* Posts by LINCARD1000

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

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Joke

Idly speculating whether or not Toyota will try and cheat on the emissions test for this thing... :-)

In all seriousness this has the possibility of positively impacting on many people's daily lives. So here's to Toyota making this sort of tech far more accessible to more people.

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Russia faces Ukraine and Georgia in Eurovision deathmatch

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Happy

Here in NZ we got the UK feed with Graham Norton's voice-over. Geeze he's a snarky wee fellow at times, isn't he? Crikey.

Great entertainment* as always :-) Although I thought Poland's jacket should have won. Not their entry, but the singers jacket. That was epic. Ukraine's entry was a bit... meh. Bring back Svetlana Loboda from a few years back, her entry was amazing.

* entertainment does not necessarily mean some of the entries were any good. Bad can be entertaining, after all.

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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Mushroom

Re: Crappy power supplies! GAAH

Ooooh... that sounds familiar. Sleeve bearings (or similar).

I worked a few years back for a certain video conference equipment manufacturer (since borged) in their reverse logistics group and noticed a pattern of fans failing on a certain popular and high-end model of codec and did some investigation.

Sleeve bearings.

And they all began failing at once all around EMEA and APAC on codecs of a certain age. I alerted our service centres at the time to stock up on replacement fans (with ball bearings) and informed our R&D and production groups about the epidemic. I don't think they cared because the up-front cost was less for production - they didn't care about the back-end cost for repair/replacement as that didn't affect their budgets, despite it being a higher cost to the company in the longer run.

Deep sigh.

Icon for the system temperatures of some of the units. Our service centres sent me occasional photos of various faults for shits and giggles... many of these in a lovely shade of toasty brown.

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AI, VR, bots and YOU? A survivor's guide to The Future™

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Terminator

Re: Softly, Softly, Catchee HyperRadioProActive IT Power with AI Command and Control ‽ :-)*

I actually upvoted you, because I think you are El Reg's pet AI project based on what you write and when the AI apocalypse comes I want you to remember that I was nice to you and not kill me please, Mr. AIRobotMasterSirYourMajesty.

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Space archeologist discovers new evidence of Vikings invading America

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: a tractor company producing real sports cars

A friend of mine refers to eggs as "bum nuts"... and now it vaguely creeps me out every time I eat one :-)

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Dick Smith database, web store sold to Kogan

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Thumb Up

Opted out as soon as I got the email this morning, but it's actually kinda nice (if a little surprising) to see that the receivers are acting in such a responsible manner with regards to privacy of customer records and the like. Good on 'em - you don't see many such actions these days.

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Greybeard monobrow baldies rejoice! Boffins comb out hairy genes

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Trollface

Re: Meh

There's a certain irony about your Register username and your statement about being all shaved... :-)

(troll icon in lieu of a 'laugh out loud' or amused equivalent icon)

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Eurovision Song Contest uncorks 1975 vote shocker: No 'Nul point'!

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Gimp

@x7 - I LIKE PAIN :-)

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Happy

From a dirty foreigner's POV....

I love it.

Politics aside, it's just plain entertaining. Even the utterly horrible entries are entertaining if for nothing else but the train-wreck effect. And every now and then there are some truly great songs, although I wish more countries would sing in their native tongues even if the words are unintelligible; as someone else pointed out, you don't have to understand what they're saying if the way they're presenting it is beautiful.

Even though they never get anywhere, it's also rather neat to see some of the comedy entries from countries who know damned well they're not going to win, but go out there and have a good time anyway.

It's very easy for some to take it too seriously, get upset with the politics and the fact that it's several hours of Euro-fluff, but from my POV, it's just great entertainment.

As an aside, I happened to be living in Norge when they won in 2009 (I think it was). The partying in the streets afterward was something to behold. Was at a EV party hosted by a work friend and everyone there went absolutely mental. Great times. So down vote away as I know I'm in the minority here based on most of the comments so far, but just understand that from the outside some people just accept and enjoy it for the outrageous, silly but fun spectacle that it is.

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Samsung: Is gadget lust still a thing in 2016? Nope

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Flame

What djstardust and asdf said - upvote for you, upvote for him, upvote for EVERYBODY!

Burned when I bought an S4 and then found it was effectively no longer being updated less than 2 years after buying it. A premium handset should have a longer effective lifespan than 18 months - 2 years, Samsung.

