* Posts by Ol'Peculier

395 posts • joined 26 Nov 2009

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

Ol'Peculier

Does anyone care? Does anyone really pay attention to the domain that is shown from search engine results? (I'm talking the general public here though.) The only one I thought had legs was .bank to be run by a registrar that would only register them to known financial institutions (though the Nationwide's on both sides of the Atlantic might have had to scrap it out in the car park). The rest, just a money grab for ICANN.

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Two comments

Troughton threatened to walk if the season count wasn't reduced, the effort to remember lines for episodes that were guest star light (in other words, just TARDIS crew) was incredible. It was Pertwee that got the benefit though...

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Birthplace

"Unless you've watched ITV's Broadchurch, or are a dedicated Whittaker career-watcher, you'll probably not be familiar with the New Zealand-born actor."

Erm, no, She's a reet proper Yorkshire lass.

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Forgotten your Myspace password? Just a name, username, DoB will get you in – and into anyone else's, too

Ol'Peculier

Saw Docs...

And on that note, I'm never going to go on Bebo again....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxV9Q5998uc

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BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on

Ol'Peculier

Re: Reminds me of an energy management company I used to work for

"Above the knob was a meter."

Yes, sounds like it...

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

Ol'Peculier

Re: SMTP

He was 25% right, a better score than some people would get...

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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I've never had a Microsoft call, but like others have stated, it's our job to keep them trying to scam us rather than those more vulnerable.

I do have fun with others, with ambulance chasers: I say I can't talk due to the CAA being involved. When they ask who they are, I say "It's the Civil Aviation Authority, it's because of the plane crash"

People trying to flog phones: "Do you have any family that would be interested in this offer" Me, after a short pause and a sniff, "Both my parents were on the plane that got shot down over the Ukraine"

...amongst others...

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Amazon announces new Echo just as Microsoft's first Cortana-powered clone breaks cover

Ol'Peculier

The clock's just struck 13. I haven't read 1984 for several years and am about to change that...

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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Re: Copywriter as IT Support

An upgrade to Sneakernet then?

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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The link...

FOllowing the link to ITV's website and starting the video kindly informs me that "The video you are trying to watch is using the HTTP Live Streaming protocol which is only supported in iOS devices."

Bloody useless...

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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

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Mushroom

News 24

I saw them covering this on News 24 breakfast. The presenter in the studio asked what would happen if the car came across something like a dust-bin in it's path, would the car navigate around it?

And watch the demonstrator squirm visibly...

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

Ol'Peculier

Cameras

Does anybody know if this applies to DSLR's, because there is no way on earth my camera bag is going in the hold, I'd rather walk!

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Alexa: How do I get free AWS? Simples: Build more of ME!

Ol'Peculier

Ideas...

I almost hate to admit this, but this has given me an idea for a site I am working on. Being able to bellow "hey Alexa, who's playing at my local pub tonight?" does sort of seem like a fun thing to be able to do.

But that would mean me having to buy one of the things, so maybe not...

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This is where UK's Navy will park its 75,000-ton aircraft carriers

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Stop

"reconfiguring tides"

Good luck with that one...

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What went up, Musk come down again: SpaceX to blast sat into orbit with used rocket

Ol'Peculier

Re: Don't call it "re-used"

Sloppy seconds?

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Brit ISP TalkTalk blocks control tool TeamViewer

Ol'Peculier

Re: switching ISP

I came over here to post pretty much the same thing. It's bad enough using Talk Talk yourself, but to recommend the service to people who are paying for your advice and knowledge is staggering.

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

Ol'Peculier

Re: Shaming

And presumably created 15,000 redundancies once the film was completed?

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Firefox 52 kills plugins – except Flash – and runs up a red flag for HTTP

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Java

I've just had to disable updates on the PC's in our warehouse that use the Royal Mail DMO system for sending parcels as the RM insist on using Java, and an old version at that, JRE7 Update 51. Which is about as secure as Hillary Clinton's email server.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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Happy

Series 3a

I had a Series 3a back in the days, fantastic device even if the speaker did manage to mangle a couple of my credit cards...

Remember going to the States with it and the people that saw it were amazed by it!

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

Ol'Peculier

I flew from Toronto to Manchester last year. Via Chicago. Which meant I still needed to go through the ESTA shenanigans even though I was only in the airport long enough to have a couple of beers and something to eat.

Gah.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

Ol'Peculier

Re: Home streaming is killing..

That's if ITV ever show something worth watching, which for me is never. BTCC on ITV4 and that's about it.

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To Hull with the crap town naysayers: UK Culture City's got some amazing... telecoms

Ol'Peculier

When I was working in 'Ull on a regeneration project about 15 years ago, trying to get connectivity out of KCOM was atrocious Sound like it's got better, but that won't have been difficult...

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Re: Hull Daily Mail...

Ah... the 'Ull 'Delly 'Mell.

To be honest, every regional newspaper's website needs an ad-blocker. Johnson Press is unusable on a mobile for example.

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Chinese bloke cycles 500km to get home... in the wrong direction

Ol'Peculier

Depends where the train was going,

As long as they didn't put him on the train that pulled into Barking last week...

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2014: El Reg booze lab proves Bluetooth breathalyzers are crap. 2017: US govt agrees

Ol'Peculier

Best line in the article:

"If you’re concerned that you’ve had too much to drink, it’s probably a sign that you have, and a taxi is in order."

Amen to that.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

Ol'Peculier

VM are owned by Liberty Media, who are just about to finish the purchase of Formula 1. Be interesting to see where that goes...

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Ol'Peculier

BBC:

All the channels, including several for the little ones & News 24

Radio, national, and regional

World Service & international rolling news TV channel

One of the best UK websites available

iPlayer

Netflix:

Erm... TV & films.

