* Posts by David Neil

489 posts • joined 28 Feb 2007

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Server vendors board the Xeon SP party bus

David Neil

Intel's marketing slides are dreadful

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/cpu_mainboard/intel_resorts_to_dirty_marketing_during_their_skylake_sp_xeon_launch/1

They really do come across as desperate - 58 separate SKU's and they end up comparing a Xeon with a desktop processor (both underclocked)

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Virgin Media admits it 'fell short' in broadband speeds ahead of lashing from BBC's Watchdog

David Neil

Re: Virgin have a monopoly on cable

Why should they be forced to open it up, it was built with their money, not public funds

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

David Neil

Re: I'm old enough ...

Spoke to them several times in April and their call centre people were all Indian - no idea they had anyone this side of the world.

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Swedish school pumps up volume to ease toilet trauma

David Neil

Stage Fright is real

Happens to the best of us

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Microsoft delivers secure China-only cut of Windows 10

David Neil
Trollface

Re: Perhaps...

Great bunch of lads

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

David Neil

Re: Why store them on a shared computer in the first place?

I'm sure "shared in the most technical sense" would be fine by you if a GP's spouse uploaded a copy of your STI test to dropdrive and allowed it to be picked up by the googlebot

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Fraud detection system with 93% failure rate gets IT companies sued

David Neil

Re: Wow Michigan's state government is out of control

The decision in Flint to change water supplies was taken by the City, not the State.

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Uber: Please don't give our London drivers English tests. You can work out the reason why

David Neil

Re: TfL are caving in to the taxi-driver cartel

"If you want to freestyle/change your mind/get emergency medical help then don't book an Uber in the first place."

kind of missing the point of medical emergency

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Health firm gets £200k slap after IVF patients' records leak online

David Neil

Is that all?

In the US at least the HIPAA has some teeth and people can get prison time. Not often I look at their practices and think they are better than ours.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update crushed exploits without need of patches

David Neil

Re: Windows is the lowest form of Desktop Experience available

So he clicked the first link he saw and this is someone else's fault?

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

David Neil

For all you you screaming "Muh Privacy"

Don't upload your data to their cloud - simple

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Virgin surprises market by hopping into bed with BT for MVNO love-in

David Neil

Re: VM/BT as thick as thieves, due to Openreach decision. Forms a Quad-play duopoly.

There is a slight issue with your supposition that OFCOM would be able to force VM to open up their network.

VM's network was built with solely private capital, the Openreach network was primarily built with public funding and then upgraded.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

David Neil

Re: Nice to see...

We don't elect Prime Minister's, we elect political parties who chose who they want as their leader

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

David Neil

Re: Out of State

"I wonder what South of the Border (located in Dillon, just south of the NC state line on I-95) would feel."

"ich bin ein Gaffney-er" (and yes, i know it's wrong, just using it as the quote)

tidied

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It's round and wobbles, but madam, it's a mouse pad, not a floppy disk

David Neil

The RS Components catalogue on CD...

At a client site doing some desktop support stuff and get a call from a bloke in the mechanical engineering office, saying his CD isn't reading properly.

So I wander up and he's sat there cursing the PC, that the CD drive is crap etc.

So i press eject and out comes the RS Components CD, which he tells me he's just gotten as people keep nicking his paper copy, but they won't be nicking that. It's at that point i see he's helpfully scratched his initials into the printed side of the CD, nice and deep so no mistaking it's his, and you can see clear through the disk!

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HMS Illustrious sets sail for scrapyard after last-ditch bid fails

David Neil

Re: This makes me feel old...

The Japanese effort was a seaplane carrier and only launched amphibious aircraft, though it did launch the first at-sea air raid on another ship.

The first ship capable of launching and recovering aircraft was HMS Argus, a converted liner, built at the Beardmore yard in Clydebank - she remained in service into WW2, primarily as a landing practice and aircraft ferry ship

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

David Neil

Re: Not much of a chemist then?

That is out of date and it has been confirmed they do

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-38169194

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

David Neil

Re: re yesterdays ohio shooting

Well it wasn't a shooting incident, it was a guy in a car who ran over a group then got a bit stabby with the rest

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KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

David Neil

Re: They still haven not learnt

Or maybe they decided that putting some sort of controls in place might help highlight these sorts of risks before they find out they've shit the bed?

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Build your Type 26 warships next year? Sure, MoD – now, about that contract...

David Neil

Re: historical Scottish home of Royal Navy shipbuilding

The majority of surface ships since Fisher's time were built on the Clyde.

Do you want salt and vinegar for that chip on your shoulder about the Scots?

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British defence minister refuses to rule out F-35A purchase

David Neil

Re: A is actually not a bad piece of kit

But the F35 has been shown to be at a severe disadvantage against a 3rd gen fighter like the F16 in visual range engagement. It's advantages come in low observable/stealth - once you're in a dogfight it's been beaten comprehensively in tests.

So your position that it can fill that gap when the Typhoon gets into visual range engagements is wrong.

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Whoosh! China shows off J-20 'stealth' fighters and jet drones

David Neil

Political posturing

The head of development was relieved of post about 2 weeks ago and there are reports that it really doesn't do what they promised.

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EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

David Neil

Steam

So according to this I should be able to sell on licenses for games in my Steam Library I no longer want to play?

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

David Neil

Re: Slartibartfast Hovercraft

"It does raise the question of how the Star Trek computers were able to figure out when you were talking to them and when you were just talking to other people, since people didn't use the trigger word "Computer!" all the time."

pretty sure they did in TNG

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Microsoft Azure sets up shop in France

David Neil

UK and French presence?

