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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

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All in the name

Yet weirdly, the "iPhone 5" or whatever they call it, will be the 6th iPhone... At least the iPhone 4 was actually the 4th.

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Mad fan-fitted mouse keeps mitts moisture-free

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Agreed! I don't recall the *back* of my hand ever getting sweaty while using a mouse.

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Do you work in IT at RBS? Or at the next place to get hit ...?

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Great article

Should be committed to memory for anyone working in any discipline. SNAFUs like this happen to varying degrees to everyone at some point and how you react to it is by far the biggest action that is judged.

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Reg hack attempts gutsiest expenses claim EVER

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Re: Ahem

Almost as difficult as the legendary account of someone who had their company car annually serviced and had to submit the receipt bearing the description of "Escort - service"

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Sysadmins: Your best tale of woe wins a PRIZE

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@Callam McMillan

Hmm... B&Q do still stock 6" nails though, right?...

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Re: Simple things

"it was a 180A fuse in a box high up on a wall"

That's a 6 inch nail isn't it? Or would be in the BOFH stories...

"It took a lot of phoning to source such a monster fuse and they paid for a motorcycle messenger to bring it down to London from Leeds"

Take a note of your nearest B&Q for the next such outage :-)

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Half the team at the heart of the RBS disaster WERE in India

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Re: Three things

"Replacing Bob (30 YE) with 3 months notice is a bad thing because he can't ensure that everything that needs to be transferred has been transferred."

Yes, 30 years experience of CA-7 is a good thing, but a system that relies on 30 years experience of *that particular* CA-7 environment is a very bad thing as it implies there is zero documentation or processes around it. And to be clear, I'm talking about more than commented code, I'm talking about design docs of various levels.

The problem is that there is no Joe, Simon and Fred willing to move into these roles and stay there for 30 years. The long-term model doesn't work, there is no job for life any more.

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Three things

1) It seems that people are conflating offshoring and outsourcing as the same thing. From what I can tell, RBS are employing people in India? This is offshoring, not outsourcing.

2) To me this smacks of not testing a backout plan, regardless of where the work is done (and I would have a strong assumption that the implementation and ballsed up backout was done in the UK)

3) The story reads as if having Bob-with-30-years-experience is a brilliant thing, instead of the reality that having all your process and system knowledge lodged in Bob's head is an inherently bad thing. Bob-with-30-years-experience is 5 years from retirement / contracting at an exuberant rate due to no other option.

The whole thing smells a bit funny to me, including the instant reaction of "it's India's fault" based on anon ex-RBS staff. Lack of proper governance around implementation planning/rehearsal is the first place I'd be looking at, and I've done this for a living. A low-paid bod shouldn't have the ability to cause this much carnage on his own, and so points to shoddy systems, not (just) shoddy operators. Offshoring and/or outsourcing only works in a high process-driven environment, which many firms don't have to begin with.

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Bletchley Park gets £7.4m to tart up WWII code-breaking huts

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Re: Now the question is

Indeed, only funded enough to open on Thursday and Saturday afternoons IIRC. Was my only disappointment when visiting earlier this year (still managed to spend the entire day there by myself).

Also hosts the biggest Churchill collection I've ever seen!

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Re: Excellent!

Really? I thought it had charm and gave a sense of history.

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Are you a hot BABE in heels and a short skirt? SCIENCE is for YOU

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@Oh4FS

Can't tell if that's sarcasm, but if not, a brilliant example of irony overload with the misspelling of "brane"

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Larry Ellison buys island 1000x bigger than Branson's

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Re: Vulcano, submarine dock etc

"Well, Ellison looks much more like a Bond villain than Branson, so it's only right he has the larger island."

Yes but Branson looks very much like Hank Scorpio

"Homer, what's your least favourite country, Italy or France?"

"France"

<moves giant laser>"heh heh, no-one ever says Italy.."

