* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

418 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015


Bank-heist malware's servers phone home to Russian spookhaus


fleeced $7.3 million through ATM withdrawals

That's what you get for allowing 10 grand a day to be withdrawn... (assuming $7.3 MEELION over 2 years that is).

If only they'd stuck with the standard 250 a day limit. Would have taken 80 years at that rate.

Banks still wouldn't have spotted it though...

Seriously, who doesn't notice that kind of ATM withdrawal rate over 2 years? Is the accounting team high?

2.8 million victims squared up by malicious Minecraft apps


(7) virus SOON damage your SIM card and canceled your contacts...

Hmm... well, with such a sophisticated presentation it's easy to see why so many fell victim.

Come on! Seriously? Wording like that should be ringing the BS alarm loudly.

Illiterate messages, bad grammar, crap spelling; these are always a solid clue they are bogus. Sadly too many people seem to be illiterate these days... but then con artists have always preyed on the stupid, the uneducated and under-educated.

Whatever happened to critical thinking? Seems like it isn't taught any more. I tend to question everything, especially if it feels wrong. Useful skill to have, though it annoys some people - especially those with an agenda of their own. My kid's teachers don't like it very much. They seem to think they can tell me how to raise my child, and get quite agitated when I don't accept their views on certain things.

Learn to question anything that doesn't look right. It probably isn't right. That does mean knowing the difference between what looks right and what doesn't, rather than just blindly clicking "OK get the hell out of my way".

Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app


@AC Re: Hmmm?

"vital data" in the sense of "essential, indispensable, integral, imperative, mandatory, requisite, urgent, pressing, burning, compelling, high-priority, life-and-death, of the utmost importance" data?

My my, aren't you a pedantic little twat.

Just because something is considered "vital" to one person does not mean vital to everyone. Stop being so literal.

Just asking. It's sunny outside, I think I'll ride my bike. Enjoy your sport.

So what? Not everyone likes what you like, and you don't have to like what anyone else likes. Get over it. Why are you even commenting here?

Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room


Re: What about the microphone that has to be constantly on ?

Good point. They say the mic is only used while the Tone extension is "active" but that could mean anything from "Hey Jimmy, turn on your tone thing I wanna send you this URL" to it starts when Chrome does and stays on until Chrome is shut down - which if you're anything like me and your browser is open all day means yeah, el Goog gets to hear everything trivial and pointless going on in my life. Well, they would if I used Chrome.


Re: Google Tone temporarily stores a URL on Google’s servers

Yeah I thought that. I have a feeling it doesn't broadcast the URL at all, but some unique code that other Chrome browsers with the active Tone extension can use to lookup the shared URL. Otherwise why bother committing the URL to a server at all?

Face it, it only needs to be a GUID or some other kind of fixed-length unique identifier. Fixed-length makes it much easier to pluck the codes from background noise. Broadcast-starting tones, ID, broadcast-ending tones. Keeps the message down to a short audio burst, and is more reliable than missing part of the URL in the broadcast. At worst Chrome can't find the URL corresponding to the code and reports this.

This way they get to track every URL shared this way and feed it into their advertising machine along with the IDs of everyone who viewed the shared URL, and where they went from there etc. But to be fair to Google, when do they not try to do that?

Boffins have devised TERMINATOR style LIQUID METAL – for an antenna



Reminds me a Culture novel where, near the end, one of the characters had a polymorphic tooth that turned into a hand-held plasma gun. Forget the title...

Driverless cars deal death to Detroit, says Barclays


Re: Bollocks...

Why not?

Driverless cars mean that you can commute to work. Once you're there the car THAT YOU OWN can then head home and pick your kid up and ferry said child to school.

That works until you have to commute to work and the kids have to go to school at the same time.

You've tried to address this obvious situation though...

What will happen in time is that companies/schools/whatever will get a little more flexible with their start and finish times to allow this to happen.

