* Posts by PhilipN

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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover

PhilipN

Hats off to Flt. Luey Nicolson

Well done, son

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Putting your schlong into the reel-to-reel tape machine is a bad idea

PhilipN

Perspective, Mr. Dabbs

The fact is Pinky and Perky was one of the more entertaining bits of Brit TV at the time. Do try to remember what life was like in the early '60's. Perry Bloody Como on the TV - and in the charts. The Black and White Minstrels on Saturday prime time TV. And if-you-don't-feel-like-hanging-yourself-yet-you-soon-will Sing Something Simple on Sunday evening radio.

No Kojak or Man From U.N.C.L.E. No Avengers, if memory serves.

Christ! How did we get through it all!

Because at the time we lapped it up,

Now don't get me started on '50's TV and radio.

And your starter for 10 : Which actor did P and P begin performing with, who spoke on screen with an atrocious Italian accent.

Here's a clue : He later redeemed himself by playing a 'tec on Z Cars. On the other hand he had an awful lot to redeem himself for, because he also did TV ads for Special K.

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Odin (formerly Parallels) bets big on Docker and OpenStack

PhilipN

Work with IBM is under way, too.

Resolves one problem. Odin was the name of the OS/2 components and feature which enabled IBM to call OS/2 a better DOS than DOS and a better Windows than Windows.

Must be no more OS/2 guys left at IBM.

IBM used to protect its IP with ferocity.

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BONKERS apocalyptic WAR WAGONS circle Vulture South

PhilipN

"Luvvie"

Eyes passim

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

PhilipN

Great idea

Must have been aired extensively elsewhere but having access through the back door, or even the front door, would allow tracking of aircraft gone AWOL and preventing them from crashing into the Indian Ocean (or wherever).

No?

Oh.

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US Navy robot war-jet refuels in air: But Mav and Iceman are going down fighting

PhilipN

Sleep?

Heaven forbid, but I for one would feel comforted knowing that our front line combatants are able to stay awake for more than 12 hours.

Maybe it's time to automate the frigging carriers!

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

PhilipN

Hats off ....

... a million times to all those involved in this project. Bloody brilliant!

P.S. Does anyone know how to pronounce "Tombaugh". I mean, how would HE have pronounced it?

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Building a better society from the Czechs' version of Meccano

PhilipN

Thanks

Good article.

And thanks (not!) for the reminder for Izal toilet tissue which needless to say handled very well as tracing paper but not (along with Jeyes) for its intended use.

Those who remember the gruesome nature of the article will readily understand how it might have sustained a Four Yorkshireman sketch all of its own. "Kleenex?? - Luxury!"

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

PhilipN

Second part of the story?

Would think that testing after they return would be a lot more intensive and of course longer term. The Article mentions the twin, which is a brilliant idea, but it would be nice to know more.

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Intel's cheap and Android's free: Not any more, says TAG Heuer

PhilipN

Win-win?

Yeah, right. In my experience this is more likely to be lose-lose.

Rather like the Beatles in the time leading to the break-up, none of the participants will bust a gut over a shared product when he wants to do one exclusively his own.

I predict FAIL from Day One.

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Massive DDoS racks up $30,000-a-day Amazon bill for China activists

PhilipN

Upset China?

Will be interesting to see whether Amazon is prepared to do so.

If they help out they may prefer to do it on the quiet.

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

PhilipN

"..the nuanced responsiveness of caring people interacting with one another ..."

Huh? My parents were from the first half of the 20th Century. Can someone please explain WTF this guy is talking about.

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iTunes snafu: DNS fail borked Apple's app & iTunes stores for 10 HOURS

PhilipN

Confused of Worthing asks ..

Haven't they heard of mirrors? Or would that not have avoided this particular problem.

And if not why not.

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What’s new in Office 2016 for Mac (and why it doesn't totally suck)

PhilipN

There is only one critical feature

Compatibility.

There is nothing MS can do to make me happier than to ensure 100 per cent compatibility between docx under Windows and docx under OS/X. Right now it may be 99.9 but that other 0.1 per cent is deadly to the point where I care absolutely nothing for anything else.

Otherwise, a handy little summary - thanks.

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Office for Mac 2016 Preview: This letter will self-destruct in 60 days

PhilipN

Re: NoW downloading

but so slow the 60 days will expire before the d/l completes

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PhilipN

Not downloading

I have been trying on and off for four hours and nothing happens.

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I, ROBOT ~ YOU, MORON. How else will automated news work?

PhilipN

Robo-journalism? Bring it on!

I do not see why anyone should be wary of AI. Look at the World. Human "intelligence" is a bloody sight scarier.

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To Explain the World, Girl in a Band and A Spool of Blue Thread

PhilipN

Well well well

Commentary on El Reg about Sonic Youth.

And knowledgeable commentary at that.

Thanks and - - kin' A!

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

PhilipN

I have one

Love it.

Incidentally works very well as a phone

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

PhilipN

Earth: hotter. Life expectancy: up.

