* Posts by Disgruntled of TW

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

Disgruntled of TW
Megaphone

It's not optional ...

Try removing yourself from all three credit reference agency's records, and see how your life pans out without successful credit checks. All three agencies are now indelibly etched into our lives. Are we better with or without them? That is the interesting question.

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You may not have noticed, but 'superfast' broadband is available to 94% of Blighty

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Mushroom

Outlaw the use of "up to" - it is lying about the truth

That is all.

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

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Re: DCMS think the final 5% costs the same as the first 95%?

@Dave Bell I presume you also distrust all BDUK announcements and any definition of "Super Fast" that doesn't also define latency, packet loss and most importantly upstream speed. Our government doesn't like to use real figures, as their poor technology choice would become apparent.

For a graph of VDSL distance/speed using a "perfect" conductor - not aluminium or rusty copper, or rat chewed coaxial cable, go here:

http://www.increasebroadbandspeed.co.uk/2013/chart-bt-fttc-vdsl2-speed-against-distance

My point is, this isn't going to get materially faster due to the presence of the copper/aluminium. 20 Mbps downstream is good today, but it won't be long until that is woefully short of capacity. Upstream is already a problem for me. BT decided we were all consumers of content, not producers. That is changing now with the advent of highly capable tablet and phone cameras, for example.

I used "meaningful broadband" as a flexible term allowing a user to interact with all "reasonable" services as we head full speed into our digital futures. It may be fine for some, who don't wish to avail themselves of the newer services (e.g. 15-20 Mbps for a reliable 4K stream from Netflix). They may hope that HMRC doesn't add video guides and colourful animated icons to the TAX return website, or 4MB pictures of their cats. If they have the time and patience, then that's their choice.

I imagine your upload speed at 1.6Km from the cabinet means you have no "meaningful" way of sending data to the internet. How long does it take you to send a 5MB image from a phone or camera? Downloading one at 3Mbps is 14s. That's fine if you have time, but not realistic in my job where files are often 50-100MB in size, and the kids are watching Netflix (not 4K). If you dare send a 5MB cat picture, then you are probably tying up your VoIP phone for best part of a minute. I don't have your upstream speed stats for your line, which are unique to you, so I don't know. This is another problem with DSL service levels - predictability. If you want to survive with 3Mbps downstream and 500Kbps(?) upsteam, that's your choice. Both you and your ISP need to run QoS, or latency sensitive traffic such as a VoIP phone will stop working when an Email arrives with a cat picture. I don't know any that do over a retail DSL circuit. This isn't a "meaningful" service in my view. My view is mine. Nobody else's, obviously...

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Disgruntled of TW

DCMS think the final 5% costs the same as the first 95%?

Back to school time for the minister and his soundbites. BT Openreach's transparency in costs has been an issue from start to finish from the BDUK programme.

DSL will not provide meaningful broadband speeds to rural folk more than 1.2Km from a cabinet. Ye cannae brek the laws o' physics laddie.

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Surprising nobody, lawyers line up to sue the crap out of Equifax

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Stop

Re: Credit reference agencies

It was Equifax or Experian - I can't remember - but one of them sent my credit report to my address, with some greek woman's name instead of my own.

I complained, to the agency and also the ICO, and got no response, not even an apology. They have all the power and none of the accountability. Our government allows them to do this. One error like mine could be disastrous to my life. It isn't even a 10^-6 rounding error for them, and they treat it as such. They get what they deserve. I would prefer a not-for-profit regulated organisation and the removal of these predatory credit agencies.

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Dear rioters: Hiding your face with scarves, hats can't fool this AI system

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Big Brother

Only used for good ...

No evil here then. Kim Jong-un promises to use nuclear technology only for the good of his DPRK state. The inventors do not get to choose.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Angel

Rude not to say speaker on

Generally a positive story with everyone more or less getting what they deserve, however not making sure the belligerent boss was aware he was on speaker was not cricket. The BOFH lost some cred there.

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UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

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FAIL

Sorry state of Agency marketing

Typical guv technical debt nonsense aside, you've just highlighted an example of the value that the majority of agencies now bring to clients. Hiring clients pay 10% or more for the "value" in publishing such job descriptions on job boards, 3 conversations with the contractor, timesheet management, and that's it. This model is dying, and they know it.

We need to cull the majority of numbers-playing agencies, and keep the ones that take appropriate amounts of time to understand the requirement, build relationships with a smaller number of very good contractors, and do the match. Agencies that don't return calls, send huge amounts of SPAM, don't understand the TLAs they splatter their SPAM with, are on the extinction list. They won't be missed.

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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Flame

Learned their approach to looking good from BDUK

Let's define "super fast" as the speed achievable by DSL, so that we price out any competition from FTTP companies who want to fix the problem once, and lay the fibre. Only the incumbent operator could ever bid, as they own the crappy-copper in the ground already.

The US and UK will be stuck with copper-crap until someone puts the fibre in the ground - ALL of the ground.

Meh.

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Samsung drops 128TB SSD and kinetic-type flash drive bombshells

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Joke

@fnj - ye cannae break the laws o' physics laddie.

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Sputtering bit-blasters! IBM's just claimed densest tape ever record

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Joke

Sputtering ...

is what my kids did while eating jars of mushy brown baby food. Never thought I'd see this achieving 880Gb/in

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O2 admits to throttling network bandwidth for EU data roamers

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Facepalm

Mobile operators ...

... reaping the contempt they deserve. No surprise here. I've moved from Voda, to O2, to T-Mobile, to Voda, to Three to EE. All equally poor. I pick the least evil, and most reliable, as customer services with all of them is a time sink with no benefit.

We were all supposed to be watching TV on our phones on the train, when 3G arrived - remember?

I simply no longer trust the operators and ignore their advertising.

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Adobe will kill Flash by 2020: No more updates, support, tears, pain...

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Joke

Have they told VMware?

... I'm not convinced they'll be able to completely flush the vCenter flash web client in three years.

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Cops harpoon two dark net whales in megabust: AlphaBay and Hansa

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Stop

Instagram and Snapchat next ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/40601036/teens-found-selling-drugs-on-snapchat-and-instagram-bbc-three-investigation-finds

Both organisations adopting the ostrich technique of problem management despite BBC documentary. Stacey Dooley rather brave in confronitng 15 year old kids flogging via Snapchat and Instagram.

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UK ministers' Broadband '2.0' report confuses superfast with 10Mbps

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Thumb Up

Super Fast Broadband != "fibre"

@Dave Bull - yup. 1 ft of copper is enough to make 5Km of fibre irrelevant to the SERVICE a customer receives. Those metaphorical 12 inches of copper contribute the majority of the problems to reliability, which increases maintenance cost. All of this ignored by the ASA who allow all the ISPs selling DSL to use "fibre" to describe it in advertising. STOP IT.

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UK mobile number porting creaks: Arcane system shows its age

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Thumb Up

Chainging ports ..

... your approach in the US is much better than EU porting, which used to be chaining ports. So, if you had a Cellnet number and ported to Voda, then to T-Mobile, when someone called you, they would hunt you down via Cellnet, then Voda, then get to T-mobile.

This made noticeable delays in connecting calls after a few ports. I don't know how it is done today, but I hope the number of ports isn't relevant, as the market needs to retain freedom!

Vodafone have TWICE banned my IMEI of my phone because "I" reported my phone stolen, apparently. I asked them for the CEOs mobile number as I believed it had been stolen. I think the point was missed on them. I am no longer with Voda.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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WTF?

From the agency that let BT and Virgin advertise "Superfast Fibre Broadband"

... when the fibre stops at a cabinet many hundred meters away from your house at best. I complained, and they said "because the fibre represents the most significant distance along which the data travels, it is permitted to call it fibre broadband".

This ignores the fact that the weeny piece of copper string at the end of the fibre is what dictates the ACTUAL PERFORMANCE of the connection.

This is more nannying from an organisation that meddles and really shouldn't feel obligated to worry about society/services that it isn't responsible for and doesn't understand. Stop it. Focus on fairness and stop the lying. Leave the rest of the grown-ups alone.

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Openreach asks UK what it thinks about 10 million 'full fibre' connections

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Mushroom

The "demand" is irrelevant

It is the necessity of remaining competitive in markets where other countries have FTTP and have capabilities and opportunities that are being denied to us. Openreach's argument is old ... they have the monopoly and should be investing in UK Plc's future.

It is plain dumb to think anything other than FTTP, and FULL FTTP, not some G.PON asynchronous pong, is what we need. BT unilaterally decided that we all wanted to suck FROM the internet and never send large amounts of data TO the internet. That was correct decades ago, and utter nonsense today.

