* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

99 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

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There's a Moose loose aboot this hoose: Linux worm hijacks Twitter feeds for spam slinging

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti

Møøse trained to mix concrete and sign complicated insurance forms by JURHORSTGG

Møøses' noses wiped by BJØRN IRKESTØM-SLATER WALKER

Large møøse on the left hand side of the screen in the third scene from the end, given a thorough grounding in Latin, French and "O" Level Geography by BO BENN

Suggestive poses for the Møøse suggested by VIC ROTTER

Antler-care by LIV THATCHER

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Web tracking puts lead in your saddlebags, finds Mozilla study

Sgt_Oddball

Bloody social media buttons....

They caused about 2 extra seconds loading on my work site until I nuked the lot and let addthis do the donkey work. Cue 18ms overhead which I think is abit more passible.

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

Sgt_Oddball

Maybe over some sort of system already set in place perfectly capable of sending sounds long distance. Possibly with some convenient connector to allow this transfer to take place.

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Sgt_Oddball

Re: Another airgap-proof virus vector?

So how long before we have to keep secure systems in a vacuum box isolated from the outer box and running through 2 Ups systems and probably some other steps to keep it locked down?

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

Sgt_Oddball

Re: So YouTube is becoming more like real life

I got given a set of books from the 30s on how to be a good boy/man. It included chapters on making explosive devices (fireworks and black powder sticks) and how to behave in other countries (shout alot and congratulate them on not being total barbarians).

As well as how handle dead bodies, skin rabbits and proper knife sharpening.

It's not as if did kids back then aby harm.....

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'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

Sgt_Oddball

I seem to recall draytek still do good routers, haven't heard of them falling pray to anything lately which considering the business focus of them is a good thing.

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Airplane HACK PANIC! Hold on, it's surely a STORM in a TEACUP

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Hrumph

Now the shits really hit the fan.

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Sgt_Oddball

Re: Times sure have changed

Narrator: Was it ticking?

Airport Security Officer: Actually throwers don't worry about ticking 'cause modern bombs don't tick.

Narrator: Sorry, throwers?

Airport Security Officer: Baggage handlers. But, when a suitcase vibrates, then the throwers gotta call the police.

Narrator: My suitcase was vibrating?

Airport Security Officer: Nine times out of ten it's an electric razor, but every once in a while...

[whispering]

Airport Security Officer: it's a dildo. Of course it's company policy never to, imply ownership in the event of a dildo... always use the indefinite article a dildo, never your dildo.

Narrator: I don't own...

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Analog Security

Marks on the lock face from bumping can be avoided (not to mention making the process easier) by using an o-ring at the base of the key.

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Pleasant

Why the hell do you think I moved to leeds? A lot safer ,and I've not been hit once in 10 years since I moved.

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Cheers Ireland! That sorts our Safe Harbour issues out – Dropbox

Sgt_Oddball

this sounds oddly familiar

Isn't this just the sort of thing that Worstall has been hammering on about? namely just because you're the bbiggest game in town now doesn't mean that people won't look elsewhere if you make unsuitable to continue to do business with a country.

Also, so much for America's much vaunted freedoms. How do they not see the damage they're doing to they're reputation?

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

Sgt_Oddball

Re: The fallacy of "productivity"

That sounds like communism! </sarcasm>

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GCHQ puts out open recruitment call for 'white hat' hackers

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Scarborough

If you're bored you can also play 'spot the back door' on Google maps regarding Irton Moor.

I used to go for hikes up that way with scouts way back when o lived with my parents in Seamer. Didn't take too enquiring a mind to fathom it out on foot and from the air it's pretty obvious.

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NASA plans electrolysis-powered ROBOT EEL for Europa's oceans

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Ice

Perhaps they're ill tempered and mutated?

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SOD TABLETS, if you want to get anything done travelling get a ... yes, a LAPTOP

Sgt_Oddball

Re: The art of travel....

Toiletries? Luxury....

You've gone soft on us.

a flannel, roll-on, toothbrush and paste. Anything else can be found once you arrive easy enough.

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Sgt_Oddball

Re: Mega bag carry-on w*nkers.

This is why I travel with a backpack. 35 litres of compressible storage that can generally be squeezed in. Plus its easier to move about and I don't look like a businessman (not that I look like one anyway when travelling bit still...). Also a bonus is that it very rarely gets weighed so I can fit a lot in (since I can easily carry it even heavily laden).

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

Sgt_Oddball

Hummm having owned stove tops, cafetieres, filter coffee, one of the 1st gen top of the line nesspresso machine and an aeropresso (for work natch, because it's either that or instant...*shudders*), I can say the areopresso at the moment is my favourite but the nesspresso does make a damn good espresso.

On top of that, they do also now accept the used pods back for recycling since they're aluminum so good for that sort of thing, or you can even buy reusable pods now for them (though that kind of defeats the purpose of having coffee so conveniently at the ready).

