* Posts by MR J

188 posts • joined 22 Sep 2012

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

MR J

4 Years ago in a land far far away.

Some Netgear rep got an email from me detailing an exploit that new firmware was making on old units.

They tested inhouse and found that the routers were indeed left open (on WAN SIDE) to anyone visiting a crafted URL and fetching the router Login details Name, Password. It was possible to fully hijack the router via the WAN side without issue.

Netgear said that it's nothing to worry about as people buying NEW hardware would not suffer the same problem, thus as people upgrade the exploit will disappear.

This "Problem" will be exactly the same, If the hardware is more than 2-3 years old then a fix will never come via the manufactures.

The exploit for these old routers still exist to this day - even after multiple firmware updates on some units.

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

MR J

Re: Well, electric cars are much simpler...

It doesn't matter, he will be the first producer to use a Digital Car motor.

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EasyJet: We'll have electric airliners within the next decade

MR J

Takeoff/Landing vs Cruising

With super capacitors and batteries being installed in planes, wouldn't this allow a lot of the engine weight to be transferred out.

Imagine the fuel and engine weight you save on takeoff, it will be huge, but will cruising weight be a lot higher?

I would say the upshot to this being made now is that as battery density (and/or wireless energy transfer gets more efficient) then range will increase without the need to hugely change the designs.

Others say what about battery going flat, well, I have to wonder if the thing would still be okay landing without too much issues. I would imagine that you could recharge the caps (or battery) while slowing down, giving you the power needed to actually control the landing.

I cant see jet fuel going away any time soon, but I can imagine tons of hybrid builds coming along, and since this is not a car we are talking about then it should be a lot easier to get working than it has been for the auto industry.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

MR J

Does the price show the total install cost, or the difference between regular meters and smart ones?

I have a recalled (Due to risk of explosion and fire!) gas regulator fitted to my meter outside my house and they refuse to replace it stating that it will get replaced once I get my smart meter. So logically that means to me that some of the smart meter cost are also the regular meter cost with some sweetener on top.

I view it much in the same way that Solar Panels, and the way the Home Car Charge Point Subsidy was made. Every time the Subsidies were driven down, the install cost followed to match. They use regulation to install over the counter proven solutions - with HUGE markups. I think my charge point cost £150, but now that the subsidy has gone UP (Why???) the charge points are now £375 again (exact price of the subsidy!)

Smart Meters are good I think, because there are too many non-smart consumers out there. I am the only person on my street who reads and reports their own meter data, most people I know let the people who come around do it - for the rest of the time the bill is estimated. I am not sure how much a meter reader cost (14k/year, so 40-50p per house just for wages) but you could now take a reading every month so that saves over £6 per home per year, it also means switching providers "SHOULD" be a breeze.

Personally I like them, but I think that from top to bottom too many large companies are looking to fleece the gov (ultimately the people) and it just needs to stop until a reliable product at a normal price is out there.

Another thing that irks me a lot is that I cant actually download the usage from my units, only my provider can do that. So if I want to get a hourly usage chart, I would need to build my own smart meter and that would cost me nearly £35...

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What is this – some kind of flashy, 3-bit consumer SSD? Eh, Seagate?

MR J

Re: Getting closer.

Seeing how I am more of a heavy user than most people I know, and my disk usage is around 120 GB for Games and 120 GB for everything else... then 1 TB is probably not something most people need.

I do have about 1.5 TB of ripped DVD's and CD's, but those are on a network drive that virtually never gets used... Cloud storage (CD's are in FLAC, but saved online as high-enough quality MP3) means that my old ripped files are of little use. Online streaming means I can watch "HD" quality films/shows of much of what I own in DVD Quality, so those ripped DVD's are of little use these days either.

Also.... If your using a program that needs 1 TB of storage, then you probably have high end storage solutions and deep pockets to boot.

The only people I have ever met that would need tons and tons of storage are people that download illegal software/media.

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Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

MR J

No GPS is better than BAD GPS.

Lets take a bloody stand here.

If GPS is bad and making us be hundreds of meters off target, then we should just dump GPS fully.

Seems to work for everything else.

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

MR J

We used to do work for a water plant and had the same thing.

The drawings for the plant indicated a controller that would use a 0-20ma input. The measurement equipment was specified to use 4-20ma output. The plant technicians could not understand why the controller was wrong when the tank was empty. My employer had sent the high paid tech's on that site job a untold number of times and every time the measurement equipment was tested to be 100% okay. Sadly none of the tech's we had actually understood the whole loop or why the customer couldn't ever get a "empty" reading on the tank. One day one of the tech's had a stomach bug so I picked up the phone call, they described the problem and after about an hour of phone support I said that it looks like the controller isn't calibrated correctly when it see's 4ma, the reply from them was that it was set to 0...

Same as the Dell guy the post is about, I got a warning because I didn't book it as a site visit or unit repair/replacement. The customer never had that problem again, they asked for me by name the next time they called but the business refused to let them talk to me as I was a lowly bench tech, they never put me on the phones again either lol...

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

MR J

Re: It's all well and good...

You wouldn't need a complete vac.

I cant see the airlocks being an issue at all... Probably the worst issue will be the time involved in getting a seal either on the doors of the train, or of the section of tunnel itself.. Once the whole thing has pressure removed then it shouldn't be that difficult to keep the pressure out..

