* Posts by frank ly

3691 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Cricketer the face of in-car heads-up satnav

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re. 'yewie'

I realise this may seem pedantic, but I think it should be written as 'U-ie'.

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Patent shark‘s copyright claim could bite all Unix

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Orvell was his brother and had a good career as a stand-up comedian. Not many people know that.

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Flash man: Headcount at my company is UP not DOWN

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Handbags at dawn? ....

.... on 1st April?

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Second International Cat Video Festival coming to Oakland CA

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I have a bad feeling about this

"So far Dusty's owners claim he has stolen 213 dish towels, .......and other miscellaneous objects."

They need to check around the neighbourhood for reports of missing electronic devices, batteries, guns, ammunition, etc.

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Jobs' first boss Nolan Bushnell: 'Steve was difficult but valuable'

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re. ".. radical things that resonate."

Sounds like a snappy title for a book.

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WTF is... the Quantified Self?

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re. Sebastiaan ter Burg

Shouldn't that be Sebastiaan ter Borg?

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Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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@Def Re: Is it just me?

" ... - if it weren't for those pesky buttons on the side."

With a touch sensitive surface, there would be no need for buttons. You'd just use swiping or whatever gestures in place of physical controls. For an audio connection, you'd have to use bluetooth (or similar) and it would use wireless charging. When turned off, it would appear to be a featureless black rectangular slab - very cool.

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Wisconsin man cuffed over Koch-blocking DDoS attack

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You learn something new every day

I didn't know that Koch Industries was run by Anonymous.

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Egyptian navy captures divers trying to cut undersea internet cables

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Cable location

Just north of the port of Alexandria, hmm. That sounds like a silly place to put an undersea cable in the first place.Why not lay it in a place where ships are not likely to drop anchor in an emergency or just because it seems sensible at the time?

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Google Translate for Android adds offline translation option

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Re: Google Translate: An endless source of humour and embarasment

I realise it's not quite the same thing, but in English for the spoken use of 'there', 'they're' and 'their', the meaning can be determined by context. Do you find that context is any use at all for listening to Vietnamese and does it help Vietnamese people understand your mispronounciations?

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Blighty's revolutionary Cold War teashop computer - and Nigella Lawson

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re. Minerva Road, Acton

In the mid '80s, Minerva Road in Acton was the location of an old established electronics company who's name I've forgotten. I know this because I went for an interview there. Also, in Acton, there was an outpost of Ferranti, before they imploded. Does anyone else remember this? (I hope so, otherwise I'm having false memory syndrome.)

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Forget the invisibility cloak: Boffins invent INVISIBILITY FISHNETS

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I was puzzled (normal state) ...

.. as to how this could work to cloak a target from a microwave detector/imager. Then I followed the link to the paper, where it states that they used a dielectric rod as the 'target'. I have a feeling that it wouldn't work with a metal rod.

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Swedish linguists nix new word after row with Google

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Re: To the tune of "Oh Canada" (and with some artistic licence...)

Apology accepted!

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@Nicho re. 'google the un-googleable'

I think we should use the excellent Swedish word, 'ogooglebar' so the expression becomes 'google the ogooglebar'. This can be used to mean a futile search or effort, done with good but naive intentions.

e.g. "Larry, stop googling the ogooglebar and do something useful.", or, "Oh, poor Mary, she's always googling the ogooglebar."

Let's make a serious effort to use and spread this?

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@Ragequit Re: huh

"... try to stay hip ..."

I wish you wouldn't use slang in your comments dude.

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After Leveson: The UK gets an Orwellian Ministry of Truth for real

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Re: Don't bring Lucy Meadows into this...

" ... those who have taken their lives because of media reporting."

What 'proof' do you have that those people took their life because of press involvement? If you say there is 'no proof' for one particular person, then you must know of 'proof' for the other people. Do tell us.

