would find this funny...
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would find this funny...
"The agency sends 180,000 letters and emails, and dispenses $290m, every day. System 204's doing that handily, but has reached the point at which meaningful changes are becoming tricky."
You know what, if it's still ticking along, I'd be tempted to leave the bloody thing exactly where it is. I don't know about the system, if it runs on old antiquated hardware etc, but probably be thinking in terms of upgrading the hardware platform that the current system runs on (perhaps virtualisation, or emulation of the hardware) but try and leave the software itself alone. It's from the 80's, so is it an old Vax system or something?
As usual, Wikipedia has the answer:
Model 204 is a database management system for IBM and compatible mainframe computers, “born” 1965 October 13,:66 and first deployed in 1972. It incorporates a programming language and an environment for application development. Implemented in assembly language for IBM System/360 and its successors, M204 can deal with very large databases and transaction loads of 1000 TPS.
I would have thought IBM would have a migration path for old IBM System/360 stuff. Are they not the undisputed kings of backward compatibility? This would be an interesting project.
I can just imagine the utter chaos that a new system (from the ground up) would bring, though. In fact, I don't even want to think about it!
Edit: There is emulation available: (from the wikipedia page):
Database Programmer's Toolkit is a freeware PC-based emulation.
Haven't turned up any links though.
...and then fire everyone? Just to make a point.
Shame we can't buy laptops that have no OS at all installed on them...
When a company issues a takedown notice, they should pay £1000 into escrow. If the takedown is deemed legitimate, they get their £1000 back. If illigitimate, the £1000 gets paid to the offended party.
Synclavier. Bring back the Synclavier. What a machine that was...
...if everyone just simply stopped using the internet?
You know, if everyone just said "fuck it" and went back to effectively much simpler times and means of communication?
What would happen to Twitter, Facebook, and all those other "social media" spy networks? How would the government get their intelligence then? If we stopped emailing each other...?
I know it's a dream, but I wonder what the governments of the world would do then - if the networks just went quiet? They'd likely shit themselves, terrified by the notion that they don't have a feel for what ordinary people, and ordinary families are doing in the privacy of their homes.
I don't even know where to begin. It looks dumbed down like the BBC news website, and absolutely devoid of any character whatsoever. I can't even right click a link to open it in a new tab FFS. It's like something out of the 90's.
So el reg, it's been great, but I think it's time to move on.
Ah, thanks for the clarification. Yes, that does paint a rather different picture. Thanks.
@Otto - there's so much wrong with your post that I can assume you're trolling, or a fanboi, or both.
Assuming the information in the article to be accurate, you have (conveniently) completely ignored the fact that Apple released a software update that deliberately broke a competitors software. Not only is it illegal, it is completely untenable, and is demonstrative of the absolute lack of ethical and moral fibre that is endemic at Apple.
I'm glad I've never given Apple a penny of my money.
I think they're really missing the point of the speccy with the exclusion of a keyboard. It's true that as kids we all played millions of games on the rubber-keyed wonder, but, a lot of us also *programmed* the bloody thing, both in Sinclair BASIC and Z80 machine code. It's actually the reason why a good chunk of us are employed in IT today, and the reason why we're here on this website reading the article. The inclusion of a keyboard would be an excellent opportunity to use it for programming, and, more specifically, would make an excellent computer to sit our children in front of to teach *them* programming. The problem with PCs and the like is that it's difficult to capture a child's imagination with respect to actual programming, since the things are so complicated. A kid in front of a speccy could pick it up in minutes. Show them how a FOR/NEXT loop works and then show them moving an asterisk across the screen. Show them INKEY$ and how to read the keyboard and move the asterisk around. Show them UDGs, PAPER colours, INK colours and they'd be totally hooked. Since it has an SD card slot, they wouldn't have to slum it with cassette players like we did as kids. I'm sure they'd be hooked.
