258 posts • joined 29 Mar 2013
The very concept of a Spanish collection of houses without a bar is a defect against God!
Of course it has a bar.
Where I go in Spain, in the mountains in the north, I often roll up to a village with a church, about 6 house some cows and about 8 inhabitants. But it does have a bar.
Mota, a hill, mmmm, a bit of an exaggeration - maybe a small rise in the ground.
"Assuming there was coolant to pump and a circuit to pump it round"
There was and the pumps etc worked fine, until the batteries gave out after 8 hrs IIRC.
The real fail was as said above, the diesel generators and the tanks were close to the sea. If they had been about 200 meters inland they would have survived and probably no one would have ever heard the words Fukushima Dai - ichi
"Err, they did. I just wasn't built on the scale of the event that did hit them."
Also as the ground had sunk by 2m (??) their wall was a little lower than expected - sea being flat and all that.
Re: Dropbox drops the ball.
"More of a paper tiger, really. Yes, they got to control half of Europe after WWII, but that happened because they were there when the war ended, and they got there on their own, at their own expense."
I wouldn't have called them a paper tiger. NATO was certainly weary of them during the 70s especially as the tanks they had massed on the Eastern German border could have got to the Channel before the first wave of US paratroops had been sent n from aircraft carried Great Britain. NATO's declared strategy if they had invaded was to use tactical nuclear battlefield weapons (curious phrase)
And the reason they occupied the part of Europe they did was because the Americans waited at the Elbe.
Sources - I was at NATO in the 70s, and my dad was a signals liaison officer with US Army, waiting, on the Elbe.
Re: Dropbox drops the ball.
@Anon C 101
I have traveled extensively in the CIs/USSR or whatever starting in 1966 when a schoolboy and I make you right. The changes in attitude of the general population came about very quickly and were very different in different areas. Just as we are seeing in Crimea now, you cannot consider Russia as a homogeneous block.
I was in Berlin for the wall, my chunk comes from Potsdam Platz, and talking to some of Osties they were surprised at the state of affairs and I guess they would not have foreseen that Wednesday in November
Re: "[MS] was early to understand and realise the potential of XML"
I was working with MSXML on one of our products early in its life. MSFT did have their own version of XML because in the early days the standard was not useful. Their 'extensions' made it so and we were able to develop our products using it. We constantly tried to use other browsers and change the specs of our programs to make them browser agnostic. It was impossible.
Further more one of our very smart guys was on a ww3c committee looking at the XML spec trying to get it extended so it would carry more information. Eventually it did, we changed our software and we could use FF etc.
We had Redmond people working with us and I do not remember any sense they were trying break XML, they just wanted push on.
We also see that BMC/Austin Morris are losing loads of money building cars
As a Brummie working in design in the car industry during its turbulent years I know your description is overly simplistic. Profits are almost what an accountant wants to make them.
Like the old saw the Mini never made a profit (apart from being a shite Issigonis design) is to an extent true, but it made a great contribution which then made the 1100/1300 massively profitable.
BL’s fail was an amalgam of poor middle management, run away labour relations and lack of coherent vision. You could have got that synopsis from most of the line workers, the shit middle management, the designers and engineers and the two senior management I knew
Why did they sleep walk into disaster is the real question.
Re: Blue sleeves?
And regulation thin very dark blue tie.
No button down collars, and no big belt buckles
Two days on the std. IBM course on how to dress.
"I've got a feeling the stuff microsoft is extracting royalties for probably relates to the filesystem / kernel areas"
I believe you are correct
But to find this out you need to read the original judgement, or commentary on, held in China. Or have someone who works for you who can.
Should that be
Eileen Burbidge? at the end of @eileentso
She appears to be such a charming person
Much surprised she has not mentioned distruption. I thought it was de rigeur for those spenders of others money to say disruption every third sentence.
Re: 5 people editing one document simultaneously
@Tom 38 - thats what hapens in my group. Also it stops you finding a doc is locked because somone has it open in a different timezone, thus causing you to wait for 12hrs to get control again.
Re: I am not a crook
I'll go with the poor due dilligence. I accept that trying to get an acurate view of what a company is is very difficult but it still needs to be done. But often self stoked hubris kicks in
I am on the end of shit due diligence right now, trying to dig out what horrors of accountancy and fraudlent practices with company my employer has taken over. So I sympathise with HP, but the board of my company used more fel than numbers. Thank heavens for escrow agreements.
Mild!! Are you a yam yam?
A few days late to the party, me - but gotta say - bang on. Almost 6,000 physical spread across 3 centres and all time zones; I understand your scope.
