* Posts by Gary

14 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Sep 2007

Downing Street on Phorm: 'Meh'

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Ah bless

Our (UK) government, such a lovely bunch, protectors of democracy and all that.......

UK IT should 'fire men first', says Kate Craig-Wood



She says that she wouldn't need to put this into place in her company as they are doing well, but surely she wouldn't need to anyway, or does she pay men more than women in her company and therefore support the old boys club herself??????

Would love to see her put such a policy in place.....Those filing a lawsuit please queue here....

They used 'em, you reeled: the year's most overused phrases


@Pete, @Tuna

You guysdo not appear to have used a netbook,I suggest you go out and buy one. In case you haven't heard they're cheap, small, agile! and loitering somewhere on the ouskirts of the cloud Web 2.0'ing it on El Reg....

Mine's the one with a EEE in the pocket

Seagate first with 1.5TB hard drives

Gates Halo

A few dictionary updates from MS...

should chew up 1.5TB in no time at all....


Flirty texting could land Scots in jail for 10 years

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Yet more nonsense...

to make up for the fact that the judicial system has no idea of the concept of common sense. It seems completely incapable of dealing with serious offences so it goes after easy targets and gives complete idiots the opportunity to clog up the courts with petty 'offences'.

Seriously it is about time us proles use the courts to go after the people who come up with these ideas and use it against them before they come knocking on our doors in the middle of the night

Asus Eee PC 901 to hit Blighty on 1 July



According to the well respected Apostrophe Protection Society, it should be ASUS's (not that they actually have this example on their site).

ASUS being a singular (as in there is only one company) proper noun and it being possesive of the eeePC. It matters not a jot that it ends in an S.

But if there was more than one ASUS.....stop it, stop it now...

T5 Transformers t-shirt bust: Shock snap


A petition

ok, who's up for it....?

We need a batch job of t-shirts printed with the slogan "Which one of you is the f**kwit that couldn't handle a picture of a toy robot with a gun" or more amusing words to that effect.

And then we just need every single person going into T5 to wear it...heck, I might even set up a stall outside....although I can hear the words 'controlled explosion' just now....

Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat

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@Peter Timon

Personally I thought it was part of democracy to be able to dress how you please, twat or not; let's face it, if that were the criteria for arrest then about 75% of the population would be behind bars...

However, if you're happy letting other people tell you how to dress then good for you, but let's hope someone doesn't decide that what you are wearing is worthy of arrest and restriction of your freedom of movement.

Bring on the book burning


Phew, that was a close one

Thank goodness we have these alert security types protecting us from potentially offensive t-shirts. I mean, it's fine in hindsight that this guy wasn't a threat, but who knows what could have happened if he had managed to board in that clothing.

I feel much safer knowing that our fine democratic government is planning on interning this type of maniac for a good 42 days or so to make our streets (and obviously Dusseldorf's streets as well) that much safer for us upstanding citizens. We obviouslyknow where this guys lives so I reckon we need to get the met round to his place sharpish to relieve him of his liberty right now before any other offensive clothing gets unleashed on an unsuspecting public.....

UK gov sets rules for hacker tool ban


Does this mean....

that any hacker found using XP as their OS will lead to Microsoft and Dixons being dragged up in front of the judge ????

Sounds like a sensible law to me ;-)

And while we're at it, how about prosecuting Dell, Lenovo for supplying the PCs and the Electricity companies for supplying power, without which none of these so called crimes could have been committed.....

Skills shortage: it's mind over matter


Have their cake and eat it

All the comments here are in my view very close to the mark.

Employers want skilled IT staff with a business perspective, but don't want to train them or pay them their worth. Time, quality, cost - pick any two, as the saying goes.

Tanuki's perspective highlights that middle management want everything from their IT people in order to cover failings elsewhere in the business. If you expect the IT person to understand the complexities of SOX, do you also expect the legal/compliance people to be able to write SOX compliant code ? No, didn't think so.

You need a business that can state its requirements (with help from IT) that can then be interpreted and implemented by an IT dept that has architects, system designers and coders, rather than an IT dept that is the scapegoat when the business can't elucidate its requirements properly and so decides to send all the jobs offshore so they can then use a commercial contract to hang their new supplier out to dry when it doesn't deliver what they thought it would.

No skill shortage, just management that are making excuses for their own failings

Steve McClaren secures 2007 Foot in Mouth award


An unknown unknown

The Rumsfeld(ism) is clear when you think about it, although I (cynically) expect that it was supposed to confuse.

Anyway, and example of an 'unknown unknown' - not possible because as soon as it is stated that we/you/I do not know it, it then becomes a 'known unknown'.... d'oh !!!

Ain't language a wonderful thing !!!

Mac OS X Leopard - Time Machine


Is it possible....

to ever have objective discussion about the merits (or not) of an operating system without it turning into a slanging match between Microsoft and Apple preachers???....no, don't think so, unfortunately.

I run Vista, and it does crash, and I am looking to get a Mac sometime in the near future - I expect that it will also crash on occasion - but hey, that's software for you - get over it.

BTW, my dad is bigger than your dad ;-)

Microsoft counters VMware insanity with optimistic frown


It doesn't come any simpler than this.....

This is yet another example of Microsft's abuse of its market position - if this one doesn't get held up in front of the competition commission then it is basically giving MS a license to take any competing technology, bundle a free and less robust version with its OS and kill the market.

I have no problem with MS having competing technologies as it should drive innovation, but this is yet again a blatant attempt to kill off the opposition by using its OS market share rather than having to go head to head - product against product.