* Posts by Chad H.

2440 posts • joined 23 Jan 2007

BT plots to slash pension benefits for 32,000 staff

Chad H.

Re: bollocks

Why should it be the staff's problem? BT made them a deal when they signed up, BT should keep the deal. End of.

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If only the rest of us could turn around to BT and say "Sorry, I spent too much money on other rubbish, like football... so you know that deal we made? I'm just going to pay you a fraction of what I agreed. Sorry about that.

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

Chad H.

>>> It is very, very likely that lots of developers either don't know this is coming or need their users to make a fuss in order to shift management into allocating funds for an update.

Its not exactly been a secret, especially given new 32 bit apps haven't been accepted for some time....

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

Chad H.

You sure you want me to count the right wing body count?

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Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

Chad H.

So...

How bad do things have to get to be outsourced from crapita?

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Canada's privacy watchdog probes US border phone seizures

Chad H.

Re: Politicians know what to do

KAYAK say it already dropped...

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Apple's macOS is the safer choice – but not for the reason you think

Chad H.

Yeah, just what I need on my Mac, a piece of bloatware that creates new attack vectors and upsets the inbuilt secruity browser makers are putting into their work.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

Chad H.

The Touchscreen was more or less a flop before the iPhone (anyone remember those criminal windows mobile devices that HTC used to make on a white-label basis for networks?), and the tablet form factor was dead before the iPad (Anyone else remember the Windows XP devices?).

Just because someone else tried and failed doesn't mean Apple will, they have a record of taking ideas that the market wasn't ready for yet, or that others couldn't polish enough to make succeed, and creating a new category out of it.

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

Chad H.

Of all the problems you can have, not being able to make enough devices is a very good one to have.

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Portsmouth bomb about to be detonated

Chad H.

>>>>Bomb disposal officers actually detonated the bomb at 7am this morning. The event was such a damp squib that they assumed it hadn’t worked and returned for another go at 11am. They then discovered the earlier attempt had actually worked.®

The Officer in charge of the incident Marvin T Martian was quoted as saying "Where's the Kaboom? Where is the Earth shattering kaboom?"

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

Chad H.

>>>>Given the broad nature of the 1917 Act, a public interest or whistleblower defence would not be permissible; the judge would only have to prove that the information had been stolen and shared.

The judge doesn't prove anything. It's for the Prosecution to prove their case, and no one else.

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Blighty's 24-hr Universal Credit outage caused by upgrade glitch

Chad H.

But universal credit IS a technical glitch...

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Three posts lacklustre results, angrily mutters over O2 merger rejection

Chad H.

Re: Pedantry

Its more than pendantry, the article is misleading.

The effects of the referendum are purely political, not legal.

We do not know if the UK will choose to keep that rule, or whether the post brexit settlement will require it to be kept, or whether brexit will really happen at all.

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NRA guns down 38,000 Surge.sh sites in anti-parody spray-and-pray

Chad H.

Re: Misleading

Given El Reg has built its business and reputation on mixing bias, name calling, and news, you're clearly "not from around here"

The amount of logos and even a parody copyright statement don't stop a parody being a parody.

I don't normally call people who disagree with me a paid astroturfer, but given your unfamiliarity with the registers style, your defence of the NRA's action and your highly suspect claim not to normally agree with them, I just have one question:

Where can I get a job like yours?

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EU commish: We smacked down O2/Three but we didn't take it 'lightly'

Chad H.

Re: What about T-Mobile and Orange?

The biggest difference then, to now, is that there is now one less operator.

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French maverick sniffs around O2

Chad H.

Ronan has always been very good at insisting up is down and black is white. Remember how the best thing for his customer service staff was for them to be no longer O2 Employees?

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Leak – UN says Assange detention 'unlawful'

Chad H.

The only person detaining Julian Assange is Julian Assange.

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BOFH: Why, I LOVE work courses. Please tell me more, o wise one!

Chad H.

