* Posts by Prst. V.Jeltz

1709 posts • joined 17 Sep 2015

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Re: What is the voice recognition version of "butt dialing" called?

the article didnt seem to go into much detail about what route and format the employee recieved the message in

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Re: Most of us knew that this was going on

giving you functionality or a price break or both in exchange for insight into your personal life

Hey , if personnel data is the new currency then fucking great - I havent got much actual currency so if retailers and manufacturers are going to start taking bits of data instead, then great! Ive got loads of that - i generate it all day long , and even better you can spend it more than once , and even better better you can make up or forge the data and they dont mind!

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Re: How naughty have Amazon been?

To further elaborate:

What I'd like to know is:

- How did the employee receive the recording? Voice mail? Direct call? E-mail attachment?

Apparently there is a feature to record and send a message as audio

- Why did the employee think they had been hacked, as opposed to assuming they had butt-dialed?

cos when the boss sends you a recording he clearly doisent know he's doing it - someone else dit it . possibly.

- Is it normally possible for a user to command Alexa to send a recording to one of their contacts? If not, then it implies the presence of an undocumented (and therefore disturbing) feature.

Apparently It is , and although documented , Its still alarming to me and should be removed , or at least diabled by default.

In the absence of information like this it is hard to know whether to sharpen my pitchfork or not.

RTFA! lol

Contrary to what you read in the el Reg comments section this gizmo isnt Always recording everything you do and storing it on Jeff Bezos DVR.

It operates a 1second audio constant audio buffer ( according to the article) which if hears its name it will increase to record the command - send that to "ze cloud" to be understood.

Hence in theory , when not going off the rails , alexa only listens when u talking at it .

We know this not always case due to tv triggers etc ,

BUT if they refrained from apps that record you and transmit that - i guess it would go a lot smoother.

stick to: "Switch light on" , "play music" , "put beer on shopping list"

AVOID: "take this down and email it to {random person badly voice interpreted}"

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President Trump broke US Constitution with Twitter bans – judge

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Re: Seperation

"Because he doesn't separate them. "

Thats not what i was getting at - i look at both those accounts as his.

Why should anyone not be able to control who writes on *their* thing?

Anyone he's excluded can go say whatever they want on *their* thing.

I dont let Donald Trump write on my facebook page, but some other people can.

This is probably the issue with the POTUS deciding to run the country through twitter.

If he talked to the country the old fashioned way via press release , we could all discuss it in the comments section in the newspaper. In fact cant we still do that?

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Re: Work/Life Separation

Look , its his sounding board he can invite friendly voices only if he wants. Since when did every citizen get the right to write on governmemt announcements?

If the consevatives put up a big billboard saying "We the conservatives promise to blah blah blah , if elected" Its not my god given right to scrawl "Bullshit" on it, but if they want to put some quotes from other people on it they can 'cos "ITS THEIRS"

I do have the right to put my own billboard up next to it with an arrow saying "That other billboard is bullshit"

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Re: A ruling full of holes that will go nowhere

"If the decision fails to stand, it won't be because it's stupid. It'll be because politics doesn't respect justice."

No , its stoopid. Jims right. The judge is saying that everybody has the right to go spmamming whatever they want where they want .

Hey - I think ill start a business and advertise all the products on trumps twitter - that should get some coverage!

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Look , a Landlord can deny you entry to his pub - whats the difference?

The Trump cant stop discussion of him anywhere except on his own personal account, which is his , so whats the problem?

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Re: Fors sale IT warez, IT warez for sale

just have to enjoy the moment while you work.

Its the selfie generation's worst nightmare: In space with camera but no sd!

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Re: The man is 53, for god's sake!

wow you touched a few nerves there with the 53 thing!

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Now that's old-school cool: Microsoft techies slap Azure Sphere IoT chip in an Altair 8800

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the size of that box you could put half a dozen computers in there.

In fact retro youtuber LGR has already done it.

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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Re: what form of madness?

...or possibly some BOFH advice

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I do seem to remember a user / OS2 bofh article ...

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"So they inserted a floppy, "format A:" and then once it was finished - backup complete!"

You've gotta wonder what form of madness led them to arrive at that procedure!

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It'd be nice if fdisk / ghost / the bios / all these types of programs identified the drives a bit more clearly , admittedly i cant think how , as they may not have volume labels at that point.

