* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google Chrome ad-blocking to begin in February – but what is it going to block?

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That picture

I assume it's from an advert for Better Abs.

You too can fool AI facial recognition systems by wearing glasses

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Re: Apple thinks my dog is a person

Have you tried it when your dog is wearing glasses?

Sex robot forum venue 'encrypted in a poem'

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From the Poems

Mr Softee pulls away - She makes love to her mobile

(That just caught my eye. It's so close to my own experiences.)

Seagate's lightbulb moment: Make read-write heads operate independently

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Worth the effort?

They seem to have packaged two physical drives in one physical unit. Maybe the on-board controller can also treat them both as one physical drive but isn't it more flexible and perhaps cheaper to concentrate on making a single physical hard drive robust and cheap and then use RAID and similar techniques to get performance increases?

If you want to go this route, why not package an extra entire independent set of read/write heads at the opposite corner, then you could really have two channel access to the same physical drive?

Dump ur mobile provider via txt by 2019: LMFAO cu l8r

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Re: Great !

Without the (seemingly) standard £30 cancellation charge, I hope :(

Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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There is a difference between them. It's the emf (electro-magenetic fields) that the researchers seem to be worried about.

Sigh. It's not quite Star Trek's Data, but it'll do: AI helps boffins clock second Solar System

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Re: Naming Convention

The universe is complicated!

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Naming Convention

Does anyone know why Kepler-90a isn't used for the first planet?

Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

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I'm sure he did 'say' that. How you spell it in writing depends on which language you use, English or American.

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re. Bootnote

Mr. Mouse is definitely in charge and very much hands-on.

NSFW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TF4_4g1B2Ug

UK's map maker Ordnance Survey plays with robo roof detector

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The Next Stage

Farmers start applying camouflage patterns to the roofs of the new barns they built in a convenient hollow in their land.

'Suspicious' BGP event routed big traffic sites through Russia

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Long term view

Is there any kind of historical 'misrouting analysis' which gives a list of these types of events and the locations that data was misrouted through? It would be interesting to see the misrouting events organised by country of 'wrongful route'. e.g. How many misroutings went through the USA or UK?

Trump to NASA: Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon

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"... the establishment of a base on the Moon ..."

Will the first one be called Moonbase Alpha?

Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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Re: @FuzzyWuzzys re. @for_exposure_txt

I worked my way through the poorly expressed, spelled and 'grammared' posts to find this gem:

"I think there is a difference between compensating artists for their work, which is obviously a good thing, and allowing them to keep our culture hostage. At a certain point art becomes bigger than the artist."

Oh wow!

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: If you think that is stupid

Oh my, that is weird.

Oregon will let engineer refer to himself as an 'engineer'

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Re: Oregon is a nanny state

Beaverton: Is it safe to make jokes about the town's name?

("... doing math without a license ..." - wonderful :) )

Hitchcock cameo steals opening of Oracle v Google Java spat

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I thought they were both dead.

Los Angeles police tell drivers not to trust navigation apps as wildfires engulf area

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The satellite view for my area hasn't been updated for three years. I know this because a car I once borrowed (three years ago) can be seen on the driveway.

Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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You Take My Self Control

I, I love among the creatures of the night .......etc.

Something weird to deck the Xmas tree with: 3D-printed Wi-Fi baubles

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"In an effort to make objects more chatty, ..."

Oh why!

O Christmas wreath, O Christmas wreath, thy potent skunk's in bunches

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"... decorate their knockers this festivus."

Pics, or ..... please?

Viagra's Irish plant STILL giving local men and dogs stiffies (not really)

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There's a song about that

“I think Viagra must have got into the water supply."


Dentist-turned bug-biter given a taste of freedom

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What is 'cyberstalking' ....

.... and why is he facing charges for it?

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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According to a TV drama/documentary that I once saw, something very special will happen to Voyager.

French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: Vive la France

These 'corporations' have a legal corporate presence in Europe and operate in Europe. They trade in Europe, engage in corporate activity and make a profit in Europe. I thought that European law would apply to anyone who did that.

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Re: Theft or not

VAT is not paid by the company, it is paid by the end customer. The company just acts as a tax collector and forwards the VAT collected to the government.

Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Damian Green

Should have used a virtual machine.

