* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

New NSA leak reveals invasion of the management consultants

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re. "untethered"

The chains we make for ourselves are the strongest chains of all.

Doom god John Carmack teleports from id Software to VR upstart Oculus Rift

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Re: I'll use it for gaming at least

"... I'd get hung up on things behind me."

It should be easy enough to put a rear-view mirror at the top of the display? Everybody who drives a car would be able to accept that.

Prime Minister David Cameron in Twitter gaffe

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re. @Number10gov

Will this account be handed over to David Cameron's replacement, when the time comes? If so, can it be wiped/reset so the new Prime Minister doesn't have to go through it removing things he disagrees with?

3D printing: 'Third industrial revolution' or a load of old cobblers?

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Re: They have some serious uses

If it was made off-site how long did she have to wait for it to be delivered and fitted? I assume her milled down tooth was scanned at the dentist and the scanned data sent out for manufacture. No temporary crown, so how long was she waiting with a 'red raw stump' until her crown could be finally fitted?

Firefox reveals new look: rounded rectangles

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Re: Frustrating

re. keeping cookies open/active: Firefox: Edit > Preferences > Privacy -> Exceptions button

This lets you specify which cookies are always/never/temporarily allowed.

Brit graphene maker poised to go public: Yes, wonder stuff WILL float

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Re: to IPO

'The last time I checked, ....' or 'When I last checked, ...' would be correct.


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If you wanted to get good air flow through a nose, you'd make (evolve) it to be short with wide nostrils.

Is it possisble that the larger male nose is intended partly for sexual signalling. It sounds fanciful to modern minds, but consider prehistoric hunter-gatherers grouped together in the middle of winter. They'd be wrapped up in identical looking thick furs with long untidy hair and the only distinguishing features would be their grimy faces. Eyebrows, mouths and chins (in general) show sex related differences in appearance, so why not noses too?

From the Dept of You are Old: 'Selfie' officially 'Word of the Year'

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What about 'Crimbo' (Chrimbo?)

Did the Aussies make that one up?

JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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I think he's had an idea for the spray on coating, .... dealing with enlargement ..... etc.

Google, Microsoft to drop child sex abuse from basic web search

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Re: ...

Why don't they just disconnect the data cables to the dark internet?

SuperStride Me: Reg hack spends week working at 'treadmill desk'

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It needs an adjustable incline

That would be interesting :)

If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Re: OK, safety first...

Ahhh but ...... you know what will happen when the servers realise there is a kill circuit that they have no control over.

Build your own WORKING Sonic Screwdriver... for a UNDER A FIVER

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Re: Nice !

He did leave, but he left in a TARDIS, so it gets complicated.

WHO was it that TAMED the WOLF? Heel, Rex! No! Aarrghh!

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Re: It may be a dumb question but ...

Since dogs tend to follow human populations around (or get dragged along), then the modern European dog may well have mixed ancestry and any separate domestication/evolution could have been muddied in the past during the many human migrations.

'Scientists are coming to space with USBs which are infected'

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Winter is coming

So is Black Friday.

Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

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It was looking for warmth and companionship that the humans never gave it and the stove was hot stuff.

Huge Antarctic iceberg: 1 Singapore? 8 Manhattans? This is CHAOS

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Re: Optional

I live in fear of the TeraJug. It will come one day.

Is it all up for LANDFILL ANDROID? BEHOLD, the Moto G

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Re: Get nothing for free

I've been using gmail for about 7 years and used that account to sign in to Android for 3 years (2 x HTC phones and now a Nexus 4) and have that account as my google wallet. I've never had any spam from Google. I use AdBlock on my browser and on my Android phone. Is any of this significant or useful to you? You did say it was an Android phone from China?

Nookie becomes, um, a virtual reality for Oculus Rift gadget gamers

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I watched the video

That was some weird s**t. (Right at the end.) I found the entire situation there, as presented, to be very alienating and depressing.

MIT boffins show off spooky human action at a distance

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future scenarios in which “medical imaging ..."


Microsoft fears XP could cause Indian BANKOCALYPSE

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Don't panic, until we tell you to.

" Microsoft said failure to migrate would mean banks not being able to support biometric readers, ...."

Isn't this about drivers for the readers? If so, the manufacturers had better write some XP drivers; or maybe Linux drivers :)

Europe, SAVE US! Patriot Act author begs for help to curb NSA spying

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In summary

The government of the USA is incapable of controlling one of it's own agencies or formulating laws that have the originally intended effect. That's probably quite common across Europe as well.


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Re: I read this and I think

Especially if it's an illegally downloaded book or TV show.

Makerbot vows to plonk a 3D printer in every one of Uncle Sam's schools

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@TheFatMan Re: "Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you .....

I can understand your thinking behind that easy put down, but I'm sure he's right. If you consider how this will probably be used by children and teachers, it will be like the teaching of 'computing' using Word and Excel to teach children 'how computers work'. You don't teach someone how a car works by showing them how to drive it around a quiet urban backstreet.

Denver robocops fit Nasal Ranger to perceive potent pot puffing pollution

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"... greater than a 7-to-1 dilution rate to be deemed a nuisance"

Shouldn't that be 'less than 7-to-1 dilution ..." to be noticable and therefore a nuisance?

(I'm assuming that 7-1 dilution means 7 parts air to 1 part smelly substance.)

ETERNAL PATENT WAR: Apple and Samsung locked in battle again

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Re: "The Fruity Firm"

Clichés die if you don't overuse them.

