* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

WHITE WHALE spent 4 years trying to tell us something, then stopped

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Just wondering .....

"The doc and colleagues from California uni and the US Navy's marine-mammal units (which are mainly staffed by dolphins) have published a paper ..."

Was it the humans or the dolphins who were the main contributors?

LG Vu 5in Android phone-tablet review

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"The Vu doesn’t have a MicroSD card slot ..."

I used to feel that this was a deal-breaker for me. However, for the past year I haven't removed the microSD card from my phone because WiFi transfer is fast enough for pictures and music files. With my Asus Transformer, I only remove the SD card if I want to quickly load up an 800MB video file.

Oldest unreadable alphabet yields to 'tablet' computer

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Top image: Learned scholars devise means of reading ancient Ubaid tablets by light from 76 candles placed in different positions.

Bottom image: Bag of flour, packet of nuts, small jar of milk.

Hong Kong's lucky mobile number hawkers revealed

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How 'bad' is 4?

If I have a phone number with lots of '4' in it, will people be wary of calling me and not invite me to events? Does it turn into a social disgrace or is it just regarded as unlucky but amusing?

I'd be tempted to get a number with as many 4s as possible, because of my macabre sense of humour, to give to 'special' people when asked for my number.

Boris 'games rot brains' Johnson hosts game art expo

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Big Brother

"the originals have been expunged"

We have always been in favour of computer games. From tomorrow, the daily ration of Telegraph articles will be increased to four.

Researchers find not all EC2 instances are created equal

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Re: What, in the age of cloudiness, is

But, the cloud was transparent; the researchers saw through it to the CPU.

Young Frenchwoman desperate for fat pipe tumbles out of window

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Re: The other first

Some of us have compacted straw and horsehair. I can recommend it, especially in winter.

Education Secretary Gove: Tim Berners-Lee 'created the INTERNET'

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@Phil Re: Ha ha ha

I'd have thought 'Temporary Staff', for various reasons :)

Windows 8 'bad' analyst says Store is a weakness

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Re: differentiators

Using an amazing device called a 'USB hub' (as found at the bottom of my 'cables and stuff' crate), I can have a mouse, a 'proper' keyboard and a USB memory stick connected to my Android tablet. Since it already has a micro-SDcard slot and an SD card slot, being able to connect a USB memory stick isn't all that useful to me, but it's nice to have.

Boffins explain research with interpretive dance

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@Everybody (so far)

Personally, I prefer a well written report with good diagrams, but, but ....

If you reject and belittle this, then you reject a novel form of communication and expression. The history of communication/computing technology is a history of experimentation by people who decided not to do things in the standard way. You should admire their experimentation and imagination and consider that this is probably why they are PhD candidates, whereas most of you (as well as me) are not.

Argos flyer confirms incoming 32GB Nexus 7

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Re: Cheap

They didn't cut the corners. They filed them to a rounded shape, which may cause problems.

Pacemakers, defibrillators open to attack

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Re: How wireless are we talking?

According to Karen Sandler's talk (see above), a medical technician can read your heart rate as soon as you walk into the room. That's how wireless.

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Re: See Karen Sandler's talk

Fascinating and frightening. Thanks for the link.

Earth-sized planet found at Alpha Centauri B

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A planet by any other name ....

If you state that it's in orbit around Alpha Centauri B, then why do you need to call it an 'exoplanet'? It's a planet and it's in orbit around Alpha Centauri B.

Manchester plods cop £120k fine for USB-stick-inna-wallet data gaffe

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And the officer concerned?

According to a newspaper report I read this morning, the officer concerned has been subjected to 'internal discipline'. I'm sure this does not involve a lot of USB sticks and a jar of lubricant, sadly.

Microsoft Surface ad targets preppy, Glee-watching youngsters

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Re: Quite Exciting

Try an Asus Transformer (among others). There's a shed load of free and cheap apps for it.

Then again, if you want a proper Windows experience........

Chinese e-tailer to build 1,000 empty stores

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Re: Unless there is a large segment with phones and no internet?

If they have phones that can scan QR codes and order items, then surely they have a mobile internet data connection?

The article doesn't give technical details so I suppose it's possible that the phone uses bluetooth to finally communicate with some kind of payment kiosk at the exit of the shop..........who knows?

Engineer designs glass slipper on Quora

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Given that Cinderella spent most of her life cleaning, cooking and hauling coal/wood; she may have weighed more than 50kg.

Watchdog: Gov bods should rummage through BINS for FOI data

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Hmmmm ....

"As a general rule, the Commissioner considers that information contained on a backup is not held," the ICO said. "This is because, generally, the public authority will have no intention of accessing the information on the backup. Again the Commissioner’s focus is on the intention of the public authority rather than whether the records can actually be recovered."

