* Posts by TheElder

374 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Sep 2011


It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC


Re: Never mind PDF

Too many other things I checked match perfectly. CSIS will be getting back to me. We shall see but it looks like it is locked tight. It helps a lot that I am totally invisible on line. So is my main work partner. Even if you check my IP address it has a radius of about seven kilometres. That includes about 80,000 people. I also live behind a virtual wall. Even my address with the online accounts does not lead directly to me. What I have resembles a post office box.

Crackas With Attitude troll gets five years in prison for harassment


Firstly, people breaking the law do not expect to be caught.

Especially if they become President.

Hurricane Irma imperils first ever SpaceX shuttle launch: US military's secret squirrel X-37B


Just Category 5?

Category 5 (252 km/h or higher): Catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of frame homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.

What about when it is basically a giant tornado? When the percentage is 100%. When the power is gone? When the islands are gone?

Do we then start using Category 6?

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower


If it is a button it should look like a button


In 1975, Xerox engineers demonstrated a Graphical User Interface "including icons and the first use of pop-up menus".

I grew up in Berkeley. I started with Xerox in 1975.

Argentina eyes up laser death cannon testbed warship



Lasers are very effective at blinding pilots, sailors and ground troops as well as anything that used to have eyes.

Boffins want machine learning to predict earthquakes



Earthquakes fall into Chaos Theory, same as the weather. I ran my own world wide sensitive seismograph for many years and was a part of the B.C. seismography system. I could detect anything from ocean waves hitting cliffs during storms 400 klicks away to earthquakes in Greece.

Like the weather the closer in time to the event the more accurate the prediction. That is a matter of weeks at the best unless it is something like a volcano or an atomic weapon that you know is going to blow soon as well as mine blasting. In the case of the weather if one says it will be similar tomorrow as it is today one will be correct about 70% of the time.

Here on the west coast of Canada we are waiting for the BIG one. Based on previous records it is a bit overdue. The chance is stated as percentage probability of it happening sooner or later. There are some interesting correlations though. There is a higher chance of a swarm of small quakes every spring in this general area.

Being in a big one is very interesting. Many years ago I was in San Francisco staring at the remains of King Tut when a shallow 6.2 hit. The quake resistant museum building began sliding on its foundation about six inches, back and forth. It wasn't easy to stand. Hundreds of alarms began sounding. The security people were totally confused about what to do. One person ordered everyone to stand against the walls. Stupid. The walls were filled with artifact displays. If I was a criminal I could have stolen just about anything in the first minute or so. Lie down or on your knees would have been appropriate.

Another time when I was quite young a bigger one hit. I ran outside and could actually see waves passing across a large open field of short grass. It was like standing in a small boat in the ocean. I have been in about five earthquakes that caused some damage. Then there was Mount. St. Helens. I wasn't near it but it was a close call for the ash storm.

Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money


The problem with Google

Rings a Bell.

Facebook will deny ads to repeat promoters of fake news



Milo Yiannopoulos. The Nazi-fetishizing former Breitbart staffer who co-wrote the white-supremacist article described above can thank Bannon, who has called his work "valuable," for launching his career. Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, called Yiannopoulos "brave" and said he was a "phenomenal individual" in November 2016



Who defines whether a story is a lie or not?

Being able to count works fairly well.


What, specifically, makes news "fake"?

Truth or lack of same.


Re: Pity poor humankind.

One of the biggest problems we have now is that there are just too many rats in the cage. When that is done in real experiments and there are too many in the same cage they begin to eat each other. The Internet is just like too many rats in one place.


I haven't heard any news about Trump so far from the so-called media that weren't fake in some way.

I haven't yet heard anything from Trump so far that the so-called President has said that wasn't fake in some way.

Boffin rediscovers 1960s attempt to write fiction with computers


"the filthiest cricket book ever written"

I grew up in Berkeley in the 1960's.

China to identify commentards with real‑name policy


I admit being curious about the identities of some...

Even if you knew my real name you will not find me on the net anywhere.


Real names?

Please hold your arm next to the chip reader.

The money in your pocket will also do just fine.

Trump-hating Iranian is the new Uber CEO


Trump is so popular

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) mooned over President Trump to a private group of Republicans on Friday, choosing unconventional words to butter up the commander in chief, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported:

Hunter, one of Donald Trump's first allies in Congress, described the president in profane terms to a group of Republicans on Friday, but also touted the president as their champion.

"He's just like he is on TV,” Hunter, R-Alpine, told the group. "He's an asshole, but he's our asshole." [The San Diego Union-Tribune]

Fujitsu Australia cloud outage leaves lifeguards' members exposed


lifeguards' members exposed

Shouldn't be a problem in Vancouver.

