* Posts by HmmmYes

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Oracle issues emergency patch for Java on Windows

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Re: Just kill it already

Yeah. Java was never lovely. At its best it was not too buggy but slow.

It promised a lot, a bit like a binary version of a 70 YO plumber in a Thai bar.

All it delivered was STDs - software transmitted deceases.

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What's it like to work for a genius and Olympic archer who's mates with Richard Branson?

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I see you have a traditional understanding of the words 'buy' and 'own'.

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Sod the red fags for MS Access + Excel being used in business - they are! By idiots.

There's lot of money to be made de-MS businesses at the mo. Most have not grasped that MS are going to screw them over rotten soon.

The huge red flag for me would be mentioning Richard Branson as means to impress someone with their business + financial acumen.

The only difference between Branson and some tramp under the bridge is that loads of thick people think Branson has money.

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Reg readers battle to claim 'my silicon's older than yours' crown

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Agree with Model M keyboards.

I've just flipped mine over to check the date - the pen (yes, made in the UK, QA checked by hand, QA recorded in pen) has rubbed off. From memory I think the date was 1990.

QNX 4 is worth an honorable mention.

I did some some work for an org (who I cannot mention) for purposes (that I cannot talk about) to sit a various rooms. 486, 2G M flash system, ISA bus cards. 1998-ish.

Was still running last time I asked a person who I cannot name,

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Tardy TalkTalk advertised for a new infosec officer 1 week ago

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Re: Odds on Dido to go?

Odds? 0% Zilch. None.

I would not use th word hubris.

More total ignorance, clueless but, hey, the salary cheques still keep arriving.

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I think the ICO needs to fine TalkTalk for this. About £1k per customer would do.

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Googling for talktalk info brings me to LinkedIn profile who's job title was 'Lead Information Security & Quality Auditor'.

ISO9000 *and* computer security. Wow!

He left March 2015, which was around the time of previous issue.

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TalkTalk CuffCuffs 'ScamScam CrimCrims'

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Re: @ HmmmYes Is that where the tech support scammers got my number from?

I know I'd got there as I could understand his English and he knew about the cmd console.

A better class of remote scammer.

This sort of stuff puts me off giving my (remote) mother a computer. My inheritance will be down the Ghanges in flash.

Why IFFS does BT not have a number to ring so they can record where the call originated from? Monitor that and shutdown down and fine the ingres number when you get 100 occurrences.

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Re: Yep - definitely

Incompetent monkeys - pah!

Criminal monkeys - another thing.

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Re: Is that where the tech support scammers got my number from?

Yeah. I get these. I got to level 3 with someone trying to help me press Ctrl-R on my WIndows Linux machine

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'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

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Are you ZFS on Linux Bronek?

Lat time I look, zfs on Linux was bit disconnected/loose.

Is it stable now?

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Linux for? Beardy hipsters?

Seriously, running anyhting that needs a graphics driver with hardware less than 7 years old.

I've found BSD graphic support to be more miss than hit than Linux.

And you get those funny enet devices that crop up that are not supported by BSD.

FreeBSD is greap - but you do have to be careful with the HW combos.

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Dtrace/Zone/Zfs ran into a couple of problems. They matured when Sun were falling to bits. Then Oracle bought them. Hard to come back from that.

The people at SmartOs *ought* to be support as they will, hopefully, keep those technologies going in the open world.

Docker is a bodge. I can see that. It allows you to run up an application sat on top of a socket. Its is not a general purpose OS - its an application spoof thing. Im investing time and (not much) money in as Google and Amazon are cutting their throats on competing and I can trial some stuff for free or at least, very cheap. Hey, if a company wants to give me stuff cheap so I can make money then who am I to complain.

I was looking at Google'sAppEngine but there is to much of a technology buy-in there - python 2.7 + googles API. I want to avoid tying myself to a technology and a compant.

If the stuff is successful then I will scale to a SmartOS hosting company when I need to get bigger.

I understand the limitations of Docker. Im not sure a lot of people (hipsters mainly, and management) do.

