* Posts by H2Nick

96 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Feb 2007


EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really


No chance of scope creep here...

Just think what (they said) RIPA was for & what it was actually used for


Or prevention of terrorism used to prevent Walter Wolfgang from rejoining the Labour conference


Or my car failing it's MOT due to a blown number plate bulb.

(MOTs were initially introduced as a safety improvement)

Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play


4K lappy because

one day it will connect to a large 4K monitor, so I can code multiple parts of a program at once.

Or manually compare versions of spreadsheets / Word docs etc

Shiny new UK.gov stats website a 'disaster' - MPs


Thanks for the URL.

Just tried "total government spending"

Nothing for the total on the first page.

saw "UK Central Government Procurement Spend"

tried "UK Central Government spend"


Simple enough to find on this site : http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/total - though that fails quickly enough with 'server not found' if you click on "revenue"...

Maybe all the various Gov sites feed data into this new one. Maybe I'm just dreaming in colour...

UK.gov to spunk £2m a year policing global cyber-security


£2m is a drop in the ocean compared with the £40m just wasted on the train fiasco.


Oh & the gov is probably still giving India £280m / year, effectively to help with their space program


£100m wasted on Aircraft carrier conversion


& you really dont want to even look at ther plans for spending billions on HS2


etc etc

UK.gov: Real time PAYE and new benefits systems WILL work


Only £115M

I'd like to see the cost/benefit analysis on this one...

Compare The Market can't touch web filth extension - simples


@paulc - I'm more worried about... www.comparethegherkin.xxx !!!

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Prehistoric monster snake crushed prey under 1.5 Brooklyn Bridges


Re: Stupid comparison

Shouldn't that be 10 mountain bikes ?


Apple chief thinks about his MOUNTAIN OF CASH a lot


@Johhnytruant - Looks correct

Using Dollar bill size 6.6294 x 15.5956 cm

9.8 x 10 ^^ 10 USD

10 ^^ -10 to convert sq cm to sq km

gives just over 1000 sq km

Wales area seems to be about 20770 sq km, so just under a twentieth of a Wales.

Council fined £140k for leaking kids' sensitive info


@James 100 Spot on !

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4 Sun journos, 1 cop bailed in police bung probe


@AC 15:04 The only way for the tits is up, surely..

when the paper goes tits-up

Regulator reckons telly advert caps are just peachy



Maybe you also skip the "previously on..." recap & the next week trailer as well as the TV station trailers...

That can reduce some stuff considerably...

I've set one button on my Humax PVR to skip 3 mins forward, & that gets past the majority of ad breaks exactly, so all I see it the bumper with a slight jump.

So a nominal "hour" program has 3x3 minute commercials, = the 9 in max.

But I don't need to watch them, so I'm happy.

MPs: This plan for proper navy carriers and jets is crazy!


Recession - what recession

So despite the fact the UK's been in recession several years (I'm ignoring the growth of 0.made_up_percent) it seems the Gov spunk-o-tron is still in overdrive.

Thing that get's me is that they never seem to learn

eg buying £250 milion worth of helicopters then keeping them in storage as they didn't buy the reqd software...


It's much worse than a simple "fail"

London councils to spunk £25m on SAP deal


Maybe I'm just being pessimistic

While I can see that one SAP system could support a load of local councils (not just 2), so provide good value, the public sector IT record says we will probably be reading "lessons learned" in about 2016, once this is all scrapped..

It's not even like Haringey has a good record so far...


Who'd buy a fake battery?


@dodgy geezer

Spot on !

If the standard levels are close to sweet FA, then 30 x SFA = still SFA

Sounds like FUD.

London rioters should 'loose all benefits'


Outsource the sentence

Jail them but outsource it.

I hear Morroco has some nice ones...

Less fun for the perps & cheaper for everyone else.

Software engineer blogs own Starbucks wiretap




ID fraud costs UK £2.7bn a year


Joined up govt.

OK - I just read the steps to avoid ID theft, including the gem where one govt dept recommends opting out of the edited electoral register, run by another govt dept.

Well here's an idea - if HM Govt knows it helps ID theft, then why doesn't HM Govt scrap it & stop selling these details.

Result would be less ID theft & less junk mail & less crim aiding & abetting by HM Govt.

Cameron to spend £1bn+ on cyber security



Sadly, with the govt record on IT spending, it's more likely to be £30 billion spent for something that dosen't really work...

'Rock star' spewed guts after emitting vast pearl necklace


@P.Nutt Close - but surely it's an ad for

a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster ?

Microsoft Windows glider crashes


Surely not - M$ more show that go ???

Reminds me of a 1994 article in IBM system user "If operating systems were airlines"


All the passengers go out onto the runway, grab hold of the plane, push it till it gets into the air, hop on, jump off when it hits the ground again.

Windows Air

The terminal is very neat & clean, the attendants are all very attractive, the pilots very capable.

The fleet of Lear jets the company operates is immense. Your jet takes off without a hitch, pushing above the clouds and, at 20,000 feet, it explodes without warning.

HP contractor 'surprised and saddened' by Hurd sacking


Oh dear

Looks like he let the little head do the thinking...

Oz customs search lappies and mobes for smut


Paedo alert

Naked kiddie in bath?

Call The Paedofinder General !

Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves


Shock ! Horror ! Hold the front page Postman not very numerate

As soon as you see "self funding" anywhere, you know you will either be paying for something useless (like ID cards) or paying for something previously paid for out of general taxation.

DoH splurges £2.72m on Adwords


Nurse !

