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* Posts by frank ly

2963 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Reg hack uncovers perfect antidote to internet

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So ......

... you did get a happy ending after all.

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Australian retailers make just 3% of sales online

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re. " ... down the rabbit hole"

When a government bureau of statistics decides which companies are 'innovating' and 'non-innovating', then you really have gone down the rabbit hole.

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Intel builds 'can't be built' working digital RF transceiver chip

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They forgot to update Clark's first law .......

"When a distinguished but elderly scientist [/engineer/manager] states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong."

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Apple iPhone 5 hands-on review

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Thank you Steve and Fats

Time for me to do some web research/reading.

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@FatsBrannigan Re: A serious technical/usability question .....

Let me try to understand this by asking a different question: If an iPhone 4S/5 user switched to using a Galaxy S3 (say) and got over the hurdle of setting up a Google account and installing needed apps, what would they miss about the iPhone that they could not work around?

To save you the effort of a detailed reply, can you recommend any particular iPhone user website/guide?

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@Dave 126 re. Little legs so it can walk around your desk

If they'd made the case out of sapient pearwood ........

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A serious technical/usability question .....

Can anyone tell me if the iPhone5 is capable of doing something noticeable better or in a usefully different way from high-end Android phones? Please note that using any of Apple's walled garden facilities does not count, nor does using an esoteric app that has only been developed for the iPhone.

I'm asking as someone who's had an HTC Incredible for 18 months and is quite satisfied with it, but is now considering an upgrade (maybe HTC One S, maybe not .....) I prefer to buy my phone unlocked and have a SIM only contract.

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New monkey species with massive blue arse found in Africa

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Poor quality pics

The pictures of the 'blue' area, in the linked article appear to be overexposed and almost white (or is it my screen?). I was promised a blue arse and I feel disappointed.

P.S. I can't think why anyone would be offended by those pictures. It's an animal in it's natural state. If there is anyone who's unaware that male primates have external genitalia, then it's about time they learned.

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iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

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Re: Expensive No Doubt

This seems like a subtle clue that they're getting ready to use the Galileo satellite navigation system.

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Microsoft preparing for diskless Windows 8 PCs

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Many possible solutions

I have an old USB memory stick that has a 'secure' hidden partition that is manipulated by a supplier utility. This reports itself as a separate drive when plugged in. It's definitely possible, all that's needed is for everybody to agree to a standard. The possession of patents in this area may be a sticking point.

Why not go for external SSD drives connected by a short SATA cable?

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Information is the UI in Windows 8, says design guru

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Just wondering .....

"The author travelled to TechEd, ate and slept, as a guest of Microsoft."

When he woke up, were there two small puncture wounds on his neck?

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Viewsonic 22in Android 'tablet' hands-on review

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Frozen meal packaging tells you the instructions and heating times for various powers of microwave oven. I can't think what other information you'd need in a kitchen or why you'd want to spend much time there.

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Google skids car insurance comparison engine onto rivals' lawn

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Use disposable e-mail addresses and type in a false phone number. (I realise that the false phone number may be regarded as anti-social, since there will probably be a victim, but you can give the phone number of another car insurance company.)

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WD to parade flash-disk mutant for Wall St moneybags this week

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"Personal cloud storage hardware (aka external hard drives)"

Laughing, crying, spluttering and shaking my head at the same time. (Do not try this at home).

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Archos 101 XS 10.1in Android tablet review

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Good typing and mousing experiences

The Asus Transformer Pad has a full size USB connector at the back of its keyboard base, which will drive wired mice and wireless mice (at least the two particular species of mice which I possess). It will also drive a USB keyboard, which is useful if you want to do lots of typing and prefer a full sized 'proper' keyboard, as I'm doing right now.

I'd be happy to have a tablet (screen only) device that had two USB connectors (probably small or micro size) so that I could use a 'proper' keyboard and mouse (via connector adaptors) when I felt the need to do so. Has any tablet manufacturer done that?

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HTC's 4G patent beef could get iPhone 5 BANNED in US

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HTC missed a trick ...

They should have sold the patent to Samsung.

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NZ beaks give climate skeptics the bird

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Re: Spelling, . .

That's because they are American and not English. They speak (and write) a very similar, but different, language.

Color me surprised, that sort of snuck up on us.

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Spammers, phishers escape proper punishment

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"... effective and appropriate punishments."

Chop their fingers off !

(I've recently been getting a slew of mobile spam texts and also some phishing attempts on an e-mail address that I've managed to share only with 'trustworthy' organisations for ten years now. I'm not in a good mood.)

