* Posts by Steve Davies 3

4120 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Re: Er????

According to the last figures, the sums paid to the Government vs the sums paid in subsidy to the TOC's is around £816M per anum in favour of the Government.

This little factoid is glossed over by those who want to re-nationalise the railways.

Granted, the GW electricification has been an unmitigated disaster yet Crossrail will come in on time and on budget. Perhaps the lack of meddling by the government in Crossrail might have something to do with it?

The newly let Southwest Trains Franchise will have to pay mony to HMG right from day 1. No subsidy there. Crazy decision to axe the new class 700 trains for the Windsor/Reading lines before they have all been built... Railways seem to have this effect on people. Look at some of the frankly stupid schemes that received royal acent in the 19th Century.

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Pint

Escape Trowbridge?

Well, Devizes is not that far away and home to 6X. You shouldn't need any more help.

Beer icon naturally. I would dearly love a pint of that nectar right now as I'm in Southern France so getting even some Belgian beer is out of the question.

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Risk-free Friday evenings, thanks to Office 365 license management

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Re: MS still selling shit?

No my dear boy, they are not selling 'shit' as you so aptly put it.

They are renting it to you.

Failure to pay the rent and you lose access to your documents. This is especially true if you for some strange reason store them in the likes of OneDrive and other MS cloudly offerings.

I look forward to the day when a large company gets into deep do-do because the Purchasing manager went 'How much? You gotta be kidding..." when faced with the next MS bill and the CEO happened to be off playing Golf on MS's dime and couldn't agree the purchase order.

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Qualcomm's schedule for Windows-capable silicon slips

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Re: No good options

but.... this is for powering the cloud (or at least DC's)

Catch-22 becons.

I don't know if Qualcomm have an ARM Architecture License or not but my guess you'd need to do some magic with the Architecture in order to make this work at anything more than a 'Meh' level. Much like what Apple has done with the ARM Cpu's they use. They get impressive single core performance from their iDevice kit. As many applications are not really optomised for multi-core this sort of thing would help sell it.

OTOH, how many times before have we heard about some great/fantastic/gonna rule the world in the DC idea that uses ARM chips only for it to never be heard of again?

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Base specs leak for Windows 10 Cloud – Microsoft's wannabe ChromeOS assassin

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Hardware specs

perhaps this is a gentle nudge in the direction of HP and Dell etc who still seem to think that a screen with a resolution of 1366x768 is good enough in 2017. It is not even full HD for heavens sakes.

I have a Dell Inspiron 8100 circa 2003ish that had a screen resolution of 1600x1200.

Then you have mobile devices with screens approaching QHD in terms of resolution. It is almost as if the makers of laptops etc have decided that there is no future/money to be made in anything better.

Shame on them and shame on the businesses that foist these things on their employees.

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WTF?

How is this gonna play

Given that the Dear Leader Donald has cut cap that gave a ceiling in costs for the poorest schools and non-profits to get on the Internet. This Cloudy thing needs an internet connection. No internet because their provider has hiked prices by 500%...

You go figure.

All those shiny-shiny MS devices will be gathering dust.

You couldn't make this up as a plot.

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Script kiddies pwn 1000s of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools

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Re: SPAM

Don't forget the {immortal} Monty Python sketch of the same name.

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

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Re: Leasing companies

Oh yes.

A BMW 318i on a lease for business. Drive more than 5,000 miles in a year and you will pay around £1.00 per mile extra.

Why would anyone sign up for that sort of deal?

The same goes for a lot of Phone contracts.

Tesco Mobile, iPhone 5S, 24 months £17/month Really?

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Microsoft promises twice-yearly Windows 10, O365 updates – with just 18 months' support

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Re: Timed Releases?

And RedHat has 10 years with RHEL. Yes you pay for that but CentOS is built from the same sources and is free.

MS is really trying to force its hand and get everyone locked into this perpetual upgrade cycle.

All it needs is a few major business orgs to say No and MS will have to come up with another plan.

MS clearly has no idea at all of the costs involved in just keeping still. With more and more support being offshored to India, it won't end well.

This

https://news.slashdot.org/story/17/04/20/128224/95-engineers-in-india-unfit-for-software-development-jobs-report

makes interesting reading.

It won't end well for some businesses and their employees.

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What a To-Do! Microsoft snuffs out Wunderlist

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WTF?

SOP for Microsoft

Buy a useful thing

can it

come out with a half baked replacement

sit back and wonder why all the customers have gone elsewhere.

Well, that's one way to run a company into the ground eventually.

In the meantime, take footgun and send a barrage into feet.

