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* Posts by frank ly

3490 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

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"..more open to new experiences.."

Just try getting my Mistress to wear a cute little frilly nightie. Brick wall.

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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@Idocrase

That would prove that recent Americans were a trading people who imported lots of stuff - surely?

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

In the past two months, I've installed Linux Mint 13 (Maya - MATE) on my very old laptop, my new laptop, my Eee netbook and my old Desktop (with old twin head Nvidia Quadro graphics card). Until then, I was a total Linux virgin but it went well ....... except for the things that didn't.

The pop-out side panels were great, just like the XP pop-out menu bars, except that after you logoff and restart, the icons (and the separator bars especially) decide to migrate to a different positon, sometimes. If you use the non-expanded option on the right hand panel, it decides to get into bed with and overlay the left hand panel on next start-up.

The updates, which every sensible person accepts, kill the Nidia Quadro twin head card. The forums have lots of amazingly complicated advice about how to get the card working, but I finally figured out that the best way is to do a fresh install and block any update called 'nouvaux' or 'Nvidia'.

The Caja file manager locks up, falls over and eats CPU time and memory if you ask it to copy too many files, especially over a network. This is mentioned on the official forum, and gets the response, "Caja works fine on my computer". I solved this by finding out about Nautilus and installing then using it. (Caja is an 'improved' version of Nautilus but I fail to see how it could be.)

If you try to set VLC as the preferred application for video files, where VLC is offered as an option, it still uses Banshee to play video. The way round this is to select Custom and then specify VLC as the Custom command. This applies to other user preference settings as well.

You can't copy a file from a network location onto the desktop. You have to copy to a local drive first then copy from local drive to the desktop.

Thunderbird does not work properly on Mint 13, I won't go into details. It might be Thunderbird's fault, it might be Mint's fault. These problems are common across all my four installations (except the twin head video one).

I'm very impressed by the structure and principles of Linux, because I'm the sort of person who has the time and ability to find out about it and do 'experiments'. I'm impressed by the way the Linux devotees spend time and effort to improve the arcane and occult aspects of file systems and all sorts of esoteric stuff.

I'm not impressed by the way the 'small' but obvious problems seem to be ignored in favour of doing lots of 'cool and cutting edge' things.

'Normal people', who are used to Windows 7, etc, will not be impressed and will think it is clunky and amateurish and definitely not ready for the desktop.

Edit: I nearly forgot:- The amazing adventures of getting drivers for printers, etc. It's a challenge but I got my Dell laser printer and my old Epson scanner working fine, eventually. I am bloody minded enough to slog through that but not many people would be.

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Fedora's Schrödinger's Cat Linux gives coders claws for thought

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Re: So...

It died before it could tell anyone. Or did it?

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A Bluetooth door lock that puts the kettle on? NOW we're in the future

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"..control your kettle, lights, etc"

Call me old fashioned, but I'd prefer to make those decisions and actions myself.

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

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Oh, the pain

A quick press of the power button to activate the screen, then a quick touch of the WiFi toggle widget on the lock screen, then a quick press of the power button to deactivate the screen - what a chore.

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Never mind your little brother - happy 10th birthday, H.264

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MPEG-3, .mp3 ?

Are audio .mp3 files related to some aspect of the MPEG-3 standard? I have a vague memory or reading that they are. Lately, I've seen audio .mp4 files and am wondering how much better/different they are.

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Fancy some mobile filth? New logo tells you when not to bother

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Logo?

I'm thinking of a circle, with a line through it........ behind/under the line is a stylised representation of ......hmmm.

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Russians draw liquid blood from frozen woolly mammoth

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Re: On the California Channel Islands...

Its relative.

(The one with a mammoth fur collar.)

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Google whips the sheet off new Gmail interface

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Re: They've reinvented the portal!

I remember it well :( At least they've stopped putting e-mails in the Priority Inbox, which meant I had to look in the Inbox, then the Priority Inbox to see if I had any new e-mails.

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Now beaming live from Pyongyang: NORKSCASTS!

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Re: Here's an idea..

'Eastern' capitalism seems to have done well in Japan (and other places) and now China, in terms of letting technology flourish. I'm not sure if it's a form of imported 'western' capitalism or just letting people do what they want to do.

Can you give examples of where technology development (not copying) has done at least fairly well away from capitalist systems?

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Wonder substance pulses QUADRILLION lasers per second

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Re: Hold on!

I'm sure that someone called 'Yag' would know a lot about lasing.

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First 'adult' app for Google Glass planned 'within days'

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"While they may crack the whip ..."

I'm working on an app which includes that sort of thing.

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Boffins' brilliant plan: CONCRETE COMPUTERS

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An Idea

If a set of identical, general purpose computing elements/blocks could be made from cement (with a filler material to give strength), then some form of interconnect studs on the top, with matching receptacles on the base could be formed into each block to give a structural and data/power interconnect. Using these, a larger unit could be simply assembled from smaller units. Just an idea......

