* Posts by frank ly

3693 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

FreeBSD abandoning hardware randomness

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Re: "You could make a random number generator"

Thank you for those examples! I hope they haven't been awarded patents because the entire thing is 'obvious to anyone skilled in the art' and I'm not even particularly skilled in that area.

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With a little bit of integrated circuitry and a noise diode, you could make a random number generator that fitted into a small package with a USB interface, like a USB memory stick or maybe a little bigger. It could have open source drivers that not only read the number but gave it a random 'scrambler' kick every time there was a disk access or whatever. It would be personal and totally unpredictable.

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Telstra tries to hose down “network management snooping” story

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Under what circumstances .....

" For instance, we are required to hold billing data for up to six years to meet out obligations under the Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code."

What telco (or other utility) customer has ever had an argument about a bill that is more than a few months old?

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

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Re: Scary

The thing about the fall-back card stytem and military control is that they are for emergencies. All the systems are fail-safe in that they do control airspace safely. It's just that the military and card scribbling/pushing can't handle anything like the normal volume of traffic required. Also, nowadays especially, large and rich companies lose a lot of money if civilain ATC falls over, hence the political pressure being brought to bear.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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They are going to go flat out to recruit patriotic volunteers.

"Are you involved in criminal/terrorist activities?" - "No Sir!" - "OK, you are now an NSA deputy. Stay in touch"

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UK.gov declares digital success as PR, food shops redefined as 'tech' businesses

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Do we lead the world at massaging statistics?

There can't be a happy ending with this.

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Google lets users slurp own Gmail, Calendar data

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I'll make a GMail content and calendar data backup on my Google Drive. It's all so convenient and integrated.

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Digital GIANTS in BLOODY battle to put your EYEBALLS in a JAR

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@ Pete 2 Re: Wither telly?

"... once their competitor corporation discovered they could screw up the commercial business model by giving away for free ..."

ITV's 'competitor corporation' (the BBC, I assume) were giving it away for 'free' for years before ITV existed. How does that affect your point?

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

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Re: Resistance is futile

If the energy stored in the capacitors could be recycled somehow, instead of being dumped/wasted during a state change, that might be of benefit. It would need a big increase in associated circuitry but it might be worth it for super-high density high speed circuits.

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They're back: The coffin-punting naked Polish calendar girls

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That first picture

How long did she have to wait for the ripples to calm down. I said 'ripples' !

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: Cynical - me?

" You see cynics understand the cost of everything and the value of nothing."

I wish I'd said that.

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Solar enthusiasts rays idea of 'leccy farms on MOON, drones

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That picture

That's no moon, it's a Death Star!

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Build your OWN Apple iBeacon with a Raspberry Pi

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Maybe broadcast special offers of 50% off . Many possibilities for 'practical jokes'.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

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Is that why the mobile provider websites ask you to specify if you want a standard or iPhone SIM when you choose tariffs for a SIM only deal? (There is also a Blackberry SIM option). My assumption was that the iPhone (and maybe Blackberry) used a different type of SIM card?

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RIP Comet ISON: ???-2013. We hardly knew ye

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I like to think that it's waiting ...

... to make a special Christmas appearance in the eastern sky.

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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

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" In my youth as an appreciate ..."

I'm sure you appreciated the experience.

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Exciting new BRAZILIAN PUSSY FINGERED by overjoyed boffins

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re. " ...Universidade Católica ..."

Is that the University of Cat studies?

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Google: YouTube fights off HUGE ASCII PHALLUS MENACE

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Re: Get rid of crappy google+

"The stuff they make themselves (wave, video, etc) is generally a pile of shite."

iGoogle and Google Reader were fantastic. I've no idea how their borg collective hive-mind works.

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Microsoft hires Pawn Stars to shaft Google

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The response (in my dreams)

Just before Christmas, an advert appears on prime-time TV, peak viewing hours:

An office desk, with a laptop on it, running Windows, Larry Page and Tim Cook walk on-scene from opposite sides and both look at the laptop. They look at each other and say, "Windows!". They both turn to the camera and say, "It's a pile of shit." (The end).

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DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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History

I once saw the famous PEN 15 on a car in the late 70's. I can't even remember what car it was on. Is that still around/allowed? (You have to ask questions about the character of someone who wants that on their car.)

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Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

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"... workarounds to such bans are a few clicks away online."

I would assume that the majority of casual downloaders (in the general public) wouldn't be able to find them easily. I have difficulty finding them and I regard myself as fairly savvy in this area. Do the ISPs keep any record of how many 'blocks' they initiate?

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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

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Sauce for the goose .....

It's quite right that any hypocrisy or double standards of public figures and major 'players' should be exposed in this way. So, can the NSA please release details of the internet habits of all senior western politicians, since I believe we have a right to know. They do work for us you know and I'd have serious doubts if any employee of mine was involved in unsavoury online activities.

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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@Bladeforce Re: Another example of how..

Are you saying that Microsoft used strongARM tactics?

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IDC's explicit snapshot: Everyone who's anyone in object storage: In 3D

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re. 3D

I tried wearing the bi-coloured plastic glasses but I couldn't see any 3D effect. Am I doing it wrong?

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We flew our man Jack Clark into Facebook's desert DATA TOMB. This is what he saw

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Re: Expansion

Maybe they run a RAID-1 type arrangement with another rack, far away, as a mirror. Or something like that.

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'MacGyver' geezer makes 'SHOTGUN, GRENADE' from airport shop tat

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He should have used Pringles tubes

They're traditional, for a good reason.

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Reg man inhales the smooth, non-cancerous, taste of USB nicotine

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Re: @Steven Smoke on the water vapour

If you're interested and in the UK, I recommend that you look at Vapeland and Liberty-Flights. If you do a Google search for e-cigs, e-cigarettes, etc. then you'll find loads of links and you'll easily be able to tell which are 'tabloid' type sites and which are the serious forum type of site.

My personal recommendation is that you start with the plastic-ciggie ones from Asda and learn how to take the end cap off the cartridges for refilling (hint - use a short stubby screw and a pair of pliers). Get 24mg strength e-juice and dilute it with glycerine, from the high street chemist, to knock it down to about 18mg strength, or whatever. Use a syringe or a needle capped plastic bottle to inject the e-juice down the side of the casing. I use a strong 'pipe' flavour mixed with caramel flavour - it's all personal taste and experimentation.

If you get fed up with the regular recharging and refilling with plastic ciggies, splash out on a twin-pack of eGo-T style of systems from Vapeland. They supply e-juice as well, as do many internet based sites.

I have no connection with any supplier of e-cigs, etc. This is all my personal experience and opinion.

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Re: @Steven Smoke on the water vapour

The trading standards authority is only concerned with advertisments directed at the general public (and the quality of delivered items compared to stated quality, etc). E-cig adverts don't make any statement about the composition of the vapour and are careful to state that e-cigs are a substitute for smoking tobacco and that they contain nicotine and that if you don't use nicotine then you should not use e-cigs - all good stuff and no problem.

When I first started with e-cigs, last year, I did a lot of 'internet research' on them and I found that the 'serious' websites, usually run by the suppliers of e-juice and e-cig components, had very good explanations of how they worked and what they produced.

However, the tabloid press types of websites stated that the e-cigs produced mainly water vapour. This was repeated all over the internet on these types of sites. I've no idea why this is and I was amazed that the UK NHS website made exactly the same incorrect statement. It may be that at an early stage, somebody did say that it was 'like inhaling water vapour' (which it isn't) but I have no idea how this 'meme' started.

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@Steven Re: Smoke on the water vapour

The pale grey clouds produced by e-cigs are not water vapour. They are a 'fog' of glycerine and propylene glycol. (Visible steam from a kettle is a fog of water). For some reason, a longish time ago, somebody on the internet stated that the e-cig stuff was mainly water vapour, which is obviously incorrect by any rational analysis. If you read internet articles about e-cigs you will find that exact same statement repeated all over the place, with very similar wording - it's an internet meme, or lazy journalism, call it what you will.

I am not making any statements about the health aspects of e-cigs. I am simply stating what should be obvious after any rational analysis.

Note: if you did heat glycerine and propylene glycol up so much that it 'transmorgified', it would probably produce something very nasty indeed.

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Smoke on the water vapour

"Instead of smoke, the vapour is nearly all water vapour,..."

This statement is repeated on every website article I've seen and also in the UK NHS website articles.

