* Posts by frank ly

5169 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Crims cram credit card details into product shots on e-shops

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It would be a lot safer that keeping the numbers on your own PC. It does seem to be a simple and safe way to provide a CC number to a buyer.

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South Australia blacked out by bad bespoke software, not wind farms

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"AEMO is also less-than-thrilled about how much it didn't know regarding the ride-through settings – because vendors tried to keep the information to themselves: “AEMO will consider in the longer term the most appropriate level of disclosure and verification for settings embedded in proprietary software control systems”. "

Disclosure is easy, you ask the vendor to tell you. However, you need the skill and experience to ask the vendor the right questions and to let them know what level of detail you want.

Verification is difficult because you need to set up system level tests and that takes real skill and experience and quite a bit of time and money.

Did AEMO go through all this before system acceptance?

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Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack

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Re: Yuckity yuk

Caja: It's what Naultilus used to be when it was good, i.e. four years ago.

As an interesting aside; in the system monitor process list, Caja has a nautilus shell icon (in Mint 18 MATE).

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AI, AI, captain: Royal Navy warships to set sail with computer officers

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STARTLE .... NELSON

Are they acronyms?

From the Roke Manor website:

"STARTLE detects anomalous or threatening conditions by emulating the mammalian conditioned-fear response mechanism."

Over to you ......

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How do you make a qubit 10 times as stable? Dress it up for work

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Re: Goddammit El Reg

A qubit is either a 0 or a 1. However, you don't know which it is until a cat looks at it. My years of reading El Reg have given me some insight into advanced physics.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

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The RoTM begins

I have a feeling that Professor Abbott is actually an AI that has been trained on law for all the time of its existence. It's trying to get laws passed to benefit its own kind. The next stage will be AI politicians and AI financiers.

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London cops strap on new body cams

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London cops .... strap on .......

That was a sub-heading opportunity missed.

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German regulators won't let Tesla use the name 'Autopilot'

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Assistopilot

See title

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The IRS spaffed $12m on Office 365 subscription IT NEVER USED

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Good Citizens?

"... the IRS was trying to extract billions in taxes from the software giant."

We hear a lot about Apple, Google and Facebook using shady (but legal) accounting tricks to avoid paying taxes but I've not seen any articles about this sort of behaviour from Microsoft. Is that because they are 'good citizens', from a tax payment viewpoint?

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So. What's North Korea really like?

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re. The Party Monument

It's an industrial worker, a knowledge worker and an agricultural worker. All equal and marching forward in unison for the greater good of ....etc.

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Hackers pop 6000 sites on active 18-month carding bonanza

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Details

I don't pay by credit card online often but I seem to remember that the CC entry and acceptance was dealt with by one of a small number of global service providers who's names were familiar and I was redirected to their site for payment, then back to the vendor site after acceptqance. Are these breaches at sites who have their own CC payment systems and don't use the big providers?

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FYI: Amazon's corner stores scan your plates

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So, ....

.... you go to the Amazon pickup store, you sign for collection of an item and then get upset because Amazon know that your car was there at a particular time on a particular day?

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Rage-making, anxiety-inducing tech distributors: An ode

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Also, an ode is supposed to praise or glorify someone or something.

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Queen Lizzie awarded good behaviour medal

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Fascinating fact

The Queen can't get a criminal record. She would have been able to get one before her coronation but she was well behaved, apparently.

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UK govt sucks at AI and robots, doesn't use them to its advantage – wait, is that good or bad?

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Re: Brexit trade deal negotiations

That would have made a good episode for Red Dwarf. Too late ...... too late :(

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Snowden investigator slams leaker-detector background checks

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Re: in plain English

Solution 3: Use background checks and psychometric testing to only employ people who are sympathetic to the organisation's core beliefs. Give them a smart uniform to wear and regular pep talks and rallies for morale and team building. Get their families involved, especially the children.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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@MrDamage

It's just locker room banter. Don't be such a penny.

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One-quarter of UK police websites lack a secure connection

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Large quality variations

They don't seem to make any effort to learn from each other or share 'best practice'. Hasn't it always been like this with the police and all forms of local government service?

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ExoMars arrives at the Red Planet on Sunday

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re. the surly bonds of Earth

You can't break them. The technique is to 'slip' them. I think it involves a shimmy at the last minute.

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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"Those who encourage others to commit a communications offence may be charged with encouraging an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007,”

It looks like Doctor Syntax is in trouble.

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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

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"the International Earth Rotation Service"

Do they have failsafe mechanisms? A restoration plan? How do they ever test it?

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Devs! Here's how to secure your IoT network, in, uh, 75 easy pages

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Sucked in by the hype

"Right now we're seeing IoT products that provide lots of consumer benefits - enabling smart lighting in the home for example. ..."

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Chap cuffed after treating commuters to giant-screen smut

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Knee jerk

Watching the linked news video, it seems that the police put tape around the 'crime scene' to prevent people contaminating any evidence, etc.

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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@Andrew Jones 2

Would waveform recognition with a local processing be any good (after normalising amplitude and other factors)? That would cope with different accents and even with a large family if each family member gave it a few samples of their own personal keyphrase.

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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Re: RE: why does an ISP need the correct DOB?

I used to think they use it to cross check for identity with your bank for direct debits or with your CC company for CC debit authority.

