* Posts by frank ly

4880 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Brit hardware hacker turns Raspberry Pi Zeros into selfie slayers

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I'm wondering

Would it be possible to spoof a connection and deliver a mocked up error page saying "Get a life" or something like that? I have a more evil idea in mind but I'm not going to say what it is, in case it happens to one of you lot one day.

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Blighty competition watchdog pokes pointy finger into cloud storage

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Re: Why do they do it?

I haven't lost any photos etc for fifteen years. I started with a 250GB drive on my LAN and a 250GB 'backup copy' in a desk drawer; (yes, it should be stored in a friend's house). Now, I have a 2TB drive on the LAN and 2 x 1T backup drives in the drawer. It's not difficult to organise and is resistant to computer madness or single instances of personal stupidity.

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Why do they do it?

The only serious use I can think of for personal/domestic cloud storage is for convenient sharing/showing of files to friends and family. Dropbox is good for that and is free for small amounts of storage, as are other providers. I can't understand why people pay monthly to use 'the cloud' to purely store personal photos and music/video collections when you consider that a new 1TB hard drive can be had for about £35 or a 2TB drive for about £55.

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If a picture tells a 1000 words about latency, Google won't load it

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'Image Block' plugin for Firefox

That works too.

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Australian test finds robot essay assessors on par with human teachers

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Re: Next Step

The essay generator could pass its output to the essay marker to get feedback of its own score, then adjust its own output so as to maximise its score. If done properly, this would result in a 'perfect' essay.

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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Re: FTFY

When I placed the cursor over that link, it showed me the URL, with '.pdf' at the end. Doesn't your browser do that?

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Court: Swedish ISPs can't be forced to block Sweden's Pirate Bay

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At the moment ....

.... thepiratebay is running on a .org.ua (Ukraine) domain as it slowly sails the seven seas (metaphorically). Anybody who's seriously interested in connecting to it will avoid any ISP blocks by using a VPN plugin for their browser or have a full VPN set up.

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Mr Grey, the Russian hacker who helped haul in 1.2 billion logins

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Why am I Mr Grey?

Because you're a goddam bore!

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Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider

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Re: Eek!

A can of Mortein ...... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortein

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Mobe-maker OnePlus 'fesses up to flouting USB-C spec

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10kΩ vs 56kΩ resistors

Can anyone explain how these values are related to the provision of 2 Amps from a low voltage power supply?

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Lights, power, action! Smartplugs with a twist

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Zeroth world problem

There's an overpriced tech toy for that.

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MPs and peers have just weeks to eyeball UK gov's super-snoop bid

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"... although there should be judicial involvement it should be an oversight of political decisions, rather than supplanting them."

Does this mean that the Bishop thinks that Investigatory Powers will be used for political purposes rather that legal purposes?

"At the end of the day, the role of the judiciary is to be kept clear and distinct from the political process."

I thought that one of the roles of the judiciary is to give protection from abuse of political powers.

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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Re: people's unique advertising ID numbers

It's a product ID number. The user is the product.

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Pen tester sounds alert over 'gaping' flaws in Brit alarm platform

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Marketing 101

"Tierney claims the company says more risk-averse customers can buy more expensive and better secured devices."

It's important to differentiate the key features within your product range.

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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

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"Immediately my Osprey Mini started receiving premium text messages ..."

I'm convinced that those actions are technically theft, in law. So, why aren't the buggers in court?

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

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Re: Epson

It's a couple of miles south from Kingston upon Memory.

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Car radars gain sharper vision after ITU assigns special spectrum slice

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Re: Interesting link

Can yours penetrate fog? (Does 79GHz penetrate fog?)

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Fix sweetens foul cookie that kept open Aussie tax login portals

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re. "... red and blue security teams."

Can somebody explain what these teams are and do?

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Belling that cat: Oz boffins pass entanglement test

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Re: "Two-cubit operations"

I couldn't fathom that out.

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Refined player: Fedora 23's workin' it like Monday morning

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re. Nautilus's ever-declining usability,

Sighs, I know what you mean. Mint's 'Caja' seems to do everything that Nautilus used to do so it might be possible to use it, somehow?

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MoD-founded firm Niteworks loses login creds of UK defence folk

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Don't tell him your username Pike!

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Sound waves could power the future's magnetic HDDs

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Areal storage density?

Using reasonable assumptions, how would the areal storage density compare with present 'mainstream' magnetic HDDs? I assume that the device could be made in the form of a small sheet containing nanowires and surrounded/wrapped in drive and sense devices to give a standard 3.5" or 2.5" form factor.

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Apple's OS X App Store downloads knackered by expired security cert

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Calendar, Events, Alarms, Alerts, Notifications

Isn't there an app for that?

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US military readies drone submarine hunter

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Re: Salvage?

The laws of salvage only apply to a vessel that is somehow damaged or 'stricken' in some way. Salvaging military vessels (without the owner's permission) is against international law.

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Where there's a will ....

"... controlled via satellite by landlubbers in air-conditioned cubicles, ..."

I used to work a couple of desks away from a man who kept a bottle of rum in his desk. You could catch a smell of it when he added it to his tea. It was an open plan office so he couldn't have sodomy or the lash.

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Old tech, new battles: Inside F-Secure’s formidable Faraday cage

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Re: colour...

The old domestic plug colour coding was green = earth, red = live, black = neutral. These were 'sensible' in terms of their representation but the problem was that people with red-green colour blindness could easily make a lethal mistake in wiring them up.

The modern colours are yellow/green striped = earth, brown = live, blue = neutral.

Neutral is the same as earth potential under ideal conditions and serves as a current return line.

