* Posts by YetAnotherLocksmith

548 posts • joined 11 Oct 2012


Railway cables overpowered errant drone's compass and flung it back to terra firma


Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

If you put it on a big metal sheet, it'll just reorient the compass when calibrating, I expect, unless it is bright enough to realise the field strength is wrong.


Re: "over localised regions of the bridge below"

It is in law too: the captain and appropriate crew have pilot's licenses.

Poured your info out on a call to 118 118 Money? Bad luck. Credit provider 'fesses up that hacker nabbed customer service phone recordings


Re: Complacent

Why even wait for humans? You can throw the files at an AI voice recognition system as a first pass, that'll save you half your money. Stick it in a database with the audio file attached, and then it isn't even dodgy looking when you ask workers to "verify the database" before calling to scam.

Uncle Sam turns the screws on VoIP providers allegedly used by coronavirus, tax, bogus tech support scammers


Fairly minor stuff for most, but they've acted far faster than normal. Usually it is years before they send out even a letter, this time it's been a month or so. Maybe, stuck at home, the FCC people realise how many people get these calls, because now they are sat there all day getting them too!

BT reopens £90m UK High Court case over 1970s VAT 'overpayments'


Re: Meanwhile in IR35 land...

Maybe get a job with the company then? Or put your rates up?

Or, work for more than 2 people each month.

The issue is, you're effectively an employee, that's why the law catches you.


Re: Hang on ... *who* paid the VAT ?

It has been paid. Its just that BT paid it to HMRC, having asked the customer for it, but then the costumer never paid it to BT.

Such are the perils of invoice accounting.

Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it


Where you sat in the lab would've affected focus, then?


Re: Oooh the hype!

The ¼ pounder won versus the ⅓ pounder, because apparently Americans thought that 4 was, here, bigger than 3.

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


Re: And none of this is important


Think of it like figuring it how to break into your car without a trace or key, and drive it away. Those exact same steps will get you into every other (2011 Vauxhall Astra|2001 VW Golf|1974 Ford Cortina)


Re: And none of this is important

Of course, quite how this hasn't already been figured out via chip decapping, I'm unsure?


Re: "maintain physical possession of their platform"

Nah, it's in the office, and no-one but the boss, your Cow-orkers, all previous employees until they change the code, HR subbies, security, oh, and the below minimum wage cleaners have keys or access. Impregnable!

Verity Stob is 'Disgusted of HG Wells': Time, gentlemen, please


Re: "Consequently I had to halt the vehicle and obtain some mercury to effect a repair."

I believe there are some well-worn words prepared for those securely standing on battlements to hurl down from above.

Whether Daleks have mothers or fathers, though, I don't know, nor if they would know what a hamster was. Or even if they can smell an elderberry...

This might require more thought...

How a Kaggle Grandmaster cheated in $25,000 AI contest with hidden code – and was fired from dream SV job


Of course, if the AI program was actually intelligent, this is exactly what it would do! It would look at the answer!

Antarctic researchers send an SOS to the world: Who wrote this message in a bottle?


Re: oh come on

X-ray what? The bottle? It's already transparent. And a regular x-ray machine wouldn't do anything to reveal the writing.

Not just adhesive, but alcohol-resistant adhesive: Well done, Apple. Airpods Pro repairability is a zero


Re: Not for me

You were there too? Awesome!


Re: Think of the trees...

"Step 1: Open the case. Step 2: remove the solder. Step 3: insert and resolder new battery."

The steps aren't difficult to say!

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months


Re: Magic tool

If you think a 2nd line tech gets "raw SQL access" to the whole of Amazon's payments system, think again!

But if you're correct, then Amazon have much bigger issues than a few rogue smart devices.


Re: All those precautions and 'they' left out the most obvious one

Cancelling your cards (and effectively closing your bank account for every single payment mechanism you use) is fairly extreme for a strange purchase on Amazon, I think - all that extra work and hassle, for a start.

