* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Menopausal killer whales are wise old birds

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You signed up just to complain about the local 'culture'? That's sad. You'll never get a badge with that attitude.

OK, they're not ROBOT BUTLERS, but Internet of Home 'Things' are getting smarter

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Re: This is just stupid

"... check that the light actually does go off."

That's what small children are for. If you don't have one, borrow one.

Give biometrics the FINGER: Horror tales from the ENCRYPT

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Vertical Thinking

"... and (3) gradually alters by itself naturally over a period of time?"

I immediately thought of a relatively short period of time and started having ideas about a suitable receptacle and testing/measuring device. However, I'm not sure if my ideas are suitable for this publication.

Will NASA's Dawn spot ALIEN LIFE on asteroid belt dwarf world Ceres?

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"The Dawn spacecraft has used its three xenon-powered thrusters, ..."

The 'power' actually comes from a solar cell array that produces 1.3KW. (I'm just being picky here).


Litecoin-mining code found in BitTorrent app, freeloaders hit the roof

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"Your humble hack was offered Skype ..."

So, Microsoft have some kind of arrangement with uTorrent?

Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Just wondering

"The UK was the county with the second most members expelled ..."

Which country had the most members expelled? Does this indicate wishful vanity or a robust sense of humour?

Massive gravitational lens flare unveils EINSTEIN CROSS SUPERNOVA

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Space ...Time ... Looking back

“this deceleration took place around where this supernova is located.”

Should that be "... around _when_ this supernova is being observed" ?

Upper house of Parliament joins the drone debate

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@Drone Pilot Re: What's the difference...

"Sorry, it's the uneducated, perhaps like yourself, which are causing the problems."

That should be "..., who are causing .."

You should spend _your_ 'social grant' on some educational books.

‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

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Re: Hmmm....

You reap what you sow, as they say.

Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

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Excuse me

"Current 3.5-inch disk drive tech is at the 6TB level, with helium-filling extending that to 8TB and shingling to 10TB at some time in the future."

I'm fairly sure that it's not the helium-filling that gives a boost to areal density.

Broadband routers: SOHOpeless and vendors don't care

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We didn't make that bit

"Big names complain they do not always control components that could introduce security risks which they say is often to blame as the point of failure"

And that's why Ford is not responsible if the tyres on your new car all burst if you drive above 60mph. Oh, ..... wait a minute.

UK spaceport, phase two: Now where do we PUT the bleeding thing?

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Since they seem to be thinking about spaceplanes, it wouldn't have a 'traditional' first stage drop. The west coast and northern tip locations might have been chosen to ensure that a failed launch landed in the Atlantic rather that mainland Europe or Scandinavia. I assume they'll aim it to avoid overflying Ireland.

.hotels. .hoteis ... not a typo but a window into ICANN's baffling world

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"... it was connected to an application for .hoteis ..."

What does this mean?

a) Someone at ICANN noticed the similarity betwen .hotels and .hoteis and started an 'objection to similarity' process. If so, why hadn't anyone noticed that earlier?

b) Someone at ICANN accidentally made a typing error while entering details and the application for .hotels was converted to an application for .hoteis.

c) Think of your own set of foul-ups and misunderstandings.

Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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It would be interesting ....

.... to find out the shareholdings and other financial interests (non-ex-directorships, etc) of the family members and close associates of the government ministers concerned. It would be interesting but probably a breach of privacy so it's not going to happen.

You're outta here! Baseball star strikes out sleazy trolls who targeted teen daughter

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Re: Dare.

So, tell us about your wife and children Turtle; (or whatever loved ones you have). Oh, wait, you can't talk to strangers can you? It's too dangerous and you accept that situation.

Reg exec in deluxe roo-skin pen case beernami trauma

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You should have called him 'Findus'

Just an idea.

First peek at the next Ubuntu 15.04 nester line-up

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A suggestion: Do what I did (2 years ago) and get a cheap SSD drive for your laptop/desktop, then install MINT Mate on it and play with it. You can swap back to Win7 easily as part of this no-risk procedure. When I say 'play with it', I mean 'kick the s**t out of it'. You can do what you like to it and do a fresh install as often as you like (no license keys or internet activation procedure). You can massage it in many ways to make it look like how you want it to look. There will be swearing; this phase will pass.

