* Posts by Should b Working

79 posts • joined 1 Jun 2012


British IT outsourcers back Remain in the EU referendum campaign

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Re: during the 1960s...

Well, technically Aussies can just turn up here, they just can't stay longer than 3 months or work here without a visa.

Met Police cancels £90m 999 call command-and-control gig

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Re: Feep, Feep!

It's not unheard of for a bespoke project to run over time, but they were probably looking for a way out of spending all that cash as soon as they signed the contracts. The upgrade to the existing platform seems to signal exactly what you're saying.

I wish them good luck getting the milestone payments back. If you've already reached the milestone and completed that work, how could you possibly ask the contractor for the money back? More fool them if they only had time gates for the payments rather than actual project milestones.

SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

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Re: Microsoft usually does..

yeah, fingers crossed.

I honestly don't care about the practical applications here, just give me the games!!

Seagate makes CES splash with $99 drive, 'personal' cloud offerings

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Re: personal cloud

Cloud washing, just like green washing before it, is in full swing. Something they already make, updated and re-branded to match the latest marketing buzzword.

Next it will be "software defined" washing. Come see our software defined hard drive.

Hey, you, PHONE-FACE! Kickstarter in-car mobe mount will EMBED your phone into your MUG

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Re: Product placement aside

If it's on the steering wheel, even if there wasn't an airbag behind it, it would fall out. The steering wheel isn't always pointing above the horizontal.

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Re: To be fair

I'm not sure if that was sarcasm or not.

Microsoft snorefest: For crying out loud, Nadella – just channel Ballmer!

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Re: Simple maths

Agree. Gates was the techie, Balmer the salesman, and Nadella is the strategist. They can't all be extroverts like Balmer.

Gates was never particularly engaging when he talked either.

BYOD: don't let the dream turn into a nightmare

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Re: Surely NAS is the answer?

NAC should be part of a BYOD solution. You get internet access unless you meet the requirements (AV, patched up to date, management client installed etc).

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Good article

Absolutely agree that policy needs to come before technology. Otherwise you pick the tech that you think will work based on assumptions of what you think users want, and what the business will allow.

Set up a policy on the basis that users WILL use their own devices, but make it appropriate to your organisation. CYOD will only work if you provide devices people want to use. You will lose staff to organisations that are less restrictive if you're not careful. If the policy means no data is ever stored on the device, then that's fine. If it means users have to use 2FA to access sensitive data, then make that the policy. But allow the policy to match expectations, then implement a technology that supports the policy.

Sticking your head in the sand and saying no users can access the data remotely ignores the fact that they will find a way, and unless you provide them a way to do it safely, the way they choose will certainly not be one you have any control over.

Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

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Sure drop the Nokia, but why add Microsoft? Make Lumia the brand on its own.

Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: Almost every developed country seems to do much better

Reading to London is no better. Sure it's only 30 minutes, but in that 30 minutes I'd like to send a few emails, check my voice messages and read some online news. You can only do that for about 60-70% of the journey.

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sample size of one

I travel for work a lot, and this is full of confirmation bias etc etc but my O2 gets a better signal for data on most train journeys than Vodafone. Vodafone does a better job of maintaining a voice call though.

I carry two phones because usually one of them will work when I get to my destination, otherwise I'm scrambling to find a good wifi connection to use Lync.

UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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Re: That's just plain wrong...

No doubt representation would have cost more than £500.

Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned

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Re: Begining of the end.

Big businesses always cut staff at some point, if they didn't they would become inefficient and bloated. If they don't cut staff, they get bought by other businesses who will do it for them, like has happened here. Most of the staff being made redundant are from the Nokia business.

It's unfortunate that other areas are taking a hit though, good people will lose their jobs.

Job for IT generalist ...

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If you want the big bucks, then you'll probably need to specialise - otherwise you will be aiming for an IT Manager role in a small to medium organisation - and they don't come up that often.

I'd look into IT consulting, talk to some of the larger companies that you've heard of, and ask them about what sort of career progression and training they can offer. Talking to people at trade expos is a good place to start, they usually happy to have someone drop by who actually wants to talk to them, even if you're not buying something.

It sounds to me like your aiming for an Architect or Managing Consultant type role, but you need to prove your worth on the engineering or technical consulting rungs before you climb to the top. I don't think you'll still be wanting to dive in under desks in 10-15 years time, so now is the time to think about your options. You might need to specialise in the short term in order to get you that chance to be a well paid generalist in the medium term.

Reg tries out Google's Chromecast: Yep, we even tested smut sites

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Unfortunately here in Blighty we're subjected to import duties and VAT, which pumps the price up. Even a $30 USD device shipped would struggle to get into my living room for under 30 pounds.

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got mine yesterday

Went for the 2-5 day super saver shipping and it arrived within 16 hours. Bonus weekend playtime.

I don't have an apple TV and was looking at setting up Plex on my old desktop pc, so this fits nicely for future use.

Meanwhile Netflix on a big screen without having to plug the laptop to the (7 year old) TV is real reason I bought it. Works a treat - can start playing from my iPhone and it takes over, don't need to keep it running - but you can if you want a remote.

Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Sounds about right

Any time I get asked to install something on my friends/family member's computers I charge them a half dozen premium beers.

This one time at Apple Camp... Tech titan offers to school US fanbois on coding

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if you're a beginner

You're probably going to take any free tutorials you can get if you're just starting out, and it doesn't matter who is holding them.

Sure you'll need real world experience, but you can't get real world experience if you're still learning the basics.

Bigger on the inside: WD’s Tardis-like Black² Dual Drive laptop disk

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Re: Linux support... well, who can say?

@Alan Brown yep, he just said he plugged it into a mac

GTA San Andreas: Now smack that disobedient hooker on your PHONE

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...and I'm sure it will only need all of my available storage

Based on the companion app sizes for GTAV, a full game will most likely take up more space than most people have available on their devices.

CIOs, IT chiefs: ARRGH! What do you MEAN, HR just bought 400 iPads and didn't tell us

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Organisations clearly need a mobility policy that EVERYONE is aware of, otherwise it's going to become a security and management nightmare. Sure, allow BYOD, or different departments to purchase kit, but make sure they know the minimum security requirements prior to making that purchase - and that they'll be on their own in terms of hardware support or they'll need to contribute budget for the increased workload IT is about to take.

Sony scoffs at the Microsoft EX-BOX: A MILLION PS4s sell in ONE day

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Re: Supply rules

In the US at least. PS4 launches a week after xbox one in Europe.

New Retina iPad Mini not sold out HOURS after launch - world REELS

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Re: worthy of The Onion

you beat me to it.

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Re: Ha!

Indeed, I had to check I wasn't reading the onion.

Forget 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' - how does its rival from EA stack up?

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Re: console vs PC

As a long time FPS player on PC, I thought the same thing about switching to a console.

It was a jump at first, but you find it's more natural to control movement and aim with the thumb sticks than one hand on asdw and one on the mouse. You also find you get fast at weapon swapping and all the other things I know I developed shortcuts for in my previous PC gaming life. I still play PC games, just not graphics intensive ones.

7 years later and I'm still playing and enjoying xbox 360 FPS and I haven't had to upgrade my video card every year to keep up. Still deciding between PS 4 and xbox one - neither of them can play my current xbox games so I don't really care which.

It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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ring ring

Surface Pro 2 called.

Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

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Re: This report is complete and utter rubbish

Profit is one thing, but shareholders want growth too. This report shows that their growth is becoming tied to a fixed market size of replacement devices.

Apple's new non-feline Mac operating system, OS X Mavericks, ready to go

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Re: run out of cats?

Ceiling cat?

Scottish NHS bosses say soz after 2-day IT ballsup scrubs 700 appointments

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lost in translation

I'm sure the techs who explained it to the person who then relayed the message to the individual who wrote the script for this announcement mentioned "AD", "router", "system", "corrupt" and "users" but not necessarily in the same order that it came out.

'Safest car ever made' Tesla Model S EV crashes and burns. Car 'performed as designed'

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Re: Is it me, or is video dolt driving and filming at the same time?

most annoying part of that video for me was the aspect. Turn your damn phone sideways when taking videos!!

Microsoft: Surface is DEAD. Long live the Surface 2!

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Re: How much an Ultrabook costs?

I keep swiping on my macbook air's screen and nothing happens...

gotta compare apples with, er apples.

Microsoft's swipe'n'swirl pic passwords LESS secure than PINs, warn researchers

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Downvotes to a clear xkcd.com reference? Some people need to get out more.

Microsoft says axed certificates were FAILING its software biz

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Re: It's probably somewhat different

Spot on. If you're not already in the USA it is a big time and money commitment to get over there for the training - and then the course fee on top of that.

Then the exam/lab itself is very complex and there's a chance you won't pass - and there's no money back guarantee.

