* Posts by Ledswinger

4492 posts • joined 1 Jun 2012

IBM slices heavy axe through staff in the US

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Re: Effing H1B

what does IBM offer to distinguish them from AWS/Azure/a big hosting provider like Rackspace or Sungard?

Nothing. But Gini will be getting a big bonus (c$13.3m of options for 2015) on the back of all the sackings, and because those are locked in for a few years, she has to keep the company in business and solvent to reap her rewards - but longer term growth beyond her options vesting date doesn't matter. Cue sackings, high prices, and reduced investment in long term growth products.

Regarding people like Rackspace, they've got a mere $3bn market cap. All Gini and her overpaid greedster C-suite colleagues need to do is tweak the IBM dividend down a bit, or up the IBM debt mountain (net debt around $46bn) and they can buy them without a thought. Then its a case of cut staff, cut development, increase prices, and report the results as "growth". When they've hollowed out whoever they acquire, it is a case of rinse and repeat. Wall Street don't care, they take a cut each time an acquisition goes through, and so long as the Federal Reserve keep printing money, the share price might keep going up as part of the state+corporate Ponzi that passes for wealth creation these days.

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Spooks willingly entering the light?

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Re: Fools

they'll be overwhelmed in fairly short order, and they won't be able to build additional capacity fast enough

Who will be overwhelmed? The plan AIUI is for the ISP's to have to keep the records and add the costs to your monthly broadband bill. If the ISP's have any common sense they'll be doing this with a decent margin on it, and the more surveillance hardware and storage they need to buy, the better their investors will like it. Everybody wins. Government control freaks oppress the population. Spooks and almost every low level government employee has free access to your internet and comms history. Your ISP has a steadly growing asset base with an (in effect) government guaranteed annuity return. And we win because........ermm....errmmm....YEs! We win because we're immediately protected from paedoterrordrugdealingtaxdodgists!

Yay! Roll on Snoopers Charter! Three cheers for the evil witch May!

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You're a cybercrime kingpin. You need a new evil lackey. How much do you tell them?

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Re: clueless script kiddies

You try writing coherently at 14:07 when you've been in the pub since 10:30.....

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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and the network operators starting to fall on the side of the people who pay them....

Fraid not, mate. Hutchison are more likely looking to control adverts in order to take a slice of the vast pie currently being gobbled by Google. You are free to believe that they are doing this to do you a favour, but common sense and economics dictate otherwise. With competitive pressure pushing network revenues per user south, and no volume growth in mature markets, they need more money, and one of the few levers is to throttle advertising content, and demand a toll on the adverts they deliver. Because users don't really care much about adverts, there's not expected to be the backlash that throttling user content would generate.

However, they're assuming that the advertisers will pay without protest or retaliation, and I think that's big gamble. Google in particular won't want to see the current model disrupted, so I expect there to be some interesting developments if they roll this scheme out.

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Re: Media really operating on 1 cylinder

seems the bury it 'neath the EU debate ploy is working.

Only working on the hard of thinking.

Purely on Snoopers Charter, I won't ever vote for the Tories again (I'm making the probably correct assumption that they won't ever come to their senses).

Interestingly Corbyn's doing the same with Labour supporters and Trident, so if between them, the senior braying idiots of Westminster can piss off enough of their core supporters, then the 2020 general election could be a real laugh. The only thing we need to work against is the simpletons in the population who might delude themselves that voting for the least worst alternative is an acceptable response.

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Nearly a million retail jobs will be destroyed by the march of tech, warns trade body

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Re: It's all the fault of the Tories, er Labour, er, the Tories, er, Labour, er...

The freetards are opposed to taxing things on the internet.

So, you're suggesting that internet retailers don't pay UK VAT, business rates on their premises, the various taxes on employment that government apply to all businesses, fuel duties in distribution etc etc? The only place the playing field isn't level is in the area of corporation tax for multinationals, and anybody who thinks that works out as cheaper customer prices evidently can't do maths.

