* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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We put Windows 10 on a small fondleslab: STILL not ready, 3 days to go

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Re: Pester Power

Don't even get me started on the Android iplayer radio...

They still seem incapable of having the shows displayed in either vertical or horizontal, the downloads still insists on starting at the top rather than where you last left it (very annoying since there's no way to group shows), no auto/next play capability for series and because I listen in the car I tend to have my phone plugged into the charger.. So naturally everytime I do anything with the phone (like say, adjust the volume, make a hands free call, turn the screen on.....) , iplayer picks up its ball and goes home.

I really would ditch it if it wasn't the only app in town.

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Jeep hackers broke DMCA, says EFF, and that's stupid

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Evil computers sense you’re in a hurry and mess with your head

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Re: Resistentialism

I would agree but we've got an old Epsom all in one jobbie and it's working alright (turns out the trick to make it work is an Epsom business tool to fix the ip address and stop it wandering off to a different subnet because of..... Reasons, once done it's been solid ever since bar the usual thirst for ink (ink for the ink God?))

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Never...

Let any mechanical device know you are in a hurry.

Thats a law thats as old as the hills Mr dabs...

Also I'd love to see you attempt to dismantle the printers at my old work... Hp late 90s laser jets. More metal in em than the seven bridge. Though my new works got an a3 printer that doesn't print because the scanner in it won't play ball any more. I mean really.. The bit that gets used the least and doesn't matter much if it doesn't work has killed it.

Maybe dabs is right. There's a war going on and we're losing.

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The Great Barrier Relief – Inside London's heavy metal and concrete defence act

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Re: Soooo ermmm

I posted it from the m. Site no icons to had (which is quite annoying but hey ho).

But hey I've fixed it with the reason the balls were made in the first place.

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Soooo ermmm

Not to sound like a broken record but any chance some more northern geeks guides could get done? How about the Humber bridge? Or RAF Fylingdales (though it's not the same since the golf balls went). Or the manc's science museum (I'd also advise a brief detour to the pen museum too if your in the area). I'm sure there's other things too well worth a nosy that isn't in the south of the UK... Just saying.

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べーコンはどこですか? demands post-pub nosh fan

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Re: 私は日本語が話せませんが、私は翻訳、オンライン使用することができます。また、ベーコン。

But what has a confectioners of seaside rock and other treats ever done to the yanks? (incidentally the factories outside Bridlington not Grimsby.)

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Robot surgeons kill 144 patients, hurt 1,391, malfunction 8,061 times

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Re: I think you ought to know...

I've calculated your chance of survival, but I don't think you'll like it...

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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Ee are the same...

I remember being sent a new router of their's so I thought I'd give it try since the WiFi in our flat was crap.

Cue the damn thing overheating and cutting out (alot) plus being slower than our 8 year old wanadoo box (3rd party routers didn't come with the voip 2nd line with free calls abroad).

I finally hung the phone up on the tech support after he asked if I'd installed any new anti virus on my computer... To which I pointed out I've get three on different os's plus a couple of phones but he still insisted that an anti virus package was to blame...and this was after explaining every bloody thing I'd tried gone over and discounted.

Oddly the vdsl router we've got know had been pretty rock solid plus some nice advanced features for a supplied box. Shame the dynamic dns bit doesn't work but I've got a script on my server to sort that out instead.

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Re: Lawyer magic word...

Stop giving them ideas.....

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Your security is just dandy, Apple Pay, but here comes Android

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Re: Existing cards

That couldn't happen with Apple Pay yet.

FTFY

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Dive deep into our liquid cooling chat. Just the thing for sticky summers

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Only...

10% I'd be quite disappointed with. My current system manages 61% (though only once it's started up doesn't like to boot up stably that fast. ) on air no less.

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

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I'd rather not..

My desktop is getting on for 3+ years old but I doubt I could get the warm feeling of 5ghz out of newer hardware without paying silly money. Besides, my kits been running the beta win 10 plus a couple of severs and win 8 host without any issue what so ever (though the ssd does make a difference) now my laptop that's getting replaced soon... I've had enough of the damn thing being slow on 8 but it is 9 years old...

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From doodles to designs – sketch it out with a stylish stylus

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Re: Because no self respecting...

My point exactly. Down votes be damned.

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Because no self respecting...

Designer (and I use the term loosely) would be caught thinking any more differently than an apple (of any kind).

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PLUTO SPACE WHALE starts to give up its secrets

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Are you ready for you close up?

Smile for the camera now Pluto, not long now.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Re: Server: Microsoft-IIS/6.0

Now, now...if you try you can get iis 6 working on server 2008/r2.

Why is another matter.

(it's also this kind of slackness as to why mine doesn't give any headers back bar clacks overhead (natch.))

