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Auntie remains MYSTIFIED by that weekend BBC iPlayer and website outage

Colin Camper
Happy

who cares....

It's all shite anyway.

I weened myself off the shouty drama, posh twit presenters and insane stylised editing years ago.

A couple of years ago I weened myself off the 'News' Lies. Can't even stand the radio.

Caught myself watching the '6 O'Clock Lies' at a friends house the other day and the lobotomised presenter was talking about the 'recovery' and 'unprecedented fall in unemployment' with a straight face! ROFL HAHAHAHA!

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Re: Could be for the best

I am also weaning off TV. My Freeview and Astra are great but I find that everything about every genre of UK TV is now totally unwatchable. From lazy journalism to patronising drama. I hate it all! I used to listen to the radio but that also gets on my nerves now for much the same reasons.

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Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

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Stop

Who cares...

when Ubuntu does.

Once the final nails have fallen in the MS unique offering - namely Exchange & Outlook the fall will be swift.

The other nails rusted away or were sheared off by MS themselves - namely the desktop (Windows 8), Office (Cloud? No thanks), SQL Server (too expensive), File & Print (became irrelevant years ago), Development (An unholy mess).

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Euro banks warned off Bitcoin as Canada regulates it

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FAIL

The Euro Banks will soon be

irrelevant. Adios! We won't miss you!

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Official: MoJ IT workers on STRIKE over outsourcing job fears

Colin Camper
IT Angle

They did. They got outsourced to Brussels and Mastricht which are even more criminal and troughing.

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IT Angle

Corrupt troughing bastards

They are so corrupt and criminal they make Putin's Russia look measured.

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Ministry of Justice IT bods to strike over outsourcing fears

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Facepalm

Re: Just strike on principle!

I had the misfortune of working in a 'shared services' setup. In my case between a corrupt quango offshoot (lots of cronies got very rich) of the FO called FCOS and HP. We had to do a worldwide rollout but HP were so thick they only had 240V kit on the catalogue. 2 months in a married couple pair from the original FCOS troughing (non-technical) contractors threw a '1 million pound contract' party to celebrate husband and wife grossing £1m. (You couldn't make it up). Meanwhile my team was handed a psychotic HP manager who made Rose West look well adjusted.

All in all probably the most toxic and Kafkian place I ever worked - they burned through half a billion when 25 Million would have done the job. All presided over by David Milliband - so I would take ED any time!

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Missed it? Here's the latest on Microsoft's mobile strategy

Colin Camper
IT Angle

Sh IT e

That sentence, "to discuss their “transformation to 'mobile first' and how it's enabling them to innovate and drive competitive advantage in new and unforeseen ways” sums up why I am so glad I left IT. I just wish I hadn't gone into it 30 years ago.

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Cloud computing is FAIL and here’s why

Colin Camper
IT Angle

Re: Points of Failure

"a coffee spill could knock you out for days"

You sound like the typical Skiing, Waitrose and Boden shopping element of the IT industry.

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Colin Camper
Holmes

Adobe brought down by it's own greed

Sheer greed - nothing more nothing less. Despite huge and growing revenues from loyal B2B and wealthy individual customers the Big Cheese's at Adobe couldn't stand the fact that the kids and geeks were using pirate copies. This despite the fact that this pool of users was the only way Adobe shops get their young talent (there is not much in-house training in this industry).

I knew that Adobe was doomed as soon as this fiasco was announced - I just didn't realise the end-game would come so quickly.

The users should donate to and switch to open source asap - the death throws will be long and messy.

Of course, all of the above applies to Windows and MS Office, too

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Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

Colin Camper
Holmes

Re: Cloud

I never have any problem running GIMP or finding my files on Debian.

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WANTED: New head of crashingly expensive, error-prone and frankly cursed one-dole-to-rule-them-all system

Colin Camper
IT Angle

It is meant to be this way

Having worked on many of these projects in the past, in the UK, I came to the following inescapable conclusions;

No team, or individuals can hope to this incompetent or intransigent by accident. This is the ulterior goal of the project. The entire process is to maximise the distribution of tax-payer cash (present or future) to politicians and their crony friends as is possible.

Stage 1; Define the project and allocate a budget 100 to 1000 times larger than that required for a similar private sector budget.

Stage 2: Give the top jobs to cronies and the plump contracts to outfits run by cronies. Make sure that the contracts are so vague that all the contractors need do is hold meetings and produce reports for the duration.

Stage 3: The long burn - burn through 70% of the budget doing absolutely nothing tangible.

Stage 4: Have a review and replace the head of the project. Possibly one or more contractors as well. (After all, there are many greedy crony friends who will happily indulge in mutual back scratching.)

Stage 5: The short burn - burn through the 20% of the budget.

Stage 6: Have a review, admit failings, 'lessons learned' and replace the head of the project. Announce budget overrun and allocate a further 50% extra budget.

