* Posts by Stevie

6016 posts • joined 12 Jun 2008

Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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Bah!

I *knew* this would turn out to be a videogame-based spat gone large.

Now tell me again how a kid who makes threats over the phone to someone's wife is not a potential lethal threat.

These f*cking people have no connect. They seem incapable of working out the direct consequences of their actions, of if they can, they don't care.

Either way: to the organbanks with them. There must be needing people out there who won't be such a waste of organic matter.

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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Bah!

That it was all a trick is of little surprise to anyone armed with a brain and everyday experience of the laws of physics.

Seriously. People thought this was doable without a mechanical support?

The IQ generation strikes again.

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Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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"ABS Calibration"?

Shenanigans.

The ABS should only kick in when a wheel locks up. There is no suggestion the car is leaving huge rubber skidmarks during the tests.

What is happening is better described by the phrase "the brakes don't work adequately".

I predict a recall.

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Boffins detect antimatter thundering down from Hurricane Patricia

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Bah!

I just watched the movie "Dunkirk" and read " Hurricane Hunter aircraft" as "Hawker Hurricane aircraft".

Several milliseconds of confusion resulted while mash-up footage of The Battle of Britain/Sharknado ran in Mr Brain.

"Bandits at 2 o'clock, looks like a squadron of great whites! Tally ho!"

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Bah!

My first experience with a GoPro was installing the SD card sold to me with the camera only to find after a bunch of mysterious messages that this particular card was too big for the GoPro. The manual was of minimal help, and reading it made matters no better.

As for all you armchair astronauts that are second guessing someone on mission and offering advice: You know what you can do, and the same goes for your horses.

Calling an astronaut stupid says more about your intelligence than the astronauts.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Re: Keyboard player out of Sparks.

Well I ain't leaving.

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Re: Conspiracy Theories?

Yes. It's the difference between "a conspiracy" and "A conspiracy theory" that generates the contempt.

An example of the first would be the Yalta Agreement.

An example of the second would be The Birther twatism, anything said about the WTC by someone who is not versed in materials science, anything said online about anything political.

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Re: on the dark side of the moon

You'll be showing us your snapchat shot of the other side of the Moon to prove this?

And if it's like you say, why did the NASA ground crews speak of the "communications blackout" when the space craft went to the part we never see? Eh? Eh?

Pauses to smooth down hair and regain control

Absent a spaceship with a camera, no-one on the Earth will ever see the backside of the Moon, and when they *can* see the Moon, the other side is always dark because the Sun is shining on the part we *can* see.

So you may be right half the time, but it is the half when no-one cares. No-one at all. No-one suddenly sits up at their desk in the middle of the day and thinks "the far side of the moon may be fully lit right now" because no-one really thinks about the moon unless:

a) They can see it - far side dark.

2) They are watching Space 1999 or 2001 A Space Odyssey on the telly - not the real Moon; doesn't count

+) They are paid to think about the Moon - same crowd who re-named Pluto not a planet; beneath contempt

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Bah!

Finally! Proof positive that Hitler was cloned.

The real one is alive and well on the far side of the Moon of course.

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Re:no mention of male appendages

Trudat.

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Re: Obligatory

I've had many gel lead/acid batteries swell and split. No liquid ones though. My guess is that an internal short forms and heats the gel. A liquid battery "just" boils off the acid until it is gone, which is why you want unsealed ones.

A colleague had a car battery explode when he did the wrench-short across the terminals thing while working on his car. Wrench welded itself to the terminals in sparrow's fart time, and the battery electrolyte boiled merrily until the casing burst/slagged (not sure which) and the various steamy vapours touched the white-hot wrench and ignited.

He walked around with a haunted expression for years afterward.

I also worked with someone some years back who had a mini like mine with the battery under the back seat. His son did some work on it in order to earn car-borrowing privs, and unfortunately left the spanner on one of the battery terminal tightening bolts before closing the seat. The spanner slowly worked its way across both terminals and provided much excitement a few days later as my friend drove to work. Luckily it didn't do the welding-itself-to-the-posts thing, how we never figured out, but the sparking, burning and driver-screaming-like-a-litlle-girl were still impressive, I was told.

