* Posts by FlatSpot

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TALE OF FAIL: Microsoft offers blow-by-blow Azure outage account

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Trollface

Re: Does sound complicated

Or just fire the arrogant IT engineer who thought they knew best?

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Paris Hilton

Re: This is entirely UNreasonable

Sorry maybe I missed it but you only need to be VAT registered if you turnover £79,000 per annum? I'm looking at de-registering for VAT to make life simpler.

(Apologise if I missed the you must register for compliance requirement?)

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Problem with a lot of IT people is they can't express Risk or a Business case to management.

Management are away from the coal face and don't have in-depth knowledge into every part of the business.

If you ask for £10k for a shiny new firewall because it will increase security, it means nothing to anyone. However if you put it in measurable terms, that you need £10k and it will enable some magic new feature that reduces the number of Critical and High attack vectors from 10 to 2, reduce the amount of time for a failover from 2mins to 10secs and increase capacity to enable the business to grow, then you may be more likely to get somewhere. (Not forgetting to add in the cost of not doing it.)

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The Great Unwatched: BBC hails glorious digital future for Three

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Re: Under the banner of digital, the middle class marches on.®

I find it slightly ironic that you don't like BBC3, as it doesn't fit your demographic and therefore happy for it to be culled, yet expecting a child centric channel to be funded by the licence fee payer regardless of whether they have kids.

My preferred option would be to drop EastEnders completely, followed by the One show and that bloody never ending Tory on a train with a guide book.

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'I don't NEED to pay' to watch football, thunders EU digi-czar

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Trollface

Re: Good luck on that one.

I wasn't aware that Scotland played football, certainly never seen them in the world cup play offs

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Government locked into £330m Oracle contract until 2016

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Trollface

Re: The public sector spent £290m in 2013 with Oracle

Careful, you are playing with a greater spotted reg armchair commentard. They have vast knowledge of running systems with thousands of nodes and millions of database transactions a day and could easily run this database on a Raspberry Pi and have room to spare.

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PlayStation Network blasted offline AGAIN. Just not Sony's decade

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Meh

Re: Pissing off the wrong people.

Why is that? I got "free" stuff for the inconvenience that it didn't actually cause me.

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Sonos rattles begging bowl, hopes for $130m cash stream

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Big Brother

apple auto-updates apps in background

Along with a NSA record to the cloud feature

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Euro spacemen clear Ariane 6 for liftoff

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LUNAR MISSION ONE: A new lunar mission for everyone

Talking of funding...... come on almost there....

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/lunarmissionone/lunar-mission-one-a-new-lunar-mission-for-everyone

:)

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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Facepalm

Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

Likely because its easier to manage physical objects, than try to write a program that understands the complexity of the benefits and tax system.

I expect there are a huge amount of unknowns and therefore despite the expectation, forecasting is not 100% accurate and so you can rightly expect the cost to increase.

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

FlatSpot

Re: Wow, I'm way out of touch...

Ordnance Survey Getamap

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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime is increasingly being used as an Amazon Tax. I would prefer they cut everything and just go back to offering next day delivery for £50 a year like the old days, instead of increasing it each year and then "adding value" with junk I don't actually want.

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Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years

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Re: Cars...

Yep agree, the cars should have detected each other and if not just drop to survival mode ie. airbags, pretension seatbelts, phone for assistance etc and allow the collision as its unlikely to be serious on a mountain road unless its somehow a motorway up there

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

FlatSpot

Re: Simples...

Correct they setup a retainer for incidentals, e.g you empty the mini bar but claim you had nothing on checkout, they can hold this against your card for weeks. I think for up to 6 weeks but can't be sure why I think that, could have been a conversation with a receptionist..

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THERE it is! Philae comet lander FOUND in EXISTING Rosetta PICS

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WTF?

WTF

Why have a picture from days ago when ESA have released this today;

http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/11/17/osiris-spots-Philae-drifting-across-the-comet/

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Trollface

MP Coding

require_once 'little_people.php';

require_once 'us.php';

do {

$tax = $high_tax + $more_tax;

} while ($little_guy = 'Working');

if ($election_year = $current_year && $little_guy = 'unemployed') {

$little_guy = $free_money + $election_sweetner;

}

if ($service = 'NHS' || $service = 'PUBLIC' {

$VOTE_TTIP = 'YES;

array_push($outsource, $service);

$likely_position_on_the_board++;

}

while ($monthly_expenses < $little_guy_wages) {

$check_sofa_for_more_receipts++;

$expenses = $expenses + $check_sofa_for_more_receipts;

}

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Sky: We're no longer calling ourselves British. Yep. And Broadcasting can do one, too

FlatSpot
Pirate

Re: So does this mean

Seriously you think approx £240 a year is good value for entertainment? I wouldnt pay that unless it danced around a pole on my birthday.

