* Posts by PhilBuk

235 posts • joined 7 Nov 2012

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

PhilBuk

Re: Starbucks top?

I'm seeing Starbucks and coffee in the same comment - what's the relevance?

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Re: What loyalty, just leave me alone.

Recently, most of them just ask straight out for your email address. I use the Clapper technique here and say I do not have an email address. I have about 10 but I'm not telling them that. Anyone that insists gets a left with a pile of what I was going to buy.

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Airbus flies new plane for the first time

PhilBuk

Re: First Flight Challenges

Seeing as it was flying around near the Pyrenees, going up to 28,000 ft would have been advisable as most of the big peaks are 10,000-11,000 ft!

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

PhilBuk

Re: Déjà vu

Agreed. What they need is the 'Emergency Flush' shown in MIB 2. In would preferably include the C-suite crowd, all of Marketing and the Licencing Division. The destination would not, however, be a safe haven. Cue rotating knives, boulders running down the corridor, etc..

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Some! at! Yahoo! knew! about! mega-breach! as! early! as! 2014!

PhilBuk

Re: It! Hurts! To! Read! These! Titles!

...or when people stop being annoyed by it.

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Silicon Valley VCs: We're gonna make California great again – on its own

PhilBuk

The stags and cows have two heads. The bears only have one.

(In 3, New Vegas and 4 anyway).

Phil.

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Meet the slimeballs who are openly sabotaging Virgin Media

PhilBuk

Re: What's their excuse in the South East?

I presume it's the same excuse for my sister's non-functional VM service - they're crap.

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Soz, folklore fans! Negligence, not Nessie, sank WWI German sub

PhilBuk

Re: Chlorine.

Seawater + Lead-acid batteries don't need the electrolysis bit. Just add sulphuric acid to a salt solution and watch the sulphuric displace the chlorine.

Phil.

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Yahoo! halts! email! forwarding! to! outside! email! addresses!

PhilBuk

Re: At least it stops the hackers setting invisible forwarders

No email provider is getting my mobile number.

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Apple wants to buy Formula 1 car firm McLaren – report

PhilBuk

The tyres are not replaceable.

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Pluto's emitting X-rays, and NASA doesn't quite know how

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Re: Bah!

The Death Star is Charon - Pluto is just the power supply.

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

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Re: How to sell hardware

Agreed. It seems to want to install an Active X thingy. Could you explain what this does before I bork my functioning Win 7 System.

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French B&Q equivalent 'hacked' to offer visitors vulgar DIY tools

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Happy

A Porn Director Tweets

I note that the twitter comment is from Marc Dorcel. Would this by any chance be the noted French porn director and producer? Maybe trying to get some publicity by the back door.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

PhilBuk

Re: Ah yes....

The lead shielding didn't help either.

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Audiophile torrent site What.CD fully pwnable thanks to wrecked RNG

PhilBuk

Re: Pass an interview?

They're interested in music, not IT.

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

PhilBuk

Re: Station TV announcement: The 5:17 to Doncaster....

At the moment, it's colder on the Wirral at 6C.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update draws nearer with Inky preview

PhilBuk

Libraries

First thing I do on a Win 7 installation - disable libraries. Goodbye explorer green bar.

Phil.

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The web is DOOM'd: Average page now as big as id's DOS classic

PhilBuk

Re: @JB: It's Worse Than That

I assume (I didn't check) that the DVD was the Steam client, the installer and the game program binaries. The download was probably updates and game data. OR the online version was newer so it just overwrote the DVD version.

I've seen similar behavior with a Mass Effect 1,2 & 3 boxed set (3 DVDs). It ignored the DVDs and just downloaded the games. 16Gbytes total with a later 4.5 Gbyte update for ME3.

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@JB: It's Worse Than That

Recently bought Fallout 4 for the PC. Put the DVD in the PC and it buzzed along loading the game. Then it came up with a message to say that the game was installed but it would need to load additional data before it was ready to play. A quick trip to the Steam Download Manager showed that it had installed 5Gbyte so far and was downloading 21Gbyte of 'additional data'!!

Worth the wait though.

Phil.

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Czech Republic to rebrand

PhilBuk

Re: Will the Czechs change their name to Czechians?

Wales is not a country, it's a principality.

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Firefox features will land out of cycle and Mozilla's cool with that

PhilBuk

Re: Alternatives to FF and Chrome?

I find Pale Moon to be quite nice. It has it's own version of ABP - Adblock Edge and manages to run a fair number of FF add-ons. Switched some time ago and I'm quite happy.

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

PhilBuk

Re: @Dwarf

What was the name of the paranoid personality that they created about the same time? (Google, Google) Ah - PARRY. Anyway, I believe ELIZA and PARRY had a really good chat together.

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Re: Msn

Excellent grocer's apostrophe there. Never seen that one before.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

PhilBuk

Re: The question to ask to answer the question related to worth and future cost overruns

Using the hydraulics to move the wing surfaces exposed the fact that the engines were not powerful enough to power the hydraulic pumps and power the props. Hughes ended up in the situation where he could lift off without flight surface control or have flight surface control but not enough grunt to get off the water.

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True believers mind-meld FreeBSD with Ubuntu to burn systemd

PhilBuk

One of the reasons I like FreeBSD is the Handbook which provides fairly decent post-install and admin documentation. A few Linux distros could take note and not just fling noobs at the forums!

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

PhilBuk

Re: Who wrote this rubbish?

Fast page zero access was used on the PDP-8 architecture - a few years before the 6502 appeared. Goes to show that there is nothing new in computing - just new names for the same old stuff.