Years later this same guy lifted the engine out of the mini and discovered a socket wrench that had been sitting on the front sub-frame for years, also down to the kid.

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I have to say I'm a bit puzzled by the scaredy-cat reaction to the UPS situation and lack of prep.

Knowing there were lead acid batteries involved, why was this not opened up OUTSIDE? The biggest danger would have been the venting of chlorine and possibly flammable hydrogen, which although it goes bang is loud and scary rather than dangerous in the amounts a battery can usually put out into a leaky casing like a UPS (not hermetically sealed usually - mask me how I know this), but you don't want either happening inside.

Knowing there were lead acid batteries involved, why no large pack of Baking Soda on hand? Useful for spills and preventing splashes turning into burns. Also good for stopping spilt acid from being acid. And quenching fires too.

Knowing there were corrosive chemicals involved, why no bucket of water for emergency immersive washing? Yes, water can make things worse (like with lion battery mishaps) but with lead acid jobs large amounts of water are a skin's best friend. Also good four pouring on acid spills to take the bite out of 'em. Also to stop the acid splashes from taking the paint off the director's Jag.

And most of all, why no big metal box for dropping the whole thing in until it stopped fizzing, sparking and doing it's worst? Outside this would simply be a possible cause of a phone call from the neighbors to the police/fire brigade if it all went smoky and blazey, but the important thing is it would be outside, not in the office basement.

Reminds me of the time a neighbour called the fire brigade to tell them his entertainment centre (a 1970s compact hifi thingy) was smoking. They arrived in Dennis, their fire engine, and the neighbour said "it's okay, I just unplugged it and it stopped smoking."

Two firemen, bit between their teeth and adrenaline-crazed from the drive over from the fire station elbowed him out of the way, grabbed the entertainment centre, carried it out onto the front lawn and chopped it to matchwood with their shiny axes to the amusement of onlookers.

Don't call the fire brigade if you don't mean it. They take their work seriously and love to chop stuff to bits. I mean, who wouldn't? I would if I were a fireman. It's half the fun and most of the point.

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Re: You were lucky...

*I* do Flakk.

E-beer for you.

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Sysadmin hailed as hero for deleting data from the wrong disk drive

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I plan, measure 2-3 times, break for an hour or two

Uh-huh.

Unfortunately my wife tumbled this some years ago and no longer accepts three-day estimates on shelf installations, citing "lead swinging" and using harsh words.

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Re: Cock up to triumph

I can't remember the official original impetus to build the Workmate, but it took years to arrive at the nifty machine you could buy 30 years ago. There used to be a history of the R&D with photos online.

I have several Workmates. My original has seen much trench warfare.

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Bah!

The reasons for the low uptake may indeed hinge on naff quality, but the acronyms are not helping.

"DAB". "DAB+". Might as well call it "LAAAAAAME".

And "RAJAR"? By the rules of naming stuff from initials it should be "RJAR" or "RaJAR" (You only get to make the "make it work" letters big if it is an awesome world-changer like RADAR.)

This whole fiasco conjures up visions of pipe-smoking, balding, middle aged men in brown tweed jackets c/w leather elbow patches sitting round a table wasting hours of time in "brainstorming" sessions.

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Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

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Bah!

Pfft!

Now if it had been a 1901T with a mini Westrex and a tape reader I'd have been impressed.

Seriously, I approve of this and the tone adopted by those who brought it into being.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

Signs I've seriously considered leaving for the people I share facilities with:

"The oldest man made machine in the world is very probably the hinge, which likely predates the wheel. From a simple flap of hide to the machined pin and socket affair of today, the hinge is an elegant and simple answer to the problem of how to move things out of the way so they can be moved back again reliably. This toilet seat is fitted with such a device. Use it. "

"Spreading fecal matter around the area to mark territory is normal behavior if you are a Hippopotamus. If you are a human being it is not. Stop shitting on the floor you assclown."

"If you look into this toilet bowl and see something other than water, you haven't finished flushing."

