* Posts by frank ly

5746 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Intel's smartwatches are so hot right now – too hot: Basis Peak recalled for skin burns, blistering

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Perhaps it seemed useful/convenient/cool at the time of purchase. People often make decisions on that basis and don't consider what might happen in the future.

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Re: I protest

I don't even think you're being pedantic. (Don't get me started on the sheer ugliness of 'absent' being used as a preposition.)

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Jovian moon Io loses its atmosphere every day

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Re: err, subs...

I love the way that the commentardiat can start from just about anywhere and then hop, skip and jump its way to the truth. The journey is just as entertaining as the destination.

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Bee queens are Notch-blocking their minions, say boffins

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Re: Well,it works for them

Your body has mechanisms with similar principles that prevent arms growing on your chest and teeth growing on your fingertips. For bees and other 'hive' insects, it's the entire hive that is the 'organism', not the individual insects.

The queen bee isn't 'in charge' of growing the hive's population, she is the reproductive function of the hive and she performs her function for the long term benefit of the hive organism.

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Going! going! pwned? 200! million! Yahoo! logins! leaked! allegedly!

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If only

"... and we always encourage our users to ... "

... lie about their DOB and any other personal identity related information.

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Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

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Memories

"... when you consider all the other ways to launch applications, such as taskbar pinning, desktop shortcuts, and Search."

I prefer to put 'toolbars' labelled Programs, Utilities, Whatever, ... on the system panel for a quick and simple popup menu showing the list of shortcuts that I've put in the toolbar folders, as I did in Win 7.

These are pitiful compared to the pop-out panels that Win XP provided.

Luckily for me, the Linux MATE desktop has all singing, all dancing customisable pop-out panels that you can put just about anything on as customised icons. I'm sorry, I'm going off-topic.

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'The box' Bones uses to fix any ailment on the Enterprise? Yup, it's real

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If I was stuck in a remote place, I'd program the yeast to produce something 'relaxing'.

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Pass the hash for peace, love and security in the quantum computing age

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If quantum computing advances so much that it's a 'problem' in this way then quantum communication channels would also be quite easily available. I thought that one of the characteristics of a quantum entangled (quantangled?) channel was that you could tell if it had been intercepted,but it is relatively slow. So, they could send the secret symmetric key via a quantum-secure channel?

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Boffins shrink light-twister to silicon scale, multiply bandwidth 10x

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light beam me up

"... the researchers reckon since OAM is a quantum property that can undergo “teleportation”, ..."

I assume they mean it can be quantum entangled with another light beam?

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Google-backed Thread, OCF form alliance for Internet of Things sanity

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"In order for consumers to put their faith in the connected home, their experience must be simple, reliable, and effortless."

Just like it is with PCs nowadays.

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All roads lead to Rome as Irish seminary gripped by Grindr scandal

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re. "seminary"

I kept misreading that, (and you kept writing it).

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Dark scientists' LUX-ZEPLIN doubles down on WIMP hunt

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It's complicated

"Hundreds and thousands of WIMPs are probably streaming through every cubic centimetre of space, ..."

Where from? Where to? At what speed?

From Wikipedia:

" Because of their large mass, they would be relatively slow moving and therefore "cold".[7] Their relatively low velocities would be insufficient to overcome the mutual gravitational attraction, and as a result WIMPs would tend to clump together."

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Intel's Crosswalk open source dev library has serious SSL bug

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A theme?

"All three branches of Crosswalk for Android – stable, beta and “canary” ..."

You've just told us about Mickey Mouse security. Is this one Tweety Pie security?

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Give .gay to the gays, roars exiting ombudsman

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Modern times

"... ICANN is worried about being sued by the other applicants, ..."

This is the thing nowadays, for large and wealthy organisations. Anyway, on what grounds could they be sued; what are their legally defined responsibilities?