Beach in Vancouver

WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again


It is the users

Social engineering == stupid users. We need to educate the users. Sometimes that just isn't possible.

Civil Servant with no brain

Chrome wants to remember which Websites to silence


Re: YouTube?

I have a nice home phone that costs nothing to phone somebody in North America in the evening. I have been leaving some replies to phone scammers for a couple of weeks now. It is my new hobby for a while.

Suck it

I have also been playing with possible DTMF tones and some interesting brown noise with Wahwah.


Now if they would just listen to my suggestion

Back before Google killed their news site I more that once informed them that NASA is NOT a political entity in Africa. They ignored me.

Nasa in Kenya



On a lot of those sites one may compress the site by making the window narrow. In many cases that will then show only the text and nothing else. It is also possible to scroll to just the right place where the text is readable but the play stops. I do not do that often except on a couple of news sites where I am published. The best site here is the local newspaper site.

By far the best sites are ones that are also paper newspapers such as the one my daughter owns.


Killing autoplay

Sounds good to me. When that happens I instantly leave the site. That is especially the case when I check the news on Newslookup.com.

As for the ultrasonic tracking that must be referring to me. Very recently I was riding my hacked e-bike as fast as I could make it go. A good looking woman a bit younger than me was laughing and said

"you were going like a bat out of hell".

Is it possible to control Amazon Alexa, Google Now using inaudible commands? Absolutely


But can I actually get cocaine noodles ?

Buy them here for 1 dollar


She don't lie, she don't lie, she don't lie... Propane


But can I actually get cocaine noodles ?

Cocaine Noodles

More Cocaine Noodles

Addictive Noodles


Re: Microphone

I have slightly changed my sound wave. I am sending a sound sequence calculated to possibly induce epilepsy like some video games. This is a bit of a hobby for a while since it doesn't cost me anything to send this. I am waiting to see if they change the scam greeting again. The first time the greeting was half an hour long. The next morning they shortened it to 1 minute.

I can also confuse them because I have more than one phone number. The one I am using is not listed and does not accept incoming. It is also a dumb phone on the net. The people that supply my line think this is hilarious. But then they are students (summer job) from the university where I am working.



The only microphone I have turned on lately is one that intentionally records other sounds. I am using it to answer scammers that ask for your e-mail address.

The nice little Olympus voice recorder then replies:

Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...Gonads are useful for their purpose but they are no substitute for brains...

VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code


Re: There's nothing illegal in writing the code

If instead of providing some software, the engineer provided a physical tool for someone to use in a burglary, or even lent them a vehicle to use as a getaway car, would they be committing a crime?

Another example is providing firearms to mentally ill people in the USA.


Re: Code of Ethics

Do this search in Google:

usa medical industry corruption cartel

About 774,000 results (0.68 seconds)


"I was only following orders"

It is certainly a good excuse in the military.

Uncle Sam outlines evidence against British security whiz Hutchins


The authorities obviously don't understand any of this cyber security business

I am afraid it isn't just in the US. I was speaking to a member here that doesn't have a member. That memberless member told me that Shawnigan Lake is south of here. It is 30 kilometres north northwest of the station. South that far is 26 kilometres in the ocean. Then I spoke to the Watch Commander about how I could possibly pin down the IP address actual location address of a criminal with a fair degree of accuracy. He gave me a virtual blank stare.

My IP is intentionally difficult to pin down but I can still get it to about 7 km. It is in the same jurisdiction.

NASA? More like NASAI: Brainy robots 'crucial' to space exploration


Very interesting video on this subject

Robot Explorers

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!


Re: Copyright and Mathematical Tables

A simple way to identify tables that are printed as graphics is to sprinkle single yellow pixel codes over the image area. This was invented by Xerox for the early colour printers. The government insisted that the serial number of each machine be printed on the copies to make it possible to track money counterfeiters.

Single yellow pixels are almost impossible to see visually. Privacy violation started a long time ago.


Re: Trigonometry is not about triangles...

Try it with Spherical trigonometry. Three 90 degree angles may make a triangle.


useful divisors...

I prefer binary -_-

Ancient Hexagrams


Base 60?

I like the idea. It means I am only 1.1166666666666666666666666666667 years old.

PC sales to fall and fall and fall and fall and fall for the next five years


Re: Useless

I am looking forward to this. The beast I built is about 4 years old. There should be discounts on everything.


Re: Astrology

I never believed in the Astrological "prediction" but then I stumbled on this when I was looking up Cereal Killers.

It was my birthday recently.


