* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

Go to eBay (or similar) and get an Acer Travelmate 8000 (or similar). Also on eBay, get a replacement battery and an SSD PATA drive for it, 16GB or 32GB will be fine. Install LInux MInt (or similar). Enjoy using it. I already had the Acer so I just had to get the battery and PATA SSD :)

128-bit crypto scheme allegedly cracked in two hours

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Re: Better password needed

123456 isn't a prime number so if course it's not secure. (I may be getting confused here.)

Samsung WRISTPHONE – for those who wanna whisper to strap-ons

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Re: So memoryloss, and a very unimaginitive brain is what it takes to become a regreporter?

Would the toothpick/stylus fit into a small recessed tube in the wristphone, or would it be tied to the strap with a short length of stylish string?

Congress divorces NIST and NSA

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After Heartbleed and other similar problems, I'd hope that many eyes are now looking over the crypto and security functions of Linux and its various distributions. At least people can do that if they want to.

Bondi shark alert systems beams warning to nobody on Google Plus

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Am I correct in assuming ...

... that they use an SMS to send the warning? I hope so.

Google brings futuristic Linux software CoreOS onto its cloud

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Re: Someone fell for the autocorrect

You mentioned it. That could be the spark :)

Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: Oo Exciting..

Paragraphs 7-10 explain the differences and the relative advantages betwen virtualisation and containerisation. Nate Amsden's excellent comment is very interesting.

NOT APPY: Black cab drivers enraged by Hailo as taxi tech wars rage on

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Did this crowd ......

... have torches and pitchforks, or were they brandishing buggy whips?

Truphone debuts 66-country flat rate roaming deal

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"... with 12GB of data costing just shy of £1,000 ..."

I'd be happy to charge a roving business person half that rate, and provide a meal and a bottle of wine while they surfed the net using my WiFi. Do I put an advert in my local paper?

NASA stitches 3.2 gigapixel 'Global Selfie' mosaic

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The location of the selfies ...

... on the globe doesn't correspond to where they were taken (according to the location placards). I was a bit disappointed.

Look, pal, it’s YOUR password so it’s YOUR fault that it's gone AWOL

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@Joe 35 Re: Website policy stupidity

I encountered that problem 3 years ago when I tried to pay my (ill in hospital) Mother's phone bill, we were both with Virgin Media. They wouldn't accept my encyclopaedic knowledge of her and her account details. Eventually I drove 100 miles to her house and made the phone call from her phone, thus 'proving' my bona-fides and obtaining details for making a direct transfer from my bank account. I'm surprised that they didn't accuse me of being a burglar who'd broken into her house.

Need reminding how troubled Universal Credit is? MPA puts it in special 'reset' category

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Re: Meanwhile...

“It’s things like not confusing Eileen with Elaine.”

Whereas Dan, Dave, Don, Dick, Dom and Doug are so memorably different.

CERN: Build terabit networks or the Higgs gets it!

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I'd be happy to put my old laptop in the DMZ and let CERN use it.

Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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This is very puzzling

Especially the inverter, which has no reason to store any kind of data and from the link supplied appears to have no mechanism for data to get into it; (unless it has a secret built-in Wi-Fi block with data processing and a flash memory store - let's go totaly paranoid here).

P.S. The 'intact' and 'destroyed' keyboard components seem to be two different items.

Report: Samsung joining virtual reality race with Galaxy headset

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Re: Once again...

Thank you. Obvious when explained simply and clearly.

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Re: Once again...

Could you please briefly explain what 'augmented reality' is and why Google Glass doesn't provide it?

I remember reading about the Durovis Dive, which seems like a cheap and cheerful and clever way of getting Occulus Rift functionality, but maybe not Occulus Rift quality. After those two, I'd have thought that the only other patentable things would be 'software patents' to perform certain functions - cue court cases between Apple, Samsung, Google and others.

BT and Neul ink gov-funded deal: Milton Keynes to be test bed for Internet of Stuff

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Re: Re-Cycle!

"I see that you're disposing of a large metallic 'white goods' item. The appropriate recycling and chemical disposal fee will be automatically added to your council tax bill."

Expulsion from Garden of Steven: Apple staffers tossed out of Fruit Loop

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Re: They can't all be engineers and designers

If they were real engineers, they could be creative and kick-ass anywhere. They're not engineers, they're 'user experience imagineers'. (Grumpy old engineer mode: Off. Oh, .. I can't turn it off...)

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"Google has also expanded into Sunnyvale ..."

Has anyone figured out what will happen if Googlematter and Applematter meet and interact?

Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

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I'd play Lords Of Acid tracks at high volume

It's been a while, I must dig them out of my 'library' disk.

Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

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That would be legally difficult, especially in Japan. Maybe they could set up a legally controlled 'special zone' with the herbal produce containers being sealed and then only exported to Colorado and similar places? Even then, it would be a niche product with a high price.

CERN and MIT chaps' secure webmail stalled by stampede of users

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Anybody who is 'sophisticated' enough to use this ...

... and to feel that they need this, would be capable of using a standard encryption utility on a .txt file and sending it as an attachment, surely? The recipient has to be able to decrypt the attachment, yes, but if the recipient can't do that, they are probably not clued up enough to be able to use this service anyway.

E-cigarettes help you quit – but may not keep you alive

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Re: There is a problem with these in the USA.

I refill the cartridges of the 'real cig lookalikes' and a 30ml bottle of e-juice lasts me two weeks. If any government did try taxing them then there would be massive smuggling of this liquid.

