* Posts by Drone Pilot

51 publicly visible posts • joined 5 Mar 2015


Micron aims 1.5TB microSD card at video surveillance market

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Imagine what Apple will charge for that in the next iPhone...

I'll either take the 32GB option or remortgage my house for the 1.5TB option

Facebook sues scraper who sold 178 million phone numbers and user IDs

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But are the ramifications?

An American court has no jurisdiction over a Ukrainian citizen. So if Zuck wins, what then?

The Ukrainian creates a profile called "HonestJoe99" and sells it anyway.

LAN traffic can be wirelessly sniffed from cables with $30 setup, says researcher

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I've been securing against this for years!

I practice a security technique called STOCC or Security Through Outstanding Cable Chaos in my server room.

My boss called my messy server room cabling untidy but I knew all along it was one of my many security layers

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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To the man who allowed a teenager to...

10 print hello

20 goto 10

I thank you.

Your turn to goto 10

Fresh virus misery for Illinois: Public health agency taken down by... web ransomware. Great timing, scumbags

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But how?

Was this a new zero-day bug or something they could have / should have patched. If the latter then they need to be slapped around a bit. No excuse for not patching.

Morrisons puts non-essential tech changes on ice as panic-stricken shoppers strip stores

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Re: "throughput of goods is in excess of the usual Christmas peak"

In the meantime, I'M STOCKING UP ON BEANS!!!! (I'm willing to die protecting them!)

My family will love living in the WWII bomb shelter eating nothing but beans.

No-one. Light. A. Match.

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal

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I'm doomed

Well, I am :(

Seriously though, this is a good idea. It'll stop the nefarious drone users in their tracks. Or, it won't.

Scottish biz raided, fined £500k for making 193 million automated calls

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OPEX - 'nough said.

That's 0.0025906735751295p/call. Nothing. They bake that into the cost of calling.

I thought GDPR would allow them to get slapped down?

Early adopters delighted as Microsoft pulls plug on Mobile Backend as a Service. Haha, only joking – they're fuming

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But why?

Anytime you base your business model on a) someone else's b) some cloud service c) not-your-computer you're at the whim of others. It's a dangerous place to be.

Please don't cry when they pull the plug because their experiment is not going as they thought it would.

When will we learn.

Internet's safe-keepers forced to postpone crucial DNSSEC root key signing ceremony – no, not a hacker attack, but because they can't open a safe

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Die Hard 2020 movie

Coming soon to a big screen near you.

Spoiler alert: Plot foiled by the steps which John McClane couldn't get his mobility scooter down.

Leave it to eager beaver: Pre-orders for Samsung's next flagship are up for pre-order

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Re: sign up to a reservations list, which will guarantee the ability to pre-order

I was wondering...

A pre-order pre-order list.

It's a black slab...

Google halts paid-for Chrome extension updates amid fraud surge: Web Store in lockdown 'due to the scale of abuse'

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Re: Avast

I agree but sadly, I can't see anything penalising happening for these things.

a) the fines will be baked into the OPEX

b) companies will be structured in such a way that they are disposable

c) GDPR will be found wanting and loopholes will be exploited.

Take BA for example. So long as their legal fees remain below the £189m they will keep appealing and playing the long game.

We're fucked when it comes to privacy and, as I keep saying, my mom et al do not care.Just elReg readers.

Leave your admin interface's TLS cert and private key in your router firmware in 2020? Just Netgear things

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My mom, and millions like her, don't care.

Sadly, they don't.

While they, the non-Reg'-reading-humans don't care about this, the companies won't do anything about it.

Security costs money. They're selling them as low as they can go.

When there is a fine for Stupid, it might change :(

Question: Who buys a router these days anyway. My mom and friends use the one provided by MySafe ISP, el-reg readers, I suspect, use something more.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

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Re: setting up a VPN and running my smartphone through

You're using the wrong VPN then. I do exactly this for the exact reasons.

At home I have pfSense (with OpenVPN) and PI-Hole.

As soon as I leave the house my VPN turns on and stays on until I am safely back home on the WiFi.

