* Posts by frank ly

5237 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

GCHQ’s Xmas puzzle proves uncrackable

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Re: or maybe...

The Patrician used to pay very careful attention to anyone who scored well in the Ankh Morpork Times crossword puzzle, for that reason. He sometimes went so far as to 'persuade' the compiler to put certain clues/solutions in to see if any spies allowed their pride to overcome their caution.

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Windows 10 will now automatically download and install on PCs

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@DainB Re: What's all fuss is about ?

After three years of using only Linux Mint, I've found that Windows 7 Pro (I bought a recycled OEM license) is not a replacement for Linux Mint and is also a pain in the arse.

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A RAT and a spammer both avoid the slammer

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I'm wondering

Did they use Tor and Bitcoin for all their interactions and transactions or did they get careless and sloppy?

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Random ideas sought to improve cryptography

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Re: Silicon solution

This has been done. I raised a similar point some time ago and it is available in the form of a USB 'dongle' that contains a noisy zener diode (if I remember correctly). I can't remember when and in which article someone gave the link to its maker's website.

If you Google "USB random number generator", there are lots of hits. The bits are out there.

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T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

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Free is good?

If many people on the same mobile network are getting 'free' mobile video, isn't that a strain on the network, giving poor quality for the video and poor delivery for other applications? Does anyone have experience of this service?

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Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

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"... the majority of those younger than I are utter twats with no ability to see anything outside of their own narrow experience."

Like the ones who shut down the account of a woman called Isis, because she was obviously a terrorist sympathiser?

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@geresj Re: Lingua Franca?

"Cookie is an English borrow word from the Dutch ..."

Actually, it's called a 'loan' word. That's ok though because (as I understnd it) the Dutch language use of "lend/borrow/loan" doesn't map onto the English usage.

Then again, we did take it, with no intention of returning it, so is it a theft word?

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US police contracts and private forum posts dumped online

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This is why why need strong encryption!

Oh, .... wait a minute.

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Brit airline pilots warn of drone menace

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Re: How bad?

Not frozen, no.

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Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms

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re. January 2015

"Dictaphone ... encrypted .... locked to remote access."

They have some fancy dictaphones nowadays. (Am I behind the times?)

"lost in the home of member of staff"

The kids didn't need a Christmas present that year.

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We Googled the ex-Google guy and Google said he was clean, says Wikimedia

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Oh yes

A quick Google and a look in Wikipedia will tell you everything you need to know. We live in interesting times.

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You've seen things people wouldn't believe – so tell us your programming horrors

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I've been caught out by that. Why doesn't the compiler or some pre-processor spot it?

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Former tech PR Jeremy Hunt MP ordered by judge to delete tweet

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@Solid Squid Re: The judge should apologize

"Unless a judge has explicitly allowed it you aren't supposed to publish any of the court proceedings from within."

Criminal trials are public events (in the UK) and what is said and done there (if "newsworthy") is reported in the newspapers the next day or sooner. Jeremy Hunt didn't report what was said; he gave his public opinion of the case in such a way that the judge decided it might prejudice the trial.

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Microsoft: We think your Office files should see other people

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Re: Try doing that on Linux Mint!!

I have the Dropbox client on my Linux Mint machine and also have Insync (an independent Google Drive client). Both of them give me a synchronised folder on my machine. I used to have a Copy client which is a similar free cloud storage offering but I never used it so I took it off.

I have the Dropbox folder inside the Google Drive folder so that the contents of the Dropbox folder get dual cloud storage backup.

I tried it three years ago; it worked and it still works.

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Cops hate encryption but the NSA loves it when you use PGP

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Re: Victoria's Secret v Mujahedeen Secrets

Let me get my codebook........ 'If the decorative bow is pink, you attack at dawn'. Send me another message!

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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Standardisation

"One force lists the colour maroon which other forces don’t recognise, while others disagree on whether a hair colour is brown-auburn or simply auburn," she said.

I think that Dulux, or Crown or B&Q could help them out with that. (He had Autumn Glade hair with a touch of Moonmist at the sides.)

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UK police have 43 separate IT systems and it's putting you at risk

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I smell an opportunity

"What we need is a network of networks, allowing information to be transmitted more easily.”

It's called .....'the internet'. Go cloud, get failovers and multiple redundancy with geographic diversity and sign-on anywhere with VPN and world-class security. My consultancy invoice is in the post.

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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Re: How long?

