* Posts by frank ly

4255 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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"... Ashley van Haeften also refused to resign ..."

It's not a good idea to appoint someone without a process being in place to 'disappoint' them.

"... and the charity told us that it isn’t responsible for the actions of its employees."

I thought every organisation was responsible for the actions of its employees, if they were engaged in the activity for which they are employed. Editing Wikipedia articles and using Wikipedia tools sounds like he was working. Wikipedia should have adequate procedures in place to enable anyone affected by a 'rogue' employee to have malicious articles and actions investigated and withdrawn.

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Forget lasers: how about sharks with frikkin' VOLCANOES?

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White fibres stuck to its skin?

Cat hairs?

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Pirate Bay founders 'cleared of copyright crimes' in Belgium

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I'm laughing; maybe I shouldn't be.

"He now lives with his family in a several hundred square meter villa ..."

I bet they give him free food, clothing and use of a very nice car; as an act of charity.

"I have it good," he told the paper.

He certainly does.

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Five lightweight Linux desktop worlds for extreme open-sourcers

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@goldcd Re: I'm with you

"... exactly what demographic are we targeting who has 2 gigs of RAM, and wishes to deal with Linux?"

My 10 year old Acer Travelmate 8000 has a 1.8GHz Pentium-M with 1.5 GB of RAM. I've had it running Mint-13 with the LXDE desktop for just over two years and it's just fine. (Currently using 427MB of RAM and over half of that is Firefox with a shedload of plug-ins.) It's what I use the most for websurfing and "wordprocessing" because it has a 15" 4:3 matte screen. It does run MATE quite well but is a bit sluggish doing that and LXDE is more than good enough for what I want to do.

There are lots of people out there who have an old laptop who might want to know that. I wish I'd known that four years ago when I bought a new 16:9 glossy screen laptop with 4GB of RAM, and quad core i5 running Win7. I don't use it much nowadays because I' ve put Mint-13+MATE on my old desktop (with two 17" 4:3 matte monitors).

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Apple to end telco iPhone sales monopoly in Britland

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"... the Dickensian Cookian empire."

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

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IBM GATE-CRASHES chip world, boldly exclaims: 'We've cracked the 7nm barrier'

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"-take that, Moore's Law"

As in, take that and run with it, Moore's Law.

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Crap crypto crackdown coming as FBI boss testifies to US Congress

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Anybody believe him?

"He recounted that the FBI had encountered situations where they were thwarted by encryption, but couldn’t provide details on either the numbers of such cases ..."

If it's important, why aren't they keeping track/count of them; especially with the Senate committee hearings appearances?

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'Real' vampires reluctant to 'come out of the coffin' to social workers – barmy prof

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"... one sanguine I know ..."

Interesting choice of word.

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Look! Up in the sky! Five Brit satellites on one Indian rocket!

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Re: The natural result of abandoning a space program

Is there anybody we can outsource our government to?

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Florida cops cuff open-carry, balls-out pirate packing 'operational' flintlocks

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Much fuss over nothing?

I've seen an old (genuine) flintlock fired without a ball. The wadding goes about fifteen feet, the smoke a bit less so. Unless witnesses saw him load a ball before firing then it's his word against the police? It looks like they can have him on open carry violation though.

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Boffins demo 'memcomputer', plot von Neumann's retirement

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Given the example shown:

"varying the amount of charge moving through the transistor can be used to change the resistance property, which remains stored even when the memcomputer is powered off."

Ah, it's a programmable analogue computer with simple built-in parameter memory. It can do a Fourier transform in real time but it couldn't run a simple spreadsheet with a pie chart. (Choose your own examples).

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ONE MILLION new lines of code hit Linux Kernel

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Yes but

All those lines of source code don't end up as object code in a final installation unless they're needed to run devices and filesystems on the target, surely? For a typical domestic or 'professional' installation, I'm wondering what percentage of the full source code actually ends up being installed. I'd also assume that people who 'roll their own' can make a very small final installation.

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Biologists gasp at lemur's improbably colossal bollocks

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"stool"? More like bean bags. Nature invents everything before we do.

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Vectone Mobile gone for the week, don't know when it'll be back

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"The Register did not receive an answer when it rang the company,..."

Well, ......

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Mastercard facial recog-ware will unlock your money using SELFIES

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Heartbeat recognition??

Very exciting!

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YouTube is responsible for user content, says German court #1

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Maybe they want their music videos to stay on YouTube so they can claim the compensation (which has just been shot down).

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Oil & gas? Pah. We’ve got a MASSIVE 3D printer, beams Dubai

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You Tube: printed buildings

Lots of people are doing it, it seems.

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Linux Mint 17.2: If only all penguinista desktops were done this way

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@James Loughner Re: Lack of upgrades is a killer for me

"And it only costs 30 or so gig for the second partition."

