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* Posts by frank ly

2963 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: More expensive?

I assume you are looking at the 'bundled with a contract' price? If so, here in the UK, I can get the S4 for the low price of £0.

Edit: And Dave gets in with seconds to spare.

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Moses tablets ease Noah's flood headaches

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NOAH then MOSES .....

.... followed by the JESUS machine that enables rescue workers to travel safely across the surface of floodwaters.

Any suggestions for the meaning of this acronym?

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Bitcoin now accepted in London pub. In Hack-ney, of course

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Cyber tax

Do HMRC charge the pub for the usual tax and VAT on the amount registered at the till and then charge him for adjusted capital gains tax when he converts then to pounds - or does it count as a foreign currency transaction (assuming he declaes any of it)?

Do HMRC have any idea how to deal with this?

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

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the press had to endure a long flight with no alcohol

Stand by for lots of negative articles about him.

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Huawei's new 7-inch MediaPad Vogue feeds Wi-Fi+3G phablet frenzy

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Various options

I'd prefer to rely on a discrete bluetooth earpiece to avoid drawing attention to my lack of 'stylish fashionista' appearance. Also, I'd get the WiFi only version and tether it to my dinky little retro HTC Wildfire if I was going out with it.

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

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Pink Floyd didn't get paid for writing their songs and composing their music. They only got paid when they produced something so good that people kept on wanting to buy it and listen to it. What was it that you did umpteen years ago that was so good that it still has value to people and why didn't you have the foresight to keep the IP to it?

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: It's just a matter of time

If a US citizen doesn't have a valid US passport, that would make it very difficult for them to get back into the US from a foreign visit. However, it would not stop them entering a foreign country if the government of that country was sure of their identity and was willing to let them enter.

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O3b's satellites on launch pad, ready to bring cats+porn to billions

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Moving antenna dishes is a well established technology and they will know to good accuracy where the satellites are. Also, at the high frequencies that will be used, a narrow beam phased array wouldn't be all that big and would have slow and predictable aiming requirements.

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Hey Google, Facebook has a 'Reader' that might actually make money

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I'm using Feedly now

Now that they've got their presentation options sorted out so it gives headlines and not a glossy magazine format with giant pictures. The website is very good (clean and simple) but the Android app still has some glitches. Note: Feedly does some kind of in-page browser rendering which can cause problems if you want to do detailed stuff in Android.

I gave up on Newsblur after many problems with updating feeds and read counts.

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Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

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Re: Ecuadorian Embassy

Do you mean that Scottish guy who enjoys coffee?

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Angry punters slip contract shackles in T-Mobile crystal ball bill rumpus

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Re: Contracts. Noooooo...

The rolling monthly contracts (e.g. Tescomobile) are useful.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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re. traditional seafood nomenclature

They could have called it 'cod'.

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Quantum transistors at room temp

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Re: err..

You need 'quantum' for a detailed explanation of why electrons occupy particular energy levels. After that, transistor action can be explained by 'classical'. The full explanation is a superposition of quantum and classical.

<-- I'll get mine now.

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NSA hacked China's top carriers in hunt for SMS data - report

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Re: Beijing personally intervened in the matter

A fat and smoke wreathed old man waddled into the meeting room, coughed a few times and said, "Hey, let him go", then glared at everyone in the room. The people around the table avoided looking at him and muttered, "Ok Jing, ok".

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Facebook bug leaks contact info of 6 million users

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Assurance

"... only other people could have had access to the data – as opposed to developers or advertisers ..."

Because developers and advertisers are not people and they don't have Facebook accounts.

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Sunday's night sky to be flooded by MASSIVE SUPERMOON

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but NASA says there's nothing to worry about.

That's what the NSA said.

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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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make.believe

That may be all it is.

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Can Jonny Ive's new 'iOS Vista' SAVE the BBC's £100m BRAIN? Yes!

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A germ of a good idea

I like the idea of croudsourcing a major 'public sector' development and having a public repository for the code, and perhaps the system and hardware designs. If people want good facilities and services then they will have to design them for themselves.

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Just wondering

Can I make my own teabags by putting Yunnan Imperial loose leaf tea into small muslin pouches?

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

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Yes but

"Indians working for the country’s outsourcing giants in the US have contributed more than $15bn in taxes and social security payments in the past five years."

If they were replaced by American workers, they would contribute more than that $15bn and not take money out of the country. That's the point.

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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@Daniel B. Re: Um...

You've heard of sound bite politics. Eadon does writing bite intellect.

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Gartner magicians conjure technological TUBE MAP

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You could make a similar map for just about any product area or activity or area of study. It would look just as 'good' and be just as 'useful'.

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Microsoft's canceled 'Project Brazil' took aim at Amazon, eBay

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Re: Microsoft, NSA and Brazil

I have to disagree that Ms Brazil is 'FAIL'. She's very pretty and seems intelligent and caring in interviews.

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Suck it Vine: Instagram adds 15-second video clips with fancy filters

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Core values

Actually, at our core is a moving yucky mess with muddy colours. Ahh .... it does work out that way.

