It is a great achievement, but is salutary to think how little one would learn about the earth with a 26 mile trek. There's a very long way to go.
1152 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007
Re: Humidity/hair dryers
That reminds me: in the flooded floor void incident I posted earlier we were left with a very damp void once the water had been drained out. But one of the Ops was into dogs, and specifically into showing poodles. You know, artistically cropped fluffy dogs. She had one *serious* hair dryer which was a big help in drying out the void.
Wasn't a callout
But I once came in to find the 9 inch deep false floor in the server room 6 inches deep in water - and everything still running with all the mains sockets immersed...
Unfortunately I can't find the photo of the Unisys (or might have been Sperry) mini that was delivered in a 19in rack and the tail lift on the delivery lorry went pearshaped and it toppled over and 3 feet down onto the concrete. Enough force to make for a rack full of rhomboidal equipment...
> an unsigned copy of Mort :) was Re: RIP TP
But is it a properly unsigned copy of Mort? i.e. one that has been taken along to a book signing, opened by the master, but not actually written in?
Re: Who trained the Japanese to torpedo bomb?
> It was 1944 before the RAF had the Tallboy bombs that severely damaged the Tirpitz in Norway.
Privacy - you what...
"With big data analytics, there is the temptation to use the technology to build up a precise profile of each individual traders' behaviour and practices. However, intrusions into individual privacy must be proportionate and necessary to comply with data protection laws."
Hold on. This is about what the traders are doing on the company's time, with the company's equipment, with the company/customer's money and on the company's salary. Why should there be an expectation of privacy? Surely their management is entitled to ask for a precise profile of behaviour and practices any time they like, or do they work on very different terms to the rest of us, and if so why?
Re: Defending Subsrcriptions
Every now and then at my house we produce large documents. I mean very large and very rarely, often two or three years apart. So we bought a copy of Pagemaker, and every now and then it had to be upgraded, but we'd skip a few versions in the middle and save some cash. I don't give a damn about new features, until things drift far enough, what I mostly need is the base functionality.
Minor revisions of documents would need doing more often, but not very much work. In fact we have Pagemaker running on a virtual machine to handle minor revisions. But now Adobe want me to shell out for a one year subscription to InDesign to produce a new major document this year, and any time I wanted to do a minor revision I'd have to shell out for another years subscription... So instead of a copy every few years in future they'll sell nothing. I wonder how many other small people like us that's true for, and what it will add up to?
I'm looking forward
To my wrist computer, programmable with Gps, phone, everything on my smart phone except for a large display. No bigger than a normal watch either. The trouble is for the outdoor sports I do both are going to need to be virtually indestructible because they'll get treated just as badly as a cheap digital watch,, but will be rather less disposable.
Think the tech is getting in sight now, but it's a big ask on the physical side. Having a waterproof phone I can take on a boat has been a happy step, but I think the wrist comp will need another level of miniaturisation.
I find it works nicely if you say "my order of magnitude estimate is 10 hours", which seems to be so much more acceptable than "more than an hour and less than one hundred"...
to do with IT...
Three pages of posts and counting says we're interested...
The warbird scene is amazing now. I was reflecting last week that 50 years ago I would ask my mother to take a long cut past Tangmere to pass the gate guardian Spitfire, just to see one, but last week there were one or two Spitfires over her house every day...
> punt the guy by any means
Back when i was young that was the reward for being responsible for an almighty ballsup...
Compensation is wonderful. Not only does it do exactly nothing to get your users working again and off your back, but also it means that your vendor is concentrating on minimising the payments rather than getting you
you operational again ASAP
Total tax, not just band rental. If, say, one were dealing with an industry that avoids much UK tax, then rather than playing whackamole with their accountants, it might be easier to just sock em with a simple fee they can't avoid.
I suppose the BOFH'S Helldesk
Is about the only one which isn't fully confident they can retreive stuff from backup since they rest of us get 30 calls a week requesting we do exactly that...
Getting rather close to blackmail
Isn't he? Ethical compass somewhat out of kilter...
Re: If you want to be forgotten / Nazi uniform
A superb example, because IIRC he was not wearing a NAZI uniform, that was part of the stuff the newspaper made up...
Re: Still have an area that's completely...
OTOH there have been many fewer deaths and injuries down the mines, many fewer people crippled with silicosis, all sorts of things like that
Deep mining was/is a damn awful industry and its fairly hard to wish it back again. The failure to find new employment to replace the old is a nationwide phenomenon, not unique to mining or indeed unique to any particular flavour of government. How does a government create real new economically productive jobs in the Western world? Tell them, they'd all like to know.
