* Posts by Francis Boyle

1489 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Safe as houses: CCTV for the masses

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Re: Nice photo framing...

I might find it more Orwellian if I could stop thinking about the giant kitten.

Maybe I should watch The War Machines a few more times. That should do it.

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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Re: This would have been interesting a few years back.

Iceland was declared a terrorist organisation? Hell, I know Bjork's voice gets on some people nerves but it's hardly a WMD.

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Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: The Internet of Things summarised

Provide an interface to /dev/random and I'm in.

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Boffins: Spooky, spinning SPACE PEANUT butters up Earth with close flyby

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About time

someone built that hyperspatial bypass then.

What do you mean, that's not how a hyperspatial bypass works?

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Watch leggy ROBOT INSECT WALK on WATER before JUMPING OFF

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It's an amputee

you insensitive clod.

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Gay emojis? GAY EMOJIS?! Not here in Russia, comrade

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Putin's Young Guard

I don't have a good feeling about this.

edit: i.e. what AC above said.

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German spooks want to charge journalists with TREASON for publishing spy plans

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Re: Works 4 me

A troll is a. . .

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: 'Pay once, use forever'...?

"That might work for Adobe, but I suspect Microsoft will find it tougher going. "

"Chrome OS: All your data are belong to us but, hey, no subscription fees ever."

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Amazon comes up with delivery-drone zones after watching Fifth Element all night

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Yes,

with handles.

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Sounds like there's a market opening up for anti-drone umbrellas. I'll get right on it.

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Re: I missed a bit

"reserving chunks of a scarce resource for the profit of a single industry"

You mean like railways?

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Magnet-wobble wireless charging system dishes out a respectable 10 kW

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Re: Transfer Efficiency?

Overhead bus stop charging systems already exist and are almost certainly more efficient (and therefore faster) than this system. This looks to be very niche. It has the advantage of being weather sealed but where that's not needed a simple mechanical arm is likely a better solution.

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Giant Facebook SOLAR LASER DRONE to FEED interwebs into YOUR FACE

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That thing's well bolted down

Absolute no chance of Google ninjas spiriting it a way in the night.

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Google to block access to unofficial autocomplete API

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Please tell me

that the developers in question were using the API to discover new and exciting* sex acts. (Or at least the latest terminology for them.)

*For values of 'excitin'g hovering around utterly gross. All the worthwhile sex acts were probably invented by Ugg and Uggette during a particularly steamy night in the cave.

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Want longer battery life? Avoid the New York Times and The Grauniad

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Re: Ghostery

From my reading of the article they're using the data to get a sense of where their ads are been displayed as in they don't trust the outfits that are selling them the space. Can't say I blame them on that score.

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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Hold your horses

No one's saying the police shouldn't have investigated. The news is reported here because someone at El Reg thought it was interesting, a view apparently shared by the police themselves if the hashtag is anything to go on.

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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Re: "Two companies, both alike in dignity, in fair Milan"

It is the east and Steve Job's ars. . .

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New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

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No thanks

I've heard about bush meat.

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What a retrograde planet

I can't believe it still uses a barrel plug for charging. Get with the USB program Pluto!

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WHAT ARE the 'WEIRD' SPOTS seen on far-flung PLUTO?

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Re: Regularly spaced dark spots?

Hello Sweetie?

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Canadian dirtbag jailed for SWAT'ing, doxing women gamers

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Re: What a difference...

"Psychological reports presented in the case claimed he suffered from severe narcissism, has emerging psychopathic traits, and is oversensitive."

And prison is sure to fix that. For the wellbeing of the community if nothing else the guy needs proper pschiatric help.

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Linux bids for UAV world domination by enslaving future skybot army

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Since I'm getting

a Mad Max story in the related you could just be right.

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Robo-taxis, what are they good for? Er, the environment and traffic

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You forgot the important one

People to shovel all that horseshit away. And sadly that's not a joke.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

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I wrote my master's using Wordstar on an early PC and was quite happy with it. It's my experiences a few years later using Word that I don't wish to repeat. (Best part of a minute just to start the program, getting random reverts because I had foolishly turned on quick save, etc.)

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The Scientific Secrets of Doctor Who

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Not according to

Clarke's (Third) Law

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