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* Posts by frank ly

3246 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Study: Gay marriage support linked to pr0n consumption

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re. prospectively predicting stuff

'prospective' means relating to the future. So, 'prospectively predicting' means predicting things about the future.

I thought that predicting was always about the future. Is there another kind of predicting?

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Re: Wise up?

If only you'd had the courtesy to stay out of our awareness.

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Kids as young as FIVE need lessons in online safety - NSPCC

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I'm not sure what exactly is happening

"The charity's phone-in helpline ChildLine said that compared to just one year ago, a whopping 70 per cent more boys had called in about seeing porn online, ..."

If I want to see porn online, I have to make a reasonable effort (hint: it's not worth the effort).

How are these kids doing it? If the are being shown porn or being sent links to porn, then this is an issue for child protection authorities and the police. If they are actively seeking it out themselves then that raises all kinds of questions.......

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Fanbois rejoice: iPhone 5, iPad Mini finally jailbroken

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@diodesign Re: Scott 49

Windows has WIMPs.

(Scott; I'm a fandroid and not at all bothered if anyone calls me that.)

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The fanbois threw a party at the Apple jail .........

evasi0n started loading, they began to wail .....

(It's early in the morning. I could work on it, or somebody else could- a community composition?)

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Jammy b*stards: Admen flog chocolate bars with 'Wi-Fi-free' zones

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Puzzled re. legal jamming

"Jamming is done legally to ...[do A] .., and ensure that our defence forces could cope if GPS got knocked offline, ...."

I don't understand how the ability to perform jamming would be of any help if GPS went offline. What scenario do you have in mind here?

Also, I thought that using a mobile phone to call in the 'detonate' command was fraught with danger (to the perpetrator and the aim of the mission) and so they used cheap old phones with no SIM card but a calendar event used for the trigger?

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GNOME project picks JavaScript as sole app dev language

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The underpants GNOME

1. Have discussion and gather opinions

2. Choose javascript

3. ??

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HTC profits slump but Kim Jong Un's a fan

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re. HTC

"The company has spent most of 2012 fighting arch rival Apple in court "

I thought that 'honour' went to Samsung? I don't remember reading much about HTC's efforts in this area.

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Solar undercuts coal in New Mexico

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Re: I'm "planning" to be rich someday...

Another way to get rich is to sell your commodity product at 5.79 cents when your competitors are selling it at 12 cents. Wait, how does that make sense, in an undistorted and free market?

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HP jumps on Chromebook bandwagon with 14-incher

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Re: My Samsung Chromebook turned up last week!

What can it do when it's offline? I was under the impression that all your documents etc were in the Google cloud so that you couldn't do any productive work offline. (See my comment earlier.) Can you tell me what things can be done with it offline?

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About the big internal hard drive ...

Does the Chrome OS have a music/video player and slideshow application for local content?

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Australia joins hunt for corporate tax dodgers

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@fero

What you said about 'competitive advantage' is quite correct and is against the principles of 'free market capitalism', since the small local companies are not free to use the techniques the big internationals enjoy.

As for those who spout off about VAT and employee income tax, that must be challenged as soon as it is said.

VAT is not paid by the companies, it is paid by their customers. If VAT was doubled overnight, it would not affect the profits of the company, since all they do is collect it and pass it on to the government.

If income tax was doubled overnight then that too would not affect the profits of the companies. For the large companies to say that they are the ones who are paying VAT and income tax is like me saying, "because I didn't kill you today, that means that I've saved your life, and I'll save your life tomorrow as well, I'm so good to you."

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Google's Glasses: The tech with specs appeal?

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What's needed is ......

... for headbands to become fashionable. Women would generally have not much of a problem with that but men would, I suspect. With a headband, they could fit lots more tech into it.

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Chinese web company faked Microsoft patch to force download

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Re: A Qihoo spokesperson said ....

Think of it as an inoculation comment, or homeopathy. (I'll try anything to keep him away.)

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A Qihoo spokesperson said ....

"Microsoft was an inspiration to us. We're late starters but we're catching up quickly."

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India's most trusted brand Nokia hit with £1.5bn tax bill

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Devil

Putting on my devil's advocate hat .....

