* Posts by steamnut

92 posts • joined 31 Jul 2015


Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP


Bye Bye

I was with them almost from the start with 32K USR modems (you can still hear those tones in your head cant you?) followed by iSDN, early ADSL, better and better ADSL standards and always reliable.The techies knew their stuff and the service was always the best around for me.

When FTTC was available here I was told they were not supporting it and I was offered a move to Vodafone but the deal was not good and no fixed IP address was offered either. There was no great feeling of them wanting to keep me so I guess they already knew that Vodafone was going to shutter it anytime soon. I moved to Zen and have not looked back since. It is a shame to lose one of the pioneer ISP's; they served me well. Bye Bye Demon.

UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo


Re: Is their hardware history better or worse than their software history?

But we did invent the Jet engine that the jump jet uses and then promptly gave the Americans the details for free. Oh, don't forget the magnetron (radar) and the digital computer; although we crushed the evidence and put all of details under top secret for a stupid length of time so the Americans commercialised them before us.

In fact, going back in history, more was achieved by private entrepreneurs and inventors (Cockroft, Mitchell, Watt, Bolton, Parsons, Brindley, Stephenson, Newcomen, Trevithick ) than by Governments. Maybe we should encourage more entrepreneurs with better tax breaks?

As for Gallileo, do we really need it anyway?

Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter


More cloud anyone?

U$oft would like us all to log in to virtual cloud-based machines in the future. It's all part of their drip drip subscription model (ditto Oracle, Adobe etc). But, just imagine the chaos that would (will) ensue when the machines they they have total responsibility for go tits up or are compromised.

Windows is clearly still a very flawed OS with U$oft trying to calm us with their regular patch updates. And yet the bugs still come.....

It's bad enough that Azure and Office365 (more like 360) go offline for long periods of time but who knows what the affects would be of total shutdown.

Thank goodness there are alternatives.

UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather


Putin are you reading this?

Well, if we cannot get a single aircraft to the UK today then getting the rest of the squadron will take until 2025 at this rate. I'm sure that Putin must know how vulnerable we are now......

When you read about how we did amazing things in WWII (Spitfires, bouncing bombs, radar, ships built at a rate of one a month...) you wonder where we went wrong as a nation.

And so it begins: Veritas lays off UK workers, R&D bods hit hardest


More boilerplate work

The statement beginning: "Veritas is moving into the next phase of its transformation...." is just pure boilerplate work with the usual use of words like "transitioning". The bottom line is they have lost the plot and are struggling to stay in business.

They also sponsor the Williams F1 team and that is cash they can no longer afford.

Are you SAP-py now?! ERP giant overhauls pricing model following indirect access drama


Is it really any better?

I don' t use SAP but have clients that do. They are generally nervous of missives or visits from SAP. Worse still, a lot of them wish they has not adopted SAP in the first place. Often SAP it is so embedded in their business that that cannot see any way out of it. Bet I guess that was SAP's intention in the first place.

I just read the pdf of the new licence "deal" and I fail to see where the transparency is coming from. it looks complicated and very convoluted. Maybe that is the idea....

This new SAAS world seems to be based on the bait and switch model, and is only interested in your monthly payment. And, the small print still basically says that you don't own anything and, if the software doesn't work, then tough.

What other industry would put up with this sort of contract?

Details of 600,000 foreign visitors to UK go up in smoke thanks to shonky border database


Blairs joke..

This morning I heard Tony Bliar on the radio extolling the virtues of what effectively was an ID card as a way of tracking immigration. It's the only real solution and lots of other countries have them. It's about time we had them here and sod the liberals.

And, if we started this year, it might be finished before I die.....

Crunch time: Maplin in talks to sell the business


It's done

Back in the day when RS and Farnell were strictly trade vendors we had Maplins and Cirkit or others like Criklewood and Watford for components. At the same time we had Laskeys and later Comet catering for Hif-Fi enthusiasts.

RS & Farnell, and their sibling CPC, will now sell online to anyone online or via the phone. Tandy went some time ago as did Laskeys and Comet. Maplins tried to cater for components and hifi and CCTV at the same time and didn't really do a job at anything.

