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* Posts by frank ly

3333 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

The Old Reader drops Google refugee eviction plan

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Re: Remember if you cannot figure out what product the company provides..

If a 'simple' RSS reader started pushing adverts at me, I'd easily move to one that didn't. My subscriptions to The Independent, The Register, New Scientist, Dilbert, Girl Genius and xkcd won't cause me to become an international terrorist suspect (I'm making an assumtion here, of course) or any kind of 'person of interest'. If I did want to read 'dodgy' websites, I wouldn't do it via an RSS subscription.

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The hammer falls: Feds propose drastic controls on Apple's iTunes Store

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@MyBackDoor Re: He who pays the piper....

It does say an 'external monitor', i.e. not an employee of Apple. As soon as I'd posted my comment, I thought about adding a line that said, "That's what I'd do if I were the DoJ and I'm assuming the DoJ will be sensible and think about this in the same way." Maybe I've overated the DoJ thinking and forward ability?

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Re: He who pays the piper....

The monitor will be employed by the DoJ and Apple will pay the DoJ the costs of the monitor's salary plus any reasonable expenses. Even if Apple convince the DoJ that the monitor is the spawn of Satan and useless at monitoring, that person will still have a job with the DoJ and will be replaced by another DoJ appointed monitor.

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Big blue Avatar movie spawns THREE SEQUELS

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Re: Translation

What in the name of Smaug did they do to you?! Do you have any pics?

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Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Re: I like XP apps, they run under wine just fine.

This old fellow has Linux Mint 13 MATE, personalised to look very similar to WinXP, pop out toolbars (LInux panels) and all (yes, it's a foolish and sentimental thing). MS Office 2000 and a couple of other things run fine under WINE, as you say. The great thing about MInt-MATE is that you can have genuinely separate workspaces, selectable on the system bar.

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Who's who: 12th Doctor has been chosen, will meet you on Sunday night

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Re: Peter Capaldi

How about: "Piss off you overgrown pepperpot. If you mess with me, I'll rip that stupid sink plunger off you and shove it so far up your arse that you really will need a doctor!"

It's about time we had a sweary doctor.

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Apple files patent for iPhone enabled auto-adjustable auto interior

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As I struggle and start to drown ......

.... I shout out and grab at any little piece of floating thing that I think will help to keep me above water. I put some of them in my pocket, saying, "This could help save me later."

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MPs get secret squirrel dossier of 'lawyers, megabiz hiring hackers'

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Breaking news

The head of SOCA resigned today. It was revealed that his wife (a senior former Whitehall official) is the head lawyer at a major global security/investigations company; and that together they had recently set up a private business. None of this had been declared to the 'authorities' who he was supposed to be working for.

I find it amazing that nobody in the police, the security services or the government knew about this .............. Oh, wait a minute ....... we're a third world country aren't we?

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Snowden's XKeyscore revelations challenged

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@mutatedwombat Re: I agree with you, Combat Wombat. Also,

Never mind the family reunion. The rest of us want to know if you have 'special powers'.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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It's a sad world (in parts)

I'm not sure that many of these trolls are particularly driven by mysoginistic motives. If a young black man were to produce a similar fashion blog then I suspect that he'd get lots of racist insults and homophobic slurs from trolls; probably with some overlap from the trolls who posted to the Fat Aus woman.

The fact is that they are mainly sad pillocks who don't have anything approaching a 'life'. That raises the wider question of why they became like that and whether we can be bothered, as a society, to find the answers and correct the situation.

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No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

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re. Redmond mouthpiece ...

Surely, you mean 'Microsoft spokesperson ...'

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May the fourths be with you: Muso John Williams returns to Star Wars

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re. "fourths and all"

Thank you for that link. I regard myself as musically 'dyslexic' but I do enjoy reading about musical theory. Try as I might, I can never 'hear' the music in my head and can't understand most of what I read. That doesn't bother me though; I'm just glad that other people can do it.

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Ha ha, Osborne, these Gov 2.0 web wranglers have wiped out UK debt

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Maybe, but Re: Think this is more cock up rather than conspiracy

Do any senior people actually check the results of their dictats/requests, or get someone who 'has a clue' to do a quick sanity test?

