* Posts by frank ly

5236 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Martian 'ice cauldrons' are prime spot to hunt LGMs, say boffins

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Re: LGMs?

It's the Local Government Martians they have to worry about. Landing permits, exploration permits, drilling permits, etc. They've managed to stay under the LGM radar so far.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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This modern world

"... have access to both Microsoft Excel and Google Docs could have run the same calculation."

Some of us have access to a pencil and a scrap of paper which does the job much quicker.

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'Ultimate Team' scheme: EA hackers charged for stealing in-game coins

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Viewed logically

Has anyone actually suffered a loss or damage as a result of their actions in falsely ontaining these tokens (which is what they really are)? I can't see how EA Sports has had to spend any more money or do any more work as a result of this. Have they suffered a loss of reputation resulting in damage, etc? As long as the tokens worked, the people who bought them were getting what they wanted at a price they were willing to pay.

I'm not saying that what they did was 'right' but surely this should be a civil case, not a criminal case?

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Fake election news meltdown vortex sucks in Google

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This modern world

"Facebook's increasing importance as a source of information for people ..."

Is a cause of amazement and sadness to anyone with more than half a brain.

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2016 in a nutshell: Boffins break monkeys' backs to turn them into tragic shuffling cyborgs

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If he's working in China, they'll probably let him do research on condemned prisoners. There wouldn't be any published articles about that though. I wonder what 'dark research' has been carried out in totalitarian regimes.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: Why?

There's still a nice selection of billhooks on ebay. I got one from there years ago.

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Make phishing great again: Hackers prod US think tanks, NGOs amid Trump win shockwaves

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Re: ElReg

I read that as "Obama serif, a new font".

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

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World Wide Jungle

That page pulls in 3rd party content from 30 other sites and scripts from 22 other sites!

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Fire alarm sparked data centre meltdown emergency

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Silkscreen artwork

"We agreed that this was probably the faulty one. We pulled it off and sure enough, the number 18 was on the circuit board underneath."

Intended to be manufactured, not to be fault traced or understood.

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Building IOT London sessions: From tiny sensors to big data

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Re: Has The Reg sold it's soul to the highest bidder?

It's ok really. There will be a security seminar, the highlight of which will be a TED-style talk by Steve Bong on how to fail early and fail often.

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$10m of Bangladeshi SWIFT heist ended up in Filipino Casino

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Re: Putting it on red

Thank you for that explanation Geoff. I don't know much about casinos either.

If the authorities tracked the money to the casino then it probably got there by a series of bank transfers. I assume the intention was to take it out in casino chips from a casino based client account and then convert these to cash in various ways. (A casino with honest management would be very suspicious of this behaviour.) I'd have thought that buying gold bullion would be a better method because gold can have its 'identity' changed with only a small loss in value depending on who you can persuade to buy it from you.

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Putting it on red

Did they intend to launder the money by putting it on red, thus giving them about 50% return? I know nothing about laundering money so I'm wondering how people do it.

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IoT worm can hack Philips Hue lightbulbs, spread across cities

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A total WTF moment

Patching a lightbulb to fix a security vulnerability.

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Leaked paper suggests EM Drive tested by NASA actually works

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"One theory is that protons fired around the nozzle are providing thrust, ..."

Where do the protons come from? This represents a loss of mass so how long will the motor last?

(If you're throwing protons out, you'd need to throw electrons out to balance the net charge. This is quite easy in a vacuum so not a big problem.)

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Open-source Sesame! Alibaba promises super-size magic for Java

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Cognitive Dissonance

"... the GreenTea Java User Group ..."

I just kept reading that and saying, "what?".

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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How about "Hypermoon"

That's what I've put in my calendar for that day.

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LeEco – the Chinese biz that said it'll topple US tech giants – has already hit the rocks

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Ok, does the Android have a big battery? It'll need a big battery if it's going to power an electric bike.

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"The electric bike, powered by Android, "

Does the Android phone have a very big battery? It's not supplied by Samsung is it?

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Was IoT DDoS attack just a dry run for election day hijinks?

