* Posts by frank ly

4238 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Wham! NASA claims 'picture-perfect' blast-off for tricky MAGNETIC EXPLOSIONS mission

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Shapes

"The four octagonal disc-shaped spacecraft – working as a science lab – are now said to be flying in a loose, pyramid formation"

It ought to be called a tetrahedron formation (or a triangular pyramid).

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This isn't the one-stop EU data protection you're looking for

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"Nothing is agreed, until everything is agreed.”

Is that Alice, standing on the viewing platform of the Wonderland maze? A wonderful choice of picture for the article.

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

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Re: Sadly missed

From Wikipedia and other sources, it appears that the book completed last year is called The Shepherd's Crown and is part (the last) of the Tiffany Aching arc of books. (Publication date seems to be July, or autumn, 2015.) These books are set in the Discworld and were intended for a 'young adult' audience. Personally, as a quite old adult, I found 'I Shall Wear Midnight' to be a very mature story, wonderfully told.

I'll be buying it as soon as it becomes available.

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You kip kit: The Internet of Stuff innovation snooze-a-thon

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"Anna Hawryl, Chief Happiness Officer at IntelClinic ..."

Is that an enabling or an enforcement role?

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US bares its net neutrality enforcement regime to world+dog

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Re: skip to page 321

I laughed, in disbelief and amazement.

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Kaspersky claims to have found NSA's 'space station malware'

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"Executable timestamps ..."

Why wouldn't they obfuscate this data, at least in the 'released' version?

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Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

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Rules and Regulations

"In the rest of the country, residents are able to let out their homes for short periods."

Fourteen years ago, when I rented out a room to a long distance commuting colleague for a few months, I found out that I was allowed to make £5,000 a year in this way with no liability for tax on it. Is it a different set of rules for a B&B type arrangement via a third party organisation?

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

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"Which might work in certain circles, ..."

The fact that you post coherent/cogent comments on here means that you're well outside those 'circles'. Tim however, he seems to get it. I'm sure it's because of professional study and analysis.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Reducing development costs

"The SF upstart says it has its eyes on a larger prize: developing an accurate voice recognition system for children."

So, they targeted a group of children who are almost guarenteed to be all girls and get the voice samples for free instead of paying people to bring their children in to make recordings of conversations in controlled and guided situations.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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When politicians fail

"I thought it would be easier to carry one device for my work and personal email account,"

Is she being disingenuous, or is she really so (technologically) dumb? I suppose she could blame the decision on one of her 'technical advisors'; she probably needs a small army of them.

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SoftLayer doubles its bit barns in large, climatically-extreme, resource-rich nations

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Picture Competition: What's that Skippy? .......

(Please complete the query.)

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Consumers beware! Ofcom's seen a scary new mobe nasty: APPS

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Re: Thank you so much

I've always thought it was important to patronise my local pub. Now I understand why they keep throwing me out.

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Boffinry listicle MADNESS: ONE THING you need to know about CHAMELEONS

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The deeper you look

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chameleon

"Some species, such as Smith's dwarf chameleon, adjust their colors for camouflage in accordance with the vision of the specific predator species (bird or snake) by which they are being threatened."

How do they do that??

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Hurry up and just SLAP GOOGLE, MEPs fume at EU commish

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Re: Three years of hard state employee work for NOTHING? Roman Salute Now!

I'm not sure about "just" but I can understand the appeal. (The uniforms are usually stylish too).

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Cyber-whizs partake in mass eye-roll event over latest leaks: CIA spies 'spying on iPhones'

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Who can you believe?

That's a rhetorical question.

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MOOCROSOFT tosses seven proper tech courses online at edX

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"At $90, a Verified Certificate is ..."

I assume that the Certificate comes with another certificate to verify that it is authentic. Would that make it an Authenticated and Verified Certificate, or just a Certificated Certificate?

