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* Posts by frank ly

3223 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Oculus Rift? Tchah, try 'Oculus Thrift' ... You bet your vrAse we tested these bargain VR specs

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@LaeMing Re: Might want to re-think the name

Is it a www-arse nowadays?

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Facebook hacks out PHP alternative

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HHVM

I had to use Wikipedia to learn that HHVM stands for Hip Hop Virtual Machine. Even the HHVM.com site doesn't tell you what it means.

According to Wikipedia, it was open-sourced in 2010.

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BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

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Governing party interests are an entirely different thing, added to the mix.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

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So is it ok to chew coca leaves now?

I get confused by all these scientific words.

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Virtual-reality Dev Kit 2 game goggles by Oculus – now with less vomit!

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960x1080 ?

Is that horizontal x vertical? For each eye or shared between left and right?

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

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@AC Re: The devil's in the detail @Daniel B.

I see your humour and raise you an upvote.

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PAF! MPs go postal over postal location data sell-off by Coalition.gov

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Take a deep breath ....

""The government must never make a similar mistake. Public access to public sector data must never be sold or given away again."

Start laughing (in a cynical and weary manner).

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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re. "... jubular cover"

It's lack of jubular cover that's the problem. I wonder when 'jubular' will make it into the Oxford English Dictionary?

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Seattle pops a cap in Uber and Lyft: Rideshare bizs get 150-driver limit

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Re: Shocking! and stealing/pirating

The analogy has a built in assumption that I (as someone looking to get from A to B) am the property of a particular group of taxi drivers and that my money rightfully should be used to buy the services of particular taxi drivers. That is an attitude I strongly disgaree with.

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GRAV WAVE TSUNAMI boffinry BONANZA – the aftershock of the universe's Big Bang

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"detected"

I thought this was an observation of distant possible effects that very closely match theoretical predictions - not a true "detection" as such. The detection would be made (if ever) by those very long interferometers with laser beams at right angles to each other, where the compression of space by a passing gravitational wave would be 'detected'?

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Google hit by Monday morning blues: Talk, Hangouts, Sheets crash

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However ....

All my spreadsheets were fully available to me. They are stored on my domestic local network and automatically backed up twice a day with a 10 day rolling record (on a separate device). I also have a separate copy on an ftp server in a geographically remote location (which I try to remember to update regularly). What is this cloud thing they keep talking about?

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Win XP holdouts storm eBay and licence brokers, hiss: Give us all your Windows 7

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I have an 8 year old XP-SP2 retail disk - never been activated

I wonder what I'd get for it on e-bay?

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iPhone 6 FEELS your heat, wetness... and it'll TELL Apple – report

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Re: I am sure...

"We told the new guy that the next iPhone will have a moisture sensor. Now it's all over that Chinese tech-news blog. Shall we fire him?"

"No, tell him we're developing a Bitcoin wallet. We can have fun for ages."

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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Since when ...

.. has 'demobilise' been a new word and since when has it been spelled with a '-ize' ending?

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Straight to 8: London's Met Police hatches Win XP escape plan

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How about ....

... "support us and give us a good deal on Win8, or we'll switch to Linux." ?

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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" ...a single pin sufficing for charging over USB ..."

I'm sure than two pins are required for charging.

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Watch the MIT MER-BOT – half droid, half soft 'fish' – swim by itself

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" ... the robots could be embedded with schools of fish ..."

Wouldn't the other fish think it was a bit .... fishy?

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

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re. "Maybe this happens in the UK."

No. A senior government minister asks the head of GCHQ (or similar), "Have you been breaking the law?". He answers, "No, of course not.". This is then converted into officialese and stated by the minister in parliament. It's a much better system than in the USA because there's not as much fuss and shouting. We hate fuss and shouting.

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Re: Are these actions commutative?

Apart from the word 'commutative' not really being applicable to copying and deleting data, the answer is "it depends". The simplest answer is that you change a pointer entry in a directory structure, if you're moving a file to be on the same logical hard drive on your home PC. After that, it can get quite complicated.

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O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! Friday is Pi Day

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I prefer to celebrate Pie day.

I decide when Pie day is. (As often as possible.)

(beer: goes well with Pie, or pasties.)

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Why ...

... did Kristina Libby have to register this domain herself, at GoDaddy? Why didn't the mighty Microsoft corporate machine take care of that for her? Is it also hosted by GoDaddy?

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Reporters without Borders confirms, yes, lots of nations are spying on their citizens

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Re: Am I getting tired?

" After all, government already does spy in the real world: That's what the police is for, traditionally."

No. Traditionally and currently, the police are for upholding the law and protecting citizens from criminals. (The cynical among you might start laughing at this point.) Government spying is a totaly different function and a different organisation.

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Battery vendors push ultracapacitor wrappers to give Li-ions more bite

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Ifs

If the ultracapacitor has enough energy storage capability and can respond well to transient charge/discharge, this could also be useful for storing large charging surges that the Li-ion would be incapable of accepting efficiently. (e.g regenerative braking surges, etc?). Despite this apparent advanatge, it doesn't seem to make sense to integrate the ultracapacitor, with monitoring and control electronics, as part of the battery housing, unless you're very sure you have a mass-market application which is well understood and for which the control electronics, ultracapacitor size and battery capacity have been 'tuned'.

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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Re: No Tommy...

But I thought you said DIAMORPHINE power rangers

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Parliament network prang: 'Supplier done it', no Office 365 yet

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Huh?

"... freezing or slowing down of your web browsing, video via the web ..."

