* Posts by PhilipN

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Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

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Mr. O .... You and I shall have words!

Start of the weekend here but not past Second Coffee time.

Ever again you ask me to watch a video that is going to leave me brain-dead for hours... I shall be .... DISAPPOINTED!!!!

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'Coke dealer' called us after his stash was stolen – cops

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Field test positive

Field test ....ummm .... How?

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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Re: You said it, man.

UV'ed for the Big Lebowski nod

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Funnily enough, charging ££££s for trashy bling-phones wasn't a great idea

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"paying out the nose"

What? Is this an Americanism? Blimey. Over 'ere we pay "through" the nose, or pay out ...I dunno... rope?

Learn something new ...

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PC sales still slumping, but more slowly than feared

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Blah blah blah ..

Meanwhile back in the real world the work which MUST be done on a desktop (as opposed to work which could be done on a desktop but which is with relative ease handled on a machine with a different form factor) has shrivelled to a much greater degree than PC sales. Including in the definition of "PC" that few square inches we hold in one hand (stop sniggering at the back) and which is equivalent to the power of a PC very recently total sales have gone up exponentially and will increase.

Does anyone care about these Olde Worlde statistics apart from the desktop-building dinosaurs who have failed to move on?

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Total missing of point as usual

Modern music is crap**. Kids only listen to a segment to decide whether they like it or not then either move on or continue streaming. The mentality (and the music**) barely support the "old-fashioned" idea of buying a single.

** Yes it is. By listening to a short segment the kids have heard everything the track musically has to offer. Most tracks are made up of a poorly-formed musical idea and do not go anywhere. By comparison (yes, old fart here) pick almost ANY track by The Fall and there are enough musical ideas for 6 modern singles.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Re: Mass debate

I do not live in Eurasia (where civilisation is under threat). I live in Eastasia. When I posted the comments were less than 1 page.

Time stood still until the forum moderator came back from the pub and re-started the Big Clock.

And do not infer that hairy palms is a bad thing. This is 2017!

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Mass debate

Nobody else has drawn attention to the innuendo.

In that case I shan't either.

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Samsung stalls Bixby launch because it am English not so good

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Point?

Article funny, but then I realised most likely we all understood all of it instantly anyway.

So Mr. Sam Sung please just keep and spread widely Bixby Pidgin so we can make it through the day and have a mild chuckle from time to time.

P.S. With apologies to all Across-the-Ponders (since it is only partly your fault) but, I was like, the article was a good deal more, like, literate than what you hear from kids in public when, like, every other, like, word is ..... OK you get the point. May I suggest the kids just copy us Scousers and save up all the "likes" and just put one at the end of every sentence instead.

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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Boring

So don't buy a thousand dollar phone.

Buy a knock-off and throw it away after a few months

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African or European

UV'ed. Seems all the other punters are too sozzled to have noticed the Holy Grail nod. I fart in their general direction

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It's the iPhone's 10th b'day or, as El Reg calls it, 'BILL RAY DAY'

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Jobs' Message

I give you .... the finger!

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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

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F Button

Good point. How many visitors to pages which have such buttons are counted whether or not they click on or even scroll over the blasted thing? And am I counted every time I ignore an invitation to "sign up with Facebook" when it is on the page (or phone screen) I am looking at?

Which means whenever the F logo transits my eyeball into my brain I am a user.

In fact FB had a certain meaning, with less than genteel resonance, since long before Zuck was born. Good choice for a name, Z!

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Men charged with theft of free newspapers

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Re: Nothing is 'free'

That's the music business. Countless examples but one worth mentioning is how Brian Epstein made sure his new charges named the Beatles sold minimum 10,000 singles of their first release.

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Smart burglars will ride the surf of inter-connected hackability

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Absolutely will not stop

Nice one, Dabbsy.

You telegraphed the concluding Terminator statement, but that's ok. It's a good line.

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Facebook gives itself mission to 'bring the world closer' by getting people off Facebook

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SWMBO

I perceive influence from his little lady and the language he has been learning - to read as well as speak, it seems. Kee-rist he may even have been studying Confucius, Mencius and Chairman Mao.

The mission statement is around just 3 characters in Chinese and in that form comes across as a good deal more pithy.

The wordy English version just sounds silly.

But Gmo Zuck will never EVER behave like an Emperor surrounded by eunuchs ..... ... ...

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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(£47 – cheap!)

Thanks for the MAD Magazine nod.

And now we know where you got your inspiration to go into media : what you read while sitting on the loo (can or john for US's)

To maintain the stance I'm gonna come back later and see if I can downvote my own post.

