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* Posts by frank ly

3404 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

NASA aims Curiosity's percussive drill at pink, veiny target

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" ... or glass or quarts."

A quart glass you say? I'll drink to that. Is it too late to apply to be a mission planner at NASA? I've always wanted that job.

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Media barons threaten to spike UK.gov's audacious copyright grab

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"What happens when someone deletes your metadata?"

Isn't that the same as filing the postcode or other identifying marks off a stolen bicycle or car? If not, why not?

Anybody who makes money from such a creative work is handling and using stolen goods and should have all proceeds confiscated.

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IBM brains ponder universe, say kids will go nuts for STEAMPUNK

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Re: we're completely over it now

Is it just me, or has it been going around in a climactic battle spiral for the past couple of weeks and slowly not getting anywhere in particular? It's as if it's run out of steam, or perhaps the Foglios are stoking the boiler ready for something special...... ?

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Singapore allows pre-crime strikes against online crooks

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Re: IT don't grow on trees, you know, therefore you can fully expect it to be designedly expensive

You are henceforth banned from posting comments on El Reg. The CII directorate have determined that your posts contain encrypted strings that are intended to disrupt the El Reg forum servers. The CII directorate are unable to determine the exact nature and potential consequences of this attack but they feel that 'better safe that sorry' is a good principle, and they need to be seen to be doing something.

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China's Android users warned of giant botnet

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Re: And that is why

Yes but, they require a phone to be rooted, which is beyond the ability of the vast majority of owners.

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Hyperspeed travel looks wrong: Leicester students

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Re: Star Wars is Science FICTION for a reason...

Everything you say is true; but that's not the point. The point is to encourage and to practice methods of analysis in general terms. That way, when something does happen that is outside the knowledge or experience of a scientist, they will have the intellectual methods and ability to deal with it.

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Computers are 'electronic cocaine' that make you MANIC

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"Anyone who is still practising Freudian/Youngian psychology is a quack though."

Quite correct. The genuine ones practice Fraudian/Jungian psychology.

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Re: Quick...

"And who approves these posts?! >:("

Are you new here? If so, welcome. Say something interesting and stimulating, now!

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Scientists spin carbon nanotube threads on industrial scale

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All we need now .......

...... is room temperature superconductive carbon nanotubes. Five more years?

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Lenovo said to release Intel and ARM Android convertibles

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Android Apps for productivity?

I'm a fandroid, (Asus Transformer Tab, HTC Incredible, old Vega, old Wildfire) but I'm not a rabid fandroid and I do recognise the shortfalls of Android and am fed up with the creeping permission grabs of app updated, also mightily pissed of with two recent app updates that broke what I regard as essential functionality. (Fortunately, I have the old .apk files backed up onto my laptop, and other places, using the excellent Air Droid application which also installs .apks over WiFi)

What I don't understand is the totally clumsy method of selecting text on the screen. Do Microsoft have some kind of 'patent' on click-hold-drag to highlight? Android has click-hold to get beginning and end markers around a word; click-hold-drag each marker to the start/end of the text you want; press-CntrlC; click the 'done' icon at the top of the screen. (If there's a better way, somebody please tell me.)

Android is great for consuming content, which was probably Google's thinking in the first place, and I now surf the net and type El Reg comments on my Transformer. The cloudy goodness is wonderful with my data appearing on all my devices - I type my shopping list on the Asus Transformer and it appears on my phone, great :) For anything more than typing short text files, I'd want a laptop or desktop every time, running Microsoft Office (or FOSS/Mac/Linux equivalent). I've tried Polaris, it's a pain and has shortfalls.

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Bubble baron treats Space Station crew to blowup model

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Can you hear the hiss ......

... of escaping air from inside the inflatable structure, or do you need to go outside to listen for it?

Note: You won't be able to put that thing in a bucket of water to look for leaks.

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Review: Google Nexus 4

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Bug-gers

"The Nexus 4 is affected by a current kernel bug which causes excessive battery drain by stopping the device sleeping properly. Should be fixed with the next update."

I don't understand why this sort of thing happens. This is the kind of problem that can be caught by giving it to any reasonably experienced person for a couple of day and then asking them, "what do you think of it?"

Two days after buying my Asus Transformer Tab, I had found three 'bugs' that were simple, obvious and annoying. After the next firmware update, those bugs were still there. I suspect that the developers (and managers) are under pressure to get the product released to a timescale, not to a quality level.