The internet is (usually) much cheaper because high street retail is space and labour inefficient, leading to higher rents, higher labour costs, higher payroll taxes, as well as increasing the working capital in the supply chain. Factor in the festering sore of business rates, and the high streets problems can be seen as sadly inevitable. Taxing internet retailers more would certainly put their costs up, but I can't see that changing modern shopping habits.

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ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

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Re: Clear message to other firms...

"fines enforceable against individuals"...Wouldn't that be nice, though it rather defeats the point of limited liability

Utter rubbish. The point of limited liability is simply to put a limit on the investment risk exposure of investors, not to allow directors to shield themselves from fines for their own actions in breach of law.

There's a whole host of activities where directors can be personally held to account for their actions in a limited company, including Health & Safety breaches, competition law offences, controlling a company whilst being disqualified as a director, contempt of court by the company etc. As usual, the statute relating to data protection is decades out of date, and the enforcement is limited by the rules that Parliament rubber stamped without reading or understanding.

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Foxconn spikes six-billion-dollar Sharp scoff – for now

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and the deal would give the Chinese company...

Have I missed the invasion of Taiwan by PRC, or is this just the usual splapdash writing that makes us love the Reg?

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How will Ofcom reduce our reliance on BT if it won't break them up?

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Re: Separation / funding

How would separating Openreach help?

Because where Openreach isn't separate from BT, the regulator has to rely on management accounts. By their definition, management accounts are a sub set of the statutory accounts, and tell a very selective and incomplete story. That's why any competent regulator (for example, OFWAT) are red hot on ring fencing regulated business from non-regulated commercial business, and then the regulate the operation of said monopoly in a very detailed and transparent way.

Now, Ofcom are as bold, brave and effectual as wet lettuce, but that's a separate problem. If we could see Openreach's accounts as a standalone company, along with regulatory detail that establishes what it trades with BT group and proves that BT trades at arms length with Openreach, then you'd have the basic facts on which to regulate the operation.

But, there's a reason why BT opposes any form of separation, ring fencing, or split off of Openreach, and that's not to serve customers better.

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Ofcom says it will open up BT’s ducts, but that was supposed to happen in 2009....And it did happen. It goes by the amusingly ironic name of PIA.

And unsurprisingly it didn't work. A bit worrying if (former) senior officials at the useless Ofcom can't see why this wouldn't work. It is difficult, if not impossible to have genuine, economically viable competition in network infrastructure. For a few trunk/transmission links yes, but for last mile (even last twenty miles) it simply can't be done. That's why 99.9% of us have only one electricity connection, one gas connection, one water connection, one sewerage connection. Even where it has been tried, in cable, the result has been years of losses and large asset writedowns, so that Virginmedia's owners never paid the true cost of the network they now own.

There is an answer, and most people (other than the dimbulbs of government, regulator, and now Her Majesty's Comedy Opposition) can see that: The establishment of Openreach as a separate legal entity to BT, strong and effective regulation (not by the drips of Ofcom), and some degree of legal commitment to USO and a commitment to slowly upgrade to FTTP.

Some will say that the FTTP and USO costs will be too high. How, then, did we afford to get electricity and water to just about anybody who wants it, even in our relatively impoverished past? There's other solutions to digging trenches or erecting poles everywhere. But as set up, BT simply can't be arsed, and Ofcom couldn't even find its own arse.

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Medical superbugs: Two German hospitals hit with ransomware

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Re: This is precisely why...

.internet blackmailers should spend the next 30 years in prison. Anything less is a disgrace and encourages more crime

Actually, the penalty is largely irrelevant, its the likelihood of being caught and the speed of the justice system that count. In this case, there's probably a whole host of laws been broken, and potentially each file or record attacked is a separate instance, so the potential jail sentence would be as long as the "justice" system wants to make it. But until the scum find that they are detected and apprehended quickly, and then put behind bars promptly, they'll keep on doing it.

