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* Posts by frank ly

3383 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

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re. switching off the cable modem

If you switch off your cable modem for a long time, you risk having a new IP address when you switch it on again. I use my consistent IP address for convenient access to my little home FTP server. It's very useful for saving those 'irreplaceable' holiday photographs, etc.

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Google testing 'Helpouts' video support service

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I know how to make the perfect bacon sandwich ....

... if anyone is interested.

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Workers at world's largest – and most remote – telescope go on strike

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@AC 03:22

"Should have found .."

Shirley, you meant to type 'should of ..'

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'Congressional watchdog' reports patent trolling rising fast

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Re: why is this unexpected ?

I think shelf-stacker or floor sweeper for a six month trial period, at first, so that your basically good idea doesn't ruin any corner stores or small engineering companies.

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Battery-free e-ink screen grabs screenshots from smartphones

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Re: Secondary Smartphone Screen

I do use my Android for a shopping list (among other uses) by using a note-widget on the lock screen. This would save me the trouble of having to turn it on then off again every time my short term memory failed me (often). You could also use it for a map (if high enough resolution) for quick reference during a car journey.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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How about strapping a micro-SD card to a homing pigeon's leg?

It sounds like a fun thing to do, regardless of effiency or reliability.

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

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Re: CCTV warning notices

A family friend had small CCTV cameras monitoring his large gardens and home. He tells me that the police advised him to angle the cameras so that they did not show anything happening on the public road or on the neighbour's property. As far as I know, he hasn't placed any notices. I assume that you don't need notices on private property? What about at the front door, where unknown callers can be reasonably expected to be (postman, meter readers, insurance salesmen, etc)?

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It would be cheaper .....

..... to sell your old iThing and buy a second-hand Android device. This company needs to develop the application for Android to give a much bigger potential market.

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India's subidised student tablet lands in US schools

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Re: Just like OLPC

..... and access to a good library and GOOD TEACHERS.

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Microsoft fights Google for kids' attention with ad-free Bing for Schools

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'A typical lesson plan for maths students...'

If a supplier of tablet computers builds a few more devices than it can sell, and doesn't sell as many as it wants to, after spending more on the advertising budget than it recieves in revenues; then by how much can it discout the initial retail price before the situation becomes totally embarassing?

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Re: The Guardian had a chance to ....

"Stating he was refused a lawyer, he wasn't, he refused the lawyer."

According to an article in The Independent today, his solicitor says that he went to see him and was prevented from going to the room where he was being held, until the final hour of his captivity. So, two versions here - your version and the version of the solicitor who actually went to see him. Who do you think I believe? The article also says that it was never explained to him who was actually interrogating him and that he wasn't allowed to take any notes during his interrogation.

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3D printers stroke LOHAN's shapely midriff

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re. .. 'hewn'

It's not being hewn, it's being precision laser sintered - 'plintered'.

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CLIMATE CHANGE made sea levels FALL in 2010 and 2011

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Will that water stay in Australia?

I assume much of that rain soaked into the ground or topped up lakes and reservoirs, if it is still resulting in a reduction in sea-level. Will it stay in the ground and maybe benefit farming or will it evaporate eventually?

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iWatch rumours grow as Apple hires Nike fitness guru Jay Blahnik

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An obvious choice

"... a coiffured head of blonde hair, a glowing complexion .."

He's their golden boy; or possibly champagne.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

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@Steve Davies 3 Re: More lipstick on a pig. 6310i battery

You can get them for less than £4 on e-bay. I got the high capacity ones about 4 years ago, still going strong.

Nokia 6310i - great phone. I have a Nexus 4 running Android 4.3 - great phone.

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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Re: Ah, good old NT

So, there is a good use for 'hidden' files.

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

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Re: Shame, but inevitable

If you want funky looking patterns, do a Google Image search for "QR code art". I'm amazed and pleased that they seem to work fine.

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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

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Just wondering....

"... users could drop into an ordinary service station for a top-up. "

Would it be legal to do that in NZ? Or other places?

