* Posts by Francis Boyle

2383 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

TomTom bill bomb: Why am I being charged for infotainment? I sold my car last year, rages Reg reader

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And you beat me to being beaten

That said it's a sweet irony. (pun intended.)

Heir-to-Concorde demo model to debut in October

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Re: US Cities

Or the Chinese/Japanese solution – Maglev.

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

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From the woke dictionary

Bigot: anyone who dares to disagree with the current orthodoxy.

The reluctant log trawler: The buck stops with the back-end

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Not

if they're replaced by people coming the other way.

Boolean bafflement at British Airways' Executive Club: Sneaky little Avioses - Wicked, Tricksy, False!

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Are all avios

the one true avio. Screw that. I went (was forced to go to) a Catholic school and I'm still trying to get my head around the Trinity.

Well bork me sideways: A railway ticket machine lies down for a little Windoze

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I knew you were joking

the thought of Brunel using anything other than steam-powered Babbage machines is of course absurd.

The Moon certainly ain't made of cheese but it may be made of more metal than previously thought, sensor shows

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An hypothesis

that may now have to be reconsidered.

NASA mulls going all steam-punk with a fleet of jumping robots to explore Saturn and Jupiter's mysterious moons

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Bend it like Beckham

It's a ball. The thrusters can point any damn way they want.

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The actual quote is redundant

given it's stored at memory location 0x5EC3A9653B8AEB4462F0C6D2FC70CDF62F0C6D2FC70CDE18BC31B4BF1C3379 in most geek brains.

China praises Pakistan SatNav collaboration

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The real question is

why isn't Pakistan the friend of their enemies (the Uyghurs). So much for Muslim solidarity when there are deals to be done.

Windows fails to reach the Finnish line as Helsinki signage pleads for help

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Alternatively, you could try

actioning it going forward but you'd probably just end up with a nasty bruise on your forehead.

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Eventually

that would mean going into space but as the LHC uses a vacuum better than you'd find in interstellar space the engineering is going to be interesting.

Check out the night sky in all its X-ray glory: Everything from hot gases to supernovas and massive black holes

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It should be in 3D

There's very few things I'd get the goggles out for but this would be one of them.

Looking for a home off-world? Take your pick: Astroboffins estimate there are nearly 6bn Earth-likes in the Milky Way

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I believe

there's a planet where drinking water is permitted only on the 11th day of the week. The rest of the time you have to stay sober by restricting your liquid intake to alcohol.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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As Einstein never actually said

E = mc2 or more accurately "energy is mass". So if you have a definition of energy (which you have if you have a definition of Planck's constant and the second) you have a definition of mass. It may seem circular but it is, in fact, consistent (with itself and reality).

India opens its space industry to private companies

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If I had the choice of shovelling shit

or working in space tech I know which I'd chose.

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Re: Are they the same person?

To be fair it could be one Chinese and one Pakastani. Or two Chinese since get paid ¥0.50 a go.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

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The first rule

of operating small vessels is and will always be "Stay the fuck away from big ships".

No, it's just a Mirage: Lenovo's nerd-goggles-for-suits boasts 4K display but no need to be attached to powerful PC

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Gimp

Re: "nerd-goggles-for-suits"

Your wearing the wrong suits. See icon.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Re: Compulsory El Reg commentary moan

Battery swap looks like a shoe-in for commercial aviation use. No one wants to load up a plane with more fuel than is needed for the planned flight and convenience factor is hardly relevant given the sort of effort needed to get a plane airborne. And it open up the possibility to use non-rechargeable chemistries such as aluminium-air.

Hoverbikes, Hyperloops and sub-orbital hijinks: Yes, the '3rd, 4th and 5th Dimensions of Travel' are coming soon

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Nothing so simple

Hyperloop has so many potential modes of failure that the word adequately describes what would happen to your various body parts in any serious accident.

7*7 = a simple equation for taking total control of multiple VMware-powered clouds

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I don't know

Has any tried executing one of amanfromMars' posts.

So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

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It didn't take long

to determine that (assuming you are referring to the UK)) the truth is a little different. And the claim comes from that august source of truth, the Sun ( which presumably doesn't actually care how many admirals the RN has as long as they all have big boobs).

Beardy Branson’s 747-assisted sat-launcher can’t get it up

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Don't you mean Moonraker

Because Bond always attempts re-entry.

International space station testing Wi-Fi links with incoming craft, with an eye on autonomous docking

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Is the robot called Roller?

I've heard of a bending robot and even an ironing robot but a rolling robot? Are there a lot of things on the ISS that need to be rolled?

Oh wait, it's the vehicle itself that rolls (on wheels). That makes much more sense.

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Kids Toys

I learnt mine from porn.

I'll never be lost in Germany as long as I'm in the middle of an orgy.

Dickens' forgotten spaceship classic: A Tale of Three Missions

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What the Dickens

are you on about man?

If you don't LARP, you'll cry: Armed fun police swoop to disarm knight-errant spotted patrolling Welsh parkland

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I don't know about future plagues

but the orange one carrying a bottle of Clorox is a shoe-in for future Halloweens.

Now we know what the P really stands for in PwC: X-rated ads plastered over derelict corner of accountants' website

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Re: PwC

Probably will Cock-up!