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Kaspersky so very sorry after suggesting its antivirus will get you laid

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Re: God damn I hate SJW bullshit

"... I might need to a build a wall of some sort or something...I already live in the woods"

You could ask some of the male bears to help you, when they're not busy doing whatever it is they do there.

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Fork YOU! Sure, take the code. Then what?

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Re: ownCloud vs Nextcloud

I think a better name would be SkyCloud. Oh, wait a minute....

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Bot-herders fire fake GPS co-ords at Niantic to collect Pokémon

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Damn

"... if the bot moves too fast, the game will notice and kick a player out."

There goes my idea to develop an autonomous drone to play the game quickly. Hmmmm, does anyone know the 'speed limit' for a ban?

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Airbus doesn't just make aircraft – now it designs drone killers

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Citation?

"... as criminals discovered this technology for smuggling, espionage and terrorist attacks,"

I've read about smuggling by drones (contraband into prisons as an example) but didn't know they'd been used for espionage and terrorist attacks. Anyway, I thought that espionage was performed quite legally by government agencies, as so far have terrorist attacks by drone..

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Australian maps and GPS will align by 2020

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Re: The earth moved

No need to do anything. The earth moved for all of you, so you should all be happy.

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Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously

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Some years ago ....

.... when I 'played' with PowerPoint, it had a simple scripting control language and you could have 'active' buttons on the slide to do stuff like go to another slide. Hence, I thought, you could make contents, chapter, section, slide no., previous, next, etc links. Do I have some kind of false memory syndrome or could all this be done since ages ago?

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Washed out summer? Fear ye not: DVDs for DevOps droogs

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"... assembly language routines in lipstick on the mirror in the lavatory ..."

Can I use a chinagraph pencil instead? It's important that my colleagues still talk with me, even though I don't enjoy it when they do.

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Microsoft stops to smell the roses, creates the Shazam of flowers

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You missed out ....

.... hybridisation and grafting (and probably a few more) for future development. Well done though :)

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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"Except of course it's all just made up."

I was enjoying it and getting quite excited until I read that.

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Cryptography vs. bigotry: The debate Australia needs to have

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Re: Idiot rant

It would be interesting to compare the numbers of non-muslims who are members of the Australian (or any western) police force with the number of non-muslims who have committed a crime. This might allow us to draw conclusions about the criminal tendencies of non-muslims. Then again, it might just be ranting idiocy.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Re: Just like to say . . . .

You're not supposed to eat it!

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World religions stake out positions on Pokemon Go

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Are there a total of ....

.... six hundred and sixty six different Pokemon entities? Gotta catch 'em all, or else!!

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Seagate in 10TB drive brand brainstorm

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I have a 2TB WD 'green' drive sitting in an adaptor and connected to my small NAS interface. It spins down if you don't access it for about ten minutes. If you do access it then you only have about a six second wait until it spins up and delivers. This is great for my use for it which is as a media library drive.

Does anyone know if WD or anyone else have an equivalent for it?

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Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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"Good documentation is hard, ..."

It certainly is. After you've gone through all the effort, paying close attention to previous documentation as a model and consulting your technical peers, you then have to get it past all the 'stakeholder' mangers, none of whom have shown the slightest interest in it for all the time you've been working on it, even if you begged them to have a quick look to see if it's heading in the right direction.

If there are five stakeholder managers, there will be at least seven different opinions about where you went wrong and how poor the structure is. After that, you'll spend two weeks acting as their typist until a higher level manager demands to know why it isn't ready yet. At that point it will, magically, be 'good enough'.

(There are certain trigger words and phrases that cause me to go on a rant.....)

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All you need for quantum computing at room temperature is some mothballs

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Re: Interesting

If you had two qbits, you could theoretically solve 3 - 2 (=1) but how does the superposition of all states (0,1,2,3) collapse to the correct answer? That is the part that I don't understand.

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Nitwit has fit over twit hit: Troll takes timeless termination terribly

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My selfie stick isn't long enough for that.

