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!
559 posts • joined 2 Jun 2008
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....
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.
Found it difficult to hear part way in once the speaker in the hall then music started
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.
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!
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!
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.
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)
Re: Keep it Simple
Health? Spending £50bn doesn't deserve its own department?
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 :)
Nothing of course.
But I suspect the AC who posted this expects a service commensurate with the amount that was paid.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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 !
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)
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...
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 :)
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.
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!
DXC are the bastard offspring of CSC and the consulting bit of HPE
....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.
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.
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 :)
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?
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.
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.
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....
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...."
Re: I looked hard, but...
You missed it.
Schedule 6, section 6.6
Its the bit with a pentagram next to it...
Is it me or does the sub-head not make sense?
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 :)
.... 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.
Words fail me
A company the underpants gnomes would gave been proud of
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!
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."
JLR is owned by Tata which is an Indian conglomerate, not Chinese.
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
Re: "OS X and Windows simply offer far more"
"Free Software doesn't need philosophers, it needs venture capitalists, and that my friend is a bit of a paradox (at least as far as the monopoly-oriented venture capitalists are concerned)."
A paradox in that venture capitalists want to make a return on the money they invest and the likelihood of making anything back on the money spent on a free mobile OS even if it were successful is pretty much nil?
Free Software needs a generous sugardaddy, willing to spend loads and get nothing but the general feelings of love from the community in return. That's not going to happen.
What a tosser. Told not to do something, does it anyway, throws a tantrum when punished.
Good riddance to him.
Re: VM/BT as thick as thieves, due to Openreach decision. Forms a Quad-play duopoly.
"Virgin Media knows the outcome of a separate Openreach would mean VM having to give wholesale access (to other operators i.e. Sky) to their Fibre/Coxial Network on an equal footing."
The VM network isn't regulated in that way and OFCOM would require new primary legislation or a series of very dubious decisions on Significant Market Power (which would get crushed in a judicial review) in order to do anything like that.
VM don't want OpenReach split off as it suits them to have their competitors distracted with regulatory hassles while then concentrate on improving their vertically integrated network
Let me fix that for you...
"BT values the economy of scale that Virgin Media brings to our network"
"BT understands the significant additional pain to be meted out by the regulator if we started playing silly buggers with this deal. Look Ms White*, we can play nicely with others... please don't break us up"
*Sharon White being the head of OFCOM. Met her once, very smart.
Daraprim is not an anti HIV drug. It is used against certain infections, and one of the uses is for certain infections that HIV patients get.
The guy is still a tosser though.
Prime Video - a nice add on, but hardly worth a separate subscription
I've found that the addition of Prime Video makes a nice addition to free delivery, but the content it has hardly makes it worth the price on its own.
My prime subscription is up again in January - if I weigh the free delivery, video and Prime Music it's probably worth the £79 for the year. Just about.
What no-one mentiones is what owning 100% rather than 40% will give extra to NewsCorp. Through the holding they already have a defacto choice of CEO and a number of relationships between the different parts of the conglomerate. If you're worried about plurality I don't see how this changes anything on the ground
...given they connect via bluetooth will they work with an Android phone?
I could do with some new ear buds and may give them a shot
This is why I spent ages on the phone with my Dad on Saturday trying to help him get his laptop back on line.
Re: It's showing
Isn't that a succinct description of a free market?
I worked on this in central gov for a while, but some time ago.
From the public documents on benefits I remember that a chunk came from better enabling micro-generation (I think the idea was if everyone has a smart meter that supports feed in to the grid, it reduces the barriers to entry. Or something).
Another chunk of savings came from enabling smart appliances, so you could sign up for a tarriff that followed the market spot price, and link your washing machine to the meter so its triggered to run when the price drops.
A third chunk I think was about 'demand management' (i.e. switching you off when the load gets too high). Large businesses can sign up to tarriffs that cover this - with smart meters (and home generation and power storage) you could sign up as an individual to this kind of thing as well, potentially saving you money.
I'll leave you to decide how likely those benefits are.