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* Posts by Francis Boyle

1021 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Black Ops 2 blunder has Mass Effect on buyers

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Yes, off course it was the voice acting.

Nothing at all to do with the lesbian thing. . .

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Liberator: the untold story of the first British laptop part 2

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Depends

<Henry Crun>Stop that naughty knee-dancing, Minnie</Henry Crun>

Works for me.

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Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

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But oddly not

"to gib" despite that being a common pronunciation.

I feel old now.

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Surface sales 'modest' so far, Ballmer modestly admits

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You must be a Microsoft shill

You didn't even mention the Kin.

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Stob on Quatermass: Was this British TV's finest sci-fi hour?

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Re: Quatermass and the pit

I've never seen the TV version, (The asking price on eBay was pretty prohibitive last time I looked) but the film version was one of the few genuinely scary pieces of cinema I've ever seen. Of course, it helped that I was a young teenager at the time. Even so, the evocation of a devil that even a confirmed skeptic like myself could believe in was an impressive achievement.

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"Spike Milligna"

Any relation to "the well known typing error" Spine Millington?

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Twitter in BRUTAL crackdown on copyright looters. Sort of

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Re: WTF can you fit into 140 chars?

Don't even think about messing with Big Poetry!

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Felix Baumgartner sadly turns out to be blinkered FOOL

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Re: I wonder how he feels

The traditional reply is that it's the company's money to be spent as it sees fit - conveniently ignoring the fact that the government's money is our money to be spent as we see fit.

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Japanese toilet can save penalty kicks

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What

could you possibly be doing on the toilet that would cause your balls to move at 160km/h?

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US Copyright Office approves phone jailbreaking and video remixes

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Re: Will someone take these out the back and shoot them?

Except ,since the "you don't own it" argument is based on the fact that software is not a physical object, your comparison is invalid. What I can or cannot do with software is governed not by property rights but by copyright which, oddly enough, is a restriction on copying not on "changing". It's not like I can't go through a legally purchased copy of a Harry Potter novel changing every instance of 'wand' to 'wang' or draw a beard on a Mona Lisa print. It's my hardware to manipulate as I wish with the sole exemption that I can't use it to make unauthorized copies.

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LARGEST BELCH EVER SEEN devastates gassy GIANT Saturn

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No you aren't

Just admit the depth of your disappointment.

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Five go wild with the Administration Tools Pack

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Re: "Linuxes"?

You have no sense of tradition. It clearly has to be Linuxen.

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Can a new TCP scheme give wireless a 16-fold boost?

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Ms Médard

That's Professor Médard. Or indeed, Dr Médard if you don't want to get too academic. Sorry, Richard, you're usually better than this.

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Can climate change be changed back again? Maybe, say boffins

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I tried expecting the unexpected once

but nothing happened. I certainly didn't expect that.

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Moon was formed when PLANET SMASHED INTO EARTH

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Re: Not surprising

Surely that was not Velikovsky but the HHGTTG. The latter is at least rather more scientifically reliable.

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Linux on ARM breakthrough to take away Torvalds' arse pain

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Re: Linus in toys out of pram shocker!

Go ahead. Oh wait. I thought you said 'criticise'.

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Japanese cellco drops veil on futuristic hands-free video phone

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Can't see how this could be useful for conference calls.

It seems to be, by definition, one to one. And when it comes to one to one video calls people are either not interested or they want, how should I put it, a certain degree of privacy in which case a screen and webcam are entirely adequate. I can't even see how you could point this thing downward - not much use for Chatroulette then.

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Is lightspeed really a limit?

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Re: Slow

Congratulations. (I'm not been sarcastic.) You've actually clearly stated the major commonsense assumptions that relativity violates.

If i'm travelling near the speed of light and fire a bullet from a gun i'm holding will the bullet slowly leave my gun because it can't possibly travel faster than the speed of light :)

No, because velocities in relativity don't add in that way as described above.

If stationary the speed of light is therefore c when moving light is potentially c + my speed is it not?.

No because a fundamental premise of relativity is that c is the same for every observer no matter how they are moving. This isn't just an assumption but an experimental result (look up the Michelson Morley experiment) that relativity explained. Also there is no such thing as 'stationary'. That's not strictly a result of relativity, but relativity's description of how relative velocity work pretty much put paid to any hope that the universe has some preferred velocity against which all others are measured.

because i'm nearly travelling at the speed of light whilst holding my gun would I be incapable of running around in my ficticious spaceship?

It follows from the last point that you're not really "travelling at the speed of light ". You maybe with respect to say the Earth, but if so it's equally true that the Earth is " nearly travelling at the speed of light " with respect to you. What matters is that if "nearly travelling at the speed of light " is say .999 c and your gun fires a bullet at say 0.002 c the velocity of the bullet with respect to the Earth is still going to be less than c. Counterintuitive, yes but the fact is space and time simply don't work in the way our commonsense tells us they do.

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Slowing down light is trivial

The current record, if I recall correctly, is something like walking pace. (I'm sure it's been reported here if you care to look.) C on the other hand is a fundamental physical constant. Unless you happen to be a member of the Q continuum you don't get to change it. It's simply a part of how the world works.

Now that doesn't mean there might not be workarounds but those workarounds need to be compatible with relativity in much the way relativity is compatible with Newtonian physics.

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Register SPB hacks mull chopping off feet

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Re: What about the Wales?

I vote for areas in Wales and volumes in whales - what could go wrong?

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Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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Time to break out

the Greek strategic reserve of hemlock.

