* Posts by Phage

41 posts • joined 19 Apr 2011

Voyager 2 receives and executes first command in 11 months as sole antenna that reaches it returns to work



CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor


My first thought. Another Olympus ?

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told


Re: No chance

Second link doesn't work ? Same as the first ?

Relying on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mob US to protect you from SIM swapping? You better get used to disappointment


Had exactly this experience with Vodafone in the UK.

Name address and DOB was enough to lose the number for quite a while. Customer Service was not helpful, forcing me through many hoops of self identification which were apparently not required of the thieves !

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott


Re: 2 sides of the story

UK Copyright law


Found on Mars: Alien insects... or whatever the hell this smudge is supposed to be, anyway


Re: It's an insect...It fell off the rover

I regret I only have one 'Like' to bestow. Comment of the day.

We're so, so, sorry you're not able to get PC chips, says Intel to everyone who hasn't gone with AMD yet


Re: Go AMD !

C300A - glory days

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one


Re: I actually own one


Model s. From £80,700

Mazda RX8 is now <£7,000

I think the point about affordability stands

Criminal mastermind signed name as 'Thief' on receipts after buying stuff with stolen card


Clearly Ewari Ellis was found at the castle of Urrrggghhhhh.....

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


They've become the Allosaurus to the new T-Rex. There are bigger monsters now.



Office 2003 was the high-water mark. It's been downhill since then.

A pox on that ribbon especially

Researchers find development and conservation aren't mutually exclusive


Re: Or...

Came here to say this. It's obvious that we have outsourced our polluting industries

Azure flock can stop faffing over bastion hosts: Microsoft has made it noob-friendly


Re: Bastion. . . ???

Beat me to it. The Pub does a decent roast on a Sunday...

We listened to more than 3 hours of US Congress testimony on facial recognition so you didn't have to go through it



Did you see the objector who had his photo taken by force and given a fine for non-compliance ? In a policy vacuum, terrible things rush in to fill the space.


It's 50 years to the day since Apollo 10 blasted off: America's lunar landing 'dress rehearsal'


Please - don't feed the trolls.

(Takes me ages to downvote all those posts)

Here's what Autonomy told its salesmen they were allowed to do


Ocelot's noses !

Loose Women woman's IR35 win deals another high-profile blow to UK taxman's grip on rules


All those opinions regarding avoidance vs evasion, and change the laws, handily ignore the fact that Governments are national and corporations are supra-national. This creates a race to the bottom, handily won by Ireland, Isle of Man and other havens.

The reality is that we cannot blame the law-makers for entities that are out of their control. The solution would require a UN equivalent of the HMRC and we know how effective THAT would be.

So yes, I do blame the management of the companies for their failure to recognise that their pursuit of profit, whilst legal, is entirely immoral and unethical. The public recognise unethical and inequitable actions when they see it. Even if they are in situations that are not covered by statute !

The problem lies with people (yes you DB) who tell us that we cannot blame the companies for acting unethically, because they are not compelled to. We should hold them to a higher ethical standard than HMRC Regs.

How can we do this ? Hard one... I have a few ideas

Public vote with their feet after name and shaming

Exclude companies domiciled in tax-havens from procurement processes in both Govt and Private sectors

Introduce turnover taxes for companies domiciled in tax-havens

Make lobbying by said companies a declarable interest

Co-ordinate with our EU neighbours on good-actor suppliers and vendors

etc etc

Silk Road 2 + Dread Pirate Roberts 2 + 1 Liverpudlian = over 5 years in prison


Re: setting up a hidden service? pretty easy...

Perfect answer - I have always wondered why more people don't debate on these points.

Bit nippy, is it? Hive smart home users find themselves tweaking thermostat BY HAND


Re: What your smart meter can do

Citations needed.

The only plausible story I can find that looks like what your referring to is this one. In which no smart meters were involved at all, but the gas cut off after *two personal visits* by British Gas staff.


Stop us if you've heard this one: IBM sued after axing older staff, this time over 'denying' them their legal rights


Re: Once...

Sigh - Your post is wrong on so many levels it's hard to know where to begin. I can only assume that your management told you it wasn't their fault, but rather the boogeymen of Finance ? Hint. They lied.

"Their brief is keeping a hold of the cash - minimising outlay." No, no it isn't. The brief of an accountant is to protect and maximise the assets of a company.

"The business managers should be allocating resources, investing and developing etc. with the accountants to advise on the potentials and risks." - Yep. See above

"They should never have been allowed to take control. " They haven't. Who told you that ?

"They are not trained to think in terms of long term development or opportunity cost etc." Completely wrong. Finance is trained in exactly those things.

