* Posts by Halfmad

561 posts • joined 16 Jan 2013

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ANN-IE-LATION: Microsoft to axe support for older Internet Explorer next week

Halfmad

Re: for whatever reason are still running Windows Vista...

Sorry but I dont' see Windows 10 as requiring retraining, you can make it look like Windows 7 pretty damn easily and without any third party stuff. At most you'll need a one page showing the different ways to shutdown the PC.

It's less of a problem than when moving from some versions of office, such as 97 to 2007 etc. That really messed with admin staffs head. Ribbon? Ribbon can fuck off was their motto.

The bashing on Windows 10 is getting juvenile, the focus should be on the privacy/cloud aspect not the interface - which frankly is not absolutely fine.

I realise I'll be downvoted, feel free, I'm no fanboy - I use Linux at home but the Windows bashing is simply bandwagon jumping these days.

ISPs: UK.gov should pay full costs of Snooper's Charter hardware

Halfmad

Re: Depressing.

The worrying thing is that at some point down the line there's an IT advisor making the case for doing this, possibly alongside his friends who all work in the business of supplying the solutions he's suggesting are "a must for national security"

IT security is a safe job? Tell that to Norse staff laid off this week

Halfmad

Re: Job Security?

These lay offs could have been part of the agreement to secure the additional funding, it's unlikely having looked at the current business model that any investor wouldn't make suggestions especially around potentially temporary staff or areas of the business which weren't focused on what the investor wanted.

It's very possible that these staff were on contracts which were up for review shortly anyway or were part of an IT project which was coming to an end - We all know how companies love to ditch staff just after they've implemented a big change, only to then find they'e nobody who knows how to fix it when things go wrong ;)

Dr Sue Black among handful of IT Brits getting New Year gongs

Halfmad

Utterly corrupt system

Awards for the mates of the rich and famous, those who do their highly paid jobs for their big fat pay cheques. I'd love to see these actually mean something again.

MPs slam mandarins over failed GP IT system

Halfmad

Yeah well nothing changes

I worked in GP IT for 5 years, left a couple of years ago. ATOS here have done what they always do - exactly as requested and not an ounce more, yet the blame is being landed on them for "taking advantage", well no they haven't. In every dealing I had with them the problem was the local NHS staff who had contracted them not having either experience of delivering IT infrastructure or system development projects or local senior management expecting it done to a cost rather than to an objective.

If you then offer to pay ATOS they'll accept the money, the staff who signed off the payment should be held accountable for not having ensured the system was fully tested beforehand, I don't really see how ATOS is in anyway to blame for that especially as the chances are the system wasn't fit for purpose from day one.

Google probes AVG Chrome widget after 9m users exposed by bugs

Halfmad

Re: Hmmm

Most other companies that screw up in the AV field don't do so by leaking data or potentially opening up customers to MITM attacks, they release a messed up DAT file etc. This is a pretty major cock up in security by a firm which is meant to be trustworthy enough not to do exactly that.

White knight and defend it until you are blue in the face, this is a major balls up.

North Wales Police outsourcing deal results in massive overspend

Halfmad

I work in the public sector.. I constantly fight against outsourcing

Not because I think it's bad in all instances but because the approach many in management have is that "it'll save money", not it 99% of the time won't if you want the same level of service. It's not a bloody charity and especially when it comes to IT all those little favours and "2 minute jobs" staff do will all be charged for at an extortionate price or even better use up your pre-paid support tickets that you for some reason decided was a good idea to sign up to.

When I first moved into my current post I saved the organisation £115,000/year by having one contract ended and spending just 3 hours training our own staff how to repair laser printers, honestly that's all it bloody took.

/rant.

'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

Halfmad

Re: Must have been...

Hat doesn't fit, bloody SNP can't even get one the right size.

Halfmad

Re: Business Continuity

I wonder if they even had one.

IT infrastructure on demand? Yeah right, say devs

Halfmad

10) Continual, reliable investment to make it work for more than 12 months if 1-9 are in place.

