20 posts • joined Monday 20th May 2013 15:52 GMT
Politicians don't get in the way half as much as Civil Servants do.
Open Source doesn't equal free. For example, if you're using Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you still need support contracts to entitle you to download patches from Red Hat.
It's probably no more scary than to sit at home waiting for the rest of the crap IT systems in this country to fall apart in a heap.
Re: Fine by me
If the big companies paid their fair share of taxes then either, a) you'd have better public services, b) lower taxes, or c) both a and b. But I guess not having better public services for no cost to yourself is fine by you as well?
Surely all you've got to do is tax all cash taken out of the country above a certain threshold. Say, anything over a million quid per year at 21%. Easy!
Next week you'll no doubt do a contradictory article about how tape isn't dead. Because it isn't, and that's what always happens when the Reg posts an article about tape.
Hardly a giant???
Why, not How?
It's an interesting article on how to convert from VMWare to Microsoft, but nothing on why you would convert? What are the technical benefits of MS over VM?
How is spending £81,000 on "Business Strategy and Analysis for Cloud" actually going to achieve this? They appear to have outsourced the insourcing?
Re: Let's see....
You've purchased the same thing 10 times? Sucker....
Jesus wept! The mainframe isn't clapped out - the staff and management running it are!
Is 450m enough? I genuinely have no idea how much a replacement would / should cost. If a robust replacement should cost 500m, then cutting corners and spending 450m means they are building down to a price, not up to a spec.
All large corporations are run by bean counting bureaucrats. IT is just an expensive irritation to them. All they want to do is spend as little as possible, regardless of impact. I include all of the large IT outsourcing companies in that sweeping generalisation as well.
It ain't broke??
450 million to replace a system that is still at the mercy of incompetent staff managed by stupid managers? Do the clowns in charge not realise that throwing shiney tin at a problem will not make a blind bit of difference? Outsourcing / offshoring, it's all the same. Getting rid of competent staff and replacing them with incompetent replacements.
O/S isn't the issue!
If I had a browser capable phone with a tiny screen, I might want to view a mobile site. I don't though, I have a 7" tablet with Android that I only ever use on a wifi connection. I neither need nor want mobile sites!
At least give us a choice of which site to view?
I wish the banks would stop buying all this crap and just give us a decent banking service - like the good old days where we used to get "interest" on savings. Remember that Mr Banker???
Why is it only ever developers that bleat on about needing more powerful kit? Ah yes... it's to write shoddy ineffiecient applications
Re: Pay attention to SPARC folks..
".....The best place to run Oracle software will be SPARC...." The best for who?
The best for anyone that wants to build a mission critical system that actually does the job it's designed to do. x64 and Linux doesn't do that - it's still a poor excuse for 'Enterprise class'. Nothing in RHEL5 / 6 and their OEL counterparts gives me any reason to think otherwise.
Re: Outsourcing does not equal offshoring
Outsourcing does not always equal offshoring, but it usually does. Companies such as these - both Capita and O2 / Telefonica are run solely on a for profit basis. O2 / Telefonica don't care about providing you with a phone service, and Capita don't care about providing helpdesk / IT services. These are secondary issues to making money for investors. As soon as Capita say they can do the job for 30% less if they offshore, the UK jobs will be gone.
I can almost understand how Google get away with it, but Amazon? I buy physical stuff which is shipped from a warehouse in the UK. At no point does my stuff exist in Luxemborg, indeed a lot of electrical stuff is specific UK spec - power leads etc. I wonder if I could get away with the same if it were a bricks and morter store? Take a credit card swipe that's processed in Luxemborg, but hand over the goods there and then and put 10p on every transaction through the UK as 'warehousing and handling'.
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