* Posts by Phil_Evans

137 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Aug 2011


BT hit with £42m fine for Ethernet compensation delays to competitors


Re: How incredibly convenient

Agree. Just another headache for BT, albeit hitting them in a back pocket that's already hurting from Corporate Fraud in its European Operation. Would be interesting to start bidding for FFTC and revoking the Line Rental mandate on BB providers. The monopoly has been going on too long.

IT ops doesn't matter. Really?



DevOps is the next 'Agile'. Hacked off with trying to get infrastructure to marry with a 'let's just do it' methodology, devs are now running off with the argument and constructing their own infrastructure in clouds.

Great if you're Metail or all new Jira-sic park, but sucks in your enterprise boundary. Putting children in charge of a traffic system would (and in the case of DevOps, does) create havoc for architecture and stability.

They should all be...etc.

Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan


I repeat

Ape-ing Captain Daft...

"Surely someone senior inside Microsoft will be principled enough to ask if all the ill-will its nagging efforts have generated are really worth it?"

You're dealing with Munchkins in Merry old land of Oz. Or the 7th Dimension, or Children of the latter church of wonk. Microsoft bake intention based on spiritualist ritual with little concept of what's going on off-campus. The answer is new Windows....what's the question?

Dev boss: What will Microsoft do with Windows 10 Mobile? Surprise – it's for work!


Re: Surface?

You're right about the x86, but actually, the 'Continuum device' can do this. It allows you to connect the phone and display and use as a desktop. The device can also 'cast off to other displays too. When you un-hook your phone and re-connect it's like Kim Dotcom arranging his wardrobe. Whoppee!!

Another comment here says no RDP (I think). This IS actually available but again you need Terminal services and app services enabled in Azure with all sorts of jiggery-pokery to make it work. Even then it's like a TS-session from hell. And it not a no-cost option like it is for desktops, even connecting to a two-license standard server role in your tenant.

UWP apps are crap on a desktop format. Try moving them between displays and guess the resulting window size. There are also virtually no ent apps packaged as UWP apps.

Microsoft have not run out of ideas, however and this is exactly the problem. The question from BYOD-invaded MSFT-fan IT managers was "Could we have a WINDOWS phone?". They wanted one that would leverage the gzillions they've spent on AD, Azure and now O365.

No, they got a consumer device that, starved of any real sales has been floundering around in the darker corners of Phones4U ever since. And then to manage a fleet of mobiles with MSFT tech you need Exchange online with Activesync and probably intune.

Those same IT managers blinking in the sunlight have found that they've been sold a goofer. No-one in MSFT has the cahunas to own up to the fact that biz requirements came last and probably too late.

In the meantime, all the Windows infra bells and whistles continue to be added for the Android and iPhoney ecosystems whilst Rome burns.

Unless Windows Phone whatever anniversary edition is a 'seamless experience' at the back and front ends, expect the unhappy marriage to end in the divorce court.

Windows Phone remains a very expensive Microsoft Office Device for business.

Google enlists Microsoft VoIP partner to unseat Office 365+Skype


Re: You're almost right

" for entrenched sites that can't bear to learn any different apps, other than when their current app upgrades and forced the issue, O365 is your man"

Don't you mean "for most folk who have grown up with...etc". O365 is almost completely familiar to On-prem Office users, so of course they are 'entrenched'. They know what they know. It's also a gateway to feature heaven for on-prem users, something Gapps just don't do.

I personally like Google Apps and use it exclusively for my personal stuff (ie, not work) because I don't come across it anywhere else in the workplace.

I just thought I would point to a reality check in part of your viewpoint. The rest is so unbalanced, it's difficult to know where to start. Oh ant time is telling, that's the whole point of the headline.

Surface Hub: A Howard Hughes folly, or a cunning Post It Note killer?


Re: Jumped the shark

Yes well said. Pragmatism is a rare event under the Christmas tree. Senior Management (especially marketing) eyes light up when they see this stuff and despite what it is, the Surface is real eye-candy in full flight (unlike the Howard Hughes incantation).

More importantly, I've recently worked with customers buying Surface Pro 4 devices, and the Hub becomes a ''hook' with all the beaming and collaboration hob-knobs. If you are looking at funding an O365 project, having one of these in your capital spend is not a bad idea.

OK, it's glitchy, a bit slow and rather expensive, but as a 'mobile' device running apps and providing logins, it's anathema comparing it to even a well featured HDTV.

Microsoft SQL Server for Linux is a brilliant and logical idea


Well actually...

