* Posts by Kerry Hoskin

81 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jun 2007


Watch a RAID rebuild or go to a Christmas party? Tough choice

Kerry Hoskin

Re: RAID6 sucks

RAID10 will have better performance and better rebuild times than RAID6 but it won't be cheaper!

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon

Kerry Hoskin

Don't know what all the fuss is about its not Adolf it's Ron Mael from Sparks obviously https://www.pinterest.co.uk/bostondoggs/sparks-band/

NHS looks to the market for advice on one system to replace two separate, giant Oracle ERP and HR systems

Kerry Hoskin

£9.8bn I read somewhere it was more like £12bn. I wonder if paddy power will take bets on this being a utter cluster fuck in about 5 years time!? The payout might pay for my retirement!

What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases

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Re: Data handling for dummies

the ones that worry me are the Chief Digital officer with a BA! and the director of digital transformation another fecking useless BA

Clarke's Third Law: Any sufficiently advanced techie is indistinguishable from magic

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Magic?

microvitec are still around, formed in 1979 and by the looks of it that's when they published their website!!!!!!

The iMac at 22: How the computer 'too odd to succeed' changed everything ... for Apple, at least

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when I started in a lab in 1998 we had a mix of SGI (mainly indigos) and Sun boxes (mainly ultra5, 10 and a few 60s) The SGI boxes went first and then when the lab worked out you could get a DELL Precision workstation running Linux for 1/3 the price f a SUN Ultra10 they soon followed!

Big data at sea: How the Royal Navy charts the world's oceans

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Re: PO Coleman-Smith needs to be keel hauled and given history lessons.

yep Hood sunk by the Bismarck was commissioned After ww1 THIS IS THE 1891 Hood

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: And as any fule kno ...

what I thought exactly

Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

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can't complain

About BT. Live in a small village in Cornwall and have had infinity for 4 years giving me 76mb. Actually Cornwall has done pretty well (mainly EU money) and most of the duchy can get infinity.

Don't know why Virgin boast so much. Piece of piss to give 200mb in an urban conurbation that you provide cable TV too. How about the rest of the country Virgin when are rural areas going to get your service!? Yeah exactly!

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

Kerry Hoskin

Re: The EU doesn't need GPS...

but Loran-C isn't as capable as GPS or GLONASS or any other satellite based system and most of the stations have been shut down. The UK is putting some investment into eLoran but Loran is pretty much only used for maritime navigation. Bring back DECCA I say! far better than that American Loran rubbish!

Sleepy eNom bombs websites in HUGE DNS OUTAGE – remains silent despite gripes

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Re: you bastards!

Not only that but he is the spitting image of one of my cats! He's a British short hair lilac colourpoint

Citrix goes into the mouse business

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or get a surface or other Windows or Android based tablet that allows proper work to be done

$500 TEDDY BEAR teaches tots to spit up personal data

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Re: As a parent with a toddler...

totally agree! Our little girls (she's nearly 3) favourite thing is the cunningly named Cat Cat (Marie from the Aristorcats) she has had this since she was very young and takes it just about everywhere, so Cat Cat needs a regular bath, visit to the washing machine!

Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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that's what I thought! Read the lowest ranked one if you want a laugh

Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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glad you cleared that up. I was a bit confused as to what was being suggested. So basically you can STILL play single player but you have to have a tinterweb connection to play The only hitch with this kind of thing is you WILL get times when the servers are down and you can't play. aka SimCity and Diablo III

Windows 10 feedback: 'Microsoft, please do a deal with Google to use its browser'

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Re: Stop. Just Stop.

ermmmmmm the biggest culprits for bundled crap is Firefox and Chrome they'll try and install all kinds of shite by defaut

DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: I don't understand

yep we've just been saying the same in our office. BUT DVLA should have guessed that a lot of stupid people would come to the conclusion that how you renew your tax must be changing given that the disc is going and there has been a lot in the media about it so might have sort of expect this spike.

Saying that I don't have any sympathy for clowns like this (quote from the BBC)

Mike Dewsbury from Manchester was one of those who struggled to pay for his car tax - known officially as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED).

"It's a joke. I need to get to work but legally can't because my car isn't now taxed," he told the BBC.

I'll tell you what you're the joke for waiting until the last day to renew you t*$t

EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday

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If you fancy a fun filled way to pass the time then pop over to EE's Facebook page and read the posts by EE victims, I mean customers, they are hilarious

Looking forward to the end of Tuesday? You've patched this month's 37 Microsoft bugs, right?