Have you stopped a bank card recently? There's dozens of places that have the details, that you have to chase down.

So no, killing the card certainly shouldn't be your first step. It hasn't been compromised!


Re: Devices generally have an api type login


Someone gets it.

It's a different door with different keys, is a good analogy, and it's one of those hidden doors that looks like a bookshelf, in this case.



Did you accidentally not buy it from Amazon? There could be trouble ahead!

(That bit is a joke. Obviously Amazon don't make LG TVs, or indeed any TVs. Yet. Indeed, no TV will ever show up in that list on your account - that's the point of the article.)

Haunted by Europe's GDPR, ICANN sharpens wooden stake to finally slay the Whois vampire


Re: It's all mixed up

To be fair, telephone directories are pretty rare now, off-line, anyway.

TalkTalk says WalkWalk if you've got a mouldy Tiscali email address, or pay £50 a year to keep it



Literally yesterday I was asked by someone on TalkTalk about how they could migrate their Toucansurf email if they leave TalkTalk. Sadly, this article contains the answer - they can't, really, any more, they'll have to start paying for it!

The old chap asking has, as you can guess, had that email since the dawn of Internet time, and it's known around the world.


Re: Another ex-Nildrammer here

Yes, it is exactly that - a trap. It makes you stay put, because of the hassle.

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me



I've had to sit and wait on commercial jobs where they've had to do a 2 hour signal test for the system before installing a pre-payment meter in a pub basement, etc.

In fact, I don't know of any that talk through the wires in the UK, they all use data over GSM. But, that could be a supplier I've not worked with, or a recent change (I've scaled it back as the money is terrible, and the "customers" frequently worse.)


Re: the ability to remotely disconnect

I hope you had them fit a stop tap alongside the meter!


Re: the ability to remotely disconnect

Might I suggest adding an inline water valve with every repair in future, so you can isolate that thing the next time, with a screwdriver.


"And while you're here to arrest me for the 'mmicro sooft tax evasion' officer, could you take away this burglar?"


Re: I don't know why you think that

Is this where I am legally bound to point out that you don't own your electric meter anyway, the supplier does?

If EDF has to change 17 million electric meters, that is their problem, not yours.

This has already been demonstrated in the UK market when "we" installed hundreds of thousands of smart meters, and then... took them all out again and put in old refurbished spinning dial ones!

No cost to the customer, except possibly a little extra wear on the locks of those who, weirdly, were never home, never replied, and turned out to be using huge amounts of electric to warm the attic with lights...


Re: Le Diable

Eh? These meters don't "cut" unless you don't pay your bill, or, if you previously haven't paid your bill long enough, you haven't fed it enough electronic money in advance.

The only other thing could be if you frequently pull over the rated main fuse capacity. But that's 60A minimum, up to 100A, on a single phase, and the alternative is a burning meter, wiring and house, so probably better to get that checked out!

Careful now, UK court ruling says email signature blocks can sign binding contracts


Re: So folks will be adding

I'm amazed that you're the only other person who seems to have spotted that!

The lawyer sent a badly worded email, and it bit him.

Margin mugs: A bank paid how much for a 2m Ethernet cable? WTF!


Re: Not just business

Yes, and without it, those 1000% markups won't feed your kids for a week, not when the total value is still under £50.

Don't fall into the stupid percentage markup trap. 100% markup on a penny sweet only makes you 1p richer.



Shocking! CPC are ripping you right off, with their next day delivery for free, and a whopping 45p "profit". Why, how dare they pay their staff! Only *you* should get paid, right? That 45p is half a Mars bar off your £400 bill!

Army Watchkeeper drone flopped into tree because crew were gazing backwards


A heck of a lot of these commentards miss this vital paragraph:

"According to the DAIB, WK050 "failed to register ground contact during the ground touch window and auto-aborted", meaning it throttled up and took off."

The drone never landed, and the "pilot" cut the power thinking it had, and was crashing.


