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* Posts by frank ly

3538 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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Anything that shows people (especially children) that this level of design/construction really can be done at home is a good thing.

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

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Why is it warm?

What process keeps it at such a relatively high temperature?

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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@nexsphil Re: Nothing that innovative coming, then

Is that an American 'fanny' or a British fanny that you're thinking about?

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It woz the Reg wot won it: UK mobe network EE fixes voicemail hack flaw

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Re: The $64K question...

Internal audits are controlled by internal managers who don't want to rock the boat and who want to 'get along'. An external audit by a company with experience in the field would be the best kind of audit.

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Microsoft's 'evil open source' man on life as HP's top cloud-wrangler

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Just wondering

“IBM loves Linux guerilla".

Is that Tux with ammo bandoliers and a Kalashnikov, or is it the 800lb one that's ready for the desktop? I always get confused about those two words.

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Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

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Prior art

Paramount has lots of prior art in Star Trek TNG.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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Maybe ..

... she couldn't afford a proper holster and forget that she was carrying it. Given enough time, you can get used to anything. (That doesn't let her off the stolen property rap of course).

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Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA

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Re: iWatch?

KITT was voiced by William Daniels, an American actor and native of Brooklyn. He also played the role of Dr. Mark Craig on St. Elsewhere. If you watched St. Elsewhere then the similarity (or identicality) was apparent.

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

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Re: Solid Design

Are any of your books available in libraries?

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Tooled-up Ryobi girl takes nine-inch grinder to Asus beach babe

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Re: Just wondering ..

I did check this out on Wikipedia (hmmm) and the difference seems subtle. What do you say is the difference?

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Just wondering ..

... if you'll get a prize for spotting that it's a disc cutter?

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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Re: Utter crap

" ... the thiething scum in the banks."

I read that as ' ... tithing scum .." and smiled while nodding in agreement.

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Japanese boffin EYES up big bucks with strap-on digi-glasses

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Actually

“extend our social skills and decrease our emotional labour”

This replaces your social skills and decreases your humanity.

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US Supreme Court supremo rakes Aereo lawman in oral arguments

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@DougS Re: Dear Broadcasters. Fek Off.

Your prostitution analogy is incorrect. The situation is more like a dating agency. You have a busy life and don't have time to receive broadcast signals at a convenient time. Somewhere out there is a signal that would be just right for you. Aereo can help you to get together, at a time that's convenient for you.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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@AC Re: Which flavor folks?

My suggestion: Buy a 32GB PATA SSD (I assume your old laptop uses a 2.5" PATA/IDE drive), you can get a Kingspec drive on e-bay from a chinese supplier for about £40. I did that for my 8-year old Acer Travelmate and installed Mint 13 LTS - works very nicely thank you. A Linux distribution with a big set of installed software will easily fit into 8GB leaving room for lots of personal data or multi-boot installations. Because it's PATA, there is a 100Mb/s limit to the possible data rate from the drive, but it's silent and robust. (If your laptop has a SATA drive, just buy a small SATA SSD.)

With an older and less powerful laptop, LXDE would be less sluggish than MATE (as I found) but there are other Linux distributiions and even lighter-weight DE possibilities out there.

With Linux, you can keep copies of any installed image on an external hard drive (use a Gparted live CD or similar to make partition copies) then you can recover from the inevitable foul-ups as you experiment. A Boot Repair Disk live CD is also a good thing to get and use. Good luck - have fun.

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@Peter Gathercole Re: Menus in windows @Vic and frank ly

Ahhhh, yes I see. I prefer to have the name of the application (and its other info) on the top bar. That way I know what the heck it is.

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Menus in windows

I think you may have the wrong picture for 'menus in windows'. That picture shows what every PC and OS I've used/owned has done for many years. I may have misunderstood .....?

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Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender

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re. four-or-five layer thick graphene flakes

Aren't those actually thin flakes of graphite? What is the accepted definition of 'graphene'?

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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Re: Which cliche works here....

Google will do whatever it thinks is best for it's own future interests.

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Microsoft to spend $1.1bn to build Iowa data center

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Re: Creating jobs

There is a good chance that Microsoft are capable of building their datacentre in another place, outside the area of Des Moines and thus not paying any taxes at all to Des Moines in the future. This is the stick that Microsoft (and other large companies) wave at local authorities while showing a picture of a carrot (future tax revenues). Microsoft are not there and not paying taxes yet. Small struggling companies are there and they can't afford to move.

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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I thought it was the ex-fat file system, the one with longer names and more available characters?

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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@Rob Crawford Re: Village?

As a teetotal non-believer, I always get confused about the church/pub thing. As far as I can see, they are both places where people go to worship, take part in rituals and celebrate something. You're probably right.

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Village?

"Spanish Village...", "... their small hamlet ..."

Is it a village or a hamlet? Note: If it doesn't have a pub/bar, it's only a hamlet.

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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Strong winds

They can clean a surface, yes. but what if they cause a dust storm instead?