"There are, as always, exceptions. Where data has been lost from the main computer and the public authority intends to use the backup to restore that data, the Commissioner considers that the information is held. ..."

How about: 'The e-mails have been lost from the main computer, but we don't intend to use the backups; so we don't hold any data.'

This is what happens when lawyers get their hands on the real world.

Asus N56VM 15.6in notebook review

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A matte finish screen!

I'd buy it if it wasn't for the price. I'm fed up with gloss finish screens, which seems to be all there is nowadays.

NZ government network leaking data like a sieve

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It keeps happening

Given the number of incidents of this type over the years, there seem to be many skilled amateur penetration and security testers out there. (Also, many clueless software developers). Why don't they just hire them on a short term contract with low basic salary and big bonuses for every flaw they find? If it's important enough to spend money on, then spend a bit more to find the faults.

Australian boffins have a ball with lightning maths

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@jake Re: Oh how perfectly dreadful

Two math degrees? That must be maths then.

Microsoft sues Google directly in German Maps-on-Moto lawsuit

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"... a patent that deals with a computer system for identifying local resources, ..."

I wonder if anyone 'skilled in the art' would be capable of doing this independently.

HP veep: 'Lenovo won't be No 1 in PCs... oh wait...'

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re. Assange bail-posters.

"However, they failed in their basic duty, to ensure his surrender."

Should they have stormed the Ecuadorian embassy and recaptured him?

Apple files disappearing-feature iPhone patent

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Camera Lens

If I can't see it, I don't know where to _not_ put my greasy finger.

Google updates Street View with 250,000 miles of footage

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Re: Let's try again

Ah, the subjunctive; a rare and elusive tense. (Or is it a mood? I always get confused about that.)

Serenading mice can sing along if you hum a few bars

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Can we hear some recordings?

Suitably downshifted in frequency of course.

NSW contemplates smart licenses

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Re: Bigger issues first

The system in the UK is not as you seem to believe.

The 'disc', which every vehicle must display, is the 'tax disc' which indicates that the owner of the vehicle has paid the Vehicle Excise Duty to the government. That disc is valid for 6 or 12 months and is regarded as 'belonging to' the vehicle. It stays with the vehicle and remains valid if the vehicle is sold. (An owner can surrender the tax disc to the authorities in exchange for a pro rata refund.) Without this tax disc, a vehicle cannot be used on the public road.

Insurance to drive a vehicle is a separate matter, bought from commercial companies, and is personal to the driver. Most personal insurance specifies the registration number of the vehicle that can be driven (the registration number is unique to the vehicle and stays with the vehicle and is displayed on the vehicle). A driver must have insurance to drive on the public road and is issued with a certificate which may need to be presented to a police officer if asked for. A driver must also have passed a driving test and hold a driving license (valid until the age of 70) for the class of vehicle being driven.

In fact, the entire set of records - tax disc, insurance, driving license, MoT certificate (vehicle roadworthiness test) and vehicle registration number and ownership records - are held in a central database that can be accessed by any police officer and various other government agencies.

If the police pull you over for any reason, all you need to do is convince them of your identity, then they put a call over the radio to check everything you're entitled to and can also check if the vehicle has the appropriate permissions to be on the road.

Western Australia powers up 10 MW solar farm

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"...it’s rain-free about 80 percent of the year..."

If it's a dry region, could dust be a problem? What level of cleaning do solar panels in this type of situation require to prevent noticeable loss of output?

Sarah Brightman plans International Space Station gig

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Re: Bad To The Bone

That was George Thorogood and The Destroyers.

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Re: "mindful, shared consumption of resources and a clear and unwavering focus on sustainability"

It's time to draw a line under this so called 'rocket' incident and move forward. I was mislead by advice from recognised experts; so don't judge me on what I did, but on what I do from now on, for the next few days anyway.

Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Perhaps I have a strange head then....

Faster than a speeding comment:

A quick Google search got me an e-book version from archive.org. I'm not sure if this is legit, but I'll read it anyway. Thank you :)

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Furthermore ...

'c', the speed of light, is the speed at which light _must_ travel at. If you use Maxwell's equations to analyse a self sustaining EM wave (e.g. light) then it's velocity can only be a value determined by the permeability and permittivity of the medium in which it exists. For free space, this is 'c', so if the characteristics of free space change, then the speed of light will change.

This classical analysis yields the value of 'c' and is easy enough to understand. How we got from there to Special Relativity, etc, is something that makes my brain hurt.

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The zone labels on the graph are confusing me

What is 'U'? Is it the apparent relative velocity between observers? If it is then it was foolish to call it 'U' given that 'u' is used as the velocity of one of the observers.

