* Posts by Philip Lewis

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

Philip Lewis

TG475

I about an hour I shall be boarding TG 475, a 747-400 I expect, and walking upstairs to where Business Class is located. I am not sure if this is the new or old seating configuration, but in any case, it will be a very comfortable and quiet flight back to SYD.

Back in the 70s, I flew Business Class on TG's then brand spanking new 747! TG's first 747, and as I recall they were very proud to be operating the "Jumbo". It was my first Business Class sector. 3 1/2 decades have passed, and several million air miles as well, but I still like the 747 - I suspect that I will pass away before the last 747-8 retires from service (I haven't flown this latest variant yet. LH operate them, but wiki informs of only 121 orders, so I may have to look hard to find a flight)

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Philip Lewis

Re: Some dodgy facts in there

ETOPS, aka. Engines Turning Or Passengers Swim

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Alphabetti spaghetti: What Wall Street isn't telling you about Google

Philip Lewis

Re: How Great Minds Occupy Themselves.

In Elon Musk's bio, he comments the sad fact, that some of many great minds of his generation have spent their careers figuring out how to make people click on ads, rather than building stuff.

Elon is right, it is a waste of talent

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

Philip Lewis

Re: Microsoft == The new Blue

Lite Blue, surely?

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Philip Lewis

Re: "he has a higher degree of tolerance for unfinished software than his customers"

hahahah - "one row at a time". Perhaps they should have loaded the entire load data set into memory first, because you know, memory is cheap and fast, right?

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Google brews a fresh pot of Oracle's OpenJDK Java for future Android

Philip Lewis

Re: FOU: Field of Use Restrictions was the original sticking point.

So, Google is in fact evil?

Who knew? I am shocked, shocked I tell you!

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Windows XP spotted on Royal Navy's spanking new aircraft carrier

Philip Lewis

Re: how is this news?

Indeed. I was looking at the website the other day. I spent 25 years in the VMS/Rdb world, then I got buried in the kindergarten with WindowsServer2008/SQLServer. Oh dear ...

I guess there will always be clients for VMS, but the bottom line is that the children in charge at most sites don't understand anything at all, so the likelihood of VMS being used on bespoke systems is low. Most of the talent in the employment pool had to leave for better pastures during the HP "reign of terror", so it is actually probably rather hard to man a VMS project these days.

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

Philip Lewis

Re: If it's getting confused with Australias...

" where the sun goes on the Australian Flag?"

CRIKEY!

That is not the sun! Were you an Australian, I would roundly abuse the Australian education system's malaise.

"The sun" as you call it, is a star with each point representing one of the 6 states and the territories

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Philip Lewis

Re: Yes please

nah ... Hawaii first!

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Google says its quantum computer is 100 million times faster than PC

Philip Lewis

@ Cynic_999

... which is exactly why I have always considered BitCoin to be a resource rather than a currency, and one which should be regulated (for trading purposes) as such, like goldetc.

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Uber Australia is broke: 'We don't pay tax because we don't generate revenue'

Philip Lewis

IIRC in Germany, there are two MWst rates, one for food (and anything else you sw allow) and a higher rate for everything else. This is to lessen the impact on the poor, who use a proportionally higher amount of income on food.

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Philip Lewis

Re: "We don’t think that it is appropriate"

Not all countries impose VAT on transport. While not a taxi driver, I am pretty certain there is no VAT on taxis, bus tickets, airline tickets and so on in Denmark (where I happen to live).

Taxis are hideously expensive in the socialist utopia Bernie Sanders so loves, about USD 8 flag fall when booked and some hideous km rate and time rate on top. On the other hand the taxi will be a late model Mercedes or similar, so you get a comfortable ride

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Tor Project: US government paid university $1m bounty to hack our networks

Philip Lewis
Headmaster

Re: tor should be happy

"Could of been far far ..."

Could HAVE been!

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Roamers rejoice! Google Maps gets offline regional navigation

Philip Lewis

Re: Here Maps

Here is my preferred solution, as I roam the world - plan in advance.

" ... and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty "

The authors have obviously visited Australia, which makes the 3rd world seem positively advanced on this particular score.

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Windows 10 growth stalls during October

Philip Lewis

Re: XP

The problem with people who think that their particular cabbage patch is representative of all cabbage patches, is that they are wrong by definition.

Travel to asia some time (or the seriously 3rd world), where internet access via internet cafes is still very common and very much a normal activity. In these cafes you will invariably find XP machines that are at some "state", and reset on every boot. I do not recommend accessing you bank from these machines, but for surfing and webmail they are OK. I usually install AVAST immediately on boot, to kill most of whatever has managed to get into the systems, before using email or whatever it is that took me there.

