* Posts by NeilPost

228 posts • joined 28 Jan 2014


We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD


Re: Single letter domains?

Get behind me in the queue and kiss mine :-)

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told



Fuck me, £1.2bn is an obscene amount of money to be spending on an organisation with <90K employees and what assess say 10K applicants a year and actually emplyoys a handful of thousand of them.

£100m would provide a satisfactory manually files solution employing several hundred people a year and leave £1.1bn lolly to be spent on more useful equipment.

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade


Great until it gets lost !!!


Simple Process Changes

What is also needed is a review of processes, as some are madness.

At my GP ‘surgery’ neither the doctor or nurses - that is fully qualified medical professionals - take blood samples and you have to book a separate appointment at the nearby hospital blood clinic with all it’s time and cost of parking.

Madness for 1min go take a blood sample they could send off in bulk for all patients needing it that day

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock


Agree with Jobs

I agree with Steve Jobs comment again.

What is needed to get back to market share growth is an iPhone SE/2 (remembering the Mac SE/2 from history too :-) )based on iPhone 8 innards at £400 with 64Gb entry level. Headphone socket optional on the shit-list.

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE


Re: Really?

Widespread in Corporate-land, with crummy Intranet sites, Remote Access tools (that should have been updated) and Sharepoint - where none work properly with Chrome, Firefox or Wdge.

Spending watchdog points finger at Capita for 1,300 shortfall in British Army rookies


Re: Low tech solution


Vitamin Water gets massive publicity for new flavor: Utter BS


As the story is UKnoeiginaring, if you peel the label in the bottle does it say Dasani water?? Coca-ola are probably still trying to shift stocks if it :-)


Re: amen brother.

Vitamin pills ........ sigh suffer from a bad diet??? Or some sort of medical issue???

Another market for suckers

25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security


Re: "no staff with security qualifications ..."

No qualifications does not mean no-one is doing anything. There will be lots going on from chaotic, to unstructured, to waste of time to great.

Anyone on here a ‘qualified’ parent???

... best call social services in if not :-)

BT to 'sunset' Apache CloudStack cloud, customer demand went AWOL



Good news - as a corporate customer, BT Cloud is a steaming huge turd .... all offshore supported by IPSoft, who have no documentation on setup, start every call from scratch. It’s also desperately unreliable... to a BT Shrug of shared services platform - you get what you pay for.

Incoming! Microsoft unleashes more fixes for Windows 10 October 2018 Update


Re: Maybe its time for Microsofties to study programming?

AasS: Agile as a Service

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine



Internet Explorer 12 anyone... is that next????

Another toothless wonder? Why the UK.gov's data ethics centre needs clout



Sigh.... is it in London again??? As every government tech initiative is is London.... feeding the London bubble.

Why not Carlisle, Perth, Bridgend etc

Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...


More to this story

In normal operation SQL Seevee should maintain a write lock on this dile. So there is more to this story that a simple file delete.... whoops.

UK.gov fishes for likes as it prepares to go solo on digital sales tax


Sleeps it simple stupid

Keep it simple - for this sort of activity, apply 25% VAT and not 20%.

BT: We're stocking warehouses with kit ahead of Brexit to avoid shortages


Re: stockpiling what?

Sorry dabs.com ...stupid autocorrect


Re: stockpiling what?

BT Shop (formerly the far better brand Dans.com as know of for ages) by’s Tons of stuff for

- consumer/dabs business

- business

- BT’s vast internal IT needs.


Re: import from America or else where?

Misconduct on a Public office offence??? ... or is that just for bent coppers and council officials??

Add Cameron, Osbourne, Hunt, May etc to the list.


TV Disposal/Joint Venture

I can only see in Patteraon’s wake BT Sport being depreciated in investment/value.

Solution- sell or Joont Venture BT Sport with Aoon to be Disney’s Fox Sports. and Murdoch will have some revenge on Comcast’s Sky Slurp.

