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* Posts by frank ly

3420 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Battle of Bletchley Park: TNMOC chief calls for review of museums' Mexican standoff

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"... chaired by ex-MI6 chief (or "C") Sir John Scarlett "

The review will find that TNMOC has produced weapons of mass destruction which are capable of reaching the Bletchley Park Trust. As such, there will be no choice but to send in troops to shut down TNMOC.

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Nokia launches Android range: X marks the growing low-cost spot

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... the new, less patronising way of saying "emerging markets"

.. which used to be the less patronising way of saying "all those (relatively) poor people".

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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@dogged Re: Time to get the calculator out

It's not nice but it's not as bad as being murdererfied.

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Something rotten stalks the Cloud Kingdom

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I was hoping that a dragon would appear

I'll read any further story development, just in case.

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Sanity now: Gnome 3.12 looking sensible - at least in beta

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It doesn't matter, dammit.

I've been a Linux-at-home user for 9 months now and it was a stressful time for two weeks (serious swearing) then a bit stressful (mild swearing) for two weeks; then it was fine. I used MS-DOS then Windows for 25 years and I haven't touched Windows since last November; I don't have it anymore except on the old spinning rust disk in a bag in my desk drawer. (SSD all the way now). I've tried MATE and Cinnamon and XFCE and a couple of weird lightweight ones and I've settled on MATE. Whatever you choose will work for you, because that's the reason you choose it - duh.

I don't startup my newish laptop, or desktop, or netbook, or 8 year old laptop (yes, it's great, with PATA SSD) so that I can admire MATE's system panel or the way it presents notifications. I startup my computer so I can run a browser, or an e-mail client or GIMP or splice audio files or play some music. I did spend some time setting up my pop-out panels and loading them with drawers and the drawers with apps and folder locations etc. - but then I started using my computer to do work. (Also, the great thing is that I can migrate/clone my MATE desktop environment over to another computer).

As for the Windows fanbois talking about 'fragmentation'; it's 'choice' and it's free :) I install Thunderbird or the latest GIMP from the same source whatever DE is used. If for some strange reason, I want to try Cinnamon again (I didn't like it), I can load it up and start in Cinnamon (Linix startup gives you that choice at a button click) and it still runs the same installed programs.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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My favourite was the new paint for the high speed trains in the UK wich was advertised as bonding to the metal by 'quantum forces'. (At a stretch, it could have been Van Der Waals forces.)

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"augment the functionality of usefulness"

How much training do you need (or what do you drink) to come up with phrases like that?

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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empty Contacts in my phone

I don't use the Contacts functionality on my Android phone, since I know they will be sniffed and copied by Google and many other apps on there. Many apps need permission to access your contacts in order to work - god alone (and the developers) know why. I use ColorNote which has the ability to recognise a phone number in a Note and highlight it and push it into the dialer for you. Interestingly, Evernote used to have that capability, but it was removed with an update about a year ago.

How do I know that Colornote won't sniff the phone numbers in my Notes? I don't, but at least it's only one organisation to trust, instead of many.

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Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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I remember the last time

They changed the UK motorways from blue (standard colour code on UK maps) to orange. They also messed up my ability to store offline maps on my device, so I had to have a data connection to even see a map. I very much doubt that they will improve it in any way.

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Proof by induction

This is effectively 'proof by induction', where you say (sort of): if it's true for this, it must be true for that, and I've just shown it for this, so it must be true for all that. It works if you dig deeper into it. Proof by induction can get messy because you have to show (sometimes laboriously) that it is true for a certain case or cases.

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IBM, AT&T ink global Internet of Things tie-up

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...is pitched as having “privacy in mind”

Oh yes, we thought about it.

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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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"... and reaping donations to the cause via PayPal"

I wonder if they tried leaning on PayPal to freeze his account I also wonder if they accessed the PayPal database to find out who had been making donations

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Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Re: no, just no

The lifts will all sulk in the basment.

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Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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Re: Damn americans, staying over there, working their own jobs

Yes but .... the workers they hire locally and pay locally, don't buy goods and services from Tata Consulting Services. Also, you raise the issue of 'long term sense' .......... TCS would be concerned with short and medium term costs and profits.

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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The picture ..

When I saw that, I thought it was a picture of Dyson's range of vacuum cleaners. I wonder where Samsung got the idea to make a vacuum cleaner look like that. Or maybe it's obvious and form follows from function :)

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Re: dangleway.london

How about .... yahoo!.london ?

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Who wants to start a Kickstarter for a more secure Kickstarter? Account data hacked

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But,

"... Kickstarter retains the last four digits of non-US credit cards .."

So they are involved? Or do Amazon pass this data back to Kickstarter?

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: 100 reported cases of contact sensitisation

... and over what period of time and how are they clustered over time? These products have been used for many years but perhaps only lately have become 'mass-market' (or more affordable by most). Could it be a peanut allergy situation?

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Is this what's called a 'cyber jerk'?

