* Posts by Francis Boyle

1647 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Alphabay shutdown: Bad boys, bad boys, what you gonna do? Not use your Hotmail...

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Re: Agree

Also, at the risk of been seen as making jail rape jokes which I abhor this guy went from being "pimp" to being "bitch". That's an irony worthy of Shakespeare and we all know what happens to the protagonists in Shakespearean tragedies.

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Agree

The closest I've been to suicide was when by sister's best friend jumped off a bridge after a fight with her boyfriend. They'd gone for a night out at a pub and it ended with her body in the river. This guy went from living the high life to living in the "Bangkok Hilton". That sort of thing can break strong men let alone the sort of idiot who goes by the name "Pimp Alex".

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Authorities go hard on coffee maker for stiff Viagra-powered brew

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So that's why my plunger

has a habit of spurting hot liquid everywhere.

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Florida Man

still stupid.

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School of card knocks: Russophone criminals offered online courses in credit card fraud

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This is small potatoes

I took an online course in subverting national governments from the V. Putin Academy of Spycraft and Assorted Dirty Tricks.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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You can't ban Adam Sandler films

They're clearly divine punishment for some ancient sin.

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Hot HoloLens models 'shafted by Microsoft'

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Sounds like the first item in the reorganization

should be Mr Plumbs plums.

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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn

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In bold on the same page

"Please note that Self-Driving functionality is dependent upon extensive software validation and regulatory approval, which may vary widely by jurisdiction.'

AFAIK the self-driving functionality will be turned (by Tesla not the user) when such approval is given which hasn't happened anywhere yet.

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Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

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Re: The fix is already in

"Since when has any elected official (and especially appointed ones) done anything good for consumers, and acted against their corporate masters?"

There's a missing 'American' somewhere there. So many Americans seem to think that corporate capture is an inevitable fact of democracy rather than a feature of the dysfunctional US system.

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'Bio-hacker' embeds public transport ticket under his skin

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Frictionless

All technology needs to be frictionless. Unfortunately my plan for frictionless cybersex has been met with complete indifference.

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Alan Turing Institute bags a Cray Urika-GX to crunch numbers for next-gen tech boffinry

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Re: I guess technically the Turing institute is looking for better algorithms to do this

"nice piece of kit"

Would be better with a seat though.

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'Help! I'm stuck in this ATM,' writes poor bloke on a scribbled note

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Re: Damn!

And deprive themselves of the pleasure of trying a roundhouse kick.

Because: (TV) Texas.

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: One week at Bigger Blue.

Hey, if James Bond can wear black tie under a dry suit. . .

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Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

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Not much action in the female-chasing brain

Seems that when it comes to sex fruit fly males aren't that different from human males.

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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He probably didn't want to go the full Dagenham.

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Two-factor FAIL: Chap gets pwned after 'AT&T falls for hacker tricks'

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"PayPal is terrible"

Yes, the problem is definitely PayPal.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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You missed out the bit where Graham Chapman plays The Doctor so it's you who are wrong. (You can't tell me that's not Jo Grant on the stool.)

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Crackas With Attitude hacker 'Incursio' gets two years in the clink for embarrassing CIA boss

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Current Attitude

Slightly redfaced.

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RED ALERT! High-speed alien fugitives are invading our Milky Way

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Quick tell Trump!

Nothing like an alien invasion to unite the world and stop us blowing one another to smithereens. (And if we've ever needed one we need one right about now.)

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Interesting Science

but it's not like camera manufactures or photographers don't understand the theory of colour balance. As LDS says the tricky part is to know what to balance for (the light falling on the scene) and I doubt the bees can help there. (The traditional method is to have an attractive assistant hold a grey card in the appropriate spot. I doubt that the bees could help with that either.)

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China pollutes ocean with bloody big rocket

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For what it's worth

in the video you might want to skip forward to 54:00. (Unless you're really interested in the delights of the local cuisine (which I'm sure is delicious)).

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Skynet? More like Night-sky-net. AI hunts for Milky Way's turbo stars

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Colliding galaxies is fun!

(Goes off to reinstall Universe Sandbox.)

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

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Re: Even old curmudgeons are happy!

"[T]he ill-conceived, monstrously expensive Shuttle"

The shuttle design, brilliant that it was, was largely determined by USAF requirements. A rocket launched space-plane like the shuttle is only useful for returning things from orbit. You only need a large space-plane if you intend to bring back large objects (like enemy satellites) from orbit. So basically the Shuttle was just a design run for the X-37. And as you say a monstrously expensive one. But no one ever said the military industrial complex wasn't smart. (Getting the civilians to pay is Trump level smart.) Luckily Musk seems smarter.

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Humanity uploaded an AI to Mars and lets it shoot rocks with lasers

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Re: Good future movie device here...

I see you've taken a course at the L. Ron Hubbard academy of script-writing.

