* Posts by IHateWearingATie

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Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

IHateWearingATie

Worst excuse for reading porn at work.

Ever.

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

IHateWearingATie

Re: Pretty good for public sector IT

Actually, UC as a concept had been hanging around DWP like a bad smell for years. IDS is the one who said "Yes" when every other minister before him had said "No".

As I understand consultants only got involved once the decision had been made and they were asked to make it happen.

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Apple lawyers fight to silence dead Steve Jobs: 'No right' to hear him from beyond the grave

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Re: Not strange to me...

The truthers have invaded El Reg

We're all doomed !

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CERN IT boss: What we do is not really that special

IHateWearingATie

It should ALWAYS be called the God Particle...

... as it really annoys particle physicists :)

Just as you should always tell chemists they are glorified cooks, biologists that its all just plumbing in the end, and management consultants like me that we are all overpaid, know-it-all, useless bastards :)

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SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google

IHateWearingATie

So the part of my comment "can't find much either way on Google?" passed you by?

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Anyone know if the Samsung Galaxy S4 will get it any time soon - can't find much either way on Google?

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FUTURE ROBOTS will EXTERMINATE UK jobs – study

IHateWearingATie

Re: Here we go again.

It's not my place to defend Tim - I'm sure he'll respond if he wants to. On the substantive points at the end of your post:

1) utter utter tripe. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest this, and all of history would suggest otherwise - where technology replaces or reduces human effort we move on to do other things. Where that extra wealth goes to is a separate unrelated issue.

2)not really anything to do with robots replacing humans. Good polemic, worth a discussion by itself as social democracy as your favoured model is a type of a market economy political system that you say had failed, and has no specific quality that would address the problems you state. In fact, national self interest (which is one of the things stopping effective action on climate change) doesn't seem to be limited to any particular economic system.

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IHateWearingATie

Re: Here we go again.

What are you blathering about? Replacing jobs with machines is one of the main reasons we're not all working in the fields to try and grow enough food so we don't starve. The distribution of that future wealth is a moot point - the fact that the future will be richer doesn't say anything about who will get the riches, but their existence means that there is a chance of things being better for all of us.

This is pretty basic economics. Something most of those who originated the whole 99% /1% slogan could do with educating themselves on

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IHateWearingATie

Re: Here we go again.

All this study proves is that things in the future will be RICHER

Fixed that for you. If anyone doesn't agree, go and read a few Tim Worstall articles in The Reg's archives to educate yourself.

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UK superfast broadband? Not in my backyard – MP

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New estates and urban fill in...

... are some of the most difficult to sort out. There are patches of 80 & 90s builds in East London on Exchange Only lines that are longer than you might think and the Cable Co ignored them when they were doing their 90s build out. Really the only option is 4G, WiMax of some kind or FTTP. FTTP install in London to domestic premises is so expensive whoever put it in would never get their money back.

New builds on the edge of towns like Cheltenham are a nightmare as well. The copper line topology for the town will have been designed ages ago, so it is a case of just finding where it may be possible to run the copper bundles given whatever duct space and spare cables you have to run a telephone service to the new build. I remember seeing a map of one where the best route ended up adding several K to the distance on the wire run, while the exchange was less than 1 K away.

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NHS quango fatcats spend £2m tax dosh on iPads and iPhones

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Huge story really. ..

Organising spends money on end user IT kit.

Shocking. Awful. They should use quills and their own blood for ink.

For fcuks sake - some commentards seem to think the public sector should run on good will and fairy dust with nothing spent on anything ever.

"We pay these people wages ? How dare they waste tax payers money - they should do it for free out of their own good will"

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: The UK Smart Metering gear is still being designed!

EXACTLY what I was going to say - the quotes in the article even say this:

"If the technology COULD be hacked for fraud, hackers with more nefarious intent may use these flaws for other purposes." (my emphasis)

So it hasn't been hacked, and there is no sign of a specific flaw - just that people are going to target it (no shit sherlock) and might succeed.

I'm not saying Smart Meters are good or secure - just that this is a terrible article

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Banksy denies Banksy impostor's claim to Banksy.com – which isn't owned by Banksy

IHateWearingATie

Meh

Always thought that Banksy's stuff was fun, but nothing more profound that you get in the political cartoons of the broadsheets. Just with much much better marketing and more 'right on' celebs loving it.

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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Re: Nonsense

IIRC the iPod classic uses a 1.8 inch drive, not a 2.5 inch one.

