* Posts by John Jennings

238 posts • joined 14 Apr 2011


Where's Zero Cool when you need him? Loose chips sink ships: How hackers could wreck container vessels

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Re: MSC Zoe was a proof of concept hack?

Most likely not.

1400 containers fall off ships PER YEAR, on average.

The damn things can take years to sink. They are so massive that in collision tests, 9.99 times out of 10 , a yacht comes off worst.

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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So, the US threatens the EU to stop using Huawei - a company which has offered to show its source code to govt infosecs....

Meanwhile, US routers have more NSA approved holes in them than a colander. - https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/08/backdoors_in_ci.html

Perhaps 5 eyes are pissed because they cant hack Huawei routers, "methinks the ladies doth protest too much!"

and El Reg calls Huawei 'controversial' - :sadface: expected more from you

Say GDP-aaaRrrgh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

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sounds like...

They are ignoring their DPO as well.....

While its legal to do so, it requires an organisation to fully justify why.

Surprised that this hasn't been bought up yet.

the DPO is involved, closely and in a timely manner, in all data protection matters;

the DPO reports to the highest management level of your organization, i.e. the board;

NASA chief in Moscow: 'We will fly again on a Russian Soyuz rocket'

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Aww C'mon

We know that rockets can become an unplanned firework. It has always been so. The Soyutz has been so reliable for so long, that it became boring. Time to get real though. They have been stupidly reliable for years.

Find the fault and the steed rides again. Don't change it if it works.

That 'Surface will die in 2019' prediction is still a goer, says soothsayer

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I love my work surface, to be honest. Its a 3, I7 8GB 256 model. Best laptop I have owned, bar none.

I had to evaluate dell, HP and some other tablets for work - and none - none at all 'got' how windows 10 is meant to work on a tablet/laptop

I do use a mac for my personal computer - its grand, but, ya,know.....

My wife just gave up her winfone. as discussed above. I could not see why she would keep it almost 2 years past her contract 'upgrade' - but it takes all sorts. She is changing for an Iphone 8 plus.

Russian rocket goes BOOM again – this time with a crew on it

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FFS its the first one to go bang since 1975.....

In both cases, they survived.

I cant recall anoyone dieing from a soyuz takeoff (landing is a different matter)

Its bloody reliable, compared to US performance in the same period!

Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security

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this is why dickking around with colregs is a bad idea.....https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/25/imo_robot_shipping/

International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

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Problem with fiddling with solas/colregs

It would be crazy to drop parts of colregs-such as lookout because it would also be dropped for crewed. Crewed ships have radar too.... but still need to have a lookout. If we dropped it for uncrewed ships, haulage companies would use the same argu ment for reducing bridge crew for regular ships.

Fed up with Facebook data slurping? Firefox has a cunning plan

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And Moz is funded by...?


I wonder if their container stuff will be configurable to block them?


F-35 'incomparable' to Harrier jump jet, top test pilot tells El Reg

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Re: VIFing?

Nah - having AIM missiles is what won it for the harriers.....

The argintinian missiles (AIM 9B) had to lock from behind, and less than 3KM range..... designed in the late 50s....

The AIM J the aim could acquire lock at 5KM, all aspect locking. designed late 1970's

Regan gave the RN those -on the way to the falklands - they were not even issue to us front line squadrons at the time.

21 of 75 argintinian aircraft destroyed (inc helicopters, ground attack, anti ship fighter-bombers and unarmed) were destroyed by harriers....

Cryptocurrencies to end in tears, says investor wizard Warren Buffett

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Re: Easy to understand

[quote] 3. I can always find a sucker who values mine for more then I do, I should sell mine to him/her.

4. That sucker can almost certainly find another sucker to sell them to for a higher price.[quote]

Problem being 1:that eventually the suckers run out -

and 2: with the design of BC, the cost you have in making the coins are such that no further suckers can afford them.

There is a cost to producing a BTC, but you have no real asset delivered... There is no lump of coal to warm someone, there is no service given to a customer. Noone is actually buying stuff with BTC now. They are trading BTC (and it seems many are now really struggling to do so)- and that is a real problem. PPL claim banks having no intrinsic value - but that is not correct. Banks provide a service (overcharged, I believe but hey!). The banks needed to be bailed out by central governments to keep the rest of the economy working - they really were 'too big to fail'. Governments will not to do this for BTC.

Your palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy – you forgot about Europe's GDPR already

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yes, it does. - funnily enough, management of properties is one area you must register...Maintaintainance not so much.

Yes, it does in some cases - for example, if you are an accountant with a list of clients, but not if you are managing a list for say a hobby or club... Marketing lists may not require registration with the ICO - it depends.....

