* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Robot cop called in after MAD BONGER blown up in LIQUID MARIJUANA EXPLOSION

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" ... a machete and a hatchet ..."

He should have used wirecutters, obviously. He must have been far gone to make that mistake.

The Old Reader evicts Google Reader refugees

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Re: home brew

How many more users could your server accept? Have you thought about embedding adverts? Oh, the possibilities.

Hey, Silicon Valley milky drink fans: Starbucks intros wireless charging

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Time to charge?

Does anyone know the charging rate of these wireless chargers, compared to the 'traditional' micro-usb on the end of a cable method? My main use of charging is to plug it it when the battery gets down to about 75% and leave it connected until I need to walk around with it. If I want to make some phone calls, I can still use the phone when it's charging, as long as I stay sitting down.

Samsung wins not-so-final 'final' pinch-to-zoom patent decision

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"... with each side alternating its time on top with each ruling."

That's exactly what you'd expect with bounce-back decisions.

'World's BIGGEST online fraud': Suspect's phone had 'location' switched on

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Re: SQL injection

I wonder how much it would have cost those 'organisations' to properly sanitise/parameterise (whatever) their websites against the SQL injection attack techniques. Can anybody who really has a clue let us know?

Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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re. ads

If I want to see ads for alcohol, I just walk down three particular aisles of my local supermarket. It's all there in glorious HD 3-D technicolour, something to suit every taste and preference, and you can touch the products and feel the weight and stroke them if you want to.

I still haven't found the aisles for overtly sexual services. I'll keep looking.

Comrade! If you dare f$%^ing swear on the internet, WE'LL SHOOT

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In my small part of the world .......

.....it's the kids who shock and offend me with their swearing. Can they be fitted with filters?

Do you really want tech companies to pay more tax?

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@Rampant Spaniel Re: Couldn't have said it better.

He seems to be acting as a divider in this case. He's probably multi-functional.

British boffin muzzled after cracking car codes

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Re: @Trevor_Pott

Come on jake, even a grumpy old cynical git like me can see that Trevor was making a jokey comment with very pertinent undertones and relevance to the article. He gets an upvote from me. You get a request to be my mentor, so I can progress to the next level.

BOFH: Don't be afraid - we won't hurt your delicate, flimsy inkjet printer

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Re: Stupid title, helping propagate clueless nonsense.

Here in the UK, the word 'Engineer' is used as a rough job description for anything that involves touching/fixing/operating technical stuff. In the US, Canada and Germany, the word Engineer is a legally recognised qualification and profession involving membership of a professional body.

In the UK, the closest we come to that is membership of recognised chartered institutions, and that's got nothing to do with the exact letters of your degree, or lack of one.

Frank Ly BSc CEng MIEE (yes, I know they've changed the name)

New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

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" .. users always click "yes" when asked a question .."

Not me. I've considered several apps that asked for ridiculously uneccessary permissions, then clicked the Cancel/No button. e.g an on-sceeen clock display that wants to access contacts list, send SMS and access the internet.

Wow! British Gas bungs a million remote-controlled sales-droids in UK homes

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Re: Air conditioning?

Very few domestic properties in the UK have air conditioning. The number of days in the year it would be regarded as 'must have', would usually be very low. Supermarkets, offices and cinemas often have air conditioning.

'Wandering Dago' tuck truck ejected from NY race track

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"..who would self-reference themselves in a deragotory manner?"

Ask the members of NWA. :)

Indian military pondered attack on Venus and Jupiter

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If it's part of your job, to look at the sky .....

... dont you develop an interest in basic astronomy, just for something to think about?

Apple's shock treatment: An authentic charger-spotting guide

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Re: Random standard??

Maybe someone dictated it over a bad phone line and they actually said 'branded'? (I'm munching on straws here.)

Hankering for a Nobel Prize? EAT MORE CHOCOLATE

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"Nobelists could understate chocolate consumption to amplify the appearance that native prowess led to their Prize ..."

I'm sure that a Nobel prize winner would never falsify data for their own benefit.

Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

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Re: Legal Question

Given that one of the functions of a 'Solicitor' is to act as a pimp for a barrister, your confusion is understandable.

Comet ISON seen eructating 300,000km-long methane and CO2 BELCH

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re. belching

If it's methane then it's probably farting.

What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...

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I think he means the underground ducts and tunnels that carry the comms fibres and cables.

Australia to world: Ploughman, dig our rare earths

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Their plan was obvious, with hindsight

Those clever Chinese, concerned about projected long term shortages and high prices of rare earths; decided on a cunning plan to mainipulate the rest of the world into improving the supply of rare earths. The Chinese were willing to suffer short term pain in exchange for the long term gain of everyone. Altruism at its finest.

Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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"... the default settings are very dim"

Did you try turning it up and up again?

ISPs: Relax. Blocking porn online won't really work

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A question for Claire Perry

If you see a house on fire, then shout, "Hey, look, that house is on fire!", have you committed arson?

Do you think she'd even understand the question?

UK pots 'n' pans outfit Lakeland scalded by hack attack

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No worries?

Since I never tick the box that says 'Save your card detail for future convenience' , then I don't have to worry about that sort of problem. Do I? Even if I did, they wouldn't store the 3-digit CC security code. Would they?

I use Paypal wherever possible for this reason. I don't totally trust Paypal but I think it reduces my exposure.

For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

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@AC Re: Haven't you watched

But that's only for one night of the year, so the daily average is not bad. Or did you mean 'Midsomer Murders'?