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'Roly poly' soft, wobbly robot BANGS EXPLOSIVELY, leaps 0.5m in air

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Re: Where

Yes, if it's not on YouTube, it didn't happen. Wake me up when there's a video.

P.S. If that exhaust port is self sealing and flexible, it will also be a farting robot. Put it on YouTube!

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Infiniband Association adds control freakery to Volume 1 spec

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Other possibilities?

“being able to query the cables – to find out whether they're passive copper or active fibre – ..."

What if they're active copper or passive fibre?

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Can't pay $349 for an Apple Watch? Get a Chinese knockoff for less than $50

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The D-Watch is £34 on eBay

3-5 week delivery is estimated from China. I'll wait for the El Reg review. Hurry up please.

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Apple slips out security patches while world goes gaga over watches

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It gets better - apparently

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/ios-82-iphone-update-installs-useless-apple-watch-ad-on-home-screens-10097151.html

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Teen sex pic swap shop SnapChat seeks Saudi cash to keep selfies flowing

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The second picture

They thought they'd be getting some kind of cloaking device for their birds of prey.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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"... Apple has no problem finding our phone number for off-the-record chats ..."

You weren't supposed to mention that!

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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"... rather like stringy knots ....", "... the harmonics of stable and unstable atomic configuration shapes ..."

Did you nearly start talking about string theory?

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Oi. APPLE fanboi! You with the $10k and pocket on fire! Fancy a WATCH?

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@PNGuinn Re: Solid golf neklace

Hello

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MENOPAUSAL KILLER WHALES are wise old birds, trick-cyclists claim

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Trick-Cyclist <-> Psychiatrist

It's a lot easier to spell it.

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You signed up just to complain about the local 'culture'? That's sad. You'll never get a badge with that attitude.

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NASA: Curiosity rover's BROKEN ARM doesn't SPELL DOOM for Mars mission

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Stay at home siblings

I'm sure that NASA builds exact replicas of Curiosity (etc) to keep on earth for examination and testing/diagnostic purposes. Do these get to trundle around in a suitable desert environment and drill into rocks to check wear rates and possible failure characteristics?

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OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

"... check that the light actually does go off."

That's what small children are for. If you don't have one, borrow one.

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Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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Vertical Thinking

"... and (3) gradually alters by itself naturally over a period of time?"

I immediately thought of a relatively short period of time and started having ideas about a suitable receptacle and testing/measuring device. However, I'm not sure if my ideas are suitable for this publication.

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Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?

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Power

"The Dawn spacecraft has used its three xenon-powered thrusters, ..."

The 'power' actually comes from a solar cell array that produces 1.3KW. (I'm just being picky here).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_%28spacecraft%29

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Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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"Your humble hack was offered Skype ..."

So, Microsoft have some kind of arrangement with uTorrent?

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Just wondering

"The UK was the county with the second most members expelled ..."

Which country had the most members expelled? Does this indicate wishful vanity or a robust sense of humour?

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Massive gravitational lens flare unveils EINSTEIN CROSS SUPERNOVA

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Space ...Time ... Looking back

“this deceleration took place around where this supernova is located.”

Should that be "... around _when_ this supernova is being observed" ?

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Upper house of Parliament joins the drone debate

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@Drone Pilot Re: What's the difference...

"Sorry, it's the uneducated, perhaps like yourself, which are causing the problems."

That should be "..., who are causing .."

You should spend _your_ 'social grant' on some educational books.

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: Hmmm....

You reap what you sow, as they say.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Excuse me

"Current 3.5-inch disk drive tech is at the 6TB level, with helium-filling extending that to 8TB and shingling to 10TB at some time in the future."

I'm fairly sure that it's not the helium-filling that gives a boost to areal density.

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Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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We didn't make that bit

"Big names complain they do not always control components that could introduce security risks which they say is often to blame as the point of failure"

And that's why Ford is not responsible if the tyres on your new car all burst if you drive above 60mph. Oh, ..... wait a minute.

