* Posts by Francis Boyle

1584 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Waymo robo autos way mo' primo at avoiding-o wreck-os (yeah, yeah, we ran out of rhymes)

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Will thieves, ruffians and other ne'er-do-wells be able to defeat these locks with a simple metal bar? Nothing will replace squatting in your hovel with a good sharp axe.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Lynch's Dune was good, lots of people agree

"Where did you get that from? It's not mentioned in the film at any point. See my comment directly above yours for the reasoning behind their short lifespan."

Dave has one theory, you have another. All we know from the film is that the replicants were genetically engineered and given a shortened lifespan. Since the genetic engineering is a fictional technology, it's open to the new film makers to decide that the lifespan limitation can be reversed on an individual basis. Does that 'spoil' the original film? Possibly, but it would take more than just contradicting what Roy Batty was shown to have "accepted". We'll just have to wait and see.

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

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Starfish Prime

1500 km from Hawaii and several hundred kilometres into space so line of sight. Did widespread but minor damage though that was in 1962. Might be a bit more serious if it were to happen today.

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Former Mozilla dev joins chorus roasting antivirus, says 'It's poison!'

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Re: If MS AV is the best...

"Initially, the two companies will offer a complimentary trial and the option of special pricing for the Norton Internet Security 2006 suite to users who are downloading the latest version of Adobe Reader"

Oh, happy days.

These days they just try to sneak McAfee onto your machine.

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I'm deadly serious about megatunnels, vows Elon Musk

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Re: Tunnel != Hyperloop

It could be a part of a roundabout face-saving. Most of the problem with the hyperloop idea could be solved by using a tunnel rather than an above ground tube. If Musk could fine a way to do for tunnelling what he's currently doing for the space launch industry an underground hyperloop might be feasible. Well, really just an underground vacuum maglev system of the sort I've been reading about for the last forty years. But if he could make it work, even as an airport city centre shuttle it would be an impressive achievement.

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This goldfish and its steerable robot tank will destroy humanity

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They did originally order a combat vehicle

but there was a mix up and that went to someone called "TheDoctor718437".

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We should be safe

until someone tries this with an octopus.

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Northumbria Uni fined £400K after boffin's bad math gives students a near-killer caffeine high

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ssshhh

you're ruining the business model.

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You're taking the piss

aren't you?

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2016

Siri says it's a type of skirt used worn by ballerinas.

Cortana says she needs to update her addition module.

Google says it's four and would you be interested in some great deals on two by four.

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

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Considering

a modest home in the suburbs will set you back the better part of a million dollars becoming a multi-millionaire doesn't make you a fat cat - it just means you were moderately successful and invested wisely (or were raking it in and blew most of it on cocaine, booze and hookers).

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

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He's illiterate

not stupid. There's a difference, you know.

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Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017

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"why the hell can't they just get on with it "

Because the 'eye' in your dick isn't a real eye and you probably wouldn't want it to be.

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Make America, wait, what again? US Army may need foreign weapons to keep up

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The real world Tony Stark

just became president.

What was that about reality being a bitch?

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IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

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You mean

you don't have a personal saline drip for use when reading On Call?

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Welcome to the Wipe House: President Trump shreds climate change, privacy, LGBT policies on WhiteHouse.gov

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Re: The front cover of the year

Now that, that is terrifying.

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Re: @dalethorn

Spoken like a true fascist.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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He

But he's a rich celebrity who can say that he's built a business for himself.

He can say it but like a sizable chunk of the things he says it's not going to be true

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Boffins link ALIEN STRUCTURE ON VENUS to Solar System's biggest ever grav wave

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You're slipping

Surely it's a megastructure not just a boring old structure.

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Revealed: How Nvidia's 'backseat driver' AI learned to read lips

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I was a bit disappointed

that El Reg couldn't manage a Hal reference but the Kipper loving one's post upthread more than made up for that.

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Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

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In that case I suggest

I suggest shipping a large supply of baked beans to Braemar.

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: Conspiracy? Two references to speeding bullets during the webcast.

All you conspiracy theory deniers will be laughing on the other sides of your faces when the Giant! Space! Frogs! Attack!

Nurse! Nurse!

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

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Seems

old Henry's ghost just got tech savvy. Who'd have thought it. Trump's victory is certainly flushing 'em out.

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Just give up: 123456 is still the world's most popular password

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Re: Don't Just Blame Users

If your bank is using your date of birth or address as a security question it's doing it wrong and you probably should find a new bank. My bank at least allows me to choose my own question but that's not either since it ridiculously easy to create a question the answer to which even you can't remember.

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Home Einsteins help turn up 13 new pulsars

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Re: How the hell does a star change its rotation?

Tidal interaction with a companion in a highly eccentric orbit?

