* Posts by frank ly

3688 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Re: What are the infection rates for desktop linux users?

Also .... are there any attempts at Linux viruses/malware out there? I assume that most 'ordinary' people running Linux are not running as superuser, unless they make an occasional sudo effort while system wrangling or if they are foolish.

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Rare Stegosaurus skeleton moves into plush London pad

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" ... weighed as much as a 4x4 vehicle"

How many fridges is that?

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Pharmacist caught spying on friends' med records fined £1,000

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Re: And only £500 for 1000 Orange records?

It's about breach of trust by a registered professional and the sensitivity of the information being 'misused'.

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HMRC dishes out tax rewards to GOV.UK... for inking deals with MEGABUCKS SIs

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A key question for suppliers:

("... and (iii) use of the infrastructure is for non-business activity.")

Which games are bundled free with the equipment?

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Why did men evolve map-reading skills? They were PAID BY BONK - study

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Additional explanation?

A man who could range further, and get back home safely, would be better at hunting game animals and bringing food back and also be a sought after leader of hunting groups. Such a man would be a more attractive mate than less skilled men and hence have more women desiring him.

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OMG, that CLOUD has a TV in it! Sony goes Over The Top in telly wars

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Re: Proof they don't get it

I suppose that you don't want to see adverts between and during the programmes that you're watching either? :)

The question would be; how much are you prepared to spend to have the situation that you want? The tv channel companies rely on selling your, and thousands of other eyeballs to advertisers, as a captive, guarenteed by habit and measurable statistics audience. How much would you pay and how would you pay for the content you wanted to watch, when you wanted to watch it?

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£2k burning a hole in your pocket? Let this 'advanced' DRONE relieve you

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Re: Legislation may not be required

"... but can't justify it at home...."

You don't have to store it or use it at home.

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

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It all depends ...

... on how you pronounce it, internally as you read. (I was chuckling all the way.)

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SUPER-JAMMY Philae comet probe got down WITHOUT harpoons

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Re: Good luck, at the end of the day

I saw a news item that featured a duplicate of Rosetta in a test/simulation chamber and I'd be surprised if they didn't have a duplicate of Philae available for prodding and poking. If you're building something like these, the marginal cost of making two instead of one (at the same time) is a very small fraction of the project budget.

They could give a duplicate Philae (or its component subsystems) a good hammering in a test chamber to see what failure modes are induced under what conditions.

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Good luck, at the end of the day

"Since the harpoons failed to fire, the lander is likely anchored by its three ice-screw legs."

Or possibly fewer than three. It will be important to find out (if possible) why the thruster had failed and why the harpoons didn't work. For now, we can breathe a sigh of relief and raise a glass, or three.

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WATCH: Rosetta astroboffin TATTOOED with PHILAE from the FUTURE!

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@ukgnome Re: Your article is in bad taste, Jasper

Doesn't that eventually disappear ........er....... nevermind.

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

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Re: What's with the Yorkshire thing?

There may be some people who don't know where Calderdale or Halifax is, so this is useful for them. (There used to be lots of places called Halifax, almost on every high street, as I remember.)

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Sixteen shades of grey survive Viennese quantum optics test

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Re: grey?

Did you watch the video? (turn the sound down). They scanned a greyscale image and encoded it as sixteen levels of grey to send across the optical link.

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FIRST for HUMANITY: Fridge-size PROBOT headed for COMET TOUCHDOWN

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Re: In space no one can hear your sonar

".., sound travels pretty well through rock ..."

Yes it does, but how will the sound be coupled to the rock through the vacuum at the comet's surface. Maybe Philae will smear it with a big blob of K-Y Jelly? Maybe it's actually radar and not sonar? The devil is always in the details.

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Texas boffins put radio waves in a spin

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Re: Breadboard

Yes, it is heartwarming. Even better, if you look closely you'll see that it's an old bit of wood from the 'recycle' bin, with drilled holes from a previous use.

(Coal fire? You were lucky!)

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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Re: Grammar

There should be a comma after the "Oh" and a semicolon (instead of the comma) after "UK.gov", then a fullstop at the end of the sentence.

Well spotted.