There is a direct correlation between global warming and longevity, if your sample comprises news headlines.

I do not mind if someone pays me a LOT of money to establish this on a scientific basis.

Hell - pay me and I'll establish whatever you want!

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Mock choc shock: 3D candy printer is good news for sweet-toothed swingbellies

PhilipN

'Why?" "Because we can."

Any confectioner - or, come to think of it, housewife back when I were a wee laddie - could make attractive, edible - nay, tasty - shapes using one of those conical squirty things with a nozzle.

On the other hand, if I can get supplies from the chemical factory piped directly to a 3D printer at my home, and then "print" the same pre-packed junk which goes into my supermarket basket every week, I shall buy one.

It wouldn't surprise me if Tyson is working on the same thing with ground chicken.

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Norks' internet goes TITSUP in possible DDoS attack

PhilipN

Gag!

I am, and there must be many others here who are, sickened at the sight of that overfed monstrosity of a humanoid when the vast majority of his countrymen are undernourished and, at this time of year, freezing.

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Nunslinger, Yosemite For Dummies and Life Inside The Fall

PhilipN

National treasure?

I can just imagine MES's response to that. But he is, for good reason. 99% of today's bands could select six different sounds - riffs, chord progressions, snatches of melody, what have you - from any one of a large portion of The Fall's output and make at least 6 different tracks out of them. Not because today's bands are any good: because The Fall's output is endlessly and monumentally inventive.

Amen.

Alternatively just listen to Sparta FC or What About Us or a bunch of others and get your rocks off.

Good review - thanks

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Secretive Chinese smartmobe colossus Xiaomi is on WAFER thin margins

PhilipN

As a privately owned firm ...

...it is in their interests to show as little profit as possible.

Agree with first poster.

You do know the tax rates in PRC, don't you?

Plus a chunk of overhead will be going to .. cough cough .. friendly suppliers, who may be the boss's brother-in-law.

Any different in the Wild West?

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Linus Torvalds releases Linux 3.18 as 3.17 wobbles

PhilipN

Re: Linux future

I was thinking the same thing. I have to hand it to LT for riding the bronco for so many years and bringing it to such a level of usage and respect. I would not call all Linux developers prima donnas but some of them give the impression of being a rowdy bunch. That's an observation, fellas, not a criticism, and it may be a good thing as part of the bazaar, but every good CEO - especially those who are self-appointed - plans for his own succession.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

PhilipN

Groundhog Day

Easy. Time moving, but sideways.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

PhilipN

Vinyl introduces a lot of failings

Too bloody right! I love my vinyl but for example I have an early Dire Straits LP on which the groove is not properly centred. The music does not benefit from what sounds like a doppler effect as the needle veers half an inch this way and that each time the record goes round.

And on Jon Lord's Gemini Suite (original issue) I have never been able to get rid of what sounds like the second violins having a nice fry-up in the middle of the orchestra.

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

PhilipN

Here we are, Planet Earth!

You forgot Netscape crowing "YES, THIS IS THE MOZILLA" (i.e. corruption of Mosaic Killer) on first release. Almost equivalent to the monolith amongst the apemen in Kubrick's 2001.

From memory this is the first use of "-illa" which of course is now ubuig...... uqui... ubitqu.... everywhere.

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

PhilipN

Re: Corrrection

Windows GUI cost? Nothing.

I switched from OS/2 to OS/X but keep a couple of machines running XP just for piddling around.

The VM runs under OS/X. Parallels, Virtual Box or VM Fusion - take your pick. OS/2 sound even works, which I must admit came as a shock, OS/2 system sounds emanating from an Apple Cinema Display.

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PhilipN

Corrrection

"...IS a worthy OS..." The only issue today is the need to run it inside a VM (which works quite nicely). Try it.

The absolute peak of efficiency was using WordPerfect for DOS under OS/2, sending faxes by Faxworks and ..... oh...... everybody's gone...

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

PhilipN

... the greatest nation on earth ....

Ahead of the game but that would be what next week could be the World's newest nation?

The one whose citizens were responsible for the telephone, the television, penicillin, radar, the modern novel, modern economics, modern human rights, moral philosophy.....

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James Bond's metal-toothed nemesis Richard Kiel dies at 74

PhilipN

Funny or money

It was EM who said he stopped worrying about not being funny "Eighty Million Dollars ago".

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

PhilipN

".. chimpanzees, which are humanity's closest relatives .."

Ah yes. From my observations at least one step closer than my in-laws.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

PhilipN

Talking is over-rated

The vast majority of "phone" usage I see on the streets (i.e. everywhere) is NOT for phone calls.

Thank heavens the unadorned mobile phone is on its way out and we can get on a do useful things without having to engage with other creatures artlessly called homo sapiens sapiens using a strange and inconvenient part of the physique called a tongue. Let's face it if you were commissioned to invent a means of communications between people you would never in a million years come up with the ridiculous one we have traditionally used. Crikey we cannot even use it without an enormous range of facial and hand gestures, postures etc etc.