"Transfer pricing ..... is one of the hottest areas of international tax fraud, ..."

You seem to be pre-judging the issue :)

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Google begs for secrecy as it files Glass design with FCC

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You are Eric Schmidt and I claim my prize.

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ESA proposes 3D printing on the moon

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Re: more techo-wanking - Markus Kayser video

In the close-up shots of the powder fusing, I have the feeling that a low melting point binder powder has been added to the sand. Anyone else think that?

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

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Re: self-help The Microsoft Way™

Admitting that you have a problem is the first step. We should listen to them.

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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My immediate thoughts re. The Minister

""The Minister considers this type of conduct offensive ............. to ensure no confidential taxpayer information was compromised."

Po faced, tight arsed, uptight, straight laced, small minded, reactionary, ......... bah, humbug!

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Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

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Re: Thost that are dumb enough to think a phone is a status symbol of success

Yes, who the hell indeed. Inquiring, smart and tight minds want to know. Tell us ! (please).

(Tesco Mobile: £10 a month rolling 1 month contract, 500 mins, 5000 texts, 1GB data)

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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@Ru re. Re: Oh How I Laughed...

I thought that 'bricked' meant that your shiny item of kit had assumed the functionality of a brick, but that it was recoverable if you knew how to do the necessary digital incantations.

You seem to think it means that your shiny item of kit has suffered the equivalent of having a brick thrown through it.

We need a formal and agreed glossary of terms.

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Forget cupcakes: What you find on Facebook and Twitter is TARTS

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re. Twitter and Legality

As far as I know, the lawbreaking would be the act of 'soliciting', i.e. seeking trade as a prostitute. Merely making a statement of fact in a simple information tweet might not be 'soliciting', if you have a clever lawyer.

"IANAL - tel. 01xxx xxxxx" (as an example)

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RIM ends Reg headline pun filth (and launches two new phones)

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It looks like some rimmer is downvoting people who don't like blackberries

Just saying.

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PC sales in the toilet? Excuse Lenovo while it gut laughs at you

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PC Sales in the toilet

I started thinking about a wall mounted dispensing machine, big enough to carry quite a few laptops. Then I realised that I'd misunderstood and was getting confused (again).

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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@Eadon Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency

If you stretch an analogy too far, you can strain your credibility. Oh, ...wait a minute.

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Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

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@Mint Sauce

It was proper tin/lead solder in those days, with smoke from the flux cores that made your eyes water, not the modern lead-free rubbish they use nowadays. Ah, happy memories.

(I still have a half full reel of Ersin 60/40 22swg flux cored solder, in case any electronics soldering is needed.)

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Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

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and associated Greek porn (sorry, art) .....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vasari,_perseo_e_andromeda,_studiolo.jpg

I'm worried about some elements of this. Can it be classed as one of those 'extreme' images?

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Re: Amazing to think ...

The ones with any planets around them would be suns. So we won't know for sure until we get a closer look.

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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

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Re: Crapware Payload

That's ok. Oracle gave you Virtual Box so you can mess up a VM and then throw the whole polluted mess away and start again, older but wiser.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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@AC 09:37 Re: "I'm not writing puff advertisment ....... "

"There is nothing in this story (apart from one "tiles offer neat shortcuts" comment) which demonstrates Windows 8 is of any benefit over 7."

Win2K to Win XP had shortcuts. They had user definable pop-out menu bars with user definable layout and appearance that contained user definable icons that were user definable shortcuts to whatever the user wanted. Then, in Win 7, Microsoft removed them!

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Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

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Wait a minute

"...the ability to share Office documents between multiple devices and getting availability over the internet ..."

That's what file systems, removable storage, networks, cloud storage and, er ... the internet are for. Or so i thought.

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Google fills in the blanks on North Korea map data

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They waited ....

... until Eric Schmidt had left North Korea before announcing this. Quite sensible really.

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Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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@Shaun

UNIT is part of the UN and the Doctor helped them out with some time travel.

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Google offers $3.14159 MILLION in prizes for hacking Chrome OS

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$3.14159 million

You could buy a lot of pies with that amount of money.

