* Posts by frank ly

4877 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Analogue modems allow UNSTOPPABLE Android attack ... at 13bps

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Wouldn't the user notice

When their phone made burbling noises?

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Sally Beauty Supply breached AGAIN

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Words

"The twice-breached company says security "remain our priority" ......"

Is this just a cosmetic PR statement? Lipstick on a pig, etc?

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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Re: What the hell is an Emjoi?

Yes, but newer, brighter, more relevant and more flexible; adaptable to your lifestyle and aspirations.

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Carders crack Hard Rock casino

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Again!

This is going to keep happening until companies and their directors are kicked hard in the wallet when it does happen.

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Kill all geoblocks says Internet Society of Australia

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Hard-ball bollocks

"With Hollywood hard-balling (all the way up to wanting VPNs to be banned in Australia) ..."

That is amazing arrogance and sense of entitlement. If they don't like it, they should refuse to market their tat in Australia. I'm sure they'll be sadly missed.

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London Coffee Festival: Caffeine, tech and martinis on show in Shoreditch

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Getting a good cup of coffee?

I make coffee at home by grinding some beans (Talylors of Harrogate bought from Asda) then using a cafetiere (french press) for a three minute brew with very hot (not boiling) water. I put a small amount of Nescafe non-dairy whitener in it and I find it to be delicious and smooth tasting. People I've made coffee for in this way say it's a nice cup of coffee.

Whenever I buy a coffee (cappuchino or americano or whatever) in a cafe or restaurant, it almost always has a harsh taste and a bitter edge to it. This includes small high street cafes as well as the well known chain outlets. They use an espresso machine then add milk or hot water to the 'shot' to make the coffee.

Are they using cheap beans, is the water too hot, is there residue in the filter/pipes, .......?

Many people I've spoken to, who make 'proper' coffee at home, by whatever method, say that they have the same experience and do not buy coffee in cafes for this reason.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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Tinfoil Hats?

For the duration of the journey? Or maybe plastic as mentioned in the article, or lead .....

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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I'm too old for this

I've been away from Windows for two years having moved from Windows 7 to Linux Mint. I tried the Windows 10 Technical Preview and it was like an alien world. I tried to mount/map my network storage devices and it saw them but I couldn't access them. I never had any problem like that with Win XP or Win 7 or with Linux. I managed to install Firefox and I tried to make a 'shortcut' but it asked me if I was sure I wanted to run it every time I clicked the shortcut icon. I gave up at that point.

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iOS and Android apps on Windows 10: How is this supposed to work?

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@chemnerd Re: I just love it

It couldn't get any worse in my experience. Maybe I was expecting too much. Bluestacks was much better but is Windows/Mac only. I haven't tried Bluestacks under Wine yet - any advice anyone?

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Age guessing with Microsoft is FUN! Now give us your metadata

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"... to help Bill Gates sell his services ..."

I don't know how old the author is, but things have moved on quite a bit.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: Hatters Will Hate!

@Alister

I was waiting for someone to notice and say it.

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NASA's Messenger craft SMASHES into Mercury: See ya later, alien crater

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Re: Dear engineers,

Did you accept and install all those updates to 'improve your experience'?

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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Re: No poll here

I'm only allowing scripts from theregister.co.uk and have full adblock running; I seemed to have no problem submitting my answer to the survey. Are you blocking third party content from regmedia.co.uk or theregister.com? Are you logged in?

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High-speed powerline: Home connectivity without the cables

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Plug crowding

If you have lots of fixed low power mains powered items, it's often worthwhile to fit IEC (kettle lead) mains plugs on them and get an IEC connector strip or two. These are readily available on ebay. This saves a lot of space and the leads come out vertically, which helps with space saving and lead stess.

I also use a TP-Link 5-port switch for any group of two or more items that need a network connection because the cost is less than that of a HomePlug adapter. I recently upgraded to Solwise AV500 and the major factor for speed seems to be my mains wiring (especially downstairs to upstairs, going through the fusebox, with old fashioned fuses) since the speed increase is not much over the old 84MB/s ones I had.

