* Posts by frank ly

3693 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

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"Counter terrorism police are investigating ...."

Don't they have anything better to do? This is a practice run for the main attack when Isis stooges will paralyse the UK counter terrorism agencies by defacing sports club websites (and other types of website) all over the country.

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Rosetta reaches perfect position to get touchy Philae

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I'm looking forward to this

It's an amazing and wonderful achievement, considering all the things that could have gone wrong. Also, we'll get pics!

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A Game of Storage Thrones: Enterprise IT, meet gripping drama

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Re: Michael the Usurper of Dell?

Maybe " Michael the Usurper, of Dell", meaning that he comes from Dell or resides in Dell or is affiliated with Dell?

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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I wonder if it can eat wild garlic leaves

Just wondering.

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Facebook lifts Tor ban, touts encrypted onion access point

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Re: Serious question

To make anonymous posts, using a 'real name'. They could do that if the FB account was initially set up via Tor and then only ever accessed via Tor. The article talks about accessing an account but I'm wondering if you can set up an account via Tor. I suppose you, or a trusted friend anywhere in the world, could initially set it up from a public library computer or similar computers.

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DR LIPS warns: DON'T KISS that NEWT - it's got FLESH-EATING PLAGUE

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If a princess kisses an infected amphibian, does the resulting prince still suffer from the fungal infection? Can the infection be passed on to the princess during her act of kissing?

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Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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"... 256GB will soon feel rather small for multimedia projects."

This is not a device you carry around with you, it stays at home or at work. I'd have thought that offloading completed projects onto external storage (networked or locally attached, and duplicated) would be what people did. Can anyone who does serious work in this area give us an idea of how much storage they need and of what form/location?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Do you have similar 'logical' objections to people saying that they're pround to be Russian/British/American/etc. or proud to be a member of the Plouzhnikov/Ly/Jackson/etc. family? If so, do you point this out whenever such statements are made?

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This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

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"... criminally lacking in documentation and project controls, ..."

You forgot to mention thorough testing before release, especially of the boring or 'not exciting' aspects. Sometimes it seems to be a case of, "Oh yeah, we know about that but it's easy enough to work around it and it's not important."

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Carders offer malware with the human touch to defeat fraud detection

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Re: My golden rule since my card was cloned at a Texaco petrol station

@Sir Runcible Spoon

There are many uses of 'the', 'a', 'my', etc. that give fine distinction of meaning. Some are logical (or lexical) and others are simply traditional forms of words. You could compare and contrast "... going to visit the parents" and "... going to visit my parents"; "I'll take the kids to the park", "I'll take my kids to the park", and so on. I'd suggest that it's not an implication of possession but an implication of function/description of people in your life with a suggestion of permanence and familiarity. I also think you're over thinking it. :)

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Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?

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IPv6 benefits

" India has proposed the entire system is changed so IP addresses are more traceable, ..."

This would match well with the rollout of IPv6. Governments/ITU could have fine control of the mapping between IPv6 address and the user/group/location. When the IoT is upon us, 'they' will know how many slices of toast you've made and when.

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Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

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I don't fully understand this

"... is that by linking the retailer directly to the bank, the seller also avoids paying credit card transaction fees."

Isn't that just like a bank debit card? Except that you, the customer, are in charge of the payment with a bank debit card - so what is this about linking the retailer directly to your bank? I'll carry on paying with cash wherever I can.

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Microsoft opens Office 365 to devs with APIs, SDKs

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Just wondering

" ... applications such as integrating a reservation system with a user's calendar ..."

"Capabilities covered in the APIs include access to mail, contacts, and calendar. "

How 'safe' will/can this be?

"The idea is to make the Office 365 more dev-friendly, ..."

Can the developers be trusted and do they need to be trusted?

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The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

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... it could “overwrite your entire filesystem”

Even if you weren't running as root or using sudo?

The Mint respositories are still on wget 1.13.4 so I've edited /etc/wgetrc as advised. That was easy.

