* Posts by Why Not?

364 posts • joined 4 Apr 2011


What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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Re: What an irony !

Whether they are C level or Grunts.

Being related or going to school with other C levels helps.

Scrapping UK visa cap on nurses, doctors opened Britain's doors to IT workers

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here is an outstanding idea.

Up the minimum salary to be paid to £70,000 - these are highly skilled people after all.

Do not allow the employers to deduct expenses from this salary, stop them paying £50k and charging them £30k to stay at the company owned house.

Charge £5,000 for any application regardless of success.

Prohibit those on Visa's from being on customer sites more than 3 days a month.

As most of these applications are from foreign owned & taxed consultancies add a ICT etc tax.

I wonder how many apprenticeships will open up.

We might even see a few less jobs advertised at £16K in the city.

UK.gov isn't ready for no-deal Brexit – and 'secrecy' means businesses won't be either

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Indeed where there is confusion there is overtime!

Thanks Hedley !

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Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

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wait for the Dyson drivemobile!

A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Developer PC

That is nothing. Back in the 90s a few weeks after I took over as IT manager where none of the PCs had been changed for years,

One manager came in and demanded a new PC for the new starter he had hired and hadn't advised IT. He demanded a PC NOW. I said I haven't got anything suitable.

Look he said you have some in a pile over there. I explained the pile was the ones I had replaced as the slowest in the building then raided for memory to get the other ones to the giddy heights of 1 MB (I think it was a 286 or early 386sx when were putting out Pentium IIs. I said that if they wanted the staff member to resign immediately then sure I could build one of those. Personally I would recommend we order a new one. Don't be difficult I was told.

2 days later I had installed windows & office from the network (I had discovered network install meant I didn't need to swap 40 floppies so I loved it).

The machine was pronounced "ready", the manager watched it boot windows for 10 minutes complaining all the way. Twenty minutes later I had a signed purchase order.

sometimes you just have to let them figure it out for themselves.

A real shot in the Arm: 3% of global workforce surplus to requirements

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Re: "Common" sense?

the old comment that organisations are like human pyramids ,when those that look up can only see arseholes and those that look down only see smiley faces is quite telling.

When I look up I want to see managers looking if I am all right. That way I work with fewer arseholes.

None too chuffed with your A levels? Hey, why not bludgeon the exam boards with GDPR?

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Re: To late for me as well

Sounds familiar from 40 years ago, apparently in one subject I got a fail on the exam despite getting Merits in the other subjects and when asking to see the papers 2 days after the results were published they were supposedly shredded. If my father hadn't been a governor we wouldn't have got that 'explanation'. Cost me a year going to another college and getting distinctions...

FOIR have served the public well. Sorry uncivil servants!

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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doubt it, as they are likely to be sharing the same circuitry...

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: ...citing the Windrush scandal as justification.

If it was required that you had correct papers then I would expect the Windrush travellers to have valid papers pretty quickly. Because they didn't NEED it they didn't push for it, it wasn't needed.

That allowed subsequent governments to ignore their status.

I need a passport to travel abroad so I keep one. If I needed an ID card to pay my tax I would have one (I do). I was born here and can trace my family in the UK back centuries, I see an ID card as a sensible option.

Most process people would want something like that to have a process step that covered registering , not be content with 50 years of ignoring it.

I don't suggest the Windrush generation are culpable but they weren't motivated to solve it.

Unfortunately illegal immigration is out of control and we can't continue without the "hostile environment" if we want to control it. We aren't at a point where Pastor NIEMÖLLER's comments make sense but if we continue to add fuel to the fire we just might be. Remember that it required a government that was committed to killing every jew, black or "degenerate" (nasty labels) to make that happen, the tories don't seem to see be that way inclined.

Whilst I am no fan of May or her incompetents I am sure tightening up on immigration abuse is not the real issue.

Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Label, Label Label

When you build a server put a label on every switch & power socket.

Also check the Mac address if unsure.

Been there, done that took the sh1t

Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Never going to git you down

Never gonna run around and revert you

Well played sir!

Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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unfortunately users need the internet to decode your mutterings.

The difficulty is that the bean counters don't need the internet to decode your mutterings.

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Emergency Red Buttons deserve a label

I always liked the site where they put the big red button (connected to the building Emergency Power off) by the door and parallel to the racks every time they opened the rack doors the fire alarm went off and the site went dark.

Not an uncommon occurrence.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Not as bad as shag book.

