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* Posts by frank ly

3226 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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re VirginMedia

Whenever I have a fault with my VM service, I always connect my laptop directly to their modem before calling and reporting the fault. Why? ... Because my experience is that they always blame my router and tell me that I need to download the latest firmware for it and then restart it before I call them again. Every time I've phoned them, it's turned out to be a problem in their network.

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LOHAN's handsome young autopilot springs into life

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Just wondering ...

For the final assembly, will you be making proper wiring looms with lacing cord and cable trays bolted to the inside of the fuselage? It would look really good if you did.

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Google closes briefcase on Italian job: Execs 'not liable' for privacy breach

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"They also can lose exemption if they monitor content."

Is that why YouTube comments has lots of mindless filth? If Google read and then decide to remove even one comment, they then have to carefully police the lot?

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We want it HARDER: City bankers survive simulated cyber-war

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Make it more real

"... the exercise was criticised by some banks as not challenging enough. Some participants wanted a greater emphasis on ..."

I'd want to see a greater emphasis on bankers being kidnapped on their way to work or from their homes, then being 'pressured' to reveal their passwords, etc. I'm a firm believer in 'worst case' testing.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Re: Value of opinion

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nor?s=t

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@notauser Re: Useful criticism?

The comment about 'sheep ... who can't spell consumer or product' is harsh criticism, moving into insult. However, your second paragraph is spot on, as can be seen from all the company notices that follow a parting of the ways when a high level manager or executive leaves a company.

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Mars Orbiter spots FRESH IMPACT CRATER

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Re: Non-radial

It may be that the meteorite (if that is what it was, see above) came slightly from the 'south'. There could have been a strong southerly wind blowing?

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The job-eating predator VMware users fear is ... VMware

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"... uses automation ... , a trend made flesh .."

I don't think 'flesh' is an appropriate word there.

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How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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Re: A dedicated keyboard for a single app?

If you're sitting at a desk, using Photoshop as a professional, or in any serious capacity, why not have two monitors and use one of them for your toolbars or even a custom toolpad graphic?

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Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

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Yes ...

... and this is Google announcements we're reading. :)

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Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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@El_Fev Re: You can always be sure....

I'm chained up, in the attic. It's a diverse community.

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Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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They scare me

"... there’s rather more comeback to giving spoof data to Facebook than giving it to the police or the NHS."

That's right. The last thing you want is a late night visit from the Facebook 'user corrections unit'.

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Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

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Re: "Data are anonymised ..."

Surely 'data' can be (and is) regarded as an 'incorporated entity' or a 'body of facts' as the dictionary puts it, and so it is correct to say 'Data is ....' If not, then you should be careful to say "The datum is ...' whenever you are referring to a single item/fact.

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Canadian spookhaus says airport Wi-Fi slurp didn't invade privacy

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Re: Well, I figured that the canuck sigint spooks would get outed before too long

@Marketing Hack: They already have records of all Canadian citizen's WiFi MACs so it's easy to filter them out, to be in accordance with the law. :)

@AC: You need an auto-Forget app; or go through them yourself and 'Forget' them if they might cause you problems.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !!

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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?

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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 ??

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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

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

*screams, gets coat, runs

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NASA probe orbiting Moon sights ANOTHER SPACECRAFT

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Headmaster

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

I'm sure it's not actually flying.

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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.

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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.

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

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Leads to ....

FuzzBelch

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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Happy

" ...adding a new Android adherent."

You make it sound like a religion.

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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?

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New Doctor Who's new costume newly REVEALED by Beeb

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The Daleks said ....

... Exfoliate! Exfoliate!

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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

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WORLDWIDE SELFIE: Cosmonauts finally get ISS cameras working

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Pictures, ...

... or it didn't happen.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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'.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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.

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