* Posts by Annihilator

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O2 outage outrage blamed on new Ericsson database

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Re: You'd still want compensating though.

@takuhii - that's what insurance is for. Is a tree falling on your power line "sh*tty infrastructure"? Do you really expect fully redundant paths of leccy into your house? Can you claim the same refund if you happen to be running a cryogenics bay in your house?

As for "what's different", all your examples were voluntary gestures of good will from the suppliers. They are obliged to do next to jack, other than a refund of the money you spent (but usually after a fixed amount - broadband is 5 days before contractual refunds kick in for example).

If you want to add in requirements for damages to a contract, you have to add it in up front, largely in order for the supplier to cost the contract accordingly. That's contract law and it exists for a reason.

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Re: Har-de-har-har

@Andre Carneiro - indeed, although I do love the inevitable schadenfreude that seems to inhabit some people as if they made a reasoned decision to avoid O2 and choose Orange/Vodafone based on some glorious insight. You know, like they researched all the major telcos' internal audit procedures and predicted who would be the most resilient provider.

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Re: You'd still want compensating though.

@Richard 12 - you don't pay for them to be delivered 24x7x365 with zero downtime. Even 99.999% guaranteed service would cost you a lot more than the mobile networks charge.

Do you demand a refund from your standing charges on lecky when you get a power cut? Even for something as critical as that, it needs to be out for 18 hours before you get anything.

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Re: Huawei?

"What is this Huawei of which you speak?"

It's the 50th State, just to the north of Polynesia isn't it?

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US sets up underground dark matter detector

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Re: self contradictory

"It looks like they'll do anything to avoid the word radiation, very suss imho."

You think the world is that much out to get you that they've redefined what radiation means? That's a very special view of the universe you have...

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Reg hack bumps into Cockfighter

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Re: WTF?

There are days when you miss the Moderatrix to point out the "bootnotes" relevance %sigh%

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Re: Having not seen this, the poster has made me curious...

"Where does the chick with the long legs, well-formed breast and nice blonde plumage fit into the film?"

I assume fighting one of the others as the title suggests...

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Can neighbours grab your sensitive package, asks Post Office

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@nicho

Erm, the first one wasn't necessarily a joke, or was an accidental one. Or was even just the setup posted by James under AC to deliver the punchline.

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Re: Problem is

Not to mention this sticker or a variant would surely be required:

"I trust my neightbour with a cheap book from Amazon, but not with a new TV from John Lewis. That's the neighbour at number 68 by the way, not the neighbour at number 72 who I wouldn't trust with a pizza flyer"

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Re: this is new?

Different to my postal service where (in a block of flats) the postie turns up with the "while you were out" card pre-filled in, drops it through the letter box and runs without even going near the bell. If it's too big/heavy he makes the assumption that we'll be out and doesn't even leave the effing sorting office with it.

Had suspected this for a while, but have since seen the postie do it, but being 5 floors up with loud traffic nearby, not much I could do about it. Post Office deny it.

Wouldn't mind if the sorting office was open for longer than 0830-1230 for me to pick it up...

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O2's titsup network struggles to find its feet

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Re: All O2...those pesky chinese.

Post hoc ergo propter hoc.

Given the sourcing deal was signed 2 months ago, I'd be surprised if they'd even started transition (and given the majority of staff involved are going across to Huawei under TUPE it would largely make no difference to day-to-day operating). Wonder what you'd like to blame any historical outages O2 have ever had on then..

But hey, it's much easier to read "O2 problem" and google "O2 outsourcing" to see what pops up, hey? Every company in the world outsources something to some extent.

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Top spook: ISP black boxes NOT key to UK's web-snoop plan

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Re: If I was a terrorist....

Me. I have the VPN server enabled on my NAS at home and use it whenever I'm doing something vaguely private on a public wi-fi. Is that seen as "suspicious"? VPN is also a useful tool to authenticate instead of encrypt, so I can access any of my data at home remotely. Does this qualify as "suspicious"?

Hiding comms in plain site (steganography) is a good point though. Truecrypt also offers hidden volumes disguised as random data which blurs into the same field.

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Apple unveils tightened Mountain Lion requirements

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Re: Feeling pretty lucky

"BTW, I can install Windows on my Macbook too - can you install OSX without cheating with a VM of sorts? No? Thought so.."

Sorry, how do you figure that makes OSX *better* by virtue of its manufacturer laying down draconian (and unenforceable) "laws" that restrict its use, yet Windows is able to install on any x86 hardware? But in answer to your question, yes I can install OSX on bare hardware - I'd really like to see Apple stop me and what crime they could possibly charge me with. If it helps, the Snow Leopard disc came with an Apple sticker which I stuck on the machine, thus Apple branding it.

Note also that I didn't say any OS was better than any other, merely that it seems odd to feel "lucky" that Apple deign your recent purchase worthy of a new operating system.

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Re: Feeling pretty lucky

You'd be pretty peeved if your 3GS *didn't* support iOS 6, given that you can still buy a 3GS today.