The ICO (busy boys and girls!), if you are deemed a controller or processor. (IE, you are providing services to someone in euroland.

Useful worksheet here:


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Re: Red herrings

It would seem to me the following....

the data subject is the tracked person.

The data is being collected by a third party, without the consent of the data subject. This is a case for the stalked to take against the stalkee.

I think you are the data processor

When you know that data is being gathered without consent, you likely need to stop processing it. You may need to inform the ICO. If the owner of the device is registered with the ICO/using the data for corporate mischief (spying on staff/customers etc, without consent) then it is the ICO who will be dealing with them. If it is a stalker, then advice from the ICO needs saught.

you likely should give the tracking information to the subject - though not who comissioned your gathering work - that would be given up upon request by the court, and you should advise the stalkee of this.

Alternatively, you could make it clear in your privacy statement that surrendering any physical device is considered proof of ownership of the data, and in that case, the whole file would be shared (including original purchaser, account details (for your cloud service, etc). That may bypass the concerns - it will certainly discourage the stalkers (and you may loose sales) - though who reads the privacy statement!. It certainly lessens the creepiness factor a bit.

In any event, if you know the work is potentially creepy, then stop doing it.

How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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What is that Marine on? Russia/Syria removing ISIS - how long has it taken a 19 country 'coalition' to remove the Talibahn from Afghanistan?

'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

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Of course, it could be a double-bluff?

IE There neither a russian or Israeli hack. there has been no real information - yet.

Good old Symantic et al can stand as proud US services, with the NSA giving a straight extranational competitor a good kick in the nut-sack. After the Boeing/Bombardier spat, and the general anti-russian sentiment, I would not be surprised.

It makes one forget about stuff that matters, like gunrunners money laundering in Las Vegas

2019: The year that Microsoft quits Surface hardware

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Look at who is at the meeting

Its vendors hoping that MS drops out of the market - spreading FUD.

These devices are as good/better than most win10 tablets from these suppliers.

MS entering the market forced these suppliers to shape up - and they have got better.

Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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More Moons round Uranus? What?!

US Navy suffers third ship collision this year

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The US navy do not publish their position on AIS, and (obviously) dont post an adequate lookout.

The large commercial carriers often dont post an adequate lookout either, as just about everything in those waters has AIS, which gives them time to make adjustments. Radar is OK, as far as it goes, but can be problematic on so many fronts. NO technical means negates the requirement for Mk 1 Eyeball - from either side.

COLREGS defines the international rules for the avoidance of collisions at sea.


Part A - General (Rules 1-3)

Rule 1 states that the rules apply to all vessels upon the high seas and all waters connected to the high seas and navigable by seagoing vessels.

Rule 2 covers the responsibility of the master, owner and crew to comply with the rules.

Rule 3 includes definitions.

Part B- Steering and Sailing (Rules 4-19)

Section 1 - Conduct of vessels in any condition of visibility (Rules 4-10)

Rule 4 says the section applies in any condition of visibility.

Rule 5 requires that "every vessel shall at all times maintain a proper look-out by sight and hearing as well as by all available means appropriate in the prevailing circumstances and conditions so as to make a full appraisal of the situation and of the risk of collision.

Rule 6 deals with safe speed. It requires that: "Every vessel shall at all times proceed at a safe speed...". The Rule describes the factors which should be taken into account in determining safe speed. Several of these refer specifically to vessels equipped with radar.The importance of using "all available means" is further stressed in Rule 7 covering risk of collision, which warns that "assumptions shall not be made on the basis of scanty information, especially scanty radar information"

She's arrived! HMS Queen Lizzie enters Portsmouth Naval Base

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Re: Genuine question

I believe that the carriers will be either in mothballs or be full time drone & Possibly heli carriers by 2030 anyway.

The fact was that the timing of the opportunity for the navy to procure didn't align with the technology for drones is the only reason we built what we did.

Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: Its just a name the liberal rags and MSM gave to conservatives

I am a conservative. I totally believe in conversation.

Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Dosent stack up with my findings

We bought around 50 of the first surface pros - we have almost 700 in all now.

With batch 1, to date, I have had 2 returns to Microsoft - TOTAL. I have also had 3 broken screens in traunche 1. (though I think 1 of those might ave been an effort to get a surface pro 4!). They were i3/64/4 datapads and not worth sending to the screen-menders.

I have had 1 PSU failure also in that batch.

No keyboard issues.

Many of the pens didnt last - this was almost always lost.

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

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Surface pro 4 here (i7/8GB) = couldnt be happier, tbh. I did find (I had to 'test' one for our SMT) that the i5 was almost always adequate.

Most of SMT (and myself) ditched desktops for the older 'slide in' docks, with a beefy PSU for charging phones etc off the USB.

