* Posts by frank ly

5699 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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Eating dinosaur droppings

I don't want to subscribe to a channel or to a 'bundle'. I just want to watch every episode of The Expanse, Better Call Saul, Preacher, Black Mirror and a few other series shortly after they're made available. If only there was some kind of common micropayment system that every provider used. In the meantime, I'll carry on using a different and very convenient way of watching them.

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Germany gives social networks 24 hours to delete criminal content

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This will be interesting and maybe nasty

"... those who feel aggrieved by material posted about them should be able to learn the true identity of the poster."

Maybe the US Department of Homeland Security could apply to a German court to force Twitter to give them the identity of @ALT_uscis.

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

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"Ubuntu offers a good compromise between solid but out of date Debian Stable and bleeding edge Debian Unstable."

There's Debian Testing of course.

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Adblock Plus owners commandeer Pirate Bay man's tip jar Flattr

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One wallet to pay them all

That could be risky. Will it be topped up using your credit card, Paypal, Bitcoin, etc?

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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

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Together Is Power

Slogan Is Nonsense

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Wi-Fi sex toy with built-in camera fails penetration test

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Details

I assume the 'device' has a light at the tip. Considering the skill level shown so far, I wouldn't be surprised if they'd forgotten that on the prototype.

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

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Re: Introduction to CJS Common Platform Programme

That was confusing.

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Ubuntu 17.04 beta FACT: It's what's on the inside that matters, not looks

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Testing in a VM

It's not expensive or difficult to buy/have a spare hard drive and fit it into your desktop/laptop for a 'real' installation.

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Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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I'm sure the original specification was for 109.9ft and 49.8ft and the article has simply converted those specifications to SI units.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: Yellows, no

I remember, one day years ago, seeing an amber light with a good distance to go so I took my foot off the throttle and pressed the brake for a smooth controlled stop. There was the sound of squealing tyres behind me. I was being followed by a driver who applied the 'accelerate on amber' rule and thought that I would too.

From what I've heard, the 'accelerate on amber' rule is quite common in Ireland.

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Is this a solution to Trump signing away your digital privacy? We give Invizbox Go a go

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Re: Opting Out?

I've noticed this VPN blocking by some websites. It seems to be sites that do sign up and payment processing. I think they're trying to prevent fraudsters from misusing credit cards.

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Financial fraud losses in the UK last year topped £20m a day – report

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I can do that for £2m a day

Just send your money to ......

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Getting Creative

"Download options now include "Run" for executable files ..."

They need to have 'Run As Administrator'. That would give one heck of a Creators facility.

I shall look forward to getting this eventually. I know, from experience with the Anniversary Update, that I'll have to set aside about an hour or so for the update process and I'll never be sure if it's finished, what with all those restarts.

I've stopped/blocked LAN access because it started writing its crap onto my network drives. I thought that they were MY network drives but I was obviously wrong. Now, I use a FAT32 USB stick if I want to transfer anything into Windows on the rare occasions that I use it (Daz Studio 3D and Photoshop CS6).

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'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

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Re: Z-80

I used to design and build prototype industrial controllers and display equipment. The 6502 had 2kB of on-board RAM so it was easier and cheaper to lash up a prototype and cheaper to produce the final product. The Z-80 did have a very nice instruction set, as you say.

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Z-80

I spent a year writing assembler code for the Z-80, then I moved on to the 6502 ..... ahhhh, memories (and registers).

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One in five mobile phones shipped abroad are phoney – report

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Re: Are we defining "fake" here as...

I bought an IoT lighting controller from that store. It was called the 'Shady Hans Make Light Work'.

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ESA picks final two ExoMars landing site candidates

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Google Maps link

I had a look. It has some kind of false colour satellite view but no road maps and no street view. It really is a backwater.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Nice work on the final paragraph

I smiled :)

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Dual VPN?

I have a PIA VPN service and my Firefox browser has the Zenmate VPN plugin and my Opera browser has its own built-in VPN capability. If I activate the PIA VPN and enable the browser VPN, then I get a dual hop whereby my exit point and website destination is known by the browser VPN operator but they don't know where I come from. Similarly, PIA know where I come from but they don't know where my browser connection eventually goes to (they know it initially goes to another VPN provider).

This seems to be more secure in terms of privacy if you're very concerned about that. I think you'd have to clear all cookies and maybe randomise your User Agent string, etc.

