* Posts by NeilPost

604 posts • joined 28 Jan 2014


UK.gov splashes out on 40,000 new devices amid COVID-19-fuelled homeworking boom

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Re: Office 365

Depends why you buy, but I’d be certain they will have ‘Home Use Rights’ or be part of a Microsoft Home Use Program where you can get a full individual copy for £10/pop. When I was at BT we had this available.

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Enterprise McAfee Total Virus Defence.

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Re: 13,000 laptops

I hope they also gave them a mouse, keyboard, USB C HDMI adapter and external 27” screen.

Otherwise the HMRC bean counters won’t be able to differentiate between £10,000,000,000 and £100,000,000 in Excel modelling and basic adding shit up for money they are pumping out.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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I tend to agree. Smacks of trawling for information to make a case for suspicion, as opposed to having enough evidence to make a case for the CPS.

Waste of Police/CPS time and resources.

I’m assuming every Joe in the street can also refuse PIN , as their ‘crimes against society’ will have no overlap into anything that can have Terrorism label slapped on and won’t be obstructing an investigation like that. Otherwise... “caught speeding Sir, can we have your phone PIN. You seem to fit the profile for car cruising”.

Capita, Fujitsu and pals tuck into slices of £3bn London NHS framework

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Cloud ??

Why the duck do you need to pay any of this scum money for cloud services.

Microsoft/AWS/Google etc will do most of this at no or low cost and surely they already have framework procurement agreements with HMG. You know gCloud etc ??

Does a .com suffix make a trademark? The US Supreme Court will decide as Booking marks its legal spot

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Re: Actually seems reasonble

Apple Computer Inc

I can sell Window’s without threat from Microsoft.

I could sell Chicago Pizza’s - not Chicago Town - so no worries there.

Many companies have made up faux heritage - Frankie and Bennie’s for example or Reggae-Reggae Sauce infamously... both Trademarked.

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Re: Actually seems reasonble

... and it’s the Ford Motor Company.

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Re: Trademarking an address

The Planet Money podcast on Oreo’s competitor Hydrox cookies is a great example here.


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Re: Trademarking an address

Like much for sale at silly prices - not sold.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Re: It can go

“My youngsters are all up for wearing PPE but they are still the highest risk of catching it when they go back to school.”

“The highest risk of catching it”. seriously. Any compelling evidence for this?? ... bearing in mind youngsters suffer the least and will also be the least tested age demographic.

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Re: Well that's great confidence from GCHQ

Even when the ICO have hone in with their **** kicking boots on -British Airway’s and Marriot - they will now get a GDPR free pass due to CV19 belly-aching and appeal to Government leniency.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

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Re: Practice, don't preach

Is it not ‘Better Call Saul’???

Family meeting! Chocolate Factory makes its business-like video-chat service free to anyone with a Google account

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Re: The kids spotted this last week

... and there is numerous reporting and parental summary info available to.

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Re: Zoom?

Or BT Conferencing (BT MeetMe), RingCentral, or BlueJeans etc....

Tons out there.

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

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Re: Webex and Skype

Used Webex to get past the 45 min Zoom cap. It was pretty terrible and looked like it had barely evolved in 5+ years.

Normally use RingCentrzl ;based on Zoom conferencing engine), but lost access since being furloughed.

Tata Consultancy Services tells staff to go to their rooms and stay there, even after the pandemic passes

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Re: Home working paradigm shift

I think the long belly-ached about “low productivity out of the office/managing people remotely difficult ” corporate why you can’t work from home excuses have finally been hosed. Many people will work their 8 hours productively between7 and 10pm and get their shit down.

Office providers- and esp. people like WeWork - should be quaking one their boots. Who needs much more than a token head office now.

All you need is a home office setup - desk/table, mid-range laptop, decent (24” or greater second screen), headset, printer possibly and VOIP telephony/conferencing. The only slight fly in the ointment is broadband.

Automatic benefit too of saving the planet with reduced commuting/air travel and consequential CO2 and other emissions ... Greta will be ecstatic.

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis

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Re: Too bl**dy expensive now to upgrade every 2yrs

The iPhone SE/2 has just reset that for you.

