You are the BOFH and I want my reward (and not in Emu Lager).
751 posts • joined 29 Sep 2008
Visa fraud charges: Uncle Sam accuses four Chinese eggheads of covering up their true ties to China's military
NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs
Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault
$5bn+ sueball bounces into Google's court over claims it continues to track netizens in 'private browsing mode'
Tip from the Antipodes
As a beastly colonial whose forebears were thrown out of the Old Dart some 200+ years ago, can I just say...
DON'T DO IT!
It's a government's prerogative to say who can enter and who can be a citizen. Unless it's under direct ministerial control, it will eventually go to hell in a handbasket. Comments above about the agendas of private commercial concerns are spot on the money. Privatisation of core government functions under the guise of saving taxpayer shekels are never a good thing. Tears at bedtime inevitably follow.
Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps
Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch
Vulnerabilities? What vulnerabilities?
So walking around, keeping 1.5m from everyone, with your Bluetooth on is safe? A quick delve into your favourite search engine will show you that it isn't. Googleing for 'bluetooth android vulnerability 2020' brought up a mere 1 million+ hits (I didn't worry about iPhones; they've got their own CovidSafe problems).
While you're here, can someone explain how this works?
1. According to their blurb, When the app recognises another user, it notes the date, time, distance and duration of the contact and the other user’s reference code. AFAIK, BT works through walls. I was unaware that viruses could travel through them though. Anyone for a host of false positives?
2. I found the statement by our PM to be rather disingenuous when he stated early on that the data would be held in Oz, hence giving all true blue Aussies a warm fuzzy feeling. He failed (at that time) to state that it was with AWS, a decidedly US company. As has been stated earlier, the US TLAgencies can grab anything they want without much hindrance from a company with US roots. Our beloved pollies also stated that not even a court order could get the data released to our gummint, but as a member of Five Eyes, Shirley they can get it (CLOUD Act), and hand it back to Peter Dutton, MP (Minister for keeping us safe from overseas nasties) without having to bother with any legalities.
Of course they'd never stoop to such things would they?.
Academics: We hate to ask, but could governments kindly refrain from building giant data-slurping, contact-tracing coronavirus monsters?
In the Antipodean version...
... this is the Minister for Home Affairs and failed Prime Ministerial coup leader, P. Dutton, Esq's wet dream. Despite earnest statements from gummint mouthpieces who promise that this data collection will all end when the Coronavirus problem has concluded, this is just as believable as the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, Santa et al.
All they see is loads of location (and other?) data for ASIO and other agencies to troll through at their leisure, and possibly share with their Five Eyes buddies.
Yet another reason to keep Bluetooth turned OFF.
As Amazon's stock price soars and Bezos adds to his billions, affiliates face massive cuts in their commissions
Re: Isn't it funny ?
I suppose the fact that, over here on the other side of the country in the obviously technologically backward state of Qld, police cars have been doing this for years with automatic number plate recognition (trials started in 2012), is a sign that Sand Gropers live in a state normally devoid of authority? I believe other states including WA have this as well.
For the past five years, every FBI secret spy court request to snoop on Americans has sucked, says watchdog
Pervasive digital surveillance of citizens deployed in COVID-19 fight, with rules that send genie back to bottle
Fees and charges
A go-around is expensive, with airlines racking up bills for extra landings, fuel and delay penalties.
I may be a bit out of date here, but any airport I ever worked at only charged the aircraft for one landing if they had a go-round. (Circuit training may have different rules.)
Pro aviation tip: Remember that the number of take-offs should always equal the number of landings.
China tells America, with a straight face, it will absolutely crack down on hacking and copyright, tech blueprint theft
What was Boeing through their heads? Emails show staff wouldn't put their families on a 737 Max over safety fears
Re: CAA 101
"Check if your flight is over a war zone. If so, delay or take the train...."
It's a bit difficult getting a train from Oz or NZ or even Trumpistan.
I retired from telling pilots where to go quite a few years ago when a near miss would get you tea and biscuits and an intimate chat with the SATCO, but I hear such courtesies are now long gone. However, I still try to run an eye over Captain Speaking and First Officer Here before setting foot on today's aluminium tubes.
Wanna sue us for selling your location? Think again: You should read your contract's fine print, says T-Mobile US
Chinese government has got it 'spot on' when it comes to face-recog tech says, er, London's Met cops' top rep
Room at the Top (Priority)?
The safety of our employees is our top priority....
Our top priority has always been our social mission of connecting ...
...our top priority was protecting the integrity of other elections...
Keeping people safe is our top priority...
Our top priority is keeping you connected to the people, places and things
When I was at school, there was only one 'top' anything. Farcebork seems to have a new maths reality.
That aside, I hope this isn't really what it's being reported as. There are some seriously demented little bar stewards out there.
Iran is doing to our networks what it did to our spy drone, claims Uncle Sam: Now they're bombing our hard drives
Re: What goes round, comes around
It is inconceivable to me that this point escapes american military and civilian leaders...
Regrettably it would seem that them's wots in power live in their own bubble that has its own reality. It's been going on forever. General Curtis LeMay wanted Kennedy to start WWIII over the Cuban missile crisis. Let's hope cooler heads prevail.
Hate your IT job? Sick of computers? Good news: An electronics-frying Sun superflare may hit 'in next 100 years'
Uncle Sam wants to read your tweets, check out your Instagram, log your email addresses before you enter the Land of the Free on a visa
No passwords are requested.
Why would they need passwords when it would seem all the agencies have back doors (allegedly)?
Anyway, aren't they just reading this stuff. Shirley they wouldn't alter any old Farcebook comment you made in semi-jest years ago to make you look bad, would they? Would they....
Sorry, but the US of A, despite its awe-inspiring scenery, is off my bucket list until they divest themselves of this Orwellian penchant for delving down into my boring private life. My tourist dollars will be spent in more welcoming parts of this planet.
And as for ESTA, beware the frumious feature creep.
Re: Battery fires
Yesterday the company updated battery software on Models S and X following vehicle fires in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Tesla said it was acting out of "an abundance of caution" and its engineers are still investigating the incidents.
Is this the same sort of 'abundance of caution' used by Boeing in the B737 MAX?
Asking for a friend...
The plane, it's 'splained, falls mainly without the brain: We chat to boffins who've found a way to disrupt landings using off-the-shelf radio kit
It has a monitor
While the mass media has been on its usual click-baiting we're-all-gonna-die theme, no one seems to have raised the topic of the ILS monitoring sensors that ensure the beams are transmitting where they're supposed to be.
While my knowledge is now a bit rusty, it didn't take much to trigger an alarm if the beams weren't where they were supposed to be.
Black helicopters don't need no stinking ILS.
Timely Trump tariffs tax tech totally: 25 per cent levy on modems, fiber optics, networking gear, semiconductors…
'China responded to the latest tariffs this week by saying that it "deeply regrets that it will have to take necessary countermeasures," '
That's a nice inscrutably Asian way of saying "We'll see your tariff and raise you until your eyes water".
What the blond coiffed one doesn't seem to realise is that China as a trading entity has been doing this for centuries. They learned their lessons in the two Opium Wars with the Brits. Donald-come-lately is never going to win.