* Posts by frank ly

5750 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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"Those who encourage others to commit a communications offence may be charged with encouraging an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007,”

It looks like Doctor Syntax is in trouble.

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Leap second scheduled for New Year's Eve 2016

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"the International Earth Rotation Service"

Do they have failsafe mechanisms? A restoration plan? How do they ever test it?

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Devs! Here's how to secure your IoT network, in, uh, 75 easy pages

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Sucked in by the hype

"Right now we're seeing IoT products that provide lots of consumer benefits - enabling smart lighting in the home for example. ..."

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Chap cuffed after treating commuters to giant-screen smut

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Knee jerk

Watching the linked news video, it seems that the police put tape around the 'crime scene' to prevent people contaminating any evidence, etc.

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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@Andrew Jones 2

Would waveform recognition with a local processing be any good (after normalising amplitude and other factors)? That would cope with different accents and even with a large family if each family member gave it a few samples of their own personal keyphrase.

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TalkTalk gets record £400k slap-slap from Brit watchdog

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Re: RE: why does an ISP need the correct DOB?

I used to think they use it to cross check for identity with your bank for direct debits or with your CC company for CC debit authority.

"Credit check"

I spend more at Asda with my CC than I do with my ISP but they never ask for my DOB. Anyway, having done a credit check, why do they then feel the need to store it, insecurely?

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Edinburgh University to flog its supercomputer for £0.0369 per core hour

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Cirrus

It was destined to be used for cloud computing.

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Google says it would have a two-word answer for Feds seeking Yahoo!-style email backdoor

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Nice coincidence and very appropriate

"Really disappointing thing about Yahoo building wiretap capability for NSA is they are in 9th circuit where law says they don't have to..."

The 9th circle of hell is the circle of treachery.

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True man-in-the-middle: Transmitting logins through the human body

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Is it a good idea?

"A user would touch the doorknob and the fingerprint sensor on their smartphone at the same time, with their credentials been transmitted through their body rather than over the air."

"The data transmission rate achieved of just 25 bits per second ..."

How long would it take to send a reasonably secure 'key' and how many people would drop their phone before it was complete?

Wouldn't it be easier and more secure to fit a fingerprint sensor on the door instead of relying on possibly corruptable smartphones that need to be managed and maintained?

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

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Yes, and they were found guilty of a fraud offence.

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Buggy code to the left of me, perfect source to the right, here I am, stuck in the middle with EU

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Also, read through your code and dry run it in your mind, at least twice, before you unleash it onto the world.

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Kaleao's KMAX ARM-based server has legs. How fast can it run?

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Thank you

"The net net is that Kaleao offers deeper convergence, not true or even untrue convergence."

I think it's a superposition of an orthogonal set of convergences.

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Markslist: Facebook touts its own tat bazaar

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Armchair from the future

It looks ugly. Maybe it's their attempt at 'retro'.

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Ericsson’s patent pool is far from the new start the IoT needs

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Do you remember ....

.... 'old idea, done on a computer', and 'well known technique, done on a mobile' patents?

Soon, we'll have 'obvious method on an internet connected thing' patents.

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Salesforce asks Europe to stop Microsoft buying LinkedIn after itself trying to buy LinkedIn

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But, but ....

I signed up to LinkedIn using a Hotmail address. Should I be worried, relieved, disinterested, confused ....? Let's face it; you don't sign up to services like LinkedIn using a 'serious' email address.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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Re: I've never had problems with folks wanting to talk to me...

I think I sat across from you once, on a very crowded tube train. There was a definite smell of methanol about you and what looked like dried vomit on your filthy beard. I didn't mind at all because there was a ten foot diameter 'no go zone' around you, for some reason, and I could lean left and right, stretch my arms out, etc. I thought about asking you to tag along with me for the rest of the day but I didn't want to impose.

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Market pulls chain on Crapita share price after first ever profit warning

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Burn those bridges!

Do C(r)apita talk to you at all or invite you to events? This could be an Apple situation all over again.

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Sendspace shrugs at phishers exploiting free service

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The picture

Are those the new bluetooth bablefish earphones?

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Yahoo! Answers used to cloak command and control networks

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Deja Vu

I've seen text like that before on Google searches, for many years. I'd always thought that it was 'keyword stuffing' but perhaps this is a technique that's been used for a while.

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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Re: Dezincification

Is it a galvanised coating, zinc dipped, zinc alloy? Anything you look at or think about has hidden complexity that demands more questions and deeper understanding.

If the dedicated band of painting people didn't have publications like this to learn from and promulagate their craft then the world would slowly fall apart. This publication should be celebrated, not derided. (I'm a keen amateur painter and am experimenting with the use of Hammerite satin finish paint on shed hinges for long term weather protection.)

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Alleged German YouTube-to-MP3 ripper sued by labels

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TalkTalk hack: Teen in court on hacking and blackmail charges

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Fifth suspect

Was that five people all working together, independently; or did it take the police five attempts to get the right one?

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No wonder we're being hit by Internet of Things botnets. Ever tried patching a Thing?

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Oh wow

"He also said that IoT devices ought to be “deployed in a fashion that makes them automatically udpate and keep themselves secure all the time.” "

My inner miscreant is salivating (or some other bodily fluid) at the thought of that happening.

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Horrible fascination

"One lucky punter passed a stone three times after three consecutive rides on Big Thunder."

Ok, as long as it wasn't the same one going up and down the tubes. Can anyone tell us what it feels like?

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Don't let banks fool you, the blockchain really does have other uses

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Re: 4D printing

It's 3D printed objects that change (fall apart) as time goes by. Already been done.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Re: Hmm...

