* Posts by Thrudd the Barbarian

51 publicly visible posts • joined 1 Apr 2011


European electric vehicle sales surged in Q4 2019 but only accounted for wafer-thin slice of total car purchases

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Sadly the purchase price is what limits the lower oncomrs to end up spending more over all on any durable goods.

Those 300$ boots will last a lifetime with care while the 25$ pair will barely make two years before needing to be replaced.

Same goes for appliances or vehicles in general.

Mind there are exceptions... I'm looking at you GE.

Thrudd the Barbarian

Re: Electric cars

Except all those transportation related taxes go into general revenue.

Tinfoil hat brigade switches brand allegiance to bog paper

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Re: Scammers

Also used in water purifiers by some manufacturers.

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Re: One shungite for two phones

// shockingly

// penetrating

// electromotive

// megahurtz if interacted with inappropriately

Good luck pitching a tent on exoplanet WASP-76b, the bloody raindrops here are made out of molten iron

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Re: The "night" side is colder dropping to 1,500°C

Only in jurisdictions where it's use and sale is not banned. Try the states.

Ex-director accuses iRobot of firing him for pointing out the home-cleaner droids broke safety, govt regulations

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Re: See that Iceberg on the port bow?

When my engineering kit's sensors do the electric boogaloo I pull out my pocket dpectrum analyzer and do a sniff test. Yeah not work approved but I'm licensed and it kept me out of other people's trouble.

More times than not it's sparky creativity but every once in a while it's kit broadcasting all over the spectrum at power levels that would make CB abusers drool.

Borklays soz for the ailing ATMs but won't say if fix involved a Microsoft invoice

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Re: Wrong spelling abuse

Canadian English is the Queens English infected with a case of American.

Mind we have almost purged the place of Farenheit... damn HVAC.... as well as that imperial weights and measures for the most part.

Who would have thought working in base 10 would be so difficult for some people.

Not exactly the kind of housekeeping you want when it means the hotel's server uptime is scrubbed clean

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Re: Lockable outlet?

I have not seen it on outlets but there are locking sockets on extension cords.

Wht i have seen and have installed once is a retaining bracket that is held by thumb screws.

Still doesn't stop the determined idiots though.

Maybe adding a bbq igniter coil?

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Re: But...

Except when it's not.

Had an engineering study set up to run overnight. Cabinet locked. Sign posted on cabinet. Three bands of tape above on and below latch. Cart of wired up equipment parked in front.

Next morning cart is to the side.

Tape broken.

Someones project inside cabinet.

Three temperature spikes logged.

Two were on the downswing so still in spec. Third was at the peak and out of spec.

Some of the sensors had been moved.

Study fail and has to be repeated.

Sr researcher and board member walks in and wants his samples. Turns out he was using some of the just delivered bench instruments as well.

He was not happy that his budget had to pay for the repeat of the study and also to explain to the ministry auditor the reason for the delay.

This is where phd becomes Fudd as in Elmer.

Watch out! Andromeda, the giant spiral galaxy colliding with our own Milky Way, has devoured several galaxies before

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Re: Things change slowly

That's like moving from one volcanic island to another. Same problems, different real estate.

The thing to do is go out to sea well away from all the issues of nebulae, novas, colliosions, etc

Now what is lurking in intergalactic space is still to be determined mind you.

BOFH: What's the Gnasher? Why, it's our heavy-duty macerator sewage pump

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Re: Colour me shocked...

New city hall from Day one ran it's propriety HVAC control board on an Apple IIe computer system .

Only things that ever went on it were the FDD cards which wear an easy chip swap fix. Oh and the one time the power supply blew up when 600vac was on the ground line. Gotta love public service unions. At least nobody died, just a few tingles in inappropriate places.

Magnetic cockroaches, dirty money, wombat poo and posties' balls: It's the Ig Nobels 2019

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Re: The little girl on stage

I much prefer the air horn if you actually like the political blowhards or a taser that exponentially increases with verbiage.

Comms room, comms room, comms room is on fire – we don't need no water, let the engineer burn

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Re: Hello, this is Microsoft, your PC has been infected

Odds on favorite root kit is a bag of oven ready frozen chips (fries over here eh)

Praise the lard! Police hook up with Microsoft to school us on National Phish and Chip Day

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Re: Puntastic way to end the week

Tried AT and it was better than most found state side. My local mini chain Heritage Fish n Chips is as close as you can get without hitting the coast or crossing the pond to the isles.

They even import decent crisps.

San Francisco votes no to facial-recognition tech for cops, govt – while its denizens create it

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Re: Eyewitness Identification?

Which style are legal these days?



Boxer Breifs




Mankinie .... uh I really hope not .. (shudder)

Budgie smugglers ... more than likely illegal due to the smuggling aspect and possibly avian abuse.

NASA wheels out Habitation prototypes while SpaceX encounters problems with parachutes

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Blame it on the conversion from impereal to metric. Home and office space is always measured in square feet or meters. Ceiling height is only a concern if too many people are headbutting ceiling fixtures.

Timely Trump tariffs tax tech totally: 25 per cent levy on modems, fiber optics, networking gear, semiconductors…

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Re: Diplomacy Speech

And they adhere to that how much of late?

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Re: Diplomacy Speech

Except they have been ignoring that document at their convenience more and more often of late.

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Re: This treat is not moo-rish

Well they learned from the best that the USofA has to offer in that regard.

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Re: *NOT* Emabarrassed American!

A good chunk of that R&D cost born by industry is marketing and production scaling subsidized by tax dollars.

The real research is done on tax dollars at education institutions that generate small startups that lure investors and once they become viable get gobbled up pennies on the dollar.

Thrudd the Barbarian

Re: *NOT* Emabarrassed American!