I guess there is far less demand for the 1,8 inch format, and as the article said that Tosh had developed one, I bet the cost was such with a *relatively* small run the cost meant it no longer met Apple's rapacious margin expectations

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The future health of the internet comes down to ONE simple question…

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Re: Problem with organisations everywhere...

I think the saying is multicoloured bureaucratic unicorns, not ponies.

And yes, that seems to me to be the only way. The step back for the final time would be in the relinquishment of the contract permanently, giving them no more say over the organisation than anyone else. Other options have not worked and continue not to work. Quite like the idea of the ITU getting involved as posters below have mentioned, as it is slow but pretty stable which is what is needed.

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Problem with organisations everywhere...

I can't see an alternative to the US Gov smacking them over the head again and imposing a sensible governance structure before stepping back for the final time.

This isn't because I think the guys who run it are bad people, just that human nature seems to take over in organisations like this and smart people just can't see beyond the limits of their own knowledge and power - seen it time and again in organisations from the top of Government through to scuba diving clubs and student unions. Pretty sure I will have been guilty of this at some time in the past as well.

I'm sure some commentards will come on and denounce them as fools and scoundrels and ask for their heads, but in my experience the same thing will happen again and again no matter who you have, without a sensible counterbalanced structure. And that won't happen without a slap from above. Again.

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Ye Bug List

IHateWearingATie

buggy Android app

The Android app on a Samsung galaxy s4 (Android 4.4.2 currently) had two very annoying bugs.

It fails opening stories that have any embedded video - the whole article, not just the video itself. It gives a page not loaded error in the frame where the text should be

Second, it randomly fails to load the comments page for some articles- can't see any pattern to it, probably 25 % of the time. It gives a connectivity error as though there is no Internet access, but it happens on wifi as well as on cellular data and when I switch to the browser I have no problem getting to the article on the Web site.

I barely use the Android app any more as it is so buggy. Sorry!

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ESNet's 100 Gbps Atlantic link almost ready to flow

IHateWearingATie

That's all very well...

... but what's the jitter like? Can't play Call of Duty with teenagers on Ritalin with messy packet latency

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

IHateWearingATie

Shiny......

I wonder if our IT guys will mind getting me a Z3 as a replacement should my Galaxy S4 come to an unfortunate end on the train platform this week.

Don't worry, I;m sure they don't read El Reg

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#Help. There's a STRANGER in my Twitter timeline

IHateWearingATie

I don't pay anything for twitter...

... so I am the product.

I just can't get worked up about stuff like this - they need to make money to keep the servers running and I don't want to pay. It it gets too annoying I'll leave and probably do something more useful that read live tweets from Formula 1 races (which is all I use Twitter for really).

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The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters

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Impressive snark...

... you've really upped the game from the iPhone 6 launch.

Carry on chaps :)

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Deckchairs shifted aboard tech liner HP's services biz

IHateWearingATie

More to come...

My mate works for the E(D)S part of HP and it seems things are looking very bad, with them failing to win anywhere near enough work to replace their legacy contracts as they expire. Coupled with truly mad travel and expenses policies that are seriously getting in the way of service delivery it seems the only way is down :(

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

IHateWearingATie

2 years for my Nexus 7...

... cause the battery is knackered.

While I always welcome an excuse to waste my money on some more shiny shiny, I am a little annoyed I didn't get 3 years out of it.

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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"true dat"

I agree - Satan's balls will have dropped off due to frostbite before Google allows a micro sd slot in one of their nexus devices.

On a side note I really like el reg but your Android app that I'm trying to post this from is one of the most buggy pieces of crap I've ever had the misfortune to use. And I used the early versions of itunes on Windows.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

IHateWearingATie

About matches my experience

Currently commuting from Watford to Kingston (sometime round the outside via richmond, sometimes through central London) and reception is pretty good using my EE mobile.

Only on 4G though - if I have it switched to 3G (as I do at home to get a signal for voice calls) the mobile connectivity sucks on both routes.

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Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro Ultrabook flexes new 'Watchband' BENDO hinges

IHateWearingATie

I wonder why the change of hinge...

... I have a Yoga 2 as my main work machine and it is really very good. The hinge seems to work fine and the laptop is pretty thin already - can't imagine this gives many extra benefits.

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Meg Whitman: The lady IS for TURNING. HP to lob printers'n'PCs OVERBOARD

IHateWearingATie

People still buy HP desktops?

I imagine the PC and Printers part being cast off in a lifeboat from a larger Enterprise yatch, with the sharks (Lenovo, Dell etc) slowly starting to circle.

The outcome is inevitable...

