* Posts by frank ly

5746 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Re: Wildlife crime

Well, that sheep's buggered so we'd better arrest the guy.

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ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe

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Out of sight ...?

"... in an orbit that should keep it clear of the Earth or Moon for a century or more."

Why can't they set the controls for the heart of the sun, or something?

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Hey, remember that monkey selfie copyright drama a few years ago? Get this – It's just hit the US appeals courts

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Legal procedures

"PETA seemingly promised her that if Naruto won the case, he could receive significant royalties ..."

That's when Naruto's Indonesian lawyer (with a contract with Naruto's thumbprint on it) will jump up and claim protective custody of the royalties money.

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Peak Register

I think you've jumped the vulture with that one.

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Easy Beat Gold Eggs

I followed the link, I read the details, I watched the video. I still have no idea what it is. In many ways, I'm too old to care anymore.

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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Re: Will it really make any differece?

"... I'v used as much as 6 gigs in a month before."

Did you mean a day? My Virgin Media (UK) cable connection used to have a 2GB a day throttling limit. Now, I think it's much higher and I once downloaded 5GB in a day with no slow down.

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Costs?

Does anyone know how much a rebranding exercise like this costs, over the expected four years of repainting, reissuing notepaper, etc. activities?

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Dental app startup drama: Two attack websites and a lawsuit

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An app for that

An app for recording attendance at CPD courses? If it's important for your profession then your professional body should have that covered and dentists are a regulated and professional body. The intended 'business model' stank to high heaven anyway.

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Ransomware-slinging support scammers hire local cash mule in Oz

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"recklessly engage in money laundering."

It seems to me that he was calmly and thoughtfully engaging in money laundering.

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

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"Internet e-mail is not a secure medium..."

So, what sort of e-mail do I need to use?

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Talk about a hit and run: AA finally comes clean on security breakdown

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So Sorry

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJqziTVLNoo&ytbChannel=johann10000

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While USA is distracted by its President's antics, China is busy breaking another fusion record

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Re: Who still uses farenheight for things like this ?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit#History

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Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger

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A few years from now ....

.... I'd like to read the learned analyses of how it happened and what went wrong and why. I'm assuming that I'll still be here in a few years from now and that people will still be writing analyses for public consumption.

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Dark web souk AlphaBay outage: Users fear they've been scammed

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Re: Sorry, what did they do again?

"Guns 'n' drugs 'n' rare orchids 'n' stuff ..."

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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".. three uber-basic machine learning models ..."

Did they go out and get drunk, develop algorithms to break local laws, cover it up and then start harassing the researchers?

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It's an important ID, so why isn't the Medicare card chipped?

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Re: 2 factor authentication

I've never been asked to present my credit card to authenticate my identity. When does this happen? Do they ask you to match the signature or something?

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Constant work makes the kilo walk the Planck

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Happy

Units

If you'd written the units as J.s (joule-seconds) it's easier to write and you might not have made that mistake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_constant#Value

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GnuPG crypto library cracked, look for patches

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Lessons will be learned

"...the sliding window data leak was tolerated because it was believed only part of a key was recoverable ..."

Will all similar assumptions (not just key recovery) in security sensitive processes be revisited and rewritten?

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Connections

Are Microsoft well connected in the UK civil service, the Department of Health in particular?

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Re: Cost is the smaller concern

Furthermore, the NHS itself could have its own in-house repository for all the software it needs. This would be copied down, in a controlled manner as appropriate from Debian, Ubuntu etc. That way, if external developers go insane, the NHS could keep going.

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US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

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Error ball, corner pocket.

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GitHub flub spaffs 8Tracks database, 18 million accounts leaked

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It's a long slow process

"... it found backups of database tables in the staffer's repo."

I assume/hope that will be covered by this:

"We are auditing all our security practices ..."

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Talk about cutting-edge technology! Boffins fire world's sharpest laser

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This is confusing

"Lasers are, ideally, a concentrated stream of photons at a single frequency."

"The light waves of the laser oscillate ..."

Make your mind up. Which one is it?

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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But that would rapidly slow them down and so make them less 'cool' and desirable. What's needed is wireless charging via intense microwave radiation directed at the person playing with it.

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The bloke behind Star Fox is building a blockchain based casino. No, really

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Robots, robots, everywhere.

"You can be sent a link, click on it and you’re in a game.”

In its purest form, gambling is redistribution of money between the players, and the house with organised gambling. In the future, will you know who the other players are and what you're actually gambling on?