Which ones?

As far as I know they both are.

Here's what Autonomy told its salesmen they were allowed to do

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Re: It begins with H and ends with E and is 8 letters long:


Better clean that keyboard, your keys are sticky.

Thrudd the Barbarian

Re: It begins with H and ends with E and is 8 letters long:

Oh and here I assumed it was Homicide.

Hat + coat

Mine is the not so stylish one in kevlar.

Hi! It looks like you're working on a marketing strategy for a product nowhere near release! Would you like help?

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Re: Sounds to me...

What is the value of "often" on a scale of zero to one hundred.

My best guess is that it is a quantum leap from zero at best.

US minister invokes Maggie Thatcher, says she would have halted Huawei 5G rollout

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Re: Need for hard data

They have keep it hidden in a tin box burried under the latrines of Valley Forge for more than two centuries and nobody has ever bothered to dig it out.

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Ministry of Fun

Invoking Orwell's double think eh?

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Re: Build A Wall

I suggest hydroflouric acid as the solvent of choice but what do I know?

Take my bits awaaaay: DARPA wants to develop AI fighter program to augment human pilots

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Re: Predictable ?

Predictably on the macro level but unpredictable on the micro level.

It is already almost here with swarm aka flock algorithms.

In this case ... incomming so get out of the way ... and the group as a whole still maintains pursuit of the targets.

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Re: Well, progress is going to be made

I predict the AI will eject the useless meatbag, complete it's mission in record time disassembling the other meat bags, and glide home with no damage to the AI.

Canadian woman fined for not holding escalator handrail finally reaches the top after 10 years

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Re: Handrails

They proposed putting in automatic cleaning onto the return part of the loop but nobody would spend the time and money for the feature.

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Re: Bilingual

Do not forget that that laws enforcement division insists everything is translated including proper names.

I still wonder why the world has not sanctioned the province for overt racism at all levels.

A while back I was billeted for work in Montreal and noted not a single ethnic face on any local station including the cbc, yet it is the opposite in any other province and mandated as such.

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Re: The Canadian Supremes have shown a remarkable level of common sense

Well it is right there in the story itself - Quebec.

Canada's version of the US south with all that entails but with a Quebecquios accent.

As for common sense I am just glad that the Supreme Court uses GOOD SENSE instead.

Brit Watchkeeper drone fell in the sea because blocked sensor made algorithms flip out

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Not to mention that the armchair pilot will be better qualified than the overpaid overhyped meatsack that can physically sustain grunting through high g turns that a dtone laughs at.

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Re: Just a thought

We gave them too much space for their code.

Documentation whats that

Dont have time for structured programming

They don't need a remote overide on a test system

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Re: What was the spec? Desert Warfare by mistake?

There are no bad puns

Atrocious, Horrible, Painful, and You [censored] but never bad.

Loose Women woman's IR35 win deals another high-profile blow to UK taxman's grip on rules

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Is that a euphemism for a self administered colonoscopy?

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Re: Everything

May I suggest the Slab'o'concrete or the Inert Carbon Rod as options for election to Parliament.

A quick cup of coffee leaves production manager in fits and a cleaner in tears

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Re: Cleaners...

Common sense is, well, common.

Now actual good sense is a rare thing indeed.

Explains the Darwin Awards always having to raise the bar.

User secures floppies to a filing cabinet with a magnet, but at least they backed up daily... right?

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Re: Why metal doors?

Standard for classrooms and most commercial lab facilities... they tend not to warp when exposed to moisture and splitery when things go boom.

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Black Helicopters

Re: Two true stories

Hmmm and here I was using a degausing coil that just plugged into the mains.

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Re: Don't underestimate users...

My goto bit of code is one of those rare M$ apps that is useful.

File Locator Lite.

As long as the luser doesn't play with extensions a few minutes later you will know where all those documents were squirrellyd away.

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Re: Well if the US ships want the Chinese to keep out of the way

How about those 8" floppy disks carefully stacked out of harms way behind the punch card reader?

Such beautiful patterns in the data dumps afterwards .

Welcome your new ancestor to the Homo family tree; boffins have discovered a new tiny species of human

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Re: Yet another grammar nazi


And here is silly me thinking it was one of the Doctors.

Mone is the blue one with the keys to a Police Box

'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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Re: What about the Toyotas that get sold to the Middle East ...

And a trusted ally on Canada's war on AT&T

Humanity gazes into the abyss to get its first glimpse of a black hole

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Re: Black holes are bizarre things

That would be a feature for either side of the pond.

RIP: Microsoft finally pulls plug on last XP survivor... POSReady 2009

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I have two laptops that connect to lab equipment where the software insists xp + serial port or else.

The latesr revisions,which the bean counters won't buy, if it even exists, is good for 7 but not 10. Oh what fun to keep things running.

Apple disables iPad for 48 years after toddler runs amok

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Re: Literally just experienced this...

It's deja'vous all over again.


It's deja'vous all over again.

MoD plonks down £2m on table in exchange for anti-drone tech ideas

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Re: Easy solution

My local aerodrome makes use of the services of a number of falconers.

They now are also providing accommodations for those raptors that stay in residence to control the skyrat issues.

Town admits 'a poor decision was made' after baseball field set on fire to 'dry' it more quickly

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Re: Idiots

I recomend perusing a website know as Instructables and searching under pyrotechnics as well as firewroks.

I remember reading years ago anout a lad who made a wodden match based on a 4x4 timber and an ungodly number of matches for the head.

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That ice smoother upper thingy

I think it is alled a Zamboni - named after carl Zamboni from moosejaw Saskatchewan the inventor who also produced the first use of Saskatchewan seal skin bondings in personal protective equipment.