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* Posts by frank ly

3492 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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Chinese firm deluged with applications for e-smut appraising job

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The Web 2.0 method .....

I'd do it for free and work long hours. I'd finance the operation by selling advertising on a daily blog containing examples of my work and my 'stream of conciousness' thoughts on the subject.

Oh, .... wait a minute.

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Google shakes up US utility with green power tariff

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Re: Farm it out

What would be the capitalistic way of doing this?

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Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

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... a power density of 7.4mW cm−2 μm−1 ....

That may be its delivery capability, but what is its storage density in mWh compared to other battery technologies?

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Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

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A bit more detail?

So, if their client tells them to break the regulations, they do? Isn't that like telling a professional driver to break the speed limit or overload his vehicle?

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Manual override: Raspberry Pi beginners' books

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Re: Haynes manual - sample code

That sounds like the sort of thing that should be hosted on a website. Does the book recommend any? That and user forums of course.

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T-Mobile UK ordered into humiliating Full Monty strip

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Re: Blocking access to Remote SMTP servers?

Do 'professional' spammers know about this? Or do they use the cheaper connectivity services?

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Office 365 - what's in it for you? Speak your brains

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Re: Dear AdBlock

I just turned off AdBlock to see what you were talking about. OMG! It's just like family, you don't appreciate it until it's not there.

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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Re: Sounds a bit expensive

I'm waiting for the carved-from-gold-block, diamond encrusted ones. You know it will happen.

Alternatively, if someone could make some imitation 'Glass', then I could wear them so that people leave me alone. If anyone does start to bother or bore me, I could adopt a startled look and say, "Korea just launched a nuclear missile; I'm going home and suggest you do too."

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Re: I solemnly promise

" ... ploughing fields with a hand held furrow or something?"

Close, but no harvest for you.

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Entangled matter the next big thing in qubits

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Practical application...

Is it possible to change the spin state of one of the trapped atoms and have that spin state 'teleported' over the the other atom? How are the atoms made to be entangled in the first place?

Do the photons used to 'read' the state of the atoms have to be entangled with each other, with each atom, or both?

I hope that one of the resident deep-physics commentards can shed photons on this for us.

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Dell tried gobbling doomed Brit IT giant 2e2 for £350m, say insiders

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Did they have Jerry Yang as a consultant?

Just wondering :)

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Kobo strikes new match against Kindle: The Aura HD e-reader

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Re: Hi, I'm Eadon...

I don't know who cares. Why ask me?

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Alibaba comes again with Android-unfriendly mobile OS

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There's always a way

"Finding a major handset maker which isn’t signed up to OHA (in China or elsewhere around the world) is virtually impossible, ..."

They should have asked Apple to help.

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Xen hypervisor leaps into Linux Foundation

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Re: Linux Foundation

I thought you'd previously said that the time of Linux on the desktop was here and had been for a while?

XP isn't defunct, it's just neglected and will soon be abandoned but it will still work. I'd love to run XP (in a sandbox) but will Microsoft sell licenses for it in the future?

My year of Linux on the Laptop is here since I took the plunge last week and now have Linux Mint13 running. I'm impressed with it but I've had problems that need mildly advanced technical abilities to solve. I've been trawling the forums with good results and have noticed that there is fragmentation, between distros, of internal management and organisation. The end result is that a solution that works on one distro needs to be modified to work on another distro. From what I've seen, Linux is not suitable for the average domestic consumer/user.

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They've learned the lessons of cloud computing. It's redundancy in case one of the words fails.

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Twitter buys music firm We Are Hunted, preps soundtrack for 200m twits

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I love the smell of BS in the morning

"there's no question that Twitter and music go together"

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FAA: 'No, you CAN'T hijack a plane with an Android app'

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We must listen to experts

" ....using only a desktop computer." the agency wrote, making something of a muddle of the facts."

If they can't be bothered to get simple reporting right, what makes anyone think they got the rest of it right?

The history of electronic/computer security is a history of people saying, "As a recognised authority in this field, I/we can tell you that this can not happen and the system is secure."

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Windows 7 'security' patch knocks out PCs, knackers antivirus tools

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Re: Are you sure you don't want a nice new Win 8 build ?