"Well, if they announce AD Services running on Linux, you’ll know that their heart is no longer in the Windows data centre."

I guess you could say this is here now. Samba 4 Server does a pretty good 'PDCEm' or Domain controller repl today. So to keep your Data center 'Linux-pristine', you could (with some elbow grease) achieve this via MIIS or other Dirsync tool. Let's face it, most orgs don't really need a lot more than user/perms/pw sync when it comes to the cloud anyhow.

(expecting to be corrected by non-theorists)

Did you bet the farm on Amazon's cloud? Time to wean yourself off


Caveat Emptor

"...having convinced themselves they are the companies who know best"

Well, good luck with outsourcing the business itself and all the mitigation of operational risk to someone who knows nothing about your business(in the case of Netflix and others). This in itself underpins the 'good luck' service that customer can (and do) expect of technology services. Yes it's cool and yes it works and yes it's cheap, but much like life insurance you don't 'get' any value from it.

All the cloud providers effectively own the risk of a huge and growing number of services (some commercial, some public). So you can expect issues like the ones outlined here beginning to impact the otherwise rock-solid government services like 'UK Passports' to be heading the same way.

Like most clouds, there one minute, gone the next.

Here's how TalkTalk ducked and dived over THAT gigantic hack


Untrusted Media

And whilst all this is going on, our friends at Sky and the Beeb mouth the press releases to camera without questioning any of the inconsistencies. For an entire day, the Beeb was putting out the Dodi-DDOS line with 'experts' like Rory Cellan Jones 'explaining' what it means to we, the little people. This is the new 'digital' media as they keep telling us as if they know squat.

Again (and again and again), big business sailing too close to the wind with razor-thin operations with no talent making a farce of service with our personal and financial information. And not giving a sh...

ICO 'making enquiries' into bizarre shopper data spill at M&S


Re: agreed

As is a gaggle of little rubber people with oversize specs and hipster beards with more tech libido than is healthy running amok with their flamboyant 'agile' ways, no doubt.... 'like, it's never going to happen, is it, like?' etc...

TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief


Re: Does there need to be an obligation to "encrypt" ?

Correct - but I believe that there IS a requirement to encrypt Credit Card details and if it is the case that these were un-salted in file storage, then the PCI sphincter police will be all over them come audit time.

The technicalities in my mind matter little. This is the equivalent of me putting my most valued possessions in the porch of my house and hoping that the very standard Yale lock never gets picked. Talk Talk deserve everything they get from this since 3 times in 1 year IS criminal in the eyes of compliance police.

Surface Book: Microsoft to turn unsuccessful tab into unsuccessful laptop


Re: I wonder how well this would run Linux?

Why not (tortuously) get your own back, install TP Windows 2016 Server, create a Linux container. Virtual revenge is better than none :-) )

Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE


Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

Maybe they have :-D

Robots, schmobots. The Rise of the Machines won't leave humanity on the dole


Irrelevant - all of it. Or for a long time to come.

Remember 'teleworking' in the 80s? "In 10 years time, everyone will work from home"

Or the 90s "Within 10 years you will be able to watch deamless movies on a mobile phone"

Or the noughties "Within 10 years we will be wearing all our tech"

(or something like that)

And even when they do take over, everyone will live out their fantasies as bounty hunters in a dystopian Blade-Runner type world. What's wrong with that?

WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE


I think Amazon have the nose on that with their co-incidentally named 'Firephone'. Fits nicely with your comments and probably sets the agnda for anything non-IOS and Droid for the long term.

MSFT had the world in their hand on this with CE. They could be exactly in Apple's position on Mobs today had they 'imagineered'. But then they just step onto the next rake and get a smack in the chops instead.

Capita hoovers up 1 in every 5 pounds of outsourced UK.gov IT spending


Re: No surprise

Some contractors do work for these corporate behemoths on the very Aspire deal, mostly in Telford and parts of Sussex. I guess there's something to be said for 'keeping your enemies closer still'

My 2 cents, sorry, dividends.

Giant sea scorpion which prowled ancient oceans revealed


Trumped again?

Are you sure this is not simply a mis-tagged Donald Trump story?

OH DEAR, WHSmith: Sensitive customer data spaffed to world+dog


Re: Another one...

You neglected to mention how they have recently deserved top ranking in the 'Duty Free' debacle at our airports...."Excuse me (sir/madam) can I see your boarding pass so that I can shaft you by charging you VAT that we don't pay since you're a stupid foreigner"?

Low-value doesn't begin to describe this outfit.

