OMG I can still hear that dial tone warble of a 56K modem. Please stop.
324 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008
5G is essentially an urban network technology with the need for many masts given its limited range and poor penetration of structures. Starlink is more of a rural network needing few if any ground masts, more suited to open landscape. In effect they are complimentary technologies rather than competing.
I was once on the receiving end of opposition from a bitter orange in a telecommunications project. Very nasty, fortunately I'd developed a good customer relationship and he saw the rotten fruit for what it was. It seems like Elon is suffering a pelting on a larger scale. No doubt the Third Estate living in the Bocage will get used to 700ms.
I used to use Kaspersky on my PCs at home and in my small business. I liked the software and its performance, though at times it was a resource hog. At one point I worked in Moscow in a building across the street from the Kaspersky offices. However when Putin invaded the Crimea and also visited Salisbury I decided that Russia was still the USSR but in fashionable clothing. Despite the protestations of the executives at Kaspersky I was always reminded that an assault rifle loaded with 7.62 rounds can be decisive in formulating company policy.
I de-installed the Kaspersky anti-virus from all machines and replaced it with Sophos. Interestingly when I scanned the file archives with the new AV I found some old virus programs that KAV had missed on my son's gaming PC
My small company has used Xero for several years now. It is usually reliable, so we're not going to squeal foul because of one outage. As for the VAT you have a whole month to prepare the VAT returns and submit payment to HMRC. If you leave this to the last moment you are asking for trouble. Anyone met Murphy with his JCB digging next to your data line?
Xero does need to look at its major outage procedures and how customers are kept up to date. Lessons to be learned.
The whole process was deleterious to the Health and Safety of the Postmasters as a direct consequence of the negligence of the Post Office executive. Let's see some heavy corporate fines and maybe with a taste of jail time for the key decision makers. All nicely topped up with substantial compensation for those affected.
I run an AdBlocker to tidy the dross, but Google does manage to slip some stuff by those controls. In those cases where the content consistently repeats I always (repeatedly) click on the link to bring up the ad on a different browser tab. It's a click and will have cost the advertisers a dollar or two for each click. For the worst offenders I let them know they are wasting money.
The more that people sting the Ads, the sooner Google will change it's tune. Sure it gives an initial boost to Google's wallet, but as the advertisers become to realise it is wasted money...
After withdrawing the F35s from their convenient European ground base, we'll see our "friends" asking us to share two large aircraft carriers to provide a platform for their planes.
I think the fear that BT street cabinets will sip the secrets of their lanyards might be a tad far fetched.
Phone your Microsoft account manager and point out that if they can't smell the coffee it could be one of two things:
1. They are about to come down with a Covid-19 infection, as the lack of taste or loss of sense of smell are early signs;
2. They really can't smell the coffee! Micro$oft should not be taking advantage of the Pandemic, but rather saying that for the duration there will be no licence constraints.
The good old steel fist in a soft glove discussion, will often work wonders. If it doesn't there are alternatives to Micro$oft products. After the storm there'll be a lot of competition for a reduced customer base. By the way use Google Meet to talk to this person.
Please, please don't leave us. We need your skills to support the legacy system. What do you mean, when you say that on top of wages, we have to pay extra for National Insurance, private medical, training, liability insurance, accountant fees, asset depreciation, VAT, and you want 5 weeks paid holiday, sick pay and overtime pay if working over the contracted 35 hours/week? Sorry, yes we did forget car allowance, business class travel/hotels and on-call allowance.
I'm afraid we can't do that... hey where are you going.... don't you want your free coffee?
Ah Mr Client you wish to engage my skills on your big new project? Okay, you do realise I’ll be working from my home office. I’ll be working on other client projects at the same time, so if you need optional expedited services, that will be an additional fee.
When necessary I’ll schedule meetings with your representatives to discuss their requirements, of course any change in timescale or requirements will generate a variation docket and will need to be signed off prior to variations work commencing.
When it comes to testing, if you prefer on-site testing, you will need to make test facilities available to our engineers, but our fees already include rental of services to test on our own site.
When the Government discovers it can no longer engage freelance IT staff, it will complain that the costs of consultancy companies are too high. A bit like the Treasury fiasco on Hospital Consultants and GP's.
The lesson here is that HMRC is no longer controlled by the Government and MPs.
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