* Posts by frank ly

4948 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Linux boss Torvalds: Don't talk to me about containers and other buzzwords

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The IoT Crowd

Could a 'fork' of Linux be developed that went back to the basics of IoT system requirements and thus produced an IoT OS kernel that was small, well understood and had the advantages of years of bug clearouts?

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Veedub flub hubbub stubs car-jack hack flap

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There's a lesson

Don't tell the manufacturer what you've found about problems with their product. Just publish your findings.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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Tinder:

So easy to inflame.

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Dropbox adds USB two factor authentication for paranoid Chrome users

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Re: If you are carrying an USB key for authentication.

Because if you lose it, someone could read all your data. Oh, ...... wait a minute.....

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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@thames Re: When is a BIOS not a BIOS?

"It is open source, it's GPL so vendors can't add some proprietary "extra sauce" without releasing the source ..."

In an ideal world, that is true. We live in a less than ideal one though. Nowadays I'd only feel 'safe' if I could strip and analyse it myself or rely on a trusted review by an independent organisation.

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Google's new parent Alphabet owns abc.xyz – and, yup, there's already an abc.wtf

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The spark wars will start soon

"Its main inventions (so far) have been monkey bionic arms and a potato cannon."

Ok, small beginnings but .......

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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I don't trust anybody to get it right.

Not now, not ever again.

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AIDS? Ebola? Nah – ELECTRO SMOG is our 'biggest problem', says Noel Edmonds

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Go now, please.

"My energy will return to where it came from – part of a massive, incomprehensible universal web of energy."

He used to be massive and universal (in the UK anyway). Now, he's just incomprehensible.

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That's not an Ofcom email about your radio licence – it's a TROJAN

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Re: "Please do not open this email and delete it."

This sort of task is delegated all the way down to the office junior, with verbal instructions at every delegation stage.

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STOP! You – away from the keyboard. There's no free speech in our China

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This raises questions

"Chinese police officers will be installed within the country's largest internet companies ..."

Where do the power and data connectors go? What sort of interface do they have?

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W3C's bright idea turned your battery into a SNITCH for websites

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Re: Solution?

Turn off Wi-Fi and mobile data, charge up your battery a bit/lot, then reconnect to the wonder-web.

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

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Everything is personal in some way, to someone, somewhere.

'Q: What's blue and doesn't fit? A: A dead epileptic.'

I heard that joke a few days after my sister died as a result of trauma suffered during an epileptic fit. I thought about it carefully and decided that it was funny but I didn't laugh. I didn't have any kind of 'words' with the person who told the joke either, because I knew that I would have laughed at it a few days previously.

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VIAGRA found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

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He broke that piece of wood and didn't even move his hands

It's not his hands you need to watch.

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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Re: Lotteries and cheating them.

"He decided he could only make $600 a day from this method, so he told the gaming commission."

I'd be happy to do that for $300 a day.

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BT Sport website AND app go TITSUP – footie fans weep

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Re: Can someone make Sky go offline every Sat/Sun afternoon?

I'm not sure about that. It could be their chance to have some 'me' time or catch up with friends.

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Buffoon in 999 call: 'Cat ate my bacon and I want to press charges'

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Too polite

"Right I'm very sorry sir but it's not a 999 emergency 'cause your girlfriend let the cat eat the bacon. I do apologise but it's not a police matter."

Try: "You're an idiot. Get off the line or we'll come and arrest you when we're not busy."

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This is TRUE science: Harvard boffins fire up sizzling BACON LASER

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Fat cells - oh yes!

'A puff of smoke and I could wear my 32" waist jeans again. The second degree burns were an inconvenience but it was worth it.'

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Octogenarian accused of performing sex act with a SHRUBBERY

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Yes, it's funny to read

This could be an indication of dementia at an early stage. I've seen older relatives and family friends do strange things while seeming to have strange ideas, some years before being committed into care.

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Bloke cuffed for blowing low-flying camera drone to bits with shotgun

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How about ....

A shoulder mounted microwave gun with wideband modulation? (Or whatever is needed.)

