* Posts by Paul Hovnanian

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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Re: It all made sense

"And all ignoring two factors that virtualization can't fix:"

In these cases, virualization is like chicken soup. Will it help? It couldn't hurt.

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Re: Old crap is more like it

"Why is that?"

Because management funds the development and deployment of an app. Once tht's done, the funds dry up. And it's the IT department's responsibility to keep the disks spinning and the hosts up. But nothing more.

Try going to management to request ongoing funding to keep applications current and ported to the latest platforms and see how far you get. IT management 'heros' are made when these legacy systems finally break down and the spare parts hoard for their servers runs out. The person that spearheads your companies program to finally get off IE6 will probably become a potential CIO candidate. If the grunts in IT had managed to keep it current with everything up through Chrome, nobody would notice.

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It all made sense

The arguments about legacy hardware vs keeping apps ported to current platforms, consolidating lots of single purpose hosts into their own VMs, reducing the physical IT footprint and utility bill. All good arguments.

But then, in the last sentence, they said 'cloud'. And I sensed the presence of some cloud service sales rep whispering in my CIOs ear.

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

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Hmm. According to some sources, the alarm at Hatton Garden did go off. But for some reason, it was not given the attention by police that (in hindsight) it deserved.

It's possible that the Holborn electrical fire and subsequent BT outages may have triggered quite a few false alarms* and resulted in the police ignoring this as just one more. Some forensic analysis into the cause of the fire should be done. And if it turns out that it was vandalism and possibly related to the heist, there are bigger problems. On this side of the pond, utility infrastructure is generally considered to be economically critical. Access to cable routing and other construction details are not easily available to the public. So there is the possibility of insider connections within the various utility companies.

*Triggering false alarms in advance of a burglary is one method of getting a real alarm to be overlooked or even have the system disconnected. Some years ago, a safety deposit box heist was facilitated by the thief renting a box and placing an alarm clock inside it. The alarm clock triggered a sound/vibration sensor in the vault, setting off the burglar alarm. Repeatedly finding nothing, the acoustic sensor was disabled (in the belief that it was faulty). After that, the theif struck.

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Oh, hi there, SKYNET: US military wants self-enhancing software that will outlive its creators

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Outlive its creators?

Well, there's C, COBOL and FORTRAN.

On the other hand, you could use .NET. And get developers to pursue its creators with sharp garden implements.

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Re: Or, in other words.

ICANN.really.sucks

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Data centre doesn't like your face? That's a good thing

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Location

Some years ago, I supported a system located in my companies data center that satisfied practically all of this articles 'should have' checklist. Except that it was built within a few hundred yards of the Seattle Fault.

Sadly, the system had originally been designed to be redundant and distributed. So that one clod tripping over a power cable would result in functions failing over to another site in the Puget Sound region. But the PHBs in IT management figured that all the redundant servers should be relocated to the one central site.

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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Time to replace ...

... that stone tablet the Statue of Liberty is holding with a laptop*.

*A Lenovo, of course.

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Apple swears that NO FANBOI will queue for its new gumble

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"After all, who wants to stand in the street for days on end,"

This is why they hire homeless people to hold places in line. So here's another employment opportunity lost for the disadvantaged.

Apple might be upset by the difficulty that the general public has in telling the difference between fanboi hipsters and the placeholder hobos.

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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"It doesn't fit a supplier taking equipment. They'd just take their servers and leave the cabling untouched."

Good point. And the supplier would just hide the old servers somewhere on site. Then, when they get the call to put in new units, they just reinstall the old ones, bill the customer for the new hardware and put it (still in the box) on eBay.

Twice, by the looks of it.

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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Re: More gas please. My fire's going out...

"Science seems to point towards homosexuality not being biological, but instead psychological [1]. So they're not discriminating against something you're born with, as would be the case with e.g. race."

Well, Christianity is a lifestyle choice as well. Should I be allowed to throw them out of my pizza parlor?

As to the nature/nurture argument: Science is pretty sure its both. Kinsey found that about 35% of the male population can be aroused 'both ways'. That appears to be the biological basis. From that point, it's psychological. You can marry a nice gal, raise 2.4 children and live in a house with a white picket fence. With only the occasional extra glance at the GQ models. Or you can march in the rainbow parade wearing assless chaps.

The remaining 65% of us have no choice. We are stuck with the runny-nosed kids, PTA meetings and driving a minivan instead of a Miata.

