* Posts by frank ly

6093 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Ad-slinger Turn caught with its hand in Verizon's 'supercookie' jar

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Definitions

"... Turn has agreed to be open and honest with customers about the tracking practices ..."

Which 'customers' are these? A 'customer' is someone who willingly pays for goods or services that they want or need. I'd say the correct word here is 'victims' or 'targets'.

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Anything can happen and it does

" ... perhaps becoming overly attached with their cars, for example ..."

NSFW: Try a YouTube search for "man sex car exhaust". Really.

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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I'm waiting for ....

... the whiskey bottle that refuses to open if it thinks you've had too much or if it suspects that you are likely to drive soon.

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View from a Reg reader: My take on the Basic Income

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Re: recent reg articles featuring basic income?

{Deity} forbid that any of us should learn about the lives of other people and be exposed to ideas and opinions that differ from our own.

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

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Re: Poor instructions

I was once (probably more times) responsible for 'poor instructions'. I'd left an MSDOS floppy with a custom autoexec.bat file to be used by a junior clerk, while I was away, to enter some data that would need to be gathered and processed. My instructions were, "Put the floppy drive in the slot and switch the computer on." When I returned, I was told that it didn't work.

She said, "But the computer was already turned on so I didn't need to turn it on!" You have to think of everything.

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Beauty is in the AI of the beholder: Young blokes teach computer to judge women by their looks

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"... a convoluted neural network ..."

That would be 'convolved' or 'convolutional'. The word 'convoluted' has use in everyday language (and biology) to mean something different from the mathematical processes of convolution.

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Crim charges slapped on copyright trolls who filmed porn, torrented it then sued downloaders

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Re: Old Will had the right idea

"No question of that; for I have seen him whipped three market-days together."

Yes, that sounds like a reasonable punishment.

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Could a robot vacuum cleaner monitor your data centre?

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"So we imagined the machines would likely be considered innocuous by visitors and decided to test whether they could serve as an extra line of data centre defence."

It wouldn't look so innocuous if you strapped a frikin' laser to its head.

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Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on

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Re: Brexit

No, but the ones covering the UK will start transmitting in French so very few UK receivers will be able to understand them.

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Poor software design led to second £1m Army spy drone crash

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Re: OK here's a fix....

Or a magnetically actuated switch, or ... or ... or.......

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Kids, look at the Deep Learnings! (We’re just going to slurp your data)

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Understatement

"I keep a lot of sensitive stuff in Evernote, including interviews with anonymous sources. This is bad."

It certainly is. Didn't you encrypt it?

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Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

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Re: Why??

Especially if the fool keeps it in a Bluetooth-enabled safe.

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Arista takes a round off Cisco in long-running legal battle

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sue --reason copyright

invalid syntax

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Tech titans tentatively trot toward Trump Tower to talk turkey today

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It gets 'better'

Here's a story that you couldn't make up:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-twitter-tech-facebook-google-meeting-trump-tower-international-deals-growth-employment-a7475436.html

Did somebody make it up?

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'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm

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Re: First one

It's not a chapel, the entire building is the place of worship so it's a church. Maybe it's a trick question and the correct answer is Whitchurch rail station.

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Is your Windows 10, 8 PC falling off the 'net? Microsoft doesn't care

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@Mage Re: Options

To fix problems on Linux, I log in as root because it's so easy to change stuff when you're root. I gave root a really ugly colour scheme to make sure that I'm not tempted to use it too often.

Using an alternative desktop manager sounds like a good idea so I'll try that too.

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Marc Andreessen has a pretty creepy relationship with Zuck

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A puzzle

"Zuck essentially wanted to be able to sell most of his Facebook stock while retaining voting control of his social media giant."

Where has all my cake gone now that I've eaten it?

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Hardware Labs sees off Nvidia trademark sueball-smasher in court

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GTX and GTS

How many cars and motorcycles have a GTS or GTX model variant?

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AI brains take a step closer to understanding speech just like humans

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"... participants were paid three cents per recording"

The end results were not worth the money.