We found that our return rate was actually significantly lower thus the cost was less (not ideal) of a factor - staff take more care of them. Most common return is still dropping them ! To date my organisation has about 700 surfaces 3's & 4's of about 5000 portables in the field .

Chromebooks/pixels didnt cut it with our users. Ipads/Ipad pros were popular, but were not taken up when the choice was either/or (IE staff wanted to keep their desktops for real work)...

The Dell talets were complete fail, with their craptastic keyboard connections (several field test ones broke within 2 months)


HP ones we not bad, but very much second.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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The art of management of staff is knowing you have internal bias, and making personal adjustment to ensure that these bias do not negatively impact your staff.

I have managed large teams in the past - had to hire, and unfortunately fire. I have always tried to understand my biases and not based my decisions on these - rather corporate needs.

EVERYONE has some forms of bias - its management 101 to underdstand this, and develop tools to work with your own. Be it gender/belben person types/colour/religion - whatever.

Reading the article, it appears that Kieren has developed (and revels in) bias of his own.

Watch this nanochip reprogram cells to fix damaged body tissue

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This is something from the Culture.

beware the gifts of Greeks.

Technology has truly become a thing of Magic for us (to mix authors)

The 'DUP' joins El Reg’s illustrious online standards converter

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Actually, it will just about cover the DUP HEI liability

Arline, before being leader, when she was head of Finance for the NI assembly and she signed off the RHI system - basically green/woodchip heating.

Unfortunately, (for N Irish tax payers) she dropped off the caps on the claims, and forced the grants to remain available for months AFTER the issue was reported - twice - to her office.

There are EMPTY barns here which are heated to tropical temps, so the grants can be earned. 70% + of the claimants are also 'connected' with the DUP.


Liability for this is in excess of .9 DUPs, over 20 years.

The UK govt refused to pay for the DUP blunder.... I guess they are now

Talk about cutting-edge technology! Boffins fire world's sharpest laser

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Would this help?

With Hawking and Milners ideas for a laser powered set of micro seed-ships to alpha Centauri?


At least get the 'ball rolling'.....



NSA had NFI about opsec: 2016 audit found laughably bad security

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Re: Can't wait till ISIS recruits infiltrate the NSA....

Probably outsourced the support desk to Afghanistan.

Fancy buying our aircraft carrier satnav, Raytheon asks UK

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Its for drones. The f35 will be a stop-gap - the next carrier will end up a drone and heli carrier.

Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Tech can help - but its people

I was a student nurse in the 1980s - before I went into tech.

I was reciently in hospital with an elderly parent, and again with a sick daughter. The process /paperwork AND the staff really suck. No energy any more on the wards. No nurses, really- just auxillaries (agency/uncertified carers -perhaps 2 qualified nurses on at a given time).

Sad really. THe qualidied staff fill in forms, (either on their pcs or paper - doesnt matter which) the rest dont give a shit.

The staff are protecting their arses against claims.

My brother in law is a consultant - now a days at 45, he does 16 hours per week, for around 100K pa.

Everyone who can is gouging the NHS - drug companies, consultants, 'health professionals' politicians.

NASA brainboxes work on algorithms for 'safe' self-flying aircraft

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Its not self flying you need worry about

its the self crashing....

Hacked plane == missile.

most airports are near or in cities

Curiosity Rover's drill is ill. But chill: we can dig Martian sand instead of rocking hard

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Send Elon up with some McLube, Wd40 or Ranch Hand

And a hammer


Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

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Technically, did the manager in FB just solicit child porn when he asked for examples?

Nevermind BBC sending them....


HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

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Re: Utterly shameful

I believe that HMS Caroline cost something like 45K per year, back in the day, to keep mothballed in Belfast. She was a WW1 light criuser, converted to RNR and Sea Cadet offices until 2009. She is about to become a tourist attraction in belfast - her initial unveil had attracted some 40K tourists right away, and should be net income generating.


Keeping a ship like this is nothing like keeping a small craft maintained. you take out most breakable bits (engine, tanks of hazardous materials, fuel, asbestos, etc), and effectively manage a big metal box.

In 2008, (when I joined her for a while), the biggest repair was from some burst pipes during a cold snap.

A refit is different altogether - new stuff for the tourists. that cost millions....



Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Actually, there might be some uses.....

Active IR/Radar chaff/flares. It woul dbe essential for next gen tanks and support veichles. Enter a hot area, deploy a continuous swarm of drones to act as chaff/decoys, recharge and redeploy.

Ships could use them too for point defence - possibly helicopters.

Even further - use drones as micro, disposable weapons platfrorms to deploy, and return if not used. Indeed - why bother with batteries - you could host more weight efficient powerplants, if you could automatically redock to refuel...