These 'Shared Services' ... can also deliver incredible savings.
I'm sure that's literally correct...
Re: > just that the track record to date has been poor in places.
That ought to be a gloriously understated ironic comment, but I have a terrible feeling he's *not* got his tongue in his cheek...
Hey anon, you're not the bloke who, when I was tin shaking for a charity back in my student days, gave me a five minute lecture on how we should be demonstrating outside the houses of parliament instead are you?
Re: 4.5 billion years ago
Hey, that's no issue. Because the event was so, well, world changing, its kinda embedded in the "memory" of the atoms of the planet, and so its a part of every human makeup. It's all related to the same "memory" for want of a better word, that makes homeopathy work.
as spam offences go
I.think this one scores about 0.5 on a scale from one to ten. Still, one shouldn't deny a bloke his hobby and the standing up in court bit is kinda fun.
if millions are in trouble
Then the system is up the chute because its abjectly failed the people its supposed to be serving, and if you can't see that but carry on bleating about secure passwords etc then you are part of the problem.
The complacency in our industry that blames the user when the systems we provide for them are demonstrably not secure is a big part of the problem.
Re: If only...
Verify signature?? That's even more naive than expecting Internet banking to be secure!
Re: "secure multi-tenancy rigs."
>If you want security you have to do it yourself
While I don't altogether disagree with the underlying proposition, that presupposes that 'you' can build an infrastructure that's more secure than your external suppliers can, and in practice everyone's reliant on external partners to a greater or lesser extent. Heartbleed, after all, demonstrated just that.
Obviously all the levels of indirection that come with external hosting, cloud hosting etc bring in layers of extra risk, but to make an extreme if not ridiculous comparison, that's still far less risk than an unpatched windows box sitting direct on the net with no firewall protection. You just have to do the best you can, but if you're doing it with my money, well, maybe I will wonder if the risk is similar to that nice investment opportunity in last night's email...
> Why can't the taxman
Sooner or later he will, but megacorps lawyer up a lot harder for money than they do for stuff like this that they basically oppose just for the publicity. And people still think Google are nailing it to the man when Google has far more money and resources available to it than any government department could dream of.
Re: Why they don't operate in the same way banks do?
Because it would cost them far too much in overheads at a guess...
There's no way in the long run that governments will be prepared to live with a situation where law and tax breakers and evaders ( multinationals that's you as well as the Criminals) take advantage of national boundaries to evade oversight. We'd soon end up with Panamanian or Liberian data centres of convenience...
If you provide the service to customers in the UK, or USA, or Western Moldoslovakia or what you should and eventually will be under the oversight of their tax and legal authorities, no matter where the boxes are. In a cloud world nothing else makes sense.
green as an overripe tomato.... scarlet ferrari
Wonderful simile: made me grin:-)
Re: A better alternative
I've known a good number of teenagers who got into greater or lesser trouble with the law, and in general they didn't seem to make a connection between crime and punishment at all. It seemed as if the mindset was that getting locked up occasionally was just one of those things that happens, like some days it rains, some days the court locks you up.
Its certainly an odd comment to make when heard on this side of the Atlantic... The trouble is any stat analysis I see is buried in the noise of grinding axes...
But its true that social acceptance of violence has changed over the years and decades and in different societies and even parts of societies. And when you look worldwide there are armed societies with very high gun crime rates, and armed societies with very low ones. Hard to believe that the weapon does more that make murder a little more accessible. Plenty of genocide has been achieved with simple hand tools.
Two hundred years ago two significant politicians might fight a duel in London which was illegal but socially acceptable, but you can't imagine it today... However in other parts of our society a violent response to insults isn't unknown, although they don't generally go in for formal duels.
I think its a bit strong to say that democracies are always against citizens being able to murder each other. I think you have to look a lot further than that. I'm not sure when you take the same people and put them in an oligarchy or a plutocracy or a monarchy they suddenly gain a whole new enthusiasm for murdering each other. Indeed recent history in Eastern Europe suggests that a new freedom to murder members of other ethnic groups may be taken up as eagerly as other new freedoms.
Re: Hack reporting
> content was sliced and diced beyond recognition.
So just like all the other news reports you've ever seen then. Its SOP for press everywhere. Have to edit to make the content fit the space available - and *of course* no responsible journo *ever* distorts the message in the process...