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Adobe update headache

yeah we run SCE2010 an use this for doing Adobe Reader which works well, flash on the other hand doesn't

Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

Kerry Hoskin

Re: "Mega Corp" proves command and control can work!

Ahhhhh but BL found it VERY difficult! And they were a nationalised industry

YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Upgrades to software, other platforms.

yeah it was the case then, it isn't now. Win7 is less resource hungry than Vista and 8.1 less than Win7. I installed Win8.1 on a 2Ghz core2 Duo 2Gb RAM that's about 7 years old and it flew

Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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"The auditors said that the PCC was right to axe the SIREN project when he did, but pointed out that the situation never should have come to that in the first place"

Yep they should have used the package that the other forces were using, if they had to adjust how they did things then that's what they should have done!

And don't even get started on why we have 40 odd police forces in this country! Why just in the SW do we have Devon&Cornwall, Avon&Somerset and Dorset ,total waste of money.

But there again the national firearms database was a total cockup and took years to do just for a database that has a few hundred thousand firearms\shotgun cert holders on it.

Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

Kerry Hoskin

Re: App gap

loads of London tube apps and a very good Sky+ app bing translate is really good with loads of offline language support

Kerry Hoskin

Re: App gap

the one company the bugs the sh*t out of me where WP and Windows 8 support is concerned are those robbing b'startds Sky if I could ditch Sky I would but not being in a cabled area (or ever likely to be I'm stuck with them) Despite a MASSIVE thread on their forums concerning WP and Win8 support there isn't any (well you can sort of fudge SkyGo to work on win8) but there in no app. Seems odd to me that when most PC's being sold come with Windows 8/8.1 they still don't have proper support for that OS let alone for WP.

But what is even worse is that Sky Italy DO have a WP8 app!


Kerry Hoskin

Re: A question

you can use the music and video app on the phone or nokia's rather good mixradio to look after all your music needs

Apple flops out latest OS X Mavericks beta, hopes sound+graphics sorted

Kerry Hoskin

installing updates, my god that must have taken all but a few minutes (but still best do it before you start working) and of course OSX never needs updates

US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

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Re: Clarification

we already do have this service its called EE

You're fired: Lord Sugar offloads faded PC builder Viglen to XMA

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PC isn't all they do

Hands up how many of you know they also do HPC's! I didn't know until a few months ago when we had an external IT review and the consultants brought in Viglen to review our current and future HPC requirements. Viglen and HPC words you don't expect to see in the same sentence!

And finally two words for Lord Sugar "Email Phone"

The micro YOU used in school: The story of the Research Machines 380Z

Kerry Hoskin

I think we had 2 of them set up in our Maths hut! We then progressed to 4 BBC B's and about 6 Orics

Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

Kerry Hoskin

Re: These articles make me so sad ..

did my 1987 O level computer studies on the BBC B. Trouble was our comp only had 2 B's and 2 A's all the other computers (about another 6 or so) were Oric's

Nokia flops out its 4G, 4.7-inch WHOPPER: The Lumia 625

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Windows Phone

ermmm can't set a background image! there are no back ground images on WP, its not just a background image with a few rows of 90's style icons, that's kinda the whole point!

The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Other options?

I think that you'd landed up with a bit of an half assed weapons platform if you did this. The Asute are hunter killer replacements for the S-boats (swiftsure) 5 boats and a couple T-boats (Trafalgar class), with the same ability as Trafalgar to lunch cruises missiles but their primary role is to hunt down other sub's so I think its a like for like replacement ie 7 Astute to replace 5 swiftsure and 2 Trafalgar. they're pretty big 2000T bigger than a Trafalgar at over 7000T but nothing like the size of the V-boats that carry Trident at over 16000T. I think the astute are about the same'ish size as the old Polaris boats.

Vengeance is currently down here in Plymouth being refitted

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Why on earth didn't the review cost up silos?

can you imagine the planning permission headaches with this!

HMG "oh hello mr householder we'd like to place this chuffing great hardened nuclear silo next to your house"

householder "feck off"

Help-desk hell

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low printer toner

One that always sticks in my mind was one that one of our boffins (I work in a research Lab) came out with. We have a shared printer on each floor of the lab, the boffin came in and said the printer was low on toner on the 3rd floor and could we change it. Normally we don’t we just ask the user to give the toner a shake and it’s good for a few more hundred pages, anyway I said to the boffin “ok could you give it a shake, and got the classic answer “what the printer?” Now these printers are HP Laserjet 4300DTN (extra paper trays) so weigh in at around 30kg!

