* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Oz Green's plans exempt some phone metadata from warrants

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Emergency Request

We're very worried that Mr. Jones has't paid his council tax because he usually pays it on time and he's not answering calls to his house phone or mobile. There's a possibility that he's developed amnesia and wandered off and may be in danger. Can we see his mobile phone records so we can contact his friends, or maybe the police can track him for us?

Why I'm sick of the new 'digital divide' between SMEs and the big boys

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re. 14 reasons ....

I think Reason 1. was thrown in by Steve Balmer at the last minute.

Hubble spots ALIEN NAVY world – and it's pelted with GLASS RAIN

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If it's tidally locked .....

Then wouldn't any atmospheric conditions settle down to an equilibrium state, with maybe a bit of mixing turbulance around the terminator line? (As you can probably tell, I'm not an expert in exoplanet climatalogy.)

Dev bakes actual, edible raspberry pie with Raspberry Pi

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The oven has its own Twitter feed!?

When 'the internet of things' is fully upon us, NSA/GCHQ/etc will be overwhelmed with data traffic for storage and analysis.

Kick the tyres on UK's swap-shop for cat pics and other copyright stuff

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The greatest invention ever

" ... and advertising revenues.."

Is there anything that can't be financed by advertising? It's marvellous.

Are driverless cars the death knell of the motor biz?

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At night ......

....when few people are using them, will the cars prowl around and exhibit feral pack behaviour?

Samsung takes mobile net traffic crown from Apple

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Re: Linux is one or 2 percent...

What you can do next is argue that iOS came from some kind of UNIX derivative and so the majority of traffic is actually UNIX traffic. It really does rule the world, quietly and without fuss.

Boffins chill out with new temperature measurement

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If the triple point of water can be calculated to happen under certain conditions, thus providing a reference situation for checking instrument measurement (temperature in this case); can the required conditions for another physical situation, happening at a much lower temperature, be calculated? e.g. the triple point of some gaseous element or anything else you can think of that happens at very low temperatures.

US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

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Re: WOW !

Any biologist, even a student, will tell you that mice can harbour a variety of viruses. Sometimes, an interdisciplinary approach is needed.

Samsung asks for retrial on rubber-band

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This is what happens .....

... with trials about 'rubber-bands'. Boing-Boing!

Industry doubts schools’ ability to teach Digital Tech curriculum

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I remember now .....

Some NAND gates, a 5V power supply, some switches, some LEDS, .... There's nothing difficult or expensive or 'hard to understand' about it.

NASA outlines 2020 plans for Mars life search with Curiosity v2.0

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Possible bio-hazard?

The chances of anything coming from Mars are a million to one.

Emergency alert system easily pwnable after epic ZOMBIE attack prank

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Re: Public / Private keys

They forgot to encrypt the private key - doh!

The Three Amigos offer sanctuary to cornered NSA leaker Snowden

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Shot ... foot

Nobody wanted to give him asylum (as far as I read it). The the US leans on its allies/dependants to get heavy for them and suddenly three countries will lay out the red carpet for him. Snowden must have sympathetic admirers high up in the US establishment.

UK.gov to drive stake through heart of big IT outsourcing deals

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Re: Snoop proofing the snoopers

And that depends on how big or far-away the cow is.

IT design: You're not data, you're a human being

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Re: I want what I'm used to! It still does the job!

For large documents with lots of narrative text, I use a set (for structure) of .txt files and just keep typing and proof reading (multi tab editor) until I thnk it's right. Only then do I copy/paste into Word/LO and start to think about page layout and paragraph trimming, etc.

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I know what it does, which toolbar it's supposed to be on and I know exactly what the icon looks like. Why should I remember the name?

Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Re: Yes, but

So cynical, but oh so true.

Battery-boosting breakthrough grows on trees – literally

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yes but

If you know this, then you design the built system capacity to take account of the projected loss. For grid storage systems, the mass and physical size of the battery will not be an important consideration compared to the initial capital cost and ongoing maintenance/replacement costs.. As long as the capacity loss settles down to a known final lower value, you can plan for this.

ULTRASONIC BOLLOCK BLASTERS help Hawkmoth battle The Bat

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Lateral thinking

I would think that small animals would be able to produce ultrasonic farts, because of small size, resonant cavities and structures, etc. Has this been investigated?

Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

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Were these patents found down the back of a filing cabinet during an office clear out? Why the timing?

Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

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Re: Finally...

You need the foam rubber one for this. Maybe over the tinfoil one if you like.

Innovative solution to modern art found: Shoot it into space

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She's creating (artistic) wealth by destroying (materialistic) wealth. Can't you see the beauty of transmutation there?

Crimelords: Stolen credit cards... keep 'em. It's all about banking logins now

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Re: Lazy users, lazy politicians

If 'jacasta' is an anagram, then it's a freaky, cryptic anagram by someone who enjoys punishment. Ah, .......

Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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I met James Cameron in a London hotel bar once.

I told him about my idea for a family film called Smurfs In Space. He did a lot of smiling and nodding for a couple of minutes then rushed away. He was obviously going back to his room to take notes before he forgot the details of what I said.

Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

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Re: 10 *years* to get a national firearms register, a fair chunk of whose data they already had.

If for any reason the police show an interest in my car, within a very short time over the radio they can find out my name, address, if the car has insurance and if it has an MoT certificate. Perhaps the development of that computer system didn't involve any police authority imput.

What's the difference between GEEKS and NERDS?

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Re: @Martin (was: ...or words to that EFFECT...)

Relax Martin. There's no need to loose sleep over this sort of thing.

AT&T patents P2P content tracking system

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Once again, patenting the obvious

If I know how p2p and torrent systems work, and I am in the position of being able to monitor and analyse the traffic; then of course I can do this. It's not difficult to figure out.

The perfect gift for the pistol-packing 'Merkin: a handgun iPhone case

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The next 'must have' item will be ......

... a gun that plays a cute ringtone when you chamber a round.

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Excuse me while I fire off a few text messages

Yes, it is a stupid idea.

Idaho patriots tool up to battle Jihad with pork bullets

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Re: Square bullets

Rifling ... square bullets ..... gas sealing ...... My brain just collapsed.

UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

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Re: Ownershipof the gas.

That ownership and rights 'problem' didn't stop the previous massive coal mining and oil/gas drilling operations that have happened on UK territory. Why should it stop shale gas drilling?

UK.gov finally admits it will MISS superfast broadband target

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Re: Just out of curiosity...

Since we have difficulty in watching them, they have nothing to fear.

Osbo jacks up spending on spooks to keep us safe from TERROR

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"fully within a legal framework"

We all operate fully within a legal framework. Some people bump up against the scaffolding and get noticed. others manage to slip through and are never noticed or caught. Some people are part of the architecture team and know where all the gaps and alarms are.

The question is: Do they operate in accordance with the law?

PayPal and SETI aim to go galactic with off-planet currency system

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re. Buzz Aldrin video

I've never seen such a fine example of 'asking for it'.

First quartet of low-latency broadband satellites now in space

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Low earth orbit question ....

Why can't they put satellites in orbit at other low trajectories than over the equator? Given that the eath is more or less spherical and gravity doesn't know about the rotation of the earth (?), can't the plane of orbit be inclined at any angle?

Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Re: Awesome, but...

By 'panel' do you mean the docking 'toolbar' and 'system tray' on the bottom of the screen?

On Mint 13 MATE, I've got pop-out panels (i.e. set to autohide) on the top, left and right of my screen and leave the bottom (system) panel fixed; though I could make it autohide if I wanted by calling up its Properties and ticking the appropriate box. It's great, it reminds me of Windows XP, ahhhh.........

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@skelband Re: Alternative to Windows?

Here mate, chew on this cinnamon flavoured mint; you'll feel better soon.

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Re: Alternative to Windows?

I find that Mint 13 MATE is an excellent replacement for Windows XP on my laptop, twin screen desktop and Eee PC, and I'm willing to accept its little quirks. When I'm happy with something then I tend to stick with it; but I might try the latest version and Cinnamon on a spare hard drive, just to be totally safe.

'Do the right thing and tell on a pirate' - software bods

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Under new laws, about to be brought in by the lobbyists, failing to inform the police about your possible suspicions will be a 'lack-of-thought crime'.

Boffins create tabletop ANTIMATTER GUN

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It needs a room sized laser?

Sigh ... I'll take the sharks back to the training caves.

Bank details - PAH! Phishers want your Facebook password

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Re: If someone steals your Facebook password, then...

Oh the shame (of posting such a terrible joke)!

Intel doubles throughput, slashes power to stave off DATAPOCALYPSE

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Say the word 'date', then the word 'apocalypse'; then say them one after the other with no gap between them. I have previous experience of helping foreign students with English speech and writing and this is a useful technique. Are there any other words you'd like some help with?

SK Telecom launches first LTE-Advanced network with new Galaxy S4

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This is wonderful

I'll be able to use up my monthly data allowance in less than a minute.

Intel demos real-time code compression for die shrinkage, power saving

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Executable code is produced by a compiler _before_ it is executed and often on a different machine to the one that uses the code. This is about something that improves code efficiency _while_ it is being executed on a target device.

(Having a compiler optimise for a target architecture would be a separate consideration.)

Saucy selfie app Snapchat hits $800m valuation as VCs chuck cash around

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Re: I use Snapchat and it is very useful

Evernote's Skitch does this with some text and fancy graphics added if you want them and you send by ordinary e-mail.

Charlie Miller to tell Vegas punters how to hack your car

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Old SCADA development engineers

The car industry gave them a place to stay.

German Kim Jong-un lookalike spaffed official Nork pics over Instagram

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An explanation?

Is there some kind of natural human tendency to approve of someone who looks like yourself?

Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

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Re: My darling daughter

You should have let them take her to court and then apply for a personal bankruptcy order on her behalf. Then you could have sold the heart rending human interest story to the tabloid press.

Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: More expensive?

I assume you are looking at the 'bundled with a contract' price? If so, here in the UK, I can get the S4 for the low price of £0.

Edit: And Dave gets in with seconds to spare.

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