* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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Re: of copyright...

Normally I'd agree but since the internet is ruled by Google and by proxy the Americans fair use seemed more apt. That or hand them a dmca takedown for shit and/or giggles

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of copyright...

The register are using the image in fair use plus they are citing the source of the image and giving credit for it (which is pretty much the entire article). So I think So reg is in the clear over this.

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SpaceX to try reusing both rocket and spacecraft for historic ISS mission

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Re: ZBLAN is reckoned to be the a product that could be made at profit in space

You still listen to CDs? Philistine...

Vinyl's where it's at now.

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I wonder if they're taking CO2 scrubbers.. of a different size and pattern to the normal standard ones currently used?

Well spaceX is a moonshot sort of company after all.

I know, I know, mines the orange jumpsuit...

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: I too want to scream incoherently into the void...

That's been done already... (search YouTube for How2basic you'll be both horrified and bemused in equal measure... then possibly really, really creeped out).

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Occasionally..

I too want to scream incoherently into the void, I just feel self consious enough to not want to film it.

On the plus side. This means ganam style had crashed out and cat videos ain't pulling the numbers they used to. Silver linings and all that.

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Quentin Tarantino in talks to make Star Trek movie

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Re: Well Discovery has the occasional swearing

So you never watched babylon 5 then... note there's a much more belivable future where nobodies a saint and everyone's working an angle.

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Do You Know..

What they call a quarter pounder in the delta quadrant?

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Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

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The lack of heated front windscreen baffles me considering that my dad's old Granada had that in 92... (current car just has a high heat a.c. mode for defrosting the screen)

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Re: The issue I have with this

A minister who lied to parliament get sacked?

The bloody place'd be empty before the weeks out if that was the case.

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US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

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Re: How is it a problem?

Usually companies that handle money will do a credit check to see if you'd be tempted to ' improve ' your situation or one where money can be used as a bribe to allow for unpleasentness all round.

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Terminator

I know that one too

It was too actually apply for a credit card for the first time. I enquired as you way in a branch and was told because of low credit score. After pointing out this was to be my first one ever... I was told they'd override the rejection and push it through.

Sometimes common sense can be applied but it does still depend on the fleshy you're talking to.

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Hacked Brit shipping giant Clarksons: A person may release some of our data today

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I'd rather not...

I tend to trust those with scruffy hair more than those with since it means they've more important things to do than look slick.

That's what the lawyers are for.

(The affore mentioned Johnson not withstanding)

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

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Re: "President Yahoo! Anyone?"

In that instance it refers to the company Yahoo! Rather than the mild 50's insult of referring to someone as a Yahoo. As for TDS you're going to have to be more disruptive since TDS can be a host of different things.

Unless you meant to imply jealousy on my part by implying that I own a small member in which case you've completely missed the point I was making.

P.s. I considered a 'your mum' insult but consisting I don't know what was implied with TDS I felt it better to leave it than try and play at your level.

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possible disturbing epiphany

If in the land of the free a company is recognised as a person, does that mean a company can stand for president?

President Yahoo! Anyone?

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Tesla reveals a less-long-legged truck, but a bigger reservation price

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So no-one can see the elephant in the room?

This is a Tesla we're talking about here. Of those 11hrs a day a driver is allowed to drive... do you think he could just relax and leave it running on autopilot? Does that mean that we could have drivers going for longer journeys because even though the truck is moving they're not working?

Would it allow for road trains to form? Where by multiple trucks tail each other very closely getting higher efficiencies by drafting the truck infront?

And how long before one plows through something because it didn't see it (like a white truck against white sky)...

Questions. Questions...

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EU's data protection bods join the party to investigate Uber breach

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Re: UK.gov told to sever ties with 'grubby, unethical' company

And what about clean, ethical companies? Should they sever ties with the government over the sms charges?

(Seriously... why do people stand for it? )

Gimp because we must be masochists... it's the only thing that makes sense.

