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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

Kerry Hoskin

that's what I thought! Read the lowest ranked one if you want a laugh

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Kerry Hoskin

glad you cleared that up. I was a bit confused as to what was being suggested. So basically you can STILL play single player but you have to have a tinterweb connection to play The only hitch with this kind of thing is you WILL get times when the servers are down and you can't play. aka SimCity and Diablo III

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Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Stop. Just Stop.

ermmmmmm the biggest culprits for bundled crap is Firefox and Chrome they'll try and install all kinds of shite by defaut

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: I don't understand

yep we've just been saying the same in our office. BUT DVLA should have guessed that a lot of stupid people would come to the conclusion that how you renew your tax must be changing given that the disc is going and there has been a lot in the media about it so might have sort of expect this spike.

Saying that I don't have any sympathy for clowns like this (quote from the BBC)

Mike Dewsbury from Manchester was one of those who struggled to pay for his car tax - known officially as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).

"It's a joke. I need to get to work but legally can't because my car isn't now taxed," he told the BBC.

I'll tell you what you're the joke for waiting until the last day to renew you t*$t

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EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday

Kerry Hoskin

bored?

If you fancy a fun filled way to pass the time then pop over to EE's Facebook page and read the posts by EE victims, I mean customers, they are hilarious

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Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Adobe update headache

yeah we run SCE2010 an use this for doing Adobe Reader which works well, flash on the other hand doesn't

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Kerry Hoskin

Re: "Mega Corp" proves command and control can work!

Ahhhhh but BL found it VERY difficult! And they were a nationalised industry

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Upgrades to software, other platforms.

yeah it was the case then, it isn't now. Win7 is less resource hungry than Vista and 8.1 less than Win7. I installed Win8.1 on a 2Ghz core2 Duo 2Gb RAM that's about 7 years old and it flew

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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"The auditors said that the PCC was right to axe the SIREN project when he did, but pointed out that the situation never should have come to that in the first place"

Yep they should have used the package that the other forces were using, if they had to adjust how they did things then that's what they should have done!

And don't even get started on why we have 40 odd police forces in this country! Why just in the SW do we have Devon&Cornwall, Avon&Somerset and Dorset ,total waste of money.

But there again the national firearms database was a total cockup and took years to do just for a database that has a few hundred thousand firearms\shotgun cert holders on it.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

Kerry Hoskin

Re: App gap

loads of London tube apps and a very good Sky+ app bing translate is really good with loads of offline language support

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Re: App gap

the one company the bugs the sh*t out of me where WP and Windows 8 support is concerned are those robbing b'startds Sky if I could ditch Sky I would but not being in a cabled area (or ever likely to be I'm stuck with them) Despite a MASSIVE thread on their forums concerning WP and Win8 support there isn't any (well you can sort of fudge SkyGo to work on win8) but there in no app. Seems odd to me that when most PC's being sold come with Windows 8/8.1 they still don't have proper support for that OS let alone for WP.

But what is even worse is that Sky Italy DO have a WP8 app!

TW@TS

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Kerry Hoskin

Re: A question

you can use the music and video app on the phone or nokia's rather good mixradio to look after all your music needs

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Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

Kerry Hoskin

installing updates, my god that must have taken all but a few minutes (but still best do it before you start working) and of course OSX never needs updates

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US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Clarification

we already do have this service its called EE

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You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

Kerry Hoskin

PC isn't all they do

Hands up how many of you know they also do HPC's! I didn't know until a few months ago when we had an external IT review and the consultants brought in Viglen to review our current and future HPC requirements. Viglen and HPC words you don't expect to see in the same sentence!

And finally two words for Lord Sugar "Email Phone"

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The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

Kerry Hoskin

I think we had 2 of them set up in our Maths hut! We then progressed to 4 BBC B's and about 6 Orics

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

Kerry Hoskin

Re: These articles make me so sad ..

did my 1987 O level computer studies on the BBC B. Trouble was our comp only had 2 B's and 2 A's all the other computers (about another 6 or so) were Oric's

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Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Windows Phone

ermmm can't set a background image! there are no back ground images on WP, its not just a background image with a few rows of 90's style icons, that's kinda the whole point!

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The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Other options?

