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hardware refresh, but probably not more
"The investment pot is the same one that RBS talked about this summer when it said it would be spending an additional £450m on top of its £2bn annual IT spend for a "complete refresh of the mainframe"."
Seems to me they're frenetically spending millions on hardware to tick the box, but nothing to update the old stuff written in Cobol 68, which happens to still run, no-one knows how, on modern mainframes, and is an explosive waiting to blow up.
I'm sure we'll discover more, as each incident is reported here, in the 2 coming years.
As as been said above, move banks, they're not all the same, and the time spent to move on is well spent. Did that myself 8 years back, and I never regretted any of the hours spent for this.
wrong argument police caught you
"However, home internet kit with x86 chips are few and far between – most network-connected embedded devices are powered by ARM or MIPS processors – so the threat seems almost non-existent."
Hmmm, there is a bit of merit to this argument but not a lot.
First, a PHP exploit can and will move to ARM and MIPS.
Second, x86 being outside da net of things is a rapidly vanishing argument, seeing how some NAS vendors are moving to X86 those days, like Synology for example, who is discontinuing ARM in favor of X86 for better virtualisation support.
Re: 1.3 Gb day one patch!?!
If you think 1.3 GB is big, then have a Wii U. Interesting Christmas I spent last year ...
Bloody DHCP wouldn't work (Error X: of course with no explanation) with WPA2 activated as my setup dictates. Had to fall back to ... no security, for it to work. Big N QA (if this thing exists) apparently assumed everyone would either use fixed IP or no security at all ...
Tons of posts on this issue, with people with no clue hilariously issuing this kind of workaround:
Then, the 5GB image took a lot of time:
Then only would DHCP work with WPA2.
How the heck can you screw up a DHCP client, even in a rushed launch ???
"LinkedIn is the process of defending itself against a lawsuit alleging it hacks into members' email accounts before uploading their address books and spamming their contacts. The social business network is contesting this class-action lawsuit, which it argues is without merit. ®" (link of the story is actually http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/09/24/linkedin_spam_lawsuit_rebuttal/).
I should really read El Reg more often. This appalling story of massive spam of my then 2000 Gmail contacts happened to me. I never noticed before some of them replied, asking what it meant, since few only can read english. What a bloody shame.
Shame also I don't live in the US, where I could join this class-action lawsuit ...
Not an engineering company, no
"Her last observation was that HP's core competency is engineering and that the company must focus on that discipline."
I completely missed that over the last 15 years, for whatever reason.
Maybe because any bit of software sold by HP (except maybe OVO, and the awfull data protector) has been from a less than 2 years old acquisition, any tape lib is resold, any storage array since EVA is either resold or is from an acquisition. Even consulting is from an acquisition (EDS).
OK, the C7000 stuff is really HP home made, but that's all I can think of ...
At contrary, IBM is still en engineering company, in software, hardware (all the line), systems etc ...
The important point is ....
Apple hardware is very expensive, and they have been able to indulge charging for OS upgrade so far.
And they still have a good market share, and turning a lot of profit.
Forget the emotional comments, they still sell and do profit, FFS, there is a reason for this.
Now, with a fully working OS, and some very useful free apps, and free upgrades, this is gonna be a extremely painful blow to the Redmond zombies and Windows 8.
I don't see any relevance to Windows on the desktop, now ...
Microsoft has just stopped improving products
I think the real problem is MS has stopped to improve their products to the point where it has any value to upgrade at all, except the fear, and fear is subjective.
I've been with XP+Office 2003 in 2010, then XP+Office 2007, then Win7+Office 2010 now, and I really hope to the gods this didn't cost to my employer.
Office: from 2003 to 2010, let's see:
plus: animations panels has been enhanced, indeed.
minus: meaningless changes of GUI, loosing productivity
overall: this is a draw to me.
plus: hmmm, let me see. No, I can't think of anything.
minus: why the <bip> does "format cells" take 10 s or more to come up ???? Why ?
overall: Excel 2010 is worse than 2003 or 2007
plus: well, possibly a better TOC management system if I recall.
minus: meaningless changes of GUI, loosing productivity
overall: this is a draw to me.
