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Comment Re:Cost:Benefit? (Score 5, Interesting) 280

They are right, they caught me doing an illegal right turn on a scooter with CCTV and sent me a ticket. Crime +1.

However, when I was hit by a hit and run driver under such a camera, flew over the bonnet but managed to get their license plate number and call it in immediately. Nada. They wouldn't even go around to the persons place where the car was registered and the investigation unit told me they would *never* go around to someone's place for a hit and run unless there was serious injury inflicted and then repeated *serious*.

When I left a bag behind in the Eurostar with expensive camera lens and called it in immediately. When I got the bag back there was a lens from 300 quid missing. I called the transport police. I thought they would have trouble seeing the lens on the screen but he reported that he couldn't identify me. Despite that I was wearing motorcycle gear and arrying a motocycle topbox. I suspect he didn't even look.

So yeah. They are definately used to give tickets to criminals breaking traffic laws and for parking illegally as well.And they have been seen to be peering deep into people's bedrooms. Possibly they are used in very large crimes, but when the policitians talk crime I imagine that most people think of across the spectrum crime. If they knew that in reality 95% of all crime that could benefit from CCTV detection it isn't even bothered with they might think differently. Joe public won't have a clue unless they can tally it up against personal experience and in my case it sucks.

Comment Re:Sweden (Score 1) 1020

Yeah, clearly the rape/molestation charge is not the main worry here. If Sweden are prepared to switch in Interpol for a molestation charge, they are probably prepare to extradite him as well to the US on some merky espionage charge.

Is anyone able to get any statistics as to whether or not Sweden has issued a red notice to interpol before for a molestation charge?

Comment Re:Where to buy? (Score 1) 83

Actually, after leaving it communicating furiously for about 8 hours it became ready. God knows why it does that but telling customers that it will take that long could remove a lot of time wasted. Also it sends a furious spurt of ntp traffic about evey minute. Seems a little over the top.

It does work though so far.It just uses nat traversal ipsec so most routers would need no modification I think.

Comment Re:Where to buy? (Score 1) 83

These things are a bit rubbish. At least tonight it is. I bought one today. I can see that it establishes a VPN connection with nat tunneling. But stlll the fourth light doesn't come up, which means it's ready for use (Vodafone sure signal, UK). I did see it flash the fourth light, implying it is updating the software, then it went through a phase akin to a reboot. But not it mostly exchanges lots of ESP encapsulated packets and tons of NTP transfers and no availability. I'll see what it does in a day, but I'm not impressed so far. I've opened up all ports and protocols to their hosts and still no joy. Their website implies it's a plug in and do nothing job.

22:54:09.162908 IP > NTPv4, Client, length 48
22:54:09.164499 IP > NTPv4, Server, length 48
22:54:09.182893 IP > NTPv4, Client, length 48
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tcpdump: verbose output suppressed, use -v or -vv for full protocol decode
listening on eth1, link-type EN10MB (Ethernet), capture size 96 bytes
22:54:32.957641 IP > isakmp-nat-keep-alive

root# tcpdump -nn -i eth1 ip host
22:54:38.537487 IP > NONESP-encap: isakmp: phase 2/others ? #37[]
22:54:38.651023 IP > NONESP-encap: isakmp: phase 2/others ? #37[]
22:54:42.031076 IP > UDP-encap: ESP(spi=0x1633adf1,seq=0x257), length 100
22:54:42.053769 IP > UDP-encap: ESP(spi=0xc5588a43,seq=0x1cf), length 100
22:54:44.074197 IP > UDP-encap: ESP(spi=0x1633adf1,seq=0x258), length 132
22:54:44.097949 IP > UDP-encap: ESP(spi=0xc5588a43,seq=0x1d0), length 132
22:54:45.527801 IP > UDP-encap: ESP(spi=0xc5588a43,seq=0x1d1), length 132
22:54:45.533046 IP > UDP-encap: ESP(spi=0x1633adf1,seq=0x259), length 132

So it seems to get a working-established vpn all night long but still doesn't progress to the ready state. I've received the sms that says that it's ready for use.

I don't want to use their forums because to do that automatically turns off the sending of paper billing to you as a side effect, a necessary thing for a company, and you have to call them to get paper billing re-instated. You would have thought that would have thought of a thing called "preferences", fuckers. To turn off you paper billing, required by HMRC, as an un-notified side effect of logging into their website is just plain dirty. And the support staff know it, they don't waste any time on it, they just tell you that you can call them and they'll turn it back on.

I tried to call them, but of course my phone dropped out several times and none of them called me back. Duh! I'm calling about a device that helps overcome signal problems. If, it drops out call me back, I'm sick of wading through the menu options each time.

Still doesn't work, a whole evening later. Maybe the ntp queries relate to a QOS test, but then they should tell you that it would need to burn in for a day or two. If that's the problem in any case. As I *can* establish a working VPN, I don't know what else could be the problem. No packets are being dropped.

The latest forum posting for the device is June 27, I don't know what's going on there.

Comment Re:A possible fix: (Score 1) 153

I've always thought the legal system is fatally flawed. It all depends on how much you can spend on lawyers and that's usually a lot and never really recoverable even if you were innocent.

