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* Posts by frank ly

3328 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Nice thing to have

I doubt that it would last long if you use it as a music player; driving the earpieces will use lots of battery charge. Similarly, using it as a phone but not even making calls would drain the battery, probably within a week or maybe two if you're lucky.

My smartphones have always lasted about 5 days between charges (HTC Wildfire then Incredible and now a Nexus 4). I have WiFi on all day at home but I don't make many calls and I don't use GPS or Bluetooth and I don't play music on it and I hardly ever use mobile data. I also put it in airplane mode when I go to bed. I can only assume that you do all those things all at the same time.

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

" ... e = mc2 can be easily understood ..."

If you believe that, you've been gulled.

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Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

Something, something, ... downvote crown, something .... troll award.

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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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Magic Report

Is Gartner's Magic Quadrant or Hype Report anywhere near the ToD?

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O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge

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Cyber Security Accreditation

If you get that, does it mean you've cooperated in installing GCHQ taps into your network?

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Very impressive results

I'm wondering how long it would take the average laptop to process a video in this way.

The linked video was a very good and detailed (if rapid) overview of the techniques used. Why oh why did they have to add loud modern/hip music at the end of it? (I'm a grumpy old curmudgeon, I know.)

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Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers

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Fibre to the chip

I assume that block and translucent strip going up from it is to do with coupling photons into where they are needed..

Has any work been done on laying fibre optic tracks on PCBs or within chips?

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Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis

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@Alfred2 Re: Lessons will be learnt

Over the weekend, The Independent carried three articles about online bullying (and 'grooming'), within which a former Government spokesman said that the internet was becoming too dangerous for children and that the Government needed to get tough on 'the industry'.

This feels like an initial massaging of public opinion to enable acceptance of restrictions.

One idea mentioned was to use Australian legislation about online bullying as a reference model. So, look to Australia as inspiration for future UK government attitudes and legislation of the internet.

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Faster than a speeding data block

"In all cases the signals sent are time-sliced to ensure controls respond instantly ... "

No, they respond within a defined and acceptable time delay, by design.

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Apple, Intel, Google told to stop being tightwads and pay out MORE in wage-fix settlement

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@ Steve Knox Re: A US Judge has smited an attempt

There is something about a woman in a voluminous black robe.

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Intruder alert: Cyber thugs are using steganography to slip in malware badness

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Re: FFS...Get Real

I think it means they only have two eyes, not five eyes.

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Why do Reg readers deserve the big bucks? Here's why...

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Re: Mordac

Try Google; you get links to the cartoons on Google Images :)

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Love in the time of the GPS sees chap propose with Google Map

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" ...suggest they are occasional cyclists with unexciting bikes."

Ordinary people can find love too.

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Ecuador follows Bitcoin ban with digi-currency proposal

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This seems puzzling

" ... it will be possible to attract more Ecuadorian citizens, especially those who do not have checking or savings accounts and credit cards alone."

People who are too poor to have bank accounts or credit cards would be unlikely to have the ability to access the internet to manage a digital currency account. If the government sets up access terminals in public libraries, etc., then why can't they set up a 'bare bones' banking system using existing currency?

People who specifically avoid formally recorded money accounts would run away from a government controlled currency account.

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True fact: Hubble telescope spots ZOMBIES in SPACE

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A supernova that was only 110 light years away would be an impressive sight.

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Cracker takes control of 200 rooms in Chinese hotel

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An interesting application

It might be interesting to remotely open all the blinds of the hotel across the road.

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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Re: How will this handle codesets with different but same characters?

If it was native Pakistani spam, then it would be in Urdu, not Arabic.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

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You're not supposed to create, you're supposed to consume. Sit back and vegetate.

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SCORE: Rosetta probe hits orbit of duck-shaped comet

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Re: Very impressive re. semantics

I'm sure a rendezvous involves Rama in some way.

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Watch this Aussie infosec bod open car doors from afar

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DMCA breach?

If he sets foot on US soil, would they arrest him for DMCA breaches?

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Target tosses US$148m onto data breach barbecue

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At last?

Maybe now they'll realise that poor security hits them on the bottom line. Most of them need this kind of clue stick.

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Astounding: We're about to stick a probe in orbit of a COMET

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The ultimate ride

If Philae's solar cells and battery can last, will Philae and its instruments survive the outgassing as the comet loops around the sun? What is the planned timescale of observation events? Is it intended that Rosetta will maintain orbit or does the mission have a natural end-point?

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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Recent Spamstorm

Is this why, for the past month, I've ben hit by "Online Rx 35% discount" spam, sometimes four a day?

I've used a particular yahoo email address as a 'sign up' address for various things over many years. I think it's time to get a new email address and migrate all my 'serious and useful' accounts over to that.

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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Re: Scared sh*tless

Just sweep the room for potted plants and crisp packets before you have any sensitive discussions.

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LinkedIn settles missed overtime pay case: Will pay $6m to staffers

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It's about what they think they can get away with

"This company has shown a great deal of integrity by fully cooperating with investigators ...."

They'd have shown more integrity by listening to staff when they first complained about it. I can't imagine that the staff said nothing for a long time, then suddenly all decided to complain to the US DoL.

