* Posts by IHateWearingATie

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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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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

IHateWearingATie
Go

130 million miles?

Wish I could drive that far without doing something really really stupid.

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Magnetic, heat scanners to catch Tour de France electric motor cheats

IHateWearingATie
Go

Being blessed with a body honed by sitting at a desk all day...

... I'm all in favour of a hidden motor in my bike.

Pesky fit people, shooting past me on hills. That'll teach 'em.

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Spiked, Gisela Stuart & George Galloway - left arguments for exit

Although many on the Left no longer consider Spiked a 'Left' publication, it does make one of the best Leave arguments you can read. Also George Galloway's speech at the launch of Leave.EU is excellent Left Leave stuff. Also have a look at Gisela Stuart's stuff (Labour MP, born in Germany, chair or Vote Leave) is generally good.

I'm voting Remain, but I appreciate a well argued and delivered political point :)

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

IHateWearingATie
Headmaster

If copyright breach is a criminal matter in a juristiction...

... then aiding and abetting the copyright breach by telling people where to access it *could* be an offence I expect. Not a copyright breach itself, but still a potential crime. That fits with some of the examples above, e.g. by pointing a mate towards a guy who will sell him dodgy DVDs you can imagine an offence could be defined that covered that.

Of course, if it is a civil matter then something else may apply. I think part of the issue is that Latin law systems are fundamentally different to our common law approach and don't always make sense to me.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

IHateWearingATie
Devil

Why upgrade?

Much as I love shiny new things, I'm struggling to remember anything significant I've got from an OS upgrade on my previous android phones (galaxy S4, now a S6). Security upgrades are obviously important, but for other things? If this isn't a big deal for me, I can imagine a majority of users really don't care and are happy to get a new version when they get a new phone

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No 10's online EU vote signup crash 'inevitable' – GDS overseer

IHateWearingATie
Headmaster

Extensible architecture

I usually defend Gov IT as its bloody tricky and the private sector screw up just as much, you just don't hear about it.

However, in this case it's a pretty simple case of not sorting the architecture properly, and getting some short term extra horsepower to cover the spikes. I thought all these new shiny .GOV sites were created using DevOps, or whatever new buzzword methodology that's come out of Silicon Valley recently - surely that would have been anticipated?

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DevOps is for all, says DevOps pundit-in-chief. He doesn't have it in for the BOFH, honest

IHateWearingATie

I like Agile... but it aint a magic bullet.

Currently working at a multi-national helping them dig a large IT project out of the ditch it had been run into. Agile has a place in parts of the programme, but is resolutely NOT ALLOWED in other parts depending on the suitability of the methodology to either what needs to be done or the people involved (or both).

Its nice to hear someone being sensible about the constraints most of us work in with big corporates. Techno-utopianism is fine, but I bet those who espouse DevOps as the saviour to all our development ills haven't had teams foisted upon them whose average tech capability stopped evolving when the Apple II was released.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

IHateWearingATie

Too little too late

I think that MS had a chance back then, while Blackberry had started their death spiral and Apple hadn't got themselves together on making their phones properly corporate friendly, to carve themselves a proper niche. Colleagues who were using Win phones through choice (I know, a little odd but there you go) really rated them as work phones in a way that I hadn't heard outside of Blackberry users previously.

If I were a MS shareholder, I would not be best pleased that they ballsed this one up.

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Sweden decides Julian Assange™ 'remains detained in absentia'

IHateWearingATie
Black Helicopters

Julian Who?

I wonder if he has a dartboard with Ed Snowdon's photo on it in the corner of the room?

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SHOCK: GM crops are good for you and the planet, reckon boffins

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Doom, DOOOOOOM i tell ye

Messing with genes will bring the wrath of Gaia upon us.

I blame the neoliberal cisheteropatriarcy military industrial big agri big pharma complex for cruelly messing with the evidence to show that this is safe.

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A UK-wide fibre broadband investment plan? Don't ask awkward questions

IHateWearingATie
Megaphone

Re: This complicated, expensive, time-consuming problem MUST have a simple solution.