If the state were force to cover all legal costs for all law suites, they might think twice about the laws they make.

Another interesting alternatives that it would be interesting to hear the flaws with it is if every party could only spend equal money on lawyers. If one parties doesn't want to spend any more then the only way the other party could spend more was to pay the equal amount of the increase to the legal team of the opposition. This would at least balance out the justice dealt somewhat. What are the flaws with this approach? It's somewhat radical, but I swear it seems more like real justice.

Comment Re:young company (Score 3, Interesting) 543

Right on the money. That was my experience. I'm 49 and I was invited to an interview with Google (Approached). This was
initially flattering. However, when I got there the only person I saw all day that seemed anywhere near my age was the security guard at the front. not that this bothered me at all. During the interview they asked me to write a binary search algorithm on the whiteboard in whatever language I liked. Now all this some it was feeling somewhat insulted as these things are elementary, I also felt awkward doing such on a whiteboard, I spend almost 24/7 behind a computer and type faster than most folks I know. In addition, I spend 7 years working on hardcore search engine design and wrote a system that could fully index a 10GB corpus of text and html in a single pass (TREC test data) in 45 minutes on a circa 2002 PC (I know there was some systems that were faster, I could do it better now as well), and to be asked to write a binary search algorithm was not so inspiring, particularly when I asked if they wanted to see anything about the search engine I was working on they declined, stating that it would taint they interview procedure which was based on some standard tests. So what it comes down to is that it appeared that they did not take any past experience into account apparently (A procedure that maybe is just as well when hiring new graduates). Bizarrely enough, they didn't hire me for a sysadmin job, claiming I was weak in coding!! Some friends of mine reported that they knew some very smart people that reported the same experience, which helped my ego somewhat I'm glad.

I was better off that they declined anyway, I'm earning much more now than I could ever have earned there and have a couple of new promising businesses well on the way in addition to my day job (Business involving lots of coding, BTW).

Comment Re:Traffic Cameras. (Score 1) 1123

Many modern IP cameras have audio build into them by default these days and it's a growing trend. Axis Q1755 is case in point. Axis cameras are a common choice for quality surveillance cameras.They don't even require separate wiring, it's just encoded over the IP if requested. Do you think the government is going to remove these mics? Or do you think they are simply going to ignore this are pretend they don't have the capability? I'm betting the audio recording on surveillance cameras on the street is happening now, but because people don't ask the question I doubt many people would know. I'm sure they will see it as a bonus and say nothing more.

Comment Re:The reality is... (Score 1) 544

That's indeed a good analogy. That's exactly how I feel about blueray disks, forcing me to watch through loads of ads. Once upon a time you used to be able to put in a disk and go straight to the menu. The bad taste in my mouth means that I'll only whore myself for really good movies, the rest of the time I'll simply not buy anything. Whereas in the past I used to enjoy buying and collecting media, nowadays I feel dirty when I do so.

Comment Re:Why redirect them? (Score 1) 512

What I have is a div that contains a table in the middle if the page (content area). And that has a column of floated items down rhe left, to rhe left of the content area (menu area).

Inside the content is a table. This gets pushed to below the bottom of the floated section. It only does this to a table. A normal div is positioned at the top of the content area as with alll other browsers. What's more is that if I put a tall enough div preceding the table (in this case 40 pixels is enough) it pulls the table back up. In my opinion if the div containing the table is not affected by non overlapping floated sections to the left of it. Block elements inside that should also nit be affected.

It's complex css so I don't have a minimal version yet.

Comment Re:Why redirect them? (Score 1) 512

I'm designing a site where I'm carefully choosing the css approachs to make it work on explorer,firefox,chrome and safari. I don't have the details to hand, but currently, I have everything working on all four platforms including heaps of javascript, however unexpectedly the latest issue I have renders correctly on explorer,firebug and safari with Google Chrome being the odd man out.

Just discovered it last night, so I can't tell you the specifics right now. But it relates to positioning of divs in the presence of floated elements. I think that Google is dropping a div below the level of the highest floated element whereas all other browsers I've tested do it differently.

I didn't expect chrome to be the odd man out.

Comment Re:More or less irrelevant (Score 1) 229

The spykee robot has shocking security. It has the concept of a administrator account, however for some reason beyond me when you connect to it as a normal user, it transmits the administrator password back in plain text (From memory when I looked into it). Also, there is no way to establish a wan connection point to point with this robot, the only way to do it is via a proxy provided by the manufacturer. In addition, you have to provide the username and password for your robot to said manufacturer. All video communcations is routed via the manufacturer, there's nothing to stop them recording all video of everyone's homes to disk and the manufacturer has knowledge that would allow them to come into all the client's homes and look around. I mailed them about this and they responded "We would never do this".

Finally, (From memory again), if very easily reverts into a mode where it allows unencrypted adhoc network connections to it. I think all you need to do is interfere with it's connection to the configured network.

Spykee is a privacy disaster waiting to happen, I'm just wondering when the first case of a hacked robot being used to spy on little kids happens.

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