* Posts by VulcanV5

378 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jan 2008


Internet backbone Cogent cuts Russia connectivity


Re: Would be best not to do this...

Why prevent talking? You evidently haven't any insight into the nature of the narcissistic psychopath that Putin truly is. He needs his voice to be heard, and hurts when it isn't. He needs his image to be seen, and it hurts him when it isn't. Once a narcissistic psychopathic KGB thug, always a narcissistic psychopathic KGB thug: denying Putin ANYTHING is an affront he feels deeply (or as deep as his shallow carapace can).

Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukrainian media


Re: The best way to eliminate an enemy is to make them a friend.

Here we go again. . .

Glib. Glib. Glib. Glib.

I look forward to you coming back on here with evidentiary support of your assertion that:

"Most of Ukraine is of Russian descent and Russian speaking".

Which works out at a minimum of 21,642,374 Russian speakers of Russian descent.

Which works out, almost precisely, with the script The Mad Putin would like a gullible West to believe.

Ever thought of fact checking and truth telling in regard to posting on here?


Re: Greenhouse madness

Not so much a gem as a shiny bit of conspiracy theory dross.

And vaguely familiar to those of us watching RT last Saturday, where the frequency of the appearances of a tame Chinese university 'academic' pressured by Beijing into lending his name and, er, status to anything that demonizes the USA and absolves Putin of all crimes was notable.

In his repeated 'news interview' with Russia Television, the Chinese prof opined that the USA had engineered the present situation by maneuvering Putin into a position where he had no option but to kill lots of people, thus triggering 'Western sanctions' aimed at crippling Russia's oil and gas industry.

America has "for many years" been wanting to sell its own oil and gas to Europe, but has been unable to compete on price because its own product is much more expensive (and there's also the additional cost of actually getting the stuff from the US into Europe.)

Having now maneuvered Putin into a position where Russia won't be able to supply oil and gas to Europe for much longer, the USA is poised to make countless $billions from its own exports.

America has knowingly done this at the cost of thousands of lives in Ukraine.

So: there y'are. That's the real truth about the Russian invasion. Putin didn't organise it; The White House did.

Or so says television channel RT (and the El Reg poster to whom I'm replying). Of course, as a source of amusement RT is still allowed to broadcast in the UK, albeit RT's counterpart, Russian State TV, is actually a lot less funny, pumping out to the nation hour upon hour of mini documentaries and alleged 'news bulletins' using actors and Russian TV crews (directors, cameramen, writers, sound recordists, etc) all of whom risk being 'disappeared' by Putin's former employer if they don't play along.

The Russian people-- unless they're young, smart and tech savvy -- have no option but to watch and believe the assorted fictions presented by Kremlin controlled media, so for millions of 'em the impact of the sanctions is going to be a fulfillment of everything they were ever told about the evil West and the demonic America. Not wishing to start World War III -- a conflict of which Putin, as insulated from reality by his own madness as much as Hitler was, has no fear -- the West has a weaponless armory. Only economic sanctions.

Folks unaware of what life and death in Russia is actually like are the ones appear to be reading much too much into the tale of the 20,000 Russian soldiers' data leak. In their innocence they think the leak will somehow make a difference, with the Russian military machine embarrassed to the point of disablement.

If I could but only fix 'em up with a flight to St Petersburg, where 'ordinary' (and noticeably young) Russians are organising repeated 'stop-the-war' protests, they'd see that a carefully aimed club or gun butt to smash the cheek or nose is the police (nowadays an extension of that military machine) response to anyone disagreeing with Putin. The police are not, er, embarrassed by anything even though the vast majority would likely very much prefer to pull a sickie on those days when anti-war protestors get together to speak out against the narcissistic psychopathic KGB thug running their country. However, the names, addresses and family members of all police employees are known to the domestic intelligence service. . . and when they ring an officer's mother and / or relatives, it ain't funny in the slightest.

There is no freedom to think or to speak in Russia under Putin. No freedom to live, either, for any who oppose him. Adolescent YouTube style 'dialogs' of the kind posted on here between a Russian soldier and his mother in a failed attempt at misplaced humor betray only immaturity, and a breathtaking ignorance of actual reality.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines


Have to say, I've never yet had a disastrous Windows 10 update. Fingers crossed, I won't suffer one in future. (It may have something to do with the fact that this home PC of mine was built in February 2013 and is still running perfectly well on Windows 7.)

