* Posts by JimC

1184 posts • joined 24 Apr 2007

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Facebook tells Belgian government its use of English invalidates privacy case

JimC

Re: Schoolyard

Exactly so.The lawyers bill the same hourly rate for stuff that a 4 year old could have come up with as they do for something that has some validity.

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Ginni Rometty to pocket $4.5m bonus for IBM leadership

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Re: Top management get their bonuses whatever

Is an interesting observation that we plebs who do the real work are considered to be likely to do as good a job as we can through pride in our work or fear of being sacked, and yet our lords and masters consider themselves so amoral and so lacking in commitment and self respect that they will only do a good job if they are bribed with megabucks.

At my level, if I thought a prospective employee would only do good work if given huge bonuses then I would be wondering about whether to employ them at all

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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The trouble is pace of development. Its a common enough science fiction scenario. You send off your slower than light starships, which will take 300 years to reach their destination, and 300 years later they get there, to be greeted by the crews of the FTL starships who had left base 3 months before...

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Re: You *will* allow Win10 on your domain !!

Nice idea, but believe me because I know, if the IT department can't buy machines that support the standard desktop installation it's the IT department that gets the abuse, not the manufacturer of non backwards compatible hardware.

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Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

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Re: Gender imbalance/disenfranchised young men

Yep.In the short term I see the executive class getting richer and richer whilst relying on the machines to hand out the old panem et circusem. In the medium term I fear it may be À la lanterne, À la lanterne...

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999 What's your emergency: Mega millions Met call handling IT muckup?

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Re: a start would be a brilliant brief

> However a start would be a brilliant brief with a rock solid technical and functional specification

> that delivers fully working milestones that can work independently

Mmm, but to have the capability to really deliver that specification you probably need a serious in house IT capability, including the experience of running the current system with all the realworld problems that throws up.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: 1st

My father was an immediate post war pilot in the Australian Navy. At the time of this incident he was mainly flying Sea Venoms, which as a 1st generation carrier jet required very 'positive' landings. However the squadron also had an Auster (think post war equivalent of Tiger Moth).

Familiarisation/check flight in the Auster. Without thinking crew apply familiar landing technique.The Auster's undercarriage didn't survive... Fortunately the Auster did, indeed I noted last year that it survived its navy career and is still flying.

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Re: ...how many landings are fully automatic...

Of course the people who really shoudn't be allowed anywhere near a manual car are the under 21s. However I wonder to what extent, if under 21s (far more dangerous than the elderly) were banned from driving the problem would go up the scale a bit.

Sudden vision though, of a charge of "driving whilst under the influence of raging hormones"...

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MPs slam gov heads over 'childishness' on failed farmer IT project

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Re: Still in post

Well, if you get rid of everyone who knows how it went pear shaped last time, then does that decrease or increase the risk of the same thing happening again?

A balance needs to be struck. The trouble is I'm never sure how well these exercises really identify what went wrong in the decision making process and how to rectify it. However the crack about power but not responsibility seems all to feasible to this commentard, who spent too many years in government IT.

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ASCII @dventure game NetHack gets first upgrade in ten years

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Somewhat amused/bemused

To see that they have the new version in 32bit Windows only at the moment... Usually I use my old Win98 box for playing text games!

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Microsoft sabotages own Lumia smartmobe flagship launch

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It occurs to me

That the identity of the product that the rot started with may well relate to the age of the poster. I'm not sure there has been an Ms upgrade I've been prepared to recommend unequivocally to the standard just want to do my job user since the 90s.

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Google snaps Dutch woman completely taking the piss

JimC

Grief , what a nightmare, caught out, desperate for a pee, finally find a quiet corner and some damn google car drives past...

As you sanctimonious SOBs will find out, as you get older you're most likely to have less and less time to try and find somewhere to pee, so watch out...

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How Microsoft will cram Windows 10 even harder down your PC's throat early next year

JimC

Re: wsusoffline - win

> That's an interesting way of treating your customers. "Do exactly what I say, or I'll stop giving you

> the option of employing me. Then what'll you do?"

