* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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Smyte users not smitten with Twitter: APIs killed minutes after biz gobble

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handling things...

So instead of "ahhh sorry guys we've got to shut this down and figure a better way" to Smytes customers, they just yanked it and went for beers?

If this is in any way completely legal to pull down with sla' s and all that jazz or some clause that says if bought out say bye bye to cash surely that's a scam just waiting to happen?

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Atari accuses El Reg of professional trolling and making stuff up. Welp, here's the interview tape for you to decide...

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Re: So I take it...

Acorn still exist, in fact they're responsible for most processors on the planet. Though they do go by a different name now. Namely Acorn RISC machine before being renamed Advanced DISC machine.

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Re: Oh how the might have fallen...

C64? Lucky bugger....all I had was a VIC-20..

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Microsoft: Blobs can be WORMs in the new, regs-compliant Azure

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Re: Certified Read

To quote a certain G. Orwell in one of his minor works..

"This process of continuous alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound-tracks, cartoons, photographs — to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct, nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record."

I'm ever reminded that the man could see the future.

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Priceless: The cost to BT for bothering you with spam? 1.5 UK pence per email

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Re: What about...

Return to sender? Make them pay twice for it....

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Visa fingers 'very rare' data centre switch glitch for payment meltdown

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Re: VisaNet

It can't be reasoned with, it can't be bargained with...it doesn't feel pity of remorse or fear...and it absolutely will not stop.Ever....

Unless it has a wonky switch as it turns out....

(Still waiting for my Phased plasma rifle in the 40 Watt range.... wonder if they'll take cheques?)

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Ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm kicks crisis meeting into long grass

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Re: "no defence has yet been filed"

No, no... they have one written. They can show you a picture of the front of it but they just need to print it out... yeah that's all.. just needs printing. Honest.

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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Re: Being sensible (@sgt_oddball_

Martin-73; The planning restrictions are fine (The back gardens not that big after all), and it is in a smoke control zone. It just greatly amused me over the language and nature of what the restrictions.

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Re: Being sensible

We Brits used to do similar things..

About to buy a Victorian house and the original deeds are an eye opener.

It includes restrictions on erecting any structure or doing garden work on a Sunday.

It also bars the construction of 'steam engines, blacksmiths forge, stables and slaughter houses' which is a shame as I quite fancies building a forge so I could create a steam engine.

It also prohibits the 'sale, storage, creation and consumption' of intoxicating liquors without the expressed permission of the landowner. Which puts a shadow over the homebrew I was planning too...

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It's time for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 to die (die, die)

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Re: @Pascal

You mean I've got to stop using Safari for Windows? Sad times....

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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words I live by

The greatest thanks I ever get is for people not to realise I did anything at all..

Sometimes because I haven't, other times because things just work how you thibk they should work.. it's when someone's got something to say that problems arrise.

On the flip side, it sort of means you look like you're not working. Though again, as mentioned the company I think i might be able to see my retirement out recognises good work through agile based ideas as well as one of the best managers I've ever had. Its first time I've been at a company so long and not felt like I'm burning out (So normally I'm job hunting by now). Good atmosphere takes things a fare way, a good manager makes the perfect combo. (IMHO)

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Re: Hills

Lancashire bests that with Upper Ramsbottom.

No need for the local spelling.. just lots of worried male sheep.

Gimp because it takes alsorts

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Bluetooth then?

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Holmes

I checked the lot... I've not found one of me but lots of memes around a university challenge contestant and a local chef (plus a lot of Canadians stood around in forests weirdly.. not a mountie in sight though.)...

I might have been struggling to sleep last night.

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

Mine on the other hand returns me in the top 10... there isn't that many of us as it turns out. Sgt_oddball links to me too but you've got to dig for that one.

I'm just disappointed in no longer the foremost expert on sods law......

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Brit drone biz Sensat notches up 29km remote-control flight

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Re: Love the sub title

But that would only deliver it to the same borough as you, I demand modern convenience of having heavy munitions dropped direct to my door.

