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* Posts by frank ly

3238 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Insecure SCADA kit has hidden factory account, password

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Re: Backdoors have a reason

"The dude who knew all the passwords died ....."

That's all down to adequate and well maintained company procedures and records, which are often inadequate even if they've been thought about.

Good call on the 'service button'.

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'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab

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Re: Um...

No, the brain creates a 3D model based on various factors, but the eyes create 2D images (of surprisingly poor resolution away from the centre region of vision.)

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Chick-lit star snubs Menshn.com password flaw alert

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"... Menshn promises to offer an environment free of spam and trolls. "

A politician's promises, .... very reliable I'm sure.

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Voyager's 35th birthday gift: One-way INTERSTELLAR ticket

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Re: The ultimate engineering project

After a couple of hundred years, it will be picked up by an advanced alien civilisation and given a refit/upgrade. (I saw a drama-documentary about that a few years ago on tv.)

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Re: Astrophysics questions....

Thank you Dave; I should have had the sense to try that first (and it made my brain hurt too). I'm extending my imagination to cover gaseous particle interactions that take place over many millions of miles with time intervals of days/months/years.

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Astrophysics questions....

The article notes a rapidly escalating amount of galactic cosmic rays as Voyager goes through the 'heliosheath'. Are these 'rays' slowed and stopped or deflected by the effects of Sol? If so, is it a magnetic, electrostatic or electromagnetic effect? I can't imagine it would be particle interaction since everything out there is mostly empty space and I can't see how photons coming in would be affected at all.

Is it a boiling maelstrom of energetic 'stuff' on the outside of the heliosheath region or is this an increase which is only noticeable by sensitive instruments?

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Report: Nokia to join Qi party with wireless-charging Lumia 920

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Reasons....

Is the tussle over standards to do with firmly held technical beliefs about the superiority of one over the other; or is it to do with owning patents that are essential to a particular standard? Just wondering.

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New deals for Virgin Sim punters

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Re: FUP

On their cable internet service (with 1GB a day 'fair use' limit), they step the speed down to 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 of maximum as you pass various trigger points in the 1-2GB range. I'd be very surprised if they didn't do something similar with their mobile service.

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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@AC 08:46 Re: Science and allergies

According to one theory I read about (on the internet, so it must be true), there was a large supply of unwanted peanut oil as a by-product of peanut paste manufacture. This was incorporated into baby oil type products (since it's natural and we all know that natural products are good for you) and applied to the delicate skin of many, many babies and young children. The theory is that some component of the peanut oil was absorbed through the skin and resulted in sensitisation to that component, leading to a later allergy towards peanuts.

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Ofcom begged to protect minicab, other small-biz's radio spectrum

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Can anyone explain?

From a purely technical and practical point of view, I can't understand why taxi drivers and similar people would need private radio in preference to the standard mobile phone service. A dedicated mobile phone (voice and text only) could easily be made to dock/integrate into the car's power and audio system and a 'specialist' model could be made that can automatically accept calls so that the driver doesn't need to fiddle with it when his controller calls him.

I'm not saying they should be denied the use of private radio, I'm just wondering why they want it in preference to standard mobile voice service. Is it a running cost and/or privacy thing?

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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

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Re: Patent

You can't keep something secret and then jump up years later and say, "I invented that, so you can't patent it."

An invention has to be published (to make it prior art) or patented (to give it patent protection) to prevent a later developer from claiming patent rights. Any spooks have obviously done neither of those things.

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War-Droid: Smartphone app 'that could CALL IN drone strikes'

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"... the doctoral student leading wok ..."

If you get Lester to make you a bacon sarnie, that might take your mind off food.

(I know there's a corrections button but this is more fun.)

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Cambridge Uni publishes free Pi-OS baking course

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Re: First line on the page...

He may have been carousing the night before he wrote that.

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US congress wants a word with ZTE, Huawei

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Friends in high places

"... requesting detailed disclosure about Chinese government relations and their international pricing strategies."

I'm sure the HoR members and all the admin staff involved would never pass the pricing information on to their contacts in US telecom infrastructure companies.

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Chemical biz 'Nitro' hackers use Java to coat PCs in poison ivy

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Re: "Bobby-trapped" web page?

It might be an obscure reference to Bobby Tables. Then again .........

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HTC hawks fresh Desire for market boost

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Meh

Wildfire still going...

I've still got my old Wildfire (with AMOLED screen and camera pushbutton) and I run it on PAYG as a 'standby' phone in case anything goes wrong with its replacement, the Incredible-S. It does feel a bit sluggish and look grainy compared to the Incredible, but it still does everything I would need it to do (but it's not very good for reading e-books and watching videos).

I can't think why I'd want to upgrade from the Incredible, since the 4" screen is the maximum size that I feel comfortable with using as a phone and carrying in my jacket pocket. Unless they can make smartphones do something amazing and 'must have', I see no reason why anyone with a recent smartphone would really need to upgrade.