But equally, my mid-2006 laptop came with XP, is currently running Windows 7 and will happily support Windows 8 (and can boot to Snow Leopard in a VM). I don't consider that "lucky", but maybe Apple users are grateful for strange things that other users consider "normal"?

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US ponders fibre link to Guantanamo

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Re: Tumble-dryers...

"Personally, I'm with the fruitloops on this one - the whole high-speed cable thing is obviosuly a new form of CIA torture where they force the inmates to watch continuous reruns of "The Golden Girls"!"

Worse still, the re-runs would be on an American channel and so have the next episode starting while the previous episodes credits are running in the corner of the screen and a content to advert ratio that would make you weep. Possibly soundtracked to Ludwig van Beethoven with your eyes pinned open.

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Post-pub nosh deathmatch: Haggis pakora v huevos rancheros

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Re: Here in the USA

"There is an import ban on meats containing offal from the UK due to CJD/BSE (complete nonsense)"

The Yanks banned sheep offal because of BSE? Do they know what the B stands for?

Have they also missed their own cases of BSE?

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Re: Haggis in a tin?

"Premium haggis in a tin" seems like the very definition of an oxymoron.

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Door creaks and girl farts: computing in the real world

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Re: Assumptions...

@Uncle Slacky, I've always known assumptions to be "the mother of all fuck ups", but I did spend an unhealthy amount of time watching Under Siege 2.

I'm possibly missing the point of this article though - it ends with the author smugly noting that pretty much no other PC in the office had an optical drive (and nobody to date had noticed), and using that fact to cane the latest Mac that has no optical drive, thus joining the same gang as the PCs in the office.

In short, if you want a laptop with a CD drive, buy one. But might want to consider there are plenty of people who don't use one. No product is going to make everyone happy.

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BT broadband packs up again - second big outage in a fortnight

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Re: Irony-o-meter

"via Twitter for iPhone" but thanks for playing...

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Irony-o-meter

Twitter user angry at BT's suggestion to check online still manages to tweet. Misplaced anger perhaps?

Also worth checking the irate sense of injustice of seemingly expecting a five 9's level of service but paying peanuts.

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BA staff to google for snaps, dirt on biz-class passengers

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"Add to that the fact that most business class travellers do not book their flights themselves and it becomes difficult to see how those individuals might prevent such personalisation ahead of boarding their BA flight."

They might not book their flights themselves, but on most flights the airlines are obliged to know the identity of everyone flying in the post-9/11 era.

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Disappearing space dust belt baffles boffins

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Two points

1) The planet would have had to be effing huge to scoop up all the dust across that solar system

2) It would have to "drift" awfully fast to get in and hoover everything up in such a short period of time

3) Have we really inferred that many planets drifted through our solar system scooping up dust? When did we do that then?

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Will Android, HTML5 tempt tabloid tablet tyrant Rupert Murdoch?

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"Commentators"?

"Commentators reckon the move is to protect the latter half from the “contagion” of the press ethics scandal engulfing the journalism arm of News Int."

That sentence works much better with "commentator" replaced with "anyone with even half a brain only 1% engaged"

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Can you judge a man by his Twitter followers?

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In the words of Bart

"I don't have any easy answers, but it is something we all need to consider." T Pott, 2012

"He says there aren't any easy answers, I say, he's not looking hard enough!" B Simpson, 1991

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CERN catches a glimpse of Higgs-like boson

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Re: They found the Higgs Boson?

"And as usual with these kind of things, it's always in the last place you look!"

I know it's a joke, but the biggest excitement is that it's in the first place they looked as it enhances the evidence for the standard model :-) They predicted mathematically that it would reveal itself at around 125GeV and built a huge machine to go off and look for it experimentally. A very proud day for physics!

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Judge: Twitter offers free speech, American style

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Re: I don't Tweet, but... why is Twitter *keeping* a history?

Twitter keeps a history because it's the nature of Twitter, it's how it works, much like Facebook. That I can understand.

But why Twitter keeps a history of deleted tweets/users I have no idea, and find a bit worrying.

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Puny US particle punisher finds strong evidence for God particle

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Re: If you use the proper name everybody on here will surely understand

"Even Lederman seems to regret coining it"

He wanted to call it "that goddamn particle" I believe, but his publishers wouldn't allow it.

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So, that vast IT disaster you may have caused? Come in, sit down

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Auditors

"“Interrogation” is of course exactly the wrong word and if I’m dealing with a firm that has handled this sort of situation before, one that is utterly forbidden."

Indeed, it's "Root Cause Analysis" but in this particular instance I suspect that PWC or similar will be in to do audit of how the change controls allowed this sort of c0ck up. There are FSA requirements around this sort of control, but more chilling for RBS is the fact that they're also an NYSE listed company and are subject to the rigours of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance, which makes for an even duller and intense process.

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Apple's UK smartphone lead shrinks

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"I wonder what androids market share is in total? If that was published it MIGHT mean we get more decent apps for our android phones!"

Are you trolling? Do you really think that app developers don't know what the market share data is, and also what the ROI is for apps on each platform?

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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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Paris Hilton

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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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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