* Posts by Rustbucket

70 posts • joined 6 May 2017


'Bomb threat' scammers linked to earlier sextortion campaign


". . . the recipients building would blow up unless they sent $20,000 in Bitcoin."

That's a lot more Bitcoins today than it would have been a month or so ago.

China on its way to becoming the first nation to land on the far side of the Moon


Re: Dark Side, Shirley?

It's the dark side if they go at night.

Boffins build blazing battery bonfire


Re: Interesting idea

When standard concrete absorbs CO2 the concrete is weakened and becomes more prone to spalling.

Another externality to the increase in atmospheric CO2 levels -- we can expect out concrete buildings, dams and bridges to deteriorate earlier than they otherwise would.

Laptop search unravels scheme to fake death for insurance cash


Re: Hang on

RTFA. It was the wife and son who went back to the US. It was only the husband's photos that ratted them out.

This just in: What? No, I can't believe it. The 2018 MacBook Air still a huge pain to have repaired


Command Strips

They haven't used glue as such but replaced them with something like 3M command adhesive strips.

At least you won't need hot packs or heaters to try to soften the glue.

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound


Recent Events.

So if it overheard, purely hypothetically, the sound of someone being tortured and murdered in an embassy, it could identify that?

The fur is not gonna fly: Uncle Sam charges seven Russians with Fancy Bear hack sprees


GRU Staff Shortages?

I know that the GRU is a big organization but lately the west has blown the cover of many of their overseas operatives. The two guys who conducted the Novichok attacks were found to have almost sequential passport numbers from a non-typical passport number range, which means anyone else who had traveled to the West and had their details recorded with a similar passport number is also busted. That detail in itself could account for tens of possible agents.

There must be a limit on the number of people who are both trained, qualified and trusted to carry out these kinds of missions in the West.

Microsoft gets ready to kill Skype Classic once again: 'This time we mean it'


Still cheaper than HP's ink cartridges.

Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh


Re: "California two-spot octopus"

I think it's "octopodes". Strangely I have a couple of large dictionaries that give "octopi" as an option, even though as has been pointed out, it's technically wrong (latin ending).

Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll


Re: When you actively go looking for mistakes,....

The real "take away" is that if you're interviewed or arrested by the cops or the feds you should ask for a lawyer then STFU.

MyHealth Record rollout saga shambles on: ALP wants it put on hold


Opt out now.


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


Australian My Health Record opt out.

Australians who wish to opt out of the Government's My Health Record data base have only to October 15 to do it.

See the latest news on the breach of the similar Singapore system for a possible reason for why you may wish to do so.

http://theconversation.com/my-health-record-the-case-for-opting-out-99302 gives extra insight on why you may wish to opt out and also contains a link which argues the contrary view for opting in (the default if you do nothing).

Page link to opt out: https://www.myhealthrecord.gov.au/for-you-your-family/opt-out-my-health-record

Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto


Alternative Venona

The story I read is that as the Nazis advanced into Russia the part of the code section responsible for generating the random numbers for the one time pads was evacuated to the east but the printing staff were left behind, so they started reusing pages.

They did not reuse whole books at a time but mixed up pages between new books. When the implications of the reuse were understood the staff were afraid to warn their superiors, because they would likely have been sent to Siberia or executed for the initial mistake.

AI augments humans to lead them through the (protein) crystal maze


Re: Folding@home ?

This was a completed project on the World Community Grid, basically stopped because the funding was cut.

As well as detecting crystals they were trying to work out the the best conditions for getting the proteins to crystallize, which was a big multi-variate problem.


Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops


Re: @AC ... The cat is pretty well out of the bag already

AR-15s are typically 5.56 mm.

The strife of Brian: Why doomed Intel boss's ex86 may not be the real reason for his hasty exit


Happy as Larry

"HP CEO Mark Hurd ejected amid a probe into alleged work-related sex harassment, and Larry Ellison immediately rehired him as co-CEO of Oracle."

Well Larry Ellison would!

FACE/OFF: Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission bins NEC-built biometrics project


What, since when have privately initiated, large IT projects been any more successful?

I seem to remember reading about a large UK bank with some problems recently.

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images


Techdirt response to similar threat in 2016.

