* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Easy-peasy science GCSEs binned

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Stuck In The Past

"It's unclear if enough messing around with frogs, Van de Graaff generators, radioactive bits and bobs, and Bunsen burner fights are included in the syllabuses."

It's bad enough that they mess around so much in class, but why oh why do they have to involve old prog rock bands? Is this relevant to the modern music scene and what has it got to do with science?

Microsoft throws Office 2010 at shoppers

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Example please

To set your comment in context, can you give an example (or two) of how Open Office doesn't 'cut it', compared to Microsoft Office, in a real world, common, normal, office-y type of environment?

(Please don't say 'pivot tables' or 'Exchange integration', those are big, bright, known things).

My experience of office-y type work is that the biggest problem is the people, those who don't follow procedures, can't communicate properly, etc. The software used to create a report or make a pretty graph in a spreadsheet is usually low on the list of things that need to be improved.

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I just dipped a toe in the water with Office Web Apps. I have Office 2000 installed on my laptop and use Firefox. I had to enable half a dozen things in NoScript and Request Policy to get everything going. I got in via my Hotmail account, that I keep going for old times sake.

Office-Excel Web Apps will not perform copy-paste of cell values between itself and the installed Office-Excel 2000 application. (I think you may need Office 2003 or later to support this.)

Google Docs WILL perform copy-paste of cell values between itself and installed Office 2000, lol.

I tried to copy-paste an Excel chart to Google Docs but that failed and was too much to hope for of course.

So, there is better cross-use compatibility between Google Docs and Excel 2000, than between Microsoft Office Web Apps and Excel 2000.

God particles breeding like bosons

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@TeeCee...some others as well for you

A rarity of Higgs bosons. Furthermore.....a bosom of bosons, a muff of muons, a quim of quarks., a fanny of fermions, a knob of neutrinos, a fart of photons.

I'm in a funny mood right now.

Physical vs virtual: What's your poison?

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@Ken 16

Are you a pointy-haired boss? I suspect not. Re-read the article :)

What Trevor didn't say is that before he goes through the analogy with them, he says "Imagine you are the captain of a luxury cruise liner (or powerful warship, etc, as appropriate to their personality). Thus, he appeals to their vanity, power lust, sense of self-importance and desire for more control.

New York Times bans 'tweet'

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@Kristian

......and Scandinavian seats :)

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@AC 09:57

But what you're implying is that newspaper reporters, journalists and random website bloggers are the 'authority' on correct construction of sentences.

And there are many well established 'authorities' on this matter, with much better academic reputations. So I'd suggest a different justification.

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Too hasty there

> >Sentences slapped together wrongly, misspellings,..... <

This is fine actually because he is giving a list of 'things' or 'actions'. To rewrite it according to your interpretation, it would be better as:

"Sentences slapped together wrongly and misspellt, horrible grammar......"

or "Sentences slapped together wrongly, misspellt; horrible grammar....."

I'm not sure why you replaced 'horrible' with 'terrible', since he is stating HIS feelings about the grammar and only he can know the horror/terror that he feels. I think it's unlikely that anyone would feel terror at all this but I can imagine the horror it would induce.

Ubuntu-based Windows XP looker freshens up

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@ Bruno

Woohoo! Thank you Bruno, I'll check it out. :)

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Toolbars?

Can you create a toolbar and dock it on the left/top/right edge of the screen, then have it pop out when the cursor moves to that edge? Can you overlap toobars and slide them over each other?

I like to have an empty desktop, except for the Recycle bin, which I can't get rid of.

Win7-beta didn't do that last year and I assume that Win7 doesn't. I'm staying with XP until I can be sure that whatever replaces it can do user configured toolbars. (They're great !!)

Ubuntu fights iPad fever with netbook shot

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Does it have fibre?

"You can get your iPad with regulation silver catsuit and protein-pill dinner on the other side of the time portal."

Maybe, but what about the fibre? Nobody thinks about that but it's vitally important. Put squeamishness aside and consider the importance of fibre.

Samsung NB30 touchscreen durable netbook

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re. how many

This problem was nothing to do with any shortcomings of hardware manufacturers. It was caused by Ubuntu refusing to install a hardware driver that it decided was not needed. The operating system made an 'executive decision' that put the user at a disadvantage.

Over the past two years, I have made 4 attempts to install Ubuntu or Debian on my desktop or my laptop computer. Each time, something has gone wrong. The first time, it refused to load because it could not find the wireless card driver (it said); I wasn't even using WiFi at the time. The second time, it identified both my hard drives and asked where to install. I told it which one, then it formatted both of them and refused to install. When I tried Debian, it went through the installation process then stopped with an error message claiming that the CPU temperature was some ridiculous value then it shutdown. The last time I tried to install Ubuntu, it fouled up again and I couldn't be bothered to figure it out.

