* Posts by Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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Any attempt to get people to use a VPN is welcome...

And the Opera one is a good start (other than the lack of global endpoints) and as long as you don't want any non-browser data secured... or collected by the Chinese.

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UK can be a 'world leader in 5G', you say? Er, our 4G still takes a beating from Peru

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Funny that...

Whenever our beloved Government claims that we can be a world leader in anything we actually end up as a third rate also ran. I holidayed on a tiny outlying island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean last year and it had more reliable 4g than where I am in the South of the UK, where Vodaprawn incidentally tell me I should have "amazing" coverage.

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

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I'm sure...

I'm sure that an extra 5p or so on top of my beloved 6 pack of Bakewell tarts isn't going to break the bank. Alternatively if I was really moved to do so I'd just reprioritise or do away with some of the other superflouous stuff so the impact of these cost rises are of minimal impact.

No fuss. No dramas.

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NGO to crowdfund legal challenge against Investigatory Powers Act

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£50 pledged.

Go kids go!!!!!

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Cache flush: AI poker bot to compete against top players in tourney

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Hmmm....

Being a poker player myself, although preferring real cash games to internet based ones, I'd be interested in understanding what boundaries the machine AI is basing its game on. If its primary decision making logic is based on getting the maths and probabilities right based on previous betting patterns, as well as the potential number of "outs" based on cards left in the deck etc - then I'm not sure where the AI is in this AI poker bot. These elements AFAIA have already been conquered and are already in play in the internet poker world seeing as that "physical" element is removed when playing online.

If the AI is taking on board the physical inputs as well i.e. facial recognition, posture, emotional cognition etc etc then that would be very interesting to follow.

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Puny galaxy packs a big punch: A gazillion joules' worth of radio bursts

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The only plausable explanation...

So considering that in the Star Wars films it generally doesn't take anyone with a light speed equipped ship much time to jet about from spot to spot, I'd assume that that galaxy is quite small... a bit like the one in this story.

The Galaxy in this story is also far far away... and at the distance from which we are observing is it also fair to say that what we are actually observing happened a long time ago...?

I'd summise then that the star sucking death planet space station thing in The Force Awakens has been emitting its death blasts on a higher frequency than that shown on what we can now also assume to be a documentary, rather than a work of fiction.

Thankfully it was destroyed so these emissions should stop soon. But what if those Galactic empire bastards build another... only bigger?

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Busted Oracle finance cloud leaves Rutgers Uni unable to foot bills

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So...

I'm not sure how it works in the States but cutting off the power due to the non payment of a bill is the very last extreme measure taken by a supply company after they have exhausted all other remediative actions. Putting the Oracle issues aside, I draw the conclusion that Rutgers are seemingly totally inept at FO management by default if they have no manual backup process to receipt and match an invoice to make an emergency manual payment to a regular supplier for something as important as keeping the lights and power on.

As I said, maybe in the States things are different in terms of how they go about dealing with business customers in default.

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Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

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@ It's understandable...

Hmmm perhaps. But during the recent resurgence of vinyl I've not heard that reason offered by those overpaying for their lovely albums. To me it seems that once again we have a sales channel being fanned by the flames of poeple buying vinyl because "it's retro" or by outburts of "oh, vinyl sounds so much better than CD" etc. etc. because let's not forget that those marketing types never miss a trick do they..?

I'm not arguing that either of the above propositions are correct or incorrect. But it screams of hyperbole when HMV are trying to get people to pay £20 for a 12" vinyl edition of DSOM when my 1982 pressing cost me £3 from my local 2nd hand record store.

And just for balance, yes, my remastered CD version of DSOM sounds much better.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Not seen R1 yet but...

A few things bugged me about The Force Awakens... the bratty bad dude wasn't convincing, the whole Han Solo dad & subsequent death by son seemed a bit obvious and contrived; the odd tentacly space monster things and chase took me back to that whole childish Jar Jar binks debacle, and finally the sun sucking spaceship / death planet thing seemed a bit too fantastical to sit in the Star Wars universe. I'm pretty sure that was because no-one felt they could say no to JJA.

Looking forward to seeing R1 though as even though it seems I'm in the minority, I really liked the Godzilla reboot.

Apologies for potential incorrect use of the semi-colon. Still don't know how they work.

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Radical 5G rules proposed, but UK can address woeful coverage right now

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Perhaps...

Perhaps all of those *cough* industry experts, service providers, municipals, councils and .Gov will have agreed a way forward by the time 9G arrives.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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This is great news...

