* Posts by Pangasinan Philippines

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Philippines government tech agency seeks 750 percent budget boost for COVIDigital transformation

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There's Free, and there's 'Free'

The Malls are the place to go for free WiFi, (*) but during a weekend evening, a connection that works is almost impossible.

The system cannot cope with the demand from students who crowd the malls after school all using cell phone data.

DICT has been ordered to construct 20,000 common cell towers during the next five years to catch up such advanced countries as Viet Nam.

It takes about 7 months and a fistful of permits before construction can begin.

The National Fiber (fibre) backbone project years ago was abandoned due to alleged corruption in the issuing of contracts to a Chinese firm.

(*) Disconnected at the moment along with reduced air-conditioning to discourage crowds from the malls

A volt from the blue: Samsung reportedly ditches wall-wart from future phones

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I sleep at night, safe in the knowledge that my phones, iPad etc are using the manufacturers' chargers.

After reading of (often fatal) fires caused by poorly made chargers (five stars on Amazon!), I will never used unbranded chargers.

The future is not bright.

Just saying.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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Free Vs Paid

I worked in Government office and the time-keeping (flexi-time) was originally a paper exercise.

A co-worker wrote a simple program that allowed time entry and updates to hours worked etc.

This gave a paper printout which we handed to line manager. Costed nothing.

Then the department decided to use on-line forms.

The free version was not considered as there was no long term support or updates available.

A commercial version was bought for (I believe) a few thousand pounds.

July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month

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So why buy Huawei /.

Better technology, or cheaper.

I suspect the latter.

iPadOS 14: Apple's attempt to pry fondleslab from toddlers' mitts and make it more businesslike

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Samsung Galaxy Note

Apple playing catch-up.

Just saying

Samsung combines 5G, AI, drones and cloud in conspiracy ... to ease network maintenance costs

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If this is an Americanism it should be productize, surely?

But it still means nothing to me.

I am confuserised.

If Fairphone can support a 5-year-old handset, the other vendors could too. Right?

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Re: planned obsolescence - It's everywhere

The machine is BDP-S490.

It is obviously first generation due to it being slow to react, and poorly designed user interface.

I never used it much as an internet device as I have an (old) Apple TV which does everything better.

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planned obsolescence - It's everywhere

Just this week discovered that my Sony Blue-ray disk player has Windows 7 and no longer wants to talk to Youtube or most anything on the internet.

Just today, after my Denon internet radio returned from repair for a failed firmware update, it refuses to access internet radio because Denon, in their wisdom gave that job to another company that now wants a subscription.

Asia's Uber equivalent Grab lets go of 1 in 20 staff

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Multi purpose

They are handy for delivering my afternoon burger meal or for sending packages across town.

About to use them again very soon.

Their motorcycles beat the usual traffic jams here in Manila

Philippines government makes cloud-first a post-pandemic ‘new normal’ for all agencies

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They have much to do

I am dealing with HLURB a govt housing authority.

They moved Office in September to a shiny new block.

As of now, there are no landlines connected, although someone must have internet to update web pages, (I suspect off site).

One cell phone works provided it is placed near to a window.

Currently they only in the office on thursdays if we can catch them via the one cellphone.

They accept no visitors during current climate.

Most files are paper based in filing cabinets.

Forward planning don't really exist here.

Smart fridges are cool, but after a few short years you could be stuck with a big frosty brick in the kitchen

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Win 7 anyone?

My Sony Blue ray player is acting dumb.

No Youtube or Netflix for me.

At least I can play discs.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

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The Solitaire cheat was handy

I missed that cheat where you could advance a single card from the deck using Ctrl/shift +another?

Helped to complete tricky games. Not available now of course.

A lady at work who was confronted by Windows 3 and mouse was afraid to touch the mouse in case something "bad" happened.

I introduced her to Solitaire and her phobia disappeared.

Oh, and hard disk prices were a GBP per Megabyte!

Good days.

Worried about the magnetic North Pole sprinting towards Russia? Don't be, boffins say, it'll be back sooner or later

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it’s moved south

When you're at the geographic north pole, any way is South.

This hurts a ton-80: British darts champ knocked out of home tourney by lousy internet connection

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British darts champ knocked out of home tourney

And here's what you could have won!

Apollo 13 set off into space 50 years ago today. An ignored change order ensured it did not make it to the Moon...

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Re: Free Publicity for Major Tom BBC

Your quote "If they'd tried to compete" would have been true except that the musicians' union imposed strict "needle time" on broadcasts and the pirate radio formula of playing discs all day would not have been allowed.