...no data breach. My arse.

Cortana Android beta goes public


The long night of the living dead

MSFT can not be discouraged from these 'must have' ideas. 'Me-too' is the only motto they stand by nowadays. So Cortana will follow a growing line of useless implements that everyone has already been using for some time. Like Bing. Like Zune. Like Windows Phone. Like MSN (although that was once very popular), like the 'Surface'.

All these items have made barely a dent in the share of other things/devices in the market. Yes, some of them are very good, but they are ostensibly re-invented wheels.

Of course, things people really want like good Office on Android, Skype for business and Sharepoint that works have all only really just reached the market.

What next - a new Facebook?

Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build


Re: Compressing and decompressing pages

Squicky? Why...you mean (egad)...

Monitoring tools will bark at ballooned address spaces being used by these 'compressed memory' processed?

The same for the additional Swap (sorry paging file) being used to orchestrate it?

VMware and other virty 'dynamic resource features will get into race conditions?

That BSODs may be making a comeback where there's no address space left to un-compress?

Clustering will get fecked up?

...or was it something else entirely?

(if this ever makes it to WinServ).

The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?


I'd say it already is/has. It's just that a generation has swallowed the idea of putting their thoughts, feelings, bank cards, fetishes, desires, photos, location tracking, purchases, bank accounts and government-related data on their front doorsteps in a box with a rusty lid. How well we handle that will show quite how fundamentally intelligent we are as a species.


Re: Moral Readjustment

"Time to change our culture so people don't feel they have to resort to deceit to get what they really want."

Good luck with that :-)

Dell, Google dangle Chromebooks over IT bosses sick of Windows


the alterntive to...

"A central console allows administrators to control the rollout of operating system updates, security protocols, passwords, and user interface changes on a company-wide, workgroup, or individual basis."

If I just swallow the hook on that one for now - The Windows world of fat clients and apps has made an entire industry out of something called 'SCCM' (it's version of the above, sort of). It makes a Quantum computer model looks straightforward and has become a behemoth monster as MSFT plug any bit of hybrid cloud into it. Something like the above that managed all those shitty bits like Citrix and profiles would be a boon.

But I don't believe it anyway. Managing a corporate estate of 75K Chromebooks would be a lot more complex than that. And that's the winning ticket to shoo-off Windows.

Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?


Re: The shell is not the OS

You're absolutely right about the shell and the eyeballs. Unfortunately you are utterly missing the point that it is in the kernel and core subsystems that MSFT fails with Windows. Ever wondered why the same issues affect EVERY version of windows when a critical patch is applied?

Look, the whole shooting match was kidnapped from DEC in the early ninetees, then messed with further by Dave Cutler and Mark Russinovitch but ultimately hacked by children at MSFT and called 'NT'. They progressively turned a lot of functions inside out (eg, putting display drivers in the kernel address spaces) and other faux-paxs. It's because of all that chicanery that holes still keep apprearing in the core of the OS - no-one really knows that they didn't know what they were doing.

'NIX holes appear as NEW vulnerabilities and in the case of LINUX, engineered by people with personal reputations to keep up. MAC used to be the same too until recently, but then that's UNIX too.

The shell is just a playground - on that you're right. But as for 'hard' info for techies, and I mean TECHIES, good luck / break-your-own.

ANIMALS being CUT UP to make Apple Watch straps


Stupid animals.

Sharks being farmed in Mississipi. Oh really?

Citrix warns that Windows 10's Edge browser borks Receiver



Weeell, shit! So at the very end of one of the longest advents in IT history, Citrix sees an issue. Of course they've known about it for ages, so why talk about it now?

FirstIy reckon O365 must be causing more pain to them in the last couple of years than the threat of any new OS shenanigans, so maybe the excuse here is one of distraction. As thick/thin client relevancy wanes in the cloud world, so Citrix's raison d'etre dissolves too.

Then there's Win 10's new APK/windows Store/whateva package delivery with Intune/store/finger that (at least tries to believe that) devices are agnostic. Of course it's yet to work properly, but it has probably focused Citrix's attention back on the importance of IE and other browsers working properly for revenue.

And then, as indicated in this thread, there's pig-ignorance and complacency. Much like inventing Windows 8, but lessons are hard to learn when you're that big.

Good riddance, hopefully to a very expensive layer of badly maintained complexity.

Windows 10: A sysadmin speaks his brains – and says MEH


Because in 2 years' time when you may be looking at a new device, the OS will not be supported. Here are some other great reasons you should upgrade:

1) Graphics for a new PC or your favourite soundcard and other (then deemed to be :-) ) 'legacy devices' will not work properly.