As you said, the problem with e-cigs, from the government's point of view, is that they lead to a reduction in tax revenue; from the wealthy and influential tobacco companies' point of view it's a reduction in profits. It's not just the people who smoke/vape who are addicted, it's entire governments of major nations.

Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

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Re: Did he...

Maybe he thought it was a sperm-bank ATM.

Uncivil engineering: US society skewers self-published science

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Re: Err...

Apparently, if you have a paper published in an ASCE journal, nobody else is allowed to publish it anywhere, not even you. Maybe they should have read the details of the conditions before they submitted it for publication? (The meaning of the word 'submit' might be relevant here.)

Edit: I just noticed that I have to press a button labelled 'Submit'. I give up.

Venus Express to get final acid bath before crashing to surface

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"... its cooler, redder cousin."

Surely that should be 'sibling'?

EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

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"started taking a very circuitous route through Hong Kong,"


Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: I don't see this as a problem.

When I got my Nexus 4, the first thing I did was put a matte protective sheet on the screen. I accidentally positioned it so that the edge of the sheet went over the front camera lens. This made my selfies look much better. I can recommend this process.

NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

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I watched the video

I'd like to have my time over again and be a NASA engineer. It looks like FUN!! (Then again, I'd probably be on the team that analyses the results and prepares spreadsheets and graphs for middle management meetings; then have to double check and justify the budget projection figures. Reality has always bitten me.)

Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech wolverine talons

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I liked the custom decor of his welding mask. He pays attention to the overall aesthetic of the event :)

IBM accidentally invents new class of polymers

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Re: Now this is a proper invention.

That's probably because you only hear about the ones that are worth talking about and developing further.

Boffins 3D-print biomimetic shark skin

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Re: Surprised they didn't get better results actually

A long time ago, as part of a spa/massage experience, I was rubbed down by a lady who wore a genuine sharkskin glove. It really was like a fine but grippy abrasive paper and suprisingly pleasant. By that stage, my body had been pummeled to jelly and I was too relaxed to care about anything.

Qld government in social media policy linkrot FAIL

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A spokesman said ....

"I don't understand your problem; it works fine on MY computer."

Whoa! NUDE! SELFIES! for! Marissa! Mayer's! Blink-gobbling! Yahoo!

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re. Meh Labs

I read that as Meth Labs.

GCHQ's 'NOSEY SMURF' spyware snoops dragged into secretive tribunal

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Re: Nosey smurf ? Foggybottom ? Gumfish ? Tracker Smurf ?

If Nosey Smurf crashes, GCHQ get a blue screen of deaf.

Oracle horns in on Red Hat's OpenStack party with own distro

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Summary of Differences

Are there any articles or websites that explain the differences between, for example, Oracle's Unbreakable Linux and RHEL's Linux core? Why do some people swear by Debian Stable and others always use Open Suse? Are the differences too complicated to understand and for me to make logical decisions based on them?

Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

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Yes but

"The data belongs to the individual, not to the company."

In the case against Google, the data was a newspaper report (belonging to the Spanish newspaper) of a court case in Spain and is therefore a matter of public record throughout the EU. There is some very woolly thinking and strange arguments being bandied around in this area.

The 'right to be forgotten' should be about personal photographs and early attempts at poetry, not court cases that you now find embarassing.

Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

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Nearly there already

Scotland already has its own mint, for notes at least. All they need to do is make some desgn/colour changes and then a minor spelling change to 'poond'. Job done.

Where are your rich friends? Facebook's Zuck sued for not being social enough

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It gets worse

Having bought the three adjacent plots at the back and sides of your house, you then have about five separate adjacent plots that are a potential threat to your privacy and peaceful enjoyment.

Boffins debunk red wine miracle antioxidant myth

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re. urine analysis

" ... the people with ... were no less likely to have died ..."

So, they were already dead when they took the urine samples?

Internet of Stuff: Cleaner washing, more milk ... fewer COW FARTS?

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Re: ARMed Cows

Thank you for giving me an excuse for this.....


BEAK DRONE: 1080p HD Wi-Fi quad-copter by Parrot takes to skies

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Re: More importantly...

With an Occulus Rift type headset and a sharp blade sticking out of the front of it, you could fly lethal (to the target) kamikaze missions.

Get BENT: Flexy supercapacitor breaks records

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At some point, two wires will have to be connected to this thing (or item of clothing) in such a way that all parts of the (super)capacitor have a low resistance path to the wires. How would this be done?

SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

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Re: Hasn't El Reg heard of ramraiding before?

I wear steel underpants in case of "perineal robbery" attempts. So far, my precaution has paid off.

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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" ... the hackneyed cab industry."

I see what you did there.

Vinyl-fetish hipsters might just have a point

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On the album that followed Bat Out Of Hell, someone had inscribed 'Chicken Out Of Hell' in the same manner. The other side had 'Reeks Of Old Chicken'. At the time, I wasn't sure if that was cool and amusing or just very rude.

Bitly shortens life of users' passwords after credential compromise

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Re: leetspeak fail

He might have been thinking about 'pr0nage'.

Want a twenty-buck smartphone? Go to China, says ARM exec

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Re: Amazing?

An Android tablet only needs the WiFi to be fully connected since you can tether it to your Android phone.

Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

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Re: So who gets the money?

I thought the 'performing rights' fee was only due for playing of material from artists who had signed up to it (just about all commercially published artists). i.e. you can play your own compositions and sing your own lyrics if you haven't signed up to give the collection responsibility to the Performing Rights Society?

If I'm wrong, that is truly a crazy situation.

NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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It might be illuminating ...

... to do an investigation of the personal and family financial interests of the ones who voted against this. Call me cynical if you like, because I am.

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