Silly question, I know - I'm on my way out.

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German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

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re Tits-n-Guns

Perhaps - 'Guns and Mammo'.

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Oz defence department: We don't have a ban on Lenovo kit

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A small backwoods company?

"We have not received word of any sort of a restriction of sales so we are not in a position to respond to this question, ..."

Can someone send them a copy of the Australian Financial Review from last weekend?

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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It makes you wonder

" Emails that regularly hit your correspondent's mailbox often start out abusive, before softening into an apology at the end. "

You have to wonder if they are aware that an e-mail can be fully edited at any time before it is sent.

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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It gets better/worse

"... Davey denied the Facebook account was his, or that he even had a Facebook account,..."

" ...Davey eventually apologised for the comment ..."

Perjury as well. Another serious criminal offence.

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Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

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Ah, ....ACPO

As I understand it, ACPO are a private company set up by senior police officers to enable them to make lots of money from their experience and wide ranging contacts in government and the police. I don't mind them being paid to give their expert opinion and advice or to carry out expert audits etc. I'd do that if I had the relevant experience.

However, I wonder how it is that a private company, with no statutory authority, can take a copy of highly confidential and sensitive information and then sell it to another 'company' which has no statutory authority.

Who else are they selling this information to? Could it be those banks and financial institutions, involved in illegal information gathering, that SOCA have known about but refuse to identify. (SOCA, another group of senior and experienced police officers.) It all looks very cosy doesn't it?

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Selfridges dreaming of a snot-themed Christmas

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It's not Batman, it's Catman

The shape and position of the ears often confuses people.

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Sony and Panasonic plan 300GB Blu-Ray replacement for 2015

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" ... 300GB-worth of CGI wizardry ..."

I'd prefer about 4GB (or less) of interesting story, believable plot development and good acting. There are other things/skills they could try to deliver but they need to get the basics right first.

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Microsoft to Google: Please remove us from internet

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I would have taken the pages down ...

... and sent a written apology. Then, sit back and wait :)

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Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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" ... a machete and a hatchet ..."

He should have used wirecutters, obviously. He must have been far gone to make that mistake.

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The Old Reader evicts Google Reader refugees

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Re: home brew

How many more users could your server accept? Have you thought about embedding adverts? Oh, the possibilities.

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Hey, Silicon Valley milky drink fans: Starbucks intros wireless charging

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Time to charge?

Does anyone know the charging rate of these wireless chargers, compared to the 'traditional' micro-usb on the end of a cable method? My main use of charging is to plug it it when the battery gets down to about 75% and leave it connected until I need to walk around with it. If I want to make some phone calls, I can still use the phone when it's charging, as long as I stay sitting down.

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Samsung wins not-so-final 'final' pinch-to-zoom patent decision

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"... with each side alternating its time on top with each ruling."

That's exactly what you'd expect with bounce-back decisions.

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'World's BIGGEST online fraud': Suspect's phone had 'location' switched on

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Re: SQL injection

I wonder how much it would have cost those 'organisations' to properly sanitise/parameterise (whatever) their websites against the SQL injection attack techniques. Can anybody who really has a clue let us know?

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Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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re. ads

If I want to see ads for alcohol, I just walk down three particular aisles of my local supermarket. It's all there in glorious HD 3-D technicolour, something to suit every taste and preference, and you can touch the products and feel the weight and stroke them if you want to.

I still haven't found the aisles for overtly sexual services. I'll keep looking.

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Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

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In my small part of the world .......

.....it's the kids who shock and offend me with their swearing. Can they be fitted with filters?

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Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

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@Rampant Spaniel Re: Couldn't have said it better.

He seems to be acting as a divider in this case. He's probably multi-functional.

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British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Re: @Trevor_Pott

Come on jake, even a grumpy old cynical git like me can see that Trevor was making a jokey comment with very pertinent undertones and relevance to the article. He gets an upvote from me. You get a request to be my mentor, so I can progress to the next level.

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BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: Stupid title, helping propagate clueless nonsense.

