* Posts by frank ly

3684 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't

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Re: Google extortion?

That would be an interesting marketing angle for large commercial concerns that rely on people attending for their profits.

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'Smart ring' revealed by upstart Chinese mobe-maker

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Notice the design of the ring

Full of grooves and recesses; perfect for gathering a yucky mixture of sweat, dirt and dead skin cells. How many true geeks would regularly clean their ring?

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Children and Alzheimer's sufferers

Is that the iPhone target market?

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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Anybody who uses 'transition' as a verb ...

should be transferred to a bad place.

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Google launches broadband balloons, radio astronomy frets

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Re: Hang on

Those places may have many sources of those signals, but they don't have thousands of them continuously operating at a height of 60,000 feet.

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Sony allows hacking of its unloved SmartWatch

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Sony's hacker's guide

Does it explain how to install a rootkit on it?

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Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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Testing a range of mobile phones using software benchmarks, you can probably only measure battery current; unless you do some tricky attachment of current probes onto very fine pcb tracks or chip pins. As far as the user is concerned, the only thing that matters is battery current, which determines life before recharge is needed.

Actual chip power measurements would be useful for high power desktop and server applications where heat production (and dumping) is a very important factor.

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At #guardiancoffee, we can now TASTE THE FUTURE through a PRISM!

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An interesting thing happened

When I clicked the final link, to the review of the coffee shop, on my Asus Transformer, I managed to read the first two sentences before the browser shut down and I found myself back at the home screen. Is this an example of emergent intelligence tryng to protect me, or itself perhaps?

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Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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The plan is obvious

Jony Ive and a team of Apple engineers lock themselves away inside Apple headquarters for a week and have pizzas delivered. One week later, they emerge with a 'newly developed' set of icons and maybe some UI tweaks that are well thought out and generally accepted as very good indeed.

Tim Cook announces, "See, we listen to our user's concerns about usability, clarity and compatibility, unlike SOME companies who make changes."

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Re: Bearded activists?

I have one of those shaving brushes, but I bought it from the Body Shop so I'm sure that it (and most) are made from artificial fibres that have been coloured to look like badger hair. Besides that, consider the difficulties involved in combing a badger and gathering the hairs, etc.

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Hmmmm

You seem to be outraged by actions resulting in the killing of thousands of native animals, and call the people responsible, 'pricks'. Just saying.

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

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@Eddy Ito Re: You have two hand-picked partisan polticians: CHOOSE ONE

According to South Park (Season 8, episode 8), it's a choice between a Douche and a Turd (I strongly recommend watching this episode).

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Who's to be the next Dr Who? Sherlock beats Maurice - says you

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Just a minute

Mickey Smith was not a 'bozo'. He was a hard working and emotionally mature young man who dealt well with just about most situations that came his way. (Am I taking it too seriously?)

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You dirty RAT: Trend Micro spots new Asia-wide attack

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NOKIAN -> Naikon

Did they name it in this way to avoid embarassing Nokia?

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PRISM snitch claims NSA hacked Chinese targets since 2009

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Re: Yeah, but no but yeah

But it's important to create a Faceberk profile with regular innocent/mindless activity, or they'll think you're trying to hide something and put you under closer scrutiny.

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Vodafone Oz launches '100 Mbps' 4G service

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Re: I'll go first - what's the point of LTE?

However, if an area doesn't have decent quality fibre/cable, then the telcos have probably decided it's not worth laying it to that area. So why should a mobile company built a mast there and run backhaul to it?

I'd agree that high mobile data rates are not much use to most people under the present data charging tariffs.

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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re. "... electrons and positrons forced to interact.."

Where do all the positrons come from?

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Users rage as Fasthosts virtual servers go titsup... again

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The AntiEadon has arisen in the east.

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You've seen the Large Hadron Collider. Now comes the HUGE Hadron Collider

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What about being turned into quantum custard or superstring soup?

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Re: meanwhile in the texas desert

That's like being Rick Rolled, but much more interesting and relevant.

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Gartner magicians mumble, scrawl upstart's rune on disk pentacle

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It may not be the ugliest ....

"Foundational to NetApp's data protection strategy is the ability to take numerous, space-efficient snapshots without incurring a performance penalty and thus adversely affecting users or applications."

