* Posts by adam 40

370 posts • joined 15 Oct 2009


Pen Test Partners: Boeing 747s receive critical software updates over 3.5" floppy disks

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Paris Hilton

3 1/2″??

Pah, my floppy is 8″, but I don’t use it as a rule…

(Paris stares intently....)

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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Planetoid IX

Good point - if it's shown to be a black hole, it wouldn't be spherical (it's point), so it can't be a planet either.

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

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Re: Hmm.

Boeing is in on this too - the only way of telling the difference is from the serial number on the manufacturer's plate on the aircraft - because the type was kept the same to dodge the CAA recertification. So you won't know until you're actually boarding, and look in the door jamb at the plate.

Nvidia may be mulling lopping Arm off Softbank: GPU goliath said to have shown interest in acquiring CPU design house

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Just in case it becomes true, then I will be on the bleeding edge of this new (possibly alien) tech!

Check out the night sky in all its X-ray glory: Everything from hot gases to supernovas and massive black holes

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Is it just me... my brain keeps auto-correcting

Zoom vows to spend next 90 days thinking hard about its security and privacy after rough week, meeting ID war-dialing tool emerges

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I started a Zoom "Virtual Pub"

To be honest it was a bit quiet today - would've been perked up with a few Zoombombers posting a bit or pr0no!

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Castrol died? No wonder the price of oil has collapsed!

Intel's 10th-gen Core family cracks 5GHz barrier with H-series laptop processors

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Re: So does that make this an

In case you were wondering I had to add the 'a' because of the bizarre Reg-ulation that the post body "must contain letters"

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So does that make this an



NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?

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Re: Worm!

I had a black mug with the NASA worm logo in gold - awesome (although you couldn't microwave it) I bought it at the Kennedy Space Centre.

Sadly the mug was broken recently.

A contractor friend of mine, Trevor, once asked me "Cool, where did you get that from?"

I replied "Nasa". We both smiled.

Sadly Trevor died a few years later.

RIP Trevor.

RIP Nasa mug.

Are you extracting the urine, ESA? Why, yes it is, from Moon dwellers to build homes out of lunar regolith. Possibly

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Re: What goes around comes around

People who live in lunar glass houses shouldn't throw... micrometeorites?

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Re: Pass me some more beer.

Exactly what I was thinking. if you use up all you wee to make concrete and poo making bricks (literally "shitting a brick") then what are you going to use for soil to grow your potatoes when you get left behind after an evacuation (no, not that sort of evacuation...)???

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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Re: hydroxychloroquine vs Chloroquine

Thanks for the link to the nl site although it seems quite old article:published_time" content="2020-03-03T15:51:00+01:00 I hadn't actually seen any announcement that NL had started using it in ICU, but if they are so much the better. If you can post up more timely references that would be of great interest.

I know the posted data is very sparse and unreliable - for example the UK was posting only 20 patients in ICU for days on end, then updated to a new (but still too low) figure of 163, which is also static. How can we have 260 dead and only 163 in serious condition? The stats are obviously wrong somewhere.

There are several Chinese papers evaluating different treatment regimes with various combinations, accessible from that link.

Yes the Chinese figures are almost fully resolved at near 4.2%, at least until the next wave of outbreak starts when they relax controls a little too much..... But that does include a big wodge of deaths upfront before they worked out the best treatments.

My reason for posting isn't really about Chloroquine per se, I'm more concerned that the UK is not promoting such treatments - at least for the general populace. So - let's go back to the In Vivo study that is the passage of Covid-19 through the UK population, and publish the results in a year or two.

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Re: I know a couple things about clinical trials.

The couple took one teaspoon each of fish tank Chloroquine phosphate, I calculated around 6000mg each if it was pure, not counting other contaminants. As a comparison, standard antimalarial dose is 250mg once every 3 days.

Just because someone takes an overdose of something does not negate any beneficial effects at a "Normal" dose.

Oh and the words "Chloroquine phosphate" come from quoting the UK government website, look at the site address, .gov.uk.

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Re: I know a couple things about clinical trials.

The Chinese (small scale) trials have not yet been published and we won't see the results for 4 months now.

Follow the links through https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/bst/advpub/0/advpub_2020.01047/_article

I suspect and have heard anecdotally that the trials we curtailed on ethical grounds for not withholding treatment from the control group. But maybe not - this is China after all.

See the death rate in China now compared with the number of people in ICU - it's tiny, and has been for many weeks now.

Belgium started using chloroquine 5-ish days ago, and Netherlands doesn't. Two neighbouring countries, similar demographics and ethnicities.

Compare "Outcome of Cases (Recovery or Death) in Belgium" graph here:


with the same graph for NL:


Stark, isn't it?

