* Posts by RobThBay

67 posts • joined 1 Sep 2014


Yes, you can remotely hack factory, building site cranes. Wait, what?


RF control for trains.

Yikes. The nearby rail yard uses RF controls to drive trains around the yard. Their thinking is that it's cheaper to have yard guy remotely move trains around instead of having an engineer in the cab.

Talk about playing with a full size train set.

CES flicks the off switch on massager award… and causes a buzz


Leaflet promoting leaflet delivery

"...someone puts a leaflet through your letterbox to advertise a service for putting leaflets through people's letterboxes..."

I had that happen yesterday.


It looks like Alistar had a lot of fun writing this article. He has such a great way with words.

Typical! You wait ages for a fast radio burst from outer space, and suddenly 13 show up


Way to go Mike Lazaridis

"Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics is an independent research centre in foundational theoretical physics located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. It was founded in 1999. The Institute's founding and major benefactor is Canadian entrepreneur and philanthropist Mike Lazaridis."

Anyone remember another company that Mike L started a long time ago??

Research In Motion.

He's a very smart guy.

Peak Apple: This time it's SERIOUS, Tim


What happened to their iCar?

Wasn't their self driving car supposed be the next big thing?

It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?


Ad-festooned Airships

We don't have the airships but we have an ad-festooned internet.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business


So now presidiot Trump wants the WTO's help. Didn't he say the WTO was useless and irrelevant earlier this year?

Oh yeah, now I remember.... the WTO is only useless when it disagrees with Mr MAGA.

London's Gatwick airport suspends all flights after 'multiple' reports of drones


Jamming GPS would help

Blocking GPS signals would stop the drones automatic flight assist functions from working. Making them harder to control and maybe help the police find the idiots flying them.


Tinsel might do the job or a net

Why can't they drop confetti-like stuff into the path of these drones and let it get snagged up in their propellers? Or suspend a net beneath a police helicopter and try to snare the drones?

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is


Google's AMP wrapper

I started seeing website rendering problems when a non-google browser was following links provided by google search. A lot of the links were wrapped in something Google was calling Amp. The problems disappeared after updates were released for those other browsers.

Google was claiming that wrapping results in their Amp tech improved the world (or something like that). Maybe they meant it improved their world.

AMP was why I switched to duckduckgo for searches.

Pork pulled: Plug jerked out of beacon of bacon delight


What? No beer, only bacon?

That looks like a Black Label beer logo.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire


I'm surprised that no one mentioned how far ahead Apple is in this technology.

They've had sun in your hand (or pants pocket) for years.


Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics



A long time ago.... I used to get calls that a monitor was blank. After having them check all the usual suspects (is it plugged, power light on, etc) I would end up driving to their site.

It turned out brightness was turned down as far as it would go. Easy to fix and of course no one admitted to touching tne brightness button.

As time went on I was still getting those calls and it was always the brightness (or dimness haha). It turns out they were accidentaly pressing that button whenever they moved the monitors. The button was located under the front edge of the monitor which was the perfect spot to grab the screen when it needed moving.

At work we would refer to it as the dim bulb problem.

No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades


Is that when presidiot Trump showed up?

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs


Imagine the outcome if she had been non-white.

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'


Re: So really they're preparing the next generation for life in retail?

Do you wanna super-size that cable??

How about an extended warranty on that phone case?

Don't forget the gold plated usb cable, it'll transfer files *way* faster than an ordinary cable.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again


Re: And as usual...

I was just about to post the same link. :) :)

Did you by chance hack OPM back in 2015? Good news, your password probably still works!


Why bother?

They probably figure that everything has already been stolen so why bother. Same thinking as why close the barn door after all the critters have left.


Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention


Playing with laser pointers

We already know that shining laser pointers at aircraft is a bad idea and they want to try it against ET's.

What could possibly go wrong?

This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals


Re: Chocolate

Reminds of a book I read a while ago (The Circle).


I'm glad I retired early and don't have deal with "Googly" twits anymore.

Microsoft promises a fix for Windows 10 zip file woes. In November


Re: Clueless in Redmond

Nah... it's "toute suite". Get something done right away.


F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs


Will Dildo disappear as well?

Does that mean Dildo (Newfoundland, Canada) will vanish from Google Earth??

WD shoots out 96-layer embedded flash chips


Re: I sense a call from fruity lawyers

I was about to post something similar. LOL

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update


A better Canadian solution??

I thought the Canadian solution would have been something along the lines of ...don't worry, be happy... weed will be legal very soon (Oct 17th).


The secret history of Apple's Stacks


Stardock is still around?

I didn't know Stardock was still in business. We used to use their programs on OS/2 v4 back in the late 90's.

'This is insane!' FCC commissioner tears into colleagues over failure to stop robocalls


Canada ahead of the US (again)

Oh no!

We're (Canada) getting anti-robcall tech by 2019. Presidiot Trump will probably use that as an excuse to slap more tariffs on us.

Shaken/Stir, love the name. Probably named by James Bond fans.

Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones


Re: Prey indeed

I was just about to post something about Apple's prey. LOL

You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't


Re: not yours

That's happened to me.

I've got a blu-ray box set of the original Planet of The Apes movies that became unviewable after I updated the firmware on my blu-ray player.

