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* Posts by frank ly

3333 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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I liked the custom decor of his welding mask. He pays attention to the overall aesthetic of the event :)

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IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

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Re: Now this is a proper invention.

That's probably because you only hear about the ones that are worth talking about and developing further.

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Boffins 3D-print biomimetic shark skin

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Re: Surprised they didn't get better results actually

A long time ago, as part of a spa/massage experience, I was rubbed down by a lady who wore a genuine sharkskin glove. It really was like a fine but grippy abrasive paper and suprisingly pleasant. By that stage, my body had been pummeled to jelly and I was too relaxed to care about anything.

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Qld government in social media policy linkrot FAIL

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A spokesman said ....

"I don't understand your problem; it works fine on MY computer."

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Whoa! NUDE! SELFIES! for! Marissa! Mayer's! Blink-gobbling! Yahoo!

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re. Meh Labs

I read that as Meth Labs.

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GCHQ's 'NOSEY SMURF' spyware snoops dragged into secretive tribunal

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Re: Nosey smurf ? Foggybottom ? Gumfish ? Tracker Smurf ?

If Nosey Smurf crashes, GCHQ get a blue screen of deaf.

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Oracle horns in on Red Hat's OpenStack party with own distro

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Summary of Differences

Are there any articles or websites that explain the differences between, for example, Oracle's Unbreakable Linux and RHEL's Linux core? Why do some people swear by Debian Stable and others always use Open Suse? Are the differences too complicated to understand and for me to make logical decisions based on them?

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Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

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Yes but

"The data belongs to the individual, not to the company."

In the case against Google, the data was a newspaper report (belonging to the Spanish newspaper) of a court case in Spain and is therefore a matter of public record throughout the EU. There is some very woolly thinking and strange arguments being bandied around in this area.

The 'right to be forgotten' should be about personal photographs and early attempts at poetry, not court cases that you now find embarassing.

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

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Nearly there already

Scotland already has its own mint, for notes at least. All they need to do is make some desgn/colour changes and then a minor spelling change to 'poond'. Job done.

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Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for NOT BEING SOCIAL ENOUGH

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It gets worse

Having bought the three adjacent plots at the back and sides of your house, you then have about five separate adjacent plots that are a potential threat to your privacy and peaceful enjoyment.

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Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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re. urine analysis

" ... the people with ... were no less likely to have died ..."

So, they were already dead when they took the urine samples?

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Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

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Re: ARMed Cows

Thank you for giving me an excuse for this.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQMbXvn2RNI

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BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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Re: More importantly...

With an Occulus Rift type headset and a sharp blade sticking out of the front of it, you could fly lethal (to the target) kamikaze missions.

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Get BENT: Flexy supercapacitor breaks records

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Connections?

At some point, two wires will have to be connected to this thing (or item of clothing) in such a way that all parts of the (super)capacitor have a low resistance path to the wires. How would this be done?

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

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Re: Hasn't El Reg heard of ramraiding before?

I wear steel underpants in case of "perineal robbery" attempts. So far, my precaution has paid off.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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" ... the hackneyed cab industry."

I see what you did there.

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Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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On the album that followed Bat Out Of Hell, someone had inscribed 'Chicken Out Of Hell' in the same manner. The other side had 'Reeks Of Old Chicken'. At the time, I wasn't sure if that was cool and amusing or just very rude.

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Bitly shortens life of users' passwords after credential compromise

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Re: leetspeak fail

He might have been thinking about 'pr0nage'.

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Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec

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Re: Amazing?

An Android tablet only needs the WiFi to be fully connected since you can tether it to your Android phone.

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Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

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Re: So who gets the money?

I thought the 'performing rights' fee was only due for playing of material from artists who had signed up to it (just about all commercially published artists). i.e. you can play your own compositions and sing your own lyrics if you haven't signed up to give the collection responsibility to the Performing Rights Society?

If I'm wrong, that is truly a crazy situation.

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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It might be illuminating ...

... to do an investigation of the personal and family financial interests of the ones who voted against this. Call me cynical if you like, because I am.

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UK.gov tweets now NATIONAL TREASURES! – National Archives

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Will they be archiving the YouTube comments?

So future social historians can gain an insight into the mindset of our time.

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Brit chap weaves silver bullet for wireless health scare bollocks

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Re: Is there enough silver in the thread

Did you watch the pilot episode of Babylon?

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Hadoop Daddy Doug Cutting says there's an elephant in the room

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Is there a Steve Wozniac soft toy?

I think it would sell well among a certain demographic.

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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Can anyone help me here?

I'm trying to set up a cron job that disables the launch of a Hellfire missile if an 'arm' confirmation is not received within 100ms of the initial 'weapons enable' command. This was working fine until I installed the proprietary Nvidia drivers for my FLIR display. Before anyone asks, I have installed the latest version of the combat-calc libraries.There was a post from SuperTrooper on the forum last week that dealt with cron and task schedule interference but I didn't bookmark it.

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Vendors pushing fibre on developing countries, says Oz minister

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“If we want to get the benefits of broadband, particularly … in countries that aren't as wealthy as Australia ....."

