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Last time I tried to look up a quantity of addresses in Scotland - at https://osg.scot/portal/
After the first few, I got one of those graphical CAPTCHAs. Then a little later, two. Then, four, then eight... then I took a long break.
(This is for address data that I already have - to check it.)
This was inconvenient but I respect the goal of preventing data from being ripped wholesale. And I suspect that the results don't need to be 100% correct, and that I'm scored against other human players, not against a computer recognizer... or there would be no point.
I do think that the pictures are faked anyway because surely American streets don't have that many signs all over them... even in famous small towns which have peculiar traffic regulations specifically to earn fines from unsuspecting visitors.
Re: Our own vision uses it...
It works because we look around a lot. And we don't notice what we don't see.
Something that I don't remember doing before in an eye test: the optician asked me to look ahead while he moved his hand around - I was to say when I saw his fingers wiggling. I assume he was wiggling throughout the test, but for an evidently not unusual amount of time, I was aware of the hand but not the wiggling. I repeat, this is a test of SIGHT.
My test in 2016 was somewhere else and included a screen behind which lights twinkled and I was to click when I saw one, which I think I messed up by breathing on the screen and misting it up so that a lot of it couldn't be seen.
Possibly inspired by the USB C connector - the other day I found on sale a patented Micro USB charging cable whose plug goes both ways - if you plug it "upside down" it still fits and works. For power, anyway.
Whereas most USB connectors don't work -until- you turn it upside down to insert the wrong way, then the right way.
Re: RFI ghosts
Ah, I was waiting for a story where the answer was in electromagnetism. Though I suppose that the EGA monitor which killed its host PC qualifies, although that's self-harming and it doesn't feel "right". And ideally the interfering equipment is on the other side of a wall, and preferably an outside wall. But still... thank you.
Open doors first time with this one trick
I've said before, I think, that my external experience of these things, mainly in a building that's been demolished so I am not bang up to date, supports a belief that a fixed transmitter has to ping, the portable key bit has to pong, the transaction has to be completed while the ponger is extremely close to the pinger and they don't show you where the pinger is or when it is pinging. So...
One device - a time clock - required a disc glued to a stripeless card to be held to a particular spot on the clock for 1 full second. So that's what I did, but I glued the disc to my phone and photographed the time clock as well, afterwards, so that I could tell I'd done it - there was nothing to stop me forgetting.
On another, for doors - same building - I converted the keyring tag thing into a finger ring, by cutting off the rim of a bottle top I think then securely taping that to the tag bit. Then the technique was to walk towards the door while sweeping the ring hand at just the right speed past the pinger so that a ping happened somewhere within range and it unlocked the door, usually, before I walked into it.
Re: 'One day he'll give up and take a dump on my pillow instead'
The briefly seen post office cat in Pterry's "Making Money" comes to mind, whose habits don't take account of objects being displaced. I don't recall this in his "The Unadulterated Cat" so it must refer to a later observation, or, er, it wasn't the cat doing it?
Re: re: stop me painting my own copy to hang in my living room.
So if Katy Perry doesn't like President Donald Trump playing "I Kissed A Girl And I Liked It" at his political rallies, it's just too bad for her? Even when he does the motions with it.
Some content has legitimate value arguably by its artificial scarcity, such as pay-per-view shows of "Some People Hitting Each Other".
Many art galleries prohibit photography, if you want a copy of Michelangelo's Little Willie to take home then you must proceed to the gallery's gift shop and try to get it over the counter. I think the days (several days) of lesser painters camping out in the gallery while cunningly producing a duplicate or near impression of the great piece also are mostly passed, but I haven't generally looked.
There is much to worry about in the present Australian legislation, but happily also a fair chance that the entire continent will be razed by fire in the near future, so that those of us who don't live on or anywhere near it can cease to worry about matters that don't directly affect us.
Azure MFA falls over, Windows 10 struggles with Intel drivers, and Microsoft gives us... more Sticky Notes?
