* Posts by frank ly

4186 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

You! GOOGLE! HAND OVER the special SAUCE, says Senate (of France)

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Competition?

Wasn't there an attempt to make a European-developed search engine some years ago, in response to the perceived 'cultural threat' posed by Google? I have a vague memory of reading about this, possibly in The Register.

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Don't shoot the Messenger: NASA's suicide probe to punch hole in Mercury

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"... a 16-metre wide crater will be formed ..."

That's what I call "sending a message".

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Deeper thought

"... someone hacks into your oven, turns the gas on, waits 36 hours, then lights the pilot, ..."

A sensibly design IoT oven would not allow independent control of those items from outside. It would have 'on', 'off' and 'temperature demand' inputs. Local hardware/firmware would determine any safety related activity and sequences. If it was very clever it would notice any 'crazy' external command behaviour and disconnect itself from the internet.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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@Betacam

It seems that Eadon is now a meme. He uploaded himself into the commentardiat consciousness before he was wiped.

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Graphene spintronics crowned latest Moore's Law extender contender

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I'm confused

" ... a logical component that, not unlike a transistor, is made up of graphene and magnetic materials."

That sounds totally unlike a transistor.

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DRONE ALONE: US Navy secretary gives up on manned fighters

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Re: Erm, hang on...

"... where are these drones being piloted from?"

From a fleet of mobile, highly agile, flying vehicles that each contain a drone pilot, a vehicle pilot a navigator and a defensive systems operator. This fleet operates close to the field of battle to ensure low latency links.

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Stateside security screeners sacked for squeezing 'sexy' sacks

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They should be charged

With conspiring to and commiting indecent assault.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

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New paradigm

We've had the 'on a computer', the 'on a website' and 'on a mobile' patent applications. Now it's time for 'with robots' patent applications. I wonder if they count as a subset of IoT applications.

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Easy ... easy ... Aw CRAP! SpaceX rocket ALMOST lands on ocean hoverbase

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"Just read the instructions".

Did the barge name itself?

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Purple strain? Purple gain: WD doubles cam count for spy drives

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re. anti-tarnish protection

Does this include a more dust/moisture resistant design of connector in any way?

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Why are enterprises being irresistibly drawn towards SSDs?

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@Trevor_Pott Re: Change in Flash technology to eliminate finite write lifetime?

"What use is a SATA 32GB SSD today ....."

As the root, /home, swap and /{data} partitions of my desktop computer. If I want 'big data' I just push a 1TB spinning rust or 128GB SSD into one of the front panel slots (or use a USB-3 adapter cable to connect a big SSD to my laptop). I don't anticipate this situation changing for me for many years and I'm sure most people at home (a big market) would be able to do the same.

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Bloke hits armadillo AND mother-in-law with single 9mm round

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When the day is dawning

on a Georgia Sunday morning,

I wanna shoot some vermin

but with my gun, I'mma still learnin'.

Is this the way to shoot an armadillo?

I just tried it and shot my poor MIL oh!

Is this the way to shoot an armadillo?

She called the cops - I hope they believe me.

Sha la lah, lah lah la lah la......

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Incomprehensible boffins bring quantum computers a step closer

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Silicon-28

It seems that Silicon-28 is the most abundant (92%) naturally occuring isotope, but that still leaves 8% 'impurities' to get rid of. I wonder how difficult/expensive that is.

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Radio 4 and Dr K on programming languages: Full of Java Kool-Aid

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Podcast introduction

".... explores the history of the languages we use to talk to computers ..."

I use English to talk to my computers - lots of swearwords are are used.

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Aussie priest BLESSES an APP – and the sacred iPad it runs on

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Re: So, is this like other certifications?

I think blessings are transferable, as long as you have faith.

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Grandmaster FLUSH: Chess champ booted for allegedly cheating with iPod app in the loo

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"... check players for electronic devices before they enter the toilets."

That wouldn't have helped in this particular case. Maybe a competition official could decide which toilet room and which cubicle they were allowed to use on each visit.

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Backdoor bot brains snatched after cops, white hats raid servers

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Don't/Can't people notice these infections?

If infected, don't people notice sluggishness when doing ordinary things on their computer and is there an unusual amount of data transfer in/out of the intertube?

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USA is home to largest number of data perves, study finds

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Re: Data perverts ?

Our three letter agency is JCHQ ..... Our FOUR letter agency ......

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: Low IQ Alternative

This is what happens when you skim-read PoE articles.

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Rand Paul puts Hillary Clinton's hard drive on sale

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I'll make a half aSSD attempt at joining in.

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Videogame publishers to fans: Oi, freetard! STOP RESURRECTING our dead titles online

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Entertainment Software Association

Shouldn't that be written as - Entertainment Software Ass. in The Register?

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Silence is golden: Charlie Chaplin's The Tramp is 100 today

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"To most, ..." - Citation needed.

"Besides which, he was a commie." - Paranoid/wild imagination needed.

