* Posts by Francis Boyle

1723 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Blocking peeps on social media? That's a paddlin' for governors, senators, house reps

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Re: Meh!

"Public Servant or Private Citizen, its the same thing. If the service (Twitter) allows one to ban followers... then the right to do so exists for all."

Except that that's exactly the matter in question.

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Alien 'lava lamp' with dying magnetic field orbited Earth a billion years ago – science

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Are you suggesting

The Sixties were four billion years ago. I protest. I'm no more than a billion years old, at the most.

- someone who remembers the Sixties but only because he was too young to do the drugs.

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Plink: Lego swaps CEO for newer piece

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Well then, it just serves them right

I mean how difficult would it have been to check the bottom of his feet before offering him the job.

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At last, a kosher cryptocurrency: BitCoen

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I'm working on Bitcrone

the cryptocurrency for witches. Unfortunately development is a bit slow because it's all being written in hex.

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NASA short-lists six candidates for future missions

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You forgot CRAPTO

Contrived Rubbish Acronym Purporting To Oraclate. I think Google's got the right idea - just name your project after something yummy.

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Horsemen of the disk-drive apocalypse will ride upon 256TB SSDs

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Fortunately

the British Library is waterproof and designed to float. (Well, a SD card, at least, is reasonably waterproof. Getting it to float might require a bit of skill.)

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Mellanox SoCs it to NVMe over Fabrics with BlueField platform

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I think El Reg

has now officially reached peak initialism.

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US border cops must get warrants to search phones, devices – EFF

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Surely

the point of search at the border is to prevent people bringing contraband into the country not to determine their suitability to enter. Anything more is by definition excessive. Of course, that horse bolted long ago.

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Fire and fury in Korea: Samsung burns Note 7 owners in lawsuit

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Let the pun-fest begin

I bet the litigants are red-cheeked now.

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Britons ambivalent about driverless car tech, survey finds

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Re: Option to drive manually

If you don't have a licence you don't exercise the option, same as when you've had one too many. What is it about driverless cars that causes people to constantly overthink the problems?

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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It's not the odd bit of the pig

That worry me. I was brought up not to waste food. It's the other stuff. Now, I know these days you can't get away with slipping a few handfuls of sawdust into the mixture but based on taste I suspect that someone has found a way of turning old furniture into "food grade texture supplement".

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Forget Iran and North Korea. Now there's another uranium source

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Someone hasn't been reading

XKCD.*

*123 if you're interested. It too late here to write HTML and I'm off to bed.

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Snopes lawsuit latest: Judge orders disputed cash can flow to fact-checking site

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Losing the templates must hurt

I mean where can you get a copy of Netscape Composer these days.

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To truly stay anonymous online, make sure your writing is as dull as the dullest conference call you can imagine

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An interesting article

This was an interesting article. I enjoye. . . Fuck I just can't do this. It's black helicopters for me.

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Are you a clean freak? Are you a keen geek? Do you think space is neat?

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Relax,

the thing about sending Trump is a joke.

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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"Rumours of one's death

are slightly premature."

Yes, I prefer Twain's version too.

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One.Tel to finally die in November, 16 years after collapse

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I must read that book

My admiration for Paul "Bond* stomped on my business card" Barry is only increased by the knowledge that he's also a programming guru. (Or maybe Google is a little confused.)

Alan, not James, for any non-Australians who happen to be reading this.

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Ohm-em-gee: US nuke plant project goes dark after money meltdown

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WOW

FSS actually says something that happens to be true. (The bit about the military). The rest unfortunately. . .

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Sun of a b... Rising solar temp wrecks chances of finding ET in our system

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Re: NO gas molecule can capture, store, redirect or amplify radiant energy photons....

"Is AMFM breeding?"

As someone who has from time to time tried to construct a typology of the crazy I can assure you that they're very different breeds of nonsense.

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Clear August 21 in your diary: It's a total solar eclipse for the smart

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Re: Eclipses confuse me

You can get away with lemon but lime is preferred.

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NASA lights humongous rocket that goes nowhere ... until 2019

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those poor elephants

They should have used cows. At least they would bounce.

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Quad goals: Western Digital clambers aboard the 4bits/cell wagon

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Same here

Most of my storage capacity (on my home system) is actually WORAFT (write once read a few times). Currently that's all slowish hard drives but QLC (if it meets its promise) could see me replacing them with flash sooner than I had expected.

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AMD shocks the world by only losing $16m

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Re: Comparisons

If you don't want t bother looking at the comparison charts (they're out there, I assure you) just use this simple rule - an AMD CPU might not be the fastest money can buy (or the coolest!) but it will almost certainly come out on top in bang for your buck.

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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Re: PSU Safety!

I buy masses of stuff direct from Shenzen on the principle that if it's cheap enough it doesn't matter if it fails or never works. Mains powered stuff is the exception. For that I stick to brand name equipment. (I probably shouldn't mention that most of my plugpacks are ex-Galaxy Note chargers.)

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I've got a verbal govt contract for Hyperloop, claims His Muskiness

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Re: "...an even straighter track than high-speed rail."

That's the advantage of high speed conventional rail. You use tunnels, embankments and (preferably, since they're less disruptive) viaducts in the open countryside and existing track in urban areas.

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

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Fuke news indeed

You promised me an insane robot, I demand an insane robot.

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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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