* Posts by frank ly

3691 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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This is interesting

" ... the creator of Bitcoin – whoever he or she is – has by public record amassed a $400m stash in the virtual currency ..."

Is this because the visible structure of the data shows an origin point and an associated amount before a new 'mining' operation started? Additionaly, does it also show that the first amount of Bitcoins were never transfered to a different wallet? Does this have implications for anonymity if enough computing power is applied to analysis of the Bitcoin 'ecosystem'?

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Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

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Re: National Service Award

I have a feeling that you actually live in Colorado. If so, I would like to visit at Easter.

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Symmetry

The photographer should have got that light fitting directly above Branson's head. Maybe rearrange the furniture as well .....etc.

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Japanese space boffins set to map the world in 3D

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Acronyms

It's neat that they used PRISM as an acronym for something involving 'panchromatic'. It also 'spies' on the world, just like a recently revealed PRISM project.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

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Space is BIG ...

... and it's absolutely amazing!

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

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" ... failed to spot ..."

Somebody should introduce them to 'calendar apps' and 'event alarms'.

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Chillax, cranky commentards: Anger can KILL YOU

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Isn't it even worse for you ....

...if you keep your anger bottled up inside?

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

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If Sol is orbiting the galactic core ....

... isn't the other matter (dark and normal) orbiting at the same angular velocity?

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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USB was thought to be shorthand for a European country

United States Bailiwick - obviously.

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Placing the patient at the centre of healthcare

It's actually "Placing the patient at the centre of the feeding trough."

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: so... friends and relatives...

I installed Linux (Mint 13 LTS) last May as dual boot with Win7 and spent 3-4 weeks getting used to it. After that, I used Win7 less and less and then got rid of it by fitting my laptop with a shiny new 60GB SSD and Linux Mint. I never looked back since then. I also put the same Linux on my old desktop, old laptop and old netbook. There is a learning curve and a swearing curve but I'd recommend it.

Before you try it, read the Linux Mint forums and other forums to get an idea of the problems that people have and how they work around them.

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

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Re: Utterly fantastic

Nice use of the true meaning of the word.

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Potential Problem

" A built-in accelerometer could then detect if the user falls over ..."

What if BBC Radio 2 starts playing some metal and the wearer starts 'headbanging' around the room?

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Anthropomorphism

I see an elongated face with glaring eyes, a shouty mouth and sticky-out ears. The shoulder pads and tutu suggest a flamboyant and deranged personality. I don't want to talk about the rest of it.

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

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Would it be acceptable ....

... if the documents were returned as an email attachment; or would they require hard copy printouts via the postal service?

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Your CIO is now a venture capitalist and you work at their startup

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Re: self-serve checkouts example?

Is it wrong of me to start giggling when it says, "Please wait; the assistant is coming." ?

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Winklevoss Twins' Bitcoin index provokes angry wails from rival

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Re: Since when

The MP3 compression algorithm is just a mathematical formula but is patented and a licence is needed to encode audio to MP3. The argument is that a lot of work went into inital studies and testing to find a suitable set of weighting factors to give a balance between compression ratio, ease of operation and fidelity. The MP3 encoding technique (and just about all codecs) is based on decades old mathematical research that is free for everyone to use (the formulae), but you'd better not copy the mix of methods and the internal weighting factors of a well known one, or you will be sued.

It sounds like the Twinkle Twins have copied the basic technique (time varying, multi dimensional weighted averages, whatever...) and I'm sure they did a lot of original work and much testing before they hit upon their own unique weighting parameters.

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Just wondering ...

How do you mould or machine BMG to sub-micron precision unless you have the moulds or cutting tools which have sub-micron precision and stability in use? It seems like a 'chicken and egg' situation.

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Cable thieves hang up on BT, cause MAJOR outage

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China's web giants unite to defuse Windows XP bombshell

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Just wondering ...

" ...the Chinese government has tried to intervene by persuading Redmond to continue support for the legacy OS."

Did they intervene, in any useful way, to prevent the use of pirated XP installations?

(I am not a Windows fanboi and I do know how easy it was/is to clone an XP installation or get a key.)

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LinkedIn censors self to launch in China

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Re: Oh great

Or many more than twice the number of notifications of a conference on urban renewal in Beijing. You may know these conference speakers.

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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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