* Posts by Rustbucket

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X's Grok AI is great – if you want to know how to hot wire a car, make drugs, or worse



. . . But will it tell me how to hotwire a Tesla?

Tesla, Musk likely aware of Autopilot deficiencies behind Florida fatality, says judge


Victim Responsibility?

Was that the crash where the driver was watching a video as his car ran under a semi?

If so, while I agree Musk's Autopilot is a POS, my sympathy is somewhat muted.

North Korean hackers had access to Russian missile maker for months, say researchers


Re: "It seems to fit both"

Like if Trump actually gets to be President for a second time?

He's promising retribution against all his supposed enemies.

After Meta hands over DMs, mom pleads guilty to giving daughter abortion pills


Late, Late, Late

I'm strongly in favour of abortion rights, but 29 weeks is about 6,5 months. That's disturbingly close to an actual person.

Aren't chemical abortion aids only meant for relatively early terminations, say up to 10 weeks or so? I suspect the prospective mother put her life at risk using a chemical abortifacient at such a late stage.

FYI: Tor Browser is very much still a thing and getting updates


Re: Great for searches

Could you just use a VPN and a browser in private mode and get the same results without straining the Tor network for relative trivia?

Florida man insists he didn't violate the law by keeping Top Secret docs


Re: I can finally admit something

Also I doubt Biden had thirty boxes of them, some stored in a resort toilet.

DEF CON to set thousands of hackers loose on LLMs


Oh, the humanity!

Considering how error prone these programs are to start with, I think the result of siccing all those hackers onto the LLMs will be brutal.

Still, where's my popcorn?

China's spy balloon barrage earns six of its companies a spot on US entity list



They need a less destructive way of bursting the balloons. The AIM9 family of missiles are short range heat seekers. Since I doubt you'd get much of a signature from the balloon itself they must be targeting the payload.

You know, the thing they're hoping to carefully analyze afterwards.

Big Tech silent on data privacy in post-Roe America



If you're an American and you are against these laws, the first thing I'd ask is do you vote? Did you vote last time? Are you registered to vote in the next election (if that's possible to do now)?

When comes voting day it seems that a large number of Americans never do.

Woman accused of killing boyfriend after tracking him down with Apple AirTag


"If she's convicted I hope she gets prison for a looong time."

Indianapolis has the death penalty but Life without Parole is a more common sentence these days. Either way, she won't be seen on the street again.

The manner of the death is so brutal the judges may go for option one.

Declassified and released: More secret files on US govt's emergency doomsday powers


Re: Might is right, in other words

I would also have been deeply disturbing if you were one of the people watching the missiles launch, because you'd know there'd be a bunch of soviet missiles targeting your location and arriving soon.

Millions of people's info stolen from MGM Resorts dumped on Telegram for free



Why the hell do you need date of birth to check into an hotel or resort?

Maxar Technologies: The eye in the sky tracking invasion of Ukraine


Private Satellite Imagery

Here's a recent article from IEEE Spectrum magazine, with examples.


Fugitive mafioso evaded cops for two decades until he was spotted on Google Street View


Re: So he's lived on the run for 20 years

These high figures quoted for incarceration are probably the total admin costs of the penal system, divided by the number of prisoners

I'll bet the incremental costs of adding or releasing a prisoner are more in line with an old age pension payment or less.

Heart attack victim 'saved' by defibrillator delivery drone*


Cheap home AED in Australia.

A news report from about three weeks ago announced a cheap AED for home use for about $300 AUD (or $210 US or 160 UK neglecting VAT). It appears to be single use only as you have to tear the packaging open to use it, but how many strokes or MIs do you expect in the same household?


US bags Russian accused of bagging millions after stealing pre-release financial filings


Per-release Financial Filings?

Typo alert.

Chinese paper runs interview with Alibaba staffer who claims she was fired after exec rape claim


Meanwhile . . .

That female tennis player that accused a high communist official of sexual assault has never been seen again.

New study demonstrates iodine as satellite propellant... in space


Re: On the one hand : Science !

The name of the company is actually Thrustme, although that makes me think more of a porn channel.


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)