"We had hoped that this would be the end of it, but apparently it is not. A few weeks back, we received the following, absolutely bogus legal threat from an Australian lawyer by the name of Stuart Gibson, who appears to work for an actual law firm called Mills Oakley. The original threat from Mr. Trkulja could, perhaps, be forgiven, seeing as he almost certainly wrote it himself (again, it was incomprehensible in parts, and full of grammatical and typographical errors). Our response was an attempt to educate Mr. Trkulja against making bogus threats."


What got breached this week? Ticket portals, DNA sites, and Atlanta's police cameras


police credability

"Police Chief Erika Shields told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the city will hopefully still be able to proceed with the cases.

"But the dashcam doesn’t make the cases for us. There’s got to be the corroborating testimony of the officer," Shields was quoted as saying."

These days many juries (and hopefully judges) won't take the word of the cops without electronic evidence to back them up.

Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark


They were initially in the dark as to the cause of the problem.

TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters


Enough blame to go around.

In the case of the SIM fraud, they should be suing the network provider as well as the bank.

Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules


"Remember that simply putting up someone else as a front is an offence that can carry a gaol sentence."

Snigger. First you have to prove it in court. "Just because the new company is owned by my wife and is renting the same office as my old outfit, doesn't mean I have any involvement in the running of the new company, Your Honour."

And of course the authorities have to have enough resources to investigate all these shonks. In Australia a royal commission is uncovering all kinds of horrors in the banking and superannuation industries, and the government have cut $20 million out of the regulator's funds in the latest budget.

GDPRmageddon: They think it's all over! Protip, it has only just begun


Microsoft Windows 10 and GDPR

How does Microsoft with their outrageous and largely secret spying facilities built into Windows 10 fare in the time of the GDPR?

Signal bugs, car hack antics, the Adobe flaw you may have missed, and much more


Re: Interesting photos

If accidents are the motivation, it's more likely to get evidence that the injured persons were acting dangerously or criminally, to reduce the camera owner's liability if the victims decide to sue for damages.

Crypto chat app Signal's disappearing messages found hiding on macOS


Re: Cant you just have...

What information is stored depends on your settings.


Waymo robo-taxis to accept fares in Arizona in 2018


Re: Why Arizona?

According to a Wired article, this test will use a safety driver, be strictly geofenced with set pickup and put down points (no parking hassles) and the rides for the test are free.

UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics


Re: Sex Education

Many of the parents are probably pig-ignorant themselves.

Google will vet political ads to ward off Phantom Menace of fake news



Apparently this only applies to direct advertisements for/against specific parties or candidates.

It doesn't apply to "issues advertising" such as "don't let them take our guns', "illegal immigrants are taking our jobs" and "the right to burn coal and drive giant SUVs is the right to be free'.

No names mentioned but none really needed.

NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men


Re: So basically....

Modern reactor designs have an expected life span of around 60 years and they're typically refueled every 1.5 to 2 years. Navel reactors use more highly enriched fuel and have much longer refuel periods, sometimes the life of the vessel.

New commercial power reactors are getting 50-60GWdays per ton of fuel.

HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges


Re: Motherf***ers. I strongly doubt this is the only HP that has done this.

HP used to (still?) geoblock their cartridges. Legitimate HP carts bought in south Asia would refuse to work in Australian purchased printers.

North Korea's antivirus software whitelisted mystery malware


Re: Now watch the next spin

Even if the software is crappily written, it seems like a lot of work just to give a false attribution to North Korea.

It's unlikely we could have a much lower opinion of them than we already do, so what would be the point?

Australian SigInt spooks won't get power to spy on locals


Be Afraid

The scary thing is that Dutton could be the Liberal's next candidate for leader and maybe Prime Minister.

Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins


Re: @DougS: People are sensitive to polarization of light

"People with normal vision can see the Haidinger figures. Even the degree of polarization of the blue sky 90° from the Sun is enough to see it, if you know what to look for."

Try this instead: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haidinger%27s_brush

Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems


> Self-driving cars can only react.

But it didn't react. The woman was directly in front of the car for nearly a second and it made no attempt to brake.

BTW all, Ars Technica posted a couple of images of the way the accident site is really lit. The second one in the article may be closer to what humans actually see.


Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough


Re: The Swiss are in it

> "until 52% of you decided to shoot yourselves in the foot... errrr... head."

Not quite. Just 52% or those who could be bothered to get out and vote. Oh well, too late now.

Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries


On Australian TV show Planet America they reckon an iPhone 9 costs $US 341 to make from parts manufactured in Japan, South Korea and maybe the USA, and then it's assembled in China.

