* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

332M Kick Ass pirates get asses kicked by scareware ass-kickers

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Kick ass fake links

It doesn't seem to happen now, but some time ago there were fake magnet icon links on Kick Ass listings that actually linked to .exe download sites which claimed to install a great torrent downloader. I didn't use them of course but I wonder how many people tried them. I can understand that rogue adverts get through but that seemed to be very underhand work by the site's owners.

Diskicide – the death of disk

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Apples and Oranges??

"... post-dedupe flash cost/GB is the same as disk."

Is that post-dedupe disk and post-compression disk? Or is it raw disk? At what size of storage array is that comparison made?

German regulator sets VW deadline

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In the UK

Is this a good time or a bad time to get a good deal on a second hand turbodiesel VW Passat? Should I wait?

Spirit of the Ghost: Taking a Rolls-Royce Wraith around France

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A small detail.

"There are buttons to electrically slide the front seats in the back of them so that the rear passenger can adjust the position."

Is this deactivated when the car is being driven?

Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

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Re: Left and Right and Politics

"Yes, we need 'socialism' to define what's wrong with society, ..."

Surely, a 'capitalist' would say, "Look at all these poorly educated children. They are a wasted resource and an indication that more investment is needed in the education system. See all those people who are ill due to smoking, poor diet and lack of exercise; a small amount of money invested in a public education programme would greatly reduce these problems and increase national productivity." Etc.

We need sensible and intelligent people to see and understand what's wrong with society. They seem to be in short supply at the 'top'.

Bill Bailey: The man, the musician, the comic, the troll, the legend

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re. Comedy Store You Tube link

You've sent me on a diversion that's lasted 30 minutes so far. I'll get back to you if I can think of anything else. Thank you!

P.S. He was great in Black Books.

Get on with it! Uncle Sam's right-hand man schools ICANN powwow

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Re: Unprofessional. Irresponsible.

I can tell that you're not the sort of person who gets appointed to committees or made chairman.

Here, near the shore of Santa Monica, we see ICANN in its natural habitat – doing nothing

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"Sessions are chaired, rather than facilitated."

I've only just got used to 'programs' becoming 'applications'. When did the 'facilitator' thing happen?

Hm, a scandal brewing, Kaiser? Healthcare giant buys How Kaiser Killed My Wife and other .coms

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Re: Missed some,


11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

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Surely the DMCA is intended to prevent people from profiting from copying things, or obtaining and misusing 'trade secrets'. If cheating is strogly suspected, then the software should be torn apart and analysed by experts, subject to non-disclosure agreements of course.

Challenge! German drives from South Africa to Norway in nine days

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"... Volkswagen Touareg from South Africa to Norway ..."

Did it meet the emissions control regulations in every country that it was driven through?

It's 2015 and a text file can hack your Apple Watch. IS THIS THE FUTURE YOU WANTED?

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Re: Gratuitous jab at Adobe much?

Let's face it, Flash Player patches aren't 'news' anymore.

Oh, IT'S ON. IT. IS. ON: Google, Netflix et al square up to telcos in net neutrality showdown

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I think they mean, "Hey look, we've got a website that tells you stuff!"

My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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Re: Okay...

Embrocation. Just rub it onto your website.

Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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@Mage Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

"Sadly doesn't work on Linux ..."

Is that the Linux version of QQ doesn't work, or the Windows version doesn't run in WINE, or .... ?

Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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"... she and The Master ..."

That's " ... she and the Mistress (Missy) ..."

Huh? Cat-wees-like-a-racehorse study pees on fellow physicists to take Ig Nobel prize

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I remember about the 21 second pee result

I forgot to time myself so I'll try to remember that tomorrow morning when I wake up. Has anybody else timed themselves?

Look out, world! Apple is about to launch .apple

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Well, yes.

"... the big corporates have been taking things much slower and trying to figure out what to do with their branded piece of the internet."

It's as if they didn't have a plan when they bought them.

D-Link spilled its private key onto the web – letting malware dress up as Windows apps

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I'm wondering

Are these certificates and passphrases in a declaration block at the top of the sourcecode, surrounded by comments, IN CAPS, to say "don't allow this information to be released"; or are they sprinkled throughout the sourcecode?

P.S. The above is my second attempt at posting that comment. On the first, I had to complete a Captcha question (which I seemed to have failed), for which I had to enable Flash. The second time I tried, there was no Captcha question. Is this anything to do with El Reg or have I been 'hit' by something?

Ad-blocking super-weapon axed by maker for being TOO effective

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Re: nuance

Does the El Reg team have any comment about that loud voice lecturing Doctor Syntax?

Thousands cut off from email after EE bungles domain renewal

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"We're very sorry for any inconvenience caused by the technical issues on FSNet," ->

"We're experiencing piss-poor management at EE."

Scotsman cools PC with IRN-BRU, dubs it the 'Aye Mac'

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I visited Ferranti in Edinburgh ...

.. many years ago. They had 'draught' Irn-Bru in the vending machines - delicious.

P.S. In Scotland, it's pronounced "Irn Bru".

El Reg unfurls awe-inspiring Integrated Space Plan megagraphic

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I assume ...

... that she has a pipe clenched between her teeth.

Tremble, Vodafone! The UN ain't happy about your phone-hacking

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Who is the ex-employee who did the spying? Have they been investigated by the police or any authority? Will charges be brought against them? Have they now got a cushy job somewhere else?

All in all, it's just another hit in the stalls: Roger Waters The Wall

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Re: Two memories...

"But in the town, it was well known when they got home at night, their fat and psychopathic wives would thrash them within inches of their lives."

Those lyrics would make some teachers a bit touchy, I suppose.

