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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

David Gale

Questionable legality?

Is it possible for this establishment pillock to be more out of touch? Each year, over 400,000 additional people ditch the TV licence. If they don't act soon, there'll be nothing left to save.

You want to pay for BBC programming? Be my guest. I don't watch it (Netflix only) and I don't see any reason why I should pay for a service that I don't use.

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Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media

David Gale

Football is missing the point...

Do these morons not get it? The grassroots of interest in football (and now F1 motorsport ) is being destroyed by the advent of expensive pay to watch TV. Yes, a handful of people are making a mint but ask any kids' football coach what's happening and they'll tell you that with Freeview's loss of English league football has gone the interest of a large percentage of kids who can no longer watch top level English football on television. It's ironic that the football industry is now spending yet more money on technology to ensure that even less people have access to the game. Wake up! You're killing the golden goose.

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

David Gale

Hack Attack!

Why the cynicism? At a time when I was working with local authorities, including education, my kid decided that hacking his school's admin network was more entertaining than his school's IT curriculum. Granted he was 11 yrs old at the time but, within a few weeks, he'd graduated to hacking a national curriculum online student testing facility. I had anticipated using his 'work' to provide me with some traction in discussing security infrastructure but the reaction (without blobbing him in) was indifference. Too much potential for embarrassment?

David Gale

SITFO.org

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

David Gale

Financial Crime Pays!

The article fails due to flaw in its basic premise that "crime doesn't pay". The evidence shows that if you commit a big enough crime you will not be prosecuted beacause, and I quote the US authorities on HSBC here, 'the collateral damage would be too high'.

So, if you're HSBC, go ahead and launder money for drugs cartels and rogue states, you'll walk free...

"There's one law for the poor and several hundred willing regulatory accomplices for the rich."

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BlackBerry CEO John Chen: Y'know what, we'll go back to enterprise stuff

David Gale

Going back to enterprise?

Going back to enterprise? Now, there's a coincidence. I wonder how long it will take Ballmer's successor to come to the same conclusion about Windows?

www.TADAG.com

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

David Gale

Plus ça change...

Plus ça change...

www.TADAG.com but they only got part of it... :)

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Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

David Gale

Bean counting

Ballmer cost Microsoft massively more than he ever made them. He reigned over a period that, even to this day, sees market share thrown away on the back of a tactical, barrow boy focus on the short term. How much of Microsoft's enterprise advantage has been thrown away by the sales targets of individual product groups being allowed to run roughshod over customers' long term strategies? Add barrow boy sales mentality to MBA-style segmentation and you end up with an amalgam of process-bound bureaucracies that will sell their own grandmothers to hit their short term targets. Ballmer fundamentally failed to recognise what had made Microsoft successful in the first place. RIP the creative campus culture...

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WikiLeaker-in-chief Assange refuses to meet Benedict Cumberbatch

David Gale

Stand trial?

Isn't it sweet how many of the locked away in an attic, neo-Con critics think that somehow justice is dispensed in a court of law? For goodness sakes, you're lucky if you get law dispensed in a court of law. Justice is for the movies...

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myOpenID to close down for good in February 2014

David Gale

TADAG was always the answer

Given the way in which a small component of TADAG was ripped off by Microsoft and passed to Brad Fitzpatrick to become OpenID (later sponsored by Microsoft), I have little sympathy for OpenID's demise. The OpenID architectural solution was fundamentally flawed by its lack of access to the bigger picture of TADAG. Now, more than ever, TADAG is desperately needed to effect a paradigm shift in internet security.

With Balmer on the way out, perhaps its time for me to visit Redmond again?

David Gale

Author of TADAG - A copy of the Microsoft requested report is downloadable at: www.TADAG.com

SITFO.org

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

David Gale

Coal...?

