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* Posts by frank ly

3232 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Eating a fat bacon sarnie? Have a defibrillator handy

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re. "fat bacon sarnie"

What about a bacon fat sarnie, grilled to pleasing crispness so it delivers its nectar in little squirts as you slowly crunch it between your teeth. Something so good can't be bad for you, surely?

Beer: To sluice the remaining fragments from between your teeth

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Restaurant chain uses CARBON PAPER to fight credit card hack

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Also ...

... give instructions to their customers that the credit card must never leave their sight during the payment process and make sure the waiter doesn't look at the security number on the back of the card. Oh, that's where the signature is ........ hmmm. Better still, pay with cash.

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US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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Re: Um, what?

Maybe because that would be treating the Bitcoins as a legitimate/working currency, which is something other tentacles of the US government don't want to happen?

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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" ... the Double Dutch and so on is available to all"

I'm sure it's not available to me. If it is, can someone please explain how I can do it?

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Why...

Also a higher power carying capacity for a given specification of transmission line. This reduces capital costs.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Re: A boffin is ...

I'd say no to that Jake. The main and original characteristic of a boffin is the effect they have on 'ordinary' people, as in the perception of them by service personnel during the technical developments in WW2. Boffinry is perceived by ordinary people and therefore should be defined by ordinary people. (It often involves the eyes glazing over and some mental dislocation when a boffin explains their work.) It's not a group you're invited into by fellow members, it's a club you're put into by outsiders.

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Dallas Cowboys to return 'dumbass' Texan's chopper

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The Dallas Cowboys have located the quadcopter ...

They went into a huddle around it and are trying to figure out how to get a touchdown.

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HP starts a memristor-based space program to launch ... THE MACHINE

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At executive level:

1. Propose 'The Machine'

2. ??

3. Profit

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Evernote taken out by DDoS attack

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Feedly is now not loading

Some time in the past hour, Feedly has become so slow as to not load. I wonder if the DDOS attackers have moved on. For the past 24 hours, Yahoo has been dong a slow load because they insist on sending me to some kind of overloaded password change page. It's treacle out there.

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SLOW DOWN: Insecure-by-design software on road

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An interesting project

" ... signs managed by the software be assigned an IP address the general public cannot access, ..."

The world's largest LAN.

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'CAPTAIN CYBORG': The wild-eyed prof behind 'machines have become human' claims

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I'm working on it

"He installed a chip in his arm, for instance, and claimed that he had become the advanced guard of the Terminators thereby."

I've installed lots of chips in my stomach and bathed them in a special alcohol solution as a fuel source. Nothing's happened yet, so I think they need more fuel liquid.

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Egghead dragged over coals for mining Bitcoin on uni supercomputer

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That's the NSFBM

Not Safe For Bitcoin Mining

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Seven years is a long time in politics

"Everyone seems to have seen this coming – except the people in charge."

Would I be right in thinking that the people in charge when these decisions were made (or not made) have moved on to pastures new? (Possibly with non-executive directorships or regular consultancies with those companies whos activities were promoted and chosen.)

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Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

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Re: Really?

So the best thing to do is reply with a picture of a cat's genitalia at first, then you can always say it was meant as a joke? (Social etiquette in the modern world confuses me.)

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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@Russell Hancock Re: correction needed

The MoT has a (government mandated) maximum cost of about £50 for an 'average' car and many test centres will do it for less than this. That is cheap for what they do and the government doesn't get a penny of this money, so it's not a tax. Insurance .... meh.

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Semiconductor boffin: 3D NAND don't need NO STEENKIN' TSVs

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Diagrams?

Simple diagrams illustrating the differences in structures would be very helpful here, or links to them.

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Russian Interior Ministry cuffs iPhone ransomware suspects

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When indulging in criminal activity ...

... make sure to keep lots of evidence and associated literature in your own home. You know it makes sense.

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Everyone can and should learn to code? RUBBISH, says Torvalds

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Commercial importance

Given the 'importance' of the music and other entertainment industries in this modern world, perhaps everyone should be able to compose music and screenwrite/act/direct a film?

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

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"... vowed to investigate if Google refused ..."

That would have me trembling in fear.

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Strategy Boutique ultimate 'tech'-gasm: 3D printer drone GoPro vid stream QR code

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Happy

Wonderful

I wish more people could be this creative.

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Re: Relativistic Bus

" ... would anything happen?"

Only if there was anyone outside the bus to observe it happening.

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Google to let Chromebookers take video content OFFLINE

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Does the locally stored/cached video have DRM?

I would assume it does. The article doesn't say.

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UBER UBER ALLES: Investors value ride app at $17 BEEELLION

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Re: Holland, Tulips, early/mid 1600s ...

Did you get burned?

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Is it THE END OF BIG DATA? Quarta Horribilis for high-end storage

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I think it's 'quartarius'

(see comment)

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I am NOT a PC repair man. I will NOT get your iPad working

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I tell them I'm a Systems Engineer

If they ask me what that means, I tell them about a massive, commercial, computer monitored, site-wide HVAC system I worked on for testing/verification many years ago; in great detail since I did find it fascinating at the time. I'm sure I'll be dead before anybody in the UK gets a domestic HVAC system that needs looking at.

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TANGO DOWN! Google presents its 3D non-fondle slab to the world

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Virtual home decor

Many years ago (I can't remember where or when) there was a paint supplier website where you uploaded a picture of your room and it would let you try out different colours on the walls. It probably used a mixture of colour replacement and shape/vertex/edge detection. Virtual furniture would be much more difficult but an interesting application.