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Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from JS Fetch requests

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Re: RE: Microsoft shrugs off report that Edge can expose user identities from Fetch requests

Yes, you can decide to not use their browser. Then along comes and update and wham bang, thank you maam and all your settings like default browser have been reset to what Nanny Microsoft thinks you want.

And because they have in their esteemed wisdom decided to include (shudder) flash (shudder) there is little incentive for website designers/developers to retire it. a Doh Moment as after all everyone who used the internet is using Windows 10 aren't they? (well that's what MS want us to believe).

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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

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Re: Pay to play

Some battery increases on some Tesla models are made with a software patch to unlock the extra KWh.

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Have we got a new, hip compound IT phrase for you! Enter... UserDev

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Happy

This made me laugh

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Techies, on the other hand, are often quite good at coming up with fun new things because they know what their tools can do; the downside is that these fun new things tend to be neither saleable nor useful to the common person.

Sounds a lot like all versions of MS Office since 2010 (or possibly earlier)

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Apple's zippy silicon leaves Android rivals choking on dust

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Re: Independent tests?

TSMC and Samsung have historically made their SOC's. More recently, it has been almost 100% TSMC.

As for the comments about IOS being out of date etc. That is your opinion. I would counter that by saying that most Hipster Fanboi's don't care. As long as it is easy to use they are fine.

Sure Android can be made more configurable. But be honest here, how many ordinary Android users care? How many do what you want?

I see it like the Linux desktop. Infinitely configurable but how many users do much if anything.

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Microsoft touts SQL Server 2017 as 'first RDBMS with built-in AI'

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Calling all Penguins!

Wot! are you waiting for MS to release the Linux version of it?

All two of you will have to wait a wee while. The AI is being re-programmed to give only one answer,

"I can do this better on a Windows host'.

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Sending data to the cloud is our business and business is GOOD

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More rounds of funding?

That means that their retirement plans have not yet come to fruition i.e. they have not been bought out by a bigger player.

Why do the people providing funding not see this? OR do they get some ROCI from the deal anyway?

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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TV Ads

I really hate it when TV Ads come on and the volume goes up by 3dB (i.e. doubling). It is really annoying. Luckily I still have control via the mute button. Then two skips and that's the ad break done.

Rather defeats the purpose really....

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Microsoft does not care

about the non corporate user base.

Think about it.

They have this lovely cash cow of Windows 10 and Office 365. They have most businesses by the short and curlies. Even more so with a bit of upselling and you get Sharepoint added into the Mix.

Bingo! You have a cash flow from renting software that pretty well every other business on the planet can only drool about.

Their dabbling with phones and surface is enough to keep those who might be considering moving away on message.

XBox is a side show by comparison (IMHO).

I am so happy that I got off the corporate merry-go-round and ditched MS for good.

YMMV and probably will.

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Intel loses its Lustre – Chipzilla bins own-brand HPC file system

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Re: I agree - somethings up

Latest (not) News

Intel files for Chapter 11

Ok, that's a lie but there has to come a time when the R&D effort needed to keep X86 alive will exceed the income from CPU's. Then Intel will really be in trouble. It has an ARM license but apparently there is no money to be made with them. so what next for Intel? Are they really a one trick pony?

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Stop asking people for their passwords, rights warriors yell at US Homeland Security

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Re: Why Login Password

Millenial to Border Guard: MySpace what's that?

Coat with no pockets coz I ain't got anything to hide {honest Officer Sir}

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No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

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Re: 'No, Microsoft is not 'killing Windows 10 Mobile'

No, it is just resting....

Windows 10 Mobile, the Norwegian Blue of the IT World.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Re: Breaking news:

Nah June is about right. It will take the Party that long to decide upon a new leader. Shouldn't be hard when there will only be around 100 MP's to choose from. The problem will be with the Union block vote. They'll want another lapdog to boss around.

Sad state of affairs for the opposition party.

We need an effective opposition but at the moment the Labour party is not it. IT is a party withing a party (Momentum) which I thought was illegal (in party rules) after the episode in the 1980's and the likes of Derek Hatton.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Re: Senior Moment

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Its true, that you only need clean air, clean water, food and shelter to survive.

You forgot to add , GUNS, lots of guns and ammo. Gotta fight off those Zombie hordes haven't you?????

Seriously, this guy needs to be given the same treatment as the latest FreeNas release (El Reg Headline), taken outside, around the back and put out of his obvious delusional state. (not actually advocating it though).

I hope his opponents at the time of the next election go big on this statement.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: But more importantly...

MP's? Ah, you mean Military Police. They have guns.

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Re: “Collision Avoidance Of Arbitrary Polygonal Obstacles.”

As the saying goes...