That and it's loaded down with all sorts of unnecessarily fruity crapware you cannot get rid of without rooting the damned thing. And you shouldn't HAVE to do that.

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

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Devil

Call me paranoid (but not Shirley) however if they ever perfected this sort of tech what would stop them from implanting it into someone unwilling? Say POWs or prisoners or even people just suspected of being whatever the flavour du jour of pedoterrorist* is?

Would make interrogations a lot easier, possibly? Or control over the person?

* definition as suggested by whatever dodgy govt happens to be in power

While I have faith that there could be a lot of really beneficial, positive spin-offs from this sort of technology (eg for the disabled), I have little faith that it won't also be used for nefarious purposes by various agencies, which is far more likely.

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Kill Flash Now: 78 bugs patched in latest update

LINCARD1000

Re: I want to cry...

In this instance it's two external vendor sites, so nothing we've got any active control over.

I've tried just about every kind of voodoo short of gutting a live chicken on the boss' desk to find a work-around as well.

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Facepalm

I want to cry...

While it's not on my personal machines at home, we are forced to have it on the comps we have at work for some business critical applications (payroll and vehicle booking). The people who make decisions here didn't even consult and the PHB didn't think to object either when these solutions were implemented.

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ISS 'nauts prepare for Cygnus space truck consensual grappling

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: All it needs is The Blue Danube as a sound track.

I say, old chap!

Don't scare the horses! :-)

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Aussies' distinctive Strine down to drunk forefathers

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Re: Kiwiland

Do you take muwk un your coffee wuth those fush'n'chups, au bro? :-)

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Huawei Q3 shipments soar, expects to shift 100 million mobes abroad this year

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Headmaster

According to the people who work for the company, "Wah-way" - the H being one of those strong, silent types.

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German football hero battles Nazi doppelgänger

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Terminator

The Matrix must be running low on memory - it's recycling faces a little too often now ;-)

(Termy icon because it's the closest I can think of)

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Shocker: Net anarchist builds sneaky 220v USB stick that fries laptops

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Black Helicopters

A tool for the paranoid...

I think this is rather neat, actually, if for nothing else but to cause a bit of mischief to prying eyes of various border security or aforementioned TLA agencies. Get stopped at the airport and ordered to hand over all electronic devices so they can be "examined" for dodgy things? Sure, here you go... Fzzzzt goes some expensive hardware.

Might possibly earn you a jolly good rubber-gloving by angry officials, however.

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Find shaving a chore? Why not BLAST your BEARD off with a RAYGUN

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Mushroom

Lasers? PFFFT!

How terribly yesterday. I'm going full-fat nuclear. Kick-start my new Razonium(tm) plutonium powered razor! It'll nuke those hairs back into the stone age and give your skin a nice, healthy* glow. Forever**!

The first 50 kick-starters who give me $50,000 each will automatically be eligible for the model that shoots frikkin' sharks from the handle!

* For very small values of healthy

** Forever being whatever plutonium's half-life is

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Pope Francis' first act in America: Halt iPhone 6S, 6S Plus deliveries

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Joke

I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!

...actually, I cannot believe nobody has brought up something along the lines of "Jesus mobe" in this context!

*Edit* goddamnit, pipped at the post by Chairo... well played that, Sir and/or madam :-)

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OFFICIAL: Facebook growth BIGGER THAN ... JESUS, the INTERNET!

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Devil

TFTFY

...content free ad network...

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SPOOKY new Pluto snaps will make the HAIR RISE on the back of your neck

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Alien

Re: One Way Mission to Dwarf Planet X

Queue the theremin sound-track! :-)

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BOFH: Power corrupts, uninterrupted power corrupts absolutely

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Flame

Ah, the good ol' ET server...

"We need an engineer!"

Thassokay, Simon - I'll have my flamer and/or mobile-MG ready and waiting for you on Friday night :-)

(flame icon for my favourite BOFH roasting weapon)

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Nano – meet her: AMD's Radeon R9 4K graphics card for non-totally bonkers gamers, people

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This Actually Looks Kinda Neat

I've got a slightly aging but still quite well spec'd out Shuttle XPC gaming rig that something like this would be *perfect* for. Yeah, the price is a little high but damn if those aren't some good specs for something that size. Most cards designed for smaller cases aren't particularly powerful beasties so this makes for a pleasant change.

3 display ports is also rather spiffing eh wot! :-)

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Ads watchdog slams Mind Candy for upselling subscriptions to kids

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Paris Hilton

Bin Weevils?

