* Posts by Rustbucket

147 posts • joined 6 May 2017


US govt calmly but firmly tells Blue Origin it already has a ride to the Moon's surface with SpaceX, thanks


I'm sure BO and others can catch up (cough).

"SpaceX installed 29 Raptor engines on a Super Heavy rocket last night"


We can't believe people use browsers to manage their passwords, says maker of password management tools


Re: Training

>> Yes, a password along the lines of SomewhereOvertheRainbowWhereBlackbirdsShagAllDayLong is probably a bit more secure than MyP455word! and probably more memorable for a human.

But not when you may have several hundred passwords to remember.

Samsung Galaxy A52 5G: Sub-$600 midranger makes premium phones feel frivolous


Who's dollars?

The $600 price seems to be Aussie dollars, which would include 10% GST (VAT).

Shareholders give Toshiba chairman the boot following foreign investor voting scandal


Re: It is interesting

Maybe it's just taken the cake for doing something about corporate scandals.

NHS-backed org reacted to GitHub leak disclosure with legal threats and police call, complains IT pro


Re: I smell a rat here.....

Who says you're a female?

"On the internet no one knows that you're a dog."

'There was no one driving that vehicle': Texas cops suspect Autopilot involved after two men killed in Tesla crash


2019 Tesla Crash

. . . was into (or under) a truck crossing directly in front of the vehicle, not "passing".

Lenovo's latest gaming monster: Eight cores, 3.2GHz, giant heat sink, two fans. Oh, and it has a phone bolted on


Oh, and it has a phone bolted on

. . . which breaks really, really easily.


Boeing successfully flies unmanned autonomous military 'wingman' aircraft that may become pilot's buddy


Re: Slowly but surely

Air borne missiles are already largely autonomous after launch, especially long range anti-ship missiles.

Facebook and Australia do a deal: The Social Network™ will restore news down under and even start paying for it


Re: Ugh

Apparently any media company earning over $150,000 AUD per year is covered by the law. Small media companies can gang together for added collective bargaining power against Google and Facebook.

Negative Trustpilot review of law firm Summerfield Browne cost aggrieved Briton £28k


Re: If you're going to represent yourself...

Getting a court or tribunal to award you costs or damages is only half the battle.

Then you actually have to get the money out of them, which can take years if they are uncooperative.

Don’t panic, but five jet drones just used their AI to chat and collaborate while in flight


Re: This Reminds Me Of Dark Star!

Bomb #20: Let there be light!

After demonstrating a facial recognition system that works on cows, moo-chine learning pioneer seeks growth funding


Re: Why?

Automated milking sheds allow the cows to come in and be milked on their time table, not the farmers. Over the last century or more there has been a massive increase in the milk production per animal via selective breeding, but the animals are still only milked on the old schedule of twice a day. This means for the last hour or two the cows' udders are distended with milk and girls are really "busting to go".

With automated milking the cows can wander in when they feel like it and be much more comfortable as a result. An Australian documentary I saw claimed that herds in automated sheds had an average of 15% greater milk production per animal with one individual achieving a 25% milk increase.

>>>" Hmm. Cows wander round with unique ear tags, also activity monitoring collars with connectivity and may even have a passive tag in an ear for the parlour feeder to identify them. Has this project really been necessary?"

It sounds like just a few cameras with facial recognition could replace most of the stuff you've listed above.

Revenues are up, the boss is about to give his keynote, and results are due. Time to sell shares, says Salesforce CFO


Re: CEO selling shares

It was actually the CFO, so that's probably worse.

No, the creator of cURL didn't morph into Elon Musk and give away Bitcoins. But his hijacked Twitter page tried to


Twitter allows 2FA

From their web site.

"There are three methods to choose from: Text message, Authentication app, or Security key."

Sounds like a good idea.

Hackers rummaged about in Finnish psychotherapy clinic – now patients extorted with public data dump threats


Re: Wonderful...

>criminals need to be INCARCERATED.

Criminals have to be CAUGHT FIRST.

Software billionaire accused of hiding $2bn in income from IRS – potentially the largest tax scam in US history


Re: Idiot

You could probably buy the small nations' politicians for a lot less than a few billion dollars.

Samsung throws more frugal followers a bone* with cheaper Galaxy S20 Fanboi Fan Edition


To complete the resemblance it should be on fire.

'My wife tried to order some clothes tonight. When she logged in, she was in someone else's account ... Now someone's charged her card'


Re: Walmart?

Edit: I Just realized that Walmart may not have third part sellers like Amazon.

Someone testing out stolen credit card numbers to see if they're still valid?


Re: Walmart?

It's possibly some small seller sending stuff to random people so that they can qualify as a "confirmed purchaser" and thus be allowed to leave glowing reviews of themselves on the web site, IOW astroturfing.

Were the four large tubes of personal lubricant also relatively edible?

OnePlus Nord is surprisingly fixable compared to earlier stablemates, but common repairs require disassembly


Battery replacement not that hard

From the iFixit article removing the battery isn't that hard, but once you do you'd best put a new one in.

Architect of tech contractor tax fraud scheme jailed for at least five years


The tax was owed by the original contractors, so I wouldn't be surprised if the tax department says that they still owe that amount.

It's not the tax office's problem if the contractors gave their money to a bunch of crooks to pass it on, rather than looking after that detail themselves. If the contractors are lucky the tax office will forego making them pay penalty charges as well.

This investor blew nearly $300,000 on Intel shares the day before 7nm disaster reveal. Yup, she's suing


Re: Hang on a sec

There was a past head of the Australian corporate regulator who defined the category of "experienced investor" as "someone who's lost money".

Google search trends used to calculate floating prophylactic prices


Ansell no longer sells condoms

They sold that division to a Chinese company in 2017 to concentrate on their industrial and medical protective glove products.

Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven


Re: nokia 207 3.5G (works with three) no camera, basic phone, also acts as modem

Or you may be able to find a Nokia 208 which had a basic (1.3M pixel) camera.



The fact that it's only 2G in this day and age is ridiculous. The 2G bands no longer work for phones in Australia and a bunch of other countries. Would 3G capabilities have cost so much more?

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.



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