* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

2237 posts • joined 8 Nov 2007

Truck spills slimy load all over Oregon road – drivers slip in eel slick

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Re: Beware susi eel

> Eel used in sushi is cooked.

As are (almost?) all freshwater fish, though for a different reason: freshwater parasites find us acceptable hosts, too. Don't know why salmon is an exception. Maybe it doesn't spend long enough in fresh water, or maybe just because precautions are taken (flash freezing for 48hrs or whatever; there's no such thing as sushi/sashimi-grade raw fish, just proper processing, btw).

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Re: so gravity will be easy-peasy

Topist!

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Perl devs solve ancient Riddle: 'What's a vuln we caught from Oracle?'

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Should do, because the DBD "middleware" (which is where the bug lies) talks to both mariadb and mysql using the same API.

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RED ALERT! High-speed alien fugitives are invading our Milky Way

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Anyone for intergalactic bar billiards?

So long as it's not Brockian Ultra-Cricket, I'm game.

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

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time is an illusion (lunchtime, doubly so)

Awkwardly seguing back to chromatic aberration (and relevance to the article, via gravity's rainbow, perhaps?) with

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11553099

skip down to "cube illusion"

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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Re: I see what happened

> "El Reg reached out to Microsoft for comment. No word so far."

Fucking "reached out". Fucking idiots. You are not brainless zombies (I hope) so stop pretending that you are and use your Broca's and Wernicke's areas instead of "reaching out" for a brain-based snack.

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Create a user called '0day', get bonus root privs – thanks, Systemd!

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What's the opposite of "fail safe"?

Because you, Mr. Poettering, have just done the opposite. But of course, it's OK because you did it.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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re: male headers

Yeah, but you can get models that don't have this area populated. You're quite justified in sticking a female header (or even a bendy one!) if you like.

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Re: Force and mass

> How does a force balance a mass?

The equation is F = ma, or "force is mass times acceleration". The balancing acceleration you're looking at is gravity, so you get F (expressed in Newtons) = mg (kg . metres per second per second = kg . m / s2).

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Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

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"deal with the relentless threats of terrorism"

When are our legislators going to declare war on rust? Rust never sleeps, and neither should we. Someone should do something! It's a travesty!

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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At some point in the article

I shifted to voicing this in my head to sound like an overeager game show host. Come on down! Systemd, you're a winner! Remember, you can't get these prizes anywhere else, because, systemd, there is no other game in town! Applause! That's right. Yeah!

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Ever wondered why the universe only has black holes in S or XXXL? No? Boffins have an answer

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Baby Astrolab

http://www.lyrics.com/lyric/1223049

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

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The story (and post about "shorter sentences") reminds me ...

A story I heard on the radio in Ireland. A certain station master was responsible for making reports to head office whenever there was a train accident or derailment. Had something of a literary bent, it seems, because his reports ran into several pages of quite descriptive prose about the ins and outs of the incidents and the actions taken to get things back on track.

Head office got a bit pissed off with the length of his reports and asked him to be a bit more to the point. The station master complied, and the next time there was a derailment (in 1921), his report simply stated: "Off again. On again. Gone again. Flanagan"

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UK Parliament hack: Really, a brute-force attack? Really?

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Re: Not only missing 2FA

That was my first thought. My second is to only allow password-less logins via the MP creating a public/private key pair and handing over the public key to the IT guys in a controlled setting.

Works fine for ssh (where I can upload my key and store it in the authorized_keys file, then disable login via a password), so I'm pretty sure that it should work for TLS/SSL as well (and is apparently resistant to MITM, with ssh, at least). You might have a bit more work to do with regard revocation of an authorised login key, but that's par for the course.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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Trump "admits"

Should be "Trump 'claims'"

Using "admits" suggests truthfulness on the part of the person who made the statement.

<crickets>

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Speaking in Tech: IT's a GaaS with Trump at top

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Re: GaaS

Gallium Arsenide? Guests as a Service? Gas as a Service (Grace ala Soylent)? Gateaux as a Service (with simultaneous option of eating and having)?

Ah, it's "Government as a Service".

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Breach at UK.gov's Cyber Essentials scheme exposes users to phishing attacks

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the Morissette Scale?

