* Posts by The Pi Man

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Apple debuts iPhone 13 with 1TB option, two iPad models, Series 7 Watch

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Minidisc was fantastic, but I felt it came too late and got wiped out by writable CDs. I still have a player - no idea if it still works!

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer

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Going to have to down vote you on that one. Anything less than a pint can isn’t worth opening. So 2 cans at 568ml. Even the icon is a pint glass.

Aussies like the author, Simon never could handle their drink. ;-)

Anyone still using cash? British £50 banknote honouring Alan Turing arrives

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How much??

Apart from paying a builder, a couple of those £50 notes would have lasted me for the past year!

So what if I pay peanuts for my home broadband? I demand you fix it NOW!

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Re: This, exactly this...

…and certain fuckwits think that because they don’t have lives outside work the rest of us don’t, so send out meeting invites for stupid times when I’m either still in bed or long since knocked off for the day. WFH is a change for good for a lot of people, but my working hours aren’t changing because you’ve got nothing better to do at 7-30am or 5-30pm.

Lock up your Peloton smart treadmills, watchdog warns families following one death, numerous injuries

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Re: Prime Example

“Forcing”. No one is being forced into anything.

Ex-asylum seeker with infosec degree loses discrimination claim against UK cyber range provider after storming out

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Re: winding up

Genuine question, do they count unemployed the same way as the UK? In the UK it’s impossible to compare unemployment statistics historically because the definition of “unemployed” has changed.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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Re: DR Plans

Question 2 to follow up is, “Can we test that scenario?”

IBM teases new AIX release – the first since 2015

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Re: Last major AIX update

The .1 is because .0 is always a crap beta version of whatever software or OS it is.

The killing of CentOS Linux: 'The CentOS board doesn't get to decide what Red Hat engineering teams do'

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Re: Thanks for the Root Map, Brian. It's beautifully comprehensive.

You can can’t you? One subscription to download ISO images and updates, then run as many servers as you want?

Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas

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Dammit, there’s no scotch egg icon!

Red Hat defends its CentOS decision, claims Stream version can cover '95% of current user workloads'

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Give it back!

I don’t mind that IBM / Red Hat don’t want CentOS anymore, but they could at least offer it back to the community to pick it back up. I know the history of how Red Hat ended up with it. Maybe it’s time to pass it on, not kill it.

Running joke: That fitness gadget? It's, er, run out

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Re: Thanks for the video Alastair

There are a dozen or so prefabs in Birmingham, built in 1945 and only expected to be in use for 10 years!

CGI grabs £90m multi-year deal with UK Ministry of Justice without competition, because organising a procurement with just 5 years' notice is just sooo hard

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Re: Shows the stupidity of outsourcing.

Even if CGI didn’t get the contract the staff would just TUPE across, some have been looking after these systems for years, under many different employers.

BBC makes switch to AWS, serverless for new website architecture, observers grumble about the HTML

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White space?

The BBC website seems to be falling more and more into the “white space” black hole. More and more screen space to scroll through with less and less content.

Oracle starts to lose patience with Solaris holdouts

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Re: Left for Red Hat when Oracle bought Sun

But ZFS is just a poor imitation of AdvFS...

It's that time of the year when Apple convinces you last year's iPhones weren't quite magical enough, so buy this new 5G iPhone 12 instead

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5nm chip

I’m at a complete loss to understand why both The Register, and Apple think that a 5nm chip is some kind of selling point? It really, really is one the least important reasons to buy one.

Sonos turns patent war with Google up a notch with fresh lawsuit timed to coincide with Pixel, Nest jamboree

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Re: £ for £

I understand what you’re saying and I would never have a Sonos speaker system as my primary music source, but a Sonos connect plugged into my hi fi to stream off a NAS, and additional speakers scattered around the house is very convenient. I don’t need audiophile quality while I’m in the kitchen cooking dinner. That requirement is for when I’ve finished dinner and sat down with a glass of wine.

The perils of building a career on YouTube: Guitar teacher's channel nearly deleted after music publisher complains

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Re: The system is broken

The problem with Google’s way of handling copyright strikes is that you have no comeback to argue that it isn’t in breach of copyright. You could write and publish a completely new song and if one of the big publishers doesn’t like it they can get it taken down. There’s little to no recourse. I currently have an issue with Google publishing incorrect information about something that is auto generated content on a search. I can’t get through to anyone to get it deleted. Their way of operating anonymously is becoming more and more of a problem.

SAP S/4HANA rollout at Queensland Health went so well that hospitals bent over backwards to avoid using it

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“While the system operated as implemented”

So it’s fine for a system to be utterly useless? Surely “While the system operated as designed” should be what you’d expect?

Tesco self-service separates innocent Reg reader from beer after collapsing into heap of Windows dialog boxes

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Re: Self service check outs

Is that the self service checkouts that you’re describing or the checkout assistants? To be honest, could be either...

Paragon 'optimistic' that its NTFS driver will be accepted into the Linux Kernel

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Re: @DS999 - Whatever for?

“ It is extremely reassuring to me that a company with commercial interest will take care of my needs.”

I don’t think you understand who is contributing code to Linux. Clue. It isn’t bedroom hobbyists.

Bunch of mugs keep risking life and limb to 'crockery bomb' sad little roundabout

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You can see their point...

It’s clearly dangerous and all that loose crockery is likely to cause significantly more damage to cars than if the car hit the road signs and lamposts, or kicked up all those loose chippings....

Council staff clearly have too much time on their hands.

Some lucky web developer just scored $20k to scour Facebook out of Neil Young’s website

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Re: The MP3 codec ruins his music?

His argument is that the inaudible frequencies that are removed in digital files affect the audible frequencies when listening to the sound as a whole. I dunno, not clever enough to comment but I get the point of the debate.

Analogue radio given 10-year stay of execution as the UK U-turns on DAB digital future

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How the fcuk he’s still on the radio is beyond me.

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Re: Thank fuck for that

Do you filter the air that your speakerS move ? If you don’t, then quite frankly it’ll sound shit.

Three UK: We're sending you this SMS to warn you not to pay attention to unsolicited texts

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Re: It's as bad as the banks

I came here to post much the same. The idiots I bank with send me emails When I have a new statement telling me how to recognise fraudulent emails. You can’t opt out of them. If I could, then I’d know that every email purporting to be from my bank was fraudulent. They also now send me txt messages telling my credit card bill is due. Normally a few days after I knew it was due - because I check my account several times a week and have already paid it. They seem obsessed with trying to contact me for absolutely no good reason.

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API

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More bungling

From the same Government that gave a contract to Dyson to produce ventilators, even though they couldn’t actually supply ventilators.

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.