* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Duracell powers into cloud storage market

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Perhaps ..

"These databases are so clean and consistent Mummy."

"That's because I use FairySQL."

Boffins say D-Wave machine could be a classic*

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Yes ...

... because it's a superposition of a quantum computer and a classical computer. D-Wave are clever.

Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

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They don't need to make source code available

The NK government can take the position that they are a corporate entity and that their citizens are operating under full control of the goverment/corporation. Hence, they are not distributing the software, they are compelling their citizens/employees to use it as part of their 'duties'. In that situation, you don't need to make source code available.

NHS website hit by MASSIVE malware security COCKUP

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Re: Stop this nonsense forthwith, saith the icon

I'd also recommend the Firefox plugin 'Request Policy'. This prevents the browser from accessing content from outside of the domain you're looking at, unless you give it temporary/permanent permission to do so, on a target by target basis. Try it; it's instructive to see how many external sources many websites use. Then those external sources download their own Javascript, etc. and have their own pointers to further external sources.

Boffins tell ALIEN twin-sunned planets: You're adopted

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Re: Does anyone remember "Space 1999" ?

If not, YouTube has many complete episodes for your viewing pleasure.

Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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Re: "... nobody wants to be colonel of a load of robot trucks."

There are so many reasons.

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"... nobody wants to be colonel of a load of robot trucks."

I do !!

NSA, GCHQ, accused of hacking Belgian smartcard crypto guru

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What do words mean?

"Quisquater's clearly not a 'civilian' , ..."

He's a professor, specialising in some branch of mathematics. He doesn't work for any governement or army (I assume), so how is he not a civilian? Are you saying that because the nature of his work is so important to the security of the internet, then he is a 'viable target' for the security services?

Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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I see some difficulty

Government financed ISS resupply missions (and similar) will be used to enable cubesat deployment, which will be used to bypass government censorship and oversight of financial transactions ??

Apple seeks patent for mood-sensing technology

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The inevitable

"Apple's unobtrusive mood-detection plans rely on sniffing “recently consumed content” such as “a digital media item, ...."

Hello, you seem to be feeling horny. Can I help you with that?

Windows 8.1 becomes world's fourth-most-popular desktop OS

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Re: XP is dead, it's pining for the fjords.

"I work on a help desk ..."

Have you tried turning it off and then on again?

EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

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Re: Titanic tussle burns though $330,000 and thousands of player-hours

How did you decide on your name?

Robowagons roll! US Army tests all-drone supply unit

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Re: Slight flaw in the plan

"... stops one of these nicking the food ..."

A BigDog jumps out of each vehicle and they proceed to savage the attackers; slowly but surely.

Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Candyman .... Candyman ...................Candyman!

*screams, gets coat, runs

NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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"... a spacecraft flying over the Moon ..."

I'm sure it's not actually flying.

Microsoft builds admin tool to spare Office 365 sellers' blushes

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A Simple solution?

"There is nothing worse than customers calling to say our service is down and the reseller responding, is it?"

If they're pushing it so much, maybe they should have to use it as part of their office job. so they'll know when it's down.

Eurocops want to build remote car-stopper, shared sensor network

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Re: Integration

You've obviously never driven on UK motorways in the rush hour. It's nose to tail at 85mph in the outside lane and not much slower in the middle lane. Amazingly, it all works fine until the police interfere by driving around in marked cars or putting their flashing blue lights on.

El Reg BuzzFelch: 10 Electrical Connectors You CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT!

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Leads to ....


Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Of course

A highly trained specialist uses complicated equipment, thousands of feet up in the air, while being under continous monitoring by ground systems and personnel. So, that will work ok when used by drivers of cars on public roads ........hmmmmm.

The iPad age is over: The time of the iPad Mini and phablet is upon us

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Re: Cheaper and more expensive?

It's a rapidly changing environment with a fluid market situation and evolving demographic. The unrivaled experience and awareness of Deloitte enables them to bridge any reality gap to deliver insightful predictions.

Cloud, schmoud, says Cisco: The IoT needs 'FOG COMPUTING'

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Re: Fog Computing, grr!

I hope there would be redundant copying (RAID 0+X?) otherwise the unavailability of just one storage provider would mean that you couldn't read/write your multi-fragmented files.

Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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" ...adding a new Android adherent."

You make it sound like a religion.

Judge: Google owes patent troll a 1.36% cut of AdWords' BEELLIONS

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@bazza Re: I shouldn't laugh, but...

I buy things and stuff. I've never seen the things I buy advertised on Google. (Having said that, I use AdBlock and don't pay attention to webverts.) Are you saying that the majority of people won't buy anything they need/want unless it's advertised on Google?

New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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The Daleks said ....

... Exfoliate! Exfoliate!

Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

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I can imagine ....

"... with "premium" names commanding higher rates."

Like photoshop.graphics, canon.camera and of course, StephenFry.guru

WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

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Pictures, ...

... or it didn't happen.

