* Posts by Robin Bradshaw

370 posts • joined 26 Sep 2007


We're not getting back with Galileo, UK govt tells The Reg, as question marks sprout above its BS*

Robin Bradshaw

Re: European Union

Yet here we are doing just that

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Nope

would-be adversaries should have to buy the weapons systems to find out what they might be facing, just like everybody else, won't somebody think of the shareholders.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

Robin Bradshaw

Re: And the moral of this story is ...

If they vast majority of police were doing the best they can the first thing they would do is rat out all the bad apples and get rid of them,

Therefore I can only assume they arent doing the best they can.

Freedom of Information coverup clerk stung for £2k after deleting council audio recording

Robin Bradshaw

There is muck to be raked here

I just googled this case and found an article on the whitchurch heralds website* that quoted the judge as saying:

"All parties need to take a long, hard look at themselves. I suspect if the residents of Whitchurch saw those emails, they would be deeply shocked."

Which seems to be in reference to:

"[Young] found herself the subject of criticism from some councillors, which affected her health," said Mr Hanratty. "Including 250 emails from two councillors in a short period of time.

As they seem to have been evidence in court can you FOI request the emails so the residents of Whitchurch, and us in the peanut gallery, can read them and be deeply shocked?


Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Electronic conspicuousness

I cant think of a worse outcome than creating the conditions that would result in china making tiny ADS-B transmitters, pry one out of a crashed drone, prod the electronics a bit to make it report as being several jumbo jets vaguely near the current location, strap it to a seagull and head to your nearest airport to cause havok

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain, Mozilla tells UK broadband providers

Robin Bradshaw

SHH dont tell anyone

While the people who are making money off the back of the insecurity of the current DNS system are pissing and moaning about their revenue stream drying up, they seem to have missed that Google slipped DNS over TLS into Android 9.

TalkTalk returns to the email hall of shame as Pipex accounts throw weekend-long wobbly

Robin Bradshaw

Re: So, to confirm:

On the strength of this article I thought id check if my pipex email was still active, so i racked my brain for the username and pass I havent used in 11? years and aparently its still active, suspiciously theres no emails waiting though.

Well that's just spliffing: UK Amazon merchants peddling Mary Jane

Robin Bradshaw

Re: When the British were honest

An earlier date to consider, Tea smuggeling in the 18th century:


And with figures like "More than 3,000 tonnes of tea was smuggled into Britain a year by the late 1700s, with just 2,000 tonnes imported legally." That is either a few dishonest people drinking a hell of alot of tea, or or alot of people drinking suspiciously cheap tea no questions asked.

I imagine there will be some market for this in the coming years once we crash out of the EU end up with wto tarrifs and massive customs queues, what sane persons going to bubble up their suplier who's smuggleing in their tea and insulin

Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I work in the field

I think a more measured headline would have been:

"Pissing tiny speck of radioactive material goes missing, government to spend $275 on replacement"

I have no idea of the cost of the plutonium one but if your in the US and want a 10µC Cesium¹³⁷ standard United Nuclear have got you covered for $145 + $130 if you want better calibration:


Im seriously tempted by their Spinthariscopes though, but i have no idea if I can get one shipped to the UK:


Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Luckily

AC i like your style, my method of navigation is to work out what direction the place i want to be is from where I am, and then drive down roads that look like they go in that direction until I see some signs for where I want to be and follow them.

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Here's a PEP

>>> from __future__ import braces

File "<stdin>", line 1

SyntaxError: not a chance

Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

Robin Bradshaw

How about a robot slave with the same voice as you for your wife?

File under i'll be pottering round in the shed enjoying myself.

Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Tabs v spaces

"Gets really nasty to work out why the code doesn't work as expected if a mix are used"

Dont you have a just-fixit script to replace all tabs with 4 spaces? it saves loads of aggro when copying and pasting a mish mash of stackoverflow answers, some with tabs and some with spaces. :P

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

Robin Bradshaw

Re: how is assembler outdated and by what?

By outdated assembler language im going to assume they meant it uses AT&T syntax and confused them with everything being the wrong way round.

As Google clamps down, 'Droid developer warns 'breaking day' is coming

Robin Bradshaw

Re: So, No Other Google News Today, Then?