I can't speak for Germany, but in the UK our government are more interested in spying on the domestic population than they are on stopping electronic forms of crime, so there's little chance of the UK becoming any safer from ransomware, spam and the other problems.

Regarding the "Russia and Ukraine are out of bounds" argument, in the case of Ukraine, the corrupt government are only kept going by Western bailouts. If the Western authorities grew a pair of balls and told Ukraine to play by our rules or go bust, the gangsters running the country would find and shoot every hacker and cybercrim in the country. Russia's more of a problem, although the persistent anti-Russian stance of the West is a contributor, but there's solutions like telling Russia that (say) EU countries will lock out telecommunications connections to Russia if they don't stamp on their cybercrims. Or just throttle the bandwidth of crossborder digital communications with all Russia based servers. That of itself wouldn't stop the crims because of the nature of digital communications, but it'd put huge pressure on the Russian government, making commerce, finance and even diplomacy a problem, and they'd quickly find those responsible and break both their arms.

None of this is going to happen of course, because the authorities still see cybercrime as not affecting them, and because as noted they don't have the balls to take bold action.

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Science contest to get girls interested in STEM awards first prize to ... a boy

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Re: I wonder

would it be called Handsome Interested?

Well that's covered about 2% of the male population. What about the rest of us?

Big boned interested for the larger gents

Grizzled interested for the older gents

Scrawny interested for thinner gents

Fugly interested for gents blessed with a Crimewatch face.

Or maybe we should accept that the genders make their choices intelligently, abandon wanky competitions and ignore the hand wringing by feminists in the Graun.

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Sussex PC sacked after using police databases to snoop on his ex-wife

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Re: Oh! Look!

I hope people are going to make a point of emailing this story to their various MPs

Why? The Tory MPs are a collection of lickspittles, and the Lefties are a disorganised shower of piss, still rooted in late 19thC socialist philosophy.

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Met Police hands £250m to CSC in IT outsourcing carve-up

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Re: "CSC has a chequered history"

is it really that good?

Depends. If you see the world in black and white, nope. But if you can imagine a chequer pattern made up of alternate dark brown and mid brown stains, yes.

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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Re: Those chicken snacks are nasty

I think he means the dish 'Scouse' which has a bit of beetroot in it.

Actually I was referring to sugar beet, and all the marvellous confections that can be made with sugar. I could have been more precise, but that would have disturbed the carefully crafted comic balance of the original post.

Imagine how rich I'd be, and how successful my employer's business if I put this much care into my day job!

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Re: Those chicken snacks are nasty

One of the side-effects of a broad spectrum allergy to half of the plant kingdom....

I think this is a regional genetic abnormality originating in Liverpool, still prevalent there, but now quite widespread in other regions. The sufferers are unable to eat any green vegetables, root vegetables or salad. Luckily all forms of fried edible tubers are readily tolerated, along with products based on the residues of beta vulgaris, and those from processed barley and hops, so long as none of the toxic vitamins or fibre remain.

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Gov must put superfast broadband along HS2 rail line, says Parliament

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Re: So...

PUtting 4G towers alongside it is also a good idea.

Why? The whole flawed, comically fictitious "business case" for HS2 is based on the stupid, nonsensical assumption that business travellers' time spent on the train is totally wasted by virtue of inability to communicate. If HS2 has good connectivity, then it's whole raison d'etre disappears, in an Escher-esque impossibility loop that could fracture time-space itself.

When was it that the Tory party became wedded to grandiose and wasteful public spending on vanity projects? I suppose around the time it became the Etonian Twats' Champagne Socialist Party.

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IBM UK puts 1,352 Global Tech Services heads 'at risk'

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Impressive....

...that they appear to have formed a Staff Consultative Committee solely for the purposes of consulting said staff on the sackings. Presumably they'll be able to disband the committee immediately the consultation period ends.

Imagine the agenda:

IBM UK Staff Consultative Committee Inaugural Meeting

Agenda

1. Introduction and apologies

2. Planned sackings

3. NOB (like AOB, except we've decided there is no other business)

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New NASA theory: Moon radiation drops so HULK RIP MOON LIKE SHIRT

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Re: @Simon Sharwood - "cold volcanic activity to you and I"

Errrm Grammar Nazi Fail, I'm afraid.

