* Posts by AbelSoul

743 posts • joined 8 Jan 2013

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

AbelSoul

Re: at least they turned up...

Indeed. Having spent five years living in "the Govanhill area of Glasgow" I'm mildly surprised the Rozzers appeared at all.

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

AbelSoul

Still humped

Been trying to get in all afternoon.

Finally got in a couple of minutes ago and second stage of 2 factor authentication crashed.

Tried again and finally got to see a list of my accounts, tried to access one and was greeted with a "Thank you! You have successfully logged out of your account." message.

Omnishambles springs to mind.

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: Feeling Old...

Kids these days don't understand that we used to have to buy a card specifically to get sound out of a computer

To be fair, having grown up using a Commodore16 then eventually an Amiga, on encountering an "IBM Compatible" for the first time, I didn't understand that either; "What do you mean, it can only go beep?"

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Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Chicken Licken

For some reason this has reminded me of an occasion in the early 90s, leaving the arena of a music festival in a several thousand strong throng of revellers in various states of intoxication. One particularly inebriated young chap suddenly decided to serenade a WPC with the unforgettable verse:

All my life I've been lickin'

Your fanny lips cause they taste like chicken

Oh boy

Ahh.... what a time to be alive that was... nostalgia sure ain't what it used to be... etc, etc.

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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UK's iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory nominated as World Heritage Site

AbelSoul
Pint

Re: Look again at that dot...

Well, if the last two years are anything to go by, you won't be disappointed.

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AbelSoul
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Look again at that dot...

It has hosted the Bluedot festival for the last two years and is doing so again this year. This event combines music and science and is tailor-made for a tune-loving-nerd such as myself. Professor David Nutt's presentation in the inaugural year was a personal highlight. I've yet to miss it.

Staying on site for the weekend also solves your transport issues.

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Scotland, now is your time… to launch Brexit Britain into SPAAAACE!

AbelSoul

Scotch pie...

... in the sky.

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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

AbelSoul
Trollface

Pfffffttt!

Not having it!

Evolution is just a theory, after all.

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Alexa, please cause the cops to raid my home

AbelSoul
Terminator

Re: So is Alexa now the.....

Sinead O' Sarah Connor?

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Boss put chocolate cake on aircon controller, to stop people using it

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Pint

Re: have their cake and heat it!

Bravo Paul, bravo sir!

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Your data will get hacked anyway so you might as well give up protecting it

AbelSoul
Trollface

Walt Disney does it...

Naw he disney.

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Red (Planet) alert: Future astro-heroes face shocking adventures on Martian moon Phobos

AbelSoul

Re: rate of change of puns with respect to time

Yes, people can be quite resistant to that.

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Super Cali's futuristic robo-cars in focus – even though watchdogs say they're something quite atrocious

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Re: never mind the content, brilliant headline!

Yes, I haven't even read the article yet but came straight here to see if anyone had offered congratulations on such a wonderfully creative demonstration of headlinery goodness.

I wasn't disappointed.

Bravo folks, bravo.

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

AbelSoul

Re: What have you fixed with sticky tape?

Tape.

I used to fix tape with tape.

More specifically, back in the mists of time when home taping was killing music, I was an enthusiastic home taper.

Some of these cassettes became quite precious.

Occasionally such a cassette would suffer from snapped tape.

A little scalpel blade and a few well-placed millimetres of (possibly the same frosted type of) Scotch tape could resurrect them with only a split second of distorted wobble to belie the repair job.

Ahh, nostalgia. Even after all these years it still aint what it used to be.

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

AbelSoul

Re: Sub heading should read

Well, he has to earn a crust somehow.

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Fruit flies' brains at work: Decision-making? They use their eyes

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: "scalpel-fodder" ?

Yes, you need a laser to make a scalpel that tiny.

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Robocall scumbags already target Hurricane Harvey victims

AbelSoul

Re: If I was in any way religious...

spent their time waiting to be rescued praising God

But not praising the actual rescuers?

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James Webb Telescope will be infatuated with Europa and Enceladus

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: Microbial life?