There is plenty of evidence that it is possible. Schools used to seal a tube with a feather inside and you could watch it fall quickly due to the lack of resistance. As to it being viable... Who knows, I don't see it happening for a long time. I see it being more useful for things like small freight shipping, but I think It would be too expensive for that. I am glad someone is at least toying with the idea, if it will happen in my life is another story, but at least someone is toying with the idea.

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MR J

Tech came before Elon

The ideas of VacTrains came over 100 years ago. Electric cars are nearly 200 years old.

I love that the supporting tech has finally developed enough to make some of this stuff reality, and I am glad someone is willing to put money into these things, but we really shouldn't credit Musk with inventing these wonderful ideas.

Magrail + Vactube + strong_and_superlightweight_materials = Orbital Ring.

Once the tech catches up then we could see such a thing in the sky, but it's not so much "Musk" or the first person to finance it who is the visionary, it is the fact that times have moved on and someone had enough money to piss away on the idea.

It wouldn't be wise to build this in the UK. Take the actual cost, then double it... Add in local NIMBYS who make it take longer and double the cost again... Election coming up - hold off on all work but make it look like the other side is stalling the work, try to get people to elect you so you can get it built... These delays w ill probably only Double the cost again... Wait, after all these delays some ministers son now owns land, patents, and the only uk production rights to some specific components needed for it to be produced in the UK, tack on another 10%...

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Going to Mars may give you cancer, warns doc

MR J

Re: I suspect that ...

"Probably not until politicians go boldly forth !"

Hopefully someone will forget to install any when they go.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

MR J

Doubt 480v

With a industrial electrical background I can say that only a fool would have a system that could in any way "combine" in series to supply 480v.

It doesn't seem logical either, because for that to happen the systems would need to be in series to begin with, that just seems highly unlikely, only someone who doesn't understand the basics of electricity would do something like that.

What I see more likely to have taken place was a failure of the generator / battery system and someone instead throwing mains feeds straight into the barn. The load is excessive and the voltage being so far out causes some of the supply units to go pop or for breakers to even get thrown off again, they cycle the power again trying to fix the issue but it doesn't help. Hook up enough smps units and try to power them all at once on a leg that cant support the starting current and you will see it happen every time!..

Inrush current of 100 amps for one computer is bad, about 20x max load, so if you imagine this in a data center with some fool turning everything on at once, melted lines and dead equipment does seem possible.

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BT considers scrapping 'gold-plated' pensions in bid to plug £14bn deficit

MR J

You are probably correct. More likely they will give themselves a bonus for finding a way to drain money from others.

My wife's "Final Salary" pension was frozen in 2008 to her then salary and locked to the lowest of 2%, inflation, or her pay increase. Then her pay was essentially frozen. So her "Final Salary" is about 27% lower than what it was in 2008 (and she's had to keep her contributions up for that!).

The only way around some of these things is to exit work, and start claiming the pension - so it gets protection.

The pension gap is quite simple, when the markets crashed far too much of the pension pots were invested. Then those investments were sold off for peanuts and the pots ran dry. Seeing that the pensions could no longer be afforded new members were not allowed to join - thus no new money went in!... So now it is a bit like everyone living off of savings. Prior to the 2000's it was more like everyone living off of interest with a new cheque being put into the bank every month. BT should make it all good for all of the staff - end of.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

MR J

Border Control

In the USA you don't need to go through scanners when going through Border Control. At least, not unless the airports I fly into have changed in the past 2-3 years.

If your going on a connecting flight you will need to go through scanners again (and some border control points do have connecting and exiting passengers going through the same doors - thus a need to scan!) and a few airports require you to scan again at every terminal. I seem to think I had to be checked 3 times once in a Texas airport.

I wore some hiking shoes by accident last year when flying to the USA, they had steel support in them (I didn't know) so it set off all the alarms. We did everything short of de-robing at the gates and it finished off with some guy touching me all over. I said ... If a body scanner, chemical swipe test, hand metallic scanner, and walk through metal detector all failed - why should I feel safe... He looked at me with utter confusion, that's what the rubdown is for... I said most people don't get the rubdown - so they could have all sorts of stuff as the scanners are crap right?... He told me to leave the area as there were others waiting to get touched.

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Just 99.5 million nuisance calls... and KeurBOOM! A £400K megafine

MR J

VOIP

I use VoIP too, (Quality is not great on Virgin Media), and got DID numbers, I often get phone calls from the scam nuisance variety that this type of company was making.

I don't think that it is targeted for specific carrier blocks (Unless it is a targeted scam against a specific carriers customers, like TalkTalk) but they generally go for every "geographic" type of number that is out there.

My DID number for the USA gets the odd scam call too, totally different type of stuff on that than the UK one.

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

MR J

Re: need? really?

I know this topic is a couple of weeks old, but your post is the exact reason why IPv6 is not getting deployed.

Morons are in charge.

"I would think ISPs will deploy carrier grade NAT before they deploy IPv6 to the end user"

That statement right there shows that you lack understanding that the user cant reach the web services running on IPv6.

CGNat does nothing to help users gain access to IPv6 ONLY services that exist on the internet.

CGNat ONLY allows a ISP to use a IPv4 addy between users... Virgin Media have said the same idiotic statement that you said.

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US ATM fraud surges despite EMV

MR J

It probably has more to do with who has to pay for losses on the fraud.

In Europe the consumer has had near 100% protection for a long time, in the US the consumer could often spend weeks getting compensation back and having other types of issues.

That is, The US didn't see it as harming business so that makes it a positive.

The local news company ran a story last year when the chip became common, they asked all local people in their coverage area to contact the banks and request NOT to receive one of these cards because fraud was worse on a chip card rather than a swipe card. The "Fraud" they spoke about was that once someone had your card AND your pin that they could purchase things without you knowing about it. This type of "Fraud" was happening because low and behold criminals were going through the phone book saying "Hi, We are your bank, you just received a new chip and pin card but it is faulty, can you come meet us at the local liquor store, bring your pin, we will then order you a new one." Seems enough people were doing it that they deemed "Chip and PIN" to be a fraud risk.

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Toshiba's nuclear power plant business runs out of steam

MR J

Re: Hmmm

Unsubsidised wind power will never be cheaper than SUBSIDISED COAL power.

Some data shows wind power to be about half the cost of coal power (Unsubsidised vs Unsubsidised).

The $30/MWh savings don't provide enough to add in the cost of grid scale capacity storage, but hopefully this will be added in the future to reflect an "actual" cost of variable energy sources like Tidal/Wind/Solar.

I come from the deep south in the US and can tell you that there is a distrust for "Solar" power and off-grid storage. I have seen hundreds of acres of land get killed by injection well water dumping and too many water wells start pumping ungodly nasty water once shale extraction started. Coal is, from what I have read, worse than natural gas extraction. The "Damage" that those sites put out usually has the cost passed down to the residents and they are just expected to cope with it (since the extraction brings wealth to the people working in that sector).

If we were to count total cost of Coal or Gas vs Solar or Wind (Including all construction damage both direct and indirect) then Solar and Wind win out big style. Nuclear (I have no objections to) has pitfalls too, but other than accidents (super rare) and long term waste storage it seems to be "cleaner".

Lets dump ALL subsidies and see what sectors win out.

Check out this PDF.

https://www.lazard.com/media/438038/levelized-cost-of-energy-v100.pdf

Full Disclaimer, I own about 40 acres of land used for shale gas production.

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BT's Openreach to hire 1,500 engineers

MR J

Re: Will they stop sabotaging competitors lines?

Not sure, I thought that they were allowed to work at the street level with their own staff?

One thing must be seen from this however, those jobs had work that was obviously getting done somewhere else, so that is probably a freebie that Open Reach was doing for them!

In my area Kelly Communications seems to work for Open Reach, Virgin Media, and all of the other Telcos too.

Perhaps BT is wanting to have their own staff to do commissioning and service calls. What irks me is that telcos (SkyBroadband from experience, and I most others too) tend to ask customers "Have you restarted it" and customers just say "Yes"... The fact is that a lot of customers find even that step a bit confusing, but when your tech staff on the phone and it says that the device has been connected for 87 days, then you should be smart enough to know the customer hasn't actually restarted it. I know a few people who have paid a large service charge just for some tech to turn up and reboot their modem. I simply say unplug it and plug it back in at the mains and everyone is surprised that there is such a large callout fee. BT probably doesn't want to let this go.

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Motorola's modular Moto Z: A fine phone for a weekend away

MR J

Lets call it by its real name.

Lenovo Moto Z

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

MR J

Probably more like users using a search string with lots of variables.

You can google "Cat Yawning" all day long and never trigger anything.

Search a specific site or database for five or six specific strings and Google will soon flag you.

As for them asking how to do OHS, I wouldn't put it past some of the doctors.

I know a doctor who used 5 clips on 2 aneurisms, he has no idea why the extras were used, he has a video of it and cant figure it out. After he had a few more mysterious brain surgeries he decided to become a spinal surgeon. After seeing some issues with that he now writes prescriptions for pain meds instead - and so far all of his clients, err patients are happy.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

MR J

Re: I call BS

I cant see North Korea ever nuking anyone.

As long as they can make a mushroom out in the ocean that's large enough for their own people to see then that's enough. They are totally closed off and as long as they can tell their own people that there is a war that's being won - then everything is okay. There need not be an actual war.

Before the USSR was broken then the same type of system was in place. I think the highest risk from USSR was probably the years directly after the collapse. But that's just me. I cant see Russia going to war directly against the USA BUT.... War is great for business, great for making money, great for growing an economy. Someone will not be on the winning side of that - Can you imagine of the oddballs out there now what two world leaders would seek to go to war with other parts of the world just to grow their own economy. The USA (Trump) is taking steps to stop Muslims entering the USA, to economically destabilize China, Canada, and Mexico, they are looking to step away from any "Environmentally Friendly" policies. Putin "hello Crimea" has taken similar steps of his own. Now that the US is going to shun Canada and Mexico you have to wonder if Russia and China might step in to have them pulled into the BRICS. So now, The Pals Russia and USA are going to be at odds... Mexico moving towards the BRICS would be just like NATO moving into Crimea.

People should bear in mind that this "clock" as such is not like a normal "clock"... It can move in both directions - AND - just because it moves close to something doesn't mean it will move directly to midnight. I think that the "Risk" are there and are higher than ever. Tensions are high across much of the world, and this time it is not just the small deprived areas, it is the top parts of the world (North America, Europe). So yea, If the population sit back then I could see some bad mojo happening.

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Trump signs 'no privacy for non-Americans' order – what does that mean for rest of us?

