* Posts by frank ly

5643 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

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In all fairness

"The Information Commissioner’s Office guidance says that the best way for organisations to tell if it is a legitimate interest is to ask if what they intend to do “is fair”. "

That's the sort of woolly thinking that causes arguments and problems. Why couldn't they have predicted this kind of confusion before they started and then been ready for it in a sensible manner?

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HBO Game Of Thrones leak: Four 'techies' arrested in India

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Re: I might watch it sometime

Watch South Park Season 17 episodes 7, 8 and 9. (Black Friday, A Song Of Ass And Fire, and Titties And Dragons.) That will give you an idea about it.

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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

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Re: HomePlug?

The only thing I can think of is that, in general, routers are not connected directly to the mains electricity. They are connected to a low voltage DC supply via a PSU 'brick' or 'wall wart'. These arrangements are standard and the DC PSU is bought-in or copied-in as a no risk decison, as are reference designs for domestic routers.

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Police camera inaction? Civil liberties group questions forces' £23m body-cam spend

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Secrets

"... Greater Manchester Police, which has 3,148 cameras in use – the second highest figure across the group. It said the information was commercially sensitive, ..."

Who are they in competition with?

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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

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Quality

"It'd be a real shame of AirBnB'ers weren't able to illegally stay in my building this week."

Does that even make sense if you replace 'of' with 'if'?

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'Adversarial DNA' breeds buffer overflow bugs in PCs

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Picture Caption

A DNA researcher is called Lee Organick :)

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Please virtualize my reality before asking me to goggle at a fake one

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Re: DIY!

It's now Trimble Sketchup and is owned by Trimble Inc. You can get a free license for some kind of 'lite' version if you promise not to use it for commercial purposes.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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I've just bought one

My local Morrisons is a very short walk away so I now have half of one on a plate by my side. (I'll have the other half with my lunch.) Overall length is 13" of pastry so I'm sure it's a foot of sausage inside. It's 3" wide and 2" high. The 'sausage' is actually a 1" diameter rod of uncased sausage meat so it's a bit roomy inside, though it's nicely formed overall. It's not the best quality meat or the best pastry but what can you expect for £1?

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Our day with Larry Page: Embedded with one of the world's richest men

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Re: Biting the hand, indeed

It's the height of bad manners to make fun of a gentleman's hairstyle (or lack of it) after you've been invited to have coffee with him. I shall be cancelling my subscription to The Register forthwith.

(You and others need to have some internal sensor adjustment made.)

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Biting the hand, indeed

I'm surprised you were invited to spend time with him and after that little hatchet job I doubt if you'll be asked again.

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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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Eeeew

"The Lustre filesystem and SLURM are used for its job submission system."

I know where Slurm comes from :(

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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Re: I see a market here

Anthony Aloysius St John Hancock, to give him his full name.

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Four techies flummoxed for hours by flickering 'E' on monitor

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Re: Over it?

I think he meant 'all over it'. Little words can have large effects.

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Automotive Grade Linux shops for hypervisor to accelerate smart cars

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Why not use 'containers'?

Just asking.

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Si vous comprenez ces mots, vous êtes français ou l'intelligence artificielle de Facebook

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Mais non,

Je suis anglais et une vraie personne.

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PayPal splashes cash on biz that persuades folks to splash cash online

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Personalised emails

Where do they get your email address from and which email address do they use?

PayPal will certainly have a record of the IP addresses that you've used when authorising a PayPal payment so maybe they 'partner' with PayPal so they can use your PayPal sign-in address as the target email address.

Paypal do give your sign-in address to merchants that you buy from, even though it's half of your sign-in security so I suppose they'll have no problem giving it to any website that wants it.

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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But, but, but

We put 'HOLD HOLD HOLD' right at the front so there was no way it could be released!

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In the red corner: Malware-breeding AI. And in the blue corner: The AI trying to stop it

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Bus and Ostrich

If you want to see the bus that looks like an ostrich (of course you do) then it's about three quarters of the way down this page:

http://www.popsci.com/byzantine-science-deceiving-artificial-intelligence

The rest of the page is quite interesting too.

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Cancel your summer trip to nearby Proxima b. No chance of life, room service, say boffins

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Re: "Radiation rays"?

As opposed to various forms of fish, which can not live there, it seems.

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'Would you like fries with that?' The cloud wants to know

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Re: One has to wonder

One of you needs to get out more but I'm not sure which one.

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No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

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Wow

"Information is a form of currency,"

Just like I can print my own currency anytime I need to go shopping.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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"But they rely on mature conversations between the tech companies and government..."

It's difficult to have a mature conversation with someone who has a child's level of understanding.

"... – and they must be confidential."

Oh, she wants to keep her conversations secret?

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'App DDoS bombs' that slam into expensive APIs worry Netflix

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Repulsive attraction

I'm fascinated by the magnets. What are they for?!