You mean that song with a list of non-ironic things interspersed with a refrain of "Isn't it ironic?"

No, Alanis, it is/they are not.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: Amazon and Netflix?

every programme seemed to revolve around how technology would destroy the world.

And we didn't listen! <fist shake>

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Re: News to me

Funny. I watch it on FreeSat and I don't have a licence. I live in the RoI, and I guess that many Europeans can pick up the same signal without paying anything. Same with C4, which also gets some of the licence fee, AIUI.

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Raspberry Pi sours thanks to mining malware

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"Raspberry Pi sours"

https://www.quora.com/What-do-blueberries-raspberries-and-blackberries-taste-like

Raspberries are already sour ("sauer" being the German for "acid[ic]")

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"Change your default user name"

You mean "change your default password".

Jeez.

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change the password for the username “Pi” to

You mean "pi". (yes, I used "logical" quoting there)

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Two leading ladies of Europe warn that internet regulation is coming

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"Don't mess with Merkel"

Well, if she wants her own May-style folly, bring it on. Hubris has no borders.

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

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Living and non-living things keep exchanging properties.

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DUP site crashes after UK general election

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> Ulster Unionists != DUP

You mean "Ulster Unionist Party" != "Democratic Unionist Party"

Being picky "Ulster unionists" is probably the better correction here. Just giving the OP the benefit of the doubt, here.

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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Re: Two things..

But if it's the other side, if it is Trump who has the recordings, then why not release them? He's clearly not one for keeping quiet about anything he thinks might make him look good or might sound "heroic", no matter how much it actually backfires.

Dougal: Actually, Ted, you've done this to me before, so I took the liberty of taping the conversation

Now, we'll just have a listen...

(starts tape) "..."

Dougal: I stand corrected

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPCH4rZU-3Q

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Needlessly ambiguous terms

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6cake3bwnY

This is going to be that "let's hope Professor Rickson meets with a little accident" all over again.

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Australia to float 'not backdoors' that behave just like backdoors to Five-Eyes meeting

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Re: To be fair...

> Some of the really sneaky ones don't even use proper letters

なんてこと、あのやろう!

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Marmite In The Middle

Trust the Antipodeans to support this sort of thing.

Oh, wait. I think I was confusing it with Vegemite.

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NSA leaker bust gets weirder: Senator claims hacking is wider than leak revealed

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curiouser and curiouser

I seem to have fallen down a rabbit hole.

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UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'

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> Encryption = mathematics + a tiny bit of programming

I'm probably as smart as the next guy (or even more so), but I could never get my head around Galois field extensions in AES.

Still, I can always download the free libs ...

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as a non-Brit

I suggest tactical voting: pick whichever local candidate is most likely to prevent hollow May from getting a working majority.

Strong and Stable my arse. Don't you think she looks tired?

Go and vote!

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Silicon Graphics' IRIX and Magic Desktop return as Linux desktop

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Re: Too long ago to remeber exactly what it was

use of 'xhost +' or 'rsh' considered dangerous, perhaps?

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8 out of 10 cats fear statistics – AI doesn't have this problem

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Re: Statistics killed Jesus

I think that you'll find that it's "someone's karma ran over his dogma"

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Re: Oh the irony

Absolutely.

The way to look at this is to calculate the margin of error for this sample.

The sample size is 2692+2128 = 4820

We calculate the 95% margin for error as 1.96 * sqrt(0.5 * (1.0 - 0.5) / 4820) (footnote)

This gives 0.0141157044469341 which says that 95% of the time, the expected number of women will be within 50 +/- 1.412%. This translates to a range of 4820/2 +/- 68 people, or [2342,2482]. The value 2,128 is outside this range so all we can say is that using a 95% confidence interval, the assertion that males and females are equally represented (p=0.5) is not supported by the sample.

Chi-squared is slightly different since it's a measure of fit of a set of individual observations to the expected, but the above is effectively its application to the average case (ie, it ignores the spread of individual samples). Neither provides a measure of how unrealistic/unexpected the result [set] is, as Vaidotas Zemlys has pointed out.

footnote: http://www.dummies.com/education/math/statistics/how-to-calculate-the-margin-of-error-for-a-sample-proportion/

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Florida court's schizophrenic rulings throw mobe passcode privacy into doubt

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Re: Big Surprise

Yeah. I came comment along the same lines... Where's the Florida tag? That's a thing, right?

