* Posts by frank ly

6069 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

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"Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold."

Didn't the original writer of that phrase hold copyright? It's been used by so many companies.

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AI quickly cooks malware that AV software can't spot

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Details?

"... lots of tiny tweaks that proved very effective at developing malware that could evade security sensors."

What sort of malware are they talking about here? I can't imagine that these 'tiny tweaks' are random or we'll have a monkeys and shakespear situation (maybe we have)? Was it actually genuine useful/dangerous 'malware' or just something that messed up registers, etc?

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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WSUL

I suppose it would be ok for running WINE then I could .... oh, .... wait a minute.

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Boffins grudgingly admit they may have found an exomoon

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Moons!

We have moons galore in this solar system so it would hardly be surprising if exoplanets had them. Now to observe them ....

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Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

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Eclipses confuse me

"... when the Moon is wedged between the Sun and the Earth ..."

What do they use for a wedge?

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The ultimate full English breakfast – have your SAY

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Turf War?

It's a doctrinal jihad!

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

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Pre-emptive

The 'filters' assume that the poster is about to start swearing because a primitive AI has noticed this happening many times before.

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Tethering is a function of your phone, not the mobile network. They are being skinflints.

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In the Pearl River Delta's electronics souks, AI lets the haggling happen

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Differences

In terms of differences between Cantonese and Mandarin and between Simplified and Traditional script, how do they compare to the differences between, let's say, American English and UK English and between Spanish and Portuguese (as examples)?

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Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Ghost?

Is that a ghost at the lower right, sitting at an older style control desk?

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Fan of FBI cosplay? Enjoy freaking out your neighbors? Have we got the eBay auction for you

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Retro

It's even got real wood veneer effect panelling!

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Re: Virgin is a stupid name anyway...

'Virgin' sounds sexual? Is this about absence and shadow creating that which is not there? He's an artist!

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Re: Why oxygen generators?

You'd need to get rid of CO2 from the pilot anyway, no matter what system you use (except for natural air pass through). If they can design and make an oxygen concentrator that delivers the correct partial pressure of oxygen then surely they can design and make a mixing valve to do the same thing when fed from an oxygen cylinder?

I suppose that with an oxygen concentrator you don't need to refill/replace tanks and don't have capacity/duration limitations.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

Oh for goodness sake! The vaping 'e-liquid' is a mixture of propylene glycol and glycerine (in various ratios) with very small quantities of nicotine and flavourings. Everybody exhales water vapour or water particles so to count those as an 'output' when you're complaining about vapers polluting the atmosphere is ridiculous. What you see and what bothers you in the 'smoke' is the cloud of propylene glycol and glycerine fog/aerosol, probably any scent/flavouring too. Vaping has nothing to do with water vapour/aerosol.

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Re: No vaping in the workplace please

@Clive Galway: I don't know where you get your ideas from but they are totally wrong. Try doing some research. The intenet would be useful for that.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: I

This is worse that the time I said that a female spymaster should be called a 'spymistress'.

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Headmaster

Re: I

She is (will be) a Time Lady, not a Lord.

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Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

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Re: The Las Vegas attitude...

Note that in the USA, "drinking with an underage female GI employee" could easily mean drinking with a twenty year old woman, due to the alcohol laws there.

"Microsoft is committed to a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone has the chance to succeed."

Some men think that 'the chance to succeed' applies to activities outside of work too.

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Juicy fine for Bradford firm after it blurts one million spam texts

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True Consent

Is there anybody who actually signs up to receive marketing texts, in full knowledge of what they are doing? I can't believe that such a person exists.

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UK.gov snaps on rubber gloves, prepares for mandatory porn checks

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Re: Worthless.

I think you'll be supposed to go to the nearest police station to hand over your VPN under a short term amnesty. I'm worried because I have no idea how to remove the VPN from my computer.

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Ashley Madison throws $11.2m on the bed to mop up leak affair

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Re: Hashing Madley

Some of the remaining 1% were bots attempting to simulate chat from a real woman. From which we can conclude that most men are easily fooled and easily pleased.

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Linus Torvalds may have damned systemd with faint praise

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Cannonlake, kabylake, coffeelake, skylake

Is there a technical reason for the 'lake' part or does someone just like lakes?

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Sighs

It seems like the safest thing to do would be to leave your 'real' phone (and laptop) at home and store everything in 'the cloud', then take a freshly wiped 'burner' phone and laptop through customs and immigration with you.