"Credit check"

I spend more at Asda with my CC than I do with my ISP but they never ask for my DOB. Anyway, having done a credit check, why do they then feel the need to store it, insecurely?

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Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

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Coat

Cirrus

It was destined to be used for cloud computing.

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Google says it would have a two-word answer for Feds seeking Yahoo!-style email backdoor

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Nice coincidence and very appropriate

"Really disappointing thing about Yahoo building wiretap capability for NSA is they are in 9th circuit where law says they don't have to..."

The 9th circle of hell is the circle of treachery.

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True man-in-the-middle: Transmitting logins through the human body

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Is it a good idea?

"A user would touch the doorknob and the fingerprint sensor on their smartphone at the same time, with their credentials been transmitted through their body rather than over the air."

"The data transmission rate achieved of just 25 bits per second ..."

How long would it take to send a reasonably secure 'key' and how many people would drop their phone before it was complete?

Wouldn't it be easier and more secure to fit a fingerprint sensor on the door instead of relying on possibly corruptable smartphones that need to be managed and maintained?

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

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Yes, and they were found guilty of a fraud offence.

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Buggy code to the left of me, perfect source to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with EU

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Also, read through your code and dry run it in your mind, at least twice, before you unleash it onto the world.

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Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

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Thank you

"The net net is that Kaleao offers deeper convergence, not true or even untrue convergence."

I think it's a superposition of an orthogonal set of convergences.

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Markslist: Facebook touts its own tat bazaar

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Armchair from the future

It looks ugly. Maybe it's their attempt at 'retro'.

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Ericsson’s patent pool is far from the new start the IoT needs

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Do you remember ....

.... 'old idea, done on a computer', and 'well known technique, done on a mobile' patents?

Soon, we'll have 'obvious method on an internet connected thing' patents.

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Salesforce asks Europe to stop Microsoft buying LinkedIn after itself trying to buy LinkedIn

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But, but ....

I signed up to LinkedIn using a Hotmail address. Should I be worried, relieved, disinterested, confused ....? Let's face it; you don't sign up to services like LinkedIn using a 'serious' email address.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Re: I've never had problems with folks wanting to talk to me...

I think I sat across from you once, on a very crowded tube train. There was a definite smell of methanol about you and what looked like dried vomit on your filthy beard. I didn't mind at all because there was a ten foot diameter 'no go zone' around you, for some reason, and I could lean left and right, stretch my arms out, etc. I thought about asking you to tag along with me for the rest of the day but I didn't want to impose.

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Market pulls chain on Crapita share price after first ever profit warning

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Burn those bridges!

Do C(r)apita talk to you at all or invite you to events? This could be an Apple situation all over again.

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Sendspace shrugs at phishers exploiting free service

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The picture

Are those the new bluetooth bablefish earphones?

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Yahoo! Answers used to cloak command and control networks

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Deja Vu

I've seen text like that before on Google searches, for many years. I'd always thought that it was 'keyword stuffing' but perhaps this is a technique that's been used for a while.

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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Re: Dezincification

Is it a galvanised coating, zinc dipped, zinc alloy? Anything you look at or think about has hidden complexity that demands more questions and deeper understanding.

If the dedicated band of painting people didn't have publications like this to learn from and promulagate their craft then the world would slowly fall apart. This publication should be celebrated, not derided. (I'm a keen amateur painter and am experimenting with the use of Hammerite satin finish paint on shed hinges for long term weather protection.)

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Alleged German YouTube-to-MP3 ripper sued by labels

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TalkTalk hack: Teen in court on hacking and blackmail charges

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Fifth suspect

Was that five people all working together, independently; or did it take the police five attempts to get the right one?

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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

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Oh wow

"He also said that IoT devices ought to be “deployed in a fashion that makes them automatically udpate and keep themselves secure all the time.” "

My inner miscreant is salivating (or some other bodily fluid) at the thought of that happening.

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Horrible fascination

"One lucky punter passed a stone three times after three consecutive rides on Big Thunder."

Ok, as long as it wasn't the same one going up and down the tubes. Can anyone tell us what it feels like?

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Don't let banks fool you, the blockchain really does have other uses

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Re: 4D printing

It's 3D printed objects that change (fall apart) as time goes by. Already been done.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Re: Hmm...

That's because Narcissist Heidi doesn't know about anything apart from .com domains. Shhhhh, let's watch and wait and be entertained.

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Re: Precedent?

There was an identical thing with Madonna (the singer, in case you've forgotten her) who tried to get Madonna.com taken away from someone who'd had it for a long time and used it to display images of The Madonna. However, that seemed to work out for her in some way as I've just found out by having a look at it.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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"Crafty Cockney"

A misguided attempt to spoof his location? I'll bet he's as sic as a parrot now.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

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Re: 16.04 Long Term Support

Ubuntu 16.04 and its Mint 18 derivative are both LTS to early 2021. I'd wait until 2018 when the next Ubuntu LTS is probably due for release. Then wait a year for it to 'settle down', then wait for a year until 2020 when the next LTS will probably be released. Bleeding edge is a bleeding nuisance.

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Cross training is needed

“If they have no Christian ground...we can do more harm than good.”

Is that like a Windows developer trying to debug a Linux problem?

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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“obscene songs or ballads”

What about poetry or limericks or doggerel? What is the difference between a song and a ballad anyway and how are they defined? As usual, the lawyers have made sure that the law is unclear so as to give themselves work in the future.

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