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Dick move: Navy flyboy flings firmament phallus for flabbergasted folk

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It was just a massive...

Dick move by the pilot...

But you know being a navy fly boy they're supposed to have balls..

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Intel drags Xeon Phi Knights Hill chips out back... two shots heard

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Re: 2+2=?

2+2=3/4/5 depending on rounding errors.

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Mythbuster seeks cash for roller skates to wear in virtual reality

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Re: Yeah... No....

Even more fun when the batteries run out.

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Re: j.bourne

On the plus side it would finally put an end to dolphin diving in battlefield...

Mine's the one with the odd orange glow as if it's on fire.

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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I live 'oop north and the countryside's alot cheaper. But the missus is a city girl and living in a suburb is the best I can manage from her at the moment.

That said there's a lovely park but I think watching a film out there might constitute public performance and result in piracy types getting arsey.

Looks promising though just not for me right now.

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Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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Re: PCB

Lets just hope that no one installs GLaDOS on one these then. And emitters for for the stuff... Because we all know what happened last time.

Mines the one with the cake in the pocket.

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No one going to mention the elephant in the room?

Who the hell would trust these things to stay put if left outside somewhere? If you left them in a literal field any cost savings are going to be eaten by trying to stop any and all tea leaves from nicking the kit.

That said you could always stick it on the roof of a building, that would at least make it more of a challenge but then the afore mentioned bird crap/insect infestation/rodents looking for somewhere warm might not go away.

That all said - I can think of uses for it, ships would be able to make use of such boxes since it would allow more computing power for less cooling, the army too might be quite happy with boxes like this (just make sure they're up to being dropped... alot, no offence to army boys but if i'm carrying a heavy server and get shelled... I'm dropping it and running) there'd also be a use for it in large industrial sites since it's less likely to pull whatevers floating in the atmosphere inside itself and die from some random particles in the air (metal filing, pollution, air bourne acids, etc etc).

I just don't think this is going to be a mainstream product anytime soon.

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Firefox bookmark saving add-on gives users that sync-ing feeling

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Re: Losing data is not a performance problem

I dunno... it might count as failing to perform? Thus a performance issue? It could also be that it's lost the bookmarks because it's performance has degraded to the point that it's unable to return the bookmarks, thus still a performance issue.

Playing devils advocate and all that..

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Comet 67-P farted just as Rosetta probe flew through the gas plume

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Re: Affront

So long as it's not Quagaars then everything should be ok.

That said you can learn alot from a garbage pod...

Mine's the one with the bra owned by a woman with six breasts.b

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

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Re: Hardly a surprise...

On that note 100% of all murderers and paedophiles have taken water...

Maybe we should ban that too..

Thinking of the children of course....always thinking of the children.

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Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: Reg strokes claw over Data Protection Bill

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Re: Of Henry IX .......... and Potent AI Meme Muses

'No meaningful input by a natural person

So no clones or rights for robots then?

(And does that mean we can finally force the reg to confirm if you're a natural person amanfrommars?)

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Capacitor maker zapped with price-fixing charge

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Re: What pisses me off about this

I'd agree it's odd. I've got an amp from the 70's that's packed full of meaty capcaitors and has spent time in garages before yet still works perfectly yet more modern PSU's blow after a few years of use in perfect conditions from capacitors failing.

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Microsoft concedes to Mozilla: Redmond will point web API docs at Moz Dev Network

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Re: this

It doesn't but I've never found chrome tools all that great (in the early days they weren't a scratch on firebug). And I never claimed that using chrome would stop you using MDN, I merely implied that Mozilla tend to be more developer friendly overall so using MDN as a single source of truth is no bad thing.

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this

Is why I still use Firefox to develop on when others swear by chrome. (That and scratchpad/web ide are much better than chromes attempts that I've found). MDN also keeps a damn good record of old standards and what's replaced them which is always good.

