* Posts by Rustbucket

122 posts • joined 6 May 2017


Former UK Labour deputy leader wants to know how the NHS's contact-tracing app will ensure user privacy


Re: It will ensure user privacy

I'll wager most of the punters in the current covid-19 environment will be paying for their booze with either credit or debit cards, so their IDs are fully recorded anyway.

I fear most people don't realize how the elimination of cash payments provides a pervasive tracking facility for everyone. Everywhere you go, at what time, how much you spend, and a fully itemized list of everything you spend it on is recorded and kept for years.

It makes the current discussions about privacy in the tracking apps a bit of a joke in my opinion (and we haven't even discussed Google's tracking).

At Mozilla VPN stands for Vague Product News: Foundation reveals security product will launch eventually, with temporary pricing, in unspecified places


Re: In the meantime...

Mullvad has an excellent reputation but is relatively expensive compared to some other good VPNs. It'll be interesting to see how much the price rises after the introductory period is finished.

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way


Own Goal

If this goes ahead, Trump and his merry band of GOP nutters will promptly be thrown off the social networks like Facebook and Twitter because those companies couldn't afford to be exposed to litigation for their defamatory and racist comments.

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


The Crew Dragon can also carry 7 passengers whereas the Soyuz can only carry 3 (although NASA will only have a maximum of 4 per launch, according to Wikipedia).

Sophos puts 100 at risk of redundancy as future of Naked Security blog hangs in balance


Ah yes, the old "US private equity corporation" takeover story.

Let the hollowing out and asset stripping begin.

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War


Re: Breaks it angle

From my reading the Sidewinders were critical as they were the new model with all-aspect targeting, whereas the previous models had to be fired from behind the target aircraft so they could see the hot exhaust.

The Argies only had the older models or their equivalent.

You have one job, Australian PM tells contact-tracing app, and that’s talking to medicos


Apple market share

I'd be deeply surprised if "Apple enjoys more than half of the Australian market" in mobile phones.

Maybe close to that in new sales but there's millions of existing Android phones that won't be replaced anytime soon.

BTW while all the nasty things Winkypop said about Morrison are true to an extent, he's nothing like as bad as the similar characteristics would be expressed in an equivalent US politician. (left wing voter here)

Here's what Europeans are buying amid the COVID-19 lockdown – aside from heaps of pasta and toilet paper


Check to see in your printer driver to see if you can set it to print just black and white.

That will often allow you to use just the black ink when one of the colours runs out.

Robbing-some Caruso and pal lived life of luxury using victims' millions in crypto-Ponzi scam, say prosecutors


Exit Strategy?

When you're running a large scale scam designed to rake in millions of dollars, wouldn't it be a good idea to arrange some way of making off with the loot to parts unknown before the suckers wake up?

Who honestly has a crown prince in their threat model? UN report officially fingers Saudi royal as Bezos hacker


Re: Alarmingly small?

The 430KB of data was purely data egress. If he was using the phone for mainly browsing and a few emails his uploads may not have been terribly high.

Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'


Better than Boeing 737 Max

At least Tesla's accelerator pedals have TWO independent sensors, not relying on just one like Boeing.

NASA's monster rocket inches towards testing while India plots return to the Moon


Re: SLS....

Nah, over 2 billion US$ per launch, not counting development costs.


Greetings from the future where it's all pole-dancing robots and Pokemon passports


Re: Greetings From the Future

But, but . . . the fires and ongoing drought will have destroyed our tourism industry and much of our agricultural industry, and we've got bugger-all R&D and manufacturing, so mining is all the Australian government has left.

I'm still not that Gary, says US email mixup bloke who hasn't even seen Dartford Crossing


Re: One reason why I bought my own domain ...

*Despite having an unusual name, there are still a few exact matches in the world. As a co-worker discovered trying to Google me, and telling colleagues about a conviction I had. Only I hadn't - that was a US version of me. Cost them their job, sadly.


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


I've more frequently heard it called the Pinna, but apparently both work.

'No more room for wars in the new world'? Who are you and what have you done with Microsoft?


Re: C-pound trends poorly on TIOBE especially compared to Java

I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be pronounced as "C-Sharp" as in the musical note.

US customers kick up class-action stink over Epson's kyboshing of third-party ink


Re: Fuck Epson

You probably could still print B&W when the cyan cartridge ran out, providing the printer was a four or more cartridge system. The trick is to check the B&W option in the printer driver UI instead of colour, though of course they don't tell you about that.

