* Posts by frank ly

4948 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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@Mage Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

"Sadly doesn't work on Linux ..."

Is that the Linux version of QQ doesn't work, or the Windows version doesn't run in WINE, or .... ?

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Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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"... she and The Master ..."

That's " ... she and the Mistress (Missy) ..."

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Huh? Cat-wees-like-a-racehorse study pees on fellow physicists to take Ig Nobel prize

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I remember about the 21 second pee result

I forgot to time myself so I'll try to remember that tomorrow morning when I wake up. Has anybody else timed themselves?

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Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

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Well, yes.

"... the big corporates have been taking things much slower and trying to figure out what to do with their branded piece of the internet."

It's as if they didn't have a plan when they bought them.

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D-Link spilled its private key onto the web – letting malware dress up as Windows apps

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I'm wondering

Are these certificates and passphrases in a declaration block at the top of the sourcecode, surrounded by comments, IN CAPS, to say "don't allow this information to be released"; or are they sprinkled throughout the sourcecode?

P.S. The above is my second attempt at posting that comment. On the first, I had to complete a Captcha question (which I seemed to have failed), for which I had to enable Flash. The second time I tried, there was no Captcha question. Is this anything to do with El Reg or have I been 'hit' by something?

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Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: nuance

Does the El Reg team have any comment about that loud voice lecturing Doctor Syntax?

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Thousands cut off from email after EE bungles domain renewal

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Correction

"We're very sorry for any inconvenience caused by the technical issues on FSNet," ->

"We're experiencing piss-poor management at EE."

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Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

.. many years ago. They had 'draught' Irn-Bru in the vending machines - delicious.

P.S. In Scotland, it's pronounced "Irn Bru".

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El Reg unfurls awe-inspiring Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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I assume ...

... that she has a pipe clenched between her teeth.

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Tremble, Vodafone! The UN ain't happy about your phone-hacking

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Questions

Who is the ex-employee who did the spying? Have they been investigated by the police or any authority? Will charges be brought against them? Have they now got a cushy job somewhere else?

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All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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Re: Two memories...

"But in the town, it was well known when they got home at night, their fat and psychopathic wives would thrash them within inches of their lives."

Those lyrics would make some teachers a bit touchy, I suppose.

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Schneider patches yet ANOTHER dumb vuln

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Re: wireshark?

"Do the companies purchasing this gear not have a security person in their IT department?"

They might do, but as an old engineer said to me many years ago, "Why should I put any effort into assessing bids when they always buy the cheapest one no matter what I say?"

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Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Duress? Threats?

"It apparently took four police to arrest the 14-year-old, with the principal threatening to expel the boy if he didn't make a written statement."

Isn't that illegal in various ways?

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The 'vampire squid' wants a bankers' blockchain

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Questions?

How could they co-opt the Bitcoin(XT) blockchain unless they do transactions in Bitcoin? - I thought that bitcoins were now reaching their limit in terms of the numbers that have been created and can be created. Surely they would need to create their own, proprietory system and map their existing assets onto it?

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Tech turned on its head: 'Dislike' button in Facebook, pay Snapchat $1 to defuse self-destructing sexy selfies

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Re: Love the article picture...

I'm wondering if those kids, or their parents, were ever paid for it.

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Don't bother buying computers for schools, says OECD report

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I wonder why

"The USA and UK skipped the digital literacy test and therefore created some statistical kinks that required ironing out, likely giving critics a useful starting point for alternative analyses."

Any theories?

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DMCA takedown bots must respect 'fair use' of copyright – US appeals court

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Excuse me?

"The majority noted that automated systems are able to account for fair use before sending out takedown notices, ..."

How the heck can they believe that?

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What should we do with this chunk of dead air? Ofcom wants to know

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re. Three Cows

Whatever you do, don't try to milk them.

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As we all know, snark always comes before a fall. Mea culpa

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Re: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

" ... the concept of "nothing" having any value whatsoever..."

I might be more easily understood as, 'A man who knows the price of everything but doesn't know the value of anything.'