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

IHateWearingATie

A defence of DVLA

- You are the DVLA CIO...

- You are pretty sure about the normal loads that your car tax website will get in normal periods throughout the year, as you have been running the old website for a while.

- You have a fixed budget.

- Your 'customers' HAVE to use your service to tax their car on pain of fines etc.

- You have a change to the service which in theory means the only difference for the average punter is they don't get to change the paper disc displayed in their window. However, you expect this is going to mean a rush on 1st October - but you don't really know how bad its going to be.

- You have a fixed budget.

- Building temporary load balancing capacity in for the beginning of the month will cost extra. You don't know how much extra you will need and for how long, as this is well outside normal operations.

- You have a fixed budget.

Given this, trading a bit of 'customer' pain and a brief moment of bad publicity for a cash saving on the load balancing and temporary capacity doesn't seem that bad an approach from their point of view.

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

IHateWearingATie

pointless

These hearings are unfortunately pointless as the parliament only have the power to reject the whole set, not individual commissioners. However bad he is, it won't be enough to move the parliament to reject the commissioners.

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Be your own Big Brother: Keeping an eye on Mum and Dad

IHateWearingATie

Surprised at the lack of progress in this sector...

... as I remember working for a short while (in one of my brief departures from Public Sector work at the time) with a system that seemed to work pretty well in 2004/5.

The system had video cameras in each room for image recognition to track the movements of the person within the home. I saw it tested and it was pretty good at recognising when someone had fallen over and wasn't getting up or was moving much slower than usual, or hadn't visited the kitchen for the day (comparing with normal patterns, you could assume the person hadn't eaten yet).

Given that was 10 years ago, and the cameras and processing power was pretty crappy compared to today's capabilities I'm surprised that something like this hasn't been commercialised so far.

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Bubble 2.0? Moneybags VC Andreessen warns profit-free startups: 'You will be VAPORIZED'

IHateWearingATie

Paging Steve Bong...

... this man is a threat to your catapult

He must be eliminated. Paging มาลัย (which means "Garland of Flowers" in Thai)

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

IHateWearingATie

You've got to look at the share price...

... and wonder how the CEO keeps her job.

The market is basically saying that they think the company is going to be so bad at using the cash that they may as well put it all on a large barge, set fire to it and let it float across San Francisco bay.

That's a hell of an indictment , yet I bet she doesn't get kicked out at the next AGM.

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iPhone 6: Most exquisite MOBILE? No. It is the Most Exquisite THING. EVER

IHateWearingATie

I read the guardian article stephen fry wrote...

... and this is hardly even a parody!

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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

IHateWearingATie

Re: Sufficient lift?

Fair enough - seems I missed that one from a previous thread.

Maybe a LOHAN 'stop asking me!' list is needed on the LOHAN summary page :)

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IHateWearingATie

Sufficient lift?

Have been wondering (ever since I donated to the kickstarter - cash sharpens the mind ) whether the wings on LOHAN will produce sufficient lift to glide it, now you've added a load more batteries?

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

IHateWearingATie

Refreshing?

This looks like a pretty refreshing approach - instead of muddling along trying to ignore the writing on the wall and then failing suddenly and spectacularly, they are pulling the plug early while there is still enough cash to pay the employees and creditors, and wind up the business in an orderly manner.

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Weekend reads: A new Poirot, drug-fuelled Champagne Supernovas and The Establishment

IHateWearingATie

To be fair to Owen Jones, if asked he always says he had a middle class upbringing - I think people just assume he's working class as he's from the North, and is all flat caps and whippets up there isn't it?

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

IHateWearingATie

Proof of the gateway theory

Much like some people think cannabis is a gateway to harder drugs, this proves that Celine Dion is a gateway to the furthest reaches of human depravity. I always knew she was trouble.

Nuke Her From Orbit

It's the only way to be sure.

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Apple Watch will CONQUER smartwatch world – analysts

IHateWearingATie

More like accessories market...

It's hard to see how smart watches at the moment aren't more like the accessories market, given the two big players (Apple Watch and Android Wear) are exclusive to their respective phone OSes. Completely tied to the phone, just because Apple create a great watch / phone case / other accessory doesn't mean that suddenly Android users will buy that watch / phone case / other accessory.

If Pebble or other generic makers had made a huge splash I could see their market share being eaten, but there is nothing in any smart watch that I have seen so far that could convince me that phone users will migrate one way or another because of the watches on offer. That would suggest that LG, Samsung etc have little to fear for the moment on the watch front from Apple - if they are unable to sell watches it will be because their offerings are not good enough to get consumers to choose to buy a smart watch, rather than buying an Apple one instead of a Samsung or LG or Motorola one.

