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* Posts by frank ly

4185 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Facebook decides space isn't its final frontier after all

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I'm wondering

If you wanted to bring 'the internet' to parts of rural India (or wherever), how much would it cost to lay fibre from the nearest large 'well connected' place and then use fibre/cable/mobile/WiFi infrastructure to distribute connectivity to where it would be needed and wanted?

The 'main feed' would be a quick and expensive up-front cost but the local infrastructure could be built gradually over time. Also, the local infrastructure could involve local suppliers and workers responding to local demands and consumer tastes.

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It's 2015 and hackers can hijack your Windows PC if you watch a web video

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Re: Missing the Most Important

I resemble that remark.

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: Jamming.

If they're cheap then for the criminals they're simply a 'cost of doing business' and they can be abandoned where they were placed.

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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

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Re: I own a business

(No idea why you were downvoted for a well written comment)

If you get the beacon and play with it, please tell us about it in the next relevant artice.

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MONSTER GALAXY spotted hiding behind IMMENSE BLACK HOLE

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re 'no restaurant'

Actually, they'd be cleaning up and closing down at the Big Bang Burger Chef.

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Life in plastic, it's fantastic: Playmobil supremo dies at 81

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RIP

There aren't many people who can claim to have brought years of fun and pleasure to millions of kids and big kids.

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Glass door to the ancient past FOUND ON MARS

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Picture Caption

How do they know there are algae in the crater?

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: Kids of today...

Theres also a DVD containing copies of HiFi magazines from the 60's and 70's. We'll seem like total idiots to anyone who manages to read them.

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ICANN speak clearly now .gay has gone – Council of Europe

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Re: Genius headline

Gone are the dark clouds that hosted BIND?

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The USB Lego, bluetooth coffee cups and connected cats of Computex 2015

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I despair ....

.... for the future of 'civilisation'.

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Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

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"... his left curiously busy in his trouser pocket"

He was checking for Trojans.

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Don't believe the hype: When that DATA seems just too good

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Comedy from Tragedy

There was a case a while back, reported in the Register but I forget which journal, where a researcher was fed up with being spammed for contributions. He wrote a mock paper that had fancy technical sentences and graphs, etc. It was funny and silly (El Reg gave the link) and they published it.

When a large number of people started laughing at them, they talked about suing the researcher for damaging their 'reputation'. He pointed out that there was no contract between them and they had asked him to provide a paper. He could also have said that he was always under the impression that they were a comedy journal.

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Chinese bloke escapes execution for Forbidden City nude photo shoot

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re. NSFW link

WANIMAL's pics have a dull and lifeless quality with no technical or composition merit that I can see. Are my tastes improving or am I just jaded?

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Disconnect app maker runs to EU to moan about Android

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Re: "it interferes with other third-party apps...

Or, Disconnect could offer it for download from their website and the user could sideload it into their phone. That's how people can install AdBlock on Android.

I'm waiting for an Android 'upgrade' to perform seek-and-destroy operations against AdBlock and similar apps. You just know they want to.

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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BREINs!

A good acronym for a coalition of organisations that seem to have been operating without one for many years.

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Intel imagines chips in nappies to create the Internet of sh*t things

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Future Proof

"... there's a dual core Atom at 500Mhz in there, along with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of flash ..."

That's so it can handle updates and upgrades for the entire leaky stage of the child's development.

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Silicon Valley, episode 8: Larping, mogging and losing its way

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Re: Thank you ElReg!

"... Pied Piper's own compression software ..."

"... Pied Paper was downloading ..."

Just thought I'd mention it; you know.

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Nosy Brit cops demand access to comms data EVERY TWO MINUTES

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I'm wondering

"... the Met saw 18 per cent of its 177,287 data access demands junked."

Does that mean 18% didn't have a court order associated with them, or that none of them did and the ISPs have specially trained staff who make decisions about whether to comply or not?

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Amazon reveals KiddieKindle and pocket money scheme

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Big Brother

Safety feature

"Don't let 'em download anything too raunchy, Uncle Jeff!"

If a 'bad' one slips through, Amazon can remotely delete it.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

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Re: "Partly filled with wrong"

My God, it's full of wrong!

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It's not over 'til Saturn's spongy moon sings: Cassini probe set for final Hyperion fly-by

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hmmm

"Hyperion ... rotates chaotically, essentially tumbling unpredictably through space as it orbits Saturn."

"... most of Cassini's previous close approaches have encountered more or less the same familiar side of the craggy moon.

That seems suspicious. It's as if it's trying to hide something on the 'other' side.

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MIT's robo-cheetah leaps walls in a cyborg hunt for Sarah Connor

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I'm wondering ....

.... when it will be able to jump onto a ledge or move around corners or avoid large objects. What they've done so far is impressive but as with Big Dog, I've only seen them move in straight lines.

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Fumbling Feds lose control of seized MegaUpload domains – to saucy vid slingers

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Questions

Isn't it certain that GoDaddy would have sent e-mails to the FBI to advise them that the domain was about to expire? Even my little personal domain has automatic renewal and they email me every two years to reassure me about it. Maybe the FBI just didn't want it anymore?

If the new 'owner' of cirfu.net now has control of the old Megaupload domains, isn't that because the owner(s) of those domains are still pointing to cirfu.net?

It seems like an unlikely combination of half-baked cockup and conspiracy.

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

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"I pay $5 a year for 20GB ..."

I pay nothing for 30GB because I have two Google accounts (15GB on each Google Drive). Is that $5 a year your gateway to further free allowances?

