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* Posts by frank ly

2979 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Moon riven by colossal cracks

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Request for technical information

That looks like a very detailed 'picture' and I'm wondering how they did it. A gravity sensor in orbit would detect a local value of gravity corresponding to the integrated contributions of all lunar matter beneath it (and off to the side, etc).

The only way I can think of to resolve the detailed contribution of small mass regions is to do an enormous number of scanning orbits (all carefully monitored for position), with a massive number of data points and then do some very hairy mathematics on the resulting data set.

Is that what they did or is there a simpler and more elegant way of getting that much detail from a gravity sensor in orbit?

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Schmidt: Microsoft will never be as cool as the Gang of Four

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Re: Schmidt and it?

Try reading that as, ' .. Schmidt said that it was ....'. It might help. You may have been interpreting the words as '..Schmidt it said ...' (The word 'that' is often omitted, leaving the reader/listener to rely on inference.)

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Copying Wikipedia's lies is not just for hacks, right Lord Leveson?

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Re: Oh for the love of . . .

I wasn't the founders of the Guardian newspaper, it was the Independent. Try looking stuff up in Wikipedia to improve your fact checking abilities. It's bound to be in there somewhere.

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First pic of Ashton Kutcher as the great Steve 'jOBS'

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@AC 06:47 Re: Apple haters can start getting their rotten tomatoes ready now

I've upvoted you in admiration of your defiant and probably self-fulfilling pessimism. Oh, ... wait a minute...

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Rumble in the Tumblr: Troll-worm infected thousands of blogs

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... one count of identity fraud ...

I commit that 'crime' on every website I login to.

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News International big boss flings himself overboard

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Murdoch ....the media mogul

Why did I read that as 'ghoul'?

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Google buys parcel storage service for Christmas

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'We have made rage a thing of the past'.

Statements like that make me very, very angry.

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Saucy Star Wars strip show - sorry, burlesque - to tour Down Under

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A travesty

That Wookieerotica magazine doesn't have any wookies in it. False advertising? (I'm glad I saw it via El Reg instead of ordering a copy in good faith.)

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Apple plants flag on wireless power-supply map

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Re: Why kill Apple here

I think you mean 'fandroid faith' and 'Fandroid trolltards' (if you are referring to Android fans), since 'fanboi' (and fangurl) are generally reserved for Apple fans. Note:there is no feminine equivalent of 'fandroid', for obvious reasons.

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Archaeologists uncover 'Unicorn's lair'

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The way NK chooses its 'leader', ...

.. they've got an 'ancient right of kings' thing going on there. After that, unicorns are fine by me.

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LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

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Re: What's it like for skintones?

It's a combination of 'elicit' and 'excite'. He's invented an admiratious new word and deserves our gratimentary acclaim. I've upvoted him.

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Register readers mostly too ashamed to cop to hideous hoard horrors

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Nicola's Dad ...

... exists in the same 'plane of reality' that my Dad did. His garden shed was so full of 'useful stuff' that it was dangerous to go in there and he had to get a second shed to keep his gardening tools in. I wish I'd taken a picture when I had the chance.

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Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer

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Re: Google Drive & Dropbox

There is a form of GDrive native client but it's an extension of Chrome, as I recall. I use it so I should know more about it. However, the 'files' stored locally are just links to the GCloud, so you need connection to the internet to do any work on them. There are download and store capabilities but these are limited.

This is, of course, Google's intention. They want you to be dependent on them for storage and use.

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a possibility ...

If you e-mail them to yourself (which is not the file, but a link to it), then you could have multiple labels on the e-mail. It sounds messy but it would work maybe for archive/reference purposes, but maybe not for ongoing work ...?

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The Terminator, coming to a reality near you

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Oh Dear

"... Oh, and the cells are able to reproduce themselves, ..."

Can anybody guess the consequences?

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Twitter forced to cough raw feed after PeopleBrowsr wins temporary order

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Corrections/Improvements

"A little bird has ejected us from its 'warm spot', ..."; "..the raw twitter feed of more than 400 million tweets a day"

The words 'cloaca' and 'guano' would be useful here.

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Ten badass brainy computers from science fiction

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Re: Mistake Not...

But these, sadly, have never been seen in a film. I don't think anybody could make a film of the Culture novels.

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Re: re 2001

Thank you for that David, and thank you for reminding me that I also read 2010 :)

(Was it really so long ago?)

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re 2001

" ... HAL turns fruit loop when ordered to lie to the astronauts in its care."