I own that $4.5bn of digi-dosh so rewrite your blockchain and give it to me, Craig Wright tells Bitcoin SV devs


Interesting to see the home page self-description on Wright's website: "Eternal student and researcher. nChain Chief Scientist. Lawyer, banker, economist, pastor, coder, investor, mathematician, stats, and world-curious. My opinions are my own."

Omission of the fact that "I am supported and sustained by venal lawyers even more delusional than I am working on the promise of 15% commission of £4.5 billion (the equivalent, by my own calculations, of one tulip)" may be more significant than the revelation that Wright is a "pastor". (And perhaps past his sell-by date, too.)

No defence for outdated defenders as consumer AV nears RIP


The gfift that keeps on giving

Must be seven or eight years ago that my wife browsed Amazon UK and purchased Mawarebytes Pro or Premium (can't rmemeber the exact date or the exact name), She purchased it as a gifyt for me because she didn't think there was any such thing as a free lunch, that is, she had no faith in ANY "free"AV being up to stuff.

Not long after that discounted Amazon purchase, M\alwarebytes changed to the Adobe model of a recurring monthly subscription. However, it emailed me (as a registered user) to say that it would never bill me for any update or version change in future, seeing as how I had already purchased its product.

Malwarebytes has stuck to its promise. And I've never had any kind of infection on any Windows PC of mine over the years.Sheesh, I'm still on Windows 7.

* Just thought I'd provide an honourable mention for at least one anti malware specialist amidst the welter of justifiable criticism El Reg has levelled at scumbag outfits like Norton and McAfee.

Leaked footage shows British F-35B falling off HMS Queen Elizabeth and pilot's death-defying ejection


Re: Nice to hear that he survived ...

How do we know that the pilot was a 'he'?

Not that I'm making a gender point about women drivers, but. . .

Also: how do we know the pilot was made of indestructible material? And that there was only a 'probability' rather than an absolute certainty of demise if chewed up by the ship's giant propellers?

I suspect there's more to this episode and El Reg's reporting than we realise.

Locked up: UK's Labour Party data 'rendered inaccessible' on third-party systems after cyber attack


Total inability to support underdogs in politics . . .

Absolutely brill-i-ant!!!

Facebook sues scraper who sold 178 million phone numbers and user IDs


Re: Online shoe salesman?

Dreadful to think how many people have innocently given him their feet sizes and color preferences.

Never trust a Ukrainian bearing shoes is an old adage yet as true now as it never was.

Bonkers rocket launch sees craft slip sideways, barely climb and tear up terrain


Thanks to Flocke . . .

Thanks for the heads-up or heads-sideways re the Scott Manley video on YouTube. Unfortunately, the one chosen by El Reg makes little sense: some gigantic plane or other suddenly appearing in the middle of everything. If Astra or NASA or ASDA (?) whoever can't manage a coherent video recording, not much chance of managing something slightly more ambitious. . . like a successful launch.

NSO Group 'will no longer be responding to inquiries' about misuse of its software


There's no evidence the Pegasus People evcen have a PR department to shut down

Corporate image-making and image protection gets no more amateurish than this:

"In light of the recent planned and well-orchestrated media campaign lead by Forbidden Stories and pushed by special interest groups, and due to the complete disregard of the facts, NSO is announcing it will no longer be responding to media inquiries on this matter and it will not play along with the vicious and slanderous campaign."

Count up the number of times "and" appears in that text and you'll start wondering if this hysterical bilge was pumped out by the Communist Party of China or Russia, so over-the-top is it in its effort to appear justifiably outraged.

Professional PR departments exist to lie through their teeth, i.e., to be smiling whilst they speak in tones of sweet reason. The outburst from some amateur high up in NSO's management -- because an outburst it is, not a statement -- wasn't said through gritted teeth or even a smile, but with mouth wide open and foaming.

Pathetic. NSO now looks more guilty than ever it did before.

I no longer have a burning hatred for Jewish people, says Googler now suddenly no longer at Google


Sacked for being boring: yay!

It's a pity Google hadn't the guts to spell out to him the reasons why he was being let go.

All narcissists are tedious, and super-narcissists, super-so. The guy was too immature to occupy any senior position in any kind of business.

Being rid of his schoolyard attention-seeking hopefully sends out a message that just because you're self-obsessed, that doesn't mean the rest of the freakin' world has to have even the slightest interest in anything you might think or say.