I think that you'd landed up with a bit of an half assed weapons platform if you did this. The Asute are hunter killer replacements for the S-boats (swiftsure) 5 boats and a couple T-boats (Trafalgar class), with the same ability as Trafalgar to lunch cruises missiles but their primary role is to hunt down other sub's so I think its a like for like replacement ie 7 Astute to replace 5 swiftsure and 2 Trafalgar. they're pretty big 2000T bigger than a Trafalgar at over 7000T but nothing like the size of the V-boats that carry Trident at over 16000T. I think the astute are about the same'ish size as the old Polaris boats.

Vengeance is currently down here in Plymouth being refitted

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Re: Why on earth didn't the review cost up silos?

can you imagine the planning permission headaches with this!

HMG "oh hello mr householder we'd like to place this chuffing great hardened nuclear silo next to your house"

householder "feck off"

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Help-desk hell

Kerry Hoskin

low printer toner

One that always sticks in my mind was one that one of our boffins (I work in a research Lab) came out with. We have a shared printer on each floor of the lab, the boffin came in and said the printer was low on toner on the 3rd floor and could we change it. Normally we don’t we just ask the user to give the toner a shake and it’s good for a few more hundred pages, anyway I said to the boffin “ok could you give it a shake, and got the classic answer “what the printer?” Now these printers are HP Laserjet 4300DTN (extra paper trays) so weigh in at around 30kg!

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Sophos to axe 35 developer posts, shifts gaze to mobile, networks

Kerry Hoskin

not a surprise

After the the fiasco of its own updater being classed as a virus a couple of months back.

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Climate denier bloggers sniff out new conspiracy

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Who the hell let Chirgwin write for the Register?

I'd never use the word psychology and science in the same sentance

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Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts IN A YEAR

Kerry Hoskin

Re: don't have a telly then

And that is really likely is it? I think not. As I said I don’t like paying the bleedy thing but if you want to watch TV you have to have one, pay up or don’t have a telly. It’s what £12’ish per month ( 2 packets of 20 fegs) Be interesting to know the personal circumstances of the “TV license” 74

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Kerry Hoskin

Re: I'm all for the licence fee

actually Sky do produce quite a lot of their own content and the majority is actually really good

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Orange 3G data network goes titsup

Kerry Hoskin
Happy

tis ok in Sunny Plymouth

working here in Plymouth

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iPhone 5 rumoured to be packed with pay-by-bonk tech

Kerry Hoskin
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Apple invented NFC

it'll be called iTouch and Apple will of course try and take credit for inventing the whole NFC technology don't you know

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Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

Kerry Hoskin
FAIL

news for you mate, I'm not in the Union so won't be going on strike, not all of us in the public sector are loony lefty pinkos. And on the issue of the strike, not very good timing this announcement, how to piss off public sector workers even more than they are already! I wonder how many will volunteer to cover boarder agency staff now!?

More news for you too, try comparing rates of pay within the professions in the civil service with the private sector (including us in IT) Think you’ll find private sector professionals do very nicely compared to their civil service colleagues. Bet your bolloxs that an HEO or SEO lawyer, accountant or IT Pro won’t be getting as good a package as a lawyer in law firm or an accountant or one of us in a private sector company. We might get a good pension but do we get other perks? health care, ermmm no, do we get nice bonuses, ermmmm no, do we get a company car ermmmm no, do we ever get large pay awards, errrmmmmm no, do we get decent expense allowances ermmmmm no, do we actually get much in the way of perks, ermmmm no. And how about career progression, my wife works for a large corporate (3M) in the past 6 years she’s had 2 promotions, I’ve had 1 in 14 yr’s and had to go through hoops to get that!

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jobs going too

well this is the thing public sector job losses are also expected to hit over 700,000. I live in Cornwall so don't want to move (lived in the village all my life, one of the few these days!), but unless you want to work in a gift shop or a care home you need to commute to Plymouth for a better job, and the commute is 1.5 hours.

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thanks

So after my pay freeze for 2yrs I'll be getting 1% for 2yr's then taking account of my increased pension contributions from April 2012 I think it'll work out that I won't have a pay rise for something like 5 yrs. And of course us civil service workers always had such BIG pay rises when the country was doing well, I don’t think I have EVER in 14yrs had a pay rise of over 3.5%.

