164 posts • joined 18 May 2007
Re: You'd never get that kind of problem with a Toyota @ AC you a are wrong
El Reg diligently reports all ROTM sightings.
I see the synergy there - U2 are like the iPhone: Never all that good, and hyped way beyond their true current significance. Though I actually liked the iPhone 3 & 4 until Apple buggered up the maps and IOS went all Fisher-Price.
BTW: Miley Cyrarse? Kim Kardarshian?
Sounds like a match made in heaven
"... that Autonomy's pre-acquisition hardware sales were done with the sole purpose of artificially inflating Autonomy's revenues."
" ...that HP's printer hardware sales were done with the sole purpose of artificially inflating HP's revenues." (As any fule know, HP is in the business of selling ink at a premium)
I can live with Windows for the desktop, as so much useful software only runs under Windows. An automatic reboot at 4am wouldn't be too much of an issue, as I only have to remember the half-dozen tasks I've been working on and left open. Probably even less of an issue for normal people.
But servers, whatever the OS, don't get patched & rebooted automatically if you value your job.
No contest. (Unless Chuck Norris is involved).
Ahh, stocktaking. I remember a few conversations from the days we had to do monthly inventory checks. And no cheating by using a checklist of existing assets! They all had to be done from scratch.
Me - "Can't we get rid of this box of obsolete PC cards with individual serial numbers on each card?"
Manager - "No, they're in the database, so we have to check them each month"
(Admins enter the hardwritten sheets into the computer and run a comparison with the DB)
Admin - "You're missing item ABC123O and have an item ABC1230 that doesn't exist"
Me - "They're the same item. You entered an O rather than a 0 when you originally created the DB record, so there should always be a discrepency. Unless one of us enters the serial number incorrectly at a monthly check.
Me - "As the company sells inventory management systems, including scanners and software, could we use our own products to help with stocktaking?"
Manager - "No, you make too many mistakes already and need to improve the accuracy of the stocktaking"
(This was the same manager who would lend stuff to customers and not bother to check it out of stock)
Eventually I wrote an MS Access DB and used a hand scanner and laptop borrowed from stock to create my own Stock DB, complete with label printing, scanning in and out, shipping lists and stocktaking comparisons. Monthly stocktake effort went from 10 man-days to 2 (One day to stocktake, 1 day to have the O vs 0 arguments. Though I reduced that by printing an "incorrect" label to stick on the item so I could give the Admins the serial number they wanted to see. [Unless they then mistyped it at the monthly data entry...])
Re: Bing Orgasm
Bing Engine ?
"side boob" is at least 35 years old, as I remember it from school.
I've also seen YOLO in the context "be careful, YOLO (No reload if you die etc.). "Live fast, die young, stay beautiful" is a little more compelling than merely being reckless "I just ordered £40 worth of Chinese food. But YOLO, right?"
I'm pleased to say I've never heard "adorbs". Long may I manage to avoid the yoof types who use such mutant monstrosities.
Re: Married or Sharing? Just tell them you are moving overseas.
I guess you only use gas for heating, but the pipes still need to be maintained and staff kept on in Summer, so a standing charge is a reasonable principle - As long as they're not taking the piss. When UK suppliers listed the standing charge as a separate item it was easier to understand than "First X units charged at £££, then after that units are charged at ££" [Where (£££-££) *X = the hidden standing charge]
You're lucky you don't get hit with a "connection charge" and have to pay a deposit as a "new" customer!
Agreed, when I transferred away from TalkTalk (be nice - I signed up with Pipex Business!), I cancelled my DD the moment they sent me an incorrect invoice for the last few days - so they added on a "failed Direct Debit" charge.
After a few months of threats, I sent them an invoice for my time. They closed the case shortly after that.
"...reap thousands of accounts in one day, and then use them to post spam."
Would anyone notice?
Seriously though, Stevie Graham had better have built some legitimate "network security analysis" functionality into his code. If it's just a hacking tool, I suspect The Law will be wanting a word.
A little late
...the financial services sector is upping its spend on risk and compliance...
Shouldn't they have been doing this for the past 6 years, ever since the sub-prime crash and more recent events have shown they were rubbish at it?
Re: Ball Ox
Whatever you think of his actions, he didn't get off lightly. He was convicted of the charge they found to throw at him and was sentenced to prison (suspended) and fined. The judges comments were on the sentence, not the conviction.
P.S. I didn't downvote you, so here's an upvote to balance it
..sound the horn...