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Schrödinger's cat explained with neutrinos

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Re: Neutrons change flavor but Leggett cannot contain fewer gs

Are they all the same flavour?

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Africa's MeerKAT looks at the sky, surprises boffins with 1,300 galaxies

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CMB

Is that evenly distributed faint texture the CMB radiation or some other artifact?

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McCain: Come to my encryption hearing. Tim Cook: No, I'm good. McCain: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you

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They have subpoena powers

That means they can compel Tim cook to attend. If they do, can he can bring his Apple legal team to represent him and tie them all up in procedural tape?

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

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Re: Owncloud

If you have likeminded friends or relatives, you can have cloudy personal storage in each others homes to give geographical separation.

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Google quietly takes gag off Mississippi AG after wrecking ads probe

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Money talks

It also silences people.

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White hat hacker AI bots prepare for DARPA's DEF CON cyber brawl

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If

"The cyber reasoning systems will also be networked so they can examine their competitors' software for flaws ... "

Imagine if they were let loose on the internet.

"Walker said DARPA was encouraging hackers to use the source for their own use."

Aha!

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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

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Safer-CRustaceans

I couldn't help it.

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

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Re: SIEUFERD

I'd go for a SIEGFRIED or maybe a SIGMUND backronymn. They sound helpful and reliable.

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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re. the Twitter link

I like the bagless Dyson soul harvester. It's the ultimate IoT device.

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Behold the ROBOT RECTUM... medics' relief

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Re: An idea worth of the 21th century

You seem to have misunderstood the technical details. Or was it wishful thinking?

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ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

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"... which I'll expect they'll get in an update."

The only mention of 'update'. Will they be updated by ZTE or by anyone?

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware goes FULL SCREEN in final push

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Re: Desktop Takeover

"That sexy interface ..." ?!?

I have to disagree with you there.

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Re: Updates off - Rock on

"I have records of all the laddies here that swore they WOULD NEVER upgrade to Win-7. Wanna see them?"

You've been storing our comments and data mining them for a long time. Is your real name Microgoog Facetwit? If you show them to us, will targeted adverts be included?

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Re: Wine to the rescue!

"The official Linux Mint site only offered me 17.3 yesterday - will go looking."

You must have just missed it, LM 18 (stable) was very recently available on Linuxmint.com. Don't worry about the dark colour scheme, you can change it to something less modern and then customise it.

You might prefer the MATE desktop which is more 'traditional' than Cinnamon.

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Man sues YET AGAIN for chance to marry his computer

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What happens when he dies? How will the computer inherit and administer his estate? What if there are children?

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Encryption, wiretaps and the Feds: THE TRUTH

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Logic?

"If anything, this suggests encrypted communications is working – federal and state investigators who need warrants to spy on people are giving up on crypto-secured natter. It's not worth the time."

If encrypted communication is used by criminals and terrorists in performing their evil deeds, then surely they should be spending more time spying on people who use encryption. Then again, it may be that encryption is mostly used by people who don't want the Feds listening in on confidential business discussions or 'romantic' conversations.

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Evernote riles freetards with two-device limit

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@shade82000

You could set up a simple FTP server at home and have FTP clients on all your devices. I did that with an old NSLU2 device (small, solid state, no moving parts) a few years ago and have the clients on my Android phone and my home computer. It works. What it doesn't do is give notification that there has been a new 'document' uploaded but you could sent a text message if it's important.

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Looking good, Gnome: Digesting the Delhi in our belly

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Caja

It's what Nautilus used to be and it's good.

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Brit startup adds intelligent search to Amazon storage

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Re: FFS who came up with *that* name?

Try looking at their website and learning anything. Really, try it.

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Put storage inside the individual hosts of a virtual cluster? You're CRAZY... Like a fox

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Re: who is actually reading the article?

I just hope she doesn't feed it after midnight.

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