* Posts by frank ly

4872 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Net neutrality crunch poll: Americans want to know WTF it is

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A prediction

"74 per cent of Americans are unfamiliar with the term "net neutrality" or what it refers to"

70% of them will remain in that condition.

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Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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re. 'Casio' and 'Pure' items

I'd imagine that Casio and Pure are not exactly happy about their good names being used in this way. However, I believe that as long as the customer is made aware of the true nature of the equipment (which they obviously will be), then Casio and Pure etc. can't do anything about it.

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Yes, but

"... DNA storage density is one million gigabits per cubic millimetre, ..."

How do you know which tiny group of tiny glass spheres contains the funny cat video?

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Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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Is it possible ...

.. to spoof the IP addresses of Australian government buildings?

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What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news

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Wait a minute

"That has promoted applicants for the same name to go to private auction where the proceeds are shared equally between the losing parties."

Isn't that 'auction rigging' or some similar crime?

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Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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@P.Lee Re: Fuck ads and all who serve them up

You might be interested in 'The Lawnmower Man'.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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@Iain Thomson

" ... It'll be sad to let go of my laptop when it reaches end of life, ..."

My ten year old Acer Travelmate 8000 (15" 4:3 matte screen) was very much revitalised by an SSD drive with Linux (Mint) installed on it. It's now the computer (out of four that I have) that gets the most use. I'd recommend it, give it a try.

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The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Romantic Myth

"... their own elixir of life, Black Water, which seems to be the blood of Knights who have drunk from the Holy Grail, ."

There are many strange stories about coffee.

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(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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It's good, yes

Photoshop Elements was bundled onto a Windows 7 laptop that I bought about four years ago. I think it would have cost about £50 if bought separately at the time. I remember that the photo catalogue and workflow tools seemed to be very simple to use and effective and would have been a good reason to have it. Before that, I used to use an old copy of Paint Shop Pro; before Corel bought it and ruined it.

Now, I use GIMP because it's free and does everything I need it for, in my techie-hobbyist way.

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HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

If you want mixed units ......

"Professor Asa Barber, who led the study, told The Independent: “The strength of limpet teeth is, on average, 4.9 GPa – that is like trying to break a piece of spaghetti with 3,000 bags of sugar. "

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Hello Barbie: Hang on, this Wi-Fi doll records your child's voice?

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Re: The privacy policy says it records video too?

I wonder what sort of videos the police would find if they raided the company's servers?

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Prawn cocktail offers hot new way to make solar cells

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Yes!

All we need now is a way to weaponise limpets' teeth then we can use chitin solar cells to power them, then ....... Oh, I'm sorry; I went into mad scientist mode.

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Hoping for spy reforms? Jeb Bush, dangerously close to being the next US prez, backs the NSA

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Half baked Hilary?

"There is no doubt that we might have gone too far ... "

No doubt .... might have ....?

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Inside GOV.UK: 'CHAOS' and 'NIGHTMARE' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites

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@SRS

Paypal went big/modern/simple some time in the recent past, but thank goodness they had a link that took you to the original style site. I assume that was the sort of example you were looking for ;)

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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

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Ahhhh, you don't understand how government works.

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Linux kernel dev has gone well and truly corporate – report

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Re: Snowballing

All good of course. Does it actually install all the drivers on your machine or does it only install the ones that are needed based on the hardware it detects?

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Re: Flares would have to be HUGE to be visualle impressive for Neanderthals

You have a flair for off-the-cuff jokes.

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Jamie Oliver serves up steaming pile of malware

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Shuttered?

I had a look at eponymous.com and it's just a static page with barely any content. Nothing to do with Jamie Oliver at all. Has it been closed down or something?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Two things

It's a meaningless monetary merry-go-round. I wonder how much is spent on administering this 'set of rules', updating it and developing computer systems to keep track of it all?

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

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Re: Running out of digits?

This standard model human gets severe cramp if he tries some particular 'binary number' representations. I am getting old though; ah well.

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Hey Apple - what's the $178bn for? Are you down with OTT?

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Human nature?

"... with Apple engineers apparently upset by being leapfrogged by former Beats employees."

We need you, with your technology, abilities, skills and experience, but you have to realise that we're more important than you and deserve the juicy positions and salaries.

I've heard and seen that sort of attitide in many places.

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: Dark secrets in Cupertino...

Wheels have very rounded corners.

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Gullible Apple users targeted by bogus order cancellation scam

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Re: Thin line

I've often considered setting up a simple spelling-n-grammar correction service. Along the lines of "Send me your specialist e-mail or document, with a Bitcoin payment. I'll correct your spelling and grammar then send it back to you." P.S. Advice to scammers: don't start your e-mail with 'My Dear'.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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Re: Rince and Repeat.

Rincewind? I'm sure Terry Pratchett's books will still be around in 100 years time.

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IBM says dating apps can give you a nasty infection DOWN THERE!

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"... man-in-the-middle attacks, ..."

I read that as '... man-in-the-piddle attacks, fisting and cross-dress stripping ...'

Yes, I will be alone on Valentine's Day. How did you know?

