Re: New El Reg UoM?
Just a Note: The IBM System 3 card was a 96 column card. Interestingly, the card was used, when printed, to print receipts in the early IBM ATMs.
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The big thing about mainframes, apart from size and speed is reliability. OS and hardware is generally pretty bulletproof and with the backward compatibility your software investment is preserved to a much greater extent than Windows. Also braces and a grey beard are not required as much as they are in the Unix world.
To be fair you are reading The Register..
They can only afford 1.5 full time journalists because you readers wont pay them a subscription! They are forced to just regurgitate press releases for most stories.
Thank God for the BOFH...
It would be nice to once in a while find out what really went on and who the culprits were..
Why not give them a decent fine?
Agreeing to a slap with a wet bus ticket... It wasn't hard for Telstra to agree.
Why not publish the name of the dishonest chief manager responsible?
A least list the board members who were there when this was going on.
Better still, charge the firm with racketeering and close them down if guilty..
Would straighten up a lot of corporate practices and might even serve as an example to the Aussie cricket team...
The vasectomy reversal is by no means as reliable as the vasectomy. Even a successful reversal can reverse itself again fairly quickly through tube scarring etc. This happened to me. I believe there are only a small percentage of long term reverses.
Note that your wigglers go into your body after a vasectomy so your body develops anti-bodies to your sperm as well. There is a school of thought that this could reduce your sex drive.
I am happy that I have the IOFB tie, but when I got my vasectomy done I was told it was symptom free and "so much better than your wife getting her tubes tied"... I'm not as sure as I was then.
I just have 40 years experience in IT. The CEO should be fired (After he fires the CIO)..
Actually I am sick and tired of organisations insisting that issues that have been addressed successfully for generations are somehow new, and different and they could not have anticipated....
The article says that flights from Heathrow and Gatwick are affected. BA flies from a lot of other locations so presumably the systems are not down but the local delivery of GUI...
CEO should be fired just after he fires the CIO for allowing this to happen. No excuses. Airlines are computer system reliant companies. Unless a super hero or other unworldly event is involved, management should be frog marched out today.
RPGII was a great language - I wrote commercial applications in it for the S/3 Model 6, and Model 15, S/32 , S/34, S/36, RPGIII on S/38 AS/400...Have not used it much since 1993 though. It was brilliant for normal ERP applications but you would not write a game in it... Several international banking applications still have an RPGII core..
The range of comments on here highlight an issue in the audience. When The Register started, you could expect that the audience could all write a program or complex script and had technical knowledge. Now people who work *with* computers like Project Managers and Service Desk types have become involved.
Attitudes to the products being discussed are going to be different because the worlds they are existing in are different
Its an EBCDIC processor, which makes it bloody secure :-)
Yes, Ascii terminals could be attached through a RS-232 port, but they were emulating ebcdic terminals.
I remember being pretty impressed when they were marketing them as air traffic controlling machines in '78.. A lot flasher than the S/3's 32's etc I was working with
@David 132 - Thanks - I just wanted confirmation as I had a senior moment when HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate setting was missing
I like the trend in later posts towards punishing Microsoft developers - but also include the Google drongos who made a useless App out of an acceptable browser...
Its really important to me that Microsoft not try to upgrade my Dad's Laptop. He's 85 and not going to have the energy to learn a new OS. All he wants to do is check E-mail.
Its bad enough the changes made to Outlook 2013.
I'm not sure about the HKLM part of those registry entries.. On my Win 8.1 machine I don't see anything similar.. Is it an acronym I can't see?
Also on my Win 8.1 machine Google Chrome has "upgraded"itself to a buggy, frustrating App.. Anyone know how to load Chrome classic?
Your comments strike me as being from someone who was not an adult in 1984 when the separation from ANZUS started. I certainly had occasional exposure to US diplomats in Wellington and I can promise you that things were decidedly frosty for a long while.
Aussie playing the "good" vs the "naughty" NZ didn't help either. The French would never have bombed a ship in our harbour without tacit permission from the USA.
If Key has been sparing with the truth, that's the nature of politics.. He is more a chairman of the board than a schemer so what you see is what you get.. I wouldn't care if Labour got in with the Greens and NZ First ... Except I think it would be expensive tax wise.
I'll be really glad when the election is over and we can get back to things that matter.
I only just "upgraded" one of my PC's to Windows 8.1 - I am a software developer and I needed to know whether my products had an issue with the latest version.
Well, I had to load tonnes of new drivers and the "upgrade" killed all of the non system applications.
I ran into what seem to be every newbies issues: Why do these panels flick out and then never go away? How do I close an application? - I must admit I found the Microsoft answer to the latter breathtaking in its rudeness. It said that applications from the Microsoft store did not slow down my computer and so I should just leave them running...Why do they lie about it? I thought my resorting to Alt-F4 was anachronistic but it seems to be the way its done without having to stroke the hell out of a 26" touch sensitive monitor. Even then, it turns out the applications disappear from the task list on their own time.
