* Posts by MGJ

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BT customers face broadband and landline price hikes

MGJ

What Is this Infinity Thing I Hear About?

One mile from the centre of Edinburgh and I cant get Infinity or an indication of when it might be available. I have a 13 year old ADSL engineer install from BT; maybe that's why. When I moved here from the previous flat, BT didnt even have a method to move ADSL from one circuit to another (you took a new primary email address), so I guess there has been some progress.

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

MGJ

What British Justice is this?

The MOJ is a Whitehall department with no responsibility for Scotland.

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US unemployment dips below 8 per cent, but IT sector takes a hit

MGJ

I'd rather be gullible

than a racist troll.

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Apple iOS 6 review

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Go

Re: Upgrade or wait?

One thing to watch for; if you have your music compressed on your phone but not your PC, previous updates would fail as they tried to restore the uncompressed music and then failed when they ran out of space.

Also, my 3GS doesnt currently have turn-by-turn navigation in Maps; isnt that one of the main features added by this upgrade (and therefore worth doing?)

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Peugeot 508 RXH estate car review

MGJ

Re: "French cars are not exactly known for their long term reliability"

Well, my 39 year old DS seems pretty reliable, but of modern hire cars I loved the 306 Estate I drove in the spanish mountains 12 years ago

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Yahoo! bureau! chief! sacked! for! Mitt Romney! racism! jibe!

MGJ
IT Angle

Re: Mitt Romney Rules!

Hey, the dog just likes fresh air.

Personally, I just wonder about the Sherman's ability to even consider a candidate who cant remember his own first name (clue, its not Mitt).

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

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IT Angle

Re: Therefore it must be done.

So its just a coincidence that smoking rates are down as the price has gone up hugely?

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We'll punish crims faster... with lots of shiny new tech - minister

MGJ

Re: Much as like the idea.....

For every case that churns, there is less chance that those witnesses will turn up next time. The defence system is based on this; never plead until the last minute and only if you've checked the witnesses are there. There is astonishing waste in the justice system

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Ex-gov man McCluggage on G-Cloud's slow descent

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Clueless

If this is his level of understanding of government after 7 years, then we are well shot of him. For central government, there is only one Home Office, or DWP/HMRC. They have pretty unique requirements, that are not the same as any other organisation, so they have bespoke systems. Leveraging in COTS products creates the sort of nightmares that the CSA faced when using a system from Florida that couldnt handle such arcane concepts as VAT. Yes, where a service is generic (postcode checking, input validation etc) then a cloud service is usable, but not for most caseworkers and policy makers/knowledge workers, who will really love that application latency as their screen redraws as data comes back from India, Iceland and Indiana, rather than the empty datacentre in the basement.

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Can't watch Flash vids in Firefox? It's not just you

MGJ
Holmes

Re: Alternative approach.

If only IE didnt have problems too; some controls in Flash no longer work. For example, in War Commander (surely the only reason anyone goes on Facebook these days), the 'Full Screen' control no longer does anything. Advice in forums is to go back to 11.2, so it looks like some feature was deprecated in this release. Testing, anyone?

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Scotland considers dishing out more iPads to schoolkids

MGJ
Joke

Re: Why are people so gay for apple?

Of course you need a computing degree to make sweeping generalisations with authority

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Judge: Big Five ISPs must block The Pirate Bay

MGJ

Check the Daily Mash

"Meanwhile Mr Justice Arnold also ruled that anyone who tells you Pirate Bay is a beacon of freedom is a stupid little child."

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Lenovo U300s Ultrabook

MGJ

Screen

So, a high end laptop with a crappy screen; why not 1600 by 900? Its why I didnt wait for one and bought a Vaio S instead.

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Friends Reunited rebrands as memory bank for oldsters

MGJ

What FR used to have was a structured way of tracking down old friends from school and Uni, based on time and place. And that is pretty much a really useful tool. If only Facebook still offered that; it used to but it seems to have gone as far as I can tell

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UK.gov: We really are going to start buying open-source from SMEs

MGJ

Really?

Becuase when I was last buying a large SOA stack we looked really closely at Red Hat but it was no cheaper than Oracle once you put in 4 years of support and IBM and Oracle's hardware discounts were added, and it had none of the security ticks in the box required to run it on CJX. Apart from that, we'd have loved to use it, if we could have made sense of all the various options required; neither Oracle or IBM needed to offer any freebies (not that we are allowed to take them anyway - nothing over £5 value at our level) to beat that.

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Olympus goes retro with µFT snapper

MGJ

An OM you say; will the shutter stick open like on every OM10 I've ever owned or known about? 'Magnetised oil' was the usual excuse.

If it has the colour reproduction of my mju300, good luck to them in getting any sales whatsoever.

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Her Majesty's £444m court IT system can't even add up fines

MGJ

The original cost of the Libra contract included wiring, PC supply, training, project management etc, as well as the delivery of the core application, to hundreds of courts and thousands of users. But its much easier to be lazy and imply that all sides were incompetent 13 plus years ago.

