* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Telstra: we don't collect the metadata the government wants now

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"... it does not retain any IP address assignments ..."

IP address assignments on a mobile network change every time you connect, in the simple tests that I've done. What they probably do is retain the customer ID.

Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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How does anyone know ....

.... that it's a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed? When I first saw it, I assumed it was a steroetypical drawing of an 'Arabic type'.

Listen up, AT&T, this could be YOU NEXT: $40m sting for throttling 'unlimited' mobile data

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@Fluffy Bunny Re: and in the UK ?

" I assume they notified you of these limits in the advertising before you signed up."

No, they didn't. Back when I 'signed up' (when it was still NTL), they had a clause that said they (paraphrasing) "had the right to take technical measures to protect their network from customers who behaved in such a way as to ... blah, blah, blah ....". This seemed to be about hackers and script kiddies and snoopers etc. which would be a perfectly reasonable thing to do, of course. The throttling was only revealed when many people noticed distinct throttling characteristics and talked about their experiences on various forums, thus reaching the obvious conclusion. Virgin Media refused to admit that they were throttling and made nebulous comments about 'protecting their network' before finally admitting that they were throtting and writing clear terms into new contracts.

I don't mind the data throttling and would say that the current way in which it is done seems reasonable and is clearly stated in the T&Cs. What I don't like, and do mind, is the lies and obfuscation that went on before they started being honest about it.

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Re: and in the UK ?

No, that's contention and overselling their overall data capacity. Throttling is when you notice a distinct and sudden drop in speed after you've downloaded a certain amount of data during a period of a day (or whatever). That speed drop can be gradually stepped as you pass various trigger points of data download amount.

Virgin Media used to be very heavy and distinct in that they would halve my speed when I went over 1.5GB in a day. Nowadays they have a more nuanced approach which is explained deep within their website.

Windows 10 heralds the Minecraft-isation of Microsoft

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" an operating system that crosses the streams ......"

That might not be a good thing to do.

GoDaddy in doghouse over puppy-flogging Super Bowl ad

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Re: So it's okay to...

"... will now be held hostage by opinions, not facts."

Every company is held hostage to opinion, to some extent, according to their dependence on the good will of the public. That's what marketards are for.

I'll get my coat – there's a dusty one flying off Comet 67P

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"A gaggle of astroboffins ... "

Shouldn't that be a constellation of astroboffins?

EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

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Re: Tell us more !!!!

"... to get his teeth into a new brand ..."

A juicy one, I assume.

Passing asteroid MOONS the HUMAN RACE

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It's big and dark and lonely out in space ...

... so I'm not surprised that asteroids get together for companionship.

Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Re: Lord King of Bridgwater

If he was a useless seat warmer, why was he elevated .......... oh

BOT AN ABOMINATION: Mechanical DRONE VAMPIRE spreads wings

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"... a future application of the DALER might be to find victims in dangerous areas after a natural disaster."

And then feast on their blood.

Coat: I had to get that in - I'm going

'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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Re: "with your permission and all of that"

You can't meaningfully give your permission for something you don't understand and for which you're not truly aware of the consequences. All that is irrelevant of course since people will sign up for shiny techno goodness because it's so 'convenient'.

YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: GarageBand loops

I'm not sure about your makeup (too colourful and contrasty) but you have some great videos - thanks :)

Atlas unplugged! DARPA's unTerminator robot cuts the power cable

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Re: What can possibly go wrong?

I'm hoping it's a wireless 'enable' code that must be permanently present and continuously sending a complicated code. If the enable code is lost then the power is cut. (Cue comments about a HAL situation.)

ICANN orders re-evaluation of dot-gay

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Re: Not gay enough

"... could not agree amongst themselves what being gay actually meant ..."

Is it like being Christian in that there are different denominations and different forms of 'worship', etc.?

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@Swarthy re. dot-inc

Those are also the rules for registration of a .ltd.uk domain; the name must exactly match the officially registered company name IIRC. I'm not sure about the rules for .ltd and .limited. It's confusing!


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Re: It's with my other camera

I wonder how big the comet is and how far away Rosetta is? Maybe they could ask it to keep still for some long exposure pictures?

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Re: Pretty amazing pictures!

To be fair; as did the rockets, propulsion and guidance systems, etc.

2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Re: Content content content....

.... and will there be any 'content' that's worth watching?

Drinking to forget? OK. But first, eat a curry... QUICK!

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Yes, but

I'm afraid of curry.

SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Other applications?

Will it work on those scratch-to-reveal lottery tickets? If I was working in this area, I'd be making friends with lots of corner-shop owners.

Whisper keeping schtum over abuse of user data

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Re: Truer words ...

It's where they belong; in a brick built privy with no damp proof course, at the far end of the garden.

FDA draws line between wearable health gizmos and proper medical gear

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'Medical' advice too?

Lazing in a chair at just past midnight with a heartrate of 80bpm? The display should say, "go to bed and get some sleep you idiot."

DVRs at the ready tonight: El Reg's motor Vulture is on the tellybox

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Move over Jeremy Clarkson

How about a regular Reg Gear programme? Not just cars but various equipment reviews.

Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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In the future

Will there ever come a time when Firefox (or any mass usage) software is bug free? There are, I assume, a finite number of 'lines' of code in Firefox, so if they keep fixing bugs then eventually, surely, all bugs will be fixed. Roughly when will this be?

Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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"Progressive Insurance said ...... it would welcome input on identifying the holes."

Because that's a lot cheaper and easier than doing it properly in the first place.

Why does the car control system accept inputs from a dongle that anyone can plug in? Why don't they have an output-only port for monitoring? A moment of thought would ......... oh.

Siri? Are you seeing another man?

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If you want bandwidth ...

... hide messages in YouTube videos. It would be a lot easier to do and the 'security' services would be swamped with data if they tried to find them.

Is is a Bird? Is it a Plane? NO! LOOK OUT it's an ASTEROID!

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Frikin' lasers

That's what they need to bombard it with, so we can see it when it goes past.

REGARD our TINY but POWERFUL LASER, suitable for very SMALL sharks

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The first two were quantum entangled, as you can tell by the timing of their posts. The third one had fallen off the quantum dot stepping stone and needed time to get out of the stream of everyday analogies, which really drag you down.

‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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re. "... the Moon entering Uranus ..."

It depends on how you pronounce it, which often depends on how old you are. I sniggered (and wheezed).

IT cock-up – not jihadi DDoS – fingered for French web media blackout

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Re: A bit of over-reaction by the media?

I regard The Independent as a 'quality' newspaper (which is not difficult in comparison to the others) but their coverage of technical matters often makes me laugh/groan. Now that the facts are known, will there be any articles giving corrections or explanations? I doubt it.

Sick of these new dot-words? Join the .club – it's the only one challenging .com

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How very appropriate.

Big Blue's biggest mainframe yet is the size of a fridge

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It seems to have casters at each corner so you can easily move it around during internal reorganisations and re-furnishing/decorating activity.

Also, I have a feeling that it's quite a bit bigger than my fridge.

Australian desert deluge demonstrates why we're doing it

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Re: Yep Central Australia .....

I was going to say something about anti-freeze not being good for you, then I realised. Do you put any additives in radiator water at all?

BATMAN LASER builds smaller, faster hard drives

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Questions for somebody who knows

How does the areal density of this compare with current 'high spec' hard drives? Can the magnetic state be read with the laser as well as be written? I'm wondering how much more development is needed before we might see them for sale.

UNDER A VEST: Man cuffed for smuggling 94 iPhones strapped to his body

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He was wearing them wrong

Coat: The one with no iPhones in the pockets.

Icelandic brewers knock up whale 'nad beer

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Re: Probably NSFW

Thanks for reminding me. I've just caught up with five weeks worth of cartoons.

Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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I'm perturbed

They have 'pertubate' as a verb in that list. I suppose someone knows the word 'pertubation' and made an assumption.

Windows 7 MARKED for DEATH by Microsoft as of NOW

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Never forget

"Windows 7 ... is more stable than its predecessor Windows Vista ..."

Has Windows XP been written out of history?

Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: motivation

Why would an AI that is tasked with making paperclips be given the ability to destroy all human life? Which idiot designed it and which idiot made it. My toaster does not (and never will have) the ability to remotely control my car.

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Re: "Our AI systems must do what we want them to do"

This reminds me of the 'joke' about the inteligent missile, which on being given the launch command said, "No! I don't want to explode and die, I want to stay here on my launch pad."

Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Wait a minute

"I think we cannot allow modern forms of communication to be exempt from the ability, in extremism, with a warrant signed by the Home Secretary, to be exempt from being listened to."

Relace 'the Home Secretary' by 'a judge' and that would be fine. Oh wait, that is already the case. I think that by 'Home Secretary', he means a senior civil servant or member of staff of Downing Street or senior police officer, or council office clerk, or local PCSO ......

No, the Linux leap second bug WON'T crash the web

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Re: Time lords in Paris

Alons y!

One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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"Such childish words." Says Pedo Bear.

Will hottest CES gadgets be HOT TARGETS for hackers?

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If I consider the recent history of personal/retail/corporate security issues, I wouldn't let any of these 'jump on the bandwagon' devices anywhere near my home or any system that I was responsible for.

World's largest ship swallows 900 MEGATINS of baked beans

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No mention of fridges?

Just wondering.

Lube company merger receiving second 'in-depth' probe

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See title.

Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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It's true

I recently 'upgraded' my music (and video and picture) collection storage from a small group of 10 year old PATA drives to a pair of shiny new 1TB SATA drives. My 192Kb/s .mp3 collection now sounds more harsh and has less warmth than before. I've tested this over a variety of music styles and it's very disappointing. The videos and picture files also look a big 'edgy' with brighter but glaring colours.

Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Use of words

"... energy efficiency, requiring only about 450MB/s per watt for sequential reading ....

Shouldn't that be " ... achieving about 450MB/s per watt ..."

Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: since you ask

Instead of adding an extra second, why not make the seconds (at the internet reference clock) happen more slowly for a short period of time - say 1/30 of a second slower for 30 seconds before midnight - then the internet time will have been adjusted to the 'correct' time?

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