Do they run these Datacentres via local third party, as they do with the German ones, or are they still subject to US over-reach?

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Disney rollercoaster helps pop out kidney stones

David Neil

Re: As an alternative to surgical amputation...

Costs an arm and a leg though so you may need to go private

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Sinclair fans rejoice: ZX Spectrum Vega+ to launch October 20

David Neil
Coat

That's what she said

Yeah, the blue one, 3 back - ta

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You heard right: Huawei's making phones in Chennai

David Neil
Unhappy

Great thing about a race to the bottom on workers pay

There's always some poor bastard "willing" to do it cheaper

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Brave telco giants kill threat of decent internet service in rural North Carolina

David Neil

Re: Isn't it time...

Where do you think the campaign contributions for all those state elections come from?

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

David Neil

Re: Elections

Every single MP in the house, we do not elect members of the Cabinet, including the Prime Minister. We elect local MPs who follow their own parties rules for choosing a leader, who in turn picks a cabinet/shadow cabinet.

The idea that we elect a single person as PM has never been accurate in this country.

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US Patent Office sued after it declared a power outage a 'national holiday'

David Neil

Re: Lemme see if I read this right

Not quite

Elm filed a patent, no challenge was received up until the 363 days had passed

Days 364 and 365 were lost due to an issue which isn't covered by the law which allows for extension to deadlines.

Director of the PTO decided unilaterally to invoke those lost days due to the issue as a public holiday, something that only Congress has the right to do fro a Federal service.

The issue here isn't the filing as such, it's the fact the PTO made a decision which is outside their power and will now cause Elm extra costs. On a point of law the judge will have to decide as to whether to reject the filings for IPR, or if they stand whether the PTO might be liable for a portion of the legal costs now involved.

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Lowland Scots plunged into panic by marauding ostrich family

David Neil

As an Ayrshire native I can assure you

The Ostriches will not be the weirdest birds in the Patna/Dalmellington area.

In fact if it's a single mum it will be right at home

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

David Neil

kind of

It's tied to some Hardware ID that is generated - swap a few bits and pieces and it might de-activate - though in my case they were more than happy to sort it out

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IT consultant gets 4 years' porridge for tax fraud

David Neil

Re: Cost benefit analysis

Good chance they'll look at his assets and go after proceeds of crime

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Tinder bans under-18s: Moral panic averted

David Neil

Re: Why is 18 improbably old?

So if you are 30 you could only have a relationship with anyone between 27 and 33?

The real world will be a bit of a shock to you

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A UK digital driving licence: What could possibly go wrong?

David Neil

This has happened to a lot of people who had that entitlement wiped.

I also had that issue, paper licence clearly showed I had entitlement to ride bikes, switched to photo licence on change of address in 2006 and lo and behold an entitlement I had since Nov 1992 had disappeared.

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/removal_of_entitlements_and_lack

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Microsoft's Windows 10 nagware storms live TV weather forecast

David Neil

Re: Oh, yeah...

Give them the money and stop waving your hands in the air saying "look how clever I am"

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Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south

David Neil

Re: I'm puzzled

"while Virgin don't appear to offer anything other than unlimited."

They say unlimited, what they mean is xxxMb free then £1 a day

All their packages actually have a limit when they start billing , as my son has found out...

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What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier

David Neil

NIce headline

But as soon as a small scam bunch get hit with a fine of any note they'll just wind up and restart under a new name

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

David Neil

Ya divvent undastand man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkvFnc-AEaI

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

David Neil

Re: Copying isn't theft

It's not pedantry, it's the letter of the law

Feel free to get back on your horse and trot on

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

David Neil

Rule 34

"If it exists, there is porn of it – no exceptions"

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Obama London visit prompts drone no-fly zone

David Neil

It is rather mental the the US Secret Service get to make these mental demands of the host country. Has the air of the Emperor visiting the dominions

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Catastrophic 123-reg VPS cockup deletes Ross County FC website

David Neil

Re: cloud goes pooooof

If they were never contracted to provide backups, and clearly mentioned that in the terms, then surely it behooves the customer to understand what they have actually bought for £9.99

Morally does not mean I get to cut costs to the bone and I can guilt trip someone into giving me service I knowingly decided I didn't want to pay for.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

David Neil

Re: Don't know about UK law

ECHR has nothing to do with the EU

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David Neil

Re: Don't know about UK law

Plenty of anecdotal evidence of UK Security Services officers being present when prisoners were subject to "enhanced interrogation techniques" outside the UK.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

David Neil

Re: Just a point of clarification...

There's also the fundamental issue that the President doesn't actually make the laws, you would need to replace all the representatives as well

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Breaking down more IT technobabble: 'Unified' comms... say what now?

David Neil

Well at our place we use Lync/Skype for Business for group chat, can spin up a conference call or whiteboard as needed. Quality is actually good now we've ironed out a few issues with edge connectors and people on remote connections v office LAN. Tends to be poor user connections for people offsite that causes issues with the apps.

For us, it's saving a ridiculous amount of money - global access numbers for a dedicated teleconferencing solution v Lync handling it all.

ymmv

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Sweden 'secretly blames' hackers – not solar flares – for taking out air traffic control

David Neil

Re: Why would Russia randomly be stressing out peaceful Swedes?

Russian Academy of Science estimate

Deaths caused by the result of direct, intentional actions of violence 7,420,379[56]

Deaths of forced laborers in Germany 2,164,313[57]

Deaths due to famine and disease in the occupied regions 4,100,000[58]

Total 13,684,692

Yeah, God knows why they are paranoid

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Texas Attorney General charged in 32-bit 'eco-friendly server scam'

David Neil

Weird

Has he just been poked in the eye or something?

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