Come one, admit it.. no one wants to go to the post office to collect a V1 because you were out.

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Re: Love the sub title

I'm more of a eBay Hellfire man myself. Much less likely to annoy the neighbours when it gets dropped off.

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Tech giants! How do you know Jim in accounting isn't Putin moves on you

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Re: BOFH events in the dark

No, just another say at the office for a true BOFH.....

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Yarrrr, the Business Software Alliance reckons piracy be down, me hearties

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only one?

Thems rookie numbers.... you need to be pushing double digits for the techie cred.

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Well it's cold out there on Mars so give it a little time and it'll shrink back all on its own....

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full circle....

Early man bashes rocks to survive...

Modern man bashes rocks on other worlds for curiosity....

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: The only site that...

Asteroid......headed to........planet...earth...........must try.....to stop............total destruction......of all...........mankind.

Mine's the one with the tribble in the pocket.

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Did you test that? No, I thought you tested it. Now customers have it and it doesn't work

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Re: The Smell....

The trangia portable stove... missed the 'I' ....

If only the comments section was easier to type into and read on a phone.

As for a red haired transvestite... never had the pleasure (!?)

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The Smell....

I haven't done that with a soldering iron but picked up a tranga with bare fingers before.

The tips turned the same shade of white as bacon when you first put it in the pan.... also lost my fingertips for a couple of weeks. Took a while to look at a pork steak the same way again....

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Un-bee-lievable: Two million Swedish bugs stolen in huge sting

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why don't...

The police start organising oame sort of sting operation... maybe bug the hives? Or even multiple bugs, say in some kind of cluster or swarm?

Hopefully this all might help to smoke out these pests.....

Mine's the one with the fetching net hat...

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Who had ICANN suing a German registrar over GDPR and Whois? Congrats, it's happening

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Re: I hope ICANN loses completely.

Unfortunately not one word...

"Viel Glück, du verlierst, geh und fick euch selbst"

Mines the one with the Hungarian Phrasebook in the pocket...

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U.S.A. U.S.A. U.S.A!

Remeber kids the internet is not yours or mine, or everyone's.... it's uncle Sam's so their laws and rules. And if you don't like it, tough.

What's that? Fines for silly amounts of money from somewhere that isn't the US? Sod em we'll just not bother paying..

Is that about the long and the short of how this is going to be for the next few years?

Time to invent some subscription system for popcorni think..

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Toaster oven-sized boffin box bound for Mars to search for life

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I got introduced to them in the far east, got some very funny looks asking why they didn't just get a toaster...

Still never managed to get both sides to the correct shade of brown on my toast with it..

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BOFH: Their bright orange plumage warns other species, 'Back off! I'm dangerous!'

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hang on....

So does this mean that the Dutch go really big on the health and safety thing considering their national colour?

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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at least they turned up...

My aunt had a gunman demand cash and after said alarm was triggered no plod or even the other staff battered an eyelid. Turns out no one expected an armed robbery in a sleepy seaside town.

Now that resulted in a serious bollocking all round, (save for my aunt who's still twitchy over the ordeal years later but followed procedure to the letter)

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

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Now that's a reference I never thought I'd read when talking about the most amazing man who ever lived....

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Swiss sausage sizzler 4.0 hits 200 bangers per hour

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Re: Competition?

Lock, bock and two smoking bratwurst....

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Re: He may well have known what it meant.

I've had memory cards die on me before. It happens, it might have been he forgot it, it might have just stopped working. It's worth asking if there's any check that can be done to ascertain what causing the error and at worse inform of if a non critical piece of equipment can be ignored if not functioning as expected.

Could be human error, could be something else but if it's not worth addressing immediately move on and fix when time allows.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

I dunno, I've got a pair of red trousers I wear at work and they're pretty rouge now...

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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how long before...

Suddenly Mozart is back in copyright? Ancient Egyptians filling lawsuits over use of drums? Greek poets suing for infringement?