As I remember, in the book, the builders had put a remote controlled 'kill device' in HAL. This was some kind of mechanical cutter than would disconnect his main power feed. Somehow, he found out about this and that had consequences for his 'mental state'. Was that just one part of HAL's problem?

Have I got this right?

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Boffins BREAK BREAD's genetic code: Miracle of the loaves

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@Ginger

Splittist!

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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Re: USPTO

I understand your point, at a 'technical' level. However, if you drink his beer then you are really stealing it from him in that you deprive him of the monetary value and the ability to enjoy his own property. If you and a bunch of other strangers invade his house, then you deprive him of the right to quiet enjoyment of his own home.

If the composer of an opera, or the main singers have some strange idea that they never want their work to be enjoyed by the public again, then fair enough, the performance really does 'belong' to them and they would be rightly angry if their work was made available. I can't imagine any 'damage' to a record company if recordings that they refused to ever release (due to lack of projected profit) were made public property.

Yes, the record company own that recording and have the right to do as they wish with it, or not do anything if they so decide. But, I really can't see why you chose such an emotive analogy to express your disagreement.

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MONSTER QUASAR BLAST blows stunned astro boffins' WIGS OFF

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Big and complicated science made accessible.

" ... while our Milky Way galaxy has a relatively piddly black hole at its heart, the one found in quasar SDSS J1106+1939 is whopping."

That's why I read The Register.

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

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" ... do let us know how they went. " ?

Surely, it should be, " ... do let us know how they are going." ?

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Latest scam spam ploy: Bogus pay-by-phone London parking receipts

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Re: Interesting - "some other app"

So how would the scammers get your e-mail address and link it to a 'mark' in the area? (Wonders why many Android apps want access to my contacts list.) It actually sounds like one of those strange coincidences.

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Microsoft Office 2013 heads for the cloud but fails to soar

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Re: Another good reason not to upgrade.

My copy of Office 2000 has kept on installing and working for many years. I've heard that some kind of new version is available, but I see no reason to change.

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Office 2013's 'austere' windows look ...

... has similarities to the Google Docs look. Have Microsoft been 'inspired.?

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Samsung printers have secret admin account

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Re: Pretty amatuerish...

I'm also wondering about permissions for internet access for that oh so helpful printer management software (which seems to be bundled with the driver, or vice versa), that keeps popping up and asking me if I want it to go check for driver updates or order supplies. Can I trust it? How do I know if I really can?

Note: My printer comments are based on my experience of my cheapo Dell laser colour printer, I wonder what amazing powers the expensive ones have. Ten years ago, I had an HP scanner (the bundled and necessary software actually) that tried three different ways to access the internet, so I blocked each one as Zone Alarm pointed the attempts out to me.

I block everything from accessing the internet, unless it stops it from working or stops the computer from working, and that includes some Microsoft Windows services and most application update services. Most people, especially home/SoHo users are not aware of the potential problems and feel they can trust something if they've paid money for it.

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LHC CMS yields unexpected 'new stuff'

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Re: Flattened gluons?

I thought gluons were the quantum expression of a field/force (in the way that photons are the quantum expression of a field) and so, as you say, had to be regarded as point-like particles. Maybe the gluons 'localise' on the flattened disc of 'proper matter'?

We need a serious physicist to talk us through this.

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Apple granted patent for microphone silhouette

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Re: What are you people on about?

Oh yes. It's obvious!

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Antarctic discovery: ALIEN LIFE may be FOUND ON MOON of Jupiter

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I'm wondering ...

... did the microbes originate/evolve in that location, or did they adapt when they found themselves in an environment that got colder and less hospitable?

The question could go some way to being answered by genome sequencing and comparison with existing 'normal' micro-organisms.

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Google parks panzers on Germany's lawn over 'link tax' plan

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Re: What do they need a law for?

Assuming that Google's webcrawlers honour the request in robots.txt (I've no idea if they do.)

Even if they don't, then any webserver can be easily rigged to check the IP source of a data request and deliver different data depending on the source of the request: e.g. 'We don't let you suck at out teat' (or whatever) when known Google IPs come a'sucking.

If the newspapers want to stop Google, or anybody else, reading their content then they can. So why don't they?

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Harley allows Apple to use 'Lightning' brand on 'playthings'

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Re: There's a plug in for Thunderbird called Lightning, that might be seen as vaguely computery

I'd forgotten about that, despite the fact that I use it every day. :)

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Amazon's secret UK sales figures revealed by Parliamentary probe

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Re: Previously...

"Company x made y profit internationally after all various local taxes were paid ..."

