* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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The next stage

The next stage in the 'war on terror' will be mandatory goverment oversight and access to Bitcoin etc. so that the miscreants can be tracked down. Does anyone know if they can already do this?

UK's Ministry of Fun considers what to tell social media firms about online bullying

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Get the popcorn

"... the first time that they will be subject to legislation on online bullying."

How does legislation work for social media providers who are not based in the UK? Who don't have any UK corporate presence? I realise that this is aimed at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, who do have a corporate UK presence but it does seem to be legislation that could go wrong in the future.

Skynet? More like Night-sky-net. AI hunts for Milky Way's turbo stars

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"flung from the Way's Galactic Center"

Is that because they're moving way too fast?

No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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This one will run and run.

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

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Make that " ... Counter All Terrorism"

GIFCAT, GIFGAT, dah dah dah dah duh duh. I sense an animated logo approaching.

Tremble in fear, America, as Daesh-bags scrawl cyber-graffiti on .gov webpages no one visits

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Re: Or...

"All the sites were back up and running on Monday after IT staff had earned themselves a tasty chunk of overtime."

I just noticed that. I'm not saying anything; I'm just saying.

Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

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At least ....

.... they weren't all in the CC field of a single email. Were they?

Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Oh wow!

"... preparing a new law that would allow authorities to decipher and read private encrypted messages."

So, this would enable them to read the encrypted attachments that real terrorists and criminals send, or the encrypted contents of any usb sticks, etc. that they manage to obtain.

Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

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"It's also coated with a little bit of built-in water resistance."

Just a splash of water resistance?

AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

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Doe anyone know ....

.... what that large component with the adjustment knob is? (I thought it was a lab bench gas tap at first. It's many years since I saw one or used one but the memories came flooding back.)

Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Re: Where are the instructions?

After you've put it into modem mode, you use for the control panel.

Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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"Lawyers, calm down."

They've only just started getting excited at all the things that could go wrong, and the possible consequences.

Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: Am I being stupid, or does this paragraph have something missing?

I assume that the round was supersonic for most of its path, otherwise the sound of the shot (direct path) wouldn't have taken almost the same time as the 'hit' via a parabolic path.

Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

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She started in June last year and has been absent since May this year and they are keeping quiet about her. This might mean she had a two year contract and is in delicate negotiations for its early termination. What's that? You never had a two year contract with share options and bonus payments?

Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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That diagram

Can you change it to show an eclipse over America and not Africa?

Queen's speech announces laws to protect personal data

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See the Conservative manifesto website


The road to hell is paved with "In the national interest".

Tesla's driverless car software chief steps down

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Apparently, microdosing with LSD is a big thing in Silly Valley and similar places. They say it boosts their creativity and insight. It also makes cats very adventurous.

Gov digitisation plans happening too slowly, say IfG policy wonks. Hear that, GDS?

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"Verify needs to be addressed"

I read that as 'Verity' and thought it was a Stob special. Oh well, I'll keep on waiting patiently.

Debian 9 feels like home with security upgrades and a flaming vulpine warming your toes

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re. MATE version

The MATE version in Stretch is 1.16.2. The MATE organisation has recently released version 1.18 and this will be available in Mint 18.2, probably before the end of June. I've no idea if Debian will update MATE in Stretch as time goes by.

I've been running Stretch for two months now and had no problems with it after manually migrating from Mint 18.1. The only problem is that in Debian, the MATE panels have a transient cosmetic problem associated with the drawers. This problem does not exist in Mint 18.1 with the same version of MATE. These types of problem have been in MATE for about five years now and the only good thing is that their severity seems to get less as time goes by. Anyway, it's only a little cosmetic thing.

Stretch works fine and I'd recommend trying it, in a VM or a spare hard drive.

Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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I know

They were upgrading to Debian Stretch, the strong and stable release from a conservative distro. (I read the headline and sub-heading and that's usually as far as I get).


Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project

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Thank goodness for that!

"Sadly, our vision of Terminator-style urine-powered killbots menacing humanity or hanging around toilets begging for a drink never came to fruition."

'OK, everyone. Stop typing, this software is DONE,' said no one ever

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I'm surprised that nobody tried the leased car analogy because ........ I'll stop there.

IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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@Unep Eurobats Re: “be forced to reduce their CLAIMED hours by 15 per cent.”

These are contractors who are paid by the number of hours worked and the 'pay cut' is a reduction of their hourly rate.

NSA had NFI about opsec: 2016 audit found laughably bad security

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2 sweet FA

"... the rollout of 2FA to “all high-risk users” was ..."

Is that because the users were at risk due to where they worked or were themselves a risk and so the 2FA could be centrally killed if needed?

Uber's New York competitor sued over driver equity scheme

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Not a consccience. They had advice from lawyers, which replaces a corporate conscience nowadays.

Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

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Yeah, right.

"Could you please delete this without opening/reading."

I wonder how many did the decent thing.

Report estimates cost of disruption to GPS in UK would be £1bn per day

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Re: Chris Hills and Panicnow are correct, we need an accurate land based solution...

Indeed. It's not as if we have a vast land area to cover in the UK.

When corporate signage goes BAD

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I'd like to have seen that happen. I wonder if it happened slowly, or quickly.

Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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How about

Perhaps they could send full tankers on a slow, low fuel journey to a Mars orbit to act as refuelling facilities there?

I realise that you get into a diminishing returns situation but if I were on Mars and hoping to get back, I'd be a lot happier if I knew there was a fuel supply in orbit above me. Then again, maybe the first colonists would never expect to return to Earth.

Gartner confirms what we all know: AWS and Microsoft are the cloud leaders, by a fair way

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"paranormal parallelogram", "soothsaying square", "cloudy cognitive services"

It's greatly good to see Simon doggedly developing his alliterative aspirations.

Google plans to scrub 'inflammatory' and terror vids from youTube

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Advice please.

I live in the UK but I often like to watch certain types of videos on YouTube made by people who live in a distant country. They brandish high powered rifles and extol the virtues of owning and firing such weaponry, with idealistic glee. I find myself wanting to try this and I'm thinking about travelling to this country to join one of these groups. Will I still be allowed to watch these videos and am I in danger of being put on some kind of watch list or having my passport confiscated?

Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Unintended consequences

You make a good point.

"The providers of electronic communications services shall ensure that ..."

Perhaps your local football club newsletter and forum will need to apply for and register an exemption to the rules.

Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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It took just under three years for this to be resolved with the verdict. I don't understand why it took so long.

You'll soon be buying bulgur wheat salad* from Amazon, after it swallowed Whole Foods

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Ah ..... you haven't heard the news about kale then.

Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: Of course there's a right answer!

I thought you were going to say, "A puppy dies!!".

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A question

Is this because of the language used and its standard source code methodology?

Just like knotted-up headphones: Entangled photons stay entwined over record distance

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"(you could think of the direction of a bar magnet)"

If they're entangled, can they be separated with a big magnet?

Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: "NCA has people with skills like Caffrey's"

Well no. Their skill is breaking into computer systems and 'stealing' other people's data. It's a vital skill nowadays and that's why everybody is doing it.

FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

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Re: "WTF is a NAS doing hosting virtual machines?" Quite, just because you can...

I agree, those are two activities you should _never_ combine.

RSA SecurID admin console can issue emergency access to decent social engineers

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"Any moderately accomplished black-or-white-hat is probably schooled in Googling peoples' online profile to get a shot at guessing stuff like mother's maiden name, childhood pet cat or dog, ..."

Are there actually people who spaff this sort of information out for everyone to read?

Misys and D+H borg, form mega-fintech titan Finastra

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“the world’s third largest fintech company,”

Does it have a big black dorsal fin?

Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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News to me

"The £147 "fee" is payable by anyone who uses a TV to watch live news as it is broadcast, or who uses a tablet or desktop computer to stream it over the internet via BBC iPlayer."

I thought it was for all BBC broadcast output, not just news, if viewed live? It's three years since I had a TV licence so I may be behind the times.

Australian carriers seek lower regulatory hurdles for taller towers

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Heritage Style

"The carriers also want to increase the maximum height of building-mounted antennas from three to five metres above a building's envelope."

A fibreglass fake turret (or whatever) could be used to house the antennae. It would require some thought and some money though so it probably wouldn't happen.

If they're free to run cables across bridges etc., you just know that they'll do it in the neatest, tidiest and most careful way possible.

Google's news algorithm serves up penis pills

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I've been needing this for a few years.

Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

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When I was a lad ....

.... , we were never embarassed by toilet functions or noises. We used to have contests to see who could make the highest splash mark on the wall. Any noises were a source of pride and boasting and strenuous effort to do better. Why are kids nowadays so delicate?

Virgin Media resolves flaw in config backup for Super Hub routers

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"Virgin rolled out a patch last month."

How did they do that? I'm sure I have a Hub 2 but I wasn't aware of it. Should I have been? It was some time last month that my internet connection started being slow and flaky. I fixed that by powering the hub down for a minute then turning it back on again.

We're not saying we're living in a simulation but someone's simulated the universe in a computer

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Re: That is not science..just a waste of time and resources!

Please tell us your theories about expansion of the universe, etc.

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"... two trillion particles to form 25 billion galaxies."

Is that 80 particles per galaxy? A small number but maybe it's enough for a simulation.

Has riddle of the 1977 'Wow!' signal finally been cracked? Maybe...

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Re: That is not a comet, it's a space station

I'll raise a glass to Sir Guinness but I think you're paraphrasing Sir Alec.

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