* Posts by DropBear

3508 posts • joined 4 Mar 2013

SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: Hope they include

Count your blessings for not being the parent who needs to explain how exactly Santa Claus brings presents both to Earth and Mars, a hundred years from now or so...

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Japanese quadcopter makes overworked employees clock out

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One of the reasons why, in spite of its apparent tentacle fetish, I would NEVER agree to live in Japan. Hey, people are people too! Stop overworking them!

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Re: I can save them $4,500 per month

"Drones in the office sounds a bit dangerous"

Not necessarily. There are a bunch of "ducted drones", and more prosaically, drones encased in a "wire ball".

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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Re: How do I join?

Any, as long as it's an overdose. So I'm not quite sure it's worth it...

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Google to crack down on apps that snoop

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That was an honest suggestion, not a sarcastic dismissal of the problem. Sorry if it came off as one.

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Anyone opposed to slurping is welcome to support noyb.eu - as sad as it is, considering privacy concern awareness is unlikely to ever be higher than it is now, it looks like they need every single penny they can get (or should I say Euro-cent?)...

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WW2 Enigma machine to be seized from shamed pharma bro Shkreli

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Re: Enigma

"You, sir, are just an idiot."

Aye, that I am. Though unlike you, sir, I at least admit it - and hold my opinions openly.

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Re: Enigma

With all the respect where respect is due (and none where it's not applicable) as long as the Polish insist on piping up *Every Single Damn Time* the Enigma and Turing or the Brits are mentioned anywhere loudly protesting "but no, no, it was actually us!" I will not cease vigorously downvoting every such comment I can find. Yes, I know of your early work. No, what you broke was not what later required halls of Bombes to break. And the public at large will keep seeing a typewriter whenever they look at an Enigma, never mind Polish or British achievements. Get a f###ing grip already. And no, I'm not even British.

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Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?

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No idea about this specific one, but there are heaps of open source software running on commodity ARM that can handle a few different systems - mainly popular ones like Z-wave or Zigbee and similar, which are all meant to run locally and integrate any cloud services only as an option. The downside is that while commercial systems (all of them meant to log to cloud) tend to work moderately seamlessly at the very least for the more common things, OS alternatives are a guarantee of ending up elbow-deep in system entrails, not if but when, and rather sooner than later; oh, and if something isn't supported, you're pretty much SOL with either, because it will stay unsupported for at least five times as long as you're willing to wait for it - but if you're up to it, you can try to hammer it home yourself with OS (fair warning: 95% that it _will_ require coding / recompiling the whole thing).

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Linux laptop-flinger says bye-bye to buggy Intel Management Engine

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Re: Just a reminder

Actually... this raises an interesting question. If the IME expects to link up through the motherboard integrated NIC, what happens if you simply ignore it (leave it unplugged) and add a PCI network card? Would the IME just find it and carry on unhindered? Granted, this would not help with any malware that came in through your "alternative" network and installed something on the IME... would doing this change anything at all...?

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Night before Xmas and all through American Airlines, not a pilot was flying, thanks to this bug

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Re: 1.5

"Weird. Two opposing views, both only with upvotes."

I think you're just witnessing the elusive "I will upvote any opinion I agree with but will not downvote one merely for disagreeing, unless I'm strongly opposed" phenomenon in action...

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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Re: Pocketalypse

The future belongs neither to phablets nor to phones - one of these centuries years one of the players will finally come up with a usable foldable display and lots of ways to roll / fold / etc. it up in compact handsets with screens several times their size. People who just want to make calls and exchange short messages will keep using the simplest / smallest traditional handset they are content with - everybody else will go foldable...

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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

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Re: 'Surveillance capitalism, that’s on us'

..."repeatedly asked"?!? Not your choice. Only what YOU do is. And discussing with others why you do it.

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BOFH: The trouble with, er, windows installs

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Re: If I worked with BOFH

Is that the one with a built-in auto-deploying base-jump parachute...?

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Firefox to warn users who visit p0wned sites

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Re: Maybe not terrible

Yes, but that would be the sane way. Wanna bet that's not what they are going to do...?

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Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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"Elbakyan said she "of course" intends to keep operating Sci-Hub. "

Atta girl....

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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

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Re: Pfffffttt!

Of course gravity is a theory - it doesn't even apply to those who don't believe in it. Just watch old cartoons - walking off a cliff you only start falling when you notice you should...

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Apple quietly wheels out 'Voxelnet' driverless car tech paper

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Re: Opel Automobile GmbH

Good direction, but not ambitious enough. The people who call browsing "safari" won't bear calling a car anything less than "Odyssey"...

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

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Re: Are we even bothered?