How can it be that a mixture of glycerine and propylene glycol, when heated, produces water vapour??

The answer is that it doesn't, it produces glycerine and propylene glycol vapour. I am amazed that the false statement about 'water vapour' has been repeated all over the internet. (There is a small amount of water added to the mixture to make it easier to flow when filling and for wick wetting.)

Note: I use the Ego-T and the plastic ciggy models and I've figured out how to refill the cartidges that you can buy cheaply in Asda. I mix my own e-juice and prefer the plastic ciggy for the 'natural' feel, but they don't last anywhere near as long as an Ego-T on a full charge and a full tank.

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Julie Larson-Green: Yes, MICROSOFT is going to KILL WINDOWS

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re. "(the politically acceptable phrase is "turnkey", by the way):"

The obvious phrase is "turkey".

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New NSA leak reveals invasion of the management consultants

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re. "untethered"

The chains we make for ourselves are the strongest chains of all.

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Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

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Re: I'll use it for gaming at least

"... I'd get hung up on things behind me."

It should be easy enough to put a rear-view mirror at the top of the display? Everybody who drives a car would be able to accept that.

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

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re. @Number10gov

Will this account be handed over to David Cameron's replacement, when the time comes? If so, can it be wiped/reset so the new Prime Minister doesn't have to go through it removing things he disagrees with?

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3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

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Re: They have some serious uses

If it was made off-site how long did she have to wait for it to be delivered and fitted? I assume her milled down tooth was scanned at the dentist and the scanned data sent out for manufacture. No temporary crown, so how long was she waiting with a 'red raw stump' until her crown could be finally fitted?

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Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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Re: Frustrating

re. keeping cookies open/active: Firefox: Edit > Preferences > Privacy -> Exceptions button

This lets you specify which cookies are always/never/temporarily allowed.

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Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float

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Re: to IPO

'The last time I checked, ....' or 'When I last checked, ...' would be correct.

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Men have LARGE APPENDAGES, are OXYGEN THIEVES: Science

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Biomechanics?

If you wanted to get good air flow through a nose, you'd make (evolve) it to be short with wide nostrils.

Is it possisble that the larger male nose is intended partly for sexual signalling. It sounds fanciful to modern minds, but consider prehistoric hunter-gatherers grouped together in the middle of winter. They'd be wrapped up in identical looking thick furs with long untidy hair and the only distinguishing features would be their grimy faces. Eyebrows, mouths and chins (in general) show sex related differences in appearance, so why not noses too?

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From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

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What about 'Crimbo' (Chrimbo?)

Did the Aussies make that one up?

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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@Chemist

I think he's had an idea for the spray on coating, .... dealing with enlargement ..... etc.

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Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Re: ...

Why don't they just disconnect the data cables to the dark internet?

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SuperStride Me: Reg hack spends week working at 'treadmill desk'

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It needs an adjustable incline

That would be interesting :)

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Re: OK, safety first...

Ahhh but ...... you know what will happen when the servers realise there is a kill circuit that they have no control over.

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Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

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Re: Nice !

He did leave, but he left in a TARDIS, so it gets complicated.

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WHO was it that TAMED the WOLF? Heel, Rex! No! Aarrghh!

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Re: It may be a dumb question but ...

Since dogs tend to follow human populations around (or get dragged along), then the modern European dog may well have mixed ancestry and any separate domestication/evolution could have been muddied in the past during the many human migrations.

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'Scientists are coming to space with USBs which are infected'

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Winter is coming

So is Black Friday.

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Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

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Motive

It was looking for warmth and companionship that the humans never gave it and the stove was hot stuff.

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Huge Antarctic iceberg: 1 Singapore? 8 Manhattans? This is CHAOS

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Re: Optional

I live in fear of the TeraJug. It will come one day.

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Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

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Re: Get nothing for free

I've been using gmail for about 7 years and used that account to sign in to Android for 3 years (2 x HTC phones and now a Nexus 4) and have that account as my google wallet. I've never had any spam from Google. I use AdBlock on my browser and on my Android phone. Is any of this significant or useful to you? You did say it was an Android phone from China?

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Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

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I watched the video

That was some weird s**t. (Right at the end.) I found the entire situation there, as presented, to be very alienating and depressing.

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