* Posts by The Pi Man

83 posts • joined 8 Sep 2018


Before IBM started axing staff, it told them Q3 2020 would be super-busy with post-lockdown catch-up jobs

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Probably only any use if you’re in the UK

Where the fuck did it all go so badly wrong?


UK takes a step closer to domestic launches as Skyrora fires up Skylark-L

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Re: Top Gear?

They definitely knew that the final separation wasn’t going to work before launch. Not sure whether it was by design or because they ran out of time / money.

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Top Gear?

I’m sure Top Gear did this more recently then 50 years ago? 2008ish? Admittedly it was a failure. A momentous, spectacular failure...

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand

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Statutory redundancy in the UK limits the number of years and salary. It’s worth piss all.

Comms giant Telefonica confirms O2 in talks to merge with Virgin Media

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Re: I hope OFCOM

He’s already pawned that to save his airline?

Ofcom waves DAB radio licences under local broadcasters' noses as FM switchoff debate smoulders again

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Re: But........

You can blame the manufacturers partially for that one. The gave up on DAB and then had to backtrack and start again, so a lot of cars that could have had DAB didn’t. Black spots are still an issue in coverage, even in large cities and towns.

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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Re: Book eye test

I noticed the same thing earlier today!

India's tech hub Bengaluru tells IT outfits to send workers home as part of COVID-crimping action

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Re: He made one mistake

Only until the ne t infected person touches it...

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

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Re: So close, yet so out of reach...

When they were shutting down the Concorde program I saw the short flights advertised and they really weren’t much money. I regret being young and not foolish with money.

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Need / Want

I’m sure this has been kicking around for sale for a while. It falls into the category of ‘I didn’t realise I NEEDED it until knew it existed’

HMRC claims victory in another IR35 dispute to sting Nationwide contractor for nearly £75k in back taxes

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Re: Accountants

“Employ” ? You’re screwed.

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight

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Re: IoT?

Internet Of Trash ?

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

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The last time I was between IT jobs I had a few months shifting boxes in a warehouse. Not much above minimum wage but got me out of the house earning enough to get by.

Fujitsu warns HMRC Projects team that 30% of them could be out of a job come April

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Re: Still waiting for HMRC to get to the 21st Century

Steady on, how about they get to the 20th Century first?

Beware, Tesla might take away your car's autopilot if you buy its vehicles from third party dealerships – plus more news

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Re: bits of your car not working...

I’ve always thought of Tesla as a battery company that builds cars to showcase the technology?

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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Have you checked the price on a 6 metre cable!

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

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Re: What will IKEA be thinking?

I doubt Ikea care. Some of their furniture is absolute garbage that barely lasts 5 years either!

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Re: Another great example

So you've never bought a TV, digital or analogue?

Load of Big Green for Microsoft: Lloyds Banking Group inks company-wide Managed Desktop deal

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Re: Good luck!

I’m absolutely sure the IT crew could have linked everything together, if they’d been asked to. Why bother when you can just leave everything alone and pay bigger bonuses to the execs?

Lynch was 'willing to lie' to High Court over Autonomy whistleblower, claims HPE

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When HP lose do they have to pay costs for this shit show, or do the UK taxpayers get to foot the bill?

Never mind monitoring dead crims, Ministry of Justice has just palmed Serco another £800m

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Re: Connections

No it’s fine - he’s not standing as an MP in December. Bets on him taking a job at Serco?

Remember the big IBM 360 mainframe rescue job? For now, Brexit has ballsed it up – big iron restorers

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Re: Seriously?

Last time I moved a mainframe - a Burroughs B1900, I smashed it to pieces and carted it out bit by bit.... Sorry I can’t be more helpful, but I genuinely hope they get it moved and fired up.

One of Blighty's most-loved charities hands £46m to one of Blighty's least-loved outsourcers

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It goes into creating an illusion of “preserving the nation’s heritage for future generations”. Unfortunately, they can’t actually tell you which generation is going to benefit. It sure as hell won’t be the next generation, and I doubt it will be the one after. It’s purely protectionism of itself, and cash fleeced from customers. I’d sooner smash all the pointless stately homes down and use the land to build houses that people can actually live in.

We're free in 3... 2... 1! Amazon unhooks its last Oracle database, nothing breaks and life goes on

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Re: Given Oracle's history...

Based on last weeks shenanigans by Oracle against Merula, AWS are responsible for unpaid licences for anyone running Oracle stuff on their platform!

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Re: old-guard commercial-grade databases

Wow! I’d forgotten Unidata was that old! I started on ADDS Mentor, General Automation and Microdata Reality, and then Unidata on Motorola running Sys V.3.

Ahh.. Happy days...

How do we stop filling the oceans with Lego? By being a BaaS-tard, toy maker suggests

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Re: "some are likely onto their third generation of users."

Well it’s obvious.. he knew he’d never get a look in once you’d got hold of it!

I can't believe you've done this: Cisco.com asks visitors to explain to IT why they have broken the website

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Re: Like rain on your wedding day

Dontcha think?