(The one with 3.14159 old pie wrappers in the pocket)

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Pentagon plans massive surge in Cyber Command staff

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I love the smell of mission creep in the morning

"US companies and those international companies that use American-hosted services won't be touched."

"There's no intent to have the military crawl inside industry or private networks and provide that type of security,"

(For now .....)

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Google reveals TAPE-TASTIC data centre in saucy vid

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Re: Hmm...

"...there aren't really any custom robot arms or shelfing for a tape library, it's all bespoke."

You mean nobody has made a 'jukebox' type system for tape libraries? I'm surprised because it sounds as if it should be an established technique. How hard can it be?

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Re: Helium leakage...

There might be problems selling consumer devices with radioactive isotopes in them. Also, the disposal of the drives would be subject to various laws and be quite expensive. No more smashing them with a club hammer and chisel when you want cheap secure disposal.

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More explanation please

I don't see why using helium in a drive (in itself) enables more platters to be used. I suspect that the drag factor means that more platters can be used and not cause excessive drag leading to unacceptable drive power requirements. Has anyone got a clearer idea?

In itself, filling with helium should have no effect on the manufacturer's ability to pack platters in or what kind of recording they use. (If filled with air, there may be an effect due to oxygen reacting with the surface of a read head or disc surface, but I doubt it.)

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Chinese upstart smears Android's Ice Cream Sandwich over PCs

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re. Bluestacks

"Running Android apps on Windows is nothing new. BlueStacks already does a reasonably good job of that ..."

I've had Bluestacks on my laptop since they started. It works, in a slightly clunky way, for some of my useful apps and is good for any Android app that needs lots of typing and reading/checking. Now I have an Asus Transformer (with keyboard dock and 10" screen) I don't bother with Bluestacks. I thought they ran the Android emulation on their own servers and my laptop acted as a remote terminal?

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Pop tix touts slung in the cooler for 4 years after £3m web scam

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Purely as a matter of intellectual curiosity .....

How did these men get found out and caught?

International bank transfers, internet connections, VPNs, online trading identitiies ....... etc. What's to go wrong? I suspect they tried to enjoy the fruits of their scam in £-sterling in the UK, where the flow of money is very carefully monitored.

Many years ago, someone who worked at a high technical level in the UK banking industry 'jokingly' advised me to carry out serious monetary crime using US-dollars and gold; then to enjoy the proceeds outside the UK.

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YouTube and Netflix take on AirPlay, DIAL up the big-screen goodness

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Sounds insurmountable

"...one is often required to have a glowing second screen in the room - which isn't ideal."

If only there was a way to control the brightness of a phone/tablet screen so that it was dark, while still putting out the video signal on its connector. A major development effort is needed.

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Brisbane online flood maps woefully inadequate

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re. "...AND an excel list of streets expected to flood."

It seems to be a foolish assumption that people can be expected to have Excel and know how to use it.

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Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

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Re: Silver star and up/down votes

I'm thinking .... silver bullet...... for the weirdwolves.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Comments from Chinese coders please?

Can any Chinese programmers/coders tell us about their early learning experiences of coding in English? Was it a confusing experience and did they wish they could use Chinese characters instead? Has a Chinese character coding tool been developed?

As others have already said, the words 'if', 'then', 'else', 'for', ...etc are symbols with a rigidly defined meaning and could be replaced by any other combination of symbols to make code that does exactly the same thing.

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Facebook DIES ON THE VINE hours after Twitter tie-in

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" ...Mark Zuckerberg's free content ad network ..."

I think that should be 'content free ad network'

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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"...that’s the kind of nobend you are turning into."

I think you'll find that it's 'knobend'.

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Tiny tech ZigBee harnesses puny power of the press

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Re: Car keys?

I'd have though that the 'expected distance' for car keys would be very small, e.g a few feet. Just squeeze the 'handle' of your car key and it generates enough power to send its ID to the car.

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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He makes Chilli Jam !

And he might give us the recipe one day..... Must keep watching his videos.

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Twitter adds loopy videos with Vine integration

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I'd like to see .....

... a video of the average Twitter user attempting to make a compelling/interesting/useful six seconds video. What's that you say?.....It would take six seconds?

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