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* Posts by M E H

21 posts • joined 3 Jun 2008

EE still has fastest, fattest 4G pipe in London's M25 ring

M E H
Happy

Don't use it - please!

In contrast to EE's lamentable 3G reliability at the weekends when I would regularly get DNS errors I've found their 4G service fast and rock solid.

On Sunday I was watching the cycling on the Embankment and my Lumia 820 would load websites really quickly whereas Mrs MEH's iPhone 4 on EE's 3G service would struggle to open a page.

I was flogged a good package when I upgraded as well.

However, as I don't want to the hoi polloi clogging up the network, I'll claim it is rubbish and not worth upgrading to!

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400 million Chinese people can't speak Chinese: Official

M E H
Childcatcher

Well done that man

I lived in Finland for 16 months and was just about getting used to it at the end.

Not only is the grammar totally different to English but the letters are pronounced in the German rather than English manner.

On top of that the Finns weren't very error tolerant of mis-pronunciation and it wasn't just me; other foreigners found the same. I lived in Hyvinkää, pronounced Hoo-vink-uh. Pronounce it Hi-vink-ah and the would look at you like you were from Mars. I tried ordering a beer once in a pub using "sanko olut" and they couldn't even guess what I wanted.

And I got better at it than many of my ex-pat colleagues who had been there a lot longer. Finnish girlfriends became a bit a necessity.

There's an English film maker who lives there and is practically bilingual so it can be done.

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'Ultimate nerd chick’ prompts C64 clone cancellation

M E H
Childcatcher

Re: Poor sod

By launching an ambitious but uncosted computer he was emulating the 1980s home microcomputer business model a bit too closely.

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CIOs: Don't listen to tech vendors on ICT skills, listen to US

M E H
Devil

Re: Pay

They don't want a UK grad.

What the company there is doing is advertising a job in the UK on crummy terms so that they can then legitimately advertise the job internationally and get someone in from abroad on the cheap, citing "skills shortages" in the area.

Call their bluff. Go for it. My guess is that it costs less to live in Bournemouth than London and at least you would get a years experience before leaving for something better paid.

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

M E H
Boffin

Leap years?

I read somewhere that the Mayans didn't use leap years, only 365 day years, so their 21st Dec 2012 has been and gone.

Personally I'm not buying my Christmas presents until Christmas eve, just in case.

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

M E H
Flame

So buggy

I had a Motorola flip phone. A T44i with detachable camera IIRC.

It took 1 minute to boot which was an eternity compared to the Nokias I was used to.

But worse than that was the way the Contacts directory was ordered B-Z,A.

I was just shocked it wasn't picked up in testing.

After that I went back to Nokias but found their software increasingly buggy as well so I bought a Sony Ericsson which I hated so moved to an iPhone 3GS when they came out and haven't changed since.

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How spreadsheets (nearly) conquered and killed the financial industry

M E H
Devil

The VBA can be useful though...

At a commodity company I was application support for the traders wanted a straight through processing system set up that would feed the trades from the third party trading system to their third party accounting system.

While I got that arranged I wrote them a little VBA app that read in a file of trades at the end of the day, changed the format so it fitted the accounting systems requirements, and fed it into the accounting system.

When the STP was delivered the traders complained because it didn't consolidate the trades.

It was switched off after a few weeks. 5 years later the VBA is still being used. I'm long gone.

Go on - downvote me for using VBA, the lowest form of programming.

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Mars rover Curiosity gets ready to blast its first rock

M E H
Childcatcher

Big Trak

Giving a tank commands to drive remotely then checking where it has got to.

Firing a laser at things.

Curiosity is an overgrown Big Trak!

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UK High Court split over Twitter airport bomb joke

M E H
Childcatcher

Living dangerously

I'm amazed he still has a Twitter account.

Free speech and all that but you wouldn't think he'd risk it again.

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Twelve... classic 1980s 8-bit micros

M E H
Happy

Tape errors

I had a Dragon 32 and there was quite a bit of software for it all trying to get the best out of its weird graphics display with only a few colours in each high res mode.

What nobody seems to mention is the "fun" of adjusting your tape player's volume and tone controls to get a damm game to load. I resorted to writing on the cassette boxes - Vol high, tone low or vol medium, tone medium.

One of the attractions of the Amstrads was that the built in tape deck took away all the hassle.

Even into the mid 90s my doctors' surgery had a network of Dragon 64s.

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Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

M E H
Gimp

Nokiaholics Anonymous

Having had numerous Nokias, until their buggy software pissed me off in the late naughties, I really want Nokia to succeed.

What is puttting me off is the version number: WP 7.5. I think I'll wait until WP 8 thank you very much.

What I'd like to see is Nokia to have a lot more influence into the next version so they can bring their experience of hardware management (especially battery life) and the UI to WP8.

I just don't know if Microsoft can get a way from the desktop mentality of expecting the hardware to keep up with the software bloat instead of writing to meet the limitations of screensize and battery life.

Gimp because I don't want to admit to wanting a Microsoft/Nokia on El Reg.

