Why would a woodworker's power tool cause a major Internet failure at BT?
234 posts • joined 7 Apr 2008
Why would a woodworker's power tool cause a major Internet failure at BT?
As an IT Manager I'd negotiated a big discount on some hardware circa £85K, but almost immediately afterwards a new IT Director came in to the company. The signs were obvious, I was not invited to some meetings etc etc so I cleared my desk of personal stuff, sorted out outstanding admin issues and waited for the call. Sure enough within a week I was out with a redundancy settlement and a don't contact the staff agreement. Three months later I had a grovelling call from the new IT Director "...could I give details of the discount agreement?"
I had the pleasure of telling him that as requested, I'd mailed it to the Finance Department as I left my desk to go to the redundancy meeting. My spies told me the Finance Department denied all knowledge.
Pretty much all of the quotes were for old style leased lines, costing circa £450/month with a 2 - 5 year contract. The £3000 would be absorbed for "installation" costs leading to a minimum expenditure by the small business of £17,500.
It wasn't FTTP, nor did it sponsor new technology at the exchange.
Hopefully the new CEO at OpenReach will actually understand terms like latency then we might get some proper investment in the UK comms infrastructure.
So the success is the grant money has been spent, but I doubt whether UK Ltd got value for money.
When we pay the ISP for the Internet connection we are used to seeing VAT added to the bill. The ISPs should be open and honest about this and add a line to each invoice showing the cost of the Spy Tax for each subscriber.
Note: you will of course be paying additional VAT on the Spy Tax.
It sounds like an ideal application for a small rail gun with a tungsten dart. Remove the inconsiderate intrusions to our privacy.
Will the FAA demand the removal of Lithium batteries from the Boeing Dreamliner?
If Meg had succeeded in buying EMC we'd be hearing in two year's time that EMC had been greatly overvalued and Joe Tucci had been using false accounting. Meanwhile all of the good ex-EMC bodies would have fled before the blind ghost called Redundancy swept them away.
No point in ignoring it as it might help shape the future broadband. If you leave it to BT they'll think only in profit terms. The UK Government will try to find the most cheapo way to create a bodged up system. So the UKTUG members have already responded.
However they are going down hill like a brake failed freight train with BT marketing clones in control.
It would be a useful device for monitoring many of the airless Corporate conference room located in the dark corners of office building. You know the type of room - they are the ones which can be booked by IT staff.
At least you'd know why you and your colleagues are losing the will to live during yet another international conference call. CO2 levels running at greater than 1200 ppm.
Heh Heh I never did trust thwn new fangled VM machines when I was running them on the old IBM 360 type machines in the 1980s. Sure it is wonderful to have new shiny toys in your play room, provided you can convince the business owners to provide the funds to convert the old systems that are running "just fine" at the moment.
Emulation of hardware/software doesn't always provide a solution. I had to deal with a situation 15 years ago where a section of code written in Wang COBOL was resolutely single threading on IBM mainframes and refusing to run faster regardless of the size/number of processors thrown at the task. It was an absolute bottleneck in terms of transaction processing throughput. Original documentation of the business logic encoded in the section of code had long been lost in multiple company mergers and "rationalisations.
The problem is only going to get worse as program developers move further away from the hardware code protected by increasingly complex layers of middleware software.
How else would a Prime Minister and Home Secretary get their lucrative consultancy/directorships once forced from power, if they do not introduce the laws demanded by the Illuminati while in power?
You are waiting at a conference table in a City office meeting room. Dressed in your best interview suit, you look up as a manager clone walks in and offers you a choice:
You can spend the rest of your life working at this office and walking over London Bridge at 8:05 each morning,
You can live on Mars.
Have a Chromebook on your desk when negotiating with Microsoft on licences.
OMG people have finally realised the emperor is wearing no clothes.
Agile is great for make-overs of existing buildings, but should not be used to create the Pyramids.
The business practices of off-shoring to China and other asian countries the production from the USA (and other European countries) to reduce prices has unintended consequences. It creates the infrastructure and human capital which allows the Off-shore to overtake the originator countries.
I think the hotels' proposal should be given approval, subject to the condition they are not allowed to charge for access to their own WiFi networks.
What GCHQ are saying is it is now more difficult to catch dumb criminals/terrorists. The serious guys would have already taken precautions to avoid data leakage.
Thorium based nuclear energy is the way to go, get the research going now or do we want to end up licensing such technology from the Chinese?
The NATS system suffers from being too JOVIAL. Has anyone developed a system using ALGOL recently?
Instead of these tricks, why not learn to write decent SQL?
Any good survivalist store can supply waterproof matches. Should be easy to light the blue touchpaper and run.
The £200 for your gas guzzler is mostly used as general taxation while the act of licensing consumes about £30 of the £200.
This has nothing to do with public safety, it is just a stealth tax increase. The Government is spending more than it collects so it borrows the money. They try to counter this by cutting police funding, the police react by putting up the fees of what they regards as politically sensitive.
If the government/police were really concerned about safety, they'd drop the licence fee to zero (to encourage licensing) while insisting on inspected greater physical security for licensed weapons and ammunition.
I helped to clean the London Flat after a certain boffin had vacated the tenancy. It is obviously very easy to leave human traces behind ;-)
We set the price too high.