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A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds'

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Facepalm

"The box only holds 3TB - USB sticks will hold more and you can carry them in your pocket. "

Please tell me where I can get these high capacity USB sticks. (Or very big pockets)

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Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

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perception, respect and reputation

I've upvoted you for amusing use of self-destructive irony. Well done!

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Attack of the Gigantic Tellies hits Berlin IFA

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Re: "Boob tube"?

Captain's Console

DaFt Display

(you inspired me)

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'iPhone 5' released by Chinese Apple copycat

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Look and 'Feel' alike?

Does it have a GUI skin that gives it an iPhone 'look and feel' too? If not, some enterprising Android App developer could find a market for such a skin.

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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"...stream music over-the-air directly to audio equipment - without the need for Wi-Fi."

For a moment there, I thought Apple had patented the modulating of a radio carrier signal with audio information, so that it could cover a wide area of reception from a single transmitting source. (Maybe they will try that.)

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Intel tries to wangle China crypto-standards deal

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Shoe ... other foot

"US industry representatives have raised concerns that Chinese development of TCM is motivated by the desire to reduce royalties for patents embedded in TCG technology standards ..."

Of course it is. Why should China pay for western tech licenses when they can develop their own standard for a massive internal market? (Just like the china-specific mobile phone standard widely used there.)

"... and that it will negatively affect interoperability and globally integrated supply chains."

No problem; everybody else can use the chinese standard and buy a license from them. Oh, ... wait a minute.

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Firefox 15 offers fewer leaks, more frags

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"... thousandths of milliseconds."

Or 'microseconds', as they are called.

Why do they need microsecond timing on graphics generation when the viewable result changes only about every 20 milliseconds (roughly)?

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Bluetooth 4 pulls on pair of profiles, hits the track

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Re: Peddling != Pedalling

Except for the case of the stereotypical French onion seller.

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1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites

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WTF?

Again, the SQL injection attacks!

How long has this been known of and standard measures to protect been available? - Years!

WTF are these organisations doing with their IT budgets?

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Hong Kong beauties stiffed by hackers' enormous poll attack

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Happy

Great Headline in the linked article....

"Miss HK turns ugly" - In case anyone can't be bothered to click.

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MasterCard beds Everything Everywhere for exclusive pay-by-bonk

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Re: frank ly

I don't pay a monthly fee because of card I have and the way I use it (why would I want a Monthly Card for long term online and Google/Paypal use?!) and I don't use it for cash.

I use it as I said I did. This was a response to the person who didn't want a link to their bank account (for obvious reasons). Linking to an existing credit card would have other bad outcomes in case of fraud or CC details being compromised. Linking to a prepaid credit card, such as this one, could be another option so this would be a good solution.

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Re: Luddite

Virgin Money prepaid card, available in Visa or Mastercard flavours. Load it up with a certain amount and even you can't spend more than that on a blind drunk spree. Use it in retail readers and for online use.

I use mine for online purchases and have it linked for Google market payments and Paypal. Check your transactions and balance on their website then top-up via a phone call to your bank when it runs low.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Android tablet review

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"There’s also an audio recording option so you can record what’s being said at a meeting, .."

There's a good reason why a meeting has a nominated secretary. It's to prevent the 'umm's and 'ahh's and muttered swearwords and rash promises, (withdrawn after a minutes thought) from being recorded anywhere.

I'd be keeping quiet and offering to 'get back to you later with an e-mail' if audio recording was used in a meeting I attended.

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Google gets hands on 'glove-cam' patent

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Re: In other news

"Officials of YouTube didn't say twat ...", but many other people did after a few seconds of viewing.

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China Mobile to roll-out 16GB MEGA-cloud platform

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Re: To be fair...

They developed their own standard so that they wouldn't need to pay license fees to western tech companies and so that domestic manufacturers wouldn't have competition from western tech companies and so could grow a massive domestic market share quickly and easily. That sounds very sensible to me, if not in the best long term interests of their captive customers. Then again, when did a big comms company care about its customers?

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Ten... all-in-one inkjet photo printers

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Re: Really miss my Kodak dye sublimation printer

Have you tried eBay or an internet search for the various after-market suppliers and cartridge refurbishers? Everything to do with colour print consumables seems to have a supplier for refurbished or alternative items.

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@Fuzz & The Serpent Re: differences

Can you tell me which offline photo printing service you use please? I tried using Boots (who subbed out to another service) two years ago and I was not impressed by the incorrect hue rendering on most of my close-up pics of flowers.

(Such as pale green becoming pale yellow, strong yellows having a definite orange tint, etc). I did tick the box that said 'no auto-correction'.

I have a fantastic close-up of a bumble bee feeding on the edge of a sunflower and the only way I've got reasonable colour rendition is to print it on my cheapo Dell laser colour printer (which has other photo-quality deficiencies).

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Mr Bank Manager, help yourself to my smartphone contents

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Re: Finished with my woman 'cause she couldn't help me with my mind ...

"...booming homeopathy market as evidence that homeopathic water is magic."

