* Posts by PhillW

47 posts • joined 19 Jun 2014

NHS England digital boss in hot water over 'puff piece' written about her future employer


Do you have the same view about the fire service? "They sit around watching TV, and sleeping while on duty"

About the Police? "Just wander around the streets and sit in cars"

The Army? "Just play with guns all day"

You really are a prick of the first order.

Me? Happy to pay 100x what I take out of the NHS, the health of my fellow citizens means I can enjoy a fairly smooth and trouble free life.

Unsure why you can't log into Office 365? So is Microsoft


Sillycon Valley

I am so pinching that one

Memo to Microsoft: Windows 10 is broken, and the fixes can't wait


Re: Please Please

For astronomy purposes, can you set your working hours for windows update to during the night to prevent the updates interfering with your imaging?

Err.............. astronomy............. stars................. night


Entire Bing user-base

What, both them?

UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)


Not as pervy as running through the wheat fields though!

UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin


It is impossible to sack bad teachers.....

Oh dear, has the newsagent not delivered your Daily Heil yet and you have nothing to froth at this morning?

"It is impossible to sack bad teachers"

That is just a downright lie, there are proper procedures in place to sack teachers and plenty are.

"Generally any policy teachers oppose will be good for pupils, parents, taxpayers, everyone."

You mean like academisation and free schools?

"Converting schools into academies has cost the government £745 million since 2010-11. £81 million was spent on conversion in 2016-17 alone."

"According to the National Audit Office, the Government’s free school programme has run up a bill of billions of pounds due to staggering procurement and construction costs.

Originally allocated £450m in 2011 by the then Education Secretary Michael Gove, the spending watchdog warns that the programme will now cost £9.7bn by 2021 - with the Government facing a bill of £2.5bn just to purchase the land needed to build them.

Published today, the NAO’s school spending report revealed that £850m has already been spent on land acquisitions for free schools over the last five years, with officials paying “premium” prices in many cases due to a shortage of alternative sites.

On average, the Government had paid 19 percent more than official land valuations for new sites, with the four most expensive developments costing £120m to secure."

Back to reading Trump tweets with you........... SAD!!!


Underfunding is the biggest problem schools face

It is and the Govt response is to "ask the tech industry to help", as has been said earlier what that will mean is that the usual suspects will hoover up the cash....... c(r)apita.

That money will come from the DFE central budget, which will mean less dosh per pupil filtered down to schools.

I see the problem as:

Govt say "Raise standards" and instruct ofsted to kick the backside of any school that does not do it.

Senior leaders in schools brick it and pay consultants to tell them how to ensure ofsted will leave happy.

Consultants (it may even be singular, as all SLT I have had contact with seem to have all seen the same powerpoint) put in place a whole swathe of 'systems and procedures' that the SLT have no idea how to implement properly, but the just chuck time (and therefore money) at it anyway.

Teachers run around like blue arsed flies filling in forms, gathering data, testing and re-testing to show that the poor kids make progress every second of every day, with the threat of diciplinary action if they do not.

The kids are under pressure constantly, from primary school up, this results in more mental health problems.


And then on to Uni....

"The number of students dropping out with mental health problems has more than trebled in recent years, while the number of suicides among full-time students in England and Wales has jumped from 75 in 2007 to 134 in 2015."


Education is and should always be about more that raw exam figures, sadly, that is the sole driver these days.

Russia appears to be 'live testing' cyber attacks – Former UK spy boss Robert Hannigan


Re: More FUD

"I think that our AC above has no idea how much a yacht costs, or any idea how little a civil servant can earn even at the highest employment grades..."

Dunno what you are paid but £117k sound like a shed load from where I'm looking.

Might not buy a Yacht, but it will get you a cosy retirement and if you can top it up with after dinner speaking (Think George Osborne @£500k/year).

"April 2014 ASHE report gives median gross annual earnings of £22,044 for all employees and £27,195 for full-time employees."

"According to the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE), average gross annual earnings for full-time employees was £27,600 in 2015"


Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won


Another one on the blacklist

Ta Ta Aria, used to buy stuff from you............. now you are on the same list as Amazon,

What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA


Or just "unusually long assembly time" costing the US Govt $millions per year, forever..........

Microsoft patches patch for Meltdown bug patch: Windows 7, Server 2008 rushed an emergency fix


So how come, if it such an important update, that windows update is not picking it up? (as of 8:30 on 31st march)

Hansa down, this is cool: How Dutch cops snatched the wheel of dark web charabanc


Re: Credit where its due...


