* Posts by BillDarblay

39 publicly visible posts • joined 4 Nov 2014

Home Office ignores plight of BA techies as job offshoring looms



TOTAL MAY HEM! If she wins the election people in the UK are far more stupid and fawning than even I gave them credit for.

HPE raises 'at risk' flag over hundreds of Brit services techies


Thank goodness

we have an IT 'skills shortage' and these people will easily find good jobs.

College fires IT admin, loses access to Google email, successfully sues IT admin for $250,000


Re: I've been in that situation.

The world of work belongs to the sociopaths and psychopaths my friend.

Promising compsci student sold key-logger, infects 16,000 machines, pleads guilty, faces jail


Begs the question

Why the hell weren't Google execs in court facing ten years for their illegal wifi snooping?

Oh - I forgot! One law for plebs and another for elites in 'The Land of the Free'.

90 per cent of the UK's NHS is STILL relying on Windows XP


Re: I know a precision engineering firm

"Didn't Uncle Clive claim a ZX81 was all that was required?"

No. It was a ZX80, actually. Aparently you don't need floating point Math to run a reactor like... umm Chernobyl.

Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin


Ofcom Fucktards

Arsehole twatting cunts.

May blocked plans to bring in more Indian IT workers – Vince Cable


Re: As a British IT worker....

"But, my main point, is that you need to upskill. Whatever it is you do, you're not good enough at it to command the extra premium that you seem to think you deserve versus Indian workers."

People like you used to make me vomit when I lived in the UK.

Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?


Err - the Greeks and Egyptians coined this term for the Larger Island in the British Isles. This is to differentiate between it and other islands like Ireland and also to differentiate between The UK and Great Britain. Most commonly people refer to the UK but Northern Ireland does have it's own devolved Government where some legislation is different to that of Great Britain.

Or were you being ironic?

Many people who live here put adjectives before the word Britain but they are often not what you would call "bragging". Most common are 'Sh1thole', 'RipOff' and 'Broken'.

Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative


Unfortunately this hateful misanthropic London Virus

is spreading to resort Hotels all over Europe.

The only time you see them crack a smile (and then they are grinning like wanking baboons), is in front of a selfie stick.

UK copyright troll weeps, starts 20-week stretch in the cooler for beating up Uber driver


Re: Troll gets tossed under bridge

I hope Big Bubba takes a shine to his sorry ass.

Phones exploding in kids' hands, shares tanking – but it's not all good news at Samsung


Re: Six year old ..? ..HIS smartphone?

Sorry, but giving kids phones that cost £650 - this is a 1st world problem and doesn't illicit much sympathy for the parents.

Alleged hacker Lauri Love loses extradition case. Judge: Suicide safeguards in place


Re: Fair enough USA

No. The Extradition Act 2003 only works one way.

It removed the requirement on the USA to provide prima facie evidence in extraditions from the UK, requiring instead only reasonable suspicion. However the UK is still required to provide prima facie evidence in extraditions from the U.S.A.

Blair was to busy rimming George Bush's arse to worry about trivia like the rights of the British Serfs.


Re: Controversial

Well Gary Mcinnon telneted into systems that either had a null password or a default password and was hounded for 10 years and faced rendition and a 300 year supermax prison sentence or other such Yankee fundamentalist madness.

Whilst I suspect Love's exploits were slightly more sophisticated and malign, it still begs the question, 'Are we a civilised society?'.

How do you define 'breaking into a computer' anyway? People do it every day using HTTP etc.

Ex-Citibank IT bloke wiped bank's core routers, will now spend 21 months in the clink


Re: Amateur hour, makes all of IT look bad

"People like this guy make the entire IT profession, including those of us who actually do a professional job, look bad in front of the decision makers."

Perhaps he was sick of being passed over a pay rise in favour of fawning, grasping, "Look at me, Look at me!" inadequates


Re: Just another unstable idiot

"-He'll never find another IT job worth having."

ROFL - does an IT job exist that is worth having?

Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers


2 old,

useless and shite companies lecture us on Brexit.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise hiring temps to cover for redundancies - sources


If any article, and it's comments,

can sum up how completely bleak and shite a career in corporate IT is - it is this one.

Microsoft to hike certification exam prices


Re: And exactly what...

"Right. So if a candidate you don't know submits a CV to you and it doesn't even have the certificates that would cover the technologies they should be proficient in, what's the likelihood they'd do well...?"

Speaking from a UK perspective, even if you have all the requisite certifications, if you are over the age of 50 then forget it.

Court battle date set for £300m BT Cornwall termination dispute


Re: Outsourcing contracts

"if this were the case then BT would presumably not have a leg to stand on and legal action would be unlikely"

BT didn't have a leg to stand on with their 'hypertext' patent but it didn't stop them trying.

Layabout, sun-blushed techies have pick of IT job market, says survey


Re: More salary needed

"raising the offered wages won't (immediately) increase the pool of available workers."

This is true for obscure niche skills but for the 98% jobs it does not explain why companies offer such piss poor wages and then squeal like spoilt piggies about a 'skills shortage'. It also does not explain why the intransigent oafs, who rely on niche skills, ever think it worth their while to cross-train somebody.


Re: I took the summer off

"I suspect it's partly due to the fact that recruiters are understandably ignorant of the scope of the skills they're listing."

