* Posts by frank ly

5177 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

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Horrible fascination

"One lucky punter passed a stone three times after three consecutive rides on Big Thunder."

Ok, as long as it wasn't the same one going up and down the tubes. Can anyone tell us what it feels like?

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Don't let banks fool you, the blockchain really does have other uses

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Re: 4D printing

It's 3D printed objects that change (fall apart) as time goes by. Already been done.

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Narcissist Heidi Powell wants her dot-com and she wants it now, now, NOW!

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Re: Hmm...

That's because Narcissist Heidi doesn't know about anything apart from .com domains. Shhhhh, let's watch and wait and be entertained.

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Re: Precedent?

There was an identical thing with Madonna (the singer, in case you've forgotten her) who tried to get Madonna.com taken away from someone who'd had it for a long time and used it to display images of The Madonna. However, that seemed to work out for her in some way as I've just found out by having a look at it.

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British bloke bailed after 'hacker plunders Pippa Middleton's iCloud'

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"Crafty Cockney"

A misguided attempt to spoof his location? I'll bet he's as sic as a parrot now.

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Unimpressed with Ubuntu 16.10? Yakkety Yak... don't talk back

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Re: 16.04 Long Term Support

Ubuntu 16.04 and its Mint 18 derivative are both LTS to early 2021. I'd wait until 2018 when the next Ubuntu LTS is probably due for release. Then wait a year for it to 'settle down', then wait for a year until 2020 when the next LTS will probably be released. Bleeding edge is a bleeding nuisance.

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Silicon Valley’s top exorcist rushed off his feet as Demons infest California

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Cross training is needed

“If they have no Christian ground...we can do more harm than good.”

Is that like a Windows developer trying to debug a Linux problem?

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The law is an ass: Mooning banned at arse end of the world

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“obscene songs or ballads”

What about poetry or limericks or doggerel? What is the difference between a song and a ballad anyway and how are they defined? As usual, the lawyers have made sure that the law is unclear so as to give themselves work in the future.

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Australian border cops say they've cracked 'dark net' drug sales

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Spliffing good news

" ... a joint ABF and South Australia Police (SAPOL) operation ..."

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

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Keep up with the times

But the Bureau “did not independently test the DDoS protections that IBM was contracted to put in place, as it considered that it had received reasonable assurances from IBM.”

I thought it was cheap and easy to hire a DDoS attack nowadays.

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Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

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Re: Just add compassion . . .

... and a sensible name. It must have a sensible name to be taken siriously.

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London-based Yahoo! hacker gets 11 years for SQLi mischief

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The wheels of justice turn slowly

Cyber attack in 2012. Arrested in March 2015. Sentenced in Sept 2016.

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Moron is late for flight, calls in bomb threat

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Facepalm

"... police traced the call to his phone."

That tells you a lot about him.

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Pretending to be a badger wins Oxford Don 10 TRILLION DOLLARS

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Being a Beast Hardcover

I read that as 'Being a Beast Hardcore' which seems appropriate, especially if you read the synopsis in the link. (It's actually called 'Being a Beast'. Oh, those sub editors.)

It would have been great if he'd attended the ceremony to accept his prize, dressed as a badger.

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New Gnome emerges blinking into the sunlight

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@Doctor Syntax Re: Old dog

I agree with everything you say (apart from the empty dektop thing) and I do it all with MATE. Four workspaces is enough for me, I find.

I did think that KDE 'Activities' would be useful but it didn't seem to work in the way I thought it would. I can do what I hoped it would do by hibernating my computer.

Anyway, the important thing is that you've got something you're happy with and so have I.

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Old dog

I use the MATE desktop because it reminds me of Win XP (which was nice to use) and everything works fine in an understandable way. I've used LXDE on a old laptop and that's workable. I've tried Compiz and I've made an honest effort to use the KDE desktop so I could learn about all this modern bling. However, I just don't 'get it'.

What is the point? Can anybody explain it to me?

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WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

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Re: In the phablet, the silent phablet, the LiOn sleeps tonight

AWHOOOOMB away!

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Virgin Media costs balloon by MEEELLIONS in wake of Brexit

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Re: They are a media company

Licensing costs for use of the 'Virgin' name? Oh, the possibilities.

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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I'm so happy ....

.... that I made the effort to get the Win 10 update early this year and the Anniversary Edition update last week.

Every time I plug that SSD in and boot from it, I'm reminded of why I switched to Linux three years ago. (If you haven't worked your way through the Win 10 Anniversary Edition update process then you haven't died.)