Crack open those wallets: Microsoft is raising software prices AGAIN

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Re: It doesn't matter

Seriously? Disgrace? Haven't played with Hyper-V recently have we?

That aside, this is disgraceful behaviour by Microsoft and they deserve whatever slamming is coming due to them trying to squeeze the last drop of revenue out of their existing (surviving?) customer base.

Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: Intune IS for smaller businesses

You always end up paying, whether it's for hardware, software, support, or in downtime when the "solution" your expert installed falls over for the 3rd time this year. Whether you choose to invest that money in something with a financially backed SLA or Doug, the Linux guy, is up to you.

Anyway this conversation was meant to be about getting apps into Win 8.1, how did we get so distracted?

Beer, because it's Thursday afternoon here.

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Intune IS for smaller businesses

Why would you install infrastructure on premises to manage your desktops and mobiles when someone else can run that infrastructure for you?

I think this is a non-issue. Get Intune, get the side load keys.

Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

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Re: Did this take outlook down ?

from the blog linked in the article:

"Q: How was this issue not detected in Exchange Online if Exchange Online is always receiving fixes before on-premises customers?

A: Exchange Online does not deploy .msp patches into the environment; instead, Exchange Online deploys new full builds of the product (cumulative updates, if you will) on a regular release cadence. As a result, Exchange Online was not impacted by this issue."

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I love the QA section in the blog

"Q: You have told us time and time again that you were going to improve your testing procedures, and yet each time you have to tell us that you missed something. When will it end?"

Good that they're asking the questions, bad that this isn't the first time it has happened.

USB accelerates to 10 Gbps

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Re: what is next

Reboot - then it will be:


HALF of air passengers leave phones on ... yet STILL no DEATH PLUNGE

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

@Anonymous Coward 101

Have you flown? They ALWAYS wake people up before landing. As for books and magazines, they can't talk back - so their distraction level is a magnitude lower than a phone.

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Re: Not just radio signal safety

@Don Jefe

Good point, and glad you're ok.

- but never underestimate the capacity for stupidity from one or two individuals in a large group.

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Re: Never any danger

True, if it were placing us in immediate danger, do you think they would politely ask us to turn them off?

That said, radio signals have been proven to interfere with some electronic equipment - would you really want to risk it at 30,000 feet?

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Not just radio signal safety

I've had it explained to me that the reason they ask us to switch off the phones especially during take off and landing is these are the times that the plane is most likely to crash - and therefore, the full undivided attention of everyone on the plane is required in case of an emergency exit.

The fact that there will always be some moron who thinks it is more important to call their mum rather than listen to the cabin crew and get-the-hell-off-the-plane is precisely why they need rules like this.

Secondly, there are electronic components that are impacted by radio signals, and a "my plane didn't crash and I left my phone on" isn't a valid argument for the removal of those rules. Lack of an expected outcome is not elimination of causation .

You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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Re: It's goes to 11, see?

@Alistair Dodd 1

What's the point of a PIN at all if it is easy to remember? It makes it easier to guess too. Asking someone to choose a pin on the spot and they're likely to go with a year - or a PIN they're already using somewhere else (say their bank) which is worse. Alternatively they'll come up with something random that means nothing to them and they'll forget it. Give them a PIN and they'll try to remember it - being given a PIN on a piece of paper that they read and then dispose of properly is a memory aid.

Actually, 4 digit pins are so useless you might as well say "your PIN is 1234" and be done with it.

Switch to longer alpha numeric or pass phrases and your users will remember them.

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Can I have your PIN please?

It's ok, it's for a scientific study.

Egad! Could Samsung be cheating in Galaxy benchmark tests?

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Re: Apple

Is that sarcasm? Because it's hard to tell.

6fusion probes AWS for performance secrets

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This isn't the cloud your looking for

..if performance is what you're after.

My IT decision making triangle.

Cheap. Fast. Stable.

Pick 2.

Sherlock, because he gets it.

Lenovo ThinkPad Helix Ultrabook: Your new summer convertible?

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Re: oh, ffs

the same thing... except the touch screen and ability to convert into a tablet. So not the same thing then?

Hackers crippled HALF of world's financial exchanges - report

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Paris Hilton

Re: Difference between ‘crippled’ and ‘attacked’

Saw the author on twitter protesting innocence on that one - headline writers have something to answer for - no mention of "crippled" in the article.

Paris, because she doesn't understand the difference between the two either.



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