When you've got it singing and dancing as you want it, just clone your hard drive and you can then restore it in case of disaster (no annoying checking to see if you've changed the hard drive or the motherboard). There are more clever and more subtle ways of backing up your 'system' but I use whole partition cloning since I'm a fan of big boots and big stick methods. (You'll keep your personal data on a separate partition of course.)

If you don't like MATE, try Cinnamon or KDE or XFCE or LXDE (lovely on old hardware). They're just Desktop Environment interface layers though they do come with their own ecosystem of colour coordinated and matching accessories. You install them from the one-stop-shop which is the Software Manager which also takes care of internally 'registering' them and managing dependencies.

If you get stuck or confused, there are many forums and a quick Google search will usually find a posting or article of use to you. Go on, give it a try. The most you'll loose is some time and some sanity but you will have a spare SSD drive at the end of it all if it turns out to be not suitable for you.

Windows XP's market share grows AGAIN!

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I've had a look at Windows 10 using the Technical Preview release ISO which is free if you 'sign up' with an email address. It looks like a magazine for teenagers and has some aspects that are confusing for me regarding how you arrange the desktop and get shortcuts to work. I'll admit that I tried to make it look like XP so I'm sure I'll be happy to continue using Linux MINT (Mate) which is very easy to make look like XP at the desktop GUI level.

Tulsa woman bludgeons man mercilessly with laptop

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Re: Headline?

... bedroom battery ...? Laptop and a lapchomp .... ?

It looks easy at first but they're working to tight deadlines.

Bad movie: Hackers can raid networks with burnt Blu-Rays

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"... avoid playing Blu-Ray discs from untrusted origins ..."

Any suggestions for an untrusted origin?

It's a Mega blast: PayPal drops Dotcom's Mega

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"Paypal refused to elaborate on the grounds of customer privacy"

But the customer obviously wants the truth to be told. Am I getting confused about who the 'customer' is?

Blockheads bork Bitcoin Foundation board election

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Is that called 'eating your own dogfood'?

Or 'choking on your own dogfood'?

Seagate NAS owners: hide it behind a firewall. Fast.

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Re: You put your NAS on the internet?

It's those 'oh so convenient' built-in FTP servers and web servers. Who could resist using them?

Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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"For years UI designers have said that icons are something which are equally meaningless in any language, and have always known that text is better."

So where do all the icons come from and why are they still there?

(My PC desktop and phone screens have lots of icons with no text, I've removed it, because they look better and are easier to 'read'.)

W*nkers of the world unite to save the planet one jerk-off at a time

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Re: Spelling

'Metre', 'litre', and so on are French words that we've 'borrowed from the neighbours' and are looking after them, in case the French lose them at some time in the future. If you borrow things, you don't make alterations to them.

At night, scary wildlife comes out to play in the chemical factory

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"I now take bread with me on site," he told us.

That was how it started, with the guy who worked there before you throwing a few crumbs at them. Whoever replaces you will need to bring fish sandwiches. After four generations, they'll expect a full sit-down dinner.

Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

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"Proofread quickly but carefully to catch typos, spelling mistakes, tautologies, mixed metaphors, and similar errors."

Sliced, diced and grated metaphors are allowed in the headlines.

FCC says cities should be free to run decent ISPs. And Republicans can't stand it

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Just wondering

"As Senator Tillis highlighted today in his legislation, the City of Wilson ... only made a profit of $720,000 in 2013, having lost nearly $7m over the previous five years of operation."

Was that an actual operating loss of $1.4m a year for five years, suddenly followed by an operating profit of $720k; or did it take them five years to payback the initial capital investment? Ah, the political numbers game.

Intel's Atoms gain new (cosmetic) X-Factor

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"That Atoms come in both a C2350 and a C2530 model doesn't help ..."

I nearly sent a Corrections email to tell you that you'd repeated the model number so they were both the same. You're right; it doesn't help.

Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

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Re: Won't fix

If you start seeing ads for lavender oil and kava-kava then you'll know they've got it working properly.

Europol shuts down darn RAMNIT botnet

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Oh dear

"The NCA is advising people to check whether their computer has been infected by downloading specialist disinfection software, which is available free of charge at CyberStreetWise or GetSafeOnline."

The police want me to download some software and run it on my computer. How do I know this isn't some backdoor to enable the police or the government or GCHQ to spy on me? There is no more trust; they lost mine a long time ago.