Re: Fine until.. will they never appreciate the workers
Yeah, its strange how these days all executives are vital and irreplaceable and must be paid top quartile salaries, and the actual productive workers and ideas people are utterly interchangeable and need to have their pay frozen for the good of the business.
And I read a good deal of history, and the books are quite short on the great business executives who created the modern world - politicians, engineers, scientists, academics, but few executives...
Your company goes toes up because all your most talented staff have burned out under incessant pressure.
Something else that irritates me about 24 hour email
I've always felt that the biggest advantage of email is that I can write when it suits me, and people can respond when it suits them. So I liked being able to write an email at stupid o clock if it suitse me, knowing it wouldn't disturb Jane or Bill until they turned the PC on. But now I have to start figuring whether I'd be disturbing someone by emailing at a time when I wouldn't consider making a phone call, plus time zones too.
So whereas before I had the choice of voice when it was 24*7 urgent and email when it was next office hours urgent, now I don't, which is crazy.
Re: So, the EFF gets donations from Google.
The thing is you can find pressure groups.who support anything, no matter how crazy. But most of thrm have zero money and zero influence.
But if you give lots of money to groups that broadly support.your aims the money buys them influence, no matter how kooky they are.
And as pressure groups like having money and influence a percentage of their decision makers are always going to be influenced by a desire to keep the money tap running - not to change beliefs maybe, but in targeting their campaigns.
So the end result is a corrupted system without actually corrupting any individuals very much.
Like inflated executive salaries, its not illegal but it is wrong.
Re: Consulting the users
consult/consultancy /consultant is a very interesting family of words in contemporary business speak.
consultation is of course a process where you ask the users /public what they want, and then ignore it and do what you were going to do anyway.
A consultantcy is an organisation that tells you.what you already knew in a form your executives might listen to.
A consultant is someone who does exactly.what your permanent staff would have done, but gets away before the problems are visible.
But on another topic, the reason BOFH sounds as if its a mole in your own office is because people are people, private sector or public, big company or small, we're all much the same.
in this context creosote
Is a Terry Pratchett parody of Croesus.
Re: The internet distilled
And at the root of it all, pimping for the advertising dollar... We had such utopian visions for the net back then, where did it all go wrong?
(I suspect in thinking it was a free lunch when the ad exec was paying)
Re: The reason COBOL gained a foothold and became ubiqitous?
Well, as we are there (inter alia) to provide a service to managers and beancounters, what on earth is wrong with that. I know the managers and beancounters are suffering from the delusion that they are useful in themselves, rather than simply providing a service to the people who actually create the product, but that doesn't mean we should make the same mistake.
Its just another language. Not that big a deal. So I bet that in big cobol using companies astute folks in their 40s who fancy the idea of steady employment until the pension fund is healthy enough, might be saying hey boss, let me work with old Bill until he retires and I'll learn that stuff so we are covered.
Re: "Someone must pay a cost".
As there is never any such thing as a free lunch, why should I, who has no interest whatsoever in streaming video, be subsidising those who do want it?
Re: Let me see...
You do have rights as a commentard. They are limited, because we signed an awful lot of them away when we signed up the el reg t&cs, but they nevertheless exist. Of someone wants to compile a book of the wonderful wit and wisdom of FredCommentard across umpteen fora and print it then they can't just do it...
I never understood BT to have a real monopoly: I remember those cablecos digging up my road (and crunching my car), and going bust doing it. If you want other companies competing with BT all you need to do is increase the rates so the there's a potential for big profits...
Re: Title is too long.
The code *is* being maintained/documented/ported... What its not is fully understood. I'm all for open source software, but it appears to me to have sweet fa to offer to this problem.
Heralds were neat, that's why. Just as long as its got the original bonnet, not the later pseudo-vitesse one.
And I wonder how much of that reduced cash take is because casual travellers won't use the buses any more because you get ripped off with exaggerated fares or have to deal with some damn card system that you'll only go near twice a year and cannot be bothered with...
I used to catch the bus on to work if I dropped the bike off for servicing, but now I can't be bothered and make other arrangements.
Why on earth are you bothering to go AC on a "whinge at a journo" post? I'm sure the reg can work out how you are if they care, and I can't imagine any one else being bothered about your little whine, unless of course there's someone out there wanting to spam people with offers to buy cheese...
Re: Encyclopaedia Britannica/marketeers
Advertisers of any description if you ask me. Putting ourselves in the hands of a profession that is basically about a sort of sanitised deceit was not a smart move.