You must admit, though, its almost exactly in line with what Microsoft are doing here...

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Verisign warns new dot-word domains could make internet unstable

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Re: telling quote

> just create an "internal" subdomain in the domain you officially own.

Doesn't everyone do that? Had that argument must be 15 years or more ago... Although ISTR some MS consultant claiming it was better to make internals domains something.local, which never struck me as a great idea.

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Bosch, you suck! Dyson says VW pal cheated in vacuum cleaner tests

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Re: If Dyson are so good....

Mmmm, but do you honestly think the executives making purchasing decisions at commercial cleaning companies give a flying [redacted] about how well the vacuum cleaners actually work? Probably somewhat the reverse since the less it picks up the less time is wasted empting the things.

Don't get me wrong, I loathe the Dyson stuff with the dubious marketing and what I find to be very questionable ergonomics, but I cannot see that what the commercial companies use is any guide. Unless of course you believe that commercial cleaning contractors have much interest in the quality of the service they deliver, in which case I'll just pat you on the head and walk away...

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VW: Just the tip of the pollution iceberg. Who's to blame? Hippies

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Re were the civil servants simply stupid or...

I know that quite a few of the design engineers were expecting them to be cancelled sooner or later, so perhaps they assumed there was in point in beating up about stupid decisions if they were going to come to nothing anyway. It can be a major struggle to inject sense into a bureaucracy, and it can also be very career limiting.

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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Re: The marketing departments love it!

Yeah, all sorts of muppets like that fall for it. I remember when I worked for a local authority the marketdroid equivalents telling me we should do this and that to improve our SEO ranking. As we were already first for any google query involving xxx County Council I found it difficult to get excited...

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Pirate

Black Hat SEO?

Is there another kind?

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Indianapolis man paints his ball every day – for FORTY YEARS

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Happy

Yeah, I thought it was pretty good to reference Bogey and the Beatles in one subheading...

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Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

JimC

> Very few people make enough money to take control of their own stuff.

Which is exactly why making it even easier for the big corporations and their fat cat execs to rip off the little people is a bad thing.

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BOFH: Press 1. Press 2. Press whatever you damn well LIKE

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Coffee/keyboard

See icon.

However I wonder how many bemused PFYs are wondering WTF this is all about?

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Court battle date set for £300m BT Cornwall termination dispute

JimC

Re: Ah, BT : That systematic incompetence exists in all of them.

Dear Mod, please may I give this post more upvotes...

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Jail incompetent council folk who leak our data, thunders furious BBW

JimC

Re: There is a strong whiff of silly-season grandstanding about this report.

The wedding one for instance: Can't go to your mate's wedding 'cause its your shift on the CCTV so you watch it on the CCTV instead? Rather sweet (if a bit sad) rather than anything evil or malicious. But deserves a slapped wrist for *not* watching what the cameras should have been on, which sounds as if its what they got....

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Reg reader casts call centre spell with a SECRET WORD

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> Customer (Dis)Service like this should not be happening on 2015.

You jest, of course. Don't you? With offshored services, script driven call centres, staff who are literally scared for their jobs if they deviate from the exact letter of the rules (Carphone Warehouse employees, does this sound familiar), escalated renewal prices as a matter of policy in my experience actual customer service is at something like an all time low. Certainly the worst its been for about 25 years.

Talking about customer service but not actually giving any, yeah sure, that's a priority...

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Boffin: Will I soon be able to CLONE a WOOLLY MAMMOTH? YES. Should I? Hell NO

JimC

Re: What a load of Dodos' eggs...

> What's so special about animals that are going extinct?

Well, normally one would hope that new species would be appearing at roughly the same rate as old ones are going extinct. If Smith's yellow beaked gull goes extinct and its ecological niche is picked up by Jones' orange beaked gull that's a wonder of nature. But if all the gulls go extinct and are replaced by life free polluted wastelands the world has become a more boring place.

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But *can* we create a wooly mammoth?

