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* Posts by IHateWearingATie

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IHateWearingATie
Devil

"And I don't think any of you are psychopaths."

You have read the comment threads that cover Linux and Apple, right?

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Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

IHateWearingATie
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I suspect you'll continue to feel the frosty responses while you continue to call them " Silicon Valley's idiot-tax operation".

Still, makes me laugh. Keep going :)

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The age of hard drives is over as Samsung cranks out consumer QLC SSDs

IHateWearingATie

Re: Ah, but

<Pedant>

"SSDs are now around the 16p/MB level (the 512MB drives are the sweet spot)"

Did you mean 512GB?

</Pedant>

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

IHateWearingATie
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Re: What next? Create their own Binary Flag (0/1) scheme?

Nailed it.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

IHateWearingATie

Re: To a point, Lord Copper...

"For the best discounts, wait for Amazon Prime Day, buy a licence, and add it to your existing subscription. It's fully cumulative, "

That's a cunning tip. Have an upvote :)

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Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

IHateWearingATie
FAIL

Massively disappointed....

…. that it took till half way down the comment thread for someone to pick up on the obvious electrons / photons error in the article.

And then doubly disappointed at the lack of sarcasm and general finger-pointing-and-laughing at the error further up when someone got confused about radio waves and photons.

Clearly the heat has addled commentards brains - buck up your ideas people!

(I have an excuse in that I was too busy to read the article till this morning)

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UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

IHateWearingATie

Re: One advantage of copper ...

Not sure about current designs, but previous ones included a battery in the box on the customer's wall to power a conventional telephone in the advent of a power cut. The problem is so few people (even those without mobiles) use conventional phones that can be powered by the copper telephone network, instead using cordless phones that die when the power dies.

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IHateWearingATie

Why has no one mentioned Virgin and the companies that have already hooked up premises to Fibre? While I applaud the idea of moving from copper to fibre for the final mile, how does that leave the network investment made by others? Will it be fair competition, or will the government and taxpayers' cash be used to snuff out BT's rivals?

If BT spend their own cash running fibre to a house that has a Virgin Media connection or from someone like City Fibre, then there are questions about fair competition with a monopoly provider, but it could be fine when you dig into the details.

If BT are given taxpayers' cash to connect a house to fibre that already has Virgin or something like City Fibre then that's a different deal. Broadband subsidies given out by BDUK previously specifically excluded houses that could already get 'superfast' broadband from a provider like Virgin or City Fibre. However, that would mean that there are a bunch (remember Virgin covers more than 50% of premises) of Virgin connected premises that will be without Fibre far beyond the deadline, and a bunch of places that have fibre but are hugely restricted in their choice of ISP.

No solutions at this point, but it certainly isn't as easy as it would seem.

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

IHateWearingATie
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And their old conference call system - confused me no end the first time I used it

"Enter your conference code and press square". WTF?

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

IHateWearingATie

My wife thinks this is more likely to have been secretly created by a few women as a way of getting cash from *really* stupid men

She's probably right.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

IHateWearingATie

Re: They're clearly copying Apple.

"actually, when was the last Apple product that couldn't be described as a concept you can already get elsewhere, but with an Apple logo on it?"

I thought that's Apple's explicit product development approach? See a segment, wait for others to make mistakes, pick so good ideas and make them work better, develop a better product, charge *a lot* more for it.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Re: Oh Come on

You're falling behind the times.

The correct question now is "Will it run Fortnite".

Do keep up :)

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

IHateWearingATie

Was told this story by a work colleague...

He was working in Germany for a telco and they were upgrading the redundant systems for a couple of data centres (electrics, hardware, software etc). The demo was set for the CIO to come and see it all working and properly test it by killing grid power supply to the data centre by throwing the breakers, simulating a power outage.

The day came, with great ceremony the breakers were pulled by him, grid power ceased and lo and behold everything worked as it needed to. Generators generated, UPSs hummed, servers shut down in a controlled and graceful manner. Seeing the success the CIO then said (in German of course), "Excellent, well done. Well, better get the power back then...." and threw the breakers back before anyone could stop him, missing several hours of carefully prepared procedure to move back to normal operation in a single swoop. The surge of current took out enough power hardware (generators, switches, UPS etc) that it was days and days before the data centre was back up and running.

Ooops.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

IHateWearingATie
Stop

Re: Undecimate?

Websters is a tool of the colonials who are corrupting the language and is not a valid reference point.

The only source that should be accepted is the unabridged Oxford English Dictionary.

Or whatever that lovely lady on Countdown says.

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HostingUK drops offline after losing Farmer vs Fibre competition

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Unknow physical paths

I worked at a corporate that had two separate paths out of the site that ended up at the same junction that was trashed by an idiot in a JCB. I suspect the network team learned the importance of tracing the physical as well as the logical paths that day.

