* Posts by frank ly

5693 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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I've jumped through the hoop once already

Virgin Media (my ISP) have already caused me (by nagging with an injected browser tab) to visit their website and log in to tick a box to indicate that I don't want 'family protection content filtering' i.e. porn block. So why do they need to do any more?

Also, on the very few occasions when I've accidentally clicked on a link to a well known torrenting site, they block access and show me a page that says I'm trying to be naughty and the courts have told them to stop me. Let the government put court orders on them and let us see exactly what has been denied to us.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

"... the real problem which is a human population that is way too large for this planet right now? Perhaps the whizz kids could put their minds to that instead."

An internet connected condom?

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Googlers reveal code they use for mass Windows deployments

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Does Glazier use PuTTY?

I'm going.

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Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

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Re: Why

What it means is that they need to put more thought into their explanations and run them by a few more people before they release statements.

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Machine-learning boffins 'summon demons' in AI to find exploitable bugs

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I thought this was a Laundry Files story

I was mildly disappointed, at first.

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Western Union coughs up $586m for turning a blind eye to fraudsters

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Re: No jail-time, just the cost of doing business

That was a well written comment. If you wrote some more you could make an entire article.

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350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

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The 80:20 rule?

Will it be 80% of accounts are bots? Will they be wiped when Twitter officially finds out?

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What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

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Misunderstanding

"... a bird that was collecting acorns in a microwave dish, eventually amassing 300lb of the things, ..."

Was it a misguided attempt to cook them?

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Insecure Hadoop installs next in 'net scum crosshairs

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Conclusions

"... claiming that almost all the scans came from just two IP addresses in China. As the post notes, however: “it's important not to jump to conclusions about the attacker's location simply by looking at an IP address."

Is it fairly easy for someone outside of China to set up a VPN service inside China and then use it to transfer large amounts of data from outside China to the VPN server and then back out to their own location?

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Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

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Re: Now could they make the damned browser work better, please?

Palemoon?

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El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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Metrics

"For a while, Apple had the lead with Siri: ..."

How was this determined? Specifications, measurements, standardised test procedures, etc ? Does anybody know what we want/need from a 'chatbot' and why?

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Re: Click baity headline is click bait

I think that irony is misunderstood and the word misused a lot lately. The headline is parody and satire and it's corny but I'd say it's not ironic. If it turns out that it really is an alien structure than that would be ironic.

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Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

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Hence the advice not to re-use passwords.

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Laser beam sky mirage cannon can spy on enemies and generate Star Trek-style shields

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All over the place

It's the Kerr effect. No, it's ionisation of the atmosphere. No, it's temporary heating of the atmosphere. Maybe it's all three at the same time so we can call it a Trinity Mirror because all new tech needs a cool name.

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Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: @AC ... A really smart gun...

I thought a knife missile is 'simply' a robotic tool used by a drone. (A drone is a 1.0 or greater Culture citizen. Actually, a drone who was allowed to be equiped with a knife missile would be notably greater than 1.0 and would be a member of SC.)

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Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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6502 assembler code

I used to write that stuff for a living, back in the mid-late 80's. Ahhhh, life was oh so simple then.

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AI shoves all in: DeepStack, Libratus poker bots battle Texas Hold 'em pros heads up

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A learning experience

"... average win rate of more than 450 mbb/g (milli big blinds per game) ..."

I've looked in some forums etc to learn what this means and I've downloaded a paper on the subject from the University of Alberta Department of Computing Science. I might figure it out one day.

Maybe if I started playing poker for money.....?

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Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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We want information

"An ice hockey fan and one-time country club waiter, ..."

I can understand why this is interesting, important and relevant. Wait .... no, I can't.

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Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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It's owned by a honeybadger.

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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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After the robots have been declared to be legally equivalent to people and fitted with kill switches, then that would be the obvious next step. Who could logically object?

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Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

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The only black avatar in the series

And his name is Cole Train. Which comedian thought of this? They were going to call him Token but that joke has already been done.

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Security hardened, pah! Expert doubts Kaymera's mighty Google's Pixel

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Re: Can't parse the headline...

The hardening is all thanks to the giant clam, the shoulders of which are used to build the Pixel.

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Brother-and-sister duo arrested over hacking campaign targeting Italy's bigwigs

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Excuse me?

"The FBI has seized the servers and will ship them to Italy, ..."

Don't they understand how computers work?

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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@d3vy Re: What are customers moaning about?

It's the same with Virgin Media. You have to have the cable phone as part of the bundle. Every year, you phone them and tell them you don't or hardly use the phone and don't want it. They offer you a 12 month discounted deal and you make a note in your calendar to go through it all again next year.

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Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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I've just tried Lock Screen on my Mint 18.1 MATE setup. It locks immediately. Maybe you're using Cinnamon?

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Mmmm, Minty

".. pursue its own efforts like the homegrown Cinnamon and MATE desktops, ..."

The Mint people did develop Cinnamon as a 'homegrown' desktop manager but the MATE desktop manager was developed by another group and was adopted by Mint at an early stage.

https://mate-desktop.org/

Due to their FOSSiness and being popular in use, they are both available as options on many recent distributions.

The update to MATE 1.16 seems to have finally fixed the 'roaming panel icon' problem that I'd experienced often. The previous update to 1.14 had fixed the hyperextending drawer problem, which was a total pain in the backside when it happened. Now, MATE just works nicely.