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Facebook serves up shaved, pierced, tattooed 'butterfly' as CAPTCHA

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The eye of the beholder

Many years ago, (the best parts of my life are way behind me) I made a quick visit to the toilet when I arrived at a 'hip' restaurant-bar for a meal with friends. On the wall was a framed photograph, of a close-up of a human eye and my immediate impression was of an old sun-weathered farmer staring at me. The skin was wrinkled and the eyebrows were ragged; he had a large tear duct and the eye itself was remarkably clear with healthy blue iris and no blood vessels in the white of the eye. A very 'arty' picture, quite nice.

I mentioned it to my friends as we had our meal. I was told to go and look at it again and turn my head ninety degrees to the left. It was an artificial eye in an unusual setting.

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You can't keep a Secret and nor can anyone else: the app is closing

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Happy

I come here for the occasional but regular gems. (I enjoy digging.)

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Rand Paul is trying to murder net neutrality. Is there a US presidential election, or something?

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Re: someone should try explaining to Rand Paul

"... shooting a router with an assault rifle. Free the packets."

Those routers constrain packets and force them to go to certain places. That's not freedom.

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US hospitals to treat medical device malware with AC power probes

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"This is pedantry!"

"THIS IS THE REGISTER!!"

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Re: "We've productised our research in two ways"

I think 'productionated' has a more snappy feel to it.

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Who was downloading smut in the office while eating ice cream?

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I found the IT crowd's porn stash

Many years ago (about 1996), I would pass away rainy lunchbreaks by exploring the company network by doing directory traversals, up from where I was to where I probably wasn't supposed to go. (As someone who wasn't an 'IT person', even I was amazed at how lax that was.) One day I found a stash of soft-core porn (beach 'n' bikini and some lingerie stuff) in a mapped drive that seemed to be an IT function area. I quickly got out of there and made a mental note never to go there again.

A short time later, word went round that people were using too much space for personal files and it had to stop (e.g. personal letters, domestic spreadsheets, etc.) Individually they may not have been much "but it all adds up you know and it's really not what you're here for", as the local IT manager told us with a wagging finger.

I quietly told him, "I'll delete my spreadsheets and Visio drawings when the hundreds of Megabytes of soft-core porn is removed". He said "What?!", so I took him to my desk and showed him the collection. He made snorting noises and stormed away. The porn cache had gone by the next day and I was never asked to delete my 'personal' files.

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The big boys made us do it: US used German spooks to snoop on EU defence industry

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Amazing?

"The BND helped the NSA with spying on European ministers and enterprises, without anyone in the German parliament being aware of this.

BND bosses didn't pass on their findings to the Chancellor's Office ... "

The security services of a country acted against the interests of that country and its close allies while keeping its activities a secret from its own government. How weird is that?

If somebody who worked for me did that to me, I'd drag their sorry arse over hot coals before booting it out of the door; unless of course they had some serious deep dirt on me. Hmm......

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Looking for laxatives, miss? Shoppers stalked via smartphone Wi-Fi

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Re: Am I the only person in the world

As well as sensible paranoia, I like to keep the battery charge up rather that drain it for no good reason. If I want to check e-mail, I'll turn mobile data on. The last time I tried to use free WiFi, I saw banner adverts for the WiFi provider across the top of the screen on every browser page.

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LenovOUCH expands bits-blistering bodgy battery boomerang

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Re: Lenoneveragain

It's been done before. (Of course it has).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icOAsN-LU-w

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Rackspace in Crawley: This is a local data centre for local people

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Nice picture ....

.... but it has no precious things inside.

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China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem

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Well done ....

.... on choosing a picture that relates to the subject also takes care of the "IT?" question. (You see, I do read and remember the articles you publish).

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SEX: Naughty female stegosauruses offered it on a PLATE

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Re: Every schoolboy's favourite dino?

When she first met him, she said she liked his 'boyish nature'. So he kept it and worked on it.

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Russian space geckos caught on film playing with jeweled collar

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Re: anyone else watching that...

Did you see the brown splodge that appeared at the upper right of the picture at 1:45? It disappeared at 2:45 so I thought "Who cleaned it up?!"

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

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Re: Time for a Register checklist?

"7 is it free of links ....."

Especially the ones that have a long 'random' alphanumeric string that is obviously intended to flag the fact that it was _you_ who clicked the link.

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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Oh well

I was hoping for salacious stories about orgies at Goldman Sachs. This is more worthwhile though.

