* Posts by frank ly

5886 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

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Capita?

I thought they were known by a different name here.

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Hey Europe, your apathetic IT spending is ruining it for everyone

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Re: Of course there's also pretty listless growth

We need a shiny new thing to buy (or be bought for us). Self-driving AI controlled cars will save the economies of the world.

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Re: Confirmation checkbox needed

According to a report in The Independent, there was a confirmation stage and the operator did press 'yes'. What it needs is a big, red, flashing illuminated sign at the other end of the room with a big, red, flashing confirmation button to be pressed. I suppose that would be too expensive.

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Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish...

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Why did I read the first sentence as, "Microsoft has bungled ..."?

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Heathrow Airport's local council prohibits drone flights from open spaces

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Re: What about?

If you can make it walk like a duck then you might have a chance.

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Fancy a fidget? Craze makes debut entry into PornHub's top searches

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Re: Fidget spinners?

I found out. Human imagination and ingenuity is indeed a wonderous thing, if a bit repetitive and squealy.

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Russia claims it repelled home-grown drone swarm in Syria

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"... but appear to have few metal parts and lack even landing wheels."

They don't need landing wheels for a suicide mission. The lack of metal parts was probably an attempt to avoid radar detection.

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Teach citizens IoT dangers, engineering students cybersecurity, Uncle Sam suggests

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Re: Make the producers liable

"Due to its traditional hands-off approach to industry and the fact that the internet mostly resides in private hands, there is little that the DoC or DHS can do in real, solid terms."

If an electricity supplier switched 11kV onto a domestic feeder, resulting in damage and/or injury; would the attitude be the same?

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Good lord, Kodak's stock is up 120 per cent. How? New film? Oh. It launched a crypto-coin

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You need to be patient and wait to capture the moment.

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Boffins use inkjets to print explosives

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Re: Not usually one for pedantry

You're probably right. I'm wondering why they use copper oxide instead of iron oxide, which is usual for bulk thermite. I assume it makes a better/easier printing 'ink' or sticks to the substrate better, or something.

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Supremes asked to mull legality of Silicon Valley privacy 'slush funds'

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Good choice of picture

With more than one interpretation.

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CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice

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ANPR

Also used in car parks and motorway service staions.

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Parliamentary 'puters made 30k tries to procure pr0nz last year

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Re: Is that not a challenge?

Why don't they use a VPN? They're quite cheap to rent.

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You GNOME it: Windows and Apple devs get a compelling reason to turn to Linux

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snap/flatpak/.appimage

I've been using .appimage excecutables for a while now, which are essentially unmanaged (at the user end) self-contained applications with no dependencies on installed libraries, etc. Does anyone know if there are major technical or security differences between snap, flatpak and .appimage applications?

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South Australia bins emergency alert app, contract

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Ripe for ridicule

"... have lost confidence in this app to provide the 99.9 per cent reliability as is stipulated in our contract”.

The contract will be allowed to expire in June, when it is next due for renewal, ..."

A contract for a non-compliant service will be allowed to run for another six months?

What about the AU$250,000 p.a. already paid?

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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@AC re. Re: Words?

anthem

/ˈænθəm/

noun

1.

a song of loyalty or devotion, as to a nation or college: a national anthem

2.

a musical composition for a choir, usually set to words from the Bible, sung as part of a church service

3.

a religious chant sung antiphonally

4.

a popular rock or pop song

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Re: Words?

It's not technically an anthem if it doesn't have words. Can any commentareds suggest lyrics?

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Lateral Thinking

Can't the 'traditionalists' just add a teaspoon of sugar to it when they open it? I suspect that 'Irn-Bru Classic' will be on sale in the summer.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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Timeshift

If you want to have 'real timeshift', you boot from a Gparted Live CD/USB and save/restore entire partitions. It doesn't take long and it's a proper time machine. (I'm old fashioned.)

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Fetch calls Uber's bluff: See you in court, bros!

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'Beauty' contest for courts?

"... Uber wants to pick a court that is more favorable to its case by asking the district court dismiss the claim and allow it pursue the case in a state court."

How does that even happen?

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Hyperledger 3 years later: That's the sound of the devs... working on the chain ga-a-ang

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re. "Sawtooth - contributed by Intel -"

"Its consensus mechanism relies on extensions in Intel processors, though, limiting it to that architecture."