One prediction on Docker - tehy'll run into the same problems with UnionFS on Linux tha everyone does. They'll get 95% of th way and have to fudge. At least this will speed up the improvment of ZFS on Linux as thats the only mature filesystem that supports the features Dockers needs.

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Terrible infections, bad practices, unclean kit – welcome to hospital IT

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Re: A doctor writes...

Not really. The arrogance runs pretty strong the higher you get in healthcare.

At the mo. an average GP could be beaten by google for a diagnosis.

There's limited accountability in healthcare People pussy foot around doctors and the like whereas it should be treated like a normal job - contstantly fck up and you're fired.

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Gov must hire 'thousands' of techies to rescue failing projects

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Re: Wagile or AgiFall

Yeah. The word you're looking for is 'fcked'

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Re: arcane code...

I like C++11 and C++14 (this versoin has a very impressively clean syntax - when compared to Java) but I have to say, as a language, the evolution of the language and the people who program in it has been a pretty painful progress.

I inherited a (almost) 20 year old library. Written in C++ (of sorts). By various people, of various experience, of various levels of competency.

Now, Im used to a bit of deviance from code standards - different people who need time to put on their 'this style standard' head. I cope by feeding code into a beautifier, configured to match the coding standard. Bit of a pain, but, hey!, manageable.

Back to the 20 YO library. My! One file was over 20K lines.

The early bits started off as MFC/C++ 1989 - I did say it was old code. Then some bits circa the mid to late 90s started having patterns put in. Not for any reason, other than the contractor seems to have read the GoF book. The early 00s saw generic/stdlib being put in. This caused some problems as the person was also trying to balance compatibility between G++ and MSVC - must have been fun.

Then the library was abandoned and modified very infrefrequently. Then I had to support the bastard junk.

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Here's a trend I've noticed a couple of times of the last year or so.

I only mention it as it appears to be happening quiet a bit.

Org-X puts out a lucrative quote.

Org-Y bids for quote - 'Look at the margins'.

Org-Y then discovers that the work requires writing a lot of new software.

Org-Y starts a SW recruitment process and, 6 months, later has failed to recruit anyone.

It then turns out that Org-X only put the bid out as they tried and failed to recruit software bodies.

I've heard of this ocurring at a couple of large defense contractors.

I've also run into at a couple of small-to-medium companies.

Note - this is different from an org struggling to recruit software people. This is Orgs jumping in and signing contracts to deliver something - probably with penalty clauses - without grasping the amount of software needed and the limited pool available.

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Re: Nope

Yes. Very sensible. Systems - by which I mean 'things' utilising a lot of software - are getting harder + more complex.

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Learn you Func Prog on five minute quick!

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Again, going back to Erlang, the original base concept of OO was message passing, something that Erlang does very well.

http://www.infoq.com/interviews/johnson-armstrong-oop

One of gripes of Alan Kay (Smalltalk man) is that the term 'Object Orientated' was 'stolen' by certain language promoters (C++, correctly, says its a multi-paradigm language) - Java! - got into this stupid 'Is-A' hierarchy game, rather than pick up the core concept - messages between objects.

OO is used for simple problems. Without messaging, OO does not scale that well.

*WITH* multiple-inheritance your risk having a complex fckup.

C++ naively supports multi-inheritance in the language. M-I should onyl be used carefully.

Java saw the problems and dodged it slightly.

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HmmmYes

nh all things functional + networking, I would strongly recommend:

https://incubaid.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/the-game-of-distributed-systems-programming-which-level-are-you/

Click the 'Dismiss' button to read the post.

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Re: Rule 1

Nope. Erlang uses the term 'single assignment'.

A variable may be bound or unbound.

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I know its a bit of a joke but, to be honest, once you learn it, Erlang's syntax is eaier to follow than Perls.

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IBM's $16bn software supremo Mills reportedly exits

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I've found his resignation letter on the interweb.

Fckit, Im off. Screw those innumerate MBA clowns and their instance EPS figures.

Tara

Steve.

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Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security

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Re: Java, Road to hell paved with good intentions.

Yes. The licensing. I now know of at least 2 people who actually bothered read the Java license - me + you.