Realistically, they need to anyway, have reception and year one start at 8:45, year 2 and year 3 start and 9:45 and so on, with obviously altered ending times. That would ease a lot of the congestion around schools simply because everyone isn't turning up at the same time. You could probably reduce the offset to 40-45 minutes without overlapping traffic patterns too much. Work times would have to alter to allow for the legal requirement of your kids being in school. Again this would not be a bad thing as we'd avoid the morning and afternoon peaks, spreading them out across the day so on average there's less traffic at any given time.

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@JimmyPage - sorry for plagarising

We had the same thought about the American Dream angle at the same time and now it appears that I have blatantly copied you. Pure coincidence I assure you. Funny how these things happen.



...was my immediate thought just from reading the first line:

Shared driverless cars will kill off the multi-car household...

Taxi's haven't. Buses haven't. No form of public transport has for the simple fact it is generally inconvenient, overcrowded, can't accomodate your luggage, isn't available to fit your schedule, and myriad other reasons.

People have a car precisely because they don't want to share with other people, don't want to wait for a taxi or a bus to arrive, don't want to conform their schedule and priorities to someone / something else's conditions and conveniences.

Multi-car families extend that rational by having two or more people that need a vehicle at the same time for different purposes with different destinations.

That is not going to change just because there are driverless cars.

Never mind that people don't know who has been in the car before them, and if there's no driver there is zero obstruction so some passengers being disgusting assholes and leaving all sorts of nastiness for the next passenger.

The other point the "analyst" seems to completely overlook is the personal pride and status symbol aspects that are all part of the American Dream of wealth and success. I don't see many Americans giving that up any time soon.

So.. bollocks.

Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha


Re: I do not think that word means what you think it means

Standard facebook hyperbole by someone who wants to make something trivial seem breathlessly exciting. She has to get her likes from somewhere... No-ones going to be remotely interested in a story that reads "my fob didn't work so after a few minutes I got fed up waiting, used the key manually and went home"

Seriously, wtf was wrong with these people that they didn't just use the key? Did they all have keyless entry and keyless pushbutton start? All of them? Unlikely. Collective stupidity more like.

I had a similar problem with my car about a month ago. Figured it was either someone dicking about with a jammer, a problem with my fob, or non-malicious interference from somewhere. Rather than sit there for two hours going oh fuck, oh fuck, someone has complete control of my car!! I just used the key.

South Korea mandates spyware installation on teenagers' smartphones

Big Brother

Can only imagine how Samsung, LG et al feel about this

...only applicable to Android phones, and not to those produced by Apple...

Way to undermine some of your largest domestic companies, SK.

The cynic in my has to wonder if this mandate has been cooked up by Apple to entice (coerce? force??) smartphone users away from the home team.

Californians get first chance to be run over by a Google robot


How will they stay awake?



Re: "£900bn"?

Does seem a tad hard to swallow that.

A quick search suggests $1.6 trillion value this year for the global car industry, which is roughly £900 billion pounds give or take a few hundred billion. Didn't see numbers for 2025. More likely he was just being a twat and putting an infeasibly large random value on something to make it sound impressive, perhaps based on overheard snippets of unrelated discussions, and made up a load of shit in some feeble attempt at getting it to all hang together.


Your dead

Your dead what? Battery? Cat? Sex life?

Oh, wait. You're


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Re: notoriously addictive?

1. Make it possible to advance by skill and/or moderate amount of luck if you choose not to spend money.

2. Don't be blatantly in-my-face with suggestions for purchasing gems/coins/whatever.

^^^^ this ^^^^

Precisely why I flat refuse to buy any game that is "free" and then demands micro payments for even incremental progress.

If the game is good, if I want it, and if you want to charge me a reasonable up-front fee, I will buy it.

If you try to tell me it's free when it blatantly isn't, and progress - never mind completion - can only be achieved with lots of in-game purchases, fuck off.


Missing the point...?

yes, it really, really, REALLY hard to uninstall apps from Windows 8+...

Dude I know how to uninstall stuff. Are you being deliberately obtuse?