"So BT can exploit this as they have no market pressure - no other competitive business"

Erm, Virgin Media? They cover approx 50% of households and have a competitive offering with ALL the infrastructure funded themselves (either direct or through acquisition). Any split of OpenReach to a public utility has to consider the anti-competitive impact on Virgin Media or it will get flattened by the courts. I'm yet to see any sensible proposal that takes account of this.

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IHateWearingATie
Headmaster

Interesting side fact - the cable has a yellow stripe on it to show that it is a fibre and not copper cable. One of the main benefits for this is actually to reduce damage by the copper thieves, so that they don't needlessly wreck fibre cables that won't be any use to them anyway.

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IHateWearingATie

Japan and Korea

Korea and Japan have (or certainly did when I was looking at this a few years ago) exactly the same rural broadband problem we do. They had both have run significant amounts of fibre in their cities but they have a far denser housing stock, and a much much more liberal approach to overhead wire delivery than we do in the UK. People in UK cities hate overhead wires it seems.

I'm not entirely convinced by the arguments for a blanket FTTH rollout given the large cost, but more importantly I haven't seen any detailed suggestions for a solution that would actually work commercially, given the need not to completely screw Virgin Media (who at their own cost have built a parallel network), not screw a load of the smaller local providers who are doing things and create a industry structure that works in the future.

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Ireland's tax arrangements are as clear as a pint of Guinness

IHateWearingATie

Just get rid of corporation tax

It's inefficient and can be gamed too easily. Companies don't actually earn money anyway, their owners do (shareholders or whoever), so just tax people properly.

Very tricky I admit, but easier than trying to sort out the international corporation tax mess

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Tim Cook signs SAP for iOS – SANA app pact

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Ah SAP. How I hate thee

Let me count the ways...

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Switch survives three hours of beer spray, fails after twelve

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Re: A few splashes?

Bravo sir - that story made my Friday

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Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?

IHateWearingATie
Big Brother

Seems sensible

With the focus of Apple's revenue and income growth moving to China, it is a riskier investment given the different political climate. I'd have assumed that he was more of a risk taker though - with Tim Cook at the helm I'd bet on Apple to keep the communist party in China sweet for some time to come.

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Amazon attempts rule fudge to take exclusive control of new dot-words

IHateWearingATie

Surely...

'.moi' is French, and being the language of the cheese eating surrender monkeys doesn't matter. Amazon can do what they like with it.

Now, if it was a generic TLD in the Queen's English (gordblesshermajesty) that would be different. We'd be entirely within our rights to aim a Trident Missle or two at any colonials trying to register '.tea' for example.

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Carving up the IT contract behind £500bn of annual tax collection is a very risky move

IHateWearingATie

Expensive but worked - when is that a problem for mission critical systems?

I think that we can all agree that the IT that supports collecting taxes is probably a mission critical government system. It was expensive, but it worked well - would we rather have had cheap but a pile of crap?

In my experience, there are no mission critical systems that are both cheap and good quality You get one or the other, and if you're unlucky it is both expensive and crap, especially in Government IT.

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The Register to publish Mindful Sysadmin adult colouring book

IHateWearingATie

Bastards

I clicked the buy link to see what tomfoolery you had prepared. Then regretted it. Bastards.

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Yahoo! recruits! two! more! pallbearers!

IHateWearingATie

Return the cash to shareholders

Break it up, sell it off and shut down the rest. Return the cash to shareholders.

Time to put Yahoo out of its misery

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SCO slapped in latest round of eternal 'Who owns UNIX?' lawsuit

IHateWearingATie

Wasted talent

Clearly SCOs lawyers are hugely creative - if only they hadn't turned to the dark side one wonders what they could have achieved.

Sure, they wouldn't have a Porsche or a huge mansion bought from the legal fees, but they'd still ave their souls.

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UK govt right to outsource everything 15 years ago – civil service boss

IHateWearingATie

Re: Do they think we're daft?

It's a real issue - I left the civil service to go back into consulting as although I enjoyed my time there, the pay sucked and looked as though it would suck for a long time to come (yes I swapped my integrity and soul for money - I didn't want to get past the pearly gates anyway).

I wouldn't be too worried about a slow churn in and out as that happens to private companies as highly skilled techies look for a new challenge. The wonder is whether they will be able to get them in the first place

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

IHateWearingATie

Re: Why are they ending it now?

