* Posts by frank ly

5036 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

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Re: Tube Amp

Looking at the size of those valves, they are not running at a few thousand volts. So, there is probably still a transformer tucked away in there if the headphones really do need that high a drive voltage.

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Microsoft's OneDrive price hike has wrecked its cloud strategy

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@Krillin Re: reality check

Could you make your garage zombie resistant as well?

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Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

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re. "tiller"

It's what you use to steer the love boat.

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Skype founders planning non-drone robodelivery fleet. Repeat, not drones

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"It gets ravaged by an angry dog."

If it's delivering your weekly sausage and bacon supplies, you'll open the door to a robo-drone surrounded by a pack of hungry dogs, along with an army of children who tag along to see what all the fuss is about.

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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"world leading oversight arrangements"

There's not much competition so that _should_ be easy.

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Windows 10 growth stalls during October

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Re: " Folks using that venerable OS to cruise the web"

I was very happy using XP for many years. It did everything I needed it to do and it did it quckly and quietly without fuss on my old laptop. I can understand why some people like to keep it going though I realise that it no longer gets security updates. I do remember that just before Win 7 was released, XP got a load of updates that made it really, really slow and so I felt that I 'had to' move on to Win 7 on a newer cheap laptop.

Maybe the people still running XP blocked out all updates except for security updates and run it in a cautious and technically/security aware manner?

(I avoided any further Windows 'upgrade' experiences.)

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Boffins solve bacon crisis with newly-patented plant

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Bacon flavoured crisps

Does anybody know what the flavouring is? Is it related; etc.?

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Vodafone UK blocks 1,800 accounts after 'external source' accesses accounts

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Re: CC last 4 digits?

"But who's next for the slurping?"

I'm with Virgin Media and Tesco Mobile so I feel a bit left out. VM have my bank details and TM have my credit card details. Maybe my time will come one day.

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Net neutrality debate: If startups want to rival Google, they must show some green to telcos

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A bit like leeches

"By our reckoning, they would pay a couple of percent for this in the form of revenue-sharing..."

The Post Office could charge extra fees for parcel delivery based on the profits of the company sending parcels to customers.

"This would be a fair contribution for the use of the infrastructure."

No, a fair contribution would be to pay the standard rate, whatever that is, the same as all the other customers of the telco.

Wasn't it the boss of another German telco, some years ago who said (paraphrasing), "I see all the money that Google makes from its internet services and I think it's only fair that we get a percentage of that".

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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What about ....

.... people who use ZenMate browser plugins (and similar arrangements) to enable them to sidestep their ISP's blockers so that they can download the latest Linux ISO from popular torrent sites?

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Get 'em out for the... readers: The Sun scraps its online paywall

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Innacurate reporting

I just tried a text and image serach for "Lucy from Daventry" and El Reg is the only site that has a hit. So, how do I get to see the pictures? If this is one of the gold badge members only things, I shall cancel my subscription.

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China, Germany moving closer to no-hack pact

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Clarification please

"... agreements already signed between China and the the US and UK."

Does this mean that the US has agreed not to hack the UK for economic espionage purposes?

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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Wondering about the need for assembler

I'd think that the specialist assembler skills were to maintain and test the ground based copies of Voyager systems. I'm sure thre wouldn't be any 'reprogramming' of Voyager at its current distance. Can they still send it commands (which would need to be tested on the ground based systems)?

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Fuming Google tears Symantec a new one over rogue SSL certs

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Re: Internal testing?

It would have been a simple matter to set up dummy/fake corporations in the real world and give them certificates (and websites, etc) and then practice/play with those instead of real customer certificates. You could even give them bank accounts and play/practice with secure financial transactions and so on.

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

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Re: Microsoft...

When I first installed and used Linux Mint, over two years ago, I thought that the system update wasn't working properly because it only took about two minutes and didn't insist that I rebooted after it had finished. After that, for a while, I used to watch it in amazement as it downloaded and installed system AND program/application/package updates at what seemed to be incredible speed. I'm never going back.

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Verisign, .xyz and the ABCs of a cutthroat domain-name industry

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Paying lawyers to bring suits against the competition

How is this different from paying thugs to throw bricks through their windows (apart from the fact that lawyers are more expensive)?

