* Posts by frank ly

5031 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

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"...two files had been stolen."

Does that mean that the files weren't there anymore or that logs showed they'd been copied to a remote location? Maybe the "clumsy attempts" included not modifying the log files after exfiltration. It would be interesting to know the technical details.

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I spy with my little fibre, ten MEELLION or so galaxies

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Thank you everyone, for your well written and informative replies. This is just one of the great things about The Register.

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If you want precise positional information about a distant object, surely you'd need the individual sensors to be as far apart as possible. So why are these fibre optic heads placed so close together that they have to be careful not to make them collide with each other when adjusting their aiming line?

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Linux devs open up universal Ubuntu Snap packages to other distros

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Interesting?

"I'm sure that Microsoft will want that for their Ubuntu compatibility layer."

Is this significant or is it old news that I hadn't noticed before?

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Hack the Pentagon shutters 100 bugs

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Access control

"Bug hunters must first pass a background check before being permitted to hack the agency's web properties."

Black hats (especially foreign ones) can't pass the background check and so are unable to hack the agency's sites.

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Orlando shootings bring Facebook's safety check to US soil

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Re: Hi victim count was caused by coconspirators

"There was an online post ..."

Do you believe everything you read in online posts?

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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"This combination will make it possible for new experiences such as a LinkedIn newsfeed that serves up articles based on the project you are working on and Office suggesting an expert to connect with via LinkedIn to help with a task you're trying to complete."

Oh yes, that's the really scary part.

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

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It means we all get to use secure encryption with key pairs provided by our governments to protect us from nosey foreigners.

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Robot lung probe wins licence from US authorities

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A robot that wriggles and jiggles and tickles inside you? What will they do if it won't come back out?

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Lexus cars suffer Purple Screen of Death – code bug turns the air blue

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"errant data"

Oh, the irony of using 'errant' data to update a navigation system.

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Bloke flogs $40 B&W printer on Craigslist, gets $12,000 legal bill

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Re: Countersuit

Indiana Trial Rule 36(B):

"Any matter admitted under this rule is conclusively established unless the court on motion permits withdrawal or amendment of the admission. Subject to the provisions of Rule 16 governing amendment of a pre-trial order, the court may permit withdrawal or amendment when the presentation of the merits of the action will be subserved thereby and the party who obtained the admission fails to satisfy the court that withdrawal or amendment will prejudice him in maintaining his action or defense on the merits."

If you read just the first sentence, you'll realise that the legal system is a law (and a language) unto itself.

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'Massive great big' vulture goes AWOL in Somerset

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Methodology?

"Anyone who does eyeball the magnificent beast is asked not to approach him "as he will spook away", but rather to call handler Ben Potter, ..."

Does he lie on the ground and pretend to be dead then grab its legs when it comes down to have a look?

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Latin-quoting Linus Torvalds plays God by not abusing mortals

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"Quod licet Iovi, non licet bovi." is the latin phrase, so he didn't say it in full, he just hinted at it.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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Let's keep things as they are

"... has been pushing for greater transparency on the part of the organization, including around the organization's finances.

There has also been some controversy over how the organization disposed of its last remaining blocks of IPv4 addresses, which are worth millions of dollars in the open market."

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Travelling Wave Amplifier Tube was changed to Travelling Wave Tube Amplifier for some reason. I noticed that when marketing departments started producing glossy brochures for them.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: “one-man-and-a-dog computer dealer"

"So Gerald and his boss ..."

That may answer your question.

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UK Home Sec makes concessions to please Snoopers' Charter opposition

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A strange one

"A further concession will raise the standard for bulk access to medical records to “exceptional and compelling” cases only."

I thought the government were planning to give all our medical records (bulk access) to Google for 'research' purposes?

In what sort of case would the security services want bulk access to medical records? I'd have thought that they'd want access to the records of individuals or small groups in cases of terrorist cell sieges and hostage situations, etc.

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

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Belt and braces

"The information must have been important as he kept that disk for years – just in case."

But not important enough to have two physically separate copies, it seems.