If you omit the "you", then the resultant sentence fragment is "cold volcanic activity and I". That might be a good sequel to Withnail, but otherwise I cannot see that can sounding right to many people.

I claim the Grammar Nazi crown: ------------------------------------------------->

Bwaahahhahahahahahahahahaha!

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Loved one just died? Pah, that's nothing

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It's the inconvenient buffering that irks me

So you're the inspiration, and thus responsible for all those stupid Kevin Bacon "buffer face" adverts?

I'd call you a rude name, but being a polite sort of person that doesn't fit easily with my delicate sensibilities.

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Solution to tech bros' disgust of SF homeless people launched

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Re: Surgery

I think you have missed Adam's excellent sense of humour, which is a fine way of bursting the bubble of people like Keller. Although the general outrage over Keller's opinions may have got through from the barrage of criticism.

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@ Captain DaFt

Post of the week, Sir!

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Q: How many guns to arm nine coachloads of terrorists?

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so there will be 38 unarmed terrorists available to carry the ammo.

Not much of a terrorist if they're just carrying the bags of real terrorists. Absent any better explosives, maybe they could try igniting their own farts. Would that qualify them?

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UK carrier Three in network-wide ad-block shock

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"Relevant" means people who've paid.

Yes. And this is about fighting net neutrality in the advertising space, because most users don't like ads, and therefore there's nobody to defend the concept of neutrality. Of course, if ad supported sites find this a problem, and start blocking Three, then it does become a neutrality issue that the users will care about. But in the meantime, Three hope to "monetise" ad streaming over and above the data allowances that users have paid for and in theory already pay for the (largely unwanted) ads.

Basically, Three want to be paid twice for the same thing, which is nice work if you can get it. If they want to make it fair, then lets see them ignore all ads when calculating data usage for mobile customers.

In the wider scheme, its the same pressure as causing Vodafone to sack its few remaining UK workers, or EE to jump into BT's arms: the City (in EE's case not the City of London) want growth from their telecoms babies. With average users only wanting a dumb pipe and a phone on lease purchase there's not much growth, and pressure on pricing for the commodity service. So the only option is to try and cut costs further, or constrict the pipe and then flog an "upgraded" service to ad slingers (today, users next year?).

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How tech firms can drive growth without making inequality worse

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Re: Please, what's the difference with what happend with the banking/financial/media sector?

That's why high-tech flourish in appealing places.

Have you ever been to Shoreditch? It's a classic urban shithole, and what's more, if you're after poor people to train, there's Tower Hamlets and Hackney a stone's throw away.

Personally I'd put guards around the M25 to stop any escapees, and invite the Luftwaffe back to do the job properly.

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Re: So let's see if I can paraphrase

People quite like working in places where you can walk to work and at least some basic shops without getting a car every five minutes.

An interesting idea, but unless you live somewhere with a fairly large range of potential employers within working distance, you'll have to move when you change jobs in order to continue walking to work. For some that'll be just dandy. For me, I'll stick living where I do, my children having a stable education, and commute for the various jobs that my career gets me into.

I might add that the sort of urban hipster utopia that is described is my vision of hell.

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Cisco licks lips, eyes UK's cyber, analytics and fin-tech startups

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You forgot, more taxes to dodge.

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Oz town suffers hairy panic attack

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Re: Black helicopter back in the hangar

Just a simple grab from the vid, no jiggery-pokery.

In a way I'm disappointed. And, if you'd diddled the image with some low rent Photoshoppery, that would have satisfied the first two whining commentards, n'est pas?

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Brits unveil 'revolutionary' hydrogen-powered car

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Re: Sounds great !

and at the same time redesign the rear end to make it rather less eye-searingly ugly.

The original design inspiration had a different design at the back. You remember, the three wheeler that Goldmember used to escape from Austin Powers.