Frankly nothing would make me happier than if I could find a job where I never have to talk to anyone, but that is a different point.

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

PhilipN

Terminator!

The T-1000 had no moving parts. Must have started "life" being squirted from a 3-D printer.

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Boiling point: Tech and the perfect cuppa

PhilipN

Missing link

Do not forget that the POURING of the boiling water is critical. Hold the tip of the kettle as close as possible to the tea LEAVES - while the water is still bubbling like mad - so that boiling water hits the leaves. Otherwise the water is obviously less than boiling when poured from a height - which is how I make coffee when I am impatient to get the first fix of the day. (WTF does "off-the-boil" mean anyway?)

Similarly pour as fast as the physics of the size and shape of the spout and the receptacle will permit without causing danger.

You're welcome.

I presume that boiling water is necessary to break open the cellular structure of the leaves but perhaps some smart Alec sorry biochemist could tell us.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Sub-heads

I am going to go out on a limb here and use these forums to say that Bohemian Rhapsody is the most over-rated, pretentious piece of drivel ever to reach the charts.

But then I am also appalled that the non-riff from "Whole Lotta Love" should even be in contention for a "best in history" nod.

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Get ready for LAYOFFS: Nadella's coma-inducing memo, with subtitles

PhilipN

Linguistics

In fact it is a no-brainer when studying the charred offal left after a MS presentation. I would go so far as to say they deserve a medal for the bleeding obvious :

" Stuff like term papers, recipes and budgets"

Despite the attempt ("Stuff like ...") to sound casual this is the committee-of executives-and PR-Guys agonised-speech-writing to select punchy buzzwords for the business model. Schools, homes and businesses.

Oh and no sex please. We're American.

Yawn.

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Wake up, grandad: All the techies use social media

PhilipN

Collabuggeration

Drafting a document by committee is bad enough. Having drafts flying around with different parties putting in their 2 cents' worth at the same time on different versions is an absolute bleeding rumpelstiltsking nightmare. Even having a team leader does not help unless contributors are told to review and amend one after the other in linear fashion.

Whoever dreamt up collaborative drafting hadn't a clue about how documents - PROPER documents - are created and finalised for third party consumption - or human nature for that matter.

Ah - another harangue triggered because I had to change "finalized" back to "finaliSEd" twice, as if this bloody software thinks it knows what I want to write better than I do!

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

PhilipN

Re: Dialling 999

Yup, and the third finger nestled on the other side of the... of the ..... that silver crescent moon-shaped bracket which stopped your finger going too far when dialling. Must be a technical name for the bloody thing

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You know all those resources we're about to run out of? No, we aren't

PhilipN

Deja Voodoo

This kind of "Everything is going to run out. We are all doomed" nonsense comes up all the time.

I remember reading such a prediction for the first time in OZ magazine in around 1970. The 2nd or third issue after the Schoolkids one if memory serves.

If that article had been correct by now we would all be wearing synthetic garments and eating food from chemical plants... oh ... hang on a sec...

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'Executed ex' of Norkers' bonkers Kim Jong-un rises FROM THE GRAVE

PhilipN

How may clips can you count?

The news report was many clips spliced together.

I gave up at about 10 when I was less than half way through.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

PhilipN

Royalties please

Long ago in these pages I laid claim to the process for the entry of script from left to right in linear fashion across the page and downwards in rows and you pirates are going to have to start paying or else!

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

PhilipN

Motivation

Just because something is intelligent does not mean it necessarily wants to do anything

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Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty

PhilipN

Pedant's corner

You mean ... cough! cough! .... hoisted WITH ..

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Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

PhilipN

Short Memory Syndrome

MS will keep Android phones going under its aegis most likely at an attractive price point because it suits them to sell as many as possible then begin to ckuf up Android then slowly merge it into the MS ethos.

Embrace, extend ......

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

PhilipN

It's geopolitical

Sounds like Microsoft Asia.

There may be other homophones which Microsoft will use to reveal their Grand Plan but I can't be arsed to figure out what they might be.

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Keep your quinoa, hipsters: Boffins back healthy slabs of choc

PhilipN

Let's not get carried away

Pure chocolate I.e. 100 per cent cocoa powder is totally bleeding unpalatable!

That's why we needed lashings of oocoa butter sugar and usually milk to get it down.

Of course it is nice occasionally to suck on a slab of 99% but that is only because it is a great excuse to wash it down with a carafe of Black Label or Glenfiddich.

Damn now I'm thirsty.

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Microsoft chairman John Thompson: Redmond looks 'like IBM in 1990'

PhilipN

Re: Reminds me of…

The boy stood on the burning deck ......

........................................................ Twit!

(Spike Milligan)

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You’re a LIAR and a CHEAT... la-la-la, I can't hear your lawyers

PhilipN

Re: terrible

I DV'ed Alistair purposefully, rather like Lou Reed (RIP Lou) fans booing to show their appreciation. He is pure entertainment when something gets his goat, in a way my wife is not.

P.S. Ta for the article, Dabbsy

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