* Posts by MGJ

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Snafu! BT funnels all customers' sent email into one poor sod's inbox

MGJ

Not Just That

Yesterday I had the problem that the sub accounts on my main BTinternet.com address were all being polled at the same time as the main one. Those are used by my kids who don't get what 'spam filters' are for, so masses of ancient spam and adverts flooded into my mailbox. Happens every so often but not for a year or so.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

MGJ

What about if you are not compatible?

The pop up says my laptop is compatible; Sony says otherwise and says W10 will blue screen because of the switchable graphics on my Vaio that Sony say they wont sort or write a new driver for.

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Pimp your TV: Goggle box gadgets and gizmos

MGJ

If the One For All device allowed me to manage my Denon 2307 receiver that would be great value for money. The Denon manual is written in an entirely different form of English and the UI is impenetrable.

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Police Scotland fingered for breaching RIPA code 'multiple' times

MGJ

Re: Hold on there commander

Neither set of elections involve FPTP, they are not in France which does have FPTP, ie candidates are elected with 50%+1 of the vote in the first or second round of voting. Designed for the 4th and 5th Republics

Westminster elections are done on plurality, where the candidate in the constituency with the most votes wins. Could be 1 vote, could be by 1 vote. If there were only two candidates then one would by definition have 50% plus (outside of a dead heat), but very few Westminster elections (as opposed to LA ones) involve so few. More typical to have 4 or more, especially in a byelection.

Holyrood is most definitely not a combination of FPTP and PR, it is AMS, where candidates are elected in constituencies and then the regional votes (not national) are adjusted so that the result more fairly reflects the overall vote. It takes quite extreme voting patterns to get to an overall majority and it was assumed that this was never going to happen after the first two coalitions and then a minority government but the current SG had an overall majority, and on current polls that will continue after next years election. It has worked pretty well so far, with a few independents, greens, trots etc elected. I'd prefer if the party didn't get to agree the lists.

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MGJ

Scotland?

Given their helmets, those are not Police Scotland officers, and RIPA is not Scottish legislation (there is a separate RIPSA). Are you sure of your facts other than that?

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BT boss: If Ofcom backs us, we promise to speed up UK broadband

MGJ

Any chance they could finish the Infinity roll out first?

Central Edinburgh and I cannot get FTTC; my cabinet has been marked as due to get Infinity for over three years now but it never happens. I can move supplier (although getting Virgin to give you just internet access looks a challenge) but I'd lose an email address I've had for 16 years, and the hassle of that is probably not worth a faster download speed.

At least it isn't the old Syntegra business unit. They really were appalling - we had their call centre software at work.

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HP and Dell flogging Surface Pro direct? No issues THERE. NONE AT ALL

MGJ

Re: Only too right

I think you need to go watch the film 'Her' . Loving an OS is the plot.

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More than 13,000 emails swiped in Edinburgh council cyber assault

MGJ

Coincidence

My mobile has had 15 spam call centre rings today, where I normally get one a week. My data probably compromised in this. A coincidence?

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Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

MGJ

We don't have FPTP, for GB elections we have plurality, the candidate in the constituency with the most votes wins.

French elections have a post (50% turnout plus one) that you have to be first past. That has worked well in the fifth republic to allow (normally) a second round run off between the best placed candidate from the left and right.

And to talk about 'paying off the deficit' is just nonsense. The deficit is the growth in the national debt. The best way to pay off the national debt (and which the good Keynesian economists out there would recognise) is to do so when your economy is growing and there are more taxes coming in from workers and less benefits paid out to the unemployed.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

MGJ

Re: NI numbers?

NI numbers are issued when your parents claim child benefit for you. Its used as a proxy so we can all pretend that we don't have a national identity number; instead we have five or six.

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

MGJ

Re: Suitable Punishment

Beat me to it.

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Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred

MGJ

Re: If I was stupidly rich...

I regularly go shopping in my 1973 DS23. Nice big boot, and lots of comments in the car park at Waitrose.

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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

MGJ
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

MGJ
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

MGJ

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

MGJ
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

MGJ
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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