This *could* have been a Pi beater (in terms of engaging the young in programming), but they aimed low and went for nothing more than a nostalgia games machine that will only have limited appeal to those that owned one as kids.
They missed it IMO.
Where's the bloody keys?
We need Q, A, O, P and SPACE for a start.
Also, we need J (for LOAD) and Symbol Shift, and P (for "") and of course ENTER!
(cyan/red alternating border... ahhh... sigh...)
It costs £30. Live with it. Most folk would spend £30 on a Friday night family pig-out down at Domino's pizza and not bat an eyelid, and it's all going down the toilet a few hours later. Suddenly when their super-cheap TV dongle isn't absolutely perfect it's the end of the world.
Plod asked Vodafone for phone records pertaining one individual, a journalist. What they received was a big list of a load of journalists phone records.
How does/did Vodafone know the occupations of their customers to the extent that they can say "Dear plod, here's a list of ALL of our journalists phone calls"? Upon what criteria did they collate the list? There's a lot more to this than meets the eye. It would suggest that their database is a more granular than one would otherwise assume. Just how much information are they storing?
I'm not really worried about the government reading my soppy WhatsApp message to 'er indoors, they can just ask me if they want to see them! However, it's cool that messages are no longer travelling through the air in clear-text if only to stop opportunist criminals in airport lounges and the like. I know very very little about encryption, but I'm led to believe that security measures such as the WPS/WEPS (is it called?) encryption on Wifi networks is easily breakable, so it would be easy to sit in an airport lounge and sniff up all manner of data. Email is probably the worst offender, being based on ancient clear-text protocols.
Isn't MI6 supposed to be concerned with protecting its citizens from threats that are external to the UK, like ISIS and stuff?
If some perv has logged onto your IP camera and is watching your kids sleep, it's hardly a job for MI6 is it? Disgusting as it is. It's a job for the police.
WOLF. THERE'S A WOLF!
* IBM... Long slow decline
* Sun... Long slow decline
* Microsoft... Beginning a long slow decline (IMO) - fighting hard to stave it off (to their credit) but a long slow decline nevertheless
* EDS... Long slow decline
Now, I think, we're beginning to see the same happen to Oracle. It'll take a long time I think, I mean, they're bringing in 8 BILLION a quarter. That's seriously impressive. However, ultimately, I think Open Source databases that are "good enough" are going to win out. Companies are beginning to seriously evaluate alternatives, being offended by lock-in style selling practices and punishingly expensive rates. I think they've had enough. There's a whiff of software revolution in the air.
Never 'eard of it. The 80's 8-bitters were my thing. Playing games on a PC just didn't feel the same to me! Give me a Speccy, or a BBC B, or a C64 or a... well, just about anything except a PC. That said, there have been some awesome PC games. I'm particularly into anything driving related. F1, NFS etc.
Game on :-)
Open Software often sounds like communism to me. Nobody owns it. Therefore, nobody gets paid for it. Therefore it's not of any (real) value to anyone at all. It's communism in software.
It would be funny if someone offered to buy *his* business for a few million. It's funny how communists suddenly turn into capitalists when a big fucking cheque is waved in their face!
"Where rival ARM's shift from 32-bit ARMv7 to 64-bit ARMv8-a involved rewriting chunks of its instruction set and forcing some low-level engineers to learn a new assembly language, MIPS64 is basically MIPS32 with instructions for using 64-bit-wide data, and it runs MIPS32 code without a mode switch."
I instantly thought of the Data General Eagle and came across all warm and fuzzy.
I worked in Tashkent for a while. A very nice city and nice people. There are no taxis. You just put out your hand and someone will stop and pick you up. Maybe they're on their way to work, or on their way home. Maybe they're just nipping out to do some shopping. As long as your destination isn't too far out of their way, they'll take you for an agreed price.
Sounds terrifying - but worked each and every time for me in Tashkent and Bhukara!
The Uzbeks have the ultimate Taxi business model - no taxis. No middle-men whatsoever.
North Korea do the same things as the USA and the UK and <insert country of choice here>.
The web is indeed..... shit.
My online footprint is tiny. Maybe five or six websites. The rest is just shit. What makes me sad though is what it has done to society. It really has turned people (particularly the younger generation) into attention wanting cabbages that simply cannot appear to function without their umbilical connection to the web, and the ego-boost that their online "friends" appear to give them. I swear, a friend of my wife who recently went on holiday to Spain spent hours and hours and hours posting pictures of her holiday - and I'm not talking about beautiful panoramic vistas, valleys, mesas and what not - no, I'm talking (literally) about pictures of bottles of wine, plates of food, empty plates of food, sun loungers, you name it. It's all "look at me, look at me.". I'm lucky enough to own a Porsche Cayenne. She actually took a selfie of herself leaning against my car, and posted it on Faceslap. What's wrong with people? It seems that instead of people instinctively going and doing something (what ever that something may be - visiting a library or whatever) they now go and do things with a view to impressing an imaginary "audience" that is constantly (not) following them around and constantly (not) hanging on to every word and funny ha ha post that they make. And their so called "friends" are doing it to. All trying to up oneanother, and boost their own collective egos, since they can't *really* face up to the fact that they lead a rather ordinary hum-drum life. They want to be "celebrities".
A friend of mine posted the other day that he was "chilling with a glass of wine and his Gibson guitar". Why? Around 15 people "liked" it. Why would he do that? Before Facecunt we didn't call all our friends on their mobiles and tell them we were just about to go and get a chinese takeaway, and we didn't take a picture of the empty takeaway cartons and dirty plates and post them in the mail to them. We didn't even *email* them to our friends. Because... why would we? But - get a Facetwat account and you instantly turn into a fucking attention grabbing twat.
"It's another example of the fascinating two-caste system at Wikipedia: the workers who put in long hours writing and maintaining the content are paid nothing, while the wealthy administrators at the Foundation devise schemes to spend the cash - to burn through the millions of dollars the charity raises every year."
What you just described is communism. All is not well in the Wiki Duma, comrades.
This is getting into Boffinry territory, and nae a white lab-coat to be seen! Well done!
In the UK these two particular routers must easily have the lions share of the market. Were they tested? If not, why not? I appreciate they are UK only, but there must be millions of 'em out there. If they ownable, we should (and the manufacturers) should know.
"So they're losing hundreds of millions, a figure which increases monthly, and there is no sign of them ever making a profit then?"
Seems that way, doesn't it. But one has to ask why? What are all these "employees" doing? You could run an outfit like Lyft or Uber from a couple of server racks in your garage, FFS. It runs/supports itself.
What the fuck are they doing?
...think about it - they effectively hoovered up money from the BBC until they got the boot.
And they didn't even get the boot... BBC bought the unit of them!
Siemens played an absolute blinder there. I mean, if you're really really going to seriously rip someone off, THAT'S the way to do it.
Seriously. They SO ripped them off, I can really only applaud them. I should be disgusted, but at this moment, I can only muster admiration. Lots of it.
Of course, that said, I'm sure dealing the BBC on an IT project is probably just as bad as dealing with the Government on an IT project, so I'm possibly being unfair to Siemens. Who knows. Perhaps the BBC, with their "too many cooks" way of doing things, just didn't know what the hell they wanted.
I don't know much about so just ignore (or correct) me if I'm wrong but:
* Are the train companies not private companies?
* Are the track companies not private companies?
If so, why in hell does the "country" have to pay to build a fucking railway line? Let the private companies build their own railway line. What's that? Not economically viable? Well don't fucking build it then.
...given the rate at which the Lords and our MPs seem to be found with their penis' accidentally inside a choir boy's bottom, you'd think they'd be quite partial to a bit of 'right to be forgotten'.