Now, Windows, lets see between XP (SP2 patched) vs. 7:
plus: sorry, can't name anything. There is something better ????
minus: is different, for the apparent sole purpose of being different from a GUI point of view. Same shit behind of course. BTW, fuck you MS, for replacing the "run command" menu by "shutdown". No fun here. Also, same apparent "boot slower" syndrom each time of boot.
overall: Win 7 is worse than XP
Overall, as many have commented, there is no value to upgrade to 7, and probably to 8 either. It's only a matter of how people are scared not to ... And if what I read of licensing is true (this is not really my thing, my employer pays for it), there HAS to be some value to be put against the cost incurred.
Also, for those claiming Office is necessary vs. OpenOffice or LibreOffice, I really don't agree. The LibreOffice Word and Excel are better than Office now and can even do things MS Office can't do ...
Why tape is still here
It is because:
- the CIO doesn't have a clue and only wants its butts protected, so tells IT to "keep everything, forever"
- same goes for the business: "keep everything, forever" and I'm protected
- at the end, the whole corporation ladder is on the same page
Then it's all down to the poor storage admin to "keep everything, forever" and do so with a severely limited budget, which all the aforementioned functions superbly ignore its link to their immature, anal requirements.
Then, the poor storage bod has only tape solutions, and yes, the SW sucks, it's slow to restore, and it may fail (STK 9840A/B/C/D I''m looking at you !).
Lesson of the day: if the position is storage admin, make sure you get a *really* good pay check !
Re: Yes of course, *tap Return*
I'm happy to see I'm not the only one to find this rename function of the Mac Finder completely bizarre.
I recently switched to a Mac, and got considerably upset to not be able to rename a file without Google help ...
"In other words, every security update Microsoft releases after April 2014 will serve as a blueprint for how to attack Windows XP. Windows XP won't necessarily be vulnerable to them all, but all it takes is one."
This is a freaking good point here, and also a very creepy one. This means every MS update will create a 100% chance case to work against XP.
Probably this is the only valid reason to update, actually.
the real point of Steam OS
The real point is quite often missed. It is, actually, to eliminate the man in the middle from Valve's market, which is the video games market.
Today, the middle man is either:
- Microsoft (on PC) and their absolutely fubared and expensive series of OSes
- Apple, and their tie-in OS/hardware, costing shit loads of bucks to get any rig
- Nintendo/Sony/Microsoft (Xbox) with their also tied-in OS/hardware price model (by the way different from above, as it is a revenue by game model)
By having a purely gaming OS, on commodity hardware (unlike the console model or Apple's model), they'll reduce the price of gaming by:
- taking opportunity of the big house screen (free for gaming, already paid)
- removing the man in the middle
- sell direct to gamers
So, sure, high end steam OS rigs will cost, but not more than their counterpart PC on Windows, and actually quite less, see above.
But, by allowing gamers to adapt to whatever performance level they want, again on commodity hardware, Valve will allow for the best price, which will only be hardware price *only*.
So, end of the day, cost of gaming on steam OS will be a strict: costs of hardware + cost of steam games.
How can you beat that, in terms of cost or quality ?
The lower cost for gaming has been Windows PC for a long time, but Valve has found a way to do lower by eliminating MS, following their various snafu.
I think this is brilliant and really looking forward to it, which will by the way replace my PC rig refresh. At the same price ! Hmm, look, lower price, since I won't have to upgrade to Win 7 !
Good point, surely we hope for equal treatment across genders.
Technically, the fact the lass was ejected (I surely hope she's now ok) quite possibly implies she was on him, thus we can surely imagine he was considered the (busy) driver, sat in the driver seat and belted, unlike her (passenger ?). Therefore, he's the only one being arrested.
Surely, some very interesting talk, at the trial !
