* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Home Depot: Someone's WEAK-ASS password SECURITY led to breach

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Re: Add more technology - solved

It's like saying that the toilet cleaners need to store their bleach in the CEO's safe. (Make up your own analogy.) It's cheaper than making a special storage cupboard for them, in the short term anyway.

HOT YOUNG STAR about to GIVE BIRTH, long range images show

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I remember when ....

... people were arguing about whether other not stars would even have planets. Now they take pictures of planets around other stars and argue about the exact mechanics and timescales of their formation. That's progress.

Next up: The existence of intelligent life outside our solar system?

ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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Lots of popcorn time

"... Today people are talking about moving DR [disaster recovery] functionality to the cloud,”

Rovnix Trojan infection outbreak infects 130,000 machines in Blighty

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In many years of using Windows ...

... I only got a virus once (as detected by whatever anti-virus I had). That was when I did something stupid - I downloaded a printer driver from a website, devoted to drivers, that anyone could upload to - yes, very stupid.

Do so many people really click on the links (obfuscated or otherwise) they see in spam/phising emails?

3D printed guns: This time it's for real! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Techie/Legal stuff

" ... There is a notional plastic barrel in Crumling's accompanying 3D-printed "gun" as well, with pretend rifling to comply with US gun law, ..."

Can anyone explain that bit please? This is the sort of detail that fascinates me, for some reason.

Old hat: Fedora 21 beta late than never... and could be best ever

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"... why should other applications be able to see other windows?"

Because I want to be able to take a screenshot without having to get my camera?

Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

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Block Diagrams

That's what's needed. If they know and understand what they're doing, they should be able to draw some to show the salient points and the differences from what other methods do.

Russia to ban iCloud.. to protect iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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That rifle

It looks a lot like my old Webley Vulcan Mk1 .22 air rifle. Can anyone identify it?

We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

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Re: Figure out the pricing...

Your horse needs to set up its own club - maybe with some help and advice from you.

UK Cabinet Office's £200m IT bonanza: I got 999 contracts but a pitch ain't won (yet)

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"... as many as 999 firms ..."

Is that because they set the data field up for only three digits?

UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

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Re: We do not need to trust these people and we should not trust them.

@Gene Cash - If you knew my IPv4 address, a quick DNS lookup would tell you my ISP and, if you were familiar with the four letter abbreviations, the name of the town I live in/near. If you contacted my ISP with the required formal authorisation then they would tell you my address, my phone number and my credit card number. So, how is IPv6 any 'worse' that that?

Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

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Now I'm worried

"Meanwhile, Microsoft gets access to the estimated 200 million Dropbox users and the chance to flog them some Office 365 subscriptions at the same time."

Does this mean I'll be getting Microsoft adverts masquerading as files in my Dropbox? The Dropbox application already tries to run as root, now and then, on my Linux box. I keep telling it 'NOOOO' and it comes back and behaves itself until the next time.

Oculus Rift tech-specs 'many months away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: Spec creep?

" .. a room wallpapered with QR codes."

That might sell to tech-happy kids; especially if the QR codes were 'funny' slogans or links to 'cool' websites, or you scanned them as part of an associated smartphone based game. Hey, I feel a product idea developing!

How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000

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If I can afford it, I must be?

"At the other end is dot-rich "the world's most exclusive address" where all domains start from $2,500. "

That is totally nouveaux.rich and laughable.

Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years

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... the first copyright negotiations, even with Bowie's permission, ...

I wonder how much that cost, in lawyer's fees?

Google Calendar jumps into Inbox/Gmail era

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Re: Almost there already

If I knew your gmail address, could I send you an e-mail saying that your flight has been cancelled thus resulting in you missing an important meeting etc.? (Think of comparable scenarios for your own amusement.)

As a Google calendar user, all I wanted was a simple multi-calendar application where I controlled the entries. It does that well. I don't like the idea of anything automatically adding entries to 'my' calendars. (Yes, I know that as a Google user, I am the product and am at their mercy.)

Selling kit in the traditional way? Days might be numbered

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Be careful

" ... said Frank Gens, senior veep and chief tea-leaf at the analyst house."