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Formlabs preps first home stereolithic 3D printer

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Re: New Opportunity for Office Theft

Why, is there a "firm but flexible" substitute for the resin?

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WTF is... NFC

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Re: One thought does spring to mind

Don't wish for it. The contactless systems I'm forced to used nominally requires a tap but of course being near field the response can happen at anywhere between a few centimetres or a few millimetres which can be incredibly disconcerting like a keyboard with random lag. I'd imagine that slows things down significantly.

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Event Horizon Telescope spots source of black hole jets

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Sorry

It's just not the same without the bad makeup.

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Made for each other: liquid nitrogen and 1,500 ping-pong balls

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Re: When I were a lad...

You obviously went to the wrong school. . .

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Queensland to appropriate household PV

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Re: so what?

Why is that a problem? The electricity distributers buy electricity at the market price add a markup and sell it at the retail price. That's how the business works. Explicit government subsidies aside (and if there are going to be subsidies they should be explicit) why should the consumer expect to sell their electricity at more than the market rate?

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Australian tabloid decides to fight trolls ... with trolls

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Re: Life is full

Shorter LarsG; "harden the fuck up because I will never be one of the vulnerable".

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Mars probably never wet enough for life, nuclear bomb crater indicates

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Your conspiracy theory

needs more conspiracy. I suggest something involving Dick Cheney.

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Laptop innovator Moggridge dies aged 69

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"Taken over by Samsung"

Must... resist... obligatory .... joke ....about .... lack of rounded corners.

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NASA's spy sat snaps Curiosity rover burning tracks on Mars

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Re: hypocrisy of the human race

NASA has certainly done a great job of marketing it as such (since everything has to be marketed as entertainment these days) but no, it's not entertainment.

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Boffins computerize giant cyborg cockroaches

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Re: Oh great...

And the hissing. Don't forget the hissing. Death would be sweet release.

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Optus turns on 4G, but has no phones until Sept 20

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Re: NBN challenge?

I doubt it. As soon as you even start to think about watching video 10GB starts to look pitifully small. For those of us who have switched to watching TV online wireless is simply not an option. I suspect the NBN figures can be explained by the fact that, at the moment, 12Mb/s is good enough for the vast majority of applications. When genuine high definition streaming video becomes available that will change.

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NASA captures mind-bogglingly gorgeous solar video

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It really looks like that

for the 500 milliseconds before your eyes fry.

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Curiosity parks for a day, looks back in wonder

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"The little rover that could"

I thought the correct El Reg form was "nuclear-powered, laser-armed, interplanetary death tank".

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Catapults, subsidies, and benefits: Bongonomics explained

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I love

the sound of WTF in the morning.

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LOHAN rolls out racy rocketry round-up

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Re: James Van Allen had similar issues

This being El Reg I suspect vodka and orange might be more appropriate.

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New rule on blood-soaked metals in mobes is POINTLESS

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I misread it as "quibble"

But maybe that only applies to the solicitor type.

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Open source author pulls code after GPL abuse

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Stop

digging.

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AT&T defends FaceTime price gouge

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Re: The joys of capitalism

I'm sorry sir, you can't have any water for drinking. Yes I know we said unlimited water, you have unlimited water, as long as you want to use it for bathing and washing things? Why? because some people might drink too much.

To be fair, it's more like having unlimited water provided you don't try to fill any swimming pools. That's said the network operators have to get used to the fact that people now have swimming pools and figure the required usage into their network provision and hence into the plans they offer.

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Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

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I need three hands here

Because on one hand I think this sort of crap should be shovelled into a deep dark cesspit and on the other I don't trust any government to do it - even without the possibility of corruption the law is a very blunt instrument. But on the third hand - sexually rating minors? They crossed a line there and they got a slap on the wrist. I won't be shedding any tears for them or for the future of freedom and democracy in Australia.

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Boffins pump hot, vivid fluid into squidgy robostarfish

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Yes

and Big Dog could have been be knocked up by anyone with enough Lego.

It's science. The product is knowledge not shiny toys (though those do tend to come later on).

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I suspect

he's the result of a misguided experiment to clone Jamie Hyneman.

Fools. There is only one Hyneman.

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Vulture Central logo pops up in prehistoric France

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Re: Ancestors?

Lester just forgot whether he was coming or going. Travelling back to the paleolithic and back (forward?) in a tardis made entirely of rolled paper tubes will do that.

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Surfing ROBO-shark hunter stalks great whites along US coast

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FAIL

Dammit

This article completely fails to be about robo-sharks (laser-equipped or otherwise).

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Deadly domino effect of extinction proved by boffins

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Turing, Shockley, Berners-Lee

They were all wasting their time since they couldn't possibly have predicted 4chan.

Reduction, folks. Not a dirty word, just how science works.

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New MPEG format paves the way for UHDTV

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Re: Moving in Cycles?

Exactly. He's saying the process is iterative rather than incremental. I know we're all geeks here, and literalism is our weak point, but it's a simple metaphor.

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Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

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On the up side

Hollywood won't have to give up its addiction to exploding cars.

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First, Google goggles - now the world gets self-censoring specs

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Come back Douglas

You are so needed.

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Don't get sued or cuffed on Twitter: Read these top 10 pitfalls

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Or tweet

and be damned.

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Glaswegian scientists snap entangled particles

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Re: Go home Bohmians!

No, it's a property of the model. And the kicker is that in something like a hundred years nobody has been able to demonstrate that there is any more to reality than the model describes. Or to put it another way, the hidden variables that "common sense" demands have become increasing conspicuous by their absence.

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