* Posts by frank ly

3765 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

'A strong response from Apple would be a lawsuit' – Steve Jobs

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"... the plaintiffs's legal beak ..."

A 'beak' is a magistrate or a judge.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Better than beep:

When I came back to England from Tunis airport, after a package holiday in Tunisia, back in 2000, lots of people were just standing around looking at noticeboards and waiting for flights. A security man was wondering around carrying what could best be described as a cross between a wand and a mace, about a foot long with a bulbous translucent plastic head. Every now and then he'd wave it around someone and every now and then it would flash coloured lights in the head and make a noise best described as 'beeeee-weeeeee-oooooo-beep'. Then he'd move on, apparently doing nothing about the lights and the sound.

He approached me and I decided the best course of action would be to ignore him. He waved the 'wand' over me as he passed me to my right, then the wand made it's noise. I made no reaction and he moved on. I can only assume that it was some kind of psychological test whereby a person who was feeling guilty about carrying a bomb or drugs would jump out of their skin and make a run for it - or so their security theory would go. The entire thing was surreal and very silly. Has anybody else encountered this type of thing anywhere?

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Stupid humans and their EXPENSIVE DATA BREACHES

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Re: Encryption?

If I am sent data in error and that data is encrypted, how can I see it if I don't have decryption processes and the decryption key? That would be the point of encrypting data for security in the event of sending it to the wrong person outside an organisation.

Within an organisation, there would be less risk in case of accidental sending to the wrong person, but you could compartmentalise by division/department etc. as far as was thought to be needed.

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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Zombies?

That would have been my immediate line of inquiry.

Edit: Mark, check out those 'environmental workers', I wonder how they might have disposed of the brains.

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GOOAALLL! Back of the net! 'Millions of dollars' score .football gTLD

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Dotty nomenclature

"dot-rodeo, dot-vodka", " .news, .golf", "dot-spot addresses"

How about .consistent and .convention?

(I remember when Star Wars was released and journalists wrote about those lovable characters called 'Artoodeetoo' and 'Seethreepio'. How I laughed.)

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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

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Re: Sigh.

Can a player have the role of a female and/or a 'black' character and do all the things you described? If so, it would be non-discriminatory. (Just trying to be logical here.)

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

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Hmmm?

"Problems with the initial release of an operating system are nothing new, especially on existing hardware ..."

Does it usually run ok on non-existant hardware?

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

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Video conferencing

Wasn't that supposed to do away with the need to travel anywhere?

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Should you call on comms suppliers when you go for a BYOD setup?

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What about MAC address filtering?

" ... you have to change the key frequently to prevent the world and his dog connecting from the car park over the road months after they left the company, ... "

Just remove their device from the MAC address filter whitelist.

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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That would be a series of experiments in which the measuring instrument is affected by each experiment. Not scientifically sound but good fun I'd say.

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Iranian CLEAVER hacks through airport security, Cisco boxen

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This is why ...

... my fridge and my central heating system will never be connected to the internet.

Why does an airport security gate need to be accessible from the internet anyway?

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Apple patents NEVERSMASH iPHONE for fumbling fondlers

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Oddball weights

"As well as eccentric weights, which are already used in the gyroscopes of iPhones, ..."

I thought the integrated gyroscope used micro-machined beams with a mass at the end and force/strain gauge sensors on the beams? Am I thinking too 'modern'? One day, they'll use ring laser gyros I suppose.

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US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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Ah but

" ... should warn every organisation that accepts credit card payments that they are an active target,..."

But it won't, because, "We're not retail/parking/whatever and we have good security; it was tested by experts (five years ago)."

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: The answer is still no.

My XP laptop went into terminal slowness after a long spate of Windows updates. This was just before Win7 was unleashed onto the world. I always thought that was a strange coincidence.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

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Pi ... its full value has never been expressed...

That's because it's irratatouinalle.

Coat: As fast as I can.

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Re: Screw the clipart

http://www.hloom.com/microsoft-office-templates

http://templates.libreoffice.org

http://templates.openoffice.org

Any good?

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Fait Acompli: Microsoft gobbles Android email upstart for $200m

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Re: Fait

It was the fate of Acompli to be gobbled up by Microsoft. $200 million should be worth the pun-ishment.