Of course the pub beer garden next to my house full of p*ss heads drinking nearly all day, will still be full all year round while I go to work at 7am and get home at 7pm. The only difference is they’ll have their “pay rise” of 5.2%

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Ice Cream Sandwich

Kerry Hoskin
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fugly

it looks like it’s been thrown together by a 6 yr old it if fugly! As many a comment has said Win7.5 is the only OS that is doing something different. Love it or hate it (and I love it) it is totally different to android or iOS

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Smart TV shootout

Kerry Hoskin
Unhappy

skyplayer

we've got a Panasonic in the bedroom and iplayer is pretty good. I just wish you could get Skyplayer on it

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iPhone 4/4S 'self combusts' in airliner inferno

Kerry Hoskin
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iHeat

watch out manufactures of hand warmers Apple’s lawyers will be after you soon

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Ten... colour laser printers

Kerry Hoskin

Solid Ink

we only have Xerox wax printers on site, always had them from the days of the 8200, we now have 3 8560's. Always found them to be cheap to run (you'll need to program the power saving to suit your needs) and very easy to use, no big toners in multiple colours to store, just a few small boxes of ink and the maintance kits are also small. Print quality beats lasers in to the ground. We use papercut to bill our users per page.

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Blighty's first touch-to-pay phone goes on sale today

Kerry Hoskin

it is on a card

it is avaliable on a card BarclayCard paypass has been around for a few years. I'd use it if I could find any shops that take it!

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Microsoft reveals WinPhone 7 'Mango' details

Kerry Hoskin
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why?

iOS wasn't fully featured on release

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Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who

Kerry Hoskin

old school

I prefered the old format to, give me 4 or 6 part episodes like the old school Dr Who

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Stop sexing up IT and give Civil Servants Macs, says gov tech boss

Kerry Hoskin
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Is Wantmore for real?!

Is this clown for real? Now I don’t doubt that new Labour tried to Billy bullshit IT projects, as they did with everything else, but what is he going on about!? On one hand wanting more open source and a move from MS products and on the other wanting more Apple toys to be used, Apple being the most insular and proprietary IT (gadget) company going.

Our CEO is a bit of a MAC fanboi so we recently priced up a lease agreement for some MAC’s it worked out at £300 PER UNIT more expensive than the DELL Optiplex’s we normally lease and still £180 per unit more expensive than an equivalent spec DELL, as the lowest spec MAC’s were over spec for our normal requirements. And this doesn’t take in to account duplicating our software estate, extra staff training, support costs, loads more extra work integrating the bleedy things and the fact that the support is shite, back to base rather than one site and only 1yr access to their support services.

I think Mr Wantmore YOU were part of the problem and STILL are!

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Sixth Japanese nuclear reactor loses cooling

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planning

We've just finished renovating my parents old house, its an old house circa 1820's and we totally gutted it, the only things left were the roof, four walls and windows. We spent a considerable sum on the heating/hot water system, it was actually our single biggest expense costing us around £20k. We're in a small village in Cornwall, so no mains gas, so we've got an oil boiler 90 odd % efficient, a pretty decent wood burner 82% efficient all plumbed in to one of these babies http://www.jaspi.co.uk/thermalstorage.html a 700l thermal store. We've done basically everything we can to save on energy, we've changed all our downlighters to LED (we have nearly 30 and at £20+ for 50w equivalents its not cheap!) we spent a lot on top notch efficient Siemens appliances, we've stuck over £3k worth of insulation in the house, the walls are solid stone so we've battened them all off and filled them with 50mm celotex and we've got more than enough insulation in the loft. We've got underfloor heating in the main downstairs living space, again more efficient than rads, and rads upstairs.

Now the thermal store has plenty more inputs and we have already put the coils in for solar thermal, BUT as we live in a fecking conservation area I have to get planning permission to put the panels up, and I can see us being knocked back on this as we have plenty of fecking moaners in the village. We're in a really good location SE facing large roof area, etc and in the summer it should provide most if not all of our hot water. So I'm minded just to put them up anyway, or I can put them on a frame in the garden, and if I'm told to move them I'll stick them in the garage over the winter and them bring them out again the next spring! If the government are serious about renewables they need to sort the planning out, we're already at a major disadvantage living where we do, energy wise with oil at 60p/l (I was paying 18p/l 6 years ago)

Time this country woke up, if the attitudes that are around now were around in the Victorian era we'd have feck all in this country as nothing would ever get built!.