Cable said: “Today’s announcement will see driverless cars take to our streets in less than six months, putting us at the forefront of this transformational technology and opening up new opportunities for our economy and society, and, much more importantly, allowing the government to fully monitor, and, at our option, control the movements of every member of the public that is a registered owner of an automatic car! Owe some child maintenance payments? We'll just turn your car off until you pay. Going to McDonalds? Hmmm.... Seems like you've been there rather a lot recently... We'll just use that fact to refuse you health care on the soon-to-be-privatised NHS. Driving slowly in a known red-light district? Wait one moment while we turn the car off, lock the doors, and notify plod of your current location.
Not that I'm paranoid or anything.
“Swell is great, because, like Pandora, you don’t have to make decisions about what to listen to. Swell figures it out for you.”
Just fuck off, okay?
All Mr. Assange has to do is become an MP and declare himself (privately) to have a penchant for young choir boys.
He'll then enjoy the complete protection of the British establishment as one of their own.
"Apple was arguing that the patent was invalid for a number of reasons, including the novelty of the claim and lack of necessary technical features."
Hello? Cough. Rectangles. Cough. Rounded corners. Cough.
"“Every week we hear about the theft of personal information from retailers and trade secrets from innovative businesses, as well as ongoing efforts by foreign nations to hack government networks.".
I just looked at Connaught Square in London on Google Maps... Hmmm.... I wonder which one is our Tony's?
...if I order something illegal by mail order, why is the Post Office not charged with a crime?
"Hey, Laura, could I borrow your 'phone for a minute? My battery is dead and I need to make a quick call."
"Sure, no problem - here you go."
"Er, on second thoughts, I think I'll pass. Looks a little crusty. I'll wait 'till I get home."
I think it could be done, and quite easily. I think the issue is that they're not telling us the whole story. All you have to do is *inject* noise at the substation level. A known, cyclic pattern that can later be extracted from a recording. Et voila, you'll know which sub-station the recording equipment was getting its power from, and from there you can make a deduction, or, in the case of the Americans, carpet-bomb the entire fucking neighbourhood.
If they're doing it, *that's* how they're doing it.
I don't work for the NSA. Honest.
What, Eric Clapton?
...install Facebook on it!
Looking at the second photo, I note a distinct lack of a clitoris, thus confirming the oft held belief among women that men really don't know where to find it!
...when Microsoft properly integrate their cloud drives into the Windows OS.
Seriously, mapping your own personal cloud storage to a drive letter would be feckin' ace. And Google, Amazon and chums won't like it at all if that functionality is built in as the OS level.
Go Microsoft! Take their lunch!
IMO I would say that unless you are dealing with absolutely ginormous databases, there are (now) plenty of other alternative systems out there that are *good enough to get the job done*.
A lot of them are free.
Open source gonna eat your lunch, Oracle.
"My decision to withdraw from the SIREN project has not been taken lightly, but I believe that this course of action will ultimately be in the best interests of both Surrey Police and the Surrey public,” Hurley said at the time.
Translation: "This is fucked. See ya!"
How did the attacker gain access? If the credentials weren't leaked from inside the company, then Amazon has some questions to answer. This has to reflect badly on Amazon, too.
...I stopped reading when I read "chief envisioning officer".
It's probably me. I'm having a bad day!
One would imagine that both the previous and current government(s) have completely failed to grasp the scale and enormity of the problem at hand. However, that is not the case. If one familarises oneself with the objective and requirements under UN Agenda 21 then it is quite easy to see that the Government have followed the script to the letter. This is nothing more than the managed 'run-down' of the economy, as planned under Agenda 21.
I'm inclined to agree. If you don't like the way the board is doing things, then you're free to sell your shares and get the hell out.
I can only imagine he's trapped after the Great-Facebook-Pump-And-Dump-Swindle and so selling his shares would mean taking a loss.
...the UK version is a Sinclair C5 with a Raspberry Pi strapped to it?