* Posts by Sgt_Oddball

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Re: SAN?

I think you're thinking of a NAS same letters but less advanced.

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Error prone, insecure, inevitable: Say hello to today's facial recog tech

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125 million...

Of which only about 5% are in prison or on parole. That's a hell of a lot of people who really probably shouldn't be in that data base.

It also doesn't state if that includes foreign nationals or passport photos or clearly denies those either.

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Large Hadron Collider turns up five new particles

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Re: This is the stuff that binds Quarks together

shed more light on how strong forces works I thought we were talking particles not photons?

Mines the one with the black hole Ineed the pocket....

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Beijing deploys facial scanners to counter public toilet abuse

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Re: six squares ?

And I thought my 4 year old daughter was bad (she uses about a third over a day)

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

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Outlook had never been good.....well not since they used word to render html in it anyway

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Devil

Never

Bullshit a bullshiter....

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Judge issues search warrant for anyone who Googled a victim's name

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Re: but what if..

More like the family name is concentrated in Yorkshire (as in there's less outside than in. Happens when you can track the name back to one individual).

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but what if..

Hey have a name like Dave Gorman? There's at least 52 of them about...

I also know my own name is rare but there's at least 5 that live within 50 miles of me(one owns a fish and chip restaurant that I keep meaning to try out).

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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need any help?

It looks like you're trying to welcome a new robotic overlord, would you like some help with that?

Also.... how well would this bot behave to insults?

Paris because she probably still smarter

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60 slow-mo A-bomb test videos explode onto YouTube

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kubrik would have loved these...

Or how I learned to love the bomb....

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Canada's privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

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the salesman in me smells an opportunity....

Want to keep your data out of the hands of the yanks? Remote desktop is the answer!

(Yes I'm aware they can be hacked too. Irony alert and all that but at least you don't have to hand it over at the border and your local laws tend to frown on unauthorised access*

*subject to your local laws natch.)

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The gospel according to Blockchain, or is it the other way round?

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Does this mean though...

That if blockchains are compute and network intensive that as more data is added it becomes uneconomical to continue to hold onto the data? Especially if the data is rapidly changing as well as increasing in size (I thought that was one of the limitations of bitcoin that it was of a finite size for the initial data that the blockchain revolves around?) Surely then if it's in a constant state of flux and increasing in size the overheads would become exponential?

I might however be totally wrong in any of those assumptions so I'm happy to be corrected.

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Success in the bedroom breeds success in the boardroom – research

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further research required.

I'll ask the wife......

Mines the white lab coat with the durex I the pockets.

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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humm?

Is that?....

Oh crap..!?

*out gasses*

*Glides past with minutes to spare*

And let's not speak of this again.....

-MAVEN probe

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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what you needed dabsy...

Was a HTC desire z. A smart with a nice keyboard to boot. Just a shame they stopped making them because they were too useful to make a new one for a niche market (same with just about all truly different android mobes).

I've still got mine too but they batteries are shot so it lasts enough to start but that's about as good as it gets.

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BONG! Lasers crack Big Ben frequency riddle BONG! No idea what to do with this info BONG!

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Holmes

Which makes me wonder just what it sounded like undamaged... enquiring minds and all that.

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Re: huzzah!

In my defence, I was trying to type out the response on my way into work this morning on the bus and missed that one from the auto correct (it's hard enough adding the link in).

Come on reg - let us add icons in the mobile view (since the full site's font is tiny on a mobile)

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huzzah!

It's been far too long since I read such a contemptuous article from el reg. Almost back to the good old days of getting put on the naughty list for attempting to inform lord jobs how to say words. Available in the archieves for those of a disbelieving nature.

Now on that note.... get of my lawn! *grumble, grumble*

Mines the one with the werthers ordinals in the pocket.

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

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I can't recommend this enough

I've been doing web deving for getting on 10 years (on and off... there was the liquor merchant job for a year that gave me a different perspective and actively encouraged drinking on the job) and as a generalist jobs were pretty much static with not much head room for pay increases.