Isn't that illegal? It's certainly against the Highway Code and bloody annoying if you're next to a driver who hits his horn to attract the attention of a mate half a mile away and behind a windshield.
I try to dissuade people from doing that again. I know you drive a BMW, but whereabouts do you live again?
<car icon, of course--->
So you'd be OK with ihatevelv.com posting "velv smells" in some jurisdiction with bullet-proof hosting?
And Google making it the top link for searches on "velv" because the host pays for advertising?
And the papers printing "Official: velv smells", <very small print>according to ihatevelv.com</very small print> ?
because, hey, it's not their fault. And even if it's not true now, any prospective partner should know that velv is really a stinky person underneath who just cleans up a bit better now, right?
Google should grow a pair. They got away with not being classed as publishers so they couldn't be sued for republishing libel, but if they're digging in bins and displaying their findings in front of the town hall, eventually enough people will get pissed off to take them down.
No, no, no - the EU didn't "force" MS to provide browser choice, They gave them options - do it, or be hit with fines for abuse of a monopoly position under the existing laws.
On the other hand, tax reform to make companies pay local taxes on local profits* - Ain't gonna happen under this new trade pact
*Yes, the real profit, not the one they report after "transfer pricing"
I almost switched off at "monitored content", but...
server: Disk error!
server: Disk error!
server: Disk error!
admin: It's a mirrored disk and I'm working on it
server: retrieving info on: Mirrors
server: Home furnishings, furniture sales.....................................
server: Disk error!
admin: stop spamming me with error messages and irrelevant content
server: retrieving info on: Spam
server: Spam recipes, spam catchers........................................
Re: Emails and Announcements
..content free ad network...
Re: Regarding the terminology problems...
You may be too young to remember 5.25" and 8" removable discs, which were flexible if not truly "floppy". We tried calling the 3.5" ones "stiffies", but it didn't go down too well and the users themselves called all removable disks "floppies".
The ones who thought you had to take the stiff cover off before using it knew why they were called "discs" :-D
Re: a lesson learned some time ago
You may need to be more precise :-)
Me: "What exactly can you see on the screen?"
<together> Check monitor power, brightness, connections, reboot. No change.
I go on site take a look at the screen, which _isn't_ blank. It has an error message, that diagnoses the problem and tells you exactly what to do, i.e. plug the keyboard in.
Me: "I thought you said there was nothing on the screen?"
Them: "There isn't. There should be a login box"
Fair enough, I can understand how "Nothing useful to me" == "Nothing"
Re: Message for the labels
If only there was a ready-made alternative to YouTube, somewhere where an indie could take advantage of an established infrastructure but have their own space - they could call it "My Space" or something like that...
(Disclaimer: I have no idea if myspace is a reasonable alternative economically, though I bet the owners would be delighted if myspace became cool again...)
..service disruption..staff being unable or unwilling to adapt..
With the greatest possible respect to the Sir Humphreys making those arguments, service disruption in non-clinical areas isn't the same as disruption in medical service delivery.
I worked for an NHS trust in the early 90s, migrating medical secretaries and other non-clinical staff from typewriters to computers. Many of the secretaries were in their 50s, but they all adapted well (if not all willingly, though they all realised the benefits in the end).
And retraining from XP/Office 2003 to Linux/OpenOffice would be about as disruptive as changing to Win 7/Office 2010
I suspect your biggest challenge is getting browser-based access to work on something later than IE6 - That's going to have to happen anyway, so moving to another browser is a relatively small additional change.
If only the money saved on licensing could be redirected to training (or better office chairs - THAT would be a good motivator!)
Re: It would help an awful ****ing lot
Last time HSBC bank called me, they authenticated themselves by giving part of the information and asking me to confirm the rest.
e.g "Our records state you were born on the Nth day of the month; Please confirm which month it was"
and "How much was your last payment to XXX Building Society"?
Maybe they have a flag on my record that says "paranoid" :-)
Or a pizza the action?
(Sorry Dom, I know it's cheesy)
Dominic Connor = Steve Bong? I claim my £5
What a Bong-tastic sub-head: "Join me, Reg readers, and help me UPGRADE our CHILDREN " !
Has anyone ever seen Dominic and Steve in the same room together? If they aren't alter-egos, I suspect a meeting might create a critical satirical feedback loop.
Re: Sorry to rain on your parade...
