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* Posts by frank ly

3241 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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@jake Re: Oh how perfectly dreadful

Two math degrees? That must be maths then.

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Microsoft sues Google directly in German Maps-on-Moto lawsuit

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"... a patent that deals with a computer system for identifying local resources, ..."

I wonder if anyone 'skilled in the art' would be capable of doing this independently.

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HP veep: 'Lenovo won't be No 1 in PCs... oh wait...'

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re. Assange bail-posters.

"However, they failed in their basic duty, to ensure his surrender."

Should they have stormed the Ecuadorian embassy and recaptured him?

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Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

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Camera Lens

If I can't see it, I don't know where to _not_ put my greasy finger.

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Google updates Street View with 250,000 miles of footage

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Re: Let's try again

Ah, the subjunctive; a rare and elusive tense. (Or is it a mood? I always get confused about that.)

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Serenading mice can sing along if you hum a few bars

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Can we hear some recordings?

Suitably downshifted in frequency of course.

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NSW contemplates smart licenses

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Re: Bigger issues first

The system in the UK is not as you seem to believe.

The 'disc', which every vehicle must display, is the 'tax disc' which indicates that the owner of the vehicle has paid the Vehicle Excise Duty to the government. That disc is valid for 6 or 12 months and is regarded as 'belonging to' the vehicle. It stays with the vehicle and remains valid if the vehicle is sold. (An owner can surrender the tax disc to the authorities in exchange for a pro rata refund.) Without this tax disc, a vehicle cannot be used on the public road.

Insurance to drive a vehicle is a separate matter, bought from commercial companies, and is personal to the driver. Most personal insurance specifies the registration number of the vehicle that can be driven (the registration number is unique to the vehicle and stays with the vehicle and is displayed on the vehicle). A driver must have insurance to drive on the public road and is issued with a certificate which may need to be presented to a police officer if asked for. A driver must also have passed a driving test and hold a driving license (valid until the age of 70) for the class of vehicle being driven.

In fact, the entire set of records - tax disc, insurance, driving license, MoT certificate (vehicle roadworthiness test) and vehicle registration number and ownership records - are held in a central database that can be accessed by any police officer and various other government agencies.

If the police pull you over for any reason, all you need to do is convince them of your identity, then they put a call over the radio to check everything you're entitled to and can also check if the vehicle has the appropriate permissions to be on the road.

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Western Australia powers up 10 MW solar farm

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"...it’s rain-free about 80 percent of the year..."

If it's a dry region, could dust be a problem? What level of cleaning do solar panels in this type of situation require to prevent noticeable loss of output?

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Sarah Brightman plans International Space Station gig

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Re: Bad To The Bone

That was George Thorogood and The Destroyers.

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Re: "mindful, shared consumption of resources and a clear and unwavering focus on sustainability"

It's time to draw a line under this so called 'rocket' incident and move forward. I was mislead by advice from recognised experts; so don't judge me on what I did, but on what I do from now on, for the next few days anyway.

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Perhaps I have a strange head then....

Faster than a speeding comment:

A quick Google search got me an e-book version from archive.org. I'm not sure if this is legit, but I'll read it anyway. Thank you :)

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Furthermore ...

'c', the speed of light, is the speed at which light _must_ travel at. If you use Maxwell's equations to analyse a self sustaining EM wave (e.g. light) then it's velocity can only be a value determined by the permeability and permittivity of the medium in which it exists. For free space, this is 'c', so if the characteristics of free space change, then the speed of light will change.

This classical analysis yields the value of 'c' and is easy enough to understand. How we got from there to Special Relativity, etc, is something that makes my brain hurt.

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The zone labels on the graph are confusing me

What is 'U'? Is it the apparent relative velocity between observers? If it is then it was foolish to call it 'U' given that 'u' is used as the velocity of one of the observers.

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Google finds MORE slurped Street View data down under

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They stored the data on disks?

Don't they trust their own GDrive?

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Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

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A 6-digit PIN gives 'emergency' cash to anyone who types it in

What could go wrong?

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Don't delete that email! Why you must keep biz docs for 6 YEARS

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Re: heh

This is not about the existing legal requirement to record business activity for HMRC/Gov/Tax purposes. It is about resolving disputes between companies.