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No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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Comfort

If I'm sitting down for any length of time, I want good supportive underwear.

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Apple to PROTECT YOU from dreaded TROUSER EXPLOSIONS

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What about latex ...

... or heavy duty rubber?

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Devs: Imagine a lithe, lightly-clad, sweaty body and what you'd do with it

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My head is spinning

"Developers are also advised to “Always clearly explain to the user what data you will collect and why” and to “Honor user requests to delete their data”.

It's also forbidden to “ … use Google Fit APIs for non-fitness purposes, such as storing medical or biometric data, selling data, or using data for advertising.” "

Is this really _our_ Google or is it a Google that's broken through from an alternative universe??

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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Jonesborough Market in Northern Ireland:

"Infamous within the UK and Ireland, this market sits in an isolated area on the border of Northern Ireland and Ireland and is monitored by illegal traders deploying counter-surveillance measures,"

This was written by the same man who writes the voice-overs for cheap action film trailers.

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Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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I'm wondering

"... foreign minister Carl Bildt had "ran a not inconsiderable part of Swedish foreign policy through his personal Twitter account" "

Does that tell us anything about Swedish foreign policy?

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Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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I notice the store was empty ...

... except for the 'customer' and the robot. Imagine that thing going down an aisle with confused shoppers and bored kids in it.

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El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

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A nice interest, but ...

... how can he claim a patent on a technique that is very old. It's a simple optical viewer and is obvious to anyone who knows a little about it. I made one myself, many years ago, for viewing stereoscopic 35mm slides, copying something that a work colleague had done.

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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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As everybody knows ....

... you have to take a website offline if you want to make changes to it. The more the changes, the longer it has to be offline.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Wind up Merchant

About five years ago, I bought a cheap wind-up watch from Argos. It actually had a prominent 'warning' statement in the instructions to tell you that if you didn't wind it up every day then it would stop working. I felt so old.

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

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... " likely to cause annoyance, ..."

It bloody well does cause annoyance! Just ask me. I'll tell you if they need to be strung up or not.

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Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

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Re: It's a trap

Is the OCD a side effect of time travelling or is it one of the reasons that you started doing it? Please send me an email (frank.ly@cerntrap.net) because I'm really interested in this for medical reasons. I've heard that paranoia is another side effect, so don't worry if you experience that.

I'm also wondering how much you know about this:

http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/atrap

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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"Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."

What about Butlerian monkeys that serve you drinks?

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Explanations please?

"The humble SIM has enabled mobile operators to assert control over important areas which were not initially in their kingdom, such as security, Wi-Fi access (via EAP-SIM authentication) "

The three Android phones that I've owned have all happily connected to Wi-Fi with no SIM card in the phone; in which case they become small Android tablets. How is it different if I have a SIM in the phone? Have I misunderstood something there or is this only about the iPhone?

"... for a technology which enables SIM cards to switch identity automatically ..."

Is this actually a 'technology' or is it just a set of protocols and behaviours that anybody 'skilled in the art' could have thought up and something we could have had years ago if the telcos had been willing to work and cooperate with each other?

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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re. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!

I imagine that spoken by River Song in her most teasing and archly playful voice.

Coat: The long brown one, nearly touches the floor.

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Google boss Larry Page gives Sundar Pichai keys to the kingdom

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" ... a multi-million dollar loyalty incentive ..."

That's not loyalty, it's good 'negotiating'.

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Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

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Details?

Was the information presented on the internet because the applicants applied using a website, or did this third party company just make all its file servers internet facing?

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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From the video:

" ... the relationship with humans and with people ...."

Will there be non-human people or are some humans not people?

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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@404 Re: I miss Dejanews

I installed Palace Server on my laptop and had room pictures taken from my own home. If you clicked on the doors then you went into the adjacent room, or my garden. People were 'impressed' but my palace couldn't match the grandeur of most of the other ones. It was all a fun and learning experience. I found that you met people with social and conversation skills and some maturity in those days.

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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Maybe ...

