* Posts by Diez66

15 posts • joined 20 Apr 2018

Artful prankster creates Google Maps traffic jams by walking a cartful of old phones around Berlin


Re: Ingenious

Red balloons?

Ancient Ore Crusher or KillBot 2000? NASA gets ready to pick a name for its Mars 2020 Rover



End, if it does early.

Endurance if it last a long time and finally, when it stops "End".

Boring but a good fit.

The time a Commodore CDTV disc proved its worth as something other than a coaster


From next door

My parents house has two end capped gas pipes over the fireplace, on the chimney breast, which used to have had lights in the distant past.

Yes, there were connected to the house next door's supply.

Discovered when the saw cut through the pipe.

No big bang, result.

UK.gov opens £250k competition to tackle first-world problem of crap conference Wi-Fi


They will need to bring, if they can get past the border, their own food.

This will also sort out the curly sandwiches, problem, at the same time.

Astroboffins have spied the largest star that has gone supernova and it's breaking all the rules


It is oviously as Sci-Fi special effects star, they always blow up several times.

The proof would be, "Can you hear it"?

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry


Re: Bus v Pedestrian or Pedestrian v Bus

Maybe it can be used in place of their brain.

Lucky they did not walk in to a lamp post, being the lampost's fault it would have to be removed from service and then no one could see a dam thing, (at night)

Operation Desert Sh!tstorm: Routine test shoots down military's top-secret internets


A very satisfying Flash / Bang

So a big old PBX, just installed and running the site.

"Lets check the standby batteries" said the boss.

He turn off the mains, silence and no lights? The battery fuse was disconnected so no batteries.

We get to witness; boss runs around a bit grabs the fuse and pops it in and the is a big old flash and a bang as the batteries start to supply current.

Boss falls backwards and does a bit of a somersault; all very pleasing to us chaps as we had told him let us check it had all been installed correctly and ready for testing but no!.

It appears on a more expensive system there is some circuitry to prevent big bang/flash but boss did not want to pay.

Made us very happy and did no damage other than split sides.

Before we lose our minds over sentient AI, what about self-driving cars that can't detect kids crossing the road?


Re: self-driving cars that can't detect kids crossing the road

Yup, I wondered that, maybe Skynet starts small.

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?


Laptop from radium, Now I am a bit ignorant on how nuclear power stations work exactly, it's not a skill I have needed but from a simplistic point of view.

How Wonderfully Green.

Lots of radioactive laptops and they will all eventually need binning. They can all go to selective landfill, lets call it a reactor. Green Electricity!.

The users of said laptops may pass early, convert to them to Solent Green. Recycling? as a side effect, population reduction, a Virtuous Circle.

OK, radium, uranium not the same, Solent Green not real? But Hey, why let reality get in the way of, Hey that's a good idea!

Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond


Someone/thing that does not listen to me

Felt like a normal day, sad.

It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia


Want one, well I did.

RAZR, awesome physical design, it was the only phone I actually, all but , lusted for.

As you say, once you got it, the way you accessed its limited functions were a wee bit disappointing.

Still, I always loved the feel, the way it looked, it was wow! at the time.

Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle


Open Plan, Me?

I was the noisy one, not using hands free but constantly chatting and basically quite noisy.

My boss did point this out.

My response was, "Well you knew what I was like and You! put me in an open plan office".

Not sure this make me a good guy?

I hate and hated open plan offices, I also know what I was like and knew I would bog it up.

I used to be a technical trainer, thank god for closed training rooms where my chat and banter seemed to be just right.

Brit regulator pats self on back over nuisance call reduction: It's just 4 billion now!


TPS, I re-register every now and then.

This seems to work well, very, very few calls and if I start to get some, I re-register and they seem to stop again, works for me.

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed


In the developed world?

In Spain, and a lot of Europe, the plug and cable are in a straight line, tug the cable, pull the plug.


We get other things right, maybe?

Friend of mine did accidentally hit a big red mushroom on the wall that shut a whole test and development lab down, we went down the beer hall and never spoke of it again., Well until today.

Nest bricks Revolv home automation hubs, because evolution


Re: "Is the era of internet-of-things bringing an end to the concept of ownership?"

D = Do-oh!


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