* Posts by frank ly

5386 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

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Re: Z-80

I used to design and build prototype industrial controllers and display equipment. The 6502 had 2kB of on-board RAM so it was easier and cheaper to lash up a prototype and cheaper to produce the final product. The Z-80 did have a very nice instruction set, as you say.

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Z-80

I spent a year writing assembler code for the Z-80, then I moved on to the 6502 ..... ahhhh, memories (and registers).

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Re: Are we defining "fake" here as...

I bought an IoT lighting controller from that store. It was called the 'Shady Hans Make Light Work'.

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ESA picks final two ExoMars landing site candidates

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Google Maps link

I had a look. It has some kind of false colour satellite view but no road maps and no street view. It really is a backwater.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Nice work on the final paragraph

I smiled :)

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Dual VPN?

I have a PIA VPN service and my Firefox browser has the Zenmate VPN plugin and my Opera browser has its own built-in VPN capability. If I activate the PIA VPN and enable the browser VPN, then I get a dual hop whereby my exit point and website destination is known by the browser VPN operator but they don't know where I come from. Similarly, PIA know where I come from but they don't know where my browser connection eventually goes to (they know it initially goes to another VPN provider).

This seems to be more secure in terms of privacy if you're very concerned about that. I think you'd have to clear all cookies and maybe randomise your User Agent string, etc.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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You are what you read

"... whether you have any medical conditions; and so on ..."

Any time I read about or hear about some medical condition, I read about it on Wikipedia (and other sites) and follow any interesting looking links. If a similar law passes in the UK, they'll send a medical SWAT team round to my house to seal it off and isolate me.

It may be time to start using a VPN more often. The Opera browser has a free one built in to it.

Note: My ISP (Virgin Media), along with others I'm sure, has the ability to inject their own tab into my browser session to show me anything they want. They have used this technique in the past to nag me about selecting a service option. I would not be surprised if the ISPs themselves started injecting adverts into their customer's browsers in this and other ways.

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FYI Docs.com users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

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If they'd done it 'properly'

If Microsoft had set the default option to 'private' then they'd have been inundated with help-desk calls from people who were trying to make documents public and failing because they hadn't read the details or been able to find the options menu item. This is how most people are, in the 'ordinary world'.

I remember, years ago, using Limewire and being amazed by how many people were sharing their entire C:drive because they hadn't found the menu item to control which folder(s) were to be shared.

It seems to be difficult to make software that does everything that people want it to do, need it to do and to do that without an arcane menu system and/or an annoying set of questions before it allows you to start using it.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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Marconi, victim of 'scientific hooliganism'

I've never heard that story before and yet it seems like something that would have been repeated often, especially in recent years with people's concerns about security and privacy. Apparently, it happened in 1903.

http://herc-hastings.org.uk/marconi-caught-out-in-1903-by-john-heys-g3bdq/

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228440-700-dot-dash-diss-the-gentleman-hackers-1903-lulz/

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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

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I can imagine

"Imagine manipulating Spotify via your steering wheel controls, for example."

This should also flash all the lights on the car as a warning to other road users to stay well away from that vehicle.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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Random!

"Speaking to an audience of Konica Minolta customers in Berlin ..."

For some reason, I'll always remember the start of that sentence.

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Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

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Try the next Debian

After four years with Linuxmint, I got Debian 9 RC2 about two weeks ago and it's what I use now. I had to track down and install a few things (not difficult) and do a bit of wrangling here and there but it looks good and works well. For any of you who use Ubuntu or Linuxmint, I'd recommend giving it a test drive. You can keep it updated to the current standard and the final release standard as time goes by.

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: It's too bad

"... get a cheap drone yourself and kamikaze it into the opposition !!!"

It could be marketed as the 'Predator' drone, perhaps.

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Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers

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Dance Wellies

Is that a thing now?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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A question

What is the cause/mechanism that gives 'never drinkers' a worse outcome than moderate drinkers? Do they never exercise whereas moderate drinkers have regular walks to the pub?

