* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Cyber scum pump ransomware at victims from spambot-stuffed websites

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How would you verify that the correct people have been 'pained'?

Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Re: Shades of Couch Potatoes of the World, Unite

"They can still make contributions to the economy by their consumption of other people's creative efforts, ..."

I could make some people richer by making myself poorer but I don't see how that would benefit me.

Boffins fill a dome with 480 cameras for 3D motion capture

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Camera phones at sports events

How will MAP know where the phones are? I'd have thought that this would be vital information for 3-D image reconstruction.

New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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"... difficult to arrange a test with actual PETN or TNT ..."

Surely all they would need is a few milligrams to do a controlled test if their detector is really as sensitive as they claim?

Google shows off new Chrome OS look

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re. François Beaufort.

Should that be 'François (Zeus) Beaufort' from now on?

Financial wizardess joins Apple board, air of coolness noticeably diminishes

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re. wizardess

The word 'sourceress' might be better. However, according to Pratchett, wizards/witches are roughly equivalent whereas a sourcerer/sorceress has a much higher level of magical power/ability.

Why has sexy Apple gone to bed with big boring IBM?

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Re: Edit

The handsets are stacked in boxes on a pallet and the employees get to pick one from the pallet. It's actually the range of handsets that is limited, not the pallet.

iSense something, a presence not felt since... Apple sketches fanboi-finding infrared sensors

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re. the stupidity of the USPTO

If it was in my power, I'd grant almost identical patents to rival companies. Not because I'm stupid but because it would give years of entertainment.

Oh girl, you jus' didn't: Level 3 slaps Verizon in Netflix throttle blowup

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Re: More ports is still the wrong answer

Am I correct in assuming that Verizon sells its own TV and streaming video services to its customers? If so, it may not be a technical issue.

Chromecast hack Rickrolls Google's TV stick

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Further to Andrew Jones 2 post

I read the article and watched the linked video and even followed a link in there to someone's blog about this (more of a fan-squee note than anything useful). The article says:

"The Rickmote Python configuration available on Github was prepackaged with Astley's internet-wrecking hit set to loop."

Does this mean that the device contains a stored video (possibly a few tens of Mb) that it sends to the Chromecast as a continuous locally sourced video stream?

Does the device contain the stored Internet address of the YouTube video, with some parameters causing loop-play and force the Chromecast to connect to it via the Chromecast's 'normal' internet connection?

Does the device have its own internet connection and obtain the video feed from this connection to send to the Chromecast?

The exact method is not clearly explained.

Accused! Yahoo! exec! SUES! her! accuser!, says! sex! harassment! never! happened!

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Lessons learned

Always wear Google Glass when having any kind of interaction with anybody else. Store the recordings for two years and ... oh, wait a minute .....

ALIEN BODY FOUND ON MARS: Curiosity rover snaps extraterrestrial

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Re: Point of Order

Some rocks, that might be found on Mars, could have originated from early Earth especially during the formation of Luna and similar violent activities. So, they may be extraterrestrial now, but they didn't used to be. If these are ever identified, I propose that they be called ex-terrestrial rocks.

When the robot rebellion comes, this Jibo droid will BORE you to death

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When I hear "saccharine Disney charm" ...

... I reach for my reprogramming axe.

British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Lot Of Sick F*cks Out There...

It's interesting that there weren't any cops in the bag, but ex-cops. Does retiring from the police force make a person prone to paedophilia? Perhaps the police have enough reputational problems going on that they don't want the embarassment of arresting serving police officers.

Crooks fling banking Trojan at Japanese smut site fans

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re. Japanese smut sites

Did you say online 'banking'?

Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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@m0rt Re: They haven't noticed me

I haven't tried adding anything to the circles and I'm sure I never will. Good luck with using it.

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They haven't noticed me

My Google account (with Google+) is not my real name, it's a mildly humourous made-up name. When I read that Google would be hunting down pseudonyms, I thought that I'd be culled. I was fine and keep using the account. Having said that, I only use the e-mail and G-Drive; I don't have any real visibility on Google+, such as photos, posts, friends in circles, etc.

Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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re. Another World

Is that a buffalo with a frickin' laser strapped to its groin?

Mozilla and Facebook snip a further five per cent from all JPEGs

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Open sauciness

Are the Microsoft, Google and MPEG/ITU offerings also open source? If not, is there any possibility of Mozilla being hit by patent sueballs?

New photonic router works by flipping reflective atom's lid

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I'll go pedantic

I wouldn't call it a router. It's a switch.

Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Just tell them you've sold your house

That should do it. Ask them to send you an info-pack and say that you'll be sure to recommend them to the new owners. They always lie to you so why shouldn't you lie to them.

Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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Re: Call the fire brigade...

Was it an underground factory? (I thought I'd raze the question.)

Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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re. " ... digital vagina analogues ..."

That made my head spin for few seconds.

Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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This is what can happen ....

... when you ask for an extra helping of hot sauce. (Is that a sloping roof?).

YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Eh?

Harrogate? We used to dream of going to Harrogate. That was where all the posh, sophisticated, cosmopolitan people lived. You were lucky!

[I got my Os & As in the early 70s in the West Riding. You are largely right about the parochialism.]

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re. " ... the chains of digital bondage"

Will the ISPs in Scotland be blocking such sites as a matter of principle?

Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Aluminium oxide and aluminium are physically tough but I'd be worried about chemical reaction with body fluids, which are chemically complicated. Aluminium is also quite reactive when the thin oxide coating is removed. It's not a good idea to have strange metal compounds inside your body. Stay with the various plastics which are approved for this type of application.

Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

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Re: All in favour say Eye

Apparently, there are drugs which improve blood circulation in the brain that can delay the onset of the major symptoms of senile dementia. (Alzheimers is a name for one of several possible causes of dementia.) However, these drugs have to be started at an early stage and they give a delay of maybe a few years before you're where you would have been anyway if you didn't take them. It would be nice, perhaps, to have the option. I would agree with anyone who says that taking these drugs for many years and suffering possible side effects may not be worth an extra three years (or whatever) of 'normality'.

Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: Watch it, asteroid pirates...

You have been offered an assassination contract. Will you accept it?

Another 'NSA-proof' webmail biz popped by JavaScript injection bug

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Re: Tricky problem

"Messaging is very interruptive ..."

The 'problem' with IM is that you need the applications and the computers to be running all the time. Apart from that, you can send it anytime you like and could read a received message anytime you like.

Exploit emerges for LZO algo hole

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Is there anything that doesn't have security holes?!

I'm just wondering.

'Apple is terrified of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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It's not that they won't do the engraving ....

... it's just that they can't find it.

El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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re. Katarina's trainers

Does this indicate a tendency towards astroboffinry? It might be a good idea to get her a telescope for Christmas.

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Even better, would be a massive rock carved into the shape of a 'wiley'.

Cosmic dust riddle breakthrough: Study tackles stuff of the universe

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Re: Gas gets compressed and cools down?

(Sorry Neil, my withdrawn post made an incorrect assumption about the subject you were asking about.)

It may be that the shockwave forces 'order' onto the hot, dense and diffuse cloud, thus inducing a phase change and effectively 'flushes out' thermal energy. An expert might come along if we wait a while.

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at 2:08

" .. the Deathstars can give rise to a multitude of cosmic fireworks ...."

I saw a film about that.

Silent Circle takes on Skype, Viber, mobile telcos with crypto-VoIP

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" ... text-revenue leaks as customers turn to ..."

My £10 a month SIM-only contract has 5,000 texts and 1GB of data included in the bundle. Is this text-revenue from the PAYG owners?

Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

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" ... the dorky spectacle that is Google headgear."

I see what you did there.

Google went behind our backs and really hurt us, squeal upset porn kingpins

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Retention rate

"Glider said his business had suffered, with traffic figures plummeting off the back of the Google advertising ban."

It can't be very good. Maybe if he improved his product......

Google's lounge room invasion advances with Chromecast upgrade

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re. tellie

Is that the Australian spelling of 'telly'? This could be an interesting cultural difference.

What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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Re: If only...

I'm paying £17 a year for the enhanced service, so I'd like to see a pro-rata compensation from Microsoft. Additionally, there should be compensation for disruption to my legitimate use of my subdomain followed by damages for publicly associating me with criminal activity, personal inconvenience, mental anguish and emotional distress and ....er, ... that's how the legal system works isn't it?

Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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re . Poopy

Poopy: adj. OldFrench: with receding hairline and great intellect.

You'll be fine Tim; go ahead.

BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

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Have you considered Virgin Media? Oh .... er .....

TalkTalk talks itself into trouble with budget broadband package fibs

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Black Helicopters

Re: Consumer advice

I read that as "... expect a call fron the rendition team ...".

The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: I liked the Windows 2000 interface...

MATE is a bit more 'sophisticated' and helps to give me a WinXP-alike experience. I'm very happy with it.

Weaponised Flash flaw can pinch just about anything from anywhere

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Re: Them 'Lumpa's sure aren't playing 'round....

That's a comma, not a colon.

Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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He might have used a telephoto lens. I would.

iWatch watch: Apple tags sales bod from luxury Swiss watch firm

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" ... so they don't want to dilute the value of the Swiss name."

*cough Swatch *cough

That AMAZING Windows comeback: Wow – 0.5% growth in 2015

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Re: Gartner

I thought they cut the head off a chicken and let it run around until it finally collapsed onto one of several defined regions on the floor. They have revolving dartboards now?

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