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Re: At least

Exactly. A great time to double down and launch the iPhone SE/2 to keep the wheels turning. It will also sell very big into corporate against cheaper Android handsets that many have settled on when they can’t/won’t pay for a ‘full on’ Smartphone like an iPhone 11/Galaxy S20 etc for all but execs. Corporate cheese-Parer’swill love it. It’s a great value phone for kids too. I’d predict it to become the biggest selling iPhone ever.

LG, HTC, Sony, Nokia night as well not bother re-opening.

I can’t see past Apple, Samsung and the Chinese value manufacturers surviving.

Billionaires showered with wealth as experts say global economy set for long and deep recession

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Yes but borrowed money is real as opposed to printing it Germany pre-WW2 and Zimbabwe style.

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Not really - the old adage ‘“it’s easy to make money if you have money” comes to the fore here.

Billionaires - who unlike my fucking pension fund who got out to cash early with inside information from their government pals - will be hoovering up cheap stocks, oil futures and your property on ‘Homes under the Hammer’ to flip when your mortgage provider turfs you out as a CV19 bankrupt.

Donald Trump is a case study here in inherited wealth.

Second-wave dotcom Uber-investor Softbank forecasts gargantuan losses as world economy faces slump

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Re: Business models

Taxi’s, restricted licences/medallions plus Local/city councils as the supervising authority -

A huge vested interests Fucking cartel.

That’s initially why they are hated.... before you even get one.

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Don’t forget the Cash Burn on Eats.

That will be far higher than Self-driving in the global war against Just Eat and other other takeaway delivery companies- all burning money at an insane rate.

CV19 will be the final nail in the coffin of WeWork - who needs an expensive **shared** with other people office - just get a Ring Central/Zoom/WebEx account and stay at home now.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much

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Re: "#MeToo"

I’d like to think the UK legislation has a 6 month sunsetting on it. Otherwise (hi to El Reg cowboy’s) it will be like the US Homeland Security legislation after 9/11 still in effect 19 years (or so) laterz and no attempt to roll it back.

Kier Starmer ... we need you in vParliament holding these fuckers to account.... and when I say fuckers I especially mean Priti Patel.... our suspiciously ‘absent’ Home Secretary. Is she already holed up in the Government Bunker full of bog roll, pasta, eggs, milk, flour, yeast, choc chips and Tonic water??

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Re: "#MeToo"

It’s like much traffic advice and nonsense spouted when going between must not and should not. They still spout bollocks about the new motorway HADEC’a camera’s being ‘on all the time’ regardless of the managed motorway state - which tracks back to a vague police spokesman (ha in Derbyshire!) said some to a Derby paper. It’s unlawful for speed camera’s to be on all the time in a managed motorway except when the limit is in effect.

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Re: Wear face protection?

Or man Burka’s ??

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Re: Wear face protection?

Nah wild Tim ‘Brexit-tard’ Martin fucked them all off and told them to get a job in Tesco. Saves the admin in HR.


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Re: "Now they are your best friends? sigh..."

As El Reg is global, I’d expect advice - on anything - to be localised as appropriate.

I do agree on the shooting of Social Distancing Miscreants - though note it made little difference on 28 Week’s later. The fuckwits always sneak through....

It would have been be useful in Tesco (UK) this morning. A lady was reprimanding an ugly chav mother and similar fat child about social distancing in the aisles and not following the directional arrows around the shore and got a sharp “fuck off” in thanks.

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Re: petty power

CV-19 Flash-mob ??

Ransomware scumbags leak Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX documents after contractor refuses to pay

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GDPR isn’t making a difference... because the 2 high profile fines go BA and Marriott were deferred/put to appeal.

In the current economic catastrophe/climate, they will be watered down to nothing.

Without fines that hurt badly, GDPR will continue to be ignored. Perhaps some CEO jail-time is a happy medium in these trying times. That won’t put a burden on the companies. Willie Walsh - 12 months in the Scrubs.

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Is it not total negligence that these companies allowed this Contractor/Partner what seems casual access to commercially sensitive and perhaps classified military tech - and allows them to download it into their organisation.

I mean WTAF?!

Europe calls for single app to track coronavirus. Meanwhile America pretends it isn’t trying to build one at all

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Re: Given how long it took them to get Brexit finished...