Bought a 16GB phone with a 4MP camera recently? Tried backing that up to "the cloud"? If you think you sent GBs to the cloud you are being lied to by your provider.

Scrap HS2, and get the whole country FTTP. No brainer.

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UK.gov embraces Oracle's cloud: Pragmatism or defeatism?

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Joke

Re: Cluebat required

Most Home Office data can be found on a USB stick on a train.

FTFY

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Oracle CEO Mark Hurd scoops up $17.4m from 350,000 share sales

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WTF?

Quiet news day?

... if this is considered news.

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One-third of Brit IT projects on track to fail

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Facepalm

Re: 257%

@LeeE You beat me to it. First thing I did was add up the percentages. Ask any accountant about anything over 100%? Sniggers and chortles will ensue.

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Civil rights warriors get green light to challenge UK mass surveillance

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Pint

Bring it on.

I'm glad someone has the time and money to do this. I have taken to moaning about it over a couple of pints of IPA in my local pub.

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Human-free robo-cars on Washington streets after governor said the software is 'foolproof'

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Joke

Who is the more foolish ...

... the fool, or the fool who follows him?

--Obi Wan

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Partners tearing their hair out over Dell EMC invoice system borkage

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FAIL

HPE the same ... the split

... is causing the same problems with utter incompetence in paying invoices.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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Big Brother

No mention of encryption backdoor ... glimmer of hope?

Colour me pink, but TM has avoided directly mentioning encryption backdoors in her last 3 speeches. Could the security community, the experts, be breaking through the curtain of "advice" that has misinformed her until recently?

Breaking encryption makes us LESS secure. Period. They already have backdoors to end devices, making targeted surveillance easy, so the encryption is irrelevant. Maybe its the mass surveillance power they yearn for? And there's the problem.

Legislating large PII data sets held by commercial organisations like Facebook may be the only way to curb the utter disregard of responsibility for the power they provide.

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Enterprise patching... is patchy, survey finds

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Re: Delays in updating software and operating systems are putting organisations at greater risk

Rock and a hard place ... not more than a week - your patch validation pipeline should be compact, but you do have to patch, or suck up the tears from WannaCry etc.

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Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

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FAIL

Dumped Acronis a year ago - too dumb

With the new interface, and repeated crashes and failures without usable log files to diagnose, I dumped a £50 licence after just 2 months. Support ends 30 days after you pay for the licence, when they stop helping you. Not an enjoyable experience. Won't use that company again.

To call anything they produce "Enterprise" is plain daft - my 2c.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Nice beaver ...

Will this device be able to stuff it itself?

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Pint

Holiday project Eliza for this year ...

So this year I am considering writing my own ELIZA in Python, with text to speech and IVR. I'll put it on extension 666 on my Asterix PBX and stand ready for the next dimwit that tries this.

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UK Home Sec: Give us a snoop-around for WhatApp encryption. Don't worry, we won't go into the cloud

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Pint

Feeling sorry for her ...

Her civil servant that is briefing her, or the security consultant, needs to step away from the keyboard and put the computer back in its box labelling it "return to sender". It's not something they should be playing with in public.

Now, Amber needs to learn when she's being fed a wet trout with English mustard and when it is not appropriate to engage mouth prior to brain having established technically correct facts.

But this is politics, and they have the power and geeks who understand the technology do not, and that's why books like 1984 get written, and RIPA legislation gets passed.

There is always ale. Thankfully. I will vote for ale.

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Oracle crashes AWS and Azure UK cloud data centre party

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Joke

Unbreakable Availabiilty Domain ...

... go on ... someone say it! Ha ha ha.

Nope ..."miles apart".

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Nexsan sues EMC in tussle over Unity name

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Coat

A company called "AND Gmbh"

... try Googling for them ... that's "and". Someone was asleep in marketing when that one hit the press.

Advanced Network Design Gmbh - http://www.and-solution.com/en/

I'm sure the penny began to drop when they tried to register "and.com". Great FTTP network planning software - crap name.

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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WTF?

BGB fail, fail and fail again ...

British Gas supply my business electricity to me. Three years ago they had the best rate, so I let them install a SMART meter. Year after EDF underpriced them, so I moved. Last year back to BGB ... BUT, they are "unable to read the SMART meter" due to the status "G4S pending SIM card activation".