And the comment "A good sysadmin who understands the financial side of doing business" stands alone.
Re: Weird combination at best
"Most companies don't write all their own software so even if they like the MS stack they may buy a product which requires Oracle. Happens all the time."
This. The company I work for has just bought a £30 million a year turnover company that uses Oracle on Windows as its main software offering - the customers who use it by and large have no real idea of whats 'under the hood' as it just works for them.
Now we have to get it into the cloud. Fun and games to ensue
Soon to be seen on steps of British Museum
Replace the wooden sticks with sticky backed plastic beloved of so many from the middle kingdom.
Re: And even more ridiculous...
But to the T in LGBT cis is used as perjorative. I have heard it used as a put down.
And never ever use any form of gender designation if talking to a T. Just avoid the issue if you do not want to be yelled at, borded to death, listen to cod psycology or have your eyes scratched out
Oh shit, I need to go HR and confess again.
I'll be reporting myself to HR in a few seconds
I saw that interview late on iPlayer and thought what a poor example of a leader in a bunch of poor leaders associated with government. Her failing was that she did not grasp the big picture and what industry in the round needs. Not being able to code by itself is not so much of a problem, she should at least lean something to understand the terms and difficulties, but what she lacked was the leadership and any clarity of vision - which to me is a fatal flaw and means under her this will be a failure
Who is she? Some apparatchik from 'call me Dave's ' token women collective?
Wot 'e said
Well put Mr Green. I agree with that and would have written it
Our sales people are bringing in more new and existing upgrade customer for ERP in and getting me to do their infrastructure planning and I reckon 3 out of 4 this year are taking cloud and some even know what they are talking about (the customer not the sales person, naturally).
Reality is all is planned as hybrid, the amount I allow in the cloud depends on the nature of their business and how much data they churn.
But this stuff ain't going away.
Re: Avoid the commodity - @Denarius
:) "There is a line from clay tablets with triangle marks through Hollerith machines to temperature controlled rooms full of discs and servers, and companies that recognise that the software is more important than the hardware are better primed for long term survival."
When I wrote that I was thinking of zero, which could have come from the Hindu people using a pebble to mark 1 and its absence (ie a depresion in sand) to make nothing
But I thought that would be too difficult to explain.
Re: Avoid the commodity
I agree on the 90s view from IBM, it was consulting and some services but at the buggets and just under end of the market.
I was surprised they held onto making silicon based devices for so long.
IBM will be around for a long time way after the manufacturers of computing objects as we know them now have gone. Ability to handle people, data, knowledge and make decisions will always be in demand - just as it has since the Greeks.
Re: Cuttin Cables
"there should have been an offsite DR node which can actually be "cloudy" or not."
Or as i have insisted in a few deployements two cable runs on different sides of the premises. Even if it means digging a new ditch and running your own cable. I have instigated that at two places one is Scotland and another in Poland. The later had a new ditch 5.5km long!
ERP is what I have done for 20 years and for the past 8 years the move to cloud/remote hosting has been touted as the next big thing. Only just in the past couple of years have I seen customers requesting hosting and now I am seeing public cloud deployment?. So its beginning but still on prem is where the lion's share is.
I work with some massive companies BMW sized and bigger and they are looking and starting on hosting deployments but mixed in with on prem. There are ways of mitigating blackouts on the way you run the software
And also the design of software is changing to allow dodgy internet connections not to bugger everything up.
Re: Love Moodys...
"Feel free to set up your own ratings agency if you think you can do a better job"
For the very reason that S&P, Moody's and Fitch come from a very different world, one that has changed and also because of their blatant failures.
Not saying ARC will be 100% accurate but the market will decide (Hyperbole much?)
Re: its about developers
Legal. I work in a big company - not on the scale of IBM - but big enough and we have an overarching legal department. Part of my job is referring all changes, development and stuff to them - but I reckon its all about managing them. I find if the issue or change is explained and they can see the processes etc they are reasonabel. And time and again, the correct heads of agreement has protected us from other legal departments wanting to exercise their muscles. Necessary evil in a big company.
"In your words, you "inherited"..."a few"...."awkward buggers" who are "the worst to manage" and yet you recognize their apparently crucial importance in being able to deploy skills and experience that are obviously unavailable in Mexico or wherever else life is cheap.
These Brits have possibly watched several of their colleagues vanish as a result of the takeover you mention, lost in the name of Offshoring. I bet they think the world of you.
FYI, I'm a Director. And my life isn't tiny tiny, it's just a looong way away...