Microsoft make some pretty good software. This is not it. Blind Pew could have seen that people would not like this product. It gives pain for no gain.
Not trolling.. Just had a singularly unpleasant time with this product and so was interested in the sales stats.
1981 on a System /34.. Used to print out a certificate when you finished.. Something like .. "Congratulations Captain Kirk you have killed <Random Number> of Klingons with an efficiency rating of NN."
Unless you were killed - when the certificate was quite abusive as I remember.
The competition to get your efficiency rating high was immense..
This news is like a breath of fresh air.
So many IT projects fail without anyone being held responsible. This news should mean that the folks are more focussed on getting it right, not just getting it out.
Competent people are not afraid to make and admit to mistakes.
Incompetent people deliver crap products which are an accumulation of many mistakes because they are too dishonest to acknowledge those mistakes. They should be held accountable to prevent repeats.
Wouldn't it be great if this happened in a lot of other places?
I just went on to the Dell site to price up a desktop to use as an additional development machine.
Because I use database servers on my machines I don't like other processes stealing cycles from the programs I want to run. Therefore the idea of compulsory "live" tiles fills me with dread. MS used to bleat that its file indexing did not use any resources. I do not know one professional software developer who did not find out how to, and turn it off.
Remember when they said Exchange and MSSQL would free up memory when it was needed by other processes rather than stealing every spare KB?
I get grumpy with WinZip,Adobe and all the others installing little virus' that "check for updates". I dont want "live tiles. I do not want them taking even 1 cycle.
But I cannot buy a new Dell box without windows 8!!
Its ok, I can buy second hand, or from hobbyist shops.
But bloody hell! Dell kept XP as an option for some time after Vista - I believe until Win 7. Well, I guess they know their market better than me. I am a small niche.
Can we now get the UK site when we enter .co.uk at the end of the address?
I like Australia.. Was living there till June.. But when I key a .uk site I do not want some "clever" web server giving me localised stories in the antipodes. I want UK stories when I key UK! (I guess I can use an anonymiser but.. WTF!!!)
The West Islands now has their own site hooray!
So simple I may have been misled by the 5 servers I've tried this on.. If I have I apologise to Microsoft.
1... Write 8000 1 MB files on a DVD (like a backup)
2... Put it into a Unix Box and read every file name
3... Put it into a Windows box and wait 15 minutes (at least) to regain control of the box.
As far as I am concerned a fatal Windows flaw which still exists on Windows 8...
But If I have done something wrong please correct me.
This simply should not be allowed to happen. What it means is that if a business tool which competes with MS is installed on your machine, MS can selectively load down "security patches" to cause it to fail.
They have done this before where only one product competed (NETSCAPE) but now they can treat competition like virus.
The people at MS demonstrably do not have the moral or intellectual integrity to be allowed this data and should be stopped from obtaining it.
In the mean time, another good argument for avoiding .Net development.
While I appreciate your point.. MS Office is the standard and nobody wants to send a document and find the recipient has to do something weird to view it.. At least in main street business.
But you are right - Like Win 8 .. Nothing makes me think - I need this!
Happy to be convinced though..
It appears from the technical session I went to that MS will be including de-duplication functionality... As windows does not handle background I/O processes very well - I always switch off indexing and network management on windows is still a joke - I hope it can be easily avoided.
As an economic immigrant myself, I like to think that I have some idea of the issues associated with the subject.
There is no doubt that two factors do tend to cause some confusion in this debate.
1.. The type of person who migrates is probably a little different than the person who does not. (This is before we consider race or other factors).
2.. When you come into a new situation, you often see things that the folk that have lived there don't. The New Zealand farmers have an expression that I will dilute to "There's nothing like a stranger to make you think". In other words a tourist quite often asks dumb questions that give you a new perspective on what you are doing..
So you have people coming in who are different and asking dumb questions or worse.. seizing opportunities missed by the locals and this is unsettling.
At this stage a lot of people would criticize the locals for not being accommodating. I believe there is a need for folk that just stay and be. They are the folk that underpin society.
Newbies to any society should make the majority of concessions and should respect the contributions made to provide the fertile soils they can till.
The whole purpose, and only purpose of the law is to shift the cost of policing from the rich (who benefit) to the poor (who don't).
Remember the Law has nothing to do with Justice.
It's the same the whole world over
It's the poor what gets the blame
It's the rich what gets the pleasure
Ain't it all a bloomin' shame?
As such a late-comer to democracy (when did blacks get full rights in all electorates?) the United States Citizen still has a belief in the law that beggars Saints in their God.
I have travelled with truck drivers and such in the southern states who thought that not paying taxes was the equivalent of being a traitor..
I'm afraid there are 1.5 billion commonwealth citizens who will never understand them .. But still think they are pretty! :-)
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