I'vs come close to doing similar things as in the article and to this day , I unplug drives not involved in the operation for the duration to avoid confusion.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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I still dont understand why women want the toilet seat down - if its up it means it wasnt pissed on.

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Re: It's not a sink

can we start on the dinner / tea debate now?

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Off with e's head: E-cig explosion causes first vaping death

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Re: Vaping is NOT smoking...

So whats the default vape smell?

Also , even if not aimed at them , dakidz take great delight in trying the different flavours.

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Re: Just some good old smokes...

The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul .....

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Re: limit vaping to 20 watts

Trying to kick a 60 a day roll up habit with the thin vapour on offer even three years just didn’t do it for me. 120 odd watts, a couple of Uwell Crown tanks and some decent liquid got me off the fags for good last summer, and now I’m back down at 20 watts with a couple of Kayfun 5s. You can’t emphasise enough that if you don’t find vaping sufficiently satisfying, you just won’t take to it.

Firstly - how the hell did you have time to roll and smoke 60 a day?

dosent the satifying just come from the amount of nicotine in it or vp or whatever?

I am migrating at the moment, trying to find the right formula

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Russian malware harvesting Telegram Desktop creds, chats

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Auto IT malware? good grief!

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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

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Re: We need a "European Great Firewall", to promote local competition and avoid global monopolies

Google and Microsoft created their own software to replace SYSTRAN

Another great service google provide - for free.

and yet they get nothing but hate in return ?

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"but another unconvincing performance could make things interesting"

Another? from what I heard he ran rings round the crustys in Congress who were ill equipped intellectually to interrogate him beyond "Please explain the information superhighway and what you do there".

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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bit of recon ....

Posts by StargateSg7

87 posts • joined 12 Jul 2017

mostly wid mad CAPZ

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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the 5m Ecuador have spent on wifi , is peanuts compared to the money it apparently costs us to have a bobby stand outside the place for the last few years.

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Airbus windscreen fell out at 32,000 feet

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Re: Last time this happened...

"Even if that meant the entire instrument panel had to be dismantled and 100 of instruments disconnected to replace a window ?"

I did give all that some thought before posting but i didnt want to muddy the waters of a simple point. You can still have a load of gear on the inside and fit the window without much manouvering.

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Re: Hero ?

" If he'd had an ejector seat then continuing to fly the plane would have been heroic."

I dont think so, given he's responsible for the 300 or so lives , not ejecting is the least you can expect.

I do think 'hero' applies though as he managed to succeed flying beyond normal limits . Its not his job to fly with no windscreen , even though he didnt have a choice.

re "choice"

Look at it this way - if the pilot had been sucked out by the accident and the stewardess rushes to the pasengers with the classic "Can Anybody Fly A Plane!!!??" .

A guy puts his hands up , retired small jet pilot , and HE lands it - is that a hero?

after all - it wasnt his job but he had no choice but to try

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Re: Last time this happened...

Are you aware that screw thread and head designs are standardised, and for very good reasons?

No i wasnt, im pretty sure i could buy a screw with a 13mm head , with varying length , not to mention thread pitch and even threaded-bit-diameter.

Also I call them bolts.

screws are the pointy things carpenters use

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Re: Last time this happened...

"hindsight is 20/20."

True, but had i been the airplane designer* I would definitely have designed it that way first time round.

I'm not saying I'm a genius , and i get a lot of things wrong first time, but that is new level of " the-bleedin-obvious"

*it wouldnt have mattered becasue had i been the airplane designer it would never have left the ground :)

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Re: Trained for?

A simulator could easily asses that without knowing a thing about water , or even the location of the river , its not really relevant in the question "can you get back to La Guardia?"

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Re: Hero ?

You can train for something without actually doing / simulating the thing you know.

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Re: Topper

oh , I thought he was referring to Charlie sheen's pilot character from those top gun parody movies :)

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Re: Last time this happened...

I saw a documentary about windsreen loss ( i think it was this southampton incident)

They said the design had changed so that the "recess" for the window is on the inside now , ie the frame part is outside the window , ie the pressure is pushing the window ONTO the the window frame rather than off it .

A bloody obvious design that should have been that way all along i'd say.