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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@Ledswinger Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

You forgot about seabed earthquakes. If it 'floated' a few hundred feet off the bottom, in deep water, that might work out well. The cables would have to be designed to snap under heavy strain, etc, but it could be done. As for 'the heaviest objects ever built being made to float', take a look at a large cruise liner.

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Hic! Storage upstart DEY bought out by Australian wine merchant

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Maybe ...

"We've got all these bottles of wine, so when you said 'storage management' ........."

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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Re: @Big John Obligatory...

The meatballs are sticking to the noodly appendages, did you not see them with your own eyes? Mmmm, shrimp. As for uniqueness, each individual one is an aspect of the One. Oh, ye of little faith and understanding.

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@Big John Re: Obligatory...

I notice that they have noodly appendages. There could be room for religious argument here.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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If you want Poles of excellence ....

... you should go to Gdansk or Warsaw.

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Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip

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Can anyone explain for me ....

... the kind of service that Gnip provides to its clients, using practical examples? I have a feeling that it's "how many people in Colorado 'liked' cornflakes in the past 3 months?", but it may be more interesting than that.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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@asdf Re: The desktop deadend.

The next Mint LTS release, which is 17, to be based on Ubuntu 14.04 and due in July, will be supported until April 2019. Now would be a good time for Windows-weary souls to think about migrating and having a better life at home.

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Joke

I'm sure that will be very comfortable to wear

all day.

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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

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and ....

... lasers produce a collimated beam, they are not focused.

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Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

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Ah, but their special secret source made their product taste better. Or, .... not....

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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

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Adverts on Gmail?

I don't see any adverts in the few emails to my gmail account. I think this is thanks to Adblock Plus, which is a plugin for Firefox and I have their app running on my Android phone and tablet. It's so long since I set everything up that I can't remember.

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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Re: "state sponsored"?

The "state sponsored" description is used to mean that the development effort, along with testing and insertion into the target would be so expensive as to require a very rich sponsor, i.e a state level backer.

I suppose that it's possible for a major banking trojan development group or a drugs cartel to finance this level of operation but it seems unlikely.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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@AC 'may be naive' Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

Many diabetics control their condition with tablets, certainly in the initial stages of the disease. I know my father did. Effective control in the early stages can help to lessen the rate of progress and will also reduce bodily damage, or at least slow down the effects. Continuous non-invasive monitoring would be a fantastic tool for any diabetic because they could respond to any medication need more often than at present and without having to prick their finger and smear blood on a test-strip.

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Amazing

It's as if the 'tile' becomes a small 'window', in which an application runs and you can have more than one of them on the screen at the same time. It's a paradigm shift!

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

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What percentage of eBay shares did Icahn buy?

It must have been significant to demand that two of his aides be given seats on the board?

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Greg Christie to leave Apple as Jonathan Ive seizes design reins

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Re: @ Scott L. Burson - "seizes design reigns"???

I see that the sub-headitor had second thoughts.

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Re: @ Scott L. Burson - "seizes design reigns"???

It's a pun! Read it as ".... seizes design; reigns."

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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I'm sure the correct spelling is 'analist'.

Something to do with attention to detail and personality. I may have misunderstood.

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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I'd be surprised if that 5+5 was applicable to the deal that Microsoft struck with the Queensland government. For such a large sale to a specific customer, the terms are easily negotiable. If it is, then they would probably make sure that five employees and their mobile devices were covered by each 'allowance'.

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PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out

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@ITS Retired Re: Tablets do not replace PCs

Win 7 removed the pop-out toolbars that XP had. I'm just glad I tried Linux and MATE (etc).

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Linode raises Hourly Billing flag against Digital Ocean pirates

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Information requested

Is there a technical blog, or even a formal article anywhere that I could read to learn how to set up one of these cloudy platform service things? I understand the principles but have never done it. I don't mind paying a few pounds (or dollars) for a learning experience. I find that the explanations on the websites of these companies is very high level, without the detail I need.

(Many years ago, I set up an Apache server on a non-standard port on my home PC and made a mini-website to show a photo album; so I do have some technical ability but I do need to be told the details.)

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Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

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I smiled, in a sad way

"... BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations ..."

Maybe GCHQ will be interested in using them?

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Uh Kev, on the back of my computer the USB connectors are vertical. So does the seam go to the left or the right? Also, is that the computer's right or my right - viewed from which position and orientation?

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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@janimal Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

You can install and then use any DE you like (selected on a button at the login screen). If you're used to Windows, I'd go for MATE, XFCE or LXDE in that order of decreasing 'power'. (They have pop-out toolbars, just like XP did, but which Win7 got rid of.) Try Cinnamon if you like; they are all free apart from the cost of your time and a bit of disk space. If you want a truly 'futuristic' experience, try KDE.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Blue sky thinking

"Methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, ..."

Flare it off?

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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I assume ...

... that they use exFAT to make the files compatible with any (thus many) Windows PCs that are used to read SD cards from an Android device or connect to an Android device?

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