Paul Hovnanian that was 9 months ago and was likely a leak from a medical isotope making lab, and was in the order of a few micro grams*, and given it has a half life of 8 days after 9 months there will be basically nothing left. It got plenty of sensationalist news at the time but the news didnt get across the incredible sensitivity of the detectors and the tiny amounts involved, It's like me farting in south wales and somebody detecting a whiff of that fart in scotland levels of sensitive.


Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

Robin Bradshaw

Re: How Prevalent is Nude Photography....

Shadmeister, do you think polaroid were such a big company and made so much money because of the quality of the pictures they produced? Theres a reason digital cameras killed them :P

Tarmac for America's self-driving car future is being laid right now

Robin Bradshaw

Re: What's a "self-driving car license"

Thats what 802.11p is going to be used for i believe, the roadworks will broadcast the restriction to cars.


In europe i believe its all in the ETSI ITS-G5 standard.

I presume america will have a different incompatible standard as is customary.

Brit military wants a small-drone-killer system for £20m

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Surely microwaves?

The raving idiots from the ukranian youtube channel Kreosan have a small scale demo of this with their staggeringly mindboggelingly dangerous magnetron on a stick:


Kind of interesting to see but it made me wince even though im 2000 miles away at the other end of an internet connection.

Robin Bradshaw

Barrage baloons?

How about old fashioned barrage baloons, but rather than those large cumbersome WWII things i was thinking more dental floss and party baloons its quite effective when wrapped round a motor.

You can see it towards the end of this video here:


Also the drone mounted chainsaw might work in a defensive capability too

Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Maybe

The US already has, see their civil asset forfeiture system


Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

Robin Bradshaw

I have a plan to uparmour my drone to defeat this using easily and cheaply produced ablative carbon foam tiles¹ to whom sould I apply for an opportunity to test this armour against the laser? Perhaps the special projects bureau could get this tested for us, expensive laser Vs £1 worth of diy carbon foam? :P

¹ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wex_yKfrTo4

NASA lights humongous rocket that goes nowhere ... until 2019

Robin Bradshaw

Re: 8 million pounds thrust

Whilst I dont have a good way of describing the thrust in el reg units I do know a good video showing the mass of fuel burned per second in elephants for the saturn 5 which is in the same ballpark as the SLS


House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Scare stories

Given the lack of information its impossible to be certain but the few android powered connect to the tv boxes I have seen use something like a 5v 2A wallwart adapter, the cheap ones of these are all shit and will fail on creepage and clearance and probably also on having undersized copper clad aluminium cables.

Bigclive on youtube has plenty of teardowns of such grotty adapters if you want to see more.

eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqJnFhhPAis

If your really worried have a rummage through that big old box of branded psu's to old equipment you have long since lost and find a suitable one with the same voltage and current rating, just check thay havent done something staggeringly stupid like make it center negative :P

US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

Robin Bradshaw

About that Hard wired ID

I had a mooch at the Biohax Sweeden site (aparently they are assisting with the implants) and they seem to use the NTAG216 chip.

Another quick mooch on t'internet and it seems chinese magic writable UID Ntag cards are a thing now.


.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

Robin Bradshaw


How much carbide do the ships carry for the acetylene lamps? Id imagine if the ship has been subjected to a sufficient blast for an EMP to take out the electronics the lightbulb will be quite dickered and electricity may not be available.

Im not even going to look as is sounds like the sort of stupid thing someone would have made but id be stunned if you cant find a mobile app on google play that does the same thing with the camera on the phone and the led flash to let you send pointless messages at night over distances you could just shout, just add some local bluetooth/wifi sync so one phone acts as master and the rest slaves and have all the sailors line up on deck pointing their phones at the other ship and marvel at them all flickering in sync.

If this doesnt exist im relying on you good reg readers to make it a thing, the world needs a mobile phone based clacks terminal.

FREE wildcard HTTPS certs from Let's Encrypt for every Reg reader*

Robin Bradshaw

Re: An admirable effort.

Browsers do flag it differently thats what EV certs are for, you get a big green splodge with your companys name in it.

Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Erm

Before the linkfarmers were banished to the wilderness beyond results page 10 I can rember having to search using a variation of:


Just so find the actual product i wanted for sale instead of some spammy comparison site that didnt even link to somewhere selling it, so as well as giving us the bloody annoying cookie popup perhaps we'll be getting seo stuffed chaff in our search results too, fantastic.