"having sexual intercourse of some sort while driving", this one really made my day :-)
"If you have ever received more chequebooks in the post from a certain retail bank, I can only apologise."
For so many years, I've been after the guy responsible for sending that parcel of 2^32-1 chequebooks from my bank.
Everyone and their dog can ask for everything. Everyone and their dog ARE & WILL ask for everything.
Heck, I'm asked on a weekly basis for my yearly revenue by some random people in North Africa, hunting
for people interested in solar panels. I've even been asked for the copy of the judgement for my divorce by the ***hole in charge of my kid's school ! That doesn't mean any of the people got it !
Why people are doing whatever they're asked by phone/email is beyond me. There is some teaching to be done: reflect on what the random guy is asking - determine if they're entitled to - refuse or accept.
Also, as stated above, f*** the T&C that are mandatorily agreed, as you can't do anything before you've agreed. If they are not reasonable, as per law, they're void, as per law again.
"He was then summoned to meet Bill Clinton to explain the first vicious DDoS attack. "
That sums it up as being a f***ing hero, then. How otherwise you'd explain that to a wig ?
Human IT interface problem
In France, everyone that has learnt car driving more than 15 years ago have done it with:
- a manual gearbox (5 gears) + left clutch pedal
- a key that mechanically turns to start/stop the engine
- a mechanical steering wheel
- a central brake pedal, based on piston + brake fluid
- a mecanical manual handbrake lever
- mechanical lights control
Now, in a f***ing Renault, you have:
- a card you insert (or not, can be proximity based) + button to start and maybe stop the engine. Is no longer mechanical, so f*ck knows what happens in the unlikely event you want to emergency stop, if at all possible.
- a bizarre device, different in each and every model, implementing handbrake. Maybe.
- SW controlled lights. What a great idea ! I've seen that having 1 second latency when activating it. Handy to put the full lights on/off when you encounter someone.
- a power assisted brake pedal. Just touch it lightly and you'll stop the car at 100 KM/h in 30 meters.
Given the amount of cheap ridiculous complexity, how is it a suprise that it fails every now and then and that people are not prepared to read 20 pages to learn the magic procedure to reset the hand brake/lights/cruise control/starter ???
"More controversial is the plan to use a camera on the box to look outward, to identify the faces staring at the goggle box... telescreen-stylie. Intel will use that to present personalised options and targeted advertising, in a process which seems immediately creepy but ...^"
Well, yes, it bloody does ! Am I the only one to think some analisys of behaviour will be done at one point, in order to provide adapted ads ? I don't think this is the number/type of faces they're after ... And surely, the SW will be remotely adapted at whatever is marketable.
And would everyone be really happy to see a porn movie pop out of the screen, with an all-scream lady, when having a good rumpy-pumpy with the Missus ?
I'm not even talking on the said rumpy-pumpy fully sent to porntube ...
Really, who on their right mind, would buy this ???
All too true
"All of which should provide some comfort to those organisations that have been struggling to find data scientists to analyse their data. It may turn out that the "mythical data scientist" is actually Lily who works one cubicle over. "
Really, it is. And so many of those companies trying to find the "mythical data scientist" have so often let go Lily already !
Kudos to him, really
I'm not religious, and I certainly never was a big fan of this Pope (I never cared really, since I'm convinced universe was created by a couple of dices thrown). But geez, get the negationists back in church, for Pete's sake !
However, I think the guy needs our hats off for having the courage to resign, as this is not really the fashion of the company. I can imagine all the court faces around him when he announced that ...
I'm sure I would do the same if being forced to do my current job, when I'm 85 ...
So long mate, have a deserved rest !
Where are all those things gonna crash, at the end of their short service period ?
It is pretty tricky to forecast the landing of any orbital object (when unpropelled), so, hopefully, they'll leave some fuel in, to ensure landing outside of, say, middle of London.
"Hasbro Interactive bought what was left of Atari in 1998 and sold that to Infogrammers Entertainment in 1999 for $95m in stock and $5m in cash. Atari SA was the name eventually adopted by Infogrammers, which promised to revitalize the brand."
