* Posts by Pangasinan Philippines

65 posts • joined 29 Nov 2016


UK pr0n viewers plan to circumvent smut-block measures – survey

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Topless Darts?

I was hoping it would return to our screens one day.

Oh well . . .

So about that Atari reboot console... you might want to sit down. It's going to be late, OK?

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Is it just me?

I loved playing Manic Miner on the Spectrum in the 80's and my sons played Sonic the hedgehog on Sega in the 90's.

Looking at the graphics of PS4 and similar, the backgrounds are full of unwanted detail and detract from the playability of the game.

Overhyped 5G is being 'rushed', Britain's top comms boffin reckons

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Re: SNAFU again - Remembering DAB

DAB was rushed to market as better than FM radio, which it obviously was not.

Required by industry and rejected by consumers.

Only a change of CODEC could rescue it.

Use an 8-char Windows NTLM password? Don't. Every single one can be cracked in under 2.5hrs

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Easy to remember

I use favorite song or album titles.

Take the initial letters.

For example

If I could do it all over again Id do it all over you (by Caravan)

becomes Iicdiaoaidiaoy

is one of my (lesser) used versions.

Granddaddy of the DIY repair generation John Haynes has loosened his last nut

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I always remembered

The tool for centering the clutch plate on an Austin A35 gearbox/engine was 18G139.

For some reason that number is etched into my brain.

We just used a splined shaft from another engine.

Hands off that Facebook block button, public officials told by judges in First Amendment row

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Public (official) or private?

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then . . . . . .

FCC tosses aside rules, treats Google to a happy ending following request for handy tech

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Re: Confused!

0dBm is 1 milliwatt

anything less than zero is below 1 milliwatt and anything of positive value is above 1 milliwatt on a logarithmic scale.

It's 2019, and from Beijing to Blighty folk are still worried about slurp-happy apps

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Google Maps

I declined to update Google maps when they wanted access to my contacts.

That was over a year ago.

I doubt that the road network has changed much over that period.

Maps works just fine as it as.

No update required

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Blockchain Snake Oil

Will one day cure baldness, feed the hungry and bring about universal peace and harmony


Those ailments are already covered by Alkaline water.


Can your rival fix it as fast? turns out to be ten-million-dollar question for plucky support guy

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Re: there were millions involved

Ah yes. Remember it like it was yesterday. A brew could be fermented and drinkable in about a week because of the temperature.

Me? I stayed with the Pepsi. Didn't go there for the booze. Met a number a alcoholics who went there to get away from the family so they could drink away without getting nagged at!

I saved a contract for h.f. mobile transmitters while failed in operation.

The whole device was a clamshell pair with one half the 'exciter' and the other half the power output stage. The transmitter adjusted itself for the antenna impedance using a variable motorised output coil. But the microprocessor flagged errors about 50 per cent of microphone press to-talk.

Being a clamshell, there was no way to investigate until a cable with complex 'D' type connectors was assembled.

Then I could trace it with a 'scope and found that the mic PTT switch should unbalance the single side band that sent a short burst of RF to a diode and Capacitor/resistor resulting in a pulse to the processor to give it the go-ahead.

But sometimes the RF burst was too short and the resultant pulse too short to trigger the processor. Once the company head office in Texas gave us the go-ahead to fix it, we just increased the capacitor value.

We asked head-office if these radios were used elsewhere. Yes they said , the type of exciters were used and the type of PA stages were used elsewhere. We asked again and they admitted that our configuration was the first using those two units.

Didn't make any money out of this but the boss was pleased!

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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I swore Once

An obnoxious know-it-all down the pub insisted I was wrong when I had researched a subject.

I told him he knew f*** all and that shut him up.

Pub boss bought me a drink.

The point is that swearing CAN be effective when used in moderation.

WWII Bombe operator Ruth Bourne: I'd never heard of Enigma until long after the war

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Re: other type of personalization was the Morse code sending itself

The transmitters used have their own personalisation.

The equipment would have their own attack and decay characteristics (rise time and fall time) which could be seen on an oscilloscope. Also overshoot and 'ringing' and ripple on the pulses.

I don't know if oscilloscopes were around during the war years but were used in the '60s.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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It's become a search engine box?

So the browser URL box effectively becomes a search box which Google will search and throw up the obvious answer.

EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Micro USB not always standard

I had a 'Cherry' phone where the connector plug on the charger was extra long.

When the cable went bad had to ditch the phone as it's not possible to buy a charger on its own.

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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Haven't updated G Maps for more than a year

When they wanted extra permissions to access my contacts.

Err . . . .Why?

IPv6: It's only NAT-ural that network nerds are dragging their feet...

