* Posts by Mark 110

761 posts • joined 2 Sep 2009


HMRC: 30 months to prep Northern Ireland backstop systems, 24 for customs

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Re: In defence of public IT projects

Indeed - private sector projects can go completely titsup.

I was at Old Mutual Wealth in the early stages of this one for example. Everyone involved (except for the consultancy supposed to deliver it and the Aussie software company supposed to build it) was just looking on in disbelief at the millions being spent with the wrong supplier.


IFDS claimed to have an off the shelf platform ready to go . . .

One of OMWs directors was rumoured to have a significant stake in IFDS . . .

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Re: catalogue shopping

I don't supposed you were pricing Cat-5 cable once? And confused the AI.

Sysadmin running a Mac fleet? IBM has just thrown you a lifeline

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Wasn't their roots selliing typewriters. Mainframes came a while after iirc.

UK Home Office admits £200m Emergency Services Network savings 'delayed'

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Well said. The run rate on projects like this is eye watering. Its for a 6 month project over-run to blow the potential savings 20 years down the road.

Just thinking . . . do we have an example of a big governent technology project thats actually delivered to time and budget (and yes I realise that's more a problem of politicians (and the Capita, IBM, Atos, etc salespeople) making promises they hadn't checked with the techies than the techies failing to do a good job)?

UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Re: Every one spies

"But such is politics. Buy US gas, not Russian!"

Yeah cos Donald Trump is the ultimate representation of good in the world . . . The US hasn't started more wars since world war II than any other nation . . . And the only war the Russians have started outside of their territory (bar border altercations like the Ukraine thing) they miserably lost to the Afghanis, because of American interference vis Osama . . . Then the Americans broke all their promises to Osama and 9/11 happened.

The Americans are great!!!!!

I give up :-(

(P.s.: I love getting down voted for a controversial post, but not sure which way this ones gonna go. Find out tomorrow.)

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Re: What?

Theres always edge cases!!

Sitting here typing this on my 12 year old gaming rig (yeah try playing a game now) which got the update this morning and everything is coolio. Its not like any other OS publisher ever encounters update snafus.

I do find the Intel driver ones particularly embarrassing for both Intel and MS however.

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Re: Her Indoors

"Thanks been trying to persuade her to switch to Linux Mint for a couple of years now."

Now is your time!!!!!

Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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TSB seems to be up

Just logged in

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?

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Re: never seems to taste the same?

I'm learning Spanish at the moment. Taught by Spanish people - Javi & Sara - varies week to week.

Anyway the reason you can't get a decent cup of tea in Spain is they haven't invented the kettle yet. They don 't have a word for it even. The concept of a device to boil water with in order to make proper tea is completely alien.

They keep raving at the genius that is the kettle in the corner of the classroom.

They are less impressed with instant Nescafe (and rightly so).

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Re: Android is a terrible operating system.

Just downloading latest system update for my HTC U11 now. Bit late, I'll admit, but I'm getting it.

Office 2019 lumbers to the stage once more as Microsoft promises future releases

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Re: Hold on there..

I'm kinda baffled by Publisher. Only person I have ever seen use it in anger is my 75 year old dad (for church newsletters).

Theres potential there (last time I looked about 2000). Hmmm - it does feel like an underdeveloped bit opf Office.

Secret IBM script could have prevented 11-hour US tax day outage

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Again I am pleased . . .

That they are sharing. I doubt IBM would have chosen to share however.

Anyway, lessons to learn. Nothing new for me unfortunately. Other than to trust IBM a little bit less (do I have somewhere to go) I guess.

HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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Re: Sad

Its not as bad as all that unless you consider a contract that is considered 'inside' IR35 and haven't doubled the rate to allow for that.

As long as its not mandated 'inside' everything's fine. If it is mandated then ask for at least 50% more money. Start higher - x2!! (though 50% probably covers it)

Adobe forks out $4.75bn for Marketo in massive marketing mashup move

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Re: I love these conglomerations of vultures - easier to blacklist them all

Not much different to IBM buying all the tech back in the day and labeling it Tivoli something or other. Same shit. Different decade.

Buried in the hype, one little detail: Amazon's Alexa-on-a-chip could steal smart home market

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Proctor & Gamble!!!!!!

WTF? They don't make appliances (afaik). They make soap powder. So now I get to talk to my box of Bold 3?

I'm too old for this shit . . .

I want to buy a coffee with an app – how hard can it be?

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Re: I don't drink coffee

"WTF is the purpose of the tip jar?"

Thats to make it possible to work there and pay the rent. Having done that type of work its a joy, but woefully paid. Tips make it possible for the worker [But are also a tax dodge for the employer which is slightly annoying]

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Re: Try travelling with First Bus and their (cr)app

Great post Led!!