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Telemarketers hit with £70,000 fine for cold-calling pensioners

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Re: Proportionate jail time

Jail the directors/principals behind the nuisance calls for five minutes ....

Given that a murderer will expect to serve only about six and a half years, largely on account of government not having built enough jails, how on earth do you think that it would be feasible to start locking people up for this?

Ideally I'd like the guilty to birched, but once you start with that sort of thing you get the sort of "justice" seen in northern Syria. So, we can't beat them, we can't afford to jail them. And that's why the objective of the ICO should not be to piss around as they do at the moment, but to make sure the penalties stick, and that all monies owed to the ICO are clawed back, if necessary by leaving the company directors homeless. Industrialise the process of enforcement and clawback to make sure it gets results, and that there's no easy escapes, include the costs of enforcement in the penalty, and the message will start to leak out into the murky world of auto-dialler and outbound call centre companies.

As a simple start, the law needs to change to make directors personally liable for unpaid civil monetary penalties.

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One wonders whether the best approach to stopping such calls involves the use of a few large blokes and a dark alley.

Ain't going to happen. Unfortunately, the ICO are pathetically weak in following through. When they assign a monetary penalty, and some scumbag like Pardo winds up the company concerned, the ICO should formally oppose the striking off, demand payment, and then cause the company to become bankrupt if they don't pay. Whilst this might seem to have the same end effect, by making DSM insolvent, the ICO could then apply to the Insolvency Service to have Pardo disqualified as a director. That would make his life a whole lot more difficult when he tries to establish another shady outfit to do the same thing in a few months time.

Until the ICO actually enforce penalties against those who intentionally break the law, then those people will continue to see that there is no risk in breaking these laws. I would moot that all the penalties that the ICO do actually get paid are from the unintentional law breakers, quite often in the public sector. Call me old fashioned, but taking money out of the health budget, and recycling it to the Treasury via the ICO is a pointless exercise that benefits nobody.

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Voyager 1 now 20 BEEEELLION KMs from the Sun

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Re: not much interest and not much change

not much interest and not much change

Whilst undoubtedly true, I'm surprised that it took ANY resource to provide the data to the web, in which case why stop publishing it if the probe still transmits it. Haven't NASA heard of automation?

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Europe's Earth-watching satellite streaks aloft

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Re: Eerm . . .

Did somebody think to tell North Korea about the launch, ...

Why? The Norks' contribution to LEO satellites are a couple of small, non-transmitting hulks, tumbling uselessly. Absent any space capability, Fat Boy Kim will be ignorant of the goings on deep in the less interesting parts of Russia until his flunkies read tomorrow's South Korean newspapers on his behalf.

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Microsoft to axe Win 8 coder certificate exams

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"principal psychometrician"

Microsoft job titles: Plucked from the Dilbert zone?

Or more rationally, maybe vocabulary is necessarily stilted when your company shoves its head up its corporate arse and has to mumble everything to avoid getting a mouthful of fresh, warm ordure?

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Vodafone puts hundreds of Brits on the 'at risk of layoffs' list

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Re: "most competitive market place in the history of our industry"

Feel sorry for anyone laid off by them,

All of them? What if some of them are responsible for the irremoveable, unused, unwanted, worthless Vodabloat that they saddle on new handsets? The very stuff that confers no user value, but results in the inability to upgrade the phone OS in a timely manner. If those people are going, then I say "Hurrah! Pack your bags and go!"

However, I suppose the nightmare (and likely) scenario is that the Vodabloat teams are kept, and its the already weak customer support and customer facing systems staff who are for the axe.

Whenever I see a headline about Vodafone, it's always about something that's not good. That Colon Vittororarerarea is a useless tool, maybe they could give him his cards?

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Re: Burn them with fire.

Shittest. Company. ever.

Certainly Vodafone have the shittest IVR in the history of this world (and probably a few other worlds even), and a web site that isn't far behind.

