* Posts by s. pam

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

s. pam
Facepalm

Que Surprise, is this the same Ireland....?

The Ireland that offered mega-tax abatement and other financial incentives to USA based companies to come there? Or the same Ireland that helps foreign companies shirk tax responsibilities like Luxembourg? Or the same Ireland that has housed billions of Pounds Punt where their citizens came north of the border for a more favourable exchange rate when they went €uro?

Nah, must be a different Ireland!

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

s. pam
Headmaster

Tell O'Bomba to stay home

We don't want him here, we know why he's coming (Brexit begging) and it reminds me of imagery of the Poodle in the George Michael video all over again......

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Chrome add-ons just became less scary, security-wise

s. pam

Re: Perhaps they'll fix all their damn crashing on iOS then?

I have a latest-generation iPad AIr^2 with nothing running and very few apps enabled tested latest Chrome on 9.3.1. Try going to places like www.standard.co.uk as a good one to watch it randomly crash and burn either when just "on" a page, or scrolling for a good example.

31 reported crashes since latest updates -- I've filed a report on every one of them.

Something bad happened to Chrome around the 9.3.0 time and it wasn't good.

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s. pam
Holmes

Perhaps they'll fix all their damn crashing on iOS then?

I can't count the number of times/day/week Chrome on iOS crashes when view simple UK news sites. Perhaps this will make them clean up their house, AND add support for some functionality to users with their browser on iOS?

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Grab your Hammer pants – it's the '90s again: Facebook brings Virtual Reality back

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Thumb Down

Please don't hurt Hammer

He's got a hard enough job as a used-car salesman in Oakland California....

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Symantec cloud portal goes titsup after database crash

s. pam
FAIL

The people with the clues were probably redundant!

Symantec gets what it has sowed -- screw over your staff, threaten them all the time, then ceremonially make them redundant.

That means the people who had the clues are all sitting down the pub laughing their arses off that Symantec's cloud is down.

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EE most 'reliable' mobile provider for cities – Ofcom

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Flame

Ofcom checker is an absolute JOKE!

I can personally attest that neither O2 or EE can give anything near a reliable signal where I live. I can furthermore guarantee that 4Mbps is a total joke, 66 yr old Post Office/BT phone wires here = 1.38Mbps avg whereas Virgin arrived 2 years ago and I get 120Mbps on them.

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Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

s. pam
Pirate

Many Bucks drivers are shit, pure and simple!

Disclosure: I live in Bucks

This county has an incredibly disproportionate number of residents who cannot do the speed limit, tell how much room then need when opposing traffic is coming, don't know how big their cars are along streets with cars parked as but a few examples of the abject stupidity regularly on display.

Add in a large number of Jazz and Picasso owners to the Micra crowd and there are days, like Thursdays (Pensioner Hell on the Roads day) and you're better off staying indoors safe.

Shit, this reminds me I have to go to Aylesbury today....

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Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer

s. pam
FAIL

God Redmond must be getting desperate

They forgot the kitchen sink and an automatic migration tool from UNIX to their latest failed OS.

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

s. pam
Megaphone

I dumped AdBlock

And switched to uBlock Origin which has far more controls, and was FAR more efficient. Either version of AdBlock was starting to leak content into my eyes and my testing of uBlock tells me they've worked out a secret-sauce that's a winner.

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Why I'm regulating the 'sharing economy': An Italian MP explains

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FAIL

No way in hell that'll pass

The EU Parliament will say afunculo to him as his bill will mean far less taxes coming in for Brussels to squander on meaningless idiotic laws!

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Dell's Ubuntu-powered Precision Sputnik now available worldwide

s. pam
Facepalm

Anyone remember DellUNIX or the DellStation?

The mystery of Dell is they've done UNIX for years. All the way back to the first HQ at The Arboretum before we were sent to Braker C as a team. Dell once upon a time had a real UNIX development team -- I know as I worked in it. The rest of Dell did everything they could to kill us/ our UNIX but there was such a market they never knew what to do. We even had Dell UNIX laptops, if you could find someone who knew of them!

