* Posts by Francis Boyle

1427 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Jupiter's throwing a firework party for Juno – and Hubble's peeking in

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No it's an

iPlanet.

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: camera phones

"Singaporeans"

Yes, I have no idea where they learned the stiff upper lip thing but since it's also known as sang froid I suppose it was from the French.

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Holy kittens! YouTube screens go blank

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Re: second person plural

Struth mate, everyone knows the second person plural is "youse".

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Cloudian clobbers car drivers with targeted ads

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Time to buy a google car

and paint the windscreen black.

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Musk's Tesla to buy Musk's SolarCity for US$2.8 billion

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Re: Duchessing

Are you sure that it not in fact a ridiculous term for an even more ridiculous sex act? Because I'm not.

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Major Tim Peake comes home to a gastronaut's Sunday roast

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Makes a change from protein pills at least

Yeah, now Major T's safely on terra firma I'm flogging the Space Oddity jokes for all their worth.

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How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'

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Re: I would like to know

Electric powered azimuth thrusters are common enough and manage to spend their entire working lives underwater without problems. The seals on the the Tesla's motors might are probably not that good but good enough to protect against constant road water should be good enough for a few seconds immersion.

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Tim Peake to return to Earth after six months floating around in space

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It was worth £80M

just so someone could say "ground control to Major Tim". (Someone did say that didn't they?)

Seriously, I'm not British so I don't have a stake in this but doesn't it come down to whether you want to play with the big boys or sulk in the corner? Because, for the big boys 80 million is small change. Go ask Elon.

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It's and old joke

but beautifully expressed.

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Bezos' Blue Origin's first live Webcast a no-explosion yawnfest

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No explosions, no failures, and no rapid unscheduled disassembly?

Nothing launched into space, either. <Musk fanboy mode off>

Sorry - couldn't resist the bait!

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: That linked article is nonsense

"For what its worth, they aren't really a problem anyway."

You might have a different view if you lived in Syria.

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That linked article is nonsense

No one made any effort to point out that Dylann Roof didn't represent Christians or white people because no one was saying it in the first place. "Lone wolf" or "deranged" is the default interpretation when a white person engages in act act of mass violence even where their ideological motivations are quite explicit.

For what it's worth I agree that Islamacists would be much less of a problem without the illegal meddling of powerful states (including the Saudis) in the affairs of third world countries.

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"As to whether mountain bikers are terrorists?"

I've seen some of their videos. Bloody terrifying (or anyone afraid of heights at least).

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Re: Some points to consider.

"They remove some of this propaganda material from the terrorist, but not everything, calming that some of it doesn't break their rules."

This just as it should be. If you want to say that ISIS represents the "pinnacle of human efforts to live as Allah demands we should" you're exercising freedom of speech. If you say "come join ISIS and help us kill infidels" you're recruiting for a terrorist organisation. Sure, sometimes it's a fine line and people will often get it wrong but making the effort is what democracies do and dictatorships have no interest in doing.

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I think he should

Look, I'm not anti-Google. I accept that it does in fact "quickly remove videos violating these policies when flagged by our users". But not wanting to look evil is fairly week motivation. The threat of lawsuits is a better one (even when they fail as I suspect this one will). And why is a company with the most powerful content detection algorithms in the world relying on users to flag objectionable videos. I suspect some extra motivation is in fact required.

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Apple faces Beijing blackout for iPhone 6

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Who'd have thought

Beijing and Texas would have so much in common?

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Chinese loan sharks seek salacious selfies as collateral

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Re: Monty Python had this sorted 45 years ago ...

Judging by how absurdly young Michael Palin looks, I'm afraid so.

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Thief dresses as Apple Store drone, walks off with $16,000 in iGear

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Re: $763 worth of gear

Of course, here's quite likely to be repaired phones in a repair room along (probably considerably more) unrepaired ones. If the thief managed to grab just the good ones it suggest some degree of inside knowledge.

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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I noticed that

Then I thought "Sometimes an article needs to be manager-compliant".

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Cold space gas? Sure, supermassive black holes can eat that. Nom, nom, nom

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Or

Bob Dylan.

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If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

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How about

an hour-long documentary about Shane MacGowan getting his teeth fixed.

I'd try to come up with a punning title but I'm afraid I would get it wrong.

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Brit Olympian defies Zika with frozen man oysters

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Re: Well, no, not really..

Or they could simply decide to not have a baby until they both check out as safe. But that wouldn't generate any publicity.

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Belgian brewery lays 3.2km beer pipeline

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Re: Beer pipeline?

Time to create a splinter sect of Pastafarianism. I've always thought that a beer volcano was a terrible waste.

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Geek's Guide to Britain – now a book. Permission to geek out granted

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Boffin

You really splashed out

on graphic design there.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Re: “one-man-and-a-dog computer dealer"

Wasn't he the gorilla?