Schneider patches yet ANOTHER dumb vuln

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Re: wireshark?

"Do the companies purchasing this gear not have a security person in their IT department?"

They might do, but as an old engineer said to me many years ago, "Why should I put any effort into assessing bids when they always buy the cheapest one no matter what I say?"

Brown kid with Arab name arrested for bringing home-made clock to school

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Duress? Threats?

"It apparently took four police to arrest the 14-year-old, with the principal threatening to expel the boy if he didn't make a written statement."

Isn't that illegal in various ways?

The 'vampire squid' wants a bankers' blockchain

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How could they co-opt the Bitcoin(XT) blockchain unless they do transactions in Bitcoin? - I thought that bitcoins were now reaching their limit in terms of the numbers that have been created and can be created. Surely they would need to create their own, proprietory system and map their existing assets onto it?

Tech turned on its head: 'Dislike' button in Facebook, pay Snapchat $1 to defuse self-destructing sexy selfies

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Re: Love the article picture...

I'm wondering if those kids, or their parents, were ever paid for it.

Don't bother buying computers for schools, says OECD report

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I wonder why

"The USA and UK skipped the digital literacy test and therefore created some statistical kinks that required ironing out, likely giving critics a useful starting point for alternative analyses."

Any theories?

DMCA takedown bots must respect 'fair use' of copyright – US appeals court

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Excuse me?

"The majority noted that automated systems are able to account for fair use before sending out takedown notices, ..."

How the heck can they believe that?

What should we do with this chunk of dead air? Ofcom wants to know

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re. Three Cows

Whatever you do, don't try to milk them.

As we all know, snark always comes before a fall. Mea culpa

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Re: A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

" ... the concept of "nothing" having any value whatsoever..."

I might be more easily understood as, 'A man who knows the price of everything but doesn't know the value of anything.'

Hollywood takes a beating in Oscar cybersquatting battle

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"To the fury of AMPAS, GoDaddy inserted into one of its filings in January this year that the Academy has offered to settle the case for $20m in 2010; $12m in 2012; $10.7m in 2013; and $6m in 2014."

Was that supposed to be confidential information?

Anti-peeping-tom drone law nixed in California

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Re: That "Thunderstorm" you just heard...

This 'European' doesn't own a gun but does agree with you.

North Korea exploits 0-day in Seoul's favourite word processor

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Re: Please

"Why don't my binoculars work when I try to identify that tank in the distance?"

Cuffed Texan woman holsters loaded gun IN VAGINA

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If it was fully loaded ...

... how much would it weigh? I'm sorry but I can't help thinking about practical considerations.

The remote control from HELL: Driverless cars slam on brakes for LASER POINTER

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It's like the early days of the internet ...

... when everybody assumed that everyone else was 'nice'.

Also, nowadays, a team of engineers being whipped into making something 'that works' as quickly as possible.

Ubuntu Wily gaggle builds 15.10 beta beachhead

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"Now if only they could fix the fact that basically every package I need to work has to be installed manually I'd probably switch over."

It's so difficult, isn't it?

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A Mint user asks:

I've been using Linux Mint 13 with MATE desktop for over two years now and will probably update to Mint 17.x early next year, if I can be bothered. Apart from the default installed applications (which I can change anytime I like), what difference would I notice if I switched to Ubuntu MATE? (Forget themes and desktop wallpaper, that's just eye-candy.)

Google wants to take a bite out of your apples (NOT your gadgets)

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Re: Well...

"But honestly, how much intelligence does it take ..."

Not much, so it doesn't provide them with enough mental stimulation or a worthwhile intellectual challenge. Anyway, would you want hordes of Silicon Valley man-children wandering around your local supermarket?

Still can't get a woop, woop! Twitter battered on matter of politi-natter scatter button

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Another way?

If those sites track and monitor certain people, let's call them 'special people', then why can't they record every tweet and make them available for viewing? Maybe highlight any 'special' tweets from those special people, the sort of tweets that might get deleted in future.

Angler plonks August's Flash feeding frenzy into its boat

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I'm wondering

Is there any type of bug that hasn't been discovered (yet) in Adobe Flash?

Ship-swallowing GREEN BIO-STORM spotted FROM SPAAACE

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Do I see a ship?

Is that a ship wake (black line), with a ship at the front of it in the top picture? The lower picture has similar lines but with a wavy course.

Coder pleads guilty to writing Gozi banking trojan

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Bad early decisions

"The sting that took the Gozi gang down was a join operation ..."

They should have used NoSQL.

Hacker chancer looking for $500,000 after offering Clinton emails for auction

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Re: Uh oh..

Yes indeed. He'll have three TLAs looking for him. They'll probably be in competition with each other instead of cooperating though.

Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today?

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Curiouser and curiouser

The van is not empty; a masked man is sitting in it. How did you not notice that? This is becoming sinister.

Feeling sweary? Don't tell Google Docs

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re. "poof"

Can you say "Puff The Magic Dragon", or is that blocked as a harmful drugs reference?

Websites aimed at kids are slurping too much info, finds report

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@Graham Marsden Re: @MJ980 - Huh?

I'm sure that was sarcasm, not irony.

Sorry, Californians, you can't have this: Asus to build WATER COOLED notebook

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"... some laptops already exist that use heat pipes ..."

I think most if not all of them do. My old Dell laptop (it died ten tears ago) had a heat pipe inside, as I found when I dismantled it as a matter of interest. The thing about water cooling is that water is cheap and safe and you can take the heat outside of the laptop and then use a big radiator/fan system to dump it. A major limiting factor in laptop heat dissipation is the volume of air that you can force over the radiator fins and the size of the fins themselves.

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