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Lethal 4-hour-erection-causing spiders spill out of bunch of ASDA bananas

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Considerate

"We are sorry for any upset this has caused and are keeping Mr Gamble updated throughout our investigation,"

I'm sure that will be a great comfort to him and his family.

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Latest F-35 bang seat* mods will stop them breaking pilots' necks, beams US

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Re: minimum weight

"But delaying the parachute opening allows the seat to slow down a little??? "

Yes; as ejected, the seat is moving forward through the air at the same speed as the aircraft but is nowhere near as aerodynamically shaped. Hence, it slows down as time goes by. Opening a parachute on a forward moving seat will give a large force that causes the pilot's head to move forwards.

However, I still don't understand what the pilot's weight has to do with it. Unless a lower weight pilot results in a faster ejection (upwards) speed due to a lighter mass load on the ejection mechanism ...... I still don't get it.

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Hackers claim they breached Aussie point-of-sale tech firm, try to sell 'customer DB'

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Did I read that right?

The password was 'admin'?

I hope the buyer changed it to something more secure.

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Electrical box fault blamed for GS2 data centre outage

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@Blotto Re: I don't understand

It's no use having a Genie if the lamp isn't maintained and the personnel know how to rub it properly. Also, don't even think about using a Wizard.

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ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

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Silent Running?

Was it the sound of the helicopter that prevented him from hearing the robot sneaking up behind him?

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Quantum comms succeed over metro-scale fibre networks

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I'm confused

"Charlie measures A and B, in a way that prevents him knowing which photon he's measuring."

Why is the state/content of Charlie's mind important?

"During the BSM, Alice's particle A teleports its quantum state onto Bob's particle C."

If B and C are the quantangled pair, how can it be A that has its state 'teleported' onto C?

I've read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bell_state but I'm non the wiser.

Also see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No-cloning_theorem which states that it is impossible to create an identical copy of an arbitrary unknown quantum state. Isn't that what was done when the state of A was teleported onto C?

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Brits: Can banks do biometric security? We'd trust them before the government

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Am I too cynical?

"... according to a new survey from Visa."

“Visa is already supporting a number of institutions in the development of emerging forms of authentication,”

Are there any independent surveys? I wonder what governent surveys have to say.

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Radar missile decoys will draw enemy missiles away from RAF jets

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Security by melting?

Do they have a built in time-delayed thermite charge to destroy the innards, to stop them being found and any classified data being extracted? Or wouldn't finding an intact one be all that useful to an 'enemy'?

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BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

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re. Win 10 upgrade

The picture seems to show two (1.5?) personal assistants in matching uniforms.

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Emacs and Vim both release first new updates in years

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Just wondering

"... so a dev can browse the Internet from inside an editor window."

Is this actually useful in practical ways? I'm not a 'dev' or anywhere near being one so I don't know how they work.

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T-Mobile USA leaked free access to sites with '/speedtest' in the URL

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Did he also get high speed access?

Just wondering.

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Australian universities drop tech services to dodge metadata retention obligation

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How far does this go?

If I rent a simple lower tier service from a hosting provider and provide an email address to my cousin and to an old friend (neither of whom live in the same town as me) and also maybe let them have a bit of ftp server space, am I a service provider under the meaning of the act?

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Let's Encrypt won its Comodo trademark battle – but now fan tools must rename

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@Paul Shirley Re: Wow

That sounds like a logical and reasonable idea but it would add a layer of legal and administrative complexity to their activities and operations. Also, IANAL but it might give Comodo a chance to demand a licence on equivalent terms and then tie them up in costly legal action if they say no. Better to keep things simple.

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iPhone 7's Qualcomm, Intel soap opera dumps a carrier lock-out on us

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This is an example of ....

.... the ongoing reason why Apple won't talk to you.

Keep it up. (That's what Intel said to Apple.)

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MoD confirms award of giant frikkin' laser cannon contract

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Culture CLUB would be an even more terrifying weapon.

"Do you really want to hurt me ....?"

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Rise of the Machines at Sea: The British firm building robot boats

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Re: Piracy?

"So how do you assert ...?"

A big 'F**k Off' sign and lots of booby traps.

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'Google tax' already being avoided, says Australian Tax Office

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Get expert advice

When politicians and civil servants are drafting tax laws, they should engage 'domain experts' to point out to them how the laws can be bypassed. We've seen, time and time again, how the intent of tax laws are simply bypassed. It's almost as if future corporate tax lawyers and accountants are running governments.