UK still doesn't use it (in ICU anyway) - look at our graph.

The time for clinical trials is over. And we should have the stock somewhere in the UK because:


List of medicines that cannot be parallel exported from the UK. Updated 25 February 2020 ... Chloroquine phosphate.

Looming ventilator shortage amid pandemic sparks rise of open-source DIY medical kit. Good thinking – but safe?

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Re: Is it just me or...?

Boris specifically said he would buy every ventilator they could make, on the No 10 Briefing.

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Re: When you have nothing...

All with CNC machines round Cambridge too, just email them a file, job done.

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Re: I *believe* I have it...

Not many people had the foresight to buy a blood oxymeter though, so most people will be in the dark about this.

Not much use going to hospital in London now either, ICU's are already at max capacity.

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Re: A parallel to this

Good point.

The first ventilators that were invented, I am sure, were as good as what we are going to be home-brewing and hardware hacking, yet they saved lives.

We now have cheap control electronics and real-time pressure sensors, CO2 sensors etc. as opposed to mechanical control. It must be possible to do a half-decent job.

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How can we contact you Daniel? LinkedIn?

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Re: And for what it's worth these days..

Money buys me air valves from China, control electronics from RS, pressure sensors, power supplies, for the open source ventilator, so don't knock it.

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Re: More ventilators can be made very quickly

Currently in Italy I heard on the news 40% of ICU are 20-50 years old.

The pictures on the telly also showed patients on beds who weren't geriatric.

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Re: Hackaday project!

A hairdryer! Not as silly as it sounds. Thanks.

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Re: Apollo 13 anyone?

Actually the air scrubber is relevant, if feeding the patient with near-pure O2 it could be a waste to exhale it to the atmosphere. So one idea is to exhale through the scrubber and re-use the O2 that hasn't been metabolised.

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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Re: That $11,000 valve story

That would be this one wouldn't it?


So no need for bounty hunters to extradite. NO NEED!!! (sic)

One for the super rich fanbois: Ultra-rare functional Apple-1 computer goes on auction

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They don't make them like they used to...

How come a 44-year-old Apple I still works, but a 10-year old Iphone 4 is bricked by an IOS update?

No joy for all you Rover McRoverface fans: NASA's next Mars bot is christened Perseverance

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If Perseverance doesn't jinx it, nothing will!

'Unfixable' boot ROM security flaw in millions of Intel chips could spell 'utter chaos' for DRM, file encryption, etc

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Re: And none of this is important

I think you're missing the point. An attacker can own their own PC and refer it a gazillion times, each time leaking out a bit of the private key.

Once they have the private key, it can be applied to _your_ computer, probably remotely too, to whatever API's or connections are exposed. And there are quite a few, from what I have read.

UK's Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*

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We are suffering all over again!

Congestion in Virgin's core network is causing speeds to be 50x lower than they are contracted to provide.

Come kneel with us at UK's Cathedral, er, Oil Rig of the Canal: Engineering masterpiece Anderton Boat Lift

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Getting there...

You missed a category:

By Canal?

Raspberry Pi goes 2GB for the price of 1GB in honour of mini-computer's eighth birthday

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Re: Ten dollars for a couple of gig of ram eh?

You were loookkey!

Ehh when I were a lad, we used ter solder us RAM together from discrete t'ransistors!

MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after workers jailed over accounting errors

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The whole thing stinks

The "computer says no" is a common theme too for other Govt agencies.

If you flag up a problem that stops you filing a return, for example. they will hide behind (what they think is) technical jargon, and use it to pull the wool over the judges eyes in the courts too.

I am amazed the Postmasters succeeded in their case, well if you can call it succeeded, a 10k average payout for many years of inability to work ANYWHERE with a criminal record is flabberghasting.

Maersk prepares to lay off the Maidenhead staffers who rescued it from NotPetya super-pwnage

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Consultation is shot to pieces then

You can't make someone redundant and simultaneously advertise their job elsewhere, that's just plain unfair dismissal.

I would be raising this with an employment solicitor (at the companies expense.)

If you're serious about browser privacy, you should probably pass on Edge or Yandex, claims Dublin professor

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Duck duck off!

What about Altavista, and the Wayback machine (for the best stuff that's been deleted)

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I've braved it...

Just switched over to Brave.

I have saved 4GB of real memory and 12GB of virtual memory (compared with Chrome)

I didn't have to add adblock plus.

Fairly painless so far.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz

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Re: Up to 1 year?

What about at higher latitudes? Presumably it would be great over the UK during the summer with 16 hours of daylight, but not great in the winter, with only 8 hours. Would the batteries last 16 hours of darkness?

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Re: @jmch

You can fly around it. Job done.

