* Posts by frank ly

5170 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

PLA sys admin gets six months house arrest for yanking US Army docs

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Have you ever worked for a foreign army?

I was in the PLA for 5 years but I spend all my time goofing off and falsifying my worksheets and travel records. That's not 'working'.

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Japanese artist fined for virtual vagina files

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Re: Hope she learns electronics next

You should be inducted into the comedy hall of fame for that, no matter how much it Hertz.

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Linux Mint to go DIY for multimedia

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Re: If

Now that I've actually read the linuxmint.com latest blog/article:

"Multimedia codecs can be installed easily:

From the welcome screen, by clicking on “Multimedia Codecs”

or from the main menu, by clicking on “Menu”->”Sound and Video”->”Install Multimedia Codecs”

or during the installation process, by clicking a checkbox option."

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Re: If

There may be some legal subtlety at work. The existing versions with codecs can only be distributed in certain countries (such as the UK) where it's legally possible to distribute these codecs. These versions with codecs can't be distributed in Japan and the USA (I think).

If, after installation and logging in, a user takes positive voluntary action to install codecs, that's the user's responsibility. If it's done as part of the system installation process then it's the distributor's responsibility.

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Re: Who cares

I've been using Mint for three years and it never occurred to me to find out how many other people use it. You must be interested in it, deep down inside, you know, (wink).

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Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G

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Put it in writing then

In the form of a legally binding contract, with clearly stated timescales, measurable achievements, conditional stage payments and a combination of early finish bonuses with stiff penalty clauses for failures. I'm sure the government could manage that. Oh ..... wait a minute.

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Landing Barges

I like the way they name the landing barges after Culture minds/ships. Or maybe the barges named themselves. In case anyone missed it in the video, that one is called 'Of Course I Still Love You'. I think a previous barge was named 'Just Read The Manual'. Never mind Gravitas, let's have some fun.

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Google, Honeywell put away Nest patent knives

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Ah, patents.

"Nest's arrival also spurred Honeywell into action, resulting in a range of new thermostats from the company with more user-friendly interfaces and even a new round thermostat Honeywell calls Lyric."

It seems that Honeywell have copied Nest. Honeywell should thank Nest for encouraging it to get off its big fat backside and do something new.

"Honeywell brought its case against Nest in 2012 claiming the upstart had infringed its patents covering user interfaces and remote controls."

Yeah, right. Just about every UI design under the sun is obvious to anyone "skilled in the art" and most of them are just about presentation of graphic-art on a box of some shape. I wasn't aware that Honeywell had invented a new remote control technology that had never been used before.

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Official: Microsoft's 'Get Windows 10' nagware to vanish from PCs in July

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Re: Trying to get the virus

Last September, I got a recycled Win 7 Pro SP1 licence and installation DVD, did the install on my desktop, and went through three months of update hell before it eventually asked me if I wanted to upgrade to Win 10. I said yes and it did, so I now have Win 10 'capability'. Maybe if you leave it running and connected to the internet it will get there eventually.

As for Win 10 itself, I've installed three programs (yes, programs, not applications!) that don't run well under WINE if at all. It seems to work and it looks 'modern'.

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The 'new' Microsoft? I still wouldn't touch them with a barge pole

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Re: The lock in Question

My name is ...... I said ..... ok, ok,... foxtrot, romeo, alpha, november, er, er, the eleventh letter of the alphabet ..... no, not the seventh, the eleventh. Yes, it has happened, more than once. They sounded American but I suspect that they merely learned 'English' from American tutors or (more likely) watched many American tv series.

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Woman charged with blowing AU$4.6m overdraft on 'a lot of handbags'

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It took a while for the bank to notice

It seems that neither she nor the bank live in the real world.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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It'll take about a week to heal so no jolly rogering for a while.

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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Re: Roaming - just don't care

As far as I'm aware, in the UK, calls from a mobile to a 'standard' landline and other mobile networks are the same. (Having said that, I'm on a contract with a fixed number of minutes a month.) I know that some mobile networks offer discounted or 'free' minutes for calls on PAYG within their own network.

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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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Re: Hmm. If one is an aspiring terrorist......