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Boffin imagines Wi-Fi-defined no-shoot zones for wireless weapons

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Facepalm

Any gunsmith (or keen workshop operator) could easily bypass any mechanical interlock. I wonder if some people who 'work' with computers and software have ever touched hardware in their lives. This is aside from the major logictical problem of redesigning guns and retrofitting all existing guns.........

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Oracle gives HR tool to track your fitness

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It's important to keep the livestock in good condition

Just that.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Going to pot

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@xj25vm Re: Flawed Solutions & Superficial Analysis

When measuring the electrical resistance of wet soil, you need to be aware that using a d.c. voltage/current could easily give you electrolysis effects or even plating of your electrodes. It might be wise to use a.c. excitation of the resistance probe.

Have you tried purely capacitive sensors? You could make a simple one using two plates of metal, fixed a short distance apart, that have been dipped/painted with epoxy resin to remove resistive effects. Ideally, the plates would be perforated to allow rapid migration of soil moisture between the plates.

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Re: Tamagochi in the real world

"... a dangerous looking slug is in proximity....."

Remotely operated frickin lasers!

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Hot, horny bees swerve PLANET-SAVING DUTIES as climate warms, claim boffins

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Even I, who've never kept bees, knows that the majority of active honey bees are sterile females with no interest in mating. The only purpose of the small number of males (called 'dones') is to breed with the queen bee when the time is right. It may be that what the drones get up to in their spare time has a slight bearing on this but the majority of pollinating bees are the sterile females (called 'workers').

Note: It may be that the bumblebee population is being discussed here, since they have a different lifestyle and social organisation. I'll wait for someone who knows to comment.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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re. Rampant Rabbi, etc.

I didn't believe you, until I looked at the website. Now, I don't believe the website. (No, I'm not going to order one to find out.)

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Newly public dot-dentist flogger Rightside's shares jump on strong domain sales

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Is this allowed?

"Rightside announced that it has received $8.6m in income in exchange for dropping its bids for seven new gTLDs ..."

Isn't this auction rigging of some kind?

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FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

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Point of responsibility?

If I buy and use a networked scanner with a 'scan to email' function, then surely any patent breach responsibility lies with the manufacturer of the scanner?

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Why 120 people protested outside San Francisco City Hall (Hint: 'Hybrid' net neutrality)

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Re: The penchant for bad public policy goes on

"I doubt most companies or the government are going to pay for access to the fast lane .."

They might even pay to have that traffic go in the slow and regularly dropped lane. Just part of the paid options list when everything is for sale.

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Crooks are using proxy servers to build more convincing phishing sites – new claim

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Happy

...someone _who_ can speak English.

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Home Depot: Someone's WEAK-ASS password SECURITY led to breach

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Re: Add more technology - solved

It's like saying that the toilet cleaners need to store their bleach in the CEO's safe. (Make up your own analogy.) It's cheaper than making a special storage cupboard for them, in the short term anyway.

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HOT YOUNG STAR about to GIVE BIRTH, long range images show

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I remember when ....

... people were arguing about whether other not stars would even have planets. Now they take pictures of planets around other stars and argue about the exact mechanics and timescales of their formation. That's progress.

Next up: The existence of intelligent life outside our solar system?

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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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Lots of popcorn time

"... Today people are talking about moving DR [disaster recovery] functionality to the cloud,”

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Rovnix Trojan infection outbreak infects 130,000 machines in Blighty

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In many years of using Windows ...

... I only got a virus once (as detected by whatever anti-virus I had). That was when I did something stupid - I downloaded a printer driver from a website, devoted to drivers, that anyone could upload to - yes, very stupid.

Do so many people really click on the links (obfuscated or otherwise) they see in spam/phising emails?

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

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Techie/Legal stuff

" ... There is a notional plastic barrel in Crumling's accompanying 3D-printed "gun" as well, with pretend rifling to comply with US gun law, ..."

Can anyone explain that bit please? This is the sort of detail that fascinates me, for some reason.

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Old hat: Fedora 21 beta late than never... and could be best ever

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"... why should other applications be able to see other windows?"

Because I want to be able to take a screenshot without having to get my camera?

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Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

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Block Diagrams

That's what's needed. If they know and understand what they're doing, they should be able to draw some to show the salient points and the differences from what other methods do.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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That rifle

It looks a lot like my old Webley Vulcan Mk1 .22 air rifle. Can anyone identify it?

