* Posts by frank ly

4947 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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I'm wondering

"... the murderers coordinated their killings via unencrypted SMS which wasn't picked up, despite some of them being under police surveillance."

Have the various politicians and supporters of 'backdoors' put as much effort into enquiring why this happened?

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

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The first three paragraphs

They're a filter to get rid of those with a weak constitution and any sense of decorum. I walked straight through it. Your life is more interesting than mine but I'm not at all envious. Thank you. :)

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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Simon is a big feather on the Australian wing of El Reg.

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Skype now translates in real-time into seven languages

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Any commentard reviews?

I'd be interested to hear the opinion of anyone who's used this. How does it deal with idioms and 'rare' tenses?

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Hyatt says hackers took card data from 250 of its hotels

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This is why ....

.... I use a pre-paid credit card for my occasional hotel bookings, regular petrol purchases (if I don't have enough cash) and purchases over the internet.

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Indie review blasts detained immigrants' Facebook, Skype ban

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Facebook and Skype aren't 'UK sevices'. The marginal cost of access to an imigration claims help site is zero and it may not be a site not run by the government anyway. The question is, why don't the government want them to have access to information that is freely available to everybody else and to be able to communicate with people who can give them information and advice?

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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A quick point

I've just settled down with Mint 17.3 MATE which is LTS to 2019, after 3 years on Mint 13 which was LTS to 2017. To my surprise, based on the official Linux Mint site, it seems that Mint 18 will be released in May/June of 2016 and will be LTS to 2021. They are 'looking into' ways of making an upgrade path from Mint 17.3 to Mint 18 so that a fresh install isn't needed.

For some people, it might be better to wait until May/June this year and start with Mint 18. However, it's free and easy to 'play' with 17.3 and make a total mess of things while having a 'learning experience' to get you used to Linux if you've never tried it before.

Go on, do it, break it in many different ways, swear at it and learn how to restore it; it's not difficult.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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@JeffyPooh Re: Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux,

Whatever the number, at least they download and install very quickly and you don't get nagged to restart. Even after the initial install from a CD, I only had to wait five minutes for all the updates to arrive and then 2 minutes for them to be installed.

A few days ago, I ran Win 7 Pro after an absence of two months. It took 2 hours to download the updates and some failed to download. After I'd downloaded and installed them all, it told me there were another 17 updates and they took another 30 minutes, with a couple of failures. It was a total WTF experience.

With Linux at home, I can backup my entire system by copying partitions onto a spare hard drive then restore by simply copying them back. Try doing that with Windows if it gets borked.

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Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid: AWS to open data center in Montreal

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Re: Weary != Wary

I agree but they might also be weary of all the research and checks they have to do with their lawyers to make sure they are operating within their own country's legislation regarding data privacy.

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Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

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"With the exception of traffic management, ...."

The case you set out sounds like reasonable (and expected) 'traffic management'. Residential consumers should have been made aware that 'up to' speeds depend on network loading and may be less that the headline figure at peak times.

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Intel Skylake delays, Win10 and stock glut blamed for Q4 PC sales shrinkage

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That seems like a reasonable rationale to me. Also, I wonder how many people actually need a new PC?

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Fortinet tries to explain weird SSH 'backdoor' discovered in firewalls

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Semantics

"This was not a 'backdoor' vulnerability issue but rather a management authentication issue. ..."

It's a backdoor key issue.

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Switzerland, Spain and France are beating UK at DevOps – survey

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@Rimpel

Next, face a mirror and say "Candyman", three times.

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Juniper resets 'days since last rogue code incident' clock

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Re: Nonce?

"Number used once" is a happily convenient backronym. A 'nonce word' (a word made up for a particular use and not intended to be used again) is a term that was invented about 100 years ago, some time before its use for numbers in cryptography.

Have a look at:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/nonce-words-for-the-nonce-and-nonce/

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Going on a date, and it's just the two of you? How ... quaint. OkCupid's setting up threesomes

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Re: To answer your question about demisexuals

Given the three numbers on the 'sexual scattergram', it would be a simple matter to map that onto three RGB intensities and have a particular colour as an indentifier. You could wear a t-shirt of that colour or perhaps a simple coloured badge on your nights out.

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Jenkins issues code of conduct to keep rowdy automation fans in line

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Cutting the nose off the cheese

I had to Google that (and the white tie event). I'm a pleb.

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British bureaucrats are world's most social-media-tastic

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Swiss try to wind up Apple with $25k dumb-watch

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Sueball alert

It has rounded corners!

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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The recently released 17.3 is the Long Term Support version (until April 2019) and I prefer to stick with LTS versions. However, it is easy (and free) to try other versions if you have a spare drive to play with.

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Foetuses offered vaginal music streaming service

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Re: Only one album fits

When you say "fits", I assume you mean 'is appropriate/relevant'?

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Activist investors want tepid Yahoo! to reboot crashed Marissa Mayer

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You see the subheading for the article on data migration

"How do you move a 500lb gorilla? Gingerly."

Is this related?

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Re: GIMP: love it

Layers are great once you get to know them and their associated alpha masks can be useful too. You just need to play/practice with them or watch one of the many YouTube tutorial videos about them.

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GCHQ mass spying will 'cost lives in Britain,' warns ex-NSA tech chief

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Straws in the wind

"A few months later Binney was arrested at gunpoint by the FBI while in the shower, and other NSA staff who had raised similar questions were also collared by the Feds."

Punishment arrests. This shows how it will go in the UK as things 'progress'. (Should I be posting as AC via a Tor browser?)

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Bash, smash, trash Flash – earn $100k cash

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Re: Not dead yet, is it?

Pehaps someone with humour, imagination and creative writing skills could produce a short sketch for our amusement?

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Yet another music video treat from Insight Enterprises

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Were they volunteers?

Or were they encouraged to be team players?

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Library web filtering removes info access for vulnerable, says shushing collective

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There's a lot of it about

"... likely included as a "sub-category of sexual content", ..."

Wikipedia has some 'sexual content'. Do they block that as well?

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Face, meet book: Zuckerberg plans to dabble in AI this year

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re. Yann LeCun email

Send him a bottle of elderberry wine and a hamster skin cap. He's earned them.

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Periodic table enjoys elemental engorgement

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Re: Element 115

Or Lemmyum?

Edit: Sighs; beaten to it.

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Irked train hackers talk derailment flaws, drop SCADA password list

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Re: Who the fuck ...

But, but, it's cheaper that way and it makes it easier for management to monitor it from the comfort of their office.

"... possible paths between trains' operational systems and passenger entertainment systems, ..."

That should be impossible. But, but, but.

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2016 in mobile: Visit a components mall in China... 30 min later, you're a manufacturer

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Andrew !

Since you moderate every comment, here's a correction:

"... it doesn't look like the (?) of design, either."

Whatever word you had in mind, it must have been too horrible to type.

A well presented analysis, thank you.

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iOS 9 kludged our iPhones, now give us money, claims new lawsuit

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Jezabel !

"Furthermore, the seductiveness of Apple's software ecosystem meant that the plaintiffs couldn't easily move to the competition, the lawsuit claims."

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

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What do Intel have to say about it?

Not just PR releases; current and ex-engineers may have interesting information to 'leak'.

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Researcher criticises 'weak' crypto in Internet of Things alarm system

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For not at all simple homeowners

" ... are designed to provide simple homeowner monitoring ..."

" ... designed to interact with properly designed and managed IT networks that provide an appropriate level of IT security and integrity in their own right."

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Google brews a fresh pot of Oracle's OpenJDK Java for future Android

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Re: non-harmonious Harmony

Now, in my late fifties after what feels like two wasted lifetimes in engineering, I'm wondering if I should have studied for a law degree when I was in my thirties. Someone I knew who did that, at that time, told me that it wasn't difficult.

