* Posts by Clive Galway

433 posts • joined 15 Feb 2007

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Smash-hit game Fortnite is dangerous... for cheaters: Tools found laced with malware

Clive Galway
FAIL

The problem is amplified by the game devs making it too easy to cheat

Previously all the skiddies seem to like CS:GO, cos CS:GO pays attention to the mouse cursor, so no-recoil cheats are trivial to write (A simple AHK MouseMove command will do it, no need for WinAPI calls to fake RawInput)

Now the flavor of the month seems to be Fortnite. Initially, this too was trivial to cheat in. It supports mouse and console controller, but when you fired with a controller, you got an aim assist.

So of course what they did was rig it up so that when they pressed fire on the mouse, it pressed a console controller trigger instead, so you got mouse aiming plus aim assist.

We have real problems on the AutoHotkey forum with douchebags consistently rocking up, no interest in learning to code, they just want hax handed to them on a plate, and they will download and run ANYTHING that they find that purports to be a cheat.

Then game devs get lazy, and make it so their game won't run if AHK is installed, screwing over legitimate users.

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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

Clive Galway

Re: Olds

New Shepard is a space tourism vehicle.

Blue Origin is NOT a space tourism company.

New Armstrong is going to be orbital, and it is slated to be comparable or better than Falcon Heavy.

He's just using space tourism as a stepping stone, whereas SpaceX are using cargo transfer as their first stepping stone.

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High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper's Charter lawful

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Thumb Up

So Plan B then?

Drag heels until we are out of EU, then as you were.

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Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST

Clive Galway
WTF?

"the aircraft’s autopilot system will trim against the control column force"

"if a force is applied to control column while the autopilot is engaged, then the aircraft’s autopilot system will trim against the control column force"

WHY???

What possible use could that serve?

If it is not feeding through your actual input, WHY SHOULD IT TRIM TO COUNTERACT THAT INPUT???

So basically if you pull up, it ignores the pull up and issues a nose down. ie, when in autopilot mode, any pitch input is inverted. MENTAL !

Sounds bonkers to me, and only likely to lead to disaster.

IMHO, if the manufacturer failed to mention this completely un-intuitive behaviour in it's documentation, this accident is basically their fault.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

Clive Galway
FAIL

"We might pick up the one that's out there and bring it back"

Bringing things back is SpaceX's forte, dumbass.

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It's baaack – WannaCry nasty soars through Boeing's computers

Clive Galway

RE: What if aircraft used Windows?

Death by Modal Dialog

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

Clive Galway
WTF?

27% of the value for a software upgrade?

Did I get my maths wrong?

£345m on 15 airframes = £23m per aircraft.

Current value is £85m, so 27% of the value of the aircraft to upgrade it to fighting capability?

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For all we know, aliens could be as careless with space junk as us

Clive Galway
Stop

Space Elevator in a crowded environment

Please forgive my ignorance, but is the feasibility of a space elevator not inversely proportional to the amount of junk you have in orbit?

Would a space elevator not basically mean that a certain point above the surface of the earth is always occupied, and so nothing else lower than or equal to geosynchonous (ie pretty much everything) can ever pass through that column?

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Symantec ends cheap Norton offer to NRA members

Clive Galway
FAIL

"Dear Symantec, attached is a copy of my receipt to McAfee"

Having been a Symantec customer and then going with McAfee as your next choice makes your opinion instantly worthless, end of story.

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

Clive Galway

Don't forget the notch!

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Oh sh-itcoin! Crypto-dosh swap-shop Coinbase empties punters' bank accounts

Clive Galway
FAIL

Re: Sounds about bloody right

Let me translate that for you.

"Serves them right for not having enough money in their bank account to cover them in the case their bank account got drained"

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Clive Galway
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Re: Sounds about bloody right

You are making the assumption that they put all their money into BC. Is the whole issue not that due to a banking error, their BANK accounts were drained? Are these two statements not fundamentally incompatible?

ie, if they took all the money from their bank and put it into BC, then how did they lose anything in the banking error?

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Clive Galway
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Re: Bottom line: don't "dabble" in what you don't understand.

Kindly explain to me how the "bottom line" in a scenario where a banking error draining people's accounts of money is IN ANY WAY RELATED to virtual currencies being a good investment.

Hell, this whole scenario could just have easily happened with Tesco online grocery shopping.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Clive Galway

Re: "App on their smartphones"

I said nothing about the phone stopping working, but there is ZERO reason for them to need to fingerprint someone while not carrying out their duties, and PLENTY of capacity for misuse of the system if they have 24/7 unfettered access to it.

Do firearms officers take their guns home? Do traffic cops take their pursuit car home? Do mounted policemen take their horses home?

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Clive Galway
Stop

"App on their smartphones"

What, work smartphones? And these stop working when they clock off?

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Elon Musk offered no salary, $55bn bonus to run Tesla for a decade

Clive Galway

It makes sense, but not *perfect* sense.

