* Posts by Francis Boyle

1101 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

California gives green light to test self-driving cars on public roads

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Dammit, it's always Hal

Why don't I ever get the sexy female AI?

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BEAM ME UP SCOTTY: Boffins to turn PURE LIGHT into MATTER

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A Tüftler

sounds like someone who would appreciate a bit of hot photon-on-photon action.

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

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A website where you can make playmobil reconstructions

sounds pretty damn good. O, the joys of being fifteen again.

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Time-rich Brit boffin demos DIY crazytech WOLVERINE talons

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I don't think

I'd let him anywhere near my balloon.

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A first-world problem solved: Panoramic selfies, thanks to Huawei's Ascend P7

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Maybe Huawei could rename itself 'Kodak'

It's supposedly easily pronounceable in every language on the planet and isn't been used for much these days.

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Re: Motivation

Unfortunately what it wants to do will be determined by its creators and in ways that they don't even begin to understand (cf. children). And that's reason to be afraid.

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Lost treasure of Atari REVEALED

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It's New Mexico

so it probably means they were really looking for $80M in cash buried in plastic barrels.

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Slip your finger in this ring and unlock your backdoor, phone, etc

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Can I get it as a nipple ring

or even a prince albert. "No officer, I swear I was just unlocking my phone".

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Apple patent LOCKS drivers out of their OWN PHONES

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It's the new Apple masterplan - patent everything they think Google might be going to invent.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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What about it?

Some people are Mormons, others are Sufis but this study wasn't about that. By all means cling to your comforting consequence-free beliefs but the issue here is precisely that non-evidence based belief does have significant real-world consequences.

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Boffins brew graphene in kitchen blender

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Re: So not actually making graphene then.

What I was thinking. I suppose that at four or five layers even a tiny speck is essentially a very thin sheet and has all the nice electrical properties but you're not going to be making a cat's hammock let alone a space elevator with specks.

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NASA finds first Earth-sized planet in a habitable zone around star

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Re: general ignorance question

Well, you're half way to aperture synthesis interferometry. Useful for increasing angular resolution of measurements. See the Square Kilometer Array for an example of the technique at radio frequencies.

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Lazy troll

is lazy

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Win gorgeous strap-on, enter whole new world with Reg compo

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Re: How can I be the first one to say that another sort of strap-on

Well since this thing is 3D it's probably the perfect way to experience having your eye poked out with the other sort.

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Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER

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Porn

cat videos, and photos of cupcakes on Pinterest. Probably in that order.

Something for everyone, really.

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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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I watched the Mythbusters 'impossible' episode yesterday

It was all about squeezing shit into bags. And pigs.

It was, of course, not relevant to anything here.

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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Putin's ego

FOUND ON THE MOON

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Why won't you DIE? IBM's S/360 and its legacy at 50

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Old enough

to remember the mechanical calculator - the preferred business machine for most of the twentieth century. Slide rules where for science and engineering types.

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The IT Crowd tops BAFTA nominations with four nods

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Re: Disappointing

Chris Morris may be a genius but when you need someone to say "God Damn These Electric Sex Pants" Matt Berry's your man.

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NSW to expand e-voting

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Shit

"Java-based electoral software" is a phrase that should never have reason to exist.

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Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

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Re: Historical

Nice plan AC. Edison famously killed an elephant but I think you might usefully update that with a giraffe.

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EXPOSED: bizarre quantum sibling LOVE TRIANGLE

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I read that as the Univesity of Woolloomooloo

and couldn't understand why the experiment didn't involve Bruce and Sheila.

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They ACCUSED him of inventing Bitcoin. Now, Nakamoto hires lawyer to CLEAR his name

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Your average ambulance chaser

works on a no win - no fee basis.

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Re: Newsweek? That's still around?

Back. Or so I heard, though I can't imagine it'll be for long.

Zombie Newsweek, just waiting for a spade to the head.

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Daring danger-drone dives into VOLCANIC eruption – what happens next has to be seen

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Nice video

Shame about the headline.

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US govt: You, ICANN. YOU can run the internet. We quit

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Re: Managing names

1. The Skydrive case was a straightforward trademark dispute - nothing specifically to do with domain names. (Skydrive could have being at skydrive.microsoft.com - Rupert would still have been upset.)

2. Ditto. Companies need to protect their trademarks even if sometimes they do it badly.. (There's nothing ironic about competing interests - it's just how the world works.)

3. Get your own domain name - they practically give them away these days.

The domain name system is not without it's problems but it's nothing that can't be fixed.

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Police pen shortage threatens Irish public order

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Actually I did expect better.

I expected at least one penis pun.

(edit: thanks AC below.)

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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The Quebecóis captions

Are just the same loop of ooohs and aaarhs but with more accents. (And also the occasional mention of 'gros seins' but I wouldn't know about that.)

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ROBOCOP statue, Minecraft film, revived Sinclair ZX Spectrum...

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Is there a Regretsy equivalent for Kickstarter?

There should be.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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So it's a combination of a fridge magnet (a magnetically attached accessory) and say any USB device. At least the Workmate is an inventive combination - it's more than "a device with feature A and also feature B".

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The USPTO

How does it work?

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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Touche

Can't top that.

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Re: 10GB

Nice try, but downvotes for Eadon are the definition of perfect compressibility.

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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Re: Today? Today where?

Don't worry. UTC - it's a boffin thing.

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Reg readers fret over misty-eyed LOHAN

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I know how this goes

It starts with friendly waves and ends with AAMs.

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My smelly Valentine: Europe's perfumers wake to V-Day nightmare

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Animal husbandry = Hitler

Seriously?

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'The Mystery of the Martian Doughnut' solved by NASA sleuths

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NASA funding

solved.

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SkyMapper turns up oldest star ever found

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Sounds like

a rap supergroup/

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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Quotes Socrates

on why writing is inimical to true knowledge. Realises Ellison is no Socrates. Runs away.

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Re: More than just a name?

As I understand it, if it can be used to identify a business it can be used as a trademark. (Three piles of cow dung anyone?) Words themselves qualify with certain provisos - no generic terms, proper names etc. If the bare word doesn't qualify you can always make a trademark by writing it a certain way for example the, in itself fairly generic word, 'ford' written in a fancy typeface placed in an oval.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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To be fair

the military has a harder job than Google. Nobody is (I hope) working hard to find ways to send a convoy of Google cars over a cliff.

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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No,

but it's in the killer robot business these days.

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French drug dealers regretfully announce 'temporary closure'

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Calling the Académie Française

What is the correct French term for a 'dealer'.

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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

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Dwarf planet, asteroid

or steampunk Deathstar?

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Re: Interesting

Curiously, I've been working on the theory that antigravity = antipasto. Unfortunately all my attempts to build a bacon-powered starship have been foiled by people 'from the internet' turning up and eating the engines.

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Brit boffin tests LETTUCE as wire for future computers

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The post is required, and must contain lettuce.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Henry Ford

Interestingly enough that's also what Eugene Pinklewhicker said when demonstrating his steam powered trousers. Unfortunately, for every Ford there's a thousand Pinklewhickers.

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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Re: Rigorous Logic vs. Methane Spirals from Uranus

TCSBR*

*Too cranky - shouldn't (have) bothered reading.

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