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24 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010

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

Sgt_Oddball
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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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Minister 'C*nt' promises £50m to get fabtastic fibre for all

Sgt_Oddball
Unhappy

What about us in the cities?

As a bone of contention with all this you never hear any mention of uprating the speed for those of us living in city centres (rather than in the 'burbs where it's somewhat easier to dig roads up)? It's rather frustraing that most of the flats around were I live have cable instations in the infrastructure of the building but nothing to connect to.

I fear that with the advent of super fast broadband that again we'll be left out again(when these days there are as many people living in most city centres than live in large towns).

ADSL as well isn't so bad but again the best we can round Leeds is 14 mb (estimated from BT) which I know is better than some but when you go round student areas they have at least 20mb from cable available on the cheap.

Unhappy because, well, we should have had 'super fast' broadband over 10 years ago but still nothing.

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Apple demonstrates how to do touchscreen desktops

Sgt_Oddball

Wait a minute....

Is it just me or does the hand touching the mac look alot like Adams hand in the "Creation of Adam" by Michael Angelo?

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Online car rental service hit by monopoly probe

Sgt_Oddball

Well.....

If the OFT want to get involved fine, but considering there are other cities further north (in England at least, as yes I know they have one in Glasgow) than Bristol. Some competition round our way would be nice to see (seen as currently there's only citycarclub, which used to be whizzgo)

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Apple as a religion: How the iPhone became divine

Sgt_Oddball

If Apple is a religion then does that mean there will be an schism?

Pretty much every religion that takes off at somepoint has a schism, while it maybe believed that Apple already had this when Jobs took off to the wilderness I think this is more in line with the cult merely being lost. Does this mean that at somepoint there will be more than one competing fan base for Apple or did it already happen with the introduction of the iPod and all that followed (in that it allowed more to convert to Apple without having the full iMac/Powermac etc)

On a separate note, isn't a key cornerstone of any organised religion is to make the believers feel that they are superior? (Morally if nothing else) which you have to admit, Apple (and Jobs especially) does this in style.

Not to mention if you own an iPad or iPhone then you can only run that which hast been blessed by Apple (and you get a specially kind of damning if you even try to push smut onto the devices as it's seen as being unclean)

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Futurologist warns of malevolent dust menace

Sgt_Oddball
FAIL

Does no one read comics?

Saying the idea was first put forward in His Dark Materials is rubbish, for one the transmetropolitan series of comics by Dark horse publishing had such dust kicking around (it killed the main character in the end having been exposed to the stuff twice) not to mention Arthur C Clarke wrote a short story about such things in the 60's.

If you want to predict our doom and gloom, please come up with something either mildly original or believable/likely then we might pay attention

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Virginia cops liberate bound goat from car trunk

Sgt_Oddball
FAIL

Clean up

I believe the mistake may have come from listening to Future of the left 's song 'You need Satan more than he needs you' specifically 'Clean up, fetch the goat, is there somewhere he can travel in the boot?'

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DIMENSIONAL PORTAL INCURSION AT THE LHC!

Sgt_Oddball
Flame

Explosions?

Does that mean that the LHC has a stockpile of red barrels kicking around? I would have thought those things would have been banned for being a health and safety risk

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French mock British G-spot probe

Sgt_Oddball
Boffin

Maybe an international effort?

Instead of the French mocking us for a study which hasn't come up with a definitive answer why don't they have a crack at themselves?

On that note get as many countries as possible involved, maybe even using testers from one country to subjects from another?

It should also be questioned as to if the subject believes in the G-spot to start with and if they believe in one afterwards, no?

And what of 'that time of month'? Could the G-spot be a physiological effect to the body's own natural rhythm?

On a final note, after years of meticulous research, my girl friend from the other side of the world believes I've found hers.. takes awhile to get the knack right but once you got it......

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