Re: Do people really buy them
I have a Fujitsu laptop. Attractive to look at, seems rock-solid reliable and very well put together. I'd buy another one if I needed to.
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I have a Fujitsu laptop. Attractive to look at, seems rock-solid reliable and very well put together. I'd buy another one if I needed to.
...BMW/Mini dealer recently and had a look at the so-called Minis. They are f***g massive things and f******g expensive. The original concept of an affordable, space-efficient, basic vehicle has been completely lost. The Mini showroom was more like a fashion store than a car showroom - with as much space given to Mini-branded luxury goods as to the cars.
Some years ago I spent a huge amount of time and effort, and my employer (bless 'em) spent shedloads of money, on getting various MS and ITIL certifications. The MS certification exams were a joke, all you really needed was a reasonable memory function, the ITIL exams we another thing all together, extremely hard coursework work and the exams were a nightmare. Anyway I passed them all - the ITIL ones to my surprise.
Looking back I think they were a waste of time and effort. The MS certifications didn't help me one iota in the real world. The ITIL certifications were of some limited benefit but not near the level that matched the considerable amount of time, effort and money that went into getting them.
If I had my time over again I would not bother with them.
...of the strange bubble/parallel universe that ego-centric Dido and her mates live in. If she spent as much time and effort sorting out TalkTalk's security issues... but that's part of her paid job, so no chance of that getting done.
SoftBank is borrowing the cash from the banks for this acquisition - hence debt funded.
Absolutely. It's very lightweight, and doesn't make you feel bloated. I always get a good night's sleep after a dose of nano and a bit of C coding.
...nano highlights comments, what more do you need :-)
...the time when some ICL1900 systems used disc drives with hydraulic actuators. There were pipes and pumps everywhere in these these things and changing an actuator was a major plumbing job, which nearly always resulted in a leak somewhere that needed fixing. Nightmare!
...moiety, it will never work. They will discover this after spending a few hundred million and then quietly can the 'project'.
I still miss file versions from my days working with VAX/VMS and before that, RSX-11M. Every time you change (edit ?) a file and save it you simply create a new version with an incremented version number, the previous version is still there. VMS operators/programmers/users soon learnt never to delete files but always purge old versions as necessary with "$purge foo.bar /keep=3". (for instance).
...this line of business, when I investigated calls like "Our system is down, we've lost XXXXX customer records, our DB is suddenly corrupted, we can't log on - we MUST have a VIRUS - help!!!!" I found that 90% of the time it was an operator error. More often than not some normally sane and reliable operator had brain fade and done something stupid because they did not document their process and procedures with sufficient rigour - if at all.
<My "superfast" broadband with an estimated 30Mb only gives me 7Mb...>
Me, and a lot of people in my immediate area in a largish town, are lucky to get 2.5MB/Sec on a good day.
<Discovering without any surprise that my nine-year-old username and password were still valid, still granting me admin rights that I had no rights to any more,...>
Reminds me of a few years ago when I want back to a well-known bank which I had last done some work for about 4 years previously. Logged straight in with my old username and password, admin rights... The thing that surprised me was that the 3 or 4 IT admin guys watching me didn't say a word!
@RPF Currently running 10Mbps <1 mile from the county's capital.....
Currently running <2Mb/s (on a good day) 2 miles from the centre of a large town (90,000 population) in South East England.
...strict control of administrator rights and a proper, enforced change management process?
...here complaining about BAs quality/level of service/whatever... I agree with most of them. However, I fly regularly (about 3-4 times per year) to the USA from the UK and I have used Delta/AA/BA and Virgin and I must say they are all much of a muchness these days. Many of their aircraft look clapped out and are never cleaned very well, there seems to be fewer and fewer cabin crew as time goes past, the attitude of cabin crew quite often leaves much to be desired, punctuality is usually dire (they are nearly always late leaving/arriving), the food is now almost reached the state of being unsuitable for human consumption... I could go on. The fact of the matter is that nearly all (all?) major airlines are crap these days, so as consumers we have to just suck it up and live with it - it's now a fact of life.
