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* Posts by frank ly

3235 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

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smiles for the 'goto'

You don't see them often nowadays.

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Red Hat teams up with community-based RHEL lookalike CentOS

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@SVV Re: Sounds like a brilliant move

(My knowledge in this area is very low, but here goes:) I thought that RHEL was free to obtain and run but you paid for a support contract? If so, why do you develop using CentOS? Even if RHEL does cost money for a installation license, surely RedHat would let you install and run pure development systems for free under agreed conditions?

I get the bit about Gnome, but why can't you use Firefox etc on RHEL?

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

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So convenient

"Optical Express, which sells ophthalmic treatment services such as laser eye surgery and intraocular lens implants, ..."

I'll ask the nice woman behind the counter at Boots if she can arrange liposuction and a nose job for me.

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Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown

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" ....let's thank Michael Bay for joining us."

Tim Baxter is a kind and polite man. I'd have said, "That was a waste of time and money. Moving on!"

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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Re: Photoshopped!

My take: In the centre of the image is a distant wall that has a strange colouring. That would have been a good place to have set up a tripod with a long lens camera to take the picture. Whoever 'shopped the tripod out didn't do a very good job of it in that case.

Looking at the left edge of the ball, I'm sure that's someone holding their arms up high with a flash unit in their hands. If so, that would have been easy to obfuscate, so why didn't they do it? I dunno ......

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

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Re: Personally I'd of hoped

" ... I'd _have_ hoped ..."

I want people to write: I'd've ... Is anybody with me on this?

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Acer cozies up to Google with new 'droid PCs and fondleslab, Chromebook

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Re: Hmmm

Or Lindows (been done), or Winux ....... dream on.

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Keyboard?

Will those giant touchscreens be able to accept a USB keyboard being plugged in?

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Mars One's certain-death space jolly shortlists 1,000 wannabe explorers

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This got me thinking

" ... the foundation hasn't managed to ..."

Maybe the Second Foundation will do things better. I hope so.

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Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Technical/Numerical question

Has anyone considered if the world will run out of MAC addresses in the future? With the 'internet of things' almost upon us, lots of unique MAC addresses will be needed and old/dead kit can't reasonably have its MAC address reallocated.

(I'm too lazy to do the research, make some reasonable estimates and do some calculations, so I'm asking.)

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Alien SUPER-EARTH: If there is LIFE up there, it'll be moaning about the weather

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Understatement and Understanding

" ... in this case we are discovering we may not know them as well as we thought ....."

I'm amazed that we can know anything about them and I look forward to us knowing more.

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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Re: A Trademark is not a Patent

I believe there are subtle differences in the use of language, between the English speaking countries and the American speaking countries.

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

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Re: Up yer bum.

Also, you can print over WiFi to your home network printer, or via cable to any other convenient one.

(Thumb up, but not up yer bum, honest.)

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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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What an amazing man!

"... and had been electrocuted several times .."

Not many people could deal with that.

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Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

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Re: Apple utility patents?

It's a patent that is of great utility in court cases against competitors.

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Saucy Snapchat addicts EXPOSED: Exploit code to poke holes goes wild

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"titillating titbits"

I see what you did there ( and a hacker could see what she did too.)

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Just what they've always wanted! ISS 'naut duo unwrap new space fridge

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Yes, that would result in the loss of some heat.

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Ho, ho, HOLY CR*P, ebuyer! Etailer rates staff on returns REJECTED

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'resolved'

A much more friendly, positive and upbeat word.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: At last

That would be hard work and need lots of form filling. The Government has cherry-picked a well known case and given a 'bread and circuses' gift to make it look as if all is well in the UK.

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Who's the best-built bot that makes the US military hot? SCHAFT!

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About waking over rubble

Do they have to walk over rubble in human fashion? Could they crawl over it? With the correct articulation in the knee joints, they could do it doggy-style.

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Re: That naming!

It all sounds very 'laborious'.

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

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The very idea!

"... information on subjects such as respect for a partner, ..."

$Deity forbid that children would learn respect for a partner.

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Nato, UN, NGOs slug it out with namespace biz bods: IMHO... STFU

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Don't forget UNIT and WHO

They have a long association. (I might be getting confused here).

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The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

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The life aquatic

" Briefly adrift, the site resurfaced ..."

You could have got some submarine references in there too.

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How much did NSA pay to put a backdoor in RSA crypto? Try $10m – report

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@Fill Re: A different era?

I recommed _this_ lock/key system, which I developed, for you to use in your worldwided premises protection system. You have doubts and questions? I'm so convinced that I'll give you $10 million to use it. Oh, I see that you are now convinced that it's the best choice.

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Euro satellite to count a BEELLLION stars, find origin of Milky Way

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A pedant writes ...

"Each time, it will plot the position of the sun and its key physical properties, ..."

I thought a star wasn't a 'sun' unless it had planet(s) in orbit?

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Wait, that's no moon 21.5-inch monitor, it's an all-in-one LG Chromebase PC

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On the other hand

"... the first all-in-one PC to run Chrome OS, complete with a built-in widescreen LCD display."

I'd say it's an LCD display with a built in PC.

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Sky rapped over PREMATURE SEXY CONDOM ad

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@JDX

I agree. Those Andrex adverts disgust me, no matter what time they are shown.

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Why UK.gov's £1.2bn fibre broadband rollout is a bumbling FLOP

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Re: Imagine the chaos

Not really. They'd forget to order the ingredients, or order the wrong ones. That would be ok because they'd have forgotten to send out invitations. Many people would have heard that there was going to be a piss up one day, but they'd have heard that rumour for ages and so would ignore it. The CAMRA newsletter would be full of stories similar to this one and comments similar to yours.