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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"Not mentioned in the story is whether the website would, in fact, allow you to print this image on a T-shirt."

I'd like to see them stop anyone printing that image on a t-shirt (purely for personal use of course).

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Real deal: Hackers steal steelmaker trade secrets

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Re: Why exactly is a blast furnace online?

"... a blast furnace needs to be directly responsive to sales and market conditions."

" A blast furnace has a huge lag time in response ..."

Those two are mutually exclusive and neither of them will be solved/met by allowing your control system supplier to update the controller software over the internet.

The only time you need any of your installed software to be updated in a hurry is for functional shortfalls or for security holes. Everything else can wait.

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Does Uranus have rings?

Just idle curiosity.

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Microsoft boffins think VR visions will rival drugs by 2027

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Life will imitate art

"Nicole Immorlica, senior researcher at Microsoft's New England research lab, describes a world in which a person's value is measured by Facebook interaction ..."

This is what happens when 'futurists' watch Black Mirror.

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Icelandic Pirate Party asked to form government

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Re: Enquiring minds want to know..

A broadside then boarding and hand to hand fighting. It will be carnage.

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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Re: How about domestic software?

What sort of reaons does 'uncle Wu' give for censuring open source? It does seem strange that a nominally 'socialist' government would censure a community effort.

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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

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Very mixed metaphor

"The stick holds operators' feet to the fire with the threat that the regulator can take more action...."

Has anybody tried waterboarding them yet? I know some ISPs who deserve it.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: presumably the outraged are aware that...

"... will cease ride in any vehicle not certified animal free"

Does that include a horse drawn carriage? What about a horse with a wood and cotton saddle? It gets complicated doesn't it? :)

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Hackers waste Xbox One, PS4, MacBook, Pixel, with USB zapper

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Just an idea

Wouldn't it be easier and cheaper to make a USB to Mains adapter cable?

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Re: Not just data lines

I wouldn't call it an 'engineering design shortcut' since the design and the product were never intended or expected to deal with a lunatic putting 220V onto the USB lines. Maybe expectations and specifications will be modified from now on. Does anyone think that a 5kV isolation requirement is overkill?

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Europol cop took terror dossier home, flashed it to the web accidentally

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A blast from the past?

Was he still using Limewire?

There were many people who exposed their entire C:drive with that.

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Hull surfers cut off by router attack

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That picture

I'm sure that's not a picture of the Hull coast. Then again, it might have been developed a bit since I last saw it.

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UK cops spot webcam 'sextortion' plots: How vics can hit stop

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Re: Time for rent-a-perve

I always use a leather bag. My webcam friends love it.

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Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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Legal aspect

Do the Performing Rights Society (and all the other ones) have any opinion about this? Can the police just do this or do they have to record how many times they do it and pay fees?

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Another Canadian uni hit by ransomware, students told to keep Windows PCs away

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Re: Mitigation

"... opened a link in an email that had bypassed our web and AV filters."

Did the attackers get lucky, were they very clever or did that imply knowledge of your web and AV filters?

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Legality?

The entire purpose of the Internet Archive is to have its content slurped by anyone who wants to. As for the metadata, the article says that the archive doesn't store access information so there shouldn't be any metadata that three-letter agencies would be interested in.

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Adblock again beats publishers' Adblock-blocking attempts

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@Charles 9 Re: Why is this even a discussion?

The 'seller' isn't required to accept the 'buyer's' conditions. Websites can tell if you're using an ad-blocker and they are free to refuse to deliver content, if they want to. Nowadays, some websites show a polite notice saying that they can tell that you're using an ad-blocker and ask you to consider whitelisting their site.

P.S. I'd turn off the ad-blocker on the driver website.

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Re: Keep your guard up, people.

Also, the Request Policy plugin to selectively block third party content.

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Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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A clue!

"Attackers accused the bank board of not paying them for security services, ..."

This could lead us to the culprits.

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Small ISPs 'probably' won't receive data retention order following IP Bill

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Look at the details to find the devil

Something I remember reading about this was a statement that the ISP retained data was 'simply' a record of which website you had visited, not any details of what you looked at.

