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* Posts by PhilBuk

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IRS boss on XP migration: 'Classic fix the airplane while you're flying it attempt'

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Re: NSA fail either way

Nah, they just issued themselves a National Security Letter. Perfect get-out!

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Selfies are OVER: Welcome to the age of 'Sleeveface'

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Re: Sleeveface at the MOMA?

It's got to be Blind Failth - that should ruffle a few feathers.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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One of the reasons I stopped shopping at Tescos. They really are the worst offenders for this. Even the staff didn't know where stuff was.

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Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Re: Argh! If you are going to do a review - DO THE RESEARCH FIRST!

Nice rant but countered by the 'would of seen' in para 2 - Yuk!

In english next time please.

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Don't stare: SHRUNKEN Mercury lost 7km, but only 'cos it's COOLING

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Re: I thought it looked a bit small through my scope

You've got very big pockets.

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: So what is going on?

@Vic

See the pilot forums on www.pprune.com. When asked if you could land a B777 on an unpaved runway, the usual answer from B777 pilots was 'once'.

There are also some good explanantions of the arcs from the satellite pings. They are a time of flight for the pings and are measured from a geostationary satellite. So the arcs just show the distance of the last ping received. The gap in the middle is the overlap from the adjacent satellite - the ping was not received by that one - hence the gap.

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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Long Range Foundation?

Someone at NASA has been reading "Time For The Stars". Look out for a proposed trip to nearby stars and the formation of the LRF.

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Europe: Apple. Google. Yes, you. Get in here. It's about these in-app bills

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Re: Is El Reg running out of e-ink?

That bloody animated image means that I miss the first paragraphs of some stories where it appears on the right bar. Had to block the web address for the dancing Balmer one.

Agree about the date too. What wrong with detail? This is a tech site!

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Microsoft shunts top exec Julie Larson-Green sideways to make way for Stephen Elop

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Re: Larson-Green's """Promotion"""

Don't forget all the wonderful work she did on the Office ribbon.

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Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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Re: This is rather sad

If you know a bit of astronomy you'll also know that most of the major stars have Arabic names. All catalogued by Muslim scholars when most of Europe was throwing rocks at Romans.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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Re: Something else we need to know

It's worse - Atos.

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UK spooks STILL won't release Bletchley Park secrets 70 years on

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Re: In the 70's

I thought that instruction was in the Cray-1 rather than the CDC.

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Herschel boffins spot fat dwarf Ceres in TEARS over astro-identity crisis

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Re: says

Keep your asteroid but stay away from Mars.

Earth.

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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

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Re: Interesting, but

Whooosh...

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Top Microsoft bod: ARM servers right now smell like Intel's (doomed) Itanic

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Re: Microsoft change CPUs???

Not a relevant comment. NT on Alpha worked fine - we used to run a massive SAP system on that platform. They did get cold feet and pull the OS variant which more or less killed the hardware platform as far as we were concerned. NT was quite hardware agnostic for a while.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Re: RPN FTW!

Still have mine, bought in 1978 on a journey to the States. Never got a UK charger for it but just used AA cells in it which have worked fine over the years. Had to strip and clean the keyboard about 10 years ago but it still works fine. Also have a HP16C which does multiple bases and machine code arithmatic. Great calculators.

Of course, the fault with the HP33E was that you could enter quite complex programs in it which disappeared when it was switched off. The HP33C came out one year after I bought mine.

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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You really don't know what 'Taking the piss' means, do you?

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

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Re: 200 out of 650,000

They were probably logging everyone on a booze 'n fags run over to Calais. Vital to the economy don't ya know!

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Re: Overstaffed

Grow a beard and try travelling alone by car - works every time. Complete lack of imagination.

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Chinese gamer plays on while BMW burns to the ground

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Re: BMW...

Oh, do they fit wirelesses in BMW these days? They certainly are moving up market.

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Boffins devise world's HARDEST tongue-twister

PhilBuk

Re: pick a pipe of pickled pepper

Easy - four pecks to the bushel. Wonder what my car's fuel consumption is in chains/peck?

Phil.

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

PhilBuk

Re: I don't understand

Maybe something to do with the fucking great piece of lead that it's stored in.

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Happy Thanksgiving, Apple. Now how about THREE more patent legal battles for dessert?

PhilBuk

Re: East Texas?

Why not just give it back to Mexico? Should be fun.

Phil.

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Aussie boffins can detect orbiting SPACE JUNK using rock gods' radiation

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Genesis

Like the Lamb reference in the sub-head. Who's the Genesis fan?