Stage 7: repeat above but with a 50% shorter 'long burn'.

Stage 8: Replace Chief and main contractor who will valiantly attempt to bring in the project with insufficient funds, low moral and limited timescale. They may succeed but more likely the architecture will be "unfit for purpose."

Stage 9: Repeat entire process after election identically except for different cronies.

No wonder Putin's friends like the place so much.

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Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

Colin Camper
FAIL

Microsoft are about as relevant as SCO

Everything MS do these days is a guaranteed fail.

I walked away when TechNet finished the access scheme - Who wants trials when you get perfectly good open source software free and with updates.

Then they completely borked their development platforms - its spun off to so many variants that you can't be bothered any more. Anyone tried to install Studio on Win8 - what a joke!

Next they buggered their bread & butter desktop by making it an add-on to a devil's seed tablet affair.

Then they broke the goose that laid the golden egg - the office system. They spunked it out to the cloud where it lies in gossamer strands slowly dying - LibreOffice is better by 150%.

Bye bye Microsoft. I knew you from the 8K Basic ROM days, MS-Dos 3.3 and Windows 3.11 but soon you will be like Sun. Gone AND forgotten.

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Interview: Cisco's security supremo on the Internet of Everything

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What a Tit! Welcome to commodity/OS networking. You will have to fund your skiing trips/daughters private education from something else FuckTard!

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Crack CERT warriors arrive to save UK from grid-crippling hack attacks

Colin Camper

Re: What's that sound ?

"Quite true. You can tell because they used the prefix "Cyber"

Possibly, but mainly by the twice yearly skiing trips and shopping at Waitrose/Boden.

Btw - there are probably very few UK national tech guys working there - the clue is the phrase 'recruitment issues' which indicates that the skiing Bodenites are recruiting through Tech Mahindra and such like.

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Mt Gox fielded MASSIVE DDOS attack before collapse

Colin Camper
Facepalm

It was NSA and GCHQ. They are working for the banksters.

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MEEELLIONS of unloved iPhone 5Cs gather dust in warehouses – report

Colin Camper
IT Angle

Fetish

I have never understood this Apple fetish.

Then again, I don't shop at Boden or Waitrose and I don't Ski or play tennis either.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

Colin Camper
Big Brother

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever.

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Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins

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Of course the banks will be happy to pay £millions because 'you have to pay market price for talented people'.

In any event it doesn't matter. Crypto currencies are delivering distributed, decentralised and fair investment banking to the masses that will enable Joe Bloggs to compete with the likes of these City Spivs.

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Micro Men: The story of the syntax era

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Re: A brief - and significant time

"One of Thatchers less trumpted legacies."

Hardly. The NEB was created by the previous Labour government. They, along with the BBC of course, largely kept the wonderful entrepreneurs and their fantastic ecosystem going which included the large electronics magazine base throughout the late 70's early 80's.

If anything Thatcher killed off the British home micro revolution because their early 80's austerity drive meant that British micros had to be ridiculously low spec and cheap compared with US home computers.

The only Thatcher legacy was the successful 'commoditisation' of the PC by Sugar which, while nice, was not a new paradigm.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

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Re: I have always found aria to be great value

No I don't.

Been a customer for years though.

Expecting another DPD delivery this morning - 3 powercolor card for my scrypt miners.

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I have always found aria to be great value

I've been using Aria for years and, not only do they usually have the best pricing, they have always been very quick and with good support. The comments section on the products is very useful.

In years of buying stuff I only had to send 1 thing back and it was handled pretty efficiently and quickly.

Either the customer is full of b.s. or aria mixed up a drive with an old one - in which case it would have been a really old model???

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Techies CAN sue Google, Apple, Intel et al accused of wage-strangling pact

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FAIL

Re: Don't be evil!

They are all tw@ts and so were the idiot poor people who enriched them. Stay at home and hack something subversive like TOR or Satoshi you sad tw@ts!

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

Colin Camper

Re: Rampant speculation

"sell everything to get more real cash."

and by real cash you mean the dollars and pounds that the central bankers have been printing $£Trilions of to give to banksters and russian gangsters, eh?

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Colin Camper

Re: Tulips ! @ Jonathan 29

Bitcoin is not in a bubble.

Bubbles grow, grow and grow more and then pop.

Bitcoin is volatile but with 50% downward swings this week it is certainly not a bubble!

Those who believe otherwise will be feeling rather gutted by next summer!

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Enraged by lengthy Sky broadband outage? Blame BT Openreach cable thieves

Colin Camper

One law for one

Those thieves deliberately did ACTUAL damage to thousands of peoples ability to communicate than Gary Mckinnon ever did and yet if they were caught they would get a caution or 3 months in a cushty open prison.

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Sinclair's FORGOTTEN Australia-only micro revealed!

Colin Camper
Stop

Stupid Idea - always was.

Why didn't they merge a QL with a Swan Teasmade? Now that would have been much better!