"If your toilet ritual involves shitting on the floor and then treading in the feces so you can walk it all over the floor, why not consider shitting outside with the rest of the animals?"

"If your toilet ritual involves flushing half a roll, try flushing it down in stages. Remember: If you jammed the plumbing three times in a row, chances are good the laws of physics are working against your bizarre behaviour."

"Please flush before using this toilet. Alternately, please find either a different Indian Restaurant in which to eat your weekly curry as judging by the evidence of the last month they are trying to kill you. Either way, stop leaving the contents of your bowels for everyone else to enjoy."

"If you have found the toilet jammed up and filled with the contents of the Indian Food Gourmet's bowels, flushing again will not end well for anyone. Please stop doing it you moron."

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Re: ...and did he have both his legs?

I prefer Spike Milligan's version:

The boy stood on the burning deck whence all but he had fled.

Twit.

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Avast!

I guess this Mary Ellen Carter will not be rising again.

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Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

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Bah!

All this fuss for a paltry 185 Megaquids per year.

More pathetic given that the govt is swimming in cash thanks to the 350 megaquids per week Brexit earned.

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NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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Re: particle counting

"Two hundred million, eight thousand and five, two hundred million, eight thousand and six, two hundred million, eight thousand and seven ..."

"Hey fedoraman, would you like a cup of tea?"

"Ooh yeah! Nothing like a good cup of tea!"

"No, nothing like a good cup of tea."

Sluuuurp!

"Two hundred million, eight thou ... um ... aw! One, two, three"

Thank you Eccles and Bluebottle for the script.

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Bah!

"NASA astrobiologist Daniel Glavin, author of a paper concerning amino acids in meteorites told Science magazine that the findings had caused him to rethink his research, with the acids possibly having a more earthly origin."

Or, to quote verbatim from an imagined tape of the statement: "Buggering bollocky bastard! That's my Nobel flushed down the pan! And f*ck that f*cking lab cleaning service! I'm totally suing somebody over this fiasco!"

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America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

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Re: 5...4...3...2...1...>

Jeff ... never talks about Walter and Deke.

Let's just say they were a big disappointment when it came to that fateful "Time to decide, boys: Join The Hood's Gang or go it alone with this crazy rescue thing I've been talking about with Brains over beers" conversation.

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Bah!

I remember when the Shuttle was first a reality, one commentator (an astronaut who had velcro soles on Skylab time; can't remember who, though - stupid brain) remarked wryly that the only thing that worked properly on Skylab (by unanimous astronaut opinion) was the lavatory, and that [bafflingly] NASA was using a completely new design on the Shuttle.

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Tesla forums awash with spam as mods take an unscheduled holiday

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Re: Tesla forums?

Thank you for this most useful information.

May I interest you in some herbal supplements while we are here and I am reconfiguring P3nizP1llChimp?

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Pointless US Congress net neutrality vote will take place tomorrow!

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Bah!

Snarky article from someone who's parliament still has Outlawries Bill on the agenda.

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Wanna break Microsoft's Edge browser? Google's explained how

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Bah!

Read as far as "JavaScript".

Another exploit from the boil on the backside of the Web.

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Only until the radio inspectors catch up with you.

Aha(hahahaha)! But all the technoyupps around my secret high-energy physics garage laboratory have ditched landlines for spiffy cellphones, and no-one can get any bars while the magic is happening, so calls to the Bow Street Runners are not a problem.

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Re: "Citations please. "

Ta. Looks like I have some more reading to do.

Much obliged.

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Re: Briefly before the transformer itself burnt out.

Nonsense! Tesla Coilers frequently make use of reverse-connected "pole pig" transformers to get great amounts of Magic Juice to start the process (throw the third switch, Igor) of getting a corona discharge AHAHAHAHAHA just before the contacts on the rotor catch fire (unless they are nitrogen quenched, in which event the rotor just melts) and the neighbors call the police. Sometimes science goes ARGH-ARGH-ARGH-SWITCHITOFF!

