* Posts by PhoenixKebab

28 posts • joined 24 Sep 2019

Hitting underground pipes and cables costs the UK £2.4bn a year. We need a data platform for that, says government


Re: Costs

If your service is listed as being in a place that someone else digs into, that's the digger's fault.

If a place is apparently free of your service and someone hits something you didn't record, well tough. The company that failed to update their records should be liable for cost of repairs.

That's the only encouragement they need.

Israeli firm Bright Data named as enabler of Philippines government DDOS attacks on opposition groups


Re: "formerly known as Luminati Networks"

That name looks designed to entice Apple into buying them.

Somebody is destined for somewhere hot, and definitely not Coventry


Re: The Usual Suspects

"Oddly, it didn't find Clitheroe to be a problem."

Apparently it is like Guitar Hero, but with only one button.

$28m scores mystery bidder right to breathe same air as Amazon kingpin Jeff Bezos in Blue Origin flight


I assume Bezos has ordered a self-destruct mechanism to be wired into every Amazon warehouse and employee. To be triggered if his vital signs cease.

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt


Not much point writing a book saying how rich and successful you are unless it has your name on it.

Watch this: Ingenuity – Earth's first aircraft to fly on another planet – take off on Mars


Re: No doubt the conspiracy theorists will be calling 'fake'!

Off-the-shelf Lidar apparently: https://www.garmin.com/en-US/blog/general/garmin-on-mars/

In the absence of any additional hardware, my original guess would have been the scale of own shadow in downwards facing camera. Assuming it stays in shot, this would be ok for the altitudes they are working at.

Is it still possible to run malware in a browser using JavaScript and Rowhammer? Yes, yes it is (slowly)


Maybe the situation is now better/worse than when they started writing the paper?

"For our proof of-concept exploit, we target the latest version of the Firefox browser at time of writing (v. 81.0.1) running on Ubuntu 18.04 with the latest updates and Linux kernel 4.15.0-111-generic installed."

So, early October 2020?

But some of the bits of Appendix C indicate that the paper was still being worked on in 2021. e.g. "Kali Linux 2021 W02" gets a mention. The references were updated February 2021.

Wouldn't it be a scientifically sound idea to retest with the latest Firefox, Ubuntu and Linux kernel just before publication and not rely on 4 month old test results.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children


That's a terrible way of working out female passenger weight.

What system of titles are they using to work out male passenger weight?

With Nominet’s board-culling vote just days away, we speak to one man who will publicly support the management

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Nominet: the UK org that hates UK companies.

So the biggest known supporters of the current setup are registrars from Ireland, Germany and the USA.

The main opponents of the current setup are from the UK.

Disgusted to see Nominet management being of more benefit to non-UK companies than local ones.

Whistleblowers: Inflexible prison software says inmates due for release should be kept locked up behind bars


Normally when doing the work for free when legislation changes, both the supplier and the customer have no control over the legislative changes.

In this specific case, the customer gets to decide the legislative changes. That would be unfair on the supplier - though it looks like the rates they charge could provide a bit of a cushion for this.

Hero to Jezero: Perseverance, NASA's most advanced geologist rover, lands on Mars, beams back first pics


Re: "If we see a hedgehog, we would know there’s current and certainly ancient life on Mars"


Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news


Re: Screw Australia's clumsy attempt....

But some content is needed to make the link meaningful. But how much?

None at all and just show the raw URLs to the users.

Just the TITLE tag. Maybe scrape the headline from the article. That will just encourage more clickbait from the news sites.

First paragraph. Is that all people need to know about the article so no clicks (as was the previous situation), encouraging news sites just hide all the details until the second paragraph?

I can't stand Facebook, but they have been told that if they do X they need to pay. So they decided not to do X, and a lot of unexpected things have been caught in that due to the poor definition in the law. I expect attempts will be made to force them to carry certain "news" AND pay for it.

If any country wants to declare Facebook an essential service (and I really hope not), that country should pay for it.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage

Black Helicopters

Re: Wind farms

That information appears to vary depending on the political bias of your US news source.

