* Posts by Johan Bastiaansen

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

Johan Bastiaansen

who could have thunked?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... [wipes away tears] ... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...!

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Johan Bastiaansen

6. 3D printing

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ... [wipes away tears] ... ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha...!

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

Johan Bastiaansen
FAIL

But . . .

wouldn't that make for a rather dull movie?

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IT bloke: Crooks stole my bikes after cycling app blabbed my address

Johan Bastiaansen

it was bad design

I'm so old, I remember when cars came without safety belts. But hey, you could add them yourself.

Kids pyjamas would be so inflammable, they would turn your offspring in a burned crisp in seconds. But hey, a parent should keep them away from open fires right?

It is bad design. And the only way it will be corrected is to enforce it by making them pay for the damages caused by their stupidity.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Common sense

It should have been the default setting!

In all fairness to Strava, that's just bs, giving their lawyer some legal ammunition.

Bad design.

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Drivers? Where we’re going, we don’t need drivers…

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Get a grip on reality

Exactly. At the moment we see careless drivers explaining to the judge that the accident really wasn't their fault but the judge won't believe them.

In the future we'll see careless coders explain to the judge that the accident really wasn't their fault and there's a big chance they'll get away with it.

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

Johan Bastiaansen

edged out of the company

"The executives that pushed for SCR were edged out of the company, and those in favor of NOX traps won out."

Turning a technical problem into a political game, sure sign of a toxic company culture.

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Tablet computer zoom error saw plane fly 13 hours with 46cm hole

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: A tablet in a cockpit is a recipe for disaster.

Such an incident is always a combination of mistakes and misunderstandings.

Communication from the tower was confusing. From GavinCs post: "They were instructed to depart "Runway 09#T1", which is used to refer to a full length takeoff. It seems they may have confused this with a take-off beginning from taxiway T1."

Also, airports have radar, yet nobody noticed they didn't start take off from the start correct spot? Why isn't the remaining length of the runway indicated at each taxiway?

Who sets up these fragile systems and keeps getting away with it?

Better not ask these questions and blame the pilots.

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Re: Goooooooo Bill

"They were instructed to depart "Runway 09#T1", which is used to refer to a full length takeoff. It seems they may have confused this with a take-off beginning from taxiway T1."

Well, that's confusion terminology isn't it. They could have called the departing aircraft T1 and the control tower also T1 I guess.

We don't need these sloppy systems that are so prone to error and misunderstandings.

We need robust systems, where an error is corrected.

Surely the airport has radar as well. Didn't anybody notice that the plane didn't take off from the start of the runway?

Why doesn't the runway count down in big numbers the remaining length of the runway at every 500 meters? Noooo, we have a smart system with coloured lines. Off course you do. And when the aircraft reaches the coloured lines, it's too late to abort the take off. How very smart of you.

No doubt they will attribute it to human error again. They've got that right, but they're aiming at the wrong humans. They are the ones who pile mistake on mistake and refuse to accept any responsibility.

These systems is set up by fools who see no problem in losing a plane fully loaded with crew and passengers in mid-air and see no reason to install a simple GPS system like the ones installed in company owned vans and trucks.

Can't we give them a rubber dinghy and make them search the seas for that missing Malaysian airliner?

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Ex-IT staff claim Disney fired them then gave their jobs H1-B peeps

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: This will end ...

Either way, we should demand that prosecution gives it a try. Even if it ends in a stalemate, the masks will have to fall.

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Johan Bastiaansen

This will end ...

when rats are put behind cold steel bars...

Don't just fine the company. Find the people who ok'd this and jail them.

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: you turn it OFF and THEN you turn it ON......got it?

Sometimes you just turn it on.

This is a few decades ago, and it didn't happen to me, but to a colleague. I know, I know, it always happens to a colleague, but this time I saw him drive away, return the next day and I saw the visitors report.

So the customer is in a frenzy because they want the printer to print, and it doesn't print. Is the green light on? We are assured the green light is on. Are any other lights blinking? Is there enough paper. No, yes, yes & yes.

