* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Google gives Maps a lick of paint, smears it over screens worldwide

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I remember the last time

They changed the UK motorways from blue (standard colour code on UK maps) to orange. They also messed up my ability to store offline maps on my device, so I had to have a data connection to even see a map. I very much doubt that they will improve it in any way.

Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Proof by induction

This is effectively 'proof by induction', where you say (sort of): if it's true for this, it must be true for that, and I've just shown it for this, so it must be true for all that. It works if you dig deeper into it. Proof by induction can get messy because you have to show (sometimes laboriously) that it is true for a certain case or cases.

IBM, AT&T ink global Internet of Things tie-up

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...is pitched as having “privacy in mind”

Oh yes, we thought about it.

Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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"... and reaping donations to the cause via PayPal"

I wonder if they tried leaning on PayPal to freeze his account I also wonder if they accessed the PayPal database to find out who had been making donations

Robots demanding equal API rights? It's just a matter of time

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Re: no, just no

The lifts will all sulk in the basment.

Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests

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Re: Damn americans, staying over there, working their own jobs

Yes but .... the workers they hire locally and pay locally, don't buy goods and services from Tata Consulting Services. Also, you raise the issue of 'long term sense' .......... TCS would be concerned with short and medium term costs and profits.

Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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The picture ..

When I saw that, I thought it was a picture of Dyson's range of vacuum cleaners. I wonder where Samsung got the idea to make a vacuum cleaner look like that. Or maybe it's obvious and form follows from function :)

London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Re: dangleway.london

How about .... yahoo!.london ?

Who wants to start a Kickstarter for a more secure Kickstarter? Account data hacked

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"... Kickstarter retains the last four digits of non-US credit cards .."

So they are involved? Or do Amazon pass this data back to Kickstarter?

My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Re: 100 reported cases of contact sensitisation

... and over what period of time and how are they clustered over time? These products have been used for many years but perhaps only lately have become 'mass-market' (or more affordable by most). Could it be a peanut allergy situation?

Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

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Is this what's called a 'cyber jerk'?

According to my Request Policy plugin, cyberstreetwise.com puts out requests for content to rackcdn.com, which them puts out requests for content to cyberstreetwise.com. As well as the usual suspects such as facebook and twitter and google analytics, they then try to load javascript from mookie1.com. WTF is mookie1.com and why should I trust it?

Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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“his”, “her” or “their” the three options.

I want the 'it' option. I renounce my humanity and detest all fleshy forms of existence.

Flappy Bird becomes massively multiplayer PHOENIX

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Just wondering ...

If enough Flappy Bird players get together in this way, will they exhibit emergent intelligence?

Silk Road reboot claims: Hacker STOLE all our Bitcoin funds

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" ... maintenance work that required funds to be placed in a vulnerable location."

No. I'm sure the work required the funds to be placed in a 'different' location, not a 'vulnerable' location.

Big Blue blasts fibre bottleneck with analog-digital double whammy

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" ...capable of 64GS/s (giga-samples per second), and is capable of generating a whopping 128 billion analog-to-digital conversions per second ..."

(I assume 128 billion is 128G) Does this mean that the input sample and hold circuitry is the limiting factor in overall capability? If so, could they use two input circuits in parallel and interleave the outputs feed to the SAR? I find all this puzzling because a SAR uses a D/A convertor as part of its feedback/comparison loop and that would be most likely to be the limiting factor for speed.

Facebook KICKS OUT ad stalkers for BREACHING data rules

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Have I understood this properly? ....

Advertising companies can't be trusted with our personal data?

Million-dollar new disk tech could be USELESS for array vendors

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Re: Ironically

Or the 'Grauniad' as it's affectionately known.

Parking firm pulls app after dev claims: I can SEE credit card privates

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I'm surprised ...

... that he wasn't reported and then arrested for hacking into a commercial computer system and stealing personal financial information. Got to clamp down on this sort of thing you know.

Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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@Ken Y-N Re: I'll have a go at translation

It's a chocolate 'Yule log' and the filling is leaking out. Some people ......

Steelie Neelie: ICANN think of more 'credible' rules for internet. (Cough *NSA* cough)

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Re: Excuse me but is this Torygraph?

" They are chosen, .... by the elected heads of government ....."

Yep, facts are boring; but true in this case.

Hear that, Sigourney? Common names 'may not constitute personal data'

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Re: Paranoia?

If you tried to set-up a bank account under a pseudonym in the UK, the bank would probably detect that and inform the police and HMRC. Then you would be investigated very thoroughly.

It's a scientific fact: Online comment trolls are sadists

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Re: Are there really all that many trolls?

I was with you until you dissed furries, then I realised that you're just a troll.

Google hefts MySQL service into cloud

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re. MySQL cf. MariaDB

Can anyone who has used both of them tell us if there are any significant differences between them, in terms of their capability and suitability for various tasks?

DARPA wants to out-Google-Google

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But ....

... the DoD and the NSA know about Tor servers and how to use them.

Apple's Hacker Princess dumps fruity firm for Elon Musk's Tesla

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Re: "fruity firm"

Thank! goodness! she! didn't! go! to! work! for! Yahoo!

Barclays Bank probes 'client data sold to rogue City traders' breach

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Barclays just released 2013 profit figures of £5.2bn

Maybe selling people's data really pays off?