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Tech troll's podcasting patent blown out of the water by EFF torpedo

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A stupid question

Will Adam Carolla (and others) be able to claim any of his money back?

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Light-fingered Satyam founder Ramalinga Raju jailed for seven years

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"... along with his PwC auditors"

Oh, what a pity.

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Eyes on the prize: Ten 23-24-inch monitors for under £150

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"... 4:3 ratio monitors .." With a matte screen - for goodness sake !! Why oh why ...? .....

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Use Cases

".... buttons to control the OSD conveniently placed at the side, rather than underneath, making them easier to reach."

Not if you use two monitors side by side with a twin output display.

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Wi-Fi hotspots can put iPhones into ETERNAL super slow-mo

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I always believe what people on the internet tell me. Life is simpler that way.

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Indian cops spice up protests with pepper spray-armed DRONES

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Don't Lucknow ....

.... but I've got a very powerful drone control transmitter in my backpack.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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re. "incestuous"

It sounds more like sibling rivalry.

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Microsoft, Getty settle image snatch 'suit

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Just wondering

If Getty don't want anyone to find their images, why do they make them findable on the internet?

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Do androids dream of herding electric sheep?

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Emergency Planning

"It doesn't bark, and it doesn't bite, it doesn't need feeding ..."

But can you eat it if you get trapped in a snow drift on a cold winter night?

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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Obvious response:

How the heck can that be patented?? It's an obvious idea (been expressed before in many sci-fi works) and is an obvious extension of existing 'software' modification techniques.

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Bored with Blighty? Relocation lessons for the data centre jetset

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Re: Depresses me that consideration for UK areas...

The North Sea would make a great heat dump and would be a short undersea cable run away from the Scandinavian data centres.

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Dell's scaly-headed file system gets bigger and bitier

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Re: What's the photo from?

How to Tame Your Dragon? Some similar children's entertainment?

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E-commerce enterprises gently told to update those protocols ... or else

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Aha!

"Small shops can pass the regulations through self-assessment,..."

I've been using cash in small shops and petrol stations for years.

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Linux Australia hacked, warns personal details exposed

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Data Security

Given the prevalence of these types of 'hack', why aren't personal details stored in encrypted form as a matter of course?

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Feds ponder jamming journo comms in Australian Parliament

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Reality

"... a Liberal MP's ill-judged and since-deleted Tweet humorously threatening a trawl of a gallery hack's metadata."

That is what politicians (and others) see as the real value of storing metatdata. It's a tool/weapon to be used against your 'enemies'.

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Boffins: Large Hadron Collider NOW movin', we're getting down and crush groovin'

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"and if they can't? Are we all doomed?"

Mallorn will reverse the polarity of the magnetron flux and save us all.

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Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

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Re: too little too late

I also prefer MATE to XFCE having tried them both two years ago when I got rid of Windows 7 in favour of Linux Mint. As I recall, XFC didn't quite cut it for my tastes and seemed a bit more clunky and less easy to use than MATE. However, I will try it in the near future because two years is a long time in software development. If I can't get the latest version from the Mint repos, I'll install Ubuntu to try it; it costs nothing but some personal time and it's a wet Easter weekend.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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If 'they' want to ban it ...

... then I want to read/watch it or eat/drink it.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Gimp

@Tel

I avoid controversy by refusing to wear clothes made of fibres.

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: disinformation

In the UK, individual homes along a street are usually connected to alternate phases (240V phase to neutral) of the 3-phase main distribution network. This is to even out the load between the phases among a group of individual buildings. Large commercial and industrial premises are given all three phases and relied upon to do something sensible about phase load balancing and any power-factor correction that may be needed.

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

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If your computer isn't connected to the internet, does it keep nagging you to tell you that you're missing out on a "great experience".

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UCLA trumpets supercapacitor for wearables or implants

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The abstract is interesting, if a bit short. This is not a classical capacitor, it's a 'hybrid supercapacitor' and seems to be a device that stores energy by electrochemical reactions, as well as classical capacitance effects.

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Yes, AT&T, you do have to go to court with the FTC

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The strange part of the argument is that "other companies do it so it must be fine".

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Three points

1: "And organic stuff is made from grains: possibly the chaff from wheat or corn."

Was the wheat/corn grown on a certified organic farm?

2: The idea of mixing oxidising chemicals with carbohydrates is a good one, if you want a strong exothermic reaction.

3: For something as important as this, they didn't have a proper specification of materials? It just said "mix it with some cat-litter." ?

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Netflix teams with AWS to launch VHS-as-a-service

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Re: Early start...

Thank you for reminding me what date it is. I'll read more carefully for the rest of the day.

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Prostrate yourself before the GNU, commands Indian DEITY

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Re: Nice fit

"Pantheism and linux distros." A perfect cultural match :)

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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He needs an accountant

"I just can't account for the hostility that's been directed at our state,"

It's a simple audit trail.

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Why Feed.Me.Pizza will never exist: Inside the world of government vetoes and the internet

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f.uk.me

Did the United Kingdom or Montenegro or both of them object to that one?

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