Google chap bakes Amiga emulator into Chrome

Halfmad

Deuteros..

Oh god how I loved Deuteros, I got a hooky copy from the Barras in Glasgow and played it constantly, no manual so took a long time to figure out what the hell was going on but for me it's one of the classic games, I was completely drawn into the resource management + story side.

Aesthetically pleasing and with a nice sound track from what I remember

Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

Halfmad

What the actual ffffFfffffu?

Avoidable or not? Really?

That's such a poor excuse for still having no plans to have one person in charge with sole responsibility for it, sounds as if they've learnt nothing. She's not responsible for it, if she was then she'd have resigned for being so utterly clueless about the subject.

Microsoft extends Internet Explorer 8 desktop lifeline to upgrade laggards

Halfmad

Damned if they do.. damned if they don't.

Double edge sword, if MS state a deadline and don't stick to it people get complacent, if they do people get pissed off.

Problem with government, both locally and centrally, plus the NHS etc is that they know the deadlines are coming but staff on the ground cannot get the backing to make the changes well in advance due to it always being a problem for the next financial year. Then of course the government throws a wall of cash at MS who extend that deadline and local management punt the problem further down the road.

MS are a company after all, not a charity but the fact THEY hold the cards in this situation just speaks volumes about the attitude of government officials to them.

Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

Halfmad

Re: Goooooooo Bill

iPad is most likely at fault - so let's blame Windows.

Welcome to The Register, where Windows bashing is mandatory even if it can't be justified by any logical means.

Lenov-lol, a load of Tosh, and what the Dell? More bad holes found in PC makers' bloatware

Halfmad

I was so proud of my 82 year old dad last week.

He'd got his new laptop delivered and immediately called me up to ask what a good AV was for it and "How do I remove all this shit they've installed on it."

It made me weep a little, the old guy still knows best.

Snooping Scottish plod to be taken to tribunal by spied-on detective

Halfmad

Re: No surprise

Wouldn't it be RIPSA as it's the version that applies in Scotland and likely falls under Holyrood?

128GB DDR4 DIMMs have landed so double your RAM cram plan

Halfmad

Re: Consumer version soon please

hahahah the constant Windows 10 bitching never gets old. I mean mature.

Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen

Halfmad

Re: They did their dash with me

Don't you come in here and expect a debate when we're busy bashing any large corporation! What do you think this is a DISCUSSION FORUM?

Dell: How to kill that web security hole we put in your laptops, PCs

Halfmad

Remove programs, disable services?

Nah, every IT department I've worked in has simply wiped the laptops as they come in,same for desktops. Get our own pre-build on them with apps installed etc. This is more of a home user issue.

Heck even at home I wipe any pre-builds I'm asked to setup for people, less guff and usually takes less time than stripping off that Mcafee internet suite that's pre-installed.

MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

Halfmad

Re: "Restarted"?

This is how they resolved the performance issues, they turned it back on several months later.

Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

Halfmad

OK then Reg.

"Other anti-user crimes the pair note include low contrast designs with thin illegible fonts,"

Directly below an image that's so blurry I can barely make out the text.

Openreach boss quits BT in midst of split uncertainty

Halfmad

Superfast, Ultrafast, Megafast next?

I'd be happy with faster and more reliable than the **** we've been force fed for years. I still can't get cable, there still is no real competition in the market - that's the main problem, not the speed but the lack of competitors for Openreach and BT.

The entire thing needs to be opened up.

Microsoft rolls out first 'major update' to Windows 10

Halfmad

Here for the MS hate..

Just here to see the linux fanboys hating on anything that's not linux as usual, get those outdated comments in quick guys, give me something to laugh at.

Windows 10 is fine, I use it on my gaming PC. I use Linux Mint currently on my laptop. Each to their own.

Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

Halfmad

Re: sql injectydddoss thingummajig

"may" have been accessed that age old way of softening people up before admitting it too early on.