I was unfortunately unaware that any major challenge to this foul and rank piece of legislation was still underway. Great to see that it is still being fought on our behalf as most times I feel powerless to help with the cause.

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Zuckerberg turns his home into Creepy Robot Buddy

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It's not really AI though...

What is described in the article does not really strike me as being particularly AI though. Whilst I'm very happy to accept that it is certainly "artificial", there doesn't seem to be any "intelligence" to it at all. What is described is electronically unlocking a door based on a fairly straightforward flow diagram or decision tree which is triggered by various data feeds. Technically functional... but certainly not AI.

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Non-existent sex robots already burning holes in men’s pockets

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Ex Machina

As long as they all look like Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina then I'll be quite happy to part-ex the wife in.

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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It's funny how much opinions vary...

I have been with (what is now) VM since the old NTL days and I've very VERY rarely had issues with either their broadband speeds or customer service. I pay for 70mb and strangely enough, seem to receive exactly that. They do have an annoying habit of regularly offering capacity/speed updates for "free", but then 3 months after it happens - putting my bill up by £5 per month. Each time this has happened though I've got straight onto their "retention" line and managed to get back to a cheaper deal.

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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Rometty is a shill.

She has no interest in the "values" of the workforce or statements on corporate morality that were penned over 50 years ago. Just like all the rest she will pucker up and take what she can get.

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MH370 hunters call for new search of extra 25,000km2

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Re: Congratulations!

And you Sir win the needlessly pedantic comment of the week award. I'm sure someone somewhere who knows you will be very proud.

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Beeb flings millions more £s at Capita for telly tax collection

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Yeah, and another thing...

I don't pay for a license either because IMHO the amount of sheer crap shovelled by the BBC far outweighs the value I get from all of the non-crap, and the amount of intra BBC adverts is f**king annoying. Clare Balding is useless, and worst of all in my view... on a rapidly increasing level, every other programme seemed to feature the presenters of other BBC shows as "prime content" which is actually tantamount to corporate incest in my view.

And if it is "my" or the "peoples" BBC, why is almost every other programme "celebrity this..." or "celebrity that..."

I can't stand them.

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HPE 3PAR storage SNAFU takes Australian Tax Office offline

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In my experience...

The HPE kit in itself is ok. The problem as always with any facet of dealing with HP (now specifically HPE) is with their own internal *cough* professional *cough* services and management people, and the multitude of various generally uninformed and unempowered subcontractors that they use to fill their own resource gaps with.

Taking that on board, then at first glance I'm not surprised at this story. But considering who the customer is - I would than also be looking hard at the client side IT management and digging further into those risk assessments, migration plans, dress rehearsals and backout tests that should have been completed and signed off.

Again, all that said... IT's complex 'innit and things do go wrong.

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Men! If you want to win at board games this Christmas, turn off the rock music – scientists

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Wow...

I wish I could spend my days doing research as groundbreakingly beneficial and useful to the human race as this.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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If there is correlation between the two events...

Then it would be interesting to see who was buying the shares during the fall.

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PAC chair: Who's naughty or nice? The 3 IT mega projects that had better watch out

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You'd think...

You'd think that with all these mega projects and programmes that .Gov is running, that one of their departments, say... the OCG for example, would at the very least come up with a half decent structured methodology for managing th...

Oh...

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Neo-Nazi man jailed for anti-Semitic Twitter campaign against MP

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No issues with the sentencing, but...

It doesn't appear that either prison, detention or the supposed rehabilitiation that those facilities are supposed to provide are being much of a deterrent does it?

I feel a small island off of the coast of Siberia would be a much better place.

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Brits think broadband more important than mobes, cars or savings

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If this is true (which I doubt)...

It's a shame that Which didn't further the survey result by asking the respondents that if they felt that strongly about access to the internet, why then didn't they take more of an interest in throwing out the snoopers charter.

I guess they only survey though those certain types that they know will give them the answers in support of the headlines they want to print.

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Firmware freakout sends Epson Wi-Fi printers into reboot loop

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Google... suspend.

Never have two words been paired together in such perfect and planet aligning harmony.

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Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

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"has been informed by a range of UK and international evidence and seeks to drive uptake and support behaviour change to deliver maximum benefits for consumers from smart meters.”

International evidence from countries that have entirely different regulated and unregulated energy markets. I also like the way that the canned .Gov relating to the benefits still fails to actually state what those benefits are. This is one screwed up programme - but that's DECC and Ofgem for you.

Shhh... let's not also mention the XOSERVE gas transformation programme that is 1.5 years late and about 30m over budget.

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Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims

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Another pointless award... in a sea of other bland meaningless industry awards.