Them was the days -- I recall our midnight appropriation of HW to build the first internet www.dell.com too. Gosh what stories we could tell El Reg....Dell just never had a clue!

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Irate IT distributors chase Amazon over unpaid bills

s. pam
Angel

Wait just a damn minute....

We all know that Amazon does NOT have any staff, operations, or sites in the U.K.!!!

We know this as our Chancellor said so which is why they don't pay any/enough taxes.

Shirley this must be a mistake!

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

s. pam
Holmes

I've just written to my local MP

I'll be very curious as he's an IT professional if he would vote for it!

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British Airways, IT staff job cuts, an outsourcing biz ... you get the point

s. pam
FAIL

Basically Airworthy (just)

I've flown just shy of 3M miles in the last 20 years with B/A and their brand cachet is lower than A/A in the US. Which is not an admirable position to be in.

You see it everywhere except their shiny check in at LHR. Run down planes, short staff, screw the loyal Exec Club members, lowered quality in their lounges.

I have a new motto for them "BA, nothing special in the air" and that's not a compliment I promise you. The cruddy part is what is a business traveller living near LHR or LGW to do? Getting anywhere in Europe and not spending 2++ hrs in a taxi or driving the M4/M25/M23 means LHR. Or, G*d forbid that hell hole called LGW!

Sorry for the rant but I'm f-a-r from alone in these views. I'm not surprised their outsourcing their staff to our Commonwealth cousins. When it all goes titsup.com then they'll realise the end is near for them as a carrier.

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Lonely bloke in chem suit fuels Mars orbiter

s. pam
Happy

Reminds me of the time....

We had the 35ft IOR sailboat I crewed on up on stands at Berkeley Marina to strip the bottom and repaint it before the start of the racing season. Bloke from the marina walks up, looks at the paint and says "Are any of you guys planning to father children?" We kind of stood there thinking, W-T-F over?

He then quipped, "Using that stuff you'll never father children".

And I never have (to my knowledge!!)

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Become an Andre Previn in your time: DevOps for star conductors

s. pam
Facepalm

Its PREVIN, Andre PREVIN who is the Conductor.

FFS get it right El Reg, you’re better than that!

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Wi-Fi operators must notify device users of potential data processing

s. pam
Holmes

Several of the mobile operators already do this!

Vodafone bought a company last year that their entire business plan is on WiFi harvesting, WiFi directed advertising and the ilk so the harvesting is well underway already.

I doubt the operators (Mobile OR Wifi) will take ANY notice of this new instruction from the ICO. It'll be nigh on impossible to police and even harder to prove an extraction was done.

Of course, it just dawns on me that with the Snoopers Charter, the ICO may be trying to preempt likely snopping by the commercial sectors and solely wants that for the Spooks!

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

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Must be a damn fine comfort to those involved

That Yoda is advertising for hundreds of jobs all over the Interweb right now for positions in Newbury and beyond. I've had recruiters calling/emailing me like mad for the last several months "due to continued expansion and growth...." is comforting...!

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EMC's Chad Sakac once made a Gangnam Style parody music video

s. pam
Alien

I paused Radio3 for *that*?????

Crikey, there are things that I'll never be able to un-see and that video is one...!

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Ordnance Survey unfolds handy Mars map

s. pam
Coat

Those damn Martians....

Had better have paid HMRC the taxes due for O/S wasting British taxpayers ££'s on this kind of crap.

No wonder UK.Gov is broke

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Cisco's Chambers mulls Indian manufacturing base

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Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

s. pam
Megaphone

I look fwd to putting some out of Europe!

Unless they will:

1) Respect and abide by European Laws

2) Pay their full taxes, in-country

3) Operate as any in-country business would in a free-market, competitive manner

I look forward to helping wreck their business plans! I'm one of 100's of thousands actively screwing Uber and I'd do the same to other companies!

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Don't mention the F word: Adobe releases Animate CC

s. pam
Mushroom

They're fucking dreaming

It ain't getting into our machines or browsers!

Die Adobe!

