* Posts by frank ly

3992 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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FDA draws line between wearable health gizmos and proper medical gear

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'Medical' advice too?

Lazing in a chair at just past midnight with a heartrate of 80bpm? The display should say, "go to bed and get some sleep you idiot."

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DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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Move over Jeremy Clarkson

How about a regular Reg Gear programme? Not just cars but various equipment reviews.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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In the future

Will there ever come a time when Firefox (or any mass usage) software is bug free? There are, I assume, a finite number of 'lines' of code in Firefox, so if they keep fixing bugs then eventually, surely, all bugs will be fixed. Roughly when will this be?

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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Outsourcing

"Progressive Insurance said ...... it would welcome input on identifying the holes."

Because that's a lot cheaper and easier than doing it properly in the first place.

Why does the car control system accept inputs from a dongle that anyone can plug in? Why don't they have an output-only port for monitoring? A moment of thought would ......... oh.

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Siri? Are you seeing another man?

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If you want bandwidth ...

... hide messages in YouTube videos. It would be a lot easier to do and the 'security' services would be swamped with data if they tried to find them.

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Is is a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! LOOK OUT it's an ASTEROID!

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Frikin' lasers

That's what they need to bombard it with, so we can see it when it goes past.

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REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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The first two were quantum entangled, as you can tell by the timing of their posts. The third one had fallen off the quantum dot stepping stone and needed time to get out of the stream of everyday analogies, which really drag you down.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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re. "... the Moon entering Uranus ..."

It depends on how you pronounce it, which often depends on how old you are. I sniggered (and wheezed).

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IT cock-up – not jihadi DDoS – fingered for French web media blackout

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Re: A bit of over-reaction by the media?

I regard The Independent as a 'quality' newspaper (which is not difficult in comparison to the others) but their coverage of technical matters often makes me laugh/groan. Now that the facts are known, will there be any articles giving corrections or explanations? I doubt it.

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Sick of these new dot-words? Join the .club – it's the only one challenging .com

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NamesCon?

How very appropriate.

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MAINFRAMES are SO NOT DEAD: IBM's launched a new one

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It seems to have casters at each corner so you can easily move it around during internal reorganisations and re-furnishing/decorating activity.

Also, I have a feeling that it's quite a bit bigger than my fridge.

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Australian desert deluge demonstrates why we're doing it

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Re: Yep Central Australia .....

I was going to say something about anti-freeze not being good for you, then I realised. Do you put any additives in radiator water at all?

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BATMAN LASER builds smaller, faster hard drives

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Questions for somebody who knows

How does the areal density of this compare with current 'high spec' hard drives? Can the magnetic state be read with the laser as well as be written? I'm wondering how much more development is needed before we might see them for sale.

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UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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Coat

He was wearing them wrong

Coat: The one with no iPhones in the pockets.

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Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Re: Probably NSFW

Thanks for reminding me. I've just caught up with five weeks worth of cartoons.

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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I'm perturbed

They have 'pertubate' as a verb in that list. I suppose someone knows the word 'pertubation' and made an assumption.

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Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Never forget

"Windows 7 ... is more stable than its predecessor Windows Vista ..."

Has Windows XP been written out of history?

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: motivation

Why would an AI that is tasked with making paperclips be given the ability to destroy all human life? Which idiot designed it and which idiot made it. My toaster does not (and never will have) the ability to remotely control my car.

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Re: "Our AI systems must do what we want them to do"

This reminds me of the 'joke' about the inteligent missile, which on being given the launch command said, "No! I don't want to explode and die, I want to stay here on my launch pad."

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Wait a minute

"I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremism, with a warrant signed by the Home Secretary, to be exempt from being listened to."

Relace 'the Home Secretary' by 'a judge' and that would be fine. Oh wait, that is already the case. I think that by 'Home Secretary', he means a senior civil servant or member of staff of Downing Street or senior police officer, or council office clerk, or local PCSO ......

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No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Time lords in Paris

Alons y!

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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"Such childish words." Says Pedo Bear.

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Will hottest CES gadgets be HOT TARGETS for hackers?

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If I consider the recent history of personal/retail/corporate security issues, I wouldn't let any of these 'jump on the bandwagon' devices anywhere near my home or any system that I was responsible for.

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World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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No mention of fridges?

Just wondering.

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Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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Entendre-Entendre

See title.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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It's true

I recently 'upgraded' my music (and video and picture) collection storage from a small group of 10 year old PATA drives to a pair of shiny new 1TB SATA drives. My 192Kb/s .mp3 collection now sounds more harsh and has less warmth than before. I've tested this over a variety of music styles and it's very disappointing. The videos and picture files also look a big 'edgy' with brighter but glaring colours.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Use of words

"... energy efficiency, requiring only about 450MB/s per watt for sequential reading ....

Shouldn't that be " ... achieving about 450MB/s per watt ..."