Transformers are usually tough beasties, but if you keep enough air moving over them they shouldn't burst just because you are powering the secondary (which in your case has fewer, thicker turns). For real fun arrange for the new secondary to stand above the new primary with air coupling instead of iron cores and start increasing the frequency of the feed voltage (give the rotor power variac one turn, Igor) until the magic of Resonant Rise takes place AHAHAHAHA. Wear loose-fitting trousers in case the effect is catching, and site the equipment far from any grounded stuff you care about because sometimes science goes CRACK!-ARGH-ARGH-ARGH-IT-HIT-THE-GARAGE-CIRCUIT-BREAKER-BOX! And that is an expensive repair job my precious.

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Re: I, for one, welcome our insectile overlords...

That Wikipedia page is riddled with inaccuracies.

Everybody knows the plural of "Moose" is "Miice"

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Re: conveyor belt toaster?

A waste of metal and electricity. During the 80s and 90s every sandwich joint in NY had one of these. They have one in the sandwich joint downstairs as I type. All these machines have one common feature - they don't toast the bread.

One pass through and you have lukewarm bread. Two passes through and you have hot, slightly crisp bread and you are late for something.

Sometimes you get a duff one that breaks down several times a year too. I look forward to that because then the place will often lob the bread on the hotplate they make the eggs on and toast the stuff in nothing flat.

But a conveyor toaster? You can keep them. Unfit for purpose.

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Re:Victorian railways had a few exploding boiler incidents

after an annoying safety valve was tied down.

Citations please. Couldn't verify this.

Upright boiler explosions were not unusual, but I can't substantiate the meddling with the safety valve in most of the ones I've found.

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Engineer crashed mega-corp's electricity billing portal, was promoted

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The trick is to get noticed for fixing problems

Years ago I was recommended to a high-ranking manager as a replacement for a staff member working on a (needlessly) complex system.

I swept in and began suggesting immediate fixes and planning to eliminate various systemic problems, including a number of landmines buried in the recompilation process I thought that a more jaundiced eye than mine might view as a job security perimeter.

Some days later I found that I had been replaced by the original staff member, though no-one told me about it and I found out when our different administration practices collided at full speed and their respective boilers burst spectacularly.

I never understood why I wasn't popular as my work habits had always stood me in good stead in my previous position, the one from which I had received such a glowing write-up. And yes, I considered the "give him a glowing reference or we'll have to keep him" scenario, but had evidence to suggest this was not the case and the recommendation was genuine.

Some years later I had moved to a different department and gained some distance and perspective. I suddenly realized that the manager in charge of Project Limpsalong had made his career from leaping into forest fires and noisily directing crack teams of firefighters to Put Things Right.

In suggesting that we could remove the ignition sources I was threatening his visibility and his promotion prospects.

Unfortunately, even had I realized this in time I would have been doomed. I can't have the power to fix a broken process and just sit on my hands, belting it with a Brummy Screwdriver every time it stalls. It's a pride in work thing.

Oh well.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Bah!

How do they deal with the mobile storage everyone keeps inside their skulls?

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Bah!

Huzzah!

Where do I apply for my free state mandated iPhone?

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: There are several better alternatives.

Doesn't seem like that's the case from the linked articles and discussions. It seems like there are alternatives, but that they each have their own set of issues and problems, especially when talking about the utopian goal of a user-friendly Linux-based desktop O/S.

What it seems like to me is that those who "bent over and took what Red Hat was giving them" must have had solid reasons for doing so. People who take pride in their work don't usually take an unpopular step unless there's a net benefit.

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Re: However, I don't recall any major agreement that init needed fixing.

Then why did Red Hat commit their resources, time and effort to developing and releasing systemd into the world at large? Are you telling me they decided to change it up for the sake of it?

Comments in this very thread show that init is not up to the job of firing up computers that *aren't* single-purpose servers. Given the preponderance of counter opinions, I'm not putting a lot of faith in your "didn't need fixing" theory.

I don't disagree with the points you are making at systemd's expense regarding new and exciting bugs, merely saying that if people needed the functionality not easily worked (or possible) with trad system V start-up - and they clearly did - that sitting around waiting for someone else to come up with the goods has resulted in that happening.