Windows 10 with automatic updates enabled !

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ICO fines NHS trust £185K for publicly airing personnel files

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Re: Why do they need to know

There is a legal requirement to give equal opportunities regardless of religious belief and sexual orientation. Also, as a publicly funded body, the NHS has made commitments to these principles. How can they prove that they have given equal opportunities, for compliance checks and flag waving? Simple: they note, record, analyse, (and publish) these data metrics about their staff.

(However, I have a feeling that if you said that you're a pansexual Pastafarian, your career wouldn't go very far.)

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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"...President Trump has quite a ring to it, ..."

Sounds more like a farting sound to me.

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MongoDB on breaches: Software is secure, but some users are idiots

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Actually

“We can't force them to make these changes, but we can educate them.”

You can force them, in new versions, but that might drive them away.

Free, permissive licence, many users, lots of forums; what's not to like? Oh, wait a minute, what's this security thing?

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Getting shafted the Silicon Valley way

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In the background?

That looks like the foreground to me.

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F-35s failed 'scramble test' because of buggy software

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Mayday! I have flight stability and weapons arming problems!

Have you tried turning it off and then on again?

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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This is strangely admirable

Like an abstract work of art.

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If the Internet of Things will be SOOO BIG why did Broadcom just quit the market?

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"In a separate statement, the company's founder and CEO Thurman Rogers has announced he will step down from the role, saying that the board and executive staff have urged him to “bring new blood” into the company."

That sounds like polite code for being kicked out.

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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Re: Extortion and crime in the DNS game?

"... I delegate .com, .net, country codes and the few .info sites that are criminal so all these other domains effectively don't exist."

Did you mean to say "... that are not criminal ..."?

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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It's an investment ....

.... to prevent this in the future:

"... which caused the car company to recall 1.4 million vehicles for a software upgrade ..."

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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Dual Redundant Power Feeds?

I heard about this idea somewhere.

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Rampant robot tries to rip my clothes off

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re. "Rampant Robot"

That could be a good model name for some kind of autonomous sexual stimulation device. I'm sure there'd be some suing going on but that could add to the general excitement.

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UC Davis chancellor suspended after headlines like this one undo $175,000 online name-scrubbing efforts

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Myopia

Why did it take them so long to notice the breach of 'conflict-of-interest policies' regarding her husband, son and daughter in law? Is it that you're allowed a certain level of corruption (a level which you're never told the exact value) and then get smacked for everything when you go above a certain amount?

The university authorities need a good smacking for allowing all this to happen.

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One black hole, three galaxies, four BEELION solar masses – found by accident

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Re: Simple question

Time in any other universes doesn't matter in our universe. I don't have enough space to explain why.

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The Internet of Things edges toward a practical reality

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Re: utility poles and vibrations

For a broken/fallen utility pole, can't they send a pulse down the line, using simple portable equipment, then note the timing/distance of the large reflection caused by the break?

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German prof scores €2.4m EU grant to crack software on your bicycle

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Use of money

"... a €2.4m EU research grant to crack open embedded software on... e-bikes."

Might it not be cheaper and quicker to hire 'consultancy' expertise (and sight of the source code) from the companies that make them?

If the good Professor will be having influence over future standards and regulations, the manufacturers should be fighting each other to get to him first.

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Go to Topshop, make a Bluetooth gizmo, stick it on your dress

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So ....

"TopShop has worked on the program with L Marks, which created start-up incubator JLab for high-street giant John Lewis three years ago."

They have a track record in this area. What did they achieve in three years; does anyone know?

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Re: Technology that is both useful and fashionable

It's amazing, the 'tax efficient' arrangements you can make when you're rich.

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Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

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Re: W10 vs W8

I loved Win XP. It was made useless (on my old laptop) by an amazingly large set of updates just before Win 7 was released, so I got a new laptop with Win 7. When I read about Win8, I switched to Linux Mint 13 because I didn't want to get caught again. With the MATE desktop, I made an XP look/feel setup on my old laptop that ran well.

Can anyone suggest why I'd want to buy a device running Windows (apart from obvious things like being committed to Photoshop, etc)?

