* Posts by frank ly

5426 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Scottish court issues damages to couple over distress caused by neighbour's use of CCTV

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It's complicated

"The Akram guest house is downstairs from the Woolley's flat. Both the Woolleys and Akram subsequently installed CCTV systems outside their respective properties."

So they live in the same building that is split into flats/apartments?

That's even more reason to have long and detailed discussions with your neighbour if you install CCTV with recording (and audio!).

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NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics

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Geek note

4H-SiC is the '4H' crystalline form of SiC, in case anyone is wondering, as you all are, I'm sure. It has more than 250 polymorphs!

(Wikipedia: it's great but consider the possibility of editorial bias and check out the quality of the references and always compare with another source of information.)

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Microsoft touts cheap-ish anti-patent troll protection shield for Azure-hosted devs

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Re: Does it come with...

The devil is in the details.

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Unusual behaviour

"... roving officers, some undercover, who engage travelers in casual conversation while looking for telltale signs of malicious intent, whatever those might be. Ostensibly, these conversations were voluntary, but seeking to avoid them or being insufficiently forthcoming was treated as an "indicator" that might prompt referral to additional screening."

Being accosted by strangers who try to lure me into converstion is guarenteed to make me tense and glower. Repeated experience has shown me that those sorts of people are usually up to no good.

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Biggest Kodi sweep: Brit cops nab five, bag some dodgy sticks

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Re: Too late.

It took me 1 minute to install Kodi on Linux and then three minutes to install the provider repo you mentioned, after finding his instructions via a Google search. (Most of that three minutes was spent getting lost in the Kodi menu heirarchy.) I've been watching Top Cat episodes. My tastes are simple and I'm big on nostalgia.

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@AC Re: Ebay seems to be full of them

You go to ebay.co.uk, type 'Kodi' in the search box and then sort the results for lowest price first. It's amazing what computers can do nowadays.

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Ebay seems to be full of them

Is it a good time to buy one?

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Guilty! Four blokes conned banks in £160m fibre broadband scam

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Planning ahead

If you borrow money, someone will want it back one day. Were they detected before they had a chance to grow beards and dye their hair and run away with it? What was their plan?

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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A contradiction at the end there

"There is only one recipe I know for success, ..., and that is by bringing great people with the right skills, give them the right tools, give them a mission, make sure they can analyze their results, put them in really creative inspiring locations and set them free. "

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RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Low level loss of concentration

I once saw a cockpit video (from behind the pilot's shoulder using an officially mounted camera) from a Harrier that was doing low speed, very low level flying over the Scottish countryside. The pilot had a paper map open across his lap and was holding it with one hand while pointing at a location with his other hand, perhaps as an aid to any future viewers of the video. He very carefully pointed at the map and stabbed his finger a couple of times for emphasis.

As he did this, you could notice that the plane was getting lower. He suddenly flung his hand to the stick to pull up and level off. A short time later, a white object on the ground could be seen to flash by directly under the plane. It was a tent and I did wonder if anyone was trying to sleep in it.

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Vapists rejoice! E-cigs lower cancer risk (if you stop smoking, duh)

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Re: This is all about carcinogen levels

(I was a long term smoker of 'strong' cigarettes and am now nine months into a 'vaping only' regime and have got down to 1mg strength liquid from an original 24mg strength.)

The e-cig vaping liquid is in fact a mixture of propylene glycol and glycerin, in various ratios depending on the 'feel' preferred by the user. It also, of course, contains a small amount of nicotine.

It's been accepted for a long time that nicotine, as ingested by smokers or in any other therapeutic dose, is not carcinogenic.

I'm surprised that you say that snus use does not lead to an increase in cancer. I'm sure that I've read that snus use is associated with cancers of the soft tissue of the mouth. Also, I believe there is a difference between the 'mini-teabag of tobacco' and 'snus', where snus is in the form of a paste that is rubbed onto the inner cheek or gums. I may have got those two totally mixed up since I've never had any interest in either of them. However, I'm prepared to believe they have equivalent risk if you consider how they work.

Propylene glycol and glycerin are indeed permitted food additives but they have not been 'officially approved' for vaporisation and inhaling. You can't say that because they are safe for one then they are safe for the other. However, I'm prepared to believe that they are nowhere near as dangerous, for inhaling, as tobacco smoke.

I have extensive experience of both inhaling tobacco smoke and inhaling e-cig vapour and I can tell you that after nine months of heavy vaping, I feel a heck of a lot better and don't get out of breath easily nowadays. Actually, I ought to stop now since it's become just a behavioural and psychological habit that doesn't provide me with any definite sense of physical relief. (When I was using 24mg liquid, I really needed it. Now, I can go all day without if I forget my kit when I leave home.)

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UK uni KCL spunks IT budget on 'reputation management' after IT disaster headlines

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Reputation Management

"... their bosses brought in reputation management business RiskEye, which set about trying to expunge news of the incident from the web.

After The Register declined to remove its coverage, ..."

How does that work? Do they invite you to their club for dinner, drinks and a chat or do they send a couple of bruisers to your office to tell you how sad their client is feeling?

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China announces it wants more immigrants, better diplomats and science-led industry

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Re: Magical Thinking

Do we call him Lucy from now on?

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Vizio coughs up $2.2m after its smart TVs spied on millions of families

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A can of questions

"The $2.2m Vizio has to fork out will be split between the FTC and the New Jersey state Department of Consumer Affairs. The TV maker will also be required to delete any customer information it collected before March 1, when it began to notify people of the data slurping."

What about compensation for the 11 million people/families affected? Will the advertising agencies that bought the data also have to delete it and will Vizio have to therefore repay them? Is there any indication that the advertising agencies knew that the data they bought had been collected illegally? How many other companies are doing this?

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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.

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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.

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

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Here goes:-

https://justpaste.it/133ws

(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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Google Cloud kicked QEMU to the kerb to harden KVM

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Historical

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

No history of security problems. ...."

That sounds quite easy.

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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.

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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.

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This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

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Professor Wernstrom did it better

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvRQ4d76ZV0

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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.

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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?

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Googlers reveal code they use for mass Windows deployments

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Does Glazier use PuTTY?

I'm going.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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Misunderstanding

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

Was it a misguided attempt to cook them?

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Insecure Hadoop installs next in 'net scum crosshairs

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Conclusions

"... 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?

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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?

Palemoon?

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

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Metrics

"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?

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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.

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Dodgy Dutch developer built backdoors into thousands of sites

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Hence the advice not to re-use passwords.

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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.

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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.)

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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.

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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.....?

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