90 posts • joined Wednesday 6th January 2010 10:24 GMT
What a story!
Not sure I'd have coped so well. At least he's got a girlfriend and doing what he wants - I wish him the best.
Re: Should have shipped it to the UK ...
China Airlines is Taiwan - but that's close enough now there are direct flights between the two :-)
But seriously, I think this guy didn't have a good enough lawyer. I can't believe the technology was *that* sensitive.
Fingerprinting to come.
"UNABLE TO PROCESS" when someone with 4 fingers and 1 eye arrives at Immigration.
"In the good old days"
"In the good old days" when you programmed for the company you worked for, isof for an outsourced multi-national, I felt a connection with the company and enjoyed the work.
Now - after been outsourced, bankrupted, bought, sold and bought again, I feel like a pawn in a beancounters' chess game.
The technical side is still fun, but those accountants and their multiple time-reporting systems have made the overall job like swimming in treacle.
As others have said
"The RBS spokesman stated that "the software error occurred on a UK-based piece of software" but declined to give details on where the staff overseeing the software were based."
"UK-based piece of software"
I obviously don't work in marketing because only a Spin Doctor could come up with nonsense like that.
Got the solution
Works for me everytime.
What? That's not how a mainframe works?
I am an old mainframer and I'm caught between thinking "there for the grace of God go I" and "you got what you deserve you bunch of non-technical beancounters for outsourcing something you had no clue about".
As Bill Gates said
"Show me the code"
I would like to see it!!!
Apologies for Gay reference
Grow up, Melanie."
I am growing up. I'm in my 30s now:
If you want my autograph, check out my Homepage.
"Ng Boon Gay" - probably not the 3rd one...
At least they didn't call the Army in.
If your LinkedIn password is the same as your Paypal, Gmail or Amazon account, you could be in trouble.
But if somone wants to change my photo on my LinkedIn page to Mickey Mouse, not a problem.
Stupid Facebook Revenue Question
I use Firefox with Adblocker Version x.
I don't see any adverts at all on Facebook.
So how can Facebook get any revenue from me clicking an Advert when it doesn't exist?
Sure they know my name and Date of Birth, but they won't get me to click on their Adverts because I can't.
Almost restored my faith in democracy!
Q153 Chair: What is the company?
Rob Whiteman: I would rather not say.
Q154 Chair: I am sorry, Mr Whiteman; this is a Select Committee of the House-
Rob Whiteman: It is Atos
One rule for some...
Try getting an internal job transfer if you're an ordinary worker.
15 Sharepoints to update
400 e-mails to various exotic Eastern parts of the world
6 simultaneous escalations when nothing is done
Guess the rest....
3 little words
"during planned maintenance"
Well, we all have a few bar-room stories there...
Proviso: I'm an old mainframe systems programmer, so naturally biased .-)
It's the begining of the end.
Whilst moving house recently, I gave away 00s of books.
I felt sad, but I liken it to ditching my father's old 78rpm records and LPs.
Times are changing and our children won't be reading as much paper as we did.
They will be reading their news on tablets and their favourite books on e-readers.
Now pass me my Horlicks and slippers, I'm going for an afternoon sleep, I'm that old.
What's that English saying?
"You can't fit a quart into a pint pot".
And that's Heathrow Airport - a pint pot.
We don't run our systems at 99% capacity - because there is no contingency.
You need to run an airport with space for contingency.
All it takes is an aircraft blowing a tyre at LHR and the resultant chaos lasts all day.
A rather large exaggeration
This claim is hyperbole.
"She also praised the Passenger Name Record (PNR) data program as having helped to prevent thousands of “individuals with potential ties to terrorism” from entering the US."
What does happen daily is that passengers who've forgotten to renew their Green Cards get refused boarding for a flight to the USA. Typical profile: 50+ years of age, lived in USA for years, and "just forgot". In the old days, we would call the Embassy and ask for an exemption. Nowadays, we just offload them.
These are not "individuals with potential ties to terrorism", but I suspect they are being included in the numbers...the days we do find someone suspicious are few and far between. And normally that's just someone with the same name/birthdate as a listed name.
I thought it was "Cockfighters jumpstart MPs"
Let me guess at a "Route Cause Analysis":
Software upgrade to record the DNA and urine specifications for non-EU resident Kent Strawberry Pickers Temporary Summer Visas went wrong.
