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* Posts by Francis Boyle

1057 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Boffins: Antarctic glacier in irreversible decline, will raise sea levels by 1cm

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Re: It is time for people to stop moaning about climate change and look at ways to live with it!

Yes, but who's going to pay.

Hint: this is what wars are fought over.

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still you can't deny

that over geological time scales glaciers approach light speed

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Tesla is on fire! Model S car sales are red hot – just like their chargers (yow)

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For comparison

try doing a Google image search on 'burnt Ferrari'.

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E-tagged insects a buzz for research

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Forget talking

I want that on my resume.

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Space Station bags extra 10yrs of life as SOLAR STORM scrubs resupply

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@I ain't Spartacus

I'm not convinced that a new could war would be a prerequisite for a US/China space race. I suspect that somewhere deep in the Chinese psyche it rankles that they lost the technology race with the West when that Italian guy stole all their secrets and now they are once more a super-power what better way to use all those iPhone manufacturing profits than with a mission to Mars. I'm no economist so I have no idea whether either country could afford it but since it's the Americans who are buying the iPhones I suspect they'd have the worst of it.

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Spock-style gadget can SMELL my PEE! Weird gizmos of CES 2014

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And here's me thinking

that it was a tiny black and white screen for watching porn.

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Thought the toilet camera was weird? Try actual thumb flash drives from tech's supershow

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Coming soon to the Register

The fun new quiz - tech toy or sex toy.

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

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The thing is

In a democratic society you're free to "call for" pretty much anything without fear of sanction by the state. Threatening people on the other hand has always being a different matter.

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Two white dwarfs and superdense star. Yup, IDEAL for gravity lab in the sky - boffins

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Not sure if you're simply joking

but this is standard science stuff. The model is constructed using the theory to be tested. If the predictions of the model check out, score one for the theory. If not, more interesting science stuff.

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Samsung snafu at CES causes Michael Bay meltdown

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Auteur Michael Bay

Surely you jest.

Please tell me you jest.

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Seagate's LaCie whips out bonkers posh silver-plated storage ball

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For the real geek

buy five and build a newton's cradle.

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That's because

you're a full desk kind of person. This is intended for the empty desk kind of person.

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Harvard kid, 20, emailed uni bomb threat via Tor to avoid final exam, says FBI

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Re: Harvard need to reassess their admission policies?

Or simpler. Don't send a threat to an organisation using internet access provided by that organisation.

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Android nasty sends your texts to CHINA

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I suspect the chinese might find

"Darling fascist bully boy, give me some more money, you bastard. May the seed of your loins be fruitful in the belly of your woman" somewhat less than useful.

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I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst

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Re: What's te problem?

Dodos? You mean they all went on to be clubbed to death by hungry sailors?

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Is it a NAS? Is it a SAN? No. It's Synology's Rackstation 'NASSAN'

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Re: Erhm?

You need it to store those Noxious Ancient Souls when you run out of space in volcanoes.

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Boffins release 44-MEEELLION-star Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

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That's one helluva funky

disco ball.

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NASA pic: DOOMED ice Comet ISON literally had snowball's chance in hell

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And the Eadon memorial award goes to. . .

linicks.

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Moto's DIY smartphone Ara to be 3D PRINTED in exclusive new deal

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As I read it

only 3D Systems have the technology to print the parts and they've made it clear (or at least as clear as possible in managerese) that they won't be making it available to third parties. If you want to know about the availability of designs then, you're right, Motorola is the company to ask. Let's hope a lot of people do.

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Super-stealth FLYING CAR prototype seen outside GOOGLE HQ

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Re: build your own!

If this were any other piece of tech I'd probably agree with you. However "flying car" and "fail" go together like "foolish investor" and "money" don't. (e.g. see Moller)

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Space tourist Dennis Tito begs US to BANKROLL HIS manned Mars flyby

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Re: Older couple? WHAT? Nooooo!

I wouldn't want to be around when they find out about the 20 minute lag.

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Re: 501 days of fun..

+1 for the shit reference.

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KILL SWITCH 'BLOCKED by cell operators' to pad PROFITS, thunders D.A.

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Re: How stupid are they?

While they're at it they might as well get rid of those pointless "receiving stolen goods" laws as well.

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Nvidia, AMD tout 12GB GPUs for supers ... But ONE question remains

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The word "ceepie-geepie"

gives me the heebie jeebies. Please stop using it.

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JESUS battery HEALS itself - might make electric cars more practical

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Well, that was fairly pointless

The video that is, not the actual research. "This stuff here - it's as stretchy AS RUBBER. Oh and it does some other stuff which we won't show you or attempt to explain in any way." Conclusion: Stanford uni PR unit is run by a bunch of balloon fetishists.