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

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Hold on there

"The lawsuit claimed the company should not be allowed to block ads on websites owned by the plaintiffs: Zeit Online GmbH and Handelsblatt GmbH."

Adblock Plus doesn't block ads on websites; it blocks ads on user's browser displays. That's why users install it. Anybody who _wants_ to see the ads can still see them if they choose to do so.

Bearing in mind the first comment, I will have a look at Privoxy.

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ID yourself or get NOTHING (except Framework), snarls Metasploit

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Wait a minute

"PGP isn't a good comparison, [as] Metasploit Framework is still open source and available globally," he said in a Twitter update.

Apart from a name change, isn't 'PGP' open source and available globally?

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Nork hackers no pantomime villains, but a hugely unpredictable menace

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Re: curs ewe use less spell chequer

I watched the film (to see what all the fuss was about) and the dictator did have some assignations, with some lovely ladies.

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Flash dead end is deferred by TLC and 3D

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Retro

"MLC and TLC flash state is worked out from the amount of current that passes through the cell, with a charge level corresponding to a state."

It's discrete analogue storage!

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Flying giant octopus menaces New York

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That fireman was LUCKY

See title

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Twitter direct message INVASION: How to stop EVERYONE spaffing into your DMs

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Squawk

"... so you can privately send your appreciation for the salted caramel without any barriers."

It seems that the world has become very trivial. When did this happen?

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The data centre design that lets you cool down – and save electrons

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Just wondering

Would it be worthwhile to have cold air input delivered from floor mounted access points to an underfloor cold air duct? Similarly, the hot air outlet could be coupled to an overhead manifold that would take the hot air away. If the cabinets all have standard footprints and spacing, then a line of screw-cap covered access points wouldn't be difficult to plan or be inconvenient.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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commit "a sexual act on a tree"

Is this illegal because the tree can't give meaningful consent?

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Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde: Less fun than it should be

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Re: quadrifoglio verde?

" ... It means Cloverleaf, ..."

Doesn't it mean specifically 'four leaved clover' or is Italy full of the four leaved variety?

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So why exactly does almost ALL tech live in Silicon Valley?

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Truly testing an economic theory or model would be very expensive and time consuming. It would need control by governments and involve an entire country or region and take many years as well as having a bad potential downside if it didn't work out. That's why ..... oh....

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DWARF PLANET Ceres beams back SUNNY north pole FROWN

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Technical Details

Is that picture taken under available sunlight, passive IR, some composite of wavelengths? Are the spots 'bright' because they're whiter or hotter or what?

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WW2 German Enigma machine auctioned for record-breaking price

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"... after being posted, bizarrely, to Jeremy Paxman."

He did have a reputation for working tirelessly and ruthlessly at 'cracking' interviewees.

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You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Competition?

Wasn't there an attempt to make a European-developed search engine some years ago, in response to the perceived 'cultural threat' posed by Google? I have a vague memory of reading about this, possibly in The Register.

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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"... a 16-metre wide crater will be formed ..."

That's what I call "sending a message".

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Deeper thought

"... someone hacks into your oven, turns the gas on, waits 36 hours, then lights the pilot, ..."

A sensibly design IoT oven would not allow independent control of those items from outside. It would have 'on', 'off' and 'temperature demand' inputs. Local hardware/firmware would determine any safety related activity and sequences. If it was very clever it would notice any 'crazy' external command behaviour and disconnect itself from the internet.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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@Betacam

It seems that Eadon is now a meme. He uploaded himself into the commentardiat consciousness before he was wiped.

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Graphene spintronics crowned latest Moore's Law extender contender

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I'm confused

" ... a logical component that, not unlike a transistor, is made up of graphene and magnetic materials."

That sounds totally unlike a transistor.

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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Re: Erm, hang on...

"... where are these drones being piloted from?"

From a fleet of mobile, highly agile, flying vehicles that each contain a drone pilot, a vehicle pilot a navigator and a defensive systems operator. This fleet operates close to the field of battle to ensure low latency links.

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Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

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They should be charged

With conspiring to and commiting indecent assault.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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New paradigm

We've had the 'on a computer', the 'on a website' and 'on a mobile' patent applications. Now it's time for 'with robots' patent applications. I wonder if they count as a subset of IoT applications.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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"Just read the instructions".

Did the barge name itself?

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