* Posts by frank ly

6043 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Small correction

Does that mean that the queen wasp doesn't have a stinger?

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: [1]

Isn't that combination more likely to get you hooked on drugs?

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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All architects care about is building 'aesthtics' and will insist on anything if they think it maintains or improves their 'vision'. I've worked with people who install large scale systems (Power, HVAC, etc) and they've told me horror stories about architect decisions putting installation costs up and reducing the efficiency of installed systems.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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The Expanse

They watched it and thought it was a drama-documentary.

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Crims hacked accounts, got phones, resold them – and the Feds reckon they've nabbed 'em

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security?

"... using social security numbers belonging to a person with the same name as the fraudster to acquire phones using the victim's credit."

I assume that's the victim's credit account with the phone/service provider. Is that the fault of using the social security number as an identifier or the processes of the provider, or perhaps both?

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Duh!

"Multiple manufacturers and their respective telematic technology providers appear to be at fault one way or another."

Why the heck didn't they think of this in their early planning stages? In the various meetings, I wonder how many engineers said, "Excuse me but ....." and were then shouted down or ignored.

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WhatsApp security snafu allows sneaky 'message manipulation'

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No privacy for the public

"3. send a private message to another group participant that is disguised as a public message for all, so when the targeted individual responds, it’s visible to everyone in the conversation."

Should this be "send what is really a public message that is disguised as a private message, etc"

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The Register's 2018 homepage redesign: What's going on now?

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Re: Lipstick on a pig

I use the RSS feed and only use the front page if I want to go back to re-read or check something. When I have used my 'smartphone' to read El Reg, I prefer the non-mobile verison and I resent those websites that force 'mobile friendly' pages on me. If I wanted the 'mobile' page, I'd bookmark it.

(I think that 'Lipstick on a pig' is over-egging the pudding.)

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Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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Eggs .... Basket

"Networked telephones and email went down, door-card entry was disrupted, ..."

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Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

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"female-presenting robots"

Here's one:

https://store.hmv.com/film-tv/blu-ray/forbidden-planet-%28hmv-exclusive%29

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Did you know: Lawyers can certify web domain ownership? Well, not no more they ain't

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The cold light of The Regsiter

Now that you've mentioned them, either accidentally or deliberately, supercyberbadgers.com have gone dark. I asume they were up to no good.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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"... misplaced apostrophe's, ..."

I see what you did there and in other places. Are you also a grocer?

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Get drinking! Abstinence just as bad for you as getting bladdered

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One little pill?

"Previous studies showed that wine could help prevent strokes as it contains resveratrol, ..."

Maybe we all need to take a resveratol tablet every day, along with the statins, low dose asprin, vitamin and mineral tablets, etc. Does alcohol-free wine have resveratol?

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Holy ship! UK shipping biz Clarksons blames megahack on single point of pwnage

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Re: Copies

"... hackers who made off with data before demanding a ransom for its safe return."

This seems to imply that the hackers slurped a copy of the data and then deleted the data from the Clarksons computers. Is that what happened?

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UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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It's some kind of partnership operation that HMRC have with the Nigerian royal family.

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Brit comms providers told: You must tell people when their cheap contract's about to end

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Upvote for the Frankie Laine version.

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Well, well, well. Crime does pay: Ransomware creeps let off with community service

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Re: Another case...

Citation (and dictionary/thesaurus) needed; please.

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: That conclusion seems a bit fast to me

Not fast at all. Here is an extract from a story in The Independent newspaper, as also was noted in this article:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/mars-water-reservoir-life-planet-lake-pools-esa-european-space-agency-a8463281.html

"Scientists led by Roberto Orosei examined that data between May 2012 and December 2015 and found that there was a very sharp change in the radar signals, when looking at the area, which was found 1.5km beneath the surface.

The researchers spent two years ensuring that the data wasn’t the result of some other effect – eventually ruling out every possible explanation apart from liquid water of some kind."

