* Posts by mdava

93 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011


UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco


Re: Are there ANY success stories?

Well it's good to hear, but I'm not sure that it qualifies as "major".

My personal (least) favourite example is the £469m down the tubes with no usable output for the fire service.


Are there ANY success stories?

I'm genuinely interested to know: Can anyone point out a major government IT project in the last decade that has been a success? Or even simply come in on budget?

On second thoughts, I wonder if I needed to include "IT" in that sentence.

Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?


Re: Shoot marketing!

"Until we have rockets that can be flown into the sun for a reasonable cost, we have to give marketing people jobs where they are unlikely to do to much harm"

I am replying only to thank you for the above.

Gust catches Amazon's skirt, reveals glimpse of 'Netflix for books'


Re: Libraries

Drifting gently off topic here, but does anyone know why the OverDrive system (used by my local UK libraries for ebook loans) cannot be used on Kindles anywhere other than the USA?


I love my Kindle, but it would be even better if I could use it to borrow from the library as well.

HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up


What auditors do

You are confusing the roles of the auditor and the financial due diligence team.

The auditor reports on whether the accounts show a "true and fair" view of what happened. They do not report on:

- whether what happened is likely to continue into the future; and

- whether what happened was actually a good business proposition (you can make the dumbest deals in the history of the world and still have a "clean" audit report).

Specifically: the allegation that Autonomy inflated its sales by reporting hardware transactions. Provided that the transactions occurred, even if at nil margin, they are arguably sales of the business and could be reported as such.

The firm doing the due diligence, however, should have picked this up and highlighted it to HP. Whether they did, and whether the right person in HP was reviewing their reports, will eventually be unearthed in the courts

Brits: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free


Well done

For name-checking the very excellent traintimes.org.uk.

Story gone


What about financial security/

What I'd really like to see (purely from my selfish individual viewpoint, I'm not making business decisions about cloud strategy) is an analysis of the financial stability/viability of cloud storage providers.

Given they are (almost) all pursuing the freemium approach, how confident can I be that my 5Gb of files at cheekycloudstartup.com won't be switched off by the administrators tomorrow or that Google won't suddenly decide that drive is non-core (I feel that this one is fairly low-risk :~) and will be deprecated next week?

Steelie Neelie 'shocked' that EU tourists turn mobes off when abroad


Re: Funny thing is

I loved the idea behind that book - fantastic example of using a pervasive concept so mundane that nobody notices it.

Dixons selling £68k gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire iPhone for Xmas



Even if I win the Euromillions ten weeks in a row, I'm still not stooping to this level of conspicuous consumption.

Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina


I propose . . .

. . . The Qatar Quim

New iPad mini gobbles Retina display, 64-bit brain, puts on little weight


Nominative determinism

"Apple marketing man Phil Schiller"

Is it only me that finds this amusing?

Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM


Reply-all should require more input

Reply-all is fine, but it is proved time and time again that it's used inappropriately.

I think all email clients should require that when you click "reply-all" you have to individually say "yes" to each of the email addresses that you are responding to.

I can't think of a valid reason to reply-all to more than 20 people, so doesn't seem unworkable.

Logitech launches MEGA-PRICEY 15-in-1 remote


Re: Who are they kidding?

For the price of a *large* TV. I bought a 32" own-brand from Sainsburys at Xmas (for the kids to XBox on) with my Nectar points for substantially less than that!

Sympathetic Scots scoff-house offers hard-up Apple fanbois a discount


Re: He makes Chilli Jam !

Chilli Jam is finally going mainstream - Sainsburys make a pretty good one that can be found in a cubic glass far next to the pickles and suchlike.

Watchdog halts Toyota Grand Theft Auto-esque advert


Re: just TWO people?

I have never understood this either.

Even if you assume that each complainant represents a thousand others who shared their view but were too lazy to do anything about it, that is still only three-thousandths of a percent of the population.

Also, I thought the ad was not bad.

Sony promotes Vita with QUAD-JUBBED WOMAN


Risque French ads

Reminds of this quality effort http://files.coloribus.com/files/adsarchive/part_359/3599205/file/manix-lubricant-harbour-small-98340.jpg

Facebook phone app attempts to seize ALL YOUR MAIL



Wow! Just wow! That is genuinely outrageous behaviour.

Thank god I uninstalled FB's slow, cr@ppy app. They deserve a LOT of abuse for this.

National Rail Enquiries


What about traintimes.org.uk?

This site works for me - whether on a PC or a smartphone - no pointless graphics, just information. I believe that it scrapes all the info from the National Rail website, so is just as up-to-date.

You can bookmark your favourite stations, departure boards or the "get me home" function as (eg) http://traintimes.org.uk/nearest/london

Spotify dances onto iPad


Re: Great

"......browse and choose music whilst driving"

What. The. F*ck? I seriously hope that you live far away from me.

