* Posts by NeilMc

88 posts • joined 18 Oct 2011


Why so tax-shy, big tech firms? – Bank of England governor


Re: Fiduciary Duty

We are all shareholders either directly in terms of stock holding or indirectly through Pension Scheme's, ISA's and so. So the Board of Directors answer to us..... get that point? right next one.

Corporate Social Responsibility, that its new name after an expensive rebrand. Historically we could more readily rely on companies to pay taxes as in my opinion there was less greed and self interest and more of an understanding that Companies needed to contribute if they were to benefit from the output from the education system as a minimum.....

What I mean by this is if Companies along with individuals do not pay their "fair share" in taxes then in effect society will breakdown.. We will have no schools, police, healthcare, transport (in some cases), utilities (in some cases) as these need to be funded and the funding raised from individuals via taxation cannot sustain such services which we all derive benefit from; yes including companies.

So without schooling, healthcare, transport and utilities for example there is no infrastructure to provide the necessary resources to sustain an organisation, its business goals, its revenue and profit generation and finally its ability to pay taxes.

So lets all wise up and stop bitching about our taxes always going up. Corporations exploit increasingly questionable tax laws to minimise their tax bill and serve their selfish interests; no doubt by design they are shifting the tax liability to the individual without a consequential increase in individual earnings.

How about this for a question. Do we think Boards of companies exploit increasingly questionable tax laws because of Shareholder pressure or are they driven by greed and personal incentive plans?

Personally I think it is the latter...................... you decide.


2015 and IBM: But it wasn't supposed to be like this...


Looks like it is gonna be a Blue Year for Big Blue.........

No growth

Cost cutting

Navel gazing trying to decide what they want to be when they grow up

Stone lifting to try and find the next big thing

I predict IBM will end up re-packaging the same old shit under a shiny new banner and hope they can sell it like Wall Street Bankers selling CDO's (no idea what it is or what it does but its cool, shiny and new) and get back to profitability.



24/7 chase the sun shared data centres

now cloudy stuff

Same poor solution different name and day................


UK.gov SLASHES ICT frameworks by more than HALF


Govt or indeed the Civil Service should never run IT, its has been proven time and time again they are incompetent on a monumental scale.

And yet time after time no one takes responsibility...... got the Treasury as our Bankroll and they can strong arm as much money as we need from the tax payers.......

Happy days, just keep pissing it up the wall.


UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals


What a crock of shite

HMRC have all the tools they need to address tax evasion by the wealthy and corporates but have sacked all of their experienced investigators as part of slimming down the bloated Civil Service.

Coalition realises that Tax receipts have fallen through the floor and now there is no money to fund the Austerity programme and Tax give-aways.

Coalition starts rehiring HMRC investigators on temp contracts and extortionate day rates. Contractors fee's are outstripping the paltry addition tax receipts being generated.

New Corp Tax rules brought in to fix problem but is yet another fine example of "failures in joined up thinking"......

New "Gobble" Tax is focused on Corporate Profits..............doh Starbuck has "apparently" never made a profit since 1998 when it arrived on these shores. So what has changed? FECK NOTHING!!!!

How does a business remain "functional / operational" without making a profit? especially a business of that size and global reach? It just stinks of TAX EVASION on a massive scale.

What needs addressing are as follows:

Losses from previous business years being used to offset Tax liabilities in future years. Stop this

Licenses and Royalties being used to artificially depress profits and reduce Tax Liabilities. Stop this and call it what it is EVASION.

Bottom line is countries need Tax Receipts to pay for social infrastructure and services. If Corporates and the Wealthy don't pay their fair share then us Prols have to pick up the tab as we are doing and over fist......


APPLE set to Air PLUS-SIZED iPAD – claims mag


what about these..........

12in Golden Delicious?

12in Granny Smith?

12in Allen's Everlasting Apple?

12in American Mother Apple...................no really it exists....... ;-)

12in Api Apple....

12in Jersey Mac Apple ...... again really exists....

12in Jonafree Apple.... for all you sailor types out there

bored no but you get the drift..


Let's vote on breaking up Google, say MEPs with NO power to do any such thing


European Community

Self serving, self centred bunch of trough burrowing fat cats.

They bring nothing too the table and yet cost this great nation dearly.

With such a wide economic margin between the have and have-not nations now members of the EC; this is the single greatest cause of unprecedented economic migration which is causing the EC to unravel. I agree with the free movement of the populous based on an EC of "peers". But when you allow less developed nations to join guess what you get "a stampede" for the good life regardless of "state benefits"

Those that presided over the entry of those new nations singularly failed to effectively test their Govt and Macro economic credentials and are therefore to blame for what must surely be the end of the great EC experiment.

Needless to say those that created this nightmare are long since gone having made their €€ millions from the trough and are safely living outside of the EC. feckers.......


Gov.UK annual IT spend edges down... to £4.3 BEEELLION


No Mention of DWP?

Did we not hear in the last couple of weeks that the system that supports the flagshit Universal Credit (LOL) service needs a massive upgrade (PC language) for another fecked up system from a supplier that the Civil Service has no balls or brains to take to task to fix.

So lets just (tug off the Treasury) for a few more Bellllioooons to fix the last crowds feck up and hope these guys do a better job.

Personally I would prefer to put a bunch of 5 year olds in charge of Govt spending.


HMRC dishes out tax rewards to GOV.UK... for inking deals with MEGABUCKS SIs


Are the bold text excerpts direct quotes?

If so then that just hammers another giant nail in the credibility of GOV.uk.

Apart from the first paragraph reading "refundable under where i)".......... is that supposed to be refundable underwear... or edible underwear..... these people cannot read write or clearly comprehend English. After that all bets are off.

The second paragraph is no better "Typically this type of universal software is provided as part of a large IT contract and is be integral"......... is be integral.......WTF

Is this a case of HMRC now outsourcing policy guidance to suppliers in countries for whom English language is a third / fourth language.

If they cannot be bothered to write and communicate in plain, accurate and easy to comprehend English then that tells us all we need to know about the poor state of HMRC and the UK Civil Service.


Apple strap-on wristjob: You WON'T be able to spend more than $5,000!


Re: Gold-plated?

I totally agree Scott.........................

This article immediately loses credibility as it compares Apple Swatches with say....... Rolexes on anything other than a parity basis. So 5k for a gold Apple Swatch vs 15k for a similar metal Rolex. mmmmm not bad in prices terms but what does that actually mean in terms of function, form or value.......?

Personally having got loads of Apple mobes I see no value in the Apple Swatch at all..... By gen 3 it might offer something that interests me.

Much like other commentards, I spend my money on DLSR's and "real" watches of which I have a few, boys and their toys eh............

But despite my fondness of Apple mobes this is one device I will pass on.

PS: iPhone 6+ camera for movies and stills is fantastic...


UK Cabinet Office's £200m IT bonanza: I got 999 contracts but a pitch ain't won (yet)


why 999

well its because of failures in the End User IT services contract at the Cabinet Office Procurement (under another contract naturally); all monitors were installed upside down...... and no one has yet noticed.

One of the Procurement wieners must be a devilish worshipper..........999 or 666?

You decide................

failing that I can only imagine with so many suppliers actually choosing one will be the most enormous game of IP DIP DOG DOODY.......

There can be no other explanation, the costs to both parties of initial contracting and on going relationship maintenance will be huge and of little tangible value to most of the bidders.


MoJ hands £125m to outsourcing giant Atos


Ding Ding Round 1

Oh my god................

I looks like the MOJ Referee has been caught in the middle of the service provider boxing opponents and has been KO'd....................in the first round.

I had a word with William Hill they will not give odds on anything productive or useful coming out of these contracts other than litigation, waste and disappointment.

They would however give very poor odds on the MOJ being able to manage the contractual relationships and inter-supplier blame game.......


Cloud to kill off legacy apps, says Rackspace CEO Taylor Rhodes


An intereview of a retard by an illiterate

Here's what Rhodes had to say about Rackspace's decision to stand alone, what it's like watching AWS and Google fight giants fight and more.

Rhodes: It is super simple. Cloud is big. It is early stage. The main market has just started moving. We feel super-well positioned compared to others coming at cloud from legacy positions.

We are Super well positioned for a super stand alone super solution to super world cloud super needs. Super, super, super...... pick another word!!!

It is clear that El Reg and the interviewee care very little about the editorial integrity of this piece so why should I waste my valuable time reading it.


London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower


Re: The naming rights of an edifice.........

Hang on a minute............... They are Salesforce.com they own the cloud, they own SaaS, they own Sales for all corporations in the known universe.....

They can have what they want when they want it..................

Perhaps they have aspirations to be Wolves of er.... Fishermans Wharf........... doesn't have quite the same ring. Arses!!

Perhaps if the building was more shaped like a limp dick they might stand a better chance of sole occupancy and therefore naming it after themselves.......if they still saw the value in doing so.


Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz


Re: stacks of cash, stock certificates, bonds and other items

or "Islands in the sun for those that dont have one"

That might massage his ego as he leaves the top spot at Oracle.....

But wait a moment he is not leaving the top slot...............

As CTO reporting to the new CEO's that are held accountable by the Exec Chair which is ehhhhh Larry he still has a stranglehold on the business.

Very strange


Bits of him are 70 years old others......

I always thought Larry had had a few "procedures" done over the years. so perhaps bits of him are 70 years others maybe a lot less.


Too slow with that iPhone refresh, Apple: Android is GOBBLING up US mobile market


Re: You have competition AND compatability.

Bollox indeed.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely; history is littered with examples.

Most recent and worthy comparison is Microsoft. You become dominant in a sector then you start to squeeze out the competition by either manipulating the customer base, selecting channels and partners that will play the game your way or otherwise targeting competition for elimination e.g. buy them.




Cases have been brought about how Google's algorithms skew results in favour of advertisers or for "other" perhaps self serving reasons.

I guess the upside is that Google's dominant position has not yet got to the stage where they prevent you from using Google to search for Google Antitrust!!

However that day is not far away......


Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K


Re: bollocks

I think you are onto something here Peter 39,

So MOJ and HMP staffers got to prison for the data loss which was completely avoidable; and lets see how the lags treat them for losing their data.....

Then in the same context the Police and Council in Rotherham should be doused in petrol and repeatedly assaulted and abused.

Currently there is a culture of "no accountability and no consequences" so nothing will change.

Perhaps its time for some "eye for an eye"


UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law


Re: Not Good

And yet the Governments first instinct in relation to UK citizens personal data is "how can they profit from it".

Example being that they allow all sorts of scumbags to access data from the DVLA with few restrictions rather than address how our data can be used to improve life for citizens and civil servants.

There is of course the other grave concern and that is the Governments track record on large IT system procurement and implementation is a litany of failed projects, poor value for money and monstrous delays.

Final nail in the coffin being the many public and secret DPA breaches with laptops and USB drives containing huge datasets left on trains of dumped in skips.


'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones


Re: Good to know

BYOD is just a ticking time bomb for Employers who now have to factor into employment contracts how they deal with personal claims for data loss and injury based on company actions or indeed the actions of their chosen partners as in this case.

BYOD is flawed simple as; it intro's more issues / challenges than it creates opportunities.

Unless you are self employed or contracting BYOD makes no sense whatsoever.......


Titsup UK Border IT causes CHAOS at air and seaports in Blighty


Re: Nominative determinism, almost...

No its Brokenshite or will be


Re: What's the point!?

The insight might be that the Border Control systems are some of the oldest in the UK Governments IT infrastructure, no doubt held together by string, chewing gum and a small band of dedicated octogenarians who are dropping like flies.

It is probably one of these that fell over on the job or perhaps to provide a spark for the conspiracy theorists out there....... maybe the system was brought down by Russian or Chinese hackers....... thus letting in potential undesirables....

who knows, but it is rather comical that the guy fronting this for the Civil Serviec is called Brokenshire, BrokenArrow or something like that.....right name, right job


Who fancies a billion-quid bonanza? Just flog the Home Office some shiny walkie-talkies


Re: RE: This will be completely successful, and will come under in under time and budget.

Like many on this forum I have been on the other side of such Govt Contracts.

The issues always seem to be

are poor requirements specifications by the client.

cheap as chips penny pinching / contracting

zero accountability in Govt once the contract is signed

constant changing of the specification once the contract is signed

constant rewrites of specifications, pricing and contracts as the cycles of change hit the project

NAO comes in waves big stick cos £millions has been spent for zero benefit

Govt soils itself and underlings get side ways moves

Minister, secretaries and Civil Service Grandee's dodge yet another bullet

the contract is cancelled

the supplier is pillaried, tarred and feathered and blacklisted from future contracts

Govt / Civil Service allow dust to settle

and then the whole cycles starts all over again....

The single biggest contributors to this cycle of waste is that the Govt bites off more than it can deliver and the Govt departments that contract for these services try and buy a solution that is future proof rather than incrementally improving things......

Contracting 20 years into the future when we are looking at such rapid and disruptive change is foolish at best and irrelevant at worst.


Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too


Re: Warm and cuddly

A quality and insightful retort AC....

Most of the comments perhaps predicatably are about Tech, Software and IP theft.

I believe there needs to be equal focus (perhaps not on this forum) for the work that TSI do on Horsemeat scandals yes, but also other fake goods as well as poor traders, scam artists in all their forms, consumer protection in general.

This is what the Government is short changing the public on yet again.

It seems to me all we hear about is service cuts and yet the government perpetuates the message that this is not effecting the front line and they are purely cutting Public Sector fat.

Bollox to that Boy George the truth will out just like it did with Labour of spending when there is no income and immigration.


Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK


Most of those in the Senate are the so called billionaires or are on the payrole of the Billionaires.

So those Turkeys will not be voting for Christmas


HP exec: 'CYOD' will TEAR APART the IT dept as we know it


This is the Tech sector sowing seeds in the minds of IT Directors, CTO's and FD's.

"Let promote BYOD / CYOD and shift a substantial amount of IT hardware cost to clients employees".

Lets face it most Users will get their €500 voucher and then go and buy a better / higher spec machine than was specified and will pay the additional monies themselves as their employer will reject paying for over specc'd machines.

Happy days another FUBAR business idea with no real benefit or value other than to serve parties with vested interests.


UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored


Re: No to offshoring for certain aspects of public sector

You make a strong and fine arguement;

Certainly we can reflect on the various and growing number of data loss scandals many eminating from offshore providers with very lapse security.

I too believe that any savings by sending work offshore are under-estimated in terms of the total loss to the UK economy of retaining the jobs in the UK and providing employment opportunities for the 1m or so UK unemployed.

These shared services facilities are precisely the type of work that can be relocated into areas of the UK with high unemployment. Therefore providing employment, economic stimulus to the local economy, valuable input to the wider UK economy and reducing the benefits bill for all tax payers.

The simple truth is that our "Celebrity Government" is too full of self servicing wannabee TV hosts that they are simply not up to the task of addressing such matters; instead they take the easy way out and offshoring jobs without even considering the wider impact.


Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan


Re: How about

To my esteemed peers and contributors HollyHopDrive, AC's Various, Akeane, JP19, MJI, Malagabay, Grease Monkey and others.

Some simple failings of the public sector (including the NHS) which are possibly the most significant contributory factors in this monumental cockup.

No one is accountable

No one is responsible

There are no consequence when things go wrong. (except for the taxpayer that is £120bn of waste per year was the figure reported this week = £4.5k per year per household).

Public Sector are chronically poor at accurately scoping contracts and negotiating fair value.

Once contracts are agreed they cannot help tinkering with the solution ultimately creating a frankenstien solution that cannot be economically or technically implemented.

There is no F in Strategy - that is the NHS has no effing IT Strategy at all.

Therefore NHS Trusts are able to unilterally invest in IT on a sporadic basis depending on the Trusts view of the value of IT and how its supports patient health or not.

Often these decisions are made by crusty "consultant types" straight out of a 1950's movie who appear to weald power beyond their value to patient care.

I personally experienced that on NCRS project which became Connecting for Health which after over selling on the Supplier side, chronically poor NHS sponsorship at the executive level resulting in divisive relationships between NHS trusts and suppliers. To wich the NHS Ivory Tower response was JFDI to both suppliers and trusts.

However there are other factors which need taking into consideration:

Microsoft sold a duff product and we should not pay for failure.

NHS IT and Trust and Central levels should have acted faster inline with product retirement warning which were given in plenty of time.

NHS central IT strategy should be looking over the horizon and defining standards for new systems that Trusts must comply with before budgets are invested.

Bottom line private sector corporate accountability and governance is required in the NHS. NHS top brass want the private sector level remuneration but wringle out of the consequences that come with such high rewards.

We should not standard for this attitude.


HELLO LENOVO. Do you really, really want to make smartphones?


Re: Taking on an awful lot at once

I too share your concerns.....

However Lenovo's timing on the PC business acquisiton was masterful and they do not appear to have missed a beat with taking on that business, stabilising it and then growing it.

Therefore I must assume that based on the length of time taken to secure the deal with IBM for the X Series server business that they have a good plan in place for that too and most likely the same for the Moto acquisition.

I guess time will tell.


Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report


I also asked myself the question of why wouldn't they look at :



or any other mass market recruitment portal which already has the tech and processses baked in

what about HR and Recruitment BPO players like Alexander Mann......

Why reinvent the wheel with a player plainly not up to the job

Certainly without a shadow of doubt the Public Purse should not be paying for failure; and PAC should be all over this ensuring that we do not throw good moeny after bad.

I at least gave G4S some credibility after the Olympic fiasco; they were contrite and waved some costs proportional to the screw up they caused.


Re: Delivering supporting technology ..

Another great private sector trick.

Imagine the scene................

Hi we are money grabbing IT/IS provider (might be Capita, Serco, G4S, EDS, Cap Gemini, Atos or.....) we know and can do very little but we will be your Prime Partner cos we have ex Govt and ex MOD people who can ensure we are the prime contractor even though we know and do nothing.

Then we will bring in experts in the field e.g. Kenexa or as it is now IBM and they will deliver the solution along with our many other value adding leeches.

We will mark-up all their costs which already include their profit and provide absolutely no added value other than billing your sad Govt ass's.

If you are nice to us we might take our contract awarding friends from the Govt out for expensive meals to congratulate each other on another great deal for the UK Public and Govt.

Sound familiar to anyone?


Re: Same old suspects every single damn time..

Indeed how many senior players at Capita are ex Govt or Ex MOD.....


Re: 1.3 billion?????

Sounds like the costs for replacing light bulbs in Government Buildings that came to public realisation some years ago now. I believe the figure was £98 per bulb to supply and fit..............

As ever context is important to understand the relative value for money for such a service


SIM-free unlocked iPhones coming to a channel near you...


interesting point

So if one extrapolates that viewpoint the decision on whether the UK stays in / out or indeed shakes it all about regarding EU membership will come down to a fight between the "corporates" many of which pay no taxtaxes and yet demand all the benefits of membership........

e.g. Banks, Financial Institutions, Car Manufacturers etc will lobby for the UK to stay in the EU to retain access to the large market, whilst Apple and others will lobby for us to leave so that they can carve up the EU into discreet markets and pricing for its products.

The UK's population with our major concerns regarding immigration, population explotion and the resultant pressures this is placing on the NHS, our education system, affordable housing and the social security system will not even get a vote......................


Euro chief of scandal-smacked Serco leaves as cop probe continues


is it me or is this article inaccurate?

Really Serco only amassed £1.82m in Govt contracts last year...................

should that be £1.82bn?

Maybe £1.82m is what Stafford is getting as a pay off.....................or

May be if Serco provided the numbers for this article then perhaps the editorial team and the MOJ need to look wider.............Serco unable to provide the correct numbers for anything!!.....................



What does the NHS’s new IT plan really want to extract from us?


Re: Great, more unsecured data

A scub bag hackers wet dream.

ah an dlets not forget the Chinese Govt Hackers and

Eastern European Criminals meal ticket to a millionaires lifestyle of riches borne from exploiting the wealth of unprotected data.

and thats before the Govt or NHS decides to off-shore its storage to a mud hut on Guam

another FUBAR project


CEO of bloated outsourcing firm Capita quits after 26 years


Re: Capita confirmed that Pinder will "receive no payments for salary after his retirement"

I bet most of the employees would like to give him a Golden Shower on his way out the door.....

After all thats what he appears to have done to them in recent years...........

Goldfingers indeed..


Burnt-out Comet's VC backers are looking for more cash


Vince Cable and the Govt will find nothing and do nothing

Another sorry tale of greed, misrepresentation, pre-packaged failures, tax evasion and huge self interest on the part of the VC.

The impact as we can all forsee are job loses no doubt ahead of Christmas, personal hardship for those unlucky people employed by those companies, loss of pensions and pay and a consequential impact on their families.

The investors in such a vehicle will no doubt be insulated from such trauma if not rewarded for their investment while everything burns around them............

Moral compass off point........................nah


Will small biz get a bite of mega UK.gov IT pie? Yes: if it can pass the bulls**t sniff test


Govt contracting - cluster fecks and the public money tree

Govt contracting is infected with billy big bollox, wanting an all encompassing solution to world peace, for a cheap as chips price, for a decade long contract term with no accountability in Govt and all risk transferred to the successful bidder

and yet

they cannot articulate the need, the benefit or scope of the requirement; often compounding this situation by seeing no value in the preferred bidder doing a detailed needs analysis before final contracting.

That how we get all too common HS2 projects / contracts, Aircraft Carriers contracts and PFI hospital deals..........PFI schools blah blah........

All too depressing when one reflects on the fact that these tossers squander so much public money.

Contract for lightbulb supply and installation at £2000 a pop anyone?.................please!!!!


Infosys set for $35m fine over US visa naughtiness


Re: Typical behaviour?

Indeed having worked in Global IT Outsourcing and Consulting for over 10 years this practice is very common even in the mature markets; where do you think companies like Infosys got the idea from.

Its a big race to the lowest price point or lowest common denominator across most industry sectors and countries.

Along with the very passionate forum post about 18th century coal mine owners and haves and have nots; the other aspect that needs to be considered is Societies "rampant consumption" of all natural resources without consideration for how sustainable this practice is; Energy being the latest example.

If we consume based on Wants and not Needs

If we consume without a care for where the resources come from

If we consume without questioning the sustainability of our behaviour

If we fail to understand and act upon the laws of supply an demand

Then we are sealing our own fete and that of future generations.

Perhaps paying more for energy might be the catalyst for a behavioural change in Society?

So should the Government take action on the Energy companies?


Microsoft: You've got it all WRONG. It's Apple's iPad playing catch-up with our Surface


Re: And some sour grapes too.