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Criminal Records Bureau checks to go online

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Thumb Down

Jurisidiction

It would no doubt be helpful if you indicated where this new regime applies; it doesn't cover Scotland for example.

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UK.gov uses Experian data to sniff out fraudsters

MGJ
Go

Go read the DPA

Prevention and detection of crime gives you a legitimate reason to share information.

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Ebuyer knocked out by own £1 deals site

MGJ
FAIL

Are they any relation to the lot who sell tickets for Glastonbury, and who every year have a website that has thousands hitting F5 for several hours to see if they can get a ticket?

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Bill Gates strangled Microsoft's 'tablet for creatives'

MGJ

I was in a meeting with MS yesterday, and one of their staff was taking notes and using OneNote with Windows 8 Alpha. From the demo, it works perfectly. Battery life, weight and cost have stuff to work on for consumers, but for corporates, they are getting close.

They were also victims of the tsunami; lots of niche launches got put back when certain components had shortagges.

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Farewell then, Sony Ericsson

MGJ

Two out of the three phones in the photos were ones I actually bought. I loved my Z5, and I had the full car kit for it in my company Golf. Sold it when I got my P800, which was a bit big, and didnt survive an encounter with a stone floor; large screen crack and not economic to repair. Still have it though; keep thinking I should recycle it.

Went to a Moto after that (Z3), then a Nokia N95, before settling on an iPhone 3GS, which has lasted longer than any of them, although the case is starting to crack on the back.

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Public transport 'is bad for commuters' health'

MGJ
FAIL

What, do you get a free car and petrol allowance with your work but choose not to use it?

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BioWare Baldur's Gate

MGJ
Windows

Current?

It would be useful in these reviews to include whether it will still run on Windows 7/Vista 64 bit, or in a VM.

I loved this game, and played it for 7 months while living in a hotel in London during the week.

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Brits not keen on 3D, reveals poll

MGJ

3D in Cinema

Personally, I watch 3D in cinema because I dont have it at home, so for good films which I'll watch on DVD or Blu-Ray later, at least I'll see them once in 3D. Only decent films to use 3D recently have been kids ones (Despicable Me in particular) but there's not many that dont make sense without 3D (How To Train Your Dragon maybe). Last Harry Potter was a waste of time in 3D; it added nothing.

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DigiNotar goes titsup: Disgraced certificate firm is sunk

MGJ

Shame

I went on a visit there in 2004; they were making eGovernment actually work, but when you have the concept of the notary in public life already, making PKI work is a bit of a no-brainer. They were doing digital signing of smart cards containing methadone prescriptions and medical case notes for access only in A&E. The NEC technology they used was very interesting.

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UK.gov works on YET ANOTHER open-source push

MGJ

So...

You are saying that MS products are so easy to learn to use that there is no cost there. ;-)

A days productivity for 50,000 staff soon adds up to a big cost though for each change.

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MGJ
Facepalm

Are you volunteering to retrain all the staff?

And rewite all the exisitng corporate applications that link in to the MS office suite. Costs soon ramp up when compared to a seven year replacement programme (we're on Office versions with 2003 in them)

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MGJ

No (sadly)

Until there is a proper support structure in place, why would I choose a product with limited or no support if it goes wrong, versus one that has support but may cost slightly more? A recent piece of work I was involved in looked at JBOSS as an option compared to the Oracle stack. At the time, (and I'm not sure if it is yet) RedHat had not got its products cleared to use/process GMPS protected material.

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Children's body busted for email, file cabinet blunders

MGJ
Childcatcher

Employ Monekys

The problem with SCRA is that they barely employ anyone anymore; among admin staff they have a 50% vacancy plan and are in the middle of a significant reorganisation. They dont use the GMPS markings for their material and most of it goes by Royal Mail, albeit in sealed bags that the posties must know contains all sorts.

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Hurry up with webcams in courts, says Sky News boss

MGJ

'British' Courts

Good luck with that one Sky News. That would be the Supreme Court as the only British court; Scotland has a separate legal system including different criminal and civil courts. You'd think that a major news organisation might know that, especially since one of their former staff is being considered for perjury proceedings in that jurisidiction at present.

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Green energy and jobs will cripple the UK economy

MGJ
Facepalm

Compared to what

As opposed to the funding of the military industrial sector, where we create lots of useless tat at huge prices per job, like building aircraft carriers with no planes on them.

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Acer insists fondleslab 'fever' is fading

MGJ
Holmes

Reading the analysis

IHS say that iPad will be 75% of the market this year; its not a tablet market, its an iPad market. They are selling millions of them and making money on it; is anyone else?

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Sony distribution centre engulfed by fire

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Holmes

Not just Sony product

The warehouse is the main stockpile of UK indie distributors, and they may not be insured if it was down to rioting. Those doing are probably sodcasters; grime continues its evil march.

