* Posts by gv

232 posts • joined 1 Jun 2012


UK chancellor: Getting back to the altar of corporate dreams (the office) will boost young folks' careers


Re: Er ...

I believe the correct terms are "agile" and "scrum".

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra: Strong effort from an entity-lister, but your tiny child hands may struggle


Re: Chinese Boogyman

The CCP will find it invaluable to know that you are sitting at home reading The Register.

Windows 11 still doesn't understand our complex lives – and it hurts


Note that Firefox is not a supported browser for Teams.

Gov.UK vows to chop red tape in the digital sector. What could possibly go wrong?


Re: The elephant in the room

Given the big players are deeply embedded as consultants into the machinery of Government, the short answer is 'no'.

IBM email fiasco complicates sales deals, is worse than biz is letting on – sources


Re: Unbelievable

Big tech titan screwing up a big tech migration is not a good look.

Lenovo refreshes workstation ThinkPads with 11th-gen Intel CPUs, RTX graphics, 5G


This is me in my home office.

There's no place like GNOME: System 76 introduces COSMIC desktop GUI for its Pop!_OS Linux


Re: Why the fuck

What are the "maintenance headaches of Linux"?

I get a notification icon saying there are updates available. I install the updates. Occasionally, I have to reboot, but usually not.

A Microsoft bork at the heart of The Oracle? Whatever next?


Re: 3 minutes before a meeting

With the current lockdown, it feels like I've been at home for nearly 20 years.

Google, Microsoft pitch in some spare change to keep Mozilla's Web Docs online bible alive


Re: Surprised.

They have to know about the standards so they can work out the most effective way to subvert them.

Has Apple abandoned CUPS, the Linux's world's widely used open-source printing system? Seems so


Re: So...

Whatever your problem, the answer is never Windows...

Android 11 lands with plenty more privacy preferences for Pixels and special Google friends first


Old Phones

I annoys me that I do not have the option of upgrading my OnePlus 3T to this even though it has 6GB of RAM.

Twitter says hack of key staff led to celebrity, politician, biz account hijack mega-spree


Re: Working from Home

Surely they'd have a VPN with 2FA before letting anybody near a vital internal system?

Germany is helping the UK develop its COVID-19 contact-tracing app, says ambassador


Re: £11.8M

Nice "work" (nothing tangible produced) if you can get it.

Sony reveals PlayStation 5 will offer heretical no-optical-disk option. And yes, it has an AMD CPU-GPU combo


Can I play nethack on it?

See title.

Web pages a little too style over substance? Behold the Windows 98 CSS file


The parking brake on my car is a switch.

Microsoft staff giggle beneath the weight of a 52,000-person Reply-All email storm


"Which begs the quetion how much iron is created through sending ironic emails?"

Whatever the amount, it's a steel.

HMD Global pokes head out of quarantine to show off 3 new Nokia mobiles


Re: SD Card & Headphone Jack?

Absolutely this. Bought Nokias for the kids (one to the utter disdain of the Carphone Warehouse guy who had to fetch it from the stock room): solid, cruft-free phones with regular updates.

Hold up, ace. Before you strap into Firefox's latest Test Pilot, ask yourself...


Re: As usual, with open source applications, you should ask yourself "where do the money come from?"

I'm not sure I'd trust a coder who was up at 5 AM...

Don't panic! Don't panic! UK IT job ads plummet as Brexit uncertainty grabs UK tech sector by the short and curlies


Re: The search for good news is getting desperate

Sunlit uplands hitting in 2050.

Lenovo ThinkPad X390: A trusty workhorse that means business but it's not without a few flaws


Re: X220 forever

Apart from the battery, my T61 running Ubuntu Mate, still works remarkably well and that keyboard is superb.

What first attracted Ofcom boss Sharon White to the near-£1m salary offered by John Lewis Partnership?


Re: damp squib

The down voters need to get off their pedal stools.

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want


Re: "Everyone loves a bit of REGEX torture"

I don't think your regex parses.

Terribly Sorry Bank reports 165% drop in profits to a pre-tax loss of £105.4m


Re: Who decided such massive change all at once?

Indeed, a controlled, phased migration of customers should have been the strategy here with copious amounts of usage and stress testing and a bullet-proof rollback strategy just in case. I would have thought it would be fairly straightforward to identify the senior director who gave the green light...

