* Posts by frank ly

4100 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Well, if an Andorra based company, run by Andorran resident citizens was selling data storage services and then 'exporting' data to USA based servers, the Andorran government would probably bring sanctions against those citizens if they refused to hand over the data. I doubt that the US government would have any grounds for objecting. The data would not be obtained by Andorra sending in special forces troops with USB sticks, it would be accessed via the internet, under legal compulsion.

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Will the German government be sensible?

" ...the German government reportedly stating that it won’t use data storage from US companies unless the ruling is overturned."

Overturned rulings can be turned back. New rulings can be made. Do the sensible thing and think about long-term possibilities.

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80 PER CENT of app devs SUCK at securing your data, study finds

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@Lis 0rRe: Another view...

My first reaction was to say, "no, they are two separate items and the user should be free to choose."

However, I wonder how many users actually do have identical usernames/passwords. Maybe experienced attackers try password=username as a quick and easy first attempt, just in case.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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Re: Collision alert!

Furthermore, Murphy's Law will ensure that the debris hits Curiosity.

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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If you have a 'business relationship', it's ok

I started getting spam for 'baby things' = disposable nappies, prams, etc., to a unique email address that I'd set up for communication with a retailer that I'd bought my old laptop from some years previously. A quick 'Google' told me that the laptop supplier was apparently no longer in existence but the 'baby things' retailer was operating out of the same retail park (= shabby industrial estate). I assume the laptop supplier had sold or handed over their customer email address collection as some kind of business asset.

A similar thing can happen to your eBay email address if you buy anything from someone on eBay, though that has been gratifyingly rare in my experience. A few times, after an eBay purchase, I did get phishing spam to the unique address which I use for Paypal (along with spam for cheap Ugg boots). That's because the idiots at Paypal give your registered Paypal e-mail address to anyone you use Paypal to make payment to.

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Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

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Re: Mobiles are the new email.

"Anyone with a full-time job and permanent place of resident can be found ..."

It's not about knowing where to look if they want to find you at work or at home. Anybody, with the right information, can do that and many people know where you work and where you live and you're certain to have voluntarily and knowingly given this information to many people.

This identifcation from partial location trajectory data means that your other movements and locations can be identified as being yours. Today, the police can get this information (with the appropriate authorisation), presumably for good reasons. Soon, any advertising Tom, Dick or Harriet will be able to find out where you were at what time; unless further fragmentation of the trajectory is mandated.

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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Re: It's not only whistleblowers who are investigated

That would be ok if impartiality and even-handedness is ensured by the simple process of investigating all police officers, starting with the highest ranks. Let's start with London's Metropolitan Police and, er, the South Yorkshire police force. Just a formality of course, I'm sure nothing untoward would be found.

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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

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Re: headphones

"So if you need to quickly look at something, tough."

It shouldn't be too difficult, or expensive, to fit a small USB camera to the front and have a small swith that you operate to have 'real external view' fed to the front screen. Can I patent this idea if I draw some suitable diagrams with appropriate waffle annotations?

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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I've been doing this for years

" ... you can play with the lyrics ... when you're sitting on the subway ..."

If you change your mind, on the Circle Line, go to Bank with me, go to Bank with me ....

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Alien condoms. Stuck to the wall. That's entirely normal, y'know

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It's all gone mass market, which was the intention I think

http://www.asda-photo.co.uk/about/ThreeD

They had a 'booth' at my local Asda this morning but I was in a hurrry so I didn't have a look or even ask the prices. I'll try to remember to check it out tomorrow.

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Your chance to WIN the WORLD'S ONLY HANDHELD ZX SPECTRUM

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Can we be told ......

... how many accounts there are at The Register and (eventually) how many accounts were used to enter the competition. I'll eventually be wondering about levels of enthusiasm and what sort of competition I was up against.

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Getting to the BOTTOM of the great office seating debate

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Re: Good news - it's got a wikipedia entry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corian .... it's fascinating and admirable stuff.

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Open source and the NHS: Two huge disorganised entities without central control

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Re: The possibilities are endless

It took me a while to figure out 'OpenSunroof'.

@Magnus Pym - Or maybe 'Halo'.

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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Re: 70% accuracy?