2) The platform will be un-supported and all your mates will be ragging you endlessly for lugging around a laptop.

3) You will have a virtual desktop for work since you can't be trusted with all your fiddling

4) You will be on the same OS as your Dad (See 2) )

5) Windows 10 is higher than Windows 7 and that in itself makes it better

6) Someone ate your cheese

Don't suit up: Microsoft drops dress code for Android visitors


And they are...?

"...developers would have no incentive to develop functionality for Microsoft services such as Cortana or One Drive"

Well, there hasn't been any danger of exactly that happening anyway, without this news.

If MSFT are playing footsie in a hope of widening appeal to 'droid devs and users, then that's just a tease, coz we all know that Windows phone is shite anyway. If it's actually early foreplay before submitting to the whiles of an Android-only app-i-verse then maybe there's 'potential' (as Julia Roberts once intimated to Richard Gere).

Maybe it's just an affair and we can all ignore it.

Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping one per cent of EU energy


And what does the past tell you?

That's a rather one-dimensional perspective. What about the cost? If we had spend but a fraction in recent years of the sum of UK 'research and build', we would have a proportionate share of fossil/renewable/fissile energy supply. And so make an easy transition to the least impactful supply overall. Instead, we under-estimate the cost of ownership of Nuclear as nations, but the private sector loves the dollar signs - so it happens. Renewables don't happen because no-one is interested in making a big enough investment in the technology as a whole. Renewables have the lowest cost of ownership.

ps: It costs 3 times more to de-commission a 'nuke' than it does to build it in the first place.

I'll get my fracking banner...

Microsoft enlists fat-piper Equinix to pump Office 365


Lipstick on the pig

I don't remember reading the numerous outage 'the dog ate our homework' excuses put out as 'service updates' by MSFT that network infrastructure was in any way to blame for the bigger outages.

This is interesting but expensive flag waving that implies that we should take some assurance by Microsoft shoring up something they have no hand in (at least not now that they've outsourced it). If the network is so bomb-proof through this love in, then the room for excuses just got a bit smaller really.

I doubt whether Equinix will figure in SLAs for Azure other than 'the xxx team are working on it'. So a bit of a gun to the head if you ask me.

But nobody did. :-)

Microsoft is BEATING Amazon's cloud revenues. Er, how?


Aerm, yes. All those powerful SaaS solutions that nobody wants, ok with the exception of Exchange maybe. Sharepoint only survives becuase its effectiveky the only PaaS olution for the Windiws stac. The rest are a pile of poo. The figures are just a jenga block of skus that Microsift has sold with cloud attach. And azure AD, that looks similarly dodgy at scale.

Lets compare apples with apples. That's another story, too.

Azure Fabric Service is Microsoft's answer to 'microservices' app dev


Building another bridge over the river

Yes, it's me-too, catch-up stuff we expect from Redmond. But the perspective that having a me-too engine for PaaS puts you in the club of the entitled is a short-sighted one. Microsoft's neglect/indifference towards the likes of New Relic, Chef and Puppet mean that they have a bunch of mature middleware to drive the Docker and CoreOS incumbents, together with emerging support for Azure. Microsoft on the other hand have 'System Center' which still maintains that the very idea of managing a cloud infrastructure is a pretty cool thing. Yes it manages Azure (and notionally AWS), but it's code base is entirely Windows-based with highly simplistic 'UNIX-sysadmin' type APIs.

Sorry if it's over-geeked, but I guess my comment should be 'but no-one asked for it and even if they did, couldn't manage it'. A bit like Betamax, I guess.

Attack of the Digital People: The BBC goes fully Bong


Yes, No

A sign I think of the simplest possible denominator arrived at from too many, poorly connected and direction-less 'stakeholders' homogenising a solution that meets tiniest parts of everyone's agenda. A complicated way maybe of agreeing that we see the Beeb as a solution without a problem in this area.

I would say, derived by young Auntie minds that don't want to offend the digitally stupid (if there are any) and regarding anything more ambitious as patronising (or more likely beyond their own capacities). Docker, Quantum Machines, Bio-comp, IOT could be some of the more dry matters on the agenda. Less of Stephen Fry's angst of Twitter and Grannies with Oculus rifts.

But I suspect it's actually the Beeb setting their own rather esoteric and largely irrelevant agenda that estimates we all think in Fisher-Price blocks of logic and need to be preached to accordingly.

