* Posts by redpawn

497 posts • joined 18 Sep 2013


Q. How exactly do you test car seats? A. With this sweaty 'robutt' that twerks for days and days

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Last I checked

sweat is not just water and how does this help the seat keep my hands from going numb from bad back pressure points?

What's the fate of our Solar System? Boffins peer into giant crystal ball – ah, no, wait, that's our Sun in 10bn years

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Re: Glad they helped me understand

Yes, but my comprehension of temperature pretty well tops out at a glass blowers kiln.

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Glad they helped me understand

the high temperature of these stars by using Celsius as Kelvin would confuse me.

Windows 10 Insiders sent on quest deep into Registry to fetch goblet of Reserved Storage

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Just a little nose under the tent for now

And just why do you think you should have any control over how full your drive is anyway?

Killer superbugs in space... are something astronauts on orbiting science lab don't have to worry about right now

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E = 1/2mv^2

makes small things quite dangerous and probably causes more worry for astronauts, though traveling to and from a well populated space colony might be problematic in the Musk era.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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I tried

to make 32GB work with a set top box for streaming for my elderly parents. Spent hours just updating. Gave up and it now runs Mint which streams Netflix just fine without confusing them or popping up update notices. I feel sorry for the technically challenged who get these entry level machines which are not fit for purpose.

Hope you're over that New Year's hangover – there's an Adobe PDF app patch to install

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Because they Love You

Adobe through the goodness of their heart adds bad code to every project so you will appreciate good code more. This hurts their business but they know in the long run the computing universe will be better off and you will be motivated to produce better code.

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass

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They fixed it!

Governments now love for people to use Skype.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

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I have one of those SEs

but I'd love to put on few stone and buy new trousers so my pockets would be big enough for a new iPhone. Bigger is always better and that goes for price too. How is the public to know a phone is good if the price is too low?

Silicon Valley CEO thrown in the cooler for three years, ordered to pay back $1.5m for bullsh*tting investors

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Bigger Fraud is Safer

fraud. You need to steal at least twenty times as much to get away with fraud. Just look at trump. Except for the mistake of being elected president, by sealing hundreds of millions he had immunity for decades.

Your two-minute infosec roundup: Drone arrests, Alexa bot hack, Windows zero-day, and more

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"It is confirmed to be a legit exploit"

Does that make use of the exploit legit also?

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon

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Failing Strategy

How are they going to get their yearly upgrade sales now that there is no promise to brick old kit. Giving in even once shows weakness and users will soon expect products to function for a year and a half to two years. Sales will plummet.

2018 ain't done yet... Amazon sent Alexa recordings of man and girlfriend to stranger

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Lacking fortune. This leak of data did not net Amazon income like the fortunate ones.

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

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Get another drone

and just follow the offending one home. Take pictures of the culprit. Allow for inefficiencies of law enforcement and the courts and the problem will be solved any month.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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Be like me

Just replace all your tech every year and the problems will go away. You know you'll feel safer too. Come on get with the program now. The tech industry depends on you and your new kit will be secure for the better part of six months.

O little town of Bethlehem, Georgia. How still we see your internet lie... US govt throws another $600m at rural broadband

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Moving at the speed of USDA

Not a phrase frequently spoken. Daily mail except Sunday is probably what they are measuring success against and farmers can send letters for the same rate as the elite in cities. Ergo all is well.

Boffins don't give a sh!t, slap Trump's face on a turd in science journal

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it's a tribute not an insult to our LSoT (Lying Sack of Trump)

Apple iPhone X screen falls short of promises, lawsuit says

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You can't measure an iphone screen

It's like trying to throw a spear at a fish. You will most probably miss. With an iphone diffraction will cause your eyes to miss measure the screen. In all likelihood the real screen is better than a meter on a side. As to the pixel count, few people can count accurately past 1000 so any complaints should be dismissed.

One year on after US repealed net neutrality, policymakers reflect soberly on the future

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What would Ayn Rand do?

"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force."(Ayn Rand) ISPs have brute force so we need government to level the playing field. I want municipal broadband.

Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS

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Gimme I'll take it

Until last year I had a dumb phone and an ipod touch 5. I'd switch back for $1000. I don't need to surf the net from the beach or while walking the dog.

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Better hope it's not real AI

The job sounds so dull that wiping out humans even if it causes the grid to fail would be a more attractive outcome.

Razer offers freebies to gamers who descend into its coin mine

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Sounds Great

if your apartment is cold and you heat it with electricity and you like to take things nice and slow.

Astroboffins spy a rare exoplanet evaporating before their eyes

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This should be an object lesson

Evaporative cooling should be banned before it gets out of control and we lose our planet.

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Re: False premise

It will be a train wreck with a Chromium engine spinning on its side.