Supermodel-fiddling tool Photoshop CS6 flinged in free beta


Re: And wait for the....

The "home user who needs to resize and crop a picture" should use Irfanview.

Actually, everyone should use Irfanview (for the things that it is best at).

So, what IS the worst film ever made?


I'd like to nominate Moulin Rouge, although (bizarrely) apparently a lot of other people liked it.

Renault Mégane 265 Trophy 2.0 turbo


I was behind some boring hatch the other day and spotted a decal on the back with the now-familiar Nurburgring lap shape.

However, just as I was preparing to sigh I noticed that underneath the text had been changed to "Notbothering".

Made me chuckle, anyway.

Watchdog hits out at malware racking up premium-rate charges


I agree 100%. It is wholly irrational for anyone, under any circumstance, to be able to charge your phone bill for tens or hundreds of pounds. There should be a low cap for one-off charges (a fiver?) and an even lower cap for these scams where your phone gets charged repeatedly for rubbish like ring-tones, wallpaper or horoscopes*.

* For the avoidance of doubt, I haven't been robbed for these things, but my son was unfortunately sufficiently naive to be caught out. Until, having put a tenner on his PAYG account I told him to check it *15*minutes*later* and found that three (!) £2.50 charges had been taken immediately. I phoned the network and told them they could refund the money or give me a PAC code.

Tomorrow's smartphone tech today


What I *actually* want to see

Is a smartphone with a sensible battery life.

The (absence of any) useful battery life on my otherwise pretty cool smartphone is pissing me off so much that I'm seriously considering a £10 Tesco dumbphone as my next handset.

LinkedIn scoops up browser plugin Rapportive: 'We fell in love'


Re: What Privacy Policy?

I know what you mean and share your cynicism, but the same suggestions-of-friends-they-couldn't-possibly-know-about happens on (inter alia) Facebook as well and you have to assume that it is as a result of the *other* person letting FB have access to their email contact list. Don't you?

Groupon's pants 'Weight Loss HOTPANTS' ad banned


That's a tired, tired campaign. I wish they'd stop it.

Nokia to sell off luxury phone brand


"...sells basic mobile phones with classy cases to the overpaid"

It's rare to see a business description that is both so concise and so accurate.

Bishop to bless road salt supplies for added winter safety


What a crock

Is someone going to pop round and sprinkle some fairy-dust on it as well?

Gadget Shop kingpin cuffed in nightclub 'toilet sex' incident



That the link immediately below the comments link is:

"Previous ← Three touts dongle-sharing DIY hotspot box"

Kingston Wi-Drive wireless flash storage


Which is even funnier . . .

. . .. when I can buy a 16Gb MicroSD for my android for less than fifteen quid. :~)

Brits love their phones, but spend less than ten years ago


Orange sucks hardest

My company mobile/blackberry is on Orange and the network is deeply useless - in terms of both coverage and the late voicemail notifications you referred to.

I have used all of the other networks at one time or another and, while they may not be excellent, they are all less sh*t than Orange.

IT boss jailed for plundering Scottish library


Irrelevant content

"Dinham ... is involved with the Baptist Church"

So what? His religion obviously didn't stop him from nicking the cash in the first place, so why should I care whether/where he is praying now?

TomTom Start 20 satnav


"You'd think by now there would be a standard mount fitted to every car."


Surely the only reason that there isn't is protectionism = spec a £1000 sat-nav option rather than buy a £130 TomTom!

Texas cinema texter becomes foul-mouthed movie star


If I lived near their theatre . . .

. . . .I'd visit purely because of that ad / blog post. Just excellent.

Judgment Day prophet resets doomsday clock


I dislike religion

That is all.

Samsung Galaxy S II dual core Android smartphone


Ta very much

Very lucid article.


Battteries (again)

Battery life on smartphones is ridiculous. I have a (lowly) Wildfire, and am staggered at what it can do, but the idea that less-than-a-day of heavy(ish) use is acceptable is just stupid. I'd rather it was 2mm thicker and had a battery twice the size.

On a related note, can anyone put to rest for me the question of whether killing applications with task managers actually has an impact (as comments seem to be evenly split)?

US Navy produces smart, cheap 6kg fire+forget missile


Ref Iain M Banks

Knife missile, anyone?


Go SMS Pro



WTF sort of texts are you sending that need encrypting?

Lads from Lagos pop up in Libya


I know that it's a very old scam

. . . but that is priceless just for the wholesale slaughter of the English language.

HTC Incredible S Android smartphone



Only an observation: I use Skype all the time, but almost never use the video facility. I generally know the people I'm talking to, and don't need a blurry image of them talking to a camera.

Lloyds, First Direct websites hit by payday outages



It's still borked. You can log in, but you can't do anything.


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