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* Posts by frank ly

3331 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

India's most trusted brand Nokia hit with £1.5bn tax bill

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Devil

Putting on my devil's advocate hat .....

"Transfer pricing ..... is one of the hottest areas of international tax fraud, ..."

You seem to be pre-judging the issue :)

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Google begs for secrecy as it files Glass design with FCC

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Happy

You are Eric Schmidt and I claim my prize.

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ESA proposes 3D printing on the moon

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Re: more techo-wanking - Markus Kayser video

In the close-up shots of the powder fusing, I have the feeling that a low melting point binder powder has been added to the sand. Anyone else think that?

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

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Re: self-help The Microsoft Way™

Admitting that you have a problem is the first step. We should listen to them.

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Customer service rep fired for writing game that mocks callers

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My immediate thoughts re. The Minister

""The Minister considers this type of conduct offensive ............. to ensure no confidential taxpayer information was compromised."

Po faced, tight arsed, uptight, straight laced, small minded, reactionary, ......... bah, humbug!

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Official: Fandroids are smarter/tighter* than iPhone fanbois

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Re: Thost that are dumb enough to think a phone is a status symbol of success

Yes, who the hell indeed. Inquiring, smart and tight minds want to know. Tell us ! (please).

(Tesco Mobile: £10 a month rolling 1 month contract, 500 mins, 5000 texts, 1GB data)

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How to destroy a brand-new Samsung laptop: Boot Linux on it

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@Ru re. Re: Oh How I Laughed...

I thought that 'bricked' meant that your shiny item of kit had assumed the functionality of a brick, but that it was recoverable if you knew how to do the necessary digital incantations.

You seem to think it means that your shiny item of kit has suffered the equivalent of having a brick thrown through it.

We need a formal and agreed glossary of terms.

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Forget cupcakes: What you find on Facebook and Twitter is TARTS

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re. Twitter and Legality

As far as I know, the lawbreaking would be the act of 'soliciting', i.e. seeking trade as a prostitute. Merely making a statement of fact in a simple information tweet might not be 'soliciting', if you have a clever lawyer.

"IANAL - tel. 01xxx xxxxx" (as an example)

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RIM ends Reg headline pun filth (and launches two new phones)

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It looks like some rimmer is downvoting people who don't like blackberries

Just saying.

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PC sales in the toilet? Excuse Lenovo while it gut laughs at you

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PC Sales in the toilet

I started thinking about a wall mounted dispensing machine, big enough to carry quite a few laptops. Then I realised that I'd misunderstood and was getting confused (again).

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Is your Surface Pro a bit full? Slot in an SD card, it's not from Apple

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@Eadon Re: Tablet computer has slot for SD card - Surface deficiency

If you stretch an analogy too far, you can strain your credibility. Oh, ...wait a minute.

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Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

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@Mint Sauce

It was proper tin/lead solder in those days, with smoke from the flux cores that made your eyes water, not the modern lead-free rubbish they use nowadays. Ah, happy memories.

(I still have a half full reel of Ersin 60/40 22swg flux cored solder, in case any electronics soldering is needed.)

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Revealing new pics of galactic princess Andromeda

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and associated Greek porn (sorry, art) .....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vasari,_perseo_e_andromeda,_studiolo.jpg

I'm worried about some elements of this. Can it be classed as one of those 'extreme' images?

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Re: Amazing to think ...

The ones with any planets around them would be suns. So we won't know for sure until we get a closer look.

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Oracle 'fesses up: Java security flaws more than storm in teacup

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Re: Crapware Payload

That's ok. Oracle gave you Virtual Box so you can mess up a VM and then throw the whole polluted mess away and start again, older but wiser.

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

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@AC 09:37 Re: "I'm not writing puff advertisment ....... "

"There is nothing in this story (apart from one "tiles offer neat shortcuts" comment) which demonstrates Windows 8 is of any benefit over 7."

Win2K to Win XP had shortcuts. They had user definable pop-out menu bars with user definable layout and appearance that contained user definable icons that were user definable shortcuts to whatever the user wanted. Then, in Win 7, Microsoft removed them!

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Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

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Wait a minute

"...the ability to share Office documents between multiple devices and getting availability over the internet ..."

That's what file systems, removable storage, networks, cloud storage and, er ... the internet are for. Or so i thought.

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Google fills in the blanks on North Korea map data

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They waited ....

... until Eric Schmidt had left North Korea before announcing this. Quite sensible really.

