* Posts by frank ly

3691 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Jacking up firearms fees will cost SMEs £3.5 MILLION. Thanks, Plod

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Re: No sympathy

It's at least 30 years since I called upon the 'services' of the police, unlike some people I read about or even some I know who've had cars vandalised or stolen or had their homes or businesses burgled. Yet, I still have to pay my general taxation and a distinctly annonated amount for police services in my councuil tax every year.

I'm far less of a drain on the police budget that these people, so why can't I get a rebate?

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Japan pauses asteroid BOMBING raid – still no word from Bruce Willis?

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JAXA

I immediately thought of war rocket Ajax. Can the asteroid be named Flash Gordon?

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Colourblind

It's the colour of an unripe banana that's been stored badly in a supermarket warehouse.

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UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC

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Imagine ....

.... being there when they boot it up and hearing it play its startup tune for the first time in decades. Awesome!

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Re: Que?

It looks like they need a syntax highlighting editor. ('mount', it's what jockeys do.)

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A DRONE OF THEIR OWN: GoPro tabbed for cameracopter launch

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Re: Badge engineering?

You mean 'paywall', unless you really were making hacking attempts on the WSJ firewall.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Seems familiar

" ... this won't be a quantum laptop but a scalable machine which will open a "pathway to quantum computers big enough to tackle any problem"."

After a short time, it will say, "The answer is forty two. I'll help you design the next one."

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As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

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" ...the kind of firm that couldn't have existed in the 1930s."

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a packet steamer full of ribbon bound handwritten folio sheets.

Data latency would be a problem but that encourages a slower and more pleasant pace of life.

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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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re. Footnote 1

Why didn't you patent it or 'register' it? (Ask Apple for advice .... oh....)

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UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

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Yes, this takes me back to the 70s when I was a student apprentice on a thin sandwich course. The entire system requires companies to have faith in their future, a 'vision' of long term stability in their operations and willingness to invest time and money in their staff.........

I remember a manager telling me that he wasn't happy that I and my fellow apprentices were given 'time off with pay' to attend a degree course, because we'd just leave for a better job when we'd finished. I said that we might do but the company could also recruit new staff who'd themselves had a degree education as well as experience in appropriate areas by similar methods, so everyone would benefit. He went quiet and scratched his head over that one.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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"The quiz in question is ..."

questionable and quizzical?

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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I think that the Met gave a copy of what they had (been given) to Vodafone so that Vodafone themselves could figure out what they had done. The impression is that Vodafone just dug out a big lump of data without paying much attention to it.

However, the data was all about many journalists and staff at a particular news company. If the Met had asked for mobile phone data on one particular person who happened to work at a bank, would you expect the mobile phone company to give data about all employees of that bank? It may be that Vodafone had a contract to supply mobile services to the newspaper and made a mistake. It may be that the Met specifically asked about the newspaper and identified the original 'lone' journalist as a journalist working for that newspaper .... etc. I suspect we will never know, unless the Met tell the truth.

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Dawn raids on Orange over TROMBONING allegations were fine, rules EU court

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The first result on Google Images is instructive

What is 'safe search' anyway?

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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"beware: fibre optic cables"

Is that because the broken ends can stab into you then snap off and cause all sorts of problems?

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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Re: Data retention

Maybe they could rewrite it, slowly, with an average two year rewrite cycle? I don't think anyone would use this for long term archiving if no frequent access is needed. They could rewrite the entire drive, as a low priority task every two years ....etc.

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Don't apologise to us, apologise to Académie française.

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Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first

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" ... and increase goodput."

Isn't 'goodput' what you get when you've increased throughput?

"... an increased delay.", "... a moderate packet payload size ..."

I can't imagine that my fridge or central heating controller would be bothered or affected by an inreased delay or have anything more than a small packet payload size. Is this about the IoT things or the neighbourhood network data gathering process?

Alternatively, I can imagine the problems involved in controlling individual IoT enabled lightbulbs and kettles in a large office building; if you want to go down that route.

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No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

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The best way to test broadband speed ....

