* Posts by Snarf Junky

34 posts • joined 3 Jan 2014

Big Red's big pay gap: $13,000 gulf between male and female Oracle staffers – reports

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Part of the problem with this is that there is a general confusion between Gender Pay Gap and Equal Pay and this is an article about the latter really. The there has been legislation for some time stating it that people should be paid equally for doing the same job resulting in a number of court cases where (usually) women have been awarded quite substantial amounts of back pay. The gender pay gap is different though and it is not a legal thing but an indication of the proportional gender of the workforce is paid more or less than the other on average. This won't normally be addresses by legislation but by companies operating a culture where people of all genders feel able to and have the skills to do any job.

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales

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The margins must be so small on most phone packages these days and people have to be either rich or nuts to buy the latest iPhone when it's released. I switch networks every couple of years usually hopping from O2 to EE and back again to get the best deal. Last time EE offered me a Galaxy S8 a few weeks after it was launched with a decent data package for less than the cost of the of the handset SIM free. I'll probably do the same in a few month's time.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Not sure who is more dull...

The person that thought that story was worth telling or the one that decided to publish it.

Wake me up when it's time to go to the pub.

Sacked NCC Group grad trainee emailed 300 coworkers about Kali Linux VM 'playing up'

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Probably sits at home...

...with a hat made from tin foil to stop the mind probes.

Barnet Council reckons Capita's dropped the ball on outsourced services

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The public sector has such a wonderful history of believing the private sector when they tell them they can provide a better service for less money whilst still making millions in profit. It's almost like they've never heard the 'If it sounds too good to be true it probably is' mantra.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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We have one person...

...that insists on using an iPad for work.

Yes, he's a twat.

Microsoft Azure: It's getting hot in here, so shut down all your cores

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Well that's a bit of a balls up isn't it

ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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I presume the people who fell for this are the same ones wetting themselves over an Atari console that will more than likely never see the light of day either. Most retro computer stuff should stay exactly that. Let's face it, it was cutting edge at the time but it mostly pretty crap now.

Grad sends warning to manager: Be nice to our kit and it'll be nice to you

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Our printer has a sign above it warning people not to shout at or hit it as it is networked with all the other printers and computers and will tell them all how nasty you are. I saw someone giving it a hug once.

Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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AudioSkyNet

You know it'll just end up producing a sound so dreadful that our heads will explode....and then it will obviously take over the world.

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

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Wankers

We used to get pretty much the same communication when any big boss was coming for a 'surprise visit'. They even asked us to submit questions once that we might like to ask them so they could be approved and then the centre leader would try and pretend it was completely off the cuff. I always wanted to turn up in my y-fronts and vomit on their shoes just to see the reaction.

Productivity knocks: I've got 99 Slacks, but my work's not done

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They all sound like things the office wankers would use to make themselves sound more important.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Super secure

I just went to update the app permissions for Facebook and Messenger and it seems I've already denied all but the most basic access to both of them previously. Go me being all proactive.

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases by credit card customers

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I bought a car with my credit card and then swapped it with a guy I met in Greggs for some Bitcoin. They've got lovely gold foil wrapping on them a nice net bag to keep them in. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it Lloyds!

Airbus warns it could quit A380 production

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Re: speaking as an airline customer

Considering a couple of drinks can cost you $50 while you wait for your next flight in one of the bars in Dubai it's probably worth paying the higher ticket price to go direct.

User asked help desk to debug a Post-it Note that survived a reboot

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Are these written by the same person as Dear Deidre?

El Reg straps on the Huawei Watch 2

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I thought smart watches were stupid and then my wife bought me the original Huawei watch for my birthday and I was an instant convert. I love being able to read texts, Facebook messages, control my music and when exercising Google Fit and Runkeeper are both very good. I found the step count more accurate at judging distance than the GPS on my phone. My email inbox is less cluttered as I delete crap as it comes in rather than once every couple of months when I can be bothered. I though the battery would be an issue but it lasts a day comfortably and I just pop it onto the charger by my bed at night. Best of all it looks great and I've had more people say how good it looks than a lot of other similar priced watches I've owned. The Android Wear 2 update is a great improvement too.

Time to make up: Realtime collaboration comes to Excel

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Will be interesting to see how much they have to disable to get this working. VBA will almost certainly not be allowed. You probably won't be able to insert tables or do much in the way of changing the structure of a spreadsheet. Probably not much more functionality than current shared workbooks.

Rogue One: This is the Star Wars back story you've been looking for

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It was excellent

Finished work early yesterday and took my seat in an almost empty cinema and was taken back to being a kid watching Empire Strikes Back in the Quinton Essoldo.

The fighing is dirty, the characters likeable (or not as the case may be) and it's a good old galactical scrap. A nice few nods to previous films such as the two gents from Mos Eisley that Jyn bumps into.

All in all I thought it was terrific and can't wait to see it again.

'Bitcoin creator' Craig Yeah Wright in meltdown

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I'm Craig Wright!

Sir Clive Sinclair in tech tin-rattle triumph

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Wasn't it Maria Whitaker?

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Dust gatherer

£100 to realise that most of the games are fairly rubbish. We played them to death because we had nothing better. I'll bet most people play about 1% of them briefly before it goes into a drawer never to be seen again.

FINALLY Microsoft releases Office for iPad – but wait there's a CATCH

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Re: Owwwww My Eyes !

I work on spreadsheets all day and whilst I can just about view them on my Nexus 7 there's no way I'd want to edit them on it. Either a dual or large widescreen monitor setup is essential for any kind of serious work. Tablets are mostly toys for the consumption of media no matter what the companies that make them would like to make us believe.

Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Re: I've had two for the past few months

Limited movie library vs comprehensive music library is about the sum of it.

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Re: Tab-casting versus handover

"Drives Big Muscle channel (lots of muscle cars)"

Are you sure that's what that channel shows?

NZ bloke's drunken poker bet ends in 99-letter name

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I love that there's someone called Number 16 Bus Shelter wandering around. :-)

SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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If that's Russel Brand's revolution here's hoping it fails miserably and he's hung drawn and quartered...repeatedly.

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Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to tweet about a bloody game. Call that job satisfaction, because I don't.

Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: HTC suprise

The HTC One battery life was awful to begin with but they fixed that with an early update and it's now very good. The article is essentially correct though in that I have had mine for 12 months now and there isn't anything any better out there to replace it.

Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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Candy Utter Nonsense Twaddle Saga

Globe grabbin,’ sphere slammin’, orb-tossin’, pill poppin’... Speedball

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Best game I can remember

I know games have moved on and it's difficult to compare but I don't remember a single game that I had any more fun with than Speedball 2. The graphics, sound and gameplay were amazing. I loved playing it in single player where I could win straight through every time and against mates who played as much as I did which meant for some epic battles. Pure class!!!

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I got one for Christmas and had broken it by New Years Day. Went through so many of them.

I've seen the future of car radio - and DAB isn't in it

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Erm...No thanks

Unless you spend serious amounts of time behind the wheel this isn't going to appeal. I've got an unlimited data plan and Google Music already which I can take anywhere with me. It might be clever but it's not great.

Coca Cola slurps millions of MAC addresses

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Invasion

It's obviously to control an army of Coca-Cola drones to be used in the planned invasion of Scotland and destruction of the Irn-Bru manufacturing facilities.

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