* Posts by frank ly

3929 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Indonesia ponders 5,000% SIM card price hike

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I predict ....

A secondary market, or maybe swap shop meets.

This problem would not occur if the telcos treated people as clients/customers, instead of as cattle to be fattened, prodded and poked for profit.

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Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?

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Re: Great Article

I'm waiting for "Backupsky" which backs up all your Amazon data to Microsoft, then "Goobackify" ..........

On a personal level, I use Insync on Win7 and Linux for local to Google Drive mirroring. Single payment of $10 per google account gets you mirrored on as many computers as you like. (I am not affiliated with them in any way.)

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Sysadmins: Keep YOUR data away from NSA spooks

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Re: @sabroni et al etc.

I always knew that a situation like this would happen eventually.

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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@YAAc Re: Echoes of the DC-10

I think wolfetone is refering to the FAA airworthiness certification process for components and materials and processes, in general; and not suggesting that FAA engineers crawl around the aircraft looking at stuff.

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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@stu 4 Re: They've been on the road for years

It was a penguin; but your mind couldn't handle it, so it was replaced by a black and white traffic cone. How do I know this? - I've seen those penguins before, lots of times.

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Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

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Re: What took them so long?

Want to read/watch/listen to stuff - get a tablet. Want to do serious work - get a laptop.

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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I am reminded .....

... of the recent article about the PROC government giving reductions in prison sentences for favourable tweets/postings/etc. Who would have thought that officials of the Catholic church and the PROC would have attended the same 'Population Control' workshop?

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Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

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@auburnman Re: Stop!

Your '**' footnote doesn't have a corresponding '**' marker in the text of your post.

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Re: Stop!

I got a polite and friendly response the last time I submitted a correction. Try it.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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.. and telcos are furious with 'misleading' words

Up to 10MB/s unlimited internet

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Beijing offers cons reduced sentences for friendly Tweets

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Obvious next stage - work off your sentence in advance

If a Chinese citizen made lots of pro-goverment tweets/comments/etc over a long period of time (properly recorded and logged), could they commit a small crime and not go to prison because they've already 'paid for it'?

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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Re: monolith

Firing a small, high energy projectile at Europa does not constitute a 'landing' in any accepted use of the word. The finest legal minds that Earth can afford have assured us of this, so it will be alright.

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Emergency mobile networks take off on model planes

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A remotely controlled model plane .......

... that provides an encrypted voice and data service to anyone who has the appropriate (and inexpensive) ground equiment? I'd be surprised if the security services allowed this to happen. Expect strict laws and severe penalties for any unauthorised person in possession of such equipment.

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Ah, the memories

Good old Eadon. I wonder what he'd say?

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Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

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Re: Beware the nanoprobes!

We are Festival. Entertain us (or else)!

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Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

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Re: It only applies to women - apparently

I believe this style (quite common in Google sourced text) is intended to address the historic imbalance of written gender representation, because it is felt to be 'a good thing to do'.

My personal preference would be to write, "When one is presented with a warning which advises one that proceeding further will compromise one's computer security ....etc". People always laugh at me when I do that so I've stopped bothering.

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'Thundering mechanical behemoth' walker mech to attack Leicester today

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"... very graceful choreography ..."

He must know some totally useless dancers.

Note: Yorkshire Sculpture Park is in the grounds of Bretton Park, a mile up the A637 from J38 of the M1. It's a nice place for a relaxing day out for the entire family. As well as the 'modern' sculpture exhibitions, there are the original buildings of the country house and also one of the finest yew hedges I've ever seen (10 years ago).

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Oz Green's plans exempt some phone metadata from warrants

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Emergency Request

We're very worried that Mr. Jones has't paid his council tax because he usually pays it on time and he's not answering calls to his house phone or mobile. There's a possibility that he's developed amnesia and wandered off and may be in danger. Can we see his mobile phone records so we can contact his friends, or maybe the police can track him for us?

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Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys

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re. 14 reasons ....

I think Reason 1. was thrown in by Steve Balmer at the last minute.

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Hubble spots ALIEN NAVY world – and it's pelted with GLASS RAIN

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If it's tidally locked .....

Then wouldn't any atmospheric conditions settle down to an equilibrium state, with maybe a bit of mixing turbulance around the terminator line? (As you can probably tell, I'm not an expert in exoplanet climatalogy.)

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Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

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The oven has its own Twitter feed!?

When 'the internet of things' is fully upon us, NSA/GCHQ/etc will be overwhelmed with data traffic for storage and analysis.