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Re: I wonder how they're going to know?

"non Christian"

I was thinking more along the lines of how I'd handle a non Pastafarian ordering pizza from my establishment ..... without the obligatory side of spaghetti.

Infidels, the lot of them!

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SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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Re: Exploding somethings

"Smart meters are full of electronics and capacitors, I suppose."

And batteries. Some smart meters can "phone home" over wireless networks in the event of an outage. That can give the utility operators an up to date picture of system conditions (during storms, etc.) instead of having to wait for customers to wake up in a cold, dark house hours later and phone the problem in.

The battery technology used might be something similar to that used in exploding laptops or burning airplanes.

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"So suppose the line had been hit by a couple of million volt lightning strike?"

The upper, high voltage lines are typically protected against lightning strikes by surge (lightning) arresters. The lower voltage lines underneath are shielded by the presence of the higher voltage line on top. Lightning hits the highest point.

But if the upper 12 kV (?) line hit a 240 V line, the 12 kV surge protectors would see no unusual voltage.

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"I don't understand how it took out 5,000 customers"

That does seem high. The article says 5,000 customers were affected. Which may mean that the higher voltage line was a major distribution branch and, when its fuse/breaker tripped, this group lost power. A linked article states that this accident occurred near a substation. So the fault may have taken the entire station off line.

The "Hundreds of smart electricity meters exploded" seems a bit odd. The 120/240 Volt lines feeding houses from stepdown transformers typicall feed from a few to a dozen or so residences. Back in the 'old days', these secondary circuits consisted of a low voltage distribution buss, fed by a number of transformers and covered a large area. But that construction is less typical these days.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Lost

It was a couple of Secret Service agents returning from a weekend of hard partying who took a wrong turn looking for the White House.

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

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Practical hairstyle

Looking back at all the photos of medium to long haired astronauts, I'm surprised that more don't go for the bald or buzz cut look. Or at least throw a scrunchie on it to prevent that "bad zero gee hair" look.

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Mono Magic: Photography, Breaking Bad style

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Re: "Knowing you only have 36 exposures at a time can impose discipline."

36? Try 12 shots with 120 film in 6x6 format (Rolleiflex SL66). Or 8 shots with an Zeis Ikonta (6x9 format).

Fortunately, I live a few miles from a major camera shop that caters to professionals with film and does 35mm and 120 developing.

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Nesting falcons interrupt £200m Vodafone 4G mast upgrades

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World’s fastest bird

"Vodafone was very pleased to have the world’s fastest bird as visitors to its masts, Gordon added."

Just have the Vodafone sales staff tell them how much faster they'll be if they upgrade to 4G (with a 2 year contract, of course).

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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Devil

Let me take this opportunity to register a protest on behalf of deviants everywhere.

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Diablo fingered in offensive ASCII art trial doc shock

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I would think that legal documents would not descend to this level of unprofessionalism. Surely they could have just referred to the correspondence in Arkell v. Pressdram.

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Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

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Joke

Wearing vivid blue outfits

I don't know about that. I think we'll need a second opinion on that color.

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Meh...

"Something to do with water blocking radio signals..."

Deploy the towed VLF antenna.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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Paris Hilton

This might explain ...

.... the hookups between homo sapiens and Neanderthals. "Hey babe. Looks like the end of the world is here. What do you say we see it off with a bang?"

Paris, because this line might actually work given the opportunity.

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Gov.UK begs Google 'n' U.S. tech pals: Forget Ireland, come to Blighty

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Re: So, so so pathetic

"Instead of tempting other countries to come here, why not get this country to innovate and expand."

Because the tax rate can always be revised back up once companies have taken the bait. You can't un-innovate.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

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Re: Unstealable

The other trick which I suspect would throw most thieves brave enough to attempt swiping my truck is to slip the transfer case into neutral when I park it someplace seedy.

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My 36 year old car has a nearly foolproof anti-theft device. In addition to it being a stick shift (which most US criminals apparantly can't drive) it has a big knob on the dashboard labeled 'Choke'.

Crank away, guys. This thing isn't starting.

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You'll NEVER guess who has bought I Taught Taylor Swift How To Give Head dot-com

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Yeah, but ...

... who owns the HowToGiveHead.com domain? The business opportunities involved with the creation of subdomains ITaught<InsertNameOfPersonalityHere>.HowToGiveHead.com are almost limitless.