There are many ways to skin a cat

If Company B does the same thing as Company A but using a method that is NOT described in the patent then Company A's patent attourneys will tell them that they don't have a leg to stand on.

The devil is in the detail.

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Alert: Using a web ad blocker may identify you – to advertisers

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Re: Corner shop

Don't get caught out like Danny Baker reported on Radio 5 this morning.

The newsagent wanted to charge him 65p for using a card to pay for his paper and stuff. I wonder if it was a contactless payment?

Anyway, Cash rules then the Ad agencies and the spooks can't track you (unless the new £1 coin has RFID inside it)

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Linux remote root bug menace: Make sure your servers, PCs, gizmos, Android kit are patched

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but you made the decision

To buy a device that like many similar ones is a dead end. No patches, no updates. Nada, zilch.

It is a sad fact that the majority of phones sold won't get this and a thousand other patches.

Perhaps when Google gets it act together and makes its own phones and hopefully follows Apple with at least 4 years of updates other makers will follow suit. IMHO, Android needs this badly.

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Not even Easter can stop the inexorable march of storage

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Yawn

Storage is somewhere 'stuff' that was once useful goes before it goes to Recycling.

Are all 'self-storage' vendors the same? Pretty much so.

IMHO, the same goes for these 'data storage' vendors.

Yawn.

Wake me up when

1) It becomes affordable, and not just for the mega corps.

2) These companies are NOT hoping to get bought out so that the current owners can retire

3) What they are peddling means something to the average IT bod. Not some snake oil that promises lots but delivers nothing but an upset stomach when sampled in large doses.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Re: Question

Think of the PC/Laptop as a Car.

The CPU is the Engine.

There are a good few people who still like to tinker with the engine. Even if today it is just getting the EMS Remapped.

So move to the PC and replacing the CPU with a more modern one is like replacing the old 100bhp engine with one from the GT version that output 110bhp.

MS is akin to Ford/GM/whoever making it impossible to put the 110bhp engine into a car that left the factory with the 100bhp engine fitted by changing the engine mounting points and other stuff.

It sucks!

I'm so glad that I left MS behind last year. After 25 years of having to use MS crap for work, I'm free

{cue The Who song of the same name}

Don't regret it one little bit.

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Free health apps laugh in the face of privacy, sell your wheezing data

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If enough people

use their site/app and give totally wrong data including address and name, the dataset they sell will be so innaccurate that they won't find a market for it long term.

Would require a lot of people to actually troll their site. You'd have to be careful NOT to use a real person's Id though. That might be a tad illegal.

This is just a thought. I'm not proposing that anyone does this natrually. That would be a conspiracy.

There is no such thing as a free lunch. If this type of app is free then there is a cost but you just don't know it yet.

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Parcel bods Hermes become latest London drone delivery droogs

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Coming soon to FleaBay

Brand new Delivery bots

One owner, good as new.

The scalywags will have a field day nicking these, and their contents.

At least they aren't painted that awful UPS Turd Brown.

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Consumers go off PCs as global shipments continue their decline

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Re: Well

Exactly.

How many of those HP and Dell PC's have this display resolution.

Then I look at my ancient Inspiron 8100 with its 1600x1200 screen from yonks ago.

It can be done but they (the PC behmoths) can't be bovvered.

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Trump's govt hiring freeze means there's no US Privacy Shield chief: We tracked down the woman filling in for now

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how long will she keep her job?

As long as she does not irritate the "Tweeter-in-Chief"

I'll give it 3 months. Max.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Has MS Killed W10 yet?

Now that would be news. This? Meh!

The one with really big pockets that are holding all the floppies for WFW 3.11. At least that version of windows does not send my activities back to the mothership.

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Blighty's £1.2bn space industry could lend itself to tourism – report

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tourist attractions?

As these companies are also 'defence contractors' isn't publicising their locations and operations a bit against the secrecy and exceedlingly low profile that these companies normally like keep/adopt?

Yes, people know that BAE in Stevenage build satellites but do they want coach loads of Chinese tourists takng endless selfies outside the factory gates?

The UK Space Centre in Leicester is a nice day out for the kids especially if it is wet.

but the rest is so hush-hush that I expect that security chiefs all over the place are groaning at the thought of their nice quiet life being interrupted by pesky tourists.

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: I realise it's simplistic but....

Just send all the dogs to India. (There is shit all over the place there (human faeces) due to the lack of toilets and sewage systems.)

Out of sight, out of mind.

Someone elses problem

But the ed result is

Problem solved.

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Intelligent robots can walk the walk – but if they can't talk the talk, we can't get along

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Obligatory

"I'm sorry Dave, I can't allow that..."