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Cornish pasties awarded protected status

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mmmmmm

I think I might have to have a Rowes for my lunch, trouble is I have already had one this week, but I can feel a large steak coming on!

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Kerry Hoskin

nope

nope they're Cornish, based in Callington, but to call them a pasty is a travesty to decent pasties everywhere. If you want a decent pasty and are down in Cornwall try Rowes they have a few bakeries they also one Plymouth and I think in Exeter.

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Boffins demand: Cull bogus A-Levels, hire brainier teachers

Kerry Hoskin

same with us

we have a dev job going in our lab, so far loadsssssssss of appliaction form requests from non EU nationals, they won't get the job as they haven't got a work permit, total waste of time for our HR department

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Kerry Hoskin

grants

totally agree, or bring back a proper grant to those doing properly accredited BEng or B.Sc degrees. If you want to do a BA in Media Studies you're on your own!

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Isilon may stay on Seattle scene

Kerry Hoskin
Stop

hope so!

we're looking at putting in 1Pb of Isilon storage here next year and I wouldn't want EMC mucking around with it! Everything we seem to buy gets taken over by EMC, We've got Legato Networker,bought by EMC, DataDomain DD box, bought by EMC and now Isilon, grrrrrr

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Just how special are Power Users?

Kerry Hoskin

no more power users

Agreed, I work in scientific computing in a lab, so we support about 250’ish PC’s and maybe 50 or so Linux Workstations. Very few of the boffins need anything out of the ordinary to do their work, with the exception of the modelling group, remote sensing group who are all doing big number crunching, and a few dev teams, no one else needs anything beefy to run office, Minitab, sigmaplot, etc. Our stock PC is DELL optiplex 760, Win7, 2Gb ram, which is perfectly good enough for 90% of the labs staff, costs us about £17 per PC per month. Gone are the days of users spending £1k on a desktop PC, thankfully.

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Kerry Hoskin

ideas of grandeur

We used to have big problems with “power” users, or those with ideas of grandeur buying whatever they fancied. But over time we have reeled them in. We now lease all our kit so everyone gets the same, if you want anything better your budget has to pay, and it only gets connect to our LAN if its from our preferred supplier, DELL in our case. We’ve found that the only ones that will pay for better kit are the ones that really need it such as modellers, who tend to go for workstations running Linux, they then run a VM on that workstation running windows for using office, etc.

We’re using the same tactic to reduce laptop purchases, as we used to have lots of users with both a laptop (spent most of its time at home with their kids using it) and a desktop. If they have a leased PC and want a laptop they have to give the leased PC back to us and use a docking station with a laptop, amazing the amount of users who all of a sudden don’t need a laptop! For occasional laptop use we have a bookable pool of laptops for those users who don’t have a laptop and might need them for a short period.

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Osborne details painful cuts for UK

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could have been worse

at least the science budget isn't being cut. Wish they had got rid of the bleedy old person "Free" bus pass. Our buses are so full of old duffers that paying passengers can't even get on! There are several on the bus I catch using their pass to get to work on! grrrrrrr The cost of the thing is around £1Bn a year, and don't get me started on the disabled entitlement to a pass, dyslexia for instance!

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EMC boosts NetWorker

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Hope so,

As a Networker and DD user I hope so, but I doubt it Networker is AWFUL!

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BT bids bumpkins to beg for better broadband

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been here before?

We've been here before BT have form for this kind of bolloxs. They did it with their ADSL rollout, you had to go and register interest and if your exchange got enough interest they broadband enabled it. They used the same “not economically worth it” excuse, now what is one of their biggest revenue streams? Oh that’ll be broadband then. They could be making even more cash from broadband if they had rolled it put properly in the first place, without wasting time and effort with registering interest.

I'm actually embarrassed to hold share in BT, total shower

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BT promises biggest ever rural broadband project

Kerry Hoskin

BT

I don't hink anyone EVER expects much from BT!

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