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'Autopilot' Tesla crashed into our parked patrol car, say SoCal cops

IHateWearingATie
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Re: Hmm

'pedantic moments' are never minor on El Reg's comment boards. They are the sine qua non of a thread.

Have an upvote :)

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X marks the Notch, where smartmobe supercycles go to die

IHateWearingATie

<Pedant>

Also, it's not a Laffer curve, it's a plain old demand curve. The Laffer curve is so named as it shows attributes similar to a demand curve but specifically applies to tax and revenue.

</Pedant>

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Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

IHateWearingATie

Not that bothered

I was asked by someone if I was bothered about the Facebook data leak. I thought for a minute then answered truthfully 'No'. When I really considered it, I had always assumed that any data that I give Facebook (intentionally or unintentionally) is for sale to the highest bidder. This just confirmed it.

I'd be annoyed if my bank did this, but Facebook? Scorpion's gonna sting, its in their nature.

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UK surgeon suspects his PC was hacked to target Syrian hospital

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Did think this was unlikely when I read the story in the Telegraph (yes yes, I read the Torygraph - I go there for the Matt and Alex cartoons, honestly). From the article there would seem to be no evidence of a hack, just his suspicions that you can get 'co-ordinates' from a skype chat.

Probably a mix of triangulated cell phone, satellite imagery and maybe a snitch on the ground to help them properly target the operating theatre :(

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No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world's first 'blockchain election'

IHateWearingATie

Re: So what was blockchain used for?

"And the result is 100% guaranteed correct."

If by correct you mean 'tallied correctly' then yes. If by 'correct' you mean 'without any kind of fraud' then no, it can't do that. There are plenty of election exploits that blockchain isn't an answer for (see Tower Hamlets mayoral election as an example).

Blockchain is a cunning technology, but lets not pretend it can fix all election ills.

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Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google

IHateWearingATie

Re: Drank the Google Kool aid

"Google docs is more modern, it was designed bfrom the outset to be web based, office is a hybrid abomination, not very good at either."

From my direct experience, I would assume "more modern" on their spreadsheet app means "doesn't do the stuff I need it to"

Office can be a pain (particularly when Excel in its latest incarnation decides that I have been using it for too long and starts munching extra CPU cycles for no reason, necessitating all Excel windows being closed and opened again), but at least it has the functionality I need. Where was COUNTIFS for so long (a quick google tells me finally been added very recently)? Why is sorting such a pain in the arse?

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IHateWearingATie

Re: Drank the Google Kool aid

Id hate to be forced to use the g suite only. My wife is forced to at her work and regularly brings in her own laptop with O365 on it to get stuff done.

A client I worked for used the g-suite so I gave it a go (brave, given how much my wife moans about it). My experience:

Email - fine. I preferred outlook but that was only because I know it well, both had their plus and minus points.stuck with Google without issue really.

Spreadsheets - the Google version is severely limited. Quickly moved back to excel in my own laptop.

Word and PowerPoint equivalent - as spreadsheets. Terrible. Quickly moved back.

Files. It was fine so stuck with it. One drive generally sucks, so hard for Google to be worse!

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Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS

IHateWearingATie
Pint

Re: What?

Post of the day right there!!

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Most IT contractors want employment benefits if clobbered with IR35

IHateWearingATie
Trollface

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Commentards 0

Don't feed the troll!

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Deep in remote Oz, an antenna has 'heard' the oldest stars

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

Utter rubbish

It's clearly that microwave oven at the Big Bang Burger Bar doesn't have sufficient shielding.

(With apologies to Douglas Adams)

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

IHateWearingATie
Meh

Re: Does that mean...

The 7th downvote comes because there are 14 upvotes, and a part of me enjoys the symmetry of seeing 14 up and 7 down.

Now, nobody touch it and the balance will be maintained.....

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Icahn't get right Xerox Fuji merger spoils, cries activist investor Carl

IHateWearingATie

Just because he's a git, doesn't mean he's wrong

Complex financial shenanigans like this are rarely in the interest of the shareholders long term. Generally these types of moves are more about satisfying the career ambitions of the CEO, or a cunning plan to affect the short term stock price for options maturing.

I don't know the details of this one, and it could be a great idea, but I'd be shocked if it works out well in the long term

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New Sky thinking: Media giant makes dish-swerving move on Netflix territory

IHateWearingATie
FAIL

Re: I told you years ago ...

@Andy The Hat

Erm, no.

If that was the intention then the approach would have been very very different. I was involved at the start of this in early 2010 and can confirm that your conspiracy theory like thoughts are complete rubbish

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IHateWearingATie

Re: What??

Now TV has a very cut down range of channels and formats

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Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments

IHateWearingATie

Thought experiment

If you were a hiring manager and he applied for a job, would you take the risk of a similar hatchet job when he left?

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Mass limit proposed so boffins can tell when they've fingered a brown dwarf or a fat planet

IHateWearingATie

Units of Measure!!

Kilograms?