Perfectionists of sorts, individuals born on August XXXXX are versatile folks with a penchant for creativity and ingenuity. Ruled by the planet Mercury, the ruler of the zodiacal group, these people have an analytical mind and a rational approach to life. This practicality often overshadows the caring, sensitive and compassionate temperament of these people. The observant nature, charming personality and sophisticated taste of these people make them unique and distinctive. Adding to this is their generous and sincere nature that makes these individuals have a positive and productive outlook towards life and people. August XXXXX individuals have great communication skills and are gifted speakers.

Seriously, friends. You suck at driving. Get a computer behind the wheel to save your life


Re: Driving through HELL

I totally forgot to mention all the auto ferries. The lineups can be very long. One is verbally instructed as to what lane to drive into before boarding the ferry. There isn't the slightest chance that an auto auto could handle that. I also wonder how it would handle the Autobahn? If in the left lane a motorcycle may be approaching from behind at 300 to 400 kilometres per hour. I have been there.


Driving through HELL

The real cost should be calculated as lives taken. How many times did the auto discourage driver/rider awareness?

There WILL be times when the person in the seat MUST take control.

Driving through HELL

I also do not expect to see them around here anytime soon. This town is extremely complicated. Just check out Victoria on Goggle Earth (not Google maps but the full Google Earth). There are many things such as sudden hills and curves with big and small traffic circles and many changes in speed limits with some very low.

Then there is the issue of bike riders all over the town and they have priority over autos in most places. They also do not have to full stop at a stop sign. Some places the are full stops for the cyclist but they are commonly ignored. Some places the cyclists have their own divided lanes that suddenly become just a line on the road. Some of the bike lanes have their own traffic lights, some don't. Then there is the drawbridge as well as military vehicle traffic.

In winter the roads can suddenly have frost or black ice for just a few metres at the tops of the many small hills. Then there are areas that have five times more precipitation than downtown Victoria, mostly in the winter now. I also very much wonder how they could drive through this:


Seriously, friends. You suck at driving.

I have been driving for over 50 years. I have never hit anything accidentally. No tickets since the 70's and only two then. I have hit another vehicle intentionally but that is a different story... Crash bars are handy when somebody is about to run you off the road.

Auto cars should require at least one hand on the wheel every 30 seconds. An open eyes detector would be a good idea. Even then it will not work with many of the vehicles currently on the road. There is some pretty crazy shit on the roads, especially in back country roads. I wonder how they will fare with logging trucks? Every load they look different and are frequently covered in mud. The driver nails a ribbon on the longest end log at the back but that is not always visible in a short while. I have just barely missed being killed a few times. That was because I anticipated the possible mistakes like a shifting load.

Probing the online phish market reveals thriving, profitable underworld


Making plans

I am currently making plans with others to take down some of these. Just today I did some instruction with a very nice woman I will be working with. I will also be doing some official instruction regarding these serious problems.

One site in particular is trying to charge customs duties for packages full of air. It starts with a local phone call. It includes trapping the visitor on the site and then forcing an e-mail to get loose. Then the empty package is delivered for cash using a fake well marked vehicle. The e-mail then has further uses. Since this requires a physical appearance I would say the operator is pretty fucking stupid. I will have the call redirected by my partners. I will have the package delivered to me. Might get some nice Kung Fuk U practice.

The last few days I have been having a very good time shooting some people in the ass.


Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight


Re: Poor Design

If Apple made a plane? Fuck me.

If you flew on it it could be fuck you....

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive


Re: warnings

SSD gives plenty of warning. You just need to keep an eye on basic error counts. Plenty of nice free software is available for that such as CrystalDiskInfo.

Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified



Blood IN the submarine sounds bad. BUT, like nearly everything so far mentioned it is circumstantial evidence. Maybe she cut herself while escaping. One big question not yet answered in public is just how does it seem that body parts were removed? There is a big difference between a shark and a sharp knife, especially near the spine.

US prosecutors drop demand for 1.3m IP addresses of folks who visited anti-Trump site


Re: My IP Address Is Sounds Chinese. 8 is a lucky number in China...


Re: Why the Trump (words I will not say)

For the downvoters: Finally some agreement. I very much do not like corruption. I would downvote it too but it won't let me.


Re: Genetic evidence

Clearly somebody doesn't like truth.


He despises everyone equally.

Apparently not the women he assaults. One should also be concerned about his fascination with women's blood. It is also interesting to speculate why he often wears a blood red tie that reaches his crotch.

Then there is the basic fact that he is a pathological LIAR.

Truth Squad

Times he has simply told a falsity = 146 since Aug 23

Pants on fire = 69 Obviously he likes doing the 69. The only question there is gender.

Based on the fact that he says some very odd things on the birdshit forum one must wonder what drugs he is taking.

Then there is the tiny issue of destroying national security.

The list is much longer.