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Erm

They cant use the word monoply because despite the world not using it Bing exists and does the same thing, if your really desperate you could also use Yandex

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

Robin Bradshaw

Currently we have GPS, GLONASS and Galileo to choose from and by 2020 ish China will have expanded BeiDou to be global, then as has been mentioned there is the wi-fi/celltower geolocation stuff if close is good enough or are they proposing some apocalypse proof system? in which case id suggest the stop and ask someone method, you will be furnished with a list of turnings and pubs you will go past to get to where you want to be.

When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!

Robin Bradshaw

What about Bing?

Why is it always about google?

Cant Bing get some love too?

Drones over London caused aviation chaos, pilots' reports reveal

Robin Bradshaw

A 2m Drone! seems legit.

Whilst not being impossible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VIi_vuzmOSY

Its somewhat improbable unless its some ridiculously expensive commercial thing, i just measured my cheerson cx-20 and its about 40cm across.

Given the description of "orb shaped objects" its likely either weather balloons or my childhood favourite of bin bags cut up and taped together to make a balloon envelope and burning hexamine tablets wired into the bottom to make a diy hot air balloon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OjB6ia5v0c , although these days you can just buy environmentally unfriendly sky lanterns off ebay but not that big i think.

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Freak 'em out !

By be my friend did you mean harrass them into joining your professional network on LinkedIn? :P

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Robin Bradshaw

Re: What

Should FANUC still be supplying replacement bubble memory and paper tape readers? :P

Robin Bradshaw

You could supply support and updates for 200 years after end of life and it wont make a jot of difference if the end users wont apply those updates.

If legislation is needed i'd suggest its more of the kind that makes not applying security updates in a timely fashion criminal negligence.

Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

Robin Bradshaw

And yet microsoft provide monthly updates that protect you against the newest threats for free! and people wont apply them.

Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Common profile...

How long do you think it would take for them to notice that everyone entering the US was known online as Trumpy McTrumpface? :P

MPs worried Brexit vote website wobble caused by foreign hackers

Robin Bradshaw

A committee of MPs has expressed concerns that schoolchild's homework might have been eaten by a dog.

I can only assume these same MP's think the entirety of google is running on a single PC like ones on their desks.

Alabama man gets electrocuted after sleeping with iPhone

Robin Bradshaw

I think the real news here is US plugs are horrible flimsy badly designed shit.

After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

Robin Bradshaw

In the style of the Daily Fail

Just now it took me two minutes on google to find a visual terror guide on how one unthinking muppet and a bus can inflict injury upon millions.


Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

Robin Bradshaw

Re: The commenter needs to do some thinking

Looking at the view count and using the earning figure* of $1.68 per 1000 views the video you screen captured has earned the Axis of Evil™ about $6.87 and with a massive 1641 subscribers they are quite lucky to even get that, perhaps they have a patreon because they really arent going to be funding anything more than the occasional Sandwich, packet of crisps and bottle of pop for lunch with that level of income.

Perhaps a better angle would be how mind numbingly stupid it would be to attempt to fund your terror operation using youtube revenue given how hard it is to get eyeballs on your content and how little you get per 1000 views.

*given by Dave Jones of eevblog here https://youtu.be/R8qdOAEQnps?t=5m9s

Google promises policy review after several big brands pull YouTube ads

Robin Bradshaw

Im not sure why the downvotes, that screenshot with the guardian advert (from the times story) is perhaps one of the most disingenuous I have ever seen, framing the story as ohhh evil terrirists making money on adverts while accompanying it with a screenshot of a Britain First video.

Dont get me wrong I totally consider Britain First to be vile racist knuckle dragging idiots, but if your going to frame a story as oh no funding terror, then utterly fail to find a screen grab and have to resort to being selective about when you screen shot a home grown uk racists video to make it look like that, then i have to question how big of a problem is this, surely with youtube being awash with this shit and the end of days being upon us it wouldnt have been hard to find an actual example.

Of course there is also the attribution issue, is it actually terrorists uploading stuff or enterprising Macedonian teenagers making money by uploading any old shit people will click on :P


Volkswagen pleads guilty to three Dieselgate criminal charges

Robin Bradshaw

Re: That was never the test

"But nobody else actually changed how their engines ran based on whether they were actively being tested."

You didnt watch that video did you?

