* Posts by frank ly

5170 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Icelandic Pirate Party asked to form government

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Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

A broadside then boarding and hand to hand fighting. It will be carnage.

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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Re: How about domestic software?

What sort of reaons does 'uncle Wu' give for censuring open source? It does seem strange that a nominally 'socialist' government would censure a community effort.

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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

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Very mixed metaphor

"The stick holds operators' feet to the fire with the threat that the regulator can take more action...."

Has anybody tried waterboarding them yet? I know some ISPs who deserve it.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: presumably the outraged are aware that...

"... will cease ride in any vehicle not certified animal free"

Does that include a horse drawn carriage? What about a horse with a wood and cotton saddle? It gets complicated doesn't it? :)

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Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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Just an idea

Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to make a USB to Mains adapter cable?

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Re: Not just data lines

I wouldn't call it an 'engineering design shortcut' since the design and the product were never intended or expected to deal with a lunatic putting 220V onto the USB lines. Maybe expectations and specifications will be modified from now on. Does anyone think that a 5kV isolation requirement is overkill?

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Europol cop took terror dossier home, flashed it to the web accidentally

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A blast from the past?

Was he still using Limewire?

There were many people who exposed their entire C:drive with that.

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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

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That picture

I'm sure that's not a picture of the Hull coast. Then again, it might have been developed a bit since I last saw it.

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UK cops spot webcam 'sextortion' plots: How vics can hit stop

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Re: Time for rent-a-perve

I always use a leather bag. My webcam friends love it.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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Legal aspect

Do the Performing Rights Society (and all the other ones) have any opinion about this? Can the police just do this or do they have to record how many times they do it and pay fees?

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Another Canadian uni hit by ransomware, students told to keep Windows PCs away

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Re: Mitigation

"... opened a link in an email that had bypassed our web and AV filters."

Did the attackers get lucky, were they very clever or did that imply knowledge of your web and AV filters?

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Legality?

The entire purpose of the Internet Archive is to have its content slurped by anyone who wants to. As for the metadata, the article says that the archive doesn't store access information so there shouldn't be any metadata that three-letter agencies would be interested in.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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@Charles 9 Re: Why is this even a discussion?

The 'seller' isn't required to accept the 'buyer's' conditions. Websites can tell if you're using an ad-blocker and they are free to refuse to deliver content, if they want to. Nowadays, some websites show a polite notice saying that they can tell that you're using an ad-blocker and ask you to consider whitelisting their site.

P.S. I'd turn off the ad-blocker on the driver website.

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Re: Keep your guard up, people.

Also, the Request Policy plugin to selectively block third party content.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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A clue!

"Attackers accused the bank board of not paying them for security services, ..."

This could lead us to the culprits.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Look at the details to find the devil

Something I remember reading about this was a statement that the ISP retained data was 'simply' a record of which website you had visited, not any details of what you looked at.

However, in the past there have been court cases where it's been stated in evidence that (as an example) the accused had performed Google searches about how to kill someone with paraquat. The search terms do appear as part of the address string and I assume they are stored by the ISP in totality. So, we are immediately lied to.

(It's possible that the police went to the trouble of contacting Google and asked them to search their server records for requests from a particular IP address. I doubt that however.)

So, your local police will know that you've been searching for haemorrhoid cream and the clerks at the tax office will know that you need snug fit condoms.

As I've asked (rhetorically) before; what are the penalties for unauthorised searching of ISP records and for misuse or abuse of the information in them? I suspect there are none.

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Re: Sign-off

I think it's a grammatical error. The verb 'sing' never takes that form but I can understand why someone might write it that way.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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Long term effects

Even if the AHRC find in his favour, any monetary award would probably not last him for a long time. If they force an employer to keep him on then his time there would probably not be pleasant. In any future job search, his name will ring alarm bells because of this action.

I'd suggest that he should have quietly accepted that he had no written proof of the interviewer's statment about not needing to pass a criminal record check and then make sure that in the future he got a formal assurance about this from any potential employer.

It's not 'right' and it's not 'fair' but it does seem sensible, to me. Having said that, he is brave to stand up to this so good luck to him.

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Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Virgin Media were more 'sophisticated'

About two years ago, I started getting an extra tab opening in my browser. It was apparently from Virgin Media (my ISP) telling me my account filters were set to 'family safety is on' and I had to visit the website and sign in if I wanted the 'family safety' filter turned off. I thought this was strange because about two years before that, I'd told them over the phone to turn all filters off when I took out a new contract. So, I closed the tab after swearing a bit at the interruption.

After a week of this, every time I started the browser, I phoned their technical support to ask what was happening. Some new law regarding 'protecting children' had been enacted and my verbal statement of two years previously was now no longer enough. I had to make a definite recorded choice to allow dangerous filth into my home. So I did.

They could have explained this on the injected tab but no; it was, "this is how it is, you have to do something."

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Euro Patent office staff call again for King Battistelli regicide

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Prunier: "the easiest solution .... is for Mr Battistelli to lift the confidentiality he imposes on me ......."

If he's been fired, how can his ex-boss impose confidentiality on him? If he signed a legally binding confidentiality agreement then a) why did he sign it; b) if his ex-boss is lying then surely the agreement is void.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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I stopped expecting customer service from Virgin Media so now I don't feel any disappointment at the lack of it.

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Trump hires very best, greatest net neut haters to head FCC transition

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"Eisenach called net neutrality "crony capitalism" ... "

Can anyone explain the logic behind that sound bite? I mean technical and linguistic logic, not political logic.

"... and claimed it would cause terrible damage; ..."

Since we have (more or less, almost) net neutrality at the moment then I don't see how potential net neutrality rules could cause damage; unless the ISPs and telcos are planning to make lots of money in the future by breaking the principles of net neutrality in a big way. Would an economist who worked at the FTC and now does work for the ISPs and telcos know anything about that?