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Google proposes eye-tracking ad-tracking

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Re: Eye predict

If Google were willing to reward me in some way, I'd be happy to spend my free time gazing at lingerie adverts. In fact, if they outlined the ads with a distinctive marker of some kind, I'd be happy to gaze at any advert. Can I patent that idea?

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Google Glass is HIGH FASHION in September Vogue magazine

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I always thought that Google Glass ....

would be in vogue one day.

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So fondleable Windows 8 didn't work out so well: Why not try it IN 3D?

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@Kubla Cant re.

I assume it monitors keypresses, since that's what happens when you type.

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Microsoft DMCA takedown requests targeting OpenOffice

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Could it be ....

.... that Microsoft see Open Office as a competitor to one of their own products and are trying to stifle it? One interesting aspect of this is that Open Office is free, so there is no company has its sales and therefore its profits affected - so no damages can be claimed.

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Data protection bods Bocada list dog on senior management team

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I can imagine

"The board and I had some differences about the direction of the company"

The board had noted her lack of interest in chasing squirrels or patrolling the perimeter of the premises, with no inclination to bark at strangers. She didn't even mark her office so how was anyone supposed to find her? It was felt that she was not a good fit with the company ethos.

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Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

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Re: And is illegal in the UK

The near field of a transmitter contains stored energy that forms part of the operation of the transmitter and tapping into this certainly constitutes 'stealing'. When the radiated field has been 'launched' and you tap some power from it, you are not affecting the transmitter in any way. If you created a large enough signal shadow to affect people who wanted to receive the signal, I'm not sure what the legal situation would be.

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Evernote hobbles third-party apps... but is it pulling a Twitter?

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Evernote on Linux

The Evernote Windows application runs ok within WINE on Linux (MINT 13), in my simple and limited useage experience. The fonts are a bit rough but I haven't made an effort to improve them.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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@Ad Fundum

Are you funded by the Ad industry?

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Philips' smart lights left in the dark by dumb security

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Getting the entire story

It would be interesting to talk with the actual designers/developers for this product and ask them what their initial ideas were, what time and budget pressures they were working under and what management/marketing interference they were subjected to. However, I'm sure that Phillips would fight tooth and nail to prevent that and would quietly threaten dismissal to anyone who spoke to the press.

Would any ACs like to give information?

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DARPA calls Big Data boffins: Help us lock up everyone's privates

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I watched "Oranges are not the only fruit"

Does this mean that I'm a closeted lesbian?

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There she blows! Mid-October release date for Windows 8.1 sighted

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@Spoonsinger Re: It's like a bad movie with no review showing in advance

"... telestial TV ..."

Is that like a joint venture between terrestrial and celestial TV? Oh, the rapture!

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No distro diva drama here: Penguinista favourite Debian turns 20

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It's a slippery slope down that rabbithole

" ...some disdain for the gateway distros .."

I've been snorting Mint for four months now but the thrill has worn off. I'm worried that I might move into trying Debian and then start installing from the CLI.

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Violent Hamlet 'bard' by British Library Wi-Fi filters

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@Pete 3 Re: Excellent re. Titus Andronicus

I believe that sort of fiction is now illegal in the UK, or is it just pictorial representation (for the moment)? I'm a bit worried that I downloaded Oedipus Rex, but that's freaky anyway so I suppose I deserve to have the book thrown at me.

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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

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@Zola Re: Lackluster

If you want a weekend/party phone, there are lots of cheap unlocked ones to choose from on e-bay, especially if you're used to Android and don't want the hassle of learning how to use a new phone OS. I bought my first two Android phones on e-bay and they are both still working fine.

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Mobe-slurping Wi-Fi SPY BINS banned from London's streets

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If wishes were fishes

"...capabilities that could be developed and none of which are workable right now."

I bet they were working hard to develop those capabilities and working out how best to 'monetise' them.

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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re. 5GHz and walls

I was thinking about putting a WiFi router or WiFi extender high up in the loft and using a directional antenna to spray the signal downwards. Is 5GHz easily stopped by plasterboard and cheap floorboards?