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Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

s. pam

Re: It's relabelling but with a twist

Erik one cannot for a second presume Enterprises have the wherewithal to do this as they either won't have the source code, or the talent pool to do so.

This is where the larger vendors are salivating and wetting themselves -- you really have to dump your current Apps and move to theirs to gain anything.

Otherwise a "Cloud" is nothing more than Marketing Bullshit and better known as a Remote Data Centre...

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Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital'

s. pam
IT Angle

He better not look in the Ward Sister's offices in Hillingdon!

Their offices are little more than piles of patient files from floor to ceiling! I've seen them for myself so this is just more of Jeremy needing a C* on his last name. Completely bogus when they're still running Windows XP in wards I've recently been into in my local GP's surgery and seen at a NHS hospital!

*= Discriminating El Reg readers know how to move letters around!

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BlackBerry axes 200 jobs – including a third of its HQ staff

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Thumb Up

Well, they're hiring off of LinkedIN

Just today I was looking at an opening with them and I didn't apply because of reading this story even though I desperately need work!

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UC Berkeley profs blast secret IT monitoring kit on campus

s. pam
Facepalm

Janet from another planet has landed

And the spies are crawling from the woodwork like Lice on a damp afternoon!

Who'd of thunk it?

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

s. pam
Alien

I could sooooo care less about what's his name!

Talk about using all avenues and protesting too much!

Why didn't he just man-up, meet with the team accusing him on safe ground, and save everyone a helluva lotta bother?

I hope this is the end of this noisemaker but I doubt it is!

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Did you know ... Stephen Fry has founded a tech startup?

s. pam
WTF?

I'd hate like hell to hear the elevator pitch

Mr Fry would wibble on incessantly for hours on the what's why's and wherefore's! As I've done a fair bit of technology assessment/ advising to VC's that'd be one startup I'd skip attending and funding meeting!

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BT blames 'faulty router' for mega outage. Did they try turning it off and on again?

s. pam
Coffee/keyboard

Horsefeathers -- was it a DDOS or a failed upgrade?

To air is human but to really fuck things up is a oft overused phrase.

You don't take down a couple hundred thousand users without either being hit by a DDOS or an upgrade gone wrong. No one could be so cheap as to have a SPOF or could they?

Perhaps, BT couldn't get through to the scummy helpLESS lines in OpenReach to get help? That'd be fitting karma!

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Home Office lost its workers' completed security vetting forms

s. pam
Facepalm

No worries, we can trust them all!

Ole Teflon will make lotsa noise in the press about what a hard job it is then nothing will change. Repeat cycle, spin, rinse, repeat cycle.

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Apple’s retail chief: ‘Touching customers’ key to retail success

s. pam

Re: How about touching a REAL UK Keyboard?

Wrong-O

I bought a new iMac 21" in September from apple.com/uk (their UK store!) and it came with a USA keyboard, and NO option to get a UK one.

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s. pam
FAIL

How about touching a REAL UK Keyboard?

That'd be a first -- I'm sick and tired of Apple not getting the fact that not all of the world likes to touch a Yankee only keyboard.

Every damn new Mac comes with a USA keyboard -- epic fail! I have to spend at least 10 mins remapping all the keys!

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

s. pam
Facepalm

"IoT will go mainstream"

For those brave enough, have a follow of the Twitter account @InternetOfShit.

That'll turn anyone into a permanent luddite living in a cave in NW Scotland forever!

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

s. pam
Flame

Seriously? Are they delusional?

They routinely crash PCs with bad updates, or cause lock-ups due to their poor Q/A. So to seriously suggest a kill switch seems counterintuitive as their own product is more than capable of doing just that already!

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

s. pam
Angel

Bwahahaha what a tool!

There's no real surprise in this decision! Companies have Acceptable Use Rules for a reason and clearly the guy felt he was above that rule.

Add in the fact for more than 10 years now, Chat sessions in a corporate environment are likely in many companies to be logged, just as email is for compliance &/or regulatory reasons.

He should not be moaning for sympathy -- which BTW is between shite and syphilus in the O.E.D. !