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Google puts Android on a diet, names it after the first thing it sees under the sink ... yes, Brillo

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This could be confusing

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weave&hl=en_GB

"Weave is LinkedIn meets Tinder – simply swipe left or right to meet local professionals and grow your professional network."

Does this have anything to do with the spread of STDs, as was recently covered by an El Reg article?

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Sex disease surge in US state partly blamed on hook-up apps

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Just an idea ......

Maybe some of the public health budget should be spent on developing 'interesting' personal communications applications for the Occulus Rift (etc). Then the kids and big kids would stay at home and be safe.

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Why voice and apps sometimes don't beat an old-fashioned knob

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Happy

Thank you for that :)

"He says I'll be able to meet the programmers personally. "Sure," I tell him."

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The 'echo chamber' effect misleading people on climate change

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I'm waiting

"... even though there is a solid consensus on the facts of the matter."

It shouldn't take long.

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WOODEN computer chips reveal humanity's cyber elf future

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Is it really 'friendly'?

"The majority of material in a chip is support. We only use less than a couple of micrometers for everything else, ..."

Isn't that true for silicon base chips as well? Silicon is not poisonous.

If the cellulose base degrades, doesn't that release the gallium arsenide (etc) active components? If a silicon chip is disposed of, at least the metals and other compounds are safely and physically locked into it.

It may be that the driving force behind this development is the energy and other costs of manufacture, especially for short run batches of specialist devices.

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SourceForge accused of shackling GIMP in kinky adware

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It took me all of ten seconds to figure out the new way of doing 'Save/Export' and I understand the advantages. Maybe I'm not 'in my right mind'. It was a long time ago; let it go.

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Don't PANIC but ... UNSTOPPABLE robots IMMUNE to injury built by boffins

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"Once damaged, the robot becomes like a scientist,"

It puts a white lab-coat on?

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FCC to crack down on robocall spammers' beloved loophole

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@Ole Juul Re: But some people just don't care!

How is the "push 9 to connect" thing arranged? It sounds useful.

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This $199 home air-quality gizmo will tell you to VOC right off

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Sends text messages to you

Does it share your mobile phone number with anyone or store it in the supplier's servers? That would be great for sending you 'helpful' messages about new products or letting a salesdroid call you to check your satisfaction level.

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Optus plans to skim the cream off the cloud

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I had a scary vision of Optimus Prime

"Which Optus ..., transformers, ..."

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Boffins create tiny holographic battery that fits INSIDE a chip

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How does it work?

I can see how they've put lots of surface area into a small volume, to achieve energy density, but what kind of battery is it? By that, I mean what is the physical or electro-chemical principle on which it operates?

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Let it go, let it go: How global DNS could survive in the frozen lands outside US control

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Re: Easy enough

Were you and amanfrommars separated at birth or have you been living together for a while?

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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"The firm is the brainchild ..."

You mean 'brainfart'.

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Samsung to create industry giant via mega merger with itself

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"... integrated premium lifestyle services ..."

I need a personal trainer/explainer/translator to help me understand the modern world.

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UK.gov confirms it's binned extended Windows XP support

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Re: What next ?

Has there been any verifiable and academically sound analysis of the 'Munich experience' with Linux? If so, I'd be interested in reading it.

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Appropriate picture

Old and dirty, fraying at the edges, in use beyond its reasonable lifetime expectation. But hey, it still does its basic job if you're prepared to put up with it and you don't have the time or budget to replace it.

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Cheesy video shows ex-Gooners pronouncing 'Huawei'

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If it was Newcastle/Sunderland

They'd have to work hard to stop them saying "Huawei the lads".

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Torvalds: decisions, decisions, top up sun tan or release Linux 4.1?

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Re: One of the rare times on The Register...

Just to satisfy my nerdy curiosity, I tried to sign up to The Register as 'Jake' but it told me that the user name has already been taken. So, either there is a 'Jake', or (more likely) usernames are case insensitive for signup purposes - but not for posting or reference purposes as jake has so definitely indicated. He once corrected me about his name but I accept that names can be regarded as highly personal.

(Yes, I need to get out more.)

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Unicode wonks are bringing home the BACON, as an emoji

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Re: RTOFL?

Read The Original F****** Literature ?

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

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Re: A revelation

Also, use the Request Policy plugin for Firefox. This blocks any attempt to download third party content whatsoever. A few simple mouse clicks via its status bar icon will let you have fine detail control over whether to allow such content on a temporary or permanent basis. It's easy to use and understand.

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Internet Society of Australia changes name to Internet Australia

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Hello, I want to complain about my download speeds

"... a necessary part of the process of making Internet Australia more easily recognised and understood in the wider community that we seek to influence and assist".

So the first thing they do is a name change that makes them sound like an ISP.

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

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re. title

Wow and fluffer?

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Is your career lacking growth? Become a porn inspector! Hint: It sucks

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Meh

"Are you prepared to finger the "delete" button on images of genitalia or breasts? Bear in mind you will need to go through tens of thousands of images a day so that means no lingering ..."

No lingering while fingering? Sounds like a cheap and rushed production.

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GDS to handle Govt payments? What could possibly go wrong?

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“Government as a platform”

I'm sorry; your payment fell into the GaaP.

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New relay selection fix for Tor to spoil spooks' fun (eventually)

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Hmmm

"... the service is often used by the security services and law enforcement when they wish to use the internet anonymously. "

Ha! If they weren't doing anything wrong, they wouldn't need to be anonymous. Isn't that the argument governments (and their agencies) use?

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Xiaomi greets MediaTek with a handshake, Qualcomm feels awkward

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I can't wait

"... LTE-A Cat 6, which theoretically offers 300Mbps."

That would use up my monthly allowance in 27 seconds.

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