My root partition is 12GB and has 4GB free. This is pure system; I have separate partitions for home and personal data. I'm wondering why you need a 30GB partition for what you seem to describe as a system root partition. Just idle curiosity .....

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Re: Enough of Redmond, I want to make the switch, but all the flavors & choices leaves me lost...

If you really want to make the switch, as opposed to just having a play with Linux to see what it looks/feels like, I'd suggest that you buy a new (or second hand) SSD of 32GB (or more) and use that for a standalone installation. That way, you can play and explore to your heart's content and try what you like without risk of borking a dual boot setup.

I'd 'caution' you that Linux (of whatever flavour) is very, very, very flexible and modular and so it offers you so many possibilities that you'll be tempted to experiment and thus make many mistakes. That's fine because you'll learn a lot and you can always restore from previously made system backups. (No licensing or internet activation hassles, etc).

Linux Mint is a very good starting point because it's been developed with ease of use in mind and the Mint forums are well populated with useful discussion topics. Since it's based on Ubuntu, the Ubuntu forums are also a very useful source of help and information. If you have a problem, someone else will have had it and the answers (or suggestions) will be out there.

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Sprint: Our 'unlimited' mobe plan has one tiny limit: High-quality video

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What about torrent downloads?

Just download and then watch at your leisure.

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Yikes! Facebook will run on TELEPATHY, thinks Zuck, in Q&A

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We're all algorithms

"I'm also curious about whether there is a fundamental mathematical law underlying human social relationships that governs the balance of who and what we all care about," he said. "I bet there is."

"And I bet I can monetise it."

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Get READY: Scientists set to make TIME STAND STILL tonight

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Re: A completely preventable situation.

I'd suggest that a fundemental unit of time could be the 'regond', defined as the time taken for a sheep travelling at its maximum speed in a vacuum to travel a length of one linguine. (Or maybe a sensible multiple of linguine to give a practically useful unit.)

The advantage of this definition is that if any kind of 'leap second' type of correction is needed, you can do that by interfering with the sheep (as agreed, supervised and witnessed by an international commitee of time boffins).

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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Access Permissions

Some years ago, I was involved in the testing side of a large and classified communications ground station project. We had a meeting about the formalisation of the design 'database' that was being finally populated. It seemed obvious to me (and all other engineers) that the modems team should have full permisions for the modem design documents and read access for everything else. The test team should have full permissions for tests specification documents, etc, etc, etc.

When management got involved (having shown no interest up to that point), they started to draw a matrix with system functions down the left vertical and functional teams along the top. Then, they went into long discussions about what sort of permissions should be at each intersection. Should the modems team have the ability to read the r.f. comms documents? Should the test team have the ability to read the modem specifications (yes, they actually discussed that!).

What happened after the first ten minutes is lost to me because my mind closed down in self defence.

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Humongous headsets and virtual insanity

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Neck Fatigue?

I'm wondering if there are physical problems due to having the weight of it hanging in front of your eyes for a long time. Has anybody worn one for a long time and noticed any problems and how much do they weigh?

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Apple wants to patent iBeacon stalking

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"... so you find that friend, partner, ..."

If you're as old-fashioned as I am, you'd phone them and ask, "Where are you?".

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Kamikaze Rosetta probe to ram comet it's chased for billions of miles

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Rosetta is cool?

"Had the lander touched down where it was supposed to, it would have been cooked by now by the Sun ..."

Why isn't Roesetta being cooked right now and how will it stay cool enough during the closest approach to the Sun?

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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"... Chromium, the open source sister of Chrome ..."

I assume they're not identical twin sisters. Can anyone give a simple explanation of their differences?

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Redmond: IE Win 8.1 defence destroying hack ain't worth patch, natch

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No conditions on the bounty payment?

If Microsoft paid $125,000 as a bounty on finding the bug, I'm surprised they didn't have non-disclosure conditions on that payment. Maybe there's an industry-wide timeout that's generally recognised - does anybody know?

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Incoming! Linux 4.1 kernel lands

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@thames Re: WTF...

"If you have a phone, then the phone vendor already knows what hardware you have and just gives you the drivers you need for it."

I assume you mean, "If you have a phone, then the phone vendor knows how it works and has already written a driver and donated it to the Linux OS, which then makes the driver available for your installation to use."

Your original statement is a bit worrying (maybe it's just me).

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Pluto plastered in what looks like 1970s orange wallpaper – proof

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Re: Enhance!

Maybe if they gave the job to the CSI lab people?

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Microsoft U-turns on 'free' Windows 10 upgrade promise for ALL previewers

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Re: MSA?

I signed up (early this year) with my old Hotmail (now Outlook) e-mail address and got an early technical preview. You had to 'sign up' in some way to get access to the preview download and you had to logon using that id. After that I lost interest in it.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: He's got a point.