.... but it's one of the clunkiest sentences I've seen recently.

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Whoever recently showed us the secret documents: Do get in touch

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It's the RegisTOR.

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BBC lied to Parliament about doomed £100m IT monster, thunder MPs

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Re: Simple (cheaper) solution?

That's the easy part. Organising, controlling and delivering the content is a very big job.

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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

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An Orwellian situation?

I have an e-book copy of 1984. I didn't buy it, I downloaded it from a 'well known' website hosted in Australia, where 1984 is legally out of copyright. I was in the UK when I downloaded it. Have I broken the 'law'? What the Gutenberg.net.au is going on here?

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Google inflates BigQuery AaaS

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Does anybody call it 'Big AaaS Query?

I'll start doing that.

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1-in-10 e-tomes 'are self-published'... most are 'rubbish' says book ed

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Can anyone explain ...

... the difference between "unutterable rubbish" and "utter rubbish"?

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Chewbacca held up by TSA stormtroopers for having light sabre

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Have you seen what a light sabre can do?!

They were right to pull him in for checks and questioning.

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US judge revives lawsuit vs Baidu and China

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They missed a chance.

The Chinese Premier was on US soil recently. They could have had him arrested and imprisoned, pending due process and legal costs.

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Linus Torvalds threatens verbal assault on developers' pets

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If he does something really bad, we can call him 'Torvoldermort'

See title.

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Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

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@AC 05:32 Re: RIght...

"You bore me - along with anyone else who prefers factual analysis to simple-minded snottiness."

I prefer factual analysis over simple-minded snottiness. So you would find me boring?

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Cisco and iRobot build videoconferencing robot for remote workers

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"AVA enables freedom of movement ...."

Can it climb stairs? Perhaps with a suitable attachment it could press lift buttons?

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

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@Matt Bryant Re: Nothing to fear?

If I remember correctly, it was Michael Hestletine, who when a Minister, signed a document that stated it was ok to withold evidence that would prove the innocence of some company directors accused of supplying 'weapons parts' to Saddam Hussein. The supply of those parts had been carried out with the full knowledge of the UK security services, after the directors had raised their concerns about the contract with them.

His reason for signing the document was, "A senior civil servant told me that I had to sign it."

So, will Ministers act with probity, morality and good intentions?

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Microsoft borks botnet takedown in Citadel snafu

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More information and detail needed?

Microsoft and the FBI took control of many domains. Were these all .com/.us/(.org?) domains and thus under the responsibility of US authorities? If so, they have the legal right to do that, subject to judicial oversight, I hope.

Were any non-US controlled domains involved? If so, did thay have the agreement of the foreign registries involved?

Had the Swiss organisation sinkholed domains under the control of the US or any non-Swiss registrars? If so, by what process? What is the relationship between the Swiss organisation anf the Swiss legal authorities?

How easy would it be for me to sinkhole your domain, wherever you may live and it may be hosted?

I'm sure someone will say that I ought to be grateful that MS and the FBI etc are taking a stand against 'financial terrorism' and stop asking awkward questions.

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Waving an Eye-of-Sauron pulsating mock cock? STOP IMMEDIATELY

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As soon as I saw the picture .....

.... I started thinking about doing inventive (and probably silly) things with a pink Marigold(tm) glove.

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Facebook's first data center DRENCHED by ACTUAL CLOUD

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I thought they'd have used heat exchangers

But no, they draw in outside air. I assume they filter it for dust but that won't stop water vapour. Maybe now, they'll have humidity sensors and do some calculatons to give warnings, etc.

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Apple unveils hints of Monday's new-product announcements

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"... grist ....tea leaves and dove's entrails ..."

You're making a meal of it Rik.

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Boffins develop 'practically free' sulphur-powered batteries

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Re: You spell it sulphur, I spell it ...

"sulphur" ..... "polysulfide" .... hmmm.

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

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Re: And as for the rest of it?

Given that remote flying of a helicopter will probably lead to some buttock clenching moments; perhaps there is a clue there for the simple insertion of some kind of sensor, at least to detect 'danger! danger!' and take appropriate action.

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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" ..super clear sexting ..... squeak and grunt ..."

That's quite an assumption there. Or does the author have first hand experience?

