* Posts by The Pi Man

32 posts • joined 8 Sep 2018

FBI warns of SIM-swap scams, IBM finds holes in visitor software, 13-year-old girl charged over JavaScript prank...

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Re: So the Japanese cops...

I doubt there are enough prison cells to hold everyone who did that!

Microsoft flings the Windows Calculator source at GitHub

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Port to iPad?

Can someone port it to IOS seeing as Apple refuse to put the same tools on an iPad that you get on iPhones?

Wanted: DVLA CTO. Must love cloud, open standards, agile – and retiring outdated kit

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I’ve been paying vehicle excise duty on line for years. The only difference now is you don’t get sent a piece of paper to stick in the window.

Fancy a .dev domain? They were $12,500 a pop from Google. Now, $1,000. Soon, $17.50. And you may want one

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Domain names are still a thing? I google stuff and click on the link that comes up....

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Any chance of finishing the 4G rollout before starting on this pointless nonsense?

UK.gov pens Carillion-proofing playbook: Let's run pilots of work before we outsource it, check firms' finances

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Input from the SMBs?

The procurement process is already skewed against small businesses. This skews it even further and yet again plays into the hands of the large incumbents who have better means to run a pilot - a pilot that's probably defined by them in the playbook to make the work unattractive to anyone but themselves.

No fax given: Blighty's health service bods told to ban snail mail, too

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Re: About time email was offered as an option

You realise that this common sense approach of “one size doesn’t fit everyone” will never catch on?

DXC Technology utters words 'hiring' and 'digital' 105 times in Q3 earnings car-crash

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Anytime I see a job role described as “exciting” it makes me cringe. Who are these clowns that write these job specs, do they really think the word “exciting” is going to attract better candidates? Fuckwits. Every single one of them.

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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It’s simple, if you don’t know whether it’s subject to copyright then assume that it is. Google sees it the other way and assumes that nothing is subject to copyright unless the copyright owner complains. Google wants everyone else to generate their content for them to reap the ad revenue. They are fast becoming parasites.

Thought Macbooks were expensive? Dell UK unveils the 7 meeeellion pound laptop

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

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Next time?

You’re all being very mean to Capita. I mean surely, maybe they’ll do a good job of something if we give them enough chances?

After all that! Ofcom proposes BT as only broadband universal services provider for whole of UK (except Hull)

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Re: So ....

This has been happening since forever. Massive housing estates that could have had cable installed when built had cheap copper only making BT / Open Reach the monopoly supplier.

Shocker: UK smart meter rollout is crap, late and £500m over budget

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Re: How are these supposed to save energy

This is Britain. You should be drinking warm beer, not that fancy lager.

Analogue radio is the tech that just won't die

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Have they fixed the pips on DAB yet? I reckon cars will be quite a big blocker on shutting down analogue transmissions. My 8 year old car doesn’t have DAB and I’ve no intention of getting rid of it any time soon. I do think that car manufacturers have missed a trick in offering upgrades, the aftermarket alternatives all look a bit crap.

Capita, Serco, Sopra Steria to write cheat-sheets for UK.gov in case they collapse

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Write quality documentation for a large number of complex systems in "a matter of weeks" ? Someone needs a reality check.

Slabs, huh, what are they are good for? Er, not quite absolutely nothing

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Didn’t get the memo.

I have 2 iPads, one upstairs, one downstairs that are effectively expensive Sonos controllers. I tend to use my laptop less and less these days as most of my computer useage is casual browsing, checking email etc... I still need a laptop for a lot of stuff, but not all the time. An iPad is just more convenient than waiting for an oldish laptop to crank into life. One is about 2 years old, the other about a year, neither need replacing anytime soon. It’s a bit like the article about phones the other day. There’s no innovation making upgrading worthwhile.

I’ve also had 2 Android tablets - both complete garbage.

Heart Internet stops beating, starts Monday with big portion of FAIL

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Re: SLA, anyone?

Sorry, but I don’t care how cheap they are. Paying less after an outage and expecting more isn’t going to work out long term. Less revenue equals fewer staff and lower quality of service. It will nor end well. I was with one of their resellers until about 6 months back, I’ve no idea if my new hosting company has good customer services as I’ve never needed to contact them. And that’s the way it should be.

Smartphone industry is in 'recession'! Could it be possible we have *gasp* reached 'peak tech'?

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Re: No value

I’ve just hit the update button on my iPhone. 12.1 introduces Group FaceTime, 70 new emoji.


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Re: Market saturated, no new must-have function, and prices are crazy

How do you continue to use the phone when the battery is gone? Hold the wireless charger to your head?

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Re: Bah!

Poor analogy! A car is somewhat more complex and useful than a phone.

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No value

I’d like a new iPhone to replace my 5s, but spending a thousand quid on one is simply bonkers. How about tech companies do something useful like improving battery life and giving punters a useable feature - albeit a feature phones always used to have anyway....

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Equally, I’ve previously wondered why Oracle didn’t buy Red Hat given they already use EL as the basis for their own spin of Linux?

Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

Apple don't want backwards compatibility - they want to sell you new stuff again and again.

It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m

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Re: £150m deal was signed with Microsoft to update systems to Windows 10


Ernie Ball has about 250 employees. NHS England has about 1.4 MILLION employees, and a PLETHORA of devices like medical scanners that the NHS CANNOT develop applications to control.

WebSphere and loathing in New York: IBM yanks buggy application server security fix from admins

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Re: Due to regression

Probably weren’t enough customers to test it for them?

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO

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How hard can it be?

Yet again I’m left asking why an organisation allows an employee to copy data to a USB stick. Do these places not have secure VPNs that enable staff to work remotely without having sensitive information copied outside the secure perimeter?

Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions

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Paraphrased, we know we signed up to the deal as a loss leader but we aren’t fleecing the customer with the non-contract additional work.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: SE gone - so am I :-(

Don’t give up, my 5s is just over 4 years old and works absolutely fine.

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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My eyes are bleeding!!!

I know you need to earn a living, but seeing the same nonsense advert in 5 places on the front page is a bit shit!

Apple in XS new sensation: Latest iPhone carries XS-sive price tag

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Re: What now?

The SE is an excellent phone - I still have a 5s, but a second gen SE with worthwhile upgrades is the only thing that will get me to part with cash. My 5s is nigh on perfect for my needs.

A flash of inspiration sees techie get dirty to fix hospital's woes

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Re: All that glitters ...

I used to work for a company that processed things like newspaper coupons, details keyed in by large banks of key to disc operators. The supervisor always bitched and moaned about the cleaners plugging the vacuums into the “clean sockets” that the data capture terminals were plugged into. She couldn’t grasp the concept that telling the cleaners which were the “clean sockets” was spectacularly unhelpful....

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