* Posts by Mark 110

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Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

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Re: Forcing HANA

Not sure its true. I was working at one of the biggest SAP shops in the world (Unilever) when HANA was launched and there was no rough stuff. Actually, more a "this looks like an advance, bring it on" attitude from the business & techies.

I sense Teradata clutching at straws before they go under here.

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Re: revenues of $2.3m, and net loss of $67m

And if you ever dealt with them its not hard to see why. All sales pitch and no delivery.

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Now Microsoft ports Windows 10, Linux to homegrown CPU design

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Re: Still at the FPGA stage after all these years?!?!?!?!???

"Great for Microsoft, but if that happens the days of open computing are over."

That must be why they ported Linux onto it . . .

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Tech firms, come to Blighty! Everything is brill! Brexit schmexit, Galileo schmalileo

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Re: Brexit Schmexit and other Perverse Costly Abominations

I'd love to go for a pint with amanfrommars. Would love to know how he constructs his usual posts. They are genius.

Lets face it we are all strangers in a strange land to some degree.

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Google freezes Android P: Get your shoes on, tire-kicking devs

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Get em young . .

Bit harsh implying that getting them young is a Google tactic and not an Apple one.

Apple have been subsidizing their kit into schools very heavily for the last 10 - 15 years.

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Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

"...the more I conclude that it is the EU itself that is trying to have its cake and eat it."

I think its more that the EU has baked its cake, is enjoying eating its cake. The UK wants it to change the recipe to something less palatable.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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Re: "opt-out was probably the best choice"

"I don't mind downvotes, but I'm honestly curious here -- why is this comment getting them? Can someone give me the counterargument?

I believe what I said is true because I have yet to see "anonymized" data collection that can't be de-anonymized whenever the entity holding the data wants to do it."

They aren't collecting any PII data. Theres nothing they have they could de-anonymouse.

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Your software hates you and your devices think you're stupid

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Re: 80s music was mostly dire

I always liked The Cure . . . 'Boooooys Dooooon't Crrrrrryyyyyy' . . . . yes they do. About their gadgets :-)

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UK Ministry of Justice knocks down towers, brings IT BACK in-house

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Re: Tower of tickboxes

They aren't getting rid of the towers. Its the Service Integration layer across the top of the towers they are bringing back in house. Sensible.

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Co-op says IT upgrade project going swell since axing IBM

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Re: Years of under-investment

Coop Bank were still running Windows XP less than 18 months ago and the programme to upgrade was barely off the ground. I'd say years of under investment is about right.

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The Register Lecture: How to build your own tractor beam

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Transporter (to pub) please?

Surely the transporter is the leap forward. What use is an attraction device (tractor beam) compared to being able to instantly transport oneself from work to pub!!

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Oracle sued over claims of shoddy service, licensing designed to force adoption of its kit

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Re: Why hasn't Oracle died yet?

I disagree with the 'just as crap bit'.

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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Re: Talking of other ways to get porn.

@John G Imrie

And needless to say if this works - which it won't - you'll still be able to torrent the wildest things in your 12 year old imagination anyway.

Oh well. Poor kids :-(

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Re: I'm assuming

Changing your DNS doesn't change your address. You need a VPN service for that. And yes my girlfriends kids use them to access US Netflix content thats not available here. I'm quite sure it would get around this porn thingy as well.

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Look! Fitbit's made a watch that doesn't suck!

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Re: Four days!

I bought the other half a Nokia Steel HR last night - looks beautiful compared to that ugly square thing in the article and a month charge iirc.

I bought myself a Garmin 735XT - thats got a 4 day battery life but then thats got GPS and loads of other bumpf - I charged it Friday and its still got over 50% charge mind - I use it for swim training more than anything. Imagine I will hammer the battery fairly quickly when I start cycling and running with it.

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Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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Re: Why is Garmin

Thanks for the tip on the Garmins all - I have been using a Garmin Swim for years (Garmin smart watches didn't exist back then and the GPS ones didn't have pool functfions).

Very tempted by the 735XT or 935 - both like a very nice upgrade. Time to get a new toy and hopefully get a bit of cash back on the Swim and the Cycle computer (probably give that to the nephew - he wants one) as it would replace both.

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The phone OS that muggers wouldn't touch is back from the dead

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Ook

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Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X

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Re: Looks good

Does anyone even use the camera? Seems like a waste of space on a laptop to me. I must have webcammed for any constructive purpose (couple of job interviews) about 3 times ever. And the job interviews I used a USB webcam as the laptop cam made me look very very very scary . . .

Much easier to and better to pull a usb cameera out of the drawer / bag when its needed.

Guess people mileage varies . .

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Re: Not a Mac Clone

@Mage - what was all that about?

Mac clone? Of course it doesn't come with OSX its not made by Apple. Article was talking about the hardware.

Annoying Windows? Writing this on a windows/linux machine that hasn't annoyed me since I switched it on (windows) and doesn't come with thhe Apple idiot tax.

Linux - fairly sure it will work - apart from the auto screen rotate when I put this Lenovo Yoga in tablet mode then everything else works perfect under both Ubuntu and Mate. Fairly sure Huaweis stuff will be much the same.

