* Posts by Dominion

78 posts • joined 20 May 2013

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BT dismisses MPs' calls to snap off Openreach as 'wrong-headed'

Dominion

Re: New Zealand has done it.

"Most UK homes"

I'd genuinely like to see the numbers of homes that have Virgin Media cable available. I'm in a reasonable sized town in the middle of the country with Virgin Media nowhere in sight.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

Dominion

I have all of these call, several times a week. From my aged mother!

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Asda slammed for letting vulns fester on its cyber shelves

Dominion

Re: For? Serious?

It's a new language that The Register are developing for their contributors. Still, it's not as bad as the article yesterday by Marcus Gibson

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

Dominion

Digital

"Digital"..... For fucks sake! Somebody sack this moron.

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Southend-on-Sea splashes £1.5m on hybrid cloud data centre

Dominion

I was with them all the way until they said they were going to outsource running it from 2019. It's ludicrous to build something internally with the intention of outsourcing it a couple of years later.

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HSBC online customers still in the cold after hours-long lockout

Dominion

Re: Just say ...

24 hours per day, 365 days per year

It's a shame 2016 is a leap year with 366 days!

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

Dominion

Sure, but one for cars would be more use as they tend to cause more deaths when jumping red lights and mounting pavements.

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North Wales Police outsourcing deal results in massive overspend

Dominion

"Supposed", "Expected", "Thought". Looks like this is simply not understanding the services being outsourced, and not having full costs agreed when signing up. I'd wager that the overspend is being charged for work that wasn't identified at contract bid / acceptance stage. A quick Google tells you who the "unnamed" supplier is.

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IT infrastructure on demand? Yeah right, say devs

Dominion

FTFY

"Developers remain completely out of touch with the needs of IT operations"

Is actually closer to the truth. Time and time again we see solutions that cannot be deployed to production environments because the slap dash "sandpit" servers that were used for development is using OS builds that are not representative of a properly secured and hardened production server. If IT operations are "utterly out of touch with what developers, users and businesses actually need", it's because developers, users and businesses don't have a plan or a strategy to enable their work to be delivered, and didn't think about flagging up their requirements in a timely manner.

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We turn Sonos PLAY:5 up to 11

Dominion

Re: Marantz MCR510?

I mostly agree with you - I'm sat here listening to mps3s off my NAS through a Sonos Connect hooked up to a Marantz amp and AVI speakers, but the Sonos Play 1s that I have are great for dragging round the house as required. The amp / speaker combo, not quite so...

Does the Marantz MCR510 have an iPhone / Android / Windows app?

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Online VAT fraud: Calls for government crackdown grow louder

Dominion

Yeah because tax isn't used for useful stuff like healthcare, education etc...?

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Dominion

Re: Ordering 'stuff' from outside the EU

What Amazon is doing isn't cross border trade. You buy "stuff", it gets shipped from a warehouse in the UK, the same as if you walked into a shop and bought it. The "stuff" has never been anywhere near Luxembourg, so anybody claiming that the "transaction" took place abroad is simply taking the piss.

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Whitehall IT running costs creep up again to £4.6bn

Dominion

Re: As an evil consultant...

The difference with government projects is the duplicity of management. Civil Servants want to manage their project / 3rd party, and the 3rd party want to manage their project / staff. As a tax payer I despair of some of the irrelevant questions I'm asked as a 3rd party contractor engaged to do work.

Civil Servant: Have you thought about doing it this way?

Me: No because it won't work that way.

Civil Servant: OK, but can you cost it anyway?

Me: Sure, or you could just send me a cheque for £5K and I'll get on with doing it the way we're going to end up doing it anyway after we've wasted 2 weeks discussing it....

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

Dominion
Facepalm

ITIL?

Was the change managed using ITL? LOL!

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BT Sport website AND app go TITSUP – footie fans weep

Dominion

I've given up bothering to watch BTSport. The picture quality is hopeless. I don't know if their pricing model means I'm subsidising a service that I don't use, but once my contract up next month I'll be looking around at switching to a telecoms provider that doesn't piss billions up the wall on pointless sports channels.

