* Posts by frank ly

3691 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

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An early Christmas gift perhaps?

At $0.8 a share, I'm wondering how much it would cost to buy the company. Can anyone tell us?

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Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING

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Will they come to get me?

Yesterday, I received no NSLs or FISA orders.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Adobe: Managed by a pack of jerks

That's the title of a short and simple e-book that you could easily make for yourself and pass out to all your family and friends or maybe put it on some torrents. I'm sure it would cause amusement at Adobe when they look at what is 'trending'.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

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To improve the health of the nation ....

... I propose that government departments be put in sole charge of production, distribution and sales of alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and sugary foods.

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Euro probe headed for Amazon's tax back door

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Faster than a speeding politician

" ... the G20 meeting to be held in Australia during November has placed multinational tax avoidance front and centre on its agenda."

This trans-international accounting dance has been known about for many years. Why have the pols only recently started to make disapproving noises?

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Estonia to offer 'e-resident' status to world+dog

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Re: Some confusion?

Damn, I skipped a paragraph. Thank you.

(My attention was grabbed by the following entire paragraph in italics. It shouldn't be allowed.)

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Some confusion?

" ... for now you have to visit Estonia to apply for e-residency ..."

"Most Reg<.i> readers reside in nations where Estonia maintains a diplomatic outpost, ..."

If you have to visit Estonia, what does an Estonian diplomatic outpost have to do with the process?

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APPLE still building fanbois CULT HQ in Cupertino, it seems

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Just Wondering

Is it the middle ring that has the anti-gravity generators? It has a 'technical' look about it.

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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It's all too difficult

"Insiders are worse than hackers because there's no way to protect against them that's truly effective,"

It couldn't be truly effective if there were many rogue insiders working together, but surely there can be methods of 'dual authorisation' that would work. How many people in AT&T (and similar), on a day to day basis, actually need to access the sensitive information of customers? Not many I'd guess. How many customers a day do they need to access in this manner? Not many I'd guess.

Make all such data access a 'red flag' operation that is marked for oversight by a higher level manager in a different department. Have any mass access require a further password to be entered by a higher level manager in a different department. etc.

People would moan and complain, yes, but the answer to that is, "It's part of your job, so if you don't like it then go looking for another job."

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Apple's iPhone 6 can REVERSE BALDNESS (and cause it, too)

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Marketing Opportunity !!

If you wear 'fashion' glasses with those big chunky arms, you can tilt the phone slightly so the edge presses against the spectacles and keeps it away from your hair. (Not guarenteed if you have a bristly beard.)

Any such spectacles for use with an iPhone would have to be stylish and very expensive. This may be why Karl Lagerfeld has become involved with Apple (at the recent Paris launch).

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Particle that behaves like matter AND antimatter found: Majorana fermion

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@ Chris G Re: HA!

It's possible to be a physiscist and not a physicist, both at the same time, so you don't need to pretend anything.

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Top 10 SSDs: Price, performance and capacity

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Re: What about cheaper ones?

Have a look at the San Disk Ultra Plus and the Kingston SSD-Now V300 range on Dabs.com

I've used both with no problems.

(My desktop PC has vertical card cages and the two SSDs just hang in space, their weight supported by the SATA data and power cables. I don't see any need for mounting adaptors in a domestic PC.)

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SanDisk hopes to lure in enterprise clients with a little TLC (SSD)

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128GB minimum?

Unless you're a sales/marketing type, with lots of hi-def promotional videos to show to people, I can't think why you'd need 128GB of drive space on your laptop, or even desktop. I get by quite happily with 32GB SSDs on my two old laptops and my desktop.

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Google wants to KILL apps with the 'Physical Web'

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Possibilities

" ... smart devices can broadcast URLs into the area around them. ...Any nearby display such as a phone or tablet can then see these URLs and offer them up to the user."

The possibilities for mischief (and worse) are endless.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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From semi-auto to auto

This is off-topic but I'm wondering if anyone can give me some technical information:

If you take a good quality and well made semi-automatic pistol, it should be possible to make a 'carrier' for it that turns it into an 'automatic' sprayer of bullets. The standard ammunition clip could be replaced by a modified (longer/deeper) version that contains more than the standard six rounds and the pistol itself could be clamped into a carrier that looks like a rifle stock and performs the same function. The shoulder butt would contain a clockwork or battery poweed mechanism that pulled a mechanical 'finger' that hooked around the trigger of the pistol.

All the user would have to do is press a button and try to hold it on target as the 'finger' repeatedly pulled the pistol trigger. From a purely technical point of view, it seems to be an easy way of making an 'automatic' weapon out of an 'easily obtainable' pistol and does not involve any modification to the pistol itself.

Has anybody tried this? Is there any technical reason why it shouldn't be done?