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Sorry for the censorship says Chinese chat service

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Chinese whispers

If a user outside China and a user inside China had a conversation involving 'sensitive' subjects, I wonder if they'd see the same words on their screens. It would be an interesting experiment to perform; if you could find anyone inside China who was brave/crazy enough to volunteer.

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Cisco sued by East Carolina University

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Cliche me this

I thought that 'Tomorrow starts here', 'The future starts here', etc had been used as marketing catchphrases all over the place and had become cliches.

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Robo-baby Diego-san shows creepy mimicry

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Even more creepy .....

.... is that it's walking around with the umbilical cord still attached.

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Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

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Sounds like a good deal??

"... more cost effective choices that include "using alternative and free to use software".

I know people who have 'free to use' software that they obtained from 'alternative' sources. Is this a similar thing?

"there is no obligation to buy stuff from the Redmond software giant though, and under the terms of the deal they will not be penalised for using an alternative."

Some negotiating genius managed to get Microsoft to allow schools to use non-Microsoft products without paying a penalty to Microsoft? Just like I persuaded Ford to sell me a car and not pay a penalty if I fitted it with some cheap Vauxhall car mats?

Do Microsoft routinely impose these sorts of conditions on bulk-buy customers, because it sounds like they do.

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Wireless charger posse smacks down rival in EXPLICIT video

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Re: Splitter

The People's Judean Front are the ones to join, if you like social events.

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Drop that can of sweet pop and grab a coffee - for your sanity's sake

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@Dr. 81 Re: Splutter!

Dr. Chen is a double doctor. I wonder if he has a TARDIS? Do you?

P.S. For what it's worth, I consider the man who prescribes my medication to be a 'qualified medical practitioner' (and not a particularly particularly bright one). You da real doc, boffin and all.

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Twitter won't unmask racist Frenchie unless US judge says so

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@AC 07:40 Re: "We adhere to the laws of the countries in which we operate."

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

Do you remember when Yahoo gave the identity of a Chinese man to the Chinese authorities, because he had made a statement that was critical of the Chinese government. Well, that act was illegal in China, so the man was treated very harshly. In Thailand, you can be imprisoned for any criticism of the monarchy. Do you think Twitter should obey Thai court orders to reveal identities of users who criticise the Thai monarchy?

So, try to learn from history. Twitter is a US company and will give out user information only if ordered to do so by a US court order. If you don't like or agree with the general principles of US law, in terms of what is an 'offence', then use a service based in your own country, or one who's laws you agree with.

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Anonymous wants DDoS attacks recognized as speech

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Find out who signed the petition ......

... then go and ring their doorbell repeatedly and continuously. They'll understand and respect your position.

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Just what the world needs: Android in the rice cooker

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Re: " bonk-to-scoff"

I'm having mental images that I don't want to talk about. Thank you.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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Re: Immature is as immature does

As to 'profanity' - look up the meaning.

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It also passed the Tourette test.

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Silly Rabbit! Like Trix, color e-readers are for kids

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Re: @GW -- P.S.

Remember to tell him how to change the stored image on a Kodachrome slide using electronic methods.

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Texas schoolgirl loses case over RFID tag suspension

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I'm wondering ...

"The school offered to let her use a lanyard without an RFID tag, ..."

What would be the point of that?

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

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Adversity breeds ingenuity

I'm sure the El Reg commentards will come up with many useful and ingenious suggestions.

On e-bay, a 1.5KVA (continuous rating) diesel generator can be had, brand new, for £365. A brand new 5KVA generator is going for £650. Equivalent second hand ones would be cheaper, obviously.

These could be used for the outdoor power tools and maybe also an indoor immersion heater to provide a large quantity of hot water for use later in the day . Etc, etc ........

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Making apps for touchscreen mobes? YAWN. Try a car instead

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"Announced examples include ....."

It's all cutting edge stuff and highly relevant to driving a car. Oh, ........

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Japanese cops cuff cat carrying remote control virus

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"... police initially went on a wild goose chase .."

Why on earth did they think it was a wild goose that was involved?

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Apple may debut low-cost iPhone for emerging markets in 2013

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Re: "consumers" or "customers"?

Are you saying that people who are poor/oppressed should not be a marketing target for advanced mobile comms/data devices? If not, why not? Do you want them to be left alone in their poverty and oppression? Maybe they should be left as they are as an example to us rich folk for what can happen when things go wrong?

What are you saying and what do you actually want to happen?

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Actifio claims it is the 'fastest growing enterprise storage firm' – ever

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"crowing like a chanticleer "

That should be 'crowing like Chanticleer', i.e. the name of a character, the rooster/cockerel in The Canterbury Tales.

