* Posts by Francis Boyle

1314 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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Re: Economic migration

" they have been described as fit, wearing good clothes and many using gadgets like iPhones and other expesive gear."

Reminds me of the old story about the famous Jewish violist who was asked why there were no famous Jewish pianists and replied "because it's hard to flee with a piano". You're no less a refugee just because you flee with a Stradivarius.

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No

Downvotes for ignoring the fact that sharia is not exactly friendly to women reporting rape.

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Beardy Branson bangs birds on Boeing

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Re: Because the Pegasus worked out so well for Orbital.

I think there might be a bit more to it than that. Hint: LOHAN.

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Aaaargh, my ears

I'd forgotten just how bad low rent corporate video music could be.

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Estonian vendor sparks Li-Fi hypegasm with gigabit demo

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On the upside

I think we have the basis for a Doctor Who story.

Don't blink and whatever you do don't open your eyes.

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Nest defends web CCTV Cam amid unstoppable 24/7 surveillance fears

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Re: Not really off

There's an app for that!

OK, wrong company, but whatever Apple can do Google/Alphabet can do as well, just without hip slogans.

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Thai women drugged punters 'with Xanax-spiked nipples' – cops

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I may be missing something here

but I am at a loss to understand why all the 'more' links are Shatner/Trek related. I mean, I know KIrk liked the ladies but was there are particularly kinky episode I somehow missed?

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

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"If anyone here dislikes what I do, I am more than happy to receive £141.80 per hour to keep doing it."

Which is the point of the exercise.

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

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I opted for HD 189733b

Thing is the FTL shuttle is so slow and wormholes always make me queasy. So I got hold of this tardis. (Don't ask me how but the vendor was a very nice young lady.) Trouble is every time I throw the bloody lever I end up in some random part of London. Now the thing's stuck in King's Cross. Oh well, I suppose it's Skegness then.

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Rdio's collapse another nail in the coffin of the 'digital economy'

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"How can you tell when a "How can you tell when a music rep is lying?" is lying?"

The usual answer works well enough for politician (they have to be seen to do some good). For a music rep (or anyone in promotions/PR etc) I think the answer would have something to with the presence of a discernible pulse.

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Kids' tech skills go backwards thanks to tablets and smartmobes

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Not when the topic is literacy

Just I don't need to know what a gerund or a phoneme is to be literate I don't need to know what a cpu or a function is to be digitally literate. It's just a matter of the users knowing how to use the (high-level) tools. Sometime we techies just have to accept that it's not about us.

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'Shut down the parts of internet used by Islamic State masterminds'

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Re: Well that's a good solution

Come on, that's just stupid. The Bible clearly says pi is three. (yes,I know - Muphry and all that.)

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World's most frustrating televised Linux install just got more frustrating

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Re: Terroirists?!

I'm thinking Russian "Subtteraneans" lurking under our streets.

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Imagination cuddles Brillo, Debian and OpenWrt for thing-devs

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Re: "...who-thought-of-this-name Brillo..."

Seconded. It's easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and easy to google. Plus no intercaps. What's there to complain about.

Also they could have called it 'Vim'. That would have been confusing.

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Hang on Clara!

Suddenly the Doctor understood why he'd had the strange compulsion to visit Charles Atlas in 1937.

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Boffins: Comet Lovejoy is a cosmic booze cruise spewing alcohol across the Solar System

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Re: I wonder

Unfortunately in the language of the Lovejoyese "gin and tonic" refers to a drink almost but not entirely like flat Fanta.

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Doctor Who's The Girl Who Died ships in nasty Vikings floating atop a time-bending tidal wave

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Re: Terrible episode

Looks like someone has never seen "The Pirate Planet".

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

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Re: Disturbing the Universe

"what happens if funding for the laser beam is used up, and it gets, turned off?"

You end up with one very pissed off probe which you better hope doesn't meet some sort of vast machine intelligence.

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Re: One of the wisest things I've ever read.

"Science and religion are two windows that people look through"

Except that religion's window is stained glass. Lots of pretty pictures to look at (along with an occasionally nice but more often horrible story) but essentially useless if you want to see the outside world. Meanwhile science is working at reducing the reflection on its window to one part in ten billion.

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Science Museum celebrates Ada Lovelace

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Re: But most importantly...

She helped the Doctor fight the [SPOILERS REDACTED]. Probably. Some time soon.

Which of course explains the phone. Are there any pictures of her wearing sunglasses?

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Volvo to 'accept full liability' for crashes with its driverless cars

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Re: Not theat simple

My car is old and falling apart. I want a new one. Ram the driverless Volvo!

Then I look forward to seeing you on "The World's Craziest Drivers - It's Not Just Russia Anymore" compilation coming soon to Youtube.

As for hacking - if you have access and intent why not just cut the brake line. It's a more plausible method of causing mayhem than trying to make a car drive on the wrong side of the road.

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Microsoft's HoloLens: Here by 2016, mere three THOUSAND dollar price

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Who cares a bout a few thousand

when you're going to need to be a millionaire just to afford the living room to use it in. I'm serious. Wasn't it reported here that Kinect games were less popular in Europe due to its relative lack of McMansions?

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Israeli lander FOUND ON MOON (in 2017)

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On, above, or below the surface of the Moon

My cunning plan involved going with the third option but the Molemen of the Moon are no longer replying to my messages.

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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Grease pencil IIRC

Presumably ones without a wooden casing.

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Microsoft, Tesla, build battery that knows how much (energy) you suck

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Putting Windows in control of the energy equivalent of a small bomb

Do I really need text here?

