* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

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They say that the legailty is something quite atrocious

Those Californian liberals, they always sound precocious


Sleepy spotless summer Sun's shock solar storm surge stuns scientists

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" ... our nearest star."

I think of it as 'OUR star'.

SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them

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Just wondering

Sony Action Cam: Can you get a decent stereo recording with microphones so close together?

Self-stirring pot: Can it stir porridge well and does it tell you if you need to add a bit more water?

Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

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Re: Fishy Fishy

Saltwater or freshwater? Tropical or temperate? Details are important.

Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps

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@Technical Ben

I'm with you on this. My Asus Transformer is a fantastic little machine to use and does just about evrything I need. I used it as my main machine (by length of time) until I resurrected my old laptop with Linux. I found myself wishing that the Asus had a larger screen and keyboard.

Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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What happens if they get together ....

... and turn into an e-dust assassin. That could be the end of _our_ culture.

Satellite weather forecast: Cloudy with a chance of p0wnage

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All perfectly reasonable

"Some flaws, including nasty ones, have persisted for years due in part to contractors having a four-year reprieve in 2010 from addressing any security flaws while the station was repurposed from a research project to the JPSS."

The contractors who fitted my double glazing made a total mess of the window for the small bedroom, it leaks rain and the wind blows through it. I don't expect them to fix it for a while because I'm trying to repurpose that room for a personal study and storage room.

Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Re: Just when I thought they were returning to a click-wheel style interface

I think Sony have a patent on that. I remember the old click-wheel with rose tinted fondness.

YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess

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I feel left out and marginalised.

"The attackers check the user agent to work out whether a target is running a Windows or a Mac machine, and redirect them accordingly."

Damn, I regret switching to Linux now. Would it help if I disabled AdBlock and Request Policy and NoScript and FlashBlock?

Show us your Five-Eyes SECRETS says Privacy International

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Thin end of the wedge

This particular request may have been craftily designed so that any reasonable court would find that there is no threat to security in requiring GCHQ to reveal the information. It's a long term 'thin end of the wedge' tactic to set a precedent.

Next: an FOI request for the average number of miles traveled by GCHQ employees on 'company business', broken down by air/train/car miles, in order to determine if they are being responsible about carbon emissions.

Australian whistleblower laws weaker than China's, report finds

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It's the law, or is it?

There may be laws in China but from what I've read the enforcement of the law against you depends on how well connected you are and how well connected your 'adversary' may be. This study needs some case examples.

Does anyone have personal experience or good information about strength and integrity of enforcement in various countries?

Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

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How do they know it was piebald?

Did they have some skin/scales to examine?

Ultimate hardware hack: Home Depot nailed by vice merchants

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Re: re: DEBIT cards

The clerks are probablly penalised if any fake notes appear in their till. Control by fear does work, sadly.

Enigmail PGP plugin forgets to encrypt mail sent as blind copies

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... if one wants to 'Hide BCC recipients' ...

I thought the entire point of BCC was that nobody else (apart from you, the sender) knew that they had been sent a copy? Have I misunderstood something?

Applelutely fappulous: Fashionistas bow down before the JESUS PHONE

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People who talk about what is 'cool' (or not) and argue about what is 'cool' are definitely not 'cool'. I'll tell you what 'cool' is; .... oh .....

3D scanning made easy: Reg man ponders terrifying Xmas pressie

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Creepy chess set

How about a 'family' chess set where the King/Queen are Dad/Mum and favourite aunts and uncles are knight, bishop and rook. Cousins and siblings can be individual pawns; or whatever. I'm sure there are some people who would pay serious money if the end result was of good technical quality.

Oi, you don't work here, MR ANYTHING BUT incisive – get your grubby mitts off our commentards

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a quick Google tells us exactly who you are

Jack Gilbert has a neat and tidy beard that matches his eyebrows and his hair (just like mine does). As such, I have a lot of admiration for him and I think that you should cut him some slack.

Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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em eks why zed pee tee el kay

I wonder if they take into account that the user may be Polish (etc) and is using a password this is perfectly pronounceable for them.

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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So, your wife is a linguist?

I'm on my way.

Alibaba swings a large one with STONKING IPO legal bills

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big $15.8m payout to lawyers

I assume they had fourty lawyers working on the IPO.

Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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the “adult weight” of 87kg

I weigh 68kg (I'm 5'10" so my BMI is about 22) and regard myself as 'normal'. Am I actually 'skinny'?

You are here => Earth is in 'the suburbs' of an immense heaven

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Re: Yeah...


YES, I have ridden the Unicorn: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: why?

" ... open source crows ... "

Do you think of them as flocking and feasting on the fruit of the Apple tree? You've got some deep symbolism going on in there. Lie down and tell us more.

Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: I just use...


The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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The truly sad part is that many people can't recognise a parody and really do make an association between the original creator and the scene expressed in the parody. Hence the concerns of the original creators.

CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: "We've all done these things"

I suggest that you start with a picture of your naked feet. You can then build on that in a manner and over a timescale that you feel comfortable with. [creepy voice] Join us.

Drone captures shots of budding APPLE SPACESHIP HQ

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@AC Re: Interesting form of words

I just had a look at that judgement - it was about low flying military aircraft in 'navigable airspace' under the 'minimum safe altitude'. Causby was claiming damages for injury to livestock due to intense stress on them. The court determined that the government had taken an 'easement', a property right defined in law, which they have the power to do but which they must pay compensation for. That judgement would not seem to apply to this situation on a variety of counts.

[edit] Tom beat me to it.

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Interesting form of words

"The creator of the video said that footage was shot at the FAA-approved altitude of under 400 feet and was timed for shooting when no workers were at the site."

Did he ask the site owner's permission though?

Claimed Home Depot credit card hack could be biggest retail breach yet

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"we are aggressively gathering facts at this point while working to protect customers."

That's " ... frantically gathering facts while working to cover our backsides."

South Korea's top wireless carrier builds Internet of Eels

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If they put a few electric eels in there ....

.... each tank could be self powered.

Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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The principles of logical thought, planning and abstract construction could easily be taught using BASIC and are in fact a necessity to get most BASIC programs working eventually. The fault finding and bug hunting skills would quickly follow on from the children's early attempts; with adequate teacher guidance of course. All this would give children a regular 'slap in the face', which is what they need to get used to if they want to function in the adult coding world.

You get an upvote from me.

Facebook, Google and Instagram 'worse than drugs' says Miley Cyrus

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Re: Funny thing is ...

"... so-called "social" networking addiction."

You've posted many comments here Jake and you've often told us details of yourself and your domestic/personal activities and interests. This could be a slippery slope situation.

iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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"The assailant was likely to face a well-resourced investigation by the US authorities."

Are we using that word for data 'thieves' now?

What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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Re: Oooh Goody..

Predicting the future isn't too difficult, is it?

Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

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If you know what you're doing ....

... you can put a bit of cold water into the pot before you pour freshly boiled water into it. This is how I make coffee and various teas. My kettle cost £10 about 10 years ago and if it breaks I can walk to the shop and buy a comparable replacement. I'm even capable of bringing water to 100degC in a pan on a cooker if all else fails.

NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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I am amazed and delighted

My inner engineer feels a sense of wonder whenever I consider what's happening up/out there.

Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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Tony Blair was half right (*cough*)

Politicians do need privacy to conduct negotiations. So do industrialists, lawyers, bankers, road sweepers and lorry drivers, among others. Then again, the security services would never spy on politicians, would they?

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Priorities

"An interspecies snog gets complaints??"

No, a same sex snog got complaints; nobody seems to be worried about an interspecies marriage/partnership. That in itself is a bit strange.

Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Latest satellite status message

So you think you can launch me and not put me high

So you think you can launch me and not let me fly

Oh Soyuz - can't do this to me Soyuz

Just gotta get up - just gotta get right up from here

Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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Re: Looked at new cars recently?

Ah, but that's for your own safety and for emission controls compliance.

Women-only town seeks men

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Re: cannibalism

Maybe death by snu-snu if you're well behaved?

Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Noonee 'chair'

You can get a better idea of that thing here:


It's interesting but would need some training and awareness to avoid falling over backwards.

IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Why do you have a name

I suspect that in real life he's more camp than most men.

Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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I think that scattered reflections would be more or less halved in brightness, as would randomly polarised ambient light. There can be all sorts of complications with using polarised filters for viewing so maybe it got too difficult to ensure adequate vision through them.

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Re: Dazzle.

Also, if the indicator light is close to the headlamp, you won't be able to see if the indicator is flashing, as I've found out on a few occassions at night.

BBC goes titsup: iPlayer to News websites down – Auntie working to fix it

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I got mine from a bay run by people with eyepatches and wooden legs. There were thousands of people there at the same time as me.

Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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re. the community work

I don't understand that part. Is it instead of the jail sentence and he can avoid jail if he completes it?

Jarvis versus Jarvis: Don't DISRUPT the DISRUPTION GURU!

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Parody accounts

If an 'influential' person doesn't have a parody account, then I don't think they can be taken seriously.

ISIS terror fanatics invade Diaspora after Twitter blockade

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Re: Damn it

This may be an unintentionally good tactic for ISIS and any others who switch to using anonymous services. Governements, of many different shades, would jump on that activity as a good reason to ban such services and label any user as a terrorist sympathiser. The admins (and podmins) of such services would then be 'terrorist enablers' and the general public would be glad to see them hunted down and put out of operation. The screws would tighten even more on our freedoms of movement and expression, hence leading to greater dissatisfaction in society.


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Re: Whoopie!

Be careful not to fly too far away from the sun.

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