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Scientists snap first film of giant squid in action

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"It was shining and so beautiful....."

So they hooked it and dragged it to the surface where it died. Hmmmmmm.

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German ebook firm pushes cheapo ereaders into US drug stores

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Re: Niche Player "if things go horribly wrong with a bisque."

You could use Blu-Tack to stick it to the wall, or a cupboard door, to keep it out of harm's way and at eye level.

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Re: "do it properly with an iPad Mini / Nexus 7"

I have the Kobo Glo which has the same/similar display and I'd describe it as 'side-lit'. With the Glo, I can turn the lighting off and I find that with the lighting on at minimum then it gives a definite increase in contrast/readability over the unlit state, even in indoor lighting conditions. Because it's side-lit, you don't get the feeling of something shining into your eyes.

I can look a a backlit LCD screen all day in good ambient lighting conditions, but at home in the evening, I prefer a side-lit e-ink screen for reading books.

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China throws 3G net over disputed island chain

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Marking your territory so everybody knows it

Dogs and cats urinate on things to mark their territory. Humans are so much more advanced.

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FAVI smacks your dumb TV with £30 Android SmartStick

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No you really know ....

... what 'captive market' means.

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Microsoft burgled, only the APPLE iPADS stolen - cops confirm

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@Will Godfrey re 'Kama'

The Wikipedia entries for 'Kama' are wide ranging. My favourite is :

"Kama is translated from Sanskrit as pleasure, sensual gratification, sexual fulfillment or the aesthetic enjoyment of life."

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Brazilian slammer guards nab mobe-smuggling CAT

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If the cat _could_ talk, it would say ...

... "I'll take you directly to the guy who did this to me, if you promise to beat the crap out of him."

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Nvidia takes fight to Sony, Nintendo with Android handheld console

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@frank ly Re: @Eadon Android and Linux

I forgot the golden rule: Never get involved in any argument or even a discussion about Linux; don't even make a statement about Linux (unless you have lots of free time and can dance the semantic tango with experts).

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Re: @Eadon Android and Linux

"What do you mean by, it doesn't make "Linux available to the user"? Because what you might think of as Linux may in reality be the GNU layer. "

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU/Linux_naming_controversy

I have a feeling that everybody else knows exactly what I mean. This one could run and run.

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@Eadon Re: Android and Linux

I don't think you can describe Android as a Linux distro, in the way you can describe Ubuntu, Mint, RedHat, etc as Linux distros. Android is certainly based on Linux but it doesn't make Linux available to the user. Your main points are correct however.

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

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@Irongut Re: Audio Quest Coffee cable

http://www.locus-design.com/index.php/cynosure-usb-cable

Thank you! Thank you !!

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Audio Quest Coffee cable

Thank you for the link to the Audioquest cables. I love the way they bias and polarise the insulation around the cable (10% solid silver) to minimise the multiple non-linear time delays - just one of many innovations. I'll never be able to afford one, but it's like reading about the latest model of Ferrari - I can dream.

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Hitachi GST rummages in pocket, pulls out lint-covered storage Tardis

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@Geoff Campbell Re: Deathstar revisited?

You won't know until you try to read it, of course.

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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

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Is it the tattoo .......

.... on Aric's arm that helps her to tell them apart, or do they have other distinguishing features?

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Dad hires online assassins to slay game-obsessed son

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Assassins who snitch on their client?

Failing to complete a contract or making a mess of it may be forgiveable, but breach of confidentiality is not.

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Boffins create quantum gas with temperature BELOW absolute zero

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"The temperature scale simply does not end at infinity,"

Surely he means 'zero'? Or do they have other research going on that gets to negative values of temperature by heating something to infinity and beyond?

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Where do old supercomputers go to die? New Mexico

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Re: Location, location, location

Also, install it somewhere that has a cold climate and use the waste heat to warm the building it's housed in. If we had high speed data backbones, massive computers could be installed in the northern cities and used to heat large buildings.

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Victory on mobile belongs to Google in 2013

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It's ok .....

... his Google account isn't under his real name. :)

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US court ungags Yelp reviewer who dissed builder

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Worse than censorship?

"A 7 December judgment had ruled that Jane Perez should rewrite her review of builders Dietz Development, ..."

When you say 'rewrite', does this mean that the court ordered her to remove certain statements (censorship) or to change some statements to a form required by the court or the builder? If the latter the that would be disgraceful (IMO).

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Polaroid plans retail Fotobars to print out your pics

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In 2010 the company appointed Lady Gaga as its creative director

Where can I see some examples of her design work or read about her policy decisions?

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