* Posts by Caff

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Old, complex code could cause another UK banking TITSUP – study

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RBS

Bit misleading to mention the RBS outage expect possibly to highlight scale.

The outage would have happened regardless of the age or complexity of the code. It was an operational issue caused by poor lines of reporting and badly designed escalation proceedures in the outsourcing contract.

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Reskilling to become a devops dude could net you $105k+

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Re: You Try It

Ops are usually paid well as they work shift. I can't imagine most devs would want to work rotating graveyard shifts monitoring batch jobs for finance companies.

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Tesco mobile Ireland fail

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Tesco mobile Ireland fail

Tesco mobile randomly disabling phones with no notice unless people send in scans of passports.

They claim if they notice unusual behavior on a PAYG account they will disable the phone. It is having the expected results... elderly woman missing hospital appointments and others missing phone calls about job interviews.

http://www.boards.ie/ttfthread/2057590673

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E-cigarettes help save lives, says Royal College of Physicians

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not completely harmless

I do not think ecigs or vaping shuld be banned but the additives should be regulated. Just because food aditives used for flavoring are safe when ingested doesn't mean they are safe when inhaled.

An extreme example would be the caramel or butter flavour Diacetyl, this was known to be harmful since the famous popcorn lung case yet still ended up in vaping juice. Self regulation doesn't work, an independent body to test additives may be required or more such cases will emerge.

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Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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Re: Erm, isn't there a housing glut in Ireland?

There really wasn't a glut anywhere within the commuter belt. The ghost estates were confined for most part a 2 hour drive from Dublin. Any unfinised housing within Dublin was quickly finished and sold over the last 5 years.

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building costs

A key part of the issue in dublin is the developers claim that they cannot sell affordable housing at a profit. The main costs they point at being government taxes and levies and the cost of land.

The land issue could be handled by opening up cheaper land to commuters through improved public transport. Or increasing the turnover of land through vacant site levies.

Many people also point to offering a temporary VAT increase to "kickstart" development or reduce development levies, though a criticism would be that woudl simply funnel money to the developers and not result in any affordable housing.

Any developer led initiative though would take some time to ramp up. A government led program of soical housing would be much quicker. Though many people would be opposed to this as they have an interested in the currrent housing shortage and its role in driving up property prices. There is also the role of NIMBYISM that causes huge delays in the planning process.

A good site for reading up on these issues is http://www.dublininquirer.com/2016/03/23/in-dublins-housing-crisis-bureaucracy/

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IBM says no, non, nein to Brexit

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Re: Being in the EU...

Just as easy to shuffle the money to IOM and Channel Islands and Gibralter

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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prove it

Can you imagine the cost of the process for banks and customers to prove you had used an up to date system to manage the payments? Probably cheaper to pay the compensation.

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Dodgy software will bork America's F-35 fighters until at least 2019

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drones

Wonder are they sabotaging their own program to encourage the use of drones?

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French publishers join Swedish 'Block Party' to pester ad refuseniks

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subscription

I have yet to see an easy to use subscription alternative to ads. I am aware there are a few services that operate on a pay per article model but none that would offer an all you can eat bundle for various sites/papers. I guess it would be too much like co-operating with your competitor to them.

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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64bit

when it goes 64bit in v4 or 5 itll be quite competitive with most sff pc's

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Pubs good for the soul: Official

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control group

Did their study compare pubs to sports clubs/community groups/hobby groups/ etc.... generally any other sort of social interactions?

I like pubs, but I like good science too.

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Serving up IT on a silver platter, also known as ITSM

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Re: resourcing

I'd like to know why I am required to file spreadsheets for changes too but one does not questions the lords and masters of "change management" where everything must pass through and get rejected 3 times before ending up with the implementation team.

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resourcing

I work in a large multinational and use Remedy ITSM, however they have not put any resources into the product and use it basically straight out of the box. It is quite painful as you end up working around the system and attaching endless emails and spreadsheet forms to each ticket/request/change

Larger orgainisations can be very conservative to change and commiting to spending on products such as these.

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El Reg mulls entering Robot Wars arena

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controls

Wonder would it be possible to improve on the control and reaction time of a bot by using some of of autopilot system?

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Wanted: 1,400 sales jockeys to flog Oracle Cloud

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"IT jobs"

I am waiting for some politicians to spout out how these sales jobs are actually IT jobs.......

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The new Huawei is the world's fastest phone

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smaller phones?

Phone looks enormous, while the battery life appears great I still don't understand why there are not more high end phones that would comfortably fit in a jeans pocket around the 4.5" range

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How long until we can build R2-D2 and C-3PO?

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Re: Power

No adventuring across a desert for them so.

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Power

Another issue with building such droids is the power requirements. Battery technology still leaves a lot to be desired and such bots would spend quite a lot of time charging.

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Drunk? Need a slash? Avoid walls in Hackney

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Rain

Wonder what will happen when during a rain storm passers by get randomly drenched by wind driven rain bouncing off the walls?

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HPE's private London drinking club: Name that boozer

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boozy times

High Profit Enviroment

The Innovation Lounge

The Innovation connection

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Google, didn't you get the memo? Stop trying to make Google+ happen

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follow the money

Considering how quick google are to kill other products that don't make money even if users enjoy and use them I gather that g+ must actually generate some income?

