* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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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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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

Sgt_Oddball

I still wear a watch.

I'm still partial to wearing a mechanical winding watch only, there's this funny turn o' the century tech where it wind's itself up just by bring on my wrist. Is that so hard? Also I would only consider a smart watch if I could have it as a pocket watch on a chain. It'd be much easier to use over all and would allow for a larger battery. Or is that just too practical?

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Google Glass pics will BAFFLE admirers: Nudge nudge, WINK WINK

Sgt_Oddball
Boffin

I'd be interested only..

When they come in a fetching combination of red and green lenses (one round, one rectangular) for outlaw journo types..

On that note photo's of attackers may just be of the police unhappy with said journo.

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

Sgt_Oddball
Meh

Sooo what does that make me?

I've been online since the days of dial-up (Freeserve anyone? and still has an email address tided to it, albeit at my parents house) and had a compy since I was 5 or 6 ( a venerable VIC20) and I'm still not in my 30's yet. What of us?!

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Microsoft holds off on shooting Windows Live Messenger

Sgt_Oddball
FAIL

And to hell with the business user

At work we use messenger because it allows our sales and purchasing to multi-task as well as allows us (communicating in a quicker way than email for example) and above all else we could easily store logs on a central server so we have proof of whats been said, it also didn't have to have the calling facility forced on everyone.

However with Skype, phone/video calls are unblockable on a network level and only doable on a machine level, there's also no way of centralising messenger logs for storage and best of all was microsoft's response to asking if it could be done, was No, why would you and we have no intention of even entertaining the idea?

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El Reg contemplates the ultimate cuppa

Sgt_Oddball
Pint

on foriegn travels..

I can highly recommend BOH gold blend available either loose or in individual foil wrapped bags from the common highlands of Malaysia . However don't drink the stuff where the plantation is, the local water makes it taste foul, wait until back in gods county (yorkshire for the southernly inclined) where most local waters have limestone dissolved in which lends a sweetness otherwise lacking.

same applies to yorkshire tea, wonderful in the country tastes crap everywhere else (a childhood with the parents caravaning lends onhand experience to to this fact) . I would also assume this applies in reverse to several teas which is probably why I can't abide earl gray.

(beer because I miss my old job where tea was a soft option and drinking at work wasn't frowned upon)

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Microsoft ends Mac users' Windows Phone 8 misery

Sgt_Oddball

To be fare

I think it's just a case of tit-for-tat over iTunes on windows for it's first few (haha...) iterations.

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Dry martini, shaken not stirred: Cracking the physics of Bond's martini

Sgt_Oddball

For a nice twist

Replace the Gordons with Millars Gin, use pinky (rose pettle) vodka, wet the ice with the Lillet first and shake with a sliced stawberry, pour into a chilled martini glass and run the rim with a single blackcurrent. You'll be very pleasently suprised by the resulting twist on the vespa (though it does look abit girly I suppose)

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War On Standby: Do the figures actually stack up?

Sgt_Oddball
WTF?

I wonder....

As a thought did they state in the report that the recording equipment was on a separate unmonitored power supply? Or was this at least accounted for? Could this account for the rather high figure given? Also as with regards to power consumption at 0300 - 0400 what if there was a couple of shiftworker households? They would skew the results somewhat since there would be a chance of them being awake at this time of night..

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Microsoft to devs: Don't ruin Win 8 launch with crap code

Sgt_Oddball
Facepalm

Wait, wait, i remember this one!

Has MS not learned anything? It's history repeating it's self again in that vista came out, got hated windows 7 came out and was good enough so got accepted... is MS pushing out something massively crap to make IT admins hiss like (true) vampires infront of a cross only to release a version that works within 2 years? Also if this comes true, I reserve the right to post the comment of 'Called it!' without mocking..

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Ten... Qwerty mobiles

Sgt_Oddball

What? No desire Z?

Of all the recent 'qwerty' phones I thought (and still think owing to owning one, bias I know but still) that the desire z was one of the best comprimises since it's got both a nice usable screen size and still has a decent keyboard, which i rather like since for work I can vnc into my work station and actually code if need be (massive geek angle I know) which nothing else can touch since i can use the thumb slider for a mouse, have a large(ish) screen and still type.

Yes, I know I'm not going to do a days work on it, but if a critical servers down and your actually having a work/life balance then it's a godsend for coaxing a system back into life until Monday morning

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What should a sci-fi spaceship REALLY look like?