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FlatSpot

I thought the "who is missing" is the staff ?

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Is your kid ADDICTED to web porn? Twitter? Hint: Don't blame the internet

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Re: "I also don't see any involvement of the internet"

In the case of Rotherham I think it would be more helpful if the doors were locked at night.

I was watching one of those Police programs the other day and the Police were picking up young girls who had walked out of their care home, they take them back (but cant actually force them to return) and the girls just walk back out the door again anyway, the girls were 15-16.

Its this stupidity that kids know best and its evil to actually enforce anything on them that is the main problem. They should be "locked in" until 18, end of..... rather than Service Stations for Peds.

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NHS: Go digital or you won't get paid, warns Kelsey

FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: If they can't

Sounds like a Daily Mail rant... If people can do stuff online, saves me time and provides more time for receptionists to eat cake without being disturbed, a win/win.

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Facepalm

Newsnight seemed more obsessed with a scientists tattoo much too his disgust

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Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

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Facepalm

Re: The videocast is terrible.

It's science not XFactor we don't need some mic jokey telling us the same thing over and over again, playing for time.

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My HOUSE used to be a PUB: How to save the UK high street

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Flame

Re: With you on this

Interesting point, however on the flip side I'm currently dealing with a council regarding a persistent and high level of traffic collisions on a single 30m stretch of road. (Using DfT numbers over £300k worth of cost so far, police, damage, ambulances etc)

You would think it would be pretty easy to resolve but nope, they turned up with a gaggle of 4x "managers", probably in the region of £100k a year in wages alone, one who looked after kerbstones, one who looked after minor rated accidents and another who looked after serious rated accidents and some other hanger-on who fancied a day out as the weather was good.

They claimed there was no money, and couldn't care less anyway as its not their concern the levels of collisions regardless of the damage to the surrounding area, plus as most road works are contracted out they couldn't do much anyway. Still waiting 12mths later for a couple of bloody signs.

There is a tremendous amount of dead wood in councils, you don't need a 1-2-1 match of managers to do-ers and having worked in councils before, about 20% of the staff do 80% of the work. If they have worked there for several years then they have normally carved out a nice little number involving doing little except eating cake and drinking tea.

Privatise the lot of them and have performance related pay, measured on reducing the number of accidents in their area.

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Amazon bags control of .book and .pay domains – but NOT .cloud

FlatSpot
Paris Hilton

Re: Top level fraud

Doesn't it depend if they are trying to pass off (passing off) as your business in which case its bad and you can sue, otherwise you cant.

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DODGY THRUSTER won't stop PHILAE hurtling toward COMET SHOWDOWN

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Headmaster

Well Deep Impact more like punched a comet, rather than touched one...

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Trollface

free roam of the Kennedy centre.

Watch out for the gators...

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: Nothing to fear

The Power of Nightmares...

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This 125mph train is fitted with LASERS. Sadly no sharks, though

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Solar panels on the roof and a windmill each end?

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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IT Angle

Re: Osgood and Missy are not entirely "dead"

I don't think she was there in the first place, but a hard-light hologram, hence she could slip out of the handcuffs. It would be bonkers to kill off her character so quickly after establishing it.

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FlatSpot
Trollface

Re: The Eyes

Keep the noise down, I heard you the first time.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Facepalm

Re: MPs: Lying, thieving, corrupt gits who think the rest of us are stupid

We are stupid.. Not heard of a safe seat? Is that more democratic than say, North Korea?

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Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Holmes

Re: This is where

You just need to be more creative and look at current trends especially around music artists for example, One Direction, a rubbish band.. but using the direction part I found some good available names using (whatever)direction.co.uk good for hub sites.

Also using "the" in front of the name will normally throw up some, for example this one is free.

thefitnessgym.co.uk

or even this one is free

yourlocalgym.co.uk

or base it on your name, in your case;

anonfitness.co.uk

is free ;)

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Re: The singer was cute

Thanks for that.. yep very Amy Winehouse

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SPLITTERS! Symantec cleft in twain

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Holmes

Re: Remind me: why all those acquisitions were good then?