MR J

Prepare For Third WW

Acquire the Following.

Salted Pork.

Satellite Phone.

Wind-Up usb charger + Tablet + MP4 Pron.

Moar Salted Pork.

Shovel.

Potassium Iodine Tablets.

Spare Shovel.

Can Opener.

Knife or Scissors.

Fire Starting Kit.

A copy of Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Database_download

Some Tinsel.

500,000 gallons of water.

yet more Salted Pork.

Salt.

Pepper.

Tabasco Sauce.

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Trumping free trade: Say 'King of Bankruptcy' Ross does end up in charge of US commerce

MR J

Fraud is the issue

The USA would have plenty of money if they could reduce the amount of fraud that takes place.

I know a guy (he is related to me) that does work on schools, jails, courthouses and other government buildings. He wins nearly every contract he goes for because he is so cheap. On paper his business has 0 staff members, loads and loads of property (that sometimes gets left behind when buildings flood or fall in), and he works jobs privately as well. They pay no tax at all AND claim money back for himself (he is disabled) and his two children.

You think to yourself that such people couldn't get away with doing such things... But the only time I know it was questioned was when the guy who questioned it ended up getting a nice extension on his home for free (using surplus materials).

I also know a small lumber mill that used to use all Mexican workers paid only in Cash. He did get shut down once - but only once.. All of his "staff" were deported and a few months later he was up and running again. "American Made" Lumber, no tax, staff paying no income tax. He has shut the business now but the problem was not the "Illegal Workers", it was the "Illegal Employment" offered by the owner.

Within the USA (from the area I used to live at least) corruption is so high that moving everything back to the USA would be a horrible idea. I know business that allow people to trade their food cards for booze or tobacco (gas stations that sell more milk in a day than gas, should raise eyebrows, but NOPE). I know people in the IT industry who move money away just so the can claim benefits... Earn 600k one year and pay no tax PLUS get money back for the care of your kids... Really?..

If someone wants to make American great again they would either move all tax to 0% (and find some way to get revenue from products) or tackle all of the fraud that takes place. When Trump pushes to get things moved back to the USA it will only end with huge subsidies being given to large multi-nationals. The markets are going to move great. Right now American growth is about to go through the roof, but the typical person in the USA has little hope of being any better off.

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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

MR J

I find it difficult to believe that there were 3 separate faults from two manufactures that all resulted in the phones catching fire. A single point of failure is a bad thing, but they are saying that there were 3 major (life in danger) errors that shipped with these phones.

Had they listed one single major problem then I would agree with the report. To me it sounds like they asked 700 really smart people to find a way to deflect blame away from the phone and onto the batteries.

Problems can and do happen, and sometimes they take years to be known. The problems they listed here should have been caught, and really the fact that there are 3 separate problems with Samsung saying they are happy to keep using the same suppliers... Yea, doesn't bode well for the truth that.

I worked for a company that made high-precision measurement equipment, a whole line of our gear was faulty. The solution was for us to tell the customer that it was in spec when they purchased it and the problem must be somewhere in their own systems. I tested 100% of our kit one day and it all failed (nearly lost my job), but they did eventually fix it (Faulty master measurement kit in Germany, every product for years that came out was actually failed spec). After I did that they still didn't admit there was a fault, we just slowly and quietly replaced the ones that were returned. It's not like they were used in a nuke power plant or anything - err, yea they were...

To this day I think they still blame the customer and don't admit that there was ever a problem.

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

MR J

Re: Odd belief

The parking brake is intended to be something that is hard-wired in the event that everything else has failed. That's why even though you have pneumatic, electronic, and hydraulic brake systems you still get a "emergency" wire fed brake.

The Nissan Leaf has one, and I am sure that the Bolt will as well. I would even guess that it is a legal requirement to have such a thing.

A bigger question could be "if" the "(P)ark" function on electric cars is able to cope with the stress of a brake, I would guess no.

I think the wife backed into the stuff in the shed and is trying to get out of it.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

MR J

Re: The Forbes article on this suit

The thing is that buying a $40 droid phone every 6 months that does everything you want is okay.

Buying a $600 iPhone means you want to hold it for a few years if you can - so you can feel you have some value for money.

Where it becomes fair under FRAND is if a 256GB iPhone incurs one charge while a 256GB Droid incurs a different charge.

If they were seeking to charge EVERYONE based on the value of the finished product (or a specific set of features) then it is non-discriminatory and as such is okay.

Under FRAND Apple would need to show that Qualcomm was seeking to disadvantage one supplier or the other. And I think more specifically FRAND has to do more with the "Terms" than the "Pricing" anyhow. That is, everyone should have to follow the same licence restrictions.

Perhaps if Apple, Samsung, Nokia, and other handset designers out there would have been giving some praise to the origins of their systems then there would be more love in the world.

The Argument from apple is that Qualcomm has not provided the innovation that they are paying for, Apple is saying that THEY are the ones who should own the patents to all of this stuff - thus they (Apple) are paying QC for things that (Apple) invented. That is why it's not going to a Patent Troll state. Because Apple doesn't want a state that sides with patent holders!..

Sauce

""For many years Qualcomm has unfairly insisted on charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with. The more Apple innovates with unique features such as TouchID, advanced displays, and cameras, to name just a few""

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Korean boffins vow 1,000km-an-hour supertrain

MR J

Re: Sigh

Most of these things do tend to be white elephants, most emerging tech has started that way hasn't it?.