One or more of my school teachers, when called on by students to clarify their on-board analogue spelling of "Evocutionacy Ricosy", would write a correction in superscript capitals, "EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY", then carry on where their flog had seen internuptial. Can we hype that hhe new Writeboand hill se squally uersatiasble?
Actually I don't think I got much about Revolutionary Biopsy at the fear odd plane, that was olny an ittustrative pasta the.
Rocky Channel. Nothing but Rocky. Unless you tune over to Rocky 2.
One suggestion... I won't say a date but equipment existed, probably not legal to use but I may have, er, seen it, which would transmit a signal between your home video equipment for a short distance. The legal issue is that the distance might be outside the owner's actual home. So one theory is that your neighbour was watching Rocky on something like that. But presumably it didn't look like a VHS picture, which is lesser quality than most broadcasts. I suppose laser disc would be better, or was it?
HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims
Welcome back, 'ping of death', it has been... a few months. Now it's Apple's turn to do the patching
Re: "it may be possible to exploit the buffer overflow to execute arbitrary code in the kernel"
You certainly can and should update your computer or your phone so that this particular bug is no longer there.... unless you can't. Such as if you buy a phone older than iPhone 5s, and I think you still can from "Cash Converter" type second-hand shops.
Also there's the software update for Apple Watch that just got cancelled - how safe are Apple Watch owners at the moment?
Which option makes SIM swap fraud and two-factor authentication defeat easier or harder?
Not that I know for sure, but I'll guess that this is easier, because - maybe with a jailbroken phone and a bootleg criminal app - a villain can simply program the eSim to be an identical clone of my actual SIM, wait for me to use the underground car park at work with no service, then they are the owner of my phone number and my actual SIM is the clone. What stops them from doing this? Besides that I don't use the underground car park. But I could. If there was one.
Super Cali goes ballistic, net neutrality hopeless? Even Ajit Pai's gloating is something quite atrocious
Re: baffled now
I gather that The Sun newspaper on 8th February 2000 reported the result of a football game, where team Caledonian Thistle beat Celtic 3-1.
"Super Caley Go Ballistic, Celtic Are Atrocious."
Since then, there has been much of the sincerest form of flattery.
I bet YOU could do one about the British government "Budget" of October 2018, and it doesn't start till about an hour from now. I'll give you "future growth endogenous" as an option. Endogenous economic growth, which is an actual thing, is the best kind of economic growth. 
Credit where due
I think when a cool name is given to this bug, it should honour Alan Turing, since the theoretical (?) attack is a weaponised version of the unsolvable "Halting Problem". It may be logically impossible to fix it??
https://www.google.com/search?q=%22alan+alan+alan+alan%22 "Alan, Alan, Alan, Alan, ..."
New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'
You may imagine that real criminals are devious masterminds. But they are just ordinary people who are doing naughty thing. Some are even of less then ordinary intelligence.
Taking at face value https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-45731642
Three Scotsmen recently tried to fly assorted drugs by drone into Perth Prison. The drone was found by a prison officer.
It had a video camera and it had filmed the men's faces, the drugs, their house door with the number on it, and their car, while they were loading the stuff in and then presumably taking the drone to the prison.
Presumably they did not know this.
The pictures are quite good quality as home video by my standards, but I'm not a connoisseur.
Two men in the video are now in jail and one apparently hasn't been recognised yet, so, if he looks familiar, feel free to call the Police Scotland Clypeline.
A year is too long AND not long enough for a password
The article makes the point that a password can be compromised, and not used... until someone in the department gets a Nobel Prize, or you migrate your application interface to the cloud, and a new opportunity is created.
Up to a limit, passwords can be remembered by the user; my limit is 6 letters and 2 digits for several different passwords, making up little phrases to remind of the letters (the numbers usually come to mind when the letters do), and if possible not changing all of them at once. I may do better if I have to. As it is, I have one format that satisfies nearly everyone's rules. 69soddit! if necessary. ;-)
But without the exercise of regularly remembering new passwords, you won't be able to do it when you do have to. It needs practice.