Knife missile, anyone?

Scary thaught.

Here's how the missile-free Royal Navy can sink enemy ships after 2018

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Actually, a mosquito

only needed 140M for takeoff as well.... 4 canons on the front - more firepower than those figates. and did over 2 miles per gallon, with 900 miles range!

Almost seriously though, the swordfish would make an excellent replacement - its unlikely almost any modern frigate could lock them, and with a few mods, it could be IR invisible, practically (just wet the canvas, and fit a better exhaust :) ) Modern british torps have a range of about 30nautical miles - so well out of range of small arms fire. Trouble would be that most military helicopters are faster - so you might need that rear gunner afterall.....

Microsoft's IFTTT competitor goes live for suits & sysadmins alike

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Dont knock it so much....

'A little python script '

The point is it doesnt use (to the owner) a programming language, as such. It a great idea - C levels have been wanting to do this for years.

It will keep programmers busy for a while when MS release the 'how to' write the rule stubs.


AI, AI, captain: Royal Navy warships to set sail with computer officers

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Ian M Banks

The first ship should be called 'Attitude Adjuster'


GSV Prosthetic Conscience


Gray Area / meatfucker?

Curiosity sniffs Mars' odd atmosphere wafting out of its soil

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Remains of the nuclear reactors leaking from the barsoomian atmosphere generators....

She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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This ship was due to carry a railgun. It didn't work to schedule, so it carries 2 155mm canon. (as well as missiles etc)

The tumblehome is little to do with radar. The point was to create a wavepeircing hull, to provide stability for the railgun/guided shell launcher. This boat sinks (it has ballast tanks fitted to flood before firing). The problem with that is that it will basically unstable in this configuration, and liable to capsize in anything greater than a force 4/5 (as waved are likely to crash the deck)

So imagine the hull 6 feet lower in the water, moving at 10 knts (to fire). Generally low radar profile doesnt matter when 10 24LB shells per minute are detected!

It might be a submarine after all!

Oz boffins cook quantum computing out of mothballs

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This means

That my usb key will smell like my nan?

You can be my wingman any time! RaspBerry Pi AI waxes Air Force top gun's tail in dogfights

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Can I has?

Can I has this on my copy of Falcon 3? or better yet - BOB (Battle of Britain) I might make me get back into combat filghtsims....

Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused

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Someone cracked the dyson sphere

Or they have a vent in its surface to radiate the excess heat.

That's no star - its an effing big ship

Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

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There are very few legitimate reasons for an individual to create offshore shell companies. They are often there for tax evasion or money laundering or reverse mergers.

The few legitimate reasons for a company to set up one are fairly sketchy, - hiding deals with dodgy companies.

The panama papers are there not for the deed of setting up the company which is not illegal - rather it is a pointer to individuals who should be considered for investigation.

Its like finding a gun that's been traced to a murder in someone's home. It doesn't prove the owner was the shooter - but you would look into them.

More interesting will be the individuals that a state doesn't investigate - that suggests that they have power to deflect.

Israel joins EU in spiking Safe Harbour

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Only way I see it....

Is a complete rollback of the legislation the US put in place to sucker the rest of the world. FISA courts, the rest. The only way its going to show faith is to dismantle some of the NSA budget too... So its never going to happen.

The NSA broke the internet :(

Some like it hot ... very hot: How to use heat to your advantage in your data center

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Brew beer, if its kept constant at 20C.

Thinking of adding an SSD for SUPREME speed? Read this

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IT Angle

And the IT angle?

And the IT angle? After page 2, I realised that this article was not the old El Reg I logged into!

Keep up the good work

Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Stupid concept

It would be a better idea to have a phone case, with an NFC or something to triangulate the phone (a transmitter in 2 corners, with 2 recievers would triangulate the position in 3 axis, and orientation (face up/down/a potential target for the charger presented). Then use a freaken laser to beam onto the case- if its an appropriate target (hit it at low power for a few milliseconds, to sense if you have a direct line of sight, then ramp up ) Bluetooth reports back if the case has charged the phone.

Relatively efficient transmission, no diffusion

Less collaboration with external suppliers

I mean - LASERS.

FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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its actually a bit worse than that


It not just the FBI that has to cover its arse..... the accusations were made, and further sanctions were imposed (mostly low end arms sales, one of NKs major exports). Ob cant back down because he was wr... wro...wr... wr... (dammit)... not correct...

If the FBI was to turn around and say "gee it was X, Y or Z", then the state dept would also look (more) stupid.

When you think about it, its almost the perfect crime, if it were carried out by someone else - because the FBI (NSA or whoever) CANT finger anyone else now.



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