What is your reaction to our employees/servants browsing the web and watching videos in their place of work?

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It's BANKS v TELCOs: Mobe payments systems go head-to-head

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So, on the balance of trust ....

,,,, do you entrust a mobile phone company with your money, or do you entrust a bank with your mobile phone number (which they'll probably pass on to their offshored reconciliation and telesales division)?

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Finally! Some actual, novel tech: Apple patent to revive geriatric gear

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But, but ....

Who will look after the ADC to make sure it isn't getting old and cranky and taking bad measurements and making bad decisions?

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Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

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Re: security education

My password used to be "password", but after the security awareness campaigns I've changed it to "1StrongPassword".

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ICO issues guidelines on #FOI #requests through Twitter, Facebook

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Are Facebook and Twitter 'serious' channels?

Isn't this like making a FOI request by sticking a PostIt note onto the notices board outside the town hall? (Choose your own equivalent analogy.)

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LOHAN chap hooks up with busty stratominx in cosmic pleasure cruise

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It was all good fun but ....

... the project needs a theme song or 'anthem'. Can aynone compose/sing one and record it on You Tube (or similar)? I suggest the El Reg board set up a competition and publish the links to competing entries in about a month's time, then we can vote on them.

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Can you smell bacon? Yes! And it's coming from your iPhone!

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" ... that is a beard and an a mouth ..."

Thank you for saying that.

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China to blow away smog with DRONES

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Amazing

They have over a hundred years of freely available Western industrial and economic history to study, to see what can go wrong - but they do exactly the same thing, even worse than we did.

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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This is interesting

" ... the creator of Bitcoin – whoever he or she is – has by public record amassed a $400m stash in the virtual currency ..."

Is this because the visible structure of the data shows an origin point and an associated amount before a new 'mining' operation started? Additionaly, does it also show that the first amount of Bitcoins were never transfered to a different wallet? Does this have implications for anonymity if enough computing power is applied to analysis of the Bitcoin 'ecosystem'?

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Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

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Re: National Service Award

I have a feeling that you actually live in Colorado. If so, I would like to visit at Easter.

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Winklevoss twins say their Bitcoins will take them to SPAAAAACE

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Symmetry

The photographer should have got that light fitting directly above Branson's head. Maybe rearrange the furniture as well .....etc.

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Japanese space boffins set to map the world in 3D

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Acronyms

It's neat that they used PRISM as an acronym for something involving 'panchromatic'. It also 'spies' on the world, just like a recently revealed PRISM project.

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Very fabric of space-time RIPPED apart in latest Hubble pic

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Space is BIG ...

... and it's absolutely amazing!

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

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" ... failed to spot ..."

Somebody should introduce them to 'calendar apps' and 'event alarms'.

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Chillax, cranky commentards: Anger can KILL YOU

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Isn't it even worse for you ....

...if you keep your anger bottled up inside?

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

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If Sol is orbiting the galactic core ....

... isn't the other matter (dark and normal) orbiting at the same angular velocity?

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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USB was thought to be shorthand for a European country

United States Bailiwick - obviously.

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Placing the patient at the centre of healthcare

It's actually "Placing the patient at the centre of the feeding trough."

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Microsoft to get in XP users' faces with one last warning

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Re: so... friends and relatives...

I installed Linux (Mint 13 LTS) last May as dual boot with Win7 and spent 3-4 weeks getting used to it. After that, I used Win7 less and less and then got rid of it by fitting my laptop with a shiny new 60GB SSD and Linux Mint. I never looked back since then. I also put the same Linux on my old desktop, old laptop and old netbook. There is a learning curve and a swearing curve but I'd recommend it.

Before you try it, read the Linux Mint forums and other forums to get an idea of the problems that people have and how they work around them.

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

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Re: Utterly fantastic

Nice use of the true meaning of the word.

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Potential Problem

" A built-in accelerometer could then detect if the user falls over ..."

What if BBC Radio 2 starts playing some metal and the wearer starts 'headbanging' around the room?

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Frenchman eyes ocean domination with floating, mobile Bond villain lair

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Anthropomorphism

I see an elongated face with glaring eyes, a shouty mouth and sticky-out ears. The shoulder pads and tutu suggest a flamboyant and deranged personality. I don't want to talk about the rest of it.

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Australian bureaucrats to journalist: 'Give us back our bits'

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Would it be acceptable ....

... if the documents were returned as an email attachment; or would they require hard copy printouts via the postal service?

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Your CIO is now a venture capitalist and you work at their startup

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Re: self-serve checkouts example?

Is it wrong of me to start giggling when it says, "Please wait; the assistant is coming." ?

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Winklevoss Twins' Bitcoin index provokes angry wails from rival

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Re: Since when

The MP3 compression algorithm is just a mathematical formula but is patented and a licence is needed to encode audio to MP3. The argument is that a lot of work went into inital studies and testing to find a suitable set of weighting factors to give a balance between compression ratio, ease of operation and fidelity. The MP3 encoding technique (and just about all codecs) is based on decades old mathematical research that is free for everyone to use (the formulae), but you'd better not copy the mix of methods and the internal weighting factors of a well known one, or you will be sued.

It sounds like the Twinkle Twins have copied the basic technique (time varying, multi dimensional weighted averages, whatever...) and I'm sure they did a lot of original work and much testing before they hit upon their own unique weighting parameters.

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Just wondering ...

How do you mould or machine BMG to sub-micron precision unless you have the moulds or cutting tools which have sub-micron precision and stability in use? It seems like a 'chicken and egg' situation.

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