this one but it's naive. We actually need vocationallly trained people, not more Phds.

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And us to (finally) have freeer access to theirs?

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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It was in the 80s where I worked that someone, as a prank, placed on a colleages desk a shoebox with a large ticking alarm clock in it and lots of bright red curly wires sticking out.

The building was evacuated of a couple of hundred people and management was not impressed.

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Google's socially awkward geeks craft socially awkward AI bot that calls people for you

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Implication for voice recognition banking security?

Where you get asked some simple questions by the bank system, and it uses your previously trained voice print to validate your access.

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Twitter: No big deal, but everyone needs to change their password

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So all websites store your plaintext passwords for batch-hashing later on?

I’d always naively thought that passwords are hashed at moment of creation, leaving no opportunity for them to be stored on a website or database unhashed. I thought that hashing & salting was a one-way process and the result is only usable for matching. Where was my naive assumption wrong?

Or: Due to a coding bug, a logfile was being written in plaintext of all passwords being created. And this logfile had been left running for years and years, long enough to acquire millions of plaintext passwords? Colour me skeptical.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: £14 billion

“money will no longer be controlled by a bunch of unelected MEPs (yes really), it will be controlled instead by the intelligent honest qualified professionals who inhabit the house of commons”

Ones who can be booted out by their local constituents.

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Re: How would it feel?

Is this about lay lines?

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Cambridge Analytica CEO suspended – and that's not even the worst news for them today

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Re: What I don't understand

You forgot to mention Corbyn at the UK 2017 snap election where an activist subgroup finessed social media beautifully.

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Samba settings SNAFU lets any user change admin passwords

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Anyone care to list which popular devices/situations use Samba? Didn’t Apple use it at one time?

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Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

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Re: It was a vote against their abolition

Stark choice referendum with no middle ground. Now where did I hear about one of these recently, a little closer to our shores?

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Cryptocurrency miners go nuclear, RSA blunder, Winner back in court, and plenty more

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Wot no fission?

Huh, I thought the headline meant cryptominers had strapped sone supercomputers to some nuclear power stations. I’m frankly disappointed.

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UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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True, and Dyson had better anticipate patent trolling from big German electrical concerns

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RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

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While the criticism of Maplin & Toys R Us is fair enough, bear in mind that behind retail bricks and mortar is a highly capitalist retail rental industry that tries to maximise it's own income. And local authorities that see retail rates as an easy cash source. It takes a very long time for retail rents to fall when the market changes structurally. That makes retail in buildings an always-marginal business.

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UK mobile customers face inflation-busting price hike

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Re: Abuse

Correct about Three. So I use Skype when roaming to call 'the guy standing next to me' or my holiday car hire company.

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Re: Abuse

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Home fibre in the UK sucks so much it doesn't even rank in Euro study

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Re: *Shrug*

Try this experiment then: Alight from Waterloo station at 5pm. See an excellent 4G signal on your phone. Then try to get some data, any data. Something ambitious like a Google map of your locality.

No data - at all.

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US broadband is scarce, slow and expensive. 'Great!' says the FCC

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Re: Opinion & Facts

Could you go on to explain why electricity was rolled out perfectly fine to this same far-flung addresses?

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Biker nerfed by robo Chevy in San Francisco now lobs sueball at GM

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It'll be interesting to see how much 360% footage was recorded by the AV for the forensic analysis of who/what was to blame.

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Can't remember the product details but in the 80s/90s the relays we used in process control switch cabinets had a built-in fuse, one per relay. If it blew, a small cylindrical projectile would fire at high speed from the fuse towards the eyes of the technician standing in front of the relay bank.

A fuse cover had to be added to each relay.

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Nuts bolts washers and screws

In that order in case misunderstood.

I keep all kinds of old rotating fasteners and spacers.

Believe it or not the really do come in handy when fixing things or doing some sort of DIY improvisation.

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You may not be a software company, but that isn't an excuse to lame-out at computering

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Not even an honorary mention that J. Lyons & Co built the first business computer for their tea shop logistics in 1951 and were soon time-sharing it to other businesses and government?

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OK, Google: Why does Chromecast clobber Wi-Fi connections?

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Apple iPhoto sync - looks like same thing

With my previous Netgear router, as soon as the iMac woke up and tried to auto sync My Photo Stream with the iDevices, a general WiFi lock-up would happen. After upgrading to an Asus router the issue seemed to disappear and possibly (though never admitting there was ever a problem of course) Apple have fixed it on their side too.

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Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

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No one mentioned the robot pole dancers at this years CES yet?

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Intel, Microsoft confess: Meltdown, Spectre may slow your servers

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Got a feeling that once the 'patches' are in place and it's supposed to go quiet, one by one the security researchers will start popping out the POCs that it's not at all fixed.

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Wannabe W1 DOW-er faked car crash to track down reg plate's owner

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Re: Not all cops are crooks

"Would you prefer a constable to pull you over and having found that you are not on drugs or alcohol and apologetic..."

https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/728841/300-fine-woman-failed-fill-up-screen-wash

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Switzerland....