Worried about future planet-cleansing superbugs? But distrust AI? Guess you're not interested in these antibiotics

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Its antivirals we need right now, not antibiotics!

Especially if:


can be believed.

Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month

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I replied back, I suggest you all do

When I got the notification email in my gmail account, just strip off the 'noreply' from the email address.

Dear Google,

I think you will find, as I am domiciled in the UK, that the laws of England and Wales will now be applicable to our service agreement, rather than U.S. jurisdiction.

Further to that, GDPR will still be applicable in the UK. I have not heard that this law will be repealed.

- Adam

Shipping is so insecure we could have driven off in an oil rig, says Pen Test Partners

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Re: So, the ship is 300M long...and you don't want to walk

Seaman Staines?

I'm sorry, Elon. I'm afraid I can't do that... SpaceX touts robo-rides for orbital vacations, lift-off in 2021-ish

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Not interested in the landing sequence?

I was wondering if SpaceX will be monitoring the four during training?

All we need is for one of them to take over the controls (SUCH AS THEY ARE) during the mission and complete the missing part of 9/11, except this time from orbit with 3-6 tonnes of stuff hurtling down on the White House and no prospect of stopping it.

Or.... maybe we do.... ????

Good news: Neural network says 11 asteroids thought to be harmless may hit Earth. Bad news: They are not due to arrive for hundreds of years

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Eleven out

How do you "single out" eleven asteroids? Surely you "eleven out" them?

Just like our cricket team, then....

What do we want? A proper review of IR35! When do we want it? Last year! Bunch of IT contractors protest outside UK Parliament

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Re: The real story - No Rights Employees ("employed for tax purposes")

I don't think that has been true for quite a while.

I contracted for over 20 years and went back to permie when the rates just didn't stack up against permie salaries (after figuring in the benefits of course). I then dipped back into it between permie jobs to pay the bills.

Contractor rates took a big dip in the early 2000's (down from £55/hr to £40/hr) and I haven't heard of them fully recovering in real terms, but as I haven't contracted in over 10 years maybe some current contractors can update us?

Like I keep saying, if the contractor sitting next to you doing the same job is being paid massively more, then YOU are in the wrong job, look for one with a better salary.

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Re: Well done Gordon Brown!

Actually it was Dawn Primarolo wan't it?

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IT contractors protest outside Parliament

Then they aren't doing it right - when we did it back in 1999 we were inside, nice and warm in the lobby, green carding our MP's (and going for a pint afterwards, on expenses, of course).

Must admit thinking the writing was on the wall though as Andrew Lansley didn't really give me many assurances.

And so 20 years later we see the death of computer contracting (taking with it similar professions, I imagine).

As for the comments above - I still paid NI. A few pounds a year over the threshold, enough to guarantee my state pension, the wife's maternity pay etc etc.

Google Chrome to block file downloads – from .exe to .txt – over HTTP by default this year. And we're OK with this

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It's the end of the World Wide Web (as we know it)

I'm sure when Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented HTTP, he didn't envision some engineer in California doing this to the WWW.

More browser fascism - what with this and HTTPS TLS < 1.2, I'll have to crank out the compiler, then.

Netgear's routerlogin.com HTTPS cert snafu now has a live proof of concept

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Unintended consequences of Browser Fascism

"Netgear included HTTPS certificates [and private keys] in its firmware so customers didn't get scared off as browsers unable to connect to the internet threw up error messages and warnings when they couldn't authenticate the HTTPS connection to routerlogin.com"

Beggars belief really!

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

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Re: It's not just about the contractors which HMRC appear to forget

Well I am one (permie) and I did exactly that, although it was roofing building and plumbing rather than painting. The Mrs does the painting and decorating (which she does as a business too).

Even when I used to be a contractor, garage hourly rates were so high that the calculation to do jobs on my car meant I usually did them.

As for the wage slave above on £27k a year - if you're in computing, you're in the wrong job! For god's sake go on the job websites and get something that pays as much as your contractor colleague!

These truly are the end times for TLS 1.0, 1.1: Firefox hopes to 'eradicate' weak HTTPS standard by blocking it

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I hate browser fascism

It's either websites telling me what browser I must use as older ones are "unsupported", or browsers telling me which websites I can use.

I am thinking it's about time for me to build my own from source, and then I can put whatever ID string in it to fool the websites.

After all, I regard the whole lot as intrinsically unsafe, and keep the various browsers being used for "different things" and different laptops/phones firewalled from each other already.

EU tells UK: Cut the BS, sign here, and you can have access to Galileo sat's secure service

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Re: Were we not told...

I wasn't going to downvote you until you started whinging about it.

Hell, my WW III joke has been downvoted 45 times (and counting) you don't see me throwing my toys out of the pram!!!



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