* Posts by MachDiamond

2406 posts • joined 10 Aug 2012

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up

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Re: Greener option than car

Yes, but places such as London don't always have "perfect" weather for scootering, walking or cycling. A system such as PRT can go a long way to reducing moving mass while still providing protection from the elements. The cars can be much lighter weight since they are far less likely to crash or be crashed into. Their onboard energy storage can be much small as they recharge at each stop. A battery tech such as Lithium Titinate, that can be recharged very fast (with lower energy density) might be a good match. Less power plant weight is another advantage.

It would be going in reverse to take a long range passenger car and try to develop a self driving system in it. The complexity is a couple of orders of magnitude greater than what it takes to run a PRT network.

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Re: ;-)

"Handy source of batteries..."

There are kits to refit some brands of scooters with unlocked electronics from places like Ali Express. The original mainboard becomes a source of parts such as the GPS module, BT board, etc. A new paint job and you have a scooter. I expect that batteries are a target for the less sophisticated thieves.

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Re: Rental sucks.

Privately owned and secure lockers to place the scooters at or near train/tube stations could be a big help. Also, there would need to be a storage area with charging at workplaces. The outlets can cycle through in groups so not every scooter is being charged at the same time.

Getting exercise is fine, but if it's a warm day and you have to wear "business attire" at work, a brisk cycle trip isn't a good thing unless there is a locker room with showers. Most people would rather shower at home and have some way of arriving at work non-mussed.

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Re: Lifestyle change

I like the idea of PRT for city centers. I prefer the UltraPRT design with the pods being on dedicated raised roadways rather than suspended from overhead rails. If one can get from the airport or train station to convenient stops downtown quickly and with baggage, that's going to make it popular. It's also nice to do that without being jammed in with loads of the unwashed. The "Last Mile" problem still hasn't been solved.

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Re: Outside the UK, electric scooters have long been a hallmark of city living…

"These toys do not:

reduce car journeys"

I don't see it either. The big experiment that's being done during the pandemic is how people can work effectively from home for many office jobs. There can be some advantage to having a team in one location occastionally, but it doesn't have to be in a downtown multi-storey office block. If you are in one of those buildings, it's often faster and easier to get HR on the phone or send a message than to badge out, go up three floors, badge in and then wait for somebody to see you (20 minutes after your appointment time). The only reason to do that is to get away from your desk and get some exercise. It would make little difference is the HR office was 100 miles away and the HR staff lived in the immediate are of that facility.

The idea is for people to live close to where they work instead of trying to rapidly build more and more transportation infrastructure so people can live further and further away. I take it as an ingrained concept of the corporate mind that an entire company has to be situated in one giant monolithic tower to be successful when the evidence is that people are connecting electronically across the room and increasing the distance makes not difference. Obviously, this doesn't make sense for a factory or a distribution warehouse but both of those still have offices full of people that could be anywhere.

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My bicycle safety lessons involved falling off and/or hitting things (and then falling off). After a period of time you start to realize that it can be painful. I wasn't always the quickest tortoise in the race. Anywho, safety lessons learned.

Do you really want the government to form a ministry of bicycles with loads of civil servants, more uniformed filth and another court system to handle citations? I suggest parents do a bit of teaching on the subject of bicycle safety with some courses early in school for those is rather reckless parents.

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Re: Trials?

"Universitys on private land full of students paying a lot of money to be there are not a reliable analogue of the real world."

The other thing you find is the group developing the concept are all of a like mind. The last thing they want is some old cynical curmudgeon like me poking holes in their plans for a small slice of Utopia. As a former safety officer at an aerospace company, I had to always be looking for things that might go wrong and what to do to either prevent them from happening or to make sure everybody goes home with all of their limbs when something goes pear shaped. Another part of my job was avionics. The same sort of what-if analysis goes on there.

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I'll make you some stickers

How hard would it be to make some vinyl stickers to slap on your own scooter so it looks like one of the approved rentals? I won't be able to retire through selling them, but it should be enough for a few pints a week.

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Re: Rental vs privately owned

You may be a neat freak and prop it up tidily out of the way and then some "youths" stroll by and decide to have a scooter tossing contest.

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze

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How can architecture be fascist?

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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Re: Extraditable?

"Once you have qualified to pay the IRS tax in the US - then they will expect a share in future years even if you live outside the USA."

Tina Turner had to renounce her US citizenship. She was retired in Switzerland and didn't have any burning need to be a US citizen for the remainder of her life. I think it cost her about $400. The accountant charged way more than that to file a no-income return every year. The bill is now well over $2000 and you are required to meet with State Department flacks at least twice for interviews before it's allowed.

The US Internal Revenue Service likes to get their claws into any "US Person". You don't have to be a citizen. If you held a resident's card you could still be liable for paying tax in the US.

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Re: Ask the NSA first

The NSA would very much like to be able to have better intel on US politicians. They've already been caught spying on oversight committees. Being in government is all about budgets and headcount as many salaries are capped by law. If you are privy to all of the peccadillos of the elected, you have the leverage to move a continent. National Security? pppffttt. That's just the cover story. The Russians know more about what goes on in Washington than the average US citizen is allowed to know.

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And that of their staff. Wouldn't it be very interesting to have a look at the bank accounts of politician's staff? Their brokerage accounts? Notes passed to certain third parties?

The only upside to this sort of legislation would be that somebody would find it really fun targeting government figures. They'd only have sympathy after rooting around in my bank records.

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The average Jo(seph)

The "Bad Guys" ® will simply use encryption software written by somebody in a country that isn't concerned about what the US or "The West" wants. They'll be a linux version that takes advantage of all the horsepower modern desktops can bring to bare, although the UI will be rather sparse or it will just be CLI only.

The only option left will be to keep a close eye on anybody taking college level maths classes. I don't think these congresscritters understand that just because they feel Pi is rather messy that passing a law making it exactly 3 will accomplish nothing. And chocolate milk IS NOT racist!

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Re: "A trio of Republican senators"

.. also known as a "Slump" or "Embarrassment".

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

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Want porn? Get an email address.

You could also get a web site, build it with Wordpress and have a "contact" page. Endless mail from girls that are dying to have it off with me. D!ck pills. Online pharmacies of all sorts. etc etc blah blah blah

For this system to work, both ends of the chain have to be set up for it. If a purveyor of naughty content sets up in country that's isn't policing CDNs, they aren't going to put the headers in their wares and make the bulk of their money serving up ads and malware. All they have to do for advertising is buy a list of .edu email addresses that have been harvested from poorly secured school databases, let's say high schools, and the pebbles start the avalanche.

I agree with others that state that parents need to monitor their kid's internet use and have talks with them about all sorts of things. It's dangerous to just hand them a £500 mobile with an unlimited account and tell them to have fun. Would they give them an Oyster card and a map of London because they are bored some weekend? That could be a helluva adventure for an 11 yo that fancies themselves all grown up.

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea

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Too expensive

If it were just about tracking "protestors", using big military drones would be too much. They were brought into the picture due to riots, looting and wholesale vandalism, not for tracking people chanting pithy sayings and blocking streets. When government vehicles are destroyed along with government buildings, money has be to spent to replace and repair which means less money left for politicians to use on pork projects that bring them more votes. They aren't going to get people to vote for them because they approved funds to buy a few dozen new police cruisers.

Another factor in bringing in drones is the high res surveillance they bring. If it's suspected that people like George Soros or terrorist outfits are fomenting the problems, key people my be able to be spotted in the crowds. Little miss new graduate with a degree in XXXXX Studies that wants to change the world and goes out to join the protest is of no interest.

US senators propose $22bn fund for new fabs on American soil because making stuff is better than designing stuff

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Re: It’s about national security

"Now what happens if WW3 breaks out and the US military losses access to its supply of cutting edge chips? Enough said."

