* Posts by frank ly

4938 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

North Korea unveils its home-grown Netflix rival – Manbang

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@AC Re: Typical monolinguistic anglophone

I wasn't aware of that but did suspect it was so. Please give us a few examples for our education and amusement.

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Das ist empörend: Microsoft slams umlaut for email depth charge

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@DonL Re: Microsoft or Americans?

"I speak with German people daily and come in Germany a lot ..."

The Germans must be very exciting people. I'm guessing you're not a native English speaker. Oh, those euphemisms and prepositions!

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Microsoft's kinder, gentler collaboration war: Evernote, you're first

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@Alienrat and ASAC

For a small outlay, you can set up a little solid-state FTP server in your own home. For about ten years, I've had an NSLU2 device that just keeps on running. You can still get them on ebay and there are other devices that will do the same thing. All you'd need then is an FTP client on your devices. You'd have to use email for 'collaboration'.

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Ex Evernote user here

I used to use Evernote on Android when it first came out. It recognised phone numbers and you could tap them and have it dial the number for you. So, I used it mainly as a contacts directory. After a while, it stopped being able to do that.

The Colornote application (Android only) was still able to dial a number from a stored note and also has active links between notes, so I switched to using that as a contacts directory. Its disadvantage is that it doesn't have a PC client or a web client but you can e-mail its notes to yourself as backup for later copy/paste back into Colornote if needed.

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German minister seeks facial recognition at airports, train stations

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Re: Ban my backpack? You don't want my money then.

You could wear a jacket with lots of big pockets in it for your essential personal needs. Also, a couple of bandoliers with lots of small screw-top storage cannisters. That would work.

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I got the power – over your IoT power-point

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Mitigation?

Fail the third: Would a properly set-up firewall block that? What data does it send back to the mothership?

Fail the last: I'd give it the Edimax e-mail address.

Fail the continuous: Why do they think that any of this is ever a good idea? What do they want the data for anyway?

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IOActive turns up the most SOHOpeless router so far

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Tell us more

What does the injected JavaScript do?

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NASA wants to sell International Space Station to private enterprise

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Re: OK. So...

The tropical island with a secret base is just one of the six components needed. The space station is another one.

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New science: Pathetic humans can't bring themselves to fire lovable klutz-bots

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Possibilities

I'd like to see a video of a kitchen robot with a Gordon Ramsay personality/vocabulary assisting a human.

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Cops break up German sausage fight between pair of Neubrandenburgers

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Choose wisely

"... it was a metal clip on the sausage that caused the actual damage, "

I find that a smooth, close fitting metal ring around my sausage is very effective and doesn't cause any damage or discomfort to anyone involved.

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FalseCONNECT sends vendors scrambling to patch proxy MITM bug

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Security Design

When the various security protocols were formulated and issued, didn't they have a group of experienced white/black hat hackers to go over them with a fine-toothed comb to try to break them?

This attack seems like simple trickery and not particularly clever or complicated.

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Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

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From the video

"The word 'pantheon' ... means 'to honour all deities'."

No, it doesn't. As usual, they can't even get the simple and long established stuff right.

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China launches quantum satellite to test spooky action at a distance

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As I understand it

The key exchange would be using a particular property of a quantangled photon link which ensures that any attempt to monitor the exchange would be detected; hence this is suitable for secure exchange of keys, if a bit slow compared to other communication methods and quite expensive.

From what I've read, the instant and 'spooky' communication at a distance can't be used for the instant transmission of data at a distance, for various practical and physical reasons.

I'm just a dog-basket physicist; a proper armchair physicist will be along in a minute.

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Native Skype for Windows Phone walked behind shed, shot heard

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Numbers please

"... if it focuses resources on the platforms Skype users prefer. "

What are their figures for platform usage and how did they determine user preferences?

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Labor's new comms spokesperson Michelle Rowland gets off to a bad start

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Politician Twists Facts To Suit Own Purposes!

You can use that as a headline every day.

In other news: The government said that ISP speed test websites show that broadband speeds are close to their claimed maximum.

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Vivaldi's tweaky grinders fire out another release: Add themes, security

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The last time (only time) I tried Vivaldi, I couldn't get it to import my bookmarks.html file. I've installed, setup, configured and used many applications over the years but Vivaldi had me baffled. Is it now possible to easily import an external bookmarks .html file, like you can in Chromium, Firefox and Palemoon? Is it worth bothering?

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

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A possible 'Laura' scenario

What would really have brought Laura wide awake would be if after a few minutes of following her instructions, the caller had screamed and shouted, "They've all launched! The missiles have all launched!!"

