Feeds

* Posts by Francis Boyle

1032 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Sex rating Facebook page publishers jailed

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

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.

0
0

Boffins pump hot, vivid fluid into squidgy robostarfish

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

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).

2
0
Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

I suspect

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

Fools. There is only one Hyneman.

1
0

Vulture Central logo pops up in prehistoric France

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

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.

2
0

Surfing ROBO-shark hunter stalks great whites along US coast

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge
FAIL

Dammit

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

3
0

Deadly domino effect of extinction proved by boffins

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

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.

0
0

New MPEG format paves the way for UHDTV

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

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.

1
0

Korean boffins discover secret to quick-charge batteries

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

On the up side

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

1
0

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

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Come back Douglas

You are so needed.

1
0

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

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Or tweet

and be damned.

4
0

Glaswegian scientists snap entangled particles

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

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.

1
0

Sony Xperia tablet snaps spied on web

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: Looks like an iPad

I too like the fact that it isn't just a minimalist black slab*. On the other hand I support the right of everyone to manufacture or own black slabs if that's what turns them on.

*Not that there's anything wrong with black slabs per se. They have their place which is in the opening sequence of Kubrick films.

0
0

Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Why do I have the strange feeling someone dug this up

from under Stonehenge?

0
0

Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

The researchers

then went on to determine that men look at porn.

14
1

Apple pounces on Samsung doc as proof of 'slavish copy' claims

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: @ Fitz

Protip: If you ever find yourself wondering how your opponents can be so stupid it's probably not your opponents who are stupid.

0
0

Why women won't apply for IT jobs

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Woman

Nah, It's just big Dumb Guy in a tutu.

0
0

Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: "Hmm... Another indication of which OS is preferred by The Best and the Brightest™"

"You actually believe Apple gave ANYTHING away for free?"

Yeah, and that was Jeff Goldblum's personal Mac in Independence Day.

0
0

Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Dunning Kruger has nothing to do with skill

Well very little. It's the tendency of the less competent to overate their abilities (or conversely the more competent to underrate them) but competency isn't the same thing as skill. A lack of skill can frequently be remedied by training and practice, incompetence almost never.

1
0

Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

"May this year"

Dammit, I was looking forward to finding out how the Googleplane did against a salvo of Starstreaks. At this stage it's about the only thing that's likely to make the Olympics interesting to me.

2
0

Boffins: VAMPIRE stars are PREYING on their companions

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

You may call them "vampire stars"

I call them "Robin Hood stars" - robbing from the (mass) rich and giving to the (mass) poor. Well not so much of the latter but anything that strikes a blow against the bloated fat-cats* of the star world is fine by me.

*Can I get one for Tom Cruise, please.

0
0

CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

It's a pity

el Reg doesn't allow commentators to change the font size - then you really could have gotten your point across.

1
0

Twitter impostors stop at NOTHING to drag athletes through mud

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: Proprietary Technology

That and a script knocked up in about twenty minutes in Mumbai - you don't expect a "social media entrepreneur" to sit front of a PC clicking buttons do you.

1
0

Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

that's the pig. (Actually more like a retarded dodo.)

0
0

Five mobile devices per person for 2040?

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

If you're going to have separate ID numbers for multiple devices it probably time to give up the expectation taht they be something that the end users has to deal with more than once. Either move to a DNS like system or issue numbers to persons not devices.

0
0

Wired broadband adoption dips as wireless flies

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Since the idiots

who think wireless can replace fibre have yet to show up here I think your annoyance is a little premature. As for the "mind numbingly obvious "stats"" , well statistics tend to be like that - they tell you what you already know but with numbers.

1
0

Facebook cybersquatter stitched up by own Facebook account

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

He writes a competent but unexciting article, some sub drops in a piece of el Reg's trademark sarcasm*, and suddenly he's guilty of sloppy reporting.

*I suspect he Register's in-house style guide is just 20 pages of examples of how to do sarcasm.

0
0

New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Dammit! I was going to do the Douglas Adams reference

Missed it by this much - Don Adams will have to do instead.

1
0

LOHAN finally checks into REHAB

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge
FAIL

Debugging

fail.

0
0
Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Actually it's Vulture East

so I suspect the relevant units are furlongs per fortnight, Olympic swimming pools, donkeys, and the size of Portugal.

0
0

Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Probably explains the player crashes

I know I felt like crashing (my head into something hard) after watching Armageddon just once.

0
0

Magnetic cells put biologists in a spin

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Photagraphic memory?

She was probably an early Mavica model.