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EU wants open science publication by 2020

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Legal workaround?

I can understand that an author who was desperate/keen to have a paper published would sign the copyright away to Elsevier, etc. However, I'm sure the contactual agreement would not say that they couldn't do any more research in that field again. So, if an author wants any previous papers to be made public, all they'd need to do is "repeat the research" one weekend and produce a very similar (but not identically worded) paper on Monday morning.

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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Gravity

I'd have thought that the gravitational field at the centre of the earth is zero, assuming a spherical earth. You can only treat a planet as a point source of gravity if you're outside it, or just on the surface. Under the surface, you have to do an integration involving slices of the planet 'above' and 'below' you. At the centre, everything cancels out and you have what is effectively a one body Lagrangian point.

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Rats revive phones-and-cancer scares

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Re: Live longer with cellphones? (or boffin mafia?)

"And the female rats not having a problem."

In the report, Table 2 shows female rats having brain lesions. Hardly any with GSM but some with CDMA. Tables 3 and 4 show results for heart lesions with similar male/female and GSM/CDMA differences.

Tables 5 and 6 are 'interesting' because they show lesions for all sites (not just heart or brain). These tables show an apparent protective effect whereby exposure to radiation gives lower rates of lesions compared to the control group.

Yes, this needs more studies.

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As US court bans smart meter blueprints from public, sysadmin tells of fight for security info

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When the first are installed

There will be lots of these meters being monitored and probed by all kinds of tinfoil hat wearing 'concerned citizens' as well as serious and qualified people who could make a reasonable attempt at analysing them. Various internet forums will be full of reports about how they work, what they do and the 'faulty design' aspects that have been noted.

L&G and Sensus have prepared a can of whoop-ass, all set and ready to be opened onto them in the near future.

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Three UK cloudy firms promise CMA they'll be 'fairer' to customers

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The heck?

"... and automatically renew a contract at the end of a fixed term without giving notice or withdrawal rights.”

That is amazing, in the sense of amazingly bad. How can anyone think they can get away with that?

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Queen guitarist Brian May releases virtual reality viewer

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Headmaster

He did say, "Queen guitarist Brian May ...", and he was just 'Mister May' when he played guitar for Queen so ..... Am I being too pedantic?

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Dropbox gets all up in your kernel with Project Infinite. Cue uproar

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My Dropbox is integrated right now

I'm running the Dropbox client for Linux on my machine right now, no bowser used. It runs as a user and synchronises the contents of a folder in my filesystem.

There is a 'Dropbox for Caja' (super-duper full integration, it claims) that asks for Administrator rights but I don't use that one. The one I do use has Dropbox integration options in the context menu. However, it always sets itself to run at startup, so I only run it when I need it and kill its startup setting if I can be bothered. They are sneaky and seem to be getting even more sneaky, with no need or benefit to the user.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Re: Surely...

According to the Wikipedia explanations of champerty and barratry, this is neither. For champery, Thiel would have to be in for a cut of the damages. He obviously doesn't need the money and you can bet he's aware that he shouldn't do that. For barratry, it has to be a unjustified action, which it obviously isn't.

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Upsetting rich people

From what I read in a newspaper article, it was Max Mosley who bankrolled the UK civil court actions of various people against the News Of The World phone hacking activities. This was obviously a delayed revenge for the stories (and videos) of his 'fun filled' activities.

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HP Inc-eption: Our new 3D printers print themselves, says CEO

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Re: SpaceX ??????????

That was sarcasm. The implication being that SpaceX is an example of a company that really does show 'incredible innovation'.

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German boffins' clock drops 10 seconds in a billion-and-a-half years

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Accuracy, Stabilty, Resolution

"Light is around 100,000 times the frequency of microwaves, giving optical clocks much greater accuracy and stability over time: ..."

I'd have thought that the greater frequency gives greater resolution of measurement. Accuracy and stability in the long term would depend on the suceptibility to any external influences and the design of the monitoring equipment as well as the fundamental stability of the oscillating atoms.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: MS couldn't even jump the shark properly-

I always use a condom when I'm surfing the internet. No problems so far.