Damage to what and to who?

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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@TRT Re: Inflation

There's been an S&M security breach. Adult Friend Finder got popped.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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re. shampoo bottle

But it says "rinse and repeat" so I just kept doing that.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Thank You

"Drawbridge also obviates the labor-intensive process of ..."

Thank you for NOT writing "... obviates the need for ...". You're a rare journalist.

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: Physical Access...

This person who shows up after five minutes; do you ask to see any credentials before you give them physical access?

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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"Vote thumbs down if you have a pony tail!"

You're getting them confused with Apple users. Linux users have bushy beards and baggy clothes. Microsoft users have no style at all.

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Telstra launches Australian homes onto the Internet of S**t

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One more thing:

"...if the smart light bulb Telstra sells me has a flaw that turns it into a data-sucking monster, will that count against download quotas?"

If it downloads music from a torrent site to play, because its bored when you're out of the house, will you be liable for any legal action? If it stores the .mp3 files in your IoT fridge and they get played by your networked music player, who is to blame?

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NASA discovers mysterious super-fast electrons whizzing above Earth

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"The Sun flings supersonic electrons out to space, ..."

What is the speed of sound in space?

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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An overused word

"It is an objective representation of our work that, ironically, describes who we are."

Does it really/effectively describe who they are and if it does then is that really irony?

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Twitter rolls out troll controls

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Re: Hurrah!

I was going to downvote you but it might be interpreted as a form of hate-speech and I don't want to upset anyone. (That wasn't me, honest.)

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Power cut interrupts UK.gov cloud service supplier

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Side by side

"Both primary and secondary power suppliers to Memset's facility failed."

Were they laid in the same trench? It does save installation costs.

[Many years ago, a certain organisation had dual redundant internet connections from two separate suppliers (very sensible) that arrived from opposite sides of the site and went into sensibly designed network switches, etc. They both failed one day.

The ISP suppliers had both contracted the same cable laying outfit who put the cables through the same conduit, when the route went over a bridge, and a large truck crashed into the conduit. Trust no one.]

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Bong: Let me talk to Trump

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Re: disappointed || appalled

"The people of the United States of America."

Did you get to represent them as a result of a majority of the popular vote or was it an electoral college thing?

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Amazon's cloudy 'WorkSpace' desktops-as-a-service gain a GPU

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“are located just light-feet away”

How far is that in linguine?

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Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: LGMs?

It's the Local Government Martians they have to worry about. Landing permits, exploration permits, drilling permits, etc. They've managed to stay under the LGM radar so far.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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This modern world

"... have access to both Microsoft Excel and Google Docs could have run the same calculation."

Some of us have access to a pencil and a scrap of paper which does the job much quicker.

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'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

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Viewed logically

Has anyone actually suffered a loss or damage as a result of their actions in falsely ontaining these tokens (which is what they really are)? I can't see how EA Sports has had to spend any more money or do any more work as a result of this. Have they suffered a loss of reputation resulting in damage, etc? As long as the tokens worked, the people who bought them were getting what they wanted at a price they were willing to pay.

I'm not saying that what they did was 'right' but surely this should be a civil case, not a criminal case?

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Fake election news meltdown vortex sucks in Google

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This modern world

"Facebook's increasing importance as a source of information for people ..."

Is a cause of amazement and sadness to anyone with more than half a brain.

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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If he's working in China, they'll probably let him do research on condemned prisoners. There wouldn't be any published articles about that though. I wonder what 'dark research' has been carried out in totalitarian regimes.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: Why?

There's still a nice selection of billhooks on ebay. I got one from there years ago.

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Make phishing great again: Hackers prod US think tanks, NGOs amid Trump win shockwaves

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Re: ElReg

I read that as "Obama serif, a new font".

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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World Wide Jungle

That page pulls in 3rd party content from 30 other sites and scripts from 22 other sites!

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Fire alarm sparked data centre meltdown emergency

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Silkscreen artwork

"We agreed that this was probably the faulty one. We pulled it off and sure enough, the number 18 was on the circuit board underneath."

Intended to be manufactured, not to be fault traced or understood.

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Building IOT London sessions: From tiny sensors to big data

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Re: Has The Reg sold it's soul to the highest bidder?

It's ok really. There will be a security seminar, the highlight of which will be a TED-style talk by Steve Bong on how to fail early and fail often.

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$10m of Bangladeshi SWIFT heist ended up in Filipino Casino

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Re: Putting it on red

Thank you for that explanation Geoff. I don't know much about casinos either.

If the authorities tracked the money to the casino then it probably got there by a series of bank transfers. I assume the intention was to take it out in casino chips from a casino based client account and then convert these to cash in various ways. (A casino with honest management would be very suspicious of this behaviour.) I'd have thought that buying gold bullion would be a better method because gold can have its 'identity' changed with only a small loss in value depending on who you can persuade to buy it from you.

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Putting it on red

Did they intend to launder the money by putting it on red, thus giving them about 50% return? I know nothing about laundering money so I'm wondering how people do it.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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A total WTF moment

Patching a lightbulb to fix a security vulnerability.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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"One theory is that protons fired around the nozzle are providing thrust, ..."

Where do the protons come from? This represents a loss of mass so how long will the motor last?

(If you're throwing protons out, you'd need to throw electrons out to balance the net charge. This is quite easy in a vacuum so not a big problem.)

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Open-source Sesame! Alibaba promises super-size magic for Java

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Cognitive Dissonance

"... the GreenTea Java User Group ..."

I just kept reading that and saying, "what?".

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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How about "Hypermoon"

That's what I've put in my calendar for that day.

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