* Posts by frank ly

4848 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Hackers demo prototype security scanner that thinks like a human

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So,

"... phrases like 'sign me up', 'let's go' and so forth all signify account registration."

What happens if you shout 'Yahoo!'

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NIST set to shake up temperature with quantum thermometer

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Re: big problem with quantum thermometers

If you had a quantum thermometer, you'd definitely know if you needed your coat. Oh, ......

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Want to kick butts? Go cold turkey

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Re: Everyone in the study used NRT

"Currently using a Wismec Releaux RX200, and a Griffin rebuildable tank which is rather better."

Were you a Hi-Fi buff in the 80's? You just gave me a flashback to those days.

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Linus Torvalds wavers, pauses … then gives the world Linux 4.5

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Re: meh

You're not the only one who can't afford a shark.

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Code.org hole gave access to volunteers' email addresses

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" ...the email addresses it harvested."

I once harvested some pictures of my neighbours wife in their back garden. The police were called.

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Mechanic computers used to pwn cars in new model-agnostic attack

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Re: Quality Control Pedant

The world we make consists of inconsistencies.

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Re: Signed firmware

I assume it would 'auto toggle' under a certain set of conditions; in which case, those conditions could very probably be simulated by an experienced and observant hacker. We've seen that there are quite a few of those around.

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Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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I'll wait patiently ....

.... for a clever and relevant hedgehog joke.

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'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

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Re: 1.5V 20ns transient - I can imagine a coworker...

That sounds like it needed a 'wrangle capacitor' to ground. About 50pF usually did the trick; either that or press your fingertip over the wire/track.

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Solus: A welcome ground-up break from the Linux herd

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Free to try, worth a try

From the article, it doesn't sound like a beginners distro but it should be worth looking at just to see what it's like. If eopkg is like apt-get then installing from user added repositories should be familiar to many and you can always do an unmanaged install from the developer's binary packages. (Does it handle .deb packages or similar?)

I'd be interested to know how much RAM it needs to idle and how responsive it is when you're waiting for a shedload of files to finish being copied and you decide to click the browser icon to do some light reading while you're waiting, etc. Only one way to find out ........

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Bill Clinton killed off internet taxes, says Australian politician

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Not really

"Costello's also being reasonably fair because Australian television networks have to pay a license fee for the spectrum they use."

That's because radio spectrum space is a common resource that can only be exclusively occupied. Copper and fibre cables are a 'private' resource that anybody can lay down and operate (assuming they have enough money and permission to dig up roads).

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Dead Steve Jobs is still a crook – and Apple must cough up $450m for over-pricing ebooks

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hubris

The best example I've seen in a long time.

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Amazon douses flames, vows to restore Fire OS fondleslab encryption

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"...we have the FBI to thank for that."

Nobody is above the law, of unintended consequences.

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You're fired! No – you're acquired! Reality TV hits Silicon Valley startups

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O'Really?

"And we would rather have our eyes plucked out than endure any of it."

You've just made sure that I want to watch it. By hook or by crook, or by torrent, I will.

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How the FBI will lose its iPhone fight, thanks to 'West Coast Law'

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A question

"I wish I could give the good guys the access they want without also giving the bad guys access, "

Can anyone explain how you tell the difference between them and how you can be sure that you're right?

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Brit firm unleashes drone-busting net cannon

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"... single action air weapons over the poundage limit."

If I remember, they needed a firearms license and were only intended for people who killed 'vermin' in a professional capacity. The law may have changed since I Iast had an air rifle.

The thing about the energy limit (13 ft.lb as I remember) was that it was formulated according to how much range/damage-potential it could give to an air gun pellet. This thing would/should have totally different considerations as to how much damage it could cause if misused.

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Outsourced Virgin Media techies botched this infosec bod's Poodle fix

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Wait a minute

He let a Virgin Media outsourced agent remotely install software on his computer?

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Facebook paid £4k in tax. HMRC then paid Facebook £27k – for ads

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Willing to accept? What does the law say about tax due? Which idiots write the laws? Who benefits from the laws and their arcane formulation? It's not you or me, that's for sure.

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Everything bad in the world can be traced to crap Wi-Fi

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"... to blow its secretive mates ..."