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Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers

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Analogies

"Oh, incidentally: if you Google the military concept of Defence in Depth, ..."

The military have a concept called 'counter-attack' but you probably don't want to go there.

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LinkedIn starts piping sales data to Salesforce and Dynamics

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Flush

I joined LinkedIn a long time ago and quickly realised it was a spam source. I'd signed up with a 'junk' Hotmail address so I just told Hotmail that every LinkedIn email was spam. After a short time, none of them were forwarded to one of my 'proper' email addresses. Yahoo mail has similar facilities and they're very useful for that initial filtering.

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Malware 'disguised as Siemens software drills into 10 industrial plants'

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Re: The ineritors of Stuxnet

Blackmail/extortion and mercenary attacks are all I can think of. It may be possible to do remote monitoring to lift confidential process control 'secrets' I suppose.

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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How about:

Your new neighbours can PNC check you to make sure you aren't dodgy.

Your daughter's new boyfriend can PNC check you all to make sure he's not getting involved with a criminal family.

Would most people say yes?

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$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out

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Shhhh. Listen to the storyteller.

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

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Vint Cerf

He's also one of the 'elders of the internet'.

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

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What time is it?

"This is an implementation of synchronized clocks using GPS receivers and atomic clocks in every data center. This can cause problems during a partition if a node can’t connect to a master – its clock will drift, causing the election of Paxos masters to slow down."

I'd have thought that a GPS/atomic clock would have enough accuracy and resolution that any data centre that was unable to connect would still have the same time as other data centres, for quite a while.

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Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

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Puzzled, as usual

"Ωc0 is in the same class of baryon as protons and neutrons, made of charm and strange quarks instead of the up and down quarks seen in atomic nuclei particles."

Where did the charm and strange quarks come from, since the LHC throws ordinary nucleii at each other? Did the high energy of the collision convert them from up and down quarks? If so, then it seems that most baryons are 'simply' short lived rearrangements of existing components.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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Explanation please?

I still don't understand how analysis of DNS records for my IP address can reveal that I looked at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholism (or whatever). Are they saying that Wikipedia's responses are different in such a way that the page can be distinguished from other pages?

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

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Obviously

"... the German government has threatened a €50m fine if these companies fail to delete "obvious" illegal content within 24 hours."

There are things, such as display of Nazi symbols, that are illegal in Germany but not in other countries. I'm sure there are things that are 'obviously illegal' to a citizen of country-X. Will this lead to a balkanisation of YouTube?

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Git sprints carefully towards SHA-1 deprecation

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@streaky

All you've done there is change the probablity by making it smaller. All previous arguments still apply. It's effectively zero for practical purposes, at the moment. It can't be mathematically zero because you calculated it to be non-zero.

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A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

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I suspect that's at least part of the reason for the warning in this case too. Does anyone know how ambient air pressure affects flash-over beakdown voltage?

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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@TRT Re: New technical terms.

A quick Google search says it's genuine, and in quite a few locations.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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The picture

I see you have Miss Hodgesaargh working for you. Well done.

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

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"It makes a series of significant factual and analytical errors, assuming that this kind of data agreement is unprecedented."

So, it's been done like this before has it? Can anyone give an example?

"In fact, every trust in the country uses IT systems to help clinicians access current and historic information about patients, under the same legal and regulatory regime."

What does that have to do with the Deep Mind agreement? You might as well say that every trust uses thermometers under the same legal and regulatory regime.

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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

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Re: Also

Where did you get Mint 18.3? I'm still on 18.1

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Same old story

“While it’s easy to upgrade to the next version of Ubuntu… we wanted to enable those that have big deployments of 12.04 more runway to plan effectively ..."

If they'd planned effectively then they'd be on 14.04 by now and be exploring options for an upgrade to 16.04.

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Proscription

Here is a quote from Yvette Cooper on this subject, taken from The Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/youtube-google-kkk-video-refuses-to-take-down-antisemitic-david-duke-a7629861.html

“There aren’t that many proscribed organisations. Don’t you feel any responsibility, as multi-billion pound organisation, to check you are not distributing material from a proscribed organisation?”

