* Posts by frank ly

3693 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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I would hope ...

... that a nuclear reactor wouldn't have any connection to the internet and any required data link to a separate control/monitoring facility was made using a truly physically private network. I've spent my entire life living in hope and have often been disappointed.

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YEAR of the PENGUIN: A Linux mobile in 2015?

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@AndyS Re: Very pleased with Linux

I've got a collection of very nice empty cardboard boxes in my garage and lots of wood offcuts. I _know_ they'll be useful one day.

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You have a 'SIMPLE QUESTION'? Well, the answer is NO

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Re: A helping hand

As the 'local expert', once you've touched a computer, you are then responsible for all its actions or lack of actions from that point on.

Good advice from an ex-neighbour of mine: Never let anyone on the local Neighbourhood Watch or Church Committee, etc. know that you have a computer and a colour laser printer.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Good point about stolen documents being allowed as evidence. If the truth is illegally copied, is it still the truth?

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Who will be next ?

I'm just glad that I stopped using my credit card for shopping/petrol about three years ago.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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"any sensible government ... would have ..."

I see your comprehension gap.

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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The masthead is depressing

I don't like Christmas. I'm patient; I'll wait.

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

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I think they do that to enable checks on discrimination to be carried out, by themselves and other organisations. I thought that a similar thing was done for ethniciity so that checks could be run to ensure that the tenants represented a realistic mix of the local population, with no discrimination against particular groups of people.

Having said that, how do they know that the tenants answered the sexuality question truthfully?

Edit: Perhaps they could test them ..........

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Apple v BBC: Fruity firm hits back over Panorama drama

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Re: Get it right!

The use of 'refute' to _apparently_ mean 'deny' is (it seems to me) a recent change in language that has been popularised by politicians, who have been loudly 'refuting' accusations for many years. They do this so that if the accusations are proved to be true then they can always say, truthfully, that they never denied it. People have been too lazy to look the word up to establish its meaning and so this incorrect use propogates. Politicians may not be smart, but they're smarter than the average person and they're full of feral cunning.

(A similar thing happened with the word 'obviate', where people said things like, " this new gadget obviates the need to .....". If you know what the word 'obviate' means, then you'll realise what is wrong with that.)

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Google swears no search leg up for new dot-word sites: We drill into claims

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Reshare this (again)

If you're looking for a whatsit shop in Berlin, it's not surprising if whatsits.berlin and thingies.berlin appear high in the search rankings.

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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@Khaptain Re: Come on - TheReg should know better

I notice that you are happy to use the word 'colts' in your comment, even though it is highly offensive to some people.

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NASA asks world+dog to name Mercury's craters (back off, 4chan)

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A large crater should be named 'Hermes'.

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Sony hackers dump more hunks of stolen data, promise another 'Christmas gift'

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"... put Sony Pictures into the worst state."

Would North Korea accept Sony setting up an office there?

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

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"... the original, authentic site ..."

How do you define " the original, authentic site"?

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Cool Large Hadron Collider to fire into doubly powerful ring

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That's a relative temperature of course. At the new higher energies, nothing is certain.

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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Re: oops

If Axel Springer asked me to do something for their benefit, I'd start a discussion about how much they'd pay me.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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@martin burns Re: Failure rates

Have you ever tried useful/helpful explanations? I know they can be difficult and need some thought but ..... oh.

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Failure rates

"... the machine had never had a hardware failure before so software was more likely."

Is that actually a reasonable assumption? If a machine has never had a hardware failure, then doesn't the probablility of failure increase as time goes by?

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Batten down the patches: New vuln found in Docker container tech

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Pre-flight checks

Maybe they should run it past Tõnis Tiigi before they go public. He seems to be good at this.

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Aged star could give us clues to HOT TEEN's behaviour

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Re: How big is a Large Millimetre?

It's the array that's large Their millimeters are standard size.

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What future is there for UK's Care.data info sharing scheme?

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Re: The stupid thing was

"... a legislative guarantee that this data will not be sold on to third parties ... "

The entire point was to make the data available to third parties, at a price. Drug companies and insurance companies were salivating at the prospect of getting their hands on the data. After that, it would have passed on to suppliers of incontinence pads, etc.

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Euro consumers have TOO MUCH choice – telco operators

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Re: "EU market while the US does perfectly well with four or five"

Maybe some US based comentards can tell us what it's like with four or five mobile 'players' for such a large region?

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Did rock-hard aliens turn young Earth MOIST? New probe data emerges

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Re: Some may be further away

If neighbourhood systems receive and observe the 'comments', what will that tell them about intelligent life on earth?

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Linux software nasty slithers out of online watering holes

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@Fibbles Re: Fingerprinting/characterising?

You're quite right. 'ps -A' shows more like 135 processes though my point remains the same.

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Fingerprinting/characterising?

Right now, I have 35 processes running on my laptop (or so mate-system-monitor tells me). They all have a particular memory size and have other named characteristics. Could this list be regarded as 'normal' (assuming it is normal and my laptop is not infected in any way) and then any future changes be flagged as "alert - strange new process"?

I realise that as a home user I'm likely to install all sorts of stuff to try it out but for a stable commercial or industrial system then the 'normal' process profile should be stable and their characteristics known.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Just wondering

" ... aliases used by Daniel Craig, Natalie Portman, Sarah Michelle Gellar when they are travelling..."

Can I use an alias when I'm travelling or do the 'authorities' insist that I use the same name as on my passport and other ID documents?