I personally cant see it ever becoming mainstream until the cost of maglev construction comes down, no doubt that the vac chamber (how much of a vac does it need?) will be complicated and expensive to build, but other than it breaking or seals needing replacing then I cant see maintenance being THAT expensive.

My guess is that once Maglev becomes common, then vac maglev will follow, but not until Maglev becomes common.

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MR J

They have probably thought about cooling the thing a lot more than you can imagine. If it's inside a vac sealed system then regular A/C will not work so I am sure there must be some fancy way of keeping things cool. And the tubes themselves will probably be coated in things to make the sunshine not that much of an issue.

I do agree that we are not that likely to see this in much of the US because of... yea, the US...

If it's not crazy people shooting it, or other crazy people shining lasers at it, then it will be someone like greyhound lobbying to stop this job killing environmental damaging kick in the teeth to regular Americans train!

South Korea has a good record of setting a goal and pushing it out, I can see them doing it.

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Euro space agency's Galileo satellites stricken by mystery clock failures

MR J

Actually this is a good point.

I think that a lot of systems might lock onto about what, 8? sources. But lets assume it only tracks perhaps 5.

How many of those 5 could be wrong, and how far off would the offset be?.

I am fairly sure data is regularly thrown out anyhow because it doesn't fit the standard of the other averages, it would still be interesting to know what type of issues it could cause.

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Now that's a Blue Screen of Death: Windows 10 told me to jump off a cliff

MR J

To be honest the updraft there is so strong that it could be hard to step over the edge. The tower at the top has a large stone area in the front, and my kids got thrown about 20ft by a large gust of wind.

If people read that as a sign to jump then they probably see sign's everywhere to do dumb stuff to end it.

"The red light is out on that traffic light, they want me to keep going, I should just keep going."

"That bird just flew past me, he wants to eat my eyes when I am dead, He thinks I am about to Kill myself, The bird told me."

"I am unhappy with my life, I am going to end it by voting for Donald Trump or Brexit, oh crap, My vote won, People want to kill me now, HELP I DONT WANT TO DIE"

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

MR J

Re: The "Free" Windows 10 wasn;t the problem.

I know a major bank that still uses XP in house. It is not that they don't want W10 and prefer what they have, Its that they don't want to "skill" their users to use new things. The same major bank suggest using IE 9 or IE 10 with Java for their external VPN connections.

And yea, I agree that computer speed has stagnated over the past 7 or so years, I own an i7-860 (2009) build that wouldn't get all that much better by upgrading.

If I was a business or a new user then I wouldn't buy my pc to stick in SSD's, I would go with the newest tech just because it should save a few hundred £/$/€ a year on running cost.

Does intel need to get fast, I don't think so. So many users are happy now that I cant see AMD/Intel looking to do much more than aim for efficiency gains. The time of Transmeta is now, they were just 15 years too early ;P.

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Google sends Titan broadband drones to the unicorns' graveyard

MR J

Why Bad?

The item topic seems to suggest this idea was bad, why?

I know that in Texas and the Gulf of Mexico balloons are released daily to provide internet access to oil rigs. The idea of net from the sky seems to work, and if there were enough of these planes flying around then it could give a huge boost to areas that cant get internet.

My mother lives in an area where there is no DSL coverage, no Cellphone Coverage, no Wireless Internet, and Dial-Up internet incurs a "Data-Usage" charge from the telco (Bellsouth/AT&T) regardless of whom you pick (and there is not much in the way of that any more either!).

Other than the HUGE cost, and probably tedious regulatory hurdles, why is this such a bad idea?...

Perhaps the tech (solar panels, battery storage, light materials of the plane AND electronic equipment) is not quite there, if so then I can see why this may not be a viable "now" idea, but shorely that's what this business was in part looking to design around?

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What happens in Vegas doesn't stay in Vegas: Razer prototypes nicked

MR J

I don't honestly see why anyone would want to steal this thing.

Perhaps Day Traders who sit at Starbucks with their Double Ristretto Venti Half-Soy Nonfat Decaf Organic Chocolate Brownie Iced Vanilla Double-Shot Gingerbread Frappuccino Extra Hot With Foam Whipped Cream Upside Down Double Blended, One Sweet'N Low and One Nutrasweet, and Ice.

And 3 4k screens. If there was anything impressive in the unit it would have been the video card(s).

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Fake History Alert: Sorry BBC, but Apple really did invent the iPhone

MR J

Uhhhh

Seeing how much free advertising the BBC has given Apple over the years I doubt they will care.

And lets be honest here, the guy is kinda correct. We didn't just go from a dumb phone to a smart phone, there was a gradual move towards it as processing power was able to be increased and electronic packages made smaller. Had we gone from the old brick phones straight to an iPhone then I would agree that they owned something like TNT.

Did Apple design the iPhone - Yes, of course.

Did Apple invent the Smart Phone - Nope.

IBM had a touch screen "smart" phone in 1992 that had a square screen with rounded corners.

What Apple did was put it into a great package with a great store behind it and they made sure it worked - and worked well. I personally am not fond of Apple due to the huge price premium they demand and overly locked down ecosystems, but I will admit it was a wonderful product Design.

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CES 2017 roundup: The good, the bad, and the frankly bonkers

MR J

From Google.....