The Chinese assembly contributes only US $22 to the total cost, but the phone will then be classified as "Made in China" and import duty levied appropriately.

El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block


"It's hard to say what the overall effect will be on porn-viewing habits in the UK. Some might opt for text-based porn (which isn't covered in the legislation), or cut it out entirely"

Are they going to be using the same tired old DNS blocking that most other non-Chinese countries use for this kind of censorship? In that case it will be a matter of days at most before all the kiddies have worked out they need to use a foreign based DNS.

If that doesn't work there'll be a massive uptake of VPN services.

NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun


Re: We have the clueless leading the blind...

No, most gun deaths will be suicide, but they're still dead and they probably wouldn't be if a gun wasn't readily to hand.

Other suicide methods require forward planning and have a high failure rate, allowing the victim to later get help.

Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!


Yahoo mail deceased account

My will is stored at my solicitor's office and I've put a sealed envelope with the master password to both my password managers in with it. The lawyer has the master key but not the password database and at home there's the programs and database but not the password, except in my head.

Yahoo says your loved ones should have no access to your emails when you die, so I think it's best not to tell Yahoo.

"Unfortunately, Yahoo cannot provide passwords or allow access to the deceased's account, including account content such as email. At the time of registration, all account holders agree to the Yahoo Terms (TOS). Pursuant to the Terms, neither the Yahoo account nor any of the content therein are transferable, even when the account owner is deceased."


What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids


Re: Tax write-off

I was mildly disappointed that they couldn't find some real science experiments to toss into the payload along with the roadster.

How many other opportunities for potentially free trips of that magnitude into the solar system are you going to get? I'm sure the world's universities could have quickly come up with some research that could be done on the cheap.

Game of Thrones author's space horror Nightflyers hitting telly


GRRM SF Horror

One of the best written and scariest things he's written was a novelette called Sandkings, originally published in Omni magazine. It won Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards at the time.

It was adapted into a one hour, single episode "for TV" show but that was done on the cheap and severely cut down.

It would be an excellent candidate for expansion into a movie, albeit with some small script adjustment for the unending bleakness, lack of any likeable characters and "everybody dies" ending.

UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry


"There is a strong anti vaping lobby, made up of "health" professionals and tobacco companies, whose tactic is exactly this: FUD."

While the early vendors of eCigs were independents, I understand that old time tobacco companies are now getting into vaping tech big time. When one door closes another opens.

If that's the case I'd be be very suspicious of any claims of "harmlessness" coming from the vaping lobby. And as a gateway habit for teenagers leading to eventual cigarette use, I think that is entirely possible.

VPN logs helped unmask alleged 'net stalker, say feds


Re: @ "first in" AC

"I agree about VPN providers that sell out their customers, when you are selling anonymity it's not really the best idea to brag how you sold any client out."

On the contrary, the logging they did was spelt out clearly in their terms and conditions.

The idiot's main fault was not choosing the right VPN, and doing his dirty work on his work computer (and not wiping the evidence afterwards).

Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage


Mixed Results

What simultaneously amuses and horrifies me is that they tried to emulate a real woman, but they copied one with one of the worst and obviously-fake boob jobs imaginable.

I'd be reluctant to touch a real woman with a set like that; "Omigod she's full of plastic!"

Sysadmin tells user CSI-style password guessing never w– wait WTF?! It's 'PASSWORD1'!


Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."

Because they weren't pasted under the keyboard where you'd normally expect them to be.

Researchers claim ISPs are 'complicit' in latest FinSpy snooping rounds


Re: Cmon, have guts

Worse than Turkey, Russia, Venezuela ?

Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit


Parts cost corrected.

The Bolt hardware breakdown was actually later found to be of a set of knock offs. When they later tested the real thing the parts cost went up by just under $4.00.

France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports


Re: Rebranding exercise

Or the Ministry Of Truth.

Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall


Re: Bah!

Not just her head and arms but her underwear as well

"Mr. Madsen found a rope, he said, and tied it to Ms. Wall’s legs, to pull her out through the hatch, in the process tearing off her pantyhose and her shoes. Asked to account for why her underwear and other clothing were missing, he had no explanation."


Google's Hollywood 'interventions' made on-screen coders cooler


Forensic over supply.

Yeah, I thought that would happen, but some of the skills learned are useful in other fields such as food safety and environmental technology.


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