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Unique Content

'What will spur ipv6 adoption is creating demand for it - offer services that either require ipv6, or work better with it.'

Just like the new fangled TVs in the '60s

They had 625 lines instead of 405. But required purchase of new TV and aerial. How much???

But BBC2 launched on 625 lines and had content that people wanted to watch.

Joan Bakewell for example. Also Barry Norman with film (movie) reviews.

Then colour came along and the nation responded with their wallets and credit cards.

Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

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Don't cover the antenna with your hand

"The trouble is that mm-wave communications don't have much range, are quite narrow and focused, and can't penetrate walls and get into buildings"

So using 5G indoors will not work. You can't even get a 3G signal in Tesco!

Should be a market opportunity for 5G repeaters somewhere.

UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

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Re: Not wanting to state the obvious

Haven't seen any UK broadcasts for 3 years.

Back then ITV were ALL about pushing premium rate phone-ins.

Plus the commercials.

But at least it was provided for free.

Sky customers pay through the nose to be abused.

'Fibre broadband' should mean glass wires poking into your router, reckons Brit survey

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Re: Here in Manila

Yes, just about. PLDT and Globe are a duopoly having taken out ALL the other players.

The government here wants a third player which was meant to happen in the first quarter of this year; but like all government projects has been re-specified and put back to later this year.

BTW the analogue TV system was meant to be switched off in Dec 2016 but is still running as the DTT replacement is running in the 'Test Broadcast' phase.

The third telco, if it ever happens will likely be a Chinese/PHL consortium with deep pockets and very few frequencies. The government wants shared towers run by a separate company but the telcos are lukewarm about that.

Also the aim of extra competition is to bring down the customers' costs as the duopoly at present match each others prices. But the upfront costs involved mean that this is unlikely to happen.

. . . . . Watch this space . . . . .

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Here in Manila

The Philippine Government is pushing the local telcos to fiber.

PLDT are picking the low hanging fruit and connecting premises near to the access points and ticking the boxes.

After 6 requests for fiber and help from inside knowledge I had fiber installed. It was 16 poles and took two people to string the cable across the poles.

I now have fiber direct to my router (via fibre patch cord) and have selected 50 Mbs package for about £27 UKP. This includes a home phone connected to the modem.

The top speeds are more expensive, but the country has no fiber backbone, but available speeds should increase when the Amazon submarine cable arrives.

This is much better than the LTE internet that I had previously. (15 Mbs on a good day)

Big contenders in the broadband chart this week, but who will be #1? Well, not Britain

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UK postcodes only

The former offers a broadband speed checker on its website. ®

Only works for UK codes.

I have FTTH (yes home) in Manila.

What a flap: SIM swiped from slain stork's GPS tracker used to rack up $2,700 phone bill

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So for 20 hours . . .

They didn't know that calls were being made.

They couldn't tell Stork from mutter.

If you remember the advert, then you are old!

Google weeps as its home state of California passes its own GDPR

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you'll be amazed to hear why the privacy law passed so fast

Tactic copied from the Daily Mail

Click Bait?

SpaceX to pick up the space pace with yet another Falcon 9 launch

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Re: Yes, we know it's hard, but someone has told Elon dumping Block 4's at sea is easy.

Remember that when you use a drinking straw or cotton ear bud or drink stirrer or . . . . . .

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Never used DAB in Manila

My Denon mini stereo has DAB. Was that counted in the survey as I bought it in Richer Sounds.

BBC R2 and R6 comes in using internet radio or Apple TV.

But Radio Paradise beats them all for music.

1.5m Brits pay too much for mobile and crappy broadband – Ofcom

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While, here in Manila

FTTH, (yes home) at 50Mbps and 100GB per month works out at £27.

Includes fixed phone with free local calls.

Bundled in a mobile landline+ cell phone (take home phone anywhere) for extra £3.50

It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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But don't forget the consultants

But you have to factor in the consultants who will need to dot every (i) and cross every (t).

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

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Many memories

There was some argument about spelling it without the 'e' (Concord) but the French won that argument.

I was at Lechlade when the first flight landed at Fairford. Huge crowds at the riverbank enjoying the spectacle.

I lived in North Swindon - near the Arkells brewery and (when outdoors) could hear the plane on take off when full power was applied.

Years earlier, when at school, went to a lecture by Sir Barnes Wallis. Biggest laugh came when he said of the Americans "I told them not to use titanium!"

I was in Hong Kong when Imelda Marcos visited on Concorde for a shopping trip which was also a sales pitch for the aircraft.

The tech you're reading these words on – you have two Dundee uni boffins to thank for that

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So where were CRTs heading?

Back in '75 or '76 there was a commercial exhibition in Hong Kong showcasing the developments in CRT technology.

The Japanese companies were showing small (approx 5 inch) CRTs without the shadowmask, but instead had extra phosphor index stripes that registered the beam as it passed over.

The feedback pulses from the index stripes controlled an RGB switch so that the beam was correct for each of the three colours generated.

They were touted as the future for projection TVs with the extra brightness and reduced heat generated.

So without LCD we could still be using CRTs.

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RCA name is on the digital terrestrial TV boxes here in Philippines.

Don't know who owns it though.

Probably a similar setup that Polaroid went through where the name was still a trusted brand no matter who was making the boxes.

Audiophiles have really taken to the warm digital tone of streaming music

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And you shall have music wherever you go

With this wonderful invention


Great for lads holidays!

Now I'm older it's Radio Paradise.

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Not EU? - Declare a new continent

UK should declare itself a new continent.

Stops all arguments about 'are we in or out?' (depends).

Lets have a .imp TLD which would be shorthand for IMPERADOR a new continent.

Your mouse can't reach that Excel cell? Buy a 'desk extender' said help desk bluffer

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Re: Well at least it was a happy ending for someone.

Jasper Carrot joke. (or was it Billy Connelly?)

Credit where credit is due.

Brit military boffins buy airtime on HD eye-in-the-sky video satellite

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sun-synchronous orbit

So the pictures/video will always capture images at the same time each day?

Our targets will need to know when to hide the missile launchers.

At least until the constellation is complete.

Intellisense was off and developer learned you can't code in Canadian

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Re: Proper English!

The Americans do like to verbalise nouns. . . . . . .Oh!

Lets hope this discussion brings some form of normalcy/normality to the language

Watt? You thought the wireless charging war was over? It ain't even begun

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Effects on Humans & Animals?

How long before exposure to these rays (focused or not) bring about tumours?

Then followed up with lawsuits.

Another UAV licence price hike? Commercial drone fliers rage over consultation

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How to speed up the application process

In order to reduce application turnaround times "from currently on average 90 days down to 15 days in respect of standard permissions", adding that "industry is most keen for the CAA to achieve this soonest".

A 40% hike.


Combinations? Permutations? Those words don't mean what you think they mean

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How I always remembered it

If you're interested, you win the lottery with a combination (not a permutation) and technically you unlock a safe with a permutation (not a combination). ®

In my day it was the football permutations by Littlewoods.

How much for that Belkin cable? Margin of 1,992%?

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History repeating itself

I remember back in 1971 when the UK changed to decimal.

Hiding price increases was easy when the public were confused by the new coins.

BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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And here in Manila

TV programs are peppered with adverts, sometimes up to 15 minutes (10 minutes is normal) and more than one break an hour. Often ads are repeated in the same break.

Adverts here are so 70's.Very in your face with product name repeated over and over.

Mostly milk products and washing detergent.

I haven't seen UK TV for over two years and don't miss it. BBC radio two is my friend.

Up votes to all who correctly spelt 'Licence' and not the US version (they don't have telly tax also)

France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Name upgrade

To Grim reaper

Thousands of hornets swarm over innocent fire service drone

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Re: What I used to do

Take a bunch of freinds round to watch, shoot the nest with a slingshot, stand very still while wasps chase freinds.

Ran out of freinds; had to quit.


Remember; i before e except after c

Works most of the time

Sigh. Big Cable execs dominate FCC panel overseeing Big Cable's broadband upgrades

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So as long as it meats all the criteria, there shouldn't be an issue including, for example, wireless services.

Would you 'steak' your reputation on that statement.

I hope 'stew' see the joke.

Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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Re: Bah!

Surely you mean EKCO brand, named after EK Cole. Details here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EKCO

The Malmesbury factory became the manufacturing base for Dyson and his vacuum cleaners.

Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

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Bruce Lee fights on just like in the '70s

User filed fake trouble tickets to take helpful sysadmin to lunches

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because he's got a fucking badge from the scouts.

Wow, I didn't realize they were so progressive in the modern age.

.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Joke Alert

She was only a radio operator's daughter,

But her Da Da Did It

Concorde without the cacophony: NASA thinks it's cracked quiet supersonic flight

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Re: BS - Barnes Wallis

School trip to a lecture by Sir Barnes Wallis (bouncing bomb fame).

He said "I told the Americans not to use titanium!"

Even as school kids we understood why.

Living in North Swindon (Stratton St Margaret) we could hear the Concorde taking off from Fairford when the after-burners were activated.

Researchers solve screen glare nightmare with 'moth-eye' antireflective film

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Bude Light

This was used in parliament buildings.

Bright idea!



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