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Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

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Amazing

"...accurately identify completely obscured faces using recognition systems trained on only a handful of well lit photos."

So, if I wear a thick black bag on my head, it can still recognise my face?

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Investors to be allowed to sue Volkswagen over emission row

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Wrong target

Shouldn't they be suing those two rogue engineers who did all the fiddling and sneakily hid their nefarious deeds from management for many years?

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ICO wades in after GP doxxes woman to her estranged ex-partner

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Re: Do you really need training?

"The person responsible for handling the request advised the child's GP about it when it was initially sent, but in the absence of a sufficient written procedure, they "went ahead and released everything" according to the ICO."

A totally different dimension.

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

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At least it's an easy fix

/etc/sysctl.conf is quite a short config file. I notice the following in my Linux Mint installation:

# Uncomment the next two lines to enable Spoof protection (reverse-path filter)

# Turn on Source Address Verification in all interfaces to

# prevent some spoofing attacks

#net.ipv4.conf.default.rp_filter=1

#net.ipv4.conf.all.rp_filter=1

I wonder why these haven't been enabled by default for a distribution that is obviously intended as a domestic computer. (Also, it shouldn't say "the next two lines", it should say "the final two lines".)

There is this one too:

# Do not accept ICMP redirects (prevent MITM attacks)

#net.ipv4.conf.all.accept_redirects = 0

#net.ipv6.conf.all.accept_redirects = 0

However, there is a comment that "Some network environments, however, require that these settings are disabled so review and enable them as needed."

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Judges put FCC back in its box: No, you can't override state laws, not even for city broadband

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what is "government"?

"... these projects run up against state laws that prohibit governments from competing with private businesses."

Does the law actually say "government" or does it say "any form of legislative power" or similar expression? Is the law written in such a way that a remote town council counts as 'government'?

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Cox stiffed for $25m after letting subscribers pirate music online

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It gets complicated

"... complaints by BMG that Cox ... and had blacklisted some of the services BMG used to track and report music piracy ..."

Would those be the torrent sites that BMG had seeded with their own torrents/seeders (for their own detection and tracking purposes) which had been blacklisted by Cox because they were under court order to do so as a result of other legal action?

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Bungling Microsoft singlehandedly proves that golden backdoor keys are a terrible idea

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Re: I did that quicker..

Welcome ! :)

(Remember to regularly boot from a Gparted Live CD to copy your root and /home partitions onto another drive, as a backup, in case you get too inquisitive and experimental in the early stages.)

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#Censusfail Australia: Not an attack, data safe, no heads to roll

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Re: No,No,No

My apologies to Darren for overlooking him. I'm sure he's been installed and configured properly.

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No,No,No

"MacGibbon said the vast bulk of DoS attacks are thwarted; ..."

"... Malcolm Turnbull has commented ... , labelling the incident a DDOS attack ..."

It wasn't an attack!

"(and Vulture South could not ask, because the press conference took place in a city where our operatives do not live)"

So, insufficient geographic redundancy, no failover agreements with other news providers, no emergency comms links. What happens if you or Simon are subject to a DDoS (Definite Display of Sickness) attack?

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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

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I'm wondering

If the website operators (and the advertisers) are so concerned about ads being blocked, why don't they just buffer up the ads at the website server and deliver them as part of the main page? That way, nobody could block them. Some targeting software would need to be running at the webserver end but it doesn't sound too complicated in principle.

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PCs’ PCs pwned: Irish cops probe mystery malware attack

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Re: Because?

Not at all. Some of them are called Siobhan or Clodagh.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: Can't even give it away

I'm still buying Gillette Mach3 blades for my very old Mach3 handle. The entire thing works just fine and gives excellent results with no problems. Can the same be said for Windows?

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Stealthy malware infects digitally-signed files without altering hashes

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Why not?

"... and is not subject to hash calculation."

Was there a 'good' reason for that, at the time the process was standardised?

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Broken BitBank Bitfinex shaves 36% from all accounts

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fork it

The last time there was a cyber-heist on a crypto-currency outfit, they recovered the situation by doing a 'hard fork' of the blockchain. I'm sure I read that in The Register. Can't they do this here?

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US Politicians tell DEF CON it'll take Congress ages to sort out how to regulate crypto

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Re: Simple solution...

"Congress already has the power to regulate interstate commerce, ..."

Using old laws to deal with new situations is dangerous and lazy and gives bad results. That is why they are having this 'conversation'.

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AdBlock Plus blocked in China: 159m forbidden from stripping adverts

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Re: Hah Ha. Fuck off AdBlock Plus.

