* Posts by frank ly

5693 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Re: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

You're thinking of Doc Martens, which are actually very functional so your error is relevant.

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Pirate Bay digs itself a new hole: Mining alt-coin in slurper browsers

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WTF ?!

"It turns out that "a typo" caused the mining operation to try to eat up every available cycle, rather than the 20‑30 per cent usage that The Pirate Bay planned for. And the initial installation may also have worked on every tab instance, ..."

Testing? Much?

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Flying to Finland and Japan?

They should do it using Google+ or maybe Slack their way through it.

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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@Geoffrey W

Your past experiences may have been common when you first tried Linux, whenever that was. In my experience, starting just over four years ago, the Ubuntu and Mint forums are very useful and helpful places to go looking for information. Debian forums can be a bit 'wizardly' but if you have hairy problems then you need hairy wizards.

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AMD Ryzen beats Intel Core i7 as a heater (that's also a server)

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Nominative stuff

Will it be called a Quarnot cycle heater?

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Bespoke vending machine biz Bodega AI trips cultural landmine

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Commerce without human contact

I have that at my local Morrisons and I'm so used to it that I've stopped saying "thank you" to the automatic checkout machines when they give me my change.

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a $20 “whip cream show”

Are they sure it wasn't a "whipped cream show"? There's a big difference...... or is there? I can't figure things out anymore. Did the bikini barristers wear those old-fashioned horsehair wigs?

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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I wanted to buy a real leather strap for my 'Limit' wristwatch. I decided not to bother when I realised that leather straps cost more than I'd spent on the watch (£10).

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El Reg is hiring an intern. Here's the lowdown...

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Re: De-clunkify

Well done, you've got the job!

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: Hmm..

You can be bothered? Or could you care less?

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ICO slaps cab app chaps for 10-day spam crap

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Cue a puzzled "Que?".

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

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hmmm

Walks around in a bathrobe. Wants to recruit people before they go to the dark side. Works with some kind of arcane and almost mystic knowledge. Who does that remind you of?

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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Re: I rebuilt an old 486 DOS box

That would make an interesting article if you wouldn't mind putting the effort into it.

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Rubrik to hit enterprise with double whammy

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Confusion or playfulness?

The picture: Rubik's cube, ....... Rubrik's backup.

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Totally uncool California bureaucrats shoot down drone weed delivery

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The reason

They don't want the drones to get too high.

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Crackas With Attitude troll gets five years in prison for harassment

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Straight Inta Jail

It's a word that imitates a particular pronounciation of the word 'crackers', i.e. people who perform the art/act of cracking. The entire title is inspired by, but not an exact copy of, the N.W.A who were a musical performance ensemble, active during the late 80s.

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N.W.A)

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Hi Amazon, Google, Apple we might tax you on revenue rather than profit – love, Europe

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No, VAT is payed by the end consumer/user, which is you when you buy a packet of soap powder, etc. It is collected by the business that sells you stuff, since they have tax payment and accounting systems already in place which makes it easy for the goverment to use them as tax collectors.

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Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

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Oh Really?

"All streaming is infringement ..."

Is it really? Surely that's only if you're trying to sell it as a product being 'passed off' as the genuine article, which in this case is a playable game. Nobody who watched the stream is playing the game, they are watching somebody else play the game and they know that full well.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

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Apple has redrawn the poo emoji

So, these emoji things are not standardised in terms of appearance? Is this like a font change? How many different representations of poo are there?

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Re: Excellent

I haven't watched (UK) TV for a long time. Has it really got that bad?

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Pack up, go home to your family: Google Drive is flipping out

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Re: We reached out to Google for additional information

Now if you feel that you can't go on

Because all of your data is gone ........

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Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization

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"... no naughty cutting and pasting ..."

Except for eyeball to fingertip copy/paste activity.

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Close Encounters of the Kuiper Belt kind: New Horizons to come within just 3,500km of MU69

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Future report

The puzzling thing was that no matter what course corrections NASA made, New Horizons was unable to get close enough to MU69 for detailed pictures. (Ominous music follows.)

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Dolphins inspire ultrasonic attacks that pwn smartphones, cars and digital assistants

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Why?

Why are these microphones and audio processiong circuits made so that they respond to ultrasonic signals?

Why do the voice recognition algorithms respond to ultrasonic range voices?

I thought it was a generally understood principle that you filtered out any 'out of band' energy at an early stage.

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You are the one per cent if you read Firefox's privacy spiels

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Re: because it users to the preferences where they fumbled about

Exactly! You found it confusing. I'm sure that was Simon's point.

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Twitter is just randomly deleting people's lists – and no one knows why

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I assume .....

.... that you can't do a backup onto your PC? Is it possible to load anything from your PC to Twitter or vice versa?

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Facebook claims a third more users in the US than people who exist

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Re: "...18 to 24-year-olds..."

Calm down or you'll have a heart attack or stroke at your age.