How much of a "drug problem" is booze? and that is taxed to feck.

First shots at South Korea could herald malware campaign of Olympic proportions


Re: "Malicious Microsoft Word document"?

errr..... the ability to sell a product based upon macros?

No Windows 10, no Office 2019, says Microsoft


Re: What's a

speak for yourself mate............. I'd poke anything!

.UK overseer Nominet abandons its own charitable foundation – and why this matters


Why do you have to pay people 800 grand to decide which good causes should get 3200grand

Jobs for the boys innit.

"In November 2015, the org raised its prices by 50 per cent citing vague "additional costs.""

"Director pay has increased a remarkable 14.5 per cent each year since 2002."

Why would you want some mucky 'charity' getting a slice of what he assumes is, by birthright, his?

Make me want to vote for Jeremy Corbyn......... I'd vote for Genghis Kahn if he stood on a ticket of bringing shysters like this to book!

Microsoft patches Windows to cool off Intel's Meltdown – wait, antivirus? Slow your roll


Re: Huge Baby Huge

If it is the Win 10 update, I checked its in excess of 900MB........ once upon a day that was about 3 O/S installs :-(

900MB for an update............ wft?

Tor blimey, guv'nor: Firefox to try on privacy tool's Canvas gloves to leave fewer fingerprints


Re: Back to 1994

To be honest, with the amount of crap flashing around the periphery of most web pages these days........ I'd almost look forward to 1994 style webpages, at least I'd get to read what I want without having to wait or scroll around all the time!

Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs


"Check your cameras, broadband gateways, NAS boxes for latest botnet malware"

OK, thanks for that.......... but there was not anything in the article that I could seethat told me HOW I go about this!

Should my AV pick it up? Does malwarebytes? Do I have to download and run some other checker? Thats what seems to be missing!

Anyone got a 'thing' I could do?

Boffins build laser satellite data link


Or........ make the outbound laser so powerful that all the solar cells are pumping out full power and that should power the laser for the return signal!



Re: I'm Curious

"Has anyone else seen this addressed?"

Try looking up the nitrogen cycle......... Its about GCSE level


Re: Har har

"You got something real to say, or did you just swing by to deliver your snap insult? "

I call you out as Trump under a pseud...........

When has Herr Trump had anything but one liners to say?

Chinese boffins: We're testing an 'impossible' EM Drive IN SPAAAACE


Re: Time for a change


New British flying robot killer death machines renamed 'Protector'


Re: ha!

how about shooting Farage out of one of them?

Could be followed by a bunker busting trump (fnar fnar) just to ensure the kill!

Accountant falls for sexy Nigerian email scammer, gives her £150k he cheated out of pal


Re: Scam if ever I saw one...

sorry, I read that one as... "i got a bug".... and I thought, bloody hell, you can catch clap from an app!

London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail


Re: Solution

"Vertical netting can be cut or flown over. Horizontal netting can be penetrated with a weighted spike under the payload."

Thats not going to get it into the cell, vid here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37152665

........... and I pity any unsuspecting bugger underneath!

Microbes that laugh at antibiotics: UK sinks £4.5m into China-Brit kill team


re: Where do you think the marketeers come from?

that's awfully disparaging to bacteria don't you think?

Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.


Re: MS is in decline, but Linux will never replace it

Mind coming back on and telling everyone who you work for, so that they can avoid you?

I do not work in IT and I installed Mint on my mums old Dell with Vista (I know, lets not go there, it was at best unusable), the ONLY problem I had was double tap on the trackpad did not work, 20 mins of searching found me a fix and now she has a perfectly usable laptop.


Multiple webcam access

"...to improve performance when a PC is running multiple applications that request access to the same webcam..."

So I assume one of those applications will be Redmond having a look round your office / front room to see what they can come and nick?

Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo


"Boffins' blur-busting face recognition can ID you with one bad photo

Scientists have found a way to accurately identify completely obscured faces using recognition systems trained on only a handful of well lit photos."

A bit contradictory, no?

"Accuracy sharply falls when imperfect training images are used. The team introduced black colour into the images dropping performance to 14.7 per cent

recognition accuracy of our system is 12× higher than chance level."


So, to surmise, still shit, but better than it used to be?

Revealed: How a weather forecast in 1967 stopped nuclear war


But, the question everyone want answering

would be..... could you still play Pokemon Go?

Crysis creeps: Our ransomware locks network drives and PCs. Bargain


"For me, they'd be the first against the wall when the revolution comes"

First, surely after bankers and estate agents............... methinks you are blowing this out of proportion!

