* Posts by JasonLaw

35 posts • joined 4 Jun 2013

As HMRC's quarterly deadline for online VAT filing looms, biz dogged by 'technical difficulties'

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Little Bobby tables?

Relevant xkcd;

http://xkcd.com/327

Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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+1 for the DCB

New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

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TV Licence?

What does this mean for the TV licence? At the moment, you only need one if you're watching 'Live broadcast' or 'live, catch-up or on demand' via iPlayer - no mention of other viewers.

If all TV, including news, is via a non-iPlayer on-demand service .... no licence required? Or more likely, they change the law, with the prospect of scooping up people who are currently exempt?

We're cutting F-35 costs, honest, insists jet-builder Lockheed Martin

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I hope you're all saying it right....

Bob Moog (the music Moog) rhymes his surname with Vogue.

Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Re: Meanwhile, out in the countryside...

As one who also lives in the country : bollocks.

https://www.gov.uk/check-vehicle-tax

Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

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ITAR

One of the interesting features of ITAR compliance is that only US citizens are allowed to connect to the GovCloud. The penalty for non-US users is up to $1,000,000 fine and 10 years in jail - PER OFFENCE!

BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

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TIL: OOS

Occupational Overuse Syndrome.

That's a thing now?

Atlassian hikes prices for most cloudy JIRA and Confluence users

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Confluence

If it was a million pounds per user, it would still be eleven bajillion times better value for money than Sharepoint....

British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

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Re: "no idea of UK callcentres"

I fly 40 times a year, on average, mostly long-haul. I've been BA Gold for 4 of the last 6 years and silver for the other two. It probably costs £15k a year to maintain Gold.

* The Gold reward flights are far, FAR more available than Silver. As long as there are available fare-paying seats left and you have 1-month notice, they will make a seat available for Avios (for double points).

* I probably score an upgrade twice a year. It used to be more frequent. When I first started going to Australia, it was probably one in four. They now only upgrade if the cabin is oversold. If there are empty seats, you ain't getting one.

* The LHR T5 First lounge is pretty good, especially since April when you have direct access from the check-in. I normally rip the pants out of the Johnny Walker Blue Label (£160/bottle), which greatly exceeds the cost of the £35 reward flight. I agree the food isn't all that.

* In the last approx. 250 flights, I have had maybe 3 short delays, no cancellations and zero lost luggage. I flew the otherwise fantastic Singapore Airways last month and they misplaced my luggage for 36 hours - sometimes shit happens.

* The cabin crew can be a bit hit and miss. I've had two flights (out of 20) this year where they were surly and unhelpful. I've also had amazing service. Even their best now looks like a drunken fumble compared to Singapore, Emirates and Qatar who are in a different league - and frequently cheaper than BA.

* Their modern fleet like the A380 and B767 are great, but I flew a diesel B744 clunker back from ORD in April that was frankly an embarrassment. Shite IFE, shite seat but great crew. Go figure. They ripped the old club Europe A320 2+2 seats out a couple of years ago and replaced them with standard 3+3 economy ones with the middle seat blocked out. Why anybody would pay for this is a mystery.

* The Gold call centre has very short/nil hold times. The staff have been universally great, friendly, and sounded local. I hope this doesn't change, but I'm sure Crapita will fuck it up.

* The new 'pay for food & drink' policy on European flights is a travesty. If I fly internal on AA or QF, who both charge for drinks, then pulling the Gold card gets free booze. Not so on BA. As somebody else said, if it's a race to the bottom, Ryanair already won.

Spotted: Bizarre SpaceX rocket-snatching machine that looks like it belongs on Robot Wars

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The late lamented Mr. Banks

There are too many ship names to pick out of the Culture books, but I'd maybe go for the eccentric GSV in Excession; "Quietly Confident".

Or if you want to be less charitable, "Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory".

Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

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3,200 applications??

I can't be the only person to think that they might have at least 3,100 too many applications?

I know they have a lot of people, but surely not 3,200 totally distinct jobs that use totally distinct software?

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Re: Welcome LBG staff.....

No - the reference to "TUPE" in the article means the Transfer of Undertaking (Protection of Employment) Regulations, 1981. In essence, it means the contract with the old employer is deemed to be the contract of the new one - starting date included.

Pence v Clinton: Both used private email for work, one hacked, one accused of hypocrisy

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Re: Drink the f up.

"hard cider" - found the American. AICMFP.

Terry Pratchett's self-written documentary to be broadcast in 2017

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Re: Being Rational

Same here. My copy is in the bookcase, still in the cellophane it came delivered in. I'll always have one more Pratchett novel to read.

You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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Re: Done

Likewise

Slim pickings by the Biggest Loser: A year of fitness wearables

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Sorry for your loss Alistair.

