* Posts by IHateWearingATie

472 posts • joined 2 Jun 2008

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

IHateWearingATie

Wasted talent

Clearly SCOs lawyers are hugely creative - if only they hadn't turned to the dark side one wonders what they could have achieved.

Sure, they wouldn't have a Porsche or a huge mansion bought from the legal fees, but they'd still ave their souls.

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

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Re: Do they think we're daft?

It's a real issue - I left the civil service to go back into consulting as although I enjoyed my time there, the pay sucked and looked as though it would suck for a long time to come (yes I swapped my integrity and soul for money - I didn't want to get past the pearly gates anyway).

I wouldn't be too worried about a slow churn in and out as that happens to private companies as highly skilled techies look for a new challenge. The wonder is whether they will be able to get them in the first place

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

IHateWearingATie

Re: Why are they ending it now?

"I have to admit, the question crossed my mind, why ditch this and keep the Evoque?"

1. Profit

2. See above

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

IHateWearingATie
Boffin

Re: Corporate tax is paid for by overpaid employees and shareholders, only overpaid employees.

Erm, not what economists think:

http://www.adamsmith.org/wp-content/uploads/CorpTax8.pdf

Of course, you may see the adam smith institute as a neo-liberal capitalist running dog, intent on crushing the workers on behalf of the one percent / evil bosses / tories / white cisheteropatriarchy (delete as appropriate) so continue as before if you wish

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Government in-sourcing: It was never going to be that easy

IHateWearingATie

Re: Bottom line...

"We'll all just shut up forever.

The comments section is now yours forever, yours and yours alone."

Good - I don't play well with others.

Unless they have a large wodge of cash to give me

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IHateWearingATie

Bottom line...

Government IT is very difficult and there probably isn't only one model that works. With the dynamic environment I doubt any department will find a perfect model/

Of course, that doesn't stop all the commentards who've never been on the sharp end of trying to design and build systems that have to deal with the most difficult members of society as their core business coming out with the usual "they're all idiots, I'm so clever and great that if they employed me it would all be fine" line.

Public sector screws up all the time - but in my experience so does the private sector, you just never hear about it as companies keep that stuff quiet.

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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

IHateWearingATie

We need AMD and competition

Although I have an Intel 2500K in my desktop at the moment, the reason is it is one of the best processors for overclocking I;ve ever used is Intel were feeling the heat from AMD so upped their game considerably and produced Sandybridge (and a few of of its predecessors). A weak AMD likely to mean less pressure for innovation

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

IHateWearingATie

I've had far worse service in black cabs

Only had a couple of bad experiences with a mini cabs, but plenty with black cabs. My hit rate over many years living and working in London is about 60% good, 40% arrogant expensive unpleasant bastards.

Don't use Uber but I'm glad they're getting a kick up their monopolistic arses. TfL have caved far too easily to the LTDA loudmouths. Screw them.

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Same time, same server, next Tuesday? AWS can do that now

IHateWearingATie

Re: @IHateWearingATie (was: So, essentially ...)

If you were after 'beyond a shadow of a doubt' you'd never do anything ever with any useful data. That's a pretty silly thing to ask for.

Risk assessment, sensible precautions, and nuking from orbit anyone who suggests eggshell security is adequate (it's the only way to be sure) are your friends here.

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IHateWearingATie

Re: So, essentially ...

Just because you can't imagine a use for this, doesn't mean there isn't one. A client I'm working with runs fairly predictable periodic analyses that need a bunch more horsepower than they need at all other times. They *could* pay for a bunch of tin that sits around idle most of the time, or they could use this service (other options are also available). There's a bunch of factors to consider on whether it would make sense and be cheaper, but it's not hard to think of use cases for this.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Re: The gimp sucks

There is a difference between needing to put effort in to learn a complex application, and needing to put effort in because the person who designed the UI didn't. My experience is that GIMP is in the latter category.

I haven't used GIMP for 3 or 4 years, but the UI sucked so badly I ended up splashing out on Photoshop. Will try it again once 2.10 is released.

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I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

IHateWearingATie

Re: Bring back TIE fighter

Given how good TIE fighter was odd be happy worth exactly the same game with updated graphics. Twas epic

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

IHateWearingATie

Limited edition Tin...

.... with original theatrical versions on DVD for the win.

Decided to get my son into Star Wars last year so showed him the originals rather than the specials. Hadn't watched that version for a while and it reminded me of just how good the visuals were for 1977, and how well they have aged compared to some of the CGI in Phantom Menace.