With SARS-cov-2, some US "defense contractors" have been unable to fulfill deliveries due to parts being manufactured in Mexico at shut down plants.

The most advanced electronics aren't required for the military, They can already visit death and destruction anywhere efficiently enough with decades old designs. Many "advanced battlefield systems" are an Achilles heel. Troops get trained to rely on them too much and they can be prone to going offline leaving grunts bluescreened. It's really hard to bork a compass and map as easily as it is to interfere with GPS signals.

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It's not the investment

Fabs started getting built outside the US due to US ITAR laws that fell way behind technology. Companies weren't going to invest billions in the next level technology only to have the US government tell them they can't export the chips due to national security issues. Easy enough solved, they set up fabs in Asia where export was promoted rather than restricted.

While the highest paid jobs are at the design level, the bulk of jobs are at the manufacturing level. It's a distinct advantage to be a company that has their own fab. It allows better insight between design and what can be made. Learning machining and welder made me a much better engineer. I had previously just sent things out to have them made like a fabless chip maker would do.

It's a great big world and advanced electronics on the leading edge are accomplished by global companies. If one country is going to pass laws that inhibit profits, these companies will go elsewhere.

California bigwigs rule Uber, Lyft dial-a-ride drivers are employees, not contractors

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Re: I know many people who work so-called "gig economy" jobs here in California.

"That's one of the things I've always found confusing over the "gig economy" and the contractor vs employee "debate". This is mostly rhetorical, and I could have entirely misunderstood something about it."

The distinction, which is multi-variable, has to do mostly with how much control the person doing the work has. A contractor is given a goal and they goes about getting to that goal via whatever method they think will work the best using their own tools, setting their own schedule. If a taxi company is dictating too much, the driver has a casual job more than being an independent contractor.

Big "gig" companies such as Lyft and Uber seem to be focused on ways of setting up a company in a way to absolve themselves of the responsibilities of an employer. They are skating very close to the line between employee and IC. Since they also routinely give the government the finger when it comes to things like commercial licensing and insurance that are required for traditional taxi companies, they aren't making any friends with lawmakers.

I see these new taxi companies as complete failures. The don't own cars, they don't pay employee costs and taxes yet they still lose massive amounts of money every year. Their headquarters are in expensive buildings in expensive city when by their very nature they could be anywhere. While it's too big a task for a government to protect people that never learned math from being fleeced for every thin, drivers aren't trained about the economics of their "business" and wear out their cars at a faster rate than they are bringing money in to replace it when it's finally kaput. That they are doing this at a grand level is what draws attention. If they were just a local company taking advantage of people, it would fly under the radar.

Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets

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"The Crew Dragon can also carry 7 passengers whereas the Soyuz can only carry 3 "

The number of people in the Dragon was reduced to 4 after it was found that the possibility of severe injury (whiplash) was too high. Better seats/restraints can be used with fewer astronauts.

ISS accommodations and schedules have been based on a 3-person rotation so it's hard to say if having one more person on a flight is a better thing or not. It may come in handy once in a while, but may not be something worth doing on every flight but instead sending more supplies.

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Re: Foot in mouth

China is pursuing it's space program completely separate from everybody else. No trips to ISS.

The Chinese lander and rover on the moon have lasted 8 day/night cycles so far. That's impressive.

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Re: Foot in mouth

"Which is probably why he's so upset. NASA just took away his funding."

Not really. The US had booked up available seats which are now opened for other countries to send astronauts. I'm hopeful to see lots of scientists from countries without big space programs getting a chance. The world needs more people in science and far fewer practicing law.

Microsoft tweaks its 'New Outlook' for Mac – but no support for Exchange on-premises yet

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Another pass

I get by with a very vanilla email client and I'm just fine. I take pains to limit the amount of email I get by creating throw away accounts I can use to verify with some web site to get free goodies and they delete it when they start sending me a dozen ads per day and "share" my address with their "partners". Translated to "sell their list to everybody with a few quid to spare".

