* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Yes, I took Putin's roubles to undermine Western democracy. This is my story

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re. Putin's roubles

He always pays me with Bitcoins. You have to ask for them.

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

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It's how they pronounce 'go for' in Belgium.

Rocky Ross 128 b might harbour aliens – and it's headed right for us

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I remember docking at a space station in the Ross 128 system. It was a long time ago though.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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It is faster, yes

I backed up my .mozilla profile and ran the 57.0 version as a stand-alone application. My AdBlock Plus, Flash and Video Download and the Download Helper extensions were still there but everything else is marked as 'legacy' and has been disabled.

I mostly use Palemoon nowadays and only keep Firefox (ESR) because it runs a free Zenmate VPN extension, but Opera has a free VPN if I need that.

Donald Trump's tweets: Are they presidential statements or not?

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How would it be if he wrote out a statement and pinned it to a notice board just inside the White House gates? This would of course be photographed and posted for the world to see.

Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach

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Card Payments

"We follow the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)."

I thought that card payments on a website are dealt with by links to a third party 'approved' payments operator. Have I misunderstood this?

WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Private Twitter messages

Don't they realise that if you're doing this sort of thing then you need to use burner phones or have face to face meetings in unobserved places?

History shows why geeks will never, ever, ever... get along

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The day I almost pinned my tushie as a Google Maps landmark

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Re: This is why I keep reading Something for the Weekend, Sir?

Can your pecker do a marathon?

Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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"The HTTPS connections are established using security certificates that appear to belong to antivirus maker Kaspersky Lab, allegedly."

Is this an example of the famous CIA humour?

Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Accelerometer data

You can tell by the way I use my walk?

Better filters won't cure this: YouTube's kids nightmare

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Re: Happy tree friends

I've just watched my first episode of Happy Tree Friends on YouTube. Thank you :)

Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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It's in the privacy of your home among likeminded consenting adults. Does that make it ok?

Our oldest mammalian ancestor named after British pub landlord

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I'd describe Dorset as being on the south coast or slightly south west.

Don't worry about those 40 Linux USB security holes. That's not a typo

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Tell me now

"... WebUSB API can be used by a web page to interact with a USB device (or USB device driver) from user space ..."

How can I block it?!

Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

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A tragedy?

"They then posted that they were looking for a job if anyone was hiring."

Or improvisational comedy?

Scientists think they've found primordial goop whence life first sprang

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Re: Barley

That's only if you accidentally drink some of the sediment, as I once found out.

Transparent algorithms? Here's why that's a bad idea, Google tells MPs

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Hush a Bye Baby

We will look after you. Don't worry your pretty little heads.

Who's that cuddling up in the container... *squints* Wow you're getting along well

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“Going cloud native is by far the most secure way of working,”

Very reassuring. Compared to what?

Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

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Is there a difference between astro-eggheads and astro-boffins? Do they work in different areas of sudy or something?

Paradise Papers were not an inside job, says leaky offshore law firm

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Her Maj's private assets are estimated to be about £500m so it's hardly surprising that she had £10m tucked away there. When you have that much, you tell your people to split it up and put it in sensible places for you. (So I assume. I'll never have anything like that 'problem'.)

Post-Brexit economy SAVED: Posh-nosh truffle thrives in Wales

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Re: Imagine.....

A world where Japan wins first prize for a premium quality whisky.

Oh, it's happened. The world changes.

Look out, Pepe: Martha Lane Fox has a plan

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Deja Vu

"You will recall what happened the last time Baroness Fox inspired a bunch of web designers to get together to save the world."

I thought you were going to say 'lastminute.com'.

Guy Glitchy: Villagers torch Openreach effigy

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"Templeton is an extremely rural community..."

Were pitchforks also involved? I like to think so.

Firefox bookmark saving add-on gives users that sync-ing feeling

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Oh wow

"wiped 15 years of bookmarks I had trusted XMarks with."

He trusted them and didn't have a local backup??

No humans allowed: How would a machine-centric data centre look?

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"... like scheduling the washing machine to run during a week day rather evening or a weekend."

But who puts the clothes into the washing machine? Who needs a remote data centre or even a local controller to schedule their washing machine for them?

Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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Deja Vu

"... oil-immersed servers would surely make for many new stories for On-Call, ..."

The client asked me to top up his paddling pool with olive oil and then join him in it for a wrestling game. I made my excuses and left!

Equifax execs sold shares before mega-hack reveal. All above board – Equifax probe

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+1 for an appropriate Porridge reference. Mr MacKay wouldn't have been so naive.

$10,000-a-dram whisky 'wasn't even a malt'

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It was a fantasy drink for the fantasy novelist. The incident will probably inspire him to write a novel about it. A win-win situation.

Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

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Re: Guzzling?

"... 2004 Honda Civic ..... 4.3 liter ..."

I find than amazing, the Civic is a small car. I have a 2.0 litre engine in my 2000 Ford Mondeo and it pulls like a train and can cruise comfortably at 80mph for hours on the motorway. About 10 years ago, I drove my neighbour's 2.5 V6 Mondeo and it went like a rocket. Why do american cars have such large engines?

OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Thirty years ago, the company I worked at used to spray their finished (and tested) boards with a varnish coating before fitting them into ship's instruments. I'm sure some similar waterproofing coating is in use for iPhones etc. I may be wrong of course.

Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

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"... bottom-quality earbuds that stop working after two uses"

I always throw earbuds away after I've used them once.

Landlubber northern council shores up against boat-tipping

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Re: One of these days...

My local dump used to accept 'domestic' (transported in your car) loads of soil and rubble. Now they charge £2.50 a bag (and tell you the size of a standard bag).

I wish I'd completed my garden landscaping and raised bed making activities last year instead of getting lazy.

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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Re: You Seppos really need

We're obviously incapable but it's the fault of the 'system'

Coat: Blame somebody else then run away after grabbing the pint..

39 episodes of 'CSI' used to build AI's natural language model

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Unknown knowns?

"... in the one episode of the 39 involving a suicide, ... the model kept guessing right to the end."

Was the model 'aware' that it's possible for victim and perpetrator to be the same person? This might be an oversight on the part of the designers of the model.

FBI: Student wrestler grappled grades after choking passwords from PCs using a key logger

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It's amazing,

The way that Graves and others left evidence for the FBI to find and use against them. I like to read these analyses by El Reg because it helps to remind me what to avoid doing.

'The Queen' is showing Geneva how to be polite on public transport

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... dressed as "quintessential" Brits ...

This is cultural appropriation!

Two drones, two crashes in two months: MoD still won't say why

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"... sympathy for trainees cocking up a landing, ..."

Does the landing phase involve any element of 'stick and rudder' work or is it also largely automated?

One-third of mobile users receive patchy to no indoor coverage

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Re: Especially in the bathroom

Wives always get upset when you line the loo bowl.

Sir, you're doing 60 in a 30mph container zone. What are you, some kind of devops cop?

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Re: Wait. Is that a PHOTO of macOS?

Yes, but paper is more reliable than the cloud, as we have often seen.

Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

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Mickey Mouse security

Don't you get a lawyer's letter for that, because they don't want 'Mickey Mouse' to become a generic term? (Oops, too late.)

Car insurers recoil in horror from paying auto autos' speeding fines

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Try a sensible design?

"Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin asked what would happen if a self-driving car was "slow in responding to a change in signage", using the example of a smart motorway with editable speed limits."

Surely there's a 'grace period' of about a thirty seconds (or whatever) before any new speed limit violations will trigger a recorded offence? If not, why not?

Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

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Re: standard gov behaviour

It's called 'policy based evidence'.

IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

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Analogue computing?

From the description of heating effects causing changes to the electronic state and hence derived data value, it sounds like it could be used as a signal integrator (with fixed natural leakage rate) and a trigger output if heating rate due to signal (minus natural cooling rate) exceeds a certain value.

I suspect it would be quicker, easier and more flexible if you multiplexed all the inputs into an A/D converter and then used 'traditional' digital programming methods to perform computations on them.

Microsoft slowly closes Outlook Premium's door while Office 365 winks at you across the street

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Re: Bait and Switch

+1 for "focused in-box?!?" Google did something similar, maybe 'topics'(?) or something. Totally annoying, confusing and useless.

Fresh bit o' Linux to spruce up that ancient Windows Vista box? Why not, we say...

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"Most people want a computer that you turn on, looks nice enough and does the common, simple stuff really easily."

That seems to be what it does. Any fancy stuff takes extra effort, as is usual in life.

Spare me the confected 'Innovation Theatre' that is hackfests and their ilk

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Playmobil Recreation Please

I decided not to ask for pictures.

What just banked $7bn in pay dirt, is stroking its big growth, and rhymes with cold sweat?

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Rhymes with 'more veg'

Your headline writer is really straining with the rhyming names idea. I'd suggest extra fibre in the diet.

HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Of course not

"He said the data would be held in the UK and would not be shared with the US."

The relevant agencies will just take a copy of what they want.

Hackers nip into celeb plastic surgery clinic, tuck away 'terabytes'

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An obvious question

Why were terabytes of data, relating to very personal and potentially embarassing pictures, stored on a computer system that was connected to the internet? Was that actually necessary for the clinic to function?

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