A lot of cold-weather turbines are equipped with a heating system to prevent freezing. Often just in the housing to keep the bearings working, but can also include warm air circulated inside the blades to prevent ice build-up. I don't know if the turbines in Texas have any of these measures in place.

Of course this means that in cold and still weather, turbines are a drain on the grid. Probably insignificant when offset against the days they are working optimally.

UK dev loses ownership claim on forensic software he said he wrote in spare time and licensed to employer


Previous employer tried to issue me a contract that was not just restricted to software. Any copyrightable work had to be offered to the company for first refusal. The contract looked like a cut/paste/edit job from a generic HR book.

As a serious amateur photographer I could take a few hundred pictures a week. Every single one of which is immediately copyrightable, even if just a holiday snap. I pointed this out to HR and the contract was amended (before signing).

The process for submitting your off-time works to the legal team was not geared up for bulk submissions and would have taken up my entire working week, every week.

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff


Re: Lye?

I assume if you put "soda" anywhere on the container, someone will try and drink it.

And sodium hydroxide is a name that only geeks would understand.

Ever wanted to own a piece of the internet? Now you can: $1 for a whole gTLD... or $2.8m if you want a decent one


Re: .com, .org, .gov, .edu

Because they don't sit under a country TLDs, those are all technically world-wide (why stop there?) TLDs.

Every one of which is overseen by an organisation in the USA. So are they global or not?

They are an inconsistency in the naming scheme.

So what can we expect from a Joe Biden White House when it comes to tech? We'll try to answer that right now


Standby is incredibly useful for people with certain disabilities.

Low-power or battery-backed standby is a good compromise.

TikTok to be hit by a UK class-action-style lawsuit backed by the Children's Commissioner


I don't use TikTok (and based on some of their other actions, I wouldn't want to defend them), but I've just checked and their relevant terms of service appear to be:

Minimum user age 13, and anyone under 18 needs parental consent.

Don't see how a 12 year old should have any case against them. Another case of someone circumventing the rules and later on getting upset that they were allowed to. I feel that this is another attempt by the Children's Commissioner to force mandatory age checks (that cannot be lied to) everywhere online.

Suckers for punishment, we added a crawler transporter to our Saturn V


Re: But...

A lot of the stationary Mamod steam engines could be used with Meccano. I had an engine and lots of Meccano when I was much younger.

However the lure of Lego and electric motors was too great for me.

Elon Musk says he tried to sell Tesla to Apple, which didn’t bite and wouldn't even meet


And the list goes on...

Don't let it get rained on else your warranty is void.

Third party child seats are not allowed and Apple has changed the mounting points to make sure.

Screen-wash is not user replaceable.

BOFH: Rome, I have been thy soldier 40 years... give me a staff of honour for mine age


Re: Dabsy & Simon

"Now I need to get a bottle of sherry for the wife."

Sounds like a good swap.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'


It's not only 1/I and 0/O, on a dim night 5/S look alike.

SSS555S and SS55SSS are both registered with the DVLA and I've seen one of them on the road.

Thankfully they are different coloured BMWs, so there's at least one distinguishing feature if the need should arise.

Samsung reveals new folding stuff for people who like flaunting wads of folding stuff


Extortionate pricing

Ridiculous price. I could get an Apple monitor stand and a set of Mac Pro wheels for that much money!

AMD pushes 64-core 4.2GHz Ryzen Threadripper Pro workstation processors

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I feel that one core per playing card could be a little excessive.

Delayed, over-budget smart meters will be helpful – when Blighty enters 'Star Trek phase'


Only after treating them to some itching powder.

I see your blue passport and raise you a green number plate: UK mulls rewards scheme for zero-emission vehicles


A tax on EV's would help pay for upgrading the grid and building new power stations.

Microsoft says .NET Framework porting project is finished: If your API's not on the list, it's not getting in

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Re: No WinForms?

.NET Core 3.0 supports WinForms (only on Windows though).

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament


That evidence has been locked away for 100 years, for "national security" reasons.


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