* Posts by 0laf

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

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Re: But the Nexus 7 is a great tablet!

Similar. I have a Winpho which works great and has all the apps I want. Tried a Win8 Tab and unfortunately it is not very good, very fast but a mess.

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Re: Already gone

I thought it was only the 2012 that was borked by Lollipop. Unluckily that's what I have and yes it was pretty much bricked by that update. 5.1 has improved it but it still crashes more than W98 and takes longer to boot.

I picked up a refurbished Kindle Fire 7 for £60 and it wipes the floor with the Nexus, I wouldn't have had another 'droid tablet but £60 plus I subscribe the Prime movies as well so it works well enough for me.

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Citroën C4 Cactus BlueHDi: A funky urban crossover

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"Eyecatching".

Hideous would probably be another way to put it. However, it looks like the reliability reputation of French motors might be unjustified these days with the most recent reliability survey putting the Germans at the bottom.

My in-laws have just bought a Clio as a second car and they rave about it, far more than the £30k new Audi A3 they also bought this year.

Myself I had a pretty miserable experience in a Clio when I had one, cheap to run but crumbling from new.

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So where's all these digital services GDS promised us?

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Re: Fishing

What do you mean there is no high speed broadband in the North Sea or Mid Atlantic. Oh well just use your 4G wonderphone natch.

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Re: Digital Bubble

Yes the usual central Gov response to a query regarding the lack of effective broadband in rural areas is that you should use 3G or 4G.

Tell them you don't have 'G' never mind '4G' and all you get is a puzzled look then they fiddle with their iPads for a bit before changing the subject.

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Re: Digital Bubble

"The general opinion of GDS is that they live in a bubble of newness, without much reference to the real world."

I think that's very accurate. GDS seems to be providing jobs for many unemployed tech graduate hipsters that have failed to gain entry into the Apple or Google silos.

The strategy seems to be to fit every online Gov service into one model, shove it in the Cloud any cloud and give everyone an iPad whilst passing the buck on the costs of change and the risks of their grand new plan onto the individual government departments or local authorities.

They've given up on proper security as well so hang onto your designer stubble because a big breach is on the way. But that'll be ok coz we'll all have iPads and shiny thing make it all better.

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Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again

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Re: "Keep up with regular patching and system maintenance"

And then you have to deal with the systems that the suppliers refuse to update or want to bill you for.

Plenty of government department and businesses running vulnerable versions of Java and out of support servers because their essential software hasn't kept pace and contracts don't insist on it.

Then you have to deal with the meat layer which at the bottom is thick and uninterested in awareness/education but very interested in penis pill spam and at the top execs that want to have the latest exec fashion in technology irrespective of any business case or impact on the rest of the business.

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Protective monitoring

Don't forget protective monitoring.

If you're not logging effectively and not looking at those logs then you may never know you've been compromised or if you do find out you might never know how it happened.

If you don't know what door was opened how do you know where to put the locks?

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Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

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Still quite expensive

Ok these are lots cheaper than the Surface 3 Pro 12" but that's only because that is very expensive.

£500 for an atom 10" tab, + stylus £50, + keyboard £100.

Then if you're a business you have to add the extras for MS's esoteric licensing. This is quite an expensive budget device

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Honda CR-V: SUV-lite that’s also light on the pocket

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Ladies love a CRV

I know quite a few CRV owners and the cars are almost exclusively used by their wives and are deeply loved by them. Dull as ditchwater but very capable, very solid and very reliable.

To the post above I was a Skoda owner for 7yr with a Mk2 VRS petrol, it was a great car but Skoda have got rather up themselves lately and you wouldn't pay much more for an Audi over a Skoda.

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'What don't we want? Robots. When don't we want them? Ever.' Anti-droid hipsters hit SXSW

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Hey meatbags!

Bite my shiny metal ass - Bender Bending Rodríguez

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Siri, you're fired: Microsoft Cortana's elbows into iOS, Android

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I like MS and I like my WinPho but I just don't get the point of these digital assistants.

The voice recognition is ok 60% of the time which is impressive enough if you any sort of accent but it's still not much slower to make an appointment with your finger. Plus if Cortana makes a mistake it's almost certainly slower.

It doesn't integrate well with the Bluetooth in my car. Phone functions are fine and although Cortana can talk through the bluetooth system it can't listen. So if I get a text I have to yell like a madman to get it to read the text since my jacket is in the back seat. Replying is a non-starter.

The easter eggs are interesting for the first 10min

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Rosetta probe to try contact with Philae lander on Thursday

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Fingers crossed for the Comeback-kid.

But an epic mission even if it doesn't.

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

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Took the words out my mouth. Google's updates have slowly (well not so slowly with 5.0) turned a very good tablet into a PoS.

If Google can't get an update to work on their own hardware what will it do to other manufacturers.

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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GDS! Wearers of sharp suits and sharper haircuts, worshippers of yoof and yes men.

Denizens of planet Google.

Dismissers of security concerns and passers of bucks.

They came, they saw, they stated and bereft of irony they believed they conquered.

Oh GDS, hubris is thy name!

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: They shot themselves in the head

MS already sell "Signature Edition" hardware which is marketed as "Bloat free"

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Windows 10 for phones: Stepping towards the One True Windows

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Some interesting things - the blue dot arrow thingy could address one of my big annoyances with text editing on touch devices.

Winph8 is a far better OS than desktop 8.1 which is a mess on top of good foundations. I think I'd need a spare phone to try this on before committing my main device to it.

I'd be quite annoyed if MS's drive for universal apps made for universally crap apps. Universal apps will need to be flexible so they have a best fit for whatever device they are on. It'll be no use if they come to the phone with desktop input style. That's just back to what makes the W8 interface crappy.

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TITANIC: Nuclear SUBMARINE cruising 'Sea of KRAKENS' may be FOUND ON icy MOON

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I wonder if they'd ever consider long life orbiters for planets? Some big relay sats that could last for 50yr or more so they don't need to put powerful transmitters on little probes all the time. Seems to work well on Mars.

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HELP! Windows Phone update 8.1 broke my Lumia

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Re: In my case

I wonder if that's the road BB has now gone with the Passport - "F**k form, just make it function"?

I know quite a few people with them now that say it's ugly as sin but incredibly useful. And useful is more important.

I'm sure there is a decent market where people buy things because they are well made and work efficiently. Not because it's 0.2mm thinner than it's rival or 4g lighter or available in "sunset pink" or sponsored by feckin Bono.

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Re: In my case

I like my Lumia. I also like my hammer and my pliers when they are required.

I'll get concerned if MS get me to have romantic attachments to my phone or any other inanimate object. Make your phone indispensable, that'll do.

Executives don't half talk some shite.

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We'll my Lumia 920 has been without issue on the developer preview for over a year but my Nexus 7 has been progressively bricked by Google's updates.

I don't think any company is innocent of this sort of poor practice.

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Facebook: Hey guys, come share all your securo-blunders with us!

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Lol yeah I'm going to air my dirty laundry on a service owned by a data mining giant that makes it's living through advertising and selling data.

Being able to have frank discussions about security and incidents with peers can be invaluable but it goes without saying you need to trust everyone there and respect the Chatham House rule.

Is FB going to do that?

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Death knell for Windows with Bing, licences carved up

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The Data Protection Act makes using cloud based thingies like Chromebooks that bit trickier than sticking with windows.

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Tiger Moth: Old school flying without all those pesky flaps, brakes and instruments

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I also flew in Chipmonks and winch launched gliders as a Cadet in the early 90s. Lots of fun. We all loved the gliders the best but it would be rather nice to fly in a Tiger Moth.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: So Stupid

I've checked and even the cat refuses to comment

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Windows is TAKING the TABLET market... what's left of it, anyway

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Re: Slabs losing sales? Not surprising

Same here. Execs have tried iPads and finally admitted that they were a solution looking for a problem. Switched to Dell Venue 11s provided a dock and the battery pack keyboard. They now get a reasonable desktop performance with the option of a SFF laptop with 17hr battery life or a tablet with 8hrs.

Very few complaints and no demands to go back to iPads.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: Follow proper procedure

Upload all your stuff to Dropbox or the Google Cloud? That'll be GDS then.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/digital-skills-in-the-civil-service/an-introductory-guide-to-open-internet-tools-for-civil-servants

It's ok though everything is OFFICIAL

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Windows tablet price war FINALLY has 'em prying open wallets

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Re: @0laf: HP Stream 7

US only apparently, won't work with a UK Amazon account. I'm sure there are probably bodges around it but I'm not overly happy with the performance from the 2012 Nexus any more. Droid 5.02 is better than 5.0 but still pretty sluggish compared to 4.4 and that's after dumping the cache.

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HP Stream 7

Tried a cheap HP Stream 7 direct from MS. It's going back. Ok for some things but the quality of it was just a bit poor where it mattered to me. Unshielded headphone socket full of static, poor screen with bleeding light from the edges and not enough grunt to stream video although strangely the processor wasn't stressed, not sure where the bottleneck was. Also Win8.1 is far poorer on a tablet than a phone. I like it on my Lumia but it was a schizophrenic mess on the tablet. A fast mess but a mess none the less.

Pluses were that it booted in about 10sec Vs my 2012 Nexus 7 that now takes about 5min thanks to Google's 'updates'. The OS was snappy and never lagged. Full Windows meant that Amazon's stubbornness to release a UK Prime app didn't matter although the tablet couldn't handle Silverlight playback even at low quality.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Don't tell anyone but users actually quite like the Surface3

Surface3 getting a lot of interest from exec types. I guess the novelty factor for ipads has worn off and the need something new to wave around.

Got a cheap Win8.1 tab the other day, having defended Win8 a few times over the years I've now had to use it in anger and although it is very snappy on low power equipment the user experience is a f**king dogs dinner and that's from someone that really quite likes WinPho8.1

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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Re: Probably not allowed to do a full test

They'll have panicked at the though of proper pen testing actually costing money and or the worrying prospect it might find something which would then need to be fixed.

Far better to get the developer to run an out of date, unlicensed copy of Nessus at it for 10min.

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Netadmin wanted for 'terrible, terrible, awful job nobody wants'

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Small organisation therefore - If it plugs in and doesn't make food it's an IT thing.

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Re: That's my job!

Yup my job too, but I'm the security guy and don't even work in IT yet the MCSE qualified employees still look to me when they can't figure out why something isn't working.

All I do is Google the problem yet that seems beyond them.

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Want a cheap Office-er-riffic tablet? Microsoft Windows takes on Android

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Re: Well, why not?

You need to keep buying. But looking on Ebay you can pick up an annual O365 code for £10 or less.

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Re: A serious question for a change...

These little tablets are quite zippy but I'm not sure how they would do for any serious multitasking. You can pick up an outlet Dell Venue 11 tablet with an i5 intel processor and 4Gb Ram for £300 or a bit less for an i3. You're into genuine laptop rivals there and they should be able to handle just about anything short of gaming.

They have bit of a bad rep if you look up the reviews but a BIOS update deals with most of those issues. We have a large number of these at work and they work well and are popular with the users. Probably double the weight of the Linx tablet if that's an issue.

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Good for the price

I know a few people with these now, mainly the 10" version. For the most part they are happy with the devices using them as low powered laptops. The OS install and only 32Gb of on board storage doesn't give much remaining space so an SDCard is really a necessity.

Most people comment that the screen isn't glorious and the build quality isn't wonderful and the location of the physical buttons is a bit odd but overall more than decent for the price point.

Linx have a cash back offer of £30 on the 7/8 and £50 on the 10". It's not straightforward and depends on you buying from the right shop and trading in a decent 7" tablet. they won't accept any junk Ebay tablet. So it's debatable whether you would want to give up a decent tablet for £50.

Staples also did these at a give away price before Xmas. I missed out on a £89 10" which would have been a bargain.

Like all platforms it works best when you stay within the ecosystem. So Outlook works well with Outlook.com, One drive works well with Windows. When you cross ecosystems that's when things tend to get tricky but I guess they are all built to do that.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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The versions of windows that people get as close to loving as I think is going to happen were the OSs that just worked, quietly got on with their job and let people do things on the computer that they wanted. I'm thinking Win 2000, XP and 7.

If they get back to that then Win10 will be popular.

Win8 wasn't bad, it was just touch focussed and therefore shit without touch. It was fast and secure, it they'd sorted the interface it would have done fine.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

Yes. The only things that really keep me using FF are no-script and ad-block (and laziness). If I found another browser with those features I'd switch.

IE is too open, and Chrome, well "all your base are..." etc

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Fixed some things borked video playback on some sites

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: Science, where failure or success aren't so distinct

Hear Hear!

and a posthumous pint to the Prof.

It would be wonderful if one of the orbiters could send a signal to give the thing a nudge or get some data from a low gain antenna (or summit like that) but that's more Hollywood than science probably.

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Shiny thing make it all better - unless it's Dave Cameron's face.

But he's not the only one, I was a Information Security conference where a Scottish politician said within her keynote "Security, well it just gets in the way doesn't it?".

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Tesco tosses loss-making Blinkbox into TalkTalk's basket

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The PITA with Amazon is they they don't offer their service on any other mobile platform other than their own Kindles. Cheap full Windows tablets will help there or you have to jump ship to Netflix. I still like getting physical disks through the Lovefim part of Amazon so I've stuck with them so far. The lack of Android and other support is grating though.

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No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

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You can get a 7" tablet with full windows 8.1 Bing for £59 here now. And that includes a £60 Office 365 licence and 20% vat. Unsurprisingly they're selling rather quickly.

I wonder if Ms will continue to give away cheap windows to get their OS adopted again?

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Microsoft pulls a patch and offers PHANTOM FIX for the mess

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Last update certainly screwed Silverlight DRM. Amazon streaming offline unless you roll back.

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So this Saudi Prince calls and asks why he can't watch movies ...

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Re: Training

1st line support here is basically filled with non-techies now so there is no triage of the stupid calls no ability to fix silly little thing and no ability to translate the problem into something meaningful for the workers with knowledge.

That seems to be the trend now since no-one is ever laid off they just go on redeployment and end up on the helldesk.

Desktop techies aren't much better tbh. "Check it works before you leave" seems to be a bit of an alien concept

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I have a mate that used to do IT on superyachts. He had many similar stories.

I used to be the "IT guy" in a school where basically if it plugs in the wall and doesn't make food it's a computer problem.

I've had teacher yelling at me down the phone to make their printer work because it was

"urgent" (everything with teachers is urgent) and unacceptable that it wasn't working - printer was out of paper.

Internet access had been off all day - she'd unplugged the modem to plug in a phone (it was a while ago) and forgot to switch them back.

Recording "PC" wouldn't start up for an experiment - It was a 25yr old BBC Micro that had finally died.

I'm sure there were many others but it becomes the norm after a while and your brain screens it out as noise.

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VW's Scirocco diesel: A sheep in Wolfsburg’s clothing

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Re: Golf:

That's the story with most warmed over 'ordinary' cars. They're big and heavy so despite the big hp figures there really isn't much nimbleness or urge about them. They make 100mph feel like 50.

Sticking on fat low profiles and rock hard suspension might make the car look nice but it can make them a miserable place to be on the crap roads we have now.

The ads make out you'll be driving a Caterham when the reality is closer to a Iveco.

But then most drivers only like the fantasy of driving properly, they don't really want a car that might bite them if they get it wrong.

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Boffins unearth the ultimate antique art - 500,000 years old

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It's Ugg's shopping list as dictated by Mrs Ugg, "get more mussels, a pointy stick, fire and chocolate"

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SCIENCE LAB TERROR: MYSTERY of the MISSING BRAINS

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When I was at uni there were many urban legends of cadavers being taken on pub crawls by medical students. More realistically were the stores of minor body parts like toes being dropped into people pints and fat being picked out the bodies and flicked at each other in dissection labs.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Baronesses aren't qualified

Because Baroness Whats-her-pus and any other involved minister are determined that THEIR project will be finished so they don't get hung out to dry with another incomplete project story in the press.

you can add the same mentality to numerous other projects that make little sense but have a minister driving them forward whatever the cost or objection, G-Cloud, HS2, Millennium Dome, education changes, NHS IT,....

Same things happen in the US and probably every other country

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