* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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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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Coat

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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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

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Re: du -sh

The point about the server in question running out of space sounds more plausible.

Either that or the file system involved hit it's folder/file limit.

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Philae warms up nicely, sends home second burst of data

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Re: Bounce

Though European, natch.

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Super Cali goes ballistic – Uber says it's bogus (even though its contract is something quite atrocious)

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Re: As good as this ruling may be .....

Consistency? From the law?! Pull the other one (it's got Lawers on it)

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Apple CORED: Boffins reveal password-killer 0-days for iOS and OS X

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Re: Don't think Apple's got it where proper OS design is any more

So does this mean we're heading towards a moment where "Le gasp" windows might, possibly, at the very edge of reason be more secure than osx?

Who'd've thunk it.

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Chrome on Mac sucks (electrons), says Google, so we'll fix it

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Re: Refusenik

So not a fan of the ask toolbar?

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Fire, fire! Just move your data centre onto my lawn ... Oh rats!

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Hope he got a receipt...

The power bills must have a tad high the next quarter...

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Entertaining prospect: Amazon Fire TV Stick

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Re: Plex on a NOW TV box third the price

There's only two things I can fault the now TV box for and that's only being 720p (though our TV is first gen lcd hd and only goes to 1080i anyways so no great loss) and you can't get Netflix on it (again not much of about issue since I've never bothered with Netflix anyway)

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Denon delivers low-cost DTS:X AV kit. Finally Dolby Atmos gets some competition

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I'd second that, had a different onkyo system that started bugging out and wouldn't come out of standby without doing a reset. Plus the remote died after my eldest tried eating it.

So back to a 1976 pioneer sa-500 II with a/b speaker loops. Just the thing for multi room setups (did require a rewire though to upgrade the speaker terminals to proper posts though). Bloody things bomb proof and sounds more alive than the onkyo ever did.

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Re: Modern Applications

It's even more pointless on 2+ screens. Always seems massively disjointed when the tiles menu only covers one screen.

Always felt like it should cover the whole lot so you've got less horizontal scrolling to sort out.

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Re: Nothing wrong with the modern interface

There are things missing from the mail app though. (same with Outlook on Android) namely folders and rules.

I like have all my eBay receipts in one folder and other odds and sods filtered out into others but the mail app is missing what's been perfectly functional for the 10+ years through the Web site. (and yes I know it's passe to have any ms email account but it's been going for 17 years and I'm loath to push that many emails elsewhere.)

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Vintage Ask toolbar is malware – and we'll kill Jeeves, says Microsoft

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so that's what happened...

I wondered where evil Jeeves had gotten to.

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'Stolen' art found on nearby shelf. Police keep looking anyway

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The crown Prince of Austria does that in one of his palaces (along with the world's most expensive item of furniture) wonderful looking library but only open for 2 hours a month.

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amateur...

All you need is A pen and paper. The disk means next to nothing, it's all about the keys (I did used to use a maps pack licence for win 7 but since found a load of discarded pc's with usable licence keys...the joys of techy bin diving).

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Festival tech: Charge your mobe while you queue for a pee

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Besides, would you really want to have to explain that to the security if they're feeling bored enough for a proper pat down?

I had enough issues at festivals carrying my bloody pen knife (no stone picker on that either, but then it's one of the serious victorianox penknives that have names like 'hunter', 'ground keeper' and 'mountain rescue' still the best tool I own)

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Re: This is all wrong

You missed something... a full pack of rubbers too (hope springs eternal)

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Some Dutch shops..

There's a Morrisons local near use that allows coins to be dumped in on mass that's quite pleasent to use.

Still think the m&s ones work the best so far (sainsburys or tesco being the worst since by all accounts the damned things behave like you're a thief on the slightest variable outside of its limited range of obnoxious programming).

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

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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

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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

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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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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'

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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

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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

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Re: Hrumph

Now the shits really hit the fan.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Re: The fallacy of "productivity"

That sounds like communism! </sarcasm>

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