* Posts by peter 45

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Judge orders Universal Credit internal reviews must be disclosed

peter 45

So what?

No-one will be held accountable

No-one will be punished

No-one will be sacked

No money will be returned

At best some vacuous stateement will be issued saying 'lessons have be learnt....trust us'

So whats the point?

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Cops hacked the Police National Computer to unlawfully retain suspects' biometric data

peter 45

Re: Just treat them the same

Doesnt matter. You can still spend 24 hours in the cells before being charged then subject to a restricting police bail bfor an extended period before being brought in front of the magestrates. In the meantime dont be surprised to be stopped regularly in your car and be subject to inspection to see if there is anything they can do you for.

Do not underestimate to power and vindictivness of the police to make your life a misery all perfectlu legally.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

peter 45

Ah yes the paperless office

As espoused by the Management hierarchy and ruthlessly enforced by a total shelf space allowed for each person of no more than two linear feet.

Totally undermined by the Quality Department who insisted that all issues of documents had to have three signatures, and you had to be able to show them the document with those signatures for audits.

Further undermined by our clients who used to give us classified documents as part of each project, and the spoilsports would not let us scan them in and destroy the originals.

And then completely spoiled by the IT department who would only entertain IT requests on a suitably signed paper form, but they did condescend to let us email the scanned in forms..

Management response was to insist that all documents were to be scanned in (except the client's secure documents)......but the total storage space allowed for each person on the server was 1Gig. It took less than three weeks before frantic messages started eminating from the IT department that we were running out of server space.

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

peter 45

Re: I think it *will* be a ghastly mess

"The marginal costs of manual meter reading are less than five quid a year per household. The savings on that don't pay for five hundred quid of smart meters."

Now this is the most important point. Whenever you listen to an asswipe Politician touting the position that 'we are only doing this for YOUR benefit, you know', you will know just how much they are bulshitting.

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The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

peter 45

Re: Many years ago, in a world not far enough away...

I worked for a defence company which had not made a particular item for many years, and we had thought that it had been withdrawn from servicebut we suddenly recieved an order. The costs were going to enormous as the drawigs had to be entire production line had to be started up from scratch. That was until one guy mentioned he had seen a pile of them down an Army Surplus store. They were all bought up and put through a refurb programme and delivered at a fraction of the cost.

We later heard that a storeman had thrown them out because he knew they were obsolete, but the 'system' had not yet cought up so an order for replacements was placed. The stores ended up with the exact ones thrown out.

6 months later we saw them back in the Army Surplus store again.

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peter 45

Re: Many years ago, in a world not far enough away...

Would that also be the same (very large) stores site being sold off in the 80s. There was a warehouse which had not been opened for many years because everyone knew was empty. The buyers insisted on it being opened before they would take it over, so the doors were cut open.

Inside was just one item, an armoured vehicle.

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DEAD MAN'S SOCKS and other delightful gifts from clients

peter 45

Re: A waterford crystal clock about the size of 2 packs of playing cards

How about a nice gift pen celebrating our ten years in employment partnership, nicely engraved with the Company's name.

I found the exaxt same pen in a catalogue of corporate gifts. Cost was £2.50 each, including the engraving of your choice.

I returned it, attached to the catalogue with a nice note, to our Company's HR advising them to insert it in an appropriate orifice, assuming of course it was not too tight 'cos the evidence suggested otherwise.

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Sysadmin's £100,000 revenge after sudden sacking

peter 45

Re: James is a dick...

Too right. I had a similar situation where I had written programmes to automate a large part of my job (the job was not a programmer), but because I had now made it easier, the boss reasoned that anyone could do it and replaced me. I was professional enough to document all of the automation and to try to each my replacement as much as i could in the week handover period, but i could tell that nothing was going in.

Several months later i got a phone call from the boss. The computer had crashed and trashed my programmes. I explained there were automated backups and that the documentation explained how to reinstate. He said that the new person did not have the expertise to do that and wanted me to come in and do it myself.....and that i should do it for free. I told him that my contracting fee was £10,000, paid in advance and was waiting for his cheque.