"But since shareholder value and senior manager bonuses seem to be tied to the difference in the short term cost and income figures the accountant is now king." Hahahahahaha. Oh god, hahahahaha. You're blaming the short-termism of management of the Finance people ? hahahahahaha <gasp> the accountant is king ! hahahahahaha...,cough. cough choke... that's so funny.

Short-termism occurs because management and the Board are rewarded based on short-term KPIs like the bottom line or share price in any particular year. Management then sets targets, Budgets and tactics accordingly. The fact that this is often not the best outcome for the company is usually ignored.

It's coooming: Windows 10 October 2018 Update adoption slows ahead of the next release


Re: Let's get real

Sigh - It's not Finance doing the firing. It's the C-Suite.

Stop us if you're getting deja-vu: Uber used spyware to nobble dial-a-ride rival, this time Down Under, allegedly


Dumpster Fire

When you add in their sexual harassment and bullying culture, total lack of business ethics in less regulated markets like India, and their denials of being hacked, I cannot understand why anyone would touch this company even with someone else's 10' pole.

Musk shows off the latest power plant for Starship, replaces Tesla CFO with a millennial


"However, with less than two months as VP of Finance under his belt before his elevation to Tesla CFO, he has a worrying lack of experience." You win Understatement of the Month.

As someone in a similar role I can tell you that appointing someone this inexperienced is often a red flag for potential fraud.

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit


Re: I was pro-remain, but this really is "Project Fear" at work.

Residence ? Do you have a link ?


Re: The comment has been taken out of context

Unfortunately your link is dead. Can you repost that from You Invest ?

TSB meltdown latest: Facepalming reaches critical mass as Brits get strangers' bank letters


Interestingly, one of the things mentioned is getting much more common. It is incredibly easy to have your phone hijacked. PAC codes are almost completely insecure. Happened to me.

Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl


Open day on the South Coast ones coming up



For those interested in the concept, search for sound tubas.


The harbingers of Doomwatch: Quist is quite the quasi-Quatermass


Wasn't this also the start of 'The Andromeda Strain' ?

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell


Confused now

I've not been over to the US from the UK for some years, but I have two half-sisters there, that I would like to see again. What is the implication for UK citizens ? Does this apply to me or not ?

Fingerprints are bad enough but my entire data history.... Probably enough to stop me going.

Uber: Hackers stole 57m passengers, drivers' info. We also bribed the thieves $100k to STFU


I've been advising all my family against Uber for exactly their reaction to being hacked since 2015


Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy



If I were to live in a Hamlet where you'd have more luck lighting a signal beacon - Do we now start asking our County Council or Borough Council to get moving ?

The five constants of IT asset management


I have worked in that field for many years, and TLDR ?

1) Validate / Understand your data

2) Demonstrate Value

3) Do the minumum you can get away with

4) Trust your colleagues

5) Risk Management ?

Overall. Ensure goal congruence.

Summary - No content here.

Google's Drive + Gmail: A 10GB Dropbox killer



But will it allow me to email an executable now ?

Slideshow: A History of Horror in 20 Scary Games


The original Doom ? When you could hear the monsters, but not see them...

Boffins cram binary data into living cells' DNA


I think you mean Greg Bear

Bring on the Noocytes ! I for one....etc


Mm, just what the boss wanted: Live charts about your cloud


Not all. It's just a tool for doing what we do now more accurately.

The FD should not be 'in charge' of IT at all, the business should be. This will allow the business to get a good grasp of how much it costs to do what they want.

AMD claims 'world's fastest GPU' title


For clarity

The 7970 is faster than the 580 by a decent margin and is launching a price that reflects it's performnace. ie About what the 580 launched at.


Lloyds TSB signs up to Olympic Phone pay-by-wave plan

Thumb Up

Why NFC ?

In a word - queue times.

50,000 people + staff in a stadium which may have 150 food outlets, means a long queue at lunch time. Each NFC transaction will save 30s to a minute each. That's got to help.

Picking up a programme on the way in ? Wave your card/phone and keep walking.

Have a large staff ? Give them ewallets for lunch costs.

I know that a number of football stadiums are already moving to NFC payments. The Olympics will be the same only much bigger.

Sex harassment case hits IBM Australia



I worked in Aus for over 20 years, including IBM at West Pennant Hills, EMC and many others. Your comment is not only offensive, but also factually incorrect. If you are going to make those sort of comments please do it in the Daily Mail or similar xenophobic purveyor of steretypes.

IBM has lots of faults, but systemic harrassment is not one of them.

The best sci-fi film never made: Also-rans take a bow


Haldeman / Harrison ?

Hoping to see The Forever War, or The Stainless Steel Rat. Howabout Bill, The Galactic Hero ?

More seriously, Make Room Make Room as Soylent Green has almost nothing in common with the book.


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