* Posts by frank ly

5426 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Just delete the internet – pr0n-blocking legislation receives Royal Assent

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Re: The Ruling Class

Thank you for that. I'll fire up my VPN and go looking for it.

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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So,

You get to write your own sub-headings for your final article?

Good luck and please try to bring some knowledge and intellectual rigour to your new environment.

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Flatpak and Snaps aren't destined for graveyard of failed Linux tech yet

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Re: Distro value-add

For about a year now, the GIMP 2.8 application in Debian and dependent distros, such as Ubuntu and Mint, has had a fault that causes it to freeze and lock up if you try to perform a cage transform. This is because the Debian people used the wrong version of the cegl library when they compiled the GIMP source code. This has been pointed out in various bug reports for some time.

I got around the problem by using the PPA of a main GIMP developer to install the 2.9 development version. A less easy way would have been for me to compile it myself using the correct library version. So, having a well known and respected distro is no guarentee that things will be looked after properly.

In case you're wondering, Debian 9 (Stretch RC) still has this problem with GIMP 2.8.

Also, for about a year, the Mint distro has had a faulty version of IDJC and I did have to compile a later version from source code so that I could have a working version. Debian 9 has the later correctly working version and this should eventually work its way into Ubuntu and Mint.

RSS-Owl simply will not normally work because the standard libraries have advanced while it has stood still. I know how to 'fake it' using symbolic links so I'm ok for now, until the standard libraries become totally unsuitable. A standalone version would be a nice thing to have.

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Re: You could of course have the same advantages _much_ simpler...

It does bring security advantages due to the sandboxing - provided this is done well of course.

At the moment, I have a few applications that are stand-alone, either as executables in a directory of their own library resources or as an Appimage file. For whatever reason, I trust the providers and they haven't borked my computer yet or stolen my personal data (as far as I'm aware).

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Australian Federal Police accessed metadata without warrant, broke law

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Smoke and mirrors

“If anything the public should have confidence we have found this breach, ..."

I wonder if they did this deliberately to show how honest they are.

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NATO secures adoption of submerged drone data comms standard

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JANUS

Joint Alliance Nautical Underwater Signals?

Getting all 28 countries to agree on the details is quite an achievement.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Does anyone remember ...

Apricot Computers?

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For the won: Korean DRAMmer llamas SK Hynix earning buckets

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Coat

That's a ding-dong of a title

(Leaving quickly but quietly.)

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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“who stole the custard?”

Surely it's "who's looking after the custard?"

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Farewell Unity, you challenged desktop Linux. Oh well, here's Ubuntu 17.04

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Re: How times change..

It's Foss so fork it, strip out the Gimp branding and artwork, put your own in and have your own application to impress your friends with. You could call it Paint Imagination My Program or something.

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Nemo ... Files ... pah!

Caja is the only one worth using. It carries the (old) Nautilus torch and carries it well.

What's that? ... You disagree with me? .. Then it will be pistols at dawn!

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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Success!

"Turned out that some invoice adjustments were done using a PDF editor on the invoice itself rather than by changing the finance system and generating a new bill..."

That one showed you a potentially serious security problem.

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Ambient light sensors can steal data, says security researcher

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Light Show

Reading the first link......

It works by converting the display to a black and white image and then filling the screen with one pixel at a time so it can monitor the state of the pixel from the light that leaks onto it from the display. This works, as noted, but in practice it would be very obvious that something strange was happening.

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Boffins spot Earth-size planet most likeliest yet to harbor alien life

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Known to El Reg readers as ...

... the Deja Vu Planet. (You had to have been there, earlier today.)

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This story is no more

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Ah, Memories

I read the story when it was here, in all its glory. It didn't last long but it burned brightly. Maybe it used up all of its fuel?

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Samsung's Shixby: Reviewers unimpressed with S8 digital assistant

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Picture ....

"... the embarrassing Apple camp where people shove unwanted apps forced on them by Cupertino into an "Apple shit" folder."

.... or it doesn't happen!

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Microsoft and Rambus will get schwifty in quantum-cum-cryogenic computation collab

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There's an amusing fifteen second vignette at the end of every episode. My OCD habit of watching all the end credits has payed off with this series.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: So...

This one is also amusing and is 'mainstream':

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/reluctant-theresa-may-reluctantly-calls-general-election-a7688796.html

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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I'm using Palemoon 27.0.3 on Linux and those first two links have different behaviour. The first one shows as "https://xn--80ak6aa92e.com/" and the second one shows as "https://www.epic.com" when I hover the cursor over it.

