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It's Easy To Hack Traffic Lights

rHBa Re: Old news (126 comments)

Sorry, mis-moderated...

6 hours ago

33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

rHBa Re:The real crime here (376 comments)

Completely agree, I would add to point 2 that once he'd uploaded to enough peers (now seeds) there was no point in continuing to seed.

Having said that he may have been convicted on his sale of physical copies, which makes him a complete douche.

6 hours ago

I'd most like to (personally) explore:

rHBa Re:Australian here. (246 comments)

The most dangerous animal in the world (statistically speaking) is a horse. Just saying...

about a week ago

Twitter Reports 23 Million Users Are Actually Bots

rHBa Re:How can they be sure? (84 comments)

Probably can't be 100% sure but there are tell-tale signs such as never supplying a HTTP referrer or User Agent.

about two weeks ago

On 4th of July:

rHBa 5th November... (340 comments)

In England Guy Fawkes was much more considerate in trying to blow up parliament on the 5th of November.

about a month and a half ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re:As a pilot and aviation enthusiast... (88 comments)

FYI, here are some opinions of other paraglider pilots on the subject of flying with R/C models.

This is mainly about soaring with full r/c than follow-drones which would presumably have a more predictable flight path, so not exactly the same situation but I'd still imagine speedrider pilots having problems with this because they are often well below the 400ft AGL height limit.

about a month and a half ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re: This and more (88 comments)

Or a drone hitting a chairlift? Even if nobody is hurt you'd still investigate, the next time you might not be so lucky...

about a month and a half ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re:This and more (88 comments)

Exactly, thinking about ski resorts the chances of your drone hitting a ski lift could cause the lift to shut down (temporarily) so I'd imagine the resorts banning them anywhere near a piste. Also I'd have thought the chances of a downed drone(s) garotting someone are fairly high.

about a month and a half ago

Are Tethers the Answer To the Safety Issues of Follow-Me Drone Technology?

rHBa Re:This and more (88 comments)

In many Alpine ski resorts there are a lot of paraglider and speedrider pilots (of which I am one, in Chamonix).

Although we're not allowed to fly directly above pistes I can imagine these drones being very popular off-piste (i.e backcountry) where we often paraglide. A collision with an untethered drone *probably* wouldn't be too dangerous assuming the rotor blades are surrounded with a shroud but if it were tethered to the skier/boarder then the likelihood of it becoming tangled is quite high and could easily cause major problems for the paraglider pilot.

Luckily Chamonix is a very traditional resort so I'd expect these drones to be banned anywhere near the piste and (hopefully) off-piste as well, however it would be almost impossible to police off-piste!

about a month and a half ago

Linux Mint 17 KDE Released

rHBa Re:Updating? (61 comments)

With a separate /home partition it's easy. I installed Mint 17 (previously Mint 15) the other day (backed up /home anyway, just in case) and went with the custom install option (i.e choose your own partitions).

During the install I re-formatted my root (/) partition for the new version and selected my existing /home partition as the new /home mount point. When asked to create a user for the new install I entered my old username and password and my (ecryptfs encrypted) home folder was recognised and decrypted.

Finally I just had to re-install a few apps, my settings stored in ~/ were automatically recognised of course. Total time, <1hr.

about 2 months ago

Make a Date With Fraud

rHBa Re:In other words: Date-site security sucks... (61 comments)

If you read the Netcraft article you'll see that the summary is wrong. All it is is a phishing kit that's hosted on some other compromised server.

It's nothing to do with the dating site's security, more to do with the tech savy of their users.

about 2 months ago

Make a Date With Fraud

rHBa Re:No mention of Windows (61 comments)

Seeing as it's just a phishing kit that runs on any PHP enabled server, no, only Windows users are a prerequisite, not the OS itself. (Also an email client that displays functional HTML forms helps).

about 2 months ago

Make a Date With Fraud

rHBa Re:Parasite Entry? (61 comments)

How to prevent a PHP script being executed when it is being read in as an $_post element?

Simple, don't:


(in fact don't eval at all, if you need eval you're usually doing something wrong)

Having RTFA, I interpreted it slightly differently. I think the supplied PHP code is uploaded to another, previously compromised server and it is used to send out phishing emails.

The unwary user then enters their login details on the compromised server (or if they are using an email client that displays HTML forms(!), within the email) the data is then sent to the compromised server which forwards it on to the script kiddie. The user is then redirected to the real login page along with their POST data so when they arrive there they are automatically logged in, none the wiser...

about 2 months ago

Security DVR + iNet + X10 = Easy Home Automation (Video)

rHBa Re:Hacking (25 comments)

If I had mod points...

I just sent this to a couple of friends who don't understand what hacking is. Previously I've tried to explain to them that hacking is making something do stuff it wasn't originally designed to do and they've assumed that's just a euphemism for cracking security.

about 2 months ago

Studies: Wildfires Worse Due To Global Warming

rHBa Re:No, no it's not. (379 comments)

Unlikely for our species, the cockroaches on the other hand...

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Easy-To-Use Alternative To MS Access For a Charity's Database?

rHBa Dunning Kruger? (281 comments)

Hell I *am* a technical person and I would dearly love for a database that made it as easy to create a simple database as it is to create a spreadsheet.

Are you sure you are "a technical person"?

about 3 months ago

What It's Like To Be the Scientific Consultant For The Big Bang Theory

rHBa Re:it's true (253 comments)

and there are no countervailing examples in TV fiction

How about Walter White (Breaking Bad) or Gregory House MD (House MD)? I'd say they are intellectual heroes (or anti-heros in the case of WW).

Interestingly House also has some of the social issues that are represented in TBBT but he's never belittled by the plot/script, far from it.

about 4 months ago



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