But judging from the picture, the ITaughtTaylorSwiftHowToPutOnMakeup.com domain is still up for grabs.

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World's mega-rich tax dodge exposed: Meet the HSBC IT bloke at the heart of damning leak

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HSBC is not a cop

The US law requiring banks to "know your customer" is just an end run around our Fourth Amendment. Our law enforcement can't just go fishing for 'bad people' based on some profile. They need a warrant. So they just create a regulation that requires private entities to stick their nose in customers' business. And file reports with the regulators.

That said, HSBC are idiots if they had someone walk in the lobby and ask for advice on dodging the US taxman. Apply for an account under the name Mr Smith. Fine. Just make sure you comply with Swiss law. If the IRS comes in with a warrant based on some probable cause that Mr. Smith has commited some crime, then the account information will be delivered. But having money and a common surname isn't prima facie evidence of wrongdoing.

Our cops are getting lazy. And they are expecting private organizations to do far too much policing for them.

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BYOD is NOT the Next Biggest Thing™: Bring me Ye Olde Lappetoppe

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Laptops, Tablets, Phones

Company issued. Now, how to keep these inside the company, connected only to the 'secure' network. Back in the last century, when execs were issued a company laptop, part of the justification was that they could work from wherever they were. At home on the dialup or DSL. Or at one of those newfangled public WiFi hotspots in a coffee shop.

For all intents and purposes, those machines came back to work as disease-infested as the BYOD stuff that people were prevented from bringing inside. Issuing guidelines made no difference. "Whaddya mean, I can't install my favorite app on MY laptop?!" the exec bellows at the lowly IT person attempting to scrub the cruft off some VP's company laptop yet again. Or the warez that the bosses kid downloads when dad leave the machine unattended on the kitchen table.

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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

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I can already imagine ...

... the ads: Increase your tablet size with this our product.

Warning: If Windows stays up for more than 4 hours, consult a physician.

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US military finds F-35 software is a buggy mess

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Re: Never mind the software...

"Unlike the Harrier, which could and did use thrust vectoring for VTOL and enhanced dogfighting capability to extreme effectiveness"

This is true. But I don't think the Pentagon brass ever 'got' the Harrier and its capabilities. The spec writers* said "vertical takeoff and landing" and that's what they got.

*In many cases, specifications are co-written by the suppliers. This is what we want to sell you. Write your requirements accordingly. Boeing was an underdog in that competition. So instead of taking an assertive position and telling the Pentagon what to buy, they did something that exposed their weakness, like asking a Marine pilot what they wanted.

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Re: Never mind the software...

' "shield" sticking up there.'

That's the inlet for the VTOL lift fan. To be fair, no streamlining is required in that flight mode.

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Re: Pay no attention to the OS behind the lenses

But they do make my eyes a fetching shade of blue while I'm performing the obligtory reboot.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

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Unhappy

Midnight?!?!

I thought it was almost lunchtime!

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Suck on this, Larry: NoSQL pair hit the G-spot

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Statistics

"Mongo says it is used by more than 2,000 customers, including 34 of the Fortune 100, with nine million downloads."

My Debian distro laptop ran mongodb. I don't know why. I discovered it one day when it seemed to be running a bit slow. So I ran a process list and found 'mongodb' to be hogging CPU cycles. I killed it and haven't noticed anything important not working.

So I'm not really sure what those 9 million downloads means other than it's a depenency of some little used utility tht people pull in when they run a package manager.

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: Transaction taxes

Bitcoin.

We may not understand the problem, but Bitcoin is the answer.

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Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all

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RE: Scrum

@Bob Starling

I think this is a good observation. The term 'scrum' appears to have been applied to s/w development by someone unfamiliar with software, rugby, or both.

Or perhaps it was coined by someone with a wicked sense of humor who was spot on with an analogy describing the butting of heads while the object (the ball, or the code) sits unmoved. And the term was sold to the PHBs with exactly this hidden meaning in mind. And management hasn't got the joke yet.

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Why not hybrid?

Use a TETRA or other trunked system similar to what is now in use for PTT, group broadcasts, etc. And then add 4G voice/data capability i a different frequency block. The (low) data rate in today's trunked radio should be sufficient to hand off the radio to a broadband connection when needed.

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Want to shoot FIREBALLS from your wrists, SPIDER-MAN style?