XP will be around for a while, despite the fact that windows 7 is vastly superior and has been wholly and totally compromised with custom boot loaders with real OEM keys.

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Think Fortran, assembly language programming is boring and useless? Tell that to the NASA Voyager team

Philip Lewis

Re: Where do I sign?

"Where is the new blood?"

They are all busy becoming the masters of advanced button pushing and object obfuscation, skills which require precious little understanding or intellect - the results are available for all to see at your nearest "abortion of a website"

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Philip Lewis
Coat

Re: High level languages?

" (Basically, all they're fit for is putting a few buttons and text boxes around a ready-made library)"

Never a truer word spoken IMHO, based on my 35 years in this industry and recent entry into the world of "retired but always interested in something that might be interesting"

Mine is the one with the MACRO-11 manual in the pocket!

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Your 30-second guide to why Samsung is acting all Smugsun today

Philip Lewis

Re: How do you cut a wireless phone "cord"?

Their TVs are pretty good though

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What upgrade cycle? Tablet sales crater for fourth straight quarter

Philip Lewis

What me! Upgrade?

And there we have it. 2 iPads in this family, an iPad2, still going strong and an Air2. Needless to say, the iPad2 was "handed down" the family tree. (the one Android tablet I had was consigned to the dustbin almost instantly - it was truly horrible)

The issue for tablet sales is the upgrade cycle. We long ago passed the point where there were compelling reasons to upgrade every couple of years. The use cases haven't changed much, and I hadn't noticed too many apps that "required" me to upgrade before I did so for other reasons.

I guess everyone who wants one has one, and the upgrade cycle is about 4-5 years (or accidental destruction) whichever comes first.

Still, USD 4B in quarterly sales (for Apple) is hardly a failure, so I don't think they are all that concerned at this point.

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Oracle Java 'no longer the greatest risk' to US Windows PC users

Philip Lewis

Re: itunes unpatched

... and now iCloud for windows needs tha Windows Media components installed AND enabled befor it will install!!? WTF is that all about?

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Bacon can kill: Official

Philip Lewis

Re: Risk assessment...

This is one of the few double plus good things about living in denmark. I have 4 top tier bakeries within walking distance of my home, plus an OK one. The bread and pastries and tarts etc. are relatively expensive, but they are handmade on a daily basis with the finest of raw materials :)

Honestly, the only reason to buy a supermarket loaf is if you want to make Breville toasties (yummmm) and the square shape is a convenience.

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

Philip Lewis

Just got the memo

Sorry to hear that TW has been "consigned to the dustbin of (El Reg) history" which I think is an appropriate misquote from some famed economist or philospher.

In any case, I have enjoyed Tim's take on all things, and shall miss his articles.

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

Philip Lewis

Re: Just wondering

Either way, I predict the anti theft device is a moddern interpretation of the electic chair!

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Philip Lewis

The Italian Job

The original, began with the demolition of a Miura, follwed by 3 Es, 87 minis and quite a lot of Fiats. The tone was set a loooong time ago.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

Philip Lewis

Re: WHO cares?

As a snuff snorting Swede once remarked;

There is a difference between living, and being alive!

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Philip Lewis

Re: I think they're all missing the point

And I thought it eas just me who just loves the diplodicus!

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Philip Lewis

1980s

When I were a lad, some bright spark discovered the 'added extras' in bacon + coffee = wickedly strong carcigen. So obviously, we need to go back to drinking tea for breakfast!

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

Philip Lewis

(TM)

"Quantum Pentium"

Surely that would be a "Qantium" (no "u" because we don't want the word to ever hit the dictionary"

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NASA deep space scope serves up EPIC Earth snapshots

Philip Lewis

Re: Bah!

IIRC NASA did allocate a bit of Hubble time to photograph the surface of the moon. Since the resolution was still greater than the size of the objects (lander, rover etc) they were not visible. However the Rover tracks in the dust were visible.

Of course I may have dreamed all of this.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

Philip Lewis

Only under a very narrow definition of "majority"

As for Elon, he has a great deal of money invested in tech companies that exists because of the issue - it is hardly likely he would have a differing opinion.

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Philip Lewis

Conflation 101

" Pollution is quite separate to the climate problem: one can be solved, and the other cannot, and the public doesn't understand that."

Here in Europe Connie Hedegaard conflates these two things every time she opens her mouth. She is despicable in my opinion, a duplicitous weasel.

It is hardly surprising that Joe Average is doesn't understand, he is being lied to on a daily basis by people exploiting the situation (politicians) as they drive blindfolded, headlong into their New World Order of Global Government.