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Arcade Fire releases album on USB fidget spinner for £79/$105

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Pranks

Track 1: Everything_Now (continued)

Track 2: Everything Now

There's no way I'd trust anyone who does that sort of thing.

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Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

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"Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold."

Didn't the original writer of that phrase hold copyright? It's been used by so many companies.

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AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

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Details?

"... lots of tiny tweaks that proved very effective at developing malware that could evade security sensors."

What sort of malware are they talking about here? I can't imagine that these 'tiny tweaks' are random or we'll have a monkeys and shakespear situation (maybe we have)? Was it actually genuine useful/dangerous 'malware' or just something that messed up registers, etc?

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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WSUL

I suppose it would be ok for running WINE then I could .... oh, .... wait a minute.

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Boffins grudgingly admit they may have found an exomoon

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Moons!

We have moons galore in this solar system so it would hardly be surprising if exoplanets had them. Now to observe them ....

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Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

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Eclipses confuse me

"... when the Moon is wedged between the Sun and the Earth ..."

What do they use for a wedge?

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Turf War?

It's a doctrinal jihad!

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

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Pre-emptive

The 'filters' assume that the poster is about to start swearing because a primitive AI has noticed this happening many times before.

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Tethering is a function of your phone, not the mobile network. They are being skinflints.

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In the Pearl River Delta's electronics souks, AI lets the haggling happen

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Differences

In terms of differences between Cantonese and Mandarin and between Simplified and Traditional script, how do they compare to the differences between, let's say, American English and UK English and between Spanish and Portuguese (as examples)?

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Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Ghost?

Is that a ghost at the lower right, sitting at an older style control desk?

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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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Retro

It's even got real wood veneer effect panelling!

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Virgin is a stupid name anyway...

'Virgin' sounds sexual? Is this about absence and shadow creating that which is not there? He's an artist!

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Re: Why oxygen generators?

You'd need to get rid of CO2 from the pilot anyway, no matter what system you use (except for natural air pass through). If they can design and make an oxygen concentrator that delivers the correct partial pressure of oxygen then surely they can design and make a mixing valve to do the same thing when fed from an oxygen cylinder?

I suppose that with an oxygen concentrator you don't need to refill/replace tanks and don't have capacity/duration limitations.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

Oh for goodness sake! The vaping 'e-liquid' is a mixture of propylene glycol and glycerine (in various ratios) with very small quantities of nicotine and flavourings. Everybody exhales water vapour or water particles so to count those as an 'output' when you're complaining about vapers polluting the atmosphere is ridiculous. What you see and what bothers you in the 'smoke' is the cloud of propylene glycol and glycerine fog/aerosol, probably any scent/flavouring too. Vaping has nothing to do with water vapour/aerosol.

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

@Clive Galway: I don't know where you get your ideas from but they are totally wrong. Try doing some research. The intenet would be useful for that.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Unhappy

Re: I

This is worse that the time I said that a female spymaster should be called a 'spymistress'.

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Headmaster

Re: I

She is (will be) a Time Lady, not a Lord.

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Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

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Re: The Las Vegas attitude...

Note that in the USA, "drinking with an underage female GI employee" could easily mean drinking with a twenty year old woman, due to the alcohol laws there.

"Microsoft is committed to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone has the chance to succeed."

Some men think that 'the chance to succeed' applies to activities outside of work too.

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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

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True Consent

Is there anybody who actually signs up to receive marketing texts, in full knowledge of what they are doing? I can't believe that such a person exists.

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Worthless.

I think you'll be supposed to go to the nearest police station to hand over your VPN under a short term amnesty. I'm worried because I have no idea how to remove the VPN from my computer.

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Ashley Madison throws US$11.2m on the bed to mop up leak affair

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Re: Hashing Madley

Some of the remaining 1% were bots attempting to simulate chat from a real woman. From which we can conclude that most men are easily fooled and easily pleased.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

Is there a technical reason for the 'lake' part or does someone just like lakes?

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Sighs

It seems like the safest thing to do would be to leave your 'real' phone (and laptop) at home and store everything in 'the cloud', then take a freshly wiped 'burner' phone and laptop through customs and immigration with you.

I can't think of anyone I'd trust less with my various account identities and passwords than some government functionaries. The mind boggling thing is that they can't figure out that real terrorists and criminals already do this and have encrypted data archives in obscure cloud storage accounts.

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Re: Wildlife crime

Well, that sheep's buggered so we'd better arrest the guy.

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ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe

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Out of sight ...?

"... in an orbit that should keep it clear of the Earth or Moon for a century or more."

Why can't they set the controls for the heart of the sun, or something?

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Legal procedures

"PETA seemingly promised her that if Naruto won the case, he could receive significant royalties ..."

That's when Naruto's Indonesian lawyer (with a contract with Naruto's thumbprint on it) will jump up and claim protective custody of the royalties money.

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