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Forget the word 'cyberwar' says Marcus Ranum

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He sounds like a very sensible man,

so he will be mostly ignored :(

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Google releases Glass' roots, warns it may turn specs to bricks

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So, ...

... people who root with Glass factories might throw bricks?

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Herschel Space Observatory spots galaxies merging

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They were young and beautiful .....

..... and we enjoyed watching them dance. Then they got married and settled down. Does boredom increase along with entropy?

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The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex

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Just wondering...

What kind of run-off water stains concrete blue?

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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

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Re: Oh S*&t!

We need a bigger budget for the magic fairy development project. It's obvious.

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Soylent Corporation prepares to DEFEAT FOOD

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Re: Not the perfect food..

If the bowls contain petunias, they could be improbable but not imagined.

(The intestines do need something to grip and push, it's what they do among other things. As I understand it, you can have all kinds of problems if this is not satisfied.)

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Computer use irrelevant to education outcomes, says US study

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Re: As a testimonial ... and a touch of perspective.

"... a small measure of how time works."

That's postgraduate-level physics!

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Massive EXPLOSION visible to naked eye SEEN ON MOON

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Re: OMG that video narrator, just awful

When Armageddon happens, I want her to be the one announcing it. I want to die in my sleep.

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Re: NASA computers...

I now have an image in my mind, of a rampant spaniel doing a stink. It will take time to fade away.

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Congress asks Google to explain Glass privacy policies

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Should be simple; or should it?

Doesn't the law already cover the use of concealed cameras and microphones? (except that Google Glass is a slightly disguised camera/microphone).

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Dark blue side of the Force used to quell Star Wars nerd clash

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An Alan Partridge moment

Ahhhh ..... nerdyboys.

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Rolls-Royce climbs aboard Bloodhound SUPERSONIC car

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re. proverbial brown stuff off a shovel

I'm sure this was never mentioned in Proverbs. I think Aesop made reference to it, so perhaps it should be 'fabulous brown stuff ..."

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Google pools cloud storage

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Nice :)

With Insync free Linux beta and my two gmail accounts, I now have 30GB of synchronised cloud storage.

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China: Online predator or hapless host?

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Re: Whatever.

Is your blocking based on the source IP address of incoming packets?

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The great $45m bank cyber-heist: Seven New Yorkers cuffed

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Re: "shot dead at his house while playing dominoes"

Many retail outlets now have small portable card readers that have a wireless link to the shop's server, especially if the staff have to walk around to customers. ( My dentist's reception desk also has one of these, maybe because it's more convenient that a cabled reader or a fixed one.)

In a restaurant, the staff would present you with the bill and the reader, put your card in the reader for you and ask you to enter the amount on the reader keyboard, press Enter, then your PIN and press Enter; hinting that a tip added to the amount would be most welcome. The card never leaves your sight.

If they have a payment desk, it's the same process but the card reader is fixed to an adjustable stand of some kind. Many people, especially in large groups dining out, prefer to leave cash on the table as a tip, knowing that that staff are more likely to get it if it lands in their hands directly.

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Boffins' invisible magnetic ring pieces: Next-gen mobe emitters

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Star Trek - tractor beam - amiable old man ?.....

It's Khan!!

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Yes! It's the NFC phone-bonk doorbell app AT LAST

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(stop laughing at the back)

I'm not laughing, I'm crying.

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TARDIS materialises in Sydney

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" ... Dr Who homewares, a range of crockery and other kitchen kit."

That's it. It's jumped the flying shark.

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Don't bake your Raspberry Pi - now you can WATER COOL it

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Re: Neat, but why not just add a heatsink?

I think Piro means a passive heat sink, not an active pumped fluid one. Even better, maybe, get a dead laptop and take that wicking fluid heat pipe thing out of it and adapt it to the Pi CPU.

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Movie review: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Benedict Cumberpatch may be good, but ......

..... he's not a patch on Benedict Cumberbatch.

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NORKS powers down whole towns to find pirates

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A clever alternative would be to swap it for a DVD player that is permanently loaded with a DVD containing copies of the beloved leader's TV appearences; thus 'proving' that you are a loyal citizen.

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Plans for fully 3D-printed gun go online next week

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Re: Pathetic Journalism

"Liberals wouldn't ...."

I thought you said the author is a left winger? You need to learn more about this subject - maybe you're a liberal.

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10-day stubble: Men's 'socio-sexual attributes' at their best

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Re: Curious to know...

In my experience, it's about the 10 day mark that is the most ticklish and irritating. Maybe the judgement of 10 days growth as most attractive is because the women can figure out they are looking at a man who can tolerate adversity and irritation well?

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Impoverished net user slams 'disgusting' quid-a-day hack

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@Amonynous Re: Here be a FLAME

I don't think my horse is particularly high.

My point wasn't about grammatical niceties; it was about Eadon's use of the ship analogy to argue against the use of he/she for a person.

