* Posts by Eek

22 posts • joined 18 Jun 2008

IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

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Re: It does make you wonder what sort of hardware our banking network is running on.

Suggests..... That was just careful phrasing.

I think just about the only bank I would trust nowadays is HSBC.... I've heard enough scare stories about the others that I wouldn't go there. That is not to say HSBC are any better it may be that they are competent or it could be that they don't employ people who frequent the same network of contacts I have...

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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The Archimedes was popular in schools?

I remember the BBC Model b being popular in schools but I don't think the Archimedes (which the ARM Chip was designed for) was ever that popular.

It was the lack of popularity of the Archimedes as IBM PCs took off that meant ARM become its own company and Acorn is no more.....

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BT boss barks at TalkTalk for being 'copper Luddites'

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Re: Agreed

Are you sure about that. Around here we've got Virgin Media but aren't due to get BT fibre until 2015.

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Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Re: GPS? Maps?

no wifi only ipad has ever had a gps chip built in. GPS has only been included in the 3g / LTE versions.

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Apple shifts 3 million iPads in 3 days: But how many were Minis?

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Personally I saw the iPad mini this afternoon and bought the last one in that apple store. At half the weight of the iPad there will be an awful lot of people who will see one, pick it up and instantly buy one as I did to replace the new iPad I have been using.

Heck you can even type on it reasonably well as this post shows (somewhat badly).

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Virgin Media nukes downloads after SuperHub 'upgrade'

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Re: reluctantly

So you work for a CDN know all about network latency but can't identify the symptoms of a hidden transparent proxy being used to cache requested pages.

Ho hum

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Virident flasher claims Oracle database streak record

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Not quite

Oracle licencing states that the Series E7-88XX has a Core Processor

Licensing Factor of 0.5 so the oracle licence would be for 40 processors.

Mind you that probably only shifts the licence costs from totally utterly insane to totally insane.

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Facebook: 'We don't track logged-out users'

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Its a shame he didn't ask the right question

If he did he would find at that Facebook don't use cookies to track visits to +1 pages. They use ip addresses and browser strings. Statistically the accuracy is enough that cookies are irrelevant to the data quality.

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Flipboard

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feedly is probably the nearest competitor.

Its my preferred choice because it uses google reader as its main data source and keeps that up to date so you can use it across you phone, ipad and multiple computers and it keeps a record of all the articles you've already read.

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Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook

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Um

Dell are one of the very few people who still offer 1920 by 1200 screens albeit as an £100 option.

The article says that for £999 you can have it with a high resolution screen and I commented above that you can have the high resolution screen for £1229 with a i7 processor and 8gb of ram.

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I'm not sure about your conclusion. If you want a proper full HD screen Apple simply don't offer that option on the 15" model and its the one thing that has always held me back from buying a mac.

It will be interesting to see what the cost of the 15" macbook pro with the 2.7ghz processor is when its released later this month. Its going to a lot nearer £2,000 compared to the £1229 Dell wants for the same specification machine.

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iPad 2 3G price-plans compared

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the old one is probably a better deal.

All the offers still seems over expensive compared to buying the ipad outright and then buying a monthly sim only deal.

I'm glad I picked up the last ipad 1 32gb at three last week. £129 upfront + £20 a month for 24 months so a total of £609 all in.

Granted its last years technology but it does exactly what I want, doesn't force a camera on me which could be awkward at some clients and saves me £270 over the cost of the new one.

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UK probes ebook pricing

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Its the usual problem of customers not knowing where the cost is

Charles Stross wrote a serious of Blog entries last year ( http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/02/common-misconceptions-about-pu.html ) that explain how the industry works and the cost of ink and paper is not a significant factor in the price of a book.

The pricing of a book is the same as any other item with a limited shelf life (expensive to begin with, getting cheaper of time). The only thing unique about the book industry is that the format changes as the book gets cheaper.

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Facebook: Why our 'next-gen' comms ditched MySQL

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Probably because most messages average 1k in size

and it ain't worth it if you want to quickly write and retrieve it.

With these sort of systems normalising data ain't worth the effort. Hard disk space is cheaper than cpu time.

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Google aims Nexus S smartphone at US, UK

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Rip of Britain by the looks of it

And a hate saying so but $529 in the us is not £549 in any exchange rate I've seen recently. Yes I know VAT (at 20%) has to be added but $529 is £335 so a fair price including VAT is £400 not £550.

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Microsoft's .NET at ten: big hits, strange misses

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Rotor died because of Mono

after all why pay for developers when people do the same work for free.

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Is your office World Cup sweepstake legal?

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@harry

You forget all the win a house lotteries of the past few years. They all got large amounts of publicity, are totally against the spirit of the law let alone the law itself and yet non were prosecuted.

This just seems a article written for public relations. Not that I mind that but I better starting point would be the law is a mess because you can't do .... while everyone knows people do.

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Confirmed: no iPad iBooks for Blighty

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well ebooks will always be 17.5% more expensive in the Uk

As books are 0% rated for VAT in the UK but ebooks aren't

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Nissan to build e-car batteries in Blighty

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@Martin

That £200m is not the government investment but Nissan's.

The government have been working on a £380m loan from the EU for nissan which would appear to be why sunderland got the work.

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Dismissed deputy head launches legal fight

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ho hum

If the best people can come up with is to complain about grammar its no wonder crap laws like this are appearing. If people are concerned about a little piece of incorrect grammar on a website comment they really should find something better to do with their time.

To answer the only point worth replying to on here, it is in recruitment where issues will occur. If we are already employing someone you ask for the case to be examined (by the local authority, the police or a.n.other) and based on the outcome decide (in reality get told by local government personnel) what to do. You have a paper trail you can follow and someone else to blame or offload your guilt on.

Recruitment of new staff is a different matter. Here you don't have the paper trail but a piece of paper containing rumours, previously investigate and dismissed allegations, innuendo and possible even comments generated from people who dislike you for minor irrelevent reasons. Then based on this waste of paper, fear and gut instinct we need to decide whether to employ that person.

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Sued if their right, sued if their wrong

As a school Governor this is going to make recruitment entertaining to say the least.

If we receive soft information and ignore it we will be (rightly?) attacked for employing someone unsuitable if something eventually occurred.

If we receive soft information and using it decide not to employ the most suitably qualified person we can be sued under various discrimination acts. Worse, because the information is confidential we don't yet know whether we could use the soft information in court to justify our decision and it will only be when someone takes this to the House of Lords in x years time that we will know definitely.

So we are damned if we do and damned if we don't. Possibly appearance in the Sun or immediate legal case with expensive costs. Not a decision many Governors or headteachers will wish to take.

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T-Mobile doubles 0870 call costs

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Not quite right

The question I'm asking is since they've changed the terms and conditions why are they being so awkward when I ask them for my contract to be terminated.

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