Always baffles me when someone rolls their own great thing its not just made available to everyone else as a spin off. Particularly in the public sector.

ServiceNow confirms relational-ship with MariaDB: We're protecting our toolchain

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Re: NoSQL upstart MariaDB?

It was a regurgitated press release.

30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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And where did she suddenly appear from?!? I thought she'd retired. And she is way more coherent than normal . .

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Re: "you were seriously stuck up a gum tree"

Are there any Usenet servers still running . . . quite tempted to go have a look. Just to see if all the Usenet spambots are still running and spoiling it for everyone more than anything else . . .

Microsoft reveals train of mistakes that killed Azure in the South Central US 'incident'

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Re: RE: asynchronous nature of geo-replication could have led to data loss

Its interesting. I like their honesty though. Not often you get to learn from a fuck up. I'm pleased they are sharing so we can all improve unlike all the other fuckers who keep the root cause of their outages, or breaches, a secret.

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

Theres been quite a lot in this thread about the "rainbow haired pronoun crowd". Not sure why. Must have been in the original article somewhere.

Anyway, as an out of the box WASP, could I just say that anyone that says anything derogatory at work about my gay, trans, black, asian whatever colleagues gets put in their box quite quickly by me. If they don't like it they can deal with HR/union. If their work is crap its nothing to do with the colour of their skin, their gender identity, or their sexuality so why the fuck bring it up.

Out of work I'd be much less tolerant of intolerance. My god kids are mixed race. Family members aren't straight. Watch who you are insulting.

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running

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Re: Bad managers are like knotweed

"British bad management—and I mean, really, hopelessly ignorant, tone-deaf, counterproductive and often arrogant dimwits"

I work with one of those but he's the classic techie promoted into a mangtement job and so grinds everything to a standstill as everything has to be approved/designed/implemented by him [cos hes the best techie obv] rather than jiust let his very competent staff just get on with getting shit done [which they really want to and are being demotivated into their graves by his need to be a hero].

That is much more often the reason for bad management in UK IT than putting competent managers in to give techies their room to excel.

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Re: Not me, but ...

"Hookers ain't cheap"

Kinda depends . . . Esuite hookers maybe not.

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Re: Could do better

We pay them!!!

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls

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Re: Almost SNCF but not quite

Mintel . . takes me back . . . I am now officially old enough to remember things no-one should be old enough to remember. I was 10 when I plugged a phone into a cradle so that the noises coming out (and in) gave you a network connection. And only a geeky ten year old gave a shit.

We have come a hell of a long way.

Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Whats the amp thing all about? I'm puzzled. My URL shows as:


I can't see any google amp thingy . .

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Huh?

@ Jedipadawan

I did say i was being a grumpy old man when I posted it. Your answer - your suggestion that I need to spend a load of time re configuring Libre to match MS just makes me more grumpy. Would you rather I:

a. Spend some time with my friends family and some beer

b. Faff about with Office interfaces to save myself £40 a year (or something - can't be arsed to work it out - theres family friends and beer)

You choose?

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You'll downvote me for this but Libreoffice is missing the key feature of having everything I need in the same menu location that it is in Office. Yeah I know - old, stuck in my ways .. . etc etc

NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

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Re: It's not rocket science


Sorry, misclicked you a downvote. I saw the word sheeple and ignored context and rhythm. Dreadful fucking word. Off back up the thread to downvote whoever you were quoting.

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Paris Hilton

"Good grief. Is there anyone who ISN'T keeping nude pictures of themselves online these days?!"

Good grief - how do you expect other people to see them if they aren't online. Kind of the point in the first place!!!

SAP slaps down Teradata's 'trade secret' sueball with sick burn

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Re: I'd side with Teradata on this one

I'd side wiith anyone except Teradata having worked with them. Have you tried to work with them? It seems to involve you paying £1/2 million quid for hardware, support, services that you have no idea what to do with and then £5 million on top to learrn what to do wiith the "solution" they sold you.

Utter fuck wit con artists that I never want to deal with again!!!!

BT scoops Home Counties chunk of new NHS IT contract

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Face!!! Palm!!

"Despite all the self-puffery, HSCN merely replaces a previous BT system, N3, which closed to new business at the end of March 2017. According to NHS Digital, "well over 50 per cent" of N3 users have now dropped dosh on an HSCN provider, though the contract is not a BT monopoly."

So we are reporting a contract renewal? Are we? Hard to tell.

Wipro can't believe its luck at sealing 10-year deal worth $1.6bn with Alight Solutions

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Re: Error #7280: Outsourcer blame allocation error on line 12


{pukes up rendom amphibian in response to . . }

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

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We've just done a migration onto IGEL thin clients / Citrix VDI environment. The Citrix desktops work well and I haven't heard any complaints about the IGEL thin client devices & management systems.

Though lots of complaints about CDW who designed the platform for us . . .

