* Posts by Remy Redert

499 posts • joined 2 Mar 2007


SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space

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The instantaneous launch window opens at 4:33 p.m. EDT, or 20:33 UTC

Direct from SpaceX's official website.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Never store CC details

Speaking from the far off lands of the Netherlands, but also available in some other European countries, we have a wonderful system called iDeal, where a transaction is stated in the vendor's environment, transferred via a single use number negotiated between vendor and bank and then finishes the transaction in the bank's environment.

We also use IBAN, which can be used to transfer money to an account and identify the account, but cannot be used to charge the account without jumping through a bunch of hoops at which point a large part of the responsibility lies with the bank.

Obviously this is less attractive for Amazon and all, because they can't use their one click purchasing with these systems.

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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Re: Experienced tester.

Have I got a great example of that one. The social security managing software that the company I work for makes has some very interesting 'features'. For example, the client in a dossier and his partner are stored in 2 separate fields in said dossier.

When we make a new dossier, we check the existing ones to see if there are any incompatible dossiers around and still active. If there are, we show an error. This check of course only checked for clients, not partners.

So you could give client A and partner B their social security check and then give client B and partner A their social security check as well, paying them twice because partner B didn't already have a dossier as far as the system was concerned.

It only took a year to get it accepted as a bug and fixed, because of course the user and their processes wouldn't allow that situation to happen in reality.

Lost in translation and adrift in cloud storage

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Re: google translate anyone?

3) Microsoft does, of course.

You'll get your money – when this bank has upgraded Windows 7... or bought extended support

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Re: Do I have this right ...

None. The EULA prohibits it.

Forcing us to get consent before selling browser histories violates our free speech, US ISPs claim

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I don't see 'Internet Service Provider' or 'company' in the list of protected classes, so it's perfectly fine to discriminate against people on the grounds of their being an internet service provider, a company or a specify type of company.

And companies are after all people.

Star wreck: There's a 1 in 20 chance a NASA telescope and US military satellite will smash into each other today

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Re: No lineage?

Planetes is an anime series where space junk and it's clean up occupies a central role in the story.

There's a manga too, which goes a fair bit further in the story.

Curse of Boeing continues: Now a telly satellite it built may explode, will be pushed up to 500km from geo orbit

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Re: Stupid (I'm quite sure) question...

Because it doesn't have anywhere near the Delta/V required to deorbit it. If you try, you'll likely just end up with an elliptical orbit that strays through the geostationary orbits on a regular cycle.

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

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Re: Why is there a choice?

The technician has just found that floppy 412 is unreadable. Unfortunately that means the software will have to be completely removed and reinstalled from the back up. We've been assured that this shouldn't take more than 3 working days.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

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Re: Stating the bleeding obvious part #261

If they ran that on Windows ME they'd get the same result you always get on Windows ME.

A blue screen of death

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts

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Re: Email?

Generally typos are treated as they should be, mistakes where the letter and the intent differ and if intent can be established, for example with those previous emails, intent takes precedence.

Same if the result is held to be unreasonable.

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards

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Following the instructions was not to hit the button because the aircraft was already in go-around mode.

My suggestion would to just power the camera down entirely when stowed. It's apparently a distraction for the operator.

Cloudflare punts far-right hate-hole 8chan off the internet after 30 slayed in US mass shootings

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Re: inspired by 8chan

You're missing mental healthcare in that list, I'd argue that the access to guns is the least of the problems in that list, with education and mental healthcare taking the 2 top spots.

Of course, improving education will take time and even if it happens today, it'll be a decade or two before the results start to come around. Improving mental healthcare would produce results faster, but the US seems allergic to any kind of affordable healthcare and has a cultural problem that has only recently started to shift of people not seeking help.

So access to guns and restricting speech that incites others to violence and discrimination are the lie hanging fruit. For certain values there of.

Our hero returns home £500 richer thanks to senior dev's appalling security hygiene

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Re: Ahhh passwords...

No, you take the new password which hasn't been hashed and the original forgotten yet and compute a whole bunch of likely variations and run those against the hashed old password. If any of them match, the new password is too similar to the old one.

If you don't get any matches, create the hashed password and get rid of the plaintext.

It's official: Deploying Facebook's 'Like' button on your website makes you a joint data slurper

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Re: simple solution!

That'll be Ireland's responsibility, so little chance the. However this ruling means websites are going to have to unlink from the Borg or risk being in the line of fire.

He's coming home, he's coming... Hutchins' coming home: British Wannacry killer held in US on malware dev rap set free by judge

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Re: Hear, hear! @monkeysee

The point seems to be that he didn't use the software nasty against anybody, others did that. He should have been prosecuted in the UK for making and selling this software nasty in the UK. If they can prove he sold it to people in the US, they might have jurisdiction the same way they would with an illegal arms dealer selling weapons into the US.