The bit where the Zafira reduces adblue injection when its going faster than the max test speed, or outside the testing temperature window, or as you mentioned altitude if its being driven at a higher altitude than the highest European testing station or reducing the amount of EGR if accelerated harder that than required for the test (which is fine as EGR works best at low powers) but keeping it reduced even after returning to normal lower power use.

This isnt changing how the engines run if they are being tested?

The rest of your reply suggests that the only data that counts is the test data and "It is meaningless to compare the emissions in unknown conditions to the emissions in specified conditions." that's exactly how the manufacturers view it too, which is why they are all on the fiddle with the engines behaving nicely under the test conditions and turning off or reducing emissions features when they aren't operating under conditions that correspond to testing.

There is a very nice slide at 50m45s showing the results of testing the Zafira with a portable testing system in real world use with both the old cheating software, and their revised not cheating software after Germany had some stern words with them , its almost miraculous.

(it will use more adblue though)

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Natural Law v Governmental Law

"The emissions laws are met by everyone else."

Richard 12, I have some bad news for you, all the manufacturers are bullshitting the tests.

Felix Domke gave an excellent talk on how Vauxhall/Opel are doing it in the Zafira at last years Chaos Communications Congress (the Opel analysis starts appx 20min)


And you can find the report referenced in that talk here:


On page 2 is the graph showing a variety of cars tested, the bottom of the bar is how that car did in the Euro emissions test regime, the top of the bar is how it measured in real world useage, so the size of the bar is the amount of bullshitting, a bit like Pinocchio's nose :)

Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

Robin Bradshaw

As an example of availability problems

So the solution put forward to the "availability problem" (of the 2015 top five movies) is if a film isnt available on you netflix or Amazon Instant Video you should also subscribe to NowTV which will get me 4 of them, so who carries the fifth and how much do they want, so far thats £5.99 for basic netflix, £5.99 for prime video, £9.99 for NowTV and i still might not be able to find the film I want, and I have to pay that every month just incase i decide i want to watch a film.

How much would it cost per month in subscriptions to ensure that for an arbitrary choice of film one of my subscriptions would have it? Or is there a services that individually or combined has this amazing coverage but you buy/rent per film? that would work too.

That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Weeping ANgel

There is also a "sontaran" project which looks like a work in progress to create an implant for a siemens VOIP phone, so Dr Who does appear to be quite an influence.

Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component

Robin Bradshaw

Re: Really smart meter?

Im fairly sure the economy 7 time switches were radios tuned to Radio 4 LW, they dont contain a clock but switch on and of according to a signal embedded in the Radio 4 transmission, its quite oddly interesting really. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_teleswitch

Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

Robin Bradshaw

Re: I carry a whole bag in winter

After watching that video id suggest taking the handbrake off and not gunning it would be more effective

We've been Trumped! China's Alibaba is a 'notorious' knock-offs souk, says US watchdog

Robin Bradshaw

Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it's someone else's witch being hunted.


Perhaps the USTR could show the Chinese how its done by cleaning up Ebay, which is every bit as bad as Taobao, or does ebay get a free pass because its American and can therefore do no wrong.

They are impossible to contact, ignore all efforts to report unsafe electrical items, to the point you cant even give them a reference to the relevant RAPEX alert to demonstrate they are unsafe and banned in the EU.

As an example: the Extra dangerous electrocute-o-daptor with lamp test feature., there are several RAPEX entry's for this one, this is one of them 1144/09: https://ec.europa.eu/consumers/consumers_safety/safety_products/rapex/alerts/main/index.cfm?event=main.notification&search_term=1144/09&exclude_search_term=0&search_year=2009 (its a pdf)

Here it is on ebay the first one i found: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Universal-International-World-Wide-Multi-Travel-Plug-Charger-Adapter-UK-3-Pin-EU-/262524545975

And here is a wonderful video from bigclivedotcom demonstrating its exciting lamp test feature :) https://youtu.be/hvOTiQKkQMo

So if the USTR would be so kind as to also add ebay to that shit list id be eternally grateful.


UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

Robin Bradshaw

Re: In other news...

Why would you use a UK VPN provider? the whole point of them is to make it look like you're in the US so you get the good Netflix :P

Im curious though, where is the going to leave use after we get kicked out of the EU, what with all that hooha a while back with the US government having to cook up safe harbour and pinkie swear they werent going do bad things with EU citizens data.



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