* Posts by frank ly

4880 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Technical Question

"The reduced air pressure allows the vehicles to move at nearly the speed of sound while using very little propulsive power."

What is the speed of sound in a "near vacuum"?

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Google open sources Thread in bid to win IoT standards war

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Re: Not sure I get the point...

Many years ago, when using Win XP, I found a simple program that would take a picture from a webcam at regular intervals and overwite a .jpg file with it. It was a simple matter to set up an Apache webserver to deliver that picture. Since I knew my IP address (or could use DynDNS or NoIP) I could proudly show my colleagues a realtime picture of my living room that updated every time I pressed a browser reload button. They shrugged and said 'meh'.

Hasn't anyone developed a similar arrangement (with better options) and put it on GitHub or similar places?

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"However, any products will still need to be certified by the Thread Group and manufacturers will need to sign up as members."

Fork it and rename it as Stitch. Share it with us and set up a user group called the Sewing Circle.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

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@kryptonaut Re: RE: "...you won't get content..."

"The argument "'I never click on ads, so nobody loses if I block them" does not hold water - ...(etc)"

The publisher is easily capable of blocking site access to those people who do block ads. So, if as you say they don't like the "deal", they are free to not accept it.

Your comparison with .mp3 files is not reasonable since .mp3 files were produced with the intent of selling them. No website I've ever seen has a statement that my viewing of the ads is a condition of looking at it. Some websites have told me that they know I'm blocking ads and politely ask me to consider not blocking them. Yes, it's complex and comparisons with other forms of publishing don't shed light on it.

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@Palpy Re: RE: "...you won't get content..."

It is a strange situation. Quite a few years ago, I used to buy The Independent newspaper in the UK, spending about £25 a month. For a long time now, I've read The Independent online and that £25 a month pays for my internet connection and resulting access to many other publications. I imagine that lots of people are in a similar situation to me. I also use Adblock, NoScript and Request Policy (3rd party content block) to the maximum extent possible consistent with reading a news article.

The Independent has now become an online-only newspaper. So, where do they get their money from and how long can they last?

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Brexit campaign group fined £50k for sending half a million spam texts

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Translation

"Many of those who were sent the texts had consented to receiving messages about areas including leisure, home improvements and insurance ...."

Many of those who were sent texts had purchased or enquired about leisure goods/services, home improvement materials or insurance. They had foolishly given their mobile number, thinking that this would be used in case of a genuine and urgent need to contact them.

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Huge embarrassment over fisting site data breach

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Coat

I suppose their cheeks will be red due to blushing now

Coat: As fast as I can butt with a limp.

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Google asks Unicode to look over 13 new emoji showing professional women

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@Herby Re: We now need to support...

Thank you for the link Herby :) However, that site closed in July last year :( It all changes so fast nowadays, I just can't keep up with what's happening, lol. (Who needs emojis anyway?)

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Archaeologists find oldest ever ground-edge stone axe

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Truly fascinating, but

"It is made by spending hundreds and hundreds of hours rubbing the axe against fine-grained material until you have a polished edge," Professor O'Conner says.

"The smooth surface of the axe head was unnatural and was achieved according to tests through an estimated 800 strokes against sandstone."

It wouldn't take me 'hundreds and hundreds of hours' to perform 800 grinding/polishing strokes on a small axehead. I suggest that these ancient humans invented the tea break and went too far with it.

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At the BBC, Agile means 'making it up as we go along'

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The article picture

I suppose the Doctor could take them back in time, so they can strangle it at birth. Oh ... I've just realised.

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PLA sys admin gets six months house arrest for yanking US Army docs

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Have you ever worked for a foreign army?

I was in the PLA for 5 years but I spend all my time goofing off and falsifying my worksheets and travel records. That's not 'working'.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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Re: Hope she learns electronics next

You should be inducted into the comedy hall of fame for that, no matter how much it Hertz.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Re: If

Now that I've actually read the linuxmint.com latest blog/article:

"Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:

From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”

or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”

or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option."