I assume that after they'd finished their examination of the data, it was given to other teams of scientists who tried to tear the conclusions apart. Only now do we get some kind of concensus opinion.

Compare this approach to that of politicians who will have some kind of idea or dream and then wake up and tell you that it's true and that anyone who disagrees with them is a fool or worse.

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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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Composing

It seems to be overkill to analyse and generate audio records. What is the problem with analysing and generating sheet music (musical notation)?

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Robo-drop: Factory bot biz 'leaks' automakers' secrets onto the web

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Facing modern reality

Why doesn't a company with that level of spending, 'expertise' and commercial sensitivity get professional PEN-testers to regularly try to break into their network?

It sounds like Upguard should have a regular monthly gig trying to break into Level One Robotics and other places.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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On my UK keyboard, I have a pound symbol (Shift+3=£) , a dollar symbol (Shift+4=$) and a hash key (#). What does a US keyboard have? What do US people call a real pound (currency) symbol?

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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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All new and expectant mothers will be given small blindfolds to be worn by their child during breast feeding.

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Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

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Re: An honest question.

So, if the Hungarian national karate association website gets hacked, I have to change my password for The Register, Imgur, YahooMail, etc? I don't think that's reasonable, proportionate or sensible.

How about, in that case, The Hungarian national karate assiciation sends an email to all its registered members telling them to change passwords on other sites if they've been foolish enough to reuse their password?

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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Re: Paranoia and hot pockets

"... lamentably giveaway body language (always the weak point)..."

Can you tell me what you mean by this so I can work on improving my posture and behaviour?

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Oldest swinger in town, Slackware, notches up a quarter of a century

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Pint

What's in a name?

You can do anything when you're drunk with a kebab in your hand. I can find things on Wikipedia for example:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_SubGenius#Conspiracy_and_.22Slack.22

(Note the 'citation needed' at the end of that section.)

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Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France

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Re: If the Atlantic is so narrow...

Also, why does the cable get thinner further out into the Altlantic?

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By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Re: Spanking moons eh?

"They have proposed to call the new moon Valetudo, ... , the goddess of health and hygiene. "

If you don't brush your teeth and wash behind your ears, you'll find out.

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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Re: Cheers for clarifying

The idea is to get them thinking about the one-armed bandit so their man can get a jackpot.

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Boffin botheration as IET lifts axe on 20-year-old email alias service

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and the rules say?

" ... and the group points out that to maintain email servers for the personal use of its members was outside of its charitable remit."

It's not a charity, it's a chartered institution and its members pay about £200 a year in membership fees. Anyway, email and servers etc did not exist when its charter was drawn up so what was the justification for setting up the forwarding service in the first place?

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Excel security

In about the year 2007, a colleague had made a nifty spreadsheet that was password protected because he didn't want anyone to know how he'd done certain 'cool' effects. He had hidden columns and all sorts of stuff like that.

I renamed it as a .txt file and opened it in Notepad (which took a while). Near the start of the file was some text that looked very nuch like it was a password, it was his name plus some significant text. Sure enough, that was the password. I do hope the Excel password protection is more secure nowadays.

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GIMP masks font downloads, adds horizon fix in new build

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Re: Krita

I'd agree with that. I've been using GIMP for over twelve years and it is very good. Krita is a more 'modern' design and is more complex and comprehensive than GIMP and is also geared more towards 'painting' though it does have all the usual image manipulation and filtering tools and then some. Also, you can make bug reports and see them get fixed within a week in the latest nightly build download pages for Linux and Windows, as I have done myself.

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: Not me...

Was he *Walked* out of the building?

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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They walk among us

Many years ago, the company I worked for won the Queen's Award For Industry and we got a visit from Prince Phillip. The goods lift was painted and carpeted (!) and the corridors along which his party would walk were painted. Also, one of the cubicles in the toilets was clad from floor to ceiling in painted plywood so that there was no possibility of any part of him being seen by anyone if he should need to use it.

When we looked out of the window and saw his car arrive, we realised that we were in the presence of a living god.

