* Posts by circusmole

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

circusmole
Mushroom

This reminds me of...

...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!

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

circusmole

Don't worry...

...moiety, it will never work. They will discover this after spending a few hundred million and then quietly can the 'project'.

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

circusmole
Alert

Re: sometime it's the OS (here looking at you linux)

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).

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circusmole
Mushroom

When I was in...

...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.

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Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G

circusmole

I should be so lucky...

<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.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

circusmole
Mushroom

So-called security.

<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!

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Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

circusmole
Unhappy

Hmmm...

@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.

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Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

circusmole
Alert

What about...

...strict control of administrator rights and a proper, enforced change management process?

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British Airways, IT staff job cuts, an outsourcing biz ... you get the point

circusmole
Unhappy

I see many entries...

...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.

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Comcast's Xfinity home alarms can be disabled by wireless jammers

circusmole
FAIL

Re: Even the simplest wired alarm system gives an alert on fault conditions.

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.

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

circusmole

Re: Seems sensible ...

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.

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

circusmole

Re: Ok, lets bring back the days of simple CPU's

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 :-)

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Dr Sue Black among handful of IT Brits getting New Year gongs

circusmole

Re: My contender was ignored!!!

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.

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circusmole

My contender was ignored!!!

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.

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

circusmole
FAIL

I would think I had gone to heaven...

...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) "

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Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

circusmole
Happy

Well, you have to eat, don't you?

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."

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

circusmole
FAIL

Re: Uh huh.

I agree.

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.

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

circusmole
Unhappy

I would start...

...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.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

circusmole
Happy

Weren't the pundits...

...saying that a certain Jeremy Corbyn would never get elected as party leader a few months ago?

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UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

circusmole

Re: Mmm-

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.

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

circusmole
Unhappy

In days of yore...

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.

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CPS fined £200k over theft of laptops holding 'sensitive interviews'

circusmole

Re: Government fines government

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.

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

circusmole

With respect...

...@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.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

circusmole

Re: Ignorance across the Board!

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...

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circusmole

The brass neck...

...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?

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

circusmole

I quite like...

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.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

circusmole
Joke

Re: So you've reached 0.5c...

...and how do you get home?

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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes

circusmole

Re: Standard kneejerk response

Likewise in non-rural Hampshire where I live. A flakey 2Mb/s on a good day.

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HP Enterprise will axe 25,000 to 30,000 staff

circusmole

What happens when...

...they run out of people to dump?

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

circusmole

When customers....

... visit an R&D department they WANT to see geeks!

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Microsoft again offers free certification exams to failures

circusmole

Certification overload

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.

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It's OK – this was an entirely NEW type of cockup, says RBS

circusmole
Happy

Re: those tossers directly responsible and accountable

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 :-)

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Merging HP and EMC – hold on, wait, hear us out. The cap is still on the bottle of crazy pills

circusmole

Hmmm...

...was this the hidden agenda behind the HP split?

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Spotty dwarf Ceres BARES ALL in NASA's SHINY CLOSEUPS

circusmole

Obviously...

...it is the Clangers, they've been polishing their dustbin lids.

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It's not you, it's EE ... again! Mobe network hit by 'PDP authentication failure' snafu

circusmole

If true, what a lame excuse...

"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.

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Comcast: Google, we'll see your 1Gbps fiber and DOUBLE IT

circusmole
Unhappy

Likewise.

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 :-(

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Elementary, my dear penguin: It's the second beta of Freya

circusmole
Happy

Seems to me...

...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."

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Men, Women and Children: Shows how crap the internet is via the medium of crap film

circusmole
Happy

Re: I have a rule.

How do you know they were awful if you didn't even have a little peek?

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HP boss Meg Whitman shuffles exec pawns just before biz splits

circusmole
Thumb Up

Now I understand it...

...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!

Awesome.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

circusmole

Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

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.

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Leading like Mad Leo: HP's Whitman rolls out Apotheker's PC plan

circusmole

I smell a rat here...

...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 :-)

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'Conscious uncoupling' of HP 'Ink', HP Enterprise: It's the shareholders, stupid

circusmole
Unhappy

Pension

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.

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Fiat 500S: So pleasingly sporty we didn't want to give it back

circusmole

Re: I have a...

I forgot to mention my 3-litre diesel is an *automatic* (conventional auto with torque converter)... even more disappointing for the Fiat.

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circusmole
WTF?

I have a...

... 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... :-)

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Supercomputers: The Next Generation – Cray puts burst buffer tech, Intel Haswell inside

circusmole
Happy

That's right...

...there is nowhere to sit!

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

circusmole
Meh

Look...

...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?

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Ferraris, Zondas and ... er, a bike with a 500hp V10 under the saddle

circusmole
Happy

I know the V10 bike is crazy...

...and impractical - but I want one!

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

circusmole
Happy

I'm a slob...

...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.

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Chumps stump up $1 MEELLLION for watch that doesn't exist

circusmole
FAIL

I can see the...

...tritium display on my watch in complete darkness without pressing a button.

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