* Posts by Steve Davies 3

4037 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

UK.gov confirms it won't be buying V-22 Ospreys for new aircraft carriers

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Airctaft Carriers putting to sea

(at least with the Harriers ) generally don't have their Aircraft aboard. These flew in when the Carrier was at sea.

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Lloyds Banking Group axing hundreds of jobs AGAIN

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Continued Cuts

Soon it will be just the BOD and a Secretary. Everything else will be outsourced to India. All the outsourcing contracts will be managed by the Crapita/TCS join venture.

No branches needed as they won't have any customers left but hey, they will still declare a huge profit and the BOD will take home their bonuses singing, 'aren't we all jolly good fellows'.

As must as it hates me to say this but we need to stop this leeching of jobs and therefore money to India.

It hurts our ballance of payments and trade. Time to bring those jobs home.

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FedEx will deliver you $5.00 just to install Flash

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Re: I'm not giving a five dollar discount on anything

I didn't install Flash on my 2015 MBP when I bought it in 2015. It still has not got flash and never will.

Does that count?

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How does this work with an iDevice?

Which as we all know has never had Flash.

If it works on say an iPad then there has to be a way to get around the clear stupidity of FedEx.

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Gov may need to splash £245m per year on IT contractors – NAO

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Re: Outsource

You miss one thing.

All the crap code will be developed (sic) in India and fuck the cost saving being passed onto the Government Department.

Then they will use the T&M part of the contract to charge them twice, a third or even a fourth time to fix the shoddy stuff written in their Indian sweatshops.

Welcome to the world. I wanna get off.

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US Senate votes to let broadband ISPs sell your browser histories

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Mushroom

and in other news,

California sales tax records show a 100,000% rise in VPN Subscriptions.

Don't these people have even half a brain? If they did they would know that anyone with more that that could defeat the whole plan by using a VPN?

Oh wait, it is a ploy by the ISP's to get more revenue.

Dear Joe Sixpack,

As of 1st April 2017 we will be selling your internet browsing history to Ad Agencies. We have a new service where for the measly sum of $19.99/per month we can channel all your internet activity through the PRC and therefore hide it from our history collection system. Click the link below to sign up to the service today.

Yours

Comcast

PS

Does Jan Sixpack know about your frequent visits to ******.sex? We can stop her finding out for another $19.99 (+tax) per month. Click this other link to sign up for both services.

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

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Re: Take your money out now - Outsourced IT support for your bank will be a disaster

Agreed.

Boycott the companies that send everything to India. Tell them why you are leaving. Tell the press.

Perhaps if enough do it then the beancounters might start to realise that reducing your cost base this way is not always the answer.

Perhaps reducing those (to use an american term) who occupy the corner offices might be more productive?

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: You forgot one important(sic) catagory

And how do proper portraits look in widescreen eh?

The Human face is far more suited to a 4:3 (or similar) aspect ratio.

Displays are widescreen bevause of Hollywood. The world at large is not 16:9. Things have height as well as width.

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Re: As I have said a million times

At the start, Apple did indeed use commodity SOC's but not now.

Please don't try to make out that the A10X ARM CPU is a commodity part. The Apple investments in thi area allow them to use far less CPU Cores than any of the competition.

The benchmarks give lie to your claim about commodity parts use.

Apple is by no means perfect and to many, on the surface it might appear that they don't innovate but under the hood they are doing a lot. The 'Secure Vault' concept is very well engineered and the simplicity of Apple Pay is innovation in my eyes.

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Re: Phones are now big enough

At least you got some updates. How many tablets get more than one or at most two.

Not saying even remotely that Apple is great but at least you do get updates with them which can be more than said for many Android based tablets.

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Three to lawyer up unless Ofcom intervenes in spectrum market

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Re: Had your chance?

Perhaps it was the wrong end of the Spectrum?

You do know that there are good bits and bad bits?

Or perhaps the spectrum on offer was of no advantage to 3 in operating their business?

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Grab 'em by the pussy! Trump's lawyers 'send cease-and-desist letters' to a KITTEN website

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Re: Trademarks

I see C&D letters being sent to the owners of the 'Trumpton' series any day now.

Then next will be banning bridge players from bidding '7NT' (seven No Trumps).

Then they'll have a go at 'Nellie the elephant' who packed her 'Trump' at least that is how my granddaughter sings it.

You gotta protect that name not haven't you?