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Bundestag won't reveal web block list on 'national security' grounds

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And another one

"However, sources in the Bundestag told El Reg ..."

That's El Reg on the list, as a threat to national security.

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Hole in (Number) Two: MYSTERY golf-course pooper strikes again

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If I was inclined to do this

I'd work my way through all the holes on the course then break into the clubhouse for a drink.

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BONK! BONK! Windows 10 whack-a-mole – Microsoft still fixing bugs

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Re: ?

It might be a subtle joke about not being able to get things right. (?)

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Bloke who tried to get journo killed by SWAT cops coughs to conspiracy charge

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Conspiracy?

It sounds like attempted murder to me.

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SOHOpeless: Security stains on Honeywell's Tuxedo home automator

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I don't understand ....

.... why anyone would trust an 'agent', under the control of a faceless company to lock the door to their home properly and keep it locked.

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SPLAT! STAR THWACKED, GUTS flung into space at 15 per cent of LIGHTSPEED

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@Little Mouse Re: Disappointed

I have a vivid imagination and you just ruined my lunch.

Yours Truly, more in sorrow than anger, etc.

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: Outside, trying to get in

Addendum/Correction

Now I remember: Certain sites didn't just crash my browser, they caused an instant system shutdown. This was running Linux Mint 13 with MATE on and old laptop. Does anyone know how that can even happen?

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Outside, trying to get in

Using Firefox; if you use the Request Policy plugin and NoScript (of course) then you can see a list of third party content that the page is trying to pull in as well as the third party scripts.

As an example, reading an article in The Independent newspaper website right now, it tries to pull in third party content from 25 other sites and 25 scripts from those sites. I block them all and can still read the articles.

Sometimes you get a blank space in an article and that can be filled by allowing some obvious content delivery network site, if you really want to. Then of course, allowing just one third party content site gives you an entire new set of third party scripts trying to get in as well as a new set of third party content trying to get in. It's a surreal jungle out there.

I've got to the point where, if i'm keen to see stuff, I give temporary permission for all third party content but close the tab if it needs third party scripts to work.

As someone earlier mentioned, I've had sites crash my browser under Linux and they will never be visited again.

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Galactic BIRTH: ALMA peers THIRTEEN BEELLLION years into Dawn of Time Itself

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@King Jack Re: This is maddening

Or, wherever the Big Bang happened, it became our everywhere?

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Cyber poltergeist threat discovered in Internet of Stuff hubs

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Re: "But you can still be a Hotpoint."

It's understandable, Indesituation we have here.

(Coat: The scruffy patchwork one.)

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Jeep drivers can be HACKED to DEATH: All you need is the car's IP address

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"... by knowing the car's public IP address."

That's when I started screaming.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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Surprise ...delight ... yearning ....longing ...... breakout!

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North Korea's Red Star Linux inserts sneaky serial content tracker

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"When analysing the OS ..."

I assume they read the source code which was freely provided by the distributor?

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Dwarfworld PLUTO may not have a real DOG on it - but it does have a TAIL

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I wonder .....

If an asteroid mining space mission met another asteroid mining space mission and had a fight over the asteroid in space, resulting in damage and casualties, which (if any) laws would apply?

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STARS SNUFFED in massive galactic whodunit

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Questions, questions - that's science for you.

If the 'captured' galaxy's gas is pushed out by hot gas in the cluster, the intergalactic space of the cluster is full of hot gas. Where does that hot gas come from, why is it hot and what keeps it hot? Why doesn't the pushed out gas get heated up and join the hot gas collection? Maybe it does and there's a massive cloud of gas diffused throughout the cluster with galaxies hanging around near the 'centre'? Can they see any indications of this?

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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"I could no longer ... , piss in my own toilet ..."

The bathroom washbasin is a multifunction device.

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CVS shutters photo website in credit-card hack attack scare

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Re: Booze and sticky carpets

"They are run by vultures however."

I didn't know that The Register was diversifying in this way.