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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I think

it's the wolves we need to worry about. I mean they seem to be evolving to feed on radiation. The travel machines can't be too far down the line. Perhaps we should set a watch for horribly disfigured lupine geniuses.

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Slander-as-a-service: Peeple app wants people to rate and review you – whether you like it or not

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They laughed at the inventor of the gas mask bra as well

Not really relevant - I just like to laugh at the inventor of the gas mask bra.

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Robot Romeo gets its 'antenna' snapped off in attempt to 'charm' testy American

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I hope Romeo gets a ten inch

replacement antenna. Anything less would be a crime.

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Holy litigation, Batman! Custom Batmobile cars nixed by copyright

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Re: The End of Cosplay

You buy your costume from an outfit licenced to produce it commercially or you do it properly and make it yourself. Either way you're safe from the lawyers.

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Not buying it either. All the major Star trek elements were trademarked. If that's not still the case someone deserves to have lost their job.

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Re: Owning characters forever is wrong

"Since Batman and the Batmobile were created in 1939, I think it is wrong that they are still considered to be owned 76 years later."

Then complain about Disney not DC. US copyright are largely created to the end that the sacred Mouse must forever remain under Disney control.

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NIST's quantum boffins have TELEPORTED stuff over a HUNDRED KILOMETRES

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Re: Duuurrrrhhhhhh.

And the mathematical description of a typical knitted article requires reference to more dimensions than my brain is comfortable with. I'll stick to QM.

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SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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In that case

I look forward to NASA discovering that one bit of Pluto that looks uncannily like a quarry in Wales. (Or possibly the roof of an office building in Basingstoke.)

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Sharp's new TV has over 7,000 lines of pixels – but there's NOTHING TO WATCH

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Slow glass?

Just stick it in a hole in the wall and run a video of a suitably picturesque loch on a loop. I can't see much other use for it though.

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Toyota chucks 50 MEELLION BUCKS at AI car tech

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except that

very few people actually believe those two things. First, reducing congestion is pretty far down on the list of proposed benefits. My number one is not being run down by some idiot fondling their phone when they pretending to be driving. The car sharing idea is an unrelated fantasy. Sure, A.I. cars might make it a little more effective, but if it were such an attractive idea we'd all be using taxis already.

Second, this has nothing to do with "strong" AI. What is making self-driving cars possible is the Google approach of throwing massive computational resources and some clever domain specific algorithms at the problem and observing what works.

Finally, I'd take an AI car that sits there confused at a show-off cyclist (or whatever) over the Natural Idiot who plows on confident that their "above-average" skills will get them out of anything their stupidity can get them into.

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China's TCL strokes Android with its 17.3" fondleslab WHOPPER

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Re: Could be interesting

I was going to say the same thing but 1920x1080 is only something like 130ppi. Usable, probably, but a bit of a come down to what we're used to on tablets. (If you can't get up close, what's the point.)

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Drones need their own version of Asimov's laws of robotics – MEPs

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I think there are four MEPs

"who" need to be inspected for signs of glowing eyes, backbones, etc.

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Mad Max: High-octane dystopian desert demolition derby

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Re: Must everything be a femenist statement these days?

Coming from the land downunde,r as I do, I can assure you, that if it's crazy Aussies you want, you'd be mad to leave out the women.

And yes that's a "femenist" statement.

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Damn well knew it! Seagate has helium drives in its labs

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Not

since they added autotune to the firmware.

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TREE-HUGGER? Your WOODEN HAREM is much BIGGER than thought

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Don't worry

Things will be fine just as long as we don't adopt the leaf as a unit of currency.

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All pixels go: World's biggest sky-gazing camera gets final sign-off

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Re: D'Oh!

I hear they're working on a plan to trigger a gamma ray burst. They just need to find a spare supercomputer to caclulate the guide number.

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Honor 7 – heir apparent to the mid-range Android crown

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Re: Call me paranoid but...

Nah, PLA Unit 61398 is the Porn Police. You're thinking of Unit 61274.

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'Edward Snowden' discovered hiding in Indonesian river by boffins

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I'd have thought ricin

was more likely. Or dioxin. Gotta maintain those traditions.

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Has anyone lost 37 dope plants, Bolton cops nonchalantly ask on Facebook

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Nah, can't be mine

I only ordered three dozen.

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Gazan medico team 3D-prints world-leading stethoscope for 30c

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Re: Am I just too pessimistic?

Thing is, if you're a well paid doctor in the first world why wouldn't you pay $200 extra for a well made example something that is after all a symbol of your profession. The desire to have something that's attractive beyond it's functionality is, after all, how Apple made it's fortune. The real shame (and surprise) is that there isn't already a cheap plastic stethoscope for situations where functionality is the only concern. Unless of course, there already is, and the article is just yet-more 3D printing hype.

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Exploding Power Bars: EE couldn't even get the CE safety mark right

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Re: the "China Export" logo exists

A bureaucrat claiming they are not aware of something is on par with a politician being unable to recall.

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Sex app Tinder in public meltdown – because a journo dared suggest it was, well, a sex app

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8 billion experiences

8 billion sweaty, sticky experiences.

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Stop taking drug advice from Kim Kardashian on Twitter, sighs watchdog

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Or indeed anyone who 'follows' her.

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Boffins: The universe is DOOMED and there's nothing to be done

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I think Asimov

was more "let there be light" than "the stars were going out".

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'WOMAN FOUND ON MARS' – now obvious men are from Venus

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I expect "she"

will be revealed to be about 10cm tall at which point 'UFO Sightings Daily' will explain she's a fairy and albeit of the wingless Martian kind.

Also, I can't see any breasts but I she looks topless to me. Oh gawd, now I'm doing it.

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