No? It never touched the ground. If it had, the thing would've landed. The inertia of spinning up the wheels would've slowed it dramatically, as designed, and the aircraft, suddenly on grass, likely couldn't have powered away without serious effort, instead completing the landing.

It got *really close* to landing. Close enough to fool the "pilots".


Re: Thales Kill Whales

You should've gone with 2 rape alarms instead of dozens then? You could've taken it inside the building to release it up to the ceiling, with a trio of strings to activate the audio and leave the whale untethered and way out of reach.


Re: Right response

Not really.

The drone came close to landing, but decided it was too far off the centre of the runaway to land, due to the crosswind. It therefore powered up again to go around and try again.

Alas, the "crew" saw the runway turn to grass on the camera display, panicked, and cut the power. They thought it was on the ground, because they were looking at the grass on the video stream, instead of the altitude. Without power, the drone flew a short distance more and hit a tree.


Re: From a different article, same subject, similar failure:

WHAT!? They're Army, not some sort of fly boy!!1!!eleven!


It's the worst of both worlds, and will be the cause of many a death with the soon to arrive "nearly self driving cars".

Imagine travelling for 7 hours from Edinburgh to Birmingham, maintaining awareness of everyone on the road, but without actually changing speed (you're locked at 70, or, mostly, 50 or even 30!), changing lanes, keeping a safe distance - all that's done by the car now. But you've got to be ready, in a heartbeat, to "take over" and save the day off the computer cocks it up, and, say, swerves into contraflow traffic at 50mph. No chance!

Same with this aircraft. It's boring, and you're a "passenger".


It didn't "decide to take off again", it didn't touch down because it was off the runway. The idiot operators assumed it was driving off the runaway after landing, and cut the power.

I couldn't possibly tell you the computer's ID over the phone, I've been on A Course™


Re: He should be proud that of that guy

Still, we clearly lost the Cold War after all. Neat trick, the Russians "losing" was a brilliant deception.

Take the bus... to get some new cables: Raspberry Pi 4s are a bit picky about USB-Cs


Re: "the Pi is not a toy but increasing used for serious jobs"

Then I suggest you use the recommended power supply for it, and not try to cheap out even further. It's £7.

Fix LibreOffice now to thwart silent macro viruses – and here's how to pwn those who haven't


Sent a dodgy ODF?

I'd be incredibly suspicious of an ODF coming in on my email! Seriously, it's been Word macro viruses for over 20 years. Don't think anyone but me uses ODF!


Re: LibreOffice Version Is Current

Check again. As of right now, is on the website as the latest version.

Or, disable the logo module.

Watch as 10 cops with guns and military camo storm suspected Capital One hacker's house…


Re: Smells.

How would that work then?

"They" completely hacked her, took over her chat and put stuff in the history, added stuff to her Git, etc, and she didn't notice anything? Then what, tunneled via her PC to do the hack that she had previously written up!??

Dear hackers: If you try to pwn a website for phishing, make sure it's not the personal domain of a senior Akamai security researcher


Re: Cash Dollar?

Sadly, unlike the old £1 note, you can't eat the £1 coin for sustenance. And now the £5 & £10 are plastic, only the rich will survive, on £20s and £50s!


Re: Well... I was expecting something more

Maybe he signed them up to a mailing list? A busy one?

Operation Desert Sh!tstorm: Routine test shoots down military's top-secret internets


Re: rows of car batteries baking in the 48° heat

And that's why the UPS "suddenly failed".


Re: Recovering after loss of power - paper bootstrap.

You should've programmed RealLife 1.0 in something that checks for circular dependancy at compile, rather than in real time.

Fortunately, that safe can be opened.

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey


Re: Watch out for geological samples

The reason for trying to keep the background radioisotopes low in a nuclear power plant, is so that you can detect when there is something going (possibly incredibly badly) wrong.

If it was built from radioactive rock, you wouldn't know if you'd been exposed to a legal dose or a lethal dose.


Don't worry, they're pretty tough! Just defrost whatever you're shredding, and it'll be fine.



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