* Posts by Grooke

33 posts • joined 27 Oct 2017

People of Britain: You know that you're not locked into using the same ISP forever, right?


Re: Sometimes simply the devil you know

You should have seen the month where I started downloading VR... uh... documentaries. Those things are like 10Gb/20 mins. And when downloading... documentaries... you always get more than you can reasonably watch (soreness from all the learning, of course).

Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb


Re: First radio, now light...

You might be onto something. Maybe we can transmit information by voluntarily changing the frequency at which we produce new communication technologies.

Was this quake AI a little too artificial? Nature-published research accused of boosting accuracy by mixing training, testing data


Funny, second time this month that I read about Nature refusing to publish anything that might indicate a previous article was flawed.


It's a shame because it really puts the trust in peer-review in jeopardy.

DeepNude's makers tried to deep-six their pervy AI app. Web creeps have other ideas: Cracked copies shared online as code decompiled


Re: Am I the only one who...

As the saying goes, "The internet is for porn"

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land


Re: The question is how to enforce it, of course

"an app developed in a country"

I read "an app from a developed country".

DXC Technology warns techies that all travel MUST now be authorised


Re: This won't change much in day-to-day DXC life

Exactly! The problem with changes like this is that management puts them in place while expecting the work to still get done. They just count on employee goodwill to get it done without paying for it.

Having bank problems? I feel bad for you son: I've got 25 million problems, but a bulk upload ain't one


Re: 10 minutes, not a second more...

"This implementation has an exploitable timing attack vulnerability that I can use to break the encryption and electrocute my colleague."

Who needs a supercomputer when you can get a couple of petaflops on AWS?


Obligatory smbc:


Human-rights warriors crack on with legal challenge to UK's lax surveillance laws


Re: Pragmatism

We're really getting the worst of both worlds because law enforcement already snoops on people and puts the "potentially bad ones" on watch lists, and then said people still manage to commit terrorist acts.

Could you just pop into the network room and check- hello? The Away Team. They're... gone


Choking on Teamspeak

Back in my WoW days, we had a guild member choking while on Teamspeak. So there we were, 20+ people listening to someone choke, realizing we couldn't even call the emergencies because we didn't know his name or address.

He was OK in the end, but it was scary.

Dedicated techie risks life and limb to locate office conference phone hiding under newspaper


Re: Shouty men in Audis

Great you made me want to be tailgated just to try this.

NASA wheels out Habitation prototypes while SpaceX encounters problems with parachutes


Re: Cost?

While cost(rover) < cost(human):


You might get stuck in an infinite loop where we never get to go to space.

Japan's mission to mine Mars' moon is cleared – now they've filled out the right paperwork on alien world contamination


Re: Too much fuss about contamination

For a lone bacterium, I think the issue will be more about acceleration and speed/air resistance than force.

Getting instantaneously accelerated to escape velocity* means over 1000 Gs, and then you have to survive going through the atmosphere at said escape velocity.

*You'll need to be going much faster than that initially to account for drag.

Freaky photo flingers face fat fines for flagrant phallus flashing fun


Re: Duff batch spotted

Wow, they have a impressive list of finishes.

President Trump sits down with Twitter boss for crunch talks: Why am I losing followers?


Ha! Even I have a follower. She's a lonely Russian girl who'll join me where I live as soon as I send her a bit of money through Western Union.

'Naut trio successfully dock at ISS after Soyuz rocket goes all the way


I wonder if they had to plan extra fuel to lift them.

Brit rocket wranglers get Reaction they wanted after rattling SABRE


Woohoo! A real life R.A.P.I.E.R. engine!

If you're worried that quantum computers will crack your crypto, don't be – at least, not for a decade or so. Here's why


Re: If you need it kept secret

For people reading this and getting fancy ideas: don't roll your own crypto unless you have a phd in a cryptography.

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface


Re: Didn't....