You *would* not be surprised at how many people ran into doing products with Java before they bothered to read the license.

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Oh, let me ad one positive point - Java is not as bad as Flash.

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Missed one. Java is poor at ongoing updates and maintenance. It appears to be designed by someone who thinks work stops at release 1.0 - that's shipped, out work is done, next!

There was no thought into put into dealing with an application composed of multiple. versioned components/parts. No, the good awful Jar configuration file is not a solution. And its wrote in XML, just to doubly p1ss me off.

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The best quote about Java was, I think, from Joe Armstrong of Erlang fame. I can't find the psot but it goes along he lines of 'Java was designed for set top boxes. If you are writing a settop box you should be fine'.

I have a long list of issues and problems with Java. My top few are:

1) It tried to be everything to everyone .... and failed, becoming annoying for the majority. If java only had concentrated on a small core of functionality - say a console/text interface, threading, socket-level network stack - with a well-defined interface to allow third party extensions e.g. GUI.

2) Bets the farm on RPC at a time when the short-comings with RPC were well known. Google 'The Game of Distributed Systems Programming. Which Level Are You' - the original blog post has expired! Bet it uses Java!!!

3) To slow to deprecate APIs/features. Java SE has needed en editor and manager. How many GUIs come in the SE distribution? This is connected to 1) - find a good, basic way of doing something and dont muck/mess up the API. Let 3rd parties extend to beyond the core.

4) The language is at the wrong abstraction level. When you need an editor to basicially auto-fill in the syntax fluff you have fsked up the language. Christ, C++14 is less verbose than Java.

5) Licensing Java for 'non-workstation, specialist use' was obscure and appeared to be expensive. Unlike most other people, who bouhgt into th hype, I read the binary license terms and ran away. Yes, there is OpenJDK - 20 years later.

6) They addressed shortcomings by doing more hype, which created more shortcomings, which required more hype. If you are in a hole then stop digging.

7) Its owned and controlled by Oracle. Im out.

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Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging

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Re: FFS Microsoft

I've been hanging around waiting for SteamOS - for the kids.

Had to give in and buy an WIin7 OEM license.

£25 for a license to run DirectX.

Install from Win7 media. Spent the weekend on updating FFS.

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MS make good mice. Not sure why - maybe they stole into my room at night and took an imprint of my hand to be used as the template.

MS make sh1t keyboards. Clicky all the way.

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Nokia, ARM, twisting Intel bid to reinvent the TCP/IP stack for a 5G era

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Trillium stuff is Intel state of the art, fully supported, laser-like focus on customer, etc etc.

No, Im talking about some software for some god-awful useless chunk of silicon that Intel had decided was going to be the second coming - razzmatazz, millions spent of marketing, big fanfare - dancing elephants.

6 months later, after it flopped, and the errata list exceeded War + Peace, and all the marketing had moved onto the next 'Big Thing! (c)' they flipped me some dire code in a feeble attempt to wash there hands of it all.

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Re: @Mage

No, IPv6 was designed by Marc Zuckerberg and Donald Trump.

To be honest, as far as any of the IP protocols go, design is probably the wrong word. Maybe the first iteration?

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HmmmYes

Preventative cyclic re-transmission is your friend for long latencies.

Differeent protocols are need for a long bit of wire, and 100miles of air.

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TCP is a compromise. That's why its lasted, that's why people keep trying to re-write it.

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Why in fscksake would you get Intel involved in writing any software?

Seriously. I've stuff that uses Intel software - ether Intel produced or contracted by Intel. Its a fscking nightmare. And Intel abandon stuff after a couple of years.

Sure, spec out a new protocol to run alongside TCP. Just don't call it TCP.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

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Hmm, it needs more than a competent electrician. I've never had anything involving industrial electric work go right enough not to justify bringing down services in a controlled manner.

Its needs the install to be 100% documented and understood. A lot of operators do the work, file the map and ... forget about it. Then you have someone plug in other stuff etc etc etc.

It should not happen but it does. Understaffing, personnel churn.

The main point is that this business runs on electricity. Anything that goes wrong whacks the business.

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Not sure on 1 in 100 figure.