At which point, it was already an empty shell doing just vid games production, and no longer any development, state it never left ...
So corporate politics, marketing and greedy salesmen only ...
They also had quite some IP and exclusive rights (D&D vid games exclusivity for example), which they used and abused, often detrimentally to the games (Neverwinter Nights, FFS !), which eventually pissed off a number of players and companies, led to boycott Atari entirely.
But anyway, this ridiculous behaviour led Bioware to never rely again on publisher's IP, create their own, and we got Mass Effect and Dragon Age, so this had a good effect.
Now, I think this is time, for Atari, to rest in peace ...
"But the Brit boffins' findings aren’t conclusive because they are based on tiny changes to the UK’s kilogram prototype ..."
You probably mean UK pound and not kilogram. No such thing as metric units in the UK.
Re: Old hat - unfortunately
Agree. Even if all the planet suddenly realises they must have hard copies as this is more secure, this Polaroid plot will fail miserably. Hard copy services are all over the Net now, with high quality prints, just upload your selection of pics, wait 3 days et voila.
No need really to lose time in a whopping 2000 sqf place !
Re: How to verify the trustworthy.
That's not even close to be the problem. I could live with idiots generating certs mistakenly for this site or that site, as this would be dealt with eventually; on a case by case basis.
No, what is really baffling is they mistakenly issued intermediate certs, which are in essence delegations to generate as many certs as you want, for your web site, mine, or *.google.com, regardless of country, location etc ... ! And they apparently covered it until someone realises !
That means and shows:
- Turktrust are totally hopeless
- one hopeless link in the chain compromises everything
- Turktrust, no matter how hopeless, are the only ones in Turkey to deliver certs, so need and will be kept in charge
- as mentioned above, blacklisting doesn't work (de facto, and by design)
So, as others have hinted, and as has been already be discussed at El Reg, the TLS system no longer ensures security on da web, and needs to be replaced.
final blow for Windows
"That will undoubtedly suggest to some - as has been mooted in the past - that the Steam machine will run Linux rather than Windows."
Well, quite an understatement IMHO. This is a sure thing for me ... Why putting it on Windows and incur all the usual MS burden (costs, security issues, management) ?
This move, that will probably be followed by other companies (EA anyone ?) indeed, will probably be the final blow for Windows. In a couple of years, when office-like products will be on all tablets, there'll be absolutely no point in having a PC with Windows.
As far as I'm concerned, my games portfolio has already moved to Macos and I'm looking forward to seeing it on my TV, with a box !
Re: CFDT Force l'Ouvrière!
Sorry, is actually "Un méchant sabotage, droit dans les sphères du mariage"
Re: CFDT Force l'Ouvrière!
Actually, since it's wrong in many ways, it took me a while to figure out what the title meant.
The correct title should be "Un méchant sabotage, droit dans les sphères de mariage",
assuming the word sabotage, not completely appropriate here, was a must, since it's used
in english as well.
enjoy exploring Windows 8 and TIFKAM
"Our small sample therefore seems to indicate that civilians will occasionally strike trouble, but will generally enjoy exploring Windows 8 and TIFKAM."
Well, for people that like that, "exploring OSes" and researching how things work, that is OK.
But the world contains also a number of people at work that have to be productive, and spending
half an hour to find out where the hell is the print button, shutdown button, or hidden menu, is
not popular to them, when put on top of business as usual.
I know very well why/how I should invest time to learn a new UI and MS should really be cautious
about imposing change for change in the hope of keeping the computer at home locked on the office
one (which is Windows), otherwise it's gonna backfire at them.
Another quarter ...
another X thousands job cuts at HP.
Same goes for acquisitions ... Hardly any scoop here as the HP budget exercise has always gone this way:
- positive = another acquisition
- negative = another round of layoffs
So each quarter would exhibit one of those ...
