* Posts by James Anderson

635 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

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Euro bureaucrats tie up .eu in red tape to stop Brexit Brits snatching back their web domains

James Anderson

Re: Thank you, Boris …

"Anonymous rule maker Said" is exactly how the EU works.

It always amazes me how fuzzy thinking the remineralised are. They equate "Europe" with gutters and Tuscan reds so "European" must be a good thing.

Wake up the EU is not Europe it's a self serving out of control beurocracy.

It is strident about senseless rules for making suction less vacuum cleaners but happily goes along with the governments of Poland and Hungary sacking judges, suppressing free speech, and, implementing blatantly racist immigration controls contrary to the EUs own rules.

Most of Europe does not mind the EU as they take the money and ignore the senseless rules. Britain and Germany are the only countries that give the money and obey the rules.

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Microsoft: You don't want to use Edge? Are you sure? Really sure?

James Anderson

He should not worry. There is no way to change the default browser to anything but IE or edge. The option to choose another program seems to have accidentally disappeared. Even if you did manage to switch Edge will once again be the default after the next upgrade.

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Will this biz be poutine up the cash? Hackers demand dosh to not leak stolen patient records

James Anderson

Why the fuss?

Everybody over 60 talks endlessly about thier condition, medication, procedure or trumps it all with "my operation".

Unless it's a rare Form of Ovid STD this data has already been revealed to an uninterested public who have instantly forgotten.

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That went well – not! Broadcom’s value dives after CA biz gobble

James Anderson

And no wonder

CA must be the most hated software supplier in the industry.

Not so much the place where old software goes to die. As the place where good software is worked till it dies of neglect.

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@Richard C: not sure why no comments but

James Anderson

Re: @Richard C: not sure why no comments but

Still no comments option.

There must be thousands of readers like me chomping at the bit to stick one on CA as petty revenge for neglect one once brilliant software packages, thier useless support and price gouging.

Broadcom shareholders should take note, they may have a massive customer base, but, thier customers hate them.

As for patents, I don't see it. Having borked an innovative company CA shut everything down, collect the license fees, and piss off the developers so they leave for greener pastures. Any patents they acquired over the years must be outdated by now.

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China-based hackers take an interest in Cambodia's elections

James Anderson

If they really are hacking the Cambodian election then it can only be for practice. The Election result was known before the date was announced.

Be really interesting to see what would happen if they did manage to hack the result. ......and we announce the winner Han Senn with 0 votes.

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ICANN't get no respect: Europe throws Whois privacy plan in the trash

James Anderson

As an EU citizen..

Should I not have the right to know who owns a European domain name. If I want to know who owns a company I am dealing with I can go to companies house and get a list of the owners. What is so different about a domain name?

The EU presents itself as a champion of the citizen but the net effect of thier meddling is some pointless messages saying " this site uses cookies", and, having to go through the extra step of waiving your GDPR rights anytime you sign up for a half useful service.

It's all a pointless waste of time and money for everybody involved.

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IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'

James Anderson

Re: "Act normally! Ginni and the team are here to see what Austin is really like."

Potempkin office --> great historical reference.

However I think Ginny more resembles this lady - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Dowager_Cixi -

She ruthlessly wielded absolute power over her disintegrating empire.

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Teradata lobs sueball at SAP, alleges HANA based on its 'trade secrets'

James Anderson

Re: Life is so unfair

SAP may have used a relational database to store data, but, anyone who has had the misfortune to look at the innards of thier database will no that it is very far from any relational data model.

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

James Anderson

Obviously you have not been to a real shop recently.

The cashiers at w.h. Smith always try to upsell you a bottle of water or giant kit-Kat.

Stack in a long queue at the local DIY store the cashier spent an extra minute with each customer trying to interest them in a USB charger.

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Great news, cask beer fans: UK shortage of CO2 menaces fizzy crap taking up tap space

James Anderson

Re: Bravo madam!

Should have read your Adam Smith. He thought governments would do a better job of major infrastructure like canals. Private enterprise resulted in a disconnected patchwork of incomparable waterways.