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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An entire replacement IT infrastructure?

I've come across a whole backup IT system (completely outdated and hopeless underpowered with no way of shifting from the live system to this redundant system) kept in the server room 'just in case we ever need to replace the whole lot in a hurry'...

It's also worth noting this was for a computer parts distributor so if came to that we could just....you know use the stuff on the shelves if it was a big enough emergency...

(though it did have a number of 3Dfx cards from when they were a thing)

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NYC cops say they can't reveal figures on cash seized from people – the database is too shoddy

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Re: There are only two type of cops...

I thought a police whistle blower was just a British plod back in the day?

I wonder what would happen if they try it on someone with seriously deep pockets willing to challenge it seriously?

Anyways, Mine's the one with the truncheon in the pocket.

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: Actually

Yeah. All the cool kids reference Stalin instead.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Re: Police Scotland = Morons with time on their hands

You mean we don't even get the usual, pathetic 'lessons will be learned'?

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Whose drone is that? DJI unveils UAV traffic tracking system

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Re: Pointless

To be fair Las Vegas had a legal (but only if sold separately and it's a grey area at best) modification. As to why the modification was legal is beyond me (I would have thought altering the firing rate or cyclic function would have been banned but what do I know?)

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If be interested to see....

just how many airborne objects out could handle at once.

Just imagine taking down an airports radar with a physical DDoS by using hundreds or thousands of drones at once.

Probably won't happen..... probably

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Trollface

reminds me of an old graffti note

Double your pleasure, double your fun...

Xerox your paycheque.

As for being the decoy Shirley Simon should have looked visibly irritated at some point just to keep the manager biting less he figure out out sooner.

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Someone liked dwarf planet Haumea so much they put a ring on it

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Re: J L Ortiz, a minor planet specialist

I dunno... sending the kids to another planet does have a certain charm to it.

Mine's the one coated in glitter and stickers

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Look! Over there! Intel's cooked a 17-qubit chip quantum package

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Mushroom

Not again

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New coding language Fetlang's syntax designed to read like 'poorly written erotica'

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I thought it was usually called...

Java?

On a unrelated note, I wonder what message a stack overflow receives? And I don't even want to think what would happen when it finds exception to something...

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BT fined £25,000 over second unsafe London roadworks this year

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Hang on...

I thought HSE was to prevent a ton of bricks coming down on you?

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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it could also be..

A more technical problem of the tape printer being a different dpi to the original mandated barcode but the printing software not being able to correctly switch (sub pixels on a bar code will kill it. Been there done that. Wrote the direct to printer code to get round this)

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IKEA flat-packs TaskRabbit to crack assembly code

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Re: Not only

I've managed to be the polyglot son-in-law and have proven than manual labour, it management and appreciation of fine drink can be achieved In the same person without shame. It also doesn't hurt that I introduced her to good beer and Yorkshire pudding.

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Facebook U-turn: React, other libraries freed from unloved patent license

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damn...

Now that re-adds react to our front end framework review. Just when we'd managed to narrow it down.

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Re: I'm unsure

The judges that have to come up with some conclusion at the end of their courtroom bickering.

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Knightscope? Not knight industries?

It doesn't talk to people in a sarcastic way or get transported around in a mobile lab does it?

Any red lights in the bonnet?

Is a perm required to operate it remotely, and most importantly does it come in black?

Mine's the black leather jacket.

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NASA Earthonauts emerge from eight-month isolation in simulated Mars visit

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Re: I'm trying to figure out why else they'd need a "British science" officer.

Only if he's blonde. We've got standards to keep after all.

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Re: Makes a note ... new business idea

I was hoping for planet express myself.

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Bloke fesses up: I forged judge's signature to strip stuff from Google search

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Holmes

If only abit of photoshop working in all cases...

Just think if I applied the same logic to certain other things... like cheques, payslips... the possibilities are endless.

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