* Posts by SimonG

15 publicly visible posts • joined 17 Jul 2008

CEO of Brit fashion bods Burberry lands Apple job for retail, online sales


The UK is not representative of the world

What we see happening in the UK - such as the association between Burberry check and certain social classes - is not representative of how it is perceived in the rest of the world.

Burberry under Ahrendts has gone from strength to strength and developed a brand - most specifically in the far East and other developing markets - and I think that this successful experience; or its recipe is what Apple are seeking as they seek to have better market share in these markets.

Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe



How big is the buffer to store all that info?

Or maybe you could have pattern legs, arms, etc at the destination and just transmit the delta!

It is said that the whole of the human population has less genetic variation than a troupe of chimpanzees - giving great options for biological compression too

Brit retailers tell Amazon and Google to pay their taxes


Re: Dunno

There are many names on the high street that play a similar game. Boots I believe is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland.

Vendors must break code of silence on software's biggest FAILS


Which vendors would suffer most if the truth got out?

Which vendors have the biggest divide between marketing and outcome? Which vendors would suffer most if the truth was available?

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 hands-on review

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Overall a good experience

I've owned a Galaxy Note for 8 months now and overall its been a positive experience. The screen estate is useful for well designed apps such as the SONOS controller. Some other apps can't decide if its a phone or a tablet and the results are not satisfactory - sadly the best example being Samsung's own TV remote control app.

Larger phone means larger battery partly offset by the larger screen.

Not real proof - but I am sure that with the larger frame the wifi performance is superior - whether that is through engineering or because it can house a larger areal I do not know.

As far as what others think - well some do giggle, others are interested.

Olympics security cockup down to software errors - report


House of cards

Some wild speculation and a bit of logic.

Can't be that easy to deliver such a large body of trained people. I expect that you'll have a large lsit of potential persons - there will have been some assumptions around how many of these expressions of interest remain worthwhile. Chances are that the more able applicants will have obtained work elsewhere and no longer be available.

What will be left is the dross - from which a larger percentage will have failed training or failed the CRB checks making the whole thing fail due to some over optimistic assumptions.

We are only finding out now as G4S will only invest their time and money in people who have passed CRB check and the training - no point in having a large pool of labour stood around doing nothing except costing G4S money until they are needed - and I guess these false assumptions probably made them feel safe to bet on submitting a bid 25% under the opposition.

I'm not trying to make excuses for G4S, nor am I connected with them - but in my experience some early miscalculations can lead to a set of assumptions (most likely in Excel) that create of house of cards. I don't know how you would test these assumptions either so you only find out its too late when its too late.

An early iPad adopter? You smut-ogling filth-gobbling perv!


Suitable gesture

I'm sure there will be a patent submitted by Apple. The patent will describe 2 functions.

1. How a certain vigourous gesture will load a configurable website.

2. How wiping the screen will clear your history

Americans stand against UN internet-tax plan


Re: Are US doctors UK vets?

Sorry folks - that comment was meant for another article - apologies for potentially creating some confusion.


Are US doctors UK vets?

Funny how in the UK you take your pet to the vet and the 1st question he asks is if your pet is insured. That answer determines the level of treatment. And recently look at the hassle as certain providers have been looking to get out of the pet insurance market . . . I can see parallels between this and the US healthcare/insurance system . . .

Six of the best ways to mess up IT change management


A lot of people will read the article without reading the title and implement this as a check list then find a label - usually best practice . . .

Swiss, German physicists split the electron


The seperation of spin . . .

If you take the spinon out of politics - does that leave the true'on particle behind . . . there might be light at the end of the tunnel or is that mixing theories up?

Whitehall needs to dump 'unacceptable IT' – outbound G-Cloud chief


Past mistakes are the legacy

We can't ignore history - as it is history that has created the world we live in today. Using the latest technology is not going to change a great deal unless definitive efforts are made to change the stuff that history has left us with - placing fancy wrapping around a turd does not transform the contents.

You can draw parallels with the tax system. it is in need of reform but all successive governments have done is tinker at the edges creating a catalogue of unintended consequences.

Beware the innocent systems 'health check'


Money talks

There are often cases where the conclusions of a consultant are the same as those of the staff - however as the advice of the consultant cost a lot more the management are more willing to listen - Money talks

Airbus A380-800: an airborne treat for gadget fans


Joke: Swimming pool on a plane

I suspect that the earlier comment was made in jest . . .

Come on - a swimming pool 5m long, 2m wide and 1m deep would contain 10 tonnes of water - the max payload on a 747 cargo is in the region of 150 tonnes . . . they go to all sorts of lengths to make things lighter even down to having plastic cutlery (pre 9/11) in coach class.

About the only thing getting heavier is the human cargo.

Fastscale sends Windows Server to Weight Watchers


Other opportunities

What about shrinking the code down enough to run a full OS on a PDA?

Or linking this into CMDBs and automatic provisioning systems?

Just a thought