* Posts by frank ly

5849 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Glass Electrolyte

I have a feeling that this isn't glass as most people understand the word. It's probably some kind of micro-porous vitreous matrix that allows ions to easily migrate through it.

Does anyone know the details?

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

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Bong! Bell Bothering Boffins Bash Big Ben

I feel better now.

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Many years ago ....

.... I speculated that a truly intelligent weapon system would run/fly away and hide in a tree. My colleagues at the time said I was being silly. Ha!!

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Re: Switched to Linux Mint

You can change the Mint menu icon to a Windows menu icon (or anything else) if you really want to go retro. I did that in the early stages as well as having Windows 7 desktop wallpaper but I realised that I was being silly.

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Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

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Details

I'd like to see the difference (if any) between "S c r e w you Trump supporters" and "B l e s s you Trump supporters". I suspect they are identical.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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@Phil Kingston

My Wacom Intuos tablet had a driver update (on Windows) that totally changed the settings GUI and gave me a cloud based parameters storage and loading 'facility'. The idea is that I can more easily manage its settings and have them backed up in case of accidents and also, of course, easily migrate my tablet between different computers.

I uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled from the CD then blocked Wacom software at the firewall.

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Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab

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Re: Fashion Victims

"... Penal Tracking Bracelets..."

I didn't know that many people rushed out to buy these. Did you mean Penile Tracking Bracelets?

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Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security

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Re: "That these products broke is an indication of defects in their TLS implementations,"

"... managing to bring windows 10 into the conversation ..."

Is this an example of Godwindows law?

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

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Re: "High standards"?

I got rid of my TV and license about 3 years ago after informing them via their website that I no longer needed it. They've never contacted me since. I don't have an aerial on my house because I used to watch via my Virgin Media cable. I cancelled the Virgin Media TV service of course.

I'm wondering what the logical (if I can use that word here) difference is between us.

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Alcatel wants to be Android, but different – and another crack at the Windows market

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"energetic young consumers",

= Children?

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Dell offers crunch-in-a-box set of Edge teeth to Internet of Things things

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"... operating temperature extremes from -30°C to 70°C"

That upper limit seems a little low for an engine compartment in the summer. Am I worrying too much?

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

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@Farnet

Take the battery out?

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Machines taught how to 'smell' by new algorithm. How will they cope with shower-dodging nerds?

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Re: Dreams

I can't recall ever experiencing the sense of smell in a dream or ever expecting it or wondering about it in a dream.

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Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)

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The boffins couldn't understand it so they didn't try.

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

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Re: Makes you wonder = "Two days battery life"

"... the glovebox emergency phone, ..."

My experience of having a 'glovebox emergency phone' on a PAYG card is that the carrier (Vodafone) cut it off after 4 months of not being used. I asked them what happened and they said it was 'for security reasons' and they suggested that I call my own home land line every month, "just to make a connection with a couple of rings", then it would be fine.

This was about five years ago and I don't know if the carriers are still as stupid.

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Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

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Re: VPN please

I use PIA (Private Internet Access) at US$40 a year. Easy to setup an account and the software for Linux and Windows is easy to install and use.

They are based in the USA so you can bet that the NSA/CIA/FBI have a direct tap, which is something to bear in mind.

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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Problems

It takes me five minutes so that's twelve sessions a week. I just couldn't do it that often.

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People built AI bots to improve Wikipedia. Then they started squabbling in petty edit wars, sigh

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Niels Bohr

I'd like to know why they fight about him.

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