With the growth in the Maker movement with 3D printing, Raspberry Pi's Arduinos etc, I think they missed a golden opportunity to move their business model. They could have even run maker workshops in their stores alongside their stock of suitable parts.

I have been getting an email a day from Maplin for the last two weeks which looks desperate. Sad to see them go though.

Cisco surges after pricing switches-plus-subscriptions just below old hardware prices


It's another rip-off in the making

Yes of course Cisco are changing their financial model at their customers expense. It's just that initially it doesn't look like it.

Ask the Cisco users if they feel ripped off when their third subscription payment is due which, I'm sure, will be inflation adjusted. What happens to the equipment if the subscription payment is late or stopped altogether? At least with the fully paid-up model everything continues to work.

The market for second-hand Cisco equipment will be interesting too if "subscriptions" are not transferable.

As usual the vendor will hold all of the cards.....

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners


What a waste.

Assuming this wonderful technology actually works and the Police find an illegal immigrant what happens next? Well, the person would be taken to a Police station and probably bailed until an immigration /extradition hearing and then they would disappear again.

So what's the point?

It may be unpopular but we should have instigated an ID card scheme. The ID card could be used Police checks, confirmation ID for banking and NHS treatment.

Sysadmin crashed computer recording data from active space probe


Not totally accurate?

If the computer was a 360 or 370 then the IBM actual 1403 printer could be taken away without doing much harm as it was connected to a 2821. control unit. The 2821 was used to connect a 1403 printer and the 2540 card reader/punch to IBM's byte multiplexer bus. If you removed the (bus & tag) cables from a 2821 without then re-terminating them than you caused all sorts of problems with any other devices on the same bus.

As a number of control units could be daisy chained on the same bus then what probably happened is he removed other devices from the bus as the chain was broken.

'WHAT THE F*CK IS GOING ON?' Linus Torvalds explodes at Intel spinning Spectre fix as a security feature


It's about time the industry gave Intel a big spanking.

Intel said "We take the feedback of industry partners seriously" - really? Since when did you listen to us?

I hope the class action suits from the corporate users will give you a lesson in humilty....

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet


Where are the lifetime guarantees?

Since Nest already have form in suddenly dropping a product (remember Revolv? $300 down the pan) then why would you purchase a whole house full of their stuff at all?

At least with ADT you always have a system that works; since they supply the kit they are unlikely to suddenly drop their own servers are they?

And, being cynical, will any break-in data be sold to insurance companies or replacement product suppliers? No system is 100% secure so, if you are hacked, will Nest compensate you if someone breaks into your house because they knew you were out? Nope didn't think so.

The whole IOT hype is just not stable enough to contemplate anything other than your own designed system (yes I am a control freak). Until there are open standards and inter-operability (very unlikely) then, after the hype dies down, there is always a chance that you will have a house full of landfill electronics.

Lets face it Apple, Nest, ring.com et al are all really after selling you a product that will tie you into their recurring revenue business model. Adding words like "customer experience" or "immersive" to an advert really disguises the fact that they only want your Direct Debit authority.

Merry Christmas to one and all. If you have not already done so, it is time to pull the help-desk phones and start drinking....

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit


what is a contract?

They said: "companies are entitled to change their Terms and Conditions and do so all the time.."

Well, I'm not sure that works in the EU. If you agree to the T&C's than surely their is an implied contract whereby you agreed to the T&C's in return for a device/service?

I thought that under EU law customers can enforce by filing a suit or arbitration case if they can show they were actually harmed by a breach of the term. Of course, the company can, in return, just cancel the service provision.

It seems that nothing is free and the lawyers always win either way.

I have bought a lot of Chinese cameras and they still seem to have FTP etc. Of course you can always use a RPi zero and camera and roll your own....


Re: A little OTT

If they cannot afford their AWS bill then I doubt that they have the resources to upgrade thousands on IP cameras. If you firewall the camera then that cannot happen anyway.

Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style


The are still used!