Exactly. My wired alarm system, which is 15 years old, will issue an alert if ANY sensor cable is either cut or short circuited. This is basic security system good design. The same should be true of wireless systems - if communication with any sensor, or the klaxon, is lost for more than a few seconds an alert should be issued. Oh, and it will continue to operate for over 24hrs if the power should fail.
This is a basic problem seen in other "systems", they are designed and implemented by technology geeks, not subject matter experts. I am the owner of a well know car that has had a problem since last June that is software related. Neither the local franchised dealer nor the manufacturers UK subsidiary seem able to fix it because they just do not understand how the software works and my suspicion is that it was written by geeks who do not understand how cars work and are used.
I've spent many an hour trying to find a replacement for FastPass. None I have tried have the functionality of FastPass, in fact most are an absolute pain to use.
But the PDP11/45 ran DEC proprietary micro-code (along with other PDPs - 11/40, 11/70...) so you still cannot be absolutely sure what the machine is getting up to. Later versions of the 11/70 even had a built-in micro-PDP processor for system management (also with micro-code - this was unpublished I seem to recall).
On the other hand DEC did provide the micro-code listings for the 11/45 etc... - if you could understand or figure out how the hell it worked :-)
True, I'll bet that Martha and Dido have a right old giggle between themselves between snoozes when they actually bother to attend the house.
Not to besmirch all the people mentioned - just some of them...
Why wasn't Dido Harding awarded a gong for her services to the IT industry? She seems to fit the bill - one of the luvvies that is in a well-paid job and is basically useless and incompetent.
...if I got better than 2Mb/s here in a large town in the UK. I also have no hope of anything better in the foreseeable future - thanks to the tossers at BT.
"I consider myself lucky when my connection goes above 8Mbps (usually around 4.5Mbps) "
She said: "I was clear by lunchtime [the next day] that the sensible thing to do to warn customers, that would make them safer...
But she went on to say "...that it seemed a shame to leave the splendid spread that had been laid on for the board, and such a waste. When we had finished at the trough (what a blow-out!) we had a little chat about telling our customers about the cock-up."
This proclamation is the output of an "Internal Investigation" carried by VW expressly for VW's benefit. Tell me what springs to mind when you hear about "Internal Investigations" - that's right, bullshit, bullshit and more bullshit. This is all about management CYA, nothing more.
...by employing good change practice. Plan the change carefully under the control of the Change Manager, include the "business" in the planning process, document it, test it if possible and implement it. In the plan make the assumption that it will go wrong and in that case figure out what you would do to then recover - this should have been a major part of the plan. This is basic major change management practice that neither JF nor the IT management people seemed to employ.
...saying that a certain Jeremy Corbyn would never get elected as party leader a few months ago?
The sad thing, the really, really sad thing is that I think these fools actually believe the bullshit they are spouting.
My current desk has been in use now for, oh it must be 15 years, and I have never felt the need to "update" it. The only thing I have to "update" are my desk chairs which seem to disintegrate after about 5 years.
I worked for a well known mainframe company, I was a field engineer team leader with responsibility for about 6 customers in central London. When I was appointed to this role I spent about 6 months in constant contact with 'my' customers educating them on how to fix common trivial problems, how to pre-diagnose problems so when they called me I had a better idea what was wrong and could go armed with the necessary resources, parts... After all this my team call rate went from about 5 a day to 5 a week and my customers were as happy as Larry- I was well chuffed.
My manager wasn't happy - because we weren't running running around like blue-arsed flies all the time doing stupid things like cleaning read/write heads on tape drives, removing paper jams from printers, bursters etc.. he called us a load of idle bastards and we all got poor annual reviews!!!
Shortly after I told said manager he could stick his job where the sun doesn't shine and left.
So, don't curse those 'trivial' calls, they may mean job security and good pay rises.
Agreed, completely pointless. So the director of the CPS just shrugs shoulders and carries on exactly as before.
What should have happened is that the person(s) directly responsible and the person accountable (the director?) for the loss of data should have been personally fined £200K. That would make the the useless b'stards sit up and take notice.