Anything involving major work to the power of a datacentre should be regarded as having a high-likelyhood of failure.

How big a failure then depends on the operation and procedures of the servers that use the power.

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Microsoft Windows: The Next 30 Years

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Hammer that code

I liked W2K. I thought, for the time, it was the holy grail of a workstation with a GUI. Fantastically well done, nice + clean UI. But that was 15 years ago.

MS problem is this belief in 'Windows everywhere' FFS Windows does not belong on a phone. So they write a phone UI, which becomes UI, so they hammer that on the desktop.

FFS why can't they seprate the modules out and have some form of WIndows-proxy every where instead of trying to port the GUI and whole kitchen sink?

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Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

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Too idiotic to be accidental. True.

Too idiotic to come from the HR/legal depts? Nah.

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Five things that doomed the big and brilliant BlackBerry 10

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No. Disagree - QNX is the right choice for *all* phones. I wish Android ran on kernel as responsive as QNX.

BB10 was probably too big and ambitious.

Rather than running an Ad with Alicia they should have just posted up known phone hacks - Merkel, starlets etc etc and less known hacks - bascailly, anyone going to China.

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NASA rover coders at Intel's Wind River biz axed – sources

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Re: Topical

Well, Linux if you have an MMU.

FreeRTOS is its a plain processor.

The most reliable RTOS is the one that runs on the most systems.

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My parents don't know I'm in SEO. They think I play piano in a brothel

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SEOs - the homeopaths of the internet ....

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Ubuntu Wily gaggle builds 15.10 beta beachhead

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I'd like to say, compared to the cluster of crap that is my Win7-64 work laptop )quad 3ghz core; runs like a 500Meg P3), Xubuntu is *soooo* nice and clean.

Frankly, as time goes by, I expect to be only using Windows to run Outlook and Virtual box.

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Laminate this: Inside Argos' ongoing online (r)evolution

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My only comment is that my kids (8 + 10) love Argos.

Its the only shop they ask to go to.

I'm not sure what it is that appeals to them but they will spend hours (well, minutes is all Ill let them) looking stuff up on the computers.

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

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Hmm, time to set-up up my ebay shop - Virtual Boxing gloves!

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Nope. The BBC has a problem.

I'm watching a lot less telly these days. - more internet = less TV.

My inclination to watch telly is satisfied by Ch5's Gotham + Person Of Interest. Nothing on the BBC appeals to me.

As far as 'no adverts' - Balls! Constant promotion of other channels.

If you are going o have a license, you need to make sure the TV providers are competing for the money and delivering programmes that people are watching. The BBC is nothing more than large statist bureaucracy that does entertainment as a side line.

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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Re: Discovery

But why does my Powershell take several 10s of second before I can enter a command?

Is powershell meant to be a programming environment, or an interactive one? Powershell seems to be stuck between the two.

I trying to move all my Windows stuff to powershell and I am finding it a PITA. Its powerful, sure but a shell???

Oh and don;t get me started on all the different versions? Did you not learn anything from WinSocks?

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Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN

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They have a big problem don't they.

OK, you can accept that they might not be able to run a 7/24/365 site - not good but ...

But not monitoring your system's and not being aware they are down FFS!!!!!!

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Microsoft and Oracle are 'not your trusted friends', public sector bods

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Re: So give them the boot - use open source

The lack of floating point and integer accuracy in Excel ought to be enough to get your account time fire never mind moving to Libre Office.

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HmmmYes

Hmm, people not thinking thru their choices of OS and data format.

Software and data will be around a long time.

Certain implementations of technology will not.

Certain companies that implement that technology will not.

As software and the data use by it becomes more important and more central to an organisation then they need to be asking questions about how long that technology will last - speaking as someone who has to work with an Access 97 DB . . . .

Standards like ODF are very important.

Choosing technology that is not owned/restricted by a single company is important too - ANSI C - good, Java + C# - bad.

I'm sure all those IT bods, in both the private and public sector, have justified their salaries . . .

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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Glad to see somewhere else has discovered the other uses of the HP microservers.

I bought a second so I could put some wood across and make a shelf.

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