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'End the commercial-in-confidence CROOKS' CHARTER', gov told

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You couldn't make it up

So, a lawyer employed by a government department used his legal magic to stop the goverment's own CIO from having a look at what was going on in the department?

You couldn't make it up, unless you were a scriptwriter for Yes Minister.

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Google turns South African schools into White Spaces

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@Frankee Llonnygog Re: Google would be more successful here...

Too soon?

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Mobile location data identifies individuals

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@Pat 11 Re: location markers

"They knew which cell towers they had connected to. The point is that the cell usage pattern is fairly unique, ..."

Only fairly unique? :)

It's not just the cell you are connected to that is used. Data from attempts to connect to other cells are also used and the resulting signal strength data can be used to triangulate your position. Using just the mobile data signal in my phone (i.e. not GPS and not WiFi) Google Maps can place me within a few streets of where I am. The mobile phone companies have access to much better quality data from their tower records, especially the local signal strength maps around those towers and so can triangulate your position with greater accuracy.

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location markers

If you know that a person was at a particular private home, followed by a particular place of work; then of course it is very easy to identify them. For most people, daily activities involve being at one place for a certain amount of time, followed by being at another place for some time, often with an unchanging route between the two places. I could have figured that out.

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CERN re-opens 'Animal Shelter for Computer Mice'

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Re: Good one...

Why did you have to return the toner and office supplies? You just phone the supplier, tell them they were very stupid to send goods that had not been ordered and that they have 30 days to collect them before they get thrown away and that your handling and storage fee must be paid before collection.

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Sony joins iWear face-off

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"...LG also hopes to attach itself both to eyeballs and to arms,..."

As a parasite or as a symbiote, or just a helpful friend?

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Lightspeed variable say intellectuels français

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re. "...the permissivity of vacuum,..."

That would be 'permittivity' in English. It may be that 'permissivity' is the French word.

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Nanowires boost photovoltaics sunlight capture by 15X

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Re: Not sure about this - a further thought

If the nanowire is comparable in size to the wavelength of the light, then it could be acting as a monopole antenna, thus delivering electrical energy to the substrate. In which case, the photovoltaic effect is being supplemented by a traditional/classic electromagnetic antenna, on a very small scale. So, the theoretical limit of photovoltaic efficiency would stand but the device would be a dual mode energy converter.

@JeffyPooh - Yes, those numbers need looking at and thinking about.

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Not sure about this

"The light-concentrating effect occurs because the wavelength of the light traversing the nanowaires is smaller than the nanowires themselves, thus causing resonance of the light in and around the nanowires."

The wavelength of light is smaller than many structures you could mention, so this can't be the 'because', surely?

Is it because the wavelength is comparable to the thickness of the nanowires?

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Branson, Berners-Lee, Google, £2m: LET'S SAVE THE WORLD

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Am I being cynical .....

.... or does anyone else think that the Terms & Conditions of entry will be that Google can use any ides that are presented? Maybe I'm wrong; maybe the T&C will say that the intellectual property of the entries will remain with the charity submitting them and that Google will not use the information or pass it on to any third party.

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Nokia deflates Google's video codec thought bubble

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@AC 04:42 Re: @Trevor_Pott

" ... patents are specifically for the purpose of preventing certain kinds of competition"

That really is shallow thinking and shallow knowledge of history.

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Google patent filing suggests Glass will be ULTIMATE REMOTE

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Patently obvious?

If Google are awarded this patent, will it mean that Apple can't do a similar thing with their 'wearable' personal iWatch device thing?

You have a portable, personal display device, with wireless network comms - you have other comms compatible devices nearby - they can communicate with each other -> This 'invention' is obvious. My Dell laser printer already tells me when it's low on paper or toner or whatever. It does it by an alert notification popup on my personal, portable laptop screen.

All I need to do is wear the laptop on a tray strapped from my shoulders and I'd be in violation of Google's patent.

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Re: This is awesome

How will you feel when your imaginary friends say that you're mad?

