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* Posts by Gene Cash

2694 posts • joined 22 Mar 2007

Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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> The spring mesh wheel idea isn't the novelty here.

No, and even the article mentions that. Using the Ni-Ti metal is the novelty.

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Google's Pixel security team

There's a crack bunch of professionals, right there!

When you have little enough confidence in your code that you introduce a fallback mode in case it takes a shit... then that garbage doesn't belong in an OS kernel.

Linus should have stabbed him in the eye. And the dick. And set him on fire.

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Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

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Re: Disable GPS...

I've also discovered it has the side effect of massively increasing battery time too. Bonus!

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Internet of So Much Stuff: Don't wanna be a security id-IoT

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Re: What's in it for me?

> Am I really so infirm and disabled that I can't or can't be bothered to use a light switch or thermostat

No, but it's convenient, just like a TV remote control. It's nice to be able to up the heat on a cold morning before you get out of bed.

Granted, when I got a WiFi thermostat, I wrote my own Android client that didn't go through their server. The protocol was mostly plaintext JSON strings

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: ICE's blocking EV Charging points

> ICEd charge points

This is why I have a tankbag full of roofing nails on my electric bike. Same for the people that park across 2 or 3 spaces.

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Uber loses appeal against employment rights for workers

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Re: Not an employer?

> does not tell the driver the destination

Ah. This explains it. So I needed to go from Orlando to Sarasota to pick up a repaired vehicle, which is about 150 miles, and I called an Uber.

I figured this was the case, so I told the driver about it (and he made quite a face) and gave him the option of backing out and I wouldn't be upset, but he took me anyway.

Now I drive a motorcycle as my main transportation, but it's been a long time since I've been consistently 25+ mph over the limit for that long a stretch.

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'Sticky runway' closes Canadian airport

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Re: On Google maps...

"Air Labrador" - I have one of those dogs!

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Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access

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Re: Who would pay for BBC access?

I'd pay for BBC access, if I was allowed as a left-pondian. Beats the f*ck out of any American TV and/or news. I'd actually watch real TV again.

Edit: And no... BBC America can suck my eight-inch non-dairy creamer. I remember the day I found they were cutting LARGE chunks out to drop in commercials...

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It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

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Re: "This frame reports only one byte remaining after it's fixed fields.\n"

From the end of the article: "He's also asked that the flaws he finds not be named or branded with a logo"

Kudos to him.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: History repeating itself

I should only wish for my phone to be 22 years old and still working like my Sony Trinitron is. Shame there's now nothing worth watching on it.

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Boffins: Sun's red dwarf neighbour is looking a little thick around the middle

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Actually, I think we should go back to clubbing each other with gazelle thighbones. This progress stuff isn't worth it.

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

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Pixel 2 XL handsets shipped with no operating system installed. Oops!

What? No joke about how this is the secure version? Tsk, tsk.

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$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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Re: Give Credit where its due

'regional bigotry' option

Pfftt... as an American, I agree with Iglethal totally. Not bigotry when it's truth...

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Re: Carbon dating ?

"If it wasn't for Carbon-14, I wouldn't date at all"

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Cookies & scripts from .ru

After I log into my chase.com account, I get cookies and scripts from .ru sites for ads and marketing tracking.

Nice.

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Beware Paris Hilton's investment advice, SEC tells investors

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Re: Does anyone still give a toss what Paris Hilton says/endorses?

Actually, I think we do owe her a beer or two. Since her meltdown, the news media (at least in the US) has apparently decided these sorts of people are not newsworthy. One tiny insignificant bright spot for humanity.

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Tesla share crash amid Republican bid to kill off electric car tax break

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Actually, he's probably referring to the legendary EV-1 fiasco.

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Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: One of these days...

On the kerb it's probably some kind of obstruction, and taking something on the presumption it was intended to be taken is a potentially risky venture

Hm. Here in the US (Orlando) I leave things "on the kerb" every Thursday night for the waste people to pick up on Friday. I pay local taxes to have them come around every week.

The major stipulation is that you kindly break it down into chunks of 50lb or less. Heck, they even took chunks of fence and other hurricane debris recently.