As it's an alternate spelling of "dyke", you might run afoul of:

"Submissions must not be offensive in any language or to any culture"

OK, Google. Music in 2019 isn't what it was, but Play nice, will ya?


Re: Out of curiosity ...

The issue of not really owning music anymore is real, but this case is "just" a technical problem that breaks the communication between two devices in certain cases (though it doesn't excuse the downtime). It's not like when Apple user's couldn't watch their films because Apple stopped the licenses.

In this case, your argument is akin to saying "If there is any chance my CD could break, preventing me from listening to music I own when I want to, I'll have nothing to do with the whole system".

Actually, in this case, the CD is fine. You just can't play it on your speakers because the cable between the CD-reader and the speakers is damaged (but the player's built-in speakers still work).

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats


Pigeon coops

I've seen several pigeon coops in France that are designed to control populations. They attract the pigeons in a central location and some of the eggs are then sterilized. It's also used to monitor the health of the pigeons to prevent the spread of disease.

Sun billionaire Khosla discovers life's a beach after US Supreme Court refuses to hear him out


Re: Another f***ing nouveau brahmin

>I have seen or heard little indication over the years that he has made much attempt to understand or respect the people of his adopted country.

Doesn't his belief that laws don't apply to him because of his wealth show that he has truly embraced American culture?

Send up a satellite to zap space junk if you want Earth's orbit to be clean, say boffins


Quote include twice

I think that if the debris removal can be performed by a single high-power propulsion system, it will be of significant use for future space activity, but I'm not sure where I read that.

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom


Re: Slight numerical error.

In attempted defence of the author: can you make a radio with 7 microAmp transistors?

I'd imagine the transistors used if frequency filtering and modulation would have to be a lot bigger than what we use today in digital circuits.

Reckon you deserve a Wikipedia entry? Try getting this bot's notice


>Apparently it's quite hard for human authors to do cough up coherent sentences too.

I can't tell if this was done on purpose or not.

Zimmerman and friends: 'Are you listening? PGP is not broken'


Re: Who could possibly gain

Maybe we should all call the FBI. "No need to backdoor PGP, its broken"

Good news: It's still legal for Apple to keep its MacBook, iPhone batteries from melting


Haven't seen it mentioned yet, so good job Judge Alsup. Seems like he knew what he was talking about.

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google


Re: Surely....

"When I wrote this code, only God and I understood it. Now... only God knows."

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms


Re: LiDAR doesn't work in the dark? WTF?

"OTOH, if self-driving cars stop for any asshole who runs out in front of them, expect a MASSIVE rise in road robberies, kidnappings, rapes, and murders."

You don't stop for people who run out in front you?

"If I had a dashcam for every time I've proven you wrong...."

Given the above... how?

Reflection of a QR code on PoS scanner used to own mobile payments


Re: Tokens "...when a card is swiped..."

Bonking might lead to other MST issues... Its the French acronym for STDs (Maladies Sexuellement Transmissibles)

Euro Commission gives tech firms an hour to take down terror content


If I was running a large platform like this, I'd love to just automatically send a "this content has been deleted as part of our efforts to stop terrorist content online. Please contact the European Commission for details" message show up whenever anyone tried to post anything.

Easy way to get it done.

That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it


Re: Solution

You need to read up on digital signatures. Yes you can copy the data, but you cannot alter it and maintain a valid signature without the private key. You also can't create a new one from scratch, it won't have a proper signature.

The only thing you can do is make an exact copy, which is no more useful than just stealing the physical passport.

Whois? No, Whowas: Incoming Euro privacy rules torpedo domain registration system


Re: "Whois" is already basically worthless

While I agree with the underlying issue, its still has some uses other than what you've presented.

When I was working at my country's national CERT, we'd receive lists of potentially vulnerable/infected IPs, and we would try (best effort) to reach out to the owners of those device to help them. For many, we didn't have much more to go on than the whois information.

Not reliable, but better than nothing.

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