Tickets booked for the cinema on Saturday morning for The Force Awakens. Can't wait :)

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Aurous shutters for good, will pay $3m damages

IHateWearingATie
FAIL

Sympathy?

Not likely

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IT salary not enough? Want to make £10,000 a DAY?

IHateWearingATie

How savy are the companies paying £10k a day?

Can they tell the difference between real advice and finely crafted bull***t wrapped up in a glossy poweroint? I'm pretty good at the latter - wouldn't need many idio... I mean clients to make it a lucrative side line.

Ethics. I've heard of them.

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Now be honest – would you take divorce advice from Meg Whitman?

IHateWearingATie

Good to hear they can do something right

After so long, it was about time they put together some kind of decent services offering

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Blighty competition watchdog pokes pointy finger into cloud storage

IHateWearingATie

Re: Why do they do it?

@frank ly

I used to do that, but kept a HDD at my in-laws house and swapped it every few weeks. Was a right PITA.

For a few quid I now use crashplan and have turned the other disk into an on site backup. All nicely scheduled in WHS so I don't need to remember to do anything. I figure the odds of my house burning down AND crashplan losing my data at the same time are pretty small (and yes, I do occasionally check they actually have my data!)

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

IHateWearingATie

Am I the only one looking forward to this?

Can't wait to order *very* cheap things I don't mind losing for the fun of seeing how much fun I can have with them. Ideas include:

- Strapping the mat to a dog and watching the drone follow it about the garden finding somewhere to land

- Putting the mat on the roof to see if the drone tries to land at 45 degrees

- Trying to blow it off course by spraying it with a hose as it comes into land

- Strapping rocks to it to see how much weight it can carry back to the depot.

- Catching and graffiting it before it heads back to base.

I'm sure other commentards have better ideas. Sounds like hours of fun to me

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Who owns space? Looking at the US asteroid-mining act

IHateWearingATie

No problem for a long time to come

The economics of mining asteroids and other bodies will suck royally for a very long time to come. There are a few idiots who think it will work financially and are planning to waste their money on it. Good luck to them.

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Spending Review: GDS gets £450m, Cabinet Office budget slashed

IHateWearingATie
Go

I smell a pork barrel. ..

... time to brush up on the old cv and get my snout right in it.

Ethics - I've heard of them.

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Struggling to understand Docker? Let's start with a Minecraft demo

IHateWearingATie
Devil

GTA V could be used for Management Consultants, but may have too much inbuilt morality to use as anything other than basic training.

Would suggest Tetris for Civil Servants - the mindless repetitive action with no discernible output or end goal would get them in the mood

(have been both the above so I'm allowed to be mean about them)

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Short weekend break: Skegness or exoplanet HD 189733b?

IHateWearingATie

Re: Skeggie? Why oh why?

You soft southern jessie!

We barely saw an icicle there this summer, and I didn't see any frostbite (this time).

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DS5: Vive la différence ... oh, and throw away the Citroën badge

IHateWearingATie

Bit expensive

Have been looking at a new family car - 29k is a little much when I could get well specced Octavia VRS for 27K, or step up to BMW, Audi (albeit not top specced) for a few grand more.

Looks okay but not too interesting. Engines available look 'meh'.

Not tempted unfortunately.

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Behold, the fantasy of infinite cloud compute elasticity

IHateWearingATie
Stop

Author forgot to mention that the propensity for spare capacity is directly related to the cost of having the spare capacity (which is the cost of capital invested and ongoing costs) vs the potential reward for having the capacity available. A low cost of spare capacity vs high potential for reward (e.g. you can charge a lot of money for no-notice spinning up of 10,000 instances, and customers are happy to pay that much higher price) means that this may be possible in the future. Or may not - I'm not sure anyone is sure enough of the long term economics of public cloud yet to say which way it will fall.

Hotels mentioned in the article are a good example, but the author is too simplistic. If you take a tourist resort, the hotel may be huge and nearly empty in the Winter. The in the Summer it's full of people paying a premium, and it makes sense for the hotel operator to maintain large amounts of spare capacity in the off season as the cash in the peak more than makes up for it. I can imagine a very similar calculation being taken by cloud providers, if there is a demand for high price, no notice spinning up of large sets of VMs, a bit like there is a large demand for high price hotel rooms in Summer.