I can't say I notice a speed issue (it's as fast as the 4G is) and can't say I notice a difference in battery.

I use OpenVPN on the phone. YMMV.

What simultaneously sucks and doesn't? This new robot vacuum cleaner

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Do you need that much sucking?

Surely* you don't need all that sucking power? You just need enough to get the job done.

You just need enough to suck the dust (not bricks) into the bin.


HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some

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Advertising ID?

Next stop: Printed advert injection.

British ISPs throw in the towel, give up sending out toothless copyright infringement warnings

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What was the magic bullet? We need to use the same for IR35.

Self-taught Belgian bloke cracks crypto conundrum that was supposed to be uncrackable until 2034

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When people like this exist...

It makes me realise my 20 year contribution to IT is akin to changing the toner in grandma's printer. :(

Well done!

Let 15 July forever be known as P-Day: When UK's smut fans started being asked for their age

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Re: I can't see how this is going to be put into practice?

I think you're onto something there.

Keep the ratio teeting on the edge of the 1/3-2/3rds mark. That way they can keep appealing the categorisation which will force the guvment to constantly audit the ratio.

Pretty sure you can find enough naturei̶s̶t̶ photos to make up the ratio. Easy for site to control, difficult to audit :)

So you've 'seen' the black hole. Now for the interesting bit – how all that raw data was stored

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My mom is proud I know HMTL. I'll not crush her by saying people who understand this type of data exist :)

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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_The vehicle has a 38m wingspan but weighs little more than a typical sysadmin: 149kg (328lb)._

Not very nice. I'm 148KGs :(

Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Route 53 - AWS

Just move to Amazon's route 53. Less user friendly but perfectly fine.

Stopped complaining here about your account. 123 and 1&1 will never change. I left both for the shame reasons.

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: "Credible Threat"

Even easier... streamers! Enough to foul up the props for long enough to disrupt airflow and cause it to lose air space. ;-)


Yup, exactly what they want to walk around with down-south - a streamer-slinging 12-gauge.

Do the streamers come in red white and blue or rainbow colours?

Footie fans calling for a red card over West Ham United CC email blunder

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You're doing it wrong?

Mass emails still being sent like this? With outlook? #LivingLikeIts2001

How big was blunder? 3 or 4 fans?

Tech Shutdown Blows: IT chaos cost Brit bank TSB almost £200m

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" It has also foregone some £29.9m due to waived fees and charges."

Not sure you can call that part of your loss. You created the turd, forgoing fees from the said turd is not considered a loss?

If you're serious about securing IoT gadgets, may as well start here

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While it's a good idea, I can't see it getting traction for a long time.

*lots of rebranded Chinese tat won't use it

*Philips et al might look into it as a "social responsibility" play but will drop it because

**it's hard

**Nerd is needed to implement it

***X and Y don't use it, why should we.

I have a lot (100+) IoT devices in my home. Where I can't run custom firmware on them I run them in isolated networks.

For one which "had to phone phone" I did a MITM "attack" and feed it back 303 and black-hole it. It's happy :)

Options? When thin margins are pushed, there are very few options...

Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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With something like this the battery is as functional as a UPS....

Dixons Carphone 'fesses to mega-breach: Probes 'attempt to compromise' 5.9m payment cards

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Another breach and only 69 comments 12 hours later. Even @Reg folk are getting fatigued and bored by these.

Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Maths co-processor?

Does it have one like my DX or do I need to fill the empty socket like my friend's SX?

Kids today don't appreciate the difficult choices we had to make.

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

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Pointless for the masses?

Sorry, but stuff like this is cool for the techies but for my wife and mom? Naa, won't gain traction.

For those of us who want to stop the likes of FB tracking us, we a) don't use FB b) use Ghostery c) b + ABP d) all of the above.

We techies are few. The masses will still be tracked by EvilCorp.

Anti-missile missile misses again, US military mum on meaning of mess

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" The MDA had better luck in May 2017, trumpeting a successful testagainst an ICBM-class target – but the target made it easier by sending back tracking data."