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Nokia: When pigeons fly home to roast

M E H
Childcatcher

Blackberry Instant Messaging

Da yoof want Blackberries because they all communicate through Blackberry Instant Messaging which they get free. Texting and dataplans cost. Blackberry IM is thrown in with their deals.

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Boy George promises to cut employment rights

M E H
Alert

Eh?

Hang on! If I leave my job for another one then I take the hit on losing years of service and probably holiday but that's my choice

If my employers decide to transfer me to work for someone else then why should I start from the beginning again? It wasn't my choice to leave.

In principle I generally support the Torys but every now and again they really should remember they are supposed to be governing for the benefit of the people.

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Android malware attacks show perils of Google openness

M E H
Flame

This title is not in use

If I go to a supermarket to buy cornflakes I expect the supermarket to have strong enough vetting of its suppliers and supply lines to ensure that my cornflakes are just cornflakes and don't have rat droppings or powdered glass in them.

If I buy an app from Apple's App Store I expect Apple to have done some basic vetting to protect their brand reputation. This isn't to say that I don't occasionally get apps that freeze or crash for no good reason but I had a browse through the Android Market and, from the feedback, there appears to be some real crap in there. Total Google fail. They might release software constantly in Beta but paying customers deserve more.

If I buy cornflakes directly off the Internet then it's buyer beware and if I get Weill's disease then that's my fault. The same goes for buying smartphone software off the Internet and I don't mind the Jobsian walled garden if it means I don't have to worry about viruses.

I do wonder what this will do for Android's reputation if the great unwashed get to hear of it. Maybe Nokia's move wasn't as dumb as it first appeared?

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Logica nets ten-year police deal

M E H
WTF?

Surely shome mistake

Name a public sector contract that Logica have screwed up?

They have numerous public sector contracts that never make the news, presumably because they work well rather than good news management.

Are you not mistaking them for Fujitsu, Accenture or Capita?

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Tories would take an axe to Labour IT policy

M E H
Coffee/keyboard

Stating the obvious

"It may sound obvious, but best consultancy practice nowadays recognises that sometimes the most effective ideas come not from senior management, but from those working on the shop floor."

"sometimes"!!

How about - "usually"?

And how long has it taken management consultants to realise that the people who do a job day to day are the ones most aware of the problems, issues and what could be done to resolve them? Something the Japanese have been aware of for decades.

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O2 just can't keep it up

M E H
Badgers

PGP failure

My data access was out for most of Saturday daytime from what I recall. I was too pissed in the evening to notice the state of the signal.

When I rebooted my iPhone and tried again it told me "PGP Authentication Failure" or something similar.

And I had been trying to race a mate to yahoo.com with me on Safari on my Jesus phone and him with Opera on his Nokia Communicator brick. Both of us on O2, neither of us could get data.

Badgers because they obviously nibbled through a cable.

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Tech can make Britain Great again

M E H

Teach tech not using PCs

Can't agree more with Stef 4. Although Outsourcing isn't as much an issue as Offshoring.

Currently government thinking makes as much sense as saying we are a great engineering nation because we drive cars designed and built in Germany.

Incidentally, can someone with offspring of school age tell me what programming languages, if any are taught in ICT? I was "taught" to program with BBC BASIC for my O level and then RM Pascal for my A level.

Unless programming, even VBA, is actually taught in schools I can't see how we can ever leverage tech as a nation. Showing kids how to use Paint and getting them to produce squiggles doesn't really cut the mustard.

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Robosub prowls Pacific's hadal depths

M E H
Thumb Up

Great - Now put it to use

Perhaps they could sail full steam ahead for the Air France crash site in the Atlantic and locate the black boxes while they are still giving off a location signal.

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You did what? The trials of supporting remote users

M E H
Stop

IT Iliterates

Not sure if this is quite in the spirit of the article as it doesn't really concern remote users, although I did have to support users while I was working at home, through a 56k dial up connection. In 2004.

The hospital where I was on the Servicedesk had a high proportion of Nigerian and Filipino nurses. They might have been great nurses but they sure weren't IT literate. I think we take it for granted that people in this country will have grown up with them. Not so in developing countries.

Anyway - one evening I take a call. They can't log on. So I reset their password. They still can't log on. Their PC wasn't accepting remote viewing so I reset the password again. "Now you are putting in jsmith as a username aren't you?", they assured me they were. Still no joy. I again checked that he was sure he knew what his username was and he was using that. Oh yes, he knew that and he was using it like he always did.

It was the end of my shift so I said I would go around to the ward and see what was going on. This was totally outside my remit as we had desktop guys for that. So I go around there and he was using john.smith as a username. D'oh!

The name has been changed to protect the guilty.

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Most 'malfunctioning' gadgets work just fine, report claims

M E H

Fault or useability?

I used to have a Motorola mobile.

Took 1 minute to boot up and then my contacts were listed alphabetically from B-Z, A.

Were these faults? To me that is an eternity to boot and there was clearly no software testing so it looks like there was an array indexing problem.

I'm abnormally tolerant of these things so lived with the phone for a year then upgraded back toa Nokia and swore never to touch a Motorola again.

Others might have returned the phone as faulty.

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