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Fanboi beats 'e-trespassing' rap after using GPS to find stolen iPad

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Basic misunderstanding

"She also said, ....... that the fondleslab-deprived man was allowed to beam them wherever he wished in pursuit of his property."

It seems the magistrate thought that the owner was shining 'searcher rays' into private property in an attempt to find his stolen property. When the people in a technological society who sit in judgement of us are this ignorant, it worries me.

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Sparkfun punts bonkers banana-piano kit at hardware hackers

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Solving real-world 'problems' .....

" ...wood was a little too conductive and the 3mm gap between the panels wasn't isolating enough - a wider gap works,... "

Try putting a 1Megohm (or 2M or 500k) resistor in series with the contact wires. That would enable you to have a smaller wood gap while still being able to detect a finger press. Go on, do some real engineering.

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First Irish-speaking virus holds bloke's computer to ransom

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" ...only about 60 per cent of the virus makes sense in Irish."

I didn't know that x86 assembler code has close similarity to Gaelic.

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Nokia apologizes for faking Lumia 920 ad

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Re: Would it be churlish and overly pedantic of me...

The lad doth protest too much, methinks.

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It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

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WTF?

WTF?

"Keeping a list of directors, actors and subjects of interest for automatic recording is also a TiVo-owned concept,"

How the heck can TiVo 'own' a concept and have patents on it?? The concept of advice based on known previous likings has been implemented by family, friends and colleagues for ages, ever since the mass production of novels.

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Intel's 'Mobile Etiquette' survey uncovers global peevishness

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My mind-boggle meter is in red zone

"... share information online when they're in the bathroom ..."

Is this texts, voice calls, picture messages, twitter/facebook updates?

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Huawei denies spying, calls for global security standards

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Re: This kind of thing is hardly surprising.

But, but....but....we were the best.....we had it all, .....what's happening?

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Insecure SCADA kit has hidden factory account, password

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Re: Backdoors have a reason

"The dude who knew all the passwords died ....."

That's all down to adequate and well maintained company procedures and records, which are often inadequate even if they've been thought about.

Good call on the 'service button'.

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'World's first' dog to sniff out pilfered cabling is Brit black lab

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Re: Um...

No, the brain creates a 3D model based on various factors, but the eyes create 2D images (of surprisingly poor resolution away from the centre region of vision.)

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Chick-lit star snubs Menshn.com password flaw alert

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"... Menshn promises to offer an environment free of spam and trolls. "

A politician's promises, .... very reliable I'm sure.

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Voyager's 35th birthday gift: One-way INTERSTELLAR ticket

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Re: The ultimate engineering project

After a couple of hundred years, it will be picked up by an advanced alien civilisation and given a refit/upgrade. (I saw a drama-documentary about that a few years ago on tv.)

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Re: Astrophysics questions....

Thank you Dave; I should have had the sense to try that first (and it made my brain hurt too). I'm extending my imagination to cover gaseous particle interactions that take place over many millions of miles with time intervals of days/months/years.

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Astrophysics questions....

The article notes a rapidly escalating amount of galactic cosmic rays as Voyager goes through the 'heliosheath'. Are these 'rays' slowed and stopped or deflected by the effects of Sol? If so, is it a magnetic, electrostatic or electromagnetic effect? I can't imagine it would be particle interaction since everything out there is mostly empty space and I can't see how photons coming in would be affected at all.

Is it a boiling maelstrom of energetic 'stuff' on the outside of the heliosheath region or is this an increase which is only noticeable by sensitive instruments?

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Report: Nokia to join Qi party with wireless-charging Lumia 920

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Reasons....

Is the tussle over standards to do with firmly held technical beliefs about the superiority of one over the other; or is it to do with owning patents that are essential to a particular standard? Just wondering.

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New deals for Virgin Sim punters

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Re: FUP

On their cable internet service (with 1GB a day 'fair use' limit), they step the speed down to 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 of maximum as you pass various trigger points in the 1-2GB range. I'd be very surprised if they didn't do something similar with their mobile service.

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Organic food offers basically no health benefit, boffins find

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@AC 08:46 Re: Science and allergies

According to one theory I read about (on the internet, so it must be true), there was a large supply of unwanted peanut oil as a by-product of peanut paste manufacture. This was incorporated into baby oil type products (since it's natural and we all know that natural products are good for you) and applied to the delicate skin of many, many babies and young children. The theory is that some component of the peanut oil was absorbed through the skin and resulted in sensitisation to that component, leading to a later allergy towards peanuts.