The name Trump is already verging on being an object of derision already. I'd hate to think what it will be like by the time he gets booted from office.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: Microsoft

I guess MS are sailng a bit 'Close to the Edge'

'Seasons will pass you by' (waiting for MS to understand Linux)

'I get down, I get by' (by changing my browser thingy'

with apoligies to all 'Yes' fans but it was too good to miss

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Plusnet slapped with £880k fine for billing ex customers

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Re: Oh well ....

It was Plusnet themselves who reported the issue to Ofcom. I am sure that certain other ISP's/mobile companies would be far more shall we say reluctant to do that.

It was nice to know that OFCOM actually got off its fat backside and did something.

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Gift cards or the iPhone gets it: Hackers threaten Apple with millions of remote wipes

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Re: Offer Green Shield Stamps instead

Have an upvote for mentioning a piece of history.

All you young whippersnappers won't be old enough to remember the joys of licking the sheets of stamps and sticking them into the books.

The six day war (if my memory serves me right) efficively killed them off but it might have been a later conflict in that area.

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Hutch's Three UK users ripping through over 6GB a month

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Re: The fixed line ISP is going the way of the fixed line telephone

So phone calls will be VOIP then.

BT won't be getting rid of wired connections anytime soon. How else will the country meet it Broadband target? 3G/4G/5G won't hack it I'm afraid. Far too many of us live at the limits of Mobile Cells and the NIMBYS (who drive the 400yds to take their kiddiwinks to school) won't let anymore cell towers be built.

So for us, it is landline or nothing. 4G? Are you joking.... On a good day (with no leaves on the trees) my 3G data speed is hardly more than dialup.

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New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Differential

Thanks for the memories Not. I'm sure there are more than a few commentards here who had nightmares when faced with 2nd order differential equations as a student. I know my saviour was switching to Laplace Transforms. I still have my book on them by K.A. Stroud.

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FYI anyone who codes outside work: GitHub has a contract to stop bosses snatching it all

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Re: Interesting, but..

Many years ago, I interviewed for a job at ***. Their contract had this clause. At the time I was helping develop a donation system for a charity (this was pre Gift-Aid). By signing my UK contract, I gave ** the rights to the system code even though it had nothing to do with my work or even the technology at ***.

To their credit, *** agreed to a change to exclude this work but AFAIK, that standard contract remained in place for several years.

I got a better offer so I never worked at *** so their benevolance (or lack of) didn't get tested.

I'm sure that there are some UK arms of US companies who would try this on over here.

Sadly, I don't think it has been tested in court.

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Now UK bans carry-on lappies, phones, slabs on flights from six nations amid bomb fears

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Coming soon....

No one flies with anything. No hand baggage, no hold baggage and not even the clothes on your back.

At least you might get to the other end but who would want to eh?

So no one flies.

At least Greenpeace etc will be happy. But the economic hit would be huge so it won't happen.

I guess that no hold baggage and no hand baggage might be next. Countries like Spain, Greece and Cyprus would go bust overnight.

The Terrorists would have won without actually doing anything.

Brilliant Mr Bond, Brilliant.

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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

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Re: I hope "the answer" isn't EVEN MORE gummint...

and yet people still don't use Seatbelts. I witnessed a crash last year where a car rolled at least three times after losing it on a bend in the wet. The driver was killed yet the three passengers walked away. Guess who was not wearing their seatbelt?

As for the IoT debacle.

I won't have any in my home. Even my smart TV is never connected to my network.

Anyone who does use this load of dung and given the current state of their security, all I can say that

"Here there be Dragons"

Just don't do it if you value anything about your private life.

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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Er? But?

also affected is Royal Jordanian who, in case you don't know is a codeshare partner with American. many passengers on the RJ flights to the USA (American does not operate to AMM) are flying on American Airlines tickets issued for a flight with an AA flight number.

Neither Delta not United directly operate to AMM. Air France and Lufthansa (codeshare partners with DL and UA respectively ) to operate to AMM.

That drives a huge great Dreamliner through the Grauniads argument.

{RJ use Dreamliners on the US routes}

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Huawei's P10 breathing on Samsung's shoulder

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Re: Replacing the battery

Probably because 99.99% of customers don't care. It is not the issue it used to be.

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Safe, staffers? We'll let you know

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And the corner office gravy train

just rolls on. The Execs get richer with their bonuses for reducing headcount.

When will we see a mass clear out of Execs? There must be a lot of PHB's and above who are completely useless and need to be let go now. Each one of them going could save a few real workers their jobs.

And pigs might fly.

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Linux, not Microsoft, the real winner of Windows Server on ARM

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Well said!

Microsoft's choices regarding Windows 10 have ruined the brand name, and there's no need to carry any baggage or expectations forward to this new platform.

