* Posts by Francis Boyle

1811 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

SpaceX's internet satellites to beam down 'Hello world' from orbit

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Yes, 1200

100 to 500 kg satelites according to the Wikipedia link (a good article - thanks Elon) all designed to deobit at EOL. And you thought the BFR was just for Mars.

2
1

KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: TITSUP

Don't you mean: Total Inablity To Supply Unpalatable Poulty. Yeah, I'm not a fan.

5
0

Opportunity knocked? Rover survives Martian winter, may not survive budget cuts

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Probably for the same reason that

the outfit which created it is known as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

5
0

Australia's new insta-pay scheme has insta-lookup of any user's phone number

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Hold on

Are people seriously suggesting that crimminal types don't already have access to reverse phone number lookup? I remember there was a supposed above board service in Australia a decade or two back. I think Telstra had that shut down. But since the technology exists. . .

0
0

If this laptop is so portable, where's the keyboard, huh? HUH?

Francis Boyle
Silver badge
Coat

<Looks in pants>

Er, I'll have you know I'm a grower.

19
0

Basket case lawsuit: Fancy fruit florists flail Google over rotten ads, demand $200m damages

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: Stupid generic names

But a great way to attract the photoshopping-celeb-faces-on-pornstar-bodies set.

0
0

It's been 50 years since those damn dirty apes took the planet by storm

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: That's not bad going...

Never did manage to convince my mother they weren't real apes in 2001.

3
0

Is that you, T-1000? No, just a lil robot that can mimic humans on sight

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

The carbon-based unit

designated Bob Wheeler has been added to the list.

1
0

Boffins crack smartphone location tracking – even if you've turned off the GPS

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: Great!

For some time now Google has been asking me to review places I've visited despite the fact that I keep 'locaion' switched off (for power reasons). I assume they're using tower information but it's uncannily accurate.

15
0

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Get back to me

when Belarus establishes a presence on the other side of the heliopause.

7
0

Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Did you miss

the bit about exposing administrative interfaces on the internet? Or do I just have a dirty mind?

2
0

Good news, everyone: Ransomware declining. Bad news: Miscreants are turning to crypto-mining on infected PCs

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

You're a cynical bastard

but you've given me an idea.

6
0

Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

App users exonerated

in strap-on big bang threat.

(Just a quick map I made that shows that Strava users aren't, in fact, going into the exclusion zone.)

2
0
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Either you're an optimist

or the last two entries are in the wrong order.

9
0

Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: Hmmm ...

"You don't need to mop up the zeroes, only the ones - they can also be recycled."

A common misconception. Because the ones are slender they lie in the cracks and don't cause any problems. The zeroes, on the other hand, just pile up and make the floor slippery.

14
0

Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Come on it's not that old

It's probably on a Zip disk.

31
0

Google yanks cash firehose from Lunar X Moonshot comp. The actual Moon shot one

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Why

Are you thinking of going home?

0
0

Fancy coughing up for a £2,000 'nanodegree' in flying car design?

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

And by my calculations

the study time should be measured in milliseconds.

Not even time to plug the electrodes in.

14
0

FYI: There's now an AI app that generates convincing fake smut vids using celebs' faces

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: Not just faces

Except that most of the things you mention are routinely done for film and television productions and can be done by anyone with a copy of After Effects and a few hours to spare to learn the necessary skills.

The real benefit of this particular software is that, at a stroke, it has rendered revenge porn almost completely ineffectual. (Granted, it won't make the abuse of trust any easier to deal with, but the power of revenge porn is the social shame and with plausible deniability on their side victims will much less to deal with.)

(Apologies to those who make the same point further down.)

2
0

Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

"It's not immediately clear why the large number of such images on the internet did not suffice"

Because like the rapists and the Harvey Weinsteins of this world he gets off on the violation of his victims not the literal sexual element.

13
2

Electric cars to create new peak hour when they all need a charge

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: here are a number of companies out there...

Except electricity is 100% fungible - there are no renewable or non renewable electrons. So if a company owns, say, a solar plant that puts 1GW onto the grid, it can legitimately sell 1GW of renewable electricity to its customers. And capitalism being what it is there are ways to trade the right to sell that electricity so one company doesn't have to be involved at both ends of the supply chain. It's really not a difficult or abstruse concept - it's just the way things work in any society that has evolved beyond bartering.

4
1
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: actually no

I can't see this as as serious problem. Even a moderately specced electric car (i.e. anything that's not a Tesla) should be able to do an 45-minute-each-way commute and still have juice left over for a trip to the shops or any of the other in-your-suburb tasks people might want to do on a whim in the evening.

4
2

'There was no monetary incentive for this' = not what you want to hear about your tattoo

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

"so when his wife suggested he add Redgate’s brand, it made sense to him"

The disturbing thing is that it made sense to her.

Then again, the fact that she married Florida Man might explain it.

4
0

We're cutting F-35 costs, honest, insists jet-builder Lockheed Martin

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

I'm sorely disappointed

Eighteen comments and not one taking up the purple knobbly knob joke.

6
0

Job ad for designer proves its point with MS Paint shocker

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: Whoosh...

Of course they are.

2
0

How many Routemaster bus seats would it take to fill Wembley Stadium?

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Not if it's also a Tardis

See Iris Wildthyme.

note: being a Tardis it can simultaneously be both spherical and bus-shaped.

2
0

Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

It could have been a lot worse.