The local coppers could even predict the type of crime and its daily, weekly and seasonal variation in different areas. They don't need mobile phone data to determine footfall either.

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Snowden's NSA leaks have galvanised the storage world

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Making it stronger

" ... wrap it in one form, say AES, and then re-wrap it in another, say 3DES,”

Are 'strengths' of encryption actually additive in this way? I thought there was some aspect of the mechanism that meant it was only as strong as the strongest one?

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Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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Controlling Oracle is not easy

It must be like Hurding Catz.

(The one with the Book of Immediate Plagiarism in the pocket.)

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China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

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If I had the time and money

If that happened to me and if I had the resources to do something about it, I'd be tempted to keep quiet about it and set up a virtual 'shadow' system into which the external hacks were diverted. The shadow system would contain essentially all the information of the real system, except for truly secret info. Then, when the time came, I'd modify the contents of the shadow system in such a way that the hacked data would mess up the intelligence-led operations of anyone who tried to use it.

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4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch

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This is the thing

"Only five of these can be unlocked to view, but that shouldn’t matter as only four are worth watching anyway."

If I didn't have any (or some) of those titles, it would be because I couldn't be bothered or didn't want to buy them. So the content owners wouldn't lose anything by letting me unlock all of them. But no, their content is so valuable that it has to be 'allowed' a little bit at a time, my precious.

Note to 'content' producers: I can get a good two or three days of intermittent immersive entertainment experience by reading a good book, and those are widely available though monochrome and quite low resolution. Maybe you should up your game and produce content worth consuming and let me decide which five minutes to watch as a 'trailer', instead of your two minute choice of extracts in YouTube (or wherever).

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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Times ... changing

"... who will either recoil with horror at your inglorious visage or fall into bed with you."

Don't people have conversations or share a walk in the park anymore? It's all very different from when I was young.

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US boffins demo 'twisted radio' mux

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@John Robson Re: Numbers always confuse me

Of course!

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Numbers always confuse me

" .. a spectral efficiency of 16 bits/second/Hz on a 28 GHz carrier." gives 448 Gbps ?

"claiming an impressive 32 Gbps transmission, ........, using eight OAM channels – four independent OAM beams on each of two polarisations."

Can anyone explain that?

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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Re: Pet password hates

My mother's maiden name is "Correcthorsebatterystaple". I was lucky there.

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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So true

"At some point you get to be middle aged and realize your life isn't like others,"

Indeed. I realised I was special when I turned 40. People had been telling me for years. Now, for a reasonable fee, I'll be able to mingle online with my peers.

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Oi, Tim Cook. Apple Watch. I DARE you to tell me, IN PERSON, that it's secure

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He goes into a special error handling state and begins to sing a medley of popular songs. (There are other possible outcomes but that's the one i'm hoping for.)

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Bias

But ... but ... lots of people and organisations give Linux away. That's how I got mine.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Re: Not even that...

Excellent idea. Use a similar technique on dry land with a 'careless' digger driver to cut the cable and your tapping crew a few miles away along the run, all ready to make a neat tap.

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Hackers-for-hire raided 300 banks, corporates for TWELVE YEARS

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Re: Did they by any chance have red hair?

They certainly have some twisted mentats working for them.

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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Re: The region lies at the top of the comet

It's the part that gets most of the sunlight at noon.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: At last the 1936 Show, Folks!

" I mean iPlayer is great but only if you want to revisit last week."

Or watch a broadcast as it happens (if you don't have a televison), or watch after the programme has just finished because you wanted to walk the dog, or watch from yesterday because you had better things to do at the time. For some programmes, they have the links to all previous episodes in a series, which has been very useful for me in the past.

I can find out all I need about a TV programme from Wikipedia (hurrah for volunteers) then do my own searches (in various places of variable quality). What the average Joe(line) needs is a simple way of finding content they'd be intersested in and then a means watching it at their own convenience. We're not there yet and probably never will be.

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LOHAN tin-rattles to a whopping £27,000 on Kickstarter

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Just a thought

As a result of pipe smoking in my 'youth', I have a crooked tooth on the upper left side. I hope the young lady only does this for the short time required to take a picture.

