... visit an R&D department they WANT to see geeks!
58 posts • joined 13 Jan 2012
... 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.
I forgot to mention my 3-litre diesel is an *automatic* (conventional auto with torque converter)... even more disappointing for the Fiat.
... 3-litre diesel engined car from a well know German manufacturer which has returned an average fuel consumption of 38.4 MPG measured over the past 2 years. A friend has one of these twin-air Fiat things and has averaged 26 MPG over the past 8 months. We both drive a mix of shopping/school runs/motorway journeys.
...cannot compute... :-)
...there is nowhere to sit!
...I'm quite a bit older than Bonio and even I think he is a boring old fart. His opinions, thoughts, proclamations and pre-historic (so-called) music is of no interest to the vast majority of people, except of course himself and his loyal band of luvvies.
And why does that other old fart he is often seen with always wear a silly hat?
...and impractical - but I want one!
...will it be able deal with the shoes, computer bag, shopping bag,dirty socks, etc, that I tend to leave lying around the house? Will it tidy up after me? Like Dyson said - it's just a gimmick if it can't.
...tritium display on my watch in complete darkness without pressing a button.
C was designed by software engineers for software engineers who know what they are doing. C was deliberately designed NOT to do things the the programmer does not specifically ask it to do - i.e. buffer overflow checks etc. The biggest mistake is by programmers who choose to use C without understanding its design goals - not the language itself.
...for content that is 99% junk :-)
I have been in intermiitent contact with BT over the past 2 years about getting an FTTC connection. There is an FTTC box about 60 metres from my house. They said that because my broadband speed is over 2mb/s they don't need to do anything (so sod off). But, I point out, I only get 1.5mb/s second - no you don't they reply (and so again sod off).
Strangley enough over the past year my speed has gone from 1.5mb/s to around 2.2mb/s. Hmmm...
<<<Are there any systems where you can get: wireless, battery operated radiator valves without thermostats; wireless battery operated thermometer (for each room); wireless on/off control for the boiler; one smart controller (with webapp and/or mobile app) and; maybe a handful of basic room controls for simple overrides ?>>>
Check out Miacasaverde, the Vera Z-Wave controllers can do about all you described. I use a Vera 3 to control the hot water and override (when necessary) my smart thermostat.It can control radiator valves as well. My installation also controls various lights via PIR sensors that communicate with the Vera. I have a home in Florida as well (I live in the UK) with a Vera 3 installed, where it also controls the pool pump, pool heating, outside lights... and the air conditioning along with the lock on the entrance door.
The downside of the Vera is that it is a little rough around the edges and it really requires plugins (free) to enable it to do more complex tasks - but it is worth a look.
...a (very expensive) PA/Secretary.
"The chief of staff position involves organising meetings and customer events, working closely with the channel and making sure daily duties performed by Whitman run smoothly, sources told us."
...and I couldn't figure out what the fcuk it was about. So, it must be wonderful and a bargain for us tax payers.
"Many manufacturers (even including BMW) still sell cars with only FM."
My BMW has a DAB/FM receiver!!!
However, because of the crappy reception in and around my area, and the consequent frequent drop-outs, I have the thing switched to FM most of the time. The sound quality on FM sounds better to my ears than that delivered by DAB.
...to watch all this footy down the 1Mb/s broadband connection that BT gives me?
"Simon Sugar, Alan's son and Amscreen CEO, said: "Yes, it’s like something out of Minority Report but this could change the face of British retail."
Keep taking the pills Simon.
Change the face of British retail - what a muppet.
>Henry's are shit<
I would just like to take the time to thank you for your insightful, well considered, thought-provoking and valuable contribution to this discussion.
It's odd that naysayers pop out of the woodwork whenever a new distribution of an operating system is released. Maybe they feel they need the attention?
As a naysayer counter, I can state that I have been using SUSE/OpenSUSE since version 7 and I cannot remember that last time I had an upgrade/installation problem - it just works. That's despite using the oft slagged off Yast and RPMs. Even Windows Update works pretty flawlessly for me, even I do not really like Windows or Microsoft products at all.
Several years ago I was asked to compile an asset register (of networked IT equipment) for a medium sized multinational company. The only feasable way of doing it was to run a discovery application. Said application was loaded into an idle server in UK head office computer room and left to run for 2 weeks.
On examining the output it revealed almost twice as much IT equipment that even the most optimistic (pessimistic?) guess from within the company. Even more interesting was the revealed existance of two small server rooms on the far side of the globe which contained several servers and network switches and nobody seemed to know why they were there and exactly what they were doing.