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Calm a CARMA drama chameleon: Barça super waves ARMs, GPUs

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If only their corporate logo ....

..... was a llama, being tended by a farmer.

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Re: A little historical context

He couldn't be excecuted because he hadn't commited a capital offense. He might have been imprisoned if he'd carried out 'homosexual acts' in a public manner; I don't know if he ever did. The 'least-worst' option would have been to leave him alone and let him carry on with his work and his life. It seems that he did need serious 'words of advice' about classified documents, though he probably created classified documents just by doodling on a notepad at his kitchen table.

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Review: HTC One

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The cost!

I started with an HTC Wildfire then upgraded to an HTC Incredible. I was looking forward to upgrading to an HTC One, then I saw the cost even for second hand, so I got a new Nexus 4 (8GB) for half the price. The Nexus 4 does the job for me (but I don't have GBs of videos and music to watch/listen to). Full marks for the front facing speakers though and I do realise that it's a top-spec phone.

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Refusal to swallow scuppers woman's tadpole-smuggling plan

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She refused because she'd just read New Scientist

http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/shortsharpscience/2013/03/mouth-breeding-frog.html

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Re: Why?

Let's take it in stages: First learn to read; then read the story.

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Fukushima switchboard defeated by rat

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@AC 07:02 Re: In other news... first new UK nuclear power station approved

In a technical article about a nuclear power plant, someone makes a disparaging comment about the cost effectiveness of nuclear power; so you raise the spectre of a natural disaster two years ago and claim that he is being disrespectful to the dead and the survivors. WTF?

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Virgin Media boss to Osbo: Bung city fibre cash into small biz

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Getting modern - they just don't get it

"Only two-thirds have a website and a third sell goods and services online. "

I went into my local newsagent/sweetshop/tobacconist and told him that I could set him up with a website and e-commerce solution for a very reasonable fee and low ongoing annual costs. He told me to go away or he'd set his dog on me.

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Dear gov cyber-ninjas, try NOT to KILL PEOPLE. Love from the lawyers

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Why?

"... it's not permissible to attack an enemy general's defibrillator (rule 42). "

But you are allowed to bomb civilians and cowering conscripts. It's funny how the people at the top look after each other.

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Researcher sets up illegal 420,000 node botnet for IPv4 internet map

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Re: On tracking (etc)

" ..It also carried a readme file with a description of the project and an email address for the owner, or law enforcement, to get in touch if it was discovered."

Would that be a good starting point?

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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re. "... watching a live broadcast"

I assume you mean watching a broadcast, at the time is is broadcast, as opposed to watching a 'catch up' service version over the internet?

This would be different from the 'traditional' meaning: 'a broadcast of an event, real time, as it happens in the real world'.

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Feedly now home to 500,000 Reader refugees

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@CaptainHook - An Apology

You are right, I was wrong and I should have checked.

Over the past two days, I've been jumping around between NetVibes, NewsBlur, Blar, Feedly and Google Reader; so I had a false memory. I also got rid of Feedly yesterday so I didn't check my assertion.

Feedly say they will migrate to their own backend (called Normandy) when Google Reader finally closes down, so you shouldn't need a Google sign in after that stage - maybe.

Good luck in finding a decent replacement for Google Reader. It will be very difficult, from what I've seen so far.

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Re: I keep looking at Feedly

You don't need Google OAuth to login to Feedly, you'd need it to import your RSS feeds from Google Reader, a one off task. Or, like me, you could set them up from scratch manually, it wasn't difficult. Feedly has 'presentation issues' as noted in the article, but this is a personal preference matter. It uses its own build it browser in the Android app and this has more serious issues, such as not doing text selection and Copy/Paste very well and making a mess of some pages on The Register (associated with advert graphics).

NewsBlur has a 'cleaner' look and there are two separate Android apps, both of which use the default browser but are not as 'good' as Google Reader in some ways. NewsBlur also has an issue with the Unread counts on The Independent newspaper, as I'll explain later in my post.