Cue 6 months ago I changed to UI development on Java (from ASP/ASP.NET/.NET, a flirt with PHP and starting to tinker with node) and it's been the best decision I've made in a long time. Doubled my pay (seriously how often does that sort of opportunity come up?) and i'm enjoying working again as part of team rather than being a dogs body trying to cover everything. In the meantime ontop of UI/Front end duties I've been tinkering with Java as well and have been supported by other team members to learn more as well as being massively surprised with the volume of modern tooling that works well (mostly..YMMV) with Java considering it's vintage (I'm using it for web development, anything over 3 years is usually considered worthy of museums..apart from IE6/7/8/9/10.. there's a special place in hell reserved for that instead).

So yes, anyone asks, Java. Everything else can be figured out along the way, and I truly wish I'd been taught it sooner.

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: No issues visiting India

Lucky for you....

Last time I went to india was when they introduced face to face interviews for visas. Bradford had the local surgery for this and it was open for 4 hours only. Cue massive queues and travel agents booking in 50 at a time.

In the end had to drive down to Nottingham at 5 In the morning to get a good spot (we weren't the first inline) and a ban of more than 4 visas at once enacted we finally got that sorted.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

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Re: thoughts just occurred...

If they're not cabbies they sure as hell look like them up here in warmest west Yorkshire...(for the record all taxis and private hire have to have a registered number, show credentials and provide other identification when asked by a fare. I've seen these all been carried by uber cabs. Henceforth I shall stick with calling them a cabbie under the duck quacking rules of simplicity. )

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thoughts just occurred...

If these drivers have a tenuous grasp of the English tongue *slippy and spit covered as it is* how do they even hold a UK driving licence that should be the barest minimum qualification for being a cabbie, no?

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but!

You all forget that uber is special flower, a bastion of the sharing economy (what's yours is mine and what's mine is mine also...) and as such laws to protect drivers/passengers/anyone that isn't uber should be ignored by us.

And if uber can't ignore them then they'll be sad and annoyed and throw toys of the of the pram because we should be allowed to do things how we want because we're disruptive like that.

Maybe one day uber will grow up enough to swallow their pride but I'm not holding my breath

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In a loving tribute to its fiery washing machines and Note 7... Samsung management explodes

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I thought

That lobbiests were pretty much the very essence of bribery?

I mean how many times have we heard of a high level case like this that didn't involve lobbiests?

Enquiring minds and all that.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

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Re: Am I Getting Old?

They don't but marketers saw something shiny d and demanded it.

Pretty sure there's whole years of dilbert comics dedicated to this very issue.

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Lap(top) of luxury: Porsche Design revs up 2-in-1 Windows 10 slab

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Re: Built in Taiwan

That reminds me of a FIAT billboard from the 80's:

Designed on computer

Built by robots

Often with the ammendment in spray paint:

Driven by a moron.

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New prison law will let UK mobile networks deploy IMSI catchers

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just realised..

My phone can do WiFi calling. If the lags can get WiFi then this tool can be neatly gotten round (or use a voip service like Skype ect. ) then what? Legal calls to monitor voip calls?

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how about..

Those who live near a prison? Would they end being asked all the time to account for their phones? (Armley jail in Leeds for example has a wall next to private houses) you'd have to be very careful to ensure it captures only phones inside the designated areas.

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BOFH: Elf of Safety? Orc of Admin. Pleased to meet you

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Re: Reminds me

Just you wait till a power failure requires the room to restart.

Dust, noise... (smoke even one time)... and that's before the day to day rats nest of cables strung across the room and floor on top of the stacked late 90s hp laser jet printers.

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Mysterious Gmail account lockouts prompt hack fears

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I was wondering about that

Had to dig out my email password since add with others I use it for accessing Google services and occasionally testing sending emails to a Google account.

All pc based sign insurance worked just done but had to redo the phone. I could be that the phone level cookies got expired on masse and that's what caused it but I'm not holding my breath for a quick (if at all) explanation from Google.

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Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing

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Black Helicopters

how can.....

I sign up for one of these jobs collating easily obtainable information and pretend it's something new?

Also is anyone else wondering if Hanlons razor is too generous in its assumption?

Hangon I hear choppers...

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EE unveils sky domination plans with drones, balloons

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Re: Power?

It's got a diesel on board and can use the l200s engine as a backup if required

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Re: How long before they enhance the incident...?

