* Posts by Franco

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

Franco

Re: Single Source

You'd expect it not to be a genuine single point of failure other than generically saying "Amazon", but only five months ago http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/09/23/aws_outage_explained/

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The gargantuan Gatsby

Franco

Steak and chips on a sandwich sounds just about perfect to me

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Send tortuous stand-up ‘nine-thirty’ meetings back to the dark ages

Franco

Re: "TL: You weren't at the town hall this morning."

Calling meetings "town halls" is utterly ridiculous I agree. Although El Reg could re-enact them using Playmobil....

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Franco

Re: RE an unlamented fragment of my past

A friend recently changed jobs and had to go through 5 interviews over a 4 week period. I didn't have the heart to tell him that my last interview was half an hour over the phone answering technical questions and I was at no point asked where I see myself in 5 years or why I was right for this job.

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Franco

Meetings are (mostly) an unlamented fragment of my past now that I'm a contractor.

Actual conversation with team leaders at a former job went something like this:-

TL: You weren't at the town hall this morning.

Me: I know

TL: Attendance is mandatory

Me: Not for me, I'm a contractor

TL: You're still an employee, attendance is mandatory for all employees

Me: I'm not an employee, I'm a contractor. My contract explicitly says I'm not an employee and any attempt by the company to treat me as one puts you in breach.

TL storms off.

A week later, original TL is seen whispering in ear of another TL and pointing in my general direction.

TL2: You weren't at the town hall this morning....

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Google after six-year tax foot-drag: No they're fine about the fine. We're fine. No fine

Franco

Simple, they can afford an army of lawyers. Joe Average can't so is forced to accept what HMRC say and pay what they ask when they ask.

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Let Europeans sue America for slurping their data – US Senate

Franco

Re: I am more than a little pessimistic about this

With a bit of luck the person doing said proving will be killed on the next zebra crossing then.

I'd quite like to see Angela Merkel be the first to sue, just for a laugh.

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Microsoft quits giving us the silent treatment on Windows 10 updates

Franco

Re: Fuck Off Microsoft

I also make my living from Microsoft, and whilst I am not defending them, they are far from the only culprits. It seems to be the way the tech industry is going sadly.

I recently bought a Toshiba TV, which has a EULA to enable all of the smart features which pretty much allows Toshiba free reign over my network and everything on it if they so choose. EULA I did not accept and I ain't plugging a network cable into this TV. Ever.

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Dell PowerEdge R730: Reg rack monkeys crack smiles over kindness of engineers

Franco

Re: Dell cable arms

Better that than HP's default cable management. If you don't order the arm you get a couple of bits of Velcro with a dog leash clip on the end to hold your cables.

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Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

Franco

Re: But.... where are the netbooks?

Linx7 in my case, with a Bluetooth keyboard/touchpad it's permanently connected to the TV. Perfect for that job or for a travel media device and can do "real" work in a pinch.

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Virgin gives blessing to O2/Three merger

Franco

Telefonica are looking to offload O2 and have been for a while to reduce their debts. BT were in the mix for a while to reacquire what was BT Cellnet, before they bought EE instead.

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Stylish Vaio biz mobe is flying this way – ah, it's got Windows 10 inside

Franco

You could indeed say it's a typical comment by me, and you would be correct. As you can see from this thread and the others I have commented on I am far from alone in being critical of some of the articles on El Reg recently regarding Microsoft.

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Franco

Typical AO article these days, disses a product unseen because of WM.

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Franco

Re: Perhaps someone can explain...

Most people I know like it, but there's a lot of bad press.

Phone looks good though, and supports wireless Continuum according to Windows Central. Micro USB and not USB-C though, so no wired connections and no info about USB OTG.

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

Franco

Firefox is working for me. Has it's downsides though, I had to anoint myself with deadly nightshade and that smell gets right into the pores.

Occasionally I wish for the good old days of using Netscape Navigator. Then I remember Netscape Communicator and the moment swiftly passes.

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

Franco

"But given that the UK-USA treaty basically guarantees that the UK will hand over anybody on request, if the USA wanted him then surely they would put the request in to the UK, not to Sweden?"

I'm not a lawyer, but I would assume any request that came in from the USA would be superseded by the existing request to extradite him to Sweden and the European Arrest Warrant.

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Franco

I don't see how the UK could act any differently. Assange chose to seek asylum rather than be arrested. The UK is legally required to arrest and extradite him if they can, unless Sweden decide to drop the case.

