* Posts by frank ly

4233 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

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Does anybody know ....

.... what battery technology they use for the very cold environment of space?

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Hacker launches ransomware rescue kit

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Procedures

"... some ransomware will quietly encrypt and decrypt data on-the-fly for months in a bid to spoil backups."

Regular sample recoveries are a good idea.

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Extrapolation

"As to whether parents should ban the mobile phone at home, Prof Beland told us: “I cannot answer this question with our data.”

Meanwhile, a Daily Mail columnist and wife of a senior UK politician has made the obvious connection that seems to have eluded these so-called scientists.,

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/sarah-vine-says-allowing-under-16s-to-use-smartphones-is-just-as-toxic-as-underage-drinking-sex-and-illegal-drug-taking-10262894.html

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Re: Love it.

Be very wary of anyone who can whistle complicated tunes quickly.

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The Internet of Things becomes the Game of Thrones in standards war

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IoT as GoT

Will there be any controversial sex scenes?

"Wijgergangs also highlights another advantage of the Z-Wave spec - by using the 900MHz frequency, rather than ZigBee's (and WiFi's and Thread's) 2.5GHz frequency, the spectrum is less cluttered. And that can translate to significantly less power usage as it reduces the number of retries needed to send data."

So, if every (future) device uses Z-Wave, there's your messy orgy right there.

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Robocalling Americans? That'll cost you $1.7 MEEELLION

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Re: And they immediately take no notice.

It sounds like you need to take out an injunction against your wife.

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Apple patches FREAK-ed out Watch

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Re: Virus free!

Mine is a 'Limit' watch, £9.99 from some high street retailer. I buy a replacement about every two years after the battery runs out.

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Swedish government wins legal case to seize Pirate Bay domains

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It 'got up again' quite a few weeks ago ....

.... but it's sailed away from .se and took some time to mend its sails.

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We caught Chinese technology spies RED-HANDED, claims US government

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Re: High Horse?

It looks like high.horse isn't registered (yet). It would be great for a forum full of pedantic and didactic discussion on a variety of topics.

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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It is both

"... some feel it is a long-needed reflection of the actual internet; others that it is a money-grabbing scheme with little real value."

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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Help

I'm now desperately trying to find that spoof WB cartoon that makes fun of censorship. Can anybody help? It's well made and funny!

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Amazon cloud to BEND TIME, exist in own time zone for 24 hours

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Re: What is so sacred about 9,192,631,770?

There would still be an eventual discrepancy because Earth's rotation speed is _continuously_ slowing down. There is nothing 'sacred' about the defined caesium standard, but it is very stable and accurate and easily reproduced by scientists all over the world, which is why it's used.

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You've come a long way, Inkscape: Open-source Illustrator sneaks up

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Re: open source video editor

What about Kdenlive (KDE non-linear video editor)? Does anyone have any experience of it and how does it compare to better known and more widely used applications?

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Blocking mobile adverts just became that little bit easier

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I've raised this point before, but ....

"This would switch the blocking on by default, targeting Google, which the mobile networks want to encourage to share revenue."

Imagine if the Post Office demanded a percentage of the value of goods shipped from Ebay purchases, because "ebay and its sellers are making a lot of money and we should have some of it".

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Ricoh rolls out electrifyingly exciting RUBBER!

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Re: Some Ideas

"Not sure if I need more coffee, ...."

You need lashing with a BOFH Bullwhip; that'll make you think fast.

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Redmond promises even MORE cloudy crypto

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Not sure about this

"To make the calculations, the client’s data is loaded into the secure hardware in the cloud, where the data is decrypted, processed and re-encrypted."

Doesn't that mean giving the 'cloudy box' your encryption keys? Or maybe the cloudy box sends you a key that you use to encrypt your data first, before sending it off. Anyone?

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ALIBABA Vs AMAZON: Let the Global Tat Bazaar war begin

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re. 1688.com

Is this of some significance in the Chinese belief of the meaningfulness of numbers, or have all the 'cool' dot-com names been taken already?

