* Posts by frank ly

5746 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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@Wibble

I'd go with Mint or Ubuntu and give it a year. Use the forums because they are usually helpful and useful.

(Edit: I use MATE on the dektop because KDE is a bit too 'futuristic' for my liking.)

You can try another distro or desktop manager any time you like if you have a spare hard drive and you can decide if you want to stay or migrate when you get used to things.

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Re: Windows 7 ... missing features

"... Had to install linux to format the drive and get win 7 back on)."

That's why the Fall Update has the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). It helps you to deal with tricky recovery situations.

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Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

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Re: I'm confused

P.S. The level of the court awards sound like punitive damages rather than any actual loss he's suffered. Is this normal?

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I'm confused

"Lawyer Heather Meeker believes that McHardy wrote “well under .25% of the code in the kernel” but has parlayed that into around 50 copyright complaints about Linux companies' use of Netfilter. "

Is it copyright or license terms violation?

Whatever he's suing them for, how can he convince the court that he's the owner and is entitled to all the damages?

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Now German companies are beating the drum over poor patent quality

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Changes

"For several years Battistelli has been aggressively pushing changes at the EPO aimed at increasing the number of patents that are reviewed and approved."

I can understand a desire to increase the number reviewed (an efficiency improvement) but why has he specified that the number approved should be increased?

"..."modernise" the EPO and keep it in line with other competing patent authorities in the US and Japan."

Ah, it's a race, an international competition? What are the prizes for winning?

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Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

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The video

Am I old or do they look like teenagers? Are they teenagers?

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Kubernetes has won. Docker Enterprise Edition will support rival container-wrangling tech

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Re: Oh, what a surprise...

I just tried that with Google and duckduckgo and you're right. But I thought that duckduckgo used Google and stripped your IP out so Google didn't know who was searching. Has something changed?

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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Also, for an astronomic telescope, an extra lens would be a massive weight and enourmous extra cost.

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Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

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Ah, a golden shower joke

You can rely on El Reg!

Apparently, this sort of thing happens often and has done so for billions of years. Now, we can watch them doing it since the LIGO let's us know where to look.

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'Cyber kangaroo' ratings for IoT security? Jump to it, says Australia's cyber security minister

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Re: Great Idea!

It is a great idea but I have an idea for a more gentle and traditionally Australian approach featuring Cyber, the cyber kangaroo:

Beep beep, bip beep.

What's that Cyber? Old Mr. Jones has a computer virus you say?

Bip beep bibble, beep beep boop.

Oh no! He downloaded an improved Flash player when he went to a porn website?

Beep bip bip.

etc.

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FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: Adblocker time...

This seems to mean that you need an internet connectuon for the TV to work. The internet is comming to be regarded in the same was as electricity and water, an essential domestice service provision.

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Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

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Unicorn hunt

"...complaints from people who had not agreed to receive automated calls."

Is there anybody in the entire country who has knowingly and willingly agreed to receive automated calls?

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

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"Badgers are a pain in the arse ..."

Gives a new meaning to the verb 'to badger'.

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Night out in London tonight: Beer, Reg and platform wars

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Pah!

"...why it is that techies reserve their greatest ire for people who to all intents and purposes are just like them."

Windows lusers are nothing like me!!

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Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

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Re: third party assurance

Also, have a third party pen-test organisation try to break in with no warning and let you know how they get on. Give a bonus for breaching security. It's not rocket science!

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Someone liked dwarf planet Haumea so much they put a ring on it

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Mugshots

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EightTNOs.png

It's believed to have a rotational period of just under four hours, so I wonder if it's impossible to stand on it.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haumea

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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"... get a 4 year old to accept and upgrade then sue the pants off them ..."

A child is legally incapable of entering into any contract or binding agreement.

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: Why the upset?

"The ramifications of this decision could affect everyone in America who has ever shared a password with their friends and family. We'll explain. ......"

As was explained in the article, it seems that he was jailed for using a shared password to access a computer system, not for stealing data. Hence any husband and wife (or whatever) couple who shared a password to access Facebook (or whatever) could go to jail.

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Access to the Open LV dataset...

"... electrickery firm EA Technology ..."

Ah, Catweazle. Will they be using the telling-bone circuits for data communication? (Yes, I've just shown how old I am. At least some of my memories are still working, but not the important ones I fear.)

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Q: How do you test future driverless car tech? A: Slurp a ton of real-world driving data

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Imagination

"The six-strong Disco research fleet ..."

I'm getting some strange mental images.

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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A Mystery?

According to his Wikipedia article, he was a civil servant of some significance for about 22 years and then spent the years from 2004 onwards in high ranking positions in intellectual property organisations, in the french national organisation and then the EPO. So, on paper he seems to be an ideal person for the job.

I wonder why he seems to have 'gone freaky' at the EPO.

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Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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re. Poachers

I wonder if anyone will think about taking pictures of some elephants with large tusks and then falsifying the location data before posting them? Then, the poachers might go to a welcoming reception hosted by heavily armed rangers. It's a thought, I'm not suggesting that this should be done by anyone.

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1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: Europe

Or retrain as lawyers, bankers or accountants. No, sorry, forget bankers.

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Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks

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It could be done, sort of

Maybe if they run the drive interior under partial vacuum, that will enable active head control to maintain a closer head to surface distance? However, unless they get it into regular mass production, it would be cheaper to buy two ordinary drives that one with special head control.