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Three: We won't hike prices if you say yes to £10.5bn O2 merger

Franco

I had an O2 business phone for 5 years and have to say the signal (broadly) was better than I have on 3. OTOH I pay £6.90 a month SIM only to 3 (500mb, 5000 texts, 200 minutes). If they could combine the 2 with possibly a small increase in price for 1GB data then I'm quite happy. Having the option to tether again might be useful too, don't use it often but nice to have. That tariff has been discontinued but no word on me being moved so far.

Not going to say they're perfect, but in general I've found 3 to be fairly transparent and fairly helpful, at least relative to the other networks I've had to deal with.

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

Franco

I stated that it's bad that the public sector blindly follows industry trends regardless of business needs. Your response is that I am talking Bo**ocks because EVERYONE blindly follows industry trends?

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Franco

Classic public sector thinking, no thought of actually building systems to requirements and instead following industry trends. Hence the current drive toward cloud solutions.

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BT broadband is down: Former state monopoly goes TITSUP UK-wide

Franco

Ah well, this means no excuses to not paint the kitchen when I get home. :-(

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

Franco

Re: Brilliant

AFAIK that's the third of the trilogy, Episode II will be "Sitting Around Watching Cars Rust". As an homage to Smokey and the Bandit, the car used will be a TransAm.

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Ofcom's head is dead against Three and O2's merger

Franco

I'm with 3 myself and haven't been affected by this (as yet), but the tariffs they are axing at the moment are unlimited data ones, and this is pre-merger/takeover.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-35441452

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BOFH: In-depth IT training needs a single-malt distillery

Franco

Pedantic I know, but if it's Scotch it's Whisky and not Whiskey.

Having toured Islay's distilleries myself a few times, the mind boggles at what the BOFH could get up to there.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

Franco

It's hard not to love Land Rovers. Quintessentially British, and like Meccano for grown ups.

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'Printer Ready'. Er… you actually want to print? What, right now?

Franco

Look on the bright side, at least removing the toner didn't trigger a delivery from the manufacturer of new cartridges at a huge mark-up. As if I needed another reason to hate HP printers....

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BT scoops £100m network provision deal from the BBC

Franco

Saying BT is better than Vodafone/Atos is a bit like saying rabies is better than botulism. And of course large outsourced public sector IT contracts are a shining beacon of success in this country historically...

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Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

Franco

The worry for me is not Windows Phone performance (I haven't had ANY issues at all on a 3 year old 925 other than poor battery life on some builds), it's the fact that user experiences are varying so wildly even on the same hardware and build.

AFAIK upgradeability was a goal for Windows Phone 8, after all the negative press for "Windows Phone 7 Series" being abandoned. Rumour was that all Lumias would get an upgrade though, albeit with reduced functionality on some of the lower end kit.

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Windows Mobile users suffer backup super-slurp as Redmond forgets Wi-Fi switch

Franco

I've been running the preview builds for months with little or no issues, but El Reg (who are not alone in this) seem to be spreading a lot of FUD about Microsoft recently. Only surprise is that it wasn't written by Andrew Orlowski this time.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise axing services techies again

Franco

Re: Mandatory

I contracted with HP for a while and refused an extension cos it was a truly miserable place to work. And that was before the split.

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

Franco

Always wanted to visit Dounreay, haven't been that far north in a long time though.

I also really want to visit Cruachan power station (pumped storage in a hollowed out mountain) and used to drive past it regularly. Sadly always seemed to be there in winter when the visitor centre was closed though. :-(

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

Franco

Honestly didn't know it supported IMAP, haven't seen anyone using it since the days of the first iPhones before they got ActiveSync support. Comments above clearly indicate people do though.

I use Office 365 for my business, purely because 1. It's free with my MAPS subscription and 2. Not having an Exchange Server just for me. Convenience outweighs my usual cloud scepticism.

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Google and HMRC face Parliamentary grilling over £130m tax deal

Franco

Re: Posturing

Much as I would like to see the tax loopholes closed, changing the applicable laws requires EU-wide consensus, and as we know there are larger implications there given the UK's current desire for change in various other areas.

Dragging HMRC over the coals, whilst enjoyable for the rest of us, is largely a symbolic gesture for the politicians to be able to say "look, we are doing something about it!"

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Franco

Usually? Have you met an exception that does know what they are talking about, cos I certainly haven't!

Met more than a few very attractive ones as well, IME the amount of eyelash fluttering I receive is inversely proportional to job appeal though.

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Franco

IT is sexy. Just ask IT Recruitment Consultants, who will spout off a huge list of meaningless and made up statistics to prove it.

Just as I typed that I remembered they are now all called "Talent Acquisition Specialists" which may well be my new favourite definition of turd polishing.

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

Franco

Like most people here, I don't block ads on general principle. I do it for security and sometimes for usability issues.

