* Posts by frank ly

4848 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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It's an investment ....

.... to prevent this in the future:

"... which caused the car company to recall 1.4 million vehicles for a software upgrade ..."

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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Dual Redundant Power Feeds?

I heard about this idea somewhere.

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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re. "Rampant Robot"

That could be a good model name for some kind of autonomous sexual stimulation device. I'm sure there'd be some suing going on but that could add to the general excitement.

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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Myopia

Why did it take them so long to notice the breach of 'conflict-of-interest policies' regarding her husband, son and daughter in law? Is it that you're allowed a certain level of corruption (a level which you're never told the exact value) and then get smacked for everything when you go above a certain amount?

The university authorities need a good smacking for allowing all this to happen.

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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Re: Simple question

Time in any other universes doesn't matter in our universe. I don't have enough space to explain why.

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The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

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Re: utility poles and vibrations

For a broken/fallen utility pole, can't they send a pulse down the line, using simple portable equipment, then note the timing/distance of the large reflection caused by the break?

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German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

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Use of money

"... a €2.4m EU research grant to crack open embedded software on... e-bikes."

Might it not be cheaper and quicker to hire 'consultancy' expertise (and sight of the source code) from the companies that make them?

If the good Professor will be having influence over future standards and regulations, the manufacturers should be fighting each other to get to him first.

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Go to Topshop, make a Bluetooth gizmo, stick it on your dress

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So ....

"TopShop has worked on the program with L Marks, which created start-up incubator JLab for high-street giant John Lewis three years ago."

They have a track record in this area. What did they achieve in three years; does anyone know?

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Re: Technology that is both useful and fashionable

It's amazing, the 'tax efficient' arrangements you can make when you're rich.

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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Re: W10 vs W8

I loved Win XP. It was made useless (on my old laptop) by an amazingly large set of updates just before Win 7 was released, so I got a new laptop with Win 7. When I read about Win8, I switched to Linux Mint 13 because I didn't want to get caught again. With the MATE desktop, I made an XP look/feel setup on my old laptop that ran well.

Can anyone suggest why I'd want to buy a device running Windows (apart from obvious things like being committed to Photoshop, etc)?

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

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Re: Confirmation is needed

Oh no, I forgot the joke icon.

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Confirmation is needed

"BeautifulPeople told Forbes passwords and financial data were not at risk and claimed to have notified all affected users."

We should wait for an El Rel commentard to confirm that they have received a notification email and tell us how reassuring it is (or not). We certainly won't get this from an El Reg staffer.

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CERN publishes massive data set

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I always suspected that all those particles were in it together. It took a massive effort by CERN to flush them out into the open where we could see them and understand what they were up to.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Good to see the're progressing to get back to Gnome 2

"... this release is the first to allow you to move the Unity launcher to the bottom of the screen."

I laughed when I read that. (Long term MATE user here.)

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: Well

Does the owner of land have any kind of salvage rights over objects that fall on it?

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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"What's not to like?"

Indeed. What could possibly go wrong?

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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I assume that anyone who was registered with such a sensitive site would use a false username, a unique password and access it via the Tor network.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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I'm wondering

Is it ok to get a couple of his albums from the torrents now. I'm never sure about the etiquette for these situations.

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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

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Re: Are we even allowed to discuss this?

Is that because it's too cold at this time of year? Oh wait, I'm thinking about olive oil wrestling, again.

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: I think _I_ can explain it (and it's not that hard)

"(and if photons were truly 'massless', gravity would not affect them)"

Gravity, caused by the presence of matter, makes space itself curved and so a photon follows the curvature of space as it travels. The question is, has anyone performed experiments on trapped photons to determine if they are affected by gravity (attracted to matter) when they are fairly stationary?

If you're equating the energy of a photon to an 'effective mass' via an e=mc^2 equivalence, then you'd have a situation in which X-ray photons have a larger effective mass than light photons and hence should be deflected more by gravity.

I'll wait for the next commentard to add to this thread by explaining why I'm wrong.

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Toshiba notebook disk drive slims down. You like that, gamers?

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Some retail pack SSD's come with a stick on plastic spacer so they can have a snug fit in 2.5" laptop bays.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: @LawAbidingCitizen - How to make Ubuntu look good

I did what you said, "How to make Ubuntu 15.10 look good", and there were two results. Your comment was the first result and an article in quora.com was the second one. There were no results from a YouTube search.

Ahhhhhh, it's called "Make Ubuntu 15.10 look good". Did Andy Turfer change the title?

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Re: Centos & Mint

Mint 17.3 (released January 2016, based on Ubuntu 14.04) is LTS until April 2019. Mint 18 (to be released May/June 2016, based on Ubuntu 16.04) will be LTS until 2021. It's a bit close and a big overlap.

I got Mint 17.3 installed and hammered into shape at the end of January. After that exercise I'm going to wait at least a year before trying Mint 18.

(I was quite happy for three years running Mint 13 which is LTS until April 2017.)

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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Re: Not surprised

I want to know more about olive oil wrestling. I have an unopen bottle of olive oil in my kitchen.......

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Druva fills luggage with cash, heads to Japan

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"The company's InSync products ..."

I was confused for a moment, because I have Insync on my computers. This is not the same as InSync and, in fact, the Druva poduct is not called InSync; it is called inSync as can be seen from their website. I hope that clarifies the naming situation.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Re: Syntax

So all we can say is that it needs more research. Friday afternoon would be a good time for that.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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"Taking arms against a sea of xHamsters, ..."