I'm sure we'd (most of us) agree with her on these particular examples. However, what happens when a different government complains about promotional videos from other 'proscribed' (by them) organisations? I'm sure we can all think of possible examples, now and in the potential future.

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National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

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Pledges

"The plans were reversed on the basis that they breached his own party's 2015 manifesto pledge ..."

When did that ever stop a government?

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Boffins Rickroll smartphone by tickling its accelerometer

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Re: Hang on a mo...

Also, the first video seems designed to give the impression that an injected sound caused a video to be played, according to the experimenters choice. The implication is that they can make your phone show what they want you to watch.

The entire story has been hyped up by these experimenters to give themselved coverage and publicity. The Register seems to have gone along with this.

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Apple urged to legalize code injection: Let apps do JavaScript hot-fixes

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That leads to the question of how shitty the patches will be in that 'culture'. Any guesses?

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In 2012 China vowed 'OpenStack will smash the monopoly of western cloud providers!'

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“OpenStack will smash the monopoly of the western cloud providers!”

Do you think anyone from H3C or Huawei was brave enough to tell him it was developed by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, those arch-capitalist running dogs.

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NASA finds India's missing lunar orbiter with Earth-bound radar

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Puzzled

If they thought it would be 200km above the surface, why did they aim the illuminating radar at a point 160km above the pole?

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CA forks out $45m to make claims it screwed over US govt go away

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Blame

Isn't it the responsibility of the US Government to be better at negotiating prices and contracts so as to get the best deal for the people who actually pay for it and pay their salaries? What magical abilities do those corporate clients have that enable them to get massive discounts?

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Thousands of NHS staff details nicked amid IT contractor server hack

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Stolen?

Did they actually steal it (deprive the owner of the use of it) or did they illegally copy it?

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Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit

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Coat

"personally identifiable email addresses"

They should have used a Hotmale or Woohoo! address.

Coat: I'm not telling you what's in the pocket.

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

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Re: Well..

"... socialists obsessed on sucking the people dry."

Wasn't that a line from an old 'Up Pompeii!' show or a Carry On film? Nostalgia for Frankie Howerd and Kenneth Williams is all very well but try to be original.

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Telstra wants civil litigants to pay up front for access to metadata

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Re: Civil Litigation?

This is an example of my monday morning 'abilities'. I thought it was ISP metadata, not telecommunications data.

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Civil Litigation?

I'm trying to think of civil cases where ISP 'metadata' would be of interest. All I can think of is a divorce case where one party claims the other was going wild on internet dating sites. Any other ideas?

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Hold 'em, don't fold 'em: How to bite Bitcoin pools

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Re: house of cards question

No, they go to Silicon Heaven. Of course it exists!

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Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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It's confusing

"...was performing routine maintenance on one of the robots on the trailer hitch assembly line when the unit unexpectedly activated and attempted to load a part into the unit being repaired, crushing Holbrook's head."

"The robot from section 130 should have never entered section 140, and should have never attempted to load a hitch assembly within a fixture that was already loaded with a hitch assembly,"

I'm having difficulty undertstanding all that. 'Robot', 'unit', 'section', 'fixture', .... are robot/unit and section/fixture the same thing? Was she killed by the robot she was working on or by another robot that moved between sections?

Either way, why did they have power connected? (and other related questions.)

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Repentant priest from Cuntis sorry he dressed as Hugh Hefner

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I only read stories like this in The Register, so thank you. Maybe I need to get out more and widen my reading horizons.

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Re: Who can you believe nowadays?

Heck! The truth is complicated isn't it? Well pointed out and thank you.

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Who can you believe nowadays?

From Wikipedia: "KakaoTalk currently has 170 million users and is available in 15 languages. The app is also used by 93% of smartphone owners in South Korea."

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What a Flake: Congress mulls trashing privacy rules, letting ISPs go to town on your data

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Translation

"... consistent and uniform protection of the privacy of their personal information ..."

= a big fat zero everywhere

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