Funny how another country can think differently... in Switzerland, unless the car owner has succeeded in going ex-directory, the reverse lookup is public:

https://www.ch.ch/en/number-plate-owner-details/

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You Wreck Me, Spotify: Tom Petty, Neil Young publisher launches $1.6bn copyright sueball

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"Depending on the outcome spotify's stock could be free falling"

You *are* referring to the Tom Petty song there?

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Why bother cracking PCs? Spot o' malware on PLCs... Done. Industrial control network pwned

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Re: Question is 'why'?

"there will be no credit card numbers, sensitive documents..."

Secret recipes for process-controlled manufactured products - flow rates of each material and durations

In piped energy/chemical transport - exact quantities flowing and when, so that's great industrial espionage

And... is PLC logic used to control 'secure' entry systems?

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Yes, Britain has an urban-rural 4G schism. This is what it looks like

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London railway stations

You are right about London rail stations. At Waterloo and the streets surrounding on Three 3g/4g, a strong signal and zero data. Quite an inconvenience if you were blithely relying on satnav for your last half mile from the station. Simply too many handsets in the locality during the rush hour, which makes the system unfit for purpose.

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You are right about London rail stations. At Waterloo and the streets surrounding on Three 3g/4g, a strong signal and zero data. Quite an inconvenience if you were blithely relying on satnav for your last half mile from the station. Simply too many handsets in the locality during the rush hour, which makes the system unfit for purpose.

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Neural networks: Today, classifying flowers... tomorrow, Skynet maybe

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This article still doesn't explain why the 'Like That Garden' app on IOS works in such a vague way. The old gaffer down at the allotment can identify plants better!

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Digital minister: We're still talking to BT about sorting crap broadband

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Funny then that some rural communities have grouped together and done DIY fibre at a fraction of that £20k then.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

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Re: backward compatibility NOT a thing with Micro-shaft

It's a Brexit conspiracy then!

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Tesla semi?

ref worries about heavy aircon use in the sunny climes while crawling through slow traffic cutting the range

Surely the solar panels on that big flat truck trailer roof will entirely power the aircon and infotainment? And have spare to top up the batteries?

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Crap London broadband gets the sewer treatment

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... Turned into a massive scam. ...

Well stealing copper was no longer as rewarding

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Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'

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Re: Paying more

Why didn't the cost prevent mass electrification and the creation of the national grid in the UK then?

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Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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Re: Tradition

"We're one of those locations in rural Dorset - 5km from the cabinet but a reasonably well concentrated cluster of properties and we have a mainline station for that there London, so the demand for service is pretty high"

Check for marginal constituencies first.

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First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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So, you're in a meeting and an alert arrives on your iPhone. You want to unlock it discreetly while it's lying on your desk or in your hand at waist level, like you would do with fingerprint unlock..

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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What if an unsecured device and a secure one both have the same Dropbox account (other brands I'd cloud storage are available), what happens when the unsecured one gets ransomware?

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All your masts are belong to us outfit Arqiva confirms IPO plan

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Re: Maybe they know something...

Exactly. This event follows the rule that when a cash cow stops being one, IPO it.

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SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

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Re: Bottom of the class

I wouldn't boldly go there.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: How is it different

Where's everyone been?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-europe-35750816/eagles-trained-to-take-down-drones

or if you prefer hawk over eagle:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhDG_WBIQgc

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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Re: Obligatory

Actually Apple is protecting is shareholders as legally obliged from the weird and wonderful thing that is the US tax code. Once US has thought and done something about making it a bit more attractive for any US Corp to repatriate profits the the US, we'll have the right to moralise.

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Re: User swap battery

How unfair to the manufacturers! They'll have to think of other ways of making their products obsolete ready for the new shiny.

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Re: Wrong Swelling

On my ancient IOS 9 iPad, Safari will hang on any demanding webpage unless I double tap The Home button and swipe BBC iPlayer Radio app up off the screen to close it. If closing apps this way has no effect, can anyone explain why I need to do this?

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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And the dealbreaker is...

My companys BYOD phone/tablet rule: An 8 character alphanumeric password enforcement, and it needs to be changed every 3 months. Fingerprint ID not acceptable. VPN profile installed, that's the least issue.

Been near-universally rejected by the grunts.

They must be like me:

1. Password must be easy to enter with 1 thumb. Can the need to change a personal device screen-lock PIN every 3 months be explained, please?

2. In a domestic eventuality, OH at home or on the road must be able to access the phone, for more reasons than I can list right now. For me the need hasn't actually occurred, but the option must be there.

All a bit of a pity as certain apps, plus and internal company email and instant messaging, could have been a productivity booster.

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Dildon'ts of Bluetooth: Pen test boffins sniff out Berlin's smart butt plugs

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"personal area network technology", yup right there on line 3. That was deliberate, right?

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