I feel your pain if Lenovo aren't honouring law - go to a small claims court - you will be back with your money in no time. Would work the same for Huawei.

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UK.gov: Psst. Belgium. Buy these Typhoon fighter jets from us, will you?

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Re: @ wolfetone

Lets face it if ever theres a proper shooting war then all these carriers, and the planes still on the deck, will be on the bottom of the sea within about an hour.

Carriers are just for bullying people that can't shoot back.

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Mueller bombshell: 13 Russian 'troll factory' staffers charged with allegedly meddling in US presidential election

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Re: Last name on the list is not likely to be Russian

Yes. Who paid them? Russia or Trump?

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Re: Is lies! Lies! All lies!

Yup - fake news obviously . . .

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If you haven't already killed Lotus Notes, IBM just gave you the perfect reason to do it now, fast

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Coop Bank, Sopra Steria, IBM . . .

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Why is Bitcoin fscked? Here are three reasons: South Korea, India... and now China clamps down on cryptocurrencies

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Nowhere near corrected

"Amid the turmoil, Bitcoin – the cyber-cash poster child – has seen a massive drop (or "price correction" depending on whose side you're on) that has cut its trading price from a high of nearly $20,000 in mid-December to under $7,000 in early February. Crypto? More like crypt-doh!"

Once its back around £500 we might consider it to be corrected.

Seriously though, since the purpose of a currency is to be traded in exchange for goods and services, and therefore it has value, I would be interested to know how much Bitcoin is actually traded in exchange for goods and services (as opposed to being traded for other currencies), and how that compares to a normal currency like the pound or the dollar.

If bitcoin is actually being used to buy stuff it might have some value.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Excellent news

Yes - excellent news. Amazed it took so long.

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Open source turns 20 years old, looks to attract normal people

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Re: Scope creep

Oh don't be an arse. Why do you want to be in an all male environment?

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Well done, UK.gov. You hit superfast broadband target (by handing almost the entire project to BT)

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Re: Where?

@Ledswinger

So go back to ADSL then? I'm sorry but having been on Virgin for 10 years before I moved house you really don't want to give it up. BTs network is so shit compared to Virgins. Either stop moaning and switch back to BT or stop moaning.

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Re: Exchange-only lines?

Central Liiverpool I am still running 1.2Mbps max . . . Only bad thing about buying this flat was moving out of a Virgin area :-((

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Thar she blows: Strava heat map shows folk on shipwreck packed with 1,500 tonnes of bombs

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Re: You forgot to mention

So I heard on the radio the other day (comedy show, unreliable) that the reason we can't have a tunnel between Scotland and NI is that we have dumped so muchh dodgy ordinance (including chemical weapons) into the Irish Sea that its not safe.

Is that true?

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'Bitcoin heist' shock: Cops seek 4 for aggravated burglary in Midsomer Murders town

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O-M-G!!!!

I finally got mentioned in a Register story:

"leading some to comment it could be heading for a massive crash"

:-)

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RIP Ursula K Le Guin: The wizard of Earthsea

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Re: probably best known for the thoughtful 1972 "anarcho-utopian" tale The Dispossessed

No. I bought Left Hand of Darkness from waterstones within the last 10 years. Was reissued by Gollanz under their scifi masterworks series iirc.

Wonderful wonderful book. Proper scifi. About society as much as science.

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H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

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Re: Sorry Reality I'd Harsh

Briansa - thats ridiculous!!

Much as I abhor TCS, HCL, etc bringing people over to do UK work on UK contracts its a tiny proportion of the workforce. Example, my last contract where I dealt with one of these, UK office, around 60 HCL staff, 50% British, TUPE'd over when HCL won the contract, and a few of those Key Men - contract would flounder without them. HCL kept hold of them.

50% were Indian visa workers and some of them were great, awesome people. The other 50% were variable and the bottom half were disappeared back home quite quickly.

Whats ridiculous is to think that India doesn't provide jobs for people. In addition to those 60 HCL people working in the UK there were 100+ working back in India (on a very good Indian salary) and very few of the 60 UK jobs couldn't have been done from India. They were just hanging onto their UK talent and trying to treat their customer better by having staff on-site. None of their staff were particularly happy with HCL management though.

I really don't like out-sourcing / off-shoring. Not because there are foreigners involved. Because IT is one of your differentiators. You do your IT well you are better, so do it yourself. Outsourcing just lowers your IT to the common denominator.

Anyway - the party is not over in India. Barely starting. Same as UK. Most Indians are nice people, so are most Americans, and most of my fellow Brits are. Can't we just all get along?

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

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Re: Microwaved

"I think it's hilarious I actually got a thumbs-down for that comment."

Mate, you can get a thumbs down on here for saying something fucking genius. Its all to do with you slating someones comment five years ago and on reflection you were in the wrong anyway and probably went back to the thread to apologise but they never read it and they are still steaming about it . . .

Either that or there are trolls roaming the El Reg forums looking for clever posts to downvote just so people don't get above themselves. Which would actually be a good thing. Nothing like a few down votes to make you either work out if you were pissed when you posted it or if you were wrong.

