* Posts by PhilBuk

326 posts • joined 7 Nov 2012

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UK's Ministry of Defence: We'll harvest and anonymise private COVID-19 apps' tracing data by handing it to 'behavioural science' arm

PhilBuk

Re: "Ministry of Defence is sanitising it all first."

Don't forget the copy in a USB stick left on the 8:20 from Waterloo.

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

PhilBuk

Re: Covid jail "prank"

I think SW1A 2AA is better.

Microsoft Notepad: If it ain't broke, shove it in the Store, then break it?

PhilBuk

Re: Leave the 'pads alone

Copy the XP version into Win 7 - it still works. It doesn't have the 'improvements' that made the Win 7 version useless such as 1.5 line spacing that would revert every time it was restarted. Always use it for those text files from *nix systems that don't have terminating line feeds like DOS.

Phil.

Oh. And no fecking ribbon.

Friends, it's fine. Don't worry about randomers listening to your Skype convos. Microsoft has tweaked an FAQ a bit

PhilBuk

Re: Old Codger

Just don't flush the toilet.

Phil.

Quick question, what the Hull? City khazi is a top UK tourist destination

PhilBuk

Re: Pedant's corner

How about "Wookey Hole Cave". All three words mean cave.

So Cave Cave Cave.

Silly money: Before you chuck your chequebook away, triple-check that super-handy digital coin

PhilBuk

Re: ..the biggest of payments problems...

At least money still works after being dropped in the toilet.

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

PhilBuk

Re: Armstrong the LEM pilot

There was a lunar landing program for my HP-33e calculator. Never managed to land safely. It also lost the program when you turned it off - should have waited a couple of months and bought the 33c.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer

PhilBuk

And Gary Kildall ripped off DEC RT-11 to create CP/M says Ken Olsen (via a medium).

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards

PhilBuk

Re: Hot Pies

The other thing to know was the location of the only key that stopped it from whirring itself to death when you divided by zero (come on - everybody did that at least once).

That magical super material Apple hopes will hit backspace on its keyboard woes? Nylon

PhilBuk

Re: Apple keyboard malfunction issues and IFixit.

Probably an ASR33, my first too. Could be why I now have hearing aids.

Phil.

Ethiopian Airlines boss confirms suspect flight software was in use as Boeing 737 Max crashed

PhilBuk

Re: Why not just disable the system and put the planes back in the air?

Put the Board and entire Marketing dept. on the plane and fly it round the world. Then maybe we will think about it. Schedule a stop off at Lukla and try landing there. The result would be a benefit to mankind.

Phil.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes

PhilBuk

Re: MCAS is being misportrayed

@Alister

The rule of three is broken - so is the rule of two. The 737 has two Flight Computers (FCs), these each have their own AOA sensor - there are no links between the two. In flight, only one FC, and therefore only one AOA is used. The standard operating procedure is to alternate FCs between flights. So it's worse than you thought - only one AOA is used during flight and if that one is buggered, so are you.

Great design Boeing!

Phil.

They're BAAACK: Windows 10 nagware team loads trebuchet with annoying reminders to GTFO Windows 7

PhilBuk

You created a new user to just say that? Now ain't that suspicious.

Phil.

UK joins growing list of territories to ban Boeing 737 Max flights as firm says patch incoming

PhilBuk

Re: God, the stress involved in writing this stuff...

No. Just make sure you use this week's framework.

Phil.

If at first you don't succeed, you may be trying to install that Slow Ring Windows 10 build

PhilBuk

Re: So what is the company/games?

Try Fortnite.

Cut open a tauntaun, this JEDI is frozen! US court halts lawsuit over biggest military cloud deal since the Death Star

PhilBuk

"or that weird Aussie one with the hook-nosed but ever so sexy lass in black leather"

Ahhhh. Claudia Black of Farscape fame!! Muppets in Space.

Phil.

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

PhilBuk

Re: Get a keg Re growlers

Whoops - sorry. Class 37. Class 38 was never built.

Phil.

PhilBuk

Re: Get a keg Re growlers

I thought that a 'Growler' was a Class 38 diesel engine.

Phil.

Mystery sign-poster pities the fool who would litter the UK's West Midlands

PhilBuk

Re: Mommy

In the bit of Midlands that I grew up in - it was Mam.

Phil.

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

PhilBuk

Re: There is plenty of original material

Larry Niven - Ringworld et al.

Phil.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

PhilBuk

Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Smart water meters might be compulsory but not always feasible. I have a visual water meter under a cover in the pavement near the end of my drive. The guy from the water company surveyed my house before installation and I pointed out that mains water entered the house at three points. He duly took photographs of the incoming pipes as proof and they later installed a non-smart meter. Most houses on our road have the same arrangement. Smarts only work if you have one incoming main.

Phil.

In Space, Still: 20 years since Russia hurled first bit of floating astronaut hostel into orbit

PhilBuk

>>Or, launch Skegness! Think about it, space tourism is the future and Skegness's tourism is in decline, so could be a winner.

You will just have to wait for the spindizzy to be invented. I can, however, think of more deserving places to be launched into space e.g. Slough.

Phil.

DXC: Everything is going to plan, too well in fact... we've chopped so many staff, our IT projects are now behind

PhilBuk

That sounds like the CSC - sorry DXC, that I knew and don't have to work for anymore.

Phil.

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

PhilBuk

Re: The true face of democracy....

If paid lobbyists were banned, politicians would be bankrupt.

Phil.

Basic bigot bait: Build big black broad bots – non-white, female 'droids get all the abuse

PhilBuk

Re: Gold?

I would imagine that the butlers will end up grey so only John Major will complain.

Phil.

Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

PhilBuk

A long drill and Bruce Willis et al.

Phil.

Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

PhilBuk

Side mounted bottles are normal for cave diving in the UK.

Phil. (ex CDG).

Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

PhilBuk
Meh

Is The Power Supply Portable?

The article is a bit short on details but I wonder if the 3.3Kg weight includes the power supply? At the end of the article it says that the laser could be mounted on cars, boats and planes - for the power?

Phil.

TalkTalk plans to sell family B2B jewel to Daisy Group for £175m

PhilBuk

Shafting?

"Matt Howett, analyst at Assembly, said there were some early signs that a turnaround was under way, with the firm shifting its focus consumers."

I read that as "shafting focus consumers."

Phil.

Das blinkenlights are back thanks to RPi revival of the PDP-11

PhilBuk

@Thoguht

I once loaded up the 8K BASIC interpreter on our 12K PDP-8/E (slowly, as we only had the tape reader on an ASR33) hoping that it would allow me to get round some of the limitations of 8K FOCAL. No such luck. The BASIC was almost identical to FOCAL in functionality - they just swapped the commands over and made it much less efficient!

Phil.

America's forgotten space station and a mission tinged with urine, we salute you

PhilBuk

Re: I hope..

@TheProf

I think the film/documentry was "For All Mankind" ??

Phil.

TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

PhilBuk

That's a lot for a pretty crap salary.

Phil.

PhilBuk

Re: Talk to the techies

@Andrew,

All well and good but Pester comes over as an arrogant twat who seems to think that he can bluster on about everything being fine now when even the branch systems aren't working correctly. This is not a good example of damage control.

Phil.

Supercycle to su-'meh'-cycle: Apple iPhone warehouses heave with unsold Notches

PhilBuk

Re: iPhone 6 user here

It's interesting that the last big buying spree was on the iPhone 6/6S line. Also the last iPhone with a headphone socket! Maybe people are just hanging onto them like grim death so that they don't end up looking like twats with buds hanging out their ears.

Phil.

p.s. iPhone 6 still going strong on iOS 10 (I'll upgrade when they fix 11).

