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Comment Is this all caused by UPnP? (Score 1) 277

I've read a few of these stories lately and while personally I run a Mikrotik router with a separate access point I thought the vast majority of shitty consumer routers still had a basic firewall that blocked all incoming connections by default? Plus for those that don't presumably all these IoT device would need NAT on your typical home network to be accessible externally so does anyone know if UPnP is required for these exploits to work? I realize this only applies to external port scans but I'd assume that's how most botnets find target devices rather than because of outgoing connections to the vendor's server that may be compromised.

Comment Re:Inherently Insecure (Score 1) 237

1. A solution that uses a central server only for the purpose of establishing the IP address of your chosen call recipient, then allows all communication to that recipient to happen directly, point-to-point. There is no need to route call traffic through central servers (unless you want to listen in). Ahem. Skype.

I'm not so sure with mobile devices that's as easy as it sounds. I'm not aware of the situation in other countries but in Australia you normally sit behind NAT and don't get a publicly routable IP address. I once inquired with with a carrier if it was possible to get one so I could VNC into an embedded system using a dynamic DNS arrangement and the answer was it was only available as an add-on option for corporate accounts, and that meant having a minimum of 500 phone services.

Comment Re:Canon here I come (Score 1) 272

I don't really know anything about (semi-)professional photography, but I always assumed objectives from different manufacturers were compatible. Can't you use your old glass with the new, different camera?

Just as a bit of additional background modern lenses and flashes may do a bit more than you'd imagine. I'm a Canon user but say I attach a 70-200 zoom lens the auto-focus motor is in the lens so if say tracking a moving vehicle in servo mode there's a constant stream of information flowing between the camera and lens to try and hold it in focus. The current focal length also gets reported back as I zoom in and out, and if a compatible flash is attached it will mechanically move reflectors to direct the most flash power into a smaller area that will still cover the scene.

Those are proprietory protocols but have been reverse-engineered by 3rd party lens manufacturers. Occasionally though the OEM will begin using some new feature / protocol that was always present in their lenses and it's not uncommon to hear that a 3rd party lens needs to go back to the factory for a firmware update to work with a newly released camera.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 381

However, if I *did* see surveillance cameras around here, I'd just continue to go about my business as usual, because I'd be pretty sure nothing I was planning on doing is the sort of thing they're looking for, anyway

Thursday, December 6th, 2:45 pm, suspect failed to come to a complete stop before turning right. $125 ticket issued.

We must be a step ahead here in Australia. Only last night I was watching a current affairs program that showed a frame used from 'security' footage used by a local council to book a lady for illegal parking. Only problem was she was clearly in the car, brake lights were on and she had merely stopped on a bend because of traffic congestion. It wasn't blocking an intersection and there was nothing she could have legally done at that point to avoid the situation because of the lane markings.


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commlinx writes: As it approaches Christmas I'm in the process of adding a geek touch to my goldfish tank and need some ideas from the Slashdot community. So far I have collected a few static plastic models, such as the Enterprise NCC-1701, R2D2 and a Supreme Dalek to glue to the bottom of the tank; however I would also like to add some more dynamic items. I already have a USB controlled switchable power socket connected to a Raspberry Pi to control the main tank light remotely and was thinking this might be expanded to control some LEDs, motors and maybe even some Nixie tubes. However I'm unsure of the best way to interface these together and also wondering what precautions are needed because the water in the tank may not be pure? I look forward to hearing ideas from the community and am interested in how you would approach the problem.

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Comment Re:This is FUD (Score 1) 162

Thanks for the clarification. I'd assumed from TFS it was GPS data.

It probably makes the anecdote suspect as well unless he's a good cheater but poor liar. I assume the sort of people who buy these products are the kind who might have trouble sleeping and end up doing a little excercise or go for a jog in the early hours.

Comment Re:"De-identifying" is WAY harder than it sounds (Score 1) 86

I tried that too using Melbourne and Sydney and got similar results, but then realised it was because I was using 3000 and 2000 postcodes which are the CBD areas that probably don't have a lot of residents comparitively. Using my actual suburb which is only medium size and is Tasmania yielded 63 results and that would strike me as fairly plausible.

Results are pretty useless in a lot of areas though because of the obvious bias of using credit cards. For example "Christco Hampers" that are once a year Christmas mail-orders hampers come up as the #1 grocery supplier because just about all customers would use a credit card card. The two big supermarket chains that have about a 90% market share I believe come up as #2 and #3.

Comment Re:RCMP staff should be sued and then fired (Score 1) 770

This wasn't about stopping taking pictures - the demand was to delete the pictures. Which he couldn't - it's a film camera.

Not that it's the point in the case, but with a film camera it is rather easy to delete your photos albeit at the expense of losing your other shots as well.

I suspect a few seconds of sun exposure is a whole lot harder to recover than deleted pictures on a DSLR, where you can just use a FAT undelete utility especially if no more pictures are taken afterwards.

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