* Posts by Phil Cooke

31 publicly visible posts • joined 9 May 2007

Anti-Eurofighter Downing Street e-petition started

Phil Cooke
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Current signatories

Patrick Seurre, the Petition Creator, joined by:

Lewis Page

Looks like it takes as long to update, as the moderatrix takes to approve these......

Gov 'smart meter' plans: Sky box in charge of your house

Phil Cooke

@ Steve Bennett

All the main mobile telecoms companies have been doing work on smartmeters with embedded SIMS, so these are the most likely route for the connection.

HTC's second Android phone coming 1 May

Phil Cooke
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@AC 21:23

It's a googlephone, so it will only sync with google - you don't need all that outlook stuff when you can trust it all to the mighty googleplex!

Cabinet Office stuck with creaking PCs for five years

Phil Cooke
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While not working in uk.gov, on my desk here I have a client desktop for access to their systems, my work laptop for access to my employers systems, and a netbook I use for personal stuff and network testing. Knowing how many systems and suppliers have been in and out of uk.gov, I'd be surprised if a significant number of staff didn't have 2 or 3 PC's. just to get into diverse systems!

Fasthosts' market leadership claims banned

Phil Cooke


Fasthosts and their various companies are nothing but a bunch of crooks, just do a trawl of various webhosting forums to find this out. Buyer beware :(

This judgement couldn't happen to a nastier company.

NASA rejects democracy, names ISS node 'Tranquility'

Phil Cooke


Knowing Oveur, I suspect they are on pint 20 or 30 by now, that man can drink! Lets hope the node has less downtime then TQ tho :p

MPs battle to save great British pub

Phil Cooke
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www.axethebeertax.com - also failbook groups etc out there if ya interested :)

Obama orders 'root and branch' cybersecurity review

Phil Cooke
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24 connection?

Sounds like Obama's been watching the current 24 and is panicing it could happen for real!

Study slams brain-training games' mental improvement claims

Phil Cooke
Thumb Down

Another pointless study

All this proves is that there are benefits from both, as with most things.

Online crime maps go live

Phil Cooke
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N. Yorks mapping...

Just took a look at my area, which flags as average for everything except Anti-Social behaviour which is flagged high.....with exactly 0 cases reported in the stats they show! How the hell can that be high compared to the rest of North Yorkshire?!?!?!?

Smut email hubby claims iPhone glitch

Phil Cooke


ROFL, what a nub!

Reg readers in Firefox 3 lovefest

Phil Cooke


I have access to 2 different corporates networks for my current job. Both of them have IE6 as the standard browser and no immediate plans to change this :(

That's probably where a lot of the IE6 traffic is from, legacy setups in corporates :s

BOFH: The paperless cafeteria

Phil Cooke


Class! Especially the PFY's 'committment' to paperless at the end :D

Mankind to detect alien life 'by 2025'

Phil Cooke
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@ AC 10:16

and there was me thinking most of them were in places like the House of Commons, or the White House......I can't see how a politician could ever be human!

Demand for consoles, add-ons skyrockets as PC games plunge

Phil Cooke

@ AC 13:52

OMG, a fellow EVE Player! I think part of the decline is the fact a lot of people are subscribing to MMOs like EVE instead on PC. Plus, with some of them you get the upgrades free and major community support :)

Ambulance Service not patient enough for Vista

Phil Cooke

@ James

'Personally if you havent tried it (and by try I do mean run it on a system that isnt the bare minimum for running it) then before you continue to knock it you should.'

Couldn't agree more with this - I just had to purchase a new laptop and managed to get an employee deal for a HP. They shipped this with Vista Home Premium 64 (as the Laptop has 4gb of ram) and thus far I have been impressed with how stable it is.I was expecting loads of compatibility issues with my games etc but so far everything has worked......

However, I have older hardware that I wouldn't let Vista near with a barge pole as XP SP3 is stable and supports everything I need (mainly for internet broadcasting). It's a case of working out what is 'fit for purpose' for your INDIVIDUAL needs.

Airline industry refuses to be ID card guinea pig

Phil Cooke


Ya barred!

Seriously tho, the sooner they kill these off the better! Especially with lab.gov's record on data security.........