Android VPN redirect vuln now spotted lurking in Kitkat 4.4

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Another day, another vulnerability

Is it impossible to write software that isn't full of security holes? I am getting that impression. In the ten years that I had XP installed on my laptop, it was a regular series of 'important security updates', until it ran like a three-legged dog in treacle. Can anybody ever get it right?

Android holds steady as iOS and Windows Phone slip in Kantar reports

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Just wondering

What are the projections for when just about everybody in the world will have a featurephone or a smartphone?

Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free

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And if you don't sign a purchase agreement

.. you pay your own fare back.

WhisperSystems creates 'suicide pill' for phones

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Re: Automatic Google account backups make this useless

You're right in that 'full system security' is required, and that is impossible since other people control and have access to the other parts of the 'system'.

Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

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Re: Blame @ Charles Manning

"Free education (that results in useful output), ..."

So, no encouragement of artistic 'tendencies', no debating classes or teaching of methods of logical thought and argument. Certainly no history lessons or any depth in geography, beyond that needed to shuffle along to the multinational owned factory in the morning.

"Trying to achieve fairness is ill founded. How do you even measure fairness anyway?"

If you keep them ignorant, they won't have a chance of even thinking about it.

MEPs: Specialised services? Oui. 2-speed internet? Nein

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Re: PS

So, what is Catalan for yes/no and what is Greek for yes/no? Would use of those words have been immediately obvious to the majority of readers?

Facebook debunks Princeton's STUDY OF DOOM in epic comeback

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Re: Domed

I've had a look at some pictures on Google Images. Princeton is spired and arched and turreted and towered; no dome in site.

The internet is 'a gift from God' says Pope Francis

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@AC 06:29 Re: Makes you wonder!

You missed the joke and you missed the point. Double fail.

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This could be interesting

"Whenever communication is primarily aimed at promoting consumption or manipulating others, ..."

Is he talking about advertising? Will advertising industry executives be excommunicated?

King Kong's dangling cluster cut loose

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I'm wondering .....

.... how much it would cost to run, maintain and service it.

Judge shoots down Oracle's Solaris support 'trafficking' claim

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Re: Oh the irony

That's 'hypocrisy' actually. If Red Hat sued them and won, that would be ironic.

When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

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Have I got this right?

Why do Target (and others, I assume) have to store the card details on their system at all. I thought that the CC transaction was authorised by the CC issuer company, via the POS link, and then given a unique ID that pointed to a record in the CC company servers. After that, the retailer has no need to keep a record of the customer CC number, just the authority ID in case of future queries/refunds/etc.

Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

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Re: Crazy frog

+1 for Sili-coin. It should become a generic term for crypto-currencies.

Our robot overlords won't be evil cyborgs: Prepare for whisker-equipped ROBO-KITTIES

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I for one ...

... welcome our whiskery nocturnal-hunting robotic overlords.

Virgin Media's 'little(ish)' book of deals contained BIG FIBS, rules ad watchdog

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Re: Virgin should offer deals without phone

I asked them about that; they said 'no'. That was just over a year ago.

WHEW! OpenBSD won't CloseBSD (for now) after $100,000 cash windfall

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Other possibilities for support

Would it be possible (or desirable) for someone like Google/Amazon to donate some of their massive cloudy server resources for OpenBSD to use? They probably need live/real servers for performance testing but they might be able to do lots of other things in the 'cloud'.

Reading this headline? You and 9.47 million others

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I've got a botnet that could boost those figures

Contact me for pricing details.

Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

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Full story?

"The only waste products are hydrogen and water, ...."

The hydrogen could be fed into a hydrogen fuel cell I suppose. What happens to all the carbon in the maltodextrin? The linked reference mentions the 'complete oxidation of maltodextrin', hence some carbon dioxide would be formed.

How much energy would be expended in the extraction, isolation and delivery of the maltodextrin feedstock and the preparation of the catalysts? What would be the financial and energy costs of maintaining the battery? etc ....

Botnet PC armies gulp down 16 MILLION logins from around the web: Find out if you're a victim

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Just wondering

"Should a user's address be found in the collection, they'll be told to scan their systems for malware, ...."

Will you get a follow up e-mail from a German government approved anti-malware vendor? My question is cynical because I'm a UK citizen and know how slimy my government is. Is the German government clean and wholesome?


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Re: Antimatter information that is newsworthy:

That was amazing. Can you write more 'articles' like that please?

LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from now

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Re: Hahaha suckers

You could have said it better.

Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

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If they moved .....

...using 3D/4D ultrasound images and "the latest computer graphics and 3D printing technology".

I'm just glad the model isn't 4D.

EFF claims Vietnam targeted its staff with spear phishing attack

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Protection using VMs?

Am I right in thinking that using a Virtual Machine will give you full protection from any e-mail or website sourced malware? I'm assuming you don't do anything silly like exporting downloads and attachments to another computer or the host computer area. If all you do is read the e-mail or print it out, you should be fine.

At the end of the day, you just delete the VM then clone a fresh one from the 'pristine' one that is never actually used. (I've been playing with Virtual Box and am having ideas.)

'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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Re: What do UPSes have to do with this?

The UPS discussion was in relation to possible power cuts. It's in the article.

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