* Posts by frank ly

5417 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Glass Electrolyte

I have a feeling that this isn't glass as most people understand the word. It's probably some kind of micro-porous vitreous matrix that allows ions to easily migrate through it.

Does anyone know the details?

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

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Bong! Bell Bothering Boffins Bash Big Ben

I feel better now.

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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Many years ago ....

.... I speculated that a truly intelligent weapon system would run/fly away and hide in a tree. My colleagues at the time said I was being silly. Ha!!

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Re: Switched to Linux Mint

You can change the Mint menu icon to a Windows menu icon (or anything else) if you really want to go retro. I did that in the early stages as well as having Windows 7 desktop wallpaper but I realised that I was being silly.

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Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

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Details

I'd like to see the difference (if any) between "S c r e w you Trump supporters" and "B l e s s you Trump supporters". I suspect they are identical.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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@Phil Kingston

My Wacom Intuos tablet had a driver update (on Windows) that totally changed the settings GUI and gave me a cloud based parameters storage and loading 'facility'. The idea is that I can more easily manage its settings and have them backed up in case of accidents and also, of course, easily migrate my tablet between different computers.

I uninstalled the drivers and reinstalled from the CD then blocked Wacom software at the firewall.

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Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab

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Re: Fashion Victims

"... Penal Tracking Bracelets..."

I didn't know that many people rushed out to buy these. Did you mean Penile Tracking Bracelets?

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Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security

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Re: "That these products broke is an indication of defects in their TLS implementations,"

"... managing to bring windows 10 into the conversation ..."

Is this an example of Godwindows law?

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Licence-fee outsourcer Capita caught wringing BBC tax from vulnerable

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Re: "High standards"?

I got rid of my TV and license about 3 years ago after informing them via their website that I no longer needed it. They've never contacted me since. I don't have an aerial on my house because I used to watch via my Virgin Media cable. I cancelled the Virgin Media TV service of course.

I'm wondering what the logical (if I can use that word here) difference is between us.

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Alcatel wants to be Android, but different – and another crack at the Windows market

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"energetic young consumers",

= Children?

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Dell offers crunch-in-a-box set of Edge teeth to Internet of Things things

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"... operating temperature extremes from -30°C to 70°C"

That upper limit seems a little low for an engine compartment in the summer. Am I worrying too much?

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

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@Farnet

Take the battery out?

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Machines taught how to 'smell' by new algorithm. How will they cope with shower-dodging nerds?

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Re: Dreams

I can't recall ever experiencing the sense of smell in a dream or ever expecting it or wondering about it in a dream.

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Bee boffins prove sesame-seed brain is all you need to play football (well, that explains a lot)

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The boffins couldn't understand it so they didn't try.

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Nokia’s big comeback: Watches, bathroom scales, a 3310 PR gimmick, Snake, erm...

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Re: Makes you wonder = "Two days battery life"

"... the glovebox emergency phone, ..."

My experience of having a 'glovebox emergency phone' on a PAYG card is that the carrier (Vodafone) cut it off after 4 months of not being used. I asked them what happened and they said it was 'for security reasons' and they suggested that I call my own home land line every month, "just to make a connection with a couple of rings", then it would be fine.

This was about five years ago and I don't know if the carriers are still as stupid.

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Pai, Pai, Mr American spy: FCC supremo rips up privacy protections for broadband punters

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Re: VPN please

I use PIA (Private Internet Access) at US$40 a year. Easy to setup an account and the software for Linux and Windows is easy to install and use.

They are based in the USA so you can bet that the NSA/CIA/FBI have a direct tap, which is something to bear in mind.

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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Problems

It takes me five minutes so that's twelve sessions a week. I just couldn't do it that often.

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People built AI bots to improve Wikipedia. Then they started squabbling in petty edit wars, sigh

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Niels Bohr

I'd like to know why they fight about him.

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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percentages

"Some 24 per cent of users polled said they rejected ad-blockers because ..."

... they didn't know how to turn them off and on again.

"The proportion of UK adults using blockers remained at 22.1 per cent ..."

This might mean that 22% of UK users know about them and know how to use them and that group is now saturated.

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More brilliant Internet of Things gadgetry: A £1,300 mousetrap

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Good planning

"... had Agile techniques employed during its construction."

So it can deal with agile mice.

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The last time El Reg covered IBM Domino we used a chisel

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That's not a brontosaurus

Anyway ........ A brontosaurus? You were lucky!

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DomainMonster mash: Hundreds of websites vandalized after Brit web host server hacked

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Re: I really shouldn't... But...

I'm sure you can manage at least one more verse. Go on :)

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Google devs try to create new global namespace

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Details?

ann@example.com is a unique identifier (within the internet as we know it) so I assume that this address is used to send the initial private keys to 'Ann'. After that, is the existence of the email address and service needed? What happens if example.com goes bust and Ann loses that email service?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Re: What a load of bull

Did you gradually introduce her to more complicated locks? Was she hotwiring your car when she was 10?

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NZ firm tucks into $27m on the back of VR 'hologram' promise

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Holo-, Hologram

The word has become so debased that it's not believable anymore.

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Connected car in the second-hand lot? Don't buy it if you're not hack-savvy

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Holmes

Puts my deerstalker on

"... the vehicle nearly always outlives its first owner."

Perhaps the 'new car smell' has become a slow poison.