I make my own paint drying videos for private parties. They show a variety of paint types of various colours on different surfaces in different environmental conditions. They're much more interesting and can be quite exciting.

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PayPal patches deadly server remote code execution flaw

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Re: Not the headline ...

When I signed up to Paypal, about thirteen years ago, they made a point that you needed two items of information to log in: your sign-up email address and your password; hence it was very secure. I soon realised that they give your Paypal sign-in email address to whoever you send payment to, so they can contact you I assume. (As far as I can tell, they no longer make that statement on their website.)

Eventually, you'll get advertising spam and phishing attempts directed at the email address you used, depending on which people you send Paypal payments to.

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Medical data experiment goes horribly wrong: 950,000 records lost

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Re: The problem with the health care industry

"... take a back seat to improving the health care."

I think you mean, "take a back seat to increasing the profits."

See this:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/26/hackers_can_take_full_control_of_car_os/

It mentions how Fiat Chrysler 'saw the light' regarding vehicle systems security.

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'Here are 400,000 smut sites. Block them' says Pakistani telco regulator

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"... 429,343 banned-smut Websites."

Does anyone have a link to this list? (I want to put them in my hosts file to protect myself.)

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Retailers urged to create 'CCTV-like' symbol to inform customers of mobile tracking

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"... retailer’s smart phone app. "

I'm not surprised that these exist but who in their right mind would want to install it?

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Twitter boss ‘personally’ grateful as five Twitter execs walk

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Re: "...another memo worthy of Oscar Wilde"

The unreadable in pursuit of the unprofitable.

"I will be partnering with him day and night ..."

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Net neutrality-lovin' Sweden mulls law to censor the internet

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"All commercial TV in Sweden is actually broadcast from outside Sweden and the companies based outside as well."

Is that because of tax advantages or other reasons?

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Squeeze the banana to log into this office Wi-Fi

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All bananas in any kind of office go mouldy and funny after a couple of days. It's good to get some use out of them.

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India just about accuses Facebook of faking Free Basics fandom

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Im sure the Faceborg will develop some valuable skills and techniques from this exercise.

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Bone-dry British tech SMBs miss out on UK.gov cash shower

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They could have saved £400,000

By giving me £400,000 to do the job.

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Inside Intel's CPU-level multi-factor auth (and why we've got deja vu)

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@AC Re: Oh dear.

You don't have to use your real name, as long as it's a believable one.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

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Yes, if it's 'the internet' that's being given problems from a PC, then have the PC blocked at the ISP. Lot's of people use their computer for activities that don't need internet access so at least they can carry on doing 'internal' work.

However, if a court order is needed, then someone will have to do the work of applying for the order and take the responsibility of providing judges or magistrates with truthful evidence. Would Microsoft take that responsibility? Would anybody here want them to?

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Amnesty International accuses tech giants of battery bastardry

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Re: Cue lots of Apple hate

"Because the report headlined with Apple ..."

Did we read different articles?

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20KB trojan turns on bank customers in Singapore, Indonesia

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How's that anonymity working out for you?

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AMD accuses Intel of VW-like results fudging

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Re: It's not just AMD saying there's a problem.

If I download and install/run a .msi or .exe file, doesn't the same binary code run regardless of whether I have an Intel or AMD CPU? So does this only affect performance if I compile my own benchmarks?

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Zombie OS lurches through Royal Melbourne Hospital spreading virus

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It's a modern meme

"A spokeswoman for the hospital said patient safety is its highest priority ..."

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Amazon cloud increasingly powered by hot air

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Subsidy?

Does the US have any kind of subsidy for electricity generation from 'renewables', where you get paid more than the standard price when you feed your generated electricity into the grid? I'm wondering what the capital repayment period is for a project like that and the ongoing ROI.

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Nude tribute to Manet's Olympia ends in cuffing

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Oh, the irony

"While the museum is demanding charges of indecent exposure, ..."

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Communication

"Ganesh apparently used Free Basics to double his crop yields and get a better deal for his produce."

People in Kenya had similar experiences when cheap mobile phone communications with text messaging became available. This was because of an increase in communication between people over previously inconvenient distance. It's not about accessing internet websites, it's about people being able to communicate with each other anytime they want to and need to.

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: Here we go....

"... can even run legacy Windows software ..."

Maybe we'll see producers of popular 'Windows only' software issuing Linux releases of their products?