It was the only movie in my collection that was affected. I didn't update the firmware in our other blu-ray player and the movies are still viewable on that unit.

My Toshiba laptop that has an internal blu-ray won't play any blu-ray movies anymore either.

DRM is a disaster.

Voyager 1 left the planet 41 years ago – and SpaceX hopes to land on Earth this Saturday


Calling home

I've always amazed that the signal reaches Earth from that distance. Aiming the antenna at the point where the Earth will be when the signal arrives here is incredible.

LabCorp ransomed, 18k routers rooted, a new EXIF menace, and more


Silk Road

Hmmm... the boss of Silk Road gets jail time for activities other people did using his website. Does that mean the bosses of Facebook and Twitter might be guests of a government facility some day as well?

Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records


CBS News??

At the end of the article it says "CBS News adďed." Shouldn't it be "CBC News added."?

Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it


I'll keep using my old BB10 Blackberry

Another good reason I'll stick with my BlackBerry Passport.

I wonder if BlackBerry's version of android has this flaw?

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled


Maybe they'll stop by and pick up that gaseous object the yanks voted in for Prez.

HTC U12+: You said we should wait and review the retail product. Hate to break it to you, but...


18:9 ratio display

I wonder what screen ratio of the +++ edition will be? If they were Apple the next version would have a 24:12 ratio screen...hugely biggley. LOL

I guess refering to it as 2:1 would seem like a downgrade.

Buggy software could lock a Jeep's cruise control



My Dad's oldish Subaru Imprezza is all FDT.

It seems weird being in car that has manual windows and manual door locks.

It'll probably last forever... no fancy stuff to break.

Hmmm... just realized it has an auto tranny, so it's not completely FDT.

Maybe FDT will be seen as retro/hip/trendy some day.

Sueballs flying over Facebook's Android app data slurping


Sticking with BB10

One more reason that I'll keep using my Blackberry BB10 Passport for as long as possible. I know they don't have all the latest apps, so I use their browser to access the sites that I need. When the Passport eventually dies then I'll switch to my spare Passport.

SpaceX Bangabandhu-1 launch held up while Dragon splashes down on time



I know someone that has what we call CRS (Can't Remember $hit).

if dev == woman then dont_be(asshole): Stack Overflow tries again to be more friendly to non-male non-pasty coders


A site for those who think they are experts

I quit using Stack Overflow a few years ago because of the attitude of its members.

For example, I'd ask a question about how to do something and there were generally 2 types of answers I'd receive.

1) If you don't know that you shouldn't be here, or

2) Try this method, it "should" work. The code fragment shown would either be incomplete, be incomprehensible or simply wouldn't work.

Other times when I wouuld offer a solution to a newcomer and I would be raked over the coals because my code wasn't efficient enough for the elitist trolls that live on Stack Overflow.

Will the defendant please rise? Utah State Bar hunts for sender of topless email


Only in america

So boobs are bad and guns are good. What country.

Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches


Re: Pistachio

Pistachio was the first thing I thought of.

Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers


ICar tech to the rescue

Maybe staff need to wear helmets with proximity sensors. They could start testing their self-driving iCar tech by giving everyone a helmet and let them continue wandering around the building.

La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans


I wonder what sort of pro-Apple messages will be hidden in the noise cancelling audio signal produced by an Apple headset? ;-)

Apple is good... iFires are a feature...


Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian


Grey vs gray

A long time ago (late 90's) when I was developing a website I came across something similar. I wanted to have some text to appear as grey. The browsers kept showing it in green. It turns out the US way to spell grey is gray and it appears that the browsers back then just looked at the first 3 letters of the colour. Therefore grey must be green.

NSA code backported, crims cuffed, leaky AWS S3 buckets, and more


check images...

Oh... you meant cheque. :)

Tech biz boss slipped Detroit's IT chief bungs in restaurant bathrooms to bag software deals, prosecutors claim


Honest Services Mail and Wire Fraud

Would it be worse if it was called "Dishonest Services Mail and Wire Fraud"??

That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes


Weak batteries... what a great excuse

It would be interesting to see if the throttling is turned off after the battery is replaced. I've got a feeling old phones with new batteries would still be running slow.

Weak batteries.... what a lame excuse. Maybe the iFans aren't sending Apple enough cash so Apple decided to give them a little nudge.

Canuck privacy commissioner to dig into Uber data breach


Don't forget about the IRS

The kid shouldn't be too worried about being in trouble due to the hack. He'll be in bigger trouble with the IRS if he didn't report the payoff on his income tax.

Cryptocurrency-crafting creeps crept crafty code into Google App Store


I received an email a few days ago offering this "feature"

This is the email I received a few days ago. I forwarded it to Google right away.



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Automotive Grade Linux shops for hypervisor to accelerate smart cars


There are proven products already on the market. Why reinvent??

Why are they reinventing the wheel? QNX is already a proven and security certified automotive platform with a hypervisor.


Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually


iOS can multitask???

"Apple promises iOS 11 is better at multitasking".

Didn't apple make that same promise with iOS10 (and the previous version)?

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'


Re: Not regulated?

That's why many years ago when IBM and Novell software & network Engineers ran into the problem they changed the E to mean Expert.


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