* Posts by HmmmYes

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Nadella calls for AI sector to move beyond 'worshipping' a handful of companies

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Its like watching a 55 years old divorcee trying to pull 20 year old women at the local night club.

He babe. Dig the crazy Cliff Richards sounds.

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About 20 years ago I was at an industry presentation where Ballmer was spouting some crap about NT.

It was a specific sector, so someone put their hand up and asked when a specific protocol was to be supported. Ballmer assured us that MS were working on it and a release was imminent.

20 years down the line and still no sign. I did ask someone I knew in MS. He said they had looked at it but backed away as they did not have the skills. And thats when MS managed to recruit people.

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UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

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Re: Scenario

How about not using Windows?

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US Marines seek more than a few good men (3,000 men and women, actually) for cyber-war

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Maybe just maybe the stratgey that beat the USSR - force the Ruskies o wreck their economy by upping spending - a war of attrition on the military budget - has now backfired on the US?

The threats to the US - apart from itself -are Russia and China. There's no way either of those will get into a spending war with the states on planes and guns and ships. Fckit, they are years behind.

So both countries have done the smart thing and chosen the battle they want to fight - cyber war. Which happens to be the one that the US has ignored - mainly because it was too busy wasting money on plane and guns and boats.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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I should add that Ch5 screened Gotham. Thats the only boardcast dframa Ive watchedo nterristial telly.

Its great. I make the BBC look like Pravda.

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I could be watching Ch5 on demand!

The fact is Im starting to watch less + less telly.

If you up the quality of the stuff you watch then you tend not to bother the crap stuff.

Sadly, I still am paying the license. More habit than anything else.

If the aerial fell off my house then Id not replace and change to all online.

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Sadly Netflix gets my money.

I just dont watch enough BBC telly to make the license fee worth my while.

I watch more Ch5 than all the BBC channels.

The kids watch youtube or play on computers.

The only people I know who watch much BBC are my parents. They get a free TV license.

The BBC really has to put its finger out and decide what its going to do.

Id guess its only got around 5 years left.

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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Re: I am puzzled by the premise of this article

True.

RIM wnated 100% of a small pie rather than 50% of much bigger pie.

WhatsApp is basically BB messenger re-written in Erlang and off the BB platform.

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Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military

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Re: "Blue badge support"

Ms problems with security and the like are not caused by poor QA, its poor design.

The MS code base and install is too big and too interconnected.

I can strip down a Linux or BSD system to bare minimum; chuck all the stuff I dont want in it out. Christ I can even re-compile and use a different magic number in the ELF file, so the system will not run a binary that ive not built.

Cant get close to that with Windows.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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Port XFCE to QT and Id be a happy man.

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Capita is STILL the BIGGEST tech services supplier to UK.gov

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Makes me sad.

US have Microsoft, Apple, Google.

UK has Capita.

One country has tech companies that make lots of money.

The other a 'tech' company that employs a load of moronic management and retards. And loses a lot of money.

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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Re: ransomware model

I select Erlang/OTP over Java for all of those requirements.

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Thought about this over the weekend.

The only places I come across Java these are 1) Kids running minecraft. 2) Server side stuff.

If you are embedding Java in a product, be it a Bluray player or a supercomputer then you pay Oracle.

If you are running your web/services backend stuff with Java then you have to either pay Oracle or move to Linux and OpenJDK.

If you are consumer who installs a JDK on a product, be it a PC or a tablet, then you should be OK.

If you are a company shipping JDK on a product then Oracle have you over a barrel.

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Re: "read the license"

You make it sound likes its something obvious. Trust me, even in companies, most people do not read the license. They see stuff being avilable for download to free and think the free continues.

As far as not being a layer - Im not. But Im a lot better at reading a contract than the corp lawyers are understanding technology terms and licenses - trust me, Ive spent many hours sat with legal dummies.

But I can scan a contract and anything that jumps out is an immediate red flag. The term 'general purpose computer' is not legal boiler plate. It was put in there for a purpose/trap.

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Always read the license that software comes with.

Back in the early days - 1998ish - we were considering Java. I had a quick scan of the license it came with and ran away.

As the article mentions, we had a problem with the meaning of “general purpose computing”'.

Our software does not run on a general purpose computer. It runs on a dedicated platform. Sure, under the covers it was an x86 PC. But not a 'general purpose computer'

My interpretation (IANAL) was any closed, turnkey system is not a 'general purpose computer'

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Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers

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I like 2008R2.

Very epxensive but does it stuff without annoying me.

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Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

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Re: Xeon price rise coming in 3, 2, 1, ....