It seems the users must have responded to multiple prompts or there weren't enough in the first place.

To those that fear a HAL like experience then try one of the Alexa compatibles. Items like the Jam voice require you to push a button before it responds (and records). Guess what I have!

Its time for Amazon to add an option in the app to switch off always listen and only respond after a button press, If they want they can allow you to pair a bluetooth camera trigger button (as available for £1 in Poundland) to supplement the dot button on the device.

It would help them break into the office as well.

Or they can try to shut the stable door after this. Lets see how they get on.

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: Early information

Unfortunately you seem to have hit a vein of stupidity our American cousins seem obsessed with.

Any normal person on being told you are twice as likely to be shot by a Toddler than killed by a terrorist would think Holy Ship its time for gun law reform. Some Americans think "I need to pop out and buy an assault rifle".


Honestly guns should only be carried by the specially trained minority of law enforcement (if you give them to all cops being non white seems to up your risks substantially) and the Military preferably well trained as well.

There is some sense in those that target shoot or manage land having single shot arms for targets, foxes or rats.

We have had > 60 knife deaths this year and questions are being asked in the house, For you that's a bad week in Texas for gun crime.

Please lobby for gun control, your population deserve it. Now we are related by marriage I think I have to say something :)

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: Surely though

This is not a failure of the technology but a failure of the people.

The correct response to a goat herder coming too close to the fence, is to explain to him if it does it again the garrison will be eating goat curry from now on and he won't have any goats to herd.

Then the fence stays on and those in the watchtower might get some sniper practice.

Technology is limited but if properly designed & used its very effective. Its normally far better on repetitive jobs than any human.

The proof is MK1 eyeball has been supplanted by MKXX mines & sensors in most scenarios where it matters. By the way its not a MK1 eyeball as it is one of the more evolved parts of our bodies.

Bruce is probably pointing out that people are broken but will blame technology so you have to have a plan to deal with events.

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Re: Surely though

Indeed, I'm worried that so many posters & journalists are having such difficulty with the maths.

Out of 10s of thousands of faces it picked out 95 that looked similar to photo's of people of interest. Of those only two were actual matches which is the bit that needs training and further work if we can get that up to 20% then that is as good as current intelligence with no actual police work.

Its the same as having one policeman looking at a crowd turn to another and say "does that looks a little like Ronnie Biggs?" and his colleague says "nope its his cousin" or "Ronnie Biggs has less hair". It is just brushing aside the irrelevant to reduce the number of possibilities not "Minority report". Its a tool not a complete solution.

Now if the Police take the suggestions as certain matches to stop & question then they aren't doing their job properly. We know they can be more selective because stop & search has a 17-20% success rate (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43641009).

However the report doesn't say they stopped & questioned all 95 potentials, just that they used that method to verify some. So the only issue here is that the Police had more potentials to look through than if the system were perfect.

I would have thought the lefties would be glad if the Police had more targeted stop & searches using nothing more than a publicly visible face. Imagine if we could get stop & search up to over 40% success rate!

As to shooting Brazilian electricians, then one hopes if the system said loudly "no match" when he was seen on CCTV it could have saved his life. We should train people to realise that computers like trained anti terrorist officers aren't infallible and its reasonable to question decisions, we should also build it into the application.

UK Home Office hands Sopra Steria £91m digital visa contract

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Re: Its just not right

Not entirely right - a country can specify the requirement is security sensitive and over rule the tender process. That is what the other countries do.

Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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It happened to me about 30 years ago, I was pointing Percy at the porcelain in Schipol Airport after a longish journey and this rather attractive blonde lady reached across me to polish the wall above the urinal then flashed me a huge smile.

One of those moments that is probably subconsciously saved for when my life flashes before my eyes,

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Part of the Interview process

Always check the loos when going for interviews, if they are poorly used by potential colleagues, cleaned or maintained the same attitude will be taken to staff.

I used to do on site support and we always decided whether we liked the site if you turned up and they offered you a visit to the facilities & a cup of coffee. It was surprising how many marched you straight to the server room to freeze for the next 10 hours without a drink or a visit to the smallest room. If they offered you a pass for the canteen you had struck Gold!

Brit IT contractor wins appeal against HMRC to pay £26k in back taxes

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Warm & Fuzzy,

You wet yourself laughing?

Blighty: If EU won't let us play at Galileo, we're going home and taking encryption tech with us

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Re: Stupid Boy

Because no one has developed reusable spaceships or simple satellites.