'tea-leaf' is rhyming slang for 'thief'. Try 'chief tea-leaf analyst' in da house.

European astronaut exposes eerie snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

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I'm wondering

Will the BBC let them access the iPlayer up there?

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 – dual SSD sizzler

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re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

Why are they horizontal? I'd have thought that vertical ridges would give better air flow over a larger area leading to better heat transfer.

Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

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"Counter terrorism police are investigating ...."

Don't they have anything better to do? This is a practice run for the main attack when Isis stooges will paralyse the UK counter terrorism agencies by defacing sports club websites (and other types of website) all over the country.

Rosetta reaches perfect position to get touchy Philae

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I'm looking forward to this

It's an amazing and wonderful achievement, considering all the things that could have gone wrong. Also, we'll get pics!

A Game of Storage Thrones: Enterprise IT, meet gripping drama

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Re: Michael the Usurper of Dell?

Maybe " Michael the Usurper, of Dell", meaning that he comes from Dell or resides in Dell or is affiliated with Dell?

Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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I wonder if it can eat wild garlic leaves

Just wondering.

Facebook lifts Tor ban, touts encrypted onion access point

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Re: Serious question

To make anonymous posts, using a 'real name'. They could do that if the FB account was initially set up via Tor and then only ever accessed via Tor. The article talks about accessing an account but I'm wondering if you can set up an account via Tor. I suppose you, or a trusted friend anywhere in the world, could initially set it up from a public library computer or similar computers.


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If a princess kisses an infected amphibian, does the resulting prince still suffer from the fungal infection? Can the infection be passed on to the princess during her act of kissing?

Pixel mania: Apple 27-inch iMac with 5K Retina display

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"... 256GB will soon feel rather small for multimedia projects."

This is not a device you carry around with you, it stays at home or at work. I'd have thought that offloading completed projects onto external storage (networked or locally attached, and duplicated) would be what people did. Can anyone who does serious work in this area give us an idea of how much storage they need and of what form/location?

Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from God'

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Do you have similar 'logical' objections to people saying that they're pround to be Russian/British/American/etc. or proud to be a member of the Plouzhnikov/Ly/Jackson/etc. family? If so, do you point this out whenever such statements are made?

This time it's SO REAL: Overcoming the open-source orgasm myth with TODO

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"... criminally lacking in documentation and project controls, ..."

You forgot to mention thorough testing before release, especially of the boring or 'not exciting' aspects. Sometimes it seems to be a case of, "Oh yeah, we know about that but it's easy enough to work around it and it's not important."

Carders offer malware with the human touch to defeat fraud detection

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Re: My golden rule since my card was cloned at a Texaco petrol station

@Sir Runcible Spoon

There are many uses of 'the', 'a', 'my', etc. that give fine distinction of meaning. Some are logical (or lexical) and others are simply traditional forms of words. You could compare and contrast "... going to visit the parents" and "... going to visit my parents"; "I'll take the kids to the park", "I'll take my kids to the park", and so on. I'd suggest that it's not an implication of possession but an implication of function/description of people in your life with a suggestion of permanence and familiarity. I also think you're over thinking it. :)

Has the United Nations taken over the Internet yet?

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IPv6 benefits

" India has proposed the entire system is changed so IP addresses are more traceable, ..."

This would match well with the rollout of IPv6. Governments/ITU could have fine control of the mapping between IPv6 address and the user/group/location. When the IoT is upon us, 'they' will know how many slices of toast you've made and when.

Big Retail: We don't hate Apple, we hate the credit card companies

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I don't fully understand this

"... is that by linking the retailer directly to the bank, the seller also avoids paying credit card transaction fees."

Isn't that just like a bank debit card? Except that you, the customer, are in charge of the payment with a bank debit card - so what is this about linking the retailer directly to your bank? I'll carry on paying with cash wherever I can.

Microsoft opens Office 365 to devs with APIs, SDKs

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Just wondering

" ... applications such as integrating a reservation system with a user's calendar ..."

"Capabilities covered in the APIs include access to mail, contacts, and calendar. "

How 'safe' will/can this be?