Same happened to me with XP on my old latop. I've installed Linux Mint 13 on it and I'm very happy with it so far after five days. It can do everything my shiny new Windows 7 laptop can do, including running my favourite Windows applications (in WINE, obviously). This is the first time I've used Linux and I'm pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to get going and customise. There have been problems and shortfalls but they may be caused by the fact that the laptop is now 8 years old and has a dead battery.

I'll get used to it and when I'm fully satisfied and confident, then I'll install Linux on my shiny new laptop and not bother with future versions of Windows.

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Re: Not the only problem with recent patches

Windows has done this for years. I've had folder view settings randomly change on an individial basis. At the moment, Windows 7 keeps taking icons off my system tray and I have to go into the options to set them back to 'Show Icon and Notifications' .

It keeps you alert and stops you getting complacent.

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'North Korea Has Launched a Missile' tweet sent by mistake

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Modern Media Management

If they only drew attention to it by apologising for it 20 minutes later, people can't pay much attention to their Twitter feed. They need to get a 'celebrity' on-board.

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Home Use ??

I suspect that the preparation of a blood sample, spreading it on the DVD and maybe fixing or drying it would be a skilled task, not suitable for home use. I'd like to see more details of how it works in terms of the signal from the scanning laser and how it is interpreted.

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Chinese boffins predict iPad-sized supercomputers

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Classical vs Quantum Hall Effect

The Hall Effect was observed and explained by Edwin Hall about 130 years ago as you say. This is the 'classical' phenomenen that is easily explicable and can be demonstrated with modern school or even home equipment if you're a techie.

The Quantum Hall Effect was predicted in the 1970's and not observed until a few years later. It is much more difficult to explain and observe. It's actually a 'quantum aspect' of the Hall Effect.

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Google tool lets you share data from BEYOND the GRAVE

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Death Watch Google

See title

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Google asks Blighty to slave over its Maps for FREE

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Re: The English don't know where they are.

You may not be in the geographic or geometric 'middle'; but maybe they mean the social or spiritual or population density middle?

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Google brings in blue-chip VC firms for 'Glass Collective'

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I know their names

You didn't give their names under the picture but I can tell you who they are:

One of Three, Two of Three and Three of Three.

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Inuit all along: Pirate Bay flees Sweden for Greenland

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Pirate Bay is one hydra of many

Virgin Media, my cable ISP, do block Pirate Bay as I notice if I look at the tracker tab during my regular TV show download sessions. That doesn't matter though since there are usually at least four or more other trackers available, often with thousands of seeds/peers. The hydra's heads have lots of little heads, it's amazing and quite inspiring to watch.

I think the concentration on Pirate Bay is just sound bite politics from government and other organisations that want to be seen to be doing something without actually achieving anything that has a real effect.

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French spies do a Barbara Streisand over secret nuke radio base

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@Ross K Re: It Wasn't That Long Ago...

I worked on the development team for the first UK civilian ANPR camera installation at the Dartford Tunnel toll lanes in the late '70s. I also occupied an on-site portakabin for a week as we did the setup and initial field tests. Stationary vehicles with IR spotlights shining on them give good images and the location of the numberplate is easy to find.

You can bet the security services had developed earlier ANPR systems for sensitive areas since military image processing (target acquisition and tracking) was starting to build up in the late '70s.

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Climate change set to bumpify transatlantic flights, say researchers

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Re: on the map in the El Reg article is the most direct path.

Oh no - I forgot the joke icon again :(

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re. Maps and Routes

If they'd fly in a direct path then they'd be able to fly through 'better' air, and save fuel too, perhaps reducing global warming a bit in the process.

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Operators look on in horror as Facebook takes mobe users Home

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Re: The Orange home screen on my phone (2011) was nice

Can't you Disable it in the Apps settings? I disabled it on my old HTC Incredible running ICS, which I think was the first version that lets you do this. I've also disabled notifications from the Google Play store, because they really are annoying.

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Re: The difference between Facebook and e.g. Vodafone 360

" ...their total inability to cooperate.."

From the article: "... operators were frightened of Nokia's dominance ....."

People who aren't trustworthy have difficuly in trusting other people.

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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Re: "...digital copies of books should "deteriorate"..."