XP is a masterpiece of GUI design compared to anything that came after it. (And I include the Windows 7, "let's put the entire start menu in a little box" decision in that.)

10
2

Infamous Silicon Valley 'sex party' exactly as exciting as it sounds

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

But did anyone think to check

under the pile of coats in the second bedroom. Oh, wait California. Must have been some pot, at least.

1
0

What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Multi page contracts

I don't know about you, but even as a lawyer, I rarely insist on multi-page written agreements before having sex.

Agreed, I prefer to use a haiku.

I want to fuck you.

Do you want to fuck me too?

If yes sign right here.

4
0

Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Note to Mark Watney

Dig for ice on Mars but if you discover a large green humanoid you probably should try somewhere else.

21
0

Brit transport pundit Christian Wolmar on why the driverless car is on a 'road to nowhere'

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: Trains..

Because there's no "huge cost benefit". When you're moving 500 or so people at a go, the real costs are in the infrastructure that makes that possible, not in the one driver per train.

3
0

Beer hall putz: Regulator slaps northern pub over Nazi-themed ad

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: re Barmaids in skimpy lederhosen

"You should probably also include some Herren in lederhosen"

You mean like this.

0
0

1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: monkey business

I think quite a bit of the CGI for the Apes movies is based on live action motion capture, so likely to be more convincing than some other CGI which is, let's face it, like watching a cartoon.

Most CGI characters are created using motion capture. If it looks like a cartoon it's probably just Keanu Reeves wearing the reflective dots. (Andy Serkis can't be everywhere at once.)

0
0
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: "BTW, why does everyone think Alien was sci-fi, not horror?"

Alien 3 walked all over the ending of Aliens so I can understand the hate it gets, but taken on its own terms it's pretty good.

1
0

Astroboffins say our Solar System is a dark, violent, cosmic weirdo

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Which makes the argument somewhat self-defeating because Jupiter and Saturn didn't just appear one day in the solar system: they are an integral part of it. So the question really is: why did we get Jupiter and Saturn?

Which is how science works. Every time you answer a question you end up with one or more equally interesting questions.

@Brewster's Angle Grinder

Nicely spotted. Raises the question: Who's been stealing our inner planets?

5
0

Mystery surrounds fate of secret satellite slung by SpaceX

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: ... the threat of a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea

"I'd expect the Chinese to be very upset"

But with whom? Maybe with Kim.

Quite possibly. The thing is, it doesn't matter who starts a war, or who responds to whom, ordinary people on all sides will die. And while I dislike the North Korean regime I'd like ordinary North Koreans to be liberated not killed.

2
0
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: ... the threat of a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea

If the Norks managed to hit Guam with their tinpot missile and Trump responded in kind, then, yes, I'd consider that an exchange. No, it probably wouldn't escalate into a nuclear war (which is why I'm not particularly concerned about an On The Beach scenario) but I'd expect the Chinese to be very upset. Not nuke-the-US upset but certainly angry enough to spill blood.

4
2
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: ... the threat of a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea

Well, then, it was Kennedy and khrushchev. Now it's Kim and Trump.

That's why I'm worried (and why I'm glad I live in the Southern Hemisphere).

16
2
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: That's what they want you to believe

Trump doesn't want to win? I'm not sure what you think I'm suggesting, but the problem with Trump has always been his need to win - his need for Donald J. Trump to win and his complete lack of concern about who get's hurt along the way whether it's a few people or a few million. I was joking about the USAF putting the satellite in orbit above North Korea. I assume all the US intelligence agencies have been watching North Korea at the highest priority ever since Trump started spewing out his nuclear armed schoolboy threats. But if you don't think the threat of a nuclear exchange between the US and North Korea is something to worry about I don't know what to say.

45
6
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

That's what they want you to believe

Of course it's now in a polar orbit at E125.

Nice to know the USAF is doing something to protect the US against Trump's stupidity.

6
12

Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

All my cameras have full size SD slots but I don't think I've ever used any thing but micro SD in them. Agreed, micro SD is pretty fiddly but it's easy enough to keep them in the adapter. If I needed to do regular transfers in the field and only had a micro slot I'd probably just use a USB adapter.

0
0

South Australia bins emergency alert app, contract

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

On the other hand

I'm sure it has a good UI and many alert choices.

5
0

If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Their stomachs

With this tech you'll never be able to drive past a McDonald's again.

0
0

Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: UK Rules!

Obviously that's a Centralised Computing Facility. Data Center* - never heard of it.

*A "Center" - what's that?

1
0

Now that's sticker shock: Sticky labels make image-recog AI go bananas for toasters

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

I was taught that bananas make excellent weapons

But then I had a very silly teacher.

3
0

When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

I could have sworn

it was the B-side to "The Fastest Milkman in the West".

1
0

Long Island Iced Tea Corp renamed itself to Long Blockchain – and its shares went bananas

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Re: Maybe El Reg should jump on this valuation

I'm thinking you missed DevOps but maybe that's too last year.

7
0

Murdoch's Fox empire is set to become a literal Mickey Mouse outfit

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

Of course not

The kitten videos have already won.

0
0

Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

Francis Boyle
Silver badge

If she had passed and was penetrated forcibly or otherwise, then yes, she was raped. See: Turner, Brock.

4
1
Francis Boyle
Silver badge

History Fail

Ironically Zola's J'acuse resulted in exoneration of Dreyfus and the exposure of systematic anti-semitism in the French establishment. I don't think the historical parallels are what you think they are.

3
0

Forums

Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2018