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: Surely though

"98% false positive is not a pre-filter, it's nearly everything"

No its not 35 wrong , 1 right at the Notty carnival means the cops check 35 people instead of 50,000

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Re: Surely though

A false positive rate in the 90s, even if there is subsequent human intervention, would be easily challengeable if any case initiated on this basis came to court.

How could it be? the cops would show the cctv pic against the file pic and and say looky - same person , and if you cant see that , lets look at the ID recovered off the suspect at the time of arrest - it matches the name on the file pic.

And it would - because the police would have done these blindingly obvious checks at the time - not merely taken him to the cells for a good kicking on the word of the newfangled wrong-most-of-the-time system.

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Re: checks and balances on incorrect id say MET

I'm hearing a lot of bitching but not many solutions being put forth here :p

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How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

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Re: Quality of the data

Thanks JJ

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Re: Quality of the data

Im still confused about what a "facebook app" is.

Do they see an ad on the stream or whatever its called that says "hey! click here to what sort of random bullshit we will assign to the size of your knob" and then they do that - and find they have to install and download and approve an actual application - and they still want to do it ?

is this just on mobiles?

is it actual mobile app or some kind of plug in for facebook app?

If you're prepared to "Install an app" to get a random fortune cookie type phrase re your personality , then the data gathered by the app authors is going to be a cross section of gullible morons.... ah i see the value now .

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Engineer crashed mega-corp's electricity billing portal, was promoted

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Tried it both ways

The trick is to get noticed for fixing problems because you'll never get noticed for doing your job

Yeah did that , still never got anywhere...Although they do leave me alone and let me get on with stuff now... a bit like Leonard deQuirm , with similar salary.

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Engage pedant mode.....

"Steam is a gaseous form of water (i.e. no air present)."

so when is anyone going to see that?

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: It's not for everyone but for most it could be good

What next? take the spanners off the Maintenance staff?

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Re: It's not rocket science...

It's not rocket science...

Quite. I thought all Enterprise size companies did this years ago , with caveats like access when requestes or , like in our case , "all usb sticks must be encrypted"

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Re: It's going to be fun...

"400 segmented servers and appliances"

I dont know you're situation , but if youre wondering round with a usb stick sticking it into 400 things I'm sure you're missing a trick.

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I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space

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Re: Olds

When colonies happen, they'll be driven by either mining and the hard life and austere conditions that come with it or future tyrannical employment overlords like Bezos packing people off to run warehouses or call centres off planet to avoid employment laws, followed by some sort of Red Faction and eventually fragmentation into independent states with a whole new set of mindless bigots farting their nonsense over the communication channels.

Progress? You can take humanity into space, but don't expect evolution into higher lifeforms, just 'cause they fell out of the cradle reaching for the shiney baubles on the mobile.

youve been watching Firefly! or bladerunner.

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Scrap London cops' 'racially biased' gang database – campaigners

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Re: It's not the color

I notice you substituted "computer games" for "art" there to avoid a flurry of downvotes... :)

yes , art also includes gangsta rap , and all the violent movies we love.

Its human nature , and when you're poor with nothing to lose , you think "why not go for the blingy Range Rover?" If I have to put some caps in asses along the way - its part of the adventure.

Similar thinking drives some young muslims to join Isil

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Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)

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Re: Who owned the money

Yeah , its not clear if you get to keep the change , which changes things

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Re: Who owned the money

You mean like like when quiz show contestants say "Well Dave , i came with nothing so ... lets risk it all"

I dont want to be pedantic but ..... that money is yours at that minute ... you see where i'm gong with this surely ?

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Re: Gender bias...

Yes , can we have another experiment about women and £3000 handbags?

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dont deem to bear out the results either . Frugal Daves gonna lose loads on his nearly new skoda , whereas flashy Dan avoided all the depreciation and got a reliable brand name car cheap , albeit blingy

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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Re: Ohm really?

VGF : No, it's not an increase, it's my pay award.

Moi : So your pay has gone up? It's an increase in pay.

My colleagues in the govt dept cant get their heads around the fact that people in private industry have a salary , and not a scale of spine points to work their way up . And I cant see why they get that and normal people dont .

I guess it comes down to which way you look at it - are you working below your salary and working your way up to it once youve proved yourself? ( 8 years later ...)

Or are you getting random huge increases in salary every year for no apparent reason?

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