Virgin Galactic test flight reaches space for the first time, lugging NASA cargo in place of tourists

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Re: 80km?

Virgin Trains are both on time and traveling in the lower reaches of outer space.

Huawei exec out of jail, just as US accuses China of Marriott hack

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LSoT needs distrations

Our LSoT (Lying Sack of Trump) is just tossing out shiny objects at any cost to distract from his legal and political problems. Just hope he can be stopped before gins up a good patriotic war.

Phew, galactic accident helps boffins explain dark matter riddle

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we reverse the polarity in the CCD array the dark will momentarily become light and be easily seen. This works well in the movies and science imitates science fiction.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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I'm not worried

about the battery leaking, just all the stuff used to extract the energy.

'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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It's so they will make a clean bust

I'll get my coat, but on the way out, I'll make you one for less than $42,000 if you have the cash.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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This will save Edge

Mac users don't have a browser which is only useful to download a preferred browser. That is unless you count Safari.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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This is good

It is a return to the time before people had to lock their doors. You should feel much safer now.

FCC slammed for 'arbitrary and reckless' plan to change how text messages are regulated

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Re: comforting innit.

How right you are. The economic benefits to private schools, real estate sales people and nanny services used by telcom execs should not be underestimated. When large corporations have more money, their executives support these industries. We should all hope the cash spigot is left wide open through lack of regulation so executive bonuses can trickle down.

Apple emits its much-anticipated updates to Mac, AppleTV, and iOS

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So who updates first?

I'll wait a couple of days.

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft

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Re: So the 365 in Office 365 means...

"365 fuckups a year?"

That's only one per day.

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When you buy Microsoft Services,

You get Microsoft quality.

Yes, Americans, you can break anti-piracy DRM if you want to repair some of your kit – US govt

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What's the catch?

From the current administration I can't believe that a gotcha isn't in the works such as a reinterpretation of the contract clauses to allow you to be sued despite the repair being legal.

Patch me, if you can: Grave TCP/IP flaws in FreeRTOS leave IoT gear open to mass hijacking

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Nothing to hide nothing to patch

How am I supposed to manage a household without my toothbrush telling the wold I am low on paste or my refrigerator telling amazon the milk is sour or Alexa telling the Goog that no one is home. I want my light bulb to unlock the car when I go out and lock the house. The toaster should switch on the burner in the morning so I don't have to wait to cook eggs as long as there are some in the refrigerator. Burdensome patching only makes life harder.

If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to patch!

Last year, D-Link flubbed a router bug-fix, so it's back with total pwnage

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But free market

It must be that users don't value security. Users do extensive research before purchasing critical home networking kit. They also have their food tested for unwanted pesticides before eating it.

Enterprise IoT security sucks so much, it's made Intel and Arm work together to tackle it

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Security is job one

This proves the good nature of corporations in difficult times, coming together to solve complex problems for the betterment of all except people.

Dating app for Trump loners commits YUGE blunder: It leaks more than the West Wing

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Security staff

The security staff is so good, they can afford to work for free.

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Shred them

Mandatory standards of security should be required to import any such device. Non-complying devices should be confiscated and shredded at the border.

US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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We have the Best People on Earth securing our military systems, or is that the Elks Club.

Haven't updated your Adobe PDF software lately? Here's 85 new reasons to do it now

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For @#&% Sake,

Just put the poor beast down already!

Remember when Apple's FaceTime stopped working years ago? Yeah, that was deliberate

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You get what you pay for

That’s how free markets work. You bought a combination phone/paper weight and it still is. Reading the EULA tells you your gadget is practically guaranteed not to work as advertised so take heart these two primary functions probably still work.

Microsoft pulls plug on IPv6-only Wi-Fi network over borked VPN fears

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Re: Two questions if I may

1. Natural things grow at their own pace.

2. The IPv6 seed might need to have its outer coating scored or scorched before it will sprout.

FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Just supply the bandwidth you advertise regardless of the source. Promising a good data stream only to your own speed test servers and a few paying partners is not good enough.

Microsoft: 'So, we can buy GitHub?' EU: 'We'll tell you on 19 October'

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All your code are belong to us

Watch for new terms of use and binding arbitration.

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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Like Alexa

I encountered the ever friendly Alexa at an acquaintance's place. Other than asking for "Why did the chicken cross the road?" answers, Its friendliness made me want to through it in the ocean. Overly chatty people are bad enough but it is at least possible to share a beer at the end of the day and tune them out.

Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

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Do they specify the retrieval time?

It could take a 11 zeros worth of days to retrieve you data from its perfect data storage vault.

US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Re: Solution

This is done in Hawaii. The scanning machine will let you know ahead of time if it reads a spoiled vote and give you the choice to get your ballot back or to send it through anyway. The machine reports the votes but the ballots are human readable.


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