* Posts by Brett Weaver

143 posts • joined 11 Apr 2006

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

Brett Weaver

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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Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

Brett Weaver

Re: An honest question

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.

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The End for Fin7: Feds cuff suspected super-crooks after $$$m stolen from 15m+ credit cards

Brett Weaver

The USA

The US do not allow their citizens to be judged in international courts (As for War Crimes etc). The handful of US citizens ever extradited mostly went to US fiefdoms.

I'm sure that there were EU citizens affected by the criminals. Why didn't the EU take care of its own?

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The USA ...

Why the hell do the suspects need to be extradited to the USA? Surely there are laws in the EU.

Brexit is justified if this is the level of protection offered by EU citizenship.

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Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?

Brett Weaver

The cynical amongst you...

We remember Bismarck’s warning not to believe anything until it has been officially denied...

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Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

Brett Weaver

Re: Back in my day

"my dad has had one for as long as I've known him"

..Its a wise man who knows his own father..

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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Does not run Fortnite?

Well, that stops it being sold to any students...

Microsoft never seems to "get it"...

If you are going to direct a try to compete with an incumbent (Apple Ipad Pro) then you need to be cheaper, faster better. Not this.

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NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours

Brett Weaver

Re: What aren’t they saying?

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..

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Super Cali goes ballistic: mugshot site atrocious

Brett Weaver

OK

I liked the headline

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Court sends Telstra a truly premium bill, for AU$10 MEEELLION

Brett Weaver

Scumbags

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...

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World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

Brett Weaver

Unsnip?

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.

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Judge: You can't call someone a c*nt, but a C∀NT is a cunning stunt

Brett Weaver

As we know..

The Australians were picked by the finest Judges in the Commonwealth..

Now we have a fine Judge in Australia..

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BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

Brett Weaver

I'm not a BA Customer or Shareholder

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....

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

Brett Weaver

Heathrow and Gatwick?

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.

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Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

Brett Weaver
Coat

Re: Microsoft has refused to say what caused today's outage.

Illusions..: :-)

I've looked at clouds from both sides now

From up and down, and still somehow

It's cloud illusions I recall

I really don't know clouds at all

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BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

Brett Weaver

Re: Being on a placement myself...

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..

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The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

Brett Weaver
IT Angle

Range of comments..

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

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US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

Brett Weaver

Nobody has mentioned

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

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Register has made format changes...

Brett Weaver
FAIL

Register has made format changes...

Hi There

I know I'm a grumpy old crusty.. But I don't like the look of the Register on my Windows 10 PC...

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

Brett Weaver

Re: I tried this

@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...

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Brett Weaver
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I tried this

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?

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IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

Brett Weaver

When we have flying cars...

"I wonder what will happen when businesses finally migrate completely away from mainframe, iSeries ..."

I don't know about AIX, but the mainframe and iSeries will be here for at least another 25 years..

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Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight

Brett Weaver

Brilliant!

Enjoyed the video interview too..

Onward and upward Folk

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Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign

Brett Weaver
Black Helicopters

Re: What tosh

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.

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Windows hits the skids, Mac OS X on the rise

Brett Weaver

As a late comer to Windows 8...

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.

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Star Trek: The original computer game

Brett Weaver
Happy

IBM System /34 Anyone?

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..

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Exec responsible for Apple iOS map fiasco walks the plank

Brett Weaver
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Wow - Holding folks responsible?

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?

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No Choice but Windows 8?

Brett Weaver
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No Choice but Windows 8?

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.

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The Register lands in Australia

Brett Weaver

Can we now get

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!

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Windows Server 2012: Smarter, stronger, frustrating

Brett Weaver

Unix vs Windows

Simple really.

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.

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Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen

Brett Weaver
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I'm more worried about...

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.

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BOFH: Our Excel-lent new boss and the diagram plan

Brett Weaver
Happy

Re: Lady Boss

A sort-of IT Crowd?

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Success! Curiosity Mars lander arrives precisely on schedule

Brett Weaver
Happy

Re: Congrats to NASA

I love the fact that I live in the world where there is a NASA..

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The Higgs boson search continues ... into ANOTHER dimension

Brett Weaver

Oh.. alright..

Remember light flickin' out at a constant? Well, I'm sorry... matter just does a similar thing ok? Its pretty obvious if you think it through..

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

Brett Weaver
Happy

Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

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..

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More Steve Jobs iPad mini attacks from beyond the grave

Brett Weaver
Happy

Re: Ummmm Yeah. Right.

I want a 7" tablet with a dual beam projector and Kinnect - like detector so I can manipulate a projected image.

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Microsoft offers beta of Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Brett Weaver

One feature worrying me on 2012...

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.

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RIM wakes up woozy in Australia

Brett Weaver
Meh

Meanwhile in Queensland...

Its a holiday on Monday so we won't get the news till Tuesday. Oh Well.

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The cure for US job woes: More immigrants

Brett Weaver

My My..

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.

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Carrier IQ VP: App on millions of phones not a privacy risk

Brett Weaver
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I'm Sorry But..

Not querying the company about their initial reaction, and the inferences we are allowed to draw from that, means that this is a puff piece.

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Mobile industry needs Windows, handset vendors warn

Brett Weaver

You Forget

@ Jack Prichard -The Kiwis are the current Rugby League Champions as well..

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iPhone 4S pre-orders obliterate sales records

Brett Weaver
Joke

@Alistair - Sorry to be the one to tell you...

But everyone knows your wife :-)

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Kiwis drop the ball on government server upgrade

Brett Weaver
Facepalm

Lets Hear the Names!

Maybe someone can supply:

- The CIO responsible

- The services firm that screwed things up

No point in reporting the fault without knowing that.

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BOFH: No, the Fabinocci sequence

Brett Weaver
Happy

Good But I am awaiting Robots

If only the BOFH's in firms I do work with did it deliberately..

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Everyone knew NoTW 'rogue reporter' bit was untrue

Brett Weaver

You have forgotten

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?

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Sixty-seven WIMPs spotted in the wild, maybe

Brett Weaver
Go

Didn't the effects of gravity manage to go faster than light?

No, you are thinking of tachyon particles.. But they are out condensing in their fields...

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Telstra's branding plans leaked to El Reg

Brett Weaver
FAIL

Lipstick on a Pig...

Telstra is a fairly ugly pig as well.

At least as a consultant I can sometimes influence the choice of telecommunications provider. I try to make them suffer for the misery they put me through...

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Google settles illegal drug ad probe for $500 million

Brett Weaver

A light observation...

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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Good news: A meltdown would kill fewer than we thought

Brett Weaver

Lewis IS the Green Lantern!

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/5379003/Deadly-radiation-pockets-found-at-Fukushima

We know that REALLY BAD nuclear accidents will hardly ever happen. But same morons who place reactors on the sea shore and earthquake faults are the same folk calculating the risks...

My problem is this: If the worst happens, I feel sorry for the folk that die within a short time of the event. But I feel obligated to ensure that nothing my generation does should lead to folk dying for thousands of years... High Level Waste - Even a relatively small number of tonnes will do this.

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