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Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot

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It was a long time ago ....

"... The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds ..."

As I remember, the motions of a motorcycle at high speed are quite simple. It tends to go in a straight line unless you force it to turn. It's when you ride it slowly that it can get a bit wobbly.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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Re: Works for me

"... it promotes/validates their agenda to kill innocent people."

So if I read or watched such an interview, I'd be 'infected' with terrorist opinions and beliefs? Your attitude is patronising, insulting and offensive.

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Microsoft's 'Arrow' Android launcher flies into Play store

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My clutter is good clutter

"... so Android users don't have to sift through the clutter of an OEM's can't-delete-but-don't-use house apps."

On the Android phones I've used (three different ones over 5 years), you can put any application you like on any of your many screens and not have an application icon on any screen if you don't want it there. In this way, I customise my phone's appearance according to _my_ needs and preferenes. Maybe they were using a different kind of Android phone.

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Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

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@Swarthy Re: Snigger

"... Scottish, British, and Welsh; ..."

That's Scottish, English and Welsh; also Northern Irish, which is quite distinctive.

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Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery

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If it's fully automatic ....

.... can it be called "craft beer"? Where is the craft?

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New DMCA rules mean you can fiddle with your tablets, routers, cars (as if you weren't anyway)

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That is a picture of a stereotypical librarian.

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TalkTalk attack: Lad, 15, cuffed by UK cyber-cops

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Difficult to guess password?

He was probably trying to get past the 'child protection' filters and ended up mashing the keyboard in frustration. Next thing he knows, there's an unencrypted database spewing up onto his hard drive.

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TalkTalk attack: Small biz customers may also have been targeted

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Future Precautions

"The telco said that small businesses may have had their name, address, email address, telephone number, TalkTalk account information, password and bank details nicked by malefactors."

For some time, cautious/paranoid people have used different email adresses for contact with different people and organisations, in case of leaks/compomise. Perhaps it's time for businesses to use separate phone numbers and bank accounts for dealing with different suppliers and customers.

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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Hypothetical situation ....

If I manufacture high security doors and locks of my own design, can I be compelled to break into a house that has 'my' doors and locks fitted?

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Mostly Harmless: Google Project Zero man's verdict on Windows 10

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re. "ultimate bug bear"

Did he manage to take a picture of the bug bear?

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

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Sauce for the goose

"... 400,000 people who have recently undergone credit checks for new service with the company."

That's 400,000 people who, sadly, neglected to perform 'best security practice' checks on Talk Talk. However, I don't think there's any way they could do that since we rely on these organisations to police themselves.

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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I find that a large straight sided plastic bucket/tub is much more convenient for emptying and for filling as well as being less likely to be knocked over. You can put a small rubber duck in it to lend an air of jollity to the room if you wish.

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Google stock buy-back: You'll groan when you realize where that $5,099,019,513.59 figure came from

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Re: Stock is way up after results.

Will this affect executive bonuses?

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UK/China cyber security deal: National security attacks still OK, it seems

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Recent press pictures

There's been a lot of news articles about this visit with pictures of Xi Jinping in various places and situations. In every picture I've seen he seems to be bemused/confused or fed-up/bored. Am I misreading his body language and facial expression?

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Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

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Re: well I like the spending time with family bit

I know that Office 2000 (yes, I'm behind the times) seems to run perfectly well under WINE and that WINE claims to be able to 'emulate' all the way up to Win 7. I haven't tried any other 'major' Windows applications under WINE, just minor bits and pieces that I like to use. Can Photoshop run under WINE?

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US nuke boffinry to be powered by Facebook-inspired Linux servers

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Re: Where is that 'like' button

Just hope that your new friend doesn't get the urge to visit you.

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openSUSE Leap: Middle ground between cutting edge and conservative

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Leap with MATE

I'm wondering if the Leap version of MATE has fixed the problem with panel drawers, where they often open up all the way down/up or across the screen. I recently did a fresh install of Mint 17.2 and MATE still has this problem (as it did in Mint 13 MATE). I suppose I could try it to find out.