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PDF redaction is hard, NSW Medical Council finds out - the hard way

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I tried to repair a friend's hernia last week

I bought some surgical scalpels, a retractor, a medical suturing kit and some chloroform. He recovered well and walked away. Two days later he collapsed and was taken to hospital. I was arrested and the doctors who treated my friend said I was stupid to try to do that without having had proper training in the use of those tools. I'm a qualified engineer dammit; it's a simple concept and I was very careful. Those medical people make things too difficult.

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Swivel on this: German boffins build nanoscale screwing engine for sluggish sperm

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Re: Bad Bad Bad

"... bad eyes, which normally would be weeded out of the gene pool."

Apparently, in neolithic times, some craft workers produced intricate miniature jewellery, without use of magnifying lenses. It is assumed that they were very short sighted but they survived because they had skills that were valued by their community. In the modern world, we need people who can do more than run and jump well and kill bison effectively.

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Trustwave failed to spot casino hackers right under its nose – lawsuit

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Re: Where is the gaming commission

Especially since this :- " including ongoing activity from a malware program named “Framepkg.exe,” which Trustwave had found, but apparently had not contained or sought to remediate, during its investigation in 2013."

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French say 'Non, merci' to encryption backdoors

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I'm wondering

"... the murderers coordinated their killings via unencrypted SMS which wasn't picked up, despite some of them being under police surveillance."

Have the various politicians and supporters of 'backdoors' put as much effort into enquiring why this happened?

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

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The first three paragraphs

They're a filter to get rid of those with a weak constitution and any sense of decorum. I walked straight through it. Your life is more interesting than mine but I'm not at all envious. Thank you. :)

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Late night server rebuild led to 'nightmares about mutilated corpses'

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Simon is a big feather on the Australian wing of El Reg.

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Skype now translates in real-time into seven languages

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Any commentard reviews?

I'd be interested to hear the opinion of anyone who's used this. How does it deal with idioms and 'rare' tenses?

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Hyatt says hackers took card data from 250 of its hotels

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This is why ....

.... I use a pre-paid credit card for my occasional hotel bookings, regular petrol purchases (if I don't have enough cash) and purchases over the internet.

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Indie review blasts detained immigrants' Facebook, Skype ban

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Facebook and Skype aren't 'UK sevices'. The marginal cost of access to an imigration claims help site is zero and it may not be a site not run by the government anyway. The question is, why don't the government want them to have access to information that is freely available to everybody else and to be able to communicate with people who can give them information and advice?

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After-dinner Mint? Stylish desktop finale released as last of the 17 line

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A quick point

I've just settled down with Mint 17.3 MATE which is LTS to 2019, after 3 years on Mint 13 which was LTS to 2017. To my surprise, based on the official Linux Mint site, it seems that Mint 18 will be released in May/June of 2016 and will be LTS to 2021. They are 'looking into' ways of making an upgrade path from Mint 17.3 to Mint 18 so that a fresh install isn't needed.

For some people, it might be better to wait until May/June this year and start with Mint 18. However, it's free and easy to 'play' with 17.3 and make a total mess of things while having a 'learning experience' to get you used to Linux if you've never tried it before.

Go on, do it, break it in many different ways, swear at it and learn how to restore it; it's not difficult.

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No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs

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@JeffyPooh Re: Linux, Linux, Linux, Linux,

Whatever the number, at least they download and install very quickly and you don't get nagged to restart. Even after the initial install from a CD, I only had to wait five minutes for all the updates to arrive and then 2 minutes for them to be installed.

A few days ago, I ran Win 7 Pro after an absence of two months. It took 2 hours to download the updates and some failed to download. After I'd downloaded and installed them all, it told me there were another 17 updates and they took another 30 minutes, with a couple of failures. It was a total WTF experience.

With Linux at home, I can backup my entire system by copying partitions onto a spare hard drive then restore by simply copying them back. Try doing that with Windows if it gets borked.

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Petit a petit, l’oiseau fait son nid: AWS to open data center in Montreal

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Re: Weary != Wary

I agree but they might also be weary of all the research and checks they have to do with their lawyers to make sure they are operating within their own country's legislation regarding data privacy.

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Council of Europe gets tough on net neutrality

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"With the exception of traffic management, ...."

The case you set out sounds like reasonable (and expected) 'traffic management'. Residential consumers should have been made aware that 'up to' speeds depend on network loading and may be less that the headline figure at peak times.

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