Don't. I'm sure you remember the xkcd strip regarding encryption and security - the crypto nerd dreaming about unbreakable secrets while his captors are readying the $5 heavy "decryption" wrench. Trust that the only thing one needs to be found innocent by the system is actually being innocent is equally misplaced - once you're in the grinder, your proximity to the whirring blades is the only thing that matters, and what you actually did or did not do will not save you.

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Re: A simple solution

"Invasive tactics should always be subject to reciprocated activities"

That would be utterly pointless. "Oh, I'm terribly sorry", said the elephant to the mouse with the crushed leg, writhing in agony, "it's ok, you're welcome to step on mine in return". If you want an effective deterrent, you'd need something sized to corporate / government / etc. standards.

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Wait, did Oracle tip off world to Google's creepy always-on location tracking in Android?

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Re: So your mobile operator does this too

Whenever I don't feel like my mobile operator knowing where my phone is, it's understood I can just switch off my phone. It has been similarly expected the same thing should be achievable in relation to Google by the explicit choice of disabling location services - while it can be argued that this only applies to apps, the expectation used to that it applied to the OS as well, with no known statements to the contrary, considering that each time you ask Google to do anything remotely location-related, it insists it cannot do it unless you enable location services. That not being true is news indeed.

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Re: Google: "It is not "location services" so it's not reporting on you. So you can't turn it off.

I'm sorry, what? Your cellphone tower map is getting built based on the location of cellphone towers, based on... location of cellphone towers? Because we seem to be talking about location services (therefore GPS, presumably) being turned OFF - so how would you know where the tower you sense is...?

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Re: Oracle tipped off the world ...

Please elaborate - how does rooting your phone automatically tip you off about continuing surveillance? Is there any actual root user who goes and blacklists system services (just for the heck of it presumably, unless you don't actually need your phone to, you know, actually work) or is the presumption that all root users are watching wireshark at all times?

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Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

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Re: Cost of Living

I wouldn't use GDP for that. No idea what would be the proper metric but the only relation GDP is in with what the most of the population makes in a lot of countries is "constrained by"....

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Re: No thank you

"All it needs is the porn industry to find a use for it. "

Counting down to the first AR app that can seamlessly dynamically overlay a nude 3D body of appropriate shape over the image of anybody you look at, virtual "x-ray glasses" style. ETA in 3... 2... 1...

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Re: Fools and their money...

@lotaresco you know what assuming makes of "u", right? There's quite literally no amount of money _paid to me_ that would convince me to use an iPhone, or any other Apple product; if his case is anything like mine, it has nothing to do with "sour grapes" - and yes, quoting Aesop does make you something, but "look smart" isn't it.

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It's artificial! It's intelligent! It's in my home! And it's gone bonkers!

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Get one that can play back audio messages and have it play "I'm sorry but I can't do that, access is by appointment only" to everyone, then just tell them you made the mistake of going for the "Pro 9000" model when it was discounted and don't know how to turn it off if anyone complains...

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Re: Reminds me of Futurama

That sounds only very slightly worse than the Real Thing - there's a scrawny pooch living somewhere in the neighborhood whose owner seems to be shopping once every few days at the small grocery under my flat and during the entire (slow) approach, tied-up wait outside and (sloooow) departure into the sunset the wretched thing howl-barks continuously with the kind of harrowing, intense terror that can only possibly be justified by seeing your innermost spiritual core shredded by the claws of every last demon from the netherworld all at once, roughly three seconds before you cease existing altogether. Every - single - time. Continuously, without any pause. As if being boiled AND skinned alive. I do love animals, but I can honestly say obliterating that... thing would be an ultimate act of mercy and kindness. A grand piano from a few stories high sounds great at this point. Or maybe an anvil...

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Re: Applause

...the tiny crack in this magnificent plan for fortune, fame and world domination including complimentary volcano lair being of course encouraging retweets on a forum where half of the readership regularly and proudly confesses to not using any (other) form of social media.

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Re: Sign me up for one

"mistook correctly identified her (based on the entirety of her Facebook photos I helpfully pointed said doorbell at for training) for a charity collector and has just launched a salvo emptied a full can of pepper-spray into her face politely inviting her to stay still while reloading, hopefully eroding her resolve regarding future visits while offering me plausible deniability of any malicious intent. " FTFY...

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Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

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Re: Works for me

Yeah, about that - for some reason A Clockwork Orange comes to mind...

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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

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Re: I've already seen this movie ...

"On your way to the mosque, you see a tortoise. You reach down and flip the tortoise over on its back..."

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People's failure to learn is a built-in, inevitable direct consequence of human mortality and a relatively short lifespan. People live just long enough to be allowed meaningful discovery and gathering of experience that they then attempt to pass on before they die - but the next generation brings a fresh set of eyes and the "passing on" bit happens selectively and critically.

Often this is a very good thing, or else the immortal Ur-humans would have concluded long ago that the Earth is flat and the Sun is orbiting around it and that would be that, case closed. This way at least human knowledge gets a chance to progress every time the "old guard" finally kicks the bucket - and no sooner, as often observed with scientific dogma that stubbornly persists for a generation.