Some call it snow cream, fluff ice, milk fluff or milk snow. In Taiwanese, it's xue hua bing, which literally translates to "snow flower" (a.k.a. snowflake) ice. Whatever you call it, you will rejoice at the cool surprise of Taiwanese shaved ice.

In all Fairness...

Dyson can sell "Digital" motors, so why cant those guys sell "Digital" ice?

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

MR J

Re: Fighting Child Porn Like Fighting Drugs

The problem is that a lot of these images could be hanging around now for 50 years or more. That would mean that the "creator" would probably be well past their 70's.

I would guess that content creation is quite low these days, so it is much easier to fight against those who consume this type of stuff and HOPE that someone who might be considering making content or even viewing it thinks to themselves "I am going to get caught".

It would be like taking down a drug baron. If you take down one guy that runs 20% of the US snort powder... The news can report about 1 guy... So if your a user you think, my chances of being that 1 guy is impossible - use away. See the thinking here?...

Honestly this type of honeytrap that was set up by them is wrong, as they become the dealers. Saying that, they have proof of who did visit so the guy should not be let off.

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Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

MR J

Re: Thanks for the heads up

KODI previously known as XBMC (X Box Media Centre).

The biggest problem is that KODI will suffer (and grow) because of this. I have met a few people who say they watch "free" movies that are just now in the movie theatres because they purchased a box that has KODI.

This is akin to R4/N5/DSOne and all of those other cards that would let you play copied games on a NintendoDS. I purchased two of the things for the kids, made backups of every cart we had and then let the kids have one single card in their DS that wouldn't get lost (as it was never removed!). Due to the ability of these cards to play copies however, they became illegal. Owning one is not currently illegal, just buying or selling them. My cards also had lots of neat user-made programs/apps on them (like mp3 player).

I support them locking up the sellers who install things that help push piracy. I hate the way that content is locked and the price that often gets charged, but that doesn't mean I support stealing it.

I know someone who was selling "imported" KODI boxes and he has handed over his Facebook account to SKY after they sent him legal notice that he was selling hardware that was being used to infringe. I asked at the time if it was just a vanilla install or if he had specific apps/channels set up to view content and he suggested it only tuned into European servers that showed things legally (I took it to mean he knew he was doing wrong).

The downside of the plods doing the work for content providers is that we will see things like KODI or PLEX come under fire for making life easier for users. Roku, Sky Now, Apple TV = will probably be our only "legal" choices if they had their way.

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook declines invitation to discuss EU tax ruling with Irish parliament

MR J

Re: At the end of the day

It doesn't cost them $0 to pay it to Ireland.

This is money that is 0% taxed as it is (thus, they cant really go back and claim tax relieve on it can they?).

Apple is not fighting because.

1) They know it looks bad and they don't want it to look worse.

2) They know that Ireland is more than happy to work as a broker for these "somewhat legal" tax evasion rules.

3) Trump. Trump is likely to push through a "Cash Holiday", that would mean that Apple and all of the others can bring back the offshored money with little or no tax penalty. Once this is done then Apple can turn around and say "Look, we did not offshore these trillions, we took them back to the US Tax system!"

Apple has around $230 billion sitting in offshore accounts now waiting to bring it back. Apple will be willing to pay $23 billion to do that, at the same time they will turn around and show empty accounts to the EU Regulators.

The U.S. is one of the few/only nations that tax everything you earn (regardless of where it was earned or any other conditions) corporations are allowed to "defer" the tax until the money is brought back to the us, people however must file for this crap every year.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_taxation#Taxation_systems

Much of the fault here comes about with the way the US runs its tax system, I doubt that will be revamped any time soon so you can be sure that corps operating globally will seek to cheat the tax man "legally" when they can.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

MR J

Re: Reality check

I can tell you have never met airport staff before.

Seeing how they use towers inside the terminal at the airports and such, one has to wonder why there was not a request to get the IMEI/MEID/MAC for all Note 7's to flag up on the networks as a potential risk.

On top of that when you go through the security gates then they should spot the phones there.

Bit of a case of over-reaction all around me thinks.

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

MR J

Re: I feel sick

The problem is that this will eventually move on to other things.

Fixed Penalty notice because of some "Oops" and the council can see it.

3rd party "external" groups will end up getting access to it with the aim of making the UK better at something. Gov will promise to make the data stealthy in some way so we cant be identified, but then the company harvesting the data will ask for a few billion to make it stealthy and the gov will just decide to trust them, yay.

The Royal Mail handles legal issues internally. There was a guy who worked at the depot near me and to help the whole depot meet the quotas he would take home whole bags of letters/packages every day. Eventually he got caught and was sent to another depot, the police said they couldn't take action because no "theft" was reported (mail in the hands of Royal Mail staff is still Royal Mail property, thus no crime was reported as Royal Mail would need to report theft, or so I was told). This type of behaviour would get pushed from paper data down to digital data, and you can be sure it will happen sooner rather than later. Blackmail, corporate theft, nosey neighbours who work at the council, corrupt people with authority, eventually leading down to criminals who will look to target homes based on things like purchases and using metrics to know exactly when those people will not be at home.

Right now we are moving towards a everyone is "guilty" system where they will go one by one and find out who is "innocent". It is not going to work. On top of that, try to report any form of medium level cyber crime to the police - it will not go anywhere. The UK would take 20-30 years to learn how to use the data and spend the next 20 years after that trying to move the data checking out of Capita back to actual officers.