.... is to download a large and popular torrent, but not for a long time of course, just to test it you understand.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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The mainstream press get their information from 'trusted sources', i.e. sources who they often have lunch and drinks with. The NSA and GCHQ are probably running a serious lunch and drinks operation on this one.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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You make a good point actually. My first experience of Linux (Mint 13) was basically a good one but had at least a month of swearing, mostly because I was in a 'Windows' mindset after many years of using Windows. I've found that a quick Google search will point you to a variety of forums on which absolutely every aspect of Linux operation is discussed with forums specialising in particular distributions.

After a short time and a bit of refining searches, I found drivers and setup instructions for my old Dell network printer, my old Epson scanner and lots of well written advice on how to do many things. I've even set up a RAID-0 array, using mdadm, on my desktop PC after following the instructions and advice on the more technical forums.

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Re: XFCE

The even more basic LXDE is great on my ten year old Acer Travelmate and my EEE netbook. All I want to do is run applications; eye candy holds no interest for me.

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"... a 'naive' user ..."

Did you offer to sell them an installation DVD for £20?

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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Re: Safe replys

Do you want to see pictures of my wife riding the pink pony? [We used an approved vegetable based dye, of course.]

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: Blind leading the blind

By strange coincidence, The Independent has just published an article about how Theresa May only sleeps for 5-6 hours a night. She seems to be positioning herself as Thatcher's heiress, projecting a strong-woman image. I assume that her PR team advised against being pictured with a hunting rifle while bare chested on horseback, since two of those activities would be illegal in this country.

I'm wondering what the effects of long term sleep deprivation are on someone's physcial and mental health.

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Re: Static addresses

I'm with Virgin Media in the UK and my IP address is 'static' in that it always stays the same. (Until they have a network 'upgrade', then my modem locks up and I have to phone them and they 'reboot' it and I get a new IP address). The longest time I went with the same IP address was five years. Also, if I check with whatsmyip.com and similar services, they tell me that the host name is cpc3-(redacted)-2-0-cust(redacted).cable.virginm.net, which suggests to me that I can easily be traced by anyone who contacts VM and asks them nicely where I live.

Because of this, I have no problem directing my No-IP services to my home, until the next VM network 'upgrade' when I need to update the IP pointers.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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No problem

I'm sure we can all remember what number to call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWc3WY3fuZU

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Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

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Re: It's not like many people complain about the Windows kernel

re. flat bed scanner: I was annoyed when I found that Windows 7 wouldn't talk to my Epson Perfection 1650 scanner. I had to keep my old XP laptop going to use it. However, the drivers are available for Linux and that was only one of the many reasons I swtiched to Linux about 18 months ago.

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It's 2014 and people are willing to blow $6.8m on things like Z.com

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@Andy Prough Re: All this really shows is...

zz.com - a double blade cutting edge website! What could be better than that?

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Windows Phone will snatch biz No 2 spot from Android – analyst

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Re: Windows 10

About 15 minutes ago, I was looking for a Windows desktop background, (don't ask me why). This made me smile:

http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2014/10/21/microsoft-windows-10-everything-is-fixed/

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Hunt for Higgs Boson and dark matter now starts ON YOUR SOFA

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If CERN are interested, ....

... there is some strange matter under the cushions on my sofa.

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Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER

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A simpler solution?

I'd have thought that journalists/activists would want to use mostly a browser, email client and document writing software - not a big load. Why not spin up a virtual machine copied from a 'gold image' and do all your work in that, then delete it? Using external USB storage for the data obviously.

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Gartner mages: And the Enterprise Archiving Magic Quadrant top spot goes to...

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No 'Also Ran' or 'Losers' box?

I wonder why not?

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Opportunity knocks.

Do you spend too much time at work checking that your dog isn't peeing on the sofa? Are you worried that your babysitter might be getting stoned/jiggy with her boyfriend? Do you suspect that your neighbour has been letting your car tyres down a little bit every evening? Can't you sleep at night for fear that your corner shop is being ransacked?

Then worry no more! For only £10 a month, our trained operatives across seven different time zones will watch your webcams for you and send tailored 'scenario alerts' (see previous paragraph) according to your requirements.

In this modern interconnected world, someone is watching you all the time but it makes sense to have it done properly, by professionals who are working for you.

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CERN's 2014 Xmas gift from the Large Hadron Collider: Two new baryons

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What do they do?