Good article.

Don't use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp – Data protection MEP


Nothing to see here. This is old news with new legs - the UK govt had this at the heart of bids to various consortia who were chasing the E-borders contracts up to 10 years ago. At that time, consultants 'imagined' of intelligent gates at airports that would look for matches in travel 'manifests' created when people booked their travel though a regulated travel agent (so a fail with the 'regulated' for anyone who didn't want to be 'regulated').

The idea being that between boarding pass swipe and 'wheels up' on the plane, the local authorities would have the opportunity to call back a plane from push-back, taxi or take-off pattern and collar the suspects. Failing that, the Interkops could warn the destination endpoint of the arrival of shady said individual and so present them back to the authorities.

Of course, that's come to nothing owing to the massive costs, but still send the heart a-flutter when there's a disturbance in the force like said events in Paris this week. And it would have helped if the ID of the lucky lady that got away was tagged to such a system.

Time (and probably omore after that) will tell...

DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm


Best interests?

From said article: MSFT: "Specifically, we asked Google to work with us to protect customers by withholding details...".

So just like a 'free gift', I guess we are going to soon see a prOXYMORON server from Redmond soon where the interests of users can be better 'determined' by a NAT (Nefarious Attribution Table) component. Users' security interests can then be determined by another, more responsible middle-man. The proxymoron server would provide an IIS (Interests Intervention Server) connection on the user's behalf, blocking access to any malicious HTTP (Honest Totally Transparent Perspective) page that might be out there waiting to pollute your little Orwellian existence. Th entire Browsing experience would be seamless to the user.

Or they could just say they have a problem and admit it, together with an idea of when they can be arsed to fix it.

‘Get off of my Cloud’ Verizon tells users ahead of 48-hour maintenance outage


Pie in the Sky

It's a big slice of the window to be eating in one go, but I guess if most of their revenue comes from contracts that allow this window, so be it. Heaven forbid that in the same SLA cycle they get an un-scheduled outage or need to apply another similar schedule.

Think of all those monitoring systems at Clients' on-site premises, busy polling stuff that's not there and flooding their helpdesks. Ew.

Google Cloud gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core support


A latter Day Medusa?

"It also remains available on Azure and as a KVM virtual machine image for trying out locally."

So now Hypervisor (ok, over cloud hypervisor) AND!! Container host cluster strip

Just to keep the OAPs happy, I guess. MSFT better get a move on and trim a now rather fat -looking Red Dog (Server Core) OS into more svelte shape.


Movie industry's evil plan to destroy the internet is going precisely nowhere


Control your media better.

The hard-pressed Movie Industry should make more of an effort to protect it's investments in the first place. Instead of plying wares on every available format, why not up-scale cinemas to stream content to screens just like the rest of us plebs? Why not just ditch formats that are so easily copied and prevent the revenue loss in the first place? Make content available exclusively as streams?

Oh, what was that? Most of your revenues are made on formats that are easily ripped, then posted to pirate streaming sites? Well, stop doing it then :-)

TV production is streets ahead of this, albeit with proprietary players but at least their production is protected better and then typically released on viewer ratings when broadcast saturation has been reached.

It's a decrepit old man (industry) shouting at the world. It (Sony, et al) needs new tricks.

Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud


Re: Still too big

Yes, who is JSON, anyway?

Actually the fundamental lingua franca of Cloud apps...somewhat important, wouldn't you think?

Or do we all go back to MySQL stacks running Apache with HTTP -1 ?

This Christmas, demand the right to a silent night


Re: Other people's pressures/expectations

..is a perfect example of the deeper issue.

That guy felt neglected. He was uncomfortable with neglect / had ADHD. And it personifies someone so unfamiliar with the reality around him that he is unable to deal with it.

My mobiles/devices are either off or ignored when it's my downtime. Even when it's my 'up-time', quality and priority of communication needs to be more important than quantity. I'm sure it won't be long now until we have a Top-Gear style bragging board in the office to see who 'has the most email in their inbox'. It's a badge of honour/envy for any youngster to aspire to...'LOOK at how busy/popular/important I am!'.

Lest we forget, the purpose of social media (to bring my argument into this century) is to promote exactly as many conversations as can be consumed. I don't know that anyone has been any more deterministic in its design than that, really.

Just hit the power button - it's your time - use it.

Docker part 4: Microsoft CAN'T ignore it. Aux armes, citoyens!