The Brexit retards will love the idea of a pan-European track, trace, eliminate app. The UK will do their own by sheer bloody minded-ness so they won’t be rule takers.

Perhaps the Council of Europe could lead on this with it’s far wider spread of members and associate/partner countries outside Europe - esp. as we have not left ( and are not leaving) that organisation..

RAND report finds that, like fusion power and Half Life 3, quantum computing is still 15 years away

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“ RAND report finds that, like fusion power and Half Life 3, quantum computing is still 15 years away”

Do you want to add

- self driving cars

- usable self-checkouts

- usable CAPTCHA

- usable automated call handling

to that ‘15 year’ shit-list.

Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)

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Re: Wait a minute

Free under 1,000 API calls per second.

So you want to facilitate the hosting costs ???

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Re: HCaptcha absolutely sucks

Several of the many 2FA apps seem like a reasonable way out if this - even one with an anonymous Capcha style mode.

“CAPTCHAs (completely automated public Turing test to tell computers and humans apart)” .... Alan Turing will be spinning in his grave his legacy has been attached to this usability fail bag’o’shite.

From Amanda Holden to petrol-filled water guns: It has been a weird week for 5G

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Re: Who'd have thought

Michael ‘who needs experts’ Gove branding anything like Cell Tower burning as ‘’dangerous nonsense’ whilst having a fair bit of responsibility for Brexit - the irony is not lost on me.

Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK

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Surely the Anti-5G brigade will also be Anti-vaxers??

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

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Similar here with Screen Share in Ring Central Meetings.

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Re: Ironic

Uninstall it and put Anydesk on.

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Re: TeamViewer detection,

I ditched TeamViewer and it’s half-arsed installer that always force installs a 5 minute time limited free, give us some money version which is a huge pain in the ass to remove both ends.

AnyDesk is a much more pleasant solution.

Simple, and works.

Gods of cloud smiled on Chinese server makers in Q4, as mainframe punters chucked a big bone at IBM

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Re: Are these numbers right?

Raspberry PI Zero ??

UK government puts IR35 tax reforms on hold for a year in wake of coronavirus crisis

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So just continue as planned. It’s just a deferment.

HMG will have a £1tn black hole to fill after the CV19 Apocalypse is over. If it isn’t, no worrying about tax. See Into the Badlands on Amazon PV as a guide.

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Re: IR35. Aren't we forgetting something...

Another year to save up to pay fair dues.

I suppose the Contractors who have spaffed their money on a Porsche Macan instead of tax/NI and a holiday/sickness/PHI fund will have something to barter for food when the CV19 Zombie Apocalypse clicks up a level.

Data centres are warm and designed to move air very efficiently. Are they safe to visit during the pandemic?

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Bleach and Water... really

I can’t believe you mention cleaning rack-mounted keyboards/drawers and then go on go mention weak bleach solutions in water in the next breath.

More D’oh stories of blown kit.

Unless you have some desperately crummy old kit most stuff should be remote management to the bare tin and not need much KVM action.

US prez Donald Trump declares America closed to those flying in from Schengen zone over coronavirus woes

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You should worry then - Mike Pence is a sprightly 60.

Microsoft, Google, Slack, Zoom et al struggling to deal with a spike in remote tools thanks to coronavirus

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Elderly Presidents ???

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Re: Remote working

Working for the Netflix Generation.

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Re: Remote working hype cycle

Did you do any digging, blowing up, mercury extraction ??

Corporate VPN huffing and puffing while everyone works from home over COVID-19? You're not alone, admins

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Re: 100% cloud

You could always invest in a Work from Home setup of your own ?? Try and Claim it back on your Self-assessment or find it my with some WFH days from your fuel.

2 decent Samsung 27” 1080p screens and a monitor bracket will rush you only about £300. Rob a keyboard/mouse/laptop riser/printer etc from work.

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Re: 100% cloud

@ around £10-15 a month/user (to business) for All-You-Can Eat Calls, Texts & Data it so a great investment in a truly mobile workforce.

Capita hops on UK's years-late, billions-over-budget Emergency Services Network to keep legacy system alive

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Re: EE only?

Surely the real question is why the fuck can’t Motorola Solutions - which now own Airwave - run/integrate it ???

Despite the recent history, they are still a very large telecoms company.



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