Are these some kind of intermediary in subatomic interactions, thus explaining any of various forces and fields? Are they just something that can exist, for a short time, if you smash protons together hard and fast enough? Do they actually exist all the time and the LHC 'saw' them in the same way that it saw the Higgs boson, by kicking them out of their subatomic quantum bed with an almighty burst of energy?

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Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads

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As a long term Android user ....

... I'm glad they chose iPads. If they had access to the Google Play store, they'd binge on free apps like the attractive analogue clock that wants access to your contacts list and the ability to send SMS messages - etc. You just know their Android device would be pwned within a day.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Solve this the same way companies do

A nice idea but Apple, etc. probably have T&Cs which block that, or soon will do. As has been suggested, just pass on the account details in your will, or even before you die if you want to make sure your favourite heir gets access to your digital remains.

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Reality and Reason?

" ...a wholly Irish company (Microsoft Ireland Operations Ltd) must hand over data to the US Government simply because it has a shareholder (Microsoft Corp) based in the USA."

Does anyone believe that Microsoft Corp is 'merely' a shareholder? Did they look at Microsoft Ireland Operations one day and say, "Hey, that small startup company in Ireland would be a good investment. Let's buy a big chunk of shares in it, maybe enough to get a seat on the board." ?

If I set up an email service and put my servers in Cambodia (as an example), housed and cared for by FrankLy Cambodian Operations, am I immune to UK court action to get access to data on those servers?

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The Big Data wrangling CIO you've probably never heard of: But his kit probably knows YOU

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Remember kids, ....

... always use a disposable email address and never give them your mobile phone number.

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GiffGaff spanked for clumsy attempt at mum-and-dad-humping humour

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"... the blank screen section."

I first read that as "... the blank screen erection." then tried to visualise it. A wasted two seconds.

Note: They were not "having sex". It was assisted personal grooming. It makes you wonder about the people at the ASA.

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VMware testing servers-by-the-minute cloud

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Nelson laugh .....

Some ournalists have a living nightmare. It's too funny to fix, so please don't.

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Apple slapped in YET ANOTHER patent battle

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Can anyone explain .....

... what it is about the US District Court of Eastern Texas that makes them a favourite jurisdiction for these types of cases? Is it local laws, local culture, local cuisine, .....?

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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This could be embarrassing

"But our long-standing goal has been to let people search through every Tweet ever published."

Did the tweety people know that?

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Has your STARFISH been DRIBBLING awful SLIME? Scientists now know WHY

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Re: "A method implies an actor"

It sounds like a job for a blind watchmaker or some kind of intelligent designer.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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re. Linux Google Drive client

I use Insync with my two Google accounts. It costs $10 per account for a perpetual license on as many machines as you like. It works nicely and you can have selective syncing of folders. I also have my 5GB Dropbox folder tucked inside one of my Google Drive synced folders, hence giving dual redundancy for cloud storage of 'important' documents (note: only do this on your 'main' computer because I think there's a possibility of sync oscillation. On your other machines, have Dropbox in an isolated folder.)

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Sealed with a kiss: Er, 80 MILLION BACTERIA

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So, ...

... when my neighbour finds me kissing his wife, I can 'explain' that I was helping her to build up her immune system?

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Big shadowy orgs should stop scooping up everyone's personal info – say Google, Facebook

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Re: You want the truth, you can't handle the truth...

Google Analytics and Tag Services: The Request Policy and NoScript plugins block these for me and the blocking has no effect on my 'enjoyment' of the various websites I visit. I've always wondered what they do.

El Reg is quite sparse when it comes to pulling in extenal websites and javascript compared to some mainstream websites thay I visit. I've seen up to fifteen extenal websites being blocked by Request Policy, with associated javascript, and then the external sources try to pull in other sources and javascript, if you allow them. All I want to do is read the text and see the pictures of news articles. It's a jungle out there.

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The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose

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Re: I no what it is

You're giving examples of spelling mistakes, not grammatical errors.

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It's space WAR: Comet launches fireballs at space-invading EARTH

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Information please

Does the cometary debris stream get noticably replenished every 33 years, leading to spectacular displays? If so, when is the next replenishment due?

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State Dept shuts off unclassified email after hack. Classified mail? That's CLASSIFIED

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Re: There are constant attacks

I think we can agree that wasn't a spelling mistake, even if it was fat fingers.

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You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: iColytes ???

Yes, people who suffer from colitis due to bonking before eating fast food.

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