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* Posts by frank ly

3222 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS: Great changes, but sssh don't mention the...

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Menus in windows

I think you may have the wrong picture for 'menus in windows'. That picture shows what every PC and OS I've used/owned has done for many years. I may have misunderstood .....?

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Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender

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re. four-or-five layer thick graphene flakes

Aren't those actually thin flakes of graphite? What is the accepted definition of 'graphene'?

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Rejoice, Russians! The annexation of Crimea is complete and legitimate – Google Maps proves it

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Re: Which cliche works here....

Google will do whatever it thinks is best for it's own future interests.

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Microsoft to spend $1.1bn to build Iowa data center

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Re: Creating jobs

There is a good chance that Microsoft are capable of building their datacentre in another place, outside the area of Des Moines and thus not paying any taxes at all to Des Moines in the future. This is the stick that Microsoft (and other large companies) wave at local authorities while showing a picture of a carrot (future tax revenues). Microsoft are not there and not paying taxes yet. Small struggling companies are there and they can't afford to move.

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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I thought it was the ex-fat file system, the one with longer names and more available characters?

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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@Rob Crawford Re: Village?

As a teetotal non-believer, I always get confused about the church/pub thing. As far as I can see, they are both places where people go to worship, take part in rituals and celebrate something. You're probably right.

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Village?

"Spanish Village...", "... their small hamlet ..."

Is it a village or a hamlet? Note: If it doesn't have a pub/bar, it's only a hamlet.

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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Strong winds

They can clean a surface, yes. but what if they cause a dust storm instead?

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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@Ledswinger Re: MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

You forgot about seabed earthquakes. If it 'floated' a few hundred feet off the bottom, in deep water, that might work out well. The cables would have to be designed to snap under heavy strain, etc, but it could be done. As for 'the heaviest objects ever built being made to float', take a look at a large cruise liner.

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Hic! Storage upstart DEY bought out by Australian wine merchant

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Maybe ...

"We've got all these bottles of wine, so when you said 'storage management' ........."

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KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline

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Re: @Big John Obligatory...

The meatballs are sticking to the noodly appendages, did you not see them with your own eyes? Mmmm, shrimp. As for uniqueness, each individual one is an aspect of the One. Oh, ye of little faith and understanding.

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@Big John Re: Obligatory...

I notice that they have noodly appendages. There could be room for religious argument here.

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Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich

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If you want Poles of excellence ....

... you should go to Gdansk or Warsaw.

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Wall St's DROOLING as Twitter GULPS DOWN analytics firm Gnip

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Can anyone explain for me ....

... the kind of service that Gnip provides to its clients, using practical examples? I have a feeling that it's "how many people in Colorado 'liked' cornflakes in the past 3 months?", but it may be more interesting than that.

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Batten down the hatches, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS due in TWO DAYS

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@asdf Re: The desktop deadend.

The next Mint LTS release, which is 17, to be based on Ubuntu 14.04 and due in July, will be supported until April 2019. Now would be a good time for Windows-weary souls to think about migrating and having a better life at home.

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Samsung files patent for ear-mounted Google Glass competitor

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Joke

I'm sure that will be very comfortable to wear

all day.

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Tom Ridge: Private sector lagging in cybersecurity

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and ....

... lasers produce a collimated beam, they are not focused.

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Akamai scoffs humble pie: Heartbleed defence crumbles, new SSL keys for customers

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Ah, but their special secret source made their product taste better. Or, .... not....

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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

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Adverts on Gmail?

I don't see any adverts in the few emails to my gmail account. I think this is thanks to Adblock Plus, which is a plugin for Firefox and I have their app running on my Android phone and tablet. It's so long since I set everything up that I can't remember.

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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Re: "state sponsored"?

The "state sponsored" description is used to mean that the development effort, along with testing and insertion into the target would be so expensive as to require a very rich sponsor, i.e a state level backer.

I suppose that it's possible for a major banking trojan development group or a drugs cartel to finance this level of operation but it seems unlikely.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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@AC 'may be naive' Re: "no other game-changing device this year"

Many diabetics control their condition with tablets, certainly in the initial stages of the disease. I know my father did. Effective control in the early stages can help to lessen the rate of progress and will also reduce bodily damage, or at least slow down the effects. Continuous non-invasive monitoring would be a fantastic tool for any diabetic because they could respond to any medication need more often than at present and without having to prick their finger and smear blood on a test-strip.

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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Amazing

It's as if the 'tile' becomes a small 'window', in which an application runs and you can have more than one of them on the screen at the same time. It's a paradigm shift!

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

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What percentage of eBay shares did Icahn buy?

It must have been significant to demand that two of his aides be given seats on the board?

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Greg Christie to leave Apple as Jonathan Ive seizes design reins

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Re: @ Scott L. Burson - "seizes design reigns"???

I see that the sub-headitor had second thoughts.

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Re: @ Scott L. Burson - "seizes design reigns"???

It's a pun! Read it as ".... seizes design; reigns."

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Apple to flush '£37bn' down the bog if it doesn't flog cheapo slabtops

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I'm sure the correct spelling is 'analist'.

Something to do with attention to detail and personality. I may have misunderstood.

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Microsoft crows about 149k-seat Office 365 deal that costs it MILLIONS

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I'd be surprised if that 5+5 was applicable to the deal that Microsoft struck with the Queensland government. For such a large sale to a specific customer, the terms are easily negotiable. If it is, then they would probably make sure that five employees and their mobile devices were covered by each 'allowance'.

