* Posts by IHateWearingATie

570 posts • joined 2 Jun 2008

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Icahn't get right Xerox Fuji merger spoils, cries activist investor Carl

IHateWearingATie

Just because he's a git, doesn't mean he's wrong

Complex financial shenanigans like this are rarely in the interest of the shareholders long term. Generally these types of moves are more about satisfying the career ambitions of the CEO, or a cunning plan to affect the short term stock price for options maturing.

I don't know the details of this one, and it could be a great idea, but I'd be shocked if it works out well in the long term

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

IHateWearingATie
FAIL

Re: I told you years ago ...

@Andy The Hat

Erm, no.

If that was the intention then the approach would have been very very different. I was involved at the start of this in early 2010 and can confirm that your conspiracy theory like thoughts are complete rubbish

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IHateWearingATie

Re: What??

Now TV has a very cut down range of channels and formats

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

IHateWearingATie

Thought experiment

If you were a hiring manager and he applied for a job, would you take the risk of a similar hatchet job when he left?

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Mass limit proposed so boffins can tell when they've fingered a brown dwarf or a fat planet

IHateWearingATie

Units of Measure!!

Kilograms?

What happening to the accepted measure of mass on El Reg, the KiloJub

I demand an apology. And the article to be amended to a mass unit we can all appreciate.

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DXC execs: Here's ANOTHER deadline for skills profiling

IHateWearingATie
Pint

What about ticking everything, or at least everything that you could bullshit your way through? Probably best leave out the ones that need proper skills for them get go (gas engineer for example), but my experience is that you can get away with most things for at least 6 months...

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

SPLITTER!

Clearly VIM is the champion we should support in the war against the hated Emacs

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

IHateWearingATie

Maybe we dodged a bullet?

Given it's taken super-boffins to find this one and no one has yet reported exploits in the wild, have we dodged a bullet on this one?

Lots of fundamental development process rethinking required in the semi-conductor world required....

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You mean Google updated its smartwatch OS and nobody noticed?

IHateWearingATie
Unhappy

Same her - I'd love to buy new shiny shiny but nothing has tickled my fancy yet so the SmartWatch 3 continues on...

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Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

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Thumb Up

That is the best suggestion I've seen so far. We need to get this out as the next 'cool thing' as I'd love to see hipsters around Old Street waving a plastic 80s He-Man at an iPhone to unlock it

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

IHateWearingATie
WTF?

Re: Fake news

I suspect you missed the point of the post?

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Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

IHateWearingATie

Life in prison in the US or a safe trip to Moscow followed by .... sneaky work laundering ill gotten gains for security officials more like!

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

IHateWearingATie

Re: Common English words with very different meanings.....

Telling an american about rugby can be a little fraught when describing a certain position in the front row as my Dad discovered talking to a stranger at DIsney World....

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

IHateWearingATie

Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

I wouldn't start with Unseen Academicals or Raising Steam, two of the last Discworld series as I'm not sure they are as good as the others. Felt like he was losing his bite, particularly in Raising Steam *ducks and runs for cover*

Hard to pick a favourite, but I would probably start with Guards Guards and then follow the Commader Vimes focused ones for a bit.

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Speaking in Tech: Comin' attcha live, raw and uncut from VMworld

IHateWearingATie
Unhappy

Found it difficult to hear part way in once the speaker in the hall then music started

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

IHateWearingATie
WTF?

Never worked at a company that would cover my normal lunch, no matter what I was doing or where I was. Restaurants with clients etc, but otherwise no.

Similarly for breakfast, unless I was in a hotel. Neither of these seem unfair.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

IHateWearingATie

This is why I refused the SH3

Moved house recently and had VM installed as it was a new build bloody miles from the nearest FTTC enabled cabinet. The engineer was reluctant but in the end let my keep my SH2 from my old place. Good thing too it looks like!

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

IHateWearingATie

Typing this on a Surface Book

Once they sorted out the drivers I've found it to be a great laptop. It's expensive, but IT dept pays so that isn't my problem!

I like the look of the Surface Pro (5) as well, but the Surface Book is more stable and I like the feel of a proper keyboard.

I had the choice of the Dell XPS instead, but the screen ratio wasn't right - the 3:2 of the Surface Book works much better for me.

If you went back to even 2014 I can't see that I would have believed that I would be happy with a Microsoft own brand laptop, but here we are!

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

IHateWearingATie

Redundant fibre, same duct.

Client that I worked for previously thought they had redundant fibre connections going out different ends of their main site. Turns out both fibres ended up in the same duct somewhere which unfortunately was wrecked by a JCB.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

IHateWearingATie
Gimp

You missed the REAL story...

Apple press office actually responded to your request for comment. Is there a thaw in relations?