Re: Been there, done that

Che did not succeed in convincing him however, suggesting his leadership skills were sub par.

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'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

Chad H.

The "Nokia Care" store in Glasgow repbraanded to be a Samsung Service Centre some months back. They still do have a (small) Nokia sign up though.

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

Chad H.

Re: Am I the only person...

In the short term, I agree. Compare the BBC to the ABC, and you'll beg for a license fee.

However, it is correct that in the long term it is not sustainable as a TV tax as people turn away from OTA Broadcast. BBC iplayer live is currently operating on the honour system, but if you're willing to wait 60 mins or so you can legally watch any BBC content free by waiting for it to appear on iPlayer.

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

Chad H.

Re: Given his track record

I think his point is that Jullian short changed a lot of people when he skipped bail.

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

Chad H.

We power users winged about things like removal of floppy drives, CD/DVD Drives, obscure ports, etc, etc... but how often does the average Macbook user really use any more than the power port?

I suspect its less than we all think.

The only time I've ever used more than one at a time, was to install windows on the macbook... (1 port for the CD Drive, one for the USB stick to install drivers).

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

Chad H.

Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

>>>>Do you watch any CBS, Disney, MGM content (etc.), and if so do you send money to those organisations every month, or are you also a freeloader?

I don't go onto their website and watch it for free. I either pay for their content, or watch it on a commercial operated service that pays for it.... Unlike Cord Cutters who run to iPlayer.

>>>>Come to that, how much do you send to "The Register" in return for reading its content?

The Register is a commercial service with advertisements, and unlike many on here, I dont freeload by using adblock.

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Chad H.

Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

There are no commercials on the BBC.

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Chad H.

Re: Telly Tax exit stage right!!

Which, if you'd read the article, is exactly what they're targeting now.

Do you watch any BBC programming, and if so, have you always been a freeloader, or is this a recent development?

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O2 notifies data cops 'for courtesy' ... AFTER El Reg intervenes in email phish dustup

Chad H.

" Companies are required by law in most places to maximise profits."

I believe the correct phrase is "maximise shareholder value", not maximise profits.

This is a very different thing, as the turn is user definable - Network Rail for instance is non-profit, it maximises shareholder value by putting earnings back into the railway network (its Shareholders being the Train Operating Companies).

Another company might "maximise value" by turning away some business to build an aura of exclusivity - trading tangiable value (revenue) for an intangiable result (Branding).

Some might play the short game (sell poor quality as quick as possible then skip town) where as others might play the long game (earn a little less now, but build long term loyalty).

If the law was maximise profits, then companies would never be able to give to charity, and rarely be able to sponsor sports teams. You might consider the latter to be preferable though :p

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Dixons Carphone clings to EE, Three in Phones 4U bullet dodge

Chad H.

>>>> To do this it has launched an MVNO, as yet unbranded, which will launch in the spring

How could it launch it in the spring if it was already launched?

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Telefónica to offload O2 to Three daddy Hutchison for £10.25bn

Chad H.

Re: Last of the thoroughbreeds

>>>>Vodafone will be the UK's last thoroughbred mobile network, operating as GSM was intended.

When is it going to start then?

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Chad H.

Re: Don't forget Tesco Mobile

Given Tesco's retreat from the Landline business, maybe it goes away completely?

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Chad H.

Re: So the UK once had the most competitive mobile markets..

>>>>Ideally, we'd get Three technology with O2 customer service, but what's the betting it'll be the other way round?

This is the O2 that declared customer service to be non core to its role as a network operator and shoved everyone over to Capita?

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

Chad H.

>>>>No one likes tangerines and no real Who fans like the Christmas special.

I am a real who fan.

I like the Christmas special.

I think there's a Scotsman here who'd like to talk to you Jenifer. He says his name is McFalacy.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

Chad H.

>>>>Don’t get me wrong: Chromebooks have their place in terms of functionality

Yes, and so do Doorstops.