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Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

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Why?

"To the fury of AMPAS, GoDaddy inserted into one of its filings in January this year that the Academy has offered to settle the case for $20m in 2010; $12m in 2012; $10.7m in 2013; and $6m in 2014."

Was that supposed to be confidential information?

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Anti-peeping-tom drone law nixed in California

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Re: That "Thunderstorm" you just heard...

This 'European' doesn't own a gun but does agree with you.

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North Korea exploits 0-day in Seoul's favourite word processor

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Re: Please

"Why don't my binoculars work when I try to identify that tank in the distance?"

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Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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If it was fully loaded ...

... how much would it weigh? I'm sorry but I can't help thinking about practical considerations.

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The remote control from HELL: Driverless cars slam on brakes for LASER POINTER

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It's like the early days of the internet ...

... when everybody assumed that everyone else was 'nice'.

Also, nowadays, a team of engineers being whipped into making something 'that works' as quickly as possible.

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Ubuntu Wily gaggle builds 15.10 beta beachhead

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"Now if only they could fix the fact that basically every package I need to work has to be installed manually I'd probably switch over."

It's so difficult, isn't it?

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A Mint user asks:

I've been using Linux Mint 13 with MATE desktop for over two years now and will probably update to Mint 17.x early next year, if I can be bothered. Apart from the default installed applications (which I can change anytime I like), what difference would I notice if I switched to Ubuntu MATE? (Forget themes and desktop wallpaper, that's just eye-candy.)

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Google wants to take a bite out of your apples (NOT your gadgets)

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Re: Well...

"But honestly, how much intelligence does it take ..."

Not much, so it doesn't provide them with enough mental stimulation or a worthwhile intellectual challenge. Anyway, would you want hordes of Silicon Valley man-children wandering around your local supermarket?

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Still can't get a woop, woop! Twitter battered on matter of politi-natter scatter button

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Another way?

If those sites track and monitor certain people, let's call them 'special people', then why can't they record every tweet and make them available for viewing? Maybe highlight any 'special' tweets from those special people, the sort of tweets that might get deleted in future.

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Angler plonks August's Flash feeding frenzy into its boat

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I'm wondering

Is there any type of bug that hasn't been discovered (yet) in Adobe Flash?

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Ship-swallowing GREEN BIO-STORM spotted FROM SPAAACE

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Do I see a ship?

Is that a ship wake (black line), with a ship at the front of it in the top picture? The lower picture has similar lines but with a wavy course.

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Coder pleads guilty to writing Gozi banking trojan

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Bad early decisions

"The sting that took the Gozi gang down was a join operation ..."

They should have used NoSQL.

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Hacker chancer looking for $500,000 after offering Clinton emails for auction

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Re: Uh oh..

Yes indeed. He'll have three TLAs looking for him. They'll probably be in competition with each other instead of cooperating though.

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Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today?

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Curiouser and curiouser

The van is not empty; a masked man is sitting in it. How did you not notice that? This is becoming sinister.

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Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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re. "poof"

Can you say "Puff The Magic Dragon", or is that blocked as a harmful drugs reference?

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Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

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@Graham Marsden Re: @MJ980 - Huh?

I'm sure that was sarcasm, not irony.

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Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

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"... some laptops already exist that use heat pipes ..."

I think most if not all of them do. My old Dell laptop (it died ten tears ago) had a heat pipe inside, as I found when I dismantled it as a matter of interest. The thing about water cooling is that water is cheap and safe and you can take the heat outside of the laptop and then use a big radiator/fan system to dump it. A major limiting factor in laptop heat dissipation is the volume of air that you can force over the radiator fins and the size of the fins themselves.

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Boffins learn to send boredom-beating suggestions to smartphone-fondlers

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Maybe it's an age thing

From the linked paper:

"People who were asked to spend 24 hours without any media as part of a study reported negative emotions, ranging from boredom to anxiety and even withdrawal symptoms."