(probably not if you keep calling them the Cupertino idiot tax operation)

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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

IHateWearingATie
Happy

Re: Keep it Simple

Health? Spending £50bn doesn't deserve its own department?

Education?

Welfare?

Agriculture and fisheries?

Just a few to mention that might be big enough for for their own department, and would still fit on the fingers of one hand for those MPs from Norfolk :)

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

IHateWearingATie

Nothing of course.

But I suspect the AC who posted this expects a service commensurate with the amount that was paid.

I.e. none!

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Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

IHateWearingATie

Re: Why not just say NO?

Its all about ensuring the right process is followed, or OFCOM will have legal challenges coming out of their ears.

Rule of law is still one of the things that we try and uphold.

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

IHateWearingATie

My wife's work use the G Suite , but have so many exceptions (particularly in marketing where she works for Excel and Powerpoint - files going back and forward to agencies etc) that I do wonder if they are saving any money and would just be better off going for a 365 licence per user.

I was forced to use the G Suite working at a previous client - it was okay but not great. Couldn't go over to it permanently - you'd have to prise Excel from my cold dead fingers!

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Why I'm a consultant.

Most on here get annoyed when they read stuff like this.

I think "how do I get the contact details of their customers so I can sell equally expensive useless tat to the rich morons"

I've been told I have no morals - too right, I sold them years ago.

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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

IHateWearingATie

Apart from being connected to Apple music, this seems to be a real me-too product that really doesn't do anything more than the Echo can.

Maybe the sound quality is a little better (not that i would be able to tell though). But that's it? Pretty poor effort from apple.

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Much-hyped Ara Blackphone LeEco Essential handset introduced

IHateWearingATie
Go

With 128GB as standard, few people will need an SD slot

My guess is that with 128GB in as standard, there are going to be few people who will miss the lack of an SD card slot.

I'm surprised at the lack of a headphone jack (probably a deal breaker for me) and no version with a second SIM card slot though (targeted at bits of the Asian market).

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El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

IHateWearingATie
Gimp

Scuba diving with a smart watch??

Unless you're tech diving and tracking run time against your deco schedule, most people generally use some kind of dive computer rather than a watch. You'd have to take it off anyway to get your arm through the wetsuit / drysuit sleeve. And given large mound of kit needed for diving you're not saving much in the way of weight or hassle.

Even when tech diving, I used to use a Suunto (plus a spare, depending on what I was doing) in guage mode as having depth and time in the same place was useful.

Not sure that criticising a smartwatch for not being able to survive a scuba dive is that fair a criticism !

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IHateWearingATie
Stop

Re: Reasons to be Wear-y

I'm seriously annoyed that nothing to beat the smartwatch 3 has come out yet. I want new shiny shiny!

Its an ugly thing, but it does have some plus points that a lot have but few bring together in a single watch:

- Uses the same cable to charge as my phone (micro USB) - no proprietary cable to lose or forget

- Lasts 2 days or more

- All the usual notification goodness

- Inbuilt GPS so not relying on my phone for Strava tracking

- Always on screen for looking at the time that doesn't kill the battery (why aren't there more using the transreflective approach - seems to work well on this)

- Costs less than a mid range phone

To be honest, I want a smartwatch 4 - everything this one does but better looking (and for Sony to start making the steel straps again so I can find one that costs less than the watch itself)

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

IHateWearingATie
Gimp

Damn it.

I only get these damn calls on my work mobile during the day, never at home.

I suspect purring "what are you wearing, I hope it's black leather" when sat at a desk in the clients office may be a career limiting move...

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

IHateWearingATie

Re: For the phone scammers ...

Ah. For those guys you need to give the address 4 Poets Way, Harrow, HA1 1SG.

Poets way is a very short connecting road between two others just behind the Harrow council offices. There are no houses in it, but the road and postcode is correct and they won't know that till they get there :)

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IBM: Customer visit costing £75 in travel? Kill it with extreme prejudice

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Re: Hmm

Ah Cobalt

What a miserable hole in the ground that was. I can only imagine the panic that set in when the car refused to start and you thought you may be stuck there.

Hope you claimed for the resulting mental trauma as well.

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Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'

IHateWearingATie

The wife is a contractor and the national retailer for whom she works regularly screws the payment and she finally gets the cash weeks after it was due as the accounts department mainly employs zombies from Shaun of the Dead.

As a result she keeps a good reserve as I thought was the case for all contractors? It's a bad situation to be in and they have my sympathy but I thought all contractors keep some cash in reserve for situations like this?

PS in case you're wondering, she stays working there as they agreed to part time hours that work for her and it's 5 mins from the kids school. Some months they do pay on time. Even if it's not the right amount!

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HPE kills off its entire OpenSDN line, pulls plug on customer demos

IHateWearingATie

HPE

DXC are the bastard offspring of CSC and the consulting bit of HPE

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Not the droids you're looking for – worst handsets to resell

IHateWearingATie

Yes, but...