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Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Thumb Up

Let's send Jeremy Hunt

To test out Hawking's new theory as he clearly is smarter than everyone!

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Come in Internet Explorers, your time is up. Or not. Up to you

s. pam
Boffin

I'd say the bookies should make a mint

Holding book on which banks get pwned first for still running IE6 and IE7 although I know a UK bank with instances of IE5 still in place!

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Boozing is unsafe at ‘any level’, thunders chief UK.gov quack

s. pam
Headmaster

Which cash-sucking consulting firm is involved?

I've just done the survey.

It has too much consultant-speak and should simply say "drinking whilst pregnant may injure, deform, or destroy your unborn child". Or it should say "drinking too much may damage necessary organs, cause you to injure yourself" or "drinking too much in one session will cause you to have spawn just like yourself"!

The instructions to the pubic are filled with thousands of words when 10-20 would suffice!

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Spooks, spyware, Ashley Madison and Windows 10: What you read in 2015

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If El Reg had any cajones......

You'd have taken aim at Adobe Flash and the scourge of the interweb it truly is!

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Chat messages in Skype for Windows are bang out of order – so here's how to 'fix' it for now

s. pam
Pirate

Mac version is a 3-D cluster...

The last 3 Mac updates are utter butt roll leftovers of non-working code. It's gotten so bad we've had to keep a spare DMG around our home to clean up when a new turd arrives.

How could someone so fuck up a working product..??

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Patch now! Flash-exploitin' PC-hijackin' attack spotted in the wild by Huawei bods

s. pam
Mushroom

"If you haven't already enabled click-to-play for Flash in your browser".....

Did that, we've purged Flash is Trash from ALL computers in our family. And extended family. And closest friends.

Adobe should have their doors forcibly closed for perpetuating Flash!

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UK says wider National Insurance number use no longer a no-no

s. pam
Holmes

Aegon is sure as hell using NiNo !!!

I've got a long standing mess with Aegon where they've LOST my home address yet cheerfully accepted monthly Pension contributions that I think I've finally fixed.

The proof you may ask?

Today I received a form from Aegon demanding all the stuff I've already provided 7 years of proof for, AND a "fill in your NiNo here" boxes for it to go into.

Having no choice as I want to get 15 years of Pension moved to another company I've had to comply. Hopefully they don't fuck up management and securing my personal data!

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Man faces 37 years for sarcastic post insulting royal dog

s. pam
Pint

Que Pasa Bato, Fido Tacos anyone

I once went to a upscale taqueria in Mexico City with some co-workers whilst working there. The meat was grey, but tasty and with a few beers, seemed ok.

They asked me on the way back to the office how I liked DOG Tacos? Perhaps a nice Dog Pud Thai would be more to the King's liking?

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Mozilla looses Firefox 43, including Windows 64-bit variant

s. pam
Facepalm

How about "World has flushed Firefox"?

The lack of modernisation coupled with the malware and lack of security updates mean to many it is flushed from their $home, $work, and $life.

Shame, they fscked things up so badly they handed the market to Chrome.

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Adobe: We locked our customers in the cloud and out poured money

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Now, FLUSH Flash

If you're really wanting to make some money Adobe, FLUSH Flash and see customers return.

The Ebola virus of network security nightmares ='s I won't spend a pence with you until you do.

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Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

s. pam
Alert

I guess it's no different than the $40B

That MSFT were telling all SW developers was the revenue to be made supporting $harepoint. Glad that wasn't bullshit then SteveO.

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Microsoft Office 365, Azure portals offline for many users in Europe

s. pam
IT Angle

It's raining turds and birds

Oh gee what a surprise -- I can't get into email for the company I'm contracting to due to MSFT. I've been trying to get into their email for 2 hours with little luck, even tried reboots, different browsers.

I guess I'll go remove the caulk in my shower that's leaking then.

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Oh em gee – Adobe kills Flash Professional (it's called Animate now)

s. pam
Flame

Now fucking kill Flash completely!!!!

In the name of all things Holy, PLEASE,

Get your Ebola virus of an app off of the Internet once and for all!

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