That one's going in the 'gold star' section.

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Re: Hah Ha. Fuck off AdBlock Plus.

No GiantKiwi, you must be new here. That's Camilla, a rare commentard but always an interesting one. She provides cynicism in a sarcastic box, wrapped in irony paper with a twisted humor ribbon as cute decoration. I copy her posts and keep them in a scrapbook.

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

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Sir Amyas

"BBC staff were able to demonstrate this to my staff in controlled conditions sufficient for us to be confident that they could detect viewing on a range of non‐TV devices."

I bet that was easy. After all, the BBC controlled the conditions. He sounds like a yes man.

"... the BBC has ruled out combing its own records of computers that have logged into the iPlayer website ... this would be an inappropriate invasion of privacy."

What?? A website owner can't use their own logs to determine which IP address has been used by site visitors, even if legal infringements are suspected? What's the reasoning behind that?

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Re: Magic?

I'm just glad that the detector crew don't ride around on white horses. Does a scythe blade make a good WiFi antenna?

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Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

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"...as home users begin to potentially digest Anniversary Update."

Any more digestive system analogies?

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

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The way we are now

"What the hell they did during those four weeks is anyone's guess."

If they didn't tweet it then it didn't happen.

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Ready for the Internet of Things big data firehose?

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Oh, the possibilities

"... the city can ... take pre-emptive action by warning people in their homes."

City announcment channel - 2am: "EVACUATE! EVACUATE!"

LulzCrew Twitter feed - 3am: "Gotcha!"

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Microsoft adds new 'Enterprise Products' section to privacy policy

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Meaning?

“We may also contact you regarding third-party inquiries we receive regarding use of the Online Services, as described in your agreement. You will not be able to unsubscribe from these non-promotional communications.”

Does this mean that I (as a third party) can ask Microsoft to spam anyone who meets certain criteria?

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Classic Shell, Audacity downloads infected with retro MBR nuke nasty

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A good example

"We did not have the right safeguards in place, namely, to monitor external files. We clearly have not been vigilant enough. Over the next few weeks we will be working to become a safer, more secure organization."

Admit you made mistakes, recognise your shortcomings and work like heck to put them right. It's a refreshing change and I hope it starts a trend.

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Simply not credible: The extraordinary verdict against the body that hopes to run the internet

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@Mark 85

"Why it's almost as if ..."

I'd go further but wealthy organisations with expensive lawyers are dangerous. Did I say "dangerous"? I meant "formidable".

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Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

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Perhaps it seemed useful/convenient/cool at the time of purchase. People often make decisions on that basis and don't consider what might happen in the future.

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Re: I protest

I don't even think you're being pedantic. (Don't get me started on the sheer ugliness of 'absent' being used as a preposition.)

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Jovian moon Io loses its atmosphere every day

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Re: err, subs...

I love the way that the commentardiat can start from just about anywhere and then hop, skip and jump its way to the truth. The journey is just as entertaining as the destination.

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Bee queens are Notch-blocking their minions, say boffins

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Re: Well,it works for them

Your body has mechanisms with similar principles that prevent arms growing on your chest and teeth growing on your fingertips. For bees and other 'hive' insects, it's the entire hive that is the 'organism', not the individual insects.

The queen bee isn't 'in charge' of growing the hive's population, she is the reproductive function of the hive and she performs her function for the long term benefit of the hive organism.

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Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!

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If only

"... and we always encourage our users to ... "

... lie about their DOB and any other personal identity related information.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Memories

"... when you consider all the other ways to launch applications, such as taskbar pinning, desktop shortcuts, and Search."

I prefer to put 'toolbars' labelled Programs, Utilities, Whatever, ... on the system panel for a quick and simple popup menu showing the list of shortcuts that I've put in the toolbar folders, as I did in Win 7.

These are pitiful compared to the pop-out panels that Win XP provided.

Luckily for me, the Linux MATE desktop has all singing, all dancing customisable pop-out panels that you can put just about anything on as customised icons. I'm sorry, I'm going off-topic.

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'The box' Bones uses to fix any ailment on the Enterprise? Yup, it's real

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If I was stuck in a remote place, I'd program the yeast to produce something 'relaxing'.

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Pass the hash for peace, love and security in the quantum computing age

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If quantum computing advances so much that it's a 'problem' in this way then quantum communication channels would also be quite easily available. I thought that one of the characteristics of a quantum entangled (quantangled?) channel was that you could tell if it had been intercepted,but it is relatively slow. So, they could send the secret symmetric key via a quantum-secure channel?

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