* Posts by YetAnotherLocksmith

464 posts • joined 11 Oct 2012


Accused hacker Lauri Love to sue National Crime Agency to retrieve confiscated computing kit


It isn't their money, they will fight it and appeal it all the way to the "Theresa May wants ALL your rights!" level.


Or he just wants his Bitcoin wallet back before they drop back before 2p each.


Re: Representing himself


Bewildered people having basic ideas explained to them in court, because they've got not one person to help them besides the court clerk! They can't even legally get a friend to help as that's been cut back on years ago to protect lawyers, and now there's no lawyers anyway...


Re: Representing himself

Sadly, there's thousands of poor people dying exactly that, every day, in courts across the UK. They can't get legal aid, and are accused of crimes. They have no option but to please guilty, regardless of what happened, or, if they want to gamble a few hundred pounds, they can try to represent themselves. If they lose, they get an extra charge levied. Access to justice? No, only for the wealthy.

Terribly Sorry Bank reports 165% drop in profits to a pre-tax loss of £105.4m


Haha. Well, funnily enough, if you think TSB was a cockup, we have Brexit in 50 days or so. That's going to be like a TSB event for every single company in the UK, all at the same time.

Yesterday they announced the Queen will be evacuated. It's going to be a hell of a war, right?


Re: Who decided such massive change all at once?

Definitely Agile Management - the CEO trousered 1.7m as he swanned off into the sunset. Wonder if he has to keep that in TSB for 5 years or anything?


From TSB?

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


Re: Hostage situations...

A sudden movement like that would get you shot for certain!

I wish that was sarcasm.

What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse


Re: interesting stuff

"To stop A dingy"

Fixed it for you.

Florida man stumbles on biggest prime number after working plucky i5 CPU for 12 days straight


Re: When written out in full?

If you wrote out the full number, all 23 million digits of it.

A dozen = 12

A googol = 10^100. Written in full: 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.

2^23 million - 1 = 1...............................................1


Nonsense. The definition of a prime is that it can't be divided by any number other than itself and 1. The definition of an even number is that it ends in a number divisible by 2.

There is only one even prime. By definition.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: The real point of all this

Why waste a drone attracting attention, unless you're wanting attention? Better to pop up every so often, just like they are here.

Also, why blow up a bridge, and not simply make them fall down randomly? The latter makes the government look worse than some nutter blowing something up.


Re: optional title is optional

And if the operator turns out to be three heavy set Russian operators with weapons?


Re: The media are being a bit crap.

I'd rather have the drone, tbh. I'd use it for fun and good things though.


It almost certainly isn't one of those. Skilled operators and a modified drone means it unlikely it's running an open wifi connection with an open Telnet channel now.


Re: Not that difficult

I love the way you say it isn't difficult, and then end up explaining why it is impossible. Smooth.


Re: Downwash it

Perhaps try flying a modern drone in wind. They react faster than a human, and don't get flipped. And even if they do (they often have a stunt mode) they can recover automatically after falling a few metres.


Re: The end result of bureaucracy, red tape and nanny statism: Paralysis

A few years ago, there weren't drones flying about. There are no "expert marksmen" who can shoot down a drone. When they turn the lights off, you can't even see them at 200 yards. Then they turn them on, and what, you guess the distance and what's located where your bullets come down?


Re: Option D

Multiple drones, wireless charging, multiple locations.


Re: Drones are noisy

If I were doing this, there would be a van with a pop-top for "shoot and scoot" recovery, wireless chargers, several drones, and several redundant backup C&C frequencies.

The most likely thing to track is the video feed from the drone camera. That could be toggled on and off easily, and would likely be at 2.4 and/or 5Ghz - hard to locate, and hard to jam. And, completely non-essential.

GPS might get tinkered with, eventually, so ensure the ultrasonics tell the drone not to fly into the ground, and use the on board inertial sensors to ignore GPS jumps (which they already do) Have the drones alert you to take control of it if GPS lost, or "moves" it outside the operating area.

There's plenty more tricks, too. Thermal shielding, radio relays, and so on.

Total budget? Under £50k, assuming the manpower is covered by the usual FSB or whatever staff budget, or is free. (Unlikely these are free operators though - they're trained.)


Re: I have a better idea...

It's been the "Age of Austerity" for the last 8 years in the UK. Unless central government funded it directly, it wasn't going to happen.

I'd love a few million quid budget and the licenses to be working on this stuff, but there's no tender, and no government plan.

Oh, but they knew this was a threat before we voted for Brexit, so they could plan ahead... Oh wait, bad example.


Re: Video of it flying or it doesn't exist.

Except parliament has gone home for Christmas, so May has already stalled the clock another 14 days. No point doing anything now, as they won't respond.

Indeed, that's likely the reason for the timing.


Re: From "Sink the Bismarck" to "Health and Safety Says No"!

That's what "not being at war" gets you, eh? Not being killed by a battery volley from a battle ship, vs "the airport shut today".

Still, Brexit has you covered! Civil war, and possibly war with the EU too! Bargain. /s



Given the readers and topics here, you'd think the level of basic intelligence would be higher, but it seems, well, averaged out.

Whoever is doing this is a professional* team, with motivation and skill.

*as in practised and with a plan, rather than necessarily being paid for it. But it could be another crypto coin ransom attack using "drones as a service".

Can't wait for self-driving cars on the roads, can you? /s


They'll be back in Russia by now.


Re: Boomerang or Killer Drone

That should certainly cripple it!