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Re: Glad for no online voting

I can remember a time when there was no internet and national elections operated well and were reported, almost live, on national television. What aspect of modern elections relies on internet functionality?

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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It's still available

It's still available on cnet if you want to try it.

Short version: It's a sort of indicator that tells you the trustiness of a website that you're visiting. The trustiness is somehow determined by a form of selective crowdsourcing.

Coming soon: A browser addon that tells you the trustiness of other addons.

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FBI drops bombshell, and investigation: Clinton still in the clear

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Re: I'm feeling like Alex in "A Clockwork Orange"

Can't the Rolling Stones and other artists bring injunctions against unapproved use of their music?

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El Paso city bungs $3.2m to email crooks pretending to be bosses

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Subtle form of words

"City Attorney Sylvia Firth later acknowledged that the city hadn't been instructed by the police to keep quiet about the fraud, but had simply been advised that it might be better to do so."

Was it the police who 'advised' them to do that or was it their PR department?

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Six on capacitor charges

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Re: At least...

The atmosphere was electric in a packed to capacity courtroom. There was no impedance to justice being done after the admittance of their guilt and the jury were discharged.

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Swiss, geez: Robo-hooker coffee shop to be erected in Geneva

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Being Sensible

Has the cafe owner done any market research to determine if he'd have enough regular customers to make this worthwhile?

I'm sure I'm not the only commentard here who wouldn't want to be seen on the same street as this establishment.

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Five-a-day energy drink habit turned chap's eyes yellow, urine dark, caused anorexia

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WTF?

Who had the idea of putting 200% of the RDA of niacin in a retail/leisure drink? The RDA is about 15mg a day and the 'Tolerable Upper Intake Level' is 35mg a day. Excessive niacin is known to cause medical problems.

They should be sued and fined.

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Cisco's OpenStack cloud drops Pokémon-clone name

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Really?

Is MetaPod a brand name or trademark? Isn't it just the name of one particular character in a well known cartoon story? If they have trademarked it then how can Cisco's use be confusing to potential clients or detrimental to the trademark owner?

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Laser surgery ignites internal methane, burns patient down there

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Put a cork in it

To have been left with noticable burns suggests a large amount of something flammable. Could it have been methane leaking from the other possible source? I'd imagine that people under anaesthetic do tend to relax.

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Want to spy on the boss? Try this phone-mast-in-an-HP printer

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I'm wondering

Who replies to text messages from numbers they don't recognise or people who won't identify themselves?

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Sound-mufflers chuck acoustic sleep blanket at the noise-plagued

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From the website:

"NOTE: Nightingale only works in the United States. We are working on making it compatible with other countries in the future."

Is sound different in the USA?

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Boffins coax non-superconductive stuff into dropping the 'non'

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Cause and effect

"... the critical temperature where superconductivity magically kicks in."

I'm not a pysicist (or a wizard) but I'm sure that it's not due to magic, in any form.

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Boffins one step closer to solving nanoscale computer challenge

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How high can you go?

"The key to solving the Feynman Grand Challenge is that the two-dimensional circuit can be stacked to create a three-dimensional device within 50-by-50 nanometres."

Maybe they need to respecify it as a 50nm cube.

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Samsung are amateurs – NASA shows how you really do a battery fire

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Priorities

"NASA has pledged to have better fire control systems soon."

How about a foolproof battery management system that doesn't require someone to set it up properly.

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Coming to an SSL library near you? AI learns how to craft crude crypto all by itself

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??

"Although the classical cryptographic algorithms are more transparent, they are not as good as neural networks at selecting what information to encrypt."

How can you say that if you don't know what they are doing?

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No nudes, bloated apps, Android sucks and 497 other complaints about Apple to the FTC

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Re: Extended coverage

"...I find these policies harassive, repressive, and in violation of the Constitution's freedom of religion."

I'm wondering which religion he is.

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Florida man ran $1.35m hack-and-spam racket with 50m-plus addresses

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What is it with the expensive car collections?