At home I use Firefox with Adblock. At work I am forced to use IE, and sites that I use at home are so slow they are almost unusable, frequently I get told the proxy is blocking me for exceeding the sessions per second limit. crash.net is probably the worst offender for this.

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Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone

Franco

Re: Yawn, another El Reg piece dissing MSFT

Likewise on my 925.

There has been a lot of MSFT bashing of late, with some justification as regards to W10 (Desktop OS) and the upgrade tactics employed. Still, the W10M reception has been unusually harsh and not in line with what I'm experiencing or reading on other sites.

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Self-regulation can address issues that arise in the digital economy, says Airbnb

Franco

This is bound to work. After all, letting the Banks self-regulate didn't do any harm did it.........

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Put your private parts on display if you want to keep earning a living

Franco

Re: Sorted

Duracell Drumming Bunny, with some MacGyvering, should do the trick for the keyboard activity.

Is it wrong I spent at least as long looking at the headline picture as I did reading the article BTW?

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Windows 10 makes big gains at home, lags at work

Franco

I must be in the minority here, I voluntarily moved all of my family to 10. Most of them had OEM machines with no media that were in need of blatting to remove years of bloatware anyway, so a clean install of 10 with the free upgrade made sense for me and them. All are happy with it and able to do the things they need, and the machines are running better than before.

And because I did the installs, I can turn off all of the data-sucking options for them. :-)

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BT and Openreach: Splitsville or not? We'll not find out till Feb – at the earliest

Franco

It's not really a merger, Hutchison Whampoa are trying to acquire O2 UK from Telefonica.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-32043874

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Smartphone hard, dudes, like it’s the end of the world!

Franco

Re: Am I the only one ...

Judging from the devices I've seen recently, I had assumed smart was a euphemism for already hacked and awaiting exploitation.

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Windows 10 phones are not dead yet. Acer, Alcatel OneTouch just made some new ones

Franco

Re: It's not the phones that are dead .....

The flashlight is built into the OS now, it was added in one of the W10M preview builds.

Agree with the rest though, I'm not much of an App user so Windows Phone is fine for me.

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Franco

Acer phone looks nice, nicer from that brief glance than the Lumia 950/XL. Good to see other OEMs building Windows Mobile devices too.

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Fans demand 'Lemmium' periodic table tribute

Franco

Re: Heavy Metal?

Indeed he did, many times. His influence on Heavy Metal is without question, even if (in Lemmy's words) they all got the wrong end of the stick by focusing on the speed and volume.

As much as I am a fan of Motorhead, this is not the correct way to honour Lemmy's passing.

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Apple coughs up $350m – 2.3 days of annual profit – to make Italy's taxmen go away

Franco

Re: Reality Distortion Field

I'm guessing HMRC aren't doing too much because every time they try they get drowned in lawyer red tape (ironic, I know). Rangers FC are a prime example, whilst "big" in Scottish Football terms they aren't a flea on Apple's backside globally, but are still (after 3 years) fighting HMRC over their EBT case.

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Bah humbug. It's Andrew's Phones of the Year

Franco

Re: Funny world

Preaching to the choir mate, in South Park terms it's like the goths who call everyone else conformists when they all think, speak, dress and act alike.

Soon iPhones will need to come with different stickers or cases to differentiate the models (and therefore the affluence of the owner), which will lead entertainment for the rest of us similar to 1980s Escort Diesels with XR3i badges on them.

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Franco

Re: Funny world

With you on NFC, not a fan of the Hipster drive to ban wallets and have everything on smartphones which is just an excuse for them to show the world what (i)Phone they have.

I'm also one of the few happy with Windows Phone/Mobile as I don't use many apps. Other than email and internet access, camera and GPS (I do still have the HERE apps) I rarely use anything. BBC Sport and the El Reg app (of course!). I mainly use my phone for work so having Office, OneDrive, Skype etc is useful in a pinch but not essential.

I'd be quite happy with a (reliable) fingerprint reader though.

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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

Franco

Ballmer could get away with such statements if his time in power was an unqualified success: it was not.

Whilst Outlook on Android isn't great by any means, it is (IME) much better than using the Gmail app with an outlook.com account. I found the old Android email app to be much better, but despite the fact it still shows up as an app it just redirects to the Gmail app

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Upset Microsoft stashes hard drive encryption keys in OneDrive cloud?

Franco

Re: How dare you...

Maybe there's a seasonal moratorium on opprobrium, but I'm pretty sure the lack of transparency from MS will be the answer to your question.

On one hand, you don't have to log in to a machine with a Microsoft Account. On the other Windows 8 didn't exactly make it easy not to though........

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