El Reg is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Let's just suppose for one moment that carbon is an issue. Currently, under an EU mandate, the UK is in the process of shutting down six coal-fired power stations that will put the country's power generating capacity on a knife-edge. UK energy costs are already amongst the most expensive in Europe and are a major factor in our economic slow-down. We are told that coal is nasty and that we must stop using it but, in the next few years, India and China alone will bring on-stream four coal-fired power stations PER WEEK.

Now pardon me for being a pedant, but if closing six coal-fired power stations demonstrably further damages the UK economy whilst making, effectively, zero difference to carbon emissions on a global scale, why are we handing a commercial advantage on a plate to other nations?

We have around 300 years of coal and gas reserves, so why wouldn't we pour our development money into fusion research?

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UK.gov to drive stake through heart of big IT outsourcing deals

David Gale

Control is good, architecture questionable...

Grabbing back control is an important first step to dealing with the blatant corruption and lobbied interests that have been running the show for too long. However, until such time as someone is empowered to put the citizen at the centre of the architectural model, we are throwing good money after bad.

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Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

David Gale

Non Disclosure Agreements?

Non Disclosure Agreements? Microsoft? LOL

I love the idea that a Microsoft NDA is somehow worth the paper it's written on: www.TADAG.com

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Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

David Gale

"Thank you", says Android desktop...

This move reminds me of Adobe's arrogance when they locked down products like Photoshop. In one fell swoop, they destroyed the underground skillbase that had ensured that their product was a natural choice the moment that any pirate grew commercial wings. It's remarkable that, apparently, neither Adobe nor Microsoft have the slightest clue as to the reasons that underpin their past success.

At a time when Android apps are already free to test, how long is it going to be before testing the core integration suite and enterprise apps becomes the sole preserve of the open source community?

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Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

David Gale

5G = Wi-Fi

'Mobile phone' network coverage is already geographically fragmented, so why wouldn't a new player come in and seize the urban market by partnering with a local authority's street lighting provider. A mesh Wi-Fi network run from antennae equipped streetlights could bring in much needed revenue for local government (and reduce their comms costs), at the same time as providing up to gigabit internet access.

The traditional telcos cling on to the current modus operandi despite knowing that their traditional operating and technology models risks being challenged. Why would I make a traditional voice call / send a text, if I could add much more functionality to a call or text using Skype / Facebook / Twitter? The traditional telcos had better hope that the IT world maintains its barrow boy focus on the short term... or get into bed with them very quickly.

David Gale

SITFO.org

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National Audit Office tears government's savings claims in HALF

David Gale

Tactical versus Strategic

The evidence demonstrates that the Cabinet Office, together with the rest of Whitehall, is being steered away from anything truly strategic by lobbied interests: http://sitfo.wordpress.com/2008/03/10/tactical-vs-strategic/ SITFO has advocated a model that includes a Strategic IT Framework and regional CIOs, a model that has been adopted and proven by other governments including Finland and China. When are the vested commercial interests going to be put to one side to allow the UK to deliver something that is sustainable?

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'Google's crap for business' - CIOs give ad giant dose of reality

David Gale

Playing by the rules...

It's fortunate for Google that Microsoft are so busy trying to play the enterprise game to Google's rules that they miss the opportunity to wipe the floor with the competition. 'Reminds me of IBM trying to play by Microsoft's rules. It didn't work for them either...

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Ice core shows Antarctic Peninsula warming is nothing unusual

David Gale

What if they're wrong...?

The 'what if they're wrong' of the AGW lobbyists needs to include the FACT that current green-led strategies are fast rendering the West commercially uncompetitive. When governments have finished destroying entire industries and the communities that they support, who's going to deal with the civil unrest and disorder that results?

Whilst moving away from a dependency on carbon fuels may be a sensible LONG-term strategy, do not kid yourself that the current green lobby path does not constitute a further severe risk to already wobbly global stability...

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Councils wave £34m cheque for phones, broadband, IT stuff

David Gale

Regional IT Services Centre

That makes a lot of sense but I would go further: Why not have a Regional IT Services Centre providing a Strategic IT Framework that will enable transformation across multiple public sector organisations?

David Gale

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Suppliers underwhelmed by UK's G-Cloud services catalogue

David Gale

Not Every Cloud has a Silver Lining

This is what happens when you allow people who have little or no understanding of the business to set the agenda.

http://sitfo.wordpress.com/2011/03/09/not-every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining/

Told you so...

David Gale

SITFO.org

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Bill Gates, Harry Evans and the smearing of a computer legend

David Gale

Independent Sources?

Perhaps you ought to read the linked document before you dive in with your h'appennies worth on the validity of TADAG. The sources are internal to Microsoft and evidenced by Microsoft's own communications.

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David Gale

.. and of course

... and of course Microsoft would never rip off anything, would they?

http://www.TADAG.com

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Why British TV drama is crap – and why this matters to tech firms

David Gale

There are people who still watch TV?

There are people who still watch TV? Oh, OK. Well enjoy your debate...

Foreign policy dictated news coverage, aspirational lifestyle dramas to keep the good little consumers focused on what we're supposed to want, sports that are more dictated by money than talent, all screened by broadcasters with a political axe to grind.

TV...? No, thanks.

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Seize your moment, Microsoft: iPad is RUBBISH for enterprise

David Gale

Retro TC100 refresh please

Will someone please take the original HP TC1100 tablet design and stuff it full of modern kit? We still use our nearly decade-old TC1100s with full-strength Photoshop as part of a PC-based production workflow. The tablet capability saves hours and it's still the only tablet / laptop with a decent screen size that can fit (with keyboard in place) at a decent viewing angle on an aircraft seat tray. Docked with a full size screen, it's also a very usable desktop. It's time that HP realise the brilliance of that original design and did a refresh!

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Microsoft takes a $6.2bn bath with aQuantive web ads write-down

David Gale

OS2

...and for the record, as an IBM employee, I was the guy who tried to 'open-door' IBM CEO John Akers to tell him that OS2 must be heavily marketed into the consumer space to drive upwards into the enterprise space. What a different world we could have lived in...

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David Gale

Dear Steve...

Dear Steve

The legacy that you were left was a company that had the best enterprise integration stack on the planet. Whilst it's true that many of your own people didn't fully understand the full potential, there was enough there for you to be able to forge ahead.

First, we had the compartmentalised focus on product groups (that originally had a focus on split up / sell off) which cut across the long-term interests of your customers and saw strategic products being deployed tactically in the enterprise space just to hit the numbers.

Then, we had this dream of making MS a consumer-focused company, a 'vision' so fundamentally flawed that one has to wonder what your shareholders were thinking of.

The reason for MS's existence, in the face of IBM's OS2 PC operating system is that MS took Windows to the consumer space but the success was based on the consumer then taking Windows to the enterprise space.

You have enough good people in MS who really know how to leverage the advantage of the integrated MS product stack. Let them do their job and stop letting beancounters get in the way.

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Eurozone death spiral forces Microsoft to ease UK licensing price hike

David Gale

Terminal Decline

...and for what?

So that some tactically focused muppet can keep their numbers on track whilst the rest of MS lose their jobs?

Utter madness! They deserve what's coming to them and so too do the shareholders for being spineless, vaccuous morons.

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Microsoft corrects itself: 'We expect fewer people to use Windows 8'

David Gale

I can hear the Emperor's fiddle... What's that burning smell...?

You have to ask how long it will be before shareholders realise that a split-up and sell-off of Microsoft might not be quite the bonanza that they had anticipated. When they do realise, they're going to want to see a more strategic leverage of Microsoft's strengths rather the persistent 'white socks and Gucci shoes' pile 'em high tactical emphasis.

For goodness sake, Microsoft, get a grip!

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Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

David Gale

Sophisticated?

"Ads that follow you from site to site" = sophisticated?