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Major London problem hits BT broadband across southeast

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Re: OOPS!

Follow BT's advice of forcing an unexpected reboot, all will be well.

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Apple desperate to prevent nightmare scenario of iPad in Iranian hands

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Re: Blame the law...

"BTW, the US misses a trick here. Surely it would be of value to get a location-enabled device in the hands of the bad guys as it would reduce the collateral damage to a drone strike?"

Erm, you know that "the bad guys" doesn't equal "all Iranians", right? So giving a location-enabled device to an Iranian wouldn't help. I'm fairly convinced that drone operators know where Iran is, without relying on a local to carry a GPS device back to their country.

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Chick-lit naughty girl MP Mensch starts own web-jabber service

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Police control

Given her track record, she'll be all for it being taken down during times of unrest I presume. Much like she thought about Twitter and BBM during the 2011 riots.

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Killer feature

You missed her killer feature - it's limited to 180 characters so is 40 characters "better" than Twitter!!! And you can do topics!!

I'm considering upping the ante and launching a site where I can have topics and *infinite* characters available, it's the future I tells ya! I'm thinking about calling it 5chan.

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Reloaded Doom 3 shoots onto shelves this autumn

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Re: It

"They took my baby..." was the one for me. Atmospheric game, but pretty tiresome formulaic game play (as pointed out elsewhere, creep, trigger trap, kill lights, beasts emerge, fire until dealt with, repeat)

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Re: "Bringing the classic first-person shooter to consoles "for the first time"."

Bringing Doom to *these* consoles for the first time. Doom was available on most consoles from the early to late 90's (from SNES, GBA, Saturn to original Playstation)

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Hype?

Seems odd to have hype for what's essentially a platinum-esque release of a game I've played to death several years ago. However if it hooks in new, younger fans then great, but I fear that gamers today may expect more from a game and will find it a bit dated.

I'm hoping that when Doom 4 comes along they'll have "fixed" the Rage/iD Tech 5 engine to be fit for purpose (on the PS3 at least). It was a great technical exercise, but the fuzzy focus with gradual sharpening made me feel like I was playing on Google Earth on a slow net connection.

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Holographic storage: We're going to do it this time. No, really

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Re: A cabinet full of 2TB drives is a petabyte.

RTA - they were talking about a cabinet full of the holographic storage devices, which are 300GB each.

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Brit telco flagship BT joins blockade of Pirate Bay

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Re: If only the internet was more reslilient.

For people who use Google to find things, I'm pretty sure they'd carry on as normal using Google to find things, given it's as effective a tool at finding this stuff as TPB ever was/is. So I don't think Mr Wong and his hold-all of DVDs should get his hopes up and turn up to the Fox & Hound expecting a large increase in sales.

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Not meant as a workaround, honest

I'm pointing this out due to how laughable the situation is, but I noticed last night from an O2 connection that a certain large search engine still caches the content of TPB and allows you to "preview" it without even a flicker of the blocking armada, which seems insane as to the triviality of evasion.

Bin the post if necessary mods, just laughed when I noticed this and thought I'd share my amusement.

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Assange takes refuge in Ecuadorian embassy

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ElReg!comments!Pierre

Did I say they were "at the same time"? The arrest warrant has 4 cases on it and I've made up nothing. A good enough starting point for finding sources on that are:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assange_v_The_Swedish_Judicial_Authority#Arrest_warrant (not my source I hasten to add)

As for whether a condom was worn/broke, isn't this the point of the legal system, to establish this? At the moment all we have is 2 women who made a complaint, a prosecutor looking to speak to Assange to get his side of the story, and Assange hiding wherever he can. Bear in mind he fled from Sweden when he knew that he was to be questioned there. The "circus" started when he ran from an active investigation.

What's the point of European arrest warrants then? There is an arrest warrant out for him, and the entire UK court system have established it's valid. What more do they need to do to convince you he's required in Sweden?

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WTF?