I later found out he had to hire two more people just to do the job that I was expected to do on my own.

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

peter 45

Re: continued Open Source Adoption

They take money out of the local economy in taxes, and then give some of it back by spending it locally.

And this boosts the local economy does it? Wot, better than...for example...by not taking money out of the local economy at all you mean?

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Old tech, new battles: Inside F-Secure’s formidable Faraday cage

peter 45

Re: colour...

And now its "brown to shit yourself". Because the old colour killed you, but the new colour only loosens your bowels, the change was obviously done as a health and safety improvement. I for one thank them /s

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

peter 45

Yeh right

So i will have the right to request broadband eh.

My local exchange is fibre enabled so i requested a better link to my house than the 1Mb I get now (when is hasn't been raining heavily, when I get nothing). I got quoted £30k to lay a new cable.

Tell me how this announcement is going to be any different

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How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

peter 45

Re: And your point is?

"key fob for their car doesn't need batteries"

Er, yes, if you want to continue pointing you key fob at the car to lock and unlock it, it does.

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Google's .bro file format changed to .br after gender bother

peter 45

Ahh, the eternal vigilance of the profoundly ignorant

Reminds me of the story of a report produced by an IT dept at a council being taken to task for being racist. Their crime was to allude to the time of black slavery and how it may be offensive, by refering to a 'master slave disk configuration'

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

peter 45

Re: LAW ABIDING

In a lot of cases 'looking for any excuse possible to take it away'.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

peter 45

Re: But retail banks are clueless about security

THEY phone YOU, withholding Caller ID (which can be spoofed anyway) and ask you "security questions"

The only response to that idiocy is to start by insisting they answer your security questions. Their only response is 'but I cannot give out any information'. I then report them to their fraud department as an attempted pishing. Probaby wasting my time as they still do it.

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

peter 45

Re: It's nice to see people are chipping away on the DMCA

'Only in the US.....'. Tosh.

In the UK there are shops on the high street who will unlock your phone for a tenner. I think every one of the high street mobile phone retailers sells unlocked versions of popular phones (possibly not every phone nor every shop: I cannot check everything). I have bought nothing but unlocked phones for 10 years now.

In curtailing personal freedoms, the US is turning into the world leader,

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

peter 45

Re: Conversation loop

I won't even go via the states, not even on just a refuel stop.

Every person had to be 'imigrated' (passport inspection, stamp and fingerprint), we were not allowed any further that the single room overlooking the aircraft, and as soon as they reached the last person, we all had to be 'emigrated'. It took four sucking hours.

All this for a sucking refuel stop and the sucking plane had finished refueling within half an hour.

Never...never...never again.

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peter 45

Or.....

You could just go to a hundred other more welcoming and friendly countries.

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peter 45

Re: @ Peter Simpson 1 Yeah? Just try to leave Israel!

You try telling either party that they are more closely related to each other than Europeans, Africans or Asians; that Palestinian DNA falls slap bang in the middle of the Jewish groupings, and so they are all basically blood brothers....and wait for the fireworks to fly (....or rockets, bombs, shells whatever).

Mind you expecting 'we hate them because they are "X" race' to have some logic or sense to it is just wasting time.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

peter 45

Re: Churnalism

'middle easter'. Is that like saturday evening, half way throught the long easter break weekend?

(Sorry, couldn't help myself)

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peter 45

Re: Headline wrong?

One email does not cost squat. What sent the share price tumbling was the 'buy...buy..sell..sell' speculators who act on rumour and half truths, and the automatic share dealing system who all jumped on a small dip and kept on pushing it down and down.

The share dip was temporary anyway so the only actual losses where by those who play with short term rises and dips in the market. Long term investors lost squat.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

peter 45

Re: Good luck with that...

Oops that site has been blocked. Never mind, google pirate proxy, couple of clicks and away we go again. (Other options are available. Results may vary)

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

peter 45

her job

her job

Her job is to create favourable headlines in the press, produce statistics showing how marvelous they are ant not create any embarissments for their minister. What made you think otherwise?

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

peter 45

They 'forgot'

Having seen first hand the Deli finest at their finest. I can state with confidence that the real reason is one of the following

'not my responsbility'

'it is some elses responsiblity, but i dont know who that is'

'not being paid (bribed) to do it'

'it will just mean more work for me'

'Why would I, Ive got a second job that earns me more'

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Apple's nonexistent iWatch to bag $17.5 BEEELION in first year alone – analyst

peter 45

Re: Tell me who

"It's a Penal Tracking Device - you are supposed to wear it aroud your ankle."

For a second there i read penile tracking device and had a scary moment wondering where we supposed to wear it.

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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

peter 45

Re: I wish ...

"open shops now, I wonder who did that first?"

Cough......Sony.......cough

(Not a clue if they did it first, but I just picked an example of a hi-tech retailer selling their own products in their own shops on the high street years before the Apple resurgence on the back of the Ipod....let alone being first with the idea of opening their own stores)

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Do cops need a warrant to search your phone? US Supreme Court will rule

peter 45

me no understand

Say the police are not allowed to search the phone of someone who is arrested, they take him into custody and then apply for a warrant from a Judge presenting all of the evidence leading to the arrest. What exactly have they lost?

I can only conclude they want the ability to arrest someone, and then look on the phone for reasons to arrest them.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

peter 45

Re: GCHQ isn't the problem

" don't remember what the passphrases are"

So you are guilty of a criminal act.....you just haven't been charged for it yet.

That is how this law works, right?

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

peter 45

Re: slow death...

I'm trying to be sad....but I just can't.

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Germany: SAP's software licensee conditions are INVALID

peter 45

Er.....

"SAP said that, in practice, the company had only ever applied the clause to initial licensees and not to third party acquirers"

Sooooo. You are spending large sums of money going balls out to defend these terms in a court because......you were never going to them???????

Cough....bull droppings......Cough

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

peter 45

Re: Perhaps

"putting the annoying one in a Golf"

Sorry but can you give me a better clue?

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peter 45

Re: Yes well...

"80% of deaths on country roads occur on bends because 80% of country roads is made up of bends"

Yeh well, outside my house, where there has been 3 serious accidents and one death, every one of them were caused by going around the bends TOO SUCKING FAST. Its a 40mph zone,, but the local copper reckoned they were all doing at least 60mph. The accident investigator estimated that the guy who died was doing between 70-80mph. I have had people screaming at me for daring to slow them down when turning into my driveway. The road is quite safe if you are doing 40mph, but some people seem to think it is their right to go as fast as they like regardless of condition, speed limit or other road users

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

peter 45

Re: Yawn.

What. You mean you have NEVER been asked to fill in th bit on the registration form stating your nationality? Hmmmmmm.

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peter 45

Re: Yawn.

What. You mean you have NEVER been asked to fill in th bit on the registration form stating your nationality?

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

peter 45

Tesco, stock your shelves

I foresee an increase in the sales of......

Chewing gum

Spray paint

Masking tape

Superglue

Halloween masks

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

peter 45

It all right

Downloading the data is no problem, just as long as he didnt review it.

That's the rule, isn't it America?

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

peter 45

Prediction

So now what incentive is there for companies to put their patents into standards?

I predict that standard setting using the latest technology will grind to a halt.

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Apple ban win: Now you can't buy Samsung gear no one was buying

peter 45

So how come?

Apple can get a ban on 100% of the phone when the patent in question constitutes probably 0.1% ?