Here in the UK, the word 'Engineer' is used as a rough job description for anything that involves touching/fixing/operating technical stuff. In the US, Canada and Germany, the word Engineer is a legally recognised qualification and profession involving membership of a professional body.

In the UK, the closest we come to that is membership of recognised chartered institutions, and that's got nothing to do with the exact letters of your degree, or lack of one.

Frank Ly BSc CEng MIEE (yes, I know they've changed the name)

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New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

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" .. users always click "yes" when asked a question .."

Not me. I've considered several apps that asked for ridiculously uneccessary permissions, then clicked the Cancel/No button. e.g an on-sceeen clock display that wants to access contacts list, send SMS and access the internet.

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Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

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Re: Air conditioning?

Very few domestic properties in the UK have air conditioning. The number of days in the year it would be regarded as 'must have', would usually be very low. Supermarkets, offices and cinemas often have air conditioning.

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'Wandering Dago' tuck truck ejected from NY race track

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"..who would self-reference themselves in a deragotory manner?"

Ask the members of NWA. :)

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Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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If it's part of your job, to look at the sky .....

... dont you develop an interest in basic astronomy, just for something to think about?

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Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

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Re: Random standard??

Maybe someone dictated it over a bad phone line and they actually said 'branded'? (I'm munching on straws here.)

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Hankering for a Nobel Prize? EAT MORE CHOCOLATE

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"Nobelists could understate chocolate consumption to amplify the appearance that native prowess led to their Prize ..."

I'm sure that a Nobel prize winner would never falsify data for their own benefit.

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Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

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Re: Legal Question

Given that one of the functions of a 'Solicitor' is to act as a pimp for a barrister, your confusion is understandable.

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Comet ISON seen eructating 300,000km-long methane and CO2 BELCH

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re. belching

If it's methane then it's probably farting.

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What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

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I think he means the underground ducts and tunnels that carry the comms fibres and cables.

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Australia to world: Ploughman, dig our rare earths

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Their plan was obvious, with hindsight

Those clever Chinese, concerned about projected long term shortages and high prices of rare earths; decided on a cunning plan to mainipulate the rest of the world into improving the supply of rare earths. The Chinese were willing to suffer short term pain in exchange for the long term gain of everyone. Altruism at its finest.

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Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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"... the default settings are very dim"

Did you try turning it up and up again?

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ISPs: Relax. Blocking smut online WON'T really work

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A question for Claire Perry

If you see a house on fire, then shout, "Hey, look, that house is on fire!", have you committed arson?

Do you think she'd even understand the question?

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UK pots 'n' pans outfit Lakeland scalded by hack attack

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No worries?

Since I never tick the box that says 'Save your card detail for future convenience' , then I don't have to worry about that sort of problem. Do I? Even if I did, they wouldn't store the 3-digit CC security code. Would they?

I use Paypal wherever possible for this reason. I don't totally trust Paypal but I think it reduces my exposure.

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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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@AC Re: Haven't you watched

But that's only for one night of the year, so the daily average is not bad. Or did you mean 'Midsomer Murders'?

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China tops global telco service study

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Re: Study doesn't take into account that people in different places are different

Anybody who wants to take my details before 'allowing' me to browse products gets told 'no'. I'm tempted to carry a rolled up newspaper to whack those young puppies that jump on you as soon as you walk through the door in some shops.

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Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

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a millionth of a billionth of a second

I think of it as a micro.nanosecond. (Or a deci.centi.milli.micro.millisecond; multipliers I'm comfortable with.)

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Give them a cold trouser blast and data centre bosses WILL dial up the juice

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Re: Couldn't all this waste heat

That wouldn't be cost efficient or practical for anything but a very large computer centre located next to a power station. It would also required long term 'joined up thinking' from large and separate groups of people. So, sadly, no.

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SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

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Re: Network Storage Addition

I heard that Sir Kenneth Yellowhammer is suing them.

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Re: Not welcomed by me

Yes. If I can access the internet, I can access my domestic NAS box. The 1Mb/s maximum rate out of the house (in my case) may be a problem, but that is a different issue altogether.

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