A little clearer would have been something like "up from its current $65bn, then stepping up in $50bn increments up to $650bn"

As it was, it seemed to be saying that 65+50 = 650

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

Clive Galway

Re: Foveated rendering is not a magic bullet

"So they can output to 1080p fine for the whole scene, then add the extra 4k/8k render for just the one foveated render spot"

A Vive is 1920x1200, so the 1080p render could not be used for the non-foveated parts.

The foveated part is not suitable for focusing on, it's only designed for peripheral vision.

Besides, the whole point of foveated rendering is to not have to render all parts of the screen to a decent quality, so by rendering that part of the screen at full quality for the streamers, you negate the whole point of foveated rendering.

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Clive Galway

Foveated rendering is not a magic bullet

It's not gonna be popular with the live streamers if all their viewers only get a decent view of where the player's eyes are

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OK, OK, MIRA-I DID IT: Botnet-building compsci kid comes clean

Clive Galway

Wired article

There is a very interesting article about this on the Wired Site, suggesting that initially Mirai was a tool for DDoSing MineCraft servers.

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Leftover Synaptics debugger puts a keylogger on HP laptops

Clive Galway

Re: Can anyone explain

Dunno about for audio, but it would be useful for mouse, especially if you want to allow modifier keys (eg Fn+Click does something special).

Looking at the screenshot, it mentions "stick" and "SuppressAfterKeypress" - I am thinking this is maybe to do with "nipple" mice?

I think what it maybe does is suppress movement of the mouse while you are typing - maybe without it, the vibrations from keypresses wobble the mouse pointer around.

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

Clive Galway

"was not intended nor has in fact created a tax benefit for the firm"

Very slippery language.

No, it did not result in them paying less tax than they were CURRENTLY paying (Fuck All), it just meant that they could carry on paying fuck all.

So whilst it did not result in them paying less tax, it DID result in them NOT paying more tax.

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Clive Galway

Re: Aga-doo

Hold a chicken in the air

Stick a deckchair up your nose

Buy a jumbo jet

And then bury all your clothes

Paint your left knee green

Then extract your wisdom teeth

Form a string quartet

And pretend your name is Keith

Skin yourself alive

Learn to speak Arapahoe

Climb inside a dog

And behead an eskimo

Eat a Renault Four with salami in your ears

Casserole your gran

Disembowel yourself with spears

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

Clive Galway

Nothing like C.

With C, the rule is that if the conditional has no braces, then the first line after the condition is in the block and nothing else.

Whitespace in this case is utterly irrelevant

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Clive Galway

I meant what is inside the code block, not what is part of the condition.

numbers = [2, 4, 6, 8]

product = 1

for number in numbers:

....product = product * number

product = product * number is only part of the loop because of it's indenting. This is what I was referring to.

Trying to post some Python code somewhere that does not allow indenting (I cannot figure out how to do it on this site, even pre blocks strip out leading whitespace) and you simply cannot post valid code.

What happens if somehow you end up with source that contains spaces and tabs? The code could then surely APPEAR to mean one thing, but in fact means something completely different.

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Clive Galway

Any language where whitespace dictates what is inside a conditional and what isn't (eg Python) needs to die a slow and painful death IMHO.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

Clive Galway

Re: Organised crime

They voted in feb of this year to regulate growing, so that is likely coming to an end.

Whatever way you slice it, it would still bring in hundreds of million of pounds a year in taxes, and by some estimates, over a billion a year.

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Clive Galway
FAIL

Re: No vaping in the workplace please

Honestly, you make a comment like "The main trigger is damp in houses for me, so god knows what it was pumping out" indicating that there is some link between your ailment is water vapor, and wondering why an e-cig is triggering it, and I pointed out that e-cigs pump out a LOT of water vapor and then you make a dumb comment like "I don't collapse unable to breath every time I brew up".

Well duh, e-cig vapor is not steam. Steam is above the boiling point of water and is a gas. e-cig vapor is not above boiling point of water, it is still a liquid.

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Clive Galway

You mean like Holland, Canada or many US states? Because we are so close to winning the War On Drugs, and the government does not need all that pesky tax, it's much smarter to put that money in the hands of criminal gangs where it can do some good.

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Clive Galway

Re: No vaping in the workplace please

Because maybe the majority of the "Smoke" from an e-cig is water vapor?

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

Clive Galway
Stop

The Grauniad

Pot, kettle, black?

Get your own house in order before throwing that insult around.

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Nokia touts future of virtual reality ads... but who's the audience?

Clive Galway

Re: Almost there

"Your physical movement space is limited to about 1m^2"

For what? Vive is 25x larger than that.

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Clive Galway
FAIL

Purchases in VR

"Please enter your credit card number..."

By definition (For VR, not AR), you can either see the virtual keyboard, or the card, but not both.

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NHS WannaCrypt postmortem: Outbreak blamed on lack of accountability

Clive Galway

Re: "Windows XP used on 4.7% of systems"

I worked in NHS IT for a number of years. You would be amazed.

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Clive Galway
Stop

"Windows XP used on 4.7% of systems"

Yes, but I am betting that that figure would rise DRAMATICALLY if you were to only include servers.

A large part of the problem is not keeping workstations up-to-date, it is keeping the servers up-to-date.