I guess you've had a bad day, but the tone of this article is "humer[o?]us"
Actually, the RI/Christmas Lectures are usually very non-Dr Brian "gravity is like cheese" Cox, in that they:
- Talk about something important in an interesting way [OK, BC +1; But "enthused" is not the same as "making $TOPIC interesting". That just makes you a geek]
- Use metaphors that:
- Give you an intuitive feel for $TOPIC [BC-1]
- Are actually easier to understand than $TOPIC [BC-1]
- Are reasonably consistent [BC-1]
- Motivate viewers to explore $TOPIC further rather then wait for the next Coxbite treatment [BC-1]
(Bitter, moi? OK, I might have had a bad day too...)
Re: Its all about blame
I'd go further than that - recognise that Corporate IT is a core function that creates competitive advantage, not a commodity service that can be blindly outsourced.
Re: Great, I can't wait
Or - if it has "only" dropped to half price after 6 months and it's still being talked about - then it might be worth a look!
Interesting responses, thank you, and they demonstrate even further how my intuition about approximate answers can be badly flawed...
@ Patrick R "Those retailers prices are not natural"
- Very good, on both levels :-) Yes, a bias has been introduced so they are "chosen numbers" rather than "random numbers" or "numbers that occur in nature"
@ Terry Barnes "It doesn't actually work that way..."
- Possibly, but I suspect retailers will also overprice a cheaper item up to the £10 "mental barrier" to compensate for those they have to underprice. (Ignoring competition etc.)
@ YAAC "It only apples to the incidence of the first digit."
- Yes, I wasn't counting the "insignificant" digits, just using them to demonstrate my theory about retailer pricing
@ Loyal Commenter "If you buy two items priced..."
- I notice you chose your set of numbers carefully, but yep, a "transform" breaks an even distribution. Transforms are back into the realm of pure maths, so we can get away from these damn statistics....
@ Cynic_999 "I suspect 9.99 is not more common than 1.99..."
OK, that's hardly rigorous and the results were closer than I expected! Interestingly, a googlefight between 9 and 8 (or any other 2 digits) seem to to follow Benford's Law.
As above, I appreciate that transforms break even distributions, but a couple of counter-points: In the UK, retail prices almost always include VAT (to avoid arguments at the till, if it isn't by law). And how about big-ticket items? If you're buying a budget car, you expect that £9,999 price tag to include everything. If you want a "nice" car, £19.999 is just the base model and you are prepared to pay for extras.
Fascinating, but I would still have expected 9 to have a higher incidence than 8 if the numbers are about money as ,e.g., retailers price products at 9.99 rather than 10.00
> ..what if they did actually test a similar scenario..
True, you can load test and test all the edge cases you can think of - but did you test the combination of a U2 plus 3 other aircraft emergencies plus a hot air balloon convention while the system was under load? Probably not, you have to set a limit on the actual tests, but knowing how the system performs when it hits a difficult task can help gauge its limits. Even the old fashioned meatware controllers knew their limits and, ISTR, could refuse to allow any more aircraft into their space.
Oh, and I estimate million-to-one occurrences would probably happen about once a month at any given airport.
Maybe for software developed in-house. But when an external supplier hands something mission critical over, you test it before paying up. Plus ATC and Lockheed Martin aren't exactly "smaller places". So nothing could possibly go wrong....
Consider yourself both upvoted and downvoted ;-)
Yes, Oracle should fix bugs in faulty programming until the final EOS date. But not give away new hardware drivers or feature improvements. Or phone support - but feel free to engage a 3rd party provider to work out what caused your system crash and what Sun/Oracle patches (that you are entitled to) to apply.
As to Microsoft & XP - If MS are fixing bugs for selected customers, I think there's a case to say those fixes should be available to anyone affected by an XP bug
Emergencies? @ mr.K
Easy to imagine an emergency situation in a normal airliner where a rapid descent is needed from 35,000 feet through multiple layers - Decompression, fire, multiple engine failures etc. Is ERAM going to go on strike EVERY time it's really needed?
ROTM icon - because it might be more sinister than just bad programming ;-)
Re: What would have happened if
Your UK passport says: "Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance". If any UKBA employee objects to you walking past, just point this out to them ;-)
Of course, the typical 1 hour delay at border control might just be to give the baggage handlers time to unload the aircraft...
re: command line (@ A J Stiles)
What, use the command line, like in Windows? Where most support conversations go "Click Start, type <command> and press enter?" e.g. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows/i-cant-start-the-microsoft-security-essentials-service
Shame Windows doesn't have command-line editing to allow you to fix typos. Or leave a window open to check what you might have done wrong, let alone show you the error message. Simply repeat the entire process, correctly this time.
I appreciate Google can't police the web and struggle to avoid automated suggested phrase completions without upsetting, e.g. Max Mosley.
