* Posts by Francis Boyle

1101 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

75,000 Raspberry Pi baked before August

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On the other hand

there's those of us who have been waiting for the Arduino Leonardo (the real one, not a clone) since something like September so it pretty much balances out. Of course sales numbers are meaningless here. For example, no one really knows what percentage of Atmegas end up as de facto Arduinos. These aren't commercial projects folks. They aren't competing projects. I wish people (who should know better) would stop talking as if they were.

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Japanese operator to test quake-proof floating phone-mast BLIMPS

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I can't help feeling

that this is the aerial equivalent of "lets build a monorail".

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Freecom Hard Drive Sq 2TB

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"No flashing LED indicators"

And you call this a geek treat. Admittedly, on past form, the entire series should be renamed "treats for people who really like Apple products"*.

*I'll spare you the f-word.

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Samsung sheds light on low-cost WinPho blower

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Re: Oh look...

So its not pointless - just crap design.

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Study reveals high price of smut addiction

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Re: @ blofse

If there is rigid online censorship in Australia I have yet to come up against it. The reality is that there have been persistent failed attempts at online censorship. Failed, because no one supports them except a few unrepresentative lobby groups which unfortunately have the main political parties running scared.

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Boffins crack on with ultimate roboass

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"Robot Politician"

Only if it were fitted with a speaker.

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Story withdrawn

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Re: Ill make this quick. Title "how to stop viruses"

Called Keith?

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Germans hail Vulture 1 spaceplane

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Re: Erm...

Boffins!

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Wayward footballer turns to iPod cure

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Re: You get a point for missing...

Darts must really confuse you then.

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iTunes fanbois outraged by Apple's sex-life quiz probe

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Unfortunately

there are several. I suppose that, in some obscure way, it balances out all the fart apps.

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Want to be a better marksman? Play shooting games

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Re: Well bugger me sideways

According to that logic I should be able to fly a 747, drive a Formula One car, and pilot the Space Shuttle.

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Google KNEW Street View cars were slurping Wi-Fi

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Re: Google's magic wand waving

Yeah, but he had a lousy sense of timing.

It's all in the timing.

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Boffins cross atom-smasher streams, 'excited' beauty pops into being

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Re: any other accelerator built by humanity

You should see the one Slartibartfast used to cut out the crinkly bits in the fjords.

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Ghost of HTML5 future: Web browser botnets

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"Customisable pop-ups that appear outside the browser"

Who the hell thought this was a good idea?

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TV Now was too good, and that was its downfall

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Or to put it another way

would you trust a coder who thought that bothering to use the static keyword was "splitting hairs". like programming the law is about getting the rules right at the start so everyone can follow them without getting any nasty surprises.

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Re: Ye Gods, how many ways can a hair be split

You may call it splitting hairs. I call it the precise application of the law. It's what judges are paid to do. And in the end it protects us all.

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Major science fiction publisher to zap DRM

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Re: If only they could make a decent website

That's just tradition. Baen covers are notorious for their crappiness so the website has a lot to live down to.

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Reader experts thrash LOHAN's mighty rod

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Is it just me

or has El Reg's double entendre department taken a turn towards the kinky?

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Turing's rapid Nazi Enigma code-breaking secret revealed

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Re: Unbreakable

Any security system that relies on users acting like machines rather than humans is inherently flawed.

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Met issues mug-shot gallery mobe app to finger wanted crooks

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Wot no jokes

about RIM helping to finger it's own customers.

How soon we forget.

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Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

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I thought

that was taxi drivers.

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Hands on with the Nikon D3200 DSLR

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Re: And still no built in GPS

A camera adds nothing to the function of a navigation device while a GPS device adds to the function of a camera. It's why some of use carry GPS data loggers around with us when we're ou taking photos.

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Boffins tout solar efficiency boost

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Re: Great News

Edison's problem was not that DC is inefficient but that given the absence of DC transformers he had no way to distribute it at high voltage.

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Massive organ blown with Kinect

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Call me a philistine

but I prefer Faboy Slim's up tempo three minute twenty-two remix

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I liked the singing

Pity there was some bloke wanking his organ all over it.

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Vintage alien tech crash-lands in field

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Nothing to see here?

Just River Song being overly dramatic again. Jeez, why can't she learn to use email?

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Matt Groening reveals location of Simpsons' Springfield

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Re: Indeed

I'm even older than that and I still can't remember when Tracey Ullman was funny.