Let the stuff go. Get it out there and let people have something nice without having those not actively involved in creating music coin it in...

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Brit prosecutors fined £325k after losing unencrypted vids of police interviews

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Re: "lost" - "unencrypted" is worse.

No... the punishment required them to be hanged for a length of time then taken down before death (hence not hung), drawn (the process of having ones innards made outards ) before finally quartered (if the executioner was really skilled whilst still alive. Gutted and all, torn 4 ways).

A rather barbaric practice and not really all that helpful for rehabilitation...

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Three-hour outage renders Nest-equipped smart homes very dumb

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i have a solution..

Why don't we just ignore the smart home thing until we get mechadnoids... say a series 4000 mechanoid. No internet required and it's smart enough to clean, receive parcels and make guests comfortable.Though not Kryten 2X4B 532P. That one has a screw lose and a tendency to wash sensitive electronics.

Smmmmeeeeee.

Smeeeeeeggggggheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeddd

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Map app chaps Waze add shout-at-sat-nav support for Ford cars

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A real dick move. Or several actually....

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No new 3PAR weirdness found behind crashes at Australian Tax office

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Re: The ATO reports that ...

So basically they cheaper out on the whole thing, then tried to move it whilst it was running?

Somehow they expected it not to have an issue??

I seem to recall something about peanuts and monkeys...

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DOJ convicts second bloke for helping malware go undetected

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Re: Missing detail

I was wondering the same.. either that or Team America:world police force is actually now a thing....

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Family Planning office warns customers private parts may be exposed

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Re: On the plus side...

Thanks doctor... the other ones fine...

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On the plus side...

They came clean about being infected and are actively taking steps to remedy the situation. I'm guessing those affected will get letters telling them to get themselves checked as well?

That said it's always a much better idea to have a barrier between sensitive items since prevention is better than cure.

Mine's the one with the ointment in the pocket..

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NASA will send tiny helicopter to Mars

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Re: It's a tough one at 1/160 Earth sea level pressure.

You don't need the strength to support the weight of the whole shebang but to stop it failing due to to angular momentum caused by swinging bits around at high speed. Newtonian physics still applies on other worlds last I checked.

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Re: It's a tough one at 1/160 Earth sea level pressure.

Big blades have 2 problems;

Size... they're big. You said so yourself. That means they take up more space and weight more. Not a good thing where every gram counts.

Weight, to make them spin quick enough to still take off they need to be strong and strength adds weight. Especially as larger blades would exert more force on the rotor head needing more strength and weight. It's a vicious cycle.

However if the air is thin then the sound barrier isn't such an issue so smaller, faster blades can do the job. Especially since strengthing them to go faster would require at lot less weight to reinforce them for higher speeds.

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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Re: Reaction Mass?

Made of some sort of lightweight flexible material.. maybe stretchable and contained in a hermetically sealed enclosure of some sort? Silicone for the capture device and foil for its wrapping?

Seems a sensible way to collected ejected matter to me.....

I'll get my coat, no need to push...

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Virtue singing – Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

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Re: Spotify to pull hateful songs and artists

I was thinking Dead Kennedy's - Nazi punks f*@k off.

Though, I would have thought that banning that would be surely be a contradiction?

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Delayed gratification for Musk's rocket fanciers

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and not a single mention....

Of Musk failing to get his erection up?

I'll get my coat...its the one with the pocket guide to re-entry...

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

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So....

No-one spotted that DHS was receiving mail from UPS and thought WTF?

Talk about a TITSUP situation...

(Total Inability To Spot Usual Post)

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FCC sets a record breaking $120m fine for rude robocalls

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I Wonder who...

His one free phone call will go to?

Who's betting no-one answers?

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Australian foreplay: Bum-biting in an underground hole

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Re: Bender

Alcohol is benders fuel, it confirmed in multiple episodes including one where doesn't drink and goes off on one like that mad uncle we've all got at a wedding (unless you don't have that man uncle. In which case I've got some bad news...)

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