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America's comms watchdog takes on the internet era's real criminals: Pirate pastors

James Anderson

Pirate radio is harmfull

We had an outbrake in England in the 60s which resulted in Tony Blackburn. Nuff said.

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Capita cost-cutting on NHS England contract 'put patients at risk' – spending watchdog

James Anderson

Re: Corporate Manslaughter

Trouble is the extra 'deaths' are a statistical guestimate.

Yes almost certainly the number of deaths increased because of admin errors -- but you cannot say exactly which ones. You would need to prove Captita was responsible for a specific individuals death before a corporate manslaughter charge could be brought.

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

James Anderson

80 vs. several million closed source licences

There may be 80 open source licences, but, every closed source software vendor has their own license usually with onerous restrictions, plus many vendors have a different license for each product.

I am sure the Oracle DB license had a clause obliging you to provide your first born son suitably roasted and basted for Larry's thanksgiving dinner.

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TSB's middleware nightmare: Execs grilled on Total Sh*tshow at Bank

James Anderson

My thoughts exactly. Would be nice to get some confirmation.

Once worked on a newly migrated system where we did some complex transfers on a DB2 database with COBOL/CICS application -- then uppdates a backend UNISYS/IDMS database and sent a whole bunch of data to various reporting systems.

Of course we had a performance problem. When analised it was found that the Websphere/Java front end was spending more time routing the transaction and formatting the reply the the whole complex backend took to do the actual work.

I remember my WTF reaction when I went through the Java beans/Webspere "HelloWorld" tutorial and ended up with circa 3000 lines of boiler plate coding -- plus a couple of dozen lines of XML config!

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Royal Bank of Scotland decision to axe 160+ branches linked to botched IT gig – Unite

James Anderson

It was a CANCELLED IT project.

May well have worked just fine.

The failure was not finding a sucker^h^h^h^h^h^h^ investor willing to buy the dregs of the RBS branch network.

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No top-ups, please, I'm a millennial: Lightweight yoof shunning booze like never before

James Anderson

Well said sir.

England has always had a housing crisis. As is well documented by Cobbet, Dickens, Engels et al.

If we baby boomers had it so good why did we need to found Shelter in the 1960s?

The statistic most quoted compares home ownership now with the early 80s just after Thatcher's bargain basement sell off of nearly all England's social housing.

A one off period never to be repeated.

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

James Anderson

Re: What is the new infrastructure like I wonder?

Not so fast Tenemos T24 is the only successful banking package which was written recently. (Started sometime in the late 1990s).

Part of its success was due to it modest initial ambitions. A fully functioning system aimed at small overseas operations with few transactions and customers. They have gradually increased performance, capacity and scalability to handle large sized banking operations.

Nearly every large bank is running COBOL code written in the 1980s or before on an IBM mainfram.

Some are still running on UNISYS. For smaller banks RPG on AS/400 is the default choice.

These systems are difficult to write, especially when you analise the use cases and find that the "user" in 60 per cent of the cases turns out to be some government department. Use cases involving actual customers probably account for about 10 per cent.

But never mind all good OO text books show an example banking program in 10 lines or less.

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James Anderson

Re: A disaster

Except read the smallprint.

Accenture provided the basic Alnova software package.

Which was customised installed and managed by in house personnell.

Not that I have ever seen outsourcing work well for anyone -- bit its not to blame in this case.

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IBM turnover shrinks $28bn in 6 years but execs laugh all the way to the bank

James Anderson

Shameless gaming of the incentive scheme.

".....executives have conceded in that part of the growth in SI has been a shift in revenues from 'old IBM'."

By reclassifing existing business as cloudy.

Or just plain buying up businesess they don't know how to run such as the "weather channel" to boost thier "social" revenues. These acquisitions will share the fate of all companies borked by IBM -- long term decline and irrelevance.

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Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

James Anderson

I don,t get it.

When you register a company you need to list the directors and shareholders at companies house (or equivalent) and this information is available publicly, as, the public has a right to know who they are dealing with.

Why is domain name registration any different? Surely I should have the rght to know who actually owns a domain name so I can report them if I believe thier activities to be illegal?

