* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

2304 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007

Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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``because if you uninstall rather than opt out, [...]

Canonical never knows you opted out and you've lost your chance to let the Ubuntu-maker know you didn't like the data collection.''

I'm sorry. Can you explain that? You seem to be saying that if you opt out, a message is sent to Canonical saying that you have opted out.

So either your reporting/logic here is wrong, or you are saying that the package is reporting your opt-out status to Canonical, despite you clicking the box that says you don't want to share anything.

Which is it?

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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Re: Quite so, the register is now an IT and footwear site.

How very meta of you (HVMOY)!

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What the hell is this doing on an IT site???

(angry waving of fist at now spittle-drenched screen)

Ah yes, it's bootnotes, innit?

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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What?

Iron Sky wasn't a documentary? Next you'll be telling me that Star Wreck: The Pirkinning was a rip-off of some US soap opera.

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Why did they have to completely redesign the protocol for IPv6? All that we needed was a few more bits for the address fields

Well, for a starter, adding a few extra bits (bytes) to the address field will break things. If you're going to break things, it's better to engineer something new and completely incompatible rather than just using a sticking plaster approach.

before opening a huge security hole into a home or office

NAT is not security, especially given that uPNP NAT traversal exists. Also, you're not going to run IPv6 without firewall rules on your router, are you? And anyway, I'd wager that most security problems don't come from attacks from outside the network but from numpties inside it.

Instead with IPv6 we have wacky huge address fields

Which, if (as you should) you assign addresses randomly, improves your protection against network mapping and hence port scanning, even if you do accidentally forget to do ingress filtering. You can't scan what you can't find, and /64 is plenty big of a space to hide a few hundred machines in.

massive /64 allocations to small businesses as standard

A /64 allocation is for a LAN. Actual allocations to businesses would be larger, like a /48, so you can have up to 65535 LANs.

Why did they have to completely redesign the protocol for IPv6?

Coming back to the first point, although I'm not sure about how well this works right now, IPv6 also has features for device mobility. So new protocols open up the possibility of new ways of working.

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Re: Privacy issues with IPv6?

If you're on Linux, add the 'privext 2' option to your interfaces(5) file for any network interface that will have an IPv6 address. This makes the MAC-based address local in scope, so it won't appear over the net. Addresses derived from MAC addresses are also easy to block at your router since they follow a standard pattern (with ff:fe stuck in the middle), so even if you misconfigure some machines, they won't be allowed to leak their MAC address to the outside.

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Why should they; nobody wants, needs or uses IPv6.

Well, I'll answer the wants/needs part of that. Say you're stuck with a bog-standard "home" level broadband connection. You're stuck behind a NAT along with quite a few other home users. You decide that you want to put an FTP service up so that your aunts can see all the old photos that you've been digitising. Or some other such service (like email) that you want to self-host. You go to your ISP and ask them to open up a certain port and forward it to the right machine in your DMZ. What do they say? They say "sod off", followed by "unless you upgrade to a business package"...

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Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam

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what's a cell number?

And why did he swallow them? Was some sort of prison break in the offing? Arrgh. Help!

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John McAfee ‘goes underground’ in motorcade to flee SEC

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Re: Batshit crazy...

... Too many mind-altering substances whilst hiding out in the Latin American jungle? The man is seriously deranged...

... And the SEC is far behind / Down in the Swamp / With the Gators and Flamingos / A long way from Lichtenstein / I'm a Junk-bond King playing Seminole Bingo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbNhWbeP-k0

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Cheap-ish. Not Intel. Nice graphics. Pick, er, 3: AMD touts Ryzen Pro processors for business

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socket?

Article didn't mention socket type. A quick check on Wikipedia tells me that these aren't a drop-in replacement for previous-gen AMD CPU/APU jobbies (FM2+ → AM4).

Yeah, I know, I'm a little behind the curve on this one...

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US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops

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Oh, Brave New World

And what people, innit?

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'Alexa, find me a good patent lawyer' – Amazon sued for allegedly lifting tech of home assistant

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toki pona!

ilo ni li poni ala. o toki!

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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F00F!

Just like that!

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Is your gadget using secondhand memory? Predictable senility allows boffins to spot recycled NAND chips

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Facepalm

"There is very few works"

This post must contain a words.

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The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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Re: Tolkien Elf Warrior Hairstyle Logic:

Astrophysics has never been my forte. The time periods are too, well, astronomical. I've decided instead to invest in forestry. Granted, even there, I may not live to personally see the benefits. Still, as they say, "die young and leave a beautiful copse.".

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Build a serverless framework at home: Go on, bit of open sourcey hijinx won't hurt

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Re: Serverless platform

Turtle-OS

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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You're helping retro hardware to live on. And on. And Ariston.

'ello Tosh, got a Toshiba?

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From Bangkok to Phuket, they cry out: Oh, Bucket! Thai mobile operator spills 46k people's data

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plus, the "e" isn't a schwa...

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The "ph" in Phuket is more like an aspirated "p", not the English "f".

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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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Re: The UHF discount is the real shady part of this

Bringing the UHF discount back ...

Sure thing. I'm all for reintroducing the time-limited codes they aired for a discount at Spatula City.

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Well, Ted,

I'm very sceptical, as you know, but here's one for you: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

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Best not delve too deeply into Chess Club, either

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mystery_of_Chessboxing

or

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enter_the_Wu-Tang_(36_Chambers)

or

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chess_boxing

(for real!)

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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Re: Obscene? Nah.

> Children won't know it's obscene unless someone tells them

Just like the "rude dolphins" picture. I'm sure you can "bing" it (granted, that doesn't sound right; it kind of sucks).

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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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how about ...

a nice cup of hot tea?

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Googlers revolt over AI military tech contract, brainiacs boycott killer robots, and more

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Erst, do no evil ...

unt, den?

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Prof Stephen Hawking's ashes will be interred alongside Sir Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin

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sidereal life is rubbish

... though with the late professor's cremation, I welcome his more speedy becoming of part of us all.

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No, Stephen Hawking's last paper didn't prove the existence of a multiverse

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Re: Don't be silly, it's Turtles all the way down!

No, it's apparently something an old woman told Mark Twain. IIRC. YMMV.

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Russia stares admiringly at itself, flexes internet muscles

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But when Internet terminates you ...

... there be no more horrorshow groodies! Who you gonna tolchock in the yarbles if you can't get yer glazzfilly? Glasnost! Perestroika!

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UK digi minister Hancock suggests Facebook and pals give your kids a time-out

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Re: The black leather jacket with "HIGHWAY TO HELL" on the back, please

This ain't no technological breakthrough. This is the road ... TO HELL.

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Broadcom's buyout of Qualcomm bogs down as DC blocks merger

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DC blocks merger

Maybe they should get Marvel in the mix? (or did I mean to write "Marvell"?)

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With IoT you too can turn your home into a giant flashing 'HORSE BIRTH NOW' klaxon

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is it open source?

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/07/06/sourcenext_horse/

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Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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Best ... exorcism ... putdown ... Ever!

You've been Vati-CANNED!!!

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

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You fool!

It was our planet!!!

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Japan's Robo-Bartenders point to a golden future

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Re: Head keepers

> It's that little etched pattern you see at the bottom of the glass.

Encourages "nucleation", if you want to get technical.

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Re: I hope that was an oversized glass

I actually learned the Japanese word for "oral" today. It's 口頭, which uses the symbols for "mouth" and "head". Suffice to say, I didn't have a problem memorising it for some reason...

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Data scientist wanted: Must have Python, spontaneity not required

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Re: is there really a skills shortage?

> Love the Numpy/numpty

Oo-er, missus

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Can't wait to get to Mars on a SpaceX ship? It's a cold, dead rock – boffins

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and just killed a thousand dreams

Maybe you're looking for a more Arthur C Clark (as hinted at in the article) than a H. G. Wells-based psycho-cosmology?

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

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Re: A rocketeer that cannot comprehend Gravity?

Obviously, circles have gravity. He's part of one and he gravitates towards its centre. The fact that there's "no there there" is immaterial (except for the gravity part, natch, because mc2 or something).

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: Please, please, please...

Is there any way we can talk him into this?

The promise of a smoked kipper breakfast on his heroic return, perhaps?

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You may not be a software company, but that isn't an excuse to lame-out at computering

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They continually throw it at the wall to see what sticks

<drools>Mmmm. Wall Spaghetti</drools>

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Why did top Home Office civil servant lobby Ofcom for obscure kit ban?

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Re: Interesting Cover Story

I think you mean "double entendry"...

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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Consider, for a moment, the impasse of the one-god Universe

He is all-knowing and all-powerful.

He can't go anywhere since He is already everywhere.

He can't do anything since the act of doing presupposes

opposition.

His universe is irrevocably thermodynamic having no

friction by definition. So, He has to create friction:

War, Fear, Sickness, Death,

To keep his dying show on the road.

Sooner or later, "Look boss we don't have enough energy

left to fry an elderly woman in a flea bag hotel bar."

"Well, we'll have to start faking it."

Joe looks after him sourly and mixes a bicarbonated

soda. "Sure, start faking it. Sure, and leave the

details to Joe."

... link

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Hmmm

I guessed this was going to be a story about data serialisation formats. I was going to suggest my mate Yamal to do the necessary rewrites...

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Total recog: British AI makes universal speech breakthrough

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So how does it work?

Viterbi decoders?

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Microsoft to rebuild Redmond campus, including cricket pitch

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Re: How about "flat latte"

See "placébook" video, obviously.

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I know this ...

It's Unix! (done badly)

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TWATIHKAL

The Windows Aero Trademark I Have Known And Loved.

(best not mention TIFKAM)

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How about "flat latte"

in honour of modern monochrome iconography and fashionistically re-inventing "late"?

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