* Posts by Beaver6813

21 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Nov 2010

Taxi for NASA! SpaceX to fly astronauts to space station


Re: PR luvvie

"Once you've had a single successful launch (which they have), the design is proven."

One successful launch or test does not prove the design as you may have been lucky that something operating very close to its limits didn't break/malfunction (imagine the number of variables that change between launches). A proven design requires more than a single successful test.

Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' – from his PASSENGER seat


Re: Lemmings !

Whilst I agree that the on-board avionics systems would be kept separate from the in-flight entertainment system; your assertion that someone could not "reprogram" an executable is incorrect. If we're presuming it was already running then you could cause something like a buffer overflow which would provide an entry point for your own code. Alternatively if you knew what you were looking for and could elevate access then you could patch an executable (which is how cracked games work). Would they have protection against these attacks? I hope so. Will they have every scenario covered? Probably not.

Everything Everywhere's 4G: Why I'm sitting this one out


Re: CDMA ?

" 4G (OFDM) and 3G (CDMA) drains the battery, just as switching between 3G and 2G (GSM) "

Andrew could have been referring to WCDMA (UMTS/European) or CDMA2000 (American) or just the multiplexing method CDMA. Its pretty ambiguous as he uses the terms interchangeably but in any case, he's still correct.

I think what's key is that the operators get a grip on when to allow the device to connect to LTE and when its better to keep it on 3G. For example receiving a lot of text messages/calls (at say around once every few minutes) will kill the battery unless the network utilizes an efficient timer (on when the device is next allowed to search for a faster/higher priority technology). Of course that'll be somewhat alleviated when they finally get around to using VOLTE (Voice over LTE) or similar.

Oatmealer rubs Operation Bear Love cash in troll's face


Basically, FunnyJunk were using material from the Oatmeal without permission. Inman (guy behind Oatmeal) retaliated by pointing it out on his blog and drawing some amusing pictures of the people behind FunnyJunk. Funnyjunk threatened to sue for 20,000 and wanted the material removed. Inman said no and instead will raise 20,000 for charity.

Eventually EFF signed up to defend him and the people behind FunnyJunk backed down. At this point 200,000 had been raised for charity.

Chemical giant foils infected USB stick espionage bid



Increasingly the method used by USB sticks is unpatched/unknown buffer overflows in the USB drivers (so turning off Autorun does nothing for these specific attacks). Because of the privleages given to these drivers they can easily escalate themselves to admin level and install in the background.

British Waterways charity mapping data handed to Google for free


Do no right?

It seems that every post that mentions Google now, no matter what they do, has a dig at them. I'm all for flagging up when something wrong is done but it just seems that every little thing is turned into a negative. Should Google have insisted on paying BW a huge amount of money? From BW's response, I think its clear that money is not what they want from this deal and yet the author is implying that theres some shady corporate business going on.

BT missing from Pirate Bay High Court slap-down


Re: Ultimately

What a load of tosh. They need to make people want to change behaviour, prohibition does not stop anything. People will just move to private networks/dark nets; piracy has been on the internet from day one (except it was just via usenet and irc channels).

Educating Rory: Are BBC reporters unteachable?

IT Angle

Re: Err...

Except that most HTML lessons consist of being how to use an out-of-date Macromedia Dreamweaver (yes, not Adobe). 90% of the time you're not even told to switch to code-view, just draw a table, insert some flash buttons from a template and there we go, I programmed a website and get full marks in my exam! I can assure you that *noone* finds these lessons interesting (even though who are already interested in programming).

However it did get more exciting and we were tasked to create a holiday booking system in Excel, we even got to name our holiday company! Travel First - the First name in holiday bookings!

EC tears duvet off Universal-EMI mega-music romp


Re: For the sake of music consumers everywhere I hope the merger is quashed.

Absolutely ridiculous that they think they can justify their merger by claiming that piracy is the reason!

LYING iPhone 4S mobes claim 4G connection on 3G network


Love the ridiculous comment from AT&T:

"The iPhone 4S operates on AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network and as such, it is only appropriate that people see '4G' on the phone when they are connected to HSPA+."

I could rename my Renault Clio to a Bugatti, it doesn't mean it is.

Lingerie-clad she-devils romp past watchdog


Re: This is ridiculous!

They're working on the basis that they would have had more complaints if more people were offended...

Workers can't escape Windows 8 Metro - Microsoft COO


Re: @TeeCee

Most companies are still on XP and are upgrading to Win7. So Win8 will be missed by most corps. and Win9 (where they'll realise their horrific mistakes) will be the next leap for Corp. IT.

LulzSec SMACKDOWN: Leader Sabu turned by feds last summer


Re: Assumptions

FBI seem to fundamentally misunderstand Lulzsec/Anonymous; its a movement more than a group. Arresting the "leaders", if thats who they arrested, will do nothing as another will pop up in its place. Perhaps the next group should be called Meduusa.

Top Republican publishes full ACTA text for public look-see

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Re: Motivations mean nothing.

To be fair to the guy hes pushing the OPEN act as well, which whilst still has many flaws is at least listening to tech companies and not trying to demand that ISPs filter out anything with the word torrent in it..

Punters are the real losers in BT, TalkTalk copyright court blow


Re: Unicorns exist

The truth is that most people don't care about the wider picture when voting. They care about their local MP who has filled in some potholes in their road. People are in their own little bubble, if it doesn't directly/physically affect them, they don't care.

Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet


Because apps are hip and cool, just like Microsoft...

'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

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Completely Right

Root should barely ever need to be used, its a super-user. Suse should require an account with slightly elevated privileges in order to add a printer etc, root should be reserved for very rare circumstances. The user should only have access to what they need, lazy developers.

Scroogle unplugged for good this time

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Not a Google DDOS...

According to ED, the owner thought Anonymous had issues with him for revealing names...


Chrome to weed out dodgy website SSL certificates by itself

Paris Hilton

Most users are idiots when it comes to security. C would be unacceptable in any firewalled environment as the browser would never be able to check for revocation and so the user would always get an error message. The biggest problem with giving a choice using UAC as an exmaple is that the user will almost always press Yes.

Paris: Because she'll say yes to anything.

Facebook engineer bashes Google for Gmail block


You're missing the point?

The reason why they've done this is in preperation for "Facebook Email" which everyone is rumouring about, Google is feeling threatened by this (as it could conflict with Gmail) and so they are trying to even it up as much as possible which I think is fair enough. If Facebook create an email system then why should Gmail let users flock to that but Facebook trap users in?