Apple chief Tim Cook ascends to top of tech pantheon on Chinese biz school's advisory board


China. A boot stamping on a human face, forever.

Tetraplegic patient can now move his four limbs with the help of a badass neuroprosthetic suit


They need to strap him to a Boston Dynamics Atlas robot.


Baby alert! Japan Air lets passengers book seats far away from screaming abdabs


Offer complementary pherergan

To the adults as well as the kiddies.

Hold up, ace. Before you strap into Firefox's latest Test Pilot, ask yourself...


Apparently some of the VPNs can be trusted to hold no logs such as Private Internet Access:


and some such as PureVPN cannot:


First water world exoplanet spotted – and thankfully no sign of Kevin Costner, rejoice!


Re: Life but lower

That's assuming it has a surface. On Ars Technica the writer surmised it's probably like a mini-Neptune, and possibly tidally locked.

Yahoo! customers! wake! up! to! borked! email! (Yes! people! still! actually! use! it!)


Re: Guilty Secret

Looks like it's not much benefit to those in the US either.

Black Hat USA axes anti-abortion congressman as keynote speaker after outcry – and more news from infosec land


UK rights advocate co-owns spyware firm

Typo. It's Yana Peel. not Lana Peel.

Box shifting on the Moon? Lunar payloads on Amazon Prime


Re: "will deorbit naturally after 5 years regardless. "

The Spacelink satellites are designed to fully burn up in the atmosphere, without residue.

And now here's Tom on Jupiter with the weather: Thanks, Karen. Still a bit breezy on the Great Red Spot, but it's easing up


Re: I dunno

Obviously one of Google's early projects.

Ikea hopes to spare shoppers the one-way Helvete of its stores with ÅR app overhaul


Re: Follow the instructions correctly

When buying any read-to-assemble furniture item, except the very smallest, your first action should be to buy a properly sized hex screw driver or a hex bit for an electric drill/driver, and save the fiddly one that they give you for really tight spots.

Those free ones will do your wrists in if you're doing a big project with them.

This is a sett-up! Mum catches badger feasting on contents of freezer


Re: Catflaps - let's drag this back to IT...

There's very little companionship between unrelated cats. It's more likely the strange cat is expressing territorial dominance over your moggy and stealing its food.

Hey criminals, need a getaway vehicle? There's an app for that... Car share tool halts ops amid crime wave, arrests


For most kinds of loot you'd need a bloody big pigeon.

Motion detectors: say hello, wave goodbye and… flushhhhhh


Re: mandatory marigolds!

> "You mean the one contained in the little inset ecch-collector cup at the top of the cistern that we are required to stick out fingertips into?

That's surely one of the most unhygienic locations in the entire ablutions chamber, its closest contenders being the underside of the seat and - according to some - any unprotected toothbrushes within a 15-yard radius."

You're supposed to wash your hands immediately after using the loo so it shouldn't matter, although I usually push the button with my knuckle.

Scare-bnb: Family finds creeper cams hidden in their weekend rental by scanning Wi-Fi


Not hidden, just not disclosed.

Actually the camera wasn't hidden, but up on the ceiling of the living room in plain sight. The Airbnb owner's fault was that they didn't make explicit full disclosure to the renters.

In the West, we're worried about shooting down drones. In Russia, drones shoot you


Re: I've known a few folks ...

The gun is ON the centre line, the cockpit and the pilot are mounted slightly to the side.

As well as the recoil, there's also the problem of the gun's exhaust gas possibly causing the engines to snuff if you fire long bursts. However as only a few seconds of fire of 30mm depleted uranium shells are enough to shred a tank, long bursts are a waste of ammo.

Office Depot, OfficeMax, Support.com cough up $35m after charging folks millions in 'fake' malware cleanup fees


Re: So, no wrongdoing. But $35m in penalties.

>probably be better off working with a local shop

Who is to say all that the local shops would be any more honest?

At least in the big stores there are a lot of potential whistle blowers who aren't getting a personal cut of the proceeds and might be more willing to rat the stores out.

UK pr0n viewers plan to circumvent smut-block measures – survey


What kind of filtering?

Are pron users actually going to need a VPN or is this another scheme where you just change your DNS provider?


Re: "a large proportion – 17.7 per cent – say they will give up using online porn"

And is 17.7% really a large proportion?