Sophos to axe 35 developer posts, shifts gaze to mobile, networks

Kerry Hoskin

not a surprise

After the the fiasco of its own updater being classed as a virus a couple of months back.

Climate denier bloggers sniff out new conspiracy

Kerry Hoskin

Re: Who the hell let Chirgwin write for the Register?

I'd never use the word psychology and science in the same sentance

Big Media drags 142,000 through UK's courts in a year

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Re: don't have a telly then

And that is really likely is it? I think not. As I said I don’t like paying the bleedy thing but if you want to watch TV you have to have one, pay up or don’t have a telly. It’s what £12’ish per month ( 2 packets of 20 fegs) Be interesting to know the personal circumstances of the “TV license” 74

Kerry Hoskin

Re: I'm all for the licence fee

actually Sky do produce quite a lot of their own content and the majority is actually really good

Orange 3G data network goes titsup

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tis ok in Sunny Plymouth

working here in Plymouth

iPhone 5 rumoured to be packed with pay-by-bonk tech

Kerry Hoskin

Apple invented NFC

it'll be called iTouch and Apple will of course try and take credit for inventing the whole NFC technology don't you know

Give Osborne a shovel: UK economy stuck in deep hole

Kerry Hoskin

news for you mate, I'm not in the Union so won't be going on strike, not all of us in the public sector are loony lefty pinkos. And on the issue of the strike, not very good timing this announcement, how to piss off public sector workers even more than they are already! I wonder how many will volunteer to cover boarder agency staff now!?

More news for you too, try comparing rates of pay within the professions in the civil service with the private sector (including us in IT) Think you’ll find private sector professionals do very nicely compared to their civil service colleagues. Bet your bolloxs that an HEO or SEO lawyer, accountant or IT Pro won’t be getting as good a package as a lawyer in law firm or an accountant or one of us in a private sector company. We might get a good pension but do we get other perks? health care, ermmm no, do we get nice bonuses, ermmmm no, do we get a company car ermmmm no, do we ever get large pay awards, errrmmmmm no, do we get decent expense allowances ermmmmm no, do we actually get much in the way of perks, ermmmm no. And how about career progression, my wife works for a large corporate (3M) in the past 6 years she’s had 2 promotions, I’ve had 1 in 14 yr’s and had to go through hoops to get that!

Kerry Hoskin

jobs going too

well this is the thing public sector job losses are also expected to hit over 700,000. I live in Cornwall so don't want to move (lived in the village all my life, one of the few these days!), but unless you want to work in a gift shop or a care home you need to commute to Plymouth for a better job, and the commute is 1.5 hours.

Kerry Hoskin


So after my pay freeze for 2yrs I'll be getting 1% for 2yr's then taking account of my increased pension contributions from April 2012 I think it'll work out that I won't have a pay rise for something like 5 yrs. And of course us civil service workers always had such BIG pay rises when the country was doing well, I don’t think I have EVER in 14yrs had a pay rise of over 3.5%.

Of course the pub beer garden next to my house full of p*ss heads drinking nearly all day, will still be full all year round while I go to work at 7am and get home at 7pm. The only difference is they’ll have their “pay rise” of 5.2%

Ice Cream Sandwich

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it looks like it’s been thrown together by a 6 yr old it if fugly! As many a comment has said Win7.5 is the only OS that is doing something different. Love it or hate it (and I love it) it is totally different to android or iOS

Smart TV shootout

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we've got a Panasonic in the bedroom and iplayer is pretty good. I just wish you could get Skyplayer on it

iPhone 4/4S 'self combusts' in airliner inferno

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watch out manufactures of hand warmers Apple’s lawyers will be after you soon

Ten... colour laser printers

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Solid Ink

we only have Xerox wax printers on site, always had them from the days of the 8200, we now have 3 8560's. Always found them to be cheap to run (you'll need to program the power saving to suit your needs) and very easy to use, no big toners in multiple colours to store, just a few small boxes of ink and the maintance kits are also small. Print quality beats lasers in to the ground. We use papercut to bill our users per page.

Blighty's first touch-to-pay phone goes on sale today

Kerry Hoskin

it is on a card

it is avaliable on a card BarclayCard paypass has been around for a few years. I'd use it if I could find any shops that take it!

Microsoft reveals WinPhone 7 'Mango' details

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iOS wasn't fully featured on release

Steven Moffat promises 'darker' Doctor Who

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old school

I prefered the old format to, give me 4 or 6 part episodes like the old school Dr Who