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Ol'Peculier

Re: End of the TV Licence

Equally, I'd like to see the UK version of the BBC website when travelling.

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Ol'Peculier

Interesting to see exactly what they put on. I can't see Doctor Who being dumped on it in one go, but series such as The Night Manager will be. That suits me, I like watching a couple of episodes a night of a series with a single storyline, as I suspect do many.

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Oh Britain. Worried your routers will be hacked, but won't touch the admin settings

Ol'Peculier

Sounds about right. If I do a Wi-Fi scan in my flat mine is the only router that isn't Sky-XSDSD or TalkTalk-blah etc.

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Virgin America mid-flight panic after moron sets phone Wi-Fi hotspot to 'Samsung Galaxy Note 7'

Ol'Peculier

Re: My phone's hotspot is named "Free Pr0n Server"

Mine is GCHQ_DetectorVN1...

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

Ol'Peculier

Re: Not Snopes

I've also had a photocopy of a 5 1/2" disk sent to me, as well as (from the same office) another disk with the note stapled to it, so you aren't the only one thinking it deserves to be on Snopes.

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Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

Ol'Peculier

Iagine, you are on the ISS dreaming about home comforts, and a pie goes drifting past your window...

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

Ol'Peculier

5, 6, 7, 8G...

Surely we are getting to the point where cables are unnecessary. I already get a faster download speed at home on my mobile compared to my home broadband. (and I live in a mid-sized town, FWIW) Must be better to put the money into getting everybody tooled up with 4G and move from there?

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Google Pixel pwned in 60 seconds

Ol'Peculier

Wonder if this is why I had an update for my Pixel XL yesterday evening?

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

Ol'Peculier
Mushroom

Portability

The site says it's portable, I doubt it could stand being assembled and disassembled many times.

And I wouldn't trust anything worth more than about 42p being safe on top of it.. especially with cats about.

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One-way Martian ticket: Pick passengers for Musk's first Mars pioneer squad

Ol'Peculier

Well, if it means I get to travel on the Heart of Gold, I'm in...

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Ol'Peculier

Re: recent

Apparently, on the Dreamliner at least, Boeing use Android.

http://www.ausbt.com.au/boeing-chooses-android-for-787-dreamliner-s-entertainment-system

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Meet Deliveroo's ‘bold and impactful’ new logo. No, really

Ol'Peculier
FAIL

Looks like they are sticking it to their delivery drivers...

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Adobe ices ColdFusion server admin password, file hack hole

Ol'Peculier

Ancient applications platform?

CF was released in 1995, a year after PHP. And the latest version was released only 7 months ago.

I know you guys don't "get" CF, but it is used by a hell of a lot of very large companies and various government bodies. (yes, I use it and have done for since CF4.5...)

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'I found the intern curled up on the data centre floor moaning'

Ol'Peculier
Pint

Re: What are the odds

Few years ago I was in my local and the phone rang, landlord asked me to answer it (it was also a payphone), "Hello"... "Yes, this is the xxx"... "Speaking"... The guy didn't have my mobile but knew where I drunk...

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Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war

Ol'Peculier

Re: BMEWS - RAF Fylingdales

The simulation I once watched at Fylingdales had Kings Lynn taken out first, apparently it's a communications conduit, then somewhere roughly north west of Scarborough that would take out GCHQ Scarborough, Staxon Wold and Menwith Hill as well as Fylingdales all in one go.

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Ol'Peculier

Re: Fylingdales

I hope it's not the second one...

Anyway, quite possibly. Especially from the early days. Memories of those grey Plaxton buses they used to ferry staff too and from work, and the Christmas parties & panto's are coming to mind

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Ol'Peculier
Mushroom

Fylingdales

Right, that's the topic of conversation next time I talk to my Dad, who was one of the first people to start working there, even before they got the domes up.

RCA, before they morphed into Serco, were very good to their staff and families, trips to the panto each Christmas for instance.

--->> icon because I once watched a simulated nuclear attack on the UK in the main control room on a family day there. If you live in King's Lynn, start panicking, you're first...

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Power cut crashes Delta's worldwide flight update systems

Ol'Peculier

Re: LHR to ATL about 20 years ago

Well, time fudges the memory. Must have been out from Gatwick, and back to Heathrow with Virgin.

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Ol'Peculier
FAIL

Worse. Airline. I. Have. Ever. Flown. With.

LHR to ATL about 20 years ago. Rude staff, shoddy aircraft, and the code-share they had with Virgin coming back was a joke, not knowing which check-in desk to use at JFK was bonkers. At least we flew back with Virgin, which was one of the best flights I've ever had (although that might be because we got bumped...)

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BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Ol'Peculier

So what about if I'm watching iPlayer on my phone over 4G? Or, more to the point, my TV has a CAT5 cable directly to the router?

I can't see why they can't link it into your TV licence number, Sky manage it over multiple devices, although a house with more than 2 or 3 kids and a myriad of different TVs, phones and tablets might be difficult. Hey, they could all sit round the telly-box and watch Robot Wars or Doctor Who as a family, like in the old days...

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Amazon launches its own plane line. Sort of

Ol'Peculier
WTF?

There was also a very plausible story that Apple was looking to buy F1. Normally I'd say bollocks to this kind of thing, but was reported on by a very respectable long standing journalist. (Joe Saward).

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

Ol'Peculier

Re: Outdoor photography!

I did Route 50 a few years ago, wish I'd had the photo gear I have now to have taken advantage of what I was seeing.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Ol'Peculier
Coat

Re: Back in my day

go fetch a pencil from the stationary cupboard

The problem here is you aren't been specific enough. All our cupboards are stationary in my office as well.

I'll get mi' coat...

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