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Home Wi-Fi security's just as good as '90s PC security! Wait, what?

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MAC address whitelist filter

That's what I use on my old router, but I realise that many people wouldn't have a clue where to start. I also realise that a serious and well equiped hacker would be able to sniff my WiFi devices MAC addresses; but there are further layers of protection as well as a 'strong' password.

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Manchester festival marketers fined £70,000 over spam ‘mum’ texts

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This is what happens ....

.... when you give companies your mobile phone number. After a few similar but less distressing experiences, I don't give my mobile phone number to anyone anymore, unless I feel that I need/want them to call me and I regard it as a 'long term relationship'.

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'A strong response from Apple would be a lawsuit' – Steve Jobs

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"... the plaintiffs's legal beak ..."

A 'beak' is a magistrate or a judge.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Better than beep:

When I came back to England from Tunis airport, after a package holiday in Tunisia, back in 2000, lots of people were just standing around looking at noticeboards and waiting for flights. A security man was wondering around carrying what could best be described as a cross between a wand and a mace, about a foot long with a bulbous translucent plastic head. Every now and then he'd wave it around someone and every now and then it would flash coloured lights in the head and make a noise best described as 'beeeee-weeeeee-oooooo-beep'. Then he'd move on, apparently doing nothing about the lights and the sound.

He approached me and I decided the best course of action would be to ignore him. He waved the 'wand' over me as he passed me to my right, then the wand made it's noise. I made no reaction and he moved on. I can only assume that it was some kind of psychological test whereby a person who was feeling guilty about carrying a bomb or drugs would jump out of their skin and make a run for it - or so their security theory would go. The entire thing was surreal and very silly. Has anybody else encountered this type of thing anywhere?

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Stupid humans and their EXPENSIVE DATA BREACHES

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Re: Encryption?

If I am sent data in error and that data is encrypted, how can I see it if I don't have decryption processes and the decryption key? That would be the point of encrypting data for security in the event of sending it to the wrong person outside an organisation.

Within an organisation, there would be less risk in case of accidental sending to the wrong person, but you could compartmentalise by division/department etc. as far as was thought to be needed.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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Zombies?

That would have been my immediate line of inquiry.

Edit: Mark, check out those 'environmental workers', I wonder how they might have disposed of the brains.

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GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD

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Dotty nomenclature

"dot-rodeo, dot-vodka", " .news, .golf", "dot-spot addresses"

How about .consistent and .convention?

(I remember when Star Wars was released and journalists wrote about those lovable characters called 'Artoodeetoo' and 'Seethreepio'. How I laughed.)

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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

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Re: Sigh.

Can a player have the role of a female and/or a 'black' character and do all the things you described? If so, it would be non-discriminatory. (Just trying to be logical here.)

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Hmmm?

"Problems with the initial release of an operating system are nothing new, especially on existing hardware ..."

Does it usually run ok on non-existant hardware?

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Video conferencing

Wasn't that supposed to do away with the need to travel anywhere?

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Should you call on comms suppliers when you go for a BYOD setup?

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What about MAC address filtering?

" ... you have to change the key frequently to prevent the world and his dog connecting from the car park over the road months after they left the company, ... "

Just remove their device from the MAC address filter whitelist.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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That would be a series of experiments in which the measuring instrument is affected by each experiment. Not scientifically sound but good fun I'd say.

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Iranian CLEAVER hacks through airport security, Cisco boxen

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This is why ...

... my fridge and my central heating system will never be connected to the internet.

Why does an airport security gate need to be accessible from the internet anyway?

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Oddball weights

"As well as eccentric weights, which are already used in the gyroscopes of iPhones, ..."

I thought the integrated gyroscope used micro-machined beams with a mass at the end and force/strain gauge sensors on the beams? Am I thinking too 'modern'? One day, they'll use ring laser gyros I suppose.

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US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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Ah but

" ... should warn every organisation that accepts credit card payments that they are an active target,..."

But it won't, because, "We're not retail/parking/whatever and we have good security; it was tested by experts (five years ago)."

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: The answer is still no.

My XP laptop went into terminal slowness after a long spate of Windows updates. This was just before Win7 was unleashed onto the world. I always thought that was a strange coincidence.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Pi ... its full value has never been expressed...

That's because it's irratatouinalle.

Coat: As fast as I can.

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Re: Screw the clipart

http://www.hloom.com/microsoft-office-templates

http://templates.libreoffice.org

http://templates.openoffice.org

Any good?

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Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

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Re: Fait

It was the fate of Acompli to be gobbled up by Microsoft. $200 million should be worth the pun-ishment.

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Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

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As a matter of interest

Do Google (and others) publish a list of accepted and rejected requests for removal? I think they should.

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APPLE set to Air PLUS-SIZED iPAD – claims mag

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Re: Dinner Plates

If it was round, then it wouldn't have corners. I don't know where I'm going with this ......

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

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Cultural Exchange

Will The Register be hosting any of these brave pioneers, to show them what is possible? Imagine their reaction of seeing the consequences of letting a thousand commentards bloom.

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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@ Arctic Fox Re: @Simple Si Indeed - thus demonstrating how easy it is for.............

So, tell us about the fanny.

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Safety features?

I assume there is some kind of sensor to prevent it from retracting if a reasonably large/warm body is in there. Perhaps a small, well wrapped up person might be taken to a different world one winter's day?

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