They use satellite up links for the backhaul.

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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welp that's my employment ruined.

Pretty much of it that wasn't mentioned in that seminal 90s work 'hackers' can be used to describe what is known as those in the know as 'work'. I even received monetary recompense for it to which the man known colloquially as 'her majesty's government' take their cut too.

I'm pretty sure a large number of terms and habits can be used to describe perfectly law abiding work as well less savory stuff in equal measure. It makes me wonder sometimes if we're worth saving considering the current state of humanity.

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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Re: Tesco hate

Yet my local has York brewery beers in, illkly and world top brews in. All can be found within 20 miles of the store and all on the smaller scale. (Though quite large for the breweries round here. There's about 20 brewers now within 5 miles of the city centre)

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Get it while it's hot: NASA's Space Poo contest winners wipe up $30k

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brown (space) trousers...

I do wonder how well the designs would hold up in "Houston, we have a problem" moment?

Also if there's some enlarged holding mechanism could the mass be used as.... well reaction material in emergencies? Though I'd hate to see what would happen in a malfunction.

On the plus side, in space no one can hear you fart.

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Jinn workers besiege delivery app co-founder to protest wage changes

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Re: does no one reason the classics?

Also... I really have to go back to reading the reg on anything other than my phone. I think the auto correct goes ballistic on me everytime I post on the bus.

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does no one reason the classics?

Any deal with a Jinn is bound to come back round to bite you.

(Devil because... do I really have to exploitable?)

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UK prof claims to have first practical blueprint of a quantum computer

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I dunno...

I'm abit uncertain about all of this...

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Chevy Bolt electric car came alive, reversed into my workbench, says stunned bloke

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Re: Odd belief

I'd love to see how to manage that on my current car. The hand brake is a small toggle switch under the dashboard centre console. It even releases it's self if I try to drive off with it engaged (it's very freaky so I still tend to disengage it manually) as to the break line freezing issue I'll just have to wait and see since the handbrake engages as soon as the engine is off.

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Samsung set a fire under battery-makers to make the Galaxy Note 7 flaming brilliant

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Re: Pushing the envelope too hard

But if the product doesn't stop working the day the warranty expires why would you buy a new one to top up said billionaires pockets? If they cost more because of quality manufacturing then less can buy them and would be less inclined to replace them so what's the point if you want to sell lots and lots of something over and over again to make you a billionaire in the first place.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: Political Imprisonment?

It's my was a weird day when the greens seemed the sanest choice..

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Stanford boffins find 'correlation between caffeine consumption and longevity'

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considering.....

That we used mice to experiment on this already maybe the case (though on a longer time scale).

Mines the one with towel hanging out of the pocket..

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Japan tries to launch satellite on rocket the size of a telegraph pole

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Re: Good Effort

That's the thing about trumps) it's always worse when they follow through....

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Private company sold != NHS issues

It could however be seen as a sign that he's never taken his job seriously since its more than covered when he gets shown the door (plus a nice pension when he's put out out to grass)

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SpaceX makes successful rocket launch

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Re: What does it say on the landing pad?

Yes to the injoke, they're all references to Iain M. Bank's culture series of sci-fi novels.

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Mr Angry pays taxman with five wheelbarrows worth of loose change

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They would have used an immature cow but she wouldn't stay still enough to get weighed.

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US Navy runs into snags with aircraft carrier's electric plane-slingshot

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Re: We all need less stress...

So basically they built something in front of the plug sockets and nobody likes taking ikea furniture apart again (that stuff never goes back together right again...)

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EU wants power to fine behavioural data bad boys and the ad men aren't happy

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Re: When I first went online...

Isn't that the same for pretty much every good idea?

Starts off full of promise with a small community dedicated to the 'idea' then others start to see how they can make money, then people invest like morons because they don't want to miss out before crash and the real exploitation comes out.

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How to secure MongoDB – because it isn't by default and thousands of DBs are being hacked

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I wonder..

Just how many of these are from one man shops without a dedicated dba to clamp down on the DB with an iron fist?

Also shouldn't the basic install instructions guide the development to make it secure by default? If not I'd also say that's bloody poor documentation not to drive home the need to secure the DB for deployment.

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