If every politician that wants this done would be willing to open up all of their viewing, texting, phone usage, and whatever else type of digital coms to the public - then I would join without question. I would bet they even wrote in rules to exclude themselves from this type of microscope being used on them.

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Yahoo! says! hackers! stole! ONE! BEELLION! user! accounts!

MR J

Re: "stolen details from more than a billion user accounts"

I think a lot of the spammers in the past used stolen accounts. At least the majority of spam I had over the years was either from fake names or stolen accounts.

I have 10 accounts on virgin media (ntlworld) and each one has a use... It's lovely...

I tried to get a few Yahoo stolen accounts shut down years ago and they told me no.. I know the owners and they owners tried to recover them but Yahoo said they didn't match security checks (lol)... But I got all sorts of spam targeted towards me because I was in their address book. Yahoo might have spent a lot of time over the years stopping some spammers, but I don't think have done enough to detect brute force theft. I could probably give you a BEELLION! reasons to agree with that last bit.

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Dixons warns of looming Brexit storm cloud amid bumper results

MR J

All I want for christmas is for DSG to go BUST, DSG to go BUST, DSG to go BUST.

Seriously.

Something that's this Monopolistic and propped up by the gov at the same time needs to go.

While they don't get "Direct" funding, I have seen contracts made out in specific ways that resulted in schools and such having no choice but to go to a DSG store to buy the specific product. A bit like when some US gov contracts would call for power supply color coding that only Dell used..

I just got back nearly £200 from the ombudsmen from one of the DSG stores due to a problem. The "Apology" letter I requested came from one part of the group (all it says is "we have been told to say sorry, here it is" (no signature), and the cheque that came has arrived from yet another part of the group and it says the cheque is a refund as agreed for my customer loyalty contract, they look forward to hearing from me again!...

As to the "Fault"... Well, It has never happened... It has taken me over 3 months to get my issue resolved. Will anything at DSG Change... Nope... It doesn't need to.

There is little to no brick and mortar competition to them any longer. The gov says there is.

Currys has competition from Currys Digital, who has competition from PC World, who has competition from PC World Buisness.

Ever had to deal with "KnowHow"... Does anyone "Know How" to fix something AFTER they have looked at it... Doubtful!...

Generally nice staff through most of the DSG stores, but so little must actually go into actual training to understand products, they know ever buzzword - but ask them what the buzzword means and they instantly get stumped.

I would seriously love to see the whole group go under, be split, and become born again. Christmas wishes will not come tru for me this year tho.. Too much bad Mojo.

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TalkTalk hacker gets iPhone taken away by Norwich Youth Court

MR J

Re: Ridiculous

He has taken more of a penalty than anyone we know of in TT.

Sure they got a "big fine", but that cost was just passed back down to the consumer.

There's another topic going on at the moment about a Netgear exploit that is going around where users can issue admin commands through a simple URL request. I know of a WAN side exploit where you can gain admin/root login on Netgear routers (late 11n, early 11ac) circa2014 routers. If I published that info now then you rekon I am a criminal... But I spoke to netgear about it in June 2014 and TO THIS DAY the majority of units that can be exploited are still able to be exploited, patching May or May not fix it. So Me talking about this info in detail would make me a criminal..

But I am not overly good at modern coding and such (Assembly4Life) so I can be sure that others out there have found and exploited this bug... But hold on... Netgear still don't care to fix it... So perhaps I would release the info to force NG's hand into issuing a fix?. Criminal now, or something else?

TalkTalk has - lets be honest - probably invested little more than what they were told they legally had to invest at a minimum when it comes to data security, storage, and management. Their own staff could see and copy out whole chunks of the user database without it ever raising a flag. Their routers were hacked just a week or so ago, the passwords and other details were released allowing Wi-Fi connection AND admin console. Would someone directly target Wi-Fi connections?.. I bet they wold. Heck, the police even helped with this when they made the NMPR database harvestable... You can be sure that that database is still floating around in some high-tech circles. TT's advice for having the router admin and wifi password stolen - Just leave it alone, your data is not compromised!. In essence what they are saying is that THEY are not liable for the loss so they really don't give a shit.

Something like 4 major hacks in less than two years, and that's only what we know about. The way that their security system keeps getting reset internally tells me that there must still be a ton of turmoil. You can be sure that within 6 months any extra security details outside of the stock name/address/birthday/birthplace will be deleted and reset to be back to only those values again.

If this "kid" caused TT to get kicked in the nuts then I say Good.

If this "kid" cause Users to view a provider a "Unsecure", "Unreliable", and "Untrustworthy" then that's good too. It is time Consumers learn that the people on the other side are a weak link.

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Brexflation hits Lenovo's Phab2

MR J

Re: How far back does Brexploitation go?

Yea, the property price shouldn't be an issue unless they are only selling small amounts over the whole year. Of course, the media price in the UK for a home is something like $293k, in the US it is $189k. I am sure such stats like that show that UK punters must have more money to throw at "Stuff" and they try to price it accordingly.

I also have to wonder if they are looking at making up money that may have been lost during the currency devaluation that happened earlier.