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Re: If

There may be some legal subtlety at work. The existing versions with codecs can only be distributed in certain countries (such as the UK) where it's legally possible to distribute these codecs. These versions with codecs can't be distributed in Japan and the USA (I think).

If, after installation and logging in, a user takes positive voluntary action to install codecs, that's the user's responsibility. If it's done as part of the system installation process then it's the distributor's responsibility.

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Re: Who cares

I've been using Mint for three years and it never occurred to me to find out how many other people use it. You must be interested in it, deep down inside, you know, (wink).

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Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G

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Put it in writing then

In the form of a legally binding contract, with clearly stated timescales, measurable achievements, conditional stage payments and a combination of early finish bonuses with stiff penalty clauses for failures. I'm sure the government could manage that. Oh ..... wait a minute.

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Landing Barges

I like the way they name the landing barges after Culture minds/ships. Or maybe the barges named themselves. In case anyone missed it in the video, that one is called 'Of Course I Still Love You'. I think a previous barge was named 'Just Read The Manual'. Never mind Gravitas, let's have some fun.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

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Ah, patents.

"Nest's arrival also spurred Honeywell into action, resulting in a range of new thermostats from the company with more user-friendly interfaces and even a new round thermostat Honeywell calls Lyric."

It seems that Honeywell have copied Nest. Honeywell should thank Nest for encouraging it to get off its big fat backside and do something new.

"Honeywell brought its case against Nest in 2012 claiming the upstart had infringed its patents covering user interfaces and remote controls."

Yeah, right. Just about every UI design under the sun is obvious to anyone "skilled in the art" and most of them are just about presentation of graphic-art on a box of some shape. I wasn't aware that Honeywell had invented a new remote control technology that had never been used before.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Trying to get the virus

Last September, I got a recycled Win 7 Pro SP1 licence and installation DVD, did the install on my desktop, and went through three months of update hell before it eventually asked me if I wanted to upgrade to Win 10. I said yes and it did, so I now have Win 10 'capability'. Maybe if you leave it running and connected to the internet it will get there eventually.

As for Win 10 itself, I've installed three programs (yes, programs, not applications!) that don't run well under WINE if at all. It seems to work and it looks 'modern'.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: The lock in Question

My name is ...... I said ..... ok, ok,... foxtrot, romeo, alpha, november, er, er, the eleventh letter of the alphabet ..... no, not the seventh, the eleventh. Yes, it has happened, more than once. They sounded American but I suspect that they merely learned 'English' from American tutors or (more likely) watched many American tv series.

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Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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It took a while for the bank to notice

It seems that neither she nor the bank live in the real world.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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It'll take about a week to heal so no jolly rogering for a while.

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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Re: Roaming - just don't care

As far as I'm aware, in the UK, calls from a mobile to a 'standard' landline and other mobile networks are the same. (Having said that, I'm on a contract with a fixed number of minutes a month.) I know that some mobile networks offer discounted or 'free' minutes for calls on PAYG within their own network.

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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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Re: Hmm. If one is an aspiring terrorist......

Windows 10 with automatic updates enabled !

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ICO fines NHS trust £185K for publicly airing personnel files

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Re: Why do they need to know

There is a legal requirement to give equal opportunities regardless of religious belief and sexual orientation. Also, as a publicly funded body, the NHS has made commitments to these principles. How can they prove that they have given equal opportunities, for compliance checks and flag waving? Simple: they note, record, analyse, (and publish) these data metrics about their staff.

(However, I have a feeling that if you said that you're a pansexual Pastafarian, your career wouldn't go very far.)

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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"...President Trump has quite a ring to it, ..."

Sounds more like a farting sound to me.

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MongoDB on breaches: Software is secure, but some users are idiots

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Actually

“We can't force them to make these changes, but we can educate them.”

You can force them, in new versions, but that might drive them away.