I've had to use Outlook at on job and found it tedious. From the outside, it seems that on a regular basis somebody's Outlook client is hacked to send out a bog wodge of phishing attacks. I'm good at spotting those since I don't even trust people I know, but worry about my old mom. I visited her the other day and I ran down the list of current phishing email and I'm happy to report she spotted them all, whew. It's good test to see how she's doing. I don't expect a big inheritance but I don't want to get a call that she's been robbed of her savings and needs to move in with me.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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New standards on the way

Are people being bred so stupid that it's going to come that they'll be required to have an IQ test to get and maintain an "oxygen license" once you are past a certain age (16 ought to do it). If you fail, you don't get any more oxygen.

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report

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Re: Buy more cars - drive them less

You'd then hire a car with very long range rather than the more modestly priced and range car you use on a daily basis. I'm not a fan of Tesla, but some of the long range versions will go a very long distance. You get to the point where bladder anxiety is a bigger issue. Many EV's satnavs will highlight charging stations.

If you drive 30 miles per day and have an EV with 240 miles of range, that a week between charges so not having off-street parking might still be ok. If you can charge at work or there is charging where you do your shopping, charging becomes a non-issue. You could also prod your local council to get chargers (mostly level 2) at local parks and other places that are pleasant to visit for a few hours on a weekend.

I am seeing more and more chargers being put in at shopping centers and expect that it won't be long before ones that don't have them will lose plenty of customers to ones that do. People that can't charge at home yet still want the cost savings of driving and EV will be looking for places to charge when they can be doing something like running errands or having a walk.

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Re: Buy more cars - drive them less

"Those of us in flats would probably need a removable cell which is light enough, that we can take in and recharge overnight (Even if its on some form of trolley)."

That would go from being called a "cell" to "bomb". The energy density would be impossibly high and not something you'd want to cuddle up to at night.

Amazon declined to sell a book so Elon Musk called for it to be broken up

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"If Amazon had any sense they would have said that sales below say 20 a month would incur a cost of £100 a month. He could havehis own censorship then!"

Some authors have done very well through Amazon's self-publishing deal so formally adding a fee like that would be throwing the baby out with the bath water. Amazon is better off just rejecting stuff that looks really dodgy. The person could still run copies off at the print shop and sell them on eBay.

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"Actually Amazon just have a blanket 'reject' for anything that mentions Coronavirus/COVID."

Very likely. The exception would be something from a relevant institution or known expert in the field. In that case, the author isn't likely to be "self-publishing".

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Re: Tell people what the goddamn guidelines are

"but not putting the rules/guidelines out there of what's verboten and what's not, is wrong."

If you published detailed rules, you wind up having to abide by them. That's expensive when it means attorneys and courts. It's much easier to say "Books must pass a review by out team" and be somewhat vague about what that entails. The last thing Amazon wants is to contently be defending themselves against herds of nutjobs with an attorney cousin that doesn't have anything better to do. In a strange reversal of what's normal, they could cost Amazon loads of money in lawyer fees until they have to give in and put out drivel. (Normally, big companies use their legal staff to BK the small guy or force them to drop any actions by running up the costs beyond what might be recovered).

We're number... six. Analysis puts UK behind Switzerland and Kuwait in 5G adoption

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I'll just wait over here, shall I?

I use my mobile as a phone and that's mostly it. I have Text shut off and I rarely use data. When I'm out and about, I'm not buried neck deep in my phone, I'm doing things and looking around. You have to be quick on your feet to dodge those Tesla's on Autopilot.

I'll be getting a 5G phone about the time that the 4G bandwidth is being shut down and reallocated. In the mean time, I can get a nice dual-sim used phone for about £25 off contract. I use them up and toss them in a recycle box if they are borked or reuse them for projects. I see old phones as a small computer with a screen and BT/WiFi. Great for Arduino and ESP32 interfacing.