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Leaked: Mobile operators' SCARE campaign against net neutrality

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Re: Pure BS to the max. Correction

I got that wrong. Since he did say, "on a voluntary basis", he is technically correct. The IWF 'ban list' has no force in law and so ISP blocking is voluntary on their part. They block because the government threatened to wrap them up in legal red tape if they didn't.

So, it's purest twisted weasel-logic bullshit.

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Pure BS to the max.

"The proposals would have prevented network operators from blocking access, on a voluntary basis, to websites hosting illegal child sex abuse material."

That is the purest lying bullshit I've ever read. I'm sure I don't need to explain why.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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What happens if .....

,,, you make a 'good' parody then upload it to your YouTube channel, which has advertsing on it, then it gets lots of views and you make money from it?

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Apple bats away yet another WiLAN patent sueball

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Why bother?

“The Court is unable to find that the jury’s finding as to invalidity of claims 1 and 10 of the ’802 patent is supported by substantial evidence. Accordingly, the jury’s invalidity verdict cannot stand,”

Why do they bother with a jury? If there was a fault of process or procedure, or if a jury member was shown to have acted improperly, or new evidence was discovered, then sure. What the court/judge seems to be saying is that the jury were just 'wrong'. So why not just have Judge Rodney Gilstrap decide all cases on his own?

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TalkTalk and Three want to make it easier to switch mobe networks

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Re: im moving soon

I had a look at 3 recently and it seems that tethering is limited to 4GB a month on the 'all you can eat' plan. I assume they 'detect' this by looking at the user_agent from your browser, which would make it easy to work around. As another 'workaround', you could run a torrent client on your phone then WiFi transfer the files to your home network, etc.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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Re: But

He's back on the WMD thing again, (Weapons of Minor Detection). The paedos can deploy them within 15 minutes.

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X-Men boffins demo nanomagnets to replace transistors

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re. "majority gate"

An AND gate isn't a majority gate.You could think of it as a 'totality' or 'unanimous' gate.

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OpenVPN open to pre-auth Bash Shellshock bug – researcher

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My /bin/sh points to dash .....

.... (in Linux Mint 13), so does this mean I'm protected against all vulnerabilities due to Shellshock or could other applications use /bash (which is present with modification date 28th March 2013).?

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Anna Wintour, Karl Lagerfeld and some Apple bloke attend glitzy iPhone 6 Paris launch

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Re: I guess the man

" ... jonny ive's boryfriend .."

At those events, you've just got to put up with those sort of people for the sake of appearing polite. He probably chatted to someone interesting shortly after the picture was taken.

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It's official: EU chiefs WILL probe Apple's Irish tax deal

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Re: The money was only resting in our account

Tim Cook: "Feck!"

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Prediction

"A cryptographic hash function takes a block of input data and creates a smaller, unpredictable output."

Isn't the output totally predictable, if you know the hash function and the input data?

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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

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" ... something like Windows Locked."

For me, for 18 months now, all versions have been Windows Shuttered. Ahhhh, Linux.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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Re: Adonised

Well, since Adonis is the god of beauty and desire and is an annually renewed god, that would be appropriate. They should have vulcanised it.

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Super Cali so litigious, Uber is the focus. Even German judges say it's something quite atrocious

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Re: Taken a ride?

I'm only 'white', so I wouldn't be able to test that.

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A Norsified Linux for Windows and OS X wobblers

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Re: Bottom Dock/Panel

I have a 'pop-out' top panel with my favourite applications on it and a pop-out side panel with my favourite folders, including network storage locations. I also have a fixed 'system panel' on the bottom, because I like to think I know what's going on all the time. This is the arrangement I've used since the old XP days (a pox on Windows 7!!) and I've no intention of changing it. Modern UIs, bah, humbug!

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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G.FAST technology

Does the cable jacket have stripes on it? That always helps.

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HOT WET ALIEN world discovered in constellation Cygnus

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Clouds, blocking the view of water molecules

I am the only one who finds that funny and surreal?

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BMC Software flings patent sueball at ServiceNow

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I'm really wondering

" ... incident management, performance analytics, configuration management, discovery, orchestration and change release management."

These are 'technology'? How?

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Google goes Dutch with new €600 MEELLION DC

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Re: Grey water?

There are things called heat exchangers and protective coatings. Great big steel ships seem to last a long time at sea for some reason. Grey water contains contaminants and pathogens and the supply may not be constant and thus require holding ponds. Is there even an existing supply of grey water available at Eemshaven?

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Grey water?

'Grey water' is waste from baths, showers, basins, etc. Why don't they just use the sea, since Emmshaven is a port city (adjacent to the cold North Sea).

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Bracelet could protect user herds from lurking PREDATORS

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I'm waiting

"When the user interacts with a computer terminal, the bracelet records the wrist movement, processes it, and sends it to the terminal,"

Waiting for a suggested application that could only be thought up by an El Reg commentard. Any minute now.

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ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7

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At last

"That means ovens with better voice-recognition when you speak to them ... "

This is what most people have needed all their lives.