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Robots will enable a sustainable grey economy

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Spritely?

Can he get into and out of the Tesla without help? For that demographic and for shopping, something more 'comfortable and practical' would be better. I'm sure they'll be developed and made eventually and be available at a comfortable and practical price.

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Virus (cough, cough, Petya) goes postal at FedEx, shares halted

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What's in a name?

Some newspapers (The Independent) say that it's called GoldenEye. Does anyone know where that comes from? Maybe there should be public suggestions and a vote but that would probably give us "Virus McVirusface".

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A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

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Actually

She does remind me of every female horse riding instructor I ever met. (I used to go horse riding a lot.)

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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

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Re: Why?

"Because the contracts for the XP migration were all signed years ago before 10 was avaliable."

I'm sure that the supplier of the 'upgrade' to 8.1 had no idea and could not forsee that Win 10 would be released when it was.

Many years ago when I was involved in writing a spec for a hand held 'equipment manual reader' device, using COTS, for the military, we told the customer that details of the hardware, OS and software should not be settled until a year before delivery, for obvious reasons.

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Looking for an Ubuntu Unity close cousin? Elementary, my dear...

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Re: "An"? I had no idea!

I pronounce MATE as 'ma-chay' just to annoy everyone or make them worry that they've been saying it wrong.

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'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

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Re: wasted opportunity

Right ..... one of the most sensitive places of your body, a great place to cut into and insert a foreign object.

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Ride-snare: Lyft ruse helps cops cuff suspect in tech CEO murder case

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Timing

"... when we exited and identified ourself as the sheriff’s office”. After a 100-yard chase, the suspect was arrested."

Perhaps tackle him to the ground before the polite introductions? Or is this a police procedure thing?

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Re: The next stage

Give me a Bitcoin administrator and a baseball bat?

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The next stage

The next stage in the 'war on terror' will be mandatory goverment oversight and access to Bitcoin etc. so that the miscreants can be tracked down. Does anyone know if they can already do this?

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UK's Ministry of Fun considers what to tell social media firms about online bullying

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Get the popcorn

"... the first time that they will be subject to legislation on online bullying."

How does legislation work for social media providers who are not based in the UK? Who don't have any UK corporate presence? I realise that this is aimed at Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, who do have a corporate UK presence but it does seem to be legislation that could go wrong in the future.

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Skynet? More like Night-sky-net. AI hunts for Milky Way's turbo stars

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"flung from the Way's Galactic Center"

Is that because they're moving way too fast?

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No way to sugarcoat this: I'm afraid Uranus opens and closes to accept particle streams

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Uranus

This one will run and run.

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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

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Make that " ... Counter All Terrorism"

GIFCAT, GIFGAT, dah dah dah dah duh duh. I sense an animated logo approaching.

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Tremble in fear, America, as Daesh-bags scrawl cyber-graffiti on .gov webpages no one visits

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Re: Or...

"All the sites were back up and running on Monday after IT staff had earned themselves a tasty chunk of overtime."

I just noticed that. I'm not saying anything; I'm just saying.

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Braking news: AA password reset email cockup crashes servers

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At least ....

.... they weren't all in the CC field of a single email. Were they?

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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Oh wow!

"... preparing a new law that would allow authorities to decipher and read private encrypted messages."

So, this would enable them to read the encrypted attachments that real terrorists and criminals send, or the encrypted contents of any usb sticks, etc. that they manage to obtain.

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Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

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"It's also coated with a little bit of built-in water resistance."

Just a splash of water resistance?

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AES-256 keys sniffed in seconds using €200 of kit a few inches away

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Doe anyone know ....

.... what that large component with the adjustment knob is? (I thought it was a lab bench gas tap at first. It's many years since I saw one or used one but the memories came flooding back.)

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Re: Where are the instructions?

After you've put it into modem mode, you use 192.168.100.1 for the control panel.

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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"Lawyers, calm down."

They've only just started getting excited at all the things that could go wrong, and the possible consequences.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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Re: Am I being stupid, or does this paragraph have something missing?

I assume that the round was supersonic for most of its path, otherwise the sound of the shot (direct path) wouldn't have taken almost the same time as the 'hit' via a parabolic path.

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Fujitsu loses Dimes amid plans to save dollars

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She started in June last year and has been absent since May this year and they are keeping quiet about her. This might mean she had a two year contract and is in delicate negotiations for its early termination. What's that? You never had a two year contract with share options and bonus payments?

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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That diagram

Can you change it to show an eclipse over America and not Africa?

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