* Posts by Alan J. Wylie

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Microbe drives tropical butterfly species to a male-killing frenzy

Alan J. Wylie

Then we can start on genetically engineering a version that affects humans in order to be one step closer to triggering a zombie apocalypse

We already know of infections that cause an increase in risky behaviour[1]. The plot of the 1977 science fiction short story The Screwfly Solution[2] is based on a disease that causes increased male violence towards women,

[1]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behavior-altering_parasites_and_parasitoids

[2]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwfly_Solution

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CloudFlare probes mystery interception of site traffic across India

Alan J. Wylie

"conducting infection of host headers"

conducting infection of host headers

Perhaps "conducting inspection"?

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Alan J. Wylie

Better than watching paint dry: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_trap.

And would the spider respect robots.txt?

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ICO smacks lying spammers

Alan J. Wylie

CHANGE AND SAVE LTD Company number 08995065

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08995065

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A trip to the Twilight Zone with a support guy called Iron Maiden

Alan J. Wylie

Nobody called Lady Mondegreen though?

It's Friday afternoon - I'll get my anorak.

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The best way to find oxygen on Mars? Friggin LASERS, of course

Alan J. Wylie

Not a green laser.

http://www.msl-chemcam.com/index.php?menu=inc&page_consult=textes&rubrique=86&titre_url=ChemCam

The green color of the laser depicted above is for illustrative purposes

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Telia engineer error to blame for massive net outage

Alan J. Wylie

Cloudflare post-mortem on the Jun 20th incident

Also mentions one on the 17th

https://blog.cloudflare.com/a-post-mortem-on-this-mornings-incident/

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Astroboffins discover rapid 'electric winds' blowing on Venus

Alan J. Wylie
Coffee/keyboard

"It's amazing and shocking,"

Groan.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

Alan J. Wylie

Even better than the vinegar pipeline over the A38(M)

http://www.cbrd.co.uk/motorway/a38m

End of an era as HP factory closes

[Reminisces] - 20+ years ago I worked on the functional specification for the lane control system on the A38(M).

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Picture this: Live 'net congestion maps for sysadmins

Alan J. Wylie

Smokeping

There are already many SmokePing graphs out there, e.g. a quick google for "smokeping linx" returns

http://saturn.retrosnub.co.uk/cgi-bin/smokeping.cgi?target=london.be

which leads to

http://saturn.retrosnub.co.uk/cgi-bin/smokeping.cgi?target=london

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MITRE fighter says CVE delays are no laughing matter, names bug ROFL in branding protest

Alan J. Wylie

Several people have recently left the CVE Editorial Board

Casper Dik

Matt Bishop

Panos Kampanakis

Gene Spafford

Casper and Spaf are, of course, very well known names.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

Alan J. Wylie

Charlie Stross

The Jennifer Morgue

Spoiler alert: to say any more would be giving far too much away.

Loose lips sink ships.

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Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web

Alan J. Wylie

central London?

a company with five global offices including one in central London

http://www.eventuresworldwide.com/pages/contact-inquiries/contact-us

United Kingdom: 90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9RZ

http://www.regus.co.uk/locations/office-space/london-covent-garden

Again: 90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9RZ

http://www.regus.co.uk/products/virtual-offices/index.aspx

Virtual offices

A business address in the right place and a local contact number answered in your company name can make all the difference in business.

Our professional teams will manage your calls and handle your mail. You get a choice of prestigious addresses for your business and use of all Regus Business Centres worldwide.

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Nuisance caller fined a quarter of a million pounds by the ICO

Alan J. Wylie

Re: Add

The Insolvency Commissioner's blog today has an interesting post on the subject:

Insolvency law – why rogue directors trying to avoid fines face a rocky ride

(some snippets)

The job of the insolvency practitioner is to review the conduct of a company’s directors before the business became insolvent. That investigation can look at the directors’ action as much as six years before the insolvency, and even further if there are criminal claims.

Following the review, the insolvency practitioner will prepare a director report which is to be filed with the Insolvency Services, and if the report demonstrates unfit conduct, the director can face serious sanctions:

...

Up to ten years imprisonment, a fine or both:

* Fraudulent trading ...

Up to 7 years imprisonment, a fine or both:

* Fraud in anticipation of winding up ...

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Popular cache Squid skids as hacker pops lid

Alan J. Wylie

The bug has been fixed in an official release

A patch has been produced for daily versions but not yet distributed for regular builds, according to researchers.

It's Bug 4501, fixed in 3.5.18

http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~squid/squid/3.5/view/head:/ChangeLog

Changes to squid-3.5.19 (09 May 2016):

- Regression Bug 4515: interception proxy hangs

Changes to squid-3.5.18 (06 May 2016):

- Bug 4510: stale comment about 32KB limit on shared memory cache entries

- Bug 4509: EUI compile error on NetBSD

- Bug 4501: HTTP/1.1: normalize Host header

- Bug 4498: URL-unescape the login-info after extraction from URI

- Bug 4455: SegFault from ESIInclude::Start

- Prevent Squid forcing -b 2048 into the arguments for sslcrtd_program

- Fix TLS/SSL server handshake alert handling

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Laser-zapping scientists will save the Earth from meteorite destruction

Alan J. Wylie

Solar flares

What we need is a method of generating magnetic fields to induce a solar flare which will then act as a gas laser and take out the asteroid.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

Alan J. Wylie

I'm waiting for the breech anal-ysis to be released.

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Babycare e-tailer Kiddicare admits customer data breach

Alan J. Wylie

yet more dumbing down

"strongly encrypted passwords". I hope that they were strongly hashed (irreversible) rather then encrypted (reversible), but you need to use words that push-chair purchasers might recognise.

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At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live

Alan J. Wylie

I remember the days

When I installed a very early computerised digitising system at the Ordnance Survey in Southampton. My first job was at Laser-Scan (founded by Otto Frisch). It must have been about 1980 or 1981. There was a "Fastrak" laser scanner attached to a VAX 11-780.

Here's a scan of a photo of the later design of the operator's console. A map was photographed onto a A6 negative, which was then scanned, a square mm at a time, by a red laser, and straight lines were followed automatically. The operator could select which line to follow at junctions using a tracker ball and 16 buttons (which could also be pressed as chords!). When a line had been digitised, a blue laser wrote on a piece of photochromic film sandwiched against the negative, removing it from the display.

I can remember scanning 1:1250 maps (NZ2741NW, Prebend's Bend, Durham, which was our standard demo), contour lines, and a project for the Forestry Commission where we digitised the boundaries of all the woodland in the UK (the green overlay from 1:50000 sheets, all 204 of them).

There's more history at my ex-colleague Paul's page

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Stross' new Laundry list

Alan J. Wylie

Concrete Cows

The concrete cows have been moved into the Milton Keynes museum.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-36127712

Is this in preparation for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN?

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What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier

Alan J. Wylie

But just how much of the fines has actually been collected?

that is all.

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Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

Alan J. Wylie

Re: How is this waste?

> I believe, though I would like to see someone else do it first, that one can safely walk past a freshly manufactured fuel rod

When I was at school in the late 70's, someone from Sellafield/Windscale/Calder Hall came to our physics class and passed around a stick of Uranium, wrapped in polythene. It was very heavy, and rather warm.

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Taking an artsy selfie in Stockholm? You might need to pay royalities

Alan J. Wylie

Ingress

Google / Niantic's Ingress does exactly the same thing. Lots of photos of monuments, etc.

Will they be next in the firing line? And where will it end?

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Inflatable space podule set for orbital trial

Alan J. Wylie

"Podule is a great word"

The Acorn Archimedes used to have podules.

And here's a Not The Nine O'Clock News video of Rowan Atkinson and his "small translator podule"

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Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe

Alan J. Wylie

It's further north than you think

Ben Nevis is not quite 57° north. The southern end of Alaska is a bit north of 51°.

I've been half way up Pike's Peak in the spring. It's nothing compared to the Highlands of Scotland at this time of year.

I've never made it to the summit of the Ben. 1st attempt we came along the Càrn Mòr Dearg Arête in glorious sunshine, got as far of the abseil posts, saw the clouds rolling in, abandoned the climb and descended down the side of the water slide. 2nd time we'd done Number 4 gully, which was sheltered from the wind, but on the plateau the conditions were so unpleasant we made a direct line for the zig-zags.

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Internet users don't understand security or privacy, says survey

Alan J. Wylie

dihydrogen monoxide

They should be asked at the same time whether the killer substance dihydrogen monoxide should be banned

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Calm down, dear: Woman claims sexism in tech journalism

Alan J. Wylie

Poe's Law

I think I mean satire

No-one has yet mentioned this:

Poe's Law

Poe's law is an Internet adage which states that, without a clear indicator of the author's intent, parodies of extreme views will be mistaken by some readers or viewers for sincere expressions of the parodied views

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MH-370 search loses sharpest-eyed robot deep beneath the waves

Alan J. Wylie

Is this the second time they've lost a towfish?

They previously lost a towfish when it crashed into a volcano on or about the 24th January

theguardian.com

Sonar imagery of the volcano

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Google publishes list of Certificate Authorities it doesn't trust

Alan J. Wylie

Error 404

All of the google certificate transparency pages are currently (09:45) returning 404

https://ct.googleapis.com/submariner/ is the correct URL according to both the official announcement and the list of known logs

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Le upstart de la storage: OpenIO, ARM CPUs and Kinetic drives

Alan J. Wylie

Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

Alan J. Wylie

Posting photos of buildings in a "secure location"

How irresponsible

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Awoogah – brown alert: OpenSSL preps 'high severity' security fixes

Alan J. Wylie

Two recent CVEs mentioned in the git log

CVE-2016-0799: Fix memory issues in BIO_*printf functions

"These problems could enable attacks where large amounts of untrusted data is passed to the BIO_*printf functions"

CVE-2016-0798: avoid memory leak in SRP

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Facebook sniffs at slow telcos, launches own Telecom Infrastructure Project

Alan J. Wylie

using existing infrastructure like the lighthouses or ferries to locate tiny base stations

Never underestimate the bandwith of a CalMac ferry full of basestations steaming across the Minch.

