243 posts • joined 29 Mar 2013
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.
Win RT, maybe
There are a rumours which I have heard from a couple of west coast sources that RT might become free.
Sorry for delay in response - been in meat world
20%, mainly because just arbitrarily saying 100% is probably inaccurate
But I guess when I wrote that it was "Azure is also historically more reliable than it's main competitor Amazon." - because we did some stuff on AWS, but abandoned it and do not have enough statistics to confirm or deny what was stated.
If you want a name - for some unfathomable reason - have my moniker.
We use Azure for hundreds of hosted customers running line of business apps - ERP type - and I will agree with 80% of the above.
Re: So many posts so much silliness
"It depends on how you define your accounting system as to whether it is a cost. I don't mean the software you use either, I mean the nuts and bolts of accounting"
Agreed. And more important is how you are writing that cost off and which side of the Balance Sheet it appears.
"Furthermore an article truly in The Register style is the product not only of its writer but also of sub-editors, editors and usually some time spent writing for us beforehand."
As the article conatined the above lines - and the very idea El Buitre is edited, I need a nurse.
Re: Cloud OS
"Disagree entirely. You aren't even remotely understanding Google's business model.
Next up: breaking into China... "
Which Nimrod down voted that post? Where is it wrong?
Re: End Game
Strangely similar - My degrees are in materials and engineering, then business and went into computers through 7 axis machining. And programing was about deep maths analysis or much later business processes.
I have come from the small world and now work at a big company - mainly because the small company couldn't do heavy lifting - in a big company I get to rule the world. As well as take my wages home in a wheelbarrow.
Broadly I agree with your analysis -- but reckon there is a great opportunity for people entering the job market if they realise you cannot make a career in one area anymore. Cleaving to Linux or Windows is not the way to do it.
And as you say "Do I think that things will get better for the majority of people who work in white-collar jobs? " no - that’s all gone to shit - but for a few stars the world is exciting and well paid. I add myself to that group but I got there not because I know whatever my reports are talking about, but because I combine that, with good business and engineering knowledge. (also handsome too boot, naturally)
Re: End Game
I bet the ostlers said much the same as you as their jobs were hacked by the steam train. “Panic no more jobs looking after the ride whilst the owner gets beef and ale. These bloody iron things running in one direction, it’ll all end in disaster” repeat ad nauseam.
Every revolution or slow evolution changes jobs and just because you are looking at the same perspective as you had at say 21 you see devastation. I see opportunity, despite being a similar or a tad lower age than you.
But we have more people employed now than around you in the 80’s and whilst you might look and say they are boring – did you check the car factories in the ‘80s – banging a headlining into a Sierra by hand for an 8 hr shift. The workers at Jaguar now all need a Maths O level (or equiv) at a minimum because of the level of production knowledge they need.
The computing world will provide tons of interesting jobs for ages – the character of them will change – maybe one needs to work with other humans and deal with the sticky ness more – but the jobs are there.
"BizTalk is VERY scalable - we have well over 200 real time high volume connectors in a mission critical environment. If you have problems with a correctly scaled hardware, storage and database, then you didn't have a competent BizTalk Admin...."
Again - This
Re: End Game
"The ticket here is to get people addicted to renting. Microsoft views that ability for individuals and businesses to "sweat their assets" in times of financial downturn as a serious problem. During a financial downturn is when Microsoft needs those steady, ticking revenues the most!"
"..with your data as the held hostage"
Also as MS Dynamics begins to crank up and get competitive, they will take on whole enterprise business process.
"The reason for what Microsoft did is simple. They already took the loss on the hardware in a previous quarter. Now they are selling what they took a loss on and they will make it appear on the books how much they made on Surface RT for Q4 2013."
Not simple but what you describe is happening.
Its very common for any company that has stock to change its valuation for a myriad of reasons, and one of which is to do what you say. Drop the value of stock so they can write the loss off against profits in a different division. The sell the stock at cost (I reckon you can't sell it a loss under GAAP rules - or you become an Enron) and take the funds in a underperforming quarter.
Quite often its possible to increase your total retained earnings over a year by doing this.
Also a common question for the CFO and his cohort, What is the value of your stock?
What, you mean if we sell in a week? Or sell over a year? Market value? Cost value? Cost with inflation? Replacement value?
One project in the past I was working at a company that handled brass. I questioned why they had so much on the shop floor between the machine groups - they made more on stocking brass than on the finished part. How do you reconcile that?
The whole question of the value of stock is an ethereal subject
Re: ..I don't need to apply..
">Shackleton also managed to get his men back alive
Only because he happened to bring along the greatest dead reckoning navigator in the history of human kind (of course the dude was a Kiwi).
Also because he was a tremendous leader.
Compare to Scott ......
"I would seriously hope that the computer overseeing a picking job would organise the things to be picked in an optimal manner for each meatbot, presumably taking a circuitous route from the empty truck zone to the full truck ready for unloading by other meatbots, before the driver returns to the empty truck zone to start again."
Its called wave picking and any half decent warehouse will have it. And in such a big and varied warehouse (ie different sizes of item to be picked) the software will know the weight and size and will vary the pick route and time accordingly
Well - that's what our various WMS software does
Re: HTML5 ?
You mean, there is equivalent animation processing technology in HTML5 standard?
OK, I am a manager
"They've been using this to create short video loops on the Bing home page."
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- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad