* Posts by Francis Boyle

1101 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Sony Xperia tablet snaps spied on web

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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.

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Snap suggests Apple out to 'screw' hardware hackers

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Why do I have the strange feeling someone dug this up

from under Stonehenge?

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Deadly pussies kill more often than owners think

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The researchers

then went on to determine that men look at porn.

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

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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.

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Why women won't apply for IT jobs

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Woman

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

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

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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.

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Job ad seeks 'mediocre' developers

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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.

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Google snaps bird's eye view of Olympic Village

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"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.

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Boffins: VAMPIRE stars are PREYING on their companions

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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.

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CO2 warms Earth FASTER than previously thought

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It's a pity

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

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Twitter impostors stop at NOTHING to drag athletes through mud

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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.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion review

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

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Five mobile devices per person for 2040?

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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.

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Wired broadband adoption dips as wireless flies

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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.

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Facebook cybersquatter stitched up by own Facebook account

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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.

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New lightest-ever material: Ideal power for electric car

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Dammit! I was going to do the Douglas Adams reference

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

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LOHAN finally checks into REHAB

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FAIL

Debugging

fail.

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Actually it's Vulture East

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

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Google Nexus 7 Android tablet

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Probably explains the player crashes

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

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Magnetic cells put biologists in a spin

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Photagraphic memory?

She was probably an early Mavica model.

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