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Dark matter hits you once a minute

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Re: Mass of everything

The clue's in the name. Since WIMPS interact with ordinary matter only weakly you can't weigh them. (They'd pass right through any scale). Indeed so far we can't measure them in any way. Ergo they can't affect any measurements of mass. The only way we know of their existence is through their contribution to gravitational effects at very large scales. As to why their gravitational effect is not apparent at smaller scales - well you have to remember that that matter in the universe is near to non-existent. O.K. maybe not non-existent, but on average the universe approximates a pretty good vacuum. Assuming dark matter is not clumpy like ordinary matter (i.e. that WIMPS don't strongly interact with anything including themselves) space with WIMPS in it is effectively just space but very slightly less tenuous. It's net effect on anything on a human scale is going to be zero.

Of course, anything that anyone says about dark matter is ,of necessity, highly speculative but the basic idea is actually pretty straightforward.

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Eight... Rugged Cameras

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"The smile detector is a neat feature, making that hanging off a cliff-face, or free-falling skydive shot that bit easier to achieve."

Is there a sheer terror detector setting that I can use?

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Minecraft maker plots ultimate videogame for coders

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Billions of years into the future

They promised me a matrioshka brain and all I got was a lousy 16 bits.

Do I at least get a hologram for company?

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Arizona bill makes it illegal to 'annoy or offend' online

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Re: Read the ANDs and ORs

So basically it's a law to ban ODFO.

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Fake cop Trojan 'detects offensive materials' on PCs, demands money

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What have you got

against footcare implements.

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I don't

live in Iran.

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Scientists plan 3D printable robots for the home

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Origami Robots?

I will be awaiting the rise of the machines - with a large bucket of water.

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Parents shocked by priestly PowerPoint pr0n

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Re: Self-righteous hypocrisy

Are you seriously suggesting that protestants never feel that they're entitled to tell others what to do? Have you been paying any attention to what is happening in the US lately. Rick Santorum may be Catholic but I can assure you that his brand of self-righteous arrogance comes straight out of the fundamentalist protestant playbook.

Now I don't want to get into a Catholic versus protestant debate (the differences are far smaller than the similarities to my mind) but it strikes me that your comment is a good example of something I've frequently observed. When someone, religious or not (and these days, it seems, more often they are not), criticises atheists for lacking understanding of religion what they are really saying is "your criticisms don't apply to my experience of religion" as if the fact that there are some nice CoE vicars somehow cancels out the existence of the Taliban.

The thing is, critics of religion generally have taken the time to acquire at least a passing knowledge of the full range of religious practices. They're arguing from facts not personal experience. Questioning their "understanding of religion and their critical faculties" on the basis of unexamined anecdotal evidence is the rhetorical equivalent of sticking your fingers in your ears and chanting "I can't hear you".

As for the tired "critics of religion are like religious fanatics" canard - XKCD

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Re: Wow...

It's like this. So many Father Ted Jokes. So little time.

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Sir Isaac Newton's life rendered as KML

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Casanova

would be more interesting. Does the resolution go down to individual house level?

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Tripleton touts telephone for double-ohs

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Hey everybody, I've got a spy phone

Do they make one that fit's in a shoe? You can't afford to be too conspicuous in the spy game.

(Yes, I know - it's really targeted at the Ms rather than the Bonds but someone had to do the Maxwell Smart joke.)

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Brazilian cops hunt pillaging 'gang of blondes'

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Worked in telemarketing

Let her off. She's obviously working towards going straight.

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Toshiba outs monster 13in tablet spec

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Re: Couldn't they have given it a wipe

Shouldn't demo units have a porn blocker installed?

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6,000 sign e-petition to put Turing on £10 note

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And what exactly

is the "understanding" of an anonymous person worth? If you have evidence, present it. Otherwise keep your slurs to yourself.

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So, what IS the worst film ever made?

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Burn After Reading

Just looked it up. How could you not like a film in which Brad Pitt gets shot point blank in the face?

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Probably, yes

but I have been known to reference the gentleman in question int terms of the Slakan vloskan.

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'Now we understand what's required to explode a supernova' - NASA

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Red matter is bullshit

Everyone knows you use trilithium to blow up stars.

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GiffGaff gaffe charity spaff to quell miffed riffraff

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<Neddy Seagoon voice>

"I don't wish to know that"

</Neddy Seagoon voice>

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I'm not sure what a "spaff" is

but great headline (though it could do with more underground virgin penetration).

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Jupiter and Venus get cozy in revealing late-night display

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Quick proof

In the plane of the ecliptic points 93 million miles from Earth form a circle passing through the Sun and out beyond the orbit of the Earth. Since that circle intersects the orbit of Venus, at some time, Venus will be 93 million miles from Earth. It's just a a matter of waiting long enough.

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Netherlands plans to make 'copyrighted material easier to use'

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Does this mean

we can have our Hitler parodies back?

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