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Mushroom

Just wait

for the inevitable

Phone call to a phone triggered bomb on the plane. {see icon}

Then all planes will have to become flying faraday cages.

Bliss for those who can exist without their social media drug fix.

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WileyFox disentangles itself from Cyanogen

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Wiley Fox but for how long?

With Google reported to be sinking close to $0.85B into LG to bolsted its OLED display capacity, I fear for the likes of WileyFox when the Google behmoth starts producing millions of phones per quarter.

They could very well drive all the lesser makers to the wall which will be a shame.

But Google does not do Evil now does it?

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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I think that the Media Companies are scared of Apple

I seem to get the impression that they think that signing up with Apple is like signing away their soul to the devil.

I wonder if they fear that Apple will shake up their cozy life (Hollywood Accounting rulez ok) and make them become honest players (or worse).

Apple has dabbled in content creation but so far it is only that.

If the Apple behmoth/juggernaut gets to grips with the media creators then like so many markets before, their lives won't be the same again.

Good or Bad, Apple wading into a market does seem to shake things up. I wonder if without Mr Jobs, we'd still have DRM on Music we purchase? Would we still be using featurephones if the iPhone had not arrived? Without thew iPhone would Android be the force it is today? etc etc

There are a lot of Apple haters here but they have done us all a lot simply by being Apple.

It might be the case that indeed Apple are the Devil incarnate but in an industry where none of the Harry Potter films actually made a profit (according to the Hollywood Accounting Rulez) there is not room for a huge shakeup and making them( Fox, Universal etc) play by the same rules as thew rest of business.

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Who really gives a toss if it's agile or not?

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Government still spends an outrageous amount of money on IT

shouldn't that be

Government still wastes an outrageous amount of money on con{sultants}, more con{sultants} and eventually, IT

As for Agile... Government....

ROFL

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Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

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Re: Cheap labour

Nah, it was probably outsourced to the cheapest bidder.

They will get heavily fined though.

The irony is that most of the people who use Wonga and had their data nicked won't be the sort of target the scammers want to go after. If they wern't hard up why else would you willingly pay interest rates of 100%+++ when a savings account that returns more than 0.5% interest is currently a good deal.

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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JOAT ++

JOAT plus Architect plus Tinkerer

How else but from a bit of tinkering/sandboxing/POC can the Architect know what will work and more importantly what won't?

I find that very few Architects (in the IT World) these days dare to get their hands dirty and try stuff out.

Architect often transform into PHB's and we know what happens then.

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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Mushroom

Who in their right mind...

oh never mind.

The is nowt a stupid as folk

[see icon] That is the inevitable result. Perhaps then the Idiots might learn...

And yes, pigs have learned to fly (following on from that famous one a Battersea Power Station)

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iCloud extortion racket nowhere near as epic as we thought it might be

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PST

This is Apple Time we are talking about

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Staff, projects shed as Ubuntu maker Canonical tries to lure investors

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Missing 'critical' applications on Linux

Many Photographers use MacOS with things like Photoshop and Lightroom.

Persuade Adobe to release CS properly on Linux and you will get a load of people switching.

Especially Lightroom.

The other downside (to switching to Linux) is that with MacOS, you can go into an Apple Store and come out with a fully functioning device. Until getting a Linux equivalent is just as easy then this is going to be a really uphill battle. Yes you pay for it but you don't need a CS degree to get it going and there is support only a phone call away.

I'd love to be able to run Linux on some less than clunky laptop

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Outsourcers blamed for cocking up programmes at one in three big firms

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And so it goes on and on and on

Offshoring and all that crap.

The beancounters see a profit on the bottom line and they are happy.

God help the poor sods who have to use the crap that the offshoring company produces or rather does not produce.

This report needs to be copied and the CEO's of all FTSE 500 companies (and beyond) made to read it TWICE.

Then the Beancounters need to read it three times.

Perhaps then one or two disasters might not happen,

I am probably dreaming or it the three pints of ESB that have been drunk tonight.

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'Evidence of Chinese spying' uncovered on eve of Trump-Xi summit

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Shhhh.. It was the ???? that did it

Insert one or more of

- North Korea

- Putin

- GCHQ

- Hillary

- Obama

- The tooth fairy.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: Entirely predictable

One thing wrong with your argument.

If no devices are allowed how will the TSA get all your contacts, Social media passwords and also be able to pillage your bank accounts at will when you arrive in the USA?

No devices ===== No information on ordinary people and less cavity searching.

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Jailed biz coach accused of $17.5m HPE fraud writes to fans saying 'join me'

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Perhaps?

He should copy that other lag

Archer J 108640444

And write a book (or three) while in gaol to pass the time and keep himself sane?

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