* Posts by FrankR

23 posts • joined 21 Oct 2007

Tech firms warn Ireland on bailout



The details of the bailout have still to be negotiated.

Surely one proviso is to end this blatant tax scam.

More iPhone 4 angst: fanbois howl over head sensor



Please take this wodge of cash no I don't care to wait & see if it works I just need to have it BEFORE the rest cos it makes me COOL gimme gimme gimme

Windows 7 RC download page reveals May ship date


obvious memory problem

Cannot understand why anyone is remotely interested in an OS which is bound to be buggy or worse for at least a year and has no real added functionality. Has everyone forgotten all the previous OS releases?

Anyone with sense will bodyswerve this for a year.

No tech knowledge needed. Even a dog remembers when you kick it.

PC buyers fail to prove MS deceived in Vista 'Capable' suit



Another fine example of American justice. MS = OJ

Ad-supported webcam border surveillance hits Texas


remote fire?

They need to add the capability to fire remotely from the watchtowers using your browser.

That I would sign up for.

UK minister looks for delete key on user generated content


ban cameras

I believe we should ban or regulate cameras. Their user generated content is often tawdry. Surely we can devise a camera which will take only (UK) gov. approved pix!

Windows XP SP3 leaps into the tubes


why install?

Cannot understand why anyone with any experience of microshaft is installing this. The rule is always wait at least 9 months.

If you didn't realise this, you do now. Remember.

Anti-Scientology crusader vaporized from YouTube


respect for religion?

People have a right to respect.

Religions dont. They have to earn it.

eBay: 'We will lower listing fees'



Another Paypal prob is that they freeze a sellers account at the slightest excuse - eg any trivial complaint or irregularity. This means you have to leave the money with them for many months until they "sort it out" during which time it is earning for them. Only way to avoid this is to keep the account empty but this means making lotsa small withdrawals & paying extra transaction costs to.........Paypal!

On the other hand all banks are rogues & PP may be no worse than most, just dont swallow the "excellent services" baloney earlier in the thread - they seem excellent until you find their hand in your pocket.

Scottish Government to block wind farm plan


english nimbys

Scotland already exports power and doesnt need more. Cabling power from Lewis is insane - the only reason is to make money for the generating company. Surely the answer is to build a nuclear power station in London. If you really want windfarms they can be floated offshore.

Home Sec in anti-terror plan to control entire web



Please stop listening to what these politicians say. You know they lie.

Serious Flash vulns menace at least 10,000 websites



Thanks for the info re flashblock - works great, if I want to remind myself how bad a page looked before I can click the fb button then reload it.

I will assuage my guilt about not watching net adverts by concentrating studiously on TV adverts, I may even take notes, as I am sure all those who write annoying flash adverts do, out of a sense of duty.

I hope the advertising industry is able to continue in its proud tradition of increasing the price of goods while adding nothing to their value. I'm sure we'd all hate to see this disrupted.

Microsoft readies seven patches for Tuesday


its the truth

Microsoft's most secure OS - is that like being a world champion one legged sprinter?

Dell moves 40,000 Ubuntu PCs


Why blame Dell?

Why should Dell care what OS you use?They sell hardware.They control their costs by multi-sourcing the bits.When MS deepen the discount for Dell, the Linux option will disappear.

They install Windoze because most people want it. When most want Linux, they will go with it.Meanwhile they use it as ammo in price negotiations.

Linux's savior will not be a hardware company, it will be a distro which works for non geeks.

Hackers re-poison Google search results


its OK!

BBC radio has just broadcast a Chinese gov official who denies that any of this is happening. So thats alright then, you are imagining this and there is no need for any action.

New BAE destroyer launches today on the Clyde



So these ships are totally useless against the Swiss threat?

Why is the iPlayer a multi million pound disaster?



If DRM is so important how come I can stick beeb shows straight onto my laptop HD using my freeview stick??

The menu lets you preplan your recordings. And of course you could use a PVR - a freeview box with a HD in it - without going near a computer.

Yes it needs an aerial but it's the easiest way of getting digital TV onto a HD.

Yes you cant download later but the no-DRM still applies.Even if DRM actually worked.

Also whats the point of streaming?All it does is degrade the content, you can still record it. Easier just to supply a degraded version for normal download.

Sounds like a case of management not listening to their engineers...surely not!

Only bicarbonate of soda can save mankind!



OK their site says the heat is from waste emissions (fair enuff) and their feed source does not produce CO2. Still unsure how they get the NaOH. Electrolysis from electricity from waste (?)energy or wot? Probably as "This reaction to produce sodium hydroxide also produces hydrogen and chlorine as byproducts"

Still sounds like perpetual motion, but just possible.



Where does he get the alkali from? Its easy to produce it from limestone or sod carbonate. You just heat it up (?) and it expels CO2 into the air.

It can then be used to catch CO2.

Other methods I know of are equally pointless (eg electrolysis)

Anybody know how he gets round this?

Would be cool if he actually had a source.

Watson suspended by research lab after race row

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The research that dare not speak its name

I remember when it was non-PC to suggest that men and women had different brains - it was obvious that the rest of their bodies differed so Occams razor suggested their brains should too.

Bit political "thinkers" couldn't stomach this - people were equal so their brains had to be the same across race, sex etc.This was first disproved using pupil dilation reaction on seeing pix of babies - women's brains react differently through hardwiring not conditioning.

Nowadays this is no big deal, as the differences between individuals is so much greater than between groups.

However some still maintain that evolution doesnt work and will make vitriolic comments against those working in the field without having done any work themselves. They should examine their motives.

A.C. - show us the data you have which says that all races' brains are identical despite the rest of their bodies being different. You are the one claiming Darwin was wrong. Show us!

EU plans ban on bomb-making info on websites


freedom to blow yourself up

I honestly think its safer to have these idiots trying to build their own devices and thus getting caught or blowing themselves up than being forced to recruit people who actually know what they're doing.

Those who rely on the net for this info are easy meat for the security forces, it flushes them out.

Perhaps we should put up some pages showing how to make bombs which are , er, unstable......"when you've made your TNT you must first redistill it at high temp..."

Plan for 20mph urban speed-cam zones touted


driver logic

cop: Why were you speeding?

driver : my brakes dont work and I was trying to get home quickly before I have an accident

IE + RealPlayer = Security hole


Real bad

Real Player has always been risky - I remember 9 years ago when many in the UK were still on penny-a-minute dialup people were getting inflated phone bills because it was putting the PC on line without asking so it could report content used. Happened to someone I knew as well as the many reports on the net. At that time I uninstalled it because it stopped my PC defragging.

Ever since it has caused people problems.

Someone asked :" what's at fault ? IE , the ActiveX model or Realplayer ?" Simple - if your app causes a security hole when used with the most common browsing setup then its your fault.

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