That kind of thing...
I'm biased, but NO OTHER INDUSTRY reports its incidents so openly as the Aviation Industry.
Google for AAIB and see all the UK incidents
If this had been a boat or a bus, you'd never have heard of it.
And if it had been a medical incident, well, the Doctor would have "buried it". Literally...
Well done to the crew for handling it well.
Judge for yourself - Instagram Example Photos
Here you go:
Would you pay 1 Billion for that tool?
Cheap at the price
If Leo Apotheker was still at HP, he would have paid 10.3 Billion for Instagram.
Oh hang on, that was what he did for Autonomy .
Admiral Grace Hopper
I salute you - thanks for jogging my memory about the RAM thieves.
And a great article as well.
@David Hicks I don't know you, but we've had the same conversation with Indian colleagues:
"The top flight people, they all go to the US for the money. The rest of the good people come to Europe for a little less money. What's left is, well, what's left."
I've been lucky, even I would say privileged to work with some excellent Indian programmers.
The caveat: NONE of them still live in India.
We're talking Singapore and Switzerland if you are interested...
What's the problem?
HP attiutude in our limited time:
If you don't like it, you know where the door is.
And then go and book your flight to India, Bulgaria, China or Vietnam.
Take your pick .-)
Someone robs my 75 year old mother's purse with cash + house keys from her shopping trolley.
The Police do nothing.
They're not interested.
Someone makes some racist "jokes" - nick him and jail him.
I declare I have a professional interest in the future of the emirates.co.uk domain.
Mr Toth is a squatter. Even El Reg thinks so:
Enjoyed the article and will now be praising my excellent manager at this morning's Team Meeting. He's great, I love him and we're doing well.
I thank you all!
I have serious doubts
I have serious doubts about the Yanks calculation for the amount of revenue that site brought in.
I don't have any doubts that he will be "forced" to plead guilty and enter a plea bargain e.g. 6 years in prison isof. 120.
Yeah, he did something wrong, we all did when we were young, but he never killed or injured anyone and yet he'll be receiving more time in Prison than UK rioters got.
If I was Richard O'Dwyer, I would be seeing Political Asylum in the United Arab Emirates Embassy right now!!
We are poor at recording History
I think us IT people are poor at recording (and learning from) History.
This exhibition looks great - I look forward to visiting next time I visit the Island (as us Swissies call you Brits :-))
Does it really improve security?
Using X-Rays in a non-medical environment on humans doesn't feel "right" to me. Who calibrates and checks the machines and how often? Which independent agency regularly tests them.
Too many unanswered questions for my liking.
We record all user inputs on our large legacy (I prefer the word "classic") mainframe system and keep the data for several years.
Read-only or Read-write, the time, the user, the address, everything.
Can you do this on Sharepoint?
If I did it all again, I'd have taken the risk and joined a small IT setup isof. what turned out to be (after mergers, bankruptcies and takeovers) one of the largest Enterprise organisations in the world - where I now spend my time recording my time in 5 different systems neither of which talk to each other...
Please can I borrow one for a day?
In summer if possible.
A new neighbour wants me to check her rooftop sun lounge is free of insurgent activity.
Playing devil's advocate
Doctors and Aircraft Pilots are certified by their respective professional authorities
So why not Computer Programmers?
After all, we can cause real-life death with a register going negative and an appropriate loop...
"the slightly dynamic duo" I love English humour :-)
No boarding pass? No problem - let's have sex
Love the tag "Mile High Pilot" and the unique British Humour - linking Boarding Pass Printing with Sex :-)
"HP’s internal probe" Fnarr, fnarr...
I got that as well
"She said either take the scan or leave the airport"
Except it was to my 4 year old boy.
Not even the Americans give backscatter X-Rays to young children.
But at Heathrow (and Manchester I'm sure) they do.
Sorry English friends, but this is wrong
- Rogue Nokia splinter cell drops its Jolla phone A-BOMB
- Geek's Guide to Britain BT Tower is just a relic? Wrong: It relays 18,000hrs of telly daily
- Product Round-up Smartwatch face off: Pebble, MetaWatch and new hi-tech timepieces
- Review: Sony Xperia SP
- Geek's Guide to Britain The bunker at the end of the world - in Essex