"I have to admit, the question crossed my mind, why ditch this and keep the Evoque?"

1. Profit

2. See above

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How El Reg predicted Google's sweetheart tax deal ... in 2013

IHateWearingATie
Boffin

Re: Corporate tax is paid for by overpaid employees and shareholders, only overpaid employees.

Erm, not what economists think:

http://www.adamsmith.org/wp-content/uploads/CorpTax8.pdf

Of course, you may see the adam smith institute as a neo-liberal capitalist running dog, intent on crushing the workers on behalf of the one percent / evil bosses / tories / white cisheteropatriarchy (delete as appropriate) so continue as before if you wish

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Government in-sourcing: It was never going to be that easy

IHateWearingATie

Re: Bottom line...

"We'll all just shut up forever.

The comments section is now yours forever, yours and yours alone."

Good - I don't play well with others.

Unless they have a large wodge of cash to give me

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IHateWearingATie

Bottom line...

Government IT is very difficult and there probably isn't only one model that works. With the dynamic environment I doubt any department will find a perfect model/

Of course, that doesn't stop all the commentards who've never been on the sharp end of trying to design and build systems that have to deal with the most difficult members of society as their core business coming out with the usual "they're all idiots, I'm so clever and great that if they employed me it would all be fine" line.

Public sector screws up all the time - but in my experience so does the private sector, you just never hear about it as companies keep that stuff quiet.

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Is that light at the end of AMD's dark tunnel, or God sparking up a cig?

IHateWearingATie

We need AMD and competition

Although I have an Intel 2500K in my desktop at the moment, the reason is it is one of the best processors for overclocking I;ve ever used is Intel were feeling the heat from AMD so upped their game considerably and produced Sandybridge (and a few of of its predecessors). A weak AMD likely to mean less pressure for innovation

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Group rattles tin in bid to snatch TfL licence from Uber's paw

IHateWearingATie

I've had far worse service in black cabs

Only had a couple of bad experiences with a mini cabs, but plenty with black cabs. My hit rate over many years living and working in London is about 60% good, 40% arrogant expensive unpleasant bastards.

Don't use Uber but I'm glad they're getting a kick up their monopolistic arses. TfL have caved far too easily to the LTDA loudmouths. Screw them.

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Same time, same server, next Tuesday? AWS can do that now

IHateWearingATie

Re: @IHateWearingATie (was: So, essentially ...)

If you were after 'beyond a shadow of a doubt' you'd never do anything ever with any useful data. That's a pretty silly thing to ask for.

Risk assessment, sensible precautions, and nuking from orbit anyone who suggests eggshell security is adequate (it's the only way to be sure) are your friends here.

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IHateWearingATie

Re: So, essentially ...

Just because you can't imagine a use for this, doesn't mean there isn't one. A client I'm working with runs fairly predictable periodic analyses that need a bunch more horsepower than they need at all other times. They *could* pay for a bunch of tin that sits around idle most of the time, or they could use this service (other options are also available). There's a bunch of factors to consider on whether it would make sense and be cheaper, but it's not hard to think of use cases for this.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

IHateWearingATie

Re: The gimp sucks

There is a difference between needing to put effort in to learn a complex application, and needing to put effort in because the person who designed the UI didn't. My experience is that GIMP is in the latter category.

I haven't used GIMP for 3 or 4 years, but the UI sucked so badly I ended up splashing out on Photoshop. Will try it again once 2.10 is released.

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I have you now! Star Wars stocking fillers from another age

IHateWearingATie

Re: Bring back TIE fighter

Given how good TIE fighter was odd be happy worth exactly the same game with updated graphics. Twas epic

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Star Wars Special Editions

IHateWearingATie

Limited edition Tin...

.... with original theatrical versions on DVD for the win.

Decided to get my son into Star Wars last year so showed him the originals rather than the specials. Hadn't watched that version for a while and it reminded me of just how good the visuals were for 1977, and how well they have aged compared to some of the CGI in Phantom Menace.

Tickets booked for the cinema on Saturday morning for The Force Awakens. Can't wait :)

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