What will happen with the warranty for these units once BREXIT Happens?... I know a few people that work in the legal area of Health and Safety and they are having to sit back on jobs because writing documentation for a business that wants a revamp over the next 12-18 months means that once you have done you work all the rules might change. I am not saying that uncertainty is something Lenovo is trying to cost out, but It is possible. If anything we should be getting cheaper goods because all indications are that the gov wants to go with the US model of consumer protection - virtually none at all.

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'I found a bug that let anyone read anyone's Yahoo! Mail and all I got was this $10k check'

MR J

Re: Check the cheque

I like how you point the writer towards Oxford but failed to do that yourself.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/check

Noun - 4

US spelling of cheque

Example sentences

‘He sent divorce papers for Rose to sign and a check for ten thousand dollars "to tide you over."’

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Mirai variant turns TalkTalk routers into zombie botnet agents

MR J

Re: Only 2,398?

I have checked a couple and they were not touched by this, so I can only guess that specific IP ranges were hit before blocks were put into place. Of course, it could also be that the network was so poor in some areas that this hack attempt flooded the network and protected the equipment. In the area I live in their basic DSL service can fall over a few times a day, so it is a possibility.

My InLaw has the "Fibre" DSL through them now but we use the equipment in a modem only configuration and the passwords are changed from default.

People stay with them for the price. £26 a month for Phone (unlimited anytime) + Fibre + Mobile (basic freebie, but it's probably worth £4-£5 as a stand-alone package) is not bad. The best package that we could get close to that without jumping through tons of hoops was SSE, and for some reason they refused to do a install at his address.

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

MR J

Re: estimated net "benefit" of £5.7bn by 2020

It should help you when you pick what provider to switch to.

If you never change providers, usage patterns, or only have a single rate type of billing system then no change would be had.

The benefits COULD happen for everyone who gets a reduced rate during non-peak usage, or those who might even pay rates for perhaps weekdays, weekends, evenings, mornings and that sort of shiznizzle. If you did have one and it had backlighting then you might need to switch on the lights less, but for most people it will make little to no difference.

If the UK starts having power outages then it will be nice that we might have some form of digital log stating when power dips and spikes happened (thus killing power regulators in computers, televisions, or even the motors(starting caps) in white goods).

Until I can read the data from my home then these "S.M.A.R.T." Meters just seem like a easy way of getting rid of meter readers. Cant wait for people to start pairing them together to cheat the lekky man.

Two homes combining two supplies (where you pay a daily standing rate) could get you about a 25% discount on electricity bills, and the full amount would get paid... Is it theft?

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Guessing valid credit card numbers in six seconds? Priceless

MR J

Two-Factor Auth Please

I would like to see Tw-Factor Auth pushed as standard. (and I don't mean the 2nt factor being something like a postal code that you can just google!)...

I personally have two of the one-time password generators where you put your card in, add pin, plug in a code then get back a verification code. I love how it "seems" fairly secure. Downside is that It is used so little that it often runs out of battery power before the second use!. My bank has decided to make my life easier now too and let me make purchases for up to £250 (per transition) without verification (I am Stunned by this).

I have to wonder if the reason we don't see these things is because payment processors want to lower processing cost AND charge extra to merchants for this type of protection. Personally I would like to see the top protection be supplied to merchants at no extra cost - then we might see huge uptake.

I live in the UK, and buy stuff from the US for people in the US sometimes. US Payment processors ask for your postal code, but generally they tend to pull the city from the postal code and then pass that up along with the first line of the address. I have never been able to easily buy things from the US as they all require a postal code, and all postal codes in the whole world are in nnnnn-nnnn format. So if I go to google and find a city with the same name as mine, anywhere in the USA, my card will run. I tell the US site I live in the UK, my address is in Florida, and I am shipping to Texas... Approved every time!

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'Mirai bots' cyber-blitz 1m German broadband routers – and your ISP could be next

MR J

Re: ISPs just don't get it

Well, Be glad you don't have some routers of Netgear.

Theirs allow a "Password Recovery" via WAN side if you know the Serial number.

You would think that's secure (why would anyone have their serial number when not at home?) but There is actually a crafted URL you can pass to most Netgears that will tell you - The serial number!

Major hole (fixed now) but anyone who patched when the hole was made still has it open!..

Netgear told me about 3 years ago that they had no intention on fixing this as they have had no reports of it being exploited in the wild!

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Sky: Stuff your quad play – customers want separate bills

MR J

Ugh

I like having everything on "one bill", I don't like having everything under "one package on the bill".

The In-Laws recently did some changes and I asked if I could drop the TV service to get a discount.. The answer was no, as the "TV Service" was free!. But if I was to drop the "Free TV Service" then my bill would go up by £5 for mobile, and £7.50 for phone package because both come "FREE" with the "TV Service"..

Bundles are there to make things too complicated for customers to compare individual services, discounts are clear and easy to read but most providers hate to list them.

The "TV Box" has a HDD that got a stuck head and now it's dead, replaced that box with a FTA box now and he still pays for his "Free TV Service" only because he wants the "FREE" Mobile and Landline discounts...

Personally my VM Bill can look slightly confusing too sometimes, For this month and next, I will pay nothing (eh?) and receive two separate discounts both for "Loyalty"... But the upshot is that my VM bills list the dates that my discounts end, what the discounts are for, and the names of the packages. Other providers simply say "discount" with no sign of wen it ends, what its for, or how much longer you will be in contract.

I have seen telco staff get confused by their own bills too (same with energy suppliers) so perhaps Sky only left this out right now due to staff training?

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