* Posts by AnotherBoringUsername

13 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Oct 2013

Virgin Media comes top of the flops for customer complaints


The broadband is poor

I’ve had Virgin (up to 1gigabit) at two different properties.

The download speeds are good.

The connection quality is poor.

Using their box in modem mode improves things but it’s still bad.

The connection quality on Sky fibre is miles better.

The customer services and sales process on both is appalling.

Arc: A radical fresh take on the web browser


Can anyone say spork?

This just feels like a spork to me.

I’m sure a few people will love it.

The rest of us were perfectly happy with a spoon, are still happy with a spoon, and will continue to be happy with a spoon.

New browser? Looks more like a badly mangled version of an old browser that hardly anybody will really want or like.

Deloitte wins deal worth up to £100M for UK border platform



My knowledge of the Big4 in general is as follows:

- They have some smart people and some not so smart people

- Whether smart or not, most are quite overpaid, and more importantly, vastly overcharged in relation to actual experience

- Their insane bills mean they can often throw vast resources at some things that others can’t

- You might get a speed advantage as a result

- You’ll likely get terrible value for money

- The quality has a high chance of being lower than if you just employed real specialists in whatever field it is you want them to do

- So, as another poster says, you’ll probably rack up huge cost on middle management / project cost and pay peanuts / get monkeys delivering the actual product if outsourced. If not outsourced then the man hours at their rates will likely be far too low compared to what a specialist company would have used

So chances are this is another example of winning work due to their aura, connections, or weighty proposals/promises.

File Explorer gets facelift in latest Windows 11 build


Re: Teaching an old dog new bugs

Yup, one of those things that all of us (who know about this insanity) fix immediately upon Windows installation, and everyone who doesn't gets shafted by at some point, with the chaos of files with multiple extensions, because its hiding stuff you need to know.

And whilst we're on the subject, whoever invented "desktop.ini" files needs to get back in the sea, immediately.

(yeah, I too like to disable the hiding of hidden/system/any files, which leads to the visibility of these stupid unnecessary items)

Rant over. That feels better.


Here we go again

It’s been downhill since Windows 2000.

If they did nothing other than keep a basic layout like Win2k and improved the underlying performance/compatibility/reliability/security of the system I’d be happy.

Instead, with every version, they seem to keep largely the same functionality, but spend huge amounts of time hiding/moving everything around into endless sub-menus. Or obsess over trying to make everything being touch based. Funnily enough, I know hardly anyone who enjoys jabbing their screen at work, and covering it in fingerprints. The keyboard and mouse system has never been bettered and until such time there’s clearly a better option everyone wants to use this attitude is bonkers.

Top Euro court advised: Cops, spies yelling 'national security' isn’t enough to force ISPs to hand over massive piles of people's private data



Another judgement which, if upheld, will only serve to see more criminals escape justice, more people become the victims of crime of all types, and the rest of us paying more because it's more difficult to investigate and prevent crime. Great.

Privacy, much like free speech, is great in principle, but applying it to the nth degree just means more bad things happen to good people.

BOFH: Trying to go after IT's budget again?


Which has now been corrected....I guess I can continue reading ;)


Stopped reading at "IT Budget's"..........criminal grammar failure.

Thanks, Brexit. Tesla boss Elon Musk reveals Berlin as location for Euro Gigafactory


It really doesn't matter what one individual company says.

Brexit is clearly bad for Britain (that's if Britain even stays together in the aftermath) and ensures we'll essentially become a vassal state as Rees-Mogg (rather ironically) put it.

Not only will we no longer have the bargaining power of a big bloc, businesses will still have to follow almost all the EU rules in order to trade with them, rather than having different production processes for different regions and thereby becoming far more inefficient and uncompetitive, and on top of that will have the increased logistical problems that come from being outside the free trade area of your nearest mass-market.

It's a really really stupid move that all stems from politicians desire to blame anyone bar themselves for Britain's problems and the gullible public and their xenophobia lap it up.

Cortana makes your PC's heart beat faster: Windows 10 update leaves some processors hot under the cooler


Screwed two of my machines

Installed the update on two of my machines.

It broke both of them.

Registry change relating to Bing fixed one.

Other still broken despite any registry changes.

Pretty poor show from MS.

GIMP open source image editor forked to fix 'problematic' name


About time

The name should have been changed long ago.

I've got no time for un-necessary political correctness, but at the same time, if you name your food recipe app "Nazi-snacks", it's going to prevent it going more mainstream, no matter how good the program is.

Getting upset about it moving to a more sensible name is miles more silly than changing it to a widely acceptable one.

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows


Re: But, but, but ...

What's a really stupid font?

Twitter IPO: We want $17 to $20 per share for all our - sorry, your - witterings


Re: If your not making any £$

That's not entirely true. The stock market is definitely interested in the past and present. Heavy discounts can be applied for past under-performance by the company in question, or it's management, or its peer group in general as sectors fall in and out of favour (or premiums for those with a stellar record). Furthermore the more risk-averse markets are, the more cash becomes king, and those companies without a proven (or at least extremely credible) route to profit are going to be discounted heavily.

So whilst it is about tomorrow - the past and present do have a bearing.