* Posts by IHateWearingATie

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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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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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Stallman's Free Software Foundation says we need a free phone OS

IHateWearingATie

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.

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Fired Ofcom Remainer bod sues UK gov for withholding his payoff

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Good riddance

What a tosser. Told not to do something, does it anyway, throws a tantrum when punished.

Good riddance to him.

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

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Thumb Down

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."

Utter rubbish.

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

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IHateWearingATie
Alert

Let me fix that for you...

"BT values the economy of scale that Virgin Media brings to our network"

should be

"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.

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Pharma hate figure Martin Shkreli suspended from Twitter

IHateWearingATie
Facepalm

Correction

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.

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Brace yourself, network admins, Amazon Video just hit 200 nations

IHateWearingATie
Meh

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.

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Murdoch's 21st Century Fox agrees £18.5bn Sky takeover deal

IHateWearingATie
Alert

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

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Apple's Airpod wireless earbuds finally go on sale after six-week delay

IHateWearingATie

Genuine question...

...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

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Gadammit!

This is why I spent ages on the phone with my Dad on Saturday trying to help him get his laptop back on line.

Bastards!

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Custom silicon, 9PB storage boxes, and 25Gb Ethernet – just another day in AWS hardware

IHateWearingATie
Alert

Re: It's showing

Isn't that a succinct description of a free market?

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

IHateWearingATie
Alert

Benefits

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.

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Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

IHateWearingATie

Do they deliver overseas I wonder? A little steep, but it may be worth it to sneak it on to the Christmas tree in The Guardian's offices to troll them a little :)

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Why I just bought a MacBook Air instead of the new Pro

IHateWearingATie

Re: Surface is nice and all

@Trevor_Pott

"Every single one. I serve my clients. I don't control them. The question is how many of my clients trust me with full control of their IT?"

Erm....you mentioned having full control as an end user. You having full control as the IT manager / admin/ consultant is more than a little differennt. The point was, you may want full control, but thats not a requirement for very many other people and is hardly a basis for criticising an operating system.

Don't worry, I'll be avoiding your company like the plague too.

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IHateWearingATie

Re: Surface is nice and all

And how many of the users in your clients would you trust with 'full control' Trevor?

Have used Linux in the past, mainly Red Hat and Debian. Don't use it now as life is too short. Win 10 is close enough to 'it just works' for me (would maybe move to MacOS if there were more games available).

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

IHateWearingATie
Facepalm

This reminds me of several frustrating laptop related phone calls with my Dad....

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

IHateWearingATie
Devil

Let the troll feeding commence

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IHateWearingATie

Tis a long and sorry tale - have a search through Lewis Page's archive of columns as there are a few on on.

Long and the short of is was the MoD procurement team thought they had written an option on the shipbuilding contracts to include catapults and associated STOL kit if they wanted. They hadn't. When they got a cost to include them I seem to remember it was more than the original cost of the carrier so they gave up.

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IHateWearingATie
Joke

The icon says it all

Not a funny joke either :(

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

IHateWearingATie

Whats NSFW about 800- MIST-HUP?

Do people get excited about products to quickly clear windscreens?

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What should the Red Arrows' new aircraft be?

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Re: As Veritech Alphas are probably not available....

"Everything else has been crippled by the Stealth Madness" - madness?

If you're in a dogfight in modern air warfare you've already lost. The approach should be:

Get missile lock from miles and miles away. Fire. Confirm kill. Head back to base.

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

IHateWearingATie
Gimp

Of course MS were going to bring out a new Surface Book

.... as I had just got my new one. The law of Sod mandated it.

Still, work paid for it so I'm not out of pocket, and so far its a very fine work laptop which allows me to play the occasional game on it when I'm away from home :)

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

IHateWearingATie
Windows

Gonna get pwned one day

I've always thought the maxim 'they only have to be lucky once' applies here for most of us. No matter how switched on someone is, we all have an off day and given the number of these scams that get sent its inevitable that when tired / hungover/ angry / drunk (or all at the same time) we'll miss the obvious signs and click on something we shouldn't do.

Although I've turned fully PHB now, I did useful technical stuff earlier in my career and along with trying to keep up with things so sneaky developers don't pull the wool over my eyes I should in theory know enough to always avoid these things. But I'll definitely make a mistake one day - hopefully whatever security software I have at that point will save my stupid arse from too much damage.

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Stingy sapphire lens in Apple's iPhone 7 is as scratchy as glass

IHateWearingATie

Re: further details?

Aha, a rare change to be a science pedant!!

"At a high enough temperature, everything is liquid"

No true. Depending on the ambient pressure, not everything goes through a liquid phase. Carbon Dioxide sublimates from solid to gas at 1ATM for example.

Hurrah! I win the internet (until someone with better than my A Level science knowledge comes along and schools me)

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

IHateWearingATie

Re: No guilt at all

"I have no ads on my sites. So that is what I expect on other sites."

I give my content away for free therefore everyone else should.

Yessss, that's exactly how things work....

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IHateWearingATie
Flame

Re: No guilt at all

I never use an adblocker. Watching the ads is the way the site pays for the content. If the ads are annoying I don't go there as the 'cost' to me is too high.

I know this will be downvoted to hell (just checking if I care.... nope) but it looks to me there is a lot of entitlement here. You expect to consume the content, and not pay the price.You have no right to the content on a site - if you hate the ads then don't go there.

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‘Penultimate’ BlackBerry seen on 'do not publish' page as fire sale begins

IHateWearingATie
Unhappy

Probably the right approach, but its a sad decline in a once great company :(

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Universal Credit: 'One dole to rule 'em all' on verge of recovery – report

IHateWearingATie

Ah I see - it would have been fine if they had got you to do it.

From my knowledge of the scope (and I worked on several DWP systems, but not UC) it didn't matter who was managing it, the scope was always going to be too big and too vast to be successful. I've commented on this before, but in case anyone missed it:

The idea of UC had been hanging around the dept for years before 2011 (I heard about it as a concept, albeit with a different name, in 2007), but subsequent ministers and senior bods had always turned it down as it looked like a disaster waiting to happen, The difference was Ian Duncan Smith was the first one to say yes.

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