FFS most script kiddies could launch a working GPS system.

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Re: Jacob Rees-Mogg in orbit

Well I suppose its better than Napoleonic units

UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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Dyson sales were 3.5 times that of Hoover so expect 3.5 times as many at the tip.

Dyson UK vacuum sales in 2016 were 14 Million compared to 4 million from Hoover. So yes its likely you will see more at the council tip.

I have a DC01 that I use in the workshop and it handles anything, you do need to change the filters every 5 years at least which costs £3 from eBay. My wife's Miele clogs regularly.

Remember post Brexit we need to compete on the world stage and it looks like our exes are going to be petulant and try to make trade difficult to punish us.

Electric vehicles are the future and this is a great opportunity to make the UK a world leading original manufacturer. Who else could achieve this for us? Sir Clive has retired and everyone else has been sold off.

A UK based Dyson vehicle will help fill the void if we can't buy German vehicles, at least the emissions figures won't be fraudulent.

Lets see the Government start to build new industries now as a response to difficult negotiations rather than undercut them with EU ones.

Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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Re: Can't we get rid of May?

Blair & Brown ran up the credit cards & sold the family gold to give away money on a grand scale. When the banks crashed they threw our grandchildren's money at them to save them fixing their own problems. I would have let them do like Barclays and borrow from elsewhere.

Instead of dealing with the ill feeling from successive treaties that surrendered our sovereignty to the EU they decided to dive deeper into it. They decided not to limit labour from the much poorer EU countries unlike other countries, in fact lord Mandleslime "sent out search parties" (His words not mine).

Labour are the architects of Brexit, their arrogance and failure to consider the public mood made it inevitable.

The subsequent governments have tried to cut our spending with a constant drone of "savage Tory cuts" from Labour or in English "They are spending less than we promised when we knew we wouldn't pay it back".

The deficit (the amount we spend more than we earn every month) is going down so one day we will start paying back the debt. Maybe we will finish in 70 years like we did with the war debt. Mr Micawber would be pleased.

Cameron understood we had made a mistake with open door EU immigration because it was changing the UK too fast and went to the EU to negotiate. He was told to F off by the EU.

We got a referendum in which we decided to leave and our 40 year relationship with the EU is about to end. Some of us are quite pleased. You obviously aren't and seem to have an almost religious obsession with it.

May is trying to negotiate but nailing jelly to a wall is easier than working with an alcoholic tax evoider & his mates.

Yes we could do with someone better than May but there is no one in opposition who could compete, that really is very sad.

Malware writer offers free trojan to hackers ... with one small drawback

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No honour amongst thieves - shocking!

London council 'failed to test' parking ticket app, exposed personal info

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Re: Tax roundabout

Unfortunately the one sacked will be the janitor not a manager.

Post-Brexit five-year UK work visas planned – report

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Joined up government

There will be so many contractors escaping the Public Sector IR35 witch hunt we won't need any immigration.

Yeah right.

EU dings Sony, Panasonic over rechargeable battery cartel

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Re: And the victims of the scam ...

they don't call him the Jaffa Jabba for nothing!

Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

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Re: Brexit means brexit.

The Germans ate our cake?

Bar stewards!

Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

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Re: Personally, with nuisance calls...

I have a towel & a rape alarm, I string them along for a few seconds talking really quietly. Just as they get interested I wrap the phone & rape alarm together in the towel, pull the pin & walk away.

Only one ever phoned me back so his mate could hear it, they were laughing their head off by the end.

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Re: Tell BT and EE

Thanks I went to read this and of course the advert underneath was 'new way to check PPI'.mde me laugh.

its difficult to understand why this has taken so long.

I wonder will the be effective against Dave from Mumbai? You know the one with a thick accent and very worried about the accident you had in your car recently. Or will foreign cold callers be exempt as they don't pass their ID through?

Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: Cant see where he lied

but unfortunately for Virgin they have breached the law by releasing them. they are now in a no win situation.

What they should have done is asked the Guardian & Corbyn for a retraction or they would see them in court,

It would then be plucky Virgin stopping a newspaper laying, Corbyn would have been a side issue.

HPE sharpens knife for next salami-slicing staff redundo round

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Re: Worth how much?

just about enough to get a round at the HP pub probably.

Would of thought there was enough work out there to employ the shadow of HP after they have bought & sacked almost everyone else.

UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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Re: "He was found not guilty, therefore he is innocent"

From his various statements today it looks like he has a mental health problem not a criminal one.

