117 posts • joined Friday 21st July 2006 19:04 GMT
Re: Stars in my Pocket
I've still got the ones I bought from el Reg - only the blue ones ever worked well but they're still going
You had to be there..
..when you'd learnt to program with flat files and moved on to hierarchical the mental contortions needed to think in relational terms were horrendous. Relational was just not a programmers' way of thinking.
The conversion was worth the effort but I suspect that the success of relational databases wasn't just down to SQL - "Locking and concurrency issues were tackled, too.... the hard problems were: recovery, transaction commit, concurrency control... " it was also the fact these issues had been handled for you, having tried to write recovery logic for a double-chained IBM database system at the beginning of the 70's I have a vague idea just how hard those problems were.
So HMG now pay more to BT, which they used to own, than they got when they sold It.
Curiously my emailled link to this article was redirected to a Cisco 'Dangerous Page' warning.
"Time travel the easy way. (We lied, there is no easy way)" - of course there is, I do it all the time: steadily forward at 1 year pa.
50 posts and no-one admits to not knowing what 'mitigation bypass' means - on a quick check Google doesn't know either!
We never had these problems with EBCDIC - although variable length coding of characters goes back at least as far as Morse code.
" basic facts had been left out of the infrastructure, such as the scheduled change to minimum wage"
items like the level of minimum wage aren't part of the infrastructure of an IT system - they're parameters!
Re: It can be the simple things ...
then there was a certain Metropolitan Authority that moved its data centre out to cheaper premises in the inner suburbs. No problem, ultra high speed networking from more than one supplier with separately routed triple redundant cabling. Then there was a fire in a super secret WW 2 tunnel under the city. ALL comms cabling was routed through it. Put it down to bad luck - no-one knew, no-one was allowed to know. Mind you I never got a sensible answer from Networks as to why PC's in the new centre couldn't access servers - in the new centre (seems all routings were via the Town Hall).
Same people had earlier installed massive UPS backup, a few years later someone decided to test it - Failure (turns out the batteries were knackered - batteries are consumables not capital items, but these babies would have used up several years total budget). Never mind they said the genny can be started manually, only it couldn't - its battery was knackered and anyway there was no diesel - Health and Safety wouldn't let it be stored on the roof.
Just simple things...
head honcho at the Migrants' Rights Network, described it as ... "more like an entry examination for an elite public school".
Well he would say that wouldn't he - said Mandy
Leakey sought a divorce from his then-pregnant wife to marry Mary
and from our advanced socio-economic perspective that was obviously OK?
you have all missed the point - this is India: the point of regulations (and there are millions) is so that underpaid jobsworths can go round and confiscate what they fancy and/or get a bung because it's in breach of some rule - last week they were confiscating phones here because they didn't have a best before date.
I felt sure it would be in the article but it wasn't so:
when all's done we have got
chip & pin
and they have not
Re: Is it just me...?
Computer control of home appliances has been possible since the IBM PC and earlier. Remote access has been possible since the internet. Cellphone to PC via the internet is fairly trivial, as is cellphone to a tablet equipped with a SIM.
The problem with home automation is and always has been the analogue gear which is disproportionately expensive.
I thought the description of the dekatron sounded familiar - they were used in Coulter Counters (e.g. for counting red blood cells) and were in use certainly in the late 60's
"Mainframes have been processing transactions "realtime" for decades" - yes, I was writing realtime* mainframe stuff in 1966. The problem was never the mainframe it was senior management/beancounters who wouldn't believe a) that a realtime system could provide an 'audit trail' or b) that an audit trail was pretty pointless (which do you believe if there's a discrepancy?).
Transition from mainframes can be done gradually and safely by parallel running e.g. with a dual purpose front end until everyone is convinced the results match.
And SAP may be taking them off mainframe hardware but the whole of SAP is a mainframe design and mindset!
"We own it. We manage it. We upgrade it. You only pay for what you use,"
Who pays the electricity bill?
You can buy perfectly respectable ex-corporate HP and Dell servers on eBay for £20-30 and I used to run a couple for fun (including an Oracle database) but the fun had to stop when I got the electricity bill:it was costing me £30 a month to run £40's worth of server - which is the first nearly convincing argument I've heard for trusting corporate data to the Cloud!