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Nissan Juke Nismo RS: Family hot-hatch SUV that looks a bit like Darth Vader's hat

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Re: Working vehicles

I too own a Toyota corolla estate and it's astonishing how much can be piled into one when you try. Also helps that the seats fold down flat and there's some clever extra storage under the boot deck for the parcel shelf and the likes.

Managed a house move using it and only hired a van for the really big stuff and so I could take passengers.

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Canadian dirtbag jailed for SWAT'ing, doxing women gamers

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Re: Sounds like an ideal candidate

1meg? Far too generous. Give em dial up. That should make them try and deal with conflict resolution in a socially acceptable way.... Or kill each other.

Or even learn to play lan games.but that's pushing things.

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NASA pops open a big can of red planet whup-ass with Mars Trek

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Soooo ermmm

When can we go visit for a long weekend and that sort of thing?

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Uber to drivers: You make a ton of dosh for us – but that doesn't make you employees

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Re: Wrong subtitle Reg

I thought that one had already been done?

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WATCH OUT! Amazon hauled back to court in Special Ops wristjob ding-dong

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Re: Tee hee...

The strange thing is the job I look at with most fond memories was a retail job... but then It was perfectly fine to drink while serving. Even to the point where we once did half a shift 2 drinks from horizontal (the tills came up perfectly though which is all the more confusing).

I miss my wine merchant days... still at least I can afford to buy the drink now instead of hoping to beg some off a rep.

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Tee hee...

"reasonably prudent shopper" that's a hell of an assumption. Especially in land of the free. Has this judge never read the tales of retail woe at notalwaysright? Customers can be idiots and not making it clear that something isn't stocked is grounds I would say for a complaint. Especially if what's been offered is skirting very close to trademark/registered design infringement.

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Robot SHOOTS into the air with hot gas from its soft round behind

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I for one....

Welcome our new arse blasting overlords....

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PLUTO: The FINAL FRONTIER – best image yet of remote, icy dwarf planet REVEALED

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Re: PLUTO: the FINAL FRONTIER ???

Hail Eris, hail discordia....

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Router cockup grounds United Airlines flights WORLDWIDE

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Now now...

How many ADSL filters can you find on short notice?

Or if you've unplugged the wrong network cable in a rats nest comms cabinet?

Either that or a guitar finally had its revenge....

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'The server broke and so did my back on the flight to fix it'

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I always wondered why eBay seems to do good business on dead hard drives.

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Re: The trouble with backs

Back I don't mind so much. My neck and previously broken ribs are what does it for me.

Having to keep your head bolt upright gets very annoying after a while but the ribs like to remind you their broken every now and again for no good reason (and usually only solved so I can breathe again my hitting my chest. Looking like I'm beating myself up)

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What Murphy’s law has to teach you about data centres

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Re: This story is very relevant

My mother works in a school where the servers where on UPS's along with a few semi critical pc's (like the head teachers..) and local contractors managed to tear through the buried power cables outside... one big bang later and no UPS's... or servers as it turned out as the UPS's where massively underspecced for the job (yet of course cost 2 times as much as a better one I could have picked up online) and about £10,000 of computer equipment got toasted.

Lots of shouting on that one...

I've also had the pleasure of witnessing a fibre upgrade (my old workplace had 4 fibre cables into the premises for just this sort of switch over) and lots of head scratching as to why it wasn't working (turns out they hadn't turned on the switch at the exchange end. Fancy that...).

And don't even get me started on dealing with the IT support contractors at the place I work at now. Getting a technical answer out of them that isn't condescending, wrong or avoiding answering the bloody question is like getting blood from a stone (or data... both applies I suppose).

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Microsoft to release Visual Studio 2015 ahead of Windows 10

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I for one welcome our new open source overlords.

Admittedly its been far too long since I worked on .Net in anger (ended up working on asp classic for a while. Long story but even that horse isn't dead,now playing with node.js too).

But from every thing I've seen,. Net is finally grown up to something that plays nice with others and for asp.net can make some pretty good sites. Even the default gives you enough to whip up a site in 30 mins.

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Rosetta spots potholes IN SPAAACE: Someone call the galactic council

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I wonder how many holes ...

Is it more than would fill the Albert Hall?

Mines the blue velvet Sargents coat.

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It's all downhill from here: Avalanche spins STT-RAM

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Will no one think of the marketers?

There's so many different competing replacements for ram/storage where will the fun end and we get down to having an actual workable solution instead of all these different routes to the sane problem.

Besides once any of this stuff hits the market it'll be a few years before it can even start to get utilised fully.

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Goodbye Vulcan: Blighty's nuclear bomber retires for the last time

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She's still a beaut..

Saw her on Saturday flying over Scarborough. Still amazes me how much noise she could make then go silent (it was eerie to put it mildly). Still, a fine display of flying and good just to watch her fly. Shame she didn't hang around long though.