E.g. if a previous client claimed that your business had defrauded them by misrepresenting equipment capabilities and/or falsifying system acceptance test results, and they had a few 'key' emails from five years ago, for evidence in court; then you'd look a bit silly if you couldn't find some e-mails which your chief engineer remembered sending that would prove you to be innocent.

In court, the jury would be faced with a situation where the defendant appeared to have deliberately destroyed e-mails from the relevant time, contrary to 'accepted industry practice'. It wouldn't look good for you.

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New Zealand issues Hobbit money

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Re: Too many brit expats

Did you know many Maoris?

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40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

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Re: An important idea here.

The most fascinating, and potentially instructive, aspect of human nature would be the entire process of how and why he was appointed to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

You also raise an interesting point of how someone who _appears_ to reject modern scientific belief (in certain areas) can practice as a physician. It is probably the case that you don't need to deeply understand medications to know which ones should be prescribed for certain ailments. I don't need to believe in evolution to believe that antibiotics cure many bacterial infections and he doesn't need to 'believe in science' to know which antibiotics are best and what the side-effects and potential interactions are. Any belief that the world is 9,000 years old has no bearing on his ability to set a broken bone and give advice about diet, .... etc.

It is possible for a person to have a high level of functionality in modern society while rejecting many modern scientific beliefs, but the problem, for other people, is when that person is in a position of great influence in those areas that depend on modern scientific beliefs.

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re. 'wall of death'

I think that 'wall of death' is an attempt to use sympathetic magic to increase the kill in the next hunting season. Primitive people often attempt this type of magic, (but they hardly ever know the appropriate words of power).

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Guidelines issued for Qi wireless gadget charging in cars

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Loads of room

In a modern car, there is lots of room on the passenger side of the 'dashboard', so some kind of slot (with sprung pressure restraints, or whatever) could easily be accommodated, either central or off toward the passenger side. They could even make a special receptacle inside the glove compartment with Bluetooth interface for calls when driving.

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eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

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Didn't you notice?

Australia was assimilated into the Regborg back in September. The Sharwood/Chirgwin/Apostolu node will help you to become part of the expanded cultural entity.

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Man the floodgates! David Cameron takes to Twitter

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If I follow him, ...

... will the security services regard me as a potential threat?

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GCHQ boss: Crypto-genius Turing brought tech to British spooks

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Not eccentric - intelligent, practical and sensible.

If you'd worked in some of the places I have, you'd know that chaining your tea mug to the radiator is the best way of keeping possession of it.

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Google Wallet: Rub our button, cough 15p for quick read

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Chrome on lap/desk-top

You can sign in to Google within the Chrome browser, and sign out again; so they could use this on the desktop, perhaps with the default option as password entry required for each purchase.

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STILL TRUE: Facebook and co to handle taxpayers' ID

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Proof of identity

At last, I'll be able to prove that I really am Mongo The Magnificent and that I have lots of friends.

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Privacy guardian wants one EU rulebook on ID databases

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Re: Distributed multiple verification authorities

Yes they have, see: STILL TRUE: Facebook and co to handle taxpayers' ID

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Distributed multiple verification authorities

This story in The Independent caught my attention earlier:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/national-virtual-id-card-scheme-set-for-launch-is-there-anything-that-could-possibly-go-wrong-8196543.html

Read it and weep. I'm wondering if it's a prank article, and if El Reg will cover it.

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Boffins: Our memory film is like your girlfriend - transparent and cheap

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@Antony King Re: Life span too short

If you're storing the simple type of data you gave as examples, why do you need some kind of novel flexible memory? The amount of spare and usable volume in a car is enormous if you're looking for somewhere to place a memory device, and currently available 16GB flash chips are tiny.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Re: [no VM customer receives download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s] ASA

I'm a 10Mb/s cheapskate too. I politely suggested that it was time for me to leave them, since I hardly ever use my VM cable phone, and since '3' seem to have nice mobile broadband offers. They offered me a 'special' deal of £25 a month gets cable phone and 10Mb/s internet. I took it. I doubt that my speed will be upgraded :)

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Thank Freeview for UK 4G by mid-2013 - NOT the iPhone 5 nor EE

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"... the breakthrough is painted as a government victory ..."