What happening to the accepted measure of mass on El Reg, the KiloJub

I demand an apology. And the article to be amended to a mass unit we can all appreciate.

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DXC execs: Here's another deadline for skills profiling

IHateWearingATie
Pint

What about ticking everything, or at least everything that you could bullshit your way through? Probably best leave out the ones that need proper skills for them get go (gas engineer for example), but my experience is that you can get away with most things for at least 6 months...

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

IHateWearingATie
Mushroom

SPLITTER!

Clearly VIM is the champion we should support in the war against the hated Emacs

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

IHateWearingATie

Maybe we dodged a bullet?

Given it's taken super-boffins to find this one and no one has yet reported exploits in the wild, have we dodged a bullet on this one?

Lots of fundamental development process rethinking required in the semi-conductor world required....

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You mean Google updated its smartwatch OS and nobody noticed?

IHateWearingATie
Unhappy

Same her - I'd love to buy new shiny shiny but nothing has tickled my fancy yet so the SmartWatch 3 continues on...

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Apple whispers how its face-fingering AI works

IHateWearingATie
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That is the best suggestion I've seen so far. We need to get this out as the next 'cool thing' as I'd love to see hipsters around Old Street waving a plastic 80s He-Man at an iPhone to unlock it

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

IHateWearingATie
WTF?

Re: Fake news

I suspect you missed the point of the post?

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Russia, America dig into tug-of-war over Bitcoin laundering suspect

IHateWearingATie

Life in prison in the US or a safe trip to Moscow followed by .... sneaky work laundering ill gotten gains for security officials more like!

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

IHateWearingATie

Re: Common English words with very different meanings.....

Telling an american about rugby can be a little fraught when describing a certain position in the front row as my Dad discovered talking to a stranger at DIsney World....

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

IHateWearingATie

Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

I wouldn't start with Unseen Academicals or Raising Steam, two of the last Discworld series as I'm not sure they are as good as the others. Felt like he was losing his bite, particularly in Raising Steam *ducks and runs for cover*

Hard to pick a favourite, but I would probably start with Guards Guards and then follow the Commader Vimes focused ones for a bit.

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Speaking in Tech: Comin' attcha live, raw and uncut from VMworld

IHateWearingATie
Unhappy

Found it difficult to hear part way in once the speaker in the hall then music started

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

IHateWearingATie
WTF?

Never worked at a company that would cover my normal lunch, no matter what I was doing or where I was. Restaurants with clients etc, but otherwise no.

Similarly for breakfast, unless I was in a hotel. Neither of these seem unfair.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

IHateWearingATie

This is why I refused the SH3

Moved house recently and had VM installed as it was a new build bloody miles from the nearest FTTC enabled cabinet. The engineer was reluctant but in the end let my keep my SH2 from my old place. Good thing too it looks like!

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

IHateWearingATie

Typing this on a Surface Book

Once they sorted out the drivers I've found it to be a great laptop. It's expensive, but IT dept pays so that isn't my problem!

I like the look of the Surface Pro (5) as well, but the Surface Book is more stable and I like the feel of a proper keyboard.

I had the choice of the Dell XPS instead, but the screen ratio wasn't right - the 3:2 of the Surface Book works much better for me.

If you went back to even 2014 I can't see that I would have believed that I would be happy with a Microsoft own brand laptop, but here we are!

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Virgin Media biz service goes TITSUP* across London

IHateWearingATie

Redundant fibre, same duct.

Client that I worked for previously thought they had redundant fibre connections going out different ends of their main site. Turns out both fibres ended up in the same duct somewhere which unfortunately was wrecked by a JCB.

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

IHateWearingATie
Gimp

You missed the REAL story...

Apple press office actually responded to your request for comment. Is there a thaw in relations?

(probably not if you keep calling them the Cupertino idiot tax operation)

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Blighty's Department for Culture, Media & Sport gets 'digital' rebrand

IHateWearingATie
Happy

Re: Keep it Simple

Health? Spending £50bn doesn't deserve its own department?

Education?

Welfare?

Agriculture and fisheries?

Just a few to mention that might be big enough for for their own department, and would still fit on the fingers of one hand for those MPs from Norfolk :)

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

IHateWearingATie

Nothing of course.

But I suspect the AC who posted this expects a service commensurate with the amount that was paid.

I.e. none!

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Murdoch's £11.7bn Sky takeover referred to competition regulator

IHateWearingATie

Re: Why not just say NO?

Its all about ensuring the right process is followed, or OFCOM will have legal challenges coming out of their ears.

Rule of law is still one of the things that we try and uphold.

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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

IHateWearingATie

My wife's work use the G Suite , but have so many exceptions (particularly in marketing where she works for Excel and Powerpoint - files going back and forward to agencies etc) that I do wonder if they are saving any money and would just be better off going for a 365 licence per user.

I was forced to use the G Suite working at a previous client - it was okay but not great. Couldn't go over to it permanently - you'd have to prise Excel from my cold dead fingers!

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