* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Hello? Police? My darknet drug market was just hacked by criminals

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Maybe it's the police who are doing the hacking

If I was a police officer, I'd be very tempted. I've no idea what the legal situation is for that.

Pentagon anti-missile-on-missile test actually WORKS, for once

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It takes a really big John to be so sensitive. He's also aiming at a very large target, no sport there.

David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

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Here goes:-


(I've often been told that my art is a 'cheap and simple pastiche')

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Starting something

Will you be using the winning entry as your masthead for a while? It would be nice. You could 'go Google' and vary your masthead in accordance with world events, perhaps tuned to IT subjects.

Super-cool sysadmin fixes PCs with gravity, or his fists

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Did you thump it on the top to fix the horizontal hold?

Watch: MIT's terrifying invisible gel robo-eels snatch live fish

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Those hydrogel 'robots'

If you watch the video, you'll notice that they are actuators. The fish grabber is an actuator which has a transparent rod/tube at the top going up to the surface. What you don't see is the operator with his thumb on a syringe plunger and a concentrated expression on his face as he tries to catch the fish.

GitLab.com luckily found lost data on a staging server

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re. "GitLab's prose account of the incident..."

I'd like to see a poetry account of the incident. Can anybody help with this?

Parliamentary Trump-off? Pro-Donald petition passes 100k signatures

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"... he is the leader of a free world ..."

Just show me where that world is so I can avoid it.

Free smart fridges! App stores in fountains! Plus more from Canonical man

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"Devops for devices is possible."

It's the holy grail!

Want to bring down that pesky drone? Try the power of sound

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Yes, and the transparent/visible section was there for years (for rate adjustment and observation) before they put an optical sensor in it. It would be easy enough to put another section lower down to observe the flow rate while having an optically sealed monitoring section above that.

With net neutrality pretty much dead in the US, your privacy is next

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"{executive order X} was forced on us by {The President}. It was not voted into law. Therefore it has no real legitimacy ...."

An interesting argument.

Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: When The Register will be among the top sites you visit...

Will they think it's suspicious that I don't have a Facebook or Twitter account?

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Re: Less regulataion? How dreadful!

Right of way at traffic junctions shall be determined by the exchange of small arms fire.

Australia to review effectiveness of ISPs' copyright-defending website blocks

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Re: not good enough!

Government legislation will then mandate the use of transparent tarpaulins.

To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

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Re: Not actually related to telecoms

"... its nice, although it does clog very easily."

Is that the reason for your username?

Google Cloud kicked QEMU to the kerb to harden KVM

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"the company decided it needed to write its own alternative with the following qualities: ................

No history of security problems. ...."

That sounds quite easy.

Kylie withdraws from Kylie trademark fight, leaving Kylie to profit from… existing?

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"(we swear we're not making this up)"

It's difficult for me but I believe you.

Your Facebook account is now more secure than your bank's (probably)

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Re: And yet...

That's to protect him from Google.

This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

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Professor Wernstrom did it better


UK ISPs may be handed cock-blocking powers

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I've jumped through the hoop once already

Virgin Media (my ISP) have already caused me (by nagging with an injected browser tab) to visit their website and log in to tick a box to indicate that I don't want 'family protection content filtering' i.e. porn block. So why do they need to do any more?

Also, on the very few occasions when I've accidentally clicked on a link to a well known torrenting site, they block access and show me a page that says I'm trying to be naughty and the courts have told them to stop me. Let the government put court orders on them and let us see exactly what has been denied to us.

I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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Re: Whats the point of an autonomous tractor?

"... the real problem which is a human population that is way too large for this planet right now? Perhaps the whizz kids could put their minds to that instead."

An internet connected condom?

Googlers reveal code they use for mass Windows deployments

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Does Glazier use PuTTY?

I'm going.

Dropbox: Oops, yeah, we didn't actually delete all your files – this bug kept them in the cloud

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Re: Why

What it means is that they need to put more thought into their explanations and run them by a few more people before they release statements.

Machine-learning boffins 'summon demons' in AI to find exploitable bugs

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I thought this was a Laundry Files story

I was mildly disappointed, at first.

Western Union coughs up $586m for turning a blind eye to fraudsters

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Re: No jail-time, just the cost of doing business

That was a well written comment. If you wrote some more you could make an entire article.

350,000 Twitter bot sleeper cell betrayed by love of Star Wars and Windows Phone

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The 80:20 rule?

Will it be 80% of accounts are bots? Will they be wiped when Twitter officially finds out?

What's the biggest danger to the power grid? Hackers? Terrorists? Er, squirrels

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"... a bird that was collecting acorns in a microwave dish, eventually amassing 300lb of the things, ..."

Was it a misguided attempt to cook them?

Insecure Hadoop installs next in 'net scum crosshairs

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"... claiming that almost all the scans came from just two IP addresses in China. As the post notes, however: “it's important not to jump to conclusions about the attacker's location simply by looking at an IP address."

Is it fairly easy for someone outside of China to set up a VPN service inside China and then use it to transfer large amounts of data from outside China to the VPN server and then back out to their own location?

