192 posts • joined 6 Mar 2008
Most managers I meet
confuse having the responsibility for seeing a decision being made, with the responsibility of actually having to make the decision. None of my senior practioner coworkers get consulted about viability of options. Most of the time a new product gets announced I ask "is this happening with us or to us"?
And what is the condition of her cat?
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Re: NZ Govt
You must be a NZ Labour supporter, whose leader (in opposition) called for the entire text of the trade agreement to be released before it was signed, to allow new zealanders to vote on it. Now as a (self-claimed) former trade negotiator, Mr Cunliffe would know that any premature release of an agreement before it was signed would be a breach of good faith and result in NZ being banned from all future negotiations. And yes, you display ignorance in the same order of magnitude.
The Royal Society Christmas Lectures on computers
Remember those from a few years ago? they were brilliant in showing counting, programming principles etc. They should task the producers of that program with teaching coding.
Yes it did, I got my Foundation Radio License there a few years ago. talk about mecca for techs. Apparently from other posts, they have moved out as well, and another organisation has moved into their place.
Killing Aussies? Must have been over pavlova
Don't recall seeing anything on the Beeb website.
Whaleoil is back and his tech crew put a good post on the pitfalls of working with a vendor during a DOS and migrating away from them. Sounds like there is difficulty in getting information on the attack without court orders.
Oh yeah, a famous blogger here has had a DOS attack on his website for 3 days now
and he generally slags off Kim-Dot-Blob, berates ferals who crash their cars killing people and blows the whistle on politicians having affairs. The list of possible initiators of the DOS attack is long, but distinguished.
Still extortionate internet pricing
but super adsl coming soon,(if the agency that is providing it can stop the courts amending the amount it can charge.)
Re: who is broadcasting from the kitchen?
Actually, "authentic" and "lazy, unprofessional, & can't be bothered" all sound the same to me. I get some of the guys at work who are "telecommuting from home" on VOIP and I have to listen to the kid throw a tantrum cos it can't watch the wiggles on DVD (seriously!) and the high-pitched screams go on all the way to the bedroom. My question to the guy was "have you asked for a payrise, cos you obviously live in a phone booth".
I want just one conversation on a call at a time, un-cluttered by distraction and to the point. If you are having trouble finding a place where nothing happens, pod-cast from your f**king bedroom.
Re: would you
Nah, I reckon they just want to see what Sarah looks like (hint: think Janice from "Friends" but with ink)
who is broadcasting from the kitchen?
or surreptiously doing their dishes during the podcast?
Question: did they also revoke the add-on functionality purchased?
Or are some kids getting power-ups for nothing here?
Get your retaliation in first
When you get above the rank-and-file of IT, you move into office politics, which has a completely different set of rules. One of those rules is that "the customer is always right, about what their initial requirements are" (Most customers only know the first stanza of that phrase).
So if you in IT can see a problem that needs a solution, analyse it and put the solution in before the customer has a chance to stick their oar in. Example, refreshes using disk copies, these had been taking a while for ages, so when we ordered a new SAN Array, I insisted in the replication licenses being included in the software bundle. I then wrote a set of scripts in a couple of weeks and had a working example with documentation in a month. All before the user got wind of it. They are still be used 5 years on, just modified for the new SAN Array commands.
The problem with this approach is you need separation from the customer so you can do this in private, you need a boss who trusts your judgement and will back your recommendations and you need the skills to complete what you are getting into without an external consultant. Oh and a test environment you can take out during the day.
Some final hints,...
Never! let the customer look under the hood at what you have done, they will dismiss it because they do not understand it.
Never! allow an alternate methodology to be trialled first, you will never be allowed to get back to yours.
Never! accept anyone's word if it is not in an auditable email. A casual approval should be responded to with "flick me an email with your formal approval so I can attach it to the request".
Always! quote timings to implement as "from formal approval" and use the words "formal approval" repeatedly in meetings to emphasise the point.
Thank f**k I am retiring soon.