I can't think of anyone I'd trust less with my various account identities and passwords than some government functionaries. The mind boggling thing is that they can't figure out that real terrorists and criminals already do this and have encrypted data archives in obscure cloud storage accounts.

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Re: Wildlife crime

Well, that sheep's buggered so we'd better arrest the guy.

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ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe

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Out of sight ...?

"... in an orbit that should keep it clear of the Earth or Moon for a century or more."

Why can't they set the controls for the heart of the sun, or something?

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Legal procedures

"PETA seemingly promised her that if Naruto won the case, he could receive significant royalties ..."

That's when Naruto's Indonesian lawyer (with a contract with Naruto's thumbprint on it) will jump up and claim protective custody of the royalties money.

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Peak Register

I think you've jumped the vulture with that one.

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Easy Beat Gold Eggs

I followed the link, I read the details, I watched the video. I still have no idea what it is. In many ways, I'm too old to care anymore.

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

"... I'v used as much as 6 gigs in a month before."

Did you mean a day? My Virgin Media (UK) cable connection used to have a 2GB a day throttling limit. Now, I think it's much higher and I once downloaded 5GB in a day with no slow down.

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Costs?

Does anyone know how much a rebranding exercise like this costs, over the expected four years of repainting, reissuing notepaper, etc. activities?

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Dental app startup drama: Two attack websites and a lawsuit

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An app for that

An app for recording attendance at CPD courses? If it's important for your profession then your professional body should have that covered and dentists are a regulated and professional body. The intended 'business model' stank to high heaven anyway.

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Ransomware-slinging support scammers hire local cash mule in Oz

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"recklessly engage in money laundering."

It seems to me that he was calmly and thoughtfully engaging in money laundering.

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

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"Internet e-mail is not a secure medium..."

So, what sort of e-mail do I need to use?

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Talk about a hit and run: AA finally comes clean on security breakdown

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So Sorry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJqziTVLNoo&ytbChannel=johann10000

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit#History

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

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A few years from now ....

.... I'd like to read the learned analyses of how it happened and what went wrong and why. I'm assuming that I'll still be here in a few years from now and that people will still be writing analyses for public consumption.

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Dark web souk AlphaBay outage: Users fear they've been scammed

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Re: Sorry, what did they do again?

"Guns 'n' drugs 'n' rare orchids 'n' stuff ..."

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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".. three uber-basic machine learning models ..."

Did they go out and get drunk, develop algorithms to break local laws, cover it up and then start harassing the researchers?

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It's an important ID, so why isn't the Medicare card chipped?

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Re: 2 factor authentication

I've never been asked to present my credit card to authenticate my identity. When does this happen? Do they ask you to match the signature or something?

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Units

If you'd written the units as J.s (joule-seconds) it's easier to write and you might not have made that mistake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_constant#Value

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GnuPG crypto library cracked, look for patches

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Lessons will be learned

"...the sliding window data leak was tolerated because it was believed only part of a key was recoverable ..."

Will all similar assumptions (not just key recovery) in security sensitive processes be revisited and rewritten?

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Connections

Are Microsoft well connected in the UK civil service, the Department of Health in particular?

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

Furthermore, the NHS itself could have its own in-house repository for all the software it needs. This would be copied down, in a controlled manner as appropriate from Debian, Ubuntu etc. That way, if external developers go insane, the NHS could keep going.

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US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

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Error ball, corner pocket.

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GitHub flub spaffs 8Tracks database, 18 million accounts leaked

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It's a long slow process

"... it found backups of database tables in the staffer's repo."

I assume/hope that will be covered by this:

"We are auditing all our security practices ..."

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Talk about cutting-edge technology! Boffins fire world's sharpest laser

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This is confusing

"Lasers are, ideally, a concentrated stream of photons at a single frequency."

"The light waves of the laser oscillate ..."

Make your mind up. Which one is it?

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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But that would rapidly slow them down and so make them less 'cool' and desirable. What's needed is wireless charging via intense microwave radiation directed at the person playing with it.

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The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

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Robots, robots, everywhere.

"You can be sent a link, click on it and you’re in a game.”

In its purest form, gambling is redistribution of money between the players, and the house with organised gambling. In the future, will you know who the other players are and what you're actually gambling on?

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Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

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Spritely?

Can he get into and out of the Tesla without help? For that demographic and for shopping, something more 'comfortable and practical' would be better. I'm sure they'll be developed and made eventually and be available at a comfortable and practical price.

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