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Ex-competition watchdog and TalkTalk adviser calls for Openreach split from BT

IHateWearingATie

It's an interesting idea, but more tricky than you think

If Openreach was hived off into a separate company, the regulatory regime would need a significant overhaul. You'd probably get into a kind of similar situation you have with the water industry where the regulator and the company draw up an investment plan together, and work out prices based on an allowable amount of profit. That's fine, but we saw in the water industry that it does have a bit of a tendency to group think on technical solutions and where investment is needed. Tech direction in telecoms is a lot more complex than the water industry, so I'd suggest the risk and impact of this would be greater than we have seen elsewhere.

I'm not arguing against splitting it off, but just warning that we may end up with a whole set of new problems in the future if the regulatory regime is not really really well thought out. The grass is not always greener.

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Today's exoplanet weather: 1,000°C, glass rain, 8,700 km/h winds

IHateWearingATie

Re: I wonder how much longer it'll be around?

While I applaud your calculations, I'll have to mark you down for use of non-standard units.

The correct measurement of mass on El Reg is the Jub (the mass of the planet being 5.23 x 10^23 KiloJubs). Do keep up.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

IHateWearingATie

I thought Aspergers has been dropped as a diagnosis

My colleague's son is on the Spectrum, and tells me that Aspergers has been dropped as a specific diagnosis because the boundaries between it and the rest of Autism are too difficult to define. His son has a diagnosis of high functioning autism, whereas in the past it may have been aspergers.

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Sennheiser announces €50,000 headphones (we checked, no typos)

IHateWearingATie

Re: Diminishing returns

I have a pair of £30 bluetooth generic headphones that sound exactly the same. Why? Because I have 'lead ears' and a serious case of philistinism which means I can't tell any difference between crap and great headphones. Saves me a packet :)

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Microsoft Windows 7 Pro: Halloween Horror for PC makers next year

IHateWearingATie

Depends on your applications I guess - most of the very large corporates I work in would take a huge cost hit moving all their application cruft over to a non-Windows compatible environment. Custom spreadsheet macros that won't translate between Excel and OpenOffice (or other Linux compatible Office package of your choice) would be just the start of a long long painful process.

Doubt the savings would ever add up in a lot of them. User retraining would be a drop in the cost ocean!

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Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

IHateWearingATie

Re: replacement

If I had been working on Voyager as it made its way out of the Solar System, I'd have probably hung around at least part time for as long as I could still tap a keyboard. Awesome job!

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We can't all live by taking in each others' washing

IHateWearingATie

Re: Shame

I'll add my annoyance that they have dispensed with tim's service . Very much enjoyed his columns - the new management better have a decent substitute lined up

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

IHateWearingATie

Re: I got 900,000 problems

My understanding is that no money changes hands. Aston and Jag are told when and where to deliver the cars for filming, and then can take back whatever is left at the end. Cash only changes hands when agreeing additional marketing tie ups (TV adverts, posters etc).

Allegedly.

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Lotus F1: 38°C? Sand in your Vblocks? Must be building a data center in Bahrain again

IHateWearingATie

Wonder how much of that kit has been repossessed?

Given the number of bayliff visits recently to Enstone, no wonder they hide the IT kit in a bunker.

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Dell buys out EMC in mega-super-duper $67 BEEELLLION deal

IHateWearingATie
Unhappy

Majority of large aquisitions fail to provide value

This will not be an exception.

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Join Uber in a tale of rent seeking and employment law

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

I don't really care about Uber as a company...

... but I've had far more unpleasant experiences with Black Cabs in London than mini-cabs (which Uber argue they are).

Anything which screws the black cab monopoly is fine by me. Have some sympathy with TfL trying to walk a difficult line between various stakeholders, but I'd happily stick two fingers up at the LTDA.

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11 MILLION VW cars used Dieselgate cheatware – what the clutch, Volkswagen?

IHateWearingATie

Re: Faulty test

Wind resistance? I would have thought that the fan would be running in the wind tunnel is to ensure that the radiator and turbo intercooler get suffient breeze over them.

Can't see how it needs to overcome wind resistance as if it is on rollers it's probably tied down for safety.

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Microsoft Office 2016 for Windows: The spirit of Clippy lives on

IHateWearingATie

I have a sharp pointy stick...

.... ready if I ever meet the product owner for One Drive for Business sync client.

