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UK's National Museum of Computing asks tunesmiths to recreate bleeps, bloops, and parps of retro game music

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8 bit tunes

possibly a bit late to publicise this - 8 bit symphony

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-45677787

A friend of a friend told me that the musicians enjoyed the performance at least as much as the sell-out audience.

For me, background music to Spindizzy (on the Commode) ftw

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Was going to post a couple of digitised game openers, but you bet me to it for one...

"citadel citadel citadel CIT-A-DEL"

&

..."stay a while. stay FOREVER"

can't remember the second game though

Anyone fancy a Snowmobile full of Bags O'Crap? It'll be on the list somewhere

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I'll never get to open the Olympic Games for this post...

Bag o' crap - Amazon owned trade mark

Sack o' cacky - Japanese motorcycle

Mine's the one with copies of 1970s ragmags and Motorcycle News in the pockets

Subcontractors working on CityFibre's £45m Derby rollout threaten to 'rip up tarmac' in dispute over payments

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Unhappy

Don't know about workers, but as far as material goes...

One readymix concrete supplier near us was (two months ago) down from 1000 m^3 per day to 80 m^3 - i.e. 1/12 normal capacity.

We're being quoted steel prices 30% up since Easter - and that's after "inflation" rises earlier this year.

Other products that would normally be two weeks lead time are currently 12 weeks.

These figures were pre last week's pingdemic.

w.r.t. ripping up the tarmac to recover cable because non-payment- I'd normally say "run the backhoe across the cable line to cut a couple of trenches and backfill with concrete" but even that won't work at the moment because concrete

Former ad exec sticks Steve Jobs' 1973 job application in a scanner for physical-versus-digital NFT auction

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Re: He changed the world

" Type in YouTube "Bill Burr destroyed Steve Jobs" "

If that's a RickRoll then you get one of these ---->

Gung-ho tank gamer spills classified docs in effort to win online argument

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Re: You are... not me

That could have been a defence against less-than-sociable members of a mess. Stamping the newspaper "Officers' Mess" would be seen by some as "belongs to any member of the mess", thus free to take away. Stamping the newspaper "Restricted" would mean that removing the paper from the mess becomes an offence rather than just a selfish habit.

Or maybe the adjudant was a jerk.

Total recall: Amazon faces legal action from US consumer protection group over hazardous goods

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Amazon store content providers

Anybody care to call the odds on Amazon trying to claim that they only publish the adverts and therefore aren't responsible for the goods that _other_ bad, bad people want to sell?

Western Approaches Museum: WRENs, wargames, and victory in the Atlantic

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"...most people have never heard of..."

Mister C senior (born 1928) was an office boy in a Liverpool shipping office during the war. As the most junior of juniors, a lot of his duties were carrying messages. He regularly had to carry (sealed) reports to and from Derby house. He enjoyed being stopped by a Royal Marine sentry telling him "you can't go in there, it's secret" - at which point he would remember that he had a pass in his pocket. Scouse teenager - 1, His Majesty's Finest - 0.

Icon coz the pass is in here somewhere

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast

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Happy

Re: On the go ...

And a Big Jim was served on two plates. Think steak platters - full. And you got your picture taken when you finished it.

They did a great April Fool's gag by putting a "for sale" ad in the climbing magazine in the early nineties. As if...

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Re: add condiments to taste.

Resupply to Berlin has been done before. All we need is Dakotas. Lots and lots of Dakotas.

2021: A Bork Odyssey. Is it remake of Disney's The Black Hole or explorer.exe being shown the door?

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Bork to the Future

Escape from New Bork

Borking Girl

Borkies

The Social Netbork

and finally

A ClockBork Orange

Hoe yes he did: IT pro record-botherer balances garden tool on his head for 2.5 hours

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Re: I tried for a record once

And I tried balancing a seagull. Ended predictably badly.

Signed

Cliff

IT management biz Kaseya's VSA abused to infect businesses with ransomware

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Re: Ghost Guns

The Danao firearms have the same design ethos as the American "Liberator FP45" and "Deer Hunter" pistols. Those weapons were designed to the user to acquire a proper weapon. Very much a "use it and the survivor gets to keep the good gun" approach for desparate times.

Links:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3060548

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3081128

Thanks to "Mussy" @ Thingiverse for the models and write up. NOTE - These 3D models are stage prop / replica models. Firing the originals would be risky for the user - firing a copy would almost certainly be a life-changing event.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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If Marvel taught us anything

It would be that these mutants will evolve wings.

Yup, we'll have flying pigs before flying cars.

Five words everyone wants to hear: Microsoft has 'visually refreshed' Office

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Unhappy

fscking designers - shame they don't inhabit the real world

"the default neutral color palette, customizable ribbon, and soft corners"

That'll be pale grey foreground with a mid grey background for the active window. And the background windows are 1/255 of a grey different. With a 1 pixel border so that you can't spot the edges and can't click on them unless you have a gaming mouse (and the motor skills of a gaming champ). And all because screen resolution and real estate are soooo valuable now that we have 4k monitors.

Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer

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Facepalm

Re: Faulty windows?

still too soon?

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Joke

Way back?

What is this "way back" you're asking Mr B to perform?

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication

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As I see it

2FA is needed for security because password recycling has killed email + password security. So the option that most popular websites use is token recycling as they all (*) use the same token - your mobile number. Utterly meaningless as a security factor when the mobile phone is being used to access a website - if your phone gets stolen then the 2FA token has also been stolen. There's no real increase in security, just an extra piece of PII that's been grabbed.

(*) banks seem to be the exception with their token generator keyfobs that cause Mrs C to generate new and interesting combinations of expletives when they don't work.

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Re: Ah Captcha!

I've never been asked to select the pedestrian crossings by a Captcha. I have, however, been asked to select the crosswalks.

If a Captcha ever asked me to select the pavement then I would fail because I'd select the sidewalks when it was expecting me to select the carriageway.

Lego bricks, upcycled iPhone lenses used in new low-cost, high-res microscope

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Trollface

Re: Brilliant

And Apple to sue for using the lenses

Spacey McSpaceface: Artemis takes shape ahead of '2021' launch – but first you need to name the crash-test dummy

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Plucky Playmonaut II

please

What job title would YOU want carved on your gravestone? 'Beloved father, Slayer of Dragons, Register of Domains'

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Happy

Re: Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph

Mister_C translation via Yandex "excors, qui genera stercora". Descriptive rather than literal.

Their literal translation is "In commentario olim notus sicut Mister_C". I'll use that next time I allow the account to lapse...

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Sir Christopher Wren's epitaph

LECTOR, SI MONUMENTUM REQUIRIS CIRCUMSPICE - Reader, if you seek his monument look around you.

That's the sort of thing I'd like to be able to have.

Mayflower, the AI ship sent to sail from the UK to the US with no humans, made it three days before breaking down

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Trollface

Re: "With no one onboard to fix it"

what they need is AI AA (other breakdown services are available but AI greenflag doesn't have the same ring)

FYI: There's a human-less, AI robot Mayflower ship sailing from the UK to US right now

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Partying dockside has been a no-no for over a year. Especially when there's nobody who could possibly be covid positive involved.

https://www.theregister.com/2020/04/24/hms_trenchant_bbq_brouhaha/

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Re: The

Came here to post similar - the heading has been showing as 063 for most of the morning. Either the dashboard is showing the reciprocal heading or she's reversing across the pond.

(update - checked again before posting 12:47BST)

She had been heading ENE for most of the morning, currently turning round.

(Edit) Just after I posted, she was turning again - 34 degrees of rudder. Now heading back E.

@Wade Burchette - if she was tacking then we'd see NW and SW zig zags, not NE.

Your spacesuit ran into a problem and needs to restart

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Re: There Are Three Things

Prior art - Bibendum

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelin_Man

'Welcome to Perth' mirth being milked for all it's worth

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meanwhile in Old North Wales

http://www.welshnotbritish.com/2013/12/piss-off-biggles.html

The Eigiau Dam Disaster: Deluges and deceit at the dawn of hydroelectric power

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Pint

Leats

Have on of these for explaining the leats better than I'd been told previously --->

I'd only ever been told "they're feeders for the old hydro" when I described them whilst speculating that using an inner tube to float the length might be a relaxing way of filling a sunny day...

Google wants to look like it cares about your privacy with Android 12 Beta 2, but note that's not how Google works

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Big Brother

Location Services

Does Big Brother still require that Location Services is switched on to access Bluetooth?

'Vast majority of people' are onside with a data grab they know next to nothing about, reckons UK health secretary

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6 May PCC elections

The turnout for the recent Police Crime Commissioners was less than 1/3 of eligible voters. Can the gummint therefore accept that the vast majority of people are fine with doing away with the concept?

Source: https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9244/

"Turnout averaged 33.2% across the 34 police areas where data is available (measured as valid first preference votes as a proportion of the electorate)."

edit. Police and Crime Commissioners. my bad.

Thanks, boss. The accidental creation of a lights-out data centre – what a fun surprise

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Re: I may have mentioned this one before...

-> Imperial March from Star Wars. On a 3D printer:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:70352

https://youtu.be/DzDZLwaDzys

->Pirates of the Caribbean:

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1667548

https://youtu.be/jYrgwOogeSk

Snakes on a Plane meets The Simpsons as airline creates ‘whacker’ to scare reptiles away from parked A380s

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Best of order please

For the Wheel Tappers and S(nake)hunters

Congestion or a Christmas cock-up? A Register reader throws himself under the bus

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Confessor Currys considerable credit.

All that Lego has a purpose: Researchers find that spatial memory improves kids' mathematical powers

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Re: Lego and origami

Would I be right in assuming that you didn't have the Lego motor? Intended to be part of a train set but there was more fun to be had off the rails. The switch lever on the battery box on mine got snapped - Mister_C senior jury-rigged a fix by carving a lolly stick and I learned that things are only broken when you can't find a way to keep them working...