"With the proper treatment a large proportion of people will survive your illness . . . in fact just over one in six."

Slack slings crypto-keys at big biz, union gets worked over, VPN owners probed, trolls trouble vets, and more


Re: "Below are some of this year's big winners, "

The pair also won the Tesla car. If they don't want to sell it or take turns driving it on alternate weeks, they can also use it to practice on for next year's competition.

Super-crook admits he nicked $122m from Facebook, Google by sending staff fake invoices for tech kit


"But he failed to quit while he was ahead"

Ah yes, how often do we see that in scams.

If they'd just raked in a few million and quickly laundered the shit out of it and then stopped, they'd probably still be living the good life today.

I recall a woman in Australia who fleeced the local council out of a large sum and then invested it in LOCAL real estate, instead of quickly heading for Asia or South America. In that case she was a pretty astute investor and the authorities actually recovered more than she initially stole.

Amazon may finally get its hands on .amazon after world's DNS overseer loses patience


Obvious mistake

It later emerged that Amazon had offered millions of dollars worth of free Kindle e-readers and hosting in return for Brazil and Peru removing their objections, but to no avail.

They should have tried suitcases full of unmarked bills and possibly a few hookers.

UK.gov's Verify has 'significantly' missed every target, groans spending watchdog


Re: Why create a new system

You needed to add the /s tag, or some people won't get it.

In hilariously petulant move, Apple shuts Texas stores and reopens them few miles down the road – for patent reasons


Re: Perhaps an empty gesture

I believe you are mistaken. If Apple has no form of business presence in East Texas then there's no particular legal argument for a patent case to be heard there. This means no offices, warehouses or stores.

And WTF Reg, are you really criticizing Apple for not wanting to fight cases in this notoriously troll-friendly shithole?

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?


Re: Doctor Who

She does have a lack of gravitas but I put it down to bad writing and directing -- and who came up with that costume?

Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras



If they can get a result with only 60 hours of observations, it implies there's a absolute shitload of stuff out there.

You think election meddling is bad now? Buckle up for 2020, US intel chief tells Congress


Re: Oz Elections coming

Apart from Palmer, we're bombarded with political ads from the government under the guise of PSAs, paid for with OUR money. On TV yesterday someone said the government had spent AUD $140 million since the start of the year on TV advertising.

Both parties do this a bit when they are in power, but the right wing coalition are by far the worst, I'd guess by a margin of 10 or 20 times. Guys should go to jail.

Mozilla security policy cracks down on creepy web trackers, holds supercookies over fire



After you've logged out of Firefox and it's supposedly deleted all your session cookies, see if you've still got a file called SiteSecurityServiceState.txt. (Windows 7)

Qualcomm: Please don't hate us just 'cause we're so freaking excellent


Re: Judge Lucy Koh....

Um, not entirely. But Judge Lucy Koh is a tough broad who has handled a lot of tech cases and really knows her stuff, so neither side will be able to put much over her.

You heard the latest Chinese CRISPRs? They are real: Renegade bio-boffin did genetically modify baby twins


Gene therepy not needed for HIV-free kids.

If the idea was to get HIV-free offspring and mother from an infected father, then the whole procedure was unnecessary.

There is a process called sperm washing that has been around for decades that already achieves that aim. The HIV virus in the ejaculate of an infected male is only found in the seminal fluid, not in the man's little swimmers. By means of centrifuging the sperm down through a washing solution and leaving the original seminal fluid behind, doctors can get a clean sample of sperm that can be tested as HIV free and use that for artificial insemination.


I believe this is also used in regular assisted reproduction procedures to separate the active, healthy sperm from the duds.


Re: What happens to the test subjects?

"Now that the experiment is terminated, will the government sterilize or terminate the genetically modified subjects of the experiment?"

Only when they grow up enough to publicly criticise the Chinese government.

Brit hacker hired by Liberian telco to nobble rival now behind bars


Re: Trial in the UK

Because the major attackers against the US are usually sited in places like Russia, China or North Korea. Good luck getting those countries' authorities to cooperate.

Talk about beating heads against brick walls... Hard disk drive unit shipments slowly spinning down


Re: Best tool for the job

Yes, spinning rust is still required for long term, not-plugged-in archival storage.

Germany hacked: Angela Merkel's colleagues among mass data dump victims


Re: I use this

FYI, DeepL Translator reads the German text in the footnote as "It is also puzzling where the data was actually extracted."



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