Did you mean to write "... to blow off to its secretive mates ..." ? I'm never sure with you. (Sod's Law in action?)

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Vendor rep 'Stinky Sam' told to wash and brush teeth or lose job

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At least it wasn't a train wreck of a story.

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Rejoice, sysadmins, there's a new glamour job nobody understands

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“Internet of Things Architect”

There isn't an IoTA of justification for any of this.

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Telco veteran unloads on Oz data retention laws

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Re: Tower A, Tower B, Tower C

Would the defence counsel for a 'civilian' be able to get access to the telco records? In a case like that, the investigating officers would look at the telco records and say, to themselves, "Ah well, we know it's not really accurate so we won't put this in the evidence file."

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BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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As you can tell when you visit some websites, they know if you're using an ad-blocker. This is usually accompanied by a polite request to stop using it. So, a website owner could, if they wanted to, easily block content from anyone using a blocker. They don't though, hmmmm.

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Baby Ubuntus toddle forth into the big scary world of beta

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Mutiny: not a bounty

As the details in the article indicate, Mutiny is just a preset group of paramters for MATE. In MATE, you can have panels on any side you like, all at the same time, autohiding and each in a different colour if you like.

I've run Mint MATE for three years and in January and February this year I tried Ubuntu MATE and Debian Jessie MATE. They all have the same fault, which I've seen on two different desktops and a laptop:

Any drawers you put on the panel will hyperextend, sometimes. This happens as soon as you log on but only sometimes. The icons will drift around from the place that you first put them - not as often as the hyperextension. This has been going on for over three years; it's reported on the forums and I did see a formal bug report about three years ago.

To fix the problem, until the next time it happens, is a simple matter (that takes time and effort to find out about) and I now have an icon driven command (killall mate-panel) that does it for me. Make sure you close the drawer before you do that command. You can do that by clicking on any icon in the drawer (if there's still one visible) and then closing the application that it launches. Failing that, you Logoff/On again. It's very frustrating and a bit sad that they put so much effort into eye-candy and don't deal with basic problems.

Don't get me started on the mutual tripping-up between pulseaudio, alsa and jack. (Try "/sbin/alsa force-reload". That often works.)

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Dirty data: Tech-heavy Thames Valley scores big in adultery index

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Re: Whats the percentage of Newbury

Sorry, did you say "...the Vodafone whores..."?

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Turkish hacker pleads guilty to $55m maniac global ATM heist

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Sighs

I'm getting bored with these pledestrian comments.

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Greybeard monobrow baldies rejoice! Boffins comb out hairy genes

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It's personality and character that matter

That's what I say nowadays.

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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Arms Race?

Has anyone tried in-page ads where the advertiser has a link to the website's server backend and reserved space on the page? (If not, can I patent it?)

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Google cloud wobbles as workers patch wrong routers

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Refinements

"Google network engineers are refining configuration management policies to enforce isolated changes which are specific to the various switch types in the network."

They were told to 'update the routers with this patch'. Next time, they'll be told to 'update the routers as appropriate'.

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Crowd-funded OpenShot 2.0 delivers graphic Linux package

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Re: If you want bleeding edge

As far as I can tell, the only way to get it onto Debian Jessie is to download the sources and support libraries and compile them yourself. I tend to shy away from that sort of thing. (I'm trying Debian Jessie (8.3) because it has the MATE desktop now.)

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If you want bleeding edge

I've just got version 2.0.6 running on MINT by:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

It recommends that you add the frei0r plugin and that's available from the MINT Software Manager. I'm hoping it's a little less complicated than Kdenlive and more suitable for my amateur dabbling.

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Intravenous hangover clinics don't work, could land you in hospital

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Re: "amps up the immune system and detoxifies the liver”,

The cannula should be made from oxygen-free copper and be plated with 99.99% pure silver. The saline + vitamins solution should have been stored for twenty four hours under a green light, to achieve the required activation state for this particular treatment. Unless they've done that then its not going to work properly.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

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I wonder

If there was a drive to encourage boys into teaching, nursing, etc.; would it be called Handsome Interested? (After reading so many articles about sexism, I've become sensitive to it.)

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Canonical accused of violating GPL with ZFS-in-Ubuntu 16.04 plan

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Does anyone have crystal balls?

