* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

It's time to rebuild the world for robots

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"... and has a ‘tooth’ that’s evolved to engage the whirls of our fingerprints."

My first reaction was to say that I prefer 'intelligent design' to explain that but on second thoughts then there are strong aspects of 'evolution' in the development of paper making.

Containers? Ha! Ain't no party like a Tupperware party, boasts Facebook

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Re: Didn't Tupperware (TM)...

If Facebook did make their code open source, would they need permission from the Tupperware corporation to distribute it or is it unlikely to cause confusion in the minds of the public?

Vodafone analysed evidence in case where it was alleged victim

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"We acted solely on the instruction of Surrey Police throughout the case, as we are obliged to do so by law."

Actually no. Nobody is obliged to carry out work on behalf of the police. If you do agree to carry out investigative work on behalf of the police then you have a legal and moral duty to act impartially. Anybody with an ounce of moral awareness would have told the police to use independent forensic investigators.

Big Blue's former CIO tried to join AWS, ends up at energy company

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Breaking News

World Fuel Systems have announced a surprise move into the cloud computing market.

Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Does it matter?

It's the magnetic moment of a proton and antiproton that has been measured as being equal, hence more confirmation that antimatter is the exact equal but opposite of matter. This makes it even more puzzling as to why there is so much more matter than antimatter in the observable universe.

The theory is that equal amounts of matter and antimatter should have been created in the Big Bang, which should then have gone on to destroy each other. One idea was that small differences between the deep structure and properties of antimatter and matter made it more likely that matter would somehow be preferred over antimatter. This idea is now looking less likely.

Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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"It's not a purposeful backdoor,"

It's an accidental backdoor?

Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

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Re: Unfarad Business Practices

Let's see if they give admittance of their guilt and have suceptance to plea bargaining. The atmosphere in court will be dielectric.

Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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"This is a standard procedure for any system compromise with the affection of administrator account."

It sounds more like animosity than affection.

Ubuntu 17.10: We're coming GNOME! Plenty that's Artful in Aardvark, with a few Wayland wails

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"Files (formerly Nautilus) has completely different right-click menus and toolbars."

Why do they make these changes? Who asked for different right-click menus and toolbars?

Note: Files is what happened when Nautilus was simplified to death. If you liked Nautilus then Caja (part of the MATE ecosystem) carries it on in spirit, look and feel.

IBM broke its cloud by letting three domain names expire

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Re: domains may be registered up to 10 years

I've had an idea for some kind of computer based diary/reminder application that would give some kind of notification for a pre-set event that was about to happen. Do you think I should patent this?

Hate to break it to you, but billions of people can see Uranus tonight

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Re: "Which Zodiac sign is it in?"

I'd be happy with a compass direction followed by 'then thirty degrees up', or whatever. I'm no good at finding constellations etc. and can just about recognise the moon.

Facebook, Google and pals may be hit with TV political ads rules

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Just wondering

What about politically oriented and motivated ads placed in other countries by the US government and agencies for the purpose of influencing foreign elections? Will they have to disclose the funding source of those as well?

Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab

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"We couldn't help but notice that the buildings don't have curtain walls, ..."

I'm sure that's just an artistic/architectural representation to display interior space. Oh wait, ... it's Google .....ahhh.

Yes, British F-35 engines must be sent to Turkey for overhaul

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I have a feeling that it's to do with the details of shockwave build-up on different parts of the aircraft at different speeds and he's using that as the definition of 'going supersonic'. I think he's consulted experts and then simplified what they told him.

SpaceX gives free ride to replacement for Facebook's fried satellite

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"Spacecom demanded at least a free ride by way of compensation, ..."

Isn't this situation covered by the contracts and insurance?

Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

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So, 2018 ....

.... The year of Linux on the palmtop?

Windows Fall Creators Update is here: What do you want first – bad news or good news?

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I'd go with Mint or Ubuntu and give it a year. Use the forums because they are usually helpful and useful.

(Edit: I use MATE on the dektop because KDE is a bit too 'futuristic' for my liking.)

You can try another distro or desktop manager any time you like if you have a spare hard drive and you can decide if you want to stay or migrate when you get used to things.

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Re: Windows 7 ... missing features

"... Had to install linux to format the drive and get win 7 back on)."

That's why the Fall Update has the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL). It helps you to deal with tricky recovery situations.

Linux kernel community tries to castrate GPL copyright troll

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Re: I'm confused

P.S. The level of the court awards sound like punitive damages rather than any actual loss he's suffered. Is this normal?

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I'm confused

"Lawyer Heather Meeker believes that McHardy wrote “well under .25% of the code in the kernel” but has parlayed that into around 50 copyright complaints about Linux companies' use of Netfilter. "

Is it copyright or license terms violation?

Whatever he's suing them for, how can he convince the court that he's the owner and is entitled to all the damages?

Now German companies are beating the drum over poor patent quality

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"For several years Battistelli has been aggressively pushing changes at the EPO aimed at increasing the number of patents that are reviewed and approved."

I can understand a desire to increase the number reviewed (an efficiency improvement) but why has he specified that the number approved should be increased?

"..."modernise" the EPO and keep it in line with other competing patent authorities in the US and Japan."

Ah, it's a race, an international competition? What are the prizes for winning?

Argh, my loafer just fell down the rope ladder! Yes, I'm in the Microsoft treehouse

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The video

Am I old or do they look like teenagers? Are they teenagers?

Kubernetes has won. Docker Enterprise Edition will support rival container-wrangling tech

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Re: Oh, what a surprise...