Not much hope for a company that can't organise a phone menu, or even enable customer to actually speak to a human, is there?

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

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Re: Plus one for not using the edge

To me it (Edge) sits in the "Stupid ideas" category of design.

But it looks very smart and very distinctive. I'll wager that most people don't even handle the phone they order as part of the upgrade cycle, of the remainder, about half will handle a "dead" handset in the showroom, and those few who do have the chance to try it out will mostly only do so under the beady eye of a salesman for a a few minutes. They won't find the flaw before they've parted with their money.

This really is marketing innovation at its finest: The edge design does clearly help position the S6 as a premium contender; but in reality it makes the product worse. Now look in contrast at the Moto X Force. There's really useful innovation in screen technology, but at the moment it seems few makers are rushing to copy that.

Which proves, sadly, that the marketing droids and Apple are right: The Darwinian forces of the market favour that which is shiney over that which is good, clever or useful. And that's also why most phones have sealed batteries, and increasingly few have SD card slots.

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Volvo offloads IT biz to HCL, then outsources own IT to.... HCL

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Re: Hmm.

You have the wrong end of the stick mate. Volvo AB sold its car division to Ford, this article refers to the truck, engine and industrial equipment operations still part of Volvo AB.

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Ofcom must tackle 'monopolistic' provider BT, says shadow digital minister Chi Onwurah

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Re: Competition is great...

None of that money went to BT. Not a penny.

As such, no. But there's a certain matter of certain billion quids worth of assets that were then gifted to the company, having been paid for by taxpayers and bill payers.

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Re: Is the issue Openreach

Openreach's pricing is regulated. They don't get to set their own prices.

Maybe not. But as Openreach is not a separate legal entity, and the bunglers at OFCOM have to rely on management accounts, that's hardly much of a challenge, is it? I've worked extensively in regulated businesses and with (indeed even within) their finance teams. Management accounts have no veracity whatsoever, they tell you purely what management wish to be seen. I've seen at first hand multi-million pound regulatory fraud through management accounts in action.

If you think that Openreach prices are openly and fairly regulated, then that's because you don't know enough about the matter.

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Openreach needs to be split from BT as the latter is using the former to subsidise it's TV and sport plans to the detriment of everyone else

We don't know that, even though most of us suspect that. That's why strong regulation of Openreach could be a suitable answer. If BT shareholders want to own a content aggregator and a utility, that's fine by me. But the two businesses need to operate as separate legal entities and at arms length. Any "cheap debt" advantage of a regulated Openreach needs to be firewalled from BT's other businesses. And the regulatory risk of a potentially capricious, interventionist and incompetent regulator (a big shout out to OFEGM in this respect) would be kept away from the non-regulated operations.

Given that BT's only position is that the status quo is the best and only answer tells us only one thing: That the answer is almost anything but.

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Brit spies can legally hack PCs and phones, say Brit spies' overseers

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Re: So electronic records are tainted evidence

You're going to have to explain how his makes for "tainted" evidence.

Wow. You really need that explaining?

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How to build a plane that never needs to land

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Re: 2000 hour inspection cycle

The main concern is not the airframe failure in this case but what it might hit and damage on the ground.

A concern for whom? Your and my governments have been busy deliberately raining tonnes of stuff down on Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, so I wouldn't have thought that the accidental and vastly remote chance of a 55kg kite landing on anything in such poor and sparsely populated areas will be taxing too many consciences.

Even over the US and UK, you're still talking about substantially less than the laden mass of a hot air balloon basket, all held up by hot air, flimsy material and rope.

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Re: Much more useful when batteries improve

Current payload is only 5kg, which isn't much

Assuming that they are telling the whole truth, and that they don't improve it. Qinetiq and Airbus will know down to the last gramme what the minimum useful payload is, and they'll be fully aware that if the craft can't do anything useful then there won't be repeat orders.

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Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT&T, TWC didn't want that to happen

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Re: Oh FFS...

but it is amazing what even the prospect of a little competition can do. Now I get twice the speed for basically the same price I had been paying.