Again - your interpretation of what I said
I have a bunch of people in Mexico and they provide a level of customer care and desire to do a good job that escapes the Brits
The reason I did not answer until now was because I called a meeting to point out to the Brits a number of mistakes and run some customer complaints past them. Furthermore I then had to arbitrate at a meeting where the central Europeans had picked up an Oracle stats/histogram error as the Brit had not done what he was supposed to and the other shad picked up as the world turned.
The Brits have not seen anyone go, in fact as my company took over their failing company we have effectively kept their jobs and threatened the central Europeans.
I am not feeling well disposed to the Brits, and no number of weak assumptions you make is going to change my direct and long experience.
In IT we have been part of a global business that is able to move from location to location easily and with little downside for a couple of decades. Brits have no exclusive right to any line of work. Why I entitled my post Socio** was to hint at the need to understand the cultural differences that need to be understood and used to advantage to understand the difference.
And for the other poster - despite what you think I have a queue of people within the company wanting to come and work for me. It’s fun and well paid. What more can I say?
@CADMonkey - where in my post did you get any of that?
Your interpretation not mine, as usual some little boring git in a cubicle sees the world through the prism of their tiny tiny life.
There jobs would be gone in a flash - where does it imply that? Where does it say the non Brits are low grade monkeys - that is your view - mine is the oppposite.
Re: Middle Ground
"What about Poland or Ukraine though? Any experiences there?"
Yes lots & Rep Slovakia and Hungary
In a sweeping statement - they, in my experience (see above), are the closest to an English zeitgeist.
Also as far as I am concerned when one visits - they party the hardest. Always important when choosing offices.
My kingdom extends around the globe. I have people in far east somewhere, central Europe somewhere and south of USA as well as a few UK people.
No one team is good at everything; the deal is to recognize what they are good at, through their linguistic skills, their intellectual approach, and their customer empathy and so on. I get them to visit and stay at each location so they get to know their colleagues in different parts of the world so they can rely on each other.
It works fantastically well, which is why I can spend time on here.
Its all about recognizing people as individuals and working hard to give them stretch goals*
The awkward buggers - the Brits - which I inherited through a company take over are by far and away the worst to manage and get running as part of the global team. But I do recognize I need a few so when the shit hits the fan and some non-normal activity is required they will get cracking
But I do wish I could put them in a cage between times.
And no, no of this deployment has anything to do with wages or knowledge - they all have over the local median in both.
*Some twat will down vote that comment. Do fuck off.
"That must be like being the last dodo. Not much chance of getting jiggy with a female Blackberry user, so you'll be extinct soon."
You are a tad wrong.
South London! Ard! man like Blackberry.
Re: Even if it were effective...
"Hark, I hear banjos."
6 finger banjos?
But he did use the subjunctive in the title, so some hope.
Re: What we want to know is...
"quote: "@Ragarath - can I interest you in a car wirg a square steering wheel, the brake pedal where the accellerator used to be, <snip>
people to drive them. That is also completely ignoring the whole manual vs automatic gearbox thing, which is a whole other debate."
And of course if you drive dump trucks, bulldozers, back hoes or even Russian trucks, or much much yummier pre WW2 race cars, all of the oddities that the person of very little world experience mentioned.
I know of a 75year old that can handle a central throttle pedal and get around Oulton better than me - so I guess it's down to free thinking and not wanting it all common.
Re: What we want to know is...
"What are those 28 applications that you need to use the gui on simultaneously, out of curiosity?"
That is some mutherfukka multitasking going on there dood (or doodette)
Re: Easy upgrade on my Lumia 820
"but Beamer is sadly MIA here too."
Look in the store its been there since Nov, IIRC
Re: Worked OK for me
"Has anyone had a chance to play with the Beamer app? Any good?"
I have been using Beamer for a few months - just static pics - it does what its says and never a problem
Just point phone at target pc and read barcode.
Now it reads Powerpoint from my SkyDrive I can see me not walking around with laptop for presentations. Just rely on some other dork bringing theirs
All rather spiffing.
I would like some backup on that as well
It's certainly the largest company of monolithic software that costs their clients astronomical consultant fees, never ever gets completely installed and has more config items than anything else
One of those must make it the biggest somehow
Re: Ryanair - a mistake you don't make twice
Flew with them twice. So shitty, short of leg room and so nasty were the cabin staff I have never flow again. I refuse to go to certain meetings if Ryan Air is the only feasible choice.
Also so called full price airlines aren't too far of Leary's prices once you have worked out like for like. Also if you get stuck somewhere - own fault - someone like BA works to get you back. Ryan air fuck off as quoted
And for the poster abover listing London Airports above - all well and good if you know where the airport is - try Ryanair Vienna for one example. Where do you you think you go?. No looking.