"Oracle famously fought a protracted lawsuit with NetApp over ZFS and who can employ it and when."

Could there be a situation in the future where someone produces a product or appliance that uses Ubuntu (including ZFS), where this product sells well and makes lots of money for its manufacturer? If so, might Oracle sue them for use of ZFS?

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Cook moves iPhone debate to FBI's weak ground: The media

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Re: Anyone heard of a "subpoena"?

Compelling a reluctant witness to testify in court is not at all comparable with compelling a locksmith to make a special tool that will open the locks of all his customers or even to break in to the home/office of one of his customers.

If the lawmakers want to save lives, they could compel car manufacturers to prevent cars from travelling faster than the local speed limit or ban the use of tobacco products or severely limit the sale of alcoholic drinks. Why don't they do any of that?

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Awoogah – brown alert: OpenSSL preps 'high severity' security fixes

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Re: Security defects in the age of ubiquitous connectivity

If we continue your analogy, this is like one version not only not functioning correctly, but producing poison that seeps into the rest of the body. With software security, the more you have running, the bigger the chance of a serious failure happening.

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Patient monitors altered, drug dispensary popped in colossal hospital hack

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Re: "collosal hospital hack"

Just be grateful it's not a hospital colostomy hack.

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Tor users are actively discriminated against by website operators

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Zenmate plugin has similar problem

I use the Zenmate browser plugin, to access a couple of particular sites on a regular weekly basis. If I forget to turn it off then I'm often blocked from some common popular websites that use CDNs. I suspect this is a similar thing.

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Linux lads lambast sorry state of Skype service

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I'm getting old

"To be a functioning member of society today, Skype is pretty much unavoidable ..."

The world had changed and I don't feel part of it anymore.

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Feds spank Asus with 20-year audit probe for router security blunder

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"I mean, for a new router, you have to have default admin/password to allow the user to get going..."

The (newish) Virgin Media router is supplied with a sticker on the base that tells you the password is "changeme", so this is a step in the right direction.

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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Happy

Ah, an answer from an armchair engineering accountant.

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Police forces start shifting their data centre tin to Crown Hosting

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I'm sure you're right, but where does Faslane come into it?

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CloudFlare to launch its own 'high security' web domain registrar

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"there wasn't a tonne that we could do to help"

Have they gone metric?

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Facebook sniffs at slow telcos, launches own Telecom Infrastructure Project

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Re: EE's latest tech?

The only way to 'get through' to marketing bods is with a baseball bat that has nails in the end. They measure 'success' by the number of eyeballs impinged upon.

(I had the same situation with Tesco Mobile when they sent me loads of text messages telling me how wonderful they are and that I should try them: after I'd signed up to a monthly paid contract for a year.)

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Linux Mint hacked: Malware-infected ISOs linked from official site

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Re: Linux Mint, the OS with the security hole in the middle!

Keith, are you and Windows having some kind of relationship difficulties? I ask because this all sounds like some kind of anger transference thing. You and Windows need to sit down and talk about what's gone wrong.

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Alleged Anonymous hacker rescued off Cuba by Disney cruise ship

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I wonder

"... the FBI got a call from Disney, saying one of its cruise ships had found Gottesfeld and his wife ..."

Did they actually give their real names when they were picked up?

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US DoJ files motion to compel Apple to obey FBI iPhone crack order

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"Software is legally of the same status as speech."

Has a law been passed or judicial decisions been made which actually state that is so? Or, is it some kind of intellectual inference that has been made for the puprpose of argument?

"Free speech protections in the US constitution mean the law can't compel you to say something you don't believe."

I thought the protection was that the law can't compel you to make any statement that incriminates yourself (the 5th ammendment). Is there some kind of 'Galileo clause' as well?

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Helpdesk? I have a software problem. And a GRIZZLY BEAR problem

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"Have you been disturbed by beasts ... ?"

You should have experienced a particular manager I once had. (Shudders at the memory)

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Even Google is abandoning Google+

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Re: Hmm... seems about right

I still miss iGoogle and the Google RSS reader.

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MIT boffins' code scans your health claims, tunes plans for bosses

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On the other hand

Won't insurers use the software (or a variant) to do targeted boosting of premiums to match an industry or large employer? It's an arms race.

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