Yes, we still use lots of Epson dot matrix printers for one very god reason - we need three part delivery documents and, after the top two are removed, the last sheet is the audit trail. The Epson supports up to five parts I am told. Ink jet and laser printers cannot do multipart - seemples.

And yes we do use USB connectors as the Epson LX310 supports USB, serial and parallel interfaces.

I don't know why Windows makes driving them so difficult; under Linux they are almost too easy; but, as a sUSE user, I am a little biased I guess....

Happy New Year! Love, Microsoft: Price rises? Aw, you shouldn't have


This is just the start by the cloudy vendors

With the push to sell us services and storage in the cloud all of the big companies know it costs a lot of money to revert back to on-site delivery. So, it's just like a drug dealer operation - get them hooked and then you are on their payroll for life....

I wouldn't mind if, when their service fails, we get adequate compensation (read the very small print on this). Ditto the broadband providers.

If we are going to have a cloud connected world then we need a contract with a two way responsibility. We pay you each month for a service and you compensate us when you fail.

BoundHook: Microsoft downplays Windows systems exploit technique


We are just a revenue source

Be it Microsoft, Oracle, Intel, Dell, Cisco, AOL or other large corporates (you know who you are) we are now only viewed as a monthly revenue stream. We have no right of redress if things don't work out. If they leak our personal details tough; if the 365/ service fails tough.

It's about time we had an automatic contractual right to getting compensation when things go wrong with these companies. If our direct debits fail they cut us off real quick don't they?

I'm tired of hearing the boiler plate responses when things go wrong. "you call is important or we take your security seriously" no longer cut's it for me. They are abusing their size and treating us mere mortals as peasants. (rant over).

Ah, good ol' Windows update cycles... Wait, before anything else, check your hardware


WINTEL still lives

With AMD's new offerings showing that there is still life in the only alternative CPU supplier then surely there is a case for yet another Anti-Trust examination of Intel and Microsoft?

If Intel are baking-in special code to support Microsoft at the exclusion of others then how is this fair on AMD?

Thankfully, the world of Linux has more transparency but, of course, Intel has lost a lot of ground to ARM so Microsoft is it's only hope.

SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures


More transparency from IT companies?

This is a very interesting exercise in openness. Wouldn't it be refreshing if the likes of Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Intel and others (you know who you are) were as open with us about their failures? Sadly, they usually over-hype the good and cover up the bad until the volume of web traffic about the failures reaches their PR departments. Even then they are often dismissive.

Well done Elon and others for spending their Internet cash piles on serious endeavours. And I hope that the Americas cup is not won by Oracle again - he doesn't deserve it!

Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you


five-year-old silicon obsolete?

Are we going to accept that five-year-old silicon is obsolete? We cannot permit this to go unchallenged else the Wintel conspiracy will have to be factored into future IT budgets.

I install industrial systems that need to he 10 year lifespans. I had to dump XP some years ago after an Microsoft update did a post-install reset with no option to defer.

Now, Linux rules my waves and I am back in control but I still get calls from suppliers telling me that Win10 is the best way to go. Their "fear sell" usually follows the party line of "Linux has poor support, Windows is more secure etc etc" and, when I ask for written guarantees they usually just quote Microsoft documents and will never actually put their companies name to a legally binding document that I could use to sue them when the wheels fall off......

To be fair, some suppliers do offer Win10 embedded, but I already got burned there with stiff licence fees and very poor support unless you are a very large plc.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on 3,000 global sales staff


Re: Sinofsky will be remembered in history as the man who killed Micosoft

What about "developers developers developers developers " Ballmer?

His cash burn on Nokia would have covered these salaries for quite a while.

Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more


Another botched call by Intel

Intel had more than one chance to buy the king of the IOT - ARM. But they thought that they could do better by clinging to yet more derivatives of the quirky 80x86 chipsets. Ever since the 8008, those HL registers were going to be a problem....

Now, ARM is part of SoftBank Group it is too late. Intel might also have looked at Atmel at the very bottom end (Arduino territory) but they too are now in the clutches of a bigger company - Microchip.