China tops global telco service study

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Re: Study doesn't take into account that people in different places are different

Anybody who wants to take my details before 'allowing' me to browse products gets told 'no'. I'm tempted to carry a rolled up newspaper to whack those young puppies that jump on you as soon as you walk through the door in some shops.

Laser-wielding boffins develop ETERNAL MEMORY from quartz

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a millionth of a billionth of a second

I think of it as a micro.nanosecond. (Or a deci.centi.milli.micro.millisecond; multipliers I'm comfortable with.)

Give them a cold trouser blast and data centre bosses WILL dial up the juice

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Re: Couldn't all this waste heat

That wouldn't be cost efficient or practical for anything but a very large computer centre located next to a power station. It would also required long term 'joined up thinking' from large and separate groups of people. So, sadly, no.

SkyDrive on par with C: Drive in Windows 8.1

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Re: Network Storage Addition

I heard that Sir Kenneth Yellowhammer is suing them.

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Re: Not welcomed by me

Yes. If I can access the internet, I can access my domestic NAS box. The 1Mb/s maximum rate out of the house (in my case) may be a problem, but that is a different issue altogether.

Ubuntuforums.org cracker promises no password release

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Ah yes, ethical hacking, .....

..showing respect for the place you are visiting. Take nothing but database snapshots, leave nothing but messages.

Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

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It's not all that bad

I've mucked out stables and shovelled fresh horse droppings and it's not that bad really. Perhaps the 'obvious distress' was at seeing a horse being brought into the restaurant, leading to an understandable assumption that it was destined for the kitchen. Ahhhh, ..... burgers.

Android MasterKey found buried in kiddie cake game on Google Play - report

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Re: No patch for Nexus 4 ?

I was offered an update in February, soon after I got the Nexus 4. I've just done a manual check and it tells me, "Your system is up to date". I'll keep waiting.

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No patch for Nexus 4 ?

When I got a Nexus 4 in January, I thought it was a good idea because I'd have all the latest Android goodness (and patches) delivered direct from Google. It seems I was wrong.

Indonesia ponders 5,000% SIM card price hike

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I predict ....

A secondary market, or maybe swap shop meets.

This problem would not occur if the telcos treated people as clients/customers, instead of as cattle to be fattened, prodded and poked for profit.

Cloud backups: Where's my get out of jail card?

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Re: Great Article

I'm waiting for "Backupsky" which backs up all your Amazon data to Microsoft, then "Goobackify" ..........

On a personal level, I use Insync on Win7 and Linux for local to Google Drive mirroring. Single payment of $10 per google account gets you mirrored on as many computers as you like. (I am not affiliated with them in any way.)

Sysadmins: Keep YOUR data away from NSA spooks

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Re: @sabroni et al etc.

I always knew that a situation like this would happen eventually.

UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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@YAAc Re: Echoes of the DC-10

I think wolfetone is refering to the FAA airworthiness certification process for components and materials and processes, in general; and not suggesting that FAA engineers crawl around the aircraft looking at stuff.

Confirmed: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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@stu 4 Re: They've been on the road for years

It was a penguin; but your mind couldn't handle it, so it was replaced by a black and white traffic cone. How do I know this? - I've seen those penguins before, lots of times.

Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

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Re: What took them so long?

Want to read/watch/listen to stuff - get a tablet. Want to do serious work - get a laptop.

Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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I am reminded .....

... of the recent article about the PROC government giving reductions in prison sentences for favourable tweets/postings/etc. Who would have thought that officials of the Catholic church and the PROC would have attended the same 'Population Control' workshop?

Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

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@auburnman Re: Stop!

Your '**' footnote doesn't have a corresponding '**' marker in the text of your post.

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Re: Stop!

I got a polite and friendly response the last time I submitted a correction. Try it.

PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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.. and telcos are furious with 'misleading' words

Up to 10MB/s unlimited internet

Beijing offers cons reduced sentences for friendly Tweets

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Obvious next stage - work off your sentence in advance

If a Chinese citizen made lots of pro-goverment tweets/comments/etc over a long period of time (properly recorded and logged), could they commit a small crime and not go to prison because they've already 'paid for it'?

Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

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Re: monolith

Firing a small, high energy projectile at Europa does not constitute a 'landing' in any accepted use of the word. The finest legal minds that Earth can afford have assured us of this, so it will be alright.

Emergency mobile networks take off on model planes

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A remotely controlled model plane .......

... that provides an encrypted voice and data service to anyone who has the appropriate (and inexpensive) ground equiment? I'd be surprised if the security services allowed this to happen. Expect strict laws and severe penalties for any unauthorised person in possession of such equipment.

Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Ah, the memories

Good old Eadon. I wonder what he'd say?

Cubesats to go interplanetary with tiny plasma drives

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Re: Beware the nanoprobes!

We are Festival. Entertain us (or else)!

Google study finds users ignore Chrome security warnings

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Re: It only applies to women - apparently

I believe this style (quite common in Google sourced text) is intended to address the historic imbalance of written gender representation, because it is felt to be 'a good thing to do'.

My personal preference would be to write, "When one is presented with a warning which advises one that proceeding further will compromise one's computer security ....etc". People always laugh at me when I do that so I've stopped bothering.

'Thundering mechanical behemoth' walker mech to attack Leicester today

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"... very graceful choreography ..."

He must know some totally useless dancers.

Note: Yorkshire Sculpture Park is in the grounds of Bretton Park, a mile up the A637 from J38 of the M1. It's a nice place for a relaxing day out for the entire family. As well as the 'modern' sculpture exhibitions, there are the original buildings of the country house and also one of the finest yew hedges I've ever seen (10 years ago).

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