On the other hand, it is also often a very bad thing, as people who feel no need to actually fact-check things arbitrarily decide that inconvenient stuff they didn't personally see never happened, whether it's the moon landings or the Holocaust. And every time they think "surely WWII camps for Japanese couldn't have been that bad..." they get one step closer to willingly doing it all again...

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Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

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Re: "Angela", eh?

So is this something that simultaneously everyone should both know (in case they ever feel "threatened" in a bar) and not know (in case they are the cause of said "threat" or just to allow the word to function as the "discreet" glorified euphemism it is apparently meant to be)...? Doublethink: are we there yet...?

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

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Re: Oh Hell!!!

They seem to always forget that a good plot with brand new, unknown setting and characters can easily be successful but a poor plot with well-known setting and characters will always do poorly. It's almost as if their aim is never making something that is actually any good to thrive on merit, just something that's sufficiently familiar to survive a season or two on past fame...

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Re: Prequel? Oh no

Mark my words - considering _nobody_ of any significance can be redshirted because we know they survive to the end (and they know we know), I predict at least one major character will be killed anyway at least once, then brought back via some sort of fantasy magic resurrection handwaving...

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Re: Numenor

"Is this still much interest in the fantasy genre?"

Yes and no. Apparently people are more than ever positively going gaga over copycats like "Vikings" - on the other hand, I used to watch GoT as soon as it aired but this year couldn't be bothered to even start watching yet...

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: @ Voland's right hand

"Isnt that .dxf ?"

Which week's version...?

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

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Re: Not much use

And just what's wrong with that - it's a perfect fit! "There's gotta be a record of you someplace / You gotta be on somebody's books..."

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Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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Re: MIPS ? PowerPC ?

I seem to recall that an awful lot of router CPUs are very much still MIPS. I would think they would merit significant interest indeed.

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

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"Once you stop the echo its fine BUT after around 10 minuets it starts playing again, on its own."

Maybe it simply gets fed up with minuets after ten or so and wants to hear something else - I know I would...

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Jet packs are REAL – and inventor just broke world speed record in it

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Re: Bond is back!

"The Bond pack had some intrinsic stability because the centre of thrust was so much higher than the center of gravity of the pilot."

The pendulum rocket fallacy would like to have a word with you, in private. Yes, right now.

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Re: Oh dear

Thanks to the FBI bloke for confirming what I've always known - yes I'm an unreasonable person when facing scumbags like you, yes I _did_ write silly notes to my cousin in a made-up alphabet when I was a kid and yes I'd very much like to see you try cracking something like that if I'd have a go at it _properly_ today or try outlawing the right to write down unintelligible symbols/words.

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SSL spy boxes on your network getting you down? But wait, here's an IETF draft to fix that

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Re: Huh?

You might be surprised, but I'm nowhere near GCHQ either. Like, at all. Not even close. And the point of the whole question about ISPs was precisely that I don't see how they could do that either, except the article seems to think they just can: "Middleboxes can also be used by organizations and ISPs to monitor employees and citizens" So, again - I'd really like to know how my _ISP_ is allegedly able to simply listen in on any HTTPS connection with their magic "middlebox"...

PS - and no, despite the name it's not Oz either - forget the whole "five eyes" thing, I'm nowhere near it.

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Re: Huh?

I asked "how does an ISP", not "how does the NSA". For at least some of us not living in the Land Of The Free they're absolutely not the same thing.

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Huh?

I can see an enterprise being able to sneak trusted certificates into their own devices but how exactly does an ISP convince your browser at home - that is not supposed to be under their control in any sense other than using them as a pipe - that you're talking to Google when you're talking to them? And if they can do it why can't absolutely anyone else on the wire? And if anyone can, what exactly is it that HTTPS is supposed to be good for...?

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Tesla buys robot maker. Hang on, isn't that your sci-fi bogeyman, Elon?

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They plainly said as much earlier that their problems are related to certain sections of their assembly lines and that the failings of the contractor handling that were missed. In light of that I can see nothing surprising in wanting to take matters into their own hands, sorry. And factory "robot" intelligence has pretty much bugger-all to do with AI; if anything, most "smarts" involved concerns itself with optimizing the efficiency of the processes involved, not with performing them physically.

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Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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Re: Cure for crt-style display burn-in

"the X and X deflector coils"

...is this some sort of female CRT? Where only the male ones have X and Y coils...?

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Re: How many DevOps are we talking about here

""youse" is singular, "youse guys" is plural."

So there's at least three different forms - singular, plural, and "all y'all"...?

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: $50K?

You forget that for a large portion of projects these days Kickstarter is merely a glorified cheaper-than-free market surveying tool. They just want to know if there are any actual punters...

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