Windows 10 out, users happy, PCs upgraded, my work here is done – says Microsoft OS chief

Halfmad

Another MS story, time to read the comments from linux and Mac fanboys.

Different day, same **** comments from people bashing MS, claiming that they don't know anyone using Windows 10, that they can't run photoshop and all their friends are moving to macs.

Get a grip folks, Windows 10 is fine, I use it alongside Linux Mint at home. At work we've only just moved to Windows 7 but 10 won't be far off now and it's already winning a few fans there. Sadly work aren't interested in trying out Linux and my experience of running apple servers was not a happy 6 years so I'll never try that again..

Scotland Yard pulls eyeballs off WikiLeaker-in-Chief Assange

Halfmad

The problem he has..

That if he walks out and hands himself in, the US will come up with some excuse for him to be sent over there, even if our government says it's just for "breach of bail conditions."

The Swedish dropping their request really hasn't changed anything for him.

Freelancer.com code exposes bids to competitors

Halfmad

Re: So

What!? That's deny some clicks. Doesn't happen these days.

Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

Halfmad

Doesn't bode well..

With the increasing reliance on wireless and "connectivity" between devices if they aren't doing internal testing that would highlight this sort of flaw surely they should be reconsidering how cars operate and connectivity until they have some assurance about their testing regimes?

How long does it take an NHS doctor to turn on a computer?

Halfmad

Yes we're all so funny.. but

I'm sure there's a website somewhere that a doctor is recounting the time an IT guy told him about the difficulty he had satisfying his wife, how she'd never climax and was rarely "ready" for him.

No doubt the doctor tried gently to explain that she wasn't turned on.

As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

Halfmad

Re: Bubble bursting

I disagree, I don't think Jobs was the innovator people make him out to be, I think he had an eye for advertising and packaging a product together which met the requirements, or rather perceived requirements of the mass market far better than other tech firm heads could. Problem is without him at the helm Apple don't seem to be thinking ahead anymore, the product line is getting messy and disjointed, it's almost as if they've stopped taking any risk at all.

I'm not someone who's brand loyal at all, I have Microsoft, Sony, google, Samsung, Nintendo and Apple products in my house but the Apple range is starting to look like the Samsung one, all over the place without any specific focus or over-arching long term vision, they're developing re-actively, rather than pushing their competitors. Short term I can continue seeing them grow, but longer term they're going to have to start pushing again and to be honest I think they've run out of ideas for how to repackage the same old product with a handful of updates.

Wangling my way into the 4K gaming club with a water-cooled whopper

Halfmad

Re: 60hz still flickers for me

This is most likely related to the types of backlighting used on most monitors, article about it on the brilliant TFTCentral site: http://www.tftcentral.co.uk/articles/pulse_width_modulation.htm

Just look for monitors that don't use that.

Pwn2Own Tokyo hacking contest trashed, export rules blamed

Halfmad

Let's just avoid confusion and call them "Terrorants" plus it could be a new breed of villain for Marvel movies.

Legal eagles accuse Labour of data law breach over party purge

Halfmad

Utter nonsense

It's no longer personal and private information the instant you make the choice to post it on the internet, end of story.

The more pertinent question is whether Labour it STORING the information, but simply trawling websites looking for it is not illegal.

LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

Halfmad

Re: A remote access company without automatic fail-over...

I'll go further, if you have staff on-site 24/7 automatic fail-over isn't required and the staff on the ground should make the decision. It can often be faster to recover to normal service, with less disruption if you don't.

Sysadmin ignores 25 THOUSAND patches, among other sins

Halfmad

Some of us leave the place tidy

The last couple of times I've left documents for whoever replaces me, last job the document was about 30 pages long, detailed all the annoying recurrent problems with systems management wouldn't replace, service account information etc all stored in my boss's safe for the next sucker. The time before that I Worked in a school and the hand over document was knocking on for 100 pages, I tried to keep it as short as possible with but with so many different versions of software (I covered 9 schools) it was impossible.