Meet 'Moz://a', AKA Mozilla after it picked a new logo

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Re: Now could they make the damned browser work better, please?


El Reg drills into chatbot hype: The AIs that want to be your web butlers

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"For a while, Apple had the lead with Siri: ..."

How was this determined? Specifications, measurements, standardised test procedures, etc ? Does anybody know what we want/need from a 'chatbot' and why?

Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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Re: Click baity headline is click bait

I think that irony is misunderstood and the word misused a lot lately. The headline is parody and satire and it's corny but I'd say it's not ironic. If it turns out that it really is an alien structure than that would be ironic.

Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

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Hence the advice not to re-use passwords.

Laser beam sky mirage cannon can spy on enemies and generate Star Trek-style shields

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All over the place

It's the Kerr effect. No, it's ionisation of the atmosphere. No, it's temporary heating of the atmosphere. Maybe it's all three at the same time so we can call it a Trinity Mirror because all new tech needs a cool name.

Smart guns are a neat idea on paper. They'll never survive reality

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Re: @AC ... A really smart gun...

I thought a knife missile is 'simply' a robotic tool used by a drone. (A drone is a 1.0 or greater Culture citizen. Actually, a drone who was allowed to be equiped with a knife missile would be notably greater than 1.0 and would be a member of SC.)

Putting the 'Port' in Portal: Old-school fan brings game to Apple II

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6502 assembler code

I used to write that stuff for a living, back in the mid-late 80's. Ahhhh, life was oh so simple then.

AI shoves all in: DeepStack, Libratus poker bots battle Texas Hold 'em pros heads up

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A learning experience

"... average win rate of more than 450 mbb/g (milli big blinds per game) ..."

I've looked in some forums etc to learn what this means and I've downloaded a paper on the subject from the University of Alberta Department of Computing Science. I might figure it out one day.

Maybe if I started playing poker for money.....?

Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail

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We want information

"An ice hockey fan and one-time country club waiter, ..."

I can understand why this is interesting, important and relevant. Wait .... no, I can't.

Trump's cyber-guru Giuliani runs ancient 'easily hackable website'

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It's owned by a honeybadger.

Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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After the robots have been declared to be legally equivalent to people and fitted with kill switches, then that would be the obvious next step. Who could logically object?

Clone wars: Wrestler sues Microsoft over Gears of War character

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The only black avatar in the series

And his name is Cole Train. Which comedian thought of this? They were going to call him Token but that joke has already been done.

Security hardened, pah! Expert doubts Kaymera's mighty Google's Pixel

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Re: Can't parse the headline...

The hardening is all thanks to the giant clam, the shoulders of which are used to build the Pixel.

Brother-and-sister duo arrested over hacking campaign targeting Italy's bigwigs

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Excuse me?

"The FBI has seized the servers and will ship them to Italy, ..."

Don't they understand how computers work?

Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

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@d3vy Re: What are customers moaning about?

It's the same with Virgin Media. You have to have the cable phone as part of the bundle. Every year, you phone them and tell them you don't or hardly use the phone and don't want it. They offer you a 12 month discounted deal and you make a note in your calendar to go through it all again next year.

Oi, Mint 18.1! KEEP UP! Ubuntu LTS love breeds a laggard

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I've just tried Lock Screen on my Mint 18.1 MATE setup. It locks immediately. Maybe you're using Cinnamon?

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Mmmm, Minty

".. pursue its own efforts like the homegrown Cinnamon and MATE desktops, ..."

The Mint people did develop Cinnamon as a 'homegrown' desktop manager but the MATE desktop manager was developed by another group and was adopted by Mint at an early stage.


Due to their FOSSiness and being popular in use, they are both available as options on many recent distributions.

The update to MATE 1.16 seems to have finally fixed the 'roaming panel icon' problem that I'd experienced often. The previous update to 1.14 had fixed the hyperextending drawer problem, which was a total pain in the backside when it happened. Now, MATE just works nicely.

The Mint 18.x series are LTS until early 2021 so it's a good OS to settle down with for a while. Mint 19 should be out in mid 2018 and Mint 20 in mid 2020, in keeping with the usual upstream Ubuntu release cycle.

Digital video recorder installers master password list 'leaked' – claims

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a CCTV installer in Nigeria.

Is he a prince who's fallen on hard times?

This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

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Re: Duties and taxes...

Do you think that ordinary people would be allowed to do that in the way that ordinary people are allowed to have offshore identities and have their pre-tax salary payed into a foreign bank account?

It's now 2017, and your Windows PC can still be pwned by a Word file

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It's highly unlikely that I'll be here in 2050 and I have to say that I find that thought to be strangely comforting.

Google must be Beaming as Apache announces its new top-level projects

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Re: Damn, missed it!

I'll believe that when I read about it on my Google Reader news feeds.

Let's go ARM wrestling with an SEO link spammer

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At various times in the past, El Reg has published articles involving the 'love muscle' (of both sexes). Have you had any SEO contact about those?

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