Philippines considers app to trace coronavirus carriers

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He's a laugh a minute our pres.

He just says things for effect and to make people take notice.

The uneducated people in the poorer areas probably believe him.

The Philippines DICT had not responded to The Register's requests for further information at the time of writing

Likely they are all at home like the rest of us. I had to drive my car around the block yesterday just to check that it works!

At least we get to skype the grandchildren in the UK more often

Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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for 50 Mbps and 130 GB cap costs me 1899 peso plus tax is 2139 (I think).

Includes a land line (actually fibre through the modem) plus a discount on 'Landline +' which is a landline that is really a SIM that goes into a dual SIM cell phone.

The overall package is at current rates 33 GBP all in.

Other fibre deals have no data cap at different speeds.

My fibre (fiber) is slightly cheaper than the crappy LTE to the home which was 12 Mbps and 70 GB data.

All fibres run on poles that also carry electric and cable tv. No underground cables here!

Philippines sends all workers home, outsourced call centres for Acer and telcos suffer degraded service

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There is a free food process.

The aim is to deliver food to residences, but the mob crowd around the town hall with no thought for social distances.

Most people I know 'get it' and keep their distance. Wearing a mask may not be of much use, boot it sends a message to people nearby.

I can't understand why bars and restaurants are still open in the UK.

Here they are all closed in the malls with only a few street side places opening.

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We are in (almost) total lock-down in Manila. only essential services working.

No public transport, Shopping malls only opening their supermarkets, drug stores and medical facilities.

Only one person per household allowed inside to go shopping. All of the other stores and restaurants/eating places (over 140 of these in our local mall) are closed as are the 10 cinemas, bowling alley and ice skating rink.

Only air flights are for repatriation in and out.

It's very quiet. When I walk the dogs there are only a few people walking or jogging in our 'village'.

Some housing areas have even banned that as they have higher density housing.

At least we have full fibre internet to keep our minds active.

'Don't tell anyone but I have a secret.' There, that's my security sorted

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Propelling pencils

I have one where you press on the eraser to push the lead (?) out of the other end.

However, the eraser has worn down to nothing so I cannot advance the lead unless I use the end of a ball pen to push on the plastic that surrounds the empty eraser holder!

Latest battery bruiser Android from budget Moto G range appears ahead of MWC after an Amazon whoopsie

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Can't hear you!

help to our headphoneless pals on the bus who so generously give of their bounty.

As someone who lost hearing in one ear, That's how I would listen. Mind you, with the volume very low and the phone to the (good) ear.

Using earphones would only give one channel audio, also block out extraneous sounds that one needs to hear.

Windows takes a tumble in the land of the Big Mac and Bacon Double Cheeseburger

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Conveyor belt

There's a drive thru' McD's in Tagaytay here which -aoart from being covered in volcano ash - is on such a small site that the kitchen is above the counter and the food arrives on a belt suspended by hooks.

people no longer go to see the volcano but to ogle at their food arriving above the tills.

The Six Million Dollar Scam: London cops probe Travelex cyber-ransacking amid reports of £m ransomware demand, wide-open VPN server holes

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Future ON-CALL or WHO ME?

Looking forward to read that one

Train-knackering software design blunder discovered after lightning sparked Thameslink megadelay

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When the mains frequency changes in either direction, is there an adjustment period to bring the average frequency back to normal?

I mention this because I built a digital clock in 1972 (ish) from TTL logic chips (14 pin and 16 pin) all housed in a small die-cast box.

The input frequency was mains derived through a Schmitt trigger.

The hardest part was the reset from 12 to 1.

A user's magnetic charm makes for a special call-out for our hapless hero

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Re: Hmmmm

The give away was the extra Tint control which was similar to NTSC TVs and not normal on PAL sets.

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Re: Hmmmm shadow masks

The Sony design was more efficient than the traditional circular hole masks.

In 1976 or maybe 1977 I went to an exhibition in Hong Kong Central where Japanese TV companies had small prototype CRT TVs without any shadow masks.

There was an additional phosphor vertical stripe between the colour phosphors that fed back a signal when hit by the single beam.

The beam was multiplexed and synchronised to coincide the brightness for each of the colour phosphors.

Looked good and bright, but the technology was not adopted. probably did not work so well on larger CRTs.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker

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Re: Rey and Kylo did that

But not in Singapore

Starliner: Boeing, Boeing... it's back! Borked capsule makes a successful return to Earth

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Some tick boxes are larger than the others

"we're probably in the 85 to 90 per cent range of our test objectives."