If "WE want to get the benefits .."? Will the 'targeted' countries have any say in the matter?

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Report: Climate change has already hit USA - and time is RUNNING OUT

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@Charles Manning re. 'over hype of potential disasters, etc'

All that has nothing to do with ignorant and headline seeking journalists/editors and the wider public's apparent need to be easily 'entertained', of course.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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"... and come with Tesco apps for buying groceries and clothing ..."

Oh no! However, I am very happy with my Tesco Mobile SIM only deal, at £10 a month for 1000 minutes, 1GB and 5000 txts. If you look on their website, they keep doing some very good offers that appear for a few weeks then vanish. Catch one and you've got it on a 12 month contract.

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ARM targets enterprise with 32-core, 1.6TB/sec bandwidth beastie

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Re: You name it, we generally build it

Except that if you redefine your customers/licensees as partners, then you can say "we build ...".

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Don't let hackers know Mandiant founder checks his email on an iPad. Oh.

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Just wondering ...

"Data grabbed from the limo biz included names and addresses and credit numbers in a plain-text archive, ..."

I thought that they weren't allowed to store credit card numbers, never mind in plain text?

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Did cosmic radiation nuke $25 satellite swarm? 100 snoozing Sprites face fiery death

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I suppose ..

.. they'll just have to hope for a few sunny days.

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The verdict is in: Samsung to pay Apple $120m chump change, but gets tiny rebate

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Re: "Beloved products like the iPhone..."

" ... which our employees devote their lives to designing and delivering for our customers."

That's true love.

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Who's top Microsoft shareholder? Uh oh, it's STEVE BALLMER

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Re: Getting rid of it all by 2018?

From what I've read, Warren Buffet has decided to give all of his 'spare' money to Bill Gates' foundation. This makes sense because it's a lot easier that setting up and governing his own foundation. So, Gates will have lots of bucks to do good works with.

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Laser deflector shields possible with today's tech – but there's one small problem

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re. mirror

They have to be 100% reflective at all encountered laser frequencies, but they're not, so they would heat up, degrade and vapourise.

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If an ultra-violet camera can see out ...

.. then an ultra-violet laser can vapourise in.

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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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Re: Island of stability?

"Unobtainium - and the rest - here on Gilligan's Island."

At least that's how I remember it, now.

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Jodee 'One.Tel' Rich spruiks .CEO sites for email LIKE A BOSS

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Re: One for the money... yes, but ...

Letting people know that you're important: Priceless.

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Fix capitalism with floating cities on Venus says Charles Stross

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Let's go all the way ...

... and build a Ringworld.

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Voters pick luminous tech spacesuit as NASA's off-world fashion statement

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@James Hughes 1 Re: A fully clear helmet???

If they'd thought of the children, they'd have put a lot more shielding around the gonads.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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Re: Too extreme views

How 'innovatively customised' can you make e-mail, txting and browsing? If you want that, there are dozens of GUI wrappers and data integrating apps in the Google app stopre. There are also many data transfer/sync apps as well, all at a low price. The only customisation I wanted (and got) for my Nexus was the Nova Launcher and its start screen, which I was happy to pay for.

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FBI floats $5 MEELLION bounty for alleged Chinese WMD purveyor

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Has he broken any Chinese laws?

Just wondering.

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No, it's not a boy band, it's a biz backup suite: A dig into Druva inSync

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re. " CinC"

CinCinSync !

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ITU says IT industry must become 'resilient' in face of climate change

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" ... short- and long-term climatic manifestations."

We get those all the time where I live. They rarely cause problems. It's seriously bad weather that I worry about.

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Boffins build billion-synapse, three-watt 'brain'

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As a matter of interest ....

What is the power consumption (probably only measurable by heat production) of an adult human brain?

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Web cams pointed into hot young star's 'Ring of Fire' down under

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Re: And if you don't have flash installed... re. ABC News 24

"The uploader has not made this video available in your country."

Ahh, the problems of an international readership. Is it worth watching, usually?

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Chap builds mobe based on Raspberry Pi

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Anything that shows people (especially children) that this level of design/construction really can be done at home is a good thing.

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NASA spots 'new' star just 7.2 light years away

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Why is it warm?

What process keeps it at such a relatively high temperature?

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Tim Cook: Apple's 'closer than it's ever been' to releasing new product range

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@nexsphil Re: Nothing that innovative coming, then

Is that an American 'fanny' or a British fanny that you're thinking about?

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It woz the Reg wot won it: UK mobe network EE fixes voicemail hack flaw

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Re: The $64K question...

Internal audits are controlled by internal managers who don't want to rock the boat and who want to 'get along'. An external audit by a company with experience in the field would be the best kind of audit.

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Microsoft's 'evil open source' man on life as HP's top cloud-wrangler

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Just wondering

“IBM loves Linux guerilla".

Is that Tux with ammo bandoliers and a Kalashnikov, or is it the 800lb one that's ready for the desktop? I always get confused about those two words.

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