So we send someone over. The green light is not on, the printer is not on, it is turned off. Also, the plug is disconnected from the socket. Customer explains that perhaps he saw the reflection of the sunlight. Except there's no window in the room. Anyway, 2 days work and one embarrassed customer.

A couple of months ago I visited a customer and had to print a report there. He insisted that the report should be printed on that thare printer. Since it was the default printer that everybody used in the office all the time.

Printer was turned off, the electrical cord was missing, there was not a single sheet of paper in it. It was covered in dust, it was clear it hadn't been touched in at least year.

Took me 1 hour to get it working again, changed to report to charge the extra hour. Customer pretended to be surprised. I pulled procedure on the prick with enthusiasm.

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Flawless Dutch does for cuffed duo in CoinVault ransomware probe

Johan Bastiaansen

huh?

There's no such thing as flawless Dutch.

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Ahmed's clock wasn't a bomb, but it blew up the 'net and Zuckerberg, Obama want to meet him

Johan Bastiaansen
Angel

Re: A picture at last

I hate to say this, but I'm afraid the police got it right this time. At least, looking at the picture, it looks like a hoax bomb.

Of course, it also looks like a clock. And it is a clock. But can it also be a hoax bomb?

It's definitely not a time bomb. A time bomb is an explosive with a clock to set it off. Since there's no explosive, it's not a time bomb. But the police never claimed it was a time bomb, they claimed it was a hoax bomb. And a hoax bomb doesn't require an explosive. Or to be more accurate, the mere presence of an explosive would disqualify it as a hoax bomb, it would have been a time bomb.

So the police is right, it looks like a hoax bomb. To be more precisely, it looks like a digital clock and that's exactly what a hoax bomb looks like.

However, does that make it a hoax bomb? In my opinion no.

According to Cambridge English Dictionary: a hoax is a ​plan to ​deceive someone, such as ​telling the ​police there is a ​bomb ​somewhere when there is not one.

So for it to not be a clock, but a hoax bomb, Ahmad would have be running around in the school shouting "Bomb Bomb". But probably "Die all you infidels" would also qualify.

I don't know whether he did that, we can't ascertain looking at the picture. But since there are no reports he did, we must assume he didn't.

There fore, the object in the picture looks like a clock and is a clock.

It also looks like a hoax bomb, but it is not a hoax bomb.

Glad I was able to clear that up for you.

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Pro tip: Servers belong in dry server rooms, not wet cloakrooms

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: I am just amazed by the original "IT contractor" doing that.

It is quite possible that the morons decided to hang their coats in the server room and they felt cheated when the IT contractor warned them not to do that.

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So, was it really the Commies that caused the early 20th Century inequality collapse?

Johan Bastiaansen
IT Angle

So no economic growth from IT?

If the pent up technology growth from the 30's launched the world in a solid economic growth, why didn't it continue?

When did the PC hit the market? Wordprocessors and spreadsheets? Networked PC's and the internet?

So why didn't this growth continue?

Paul Krugman wrote an article about it: "the big meh" http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/25/opinion/paul-krugman-the-big-meh.html?_r=0

Not questioning the IT angle, but IT as a whole ;-)

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So what the BLINKING BONKERS has gone wrong in the eurozone?

Johan Bastiaansen

Defence of anti-austerity

Found an article for you: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/10/austerity-and-the-greek-depression/

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Johan Bastiaansen

"Sentiments wouldn't be as bad if the Greek government would actually be able to, or even actually tried to, get its affairs in order."

The Greek government trying to get its affairs in order, that was actually the thing that started this whole mess.

The traditional Greek political parties still running the show after the crisis, reducing pensions and unemployment benefits got an attaboy. When a leftist government took over and planned to tax wealthy Greeks and foreign companies, that's when Germany and Europa started foaming at the mouth.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Useful idiots

Germans are usually pretty smart people, they know their stuff. So how could German economists get it so wrong? They went to universities, they studied economy and passed the exams. And while they have a different experience with history, would that alone explain the opposite view they hold on the monetary crisis the EZ is still in?