Dixons Carphone still counting cost of miserly mobile phone sales


Re: It's not Dixon's fault..

"Shush, thinner is not a plus!"

I'd quite like my headphone socket back so that I can actually be on a phone call and charge the phone at the same time.

Three quarters of US Facebook users unaware their online behavior gets tracked


"The IQ average will remain at 100, by definition, no?"

I wish I had more than 1 up vote.

Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama


Re: Google+ users

I trust them 110% with my cat photos.

WLinux brings a custom Windows Subsystem for Linux experience to the Microsoft Store


The Other Way Round

Running Linux as the base OS and Windows in a VM is much better.

Microsoft sharpens its claws to cut Outlook UI excess, snip Ribbon


Re: With no competition for miles ....

Funnily enough I find Outlook is buggy, lacks features and is very unreliable. Definitely not enterprise-grade (whatever that means).

Go Pester someone else: TSB ditches CEO over bank's IT meltdown


Re: New Chief Executive Puppet wanted

Isn't the new TSB banking platform implemented in .NET?

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears


Re: LG G7 ThinQ: Raising a StinQ.

Ay, there's the rub. If only LG provided software updates on a regular basis...

Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android


Re: I'm uncertain...

'... but for "Mom & Pop" this will be just like asking them to run Linux instead of Windows on their laptop.'

Or maybe like asking them to run Linux on their phones. Oh wait...

Trump’s new ZTE tweets trump old ZTE tweets


Also, the smartest and the healthiest.

You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block


Re: What's next?

Time to re-invigorate Usenet and Gopher.

TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank



"Can he not see that determining the expected load and planning for adequate resources to deal with that load are what his job is supposed to be?"

I'm guessing they employ the "brightest and best" IT people for this, just like everybody else.

Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes


Re: not a customer

On the contrary, customers should get very agitated. This is a core banking platform migration, so there should have been extensive contingency planning, testing and a fallback system in place.

"to help identify and resolve performance issues in the platform"

A good rule of thumb is to do this BEFORE going live.

Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds


Contingency and rollback

Whoever put together their contingency and rollback plan in case the 'upgrade' failed should quite probably be tendering their resignation...

UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫


Given the choice, I think most people would do likewise.

Huawei guns for Apple with Mac-alike Matebook X


Never buying anything with a Broadcom card ever again.

Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!


Re: Usual media over-reporting highly interim and possibly invalid findings

Life is (ultimately) fatal.

France to lend Brexit Britain sore souvenir of Norman yoke – the Bayeux Tapestry



"months of talks between culture department officials in London and Paris"

Nice work if you can get it.

Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?


Re: Are people still blaming Brexit for management stupidity

"The only interaction I have with normal shops is either to buy a drink or lunch but never tech"

Are they still selling £30 HDMI cables?

Spy-on-your-home Y-Cam cameras removes free cloud storage bit


Re: Boom. Gotcha.

"Now you have it, we'll now lock you in because that would be cheaper than you buying all new stuff"

To a certain extent, yes. But, as there is a hardware component almost always involved somewhere, when said component needs to be replaced, then it's goodbye and goodnight (probably for ever).

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society


Re: Cash just in case

My local fish and chips establishment being the most critically important example for cash only transactions.

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury


Re: Silly Valley

Until somebody builds the equivalent of Orac, I'm not parting with my money.

Ignite: Microsoft drops veil on Honolulu, releases SQL Server on Linux into the wild


Re: Lock-in

One way would be application functionality, i.e., your application has some whizzy things that your competitors do not, but you're always taking the risk that the customer will migrate anyway because of the cost, or security concerns, or the support experience, or any number of other factors.

Mozilla whips out Rusty new Firefox Quantum (and that's a good thing)


Re: First look

"Old school Firefox users will be pleased as punch to note the return of square tabs"

On Firefox 55 there are the Compact Light and Compact Dark themes.

My name is Bill Gates and I am an Android user


Re: Thriller

The irony is that they took Elop's Nokia down with them.

GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone


Re: But

If it has a browser app and maybe a port of the f-droid repository, I think I would definitely spend my money on this.

What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu


Re: Does KDE work now?

Running vanilla KDE on Arch Linux and had absolutely no issues. I always turn the file indexing/searching stuff off though.



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