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Geneal Atomics Reaper drone

That sounds scary!

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Re: Worth a look

It's a cloudy afternoon so I thought I'd try it. What follows is my personal opinion.

The panel style/layout changes that can be chosen from MATE Tweak are 'interesting' but only to people who pine for Unity or some Mac lookalike. If you're used to standard MATE then they will be of no interest at all to you. Note that you can save the panel style/layout as a named custom setting but this 'saving' does not include the exact contents location and layout and so you will mess up any existing icon layout if you select something different and then try to go back to a saved setting. This is a one-off decision that you should make at an early stage.

MATE 1.18.0 here has exactly the same cosmetic 'glitch' and functionality shortfalls that I've seen in the Linux Mint version.

It has some new themes - woohoo.

I'll wait for the LTS in 18.04 then see if they've fixed the MATE problems.

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Worth a look

I keep Linux Mint MATE going and updated even though I've happily settled on Debian Stretch MATE now. MATE 1.18.0 in Mint 18.3 has managed to introduce some problems into itself, both cosmetic artefacts and functional shortfalls. Because of the general flexibility, open nature and multi-layer nature of Linux and MATE, I've been able to work around these but it was annoying for a while.

I'll have a look at this latest version of MATE as implemented by Ubuntu to see how it behaves and if it offers any advantages over the Mint implementation. After all, the only cost is some time on a wet weekend and the occasional blood pressure spike when I see how they've changed my favourite feature or theme.

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

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"scalpel-fodder" ?

Do they use specially made tiny scalpels? Really, I'd like to know.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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"... after giving Wickes DIY my mobile number ..."

Ah ha! Have a cheap PAYG mobile for this purpose, if you really have to give a mobile number to anyone. You can store the number on your 'real' mobile to read out to people who 'need' it. You can always dump and replace the SIM card after a while if scam texts and calls get annoying.

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

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Awww, bless.

“As to make sure that this doesn’t fall into the wrong hands, we will just have to be aware that this technology is available only to the organizations that intend to use it for the good,”

He's had a very sheltered life so far, hasn't he?

P.S. That picture: there's not enough smoke coming off the burning tyres and whoever did the flames needs to find another outlet for their 'creativity'.

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Futuristic driverless car technology to be trialled on... oh, a Ford Mondeo

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I drive a Mk2 (November 2000 with 160,000 miles on it, original clutch) and it's a great car.

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Leaky S3 bucket sloshes deets of thousands with US security clearance

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An Inspiration

I've changed my Amazon account password from CorrectHorseBatteryStaple to TigerSwanTalentPen.

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We experienced Windows Mixed Reality. Results: Well, mixed

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Words and Names

Is "Mixed Reality" a Microsoft name for augmented reality or is it like "HoloLens" in that you can't judge it by its name? Have I asked the right question?

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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re. Heelight

According to the linked promo-video, it has "16 kilowatts of available colour". I'm impressed!

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Deputy AG Rosenstein calls for law to require encryption backdoors

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"... ISIS / the mafia / etc. will use something like PGP."

I'm sure they already do, with well managed key distribution and a bullet in the head for anyone who does anything that threatens their security.

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Rolling in personally identifiable data? It's a bit of a minefield if you don't keep your feet

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Just wondering

Every now and then, El Reg sends me an email about a seminar or a white paper or something and I simply delete them, no worries. If I sent an email to you, asking you to stop this, would you be required to do so with all haste?

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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

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Colour me surprised

"... it is much easier to use than a traditional beige box ..."

I'd be amazed if it was easier to use than the 'traditional beige box' on my living room wall.

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Judge: You can't call someone a c*nt, but a C∀NT is a cunning stunt

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Missed chance

I was hoping that you'd get the word 'cant' into the article. Maybe another time.

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Two million customer records pillaged in IT souk CeX hack attack

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You could try paying with cash.

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

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Timing

Is it too early to start talking about "the year of Linux on the dashboard".

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James Webb Telescope will be infatuated with Europa and Enceladus

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Boldly

"...other ingredients needed for life."

That's "... life Jim but only as we know it."

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Versatility

"... lorries doing 55.9mph up a single-carriageway hill, ..."

Other, slower speeds will be available.

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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Re: What is needed is better data destruction policies

"Lots of storage will be freed up as people die."

This was my grandfather's HDD. It still works fine and I see no reason to junk it.

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Calm down, internet. Elon's Musk-see SpaceX spacesuit is a bit generic

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Re: Double vacuum

I'm trying to think of a situation where the pressure increases inside a space suit.

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Sysadmins told to update their software or risk killing the internet

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Re: Further changes I expect

What number should I call to get all this?

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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@DougS Re: Holocene Extinction coated with nano-diamonds !

Remove the 'l' from "Slayer".

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Atari shoots sueball at KitKat maker over use of 'Breakout' in ad

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@Sub-vulture re. "Breakout"

It's a name, hence the initial capital letter.

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