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NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

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It told me 'Click Here' ...

... then told me I'd be installing Microsoft Silverlight and that I needed to have Active X enabled.

I decided not to bother.

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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

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That video reminds me why I'd like to be very rich.

Oh yes :)

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

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"...the fashionable North London borough of Islington"

When I commuted to/from the Angel, many years ago, Islington was a dirty, seedy area. What happened?

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Norks taunt, yank Yanks' crank over PRISM: US is 'rights abuse kingpin'

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Re: Pot - Kettle - Black... etc

The argument goes: "Look at what happens to people who live in {country ruled by despicable regime}. We're better than them so you should be grateful to live here."

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: there are alternatives

Wouldn't it be easier to make a hard/software PDP-11 emulator that was power plug and I/O plug compatible with the PDP-11? It would be a lot smaller for a start.

(In the late '70s, as a student engineer, it was my task to boot up a Nova-820 (?) every morning by setting toggle switches and similar retro activities. Ahhhh, those were the days.)

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Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't

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Re: Google extortion?

That would be an interesting marketing angle for large commercial concerns that rely on people attending for their profits.

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'Smart ring' revealed by upstart Chinese mobe-maker

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Notice the design of the ring

Full of grooves and recesses; perfect for gathering a yucky mixture of sweat, dirt and dead skin cells. How many true geeks would regularly clean their ring?

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Children and Alzheimer's sufferers

Is that the iPhone target market?

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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Anybody who uses 'transition' as a verb ...

should be transferred to a bad place.

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Google launches broadband balloons, radio astronomy frets

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Re: Hang on

Those places may have many sources of those signals, but they don't have thousands of them continuously operating at a height of 60,000 feet.

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Sony allows hacking of its unloved SmartWatch

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Sony's hacker's guide

Does it explain how to install a rootkit on it?

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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Testing a range of mobile phones using software benchmarks, you can probably only measure battery current; unless you do some tricky attachment of current probes onto very fine pcb tracks or chip pins. As far as the user is concerned, the only thing that matters is battery current, which determines life before recharge is needed.

Actual chip power measurements would be useful for high power desktop and server applications where heat production (and dumping) is a very important factor.

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At #guardiancoffee, we can now TASTE THE FUTURE through a PRISM!

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An interesting thing happened

When I clicked the final link, to the review of the coffee shop, on my Asus Transformer, I managed to read the first two sentences before the browser shut down and I found myself back at the home screen. Is this an example of emergent intelligence tryng to protect me, or itself perhaps?

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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The plan is obvious

Jony Ive and a team of Apple engineers lock themselves away inside Apple headquarters for a week and have pizzas delivered. One week later, they emerge with a 'newly developed' set of icons and maybe some UI tweaks that are well thought out and generally accepted as very good indeed.

Tim Cook announces, "See, we listen to our user's concerns about usability, clarity and compatibility, unlike SOME companies who make changes."

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Re: Bearded activists?

I have one of those shaving brushes, but I bought it from the Body Shop so I'm sure that it (and most) are made from artificial fibres that have been coloured to look like badger hair. Besides that, consider the difficulties involved in combing a badger and gathering the hairs, etc.

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Hmmmm

You seem to be outraged by actions resulting in the killing of thousands of native animals, and call the people responsible, 'pricks'. Just saying.

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

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@Eddy Ito Re: You have two hand-picked partisan polticians: CHOOSE ONE

According to South Park (Season 8, episode 8), it's a choice between a Douche and a Turd (I strongly recommend watching this episode).

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

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Just a minute

Mickey Smith was not a 'bozo'. He was a hard working and emotionally mature young man who dealt well with just about most situations that came his way. (Am I taking it too seriously?)

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You dirty RAT: Trend Micro spots new Asia-wide attack

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NOKIAN -> Naikon

Did they name it in this way to avoid embarassing Nokia?

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PRISM snitch claims NSA hacked Chinese targets since 2009

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Re: Yeah, but no but yeah

But it's important to create a Faceberk profile with regular innocent/mindless activity, or they'll think you're trying to hide something and put you under closer scrutiny.

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Vodafone Oz launches '100 Mbps' 4G service

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Re: I'll go first - what's the point of LTE?

However, if an area doesn't have decent quality fibre/cable, then the telcos have probably decided it's not worth laying it to that area. So why should a mobile company built a mast there and run backhaul to it?

I'd agree that high mobile data rates are not much use to most people under the present data charging tariffs.

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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re. "... electrons and positrons forced to interact.."

Where do all the positrons come from?

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Users rage as Fasthosts virtual servers go titsup... again

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The AntiEadon has arisen in the east.

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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What about being turned into quantum custard or superstring soup?

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Re: meanwhile in the texas desert

That's like being Rick Rolled, but much more interesting and relevant.

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Gartner magicians mumble, scrawl upstart's rune on disk pentacle

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It may not be the ugliest ....

"Foundational to NetApp's data protection strategy is the ability to take numerous, space-efficient snapshots without incurring a performance penalty and thus adversely affecting users or applications."

.... but it's one of the clunkiest sentences I've seen recently.

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