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Yahoo, Bing beg 'right to be forgotten' wipers: Don't FORGET about US

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As a matter of interest

Do Google (and others) publish a list of accepted and rejected requests for removal? I think they should.

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APPLE set to Air PLUS-SIZED iPAD – claims mag

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Re: Dinner Plates

If it was round, then it wouldn't have corners. I don't know where I'm going with this ......

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

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Cultural Exchange

Will The Register be hosting any of these brave pioneers, to show them what is possible? Imagine their reaction of seeing the consequences of letting a thousand commentards bloom.

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Bought an iPhone 6 Plus? Odds are you've binned the iPad

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@ Arctic Fox Re: @Simple Si Indeed - thus demonstrating how easy it is for.............

So, tell us about the fanny.

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Holy sh*t! Amsterdam man in pop-up public toilet shock horror

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Safety features?

I assume there is some kind of sensor to prevent it from retracting if a reasonably large/warm body is in there. Perhaps a small, well wrapped up person might be taken to a different world one winter's day?

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Masala omelette

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www.ringoffire.net

For reference/research purposes.

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UK.gov mulls three-point turn on three-point turn thanks to satnav. Weeeeeeee. THUD

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Old Style?

The navigation system in my car is a large spiral bound GB road atlas. They are very cheap (about £2) and available at many shops and petrol stations. The disadvantages of my system are that it requires me to be able to think and remember stuff but I don't seem to have a problem with that.

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Jacking up firearms fees will cost SMEs £3.5 MILLION. Thanks, Plod

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Re: No sympathy

It's at least 30 years since I called upon the 'services' of the police, unlike some people I read about or even some I know who've had cars vandalised or stolen or had their homes or businesses burgled. Yet, I still have to pay my general taxation and a distinctly annonated amount for police services in my councuil tax every year.

I'm far less of a drain on the police budget that these people, so why can't I get a rebate?

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Japan pauses asteroid BOMBING raid – still no word from Bruce Willis?

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JAXA

I immediately thought of war rocket Ajax. Can the asteroid be named Flash Gordon?

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Colourblind

It's the colour of an unripe banana that's been stored badly in a supermarket warehouse.

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UK computing museum starts reboot of 65-year-old EDSAC

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Imagine ....

.... being there when they boot it up and hearing it play its startup tune for the first time in decades. Awesome!

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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Re: Que?

It looks like they need a syntax highlighting editor. ('mount', it's what jockeys do.)

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A DRONE OF THEIR OWN: GoPro tabbed for cameracopter launch

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Re: Badge engineering?

You mean 'paywall', unless you really were making hacking attempts on the WSJ firewall.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Seems familiar

" ... this won't be a quantum laptop but a scalable machine which will open a "pathway to quantum computers big enough to tackle any problem"."

After a short time, it will say, "The answer is forty two. I'll help you design the next one."

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As-a-service upstarts will KILL OFF THE CORPORATES?

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" ...the kind of firm that couldn't have existed in the 1930s."

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a packet steamer full of ribbon bound handwritten folio sheets.

Data latency would be a problem but that encourages a slower and more pleasant pace of life.

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Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids

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re. Footnote 1

Why didn't you patent it or 'register' it? (Ask Apple for advice .... oh....)

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UK.gov biz dept: Yoof APPRENTICE? Get a degree while YOU'RE HIRED

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Yes, this takes me back to the 70s when I was a student apprentice on a thin sandwich course. The entire system requires companies to have faith in their future, a 'vision' of long term stability in their operations and willingness to invest time and money in their staff.........

I remember a manager telling me that he wasn't happy that I and my fellow apprentices were given 'time off with pay' to attend a degree course, because we'd just leave for a better job when we'd finished. I said that we might do but the company could also recruit new staff who'd themselves had a degree education as well as experience in appropriate areas by similar methods, so everyone would benefit. He went quiet and scratched his head over that one.

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Technology quiz reveals that nobody including quiz drafters knows anything about IT

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"The quiz in question is ..."

questionable and quizzical?

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UK cops: Give us ONE journo's phone records. Vodafone: Take the WHOLE damn database!