Well ..... Intel wants every bit of your cash and they dont care too much about how much current/power their customers use - bar setting alight the motherboard.

Big server farms want lots of powerful server using as little as power as possible.

i.e. Intel trade offs between CPU performance and grunt are different to Serverfarm's.

A server farm could be persuaded to ditch the x86 legacy. Intels business depends on x86 legacy; without that thats its just another silicon fab.

Arms dont make chips. Not sure about Softbank; ARM customer toes and all that.

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Re: Xeon price rise coming in 3, 2, 1, ....

They might.

At the mo. server co.s have very specific requirements which dont match fully match with the Intel Xeon roadmap - which is more about extracting money.

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What's in Hammond's box? Autumn fallout for Britain's tech SMBs

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Improve public transport - less HSL, more capacity and Oyster card across the Northern rectangle of Hull, Liverpool, Carlisle, Newcastle.

Less benefit and DLA; stop hiding unemployment. Make them work or at least stop paying them not to work.

Invest in a UK Wide GIS setup - covers fibre, leccy, water, planning etc.

Put all civil servants on a 2 year contract.

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Software can be more secure, says NIST, and we think we know how

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I dont envy anyone mainlining javascript and bash. And Java. Still at leas theres no Perl.

Orgs need to think carefully about introducing any language into their systems and the ongoing support costs.

Ive a number of systems where its been written by some flybynight using he nextbestthing. Nightmare.

Me? Horses for courses. And never believe the hype - C99, Python3, ErlangOTP, Lua and the odd bit of C++13/Boost covers most bases.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Open up bidding.

Ban BT from it. Theyve demonstratred they are not competent

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Microsoft plans St Valentine's Day massacre for SHA‑1

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Buy Intel stock!

There's finally going to be a massive hardware update cycle.

Or people install Linux Mint on the old PCs.

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Re: It won't be gone for decades...

You been in my room of shit crap that I cannot throw away because ... of stuff.

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Hacker dishes advanced phishing kit to hook clever staff in 10 mins

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Re: Discerning?

From my experience of Northern LAs the test centres around being related to someone already working he council.

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg

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Re: Juicy

In 6 to 12 months time, yes.

But it would have to be good to walk into that shit storm,

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Forget razors and blades, APIs are the new gotcha

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Your not seeing it. No one ever does.

The thing that keeps your business running is not hose blinking light boxes, sucking in electric.

Its the software that runs on them FFS.

How do you interact with those boxes - CLI?, console? web thingy? Network API?

Whatever. Its all software. Software turns the world.

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Dirty code? If it works, leave it says Thoughtworks CTO

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Problem here, as elsewhere, is too much concentration on the implementation. Totally naive. Bullshitter.

As someone who, for ltast 20 odd years, has effectively been a programmer, I dont worry too much about the language - bit of whitespace here, white space there, they are all much of a muchness (apart from Java which is shit and being used for something for what it was not designed for i.e. only programming set top boxes. Oh and PHP too. Junk).

What care about is how a system is put together. Is there some sort of structure, where I can pull bits out and swap them in and out.

How can I test something? Does the system make testing easy?

Is there a control system in place? As soon as something leaves the door, can you rebuild a previous release easy? Is there versioning - at the software and the product level?

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Strange.

The quality of code from academics tend to be much worse than code from any long-ish running company.

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TalkTalk teen hacker pleads guilty as firm reveals £22m profit jump

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Whiskers .....

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Cheer up, world! AWS instances just got cheaper

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Re: Your move Microsoft?

I upped vote you.

Sadly, as it the way MS roll.

But gladly as I dont have any exposure to MS.

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Join the Q: British intel agencies seek tech-savvy apprentices

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Yes.....

Im sure theyll pay enougth for a budding young cyber expert to live in either Chelthenham or London.

Fail.

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Microsoft: Don't worry about the CRM cloud price hike... think of the features

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Re: No thanks!

The changing costs (upwards, always) are the least of SME problems. The are easily fixed by ca$h.

Its problems such as changing the API/compatibility at random time - Eh, my web sales app no longer works and I dont have anyone to change it.

Or, the killer, Weve pulled the plug, fckoff. Also known as Silverlight.

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Unstoppable Huawei draws level with Apple

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Red Army Ponzi scheme.

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James Dyson's new startup: A university for engineers that doesn't suck

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Re: Ah the old ONC/OND

It saddnes me that it is almost impossible to do a day release Degree over 5-6 years, or even manage to do an A level in Maths at night school.

A fortune is spent of FE. Most of it is wasted.

Fe needs shutting down and startign again.