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Australia scraps temporary visas for skilled workers

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Re: Intetesting

I didn't realise there were people who made spelling mistakes in one-word titles and then failed to notice and correct them.

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Switch on your smartphone camera and look how fertile I am

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".. I have no interest in childish double-entendres."

You can't do it twice then? (That sounded a lot more funny immediately after I'd thought of it.)

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Sysadmin 'trashed old bosses' Oracle database with ticking logic bomb'

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Re: Conversion?

Not a stolen hammer. I pick your hammer up, break your window with it and then put the hammer down where I found it.

Note: I've just been reading about 'conversion' in Wikipedia. It has a long and complicated history in law. The hammer scenario is probably not conversion but only a lawyer could say for sure.

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Conversion?

If I use your hammer to break your window, do I get charged with two crimes?

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Free health apps laugh in the face of privacy, sell your wheezing data

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Re: If enough people

I've told my Health-Track-O-Tron app that I have low blood pressure, rabies and bubonic plague. I'm waiting for adverts for pills to see what it comes up with.

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Cloudy Outlook

"... increase on-premise licensing by 13 per cent and cloud licensing and services by 22 per cent. It blamed "sustained currency changes" which led to a "price misalignment" of the pound."

So, the on-premise licensing contract was to be paid in 'real' money and the cloud licensing in 'cloudy' money. Hence the different increases? I've always found finance to be confusing.

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Ofsted downplays site security concerns

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The truth is out there

On the one hand:

"There is no mechanism for verifying the person providing feedback is a parent, no token or means of identifying the person, any email address can be used to sign up and the process could easily be automated," according to Oli.

On the other:

"Parents wishing to submit a review must first register with a password, verify their email address and accept the terms of use." [An Ofstead spokesman]

They sound mutually exclusive but in fact, they are not.

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Subpostmasters prepare to fight Post Office over wrongful theft and false accounting accusations

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Words

"In 2015, the Post Office refuted the findings of that report, ..."

Did they refute the findings or did they deny the findings or did they disagree with the findings? There is a difference.

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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Eating dinosaur droppings

I don't want to subscribe to a channel or to a 'bundle'. I just want to watch every episode of The Expanse, Better Call Saul, Preacher, Black Mirror and a few other series shortly after they're made available. If only there was some kind of common micropayment system that every provider used. In the meantime, I'll carry on using a different and very convenient way of watching them.

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Germany gives social networks 24 hours to delete criminal content

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This will be interesting and maybe nasty

"... those who feel aggrieved by material posted about them should be able to learn the true identity of the poster."

Maybe the US Department of Homeland Security could apply to a German court to force Twitter to give them the identity of @ALT_uscis.

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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"Ubuntu offers a good compromise between solid but out of date Debian Stable and bleeding edge Debian Unstable."

There's Debian Testing of course.

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

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One wallet to pay them all

That could be risky. Will it be topped up using your credit card, Paypal, Bitcoin, etc?

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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

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Together Is Power

Slogan Is Nonsense

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Details

I assume the 'device' has a light at the tip. Considering the skill level shown so far, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd forgotten that on the prototype.

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

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Re: Introduction to CJS Common Platform Programme

That was confusing.

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Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

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Testing in a VM

It's not expensive or difficult to buy/have a spare hard drive and fit it into your desktop/laptop for a 'real' installation.

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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I'm sure the original specification was for 109.9ft and 49.8ft and the article has simply converted those specifications to SI units.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: Yellows, no

I remember, one day years ago, seeing an amber light with a good distance to go so I took my foot off the throttle and pressed the brake for a smooth controlled stop. There was the sound of squealing tyres behind me. I was being followed by a driver who applied the 'accelerate on amber' rule and thought that I would too.

From what I've heard, the 'accelerate on amber' rule is quite common in Ireland.

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Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

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Re: Opting Out?

I've noticed this VPN blocking by some websites. It seems to be sites that do sign up and payment processing. I think they're trying to prevent fraudsters from misusing credit cards.

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Financial fraud losses in the UK last year topped £20m a day – report

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I can do that for £2m a day

Just send your money to ......

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Getting Creative

"Download options now include "Run" for executable files ..."

They need to have 'Run As Administrator'. That would give one heck of a Creators facility.

I shall look forward to getting this eventually. I know, from experience with the Anniversary Update, that I'll have to set aside about an hour or so for the update process and I'll never be sure if it's finished, what with all those restarts.

I've stopped/blocked LAN access because it started writing its crap onto my network drives. I thought that they were MY network drives but I was obviously wrong. Now, I use a FAT32 USB stick if I want to transfer anything into Windows on the rare occasions that I use it (Daz Studio 3D and Photoshop CS6).

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'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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