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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

HollyHopDrive

Re: I don't get it..

Call me paranoid....Who would like to be able to get userids and passwords without tricky legal issues.....

Tin foul hat at the ready.....

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Microsoft was 'willing' to buy WhatsApp says Bill Gates

HollyHopDrive

Re: Has Bill gone senile?

@shonko Kid

The biig hurdle that MS just seems unable to contemplate is making ALL their (end user) products multi-platform and (important this) no less functionally rich if not working on a windows platform. (i.e. an Ipad, mac etc).

And once they accept things have changed and concentrate on good, clean functional products not platform tied products they can once more be a modern and more successful business. That 90's practice needs leaving behind to achieve it.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

HollyHopDrive

Re: I worry about the squirrels and otters

Have you been reading Linux fud because Ubuntu doesn't take a month to install ;-)

Go for mint, quick install (about 10-15 mins) and a nicer look a and feel than Ubuntu (my opinion) - all the same Debian underpinnings either way.

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HollyHopDrive

Re: That has got to be embarrassing for Microsoft

@big_d yes, but that's because nobody wanted their new OS. And they have had 3 years to fix that and still nobody wants their new OS.

As I see it Microsoft have a very embarassing situation on their hands.

If they let XP support expire and the world becomes one big virus ridden botnet then its their fault. Even though they gave fair warning that will be the perception. But a u-turn would be seen as "oh they'll keep extending it". So that's not a winable start point either way.

I reckon they are hoping that they can drown out the bad news with the hoped good news of the big rush of sales on windows 8.1. I don't think this will happen. People don't want to do that kind if thing. You don't replace your washing machine if it still works because zanussi stopped making parts for it. Especially if there is no material value in a replacement. (i.e. Spare parts doesn't count). And remember most of these people won't be techies and understand the value of patching.

What Microsoft should have done is reskinned windows 8 with an alternative XP style(a bit like Linux has with gnome,KDE etc) and made it cheap (Like 19.99) and less resource hungry to run on older kit. People like the XP/windows 7 experience and making them not have the choice is the mistake.

This isn't going to end well for anybody on either side of the fence.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

HollyHopDrive

Re: OVERHAUL

"At one point, she noted that master NSA squealer Edward Snowden had damaged the image of national security by exposing the scale of surveillance being carried out by spooks on both sides of the Atlantic."

You only look bad if you've acted bad. And this potential bill just looks to *try* and legitimise what you are doing anyway.

I made a birthday cake for my wife. Nobody knows other than my family but if that leaked out - other than me looking a bit soft perhaps it doesn't make me out to be a bad bloke.

If I'd setup a webcam to watch the "fit bird" [nice bit of 1970's sexism ;-) ] over the road and that leaked out everybody would think I was a dirty pervert. And that would be because I'd have acted like a pervert.

If you don't want to make the national security look "bad" then make cakes. But you've been setting up webcams haven't you.[actually yahoo webcam sniffing ] Deal with it. Accept you've been caught and take your thoughts on snooping and stuick them so far up your own arse you can taste them.

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Microsoft asks pals to help KILL UK gov's Open Document Format dream

HollyHopDrive

Re: Kettle, met pot, pot meet kettle

This is actually the problem with Microsoft and where they have totally lost their way since slowly having their Monopoly ebbed away.

They have two options -

a) fight like dogs to keep their monopoly (a battle they will eventually loose even if this approach keeps them going for another 20 years)

b) Embrace the opportunity to compete fairly on merit and actually implement the Open standard.

You can't deny office is good (and I'm no fan of Microsoft) but they got to the top by not playing fair with wordperfect, borland, lotus and the like. They don't like that open office is starting to scrape away at (potentially) government. They know its a slippery slope from there.

If I'd been Microsoft I'd have gone for the second option and use the "positive PR" to show what damn good eggs we are these days and how oh we've changed. (Even if on the inside you are fuming) By doing what they are doing people just think Microsoft are a bunch of scum bags and that in actual fact the decision for open standards is actually the right way to go. (Which it is btw)

As I've said before, the government need to really kick this bunch out to field and make them compete on a fair and even basis.

We need to save money and Office isn't cheap. How many people use more than 10% of word (I don't and I use it every day!) or 10% of excel (again, its my tool of choice for presenting data and I use this A LOT). Could I do my job with Libre Office - er... yes I could. In fact, importing data in Libre Office is a damn sight better than with Excel (Excel does make prettier document though)

I guess the question is would we save enough money rolling out Open Office to the government vs paying the licence fees and sticking with the shitty standards....

Well here is a thing - turns out all the XP desktops have got to be replaced anyway so sticking a different office into the build is a negligible cost - you'll be retraining the staff anyway if they end up on Windows 8 or the latest office if they've been stuck on 2003. So, yes, it is cost effective. In fact, this **is** the opportunity to save money!

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

HollyHopDrive

I love prime and think its worth every penny. However, the reason I've never taken out a lovefilm subscription is because it doesn't support android. (kindle fire doesn't count, you can't connect one to the telly with a cable as far as I can tell)

Given I a) don't want to buy a new TV b) pay the microsoft tax [xbox live] to allow my Xbox to access the internet [the sole reason I will never buy another xbox ever!!!] c) buy an ipad (personal thing this but I prefer android and given we as a family have now got 4 android tablets I don't see the need for another one just to watch a film)

I can only see me cancelling my prime account now, can't say its worth £80 a year to me.

Hey-ho, still got 6 months left and still enough episodes of breaking bad on netflix to keep me going.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

HollyHopDrive

Re: Smart move

You could price your software to make buying second hand seem a pointless exercise. Or you could try and maintain artificially high prices by making second hand difficult, legally dubious or just impossible to buy.

Knock on effect though is people start looking for alternative cost solutions - if the price is a problem and you are buying second hand probably for economic reasons you are sure as shit going to look at open source if you can't buy at a significant discount. Next thing you realise that open source may be the only way forward for your budget.

Microsoft and co should be careful what they wish for.

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Devs SLAM UK.gov's JavaScript-astic, 'shoddy' security education website

HollyHopDrive

Re: Bears and woods....UK Gov IT is all bears and woods!

...ditto. And most of the guys who worked there were learning on the job and weren't that good at learning either. They were far more interested in lunch time, their holidays and general entitlements not to mention getting their moneys worth out of the sick leave. Oh, and you never see one do any extra hours without 'overtime'. [which was rarely on offer....so no extra then]. And the manager seem hell bent on making the wheels turn as slowly as possible.

Not saying everybody who works in Gov tech are all like that, but I've worked on gov projects a couple of times over the years and none of the projects have ever left me to conclude anything different than the above.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

HollyHopDrive

Re: How about @HollyHopDrive

@Steve Todd - no not at all - I'm not a developer (miss the days though!) migrated up the tree a bit. [better money, shittier work :-) ] but the stuff is obviously so out of date you need to sort the problem properly, not a half arsed fix.

The "web" has matured enough to allow browser based applications to be good enough as fat client. I'm not naive enough to suggest this is a quick 6 month project and all will be well, but a 5-10 year plan to sort things out properly. And one of the things that has to go is legacy crap.[it may be functionally ok but if it isn't a strategic solution built for the future it needs to go] You wouldn't keep an 15 year old ambulance with 15 year old equipment in would you? But likewise, you can't just throw them away and expect nothing to fill the gap. So, you just have to say, we are going to refresh everything but anything that we buy or put in from this point forward must be new and conform to the following criteria. No exceptions.

The NHS are a massive customer, if you tell the vendor it must be modern browser compatible or it will be replaced with one from your competitor. I'll tell you now, those companies will rally round and fix the problem. Open standards too so you can get your data out!!

If the software isn't modern, its probably riddled with security nightmares anyway, so likewise it probably needs to go sooner rather than later.

@afflicated_john

I'm very aware of the NHS. In fact I've worked on many a government project. And they always strike me as very political, big divides and the wheels that turn so slowly you wonder if they do actually move at all.

I'm just saying it needs somebody with some big balls to come in and shake this shit up. Not just throw some money at it and hope the problem goes away. It won't, but if you don't make some strategic plans to get out of this cyclic mess you will be doing the same thing again in 5 years time having blown a couple of billion we can little do with wasting a second time!

I for one as a taxpayer in the "shouldering the burden" tax bracket don't like this current bunch of fuckwits wasting my hard earned pennies. No commercial business would last with the same attitude to blowing money on failed projects and half fixes without going bust, so why does the public sector think its ok? Is it because they can just tax us all a little harder rather than addressing the real issue of just trying to spend less in the long term?

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HollyHopDrive

Re: How about

This is a ****ing outrage that such a large amount of money will be essentially pissed into the wind because the uk gov were not rid of XP in time. In a time when we are supposed to be saving money, giving what will probably work out to be measurable in billions (by the time all the other periphery bollox has been added in). I wouldn't mind, but I'd put money on MS not paying tax on the profits from that lot!

I'm not blaming microsoft here (though to be fair they've got their clients by the short and curlies) but our incompetent overlords. And they claim they aren't paid enough.

Now, getting these chaps of XP is going to be nothing short of expensive (ignoring the XP support costs). Because, Microsoft of course are going to recommend Windows 8. Which means new hardware. Which means more cost. Then of course, none of the jeffin software will probably work on it, not to mention the ridiculous re-training to be able to use office 2013 and windows 8. To people who's full time job doesn't revolve around technology.

The only acceptable answer to sorting out this mess is

All software products that don't have to be physically connected to a PC should only be browser accessible. If you can't use it through a browser it shouldn't be allowed. This then separates your client products from your server products and maximises future choice

All software should have to work 100% with ANY two browsers (Chrome / Firefox / IE / Safari) on any platform. If it doesn't it will fail the 'refresh test'. This stops vendor lock in to software (I'm looking at you microsoft)

Office applications should be browser based - Office 365 / Google / whatever as long as it meets the browser test.

Desktops should be refreshed based on need - Old XP machines recycled with Linux for kit that is passable (anything HP/Dell etc less than 4 years old should be fine) - remember - we are only going to be running a browser if done correctly!

Windows 7 kit for everything else (minimal re-training)

And last but least - Don't just give Microsoft the cash - they are charging premium money here - If they cock it up and there is any kind of mess / data breach they are responsible for ALL costs multiplied by 3. Loss of patients records should be deemed to be £10k per patient (times 3 - 50% payable directly to each patient concerned) - Risk vs reward. (rather than just reward which looks to be the chosen model)

Christ....maybe we should just go back to paper - at least it never stopped being supported by biros.

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BBC, ITV gang up on YouView with 'FreeView Connect'

HollyHopDrive

I did walk into Curry's and buy one on a humax freesat box a couple of months ago and I like it. Bit peeved if they muck it up now.

I don't mind spending 200 on a new box every 2 or 3 years as i wont subscribe to skys overpriced tish and it more than pays for itself in comparison

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

HollyHopDrive

Re: Go for it?

Oh my god.... I haven't laughed that much in ages. That is the best interview I've seen. I'm still wiping the tears of laughter from my eyes........

I've ranted before about teaching kids to code, but apparently you can build a website in an hour. Does make you question if its that jeffin' easy how come the government have had to get big consultancies in to build all this IT stuff. We've spend billions when apparently a days training and a couple of hours work would have sorted everything.

Mind you, IMHO Michael Gove seems to know bugger all about education (having gone to school doesn't make you an expert in education in the same way using the tesco website to do your shopping doesn't make you a web developer) so this level of apparent incompetence should come as no great shock.

eCards....brilliant......economic and job crisis over.....

"What is code" and then that look from the woman....hahahhaha......I'm going to be smiling about this all week.

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

HollyHopDrive

Re: Have they picked the right tablet

The bit I don't understand is how does an iPad make a policeman more productive? Surely expecting a policeman to know his beat and have a bit of a gut instinct would be better rather than relying on him to wait for his iPad to tell him something is up.

I can't imagine for one second that writing up a report that Mr X is alledged to have done Y in public view in Starbucks is going to stand up particually well from either a data protection point of view or from a victims / accused point of view either.

I wish people would stop thinking technology is the answer to a problem. Technology can hep sometimes but most of the time it just gets in the way of people at the coalface.

Smells of PR and backhanders all the way....

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BOFH: Attractive person is attractive. Um, why are your eyes bulging?

HollyHopDrive

Re: Did I just read a thinly veiled mysogynistic rant or what?

Misogyny or (large amount of) Truth......you decide.

For example, last week I tried to help my wife out being a nice bloke and seeing she was a bit late. "I'll drop the boy off today if you can drop Hannah at the childminders" [for context, "The Boy" is a 10 minute drive each way in the wrong direction where Hannah needs dropping 200 yards down the road.]

This woke the Crazy, and not by a gentle nudge awake but by Smashing it in the face with a wrecking ball. "Oh, easier for you is it?? Suits you to do that doesn't it" (it doesn't but usually we do it the other way around and I still don't get the logic she used to get there).

Anyway, four times since then she's wanted to do it this way around so she can get to work quicker. And I've still not received a "I'm sorry for the over-reaction" or "you were right" or "that really helps me out"

The case for the prosecution rests M'lud.

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'Maybe we haven't been clear enough about med records opt-out', admits NHS data boss

HollyHopDrive

Re: Is there an option to do that

"... there had never been a "single example of that data being compromised".

No, in 25 years there has never been an example

a) PUBLICLY

b) reported properly

c) spotted

And as we all know past performance is no guarantee of future performance.

It concerns me because as we all know, data governance has historically never been that good in public bodies. I know from time I've spent in the 90's on government projects data was whizzed about with little care. Dev & Test databases were just copies of live. Code and snapshots just left on network shares and I'm sure I saw the odd contractor laptop on the LAN.

So, smells of bullshit to me.

Also, this data is worth a fortune to some people so I'd imagine anybody who can 'borrow a copy' would get a handsome reward. And lets be honest, its not like the private sector is known for its honesty - why would an insurance company not like this data - even unofficially.

Thats why I opted out, and god help the doctor if he still decides to give my (and my families) data away. You can't stop it once its out there which is a major objection of mine! Maybe if they were more transparent about what they will actually give away I'd be a lot more willing.

Its a good idea but very badly implemented with what looks to me very little safeguard. (a promise to be really really careful honest - isn't a safeguard!)

Right....where is my tinfoil hat...

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

HollyHopDrive

what about a game for the over 50's where they have to chew on candy without breaking their teeth.......we could call it.......SAGA CANDY CRUSH

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Sync'n'steal: Hackers brew Android-targeting Windows malware

HollyHopDrive

"This article is the answer to the commonly heard statement "why would I get an iOS device, you can't do as much with it".

Spoken like a true idiot.

Apart from the fact that this is a bit 'theoretical' as pointed about by the above posters I'm really confused about who is plugging their android device into a PC to sync it??? Why do you need to do that (other than unless you are a developer doing some DEV). Its by far and away the best 'cloud' O/S there is. Google's stuff is seamless, dropbox is perfect and if you really need to do some 'file moving' then ES explorer from your phone/tablet is your friend over wifi.

Android - because you can do much with it but you can also *choose* not to.

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Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

HollyHopDrive

Re: "Windows phone = loser"?

Until Microsoft have a radical rethink they are going to be floundering until they eventually die.

Windows phone isn't getting the traction (regardless of the hype 250% increase on 10 handsets isn't difficult 250% increase on 10,000,000 handsets is a different thing) . Its the Vista of the mobile world. The Eco system has been built by Apple and Google. What MS should do is ditch surface and win mobile and adopt android (bare with me here folks) and reskin android a bit like Samsung and amazon have done. I don't see the obsession with writing the whole OS when you can skin the bit the consumer sees and comes to love.

They have bought one of the best handset manufacturers in the world - use it to make nice hardware - use the Nokia brand within Europe where it is still remembered fondly. Stop ruining it with windows.

Obviously there isn't going to be Google services but there would be Microsoft services instead (app store etc). So now write all the office apps for android. Release them for free on your hardware and charge in the Google store. Get over the fact Google will take 30%. That way you sell your hardware with free office (the value add) and dont loose the chance to get normal android people into MS products and make money.

Write a MS Android pro version that connects for the corporates and can be controlled via AD etc. This gives corporates a reason to buy Nokia devices.

Best rub of all is most people who have written apps for android can release *easily* on to your platform with little additional cost or effort. And you now get to take advantage of the android market share because companies will already have written for android. So now, you share an Eco system without trying to grow your own market from scratch.

Don't ignore iOS - face facts it has a massive market share that dwafs yours so write a native office for it. Charge decent money for it. Apple users are (according to the surveys) more affluent - and people would pay for office (look how well apples own offerings are doing here)

Until they accept they no longer a monopoly and the market is swimming away from them and that its now MS that are the small fish in a big pond they will never regain respect or a decent share at the middle and top end.

Oh....and change their name - Microsoft - its so 1980's - time for a radical rebrand.

Just my opinion though.....

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India's grip on offshoring eases ever so slightly

HollyHopDrive

Re: Socio**istics

@Getriebe your "awkward buggers - the Brits" probably are awkward because you clearly appear to be a right berk to work for and your total lack of empathy for your UK counterparts makes them awkward. Much easier to get a good result if you use sugar rather than salt.

When off-shoring is forced on you and all your team is located in the same place you don't have a culture to take the best bits from - they are all the same but less rounded than the UK people. That's not 'having a go' at them but a fact that they aren't as experienced. When they are all equally as wet behind the ears it causes problems. When the shit hits the fan as a result the UK people get a bit miffed because it becomes their problem - one that if it had been done in the UK probably wouldn't have happened (annoyance number 1). You devalued them off-shoring their job (or thats the perception they have thus annoyance number 2) but you want them to sort out the mess by your own cost cutting (annoyance number 3). Oh, and you don't want to pay them any extra. (annoyance number 4)

I understand that off-shoring can make commercial sense when done correctly - but if it affects the general morale this will eventually lead to poor customer satisfaction - which will make your business ultimately less profitable. Its not a magic wand that you can export your whole business - it should be used in balanced moderation.

You should also consider if doing this is actually best for the UK economy. Given the lower tax earning thsese days, higher unemployment - sometimes its better to see the bigger picture - if every business had kept a few more jobs in the UK the bigger impact my actually help us all. Mind you, you don't sound like that kind of guy.

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HollyHopDrive

Having lost my team of UK contractors to a team of "off shore" resource I don't have a great story to tell. As said earlier in the thread, lack of problem solving ability is the biggest problem. Then there is a total lack of proper testing mentality, wanting to be spoon fed every technical detail and the quality of the code when I review it is shocking. Short cuts taken, layout is awful and inconsistent and as for hard coding everything...my god. After much fighting with management I've been made to lower my standards and accept is like working 20 years ago when that kind of practice was acceptable.

When I enquired about the skill levels I was told most of the team have 1-2 years experience at best. And it shows. Don't get me wrong, we've all blagged a job or claimed to be better than we really are and there are genuinely a couple of 1/2 decent bodies in the off shore capability but the vast majority (in my experience) are inexperienced and not very good at even basic problem solving yet alone technical skills.

Everybody needs to earn a crust so I can't blame off shore companies that make a (relative to their own market) lot of money - I just think you get what you pay for. You want to pay 500-700 a month for you techie you be my guest - but I'm not staying late to sort out their mistakes. (which I now refuse to do)

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Apple's iPhone did not rip off Googorola's wireless patent – US appeal judges

HollyHopDrive

squeeky wheels don't grease themselves. And some companies must spend a lot on grease to mitigate the problem. Whether any slippery products were applied in this particular case is a different matter but looking at some previous upheld claims by various companies you can't help but wonder.....

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Yes, you ARE a member of a global technology elite

HollyHopDrive

Re: Now consider...

And if the bunch of goons I'm now forced to use for offloading my technical work to are "typical" of Indias technical elite I'd say I'm well within the top 1% worldwide.

They can't code with any insight into maintainability and standards are something they don't apparently have to follow. Testing is for somebody else to do (cos they clearly never do it) and it takes 10 times longer and then still has to be reworked another 10 times. Your advice and suggestions are greeted with contempt and rarely do we ever met a deadline.

But they are cheap and the bean counters are therefore happy. But you get what you pay for.

But to call them IT pros would be stretching it to say the least. Keen amateur would be much more appropriate.

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Munich signs off on Open Source project

HollyHopDrive

Re: Wow.

If you look at the state of Linux in 2003 vs it today it's a different beast. Hardware support is now excellent on the whole and Intel has now committed to not blindly following Microsoft for support. I.e. even better Linux support.

Also the figure of 6 desktops per day is ridiculous. Id imagine the early part of the project was about looking at the estate as it stood. Finding the alternatives that work over a number of pilot projects.

Anyway, it proves it can be done and I'd imagine the long term savings of this will be seen over the next 10 years.

Our government would do well to look at this study and work out if it would pay to get out of bed with Microsoft and stop signing these stupid deals.

And if all its going to set us back is 30 million then that's an investment for the future that will pay far bigger dividends than a new NHS or W&P system. (And far cheaper)

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

HollyHopDrive

Re: A sliding slope on the thin end of the metaphor

I totally agree. All this does is divide and make a wider problem. The real clever ones will just go deeper underground and the more stupid will put it in more public places. Both are worrying as it becomes easier to accidently stumble upon which will become more difficult to block and the underground stuff more difficult to trace.

So I can only conclude this policy serves two purposes a) to be seen to be doing the right thing and shut up the campaigners and b) serve the real agenda of wider censorship. (Tin foil hat now in place)

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Thought your Android phone was locked? THINK AGAIN

HollyHopDrive

Re: And the worst thing is...

Yes, correct, but if it has all the permissions why would it bother with the unlock screen 'hack', it would just push all the data over the data connection without you ever knowing. Having to have access to the device would be a bit of a ball ache.

So flaw yes, massive problem no.

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

HollyHopDrive

here we go again

Prepare to spunk £20 billion on an over complex poorly designed system that will deliver on few of its promises including being on time or in budget but will go to one of the old faithful non corporate tax paying consultancies that regularly fucks stuff up without penalty.

I fail tree see when we can't even do a system for welfare or health that we have a cat in hells chance of doing border security.

Could be wrong but history paints a bleak picture.....

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UK.gov declares digital success as PR, food shops redefined as 'tech' businesses

HollyHopDrive

And I'm sure......

...they will also publish the "decline of traditional retailers and the high street" which shows a purely coincidental but pretty much idetical decline rate.

Lies, damn lies and statistics .....

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Three offers free US roaming, confirms stealth 4G rollout

HollyHopDrive

Re: 3 are great...

Yep, I thought that and moved to GiffGaff. (o2) Got much better indoors signal but slower 3g data. I got more dropped calls and outages all over the shop. I've also got the wife on EE (on the basis that one of us will have a signal). And when I don't have a signal on three, I pretty much don't have a signal on EE. So that plan worked out real good! (not)

Seems all networks are a bit shit in one way or another. You pay your money.....

If I understand the science correctly (and I'm sure readers will correct me) the reason three have poor indoor penetration is because they operate on a higher frequency which isn't so good at getting past bricks, but the flip side is its also the reason their (3g) data is so much faster when you do get a signal compared to the others.

I've moved back to three, 18 quid a month for a one month rolling contract for all you can eat data (including tethering) (plus oodles of calls and texts) can't be beaten (even close) by anybody else. And I've done 10gb+ (1/2 tethered) in a single month (was on a long uk holiday and watched some iplayer) and they truly don't seem to give a shit (even pointed it out to me when I left the first time)

I'm sure one day it will all be lovely, until then find a network that works for you and live with the issues.....