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Frustrated Britons struggle to locate their packages: Royal Mail tracker smacked

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Reasons

"Hi, we made a change to the tracking system over the weekend."

I'm sure they had a very good reason to do that. Does anyone know what it was? I'm also sure that they tested it properly and thoroughly before inflicting it on everyone else.

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German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Re: Missing poll answer

I usually use Palemoon but I've just got Waterfox running on my Debian 9 and Linux Mint 18.2 installations. It looks good and imported all my bookmarks and plugins from the Firefox profile. It's faster too.

Thank you !

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PostgreSQL says SCRAM to MD5 authentication

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re. "farewelling"

I'm thumbs-downing and contempting the verbing of that noun.

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NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

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Supersonic problems

Is use of a parachute at supersonic speeds difficult because it's at a speed greater than the speed of sound (with attendant complexities of airflow, shockwaves, etc) or just because it's very fast?

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Google finds 200m more people to advertise to in a single day

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Tom's Auto Repairs can supply the gaskets you need - at low low prices !

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Biochem boffins win the Nobel Prize for cryo-electron microscopy

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Re: "a specimen of amorphous ice,"

Yes, the water freezes so fast that it doesn't have time to form crystals. It's a bit like glass, a supercooled liquid.

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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@jake Re: Let's be real here.

Does your velcro-whippet stick to them if they're alcohol impaired?

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Town wants Amazon's new HQ so much it plans to split off new town called 'Amazon'

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Coat

Does a River Run Through it?

(Running away now)

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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@Commswonk Re: Sauce for the gander

One of my hobbies is feeding lines to people. (See Eponymous Cowherd)

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Sauce for the gander

Has anyone asked Amber Rudd what she thinks of Boris Johnson and others using WhatsApp?

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/boris-johnson-leaked-whatsapp-screenshots-theresa-may-general-election-leadership-challenge-a7784981.html

Perhaps Boris Johnson counts as an 'organ of the state' and so it's ok for him to use such technology?

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Life began after meteorites splashed into warm ponds of water, say astronomers

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Re: Why highlight meteorites?

The meteorites and large asteroids of the early solar system were probably important for delivering water to ancient earth, with dust delivering carbon compounds. Any delicate carbon compound in a meteorite would probably be vapourised by the impact.

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2149168-life-may-have-begun-millions-of-years-earlier-than-we-thought/

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Telco forgot to renew its web domain, broke deaf folks' video calls – now gets a $3m paddlin'

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Raking it in?

"The $2.7m will be used to pay back money Sorenson received from the TRS fund while its service was down."

That's a lot of money for three days of service!

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

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FutureIKEA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HowXEBisrkI&ytbChannel=Jacky%20Foxbutt

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Logic?

"At the same time, the company all but acknowledged it can no longer manage miscreants on its own, by welcoming regulatory intervention."

So, if a company can't manage something well, regulatory intervention will enable it to manage it well? Does this also involve writing off expenses for 'managing something' against tax?

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MoD brainbox repo opens up IP treasure chest for world+dog

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Really?

Are the examples given actually patentable? That rucksack power supply seems obvious for anyone who needs a rucksack mounted power supply. Etc.

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Microsoft gives all staff a marked-up 'Employee Edition' of Satya Nadella's new book

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Entertainment

“The quest to rediscover Microsoft's soul”

I'll sit back and wait for the comments.

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Boffins sling around entangled photons at telco wavelengths

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re. hot-boffin stuff

I was hoping for a picture of a hot boffin, for educational purposes.

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NASA, Roscosmos: We're building a lunar space station!

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Profit ?

"NASA hopes the gateway would provide what private Mars missions cannot: ..."

Then maybe NASA could lease docking facilities and associated support services to private Mars missions.

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Out, damned Spot! Amazon emits Echo ball with screen, inevitable ever-listening mic

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"Alexa, .....

.... I'd like to buy a .amazon domain name."

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FCC commish cites infamous porn ruling to slam shady US mobile competition report

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No!

"Congress creates new terms in legislation all the time and it's up to expert agencies like this one to define them. "

Surely it's up to the lawmakers to define any terms they use in the legislation they create, discuss, debate and pass? Oh wait, I'm sorry, I'm an engineer, not a lawyer, so my view of the world is warped.

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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

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Twitting Twitter

"... a "small group" of twits ..."

I wasn't aware that 'twit' was the noun for a person that tweeted. You learn something every day on El Reg. Is there a collective noun for twits?

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Hotter than the Sun: JET – Earth’s biggest fusion reactor, in Culham

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Re: Fun times....

"... castor oil, which was the electrolyte used"

It was a dielectric. Just saying.

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Hurricane Maria leaves Arecibo radio telescope damaged and dark

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It's big

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:20151101114231-0_8e7cc_c7a44aca_orig.jpg

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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How on earth ....

.... did he think he'd get away with it?

"But HMRC investigators found he earned far more after examining bank records, his personal income and records of sales made through a website."

Oh, good grief!

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Red Hat pledges patent protection for 99 per cent of FOSS-ware

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These patents

Red Hat has 2,000 and Microsoft has 10,000. How many would stand up to the cold light of examination for prior art, genuine novelty, not being obvious to anyone with technical experience and ability, etc?

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