Free, permissive licence, many users, lots of forums; what's not to like? Oh, wait a minute, what's this security thing?

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Getting shafted the Silicon Valley way

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In the background?

That looks like the foreground to me.

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Mayday! I have flight stability and weapons arming problems!

Have you tried turning it off and then on again?

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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This is strangely admirable

Like an abstract work of art.

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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

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"In a separate statement, the company's founder and CEO Thurman Rogers has announced he will step down from the role, saying that the board and executive staff have urged him to “bring new blood” into the company."

That sounds like polite code for being kicked out.

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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Re: Extortion and crime in the DNS game?

"... I delegate .com, .net, country codes and the few .info sites that are criminal so all these other domains effectively don't exist."

Did you mean to say "... that are not criminal ..."?

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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It's an investment ....

.... to prevent this in the future:

"... which caused the car company to recall 1.4 million vehicles for a software upgrade ..."

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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Dual Redundant Power Feeds?

I heard about this idea somewhere.

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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re. "Rampant Robot"

That could be a good model name for some kind of autonomous sexual stimulation device. I'm sure there'd be some suing going on but that could add to the general excitement.

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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Myopia

Why did it take them so long to notice the breach of 'conflict-of-interest policies' regarding her husband, son and daughter in law? Is it that you're allowed a certain level of corruption (a level which you're never told the exact value) and then get smacked for everything when you go above a certain amount?

The university authorities need a good smacking for allowing all this to happen.

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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Re: Simple question

Time in any other universes doesn't matter in our universe. I don't have enough space to explain why.

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The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

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Re: utility poles and vibrations

For a broken/fallen utility pole, can't they send a pulse down the line, using simple portable equipment, then note the timing/distance of the large reflection caused by the break?

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German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

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Use of money

"... a €2.4m EU research grant to crack open embedded software on... e-bikes."

Might it not be cheaper and quicker to hire 'consultancy' expertise (and sight of the source code) from the companies that make them?

If the good Professor will be having influence over future standards and regulations, the manufacturers should be fighting each other to get to him first.

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Go to Topshop, make a Bluetooth gizmo, stick it on your dress

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So ....

"TopShop has worked on the program with L Marks, which created start-up incubator JLab for high-street giant John Lewis three years ago."

They have a track record in this area. What did they achieve in three years; does anyone know?

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Re: Technology that is both useful and fashionable

It's amazing, the 'tax efficient' arrangements you can make when you're rich.

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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Re: W10 vs W8

I loved Win XP. It was made useless (on my old laptop) by an amazingly large set of updates just before Win 7 was released, so I got a new laptop with Win 7. When I read about Win8, I switched to Linux Mint 13 because I didn't want to get caught again. With the MATE desktop, I made an XP look/feel setup on my old laptop that ran well.

Can anyone suggest why I'd want to buy a device running Windows (apart from obvious things like being committed to Photoshop, etc)?

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

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Re: Confirmation is needed

Oh no, I forgot the joke icon.

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Confirmation is needed

"BeautifulPeople told Forbes passwords and financial data were not at risk and claimed to have notified all affected users."

We should wait for an El Rel commentard to confirm that they have received a notification email and tell us how reassuring it is (or not). We certainly won't get this from an El Reg staffer.

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CERN publishes massive data set

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I always suspected that all those particles were in it together. It took a massive effort by CERN to flush them out into the open where we could see them and understand what they were up to.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Good to see the're progressing to get back to Gnome 2

"... this release is the first to allow you to move the Unity launcher to the bottom of the screen."

I laughed when I read that. (Long term MATE user here.)

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: Well

Does the owner of land have any kind of salvage rights over objects that fall on it?

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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"What's not to like?"

Indeed. What could possibly go wrong?

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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I assume that anyone who was registered with such a sensitive site would use a false username, a unique password and access it via the Tor network.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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I'm wondering

Is it ok to get a couple of his albums from the torrents now. I'm never sure about the etiquette for these situations.

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