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Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM

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Re: Ah, the t'internet of things ...

That should be: Ah, t'internet ... What do you think t' stands for? (Actually, the entire word "the" is elided with a lingual stop but you need to indicate it in writing, hence t')

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Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around

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@ 'Faux' Science Slayer

From one of your previous posts:

" ... i started writing Satire....posted at Canada Free Press and even more at my website..."

It's interesting to see how you've developed.

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eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN - tat bazaar says sorry, scrambles to resurrect site

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Re: eBay DROPS DEAD AGAIN...

.... they bought their servers on eBay.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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I'm sorry, can you say that again? I can't understand your accent.

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Be your own Big Brother: Monitoring your manor, the easy way

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Re: weakness in this story

I use the Solwise AV500 around the house for an upstairs WiFi repeater and various non-demading connectivity. I have noticed that if I stream two videos from my network storage box via Homeplug, then there is the occassional stutter, compared to ethernet cable connection to the router. That might be my house wiring or various other factors.

Is there still any argument running about the Homeplug devices causing interference to various radio bands?

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Re: Security?

" ... or to store images off-site, a potentially expensive aspect."

That's what the 'cloud' is for, 10GB of free storage from many suppliers. With a mildly clever monitorung system, it will only store images or video if the scene changes. For 'evidence', you're better off with a few high resolution snapshots than a low resolution video recording.

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The sound of silence: One excited atom is so quiet that the human ear cannot detect it

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I've started wondering about the sound made by two excited atoms but I want to keep my comments 'family friendly'.

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DARPA-backed jetpack prototype built to make soldiers run faster

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In the Arizona desert

A company called ACME has been formed to produce a non-military version. This will be cheaper and surprisingly effective but will lead to disappointment and/or disaster for anybody who uses it.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

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More

They say that the legailty is something quite atrocious

Those Californian liberals, they always sound precocious

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Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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" ... our nearest star."

I think of it as 'OUR star'.

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SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

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Just wondering

Sony Action Cam: Can you get a decent stereo recording with microphones so close together?

Self-stirring pot: Can it stir porridge well and does it tell you if you need to add a bit more water?

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

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Re: Fishy Fishy

Saltwater or freshwater? Tropical or temperate? Details are important.

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Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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@Technical Ben

I'm with you on this. My Asus Transformer is a fantastic little machine to use and does just about evrything I need. I used it as my main machine (by length of time) until I resurrected my old laptop with Linux. I found myself wishing that the Asus had a larger screen and keyboard.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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What happens if they get together ....

... and turn into an e-dust assassin. That could be the end of _our_ culture.

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Satellite weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of p0wnage

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All perfectly reasonable

"Some flaws, including nasty ones, have persisted for years due in part to contractors having a four-year reprieve in 2010 from addressing any security flaws while the station was repurposed from a research project to the JPSS."

The contractors who fitted my double glazing made a total mess of the window for the small bedroom, it leaks rain and the wind blows through it. I don't expect them to fix it for a while because I'm trying to repurpose that room for a personal study and storage room.

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: Just when I thought they were returning to a click-wheel style interface

I think Sony have a patent on that. I remember the old click-wheel with rose tinted fondness.

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YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess

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I feel left out and marginalised.

"The attackers check the user agent to work out whether a target is running a Windows or a Mac machine, and redirect them accordingly."

Damn, I regret switching to Linux now. Would it help if I disabled AdBlock and Request Policy and NoScript and FlashBlock?

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Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International

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Thin end of the wedge

This particular request may have been craftily designed so that any reasonable court would find that there is no threat to security in requiring GCHQ to reveal the information. It's a long term 'thin end of the wedge' tactic to set a precedent.

Next: an FOI request for the average number of miles traveled by GCHQ employees on 'company business', broken down by air/train/car miles, in order to determine if they are being responsible about carbon emissions.

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Australian whistleblower laws weaker than China's, report finds

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It's the law, or is it?

There may be laws in China but from what I've read the enforcement of the law against you depends on how well connected you are and how well connected your 'adversary' may be. This study needs some case examples.

Does anyone have personal experience or good information about strength and integrity of enforcement in various countries?

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

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How do they know it was piebald?

Did they have some skin/scales to examine?

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