And considering that every desktop distro I've looked at now comes with a daily FDA requirement of systemd, it would appear as though those building the distros don't agree with you either.

But that said, I understood that with a little work most distros could be rejiggered to run trad systemv init startup and never deal with systemd. Of course, all those upstream apps that assume you didn't do that may be a head- and heart-ache to maintain.

Swings and roundabouts, but if one seriously expects Linux-based desktops to displace the hated Microsoft Windows, saying that the startup can be got to work with some script changes and a little bit of C code is a non-starter. The alternative works out of the box, y'see.

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Bah!

It is fascinating to me how the Unix(like) IT community can agree that "things need fixing" yet sit on their hands until someone leaps in, at which point they all know better.

Massive confirmation bias larded on thick there, but my observation stands.

Coming to Korn Shell almost three decades ago after many years working in a very stable mainframe environment I was appalled that every other man page listed "known bugs" with essential utilities (like grep) which had been there for twenty years and more, with no sign anyone was even slightly interested in fixing them.

So I guess my point is: If you think systemd is a load of dingoes kidneys and care passionately about that, why on earth aren't you organizing and specifying-out an alternative that does all the things needed that don't work right with init, yet avoids all the nasty with systemd?

You can complain the systemd design is poor and the implementation bad all you want, but if there is no better alternative - and for the world at large it seems that init isn't hacking it and, as someone so astutely mentioned, Solaris has now a questionable future so *its* "fix" isn't gong to become a systemd rival any time soon - that is what will be taking the carpet from under your feet.

Welcome to my world. When I started a power user was someone who could read paper tape without feeding it through a Westrex. I've lost count of the paradigm changes and Other People's Bad Choices I Have To Live With I've weathered over the years.

Now absent thyselves from my greensward soonest, varlets!

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Windows app makers told to think different – you're Microsoft 365 developers, now

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Bah!

Upon being told "You're Microsoft 365 developers, now" the crowd went a very pale shade of grey and became unresponsive.

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Boeing CEO takes aim at Musk’s Starman-in-a-Tesla stunt

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Re: er!

That's not what Lee and Perrins print on their labels.

They say Worcestershire, as the picture on their Wikipedia page will show.

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Shocking. Lightning strike knocks out neuro patient's brain implant

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Re: Bah!

We may not be talking about the same story.

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Bah!

I know it's in poor taste but as I read I was flashing (ahahahahaha) on Bester's Fondly Fahrenheit, specifically a scene where the android capers maniacally in a field during a storm.

Please forgive me. Read the story (which has nothing to do with brain implants) if you can. It's a classic.

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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Sand Pit Woes 4 CrazyOldCatMan

So, you never heard of building a sandpit with a lid?

Tsk!

Recommended purchase: the Step 2 Crabbie Sandbox.

Had one for best part of a decade. Weighed lid with a housebrick. Cat-free the entire time. Eventually it succombed to a decade outside in New York weather. UV did for the plastic.

Crabbie Sandbox is the best use of kid play $$ I ever made. Just add sand and crabby kid.

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Moggie Minor 4CrazyOldCatMan

Tin anti-knock?

Presumably the first trip after the improvised wiring harness bodge repair involved a tight grip on the steering wheal.

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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Bah!

Inused to have a technique when calling banks, airlines etc, to complain about errors and/or delays in fixing same.

On being told “It is a problem with our computer system” I would quicly reply “Your luck is in. I happen to be a rather brilliant computer programmer and my rates are very reasonable. I can have your computers working properly in a trice,”

“Rather brilliant?” you may ask, incredulously. Well, they were lying to me.

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Exclusive to all press: Atari launches world's best ever games console

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I'll keep my upright arcade version of Space Invaders.

With it's sideways screen.

The reason no-one could get the same "look" to their space-invader knock-offs (or is that "knocks-off?) is that to get the resolution right they turned the screen 90 degrees in the cabinet. You were actually playing the game sideways.

Of for such neato headslap solutions in this day and age. Now there would be huge investment and cost overruns trying to put more lines in a TV.