(Joke icon: for legal reasons)

Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

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Isn't kite fighting popular among kids in Asia?

This could be fun. I predict drones with long blades attached.

Rampaging Google now second most valuable company ON EARTH

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Re: Hmmmm

"For a company that makes virtually nothing ..."

Does that mean that all banks and insurance (etc) companies are overvalued?

Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

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Re: LinkedIn (etc) and browser security

You could always run your browser in a sandbox. Or have the security services found a way to get out of one?

France demands that Google post badge of shame on its pages

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If the CNIL demand goes ahead ...

.. Google can comply and follow it with their own announcement (in polite language and larger font) saying what they think of it. I'm sure someone can think up a suitable parody meaning of CNIL for them.

Tim Cook dangles 'new product categories' carrot over $14bn Apple share buyback

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Re: I don't understand any of this

"He wants more money." - So why doesn't he just sell his shares, like ordinary mortals do?

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I don't understand any of this

If Apple buys back shares from the shareholders, does the board exercise the voting rights of those shares or do the remaining shareholders get proportional rights over the votes of the Apple-held shares?

If investors want to sell their shares, surely they can do so in the open market, if that is what they want.

What is Icahn's rationale in 'demanding' a $50bn buy back, by Apple?

15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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"...an epidemic of Flappy Bird addiction among the constabulary."

Will they be able to download apps as they wish? If so, that could get very interesting.

CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

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Is the overlap of the rings part of the plan?

Will they have a track junction and a marshalling yard for particles?

Snowden saga scares Oracle away from spy-flick sponsorship

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I thought Edward Snowden was the oracle ...

Am I getting confused?

Google admits 'garbage in, garbage out' translation problem

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re. chat(s)

Google translates the entire thing as, "Do not disturb the sleeping cat, please. I have other fish to fry."

If you remove the first sentence, Google then translates the second sentence correctly. I could understand it 'correcting' the word 'cat' to 'fish' if it was using some kind of recognition of common expression algorithm, but not the behaviour as seen.

Update: If you have anything as a first sentence, it gives 'fish' in the second, instead of 'cats'. Then after more messing around, it always gives 'fish', no matter how you arrange it.

Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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re VirginMedia

Whenever I have a fault with my VM service, I always connect my laptop directly to their modem before calling and reporting the fault. Why? ... Because my experience is that they always blame my router and tell me that I need to download the latest firmware for it and then restart it before I call them again. Every time I've phoned them, it's turned out to be a problem in their network.

LOHAN's handsome young autopilot springs into life

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Just wondering ...

For the final assembly, will you be making proper wiring looms with lacing cord and cable trays bolted to the inside of the fuselage? It would look really good if you did.

Google closes briefcase on Italian job: Execs 'not liable' for privacy breach

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"They also can lose exemption if they monitor content."

Is that why YouTube comments has lots of mindless filth? If Google read and then decide to remove even one comment, they then have to carefully police the lot?

City bankers survive simulated cyber-war

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Make it more real

"... the exercise was criticised by some banks as not challenging enough. Some participants wanted a greater emphasis on ..."

I'd want to see a greater emphasis on bankers being kidnapped on their way to work or from their homes, then being 'pressured' to reveal their passwords, etc. I'm a firm believer in 'worst case' testing.

Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Re: Value of opinion


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@notauser Re: Useful criticism?

The comment about 'sheep ... who can't spell consumer or product' is harsh criticism, moving into insult. However, your second paragraph is spot on, as can be seen from all the company notices that follow a parting of the ways when a high level manager or executive leaves a company.

Mars Orbiter spots FRESH IMPACT CRATER

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Re: Non-radial

It may be that the meteorite (if that is what it was, see above) came slightly from the 'south'. There could have been a strong southerly wind blowing?

The job-eating predator VMware users fear is ... VMware

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"... uses automation ... , a trend made flesh .."

I don't think 'flesh' is an appropriate word there.

How many keys can one keyboard have? Do I hear 200? 300? More?

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Re: A dedicated keyboard for a single app?

If you're sitting at a desk, using Photoshop as a professional, or in any serious capacity, why not have two monitors and use one of them for your toolbars or even a custom toolpad graphic?

Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

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Yes ...

... and this is Google announcements we're reading. :)

Turkish president mulls $4.5bn Apple fondleslab school deal

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@El_Fev Re: You can always be sure....

I'm chained up, in the attic. It's a diverse community.

Facebook turns 10: Big Brother isn't Mark Zuckerberg. It's YOU

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They scare me

"... there’s rather more comeback to giving spoof data to Facebook than giving it to the police or the NHS."

That's right. The last thing you want is a late night visit from the Facebook 'user corrections unit'.

Anonymous means NO identifying element left behind – EU handbook

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Re: "Data are anonymised ..."

Surely 'data' can be (and is) regarded as an 'incorporated entity' or a 'body of facts' as the dictionary puts it, and so it is correct to say 'Data is ....' If not, then you should be careful to say "The datum is ...' whenever you are referring to a single item/fact.

Canadian spookhaus says airport Wi-Fi slurp didn't invade privacy

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Re: Well, I figured that the canuck sigint spooks would get outed before too long

@Marketing Hack: They already have records of all Canadian citizen's WiFi MACs so it's easy to filter them out, to be in accordance with the law. :)

@AC: You need an auto-Forget app; or go through them yourself and 'Forget' them if they might cause you problems.

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