UK.gov's love-in with big biz for digital services continues, as does claim of boosting small firms

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I interviewed with BJSS a couple of years ago. Was quite disappointed not to get it as I made second stage :-(

Anyway, my point - they are nowhere near big enough to put in the same box as Capita, Atos, BAe, IBM, etc. They have some decent contracts but are from being behemoths . . .

ESXi on Arm? Yes, ESXi on Arm. VMware teases bare-metal hypervisor for 64-bit Arm servers

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Fault tolerance??? Really

"What was therefore teased was an Arm64 device running four Arm-compatible guest operating systems and applications on a port of VMware's bare-metal hypervisor with fault tolerance"

You do realise that Fault Tolerance means something very specific in VMWare world. Its about running a live synchronised version of the VM on an alternate host in case of host failure (I've yet to run into this in the wiild). The article seems to imply a demo on a single host which wouldn't allow for that. It also doesn't allow for the lower level of fault tolerance, High Availability, which will move a VM to another available host in the event of host failure.

What was demo'd was a single host running 4 VMs, not anything at all either 'Fault Tolerant' or 'High Availablity'.

Android data slurping measured and monitored

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I'm not sure they've ever been overly secret about their business model. But hen I've been reading the Register pretty much since its inception. The average user is much less aware.

We really should stop whining about it and get together in our spare time to design and build an alternative to Android. Theres probably enough skills and experience on here to at least get a working proto up to go get some funding with . . .

Hardwares a different problem.

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I use Google analytics on a couple of internal websites. AFAIK (please correct me if I am wrong) it doesn't collect any PII.

I just use it for page load time stats and user journeys (simple - can't afford more).

Do I hear two million dollars? Apple-1 fossil goes on the block, cassettes included

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Nada. VIC 20 wasn't great in the first place and imagine there's loads. You need something rare - i.e. only 200 made . .

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£450 apparently - didn't look too hard - thats 4 or 5 good Friday nights out (without going overboard) :-)

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Does it work? Off to ebay to have a quick look-up. There's probably a few pints in that bit of redundant kit.

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Re: Why are they worth the price?

Therers also the historical interest and rarity. Anything thats rare goes up in value especially if it has some kind of cultural significance.

Don't worry about it. Not our money unless UK Gov decides we need one in a museum.

OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

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I thought that was Unilever . . Three sworn enemies all selling pretty much the same stuff at the same price . . . archetypal 'Oligopoly' if I remember correctly from my economics 'A' Level.

£1 in every fiver that UK biz, public sector spent on software in 2017 went to *drumroll* Microsoft

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Re: Not necessarily a bad thing

I just think that there's many IT shops that were born and bred on Windows and a migration to something else is to onerous to complicate. Where I'm working now the fact that Marketing insist on having a few Macs on the network causes no end of headaches.

Windows works in most cases (for a small organization with low transactions and vendor supplied apps that need Windows). Wheres the motivation to start a multi-million pound "migrate to Linux" project that will ultimately fail (see Cologne) when the status quo is working just fine.

There's probably a line they could cross with licensing but they are nowhere near it (unlike Oracle who are shedding customers hand over fist apparently).

Apple web design violates law, claims blind person

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"Apple does not exist for the benefit of disabled people."

Yes it does, the law says so. The law says that commercial properties (in this case a website) should be accessible to disabled people (in this case a blind person).

This law applies to all businesses.

Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

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Re: 'Could - while they’re Sleeping'

"if you could, get Windows to do it's update thing while you sleep, not while you game (although I think, like most option on Windows, that's pretty much out of your hands now)."

Err no - to quote the Windows update settings page . . .

"Set active hours to let us know when you typically use this device. We won't automatically restart it during active hours and we won't restart without checking if you're using it."

I agree that there's use cases for not having it auto restarted at all which would be my preference but its not entirely out of your hands.

Three more data-leaking security holes found in Intel chips as designers swap security for speed

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It doesn't need to be patched. Security is like an onion (to quote Shrek). Not sure you need your processors patched if no one can get to them.

Cloud presents different problems I agree.

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Re: Looking at the wrong holes


"You do realise this is almost Windows' entire software ecosystem, and a large proportion of non Windows apps?

Unless you really do want all software to be signed, vetted, subjected to (possibly arbitrary standards), plus a 30% margin, then dumped in Windows Store?"

Why are you picking on Windows? Not that I'm a fanboi (user yeah) but when I install something on Ubuntu I have as much clue what I am installing as I do on Windows, or Android or Mac. What are you trying to say? x86 CPU flaws are only going to affect Windows users?

If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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Re: They sold at least three

My current firm dishes out a couple of thousand Dell/MS tablets in the field for site surveys. Theres definitely a business market. Never owned one myself - I'm fine with laptop phone and kindle. Not sure the tablet would add anything.


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