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Identifying terrorists: Let's find a value for needle in haystack

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Re: Needle in an database stack

"... abuse by organisations well known for abusing even the smallest oportunity."

Also, where are the legal penalties for agency employees/contractors who misuse the data?

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What the Investigatory Powers Bill will mean for your internet use

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Isn't the UA header only seen by the web server you're accessing (after decryption at that end)?

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All cooped up and nowhere to go, US and German spooks spied on each other

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We were practicing on each other

Everybody does it!

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Ice volcanoes just part of Plutonic pandemonium

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Pluto .... Pandemonium ....

That's one hell of a coincidence.

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Oz insurer offers Basis breathing-bangle-for-your-data swap

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Possibilities

What would happen if you fastened this thing to your dog's leg? I'm assuming you have (or have access to) an active outdoors type of dog.

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Buffet would take a $2bn hit on IBM shares … if he cashed in now

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Understanding

Warren Buffet once said that he only invested in industries that he understood, when his strategy of not investing in internet type stocks was questioned during the 'dotcom' boom. He was regarded as a wise man after the dotcom bust, of course. Maybe his understanding of IBM and the 'computer industry' is a little behind the times?

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Touchnote breach: Wrote a postcard with us? Thieves have your pal's name, address

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About 3 years ago (maybe), the staff at Asda started asking people for their postcode when buying things at the tobacconist counter and paying by cash. This lasted for a few months. The first time it happened, I said that I couldn't remember but after that happened I started giving them the postcode for the Asda store, which they typed into the till terminal. I assume it was an experimental marketing exercise and I know it was bloody annoying.

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Victorian government teacher-laptop scheme illegal, says judge

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Will the teachers get refunds?

It seems reasonable that they should.

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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"... Thunderbirds back in the 1960's didn't require the suspension of disbelief ..."

They managed to keep the location of Tracy island secret despite regular rocket launches and the purchase and delivery of large amounts of rocket/jet fuel? etc ....

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Let's get to the bottom of in-app purchases that go titsup

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Maybe this is one of the reasons why ....

.... people downoad from torrents?

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Startup founder taken hostage by laid-off workers

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re. "a mass streamlining ....etc"

Anybody who says that deserves to be locked up.

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TPP: 'Scary' US-Pacific trade deal published – you're going to freak out when you read it

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Re: Source code

It seems to mean that if you do want to have access to the source code then you need to go with FOSS software.

Agreements where the source code is placed in escrow, in case the supplier goes bust, would seem to be prohibited by this statement, even if the supplier is happy to do so.

Maybe it should have said, "You don't have to give your source code unless you want to."

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Lithium-air: A battery breakthrough explained

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How delicate is it? etc

The discharge process requires oxygen, which I assume would come from the atmosphere for any simple applications. Given the apparently delicate chemistry, would there be any atmospheric pollutants that might 'poison' the battery? I'm thinking about nose to tail commuter traffic.

Given that oxygen is a consumed reactant, how much oxygen would be needed to generate adequate power for a car to accelerate in town traffic? The battery might need a compressed air supply to give adequate power for practical applications.

The charging process generates 'waste' oxygen .... be careful.

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UK cyber-spy law takes Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance – and sets them in stone

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Re: I have said it once, I will say it AGAIN

There aren't many people who are capable of doing that, let alone understanding it. Maybe you could set up a commercial web-based service?

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I've lost the remote! Fury as Samsung yoinks TV control from its iOS app

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re. "your precious opinion"

This shows how important it is to clear all important communications and statements with a native speaker.

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UK govt sneaks citizen database aka 'request filters' into proposed internet super-spy law

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@Andrew Jones 2 Re: Can someone explain this?

A family home, yes ... but it said "... many internet users ...". Maybe they mean libraries, internet cafes, universities, companies, etc? (I should have thought of that, thank you.)

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Can someone explain this?

"However, each IP address cannot be resolved to a single individual because at the known time it has been simultaneously shared between many internet users. "

I know what my domestic IP address (from Virgin Media) is and it's been the same for over four years. If I go to whatsmyip.com and similar sites, it tells me. Also, from outside my home network, I can access my domestic FTP server using that address. I thought that nowadays it was only people on dial-up connections who had an IP address that was the same address as someone else had, but at a different time. What have I misunderstood or missed here?

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RIPE rebrand whiffs slightly of joss-sticks

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If you look at their website, it's ripe.net so even they can't get it right.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

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Re: Tube Amp

Looking at the size of those valves, they are not running at a few thousand volts. So, there is probably still a transformer tucked away in there if the headphones really do need that high a drive voltage.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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@Krillin Re: reality check

Could you make your garage zombie resistant as well?

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Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

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re. "tiller"

It's what you use to steer the love boat.

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Skype founders planning non-drone robodelivery fleet. Repeat, not drones

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"It gets ravaged by an angry dog."

If it's delivering your weekly sausage and bacon supplies, you'll open the door to a robo-drone surrounded by a pack of hungry dogs, along with an army of children who tag along to see what all the fuss is about.

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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"world leading oversight arrangements"

There's not much competition so that _should_ be easy.

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Windows 10 growth stalls during October

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Re: " Folks using that venerable OS to cruise the web"

I was very happy using XP for many years. It did everything I needed it to do and it did it quckly and quietly without fuss on my old laptop. I can understand why some people like to keep it going though I realise that it no longer gets security updates. I do remember that just before Win 7 was released, XP got a load of updates that made it really, really slow and so I felt that I 'had to' move on to Win 7 on a newer cheap laptop.

Maybe the people still running XP blocked out all updates except for security updates and run it in a cautious and technically/security aware manner?

(I avoided any further Windows 'upgrade' experiences.)

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