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Your internet history on sale to highest bidder: US Congress votes to shred ISP privacy rules

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You are what you read

"... whether you have any medical conditions; and so on ..."

Any time I read about or hear about some medical condition, I read about it on Wikipedia (and other sites) and follow any interesting looking links. If a similar law passes in the UK, they'll send a medical SWAT team round to my house to seal it off and isolate me.

It may be time to start using a VPN more often. The Opera browser has a free one built in to it.

Note: My ISP (Virgin Media), along with others I'm sure, has the ability to inject their own tab into my browser session to show me anything they want. They have used this technique in the past to nag me about selecting a service option. I would not be surprised if the ISPs themselves started injecting adverts into their customer's browsers in this and other ways.

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FYI Docs.com users: You may have leaked passwords, personal info – thousands have

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If they'd done it 'properly'

If Microsoft had set the default option to 'private' then they'd have been inundated with help-desk calls from people who were trying to make documents public and failing because they hadn't read the details or been able to find the options menu item. This is how most people are, in the 'ordinary world'.

I remember, years ago, using Limewire and being amazed by how many people were sharing their entire C:drive because they hadn't found the menu item to control which folder(s) were to be shared.

It seems to be difficult to make software that does everything that people want it to do, need it to do and to do that without an arcane menu system and/or an annoying set of questions before it allows you to start using it.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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Marconi, victim of 'scientific hooliganism'

I've never heard that story before and yet it seems like something that would have been repeated often, especially in recent years with people's concerns about security and privacy. Apparently, it happened in 1903.

http://herc-hastings.org.uk/marconi-caught-out-in-1903-by-john-heys-g3bdq/

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228440-700-dot-dash-diss-the-gentleman-hackers-1903-lulz/

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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

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I can imagine

"Imagine manipulating Spotify via your steering wheel controls, for example."

This should also flash all the lights on the car as a warning to other road users to stay well away from that vehicle.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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Random!

"Speaking to an audience of Konica Minolta customers in Berlin ..."

For some reason, I'll always remember the start of that sentence.

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Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

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Try the next Debian

After four years with Linuxmint, I got Debian 9 RC2 about two weeks ago and it's what I use now. I had to track down and install a few things (not difficult) and do a bit of wrangling here and there but it looks good and works well. For any of you who use Ubuntu or Linuxmint, I'd recommend giving it a test drive. You can keep it updated to the current standard and the final release standard as time goes by.

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Bloke whose drone was blasted out of sky by angry dad loses another court battle for compo

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Re: It's too bad

"... get a cheap drone yourself and kamikaze it into the opposition !!!"

It could be marketed as the 'Predator' drone, perhaps.

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Yet another job menaced by AI! Uh, wait, it says here... Dance Dance Revolution designers

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Dance Wellies

Is that a thing now?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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A question

What is the cause/mechanism that gives 'never drinkers' a worse outcome than moderate drinkers? Do they never exercise whereas moderate drinkers have regular walks to the pub?

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Defence in Depth: A 'layered' strategy can repel cold attackers

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Analogies

"Oh, incidentally: if you Google the military concept of Defence in Depth, ..."

The military have a concept called 'counter-attack' but you probably don't want to go there.

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LinkedIn starts piping sales data to Salesforce and Dynamics

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Flush

I joined LinkedIn a long time ago and quickly realised it was a spam source. I'd signed up with a 'junk' Hotmail address so I just told Hotmail that every LinkedIn email was spam. After a short time, none of them were forwarded to one of my 'proper' email addresses. Yahoo mail has similar facilities and they're very useful for that initial filtering.

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Malware 'disguised as Siemens software drills into 10 industrial plants'

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Re: The ineritors of Stuxnet

Blackmail/extortion and mercenary attacks are all I can think of. It may be possible to do remote monitoring to lift confidential process control 'secrets' I suppose.

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Coppers 'persistently' breach data protection laws with police tech

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How about:

Your new neighbours can PNC check you to make sure you aren't dodgy.

Your daughter's new boyfriend can PNC check you all to make sure he's not getting involved with a criminal family.

Would most people say yes?

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$1m Popslate e-ink screen venture tanks, Indiegogo backers flame out

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Shhhh. Listen to the storyteller.

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

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Vint Cerf

He's also one of the 'elders of the internet'.

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

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What time is it?

"This is an implementation of synchronized clocks using GPS receivers and atomic clocks in every data center. This can cause problems during a partition if a node can’t connect to a master – its clock will drift, causing the election of Paxos masters to slow down."