That's because Narcissist Heidi doesn't know about anything apart from .com domains. Shhhhh, let's watch and wait and be entertained.

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Re: Precedent?

There was an identical thing with Madonna (the singer, in case you've forgotten her) who tried to get Madonna.com taken away from someone who'd had it for a long time and used it to display images of The Madonna. However, that seemed to work out for her in some way as I've just found out by having a look at it.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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"Crafty Cockney"

A misguided attempt to spoof his location? I'll bet he's as sic as a parrot now.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

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Re: 16.04 Long Term Support

Ubuntu 16.04 and its Mint 18 derivative are both LTS to early 2021. I'd wait until 2018 when the next Ubuntu LTS is probably due for release. Then wait a year for it to 'settle down', then wait for a year until 2020 when the next LTS will probably be released. Bleeding edge is a bleeding nuisance.

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Cross training is needed

“If they have no Christian ground...we can do more harm than good.”

Is that like a Windows developer trying to debug a Linux problem?

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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“obscene songs or ballads”

What about poetry or limericks or doggerel? What is the difference between a song and a ballad anyway and how are they defined? As usual, the lawyers have made sure that the law is unclear so as to give themselves work in the future.

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Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

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Spliffing good news

" ... a joint ABF and South Australia Police (SAPOL) operation ..."

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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Keep up with the times

But the Bureau “did not independently test the DDoS protections that IBM was contracted to put in place, as it considered that it had received reasonable assurances from IBM.”

I thought it was cheap and easy to hire a DDoS attack nowadays.

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Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

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Re: Just add compassion . . .

... and a sensible name. It must have a sensible name to be taken siriously.

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London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

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The wheels of justice turn slowly

Cyber attack in 2012. Arrested in March 2015. Sentenced in Sept 2016.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Facepalm

"... police traced the call to his phone."

That tells you a lot about him.

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Pretending to be a badger wins Oxford Don 10 TRILLION DOLLARS

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Being a Beast Hardcover

I read that as 'Being a Beast Hardcore' which seems appropriate, especially if you read the synopsis in the link. (It's actually called 'Being a Beast'. Oh, those sub editors.)

It would have been great if he'd attended the ceremony to accept his prize, dressed as a badger.

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

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@Doctor Syntax Re: Old dog

I agree with everything you say (apart from the empty dektop thing) and I do it all with MATE. Four workspaces is enough for me, I find.

I did think that KDE 'Activities' would be useful but it didn't seem to work in the way I thought it would. I can do what I hoped it would do by hibernating my computer.

Anyway, the important thing is that you've got something you're happy with and so have I.

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Old dog

I use the MATE desktop because it reminds me of Win XP (which was nice to use) and everything works fine in an understandable way. I've used LXDE on a old laptop and that's workable. I've tried Compiz and I've made an honest effort to use the KDE desktop so I could learn about all this modern bling. However, I just don't 'get it'.

What is the point? Can anybody explain it to me?

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WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

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Re: In the phablet, the silent phablet, the LiOn sleeps tonight

AWHOOOOMB away!

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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Re: They are a media company

Licensing costs for use of the 'Virgin' name? Oh, the possibilities.

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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I'm so happy ....

.... that I made the effort to get the Win 10 update early this year and the Anniversary Edition update last week.

Every time I plug that SSD in and boot from it, I'm reminded of why I switched to Linux three years ago. (If you haven't worked your way through the Win 10 Anniversary Edition update process then you haven't died.)

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Considerate

"We are sorry for any upset this has caused and are keeping Mr Gamble updated throughout our investigation,"

I'm sure that will be a great comfort to him and his family.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: minimum weight

"But delaying the parachute opening allows the seat to slow down a little??? "

Yes; as ejected, the seat is moving forward through the air at the same speed as the aircraft but is nowhere near as aerodynamically shaped. Hence, it slows down as time goes by. Opening a parachute on a forward moving seat will give a large force that causes the pilot's head to move forwards.

However, I still don't understand what the pilot's weight has to do with it. Unless a lower weight pilot results in a faster ejection (upwards) speed due to a lighter mass load on the ejection mechanism ...... I still don't get it.

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Hackers claim they breached Aussie point-of-sale tech firm, try to sell 'customer DB'

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Did I read that right?

The password was 'admin'?

I hope the buyer changed it to something more secure.

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Electrical box fault blamed for GS2 data centre outage

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@Blotto Re: I don't understand

It's no use having a Genie if the lamp isn't maintained and the personnel know how to rub it properly. Also, don't even think about using a Wizard.

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ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

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Silent Running?

Was it the sound of the helicopter that prevented him from hearing the robot sneaking up behind him?

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Quantum comms succeed over metro-scale fibre networks

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I'm confused

"Charlie measures A and B, in a way that prevents him knowing which photon he's measuring."

Why is the state/content of Charlie's mind important?

"During the BSM, Alice's particle A teleports its quantum state onto Bob's particle C."

If B and C are the quantangled pair, how can it be A that has its state 'teleported' onto C?

I've read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_state but I'm non the wiser.

Also see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-cloning_theorem which states that it is impossible to create an identical copy of an arbitrary unknown quantum state. Isn't that what was done when the state of A was teleported onto C?

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Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We'd trust them before the government

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Am I too cynical?

"... according to a new survey from Visa."

“Visa is already supporting a number of institutions in the development of emerging forms of authentication,”

Are there any independent surveys? I wonder what governent surveys have to say.

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

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Security by melting?

Do they have a built in time-delayed thermite charge to destroy the innards, to stop them being found and any classified data being extracted? Or wouldn't finding an intact one be all that useful to an 'enemy'?

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