Hyenas FACEBOOK each other with their ARSES: FACT

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Disruptive experiments

Would it be posible to cause confusion and disruption in hyena society by 'posting' false messages using these bacterial cultures? Would this be an ethical experiment?

MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

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Creative Class

This would be great if the kids were allowed to wear pirate costume fancy dress, complete with cardboard swords.

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Re: I wonder

Steady on. The USA isn't the 50's USSR. Not yet anyway.


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It will be up to the government to decide if this substance is allowed to be sold to the public. The drinks industry is very wealthy and gives money to the government and also pays lots of taxes and excise duty to the government. Hence, the government will not allow this 'alcohol replacement' to be sold.

Blighty's banks prep for repeated kicks to cyber-'nads in Operation Waking Shark II

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...tests against physical security,...

How many 'key staff' do you need to gather into a disused warehouse and 'persuade', in order to have access to serious amounts of money. Just wondering.

RETRO-GASM: The Fuze electronics kit for the Raspberry Pi

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Re: Its Neat!

One possibility would be to use it as a development system to write and debug an application, then port the software to a "down and dirty with the connections" target system.

GoDaddy kicks off gTLD land rush with first domain sales

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"If multiple parties apply for pre-registration, ..."

This raises many questions and has many possibilities for corruption.

Microsoft advertises Surface, Excel with maths mistake

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Even if you're careful to make sure they're entered as text entries?

Personal web and mail server for Raspberry Pi seeks cash

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Re: ?

That was my first thought too, but the Raspberry Pi solution would be much cheaper (not counting your time in setting it up and messing around with it).

Norks unlikely to beat the USA in the death-ray race

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That diagram

It looks like the sort of thing I used to draw when I was 13. I used to 'design' fully working interplanetary spaceships.

Falkland Islands almost BLITZED from space by plunging European ion-rocket craft

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Re: When does recycling get to space ?

"Why not boost them into a higher Orbit ....."

Them running out of fuel may have something to do with it. Also, it may be considered more convenient and less dangerous, in the long term, to get them out of the way of anything useful up there.

Google patent: THROAT TATTOO with lie-detecting mobe microphone built-in

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How good are throat microphones?

Much of the detail of the sound of the sound of the human voice is produced by the shaping of the tongue and the lips and we hear the sounds that come out of the mouth through the air. Does a microphone on the surface of the throat actually sound any good?

World's first 3D-printed metal gun 'more accurate' than factory-built cousin

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How precise is the initially made article?

"...and polished before use."

Does this 'polishing' involve precision machinery that removes significant amounts of metal? I'm a cynic, I know.

Feedly coughs to cockup, KILLS Google+ login as users FLEE

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Oh really?

"... login more seamlessly across devices (Android)."

I've always had seamless and permanent 'login' on my Android phone and tablet. Press Feedly icon -> get Feedly. On my PC browsers, I've set Firefox to always remember the appropriate cookies and never had to login again after that. (I have the Feedly add-on button).

This was about having the user give default permission for Feedly to contact the people in their G+ circles, presumably so that Feedly could spam them with "Your friend is using Feedly - so should you." messages.

Horny lovers FOSSILISED in steamy RUMPY-PUMPY session 156m yrs ago

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Re: Now *that's* what I call

No, it's coitus continuous.

Sail HO! Look out Bay Area - it's the GOOGLE GALLEON

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'...an array of sails “reminiscent of fish fins, which will remind visitors that they are on a seaworthy vessel". '

Fish swim under the suface of the water.

Feedly gets Greedly: Users suddenly HAVE TO create a Google+ account

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"...vast online empire ..."

I read that as 'vampire empire'. My speed reading abilities need some improvement.

OK, maths wonks: PRIME TIME has arrived

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The sky fills with heavenly light when angels appear

It always does that when angels appear to me. Just saying.

I survived Spiceworld 2013, heat and all: Here's how I did it

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Re: tl;dr

I found out what it's about: http://www.thespiceworks.co.uk/

Their Hempseed powder, for making drinks/smoothies might be interesting. Apart from that, its all a bit too 'niche' for my tastes.

Twitter, Facebook and pals keep BEELLIONS from treasury with exec pay tax break – report

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"Effectively the company is giving away something valuable (a stake in itself) and getting nothing in return, .."

They could have given cash (which is valuable), but this way has advantages for the employee/director.

They do get something in return, they get the services of the employee/director, which must be of value to the company or they wouldn't keep them in employment/appointment.

If the company really does value the ownership of its own shares, it can simply buy them in the open market and run accountancy methods to turn this to its advantage.

The entire point of this process is to reduce the amount of tax paid by the employee/director and the company. It has nothing to do with 'giving people a stake in the company'. If people wanted that, they'd buy shares. It's not 'ordinary workers' who are given these deals, it's directors and high level managers.

Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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Google Play sold out?

You can get them now on e-bay at amazing prices!

Or wait until the end of January/February when the overexcited early buyers relaise they have an urgent need for money. That's exactly what happened with the Nexus 4.

Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

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They lie

"Having initially claimed this was a HM Revenue and Customs matter, and after HMRC pointed out it wasn’t, the Home Office simply said it has no plans to change the regulation."

It's a reflex action. It's in their blood and the marrow of their bones.

A-list celebs, biz barons' privates EXPOSED in limo hire hack – report

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Just wondering

"... we had to send [the] limousine to the car wash to get it detailed after all the activities during your rental."

So, what were the details of the sexual activity and the sex toy?

Gigantic Apple MaxiPad spotted in China

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It's 'MaXiPad'

Well, that's my contribution to branding ideas.

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