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Ofcom begged to protect minicab, other small-biz's radio spectrum

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Can anyone explain?

From a purely technical and practical point of view, I can't understand why taxi drivers and similar people would need private radio in preference to the standard mobile phone service. A dedicated mobile phone (voice and text only) could easily be made to dock/integrate into the car's power and audio system and a 'specialist' model could be made that can automatically accept calls so that the driver doesn't need to fiddle with it when his controller calls him.

I'm not saying they should be denied the use of private radio, I'm just wondering why they want it in preference to standard mobile voice service. Is it a running cost and/or privacy thing?

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Wireless Power breakthrough: Iron Man can lose the chest reactor

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Re: Patent

You can't keep something secret and then jump up years later and say, "I invented that, so you can't patent it."

An invention has to be published (to make it prior art) or patented (to give it patent protection) to prevent a later developer from claiming patent rights. Any spooks have obviously done neither of those things.

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War-Droid: Smartphone app 'that could CALL IN drone strikes'

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"... the doctoral student leading wok ..."

If you get Lester to make you a bacon sarnie, that might take your mind off food.

(I know there's a corrections button but this is more fun.)

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Cambridge Uni publishes free Pi-OS baking course

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Re: First line on the page...

He may have been carousing the night before he wrote that.

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US congress wants a word with ZTE, Huawei

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Friends in high places

"... requesting detailed disclosure about Chinese government relations and their international pricing strategies."

I'm sure the HoR members and all the admin staff involved would never pass the pricing information on to their contacts in US telecom infrastructure companies.

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Chemical biz 'Nitro' hackers use Java to coat PCs in poison ivy

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Re: "Bobby-trapped" web page?

It might be an obscure reference to Bobby Tables. Then again .........

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HTC hawks fresh Desire for market boost

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Meh

Wildfire still going...

I've still got my old Wildfire (with AMOLED screen and camera pushbutton) and I run it on PAYG as a 'standby' phone in case anything goes wrong with its replacement, the Incredible-S. It does feel a bit sluggish and look grainy compared to the Incredible, but it still does everything I would need it to do (but it's not very good for reading e-books and watching videos).

I can't think why I'd want to upgrade from the Incredible, since the 4" screen is the maximum size that I feel comfortable with using as a phone and carrying in my jacket pocket. Unless they can make smartphones do something amazing and 'must have', I see no reason why anyone with a recent smartphone would really need to upgrade.

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A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds'

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"The box only holds 3TB - USB sticks will hold more and you can carry them in your pocket. "

Please tell me where I can get these high capacity USB sticks. (Or very big pockets)

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Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

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perception, respect and reputation

I've upvoted you for amusing use of self-destructive irony. Well done!

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Attack of the Gigantic Tellies hits Berlin IFA

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Re: "Boob tube"?

Captain's Console

DaFt Display

(you inspired me)

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'iPhone 5' released by Chinese Apple copycat

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Look and 'Feel' alike?

Does it have a GUI skin that gives it an iPhone 'look and feel' too? If not, some enterprising Android App developer could find a market for such a skin.

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Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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Facepalm

"...stream music over-the-air directly to audio equipment - without the need for Wi-Fi."

For a moment there, I thought Apple had patented the modulating of a radio carrier signal with audio information, so that it could cover a wide area of reception from a single transmitting source. (Maybe they will try that.)

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Intel tries to wangle China crypto-standards deal

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Shoe ... other foot

"US industry representatives have raised concerns that Chinese development of TCM is motivated by the desire to reduce royalties for patents embedded in TCG technology standards ..."

Of course it is. Why should China pay for western tech licenses when they can develop their own standard for a massive internal market? (Just like the china-specific mobile phone standard widely used there.)

"... and that it will negatively affect interoperability and globally integrated supply chains."

No problem; everybody else can use the chinese standard and buy a license from them. Oh, ... wait a minute.

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Firefox 15 offers fewer leaks, more frags

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"... thousandths of milliseconds."

Or 'microseconds', as they are called.

Why do they need microsecond timing on graphics generation when the viewable result changes only about every 20 milliseconds (roughly)?

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Bluetooth 4 pulls on pair of profiles, hits the track

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Re: Peddling != Pedalling

Except for the case of the stereotypical French onion seller.

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1 MILLION accounts leaked in megahack on banks, websites

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WTF?

Again, the SQL injection attacks!

How long has this been known of and standard measures to protect been available? - Years!

WTF are these organisations doing with their IT budgets?

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