Actually, this is good evidence of a particular form of magic called 'headology'. (ref. Granny Weatherwax)

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Security biz U-turns on Gauss, Flame joint cyberspy hub claim

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Trust No One!

"... so innocent mistakes along these lines are more or less inevitable in the absence of better communication among security firms. "

Perhaps if the security firms set up a shared community bulletin board where could post details of their activities....oh, wait a minute.

"... but this was a system set up by the Russian lab, which had asked DNS providers to redirect data sent from the two software nasties so as to examine their network traffic."

By what authority can Kaspersky ask DNS providers to redirect internet data to their own location in order to analyse it? If I'm working on developing a geographically distributed industrial control and monitoring system, of a novel and hopefully profitable nature, can I trust the DNS providers to not divert my data to Kaspersky, or anyone else so that they can analyse it and copy my techniques?

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Boffins confirm sunspot-weather link

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Correlation and Causation?

Are there any theories about why low sunspot activity should cause cold weather in Europe (or affect it anywhere else)?

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Angry Sunfish in piscene boss battles

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I'm wondering ......

"This experiment makes some very specific predictions about what's a good configuration and what's not a good configuration, ..."

It would be interesting if the optimal configuration/behaviour, that they found in their experiments, was not the one that was already exhibited by prey groups in the wild. (Since prey groups have had millions of years to refine their technique.)

How would you go about teaching a shoal of sardines to change their behaviour? Would it be morally right to do so?

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Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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Re: Oh That Guy

At least yours is off the cocaine and tobacco and onto the more socially acceptable alcohol. Oh,......wait a minute.

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Red hot chilli peppers floor Bristol shoplifter

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Just wondering .....

"... who was found to be carrying another four peppers, "crack cocaine and a small amount of heroin", plus a clarinet he'd pinched from another shop.

Is is wrong of me to have burst out laughing when I read that?

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OFT makes special exemption for bumpkins' wayleave charges

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Common sense says ....

"After all, the land they plow up to put cables down is going to be worthless as a result, as you can't farm it ...."

I'm sure they have the sense to bury cables, etc. deep enough to be safe from agricultural ploughing, so the landowner can plough and plant crops on the land.

Also, ......yes, I'd take the money and spend it on something I can change my mind about at a later date.

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Sony pushes patent for interactive TV ads

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"...filed in 2009 and was only made public this week"

I thought that if a patent was filed then it was automatically public knowledge (if anybody could be bothered to look for it).

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Nokia, Samsung and pals team up to map malls, stations

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"The Chocolate Factory uses WiFi for its indoor maps."

Do the owners/operators of these WiFi units (routers or repeaters, I assume) know that they are being used to provide this Google service and have they given assurances that they will not be moved or their operation modified?

For large public buildings, the owners would probably be very happy to install cheap Wi-Fi units to help in this function and ensure they are not modified without informing service operators.

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REVEALED: Everything Everywhere new 4G logo ... a SNAIL?

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Re: nuff said

Do they salt the stored hashes of user passwords? Anonymous will probably test that....oh, it's you.

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China to probe black holes, search for aliens

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" ...at a cost of over 700 million yuan (£69.3m)."

That sounds quite cheap - or have I become desensitised to big-science project costs?

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Nikon snaps first Android-based camera crown

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" ...16Mp CMOS sensor with backside illumination ..."

Did we use up all the good jokes the last time this technology was mentioned in an article?

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Curiosity preps for first Martian road trip

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"... hydrogen on Mars is an indicator of water."

Not hydrocarbons, carbohydrates, etc?

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Everything Everywhere flogs 4G hand-me-downs to Three

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It's a numbers game

"... a "forth player", for which we can read "Three", is guaranteed to come out of the auction .."

Are we sure that Three will come forth?

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Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

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Re: I do wonder

"How would you feel if it happened to you?" is a useful test, but it requires intelligent imagination and empathy; which doesn't really apply to the people who make those sort of public comments about others.

In the real world, these people would be punched in the mouth or kicked in the nuts on a regular basis, but in the virtual world they are free to post as they wish.

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News Ltd's Australian chief demands copyright overhaul

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@Tim Re: Some thoughts for Mr Williams

The herd do not get to decide where they are grazed or when they are milked.

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@Sean Re: Tell him to go fuck himself.

You started off fine, then ....

"...the current account you have with your bank ...... It's a piece of digital property you own precisely because those IP laws exist .......Without them, there's no basis for electronic banking systems...."

The principles and laws regarding ownership of money and the record keeping of that ownership have been practiced for thousands of years. It's called 'accountancy', as practiced by banks, which have been around, in various forms, for thousands of years. This has nothing to do with copyright or IP laws.

"Except, of course, that without copyright, there's no legal impediment to just counterfeiting as much cash as you need, is there?"

Yes there is, due to very old laws against ....... counterfeiting.

"If you don't have a better alternative to Intellectual Property laws, you're part of the problem, not the solution."

If you don't have a better understanding of Intellectual Property laws and their relationship to reality and existing laws and economic/social processes ...............

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