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

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Re: Figure out the pricing...

Your horse needs to set up its own club - maybe with some help and advice from you.

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UK Cabinet Office's £200m IT bonanza: I got 999 contracts but a pitch ain't won (yet)

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"... as many as 999 firms ..."

Is that because they set the data field up for only three digits?

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UN takeover of internet postponed indefinitely

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Re: We do not need to trust these people and we should not trust them.

@Gene Cash - If you knew my IPv4 address, a quick DNS lookup would tell you my ISP and, if you were familiar with the four letter abbreviations, the name of the town I live in/near. If you contacted my ISP with the required formal authorisation then they would tell you my address, my phone number and my credit card number. So, how is IPv6 any 'worse' that that?

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Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

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Now I'm worried

"Meanwhile, Microsoft gets access to the estimated 200 million Dropbox users and the chance to flog them some Office 365 subscriptions at the same time."

Does this mean I'll be getting Microsoft adverts masquerading as files in my Dropbox? The Dropbox application already tries to run as root, now and then, on my Linux box. I keep telling it 'NOOOO' and it comes back and behaves itself until the next time.

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Oculus Rift tech-specs 'MANY MONTHS away' from hitting the shelves

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Re: Spec creep?

" .. a room wallpapered with QR codes."

That might sell to tech-happy kids; especially if the QR codes were 'funny' slogans or links to 'cool' websites, or you scanned them as part of an associated smartphone based game. Hey, I feel a product idea developing!

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How's the great dot-thing gold rush going? Well, coffee.club just sold for $100,000

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If I can afford it, I must be?

"At the other end is dot-rich "the world's most exclusive address" where all domains start from $2,500. "

That is totally nouveaux.rich and laughable.

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Space Oddity redux: Hadfield's cover back for two years

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... the first copyright negotiations, even with Bowie's permission, ...

I wonder how much that cost, in lawyer's fees?

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Google Calendar jumps into Inbox/Gmail era

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Re: Almost there already

If I knew your gmail address, could I send you an e-mail saying that your flight has been cancelled thus resulting in you missing an important meeting etc.? (Think of comparable scenarios for your own amusement.)

As a Google calendar user, all I wanted was a simple multi-calendar application where I controlled the entries. It does that well. I don't like the idea of anything automatically adding entries to 'my' calendars. (Yes, I know that as a Google user, I am the product and am at their mercy.)

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Selling kit in the traditional way? Days might be numbered

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Be careful

" ... said Frank Gens, senior veep and chief tea-leaf at the analyst house."

'tea-leaf' is rhyming slang for 'thief'. Try 'chief tea-leaf analyst' in da house.

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European SPACEMAN exposes EERIE snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

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I'm wondering

Will the BBC let them access the iPlayer up there?

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LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 – dual SSD sizzler

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re. The exterior 'heat sink' ridges

Why are they horizontal? I'd have thought that vertical ridges would give better air flow over a larger area leading to better heat transfer.

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Pro-ISIS script kiddies deface West Yorkshire egg-chasers' site

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"Counter terrorism police are investigating ...."

Don't they have anything better to do? This is a practice run for the main attack when Isis stooges will paralyse the UK counter terrorism agencies by defacing sports club websites (and other types of website) all over the country.

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Rosetta reaches perfect position to get touchy Philae

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I'm looking forward to this

It's an amazing and wonderful achievement, considering all the things that could have gone wrong. Also, we'll get pics!

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A Game of Storage Thrones: Enterprise IT, meet gripping drama

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Re: Michael the Usurper of Dell?

Maybe " Michael the Usurper, of Dell", meaning that he comes from Dell or resides in Dell or is affiliated with Dell?

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Oh, dear! Scientists uncover Afghan VAMPIRE DEER

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I wonder if it can eat wild garlic leaves

Just wondering.

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Facebook lifts Tor ban, touts encrypted onion access point

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Re: Serious question

To make anonymous posts, using a 'real name'. They could do that if the FB account was initially set up via Tor and then only ever accessed via Tor. The article talks about accessing an account but I'm wondering if you can set up an account via Tor. I suppose you, or a trusted friend anywhere in the world, could initially set it up from a public library computer or similar computers.

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