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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FAIL

Too Late! I already moved all my sh1t to Ubuntu, FirefoxOS & gandi.net.

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Firefox OS update adds performance, polish to Mozilla's webby mobes

Colin Camper

V1.01 works great for me.

I swapped my Nokia Asha for a ZTE Open.

It's the best phone I have ever used on a daily basis.

Also because it was so cheap it's not a disaster if I lose or break it.

So as far as I am concerned the update is just a bonus.

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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United SocialistStates of America

Brave guy. I wish him luck.

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Google: Thanks for the billions in revenue, UK. Here are your taxes, that's ... £11m

Colin Camper

I ditched Google after the Snowdon debacle but was thinking about it for a while.

I use a Mozilla phone - no spying or shady data mining, ditched gmail.

Much better!

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Do you trust your waiter? Hacked bank-card reader TEXTS your info to crims

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Thumb Up

True Democracy at work!

This is excellent! It democratises entry into the corrupt banking system! Bring it on!

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Torvalds suggests poison and sabotage for ARM SoC designers

Colin Camper

Re: He's right.

I find your offence disappointing and childish.

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Boris Johnson floats idea of 'London visa' to attract tech talent

Colin Camper
FAIL

Outsource the Mayor

How about a visa for someone better to come over and do Johnson's Mayor job far cheaper.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

Colin Camper

Jacques Szemalikowski - Definition od a reactionary cunt.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

Colin Camper
Mushroom

What else do you expect from thick, public school pr1cks?

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Firefox takes top marks in browser stability tests

Colin Camper

Firefox is great! Also, unlike IE, Safari or Chrome it doesn't spy on you for the NSA or GCHQ.

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ZTE to flog Firefox OS mobe worldwide via eBay

Colin Camper
Big Brother

Re: @Zola Lackluster

"I bought my first two Android phones on e-bay and they are both still working fine."

That's fine if you want an NSA spy in your pocket. For me and millions of others the Mozilla or Ubuntu is the only option for a smart phone. I want a phone that isn't rammed with malware and doesn't let the State spy on everything I do.

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Google ups ante to $5,000 for Chrome browser bug bounties

Colin Camper

Biggest bug is the auto NSA spy feature

There are plenty of good browsers out their that do not infringe your right to privacy.

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2 in 5 top Brit biz bosses expect IT dept to drive 'technical innovation'

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Twatucks

"2 in 5 top Brit biz bosses expect IT dept to drive 'technical innovation'"

Errr but the witless sociopathic Fucktards have outsourced all their IT.

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

Colin Camper

So irrelevant.

Android for the chavs

iphone for the poncers

Blackberry for the rioters

Windows phone for, umm

Firefox OS and Ubuntu is the future

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

Colin Camper

America - Land of the literal and leaders of the dumbass world!.

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O2 and Capita finally ink £1.2bn outsourcing deal

Colin Camper

Do the witless 'Tards who run O2 take a pay cut now on account of having a much smaller organisation to manage? No I didn't think so. Maybe just back handers from crapita.

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AMD joins LibreOffice, adds GPU grunt to free software suite

Colin Camper

I have been using LO for a while. Very happy with it. The only thing I miss (not in a wistful way!) is Visio - would be nice to have something similar on Linux. Base & mysql is much better than Access.

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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

Colin Camper

Sad commentary by a saddo in a totally fvcked up industry.

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Watch out Tesco Mobile: Vodafone, Sainsbury's want to eat your lunch

Colin Camper

They are all pants compared to Giffgaff (also on O2).

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Windows 8.1: 'It's good for enterprises, too,' says Redmond

Colin Camper
Meh

I paid £25 for Win8 pro - I also liked it (after getting used to bypassing metro) - however since PRISM it's gone. Replaced by Ubuntu. I find my productivity has gone up - web work. Libre office and Base are good - I can use base to directly work on my MySQL tables on the web, GIMP is ok and all the transcoding etc seems to work better on Linux.

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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"Turning the US into a police state will be the lasting legacy of the Obama administration"

Most of this stuff was started by George Bush, actually. Reagan did some underhand stuff but you could not accuse him of wanting to spy on his own people.

Agree, however, that despite being a supposed lawyer, Obama acts like a Mafia Boss.

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US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

Colin Camper
WTF?

Irononic

that the country he has exposed of spying on innocent people on an industrial scale with projects costing $Billions (whilst its own citizens resort to food stamps0 have accused Ed of spying. ROFL!

Rockin in the free world!

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France gives Google three month DATA PRIVACY DEADLINE

Colin Camper
WTF?

Re: Google should be kicked out of Europe.

No - Mckinnons actions were not different.

Every time you browse to a web page you are accessing a (usually private) computer system using default authentication. That is exactly what McKinnon was doing - via telnet not HTTP. In your world everyone is a hacker and should go to jail for 3 life terms. Plonker!

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