* Posts by Ol'Peculier

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What made a super high-tech home in Victorian England? Hydroelectric witchery, for starters

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And about an hours drive south is Allendale, where you can visit the small and brilliant Sci Fi museum, complete with the controversial Dalek shed...

http://www.museumofclassicsci-fi.com/home/4589856996

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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I'm she that in the early 00s, El Reg team a series of stories about a press flight of the 777 that lost altitude she too the two fly by wire systems disagreeing with each other. Something about them both been developed by the same team, rather than two two separate units. Anybody remember this?

Dear Britain's mast-fearing Nimbys: Do you want your phone to work or not?

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Knowing nothing about the subject, is there any reason why you can't put a box on top of a wind turbine? I see a few single fans in the Wolds presumably run by the local farmer, so could they be utilised?

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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Pint

I looked at the cost difference between getting from Glasgow and London last year. It worked out slightly cheaper to fly, but the time spent in getting to and from the airports made it easier to get the train.

Did the same from Montreal to Toronto a few years ago. Much easier (and I had a friend meet me at the station to take me to get one of these ---> )

Not so smart after all: A techie's tale of toilet noise horror

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As always, if you have a tale to tell and want to lighten your load...

Don't come running to us?

What's in a name? Quite a bit when it's the most hated abbreviation of 2018 (GDPR, of course)

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Surprised the number of ISIS organisations that are still around, from Bob Dylan and Oxford magazines to a B&B. And of course HMP ISIS

Airbus will shutter its A380 production line from 2021

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Re: Optimal Sizes

I've been to south Asia and beyond 4 times over the last five years, and I actually appreciate the stopover in Dubai. Yes, it's a pain getting scanned when you come from the plane to the terminal but as Emirates model is based on getting everybody in from Europe around a certain time, and getting rid of them during the next hour or two works pretty well.

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Pint

Due to Air Canada being useless I ended up at LHR last year, to transfer terminals to get a BA flight to MAN. A joyless couple of hours sat reflecting on what I missed about the place.

Pint later, I realised there was nothing. A word I also used at reclaim, but that's due to the eejits at AC...

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So long and thanks for all the airmiles

Having flown with Emirates a fair bit over the last few years, it's a shame that more carriers won't be taking them. I actually took a later flight back from Dubai last year to be on a 380 rather than a 777.

However, the load of the plane from Sydney to DBX was sparse, to the point that some lucky buggers got a full four seats in the middle aisle to themselves. It was even quieter the day before, apparently.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Pint

Meanwhile in Belfast, chimpanzee's escape from their enclosure, wander around a bit and realise they are better off where they were.

Not sure what that says about Belfast, maybe they should have gone for a pint in the Crown?

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

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'ow much?

12 million quid a year to support 1.2 million users? How do companies get these kind of gigs?

Trakt app users' personal data exposed: We were hit by a 'PHP exploit'... back in 2014

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The next time they tried to login it would fail, so there is a fallback process there I suppose.

Aside from that, I like Trakt, it works well at reminding me what's coming up, especially when a new season starts for previously watched shows, for instance. And also tells me I'm 73% through my current binge of classic Doctor Who...

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Many in the porn industry also fear it will help the giant increase its stranglehold on the market, pushing out smaller providers that cater for more diverse tastes.

Such as BDSM I suspect?

Microsoft decides Internet Explorer 10 has had its fun: Termination set for January 2020

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The first thing I've done on pretty much every Windows server I've worked on was to install Firefox. And that probably took an hour or so each time accepting security warnings.

Just had a look and we had 22 visitors to our site last month using IE10, so think most of our user base has already said good riddance.

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Pint

I might be wrong, but I'm sure they were one of the first to offer static IP addresses, all you needed to do was ask.

Have to admit, I'd totally forgotten about them, even though I was a customer for years.

Never had any problems, so allowed me to get out for a --->

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Re: BBC Micros at college

We developed a password grabber, cracked the file storage system on the MASSIVE 20MB hard drive, and finished by obtaining a complete list of all user passwords!

I did exactly the same thing! Didn't get caught, but I was looked at with great suspicion by the staff.

Happy days!

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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Apparently, football clubs all have fax machines that they use for transfer window deadlines.

And I wonder how many MFP's are still sold with a fax modem build it, never to be used again, with an abandoned, unused port regarded as an object of curiosity for those under a certain age...

Is Google's Pixel getting better, or just more expensive?

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Thumb Up

So far, touch wood, I've not had any issues with my Pixel 3, admittedly I've only had it a week so there is time, but it's a fast little beast compared to the original Pixel.

Shift-work: Keyboards heaped in a field push North Yorks council's fly-tipping buttons

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Re: What sort?

This is very true. I work with somebody that thinks his Apple keyboard, which is about the size of two beer mats, is far superior to anything else. Unfortunately, he's never had the fortune to use a Model M or similar.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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Re: Goodnight, Firefox

I've used feedly.com since Google shut Reader, works well and the app on Android is ok too.

Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Re: Ah, ISDN

Had a similar issue: client had hi-res images on a local server hooked up to an ISDN line that were accessed by customers logging into their public facing website.

All was well until Code Red came around...

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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I'm convinced I remember reading articles in the Reg about the testing and promotion of this aircraft, when there was a flight that plummeted several thousand feet because the fly-by-wire systems had an argument with themselves? Never been able to find the article since, but do remember my first 777 flight and telling my friend this, who had never flown before. Heh heh heh...

Came back to the UK on one yesterday, still prefer Airbus but you get what you pay for...

Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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Most reviews seem to, er, focus on the camera aspect of phones nowadays.

