* Posts by Francis Boyle

1173 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: Call me paranoid but...

Nah, PLA Unit 61398 is the Porn Police. You're thinking of Unit 61274.

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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

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I'd have thought ricin

was more likely. Or dioxin. Gotta maintain those traditions.

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

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Nah, can't be mine

I only ordered three dozen.

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Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

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Re: Am I just too pessimistic?

Thing is, if you're a well paid doctor in the first world why wouldn't you pay $200 extra for a well made example something that is after all a symbol of your profession. The desire to have something that's attractive beyond it's functionality is, after all, how Apple made it's fortune. The real shame (and surprise) is that there isn't already a cheap plastic stethoscope for situations where functionality is the only concern. Unless of course, there already is, and the article is just yet-more 3D printing hype.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: the "China Export" logo exists

A bureaucrat claiming they are not aware of something is on par with a politician being unable to recall.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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8 billion experiences

8 billion sweaty, sticky experiences.

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Or indeed anyone who 'follows' her.

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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I think Asimov

was more "let there be light" than "the stars were going out".

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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I expect "she"

will be revealed to be about 10cm tall at which point 'UFO Sightings Daily' will explain she's a fairy and albeit of the wingless Martian kind.

Also, I can't see any breasts but I she looks topless to me. Oh gawd, now I'm doing it.

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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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Re: Nice photo framing...

I might find it more Orwellian if I could stop thinking about the giant kitten.

Maybe I should watch The War Machines a few more times. That should do it.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Re: This would have been interesting a few years back.

Iceland was declared a terrorist organisation? Hell, I know Bjork's voice gets on some people nerves but it's hardly a WMD.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: The Internet of Things summarised

Provide an interface to /dev/random and I'm in.

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Boffins: Spooky, spinning SPACE PEANUT butters up Earth with close flyby

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About time

someone built that hyperspatial bypass then.

What do you mean, that's not how a hyperspatial bypass works?

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Watch leggy ROBOT INSECT WALK on WATER before JUMPING OFF

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It's an amputee

you insensitive clod.

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Gay emojis? GAY EMOJIS?! Not here in Russia, comrade

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Putin's Young Guard

I don't have a good feeling about this.

edit: i.e. what AC above said.

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German spooks want to charge journalists with TREASON for publishing spy plans

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Re: Works 4 me

A troll is a. . .

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: 'Pay once, use forever'...?

"That might work for Adobe, but I suspect Microsoft will find it tougher going. "

"Chrome OS: All your data are belong to us but, hey, no subscription fees ever."

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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Yes,

with handles.

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Sounds like there's a market opening up for anti-drone umbrellas. I'll get right on it.

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Re: I missed a bit

"reserving chunks of a scarce resource for the profit of a single industry"

You mean like railways?

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Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

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Re: Transfer Efficiency?

Overhead bus stop charging systems already exist and are almost certainly more efficient (and therefore faster) than this system. This looks to be very niche. It has the advantage of being weather sealed but where that's not needed a simple mechanical arm is likely a better solution.

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

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That thing's well bolted down

Absolute no chance of Google ninjas spiriting it a way in the night.

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Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

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Please tell me

that the developers in question were using the API to discover new and exciting* sex acts. (Or at least the latest terminology for them.)

*For values of 'excitin'g hovering around utterly gross. All the worthwhile sex acts were probably invented by Ugg and Uggette during a particularly steamy night in the cave.

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: Ghostery

From my reading of the article they're using the data to get a sense of where their ads are been displayed as in they don't trust the outfits that are selling them the space. Can't say I blame them on that score.

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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Hold your horses

No one's saying the police shouldn't have investigated. The news is reported here because someone at El Reg thought it was interesting, a view apparently shared by the police themselves if the hashtag is anything to go on.

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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Re: "Two companies, both alike in dignity, in fair Milan"

It is the east and Steve Job's ars. . .

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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No thanks

I've heard about bush meat.

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What a retrograde planet

I can't believe it still uses a barrel plug for charging. Get with the USB program Pluto!

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Re: Regularly spaced dark spots?

Hello Sweetie?

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Canadian dirtbag jailed for SWAT'ing, doxing women gamers

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Re: What a difference...

"Psychological reports presented in the case claimed he suffered from severe narcissism, has emerging psychopathic traits, and is oversensitive."

And prison is sure to fix that. For the wellbeing of the community if nothing else the guy needs proper pschiatric help.

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Linux bids for UAV world domination by enslaving future skybot army

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Since I'm getting

a Mad Max story in the related you could just be right.

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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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You forgot the important one

People to shovel all that horseshit away. And sadly that's not a joke.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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I wrote my master's using Wordstar on an early PC and was quite happy with it. It's my experiences a few years later using Word that I don't wish to repeat. (Best part of a minute just to start the program, getting random reverts because I had foolishly turned on quick save, etc.)

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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

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Not according to

Clarke's (Third) Law

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Exit-tel customers can't even upgrade their plans to stay

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Yeah

Don't make me post pictures of my scars.

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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Rebirth

(IIRC) with its animated dangling patch cables. Believe me if you think this is skeumorphic you haven't seen much of the audio software that's out there.

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

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When Ziggy was headhunted, I doubt "has vision" appeared anywhere on the list of requirements.

It was probably all over his CV though.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Good comedy

exaggerates Bad comedy misrepresents. Try adding Stepin Fetchit to your list and see how far you get.

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Re: Wot no Maverick?

Wot no Maxwell Smart

"missed it by that much"

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Re: Rational decisions

"What they don't consider is that each sub-optimal buying decision reduces their disposable income until they can no longer avoid strict economic decisions."

Well the point of being rich is that you will never have to make those "strict economic decisions". Good old conspicuous consumption for ever and ever. Of course if you're merely well off and you don't recognise this then maybe you have a problem.

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Exetel becomes Exit-tel, shows customers the door without explanation

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Heard of them

Too expensive.

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Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition

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Re: I like the look of that very much indeed!

Seconded. All those lovely knobs and sliders to twiddle and whatever you do with a slider.

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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

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Re: Cannot imagine wanting under any circumstances

I have an 8TB Seagate shingled drive sitting on my desk right now. Definitely a consumer drive (~AU300) and definitely useful. I shoot a lot of HD video and I have no intention of losing it to a crash. Speed is perfectly adequate in that I haven't noticed my backup jobs to be significantly longer.

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NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans

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Don't worry!

The giant Europan slugs are filter feeders like whales. On the other hand they are extremely sexually dimorphic and this thing looks suspiciously like the smaller male form (basically just a self-aware penis).

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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Re: I'm Resting!

It's certainly going on my list of bad band names.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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That part of the article is very badly worded

I assume the photons start to regain the lost energy once they pass the centre of the void. But by then 0.9 billion years have elapsed and the universe is less dense so they'll never recover it all. Hence the very slight cooling.

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

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Re: "Marquise" Marconi was a low level noble PATENT THIEF and FRAUD....

Faux Science Slayer thinks someone stole something from Edison. Now I know he really is crazy.

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HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

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Re: 4pm == rain in Florida

Don't worry the rednecks guns don't have sufficient range to shoot down a rocket - not until someone builds a nice laser rifle at least.

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Re: Clarifications

This splitting rockets into segments things sounds like a good idea. Further proof that Musk is a genius.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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You forgot the slot

Gotta have a slot!

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