* Posts by Muppet Boss

24 posts • joined 20 Jul 2018

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

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Re: Want to try to reprogram it so it feels and drives like an F1?

Unfortunately, the quorum of AoA sensors is not trustworthy, as they are subject to the same adverse conditions (icing or wasps or tape) and more than 1 could and do fail simultaneously (same as with pitot tubes), as in 3 AoA sensors in Airbus 2 showing incorrect input - this is well documented, see e.g. http://services.casa.gov.au/airworth/airwd/ADfiles/over/a320/2015-0135R3.pdf.

However, the failed sensor does not typically produce random values, the incorrect value produced is typically the value at the moment the sensor got blocked and does not normally change (same as with pitot tubes). If of 2 AoA sensors, the first produces changing values and the second produces unchanging or near-unchanging values, the second sensor most likely failed. With this and other available sensor input (pitot-static) combined, the problem of determining failed and working AoA sensors seems to be solvable in practice, even with only 2 sensors available. Probably even with a software update.

It does appear to me that Boeing managed to squeeze a poorly engineered potentially unsafe system past all controllers though.

Icon because what happened next.

Whatchu got for us this week, Microsoft? Skype, Powerpoint tweaks and – oh – another foldable

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Skype subtitles, surely no use for targeted ads?

I remember asking a chap living in Beijing on Skype whether the smog was bad there at that moment because I was travelling there in a week. Less than 2 minutes after in an unrelated web browser window I was shown a context ad touting cheap flights from London to Beijing. For the month of my travel.

So with subtitles, now I don't even have to type to receive useful personalized ads? Wow. sounds like a great deal!

/sarcasm off

Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Happy times

Dear Mr. Zuckerberg,

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We won't go until we get some;

We won't go until we get some;

We won't go until we get some, so bring some out here

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas;

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Yours sincerely,


Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Designed backdoor?

Could this be not bad design but rather specifically designed backdoor to show some love to various agencies' backdoor addiction? It does feel like this sort of hanky panky design.

Russian computer failure on ISS is nothing to worry about – they're just going to turn it off and on again

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Translation quality matters

"We confirm that the so called program readiness of one of the three ISS computers was lost, in other words there was a program fault. In order to restore the computer to a working state, system reboot is required.

This fault will in no way affect ISS normal operation. The default cyclogram permits indefinite flight time using two available channels. To ensure reliable docking procedure with the Progress spaceship, the reboot will be performed on 8 Nov 2018."

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin

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I think we will see a huge surge of NNEMP (non-nuclear electromagnetic pulse) weapon development and sales in the following decades.

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In 20 years, US bots will fight wars against whom?

So, Dr. Kott implies that the US Army will fight their adversaries with autonomous weapons at a battlefield. The adversaries that cannot retaliate with MAD or wipe out comms and electronics with EMP strikes. Like, missile-delivered killer drones 'neutralizing' smaller countries' soldiers or insurgents. We also have numerous examples of the US Army deliberately using lethal weapons, including weapons of mass destruction, to kill civilians in the course of war, and this will no doubt happen with the autonomous weapons.

What effective defense strategy would work for these countries to protect from and retaliate against such attack? Developing weapons of mass destruction and deploying means of delivery against the potential attacker that can reach the attacker's soil to make it excessively costly for the attacker seems to be a very reasonable response and arguably the only military protection for these smaller countries.

I think and agree that autonomous weapons pose comparable danger to weapons of mass destruction and must be banned and controlled as such. The world has clearly forgotten once again what the world war really looks like.

Your pal in IT quits. Her last words: 'Converged infrastructure...' What does it all mean? We think we can explain

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>The vendor I work with want's to provide the solution that works best for me. If you're sales team doesn't recognize that, you need to ask for a new sales team.

I thought the vendor's sales team goal is to meet their sales targets. And when the customer is finally locked in, they can have a grand party

If you haven't already patched your MikroTik router for vulns, then if you could go do that, that would be greeeeaat

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Re: Would anyone...

>Would anyone... who regularly reads here, admit to owning a MicroTik router?

I did in the thousands for a business and I personally have 10-20 devices at home for testing & whatever (e.g. true 500Gbps duplex radio bridge)

ROI for suitable applications was excellent in comparison with big vendors.

This company only employs 150 people and their equipment can be found operating in most places on Earth (and in the air).

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Re: Router OS?

> Router OS?

>What a name ... as if MicroTik wasn't enough!

MicroSoft Windows?

Cisco IOS?

And that's spelt Mikrotik like in a non-English name of a non-English company

What could be more embarrassing for a Russian spy: Their info splashed online – or that they drive a Lada?

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Re: Well, 2 pissibilities here

>-GRU set up a fake huge uni campus complete with fake students and fake profs and fake janitors etc to centrally register all its vehiclesn using it's agents real names.

>I know which would make the best Bond movie !

Don't forget about paper taxi receipts in their pockets, next to the paper license to kill, to keep the GRU accounting happy!

