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Note to employers: Better sex = happier workers

jeremy

5 years!!!

Happy homelife makes for happy worklife.... and it took 5 years to figure this out.

As studies in the ridiculously obvious, previously investigated and ultimately worthless (as it's not going to change anything) .. this FIVE YEAR study is really something.

I may ask my boss if that simple, obvious task that is on my to do list could be delivered in 5 years... i think i can guess the response.

Who pays these people and why? Silly vegatable.

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Microsoft's Bing feeds you, tries to keep you captive

jeremy

date relevant

Google and Bing do not seem to get the date relevance of stuff.

E.g. if i search for a tech term on google or bing i may get a link to a forum that has not changed in 3 years ABOVE a more recent entry in another forum.

How relevant is not just a case of how many words match but how up to date.

Hmm.... seems like bing is just google in an iframe...

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Teens rate top tech brands

jeremy

overheard on the bus

- 10-12 year old kid with his mum

kid to mum: " So did apple decide to make computers because everyone likes iPhones".

I sh*t you not.

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Insurance giant coughs to malware-related data breach

jeremy

"year's free identity protection"

which is worth er.... nothing atall really!!!

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Phorm woos browsers with personalised web

jeremy

fees to me ?

In this age when the RIAA et all are not going to play the game of giving things away for free, why should Phorm expect me to give them my data so they can make money from it?

Seriously, offer me £10 for every company that benefits from my data and its yours.... offer me a lie (it will improve my browsing) and you assume that i am not happy with my browsing already..

I dont need a machine to tell me what to browse and where... i can google / surf .. as can most people.

Obvioulsy this is aside from the host of other immediate reasons phorm is bad as bad can be.

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Code for handling personal data is muddled, says lawyer

jeremy

"two years" - waste of time

We can have a hundred 'guides' but without any legislation they are not worth the paper they are printed on.

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Revealed: Full specs on SEAL Team Six multimedia setup

jeremy
Coat

cross reference...

Isn't a major IT news website running some stories at the moment about how the iPhone is to be put into service in Afganistan by the US military.... oh yeah it was el Reg... maybe joined up IT thinking outside of the IT dept is such a novel concept that no-one here can grasp it.

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Shifty study proclaims Brits a nation of freetards

jeremy

everyone's input

"reviewed the available literature and spoke to entertainment industry representatives and regulators" ... so they didn't bother to ask ANYONE who uses these p2p services anything, yet they can decide what and why we do it..

i could write so much about how stupid this study is, but i have to get over to PB and find the latest [insert your free download here]...

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Ovi still bouncing on and offline

jeremy

nothing new...

... been up and down and semi functional for over a year now... i'd like to like it, but nokia missed the boat.

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Vodafone does close-up magic on roaming charges

jeremy

free market?

As ever the concept of a 'Free market' as Europe is supposed to be, only relates to big multinationals who are free to do as they please...

Us little folk are only here to be sucked into their marketing spin and pay the silly prices.

I know no-one at Vodafone cares, but this kind of protectionist approach by large multinationals only undermines the whole basis of 'Europe' working.

Ms Redding just doesn't go far enough for me.

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ICO tells cops to behave on CCTV

jeremy
Thumb Down

dear home office,

... we do not trust the government to store and keep our data in a safe and secure way so we doubly do not trust individual businesses to do it either.

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Red Hat sticks lawyers on non-neutral Switzerland

jeremy
Linux

@Lionel Baden

... and so the FUD goes on....

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Ovi swings to open position

jeremy

Ovi.. good luck with that...

Ovi has been bubbling along in an almost working state for some time. Only the vast investment in it has driven any need to actually go live (officially, my account was set up last august!!).

Its flakey and it not integrated with itself, let alone anything else.

Nokia had a great name and i have no doubt still has great engineers but sadly they lost their way a long time ago... too much indecision, n-gage or not to n-gage... no wait, we'll miss the market opportunity and then sit on our hands for a while so someone else can beat us to it then we'll make a half arsed attempt....

Yep that sounds like Ovi aswell... (wait for Apple to do it right, then offer a half arsed alternative).

Now i think about it, comes with headaches was there too... big corps = slow to do ANYTHING

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IR35 tax is a huge failure

jeremy
Linux

transient workforce

Lots of you people telling us contractors that we dont pay as much tax... that sounds just plain wrong... i am a contractor and on average i pay 26% deductions.