The overlap of BSkyB’s sports portfolio with the Global Fox Sports is very significant and will only end in tears. That’s before you even talk about Liberty Media and F1 and other Sports they own.

... before Amazon Prime Sports and Netflix Sports lay waste to traditional linear broadcasters on the very near future.


Shareholders not happy

‘Shareholders are happy’ - who came up with that bull.

The BT shareprice has tumbled from a peak of £5 a share to the doldrums of between £2.00 and £2.50 this year over be last 24 months or so.

Let me be clear and repeat BT Shareholders are **NOT HAPPY**

iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag


U2 Dutch Tax dodgers


Just forgive the bands tax dodging.

Amazon is at this point a money-printing cloud machine with a grocery store in the parking lot


Never any mention of AWS when bleating about tax

Funny how there is never ever any mention of AWS when there is belly-aching about Amazon’s tax affairs globally.

This has sucked up an enormous amount of investment over the last decade in DC’s, hardware, comms and ecosystem development.

20 years ago Amazon punted books off a ropey internet site in a handful of countries. That’s it.


Re: They’re still the most shit

Yet much of Netflix runs on AWS.....

What can I say about this 5G elixir? Try it on steaks! Cleans nylons! It's made for the home! The office! On fruits!


Yawn... more vapourware

“It will make the internet-of-things a reality; it will fixed internet access for rural areas; it will create entire new markets; it will change literally everything that we do on a day-to-day basis.”

... same old snake oil they told us 4G was going to deliver.

VMware axes Fusion and Workstation US devs


Re: Will be interesting to see how this pans out

“The cost of everything, but the value of nothing”

Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something


Marketing Viagra

Sounds like someone in the marketing dept has cut some Viagra into their Coke, and blown their load.

What a load of old meaningless, soundbite claptrap bollocks.

MPs sceptical of plan for IT to save the day after UK quits customs union


Re: Easiest new system in history

Some side protection for fuel tanks would be welcomed, to stop the current spate of diesel spillages, and roads closed for 12 hours for emergency repairs.

Samsung topples Intel as semiconductor top dog, but lead 'literally built on sand'


Bogus data?

How come ‘Others’ at $175bn is almost the same value as the top 10 on the list added together.

The 10th player is Only $8bn, so the table looks a little bogus IMHO. At best there are 22 ‘niche’ Chip makers doing $8bn each which seems a bit implausible.

Any fact checking done on the story, or are you hiring #advancedcontentwriters from the Daily Mirror these days???

Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports


Price is £299 everywhere but Apple

"In fact, the SE is as much iPhone as any one needs – or needs to pay for. With a UK street price (for a refurbished, under warranty model) of a shade under £300, it's also the most affordable, offering an entry into the Apple ecosystem that makes the larger models look starkly gaudy."

The going rate for a brand new SIM Free 32Gb iPhone SE is £299, pretty much everywhere but Apple. That includes John Lewis with a 2 year warranty.

The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?


I think the very tight integration with Google Apps, Google Drive, 'Sign-in with Google' and the rest of the Ecosystem has enormously helped drive this.

I know Firefox can do this too, but it just works seamlessly in Chrome.


Re: 30 per cent faster

Stopping all the video ad's, content slurping analytics from Google, Google Ad's and all manner of other crap than needs rendered in real time is the shit that slows down your browser. You can see it all in the bottom left when it is building the page.... slowly and in bursts.

Thankfully Ad Block Plus has not been nuked by the Quantum Rewrite.

Openreach fibre plan for 10m premises coming 'before Christmas'


Many a negative anedcote of Virgin media's crummy installs would make even GPO Engineers of Yore chortle.


Re: Paying more

BT may be unionised, but the Union tail definitiely does not wag the dog.


Re: Paying more

You seem to be forgetting the capital cost, and running of the equipment/routers etc. Full fibre os more sophisticated than 2 tin cans and some string.

Also to ensure SLA, you need to contract and resource support. This costs too.

Everyone wants broadband for the price of a tin of beans.


How about Virgin media opening up their ducting/netowrk to competitors too.