The ever increasing proliferation of meaningless awards given out these days by meaningless organisations is just getting tedious. The department I work in was nominated for some IT industry awards by some dull organisation recently and we decided to make better use of the time by not bothering to attend. Anyway...

"50 per cent faster than the other providers... during the defined test period."

Nice caveat at the end of that statement by the way. I'll make a fairly certain assumption that this "test" period was for approximately 10 minutes starting at 3.32am sometime over a quiet holiday period. It sounds like a similar ruse to finding the council plans in the basement, in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet, stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of the Leopard."

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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Re: Vaping isn't cool

Really?? So you'd prefer it if these ex smokers and kids stayed smoking regular cigarettes then? I have no science to hand to convince you that vaping is "cleaner" and less unhealthy than smoking 20 Marlboro lights every day, but from my personal experience I would say that it is. Very much so.

To be honest though, if a kid is going to smoke - then he's going to smoke. Whether that be analog or digital cigarettes (excuse the parlance). And surely any "less unhealthy" form of smoking is better than a "more unhealthy" form.

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I think you just nailed it Andrew...

"Was their real goal saving the planet? Or did they just hate people deriving pleasure and utility from the use of cars and cheap air travel?"

I think the answer is most certainly yes to the latter. There is also a lot of free money in NGO work.

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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Re: Not compulsory?

Agreed. But it's also not compulsory that it not be wrapped up in tin foil.

/* No tinfoil hat icon anymore? */

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Re: Benefits

Good post. Just about your "demand management" point though. There is already an annual industry "auction" process to cover this whereby large companies (or distinct parts of large companies) can bid for reduced tarriffs on large energy supplies in return for accepting the risk that they may be cut off in the event of a national energy shortage.

Smart meters play no part in smoothing out or making that process more efficient.

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I'm not having a smart meter either, but...

Having worked on the programme for a major utility, one of the industry benefits sold was of having a quaint national grid of connected smart meters [in this world of uncertain energy suppliers] - to be able to analyse past energy use on a large scale, and then use that information to be able predict future demand to help inform our future oil/gas/coal demand and costs on the global energy and futures markets.

This benefit when explained, makes sense - and I kind of support it theoretically (even though it's not actually achievable practically). Funny then how it's the driver of the core benefit that one no-one from the energy companies mention, as it should directly tally to lower customer energy bills from the supply side (thereby reducing their corporate incomes), rather than by reducing the actual amount you use (for which their is no science based factual evidence to support anywhere).

This argument, if it was properly balanced totally in my favour; and if I was feeling in a utilitarian mood might convince me to even consider the question if I thought it would by any significant margin drive down my energy bills.

But it won't.

And I'm not.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Opera VPN and Protonmail

Hmmm... Opera VPN (similar to almost every other service Opera has integrated) is actually a really data-leaky proxy service rather than an actual VPN. It may be fine for spoofing your endpoint IP address but does nothing for protecting the rest of your privacy. It's also owned by the Chinese, does full proxy request logging and several of the endpoints resolve directly to "Five eyes" countries. Not good at all as far as I can see.

But "what about encryption" I hear you say you say???? Well, I'm sure Opera have heard of the concept.

As for Protonmail - well... all well and good I guess... except if none of your other email contacts also use Protonmail, or if you want to use a 3rd party email client such as Thunderbird. In those cases it's pretty much fucking useless.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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FTFY...

"Manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon and Waterstones."

You are on a slippery slope El Reg if you want to start policing the internet out of fear for a few miserable sad extremists that may or may not actually exist. More importantly... I still get confused as to whether the full stop goes inside the final " or not. I thought I'd add some excitement to my day by going for the former...

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UK's Universal Service voucher scheme urged to shift monopoly away from BT

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I'm pretty sure...

A couple of years ago El Reg ran a story about a rural community that were so fed up with the lack of decent broadband that they effectively set up their ISP to service their town but were then told to turn it off after some legal challenge by BT or someone???

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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From my particular view...

It's sad, but from recent obvservations it seems to me that the majority of the population don't seem to give a hoot about their privacy as long as they can take advantage of all of the shit black friday crap over the web or stream the latest vacuous piece of "entertainment" served up from the TV companies.

A quote then from Sir Bill of Hicks that even though almost 25 years old, still seems relevant to both the UK and US : "Go back to bed, America. Your government has figured out how it all transpired. Go back to bed, America. Your government is in control again. Here. Here's American Gladiators. Watch this, shut up. Go back to bed, America. Here is American Gladiators. Here is 56 channels of it! Watch these pituitary retards bang their fucking skulls together and congratulate you on living in the land of freedom. Here you go, America! You are free to do what we tell you! You are free to do what we tell you!"

