* Posts by WraithCadmus

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1,000 jobs on the line at BAE Systems' Lancashire plants – reports

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Re: Range

in terms of multirole it is probably better than the Typhoon

Well, yes, Typhoon was primarily designed as an interceptor, multi-role it's always been a bit naff at best. Unless that's what you're driving at with your post and I have the wrong of the stick.

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World's first dedicated computer centre declared 'irreplaceable' by Historic England

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Pirate

Re: TNMOC rocks!

Yup, they have one of my old machines! I should find out what they did with it.

Icon: Surprisingly few pirated disks

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Another day, another drone upstart skips the consumer market

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Joke

Payload of 9kg...

What is that in sacks of potatoes? Except there are no potatoes, and politburo has taken sacks, such is life.

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Kraut coppers seize 5,000 Donald Trump-shaped dance biscuits

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Boffin

Of course they're orange...

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India's Martian MOM clocks up 1,000 days circling the red planet

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Re: Nice problem

Beers all round.

Or perhaps a malt drink for any Muslims on the team. Close enough colour right?

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Whisky snobs scotched by artificial tongue

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Peatiness

Disappointingly for whisky fans, though, the tongue failed to distinguish whiskies based on their peatiness

As an Islay fan that's a bit of a shame. Though of course not everything from that wee island is peated (see most of Bruichladdich's output).

Icon: What a good Ardbeg tastes of.

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It's not just Elon building bridges to the brain: The Internet of Things is coming to a head

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Boffin

Re: initially for therapeutic purposes...

VR improving - check

I just realised that a Vive is basically a GloGo ("Gloves and Goggles") from Cyberpunk 2020.

Icon: Gloves not pictured

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Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks

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What am I going to blame random outages on now?

'Sunspots' has been my go-to excuse for years.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Happy

And this is why this year's Mother's Day gift...

Is a new PC.

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Want to bring down that pesky drone? Try the power of sound

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Devil

Sonic Weaponry?

This quiet offends Slaanesh

THINGS WILL GET LOUD NOW

Icon: More of a Khornate Daemon

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Devonians try to drive Dartmoor whisky plan onto rocks

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Angel

Re: Whisky Galore

Saw Jura, but didn't have the time to visit, was too busy on Islay.

As it's Friday can I tempt anyone for a bit of Ardbeg Corryvreckan?

Icon: Alcohol lost during maturation is called the "Angel's Share".

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Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

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Oracle Delenda Est

Oracle has no customers, only hostages.

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

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Mushroom

We already have a Heart of Darkness-based game

It's called Spec Ops: The Line.

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

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Facepalm

"I did warn you not to look into the emitter, Admiral..."

- Sir Thomas Hardy, 1st Baronet

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Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'

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You see comrade...

There is no I in team, but there can be a U in gulag.

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RIP John Glenn: First American in orbit – and later, the oldest, too

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Re: RIP A quiet hero

Met him twice when I lived in Ohio.

Ah, the old joke about Neil Armstrong, Orville Wright, and John Glenn all being from Ohio. They were looking for the fastest way out!

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Cassini tickles Saturn's rings ahead of final death plunge

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Re: The Audi option

Ramming Speed!

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Openreach split could damage broadband investment, says BT's chief exec

WraithCadmus

What broadband investment?

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UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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Re: Oops

You see, Ada wouldn't have let him post the article with that in.

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Blighty's telly, radio watchdog Ofcom does a swear

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Re: Bah!

This also turned up in the game Brütal Legend, if memory serves you could censor the swearing and the prompt acknowledged you might be doing this to spare your ears or because censorship is funnier sometimes.

See also: C*nt von C*nt

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Curiosity sniffs Mars' odd atmosphere wafting out of its soil

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Re: Science is awesome!

Yes! It's Friday, time for some zymology to celebrate.

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Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

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Holmes

Re: This is outstanding.

Can you staple this to it as a covering note?

Icon: Not a police officer

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Unlucky Luckey: Oculus developers invoke anti-douchebag clause, halt games for VR goggles

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Alien

Re: Americans, again not realising there's a world outside them

"O R'lyeh?"

Iä, R'lyeh!

Icon: Some colour from space

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'Strategic' submarine cable to connect islands where locals just emerged from stone age

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Coat

Re: Start the countdown...

Ootini! Wait, that's probably already on there.

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Uncle Sam rules on self-driving cars

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Re: In the UK...

Thanks for the hints! Slow driving I can deal with (being a somewhat timid motorist myself) and I guess if I were in a motorhome I'd probably be tucked in with the lorries anyway going 90 at most.

It's odd you mention priority-from-the-right, as that was a constant source of worry for a Belgian-raised friend, they still have it but just made every junction a give-way, apart from when you get to the really rural bits when you have some old boy with his eyes shut, will in one hand and copy of the Code de la Route in the other...

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Re: In the UK...

@Def

I was thinking of a motorhome holiday in NO one of these days, is it worse in the cities or the rural areas?

Icon: About £7.50 at current rates.

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Robot cars probably won't happen, sniffs US transport chief

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Go

Re: I'm not so pessimistic

@AMBxx

Do petrolheads not want this at all? I would have thought the option would be nice for humdrum travels, a weekend in the country with the robot eating up the motorway miles to get there and then taking the reins yourself to experience the B-roads seems like the best of both worlds.

As for who would want one... me! Passed my test at 17 and driven less than 100mi since. While I can drive I find it stressful and a chore (probably due to a lack of experience). A trip to the arse-end of nowhere requires me to fortify myself and do it, but I'm not looking forward to it. As a hill-walker it would be nice to tell a robo-vehicle...