Malicious gossip could cost you your job

Phil Cooke

RE: Helping the scouts is suicide

Working with kids in general is nowadays. I spent 7 years as an IT manager in a school, during that time 2 Heads of IT got suspended due to allegations by kids, all later proven innocent but lead to them leaving.

Needless to say, I don't intend on going back into education IT in case it happens to me, I took a pay cut and went to work for a telecoms company instead, well away from kids and vulnerable persons - still had to have a disclosure done tho! Madness!

Best Buy helps Apple put an iPhone under every tree

Phil Cooke

RE: What is Best buy?

It's the US version of Currys, but with a slightly wider range of overpriced tat!

Craigslist supervillain seeks henchmen

Phil Cooke

Re: Miss Bee

I thought it might be :)

Phil Cooke

Miss Bee

Now Miss Bee,

Let's be honest - you aren't applying because you're over qualified!

It's official: The Home Office is listening

Phil Cooke
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@ Tow Walsh

2. If you must think, for Heaven's sake think illogically. That should be fairly safe.

With the present Gov, thinking logically would be the safest bet surely......leave the illogical, screwed up ideas to them, especially Mr Brown!

MS takes Windows 3.11 out of embed to put to bed

Phil Cooke

Win 3.1 and the interwebz

I remember using it as a student with Compuserve and running a copy of Dr Solomons Anti virus, back when it used to check for a whole 6000 viruses!

Also remember Win 3.0 on the schools RM network, which had OS/2 on the server and a couple of old 186? PC's running Windows 1!

Those were the days...

Yahoo! email! fans! get! more! domains!

Phil Cooke


I've still got my old Rocketmail address, same setup as Ben with the username.rm login - pity I stopped using it as Yahoo!s service was pants compared to rocketmails. I check it occasionally and use it as an archive now.

Guess I got me coat when it comes to Yahoo! ages ago.........

Vodafone USB Modem 7.2

Phil Cooke
Paris Hilton


you'll find every provider does this! I've been using one of these for a month now and don't have any issues with it - It's a lot better that the old PCMCIA card it replaced :)

PH angle, it's curvy............

MP accuses BBC chief of illegally championing Microsoft

Phil Cooke
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RE: Production Company

But... aren't the BBC *the* production company concerned, or don't they own the rights to their own programs?

No, they also buy in programs internationally which obviously the producers want guarantees will be protected as well as from independents in the UK as previously mentioned.

However, I think that it's a fair point that it should be opened up as much as possible, 2 years for a MAC or Linux client seems extreme......

Kaspersky false alarm quarantines Windows Explorer

Phil Cooke
Paris Hilton

to Paul Talbot

EVe-Online is the MMORPG you mean - it deleted the boot.ini file. Lets hope XP SP3 adds at least a little protection for key system files!

Anyone found the paris hilton angle yet?

Nokia wins hearts, minds with breakthrough mobile

Phil Cooke


I work for one of the main mobile providers here in UK as onsite support for a corporate customer. I get less requests for repairs on these than their newer replacements - they just keep going!

Balls: Schools should police the net

Phil Cooke


After reading this, I'm glad the school I was working for decided to outsource and lay me off - I had enough headaches without them dumping this on me!

Power outage knocks out major websites

Phil Cooke

Generator testing

Maybe this is the rare occasion where big corporates can learn from Public/Government organisations. I was working for a UK.gov facility about 10 years ago, and they deliberately failed over to their backup generators once a fortnight for approx 20 minutes to ensure everything worked properly.

If the DC has a proper setup, I see no reason why they couldn't failover a small section to UPS/Generator backup once every month or two to check all is in order.........rotate through every section over the course of a day/week maybe

Virgin faces customer exodus over Sky battle

Phil Cooke

Virgin availability

I'd actually move to Virgin if they would cable my road! If I was to move 0.2 of a mile, I could get Virgin's services - It's about time they made some more investment rather than just milking exisiting customers I think. Half the work is already done for them, when the new houses in my area were built in 2000, the relevant ducting & accesses were laid for them - they just need the fibre to be dumped in, and a couple of cabinets of equipment installed! I know that's still not cheap - but to access an extra 100+ customers, possibly paying £30+ a month, must be worthwhile long term surely?