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Microsoft boss Satya Nadella is paid $18m – and would trouser $20m if sacked

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@Lost all faith Re: "Windows 10 was successfully launched"

Before you make any serious/major changes (or better still, every month), boot up from a GParted live CD then clone your system, home and data partitions onto a spare hard drive. Then, you can recover from ANY foul up. (You will probably need to run the Boot Repair utility, 32-bit or 64-bit version as appropriate, the first time you restore a Linux system like this but after that you just clone a backup and restore as needed. I've been doing that for over two years with Mint and it works every time. Try doing that with Windows; no, don't bother :)

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BBC shuts off iPlayer to UK VPNs, cutting access to overseas fans

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I see their logic

"Auntie Beeb said it had instituted the blockade to deter pirates from ripping off its dramas, comedies, documentaries and other programs, which are funded by TV license-fee payers in Blighty."

Because nobody in the UK records broadcast programs and makes them available on torrents.

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Elderly? Disabled? You clearly need a .38" Palm Pistol

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@sisk Re: Metrication

Thats 1/2 mv^2, unless it's an antimatter bullet.

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Boffins' twisted enlightenment embiggens fibre

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Immediate use?

Can this technique be used with existing undersea and terrestrial cables or does it need to use 'special' fibre? Will existing repeaters amplify the signal without messing up the OAM modulation?

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Connected kettles boil over, spill Wi-Fi passwords over London

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Facepalm

I thought the article heading was humorous sarcasm

But no, it really exists!

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OpenBSD source tree turns 20 – version 5.8 of project preps for show time

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Is it a FOSS development leader requirement?

"Its founder, Theo de Raadt, may be known for his cantankerous outbursts, ..."

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Slacker vendors' one-fix-a-year effort leaves 88% of Androids vulnerable

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Because the mobile network operators provide subsidised phones on contract, hence they insist on having their version of Android on the phone, including all their spyware and crapware, which they are responsible for updating, if they ever do.

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Microsoft mavens promise proper quantum computer in 10 years

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The good news is .....

..... it will automatically and fully update itself to Windows 10 within seconds.

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UK's Lloyds Banking Group scrambles to patch account-snooping security hole

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Bank Of Scotland Halifax

It's filthy and it's got pigeons nesting in it. I'm sorry but that picture offended my sense of decor(um).

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Ring Chime: Needy wireless doorbell or $30 bling t'ing?

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Another way

You can get a wireless doorbell with battery powered push button and two small mains powered chime units for between £10 and £15 on ebay. If you want to spend more money, you can get then with more buttons and more chime units.

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Drunk driver live-streams her slow journey home

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A hint of the future

“... does not provide officers with access to Periscope as an authorized software tool and therefore they did not have the ability to monitor the driver’s actions.”

So, load up police computers with Periscope, Facebook, Instagram, Google +, etc, etc ..... then watch their efficiency soar.

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Internet Architecture Board defends users' rights to mod Wi-Fi kit

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More common and closer to SoHo

"because a manufacturer ceasing operation would otherwise leave all hardware orphaned from update, which itself poses significant potential security risks."

What about manufacturers declaring EOL on one year old kit and leaving it with unpatched security holes?

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Half-secure not good enough for Chrome users says Google

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Re: Why...

Conspiracy theories in a comment please........

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Science Museum celebrates Ada Lovelace

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Early developments?

She seems to be holding a mobile phone. Did it work?

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Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

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What ifs

When Volvo say they'll accept 'full liability' I'm sure they don't mean to give a free meal to every idiot who deliberately rams a driverless car. They mean that they will not slow down liability payouts by trying to legally offload onto their own suppliers. If you do ram a driverless car, you can bet that there will be efforts by Volvo, and others, to establish the facts and causes of the incident and to establish blame, as is perfectly normal in all traffic incidents.

At this early stage of development, it would be fairly easy to have small video cameras with outside views making a 5 minute (or whatever) looped recording onto an on-board SSD, along with car speed parameters, etc. This would be designed stop recording in the event of a crash or collison and so provide some evidence as to what had actually happened.

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Hackers can steal your BRAIN WAVES

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New?

A device monitors and records some kind of signal. The recording is stored on a computer. The computer is 'hacked' and the hacker can read the data. ..... Is this a surprise to anyone?

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China wants international peace pact online and under water

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No. 5 is interesting

= No criticism of government.

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