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

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Re: Screw Em

A fresh installation of Mint is faster than some Windows updates. (I've recently gone back to using Win 7 now and then for something 'special' and it is amazingly, frustratingly slow with updates and mandatory reboots.)

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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It's if the company has a 'relationship' with you that they are allowed to cold call you. This also applies to their parent company, any subsidiaries and any company they buy or get sold to or enter into a formal partership with. If you make a donation to a charity, they are allowed to cold call you in future to ask for more money because you have entered into a 'relationship' with them. The TPS is a joke.

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After eight years, NASA's Dawn probe brings Ceres into closest focus

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I'm admiring and liking The Expanse so far but haven't read the books. (It's not strictly off-topic since Ceres has been colonised in these stories.)

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Hey, Santa – duck! Space shaft buzzes Earth on Christmas Eve

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Re: "Santa and his eight tiny reindeer"

I don't believe in Rudolph.

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India may have binned Facebook's freebies on net neutrality grounds

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"Facebook initially selected participants in Free Basics ..."

What a mistake to make! They should have carefully consulted the head of the TRAI and then a few high ranking government ministers. That would have given them some carefully chosen Indian owned webservices to include in Free Basics.

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No, Kim Kardashian's plump posterior's pixels did not break the App Store – just this El Reg man's mind

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re. Emojis, in general

Can you design and send your own emojis or do they need to be from some kind of 'standard' set? If so, how much influence and money do you need to add your own emojis to the standard set?

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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@Peter Gathercole Re: Ships building ships - re. Ringworld

The Culture orbital habitats didn't encircle their star, as Larry Niven's Ringworld did. They were 'small' bands that orbited a star and were slightly tilted out of the plane of orbit and themselves rotated with a one 'day' period so that the part of the band nearest the star didn't shade the other side of the band, thus simulating a day/night cycle.

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Australian government urges holidaymakers to kill two-factor auth

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@Adam1

"...portal of hate ..."

I first read that as '... portal of late' , which makes sense. I'm sure your choice of word makes sense too :)

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Windows 10: What's coming in 2016?

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Re: First, second and third thing to come:

I have a Win7 Pro SP1 64-bit installation from a 'recycled' product key that I bought on ebay for £26. It works and gives me updates (often and slowly) but has never offered me an upgrade to Win 10. Is this because it's recycled/resold or have I been lucky/unlucky?

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Comcast 'rolls out' 'world's first' DOCSIS 3.1 modem, pumping 1Gbps over existing cable

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What would happen if ....

.... everybody in the neighbourhood signed up for this and expected 1Gb/s at peak times?

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North Wales Police outsourcing deal results in massive overspend

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Re: 'Ello, 'ello, 'ello, what's all this then ?

The suppliers said, "We thought it was a joke so we didn't take the contract seriously.""

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Windows for Warships? Not on our new aircraft carriers, says MoD

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@graeme leggett re. GR5 leading edge

Do you mean the wing root extension (about 3ft by 2ft)? If so, I understand that it gave additional lift and reduced turbulence slightly (the two effects probably assisting each other).

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Former security officials and BlackBerry CEO pile in on encryption debate

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He said, she said

"One of the world's most powerful tech companies recently refused a lawful access request in an investigation of a known drug dealer because doing so would 'substantially tarnish the brand' of the company. ..."

This is obviously a reference to WhatsApp and the recent Brazilian court case. In the small number of reports that I've read, it's been said that WhatsApp refused but gave no further details of any reasons why. Where is John Chen getting his quotes from?

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Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

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"The emulator ships with other apps, too."

If it shipped with Frontier Elite, I'd get it. Ahhh, I remember it well.

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Bungled storage upgrade led to Google cloud brownout

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Re: Eternal Beta

"... adding formal release mechanics to something which was built and shipped for years without them is unbelievably hard."

Even if you get the mechanics in place, you then have to change the 'culture' and mindset of many people. That can be impossibly hard.

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EE recalls all 'Power Bar' USB batteries due to 'fire safety risk'

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You know you've been warned ....

"... after being The Register warned ..."

.... when you've been The Register warned.

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