I strongly suspect that you cannot create a proper wooly mammoth without a female mammoth to grow it in, or without the gut flora it gets from its peers and all th rest of it. Then there's learned behaviour from the herd and you can carry on. I suspect all you'd have would be an artificial organism that had a vague resemblance to a mammoth. No matter what the children's pictures of Dawkinsianity might present, there seems to be an awful lot more to inheritance than just the DNA.

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It's the end of life as we know it for Windows Server 2003

JimC

Re: "No exposure to the Internet"

What, nothing that's connected to them has exposure to the net either? Congratulations if your organisation has the discipline and commitment to run with that level of isolation, but I fear most sites have the risk of a client being used as a transmission vector.

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So how should we tax these BASTARD COMPANIES, then?

JimC

Re: A Modest Proposal ...

The days when shareholders were the problem seems to me to be long gone.

The current problem with capitalism seems to me to be that the executives are plundering the wealth from both the shareholders (=pensions funds, account holders and so on) and the productive staff, and grabbing an ever increasing share from themselves. They can get away with this because the ownership is so scattered into powerless pockets (pensioners etc) that all the decisions on how the money is distributed are made by executives, who have an inflated belief on what their share should be.

It would be very interesting to compare the relative payment to shareholders, staff and executives in businesses now to that of twenty years ago. It seems to me that since the crash staff have had wages held down, shareholders have had returns held down, but executives have... filled their boots. Aux lanternes...

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Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime exhibition – blurs scientific interest with grotesque curiosity

JimC

Re: Never been to D.C.?

And in Texas they've got one that is *even bigger*...

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

JimC

Re: Dabbsy's article isn't about (was Huh? A new Godwin's Law?

Na. we're just illustrating another principle of online discussion - that people will post about what they fancy rabbitting on about rather than the OP's intended topic.

I suspect Godwin's law is probably a subset of a greater truth. I shouldn't be surprised if there were an equivalent principle with a different subject in say Chinese or Arabic language forums where perhaps Nazism might not have such a grip on the popular psyche.

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Re: to set him off

I fear so: if a powerful political element in your customer company is already looking for excuses to discontinue using your services it is not a smart move to go out on the p*** and thump their staff.

I'm reminded of Animal Farm, in that it appears that the right wing un PC misfit has become just as arrogant and disdainful of the 'oi polloi as the lefties in the BBC...

It also makes me wonder if Mr Clarkson's relationship with the booze may have ceased to be a healthy one, and his friends need to encourage him to take a very good look at his life.

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'Why don't you buy from foreign sites?' asks Commish, snapping on the gloves

JimC

Personally I like working in Britain, and I'd like other people to have jobs working in Britain too.

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Marathon race ace FOUND ON MARS – NASA boffins overjoyed

JimC

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.

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Data centre dangers: Killing a tree and exploding a UPS

JimC

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.

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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...

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Sir Terry remembered: Dickens' fire, Tolkien's imagination, and the wit of Wodehouse

JimC

> 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?

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Paul Allen hunts down sunken Japanese WWII super-battleship

JimC

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.

Operation Tungsten?

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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

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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?

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Don't touch me up there! Photoshop creator appeals for 'ethical' use

JimC

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?

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Kiss your Glass goodbye: Google mothballs techno-specs (for now)

JimC

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.

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BOFH: Everyone deserves a little DOWNTIME

JimC

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"...

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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to do with IT...

Three pages of posts and counting says we're interested...

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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...

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BBC man Linwood 'was unfairly sacked' over £100 MILLION DMI omnifail

JimC

> punt the guy by any means

Back when i was young that was the reward for being responsible for an almighty ballsup...

What's changed?

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

JimC

Compensation...

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

ASAP.

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Operators get the FEAR as Ofcom proposes 275% hike in mobile spectrum fees

JimC

Re: Huh?

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.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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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...

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Thwarted dev sets Instasheep to graze on Facebook accounts

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Getting rather close to blackmail

Isn't he? Ethical compass somewhat out of kilter...

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

JimC

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...

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