Interesting Wikilink here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_acquisitions_by_Hewlett-Packard
Shame the same doesn't exist for layoffs ...
our QA dept is in the US, so this went totally unnoticed ...
Just to make a parallel, the UK took their time to extradite Ramda. 10 years.
But of course, it was nowhere near the gravity of the Assange case, it was suspicion of complicity in the 1995 Paris Bombing (10 deaths, 200 injured).
F**k me, really
I understand raising money is tough, and a number of bad/devious solutions can be in sight, which low mind people could follow.
However, promoting real weaponry, through a video war game, for a charity for people killed (likely via the same mark) is just insane to me, geez.
Of course, in the U.S of A, where everyone and their dog has a firearm, this looks like Business As Usual, but elsewhere, think about it, people from USA, this is just like promoting a condom maker through a rape video game, to support for raped women !
20 mins of vigorous activity
"20 min of vigorous-intensity physical activity on at least 3 days every week;"
I particularly like this one, which presumably happens in bed :-)
Sadly, the distribution of low activity across countries matches what I see in terms of overweight people distribution, across the various countries offices of my employer. This is especially true for women.
Paypal is now history
Being a buyer only, I stopped Paypal when they started to refuse electronic Visa cards* numbers, and demanded my real visa number instead. In essence, this "secure" provider was imposing unreasonable risk on me, probably with the intend to steal money (couldn't think of any other reason). And this was before all the phising problems.
There is no point, today, if your bank is from this century, to even consider PayPal.
* Totally secure way to pay online: virtual VISA number, limited to a certain amount of money, limited to 2 months duration, generated by your bank portal. Very popular in France.
Re: UI freaking monster
Yes, i know Apple is a big company, yes I know their last problem was how to cope with a 100 bn USD of cash, yes they're pissing me off when they steal half the price of an Ipod Touch from me to replace it because of a broken screen.
I'm not trying to be different, I just want to use a tool (dektop/laptop UI) which is consistent across its various evolutions. This fails with the current Balmer MS non-sense.
Linux is good, but it's never coming for good to the desktop/laptop, unfortunately.
Neither you or me will force the IT business into non-profit, so it's probably wiser to leave this Linux debate, the sole point being which tool to use or not use, in order to keep our sanity intact.
Tapes are always cheaper, due to:
- no electricity (except minimum environmental control) to keep the info
- lower price per TB
- no mechanical problem on tapes, thus no support needed for the media
- software can accomodate tape aging (TSM does this, some archiving tools as well) at a very lower price (the one of the SW) than disk aging is taken care of
This will remain the case until passive memory techno kills tapes for good (5 years time ?).
Of course, the likes of Netapp and EMC are fighting this to keep their margin, but this only works with clueless CIOs. If there was any valid point in this, tape market would have collapsed years ago.
UI freaking monster
Geez, what a terrible thing. Worst UI since VT100, really, which incidentally, didn't shout at us ...
So what next with you, crazy Dr. Microsoft, eh ? SMS-like menu maybe, in ALL-CAPS, with LOLZ ? I don't think this has been done and this would be truly awfull.
I'll be anyway looking forward to see this, and be sure this will be through a MacBook, with a proper OS and LibreOffice, where we still have "Print" under the "File" menu.
Protons vs. protons
Just wondering if the folks at CERN wouldn't be able to deviate the 2 LHC beams and shoot a couple of bursts of protons to this, for good measure.
Hey, could even be helpfull to find the Higgs boson !
Mad user = trojan
"The malware is programmed to generate print jobs featuring reams of garbage characters from infected PCs until connected printers run out of paper."
Hmmm, in some companies I've worked for, this behaviour would have gone unnoticed. I remember a very depressive user, suffering from the "print-emails-before-reading-them" syndrom, which, in itself, is bad enough.
She was also suffering from the more serious "if-email-doesn't-turn-out-in-10-seconds-print-again" syndrom. This one gave identical effects from this trojan, any time there was a paper jam or any crowd in the spooler.
Re: Never understood...