My conclusion:- I'm not touching that pile of rubbish again.

When I downloaded the Win-7 beta last year, it installed smoothly and quietly with no fuss at all, on my six year old laptop, then found all my other devices on the network.

I'd love to use Linux, I really would, but it won't let me and as far as I'm concerned it's not good enough yet. Maybe they will have fixed it in another two years.

Wireless signals to be jammed in Canada for G8 summit

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Let's Escalate....

My flock of trained hawks will rip your pigeons to shreds if they come into the city.

US Navy dolphins, sea lions hunt rogue robo-subs

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In an ordinary day....

"The Navy requested that anyone finding one of the torpedo-like droids should call the commander of the US Second Fleet urgently...."

Who is likely to find one of these AWOL beasts? If they have any intelligence at all, they'll hide out in an underwater cave system, or a classic volcano lair. The home/ship/office numbers of the commander of the US Second Fleet should have been published along with this request, if they're serious about this.

Garmin Connect exposes cycle trip details to world

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I don't understand

When I go for a cycle ride, I have a good idea where I'm going. When I get back, I know where I've been. Why would I want to record this and why would I want to share the information with anybody?

Conroy pledges to stop spams infecting Aussies' portals

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Big Bullshitter's Bumper Book.......

That would make a great Christmas gift. It could have quotes from real politicos and business press releases as well as made up stuff, organised by categories of some kind.

Let's see if anyone manages to publish one in time. Note: Just because you (seem to have) thought of it first, that doesn't mean you have any rights to the title.

P.S I want to know who's pulling Conroy's strings. There is no way that idiot could have figured out any technical stuff himself.

Security gaffe exposes addresses of elite iPaders

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Or Something Like That

Those wont to say won't may be in want.

Steve Jobs unveils iPhone 4

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re. Not a pretty image

This is just a fancy way of saying that the sun shines out of the iPhone's backside?

Mail my printer - I'm busy!

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Maybe that's just my friends.....

No, I do that as well.

Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?

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re. Frankly Dear

Neither do I Colin sweetie.

Artificial 'black hole' generator fashioned out of circuit boards

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metamaterial

See how easy enlightenment can be?

Guardian says dating site rivals violated database rights

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Meta-Analysis

Is there a site anywhere that reviews and analyses dating sites? The reason I ask is that I want to study and check the validity of your comments; maybe even do some follow-on field studies, etc.

Drinking coffee offers no real benefit, say eggheads

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Not sharp enough...

Yes, but I mis-spelled 'Costa-Rican', in a post with a pedant icon. Now that IS ironic.

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@Charlie Clark

I'm not sure if the article is in fact ironic. It is certainly comic, as Lewis often is. In this article he seems to employ classical techniques of irony but for some reason, it doesn't strike me as being 'ironic'. I'll get another cafetiere brewed mug of Cost-Rican down my throat and try reading it again.

Software SNAFU took out 10,000 military geo locators

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Friendly Fail

"extremely confident in the safety and security of the GPS system from enemy attack."

....but not from friendly fail.

Apple opens doors to vanity publishers

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Pub it

I 'read' it as "pub it", meaning do it in the pub, with a drink or two, or three. I do my best thinking in the pub but haven't tried taking my netbook in for a writing session yet.

Sun man and 'Bond nemesis' celebrate 25 years of dotcom

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There is a connection

James Bond did have some problems with Thrush after his dalliance with the Russian agent Candida Albicans,in a hotel bedroom, so the reference was relevant. After that, he would never order spotted dick for dessert.

Honda CR-Z sporty hybrid e-car

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Could be done better?

"...move to overtake while in Economy you're left wondering where all the power has gone.."

Why don't they have some kind of throttle demand-rate sensor so the power can be pushed up (maybe also turning off the air-con and screen heaters, if any) for a short time? I'm thinking along the lines of a throttle/brake pedal rate sensing system that varies the 'mode' according to how the driver operates them....

Maybe the mode takes a significant time to change........?

In my ten year old, 2 litre petrol engine car, I can go to economy mode by being slow and gentle with the throttle and brakes, then go to 'sports' mode with a flick of my right foot :)

Ye olde London comes to the iPhone

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A Slice Of History

In the lower right corner of the photo, is that a smartly dressed Sarah Bee handing out an early broadsheet edition of El Reg, with details of the latest developments in tetrode valve technology?

Does she still have the hat?

BBC upgrades iPlayer to allow 'social propositions'

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Multi-tab-tasking

Have you tried running Facebook in a different tab, then you can copy/paste your 'recommendation' from the iPlayer screen to the Facebook (or similar) IM box? That way, you can also have a group chat running commentary on the content of the tv programme you are all watching.