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

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Whilst I myself don't partake...

A police inspector friend of mine said that dogging, or any form of, err... outside sexual actvity is not actually illegal as long as those partaking had taken efforts to conceal themselves from general public view so as to not cause offense to any non-consenting 3rd parties. I'm sure there is more to it than that but he also stated that his particular police force had been directed to not enforce any public decency laws unless it was clear that they hadn't tried to actively conceal their activities from public view. The difference I guess being between doing it at midday in the middle of a supermarket car park, and at 1am in a secluded car park somwhere?

These guys in the chopper... probably just having a wee perve on the public account when they should have been out catching real criminals - especially when considering the running costs of your standard helo.

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Put down the org chart, snowflake: Why largile's for management crybabies

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Agile in a safety critical environment...

I have no problem with the AirBus FCS being developed in an Agile manner. However I do have a real problem with it being TESTED in an Agile manner.

Agile Smagile!!!! It's all a pile of old bollocks, and there is no right or wrong answer when you are actually out there at the coalface actually delivering stuff rather than sitting in a controlled environment such as a lecture theatre or a home office cracking out Agile whitepapers. The foundations required for delivering large successful projects haven't changed in over 20 - 30 years and most experienced managers will pick and choose which method suits the project best based on several learned criteria.

In summary - I find a mix of both Waterfall and Agile works best for larger projects and programmes. WAgile perhaps?

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Analysts apply Occam's razor to Tesco Bank breach

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It's a good read...

Thankfully I'm not a Tesco customer, and I liked the added warnings as to what ongoing problems their customers should watch out for followong this... but I got halfway through and thought I was actually reading an advertising puff piece for a particular security intelligence firm.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Defence du jour...

No doubt the youths lawyer tried to claim that he has Aspergers syndrome as a defence.

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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I'm looking forward to the day...

When none of us will need to take either responsibility or accountability for our actions, and we can all happily pay lawyers to try to get us off of charges by grasping to any manner of conveniently purported or concocted mental conditions; because I'm sure we are all mental in some way if we looked hard enough. So...

Was he smart enough to do the crime? Yes.

Was it pre-meditated? Defintely.

Would he have understood the legality and consequences of it? Most certainly.

Should he be extradited to the US? I don't care.

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ICO aims at 400 online gambling companies for misuse of personal data

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And what are the odds...

On getting any significant return on that investment of time and effort?

The ICO are a busted flush at best.

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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Whilst I don't disagree with the thrust of the article...

At the volume that Walkers work at I'd suggest that there is more to producing a packet of crisps than simply growing potatoes.

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Redcentric CFO quits after botched accounts discovered

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Accounting misshtakes...

Or did Mr Coleman have a nice short position on those stock prices?

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Australia to spend a billion bucks and seven years on SAP project

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In my fairly experienced view...

The first rules of running larger SAP and EBS integration programmes and projects is always :

1. Front load and finance the programme with a proper requirements and transition mapping stage.

2. Do not allow any SI to write those requirements on your behalf.

3. Don't give the contract to IBM or WIPRO.

4. Or Accenture.

5. Or, err... CSC.

Okay, so that's five rules... and I'm available at short notice if you need me at an almost reasonable day rate.

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Heart Internet goes TITSUP again

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"No single point of failure"

Is just hyped up marketing blurb so they don't have to admit to having "many points of failure".

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Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex

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Re: The Way Good Software Is Done?

Amen to that brother. Can't disagree.

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Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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I had an Aquarius...

And there was nothing for it. Nothing. Not even a plug in tumbleweed. It was rubbish.

Thankfully my father quickly realised it was rubbish and got us a Spectrum and then an Atari 800XL.

I loved the Atari. Absolutely loved it.

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NASA curious about Curiosity's fourth 'safe mode' event

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Alien invasions.

They always start with a computer glitch...

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Sociology student gets a First for dissertation on Kardashians

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I should be all facepalm about this, but...

Nothing surprises me. Especially when validating the egos of Sociology and Psychology students.

In her support however, and by the awarding of the "first class degree" that in spite of the tenuous and vapid nature of the subject matter, that she presented a good synopsis, supported it successfully with observed cases and theory, and then argued the salient points as required; with those key points being a good part of what a good undergrad thesis is marked on.

Why all the fuss?

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Martha Lane Fox: Brexit is all about MEEEEeeee!

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She's like...

Totes irrelevant.

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