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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

HollyHopDrive

Re: Get Suffed Oracle

So, to get this right, the class object Integer has a method .toString() returns the string of integer. Any they claim to own copyright over that template. Clearly clutching at straws.

And as for the harry potter analogy -they've got that wrong. Harry potter is just a "Book" which is generic. All books have chapters, contents and indexes. The individual implementation [i.e. the text] of that can be copyrighted, but to claim anybody who writes a book violates JK's copyright is clearly a first class idiot. Even if its a story about wizards that has the same number of chapters as the Philosophers Stone. I'm also guessing that chapter titles probably aren't copyrightable too (may be wrong there though) Oh, and I'm guessing 'preface' or 'introduction' is too generic too :)

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

HollyHopDrive

Have we learned nothing....

....from the whole snowden thing? (not his leaking of documents but what he actually leaked) - the spooks of all nations seem to have infiltrated a lot of big companies either by hook or crook. Either way it makes no jeffin' difference - this is not a secure way for *any* government to do business with data. I don't care if its the MP's paper clip expenses or nuclear weapons purchases it shouldn't be in the cloud.

And as for letting M$ get the gig, jeezus. We need to get out of bed with that one. (I'm not suggesting google would be better btw) - but thats one supplier that needs to be removed from their far too powerful position within gov. Then again your average MP is a bit simple and probably couldn't cope with anything else or understand why alternatives may actually be cheaper.

Anyway, if they move gov data to cloud and this will end in tears I predict.... (not least from our own hacking newspapers :) [though I hope I am proved wrong]

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MPs back call to boycott low-taxed tat from Amazon over Xmas

HollyHopDrive

Re: Do what we want, not what we say

Well, first off when the gov stop raping us bare with income tax etc so we can actually afford to make not having to take the cheapest option viable then I'll think about it.

Secondly get your own house in order first and stop awarding large (mostly IT) contracts to large multinational companies that also pay no fucking tax. And then, and only then will I listen to things like this.

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Wintel must welcome Androitel and Chromtel into cosy menage – Intel

HollyHopDrive

Re: ooooouch

@ac - I think the fact that microsoft gave intel a cheekly slap with the tablets (partly because intel didn't have anything nearly good enough) is as you say a sign things aren't well between them. But this is a clear strategy from Intel to actively support other products and not use windows as their primary driver.

This is good news for Linux as a whole as we will no doubt see much better support for processor features (and their graphics chipsets too). However, MS will no longer have influence to make their OS run better. Intel have made that clear by their statement. Intel want to compete by being the best of breed and a primary MS strategy isn't going to help them achieve that anymore especially when Windows is no longer flavour of the month.

Looks like MS were [sort of] right "Linux is a cancer" - well it seems to *them* it is, but for the rest of us its quite the reverse - its the breath of fresh air that the IT industry needed, and actually, it looks like MS were the cancer that has been crippling the IT sector for a long while.

My opinion of course and I'm sure all the MS lovers will downvote the post but its a sinking ship my friends, there are holes opening up all over and everybody is deserting it (consumers, hardware manufacturers and I'm sure corporates will follow eventually) - just got a feeling it could be a long and drawn out process of listing before it finally sinks below the waterline.

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HollyHopDrive

ooooouch

Wow. Looks like Microsoft's best friend is making some new "cool" best friends instead. Surely this is a significant kick in the teeth for Microsoft. This has to be the writing on the wall for them.

Go Intel....!!

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Nokia's phone division burned us so badly we HAD to flog it, says CEO

HollyHopDrive

android......if only....

If only they had switched to android. Nokia do make nice hardware.

And I bet they used that android threat to get the price of the sale up too. Microsoft would have known it was game over for windows phone if they had gone android.

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The ULTIMATE cuppa showdown: And the winner is...

HollyHopDrive

Cripes, no wonder Yorkshire tea faired so badly. 4 minutes in a mug is far too long for that bad boy. It can make the water in the kettle go brown just by being placing the box within 6 inches of it.

Yorkshire tea needs a quick stir plus 20 seconds and a good squeeze. Any longer and it will destroy the spoon. Splash of milk and it's the king of all teas.

Typhoo/pg on the other hand will need the whole 4 mins.

Now, where did I put my flat cap....

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Microsoft, Xamarin give Visual Studio a leg-up for... iOS and Android?

HollyHopDrive

Next they'll claim...

....they invented the write once run anywhere thing - seem to remember Java trying to do that before Microsoft were a little underhand with that one. Still, all water under the bridge now.

Good to see the penny finally dropping at MS that these days not everything is going to run on top of windows - and a happy place it is when there is a healthy mix of IOS, Android, Winphone. (and blackberry I guess ... though thats looking unhealthy these days)

What will be interesting is to see what Apple make of this - they tend to take exception to anything that isn't 100% native IOS and built on a Mac.

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

HollyHopDrive

Re: Careful what you wish for.

i.e. Brainwash your young victims to enable you to continue to run your cartel without listening to what consumers really want. All the time blaming these "bad pirates" rather than your outdated business model.

"Hello boys and girls. Hands up if you know what a cartel is....... nobody........good."

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

HollyHopDrive

Re: So fix it!

@sandtreader - My wife is a KS1&2 teacher and has to start teaching basic computer programming (understanding an algorithm) to up to 7 year olds because Mr Gove believes its a good idea. Trust me - the last person who should be teaching technical computers is my wife. Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticising my wife - far from it, I couldn't do her job and she can't do mine. Teachers understand the "process of learning" in the same was I understand the "process of programming".

It takes a certain kind of mind to do anything - we could teach all kids to paint, but most of them would never become artists or even be able to get a job as an artist because they would clearly lack the required level of skill.

We teach all kids to play football, but our premier leagues are mainly taken up by foreign players.

This one size fits all is a big mistake. We need to group individuals into their talents and teach them that way. Some will be good at "real computer skills", some football, some art, cooking, science, maths, english and some academics. But we should get the right people to train and produce a small number of highly skilled people in each "core skill". Its not to say that they shouldn't also be taught other skills, but there is no point teaching me poetry - I still don't see it - but I can program in a lot of languages.

While this kind of setup is never going to be easy to achieve its just a hurdle that needs to be jumped - its not impossible just takes a bit of different thinking.

Only then will our country have a decent future and have the possibility of being self-sufficient and leading edge.

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

HollyHopDrive

I think samsung and google fell out some time ago...

I think the cracks started to show when LG made the nexus 4. Given what a tremendous phone the galaxy nexus was it was a bit odd that LG won the gig for the Nexus 4. And now the nexus 5. Oh, and the galaxy nexus isn't getting kitkat. (unless samsung chose to do that by themselves).

So, I conclude the gloves are off already. LG is deciding to ride the gravy train with google, taking over from where samsung left off.

However, the article is also a bit discourteous to google. While kitkat is clearly geared towards google on the nexus devices (this is after all the 'google implementation devices') if you look at their API's you are easily able to replace the SMS, dialer or even cloud storage by implementing your own provider or app. Its not rocket science and google even allow you to do it and sell it via the play store. In fact, you can even do all that on your own build! (as samsung have proved). There are no 'default' applications that now can't be overridden with your own app. The interesting thing with the hangouts SMS is you are now able to put your own app in to deal with SMS so you don't have to share it with hangouts if you don't want to. It was the only thing you pretty much couldn't do before.

But, given all the money google have put into this you can't blame them for wanting to get something out of it on their 'google' nexus devices. And they have been way more generous with not actually making it so you can't use competitors products as the default - other companies (read apple and microsoft here) don't allow such shenanigans.

Just my opinion though.....I know there are plenty of others.

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Open-source hardware hacking effort 'smacked down' by USB overlords

HollyHopDrive

Re: Dead vendor squatting?

Here's an idea - why don't they buy a vendor ID, then use that to invent as USB dongle that has a different type of interface. Lets call it BSU for arguments sake.

Now this device has a USB plug at one end (obviously) and a BSU interface at the other. You can now licence or give away BSU vendor ID's depending upon your need.

Then sell some USB to BSU converters and some bridging drivers to make 'legecy devices' work on the new BSU interface. Also, put the BSU specification, hardware and design under GPL or some such like. So now Intel or Asus or whoever can licence free put BSU devices on their motherboards.

Hardware manufacturers can then also start making BSU devices without licence fees.

While clearly a mad idea - would it take off? I'd certainly be willing to pay some crowsourcing to find out plus the chance see that buch of USB controlling goons fucked up and put out of business.....

Nobody likes a bully.....

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How do you solve a problem like MariaDB? Give it $20m ... right, Intel?

HollyHopDrive

Take your point (and its probably how it will pan out) but its a flawed strategy as a) open source coders tend to be very fast at swapping out infringing code for alternatives you can't own an interface/call - only implementation (and as oracle found out with java/android) b) it will just further advertise the availability of an alternative swap out project/product. Either way they lose money and reputation (what little is left)

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Google pulls all Android apps linked to adware badness THAT MUST NOT BE NAMED

HollyHopDrive

Re: Pull the kill switch

And you won't find that problem on windows mobile since there are no 3rd parry apps ;-) [I'll await the flames - I'm joking...but somebody had to do it]

Childish tech jokes apart, there is an element of truth in it. Fewer apps mean fewer holes. But as the windows app store grows the same issues will haunt it. You've got insagram, whataapp and ...I forget the other one all arriving soon so its gaining some traction from bigger players so expect the holes to start appearing as others jump aboard.

And just in case you didn't pick it up from the articles this is a 3rd party library (not android os) so the same will inevitably happen on windows phone at some point.....

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

HollyHopDrive

Re: legal content download services

I totally agree. I'll be honest, over the years (before wide availability) I used to get mp3's because it was how I wanted the media. And there was an element of school playground swapping that used to go on at work.

These days since I've been able to purchase mp3s I've been happy to pay. And weirdly I don't swap these or share them with anybody. Just because I believe in supporting the system. If they trust me then I have a responsibility to respect that freedom (to play on what i want) they've given me.

However, I want a movie. I want it now. And the only two devices I have that I can connect to my TV are my android tablet and a rasberry pi of and an Xbox. But since I refuse to pay Microsoft to let me use it on the internet (Don't even get me started on that) I only have two options.

Now, streaming is s#it for decent quality movies. I want off line. There is only one way to get that. Now I personally don't pirate it, lazyness mainly, but I understand those that do *when* there is no alternative. Either way they lost a sale.

Movie companies need to grow up and trust the customers. There will always be those that will pirate and would never have bought it. Its not a lost sale. However, they are an opportunity to convert. Its easy, just given them what they want and make it better and easier than the alternative. And get the price right. I'm sure that service will be way more profitable than you think. Make it so piracy sites can't compete on ease, quality and reasonable price.

Most people don't mind paying - but crippling the paying customer doesn't hurt the pirates, it just makes piracy look a more attractive proposition!

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

HollyHopDrive

Re: Nexus devices

I'm trucking excited about said new toys. However, I suspect like all these things its bound to be a US only affair - dare I mention chromecast and (lesser so) Google glass. And after watching the gadget show last night Rachael Riley likes g. glass and that's good enough for me ;-)

Still, me want

- Rachael Riley

- nexus watch

- Google glass

In that order ;-)

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

HollyHopDrive

You can put lipstick on a pig....

...but its still a pig.

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Best Buy: Bring us your cowering, unwanted Microsoft Surface masses

HollyHopDrive

I was given a Rt one by work to get my work email and use for lync calls. And it was shockingly bad. (Tiny x's to click to end a call, unresponsive and inaccurate touch screen)If I had been told it was a prototype I'd probably not slag it off, but given the cost its was just awful.

If it had been a personal purchase I'd have been very upset I'd wasted my money. I can only imagine this will be a popular offer.

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Canadian operator EasyDNS stands firm against London cops

HollyHopDrive

Even if it does cost media companies millions (which it probably doesn't - I've ranted before about a pirated copy is not necessarily a lost sale if they wouldn't have bought it anyway) let's examine the tax behaviour of these big companies and see if they've used the Starbucks route of tax avoidance to steal millions from the UK tax coffers. - yet they still use the (taxpayers) paid for old bill to do their dirty work.

Nuff said.

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Android adware that MUST NOT BE NAMED threatens MILLIONS

HollyHopDrive

Re: Apple (someone had to raise this)

Sir, you are a fool and an idiot.

Lets take a slightly easier to understand argument about choice, freedom and responsibility :

In america you have the freedom to own a firearm. You can have the freedom to shoot whatever you want. However- you have the responsibility of using it wisely and from hurting other people with it. - however responsibility means its not a licence to kill people - when you look down the barrel you CHOOSE whether to pull the trigger - check the target before you fire - YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU ACTIONS with said firearm.

freedom = gun = *responsible* for own actions and freedom to choose but probably higher risk of getting hurt.

locked down freedom = no gun = no "difficult" choices to make but can still get shot though not fault of own.

And thats my point, if you choose android (like I have) I choose to take more precautions before I install software (pull the trigger) and if I don't like what I see, I don't. With IOS I have to assume thats all been done for me. Doesn't mean I won't get hurt - its just somebody else is responsible.

And if you don't get that I'm assuming the smart phone in your pocket is owned by a dumb ass.

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Re: Apple (someone had to raise this)

The only reason its far less likely is because the ipolice say which advert libraries you can use. I.e. theirs. While that does limit the risk it also means all your eggs are in one basket should theirs turn out to have a flaw. It also is pretty crappy for the developer to not be able to use best of breed / best revenue return etc that he chooses. So its not as simple as saying ios is more secure (let just say 'phone chargers with malware'!) - its just a vunrability that exists on all platforms when a shared library is compromised by a flaw/bug/whatever...

So what I'm saying is with freedom comes responsibility - if android users accept stupid level of permissions for their chosen app then expect nonsense like this. If you don't want that level of responsibility and freedom, buy an iPhone and let apple decide what is good for you.

Personally, I'll stick with the little green android but each to their own. But neither side should be smug about this - "malware - its not just for windows" ;-)

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