. "Interestingly, Chinese consumers are even buying tea from the UK."

Ah, the cultural imperialist spearhead force of Tetley Tea Folk. The Chinese have no idea what they've let themselves in for.

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High-level, state-sponsored Naikon hackers exposed

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an executable file with a double extension.

Otherwise known as an executable file with a name that might fool people who don't have a clue, such as those working in government, military and other nationally important organisations. How much effort would it take to train people about this?

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

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I though I was ok with names

I worked for four years in a department where a colleague was called Terry Collins. The next job I had, there was a man called Colin Terry. That really threw me.

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Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

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Call me cynical

"... a cache of 18,000 Social Security numbers was found on one of the infected PCs."

That sounds like the university was storing Social Security numbers without much security.

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Re: "a ten million-to-one chance of occurring."

Maybe so, but they're all in a straight line! I wonder if it's deliberate.

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The Internet of Things: a jumbled mess or a jumbled mess?

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Re: Really!

"... intelligent assistants of various sizes ..."

Children can be useful and are sometimes great company.

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Facebook tips India and Pakistan into NUCLEAR WAR of words

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Re: Rock and a hard place

In situations like this, just mark the entire region in a grey colour labelled 'Here be tigers', which is probably true in this case.

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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Re: Neonicotinoids

Possibly in combination with an unfamiliar mite parasite. Life is complicated, as always.

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NASA snaps first full family photo of Pluto and its five moons

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Re: What happened to Charon?

Charon and Pluto wobble about each other, their centre of orbit being outside of either of them. That wriggling blob in the middle is probably the two of them and all that can be 'seen' at long range with a long exposure. The other moons might orbit around the centre of gravity of the Pluto-Charon combination since their orbits seem to have quite smooth paths in the animation shown.

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Attack of the possibly-Nazi clone parakeet invaders

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The fly among us

I saw four of them in a tree as I was waiting at traffic lights in Houslow (west of London) about ten years ago. They also seem to have a large colony in Kew Gardens, especially noticable in the summer.

I'd assume that the low genetic diversity is because they originated from a small population of escaped pet birds many years ago.

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What the BLEEP? BitTorrent's secure messaging app arrives

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@Credas Re: Works well

Stay away from Linux; it's too good to be true.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

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Re: Where you using a camera on review?

I see large patches of blue sky and objects are casting shadows. That's what we call a 'nice sunny day' in the UK.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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Re: Not an actual rebuttal?

It's the opposite of plea bargaining. You plead not guilty to a more serious charge that you make up.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Re: Ceres bright spots iluminate without sun light

I'm glad you signed up to The Register to air your concerns about this obvious failing by NASA. You'll find a warm welcome and a home for calm and rational discussion here.

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Oz gummint to empty another money-truck into e-health records

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"... patients can edit their own records making the information untrustworthy from a clinical perspective."

Do you mean freely edit? No locked fields? If so, I'm amazed.

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Google cloud: rubbish at updates, world-class at rapid rollbacks

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"a world-class rapid response and rollback capability"

Maybe they make 'mistakes' deliberately so they achieve and maintain this. Just a sneaky suspicion.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Cuy Chactado – Deep-fried guinea pig

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It's only a small step from here ....

.... to rat onna stick. Can we have named meat pies as the next article?

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Economist's predictions

" Depending on the extent of trade policy isolation, the UK’s real gross domestic product (GDP) per capita would be between 0.6 and 3.0 percent lower in the year 2030 than if the country remained in the EU. "

When was the last time that an economist's predictions for fifteen years in the future were correct?

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Ding-dong, the cloud calling: The Ring Video Doorbell

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HD video?

Why do you need HD video to see and identify who's at your door? Surely a medium resolution still picture (maybe updated every second) is all you need.

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Astroboffins eyeball MONSTER GAS HALO hugging Andromeda Galaxy

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Explanations

"... the halo appeared to be roughly 100 times the diameter of the moon."