> why there were never any further outings for the space flight sim Star Wars games after, I think, > Rebel Alliance. I used to love the dogfights in X-Wing and Tie Fighter games and the stories
> were usually pretty solid, too. Definitely a place for them in the marketplace these days.
Because, I think, rebel Alliance is where Lucas Arts began to screw up very badly.
It was full of bugs and missions that couldn't complete, geez, what a load of bollocks,
even after the last patch. I still have it, but this was the last Lucas Arts product I ever purchased.
Company went straight to the toilet drain as far as I'm concerned, after that terrible game.
Tie Fighter was the last one really good from Lucas Arts, indeed superior to X-Wing.
Lucas Arts is history now, good history, but history.
Re: They haven't copied
Yes, exactly that !
And if my memory is still ok, this used to run on MS-DOS. Where is my DOSBox ?
"As a result, South Korea will complain to UN agency the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) as well as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), warning that its northern neighbour is breaking UN rules and endangering the safety of passengers."
Is beyond me why SK bothers to complain to ITU about a nation whose bonkers leaders give the 2 fingers salute about everything including nuke tests to the whole planet since so many years.
from the WTF department
"It could make you look a little daft that way, but if you're fitting the walls of your home with Wi-Fi blocking wallpaper, how ridiculous you appear to your fellow peer(s) is probably the least of your worries. ®"
LOL. Exactly that. I vote this for the most pointless product of the year.
As said above, paranoid people are fine, they just need to use optical fibers only. Really tricky to get the signal if not inside your home. Great security. Oh, yes, and they need to read the interweb to know how to disable WIFI on the box/router, which apparently didn't come to the poor minds of the manufacturer of this wallpaper.
Only marginal use of this would be exams rooms or similar places where mobile phones or WIFI are/should be prohibited, but this is a niche market. And that's apparently not the selling point they're betting on ...
Follow the money !
"... numerically illiterate Greens and journalists."
This is one part of the problem. Many journalists can't add 2 and 2 without any mistake. So understanding a business case for a water plan, forget it. That's why anyone can persuade them of any number (including numbers in the trillion as they have no idea what they are) without a blink from them.
The other part of the problem is ... follow the money. And see how it may very well lead to big water companies which sole financial interest is to pressure consumers at 0 investment of any kind. Then, throwing a couple of grands to a political big mouth does the trick of keeping their interest safe.
Well, it's not even an austrian funny name !
In france, you have (uncomplete list):
- Froidcul (cold ars)
- Pisse en l'air (piss in the air)
- Longcochon (long pig)
- Saint-Vit (Vit is a very obsolete name for penis)
- MontCuq (can be read "my ars" even if spelling is not OK)
I don't think people are doing a lot of fuss about that ...
"On the proprietary side of the IBM midrange house – as if the Unixes were not as proprietary as z/OS, OS/400, OpenVMS, and Windows, but this is the language we inherited from the 1980s ..."
Ah ah, kuddo to the author for this good one, indeed very true. Decades after the last common trunk of Unixes (SYS V R3, if memory is not totally gone), what's left of the "standard", as a common denominator between them would probably fit on one A4 sheet of C source code !
Maybe something linked to "/" as a directory/file separator ....
Industry loves to split up integrated things ...
Redmond << ZFS
To be honest, it was really borderline to put references of such a brilliant system as ZFS
side by side with anything coming from Redmond, the firm which keeps discovering things
invented in the 60s, only later during the 21st century !
When/if they come up with a meaninglfull progression bar for files copy, yes, they
may address advanced storage technology. Meantime, they have plenty to fix.
Is it not each 50,000 years ?
Hmmm, that is coming faster than expected. Other boffins (here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_Effect) wrote 50,000 years before
the reapers wipe the whole galaxy.
Anyway, other sources say this war is coming march of 2012 ...
Whatever, bring them on, my Shepard is ready !
/me go write something terrible will happen in 5055, somewhere
in an old cave of the countryside, just to make sure some folks in the
future will have something to think of.