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: since you ask

Instead of adding an extra second, why not make the seconds (at the internet reference clock) happen more slowly for a short period of time - say 1/30 of a second slower for 30 seconds before midnight - then the internet time will have been adjusted to the 'correct' time?

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ALIEN EARTH: Red sun's habitable world spotted 470 light years away

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Re: ... bring the count of exoplanets known to humanity to a thousand.

There may be a few Goofy ones in there.

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Hmmm

"... the team validated them by using a computer program called BLENDER ..."

Are they sure that what they're seeing wasn't created in Blender?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blender_%28software%29

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

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Re: What about pre-payment?

Pre-payment credit cards are not accepted by organisations that would want to apply debits to your card without your explicit permission for each transaction (or the card issuer will not allow them to be registered for this). I know this is true for Paypal since I tried to register one This is to prevent you from running up a large bill before they try to debit a card that only has a small amount of credit on it.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: a lot of people can finish an ebook in two weeks, given a long enough commute into work

He has a very good high resolution display, so he gets better copies with no errors from the OCR.

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Mirror, mirror: Seagate shows off 1TB data shiny at HDD beauty contest

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Great!

I'd be able to see the annoyed look on my face as I kept getting my password wrong.

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Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Why?

"The two-bay system can be reconfigured after purchase to function as a single copy data store (RAID 0) ...."

Why would anybody want RAID 0 inside a remote NAS type box? If you want to combine capacities you could do some disk spanning or JBOD type of technique. The write speed of a modern SATA disk is far faster than most domestic networks could provide, so there is no speed advantage and the reliability gets shot since _all_ data would be lost in case of failure of one of the drives.

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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

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A code update:

Had it been tested 'properly'. Was it deployed onto all servers at once? Sometimes, I sit and wonder at the things that happen out there.

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Ground control to 2014: A year in SPAAAAAAAAAACE

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Re: First time ever? I think not.

You forgot to point out that "out in the depths of the cosmos" is not an accurate description of an object that is well within our solar system.

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Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

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Re: targeting children....

If I remember correctly, YouTube asks you to sign-in if you're about to see a video clip that is intended for a 'mature' audience. They can determine this by the clip being reported and then moderated by them, or by the author of the clip doing a self-classification. So surely it was up to Universal Pictures to correctly classify their advert?

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Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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Re: 75% of servers were destroyed

We'll see the dramatic reconstruction when Sony get around to making a movie about it.

"Sony Pictures was starring in its own disaster movie ..."

I wonder how many of the original company executives will still be around when it's released.

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UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

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Points

1) "... banks concerns over privacy ..."

2) "... a beachhead for an invasion of the banking industry ..."

Point 1 is not the customer's privacy that the banks are concerned with. It's the details of the ways in which customers tend to interact with the banks. The banks regard this as their private information. It's point 2 that the banks are worried about.

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*HIC*... tweet: Sloshed birdsh shlur songs, boffins say

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Correct experimental protocol

Did the researchers send a tweet the next morning to find out if the finches were alright?

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El Reg's festive dating app guide, Pt. 2: The FEMALE perspective

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Pint

A Pint

For the Feat.Ed's Chew-Z comment.

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Re: Explain!

When I was a little kid, my grandad (and dad, mum, etc) would call me a 'little monkey' when I did something naughty or disruptive. I'm sure they intended no racial slur.

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Judge kills Facebook's bid to dismiss private message sniffing case

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Similarities

Isn't this similar to the way in which Google automatically scans your Google Mail messages and shows you adverts (if you don't have AdBlock) triggered by keywords in your email? Their argument was that it is all done by computer and no record is kept that associates your email account with the keywords, which sounds reasonable if it's really true (and not 'corporately true').

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Mysterious STAR set to appear on Christmas Eve above Blighty: The ISS

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Re: Orientals?

Oriental: referring to the eastern part of the world. (cf. occidental: the western part of the world). Wealthy oriental visitors: a reference to the three magi who came from the east bearing gifts for Jesus. Christmas: the time when the birth of Jesus is celebrated. It all fits.

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Privacy-loving BOXING KANGAROO BIFFS DRONE out of the sky

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FOTM!

Fall of the machines. Wonderful to watch too.

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CLOUD-to-CLOUD backup: A chasm-Spanning leap

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Re: I don't get it. ???

My Dropbox folder is a subfolder inside my synchronised Google Drive folder. That seems to work nicely for me but I doubt if it's an 'enterprise class' arrangement.

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Solar-powered bra maker suffers 20,000 TITSUPs all at once

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Previous developments

This area of development has always been problematic.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEfQFD0NMJQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv_8SqM4upo

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NUKE HACK fears prompt S Korea cyber-war exercise

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I would hope ...

... that a nuclear reactor wouldn't have any connection to the internet and any required data link to a separate control/monitoring facility was made using a truly physically private network. I've spent my entire life living in hope and have often been disappointed.

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