* Posts by frank ly

3684 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case

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The next 'must have' item will be ......

... a gun that plays a cute ringtone when you chamber a round.

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Excuse me while I fire off a few text messages

Yes, it is a stupid idea.

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Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Re: Square bullets

Rifling ... square bullets ..... gas sealing ...... My brain just collapsed.

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

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Re: Ownershipof the gas.

That ownership and rights 'problem' didn't stop the previous massive coal mining and oil/gas drilling operations that have happened on UK territory. Why should it stop shale gas drilling?

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UK.gov finally admits it will MISS superfast broadband target

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Re: Just out of curiosity...

Since we have difficulty in watching them, they have nothing to fear.

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Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR

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"fully within a legal framework"

We all operate fully within a legal framework. Some people bump up against the scaffolding and get noticed. others manage to slip through and are never noticed or caught. Some people are part of the architecture team and know where all the gaps and alarms are.

The question is: Do they operate in accordance with the law?

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PayPal and SETI aim to go galactic with off-planet currency system

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re. Buzz Aldrin video

I've never seen such a fine example of 'asking for it'.

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First quartet of low-latency broadband satellites now in space

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Low earth orbit question ....

Why can't they put satellites in orbit at other low trajectories than over the equator? Given that the eath is more or less spherical and gravity doesn't know about the rotation of the earth (?), can't the plane of orbit be inclined at any angle?

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Re: Awesome, but...

By 'panel' do you mean the docking 'toolbar' and 'system tray' on the bottom of the screen?

On Mint 13 MATE, I've got pop-out panels (i.e. set to autohide) on the top, left and right of my screen and leave the bottom (system) panel fixed; though I could make it autohide if I wanted by calling up its Properties and ticking the appropriate box. It's great, it reminds me of Windows XP, ahhhh.........

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@skelband Re: Alternative to Windows?

Here mate, chew on this cinnamon flavoured mint; you'll feel better soon.

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Re: Alternative to Windows?

I find that Mint 13 MATE is an excellent replacement for Windows XP on my laptop, twin screen desktop and Eee PC, and I'm willing to accept its little quirks. When I'm happy with something then I tend to stick with it; but I might try the latest version and Cinnamon on a spare hard drive, just to be totally safe.

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'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

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Under new laws, about to be brought in by the lobbyists, failing to inform the police about your possible suspicions will be a 'lack-of-thought crime'.

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Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

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It needs a room sized laser?

Sigh ... I'll take the sharks back to the training caves.

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Bank details - PAH! Phishers want your FACEBOOK password

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Re: If someone steals your Facebook password, then...

Oh the shame (of posting such a terrible joke)!

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Intel doubles throughput, slashes power to stave off DATAPOCALYPSE

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Re: DATAPOCALYPSE

Say the word 'date', then the word 'apocalypse'; then say them one after the other with no gap between them. I have previous experience of helping foreign students with English speech and writing and this is a useful technique. Are there any other words you'd like some help with?

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SK Telecom launches first LTE-Advanced network with new Galaxy S4

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This is wonderful

I'll be able to use up my monthly data allowance in less than a minute.

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Intel demos real-time code compression for die shrinkage, power saving

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Executable code is produced by a compiler _before_ it is executed and often on a different machine to the one that uses the code. This is about something that improves code efficiency _while_ it is being executed on a target device.

(Having a compiler optimise for a target architecture would be a separate consideration.)

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Saucy selfie app Snapchat hits $800m valuation as VCs chuck cash around

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Re: I use Snapchat and it is very useful

Evernote's Skitch does this with some text and fancy graphics added if you want them and you send by ordinary e-mail.

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Charlie Miller to tell Vegas punters how to hack your car

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Old SCADA development engineers

The car industry gave them a place to stay.

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German Kim Jong-un lookalike spaffed official Nork pics over Instagram

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An explanation?

Is there some kind of natural human tendency to approve of someone who looks like yourself?

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Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

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Re: My darling daughter

You should have let them take her to court and then apply for a personal bankruptcy order on her behalf. Then you could have sold the heart rending human interest story to the tabloid press.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: More expensive?

I assume you are looking at the 'bundled with a contract' price? If so, here in the UK, I can get the S4 for the low price of £0.

Edit: And Dave gets in with seconds to spare.

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Moses tablets ease Noah's flood headaches

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NOAH then MOSES .....

.... followed by the JESUS machine that enables rescue workers to travel safely across the surface of floodwaters.

Any suggestions for the meaning of this acronym?

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Bitcoin now accepted in London pub. In Hack-ney, of course

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Cyber tax

Do HMRC charge the pub for the usual tax and VAT on the amount registered at the till and then charge him for adjusted capital gains tax when he converts then to pounds - or does it count as a foreign currency transaction (assuming he declaes any of it)?

Do HMRC have any idea how to deal with this?

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

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the press had to endure a long flight with no alcohol

Stand by for lots of negative articles about him.

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Huawei's new 7-inch MediaPad Vogue feeds Wi-Fi+3G phablet frenzy

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Various options

I'd prefer to rely on a discrete bluetooth earpiece to avoid drawing attention to my lack of 'stylish fashionista' appearance. Also, I'd get the WiFi only version and tether it to my dinky little retro HTC Wildfire if I was going out with it.

