* Posts by James Anderson

613 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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The axeman strikes again: Microsoft has real commitment issues

James Anderson

Re: OpenSource

Groove had a decent catalouge. Not as many tracks as Spotify but 20% of Spotify's catalouge is click bait and cruft. vis the 10,000 versions of happy birthday by artists such as Elviz Presley etc.

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Re: OpenSource

Grooves product is music and video tracks licensed from record and movie companies. Good luck with outsourcing that.

Any current open source media player is better than or equal to grooves' player.

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Sputnik-1 replica used to test the real thing goes under the hammer

James Anderson

So we are just a tribe of monkeys with bigger rocks to throw.

The science we have has totally outstripped our emotional and social intelligence.

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

James Anderson

Re: Turtlenecks, boybeards...

I think the old testament writers (along with Norse sagas Greek myths etc.) had what we shall now call a Trumpian relationship with facts. Never let Fake News get in the way of a good rune byte.

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HP Inc exec: Yes, we'll put a bullet in the X3 device

James Anderson

Microsoft are making a habit of this

See another ditched product:

https://www.theverge.com/2017/10/2/16401898/microsoft-groove-music-pass-discontinued-spotify-partner

How can anyone trust MS to support any product long term?

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Java security plagued by crappy docs, complex APIs, bad advice

James Anderson

Re: General issue

Probably

"They found that many developers do not understand Spring"

Problem java EE over engineered complex bloated.

Solution over engineered, complex bloated framework -- duh.

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Amadeus booking software outages smack airports across world

James Anderson

Re: 'we experienced a network issue '

Hardware fails, things go wrong in ways you never thought possible.

Any serious professional has been there. The point is they recovered pretty quickly and given the volume of traffic they deal with 0.001% of their customers were affected.

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SQL Server 2017: What's new, what's missing on Linux, and what's next?

James Anderson

Re: Why would you ever want to run SQL Server on Linux?

I think the real point is not to lose customers who are going cloudy by prefer Amazon to being locked in to Azure.

SqlServer is certainly a good enough database to compete with Oracle and cheap enough to be a viable alternatve to PostGress et all.

The MS only syntax and extensions would make porting an application from SqlServer to Postgress or MySql a fairly painful process -- so paying for an SqlServer license and porting to a Linux environment is quite doable.

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

James Anderson

As uber are only a booking service

Every single self employed independent driver ought to be made to apply for license a individually.

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Chirpy, chirpy, cheap, cheap: Printable IoT radios for 10 cents each

James Anderson

Re: Official reg units please

Tea Tray = 22 beermats

Cricket Pitch = 180 Tea Trays

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James Anderson

Official reg units please

Can we please have this in units of Cricket Pitches or Tea Trays so El Reg readers know what area is covered.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

James Anderson

Re: HTC was the architect of its own demise

HTC are actually a big company ( O.K. a subsidiary of a large company ) its just not a big brand name.

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Dude who claimed he invented email is told by judge: It's safe to say you didn't invent email

James Anderson

Proir art

Petty sure the first "mail" program that looked like e-mail ran on various DEC pdp 11 operating systems. IBM comes a close second and third system linked IBM and all its customers.

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Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data

James Anderson

Bad Karma

Naming your release after a mess of coloured sugar and fat of dubious origin. Gotta expect some trouble.

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Asteroid Florence buzzes Earth, brings two moons along for the ride

James Anderson

Re: i hope the moons are dougal and zebedee

Surly Brian and Dylan would be better names. Dougal and Zebedee were stars andfar to important to be mere moons?

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Fewer than half GCSE computing students got a B or higher this year

James Anderson

Re: IT snobbery

You hit the nail on the head.

Computer programming is an art. You either have a brain capable of logic and pattern recognition or you don't. No amount of teaching can make up for a lack of basic aptitude. Conversely anyone with aptitude can pick up the basic skills without formal training.

Nobody complains that John Lennon never attended a school of music, that Jack Vetriano never went to Art College etc. etc.

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Oracle caves, promises to crack open Java EE as v8 crawls ever closer

James Anderson

Re: Go Java!

"Jave runs almost anywhere" may be true for pure Java code. But any non trivial JavaEE program can only be guaranteed to run on a particular version of a a particular framework (Websphere, JBOSS whatever).

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Re: Go Java!

To be fair JavaEE is a bloated mis-conceived monster, written in a rather nice language.

A pure java "guten tag welt" is only 4 lines, a properly multiligual one about 6 lines not including the translations.

I only I type "a == b" and have it mean "does a have the same value as b" and not "does a have the same object reference as b".

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Google's Android 8.0 Oreo has been served

James Anderson

OREOS -- yuck

Bad karma naming your release after a chemical concoction of sugar, black food colouring and fats of unknown providence.

Whats the software equivalent of diabetes?

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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

James Anderson

Liar!

"Sonos has always collected functional data from its devices. "If you choose to authorize Spotify," a company spokesperson explained in a phone interview with The Register, "we need to share information with Spotify."

If you signon to Spotify with your Spotify userid from a device, there, is absolutely no need for the manufacturer of that device to be aware of your account. Spotify knows you have registered and does not need Sonos to tell it who its customers are, (or Apple or Android or Microsoft who let you use Spotify without insisting that you give up your privacy).

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Ubuntu sends trash to its desktop's desktop

James Anderson

Re: Wot! Someone copying Apple?

Where to start almost everything you mentioned was avaiable on some other computer or some other OS before it appeared on an apple device.

Almost all the GUI elements you see on a modern computer were developed at Xerox PARC and were commercially available on Xerox Viewpoint workstations years before Lisa or the MAC.

There were many home computers from Tandy, Commodor etc which came in neat beige boxes with built in floppy drives at the same time as the first Apples (cheap enough chips were avaiable to make a hobby PC viable -- several companies had a go!).

Probably the only real innovation were the full page Glossy adds in Omni magazine.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

James Anderson

Re: Food imports which may see a 20% import duty after Brexit

WTO has a set of rules for deciding the MAXIMUM tariff that can be applied to particular imports from a particular country.

There is no obligation to charge the maximum value.

Besides I seem to remember joining the Common Market resulted in an increase in food prices. Losing the EU restrictions on imports from outside the EU should result in cheaper food prices.

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