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Oracle cold bath shrinks Larry Ellison's pay package

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re. Ellison is Oracle’s single largest shareholder.

Does this mean he is the largest 'private individual shareholder' but there are corporate shareholders with a larger shareholding than him, or does it mean that he owns the largest block of shares of any registered owners? What percentage of Oracle shares does he own?

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Kickstarter hopefuls promise high-res aerial maps for the masses

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Black Helicopters

Black helicopter sourcing

I'll fly a drone over Aldermaston, just up the road from me, to see how well this works.

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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

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Re: and in the real world

They could use images in Flickr, or personal blog posts on any of hundreds of sites.

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Ransomware attack hits Synology's NAS boxen

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Re: Advice please

It's truly scary, the number of things/settings that I've forgotten I'd done. I only figure them out again after much fault finding and swearing.

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Re: Advice please

Edit the port forwarding settings on your router. I'm assuming that your router is set up to forward 5000,5001 to your Synology box and that you do normally have access to it from the internet.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Questions for rocket scientists:

How much continuous thrust would be needed to get a reasonable payload from Earth orbit to Mars orbit within a timescale of a few months?

How big would a solar panel array need to be to generate even 2.5KW when in Mars orbit?

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Your fitness tracker is a SNITCH says Symantec

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Re: How does this work?

" ... is the phone strapped to the arm ..."

I was going to make a comment about your 'assumption', suggesting alternatives, but I realised that I'd be revealing highly personal information if I did that.

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Re: Google Ark

How could you expect any of those to breed?

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The Therapod diet: From HUMUNGO DINO to TINY BIRD in 50m years

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Re: Next Step

It seems that all 'scientific' videos have background music. The makers may think that they need to do this to 'reach out' to the MTV generation.

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Quicker, easier to fly to MOON than change web standards ... OR IS IT?

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New elements

If a web developer creates a 'new element', does this require any changes to my browser or its plugins?

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REGULAR FISTING is GOOD for your HEALTH, says respected surveyor

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While you're shaking hands, you can slip in a shoulder punch to emphasise how 'modern' and 'cool' you are.

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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A secure network

" ... a secure network known as RDINet, which was set up by the CIA to store classified documents for Senate staff to scrutinze ..."

The Senate trusted them. How quaint.

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T-Mobile US preps for $43 MEEELLION shower of gold on cram victims

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re. $43 Meeellion shower of gold

They've been giving their customers golden showers for years so I suppose it's only fair.

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A modest proposal: Australian ISPs should JUMP at the chance to store metadata

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re. "... churn to a rival ..."

Does Mars ever occlude Saturn? If it does, it can't happen very often, surely?

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Mars rover 2020: Oxygen generation and 6 more amazing experiments

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re. " ... the horrible Martian atmosphere ..."

I'm waiting for amanfrommars to post a comment about value judgements and earthling cultural imperialism.

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ICANN can't hand over Iran's internet, bomb victims told

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@James12345 Re: War Crimes

One third of a sentence (if that) gets your antennae quivering. You're very sensitive for some reason. How do you know that the AC is British? Even if he/she is, then does this mean that nobody who's armed forces have ever committed war crimes can make any comment about any other country in this way? Can you tell us what your nationality is, so we know when to tell you to shut up about other countries?

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Your name on the coffee 'cup'

You don't have to give your real name. I went through a phase of saying 'Carlos' when asked.

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Boffins spot weirder quantum capers as neutrons take the high road, spin takes the low

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quantum oddness in the world

" ... confronted with a double slit, even a single photon will exhibit wave-like behaviour ..."

It used to be that we were amazed when light, known to be an EM wave propogating through space, behaved as if it were a stream of particles, which we called photons under certain circumstances and observations. Now, .......

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Not cheese

Lemon meringue?

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FREE PARTY for TEN lucky Australian Reg readers

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" No, we won't fly you to Sydney or pay for a hotel."

Well done on anticipating one question that many people would ask.

Will there be pics, a video, live link?

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Microsoft stands on shore as tablet-laden boat sails away

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Re: Microsofts problem is the OS

That was actually funny, in a funny way. You put some effort into it, well done.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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"In the UK, Cortana will have a local accent ..."

So, as I drive from Lands End to John O'Groats, it will use GPS or mobile location services to adjust the accent accordingly? That could be fun/interesting/amusing.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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What Things did they test?

What Thing might I buy for my home that stores my credit card details, date of birth or name and address?

If I have a 'fridge that orders milk', surely it just needs a unique account number that my supermarket's server recognises and links to their stored details about me? etc.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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@dkjd Re: Medical doctor (GP) not a scientist?

I'm sure that most GPs don't have doctorates, i.e. PhDs awarded for original research. They have have medical degrees in a similar way that I have an engineering degree. 'Doctor' is a very old fashioned courtesy title when used to address them.

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Kiwi Rocket Lab to build SUPER-CHEAP sat launchers (anyone know 30 rocket scientists?)

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How many orbiting satellites can be put up there?

Is there any international agreement or control over who can launch and establish a satellite in orbit? Is there a 'slot map' anywhere that can be consulted?

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