Because you've already got a degree. And hence should have a decent job, and therefore he could reduce the tax burden by you who can afford it better.

That frees up resources for those without a degree already, who will benefit more.

But hey, those Tories found a way to stop that "unfairness" - they just made it cost £9k a year for a degree, so no-one can afford it.


Re: What we need are Dragnet Rounds!

The range on firing a net is ridiculously short. Unless the drone loiters in front of the thrower, it isn't happening.

Yes, you could perhaps attach it to another drone, but then you've got to get the two drones near to each other.


Re: They just need to make the penalty so outsized

It is remarkable how often you post about things you clearly don't even have a basic understanding of.

Life tariffs, in the UK, mean life under the watch of the legal system. Please, go do at least the basic research before shooting your drone off.

After custody, they get release on license, a life of having to report back to a parole officer at least weekly, having to keep them updated with everything in the usual way, and, if they commit any offence at all, they'll be sent back to prison immediately. So they fly tip, or get arrested for being drunk, whatever minor thing, they go back to prison to carry on their life sentence.


Re: terminal velocity

To enhance energy transfer, modern 5.56 ammo is combined with a slower than expected spin, from the rifle barrel, to keep the bullet stable, but not so stable that when it hits a leaf or target, it doesn't flip to base first. This dumps the energy into the first 6 to 12" of the impact, to increase lethal effect.

Otherwise you'd need expanding ammo, and that's banned in warfare.

The faster, lighter rounds will cease to be stable around the 1100m range, unless they've already hit something.


Re: Ahhhh shoot!

What, you think one bullet would do it? Dream on.


Re: No gumption

It'll be glowing white hot on any thermal imager. Unless it has been modified by the attackers (and they clearly are attackers at this stage, over 24 hours in.)


Re: No gumption

I too am wondering about the loss of tracking from a helicopter and a thermal imager, as the thing must get pretty hot. The other day we found a spurious heat signature, and it turned out to be the angle grinder I had used an hour beforehand, motor still warm. Not to the touch, but to the thermal imager.


Re: How about a high power laser burst ?

They're very effective, but not against subtlety. 280 cops can't find the pilot, and a chiropody practitioner got lynched in the UK by idiots who thought that "pedophile" was spelled "podiatrist". So, no.

Fraudster convicted of online banking thefts using… whatever the hell this thing is


Re: Tech or pretend-tech?

No, it helped disguise his voice and fake voice authentication checks. Digital recording, real time pitch etc shifting and playback.


Re: Revenge of the 80's

Maplin, please!


£Half a million for 20 months, great hourly rate?

Pathetic sentence for a repeat offender.

£500,000 that they know about, and a likely 10 months in prison gives an hourly rate far beyond minimum wages! Assume an 18 hour "prison work day" and he'll be awake for about 5000 hours over ten months. So that's ~£100 an hour...

Crime clearly pays.

Digi minister Matt Hancock: Britain needs go full fibre. And we're not paying for it


Re: Why Why are all politicians complete morons?

2 years later, do you still feel the same way? I've got 3.5Mbps in theory, and few things work great with only 350kbps upload speeds!

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent


Re: Looks like to me...

...like you've got that all reversed...

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


Re: Just google a few serial numbers

If only, after 8 years of cuts,the central government idiots could figure out that taking 20% off the top each time means there's f all left in the council's budgets. And no police to catch the fly tippers either.

That you're still blaming a government that left the national debt in far better condition than it is right now, 2 (3?) general elections later, tells us something important about your ability with a budget.

Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal


Re: @El Reg Your ANTIFA t-shirt is showing...

Been drinking the koolaid at some other sites, have we?

If you think that was a complete and thorough investigation, there's no way to help you.

As for "Anti fascist T-shirt"? I don't think anyone here, besides you perhaps, would be sad to find El Reg being against genocide and thought police. Maybe think about the words you use?


Re: Kieran, if you and your editor want to start being a credible journalists ...

If you are actually a reader of this site, I would have thought you'd be predisposed to logic. Reality plays a strong part in most IT people's lives, because of fault finding and the like - if you don't plug it in, it won't work, etc.

Clearly, you're the exception that proves the fool. ^wrule.

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works


Re: Not Surprised

No. The handle always lets you out from inside, as long as you have a functioning thumb as well as a free hand.


Re: I still have an old-school rule to follow

You can buy an add on module for the Keyfree electronic lock so that you can use the App for locking and unlocking, iirc.


Re: "I’m an engineer, I work in IT..."

Indeed, it's only the alarm, it isn't like he fit a £400 Yale door lock that works via the same system.

Wait, what's that? They sell exactly that?


A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds


Re: You think thats bad

That's what a hot glue gun is for!


Re: Sam Vimes Theory of Economic Injustice

Not really. Most people can't afford (or couldn't afford, before the rise of mass production) stuff that was actually decent. Many people with low wages can't even hope to save that $10 over the life of the boots, let alone save up $50!

Never forget there are desperately poor people out there.

(Also, never forget that cos schools don't teach kids the basics of economics, many will never realise that they can "spend to save". Fortunately Wonga are now bust, too, so taking out a 5000% interest loan to buy those $50 boots, which wrecks the plan entirely, stops being an option.)

Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web


Re: how many commentards does it take .....

Haven't you heard? Some explode on the second shot now, things improved over the last ten years!


It's half the premise of the best sequel to A Christmas movie ever made though, not a trump documentary. In that movie world, those statements are true.


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