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The Strippers, Unicorn Computers and Martian Watches of Computex

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Sandwich board-bearers: they missed a trick

If they carried logo-tattooed scantilty clad models on their shoulders, the organisers would have a queue of volunteers to choose from.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Conditions?

Are there any guarantees that you won't be stabbed, face down in the dirt after trying to rob an old beggarwoman? It could get nasty in a nasty way. I'd need assurances of a brave and noble death after a very hot sex scene and a big dinner. I'd also need $20K to spare .... ah well.

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US Army loses 16,000 personnel records in South Korea

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"...banking details and classified data was not compromised."

Maybe they should have stored the other data to the same level of security/isolation? Maybe that would be too inconvenient?

There must be a way of allowing a civilian/admin worker to generate an enquiry about my job application and print out an envelope addressed to me without allowing them to do a data dump of everybody else on the system.

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Plastic is the new rock, say Geologists

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Re: OK, let me get this straight.

Coffee ...too much .....too little .... a delicate balance.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Re: OMG Mirrors!

If a newspaper is copied in the forest and there's nobody there to read it, does ....er ......

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US escalates Stingray mobe-snooping secrecy battle as judge unseals evidence

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Re: "US Marshals raiding Florida police"

They were protecting them from themselves. It was an act of caring firmness.

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Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! 3D HOLO-PHONE hinted in Amazon vid

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A possibility:

"... tracking the position of each of the user's eyes and projecting the appropriate image into each."

Is it a phone with frickin lasers?

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Australia's first public swatting victim a nice bloke

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"...it's dangerous to the police responding to the people inside the house,"

What?! It's dangerous to the victims inside the house. The police do risk sprained ankles with all than crouched running, maybe.

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TrueCrypt hooked to life support in Switzerland: 'It must not die' say pair

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Re: CryptTrue

Cry 'Puter

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Oh, wow. US Secret Service wants a Twitter sarcasm-spotter

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Meanwhile, at a secret location ...

... a specialist team have been assembled to analyse the comments on The Register. It's a dangerous job and specialist counselling is not only available but is compulsory.

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Former Microsoftie becomes US ambassador, opts to swear in on KINDLE

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I suppose ...

... that if the appropriate document is displayed on the screen then it's a legally valid oath.

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Please be seated at your FOUR-LEGGED PC

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"The desk itself is unremarkable:" ?

It's remarkably ugly. Or is this 'gamer chic', in which case I'd have expected a bigger monitor?

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Balls to the World Cup: Brazuca wins in the wind

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I remember the old leather footballs

You pushed a new bladder in through the opening and laced it up then inflated it to what you thought was a good pressure. On damp grass the ball got heavier as the game went on. When you headed the ball, you hoped that the lacing wasn't in the 'right' place to leave an impression or even a cut on your forehead. Footballers nowadays .......

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Telstra kills ZOMBIE BOXES all over Australia

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Detailed Analysis?

I wonder if all the drop in power was due to 'zombie' equipment not being replaced or if the replacement (and more modern) items were simply less power hungry.

This is a very good example of why money spent on dull and dreary audits can save money for a company. Perhaps they didn't do audits before because of 'cost saving' measures. As every good executive knows, it's important to improve the bottom line quickly, soon after you start and before you move on.

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Linux users at risk as ANOTHER critical GnuTLS bug found

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@Oliver Jones Re: Open source was supposed to be secure

I've upvoted you because I like your sarcastic cynicism (or is is cynical sarcasm?). After a year of running Linux at home I'm now a fan, but I'm not blindly in love with it.

Open source wasn't 'supposed' to fix any and all security problems, it was intended to give people choice, enable them to make informed decisions and give freedom of action in their use of software. It does all that very well. As with all software products, unless you're a software wizard with lots of free time, your informed decisions are dependent on other people being wizards and there aren't enough of those to go around.

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

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Imagine ...

"... I deeply apologize to those who were offended by the sight of artificial human penises."

... how they'd feel if they saw a real one.

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Remember Anna Kournikova? Come with us on a tour of bug-squishing history

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Re: Oh, yes!

And thanks to Google Images, you can refesh your hard disk with happy memories.

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Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe

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Re: App Revenue?

" ...operators want in on the app shop cash."

The water company want to sell me high priced multicoloured perfumed toilet paper, but they're just plumbing infrastructure people and ought to settle down and get used to it.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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Re: Going off the rails

"But what happens once you stray off the path?"

You download the binaries and do your own private installs and make appropriate symbolic links and check the specialist forums for consensus advice about which library is needed. You kludge the application default choices and MAKE it do what you want it to do. GRAAAAAH! You beat your own path through the jungle and become your own systems admin. Sometimes you wonder if it would be a good idea to write a record of what you've done. That self doubt soon passes. Great fun!

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I'll try it in a dual-boot setup ...

... then wait quite a few months before I commit to an upgrade from Mint 13. I'll test the heck out of the MATE panels because they were behaving strangely in Mint 16 (Petra) in a VM. I'll also check the forums for the inevitable confusion, pain and anguish.

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Flying saucer with 'stadium-sized' orb to INVADE Earth's skies

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So ....

.. it's about 1.7 GBags (Giga Bulgarian airbags).

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Re: *Ahem*

You forget about Ronnie Soak (Kaos). Everybody forgets about Ronnie.

http://wiki.lspace.org/mediawiki/index.php/Kaos

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Re: Now listen here sonny...

As I understand it, Einstein was one of the original group of physicists whose work predicted quantum teleportation and he didn't feel comfortable with the prediction. He wasn't 'wrong'.

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DIY IoT computer smaller than a square inch

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Re: Cute

It's actually a little router, so it's entire purpose is to talk to other devices.

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