* Posts by PhilBuk

274 posts • joined 7 Nov 2012

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Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

PhilBuk

Re: Marconi Monument & Lizard Wireless Station?

El Reg already did. Try here:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/02/23/geeks_guide_maroni_and_the_lizard_uk/

Yes - they did spell Marconi wrong in the link.

Phil.

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Military techie mangled minicomputer under nose of scary sergeant

PhilBuk

The console on our IBM mainframe S/380 (?) looked just like a 3270 terminal except for big green and red buttons at the top right of the keyboard. Red was the off switch. It soon gained a metal cover after one of the operators accidentely hit it whilst going for one of the top right keys.

Phil.

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Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!

PhilBuk

Re: Privacy for the dead but not the living

Good comment, but please, it's "lose" for God's sake!

Phil.

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A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again

PhilBuk

Re: I’ve always wondered...

Isn't that the spec. for one of Slartifartbast's planets?

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Web searching died the day they invented SEO

PhilBuk

Re: I disagree.

Agree. I was getting short of breath reading that mind fart.

Phil.

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Nunes FBI memo: Yep, it's every bit as terrible as you imagined

PhilBuk

You got me there Eddy. I recall that when I was in Philadelphia (in the late 70s) that the baseball team was the Phillys and the NFL team was the Eagles. A quick search and I was assured that my memory is not failing.

Phil.

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Firefox to emit ‘occasional sponsored story’ in ads test

PhilBuk

Re: Firefox must die

Yep, merge them with the Gnome 3 developers. They can all go together in a deep mire of bad ideas.

Phil.

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PACK YOUR BAGS! Two Trappist-1 planets have watery oceans, most likely to be inhabitable

PhilBuk

Re: "why does the artwork always show a scenery which is pretty much unlikely?"

"of met"

Huh??

Phil.

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

PhilBuk

Re: 450 seat 777 - oh dear

Totally agree. I'm not exactly a big-butt guy but the economy seats are bloody tight. The wing design seems to attract turbulance. All the most uncomfortable flights I've had were in bloody 777s. When flying into Dubai, it seems that only the A380 get proper gates - the rest, including 777s get a 20 min bus ride and a 20 min taxi to the runway.

Phil.

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Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

PhilBuk

Re: People who keep old cars and bikes going

The current equation editor will not edit equations created in Equation Editor 3. It is also not as capable as 3.0. Many teachers and academics have now lost the ability to edit their own equations in their documents and presentations. Fortunately, I still have an XP machine with Word 2003 and the editor intact - sometimes there are benefits to not getting updates.

See here for some of the problems:

https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304942-word-for-mac/suggestions/10316460-microsoft-office-2016-does-not-support-equation-ed

Phil.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

PhilBuk

Re: slashdot

I gave up on Slashdot when beta appeared. Having gone back recently, it seems just like it used to be with the same old commentards (I recognise some of the Sigs). Agree with AC about mod points. I get about 5 a day, sometimes 10. Not the once a week batch that I remember. It does allow me to do my duty and push irrelevant political posts into obscurity and boost the tech comments. There are still some very knowledgeable people posting though.

Phil.

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PhilBuk

Re: Curse you, DEC..

TECO was the best! What other text editor allows you to read the front-panel switches! Someone also created the EDT full screen editor as a macro in TECO.

Phil.

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Carphone Warehouse cops £400k fine after hack exposed 3 MEEELLION folks’ data

PhilBuk

Re: Eh?

It's not you. Either a word or maybe an entire line missing.

Phil.

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1980s sci-fi movies: The thrill of being not quite terrified on mum's floral sofa

PhilBuk

Re: 80s Sci Fi

The rental tapes used much higher quality stock than consumer (confirmed by a friend who worked at 3M). I bought a few ex-rental tapes and they were usually better than freshly bought consumer prints.

Phil.

Another Sony VCR user - that thing could play video from a slice of toast. How the mighty have fallen!

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SuperFish cram scandal: Lenovo must now ask nicely before stuffing new PCs with crapware

PhilBuk

Re: The amount of crap I had to remove was unbelievable.

Time it right and you can see the train on three levels of track. Managed to get a video of the whole thing about three years ago.

Phil.

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

PhilBuk

Thought that the CPU was a radiation-hardened COSMAC 1802.

Phil.

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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

PhilBuk

Re: KB2952664

Always hide this one. As AC says, I don't even need to look this one up.

Phil.

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Remember CompuServe forums? They're still around! Also they're about to die

PhilBuk

Re: CompuServe's minicomputers?

"Minicomputers weren't portable."

I could pick up a PDP-8/E to move it round the lab. Wouldn't be able to do it these days without referring myself to a chiropractor for a few weeks.

Phil.

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Astroboffins spot a fat 'monster' ALIEN planet terrorizing tiny dwarf

PhilBuk

Re: Boffins mount oscilloscope upside-down!

The telescopes are in Chile. They were upside down.

Phil.

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Li-ion batteries blow up because they breed nanowire crystals

PhilBuk

Re: Nickel-Iron

You get really bad alkaline burns if they leak. Used to be used by some cavers - now superceded by lithium.

Phil.

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Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

PhilBuk

Beeching Cuts

Well Beeching got a load of stuff named after him - bet he didn't appreciate it though.