The Mint 18.x series are LTS until early 2021 so it's a good OS to settle down with for a while. Mint 19 should be out in mid 2018 and Mint 20 in mid 2020, in keeping with the usual upstream Ubuntu release cycle.

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Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

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a CCTV installer in Nigeria.

Is he a prince who's fallen on hard times?

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This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

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Re: Duties and taxes...

Do you think that ordinary people would be allowed to do that in the way that ordinary people are allowed to have offshore identities and have their pre-tax salary payed into a foreign bank account?

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It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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It's highly unlikely that I'll be here in 2050 and I have to say that I find that thought to be strangely comforting.

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Google must be Beaming as Apache announces its new top-level projects

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Re: Damn, missed it!

I'll believe that when I read about it on my Google Reader news feeds.

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Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

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At various times in the past, El Reg has published articles involving the 'love muscle' (of both sexes). Have you had any SEO contact about those?

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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re. Quadsys

I fully agree with your arguments and opinions but I'm confused by your use of the Quadsys situation as an example.

If people are charged with an offence and appear in court then this is a public event, in principle and in practice. Provided you report the facts, as stated in court papers and announcments or by repetition of court journalist's published articles then how can anyone use a legal procedure to prevent you from reporting it?

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Is! Yahoo! dead?! Why! web! biz! will! rename! to! Altaba! – the! truth!

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Re: JCEYUIJOKVBYHUJIOK.com

Alt-Tab switches between open applications and Alt-A selects all text. I know because I just tried them. It could be something subtle and significant.

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Verizon is gonna axe its 'unlimited' data hogs

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Re: Semantics of a word

"... when they perceive you to be using a home broadband connection for business services."

What do they base that on? I remember that Virgin Media used to have T&Cs that said you can't run a web server at home but I thought that was because they'd designed their network so it was better at delivering data to homes than accepting it up for redelivery.

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Prison librarian swaps books for bars after dark-web gun buy caper

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Re: Andy Tickner from the UK Organised Crime Partnership said...

Their motto: "We're a Family"

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Re: Post-truth or PR ?

"... the fact that this guy was running drugs into a prison uncaught."

That is an assumption of yours, not a fact, as far as I can tell from the article.

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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The segmentation model

Why does a "stay at home mom" need a five day battery life?

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NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

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“It is also a trial so we have a long way to go.”

Does this mean they'll be collecting even more information in the future?

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Cache flush: AI poker bot to compete against top players in tourney

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"Libratus"

I said 'poker player', not 'piano player'!

On a more serious note, watch out for Carnegie Mellon researchers showing signs of increased disposable income. Do they have ethical guidelines for pitting their research machines against humans in online poker games?

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BOOST! LEGO's computing future and its ground-breaking past

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Correction

"... although there is not as yet any such thing as a bidirectional filament lamp. You can however get bidirectional LEDs."

All filament lamps are bidirectional. All LEDs are unidirectional. Some LED luminaires have reversible polarity because they contain two LEDs connected with opposite polarity. I need to get a life.

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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

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Re: retro?

"... classic look dessert theme ..."

Android seemed to be running a dessert theme with their release names but it wasn't consistent.

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Mattel's parenting takeover continues with Alexa-like dystopia

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Re: This is good

Does anybody remember the borged baby in Star Trek?

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Internet of Sh*t has an early 2017 winner – a 'smart' Wi-Fi hairbrush

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"The gadget vibrates angrily ..."

It also has a smooth cylindrical handle. I wonder if it's programmable from the smartphone and if there's a 'premium' app for that.

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Bitcoin breaks US$1,000

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It's bad, the news says so

Here's a recent article that appeared in The Independent newspaper 26 Dec:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/bitcoin-is-being-monitored-by-an-increasingly-wary-us-government-a7492796.html

The first thing it does is to associate alternative currencies with white supremacists. It quickly goes on to mention terrorists and criminals:

“And it runs contrary to the very fundamentals of the transparency and accountability that we’ve tried to build for the last three decades to tackle terrorism, human trafficking, money-laundering and many other types of criminal activity.”

Here's a good one:

"This ability to financially disrupt, disable and dismantle nefarious networks, is crucial to US national security, USTreasury officials say. "

It goes on with more:

"...and refers to bitcoin as a revolutionary innovation that’s “breathtaking in its ambition” and striking for its “attempt to overthrow a sovereign authority.” "

I suspect a move against Bitcoin in the near future, after a few more articles to prepare us for an extension to the continuous war on terror.

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Top-Secret-cleared SOCOM medics hit in 11GB govt database leak

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Re: Measurement Units?

It's only a bit of a mistake.

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

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Re: It's not "Fake News"

It's "dissenting information".

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Peace comes to troubled embedded-Linux-for-routers community

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Re: Second Law of Thermodynamics confounded!

Splittist! .... Joiner! ......Splitter! ....... Mergist!........... Forker!

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Support chap's Sonic Screwdriver fixes PC as user fumes in disbelief

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But if you store them in the tube, you can't stand them on the desk in a logical pattern related to their original location and reassembly order. (Not that it ever worked out well for me.)

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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Re: Nice, but, please, no "Windows Blue" windows title bars!

They do that (or give the option) to ease the transition away from Windows.

I have a spare 60GB SSD so I'll give it a try soon.

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NIST requests ideas for crypto that can survive quantum computers

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Conditions

It must have a master key that will be held by the government and various law enforcement departments. It must not be possible for bad people to use it.

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