So I can have a Zapper to set a speed limit on the car behind that is tailgating me on the motorway/freeway?
The poor chap is misunderstood. They should give him the latest top end iPad and release him. One small condition of release is that it should be on Henderson Island with no boat.
I've learned long ago, never buy an even numbered version of Microsoft Windows. Look back over their history.
MS gather a good team of developers to create an odd numbered version which sells well and meets public demand. Those developers are then either promoted out of the way or sidelined by the next brood of young turks/suits who "develop" the next major release (even numbered) which turns out to be a lemon. The survivors are in place to fix their design errors/lessons learned while working on the next (odd numbered) major release.
I always found the HP people arrogant and their tin overpriced. Now they want to charge you for fixing their duff firmware. This announcement is further confirmation.
No Sern you have only just been given a new toy. Play with that. We are not going to buy you a new one now.
The last time I dealt with Dell was when one of their direct sales team tried to bribe me to place a large order through them rather than the distributor with whom I transacted the business. The person involved had a less than perfect grasp of the english language that matched his lack of ethics. The order was for hundreds of desk top PCs.
Since then I've received half hearted attempts from junior Dell Sales staff via email and phone calls to re-establish contact. Once again these people sound as though they are located thousands of miles from me on the other side of the globe. These unfortunate individuals appear to be scraping the bottom of the CRM barrel with little success. They certainly give me no confidence of a reliable sales/supply process.
Dell do not seem to know the difference between "cheap" and "inexpensive"!
Once again Micro$oft shafts its users. Probably due to internal politics rather than deliberate.
A good move by the Oz government. All we need now is for some of the UK MPs to also develop some cojones and to stand up to Adobe et al for the British public.
I've found Google Docs does just fine for me. As a personal user the cost is zero including a reasonable amount of on-line storage. I just don't need the MS Office Bloatware with its hundreds of unwanted bells and whistles.
I fly on business an awful lot. It is a great time to catch up on sleep or to read the book I've been meaning to read. The last thing I need is to be pestered with emails and calls from people who don't really need an immediate response.
Businesses should be set up to cope with absences of their personnel. I've learned to fly with just a mobile phone (switched off before entering plane) and a Red & Black notebook, this deals with pretty much any situation. If I need a PC at the other end I borrow one and download any necessary file or remotely access my office PC. There's less risk of loss and you don't waste your time tinkering with a Laptop or Tablet. If there's something desperately urgent people can call my mobile phone and talk to me when I've landed.
By all means have mobile phones and internet access on planes but impose a substantial extra fee to deter all but the most essential communication. For example $10 minute or part thereof as a UN tax used to help the digital 3rd world.
Skype was a stella purchase by one of the cast members.
I'm just reading http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2012/05/08/500-hp-apotheker/ it is a bit long, but quite an expose of the Dark Princes on the HP Board. Does the term necrophilia apply to this situation?
EDS, Palm, Compaq, DEC, Tandem, Skype
An amusing typo on LinkedIn job advert from Sagepay.
They're looking for a person who knows about: "Undertaker Post Implementation reviews and ensure each lesson learned has an action and action owner" - Is this a case of failure not tolerated?
... if the Government launched a major technology project without seeking any expert advice?
But Apple's PR team seem to have placed an order for a large tunnel boring machine to ensure they go really deep.
While I realise the young lady needs to protect her modesty, allowing a Burmese Python to totally encircle her neck is a bit risqué. Fortunately though there is a coffin conveniently placed in the room.
..and get fired! Surely with the maps fiasco Apple would know it is better to apologise properly and let the issue die down. With their demonstrated contempt of the British courts they have guaranteed their reputation will be further damaged. It is about time Tim Cook earned his mega bucks by SMACKING a few heads in his management team to get their attention.
The Adobe Acrobat XI is still price 25% higher (allowing for VAT and exchange rates) in the UK over the equivalent USA price, even for download software. I wonder who are the real pirates here! Not that it affects me, I've switched to Nitro PDF which is a third of the price for full functionality.
Ho hum - the now classic adage comes to mind.
"Never buy an even numbered version of the Windows operating system"
The VP speaks pure marketing.
A new Minister in a plush office bounced into making a dumb decision by "Sir Humphrey" on her first day at the big "school".
Just wait for the fuss when these poorly designed and ugly boxes start littering planning conservation areas. In our locality BT installed telegraph poles across the local recreation ground where the kids play football in order to supply one building. They put up notices on the poles describing the "appeals process" as an afterthought (essentially no hope of appeal).
Of course people really in the know about professional networks don't use LinkedIn. They use the other genuinely influential network ...
"I was on the phone chatting to a friend about the war in the South China Seas. He was worried in case the Royal Navy became involved when suddenly the UK's BT 21CN telephone and broadband total failure suddenly interrupted the call..."
An impossible scenario with all the PLA backed HUAWEI equipment at the heart of our telecoms infrastructure?
"...Perhaps you could use some different-coloured pens...." That phrase sent a cold shiver down my spine. I've heard the exact same phrase used by the Consultant Project Manager on a major project for a large City money broking firm. The project was a horrendous failure. The charm of BOFH is a bit like Dilbert, it is so close to real life! Unfortunately in real life we're not allowed to use Semtex as a motivational tool.