See title

In tribute to Galaxy Note 7, BBC iPlayer support goes up in flames for some Samsung TVs

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TV of the future

It will be a display panel of resolution (HD, 4K, 8K, or whatever in the future).

PSU box and connections for USB ethernet HDMI (and future), and wireless.

No speakers.

Sound will be external devices.

I have followed TV development from 405 line B/W (vhf) 625 line (BBC2 only) B/W

Early colour hybrid (band changer) TV with Teletext, all transistor boards with preheated CRT,

Quick-start CRT sets with wide deflection angle. Wide screen CRT SD, then HD.

Followed by plasma displays and flat screen LCD (side illuminated)

Every update was a marketing/sales division dream.

I saw the future when we had Freeview/Freesat or cable boxes and the TV tuner was never used and the sound came out of my speaker cabinets (vintage 1976).

That was before built-in digital tuners. Just don't mention digital antennas (antennae).

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup

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Many Lights make hands work

Because the servers won't do it anymore

Tor blimey, Auntie! BBC launches dedicated dark web mirror site

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There will be 'Tiers'

There will be 'Tears'

Traffic lights worldwide set to change after Swedish engineer saw red over getting a ticket

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Ready....Steady . . . . .Stay where you are!

Here in Manila lights can change many times before you even get to the line.

At least there is usually a countdown so you know how long before the next cycle.

See you in Hull: First UK city to be hooked up to full-fibre broadband

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Re: Well done KCom


I pay for 50Mb/s and 300GB data and that cost almost 40 GBP.

With fibre at my feet I can go higher and faster if I want to pay more.

I'm in Philippines which is supposed to be 3rd world ?

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter

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Tomorrow's World

I saw a cable machine like this many years ago on Tomorrow's World on BBC.

Not exactly "cutting edge" technology then!

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool

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Job Title

When I worked in satcoms on new builds for a (ahem) certain government agency,

my line manager suggested Antenna Systems Resource Engineer as my job title.

Emergency button saves gamers from sudden death... of starvation

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Which again reminds me of the joke that Stefan Edberg (Swedish Wimbledon champion) goes into Boots chemist and asks for a deodorant

'Ball or aerosol?' asks the shop girl

Oh No! its for my arm pits.

Everyone remembers their first time: ESA satellite dodges 'mega constellation'

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And in the future . . . .

Viewers of Sky TV will have blank screens when LEO satellites pass in front of the GEO birds.

Also DJI rocket powered drones will create havoc in space. (future SUN headline)

UK.gov: Huge mobile masts coming to a grassy hill near you soon

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Re: Can someone explain...

Everyone wants the fastest broadband but can't get a pure fibre feed into the home.

5G will only need a stick with the antenna in a fibreglass box to receive the signal. Thus doing away with digging up the streets to lay fibre.

End result will be higher speeds without the ISP going bust over cable laying costs.

But I already have a fibre feed into my house in this third world country (Philippines) :-)

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson moves to shut Parliament

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3 years ago

A Democratic vote was taken.

During the last 3 years everyone with second homes in Spain France etc have been stirring up the shit to get the democratic vote overturned.

I used to play conkers during my schooldays.

"I meant best out of three!!!"

Hey, it's 2019. Quit making battery-draining webpages – say makers of webpage-displaying battery-powered kit

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Daily Mail mobile app android.

I get warnings from the phone that it is a heavy user

Idle Computer Science skills are the Devil's playthings

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60's TV

Does anyone remember 'The Prisoner'? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prisoner

Where the man in charge (number two) has the most powerful computer and says to number 6 (Patrick McGoohan) to ask the computer any question and the computer will answer it.

So our hero types (slowly) 4 characters and puts this into the the computer, which starts making noises and then emitting smoke before it explodes.

What question did you ask it? says number two.

Our hero replies 'The one question that no-one can answer, WHY?'

There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication

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Re: A pretty simple concept really:

No. the system is reset after security does a sweep of the 'empty' building.

That takes time and the crowd outside gets grumpy, especially i bad weather!

It gives the fire marshals time to check names of those assembled in the parking lot.

Techie with outdated documentation gets his step count in searching for non-existent cabinet

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A course in assertiveness is the answer.

Basically it is a hundred ways to say 'NO'

Don't know why the course lasted a week though.

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 . . . . . .



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