1) There are *two* women. You've conflated the two claims into one.

2) One was asleep.

3) If a woman gives conditional consent (wear a condom) and you don't meet that condition, then you don't have consent.

4) The laws are Sweden's laws. If you don't agree with them, I suggest you don't go there.

5) Most importantly, people aren't pulling 'the "rape" stuff out'. It's what the bloody warrant is for and what it states - rape, unlawful coercion and sexuellt ofredande.

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Re: Hmm...

Jemima Khan responded to the Grauniad editor via Twitter when asked if she would by stumped with the bail bond:

"Yes. I had expected him to face the allegations. I am as surprised as anyone by this"

Since deleted. Oops...

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"No matter what happens with Assange, it is important to remember that WikiLeaks is far bigger than any one person and that their increasingly important work must go on."

Well quite. So how they can argue that it's some "political" thing that's happening is beyond me. It seems the conspiracy varies depending which day it is. First it's a scam to get him to the US via Sweden (when the US could extradite him from the UK with barely an ask, compared with Sweden where it would be harder), then he's innocent and so refusing to go for fear of lack of a fair trial, and now it's a political play to punish him for Wikileaks - though quite how the US managed to get a woman in Sweden to press charges as a vendetta for Wikileaks is a bit of a stretch.

I'm particularly bored of this game of cat and mouse for what is on the face of it a legitimate sexual assault charge.

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Ludicrously lucky teen survives spear through brain

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IT angle?

Not sure about IT angle, but spear angle looks about 20°

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Fujitsu cracks 278-digit crypto

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@Nigel 11

Yup, as far as I was aware, the key space is 70 (US) trillion times bigger when you move from 978 to 1024-bit. And it took nearly 5 months to break* a single instance. Having said that, most HTTPS sites use 256-bit keys...

* not really considered a break or a crack given its brute-force.

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British Waterways charity mapping data handed to Google for free

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Re: I wonder...

I'm not sure a permit is always required? For example, National Cycle Route 4 is the tow-path of the Kennet & Avon for a fair chunk, and Sustrans mention nothing about requiring a permit.

Although you'd be amazed at the number of irritated pedestrians you get who seem to have no awareness of it being a shared path, even when the cyclist in question follows the code.

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Microsoft details latest Windows Phone update

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Re: 1991 called

"I used to have an old winpho phone (cannot remember the make or the model, but it had one of those stylus things which were (for me at least) really convenient ) that could do this."

The O2 XDA? Seem to recall that being relatively popular for a while.

In a flash of nostalgia the other day though, I saw someone in an M4 service station with a massive laptop connected via serial port to an old (pre-HP) Compaq iPaq with a mobile/data "sleeve" to do dial up. Man it took me back!

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Re: How contemporary

Yup. Remember when iPhones couldn't send MMS? Slow and steady wins the race... apparently...

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'Kindness of America' snapper shot himself in 'act of self-promotion'

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Re: GLC

One, two, your face, my shoe....

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Olympic Phone touch-payment details revealed

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Re: Lloyds is a sponsor isn't it?

Beat me to it, yes Lloyds is "Tier 1" Olympic sponsor

http://www.london2012.com/about-us/the-people-delivering-the-games/olympic-partners/

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Mystery buyer scoops working Apple 1 at auction

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Although

The even bigger skill is keeping it all in good working order for 30+ years. I don't know many people that can do that with anything, let alone with something that it would be worthwhile keeping.

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Ten... celeb headphones

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Re: Why?

"I sort of hoped it was ironic, but it wasn't very ironic"

Ditto - I assumed they'd all be a pair of cheap-o Alba headphones with an SL2, Yazz or Bros sticker slapped on the side.

Although now that I look at them again, I don't think it's a million miles out from that...

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Retina Display detachment

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Re: Not always...

My keyboard dyslexia was kicking in pre-pub which is very unusual! "71" was what I aimed at.