On a galactic scale, that is incredibly thin, assuming that is an absolute size and assuming that it's 'our' moon they are referring to. Or, does that mean the observed area of our sky compared to our moon .....?

"Andromeda Galaxy's halo is the largest one ever to be eyeballed so near to Earth beyond the Milky Way."

Is there another, smaller halo, within the Milky Way?

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'Photof*cket' men manacled, indicted over Photobucket password-protected pic plunder

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Does this set a precedent ....

.... for NSA staff who access people's private video chats and photo-collections for their own amusement or interest?

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Cop in gay porn film advised to put his helmet away

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I wonder ....

.... which senior officer was watching the video and said, "Hey, I recognise that ... er .... face."

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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

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So pleased with themselves

Those behind the deal boasted it would lead to “projected savings in excess” of £20m against “standard” pricing.

Translation: "They tried to screw us massively, but we only let them screw us a little bit."

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Where did he learn his use of analogies?

"The NSA doesn't sell data, your grocery store does," he said. "But I don't hear anyone complaining about the grocery store's discount card, because you get a discount."

I chose to join the 'grocery store' scheme and gave them a 'junk' e-mail address so I can ignore any spam. I never choose (and didn't even know until recently) that the NSA(/GCHQ/etc) were making notes of who I called and when, where I was and when and which website I looked at and when.

I have reasonable confidence that the grocery store will never try to blackmail me or embarass me in any way by revealing my purchases of tobacco/condoms/pile-ointment or try to spy on me while I use any or either of my purchases. I know that the NSA(etc) have already used their powers to spy on people's private web-cam chats for their own personal amusement and to spy on their own spouses to sniff out infidelity etc. For this, the individual operators get a 'stern talking to'.

So, why should I trust them in any way and why should I pay attention to this idiot's analogies?

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The United States' first official BitCoin exchange goes live

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But, but ...

.... they used to shout out loud that Bitcoin is mostly used by drug dealers/users and terrorist weapons dealers and to evade legitimate financial controls and taxation. Are all those activities 'ok' now?

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EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off

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Re: Language, time, etc.

You can order Demask products from Target.

http://www.target.com/p/demask-dining-room-chair-slipcover/-/A-14922620

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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Re: How stable is stable?

Which number base are you using? I can't figure it out. (13 is still in its LTS period so I'll stay with it and it always takes a year to get most of the wrinkles ironed out.)

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How stable is stable?

I'm happy to try new things and have a spare SSD to play with, but for the 'ordinary domestic user' I'm fairly sure there would be no advantage for me over using Linux Mint 13, as I have done for two years now (I accept all level 1,2 and 3 updates and make partition clones at regular intervals). Can anyone say if I'd see improvements or anything notably different?

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Could you write a shutdown script that warns you if you have open files? (I know you shouldn't have to).

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Oculus Rift VR bucket will be seen on noggins near you in 2016

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Re: Look on the bright side

They would be ROFLing but the head bucket wearer would see them smiling and giving approving/admiring glances (until the bus ran over him).

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Nothing BEATS a good anti-trust investigation, eh, Apple?

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Apples and Registers

"As a search term, Apple Inc. returns literally thousands of hits on the FTC site."

So do Microsoft Inc and Google Inc and also The Register. Is this guilt by association?

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Digi content market set for vast embulgement, will be $154bn in 2019

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Re: Sat at home playing games?

Some of us know how to have fun.

NSFW

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wms0VV5Bozw

/NSFW

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Hey devs! Confused by EU privacy law? Pull out the FLASH CARDS

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We need better writers

"... regulation is out-of-touch and can be better explained with printable image cards."

If a 'regulation' is written so badly that it can't be easily understood by a competent person who makes an effort to read it, then it needs some serious rewriting.

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Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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"Hello, could I speak to Mr. Semtex please?"

Wait a minute, black helicopters are landing in front of my house!

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