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I think that the Met gave a copy of what they had (been given) to Vodafone so that Vodafone themselves could figure out what they had done. The impression is that Vodafone just dug out a big lump of data without paying much attention to it.

However, the data was all about many journalists and staff at a particular news company. If the Met had asked for mobile phone data on one particular person who happened to work at a bank, would you expect the mobile phone company to give data about all employees of that bank? It may be that Vodafone had a contract to supply mobile services to the newspaper and made a mistake. It may be that the Met specifically asked about the newspaper and identified the original 'lone' journalist as a journalist working for that newspaper .... etc. I suspect we will never know, unless the Met tell the truth.

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Dawn raids on Orange over TROMBONING allegations were fine, rules EU court

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The first result on Google Images is instructive

What is 'safe search' anyway?

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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"beware: fibre optic cables"

Is that because the broken ends can stab into you then snap off and cause all sorts of problems?

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

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Re: Data retention

Maybe they could rewrite it, slowly, with an average two year rewrite cycle? I don't think anyone would use this for long term archiving if no frequent access is needed. They could rewrite the entire drive, as a low priority task every two years ....etc.

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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Don't apologise to us, apologise to Académie française.

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Stop the IoT revolution! We need to figure out packet sizes first

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" ... and increase goodput."

Isn't 'goodput' what you get when you've increased throughput?

"... an increased delay.", "... a moderate packet payload size ..."

I can't imagine that my fridge or central heating controller would be bothered or affected by an inreased delay or have anything more than a small packet payload size. Is this about the IoT things or the neighbourhood network data gathering process?

Alternatively, I can imagine the problems involved in controlling individual IoT enabled lightbulbs and kettles in a large office building; if you want to go down that route.

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No more lies, T-Mobile US: Download speed caps magically vanished on speed test websites

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The best way to test broadband speed ....

.... is to download a large and popular torrent, but not for a long time of course, just to test it you understand.

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Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

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The mainstream press get their information from 'trusted sources', i.e. sources who they often have lunch and drinks with. The NSA and GCHQ are probably running a serious lunch and drinks operation on this one.

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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You make a good point actually. My first experience of Linux (Mint 13) was basically a good one but had at least a month of swearing, mostly because I was in a 'Windows' mindset after many years of using Windows. I've found that a quick Google search will point you to a variety of forums on which absolutely every aspect of Linux operation is discussed with forums specialising in particular distributions.

After a short time and a bit of refining searches, I found drivers and setup instructions for my old Dell network printer, my old Epson scanner and lots of well written advice on how to do many things. I've even set up a RAID-0 array, using mdadm, on my desktop PC after following the instructions and advice on the more technical forums.

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Re: XFCE

The even more basic LXDE is great on my ten year old Acer Travelmate and my EEE netbook. All I want to do is run applications; eye candy holds no interest for me.

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"... a 'naive' user ..."

Did you offer to sell them an installation DVD for £20?

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New Snapchat Snapcash service inspires amateur PORN STARS

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Re: Safe replys

Do you want to see pictures of my wife riding the pink pony? [We used an approved vegetable based dye, of course.]

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: Blind leading the blind

By strange coincidence, The Independent has just published an article about how Theresa May only sleeps for 5-6 hours a night. She seems to be positioning herself as Thatcher's heiress, projecting a strong-woman image. I assume that her PR team advised against being pictured with a hunting rifle while bare chested on horseback, since two of those activities would be illegal in this country.

I'm wondering what the effects of long term sleep deprivation are on someone's physcial and mental health.

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Re: Static addresses

I'm with Virgin Media in the UK and my IP address is 'static' in that it always stays the same. (Until they have a network 'upgrade', then my modem locks up and I have to phone them and they 'reboot' it and I get a new IP address). The longest time I went with the same IP address was five years. Also, if I check with whatsmyip.com and similar services, they tell me that the host name is cpc3-(redacted)-2-0-cust(redacted).cable.virginm.net, which suggests to me that I can easily be traced by anyone who contacts VM and asks them nicely where I live.

Because of this, I have no problem directing my No-IP services to my home, until the next VM network 'upgrade' when I need to update the IP pointers.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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No problem

I'm sure we can all remember what number to call.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWc3WY3fuZU

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