Phil.

p.s. Got my PET 2008 in 1979. Still have it but scared to turn it on in case the electrolytics decide to expire.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

PhilBuk

Re: Those chicken snacks are nasty

I think he means the dish 'Scouse' which has a bit of beetroot in it.

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

PhilBuk

Re: "SCO code" in Linux?

Bollocks - Streams were introduced by AT&T into their version of Unix. SCO were extending a system that originally started out as Xenix.

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NASA seeks rocketeers for annual RockOn! shindig

PhilBuk

Re: I want that

Pronounced "sodder" .

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Slashdot, SourceForge slurped by travel publisher

PhilBuk

Re: Name change needed...

Just logged in to see if it was any better than when I last used it - at the first showing of beta. The bastards seem to have removed any way of configuring the view of the site - I used to have a really nice pre-2000 setup with the max amount of text info per page and no web shit - everybody gets the same garbage web 2.0 crap now.

Used to be my home page. R.I.P.

Phil.

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CSC boss Gossain is now an ex-exec

PhilBuk

Re: As an ex-employee

Ditto - took my pension and went after a similar situation. Your description of "excessive bureaucracy internally, poor rep externally" took the words out my mouth. My contacts still left recount a rather grim existence.

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

PhilBuk

Re: 30+ years with my clock radio

Got my LED clock radio for a birthday present when I was 16 - I'm 61 now so 45 years of constant use. Had to clean the contacts on the buttons once but it still soldiers on.

Praise the lord for lead solder!!

Phil.

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

PhilBuk

Re: "...respiratory depression and severe allergic reactions"

I was prescribed Tamedrol for a short period and whilst it was quite pleasant, it came with strict instructions not to combine it with alcohol. Mix the two and you to forget to breathe.

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Re: They may wish to reword and correct the notice...

I did a summer job in a Chemists in the 1970s and there was a cough medicine called Collis Brown's Compound. It contained a fair amount of codeine but was sold over the counter without any real restrictions. There were some customers who bought half a dozen bottles a week and were clearly addicted. I was was told later that the manufacturers were forced to reduce or remove the codeine entirely causing a rush to the local GPs for 'nervous' problems.

Phil.

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Yahoo! Mail! Had! Nasty! XSS! Bug!

PhilBuk

Re: What about the address book being stolen?

Ever thought about using capital letters, full stops, commas, the whole sentence sort of thing? Makes your outpouring a bit more readable.

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US Marines kill noisy BigDog robo-mule for blowing their cover

PhilBuk

There is one, the Stirling engine developed by Philips during WW2 is a good example. Designed to power a generator for battlefield radio sets and be silent. It was made superfluous by better batteries and more efficient valves. Some examples still exist. Whether the power to weight ratio is sufficient is another question.

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Philips backs down over firmware that adds DRM to light

PhilBuk

Re: Makes me sad

He was talking about engineers, not executives - they've always been fucking stupid.

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

PhilBuk

Re: Not the dredded Holiday special

I prefer the Family Guy version.

But seriously, my first set of tapes of the real thing were the letterbox versions. These lasted several years with me skipping the specials after I heard some bad things about them. After the prequels, the DVD versions don't seem so bad now so the extra tweaking must have paid off. The DVDs also come with the rather good documentry (includes the quote from Carrie Fisher - "Every time I look in the mirror I have to give George a couple of bucks").

Phil.

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Cisco forgot to install two LEDs in routers

PhilBuk

"there's something 'wrong' looking about the tip in relation to its surroundings."

It's clean!

Phil.

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EE plans to block annoying ads on mobile network

PhilBuk

Re: EE

You mean those roaming texts are real? I thought they were joking. Their rates are certainly jokes.

Phil.

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

PhilBuk

Re: Funny

"Now where did I put that chicken?"

Next to the pig's head.

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

PhilBuk

Re: Happens all the while in Norwich.

I can assure you that that statement does not apply to Stockholm. Was quite suprised by the number of people pissing on the streets due to the lack of public toilets.

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US Army bug hunters in 'state of fear' that sees flaws go unreported

PhilBuk

Re: Ain't it great?

CERN gave us www. The internet existed before Tim's contribution.

Phil.

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Bacon as deadly as cigarettes and asbestos

PhilBuk

Re: Three random observations

It was the Torygraph that ran the headline this week that over 50s should consume no alcohol at all! Apparently from NICE, they say it leads to a higher incidence of dementia. Good luck on getting people to follow that advice (including me).

NICE are just a bunch of accountancy types who ran out of British industry to destroy and attached themselves to the NHS. That is my theory and it is mine.

Phil.

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Get ready for a grim future where BEES have SHORTER TONGUES

PhilBuk

Re: Correct me if I'm wrong but..

You're wrong - it's 'have' not 'of'' in:

"This quite literally could of happened"

For Pete's Sake!.

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Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

PhilBuk

Re: Floor loading

Also, picture says granite. Granite != Marble. Marble == Limestone (cooked). Granite == complicated crunchy stuff.

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Huge explosion kills 44+ in China, blasts nearby supercomputer offline

PhilBuk

That would be the German BASF plant.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

PhilBuk

Re: Supplies for Download festival !!!!

Watch out for John Amalfi.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

PhilBuk

Re: Those who do not understand VMS...

Except that DCL was a sight more logical than Powershell.

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Splitters! CSC to break itself into pieces following job cull

PhilBuk

Have to agree with you there Bill. I left in 2011 after they lost the BNFL account. Bloated middle management and no regard for the people who did the work. And my personal bugbear - too much HR performance, compliance, box-ticking crap.

This split will be popular with US investors. The Federal business was the target of the hostile takeover attempt in the mid-noughties by a consortium which included Lockheed Martin. I suspect the rest of the world part will just be left to be picked over by the likes of Atos, HP, Siemens and Crapita.

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