Until quite recently the only people who actually lived in the City of Manchester were office caretakers.
Same goes for other big cities.
Real-time used to mean 'fast enough to affect the process creating the input'. For the process of sifting through our e-dustbins looking for Tesco bills I would think a couple of days is 'real' enough.
There are a couple of points that have had some airtime in India but are generally being glossed over:
The procedure used in 2008 was the same as used previously (when the *big* players got in.)
Aside from any alleged corruption, the method used has enabled very rapid rollout of cellphone use in India at affordable prices (some of the cheapest in the world). Auction prices would undoubtedly have been vastly higher, providing more revenue to the Govt (*not* to the 'common man' as is being touted). In fact the common man *has* benefited by way of cheap calls.
"They told people who complained about their copyright material being listed on TPB to "Fuck Off"."
Did they really? How Splendid!
they deserve to go down the pan - as does any company that demands full documentation and all original undamaged packaging before they will refund a faulty item, and challenges customers to take them to court if they don't like it.
Autonomy - who?
According to the Beeb, Autonomy is the UK's largest software company. During a career covering over 40 years I worked for most of the leading software companies in the UK and Autonomy was - er none of them, like several other readers I have never heard of them.
As to extracting meaning from text - I spent part of yesterday installing ms SQL Server 2000 on a 'retro' computer (HP as it happens) - 'full text search' was installed by default.
fast, reliable, cheap
... choose any two!
someone copied the unencrypted data
took the copies home
Why? - compulsive honesty?? - or did someone (presumably senior) KNOW the data had been taken home and/ or copied?
Yep, that sounds likely.
DIG DEEPER - or do I mean higher?
OfTran, the governments new commuter travel regulator have announced that all drivers of cars with four or more seats must offer free lifts to anyone wishing to travel with them...
"it would effectively operate as a pass, as opposed to actual proof of ID" - meaning that a card with your fingerprint on** would prove who you were? How? It wouldn't even 'prove' you are the owner of that print, your finger does that.
** or a link to a database with your print on - same thing.
No-one in government seems willing (or capable) of thining out what identity means!
yes - I was looking at dual-sim adapters* a couple of days ago - most of them also come with two adapters so you can use your cut-down sims in normal phones.
*Didn't get one tho' - a dual sim phone (with both full size sims active) was about the same price as the adapter (Chinese natch!)
@The Silver Fox
nobody voted AGAINST Labour - there is no way to do that.
they just didn;t vote FOR Labour.
"If EDS were project managing properly, the customer would have been penalised heavily for weak and changing requirements"
but they were - that's why the costs escalated >3x
it's a big heavy Crooke's radiometer on an air bearing???
Right - it works ffs - there's stuff that ms doesn't actively support that has worked for decades!
@AC -Viscount Stansgate - aka Tony Benn
kudos - I thought I was the only oik that remembered that!
(mine's the one that doesn't have an ermine collar)
Waht goes around...
"NCQ intelligently reorders read/write commands sent to a drive by its host, sequencing them in such a way as to perform them in order of when the tracks and sectors they involve are available."
IBM mainframe drives were doing that in the 1970's
What goes around...
"After-work drinks are often part of the fabric of our working lives..."
thought that went out in the eighties - being retired, didn't realise it had come back in.
Good Oh! - p'raps I'll go back to work <g>.
@real estate - yes, royal - but Norman-French I think (all UK land belongs to the Crown - 'Freehold' doesn't mean you *own* it - you hold it (probably) in Fee Simple under the Crown).
I don't know enough C but I know enough programming:
this is a function, a function returns a result
result = mycopy(aa, bb)
if result = BUFFOFLO ...
# or if you prefer:
# etc. - make up your own syntav
Oh, and anyway in the higher level languages I've used src is truncated if longer than dest
be warned - I bought a Register Keyring containing tritium, and since using it my body has aged about six years!
if it ain't broke...
one of the arguments put forward in support of software patents is that copyright protection is not enough.
Weaken copyright law to benefit dodgy downloading / copying of toons and you could end up justifying software patents.
Krakatoa Rules OK!
And once again, a group of ill informed people voice their ignorance about the state of the extradition treaty between the US and UK, which has indeed been ratified on both sides of the pond, as evident here:
... which says it WASN'T ratified - so I didn't need to check the rest!
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