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McDonald's forget hash, browns off security experts

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They wanted to hash the passwords really

but they knew they should salt them first and they couldn't figure out how to get those little paper packets to the users.

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AT&T CEO clambers up Trump's tower, explains why he should shower gold for Time Warner

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Maybe

because Trump uses hotels in order to avoid soiling his own nest.

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Now for a really cool micro-drum solo: Boffins chill gizmo below quantum limit

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Re: Science-Fiction getting more real every day

Is the steak also spherical?

Since, as you,* it's the cow that's actually spherical the steak can be a nice clean slab due to the absence of all that pesky anatomy.

*help, I think I'm trapped in a bad SF story.

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You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins

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You must have been hallucinating

There was never such a thing on TV. Next you'll be saying you saw something about sentient trees that can grow to full size overnight. Which is exactly as insane as it sounds.

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Prison librarian swaps books for bars after dark-web gun buy caper

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Has the Serious Crime Squad

changed it's name to the Silly Crime Squad yet?

Many years ago when I used to watch the German detective show Derrick I was always amused whenever the title character identified himself as working for the "Kriminalpolize".

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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Re: Love a good pr0n investigation

"Yes

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/annal"

http://www.urbandictionary.com/an. . . err, forget it.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Re: "How many Stormtroopers does it take to...

Stormtroopers, nah. You need nukes for that. Lotsa nukes.

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Snapchat coding error nearly destroys all of time for the internet

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Re: Could this explain why

"My time travellers wear frock coats and tartan waistcoats."

Quite right too. On the other hand there's this.

(Yes, I'm dating myself but some things are never forgotten.)

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Los Angeles to extradite bloke from Nigeria after scores of city workers fall for phish scam

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Err,

hasn't it been official since November 8?

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

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Let me fix that for you

Uber's reflexive resistance to regulation makes sense, given Silicon Valley's assumption that rules apply only to everyone else that it's Uber.

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US Supreme Court to hear case that may ruin Lone Star patent trolls

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Seconded

I also went looking. Learnt a lot about liberty ships but nothing about why their gun barrel might be so special. (Also discovered that NASA has a secret space navy but I'm calling citation needed on that one.)

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NASA – get this – just launched 8 satellites from a rocket dropped from a plane at 40,000ft

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As noted above

it's an old and reliable launch system. A clue to why it's not more widely used can perhaps be had by watching the video and comparing the size of the rocket to the size of the aircraft that's carrying it.

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Trump meets Google – exclusive transcript

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Fake!

I'm sure I detected something approaching a syllogism in Trump's dialogue.

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Men! If you want to win at board games this Christmas, turn off the rock music – scientists

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Mythbusters proved

that goldfish do in fact have a decent memory. Now a certain politician I won't name because I have apparently used up my quota. . . Suffice it to say that the value you want is in the order of 5 Tr.

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Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

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Surely

the correct terminology around here is 'todger'.

El Reg's standards are slipping.

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Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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You can buy a train for $4000?

I wouldn't trust a car that cost that little.

In any case how is this different from the glory days of MS Flight Simulator? I'm pretty sure there was a lot more than $4000 worth of add ons for that.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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At least when

Cheney was running the US, Dubya had the good sense to go off reading children stories about animals. Now Pence has to run the country while convincing Trump that he's really the one doing it, all the while stopping regularly to duck the orange one's curve-balls. Add to that the fact that the Republican party chose Cheney but Trump chose Pence and you've got one mega-omnishambles coming up.

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Solar-powered LoRa IoT node: Nice idea but it won't replace batteries

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Serious question

Why not use conventional capacitors? It not like we're talking about large amounts of energy or long cycle times.

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

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Yes, but

Trump will fix that.

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Burning desire helped us collar arson suspect, claim Danish cops

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If he gets off on fire that much

why didn't he just rent a Michael Bay movie?

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ESA: Sorry about Schiaparelli, can we have another €400 mill?

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Re: syntactical question

No one says N-A-S-A. On the other hand as far as I know ESA is always pronounced E-S-A. That's enough to justify using/not using the definite article. Of course, that probably means that we should write 'Nasa' but i imagine the agency - like my spellchecker - objects. (They can't do much about the pronunciation, though).

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

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Re: Put an x86 processor in the dock?

"license the dataset"

Isn't that a bit like fencing the sea.

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Re: Cortana Steller Voice recognition?

I find Google's voice recognition perform exceptionally well in noisy environments. I've had it recognise simple commands in situations where the traffic noise was so bad I couldn't make out my phone's reply.

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If you're in the US

They'll decide you're speaking Arabic which remember they don't understand and send the Trump Troopers around "just in case".

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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They're looking at the wrong limb

Just harness people's love of battering the buttons at on-demand pedestrian crossings.. Hit the button 20 times or you don't get to cross. Hit it 50 times and you actually get to cross 5 seconds sooner.

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