AKA maggots? :-o

(Paris icon because it's the closest icon in the list that looks like a maggot)

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Parrot drone pwned (and possibly killed) with Wi-Fi log-in

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Coat

Yarrrrrr...

RAWK! POLLY WANTS A HACKER! POLLY WANTS A HACKER! RAWK!

*runs for the hills screaming like a loon*

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AI finally understands primitive sketches – aka marketing presentations

LINCARD1000
Facepalm

You forgot to put "paradigm" in there somewhere :-)

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TPP partners plot milder copyright takedown rules

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Mushroom

The thing that...

...irks me the most is the ridiculously secret nature of the whole thing. Our respective governments (at least in nominally democratically ruled countries) should be working for the people of that country, and deliberately withholding details of this whole detail is contrary to that and infuriates me.

Our respective governments should not be bending over and handing the rapist the fucking lube!

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Pint-sized PCIe powerhouse: Intel NUC5i5RYK

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Meh

Re: I'm curious about the quality of the audio, myself...

Wouldn't entirely surprise me - I've not tried any other OS on the thing than 8.1.

Problem is the interference (if that's actually what it is) is also evident on the HDMI output as well (when I run it through my amp). And because one of its main roles is listening to music, that's a bit of a nuisance.

Appreciate the response, though. Thank you :-)

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LINCARD1000
Windows

I'm curious about the quality of the audio, myself...

I've got a previous gen one of these and the audio on it... well, let's just say it leaves a little to be desired. There is some sort of noise interference that comes across whether you're using analogue or digital audio connections to the thing - and it occurs when something is moving on the display (i.e. scrolling a website or document, moving a window around etc). Manifests as a buzzing sound.

I'm not the only one experiencing this either, had a look around and there are a few others. Guessing that there is some sort of crosstalk (?) from components being crammed so close together on the mainboard of the thing. I'm not an engineer or electronics expert, pure supposition on my part.

Fixed it by getting an external USB sound-card.

So far my searching hasn't turned up any instances of this for this new generation of micro-boxen, which is good as they're actually quite nifty little devices and I'd be well tempted to buy another if it deals to the sound issue.

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Another CEO goes overboard from Jay Z's Tidal music website

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Facepalm

And...

...not a tear was shed by anyone.

Well, other than a few multi-millionaire musicians, of course. Not entirely sure they thought through a business model where the music-renting public would be expected to pay more for less than they could get through a competitor.

Personally I prefer to own* the music I listen to rather than rent it.

* For various values of "own" as defined by the f-ing RIAA or whoever the hell it is.

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Mozilla flings teddy out of pram over France's 'Patriot Act'

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FAIL

France as a shining beacon of human-rights promotion?

I'd jump in the Rainbow Warrior and sail away from such hypocrisy, but then the French secret service agents would bomb it before I even left the harbour, killing someone on board. Then the agents would be captured by my countries authorities, but traded back to the French government in order to avoid trade sanctions of dairy and meat products into Europe...

Those shining beacons of human rights promotion?

Not sure what's worse. France or the NZ government. Both are surrender-monkey parasitic cowards.

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DEEPENING MYSTERY of BRIGHT LIGHTS on dwarf world Ceres

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Boffin

Conspiracy nuts need to shave more often - I hear Occam makes a fine razor? :-)

As others have pointed out, it's likely Ceres has a fairly dark surface covered in dust/grit/alien-poop etc, much like the comet the Rosetta mission is currently molesting. Many of the pictures released to the public are 'over-exposed' to make it look slightly less like a lump of coal being photographed in a cave without a flash. The bright spots I'm (educationally) guessing are probably relatively fresh impacts from smaller chunks of crapola floating around the belt that have blasted away the dark, crusty surface, melted some of the ice which has re-frozen fairly smooth and so simply reflects more light. Thus appearing as bright-spots as the image is lightened for visual consumption by us flesh-bag Earthicans.

Well, that's my crack-pot theory and I'm sticking to it.

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Boffins turns landfill WinPhones into microscopes

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Devil

Just playing "spawn of satan's" advocate here for a moment - it might not be the professional's tool of choice for serious lab work, granted. Wouldn't this be the ideal sort of thing for the developing world or in remote/rough locations where lugging around professional-grade kit isn't recommended or an option, however?