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At this rate, by 2020 we'll all be back to wearing pagers...

For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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"the Pie upgrade can be performed in half an hour" - Certainly not in my experience, it took the best part of two hours. (Pixel XL Mk1)

Rather worryingly after using Google Pay last night, it got alarmingly hot and just vibrated when I pressed the power button. Eventually, I managed to get the screen to display and turn it off for a bit to let it cool down. Hopefully just a coincidence?

Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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My Pixel XL v1 is updating now, but it is taking a verrry long time, hour and a half and only half way through the first step.

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Polo? And they come from Yorkshire as well...

Oz retro computer collection in dire straits, bulldozers on horizon

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I know, I'd love to help too, but I'm in Yorkshire...

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Can the powerhouse museum help? Was quite surprised at the stuff it had on display when I went round it.

You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Mushroom

Oh boy, I remember the furore of the last redesign. Lob the grenade and one... two... three...

Google Pay heads for the desktop... and, we fear, an inevitable flop

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I must be in the minority. I find unlocking my phone through the fingerprint sensor and waving it in front of the POS terminal is a lot less faff than digging a card out of my wallet. Plus I have a record of the transaction on the the phone, so I don't need to ask for a receipt.

Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Re: Why? Just why?

www.llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch.co.uk perhaps...

Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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The BA Concord that's moored on top of Intrepid in New York (and looking a little out of place TBH) has tours that allow you to sit down (in the front row, where the Queen sat!) and also into the cockpit. There is a charge for it, but the person that did it was very knowledgeable about it and was happy to ask questions, although my friend and I were outnumbered by non-English speaking tourists, so we kind of had him to ourselves!

'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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I never get these calls. Which annoys me as I even have a VM with Windows XP and a file on it's desktop called "bank details" ready for them.

UK consumer help bloke Martin Lewis is suing Facebook over fake ads

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Frankly, if I saw an advert with his face on it, the last thing I'd do is click on it. I'd much prefer to punch the smug little git.

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network

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Mushroom

When our exchange burnt down (and before mobiles were mainstay, not that it mattered because teh backhaul went down with it) there were police cars at major junctions so you had to leg it down to them so they could radio in.

UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫

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Pint

It's a shame. The customer posts to their page (especially the complaints, which was usually most of them) were always a fun read. And the lack of empathy from their "social media" team was pretty dire.

Most people would also keep moaning about their lack of Sunday roasts, with no engagement from JDW either.

On another note, the one near me still has a FB page so it's not trickled down totally.

What most people think it looks like when you change router's admin password, apparently

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I was staying in a hotel in Vietnam a couple of years ago and the WiFi had become a bit crappy. I only had a tablet with me, but I logged onto the gateway, guessed they hadn't changed the password, and wham, in I am to the config pages.

All I did was reset the thing which sorted out the problem, and I did deliberate if I should tell reception how bad their security was when checking out but decided not to. I didn't want to spend the next couple of weeks looking over my shoulder...

ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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Thank Bob the ASA don't have the power to censor radio shows - but by this it appears they don't have a "Clue" either.

A380 saved as Emirates orders another 20 planes, plus 16 options

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I guess you've never been through a US airport immigration

Unfortunately, far too many times. And will do again this year. Absolutely hate it. By time they process 1K of passports, it'll be time to head straight to departures and fly back home.

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1,000 capacity maybe for hub and spoke, could you imagine 1,000 people all waiting for immigration, customs and reclaim?

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Flying back to Manchester from Dubai last year somebody had decided to park a Ryanair jet on the gate we were supposed to take, meaning a good 45 minute wait before it toddled off.

I'm assuming Manchester doesn't have the ability to take more than one A380 at a time? With Emirates doing three flights MAN-DXB a day already, I can only assume they will have to modify things at the airport if another carrier wants to start using them?

All aboard the Vomit Comet: Not the last train to Essex, but a modded 727 for weightless flight

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Go

Re: Rubber duck

You're never alone with a rubber duck...

The Register Lecture: The Secret Spitfires

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Any ideas, for those of us who are lucky enough not to work in London, how we may be able to watch this film?

Heart of darkness: Inside the Osówka underground city

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Stump Hole Cavern

Am I the only one thinking of this sketch?

"We are of course part of a much wider network of caves that riddle the entire county, including the much larger Redscar Cavern located half a mile to the west. A trifle flashy for my taste I have to say, with their gift shop, granary style cafeteria, and one hundred percent safety record all over their promotional literature. But there you go. Now if we stay in single file we’ll make our way into the main cavern. I do think it’s worth noting that Redscar were served with a council notice, ordering them to replace 115 yards of faulty wiring. Put it this way – I wouldn’t like to get caught down there in a thunderstorm, and no amount of trilobites in Perspex or stegosaurus shaped pencil tops is going to change that.

"I myself am not fond of the darkness – I sleep with the lights on now. It’s in the darkness I see the boy’s face. Eyes protruding, tongue out…black.

The North remembers: York scraps Uber's licence over data breach

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Re: Oi!! (II)

Exactly. I read a post on Quora last week from somebody that had gone to a B&B "far in the North".

It was in Thirsk FFS...

Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Not past the third paragraph, no.

It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Re: Bing?

As many as that?

Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Re: Initial comments from a guy with a Class A.

Only 4 wheels. Not a lot of traction when hauling 80,000 lbs at 60MPH+ ... or driving from Reno to Sacramento in the rain ... serious safety issue, probable show stopper.

The video shows it having six wheels, just hidden by the cushion.

TalkTalk sees red after chucking £75m on restructuring bonfire

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The kind that TalkTalk customers have had, otherwise why would they choose them as an ISP?

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