* Posts by zebthecat

91 posts • joined 23 Jun 2008

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

zebthecat

Re: 'EU' -> 'UK' -> 'K'

Dismaland?

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

Perverse it might be but that is exactly what the leave campaign implies

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Outsourcery to perform ULTIMATE outsource as it enters administration

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Re: The Cloud...

According to the article they deal with the failing cloud.

Funny old business model that

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

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Hmm...

"He assures them, with apparent belief, that the company will remain independent of the Beast of Redmond."

I give it two years max

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Re: Problem is that Agile doesn't work

Disagree completely - I have worked in three places that did Agile well and it worked very well indeed. As far as I can tell the main thrust of the article is creect in that you really need everyone (especially the business sponsors) to buy into it too. If they don't understand the process then you might as well not bother..

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

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Re: Cunts

You beat me to it (Wankers was my choice)

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GDS gets it in the neck from MPs over Rural Payments Agency farce

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Where, presumably, many government ministers learned all they know about IT.

Says it all in one sentence *sigh*

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zebthecat

If only...

...it was fail fast - at least that is relatively inexpensive.

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Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

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Re: Want

Yep, me too

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All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

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Well done...

...that is the most idiotic comment I have read for a while. It is satirical I hope.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

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SOAPY TIT WANK!

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

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Re: Long-lived VMSclusters?

There, indeed, are - I worked for one.

I am pretty sure their two main cluster incarnations have been since 1990 (I recall rewriting some ancient C++ code that run there where the previous edit had been done in 1992 and this was five years ago).

They also did a full data centre move, mainframes and all, in a weekend which was pretty bloody impressive.

OpenVMS really is spectacularly resilient, the only downside (apart from debugging which was hideously slow) was the boxes puny network cards.

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zebthecat

Re: Power

That reminds me.

Years and years ago my department's intranet web server lived in the same office as the network manager (next to mine) as there was nowhere else to put it and it had a dinky UPS to keep it alive just in case.

However, when the time came, and some Thames Water workers accidentally cut the power cable for our building.

1. Everything goes dark with just the sounds of dying fans piercing the silence.

2. There is a loud explosion

3. The slightly singed Network Manager stumbles, coughing, out of his office in the midst of a cloud of smoke.

4. Smoke alarms go ape (thanks to PP3 batteries)

I have been wary of UPSs ever since

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Viglen staff mark CEO Tkachuk's passing with a royal tribute

zebthecat

Many years ago the company I worked for was merged into our parent and, as a result, we moved into the parent company's office building.

The whole move was organised by the MD including a nice little goldfish bowl for said MD.

Rather callously the MD's prize for the smooth office move was getting fired on the Monday morning directly after the weekend of the move itself.

I arrived on the office on Tuesday morning to find crime scene tape all over the ex-MD's office complete with chalk dead body outline and oodles a fake blood.

We never did find out who was responsible...

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

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Re: Drop Java

No wonder you posted as AC.

Ignorance is bliss and you are very blissed out.

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

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Re: Universities can't do training, they just do "Education"

I am old enough to remember the days when most employers recruited bright kids and then trained them. If a company is short sighted enough not to even consider this approach when the job market is competitive then tough titty.

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Vanished global warming may not return – UK Met Office

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Indian Summer?

As I see the cherry picking season is still in full swing.

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BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

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It gets better...

...My home connection went iffy last night and still is this morning,

I called BTs help line to be informed that their fault recording system is down for "maintenance" and could I call back in 2-3 hours.

Useless planks!

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

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Re: That's the problem with politicians....

I am with you on that, the BBC is too important to leave to (quoting Robin Day) "here today, gone tomorrow" politicians.

The charter renewal should be the responsibility of a non partisan body and this should lead it to be less open to party political abuse.

Also the license fee is becoming increasingly anachronistic (even if it is a simple and cheap way of collecting revenue). I think it should paid from general taxation BUT there should be legislation to protect it from the grasp of the Treasury.

The idea that it should not attempt mass appeal TV is ludicrous and a pretty transparent ruse to make the BBC a lesser broadcaster therefore easier to take to pieces politically (having said that - The Voice is still shite).

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

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Re: I, for one, welcome our slimy alien overlords...

Blimey! It's The Blob!

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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Funny that

A couple of years ago I had the letter asking to change my electricity meter for a smart one as the meter was due for replacement (it looked pretty new to me).

I said no thanks but was happy for them to put a new dumb meter in,

Never heard back

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

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Have to agree with anon

There is now way that this HP will have enough grunt to play Minecraft acceptably and certainly won't be up for video editing.

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

zebthecat

I don't get it at all.

What on earth are these smart meters meant to achieve?

Unless they have some magic powers to reduce electricity if course. Do they contain some secret electical fairy dust?

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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And there was me thinking...

...that the GDS was staffed entirely by Agile code ninjas. Have we been misled?

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

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He missed the main problem...