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Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises

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Re: Self confessed audiophile

So you're calling Steve Albini a moron? That's bold... Same goes for elbow (who also control vinyl releases).

Not every band jumps on the band wagon because it's hip. I do have other releases that aren't as good (blue's parklife being one), I've also got a few radiohead albums (such as King of limbs and kid a) which pulls out more detail from the music and I've lost count howmany times I've lost myself in kid a and I'd still pick the vinyl over the cd copy I've got..

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Self confessed audiophile

I've started to record music directly off my record player and encode in flac and there are albums where I have both the cd and record (even some where I've downloaded the mp3s version as well) and it's amazing what a difference it can make on a well setup system (1970s amp, wharfdale diamond speakers and a numark ttx to hold up against my 2 year old trying to play with it, external sound card with phono in/out and cd deck) some radiohead albums sound massively different on vinyl and I know the mclusky re-releases got remastered and it shows.

It's worth the effort if you live your music.

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That man told me to stuff a ROLE up my USER ENTRY!

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The real trick is....

Having worked at peon grade in a previous life (one involving a phone and legalities to work in the financial sector), there was 3 different systems to play with all of which I supposed to have the lowest of the low access level. You'd still be amazed at how far into the main frame I could dig to chase missing transaction (to this day I have to wonder how many international banks intentionally lose transfers just to get the interest on it). There's always a way around things if you dig long enough.

Might also explain why when I asked to leave the job I was walked out by two security guards. Thanks arseholes...make me look like a criminal did doing a better job than even some of the managers (no good deed goes unpunished and all that)

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Re: Horrible at names too

Do you end up at parties (I've reached that age where parties have wine that costs over a fiver and have a cheese course..rather than scrumpy and casual sex. Sad times) had an indepth hour long conservation and then got asked by the wife ' who was that then? ' to the now stock response of 'no idea.' I don't even ask now but somehow she always manages to figure who the hell it was I conversed with.

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Britain beats back Argies over Falklands online land grab

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Stop me if you've heard this one before.

That sounds oddly familiar. I feel like I've heard that one before. Something about the Americas as a whole and a desire to fight where there's oil.

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DEATH by VEGETABLES: Woman charged with killing boyf using carrots. And peas

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Good job it cut the mustard then.

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Re: EVERYTHING* can be bought in a can

You've never heard of hákarl then. It's considered an offence to open it in someplaces as well as being banned from handcarry on airflights.

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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Re: Oi, reg! Show us some love.

I will admit to thinking more northern still than the Midlands. And flights Tim? We're not that far away.

That said, flyings still probably quicker than the train. (heaven forbid you should need to go from Liverpool to Newcastle. Cattle class all the way)

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Oi, reg! Show us some love.

There's more to IT in the UK than London.

Any chance of seeing anything like this further north?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Re: One big problem

Ha! My last work place managed 3 in 7 months. The worst being 9 hours outage.

The virgin fibre stayed up throughout though. Amazing what paying more in a month than I earned in a year did for support.

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BT hit by data centre fire: Some ISPs just love watching the net BURN

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It depends..

Any good server raid array should have a battery backup and a ram cache for just such a reason.

On the domestic level I can attest to SanDisks business ssd's write cache does a very similar thing onboard which had worked wonders everytime my 2 year old had managed to pull out the power cable from my desktop. (never underestimate the destructive powers of a toddler)

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Ex-Microsoft chief rolls elastic-SQL challenge to Amazon Redshift

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Data anal?

Sounds painful, though I suppose it depends on just how big your big data is....

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Guy puts 1990s MacOS 7 on an Apple Watch – without jailbreaking it

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Retro...

Because talking into your wrist like Dick Tracy is just too mainstream.

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This whopping 16-bit computer processor is being built by hand, transistor by transistor

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Re: Yes!

If it helps I remember managing to make a desk calculator (not this beasty but still) getting binary to work on a hardware level is not easy but really fun (for the geeky types anyways)

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BlackBerry boss vows to keep making phones

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I know there's still people buying them

Saw an actual bb passport on the train the other day. It was being used by a member of the blue rinse brigade though... Not sure what that says about their customer Base.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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He's got a point.

Since we had kids my wife went from 4.5 days a week to 3 where as I moved jobs to a bigger pay packet (for less stress too I might add).

When they start primary school we have agreed that she'll go back to 4. 5/5 days a week and I might start freelancing to give me more flexible hours so I can pick them up ect. But by that point I expect to have a few ideas to launch and see if I can make something of them too.

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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Re: Hang on a minute

Does that equate to each time you encode it or eternally? Reason I ask is its not unknown to lose my mp3s or they get corrupted in some way and I then reencode them or when flac came out and a few choice albums got copied again.

Does that mean i'd need to pay each time I moved things around?

What about promo cds I get from the local record store? (which one of the lables also offers the same promo cds online as a download) would I have to pay for something given away?

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