* Posts by frank ly

3940 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Brit boffins want £50 million to launch exoplanet observatory

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Light from a star

"Tinetti adds that a platform outside Earth's atmosphere is needed to conduct this kind of analysis, since the light filtered through a planet's atmosphere “is only about one ten thousandth of the overall light from the star”. "

I assume this is about infrared attenuation due to water vapour in the atmosphere?

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Linux 3.19 released for your computing pleasure

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Good enough - ship it

"... there are still a couple of bugs in this release but they were pretty obscure so “... while I was tempted a couple of times to do an rc8, there really wasn't any reason for it.” "

Is there a desperate need to meet a deadline? Does a major contract demand delivery?

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Taking a look at Luna: the smart bed that knows your sleep secrets

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@BillG

A person might say something in their sleep that indicates they should be subject to further observation, so it's important that the NSA/GCHQ/etc can collect the sound recordings.

Similarly, disturbed sleep of a particular pattern could indicate serious health problems, so this should be used to unlock the door to allow access to emergency services responders, paticularly for older people or people who live alone.

All this would be subject to appropriate oversight of privacy and personal security considerations of course.

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California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

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"US English, rather than UK English"

Thats US-English rather than English.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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The ruling 'against' them ....

.... says that it's now ok to carry on doing what they have been doing. Foam rubber dentures!

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Helium HDD prices rise way above air-filled spinning rust

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Re: How do they keep the helium in?

I think I read (can't rememebr where, it may have been speculation) that there's a small metal bellows (like an accordion) with a case breather hole leading to one side of it and the helium filled innards on the other side.

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Major US news organisations to develop ROBOT JOURNALISTS

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They're quite advanced nowadays

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOxguUqrxL8

Maybe a bit stiff in his movements with a dry/resonant voice? I'm wondering.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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He's obviously dangerous

Look at how many police officers wearing protective clothing are needed to deal with the situation.

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NASA: Check out this TWIRLY SPACE DWARF – and NEVER moan about our budget

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"... photos NASA later released as a GIF."

Why not use Flash?

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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

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Re: As Commentard as detects as secret as code

Now my post looks silly.

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Re: As Commentard as detects as secret as code

This is why you should use the Corrections link. Fixing the error can make your comment look surreal (not a bad thing) or silly.

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Anthem, America's second biggest health insurer, HACKED: Millions hit by breach

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"I want to personally apologize to each of you for what has happened,..."

So, he'll be doing lots of driving and footwork for a while. Or will each of you be invited to his home/office to receive a personal apology?

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Re: I think we need a new mechanism to identify who broke in.

I'm not allowed to tell you about my (lack of) involvement.

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SPITTLE SPATTER as America weighs into FCC net neut shoutgasm

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Chairman Wheeler?

What are the conventions for using job descriptions as titles? Is it about rank/appointment? We refer to "President Obama" and "Queen Elizabeth" but don't say "Prime Minisister Cameron" or "Director Jones".

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China demands real names online, bans parody accounts and news article comments

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Re: Somebody is panicking

Cyncism and negativity are also banned. Your attitude is not conducive to a harmonious commentardiat. A re-education unit will arrive at your location shortly.

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

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"Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits, ..."

Are there actually any laws that say, "The company must be operated in such a way as to maximise profits , etc.." or do the laws say, "The directors must act in the best interests of the shareholders, etc".

This isn't the first time that I've seen comments to the effect that companies are legally obliged to maximise their profits.

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Watt the CHIP!? ARM pops out THE most powerful 64-bit Cortex for mobes'n'slabs

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I'm wondering

When will we see this pair in a Raspberry Pi?

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Enough is ENOUGH: It's time to flush Flash back to where it came from – Hell

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Re: This is or isn't funny....

Ad? I see no ads.

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Call Gordon Freeman! Apple to build $2bn 'data command center' – BLACK MESA?

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Re: Those who don't learn from history ...

"... a handful of security guards and a few cleaners ..."

And an untidy looking man to turn it all off and then on again, as required.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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I think it's because Blue Peter is definitely targeted at an audience of children.

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Tango UP – Google graduates 3D tablet from the labs

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Re: If I had to make a guess as to it's use..

We already have a 1:1 scale replica of the entire earth updated in _actual_ realtime and it's FOSS. I was exploring parts of it yesterday.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Re: The Reg RSS feed knows me too well

"... almost as quickly as they can be played ..."

Have you tried watching video files and inctreasing the play speed slightly? I once did that accidentally and didn't notice it was playing at X1.1 speed. At X1.2 it can be barely noticable depending on the speed of the dialogue.

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The Pirate Bay clambers back online after cop raid sunk site for 7 weeks

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@Andy Tunnah Re: Why bother

Blocked by Virgin Media - sighs. It's ok, there are quite a few pebbles on the beach.

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#VultureTRENDING: YESS! It's Pantsr, the Sharing Economy super app that delivers on the BOTTOM line

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I was expecting gnomes at some point ...

... but was disappointed.

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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis

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Much complication.

I read the linked article to get more details and it is interesting. As the article points out, they were charged because of the 'misappropriation theory'.

" ...when he misappropriates confidential information for securities trading purposes, in breach of a duty owed to the source of the information ..."

The article goes on to explain that the information belongs to Capital One/Visa/Mastercard but they are looking after it for Chipotle, to whom it ultimately belongs.

But heck, wait a minute. Surely that information really belongs to the people who spent the money in the first place? It was the customers of Chipotle (and other companies that were monitored) who bought goods and had (eventually) to pay for them who created that information in the first place. I'd be in favour of a system whereby any profits of this type of activity were shared with the people who's credit card spending was analysed for that purpose. (Yeah, fat chance, I know).