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Kraftwerk versus a cheesy copycat: How did the copycat win?

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Re: Not to derail the conversation...

Not only that he appears to be wearing a holdeck.

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Plutonian 'lava lamp' seas give dwarf planet a regular face lift

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Fox News

Making Dunning-Kruger an art form since 1996.

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Microsoft mops up after Outlook.com drowns in tsunami of penis pills, Russian brides etc

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Not to worry

Although the problem of "an excessive amount" of email has been solved Microsoft will continue to deliver to you, your fair an appropriate amount of spam. Your penis pills are safe.

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8K video gives virtual reality the full picture for mainstream use

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Why this is

not a good idea.

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Intel's new plan: A circle that starts in your hand and ends in the cloud

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Re: Those pesky users, doing what *they* want to do

Reminds me of the time Microsoft thought it would be a good idea to create "all sorts of possible ways" to allow (obliviously responsible and well-intentioned) companies to control remotely control people's computers via the browser.

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Michael Dell bought his PC biz for a bargain, must get checkbook out for stiffed shareholders

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Re: On a related matter

"Value is what the market is prepared to pay".

Ordinarily, yes, but it's not, as is commonly insinuated, definitional. Sure investors and their advisors might not do better than chance but find one who'll admit that their decision aren't based on an understanding of market value. It's just that usually, their judgments are the only ones that happen to matter. In this case though, the court gets to decide. And whatever you might think of lawyers, in this case I'll side with them.

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Juno yields to Jupiter's gravitational embrace

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I'm not buying the "basketball court sized" thing

It's obviously 31/2" in diameter - how else could they re-purpose a harddrive arm as a magnetometer.

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Earth's core is younger than its crust surface

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Have an upvote

for asking a good question which elicited an excellent answer.

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Database admin banned from Oxford Street for upskirt filming

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Re: Am I the onky peson who...

Hopefully, yes.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Historically in the UK, truth was a defence, but since the burden of proof was with the defendent it's a big strong to call it an absolute defence. I believe things have changed with the recent reform, though.

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Pepper robot acts like real teenager, gets job at Pizza Hut

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Re: About the location of that touchscreen

At least it can't complain by saying "my eyes are up here".

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British cops to film you with 59k body-worn cameras by end of year

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You needn't worried

59K is scheduled to be announced next tuesday.

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E-Ink goes full colour

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Re: Anyone seen specs or estimated prices?

In most locations video makes no sense as you're targeting people on the move and in fact it may be dangerously distracting. Anything that makes video signage relatively less attractive is a good thing in my book.

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Gillian Anderson: The next James Jane Bond?

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"Still given they don't have the guts for that they should make her the next Doctor."

I'd definitely prefer to see her wielding a sonic screwdriver than a PPK. On the other hand maybe I should keep my sexual fantasies to myself.

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Want a better password? Pretend you eat kale. We won't tell anyone

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Re: Template

Whatever system you have it would be crazy to use for high value sites like banks.

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Twitter expands beyond 140 characters

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Well, the actual percentage of humans who used the enigma machine was pretty small too.

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Google Chrome deletes Backspace

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Re: Optional

Dammit man, get back to it!. The coding I mean. And no "testing" till it's finished.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: A minor matter of zoology

The DH88 Comet racer was also a pretty good-looking aircraft. In fact pretty much all the de Havilland's of the inter-war years had a definite elegance about them. I'd nominate the DH88 Drafon Rapide as the best looking airliner of all time.

And yes, Beluga Whales are indeed beautiful animals.

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US government publishes drone best practices

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They're not lawmakers

and guidelines are not laws.

Please check that your scripts are relevant before running them. (I think in this case you want the one about pointless bureaucracy.)

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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Re: a couple of misleading statements in the article

"Some popular IT news websites even fail to use HTTPS in their comments if you can imagine that."

Really, I find that ADAM IS A FREAKING GENIUS hard to believe.

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Electric Babel Fish swims into crowdfunding

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That's easy

It will surely be translated into the Chinese for "I'm impotent". (Now I'm wondering if that wasn't what Arthur was trying to say.)

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Smartmobes in spaaace: NASA deploys Android nanosats

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I don't think

NASA have quite got the whole disco ball thing yet.

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Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God

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I'd make a comment

but I have to go get my FEC file infected. Seriously, that's almost as good as the preacher who had to hire a rent boy to "lift his luggage".

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Raspberry Pi Zero gains a camera connector

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Why not

get one printed at one of the online 3D printing outlets? 20-30 USD should cover it.

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Inside Electric Mountain: Britain's biggest rechargeable battery

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Re: Battery or capacitor

"First, stop putting capacitor in quotes."

Please continue to put 'capacitor' in quotes. Some of us appreciate accurate use of language.

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