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Israel cyber chief's 'pants' analogy for password security deemed, well, 'pants'

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It's "... from t'north.", as you'd know if you really were or understood the use of the apostrophe.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Re: I find PDF highly useful

"Email is, of course, HTML based; ..."

I set my email client to block all HTML content. If you can't type it or attach it, I won't look at it.

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MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo

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Re: 'Knob' rolls off the tongue

A paramour sometimes does (if you're lucky).

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Just wondering

"Since cracking the six-digit passcode may take up to 22 hours (or longer for a passphrase), then brute-force methods used by the cracking tools are likely to cease to work."

Why didn't they operate a 1 hour lock-out after five (or whatever) failed attempts? Or did they and the hackers have found a way to bypass it?

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Cardiff chap chucks challenge at chops*-checking cops

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re. Chops

It's the British slang for the mouth or jaws, not the entire face.

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Japanese fashion puts the oo-er into trousers

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I'll stay with my slashed doublets; they never go out of fashion.

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RoboCop-ter: Boffins build drone to pinpoint brutal thugs in crowds

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I'm wondering

"With one person in the image, the accuracy was 94.1 per cent, ..."

What was this person doing that was classified as violent behaviour?

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Meet the real spin doctors: Scientists tell H2O to chill out so they can separate isomers

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This!

This could explain how water is able to form a persistent memory of previously added substances even after many repeated dilutions. The arrangement and distribution of para-water and otho-water moleculues represents a binary memory store of previous 'experiences'. At last, a scientific explanation for homeopathy!

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Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary

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I'm wondering if it's a natural/'de facto' monopoly due to its dominant position in social media. Would that have any bearing on how it has to behave towards its customers (advertisers).

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Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali

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Sophistry

"the speech generated by bots is often simply speech of natural persons processed through a computer program."

Yeah, right, and I could take some words from this article then rearrange them into coherent sentences and pretend it was written by Kieran McCarthy of El Reg. Would the EFF support me in that?

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Victoria's educational apps-for-students let creeps contact kids

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Victorian Department of Education

I'm thinking about frock coats, double breasted waistcoats and mutton chop sideburns but I'm sure they're a laid back and relaxed bunch of people being Aussies.

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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Personal Tragedy

About 20 years ago when I had my first computer from PC World, I decided to fit a new hard drive into the spare bay, to use as a data drive since the C: drive was getting full with all the music and video files that seemed to get downloaded.

A simple job, easy to fit after some faffing around, configure it and make sure it could be seen by the OS. So I did 'format D:' and went to make a cup of tea. When I got back I quickly realised that something was wrong.

You know how the 'C' and 'D' key are very close to each other on the keyboard? I lost about a year's worth of media file downloads and you'd be right if you guessed that I hadn't backed them up.

After that I vowed that nothing like that would ever happen again. My OS system partition is backed up by regular partition imaging to a removable drive with a two image rolling backup on two separate disks and so is the personal data partition. My media collection is on a 1TB network drive and I maintain a separate copy on another drive that is only connected when making a backup. I do practice restoring the OS partition now and then just to make sure.

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NASA’s new exoplanet-spotter survives sling past the Moon

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"... around Earth’s moon."

Try saying "... around our moon." instead. It sounds much more personal and heartwarming.

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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"Here at El Reg, we have one top-class rifle shooter who practices his art in the UK, ..."

I thought all firearms (except licensed shotguns for farmers, hunters and gamekeepers) were banned in the UK? Didn't the Hungerford shooter use an AK47?

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

I always blush when I make that particular spelling mistake.

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Astroboffins find most distant source of oxygen in the universe

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Re: At least nobody is getting undeservedly rich off the gravitational field.

Don't forget the bouncy castle operators, they get their customers to do all the work too.

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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Infrastructure

Apart from the cloudy service, what about if your internet connection goes down? Isn't there any kind of automatic and sensible fallback behaviour for these situations?

I haven't been paying much attention to these systems because they're not the sort of things I'd ever want in my home.

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