Sgt_Oddball

The oversized elephant in the room

Has anyone thought of Red Dwarf yet? A behemoth of a ship, designed to never touch atmosphere, collect hydrogen from a frontal scoop and took so long to build in space that the exterior hull is a mass of different design styles and new ideas thought up while the ship was being built.

It was also designed to consume astroids whole by attaching them to the exterior of the hull and have it be processed there.

As for up or down, that all depends on what angle on the six sided ship you approach it from and is mearly a matter of perspective.

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HTC exposes customers' privates

Sgt_Oddball
Unhappy

Joy.......*sigh*

Just got my phone back last week after complaining about where the hell the thing was (after being 5 days later than I was promised) and have been promised the aforementioned free accessory (helpful since i was considering a spare battery anyways) but while being in contact with them through the email system (I like keep copies of what was said) only to have 3 separate people reply back with almost the same info (though 3 separate dates for when the phone would come back) and randomly mention of sending my headphones back which I had never mentioned nor sent back with the phone, which well was very worrisome and now the system could be hacked by guessing other ticket details...

To put it mildly this has drastically effected my oppions of HTC whom I was pretty happy with upto this point

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iPhone 4 SURVIVES plunge from plane

Sgt_Oddball
Jobs Halo

Give me 4ft and I'll total it

Having seen what my local gyms locker rooms do to pretty much anything (including the face of a watch rated at 100m depth) I'd hazard a guess that the tile floor there would kill it (or at least knacker the screen).

That being said kudos for the survival, now who wants to take it to 10,000 ft and throw it out?

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South West Trains puts squeeze on commuters

Sgt_Oddball
Thumb Down

Consider yourselves lucky

Noting a rather large southern bias I'd like to point out that the same train types have been in service with Metro on the Leeds to Skipton line for about 4-5 years (if memory serves though there's probably some train nut who can give a date and time) of which these have had the same seating configuration since launched. Yes, they're damned uncomfortable when you try to fit the seats to maximum occupancy but what tends to happen is out of politeness some of us stand rather than sit and make everyone uncomfortable.

That and any complaints about the seating have never caught any media's attention before so I'd advise some British stiff upper lip going on as I doubt the seatings going to change anytime soon

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Fukushima one week on: Situation 'stable', says IAEA

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Urmmm arn't we forgetting something?

With regards to the powerstation and the cost of decommissioning the plant. It was scheduled to happen in the near future anyway, it's just come sooner than anticipated. It's also a plant that's been around for 40 over years to which when it's coming to the end of it's life is there honestly a point to putting a massive cost in upgrading it's cooling system and increasing the hight of a seawall which was considered more than adequate for predicted tsunamis.

A 9.0 earthquake and it's consequences are highly unusual occurrences to which just like in any country cost has to be balanced with risk. In this case, the Japanese came close to losing but did not.

Yes lessons will be learned but the tech has since moved on and as the plant has shown if old designs can hold up (more or less before the generators where knocked out. Place them higher or even underground with sufficient drainage and water tight exhaust ports to survive the time the water takes to retreat) then more advanced reactors should be able to ride out similar events without issue.

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Apple tightens rules for iPad news delivery

Sgt_Oddball
Jobs Horns

Baaaa

When will the greater public see Apple for the greedy, two faced company it's becoming?

"oooh it looks nice" is starting to sound like the "Devils got the best tunes" argument more and more each day, as they push for 'open standards' while pushing more and more customers/developers/content providers for every penny they can by restricting what they can and can't do with each successive generation of iProducts and yet because It all looks so nice and is so easy to open your wallet to they let Apple get away with it.

No one else could possibly abuse their position like apple anymore and one day it will cause them to fall from grace just like Microsoft did.

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Microsoft opens playpen for 'unstable' web standards

Sgt_Oddball

Shock, horror....

Personally I don't have a problem with this as it shows Microsoft are changing, they seem to have smarter, more capable people working for them the past few years (as opposed to the vista days) who can at least see which way the winds blowing and fine they may still do something their own way but hows that any different from what anyone else is doing? At least they're not hiding what they're upto (a la ie5 breaking some beautifully written bit of html, javascript or even for the sake of irony ASP) and giving developers a chance to have some input into what's happening with the browser.

However to truly move forward Quxy has a point in that ie should be platform independent which I don't think is beyond their powers and may actually garner some market share (from those sick of how flaky safari can be for example)

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