But ads are their core business, and they must be aware of the scam sites without needing to be told. A conspiracy to defraud charge and seizing their assets as proceeds of crime should help them focus on their responsibilities.
You're looking at it wrong...
If the XP machines don't have internet access, that reduces the risk. They may be sitting ducks, but ducks behind a (fire)wall are hard to hit. I would have thought the Cabinet Office could have issued a policy enforcement order backed by the ICO - Any XP machines not covered by some risk mitigation strategy will be regarded as a violation of the DPA and evidence of gross mismanagement.
The last section of the articles raises other questions:
What's the "Windows XP browser"? IE6? How about paying Microsoft a million bucks to release a standalone version of IE6, with all its own libraries so it can coexist with later versions of IE on later versions of Windows? (Yeah, I know it won't work, but the question should have been asked).
Does "Choose & Book" still only support Internet Explorer? What versions? Does it work in Compatibility Mode? Does it support mobiles? All key features for a patient accessible system.
I understand that upgrading hundreds of apps takes time, but any organisation only just now starting to think about it deserves a severe kicking.
Agreed, CPU doesn't make much difference to usability on most of the laptops I've used for "normal" work; Lots of memory and an SSD option would make these laptops safer from an impatient senior poking them with a walking stick to prod them into a response ;-)
My latest Lenovo has taken a backward step, with just one LED, indicating power - No mains or battery indicators, no HDD light to show you it's busy, no WIFI/Bluetooth indicators - I nearly whacked it myself while it was going through its incredibly slow setup process (with no opportunity to start Task Manager to see what it was actually doing). I'd hate to have to do remote support on that one.
Re: Nice demonstration
Which begs the question - does the noise from the A/C and servers cause a problem too?
The trouble with ¡Bong!..
..is I'm not sure how much is parody. I suspect it's closer to the truth than I really want to know.
Or, to look at it another way...The UK is recovering from a FIVE YEAR recession and companies are starting to buy tech again. i.e. the economy allows tech companies to prosper, rather than tech companies driving growth.
Oracle spoils your day with a GROSS of patches
FTFY. 144 = 1 gross, or "over 140". Not "nearly 150". Plus "gross" as in "yuck" or "gross negligence" seem quite appropriate as well.
A bit slow, El Reg
As reported by the BBC on 3rd Jan: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-25598791
Oh, and you might be interested in another BBC story about a company that lost a bunch of credit card CVV numbers (that they shouldn't have been storing anyway) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-25591548
So perhaps if we can fracture (frack) enough of a layer of the Earth's crust, we could enable the Yellowstone super volcano to let go its pressure before it blows. Fracking could go down in geological history as the best thing humans ever did.
FTFY. By judicious drilling, you might be able to create a volcano 10km from a city, rather than risk it blowing at a random outlet in the area. I don't know if the technology exists (yet) to create a vent-hole to that depth, but you might be able to get some payback from geothermal energy. Gotta be better than waiting & hoping...
Ground zero at the fracture site ------>
Re: Same us from this please!
Um - you _do_ realise the Bong articles are satire, right? Though they're not far from the BS that actually gets spouted by "thought leaders".
+1 for the fire axe/body bag/woodchipper strategy tho'
Re: The thing that gets me...
Re: Speaking as a humble home user
"There are two types of people:
Those that make backups.
And those that have yet to lose irreplaceable data."
"You don't convince family members to take periodic backups. Repeated, tragic data loss convinces family members to take periodic backups. Same as everyone else."
Re: Negative marketing is really attractive to Apple fanbois
IBM marketing "restrained"?! The same IBM who practically _invented_ FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) as a tactic for attacking their competitors and frightening customers into buying IBM?
Oh yeah, and remember Microsofts stance on the "communist" Open Source movement? Classic FUD
You, sir, owe me a new keyboard.
Re: A novel approach to crimefighting...
Equally embarrassing for the police to admit they had no other way of recovering the data. Hopefully the "investigation" will cover backups and user training/discipline.
And the best possible publicity for the CryptoLocker villains - being able to cite the police as a reference site. "See, you can trust us to restore your data - as soon as you pay the Idiot Tax"
Re: NSA PR Opportunity
- 'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
- Review A SCORCHIO fatboy SSD: Samsung SSD850 PRO 3D V-NAND
- Was Earth once covered in HELLFIRE? No – more like a wet Sunday night in Iceland
- Breaking Fad 4K-ing excellent TV is on its way ... in its own sweet time, natch
- Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen