* Posts by Allonymous Coward

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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> The politicians don't even grasp how current technology operates

Sure they do. It's "Digital", right?

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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

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Re: Unsung triumph?? Yeah, right.

AFAIK, many GOV.UK services stick in "beta" (not sure about alpha) because it saves the developers having to do an extra round of GDS service assessment.

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Airbus to build plane that's even uglier than the A380

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Re: Love the A380

> 777 seating is WORSE than what you have in B737 or A320 for puddle jumper flights

Having recently flown a 737 across the Tasman to connect with two 777 legs to Manchester via Singapore, I have to say I found the 737 seating to be far worse.

Perhaps this was down to the difference between Virgin Australia (who I will never fly with again) and Singapore Airlines though.

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HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

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The important thing is

They came up with a catchy name (plus associated domain, plus associated logo) for the exploit. That's apparently important these days.

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

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How large?

If it needs to be very large, perhaps we could call the vehicle "Gigantic" or something.

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Oh TechNation. Britain's got tech talent. Just not like this

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Re: I googled it,

Innovate UK

I had some dealings with these twerps a while back. A more oxymoronic organisation name would be hard to imagine.

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Top new IoT foundation (yeah, another one) to develop open standards

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You forgot the HyperCat consortium

Which aims to create an inclusive one-stop shop of best practice IoT implementation through the sharing of knowledge of processes and applications.

Apparently.

FFS.

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Good thing this dev quit. I'd have fired him. Out of a cannon. Into the sun

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Re: #define spel spell

I see your 'ELAMENT' and raise you an 'HTTP referer'

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

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IT Angle

Re: Things More Interesting than Julian Assange

Discussing Unicode support in PHP

Icon because, there is one.

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Re: @Desidero No legal force

Had he stayed and not used his lawyer to help him leave Sweden, this would all be a footnote on Manning's wikipedia entry

And Julian would hate just being a footnote in someone else's Wikipedia entry.

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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

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Flame

When I see a company name like "Strategy Analytics" I want to go hit something

That's it. That's my sole contribution to this discussion.

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What the world needs now is Pi, sweet $5 Raspberry Pi Zero

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Pint

Re: Overpriced

@Raithmir dammit, you owe me a new keyboard.

That will be something like £40, apparently.

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TalkTalk incident management: A timeline

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Re: False offer for "free credit reporting"

Noddle isn't free. Well, the very basic core service is but as soon as you want to do anything useful you end up in "in-app purchase" land. I know this because I've had an account with them for a few months.

In fact, the TalkTalk code gets you access to "alerting", which is (only) one of Noddle's paid-for services. I signed up for it because why the heck not, I already had the Noddle account. And I'm a TalkTalk customer, at least until my contract expires.

They don't make this information easy to find on their website because they're [incompetent|malicious] (delete one). Here's a link to it: http://help2.talktalk.co.uk/noddlealerts

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Ubuntu 15.10: More kitten than beast – but beware the claws

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Re: still self destructing?

From the Lubuntu help site:

"In the bikeshed ubuntu package, there's a script called purge-old-kernels, that allows you to retain a certain number of older kernels as well as the latest, rather than purging them all."

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Terror in the Chernobyl dead zone: Life - of a wild kind - burgeons

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Mushroom

I for one...

...welcome our new mutant werewolf vampire bat six-legged chicken overlords.

(Icon because, it's obvious really)

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Brimming with VM goodness: Qnap TS-453mini 4-bay NAS

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I used to have a QNAP NAS

Think it was a TS-219 or something. Nice little device, but I soon realised it was basically an ARM box running a bespoke Linux distro, and I was hitting limits fairly regularly when trying to use it as a music server, cloud backup client or whatever. Sure you could *do* most of that stuff but it was harder than I liked, and sometimes felt a bit hacky and non-standard if you stepped outside the packaged features.

Decommissioned it in favour of an HP Microserver with big cashback offer, running OpenMediaVault off a spare laptop HDD plugged into the internal USB port (yes it does work). I like OMV better; very polished preconfigured NAS experience but full fat Debian under the hood if you need to get down with some detailed configuration.

I like things that Just Work, but unfortunately I found a dedicated NAS device Just Worked for about 90% of what I needed. Other people's mileage will undoubtedly vary. Cost, while nice, wasn't a major factor.

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

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Meh

I didn't know UK.gov still used "cyber"

I thought everything was Digital these days.

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Cambridge University Hospitals rated 'inadequate' due to £200m IT fail

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Re: how many times...

I can't decide if you're being sarcastic.

If you're not, Google "NPfIT" then spend a bit of time reading how Big Centralised IT projects in the NHS don't always work all that well.

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Hype Circle 2015: Gartner stares groggily into crystal ball

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Flame

My manager makes decisions based on Gartner analysis

He's an idiot. Fortunately I'm changing jobs soon.

Icon, because that's what Gartner reports need to die in.

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: still up

To be fair I just visited his website to see what all the fuss was about, and I probably wouldn't have bothered otherwise.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

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Re: I'll stick with my MATE

Considering that Ubuntu have just made their MATE flavour an "official derivative" I hope it's not going anywhere too soon...

I'm an Xfce user myself, but this looks like it might do a few things out of the box that are a little bit of a faff with my current (Mint 13) desktop. Maybe I'll give it a go when I upgrade.

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Windows on a Mac

I've heard of one organisation where they use Macs specifically for the good international AppleCare support (their people travel a lot). But they boot into, and use, Windows almost exclusively.

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Sysadmins rebel over GUI-free install for Windows Server 2016

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Re: Long-time Linux and Windows Admin here

I see your diff httpd.conf.20150604 httpd.conf and raise you an svn* diff httpd.conf

* other tools are available

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Mega fatcat Kim Dotcom in deportation drama over SPEEDING ticket

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Stop

Perfectly safe != speed

In 2012, NZ had 7.1 road deaths per 100,000 of population. In the same period the UK average was 2.8 road deaths per 100,000 of population.

Many Kiwis think of ourselves as behind-the-wheel heroes when we're anything but. And on the whole the roads are worse than in Europe or North America. Less traffic is about the only thing in our favour.

So yeah, it's not perfectly safe to speed. I, for one, hope the door doesn't hit Kim Dotcom in the backside on his way out.

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

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To be fair

Rory Cellan-Jones is easily confused

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Forget 1,000 lashes for Facebook posts, Saudis now want to behead blogger Raif Badawi

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Saudi Arabia

Is a great argument in favour of the oil running out.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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WTF?

I'm stunned

I just agreed with something MLF said.

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Microsoft's SELFIE-TASTIC Nokia 830, 730: Complete with DOG SMILE WHITENER

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Re: Losing the shutter button is a bad idea

Does it? That'd be OK. Perhaps El Reg will give us a rundown when they get their mitts on a review unit.

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Allonymous Coward

I was going to get a 720 to replace my long-in-the-tooth iPhone 4. But decided I'd wait to see what the 730 was like.

I want reasonably low cost (check) and a good camera (check). Main uses are web, email, a bit of phoning, the odd mainstream app, and taking snaps of the kids.

However Nokia got rid of the shutter button, which was one of the things I liked about the 720. Though I'd heard the camera itself was a bit laggy. So, dammit, still not sure. At this rate I'll have to decide between one of the 10,000 Android handsets out there.

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KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer

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Coat

Re: Incoming Rant

Quite.

/me goes back to my Xfce desktop.

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NASA Mars rover FINALLY equals 1973 Soviet benchmark

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Thumb Up

Obligatory XKCD reference

http://xkcd.com/695/

(Yes, I know it's the other rover. Still a great strip though.)

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Top tip, power users – upgrading Ubuntu may knacker your Linux PC

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Joke

Using a frigging magnet to re-align the bits in the bootsector

Obligatory XKCD reference:

http://xkcd.com/378/

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

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Re: Why Divide by Seven?

Chuck Norris can get away with dividing by zero.

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Ancient telly, check. Sonos sound system, check. OMG WOAH

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Re: Or even....

This. Though I did also buy a small subwoofer to compensate for the lack of bass from the bookshelf speakers.

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Returning a laptop to PC World ruined this bloke's credit score. Today the Supreme Court ended his 15-year nightmare

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Richard Durkin's 15-year nightmare began when he walked into a PC World store

Yup, I know that feeling.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: Time out a second here, Skippy

And this would be a bad thing...?

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

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FAIL

Well, I don't know about you, but I'm convinced

> The FAQ also deal with why the site site was so JavaScript-heavy.

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> "We used JavaScript to create an immersive user experience for both

> audiences, allowing them to explore the content – learning the basics

> on their journey, while being able to choose to read further.

So by clumsily breaking out of a well-understood and well-tested user experience (browsing web pages) they've somehow made it more immersive? As opposed, to, say, introducing introducing a jarring dissonance?

And what happens to the "immersive" user experience when the user hits one of the (many, many) external links and end up off on some banking website or wherever?

> There are no page refreshes throughout the experience, which is

> completely served using HTML5 and JavaScript."

Okay. So the site's JavaScript-heavy because it's completely served using HTML5 and JavaScript. I don't think that explanation has quite the causal relationship they were looking for.

And anyway, what's wrong with a few page refreshes? Are we still all on dialup? Clearly it's much more immersive to spaff a great wad of JavaScript into the user's browser and have a cute little Shoreditch "loading" throbber every so often.

> Women aged 35-55 and SMEs

It's 2014 for $DEITY's sake. A surprising number of people know how to use websites without being patronised by cartoon graphics and so-called immersive experiences. Yes, that includes women aged 35-55 and SMEs.

> "Small changes in behaviour^H^H^H Wasting less taxpayer money on

> badly thought-out digital campaigns could save the public and small

> businesses in the UK a tremendous amount of money."

FTFY.

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Dead Kim Jong-il's OS makeover takes a page from Dead Steve Jobs

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Kim Jong Il Brief History?

It's 160 pages long! I've read tax codes that are shorter and less densely-written.

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

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Only supposed to cost £497m

Tenderise? As in, repeatedly pound with a hammer until it becomes more palatable?

Somehow seems appropriate.

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Nearly 1 in 5 of UK's Xmas gifts were bought online... not that it helped

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Re: Imagine how much better it could be

I suspect more control over the last mile is exactly where they're heading. Amazon Lockers, for example.

I used to have a cheap account with the local Mailboxes Etc, specifically so someone was always available to pick up/sign for deliveries. That's only a workaround though - I agree the delivery side needs to get better.

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Devil

Retail sales grew measly 0.4%

You say that like it's a bad thing.

Christmas consumerism, bah humbug.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

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Re: Beautifully cynical

OK, it turns out they *are* on www.gov.uk, they just haven't closed down their old site:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ministry-of-justice

(Whether this is better/more usable than the old site is left as an exercise for the reader...).

I still find it interesting that they apparently feel the need to follow their own path with regard to development projects. It'd be good to know where some of this code ends up being deployed.

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Allonymous Coward

Re: Beautifully cynical

So are the people behind that MoJ GitHub account part of/acting in concert with GDS?

Or are they acting in opposition to the centralised "our way or the highway" approach the GDS seems to be adopting these days with respect to other government departments? (I can't help but notice that MoJ are still at www.justice.gov.uk and not www.gov.uk/justice or whatever).

I agree with the low-level philosophy - sharing is good. Open systems are good. Users are important. But I also suspect the GDS are out of the honeymoon period and into the hard, unsexy, possibly intractable problems. I wonder if that's part of the reason for their recently-announced delays.

We've also already seen departments jumping off the GDS ship so I wonder how they're going to keep people on board; particularly people who want to do things and apparently have the independent skills to do them, such as MoJ.

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Last 7m non-digital Brits are OUT OF LUCK: I'm OFF, says Baroness Fox

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Re: DVLA Site seems fine to me.

That, I think, may have been the point.

The superficial Web 2.0-ified GOV.UK front door generates all the Lane Fox/GDS column inches and dubious industry design awards. But once you need to get actual things done you quickly end up back on the legacy DirectGov sites.

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Undercover BBC man exposes Amazon worker drone's daily 11-mile trek

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WTF?

How poetically cyberpunk

"...we're holding it, but we might as well be plugging it into ourselves".

I read that phrase three times to try and work out WTF the guy was blithering about. Then I got it - he's using one of them metaphor things what shows how Amazon workers are all treated like robots.

What a clever little journalism grad. Here, have a bikkie.

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Pirate Bay co-founder Svartholm Warg to be shipped to Denmark

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Time to get on down

...to your local Ecuadorian embassy.

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Reg hack fondles a sexy Pro: An Apple MacBook 13in with Retina display

Allonymous Coward

You pretty much described my laptop. Used to have a Mac, which had some nice features (OS X, everything well integrated) and some annoyances (glossy screen, chiclet keyboard).

Replaced that with a ThinkPad off eBay. Many nice features, including matte screen and the best laptop keyboard I've ever used. Another £100 or so for an SSD and RAM upgrade a year or so later. It doesn't have the wow factor, and Linux isn't as polished as OS X, but I can live with that.

Macs are nice enough but they're not my cuppa. Maybe if I did video editing or lots of Photoshop or something.

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Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list

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Pint

Re: At what point

If you want to SOLVE a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them...

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Microsoft bags another glamorous Office 365 customer

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One of the problems with Notes...

...was that most people thought of it as an email system, at which task it pretty much sucked.

We also used to use it to run bits of our intranet though - discussion databases, call trackers, that sort of thing. It was actually a pretty good system for that, back in the day.

I last used it about 10 years ago, at which point the UI was firmly entrenched in 1995. So maybe it's made it into the current century by now.

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