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Comment Yawn, I should be a security researcher (Score 1) 22

There have been a string of 'security researchers' being featured here on /. lately that are simply trying to get some limelight just by claiming the perpetrator being the boogeyman-du-jour, actually the same 'security researcher' wrote about a variation of this a few months ago:
- You need to download it
- You need to run it (with various warnings being thrown up)
- You need to install Java for it to run (which does not come standard on a Mac, requires a significant download and few actually need for anything anymore)

This seems to be just a variation of the Tibet, Flashback and Adwind (dating from 2012), which all drop a small Java program as a payload which does screenshots, webcamming, remote control and/or ad proxy and dials back to a C&C server. I discovered a variant a few weeks ago that would generate random dictionary names for it's plists but it functions just the same as these.

Comment Re:I know I'm pigeon holing here (Score 1) 46

The market doesn't care about Brexit in the long term. If you look at the value of the GBP, EUR and USD over the last decade, there are gains and dips, Brexit vote barely brought a noticeable dip on the longer timescales. And you can tie any number of events to the dropping and rising of a currency, whatever fits your narrative. The USD has flatlined over the last 10 years, the only reason the USD is 'better' right now is because it has been able to inflate a bubble by keeping the low interest rate that was supposed to be short term which artificially stabilizes the USD. In the mean time both the EUR and GBP have dropped significant value at about the same rate in that period, not surprising since the UK is part of the EU and the EU has been printing money to keep countries like Greece and Portugal from failing, this also helped the USD. Once the EU either recovers or fails (which hangs on Greece/Portugal/Turkey not failing and the UK not leaving), or the Chinese/Russians have some type of breakthrough in resources, the USD bubble will pop and crash hard.

Comment Re:This explains the meteor mystery (Score 2) 122

I am one who hears meteors tear through the sky.

It only happens when I actually see them, not for the vast majority of them that go unseen. And happens in both relatively bright ambient lighting (on a porch, in town, with the lights on) or relative darkness (out in the country somewhere).

But I've never noticed an auditory response to other other visual stimuli.

Comment Re:This is how all mobile software should work (Score 1) 35

We already are.

Google Maps can already navigate offline using explicitly cached data, as can Waze with incidentally cached data. Google Now is happy to show me headlines while offline, and will load a story that I've selected as soon as connectivity returns. Most of the apps that I use don't require connectivity. There are even web browsers that work offline.

"Doing things offline" is not a new feature in portable computing. It's just a new feature in this particular app from Google.

Comment Re:Leaf off the air too (Score 1) 122

You should wish for a car with modular systems, that way you can swap out the radio. But a lot of 2G gear is still out there, alarm systems, remote controllers for all sorts of stuff, scientific and other telemetry, iPhones were some of the older 2G devices, 2G was commonplace in Androids up until only a few years ago.

Comment And if (as is normal) my radio is turned OFF? (Score 1) 1

Or even I don't have a radio?

What am I meant to do? Use my eyes?

Oh, actually, I'm required to use my eyes. I'm required to be alert. It's one of the things that they fail you for when you're taking your driving test.

Solution in search of a problem. A better solution would be compulsory loss of driving license for all people involved in a moving traffic incident. Both drivers. At the roadside. Effective immediately. No excuses, no more driving license. No more driving until you've sat (and passed) a driving test again. No driving license means your insurance is void too.

Submission + - Obama comutes sentence on Chelsea Manning

RockDoctor writes: The BBC are reporting (as of 10 minutes ago) that outgoing US president Barack Obama has commuted the 35 year sentence passed on Chelsea Manning for espionage in the leaking of (amongst other things) diplomatic cables which showed the US diplomacy service in a less than favourable light.

[Manning] will be freed on 17 May instead of her scheduled 2045 release.

Unless of course, Trump counters with a death penalty. 'Cos, you know, he has small hands.

Submission + - President Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning's Sentence 1

bbsguru writes: From NBC News:
President Obama has commuted the sentence of Chelsea Manning, the former Army intelligence officer, who is serving 35 years for giving classified information to Wikileaks.

The decision, made in the last days of his presidency, means that Manning can be freed May 17, seven years into her sentence.

More than 117,000 people signed a petition asking Obama to cut short the sentence. Fugitive leaker Edward Snowden said in a tweet that if Obama could only free one person, it should be Manning.

Comment Re:This is starting to happen in a lot of places.. (Score 1) 70

Since these are company-owned phones issued for company business, that is entirely their prerogative.

Doing work on personal phones will be banned shortly - and if you need to do work on a telephone, you'll be issued with one to carry for work purposes. If you want to carry a personal phone too, that's your choice. Don't expect work to either pay for it, or acknowledge it's existence.

Comment Re:Emergency response (Score 1) 138

Expensive to run and they certainly cannot land everywhere.

Anything that goes into the air is expensive. I noticed that the world-wide fleet of Sikorsky 92 was just shut down for 11 hours of boroscope inspection per aircraft following the catastrophic failure of a tail rotor on the West Franklin just before New Year. Anything that has (and needs) this level of after-sales support is going to remain expensive. (AAIB report ; particularly fig 1 on p3 if you're into engineering pr0n.).

Looking at the solitary image (of a "concept"), this is going to require hard surface to land on and then drive away (slick tyres, I note ; very low suspension) ; I doubt that they'd be able to land on more than 10 degrees of slope (without the wings/ bumpers/ airframe contacting the ground before the wheels do - a rather important point). That's a tighter constraint than the helicopters I've used (including the S-92s).

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