Mind you, so does a lot of HE.

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UK will retaliate against state-sponsored cyber attacks, Chancellor warns

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Hmm.

Each time I type R e d Army the computer software changes it:

'Beloved protectors of the country'

'Brave heroes of the revolution'

'Huawei is great!'

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Re: Who gets the retaliation?

Smersh?

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How?

Send all that Huawei kit bck to the Reed Army and ask for a refund?

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WebAssembly: Finally something everyone agrees on – websites running C/C++ code

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Can't we just put LUA in the browser and sort out a competent DOM definition?

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Kids today are so stupid they fall for security scams more often than greybeards

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Biggest security incidents I have with my family are from family members under 30 and those over 55.

Both groups need to be locked in a room, away from the phone and interweb.

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Microsoft boffins: Who needs Intel CPUs when you've got FPGAs?

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Re: Who Needs Programmers When You Need Hardware Designers?

Its less than language and more handling the complexity of parallelism.

A language like Erlang.OTP with its parallism and declarative-ness ought to go when on silicon.

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First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

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Most SME struggle to admin their boxes and printers.

Pitching something like this to a small company is nuts.

Basically they want someone capable of admin-ing VMs but not capable enough that they'll realise they might as well put Linux on the VM.

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No, software-as-a-service won't automatically simplify operations and cut costs

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Saas will fix fix some known problems and create some as-yet unknown problems.

Overall, itll be a benefit. But the complexity is lurking somewhere; its not gone away.

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Linus Torvalds says ARM just doesn't look like beating Intel

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Re: Is Linus's vision really this narrow?

Yep. The generation under 30 mainly interact with ARM tablets.

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He's talking about architecture rather any any pros/cons for Arm vs. x86.

Most (all?) x86 PCs are the same - they have a CPU, they have a BIOS, the BIOS boots such way, they have the same interrupt controller, they have a chipset that allows you to self indentify cards and the like.

ARMs are put in a lot more diverse hardware. Some may map their firmware at xyv, some at zyx. Some ill have an interrupt controller, some might not - ARMs are put in hardware where saving $2/device can give you big $$$$$ savings over 1M devices.

I guess if someone got together and put together an ARM hardware spec, mandating you have this firmware, interrupt controller, system device than ARM as a workstation/server platform would evolve, allowing the software to make assumptions about the platform itll run on.

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A year living with the Nexus 5X – the good, the bad, and the Nougat

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Re: Hmmm...

Im with BlackBerrier.

I want to go one way. The rest of the world wants to go another, opposite direction.

Im very suspicious of Android. I run it on a tablet but avoid all things passwordy/security. Its just a web and media browser.

I have a Nokia feature phone. Its great as a phone - battery lasts ~8 days. Cost me £40 Happy to drop it in the toilet.

Im stuck. I want a phone to run some more softwrae - but not the whole all-singing/all spying. And I want the battery to last a longtime - so small, power sipping screen.

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Sage advice: Avoid the Windows 10 Anniversary Update – it knackers our accounting app

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Hmm, why write an app to .Net?

Just stick to plain C99. Any extra functionality use QT.

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Windows Server 2016 will cost more on big servers, but discounts can be found

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Could be corporate policy - less likely these days after one shooting-self-infoot episode after another.

Reputations take a long time to build - MS started going for corp money in 1988 with Xenix and finally got there (a bit) in 96 with NT 4.0. Its been a long hard struggle since.

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Re: I can see why AWS is winning the war

AWS will some of the war. Im investing in Unix command shell - be it physcial or cloudy.

Im also investing in Postgresql.

Physical boxes are Postgresqll (DB) on FreeBSD, mainly for ZFS and DTRACE.

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Whatever you think or are told the WS2016 licensing costs are, they'll work out a lot more when it comes to installing software on metal. And then go up at a later date.

I think MS server products are OK - if you have to run MS OSes - and a lot of people have to.

But .... with a server I need to plan of a 5-10 year lifespan of both the hardware and the possibility that the number of servers will increase at some point down the line. With the changes to MS server pricing and the sheer opaqueness Ill be fcked (and this is my own money, which makes a difference!) if I want to take that punt.

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Oracle's cloud strategy is simple – woo and win the latecomers

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Nope. Oracle's strategy is to gouge as much money from latecomers, who are going to run and sing anything put in front of them without grasping the contract.

Shame, as Solaris 11 containers is technically the *best* cloud platform going.

Watch as Docker realises 1) It needs ZFS 2) It re-invents Solaris contaners.

VCs will throw money at Docker when they should be throwing money at Open Solaris/BSD. Linux is nogo.

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