Sauce for the goose.. n'all.


Re: Isn't Wifi/5G a viable and cheaper option

... and use Virgin Media's ducting too.

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks


Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

Everything else sucked though.... before you even get to the dearth of popular applications

Unloved Microsoft Edge is much improved – but will anyone use it?


Too much does not work - so why bother

Far far too much does not work - esp. Internal company intranet stuff - so why bother.

The world has moved on to Chrome and Firefox (through diminishhing in significance), and Safari on IOS mobile and Mac. For Internal Comany stuff - assuming it has not already broken Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 10 is becoming the new corporate desktop standard (after Windows 7 and IE10) for legacy stuff, and Chrone for Google G-Suite and the numerous othher companies plugged into this ecosystem.

Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't



I noted the weasel like language that the large iPhone X has 2 hours battery liofe betther than the small previous generation iPhone 7. That's not good.

A couple of mm extra for extra battery oomph, as alomost everyone cases it anyway.

Beats purchase was dumb - they should have bought Bose, B & W, Denon etc - that would have fiited in with their premium brand strategy.

SpaceX sneaks in X-37B space plane launch ahead of Hurricane Irma


N Korea

Maybe they should have landed it at Guam, after a low-level pass over Pyongyang ???

Stand up who HASN'T been hit in the Equifax mega-hack – whoa, whoa, sit down everyone



You must have missed last weeks announcement on UK Data Protection which despite the spin is a re-skinned UK GDPR. However as GDPR will be incorporated into UK law, that's not a surprise or anything to thhank Westminster for.

Youy can bet your ass it won;t stop GCHQ breaching your ECHR, which we are not leaving :-)

This cluster-fuck of a data breach might give thhe US some food for thought into perhaps adopting GDPR themselves.... but I expect not and a Presidential pardon for his Exec mates at Equifax.


Re: How many idiots does it take to compromise everyone's security; 143,000,000 and counting.

You don.t.............. as credit references agencies it's their business to slurp as much of it as they can get their grubbies on.



Jeez, why the fuck are these fuckwits holding un-tokenised card data. Have they not heard of fucking PCI/DSS.

Fine 'em, and fine their ass off with a punative fine - Say 25% of global revenue.

Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view


McSticks ??

I'm surprised Virgin know where Scotland is, it's all a bit rural/sticksy

New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones


Just like like Here (formerly Nokia Drive)....?

Virgin Media only adds another 127,000 homes to Project Lightning


Re: Dig some holes

Don;t forget digging holes bankrupted NTL Telewest, allowing VM to weasel out debt free into Richard Branson's arms.... destoying £bn's of shareholder value.

Highly unlikely Liberty Media are going to spend money on resuming the digging, when they have F1 to pay for,... wonder how long until they bin Sky's rights for F1 and make it VM exclusive.


So, what their fibre's don.t go to the proprety - shame on Ricgard Branson and Usain Bolt.for giving the impressions that their "Fibre" was all the way.

I guess their Copper to the property is a little better being co-ax than BT's twin pair.


Are they expanding thhe netowrk or not ??

I could not make head nor tail form this story, if they were expanding their network, or it was just new customers. to the existing infrastructure ???

Customer: "I live in a large village, not in the deep sticks but one quite close to a larger town. Can I get Virgin Media."

VM: "Guffaw, sorry we don't do out of town", it smells of cow poo don't you know.

Openreach pegs full fibre overhaul anywhere between £3bn and £6bn


Congested Internet, not slow Copper

To be honest, although I benefoit from full speed VDSL Infinity, my main issue with slow internet is

- Some old Wireless G devices

- Slow response from destination sites, often linked to aggregation and real-time rendering of pages linking disparate stuff from analytics companies, advertising, video's and other tracking data being scraped off my device back upstream

The speed of the Internet connection at a long term trend (according to my Sam Knows Whitebox) of 58MBit/s seems to be the least of my worries.

I don;t see FTTP making it any faster, other than for the wait.


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