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Everything you need to know about the Petya, er, NotPetya nasty trashing PCs worldwide

Clive Galway
Trollface

"endpoint lockdown specialists Tanium"

Unless of course you are customer of Tanium, in which case your endpoints are used to demo their product.

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Apple, LG, Huawei, ZTE, HTC accused of pilfering 'find my phone' tech

Clive Galway
FAIL

Re: I'm baffled

Of course it was completely obvious in 2004 - it existed as a product.

I had tracking software on all my Windows Mobile devices, certainly before 2004

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht denied bid for new trial

Clive Galway

Utterly mental drug equivalencies in that document

§2D1.1

Level 38 offences:

90 KG or more of Heroin;

450 KG or more of Cocaine;

45 KG or more of Amphetamine

You fucking what?? Speed is 10x more of an offence that Cocaine?

Twice as much of an offence as HEROIN??

Sounds like someone is spending too much time in the evidence room...

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Clive Galway
Trollface

I tried to get to level 43 weed smoker, but it involved too much grinding, so I gave up.

Thanks, I'm here all week!

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

Clive Galway
FAIL

"The bill is a response to last week's WannaCry ransomware outbreak"

"It's designed to force the US intelligence agencies to pass on vulnerabilities to developers and hardware makers if there is evidence other people are exploiting them."

So it isn't a response to WannaCry then.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

Clive Galway

Re: In the UK

And what if he did "bag up"?

Barrier contraception isn't 100% reliable.

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Shooting org demands answers from Met Police over gun owner blab

Clive Galway
WTF?

Stickers?

"The force press office admitted that its main idea with the Smartwater initiative for gun owners was about deterrence, thanks to the stickers that Smartwater sells, rather than identifying stolen guns"

And where, exactly, are you meant to put this sticker?

On your front window? Announces there is a gun in the house and makes you a target.

On the gun? WAY too late by this point - if you have broken in and have the gun in your hand, are you REALLY gonna put it down because of a sticker?

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Honor phone for paupers goes upmarket, assails flagships

Clive Galway
FAIL

Worst.strapline.ever

"For the brave" does not instill visions of reliability.

Plus, for UK sales, using the american spelling of Honour is not a smart move.

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Astroboffins stunned by biggest brown dwarf ever seen – just a hop and a skip away (750 ly)

Clive Galway

Re: It's quite a small object

"Rather than trying to prop up the existing theory with a new layer of epicycles, a new hypothesis should be developed based on observations. Those observations tell us that our understanding of gravity is incomplete."

And what do we do while that new hypothesis is being worked upon? Delete the theory of gravity from the textbooks?

No, you triage it as best you can with a big fat warning "We don't really know what this fudge factor is, we're working on it"

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Amazing new WikiLeaks CIA bombshell: Agents can install software on Apple Macs, iPhones right in front of them

Clive Galway

Re: Beware strangers bearing gifts

"Think about it: why go to all that bother when you can send someone an infected birthday present?"

How common do you think it is to get a birthday present of a computing device worth thousands from someone who is not a family member or personal friend?

If it is a business associate, then aren't there bribery laws on giving personal gifts?

It just does not add up. An expensive wine or tickets to an event maybe, but businesses do not generally give iDevices to each other.

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Clive Galway

Beware strangers bearing gifts

"Think about it: why go to all that bother when you can send someone an infected birthday present?"

Am I missing something or are you being REALLY dumb?

An stranger gives you a free iDevice - how is this not massively suspicious?

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User jams up PC. Literally. No, we don't know which flavour

Clive Galway

Yup, me too.

Most surprising person to report it was the lead coder on a game.

F'ing really?? You work as a software developer and you cannot work out how a floppy drive works?

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

Clive Galway
FAIL

Just WARN me that you are going to update, dammit!

It's not windows rebooting when left alone that winds me up, it's windows installing updates when I reboot with ZERO warning.

If windows is going to update when you reboot, it needs to explicitly state it - ie the restart option should be renamed to "Reboot and update" and it should offer you a "Reboot and don't update".

We had an evening utterly ruined by this while on holiday the other week - 4 of us in our holiday apartment, using the laptop for entertainment - we rebooted after installing an app, then it installed a massive update which took all night with no warning whatsoever.

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The Psion returns! Meet Gemini, the 21st century pocket computer

Clive Galway

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!

That is all.

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BlackBerry's comeback: El Reg gets its claws on the QWERTY KEYone

Clive Galway

Would give my left nut for a landscape slider

The HTC Touch series were the absolute pinnacle of design IMHO.

But no, everyone is obsessed with how thin a phone is these days, so sod all chance of that :(

If you are gonna do a QWERTY as well, may as well have a dedicated number row.

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Google to cough up $20m after Chrome rips off anti-malware patents

Clive Galway

Litigation from beyond the grave?

The patents [...] were awarded to former Lucent engineer Allen Rozman, who died aged 52 in 2012, and Alfonso J. Cioffi, both of Texas*, who filed suit [PDF] against Google in 2013.

Allen Rozman came back from the dead to patent troll Google?

I thought the patent situation in Texas was bad, but not that bad.

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