... live is life.

NA NA, NANA NA!

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Flame

Re: Question...

What exactly is the IT angle in this story?

Not this kiech again - it's bootnotes.

Bootnotes.

Bootnotes!

BOOTNOTES!!

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US engineer in the clink for wrecking ex-bosses' smart meter radio masts with Pink Floyd lyrics

AbelSoul

Re: Well, at least he has good taste in music

Plans that either come to nought....

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Varjo promises Oculus-killing VR/AR, but is it the next Magic Leap?

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Impressive

That is a huge difference in perceived quality.

Hopefully this sees production and helps lead to overall improvements in VR/AR.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: you do notice the difference.

Dae ye, aye?

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

AbelSoul
Headmaster

Re: Minnehaha

From the article:

.. a resting place that sounds more pleasant than it probably is..

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

AbelSoul

Re: Best traps

It might not surprise you (given my posting name) that I've never lived in a house with a mouse problem. Or a rat problem.

I never had a mouse problem or a rat problem until I got my cat. He was already about a year and a half old and has a habit of catching various creatures and bringing them home, usually (although by no means always) in pretty rude health. Everything from mice, voles and shrews, through frogs and newts, to rats and birds, but mostly mice.

Last summer he was sometimes bringing in three or four critters a night. This makes for some "hilarious" late night escapades, trying to catch and release the wee beasties.

I live in the city centre, about half a mile from the nearest water course and had no idea there was so much wildlife outside my back door.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

AbelSoul
Facepalm

Re: It's 90 miles closer to Donegal than it is to Britain

Let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Scotland (the nearest permanently inhabited place is North Uist) is still part of Britain.

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Google Maps' Street View can now lead you into a bubbling lava lake

AbelSoul
Mushroom

Dirt bags

Perhaps it's the scale that has me fooled but, if you zoom out until you're POV is from the top of the crater, the abseiling gear appears to be anchored by two sleeping bag sized sacks of soil.

YIKES!

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NASA swerves serious cash cuts – but Earth climate probes, asteroid snatcher face axe

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Re: as too are plans for a lander on Europa

Pah!

This was the mission I was most excited about. (2010's "ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE" notwithstanding.)

Now it looks like I'll be long gone before anything lands there. SAD! (aherm)

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If fast radio bursts really are revving up interstellar sailcraft, here's the maths

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: Dyson sphere in my pocket.

Or you're just REALLY pleased to see me...

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Move over, Bernie Ecclestone. Scientists unearth Earth's oldest fossil yet: 4bn years old

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Re: 'seeded' from the same extrasolar source

@Hans 1:

Upvoted purely for "yumans" - brought a nostalgic smile to my face.

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Low-key Samsung: Psst. We've got new Galaxy tablets and new Gear VR

AbelSoul

Gear VR

Apart from the addition of a controller, are there any improvements to the Gear VR?

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

AbelSoul
Trollface

RE: memories of hibs gone bad (1st para)

Yeah, they were relegated a few seasons ago but appear to be on their way back.

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

AbelSoul

Re: Even email delivery costs money

Yes. I have grudgingly paid £2.50 to TicketBastard on more than one occasion for the "privilege" of printing out my own ticket.

Come the revolution, first order of business:

Ticket prices will be all-inclusive by law.

If a gig is advertised at twenty squids, then all you should pay is twenty squids, including standard delivery.

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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Pint

Korolev Cross

Excellent footage and a sight to behold. Cheers.

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Married man arrives at A&E with wedding ring stuck on todger

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: difficulty pulling it off

I see what you did there.

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AbelSoul
Coat

Now that you've gone..

All that's left is a band of gold,

All that's left of the dreams I ho-old....

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Robot solves Rubik's Cubes in 637 milliseconds

AbelSoul
Mushroom

Re: ....considered a P or NP problem?

P or NP?

Aaaaarrrgggghhhh.......... </runs screaming from the room>

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Put Firefox DE and Chromium in blender. Devs... Is it pure Blisk?

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Cheers for the head's up...