I don't think so.

Let's look at Greece. Unemployment is way up, wages are down. Pensions and unemployment benefits are down. The Greek state is not able to collect the taxes from wealthy Greeks, nor from foreign companies.

That may look pretty awful for you and me, but it's the closest thing to paradise on earth for some very influential people.

So when the traditional Greek political parties (all of them) organised this disaster for their own people, everything was ok for Europe. Only after the desperate Greek electorate put a leftist government in place, the European parliament discovered that "the necessary reforms had not been carried out" and the Greek tax system wasn't very efficient.

You just know something is wrong when Guy Verhofstadt is accusing a leftist government about not wanting to tax the rich: www.youtube.com/watch?v=P84tN0z4jqM

When he was pm in Belgium, our tax system was effectively gutted creating very large lope holes for big companies and banks. At the same time, our justice system has been reorganized into chaos so not a single one of the big cases against tax evasion or corruption was successfully tried.

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I cannae dae it, cap'n! Why I had to quit the madness of frontline IT

Johan Bastiaansen

Not only in IT

This happens everywhere. People who actually have to DO something, are screwed over by rats.

If I hear in the news that some guy went berserk and brought a Kalashnikov to the job, I just hope he took down a couple of rats.

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Webmail password reset scam lays groundwork for serious aggro

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: How stupid do you have to be?

I was very suspicious when Google and Microsoft (Windows 8) asked my mobile number. But they insisted and there was no way around it.

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'It’s irrelevant whether Elon Musk is a dick or not. At least he’s trying to make things'

Johan Bastiaansen

he's not trying to make things

"At least he’s trying to make things." No he's not.

He's trying to take credit for things made by others.

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BOOM! Stephen Elop shuffled out of Microsoft door

Johan Bastiaansen

No integrity

Elop was useful for MS. He did his job, even if the plan failed.

But you don't want somebody around who has no integrity.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: The investigation should center on...

And that's exactly why we shouldn't trust a system so complex and we should always give a highly trained pilot the last word.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: The investigation should center on...

I agree, some poor f*cker will be blamed.

Accidents like this are usually the result of a chain reaction of mistakes. The biggest mistake was to design an unstable system, that could not be overridden manually.

And it's very unlikely that the people who made that decision, will be held responsible. It is much more likely that some of them will be sitting in the evaluation committee.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: The investigation should center on...

A safety measure to prevent out-of-control engines powering back up, caused out-of-control engines to not power up.

Even Star Trek tos has a manual override on every critical system.

The problem is over confidence in technology and not enough confidence in highly trained people.

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"Nobody imagined a problem like this could happen to three engines,"

Lack of imagination when thinking up things that can go wrong. That sums it up I guess.

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: I just go to the tills

In my experience, most sane people follow a more obvious logic than most machines.

I live in a somewhat civilized country.

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Airbus confirms software brought down A400M transport plane

Johan Bastiaansen

Software aufspielen

Software aufspielen simply means, "installing software".

So the software wasn't installed properly. That's all the article said. The rest is speculation.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: "Partly filled with wrong"

Google Translate has this one wrong.

Software aufspielen simply means, installing software.

So the software wasn't installed properly. That's all the article said.

The rest is speculation.

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Aye

"rather than having to pay monthly fees for something that isn't needed 99% of the time."

Congratulations, you've finally understood the concept of insurance!

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Microsoft shareholders approve of CEO Satya Nadella's MASSIVE PACKAGE

Johan Bastiaansen

It's karma

It must be karma.

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Really, govt tech profit cash grab is a PRIZE-WINNING idea?

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: " I find there's a gaping hole or two in her arguments. I'll concentrate on just one here"

Exactly, if one has a disruptive idea for a device, the bloody thing better not have rounded corners.

