* Posts by James 51

1742 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Met Police to slash hundreds of IT jobs, hands £216m outsourcing gig to Steria

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The goodspeak 'savings' annoys me. It's a cut and that how it should be framed. The Met can no longer afford to do it's IT in house so has farmed it out to a company that can use commercial confidentially to block FOI requests. It might work out but how often do you hear about deals like that?

I wonder if it runs over budget (like lots of other public sector outsourcing contracts) who picks up the tab?

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BYOD? More like CYOD as companies still set the parameters

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Balance from BlackBerry would help deal with some of those issues but it was interesting that it was missing from the list of devices.

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Hyundai ix35 Fuel Cell: El Reg on the hydrogen highway

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I've seen petrol stations in the south of France with twenty pumps and more sunshine than you could shake a stick at. Water supply would be an issue as they get very little rain but there is the water main or tankers if necessary. I'm not saying it's practical now, only that the technologies required to make it so are beginning to take shape not just in labs or test tracks but in 'the real world' too.

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Petrol cars had the same problems starting out. Given the speed of refill it's possible to install the refuelling pumps in garages and you won't have time for lunch before it's full. Creating hydrogen with energy from wind turbines/solar cells etc etc would help smooth out demand and supply. The theory has been there for a while but it's nice to see the pieces starting to fall into place. The hydrogen could even be extracted on site which would avoid supply problems.

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Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

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They still meet the needs of a lot of users.

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Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

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Re: nonsense..

Plants contain nicotine because it is an insecticide. Also:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicotine#Adverse_effects

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Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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'They are not killing or harming anyone'

That's the question though, if it's our brain that makes us human and this is a functioning human brain, is it human?

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'We've got the sanitation problem solved', says world's richest poop drinker

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I thought the toilet project was about solving the sanitation problem without access to a water main. The drinkable water was just a bonus.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: 4K-positive fun for ... vloggers?!

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Re: No Galaxy Note 5 in the UK

Indeed. My N900 is still one of my favourite phones and the stylus is a big part of that.

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Re: No sd card. No swapable battery

After I had my N900 for two years I bought a second battery. I'm about to buy a replacement battery for my Q10. It's not just about being able to put a fresh battery in and keep going. It's also about extending the usable life of the device. If the batteries were built in I'd have to buy a new phone after I've thrashed them to death.

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Patching a fragmented, Stagefrightened Android isn't easy

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In general, how vulnerable are platforms like BB10 and Sailfish that have app compatibility with Android to exploits aimed at Android?

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Ten years after the sellout, Black Hat is solidly corporate and that’s fine

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'Windows Phone and BlackBerry didn't get much of a mention, with one speaker pointing out it was only worth investing time cracking operating systems people actually used.'

Ouch. Though I thought there would be more kudos is breaking BB10 as security is one of its main selling points. Perhaps it is harder to crack and because it is less popular, less media interest in any exploits found.

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Brassiere belays boob-bound bullet, begetting bruised breastbone

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Re: An unfortunate accident.

This happened in Germany, not the USA. Hopefully a more level headed approach will be taken but it is incredibly fortunate that the lady is still alive.

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Foxconn to build 1,500-acre, US$5billion complex in India

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The EU?

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: That old chestnut

The problem is gathering the data and understanding what you have. There was a lot of info that could have help stop the world trade centre attacks but it was untranslated and in different databases. They don't need more power, the need to use what they have in a more focused and intelligent manner.

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Oracle brews PERPETUAL, all-you-can-eat database licence

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How many days ago did the UK government announce it was time to purge Oracle from the public sector?

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How many Win 10 PCs were in distribution the week before launch?

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Re: Any good stuff?

'With this being one of my first comments, I expect to set a new record for downvotes to upvotes for an account.'

You forgot the troll icon but as you're new I'll let it go. Asking for upvotes rarely works. Downvotes, well it depends. You'll need to try harder than that though if you want to set any records.

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Playing with graphene? All the cool kids are using TIN – atom-thick sheets of stanene

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Re: Given that they are round...

One molecule thick and particularly with doping was suppose to have the same properties. It was the first wonder material I can remember. It's a long from from the lab to industry.

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Is there any material that if you can create a layer one atom thick doesn't have amazing new properties? And what ever happened to Buckyballs?

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

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The moment 'big data' reveals everyone wearing brown shoes is a terrorist they'll start wearing black shoes.

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China bans HPC and UAV exports, citing national security

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Re: A page from the USA playbook then?

When amanfrommars starts to make sense I start to worry.

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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stalled until November

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Here's hoping the agreement with the EU meets a similar end.

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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I think at this point Dave is just trolling or farming down votes.

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@Dave Quoi?

@TheTick I've worked in companies were this has happened. As for your point about ISAs, no I don't but I do have a pension. The difference is that I'm not employing a small army of accountants and laywers to snake through loopholes so that I am suddenly being paid in a tax haven instead of the country where I work.

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Perhaps if you've got nice employers who treat employees/contractors well the system you describe would have merits worth discussing. In a world were even successful companies off shore jobs to temporarily push up share prices, were there are attacks on the ability of those who wish to negotiate collectively by private business and by the government (who is suppose to be looking after their interests, ha), were companies who structure themselves to pay virtually no tax in a territory where they operate payroll taxes are one of the things it is hardest to dodge, were insecurity could prevent reporting of harassment etc etc. In utopia maybe, but this is not a utopia.

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Re: MY software

Personally I think that would be great. No wasted space with notepad and have notepad++ instead.

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It's not just this slight of hand that is bothering me. It's stuff like forced updates (that aren't security related), cortana gathering a honeypot of info that of course will never be abused/stolen, the lack of clarity over what gets reported back to the mothership and the list goes on.

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Time for the EU to have a polite word with MS? The more I hear about Windows 10 the more glad I am that I'll be waiting to install it.

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New twist in telco giants' fight to destroy the FCC's net neutrality

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'Then again, when you have no less than 28 of the country's highest paid lawyers all focused on trying to tear something apart, you'd be a fool to write off their chances.'

I have often been told that America has the best legal system that money can buy. This would seem to add weight to that quote.

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$100m fine? How about, er, $16k? AT&T teabags FCC with its giant balls

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I get the feeling if it had of been sixteen cents they would still be kicking up a fuss just on (twisted) principle.

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Perhaps the metric is how much will it take to stop them doing this again.

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How much of ONE YEAR's Californian energy use would WIPE OUT the DROUGHT?

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Couldn't all that sunshine be used to drive the desalination process? Would evaporation and condensation be an option? Solar panels if it has to be electrical energy.

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Re: Not going to happen

Let me get this straight, are you saying not destroying important habitats that have other benefits such as food production and acting as part of coastal defence, where the water would be going if people weren't taking it is evil?

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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

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Re: Linux

While it gets a lot of stick, mainly for the UI I've found Ubuntu to be reasonably hassle free..

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Anyone else noticed that any negative comment about windows 10 is getting a lot more downvotes than that sort of comment usually gets?

MS haven't had to do a xbox one style u-turn yet but they risk losing a lot of the most tech savvy users if they don't. I know it won't concern them that much but it will strengthen the competition which should concern them.

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Oh look – Office Mobile apps to go with your shiny Windows 10

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I got a full version of One Note along with the trail version of Office with my laptop. I wonder if I can keep the full One Note if I go to Windows 10. Though I'd give it up if I could disable cortana, the baked in spyware and forced upgrades.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Knowledge is Power

You know you play too much 40K when you read this and think 'Knowledge is power, guard it well.'

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BlackBerry vows to make even fewer phones

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Re: @James 51 @g7rpo: What do they offer anymore

I have the Q10. The loudspeaker does well for voice based podcasts (and loudspeaker phone calls to) but isn't that good for music. I have tried bluetooth and wired headphones and both seem to work well.

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Re: Moon on a stick wishes

That's because Google control who gets access to Google Play services.

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Re: @g7rpo: What do they offer anymore

My advice would be to try them if you can. The passport is very different from any other phone out there. The Q10 has the advantage of a removable battery but the passport has the trackpad built into it's keyboard (accurate positioning using the touchscreen is the Q10's only real weakness).

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If they continue to support their older devices two new models a year might be enough to keep them going.

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A dual-SIM smartphone in your hand beats two in the bush

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Nokia had a great line of cheap dual sim phones. It didn't make them megabucks but was still a nice earner for them. UK networks won't be offering these kind of handsets any time soon.

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

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Until it is crippled, disabled or removed by an update MS stuck on because they can or if you neber wanted it in the first place, tough.

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High Court smacks down 'emergency' UK spy bill as UNLAWFUL

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Has a case about being forced to hand over passwords been before this court yet? Always thought that was dangerous. 'I found this encrypted usb stick on his person/home (honest) and I reasonably believe he has the password and won't tell us.'

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

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Although I just learned they'll be forcing people to accept all updates unless you're running enterprise edition. Might be holding off on that till MS do another u-turn.

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Good luck. I'll check it out on a spare laptop to see if all the applications I need work before thinking about putting it on my desktop.

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Is anyone going to install this on a production machine before Christmas?

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Wi-Fi Alliance ushers in new era of intrusive apps

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If you're close enough for this to work you can see a poster. Intrusive stuff like this just risks building resentment against the businesses that push messages.

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ZOMBIE Commodore PET lurches out of its 1970s grave – as a FONDLESLAB

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It has the emulator but what about the games? This might explain why all the amiga games disappeared from the blackberry app market. Having bought a few the on screen controls could be a little fiddly when compared to the joystick or keyboard the games were designed to work with. GOG has some amiga games on it now.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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did we ruin someone's weekend?

Depends on how much they charge for over time.

(we need a naked greed icon).

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