UK competition bods to stick probe into worrying lack of said competition in online advertising

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Re: Lack of competition?

That makes it even better. Ask them to report all the data they have on you, then demand they delete it and sue them for having it in the first place, you never agreed to let them collect it.

Alexa, are you profiting from the illegal storage and analysis of kids' voice commands?

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So they can argue that you accepted the terms and consented to being recorded. The moment I step into your home however, they are breaking the law as I never gave any such consent.

Like using the latest version of Microsoft Office? Love Offline Files? Not for long!

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The answer to the first is no. If you point Libreoffice (or any other OpenOffice variant) to any folder synched by a cloud provider, including One Drive, it will happily take advantage of the useful part (file synch and duplication) without any of the downsides of use Office 365 Offline files.

Unless you're using Onedrive and Microsoft decides to help you by cleaning up some space on your hard drive for you, of course.

Wow, talk about a Maine-wave: US state says ISPs need permission to flog netizens' personal data

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Re: Market Forces

This would work wonders in any market where market forces are present, the cost of starting up a business is low and there aren't many regulatory hurdles to leap across.

The ISP market in the current framework in the US is not such a market, so your choices are to change the rules and enforce openness to get there, as many European countries have done or change the rules and enforce privacy rules, net neutrality and more.

Of course in the EU we kind of went both ways. Most EU countries require at least the phone networks to be open to competition regardless of who owns the actual lines, through local loop unbundling and other such schemes and most EU countries never allowed privacy abuse the way the US does in the first place. They certainly don't now that the GDPR has come into effect.

All we really need now is for the Irish to start hammering certain large US-based companies that continue to flagrantly violate the rules.

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?

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Re: Why is it...

Because while the plastic molecules don't decompose and are nearly impossible to digest, the plastic fibers do fall apart. Those toys are now micro and nano plastics spread all over the environment. Or they got burned in a trash incinerator.

Ok Google, please ignore this free tax filing code so we can keep on screwing America

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The Netherlands here, same deal. I don't think they force you to use it, but it works pretty well and almost everything is pre-filled so filing is very low effort.

Uncle Sam charges Julian Assange with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion

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But why is it being charged in the US? He wasn't there when he committed the crime. Charge him where he was when he committed the crime and we can talk.

Two Arkansas dipsticks nicked after allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing bulletproof vests

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Re: Testing in the real world

It is important to note of course that in the picture in question, the bulletproof vest wasn't getting tested.

They had tested the vests extensively and so were certain that they would work. The people they were trying to sell them to however were unconvinced, so they decided to have a very convincing demonstration.

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

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You should probably do that the other way around. Install Linux on the machine and not have the Windows issues. Install a VM with Windows to do the few things you need Windows for.

As a bonus, that makes it trivially easy to prevent updates from downloading (and thus installing) unless you want them to.

Why are there never free power sockets when my Y-fronts need charging?

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That would be the transaction fee, which at a mere few hundred dollars per transaction will be an absolute bargain.

Secret mic in Nest gear wasn't supposed to be a secret, says Google, we just forgot to tell anyone

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Re: Don't be........

I recall a 2010 article detailing that slurping WIFI data was EXACTLY what Google did. They did not try to decrypt or crack the encryption on anything, but they did store anything that came over the air unencrypted while their cars drove by.


Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Probably didn't bother checking it because it was a matchbox? Too small to stuff anything dangerous or particularly illegal in.

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Re: I cant imagine a sphere would make a good door stop full stop.

It's gold. If you need it to be a doorstop, it's easy enough to deform a hollow sphere of gold to the point where it won't roll.

Mind you, it would in this case as already noted probably be 2 hemi-spheres, either of which would make a fine doorstop.

German competition watchdog tells Facebook to stop combining user data without consent

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Re: Non facebook users

They have some valid uses for keeping hold of IP addresses, at least for a while, in terms of abuse prevention. But using them for marketing purposes would require explicit informed consent, lack of which should not prevent people from using the website.

As for the Cookie directive, they must inform you that they are using cookies. Consent is only required for cookies that are not required for basic functionality. So a cookie to track your activity in order to keep you logged in or in order to keep a shopping basket or some preferences does not require consent. A cookie to track you for marketing purposes does.

GDPR is the answer to your final paragraph. It works on the basis of very broadly specified private information and doesn't care how that information is collected, only if it is and under what legal basis.

London's Met police confess: We made just one successful collar in latest facial recog trial

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Re: *just* one successful arrest?

The real question is how many people did the system flag as being wanted when they weren't? If the false positive rate is very low, then a high false negative rate can be forgiven in a system like this. If the false positive rate is high, it's worse than worthless.