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Vanity dating site BeautifulPeople popped

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Re: Confirmation is needed

Oh no, I forgot the joke icon.

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Confirmation is needed

"BeautifulPeople told Forbes passwords and financial data were not at risk and claimed to have notified all affected users."

We should wait for an El Rel commentard to confirm that they have received a notification email and tell us how reassuring it is (or not). We certainly won't get this from an El Reg staffer.

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CERN publishes massive data set

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I always suspected that all those particles were in it together. It took a massive effort by CERN to flush them out into the open where we could see them and understand what they were up to.

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A perfect marriage: YOU and Ubuntu 16.04

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Re: Good to see the're progressing to get back to Gnome 2

"... this release is the first to allow you to move the Unity launcher to the bottom of the screen."

I laughed when I read that. (Long term MATE user here.)

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Google Loon balloon crash lands in Chile

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Re: Well

Does the owner of land have any kind of salvage rights over objects that fall on it?

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Dutch students serve up world's first 'drone café'

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"What's not to like?"

Indeed. What could possibly go wrong?

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MoD contractor hacked, 831 members of defence community exposed

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I assume that anyone who was registered with such a sensitive site would use a false username, a unique password and access it via the Tor network.

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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I'm wondering

Is it ok to get a couple of his albums from the torrents now. I'm never sure about the etiquette for these situations.

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'I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it'

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Re: Are we even allowed to discuss this?

Is that because it's too cold at this time of year? Oh wait, I'm thinking about olive oil wrestling, again.

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'Impossible' EmDrive flying saucer thruster may herald new theory of inertia

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Re: I think _I_ can explain it (and it's not that hard)

"(and if photons were truly 'massless', gravity would not affect them)"

Gravity, caused by the presence of matter, makes space itself curved and so a photon follows the curvature of space as it travels. The question is, has anyone performed experiments on trapped photons to determine if they are affected by gravity (attracted to matter) when they are fairly stationary?

If you're equating the energy of a photon to an 'effective mass' via an e=mc^2 equivalence, then you'd have a situation in which X-ray photons have a larger effective mass than light photons and hence should be deflected more by gravity.

I'll wait for the next commentard to add to this thread by explaining why I'm wrong.

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Toshiba notebook disk drive slims down. You like that, gamers?

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Some retail pack SSD's come with a stick on plastic spacer so they can have a snug fit in 2.5" laptop bays.

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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS arrives today complete with forbidden ZFS

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Re: @LawAbidingCitizen - How to make Ubuntu look good

I did what you said, "How to make Ubuntu 15.10 look good", and there were two results. Your comment was the first result and an article in quora.com was the second one. There were no results from a YouTube search.

Ahhhhhh, it's called "Make Ubuntu 15.10 look good". Did Andy Turfer change the title?

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Re: Centos & Mint

Mint 17.3 (released January 2016, based on Ubuntu 14.04) is LTS until April 2019. Mint 18 (to be released May/June 2016, based on Ubuntu 16.04) will be LTS until 2021. It's a bit close and a big overlap.

I got Mint 17.3 installed and hammered into shape at the end of January. After that exercise I'm going to wait at least a year before trying Mint 18.

(I was quite happy for three years running Mint 13 which is LTS until April 2017.)

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Blighty ranks 38th in World Press Freedom Index

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Re: Not surprised

I want to know more about olive oil wrestling. I have an unopen bottle of olive oil in my kitchen.......

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Druva fills luggage with cash, heads to Japan

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"The company's InSync products ..."

I was confused for a moment, because I have Insync on my computers. This is not the same as InSync and, in fact, the Druva poduct is not called InSync; it is called inSync as can be seen from their website. I hope that clarifies the naming situation.

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Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results

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Re: Syntax

So all we can say is that it needs more research. Friday afternoon would be a good time for that.

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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"Taking arms against a sea of xHamsters, ..."

It's using hands, with a sea of xHamsters that's the problem.

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Are bearded blokes more sexist?

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Re: More Research To Be Done

"Do the gorgeous locks growing from my butt speak to a subconscious hatred of women?"

Depends if you trim them into a goatsee shape.

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