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Can we get ....

.... a version of this for the back bumper of a car?

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Prez Obama slaps sanctions on Norks in payback for Sony hack

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[Sigh]

File this one in with Iraq's WMD, I'm afraid.

We (USA) are going to start looking like a bunch of fools if we take the first piece of questionable evidence and run with it. Some analysts are beginning to think this might have been an inside (Sony) job. Maybe, or maybe its NORK misdirection. But we can always slap sanctions later on*, so why not take some time to do a proper investigation.

*Or perhaps not. Kim Jung Un has made an approch to negotiate with South Korea. So an overly quick response on our part could appear to be us trying to queer the deal. Our role should be to back up our ally militarily and ensure nothing is done by coercion. But if they can legitimately negotiate peace, our political goals should have no influence.

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SpaceX six days from historic rocket landing attempt

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Re: Why land at sea?

"As Russia is absolutely massive in the right direction."

I suspect that this is it. It's not so much a matter of hitting the USA. Every 90 minutes or so, the orbit olaces them on a path about 20 degrees longitude over from the last one. Eventually, that path will pass over a suitable (i.e. not private property, farmland or protected habitat) landing site. I can't be bothered to calculate 'eventually', but it could be dozens of orbits, given a small enough site.

With a ship, you just move the landing pad under the desired orbit and go.

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New fear: ISIS killers use 'digital AK-47' malware to hunt victims

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Re: Where does it send the IP addresses?

I can just see the ISIS hackers geolocating 127.0.0.1 and mounting an attack.

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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Re: Bad flight plan?

"Invariably someone puts a flight plan wrong and it borks the system"

You are lucky someone didn't try to fly a U2 through your airspace. It appears you may have hired the same people to write your ATC code.

Welcome to the club.

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Put me through to Buffy's room, please. Sony hackers leak stars' numbers, travel aliases

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Re: Just wondering

It's Sony pictures. Everyone works under one of Georgette Spelvin, Walter Plinge or Alan Smithee.

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NASA prods sleeping New Horizons spacecraft: Wakey, wakey, Pluto's calling

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Imagine ....

.... New Horizons' disappointment* when it wakes up and finds out Pluto has been demoted.

*Yes. I know how much mechanical devices hate being anthropomorphised.

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How HAPPY am I on a scale of 1 to 10? Where do I click PISSED OFF?

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Happy

Survey results

Let me take this opportunity to vote in favor of more Russ Meyer movie clips embedded in El Reg articles.

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How to get ahead in IT: Swap the geek speak for the spreadsheet

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This depends on the line of business

"The evolution shouldn’t come as a surprise: the IT department is increasingly being seen as a profit rather than a cost centre with IT budgets commonly split between keeping the lights on and spend on innovation and revenue-generating projects."

It's a profit center only if your company is in the business of producing IT products or services. Otherwise it's a tool your company uses to perform their revenue generating functions. Yes, your IT systems can provide the latter organizations with a strategic advantage over your competition. In much the same way as an auto repair shop can excell by having higher quality and/or more capable tools.

"Project Manager"

Not the most important job in the IT process. Unless IT products/services are yor companies line of business. Its the process owning manager that makes the cost/benefit decisions on which tools to invest in and when to upgrade or replace those tools. These decisions need to be made with the support and operating costs of the legacy systems in mind. Which is where contributions from the operations (admins) as well as development (project) sides of the house need to be balanced against the user's cost/benefits.

All too often, IT systems are seen as projects that, when done, provide the project manager their little gold star, promotion and material for their CV. And once the system is delivered, its cost to the company go largely unnoticed. Untion the users or admins scream about it being crap. The smart company has someone in charge of the work process that can call for a new system to be built, even if the old one is stil functional. If that new system can produce a savings/benefit to justify the work done. On the other hand, the process owner might reccommend sticking with a clipboard and pencil on the shop floor if the shiny tablet/IT tool doesn't add value to the bottom line. The latter decision doesn't look as good on an IT manager's CV, but its a valid choice.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: I like toys but...

"That said I've not seen any news stories involving one of these lasers being used on drivers."

Aircraft. Too many instances of redneck morons playing games with these and planes recently.

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FORGET the CLIMATE: FATTIES are a MUCH BIGGER problem - study

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Alien

Depends on your point of view

There are some who think that a bit more fat is a good thing.

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