If you have something as large as a boat, there's a number to call to arrange pickup. They even accept cars.

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NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

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Microphone

There's also a microphone. It's the 3rd attempt to capture sounds on Mars.

It's actually supposed to hear the ZAP from the laser vaporizing samples, and they want to correlate the loudness of the zap to the amount vaporized.

However, when it's not doing that, it'll still be on to hopefully capture wind, dust devils, footsteps, Martians talking, amanfrommars1 composing his posts, etc.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Pint

The headline editor is absolute gold! More candy for him!

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Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Re: Look! Fun games ahead!

Relax... the "immobilise the vehicle" rule will last just until it's a minister's car that won't get him to the pub.

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In a small city here in Florida (Waldo) they suspend 2 police chiefs and disband the police force, then you depend on the surrounding county for your essential services.

There was a nearby town (Hampton) that was nearly disincorporated (dissolved) for being a speed trap.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Sad really...

> Now, people CAN do stupid things with Perl

Yes, and my experience at $VBC shows people try their hardest. I'm tired of "code" that looks like line noise and modem barf, with not one comment in 1100 lines

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Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: Rip Nexus

Yup. As far as I can tell, Google laid off everyone associated with Nexus, and all those hard-learned lessons are now standing in line at the unemployment office.

I have my Nexus 4 & 6P, and my next phone sure as hell won't be from Google.

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Spare me the confected 'Innovation Theatre' that is hackfests and their ilk

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Free exposure!

This is not much different than the requests that artists get for "I need a logo!" or "I need an album cover for my band" or whatever artwork they want for free.

Recently there's been a lot of "I need someone to write ${THIS} Android|Apple app!"

The usual "payment" is "you'll get exposure and something for your portfolio!"

Just say "no" like everyone else.

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RIP HPKP: Google abandons public key pinning

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Shock and astonishment

"a half-baked standard got deployed to production"

From GOOGLE? No way! That NEVER happens!

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Both SLS and F-35 are to create jobs, not flying products.

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Don't be a turkey: Help Linus Torvalds finish Linux 4.14 before it ruins Thanksgiving

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Hacking. A HELL of a lot more fun than shopping. Especially on Black Friday.

I consider the time from Thanksgiving to Christmas to be pure hell, and stay home as much as possible. The traffic and people out there are complete and total assholes.

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Discover potholes in the information super-highway with this handy new tool (which itself just hit a roadblock)

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Re: Time to update that certificate, but otherwise

Most of the time I see bad certs, it's not expired but misconfigured with an illegal wildcard or just the plain wrong DNS name. It's sad how many people can't get the name of their own damned network right.

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This is no yolk. Newegg scrambles against rotten shell company claims

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NewEgg has gone downhill

They've gone from selling fairly decent electronics at fairly decent prices, to trying to be another Amazon by hawking whatever random half-ass consumer shit they can get their hands on.

I hope this isn't part of it, but I would not be surprised.

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We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

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Syd Mead

That's a hell of a big name! Thanks for the interview.

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Hack apps, attack code drawbacks for cash stacks, Google yaks

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ObDilbert

From 1995, for god's sake...

http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-11-13

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Re: Some people can sleep anywhere

> Live fire exercise

Yup, I slept through live gunfire too... and lots of it. There's a pic of the empty brass stacked jenga-style on my snoozing self.

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Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

The Android dialer has a "flag this call as spam" button already.

I assume it's where they get the info to turn the screen red and show "SPAM CALLER" when ringing.

Don't tell me you actually still used a LAND LINE, you luddite!

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Swiss banking software has Swiss cheese security, says Rapid7

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> The US CERT Coordination Centre and SwissCERT joined the security company's effort to alert the Switzerland-based vendor in July and August, ahead of yesterday's disclosure

Two major government agencies couldn't contact a bank about security... so why do they still have a business licence?

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'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers

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So can we write an AI that writes code by Googling Stack Overflow? It can't do worse than Adobe...

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Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

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Hm. I've never driven in California, but I'm pretty sure these cars can't be worse than the normal driving here in Florida.

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Moon trumps Mars in new US space policy

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F*cking losers

This sort of off-again on-again crap is why NASA can't get it's shit together and accomplish anything.