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

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Devil

It amuses me how many of the self-identified Christians posting here have begun with posting what initially sound like reasoned arguments, only to descend into name-calling and self-inflicted victimization. It isn't like you're a persecuted minority, unlike many of those who you have issues with. You stand to lose absolutely nothing if the various minorities have the same rights that you do in the eyes of the law.

I suspect that once all minorities (or whatever you'd like to call them) have all the same rights and privileges as everyone else that the activists will go away. That's all they're after - equal rights, the right to be treated like anyone. Everyone stands on their own merits after that.

It also amuses me that the concept of my (legally recognized) gay marriage might cause someone, somewhere to have an aneurysm :-) I'll think of you the next time I kiss my husband.

XXX

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Devil

Re: I wonder

Quite well I'd imagine if you gave it a decent push from the top of the staircase...

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Winning a brand new BOFH T-Shirt is as simple as...

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Devil

Re: I prefer the Bloke

Do want.

The t-shirt's not bad either...

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NZ used XKEYSCORE to spy on World Trade Org election emails

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Unhappy

Re: I would be wary of anything published by Nicky Hager

The problem is that our (NZs) house of cards is built on some very, very shaky foundations... and to mix my metaphors even more, the wheels are going to come off this cart any time soon. Governments are very well versed in spouting all sorts of numbers that make things look a lot more rosy than they are in reality.

I loathe key and his government for what they are doing to our country, stripping our right to privacy. I loathe the political left for being pretty much just as bad when they were in power. And I loathe many of the people in this country who don't make those in power accountable for what they're doing.

...and I loathe myself for being one of them

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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Pirate

Re: Why a sub?

While I agree a boat (with various bits for sampling attached to a cable) would be simpler and actually quite sensible from an engineering POV, I seem to recall that there has been a lot of talk and speculation that the lakes could be subject to some pretty serious waves. Waves which given the density of the liquid hydrocarbons along with the lower gravity (and possibly also affected by wind) would be fairly gnarly, dude :-)

This would knock any surface vehicle around quite a bit making sample collection awkward, and would also make getting a sub into the 'water' a tricky exercise as well.

It might seem like wasting valuable time and resources but perhaps some sort of aerial (balloon or drone?) mission first to scope conditions out first might save a lot of heart-ache. All this is still very cool though - I love space science! :-)

PS: if it came down to funding for a submersible mission to the outer planets, I'd much rather see money/effort spent on exploring probable sub-ice seas on moons like Europa as a priority. Ideal world we'd have both, however,

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: But you are only allowed to buy things from one shop.

Pure gold.

Thank you for the real life "laugh out loud" moment this morning :-)

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Ski MOUNT DOOM or take top coffee to the beach? Your choice

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Pint

Re: Just don't ask about the cheese

Quite partial to Colby meself...

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LINCARD1000
Mushroom

After having moved from NZ to Norway for 5 years then returned, it was a bit disappointing to see the property market doing what it's doing and the cost of living having risen so dramatically. I love this country of mine, I really do - but am not so blinkered that it is the be-all and end-all of places.

Pay rates compared with the rest of the world suck and it's friggin' expensive to live here. Even the stuff we make and export (wood, wool, meat, dairy) are ridiculously expensive. We also complain a lot and some of us have an over-inflated sense of self-worth. But we do have lifestyle going for us.

Happy to hear that Mr Mullard had/is having a mostly positive experience living here though :-)

BTW Mr Editor, Mt Doom is based on Mount Ngauruahoe, not Ruapehu

http://www.gns.cri.nz/Home/Learning/Science-Topics/Volcanoes/New-Zealand-Volcanoes/Ngauruhoe

But it is located right next door, along with Mt Tongariro. Icon for volcanoes going 'poof'.

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The Year of Living Danishly, The Internet is Not the Answer and Classical Literature

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Happy

I like the Danes

....although they do sound like they're talking through a mouth filled with potatoes :-) When I was living in Norway we had to deal with the Danes quite a bit - one of our manufacturing and repair centres was located there.

They're friendly, approachable, down to Earth and most of them have a good sense of humour and don't take themselves quite so seriously unlike their more Northern Scandinavian friends.

Really miss the guys (and gals) I got to know while we were in that part of the world. Wonderful people.

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‘Whatever happened to Vladimir Putin?’ and other crap New Year prophesies

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Holmes

Ah, memories. My first job in IT was actually fixing RPG400 code for Y2K compliance for a large UK based insurance company (telecommuting from NZ using dial-up to CompuServe. Kill me).