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eBay about to put part of self on eBay

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Comparisions

Is this like a butcher putting a prime cut of his own rump steak in the window?

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Lawyer brands client 'small penis asshole' before challenging him to a DUEL

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re. "small penis a**hole"

In typical legalese fashion, the exact meaning of this is open to interpretation. We need a court (and court appearances by lawyers) to decide.

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Ex-MIT prof jailed for 'making experimental film' about bank robbery. In a bank. Without saying it was a film

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"He's not led a normal life," ...

He's suffering for his art.

"You never can tell if the character he is playing is actually him or a work of fiction,"

I'm not sure if he's dangerous or amusing (at a safe distance).

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Microsoft kills TWO Hacking Team vulns: NOT the worst in this Patch Tues either

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What can the numbers tell us?

Given the long and well recorded history of patches for Windows (of all or a particular version), can statistical analysis (and other maths) tell us roughly how many vulnerabilities there are that still need patching? I have a feeling that it would be a scary number.

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Pluto Pic: Is it a DOG? Is it a HEART? Or is it ... is it ... BIGFOOT?

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It's like looking at clouds

I once saw an elephant charging across the sky. (That was made even more impressive because it was the only cloud in a clear blue sky.)

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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Pint

Not sad at all. It means you're capable of feeling excitement and interest about someone else's quest for knowledge and that you feel there is something more important that your immediate physical comfort. Congratulations, it means you're human; have another one.

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Large Hadron SMASHER: Boffins BLOW OPEN the PENTAQUARK's secrets

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Re: never?

I don't think we will. These states of matter need enourmous amounts of energy to create them, such as by smashing protons together at nearly the speed of light. They are short lived arrangements that quickly decay to more stable configurations. They can give information about how things work and what the numbers/relationships are, which does help us to understand the 'ordinary' matter better.

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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"... Ashley van Haeften also refused to resign ..."

It's not a good idea to appoint someone without a process being in place to 'disappoint' them.

"... and the charity told us that it isn’t responsible for the actions of its employees."

I thought every organisation was responsible for the actions of its employees, if they were engaged in the activity for which they are employed. Editing Wikipedia articles and using Wikipedia tools sounds like he was working. Wikipedia should have adequate procedures in place to enable anyone affected by a 'rogue' employee to have malicious articles and actions investigated and withdrawn.

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Forget lasers: how about sharks with frikkin' VOLCANOES?

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White fibres stuck to its skin?

Cat hairs?

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Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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I'm laughing; maybe I shouldn't be.

"He now lives with his family in a several hundred square meter villa ..."

I bet they give him free food, clothing and use of a very nice car; as an act of charity.

"I have it good," he told the paper.

He certainly does.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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@goldcd Re: I'm with you

"... exactly what demographic are we targeting who has 2 gigs of RAM, and wishes to deal with Linux?"

My 10 year old Acer Travelmate 8000 has a 1.8GHz Pentium-M with 1.5 GB of RAM. I've had it running Mint-13 with the LXDE desktop for just over two years and it's just fine. (Currently using 427MB of RAM and over half of that is Firefox with a shedload of plug-ins.) It's what I use the most for websurfing and "wordprocessing" because it has a 15" 4:3 matte screen. It does run MATE quite well but is a bit sluggish doing that and LXDE is more than good enough for what I want to do.

There are lots of people out there who have an old laptop who might want to know that. I wish I'd known that four years ago when I bought a new 16:9 glossy screen laptop with 4GB of RAM, and quad core i5 running Win7. I don't use it much nowadays because I' ve put Mint-13+MATE on my old desktop (with two 17" 4:3 matte monitors).

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Apple to end telco iPhone sales monopoly in Britland

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"... the Dickensian Cookian empire."

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

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IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'

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"-take that, Moore's Law"

As in, take that and run with it, Moore's Law.

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Anybody believe him?

"He recounted that the FBI had encountered situations where they were thwarted by encryption, but couldn’t provide details on either the numbers of such cases ..."

If it's important, why aren't they keeping track/count of them; especially with the Senate committee hearings appearances?

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