Maybe the Web2.0 crowd can't handle more than function at a time though.

Climate change 'no excuse' for failure to beat malaria

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Nature Documentaries

"..American Balled Eagle.."

I think I remember that one. Did it push a little wheelbarrow in front of itself?

Google backs open codec against patent trolls

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Please contact me to negotiate proofreading fees

> In legalese, the license says: "If You or your agent or exclusive ... etc. <

I've noticed that there's a comma missing in that statement. I won't say where it is unless I can get a good price for my work in spotting this.

I'll help anyone, gladly and for nothing; but not lawyers.

Facebook scrambles to close hole exposing private data

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Awwwww, come on!

"...Keith discovered a simple way to bypass the security token: by omitting it altogether, Facebook servers no longer attempted to validate browsers."

Don't they have any kind of internal teams who think up ways of defeating security? They ought to.

Wave gravy splashes onto Google Apps

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Oh Good Grief

I just 'logged in' to Wave using my gmail identity. My 'Inbox' was empty; it seems you need to actively merge Wave with gmail, or something......shrugs.

I tried the settings option; here is what it said:

>Just bear with us and we'll update you when there's something to look at.<

>Happy waving!<

>Dr. Wave <

I have a bad feeling about this.

Mozy backs up cloud backup with hard-drive storage

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NAS is great, but

Well, a NAS is fine until your house burns down. Then, even your independent backup drive wouldn't be much use to you (unless it's stored 'off-site'). It all depends on how important and irreplaceable you consider your data to be.

Sir Paul McBeatle: 'Me, I'd love Beatles to be on iTunes'

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I remember

Gimme money, that's what I want.......

Security guard admits he hacked hospital PCs

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So many lessons learned (more to come)

How the heck does a contract security guard get access to ANY client site computer systems?

Russia launches Cyrillic top-level domain

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Ah, Politicians...

All you have to do is read his comments to realise that he doesn't have a clue.

Boffins demo one-molecule DNA 'walker' nano-bot

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The Next Stage...

This is a wonderful achievement but lots of tricky work is needed to construct them. One of the next stages of research should be to find a way of making self-replicating constructions, using this DNA stuff, so they can build copies of themselves as they walk along.

Mighty hard-sums special function toolset goes online

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Assistance Required

I'm not sure if anyone else has noticed, but I'm sure there's a mistake in equation 25.15.5 (Dirichlet L-functions)

Equations 25.15.1-4 define and express L(s,X) in various ways.

25.15.5 defines L(1-s,X) and contains the terms e^(+/-)Pi.i.s/2

BUT if I try to derive 25.15.5 from 25.15.1-4, I get the signs of the Pi.i.s/2 terms the other way around.

Is this because I haven't taken account of some property which is related to the presence of the complex conjugate of X in the final term?

Can you all please go through this and let me know what may be happening here?

Drifting zombiesat could disrupt TV programming

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RoTM

" ...where at least 160 other "zombiesats" already await it. .."

It's a breeding pool !!!

MS hopes biz punters will guzzle Office 2010

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Kids Nowadays

"...the challenge among companies was to “blend” those people into their workforce by enticing them with “safe, secure and seamless” Facebook-like offerings within the business...."

Would you want people like that, working for/with you?

Outsourcing goes inside

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Conversational Ice Breaker

"...and even running call centres .."

Them: "Hello, am I speaking to the owner of this telephone?"

Me: "Yes, hello, what are you in for?"

The Cameregg plan: Who got what?

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I'd pay to watch that

"...henceforth to be known as Dick Clameron..."

When will the splicing operation happen, and will it be up in You Tube?

US Navy's plane-hurling mass driver in tech hiccup

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Ahhh, safety features

"..the "shuttle" - which moves along the catapult track to accelerate a plane to flying speed - went the wrong way in a test shot .."

This is physically possible?? and they didn't have independent sensors and cut-outs ???

Latest iPhone 4G leak reveals A4 CPU

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I had to say it.....

At least this guy knows where his towel is.

High Court rules software liability clause not 'reasonable'

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Our BS will make your business grow

"... The IT industry feared that the result would make it harder to make claims for software,... "

It's not hard to make a claim that can be proven or reasonably demonstrated. It's the marketing bullshit that needs to be pushed back down their throats.

UK hot-swaps leaders - Brown out, Cameron in

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How long have you lived here?

Brown was an 'elected PM' in the same way that Cameron is now an 'elected PM' and Blair was an 'elected PM' before him. You need to read up on how the UK Parliamentary system works.

Scroogle scrapes back to life

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Come on, do it right

You should have used Google to search for Scroogle !

WiGig gets spec and Alliance endorsement

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Amazing !

Infra Red huh? That's up in the 30 THz region. What amazing data rate are you getting with that?

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