/endrant

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Apple iPhones, iPads BRICKED by iOS 9's 'slide-to-upgrade' bug

Philip Lewis

Re: Worked for me

Sample space increased 100% to 2 with addition of 1 iPhone.

Still 100% success

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Philip Lewis

Worked for me

Sample space of 1 Air2

Upgrade to 9.0

Worked fine

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

Philip Lewis

Re: Downvotes

Whielist the site in your adblocker. I have,

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BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

Philip Lewis

Re: zero fucks given

Ex Macina is a great flick, and I would have poked ALL the Fembots in it.!

(Finally an Austin Powers reference)

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Sierra Nevada snow hasn't been this bad since 1500AD

Philip Lewis

Re: Reg commentard confused by hypothesis again @Mahatma Coat

Warm+dry = n

Warm+wet = o

Warm+wet+low solar = p

Etc ...

Am I making a point about vegetation growth here? Do you see why a single factor is with absolute certainty never acting alone? Tree ring studies are dubious best guesses, an ever will be, which is why LP went to quite some lengths (with links no less) to point out that tree ring studies seem to point in all directions supporting neither side of the AGW discussion

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

Philip Lewis

Re: iCloud storage is much cheaper, and that is what Apple want you to use

A down vote from someone who clearly never gets out of a city on a major continent (try Buttfuck Idaho or back of Bourke) or ever paid for data in Australia or had his "unlimited" plan suddenly not be so unlimited after all ...

The facts remain that data is expensive in many countries, "unlimited" often isn't, and coverage still sucks outside cities. Visiting a major event in just about any city just about guarantees zero data coverage as people actually try and post to FB etc. Mobile data is still a long way from usable for anything but unimportant things, and not even those.

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Philip Lewis

Re: iCloud storage is much cheaper, and that is what Apple want you to use

True, but that implies that one has a free and unlimited data plan (in the dictionary sense, not the marketing sense) and further, one is willing to tolerate the inconsistent coverage and quality that we currently have.

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Windows 10 blamed (partly) for stalled PC sales recovery

Philip Lewis

Re: IDC previous predictions fail...

"Cubs having won the World Series in 2016."

Sadly, just in our dreams

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Dead device walking: Apple iPod Touch 6th generation

Philip Lewis

Lunatik

It's been done. Worked OK too (I have one still). I think they stopped selling the nano-5 watch band now though

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Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

Philip Lewis

Re: This good be good news or bad news.....

Obligatory XKCD https://xkcd.com/radiation/

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

Philip Lewis

Quick, someone who is too bored to have a life read this and give me the tl;dr version.

http://www.pga.com/other/terms-use

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Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

Philip Lewis

Re: I'm starting to lose track of this

NOKIA got really big in mobile phones in a different era and it is very unlikely that their previous 50%+ market share position could ever be re-attained.

That said, I guess they could start from scratch and try some niche markets. They were always good at the phone cameras and they had good production quality and OK designs. There may be some useful and profitable areas for them, but a major global player in mobile phones generally is probably not one of them. This belongs to the hordes of Chinese manufacturers forever more I suspect.

It seems with this announcement previous predictions that MS would quickly get rid of the dumb phone part of the business have now been realised and the destruction of all NOKIA handset division value is now almost complete. After a suitable amount of time, the Lumia will be buried and MS's foray into the mobile handset market will be at an end.

Oh, and how is that 8Bn purchase of Skype working out for MS financially?

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Samsung ousts Apple as top US smartmobe biz

Philip Lewis

It's all relative, except when it is not

"Samsung is unusual in that their devices always have a longer life."

For the life of me, I cannot deduce to what this statement refers .

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

Philip Lewis

Re: English translation please...?

Well Tim, I think I know what you meant to write, but I am unable to reconcile my thought with what you did write and with what you might have written to indicate what you clearly thought. geddit?

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Australian government demands signoff on telco network designs

Philip Lewis

"... indication that the laws won't be used against specific vendors"

yep, that is totally believable, not?

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Phishing gone: eBay patches to block session-jacking Magento holes

Philip Lewis

@ Six_Degrees

My conjecture is ...

a) The score range is 1..5

b) That in this case, the direction of "scoring" is irrelevant

YMMV :D

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

Philip Lewis

Re: Request line

... or a band

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Beats loudspeaker silenced by Apple after $3bn buyout, report claims

Philip Lewis

These might be cool though

https://www.teenageengineering.com/products/od-11

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

Philip Lewis

Re: Lots of people have to fill this out

Actually, first pet is the one i always choose. there are only 5 living people who know the answer to this one.

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