I'd have thought that a GPS/atomic clock would have enough accuracy and resolution that any data centre that was unable to connect would still have the same time as other data centres, for quite a while.

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Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

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Puzzled, as usual

"Ωc0 is in the same class of baryon as protons and neutrons, made of charm and strange quarks instead of the up and down quarks seen in atomic nuclei particles."

Where did the charm and strange quarks come from, since the LHC throws ordinary nucleii at each other? Did the high energy of the collision convert them from up and down quarks? If so, then it seems that most baryons are 'simply' short lived rearrangements of existing components.

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DNS lookups can reveal every web page you visit, says German boffin

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Explanation please?

I still don't understand how analysis of DNS records for my IP address can reveal that I looked at en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcoholism (or whatever). Are they saying that Wikipedia's responses are different in such a way that the page can be distinguished from other pages?

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In the land of Google, Holocaust denial, death threats – all fine. LGBT? Oh, no, that's sensitive

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Obviously

"... the German government has threatened a €50m fine if these companies fail to delete "obvious" illegal content within 24 hours."

There are things, such as display of Nazi symbols, that are illegal in Germany but not in other countries. I'm sure there are things that are 'obviously illegal' to a citizen of country-X. Will this lead to a balkanisation of YouTube?

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Git sprints carefully towards SHA-1 deprecation

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@streaky

All you've done there is change the probablity by making it smaller. All previous arguments still apply. It's effectively zero for practical purposes, at the moment. It can't be mathematically zero because you calculated it to be non-zero.

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A router with a fear of heights? Yup. It's a thing

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I suspect that's at least part of the reason for the warning in this case too. Does anyone know how ambient air pressure affects flash-over beakdown voltage?

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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@TRT Re: New technical terms.

A quick Google search says it's genuine, and in quite a few locations.

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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The picture

I see you have Miss Hodgesaargh working for you. Well done.

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Google's Deepmind NHS deal 'inexcusable', says academic paper

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"It makes a series of significant factual and analytical errors, assuming that this kind of data agreement is unprecedented."

So, it's been done like this before has it? Can anyone give an example?

"In fact, every trust in the country uses IT systems to help clinicians access current and historic information about patients, under the same legal and regulatory regime."

What does that have to do with the Deep Mind agreement? You might as well say that every trust uses thermometers under the same legal and regulatory regime.

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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

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Re: Also

Where did you get Mint 18.3? I'm still on 18.1

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Same old story

“While it’s easy to upgrade to the next version of Ubuntu… we wanted to enable those that have big deployments of 12.04 more runway to plan effectively ..."

If they'd planned effectively then they'd be on 14.04 by now and be exploring options for an upgrade to 16.04.

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Facebook, Google slammed for 'commercial prostitution'

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Proscription

Here is a quote from Yvette Cooper on this subject, taken from The Independent:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/youtube-google-kkk-video-refuses-to-take-down-antisemitic-david-duke-a7629861.html

“There aren’t that many proscribed organisations. Don’t you feel any responsibility, as multi-billion pound organisation, to check you are not distributing material from a proscribed organisation?”

I'm sure we'd (most of us) agree with her on these particular examples. However, what happens when a different government complains about promotional videos from other 'proscribed' (by them) organisations? I'm sure we can all think of possible examples, now and in the potential future.

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National Insurance tax U-turn: Philip Hammond nixes NIC uptick

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Pledges

"The plans were reversed on the basis that they breached his own party's 2015 manifesto pledge ..."

When did that ever stop a government?

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Boffins Rickroll smartphone by tickling its accelerometer

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Re: Hang on a mo...

Also, the first video seems designed to give the impression that an injected sound caused a video to be played, according to the experimenters choice. The implication is that they can make your phone show what they want you to watch.

The entire story has been hyped up by these experimenters to give themselved coverage and publicity. The Register seems to have gone along with this.

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Apple urged to legalize code injection: Let apps do JavaScript hot-fixes

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That leads to the question of how shitty the patches will be in that 'culture'. Any guesses?

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In 2012 China vowed 'OpenStack will smash the monopoly of western cloud providers!'

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“OpenStack will smash the monopoly of the western cloud providers!”

Do you think anyone from H3C or Huawei was brave enough to tell him it was developed by Rackspace Hosting and NASA, those arch-capitalist running dogs.

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