If I spend 24 hours (or more) away from 'media' and communications devices, I feel relaxed and refreshed and calm. Do I need treatment to 'normalise' me.

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ICO probes NHS clinic's data blunder that exposed HIV+ status of 800 patients

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Re: easy enough to fix

Also, it's sometimes 'good manners' and often sensible to let recipients know who else has a copy of the email, especially in a business environment.

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BIS shuns Steria HR and payroll shared services centre

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BIS-Steria

Would that result in infection or mental aberration? Maybe it's a good job it fell through.

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

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@Andy Non Re: Ubuntu boot results?

Why would you be "... forced (e.g. by Customs and Excise) to run some software that only works on Windows." ? Is this a situation that happens?

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Wikimedia sweeps shill accounts after stunt doubles, waterparks scammed

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Even more interesting

This article in The Independent newspaper:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/wikipedia-rocked-by-rogue-editors-blackmail-scam-targeting-small-businesses-and-celebrities-10481993.html

This mentions that the 'operation' was named "Orangemoody" after the name of the first account to be discovered. Then there is the Wikipedia entry for this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Long-term_abuse/Orangemoody

However, the Wikipedia article does not mention the few instances of 'blackmail' that are reported in The Independent though it does use the word "protect" in quotes.

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Linux Foundation releases PARANOID internal infosec guide

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Re: burn a hard drive?

I'd have thought that a few passes with an oxy-acetylene torch would make any hard drive unreadable. Your local car repair shop could run this service at a low marginal cost to themselves and make a nice profit from it.

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Boffins laugh at Play Store bonehead security with instant app checker

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"... 127,429 shady software offerings, ..."

We've seen articles like this before, from various researchers. Why don't they ever name the top 'selling' dodgy applications? If Angry Turds has been seen to sign the phone up to premium SMS services or if Mandy Blush has been seen to send a phone's entire contacts list to a Vietnamese server, why doesn't anyone ever say so?

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FORKING BitcoinXT: Is it really a coup or just more crypto-FUD?

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This is generally applicable

"In future, everyone realised, this stuff has to be done with greater care and attention."

But nobody ever remembers!

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New low for humanity: ONE BEELLION lost souls log on to Facebook in one day

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Internet of Transactions?

... it “can actually complete tasks on your behalf. It can purchase items, get gifts delivered to your loved ones, book restaurants, travel arrangements, appointments and way more.”

I'm looking forward to stories about this going horribly wrong.

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FBI probed SciFi author Ray Bradbury for plot to glum-down America

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Multiple think

“Bradbury would be a type of person who might be invited to attend the Cultural Congress of Havana because of his liberal view but that he had no definite information concerning this matter”.

Oh yes, high quality, hard and definite intelligence. That's what we need.

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Auto erotica bonk shocker: ja das ist gut, say 56% of Germans

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Re: Oh really

"... make a lady ( or other female) smile ..." , " ... my old Tranny van ..."

So, you used to drive on both sides of the road?

(Thank you Chris, just keep them coming.)

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Re: Wobbly

Was she wearing a Purley necklace?

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Second Ashley Madison dump prompts more inside-job speculation

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Re: What theft?

Along with Velv, I'd add that even before 'computer data' came along, there were (and still are) laws protecting confidential information, especially if someone copies it and publishes it thus leading to harm, loss of reputation, loss of business, etc.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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As an ex-vaper:

I can state my experience that e-cigs are the best substitute, in terms of providing near immediate relief from tobacco craving, that I've ever tried. Also, e-cigs are a damn sight cheaper, especially if you use a tank and buy bulk liquid from any of many uk based internet suppliers. Sadly for me, they did not provide the same 'satisfaction' and so I drifted back to real cigs (roll ups made from cheap baccy).

As such, my personal failure is a win for the well established and wealthy tobacco industry. Also, it's a win for the UK government which now gets more money from me via tax/duty on tobacco. That, I believe, is where the pressure, lobbying and finance to support banning or limiting e-cig supplies is coming from.

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