* Posts by frank ly

4233 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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Access Permissions

Some years ago, I was involved in the testing side of a large and classified communications ground station project. We had a meeting about the formalisation of the design 'database' that was being finally populated. It seemed obvious to me (and all other engineers) that the modems team should have full permisions for the modem design documents and read access for everything else. The test team should have full permissions for tests specification documents, etc, etc, etc.

When management got involved (having shown no interest up to that point), they started to draw a matrix with system functions down the left vertical and functional teams along the top. Then, they went into long discussions about what sort of permissions should be at each intersection. Should the modems team have the ability to read the r.f. comms documents? Should the test team have the ability to read the modem specifications (yes, they actually discussed that!).

What happened after the first ten minutes is lost to me because my mind closed down in self defence.

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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Neck Fatigue?

I'm wondering if there are physical problems due to having the weight of it hanging in front of your eyes for a long time. Has anybody worn one for a long time and noticed any problems and how much do they weigh?

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

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"... so you find that friend, partner, ..."

If you're as old-fashioned as I am, you'd phone them and ask, "Where are you?".

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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Rosetta is cool?

"Had the lander touched down where it was supposed to, it would have been cooked by now by the Sun ..."

Why isn't Roesetta being cooked right now and how will it stay cool enough during the closest approach to the Sun?

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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"... Chromium, the open source sister of Chrome ..."

I assume they're not identical twin sisters. Can anyone give a simple explanation of their differences?

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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No conditions on the bounty payment?

If Microsoft paid $125,000 as a bounty on finding the bug, I'm surprised they didn't have non-disclosure conditions on that payment. Maybe there's an industry-wide timeout that's generally recognised - does anybody know?

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Incoming! Linux 4.1 kernel lands

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@thames Re: WTF...

"If you have a phone, then the phone vendor already knows what hardware you have and just gives you the drivers you need for it."

I assume you mean, "If you have a phone, then the phone vendor knows how it works and has already written a driver and donated it to the Linux OS, which then makes the driver available for your installation to use."

Your original statement is a bit worrying (maybe it's just me).

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Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

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Re: Enhance!

Maybe if they gave the job to the CSI lab people?

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: MSA?

I signed up (early this year) with my old Hotmail (now Outlook) e-mail address and got an early technical preview. You had to 'sign up' in some way to get access to the preview download and you had to logon using that id. After that I lost interest in it.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: He's got a point.

Your accountant, or their director (has to be a Chartered Accountant) can write to the lending organisation to give 'formal' confirmation of your earnings. This worked fine for me after only a year of being a contractor - your experience may vary.

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Say 'cheese'! Cassini probe ZOOMS IN on Saturn's craggy Dione moon

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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@tfewster & AC Re: Maybe ....

The zest of orange peel is flammable. You two could get together and work on something involving a lighter.

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Maybe ....

.... they smoke in their cars and thus need the little tree freshener?

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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Versa Vice

“Any device close to a computer can pick up RF signals – put your phone close to the car radio and listen to it chatting,”

Does the phone pick up RF signals from the digital circuitry in the car radio, or does the car radio pick up RF signals from the digital circuitry in the phone?

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Re: A quick summary of every post that will follow this story

I would have been impressed if yours was the first post.

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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

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To be expected - keep watching though

Given that, until recently, the Scottish IT effort was essentially part of the overall UK government IT effort (in broad terms), it's not surprising they're as bad in various measures. What will be interesting is to see how Sotland's performance in this area varies from the historical norm as the years go by and compare that with Westminster led improvements (if any). Then we can analyse and identify 'best practice' examples. ('Best' is a relative term.)

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

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As I understand it (euro legal eagles, please correct if needed), if you enter into a contract of employment or a fixed term contract to do a particular thing, then the copyright in whatever you 'create' belongs to your employer/client (depending on the exact wording of the contract of course).

This can be complicated by considerations of what is and what is not regarded as 'original creative work', but that's a separate argument.

