* Posts by frank ly

5172 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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As everybody knows ....

... you have to take a website offline if you want to make changes to it. The more the changes, the longer it has to be offline.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Wind up Merchant

About five years ago, I bought a cheap wind-up watch from Argos. It actually had a prominent 'warning' statement in the instructions to tell you that if you didn't wind it up every day then it would stop working. I felt so old.

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

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... " likely to cause annoyance, ..."

It bloody well does cause annoyance! Just ask me. I'll tell you if they need to be strung up or not.

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Caption this: CERN needs pic tags. Serious answers only, kids

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Re: It's a trap

Is the OCD a side effect of time travelling or is it one of the reasons that you started doing it? Please send me an email (frank.ly@cerntrap.net) because I'm really interested in this for medical reasons. I've heard that paranoia is another side effect, so don't worry if you experience that.

I'm also wondering how much you know about this:

http://home.web.cern.ch/about/experiments/atrap

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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"Thou shalt not make a machine in the likeness of a human mind."

What about Butlerian monkeys that serve you drinks?

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How iPad’s soft SIM lets Apple pit carriers AGAINST each other

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Explanations please?

"The humble SIM has enabled mobile operators to assert control over important areas which were not initially in their kingdom, such as security, Wi-Fi access (via EAP-SIM authentication) "

The three Android phones that I've owned have all happily connected to Wi-Fi with no SIM card in the phone; in which case they become small Android tablets. How is it different if I have a SIM in the phone? Have I misunderstood something there or is this only about the iPhone?

"... for a technology which enables SIM cards to switch identity automatically ..."

Is this actually a 'technology' or is it just a set of protocols and behaviours that anybody 'skilled in the art' could have thought up and something we could have had years ago if the telcos had been willing to work and cooperate with each other?

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

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re. THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!

I imagine that spoken by River Song in her most teasing and archly playful voice.

Coat: The long brown one, nearly touches the floor.

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Google boss Larry Page gives Sundar Pichai keys to the kingdom

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" ... a multi-million dollar loyalty incentive ..."

That's not loyalty, it's good 'negotiating'.

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Cheapo telcos fined for their cheapo security: Financial records on 305,000 people spilled

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Details?

Was the information presented on the internet because the applicants applied using a website, or did this third party company just make all its file servers internet facing?

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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From the video:

" ... the relationship with humans and with people ...."

Will there be non-human people or are some humans not people?

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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@404 Re: I miss Dejanews

I installed Palace Server on my laptop and had room pictures taken from my own home. If you clicked on the doors then you went into the adjacent room, or my garden. People were 'impressed' but my palace couldn't match the grandeur of most of the other ones. It was all a fun and learning experience. I found that you met people with social and conversation skills and some maturity in those days.

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Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec

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Maybe ...

If the male nerd was on a dinner date, he could have a cool and sophisticated friend sitting at the next table, listening in and typing advice and things for him to say to his date, which would appear on his Google Glass. If his date was a female nerd, she might be wearing Google Glass and have her friend at a nearby table, listening in and typing advice and stuff to appear on her GoogleGlass. Imagine the things that could go wrong and the misunderstandings ....

Hey, I've just had an idea for a romantic comedy that will resonate with the modern 'connected' generation. (I know, it's been done before, involving love letters and poems, but this is modern.)

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Want to own .app, .blog or .pet? Best sell a third of yourself for $100m on London Stock Exchange

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I like Auction #6 Contention Set 11

On the new internet, everybody will know you're a .dog.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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Are you thinking (Linus Torvalds) what I'm thinking?

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Forget the $2499 5K iMac – today we reveal Apple's most expensive computer to date

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Re: What this world needs...

I used to design using the 6802 for small scale industrial monitoring equipment and some naval instrumentation kit. It had a small amount of on-board RAM (about 2KB I think, which was all the system needed) so I didn't have to add any RAM to the PCB. Ah, happy days hand crafting assembler, stored on 8" floppies using a MICE. (That's Microprocessor In Circuit Emulator, for those too young to know, or even care probably.)

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Pay a tax on every gigabyte you download? Haha, that's too funny. But not to Hungarians

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@veti

You don't pay VAT on phone calls. You pay VAT on top of the price that you pay for goods and services, whatever those goods and services are. If you want an 'analogy', this is like excise duty on tobacco and alcohol in that the government want a given amount from the suppliers for the quantity supplied, in addition to the normal tax on business profits. Government sees that people do things and sees that they will probably keep doing things and increase their consumption - government says "we can squeeze money out of that, let's go!".

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Re: 0 + N ≠ ∞

N/0 = infinitely times more is what the heading may have tried to imply.

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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How can IoT stuff help me?