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NASA Sun probe named for solar wind boffin Eugene Parker

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Chris Waddle

This post must contain a body.

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How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections

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another guardian article

Makes for pretty chilling reading:

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy

I notice that any article that mentions Cambridge Analytica over at the Graun has a new note at the top stating:

This article is the subject of separate legal complaints on behalf of Cambridge Analytica LLC [and SCL Elections Limited, and Sophie Schmidt.]

(the "and" bit might vary across articles, but you get the gist)

While spending over campaign limits because Facebook and so on aren't covered by regulations is one thing, the use of targeted ads that use bulk, aggregated data about individuals is what's really scary. The fact that this also seems to be done outside the EU, and so isn't subject to privacy laws should be giving everyone cause for concern.

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

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doesn't go far enough

I set up ipv6 recently, over a Hurricane Electric tunnel. I'm in Ireland and I picked a tunnel endpoint in England. I could have picked Ireland or Holland or anywhere, really. However, whichever one I picked, it would have fucked up a perfectly valid and legal Netflix subscription because they consider me as being someone who's using a proxy to defeat their region locks. Bit of a sledgehammer approach.

I can understand the old processes involved in setting up contracts for regional distribution of films and such, but seriously, in this day and age with so much old content and internet-based delivery, why should we still have geoblocking on so much stuff? The argument about promotion and localisation in each region is bogus so long as the channel provider is still counting eyeballs and paying up as they should. I don't need to see promo material for shit that I watch. I just want to be able to watch shit and have the channel make sure that the content creators get paid. Sort of like a FRAND for consumable digital content. Is that so hard?

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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Re: need? really?

Hard to imagine there would be any services out there that would be IPv6 only.

The biggest plus for home users, as far as I can see, is that if you want to run servers from your home network, then going ipv4 means that you need a static ipv4 address which costs more. If you have native ipv6 and a reasonable amount of tech knowledge you can partition your network and transition from an ipv4-style DMZ into the equivalent ipv6 version. So, all those family-shared photos can go straight to your secure ftp/webdav server instead of Facebook or other cloud servers.

I'm pretty sure that a big factor in ISPs not supporting ipv6 is that they realise that it means that they won't be able to charge extra for static IPs. That, and not wanting to spend money on staff training.

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Re: If in the UK, I recommend

Surely that should be AAAA? We are still talking about ipv6, no?

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Windows is now built on Git, but Microsoft has found some bottlenecks

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premature optimisation

Is the root of all evil

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: I agree

Johnny's in the basement, mixing up the medicine

I'm on the pavement, thinkin' bout government ...

... bad bill ... wants to get it paid off ...

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Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

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Re: So,

Hmm. I read it as meaning that the aether is thixotropic . You never know... dark matter (or maybe dark aether) may end up being anti-thixotropic, solving lots of conundra.

<aside>Igor, pass me my ergometer!</aside>

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Re: Ah, the days

And remember TWAIN, for digital cameras? That's "Thing Without An Interesting Acronym"

(I always thought the M in PCMCIA was "reMember"...)

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Sick of Java and C++? Google pours a cup o' Kotlin for Android devs

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static vs dynamic typing

Um, aren't Java and C++ both statically typed? (Sure, C++ still has raw pointers and casting, but still...)

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We're calling it now: FCC votes 2-1 to rip up net neutrality on Thurs

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Re: I wish I were _pyrokinetic_...

"fire" "movement" ... maybe "telepyretic" (causing fire at a distance)?

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US judges say you can Google Google, but you can't google Google

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lmgtfy

Probably still fine, I guess, since it's showing you how to use the big G.

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Re: shame

So if we can't have a free movement of people, but you don't want a hard border, I'm not sure how they can think that's acheiveable?

National Identity Cards.

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Japanese researchers spin up toilet paper gyroscopes for science

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プライバシーを守るって

さー、俺のちり紙の使い方のビデオを見たら、俺が誰かを必ず認めるに違いない。

プライバシーって、俺の穴だよ。

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