Phil.

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We talk to Tron artist Syd Mead: On the other side of the screen, it all looks so easy

PhilBuk

Foonley

The Foonley F-1 was a fast copy of a DECsystem 10, the old 36-bit platform that most US Unis were using at the time. Also the major computing power for Compuserve (remember them?).

Phil.

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DeepMind now has an ethics unit – which may have helped when it ate 1.6m NHS patient details

PhilBuk

Re: How Far Is Progression On AI Doctors

There was a recent article in El Reg:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/25/ai_in_medicine/

- about why this doesn't really work. One of the main reasons is that experts are really bad at explaining why they came to a particular decision. So, if your expert system training is no good - the system makes incorrect or low-confidence decisions - not something you would want for a medical diagnosis.

Phi.

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Confessions of an ebook eater

PhilBuk

Re: Great article

@ Kristian Walsh - Managed to get a second-hand Lenovo T60 with the 1400x1050 screen for £100. Great for program development and general texty type stuff. Even with a SSD, it's getting a little slow these days.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

PhilBuk

Re: Bah!

Kodak also had a starring role in developing digital cameras and held a lot of the patents for the technology. They made digital backs for Nikon, Hasselblad etc. that were used by NASA and other high profile organisations. However, ther own cameras and their marketing of said items was shit.

Phil.

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PhilBuk

Re: FFS...

That computer was a Mac.

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Boeing 737 turns 50

PhilBuk

Re: if it ain't broken

There was also a rudder problem with a servo causing the rudder to go hard over at low speeds. This caused a couple of accidents and fatalities. The problem was around for a few years But could be negated by raising the minimum speeds in certain configurations.

Phil.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_737_rudder_issues

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Disney plotting 15 more years of Star Wars

PhilBuk

Re: Millennium Falcon

To fix the Millenium Falcon you just use the same technique as the Russian guy in Armageddon - "Empire parts, Rebel parts, all made in Taiwan!"

Just keep hitting it with a bloody great spanner.

Phil.

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Microsoft cloud TITSUP: Skype, Outlook, Xbox, OneDrive, Hotmail down

PhilBuk
Thumb Down

A Bit Up and Down

Got a quote from an insurer via the hotmail account on my phone. Went to a PC to look at it full size and Outlook 2013 prompted me to login - failed. Went to webmail tried to log in, got a page saying that the page I wa trying to view was not TLS 1.1, 1.2 or 1.3 compatible - Microsoft's own page! Went back to phone to forward email to a non hotmail address and, now, couldn't connect to hotmail.

Long live the cloud!, and so on.

Phil.

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Trump cybersecurity order morphs into 2,200-plus-word extravaganza

PhilBuk

Re: Cyberattack on the nation's electricity grid...

@Black Rat

"the FBI can tell you how many other incidents have not been made public for security reasons."

Did you mean "the FBI can't tell you..."; otherwise they would be able to tell us???? Or do you mean they can tell you the number but not the specifics of the incidents.

Phil.

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Brought to you by UK.gov: 'Most ambitious programme of change of any government anywhere in the world'

PhilBuk

Re: "modern-day Che Guevara of digital"

Great. Now that I've got a citation to prove it, I'll just go in and re-write the Wikipedia article.

Phil.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

PhilBuk

Re: I can't help but wonder something.

Oops. I meant prequels.

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PhilBuk

Funny, that casting came to my mind too.

Phil.

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PhilBuk

Re: I can't help but wonder something.

I've read all of them but have to say the the ones by his son go a bit bat-shit

crazy.

One thing I did notice was that there was quite a difference between the UK and US editions of the original. I bought my copy when I was in the states in 1979. When that started to fall apart, I bought a copy in the UK. When I read it, something jarred so I went back to the US edition and found that whole paragraphs had been re-written, sometimes there was a least an extra page difference between editions. My quick assessment was that it seemed that quite a bit of waffle had been edited out of the UK edition.

Phil.

p.s. there are six brick-sized sequels too.

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PhilBuk

Re: SciFi Channel version

A cardboard cutout with an attached tape recorder would have made a better job of Gurney Halleck than the guy who played him in the mini-series (P.H. Moriarty). But, apart from that, I quite enjoyed their take on Dune and the next two books. As mentioned before, the lack of budget showed in the FX and the outdoor shots. The guy who played Stilgar was a particularly good fit.

Phil.

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PDP-10 enthusiasts resurrect ancient MIT operating system

PhilBuk

Don't forget RT-11 and there was one that started with OS (OS-11?), similar to OS-8 (which also used PIP).

Phil.

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My fortnight eating Blighty's own human fart-powder

PhilBuk

Re: Food intolerance?

With Coeliac disease you can have a reaction within 10 minutes. I know.

Phil.

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‘Artificial Intelligence’ was 2016's fake news

PhilBuk

First post I see. Hmm...marketing speak...couldn't give a shit about ordinary people ... I see a pattern here.

Phil.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

PhilBuk
Happy

Ha! Our first Rouge of the day!

Always a good spelling mistake. (Checks post carefully for mistakes).

Phil.

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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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PhilBuk

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.

Phil.

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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!

Phil.

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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..

Phil.

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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.

Phil.

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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.

Phil.

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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

PhilBuk

Re: Bah!

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

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