Apart from the 'convenience' of remotely read gas/electricity/water meters (no need to be there to let a meter reader in once a year), how can an IoT domestic thing actually make my life easier, in a noticeable way, than it already is?

(Note: I don't 'need' to contact my central heating system to get it to warm up early if I intend to arrive home early because I don't suffer from a low metabolism and I have wooly jumpers at home.)

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It's Big, it's Blue... it's simply FABLESS! IBM's chip-free future

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It's not a metaphor

It's hyperbole.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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If I 'hack' North Korea's military system ....

... and the North Korean government detects me and provides proof to the UK police, will I go to prison in the UK? Or, will the UK extradite me to North Korea?

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Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill

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First outgassing?

I've read that this is the first time in a very long time that Sliding Springs has gone for a Sol approach. Would this mean it has lots of volatile compounds and undisturbed dust to give off, hence the large and fat tail?

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Innovation agenda's code for kids plan still a work in progress

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Algorithmic thinking for students

if source(statement) = Department_of_Education

then credibility(statement) = 0;

endif

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: No product or revenue?

It's a Magic Leap of Faith.

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Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers

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There are many people called Jonathan Marks, but there is only one Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames. A similar situation applies to Baroness (Sarah) Brinton. At least this way we know exactly who the article is about and what their 'job' is, no matter how (un)deserving anyone may feel they are of that 'job'.

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UNIX greybeards threaten Debian fork over systemd plan

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@Numpty Scrub Re: the "fun" part about systemd

Why do you reboot after an update? I thought that wasn't needed with Linux generally. My MINT system never asks me to reboot after an update and I've seen no documentation or advice anywhere to say that I should.

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ICO warns UK broadcasters over filming using drones

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Hypothetical situation:

If a flying 'thing' flies over my property (lower than a certain height) and it's not obviously a plane or helicopter and it's not a protected species, can I legally shoot at it with a legally held weapon?

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That's PROFESSOR Woz to you from now on, young whippersnapper

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Re: brickmakers and bricklayers, among other tradies

If they'd made the bricks from recycled paper bags, I'd be impressed. I wonder what the bricklayers were actually thinking and saying as they built it.

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Carders punch holes through Staples

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If they took it seriously, they'd have had a security audit and actual testing of their POS and other equipment as soon as high street retailers started to get hit by these attacks. That was how long ago?

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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Re: BCC?

Yes, but as a customer you belong to them and they're proud of their customers and like to wave them around so everyone can see.

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Quantum key security steps outside the box

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Re: Why does Eve

I'm wondering what happened to Carol and Dave; they used to work closely with Alice and Bob.

Note: Eve is an eavesdropper, she's a victim of nominative determinism and we should feel sorry for her.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Re: Phone Apps

I have two 6310i phones and they still work fine. I have one on PAYG in the glove compartment of my car for use in emergencies, the main battery lasts for months if it's turned off. I'd have thought that the PCB battery was just to save your settings and content so you could still use it as long as you kept the main battery topped up and the phone turned on? If you did that, you'd need to charge it every week or so, depending on use?

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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

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My first thought. The time to worry is when they announce Microsoft Linux with updates coming from Redmond every Tuesday.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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That had me worried

" ... to develop autonomous aircraft that can position themselves around other aircraft in order to be service them or locate problems that need attention."

Until I'd read to the end of the next page, I had a mental image of passengers on Easy Jet flights looking out of the window to see a fleet of small drone aircraft moving closer and then tightening nuts and lubing aileron actuators, as they flew along.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Lots of skills are needed

"To be good at Computer Science you need Maths and Physics,"

Maths and Physics would certainly be a big help when you're starting Computer Science. They are about how things work, why they work, what will happen if you do certain things, etc. All good stuff for the logical thought needed to get a program (do we say "app" nowadays?) to do what you want it to do. I'd suggest that they are not essential however and that an open mind and a willingness to learn and an enjoyment of learning are key factors to success.

What we need, in the industry, are people who can communicate with other people and understand their problems, needs and requirements - then implement those in a deliverable system, on time, within budget and to specification. Those abilities are woefully lacking in many industries.

How about a group of kids are put in contact with another group of kids, at a different school and given the task of producing a system for them, having regular meetings and trying to establish what is needed and then doing it. Initial guidance from teachers and a set of 'template projects' would be needed here. Regular progress meetings and test feedback would soon teach them the skills they will need in the real world. Experienced teachers would be needed to stop fights breaking out.

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Police stats inflate the number of guns actually stolen in Blighty

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Capitalisation needed

"... figures compiled by ACPO where we don't know what data MADE UP the final numbers."

There, fixed it for you.

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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

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@leexgx

As you say. What could be simpler and easier to sort out that that? It's almost intuitive.