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Boffins build gesture recognition using WiFi

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Re: Spying

I tried wearing some of those. They're very good for getting rid of any annoying skin conditions.

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Steelie Neelie: Crack down on wicked ISPs so we can Skype

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Why indeed

You have a choice, to read El Reg or not, or just dip into and scan those articles which might interest you.

When an EU Commissioner pushes through laws and regulations, you can't 'dip in' and only obey those which appeal to you.

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Unemployed? Ugly? Ugh, no thanks, says fitties-only job website

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Re: Poll

I'd say he looks like a dumb football jock who is past his best and struggling to make his way in the world.

(Note: In this case, it really is ok to judge a person on their physical appearance.)

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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@Don Jefe Re: To be fair to MS... @Eadon

You can put useful icons and STUFF on your system panel (taskbar). You'll figure it out. Just right click everything and see what gets offered. Try 'em all!

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Kinky? You're mentally healthier than 'vanilla' bonkers

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@Bill Neal Re: It's not the stuff you do

You should start slowly, with a sympathetic and experienced partner.

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Gimp

"..more open to new experiences.."

Just try getting my Mistress to wear a cute little frilly nightie. Brick wall.

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Film crew plans dig to find lost burial ground of Atari's E.T.

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@Idocrase

That would prove that recent Americans were a trading people who imported lots of stuff - surely?

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

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Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

In the past two months, I've installed Linux Mint 13 (Maya - MATE) on my very old laptop, my new laptop, my Eee netbook and my old Desktop (with old twin head Nvidia Quadro graphics card). Until then, I was a total Linux virgin but it went well ....... except for the things that didn't.

The pop-out side panels were great, just like the XP pop-out menu bars, except that after you logoff and restart, the icons (and the separator bars especially) decide to migrate to a different positon, sometimes. If you use the non-expanded option on the right hand panel, it decides to get into bed with and overlay the left hand panel on next start-up.

The updates, which every sensible person accepts, kill the Nidia Quadro twin head card. The forums have lots of amazingly complicated advice about how to get the card working, but I finally figured out that the best way is to do a fresh install and block any update called 'nouvaux' or 'Nvidia'.

The Caja file manager locks up, falls over and eats CPU time and memory if you ask it to copy too many files, especially over a network. This is mentioned on the official forum, and gets the response, "Caja works fine on my computer". I solved this by finding out about Nautilus and installing then using it. (Caja is an 'improved' version of Nautilus but I fail to see how it could be.)

If you try to set VLC as the preferred application for video files, where VLC is offered as an option, it still uses Banshee to play video. The way round this is to select Custom and then specify VLC as the Custom command. This applies to other user preference settings as well.

You can't copy a file from a network location onto the desktop. You have to copy to a local drive first then copy from local drive to the desktop.

Thunderbird does not work properly on Mint 13, I won't go into details. It might be Thunderbird's fault, it might be Mint's fault. These problems are common across all my four installations (except the twin head video one).

I'm very impressed by the structure and principles of Linux, because I'm the sort of person who has the time and ability to find out about it and do 'experiments'. I'm impressed by the way the Linux devotees spend time and effort to improve the arcane and occult aspects of file systems and all sorts of esoteric stuff.

I'm not impressed by the way the 'small' but obvious problems seem to be ignored in favour of doing lots of 'cool and cutting edge' things.

'Normal people', who are used to Windows 7, etc, will not be impressed and will think it is clunky and amateurish and definitely not ready for the desktop.

Edit: I nearly forgot:- The amazing adventures of getting drivers for printers, etc. It's a challenge but I got my Dell laser printer and my old Epson scanner working fine, eventually. I am bloody minded enough to slog through that but not many people would be.

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Fedora's Schrödinger's Cat Linux gives coders claws for thought

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Re: So...

It died before it could tell anyone. Or did it?

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A Bluetooth door lock that puts the kettle on? NOW we're in the future

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"..control your kettle, lights, etc"

Call me old fashioned, but I'd prefer to make those decisions and actions myself.

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Hey, O2 punters: Kiss goodbye to 4 MEELLION* Openzone hotspots

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Oh, the pain

A quick press of the power button to activate the screen, then a quick touch of the WiFi toggle widget on the lock screen, then a quick press of the power button to deactivate the screen - what a chore.

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