MAYBE a few higher end consumers may switch, but I suspect the larger screen of the 6 and 6 plus will be the driver of that, and not the Apple Watch.

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

IHateWearingATie

Am I the only one looking forward to this?

If the rumours are true with a larger iPhone and a really well implemented watch, I may be tempted back from Android.

Or, as has happened before, Apple take what other people have been doing for ages and work out a better way to package and present it. Then others like Samsung can go 'ahhhh, that's a much better approach to a smartwatch' and improve their current crappy offering.

Either way, I think I win.

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AMD claims record with latest overclock-happy FX Series chips, again

IHateWearingATie

Re: Free market

I think it depends on the generation. Intel's Sandybridge was hugely popular with casual overclockers as it was so easy to do - it actually went far better than was thought at the beginning. For example, my i5 2500K runs @ 4.5Ghz on a mid range standard motherboard with a cheap (£25 I think) air cooler. Had it like that for 2 years (possibly more - can't remember when i bought it) without any issues.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

IHateWearingATie

Getting there with the looks...

... from the pics in the article.

I don't want a black slab like the LG one recently released. Something that looks like a watch and can show me the time and notifications from my phone (and maybe so some of that new fangled step counting or whatever) is good enough.

Hopefully the iWatch will show Samsung et al how to really do it, so they pull their finger out. I've an Android phone, so need someone other than Apple to create a watch that i want.

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

IHateWearingATie

Re: Are there ANY success stories?

I've worked on a few. For example the IT system for ESA (employment and support allowance) was huge and that was on time and on budget in 2008

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

IHateWearingATie

I suspect...

... there aren't that many countries that he would be risking travelling to anyway, but nice to have the option.

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Cor blimey: Virgin Media pipes 152Mb fibre to 100,000 East Londoners

IHateWearingATie

Sad but true

One reason I've stuck with Virgin Media is the telephone extensions around the house are wired into the Virgin telephone socket and I can't be bothered to rewire everything.

Luckily the service is pretty good where I live, and the BT cabinet is a little way away, so I suspect FTTC wouldn't get me more than 30-40Mbit anyway.

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Surprise! Government mega-infrastructure project cocked up

IHateWearingATie

The problem with CBA...

While a useful tool the CBA has some serious limitations when dealing with infrastructure investments that will have payback periods beyond 20 years. Things like smaller road and rail schemes are easy to work out, as they payback in 10 years or less, and the assumptions that they are built can be made reasonable particularly with a well done sensitivity analysis.

Things like the severn barrage are almost impossible to evaluate quantitatively - taking that as an example, it would have had an operational life of 100 years or so. You can do some work on the electricity price projected forward (which is what they did), but the qualitative benefit of having a power source that will provide a predictable amount of electricity twice a day (or more depending on the configuration of the tidal pools) 50 years hence when we may be running out of hydrocarbons is really only a qualitative point to be evaluated. What really killed the Severn Barrage was how unlikely it would have been to get a private sector partner involved given the huge uncertainty.

That applies to the NBN now - a full analysis has to be guided by a qualitative look at what the infrastructure could do for the economy over the next 40 years, as well as the more predicable payback over the next 20 years. Just because the CBR is lower than 1, does not mean we should not do it.

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IHateWearingATie

Re: Guillotine ...

That's because you never hear about the successful ones as they are not news worthy, just the ones that screw up.

And from my experience the private sector screw up just as much, they just don't have the public accounts committee to publicise it.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

IHateWearingATie

Was very annoyed...

... as it's not like they didn't know that it was coming. This kind of stuff seems to happen quite a lot. Is there a shortage in techies who know how to build a properly extensible infrastructure, or have Netflix and LoveFilm employed them all?

Still, managed to find a work around with some quick googling. Thank you TVCatchUp

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AVG stung as search revenue from freebie scanners dries up

IHateWearingATie

Re: muppet show

Impressive. Someone who never ever makes mistakes. I take my hat off to you - clearly a new step on the evolutionary ladder.

Meanwhile, for the rest of us some kind of AV is a pretty good idea - I still use AVG as its nagware doesn't annoy me too much. i think I've now worked out where the controls to switch off almost all of the nagging, that stupid tool bar and the AVG search home page it keeps trying to make me use.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

IHateWearingATie

Please let this not be true...

.... it's all turning a bit Jar Jar otherwise

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