$533 MEEELLION – the cost of Apple’s iTunes patent infringement

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Re: Why Texas?

It's interesting that the linked article mentions a case where a Japanese plaintiff was sueing a Taiwanese company ..... in a court in Texas.

Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

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Re: Huh?

"Barely a mention of what it actually does."

Isn't it just a fluffed and re-skinned Ubuntu?

Avaya joins SDN club with ONA-nism

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@Richard Chirgwin

Well done on the biblical reference. Can we have some more?

How about a plague of locusts being delivered on Lenovo? Is there a company that has had seven fat years and now may be in a seven lean year period? etc.

Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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A tragedy of errors continues

"The firm hadn't realized that so many of its PCs were used in businesses, he said, ..."

Don't they know who their customers are? Did they assume that 'domestic' customers could be treated as consumers/cows and be milked?

"By the end of this week we will release a more concrete statement around exactly what that means and we're still working towards that ..."

They're babbling stuff that sounds good, from some kind of damage limitation manual.

Live a day in the life of Jennifer Lawrence: Tell Reddit to delete your stolen nude selfies

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Does her dress have breast pockets?

I may be over-thinking.

Visa's tokenisation scheme to debut in Australia

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Risk Decisioning?

I can't decide if that's funny or stupidous.

Porn on Blogger – Google takes stiff action

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Re: Eye of the beholder

I'm already doing it, as a volunteer.

Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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The word is 'Dalek'. (Davros' Augmented Levitating Exterminator Kaled)

OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

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Re: ~ara ara

From the website:

"Modules conform to open standards, already in use by a variety of major manufacturers."

However, that doesn't mean that 'One Education' haven't got 'registered design' or whatever classification for their particular implementation of those standards.

Net neutrality crunch poll: Americans want to know WTF it is

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A prediction

"74 per cent of Americans are unfamiliar with the term "net neutrality" or what it refers to"

70% of them will remain in that condition.

Be your own Big Brother: Covert home spy gadgetry

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re. 'Casio' and 'Pure' items

I'd imagine that Casio and Pure are not exactly happy about their good names being used in this way. However, I believe that as long as the customer is made aware of the true nature of the equipment (which they obviously will be), then Casio and Pure etc. can't do anything about it.

Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Yes, but

"... DNA storage density is one million gigabits per cubic millimetre, ..."

How do you know which tiny group of tiny glass spheres contains the funny cat video?

Australian ISPs agree to three-strikes-plus-court-order anti-piracy plan

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Is it possible ...

.. to spoof the IP addresses of Australian government buildings?

What's the hot domain dot-news? Er, it's .news

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Wait a minute

"That has promoted applicants for the same name to go to private auction where the proceeds are shared equally between the losing parties."

Isn't that 'auction rigging' or some similar crime?

Ads! People! love! ads! in! their! apps! Please! use! ours! cries! Yahoo!

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@P.Lee Re: Fuck ads and all who serve them up

You might be interested in 'The Lawnmower Man'.

So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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@Iain Thomson

" ... It'll be sad to let go of my laptop when it reaches end of life, ..."

My ten year old Acer Travelmate 8000 (15" 4:3 matte screen) was very much revitalised by an SSD drive with Linux (Mint) installed on it. It's now the computer (out of four that I have) that gets the most use. I'd recommend it, give it a try.

The Order: 1886 – Round Table gaming's all right on the knight

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Romantic Myth

"... their own elixir of life, Black Water, which seems to be the blood of Knights who have drunk from the Holy Grail, ."

There are many strange stories about coffee.

(Re)touching on a quarter-century of Adobe Photoshop

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It's good, yes

Photoshop Elements was bundled onto a Windows 7 laptop that I bought about four years ago. I think it would have cost about £50 if bought separately at the time. I remember that the photo catalogue and workflow tools seemed to be very simple to use and effective and would have been a good reason to have it. Before that, I used to use an old copy of Paint Shop Pro; before Corel bought it and ruined it.

Now, I use GIMP because it's free and does everything I need it for, in my techie-hobbyist way.

HOLY SEA SNAILS! Their TEETH are strong enough to build a plane

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Re: Back to nature

If you want mixed units ......

"Professor Asa Barber, who led the study, told The Independent: “The strength of limpet teeth is, on average, 4.9 GPa – that is like trying to break a piece of spaghetti with 3,000 bags of sugar. "

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