I've read about this sort of thing before and I can't understand it. If I was in receipt of 'ill gotten gains' I'd store it in carefully set up offshore accounts or gold ingots buried in the woods. Why do they do this?

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Geohot gone geocold on georides: Comma.ai self-driving car kit cancelled

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Typical government bureaucrats

"First time I hear from them and they open with threats."

A similar thing happened to me when I tried to sell a nuclear reactor I'd designed and made in my garage.

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Birmingham sperm bank pulls plug after just a handful of recruits

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Missed opportunity

"But two years on, it had only pulled in seven accredited donors – and one of them has since pulled out, according to a report on the BBC."

Couldn't you have worked 'pulled off' into that sentence?

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Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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Re: "Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs"

The 'downward dog' is a yoga pose but the article picture shows a different pose. Come on people, use Google, that's what it's there for. Come on El Reg, use a correct picture.

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Topless in-car selfie attempt climaxes with rear-end bonking

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She couldn't properly formulate the deployment either. Have you been drinking wine too?

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

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Re: Wrong

"There might be bugs and exploits, but they will be definitely less available from a browser environment, than they were from the native environment."

A native application can be 'bad' of course but that's always been the case and some effort has to be made at each PC to get it installed.

For the browser, if it has a bluetooth API, that's a whole new class of malware vectors that can be installed on a webserver. That can be done by an evil webmaster or a hacker contaminating a webserver. A victim could be exposed by following interesting links in innocent webpages, as we all do. If a website is known and proven to be 'innocent' and you use it, it could be compromised in the future, etc, etc.

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Datto launches backup and disaster recovery technology to combat ransomware

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Re: Backupify

They're just zeitgeisting the outward facing profile.

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Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

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Re: About bloody time

Maybe IPV6 has enough addresses for any partitioning scheme that you can think of?

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Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

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Re: Translation?

So, as well as 'part fibre' and 'full fibre', there is 'not-fibre'? The 2% of the country; I wonder if it's geographical area, number of customers or linear cable runs (by number or by length?)

No wonder that hardly anybody, if anyone, can understand what's happening.

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Translation?

"The price we paid for part fibre is that only 2 per cent of the country has full fibre, he said."

Can anybody explain how that worked or what it means?

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Let's praise Surface, not bury it

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Motivation

"... P2P Napster. The latter was arguably the only piece of software that genuinely drove consumer PC demand."

I thought it was the cool games (and maybe the internet porn)?

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

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Check the B-Ark 'guest' list

"These top contacts can also be shown in the bottom right of the screen and they can send you “shoulder taps” – basically emoji messages in 3D."

We need room for some software developers.

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Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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Re: Good on them, I say...

"... the US Army aren't allowed fixed wing tactical combat aircraft under the Key West agreement which defined the roles of air power in the three services."

That's not an 'agreement'; it's a treaty between rival powers.

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Spoiler alert: We'll bet boffins still haven't spotted aliens

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Re: As a transmitter, it is certainly powerful enough.

If they tuned the laser to emit at one of the spectral absorbtion lines of the star, then the signal/noise ratio would be much lower if an observer measured the light in the absorbtion line. An observer could use a non-resonating laser cavity, tuned to that frequency, as an amplifier to monitor light in the normally dark band.

The question would be: why are they all pointing their lasers at us?

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Google gobbles startup that claims its tech is like a mind reader (gulp)

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"...said it is joining Google."

Being assimilated by, surely?

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It's nearly 2017 and JPEGs, PDFs, font files can hijack your Apple Mac, iPhone, iPad

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@a_yank_lurker Re: Cupertino is ...

"Also, if the vendors follow the basic Unix practice of splitting user accounts from admin accounts that will limit the possible damage."

Remember, with the most popular Linux distributions, then after installation the root account password is the same as the first/main user account password. Consider the following on-screen message from some malware:

"For your security and protection, enter your password to allow operations to continue."

What percentage of 'ordinary' people would enter their password at that point?

How many people who read El Reg have changed their first user password to make it different from the root password? (I haven't and I'm sure you'd all do a double WTF! if you saw that happen because El Reg readers are 'special'.)

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