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Oz senate committee says 'robo-debt' program was 'set up to fail'

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The interesting thing

is not that it failed but that it fail leaving egg on the governments face. Note to Macolm et al: just because something works in the US doesn't mean it will work in Australia. There's something to be said for being descended from convicts rather than puritan prigs.

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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Re: Holistic Solution

On the other hand two opportunities to make piss-related puns in one day is still pretty close to heaven for some people around here.

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NASA's Kepler space telescope finishes its original mission catalog

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"It is estimated that only 1 per cent of stars host super-Jupiters, planets that are more massive than Jupiter with short orbital periods of about 10 days."

Even if you read this at 100 days that's a very short orbital period and hence a very close orbit for a Sun sized star and most likely a little toasty for a gas giant. Since I'd expect there to be a lot more further out, where they didn't look, I'm not sure this estimate is particularly useful.

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Virtual reality audiences stare straight ahead 75% of the time

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Do you really want that sewerage treatment plant in your travelogue?

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

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"This has to be illegal? You can't just keep wrongfully charging people thousands of dollars and knowingly because you can't fix a software bug?" she tweet-raged at 1 Hotels.

That's a rage tweet? This is not the internet that I know.

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NASA brainboxes work on algorithms for 'safe' self-flying aircraft

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Your memory is somewhat misleading

An individual component can (perhaps) be made failsafe but the system as a whole can only be made 'acceptably' safe. At the systems level you have something called 'safeworking'* - a set of procedures designed to prevent unsafe situations and to correct them as soon as possible if they do occur. That's what makes rail and air travel as safe as it is (which is very safe). And since "algorithm' is just a fancy word for "a set of procedures" it doesn't ultimately matter who or what is implementing them

*That's the rail term at least.

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Samsung's Bixby assistant fails English, gets held back a month

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Seriously

who's ever bought a Samsung for the software?

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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We live in truly strange times

when I agree with Apple, Microsoft and enen Facebook.

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German robo-pastor preaches the GNU Testament

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So how long before this thing

ends up in Silicon Heaven*?

* Faith is so much easier when it's programmed in.

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Vegemite tries to hijack Qantas name-our-planes competition

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Upvote

for remembering "the axiomatic Sorenson".

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PAH! Four decades of Star Wars: No lightsabers, no palm-sized video calls

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How is

addressing a computer as "computer" worse than saying "OK Google" I will not say fucking "OK Google".

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Mouse sperm kept frozen in SPAAAAACE yields healthy pups

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Don't these so called scientists know anything

Any legitimate research into sex into space has to be carried out in orbit about Uranus.

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Scheming copyright scam lawyer John Steele disbarred in Illinois

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Or he could go into porn

He's already got the name.

On the other hand the porn industry would probably have a problem with low ethical standards.

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NASA duo plan Tuesday ISS spacewalk to replace the mux that sux

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Re: Unscheduled?

Sounds like something Captain Kirk would say to a computer he really didn't like.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Why?

It seems to me that she was just being a good friend. So it messed up the date- or rather it messed up the guy's enjoyment of the movie, which is why going to a movie on a first date is not a good idea - but if he wasn't a jerk he would have dealt with it.

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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

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RemoteSystems API

"The RemoteSystems API could enable an app running on a mobile device to launch itself on a nearby PC or Xbox, for example"

Nope, can't see how that could go wrong in any way.

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Kill Google AMP before it KILLS the web

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I like that there's a cost to voting

It discourages those twitchy fingers. I mean, do we really want this place to be anything like the youtube comments sections.

Now back to the (legitimate, in this case I suspect) Google bashing.

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Chelsea Manning leaves prison, heads straight for booze and pizza

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Re: You can change the name

I've just looked at my hands. Seems I should start calling myself "Frances". Either that or human physical and mental variation is more varied than our concepts of gender.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

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Re: Pure hipster wankery

You could have put that post in all caps and I'd have still upvoted you.

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Train station's giant screens showed web smut at peak hour

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I hope if they do they give us a head

s up

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Vigorous tiny vibrations help our universe swell, say particle boffins

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Re: Things aren't getting pushed apart

"If the space in the solar system out to Earth's orbit inflates its diameter by a Planck length every "time period", how would you know?"

When it gets to the point of the "Big Rip" you'd know. Or rather you wouldn't because you'd be dead.

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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"And to "United" right now..."

Which side of the pond are you on. Oh wait. . .

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Cakes or biscuits?

You're still on that? According to XKCD it's the definition of a sandwich which is where it's at.

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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically

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Re: How do you think...

PTW, doncha know that when a woman makes a complaint it's necessary to point out that all her problems are down to her own cluelessness. Can't have the little ladies getting the idea that they know stuff.

(/sarc mode)

(Yes, I know that victim-blaming (i.e. user) is a professional hazard among tech people so maybe the OP was only accidentally being sexist.)

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US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

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Re: @ Ledswinger -- £10m a year for a drone?

The days of "Rule Britannia" ended on the first of September 1939.

Not that "Fight for your life Britannia" wasn't impressive but there was only one way it could end.

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