Repair store faces hefty legal bill after losing David and Goliath fight with Apple over replacement iPhone screens

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"Case 2 - probably would fall foul of grey import restrictions."

That's not Trademark, that's import law.

If I buy a Cortina, take it apart and sell the parts, I'm not counterfeiting and what Ford thinks shouldn't enter into it. I use this example as I do buy second hand cars and strip them down to sell parts. If a shop in Asia somewhere is buying non-functioning iPhones and stripping them down for parts and selling them to repair shops, I don't see any issue with that.

The ONLY Trademark issue is if an aftermarket product is labeled and logo'd to make it appear to be OEM. It may also be an issue if a part is being marketed as genuine and it's a knock off even if it doesn't have any branding.

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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Re: Works the other way too

"If you're only protecting the airspace over your home country you don't need stealth,"

Up to the point where an enemy establishes a beachhead, installs AA and takes away the airspace.

Home Office waves a cool £1bn to outsource handling of British visa, citizenship applications

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UK passport pricing

I can't wait to see what the bribe will be to source a UK passport. If they outsource to a firm in Morocco or India, it could be much cheaper than what it would cost if the company was inside the UK.

There are some things that are the provenance of government. Passports and immigration documents are one of those things.

REvil ransomware gang publishes 'Elexon staff's passports' after UK electrical middleman shrugs off attack

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Why is passport data in a company server

I'd never give my passport information to a company. All they need to know is I have one and no travel restrictions. A big part of the problem these days is that people will fully fill out any form you clamp on a clipboard and hand to them. I'm a big PIA and will just walk out of a doctor's office or other place that insists I give them information I don't think is relevant to their needs.

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

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Re: "ADT failed to monitor consumers’ accounts"

"The creep cheated. The system is not at fault."

I beg to differ. I'll bet you a pony that ADT has procedures in place that prevent people in accounts payable from writing themselves a check for 6 figures. I doubt any employee or even an executive has sole authority to access an unusually large sum of money.

Tech installs and configures the system and a random supervisor logs in and checks the configuration remotely when it's complete. Any anomalies in standards are called out immediately. Any indication the tech is installing a backdoor is met with a dismissal.

It's not hard to create a system with checks and balances. Only the will to do it is lacking.

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Just look at the bright side, free credit monitoring.

Does anybody else have more free credit monitoring from numerous data breeches that it's seeming a bit redundant?

I'm way past the point where I want to start seeing C-level execs in pillory and companies fined into oblivion and anybody with any security job posting to be in serious trouble of being able to take on subsequent employment in that field after enquiries are complete. It needs to be a major liability to store customer's PII and financial details. If it could mean company ending fines, maybe they'd take it far more serious. I'm more than happy to be John Smith 12345 for any miles account and type in my CC number each time. They don't need my bloody life story on file "to serve me better".

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Re: That's a first!

Keep trying the CC company. If there is no booking on file but a charge on your card, that can't look good. All best done in writing.

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Re: Never store CC details

"For refunds the common sense approach would be to only store the last 4 digits and get the customer to confirm the rest when processing the refund."

A "confirmation" is when they read you information they have and you "confirm" that it is or isn't correct. I don't play that game they call "confirming my information" as the way I see it, I am giving out sensitive information. They don't seem to understand that, but since I've already been on hold for an hour, I'll wait another to talk with the supervisor.

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Re: Never store CC details

"Plenty don't accept £, presumably because it isn't easily typeable on a US keyboard"

I have no problem with typing £ on an American KB. That it's a bit of an odd finger move, all the better as it will be used less.

Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution

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Re: Re:PDF

"In our off we went wholly to google docs for their ability to share,"

The "share" part is that you are "sharing" all of your docs with Google. Not a particularly great idea. There are many other ways to coordinate documents across an organization that don't involve handing them over to a third party. When I worked in aerospace, this was exceptionally important.

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"This is why PDF is still so popular as Postscript describes exactly how things should look."

