* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

75 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

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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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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

Sgt_Oddball

Or more bods who know how to install a WordPress theme (yeah, thanks for that)

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Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

Sgt_Oddball

Phew, I thought our Sammy box would have to be replaced (limited edition paint jobby that came with the caveat warranty this and you loose the paint job) after 6+ years of service but I thought something was amiss when the parents moaned theirs was acting up as well (a 2 year old box so much newer).

Just hope they get it sorted soon and with a reliable fix.

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Uber: Sorry we're really awesome and all that (oh yeah, and for leaking your personal info)

Sgt_Oddball

Shirley you can't be serious?

It'd take me 5 mins to knock a new table up and an hour or so to put together a Web page as part of the internal system for this sort of thing. Its childs play and smacks of amateur hour levels of stupidity.

And the wife wonders why there's not a barge pole big enough for me to touch them with.

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

Sgt_Oddball

Re: "unfixable on Server 2003."

Urmm my cars 12 years old and still got recalled to fix a critical issue (to do with the airbags so quite an important one). But with software though it is a different issue. Roads and driving doesn't change that much in 12 years. Software/hardware/networks/security has changed massively in that time.

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US anti-backdoor bill: If at first you're shot down in flames – try, try again

Sgt_Oddball

Re: They're right, you know

Don't be aler, the country has enough lert. Be aloof...

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Carmakers DEFLATED by AIRBAG FLAW as US watchdog recalls TWO MEELLION vehicles

Sgt_Oddball

They did a recall late last year in the UK for the airbag as well, had to take my '03 corolla estate in to get it sorted (because thats how i roll... one step away from a MPV depressingly) so it might be a world wide issue (Japanese made car as it proudly states on the windscreen so maybe it was a Japanese supply chain issue).

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Cuddly robots, whipsmart laughs and plenty of heart in Big Hero 6

Sgt_Oddball

I'm looking forward to seeing this on a long haul flight next month. Quiet sad I know but two young 'uns makes cinema trips difficult at the moment.

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Reddit: Don't worry, we didn't tell that foreign government about your /r/brony addiction

Sgt_Oddball

makes you wonder

if we're ever going to see consistent laws on the net since they ignored all foreign requests. since uncle Sam's rules always and for ever seem to override any other rule of law (and if it doesn't they'll strop and make everything difficult)

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The new Falcon Heavy: MOST POWERFUL ROCKET since the Apollo moonshots

Sgt_Oddball

Whats that flying there?

Is is just me or does it look a little like ....(sort of NSFW, in a mildy childish way) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOZYoa_pod0 .. i'll just leave that there.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

Sgt_Oddball

future proofing

Least they don't have to worry about a buffer overflow down

there.

Mines the one with the curious smell...

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

Sgt_Oddball

for the foreign film offering

I can highly disapprove of a Japanese horror film called the loft...The plots all over the place (so many ways to ruin cherkovs gun, so little time). It's not even much of horror film since you just want everyone to die if only to get it over with (plus the ending comes from no where) just hopeless.

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Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

Sgt_Oddball

Re: I loved the top down GTA Games

The only reason so many countries drive on the right was a rule brought in by a short frenchman of the name napoleon. Besides, left hand side was the defacto method until only the past couple of centuries.

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I'm sooooo green: The Beginner's Guide to Krautrock

Sgt_Oddball

for something more modern

I can heartily recommend the notwist. They did an awesome gig at the deaf institute in Manchester. The last two albums are quite the nob twiddling pleasures.

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Four tuner frenzy: The all-you-can-EEat TV Freeview PVR

Sgt_Oddball

to be fair...

EE/orange/wannadoo's first broadband box came with a note on the second ethernet port of webtv and mentioned it buried in admin area. (only changed over from it as I moved and switched to vdsl and their new shiny router)

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BT Infinity ‘working to fix problem’ after three days of outages

Sgt_Oddball

I wonder...

I'm on openreach through ee and I've seen some high lag spikes over the past few days (on world o' tanks for perennially bored). But no pages missing that I recall. Might be related, probably not though.

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Brits to teach Norks hacks about 'multimedia websites'. 5% of DPRK is in for a TREAT

Sgt_Oddball

because the bongster wills it.

Because the digital revolution should logically carry on the cultural revolution..

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DNA survives fiery heat of re-entry on test rocket

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Calculate the size of meteorites that can survive passing through earths atmosphere

No more improbable than life on earth being one gigantic computer program...

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

Sgt_Oddball

And this is why you go with the old...

At my last place we had old HP laser printers.. the sort thats built better than the rest of the building. Managed to get 64bit versions of win server to finally see them and allow printing, but any issues with them generally where down to parts wearing out (and by wearing out I mean brass gears being so badly worn that they'd turned smooth, so you popped it out, turned it around and let it wear out the other side of the gear).

Then we got a said all singing all dancing printer with colour and everything. Bloodying thing only printed right half the time and looked fragile enough that it would never be allowed near the warehouse boys.

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

Sgt_Oddball

but what about....

After having a nosy on the site and its easy set up guide I noticed something. No mention of what server platform you could set it up on (with just lines of code) just sudo commands. Not everyone runs apache servers.. (and yes I know how easy it is set up on an iis box but that's besides the point).

It also worries me alot since alot of nasty traffic I've seen comes from hacked WordPress sites. What happens when certs get added to them? What then

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'Scope boffins get INSIDE URANUS after snapping mystery spots

Sgt_Oddball

light shines out of Uranus

Must have been something it ate...

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Cold? Cuddle these HOT GERMAN RACKS, yours for only 12,000 euro – we swear there's an IT angle

Sgt_Oddball

Re: Nothing new here, move along

I still do that now, though had to go back to 4.8ghz after cooking a watercooler running 5ghz. So close...so close

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Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

Sgt_Oddball

meh

I just dump my phablet in the instrument binnacle where it covers the Rev counter. Works like a charm for the sat nav. Though I could do with a double aided suction cup to stop it moving.

Much cheaper and visually in a better spot all round.

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

Sgt_Oddball

it barely works on vmware

Used to work with a small data center using lync on a virtual host (enough provisions for it to meet requirements) sorted certs, got it working internally but it would point blank refuse to connect to the outside world. Even took out it outside of the internal firewalls and still wouldn't play ball.

Skype though, open the right port through an internal proxy and it ran fine (bar the office whiner moaning that it was our fault messages vanished or turned up later).

Don't even get me started on ms support. Hitting my head on the desk hurt less.

If it's a rebounding then sod em, what they really need is a simple way to force Skype through a server so it can log messages for those of us who use it to replace messenger rather than make phone or video calls.

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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

Sgt_Oddball

has no one spotted the elephant in the room?

He stated that Apple pretty much said they have to use brand x equipment then find out the kits not up to snuff because they haven't had the opportunity to either build or spec their own kit? Not too mention changing the the requirements. It's a pain in the arse with software dev, but when you're buying expensive bits of specialist kit that won't cut it to change the plans or requirements. Basically it's like a government it project.

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