Up to a point yes. But consider that they may be simply going all out to ensure that Google's Louisville plans don't meet the investment case that Google want. If Google don't get the number of subscribers the plan needs (or they get the numbers, but not the average revenues due to TWC discounting their plans), then the scheme won't get fully built out, which protects some of TWC's Louisville revenues, and there's a good chance that Google won't repeat the idea elsewhere.

So in the grander scheme of things, TWC could well be far better served by taking a big hit for a few years on their Louisville network. If Google pack up and leave, TWC can return to fleecing customers like the good old days, if Google don't leave, Louisville remains an enduring battleground where TWC have to prove that there's no money to be made by entrants laying new infrastructure.

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'Adobe Creative Cloud update ate my backup!'

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Re: The Facepalm of the Week Award

Given this latest jewel in the crown of excrement that adorns said company, imagine the shame of working in any capacity at Adobe. I'll wager even the outsourced office cleaners tell their families that they play the piano in a brothel.

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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Re: Echoes from the past

You're Gérard Depardieu?

We do share something in common. But you'll agree its still a better look than the chap/bird on the left?

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Computer Science grads still finding it hard to get a job

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Re: Degrees these days....

I just hope you do not come over quite as arrogant in interviews.

Hardly matters, does it? Charles Manning said it how it is, offered some fantastic advice for anybody in a position to take it. Being on the hiring side of the table is a chore, those of us doing it aren't overly enthusiastic and treat it as a necessary evil, and we're even less enthused the more involvement there is from the wankers of HR.

Try hiring the right person when you don't get to sift the CVs and choose the interview candidates, and when your tosspot HR department insist on a scored "competency" interview with a minimum of two interviewers from the company. Last week I had to interview some Oxford grads. Given a free hand, any CV with an Oxford college on it would have gone straight on the "no thank you" pile, along with the spelling errors, poor presentation, mis-addressed, or impenetrable ones. But oh no, the twats of HR turned down all the people suitable for our company (big, corporate, dubious reputation, not a very good payer, but good work/life balance) and selected somebody who either won't turn up for interview, is only turning up for practice, wants to join us for REALLY BAD reasons, or will join, but leave inside six months for a job in London with bank, consultancy or the like.

Is it any wonder interviewers are miserable bastards? Mind you, I am good at that.

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As I said, why bother training.

Many graduates aren't attracted to the idea of buying a degree with a sack filled with about £44k of debt. Use that fact, sign up good school leavers as apprentices, and not only will you be exempt from living/minimum wage rules, you'll not even have to pay employers' NI, your business may also qualify for apprenticeship grants, and (subject to aligning with a suitable degree course) they'll get a degree, they'll finish debt free having paid their fees, and have a starting job on their CV.

If you're a Graun reader this will seem indentured labour, and to an extent that's true. But being practical, given the rules that exists, what's the best outcome: Three years of drinking and academia, followed by a lifetime of debt servitude, or three to five years low paid labour plus learning, and then being scot free when you've finished?

Choose well and you'll have a low drop out rate, they'll be committed to the earn and learn aspects. If they bugger off at the end, doesn't matter since they've earned their keep in the meanwhile. And there's a good chance that the ones looking for a debt-free degree may well be more practical and savvy than those drifting along the conveyor belt towards the rotating knives of the Student Loan Company.

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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

Ledswinger
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Why do they need a huge database of pupils

Because it is the foundation of a planned national citizen database, that will include all your internet browsing, your financial records, your emails, phone call records, ANPR hits, your tax records, your air travel history. When will ID cards be back on the agenda? My guess is that it'll be being talked about in policy circles by the end of this parliament, and be back as legislation in the next.

The reason for starting with the kids is first because government desperately want this cradle to grave spying, and because the kids data is borged without them being able to object. Look at the pathetic excuse given by the wankers about "creating innovative tools and services". Aside from mass surveillance as a service, can anybody offer one credible example of any innovative tool or service that has come from offering this to anybody willing to pay?

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