I have and will buy services from another EU, or Non EU company for that matter, but I'm unlikely to buy physical products due to the delay in receiving them and the cost / hassle factor of sending them back if they're faulty.
56 posts • joined 20 May 2013
Re: "indicating that some [staff] may be exploring alternatives"
It's so low that whether it's really really bad, or really, really, really bad doesn't matter anyway.....
In 10 years time a Rolex will still work. Will an Apple watch bought today still work with an iPhone 10 (or whatever) in 10 years time?
Re: What happened to the animals?
If Ubuntu has the copyright on fatuous names they need to throw a sueball at Google for using fatuous names for Android...
Re: FOSS for all...
Most of these projects were probably to implement FOSS products...
What speed is the spin cycle?
No longer possible to get "the internet"
The problem now is that it's impossible to get "an internet connection". Every provider meddles with it and puts in in useless DNS servers and web content filters that invariably hike up the prices, when all want is a "an internet connection".
Does anybody actually really care about domain names? If I want to find something, I google it and click on the link. Half of the grab seems to be getting companies to register the same name to dozens of different GTLDs, pointing back to their original .com.
Unless you're going to test these toys along side a device that is proven accurate - like the police ones that cost thousands, this is a complete waste of time. You've still got absolutely no clue whether the devices are in the least bit accurate.
And still people wonder why SMEs can't get a slice of the pie...
Re: Apple and Amazon... intangible?
Ah but where is the turnover? UK, or somewhere else? When you buy your ishit do you buy it in the UK, or buy it somewhere else, eg Luxembourg, even though your ishit is actually in the UK. The devious thieves in Luxembourg then pay £1 to a company in the UK for warehousing and distribution for you to get your ishit. 25% of bugger all then raises.... bugger all.
The race to the bottom continues unabated...
Eh? Infrastructure that is then paid for by selling access to it. Think 'not for profit' model on the infrastructure. Or even - gasp! shock! make a profit on it and invest in nurses and teachers. But not doctors, they're already overpaid. Especially consultants, they're the worst....
Owen Jones was right. Build a public network and then sell access to it to the mobile operators to wrap bundles around it. And do the world a favour - force the operators to stop bundling network access with hardware. The sooner this happens the better.
At the big outsourcing companies the biggest problem is graduate recruitment. They bring in a load of grads to do tech jobs, and then promote them into non-tech roles - which was what the grads wanted to do in the first place. The training budget has then been blown on staff who stay don't use the skills after the first couple of years. If there's a skills shortage - do something about it rather bleating on about it and employing a load of spreadsheet zombies.
Well to be fair, they probably *can* have their job.... Just at less than 10% of their current salary.
That is all....
...are the biggest hurdle to locking down systems securely. What they consider to be adequate security is simply shocking.
Re: Bah humbug
Yay!!! Exactly why I bought a 5s last month! Small form phones rule!!
I enter a search phrase, Google renders some results. How hard can that be to achieve in a browser? Any browser for that matter!
Speak for youself!
I've just bought an iPhone 5S, because from all the reports the 6 is going to be stupidly large.
The only way to get staff in government departments to be accountable is to fire them for gross misconduct. The inter-government money laundering (with thanks to 'Lost all faith') is simply pointless.
Re: My debut single
...or a cover of No Brakes by The Offspring ?
Re: Perfect opportunity
Why? The lack of understanding of Linux by some serious application vendors is shocking.
Both Sky's reporting, and your subsequent cut and paste are inaccurate. Gary Hartstein is not Schumacher's doctor. He WAS the chief medical guy for F1. His views are just that, his views. He's previously stated that he has no direct contact with Schumacher's medical team.
Because you didn't "buy" it from Amazon UK. They just happen to store it in a warehouse and arrange the shipping. Same as Google UK don't "sell you" ad services. They just "advise you", and pass you on to a colleague in Ireland to seal the deal. It's complete bullshit.
All the UK companies that have harvested my email address from a website that I manage for an amateur unincorporated sports club owe me cash? The one's I'm thinking of have never had any dealings with either me personally, or the club, and I have never submitted my details to them? I realise that the worst culprits are the offshore SEO spammers, but there's a significant amount of UK spam as well.
Re: Comedy gold
Makes me chuckle as well. Don't you just love the factual inaccuracies of this rag?
Ever been to Hull?
Re: No.....you do it..
You know they dropped the 'Origin' 3 years ago??
I bet their journey back wasn't as exciting as Sandra Bullock's ??
Any chance of finishing off the 3G rollout first??
The point of creating more TLDs was because there are few useful names left in the current ones, but all that's going to happen is that the companies that have .com and .co.uk addresses will now register a .london variant to point to an existing website. It's about as useful as when they added a 1 to dialling codes...
Re: pip pip pip pip...
9600??? You were lucky... In my day....
Another pointless article
Of course modern life is possible without a smart phone. Have one / don't have one, it really doesn't matter. If you find one useful, or just want to be down with the cool kids then have one, if you don't, don't. I don't have one, and don't care less. If you want to write an interesting article, how about waiting 10 years and asking if it's possible to be without an internet connection - be it to a smart phone, tablet, laptop or what ever else comes along. With Government rolling out more and more services which will only be available on-line, the question is, "How easy will it be to live a disconnected life in a connected world?"
So banks are whinging that cash is expensive? And in what way is this NOT expensive? I don't have a mobile phone of any description, yet it seems more and more that we're heading into a situation where life will be difficult if not impossible without one.
Mobile phones are simply not the answer to everything.
What are those ? Every man for themselves round here!
Politicians don't get in the way half as much as Civil Servants do.
Open Source doesn't equal free. For example, if you're using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you still need support contracts to entitle you to download patches from Red Hat.
It's probably no more scary than to sit at home waiting for the rest of the crap IT systems in this country to fall apart in a heap.
Re: Fine by me
If the big companies paid their fair share of taxes then either, a) you'd have better public services, b) lower taxes, or c) both a and b. But I guess not having better public services for no cost to yourself is fine by you as well?
Surely all you've got to do is tax all cash taken out of the country above a certain threshold. Say, anything over a million quid per year at 21%. Easy!
Next week you'll no doubt do a contradictory article about how tape isn't dead. Because it isn't, and that's what always happens when the Reg posts an article about tape.
Hardly a giant???
Why, not How?
It's an interesting article on how to convert from VMWare to Microsoft, but nothing on why you would convert? What are the technical benefits of MS over VM?
How is spending £81,000 on "Business Strategy and Analysis for Cloud" actually going to achieve this? They appear to have outsourced the insourcing?
Re: Let's see....
You've purchased the same thing 10 times? Sucker....
Jesus wept! The mainframe isn't clapped out - the staff and management running it are!
Is 450m enough? I genuinely have no idea how much a replacement would / should cost. If a robust replacement should cost 500m, then cutting corners and spending 450m means they are building down to a price, not up to a spec.
All large corporations are run by bean counting bureaucrats. IT is just an expensive irritation to them. All they want to do is spend as little as possible, regardless of impact. I include all of the large IT outsourcing companies in that sweeping generalisation as well.
It ain't broke??
450 million to replace a system that is still at the mercy of incompetent staff managed by stupid managers? Do the clowns in charge not realise that throwing shiney tin at a problem will not make a blind bit of difference? Outsourcing / offshoring, it's all the same. Getting rid of competent staff and replacing them with incompetent replacements.