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Re: Sadly, this wording is still common

I’m more concerned that you need to contact it-webmasters.cisco.com, not [email protected] ?

Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter

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I’m having flashbacks of the complete mess that was left behind when Birmingham Cable destroyed the roads and pavements (and kilostream lines where I worked) many years ago....

How to lose a UK contractor in 10 days: Make them commit after upcoming IR35 tax upheaval, apparently

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Re: It would be much easier if...

Employer NI, paid holidays and pension contributions to start with.

As sales crash, Gartner wonders who can rescue the smartphone market ... Aha, it is I! 5G Man!

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“Removes all the worry”... Again, like everything else, by paying a premium for it. You don’t think car manufacturers are pushing PCP plans for the customers benefit?

Tesco parking app hauled offline after exposing 10s of millions of Automatic Number Plate Recognition images

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So the best way they can come with to migrate data is to expose it publicly? Ranger Services / GroupNexus shouldn't be allowed to operate a computer.

Now that's what we're Tolkien about: You need one storage system to rule them all and in the darkness bind them

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Re: Bloody difficult to do

Not easy, unless you're essentially a greenfield site

This. For everyone else it’s an impossible panacea.

In Hemel Hempstead, cycling is as bad as taking a leak in the middle of the street

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Re: I swear...

Best practice is not always single file. Nor does the law mandate it.

One person's harmless japery can be another's night of LaserJet Lego

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Re: Sending messages to other terminals

PICK (google it kids) had a similar thing called tandem which let you type on someone elses terminal. Or just hit the backspace every few words that they typed....

Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's personal MiG-29 fighter jet goes under the hammer

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Re: I'll bet a plugged nickle ...

No, it’s obsolete so you pay a premium...

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People of Britain: You know that you're not locked into using the same ISP forever, right?

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Customer Service?

I don't understand why customer service would be cited as a reason to leave. If I have to talk to any customer services on a regular basis then something else is amiss such as service or billing, I'm not inclined to just call them for a chat. As with many suppliers I have right now, I wouldn't be able to rate how good my ISP's customer service is because I've never needed to call them.

UK digital network Openreach takes 15 electric vans for a spin

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Re: Fuel Duty - the invisible elephant in the room

They’re not going to pay for anything. NHS sold off, social care scrapped, every other public service sold off to the lowest bidder. Taxes reduced and easier methods for shunting profit to low/no tax havens. Welcome to Utopia.

How does UK.gov fsck up IT projects? Let us count the ways

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Re: CoD

Payment on delivery plays into the hands of the big consultancies and shuts out the smaller companies even more than they are shut out now.

It's happening, tech contractors: UK.gov is pushing IR35 off-payroll rules to private sector in Finance Bill

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Re: Curious reaction

... Because you're an easier target than the corporates who hand out the directorships to retired MPs?

Not all heroes wear capes: Contractor grills DXC globo veep on pay rises, offshoring, and cuts to healthcare help

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Does he not realise that magic is nothing more than an illusion, sleight of hand?

She's just a Cosmic Girl but UK.gov is dangling £20m to have Beardy Branson's 747 launch satellites from Cornwall

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Anyone know why we need all these satellites?

DXC Technology seeks volunteers to take redundancy. No grads, apprentices, and 'quota carrying' sales folk

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Re: How F***ing Much?

If that's one month plus statutory minimum then it's sweet FA.

Wine? No, posh noshery in high spirits despite giving away £4,500 bottle of Bordeaux

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Re: but what are you really drinking/listening to

An article from What Hi-Fi many years ago has always stuck in my mind. Some dick that had conned his parents into taking out a loan for some outrageous stuff that he intended to pay back with his paper round money, telling the world that he listened to music that he didn’t like because it showed off the tonal acrobatics of the kit (or some such bollocks). And sometimes he’d just sit in silence looking at it.

Apple, Samsung feel the pain as smartphone market slumps to lowest shipments in 5 YEARS

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Re: Just one question

My 80 year old parents don't have a mobile phone of any description. They sure as hell could afford one.

Fujitsu 'continues to bludgeon through' UK, Ireland job cuts – union

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Re: Odd thought

Eh, what with everything being ‘serverless’ in the cloud no one needs physical infrastructure. They just need a good line in hyperbole.

Does anyone else remember the purple Unix servers that Fujitsu made with the slanted top? Appalling design, where the hell was I supposed to put my coffee cup when I’m sat at the console??

Turn me up some: Smart speaker outfit Sonos blasted in complaint to UK privacy watchdog

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Sonos Connect plugged into a separates system. It’s ace.

Brit rocket boffins Reaction Engines notch up first supersonic precooler test

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Matt Morris

Reaction recently signed up Matt Morris, formerly Chief Engineer for McLaren's F1 team. How about strapping one of these to an F1 car?

Naming your company 101: Probably best not to have the word 'Oracle' anywhere near branding

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I was thinking much the same!



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