I smell a buggy whip manufacturer. Change is bad (for us)!

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Star Trek phaser sells for a STUNNING $231,000

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re. Kirk, left, and McCoy

I know it's a polite and sensible convention, but is there anybody here who would need that information?

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Android FOUND ON TABLETS inscribed with WORD OF GOD

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Re: Techology and Faith

" ...your Newtonian/Atheistic world view ......."

You're preaching to the converted. Most people here are non-Newtonian and some are very spooky. I myself hold a Quantum-Mechanical/Pantheistic universe view. If you want to make a point, you need to slide into one of those universes where Einstein etc didn't happen.

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Facebook VOICE is what telco barons should fear - not a Zuckermobe

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telcos .... dumb bit carriers..

What else can they be? They carry customer voice, SMS and internet data and it's up to the customers what 'value' they place on the conversations and the data that is transferred - with the OTT players helping the customers independently of any telco input to the value-added process.

If the telcos want a slice of the pie, they will have to create a service or value-added 'thing' that customers are willing to pay for. They can of course block VOIP and whatever detectable activity they like, but if they do that then it will lead to a backlash and legislation against them.

Google, Facebook, Twitter, etc, have had years to create and develop their value-added 'thing' and are well established with enourmous user-bases. What could the telcos provide, even if they tried?

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Parking ticket firm 'exposed private info' - ICO making enquiries

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Re: Website

That URL has a 'website unavailable' response at the moment; I wonder why? Does this even deserve the title of 'URL injection attack'; and which idiot(s) designed the website? It's name and shame time.

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Hold on! Degrees for all doesn't mean great jobs for all, say profs

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Re: It's whether the degree is *hard* or *soft*

Eadon is still upset because none of those socialist girls on the Humanities degree courses wanted to practice their breeding techniques with him.

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Spooky action at a distance is faster than light

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I _know_ that I don't understand quantum mechanics, so what does this imply for my entangled identical twin? (Everyone in our family says that we are spooky.)

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Apple handed victory in Samsung text-selection patent case

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Let us not forget ....

... the humble highlighter marker. Apple just copied that, as everybody did. Motor car designers copied the idea of a wheel at each corner of a cart - etc.

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NORKS closes South-Korea-run industrial enclave

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re. business boffin

I thought it was understood that the word 'boffin' could only be used to describe someone with extreme technical and scientific ability; someone who even other engineers and scientists had difficulty in following. Being a professor does not make one a boffin. Business and marketing, etc, people can't be boffins no matter how good they are. Yes, I'm a snob.

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Facebook skins Android with Facebook Home

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Re: Sorry - already sold my soul to google

Facebook can sell you a refurbished soul - slightly tarnished, one careless owner.

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Got a Sophos Web Protection box? Make sure it's up to date

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Shakes head

Is it actually possible to create an OS/app/device/appliance or website/etc that does not have security holes in it? You'd think that large corporations who specifically operate in the subject area would know what they are doing, .... but no. I'd have thought that all the potential security vulnerabilities would be known and understood by now?

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RAF graduates first class of new groundbased 'pilots'

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@Gwaptiva

Can you just say 'per ardua terram'? (It's 40 years since I wrangled latin grammar, after which I forgot most of it.)

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Hate being stalked by Facebook? Why not try Google+ stalking

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Riiiiiigt ......

...., because I want every marketard in the world to know my Google identity and Gmail address.

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Kiwi boffins bid up Earth-like planet prediction

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Re: Beelion is Oz

I thought UK was 'fash and chaps' and ZAR was 'fesh and cheps'. (I say 'fish and chips'.)

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Australia to reveal tech giants' tax tricks

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@Jolyon Smith Re: One can only presume...

That was an amazing example of digging yourself into a hole. Remember, if you misuse an analogy then it will bite you.

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Animal Liberation drone surveillance plan draws fire

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Bang! ...

It was coming right at me!

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Amazon joins Dropbox clones, hints at cloud storage margins

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Re: A fool and his data

That's why you encrypt the important/personal files and use more than one cloud provider - and keep a copy on your PC and an external drive at home.

What I'd like to see is some kind of 'storage management' application that does this automagically for specified folders.

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