Bye, Russia: NASA wheels out astronauts, describes plan for first all-American manned launch into orbit since 2011

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Probably because

when you search on AliExpress for 'launch package' the closest thing you'll find is "Rocket Pattern Wall Stickers".

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Re: how long for SpaceX to catch up with Boeing's pork barrel govt pricing

Mass produced satellites are likely to remain a rarity for the foreseeable but mass produced satellite buses are a thing (for small values of 'mass'). As the cost of entry to space falls due to cheaper launchers they're likely to become much more popular and thus cheaper which in turn. . .

International space station connects 100Mbps symmetric space laser ethernet using Sony optical disc tech

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Re: Nice technology

I'm not sure where you're getting the 1m figure from. According to the graphic the 1m telescope is on the ground and the unit on the ISS has an aperture of roughly 50mm. I assume the system is reversible (I can't see why it wouldn't be) so the larger unit will always be on Earth.

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Not a problem

Their space suits are of course designed by the same people who do the female armour for fantasy games.

Tesla sued over Tokyo biker's death in 'dozing driver' Autopilot crash

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Not if the speed is zero

Tesla's system is well known not to be able to "see" stationary objects which is actually fine for cruise control. (A stationary car, fire truck, or barrier is not "the car in front".) But since people can't be relied on to remain attentive when everything is being done for them the onus in on Tesla to up it's game. Maybe Musk should just swallow his pride an accept that lidar has its uses.

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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Someone

who can't even do capitalisation is involved in the production of avionics software. Well that explains the 737 MAX.

Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS

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What's wrong

with 256 colours like God and Tim Berners-Lee intended?

There are always two sides to every story – except this one, which is just a big billboard borked in all directions

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Re: "even in these interesting times, artisanal dough prodding will endure"

"I wonder if they've finally worked out how to mass produce pizzas whose bases don't immediately turn into dry cardboard when cooked?"

McCain achieved that long ago. Their pizza bases come from the factory as dry cardboard.

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Hello Bishop Berkeley

There are no "things" that require an observer to become "real". The universe has been completely real for approximately 14 billion years, most of that time without any observers in evidence.

Paranoid Android reboots itself with new Android 10 builds

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Not Samsung itself

I have three Galaxy Note 5s. (For reasons.) Two of them run custom roms. The third is still stock. The reason? It's an (ex) AT&T device which will never get a custom rom because AT&T wouldn't allow the bootloader to be unlocked and no one managed to crack it. Strictly speaking I can't say how easy it is because all my Android devices have been Samsung so I don't really have a baseline but I've never had from the Samsung side. Indeed the software that does the flashing (Odin) was leaked from Samsung (apparently several times as there are several versions floating around) and, as far as I know, Samsung has never done anything about it. Just stay away from AT&T.

Oh ... Fudge This Pandemic! Google walks back on decision to switch off FTP in Chrome 81

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It looks like

the FTP user base just about double in 20 hours. Must be making a comeback!

Academic showdown as boffins biff-baff over when Version 1.0 of Earth's magnetic core was released

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That's

flat Earth logic – "I haven't observed the Earth to be round so it must be flat".

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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In this case

I think it would be like capacitors where all the common values are in the micro and milli ranges.

Soichi to join three-spaceship club, SpaceX is going to the Moon (no, really), and rocket boffins step up COVID-19 fight

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Re: Space junk?

They're low Earth orbit satellites. De-orbit is built in.

Are you extracting the urine, ESA? Why, yes it is, from Moon dwellers to build homes out of lunar regolith. Possibly

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So

Moonbase Alpha will actually be called Moonbase Number One.

Astroboffin gets magnets stuck up his schnozz trying and failing to invent anti-face-touching coronavirus gizmo

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Especially when

swallowed by the black hole he's using for a doorstop.

Remember that clinical trial, promoted by President Trump, of a possible COVID-19 cure? So, so, so many questions...

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I agree

It's completely unreasonable to expect Trump to express an idea as complex as "people are working hard on treatments but results will take time" so, when he said something completely different, people should have understood that that was what he really meant.

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I think I get it

You're an old-fashioned moralist. You desperately want people to be better You think that only when people become better will they deserve a better world. But it's you who have got it backwards. We make people better by making a better world. And to do that we need concrete suggestions. So if you're worried about inefficiencies in the way scientific research is directed (which may or may not be a problem – you haven't exactly proved your case) you need to look at the mechanisms of reward rather than complaining that scientists are being selfish. (That science is a general public good doesn't actually require individual scientists to be be any less selfish than the general public. That's the thing about science – it's a mechanism for overcoming individual human limitations.)

Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it

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Sometimes

relatively high power for a very short time is exactly what you want. Inertial confinement is the only one that comes readily to mind but I'm sure there are many others including ones not even imagined yet.

Self-driving truck boss: 'Supervised machine learning doesn’t live up to the hype. It isn’t C-3PO, it’s sophisticated pattern matching'

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Re: Such honesty

We can't give people from the thirties contemporary IQ tests but we can give contemporary people thirties IQ test and they consistently and measurably better than thirties people did. Whatever you think of IQ tests (I don't think much) it's clear that people are getting better at abstract reasoning.

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