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

Dominion

Re: Usual problem of drawing the line

"Unfortunately not everyone can be trusted to have some common sense"

There, that's fixed...

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Dominion

The coder in the tie is probably also a graduate. Spending his 6 months wasting everyone else's time before he moves on to a pointless junior management role. Then he'll be sending out idiotic memos about dress codes...

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

Dominion

Goodbye UK IT skills

Final nail in the coffin of the UK IT industry then? Green light to offshore everything and put the majority of the UK IT sector on the scrap heap. Thanks Dave.

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Where’s the best place for your infrastructure bottleneck?

Dominion
Flame

Tell us something we didn't already know?

"Yes", said the development team, "we know the code is shit but it'll take years to rewrite it, throwing tin at it will be cheaper in the long run..."

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

Dominion

£10,000 a day to have a police presence outside the embassy to arrest him if he tries to leave.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-31159594

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

Dominion

So glad to see that my taxes are being used for such useful stuff in Europe. How anyone can possibly confuse a satellite TV company with a software product is beyond me.

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Google TUGS Nexus 7-INCHER from its online store

Dominion

Never again!

After this fiasco I won't be buying another hardware device from Google - rebranded or otherwise. As well as being unusable after the Lollipop release mine now takes over a day to charge from flat to full. It was a good value useable product when I bought it, It's become next to useless in less than 3 years.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

Dominion

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.

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Phoenix IT Group says 'see ya' to repairs staff

Dominion

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.....

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$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Dominion

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?

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Torvalds turns to Sir Mix-A-Lot for Linux versioning debate

Dominion
Paris Hilton

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...

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£100 MILLION poured down drain on failed UK.gov IT projects - in just ONE YEAR

Dominion

Re: FOSS for all...

Most of these projects were probably to implement FOSS products...

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

Dominion
FAIL

What speed is the spin cycle?

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'People ACTUALLY CONFUSE Facebook and the internet in some places'

Dominion

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".

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2015 will be the Year of Linux on the, no wait, of the dot-word domain EXPLOSION

Dominion
Facepalm

Nobody Cares!

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.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

Dominion

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.

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Post Office: Here's £100m, Computacenter. Now get us up to date, for pity's sake

Dominion

And still people wonder why SMEs can't get a slice of the pie...

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

Dominion

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.

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Oracle to axe over 450 jobs in Euro support centres – sources

Dominion

The race to the bottom continues unabated...

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

Dominion

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....

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Dominion

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.

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IT JOB OUTSOURCING: Will it ever END?

Dominion

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.

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Sophos to offshore American support operations

Dominion

Well to be fair, they probably *can* have their job.... Just at less than 10% of their current salary.

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

Dominion

Super....

That is all....

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Pen-testers outline golden rules to make hacks more €xpen$ive

Dominion

Application Vendors...

...are the biggest hurdle to locking down systems securely. What they consider to be adequate security is simply shocking.

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Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch

Dominion

Re: Bah humbug

Yay!!! Exactly why I bought a 5s last month! Small form phones rule!!

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Dominion

What??

I enter a search phrase, Google renders some results. How hard can that be to achieve in a browser? Any browser for that matter!

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

Dominion

Speak for youself!

I've just bought an iPhone 5S, because from all the reports the 6 is going to be stupidly large.

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

Dominion

Pointless fine

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.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

Dominion

Re: My debut single

...or a cover of No Brakes by The Offspring ?

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July 14, 2015. Tuesday. No more support for Windows Server 2003. Good luck

Dominion

Re: Perfect opportunity

Why? The lack of understanding of Linux by some serious application vendors is shocking.

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

Dominion

Wrong!

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.

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Google: Why should we pay tax when we make 'intangibles'?

Dominion

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.

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Fed-up bloke takes email spammers to court – and WINS PILE of CASH

Dominion

Soooo...

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.

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BT finally admits its Home Hub router scuppers some VPN connections

Dominion

Re: Comedy gold

Makes me chuckle as well. Don't you just love the factual inaccuracies of this rag?

Ever been to Hull?

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