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UK 'meltdown' bank TSB's owner: Our IT migration was a 'success'

James Anderson

For the curious

Protea is a hacked version of Accenture's alnova banking package. Which according to this

https://www.microfocus.com/media/success-story/alnova-financial-solutions-wit_tcm6-202106.pdf

Is a classic COBOL mainframe system hacked to run on UNIX using the .NET framework.

For the UK they made further hacks to run in an Amazon cloud.

What could possibly go wrong?

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McDonald's tells Atos to burger off: Da da da da da, we're lobbing IT ...

James Anderson

So those whining veggie greenies complaining about Brazil's rain forests being hacked down to make room for massive herds of McCows were misled somehow.

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James Anderson

MacDonalds do not sell actual beef burgers in India (or anything porky for that matter).

You can have chicken or veggie burgers and that is it.

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2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie

James Anderson

Ditto for my T450 -- trackpad is just plain annoying as you cannot help brushing the thing with wrists, sleeves etc when typing.

Never worked out how to bork it permanently. I just run an xinput disable script on startup.

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EUROCONTROL outage causes flight delays across Europe

James Anderson

Omg

Went for an interview there sometime in the early 90s.

Worst interview of my career. As they explained the project to me ( reusing an Some X end code base to front a legacy COBOL backend ) I could not conceal my horror at what they were attempting.

I would have got the job except the agent tould me afterwards that one of the interviewers was partialy deaf. As a softly spoken Scott he could not hear me hence his look of confusion throughout the process was a perfect match for mine.

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Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

James Anderson

Groove is dead.

Typical of MS to apply cosmetic changes to a dropped product.

Is there anyone actually managing the company?

Most of the upper management could be replaced by a low cost sound bite generating AI.

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Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

James Anderson

Re: Aaaargh!

No I think they have a deal with BOFHProtect llc.

For a small fee they will keep certain data private and ensure all your computers are not bricked.

Rates vary depending on how naughty you have been.

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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

James Anderson

Re: Is this an improvement on IBM's usual business strategy?

IBM must have jumped for joy when they found a sucker like HCL to take over the creaking hulk that is Notes.

HCL must have secretly smirked when they took over a product with which a large corporation had developed hundreds of legacy apps which were impossible to replace. Just ripe for a CA type license mugging.

IBM must have contemplated jumping from the roof when they realised that they were that large corporation.

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Co-op Bank's shonky IT in spotlight as delayed probe given go-ahead

James Anderson

Replacing the mainframe

Any project that has replacing the mainframe as the primary goal is doomed to falure.

Replacing an unsupportable system -- fine. But just changing the hardware who cares.

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NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation

James Anderson

Re: What were they planning on doing?

Trump. Reason, as in logical thinking based on observation?

In the same sentance?

Shirley you jest.

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If you don't like what IBM is pitching, blame Watson: It's generating sales 'solutions' now

James Anderson

Same solution as always then

Entire infosphere suite mangled by the entire tivoli suite and one million man days consultancy.

They just need Watson to keep track of the current brand name

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

James Anderson

Re: They would have needed x86 emulation for that

How would you fit the 40 plus icons on the ribbon on to a 2 x 3 inch screen?

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IBM declares it's the 'backbone of the world's economy'

James Anderson

Re: The hubris - it burns...

They are also the premier UNIX hardware manufacturer.

Power beats x86 on everything but cost.

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Icahn't get right Xerox Fuji merger spoils, cries activist investor Carl

James Anderson

Great brand names .... No products

Seriously if they were such a good investor why did he end up owning 15% of Xerox. Once the photo copier and printer patents ran out they were had nothing to replace the golden goose.

Should have sued apple for plagiarising there gui operating system....

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Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

James Anderson

Kudzoo

A useless weed that just grows and grows strangling useful plants and pretty flowers.

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Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

James Anderson

The fees are high because there is a very real possibility that they will not be paid. If the initial case went badly or they lose the anti-SLAP then they wil get nothing. The will not stiff Bruce with the bill.

As for the nearly 900 hours - well that's how much work you need for due diligence, filing motions, etc. To prepare a successful case in the USA.