Google finds MORE slurped Street View data down under

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They stored the data on disks?

Don't they trust their own GDrive?

Natwest's Get Cash app pulled, but NOTHING to do with frauds

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A 6-digit PIN gives 'emergency' cash to anyone who types it in

What could go wrong?

Don't delete that email! Why you must keep biz docs for 6 YEARS

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Re: heh

This is not about the existing legal requirement to record business activity for HMRC/Gov/Tax purposes. It is about resolving disputes between companies.

E.g. if a previous client claimed that your business had defrauded them by misrepresenting equipment capabilities and/or falsifying system acceptance test results, and they had a few 'key' emails from five years ago, for evidence in court; then you'd look a bit silly if you couldn't find some e-mails which your chief engineer remembered sending that would prove you to be innocent.

In court, the jury would be faced with a situation where the defendant appeared to have deliberately destroyed e-mails from the relevant time, contrary to 'accepted industry practice'. It wouldn't look good for you.

New Zealand issues Hobbit money

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Re: Too many brit expats

Did you know many Maoris?

40,000 sign petition to oust Rep. Paul 'pit of hell' Broun

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Re: An important idea here.

The most fascinating, and potentially instructive, aspect of human nature would be the entire process of how and why he was appointed to the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

You also raise an interesting point of how someone who _appears_ to reject modern scientific belief (in certain areas) can practice as a physician. It is probably the case that you don't need to deeply understand medications to know which ones should be prescribed for certain ailments. I don't need to believe in evolution to believe that antibiotics cure many bacterial infections and he doesn't need to 'believe in science' to know which antibiotics are best and what the side-effects and potential interactions are. Any belief that the world is 9,000 years old has no bearing on his ability to set a broken bone and give advice about diet, .... etc.

It is possible for a person to have a high level of functionality in modern society while rejecting many modern scientific beliefs, but the problem, for other people, is when that person is in a position of great influence in those areas that depend on modern scientific beliefs.

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re. 'wall of death'

I think that 'wall of death' is an attempt to use sympathetic magic to increase the kill in the next hunting season. Primitive people often attempt this type of magic, (but they hardly ever know the appropriate words of power).

Guidelines issued for Qi wireless gadget charging in cars

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Loads of room

In a modern car, there is lots of room on the passenger side of the 'dashboard', so some kind of slot (with sprung pressure restraints, or whatever) could easily be accommodated, either central or off toward the passenger side. They could even make a special receptacle inside the glove compartment with Bluetooth interface for calls when driving.

eBay frets as right to resell comes under scrutiny

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Didn't you notice?

Australia was assimilated into the Regborg back in September. The Sharwood/Chirgwin/Apostolu node will help you to become part of the expanded cultural entity.

Man the floodgates! David Cameron takes to Twitter

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If I follow him, ...

... will the security services regard me as a potential threat?

GCHQ boss: Crypto-genius Turing brought tech to British spooks

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Not eccentric - intelligent, practical and sensible.

If you'd worked in some of the places I have, you'd know that chaining your tea mug to the radiator is the best way of keeping possession of it.

Google Wallet: Rub our button, cough 15p for quick read

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Chrome on lap/desk-top

You can sign in to Google within the Chrome browser, and sign out again; so they could use this on the desktop, perhaps with the default option as password entry required for each purchase.

STILL TRUE: Facebook and co to handle taxpayers' ID

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Proof of identity

At last, I'll be able to prove that I really am Mongo The Magnificent and that I have lots of friends.

Privacy guardian wants one EU rulebook on ID databases

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Re: Distributed multiple verification authorities

Yes they have, see: STILL TRUE: Facebook and co to handle taxpayers' ID

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Distributed multiple verification authorities

This story in The Independent caught my attention earlier:


Read it and weep. I'm wondering if it's a prank article, and if El Reg will cover it.

Boffins: Our memory film is like your girlfriend - transparent and cheap

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@Antony King Re: Life span too short

If you're storing the simple type of data you gave as examples, why do you need some kind of novel flexible memory? The amount of spare and usable volume in a car is enormous if you're looking for somewhere to place a memory device, and currently available 16GB flash chips are tiny.

Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' ad nuked by watchdog - AGAIN

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Re: [no VM customer receives download speeds of less than 15Mbit/s] ASA

I'm a 10Mb/s cheapskate too. I politely suggested that it was time for me to leave them, since I hardly ever use my VM cable phone, and since '3' seem to have nice mobile broadband offers. They offered me a 'special' deal of £25 a month gets cable phone and 10Mb/s internet. I took it. I doubt that my speed will be upgraded :)

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