More like a pain in the butt that's likely to disencourage me from visiting those sites.

Advertising executives selling to themselves again...

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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

David Gale

Opportunity missed... again!

Government should be focusing on a public sector network to deliver a PROPER shared IT infrastructure capability amongst public sector organisations.

For example:

Q: WHY are there over a hundred individual implementations of Exchange server in public sector organisations in my region?

A: Because public sector directors are parochial players, public sector organisations don't have the skills or structure to run with a formal enterprise architecture, government will not clamp down on the parochial but profitable remit of public sector suppliers, and lastly, because, depsite the promises in opposition, we always end up with a clueless f*ckwit of a minister with no remit to deliver a coherent long-term strategy.

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Gov IT supermarket G-Cloud will cost £4.93m, says Maude

David Gale

What strategy?

Exactly what is the ICT Strategy annual update going to update? There would need to be a strategy in place first, not a shopping list...

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MI5 stinks up website with dead SSL certificate

David Gale

Why?

Why are they buying third party certificates?

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STUNNING NEW APPLE DEVICES that will follow the iPad 3 HD!

David Gale

Slate with a raised dock...?

A slate with a raised dock? Whatever will they think of next? http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/HP%20docking%20station%20003.jpg circa 2003... mine's still going strong and is a valuable component of my workflow because it runs the same apps as my workstation...

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Melting Arctic leads to snowy winters

David Gale

Re: Re: Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.

Here are two statements that are completely agreed on by the IPCC. It is crucial to be aware of their implications:

1. A doubling of CO2, by itself, contributes only about 1C to greenhouse warming. All models project more warming, because, within models, there are positive feedbacks from water vapor and clouds, and these feedbacks are considered by the IPCC to be uncertain.

2. If one assumes all warming over the past century is due to anthropogenic greenhouse forcing, then the derived sensitivity of the climate to a doubling of CO2 is less than 1C. The higher sensitivity of existing models is made consistent with observed warming by invoking unknown additional negative forcings from aerosols and solar variability as arbitrary adjustments.

Given the above, the notion that alarming warming is ‘settled science’ should be offensive to any sentient individual, though to be sure, the above is hardly emphasized by the IPCC.

Taken from:

Reconsidering the Climate Change Act Global Warming: How to approach the science.

Richard S. Lindzen

Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Seminar at the House of Commons Committee Rooms

Westminster, London

22nd February 2012

http://wattsupwiththat.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/rsl-houseofcommons-2012.pdf

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David Gale

Re: Re: Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.

...and here's the graph showing the relative decrease in Arctic Sea Ice compared to Antarctic Sea Ice: http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/sea-ice-2012/

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David Gale

Re: Re: Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.

Errr... no it's not. Check out the IPCC's own data: http://noconsensus.wordpress.com/2012/01/17/improved-sea-ice-videos/

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David Gale

Re: Re: This just leaves one small question.

Errr... Antarctic ice is increasing.

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David Gale

Re: or, watch the movie

Oh no, it's not even climate change anymore. It's 'moving to a low carbon economy'. Do keep up!

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Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

David Gale

"Yes that's right, the last time I went to buy an operating system for my computer, I thought "you know what, I'm going with Windows this time becasue the logo looks cool".

Aesthetics over function? With the exception of the design (sic) community, isn't that exactly what the majority of people do when they're choosing a Mac?

A very apt logo given that the IT world is dumbing down and Microsoft couldn't recognise a strategic advantage if it jumped up and kicked them in the head...

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Formula 1 revs engines through Virgin Media

David Gale

MotoGP

Whilst I will miss watching F1, I will get used to not watching it in the same way as I have with football and cricket. The chap who mentioned MotoGP has a point that I'd forgotten. I watched it a few times last year and was bitten by the bug, massively more entertaining in every way compared to F1: closer racing, more exciting spectacle, down to earth competitors and commentators, and a lack of the pompous, politically correct, up my own orifice BS that beleagures F1.

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