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Re: TS went down on me

"... & her wig fell off ......", yes indeed.

Have you noticed her throat? Adam's apple?

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

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Re: "Death nell" not so much

That would be the poisoned oranges. You have to watch her all the time.

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Hear that sound? It's the Windows XP PC bubble popping

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Re: For me it's older Xeon workstations.

Yes, I got one (dual quad-core 3GHz with 8GB RAM for £185) and very nice it is too. However, there is a strange problem with many T5400 motherbords (which happened in mine after three months regular use) in that they can develop a fault where on restart, but before booting from the HD, they hang up with just a flashing cursor showing for 5 minutes before proceeding to start up as normal. After trying three replacement motherboards from a local PC-recycler-seller, I found that this was a common problem. I won't go into details but I think it's caused by repeated mains power cycling, which is the sort of thing you do when you get a second hand machine and start fitting bits to it and generally messing around with it. In 'normal' use in a commercial environment, this doesn't happen to them.

I've seen reports of problems with an identical description on various forums.

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Jeb Bush, the man who may lead the US in 2016, dumps Floridians' private data on the web

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I've often wondered

Would it be worse to be ruled/governed by an evil dictator or by an idiot?

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Data retention: It seems BORING ... until your TV SPIES ON YOU

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Re: How can Samsung be so aggressive and yet so naive in this post Snowden world?

"Why? Because [Hackers,] Security Agencies, Police and the Rogue Elite, are going to find ways to access leaky TV data and use it against us in ways it was never intended...."

You answered your own question :(

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Re: Before someone writes "block access to the Internet via the router" please consider...

"A blocker is placed over the cable to stop users connecting their own router or inserting their own along the chain."

If an ethernet cable comes out of it, you connect that to the upstream port of your own router; surely? Or is it a very devious arrangement?

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Boffin the boffin and his boffinry pals in double dwarf super-prang alert

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Re: how did they resist

"... William Herschel, the man behind Uranus"

Resistance is futile.

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Brit boffins want £50 million to launch exoplanet observatory

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Light from a star

"Tinetti adds that a platform outside Earth's atmosphere is needed to conduct this kind of analysis, since the light filtered through a planet's atmosphere “is only about one ten thousandth of the overall light from the star”. "

I assume this is about infrared attenuation due to water vapour in the atmosphere?

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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Good enough - ship it

"... there are still a couple of bugs in this release but they were pretty obscure so “... while I was tempted a couple of times to do an rc8, there really wasn't any reason for it.” "

Is there a desperate need to meet a deadline? Does a major contract demand delivery?

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Taking a look at Luna: the smart bed that knows your sleep secrets

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@BillG

A person might say something in their sleep that indicates they should be subject to further observation, so it's important that the NSA/GCHQ/etc can collect the sound recordings.

Similarly, disturbed sleep of a particular pattern could indicate serious health problems, so this should be used to unlock the door to allow access to emergency services responders, paticularly for older people or people who live alone.

All this would be subject to appropriate oversight of privacy and personal security considerations of course.

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California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

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"US English, rather than UK English"

Thats US-English rather than English.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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The ruling 'against' them ....

.... says that it's now ok to carry on doing what they have been doing. Foam rubber dentures!

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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

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Re: How do they keep the helium in?

I think I read (can't rememebr where, it may have been speculation) that there's a small metal bellows (like an accordion) with a case breather hole leading to one side of it and the helium filled innards on the other side.

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

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They're quite advanced nowadays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOxguUqrxL8

Maybe a bit stiff in his movements with a dry/resonant voice? I'm wondering.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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He's obviously dangerous

Look at how many police officers wearing protective clothing are needed to deal with the situation.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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Coat

"... photos NASA later released as a GIF."

Why not use Flash?

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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Re: As Commentard as detects as secret as code

Now my post looks silly.

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Re: As Commentard as detects as secret as code

This is why you should use the Corrections link. Fixing the error can make your comment look surreal (not a bad thing) or silly.

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

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"I want to personally apologize to each of you for what has happened,..."

So, he'll be doing lots of driving and footwork for a while. Or will each of you be invited to his home/office to receive a personal apology?

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Re: I think we need a new mechanism to identify who broke in.

I'm not allowed to tell you about my (lack of) involvement.

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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Chairman Wheeler?

What are the conventions for using job descriptions as titles? Is it about rank/appointment? We refer to "President Obama" and "Queen Elizabeth" but don't say "Prime Minisister Cameron" or "Director Jones".

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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Re: Somebody is panicking

Cyncism and negativity are also banned. Your attitude is not conducive to a harmonious commentardiat. A re-education unit will arrive at your location shortly.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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"Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits, ..."

Are there actually any laws that say, "The company must be operated in such a way as to maximise profits , etc.." or do the laws say, "The directors must act in the best interests of the shareholders, etc".

This isn't the first time that I've seen comments to the effect that companies are legally obliged to maximise their profits.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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I'm wondering

When will we see this pair in a Raspberry Pi?

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: This is or isn't funny....

Ad? I see no ads.

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