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Lost your shirt in the MtGox Bitcoin mess? Release the Kraken!

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Blockchain accounting history?

"... more than 650,000 Bitcoins had gone missing ..."

I may have misunderstood everything I've read about Bitcoin but doesn't the blockchain show all transactions and thus reveal where the Bitcoins have gone to in some way?

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Google-backed solar electricity facility sets itself on fire

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Predicting Problems

With all those mirrors, you'd have thought they'd have made a few extra ones and covered the 'delicate' parts of the towers with a reflective surface, precisely for this fault situation.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

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Workaround

Would it be possible to develop some kind of dongle to sit between the headset and the PC, or an item of driver software to make the game software think that it's connected to an Oculus Rift? There might be some legal problems with selling it as a product but if the design was made open source then there might be quite a few developers who'd be willing to work on it for free.

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China caught astroturfing social networks

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Stipendous

"... the reported per-post stipend the users receive from the government .."

A stipend is a fixed periodic payment.

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Hack probing poodle sacrifice cuffed for public crap

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I think I see what you did there.

"... his bio page has been wiped clean. If Lowe has been flushed, ..."

Or is it just my sense of potty-humour?

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If you know what's good for you, your health data belongs in the cloud

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Welcome to the future

"... giving each Estonian a public/private key pair ..."

I wish somebody in the government would give me a public/private key pair. Then I could encrypt my data in the secure knowledge that only I and people who I authorise could access it.

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Vostochny cosmodrome caught on Soyuz rocketcam

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I was wondering why it did what appeared to be a rapid controlled roll through 180 degrees on take off. Does anyone know?

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Pandora investor: Sell this company sooner rather than later

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Re: Arrggh

So, not much to do with listening to music then?

"...ad monetization, and customer acquisition and marketing."

That's where the real money is nowadays.

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Sainsbury’s Bank insurance spam scam causes confusion

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I remember signing up with Paypal, many years ago. Their explanation/blurb made the point that two items of information were needed to access the account: the signup email address and the password - so it's very secure. Imagine my surprise, and disgust, when eBay vendors (and spammers and phishers) started communicating with me via the unique Paypal login address that I'd created.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Re: Lets MASH UP!

I think that Vince is trying to tell us that he died in the early seventies. It's wonderful that he stays in touch from beyond the grave.

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Americans cutting back on online activity over security and privacy fears

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@Stevie Re: Bah!

I ask my regular creditors for their bank details and then I call my bank and pay by bank transfer. I've been doing that for about twenty years with no problems.

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Motion Picture Ass. of America to guard online henhouse

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Note the dot. The dot is significant and important.

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Kill Flash now? Chrome may be about to do just that

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Why has Flash been so bad?

Adobe's other products (Photoshop, etc) seem to have good reputations.

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Aussie wedges spam javelin in ring spanner

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Why didn't he ....

.... just give it a good twist to unscrew it, wiggle it out of the ring spanner (apply WD-40 as needed) and then refit it?

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Meet the man who owns his own piece of the internet

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Re: I wonder what his email address is?

El Reg says, "Email address is not valid"

Was it supposed to break it or something?

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Time to stock up on 24mg strength e-juice

You should try 'French Pipe'. That's like chewing Condor Flake (yes, I did try that once).

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Time to stock up on 24mg strength e-juice

A mixture of caramel and coffee for me.

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US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'

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Re: Good for competition?

This is a local company, for local people. There's nothing for you here.

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

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Would it be acceptable

to create a false social media account to lure Scottish Council officers into revealing their innermost fantasies and personal secrets and then sending these to other Scottish Council officers? As long as it's not made public then it should be ok.

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I'm in, says insolvency expert, grabs chair on board of Dragons’ Den star's firm

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Disclaimer

"Huggins certainly has experience of restructuring businesses - he’s held directorships at tens of companies that were liquidated, ..."

Past performance is not indicative of future results - but it does make you wonder.

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