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* Posts by frank ly

3635 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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Ubuntu for smartphones aims to replace today's mobes, laptops

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As a matter of relevant interest ....

... how does the 'computing and graphics power' of a modern high end Android phone compare to a similarly priced laptop? Going one better, take an Android smartphone plus a mouse and keyboard and LCD monitor, then compare with a laptop of equivalent total price. How would that 'computing and graphics power' compare?

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Movie oldsters FAIL at internet: Online Oscar voting 'too complex'

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If it's really important ....

.... why not send taxis out to bring them to a hotel conference room and have them vote by show of hands or secret written ballot, or whatever? Or ... send awards committee members out to their homes with the ballot papers and show them how to mark a cross against their choices. How feeble are these people?

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Making MACH 1: Can we build a cranial computer today?

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" ...converting kinetic energy ..."

Piezo-electric mesh, incorporated into all the major muscles, with conductive plastic 'wires' feeding to an energy storage device. I read that years ago in a sci-fi story that I can't remember much else about. I think the 'hero' had a small but powerful laser device in his middle finger, intended for one-off emergency use, since he had to have surgical repair to the tip of his finger after he used it.

Whatever you can think of, it's probably in a sci-fi story somewhere.

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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@NomNomNom- Great idea

I'll process your unwanted communications, at £50 an hour; and I'll make the court applications for you, at £75 an hour. I'll also take you out for a fantastic meal every Friday lunchtime. Send me your e-mail address so we can get moving with this great idea.

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It's JUST possible, but Apple MIGHT not make an iWatch in 2013

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@Bush_rat re. the take-photo-button

It's called the shutter release. You can often hear the noise made by the shutter as it exposes the digital film inside the phone. I assume that because it's a rapidly moving mechanical part, it's difficult to make a silent one.

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Hm, nice idea that. But somebody's already doing it less well

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Re: Obviously Andrew hates small businessmen and jobs

Put your glasses on and take your meds.

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Re: re. Bootnotes

Thank you AC. There's always somebody here who knows:)

I've got off my intellectual backside and had a look in Wikipedia (an easy place to start) and found this, which has examples:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beat_(music)

As might be expected, this contains other technical words related to the description of music............ I might be gone for some time.

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re. Bootnotes

Non-muso here: What is a quarter-note? What is a beat? What is a bar?

Can you recommend a website that has simple examples I can listen to? (Can you recommend one that gets it right?) I need a website called 'music-for-people-who-enjoy-it-but-know-nothing-about-it.com'

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Boffins use laser to move maglev disk

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Re: Myself, I prefer..

Anything's better than exploding cabbages.

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UK.gov: You didn't trust us with your ID, so we gave it to private biz

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... eradicate terrorism and pedophilia.

I don't have a problem with 'pedophilia' (love of feet). It's 'paedophilia' that bothers me and should be stamped on (with big feet - maybe that's where the confusion arises).

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The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

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Semiconductor diodes always confuse people

"...adding a battery with its positive end connected to the free electron 'n' side of the diode, and the negative end connected to the extra holes 'p' side, things change. The 'n' side electrons are attracted to the positive electrode, and the 'p' side holes are attracted to the negative electrode."

That is a reverse biased diode; no current flows and the depletion zone increases in thickness. As you say :

"No current flows because both the electrons and the holes are moving away from each other. But the depletion zone increases, ......"

But then ...

".... and the interaction between the electrons and the holes releases energy in the form of photons - which generate light."

No. There is no interaction because the electrons and holes move away from each other to opposite ends of the diode, like shy boys and girls at a dance.

It is when the diode is forward biased, with the battery anode connected to the 'p' side and the battery cathode connected to the 'n' side that current flows. Electrons are injected into the 'n' material and flow towards the depletion zone, thus reducing its thickness; 'holes' are effectively created in the 'p' side and flow towards the depletion zone (reducing its thickness to zero), where they combine with the electrons - the resulting energy being converted (partly) to light.

Wikipedia has a good diagram of this:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PnJunction-LED-E.svg

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China switches on 'BDS' civilian nav-sat rival to GPS

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Re: "who reserve the option of denying GPS service, though this has never actually happened."

There were also rumours that the GPS signals over the gulf were gradually skewed at certain times to lead enemy convoys off track. Rumours ...... often interesting and inventive?

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Major new science: WOMEN MORE NUDE more OFTEN online

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@Tom 13 Re: Who'd have guessed

"...toss off an innuendo or three ..."

I saw what you did there :)

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Re: Goodness gracious - " ... the tanned hides of five mice ..."

Softcore eh? I read comics where they use the hides of three small mice.

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Apple supremo Tim Cook's pay packet SLASHED 99% in 2012

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Re: all that dosh!

Yachts, big ones, expensive ones; but not beautiful ones I suspect.

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@NumptyScrub re.

"Unless there is an infinite source of money, a value increase in share price should consequently de-value something else, surely? "

In which case, we'd be stuck in the Victorian age (or earlier) as far as share valuations and total wealth was concerned. Don't ask me to explain it, I'm just observing and commenting here. An economist will be along in a minute.

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Chill out, biz barons... your new IT system might not look like the old one

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Examples are often useful

"The state set 12,310 specific requirements for deliverers of the contract but realised, after awarding the contract to a single supplier, that some of the work it specified did not need done, the report said."

Is it possible to give an example of one, or more, of these unnecessary requirements? Have they been classified and grouped according to severity/silliness. What percentage of the total number of examples do they represent. Where did these requirements come from, in terms of who wanted them? Such examples would be useful and interesting.

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Steve Jobs' Apple yacht freed after family settles the bill

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If I were a rich man ...

If I had as much money as the techno-plutocrats, I'd have a replica of a tea clipper (or similar) built. It would be a thing of beauty and serious sailing people would beg for the chance to be crew members.

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CSIRO mine safety tech becomes archaeological tool

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Bouncy

I assume the sprung suspension is to reduce shocks and sudden movements that might affect the accuracy of the inertial positioning system. Does anyone know if it uses a ring laser gyro, or something else?

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