Politicians claim credit for the efforts of other people. _That_ is to be expected.

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China domain name land grab about to start

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In the future ....

"... addresses typed in the Latin alphabet will continue to reach sites using both .cn and .中国 addresses. "

It would for those Chinese organisations which take advantage of the privileged upgrade period and for those that take double registration in the future. There will come a time when Chinese organisations (and people) only register .中国 addresses; then the rest of the world will need familiarity with Chinese characters if they want to use the internet to explore and use those sites.

This will probably happen in other regions too, with Cyrillic and other scripts.

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Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent battle v Apple

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Re: To wit

I would draw your attention to many examples of observed and recorded prior art during the previous 13 billion years.

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"The iPhone 5 has the same accused functionality ..."

Seems to be accursed functionality.

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Nominet mulls killing off the .co from .co.uk

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Why ...

... did they decide on .co.uk in the first place, instead of .uk?

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JK Rowling's adult novel arrives on ebook full of FAIL

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re. "...but ebooks are classified differently because they are subjected to VAT."

No. Ebooks are subject to VAT because they are classified differently. (i.e not zero-rated)

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AI game bot HUNTS DOWN ENEMIES, passes Turing Test

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But ....

.... did it lie about its score while chatting in a forum afterwards?

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

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@Grikath Re: photos?

I'm not sure _exactly_ what that figure is doing, but it was worth looking for the laugh I had out of it.

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CPS grovels after leaking IDs of hundreds arrested during student riots

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Re: " ... a news site focusing on the law, IT and sex and sexuality."

That sounds like a cake made from mud, iron filings, flour and butter.

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Actually

"This all shows how the policing of protest is increasingly out of control."

It may be, but this actually shows the poor procedures and poor quality of management at the CPS.

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Cops cuff Google exec over YouTube Brazilian whack vid

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Good idea. Also, on each site, they could have a link to a list of all titles that have been blocked by order of that nation's courts. Perhaps with some/many called 'Title Forbidden' if the title itself was deemed to be offensive by that nation's courts.

That way, people would know what their courts were preventing them from watching.

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Carbon fiber MacBooks to appear soon?

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Re: But

And it does have rounded corners.

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Skydiver sets date for 'supersonic' edge-of-space PLUNGE

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Oh wow!

I'm very happy that someone is doing this, and very happy that it's not me.

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GiffGaff: We've got no iPhones, but here's how to cut down your SIM

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Re: Snipping

Internal calipers, micrometer, sandpaper, ....., check; all set.

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TalkTalk somehow retains most-complained-about-ISP title AGAIN

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Re: Sales Monkeys

You should have put a complaint mark on his nose (after a warning statement of course).

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Info-flinging service Nokia Life gets webby, gains a plus

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Why not provide local language?

"... including China, Indonesia, and India. Life+ will be available in just those three, and only in English, ..."

Can many poor people in those countries read English? If you want to get people as future paying customers, I'd have thought a native language service would be the best way to get them to feel good about you.

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

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Re: Nobody tell Noel Fielding about this.

sudo, yes, a very powerful way of doing it.

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Barnes & Noble Nook HD and HD+ hands-on review

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re. multiple user profiles

" ...drag down from the top of the screen and tap a photo icon to activate one – allowing a tablet to be easily shared among family members."

I assume a profile/user password is required to protect kids from fifty shades of bad writing?

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Google swims with the fishes

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Re: Quite useful

But I still can't find Atlantis. Maybe iOS6 maps has it?

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NASA releases stunning image of our universe's distant past

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Re: Great image, but

My immediate reaction was to make a comment along those lines. However, ....

If you see a collection of family photographs, the oldest of which shows your great-grandfather as a newborn baby, would you say 'here is the youngest person in the collection'? It is a photo of the 'youngest person at the time'. Semantics ...Pendantics......

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Brave copper single-handedly chases 'suspicious' Moon

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Re: Sheesh

To be fair, although Worcestershire is a rural area, the copper may have been a young townie. They often get confused in rural areas at night, when they see lots of stars in the sky and the moon shining through trees.

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