No - it's primarily idiotic and time-wasting clients. Rec-cons who just spam skills are soon weeded out. I think we reached a point, some time ago, where the rec-cons are now much more technically astute than the clients.


Re: I took the summer off

This from, I suspect, that sports-person loving bank, in Mental Keynes.

I rest my case! I didn't even bother pasting the 'War and Peace' list of 'desired' skills.

Knowledge and skills required:


Core Skills Security:

Firewalls : Checkpoint Firewalls (single/clusters VRRP) /Juniper/NSM



IPS: Proventia/Sourcefire/Snort

Proxies: Bluecoat

Load Balancers: F5

Core Skills Networks:

Understanding of Cisco IOS/NX-OS (Nexus)

Understanding of TCP/IP, WAN, LAN, VPN, Routing (OSPF, BGP), HSRP, Spanning Tree

Application Packet Analysis

Excellent troubleshooting skills and ability to communicate effectively with peers, other teams and management.


I took the summer off

because I got fed up with timewasting clients insisting on stupid skill set combinations and after doing 2 long distance 2nd interviews and not hearing back.

FCUK That! If it carries on this autumn I might do a couple of Koenigs in Goa whilst laughing at the idiots bleating on in the UK media about a skill shortage!

The coming of DAB+: Stereo eluded the radio star


If you have an old DAB,

Why not upgrade to the far superior sound quality of FM!

It's got all the latest enhancements like stereo and quadrophonic hi-fi sound.

It is ideal for driving as it doesn't drop out and has advanced interference suppression. It is also very efficient for portable battery use.

You won't regret it! Spend less and get more!

Adobe Flash fix FAIL exposes world's most popular sites


Any web designer who chooses flash for a new site

should be marched out and shot in front of their family.

‘Digital by default’ agricultural payments halted: Farmers start smirking


How, in the name of Sweet Jesus

do they manage to spend nearly £200 million on a website?

It's a Mafia State.

Ten things you always wanted to know about IP Voice



is the infrastructure career graveyard.

How does a global corporation switch to IP Voice?


Get into VOIP

if you want to destroy your career.

Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?


Re: Free markets or competitive markets?

I agree. The author seems to ignore the Marxist policies of today, including; Right to buy, Help to buy, QE, Bank bail outs, Bank nationalisation. Don't forget the special privileges for 'Party' members like off-shore tax havens and second house subsidies. Amongst many, many others.

There 'aint much difference between Marxism and Crony Capitalism in practice.

Are you ready to ditch the switchboard and move to IP telephony?


Re: My personal opinion...

Is this in Antarctica with no mobile signal?


Obviously for new builds use VOIP

but don't expect much expertise out there.

I was heavily into voice 2000-2010 but dumped it due to the incredibly shitty wages. Considering how much breadth and detail one needed to keep up with - MGCP then H.323 then SIP. POE, QOS, R&S, Radius blah blah blah. FW guys blaming you for 1 way audio and then you having to reconfigure their stupid ASAs or Junipers. Cretinous clients turning you down for gigs because they used CallManager 4.02 and you last used 4.01 blaha vlah blah. Biggest laugh I got were idiot CIOs signing up for MITEL and suffering death by a thousand license requirements - a couple of raspberry pi's could do the same job free! Whahahahaha! Teeeheee!

IT infrastructure just ate itself and none of these skilled bods will come back. So if you want enterprise IPT - pay tens £k and train your IT monkeys up to do it for their peanuts.

Now I use asterisk for my own purposes but I politely turn down any requests for help with IPT or anything IT related.

Jaguar F-Type: A beautiful British thoroughbred


What a stupid article.

Is anyone here, interested in Indian cars made for Arabs and Chinese?

Over 50? Out of work? Watch out because IT is about to eat itself


Re: There's a reason your friend can't find a job

"I have always noted that those who bleat about management are usually the mediocrities...."

And after a long career in IT, my Dear Anonymous Coward friend, I found that the people who licked around and sucked up to management were totally useless....

Gov.UK tells Londoners: You too can cash in on the 'sharing economy'


This country pretends to be a free market capitalist state

but it is not.

The cronies are above the law but the plebs most certainly are not.

This is why you cannot legally sell a raspberry pi freepbx with a 3G dongle

Still the plebs seem quite happy as long as they have Strictly and sit alone drinking cheap supermarket booze.

Anonymous loose cannon admits DDoSing social services and housing websites



banks like HSBC are free to commit fraud, money laundering and tax evasion with no hint of prosecution.

Britain really is a sh1thole

Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely


Re: Nerdgasm?

Maybe not but loss of bowel control certainly would!

Need one of these bad boys for my openelec rig now - 5.1 DTS hi bit rate AND fiddle about with menus at the same time without jitter. Blaaaaah!

The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning


Wet Dream for the executive classes

"When even senior sysadmins work on an iPhone connected to an Apple TV, the end is nigh"

Utter nonsense! I remember when the skiing/Waitrose shopping CIO wanted us to do all our network management from a Psion 5!

Raspberry Pi mini-puter TOO BIG and EXPENSIVE for you? Think AGAIN


All we need now is a multi-core version. Selfishly of course. When I am playing HD 5.1 audio my XBMC menus are a bit laggy. Other than that - wonderful!

Still no start date for UK.gov’s £6bn Tech Products contract


If only

the leaders of this project were as adept at IT as they are at skiing, tennis and Waitrose shopping.