Damn Zippy! You beat me to it!

There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

PhilBuk

Re: Thickos

Driving on the wrong side of the road (the right hand side) was a scam introduced by Napoleon with the intention of making the roads safer. In Britain, we persisted with riding/driving on the left so that when we met oncoming traffic, they passed on the sword-hand side so we could take a swing if needed.

Phil.

PhilBuk

Re: Yo Dabbsy

Exactly. It's usually 'The Station' or 'X Station' where X is its name. Train Station is OK but Railway Station is for long-winded Southerners.

Phil.

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

PhilBuk

Re: Maximizing profits

Email.

Phil.

PhilBuk

Re: Maximizing profits

Whatsapp = Giving FaecesBook your mobile number. No thanks!

Phil.

Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

PhilBuk

Re: Ringworld Calling...

Not accidentally. It was introduced by the Puppeteers because they considered the Protectors that built the Ringworld were a threat.

Phil.

Death in paradise: 'Cyber attack' takes out national government's IT

PhilBuk

Re: Pictures are all wrong

Thanks to the particular skills of KLM, no saying where your luggage will end up.

Phil.

Fancy a viaduct? We have a wrought Victorian iron marvel to sell you

PhilBuk

Re: Memories

I occasionaly go home to visit my sister who lives over near Gallows Inn. Don't usually go over that side of town unless I visit my nephew on the Cotmanhay estate. Can't sample the ales any more thanks to coeliac disease but the prices in Il's'on are comparable to where I live at the moment, the Wirral.

You're right about the Nottingham Canal - that was a long way away when I was a lad. Isn't the Nutbrook Canal up there somewhere?

Phil.

p.s. Age tends to make memories better but I will always remember Ilkeston as being 'boring' rather than 'bustling'.

PhilBuk

Memories

Remember this from my childhood. I was born in Cotmanhay, next to Bennerley and both part of Ilkeston really. Used to fish in the Erewash canal which runs under the viaduct (did the author call it the Nottingham canal?) and go trainspotting on the Midland line (which also ran under the bridge). Trains at that time were mostly coal trains pulled by 2-10-0 WD class. There was the occasional Class 9 and some of the smaller classes but most of the traffic was pulled by clanky, hastely assembled wartime stuff.

Phil.

Doctor finds physical changes to astronaut's eyes after ISS stint

PhilBuk

Re: The older I get, the more I like Earth

What we need are spindizzies.

Phil.

PhilBuk

Re: Some can, most can't

Well, if you can't go off-planet you'll just have to become a blade runner.

Phil.

PhilBuk

Re: Ummm? Artificial Gravity?

And don't tell him to lie to the crew.

Phil.

It's Pi day: Care to stuff a brand new Raspberry one in your wallet?

PhilBuk

Re: Lovely bits of kit.

OS/8! Luxury. We had to load up via an ASR33:-

Rim Loader

(Low Speed)

7756/ 6032

7757/ 6031

7760/ 5357

7761/ 6036

7762/ 7106

7763/ 7006

7764/ 7510

7765/ 5357

7766/ 7006

7767/ 6031

7770/ 5367

7771/ 6034

7772/ 7420

7773/ 3776

7774/ 3376

7775/ 5356

Phil.

p.s. Apologies for the extra blank lines - not sure where they came from.

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

PhilBuk

We're not robbing - just opening the casket and hammering the stake back in.

Phil.

Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

PhilBuk

Re: professional restaurant

If it was an armature restuarant I could get my starter motor rewound while I ate.

Phil.

Swiss see Telly Tax as a Big Plus, vote against scrapping it

PhilBuk

Flags??

So which subby decided that a Swedish flag (on the home page) would be a good picture to go with this article??

Phil.

RIP... almost: Brit high street gadget shack Maplin Electronics

PhilBuk

50 minutes away from me but still worth it!

Phil.

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