* Posts by Francis Boyle

1753 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

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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Facebook agrees to dial back 'racial affinity' ads

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Re: Yeah right.

"At some point, people need to wakeup and realize you can't solve social problems with technology."

Social problems are rarely solved by anything else. That there are literal slaves toiling in the fields of Alabama is not because people in the 21st century are better than those in the nineteenth but because we have mechanical harvesters.

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Spain's Prime Minister wants to ban internet memes. No, really

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Re: Note to all political leaders:

And if you pay attention you will see that Captain DaFt didn't mention any of the things you list.

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Browsers nix add-on after Web of Trust is caught selling users' browsing histories

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That would explain a lot

considering that I only read the articles about the weird sex criminals in Bootnotes.

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'Extra-supermoon' to appear next week

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Re: Its just a big moon.

Thank goodness I know what a 'Dob' is because I'm already scared enough as it is.

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What's that, Adobe? A Photoshop for faking voices?

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The trouble with TV Go Home

is that in the years since it was created it has changed from satire to a handbook.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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Re: I wonder how Samsung's new line of Self-Driving Cars is doing?

The difference is automotive safety standards are a bit more than vague suggestions.

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ARMed and dangerous, Mate: Huawei slips new Cortex cores into Samsung Note killer

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If it doesn't have a stylus

it's not a replacement for the Note, just a big phone.

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DRAMA ON MARS: Curiosity bot fires laser at alien metal object

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Looks like Davros to me. Then again if you painted Davros orange and gave him a stupid wig. Might need to do something about the charming personality though.

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Hull's City of Culture firework freebie flares up

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I was thinking that

Then I realised: Due to IP laws anyone how intends to outdoors nearby during the event will be required to wear a blindfold. Not to worry, they will send you one free. Just go to their website next Friday morning.

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Laser surgery ignites internal methane, burns patient down there

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"Stupid story" Definitely. Keep 'em coming folks.

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

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Following that rule I vote for the

Bristol Freighter.

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Hypersonic cruise missile scores US$175m DARPA cash

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Conan here

Let me introduce you to my sword.

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No nudes, bloated apps, Android sucks and 497 other complaints about Apple to the FTC

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Re: Extended coverage

Obviously Pastafarianism - it's the one with the strippers.

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Aussie trams equivalent to 30 skateboarding rhinos

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That was saved for me

40 degrees in St Kilda and I think it was only September.

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Uni students float into Hyperloop finals with levitating prototype

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They've achieved levitation

Forgive me if I'm underwhelmed. In Shanghai they do that every 15 minutes.

Snark aside, good for them, but it isn't really any kind of news.

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Bits of Google's dead Project Ara modular mobe live on in Linux 4.9

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On the positive side

this will presumably make life a little bit easier for for future attempts. The idea's not dead - it's still around in the form of clip-on hardware which, in my opinion, is the right way to do it. Google's approach was simply far to ambitious for far too little potential gain.

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Without new anti-robot laws, humanity is doomed, MPs told

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Mines are the perfect example

People have been arguing for decades that mines should be illegal for exactly these reasons. If anything adding AI makes an autonomous killing machine less problematic. Killbots probably wouldn't be blowing children's legs off decades after the war is over.

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BSODs from around the world, from the wrist-job to public art

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Welcome to the future. Indeed.

Literally in the middle of reading this I turned around to find my toaster flashing its three blue lights at me. It's never done that before, honestly. OK, more of a BLOD (blue leds of death) than a BSOD but if were going small I think that beats a watch.

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What's not to love about IoT – you can spy on customers as they arrive

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Impressionistic?

It would be surreal if it wasn't so dystopian.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Re: How long until Google decides ...

'Buying...apps.

Buying...apps...?'

Of course Apple users buy apps. They need to show they can.

Google simply need to promote it as feature not a bug even if it goes against their corporate DNA.

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Swansong for Rosetta as it lands on the duck-shaped comet

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Conspiracy theory alert

They had to stage that 'failure' when they found out 46P/Wirtanen is in fact penis shaped.

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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You don't want to go messing about with Ada

I've heard her father was bad and mad as well.

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Yes, truly a pity

the Ukrainians weren't in a position to nuke the shit out of Crimea and/or start WW3.

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Arduino vs Arduino

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If you know how many Arduinos you have

you clearly don't have enough.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

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So heidipowell.mars

Problem solved!

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Defenestration - no way

None of these people deserve not to have windows on their machines.

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Panasonic wants you to wear Li-Ion batteries. The ones that explode

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Oh Gawd

El Reg linking to itself 18 years ago. I feel old.

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USB-C is now wired for sound, just like Sir Cliff Richard

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Re: How does it work?

It's digital according to the press release. Presumably it's not "Audio over USB" because it doesn't use the USB protocol but just provides a digital audio stream.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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Re: 42?

It's just a matter of selecting the correct RAID level. That's why the Soviets failed - RAID hadn't been invented then.

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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Obviously what Warpaint needs

are more stories about people been woken up in the middle of the night and telling the caller to call someone else.

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The server's down. At 3AM. On Christmas. You're drunk. So you put a disk in the freezer

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Re: Wayne?

Well, he could compensate by buying this. Is it too soon to mention Rolf Harris?

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