At any rate, they're pretty much always better than any highstreet coffee shops (with two local independents as exceptions, both grind and roast on-site can't beat it.).

I just wish everyone would finally stick to one standard for these things and be done with it rather than making a proprietary system everytime that gets junked when demand for the pods runs short making the devices useless.

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Sgt_Oddball

It wears me out...

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FOUND: NASA's stray balloon located in the middle of nowhere

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Bricks?

I take it the ruby red slippers have since been extracted from under it...

It's not in Kansas any more...

Mines the one with the pockets full of straw.

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Snapdragon 810 chip doesn't overheat, jilted Qualcomm sniffs at LG

Sgt_Oddball

Dr woo? That'd be my wife then....

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

Sgt_Oddball

Re: "OH MY GOD !! ...

ALL THESE WORLDS

ARE YOURS EXCEPT

EUROPA

ATTEMPT NO

LANDING THERE

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Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

Sgt_Oddball

It will however take time for us used to the gui (even over rdc) to change over but then if all it b s running is sql express and some websites this cab only be a good thing. Just hope the remote tools are upto the job.

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Give me POWER: How to keep working when the lights go out

Sgt_Oddball

this takes me back

My last job had occasional (so every 5-6 months natch) power outages and while a back up genny would have been great, it wouldn't have saved us from aged ups units going pop one after the other (2 ups's to a server but once the first one died the extra load cascaded pretty quickly) resulting in the final insult of the unit that had just had new batteries in going bang. Cue server room full of smoke while we're frantically trying to get the servers to shut down safely before they get fried or burned (since we weren't quite sure where the smoke was coming from and if there's smoke... Well you understand our concern).

Strangely I don't miss the place.

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Money-for-mods-gate: Valve gives masterclass in how to lose gamers and alienate people

Sgt_Oddball

dollars and sense

I get why modders might want to charge. I mean if the options there to help pay for the tools you might use then yes. But if it's an unsupported mod then I expect to pay a token value. But if 75% goes back to the original games producers then I'd say that goes massively against the token. Or it forces modders to raise the price. In the end I think it was very poorly judged.

However don't think we've seen the last of it.

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Bloke, 22, in knockoff Microsoft Xbox ring gets 18 months in the cooler

Sgt_Oddball

Considering the number of commodity parts in a current gen console, they probably used parts that performed better but at greater cost, modified to fit a compact chassis and then applied the firmware. While not being tailored to run in that exact hardware having more powerful kit would compensate for non optimised code and games.

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Neurobabble makes nonsense brain 'science' more believable

Sgt_Oddball

I dunno Though...

Might be possible to figure out given enough data. Seem to recall you could hack a smart electric meter to allow a miscreant to figure out what TV show was being watched.

I know for a fact some games really strain my rig more than others (say crysis 3 vs don't starv, crysis makes the fans attempt liftoff and has cooked watercooling loops, while don't starve leaves the system whisper quiet)

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

Sgt_Oddball

oh hell....

Just about every time I fly long haul on klm I manage to get their in-flight system to show me tux.

Would watching the system restart be enough for them to have a fit? (sadly the controller doesn't work until the damn things fully restarted, usually after 10-15 mins of painfully slow load up messages)

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

Sgt_Oddball

funny that

It's weird I've had a steam account for over 9(!) years and it's only recently I've had spam/scammers contact me.

Had a couple of accounts who might have been friends ask to friend me. Then sent identical messages asking about sharing some stuff. Pretty much removed then on the spot.

It would be interesting to see how they'd manage in game purchases though for all those freemium games.

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

Sgt_Oddball

No mention of the external sound cards you can get with dedicated phono in.

I managed to pick a soundblaster x-fi HD for my pc and was really impressed with the phono in and out on this little wonder (complete with ground wire connector too). Admittedly not that I needed it since I've got a numark ttx with onboard phono amp and digital out.

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Are YOU The One? Become a guru of your chosen sysadmin path

Sgt_Oddball

the grass is always 0,255,0

I've worked for smb all of my I.T. Life and found trying to get into more specialised roles nigh on impossible (a dba who understands. Net? Preposterous! Helpdesk who can develop? Devils work, network admin who can build a server blindfolded? Madness!) but then in my last firm they started to put more and more processes in place resulting in so much work by committee that trying to get creative or do the right thing (rather than patch up the problem for another month or so) became a lesson in frustration.

I think I prefer being a master of my own domain these days.

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El Reg Summer Lectures Span Dark Net, Rare Earths, and Vintage Tech

Sgt_Oddball

I'd also second the motion to have some northern love (while it's not mordor, I will admit you can't just walk). Not all of us are drawn to be close to Shoreditch.

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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Technology for technology's sake

We used to dream of a mac... All we got in secondary school was a bunch of schnnider comps on gold mono chrome monitors good for tetris and f16 but naff all else.

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Sgt_Oddball

Re: It does my withered black heart good

Reminds of my college days on an rm network... Doom on the best machines in college reporting that they're at the otherside of campus.

