* Posts by Francis Boyle

1452 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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

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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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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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Exit-tel customers can't even upgrade their plans to stay

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Yeah

Don't make me post pictures of my scars.

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Got a GUITAR, daddio? Wanna plug it into iOS or Droid? Try the iRig 2

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Rebirth

(IIRC) with its animated dangling patch cables. Believe me if you think this is skeumorphic you haven't seen much of the audio software that's out there.

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

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When Ziggy was headhunted, I doubt "has vision" appeared anywhere on the list of requirements.

It was probably all over his CV though.

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Indiana Jones whips Bond in greatest movie character poll

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Good comedy

exaggerates Bad comedy misrepresents. Try adding Stepin Fetchit to your list and see how far you get.

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Re: Wot no Maverick?

Wot no Maxwell Smart

"missed it by that much"

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Re: Rational decisions

"What they don't consider is that each sub-optimal buying decision reduces their disposable income until they can no longer avoid strict economic decisions."

Well the point of being rich is that you will never have to make those "strict economic decisions". Good old conspicuous consumption for ever and ever. Of course if you're merely well off and you don't recognise this then maybe you have a problem.

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Exetel becomes Exit-tel, shows customers the door without explanation

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Heard of them

Too expensive.

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Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition

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Re: I like the look of that very much indeed!

Seconded. All those lovely knobs and sliders to twiddle and whatever you do with a slider.

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HGST shimmy shimmy shingles its way to a 10TB spinning rust drive

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Re: Cannot imagine wanting under any circumstances

I have an 8TB Seagate shingled drive sitting on my desk right now. Definitely a consumer drive (~AU300) and definitely useful. I shoot a lot of HD video and I have no intention of losing it to a crash. Speed is perfectly adequate in that I haven't noticed my backup jobs to be significantly longer.

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NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans

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Don't worry!

The giant Europan slugs are filter feeders like whales. On the other hand they are extremely sexually dimorphic and this thing looks suspiciously like the smaller male form (basically just a self-aware penis).

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VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex lives revealed

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Re: I'm Resting!

It's certainly going on my list of bad band names.

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Something's missing in our universe: Boffins look into the SUPERVOID

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That part of the article is very badly worded

I assume the photons start to regain the lost energy once they pass the centre of the void. But by then 0.9 billion years have elapsed and the universe is less dense so they'll never recover it all. Hence the very slight cooling.

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Saturn's rings, radio waves ... poetry? At home with Scotland's Mr Physics

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Re: "Marquise" Marconi was a low level noble PATENT THIEF and FRAUD....

Faux Science Slayer thinks someone stole something from Edison. Now I know he really is crazy.

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HOVER ROCKET space station podule mission LIGHTNING HOLD DRAMA

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Re: 4pm == rain in Florida

Don't worry the rednecks guns don't have sufficient range to shoot down a rocket - not until someone builds a nice laser rifle at least.

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Re: Clarifications

This splitting rockets into segments things sounds like a good idea. Further proof that Musk is a genius.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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You forgot the slot

Gotta have a slot!

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Google open-sources Santa Claus

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Come on, El Reg

You know the cola thing ain't true.

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Bongfire of Inanity: Jakarta rozzers enforce mass chill-out

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Dammit

I was expecting Steve!

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

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Re: The Problem

"The problem isn't technology, it's people."

Exactly! That's one of our unofficial mottoes here at Cyberdyne Systems.

And here at Cybus Industries we have already fixed that problem.

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Pi(e) Day of the Century is upon us! Time to celebrate 3/14/15 in style, surely?

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Re: My vote ratio is approaching Pi

Sorry, I upvoted that because it amused me. If it helps I could downvote a few of your past posts.

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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I prefer .estmerde

Sometimes you just have to go with the elegance of French.

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LUST for APPLE WATCH drove me to crime, says alleged meth dealer

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Breaking Bad

would have been so much better if it had been about Walt's lust for an iThing instead of a morally dubious but touching concern for his family. In fact, I'm not convinced we aren't looking at a badly translated review of the Chinese remake.

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Linux kernel devs adopt Bill and Ted's excellent code of conduct

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Re: Uncomfortable?

"Surely that's already covered under the common law."

You've never been on the internet, then.

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United Nations: For pity's sake don't use your iPhone in your car

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Yes, I was really "annoyed"

last time I was killed by a distracted driver.

Even "rabid libertarians" understand the need for laws against potentially lethal activities.

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El Reg regains atomic keyring capability

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Re: Bombing of Register HQ in 5.4.3.2.1.

Patience. They still have to finish the secret submarine base under Rockall.

Why do you think LOHAN been taking so long.

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Phabba-dabba-do: Samsung hypes up Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge

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No Bono

is a bonus!

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Re: Is Superfish really showing porn ads?

Always buy one from each party just to be sure.

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OLPC spin-off teases modular 'Infinity' computer

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Re: ATX is about 20 years old

"does anyone say 'upgrade' anymore?"

I do. 'Refresh' sounds like something involving lemon scented napkins.

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: Maker community?

A horribly pretentious name but since it's now been appropriated to describe schoolchildren gluing pieces of macaroni onto paper I doubt it'll last long.

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Re: Can we apply the word 'failure' to this?

A test is only a failure if you don't get the data.

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Hang on a second – Time Lords have added one to 2015

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Re: Gissa job

North Pole! Northern Hemisphere Chauvinist. South Pole's better. There's penguins and you'll have somewhere to stand when the ice melts.

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Get your special 'sound-optimising' storage here, hipsters

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Re: Next you'll be telling me...

No, but if you put your hard drive between a pair of old speaker magnets it will compress the bits thus increasing capacity. Note: don't do this with SSDs - it just causes the chips to leak bits which can get very messy quickly.

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Toyota to Tesla: we can play the free patent game as well

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Could be useful

If NASA ever decides to revive the space shuttle.

For cars, probably not so much.

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1,000mph ROCKET CAR project dogged by beancounters

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Branson maybe

but Musk has real vision. Even when the project is a bit out there like the hyperloop it's not mere dick measuring. (And if Branson has any aspiration to be the British Musk he'd be better off funding SABRE.)

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Cambridge boffins and Boeing fly first hybrid airplane over British skies

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The curse of royalty free music strikes again

If your video is about the subject of many people's phobias you would do well to check that the work experience kid hasn't slapped on some inappropriately ominous background music.

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NASA's 'crazy' plan yields dramatic pictures of our X-ray Sun

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Forget olympic swimming pools or london buses

Bring on the Scoville scale.

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