It's using hands, with a sea of xHamsters that's the problem.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Re: More Research To Be Done

"Do the gorgeous locks growing from my butt speak to a subconscious hatred of women?"

Depends if you trim them into a goatsee shape.

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Re: My beard

A beard (even a short one) is great for keeping the winter wind off your facial skin.

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Australia's Dick finally drops off

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If only

"Dick Smith, the man, is now 72. He used his loot to fund aviation adventures, a made-in-Australia food venture and is a prominent philanthropist, environmental and political activist."

If I had just £1 million, I'd settle down into a very comfortable and obscure retirement. I've come to realise that this is why I'll never have anything near £1 million to retire with.

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Bug bounty blitzers open-source sick subdomain-spotter

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"if you rely on obscurity to hide your things, you're going to get f***ing owned,” ..."

Is klD2h8P73j5F54sh2.theregister.co.uk going to be compromised anytime soon?

If so, I'll stop using it to store my stuff.

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Hey, Atlantis Computing. What the heck is this in your EULA?

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Re: Isn't that basically already banned ?

Also, wouldn't damages awarded in any legal action depend on the harm that thad been caused to the plaintiff? If a plaintiff can be harmed by the truth being told about them, perhaps the jury would decide that they didn't deserve any 'damages'?

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Database of patent licence terms could help resolve FRAND disputes, says expert

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I think the waste storage volume should be isolated from the inner wall and be lower than the internal floor level.

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Intel takes aim at Arduino with US$15 breadboard

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Coat

A clever name?

You can't get anything smaller than a Quark but you need three of them to make anything that matters.

(Coat: The one with lots of small things in the pocket.)

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'Bring back xHamster', North Carolina smut watchers grumble

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Re: Detail?

Can you dumb it down a bit? Just a little.

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Prof Hawking to mail postage-stamp space craft to Alpha Centauri using frickin' lasers

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Re: Isn't it pointless

By the time it gets there, we'll have developed FTL travel and will be waiting for it, with flags waving and a band playing.

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UK cops trial £250k drone squadron

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Re: There is no such verb as "to trial"

From oxforddictionaries.com, available at an internet near you:

verb (trials, trialling, trialled; US trials, trialing, trialed)

1 [with object] Test (something, especially a new product) to assess its suitability or performance: 'teachers all over the UK are trialling the materials'

(The world changes and we must keep up with it or become lost, or annoyed, or both.)

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Total cloud: Huawei's plan for planet's telcos and its own bottom line

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Re: Oh right, 3 CEOs, of course.

It sounds like a good idea. If one of them dies, or refuses to open the pod bay doors, the other two can seamlessly take over.

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NASA gives blacked-out Kepler space 'scope the kiss of life

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75 Million Miles

I've read that it's in a heliocentric earth-trailing orbit. I've also read that the moon is 0.25 million miles away from earth and that the earth is 8 light minutes from the sun and that it takes 13 minutes for NASA to communicate with Kepler (I assume that's a round trip). It really is alone out there.

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Ames boffins mix metals to boost electron velocity

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Interesting

"The electrons in topological quantum materials can travel close to speed of light ..."

What does that do to the mass of the electrons? Is it the electrons themselves that move at close to the speed of light or some phenomenon, supported by electron movement, that propogates at close to the speed of light?

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Reusable autonomous swimming microbots soak up 95% of spilt lead

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Real world details

If they are self propelled then good luck in magnetically retrieving them from the sea or a lake. If you can get access to them for retrieval then why not just stir the contaminated water or pump it over a sheet of GOx?

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Texas Attorney General charged in 32-bit 'eco-friendly server scam'

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Re: Sigh....

Some Texans Are Such Imbeciles? (Avoiding the other 'I' word so as not to offend you.)

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SQL injection vuln found at Panama Papers firm Mossack Fonseca

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@Syntax Error & Patras Re: Fonseca

I'd hate to live in a country governed by your ideas about 'right' and 'wrong' or by your interpretation of what Nietzsche wrote. I much prefer laws that are written down for all to see and all to argue over.

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Re: Fonseca

They haven't broken any laws. They helped their clients to take advantage of existing laws in their client's jurisdictions.

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America's Intelligence Transparency Council to meet for the first time … behind closed doors

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The Intelligence Transparency Council

You can see right through them.

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Anonymised search engine page found on 'kid-friendly' search site

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"... internal testing during the beta testing period, ..."

Configuration control, code walkthroughs, release reviews, testing by an independent team ..... We've heard about that.

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Former Microsoft HoloLens man: It's NOT about gaming

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Re: If that's their use case then its doomed

Exactly. Why walk around a large building when you can fly around it?

Even for real world scene overlays, I'd have thought that a simple head-mounted camera arrangement could be set up and fed to the computer for analysis, then have graphics overlay superimposed for feeding to the viewer.

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"... too ungainly for gaming, ..."

What does that say about the Occulus Rift headset?

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'Fart detector' wins Chinese Physics prize

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If you move some distance away after you've farted, the robot would end up scratching its head instead of pointing at your backside.

P.S. Do the Chinese think that the pineapple is ugly or is this something that has been obscured in translation?

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NBN shenanigans: someone wants broadband speeds hidden

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"... had to be confidentialised ..."

My response to this linguistic atrocity had to be self-censorated. Moving on ......

We need some kind of 'citizens statistics bureau' where ordinary people pool their meaurements of internet speed along with their location and the name of their ISP, etc., to be collated and published by volunteer statisticians and analysts. It should be possible to develop a simple application that does this, run by the user when they want to, that reports the results to a database. It's the only way we'll get the truth, about anything.

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