If an author or artist works alone, on their own time, then whatever they produce is their intellectual property and they have copyright in it. They can licence the right to copy or use their work in various ways, subject to whatever agreed conditions, timescales and payment mechanisms, but they can't sign away their copyright. This was probably done to prevent rapacious corporations from screwing poor and desperate artists out of potential lifetime earnings. As if that would ever happen.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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Even if the sculpture isn't. (I'm going by hazy memory here.)

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Re: Offensive "art" deserves an offensive response.

I wouldn't live with Nelson's column or the statue if Liberty in my backyard, nor would many people. Are they not suitable for display in a public place?

Anyway, I thought it was a techno-cubist interpretation of a lily.

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Arkansas Kum & Go onanist did just that

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When the police find him ....

.... he'll have SCID marks in his underwear.

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Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

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"... and offered Korrell a new bottle of sauce."

Would this be a bottle that doesn't have a porn-pointing QR code on the label?

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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Third World City?

The agreement was made in 2008, for completion by July 2014. It's taken them a year to figure out that it hasn't happened. Does anyone at the NYC authority or anyone at Verizon know how to run, manage, monitor and report on a major project?

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Sprint: Net neutrality means we can't stamp out download hogs

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Pure BS

Net Neutrality has nothing to do with data caps and throttling the speed for the heaviest users. Provided that the contract T&Cs clearly specify the conditions under which throttling will be applied, and those conditions are content-neutral and purely related to data quantity downloaded or uploaded by a customer, then they can throttle away - according to the published contractual T&Cs.

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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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@diodesign Re: frank ly

You've obviously put a lot more thought into it that I did. Well done; it is a serious business.

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Re: Kudos

"even though the contract terms are something quite atrocious" would match the rhythm of the original song. They should have tried singing it after they'd written it.

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United Nations sends peacekeeping forces to Internet of Things war

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Off topic but on picture

Can anybody tell me why there is sideways venting of the 'exhaust' at the end of that 'gun' (please forgive any misuse of terminology). I'd have thought that it would waste energy and give large stresses at the end of the barrel.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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Re: Well, it did work for Uber..

You'd risk death by snu-snu?

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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I'll stick with my MATE

Just over two years ago, I installed Linux Mint 13 MATE and was pleased to note that it had dual monitor support. My memory on that subject is hazy but I think I had to install the Nvidia Linux drivers for that. When I tried a fresh install of Mint 17.1 recently (just to have a look at it), the dual monitor support was there as standard - yay!

MATE also had (and has) adjustable/variable fully customisable pop-out panels and applets with customisable pop-out drawers that can have their own population of customisable applets. It was like Windows XP with extra nested goodness and all the cosmetic trimmings that you could be bothered to faff about with. You can copy the settings to another installation if you know (or can figure out) which configuration folders all this is stored in.

If Cinnamon has become that good, I might have a look at it since there are often rumours of MATE development coming to an end. All I wanted was a replacement for Windows 7 with a desktop UI 'paradigm' that seemed to make sense - now I have it.

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Hating on 'Like Farms': boffins trawl for Facebook fakes

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Like!

I pleesed n happy with read this artical. Is a must read.

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POD RACING: SpaceX will build the Hyperloop railgun tube-way – you bring the ride

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Re: No human will ride

"Meew meow, meeooooww meow?"

"I'm sorry, Fluffy; I'm afraid I can't do that."

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Cortana threatens to blow away ESC key

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I'm in awe

"... you'll prise my ESC key out from under my cold, dead, left pinkie."

When I started using either thumb to press the spacebar, I thought I was advancing in my abilities but you're way ahead of me.

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

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@ Vladimir Plouzhnikov Re: I hope the woman in the photo gets happy soon

Damn! I've been wasting my time all these years :(

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Fire, fire! Just move your data centre onto my lawn ... Oh rats!

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I'm wondering

"But the spectacle of a small data centre on the front lawn meant “it wasn't long before it attracted the police, who sent someone round armed with a straitjacket just in case."

What law(s) was he breaking and/or what danger did he pose to himself or anyone else?

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Vauxhall VXR8: You know when you've been tangoed

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Happy

We want information.