I guess that Microsoft will now join Apple (and no doubt a few others) in NOT inviting representatives of this site to Press junkets. How dare anyone criticise Windows 10, the Windows to end all other Windows for everyone on the planet? /s /s /s

The acceptance of ARM as a server platform rests no with MS but with all the application vendors out there. If they don't port the likes of SAP, WebSphere, Oracle DB and the multitude of other applications that businesses use to any ARM platform then it won't matter a jot if that platform runs Linux or Windows or something else.

Intel should be very worried about X86 but its day might be gone. At least (AFAIK) they have an ARM license but I would sense that inside Intel that there is a huge feeling of NIH , DejaVu and 'if only' all mixed up together.

now only if some of this lovely ARM Server H/W was available to us mere mortals at prices that were compatible to i5/i7 systems and off the shelf. That may be sometime coming though.

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Effort to fire Euro Patent Office president beaten back – again

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time for battiselli to file a patent application

Methods and Procedures for continuing employment.

I'm sure he'd make sure it to be approved then he'd make a killing off the royalties.

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McDonalds India's delivery app was a golden honeypot

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Re: I wonder

They already have your Home Address, NI Number, Bank and Credit Card details and even your inside leg and bust measurements(delete as applicable or not). All ready for you when you apply for a position at the Golden Arches home for miscreants, wasters and idle sods.

{see Icon}

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US military's latest toy set: Record-breaking laser death star, er, truck

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Re: Lockheed Martin... OMG please say it isn't so!

Er? I don't think that 'complete disaster' is in The Donald's vocabulary.

I'm sure he'll see this as a great weapon to stop the Mexicans from scaling that wall he's gonna build so this bit of kit will surely be described as

Tremendous and Fantastic and 'they're gonna pay for it'

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: So relatively easy to set up basic functionality

sir, you need to go and wash your mouth out with coal tar soap..

Microsoft products are always 100% functional, have no errors, coding bugs or security issues.

Yours

MS-Forever Bot.

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Canonical preps security lifeboat, yells: Ubuntu 12.04 hold-outs, get in

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Re: Poetterix beckons

Here we go again. We've had mainstream distros using the dreaded 'systemd' for a while now and hey, the world hasn't ended yet.

It is just different from the old system.

I have to own up to abusing the old ini system in the past. You could hack it to your hearts content.

I had to do that because of the limitations of it. Remember the Unix world was a very different place when the old init system was designed.

Things are very much more complex these days and we needed something new.

So far (touch wood) I've had no issues with systemd.

Only time will tell if it is a step (or several) steps too far but for most Distros, there is no going back.

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Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

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Re: Start with CNN

The US temporarily listed 'Private Eye' as a source of 'Fake News'.

They don't do Satire very well on that side of the pond.

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Brit infosec's greatest threat? Thug malware holding nation's devices to ransom – report

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Revolutions need to start somewhere

If us with the sort of knowledge and experience say NO, NO and NEVER to this sort of crap loudly enough AND when our friends and reliatives buy this shit and turn to us for help, we say 'No Deal. Get rid of that thing first, take it back to company that sold it and demand your money back", we have no hope in hell in stopping this invasion.

We don't have much hope without the lawmakers getting involved and even in the USA the FCC has decided to turn a blind eye to this problem.

None of this stuff (even if it has a 'homekit' stamp of approval) will get installed on my network EVER.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: I've done it

You may well have 'done it'.

Ask yourself if the average user could do what you did?

The answer is certainly a big fat NO.

Us smartarses here can do all sorts of tricks that just bamboozle the average user. There is no way that that can do that. So they are left to suffer at the hands of the Ad slingers unless we can persuade them to move platform.

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But will Apple file suit against MS?

I expect the Cupertino spaceship is not amused at MS implementing something they clearly invented (not).

Either way, Ads like this are the lowest of the low.

As has been said in BetaNews, Windows 10 is just an ad carrying vehicle and spyware combined.

https://betanews.com/2017/03/12/disgustingly-sneaky-windows-10-ads/

The sooner it is consigned to history the better.

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Today's WWW is built on pillars of sand: Buggy, exploitable JavaScript libs are everywhere

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Re: Perhaps

In the {immortal} word's of Brian Blessed,

"Flash? He's alive?"

Sorry, both Flash and this JS crap needs to be consigned to the bin of history. Yet far more sites are relying on things like node.js.

I guess we are trying to push water uphill then?

We are doomed I tell ye, doomed!

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Facebook, Instagram: No, you can't auto-slurp our profiles (cough, cough, border officials)

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Re: 57 M&A's?

