* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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Boffins build blazing battery bonfire

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Re: Photovoltaic?

The wife constantly complains over a ring of fire smelling of sulfur and venting steam... I can see why no one would want to be closer.

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Re: Photovoltaic?

It then has the added benefit of being highly desirable to megalomaniac bond villians evil geniuses tech investor types when said volcano gets decommissioned, also meaning its greener still (since it wouldn't need much redevelopment.)

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US Homeland Security installs AI cameras at the White House, Google tries to make translation less sexist

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Dr strangelove: or how I learned to stop worrying and love the AI

I do wonder how such systems will cope with those capable of hugely altering their facial appearance without surgery and even their own mannerisms. Usually such notables do it for the laughs (Peter Sellers, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mike Myers to name a few) but what if we have some bad actors (pun intended) doing it? How long before multiple false positives lead to deaths directly because an AI said so..

Cue a deadly game of (copy)cat and mouse.

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'Say hello to my little vacuum cleaner!' US drug squad puts spycams in cleaner's kit

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I'm pretty sure..

I've seen a video of one these suckers before having fun with the blow(setting?) .

When under cover Henrys go bad

get.coat(pluasableExcuse);

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Do not adjust your set: Hats off to Apple, you struggle to shift iPhones 'cos you're oddly ethical

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Re: Ethical behaviour

My 9 year old lenovo begs to differ...

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How so? My dad's still using a galaxy s3 that's only in the past couple of months started chugging (for the record most likely the memory is shot since he takes pics, empties them then fills it again. Tried to convince him to buy a memory card but keeps forgetting to leave it in).

He's getting my old s7 for Christmas (complete with my old memory card of 64gb which should last him).

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It's a, it's a, it's a SYN flood: Quick, ditch that packet

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Before you know it...

Mr. President, we must not allow a mineshaft packet gap!

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Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: It's 2018

Having a touch screen in the dashboard and various steering wheel controls for vehicle settings I can say yes... There is a reason I don't let the wife learn to drive in my car. But once she's learned I'll let her on it.

(for the record my 79 year old mother-in-law has the base version of the same car and manages just fine with the toys)

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Re: It's 2018

I worked with an auto electrician 18 years ago and he knew how to use the shop Unix system to check parts and orders. Modern motor vehicles pretty much require a computer (through the odb2 port) to diagnose and repair issues (at least on any car using a host bus network to run everything).

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Amazon robot fingered for bear spray leak that hospitalised 24 staffers

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Re: The machines were just trying to share!

Remind me to steer well clear of you (and the bathroom you unleash the aftermath upon). Small mercy you didn't include beans.

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Microsoft polishes up Chromium as EdgeHTML peers into the abyss

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Re: Why not go the whole hog

Surely you jest? Windows 3.11 would make a better choice surely?

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No, you haven't gone deaf – the Large Hadron Collider has been wound down for more upgrades

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Re: Explain pleeeese

I wonder if you can make a non-linear accelerorator... Maybe time for sleep..

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Proton on proton action

300PB of the stuff?! Must remember to relabel gentleman's special interest material as femtobams...

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You think you're hot bit: Seagate tests 16TB HAMR disk drive

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I was thinking the same...

But different since I've finally bought a server for a home lab and I've now got 2x 8bay sff disk arrays (sff being 2.5") and if you want terabyte numbers be prepaired to buy ssds seems to be the current thinking... But I really, really dont want to pay thousands just so I've got some storage over 4tb or so.

Either that or I get my hands on a DAS array of 3.5" drives much to the annoyance of Mrs Oddball.

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Apple in another dust-up with its fans: iMacs, MacBooks lack filters, choke on grime – lawsuit

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Re: It's for your own safety

So this is a bit like needing to change your Rolls-Royce when the ashtrays were full?

You mean to say you don't?

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Re: It's for your own safety

Only trained Apple Certified Technicians wearing full face and body hazmat protection should attempt to make contact with the untested and potentially detrimental dust customers.

FTFY...

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Support whizz 'fixes' screeching laptop with a single click... by closing 'malware-y' browser tab

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Re: Foodie Friday

That's like my external sound card. Spotted cheap on world's biggest tat bazaar for a 20th of the new price with the note that it'd stopped working but owner liked it enough he'd already bought a replacement. Quick check online and apparently they can burn out a cap if headphones are too high an ohmage.

Duely purchased and shipped it arrived and I took it to bits to discover a perfectly pristine circuit board. Put it back together and thought I'll plug it in as I've nothing to lose. Worked straight away off default drivers.. Until I pressed the volume dial, cue a blue flashing power light and no sound. Turns out the volume dial when pushed in is a mute. 6 years later its still sat under my monitor doing sterling work. Best fiver I ever spent.

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Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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So they used a key then?

Just not one that they owned?

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What gets me is...

How much of an arse do you have to be to turn up at a place and trash it?

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AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Re: I think I need to follow Ethan Hunt's example

No, no you just need to find a nearby bush. The trick is Not to be seen.

That and not to standup when asked by a mysterious voice....

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NASA has Mars InSight as latest lander due to arrive today

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marCO-A and marCO-B

Who gets to shout polo in that game?