Working that out correctly would need an army of forensic accountants, each working for their own government, since governments would then be in competition with each other to claim as much of the pie as possible. Also, the 'target' company would develop sweetheart deals with sympathetic (bribeable) governments.

It's a mess :(

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BT.com blats small privacy bug, ignores GAPING HOLE

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Re: Related issue?

I hope you took a dump on the living room carpet before you walked out of the door for the last time.

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Venus EXPOSED in predawn threesome with Saturn and Mercury

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Re: Get some, already

What is it they say about people who 'protest too much'? :)

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Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER

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Ummm, ..

"With K-pop, we had a whole industry of extraordinarily high quality music ... "

Is it just me whose brain did a back-flip? (I may be getting too old; if so please forgive me.)

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Cambridge boffins fear 'Pandora's Unboxing' and RISE of the MACHINES

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Re: The solution is ...

How about a small and powerful, remotely controlled cutting tool that is built around the main power feed to the intelligent machine? I can't see any problem with that.

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Microsoft applies for patent for 'Google Goggles'-type AR specs

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When submitting a patent application ....

... is there a requirement that you use 1950's style artwork and diagrams? It seems to be a common theme.

I'm not saying it's 'wrong', just wondering why it always looks that way.

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The secrets of spacetime revealed - on your workbench!

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I'm having problems understanding this

"Photons interact poorly with matter – but they do interact. If the photon moves the block by more than the Planck distance (1.616199 × 10-35 meters), it will pass through."

If the photon passes through, surely it has not interacted with the matter of the block and so will not move the block?

If the photon is reflected or its path deviated by interaction with the block, resulting in movement of the block (which I assume is suspended and free to swing), how can such a small movement be detected? Does the detection rely on a build up, over time, of a 'classical' wave interference pattern? If so, surely the wavelength of any photon we can produce would be far too large to be effective in detecting such a small movement?

I'm lost here.

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Google, Apple, eBay shouldn't pay taxes - people should pay taxes

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Re: I run a company....

You need to license your company name and logo from a Luxembourg head office and buy exquisitely priced computers, hard drives and blank DVDs from a specialist Swiss supplier. I'm sure the tax authorities would accept that way of working.

The again, they might jump up and down on you with hobnailed boots. Do you run a very, very big company?

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The ‘subversive adult Disneyland’ where iPods track your every move

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Re: Tasmania !!!

The next development will be 'immersive telepresence'; so you don't need to travel to 'see' it.

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Asteroid miners hunt for platinum, leave all common sense in glovebox

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They need to be careful out there

The last time I tried mining asteroids, I was jumped by suicide gankers on my way to a space station. It's a widespread problem.

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Just bought an Apple product? Need support NOW? Drop an F-BOMB

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The Reg looks forward to reading your comments ...

I've left my comment on your office voicemail. You'll probably want to deal with it quickly.

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Dogs would say: SIZE is IMPORTANT, shape - not so much

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Re: Fundamentally distinct?

"... if humans picked up most objects with their mouth, ..."

Yes, puppies especially seem to explore the world by grabbing things with their mouths and licking them until them get bored. I've never tried it myself but I'm sure it would give me a different perspective on things.

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Huawei hawks hundred quid handset hupdate

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More than good enough for me (and many others I suspect)

If I'm realistic about what I use my Android phone for, (a few phone calls, e-mail, calendar, Wi-Fi file transfer), then this would be more than good enough for me.

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Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Crime often occurs in clusters

Did they also check to ensure that her Winne-The-Pooh laptop had proper licensing agreements from the estate of A.A. Milne and/or the Disney corporation? It would have been a real feather in their cap if they'd found any infringement there.

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Assault on battery

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Coffee/keyboard

...the ‘A’ key still doesn’t work. And now neither do ...

Are you sure you're not pressing them wrong?

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Reg boffins blow lid on sheepsecs

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Re: and the music...

" ...it's a constant, an immovable fact ..."

There are variations depending on the region of space in which the sheep is travelling. The effects of dark matter entanglement in the wool can result in a significant reduction of maximum velocity. If you'd studied sheep as closely as I have, you'd know that dark matter entanglement is widespread and can be a problem.

(The woollen one with dark bits entangled in it.)

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South Korean convicted for tweeting Pyongyang propaganda

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@urinmizone

A much better Twitter handle for them?

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Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords

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Re: Just wondering

Yes, every MAC address I've ever seen has been in hex. However, it may be that some manufacturers have started using decimal notation; but that would be weird because surely MAC address entry fields all use hex?

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