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Hire and hold IT staff in 2015: The Reg's how-to guide

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: recruiters keep contacting me about jobs paying less than I'm on now

Or you could get fired for not accepting a big cut in your bonus.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Standard mistake to make

"Time to dust off my old BBC B from the attic and see what it looks like on a 42" plasma!"

P I X E L A T E D ! ! !

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Depressing

You're missing the point, this is how capitalism operates. If it works, you take the profit. If it doesn't work, you blame the government.

Didn't you get the memo?

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

Johan Bastiaansen

No, it's coming from Europe. And still you don't love us ! ! !

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Nadella's Karmagate howler was response to MICROSOFT BOARD DIRECTOR – report

Johan Bastiaansen

Karma worked for him

If you ask the top dog, you'll always get the same answer: "The system works, I deserve to be top dog. And you don't."

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

Johan Bastiaansen

If

"if the US gets it way"

IF is the key word here

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Incompetence

Agreed, he was speaking at the "Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing" event and he didn't see that question coming? Or he did and that was his answer after giving it some thought?

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Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Yeah, but...

My experience, after working nearly 15 years for a company, I never got a raise. I was in sales and though the sales targets where raised regularly, I still outperformed them. For 2 years in a row I was on a roll so I nearly got an average income. That made some people really nervous so a new and very complex bonus system was introduced and it would nearly wipe out my bonus.

I held them to the labor contract and was fired.

So that's what karma did for me.

Oh, and I got a couple of teary emails after I got a lawyer and sued them for the bonus they owed me.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Karma for me, nothing for you

There's only one person on this planet who believes Nadella didn't negotiate his paycheck when he became CEO of MS, and that person is Nadella. It was karma. And that's why Nadella is making the money he is, and you're making the money you are. It is karma and that makes it alright.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: No-one gets away scott free

Yes, well that's not how it works. These people only take credit for success. That's the key to being successful.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Shoes

"Elop concluded Nokia's own software factory was beyond repair, and by choosing Window Phone, effectively outsourced the lot to Microsoft."

So he threw out his only shoes because someone somewhere saw better looking shoes in a catalog?

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

Johan Bastiaansen

The problem with the economy . . .

Is that it is run by politicians. Politicians are usually people who studied law, or politics, and that makes them the best engineers, architects, bankers, accountants and also economists. So they think. Or so they want us to think.

A politician knows as much about the economy as you and me, but he wants to make policy, so he looks for an economist who has a theory, a model, a prediction that will allow him to carry out the policy he already intended.

How do we recognize a economist who is honestly trying to understand the economy and make accurate predictions and one who has a prediction for hire? Well, that is very easy. An honest economist can be wrong sometimes, but he should be right most of the times. So you look at his track record.

Here's an example of the track record of Paul Krugman: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2005/08/011131.php . And he's just one of the honest economists most politicians try very hard to ignore.

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Salesforce plan to rename London skyscraper 'Salesforce Tower' DEMOLISHED

Johan Bastiaansen

Funny

Always fun to see a big ego with a small brain.

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Death of a Salesman: Enough with the marketing already

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Salespeople often too young and inexperienced

All these experienced salespeople who knew their stuff, where did they go?

Well, they reached or even exceeded their sales targets and that means they were owed a bonus. That made them to expensive and they were either bullied out or fired.

Because people are a cost and managers cut costs.

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Johan Bastiaansen

Waer bestu bleven?

All these experienced salespeople who knew their stuff, where did they go?

Well, they reached or even exceeded their sales targets and that means they were owed a bonus. That made them to expensive and they were either bullied out or fired.

Because people are a cost and manager cut costs.

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Tinder sexual harassment suit settled in undisclosed deal

Johan Bastiaansen

Re: Admission Of Guilt..

Who did wrong? Two people did!

Who paid? The company did, so the shareholders really.

Well, that's not justice is it.

Give these twats two more months and they'll be claiming they only have the shareholders interest at heart. And nobody will be calling them out.

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