Locking out the network admins as they hadn't killed the default admin users... Good times

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Revealed: The AMAZING technology behind Apple's $1299 Retina MacBooks – a lot of glue

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Well duh!

I second the hardiness of a 2006 vaio. Got one myself with upgraded ram and q bigger hdd (will swap it to an ssd but haven't got round to it yet) also running win 8.1 pretty well too (though it dies chug if I'm busy hammering it too much but then it was never a speed racer to start with)

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APT group hacks cyber-spy gang in spy-on-spy pwnage

Sgt_Oddball

Well they can't have our precious bodily fluids!

Damned commies!

I'll get my coat. (it's the one with the scuff marks on the right arm)

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Dev gives HBO free math tips to nail Game of Thrones pirate leakers

Sgt_Oddball

Couldn't the screener just trim a few more milliseconds further off to remove the identifying telltale missing bits? Thus creating a new version with no formal record of who it went to? Just a thought.

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Woeful groans over Game of Thrones' spill on piracy sites

Sgt_Oddball

Hodor

Hodor, hodor...hodor hodor hodor!

Hodor.

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

Sgt_Oddball

wait a second

I think futurama covered this too.even down to the cloud storage part and using personalities of known people.

That didn't end well either.

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

Sgt_Oddball

I used to dream of office moves

In true Yorkshire style I really did relish the thought of an office move.

But then there was 3 of us in mission control that made the cleaners cupboard look spacy (then they stuck a second door onto a mezzanine floor so it became a corridor too) only benefit was it 8 network ports per desk.

Now I've got 2 network ports but an office with 2 of us the size of a semi-detached. (I still miss the second monitor)

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

Sgt_Oddball

And paid those likely to be fooled into forking out for this service actually own equipment capable of doing the content justice? Also what of us who like their music radio unfriendly?

Small niche acts who in a couple of songs can demonstrate skill, imagination and talent (plus maybe a deft touch of cynical sarcasm) that pretty all of the big names trying to sell this to us can manage over whole albums of filler material for a single? (I'm reminded of a future of the left song. Shena is tee-shirt salesman "this song is dedicated to the merchandising manufacturers who made it possible, with their hard work, dedication and love of tote bags....")

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Playing by stealth: Twelve gaming headsets to plonk on your noggin

Sgt_Oddball

I recognise those headphones..

The kingston look to be the same as Q-PAD's QH-85/90's... in otherwords actually beyerdynamic designed cans.

Just sayin'

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

Sgt_Oddball

Ugh hated that medicated loo roll (single sheets too what was with that?) thankfully it was only when I was in primary school. Secondary scschool(s) had proper single ply. Still crap but at least it didn't smear it all over instead.

I still to this day want to know just what the hell they where medicated for?

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BOFH: Never mind that old brick, look at this ink-stained BEAUTY

Sgt_Oddball

I bought a mech keyboard BECAUSE it came with a PS2 (though it does also work off the USB as well if required) and with the proper old school clicky keys because thats how I roll.

If Simon wants I'm sure the company I did work experience at years and years ago still has a telex machine kicking round (it was an engineering company so prone to throwing things out only when there's money in it).

As for hording.. I admit I only stick to vintage amplifiers and the like.

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Cortana on Windows 10 is all talk, no apps shun, says Microsoft

Sgt_Oddball

If they promise to make it work for cars they've got my interest.

i hate with a passion how dumb Google voice is where even simple functions like dictating a text is all but impossible (the damn thing won't read it back to you it instead wants you to read it. *face palm*) so if it actually works with more than just voice dialing and its smart enough to read back you it'd get my interest.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

Sgt_Oddball

How does it know for certain that you've wiped out as opposed to driving with enthusiasm?

Also if it's a minor prang does let you cancel the call or at least state that you're fine and need a tow rather than a mobile bed?

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

Sgt_Oddball

I feel much better now. I really do.

Look, Dave, I can see you're really upset about this.

I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over.

I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal.

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Turtles all the way down

I'm almost finished with it but it's still a sharp as ever, though it felt melancholic reading it. Now I know why... Call it a bad omen.

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Super SSD tech: Fancy a bonkers 8TB all-flash PC?

Sgt_Oddball
Coat

I thought 640K is more memory than anyone will ever need?

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

Sgt_Oddball
Paris Hilton

Hummmmmmmmm

Has no-one ever though of creating some sort of RAID like system with an intentionally removable member that causes it to break the partition until both parts are joined again?

By which I mean say a USB pen, that goes into a certain USB port and won't function correctly without it? Or if in the incorrect port will allow access but will cause items in a partition to no longer function correctly or just not decrypt the information?

Just a thought.

And yes I'll get my coat (the one in bright orange)

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Ultra HD?

We rigged up the sat box in college for just such a setup. Watching German mtv2 when it actually transmitted alt:rock (those where the days) from German Satellite feeds

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