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language


Re: "faucet"

Until encountering this enlightening thread, I hadn't realized how insulting is 'stopcock'. Most often when we need to call in a plumber he tells my wife to stop the cock, presumably because he's filled with envy and not a little malice.. His question is posed in such a way as to humiliate me -- do you know where your cock-that-needs-stopping actually is -- the possessive in this case attributed to her, never to me.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children


TUI arrogant indifference

@Foxglove: "TUI failing to respond to the specific question El Reg asked about where the system programming is interesting, I think I'll ask them that question myself and see if I get a response"

Don't hold your breath. TUI is a German-owned tour company which bought out Thomson Holidays some years ago and continues to uphold the previously long established Thomson tradition of poor service, arrogant management and indifference to customer complaints.

That it should in the face of this situation glibly issue a Press Release saying how much it values the safety of its customers and staff says all there is to say about corporate mendacity, as well as TUI's belief that it can get away forever and a day insulting folks' intelligence with nonsensical corporate PR bilge-speak.

(Which it probably can, given that the overwhelming majority of its customers are unlikely to even know about this load issue, or understand it, or ever get together to boycott the business.)

We can't avoid it any longer. Here's a story about the NFT mania... aka someone bought a JPEG for $69m in Ether


You like potato and I like potatoe,

You like tomato and I like tomatoe;

Potato, potatoe, tomato, tomatoe!

You say eitherium and I say bollocks

You say either and I say nyther;

Eitherium, eyether, neither, nyther,

Let's call the whole NFT thing off!

Amazing, how far-sighted the Gershwins were back in 1937.


Re: Levels of understanding

"Seems a pity that folks with so much to waste couldn't find something [a] more useful and [b] more interesting than a collage of stuff already dumped to Instagram to lose it on."

The "folks" -- in this instance -- have a vested interest in getting this kind of lunacy embraced by others.

This was not a simple case of a simple (but preposterously wealthy) moron wasting his/her money. Have a look at Christie's sale announcement.

SolarWinds just keeps getting worse: New strain of backdoor malware found in probe


Re: "Investors should be wary of social media endorsements of investment opportunities"

I've got a used rocket to sell you.


Survival of the fittest

Proof that evolution is not a smooth unstoppable process of ever-increasing refinement has been with us for centuries.

Even so, it's still a surprise to be reminded of the sheer scale of homo sapiens' forking:

""The defendants allegedly used McAfee's Twitter account to publish messages to hundreds of thousands of his Twitter followers touting various cryptocurrencies through false and misleading statements to conceal their true, self-interested motives," Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said.

McAfee actually had hundreds of thousands (!) of Twitter followers? Ye gods, a longtime certifiable fruitcake like McAfee should only have had two followers at most, both in white coats and one of them armed with a ready supply of sedatives.

Thus do the numb dumb primates of Homo Idiota go on their not so merry way to oblivion. Quite why homo sapiens should care a jot about them, or do anything to delay their inevitable extinction, is beyond me.

Seagate UK customer stung by VAT on replacement drive shipped via the Netherlands


Re: Should not have Netherlands VAT ...

June 23rd 2016 is, by now, a long time ago, yet your life seems to have stopped the morning after.

I'll happily pay VAT and any other charges arising from the electorate's overwhelming vote in favour of Brexit if such payments continue to remind you of the bitterness you felt when realizing that you, in all your innate brilliance, had been out-manoeuvred by all those lesser mortals / 'morons'.

Nurserycam horror show: 'Secure' daycare video monitoring product beamed DVR admin creds to all users


Actually Herman, it's 24 now.


@iron: gosh, I never thought I'd find myself typing this:

Remember Mumsnet!


Oh dear Elizabeth

What is it about females in corporate boardrooms that they think they can be more persuasively mendacious than male equivalents? As in this case, with the claim by Elizabeth of 'legacy non-functional codes to distract hackers'.

* An Apology:

Not 'Elizabeth', but Melissa.

Don't know how I could've got that muddled up.

LastPass to limit fans of free password manager to one device type only – computer or mobile – from next month


Sticking to the truth . . .

Of course, he could've said:

"We're not a charity but a business. We employ people and contribute to local regional and national economies, so really, we're good guys. Yes, yes, I know we're also Very Stupid Guys, too, to have paid more than we should've done for LastPass -- wowee, $4.3 billion, but hey, private equity firms exist on the basis of making lousy judgments and hoping to profit long-term from exponential growth and exponential profits. That such ain' t happening where we are is hardly our fault.. $4.3 beeellion has gone down the tube with nothing to show for it. So, c'mon peeps, time to open your wallets: pay us a ridiculous amount per month or that's it, we'll bugger up your life."

To which the response could / should be: 'Hey Dan. All this crap about 'adapting offerings to keep up with an ever evolving digital world' but absolutely no mention of pricing and exorbitant monthly fees? Well, there's an outfit called Sticky Password which works pretty well, and every few months or so runs a special offer for lifetime subscriptions that's far greater value for money than LastPass with its grubby monthly charges. Just thought you might like to know."

Someone tried to poison a Florida city by hijacking its water treatment plant via TeamViewer, says sheriff


Getting tired of hearing about 'bad actors'. "Why not call the scumbags, scumbags??

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks


Re: Google

@ gobaskof "This egg metaphor went to (sic) far. Sorry."

No need to apologise. You can never have enough egg metaphors.

I well remember James Thurber returning from his first visit to Spain and complaining about the traffic jams at a particular road junction outside Bilbao.

"Too many Basques in one exit," he opined.

Microsoft backs Australia’s pay-for-news plan, risks massive blowback over a lousy $3bn and change


As his track record shows, Nadella's motives are anything but cynical

Compulsory installation of Microsoft's Windows 10 via a large-scale con trick was a hallmark of Nadella's rein and his belief that ethics is an English county somewhere near London.

In much the same way that the inhabitants of a hen-house need to be careful of the fox at the door, so too do Australia's politicos and citizenry need to be wary of the seemingly amiable and supportive Microsoft.

Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas



A Trump supporter even managing to find its way here for the unique experience of associating with folks actually possessed of functioning brain cells. .

As to the glaringly obvious answers to two of the difficult-to-comprehend questions you asked:

YES. Biden (like) is the winner of the 2020 USA Presidential election.

And YES again: Biden is the most popular candidate in the entire history of those elections: (Biden, votes cast for: 81,283,098; Trump votes cast for: 74,222,958)

How generous you are to remind everyone of the scale of Joe Biden's achievement.

Theranos destroyed crucial subpoenaed SQL blood test database, can't unlock backups, prosecutors say


Holmes is so thoroughly in the mould of the orange-hued Fat Fantasist soon to be evicted from The White House I'm surprised she hasn't gone into US politics.

Facebook appeals ruling that it stole tech. So, Italian judge issues new judgment: Pay 10 times the original fine


Will Clegg leg it?

Surely, that pillar of British integrity -- Nick Clegg, a former Deputy Prime Minister -- who was seemingly misled into going on Zuckerberg's payroll will now realise he was hoodwinked and hand in his resignation?

SolarWinds’ shares drop 22 per cent. But what’s this? $286m in stock sales just before hack announced?


Re: Status Quo

Ther are "Also"??? C'mon. The main reason for investments in crap movies, stuff liker Uber, and just about any other VC-favorited subject is to launder money. $billions of it gets washed and ironed every day. Trouble is, as with film production, one day it's going to strangle the life out of that which maintains its existence.

Biden projected to be the next US President, Microsoft joins rest of world in telling Trump: It looks like... you're fired


History repeats itself

Thus does history repeat itself:

A psychotic dictator ends his days of power in a bunker.


Long may Trump continue. . .

. . . in a state of agonizing torture, aware every second of every minute of every waking hour that he is A LOSER. That he LOST.

Hence why he rages against the pain of that by denying it. 'Course, the instant he stops denying it the worse the pain will be -- and he knows that, too. LOSER Trump. LOSER LOSER LOSER. When he closes his eyes the word is still there, burning in his inner vision, a private hell for one whose faux evangelicalism still couldn't save him.

I hope he continues to writhe and struggle and protest all the way to January 20th, after which date he can be cuffed, thrown out the White House, and made to face the various criminal charges that have stacked up against him during his four years of playing God and playing golf. In some ways the prospect of those charges torture him as much as the outcome of the election; having gone through life insulated from the consequences of his incompetence and venality, now the time of reckoning approaches.

Whether America will become a better place now that the Trumpian White House is no more is a moot point. The world, however, certainly feels a lot better without the grotesque slimeball in presidential office.

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US


React in Haste, repent at, er, um, well . . .