Which one is which again?

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

Chad H.

>>>>In the US, citizens vote for their state prosecutors – they're elected representatives, not nominees. They answer to the people

That is the myth of American Democracy. Now lets look at that statement through the EyeOfTruth(tm)

>>>>In the US, citizens vote for their state prosecutors through choices the established powers have pre-decided – they're "elected" representatives, not nominees and not independent. They answer to the people who fund their election campaign.

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Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere

Chad H.

Re: Control your media better.

>>>>>If I went to the police and complained that people kept walking into my house through the front door that had no locks on it or through the windows that had no glass in them and stealing things then I don't think they'd be too impressed. It is the duty of property owners to take all reasonable steps to secure their own property

But this does not change the fact that it still is theft, and still is a crime.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Chad H.

Re: Made me giggle, all this (pretend?) outrage

>>>>>You want the snark? Stay here. You want the glitzy super duper agile-developed responsive-designed website? Go to Ars Technica or somewhere else.

I want the snark, but I dont want the super duper designed website. Where do I go? not here it seems

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Chad H.

*Shrugs* I needed a reason to visit less anyway. Seems I have it now.

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Oh Gawd. Change it back, now, this is horrible.

Why on earth did El Reg get the Windows 8 Designer to redevelop the site? It was fine as it was.

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Virgin Media's ad fibs EXPOSED by bitter rival BT

Chad H.

The Black kettle calling the other Kettle black

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

Chad H.

>>>>>>Paramedics prioritise accidents by fuel type? Electric/hybrid first, diesel last?

I think that information is more for the Fire/Rescue teams.

My Stepfather is a Firefighter, and I remember when Hybrid cars were introduced, the manufacturers had to give them special training to disengage the batttery before going through to rescue the person - as the shifting of the vehicle in the rescue might result in the car just taking off.

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

Chad H.

Ah, that explans that then

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Drone in NEAR-MISS with passenger jet at Heathrow airport

Chad H.

And this is why we need licensing for drones, and drones only to be sold to licensed persons. Because when any moron can fly one, any moron WILL fly one.

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Re: CA and pilot infalibility

There was a section of Class E airspace between Glasgow and Edinburgh. A glider, well within his rights was flying through it VFR. Some airline pilot almost hit him, and tried to blame the glider pilot for not using ATC.

Not only did the CA apparently not know the rules of the air for where he was flying, but he fucked things up for other GA pilots as the CAA had to review the classfication in that area.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

Chad H.

Re: Not again!

>>>>>The article was written, edited and published in the US. Why write two words when one will do.

I see Reg reporters aren't paid by the word.

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Chad H.

Re: One name, two companies

They just license the trademark Credas, they have nothing else in common.

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UK national mobile roaming: A stupid idea that'll never work

Chad H.

Doesn't Work?

AAISP called. It works.

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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

Chad H.

Re: Ok

Stolen? or pawned at nearest pawn shop?

Pawn shops dont wanna get scroogled

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjQhYBKInwo

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Wikipedia won't stop BEGGING for cash - despite sitting on $60m

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

Chad H.

Re: So...

Everyone knows that the music industy died with the event of Music Radio, because, as the music industry informed us at the time, nobody would pay for music when they can stay home and listen to it for free.

Anyone who thus claims to be a professional musician or represent some "music industry" therefore must by definition be a fraudster as no such industry can logically still be in existience.

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Re: Makes sense

>>>>So, taxation on devices that have the potential to be used for copying is not charging twice?

Not only is it charging twice for stuff you bought, its charging the first time for stuff you didn't buy, and didn't want.

If there was a levy on blank media to pay for piracy, then morally there can be no objection should I choose to fill that media with pirated stuff - I already paid the premium for that, and so there can be no loss on the other side.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

Chad H.

Re: Abolish the NAO.

The NAO keeps the (other parts of) the executive to account be being able to publish these details that the DWP otherwise... wouldnt.

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