I am daring to suggest MS may decide to not permit uninstallation of certain bundled software, especially if payment to MS from (say) King is contingent on their bundled software remaining installed.

It'll turn into the typical bundled bloatware shit on smartphones, put there by manufacturers and network operators that you can't uninstall without rooting the phone. Except rooting won't be an option on Windows. Not if you want to keep Windows.


Re: Unethical business practices

That was a dirty underhand trick wasn't it?

Seems like you can only stick with whatever version of Windows you have or, subject to my earlier concerns about removability, immediately nuke it from orbit if it appears on any future version you install.

After all, it's the only way to be sure -------------->


Re: @beast666

Then you will never know anything my friend.

Open your mind and you will be free!

I have a pretty open mind already mate.

I can happily spend the rest of my life never knowing anything about candy crush and never sending micro (and not so micro) payments to King, thankyouverymuch

Somehow I don't think my life will be poorer for that.





notoriously addictive?

Say wot? Never played it. Don't know anyone who has. Guess I'm not cool enough or something.

Maybe it only works if you're the sort of person excited by bright colours.


crap to uninstall...

That's assuming one is allowed to uninstall it...

EU wants a panel o'boffins to replace solo science advisor


"independent of institutional or political interests"

HA ha ha

Haaaaa ha ha ha ha ha haaaah

Waaaaaaah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

Yeah. Right. I'll believe that when Satan straps on a pair of skis and bacon is soaring majestically past my window.


What stops this panel being staffed by scientists with an institutional bias? Presumably there will be a selection committee, so what prevents them applying their own (usually environmental) bias?

UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists


Re: t'rrists

Hmm why the downvotes? I'm not bothered about getting them, but I am curious to hear the rational.

Was it pointing out that spending billions fighting the insignificant threat of terrorism in this country is a futile waste of money, and is simply security theatre designed to frighten and control the masses...?

Or was it daring to suggest that solar power in this country is largely useless due to our northern latitude and lack of year round sun, and wind power is equally useless because we mostly have days where there's no wind or too much wind, yet we still invest billions of taxpayer funds to exploit this entirely unreliable energy source?


Re: And here we go with anti-cyclist bingo...

So let's cool the anti-cyclist sentiment. One gets enough of it on the road no matter how well one tries to do the right thing.

Not anti cyclist mate. Some road users are utter knobs regardless of the vehicle, and they give the rest a bad name. A minority of cyclists thinking they don't need to obey red lights does not help the perception.

I'm just pointing out the futility of this safety app. It won't make the slightest difference.

Defensive driving / cycling is the only way. Self preservation should dictate you don't want to be sat on a bike at a junction next to a cement mixer lorry. At least let the thing pull off first to see where it goes, instead of trying to dash out in the lead because "I'm on a bike and I can get moving faster than you, losers."

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@Alan Brown: Kevlar

yep them's the ones



Well that's a lot more than terrorism in the UK and look at the amount of money and police we are prepared to throw at preventing that.

Sadly true. Both problems are insignificant and I don't think we should be throwing so much resources at either.

While we're at it we should ban wind turbines and rooftop solar because sometimes the maintenance chap falls to his/her death.

Actually we should just ban them because they're a stupid boondongle that does nothing beneficial for the massive cost, but that's a different subject.



It's just proving tricky to solve the "sudden stop at the destination" issue....

Just call it what it is, "lithobraking". It sounds cool and most people won't know what the fuck it means.

You can even put an eco-spin on it: "...featuring environmentally assisted lithobraking at your destination, where some of the energy used in transport is returned to the local environment..."

Mines the one with the concealed parachute and glide suit.


Re: And here we go with anti-cyclist bingo...

Nothing to do with being anti-cyclist. This "safety" app makes an Everest sized mountain out of an insignificant molehill.

Not for one second am I belittling anyone's tragic death, but 20 in a year is tiny in comparison to deaths from other traffic accidents, obesity, smoking, alcoholism, cancer, well pretty much everything else you can think of.