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Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for 'tricking' artists with petition

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Pink Floyd didn't get paid for writing their songs and composing their music. They only got paid when they produced something so good that people kept on wanting to buy it and listen to it. What was it that you did umpteen years ago that was so good that it still has value to people and why didn't you have the foresight to keep the IP to it?

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: It's just a matter of time

If a US citizen doesn't have a valid US passport, that would make it very difficult for them to get back into the US from a foreign visit. However, it would not stop them entering a foreign country if the government of that country was sure of their identity and was willing to let them enter.

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O3b's satellites on launch pad, ready to bring cats+porn to billions

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Moving antenna dishes is a well established technology and they will know to good accuracy where the satellites are. Also, at the high frequencies that will be used, a narrow beam phased array wouldn't be all that big and would have slow and predictable aiming requirements.

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Hey Google, Facebook has a 'Reader' that might actually make money

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I'm using Feedly now

Now that they've got their presentation options sorted out so it gives headlines and not a glossy magazine format with giant pictures. The website is very good (clean and simple) but the Android app still has some glitches. Note: Feedly does some kind of in-page browser rendering which can cause problems if you want to do detailed stuff in Android.

I gave up on Newsblur after many problems with updating feeds and read counts.

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Snowden: 'Hey, Assange, any more room on Ecuador's sofa?'

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Re: Ecuadorian Embassy

Do you mean that Scottish guy who enjoys coffee?

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Angry punters slip contract shackles in T-Mobile crystal ball bill rumpus

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Re: Contracts. Noooooo...

The rolling monthly contracts (e.g. Tescomobile) are useful.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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re. traditional seafood nomenclature

They could have called it 'cod'.

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Quantum transistors at room temp

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Re: err..

You need 'quantum' for a detailed explanation of why electrons occupy particular energy levels. After that, transistor action can be explained by 'classical'. The full explanation is a superposition of quantum and classical.

<-- I'll get mine now.

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NSA hacked China's top carriers in hunt for SMS data - report

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Re: Beijing personally intervened in the matter

A fat and smoke wreathed old man waddled into the meeting room, coughed a few times and said, "Hey, let him go", then glared at everyone in the room. The people around the table avoided looking at him and muttered, "Ok Jing, ok".

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Facebook bug leaks contact info of 6 million users

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Assurance

"... only other people could have had access to the data – as opposed to developers or advertisers ..."

Because developers and advertisers are not people and they don't have Facebook accounts.

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Sunday's night sky to be flooded by MASSIVE SUPERMOON

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but NASA says there's nothing to worry about.

That's what the NSA said.

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Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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make.believe

That may be all it is.

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Can Jonny Ive's new 'iOS Vista' SAVE the BBC's £100m BRAIN? Yes!

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A germ of a good idea

I like the idea of croudsourcing a major 'public sector' development and having a public repository for the code, and perhaps the system and hardware designs. If people want good facilities and services then they will have to design them for themselves.

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Just wondering

Can I make my own teabags by putting Yunnan Imperial loose leaf tea into small muslin pouches?

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

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Yes but

"Indians working for the country’s outsourcing giants in the US have contributed more than $15bn in taxes and social security payments in the past five years."

If they were replaced by American workers, they would contribute more than that $15bn and not take money out of the country. That's the point.

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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@Daniel B. Re: Um...

You've heard of sound bite politics. Eadon does writing bite intellect.

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Gartner magicians conjure technological TUBE MAP

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You could make a similar map for just about any product area or activity or area of study. It would look just as 'good' and be just as 'useful'.

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Microsoft's canceled 'Project Brazil' took aim at Amazon, eBay

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Re: Microsoft, NSA and Brazil

I have to disagree that Ms Brazil is 'FAIL'. She's very pretty and seems intelligent and caring in interviews.

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Suck it Vine: Instagram adds 15-second video clips with fancy filters

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Core values

Actually, at our core is a moving yucky mess with muddy colours. Ahh .... it does work out that way.

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NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

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It told me 'Click Here' ...

... then told me I'd be installing Microsoft Silverlight and that I needed to have Active X enabled.

I decided not to bother.

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John McAfee releases NSFW video on how to uninstall security code

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That video reminds me why I'd like to be very rich.

Oh yes :)

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AXE-WAVING BIKER GANG SMASHES into swanky Apple UK store

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"...the fashionable North London borough of Islington"

When I commuted to/from the Angel, many years ago, Islington was a dirty, seedy area. What happened?

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Norks taunt, yank Yanks' crank over PRISM: US is 'rights abuse kingpin'

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Re: Pot - Kettle - Black... etc

The argument goes: "Look at what happens to people who live in {country ruled by despicable regime}. We're better than them so you should be grateful to live here."

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: there are alternatives

Wouldn't it be easier to make a hard/software PDP-11 emulator that was power plug and I/O plug compatible with the PDP-11? It would be a lot smaller for a start.

(In the late '70s, as a student engineer, it was my task to boot up a Nova-820 (?) every morning by setting toggle switches and similar retro activities. Ahhhh, those were the days.)

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