Originally hypothesised in the comic "2000AD"
Time travel and alien races do exist, the only reason they haven't visited is that they don't really see the point (when was the last time you had tea and a conversation with a chimpanzee?)
Free Stephen Wragg!
So Bond is "fiction"
FFS, he's not like "the Doctor" and regenerates, they are different actors - of course it is fiction! They make have thrown a little tradecraft in since Daniel Craig took over the role but its still fantasy and a little bit of satire.
BTW, my best friend tries to treat alcohol and women similar to Bond (inability to deal with reality and contempt for the opposite sex), and he looks like a tramp (at 44 years old.). Not an advisable career choice.
is it just me or is there
a lot more swearing on Alistair's articles these days? The trainspotting motif hoves back into view.
This sort of reminds me of concorde
ie. the British simply beavering away on a simple concept that is complex to implement, but doing it quite well and without too much self-congratulatory fanfare.
Excellent Article, A+
Re: I blame the unions.
And there is the difference between a bad computer system and a good one; a bad one enforces arbitrary rules on the user, a good one presents the information to the user and allows them to make the decision (but summarises that info to prevent clashes and tracks the decision for oversight later).
I used to run a mainframe (40x80 terminal) airline passenger booking system for a small domestic airline (with large airplanes), which would routinely have aircraft fall over halfway through a trip. My solution was to re-present all the passengers on board from that particular leg in different orders (sequence as selected by the user), and allow the front-of-house to rebook them using their existing information onto a new flight by putting an "X" next to their name and pressing Xmit. (Families were selected as one group to ensure they did not get separated). The system resubmitted their information to the back-end booking procedures without requiring re-entry of data.
But I was master of the system, and the users defered to my judgement on design matters (not like now, where they think they know it all).
(Said in the voice of Al Bundy)
They should go to a nudie bar!
(Sorry I just watched "The Internship").
Nice quote from that independent australian movie "the castle"
pity when they broadcast it in the UK, they cut the casually racist comments that the aussies are so good at.
the question should have read "what benefits are there to you in running an email server"? Then you are trying to elicit a response and further information, rather than sounding dismissive. I haul up people from time to time in meetings to try and get them to ask "the right questions"; ie. ones that don't drive an agenda.
BTW, the answer for me would be "I can experiment and train with mail setups and security in a non-Production environment".
I am showing my predilections here
but if you want to join in, realpunting.com shows uk escorts doing the deed, so you can "try before you buy". Alternatively, the private club in birmingham is a good place to visit when they are filming for their websites. (I am not associated with these sites).
Nice to see "Spud" from "Trainspotting"
has got himself a real job.
Did they include the Ian Chappell speciality in this game?
The under-arm delivery
The BBC News website describes the game as "farcical"
Apparently the computer version is pretty shit too!
Scruffy = status in sysadmin world;
the less formally you are allowed to dress, the more status you have.
Re: Makes you think....
"There hasn't been a genuine number one since the beatles split up"
It's common knowledge inside the Royal Protection Unit that HRH was part of the SOE during the war and not the Transport Corp. Apparently Micheal Fagan was a bit of a mess after she had worked him over for daring to sneak into her room.
Re: Milton wrote about a vision of Hell....
Hey, if it was good enough for Cliff Richard on roller skates in the 80s,.... (would that be slower or faster than 12 mph)?
Re: You can't win
My favourite saying in the public service IT agency I worked in was.,...
"The customer is always right about what they think! they want, not what they actually need and not what is technically feasible".
Numpty senior users telling me at the 11th hour they wanted to use the DR system as a milestone image for releases as well, does not go down well with me.
A tech holding down a relationship with a woman for more than 1 hour and less than 120 quid?
It'll never catch on!
Unlike real soccer, where the rules stay the same. And does it allow your players to be burgled while they are playing away? and does it allow your players to take out super-injunctions because they were "playing away"? Come on EA, keep up with the times!