I'd never heard of Blisk but am downloading now for a nosey.

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20 years to get Amiga Workbench 3.1 update, and only a fortnight to get first patch

AbelSoul

Re: Atari is better because it has MIDI

Ah, that takes me back. I got a 1200 in 1993 and started mucking around with OctaMED and 8-bit samples. Pretty soon I wanted MIDI but it was too late/expensive to switch to Atari by then.

So.... I started acquiring more and more Amiga audio and MIDI accessories as my music hobby refused to die. Still have loads of this, now redundant, Amiga audio gear, gathering dust.

Alas, for the last decade or so, I have pursued this hobby without having to switch on an Amiga.

Nonetheless, I still own two A1200s, an Amiga1 and a Pegasos1 (PPC Amiga clone).

One day, when I have time, etc, etc........

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Job ad asks for 'detrimental' sysadmin

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: what Freud was doing while wearing a slip...

Apparently he was just checking himself out.

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Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal

AbelSoul
Paris Hilton

Re: I've scored 3 times in 10 months; so who's laughing now!

Scored three times...... in ten months, you say?

Bravo.... or something.... I guess?

(Paris because..... she knows the score.... or something.... I guess.)

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Astronauts on long-haul space flights risk getting 'space brains'

AbelSoul

Re: It's just too far away to visit...

I see people saying about terraforming the bloody thing. Quite how you do that with a DEAD planet with no molten core and no magnetosphere.

Terraforming is not dependent upon either of those things.

A magnetoshpere only becomes relevant once you have the desired atmosphere as it would slow the depletion of it.

However, even without a magnetosphere, atmospheric depletion would be so slow that it would make little difference and if you have the capability to generate an atmosphere, you should be able to top any losses up.

Not that terraforming is likely for the foreseeable either way.

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Self-driving Google car T-boned in California crash

AbelSoul

Re: Is there a story here?

Would a competent human in the Lexus have seen the van jumping the red and been able to take action to avoid the collision?

Perhaps, although my own experience suggests not. I was recently involved in a similar type of collision - drove through the junction and noticed too late someone flying through the red light.

The other car hit me square on the driver-side door and knocked me unconscious before I had a chance to even attempt evasive action. The damage to the car I was driving was a bit worse than that pictured (other chap was going faster than the allowed 30mph) but close enough that I imagine the circumstances were also relatively similar.

Having said all of that, I can't really claim to be a competent human.

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

AbelSoul
Headmaster

Re: What size?

If you can gain access to such a rare machine, formatting the USB sticks in a non-web-facing Amiga/Pegasos is pretty safe.

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Rosetta probe's final death dive planned for just after last call next Friday night

AbelSoul
Pint

Spectacular end...

... to a fantastic mission.

I saw Matt Taylor give a talk on Rosetta at the Blue Dot festival.

Truly inspiring work by a truly inspiring human being (and, of course, the rest of the team).

Cyber pints all round.

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Phoney bling ring pinged by Tolkien's kin

AbelSoul
Pint

Re: Tolkein Ring Network

Bravo, sir!

Bravo.

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Baffled Scots cops call in priest to deal with unruly spirits

AbelSoul
Trollface

Rutherglen

As someone who grew up nearby, I can confirm that "Ruggie" is teeming with spooky buggers.

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Lowland Scots plunged into panic by marauding ostrich family

AbelSoul
Trollface

Re: it will definitely be the fault of "they English"

Well, I'm guessing "they English" are responsible for your spectacularly witty repartee so, if that's anything to go by, perhaps they're onto something.

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AbelSoul

Re: Really??

The usual media response, sadly lacking this time, to such unfortunate / unforseen / unusual events is to invoke the SNPBaaad meme - el-reg really will have to try better

They sort of did - last paragraph:

"Whatever the reason for the ostrich rampage, we presume it'll be Westminster's fault."

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Stack Overflow takes on technical documentation

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Excellent news

Other than the computer itself, Stack Overflow is probably my most used development aid.

If they pull this off with a similar level of accomplishment it'll be good news all round.

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