I wonder if its a way of borrowing more money, saddle each company, like dividing your house and taking out two mortgages. Loads of "free" extra money, nice bonus for a bit and then off to the next company before repayments are due.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: Or alternatively...

Right.... but you are only really worrying about being locked into buying a certain suppliers disk, no??

A modern NAS you can use any disk that's on an approved list, they normally have a half dozen suppliers (Seagate/WD/Samsung etc) so I'm not really seeing any advantage or difference with going with a proprietary FreeNAS solution or proprietary Netgear/Synology etc. who is really going to write their own NAS software when you can already buy an out of a box solution, that will do all the permissions/Workgroup mode/Active Directory etc. Apps that stream/transcode etc.

I can't see the benefit?

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Power Consumption

Would have been helpful to have power consumption figures, these are typically on 24x7 so its more important than how fast the interface is, which I'm only going to access to setup and then the odd update.

Appreciate the more disks, the more power etc.

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SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Re: Why (Because you are Arnaut the ignorant)

"Michael Brown was shot by Officer David Wilson when Brown allegedly tried to grab Wilson's gun during a stop."

So if the officer wasn't carrying a gun and brandishing it around, then it wouldn't have been grab-able and nobody would have been shot?

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Howard Shiplee SHIPS OUT of top job

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Re: Cost/person

Yes but that's the same with any new system, the cost is always up front.

If it rolls out (eventually) it should provide a return on the investment, but if Labour just can it for political point scoring purposes, then it will have been a complete waste of taxpayers money.

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'Space bubbles' may have helped Taliban down 'copter in bloody Afghanistan battle

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Paris Hilton

Re: National Security.

What happened to assets like AWAX and Nimrod have these been dumped in favor of a new shiney, more expensive solution?

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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Facepalm

They could still call it

Salesforce Tower

Just add 110 Bishopsgate as the next line of the address.......

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Yahoo!... Our Alibaba stake's worth BILLIONS. Oh – our shares are in the toilet

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Further Explanation required

"...he was convinced that the Vodafone management was just so bad that it would waste all the money entirely. As it happened, he was wrong (they gave most of it back to shareholders), "

So they did just waste it by spunking it on shareholders for short term glory, rather than long term business growth?

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TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab

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Re: Re : Asperger syndrome...

"Unless you mean our political idiots here in the UK will make a law making it legal for foriegn agents to hack computers willy-nilly which I cant see them slipping past the electorate with much ease (well I hope not anyways)"

You make at least two assumptions;

1) That we get a vote which the MPs will take notice of. Can't remember the last time they actually voted in the interests of their constituents.

2) That the mindless majority of the press won't play the terrorist, pedo we're all going to die unless it's allowed.

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

FlatSpot
Headmaster

Re: He Got Too Much

Should HAVE been

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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WTF?

Over sized

Smart phones are obviously oversized and need to be smaller. I've noticed at concerts and events that people cant fit them in their pocket and have to hold them the whole time, must be really tiring.

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Rubbish WPS config sees WiFi router keys popped in seconds

FlatSpot

Re: Dumb question here

3)... not strictly true as you could change your mac address to that of a trusted device and therefore gain access.

In a similar vein I used to use this method to "reset" my bandwidth usage when staying at hotels by changing to a different mac address and it worked lovely :)

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Software bug caught Galileo sats in landslide, no escape from reality

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Flame

Re: Bad code, or bad setup?

Sounds like it was lemming programming, rather than validating the config inputs against what was expected to happen and what it was doing was correct.

If the burn was the wrong way, why not an if on burn my altitude is going down/then stop the burn and ask for help/else burn on....

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

FlatSpot

Re: What SHOULD Microsoft call its browser?

Internet Bloater

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DON'T PANIC! Satellite comms hacking won't be able to crash an aircraft

FlatSpot

Re: VHF?

err unfortunately not all the time;

http://mashable.com/2014/06/24/ntsb-releases-asiana-airlines-crash-report/

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Stalwart hatchback gets a plug-in: Volkswagen e-Golf

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Angel

Re: No spare wheel?

Is a POI tyre repair layer provided on the SatNav for this purpose or do you need to prepare a map before you drive off?

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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FAIL

Re: Use of email addresses as usernames

But that also provides an attack vector, as it allows a hacker to determine valid usernames as you would have to check if the username was already in use during the login/signup process.

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