History repeating?

was this not the promised land that VMware and Hyper-V were supposed to deliver? Well-behaved stacks on well-partitioned resources? And then the monkeys got in and made it all 'dynamic' and 'resource-balanced' or other such lies.

The fact that great chunks of Windows just stares agog at you (or a process) repeatedly and un-predictably means that this will probably be Microsoft simply kicking the can further down the road. What's the point in having a neat pile of cards (Docker) on top of a Jenga stack (Hyper-Xen-Ware thing) where the OS is getting back closer to the hardware it used to create such mischief with?

Now, were MSFT to (re)write (another) (failed) (attempt at) (a derivative of) Windows to simply run Docker, then hey, I'm listening. Otherwise, I have to serve a banqueted party with a Swiss Army knife.

But agree that it will take years for any of the existing investments to expire and that same time for alliances to form.



It's here already!

SatNav, social media, 'the' media, price-comaprison sites, ratings. All required by teens who have now lost the basics of direction, conversation and decision making. What's that? They already had?

Docker, Part 2: Whoa! Spontaneous industry standard! How did they do THAT?


Under-played, or future reading?

Great series, narrowing the gaps between what I think I know and mea culpa non-scooby.

I wonder if you're likely to talk more about why Microsoft is such a 'Yes Man/thing' in the pre-flight phase? I see the business model of a host of hosters dissolving readily under Docker's arguments since the whole 'host' thing become a bit of an irrelevance. Given that Azure now runs (almost) any flavour of 'app' that the hipsters desire, the need for the shiny expensive Azure stack itself seems redundant in the end. Same for AWS' Windows tie-up?

For Linux-hosters, this is but a consideration of consolidation, surely?

There may still seem a gap between what I think I know and....etc.

Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then


We've Bing here before

Didn't the EU commission try to de-construct computing before by aiming their ire at the world's most popular web browser (as was then)? Then towards breaking up the company that owned the desktop?

It could be argued that Microsoft as the incumbent stifled the innovation of future browsers, but then again it didn't seem to help OR hinder Mozilla or Google in creating theirs.

Microsoft could have owned the search engine market at exactly the time that Google was getting started. as could Alta Vista, Compuserve, and a host of other carpet slippers at the time.

Given that most search engines are now buried in apps and federations, I don't see really what's to be achieved by attacking Google in this particular fashion. But then I am a capitalist.

UK boffins: We'll have an EMBIGGENED QUANTUM COMPUTER working in 5 YEARS


Re: At

..born out of the idiom of the Holywood blockbuster mould.

Remember this is a British invention so better categorised as an Ealing Farce...maybe something from Blake's 7 would be more fitting. Or maybe a skit on the cup of tea in the Hitchhikers guide maybe.

MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for terrorism'


It was them, sir!

Isn't it, though? A report that labours on the shortcomings, laziness, bureaucracy and incompetence of Inspector Gadget. A clear trail of missed opportunities that are painted as 'would not have prevented'...', um, ah.yer but no but, IT WAS THEM!! The organisation (Facebook in all but name) that shifts Petabytes of drooling and cretinous opinion on an open data network! *They* should have done our jobs. THEY could have prevented Rigby's death by telling us things.

I just can't find the words to describe my incredulity. Like they couldn't describe the characteristics of a duck when they see one.

Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL


And another, it's owned by Microsoft. The company with enough Cnutish (for it is he) bullshit hubris to throw the stuff together 'as a service'. In case there's any confusion, 'service' can be quantified as follows:

1) Mobile telecoms " fuck-em! Oh and get them to pay, too"

2) Banking "fu...etc"

3) Software...ad nauseum, etc.

'Service' means 'that which you will accept for payment', not 'value for money'

Bring back OS/2

PHONDLESLAB-ULOUS: Motorola Moto X Android phablet


Howww much?

Let me get this right - £420=good value. In 12 months it will be a free handset on contracts like just about everything. A sofa from Lewis's to the same value will still be comfortable after 3 times' that time, a decent push-bike about the same, or a pair (or two at a push) of Oliver Sweeney's.

A Moto attracts sniggers, not swooners.

That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?


Highly amusing

I noted that the article is without a breath of humour, but the irony conveyed is deafening. I haven't laughed so much in ages. So it goes...

1) We've done it, good.

2) Oh, someone else has too

3) Oh, it's us

4) Let's toss a coin

5) Let's do it again

Breathtaking and uncanny.

The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose


<insert name here> Carrier booster

Surely with their heritage, it must be a 3/4G booster-box that doesn't zap you if you get too close? "Nokia to end the no-spot debacle worldwide..." ?