"The idea is to make the Office 365 more dev-friendly, ..."

Can the developers be trusted and do they need to be trusted?

The NO-NAME vuln: wget mess patched without a fancy brand

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... it could “overwrite your entire filesystem”

Even if you weren't running as root or using sudo?

The Mint respositories are still on wget 1.13.4 so I've edited /etc/wgetrc as advised. That was easy.

No nudity, please, we're GAMING: Twitch asks players to cover up

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If I'm sitting down for any length of time, I want good supportive underwear.


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What about latex ...

... or heavy duty rubber?

Devs: Imagine a lithe, lightly-clad, sweaty body and what you'd do with it

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My head is spinning

"Developers are also advised to “Always clearly explain to the user what data you will collect and why” and to “Honor user requests to delete their data”.

It's also forbidden to “ … use Google Fit APIs for non-fitness purposes, such as storing medical or biometric data, selling data, or using data for advertising.” "

Is this really _our_ Google or is it a Google that's broken through from an alternative universe??

Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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Jonesborough Market in Northern Ireland:

"Infamous within the UK and Ireland, this market sits in an isolated area on the border of Northern Ireland and Ireland and is monitored by illegal traders deploying counter-surveillance measures,"

This was written by the same man who writes the voice-overs for cheap action film trailers.

Swedish 'Future minister' doesn't do social media

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I'm wondering

"... foreign minister Carl Bildt had "ran a not inconsiderable part of Swedish foreign policy through his personal Twitter account" "

Does that tell us anything about Swedish foreign policy?

Rise of the machines: Silicon Valley hardware store to deploy ROBOTS for customer service

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I notice the store was empty ...

... except for the 'customer' and the robot. Imagine that thing going down an aisle with confused shoppers and bored kids in it.

El Reg spends One Night in Hell with Queen's Brian May

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A nice interest, but ...

... how can he claim a patent on a technique that is very old. It's a simple optical viewer and is obvious to anyone who knows a little about it. I made one myself, many years ago, for viewing stereoscopic 35mm slides, copying something that a work colleague had done.

Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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As everybody knows ....

... you have to take a website offline if you want to make changes to it. The more the changes, the longer it has to be offline.

Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Wind up Merchant

About five years ago, I bought a cheap wind-up watch from Argos. It actually had a prominent 'warning' statement in the instructions to tell you that if you didn't wind it up every day then it would stop working. I felt so old.


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... " likely to cause annoyance, ..."

It bloody well does cause annoyance! Just ask me. I'll tell you if they need to be strung up or not.

Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

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Re: It's a trap

Is the OCD a side effect of time travelling or is it one of the reasons that you started doing it? Please send me an email (frank.ly@cerntrap.net) because I'm really interested in this for medical reasons. I've heard that paranoia is another side effect, so don't worry if you experience that.

I'm also wondering how much you know about this:



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"Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."

What about Butlerian monkeys that serve you drinks?

How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Explanations please?

"The humble SIM has enabled mobile operators to assert control over important areas which were not initially in their kingdom, such as security, Wi-Fi access (via EAP-SIM authentication) "

The three Android phones that I've owned have all happily connected to Wi-Fi with no SIM card in the phone; in which case they become small Android tablets. How is it different if I have a SIM in the phone? Have I misunderstood something there or is this only about the iPhone?

"... for a technology which enables SIM cards to switch identity automatically ..."

Is this actually a 'technology' or is it just a set of protocols and behaviours that anybody 'skilled in the art' could have thought up and something we could have had years ago if the telcos had been willing to work and cooperate with each other?

Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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I imagine that spoken by River Song in her most teasing and archly playful voice.

Coat: The long brown one, nearly touches the floor.

Google boss Larry Page gives Sundar Pichai keys to the kingdom

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" ... a multi-million dollar loyalty incentive ..."

That's not loyalty, it's good 'negotiating'.

Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

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Was the information presented on the internet because the applicants applied using a website, or did this third party company just make all its file servers internet facing?

Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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From the video:

" ... the relationship with humans and with people ...."

Will there be non-human people or are some humans not people?

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