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PC market's bleeding slows thanks to XP phase-out

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@ITS Retired Re: Tablets do not replace PCs

Win 7 removed the pop-out toolbars that XP had. I'm just glad I tried Linux and MATE (etc).

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Linode raises Hourly Billing flag against Digital Ocean pirates

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Information requested

Is there a technical blog, or even a formal article anywhere that I could read to learn how to set up one of these cloudy platform service things? I understand the principles but have never done it. I don't mind paying a few pounds (or dollars) for a learning experience. I find that the explanations on the websites of these companies is very high level, without the detail I need.

(Many years ago, I set up an Apache server on a non-standard port on my home PC and made a mini-website to show a photo album; so I do have some technical ability but I do need to be told the details.)

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Microsoft's Azure cloud LASHED by BT's private cables

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I smiled, in a sad way

"... BT's private fibre cables giving security-focused organizations ..."

Maybe GCHQ will be interested in using them?

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USB reversible cables could become standard sooner than you think

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Uh Kev, on the back of my computer the USB connectors are vertical. So does the seam go to the left or the right? Also, is that the computer's right or my right - viewed from which position and orientation?

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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@janimal Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

You can install and then use any DE you like (selected on a button at the login screen). If you're used to Windows, I'd go for MATE, XFCE or LXDE in that order of decreasing 'power'. (They have pop-out toolbars, just like XP did, but which Win7 got rid of.) Try Cinnamon if you like; they are all free apart from the cost of your time and a bit of disk space. If you want a truly 'futuristic' experience, try KDE.

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Melting permafrost switches to nasty, high-gear methane release

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Blue sky thinking

"Methane is a far more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide, ..."

Flare it off?

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Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

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I assume ...

... that they use exFAT to make the files compatible with any (thus many) Windows PCs that are used to read SD cards from an Android device or connect to an Android device?

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Maybe he could do a job share with an openly gay co-CEO as his 'partner'. Maybe.

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Windows XP still has 27 per cent market share on its deathbed

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Re: It's not dead

Ah, the budgie. I don't want to talk about it.

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It's not dead

It's just resting.

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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@Lost ... Re: @big_D What's the point?

I don't work in IT. I've never worked in IT (thank goodness). I can find TDC on my car engine (and used to) but nowadays I pay a mechanic to do that sort of thing for me. If my car broke down on the road, being able to find TDC would not help me to get it started. However, I do always carry a mobile phone and have a subscription to a recovery service, which is much more useful that knowing how to find TDC.

If I was the owner/director/manager of a company that relied on a computer controlled/related production line then I'd make damn sure that there was training, procedures and processes in place to deal with common/forseeable problems and breakdowns. Perhaps you prefer the 'keen amateur' approach to running a company which clients and employees depend on?

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@big_D Re: What's the point?

They run a production line, which I assume is somehow important or even vital and is somehow dependent on computers and the internet. Despite this, they can't be bothered to learn what an IP address is??

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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re. " ... Singapore’s context ..."

Do they mean the local culture and 'social norms' would feel this was too intrusive? I thought that Singapore was a place where the government forbids you to chew gum and forces 'long' haired males to have a haircut before they can enter the country.

Can anyone who knows Singapore well comment on this?

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Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

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Re: When

When a lawyer and a patent troll are hanging at every crossroad.

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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Snowden should be careful

" ...his revelations about NSA spying tactics are assisting authoritarian government, ..."

The CIA don't like people muscling-in on their patch.

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Samsung's thumb-achingly ENORMO Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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re. use in portrait orientation

With the S-pen and a proper handwriting recognition app, this would be great for note taking. Are there any apps out there that can do that? I realise that for me especially, some 'proper' handwriting would be needed.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Re: Next step

" ... anyone but the nominal operator of the drone being responsible for its movements."

Or the government, secretly taking it over to carry out some covert activity. Oh, you meant legally responsible?

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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Re: Prior art declaration

Do you have a working model of such an apparatus? Oh, .... I'm being old fashioned again, sorry.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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I've had an idea

" ... both Samsung and Nokia have filed patents for using graphene in mobile devices, and that Apple, Saab, and Lockheed Martin have also filed for or received patents on graphene use."

I'll file patents for use of graphene in spaaaace! Then sue anyone who copies my brilliant IP.

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Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday will plug Word RTF vuln

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"Windows XP is a thirteen year old operating system .."

And they were fixing its flaws every month until it officially 'died'. For how many years will Microsoft be sending out essential security patches to Win7 and then Win 8?

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Deep desert XP-ocalypse averted as Reg man returns

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re. " If I were a more skilled operator ..."

You are now Simon :) Well done and thank you for sharing your experiences with us. We look forward to similar articles in the future.

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BEHOLD the HOLY GRAIL of TECH: The REVERSIBLE USB plug

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@ andreas koch Re: @ Graham Dawson - Am I the only one ....

"I think you probably twisted it around a bit."

I think that twisting it around a bit could be dangerous too :)

Note: If it's reversible, then the ground will be on the centre connector(s) and the 20VDC will be on the outer connectors (or vice versa). For this type-C connector, that would give less than 2mm gap between ground and power, with some data connector strips between the power connectors.

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China's Bitcoin exchanges begin pulling down the shutters

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"... it received the instruction by telephone ..."

It sounds very informal. Can I call them and tell them to start accepting Bitcoins again?

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