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Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz

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re. "... scarifying fevers."

That would be a serious fever that you'd remember every time you looked in a mirror.

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Origins of SEXUAL INTERCOURSE fished out of SCOTTISH LAKE

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I'm wondering

From the picture, it appears that the male has two apparently identical implantation appendages, so that in theory it could mate with two females simultaneously. I'm just exploring all possibilities here ......

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Yahoo! finally! releases! Flickr! app! for! iPad! BUT! shuns! Windows! fans!

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Don't the Windows people know how to use a browser?

Oh, it's IE .......

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Not necessary

Yes, the laws already exist to punish people who threaten and cause genuine fear for a person's life and safety. So why haven't more prosecutions been made at magistrate's court level, with fines and a couple of months in prison for the serious case?

The government, the courts and the police want more laws and more power, even though they don't use the powers they already have, unless it's convenient for them to do so of course.

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: Speculation...

Idiots often see the truth, because of their unblinkered innocence. (Only kidding; I'm sure you're not innocent.) We also had the scene (I forget which series and episode) where Clara directed an 'early' Doctor to a particular place, the implication being that she was nudging him into selecting a particular TARDIS when he ran away from Gallifrey. She certainly is well scattered through his timeline.

Then we have the bits with Matt Smith where the TARDIS seems to react against Clara in a passive-aggressive way.....

My personal opinion is that there may have been a long term 'arc' in someone's mind but it's all getting fragmented and too much trouble to develop and present in a coherent way. After the first two episodes of this series, I stopped watching (more in sorrow than anger) and now I just just read a few reviews on Sunday morning, none of which make me regret my decision.

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NASA eyeballs SOLAR HEAT BOMBS, MINI-TORNADOES and NANOFLARES on Sun

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Re: What about

It's an observation of anomolous X-ray levels that _could_ be explained by postulating axions from the sun interacting with the earth's magnetic field.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: klingon software development: memo

You have made many enquiries about User Acceptance Testing. There will, of course, be User Acceptance Testing. When the software is ready and it has escaped from the development team, it will find you and it will test you, mercilessly. If it finds that you are worthy and acceptable, it will install itself on your computers. Do NOT try to interfere with that process, unless you wish to suffer serioius injury and possibly death.

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Re: Special

I've performed numerous UATs in formal circumstances on behalf of the user. On one side you get the supplier trying to pull the wool over your eyes and whispering to your higher level management that you're not up to the job or, even worse, you're being 'unreasonable'. On the other side, you get your own higher management blaming you if it doesn't pass because of 'minor and easily fixed' shortfalls. All this with a printed and agreed UAT procedure that has been available for weeks. Your immediate manager is sympathetic to you but he is under pressure too and so he slides the blame onto you - in a kind and regretful way.

It's not a job for anyone with a heart or a soul.

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Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

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Re: Not sure about this

I'm sure they don't offer 'bug fixes' or minor functionality updates for old running versions. They and other device makers push an OTA update and then nag you to accept it. The attitude seems to be "it's new and we made it so it's good and you must have it."

The last 'minor update' to KitKat made it ask me if I really wanted to use the third-party phone dialler app that I have, every time I try to make a phone call. Even if I press the 'Always' option after selecting my third-party dialler app, it still asks me on the next phone call. I suspect that if I selected the built in Google phone app, then presses 'Always', I wouldn't have that annoyance.

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Not sure about this

I think I'll avoid this for my Nexus 4. My experience of previous updates, going back over four years and three Android phones is that Google change things because they can - from the point of view of 'look and feel'. Updates have also slowed my phones down and have removed functionality in the past. I've spent nearly two years getting used to my Nexus 4 as it is. It works fine and I don't want any changes to it.

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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re. " ... the renal original turf ..."

That's where someone has marked their turf by pissing on it. It's primitive but effective.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Only unlicked devices should ever be allowed....

Any device running Android Lollipop wouldn't remain unlicked for long.

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Torvalds CONFESSES: 'I'm pretty good at alienating devs'

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re. metric ****load

The correct expression is "****load, since there is no difference between a metric ****load and an imperial ****load, both being a qualitative rather that a quantitative measure.

For the ****ton, whether it is metric or imperial needs to be specified in speech, since the words 'ton and 'tonne' sound identical. In writing, the spelling is different and so the word 'metric' is not needed.

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It's not always about you: Why the Apple Watch is all about China

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Please explain

"And that is how Chinese characters work – it is not the finished picture that relays the information but the individual strokes built on top of one another. Do the strokes in a different order and they mean something completely different."

How do Chinese people read books and newspapers and e-mail and websites, if all they can see is the 'finished picture' with no information about the order in which the 'strokes' were made?

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