Perhaps since MS acquired Nokia's mobe business there is an opportunity to integrate the two products streams and rebrand.

What about the Microsoft Lemon?

It is sour, pithy, makes your eyes water when you part with money or look at someone else with an Apple.

It performs like a Lemon; built badly on a Friday afternoon when the Roberts on the production line are already dreaming about the first weekend beer or WD40.

Nah............. that would be too sensible.

Cogs whir in MS HQ nah feck it lets just retain two competing products lines and self distruct instead!!!!!!!!!!!!

The new definition of "literally getting things done"............yeah right on man


It's the '90s all over again: Apple repeats mistakes as low-cost tablets pile up


Re: Resale value

You get what you pay for; 2 weeks short of the warranty expiration on my iPhone5 the wake sleep button start to play up intermittently; worst kind of nightmare, no consistent fault scenario, how do they sort this.....

I booked a slot at the local Apple Store Genius Bar; Beardy Genius saw me within minutes of my time slot (on the weekend too), ran some diagnostics and immediately swapped out the handset for a new one. No questions......

Microsoft, HTC or Samsung or BB would have given me the runaround for 3 weeks and then said you are out of warranty "feck off" or pay for a new handset.

For the time being Apple have attractive, quality products with good customer service at aspirational price points that are just about in reach of a good slice of market share that sustains their business vision / goals.

The issue for them is simple do they

A: follow the mass market into a death spiral of over supply of evermore capable products that Consumers rarely use to their full extent or

B: stay at the premium end of the market which no one can touch them at, work on brand loyalty (evidenced by the recent appointment of Ahrendts from Burberry) and watch the bottom feeders devour each other or drown in the over supply product inventory.

mmmmmmmm tough choice..........

As I say for the near future Apple have my business.


Meg Whitman asks HPers to drag their asses into the office


I agree with most of what you have said.................

This is clearly a topic you feel strongly about and I agree with most you have written

WFH is not for all personality types or indeed types of work.

As you said in one of your posts the Football fans would feel isolated on WFH and it would drive them to endless IM chats or to leave the company. Many managers cannot effectively manage if they cannot count the widget production per head at the end of the day....

I have also WFH extensively since 2000 and find it useful as you say when you need to concentrate, crack a problem or write proposals but its not for everyone.

I also think that in some cases a team needs to be together to bond as a team and reach optimal performance. Now this does not mean permenant co-location does it does mean that the managers or leaders have a strategy that takes the team through the Forming, Storming, Norming and Performing phases.

Otherwise I think you are spot on in terms of your assessment of these moves by HP and Yahoo.


Investor lobs sueball at BlackBerry, says it 'misled' shareholders


Re: they should have purchased Nokia

So are you saying that sometime ago Microsoft decided Nokia was an aquisition target.

Did they plant Elop in there as a Trojan Horse to get the full skinny on whether it was a financially attractive target.

He may have advised Microsoft to only go for the Device's business unit as the rest had no real value to Microsoft.

Maybe in return for his "vast" Golden Handcuffs payout from his Microsoft contract and his Golden Hello return to Microsoft contract Elop might have been tasked with driving the Nokia Share price down 60%.

This could have in effect funded the purchase price of Nokia Devices for Microsoft.......

Anything underhanded about that?.............

All above board?............

Nokia shareholders disadvantaged?............

Wonder if Mr Pearlstein backed this horse as well?

next claim in his pipeline perhaps


Hundreds of hackers sought for new £500m UK cyber-bomber strike force


Re: Hardly a deterrent - ah how do you spell detergent

Most squaddies have left school before completing formal education and have by the MOD's own records a reading age of an 11 year old child.

Many when I was involved in the MOD DIIF project needed help with PC literacy, simple word processing, email writing and online self service MOD benefits claims.

Yeah Dads Army sets the right tone and expectation......I can see them tripping over themselves as they try and get both left feet in front of the other whilst wielding their pitch forks which they have managed to snag their capes on...............lol

Or is it

Keystone Cyber Cops running in ever decreasing circles.....


MPs slam bumpkin fibre rollout, demand halt to further £250m cash spaff


And lets not forget that Fujistu were late the NHS NPfIT nose in the Govt Trough party and if I am not mistaken they were the first provider to be binned by the Govt for poor contract performance.

So, yes the Broadband contract terms must have been very onerous for them not to bid.


MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on


Re: "poor negotiating capability"

I too was at the Coalface as you put it.

The primary cause of the contract failure could be put down to a NPfIT vision that was not fully supported by the SHA's let alone the Trusts.

When we started to engage the Trusts they were in the dark regarding the Vision, contract and the impact on them. we had to sell the Vision all over again to those Trusts; many of which had already made investments of commitments to local suppliers or some of the big players.

Then the "individual" who headed the negotiations for NPfIT left and the rest is history........

Big bang solution rather than implement and iterrate

Poor contract management on both sides

Scope creep of monumental proportions

Software solutions unproven and delayed in development

Trusts undermining the Vision and Contract as they had already made a local decision for a solution

Delays driving Trusts to dis-engage with the NPfIT programme

The lord god that is Clint Eastwood had a term for this "CLUSTERFUCK"

But hey, no harm...... no one died.........no accountability.......... wait for the dust to settle and try again next decade......


Re: A lot of paper ...

However the issues with the NHS is one of arrogance, convenience and luddites.

After all we have been talking about the paperless office for deacdes and no commercial business has acheived it; so why would a Public Service with no commercial incentive to do so trail blaze this issue. Especially one that has a history of having Change forced on it resulting it a concerted effort to undermine and resist the necessary Change.

It simply wont happen and we will look at another £10bn wasted and more public sector halfwits and government types walking away shrugging their shoulders saying "nowt to do with me mate".....not my fault.

Quite simply without hard Acoountability these guys should not allowed to have access to such funding at all; they cannot be trusted with just pocket money.

Whether its Government and Civil Service spending £millions with 1000's of suppliers of paper clips, pens, printer paper, light bulbs.

MOD buying choppers that cannot fly in clouds and fog, attack helicopters when they have not ticked the box for pilot training, building the SA80 rifle instead of buying the AR15.

Police forces this week being called to accoiunt for why the dont consolidate their purchasing power for simple equipment like boots, stab vests, handcuffs, cars etc.

Quiet simply Public Sector offers poor value for money and that is the principle reason Taxes go up to pay for their poor performance and value for money.

Bin the lot and start again...................


CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer


Re: So the man who helped the NHS wast £10Bn should be in charge of MS?

Small but important correction, I believe the article states that Lawrie joined CSC in 2012, by which time the NHS contract was well and truly toast.

If anything Lawrie ended a contract that was not working since its incept in 2003; and in some respects it was a contract that was doomed to failure. Designed and contracted by the NHS Ivory Tower and imposed on the SHA's and Trusts..... immediately establishing a multi-level game of them and us divides that could not bridged by the contract winners to achieve consensus to make the contract work.


Small biz isn't finding it any easier to bag govt IT contracts


Re: Is this really surprising

To which I hope your response is................

Well if you did they job properly first time you would not need my services.

closely followed by.................

24/7 emergency plumbers charge extra for such services, thats the business I am in.

and closed by......................

well do ya what me to fix your mess and help you keep your customer without paying penalty fee's or what?

Nice darts mate


Re: It's all about arse covering or as they might say Risk Management

With so many Govt Contracts..............

1. going spectacularly wrong

2. going over budget

3. failing to deliver

4. delayed

5. offering poor or no real value

cant wait for HS2 as the lord god Client Eatswood would say "its a cluster feck" in the making

money better spent on airport capacity inline with the Govt mantra that our economy will only grow through export to emerging economies................ something that they appear to have forgotten about.