* Posts by Francis Boyle

1411 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Italians rattle little tin for smartmobe mini lenses

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Not exactly inspiring images

I second the other posters who suggest that if you just want to get a close up view of your world a USB microscope is the way to go. Even better get a USB otoscope/endoscope. You can put those in places a smartphone just wouldn't go.

(Your ears of course - that's why they're called otoscopes.)

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Wasps force two passenger jets into emergency landings

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Shouldn't it be

'Sceliphron.*' if you don't know the species. (I never studied biology. The Christian Brothers thought it might lead to evolution.)

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Cops deploy StingRay anti-terror tech against $50 chicken-wing thief

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Don't you mean

two legs batter?

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Terroist?

The man spent his life terrorising wildlife.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Mastubateers

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Revealed: How NASA saved the Kepler space telescope from suicide

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We are all Charlton now

I fear that one day (probably some time in November) we'll wake up to discover that The Planet of the Trumps was Earth all along.

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Ex-HP boss Carly Fiorina sacked one week into new job

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Re: Trump? Who's he?

For a while now I've been saying that Trump is like a dog chasing a car. But dogs don't usually catch cars. Thing could get messy.

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Extreme photo-bombing: Bad ImageMagick bug puts countless websites at risk of hijacking

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On the other hand what's the point in taking the same photo that literally millions of others have taken before you. Unless you're a professional photographer, you're taking pictures to make a record of the (hopefully) happy moments of your life. Maybe that's narcissistic but it's also very human and as far as I can see harmless.

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Ultra-cool dwarf throws planetary party

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Re: TRAPPIST

Not a backronym just another contrived acronym (conacronym?). I suspect there's a webpage that generates these things somewhere.

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Hold on a sec. When did HDDs get SSD-style workload rate limits?

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Surely the market for these sort of devices is pretty much write once read never applications. I can't see the typical user whether it's FB with it cat pictures or me with my er, reference materials, hitting the limit.

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Have a Cptn Cook: VXers learn 'Strayan to plunder Down Under

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Did you just call

amanfromMars a person of ill repute?

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ICANN in a strop that Intel, Netflix, Lego, Nike and others aren't using their dot-brand domains

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How many words

of Catalan do they need to know?

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Apple Watch

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He could at least

have put a shortcut to the clock in startup.

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Your mother has a smooth forehead, Klingon language lovers roar at Paramount

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I always said

that Geoffrey of Monmouth would have done so much better if he'd used his own material. And as for that Shakespeare bloke - complete plagiarist if you ask me.

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Move over Amazon Alexa – Samsung's hot assistant bot Otto's trying to build an empire

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"Alexa, turn on my WeMo light."

No, no, no! Everybody knows the correct command is "computer lights".

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