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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

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@AC Re: WTF?

Upvoted for use of the word 'minutiae' and the subtle baking references.

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Who do regulations protect?

I'm now three months into vaping and have been tobacco free for all that time (after a failed attempt four years ago). This time, instead of the 'pen' type system, I bought a tank system and vaped 24mg strength liquid even though the tank instructions say not to use anything more than about 16mg. I found that this was the only way to satisfy the cravings I experienced. After a couple of weeks, I diluted the 24mg with 16mg to give a 20mg liquid and got used to that. I've been working my way down, using simple mixing/dilution and am now vaping 10mg liquid and I find that the cravings are much less. My intention is to get down to 4mg or less and then quit.

If you want to save money, you can dilute high strength liquid with glycerine but you lose the flavour and you get big clouds of vapour (which some people enjoy).

I believe that my failure, four years ago, was because I was using a pen system with 24mg liquid and that didn't give me enough of a 'hit' to satisfy the cravings. As I recall, organisations that seem to be against vaping have recommended that the maximum strength of vaping liquid made available to the public should be set at a low level to 'protect them from harm'. It would appear, at least in the case of people like me, that this would have the effect of protecting BB&P from people quitting tobacco.

I realise that some people will say that 'the public' must be protected from their own foolishness but I can easily buy enough whiskey to kill myself, so what's that about? Oh, government tax income, yes. I hope I can stop before they get regulated/taxed.

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GitLab snags VC cash, promises to 'Git-ify' the world

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@AC Re: @kmac499 Does this mean?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_man_%28stock_character%29

Note: By my reply, I 'revealed' that I use suppositories thus exposing myself to ridicule and extending the joke.

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@kmac499 Re: Does this mean?

I agree with you but didn't you mean 'repository'?

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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@Steven Roper Re: Harrumpf

In the NoScript menu, select Options and then the General tab. Right at the top you can automatically enable maindomain.com to three levels of granularity.

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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The best way to measure speed ....

.... is to wait until about three days after a very popular TV series has released an episode and then download it from the torrents early in the morning. Give it about 10 minutes to settle down and see how fast it's coming down the line. Note: This is for technical test purposes only. When it's finished downloading, or before, you must stop the torrent and delete it. You must not play it or store it on your computer.

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Action Fraud warns of fraudulent anti-fraud warnings posing as Action Fraud

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Re: Banks

"... a small time window hundreds of miles away from where you normally use it ..."

One Friday evening, I drove from work to within two miles of my home then exercised my credit card by filling up my tank with petrol, then bought some food from the supermarket around the corner from where I live and decided to buy some cigarettes from the tobacco counter there. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. The cigarette transaction was blocked and guy on the counter was told to phone a special number and said he had to destroy my credit card unless I could talk to the man on the phone and answer some questions. Apparently my use of the card was 'suspicious'.

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Deep Learning

As well as the links in the article, it's worth having a look at:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perceptron

This seems to give a good summary as well as a brief history of the development of the technique. It's well written and I nearly understood it.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: Google Play Services (GPS), the Trojan app

I have a Nexus 4 running Android 4.4.2. When I disabled Google Play Services ( a battery hog), the scientific calculator app (RealCalc) gave me a popup that said it couldn't obtain a licence but at least I can Cancel the popup and use the calculator. With Touch Calendar however, it says the app licence can't be verified and gives me the choice of Exit or Buy App.

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Hololens for biz shocker: Surprisingly, it doesn't totally suck

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Don't build my hopes up

"... even when the upgrades to your reality are in complex environments ..."

It took me a while to realise that he meant " -- overlays/additions/updates to your reality --". For a few seconds, I was excited by the possibility of an upgrade to my reality.

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Curiosity rover likes big buttes but it cannot lie around

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Seymour Buttes

Coat: Somebody had to say it

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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The windscreen glass melted

Are car fires usually that hot?

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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This is why ....

.... I never give my mobile phone number to anyone unless I'd be happy for them to contact me anytime that my phone is not in Airplane mode. It's not just the phone calls, it's the texts. Even my mobile phone provider spammed me with text messages until I called them several times and told them to f**king well stop or I'd cancel the contract. Everybody else gets my landline number and they can wait and try again or leave a message if I'm not at home.

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Read the damning dossier on the security stupidity that let China ransack OPM's systems

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Personality test

"... it had been attacked, but said that only computer manuals had been stolen and no personal information was missing."

Did you laugh or did you cry when you read that statement?

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