According to my Request Policy plugin, cyberstreetwise.com puts out requests for content to rackcdn.com, which them puts out requests for content to cyberstreetwise.com. As well as the usual suspects such as facebook and twitter and google analytics, they then try to load javascript from mookie1.com. WTF is mookie1.com and why should I trust it?

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Terminator

“his”, “her” or “their” the three options.

I want the 'it' option. I renounce my humanity and detest all fleshy forms of existence.

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Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX

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Just wondering ...

If enough Flappy Bird players get together in this way, will they exhibit emergent intelligence?

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Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

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Words

" ... maintenance work that required funds to be placed in a vulnerable location."

No. I'm sure the work required the funds to be placed in a 'different' location, not a 'vulnerable' location.

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Big Blue blasts fibre bottleneck with analog-digital double whammy

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Numbers

" ...capable of 64GS/s (giga-samples per second), and is capable of generating a whopping 128 billion analog-to-digital conversions per second ..."

(I assume 128 billion is 128G) Does this mean that the input sample and hold circuitry is the limiting factor in overall capability? If so, could they use two input circuits in parallel and interleave the outputs feed to the SAR? I find all this puzzling because a SAR uses a D/A convertor as part of its feedback/comparison loop and that would be most likely to be the limiting factor for speed.

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Facebook KICKS OUT ad stalkers for BREACHING data rules

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Have I understood this properly? ....

Advertising companies can't be trusted with our personal data?

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Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

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Re: Ironically

Or the 'Grauniad' as it's affectionately known.

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Parking firm pulls app after dev claims: I can SEE credit card privates

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I'm surprised ...

... that he wasn't reported and then arrested for hacking into a commercial computer system and stealing personal financial information. Got to clamp down on this sort of thing you know.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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@Ken Y-N Re: I'll have a go at translation

It's a chocolate 'Yule log' and the filling is leaking out. Some people ......

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Steelie Neelie: ICANN think of more 'credible' rules for internet. (Cough *NSA* cough)

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Re: Excuse me but is this Torygraph?

" They are chosen, .... by the elected heads of government ....."

Yep, facts are boring; but true in this case.

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Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'

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Re: Paranoia?

If you tried to set-up a bank account under a pseudonym in the UK, the bank would probably detect that and inform the police and HMRC. Then you would be investigated very thoroughly.

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It's a scientific FACT: Online comment trolls are SADISTS

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Re: Are there really all that many trolls?

I was with you until you dissed furries, then I realised that you're just a troll.

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Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

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re. MySQL cf. MariaDB

Can anyone who has used both of them tell us if there are any significant differences between them, in terms of their capability and suitability for various tasks?

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DARPA wants to out-Google-Google

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But ....

... the DoD and the NSA know about Tor servers and how to use them.

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Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

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Re: "fruity firm"

Thank! goodness! she! didn't! go! to! work! for! Yahoo!

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Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

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Barclays just released 2013 profit figures of £5.2bn

Maybe selling people's data really pays off?

(Joke icon: for legal reasons)

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Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

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Isn't kite fighting popular among kids in Asia?

This could be fun. I predict drones with long blades attached.

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Rampaging Google now second most valuable company ON EARTH

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Re: Hmmmm

"For a company that makes virtually nothing ..."

Does that mean that all banks and insurance (etc) companies are overvalued?

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Re: LinkedIn (etc) and browser security

You could always run your browser in a sandbox. Or have the security services found a way to get out of one?

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France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

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If the CNIL demand goes ahead ...

.. Google can comply and follow it with their own announcement (in polite language and larger font) saying what they think of it. I'm sure someone can think up a suitable parody meaning of CNIL for them.

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Tim Cook dangles 'new product categories' carrot over $14bn Apple share buyback

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Re: I don't understand any of this

"He wants more money." - So why doesn't he just sell his shares, like ordinary mortals do?

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I don't understand any of this

If Apple buys back shares from the shareholders, does the board exercise the voting rights of those shares or do the remaining shareholders get proportional rights over the votes of the Apple-held shares?

If investors want to sell their shares, surely they can do so in the open market, if that is what they want.

What is Icahn's rationale in 'demanding' a $50bn buy back, by Apple?

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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"...an epidemic of Flappy Bird addiction among the constabulary."

Will they be able to download apps as they wish? If so, that could get very interesting.

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

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Is the overlap of the rings part of the plan?

Will they have a track junction and a marshalling yard for particles?

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Snowden saga scares Oracle away from spy-flick sponsorship

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I thought Edward Snowden was the oracle ...

Am I getting confused?

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Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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re. chat(s)

Google translates the entire thing as, "Do not disturb the sleeping cat, please. I have other fish to fry."

If you remove the first sentence, Google then translates the second sentence correctly. I could understand it 'correcting' the word 'cat' to 'fish' if it was using some kind of recognition of common expression algorithm, but not the behaviour as seen.

Update: If you have anything as a first sentence, it gives 'fish' in the second, instead of 'cats'. Then after more messing around, it always gives 'fish', no matter how you arrange it.

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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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