I know that 'sex' refers to biological characteristics - hence my point that a ship does not have an inherent sex. No inanimate object has an inherent sex, bacteria and various other life forms do not have have an inherent sex. People do have an inhernet sex, hence our use of different genders with certain words.

The use of 'gender' to refer to social/cultural differences is an affectation used by academics who don't want people to giggle when they talk about their work.

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Re: Here be a FLAME

"When talking about a ship, you don't say, "There he/she sails".

No you don't, because a ship being an inanimate object does not have an inherent sex and it is only by convention and general cultural agreement that ships are given the feminine pronoun.

You could make an equivalent 'convention' argument about people of unknown sex being given the masculine pronoun (in fact, you did), but the situation with people is totally different as are the cultural and social arguments for/against this convention. So, please don't use that analogy.

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Dunkin' Donuts temps S Korea with ultrasonic tags

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Breakfast Dining ???

Are they incapable of pouring out cornflakes and milk for themselves in the morning, or making porridge in less than 5 minutes in the microwave?

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Japan's XP migration solution: Remove network cable

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Fixes and stuff ....

"This will mean an end to free security patches and fixes for knackered code – exposing organisations to a host of potential info-security risks."

The end to fixes, in itself, will not expose organisations to security risks, because they are already exposed and have been exposed for the past ten years. Fixes are used to, er .....fix things.

There is lots of office/admin work that does not need internet connectivity so why don't they organise their internal structure so that all the XP machines are on a network devoted to internal work? I used to work for a company that had two networks - one was totally internal and was used for product develoment, documentation, internal e-mail, no possibility of connection to the outside world ..............

I'll stop there - you all know this. Somebody needs to tell the Japanese prefecture about all this.

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Would you trust crowd-sourced maps? Skobbler releases satnav app

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I could hear the irony ....

and see the twisted smile when the author wrote that comment. It's interesting how people see/hear things in different ways.

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Is it me or did cloud marketing suddenly get really weird?

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re. Bootnote

I've had an idea for a jewel encrusted wireless mouse that can be worn around the neck as a stylish pendant. Fund me via Kickstarter to get an early limited edition with your initials inlaid using sapphire (for men) or rose quartz (for women).

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'Facebook, Twitter, Google: Ad companies masquerading as tech ones'

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If Google is a media company masquerading as a tech company .....

.... then why don't WPP develop and build their own search engine etc. and cut out the Google-man? Could it be that they don't have the ability, because they are not a tech company?

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Samsung to block mobile app store in Iran as sanctions bite

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Sidestepping Sanctions

They'll have to learn how to sideload apps. It's not difficult.

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Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

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@insanity Re: When my mother died

" ... your debts as well as your assets make up your estate, and that is all inherited by your next of kin."

Your statement implies that debts are inherited - they are not. Any creditor can make a claim against the estate of a deceased person but the claim is against the estate, not the person who inherits the estate. If your mother/father dies, with zero formal/recorded assets and debts of £500 (lets say), then you, the child of the deceased, do not owe the creditors anything.

That exact situation happened to me, when my mother died and I just ignored all the letters that had been sent to her (at her old address) and forwarded to me. There is nothing the creditors can do.

If my mother had died with £1000 in the bank, then I would have been morally and legally obliged to pay the debts before keeping the remainder for myself. I did consider writing to the solicitors and debt collection agency, and gas/electric companies, and Virgin Media, and the local council, and the water board.........., but I knew they would then have my home address and would send their crap through the mail to me. So I just ignored them and had a lot less work to do.

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Japanese Feds urge ISPs to support Tor ban plan

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Using Japanese logic.

" ... arrested four suspects who turned out to be victims ..... – and even managed to extract false confessions."

Some Japanese police are incompetent and corrupt - therefore all Japanese police should be banned.

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How much will Google pay to bring fiber to Provo, Utah? Try $1

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Re: Wow, screw Google

If you want to buy my car, you should be forced to pay every penny that I've spent on it over the past ten years. Hey, it still works.

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Notebook makers turn to Android in face of Windows woes

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Re: WTF?

Android does have multi-tasking software. I can swap between running apps with two finger taps. I can be downloading a torrent while typing a comment and listening to the music player (I'm listening to music as I type this on my Android tablet.) What it doesn't have (on phones and tablets) is enough screen space to make muti-window a sensible or easily usable facility. I know that the latest Samsung (?) tablets have split screen display capability but it would probably be a bit of a queeze to use them.

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Re: Killer app not an issue

"Android is more suited to touch than to mouse and keyboard."

No. Smartphones and tablets are more suited to touch than mouse and keyboard, because they don't have mice and keyboards. However, if you connect a mouse and keyboard to an Android tablet, it works fine with them. They are just simple input devices.

(Sent from my Asus Transformer tablet - the one with a docking keyboard that runs on Android- with an old mouse plugged into the USB port - it works fine.)

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