So the supplier that installed the original meter is now unable to read it. I wonder who is reading it?

What a mess - the £390/meter number is no surprise given this level of competence.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

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Black Helicopters

Re: Oh dear

And if there isn't anything to pin on you in your captured logs, something can be put there, and you will have no legs on which to stand as the "evidence" is clear to see. Evidence that could never be tampered with as it wouldn't exist if judicial approval was required prior to creating it

Anyone can tamper with it if it exists - and then point the finger at you.

THAT is the case against "nothing to hide" argument.

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IBM pays up after 'clearly failing' DDoS protection for Australia's #censusfail

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FAIL

Bootnote tells all ...

The Bootnote says enough. The culture won't change without consequences, and there have been none.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Facepalm

Protect your non-profit network from purchase

Using the right legal framework for a community network over private land (saves 80% civil engineering costs) will prevent later procurement by BT, Virgin, whoever ... look at B4RN.

That's a dedicated fibre to every household. No TPON, GPON or any other type of P4WN.

What guv needs to do is compel the owners of the dark fibre backhaul to the internet exchanges to make it available at fair cost.

We also need to wait a couple of years, probably not much more, so that we have the evidence to demonstrate how poor VDSL2 is performing in rural areas. Folk won't realise how dead-end the copper bearer is until 4K TV and other services eat up the incremental (sorry Ed, it *is* a waste of money for dead-end infrastructure, not a short term "fudge") benefit delivered by BT and the BDUK funding.

The BDUK FTTC network has no future. The full fibre network won't be able to use that fibre in a commercially viable way - Openreach owns it. Diggers have to roll over public or private land. Guv can influence either, but do they understand the consequences?

Just sayin' ...

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Vodafone rapped with RECORD £4.6m fine for failing customers

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Megaphone

Grow a pair Ofcom ... look at the GDPR weaponry

Gnat bite Customer Service failure penalties aside, with the GDPR coming if Voda are compromised and give out customer data they have 72 hours to fess up and a maximum of 4% of GLOBAL revenues to pay. Now that's a sabre toothed tiger chunk of flesh even for Voda. I hope they are preparing sensibly. Denial won't work for this one.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Black Helicopters

And now?

What now? What was the objective of this law suit? Who watches the watchers?

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Prime Minister May hints at shaking up Blighty's 'dysfunctional' rural broadband

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Stop

Denial of own figures - here we go again

I'm going to repost what I said the last time the gubbermint announced something about rural broadband, while they perpetuate the "extremely poor value" Openreach monopoly and the copper nonsense, while ignoring their OWN homework. Enjoy:

Why does our Gubbermint ignore their own figures on ROI and benefits for infrastructure projects?

HS2 is estimated by the DfT to deliver a benefit ratio of 2.3 to 1. For every £1 spent on HS2, it will return £2.30. The DfT paper is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/365065/S_A_1_Economic_case_0.pdf

Right. Providing FTTP to the entire country is estimated to deliver an ROI of approximately £20 for every £1 spent. DCMS commissioned the report here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/257006/UK_Broadband_Impact_Study_-_Impact_Report_-_Nov_2013_-_Final.pdf

Which project would you do?

Is our gubbermint thick, or do they just ignore information they don't like, or doesn't fit their political agenda?

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Is Apple's software getting worse or what?

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FAIL

There are 342 pending updates

Agreed. Software quality is sacrificed due to speed to market, driven by jazz hands and people who do not believe in the market value of a quality product. There are commercial pressures to get it out, alpha, beta or whatever, but just get it out rather than test it "reasonably".

I do not update any apps on my iThings unless ....

1) It is a security update that I am convinced represents a threat vector

2) I read about and decide I want the new functionality

3) I am compelled to for OS upgrade/compatibility reasons and I STILL want the app

Otherwise, I have 100+ companies that I have no influence over, and who may or may not be compromised, and I'm allowing them fairly unfettered access to install software on my iThing. Most non-technical folk behave like like this, which feeds those marketing folk who don't sell on quality, just the unwanted features of the "new shiny thing".

Show me where the market for quality is ... and I'll go there. That's what I want.

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UK.gov oughta get its data-sharing house in order before Digital Economy Bill plans

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Thumb Up

Name the civil servants ...

... who operate the existing data repositories, and publish the data. Naming is often enough to hammer home the duty of care requirement when handling the public data. Get their skin in the game.