The seeker kept shouting "Marco" and the target could not resist. #DoesNotCount

Pulitzer-winning website Politifact hacked to mine crypto-coins in browsers

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It'll be be blocked...

Sorry, don't understand the problem "it's better than adverts". What about your device battery life?

I run a fairly busy website and would like to try this but suspect I'll get complaints about it.

Microsoft teases web-based Windows Server management console

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This should open a few more to my servers :(

Nest cameras can be easily blacked out by Bluetooth burglars

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Clip the phone/cable line? Same result

The old days are back. If you want to stop them recording you can simply clip the phone line or cable line and smile for the now-failing camera.

If this is a wifi security device can you just flood deauth packets and boot it off?

Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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When can I get it?

So many battery "inventions" the last 6-12 months - so few showing up on the shelves :(

Major outage at broadband biz 186k

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Their DHCP Forwader runs Windows 10

As per title....

Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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3 shells

...is becoming a reality now

'Fappening' hacker gets 18 months in US federal clapper

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Re: Surprisingly low

Autism isn't like a runny nose which has a clearly defined symptom. It'll be a sad day when a mass-murderer / terrorist / bad-doer hides behind a medical condition. Like morbidly obese people - "not my fault"

'Faceless' Liberty Global has 'sucked the very soul' out of Virgin Media

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I guess 200Mb upgrade was the last I will see :(

All my American friends gasp when I tell them I have a 200Mb connection at home for less than the price of a meal. They're still struggling with up-to-bla-but-really-bleh from their US providers.

With the same ethos coming into Virgin I guess it'll be a case of "they're got enough as it is!"

Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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How many non-users of ABP?

Most people I know use a phone or laptop.

Most people I know don't have anything to do with IT (they're normal folk)

And all of them don't use ABP.

What's the percentage of users v. non-users?

I imagine most el Reg users are IT related and as such, have some form of ad-block in use. But what about the masses? Surely this is not a big deal?

Tesla to stop killing drivers: Software update beamed to leccy cars

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Re: I'm waiting for...

The haters of these self-drive forget that free-thinking humans, with their own ideas, opinions and distractions, make terrible drivers.

Printers now the least-secure things on the internet

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Re: Do printers really need to be connected to the internet?

I've always wondered this. Why do I want to print from my phone to my home printer when I am in another country? It'll give me a paper-jam anyway!

'Neural network' spotted deep inside Samsung's Galaxy S7 silicon brain

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just got harder.

How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Water damage?

I wonder if all new versions of Tesla have that pesky little orange dot like my iPhone which shows water damage?

Fresh hell for TalkTalk customers: TeamView trap unleashed

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and still it's a good idea for the ISPs to store all our browsing data.

cue Indian accent

Hallow, this is Ragesh from Amazon. You were looking at our product yesterday...All I need is your card and pin and mother's maiden name

TV streaming stick brings the movies and the network backdoors

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Re: Sadly not only them...

odd that there has been a van with Chinese guys outside your houses since then...

Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

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Re: Hmm...

The thing that got me - what study has been done to ensure there is no damage to baby's ears?

My mom, a radiographer (and does ultrasounds on expectant mothers) discourages mothers from having them for curiosity and wanting to see baby growing (you can pay privately).

She cites all sorts of research and suggestions where the baby's hearing can be harmed.

A quick google: http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/crr_pdf/2001/crr01343.pdf

I'm not an evangelist for the research but rather wondering what will baby be like after listening to music at a-volume-it-would-ever-hear?

Seems stupid.

Western Digital's hard drive encryption is useless. Totally useless

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Allow the community to help?

When will they see that it would be a really good idea to let others help with these things? Other's being the opensource community. Build the hardware, engage opensource (read: pay for the initial project), ship the hardware, revel in the popularity.

This goes for single-disk URB drives to "home NAS'"

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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"You're asking if the backups ran last night..."

Space paparazzo captures bipolar butterfly

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Could someone place the earth / our sun in that for scale. Or a box of matches?