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UK banks hook themselves up to real-time cop data feed

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My experience was not as deeply personal or sad, but:

One Friday evening, I drove home from work and (using my debit card) decided to fill the car up (£50), then went to the supermarket and bought £10 of groceries then stopped at the tobacco kiosk on the way out and tried to spend £10: - blocked, operator told to hold onto the card and call management.

I was told I had to accompany a supervisor to a phone where I was told by a bank representative that the card had a 'suspicious pattern of purchases' and was being held as a precaution (all this with me standing about 4 yards from busy checkout queues). They asked me to confirm what I had bought - I told them it was none of their business what I'd bought. I eventually persuaded them that I was who I was and had the right to have the card and use it. I managed to avoid swearing at them. After the call, the kiosk guy told me that he'd told them what I'd bought, because he had to.

I then phoned them from home to ask for an explanation. Apparently, I didn't use the card very often so my 'unexpected' use to make three rapidly consecutive purchases was suspicious and grounds for holding and questioning me, 'for my own protection'. I also managed to dig out from them that the fact that I'd bought cigarettes was held on file as part of the record of the holding enquiry. I told them that I'd use cash from that point on and I and do now (or use my credit card).

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Tripadvisor site coughs to card data breach for a potential 800k users

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Re: Sigh...

There's a paticular management technique that involves sticking you fingers in your ears and singing. It makes all problems go away until you find another job.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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re. the first picture

Is that actually an inflated condom?

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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The judge isn't trying to make Microsoft Ireland do anything. He's trying to make the executives of Microsoft Corporation (USA) do something.

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Well, if an Andorra based company, run by Andorran resident citizens was selling data storage services and then 'exporting' data to USA based servers, the Andorran government would probably bring sanctions against those citizens if they refused to hand over the data. I doubt that the US government would have any grounds for objecting. The data would not be obtained by Andorra sending in special forces troops with USB sticks, it would be accessed via the internet, under legal compulsion.

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Will the German government be sensible?

" ...the German government reportedly stating that it won’t use data storage from US companies unless the ruling is overturned."

Overturned rulings can be turned back. New rulings can be made. Do the sensible thing and think about long-term possibilities.

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80 PER CENT of app devs SUCK at securing your data, study finds

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@Lis 0rRe: Another view...

My first reaction was to say, "no, they are two separate items and the user should be free to choose."

However, I wonder how many users actually do have identical usernames/passwords. Maybe experienced attackers try password=username as a quick and easy first attempt, just in case.

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NASA's MAVEN enters Mars orbit to sniff its gas

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Re: Collision alert!

Furthermore, Murphy's Law will ensure that the debris hits Curiosity.

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Mushy spam law's IDEAL for toothless watchdog: Spamhaus slams CAN-SPAM

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If you have a 'business relationship', it's ok

I started getting spam for 'baby things' = disposable nappies, prams, etc., to a unique email address that I'd set up for communication with a retailer that I'd bought my old laptop from some years previously. A quick 'Google' told me that the laptop supplier was apparently no longer in existence but the 'baby things' retailer was operating out of the same retail park (= shabby industrial estate). I assume the laptop supplier had sold or handed over their customer email address collection as some kind of business asset.

A similar thing can happen to your eBay email address if you buy anything from someone on eBay, though that has been gratifyingly rare in my experience. A few times, after an eBay purchase, I did get phishing spam to the unique address which I use for Paypal (along with spam for cheap Ugg boots). That's because the idiots at Paypal give your registered Paypal e-mail address to anyone you use Paypal to make payment to.

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Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

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Re: Mobiles are the new email.

"Anyone with a full-time job and permanent place of resident can be found ..."

It's not about knowing where to look if they want to find you at work or at home. Anybody, with the right information, can do that and many people know where you work and where you live and you're certain to have voluntarily and knowingly given this information to many people.

This identifcation from partial location trajectory data means that your other movements and locations can be identified as being yours. Today, the police can get this information (with the appropriate authorisation), presumably for good reasons. Soon, any advertising Tom, Dick or Harriet will be able to find out where you were at what time; unless further fragmentation of the trajectory is mandated.

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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Re: It's not only whistleblowers who are investigated

That would be ok if impartiality and even-handedness is ensured by the simple process of investigating all police officers, starting with the highest ranks. Let's start with London's Metropolitan Police and, er, the South Yorkshire police force. Just a formality of course, I'm sure nothing untoward would be found.

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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

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Re: headphones

"So if you need to quickly look at something, tough."

It shouldn't be too difficult, or expensive, to fit a small USB camera to the front and have a small swith that you operate to have 'real external view' fed to the front screen. Can I patent this idea if I draw some suitable diagrams with appropriate waffle annotations?

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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I've been doing this for years

" ... you can play with the lyrics ... when you're sitting on the subway ..."

If you change your mind, on the Circle Line, go to Bank with me, go to Bank with me ....

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