Sysadmin's three-line 'annoyance-buster' busts painstakingly crafted, crucial policy

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Re: Great system...

Depends on how prone to configuration errors you want to be. The error-free way is to load the default first always, then check for a system specific configuration and load that over the top, then check for a user specific configuration and load that.

That way, anything that wasn't specifically modified by the system or user configurations will use the default and the user only has to configure those things he cares about.

Alternatively, you load the user configuration if it exists, the system configuration is the user configuration doesn't exist and a system one does and the default only if neither of the previous exists.

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

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Re: A pox on all advertisers.

The law says you can't have that information, so any information you already have is now illegal.

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Re: Collective Authority

It's individual competitions. Lose any of them and pay through the nose for it.

Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

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Re: Idiot

If it had just pulled the pin, the grenade would have detonated underwater and he wouldn't have been bothered at all.

The real risk there is having the pin trapped and pulling up just the grenade, because then you risk the thing going off before you drop it back into the water.

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Re: Candidate failed

Incorrect. Survivors are only eligible for an honourable mention or at-risk survivor if they failed to remove themselves from the gene pool. The living Darwin Award is for those who eliminate themselves from the gene pool and survive to tell the tale.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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Re: /proc/cpuinfo Never Lies (or does it?)

No, we changed the definition after we moved from 66mhz 486 to the early Pentium and equivalent AMD designs that no longer offered an FPU or not choice because they simply always had an FPU.

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Re: I was under the impression...

Shared L2 cache? Sure. Not L1 cache and certainly not the FPU. Both are vital to performance. 16kb of dedicated L1 cache per core is stupidly small.

Memory controllers vary a little more, but can generally be shared across multiple cores without much of a performance hit. More importantly, they have been shared since the dawn of the multi-core CPU era.

This lawsuit, if it goes to jury trial, is going to have to establish the basic per-core features that need to be present on a CPU and in doing so, will probably look at competing CPU designs of that time to decide that.

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Definitions change over time. For the past 2 decades it's been a given that a CPU includes an FPU because other than the issue with Bulldozer, all of them did.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

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Re: Go for it, Google!

Opera is Chromium. If this change gets pushed, they're dead in the water too. Firefox and Safari should still work though.

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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If the cookies are required for website functionality rather than tracking, they're still required by the Cookie law to notify you about them but they're not required by GDPR to give you any choice in the matter. It is entirely possible that they're still doing bad things but it's not necessarily so.

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Re: ...fast forward 5 years of legal back-and-forth appeals....

It does not because this particular complaint didn't complain about that part. AFAIK other complaints over that are already working their respective ways through the legal systems.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: Umm... nope.

The problem is that is not just getting 1 or 2 degrees warmer, is getting 5 to 10 degrees warmer and 3 to 7 degrees colder. The maximum, minimum and the variance there in is changing far more than the average increase suggests.

And it's that variability that is liable to kill a lot of got climate species.

FCC's answer to scandal of AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile US selling people's location data: Burying its head in the ground

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Re: You don't understand how it works

Both. They had considerably more assets than normal people tend to ever have, however they were also up to their ears in debt, as most of those assets couldn't be easily converted to useable money and they were spending more money than they had coming in.

Come mobile users, gather round and learn how to add up

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Re: Itchy Chin

It says the text in the banner was 2+2= and the script was used to calculate the answer. It doesn't tell us anything about how the script did this

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Like the masses of TSA employees that called in sick or quit because they can't afford to not get paid for even 1 month?

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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Re: FCC and FTC are totally unreliable to regulate industry

Major Euro ISPs absolutely are doing basic monitoring of their e-mail services to protect against them being used for spam. Major Euro ISPs are not doing monitoring of port 25 in general because it's not required. If a specific customer of an ISP is spamming Comcast, Comcast should block that IP and contact the ISP's abuse department.

Jeep hacking lawsuit shifts into gear for trial after US Supremes refuse to hit the brakes

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Re: So...

I don't know about this particular case, but in other cases it's been the DAB+ radio (max range for a hack of a few dozen km, provided a legal transmitter power is used) that was responsible for the initial hole.

How about manufacturers simply go about not putting important vehicle functions like engine, brake and lock controls on the same physical network as things that have no business interacting with those controls, like radios, heaters, Bluetooth handsfree phone systems, etc.

Excuse me, sir. You can't store your things there. Those 7 gigabytes are reserved for Windows 10

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It's unreasonable for a vendor software update that you can't avoid to break anything.

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You can no longer set your user storage folders to any other drive. Microsoft decided it was a bad idea to let users do that after one of their patches broke any machines with the user storage folder on a different partition.

You can change where programs install, but you can't change the default /program file/ directory (any more). AFAIK you can still move the paging and hibernation files. For now.

And of course, all of these were 'advanced user options' rather than 'shit we should check for by default'.



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