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China has another go at rare earth dominance

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Not learning from history?

From what little I know (by reading about it), I understand that the senior figures in the Chinese government are 'technocrats' and so you'd think that they'd do their research and understand what is likely to happen when a 'free market, capitalist' economy is unleashed onto a previously 'socialist' society. They have the recent example of the USSR to consider. They also have access to a hundred years of records of what happens in the traditionally capitalist societies of the West when politicians pass laws to modify people's economic behaviour.

So, is it because becoming a politician makes people stupid and arrogant, or is it only stupid and arrogant people who want to become politicians?

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ULTIMATE cuppa contenders prepare to go mug-to-mug

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Correction

"... plucked with golden tweezers ..."

The tweezers should be made of wood, from the root of an old tea bush. This reduces the stress on the young leaf when it is plucked. You really can taste the difference.

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CANNIBAL CLOUD found devouring enterprise bit barns – report

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Google can afford to think big

"... such pricey projects as harnessing the cooling power of the North Sea, or in some cases redirecting entire rivers."

Have Google revealed their 'payback' period for the initial costs of these projects and the ongoing annual savings?

I've always said that large date centres should be built in cold costal areas to use the sea for cooling; or even better to sell the waste heat to nearby industrial, commercial, residential, whatever consumers.

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Facebook to get IN YOUR FACE with video ads

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The benefits of ageing

" ..everyone on Facebook aged between 18 and 54."

I'm just outside the demographic - woohoo! Oh, ... I don't use Facebook .. I forgot about that.

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'Hand of Thief' banking Trojan reaches for Linux – for only $2K

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Re: Problem with this idea...

I downloaded a file called See-Nekid-Wimmin.deb and clicked on it and it seemed to install. It doesn't do anything when I run it so I suppose I need one of those obscure library packages to be installed as well.

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Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

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Re: "... the cyclicality ..."

Oh ...... my .....god!

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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

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Re: Competition

BT had an effective monopoly in many places and some areas of functionality. Apple are free to buy display panels from a variety of different suppliers. Samsung are free to quote whatever prices and lead times they like.

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Samsung rolls out first mass-produced 3D NAND flash memory chip

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@swissrobin Re: re. photo of V-NAND package

"That's a development or presentation DIL (dual in line) package. The window allows you to "see" the die."

I was totally correct then (apart from exact terminology). I do remember UV EPROMs and sticking thick black tape on top after they'd been programmed, 'just in case'.

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re. photo of V-NAND package

Why does it have a window on the top? I'm tempted to think that it's a 'prototype marketing' package to convince people that there really is some high-tech-stuff inside.

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NO, ELEPHANTS, it's we DOLPHINS who NEVER FORGET our best pals

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re.

I wonder what the reaction would be if they played a recording of a long lost enemy's whistle. Then again, maybe dolphins are too intelligent and civilised to hold grudges.

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Super-SVELTE BLUSH-PINK planet goes too far with star

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@Phil Re: Hah something Science can't explain

You don't need proof if you have faith.

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Leaked docs: SOD squad feeds NSA intelligence to drug enforcement plods

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Re: It simply creeps me out

" ... that person ....will .."

I'm sure they already have. I can't know for sure because I don't have access to email/phone records of NSA staff.

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Limbaugh: If you hate Apple then you're a lefty blog-o-twat hipster

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Re: Well thats cleared that up

You're getting messages from THRUSH? That really is paranoid, and also nicely retro.

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Upgraded 3D printed rifle shoots 14 times before breaking

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Looks like a very simple breech loader to me

See title

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Re: If you want to build a gun

@Tom 35 - It's not actually a tamping rod; more of a barrel clearing device.

If you want to break the law by owning an unlicensed weapon, you might as well buy one from a reliable criminal armourer, someone who has a reputation to uphold and might even give a limited period guarentee.

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@Miniphis Re: Someone who has *no* failed to maintain his weapon.

Ha! You're obviously a real engineer.

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