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Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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Re: Pain in the @rse

Only if you drop it in the showers....

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Simple Object Access Protocol - its one of the many flavours of making API's happen. Though in this case they stopped serving SOAP and decided to take a REST....

I'll get my coat (mines the one with the handwritten note explaining how annoying not having the icons in the mobile view is)

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Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Re: catalogue shopping

I feel an experiment coming on....

Amazon order confirmation.

1# Cat

2# Geiger counter

3# Radio isotope

4# Hydrocyanic acid

5# Spring-loaded hammer

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Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Re: Starship/BFR names

Or Sulaco (the one from Aliens) but then that would require it being a military ship....

Still it'd mean powerloaders so it'd get my vote...

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Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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I can help with 3 but it involves cheese and bacon in a salad dressing...

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Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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Re: Memories ...

Don't tempt me... I've got a few doors that need propping open..

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Re: Memories ...

I almost miss the old MSSQL 2000, exchange 2000 and windows server 2000 manuals.. (the SQL 6.5 can stuff it)..

Almost

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We asked the US military for its 'do not buy' list of Russian, Chinese gear. Surprise: It doesn't exist

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Re: Deniability, old chap

Well they could tell you but then they'd have to kill you.

Tends to put a dampener on repeat business...

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Visual Studio 2017 15.9 is here! Fire up your Windows on Arm laptops. All four of you

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Arm laptop?

Is that some new euphemism that's past me by?

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Six critical systems, four months to Brexit – and no completed testing

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Please can you stop the noise

I'm trying to get some rest....

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Bright spark dev irons out light interference

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Re: I'm pleased he eventually found the cause of the problem

At least he ironed out the problem.

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Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Shame the em drive never worked out

The thing with trying to slow down again after picking up all that speed is that halfway along you have to do a 180 turn and burn in reverse to slow down. Now if we knew every planet and celestial body floating around the star then we could use gravity to show down instead but then this would involve either the probe being smart enough to do the calculations or us fleshies telling it what to do. Great if we can talk instantly, not so great if we have to rely on the fastest thing there is (speed of light in a vacuum)..

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'My entire company is without comms': Gamma's Horizon cloud PBX goes DOWN

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That explains that..

Emergency email from a local estate agents explaining the lack of phones.

Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch.... (think asking around 15% more than local prices and piling appointments to overlap so it looks like there's more interest in the property)

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OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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I've got the answer!

Why don't we try using blockcha....

At least let me get my coat, easy now, stop pushing at the back!

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Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark

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Re: This

Nope.. Having a particle accelerorator on my desktop was what did it for me.

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I tried...

Focus on the screen for now.

But I couldn't see it too clearly.

Maybe if I could stand abit closer to it?

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Re: Use cases

In fairness those rulers snapped cleanly in two rather than shattered in a million splinters so they held up quite well to the boast (liquid nitrogen is required to properly shatter them.... As I was told by an old friend with access to the stuff for putting bearings into planes)

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Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Re: I can't get the sensor to fit

British cars were worse. My grandad once owned an Austin Princess. Upon having owned the car a number of years found himself needing to use the spare tire. Not so unusual....

When said tire was removed he noticed an odd lump. After poking it he found a nearly full pack of cigarettes under the spay paint. Bollocks to picking the things up. Just spray paint over ir

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Apple breathes new life into MacBook Air with overhauled 2018 model

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Re: many boxes, none ticked

Ah the original iMac. I think my old one is now being used as a cat bed..

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Re: Well it will look so stylish...

They used to be. Back when you could actually upgrade them.

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Re: many boxes, none ticked

You had hopes? You've not been at this long enough....

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Re: Well it will look so stylish...

Well going off the fancy keyboard that failed too soon in the MacBook pro 2016 I'd say plenty enough....

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Now Europe wants a four-million-quid AI-powered lie detector at border checkpoints

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Dreaming of electronic sheep...

So now border guards are going to be blade runners?

In that case let me tell you about my mother....

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Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: Some white ones visible on the pictures

The model M should be the litteral weapon of choice for any self respecting techy.. though I remember Dell did a close running second for a while.

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Woman who hooked up with over 15 spectres has found her forever phantom after whirlwind romance and plane sex

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Re: Dear God,

Considering purgatory is niether here nor there.. I'd say she was possibly heroicly good...

Striving for balance and all that.

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Openreach hacks full-fibre broadband prices for developers... Property developers, that is

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Re: No need for ducting

So a call to central services? Or Harry Tuttle?

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Congrats from 123-Reg! You can now pay us an extra £6 or £12 a year for basically nothing

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Re: I want to move away

How did I not know about this? Will have to remember to check about my next renewal and move my domain over. DynamicDNS for my own domain would be a massive boon (and should be standard practice but cest la vie)

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BT, beware: Cityfibre reveals plan to shovel £2.5bn under Britain's rural streets

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Re: Rural streets?

Considering Leeds is one of the greenest cities in Europe I can kind of see why...

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Just tell 'em...

Now I just need to get my phone to start accusing things of being the Bolivian naval on manovers....

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