Re: What a load of developer old tosh
Working with RNIB on computer use amoingst the partially sighted - all these fripperies are nothing but a barrier.
Re: Sounds like a brilliant move
"""Yup, and also - who the fuck do we sue if it goes tits up."
How many companies have been sucessful suing Microsoft or IBM when their products go titsup?
Well I have been involved in one case!
You don't get any punative damages but they send in the troops to get it all fixed
Does that work for you?
Re: Sounds like a brilliant move
"And selling this to management who like to hear phrases such as "industry standard" and "fully supported" will also be easier (apologies to the fans of free desktop or other distros as usual, but this is the corporate IT world I'm talikng about here where "community supported" doesn't fly for mission critical)."
Yup, and also - who the fuck do we sue if it goes tits up.
That is a question I have to be aware of when making a pitch to verrrry big company
Frund not Freunde with customers
Shock horror Marketing bloke not knowing what the market is!!
Stone him (with unsold processors)
I disagree with most of your script
"The main thing is, MS still needs a massive and probably painful overhaul if they want to be anything other than a (gigantic but still) declining cash cow business"
Yes a change, but maybe not so drastic. Firstly what will be their chosen new direction? Once they have decided what that is the amount of change will become apparent.
I think you are making a lot of assumptions on where they will go, you are making those assumption based on incomplete knowledge.
You say they are a declining cash cow business - I read their figures and diagree with the declining - cash rich most certainly - but how do you read their numbers and say the business is declining?
Next - what Old Guard - that is a rather parochial and narrow view. Maybe you and I will disagree on the relatove pleasantness of the current main names - but I hope we agree the gurrent people have run a very very big company and unlike many other big companies in the industrial age or the IT sector, its still here and still doing business, they have the smarts to get it this far - why not further?
Anyone who accepts the job will have the support of the board - or they will not be accepted - and their strategy will be known by the major existing influencers or they will not be accepting the job. This is not a job interview for a junior manager where the company policy dictates mostly what the new hire will do. This is about getting some one who has a vision of where the company needs to go and the strength of will and character to take it there.
This is why they are looking at people like Mullaly , he came into Ford - which is way more influenced by one stockholding family and bunch of big egos - but he made a change. What is specifically different at Microsoft?
Absolutely! Any one who gets this is used to politics and big egos and can control them, if not they would not have got to a position where they would be considered
The three blokes i have met at anything like a level to fill this post come with a degree of 'do the fucking hell wot I say' that pushes any regular MD out of the room.
Re: Love here maps
The whole HERE suite is the shizzle in Europe and especially in London.
I have downloaded France, Czech R and Spain so I can dream whilst some boring junior manager tells me about his/her team.
Re: Mint and Mageia bypassed Ubuntu as the most used Linux desktop distros
"Is this some new use of the word statistics that I am unaware of ? "
Nope, its the well regarded 2 standard deviations from the mean contains 95.45% of all observations in a normal set - so strictly he should have said 4.55%
Re: Feminists are irritating
"Where does it say anywhere that Caroline Criado-Perez or Stella Creasy are feminists?
And what, exactly, have they done, on the evidence of this article, to irritate you?
stupid generalizations. Perhaps you should try avoiding similar stupid generalizations"
Well said! Neither woman can be accused of being a feminist in the mould of Germain Greer, for example, at her most strident
All they were trying to do is get some representitive of 51% of the population on a bank note after a succession of of bearded Victorians (excluding Britannia of course)
If you were part of the shit storm of tweets against the many idiots who started these uncalled for tweets, you would have know there were a lot of offensive tweets and indeed most came from men - unless women use Andrew or other in their monika.
Re: The web is an unlawless place
"So send your menacing messages by Royal Mail in future."
I think there is legislation already in place to cover this - since about 1800
Re: "Value-add is why people will pay you"
"It's the reason some organisations are stuck with AmEx as a travel agent even though a telephone to a bucket shop would probably be better value."
You have missed the point. I always use AMEX for my extensive travel around the glowing blue blob because of the value add they give. It’s not just about the ticket price its all about the connecting flights, the changes to travel plans, the hotel booking, the late night calls when you find the AMEX has gone to the limit etc etc.
One trip was meant to be 8 days in Mexico - it ended up 8 weeks circumnavigating the world. A phone call each time the plan was changed and all w as good. No bucket shop could do that. So it’s all about identifying what your target market is and offering appropriate services
Re: 2 cents?
Mailer, Steinbeck, Foster-Wallace, Joseph McElroy (OK, cheap shot), Hemmingway, ShellLooser – all the great American novelists needed a good editor.
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