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* Posts by frank ly

3419 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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I think that scattered reflections would be more or less halved in brightness, as would randomly polarised ambient light. There can be all sorts of complications with using polarised filters for viewing so maybe it got too difficult to ensure adequate vision through them.

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Re: Dazzle.

Also, if the indicator light is close to the headlamp, you won't be able to see if the indicator is flashing, as I've found out on a few occassions at night.

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BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

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I got mine from a bay run by people with eyepatches and wooden legs. There were thousands of people there at the same time as me.

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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re. the community work

I don't understand that part. Is it instead of the jail sentence and he can avoid jail if he completes it?

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Jarvis versus Jarvis: Don't DISRUPT the DISRUPTION GURU!

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Parody accounts

If an 'influential' person doesn't have a parody account, then I don't think they can be taken seriously.

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ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Re: Damn it

This may be an unintentionally good tactic for ISIS and any others who switch to using anonymous services. Governements, of many different shades, would jump on that activity as a good reason to ban such services and label any user as a terrorist sympathiser. The admins (and podmins) of such services would then be 'terrorist enablers' and the general public would be glad to see them hunted down and put out of operation. The screws would tighten even more on our freedoms of movement and expression, hence leading to greater dissatisfaction in society.

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TRANSMUTATION claims US LENR company

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Re: Whoopie!

Be careful not to fly too far away from the sun.

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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So ....

An internal network used to store and generate sensitive and classified documents has an internet connection that was used to download and view a .pdf 'news article'? Or, an idiot brought a USB stick in with some reading material he waned to catch up on? Maybe they should spend more time reading The Register (on a separate network).

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Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER

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Re: its production line isn't

If Apple doesn't have a production line, how do they make iPhones and Macs? This is so confusing.

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Storage, chip slingers pledge allegiance to Linux, open source

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Re: to: Jim Zemlin

Upvoted for an amusing parody of redneck illeracy. Oh, wait a minute ....

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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Re: Some thoughts...

As a Linux noob (1 year with MINT), I used mdadm to set up a RAID-0 array using two partitions from the two SSDs in my desktop PC. The documentation and advice is readily available online in tech notes and forums. You have to remember to update the initialisation files (there's a command for that) so it incorporates the RAID array into the filesystem at boot.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Re: bad poetry, bureacratic nonsense....

It might rhyme and have a jaunty rhythm in Arabic. You never know.

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UK.gov sinks another £1.6m into Internet of Stuff spec HyperCat

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Is this a UK government IT project?

Just wondering, you know.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Grub/nosh/snacks

Can we have cooking/recipe suggestions by early on Saturday that we can try to cook them on Saturday night? Then we can have post mortem picture links on Sunday. I miss the bacon sarnie debates.

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Creaky PC? SanDisk gives users a NAND with speedy '3-bitter' SSD

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Re: Percentages and bits

I'll try again:

I'm not talking about bytes used to represent characters, etc. I'm talking about the number of possible states that can be represented by a small number of bits.

A 6TB HDD could in theory have 2^(48*10^12) possible information states, but most of these would be highly unlikely since they'd have no use or meaning in the context of its normal use. When you're dealing with a small number of bits, then all possible states are equally likely.

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Percentages and bits

"TLC or 3 bits per cell flash stores 50 per cent more information in each cell than MLC (2 bits per cell) "

Three bits gives you eight possible values; two bits gives you four possible values. That sounds like one hundred percent more information.

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Dozens of COPS cuffed in Turkish Prime Minister's wiretap probe

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Re: It's weird

Both.

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

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Recruiting the best and the brightest

"... conning dozens of staff to enter their login details into fake web forums, and by tricking employees to download and execute malware hosted in a Microsoft SkyDrive account, and contained within an attached PDF file."

The people who fell for this should have their internet access blocked.

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Xen to practice art of motor vehicle embedded development

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Re: That's all very well

Then to save costs, they'll all share the same memory.

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Just wondering ...

" ... an Android virtual machine could run the entertainment system while a Linux VM takes care of niceties like keepingt the car on the road."

And a Windows VM could ... ?

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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@Def Re: Thunderbird + Lightning

I store my TB mailbox on a home network drive (all solid state, no fans) and so can access it from any of my computers at home. I use a plugin to access my Google calendars and also have private calendars on an FTP server out on the internet which work nicely with Lightning. Its all doable but I would concede that Thunderbird needs some polishing.

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Do you hear that? It's the sound of a Thunderbird plus Lightning.

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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Tears roll down my cheeks

" ... undertake a review of the case ... and to identify flaws so they won't be repeated in future government contracts."

I'm not laughing; I'm crying.

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TRIANGULAR orbits will help Rosetta to get up close with Comet 67P

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24th September - Night Excursion

Hoping to find nightclubs and bars?

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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Modern Mores

"If Booking.com had been breached, you'd expect a dump of customer details would have been posted online by now - if someone has found a way to access customer details and are keeping it to themselves in order to craft these very specific spear phishes, then this would be a rather unusual case. "

If I found a way to get this info (and I was of criminal intent), I wouldn't share it with anybody, unless they paid me. I'm old fashioned.

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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With cable, you lay the line.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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So many things to consider.

