* Posts by frank ly

5817 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out

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Shhhh. Listen to the storyteller.

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

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Vint Cerf

He's also one of the 'elders of the internet'.

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

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What time is it?

"This is an implementation of synchronized clocks using GPS receivers and atomic clocks in every data center. This can cause problems during a partition if a node can’t connect to a master – its clock will drift, causing the election of Paxos masters to slow down."

I'd have thought that a GPS/atomic clock would have enough accuracy and resolution that any data centre that was unable to connect would still have the same time as other data centres, for quite a while.

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Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

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Puzzled, as usual

"Ωc0 is in the same class of baryon as protons and neutrons, made of charm and strange quarks instead of the up and down quarks seen in atomic nuclei particles."

Where did the charm and strange quarks come from, since the LHC throws ordinary nucleii at each other? Did the high energy of the collision convert them from up and down quarks? If so, then it seems that most baryons are 'simply' short lived rearrangements of existing components.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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Explanation please?

I still don't understand how analysis of DNS records for my IP address can reveal that I looked at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholism (or whatever). Are they saying that Wikipedia's responses are different in such a way that the page can be distinguished from other pages?

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

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Obviously

"... the German government has threatened a €50m fine if these companies fail to delete "obvious" illegal content within 24 hours."

There are things, such as display of Nazi symbols, that are illegal in Germany but not in other countries. I'm sure there are things that are 'obviously illegal' to a citizen of country-X. Will this lead to a balkanisation of YouTube?

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Git sprints carefully towards SHA-1 deprecation

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@streaky

All you've done there is change the probablity by making it smaller. All previous arguments still apply. It's effectively zero for practical purposes, at the moment. It can't be mathematically zero because you calculated it to be non-zero.

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A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

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I suspect that's at least part of the reason for the warning in this case too. Does anyone know how ambient air pressure affects flash-over beakdown voltage?

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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@TRT Re: New technical terms.

A quick Google search says it's genuine, and in quite a few locations.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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The picture

I see you have Miss Hodgesaargh working for you. Well done.

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

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"It makes a series of significant factual and analytical errors, assuming that this kind of data agreement is unprecedented."

So, it's been done like this before has it? Can anyone give an example?

"In fact, every trust in the country uses IT systems to help clinicians access current and historic information about patients, under the same legal and regulatory regime."

What does that have to do with the Deep Mind agreement? You might as well say that every trust uses thermometers under the same legal and regulatory regime.

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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

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Re: Also

Where did you get Mint 18.3? I'm still on 18.1

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Same old story

“While it’s easy to upgrade to the next version of Ubuntu… we wanted to enable those that have big deployments of 12.04 more runway to plan effectively ..."

If they'd planned effectively then they'd be on 14.04 by now and be exploring options for an upgrade to 16.04.

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Proscription

Here is a quote from Yvette Cooper on this subject, taken from The Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/youtube-google-kkk-video-refuses-to-take-down-antisemitic-david-duke-a7629861.html

“There aren’t that many proscribed organisations. Don’t you feel any responsibility, as multi-billion pound organisation, to check you are not distributing material from a proscribed organisation?”

I'm sure we'd (most of us) agree with her on these particular examples. However, what happens when a different government complains about promotional videos from other 'proscribed' (by them) organisations? I'm sure we can all think of possible examples, now and in the potential future.

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National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

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Pledges

"The plans were reversed on the basis that they breached his own party's 2015 manifesto pledge ..."

When did that ever stop a government?

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Boffins Rickroll smartphone by tickling its accelerometer

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Re: Hang on a mo...

Also, the first video seems designed to give the impression that an injected sound caused a video to be played, according to the experimenters choice. The implication is that they can make your phone show what they want you to watch.

The entire story has been hyped up by these experimenters to give themselved coverage and publicity. The Register seems to have gone along with this.

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Apple urged to legalize code injection: Let apps do JavaScript hot-fixes

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That leads to the question of how shitty the patches will be in that 'culture'. Any guesses?

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In 2012 China vowed 'OpenStack will smash the monopoly of western cloud providers!'

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“OpenStack will smash the monopoly of the western cloud providers!”

Do you think anyone from H3C or Huawei was brave enough to tell him it was developed by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, those arch-capitalist running dogs.

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NASA finds India's missing lunar orbiter with Earth-bound radar

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Puzzled

If they thought it would be 200km above the surface, why did they aim the illuminating radar at a point 160km above the pole?

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CA forks out $45m to make claims it screwed over US govt go away

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Blame

Isn't it the responsibility of the US Government to be better at negotiating prices and contracts so as to get the best deal for the people who actually pay for it and pay their salaries? What magical abilities do those corporate clients have that enable them to get massive discounts?

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Thousands of NHS staff details nicked amid IT contractor server hack

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Stolen?

Did they actually steal it (deprive the owner of the use of it) or did they illegally copy it?

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Smart sex toys firm coughs up $3.75m in privacy lawsuit

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Coat

"personally identifiable email addresses"

They should have used a Hotmale or Woohoo! address.

Coat: I'm not telling you what's in the pocket.

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

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Re: Well..

"... socialists obsessed on sucking the people dry."

Wasn't that a line from an old 'Up Pompeii!' show or a Carry On film? Nostalgia for Frankie Howerd and Kenneth Williams is all very well but try to be original.

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Telstra wants civil litigants to pay up front for access to metadata

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Re: Civil Litigation?

This is an example of my monday morning 'abilities'. I thought it was ISP metadata, not telecommunications data.

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Civil Litigation?

I'm trying to think of civil cases where ISP 'metadata' would be of interest. All I can think of is a divorce case where one party claims the other was going wild on internet dating sites. Any other ideas?