The law is for rich people, the poor get regulations, fines and jail.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

James Anderson

Re: Clueless on everything

Theresa Maybe actually achieved quite a lot. It gave credibility to a charming Marxist who will confidently lead us to a booming economy with social justice for all that will be the envy of Venezuela,

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AT&T's financial figures reveal 19 BEEELLLION reasons why it lobbied hard for US tax cuts

James Anderson

Re: FAIL

No need for a written statute. A mass of precedents in civil lawsuits brought by activist shareholders have established that the primary duty of directors is to look after the shareholders interests.

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Lenovo's craptastic fingerprint scanner has a hardcoded password

James Anderson

To be fair

Lenovo inherited this rubbish from IBM. Who used to be a great hardware company, but, they always scared away any decent developers.

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Hehe, still writing code for a living? It's 2018. You could be earning x3 as a bug bounty hunter

James Anderson

Lottery winners earn more than you.

Massive amount of winner bias in the survey.

Would someone who spent a year failing to find a rewarding bug and went back to their day job bother with the survey.

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Wave Tata, Capita: You've lost mega-contract to rival outsourcer

James Anderson

1000 jobs tranferred

Isn't that what used to happen when the plantation got sold?

Not to minimise the horror and suffering of the victims of slavery, but, TUPing, zero ours contracts, offshoring jobs to the third world, offshoring manufacturing to countries without labour, health and safety or environmental protections, how long before slavery is just another tool to enhance shareholder value?

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

James Anderson

In the great IBM tradition

If the customers hate the product ..... Just change the brand name.

Never worked before but maybe this time.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

James Anderson

Unimaginative boring commodity PC labelers

The whole point of the surface line is to get the traditional PC manufacturers to put some innovation and pizzaz into thier product lines.

With the possible exception of Lenovo, the major manufacturers (re labelers ?) have been pushing boring shoddily made laptops whose design has barely changed over the last ten years.

MS had to do something to claw back some market and mind share from Apple.

Linux has the same problem beautiful software but a poor choice of substandard hardware to run it on.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

James Anderson

I am currently suffering from sever Reindeer Flu or perhaps the more virulent Elf Flu so prevalent at this time of year.

Luckily I have a caring and sympathetic wife to help me fight this dire illness. She asked me to ask El Reg readers for some advice and guidance.

Which brand of antipathetic throat spray would they recommend?

Are expensive deconstantmoanant nasal inhalers worth the money or is poundstretcher's own brand good enough?

Are antiwimpiotics effective when taken orally or should she be administering the extra large suppositories?

Finally are there any studies which indicate treatment is more effective when applied by the patients mother in the childhood home? If so would changing the locks be an act of kindness?

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Google lies about click-fraud refunds and tried to destroy us – ad biz

James Anderson

Re: Google could look into Youtube while they're at it ?

@moonrakin,

Half the world has a gmail account.

Instead of looking for pinko-liberal-communist conspiricies maybe you should look for some counsellin. Possibly you could sue some hate radio station for the damage done to you.

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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel flawed net neutrality vote

James Anderson

Careful what you wish for.

If the telcos are allowed to shape traffic according to content and destination it difficult to see how they can keep thier "common carrier" status.

This "we are just provide the wiring" defence excuses them from any responsibility for the malware, smut, hate speech etc. that they carry.

However if they can shape traffic according to the content, source or destination this defence no longer holds as they must be aware of the content to do so. Go get em Lawers.

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Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year

James Anderson

Headline not equal to detail.

Lots of self contradictions in the article.

"most errors occur in software written in the last five years" and " .net applications have the highest error rate" maybe a headline like

Youngsters code worse than ancient COBOL beardies.

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman QUITS, MAN! Neri to replace chief exec in Feb

James Anderson

The sad truth is that HP and IBM are steamship manufacturers in an age of jet planes.

Technology and markets changed. Rather than keep up they cut costs and people getting rid of the one resource that could have saved them.

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Productivity through tech, UK firms. More cyber, more cloud, more ERP!

James Anderson

I doubt that anyone who has been involved in a SAP or Peoplesoft/Oracle ERP/CRM marathon project would have anything but sympathy for the poor Danes.

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