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OpenBSD website operators urged to fix mind-alteringly bad bug

Alan J. Wylie

Re: I hate this.

San Seriffe, surely?

For the benefit of younger readers: April Fool

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El Reg blows chow down at Justretch.com

Alan J. Wylie

But powergenitalia.com, funny though it was, was a spoof

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2003/06/18/powergen_denies_ties_with_powergenitalia/

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

Alan J. Wylie

"Lesson: Don't pluck values out of the air ...

... and give them special powers – or your days, like your magic constants, could be numbered.

From the bug report for the current glibc getaddrinfo vulnerability:

https://sourceware.org/ml/libc-alpha/2016-02/msg00416.html

"The use of MAXPACKET is a value/boolean-style check. The send_dg internal logic uses a value of *anssizp of MAXPACKET to indicate an internal buffer was allocated for the response. It does not contemplate a user might pass in a buffer that big, but let us ignore that for now."

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Patch ASAP: Tons of Linux apps can be hijacked by evil DNS servers, man-in-the-middle miscreants

Alan J. Wylie

Re: A little Shakespeare seems appropriate

"In this resolve. I’ll send a friar with speed"

(Act 4, Scene 1)

Where do you find speedy friars these days, except in your local chippy?

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Tier me up, tier me down: Cohesity adds cloud spill trays to on-premises array

Alan J. Wylie

Mammatus clouds?

Mammatus clouds - I feel another acronym starting with "Total Inability" and ending in "down" is needed.

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Alan J. Wylie

/bin/true copyright: http://trillian.mit.edu/~jc/humor/ATT_Copyright_true.html

and "You may want to close your eyes, the next bit is kludge." reminds me of the classic UNIX comment "You are not expected to understand this"

Unfortunately the UNIX Heritage Society and Bell Labs sites archiving Dennis Ritchie's comments seem to have suffered from bit-rot.

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Bats and badgers hold up Apple’s Irish data centre plans

Alan J. Wylie

It's so lonely 'round the Fields of Athenry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YS0dUvEXx3g

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It killed Safe Harbor. Will Europe's highest court now kill off hyperlinks?

Alan J. Wylie

robots.txt

If you don't want it to be public, exclude the page from being searched using robots.txt.

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Big Ben belittled by Infosys' plans for enormous erection

Alan J. Wylie

Even taller than Austin University's

Which is only 94m high. Still gave Charles Whitman a good view from the top, though.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Building_%28University_of_Texas_at_Austin%29#1966_massacre

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Lawyers cast fishing nets in class-action Seagate seas

Alan J. Wylie

an awful lot of other people with similar issues so that statistically significant high failure rates

Or one company with an awful lot of drives

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/blog-fail-drives-manufacture-2015-june.jpg

https://www.backblaze.com/hard-drive-test-data.html

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-stats-for-q2-2015/

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-reliability-q3-2015/

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Sainsbury's Bank web pages stuck on crappy 20th century crypto

Alan J. Wylie

Another "F" - the UK gov's Individual Insolvency Register

https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html?d=insolvencydirect.bis.gov.uk

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Discworld fans stake claim to element 117

Alan J. Wylie

Erdős-Bacon-Sabbath

The Erdős-Bacon-Sabbath project attempts to find people who have the smallest number of links to a paper published by mathematician Paul Erdős, a film with Kevin Bacon, and a performance with Black Sabbath

http://erdosbaconsabbath.com/

PTerry has a score of 4+2+3, Brian May's is 5+3+1. Richard Feynman's is 3+3+4.

More at http://timeblimp.com/?page_id=195

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How to build a real lightsabre

Alan J. Wylie

Re: How Not To Do It.

Filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol isn't recommended either.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/beds/bucks/herts/4575291.stm

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Kids' TV show Rainbow in homosexual agenda shocker

Alan J. Wylie

Re: The proof is in the pudding

http://rainbow.arch.scriptmania.com/rainbow_tv_episode.html

Zippy: "One skin, two skin, three skin, four.... "

...

Bungle: "Geoffrey, I can't get it in"

Geoffrey: "You managed it last night"

...

And more, much much more innuendo.

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Battery-free IoT sensor feeds off radio waves

Alan J. Wylie

Smartdust / Localizers

Vernor Vinge - A Deepness in the Sky (1999)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Deepness_in_the_Sky#Localizers

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Day 2: UK research network Janet still being slapped by DDoS attack

Alan J. Wylie

Last century' skills, so useful at times. :)

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/06/flooding-power-cuts-lancaster-army-trucks-ambulances

"Queues for the few remaining telephone boxes in Lancaster were more than 10 deep with some students using a payphone for the first time."

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BT inks deal with HP Enterprise – beams cloud to biz customers

Alan J. Wylie

Who comes up with these names?

do they really have a poorer knowledge of English than a computer bod, or is someone having a sly joke?

Helion vs. hellion: a disorderly, troublesome, rowdy, or mischievous person.

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