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Ailing Brit chip designer Imagination Technologies up for sale

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Business is Business

Be realistic. Every company on the planet would be happy to accept the Cook's Shilling. You then work your arse off meeting the logistics requirements while (if you're smart) background planning for the day the orders dry up. I do not know (anything) about IM but each Apple supplier - Foxconn included - would in turn put the almighty squeeze on its own suppliers and sub-contractors. If this is how IM operated and a raft of their sub-contractors go bust, nobody in IM is going to cry for them.

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Lordy! Trump admits there are no tapes of his chats with Comey

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But nobody uses tape these days anyway.

Quite so. May be a .wav file on a USB disk - but NO TAPES.

Or even on a phone.

If so the tweet was 100% correct

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I believe it could. Russia is strong in IT. Sure some of their best people have gone to Israel but there are plenty left behind.

This is the New Great Game.

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Microsoft says Skype outages are over – a few hours too early

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UV'ed.

Next, if MS calls back we'll get a report on El Reg having visited with them.

Ugh!

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FOIA documents show the Kafkaesque state of US mass surveillance

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Re: ... in a field

Not what you meant, but I once had a friend who was a Young Intellectual in China at the time of the Cultural Revolution. He was purged and sent to work amongst the peasants.

The local farm girls had none of the prejudices of the radicals in the cities. Re-education became sex education.

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You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins

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I know where it is

At least my former boss thought he did - it shone out of his arse

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Facebook has a solution to all the toxic dross on its site – wait, it's not AI?

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Alternatively, or additionally ...

FB want to do just enough to avoid a charge of conspiring with a terrorist cell.

And, I am not sold on this one (yet) but there could be an advantage in allowing the cells to flourish under the watchful eye of the Bill so's they can, I dunno, catch early signs of increasing radicalism? Otherwise by comparison how difficult is it, for example, to know who goes on the special watch list (and his known associates)? I'm asking.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Multinational crime : 2 components

Cos the computer he used was in the U.K. And the program/data he accessed was in the US. The court needs direct evidence of both components ergo US agencies to provide it.

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Tails OS hits version 3.0, matches Debian's pace but bins 32-bit systems

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dyne.org

Thanks for the heads up. Seems to be from the same shop as Dyne:bolic which is my favourite "just run and go" multimedia distro of all time.

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Whisky snobs scotched by artificial tongue

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Re: Slàinte mhath!

After the fourth or fifth I don't care about the label. Pour the next one!

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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Sir Humphrey would never have been caught out

If asked to re-affirm loyalty to the President he would without hesitation have declared unreserved and irrevocable loyalty to the Presidency.

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Hyperloop One teases idea of 50-minute London-Edinburgh ride

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Missing the point

The objective of virtual / augmented / [insert latest buzzword here] reality is so I do not have to GO anywhere. I just put on my goggles and "virtual space" suit and it gives the sensation of being where I want to be. The sensation of going there too if I really (sic) want to experience a train ride. So my avatar sits in a meeting with everyone else's avatar and everything is the same - coffee and bad breath; uncomfortable seats and boring flow charts.

I thought Sony had a camera years ago which could in effect digitise a whole city. Why would I want to sit on a crowded train to go to Glasgow if I can just "transport" myself virtually - and instantly - into the middle of town.

Hmmm ... Virtual single malt gets a bit tricky though. That aside - I also thought IBM kicked off this whole virtual reality tourism some years ago with a digitised version of the Imperial Palace Museum in Beijing. Anyone know what happened to that?

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Apple gives world ... umm ... not much new actually

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Re: Workstation with disposable screen...

Thumbs up for the mention of the XServe. I picked mine up at a tiny discount since it was the last batch. Built like a tank, runs like a dream, and I shall probably keep it going forever - mainly backup, for which I almost forget it is even there. I think I'll access the screen remotely tomorrow and have a play with it for daily work.

Sure it should be rack-mounted : I keep mine in its own enclosure because the fans are too noisy. But that is re-assuring, and intermittent, because Time Machine only wakes it up to do a backup.

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Re: Topsoil

Ta!

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Topsoil

I am more worried about the above than climate change, partly because I do not know whether it has been studied enough.

In theory it ought to take a lot less time to scrub up the atmosphere than it does to accumulate topsoil, which counts as a finite resource because it takes decades or even centuries. And there is a lot less to go around in the first place.

Who knows - maybe global warming will free up lots and lots of lovely topsoil from the tundra and the taiga?

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The Big Blue Chopper video that IBM might want to keep quiet

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Fuel saving

Did the pilot choose to save fuel by starting up only when the passengers were on board?

Or was it so swirling rotor blades did not damage Ginni's statuesque coiffure as she boarded?