Not that we can do anything in space anyway. We can't even put people in low Earth orbit. We have to ask the Russians to do that for us.

The head of the real American space program is named Elon Musk.

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What does the Moon 4bn years ago and Yahoo! towers this week have in common? Both had an awful atmosphere

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Re: Fly me to the Moon

Actually no, LBJ fought for the space program... he was kind of disgusted it was being abandoned. His quote:

"It's unfortunate, but the way the American people are, now that they have developed all this capability, instead of taking advantage of it, they'll probably just piss it all away."

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Boeing borgs robot aeronautics biz Aurora Flight Sciences

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Re: Will not gain acceptance

Because we're idiots.

They say passenger trains don't make money, but then that's because they don't run them where people want to go.

I've been trying to use trains to avoid all the pain of flying but I literally can't get to anywhere west of Louisiana from Florida, unless I want to do an 11-day trip that visits Wash DC and Chicago, just to go from Orlando to Phoenix.

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Oracle VP: 'We want the next decade to be Java first, Java always'

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Re: "Java [..] is the number-one programming language"

> because of the number of thingys that run it

Do these "thingys" include Android phones? That'd be ironic...

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NetApp scraps first day of Insight conf talks at Mandalay Bay after terrorist guns down 59

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Re: Heard at the NRA headquarters

> owning a gun has to become anti-social

That's kind of amusing, since the most social thing I've done is buy a gun... far more than any of my other activities.

"Doing computers" or being a "space geek" isn't very social, despite tons of fora like this one, because you never actually meet someone face-to-face and have a drink with them.

Riding motorcycles is inherently anti-social.

But buy a gun and you connect with dozens of local folk that share the same interest and have a sort of tribal us-vs-them close-knit-ness caused by the anti-gun people. And going to a gun range isn't the sort of thing you can do over Skype. And people at a gun range are very social... you'll have complete strangers wander over and go "oooh what kinda gun is that?" and "you want to try out my new red-dot I got? it's nice!"

So good luck to that.

(and the funny part is I bought a gun in case I got Alzheimer's...)

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Six weeks later, drone biz DJI deploys control app 'flight mode'

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Oops

So this'll be an easy way around no-fly zones & flight restrictions, then?

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Cost of Africa's internet shutdowns? $1m a day – quarter of a billion total

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Does this amount include the Nigerian 401 scams? And can we keep Nigeria cut off? Pretty please?

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Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

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Re: RTFM

Bingo! Back in the bad 'ol days, you at least had K&R to help get up to speed on C.

There's no equivalent for Java. I'm sure I don't have to explain to this crowd just how much all the Java books suck.

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NASA, Roscosmos: We're building a lunar space station!

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This means just as much as when Bush announced we were going back to the Moon, and you can see how that turned out. China was the only one to actually go.

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iOS apps can read metadata revealing users' location histories

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Android too?

Android stores the camera pictures on the usually-unsecured "sdcard" area... and it has EXIF parsing too. I'd think it's just as vulnerable.

You can usually turn off geolocation storage in the camera app, but I don't know how many people do that.

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Someone checked and, yup, you can still hijack Gmail, Bitcoin wallets etc via dirty SS7 tricks

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Google's cellphone 2FA isn't for security, it's to get your mobile number to add to their pile of data.

I remember when they said I could have a vanity address for Google Plus... if I texted them a code.

So I texted them from one of those net-to-SMS gateways, and Google has considered that my mobile number for a number of years now. If I delete it, it comes back.

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Ha. The chunk of land that's now Russia has been invaded hundreds of times in the past thousand years, and yes, it does explain the national attitude.

This was my 8th grade history/social science teacher's master's thesis, and he'd gone to Moscow in the '70s when taking a picture of a train would get you vacation time in Siberia for a decade. He'd taken pictures of said trains, had a picture of himself drinking a Coke in Red Square, and a pic of opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan, decades before the Soviet actions there.

He was quite a character and a major influence on me.

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I remember this happening as a kid. It did hit the Western newspapers.

I also remember the same thing happening on the American side, and being chalked up to "an 80-cent IC chip" failing.

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