* Posts by Rabbit80

208 posts • joined 29 Jul 2009


EE recalls Power Bar phone chargers after explosion burns woman



According to the terms, a maximum £3000 for a single incident or £6000 for a series of incidents within a 12 month period! Considering the damage suffered to property and the burns/surgery required I'm not too sure its worth the risk!

See document below - Sections 3.5 - 3.7


Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes


Personally, I quite like the Win10 start menu and have removed classic shell!

Petrol cars are dead in the water, says Tesla CTO waving numbers on the back of an envelope


I'd certainly be interested in an electric car. I do a usual journey of 80 miles/day. However, I have regular runs of around 500 miles (to London and back around every 8-12 weeks), and can't charge the car at home (parked on the street) or at work (we are limited by wiring - during the winter switching the kettle on will trip the power unless we turn off heating!)


There are already cars on the market that do that..


Speed freak: Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD


Re: 240Gb version price

I get similar speeds from my SSD RAID setup..

Crazy Chrysler security hole: USB stick fix incoming for 1.4 million cars


Re: Muppets

Spacegoats? I haven't fired up goat simulator in a while, is that something new?

New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on


Re: on target

Not only 3 billion miles, but against moving targets so far away that any observations we can make will be of the planet where it was roughly 5 hours ago (made even more difficult by its wonky orbit).. In which time, it will have moved over 50,000 miles.. By the time we get a signal back to the probe, the planet would be well over 100,000 miles from where we saw it!

PCI council gives up, dumbs down PCI DSS for small business


In our case...

The forms we have to fill in are full of questions that simply don't apply. We don't actually store card details anywhere on any of our networks although our servers do act as a gateway through to payment processors. We have to have the PCIDSS, but all measures to do with storing them are simply not applicable.

Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha


"You sure this was down to the keyfob? IIRC VW Group cars (SEAT, Golfs, etc.) can do that by putting the key into the driver's side, and then turning and holding the key one way."

Dead sure, I eliminated the problem by removing the battery from the fob and eventually got a replacement - it was a 52 plate Ford Focus.


I'm guessing this would have prevented me from starting my car as well since it is a keyless starter button!

My old car developed a fault with its keyfob which caused the doors to lock followed by all the windows to open fully - this could happen when I was 20 meters away walking away from the car! If the doors were already locked, it would unlock them first, then lock them again and open the windows.

Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it


Re: 417Mbytes?

For that matter, what happened to being able to run a basic desktop with just 512Kb RAM? (Yes, I know you could run one on the Commodore 64 with just 64Kb, but was it actually usable?)

Anything before then was before my time

Filthy – but sadly frothy – five door fun: Ford Focus 1.5 Zetec


Re: keyless start

Except that the Focus (mine anyway) doesn't have keyless entry.. I still have to push a button on the fob. I then get in the car, wonder what to do with the fob before I hit the button to start the engine!

Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid


Re: Overseas viewers

"In my experience, overseas viewers can't "freeload it". As a licence-payer I was a bit miffed when I settled down to catch up on some iPlayer viewing while stuck in a French hotel on a business trip last year...iPlayer refused to play as it could tell I was accessing from a non-UK IP address."

Easy - just sign up for a weeks trial of a "Smart VPN" such as www.unblock-us.com

Kyocera: Torque among yourselves on our unbreakable ruggedmobe


Not going to be stock Android with all the extra icons for gloves etc.. did you read the article?

$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience


Re: I've seen these

You could probably swap one of these for your local RadioShack store...


The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots


Re: "failed to land"

And at the wrong angle...

EU copyright law: Is the Pirate Party's MEP in FAVOUR of it?


Re: No surprise - Pirates want free stuff.

Not that its worth arguing over, but the point I am making is that I am happy to pay a fair / reasonable price for stuff and I'm pretty sure most 'Pirates' would agree. I don't just want stuff for "free"

Piracy can be dramatically reduced by getting rid of artificial scarcity and by charging sane amounts - this has been proven time and time again by Netflix, Spotify and Amazon to name but a few.


Re: No surprise - Pirates want free stuff.

Not the case at all..

I want stuff to be available at a reasonable price in a format that is useful to me. That means movies available on Netflix within a couple of months of cinema release, not restricted to certain regions etc.

I am now being called a pirate for paying for a Netflix region unblocker despite the fact I pay Netflix for the content I watch! Calling paying customers pirates is not helping their (the **AAs) cause.

Take the recent Sony hack as another example.. They released The Interview as a download in the US - but I could not legally download and watch it here (neither could most of the world) - results, massive piracy of the movie when Sony would have had massive sales!