Anyway, personally, as a hater of sprouts, I am going to forego steaming and investigate the whole burnt bacon and chestnuts miracle.

It does sound like a miracle . . .

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Is the writing on the wall for on-premises IT? This survey seems to say so

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No context

Wheres the context?

If its just percentage of respondents said . . then its meaningless. If 2% of respondents are enormous (Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Centrica, Barclays, etc) and 98% of respondents are small to medium then its not a big issue for the on premise suppliers. Issue yes. Shut down and give up- no.

Unilever probably buy 100 times more IT then the very biggest company on the FTSE250.

So at least do some analysis on the figures rather than just spew them out as a scare story.

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Have three WINEs this weekend, because WINE 3.0 has landed

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Re: A real world example of determination

Ahhh. Makes my previous comment redundant. My experience of playing games under Linux is limited to WOW on WINE. Why would they drop OpenGL support . . .

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Re: End of the Road

Won't most games run pretty well using OpenGL. I haven't played a game for a few years but back when I used to play through WINE I never had an issue.

It was Linuxes inability to do game sound and voice comms at the same time that made life more difficult.

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Re: Windows programs on Windows.

"Try running IE8 in Windows 10..."

I wasn't masochist enough to run it back in XP days and now you want me to WHAT!!!!!

Perv!

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Sueball smacks AMD over processor chip security flaw silence

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Re: Is this a twisted PR stunt?

Well said :-)

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Liberty Global's sale of Austrian biz paves way for Voda merger plans – reports

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Malone won't sell Liberty. Its his life not his job. More likely he would acquire Voda.

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When neural nets do carols: 'Santa baby bore sweet Jesus Christ. Fa la la la la la, la la la la'

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Have a good one

Just dropped in to say have a great break to my fellow commentards. Not sure this thread will get enough traffic but can't see another one thats appropriate.

Happy Christmas. Have a great New Year. Lets hope its a good one.

See you all in the New Year. Lets hope for peace throughout the world (one can dream)!!

Enjoy.

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Facebook confesses: Facebook is bad for you

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Re: LCD

Cheers - I'd never noticed. I might start using it. See if I still get that annoying obligatory down vote on everything I post.

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Re: LCD

"I never take it to heart or feel any disappointment because I know that there are some commentards with a lot more wisdom and experience than myself and there are some idiots, it's all about balance."

The only ones I take to heart are the downvotes just because its me. I disagreed with someone once and they are looking for me to downvote me even when I am just telling an anecdote. Anyway - preferable to posting as AC when I want to be controversial - which I could but never do.

I'm sure that people on here faff about logging out to post their controversial opinions. Thats just weird. Put your name on it. Its your opinion.

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Re: Facebook is depressing?

Have an upvote.

Its not so much the site is always sewage. Its not. I'm not a very active user but I do get made aware of some stuff going on that I need do something about on there. Bereavements and break ups particularly. Times when People I don't see very often need my support. I also like to be able to say well done on the good stuff.

Its good that they are implementing some things to help people protect themselves when things go a bit pear shaped. Probably better not to live your life through your computer. Check in once a week not once an hour. But each to their own.

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Google lies about click-fraud refunds and tried to destroy us – ad biz

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Don't Do Evil

Hmmmmm

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Brit banks told to publish details of major incidents that stop punters' payments

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Re: PR Guff

Well as a guy that works in availability and recovery I've always been really interested to know why these 5 9s requirement things broke. And why it took so long to get them back up. 5 9s is hard yeah, but doable. I think I know what the problems were (legacy systems not designed for 5 9s, outsourcing contracts to staff that don't know how to keep those systems up - been there done that), but unless they share how am I to be sure its not a simple error that I am making as well.

How can we all improve at this stuff if we don't share our mistakes?

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Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Re: A very long time ago...

You had been smoking some shit hadn't you?

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Re: Apropos Monty Python ...

Isn't there a bit of Rolls Royce engineering there as well - or am I getting confused. Its nearby anyway.

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Re: Bit more than Ghost Town....

"Still a shithole mind."

It can't be still that desert of soulless concrete I remember from the 70s / 80s . . Can it?

Anyway - its a good thing - did Liverpool a world of good getting the European version and Hull has just done well out of the UK version.

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Report: Underwater net cables are prime targets for terrorists and Russia

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Re: LINX

It was interesting to hear on the radio this morning that Australia have shipping & fishing exclusion zones around their cables with very heavy fines for intrusion and good policing.

We are rubbish at everything aren't we :-(

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LINX

Back in my Telewest days (ok - 20 years ago - things may have improved). LINX was the bane of our lives - anytime it had a glitch we had nightmare. We set up more diverse routing through some other providers but it always seemed a bit silly that, at the time, 75% of the UKs internet traffic went through one building in the centre of London (biggest nuke target outside of New York, Moscow and Washington DC).

Its good they are starting to think this through. Might be time to buy a few shares in a deep sea cabling company. Knowing the government they will probably contract BT to build and run a matrix network linking all the cable landing sites together, and buying BT shares would be like buying the Daily Mail (my mum made me do that once), unpalatable.

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