No sympathy. He doesn't even know if Trump is going to be re-elected or not. . . and yet he's adamant he'll commit suicide if he has to go to to the USA.

Me, I'm less than happy at the thought of having to go anywhere near America whilst the Fat Man is in The White House, but I am least prepared to wait until after November 2nd to decide whether my distaste for the place is sufficient enough for me to cash in my chips now.

The guy needs to give Democracy a chance: Pervs' Lives Matter!!

We bought a knockoff Lego launchpad kit from China for our Saturn V rocket so you don't have to


Disappointingly, no sign of the Atlantic Ocean.

Otherwise: 11/10 for enterprise (without upper case 'e').

Elizabeth Holmes' plan to avoid her Theranos fraud trial worked out about as well as her useless blood-testing machines


Re: Zuckerberg

I'd recommend you read the excellent non-fiction book about Holmes and Theranos, from which it's clear that Holmes liked to imagine herself as a female Steve Jobs, to the extent that she delilberately copied his penchant for black sweaters and jeans, but was unable in the slightest way to emulate his achievements. She was a woman living a secondhand existence right up until the time the real woman was exposed. Or rather, the real thing that Holmes actually was /is.


Re: I like her

Seriously, you still like her? Even after she's dumped you and gone and married someone else??


"By the time she realised she was way over her head" iimplies there was something just a little unfortunate about the Theranos fraud. That all was well until the day when Holmes suddenly realised the fraud was now exposed for all to see and pretty much simultaneously, ended.

That's not an example of an honest decent human being for whom everything was going swimmingly well until a malevolent combination of time and circumstance dragged her under.

Holmes knew she was "in over her head" with the first lie she uttered and the first false promise she made; it wasn't an awareness that suddenly dawned at the hundredth lie or the thousandth breach of trust. As to trying to wish (and lie) her way out the mess, nonsense; she tried by any means possible to intimidate anyone she considered a threat to her status and her ill-gotten gains. As a gutless thug, Holmes was and so remains in a class of her own.


Why Rupert Murdoch isn't all bad. . .

Having suckered Murdoch into making a substantial investment (around $1 million, I think) she was in no doubt that in his role of proprietor, The Wall Street Journal, he would immediately obey her request to shut down the paper's investigation into her activities. Rupert made it plain he wasn't going to do any such thing, and thereafter Holmes was on her way to hell in a handcart. Hopefully that's where she'll stay.


It's sometimes the case that simple definitions fail to sum up that which they're describing.

Not where Holmes is concerned, however.

Scum of the earth fits nicely.

Mark Zuckerberg, 36, decides that having people on his website deny the deaths of six million Jews is a bad thing


Re: Does this also mean...

Zuckerberg will rid now himself of that international embodiment of honesty and integrity, Britain's former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg? After all,it's likely that Clegg played a key role in getting the moronic Mark to change what passes for a mind about the Holocaust. I'm sure Clegg will modestly confirm that in due course.

Dido 'Queen of Carnage' Harding to lead UK's Institute for Health Protection because Test and Trace went so well


The Truth about Dido Harding

I am getting seriously tired of all the criticism of Baroness Harding, and especially the utterly unfounded criticism that she knows nothing about healthcare and, at this time of a global pandemic, is as much use as a chocolate ashtray.

Truth is, Harding studied PPE at Oxford alongside that other NHS loyalist, David Cameron.

With so strong background, it was absolutely right that Hancock, floundering desperately as he was about the lack of PPE in the NHS, recruited her (at Johnson's bidding) to demonstrate that here, at least, the Government knew what it was doing.

Bravo Dido, is wot I say. If more people had been as expert in PPE as she was, none of this pandemic would've happened. Well, certainly not in Wigan where I am.

IBM manager had to make one person redundant from choice of two, still bungled it and got firm done for unfair dismissal


Yet another example of how morons in white collars get to indulge their schoolyard thuggishness with 'macho' management. Bradbury sounds exactly like the kind of individual you'd not alert to the imminent arrival of a 10-wheeler truck.

Brexit travel permits designed to avoid 7,000-lorry jams come January depend on software that won't be finished till April


Tst tst, language

Why don't you get the truck out of here??

Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns


Like finding like

Interesting to see something as grubby and sleazy as Boeing finding a ready customer in Ryanair for its loathsome Max.

Will survival of a Ryanair flight aboard a Boeing Max be an optional extra which Michael O'Leary can now charge for?