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US Congress grants leftpondians the right to own asteroid booty

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"Disclaimer of extraterrestrial sovereignty":

My dreams of Space Piracy live on!!

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Radio wave gun zaps drones out of the sky – and it's perfectly legal*

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Would this not be lethal is aimed at someone with a pacemaker or other medical device?

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On its way: A Google-free, NSA-free IT infrastructure for Europe

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review?

Any chance of an article reviewing the software offered by Open Xchange?

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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sasquatch

Sasquatch then decided to leave the strange goggled creatures alone in their make believe land.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Hit return

Jesus compiling GODos

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Devs are SHEEP. Which is good when the leader writes secure code

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scope for another article here

Comparing the relavent security tools available to coders

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Get whimsical and win a Western Digital Black 6TB hard drive

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Food

I can't eat this?

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Mobile 'fault' forces BA flight into unscheduled Russian landing

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Li-ion

Maybe causing batteries to go on fire is a design feature of dreamliners rather than a defect?

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LA explosion knocks LogMeIn's British customers offline

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Re: Shania Twain also had issues at a live concert...

The concert would only need localised power to continue. A data centre may indeed kick back in with its UPS and generators, however if the explosion also knocked out the various telecoms exchanges between it and the rest of the world then it doesn't matter much if the data centre is back online.

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Yet another Android app security bug: This time 'everything is affected'

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Python

Following on the tradittion of appropriating terms used in python sketches ( spam )

I propose 'lurgy' instead of 'cyber' as used in the Goon Show. To be preceeded by 'Dreaded' when required.

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Tobacco field bacteria offers hope for buzz-kill smoking therapy

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higher dose

If the nicotine never reached the brain would this not simply result in people smoking more in an attempt to get a hit?

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I, for one, welcome the rise of the Infrastructure Endgame Machines

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mainframe

This sounds very much like a mainframe. Everything you need in 1 box, possibly also provide thin client end user computing aswell.

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Small number of computer-aided rifles could be hacked in contrived scenario

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wind Lidar

For wind speed measurement it is surprising they havent jumped on to wind LIDAR, seems the Israelis have some patents on it though.

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Post-pub nosh neckfillers: Reader suggestions invited

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Taco chips

Chips ( not taco chips, potato ones fries if you will ) , mince beef with taco sauce covered in mayo and topped with cheese.

It should look something like this https://www.pinterest.com/pin/404549979000031149/

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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theft

Actually if they get paid on time it could save money for some traders. I recall seeing a few news articles over the years of traders being targeted while leaving festivals, some of them get half their years profits from the bigger ones.

They would save money carrying float ( change ) and on bank lodgement fees ( some banks charge an obscene amount for lodging coins )

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Panopticon Festival!!!

So you pay a good 200 quid to camp in a field, and then they collect marketing data on your for 3 days solid selling it on to the highest bidder?

Come listen to music in our panopticon!!

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Mainframe staffing dilemma bedevils CIO dependents

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pay

I think the issue is the lack of money to either hire skilled mainframe staff and also to give them the resources to train new mainframe staff.

I left a mainframe JCL and scheduling role as there was no career path or promotion in sight in the company.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Bog-standard boxty

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blood boxty

Seriuously missing out on the ONE TRUE BOXTY by not including minced black pudding in the recipie for blood boxty

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'Nokia store? I dunno no Nokia store. This here's a Microsoft Reseller'

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billboard

They finally going to replace this billboard in Dublin so ? https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CA-LqyiWcAEmWos.jpg:large

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El Reg offers you the chance to become a Master Investor – for free

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ukip?

Well investors/startups wanting to use London as an EU base might be put off somewhat.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium sat comms unit

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LOFT

LOhans Final Test

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'Oh great Commission, save us from the French' pleads Uber

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odd legislation

Still think it is really odd the different ways uber appears to operate in different locations.

Here in Ireland they seem to be able to work within the law with licenced taxi drivers, just operating really as a central booking service. Is it just a legislation barrier in other countries?

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'Why Digital?' Seriously? You plainly don't Get It enough. Or at all

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tell me more

Hi Steve,

I hope you can help, I am at pains here in my company to get buy in from senior management to truly embrace digital. How can I sell them on the benifits of embracing the cutting edge of modern web business, they still have an IT room full of servers and have failed to move onto the cloud?

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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catwoman

Catwoman was so bad that among a group of friends we use it to rate how terrrbile on a scale of 0.1 - 0.9 catwomans a movie is.

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Finland ditches copyright levy on digital kit, pays artists directly

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Tax

I wonder if the tax empemtion in Ireland for artists would be fairer than these scheme as it directly aids low earning artists.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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new tab

Right click open in new tab no longer works?

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Microsoft BEATS Apple, Google ... to accepting limited Bitcoin payments

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transaction costs

As per Gates comments in the article, MS is interested in the technology behind bitcoin as it reduces the cost of each transaction. This could potentionally be qutie a big thing if it could gain traction and sidestep the banks and card companies.

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How many digital commissioners does it take to change a lightbulb? 13!

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argi

Would "digital for agriculture" ecompass animal health sensors, robotic crop machinary and other agri technologies?

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