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Death haunts government petitions site

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Facepalm

But of course

Perhaps you should do a 'sort' on signature, and you'll see that the most support is for the petition calling for the retention of the ban on capital punishment.

If you want to check out any real knuckle dragging, do a search for 'Sharia'; lots of loonies opposed to something that isnt happening.

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Scottish news site hit by 'DDoS attack' in run-up to elections

MGJ

Fail

The correct name for the GB electroal system is plurality not FPTP, since there is no post in plurality (but there is in AV). If you want a shorthand form, why not 'MVW'; most votes wins.

AV is the wrong answer to the wrong question. Modernising electoral systems is about more than changing how you elect your Isle of Wight sized area's representative. Weirdly, since Scotland spent a couple of years agreeing what it would use in 1999, there has been not a peep out of anyone that the system should be changed. We've had 2 coalitions and a minority, and its all gone pretty well.

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'Thickest burglar' leaves passport at scene of raid

MGJ

So...

As the Sun has it, prison works. Really worked in this case; all those previous convictions have really helped him build a stable life and taught him consequential thinking.

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Jester claims credit for knocking Westboro Baptist Church offline

MGJ

Bible Literalists

Always seem to pick the parts that suit them. I bet they eat shellfish, rarely sacrifice goats and dont follow the guidance for slavery, rape and pillage when they capture foreign towns.

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Government defends need for census

MGJ
FAIL

really

So NO2ID and Big Brother Watch would like the government to join up all their existing databases rather than have the data fresh for this purpose. Well that's a change to their normal view...

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Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net

MGJ
FAIL

Who leaked it?

It was his defence papers that were leaked; should Sweden prosecute his defence team? You'd certainly start whining if they did so

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MGJ
WTF?

Legal Ignorance

What part of "the documents appear to consist of pretrial discovery material that Swedish prosecutors provided to one of Assange's attorneys" is it that you are struggling with? Assange demands to know what he is charged with and why. In order to have a fair trial, the defence has equal access to the evidence gathered by the prosecution. That is then leaked; what is that to do with the US, UK or Swedish state? If he hadnt had access to the material, no doubt he'd be whining that he didnt know the basis for the case against himself, and couldn't prepare a defence.

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Mexico demands apology for Top Gear outrage

MGJ

Gringos

That's right, because all white folk sing 'Green Grow The Rashes O'; not a lazy racial stereotype at all...

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More privacy for the Queen, less for everyone else

MGJ

Errrm, we are not the US

Given your use of the phrase 'rat's ass', I'm guessing you are from the other side of the pond. The Queen is our head of state, a role which has several remaining powers attached to it, not least the power to invite someone to form a government, or agree to dissolve parliament. In her other job, as head of the commonwealth (where she is head of state for a number of other countries) she may have advice and guidance to offer to her government of the day.

It might not be perfect, but its the UK system.

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O2 chops away at middle-aged spread

MGJ
FAIL

Focus?

Hmmm, well they have no signal penetration where I live, (ie in my house) but would not allow me to leave before my contract was up. When I asked for a PAC at the end of 18 months, I was told it would come by SMS as that was the only way they were allowed to do it; strangely when I phoned to complain that the PAC hadnt arrived 65 hours later, they gave me it over the phone. Quite happy to send me the customer survey questions by txt before they actually carried out the work too.

Twonks.

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NoTW editor suspended as phone-hacking stink persists

MGJ
Grenade

Sheridan

Coulson recently testified in court on this very matter in Scotland

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Beastly Android will batter Apple's iOS beauty

MGJ

Hmm

So greater Android adoption has nothing to do with price of handset then?

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MPs set out on quest to find UK.gov's IT strategy

MGJ
WTF?

OK, but where is it

Go try doing a search on the No 10 website for it, and then try to find out what it actually means. In particular, what is the plan to get from the current infrastructure to G-Cloud, and why is that important for knowledge workers who work at the same desk every day, processing stuff on re-purposed green screens?

(I understand that lib dem ministers are causing havoc in Whitehall at the moment by refusing to use PCs and insisting that apps are made to run on their Macs. At the same time, civil servants are being asked to lock down networks ever tighter after the latest Wikileaks)

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Google revives ‘network computer’ with dual-OS assault on MS

MGJ
FAIL

G-Cloud?

Please someone tell government IT heads in the UK that; despite a complete absence of cash or business case, they are pressing on with the creation of a government cloud. Civil servants sit in offices with LAN connections, they are knowledge workers, their security staff wont let them have WIFI access, so how the hell is this where they might go?

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Sweden to issue international arrest warrant for Assange

MGJ

Our cost

If he is arrested on an EAW, he'll be flown to Sweden on BA or the Swedish flag carrier (SAS?) at our expense, not his, if he is arrested in the UK

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BT network goes titsup up north

MGJ
Unhappy

The title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

And how exactly are you supposed to get the service status update if your ADSL is down. Cant even get to the BT webpage to check the phone number. and since my phone is on o2, I have to walk into the garden to get a data feed and pull the web page up in circa 5 minutes.

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