* Posts by Starkoman

9 posts • joined 28 Apr 2017

GitHub merges 'useless garbage' says Linus Torvalds as new NTFS support added to Linux kernel 5.15


Re: Note that the git request-pull command is different from the GitHub pull request feature

“Clear as an unmuddied lake, Mr. Deltoid”, said Alex.

IKEA China and ASUS team on gaming products, resist urge to call them FRÄG


FRÄG • Fräg

In combat games, when you kill your enemies or they explode, you “frag” them: “Frag that ugly bastard!”.

Past tense: They got “fragged”, “We fragged the last of them”, etc.

It’s an aberration of military fragmentation grenades (the effects of which are terminal): “He was fucking fragged (fragmented) — bad style!” (aka: eviscerated — preferably with plenty of flying blood).

Because IKEA is Swedish, the humour is in the sly, subtle Scandinavian-style spelling of fräg (FRÄG).

The old axiom which says: jokes, when spelt out, just aren’t funny — remains true.

UK government puts £750m on the table as it looks to deal directly with cloud providers


Not Fit For Purpose

The UK government has a very long, ignominious (even spectacular) history of specifying and procuring shockingly poor departmental/interdepartmental/government-wide I.T. systems which went massively over-budget, came in years late and, ultimately, completely failed to do the job they were originally intended for.

For example(s), few government departments can view linked records with other parts of the *same* department; few government departments or agencies can see what other departments/agencies’ systems hold (or interact with them); the NHS system is barely able to pull up patients’ medical records to check what medications they’re prescribed or whether they’ve been progressed (let alone delivered)(despite digital prescriptions being “introduced” 2+ years ago). Much of the time, hospitals are not linked into dentists, opticians, GP surgeries, et al., and vice versa.

We’ve seen hundreds of ex-government Ministers, formerly responsible for overseeing the procurement and implementation of these failed systems, appear with sickening regularity appear upon retirement (or being voted out), on the Boards of these same failed contracting companies as “Consultants” — at £350,000+ for four days work per annum. Brown envelopes are a thing of the past. Nowadays, British politicians are bribed with future Board positions to approve the company bid today.

This year particularly, UK taxpayers have been witness to numerous hopelessly flawed major contracts going, not to the best bidder of a protracted tendering process, but to direct chums of the Ministers responsible for awarding contracts: some companies even receiving “Most favoured business status”, of the Prime Minister — who himself “bunged” a contract or two, without any tendering process whatsoever, to Serco (an outfit with such a long/disgraceful record of public sector failures and overcharging, that much of their time is spent being prosecuted in courts).

“All perfectly legal”, Ministers claim: “Because we changed the law nine months ago, er, er... because of Covid”.

Against this dire historical background and blatant corruption, politics aside, we can all be absolutely certain that no system specified and endorsed by the British government in Whitehall, will ever do what it’s been purchased for — or required to do.

Essentially, it all boils down to money — and Westminsters’ MP’s, Cabinet Members, Ministers and the PM have proven themselves expert in shamelessly fleecing every penny they can possibly gouge for themselves and their rich chums from the woefully undefended public purse.

This cloud project will be exactly the same, mark my words.

We all love bonking to pay, but if you bonk with a Windows Phone then Microsoft has bad news


Re: NFC? No fucking chance.

Pay has a limit of £9,000.

Google: All right, screw it, from this Christmas, Chrome will block ALL adverts on dodgy sites


Re: Still worse than an ad blocker (by design)

Precisely -- which is why you can turn off advertising for certain web pages and sites you wish to support via add-on's like AdBlock Plus.

You approve them so they get ad revenue. Happy.

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe


Re: I’m Struggling…

Incredibly impressive that you can run the latest OS X Mojave on an almost 10 year-old Mac -- really.

I'm *reasonably sure* that you also run Linux Mint 19 on the same machine too.

Oracle tells court: Boss man Mark Hurd didn't have docs relevant to HPE spat over Solaris

Big Brother

HP/Terix vs. Oracle

Oracle stabbed Solaris through the heart — killed the OS dead.

They never cared for Sun Microsystems. They never cared for Solaris.

Why give a hoot about the remaining providers left behind, giving legacy support for their dead product? It's like pretending to care after dumping the murder weapon in the lake.

Oracle are corporate locusts: their greed and recklessness leaves behind a stripped landscape where once there was plenty — with all the misery and suffering that entails — their overpriced products demonstrate Oracles’ will to strip every cent out of everything and this case is just another example of their absolute, rabid gluttony.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage


Completely encrypted

Q: “How come just about the only way to transfer your contacts from an old iPhone to a new one is via the cloud?”

A: Apples’ cloud is, basically, a back-up of your iPhone and the best way to customise your new iPhone to how you like it. It's completely encrypted too. Even Apple don't have a ‘key’ to read your private stuff.

The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US


Re: Don't accept it, act on it

Hopefully that's not cramping your salary/promotion prospects?

I'm not sure that the Federal Government are overly concerned with your microscopic weed crime thirty years ago and £10 costs (!).

If correct, and given you're US border hassle averse, I hope your employer never finds out that the EDSA application is only £14 and almost nobody mentions trivial arrests/convictions on it anyway.

Otherwise, they might seek a US-based time backpay in lieu of all the trips you dodged out of using that lame old excuse.


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