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Re: Not always...

Third, Winzip (and probably Stuffit, or whatever Mac's used) allowed for spanned disks.. Though granted having disk 68 of a 17 disk set failing a CRC check after laboriously swapping disks often caused me to embed said disk into the wall.

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@dogged

"They pay you to work, not knock one out over how shiny you laptop"

Thansk for making my Friday :-)

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Apple 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Blu-ray?

"If you use compressed streaming why spend £1800 on an Ultra high def screen?"

Because blu-ray is compressed HD too? Uncompressed HD is about 667GB/h.

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Asteroid zips past Earth

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Re: Re. Statistically...

Warning... bad maths to follow...

Statistically there's more chance of me winning the lottery than being struck by an asteroid. But it's a pretty likely event that *someone* will win the lottery.

But consider the odds from the asteroids perspective. There's similar odds of that asteroid being hit by the earth - unlikely, but if lots of asteroids buy lottery tickets to hit the earth, there's a fairly good chance that one of them will "win"... The Mayans were right, head for the bunkers/hills!

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Girl Geek Dinner lady: The IT Crowd is putting schoolgirls off tech

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Re: In other news...

Ooh, so far 2 fans of Coupling! Knew there must be at least one out there...

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In other news...

Father Ted put women off from becoming priests

Alan Partridge put women off from becoming mildly successful very early morning radio show hosts

Black Books put women off from owning a book shop

Coupling put people off from ever watching TV again...

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Tim Cook reveals 'great' update for Mac Pro

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Low hanging fruit

The really strange thing is, you'd think that the Mac Pro's would be the easiest thing to update compared with the massive reengineering that presumably needs to go on with a laptop/Air device.

Lob in a new motherboard, buy a job lot of Ivy Bridge chips and away you go. They presumably couldn't care less about Pro customers, despite protests to the contrary.

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Vodafone unfurls booster brolly for mobes

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Re: Solar Umbrella???

It really is one step up from the waterproof hairdryer isn't it?

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Apple pulls in TomTom, kicks Google off iPhones

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Re: TomTom iPhone/iPad app

"Iphone 3GS is getting iOS 6, how's that Android update coming along? Oh, thats right, you get Android updates every 3 months, just as long as you keep buying new phones."

You might want to check up on the reality of that. The 3GS and iPhone 4 won't get any of the fancy mapping stuff. Besides, the 3GS is still a "new" phone currently sold by Apple, so kind of has to be supported.

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Re: TomTom iPhone/iPad app

And wave goodbye to the TomTom app, Co-Pilot Live etc as Apple banishes them from the App Store for "duplicating in-built funtionality", and screwing over iPhone 4 users who can't get the new "magic" features of iOS6 (check - turn-by-turn is 4S only).

Suggest iPhone 4 users consider upgrading very carefully...

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NASA's Curiosity rover will try risky landing near Mount Sharp

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Re: "Curiosity is not as life-limited as the approximate 90-day missions ..."

Makes you slightly concerned about NASA's estimating process that they still refer to "approx. 90-days"... From a PM perspective I'd get practically hung, drawn and quartered for wasting resource on over-engineering something to that degree.

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iPhones, iPads to be FULL OF FACEBOOK and NOT GOOGLE

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@JDX

"It's exactly the same problem which has troubled the PC games industry since the year dot, compared to those making console games. More variability in target systems means more bugs, more work and more support requests."

And yet... There seems to be a rather thriving PC gaming industry the last time I checked.

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Insider cuts into Apple, peels off Intel Mac OS X port secrets

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Google's 20%

*Cough*

http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2011-12-19/

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Male, female Chinese 'nauts prep for trip to Heaven and back

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Good for China

If nothing else it will hopefully give the rest of the space industry a kick in the heavenly place and maybe start doing something more than LEO nonsense.

Bring on the moon missions and give me the moonbase I was promised I would be living on by now!

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