BT lab domain grab – 17 years after cheeky chap swiped 'em

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Per Ardua Ad Bitcoin

On my way out .....

Crypto-cash souk Coinbase forced to rat out its high rollers to probing US taxmen

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If you were a private Bitcoin investor/speculator and you cashed in all or part of your wallet, would the money be taxed as capital gains or some other form of taxation?

Is there an equivalence comparison with any kind of real world asset holding? etc?

Today is your last chance to pick up a piece of channel history

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"Misco is synonymous with glamour."


Ad-filtering fiend Eyeo: Morning has broken, like the first morning

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"You just give a certain amount a month – the minimum is €2 – and that then is distributed to sites that accept payments based on how much time you spend there."

Is this anonymised in any way? Can it be?

We go live to the Uber-Waymo court battle... You are not going to believe this. The judge certainly doesn't

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Re: So I have this idea to pitch to Netflix

Netflix have shown stranger things so I suppose you're in with a chance.

Stephen Hawking's boffin buds buy HPE HPC to ogle universe

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oogles of problems

I tried to Google the universe but had all sorts of problems with the gravitational constant.

What's that fresh, zesty fragrance? Oh, Linux Mint 18.3 has landed

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The Linux Mint version update process is very smooth and fast. From 17.3 to 18.1 and throughout the 18.n series. They are to be congratulated on making a very user friendly distribution.

As for Timeshift, I prefer to use GpartedLive to make a clone of my root and home partitions which I can archive (at the back of the drawer) and restore from if needed. (Personal data is stored on a separate partition.) It's a brutally simple method and it's worked for me for over four years now. All you need is a spare hard drive. A cheap usb-SATA adapter cable will let you plug an SSD drive into a laptop usb socket so that's all good too.

You live in the right galaxy: Milky Way to eat Small Magellanic Cloud even sooner

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Re: We're in for a bit of a shake up anyway

Have your mind-state stored in Amazon AWS then ...... oh, ....wait.

Don't shame idiots about their idiotically weak passwords

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Re: Who?

Also, the article doesn't have any numeric characters in it.

Military test centre for frikkin' laser cannon opens in Hampshire

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re. LDEW

I wish they'd call it CREWS (Coherent Radiation Emission Weapons System).

10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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"Weirdly, the dog's owner didn't respond; ..."

But did the dog let you know that it understood your clumsiness and that you were forgiven? (They can do that.)

Sci-Hub domains inactive following court order

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Re: I am leet hacker

They are now on scihub.org. I am leet Googler :)

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An idea

They can put them on The Pirate Bay. It's still out there.

Someone told Google to nuke links to mean reviews of disgraced telco True Telecom

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Re: Googled it

I'm in the UK with Virgin Media and not using a VPN but my router is set to use (Google's DNS) by default.

Edit: I just tried it with (VM's default DNS) and I get the same result.

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Googled it

I just Googled "True telecom fines" and it has lots of links to articles about them being fined £85k or £300K. So, what's happening? Maybe my internet is slow.

Wizarding World of Harry Potter awaits Microsoft Office exam winners

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MS Office

"... the first round is titled "The Hogwarts Express"..."

Is that where you take a run at a brick wall as fast as you can? Ah, it's similar.

Aussie Catholic School forced into hasty cover-up over suggestive Saint

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Some people ....

.... see what they want to see.

'Gimme Gimme Gimme' Easter egg in man breaks automated tests at 00:30

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Re: Aha!

I think this code has met its Waterloo. It was nice of the author to take a chance on it though.

From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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This would give simulated gravity at each end, in the hollowed out living quarters.

Germany slaps ban on kids' smartwatches for being 'secret spyware'

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Widespread potential problem?

Can't you do the same thing with a small, cheap mobile phone?

Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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What is the 'logic' behind needing a licence from the CAA in order to take aerial photos and then sell them? Are the CAA afraid that the skies will become full of planes and drones taking pictures for commercial purposes if this licence was not required?

The Reg parts ways with imagineer and thought pathfinder Steve Bong

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Are you sure it was the Kremlin. Identity is a tricky thing nowadays.

Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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Why would someone working at this level of 'software nastiness' install cracked/pirated MS Office software on their computer?

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