As another vendor promises 3 years of Android updates, we ask: How long should mobile devices receive support?

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Re: "support" is a sales "feature"

Support as a sales feature doesn't work for me. The target should be "security by design", as in the Sale of Goods Act definition "FIT FOR PURPOSE". If it ain't secure when it's sold, it ain't fit to be sold. Simples.

And as for "batteries have a limited life" - this means they MUST be replaceable.

I know I'll get downvotes for this next statement, but IT suppliers should get out of the mindset of "our stuff is complicated, we'll fix it later". I was going to write that no other industry gets away with that mindset but then I realised that the exception that proves that rule is Boeing.

Huawei wins big intellectual property case in Europe – against fashion house Chanel

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Boffin

I have no difficulty telling them apart....

WhoAreWe have based their logo on celtic knotwork with quite clear breaks where each curve goes under the other.

Chanel have based their logo on a partly drawn Venn diagram. Both circles represent populations running from "very little" on the left to "very much" on the right.

Left hand circle is "wealth". Right hand circle is "intelligence". Intersection is their target market i.e. "more money than sense".

Simples.

Pigeon fanciers in a flap over Brexit quarantine flock-up, seek exemption from EU laws

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Facepalm

Re: What

They can stay in Swangatte migrant camp.

Prince Philip, inadvertent father of the Computer Misuse Act, dies aged 99

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Re: No TV

Beeb 1 & 2 are now doing simulcasts of obit programs. Meaning that the Masterchef final and Gardeners' World are both cancelled.

DoE still upsetting the middle classes even after shuffling off this mortal coil...

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Re: No TV

One for "On Call", methinks...

Feature bloat: Psychology boffins find people tend to add elements to solve a problem rather than take things away

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Boffin

Using no extra blocks and keeping the roof at the same height:

Take the three blocks from the centre and use them to stabilise the three corners, leaving a hollow tower.

OR

Take the four blocks from the middle of the upper rows, put one in the centre and stabilise the corners with the other three.

W3C Technical Architecture Group slaps down Google's proposal to treat multiple domains as same origin

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WTF?

Nay, Nay and Thrice Nay

This is a malignant at sooo many levels.

google.com and google.co.uk are owned by the same corporation (*). There will be many, many cases where foo.com, foo.org, foo.co.uk and foo.eu below to different organisations. How will a user be able to give informed consent for blanket cookies to any of the foo?

That youtube belongs to google is (sort of) widespread knowledge. How does the average user know who "newly_aquired_startup.com" belongs to - the original founders, or the megacorp that bought them yesterday? And next week, when the megacorp sells them on? Which entity owns the blanket cookie then?

If I need to enable cookies in order to access a .gov.uk website, does this give the government carte blanche for a blanket cookie? Or does Crapita (provider of the service behind the .gov.uk) get the blanket cookie? Or do both get a golden ticket?

(*) They'll point out that they are discrete entities when they need - tax reasons, for instance.

Mullet over: Aussie boys' school tells kids 'business in the front, party in the back' hairstyle is 'not acceptable'

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Re: Well done!

Mister C senior was planning to celebrate my 18th by giving me a tankard - or rather, having a tankard presented across the bar of our village pub when he "took his son for his first pint". Then my mother pointed out that the "happy 18th" inscription would be a giveaway that I'd been underage (and unchallenged) on all my previous visits.

In the bar staffs' defence (and getting back to the original story), I sort-of looked about old enough as my sixth form hair rebellion was a 'tache. Coz I could. Would've been a beard, but I couldn't.

Where did the water go on Mars? Maybe it's right under our noses: Up to 99% may still be in planet's crust

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... and wasps.

Stingy, stingy space wasps

Microsoft fixes the thing it broke via another dose of out-of-band patching to deal with BSOD printing problems

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"Helpfully, Microsoft failed to specify which printers are affected."

Redmond Roulette, the new game in town

Phishing awareness gone wrong: Facebook tries to seize websites set up for staff security training

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Re: Is proofpoint being malicious

Or perhaps proofpoint should allow the relevant domains to be transferred because trademark. On the understanding that the big boys lease the names back gratis so that the training company has a valid, above board training resource. Because pro bono.

And preferably rinse repeat with other web giants for other training and/or security companies.

CD Projekt Red 'EPICALLY pwned': Cyberpunk 2077 dev publishes ransom note after company systems encrypted

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Joke

Look for the hackers behind a hedge (fund)

"Investors will lose trust in your company and the stock will dive even lower!"

So just another exercise in sort-selling going on. Maybe by a more proactive hedge fund

My bad! So you're saying that redacting an on-screen PDF with Tipp-Ex won't work?

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Re: I let a tear fall

Or you were a witness at the "Romans in Britain" gross indecency trial

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Romans_in_Britain

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Re: Multi-coloured Tipp-Ex

"ice mix". New to me. Every day is a school day.

We had a labourer who didn't need to be send for striped paint. He didn't mix it properly and it dried with the sort of graduated tints that normally needs an artist with a palette full of colours to achieve.

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Re: The Weekly Cultural Moment

Périphérique

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