I exited stage left and let them get on with it.
...I would have "cleaned" them all for half their estimated cost and thrown in a celebratory "We've beaten the virus" BBQ and beerfest.
...is the wrong solution to these type of problems. The company simply raises its tariffs/charges/rates to the enduser/victim and Bob's your uncle - back to the Champagne and the huge pension. The banks' fines are a good eaxmple of this - guess how they will "recover" the costs of these fines (Libor etc...)?
No, what should happen is that the directors of the company should be held personally responsible and accountable for the mis-deeds of the companies they run. These fines should be directly extracted from these directors pockets. This will make them think twice before engaging in dodgy practices or simply being lazy.
No, it was a Sqariel.
@xyz: I live not 16 miles from the nearest transmitter but because of the wooded hills between it and my aerial I needed to install a big f**k off aerial to get decent Freeview reception. So, being near a transmitter is no guarantee that you will get a good signal.
Off topic: because of the spacing of the original analogue channels I had to install a wideband aerial and this may leave me at risk to overload of the 4-way distribution amplifier I use to distibute the signal around the house. The current muxes are all well away from the 800MHz band but I'm not going up on the roof to change the aerial - I just hope I am not affected.
...walk away with suitcases full of money having a right old laugh at the poor employees and the suppliers they conned.
Just out of curiosity - what is wrong with the Sky modem/router, apart from the fact that you cannot (easily) get at all the settings?
@Phil O'Sophical - I don't think so; the County Council has handed out over £13M to BT to deliver a "broadband plan" (whatever that is - I've never been able to find out).
The last time I looked the Council got most of it's money from me, and other tax payers. So paying again would be sort of stupid - just like your comment.
It's a pity that they will not be improving my sub-1Mb/sec broadband connection, on the outskirts of a biggish town for, and I quote, "the forseeable future and maybe never" because I live in a "lane" and getting a fibre anywhere near me, and the other 20 houses in the "lane", would be "difficult". Apparently it was not "difficult" to get it to the numerous houses 30-50 metres from me.
I notice that if you have a masthead amplifier AT800 will only cover the first £50 of fitting a filter between it and the aerial! Most aerial techs will want more than £50 just for driving to your house.
Why should anyone pay anything for a solution they are forced to have that is caused entirely by an problem not of their own making?
I have used openSUSE since release 8. Dabbled with Debian, Ubuntu and Mint but always found them not to my taste after a short while.
As a bonus there is now a pretty good ARM release of 12.2. I run it on a Pandaboard ES as a gateway system with a firewall, Masquerading, DHCP Server, DNSmasq, SQUID3... and the Xfce desktop - it works a treat.
...are giving money to Telefonica, and we all know how hard up they are for a bob or two. And I guess they will hand out (a proportion of) the money to a crowd of get-rich-quick-jack-the-lads who will (maybe) produce some worthless smoke-and-mirrors "app" or whatever, and have a good old laugh at our expense.
I'd be happy with half of Aberdeen's 9AM figure here in Hampshire (1Mb/s and flakey as well).
For some reason that neither I nor Belkin "support" could fathom out, it would just not work with a new laptop at home. This particular laptop worked fine with any other wireless router/WAP that I could find. It caused me a couple of weeks of extreme frustration and I'm glad to see the back of it. So, as well "never again" to Belkin kit I suppose the same will now go for Linksys gear.
What a lot of baloney. I decided to replace eight downlighters in my kitchen with eight 4W LEDs. I did this about 14 months ago and I went for the quality end of the LED market - not eBay rip-offs. I guess, on average, these lights are on 10 hours per day.
In the last 14 months 3 of these LED lamps have failed :-)
They paid £2 for the company and now get back £50M now it's gone bust! That must be the deal of the century.
There is something fundamentally wrong when this sort of thing is allowed to happen. The fat cats/pigs at the trough walk away with a $h!tload of cash, just for running the company into the ground, while it is left to the rest of us (as taxpayers) to pick up the bill. I just hope they have a really $h!tty Christmas and a diabolical New Year.
What nobody mentions is the size of the support utility room. It was as big as the computer room and crammed with motor-alternators, vacuum pumps, pressure pumps and a water chiller. What a nightmare.
I was working on Atlas II at the Cambridge CAD Centre until I left in 1974. I may have even bumped into you :-)
Pre-pulses - those were the days!
...Have you repaired the ECU on your car engine recently?...
Well yes, actually. Cost me £60 + Postage to get it repaired, instead of £650+VAT for a replacement :-)