+1 for Chi.

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Joke

This week ...

... I am going to work "up to" 40 hours. I expect my fixed salary to be paid no matter how many hours I actually work, of course.

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Hacker takes down CEO wire transfer scammers, sends their Win 10 creds to the cops

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Facepalm

Re: Make a phone call

@Test Man - completely agree. A CFO that doesn't have the CEO's number on speed dial, isn't a CFO. Duh.

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Is VMware starting to mean 'legacy'? Down and out in Las Vegas

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Meh

More hype than reality ... in operations

@Enrico - containers are still more hype than reality when it comes to revenue processing work. Great fun to play with, if you have budget and time to play, but I haven't seen them doing any heavy lifting outside of the webby world of "here today, gone tomorrow" services.

Just sayin'.

I do agree that VMware needs a couple of new shiny technology idea things that last more than a few quarters on the price list, which we'll no doubt hear more about post September 7th. Hopefully.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

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Facepalm

Weeping with laughter ....

Looking at the Powershell evolution since v1.0, you have to laugh at the broken bits for backwards compatibility. The PS team are boldly going forwards 'coz they haven't found reverse, or noticed the rear-view mirror.

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BT best provider for 10Mbps USO, says former digi minister Ed Vaizey

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Stop

Ed who? Utter nonsense.

An Oxford graduate who read History, then practised law for a few years ... what does he know about broadband technology? Who are the civil servants feeding him this information? Name them, and make them accountable for the spin their minister is offering.

Aiming for a USO of 10 Mbps will ensure the UK lives in the dark ages. Our government resolutely refuses to support communities like B4RN who *can* deploy synchronous gigabit fibre in rural areas.

Said it before, and I'll keep saying it ... based on the information the gubbermint chooses to release to us, we should scrap HS2 (cost £60Bn with 1.7:1 return) and give everyone a fibre to their home (cost £30Bn with 20:1 return).

But the gubbermint ignores its own figures and continues to remain unaccountable for that behaviour. No wonder folk vote against the political elite. There's little worth voting for, much to vote against.

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Software-defined storage is glitzy, but E8 and Nimbus are still delivering hardware

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Megaphone

Fox/chicken problem ...

... ... and those methodologies would have be be designed and invigilated by "non-vendor" folk to retain their credibility. Apples with apples, etc. etc. Seems simple, but vendors continue to pour honey into end user ears, ignoring glaring issues (features? ;-)) in many products. Disappointing that the market appears to support this behaviour still. I'd still pay more for quality, if it did what it said on the tin. I'm personally fed up with "lowest possible service level to meet price point" behaviour. Cloud services often stink of it.

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CityFibre takes on Ofcom over pledge to open BT ducts and poles

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Megaphone

Dark fibre ....

Anyone got a link? Anyone heard any pricing? Show me the dark fibre that is now "available"? Pricelist?

Oink, flap, oink, flap, oink, flap .... >bang<.

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UK gov says new Home Sec will have powers to ban end-to-end encryption

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Facepalm

May and Rudd ... not a cryptologist between them

I used to despair at these regular announcements from May when she was Secretary of State, punting the Snoopers Charter/RIPA legislation. I am no longer incensed, nor surprised, at the dismal lack of understanding of the subject matter. I console myself with the knowledge that we may indeed introduce such legislation, note that it is unenforceable, then either ignore it or repeal it.

The decimation of our financial economy is the primary reason that this nonsense will not prevail. The security consultants and knowledgeable crypto-folk, some of which comment here, are too few in numbers to make any measurable difference. The politicians play to the masses, who do not understand cryptology, or the risk this legislation presents to their freedom.

That is why I no longer expect any response from my MP Greg Clark, who returns mere "thank you for your letter" diatribes, with no indication of understanding of the fundamental freedom his party is attempting to destroy. Perhaps in his new role as Secretary of State for Business he may give more of a pooh. You know who I am Greg.

As I say to anyone who asks (I no longer offer this opinion without provocation on the RIPA subject), I would rather be poor and free, than rich and enslaved.

Go May ... go Rudd ... you are a comical farce in my eyes while you ignore advice from true experts in the pursuit of this nonsense.

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Our man pops the hood on Intel's v4 engine: Broadwell Xeons

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Meh

Re: Ouch

Yep - 8 core sockets is the magic number, which if you go higher will cost you more in Server licence.

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