* Posts by EngineerAl

9 publicly visible posts • joined 6 Jul 2014

Troll jailed for 5 years after swatting of Twitter handle owner ends in death


Re: You have gotta be SWATting me.

Gender re-assignment surgery is only given to adults. Younger people may change their gender expression (totally reversable) or when old enough to need it, take puberty-blocking medications (again totally reversable) until they reach adult age and then can have surgery if they still want. (Going through puberty in the usual way is not reversable. )

Redcentric CFO quits after botched accounts discovered


How long can this sort of thing continue?

If I have a small business, and my accounts are goofed up by showing more profit than actually occurred, wouldn't the problems show up pretty quickly in my bank account (or equivalent)? How can large enterprises kite things for years without some one external noticing?

Four Boys' Own style World War Two heroes to fire your imagination


Long before WWI - but noteworthy


One of the models for Horatio Hornblower and Jack Aubrey, but possibly more unlikely than them.

Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium


Escaped Moon of Neptune?

There is some thought Pluto may be a moon escaped from Neptune. When it was a Neptunian moon, would tidal forces at that time have generated enough heat to cause ice volcanoes?

BOFH: An architect and his own entirely avoidable downfall


Pet peeve 487 - meeting rooms in engineers' offices with paint that won't tolerate tape holding up plans. What do they figure we use the d--m meeting rooms for if not to look at plans?

Bluetooth privacy is mostly ignored, so you're beaming yourself to the world


I operate several bluetooth devices used for analysis of motor vehicle travel speeds and distribution. All I get out of the gadget is the MAC address. I can't connect the MAC address to any particular person unless I know the match from some other means. What else are the phones (and the cars' electronics) transmitting?

BTW the maker of our gadgets allows hashing the MAC addresses before storage so that's what we do.

Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi


MAC addresses - so what?

OK, so MAC addresses can be picked up and tracked around the store, or in front of the store. I don't think there is any list anywhere of what person has what MAC address, so the address itself is anonymous. If I worked for the company or maybe the store I could maybe work out what the hashed value of my own MAC address is, but without getting a match between randomly observed addresses and real people, so what?

Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang


Re: Copper thieves

No ground or neutral at the location the thieves are working, but other nearby(ish) neutrals and grounds serve the purpose?

Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself


Trade Secret?

How can someone claim infringement of a trade secret? Isn't a "trade secret" some piece of intellectual property someone decided *not* to copyright or patent so the "secret" can remain unknown outside the organization?