I just tried that with Google and duckduckgo and you're right. But I thought that duckduckgo used Google and stripped your IP out so Google didn't know who was searching. Has something changed?

Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

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Also, for an astronomic telescope, an extra lens would be a massive weight and enourmous extra cost.

Neutron stars shower gold on universe in big bang, felt on Earth as 100-second grav wave

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Ah, a golden shower joke

You can rely on El Reg!

Apparently, this sort of thing happens often and has done so for billions of years. Now, we can watch them doing it since the LIGO let's us know where to look.

'Cyber kangaroo' ratings for IoT security? Jump to it, says Australia's cyber security minister

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Re: Great Idea!

It is a great idea but I have an idea for a more gentle and traditionally Australian approach featuring Cyber, the cyber kangaroo:

Beep beep, bip beep.

What's that Cyber? Old Mr. Jones has a computer virus you say?

Bip beep bibble, beep beep boop.

Oh no! He downloaded an improved Flash player when he went to a porn website?

Beep bip bip.


FCC Commissioner blasts new TV standard as a 'household tax'

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Re: Adblocker time...

This seems to mean that you need an internet connectuon for the TV to work. The internet is comming to be regarded in the same was as electricity and water, an essential domestice service provision.

Scouse marketing scamps scalped £70k for 100,000+ nuisance calls

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Unicorn hunt

"...complaints from people who had not agreed to receive automated calls."

Is there anybody in the entire country who has knowingly and willingly agreed to receive automated calls?

Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

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"Badgers are a pain in the arse ..."

Gives a new meaning to the verb 'to badger'.

Night out in London tonight: Beer, Reg and platform wars

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"...why it is that techies reserve their greatest ire for people who to all intents and purposes are just like them."

Windows lusers are nothing like me!!

Oz military megahack: When crappy defence contractor cybersecurity 'isn't uncommon', surely alarm bells ring?

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Re: third party assurance

Also, have a third party pen-test organisation try to break in with no warning and let you know how they get on. Give a bonus for breaching security. It's not rocket science!

Someone liked dwarf planet Haumea so much they put a ring on it

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It's believed to have a rotational period of just under four hours, so I wonder if it's impossible to stand on it.


Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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"... get a 4 year old to accept and upgrade then sue the pants off them ..."

A child is legally incapable of entering into any contract or binding agreement.

Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: Why the upset?

"The ramifications of this decision could affect everyone in America who has ever shared a password with their friends and family. We'll explain. ......"

As was explained in the article, it seems that he was jailed for using a shared password to access a computer system, not for stealing data. Hence any husband and wife (or whatever) couple who shared a password to access Facebook (or whatever) could go to jail.

Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Access to the Open LV dataset...

"... electrickery firm EA Technology ..."

Ah, Catweazle. Will they be using the telling-bone circuits for data communication? (Yes, I've just shown how old I am. At least some of my memories are still working, but not the important ones I fear.)

Q: How do you test future driverless car tech? A: Slurp a ton of real-world driving data

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"The six-strong Disco research fleet ..."

I'm getting some strange mental images.

European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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A Mystery?

According to his Wikipedia article, he was a civil servant of some significance for about 22 years and then spent the years from 2004 onwards in high ranking positions in intellectual property organisations, in the french national organisation and then the EPO. So, on paper he seems to be an ideal person for the job.

I wonder why he seems to have 'gone freaky' at the EPO.

Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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re. Poachers

I wonder if anyone will think about taking pictures of some elephants with large tusks and then falsifying the location data before posting them? Then, the poachers might go to a welcoming reception hosted by heavily armed rangers. It's a thought, I'm not suggesting that this should be done by anyone.

1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: Europe

Or retrain as lawyers, bankers or accountants. No, sorry, forget bankers.

Stealthy storage startup wants to fly read-write heads closer to disks

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It could be done, sort of

Maybe if they run the drive interior under partial vacuum, that will enable active head control to maintain a closer head to surface distance? However, unless they get it into regular mass production, it would be cheaper to buy two ordinary drives that one with special head control.

Frustrated Britons struggle to locate their packages: Royal Mail tracker smacked

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"Hi, we made a change to the tracking system over the weekend."

I'm sure they had a very good reason to do that. Does anyone know what it was? I'm also sure that they tested it properly and thoroughly before inflicting it on everyone else.

German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

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Re: Missing poll answer

I usually use Palemoon but I've just got Waterfox running on my Debian 9 and Linux Mint 18.2 installations. It looks good and imported all my bookmarks and plugins from the Firefox profile. It's faster too.

Thank you !

PostgreSQL says SCRAM to MD5 authentication

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re. "farewelling"

I'm thumbs-downing and contempting the verbing of that noun.

NASA tests supersonic parachute, to help us land on Mars

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Supersonic problems

Is use of a parachute at supersonic speeds difficult because it's at a speed greater than the speed of sound (with attendant complexities of airflow, shockwaves, etc) or just because it's very fast?

Google finds 200m more people to advertise to in a single day

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Tom's Auto Repairs can supply the gaskets you need - at low low prices !

Biochem boffins win the Nobel Prize for cryo-electron microscopy

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Re: "a specimen of amorphous ice,"

Yes, the water freezes so fast that it doesn't have time to form crystals. It's a bit like glass, a supercooled liquid.

What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

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@jake Re: Let's be real here.

Does your velcro-whippet stick to them if they're alcohol impaired?

Town wants Amazon's new HQ so much it plans to split off new town called 'Amazon'

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Does a River Run Through it?

(Running away now)

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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@Commswonk Re: Sauce for the gander

One of my hobbies is feeding lines to people. (See Eponymous Cowherd)

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