"You can watch all this going on with suspension, slip and steering information in the on-dash display."

Especially when you're poking it around a variable radius bend on the way to a motorway filter lane in rush hour traffic.

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I Saw a Man, Once Upon a Time in Russia and How to See the World

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Hmmm

" I am reminded that obscene means "off stage". "

Collins: C16: from Latin obscēnus inauspicious, perhaps related to caenum filth

OED: Late 16th century: from French obscène or Latin obscaenus 'ill-omened or abominable'.

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GAZE upon our HI-RES DWARF PICS of Pluto, beams proud NASA

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There's a bright area shaped like Africa just south of the equator, early in the video.

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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Big Brother

??

"... the government's rollout of smart meters should be "halted, altered or scrapped" to avoid a potentially catastrophic government IT disaster."

What does the operation of smart meters have to do with the government or goverment IT?

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Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

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It'll be fine

We can rely on the integrity and professionalism of the police, security services and the civil service, etc.

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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That video ....

.... is very light on detailed technical explanation. I had to watch it three times and pause to examine the computer screens.

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Europol operation crushes phiendish global phishing ring

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O'Really

"That database of "lawfully held European custody photos" is "a stand-alone database of legally held custody photographs ..."

Of course; what else could it be? Is there a difference between 'lawfully' and 'legally'? Ask a lawyer.

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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Very useful for web-savvy burglars, yes.

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Moon blocks Uranus for stargazers Down Under

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Sensitive Asstronomers

Slooh statement: "... will see the planet Uranus ..."

Notice how they put the words "the planet" in there, even though they're totally unnecessary.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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He met Tolkien and had a drink with him

Sir Christopher actually met Tolkien in a pub (some kind of organised get together so admirers could meet the author). Afterwards, he said that he was star-struck and could barely talk to Tolkien. This was at a time when he was already well known and admired for his Hammer roles. As such, he was the only member of the cast/team of LotR who had met Tolkien.

I did watch the Hammer Horror films on tv when I was young and Christopher Lee was the only character who scared me because he played his roles so well. RIP Sir Christopher.

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Oculus Rift noggin-bucket ... heyyy, errr ... have we all got them on already?

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Getting a comfortable stereoscopic image

"A dial on the bottom of the unit adjusts the gap between the screens and the user's eyeballs so he or she can focus on the images."

I'm sure the focusing between screen and eye is done using lenses which are adjustable to take account of varying degrees of short/long-sightedness. Is there also an adjustment for inter-screen separation to take account of varying inter-eyeball separation distance?

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No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys

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re. How Old Street will look

It looks unbelievably clean. (I haven't been there since about 1980 - did it improve?)

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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Safe Computing

What the kids need, to learn how to use computers (more) safely in everyday life, is to have their computer infected by a malware laden USB stick given to them by their teacher, with the specific intention of wiping out their project work files - they won't have been told to make backups of course.

That experience alone will introduce them to data backup and restore processes, anti-virus apps and the problems with autorun for external media.

After that, they can be encouraged to visit a school LAN based website that throws a shedload of malware into their computer with various effects. That would give more experience of what can happen to you if you're not careful and then they can learn how to put protection mechanisms in place and practice self-protective behaviour..

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Spanish TV journo leaves subordinates cowering after verbal shoeings

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"In response, CLMTV said: ..."

What's the Spanish for, "Let's shoot the messenger." ?

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Capita wins four out of five stars for 'good', 'inexpensive' service

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Re: Advice for Government

.... and monitor them very carefully.

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Facebook decides space isn't its final frontier after all

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I'm wondering

If you wanted to bring 'the internet' to parts of rural India (or wherever), how much would it cost to lay fibre from the nearest large 'well connected' place and then use fibre/cable/mobile/WiFi infrastructure to distribute connectivity to where it would be needed and wanted?

The 'main feed' would be a quick and expensive up-front cost but the local infrastructure could be built gradually over time. Also, the local infrastructure could involve local suppliers and workers responding to local demands and consumer tastes.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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Re: Missing the Most Important

I resemble that remark.

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