Both times I've had e-mails from my replacement thanking me for doing it, one said it was a bit of a reality check but that having all the common fixes sitting there saved a ton of time especially as at neither job did I have any sort of knowledge base product, it was all done on spreadsheets by myself and my techs, both of whole were utterly useless.

Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

Halfmad

Re: Mint is the way?

My daughter (5 years old) uses Linux Mint on an old laptop to play Minecraft, she's never actually used MS Windows despite it being on the two other PCs in the house. She prefers her laptop. I prefer Windows although do use Linux a fair bit, just shows you how you stick to what you know best.

A habit I need to crack!

Enjoy vaping while you still can, warns Public Health England

Halfmad

Non-smoker, just my opinion

I don't smoke, never have and I don't quite understand the addiction side because of that. However I've witnessed several friends come off cigarettes because of vaping so I'm for it. All of them have slowly been reducing their nicotine intake and one no longer has any at all but just enjoys vaping.

Until someone proves there's HARM in it for those doing it or those around, I don't think it should be banned. I would like to see greater regulation of the substances in it to ensure that longer term those are safe (as with everything we consume) but banning it? Seems utterly moronic.

Dixons Carphone still has 7.5k Windows XP EPOS systems

Halfmad

Re: Just as Dixons salesmen always said...

Don't worry, the saviors in purple shirts will fix it for a fee.

Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

Halfmad

"because it meant that colleagues had different recollections of what had been agreed at meetings"

- Erm hold on, why not just minute the meetings then? Problem solved.. oh wait those can be requested under FOI..

BlackBerry ponders putting Android on future mobes

Halfmad

From one blunder to the next

Surely they're just shoe-horning themselves into an ever increasingly small market share? Device management could work out but holy shit it's a gamble.

Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

Halfmad

Re: Gross stupidity and idiocy

It'll be interesting to see if these 3 day expiring codes are re-used later.

Scummy transients FOUND ON MARS by NASA rover

Halfmad

Amazing stuff

When you consider what we're reading about - this is us observing another planet, where no human has been remotely, using technology mostly developed in the past 60 years it's absolutely incredible.

Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

Halfmad

Re: Productivity

Or you've spent 15 minutes in the bath room and according to the accelerometer of your watch your wrist is moving at quite a pace, are you have a fit or..

$17,000 Apple Watch: Pointless bling, right? HA! You're WRONG

Halfmad

Re: What about the cheap buggers

Yet now there's clearly a lot of money to be made in selling kits to make them look like more expensive models.

UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

Halfmad

Re: UK Govt are idiots

Just think of it as another handy backup of all your personal data. If that USB drive fails you can just ring the police and ask what password you were using on the BHS website

Game of Moans: Sky coughs to BORKED set top box BALLS-UP

Halfmad

Re: So, for the last 4 or 5 months

Contracts ? No it only ever works in one direction, when you owe them.

Why 1.6 million people will miss Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 date with fate

Halfmad

They close the windows so external attackers cannot attack.

Undead nights: Zombie FPS Dying Light shines bright

Halfmad

Re: most people

I did, handful of people have issues which is pretty normal these days sadly. Only 1 out of the 30 or so people I know how have bought it have any problems with it.

I'm on AMD, as are most of them.

Grand Theft Auto 1997: 'Sick, deluded and beneath contempt'

Halfmad

Re: Awesome Soundtrack too!

Vice city had my favourite tracks, also the DJs were fantastic. I use to listen to it in my car a lot on the long drives, it was so much better than radio 1 or 2. These days I'm old so I listen to Radio 4..

Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

Halfmad

Got to wonder why..

We couldn't have just left things as they were. NHS Scotland seems to be such a stable place compared to down here, they still have NHS boards (not even trusts) and actually talk to each other rather than competing.

Perhaps I'll just drive over the border when I actually feel ill from now on, only way to get some consistency of care.

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