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

peter 45

Perhaps

They should have downloaded that server software update..........again.........and again.........and again

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Samsung: Sod off Apple, we've made gold mobes for way longer than you

peter 45

Yawn

In 2006 i had a Google Motorola RAZR V3i gold

Well I liked it

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

peter 45

Re: Optional

Cut and paste an advert for a rival airline...or even an advert for check-in vacancies at another airline

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peter 45

EasyJet PR

"EasyJet has never denied boarding due to comments on social media".. written by the PR department....so it must be true

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

peter 45

Re: Re; liquids

Ha. You joke........but

Several years ago I read a report from a passenger who smelt petrol. He traced it to the overhead locker where there was a leaking chainsaw.

Apparently the chainsaw had been seen by the security personnel, but had been waved through because a chainsaw was not on the banned list!

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Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

peter 45

Re: Only Apple

Apple.....square corners....nnnooooooooo

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

peter 45

ERP includes antenna gain

So you can have any amount of beam forming or focusing you like, you can still have a maximum of 4 watts radiated.

This also means that no matter how efficient/beam formed/focused you receiving antenna is, you can still only have a maximum of 4 watts (and the recieve antenn

has to be as big as the transmitting antenna). Using iphone 5 as an example, with capacity of 5.45Wh, you could charge it in a bit over an hour........assuming of course 100% efficient transmitter beam forming, no loss of power over the distance, 100% efficient receiver antenna, 100% efficient power conversion from RF to DC and 100% efficient charging circuit.

Add up all the real world inefficiencies and i recon the whole thing is bollocks.

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NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech

peter 45

Re: I find it odd that it is more difficult ...

Catching the ferry from UK to Europe -

At UK end, full passport check, full security check including metal detectors and about three gates before even getting to the ferry

At european end, basically wander off into town.

Catching ferry from Europe to Uk -

At European end, wave the ferry ticket in vague direction of single security guard.

At UK end, full passport check after queueing for an hour and customs pulled us over to check how much booze we were carrying (as foot passengers, just how much did they think I could get in a couple of carrier bags?)

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Tory think tank: Hey, civil servants! Work with startups to save £70bn

peter 45

Re: The report can be summarised thusly ...

Or getting a job in the private sector where they actually create wealth for the country instead of spending it.

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peter 45

Not gonna work if there is no incentive for actual work

Replacement IT systems may help in some areas, but not going to help at all if the actual work behind them is glacial. I one had a tree with a TPO (tree preservation order) blow down. I wrote to the council to ask what should be done (basically two options, TPO is revoked or new tree planted. I had to get something in place as I was intending to sell the property. For various reasons I asked for it to be revoked.

1 month later - they lost my application.

2 months later - they had logged my application

3 months later - they were considering my re-application

4 months later - they guy doing mine went on maternity leave and they were appointing a stand-in.

5 months later - Stand-in claimed TPOs can NEVER be changed/revoked as it 'is the law you know'. Had to read out the act of parliament which gives councils powers to alter/revoke TPOs. Stand-in now well over his head and "cannot do anything 'till original guy returns".

6 months later - original guy returns but has a huge backlog. My application goes to the bottom as it is non-urgent

9 months later - Decision made. TPO will be revoked, but will take a long time to enact. Ask for a letter to simply state their intention to present to prospective purchasers. "not a problem, it will be sent out today"

12 months later and a house sale delayed due to this single issue, after many calls and finally threats to put in a written complaint, I get a letter with a single sentence stating they intended to revoke the TPO.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

peter 45

Re: Be a yes man instead.

I had various scripts for answering the phone.

"Ying Tong Chinese Takeaway. What nummer you wa?"

"Secret Pleasures emporium. Congratulations you are out hundred caller today. What address shall I send your free vibrator?"

And my special response for any female cold callers (very rare unfortunatly), "Sorry for my heavy breathing, I've just run to answer the phone. Now, what colour panties are you wearing? ".

Any of my friends and family got used to telling me to shut up

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Quarter of a million quid fine for data-wipe gaffe? ICO told: Nae, laddie

peter 45

Oh good

There has been more taxpayer money spent to show that the money taken from the taxpayer and given to the taxpayer is too much.

Money well spent I say.

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