* Posts by Francis Boyle

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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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Google open-sources Santa Claus

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Come on, El Reg

You know the cola thing ain't true.

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Bongfire of Inanity: Jakarta rozzers enforce mass chill-out

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Dammit

I was expecting Steve!

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

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Re: The Problem

"The problem isn't technology, it's people."

Exactly! That's one of our unofficial mottoes here at Cyberdyne Systems.

And here at Cybus Industries we have already fixed that problem.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Re: My vote ratio is approaching Pi

Sorry, I upvoted that because it amused me. If it helps I could downvote a few of your past posts.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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I prefer .estmerde

Sometimes you just have to go with the elegance of French.

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LUST for APPLE WATCH drove me to crime, says alleged meth dealer

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Breaking Bad

would have been so much better if it had been about Walt's lust for an iThing instead of a morally dubious but touching concern for his family. In fact, I'm not convinced we aren't looking at a badly translated review of the Chinese remake.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Re: Uncomfortable?

"Surely that's already covered under the common law."

You've never been on the internet, then.

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United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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Yes, I was really "annoyed"

last time I was killed by a distracted driver.

Even "rabid libertarians" understand the need for laws against potentially lethal activities.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Bombing of Register HQ in 5.4.3.2.1.

Patience. They still have to finish the secret submarine base under Rockall.

Why do you think LOHAN been taking so long.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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No Bono

is a bonus!

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Re: Is Superfish really showing porn ads?

Always buy one from each party just to be sure.

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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

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Re: ATX is about 20 years old

"does anyone say 'upgrade' anymore?"

I do. 'Refresh' sounds like something involving lemon scented napkins.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Maker community?

A horribly pretentious name but since it's now been appropriated to describe schoolchildren gluing pieces of macaroni onto paper I doubt it'll last long.

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Re: Can we apply the word 'failure' to this?

A test is only a failure if you don't get the data.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: Gissa job

North Pole! Northern Hemisphere Chauvinist. South Pole's better. There's penguins and you'll have somewhere to stand when the ice melts.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Re: Next you'll be telling me...

No, but if you put your hard drive between a pair of old speaker magnets it will compress the bits thus increasing capacity. Note: don't do this with SSDs - it just causes the chips to leak bits which can get very messy quickly.

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Toyota to Tesla: we can play the free patent game as well

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Could be useful

If NASA ever decides to revive the space shuttle.

For cars, probably not so much.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Branson maybe

but Musk has real vision. Even when the project is a bit out there like the hyperloop it's not mere dick measuring. (And if Branson has any aspiration to be the British Musk he'd be better off funding SABRE.)

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

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The curse of royalty free music strikes again

If your video is about the subject of many people's phobias you would do well to check that the work experience kid hasn't slapped on some inappropriately ominous background music.

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Forget olympic swimming pools or london buses

Bring on the Scoville scale.

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Flash breaks free from the storage flat earth society

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New Acronym

Write Once Read Seldom if Ever. Just what Facebook needs.

Probably won't catch on, though.

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Equally there have been (US) cases where they have been allowed. Since Google presumably have clean hands in the matter I'd say there chances are good.

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It's whiff, Jim, but not as we know it: Curiosity sniffs ORGANICS on Mars

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Don't be silly

The Martian syrup mines are indeed organic in origin but no life could possibly survive that concentration of sugar.

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Swiss McDonalds serves up no-holes-barred cheesy action to punters

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I have a list

of people who I am convinced were conceived in some sort of two girls one cup scenario. I'd post it here but almost every one of them has a larger legal budget than I do.

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Vodafone to spend more time hanging out at bus stops

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I just put my wifi router on the ro

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Boffins weigh in to perfect kilogram quest with LEGO kit

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I demand neodymium ring magnets based Lego

Lego + magnets = pure win.

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Boffins: We have found a way to unlock the MYSTERIES OF SHEEP from old parchments

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And for an encore

analyse the ink to determine the true history of squid.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Re: Maintenance

The cars will indeed refuel themselves. They'll be electric and if your Roomba can do it so can a robot car. They won't repair themselves but if your taxi driver repairs their car you probably should be looking for another taxi driver. (Why would a qualified mechanic be driving a taxi?) That just leaves the cleaning. A few low paid workers in a shed replacing hundreds of drivers is not exactly a massive financial burden. The first company to market with robot taxis will make a killing and one of the first corpses will be Uber.

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Mighty Blighty filter tilter causes communications chaos

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Re: Spelling prob in article...

Google gives 658 thousand hits for 'confab' as opposed to 46 thousand for your preferred version so I think El Reg gets away with it. Or are you suggesting the CCC guys are overweight in which case shame on you for propagating stereotypes.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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Translated:

I'm Wayne. This is mine.

Wayne was a popular hominid name, wasn't it?

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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As a true geek

I keep my whisky cool by drinking it from a USB cooler mug.

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Tough Banana Pi: a Raspberry Pi for colour-blind diehards

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Re: Colourblind

Clearly an example of improved engine green.

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UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS

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Good old principles of analog computation

I was just about to say something along those lines. The best way to think about quantum computers is as immensely powerful hardware simulations rather than as the universal logical machines we now think of when we talk about computers.

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Mysterious BEAM outside London Googleplex ZAPPED

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Re: "beware: fibre optic cables"

It's really because they come with gold-plated plugs and Google doesn't want you stealing them.

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ESA's spaceplane cleared for lift-off in February 2015

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You don't

If you have a look at the animation linked above you'll see it lands by parachute like just about every re-entry vehicle before it. The difference here is that re-entry is done forwards not backwards* and the flaps provide some degree of control at high speed unlike in a capsule design where at best you have limited controlled by shifting the centre of mass. I'm speculating here, but I suspect more control in re-entry would yield a fuel saving since you wouldn't have to pre-align your orbit with the landing zone plus it would give you more freedom in an emergency.

*Yes, I know, feel free to make your own joke.

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