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Florida Man jailed for 4 years after raking in a million bucks from spam

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moral panic

"... online pharmacies that sold narcotics without prescriptions,"

Where I live (the UK), there are many high street pharmacies that sell narcotics (codeine) without a prescription, as long as you look legally adult. It depends which country you're in for if it's illegal or not. (The pharmacy that I use is in the Asda supermarket, which is owned by Wal Mart.)

As for the spamming with stolen email addresses: string him up.

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Sigfox leads with its chin on security for internet-connected things

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Does this mean freedom of speech for Talkie Toaster?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec

Let's hope not!

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Reg tours submarine cable survey ship
'Geo Resolution'

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Interesting - Thank You

That was great Simon. At first I was expecting video but a sequence of still pictures gives better quality images and better resolution. I hope El Reg can do some more of this type of article in the future.

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Finally, a use for your mobile phone: Snapping ALIEN signal blurts

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Re: Basically app monitors phone for glitch in reception and sends your GPS ords and time

I can understand your lack of enthusiasm for that. However, a small radio receiver plugged into the usb port of a desktop computer would be fine, provided the innards and software were open source.

Many astronomy enthusiasts around the world would be happy to be part of a giant radio telescope array and would also be happy to devote part of their cpu power to crunching the massive data set that would be produced.

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GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

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I thought it was 'software architect' or is that something else?

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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Nominative Determinism?

Winfried Hensinger: His name is a superposition of Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrödinger. This can't be a coincidence.

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: The problem with this is spending discipline

So it takes the money out of your bank account with up to a month delay, depending on when you make the purchase. It's not really a credit card.

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Re: The problem with this is spending discipline

You seem to have got your hands on a German bank hybrid debit card of some kind. Hint: it's not really a credit card.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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Re: Replacing Linux with Windows, based on *cost*?

"But I still struggle with configuring X, ..."

Is Linux, for offices, really all that hard to setup and maintain, compared to Windows? Perhaps the ecosystem is so fragmented that it's difficult to get components that are fully compatible with each other?

I'd really like to understand why, given that they've had years to sort it all out.

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Re: and this has nothing to do with

Is this an example of the spread of 'alternative news'?

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Oracle refuses to let Java copyright battle die – another appeal filed in war against Google

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Watch, listen and learn

"At every turn, in countless ways, the district court issued rulings that obstructed Oracle's case."

Have they ever stopped to consider that there might have been good reasons for that?

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Voila! Bazinga! Amazon turns Alexa into an annoying 'cool' aunt

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Re: "the more Alexa sounds...

Oh yes and twice yes. It's like they didn't know about the uncanny valley so they fell right into it.

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Re: I'm tech. but don't get why anyone tech. likes dire shit like The Big Bang Theory!

What frightens me is that my tinfoil hat is useless against all that.

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Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones

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“a woman from Limerick”

A woman from Limerick said,

"There's a drone flying over my shed.

Do you think it's the robbers?

Should I call the coppers?"

I told her to shoot it instead.

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Alleged HPE fraud man Peter Sage once ran dodgy pharma biz

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I was shocked

I asked the headhunters to recruit an asset stripper. You can imagine the confusion at the next board meeting.

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Scottish court issues damages to couple over distress caused by neighbour's use of CCTV

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It's complicated

"The Akram guest house is downstairs from the Woolley's flat. Both the Woolleys and Akram subsequently installed CCTV systems outside their respective properties."

So they live in the same building that is split into flats/apartments?

That's even more reason to have long and detailed discussions with your neighbour if you install CCTV with recording (and audio!).

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NASA bakes Venus-proof electronics

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Geek note

4H-SiC is the '4H' crystalline form of SiC, in case anyone is wondering, as you all are, I'm sure. It has more than 250 polymorphs!

(Wikipedia: it's great but consider the possibility of editorial bias and check out the quality of the references and always compare with another source of information.)

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Microsoft touts cheap-ish anti-patent troll protection shield for Azure-hosted devs

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Re: Does it come with...

The devil is in the details.

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Unusual behaviour

"... roving officers, some undercover, who engage travelers in casual conversation while looking for telltale signs of malicious intent, whatever those might be. Ostensibly, these conversations were voluntary, but seeking to avoid them or being insufficiently forthcoming was treated as an "indicator" that might prompt referral to additional screening."

Being accosted by strangers who try to lure me into converstion is guarenteed to make me tense and glower. Repeated experience has shown me that those sorts of people are usually up to no good.

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Biggest Kodi sweep: Brit cops nab five, bag some dodgy sticks

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Re: Too late.

It took me 1 minute to install Kodi on Linux and then three minutes to install the provider repo you mentioned, after finding his instructions via a Google search. (Most of that three minutes was spent getting lost in the Kodi menu heirarchy.) I've been watching Top Cat episodes. My tastes are simple and I'm big on nostalgia.

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@AC Re: Ebay seems to be full of them

You go to ebay.co.uk, type 'Kodi' in the search box and then sort the results for lowest price first. It's amazing what computers can do nowadays.

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Ebay seems to be full of them

Is it a good time to buy one?

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Guilty! Four blokes conned banks in £160m fibre broadband scam

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Planning ahead

If you borrow money, someone will want it back one day. Were they detected before they had a chance to grow beards and dye their hair and run away with it? What was their plan?

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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A contradiction at the end there

"There is only one recipe I know for success, ..., and that is by bringing great people with the right skills, give them the right tools, give them a mission, make sure they can analyze their results, put them in really creative inspiring locations and set them free. "

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