NetVibes is interesting in that it can almost replace iGoogle, having dashboards and widgets and a fairly clean presentation. It has no Android 'app' as such, just a browser page tailored to the phone/tablet layout that it's supposed to detect if you are on phone or tablet.

I'm trialling NetVibes and NewsBlur on my Android tablet and phone and I prefer NewsBlur (with the Blar app). However, NetVibes, NewsBlur and Google Reader all show very different figures for the Unread counts on The Independent newspaper; despite the fact that I used all three readers and marked all items as Read last night. This might be a problem and is certainly a puzzle. My other feeds all show consistent Unread numbers.

I'd recommend NewsBlur, if this Unread count can be sorted out or at least understood.

Note: I understand that NewsBlur is not accepting new accounts at the moment due to overwhelming demand.

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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

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re. ".. left of Birmingham and south of Dudley ..."

Mixed directions are not a good idea.

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Celebrity conspiracy as Apple attacked over customer service

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Re: Mmmm

That should be 'twatting'.

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Are your servers PETS or CATTLE?

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@jake Re: None of the above.

We want to know the cute names you give them.

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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@LarsG Re: Given

My two previous Android phones were updated with the next OS, OTA by HTC, though I realise other people's experience may differ. My personal observation is that 'older' phones may find it a strain to run the next OS and be stressed by running the latest versions of apps. e.g. my old HTC Wildfire now runs like treacle fresh from the fridge.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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NewsBlur - updated opinion

I said that the NewsBlur Android app didn't work in my previous post. This seems to be because I tried to create an account using it - at which it failed. If you use a browser to go to their site, you can set up an account there and either pull in your feed list from Google Reader, or manually set them up - which I did because I only have 6 feeds. Then, the NewsBlur Android app does seem to work, after you sign in. There is also an independent reader called Blar which uses the NewsBlur backend.

Note: The free version of NewsBlur only lets you have 12 feeds, the premium version costs $24pa.

In terms of layout, the browser version is fairly clean and simple and has lots of customisation and adjustable pane views, but not as good as Google Reader in terms of clean simplicity. The Android readers are very clean and simple but don't have panes so you go from one full screen to the next and have to use Back to get to your previous list/view. It does use the Android default browser though, which is good news.

Anyway, give it a try and good luck with finding a suitable replacement before July.

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@Natalie Gritpants Re: re. Feedly

I had a quick look at tt-rss and it seems to need some server-side work at my end, which I'm not willing or able to do. Maybe someone will set up a feed/store service, which I wouldn't mind paying a small subscription for and I don't care who knows that I read El Reg and other websites. I realise that other people's situations may differ.

Many organisations seem to be jumping into the hole that Google Reader will leave behind and many are preparing a 'replacement' for it. I tried NewsBlur which seemed to fit the bill but their Android app doesn't work - fail. I'll wait until early June and see what happens.

Check out this article on a Digg 'replacement' for Google Reader:

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-03/15/digg-reader

Read it and weep. It looks like we're going to be force fed social crap sandwiches.

@Craigness: This is about a replacement for Google Reader, especially its ability to synchronise across many devices. If you subscribe to an RSS feed, you get what the site owner gives you. This is the same for all RSS readers, unless you make your own very clever one.

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re. Feedly

Feedly is BLOODY ANNOYING, especially its built-in browser that doesn't work properly, especially on The Register's site. Why oh why can't they use the default Android browser? I need to find something else.

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Samsung's new co-CEO: 'Windows isn't selling very well'

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Freudian Slip?

"We like Android and we plan to continue our good relations with Google," he said. "I don't think it's correct to say that there's friction."

Who says there's friction?

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Police accuse Reuters hack of helping Anonymous hackers

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Re: 25 years?

Terrorists will stop at nothing to strike at the heart of our way of life. If they knew the type of vending machine, they'd be better able to carry out an effective attack against them.

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