My point is that the 'creators' of the information (the paying members of the public) are not regarded as the owners. It is the corporations who take ownership of it in the same way that Google etc. take ownership of creative input from their contributors and the NHS in the UK are about to take ownership (and sell) information provided by members of the public who have medical problems - all to the monetary benefit of corporations and those acting as government contractors.

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Teen whiz exposes WhatsApp profile pic privacy blunder bug

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All I can say is ....

... What do you expect? It was probably 'developed' by a bunch of 17-year olds.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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@auburnman Re: The new man

"... defect to some new service ..."

What about Vimeo and similar services that I've noticed or read about? I don't keep up with these developments so I'm wondering if they are a viable alternative platform for people who want their work to be noticed and to make money for themselves.

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Powering the Internet of Stuff – by sucking electricity from TREES

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Energy from a nail in a tree

I'm sure that a small array of cheap solar cells, no matter how dusty and dirty they became, would put out more power than the tree would.

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Telstra: we don't collect the metadata the government wants now

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"... it does not retain any IP address assignments ..."

IP address assignments on a mobile network change every time you connect, in the simple tests that I've done. What they probably do is retain the customer ID.

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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How does anyone know ....

.... that it's a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed? When I first saw it, I assumed it was a steroetypical drawing of an 'Arabic type'.

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Listen up, AT&T, this could be YOU NEXT: $40m sting for throttling 'unlimited' mobile data

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@Fluffy Bunny Re: and in the UK ?

" I assume they notified you of these limits in the advertising before you signed up."

No, they didn't. Back when I 'signed up' (when it was still NTL), they had a clause that said they (paraphrasing) "had the right to take technical measures to protect their network from customers who behaved in such a way as to ... blah, blah, blah ....". This seemed to be about hackers and script kiddies and snoopers etc. which would be a perfectly reasonable thing to do, of course. The throttling was only revealed when many people noticed distinct throttling characteristics and talked about their experiences on various forums, thus reaching the obvious conclusion. Virgin Media refused to admit that they were throttling and made nebulous comments about 'protecting their network' before finally admitting that they were throtting and writing clear terms into new contracts.

I don't mind the data throttling and would say that the current way in which it is done seems reasonable and is clearly stated in the T&Cs. What I don't like, and do mind, is the lies and obfuscation that went on before they started being honest about it.

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Re: and in the UK ?

No, that's contention and overselling their overall data capacity. Throttling is when you notice a distinct and sudden drop in speed after you've downloaded a certain amount of data during a period of a day (or whatever). That speed drop can be gradually stepped as you pass various trigger points of data download amount.

Virgin Media used to be very heavy and distinct in that they would halve my speed when I went over 1.5GB in a day. Nowadays they have a more nuanced approach which is explained deep within their website.

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Windows 10 heralds the MINECRAFT-isation of Microsoft

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" an operating system that crosses the streams ......"

That might not be a good thing to do.

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GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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Re: So it's okay to...

"... will now be held hostage by opinions, not facts."

Every company is held hostage to opinion, to some extent, according to their dependence on the good will of the public. That's what marketards are for.

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I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

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"A gaggle of astroboffins ... "

Shouldn't that be a constellation of astroboffins?

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EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

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Re: Tell us more !!!!

"... to get his teeth into a new brand ..."

A juicy one, I assume.

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Passing asteroid MOONS the HUMAN RACE

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It's big and dark and lonely out in space ...

... so I'm not surprised that asteroids get together for companionship.

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Lord King of Bridgwater

If he was a useless seat warmer, why was he elevated .......... oh

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BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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"... a future application of the DALER might be to find victims in dangerous areas after a natural disaster."

And then feast on their blood.

Coat: I had to get that in - I'm going

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'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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Re: "with your permission and all of that"

You can't meaningfully give your permission for something you don't understand and for which you're not truly aware of the consequences. All that is irrelevant of course since people will sign up for shiny techno goodness because it's so 'convenient'.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: GarageBand loops

I'm not sure about your makeup (too colourful and contrasty) but you have some great videos - thanks :)

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Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable

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Re: What can possibly go wrong?

I'm hoping it's a wireless 'enable' code that must be permanently present and continuously sending a complicated code. If the enable code is lost then the power is cut. (Cue comments about a HAL situation.)

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ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Re: Not gay enough

"... could not agree amongst themselves what being gay actually meant ..."

Is it like being Christian in that there are different denominations and different forms of 'worship', etc.?

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@Swarthy re. dot-inc

Those are also the rules for registration of a .ltd.uk domain; the name must exactly match the officially registered company name IIRC. I'm not sure about the rules for .ltd and .limited. It's confusing!

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SPACE the FINAL FRONTIER: These are the images of COMET PROBE ROSETTA

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Re: It's with my other camera

I wonder how big the comet is and how far away Rosetta is? Maybe they could ask it to keep still for some long exposure pictures?

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Re: Pretty amazing pictures!

To be fair; as did the rockets, propulsion and guidance systems, etc.

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Content content content....

.... and will there be any 'content' that's worth watching?

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Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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Yes, but

I'm afraid of curry.

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Other applications?

Will it work on those scratch-to-reveal lottery tickets? If I was working in this area, I'd be making friends with lots of corner-shop owners.

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Whisper keeping schtum over abuse of user data

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Re: Truer words ...

It's where they belong; in a brick built privy with no damp proof course, at the far end of the garden.

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