Glad to see it hasn't dented your humour...

UK will build new nuclear bomb subs, says Defence Secretary

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<obligatory bring back Lewis Page post>

whatevs

UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver

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Re: Song title

Not many Whale fans on here. +1 for effort.

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£11bn later: Smart meters project delayed again for Crapita tests

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Joke

Private Eye

I see what you did there.

Death of 747 now 'reasonably possible' says Boeing

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Re: Last Chance To See

The A380 is definitely the best of the best in terms of cabin experience. I've flown three different carriers and all four classes on the A380 and it's never been less than superb. I flew in a 4-week old B787 a few months back and it was in the same class as the 380, but not quite as good, IMHO.

The 747's are showing their age in comparison. When I first started doing long-haul, I was super excited to be on a jumbo jet. But now, my heart sinks a little when I see it on the gate. Noisy, cold and frequently a little tired around the edges.

Blighty will have a whopping 24 F-35B jets by 2023 – MoD minister

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WHERE THE FUCK IS LEWIS PAGE!?

something, something, Lewis Page.

Confirmed: Dell software sell-off

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Boomi?

Is that included in the fire sale?

Lester Haines: RIP

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well said

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Boeing builds British Airways 787 Dreamliner in 4 minutes

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Re: Jet engines...

Pretty stoked that I flew on this exact plane just a couple of weeks ago on the LHR->EWR route.

The dimming windows are pretty cool and it's whisper quiet in flight.

But .... still second best to the A380. Still the number 1 in my book.

Day 2: Millions of HSBC customers still locked out of online banking

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The world's local bank

I'll just pop into my local branch instead. What? They closed it 6 months ago?

Amazing.

Windows 10 growth stalls during October

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Re: XP

I was at an industrial trade show in Chicago last week and about half of the laptops I saw were running XP.

I used one XP laptop for a demonstration and it was 14 years old. The owner worked for a not-for-profit and couldn't justify upgrading a working machine. The main software they used was all browser-based and to be fair, a 14yo XP lappy worked just as well as my 18 month old state-of-the-art machine.

BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Not had a landline for 3-years

Still have to pay for it, but not owned a phone that could be plugged into it in all that time.

Number of times power cuts or other events have made this a regrettable decision = zero.

Just need to work out why SKY broadband insist on a landline (at £16.40/month) if they don't have the same legal requirement....

US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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RN "shitting themselves"

Good job we haven't sunk £6bn into a design of aircraft carrier than can ONLY carry the F35B. That would have been a disaster....

Smog-hit Beijing shows sunsets on a giant TV to remind people what the sun looks like

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Not great

In 1952, an estimated 4,000 people died in London as a direct result of a four-day smog event, with possibly another 10,000 made seriously ill. I'd hazard a guess that air pollution in many western European cities in the last century would make modern Chinese cities look like alpine meadows ...

Ofcom, it's WAR! Mobe networks fire broadside over 2G spectrum pricing

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Re: lies, damned lies and then statistics (and then PR campaigns by telecom companies)

^ very much this ^

I drove through some amazingly poor parts of Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Moldova and Ukraine last year and had 4-5 bars, 3G service everywhere. I landed back at Gatwick airport and couldn't phone the missus to tell her I was safe, because there was NO signal of any sort. I never got a signal during the 60 mile drive home and pretty much only did when I was in range of my own SureSignal as I walked up to the front door. I live in Hamsphire - the 5th most populated county in England....

Oracle's Ellison talks up 'ungodly speeds' of in-memory database. SAP: *Cough* Hana

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I'll take that bet

The difference between 'designed for disk' tables and 'designed for RAM' tables is pretty significant. The only reason for having an index is to reduce the impact of having to read the spinny rusty stuff, which ain't a problem with RAM.

Column store indexes (indices, if you prefer) have already made a remarkable difference to summarising very large datasets. In-Memory just take that to another level.

Microsoft to unveil new Surface slabs at September 23 event

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Re: MS needs to drastically slash prices

At TechEd Australia last week, they announced to the gathered 4000+ developers a one-time, Surface special offer price of "only" $300. Our guys said two things happened; (1) A very embarrassed silence from the crowd, followed by (2) A mass twitter-storm as 4000 people posted "what the/why the fuck!?".

Microsoft SQL Server 14 man: 'Nothing stops a Hekaton transaction'

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Re: World+Dog gasps at the innovation

Yes, SQL Server has pretty much always cached tables and you used to be able to 'PIN' them (not recommended).

The problem with having tables cached like that is that they were still fundamentally designed and optimised for disk storage. There is a big difference between "designed to operate from memory" versus "designed for disk but can operate from memory".

How big is that difference? Well, according to the article, about x8 quicker.

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