And even the mighty Microsoft, part of that "Wintel" combination, is looking more closely at ARM processors than ever before.

As the PC market shrinks year on year, server farms the only big game in town. If AMD really do manage to deliver some powerful and lower cost server chips, and the likes of Dell and HP start buying them, then Intel will have to explain to it's shareholders where it went wrong.

Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS


The long-term cost no one talks about..

Despite Tony Blair getting lots of windfall and other tax income New Labour also used PFI to fund new builds of hospitals and schools. As a result, the NHS spends a lot of money on these PFI loans and also the exorbitant maintenance costs they are tied into.

Although it will hit the deficit I think paying off these PFI's will actually save money in the long run.

Consultancy titan EY to shift jobs to Indian outsourcer TCS



I'm amazed that EY didn't manage to blame BREXIT for this change, But, as the winners in this move will be India, and other EU countries are also losing out, then the EU overall is a loser in this move.

'Fat boy' flies: ISRO's heavy rocket fails to blow up


And the UK gives "aid" to this country.

I cannot understand why we still give India part of our foreign aid budget if they can afford to have their own space programme. Yes, some will say, there are parts of India that are poor; but there are parts of the UK that are poor too!

If India cannot afford to feed all of it's people then it should stop the space spending and divert the money..... It's all about choices.

Seminal game 'Colossal Cave Adventure' released onto GitLab


Re: Xyzzy

I thought is was plough? Was that before or after the plovers egg?

I tried a map but the mazes were a problem....

Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry


Re: If I had a Ford vehicle...

What a rubbish response.

If the people writing Windows really are professionals then shame on them! Also, "bugs never before seen" shows how naive you are.

Those of us that have ever written serious code (eg medical, nuclear, military) will know that, before any code is written, a test harness is created, discussed, tested, reviewed and signed off. If code the code is written well and passes the test harness then it should be ok out in "the wild". BUT, this process only works if the system design is sound and the test harness test cases are signed off.

The problem is that the whole Windows market is a mess. Apart from Microsoft, we have Adobe with it's flash mess, Oracle with Java, Even the anti-virus companies have borked Windows after declaring a good bit of code a virus.

Like a few others writing here I switched to Linux some time ago. Yes, I still have some Windows systems but these tend to be virtualised and isolated XP systems where the software vendors (eg Quickbooks) did not update their software for Win7.

When the media commentators tell us to upgrade our systems they don't realise the OS cost is not the problem - it's the time to re-install and re-test everything now that USoft stopped the previous upgrade paths.

Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes


self destruct feature?

Even though Intel are saying the the chip is "within limits", the life of an IC is shortened the longer it is operated at it's maximums.

What is worse here is the manifestation of a temperature "spike". The sudden temperature changes adds thermal stresses to the silicon. Computers are more reliable if they operate at a steady temperature. That is one of the reasons that some of us never switch our systems off.

Starting from cold is the most likely time for a fault to occur due to the large current inrushes into the un-clocked silicon. It seems that Intel are looking to increase sales by selling us kamikaze chips!

Thank goodness for AMD coming back into the arena.

NATO secures adoption of submerged drone data comms standard


VLF transmission

Submarines can transmit on VLF without totally resurfacing. They trail a long wire anchored to a "float". It's not very efficient but better than giving your position away as VLF is not easy to get a DF position on.

Smart meter firm EDMI asked UK for £7m to change a single component


What about rural?

I live in North Wales and my nearest neighbour is too far away to enable any form of mesh to work reliably. Add to that my house has thick granite walls that wifi and mobile phone signals struggle with.

In short, a smart meter is going to be a problem in my location unless they use some form of LTE and that assumes that the infrastructure will be added in our locality. My Vodafone signal is good but I still don't get 3G yet. I bet LTE is a pipe dream. And, if the smart meter needs to be modified again for this, then it's even more money. It would be cheaper to miss us out.

There are a lot of rural areas in the UK so it's not a Welsh thing. Add the lake district, Yorkshire moors, Cornwall all of these areas are going to be challenging for the smart meter system.

If all homes had broadband then wifi might be the way to go but, as the Sky engineer discovered in our property, sometimes you still need to use an Ethernet cable.

Ditching your call centre for an app? Be careful not to get SAP-slapped


Tied in forever

Once you have embedded SAP into your companies systems you just have to suck it up. Trying to replace SAP would cost the same at installing in the first place so users just don't do it - and SAP know that. Ditto Oracle and Microsoft. These already rich companies just want your money.....

Microsoft cans pay-as-you-go Azure for new MPSA licensees


The cloud is not always the answer

We have a slow and unreliable internet. Software companies seem to be determined that we all access their software "in the cloud" and using a PAYG model. Even Quickbooks no longer has a locally hosted version so we have not upgraded it.

This push to the cloud has pushed us to Linux. Here, we update the O/S on our terms with no hidden updates and all of our applications are locally hosted so, if the 'net fails, we keep on working. Most of our existing USoft systems are now virtualised under VirtualBox.

Even if we had a good Internet connection I doubt is we would go for cloudy services. I like to know where my data is!

Dotdot. Who's there? Yet another IoT app layer



This is more to do with the latest Bluetooth 5 release than anything else. I looked at Zigbee some years back; the stack was complicated and the library and tools costs were too high.

Now, Bluetooth 5 is faster, has more range, low power options, beacons, larger broadcast messages and peer to peer possibilities so it is cutting right into Zigbee's territory. With Bluetooth stacks part of Android, Windows and Linux without special drivers then it is a no brainer.

Yes, Zigbee does have star topology, multihop and meshing but, with longer range, there's nothing that Bluetooth 5 will not be able to do but for less capital and development costs...

Microsoft: We're hiking UK cloud prices 22%. Stop whining – it's the Brexit


Re: £

Well, lots of point here....

First check the current financial positions of Greece, Portugal, Spain and Italy. I think you will find that they are all very dire indeed. while Brexit (horrible word) is the biggest headline they have escaped scrutiny but their time is coming.

We also have Deutsche Bank which is creating a lot of problems for Merkle who is trying to make sure she is re-elected next year despite the immigrant (all can come..) backlash.

And, as for the "harmony" of the 27 remainers we have a small part of Belgium holding up a seven year in the making Canadian trade agreement.

I think we are better of being able to make out trade agreements where only the UK and the country concerned have to sign. Two signatures instead of 27 - it's a no--brainer.

Northern Ireland was created by the UK in 1921 to solve a problem started by Cromwell and we really ought to consider re-joining it with the rest of the country.

Scotland have never forgiven us for the clearances and we should have let me go years ago. At one time they though they would be rich due to the oil money, but they must be quietly glad this didn't leave us now.

All empires have their day and the EU has passed it's peak. And who would invest in an organisation that has never published an audited set of accounts and it run by elected and unaccountable people who cannot even decide which headquarters to use? Madness, total madness..

ZX Spectrum Vega+ will ship on time, developer claims amid doubts


Arer we surprised?

It you add up all of the signs then I think that this project is no in good shape. Talk is cheap and we have seen it before.

As a user/purchaser of early microcomputers (that's what we called them back then) including Dragon64, SWTPC 6800, MSI 6800, Acorn, TRS80 and NASCOM then the saga has very familiar pattern to it.

If the suppliers cannot hit volume for the Christmas market then, by Q1 2017, a lot potential customers will have lost interest. If they do manage some large scale production then we will be able to buy them at a discount by Q2 2017. I will wait until then....

British unis mull offshore EU campuses in post-Brexit vote panic


Say non to EU funding.

It's all very well for the French to take a negative attitude towards the British but where would they be now if we hadn't stepped up to the plate in both World Wars? Of course they could build another Maginot Line....

As for the Universities and their funding I can add some real experience of being involved in an EU backed project which is now in it's fourth year and counting....

First, don't be in a hurry, the overly detailed paperwork takes years.

Second, you are usually asked to match their funding; ie you don't get 100% of the money.

Third, the money comes with lots of unreasonable obligations and restrictions mostly geared to carbon footprint, cycling, walking and even live access to local transport timetables. The actual projects' aim is lost in the paperwork.

Fourth, they check everything (even counting the bike racks) that they have asked for before signing off the final funds and, again, this can take over a year.

And last but not least, they demand lots of EU signage to tell everyone that they put some of their/our money into it. Even the size and location of the EU signage gets a document!

My project should have been done and dusted in 18 months. After four years we are still not done.

The real beneficiaries of EU funding are those academics that keep creating new research projects as a way of avoiding ever getting a real job.

Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs


prove it!

MSN Messenger original? What, like IE, MSDOS or Windows? I doubt it.

The original MSN Messenger was really trying to catch-up with AOL's AIM network which was already established. Microsoft made MSN Messenger compatible with AOL in order to get quick market share. AOL tried to block it with some success.

Thank goodness for Linux and open source projects.

What next Microsoft - BSOD as a service? (for a fee of course.)

Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup


It may be better; or even worse.

As someone who generally designs and manufactures one or two items per contract, the whole CE regime has been a costly problem. The main reason is not the CE legislation in itself but the way UK civil servants gold plate them.

A good example of this is the WEEE directive. In the beginning it was costing me over £600 per year to register with a UK Producer company. In Europe, small companies registered directly with their Government agencies. After one of No 10's red-tape campaigns this was changed based on the weight on manufactured per year (at best 80Kg in my case).

The batteries directive was better from the start with a weight based qualification value. Someone seems to have been listening.

But, CE testing is a PITA as it favours larger manufacturers.

Here is a typical example: I design and manufacture a control box for a customer. I sell an item for £2,000 with, if I'm lucky, £1,000 profit. The test-lab cost of CE testing is upwards of £6,000. No profit in that scenario.

Add to that the requirement of keeping documentary evidence and traceability of all the parts that I use against the Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances ( RoHS ) legislation which now includes Conflict Minerals.

Now, if I made lots of these, and they were identical, then I could have one unit tested and then sell the others with CE marks on them. The CE testing costs can be amortised. That's what the TRV manufacturer is doing.

My units are all one-offs (sometimes three - whahey!) so I have to self-certify. That is, I say that I have designed and tested the equipment against the standards and they meet or exceed them. If someone challenges them then I could me asked to prove it. I have limited test equipment but nothing approaching that of a CE test house so my testing will always be "suspect".

Somewhere along the line we ought to have a lower limit like we do for WEEE and battery directives. I'm not asking for carte-blanch; I still think basic standards are necessary, but at least some wiggle room that allows me to modify my units on-site without initiating a new paper trail.

And finally, we pay (at least we do while we are in the EU), for all of the various directives to be created. Why, oh why, do I have to pay to download the directive pdfs? With so many directives in force, and changes and updates almost every year it adds up to a lot of money. The downloads are over €200 EACH and I probably need 10 of them for electronic goods. Again, this practice favours the larger companies.

In summary, I think we should keep the EU/CE standards; that does seem sensible. But, for small companies making low-volume products for UK consumption only (ie no export) then let's put some fairness into the system.

Reducing the the massive CE/EU overheads on small companies will allow them to grow into larger companies more quickly.

Big data busts crypto: 'Sweet32' captures collisions in old ciphers


I'm safe, I'm in the UK...

If 785 GB is required then I'm safe and they need to be very patient.

With a rural broadband connection it would take many weeks to get enough data from my link.

As I reboot all my systems routinely at midnight then I guess the connection would be broken anyway.

Vodafone: Dear customers. We're sorry we killed your Demon


Saw this coming and recently decamped to Zen

I was with demon since the dial-up days and they were the best ISP for sure for many years. I recommended them to SME's and, at one time had control of eight Demon accounts. Then it was part of Thus and eventually Vodafone. The support was moved to you-know-where and, for me, the writing was on the wall.

Apart from the email issues their service offerings have been strange recently. My rural ADSL was an 8Mbps package. As I only ever managed 4Mbps on a good day this was good for me. Then, I was offered FTTC. Demon did not have any plans to offer FTTC connections but I could move to Vodafone they said. A quick review of service providers and I moved to Zen. Now, even is rural North Wales, I get 15Mbps and no caps. I'm a happy bunny.

There was no attempt to keep me after 20 years at all. I think that Demon will be totally merged into Vodafone any time soon - this is the first step in my view.

Demon was a very good ISP; the service was reliable and their support guys knew their stuff. I fear that Vodafone support will never match it ("your call is important...). So far, what little support I have needed from Zen has been good - phew!

Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath


The votes here say a lot about the posters...

A lot of projects only existed because of EU funding rather than serious scientific objectives. It's right that we review where the money goes and for what reasons. Too many academics in these new so-called universities (aka polytechnics) really ought to get real jobs (if they can) rather than planning a career of consecutive grant funded projects.

I was a supplier to a recent project which was the recipient of EU funding. The amount of that funding that had little to do with the actual project was mind blowing. As part of a video wall in the reception area we had to have a screen dedicated to the local bus and rail timetables. It was all part of sustainability they said along with enough bike racks for 80% of the staff. Getting the local bus company to give us a data feed was a huge waste of time with management and techies. For almost every pound of grant money received, about 30p went on EU mandated items that no one really wanted or needed. Sheer madness.

A lot of department heads are using Brexit as a reason to prune budgets and ensure their own survival. It was time for a close look at funding and Brexit was a perfect trigger.

Brexit, schmexit: BT and Oracle join hands for a cloudy tryst


Be afraid, be very afraid.

BT abuses it size and has joined with another giant that does the same. Together BT and Oracle will represent the worst of what is bad about large corporations.

A BT connected Oracle cloud is not something I would ever contemplate joining.

Those Xbox Fitness vids you 'bought'? Look up the meaning of the word 'rent'


Contract Law and EULA's

For most things we buy we have legal rights. If I buy a dud car or TV then I rights. Even on-line purchases are now covered in the UK.

So, how can any company, even if it's 40+ page EULA says otherwise, actually change the EULA at all?

Contract law is not retrospective unless it can be proved that the contract contained clauses which were false or not realistic. Surely Micro$oft cannot just ignore UK contract and Consumer Protection laws?

Evernote riles freetards with two-device limit


Why are we surprised?

This was going to happen sooner or later and I'm surprised is has taken so long. I wonder if Microsoft will do something similar with the "free" Windows 10.

Vodafone hints at relocation from UK


Bye Bye Then

Although Vodafone does make profits in the UK, they do not pay their full share of tax so the actual loss is not great. Maybe they will enjoy the much harsher German or French tax regimes instead?

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams


I'm outta there

I needed a good excuse to can my linkedin account as all I seem to get is requests from folks in other countries that I never know.

With the possibility of Microsoft spamming me with Office365 / Azure / Win10 offers I'm closing my account right now. Done!

TeamViewer denies hack after PCs hijacked, PayPal accounts drained


Amazing coincidence

I just checked the TeamViewer website and there is a really strong denial on the home page and the company suggests that users should be careful with their passwords etc etc.

They must be using Tony Blair's PR company as the coincidence and timing of the attacks is just too great to bat back to it's users.

TeamvVewer now removed from all of my systems.....

Compatibility before purity: Microsoft tweaks .NET Core again


Dogs breakfast

So, rather than buy Sun with Java when they had the chance and not wanting to tackle the awkward-by-nature Oracle, Microsoft persist with this C#/.NET mess.

The libraries are already large and now they are going to get larger as the real world problems of cross platform compatibility dawns on them.

Clearly Microsoft sees Win10 as the end of the OS line and Linux has been deemed a better option despite their previous CEO slating it as the devil himself.

Meanwhile C#/.Net is a development money pit until they have their next "bright" idea.....

Salesforce slaps UK Enterprise customers with 40% price hike



WTF does this really mean? "In this new era, customer service reigns supreme, and your agents need shareable, omnichannel, 360-degree views of every single customer. Service Cloud Lightning empowers your agents to make your customers love you, and Field Service Lightning expands this power to your field service technicians."

Omnichannel 360-degree views? Do that mean you have access to all of the data?


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