Can't this be emulated on other processors, or is there a timing issue?

Am I alone in thinking that allowing Intel to slip this into the project may not have been a good idea?

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Astroboffins say our Solar System could have – wait, stop, what... the US govt found UFOs?

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Re: Aluminum . . .

Is it transparent?

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Ubuntu 17.10 pulled: Linux OS knackers laptop BIOSes, Intel kernel driver fingered

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Re: Debian SID

I thought Ubuntu was based on Debian Testing and then given some grinding and polishing by Canonical. Given that Testing is only about six months into the usual two year development cycle then Sid might be a close approximation. This is why I wait for the Stable/LTS releases.

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Meet R2-DILDO: 'Star Wars' sex toys? This is where the fun begins

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Try later

"... we're trying to get the firm on the blower ..."

They're already testing it.

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Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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That picture

I assume it's from an advert for Better Abs.

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You too can fool AI facial recognition systems by wearing glasses

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Re: Apple thinks my dog is a person

Have you tried it when your dog is wearing glasses?

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Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

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From the Poems

Mr Softee pulls away - She makes love to her mobile

(That just caught my eye. It's so close to my own experiences.)

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Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

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Worth the effort?

They seem to have packaged two physical drives in one physical unit. Maybe the on-board controller can also treat them both as one physical drive but isn't it more flexible and perhaps cheaper to concentrate on making a single physical hard drive robust and cheap and then use RAID and similar techniques to get performance increases?

If you want to go this route, why not package an extra entire independent set of read/write heads at the opposite corner, then you could really have two channel access to the same physical drive?

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Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

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Re: Great !

Without the (seemingly) standard £30 cancellation charge, I hope :(

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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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MF - EMF

There is a difference between them. It's the emf (electro-magenetic fields) that the researchers seem to be worried about.

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Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

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Re: Naming Convention

The universe is complicated!

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Naming Convention

Does anyone know why Kepler-90a isn't used for the first planet?

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Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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I'm sure he did 'say' that. How you spell it in writing depends on which language you use, English or American.

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re. Bootnote

Mr. Mouse is definitely in charge and very much hands-on.

NSFW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF4_4g1B2Ug

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UK's map maker Ordnance Survey plays with robo roof detector

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The Next Stage

Farmers start applying camouflage patterns to the roofs of the new barns they built in a convenient hollow in their land.

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'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

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Long term view

Is there any kind of historical 'misrouting analysis' which gives a list of these types of events and the locations that data was misrouted through? It would be interesting to see the misrouting events organised by country of 'wrongful route'. e.g. How many misroutings went through the USA or UK?

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Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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Nomenclature

"... the establishment of a base on the Moon ..."

Will the first one be called Moonbase Alpha?

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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Re: @FuzzyWuzzys re. @for_exposure_txt

I worked my way through the poorly expressed, spelled and 'grammared' posts to find this gem:

"I think there is a difference between compensating artists for their work, which is obviously a good thing, and allowing them to keep our culture hostage. At a certain point art becomes bigger than the artist."

Oh wow!

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: If you think that is stupid

Oh my, that is weird.

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Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: Oregon is a nanny state

Beaverton: Is it safe to make jokes about the town's name?

("... doing math without a license ..." - wonderful :) )

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Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

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I thought they were both dead.

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Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

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The satellite view for my area hasn't been updated for three years. I know this because a car I once borrowed (three years ago) can be seen on the driveway.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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You Take My Self Control

I, I love among the creatures of the night .......etc.

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Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

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Why?

"In an effort to make objects more chatty, ..."

Oh why!

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O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches

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Pics

"... decorate their knockers this festivus."

Pics, or ..... please?

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Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)

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There's a song about that

“I think Viagra must have got into the water supply."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84-g3kuJ2cE

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Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

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What is 'cyberstalking' ....

.... and why is he facing charges for it?

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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According to a TV drama/documentary that I once saw, something very special will happen to Voyager.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: Vive la France

These 'corporations' have a legal corporate presence in Europe and operate in Europe. They trade in Europe, engage in corporate activity and make a profit in Europe. I thought that European law would apply to anyone who did that.

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Re: Theft or not

VAT is not paid by the company, it is paid by the end customer. The company just acts as a tax collector and forwards the VAT collected to the government.

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