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Iran develops working ICBM: Intercontinental Ballistic Monkey

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@Shaun

UNIT is part of the UN and the Doctor helped them out with some time travel.

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Google offers $3.14159 MILLION in prizes for hacking Chrome OS

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$3.14159 million

You could buy a lot of pies with that amount of money.

(The one with 3.14159 old pie wrappers in the pocket)

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Pentagon plans massive surge in Cyber Command staff

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I love the smell of mission creep in the morning

"US companies and those international companies that use American-hosted services won't be touched."

"There's no intent to have the military crawl inside industry or private networks and provide that type of security,"

(For now .....)

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Google reveals TAPE-TASTIC data centre in saucy vid

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Re: Hmm...

"...there aren't really any custom robot arms or shelfing for a tape library, it's all bespoke."

You mean nobody has made a 'jukebox' type system for tape libraries? I'm surprised because it sounds as if it should be an established technique. How hard can it be?

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Helium: Can it prevent the onset of Shingles?

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Re: Helium leakage...

There might be problems selling consumer devices with radioactive isotopes in them. Also, the disposal of the drives would be subject to various laws and be quite expensive. No more smashing them with a club hammer and chisel when you want cheap secure disposal.

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More explanation please

I don't see why using helium in a drive (in itself) enables more platters to be used. I suspect that the drag factor means that more platters can be used and not cause excessive drag leading to unacceptable drive power requirements. Has anyone got a clearer idea?

In itself, filling with helium should have no effect on the manufacturer's ability to pack platters in or what kind of recording they use. (If filled with air, there may be an effect due to oxygen reacting with the surface of a read head or disc surface, but I doubt it.)

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Chinese upstart smears Android's Ice Cream Sandwich over PCs

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re. Bluestacks

"Running Android apps on Windows is nothing new. BlueStacks already does a reasonably good job of that ..."

I've had Bluestacks on my laptop since they started. It works, in a slightly clunky way, for some of my useful apps and is good for any Android app that needs lots of typing and reading/checking. Now I have an Asus Transformer (with keyboard dock and 10" screen) I don't bother with Bluestacks. I thought they ran the Android emulation on their own servers and my laptop acted as a remote terminal?

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Pop tix touts slung in the cooler for 4 years after £3m web scam

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Purely as a matter of intellectual curiosity .....

How did these men get found out and caught?

International bank transfers, internet connections, VPNs, online trading identitiies ....... etc. What's to go wrong? I suspect they tried to enjoy the fruits of their scam in £-sterling in the UK, where the flow of money is very carefully monitored.

Many years ago, someone who worked at a high technical level in the UK banking industry 'jokingly' advised me to carry out serious monetary crime using US-dollars and gold; then to enjoy the proceeds outside the UK.

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YouTube and Netflix take on AirPlay, DIAL up the big-screen goodness

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Sounds insurmountable

"...one is often required to have a glowing second screen in the room - which isn't ideal."

If only there was a way to control the brightness of a phone/tablet screen so that it was dark, while still putting out the video signal on its connector. A major development effort is needed.

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Brisbane online flood maps woefully inadequate

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re. "...AND an excel list of streets expected to flood."

It seems to be a foolish assumption that people can be expected to have Excel and know how to use it.

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Boffins baffled over pulsar with 'split personality'

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Re: Silver star and up/down votes

I'm thinking .... silver bullet...... for the weirdwolves.

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Meet قلب, the programming language that uses Arabic script

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Comments from Chinese coders please?

Can any Chinese programmers/coders tell us about their early learning experiences of coding in English? Was it a confusing experience and did they wish they could use Chinese characters instead? Has a Chinese character coding tool been developed?

As others have already said, the words 'if', 'then', 'else', 'for', ...etc are symbols with a rigidly defined meaning and could be replaced by any other combination of symbols to make code that does exactly the same thing.

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Facebook DIES ON THE VINE hours after Twitter tie-in

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" ...Mark Zuckerberg's free content ad network ..."

I think that should be 'content free ad network'

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Shiny, shiny! The window's behind me...

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"...that’s the kind of nobend you are turning into."

I think you'll find that it's 'knobend'.

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Tiny tech ZigBee harnesses puny power of the press

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Re: Car keys?

I'd have though that the 'expected distance' for car keys would be very small, e.g a few feet. Just squeeze the 'handle' of your car key and it generates enough power to send its ID to the car.

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Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount

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He makes Chilli Jam !

And he might give us the recipe one day..... Must keep watching his videos.

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Twitter adds loopy videos with Vine integration

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I'd like to see .....

... a video of the average Twitter user attempting to make a compelling/interesting/useful six seconds video. What's that you say?.....It would take six seconds?

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Pope: Catholics, go forth and multiply... your Twitter followers

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Re: They'd be better off...

I started to wonder about the brand of cigarettes called 'Douwe Egberts', then I realised that I'd confused 'Gold Blend' with 'Gold Flake'. I need a coffee and a cigarette.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: I'm terrible sorry for the inconvenience - Just wondering ...

" ...nymphomaniac midget."

Where can I find pictures of her on the internet?

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Tech titans sell yesterday's idea wrapped in tomorrow's dream

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Re: Cloud cloud cloud. - I like cloud.

Cloud cloud ........ cloud, wonderful Cloud. Cloud cloud ........ cloud, superlative Cloud. etc.

(You know the tune.)

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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@Steve Re: dedupe

With 4KByte chunks of what is essentially random (encrypted) data, the probability of finding an identical chunk is even less than 1/2^(8*4000) in theory. This is vanishingly (and ridiculously) small. That can't be the technique that Mega uses.

(I realise that in practice, no chunk will be all zeros or all ones, etc; but it will still be a tiny probability.)

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Dead Steve Jobs' patent war threat to Palm over 'no-hire pact'

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"no-poaching" agreements

I think that the use of the expression 'poaching' gives the impression that large companies regard their staff as farm or game animals. Oh, .....wait a minute.

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‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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I was shocked

I went to 500px, looking for harmless pictures of tits and was presented with a spread-legs picture with an offensive title. It's a dangerous internet out there.

http://500px.com/photo/8424098

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Google v Microsoft mobile war: Who's REALLY to blame?

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@Rich 2 Re: IMAP IDLE?

Big fat 'yes' from me. K9 mail app on my Android is set for IMAP and PUSH on all my accounts and no polling. I get notification of an e-mail within seconds of it being received. How do I know? - I've tested it.

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Mobes, web filth 'PORNIFYING' our kids, warns top Labour MP

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@Lars G Re: She's probably right but

Your comment should be read aloud to every MP who 'moralises' in public.

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UK taxmen turn heat on tax-swerving big biz, hope to smoke out £1bn

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Re: VAT = Turnover tax!!

"There is a growing claim by tax lawyers ..."

Slippery people put forward slimy arguments. This is to be expected and must be treated with the contempt it deserves. As you say, VAT is a sales tax, only paid by the final consumer (you and me) and is _collected_ by companies, on behalf of government.

"... financial businesses ... cannot reclaim VAT in the main."

That's because they provide services which are not only intangible and not immediately recognisable, but are also often imaginary and unbelievable (see recent history).

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Another new asteroid-mining firm: 'First commercial space fleet'

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I have a business idea

"However, Deep Space Industries is promising an animated video that shows off not just its spacecraft but “a breakthrough process for manufacturing in space”.

The company also claims to be “pursuing an aggressive schedule” for its mining ventures."

I'm working on an animated video of my planned business venture and I'm pursuing an aggressive schedule. If you want to be a pre-IPO investor, you get the right to name certain characters in the video. Send me your e-mail address to get details and a share application form.

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Kim Dotcom's locker may be full, but the cupboard is bare

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"So I haven't come to mock the rotund self-promoter, ...."

You just did. I don't think that making points about a person's weight or body shape is helpful to any serious discussion about their business activities.

(In case anybody is wondering, my BMI is 22, so it's not me being sensitive about it.)

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Martian 'lake' said to hint at 'deep biosphere'

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@Moonshine Re: Meh?

He's an engineer!!

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WTF is... Weightless?

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Re: Doomed from the start

The reason you know this is that your credit card has been talking to your cooker, which is now logged in to premium utensil porn.

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AT&T 'violates net neutrality' by NOT charging twice for same data

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But, but, but

They are not 'discrminating' on the basis of the data (it's type, original source, etc), they are discriminating in favour of their own customers, to avoid annoying their own customers. This sounds reasonable and sensible.

If the Postal Service had to use a private (different) courier over part of their distribution network, would they charge their customers extra for that delivery? - no. If the customer had delivery to a PO box and then tasked a private courier to forward it to their home, would they have to pay extra to the private courier?- yes.

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Forget bonking, now mobes can buy stuff using pay-by-SQUEAK

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I may be wrong here but .....

"Using the microphone and speaker, the two devices beep to each other until the transfer has been authenticated."

The payment processing fee is 0.69%

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