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Redundancy

Long ago, in the second generation post-punch card mainframe era (before the arrival of desktops and broadband), peripherally to a legal matter I got to learn that BA had a 6 million quid computer system - and a second 6 million quid backup system 100% redundant designed only to cut in the instant the first one failed.

Transposing those key features to today, when what you might call the cost per bit is so much cheaper - why no absolute failsafe backup system?

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Windows 10 love to see PC market grow again. Future iPhone to be clear. Elvis to re-appear

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Re: re: "some of them type faster with 2 thumbs than I do with ten."

That was the joke - MY joke. Give me my upvotes!

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Please take mine

Symptomatic of what will be facing a lot of Reg Readers : I have accumulated a plethora of computers taking up space and in too many cases just gathering dust at home and in my office, not to mention tablets (and I am not even going to look in my cupboard full of old phones). All or most of them still work fine (including the phones). In reality I do not think I need ever buy another computer.

I don't think I ever need buy another tablet. Most of the casual and non-casual surfing and emailing etc is done on my phone.

Where is the market for more sales - i.e. not just replacing the old equipment? New businesses and new households? Really? 2-year old kids are already starting on tablets, and by the time they grow out of kiddie games they will be able to do everything they need on phones. They do not even need a keyboard - some of them type faster with 2 thumbs than I do with ten.

I also now do a fair amount of dictation direct on the phone with almost instant conversion to text.

All I can say, having long ago gone through the essential re-configuring and re-building of office furniture to accommodate 6 square feet of desktop PC + display + keyboard + printer (instead of c. 1 square foot typewriter) - Thank God!

What is obvious is that the market for spectacles is going to grow exponentially since kids are going to be short-sighted by the time they are 3.

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Fidelity portable

Luxury!

Mind you - I played to death Concerto for Group and Orchestra (those who know, know) on a 13 quid turntable from Woollies and when I hear it now on CD, accepted it is clearer, but there is nowt coming from the CD which I did not hear on the record.

As for background hiss, unless it gets ridiculous our brains tune it out, just as it does with ambient noise every moment of the day.

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What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

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Up and running

Still playing but booted and installed from the iso under VMWare Fusion on macos. Fast enough but familiarity with the eCs installation regime helps a lot. Quite zippy but not yet tried anything except Firefox : slow to load but quick to run

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Retro?

No, in fact the latest eCs version ran fine in a VM under macos, including sound.

Interface clunky? Again no. There were subtle differences which made it slicker than Win95/XP at least in some respects including e.g. re-focusing from window to window without first having to click inside (forgot the buzzword for this feature)

I'll give this latest version a whirl but if the base OS is a continuation it will retain all of the operational benefits of the original.

To be honest I can't wait to fire up WordPerfect for DOS 6 and recover the word-processing efficiency which has been eroded year by year.

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White House sicko sent down for 20 years after sexting underage girls

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Entrapment?

Kept him talking for 2 months.

And where do Delaware cops learn to chat like 14-year old girls?

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Bloke charged under UK terror law for refusing to cough up passwords

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First they came ...

Excellent allusion to Niemoller's diatribe of which there are various versions a foreshortened version of which is :

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—

Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: MP3 is dead?

MIB reference. What's my prize?

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While Microsoft griped about NSA exploit stockpiles, it stockpiled patches: Friday's WinXP fix was built in February

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The EULA has never been tested in court.

You can bet your bottom dollar it will be now

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

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LSD microdosing?

And this we know how? Enquiring minds etc

P.S. Good article

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Re: FBI in turmoil -- you know that, I know that--

The banner headline on the BBC website after the news broke was "Washington in Turmoil" in unusually large typeface. That's the kind of hysterical reportage from a supposedly staid and reliable source which almost makes me understand Trump's antipathy towards the news media. I thought I'd gone to the Daily MIrror by mistake.

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A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

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The penny drops

"Nadella's observation that the typical Microsoft customer will have multiple network-connected devices...."

Bloody hell! He just noticed?

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Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

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That thinking feeling

I don't need to think. My watch tells me everything I need to know. Like how much I can eat. And when I hit the sweet spot with physical activity. Then when I am well rested. Otherwise when I should stand up and - oops typing just got more difficult and I am bumping into things - walk around. And ..ohh hang on... I have to stop looking at the screen, like, now ...

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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What difference does it make?

I just had a brilliant idea. The US President should be elected by voting by the whole World excluding the USA.

After all, the US electorate seem only to make a complete hash of it.

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Re: Please stay more on topic

This is the tea room. Out there {pointing through doorway} is for "work".

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Crown jewel?

Sat what? Which low-level functionary was responsible for this brazen anti-republican (small "r" notice) or even ante-republican sentiment.

Oh I know - he just came back from the London Brexit Tour (q.v.).

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