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PANIC OVER DROOPING house prices hits MEMBER-shaped estate

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Re: Obviously nothing to do with

Agreed. I've lived in within 2 miles of this area for 23 years and didn't even know there were houses down there! As you say, I suspect living next to an industrial estate has more of an effect on the house prices than anything else. Oh, and the area floods like buggery at frequent intervals.

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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

PhilBuk

Re: Ask the Russians

They used to get some from the Russians with the proviso that it was used for non-military applications. Of course, the yanks ignored this and used the stuff in military spy satellites. That agreement was ended by the Russians in 2009.

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

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Re: Nimbuseses

Probably 10 base 2 Ethernet - 10Mbits, flaky connectors and difficult to debug.

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GIMP flees SourceForge over dodgy ads and installer

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Re: Ch Ch Ch Changes

... and it's slow as treacle these days.

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OH what a LOVELY, well-rendered WAR: Yes, it’s 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'

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Stop

Re: Firing guns in space

No gun needs an oxygen supply - the oxygen is provided by the propellant. The only time oxygen is required is for a match to light the fuse on a cannon (the fuse has its own oxygen too). Chemistry - not physics.

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Alien planet is just like EARTH - except for ONE tiny detail

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Re: Could it be..

@ribosome

Oh, that's where Tolkein got the name of his elder gods from. You learn something every day.

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TalkTalk to block nuisance calls with no help AT ALL from Huawei

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Re: Will they block themselves?

Yep, CPR Call Blocker. You can specify what to block, witheld numbers, international, skpe, etc and specific numbers. If someone calls and you don't like them, just press the button on the unit and it adds the number to the block list. Maplins do them for about £40.

Phil.

p.s. You need Caller ID enabled.

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NHS preps spammy mailshots advertising 'BIGGEST medical data grab in HISTORY'

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Re: Who is the NHS contracting to store this info ?

It's ATOS.

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MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: @LDS (was: Yes, Word is the worst word processor....)

Ah yes, Sharepoint. The software equivalent of treacle.

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Boffins spot LONE PLANET roaming interstellar void

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Re: No mention of big data

Yes, but it's mostly empty spce.

Phil.

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Re: It's 'He'

Damn, you beat me to it - another old timer! Can't see New York yet.

Phil.

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Re: A planet?

it's He, but not under spindizzy drive yet.

Phil.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

PhilBuk

Re: My approach

Have an upvote - a man after my own heart.

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Re: Thankfully

Ahhh B&Q. Sometimes they have no humans on tills so I just wheel my trolley to customer services, dump it and walk out.

Phil.

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

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Re: Am I unusual?

I was wondering whether to try GTA V as I liked sandbox games like Saints Row 3 and 4 so much. Having watched some playthroughs of GTA V on Youtube, I'm not impressed. The game looks great but the tasks look boring and the general atmosphere is just like having a 9-5 job.

There are better games around like the Saints Row series (except the first one) and Tomb Raider. I'll give this one a miss.

Phil.

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'NSA PRISM spies' shake down victims with bogus child-abuse vids claims

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Happy

Re: Irony?

@Moiety

Very good but a bit obscure.

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Apple's no-news Beijing event leaves it adrift in China

PhilBuk

Re: Pay more for a plasticky inferior product?

Your helicoptor is full of eels.

Phil.

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

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Re: Fairly predictable.

And that, Grasshopper, is the final lesson........

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Siri: 'STOP trying to strap me to your forehead. It won't work'

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Silly DARPA Man

"there cannot be an exponential that doesn't end" - sorry, but exponentials never end - it's in their nature. Obviously not a maths man.

Phil.

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Holiday HELL: Pourquoi, monsieur, why is there no merdique Wi-Fi here?

PhilBuk
Headmaster

Re: Come to Korea...

s/loose/lose

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Re: What a bunch of intolerant wankers!

I agree, have an upvote. I usually chose a villa in France with internet so I can get tourist info, read up on historical sites where info in English was a bit thin (and get the other sides version of conflicts), travel stuff and world news. Email is for family - work can go and screw itself.

Phil.

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Try reading the article. There was no mobile signal most of the time.

Phil.

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EFF, Lessig battling copyright takedowns

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Re: WTF is the problem?

You are - try reading the not very long article.

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Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

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Re: But will I be able to use it?

And if like me you have astigmatism (and presbyopia but that's old age) you are screwed with this type of display. I suppose the software could distort the image to match my prescription...

Excuse me, I need to pop round to the patent office.

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