But it paid very well and we used the simple trick of changing date fields to 3 digits rather than 4 - the year 2000 being 100 which made date calculations relatively simple, at least assuming they didn't have anyone born in 1890s or 1900 itself on their books.

Always annoys me when you get people going on about how the whole Y2K thing was a bit of a fizzer... of course it was, most code was fixed before then. While the world as we know it wouldn't have ended if nothing was done, there definitely would have been repercussions - mostly financial I suspect.

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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Stop

The Hypocrisy Kills Me

Trying to find an authoritative source for the info but it seems those media shots of the Euro leaders supposedly leading the march didn't show the entire story... it was a photo opportunity on a closed down, empty street.

A Twitter (I know, I know, hence trying to find authoritative source!) link: https://twitter.com/borzou/status/554606282192465920

Our... well, your brave leaders showing solidarity. PFFFFT.

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New Zealand Supreme Court says Kim Dotcom search warrants were legal

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Facepalm

Re: I don't get it

The platform his company hosted probably was used to share illegal material but then again there are a lot of other cloud and file-sharing sites that are also used for this purpose. I suspect his was targeted in order to make an example and also likely to set a precedent by the US entertainment corporations. Certainly appears that way based on what I've seen/read/heard.

On a personal level I think KDC is a bit self-serving with the whole woe-is-me thing and as it turns out the raid might have been legal according to the strict letter of the law...

HOWEVER... helicopters, dogs and armed police in what almost amounts to a paramilitary invasion of his residence for what is realistically a white collar crime? And *specifically* at the behest of the FBI? That's more than a little over the top, given other white collar crime cases even if they involve a hell of a lot of money usually merit little more than a couple of squad cars and men in suits with a search warrant turning up.

Ridiculous! And it was my tax-payer money that was used for this farce which makes me furious. Yes, the NZ government is bought and paid for by the American government and associate corporations, sadly. Not only that but we're also getting actively shafted by new and draconian laws being introduced in the name of 'protecting' us from 'terrorism' - even though NZ is very much NOT a target.

Gah.

Our prime minister is an arrogant, puppet clown. NZ being one of the most so-called "free" countries on the planet? Maybe to outsiders it is.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Terminator

RoboRally

An oldie but a goodie. Relatively simple concept but it's a hell of a lot of fun. Not sure if it's still available or not but if so well worth grabbing.

If you're not already familiar with it, you have a number of boards that you connect up that contain multiple paths to get to the other side of each board, with lots of traps and conveyor belts etc . Each turn the players have a number of directional movement cards they can program into their robots to move them along in addition to the movement of the conveyor belts to take into account. The hilarity ensues as players accidentally (or more often deliberately) push others onto different squares as the 'pre-programmed' movements still take effect.

An awesome way to waste a few hours, and c'mon... card-programmed robots? Awesome!

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30,000 people buy a box of BOVINE EXCREMENT

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Coffee/keyboard

Apropos of CAG - if you bought this and then on-sold it... would that count as "pooping back and forth forever"?

(am I allowed to laugh at my own lame jokes?)

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Slough or Antarctica? Well, at least Antarctica has penguins

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Thumb Up

That's pretty awesome, would have loved the opportunity to work for a while in a place like Antarctica if for nothing else but having the experience. Sadly I don't think such a remote location is conducive to married life (at least not when you still like the person you're married to...).

Hope you and your husband are very happy together in Sweden, Kevin :-)

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

LINCARD1000

We had a 2.0 diesel Scirocco back in 2010 and it was actually a great car to bomb around in. Hell, we took it on a 5 week driving holiday all around Europe (got some strange looks having a Norwegian plated vehicle in southern and eastern parts though). Yeah, the ride was a little rough in its 'sport' (hah!)mode but it was comfortable enough on both long and short trips otherwise. Was well built also.

Have to say that the stated top speed is about right... we got ours up to 211 kph on the German autobahn which isn't bad for a 2L automatic diesel :-) Probably could have got it a little faster given a bit more time in the fast lane but we kept getting aggressive and impatient Audi and Merc drivers crawling over our arses.

Horses for courses... it's looks are divisive (people either like or hate it) and it's effectively a Golf, but I liked it and enjoyed driving it. Although not so much on Italian roads - it's quite wide and Italian roads/drivers aren't known for being courteous or forgiving.

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