Nope it was not 57 M&A's as the "M" stands for Merger and Facebork does not merge with anyone.

57 Varieties of Gobble more likely. I'd normally say 'slurp' but that is reserved for MS.

Gobble because Zuck likes to cluck about his [redacted]

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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HMG become more like Lower Trumpton every day

Upper Trumpton is naturally inside the DC Beltway but also includes buildings in Manhattan and Florida and other places. These are easily found by the US Version of Trumpton namely, Trump Towers etc.

Postman Donald (where's me Troosers) Trump will be on hand to greet visitors personally.

You can tell it is him by the rabid over use of the words

Wall, Tremendous and Fantastic.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: And force everyone to use those auto insurance monitoring devices too.

The won't have to do anything except grab your discarded Starbuck cup from the trash. You left your DNA on it and in a gazillions other places.

As to the legality of this? They've got bigger lawyers than you. Next question?

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Favored Swift hits the charts: Now in top 10 programming languages

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Re: Those who do not understand existing computer languages

May the FORTH go with you and you end up leading a BLISSful life and your LISP has been cured so that your Aunt ADA can understand your ALGOLithums so that you can then retire to some CORAL island and go PERL fishing.

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Facebook to digital ad biz: OK, we'll allow you to mark our homework

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Diddling Ad Numbers?

Well as all Ad's are basically lies, lying about Ad numbers is sort of par for the course.

See Icon for what I'd like to do to all Ad Agencies and Ad slingers.

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Germany to roll out €100bn gigabit internet network

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Re: oooo

That's because of all the 'snails'

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Get a GRIP! Robolution ain't happening until TOUCH is cracked

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someone somewhere will have to pay the tax

that will fund you know...

The Dole

The NHS

The Military

and

My Pension (for what little it is worth)

The likes of Walmart, Amazon and the rest will pile into this because it reduces the non recurring costs (i.e. Human Staff) and their profits all in one go. Naturally, the profits won't be real profits. They will be squirrelled away in some tax-haven via some 'double Irish' form of licensing.

Then the country goes bankrupt because there is no money for the Government to pay for even a damp tissue to wipe away their false tears.

We are doomed I tell ye doomed.

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Terminator

So.cl? another 'Kin' moment for Redmond

Like Windows Mobile

Like Zune

Yet, MS is apparently about to release more mobile stuff on the world that has already voted with its feet and gone elsewhere. The Nokia device that I had a chance to use was ok but there was nothing special about it.

Nothing special seems to be the norm for MS these days.

Note to Redmond, the world outside your Washington State bubble has moved on.

Your latest moves with W10 and Adverts in Explorer???? Go take a hike.

Don't we get enough adverts thrown at us already?

Your time has passed MS, time to retire.

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

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so what happens to

"The caller withheld their number"?

Like what about half the NHS Trusts do? All in the interests of Patient Confidentiality. WTF!

What about those who spoof genuine numbers? SS7 allows this.

There is no one panacea.

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Can they now stop those scumbags

who call repeatedly offering

"National Window Replacement Scheme".

They ignore TPS and complaints to Ofcom seem to be ignored.

I'd put them in the stocks for a month and let people throw rotten food at them (and dog crap).

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Devs bashing out crappy code is making banks insecure – report

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Re: Agile Payoff

Your mistake is that there is never any time to 'clean up' or remove Technical Debt in an Agile process.

It is always the next bit of Shiny-shiny to be delivered.

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Tesla 'API crashes' after update, angry rich bods complain

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but it is a Tesla

Elon took SJ's crown as the new Messiah. Elon can do no wrong ever, as he walks on water.

Nothing ever goes wrong with a Tesla.

They don't crash, catch fire or anything else uncool do they????

See Icon as I'd like to get one but even the M3 is far too expensive.

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AMD does an Italian job on Intel, unveils 32-core, 64-thread 'Naples' CPU

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Agreed

I'm sure that there is a picture of some Neapoitian Ice Cream that El Reg could have used.

Alternatively one of Pompeii/Vesuvius would do nicely as it is not that far away.

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MongoDB emits free-tier DBaaS and migration service to woo devs

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"Drops"????

Does that not normally (in IT Terms) mean to stop something?

Should the title not say 'Announces' or 'Releases'?

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A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things

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Re: Now that is a useful IoT application

you forgot the oblig

"Pull the Udder One".

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Come in King Battistelli, your time at the Euro Patent Office is up

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Childcatcher

He's probably got a patent on

Being the most [redacted] boss possible. A sort of PHB of PHB's.

That way they'll never forget his time at the top (or at least until the patent expires)

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