What's £2.7 million in these affluent times.

They must be, as barely a day goes by without another politician "making a commitment" on how He/She will spend billions.

Actually I spose we should count ourselves lucky they didn't commision some IT.

If they'd done that it would be £2.7 billion instead of million

UK prosecutors drop 'tiger' sex video case


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Great - country's almost bust & the state spunks money on crap like this.

Not to mention the dubious "fishing" aspects of the article

Doing the maths on Copenhagen


Real cause missed


Needs to be reduced.

Example : Recently, the Bangladesh finance minister warned that 20 million might be forced to leave the country due to climate change in the next 40 years.


This is less than the expected growth in population, which has nearly doubled in the last 30 years


Est 156 million now


Time for (more?) state-sponsored contraception

Google: Do no evil, pay no tax



If they average £90K, I doubt many are receiving tax credits/benefits

More generally, HMRC should tax UK generated profits (not like at present where Google, News International etc pay nearly sweet FA).

Maybe they would have got more tax if they hadn't been so busy with their own tax dodging schemes (Stuff like where they sold all their buildings to Mapely Steps, who were gave the best price as they pay no UK tax...)

AMD cuts to the core with 'Bulldozer' Opterons


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My Quad core PC still hangs for a few seconds while Windows decides it needs to refresh something or other.

I'm sure another 12 cores will make no difference.

Ditto startup - that always seems to wait, rather than really running stuff in parallel.

Axeman Chancellor toes the line on ID cards


If only there were Arc spaceships available

like these guys had


Police snapper silliness reaches new heights


Thought the Govt was short of a few bob

Maybe they could cut some of the police budget - they clearly have too much if they can afford to waste time chasing photographers

Catholics slam PETA nude adopt-a-mutt poster



After recent reports that their Irish branch protected dozens of paedos masquerading as priests, they should just STFU & get their own house in order.


Spain warned on filesharing cut-offs


Let's see

Assume I'm 15 & my mates at school have GBs of songs I'd like a copy of.

What am I going to do - spend ages on the net or just get a copy with a 16GB memory stick...

Meanwhile, if gas/leccy can cut people off by mistake & take months to correct errors, how long do you think it will take ISPs to restore connections, due to misdiagnosis of packets etc ?

(especially as this has no effect on physical wellbeing)

EG of pensioner cut off


IT workers top UK inertia league


Note to self : Must go to gym

It's a fair cop.

Scientists flee Home Office after adviser sacking


Wacqui & Johnson

Dumb & Dumber

Asus CEO signals Q1 2010 smartbook launch


She doesn't look a day older !

& I thought sun was ageing...

Court kicks YouTube rant missus into touch


@AC 11:47

"and sex is nothing compared to a lifetime of happy memories."

You're not doing it right then !!!

Home Office makes nice cartoon ID card ad


F@ck me

There I was, thinking there was a recession & that HM Gov would be cutting unnecessary spending.

Guess pi55ing away another £500K doesn't really matter

World's nastiest trojan fools AV software


Oh dear...

...looks like some very good coders have crossed to the dark side.

As requested in the first 2 posts - what detects/gets rid of it ???

Microsoft harries XP-loving biz customers on to Windows 7


If it ain't broke...(2)

XP does mostly what I want (with a few annoying random freezes) & seems fairly stable too.

Why would I want to get W7 & have to relearn where M$ has decided to put everything this time...

Hopefully by the time I need to upgrade it will be simple enough to go to Ubuntu or similar.

I don't want to pay M$ any more to have to jump thru their hoops (eg WGA) for DRMd crap (eg fista file copy)

Music downloads greener than buying CDs


I don't care - CD's sound better on my hifi

& I can create mp3s as & when I need them

Government claims on immigration ignore IT industry


I just failed...

Fancy me not being citizeny enough to know which year over 100 years ago women got the right to vote... & a load of other pretty irrelevent fails

UK border control can't count

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That's Numberwang

...what they might as well have said.

Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble - and why it's flawed


This is a limited time offer and will run until supplies run out.

Yep - after 100 copies it's broken & can be copied no more...

How the f@ck can "supplies" of software run out ???

Phorm gets £15m lifeline


Phuck the Phuck off & die

I'm guessing anything stronger & closer to what I really feel re Phorm might have got moderated....

IR35 tax is a huge failure


obstinate – but he’s not stupid.????

Are you kidding ???

What about the removal of the 10% tax rate then - he either didn't think it through or he very cynically didn't care that some of the poorest people would see their tax nearly doubled -

(not quite doubled, as personal allowance was originally going to be increased by (only) £210)

I think he tries hard to do the right thing (just fails miserably), which only leaves not-very-bright

eBay officially not cheaper than High Street


ASA give eBay a load of free advertising

This will work to eBay's favour I think..

Heard it on the telly breakfast news & on the radio news too.

Oxygen of publicity etc..

IPCC U-turn on Tomlinson CCTV


"Hardwick believed he was right "

Yeah - & Jean Charles de Menezes was wearing a puffer jacket, running & jumped the barrier...

Best guess here is that they hope the tapes have been erased already...

UK police bust lottery scam centre in Somerset


What a lot of fuckwitts

22000 of the critters

G20 Summit: All the action caught on camera


Excellent stuff.

Do hope I don't get to many nightmares triggered by the the Über-Wacqui image though...

Texas senator wants to ban Vista purchases


Wonder if this isn't just a ploy to get a discount

...Like Newham Council managed (I speculate) a few years ago