What's to say the suggested alternative routes are any safer? Navigation systems are infamous for trying to send drivers through impossible narrow, low or otherwise inappropriate routes. Will this one be perfect? Not a chance mate.

How many places can you reach your destination without taking left turns except at roundabouts, without:

1) Significantly increasing your travel distance

2) Significantly increasing your journey time

3) Choosing roads that are inappropriate, not designed for the size and/or weight of lorries.

4) Shifting congestion elsewhere and causing more accidents because of increased congestion in those other locations.

This won't solve the almost entirely nonexistent problem, just move it around and create extra problems elsewhere.

And what about cyclists turning right? They are still as likely to be next to a lorry in a blind spot. Are we to suggest lorries avoid turning right too?

There's one simple universal rule of the road: assume everyone else is out to get you and is always going to do something really stupid, and drive / ride defensively at all times.

But no. There's an app for that.

Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods



My experience with autonomous braking is that it reacts very late, and leaves the smallest gap possible between it and the object it's avoiding. If someone goes into the back of you... well, that's their fault.

Personally (YMMV) I'd prefer something more akin to adaptive cruise control that maintains a speed-dependent minimum distance, and therefore brakes earlier and less aggressively, that a system that jams the anchors on at the last possible millisecond.

Ideally both systems would be present and interact, with the car choosing the most appropriate action depending on the immediate situation.

I do fear too many people will pay even less attention than they do now, just because the car will sort it out. For some (an ever increasing number) that bar is already too damn low.

There are other risks too. Without this being on every car, drivers with the system may get used to its presence and then (for example) drive a hire car without such a system. It's entirely plausible accident rates for those specific circumstances will go up dramatically. People get into habits, especially if they make life easier. One of those habits will be less attentive driving if the car is taking up the slack. Human nature and it's unavoidable.

no doubt the feel-the-road lobby will complain about increased risks from people not paying attention, but the evidence is now there.

One study is a start, but it's not conclusive until backed up by others, contradicted, review, replicated. I would like to see more studies before reaching such a conclusion, including studies examining the possible negative effects of such driver aids.

Feels to me like if one needs a driver aid to be more attentive, one probably shouldn't be driving.

(I'm saying "one" rather than "you" to avoid singling Dave out here).

Trans Pacific Partnership 'fast-track' bill dumped


However, earlier in May he voiced fears that without fast-track legislation, negotiations would run into US presidential electioneering, effectively spiking a final deal until well into 2017.

This can only be a good thing. The longer the better.

There is so much that is deeply, deeply troubling with the degree of secrecy around an agreement that affects so many people around the world. Forcing those who are permitted to read it to rely on memory for anything they find objectionable seems entirely designed to make criticism and rational argument impossible.

Jamie Oliver's ministry of malware served slops AGAIN



Damn you!! That's the third keyboard this week.

Samsung offers $90,000 if you can fix California's epic drought with tech



Build a few nuke plants along the coast dedicated to desalination. Discounted reactors for buying in bulk, all the fresh water they'll ever need, plus a booming salt business.

Wait I forgot. California is full of eco nutters so it'd have to be giga-acres of solar PV and still wouldn't reliably match the stable continuous reactor output.

Oh well. Enjoy your drought.

Massive police 'heavy equipment' robot drags out suspect who hid inside television

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Re: I am now authorised to use lethal force

How awesome would it be if some humourless politco, feeling the use of SWAT teams had genuinely become typical practice, actually changed the acronym to that?


I am now authorised to use lethal force

Understandably worried, the fleshy cops covered their mechanical colleague's attack with a fusillade of "flash bang" stun ordnance and filled the house with tear gas for good measure.

Fuck me. Can you say "over-reaction"?

Wouldn't all the gas, and smoke from the flash-bangs, obscure the robots cameras, making it harder to control? All seems rather pointless and over the top. Surely just send the bot in with a few cops covering the exits and one on the remote. No need for a SWAT battalion and the shock and awe.