He admits to being a Sado-Masochist which if done right is fine. However he doesn't seem to be respecting his partner's safety which isn't legal.

He admits to having serious thoughts about hurting himself & others since he was a kid. These don't appear to be sexually based.

He has been on hunger strike and on benefits since the imposition of the order.

The order does effectively prevent him working and the public accusation he is a sexual pervert / predator means no one will employ him.

I suspect they tried to jail him, then tried to section him , failed and then deployed the SRO. The Police are now desperately trying to save face and keep him from possibly offending.

Whilst I wouldn't like women anywhere near him on the evidence presented it does seem they have over stepped the mark. They need to fix his problems not ruin his life.

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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Re: Repeating the same mistakes

and Wilkos seem to think rubbish puns and instructing you how to put the kettle on make them attractive.

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Re: Maplin Masters of the huge markup

toolstation for button cells at £1. They seem to last longer than the 20 for £1 in Poundstore.

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I suspect Homebase will try to go more upmarket. However with competition like Poundland & the Range I suspect they will crash.

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Re: Argos too

Had the same, ended up in Currys who had it in stock & were cheaper.

That didn't take long: Shareholders sue Oracle in 'fake cloud sales' row

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Re: Wait?


....Oracle has a cloud business????


Geniuses at HMRC sack too many staff! Nope, can't do it online. FAIL

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Re: Pointing Finger

Depends if its a Tory MP, in which case they might enjoy it.

India continues subsidising elite IT schools

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Wonder why so few UK IT graduates get decent jobs when Indian graduates are paying huge amounts (half the average wage) to get an IT degree.

India challenges US visa price hike at World Trade Organisation

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Re: I thought that the USA was highly in favour of Free Trade in every form?

Nice idea and probably part of the solution but the great thing about imported labour is that it is much more exploitable than natives. For their equal wages (after expenses & stoppages) the staff will be expected to work 16 hour days.

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans

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Hardly rocket science.

Licence payers receive their license confirmation and it contains a user name & password.It remains unique & constant unless there is a suspicion there is abuse. When you want to add an item you enter your user name in the device and then log in to your account & approve it or enter the pin number sent to you by email.

Catchup only users pay a reduced license and receive a user key in the same way. Catchup users can be abroad if needed.

You can reduce the licence fee because of all the extra money Catchup is generating.

You monitor for abuse and disable / reissue item approvals as needed.

Amazon et al did all the hard work years ago.

ICO fined cold-call firm £350k – so directors put it into liquidation

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You may not easily be able to pierce limited liability however you block the right to be a director if they misbehave, a fine for cold calling is probably enough. OK it means his Dog will become MD but its a start.

What we all really need is an SD card for our cars. Thanks, SanDisk

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get a USB battery pack?

Should give you an hour or two to restart.

Argos offers 'buy now pay in 3 months' deal

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Re: what i really like about ARGOS is...

wasn't when I worked in TV sales & Service 30 years ago.

We had a customer bring in a new defective A*** video recorder with what become a common fault with the remote (when the sun shone it wouldn't work), so we sent it back to A***. We received a factory sealed new replacement and as we had already refunded the customer we put it in stock & it was sold. New customer found our service tag on the back and called in trading standards. Despite showing them documentation that proved our version of events we ended up with a £2K fine.

I'm not sure why modern shops believe they can get away with selling second hand goods as new, its blatant nowadays.

And Argos that firm that last Sunday declined my wife & my perfectly valid cards online. Next call I get is from My Bank's fraud department. They were £25 cheaper than Currys who offered my a chance to order online & collect in store that day except just before paying the bill they changed it to delivered into store in the next 5-10 days.

Amazon are hardly getting stiff competition.

When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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Re: What's a .cnt?

strange on any windows box the help works (apart from the occasional ancient - 25 year old help file)

Help comes with pictures and is written by professional authors.

If you don't know how to use a command line program you just add a -? to the command line.

On the UNIX box no one will have installed the man pages.

Its text only written by Geeks. The Desktop manager help is a little better.

Sorry UNIX has some great features but man pages aren't one of them.

School network manager wins £10,000 in NCC Group Cyber 10K challenge

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I suppose we should be grateful someone entered and won a prize as its so easy I can see why the armchair experts didn't enter.

Next time Linus & Bill won't have a look in.

Its a simple idea and it has been done partially already but a few more competitors are a good thing in such a market.

Congrats Ross - Icon is obvious


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