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Google Earth SHOCK: ZERO point ZERO ZERO SIX of world forests disappear each year

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It's good that forest loss has been reduced to less than one percent per year.

It's not good that forest loss is almost one percent per year.

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

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Re: Cell phone yakking != good driving...distracted humans

Any self drive system that ever dumps control back to the human would clearly be unfit for purpose and would never pass legal muster. (On the road when we're dealing in response times measured in, not seconds, but milliseconds there's simply no time to hand over control.) Clearly automated driving is a much harder problem than automated flying but the evidence is that has been solved or will be solved in the near future. (By 'solved' I mean 'demonstrably as safe as a good human driver'.)

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Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

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But at least the zombies will be fun

There will be zombies, won't there?

I'll get my coat. I'm off to do a bit more work on my Jane Austen versus the Daleks script.

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Google SO CAN scan ALL BOOKS onto its sites - judge

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A sensible decision perhaps

but nonetheless a dangerous one. Deciding that copying entire books is now fair use because it's in the public good looks like legal sleight of hand. If anyone is to be given an exemption from existing copyright restrictions which is, in reality, what this decisions does, that should be decided by the lawmakers not the courts.

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Want to BUILD YOUR OWN Tardis? First, get a star and set it spinning...

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Re: Cerenkov Radiation

Faster than light in that medium, not faster than c.

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Yes

Space-time: don't get kinky without it.

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LOHAN sees bright red over Vulture 2 paintjob

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A Cunning Plan

A 3D 2D printer?

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Forget invisible kittens, now TANKS draped in INVISIBILITY CLOAK

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Re: Emporers new cloaking device

Of course I can see the tank in the picture - it's the invisible one just to the left I can't see. </Eccles mode>

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Ricoh Theta 360˚ camera: Point and click immersive imaging

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Crosses several boxes for me

iOS only, air, Facebook, low resolution, limited controls but it might be a hit with the target market. Might, given it's relatively expensive and really needs a tripod. Plus automatic connectivity will be fine for some but if you can't share your work with just anyone it won't take off. My prediction: Apple will do this right in two year's time while claiming they invented it.

Now, what I had hoped this was is a small camera with a built-in motorised pan and tilt head. Do that for the same price (alright probably a little bit less) and I'm in.

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Japanese PM holds on FOR DEAR LIFE in self-driving car

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I hope self driving cars will be well marked

so I can just ignore them and concentrate on avoiding the idiots "who are really good drivers and don't need a computer to tell them what to do".

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Latest global menace: ELECTROPULSE NORKS, apparently

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Yes

The rest of us have learnt to expect to be disappointed.

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Microsoft Australia calls fibre-to-the-premises 'best outcome' for NBN

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Facepalm

Re: Save me from kitchen table budget thinking.

Face. Palm.

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Wayback Machine hardware up in FLAMES (but interwebs' DeLorean WAS backed up)

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It was Marcia from accounts

She printed out the internet some time in 1997 and took it home. Now the Elders of the Internet want it back.

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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Yep

It will be Ewoks as as the eye can see from now on.

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Could Doctor Who really bump into human space dwellers?

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Re: Lack of imagination is the problem

Spending a million years as downloads doesn't seem much fun, I mean I spent a month as a pirated copy of the Beatles White album and I absolutely hated it.

And yes, I've been waiting since 2007 to use that one.

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Re: Problem with getting rich people to pay

My understanding is that in the later years of its life (and before 9/11) BA made Concorde pay by the simple expedient of charging what it cost to provide the service. It turns out that when your company's paying or you're just obscenely wealthy price is relatively elastic. Of course, that was in the context of development costs having been covered by the taxpayer and obviously wasn't viable in the long term. But it does suggest that you shouldn't be too cautious in charging what might seem to be outrageous prices from day one.

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Moto sets out plans for crafty snap-together PODULAR PHONES

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Re: Modular = Large?

Phones have been getting larger for years. This wouldn't have work five years ago but now, provided the standard modules are thin enough I don't see size as being a problem.

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Linus Torvalds seeks REDEMPTION for every coded SIN

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Re: Woodland Creature?

I took it as a reference to inter-arboreal defaecation but are creatures of ursine persuasion moronic? I get the feeling that treating one as such might be a little bit of a mistake.

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SR-71 Blackbird follow-up: A new TERRIFYING Mach 6 spy-drone bomber

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Shocking news!

Education in the richest country in the world is better than in one of the poorest.

I don't think your arguments get any better from there.

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