It also locks down the document so people you send it to can't make changes. This is a good thing.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

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Soon to be obsolete

With an EV charger, the whole point is you plug in, punch up your credentials and walk away. If you charge up at home or work, you may rarely even use a public charger. I hate those screeching little speakers cranked up to 11 playing inane ads for things I can't afford or choose not to afford.

Australian contact-tracing app sent no data to contact-tracers for at least ten days after hurried launch

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Re: Vulnerabilities? What vulnerabilities?

"AFAIK, BT works through walls. I was unaware that viruses could travel through them though. Anyone for a host of false positives?"

I can just see a phone of an employee pushed under the counter as they are not supposed to have their phones with them while working. Let's say the person works at a petrol station with a service window to the outside. Everybody that walks up gets tagged by the employee's phone under the counter with no regards to the wall and glass between them. I'm sure with some thought I could come up with more examples.

None of this tracing stuff would work on me. I leave off wi-fi, BT, GPS and data when I'm not actively using them. It gives me very good battery life and I'm not leaving as big of a bread crumb trail. Sometimes I even switch the phone off and I've verified it really is off when I think it's off. At least it's not transmitting anything the spectrum analyzer will pick up. Maybe there is a receiver on that can wake the phone up, but I've seen no evidence of that.

We beg, implore and beseech thee. Stop reusing the same damn password everywhere

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Re: A few years back....

Now what I would do is wait until you've unlocked your phone while out somewhere and set it down to respond to the person doing the distracting for me and have it off you in a jiffy. I'll keep fiddling the screen to keep it alive until I can plug in a little widget to keep the phone charged and active so it doesn't relock.

Use cash. If somebody picks your pocket, all you lose is what's on you. If somebody nicks your phone and can do what I describe above, they have your whole bank account which sort of sucks if yesterday was when your direct deposit posted.

For the record, I don't steal from people, but did sleep at a Holiday Inn last night. Actually, my guilty pastime is watching pen testing vids and hackercon presentations on YouTube/Vimeo. I've had a debit card get cancelled while traveling and never go anywhere without the cash to buy enough petrol to get home and some meals. Having cash in pocket also makes me stick to budgets much better. No cash, no coffee.

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Re: El Reg

" there is currently an extortion e-mail going around claiming to have embarrassing video footage of the 'user',"

I get lots of those dropping into mostly my spam catcher accounts that I've generated and used to register at dodgy websites and place I know are going to resell every scrap of data they collect.

What these scammers don't know is that my desktop doesn't have a camera at all and my taste in porn is very mainstream. Am I sharing too much?

If they did get my contacts, which would be a feat as I don't use the built in contact manager, I'd probably start getting inquiries about where to find the best "movies" since most the people I know and most certainly my "water brothers" aren't too uptight about those sorts of matters. Mom would just have a good laugh.

If you don't want to be spied on, disable the camera and block the mic. Zuckerberg does on all of his portable devices. BTW, blue-tak works a treat for the mic and is removable if you insulate the mic hole with a bit of cling film first. Put some cello tape over the blue-tak so it doesn't get everywhere.

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"A lot of email providers end the email if not used after 6 months."

You get what you pay for. My accounts would only end if I weren't to pay the hosting company. In the mean time, I have lots of email accounts and can generate new ones at will.

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"If my bank's online banking system used something as crude and insecure as a password to identify me,"

How about if they are using your mobile number to "verify" you when accessing your account?

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Re: protect what you value

"For anything that is important I use totally unique passwords and a password manager."

I think a good analogy is putting a $600 lock on your collection of bugs you've found in your garden rather than just fastening the clasp on the box. Then effort needs to match the level of security you really need.

I'm not bothered with spending more time accessing my financial accounts online, but I am when I just want to dash off a witless comment on a forum.

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Re: OK, sp which password manager to plump for?

"I get it, there's little love for C#. But over here we'd have to call it C-hash. C£ doesn't really work as a UK-based snark."

Or as musicians would call it "C-sharp"

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