* Posts by PhilBuk

188 posts • joined 7 Nov 2012

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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.

Phil.

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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.

Phil.

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

PhilBuk

Re: impact of uncertainty

The majority of trade between the UK and the rest of the EU is inwards to the UK. Europe would be shooting itself in the foot by erecting trade barriers against itself. In short, the Germans would lose sales and that is not on!

Phil.

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Mature mainframe madness prints Mandlebrot fractal in TWELVE MINUTES

PhilBuk

Re: chain printer

"Also unless my memory isn't what it used to be, assembler didn't seem that hard compared to C++ today!"

Damn right. A lot easier than writing programs in which most of the statements are compiler directives!

Phil.

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Taylor Swift snaps up EVEN MORE pr0n domain names

PhilBuk

Re: TaylorSwift.porn

Have a milkshake.

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Complaints against ISPs and mobe firms are up by a fifth — reports

PhilBuk

Re: ZEN

'xkcd/806 compliant'

+1,000,000 upvotes for pointing out that one!

Phil.

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

PhilBuk

Re: sounds like...

I suspect it's more like he wants the announcements, flyers through the post, etc. to get ignored in the general pre-election deluge of crap which most sensible people ignore.

Phil.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

PhilBuk
Terminator

Re: Cortana GTFO

Watch your back and load your assault rifle if she suddenly starts calling you John or Spartan 119.

Phil.

p.s. She only has a 7 year life span before she goes rampant.

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PhilBuk

Re: Cortana GTFO

I believe the correct term is 'yank me'.

Phil.

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

PhilBuk

Re: Backup policies

Who gives a fuck about how good or bad it is. It paid my wages!

Phil.

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PhilBuk

Re: Backup policies

Give the choice of restoring a SAP system and associated DB from tape and rebuilding the the system from scratch I'll take the former - it's about 2 weeks faster.

Phil.

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Tesco preps for Big Data Engine dump: Laters, Clubcard dev

PhilBuk

Spot on. Stopped shopping there 18 months ago when I realised how sodding expensive most things were. That, combined with the shitty service means no more data for Dunnhumby.

Phil.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

PhilBuk
FAIL

Re: Crap Crap Crap Crap

Totally agree - ditch pictures and video (if planned, we know it is).

PLEASE PLEASE get rid of the effing pop-up menu bar!!!!

Phil.

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Useless 'computer engineer' Barbie FIRED in three-way fsck row

PhilBuk

Re: 'Well said' to that.

Grace Hopper ended up as a Rear-Admiral so I presume the US Navy do the same as the Royal Navy and give officers a honorary promotion on retirement. Can any left-pondian confirm this?

Phil.

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3D PRINTED GUNS: THIS time it's for REAL! Oh, wait – no, still crap

PhilBuk
Happy

DAM @Re: Not a perfect solution, but...

And some ice if you want to get away with it.

Phil.

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That's no – actually it is: DEATH STAR MOON 'could be full of life-friendly water'

PhilBuk
Happy

Re: Even if we do go there...

No Problem, Bruce Willis has some lightweight drilling kit and a highly trained team of actors.

Phil.

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It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE

PhilBuk

Caldy - Affluent?

Describing Caldy as affluent is like saying the Pope is interested in religon. Seriously rich would be more accurate.

Phil.

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That PERSONAL DATA you give away for free to Facebook 'n' pals? It's worth at least £140

PhilBuk

Re: "Beverly Hills 90210" was the best show ever!

How come Derbyshire uses DE as it's Code?

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

PhilBuk
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It's Mass Effect

I think the modern usage of side-boob came from the descriptions of the sex scenes in Mass Effect. Also seen as 'Alien side-boob'.

Phil.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

PhilBuk

Americano is black piss. Make your coffee properly by infusion. Adding boiling water to a greasy expresso does not produce something that tastes of anything.

Phil.

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US titan CSC: Our numbers are going nowhere this year

PhilBuk
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Where to chop.

Let's see - US Public Service revenues down, Global Services (i.e. everywhere else) doing well - Yep, job cuts in Europe. 'Specially in the UK where it's easier to get rid of people. My old company never changes.

Phil.

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

PhilBuk

Re: Bing Bong!

There's a guy there named Winston Smith. Have a word with him and he'll get any references removed. He may go a little bit too far though.

Phil.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

PhilBuk

Win 9 on Subscription

If Microsoft have a real death wish they will make Win 9 subscription-only.

Phil.

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Black hole three-way: Supermassive trio are 'rippling' space

PhilBuk
Facepalm

MIssing Word

Try inserting the word 'thought' between 'researchers' and 'originally'.

Phil.

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Apple: REIGN OF FIRE coming to Europe courtesy of old iPhone chargers

PhilBuk

The UK three-pin models that I have are A1299 and A1399.

Phil.

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US bloke raises $250k to build robo-masturbation device

PhilBuk

I bet Dyson will at some point improve it..

If he does, it will make a sound similar to a VC-10 taking off. Just so the punter 'knows it's working'.

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

@Stuart Van O

There is one country where landfills don't work - Holland. Guess who pushed through the EU regs on reducing landfill use.

Phil.

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Powershell terminal sucks. Is there a better choice?

PhilBuk

Re: come on, tell us what os so wrong with bash?

>Mind you, I spent a lot of years using DCL and that probably spoiled me for good.

Did you ever work out what the /TIFY modifier did?

Phil.

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10 PRINT "Happy 50th Birthday, BASIC" : GOTO 10

PhilBuk

Re: C

Hope you remembered to set EA. You lifted the DEPOSIT, hitting it just snapped the key off.

Phil.

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PhilBuk

Re: "create a BASIC interpreter "

>It's probably worth mentioning that Gates and Allen developed their port using stolen time on a PDP11.

Actually, it was a DECsystem-10.

Phil.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

PhilBuk

Re: I'm still trying

The other way to keep documents from going pear-shaped is to turn off "Automatically generate new styles". That feature destroys document formatting.

Phil.

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

PhilBuk
Holmes

Re: NSA fail either way

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

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

Re: Sleeveface at the MOMA?

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

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

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.

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

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

PhilBuk

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

PhilBuk

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.

Phil.

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

PhilBuk
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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.

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

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!

Phil.

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

PhilBuk
Unhappy

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

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

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

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.

Phil.

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

PhilBuk

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

PhilBuk

Re: In the 70's

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

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

Re: says

Keep your asteroid but stay away from Mars.

Earth.

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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

PhilBuk

Re: Interesting, but

Whooosh...

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

PhilBuk

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.

Phil.

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

PhilBuk

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.

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

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

Phil.

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

PhilBuk

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!

Phil.

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