" ... Navdy has refuted claims that its new device is dangerous, ..."

Have they refuted these claims or have they just denied them? Refutation needs proof.

"You hear that? Pilots use it; it's safe"

Pilots have lots and lots of training. They don't have other aircraft jumping out in front of them or traffic lights turning red suddenly as they fly along.

"Projected like it's two metres in front of you, so you never have to adjust your focus away from your driving."

If you drive around focussed on what's two metres in front of you, you'll miss everything you need to be paying attention to.

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YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator

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Re: 1 step closer to their goal

That would have made a great sub-heading joke.

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SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

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@Eddy Ito Re: 6 months?

Your idea is technically good but the act of revoking a signature can only be done by someone in the 'offending jurisdiction' actively telling the revoker that something is wrong - hence potentially falling foul of the law there. Another layer of 'everything is ok' messages would need to be sent between the various signors, perhaps every week. It could be done with proper organisation of staff but it then starts to get complicated.

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Google hops into bed with Brit red-top: Cooks up 'draw an app' coding compo for kids

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From the Sun article

"You’ll get to build a game and start hacking with a Raspberry Pi."

It's an evil plot to raise a hacker army. Or maybe an evil plot to pre-screen citizens for hacker tendencies?

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Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

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History sort of repeats itself

"Clapper insists he did not lie to Congress in his statement. Instead, he argues, it depends on your definition of "collect." "

I did not have data monitoring with that computer.

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: I'm wondering ....

Is there a branch of mathematics which describes the hyperlink paths that are followed by someone reading mathematical articles on Wikipedia? If not, there ought to be.

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I'm wondering ....

.... what the difference is between 'dynamical' systems and dynamic systems. Is it one of those subtle distinctions?

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One in 12 Tweeps are bots

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Tweeps?

I think the word 'tweeps' should be reserved for tweets from peeps.

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Beware of Greeks bearing spammy small omicrons, says Google

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My favourite website (mybonk.com) has been taken offline. Is this related?

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£100m DMI omnifail: BBC managers' emails trawled by employment tribunal

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Use of technology

"Linwood claimed he was given a choice of resigning or going through a disciplinary process and facing dismissal. Coles and Burdon denied this."

A small, good quaity audio recording device in your jacket top pocket would be useful in some situations.

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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

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@Scott Earle Re: I've often wondered

Any kidding aside, the North Sea would make a great heatsink.

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Re: You could build Bitcoin heaters

You're showing signs of long term planning and joined up thinking. There's no place for you in the modern world.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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@Lost all Faith Re: Nice thing to have

I use it mostly as a miniature tablet, mainly via WiFi. On walks and visits I use the camera and then the installed FTP client can shovel the pictures to my home networked FTP server. It has Dropbox and GDrive clients installed on in and an email client and a GoogleCalendar app. It's amazing what a modern smart'phone' can do.

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Re: Nice thing to have

I doubt that it would last long if you use it as a music player; driving the earpieces will use lots of battery charge. Similarly, using it as a phone but not even making calls would drain the battery, probably within a week or maybe two if you're lucky.

My smartphones have always lasted about 5 days between charges (HTC Wildfire then Incredible and now a Nexus 4). I have WiFi on all day at home but I don't make many calls and I don't use GPS or Bluetooth and I don't play music on it and I hardly ever use mobile data. I also put it in airplane mode when I go to bed. I can only assume that you do all those things all at the same time.

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Secretive Apple's super-secret university is full of BULL chic – leakers

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"Even the toilet paper in the bathrooms is really nice."

Cue associated jokes .........

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

" ... e = mc2 can be easily understood ..."

If you believe that, you've been gulled.

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Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

Something, something, ... downvote crown, something .... troll award.

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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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Magic Report

Is Gartner's Magic Quadrant or Hype Report anywhere near the ToD?

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O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge

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Cyber Security Accreditation

If you get that, does it mean you've cooperated in installing GCHQ taps into your network?

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Microsoft fixes all those shaky GoPro vids nobody wants to watch

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Very impressive results

I'm wondering how long it would take the average laptop to process a video in this way.

The linked video was a very good and detailed (if rapid) overview of the techniques used. Why oh why did they have to add loud modern/hip music at the end of it? (I'm a grumpy old curmudgeon, I know.)

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Another step forward for diamond-based quantum computers

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Fibre to the chip

I assume that block and translucent strip going up from it is to do with coupling photons into where they are needed..

Has any work been done on laying fibre optic tracks on PCBs or within chips?

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Anonymous wifi the latest casualty of Russia net neurosis

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@Alfred2 Re: Lessons will be learnt

Over the weekend, The Independent carried three articles about online bullying (and 'grooming'), within which a former Government spokesman said that the internet was becoming too dangerous for children and that the Government needed to get tough on 'the industry'.

This feels like an initial massaging of public opinion to enable acceptance of restrictions.

One idea mentioned was to use Australian legislation about online bullying as a reference model. So, look to Australia as inspiration for future UK government attitudes and legislation of the internet.

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Faster than a speeding data block

"In all cases the signals sent are time-sliced to ensure controls respond instantly ... "

No, they respond within a defined and acceptable time delay, by design.

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