However, in the past there have been court cases where it's been stated in evidence that (as an example) the accused had performed Google searches about how to kill someone with paraquat. The search terms do appear as part of the address string and I assume they are stored by the ISP in totality. So, we are immediately lied to.

(It's possible that the police went to the trouble of contacting Google and asked them to search their server records for requests from a particular IP address. I doubt that however.)

So, your local police will know that you've been searching for haemorrhoid cream and the clerks at the tax office will know that you need snug fit condoms.

As I've asked (rhetorically) before; what are the penalties for unauthorised searching of ISP records and for misuse or abuse of the information in them? I suspect there are none.

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Re: Sign-off

I think it's a grammatical error. The verb 'sing' never takes that form but I can understand why someone might write it that way.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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Long term effects

Even if the AHRC find in his favour, any monetary award would probably not last him for a long time. If they force an employer to keep him on then his time there would probably not be pleasant. In any future job search, his name will ring alarm bells because of this action.

I'd suggest that he should have quietly accepted that he had no written proof of the interviewer's statment about not needing to pass a criminal record check and then make sure that in the future he got a formal assurance about this from any potential employer.

It's not 'right' and it's not 'fair' but it does seem sensible, to me. Having said that, he is brave to stand up to this so good luck to him.

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Comcast is the honey badger of ISPs – injects pop-ups into browsers, doesn't give a fsck

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Virgin Media were more 'sophisticated'

About two years ago, I started getting an extra tab opening in my browser. It was apparently from Virgin Media (my ISP) telling me my account filters were set to 'family safety is on' and I had to visit the website and sign in if I wanted the 'family safety' filter turned off. I thought this was strange because about two years before that, I'd told them over the phone to turn all filters off when I took out a new contract. So, I closed the tab after swearing a bit at the interruption.

After a week of this, every time I started the browser, I phoned their technical support to ask what was happening. Some new law regarding 'protecting children' had been enacted and my verbal statement of two years previously was now no longer enough. I had to make a definite recorded choice to allow dangerous filth into my home. So I did.

They could have explained this on the injected tab but no; it was, "this is how it is, you have to do something."

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Euro Patent office staff call again for King Battistelli regicide

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Prunier: "the easiest solution .... is for Mr Battistelli to lift the confidentiality he imposes on me ......."

If he's been fired, how can his ex-boss impose confidentiality on him? If he signed a legally binding confidentiality agreement then a) why did he sign it; b) if his ex-boss is lying then surely the agreement is void.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

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I stopped expecting customer service from Virgin Media so now I don't feel any disappointment at the lack of it.

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Trump hires very best, greatest net neut haters to head FCC transition

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"Eisenach called net neutrality "crony capitalism" ... "

Can anyone explain the logic behind that sound bite? I mean technical and linguistic logic, not political logic.

"... and claimed it would cause terrible damage; ..."

Since we have (more or less, almost) net neutrality at the moment then I don't see how potential net neutrality rules could cause damage; unless the ISPs and telcos are planning to make lots of money in the future by breaking the principles of net neutrality in a big way. Would an economist who worked at the FTC and now does work for the ISPs and telcos know anything about that?

Damage to what and to who?

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

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@TRT Re: Inflation

There's been an S&M security breach. Adult Friend Finder got popped.

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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re. shampoo bottle

But it says "rinse and repeat" so I just kept doing that.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Thank You

"Drawbridge also obviates the labor-intensive process of ..."

Thank you for NOT writing "... obviates the need for ...". You're a rare journalist.

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PoisonTap fools your PC into thinking the whole internet lives in an rPi

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Re: Physical Access...

This person who shows up after five minutes; do you ask to see any credentials before you give them physical access?

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Gone in 70 seconds: Holding Enter key can smash through defense

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"Vote thumbs down if you have a pony tail!"

You're getting them confused with Apple users. Linux users have bushy beards and baggy clothes. Microsoft users have no style at all.

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