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South Korean to spaff £290 MEEELLION on 5G land grab

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Re: Consistency?

The number of 'e's in 'meelion is dependent on how much surprise/amazement the writer/speaker wishes to convey. The use of capitals for emphasis in writing is well known.

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James Bond's 'shaken not stirred': Down to trembling boozer's hands, claim boffins

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I'm waiting for a character update ....

... to a green and teetotal Bond who sips expensive mineral water and shoots lead-free bullets.

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GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

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Every activity should have an oversight board

"An oversight board staffed by GCHQ spooks, Whitehall civil servants and a a senior member of the National Security Secretariat will closely examine Huawei's activities."

In this way, we will know, to the nearest penny, how much they spend on snacks and drinks, how far they travel to work and how much time they spend on visits to the toilet. Thanks to GCHQ involvement, any attempt to phone or e-mail contacts in China will be detected.

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That Google ARM love-in: They want it for their own s*** and they don't want Bing having it

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Re: Regarding The Picture Of Facebook's 'Cold Storage' Arrays

I feel the same way about digtal radios being used for listening to that trashy modern pop music.

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Apple iWatch due in October 2014, to wirelessly charge from one metre away – report

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Re: Just add crystals for healing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Resonant_inductive_coupling

It's effectively a tuned transformer with a large (and variable) air gap between primary and secondary. The idea is to improve the power transfer efficiency compared to a non-tuned gapped transformer; though it would be nowhere near as efficient as plugging a power cable in. For such small levels of power and bearing in mind the application, that isn't really a consideration.

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Cassini spots MEGA-METHANE SEAS on the north pole of Titan

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Re: Let me be the first to say...

Methane is odorless.

Coat: because nobody likes a party pooper.

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Meet NASA's Valkyrie: A SILKY BUSTY ROBO-MINX that'll save your life

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If it's going that way .....

(NSFW!) Search for 'Sorayama' on Google Images (NSFW!)

I like the robot rhino but I'd admire it from a safe distance.

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Hey Linux newbie: If you've never had a taste, try perfect Petra ... mmm, smells like Mint 16

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The big wrinkle is still there

I read that Mint 17 will be the LTS version. I'm on MINT 13(maya) MATE but I tried Petra MATE in a VM and it still has problems when you try to use to side panels. If you have a left and a right panel, in MATE, then they get overlayed and messed about, so I settled on having just a left panel in my Maya installs.

This flaw shows up identically in all four, different PC/laptops I've tried it on. XFCE does not have this problem for some reason, but MATE has better facilities for my purposes so I use it.

Petra MATE does not show that problem but has a different problem, again associated with left/right panels and their contents. It looks like they fixed one problem and created another. What I find worrying is that I, a Linux noob and not a code-head, found these glaring problems within a short time of installing and trying to use the OS. Is there any substantial GUI testing done?

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e-Reader feeling empty? Top it up at El Reg's book shop

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Re: snivel!

"we the under-pub'ed need love too."

I can get you a good deal on merkins.

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Linux Voice journos hit crowdfunding target

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@Fruminous Bandersnatch Re: Linux

Bob has been reading the LGBT licence by mistake. It's his late night surfing habits - a bad time to concentrate.

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Snapchat seeks to muzzle 'third founder' leaks in lawsuit over who invented it

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Mirror symmetry

Facebook situation in the mirror?

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Googlers devise DeViSE: A thing-recognising FRANKENBRAIN

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I for one am happy about this

"... distinguishing between categories like dogs, cats, and lawnmowers, ..."

This is a vital skill in the modern world.

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OMG, Andrex KILLED the PUPPY! Not quilty, exclaim bog roll boys

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Just wondering

I know puppy fur is particularly soft and I'm wondering if it's suitably absorbent. I've wondered about that ever since I saw Father Jack wipe his nose on a puppy.

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FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

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Re: "You could make a random number generator"

Thank you for those examples! I hope they haven't been awarded patents because the entire thing is 'obvious to anyone skilled in the art' and I'm not even particularly skilled in that area.

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With a little bit of integrated circuitry and a noise diode, you could make a random number generator that fitted into a small package with a USB interface, like a USB memory stick or maybe a little bigger. It could have open source drivers that not only read the number but gave it a random 'scrambler' kick every time there was a disk access or whatever. It would be personal and totally unpredictable.

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Telstra tries to hose down “network management snooping” story

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Under what circumstances .....

" For instance, we are required to hold billing data for up to six years to meet out obligations under the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code."

What telco (or other utility) customer has ever had an argument about a bill that is more than a few months old?

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

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Re: Scary

The thing about the fall-back card stytem and military control is that they are for emergencies. All the systems are fail-safe in that they do control airspace safely. It's just that the military and card scribbling/pushing can't handle anything like the normal volume of traffic required. Also, nowadays especially, large and rich companies lose a lot of money if civilain ATC falls over, hence the political pressure being brought to bear.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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They are going to go flat out to recruit patriotic volunteers.

"Are you involved in criminal/terrorist activities?" - "No Sir!" - "OK, you are now an NSA deputy. Stay in touch"

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UK.gov declares digital success as PR, food shops redefined as 'tech' businesses

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Do we lead the world at massaging statistics?

There can't be a happy ending with this.

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Google lets users slurp own Gmail, Calendar data

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I'll make a GMail content and calendar data backup on my Google Drive. It's all so convenient and integrated.

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Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

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@ Pete 2 Re: Wither telly?

"... once their competitor corporation discovered they could screw up the commercial business model by giving away for free ..."

ITV's 'competitor corporation' (the BBC, I assume) were giving it away for 'free' for years before ITV existed. How does that affect your point?

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