* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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Take two mobes into the shower? I didn't before, but I do now

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Mmmm no...

Why is this a separate device rather than say.... a smart phone case? Also how does it manage with network lockdown, data and SMS/MMS? Questions, questions....

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Glaring flaw in Apple car hype-gasm: The iGiant likes to make money

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Wait a minute....

Does this mean they're going to put apple maps as the default GPS?

Just when you thought it was safe to go back on the roads </sarcasm>

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All aboard the Skylake: How Intel stopped worrying and learned to love overclocking

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Dare to dream..

Might finally have a new bit of kit worth saving for to see if I can top 5ghz on air (again).

Just hope it proves as mighty as my venerable 2500k (worth noting it cooked a corsair h80i.... And still works solidly on my my old air cooler if a tad noisy)

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Camera-carrying DOLPHIN SPY caught off Gaza

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Re: Whatever next?

Sea-breams with c-beams?

Mines the one that glitters in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate...

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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Makes you wonder.

If we can grow a brain in a jar (for want of a better term) would we be able to start mapping synaptic pathways?

If so, while that's going on would it not make sense to induce a coma before waking the backup/clone/new being with handpicked memories.

Yes the science right now is creepy, unnerving and ethically questionable but it leaves alot of possibilities open.

Imagine sending a space craft with hundreds of templates ready to go. Turn up at star system and if suitable recreate the crew from scratch. None of that messy mass freezing/awkward relativistic issues/generational ships.

And that's just for starters.

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China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Re: Woah. Thank $DEITY for $REDACTED Freedom of the Press

Not for lack of trying. And if your in the media spot light doing so just paints a target big enough to see from space on your back.

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More UK broadband for bumpkins, but have-nots still ain’t happy

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For the longest time my old flat the centre of Leeds (less than 800 yards from the exchange) couldn't get infinity nor did they plan to (we had a cabinet in the basement but no dice from by).

I now live in the 'burbs and infinity was ready and waiting.

Now I've just got the matter of the works net connection in a light industrial unit on the edge of a satellite town. Bt have pretty much said sod off we can't be arsed. Despite the local cabinet being just up the road and it being a newish set of buildings that should have had the fiber in to start with.

But hey ho. 2mb for 12 people is plenty. And it's not like we're uploading whole websites with high quality images... Oh wait.

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Er, uh ... sorry! Project Ara will not launch this year after all

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Re: I can't see an use for this

I must admit I really miss my old HTC desire z for the clamshell keyboard jobbie. Shame they stopped doing such a useful phone (really handy for rdp to a server when out and about since you've not got a keyboard taking half the screen.)

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Microsoft VBA Error

Unix printer error 0; printer is on fire. Is still a personal favourite.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Re: Plumbing's easy.

That sounds like the sink I in my old flat.

The washing machine would cause the water to get air locked and then pop the pipes open.

Cue removal of the open section it drained into and put a pipe connector in, then duct tape to keep the whole thing together when pressure builds up. Oh a brick to make sure it doesn't sag too much and leak from the cheap pushfit pipping that the original plumbers used when converting the place.

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Windows 10 Start menu replacements shifting like hot cakes

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Re: Hardly surprising

In my case, heavy profanity, threats of violence and occasional pleading.

Serves me right for trying to use it while driving. (though in fairness it works great with Google maps, just shit when you want it to send a text.... Nee.'is this OK to send?' I dunno I can't read it right now on account of trying not rear end some audi driving <redacted> who's just over taken my junker and braked hard because... Reasons. Oh and I really wish it would work with the radio iplayer app.but never mind )

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It's Suntory time: Japanese whisky to be distilled in SPAAAAACE

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Re: Risky Experiment [Geddit?!]

Then there's some of the more interesting distillers doing 3 year old scotch, very young but leaves more of the grain flavour in.

As for calling all yank whiskey piss is an insult. I'd advise you seek out some pappy van winkle bourbon and see what can happen if someone pays attention (though don't bother with the 23/25 year old, the 20 and 15 is where it's at).

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German railways upgrade their comms tech from 2G to 4G

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Re: Oh, so the comms is the problem?

Oh come now, you southerners think the trains are only crap down south. The most congested route is the trans-pennine express from Liverpool to Newcastle (the worst being York to Manchester, you end up standing ontop of the standing people. Sort of looks like the Japanese railways at times). Which recently had trains stolen from them for the hard pressed southern rail.......

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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It exsited long before then, Warren Ellis being an all seeing sage for the as age with his transmetropolitan comic. (come now, the world needs a crack addled junky reporter able to talk politians to doing the world a favour with naught but a phone and enough cigarettes to keep Cuba in milk and honey, and welll you get the idea)

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Re: I wish politicians would learn...

I thought you just asked the teachers for it? Both music (easyworld -everyone knows) and Popular culture (breaking bad) says so, so it must be true.

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The Breakfast (Table) of Champions: Micro Machines

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Floppies at dawn...

Ahhh memories of my amiga 1200 playing against friends on this. That and the original worms (with the extra voices for the 1200 natch.)...

Really should buy one off ebay but then how much the cost of nostalgia? And how gutted when I find out I'm shit at all the games? (That and finding a python joystick would be next to impossible)

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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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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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