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Kick the tyres on UK's swap-shop for cat pics and other copyright stuff

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The greatest invention ever

" ... and advertising revenues.."

Is there anything that can't be financed by advertising? It's marvellous.

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Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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At night ......

....when few people are using them, will the cars prowl around and exhibit feral pack behaviour?

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Samsung takes mobile net traffic crown from Apple

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Re: Linux is one or 2 percent...

What you can do next is argue that iOS came from some kind of UNIX derivative and so the majority of traffic is actually UNIX traffic. It really does rule the world, quietly and without fuss.

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Boffins chill out with new temperature measurement

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Definition/Measurement

If the triple point of water can be calculated to happen under certain conditions, thus providing a reference situation for checking instrument measurement (temperature in this case); can the required conditions for another physical situation, happening at a much lower temperature, be calculated? e.g. the triple point of some gaseous element or anything else you can think of that happens at very low temperatures.

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US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

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Re: WOW !

Any biologist, even a student, will tell you that mice can harbour a variety of viruses. Sometimes, an interdisciplinary approach is needed.

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Samsung asks for retrial on rubber-band

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This is what happens .....

... with trials about 'rubber-bands'. Boing-Boing!

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Industry doubts schools’ ability to teach Digital Tech curriculum

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I remember now .....

Some NAND gates, a 5V power supply, some switches, some LEDS, .... There's nothing difficult or expensive or 'hard to understand' about it.

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NASA outlines 2020 plans for Mars life search with Curiosity v2.0

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Possible bio-hazard?

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.

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Emergency alert system easily pwnable after epic ZOMBIE attack prank

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Re: Public / Private keys

They forgot to encrypt the private key - doh!

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The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

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Shot ... foot

Nobody wanted to give him asylum (as far as I read it). The the US leans on its allies/dependants to get heavy for them and suddenly three countries will lay out the red carpet for him. Snowden must have sympathetic admirers high up in the US establishment.

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UK.gov to drive stake through heart of big IT outsourcing deals

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Re: Snoop proofing the snoopers

And that depends on how big or far-away the cow is.

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IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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Re: I want what I'm used to! It still does the job!

For large documents with lots of narrative text, I use a set (for structure) of .txt files and just keep typing and proof reading (multi tab editor) until I thnk it's right. Only then do I copy/paste into Word/LO and start to think about page layout and paragraph trimming, etc.

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yep

I know what it does, which toolbar it's supposed to be on and I know exactly what the icon looks like. Why should I remember the name?

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Re: Yes, but

So cynical, but oh so true.

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Battery-boosting breakthrough grows on trees – literally

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yes but

If you know this, then you design the built system capacity to take account of the projected loss. For grid storage systems, the mass and physical size of the battery will not be an important consideration compared to the initial capital cost and ongoing maintenance/replacement costs.. As long as the capacity loss settles down to a known final lower value, you can plan for this.

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ULTRASONIC BOLLOCK BLASTERS help Hawkmoth battle The Bat

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Lateral thinking

I would think that small animals would be able to produce ultrasonic farts, because of small size, resonant cavities and structures, etc. Has this been investigated?

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Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

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Timing?

Were these patents found down the back of a filing cabinet during an office clear out? Why the timing?

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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Re: Finally...

You need the foam rubber one for this. Maybe over the tinfoil one if you like.

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Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space

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@Ru

She's creating (artistic) wealth by destroying (materialistic) wealth. Can't you see the beauty of transmutation there?

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Crimelords: Stolen credit cards... keep 'em. It's all about banking logins now

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Re: Lazy users, lazy politicians

If 'jacasta' is an anagram, then it's a freaky, cryptic anagram by someone who enjoys punishment. Ah, .......

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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I met James Cameron in a London hotel bar once.

I told him about my idea for a family film called Smurfs In Space. He did a lot of smiling and nodding for a couple of minutes then rushed away. He was obviously going back to his room to take notes before he forgot the details of what I said.

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Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

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Re: 10 *years* to get a national firearms register, a fair chunk of whose data they already had.

If for any reason the police show an interest in my car, within a very short time over the radio they can find out my name, address, if the car has insurance and if it has an MoT certificate. Perhaps the development of that computer system didn't involve any police authority imput.

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What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

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Re: @Martin (was: ...or words to that EFFECT...)

Relax Martin. There's no need to loose sleep over this sort of thing.

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AT&T patents P2P content tracking system

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Once again, patenting the obvious

If I know how p2p and torrent systems work, and I am in the position of being able to monitor and analyse the traffic; then of course I can do this. It's not difficult to figure out.

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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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