...@Stuart Halliday. This is most likely absolutely nothing to do with any "Talk Talk IT Engineer". The fault lies with the senior technical management and the Board for not ensuring that the appropriate policy, procedures and technology was put place that enabled the "Talk Talk IT Engineer" secure the customer data. The senior technical management and the Board should also put in place a mechanism and review cycle that checked that the policy and procedures were effectively implemented.
This is no fault of the guys at the coal face - it is a management failure.
I would not be surprised if a Talk Talk board meeting went something like...
CEO: Where are we with customer data security?
CTO: Funny you should mention that, I bumped into The Head of IT yesterday. He's a difficult bugger to track down sometimes (general titters and laughter around the room). I asked him the very same question and he said that all was fine.
CEO: Good. That's what I like to hear. Next item on the agenda...
...of people like her never ceases to amaze me.It was HER JOB to make sure that customer date was secure - it's called good governance. If she had an shred of decency she would first say, words to the effect of "I personally fcuked up big time, I didn't do my job properly" and then say "I am resigning with immediate effect and I will refuse to take my obscene golden parachute and also my overly inflated bonus payment. Goodbye".
Well, I can dream can't I?
Toe-rag - a completely useless and ignorant b'stard.
From my days as a assembly language coder:
No-Op - as in the computer instruction common to most architectures (NOP - no operation), meaning a person who has no discernible purpose or function in an organisation, or indeed in life, and never does anything detectable, good, bad or indifferent. Oh, except draw a salary.
...and how do you get home?
Likewise in non-rural Hampshire where I live. A flakey 2Mb/s on a good day.
...they run out of people to dump?
... visit an R&D department they WANT to see geeks!
My then employer went certification crazy in the early 2000's. I gained various and numerous certifications on MS, CISCO, etc... and ITIL certification to service manager level. Without exception these certifications were a waste of time (except certain small areas of the ITIL certification). They taught me very little about actually doing my job, they just caused a lot of stress and wasted time obtaining them. There is no substitute self-taught skills, experience and common sense - none of which you will get from these certifications.
I would approach this is a top-down manner, not from the poor sod in the basement upwards. Ultimate responsibility is with CEO, fine him, then comes the CTO, fine him, if there is a senior manager of IT,he gets a fine as well. Each should have a fine based on their salary, plus their (extravagant) bonuses - 20% of this total sounds about right. That should send the message and keep them on the ball.
I'm only half joking here :-)
...was this the hidden agenda behind the HP split?
...it is the Clangers, they've been polishing their dustbin lids.
"The screw up was apparently due to a power failure that caused an EE database to restart"
Either it is total BS, or EE have serious data centre management issues. I favour the former but would not be at all surprised by the latter.
I get a majestic 16Mbs from Comcast cable at my US home and I would gladly accept half that speed from an alternative supplier. Comcast has a monopoly in my area and I have no choice but to deal with them :-(
...that they took a basically working system (Ubuntu) fcuk'ed it up then said "We want your money if you use it, you tight-assed freeloader."
How do you know they were awful if you didn't even have a little peek?
...The process is estimated to take until next October, with Whitman set to become CEO of HPE and non-exec chairman at HP Inc.
This means that good ol' Meg will now get two salaries, two lots of bonus, and double perks!
I have these headphones, they were bought for me as a present. I think they are pretty good when I use them on long flights - I guess that is their intend purpose. I personally would not have paid the asking price but they are not bad, in fact they seem better than other noise-cancelling headphones I tried.
...either that or the management at HP has run out of ideas and need something "significant" to make it appear they are actually doing something. There has never been a sniff that hiving off the PC/Printer business was ever a part of the "plan" - if a plan ever existed.
I suppose this will result in sizeable bonuses for those at the trough, as usual. So it's not all bad news :-)
If I was just about to get my pension from the "old" HP I would be asking what will happen to my pension when there are two "new" HPs?
Judging on HPs history of screwing its potential pensioners I would be extremely nervous and start asking questions now.