Video encoders using Huawei chips have backdoors and bad bugs – and Chinese giant says it's not to blame


Re: Monumental Stupidity Always Costs and Pays an Exorbitant Price

QUOTE: "So, the stupid West abuses and uses and misuses China, treating it as if it were their ignorant cheap slave, and what exactly is the responsibility you suggest they embrace and maybe even be held accountable for, rcxb, further intimating that they be presently negligent in that particular and peculiar regard?

Are you expecting the assumed slave to be extraordinarily favourably accommodating of the arrogant presumptive slavemaster?"

Last time I saw a post as verbose in its declared outrage as that, it was from a Chinese troll farm.

As to using and abusing China: there is no 'China' as you would like to (mis)represent it. There is instead only the Chinese Communist Party, a viciously corrupt self-serving self-perpetuating elite which like every other Communist party that there has ever been, will say anything and do anything to dominate the world with its belief system.

So far, its greatest success has been to get "the stupid West" to talk of China without once mentioning those who run the place. As in your post.

Huawei set to exit server, storage, networking business in the UK


Nice people, disgusting government

All the Chinese people I've ever met, or ever known, are few in number. But each of them I found to be pleasant, civilised, and good humoured. That's not a description in any way applicable to the Chinese Communist Party, the self-serving self-perpetuating clique which dominates China to the extent that it IS China.

The sooner, then, the better that the West stops relying on cheap imports from China and starts re-industrializing. The only thing the repellent creatures at the top of the Chinese Communist Party actually understand is money. The only pressure they ever feel is that from Chinese businesses and industrialists who're losing money. So whilst I'm sorry for anyone who has lost their job at Huawei or is about to do so, I've no regrets about severing ties with a fundamentally corrupt country whose psychopathic leaders are only ever going to moderate their behaviour once the money begins to dry up.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?


Scamming doesn't pay. Or, well, not as much as Nadella may've hoped.

I'm one of the many who Microsoft attempted to manipulate into taking Windows 10, this despite the fact that I was -- and still am --more than happy with Windows 7. El Reg may call it 'dodgy behaviour' for Microsoft to act as it did in taking over countless computers worldwide and installing on them an operating system their owners didn't want and had never asked for. Because that was much, much more than 'dodgy' it was a deliberate and sustained invasion of property that did not belong to Nadella or anyone else in Richmond in pursuit of profit. That Windows 10 was free of charge is by-the-by; Nadella's decision to oversee a campaign intended from the start to manipulate a captive audience to the company's benefit was as great an example of moral bankruptcy as one might find anywhere. That attempted scam -- which is what it was -- soured me forever against Windows 10. When the day comes that I finally give up on Windows 7, it won't be Microsoft I turn to for my next OS.

I suspect I'm not alone in thinking Microsoft got away too lightly with its nauseating behaviour; and viewing it today as less the "provider of service" which its Windows 10 hype claimed it to be, and more a bunch of scumbags that it has actually turned out to be..

MI6 tried to intervene in independent court by stopping judge seeing legal papers – but they said sorry, so it's OK


Martin Lewis is a Russian. Or maybe it was Chinese?


Re: Did These Spies Actually Leave There Names And Addresses?

Why El Reg failed to print the rest of the joke, I dunno, because having forgotten it, I'd have greatly appreciated being reminded of it.

Anyway. It begins thus: "Two spies phone the IPT to demand that . . . "

One of the spies is Welsh, the other English. Or perhaps they're both English. Or Scottish. Whatever. It's a great joke, I seem to recall, involving two spies in a phone box, a parrot, and a judge and what passes for individual rights and freedoms in today's UK.

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on


Re: Why haven't we banned Capita

"We" haven't banned Capita because Capita is hooked in as deeply to the UK's political structure as all the other big name parasites out there.

There isn't a Tory party or Labour party or even, LibDem party conference that isn't blessed, one way or another, by the presence of free drinkies and buffets served up by friendly, gushing employees of the world's largest accountancy companies to conference attendees too stupid to appreciate they're being manipulated.

As with the accountancy firms, so too with outsourcing businesses like Crapita: lobby, lobby, lobby for work but in addition to that, get the buggers at their party conferences, because that halfwit bloke standing next to the drinks table in the corridor is going to get a safe seat at the next general election and will be forever grateful for the respect and attention you pay him now when he's still obscure and not yet the Government Minister he was born to be.