* Posts by HarryBl

75 posts • joined 20 Oct 2013

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What happens when a Royal Navy warship sees a NATO task force headed straight for it? A crash course in Morse

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You had to be able to send at 25wpm using an ordinary Post Office hand key if you wanted to work at Portishead/GKA.

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Re: Audio Morse

We had 35 start the MRGC/C&G/Radar combo at Riversdale. 3 years later there were 3 of us left taking the radar exam.

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I did it for 10 years as a radio officer in the merchant. Once you're reasonably competent the letters just form in your head. It's a bit like speaking another language.

In audio morse there's a plateau at about 12 words per minute where your brain switches from hearing dit dah dit as 3 separate sounds to the letter R fully formed.

After that you can lag enough to be able to write whole words at once rather than separate letters

+ VA

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: 1970s?

You are Diane Abbott and I claim my fivetyfour pounds

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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The next time you go into a Post Office and see them using the touch screen behind the counter be advised that under the counter is a Pentium 4 with 256Mb of memory running NT4...

The Chinese are here: Xiaomi to bring phones to the UK next month

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"Chinese brands are notorious for their eccentric UIs, but Xiaomi has a decent story here. "

Xiaomi do two versions of some of the phones, one with their own UI and one with plain Android One. The Redmi 6 Pro has their UI whereas the Mi A2 Lite is the same hardware running Android One.

I bought a Mi A2 Lite off a UK seller on Ebay last month and am very pleased with it.

Code of conduct claims new Texas Instruments CEO after just six weeks

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I suspect that breaching the company's code of conduct involved something along the lines of 'fancy a quick shag?' to one of his underlings.

Registry to ban Cyrillic .eu addresses even if you've paid for them

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Re: ACII stupid question and you get a stupid ANSI...

In Thai the the word 'mah' can mean one of 5 completely different things depending on the tone it's pronounced with. The Thais have 5 different words but English is stuck with 'mah'.

First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: This underlines one more thing

And much quieter

Crappy IoT on the high seas: Holes punched in hull of maritime security

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Re: Not just open sea navigation...

The easiest way to shut Suez is down is to refuse to give the pilot his carton of Marlboro :-)

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Re: Plain text rudder commands is not a problem in itself

Yes of course a shipowner is going to pay for the necessary bandwidth over an expensive satellite link so the crew can indulge in a bit of gaming...

UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

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Re: How fast is 'fast moving'

"Second, you would be surprised how narrow the straights of Ormuz and several other Gulf chokepoints are. "

Strait of Hormuz...

'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

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Re: Damn

gandi.net. 6 quid a year for a co.uk domain with 5 free email addresses. Based in France. Their motto is 'no bullshit' which seems to be the case.

FCC drops idiotic plans to downgrade entire nation's internet speeds

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I'll never complain about Virgin again...

Surveillance law slip-up in sight for staff stalking citizens on socials

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Re: Saying that .....

RIPA 2000 Paton vs Poole Council 2010

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

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Wrong picture. You should have shown a picture of the Burges on a Saturday night - fights and vomit

El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Indeed. They were actually the first bank to offer online services to their customers in the UK

Aviation industry hits turbulence as Airbus buys into Bombardier’s new jetplanes

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Re: NI Jobs

They have an assembly plant in Alabama which could be used to produce C types for Delta and avoid the 300% tariff as they're made in the USA.

Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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I once installed a Windows system into a GP surgery and found a receptionist who thought that moving the cursor up the screen requiring lifting the mouse off the desk.

Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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From the Graun

"US airlines have been lobbying the Trump administration to intervene in the Persian Gulf, where they have contended for years that the investments in three rapidly expanding airlines in the area – Etihad Airways, Qatar, and Emirates – constitute unfair government subsidies with which Delta, American and United cannot compete. All three Middle Eastern airlines are among the carriers affected by the electronics ban."

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Coming to the UK too according to the Beeb

Telco Orange to open bank next month

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Renault do it (RCI Bank).

Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Re: personal system

Panasonic DVRs used to have a button that fast forwarded to the next change of scene. Couple of presses and the ads were left in the dust.

Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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As the book is a US Army publication is it not in the public domain as most US military manuals are? It's widely available for free download all over the web.

Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs

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"Lenovo downward dogs with Yoga BIOS update supporting Linux installs"

I know it's Friday but can you tell whoever writes your headlines to lay off the sauce until they've finished work.

RRS Sir David Attenborough construction goes full-steam ahead

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Camell Laird do have a bit of experience in ship building...

HP Ink COO: Sorry not sorry we bricked your otherwise totally fine printer cartridges

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""We will continue to use security features to protect the quality of our customer experience, " and make sure that we drive all our current customers away to competitors...

UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Here's Bubba!

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Som nam na...

Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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"We are left wondering why publishers, rather than diversifying their revenue, keep insisting on making the user experience as crappy as possible:"

Because they're as thick as mince and know no better.

If we can't fix this printer tonight, the bank's core app will stop working

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"Jonny's not sure why she didn't also tell him not to pack his bags, "

Treble negatives rarely say what you think they do...

Will US border officials demand social network handles from visitors?

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Re: Stupid questions...

"THEN if they ask you the root password, make sure it's something like "TSA-sucks" or "F-U-very-much""

It's never really sensible to be a smartarse with someone whose employers provides them with free rubber gloves...

Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

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Re: Meanwhile

There are large organisations with NT4 still fulfilling their needs...

BlackBerry's licensing strategy looks smart – and a lot like Nokia's

HarryBl

Leica and Panasonic have a similar agreement. There are Lumix compact cameras that are exactly the same as Leicas apart from a red spot and a few hundred quid.

Ad blockers responsible for rise in upfront TV ad sales, claims report

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Tivo and the fast forward button...

UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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"Earl Howe stated that the government’s central point was that it did “not think that companies should provide safe spaces to terrorists and other criminals in which to communicate. "

How about my bank providing a safe space for me to do business in? Can someone explain to these chimps how encryption works?

Google quietly takes gag off Mississippi AG after wrecking ads probe

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Too right! Can't have the people buying their drugs cheaper across the border can we?

Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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Re: Distress

All modern radars have collision avoidance built in. I was sailing with CAS in 1975.

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Re: Rolls-Royce are deluded

With Gatun Locks all ships are heading in one of two directions - either towards the Canal or away - much like Port Said and Suez

The English Channel has an east- west traffic separation zone with regular north-south traffic in the ferries that run between France and the UK

https://vimeo.com/42114659

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Re: Distress

All properly run ships have 24 hour lookouts. They have the Mate on watch and a seaman in busy waters.

They're also equipped with GMDSS which transmits distress calls via satellite to Marine Rescue Co-ordinations centres worldwide.

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Re: Rolls-Royce are deluded

"The actual sailing is trivial, and a solved problem - pretty much all large ships sit in autopilot and auto-dock most of the time."

Try coming up the Channel in autopilot. Try docking a 150,000 tonne ship in gusty weather on auto.

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Re: Rolls-Royce are deluded

The Triple Es are all over 18,000 TEU. The MSC Zoe is at 19,224.

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Re: Is it worth it ?

The Old Man on a typical container ship gets about £70k for 6 months work. There are usually 20-25 crew altogether including both officers and ratings.

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19,000 TEU box boat disappears...

Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Why are they so stupid?

UK.gov wants to fine websites £250,000 if teens watch porn vids

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"newly created Age Verification Regulator"

More jobs for the boys then...

Fly to Africa. Survive helicopter death flight to oil rig. Do no work for three weeks. Repeat

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I once sat on a ship in Port Phillip Bay for 11 weeks waiting for the boss to fly out from London with a banker's draft to pay Esso for the $300,000 we owed them for bunkers.

Virgin Media goes TITSUP* in South London due to painful piles

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Re: "won’t be able to make a full repair until the pile is removed"

Noooooo! My eyes!

'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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Akplogan could get a part time job writing articles for the Guardian.

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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Re: Kiosks

Nor the counter machines at the Post Office and Starbucks tills which both still run on NT4 - lol

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