Can I just say to all the Atari haters that Pong Tanks is the greatest post-pub head-to-head mano-y-mano needlematch-grudgefest game ever invented since the Big Bang, and always will be.

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HP Ink to compensate punters for bricking third-party ink cartridges

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Bah!

I love Epson printers, but don't love their built-in "countdown" timers that decide using a zero balance that a cartridge is empty or that a printer is now worn out.

I had a C-80 that would give about a third more ink if I zapped the cartridge chip when it declared it was done, using a device I scored online for pennies. Then the printer mysteriously stopped working and I regretfully junked it.

Only to find out a month later that there was a *second* counter that had decided that the sponge that held the ink shot out during a cleaning was inklogged and th-th-th-that's all, folks.

I bought an Artisan 810 but fell substantially out of love with it when I discovered that the cartridge chips were zap-proof and self-destructed when they hit the magic zero. Tiny cartridges too.

Thing is, I can see the point in buying proprietary ink. I'll go for Epson ink over 3-Gize Inc. every time because the colors are vibrant and photos look superb when I print with them. But the horseshirt with the counters is just so much BS.

When my kid went to college she started having to print slideshows (yeah - don't get me started). After a month I bought a Brother laser printer with a "starter cartridge". This announced it was out of toner so I researched the subject and bought an after-market kit to convert the toner cartridge to a full-function one (by installing a gear train) and some powdered toner. This was a fraction of the cost of a Brother cartridge. When I came to do the installing of the gears and the filling of the toner I did as the instructions suggested and emptied out the remaining toner before refilling. I was appalled at the amount I had to throw out. So when the refilled cartridge announced it was out of toner, I simply did my little rat dance with my screwdriver and reset the gears. I got over 400 11x8.5 inch pages of print out of that printer before it was actually showing signs of toner starvation. That's an entire pack of paper from Staples.

No-one begrudges a company the right to make money from their own lines, but printer companies are really shooting themselves in the foot by leveraging their ink-subscription model with fake ink starvation reporting.

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Boss sent overpaid IT know-nothings home – until an ON switch proved elusive

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Re: In the USofA, three wire cable colors are

green - ground (earth), white - neutral, black (usually the """hot""" wire) and red

Maybe in *your* part of the USA.

In mine they are white, red, black and unclad (ooer missus).

For them out of the know one uses such wire to cable an electric cooker. The electric supply to the house is on two "phases" - sides of a center tapped pole-pig in reality, call 'em "up" and "down". Your breaker box has twin lines of breakers (or places to put them) and they alternate up-down-up-down as you descend each line (in NY). A 220v breaker straddles two slots. Your unclad/green wire goes to the box frame as your ground. Your white goes to the center tap as your "neutral" (NY code does not use the term) and the red and black are connected to the up and down live. So now you have red-black giving you 220v to power the burners, and black-white giving you the 110v for the oven light.

Unless you have bought your house from a miserable bodger who used three (aka four) wire cable for two (aka three) wire cable jobs, which means every wiring job is a voyage of discovery and pants wetting as you try and figure out whether the red wire is actually doing a) anything and 2) what it was color coded for.

Many years ago I was going to surprise my wife by installing a laundry room while she was visiting friends for a few days. I read the code carefully (being from the UK I was confident but properly nervous about differences in taming-the-volts approach). "Every grounding electrode must have its own space in the ground connector bar" it said. I opened the breaker box, unfastened the breaker panel and swung it out, and a rat's nest of wire tumbled out at me. Clearly the last electrician to muck about in there had been lax about code best practices. But there was worse horror to come.

Once the dangly wires were all dragged out of theater, I could see the ground bar, with every position crammed with three or four wires under the securing screws. Luckily I had a spare bar and room on the mount to install it, but I still ended up having to leave some wires sharing - albeit only two wires per position.

Feeling good about having made things better I looked closely at the wire tangle, and then saw that there was a red wire just dangling free. So I spent an afternoon confirming that Mr Sparksen-Flashen had just used the wrong cable type for the job at hand and the red wire hadn't simply snapped off its breaker with age/poor installation procedures.

Then I moved a breaker and I don't want to talk about the chaos that caused any more.

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