Stop using USB sticks to move kids' data, auditor tells Education Dept


It is the cheaper option it times of austerity

Come on, it is far cheaper to leave a USB stick on the train with all of the data on it than an expensive laptop.

GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals


This is the new tax haven

Lets face it, in 2 years time this wad of cash will have been slurped up by tory donating 'consultants' who will spend it all on lavish get togethers (AKA networking meetings) in expensive london hotels.

Apple Fools: Times the House of Jobs went horribly awry

Paris Hilton

Re: Same here.

Which website are you putting the scans up on!!!!!

Blighty's nuclear deterrent will get a software upgrade amid cyber-war fears


Re: Air gapped ?

And a bloody long network cable!

UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim


He,y meter manufacturers.....

someone convince me otherwise:

"Oh we just put the ashing machine on"..... electricity use has just gone up.

I just went round and turned off all the lights the teenage lad left on ... our electricity use just went down.

Its dark I want to read - I NEED a light on ... our electricity use just went up

A couple of years ago we had solar panels fitted, now we look at the weather forecast and think "lets put the washing machine on at 11am and the dishwasher at 1pm 'cos its going to be sunny tomorrow"

We have CHOSEN to have a green electricity supplier, not 'cos they are the cheapest, but because that is what we WANT.

Since having solar fitted I have taken electricity meter readings every week, I know exactly what our energy usage is and why it has peaks and troughs.

Why the feck would I want to PAY to have a smart meter fitted?

It aint going to tell me anything I don't already know.

My reasoning is that the meter manufacturers have either got compromising photos of Rudd or a nice non exec directorship lined up for her.... end of.

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10


The next update on telemetry

After everyone realises that “Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service” is a data slurp and removes it, they will issue "Connected User Non-invasive Telemetry Service"

George Osborne fires starting gun on £20m coding comp wheeze


Re: My mates business needs more money ..

See year of code and Rohan Silva, who seemed to advise the government to spend money on code then set up a nice little venture to slurp most of it up.

This will be the same few dozen faces, they will give a challenge, then invite the 100 odd people who bother to take part down to some back room in a restaurant in London, bung them some sarnies and Vimto, hand a crap plastic trophy to one of the posher, camera friendly, ones and pocket £20 million.

Next week, back to Osborne with the fantastic idea of a Graphics coding compo and could he spare another 20 million.

Want your kids to learn coding? Train the darn teachers first


Tories inventing things

to get public financing that they can shove into their back pocket. beats working for a living.

"Year of Code was the brainchild of former No.10 Downing Street SpAd Rohan Silva, who now works for venture capitalist Saul Klein. "


Year of code, who's who:

Rohan Silva Chairman

Entrepreneur in Residence,

Index Ventures.

Saul Klein


Investor and Entrepreneur.

James Bilefield


Digital Entrepreneur,

Advisor & Investor.

For 'Advisor' read slurping up public money as fast as they can 'Advise' the Govt to release it.

These scum will bleed us dry and sod off to their luxury pads, telling us it was all OUR fault that there is no money left.

Flying Spaghetti Monster spotted off Angolan coast


First and last picture

of his noodliness?

This was BP, so expect 20,000 tonnes of crude to be tipped over the area soon :-(

Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to exploding Li-ion menace


going round corners?

Watch: FIRE-SPITTING time-lapse images of Sol showcase NASA's sun-gazing highs



Time to dig out that tab of acid I kept from the 80's and put this on continuous loop

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'


As per busycoder99:

If you make no profits, you pay no taxes. They will just shuffle money around so that Jeff Bozo does not need to pay tax...... so the rest of us buy him another luxury jet and get to 'tut, tut' over how much more austerity we have to endure........ Do any of you lot still buy from Amacon? I gave them up for xmas 3 years back, and I've not missed them in the slightest.

Watch: DARPA shows off first successful test of STEERABLE bullet


It's just not cricket...... oh hang on.......

Maplin Electronics sold for £85m to Rutland Partners


Not as expensive as...

Radio shack!

I used to have to shoplift from there just to complete a project!

Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign


Re: UK gov's Year of Code

Yip, look what they have achieved...... still a naff webshite, lots of 'advisors' and sod all happening anywhere.... except at their exclusive get togethers.

Still, who needs hospitals, schools, roads fixed, social care etc etc... this is the future.

I fully expect year of code 2 to be rolled out with a budget 10X as large.

Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

Big Brother

Here come the start of the tsunami

"Dark net 'used by tens of thousands of paedophiles'"


Zulus........ Thousands of them!!!!

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