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UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Since they seem to be thinking about spaceplanes, it wouldn't have a 'traditional' first stage drop. The west coast and northern tip locations might have been chosen to ensure that a failed launch landed in the Atlantic rather that mainland Europe or Scandinavia. I assume they'll aim it to avoid overflying Ireland.

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.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

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Terminology

"... it was connected to an application for .hoteis ..."

What does this mean?

a) Someone at ICANN noticed the similarity betwen .hotels and .hoteis and started an 'objection to similarity' process. If so, why hadn't anyone noticed that earlier?

b) Someone at ICANN accidentally made a typing error while entering details and the application for .hotels was converted to an application for .hoteis.

c) Think of your own set of foul-ups and misunderstandings.

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Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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It would be interesting ....

.... to find out the shareholdings and other financial interests (non-ex-directorships, etc) of the family members and close associates of the government ministers concerned. It would be interesting but probably a breach of privacy so it's not going to happen.

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You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: Dare.

So, tell us about your wife and children Turtle; (or whatever loved ones you have). Oh, wait, you can't talk to strangers can you? It's too dangerous and you accept that situation.

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Reg exec in deluxe roo-skin pen case beernami trauma

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Happy

You should have called him 'Findus'

Just an idea.

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First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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@doowles

A suggestion: Do what I did (2 years ago) and get a cheap SSD drive for your laptop/desktop, then install MINT Mate on it and play with it. You can swap back to Win7 easily as part of this no-risk procedure. When I say 'play with it', I mean 'kick the s**t out of it'. You can do what you like to it and do a fresh install as often as you like (no license keys or internet activation procedure). You can massage it in many ways to make it look like how you want it to look. There will be swearing; this phase will pass.

When you've got it singing and dancing as you want it, just clone your hard drive and you can then restore it in case of disaster (no annoying checking to see if you've changed the hard drive or the motherboard). There are more clever and more subtle ways of backing up your 'system' but I use whole partition cloning since I'm a fan of big boots and big stick methods. (You'll keep your personal data on a separate partition of course.)

If you don't like MATE, try Cinnamon or KDE or XFCE or LXDE (lovely on old hardware). They're just Desktop Environment interface layers though they do come with their own ecosystem of colour coordinated and matching accessories. You install them from the one-stop-shop which is the Software Manager which also takes care of internally 'registering' them and managing dependencies.

If you get stuck or confused, there are many forums and a quick Google search will usually find a posting or article of use to you. Go on, give it a try. The most you'll loose is some time and some sanity but you will have a spare SSD drive at the end of it all if it turns out to be not suitable for you.

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Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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I've had a look at Windows 10 using the Technical Preview release ISO which is free if you 'sign up' with an email address. It looks like a magazine for teenagers and has some aspects that are confusing for me regarding how you arrange the desktop and get shortcuts to work. I'll admit that I tried to make it look like XP so I'm sure I'll be happy to continue using Linux MINT (Mate) which is very easy to make look like XP at the desktop GUI level.

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Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Re: Headline?

... bedroom battery ...? Laptop and a lapchomp .... ?

It looks easy at first but they're working to tight deadlines.

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Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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"... avoid playing Blu-Ray discs from untrusted origins ..."

Any suggestions for an untrusted origin?

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It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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"Paypal refused to elaborate on the grounds of customer privacy"

But the customer obviously wants the truth to be told. Am I getting confused about who the 'customer' is?

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Blockheads bork Bitcoin Foundation board election

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Is that called 'eating your own dogfood'?

Or 'choking on your own dogfood'?

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Seagate NAS owners: hide it behind a firewall. Fast.

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Re: You put your NAS on the internet?

It's those 'oh so convenient' built-in FTP servers and web servers. Who could resist using them?

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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O'Really?

"For years UI designers have said that icons are something which are equally meaningless in any language, and have always known that text is better."

So where do all the icons come from and why are they still there?

(My PC desktop and phone screens have lots of icons with no text, I've removed it, because they look better and are easier to 'read'.)

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