Your accountant, or their director (has to be a Chartered Accountant) can write to the lending organisation to give 'formal' confirmation of your earnings. This worked fine for me after only a year of being a contractor - your experience may vary.

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Say 'cheese'! Cassini probe ZOOMS IN on Saturn's craggy Dione moon

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FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples

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@tfewster & AC Re: Maybe ....

The zest of orange peel is flammable. You two could get together and work on something involving a lighter.

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Maybe ....

.... they smoke in their cars and thus need the little tree freshener?

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Stealing secret crypto-keys from PCs using leaked radio emissions

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Versa Vice

“Any device close to a computer can pick up RF signals – put your phone close to the car radio and listen to it chatting,”

Does the phone pick up RF signals from the digital circuitry in the car radio, or does the car radio pick up RF signals from the digital circuitry in the phone?

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Re: A quick summary of every post that will follow this story

I would have been impressed if yours was the first post.

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Take that NATS! Jocko IT is also totally rubbish. BOOM!

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To be expected - keep watching though

Given that, until recently, the Scottish IT effort was essentially part of the overall UK government IT effort (in broad terms), it's not surprising they're as bad in various measures. What will be interesting is to see how Sotland's performance in this area varies from the historical norm as the years go by and compare that with Westminster led improvements (if any). Then we can analyse and identify 'best practice' examples. ('Best' is a relative term.)

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

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As I understand it (euro legal eagles, please correct if needed), if you enter into a contract of employment or a fixed term contract to do a particular thing, then the copyright in whatever you 'create' belongs to your employer/client (depending on the exact wording of the contract of course).

This can be complicated by considerations of what is and what is not regarded as 'original creative work', but that's a separate argument.

If an author or artist works alone, on their own time, then whatever they produce is their intellectual property and they have copyright in it. They can licence the right to copy or use their work in various ways, subject to whatever agreed conditions, timescales and payment mechanisms, but they can't sign away their copyright. This was probably done to prevent rapacious corporations from screwing poor and desperate artists out of potential lifetime earnings. As if that would ever happen.

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Vicious vandals violate voluminous Versailles vagina

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Even if the sculpture isn't. (I'm going by hazy memory here.)

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Re: Offensive "art" deserves an offensive response.

I wouldn't live with Nelson's column or the statue if Liberty in my backyard, nor would many people. Are they not suitable for display in a public place?

Anyway, I thought it was a techno-cubist interpretation of a lily.

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Arkansas Kum & Go onanist did just that

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When the police find him ....

.... he'll have SCID marks in his underwear.

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Heinz cockup sees Ketchup's QR codes spurt saucy sites

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"... and offered Korrell a new bottle of sauce."

Would this be a bottle that doesn't have a porn-pointing QR code on the label?

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Verizon promised to wire up NYC with fiber... and failed miserably – audit

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Third World City?

The agreement was made in 2008, for completion by July 2014. It's taken them a year to figure out that it hasn't happened. Does anyone at the NYC authority or anyone at Verizon know how to run, manage, monitor and report on a major project?

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Sprint: Net neutrality means we can't stamp out download hogs

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Pure BS

Net Neutrality has nothing to do with data caps and throttling the speed for the heaviest users. Provided that the contract T&Cs clearly specify the conditions under which throttling will be applied, and those conditions are content-neutral and purely related to data quantity downloaded or uploaded by a customer, then they can throttle away - according to the published contractual T&Cs.

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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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@diodesign Re: frank ly

You've obviously put a lot more thought into it that I did. Well done; it is a serious business.

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Re: Kudos

"even though the contract terms are something quite atrocious" would match the rhythm of the original song. They should have tried singing it after they'd written it.

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United Nations sends peacekeeping forces to Internet of Things war

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Off topic but on picture

Can anybody tell me why there is sideways venting of the 'exhaust' at the end of that 'gun' (please forgive any misuse of terminology). I'd have thought that it would waste energy and give large stresses at the end of the barrel.

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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Re: Well, it did work for Uber..

You'd risk death by snu-snu?

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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I'll stick with my MATE

Just over two years ago, I installed Linux Mint 13 MATE and was pleased to note that it had dual monitor support. My memory on that subject is hazy but I think I had to install the Nvidia Linux drivers for that. When I tried a fresh install of Mint 17.1 recently (just to have a look at it), the dual monitor support was there as standard - yay!

MATE also had (and has) adjustable/variable fully customisable pop-out panels and applets with customisable pop-out drawers that can have their own population of customisable applets. It was like Windows XP with extra nested goodness and all the cosmetic trimmings that you could be bothered to faff about with. You can copy the settings to another installation if you know (or can figure out) which configuration folders all this is stored in.

If Cinnamon has become that good, I might have a look at it since there are often rumours of MATE development coming to an end. All I wanted was a replacement for Windows 7 with a desktop UI 'paradigm' that seemed to make sense - now I have it.

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