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Hold 'em, don't fold 'em: How to bite Bitcoin pools

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Re: house of cards question

No, they go to Silicon Heaven. Of course it exists!

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Family of technician slain by factory robot sues everyone involved

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It's confusing

"...was performing routine maintenance on one of the robots on the trailer hitch assembly line when the unit unexpectedly activated and attempted to load a part into the unit being repaired, crushing Holbrook's head."

"The robot from section 130 should have never entered section 140, and should have never attempted to load a hitch assembly within a fixture that was already loaded with a hitch assembly,"

I'm having difficulty undertstanding all that. 'Robot', 'unit', 'section', 'fixture', .... are robot/unit and section/fixture the same thing? Was she killed by the robot she was working on or by another robot that moved between sections?

Either way, why did they have power connected? (and other related questions.)

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Repentant priest from Cuntis sorry he dressed as Hugh Hefner

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I only read stories like this in The Register, so thank you. Maybe I need to get out more and widen my reading horizons.

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Re: Who can you believe nowadays?

Heck! The truth is complicated isn't it? Well pointed out and thank you.

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Who can you believe nowadays?

From Wikipedia: "KakaoTalk currently has 170 million users and is available in 15 languages. The app is also used by 93% of smartphone owners in South Korea."

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What a Flake: Congress mulls trashing privacy rules, letting ISPs go to town on your data

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Translation

"... consistent and uniform protection of the privacy of their personal information ..."

= a big fat zero everywhere

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

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Sensible people have two satellites made, at a large discount, with one kept in storage in case of accidents like this.

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

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VPN?

Will a VPN bypass the TalkTalk block?

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Police Scotland and Accenture were at odds over ill-fated IT project i6

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"at odds"?

"Police Scotland was committed throughout to working with the supplier, Accenture, and the Scottish Police Authority, whilst maintaining the integrity of ongoing discussions during that process and commercial elements of the contract."

"There were challenges and issues on both sides, but we worked closely with Police Scotland ........ and we mutually agreed to end the project."

They're not at all 'at odds'. They both agree that they did the best they could under the circumstances. I'm sure they'll be dating each other again in the future.

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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Confusion

"In recent weeks, suspected infringers have begun receiving stiff letters from their ISPs."

Is this a crossover from the sex & technology article? I'm with Virgin Media so I wouldn't be sure what to do.

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That CIA exploit list in full: The good, the bad, and the very ugly

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Where's Linux?

I didn't see Linux in that set of bullet points. Is it secure or are you still reading about all the exploits they have for it? Enquiring minds are anxious to know.

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

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Palemoon

Take it for a test drive. It's nice.

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Help wanted: Uber boss Travis seeks babysitter for him and his execs

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Sadly, Barbara Woodhouse is no longer with us.

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Redmond's on fire, your 365 is terrified: Microsoft email outage en masse

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Webmail seems ok

I just logged into my Hotmail/Outlook webmail and read my Junk mail with no problems. (Yes, webmail - I've had it for many years and I enjoy the retro feel.)

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Success in the bedroom breeds success in the boardroom – research

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But I hate myself :(

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Salford and Liverpool City Councils plan IT trading venture

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Better late than never

"The Salford and Liverpool plan follows 12 months' collaboration that began with Liverpool looking for a partner to help on an ERP and financials projects, which saw the pair first share the price of a premium SAP engagement package."

They should all have been doing this sort of collaboration for years. It's good to know that this form of mutual working is becoming a thing nowadays. All we need now is for the various police forces to start cooperating with each other when specifying and buying equipment ... etc .... etc.

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That big scary 1.4bn leak was 100s of millions of email, postal addresses

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re. Spamhaus

Haven't Spamhaus (or somebody like them) been sued in the past for flagging an organisation's emails as spam? I hope they're suitably structured to make it difficult to get money out of them.

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Shamoon malware spawns even nastier 'StoneDrill'

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Mitigation?

Maybe I should make a 'low-privilege' user for browsing, not just because of StoneDrill but on general principle. I don't like the idea of losing every file that I have access to at this moment. (I do have full backups on a drive in my desk drawer.)

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Put down the coffee, stop slacking your app chaps or whatever – and patch Wordpress

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All plugins?

Were all the security holes in WP plugins? I remember reading comment that WP itself was good at security but needed plugins to make it do things that most people wanted it to do.

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Stop the press: Journos not happy losing jobs to journo bots, say journos

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Re: Journalists, humm I think...

"... a freighting concept."

You're thinking about putting them in a box and sending them somewhere else. I suppose it's easy to do that with robots.

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Euro Patent Office puts itself on Interpol's level, demands access to staff phones and laptops

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re. 'draconian'

It's a reference to Draco Malfoy, from the Harry Potter stories. It means to misuse your powers, arrogantly and for evil purposes in a place that isn't quite connected to reality.

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How can you be expected not to violate a patent if the patent is secret? Do you get to examine secret patents, to check if your development work may violate them, if you're cleared to work on defence projects?

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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Traffic Cops

I'm sure, or at least I hope that there are international agreements and protocols for positioning of earth orbiting satellites by the various organisations that launch things. Is it the same for Mars or do they take a look at what's there already and make a 'sensible' decision about where to put theirs?

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Did your in-flight entertainment widget suck? It's Panasonic's fault, claims software biz

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Re: General Protection Fault?

Don't let Colonel Panic know about it.

Anyway ... maybe it's too long ago......maybe it didn't really happen .... I can't .... I don't ......nurse!!!

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General Protection Fault?

Does anyone remember that? Ah ........ memories.

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