....shiny shiny beats financial considerations every time.

I *could* bugger around worrying about the resale value of things, or I could enjoy the shiny shiny when it is new and think about when the wife will let me buy the next latest and greatest.

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Oracle doing due diligence on Accenture. Yep, you read that right

IHateWearingATie
Megaphone

Its hard to describe just how utterly stupid this sounds.

If they have money to waste they should give some to me. They'd certainly be better off putting it on a barge, pushing it out into the sea and setting fire to it than buying Accenture.

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That 'Trump lawyers threaten teen over kitten website' yarn is Fakey Fakey McFake Fakeface

IHateWearingATie

Sounds like a bit of viral marketing, but if not my simple reply would have been to refer them to the matter of Arkell vs Pressdram and left them to look it up :)

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BT agrees to legal separation of Openreach

IHateWearingATie

Re: Cautious optimism@ IHateWearingATie

"Full legal separation INCLUDING assets is essential"

Two things - to what end is full legal separation essential, and how has what OFCOM agreed with BT now made this harder to achieve than from the the current position?

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IHateWearingATie
Boffin

Re: Cautious optimism

It's only important if you think that BT Group are going to be able to materially influence the detail of network strategy through blunt levers like cost of capital and expected ROI without giving the game away to OFCOM Given the regulator would be looking for different financial expectations being applied to different parts of the business, and these kinds of things will be obvious in the technical sections of the accounts as a pretty obvious giveaway, I retain my note of cautious optimism.

Unless your ultimate goal is full separation as an end in and of itself, and in fact I wouldn't see this as making it any harder than it is now - the pension liability and access to capital markets using the wider BT Group balance sheet are the key blockers, not ownership of IPR.

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Cautious optimism

Given the legal and financial nightmare of breaking off OpenReach properly, it seems to me that this is the most practical option OFCOM could have gone for. Its been a few years since I was involved in Broadband stuff, but this could be a good thing. Cautious optimism I think.

Of course, nothing will satisfy the fibre-everywhere zealots except the public flogging of every BT manager in Trafalgar Square, but there's always a few who are never happy.

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Uber blackballs 'Greyball' tool it used to deny rides to regulators

IHateWearingATie

11th Commandment

Uber are merely obeying the 11th Commandment - Thou shall not get caught. It's served me well in my life, maybe they could apply it to all the other screwups recently and 'greyball' their CEO when he tries to find his office tomorrow morning....

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Spies do spying, part 97: Shock horror as CIA turn phones, TVs, computers into surveillance bugs

IHateWearingATie
Black Helicopters

Assange to Snowden:

"Ha - in your face. I got more secret CIA documents than you now! Who's the daddy? Who's the daddy??"

Snowdon to Assange

"Whatever, I'm off skiing later. Enjoy your dingy room...."

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Different judge, different verdict? Diageo's £54m SAP legal slap could have gone another way

IHateWearingATie
Devil

Re: I looked hard, but...

You missed it.

Schedule 6, section 6.6

Its the bit with a pentagram next to it...

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

IHateWearingATie

Is it me or does the sub-head not make sense?

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

IHateWearingATie

Echo what Chris 125 said. Haven't been to the streetmap site for a while so I had a quick look - it's pretty horrible.

I won't be going back there - it was great once, but Google Maps (and Bing if I want a 1:50,000 OS) provide a site that is just so much better to use.

Google Street view on my road is about a year old, maybe 18 months based on the car in my neighbours' driveway :)

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David Hockney creates new Sun masthead. Now for The Reg...

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Important question....

.... which pub do you go to on a Friday night?

Need to know in case I win. Me and 'scarface' Jack will shake those USB keys out of you.

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2016: Snapchat loses $515m... 2017: Snapchat rips veil off $3bn IPO

IHateWearingATie
FAIL

Words fail me

A company the underpants gnomes would gave been proud of

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Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

IHateWearingATie
Alert

Existing customers are getting stiffed by this- the large corporate I was working with recently are already planning a move away from Oracle for their AWS app as a result of the large price hike this is bringing in.

Transition costs are high, Oracle costs are much much higher!

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

IHateWearingATie

Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

"Our trade in goods with China far exceeds that with the USA. Also we're happy to let them buy up our companies (hello JLR) when it suits us."

<Pedantry>

JLR is owned by Tata which is an Indian conglomerate, not Chinese.

</Pedantry>

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Sky fattens up broadband subs as it hovers above Fox's open mouth

IHateWearingATie
Unhappy

Only game in town

Sky is the only game in town if you want to watch all the F1 races, and the only (legal) option for any live race from 2019 :(

On the plus side I got the channel thrown in for free when it started so I don't have to pay for the rest of Sky Sports

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