If the male nerd was on a dinner date, he could have a cool and sophisticated friend sitting at the next table, listening in and typing advice and things for him to say to his date, which would appear on his Google Glass. If his date was a female nerd, she might be wearing Google Glass and have her friend at a nearby table, listening in and typing advice and stuff to appear on her GoogleGlass. Imagine the things that could go wrong and the misunderstandings ....

Hey, I've just had an idea for a romantic comedy that will resonate with the modern 'connected' generation. (I know, it's been done before, involving love letters and poems, but this is modern.)

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Want to own .app, .blog or .pet? Best sell a third of yourself for $100m on London Stock Exchange

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I like Auction #6 Contention Set 11

On the new internet, everybody will know you're a .dog.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Are you thinking (Linus Torvalds) what I'm thinking?

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: What this world needs...

I used to design using the 6802 for small scale industrial monitoring equipment and some naval instrumentation kit. It had a small amount of on-board RAM (about 2KB I think, which was all the system needed) so I didn't have to add any RAM to the PCB. Ah, happy days hand crafting assembler, stored on 8" floppies using a MICE. (That's Microprocessor In Circuit Emulator, for those too young to know, or even care probably.)

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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@veti

You don't pay VAT on phone calls. You pay VAT on top of the price that you pay for goods and services, whatever those goods and services are. If you want an 'analogy', this is like excise duty on tobacco and alcohol in that the government want a given amount from the suppliers for the quantity supplied, in addition to the normal tax on business profits. Government sees that people do things and sees that they will probably keep doing things and increase their consumption - government says "we can squeeze money out of that, let's go!".

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Re: 0 + N ≠ ∞

N/0 = infinitely times more is what the heading may have tried to imply.

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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How can IoT stuff help me?

Apart from the 'convenience' of remotely read gas/electricity/water meters (no need to be there to let a meter reader in once a year), how can an IoT domestic thing actually make my life easier, in a noticeable way, than it already is?

(Note: I don't 'need' to contact my central heating system to get it to warm up early if I intend to arrive home early because I don't suffer from a low metabolism and I have wooly jumpers at home.)

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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It's not a metaphor

It's hyperbole.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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If I 'hack' North Korea's military system ....

... and the North Korean government detects me and provides proof to the UK police, will I go to prison in the UK? Or, will the UK extradite me to North Korea?

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Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill

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First outgassing?

I've read that this is the first time in a very long time that Sliding Springs has gone for a Sol approach. Would this mean it has lots of volatile compounds and undisturbed dust to give off, hence the large and fat tail?

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Innovation agenda's code for kids plan still a work in progress

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Algorithmic thinking for students

if source(statement) = Department_of_Education

then credibility(statement) = 0;

endif

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: No product or revenue?

It's a Magic Leap of Faith.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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There are many people called Jonathan Marks, but there is only one Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames. A similar situation applies to Baroness (Sarah) Brinton. At least this way we know exactly who the article is about and what their 'job' is, no matter how (un)deserving anyone may feel they are of that 'job'.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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@Numpty Scrub Re: the "fun" part about systemd

Why do you reboot after an update? I thought that wasn't needed with Linux generally. My MINT system never asks me to reboot after an update and I've seen no documentation or advice anywhere to say that I should.

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Hypothetical situation:

If a flying 'thing' flies over my property (lower than a certain height) and it's not obviously a plane or helicopter and it's not a protected species, can I legally shoot at it with a legally held weapon?

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That's PROFESSOR Woz to you from now on, young whippersnapper

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Re: brickmakers and bricklayers, among other tradies

If they'd made the bricks from recycled paper bags, I'd be impressed. I wonder what the bricklayers were actually thinking and saying as they built it.

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Carders punch holes through Staples

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If they took it seriously, they'd have had a security audit and actual testing of their POS and other equipment as soon as high street retailers started to get hit by these attacks. That was how long ago?

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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Re: BCC?

Yes, but as a customer you belong to them and they're proud of their customers and like to wave them around so everyone can see.

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