0
0

Google plants rainbow flag in anti-gay countries

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: Legalise Love

Seriously ! I had the idea that adultery was illegal - when I was all of five. When are you going to grow up?

0
1

NASA was WRONG on arsenic-gobbling aliens, claim boffins

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

My memory's a little hazy

but didn't the whole affair start with NASA announcing an "important" (as in hint, hint, we've found life on Mars) only to follow it up with this piece of mostly speculation. In the circumstances the media can be forgiven for trying to make the best out of the very little they were given.

0
0

Finding the Twitter psychopath ratio

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

The really kinky ones

with only one nipple piercing.

0
0

Huawai teams with Aussie investors to launch APAC cable

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Stockbroking, investment banking, telecommunication and seafood investments

Pick the odd one out.

Telecommunications - all the others inevitably end up on the nose.

0
0

Watch out for the GIGANTIC ALIEN JELLYFISH, warns space boffin

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Things is

I've never seen an actual little green man in SF. (And I've seen and watched a lot.) Now Rutans on the other hand. (Even if what they did was less floating and more been dragged along by an invisible string.)

1
0

Total bankers: Twitter and LinkedIn's cynical API play

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: FFS...

Exactly. Point of article:If you're a producer you rely on your suppliers - if the product they supply is not fungible you have a problem. So the Amazon thing is exactly not a relevant example.

0
0

CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: @Big Dumb Guy 555 -- -What???? ...But the US didn't

According to the episode of QI I watched last night the US has the solid support* of Palau on the Cuba thing so it's not like it's an international pariah or anything. . .

*At least until the aid money runs out and the way things are going it'll probably run out soon. Twenty years ago the US thought it had won the Cold War. Twenty years on it's becoming clear that it was just that the USSR lost it first.

2
0

Multimillion-pound hoard of 50BC GOLD PIECES found in Jersey

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: i must have missed the IT angle

Interred Trove - theres always an IT angle.

0
0
Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: Surely any coin

Well obviously, since their were no Christians around at the time they used BCE instead.

0
0

Raspberry Pi to skipper microship across Atlantic

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

@NogginTheNog

Beware the Intel fanbois - they may not be many but they are keen.

0
0

Sheryl Sandberg finally adds woman's touch to Facebook board

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge
FAIL

Reg Fail

I hate to say it but this story crosses the line from good fun and harmless innuendo into outright sexism. It's the 21st century folks, the mere presence of women anywhere, no matter how attractive, should neither be a surprise nor cause of schoolboy sniggers.

0
0

Boffins program peripheral visions for ultra TV immersion

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

It

Might work with the end sequence of 2001. Otherwise, I can't see much use for it.

1
0

Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: Meanwhile on Branson's island..

The thing about islands is that the bigger they get the less islandy they become. I mean I live on an island but since it's an entire continent you'd never know.

Dammit, I see where this is going. Ellison's ego won't be satisfied until he buys a

Australia.

0
0

Google in dock again over defamatory auto-complete

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Well I changed my name to

Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrela Stand Jasper Wednesday (pops mouth twice) Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable (whinnying) Arthur Norman Michael (blows squeaker) Featherstone Smith (whistle) Northgot Edwards Harris (fires pistol, then 'whoop') Mason (chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff) Frampton Jones Fruitbat (squeaker) Gilbert (sings) 'We'll keep a welcome in the' (three shots) Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkin (squeaker) Tiger-drawers Pratt Thompson (sings) 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter (horn) Pussycat (sings) 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mainwaring (hoot, 'whoop') Smith.

But I misspelled 'umbrella' so I should be right.

2
0

Voyager ticks one box for interstellar arrival

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Re: Vejur

Unfortunately this Voyager's fate involves a rather ugly bunch of Klingons.

0
0

Mr Sulu causes DDoS panic after posting link on Facebook

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Girls like babies and Men like Trek

You're forgetting all that slash fiction I'm afraid.

0
0

Apple-Moto patent gripe almost thrown out the door

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

I prefer

the penis pump under the bench but whatever gets you off.

0
0

Twitter bird reborn to the sound of whalesong

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

Put it this way

It's transformer alter-ego is Batman not Lisa Simpson giving a blowjob. That has to be worth a few k.

0
0

Raspberry Pi safe and warm in TINY Lego fortress

Francis Boyle
Bronze badge

As I well now. I still have a slightly melted 8x1x3 as a souvenir of my attempt to produce a working gun out of Lego and firecrackers*.

*It was a long time ago.

0
0