LOL. I think I might have Aspergers
because when I was trying to fix a problem last year, everyone at the client who knew the technicians names and phone numbers kept calling and asking for an update. I ended up picking up my phone at the 12th call, saying "the problem will continue as long as everyone keeps bugging me for updates. you are not important enough to be briefed directly, so phone the helpdesk". I then took my phone off the hook and shouted my progress updates across the partition to the lone helpdesk operator. Needless to say, my boss had a quiet word to me later about talking to the client "in my ubiquitous manner". I stuck to my guns and pointed out the helpdesk and him are there to keep this sort of shit away from me when I am working on a problem like this.
Jennifer Lopez's expression while Freddy Flintoff tries to explain cricket to her. ("We play for 5 days, take meal breaks during each day and there is no guarantee of a result").
Maybe he stays behind the scenes
because he still can't say "Awec Bahdwin!"
Can you imagine
the episode of "Storage Wars" this would have made?
In NZ, the number of women attending university outnumbers men now,..
I am starting a campaign to get more men into university, don't think I will get much traction tho.
BTW, the women who now attend uni insist on a tertiary educated partner themselves and bemoan the fact there are not enough suitable candidates. Irony much?
(For comprehensive attendees only)
Think about the last time you were lumped together with a fairly representative sample of society ie. school. And thinking back, on average how many of your classmates were useless / thick / weird? 1 in 30 was my experience, so 3% of the sample. That accounts for half the unemployed so far, the rest are probably short-term unemployed between jobs.
Anyone a fan of "big data"? I would like from the govt a complete anonymised list of unemployed, along with their educational level, county of residence, and duration of unemployment. It would be interesting to massage and see where the fail point are.
How many STFUs are there in the word "Cacophony"?
one person talking at a time, guys (and sara)
Bugger, now I will have to spend all my porno budget
Best stunt ever would be,...
have Mark Zuckerberg named-dropped in the tech press by a MS insider. Biggest flame war ever.
I was going to download at home and listen
but my ISP in NZ only allows 60GB bandwidth per calender month, so will listen (and snigger) at work tomorrow. When my boss is in meetings, of course.
Re: SAP is for saps
because SAP "empowers the users" and makes them think they can "do IT". And then they get their butts handed to them and the techies have to take over.
The users are always right,... about what they THINK! they want, not about what they actually want, nor about what is best technical practice.
I didn't know that Iain Thomson
was the pen-name of Jerry Bruckheimer? Stand by for Bay-hem(tm)!
Seriously, did April 1st come late this year?
Unless my eyes deceive me, she got to reprise the lines again in the remake. (but without the head exploding this time).
Oh, won't someone think of the panelbeaters,...
and the speed camera technicians, and the tow truck drivers, and the driving instructors, etc.
Seriously, has anyone thought of the impact on the "motorist economy"? (Those who make bucks out of training drivers or cleaning up after their mistakes).
(And yes I did not include Insurers - you really think less people having less accidents will mean they will lower your premiums?)
If we have automated driverless cars,...
how much more often will you go out and get liqoured, knowing the ride home is safe, legal and assured? (Tip: Buy shares in Guinness)
Send Jodie Foster to invesigate it
you know, using one of those Eisntein-Rosen bridges and a tetrahedron.
PS. Carl Sagan must be p!ssed he is missing out on all of these new images.
In the words of Arnold,...
"Judgement Day is inevitable". So, innovate slower, just enough to show progress, and suck it up when you have to throw it out every 2 - 3 years and essentially redo it again, only slightly better. If we innovate too fast, we will do ourselves out of jobs quicker.
How can you pass keys around securely....
when Big Brother holds history of your traffic, and could conceivably recover the key you sent someone ages ago? Simple, you reverse the paradigm and make the key insecure but the data hidden, preferably physically on someones body, where it can be vouched for and transferred around. In short, we need a Mnemonic courier service (ie. the way OBL managed to exchange data so long without the authorities finding him - it was human intel that got him in the end).
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