...in that glass was a stupid idea in the first place and no amount of positive PR was ever going to change that,

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

zebthecat

Re: self-indulgent onanism

Furious

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

zebthecat

Re: We should pay for TV we dont want

Er, this is kind of how public service and taxation works (for tax is what the license fee is).

See also:

Roads

Railways

The NHS

Schools

etc etc.

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zebthecat

Re: Being in the US, I'm no expert on the BBC...

Don't be silly - that is far too sensible an idea.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

zebthecat

While they are about it...

...why not ditch their stupid BIOS whitelist policy as well.

My son's Lenovo laptop WiFi card went titsup and Lenovo support were unable to tell me which WiFi cards the laptop BIOS would accept.

Useless

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Chaos reigns as Coms plc CEO tries (fails) to stage boardroom coup

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Re: They took over my broadband provider

Were you were another ex ADSL24 custiomer?

Had exaclty the same thing with Coms (along with 2 long complete outages) and moved on once BT got round to putting a fibre cabinet in at the end of my road - not at all surprised Coms are in trouble.

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Vodafone to stock BlackBerry Passport – on sale tomorrow

zebthecat

Re: Indeed

Sadly it does have facebook and twitter natively - your search continues...

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

zebthecat

Re: Cheap BDs from Asda

Ein

Zwei

DIE!

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Spotify flips bird at Taylor Swift, adds MILLIONS more users

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Loss Leader

How long will their VC money last though?

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Had this last year when they tried to convince me that they had to install a smart meter for safety reasons. I said fine but can i have a dumb meter instead if safety was their concern. They said of course and, 18 month on, have heard nothing more from them on the subject.

I just cannot fathom how fitting a smart meter will magically reduce bills by 2% (unless they fit external insulation for free as part of the service).

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Google Chrome on Windows 'completely unusable', gripe users

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Re: How Widespread?

It happens quite a lot to me (use it for javascript debugging and css work) and have learnt to live with it as the dev tools are good. Two things are really irritating though.

1. It appears to be impossible to clear the file cache - clearing the cache manually rarely works entirely and the options to stop caching while the dev tools are open is flaky too. Incognito also caches files. This is bloody annoying if you are debugging js includes and Chrome is keeping hold of stale files.

2. Whoever thought "Aw Snap!" was amusing needs a knee in the nads.

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Apple’s $700 BEEELLION market cap makes it more valuable than Switzerland

zebthecat

So depressing

that there is such a reward for building stuff that is obsolescent in just 2 years. Not quite as bad as the fashion industry but close.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

... IDS doesn't do trivial things like deadlines and project plans. He was on Radio 4 earlier on this week reiterating this very point. Apparently deadlines would represent an existential risk to the project as they are invariably unrealistic and compromise delivery (i.e. they will always be missed).

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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FAIL

Ludicrous

Blaming the (unnamed) service provider is like blaming the Royal Mail if they had used post to communicate.

This was a human intelligence failure by the security services of they want to find someone to blame.

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zebthecat

Re: Jump on the privacy bandwagon

Too right they don't.

Would you expect UK providers to comply with warrants from the USA? Russia? North Korea?

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

zebthecat

Er...

Two bald men fighting over a comb.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

zebthecat

Re: BlackBerry Passport - Black (UK) Out Of Stock

Blimey! That didn't take long.

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Phones 4u demise: 1,700 employees laid off with redundo package

zebthecat

Best guess is that the bondholders will get whatever PWC manage to extract from the remnants of the business post redundancy payments before the other creditors.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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However...

...If you wish to while away your commute with Flappy Bird you still can,

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EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass

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Rubbish

EE and Vodafone need no outside help when it comes to brand reputation and Phones4u were certainly no worse.

That phones4u did do, however, was offer a variety of handsets that the networks sometimes didn't carry themselves and (from my experience) undercut the carriers using a like for like comparison thus breaking the carrier cartel.

Consumers will be poorer as this is another supply route cut off.

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BlackBerry bottoms out: Vows to wow with new Berries

zebthecat

Agree absolutely with all that.

I swapped from to a Q10 from the HTC One and the BB10 Hub pisses all over the (non-existent) Android messaging alert "system".

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Currently BB10 can run Android binaries impressively...

"but this requires user to sideload a third-party app called Snap first"

No it doesn't.

10.1 runs android apps without any of this snap sideloading malarkey.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

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Reputation is a beautiful thing

That was Starbucks best wheeze.

When buying all their UK coffee beans from that famous coffee growing country Switzerland wasn't enough the UK arm gets charged a whopping sum for using the Starbucks name. Hey Presto! Profit turns to loss.

Quite how that got past the transfer pricing rules is a mite baffling.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

zebthecat

Re: 300k laptops sold in UK first quarter?

>Wonder why I'm only seeing people with tablets and phones?

Depends where you look really, nobody in my office uses a tablet or mobile for any work stuff (apart from the test team).

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

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Re: Twaddle

Azure you say?

Of course that has never had an outage whatsoever...

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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Re: Daily Mail?

Fuck off!

I know, not very clever but it is our personal data NOT yours.

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