It's not that it completely sucks, its that it it lulls you in to a false sense of security then screws up when its most needed

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Man given positive pregnancy test in an Apple Watch box

IHateWearingATie
Childcatcher

I have kids. An Apple Watch Edition would be less expensive.

And would only wake me up at 6am on a Saturday if I told it to.

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Robots, schmobots. The Rise of the Machines won't leave humanity on the dole

IHateWearingATie

Re: Satisficers rather than Maximisers

I'd take a look at the way that productivity is calculated before assuming that the UK is 'worse' than France and less efficient, due to the way that the public sector is included in the calculation. The bigger your public sector, the more efficient your economy looks

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

IHateWearingATie

Downvotes

I'm going to get downvoted to hell, but I don't think what Google, Washington Post etc are doing is wrong. I don't like adverts, but I also like visiting places like El Reg for free, and I can do that as they are ad supported. I see it as the cost of using these sites - I pay by watching ads rather than pay with money.

It's not theft as per the quote in the article (stupid hyperbole from that bloke), but it doesn't feel particularly ethical to visit a site like El Reg and deliberately block their method of getting payback for that.

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Confession: I was a teenage computer virus writer

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Viruses are all very well...

.... but I want to know more about blowing up phone boxes with fireworks!

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So Quantitative Easing in the eurozone is working, then?

IHateWearingATie

Only on El Reg...

...would you have a thread discussing the theory of money that is interspersed (spelling?) with posts arguing on how to correctly identify the capacity of a floppy disc :)

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Why are Google and 'VW group' having a 'global summit' in San Francisco today?

IHateWearingATie
Black Helicopters

LIZARDS!

Calling David Ike

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FBI collars exec who allegedly tried to nick secrets of game fronted by babe Kate Upton

IHateWearingATie

Freemium games not all bad

I have a mild Clash of Clans obsession and I think its really very balanced, and a great example of how these kinds of games can work. There is nothing in the game you have to pay for, as you get given small amounts each week for free of the in-game currency that you can also buy. The fun of the game is slowly making your way up the levels and while splashing the cash can speed things a little, you'll never notice the difference when playing between the people who have spent a bit of cash and those that haven't.

To be honest, you need a while playing to learn it well and the game penalises you to a significant extent you if you rush one aspect far ahead of the others. The people you can tell have splashed a lot of cash are usually really bad at the game, and have hugely unbalanced bases which make them easy and well worth attacking.

As to how much I've spent? About £15 through 18 months of playing, which I think is really very good value if I think of how much the latest Call of Duty cost me. I'm on level 9 of 10 so pretty far through (TH9, level 20 heros, max troops and part level 10 and part level 9 walls for anyone that plays it)

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

IHateWearingATie

Am I the only one...

.... who thinks that course sounds like a good idea. Two days of pissing around eating my bodyweight in biscuits and cookies, surrupticiously web surfing at the back of the meeting room paid for by the client.

What's not to like?

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Audi RS3: Keep running up that hill, with no problems

IHateWearingATie

Re: Had to sell the Scooby?

It was track fettled, so the ride was too harsh for the kids (but great for 4 wheel drifts around Silverstone).

And my wife refused to drive it as the clutch was too heavy and throttle response too harsh for her.

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IHateWearingATie

A car for those of us who dream of speed. ..

But have two kids and a boatload of crap to lug around. Had to sell the track fettled scooby so making do with an Octavia vrs :(

Not sure this would get past the boss at that price though. May be getting another vrs or an s4 instead :(

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Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

IHateWearingATie

Seems like a good start

Given my Win 7 desktop is rock solid (don't remember the last issue I had, despite running an overclocked processor and memory), I'll be waiting to upgrade that till next year, but I may be doing an upgrade on the family laptop over Christmas if it looks like it keeps improving.

No way I'm going to upgrade in the first two weeks of a new release of anything made by Microsoft :)

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Intel emits Skylake CPUs for gamers, overclockers (Psst, you'll need new RAM and a new mobo)

IHateWearingATie

Cooling is going to be fun with 95W!

Have been thinking about replacing my 2500K that has been running at 4.5GHz for the last few years - the last couple of generations haven't given me anything much extra. Wonder if skylake will be better?

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Speaking in Tech: Some douchebag put a bike rack on Tesla's new motor

IHateWearingATie

Fred Nix?

Clearly I'm not party to the Fred Nix inside joke. Googling has failed me - anyone any idea what the Fred Nix jokes are all about?

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