Many of them come from outside Moscow and they have to register their car using a Moscow address. Registering using an "important" address does help dealing with road police but for many of them renting flats there is no choice because of the way how the system works, either register using a work address or register using their "permanent" residential address outside Moscow and drive car there every year to do the MOT. Like to Siberia.

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They will not go for anything less than BMW X5 or Mercedes GL-Class these days. Maybe will consider an Aurus.

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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"At no time, past or present, have we ever found any issues relating to modified hardware or malicious chips in SuperMicro motherboards in any Elemental or Amazon systems."

I assume this means that modified hardware or malicious chips were working just fine? No firmware issues like Apple's?

UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor

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Re: What kind of conservatives want to tax everything?

>If a company is a net drain on the economy then why should it be allowed to continue operating?

Good idea if extended to governments

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: Have fun!

Illegal books and movies I assume: Lolita, Emmanuelle, Mad Max, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and of course Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.



'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU

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Re: Is it discrimination

Imho, when you choose option (d) and target truck drivers in your truck driver job ad campaign, you are clearly discriminating against non-truck drivers who might be interested in applying for and capable of doing the job but will never have a chance of seeing the ad...

I understand why people think that discrimination is bad but do not accept it myself that any discrimination is inherently bad. This is a part of human nature, like discriminating strangers in favour of your family. Known attempts of changing the human nature and creating an impartial Übermensch failed miserably and catastrophically. Look, Apple fans!

The modern Western society defines certain 'protected categories/groups/classes', where negative discrimination is not acceptable. gender being one of them. Interestingly, positive discrimination if often tolerated and even encouraged, rationale being righting the past wrongs or just guilt. Then there's reverse discrimination and quotas...

The ads in this case seem to be negatively discriminating a protected category and feel unfair ("seem to" due to limited info available and the accused party's point of view not present).

What if the ads were exclusively targeted at women or seniors to "attract diversity into traditionally male-dominated industries", would these be seen as discriminating and unfair?

It looks like there are cases where discriminating 'protected categories' is generally accepted by the Western society. Targeted tampon ads? Targeted ads for 'family hotels'? 'Child-free' hotels? 'Gay-friendly' hotels? Targeted ads for 'shaving subscriptions'? Oh yeah, surely there are poor souls deeply offended by not seeing these...

CADs and boffins get some ThinkPad love

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I wonder if they are using yet another AUO screen with horrible 220Hz PWM as they did for most X/W/P-series laptops. They are great laptops but for the screen and I used to go a long way to get rid of the PWM flickering (like X220 converted to run an FHD eDP screen). Typing away on that classic IBM keyboard! Touching the Trackpoint!.. Feeling the Ergonomics... Oh those sweet memories of the Past...

Lenovo did not seem to be listening though and every new generation after X220/W520 felt worse and worse. In the end, I had to switch to Dell Latitude: good, no PWM and a slippery nipple that pretends to be a trackpoint cap is easily replaced with a very decent cap from Dell Latitude C-series.

Yes, some people actually see PWM flickering and perceive it as a form of torture...

The Solar System's oldest minerals reveal the Sun's violent past

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Re: 100 micron meteorites

Says out of stock ;)

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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My experience is that quite a few businesses are happy to pay for expensive hardware because "price equals quality, y'know". Not all of them think the same about expensive workforce though...

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✓ PWM-affected super bright AMOLED screen for that eye-popping disco ball experience

✓ Locked bootloader and lots of system bloatware to entertain all those powerful CPU cores

✓ Reliable systems to detect and prevent a phone user from becoming a phone admin

✓ Irregular security updates not lasting for long anyway

✓ Who would ever need external storage anyway

✓ Who would ever need to swap the battery anyway

✓ Who would ever need to disassemble the phone anyway

✓ The most important thing in a phone: the [front-facing] camera of course

Is there a chance that manufacturers see some market opportunities and develop phones for professionals: sturdy, long-lasting, easy to repair, quality hardware, software being LTS and optionally bleeding edge available, no unwanted or locked user space software. Expensive, of course.

Cybercrooks slurp nearly $1m from Russian bank after pwning router at regional branch

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Re: ATM's

There, one fully loaded ATM usually contain $30-80k in cash in the dollar equivalent. In large shopping center there' often an ATM room with 10+ ATMs from various banks. Daily limits are between $1.5-10k for individuals. For commercial entities, e.g. a sole trader, can be $100k+. The news mentioned 17 banks. If every mule had accounts in all 17... not too many mules.

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Re: Russian Central Bank's Automated Workstation Client

Automated like in "with the help of a computer". A better translation would probably be an Automated Workplace of the Central Bank's Client (yup these guys are serious about names). This is just a Windows program, think of SWIFT Alliance Workstation (SAW). Search for "Рекомендации по настройкам АРМ КБР" to witness this funky bit of user interface for yourself. I would not be surprised if it was installed on a generic desktop inside the bank's shared LAN w/o any extra segmentation and with a few deferred Windows patches to ensure system stability; the bad hats would want to obtain access into the LAN by one of the various means and then it could be as easy as locating the correct PC, firing the scripts and letting their pet fintech boy spend some quality time.

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