TERROR in SPACE: ISS 'NAUTS FLEE 'gas leak' to Russian module


Re: failsafe

"Let me ask you a question. If somebody pushes the fire alarm button in your company(/school/whatever), do you evacuate, or wait until every single fire alarm button is pressed?"

We had a fire alarm test just last week on our site (specifically to test peoples reactions).. Results: 20% of people evacuated, of those 90% returned to their offices before being given the all clear...

Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites


Re: @AC

" I've posted anonymously in order to avoid too much, and accumulated, hate from certain quarters"

Might want to check that Michael...

FBI fingering Norks for Sony hack: The TRUTH – by the NSA's spyboss


Re: The NSA bot is telling elements of truth.

"So is the NSA saying they were aware of ongoing attacks against Sony, but did nothing?"

Or they only found the data afterwards which proves the bulk collection of data is ineffective at preventing internet related crime since trying to find a needle in an ever increasing haystack gets exponentially more difficult.

Windows XP beats 8.1 in December market share stats


Re: Support is impossible

Just put classic shell on it (www.classicshell.net) then ignore the fact it is running 8(.1)

Sony Pictures hack is Hollywood's 'Snowden moment' say infosec bods


Re: Unfortunately not news ...

Sure, because having different passwords for different servers requires an excel spreadsheet to record the server/username/password for each one. How about they create a temporary username/password on that server for you instead?

Sony Pictures hit by 'fightback on filesharers' DDoS claims – report


Not what I have read..

From my own understanding, Sony is not using a DDoS attack, but instead they are attempting to poison the torrents that have been leaked.

The way this appears to work is that the (AWS) servers join the torrent swarm and advertise themselves as seeds. They then pass garbage to the peers instead of legitimate chunks. Of course the peers then also start spreading the garbage as well.

In order for the peer to recognise that the chunk is a fake, they must download the entire chunk and verify it's hash - by which time it is too late and the partial garbage chunk is already being spread farther. I haven't verified this, but some BT clients apparently do not verify the hash of each chunk compounding the problem even more.

Whilst not actually a DDoS, the principal is similar to the layman - the effect is to flood the swarm with irrelevant data thus making legitimate transfers a lucky dip slowing or stopping the torrent in its tracks.

To be honest, I can't see why anyone would be aggrieved with Sony for these tactics - it does not affect torrent sites and is specifically targeted at stopping the transfer of data which was stolen from Sony (I use the word stolen in this case as the malware used attempted to erase the data from Sony's network)

Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit


To be fair to Ford, I have just got a new Focus with Sync2..

There are buttons and dials for all the major controls such as temperature, climate, A/C and radio in addition to touchscreen and voice controls.

The voice control works well - but takes a bit of learning the commands.

The touchscreen is clunky, but easy to read / view for navigation.

The smaller dashboard LCD is terrible to operate whilst driving and ought to be scrapped (uses buttons on the steering wheel)

Any more driver operated buttons would be too many.

Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?


How many routers are configured to allow external access?

To break into the router, first you have to hack the WiFi - and if the WiFi is broken, the attacker can cause all sorts of mischief anyway!

Seems like a non-issue to me unless external access is granted to your router configuration.

Splashdown! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean


Re: 'over 50 years after it managed to make human footprints on the Moon. '.....The End.

"Math needs a little work. 2014-1969=45 years."

Reading skills need a little work..

"And if that goes well, the space agency is aiming to get people going on a mission to Mars in 2021, over 50 years after it managed to make human footprints on the Moon."

2021-1969=52 years.

Use Windows software on Android – Microsoft couldn't be app-ier



What's the difference between basic and standard aside from price?

It was space vs boat at Orion launch. The boat won


Aaand another hold...

Technical issue this time!


Live feed

Watching live at http://www.theguardian.com/science/live/2014/dec/04/orion-first-test-flight-for-nasas-mars-ship-live-updates - for some reason the official nasa site seems to spend more time buffering than it does playing video.

Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers


How exactly..

..can the phone estimate the time until impact? It could be dropped from a table, a hand at head height, off a building etc..

And what would this system do if you throw the phone across the room?

Drop it down the stairs?



I've been doing this with motors for years - in my RC cars (Which weigh in at over 6KG with batteries).. Hit the throttle and it backflips whilst in the air, hit the brakes and it forward flips.. Steer and do either of the above and it is possible to control sideways angle to a degree as well.

Point is - a suitably fast brushless motor (maybe around 100K RPM) and a smallish weight should be enough to alter the angle of a 150g phone!

UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD


3 point turn..

I do 3 point turns several times a day!

Personally, I think the government would improve road safety if they introduced mandatory retesting every 10 years for every driver. Wouldn't necessarily need to be as comprehensive (or as expensive) as the regular new driver test, but could highlight drivers with bad habits that could do with extra lessons. The quality of driving on the roads at the moment is terrible - last week I drove past 3 separate crashes in one 20 mile journey!

Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users


Sounds like there is a common cause..

Perhaps some software running in the background interfering with it..


Trusteer Rapport? (I see this cause issues frequently)

Bad drivers?

The last major issue I had with Chrome was due to the error reporting module.. Would stop virtual machines from being able to allocate enough memory.

'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching


Re: any recommendations for VPN router?

Just have a look for anything that supports dd-wrt firmware. I picked up a TP-Link WDR3600 for about £50 and immediately put dd-wrt on it. Works fantastic.

UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE


Try 0118 999 881 999 119 725 3

Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU


Re: See ...

"I think UKIP are simply a shell organisation for the more far right of the Tories. Get out of Europe then we can scrap all the laws designed to protect the little man from global.corp."

And you would be not too far off the mark:


There it is! Philae comet lander found in existing Rosetta PICS


Comets have air?

Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder


We are affected :(

Currently have 3 websites down, email down, our licensing server down, our DM system down - not a good start to the week.

The phones are ringing crazy with our upset clients.

Comet lander drill cliffhanger as last dregs of power used


Re: shock absorbers for landing

There was a shock absorber system - but the gravity is so weak on the comet that even the slightest bounce would cause the probe to go skywards again.. That's why they had the harpoon system - to anchor it in place after the touchdown and prevent the bounce.

4G is quicker than 3G, says Ofcom. Can't we get you on Mastermind, Sybil?


I hate to disagree..

... but I think it may be you that is wrong here Simon.

"Culture Secretary Sajid Javid said: "It can't be right that in a fifth of the UK, people cannot use their phones to make a call. The government isn't prepared to let that situation continue."

Just to make it clear, Javid is wrong. He’s confused people with places. What’s missing is geographical coverage, not population coverage."

Javids words are "in a fifth of the UK" meaning a fifth of the geographical area of the UK, not a fifth of the population.

Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title


The Bible is on the list because it "contains principles and guidelines to be a good person”

I would disagree - the bible contains lots of principles and guidelines for being pure evil..

As an example (for the promotion of murder in the bible) , see here: http://www.evilbible.com/Murder.htm

Why solid-state disks are winning the argument


I have a nice mix of SSD and spinning rust..

2x 512Gb Corsair SSD (Striped) - OS, Large Applications

2x 1TB Seagate SSHD (Striped) - Small applications, documents, downloads etc

1x 3TB WD Red - Long term storage / backup

1x 30Gb Kingston MSATA SSD - Temp files and paging file

Virgin's SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave Desert during test flight


Sad day :(

However - without this kind of testing and pushing the boundaries of what is possible we would never hope to leave the earth. Kudos to the pilots and Virgin for their bravery and we can only hope that this test results in safer space travel in years to come.

To make mistakes is part of the learning process - it is essential that Virgin are open about what went wrong so everybody else can learn and not make the same mistake.

If Virgin want test pilots, I would volunteer in a heartbeat - as I am sure many others would.. Risk like this is worth it for the rest of the human race. A tragedy, but worth it in my opinion. I know that sounds callus, but look at the early pioneers of flight, or the formula one drivers of yesteryear - without them pushing the boundaries of technology we would be decades behind. Natural disasters wipe out more every year than all technological experiments combined.



Re: Bigger bums??

Not only that, but bigger bums are more padded and the curve on them is less.

Sporty in all but name: Peugeot 308 e-THP 110



..I'm going for the Focus. As noted in the article, its a better car to drive (which is what I do when in the car!)

Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians


Re: Ouch

What makes you think that?

I have Netflix running most evenings and I use my internet connection for running offsite backups from the office (that adds up to around 20-30GB daily)

As well as 2 or 3 steam games / month (can be 30GB each these days) - it all adds up.



Would cost me between £400 and £500 every month at that rate!

DOUBLE BONK: Fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets



Sorry.. had to be done..

Visual voicemail hack makes your messages a snack


Re: *GolfClap* Fekkin brilliant.

Of course, its pointless changing your passwords given that these dip shits obviously don't give a flying fuck about security and have probably secured the server and databases with admin / admin or similar. The chances of your password being salted, hashed and peppered are likely nil.



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