Since i get no benefits such as sick pay or holiday pay, nor paternerity leave, i think it is quite fair.

I also pay for ALL my own training and my accountant. Sorry if you are not brave enough to go out there and try and make a bit more for yourself.

Besides we provide a valuable service. How many technical projects are less than a year ... for web stuff, just about all of them, so it makes sense for your company to hire me for 3 to 6 months rather than have the cost and tax burden of getting a permie who then sits on their hands for the other 6 months of the year and cant be fired easily.

Permie's are welcome to their life and often it is the security of a job they are after, well as we have seen recently, your job is probably less secure than mine!!!!

Stop whining and join us.

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Germans resist Street View invasion of privacy

jeremy

ask first?

Why is it so hard for companies these days to ask BEFORE they do what they like... because they expect not to get an easy yes...

Doesn't that tell us something, if we are not going to simply say yes without question, what makes you (google) think we will just accept it without permission... just because you own our governments?

Time for Google to die off, they are far too big for their boots.

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Ofcom freezes pay

jeremy
Alert

how about purging some staff

... its not like ofcom are very useful or anything... just another quango / money pit for the taxpayer to pay for while ofcom's remit seems to amount to bending over for big business and government alike!!

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Billy Bragg: Three-strikes lobbying is 'shameful'

jeremy
Alert

@Some form of P2P [peer to peer] subscription service is the way forward

Nope... too late, the record industry has failed and failed again, we (the music listening and buying people) have had years to adapt to the fact there is little or no willingness by the record industry to engage in digital music.

Itunes is not a big earner for Apple (except in sales of iPods)... we already have new ways to listen to music that does not involve the record companies... myspace for looking at new stuff (reviewing), facebook to chat to friends about what music to listen to (recomendations), last.fm for more suggestions and finally Pirate bay to actually download it.

The longer the music industry sits on it's fat hands, the more of Rome will burn in the meantime.

Here's a suggestion, look to the performance for revenue, (like Madonna), and like people have for the last 2 thousand years, instead of holding onto a limited business model inventing in the 50s.

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Microsoft's JavaScript strategy hurting IE 8?

jeremy

MS - one bottle neck at a time.

So, they didn't think improving JS speed specifiically was a good thing... kinda like making windows cluster's and forgetting to do anything about the terrible disk I/O handling that brings clustering rather pointlessly to its knees..

MS don't see any bigger pictures than wanting to own the wold.. the bigger picture of a browser working well in all areas is lost on them.

IE 6 killed off any kind of faith in MS's ability to write web software.... which is why silverlight is still a plugin i don't want or need.

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Hunt for MPs' expenses leaker hots up

jeremy
Joke

amateurish? Clued up i'd say

"Fleet Street insiders describe the deal at amateurish, mainly because neither the Daily Mail nor the Mail on Sunday, the two papers likely to pay the highest fees".

Err perhaps they didn't want the information dismissed as yet another "Diana / think of the children" story.

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Please kill this cookie monster to save Europe's websites

jeremy
Alert

google tracking...

Aside from google analytics, the google tracking cookie that you get for using their search matches you to a number in the big google machine. This is recorded against any searches and potentially (we don't know cos google wont day) any sites you visit that use google analytics.

If you don't kill all your cookies after each session then google gets to know just about everything about you, bar your name.

That is certainly not how it is put in their privacy policy!!

Not a bad law, per se. Cookies had a small purpose which has been expanded by migrating cookies from domain to domain. Sorry el Reg, but it is not defacto that cookies are good.

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Next Ubuntu alpha reveals video change

jeremy
Linux

@jonathon

Not being picky, i agree about Ubuntu, but my early experiences with Redhat 6 were painful on an IBM thinkpad.... that pushed me to Debian when Ubuntu was still a random thought in a not yet spacemans brain.

Debian was always surprisingly easy to run on laptops... maybe that is why Ubuntu is?

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Watchdog bans Natasha Richardson ski helmet ad

jeremy

so the ASA has authority over emails now?

Their remit of what they have jurisdiction over seems to change depending on their mood.

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Kanye West doesn't have a f***ing Twitter, OK?

jeremy

good on him...

... really, too many websites take a lax attittude to many things that would not be allowed in the real world... only changing things when forced.

So twitter doesn't make any money... well its a fairly poor business then, but it does not excuse not acting like a real business and complying with real responsibilities.

If i went into a bank and declared i was Kanye West (not just called that, but claiming i was actually this angry, marginally talented american man) then that would be illegal. Simple.

p.s. twitter sucks... i dont care what some nobody is doing, nor do i even care what my friends are doing when i am not with them.

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Film industry turns up P2P heat on Carter

jeremy

800,000 jobs?

Given that so many people in the broadcast industry are really only passing time before retirement (particularly at the BBC), the stagnation and 'dead mans shoes' effect is stopping new blood and new ideas getting into media as a whole.

Although i am not advocating getting rid of 800,000 jobs, perhaps this industry should get with the times instead of lobbying to keep their outdated and increasingly irrelevant business models.

Mr Rose at the BBC (the man who saved iPlayer from the BBC), is about the only new ideas man out there. The rest of the senior management of broadcasting just move around from channel to channel taking their ignorance with them.

Also Yay for europe, first with Phorm, now with this 3 strikes issue... perhaps we should just ditch the criminal muppets in westminster altogether.

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Fetish club forces ID scanner climbdown

jeremy

CCTV and Neighbourhood can watch

... Survellience has not stopped any crimes, we can just make naff reality TV about it instead.

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Kettering to London: 18 hours by rail, bus and pack mule

jeremy

@20 minutes tube from Euston to King's Cross

you have not travelled at a weekend then! Every weekend this year most of the tube lines have some form of engineering work. There was no rush to this when the tube got it's PPP setup that Tony Blair forced on us, but now that the Olympics are coming and it might look bad there is a big rush to fix it.

What is rather silly is that often TFL will stop bus routes aswell on the same weekend (for fairly spurious reasons) leaving parts of central london with no public transport atall.

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iPhone at war in iRaq

jeremy

er....

they have a 3G network in Afghanistan?

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jeremy

er....

...or even Iraq (doh!)

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Microsoft to EU: Cut me down, and Google will rule the world!

jeremy
Linux

@Defiant

Eh? Has "MS Word" been correcting your language so much you have lost the ability to flame Linux effectively and coherently?

I didn't notice any nutty (or otherwise) linux geeks or comments here.

I find that MS search is pretty poor at finding things myself, and it is not the default search on any of my ilnux installations.

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Judges rap police over raid on paedo expert

jeremy

how long to get his hard drives bacvk>??

Isn't the current Police turnaround time for illegally removed hardware about 2 years or until it is no longer current technology (whichever is longer).

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Call for heads to roll over failed spook IT system

jeremy

lessons learned

... i hate this phrase as lessons are Never learned by this lot since people are rewarded for failure.

Sack Jaqui, then the rest of them

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EU calls for tougher data laws

jeremy

more and more i want this womans babies

... Ms Redding seems to be the only person in all of Europe who has any concern for us individuals who unfortunately for us are not a big corporation so cannot get any consideration from our own government for hire.

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Curl goes outside browser for Silverlight fight

jeremy

browser wars

"RIAs have naturally attracted concern because they give PC users another opportunity to download and install potentially malicious code on their desktops."

The only reason RIAs exist is down to MS's stubborn insistence on keeping it's browser technology in the 90s.

Healthy standards (which are followed) would have brought us to HTML 5 much quicker and it's new features such as canvas and chromeless windows, would have satified the RIA need.

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Swedish couple demand right to name baby 'Q'

jeremy
Dead Vulture

'wot no star trek reference....

hang your head in shame El Reg!

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Apple ponders quantitative easing for hard-up customers

jeremy

too little too late

I have a macbook that i got cheap, and sure its nice but now i am thinking of upgrading, the product range offered by Apple is simply uncompetitive and very poor in flexibility.

I want a small powerful laptop, the mac book pro's dont come in small anymore and then to get a decent one is close to two thousand pounds.

Compate to the dell XPS (with all the whistles and bells) running linux, and you save near a thousand pounds. To top that, lets not forget that for that money you only 90 days of support, and apple still have not addresses the SMB issue in Leopard that stops it working in a commercial windows environment (i.e. most offices).

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Growth in developer population set back

jeremy
Linux

@AC

Free software has not hurt wages as it generally needs someone to maintain and manage that software.. my work opportunities have increased as a result of what you call 'Free' software.

Perhaps it has hurt your prospects, but its only the 'evil du jour', a few years ago, the internet was hurting because so much was moving on line, perhaps you need to learn to adapt.

Where is the big smiling penguin who has given me so much work... ah here you are...

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ICO acts on student privacy breach

jeremy

personal liability

Until data loses are a case of personal liability and individual sanction as a result .. i.e. You Lost the data so YOU loose your job!

.. then the ICO will continue to be toothless.

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UK agent leaves secret drugs info on bus

jeremy

no excuses... we have all seen bond films

"the agency was just being set up at the time"... . is simple irrelevant.

Anyone working with information they MUST HAVE KNOWN was a little bit secret, should be independantly able to figure out they should be careful.

Fired for gross misconduct (negligence).

However to follow the banking code in the UK, that would put you in line for a big bonus (loosing 100m).

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Gov figures show IT jobs crisis

jeremy

doesn't tally with my experience

.. rates are up in contracting as companies want to get more skills in one person.

My current contract requires Perl, Php, windows, OSX, Linux, MS SQL, Oracle, MySql and then a whole bunch of front end web stuff.

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Website terms unenforceable due to unlimited right to amend

jeremy

'dont sue us' clause

..although i can understand the desire in these litigitious times, but seriously how can ANY company opt out of the rule of law with a "You can't sue us" clause.

More and more these days, consumers have to be lawyers to even be able to read the terms and the (often) unfair exemptions to basic rights they claim.

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Beeb pushes major new iPlayer release

jeremy

suddenly my 5gb cap looks small

... and although virgin are constantly telling they have fiber to my door, i have a sneaky feeling their throttling would hurt my viewing.

I normally have very little time for the BBC (and its tax on hardware), but i think this project and Mr Rose are good. Well done beeb.

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Sharp intros 'world's first optical sensor LCD pad' netbook

jeremy

nintendo DS????

First is such an over used word these days.

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Half of 10 year olds now mobile connected

jeremy

parents don't think kids are protected....

... like not giving them a mobile phone until they are older.

I am not a parent, (thankfully), but i do find it rather worrying that parents seem to take so little responsibility for anything to do with protecting their child.

Can't a parent monitor a kids phone (i.e. look at it regularly to see text and pics)... perhaps even use its removal as a punishment. Or use its use as a reward... i.e. kids cannot have their phone back until their homework is done.....

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HP packing workers seal bosses in conference room

jeremy

future competitive.

SO.. where shall i locate any blue collar jobs for my new global company.... er not France..

Well done to the french workers for reminding us all that the french will strike at the drop of a hat and demand any and everything....

Malaysia.. cheaper, less militant workers. I can see why they re-located there.

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Jedi officers enlist with Scottish police

jeremy

buddism is non-theistic

But is still classed as religion.

The office of national stats (rightly) recognized that 390k of us were trying to fudge the stats, as generally religion is divisive and taking the p*ss is fun.

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Pirate Bay server becomes museum artefact

jeremy

details

This is an IT website so i dont feel geeky asking .. "What kind of server was it? "...

My bet is on some kind of HP proliant since they are everywhere.... but it would be interesting if it was something more esoteric... like a Cobalt raq4.

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UK dons dunce hat on copyright law

jeremy
Joke

big business and governemtn coluding against voters interests....

... say it isn't so!

(isn't that the very definition of our current government... sell out to big business at the lowest cost possible).

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Tiscali titsup fears grow

jeremy

Tiscali titsup fears grow

Fears?? Not here... joy, hopeful anticipation, excitment ... various adjectives come to mind, none are anywhere similar to "Fear" though.

Companies need to provide a service, that is the basis of the market.. Tiscali didn't so Tiscali are doomed and no amount of arm waving italiens will stop that. (sorry to suggest that all italiens are arms waving... but as a nationality you guys do wear your emotions on your sleeves)

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McKinsey: Adopt the cloud, lose money

jeremy

ask your IT dept.

As most IT folk have been cautious about cloud computing, generally in my view and experience taking a balanced view that it can be of use, but its not the magic money saver that people think.

For some reason these days alot of IT decisions are made without any input from an area expert (an IT guy).... just MDs and Bean counters, who swallow the marketing rubbish hook line and sinker... like they did with outsourcing, the dot com boom v1, and the dot com boom v2, social networking having a business use and of course MS products being good value.

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Nokia sees easy meat with Easy Meet

jeremy

Nokia chasing Google's attitude to privacy

With this and previoulsy with Vine.

Taking the attitude that everyone wants to share everything with everyone is a little nieve and has been shown to provide virtually no real business model (facebook / twitter).

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