"Trail starts here, drop me off, refuel, then meet me on the other side of the ridge in three hours time"

*bleep, bloop!*

"Good car"

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New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves

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Boffin

Re: I've consumed a lot of alcohol in my day but

10ml of pure alcohol, so it's easier to make comparisons between different sorts of drink (beer v wine v spirits).

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Penetration tech: BAE Systems' new ammo for Our Boys and Girls

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Re: Lead-free shot

As far as I know the British Army only uses shotguns in jungle warfare

Yes, we bought a crate or two of Benelli M4s for use in the Green Zone in Afghanistan too.

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Mushroom

It does seem rather odd I know, but really it's about not polluting firing ranges etc.

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Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail

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MEAT IS MURDER! Fish is justifiable homicide...

Okay I'm just being mean. People who are veggie on animal welfare grounds can make an argument that a fish lives a natural life up until the moment its caught, so the suffering is minimal.

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Seagate flashes 60TB (yes, sixty) SSD monster

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Happy

Re: Pah!

Hey hey 16k

What does that get you today?

You need more than that for a letter

Old-school RAM packs are much better

Source

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You know what would really make your metamaterial pop? 6th century Japan tech

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Pint

Past informs future

A reward for boffinry

Autumn coloured beer

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

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Happy

Re: What could go wrong ?

Now place your bets, is the above commentard a fan of Sneakers, Uplink, or both?

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Cats, dogs starve as web-connected chow chute PetNet plays dead

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Re: Another negative for IoT

I've been looking at Lightwave, and the only reason I'm considering it is it acts as you describe, storing the config on a local controller and using the network for updates.

Icon: Boiler to come on as I leave the pub this winter perhaps?

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Tech firms reel from Leave's Brexit win

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London Falling

I just had my job opportunities halved at a stroke by a bunch of spiteful shits who don't realise the EU was protecting them from being run into the ground.

EDIT: The thumbs down start already, but a lot of the areas that voted heavily for Exit are those were benefiting the most from the EU redevelopment funds. The reason they were getting those funds is because they were so staunchly for one party or the other they would always be passed over for the pork. At least the EU funds were (hopefully) awarded based on merit and how well you argued your case and not who you voted for.

I am now going to have some beer and a cry

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Happy Mappiversary, Ordnance Survey

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Pint

Re: Happy days

Google's great for roads as befits an American company, but you cannot use them as soon as you leave the highways, only a proper paper topographical map will do (either as a primary navigation tool or as a backup).

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Queen's birthday honours shower knighthoods and gongs on tech's finest

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Re: "Incoming...."

I wonder if you can date commentards by whether Team 17 makes them first think of Worms or Alien Breed?

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: Newcastle Brown

Yes, jokes were made at the time about 'Taddy Broon'.

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AWS blames 'latent bug' for prolonging Sydney EC2 outage

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Re: Your business in the cloud - reminiscing...

The cloud offers many advantages, but always have a plan to do your business somewhere else if it's needed.

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Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'

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Oracle Delenda Est

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King Tut's iron dagger of extraterrestrial origin

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Pint

It's an interesting bit of enconomics

Gold was available for the right price, but iron was only from the gods (in space-rock form), so was only for royalty. I believe some tools used in mummification were made of iron too for the same reason.

Icon: Another ancient Egyptian commodity

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A cracked window on the International Space Station? That's not good

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Re: Transparent ALUMINUM?

Aluminium. If you please.

IUPAC has solved this, to wit:

  • Aluminium
  • Sulfur

Icon: Exothermic reaction, may involve sulfur.

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

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Trollface

Re: Welcome ta Scotland...

It's what you get for becoming a one party state.

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Did Spotify hire Alan Partridge to run its Netflix-style video push?

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Re: Star Trukkin

"Oh cock... Jeremy?"

"What?"

"The circuit breaker for the arming switch has fallen into the panel"

"Oh god have you bought another 60s junker?"

"It's okay, I think I can prod it with a biro"

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

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Pint

Re: The joys of essential life saving fluids and electronics

I did once rescue an Xbox 360 pad that had been Cherry Coke'd, but a Wiimote from the same incident wasn't salvageable. Of course I don't know the differences in formulation between Regular and Cherry, so maybe that explains the <100% mortality rate.

This was using the dishwasher technique. Top shelf, lowest temp, no soap. Make sure your filters are all clean and that any water softeners are running properly, and that you give devices a good day to two to dry out.

Icon: Relevant to the story, and it is a long weekend here.

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

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Joke

Ryanair

Ryanair tried to charge all passengers 5p for providing them with a plastic bag of course.

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There's more to life than Windows

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Happy

Linux AD integreation - Less shit than once it was

I've been quietly impressed with the realmd stuff in RHEL/CentOS 7, it does feel incredibly natural once it's set up.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

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Alien

Re: Yep

Seem to remember it fit on a single 880KB floppy on the Amiga...

Can confirm, just archived the disk this Sunday.

Icon: Thargoids (not actually present except at some military outposts)

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Admin fishes dirty office chat from mistyped-email bin and then ...?

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Re: My preferred option

And let them know that you're a snooping peeping Tom?

God no, I don't go looking for people's correspondence or web traffic. I'm only thinking of the scenario where I saw it in the course of my normal work. Like HR leaving someone's firing papers on the printer, the very act of trying to figure out what to do ("Who's is this? I should return it to them") leads you to learn things you didn't want to.

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