Like a Dell factory but what comes out is a LOT more fun: We visit Aston Martin


Re: A battery car

Depends how long you want 1000hp for.

1000hp is ~745kW, so in theory (if you can get the juice out fast enough) a 75kWH battery pack could produce 1000hp for about 6 minutes...

Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight



Guess it depends on your limits... To me it looks "seemingly limited" to a write off (but what do I know?).

Maybe Czechs have a different idea about "limited".

Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery


Re: "Police did not say why the driver wasn’t charged as an accessory to the attempted robber

Seems likely. Sure there are other explanations like maybe the driver or his family were being threatened so he felt he had no choice. But most probably a case of "give up your friend and you'll walk". Lean on the driver if he's otherwise clean, even more so if he's got a record and is looking at some major time. They don't really care about him so much anyway - they don't want the tiddler they want the big fish, and the tit with the pepper spray is arguably far more dangerous.


Full camo?

Seems a bit conspicuous for robbing a pharmacy.

If he wanted to blend in he should have glued a load of tampax boxes to his body and disguised himself as a product shelf. Could then have lurked undetected until everyone had gone home.

NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans


Re: Ice

Details, details...

Maybe Phase II is with frickin lasers? I know, I know. It's not a shark. But who said only sharks should get to play with lasers?

FTC slaps orders on alleged diet pill spamvertising scam scum


Re: wow..

I am gutted. I was looking forward to earning 14k a month working from home. But I am neither single nor a mom so I guess I wouldn't have made the cut anyway...


Re: Youlgreave

At least I wasn't the only one.


Pure Forskolin Extract

Misread that to start with...

Seemed like an eye-watering, whince-inducing method of weightloss.

Red-faced Germans halt NSA cooperation after Euro spying revealed


Umm how's that relevant to Germany's apparent refusal to share intelligence with the NSA?

Why don't you rent your electronic wireless doorlock, asks man selling doorlocks


Re: If a monthly payment is missed....?

In the UK, households can *not* have their water supply cut off for non-payment.

No but the OP wasn't talking about water.

Christ, is your living based on selling these things? You seem to be pushing very hard despite the numerous, obvious drawbacks and the overwhelming view that smart locks solve a non-existent problem.


Shirley you mean 10000...

SBS makes it clear to an intruder that they only have to try 16 combinations instead of 1000 (given the code is four digits long)

Assuming a 0-9 decimal keypad and a four digit combination that is 0000 to 9999 which to even my distracted brain is 10000 possible combinations.


Re: IoT Doorlocks...

A key is fine if you have a free hand. Place yourself in the position of someone with hands full of shopping and a small child in tow....

My God how have we all coped until now?!?

Seriously dude, come on. You're suggesting the smart lock would be entirely hands free? So it would have to be paired with a fob or your phone presumably. What kind of proximity are we talking about? Anything much above NFC range is inherently insecure. You could be around the corner from your house and the doors unlock, potentially letting anyone in.

Pairing to a fob or phone or whatever with sufficiently low proximity requirements to not invalidate your insurance, means you still need a free hand to wave your fob or phone or whatever near the lock.

And what if the battery in your paired thing goes flat? Locked out? Bypass code? Multiple singular access vectors reduce overall security.

No thanks mate. I'll live with the 3 seconds of inconvenience associated with a simple key.


@Dave126 Re: Rent a door lock?

Are you on crack?

My car doesn't unlock itself, or prevent me from unlocking it, if I miss a payment. This is entirely not the same thing as was suggested could happen with a rented "smart" lock.

Calamity cargo capsule DOOMED: Space station pod in fireball re-entry


Re: Time for the Chinese to step up

Great. So instead of one trackable piece flying at 16000mph on a known trajectory that will burn up in about 10 days, there will be thousands of smaller, mostly untrackable pieces flying at 16000mph on unknown trajectories that may stay up there for years.

Nice plan.


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