* Posts by James Anderson

680 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007


Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

James Anderson

Facebook is a publisher

.. and as such should be subject to the same laws and legal liabilities as newspaper and book publishers.

Facebook will argue its current status as a common carrier is correct. But the telephone company does not listen to my calls and interrupt a conversation about barbecues with suggestions that I buy a new Weber. The fact that Facebook scans your posts and sells this data to advertisers should be enough to revoke its common carrier status and get it classified as a publisher which it so obviously is.

Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches

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Re: "How do you show who put the dodgy line of code in, and when?"

All that's required is for the peer reviewer to add a comment " /* reviewed by xxxx -- no problems found */ " .

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8

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Forcing developers to stop working on stuff the business wants and need, and instead work on making changes to stuff that used to work because some arrogant language pedants cannot be bothered with backward compatibility.

Even a few one line changes will require the full dev, unit test, integration test and user acceptance test cycle, and it all eats up man hours.

How would you feel if the electric company told you 220 volts was old hat and forced you to switch to the technically superior 177 volts?

No wonder big companies stick with COBOL.

Adi Shamir visa snub: US govt slammed after the S in RSA blocked from his own RSA conf

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Re: So where would they move it to?

Barcelona is an exception. The various police forces Local, Mossos, Guardia Civil and Policia National have been mostly fighting each other and "normal" crime has got out of hand.

The rest of Spain has a relatively low crime rate and probably the most efficient police force (Guardia Civil) in the world.

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Re: So where would they move it to?

Whats wrong with southern europe.

Spain and Italy have several state of the art conference centres

better weather and better food then any of the alternatives listed.

Ah, this military GPS system looks shoddy but expensive. Shall we try to break it?

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Re: VHS Tape Case as a Measurement Unit?

Really good unit of measurement. Especially as millenials will have no idea what you are referring to.

I had to suffer rods, perches and bushels so they deserve VHS tapes, starting handles and blackboard dusters.

IBM so very, very sorry after jobs page casually asks hopefuls: Are you white, black... or yellow?

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Re: what if you're multiracial ?

Its not actually racist to describe someones ethnicity. Some people are proud of their ancestors.

If you want to experience real patronising ethnic prejudice try going to China where you have a choice of "white ghost" or "black ghost" as ethnicity if you are not Asian.

Incidentally even if the choices were something as PC as "East Asian" and "mixed race" the pull down would still breach several US Federal employment laws -- you are not allowed to ask. Which makes it rather tricky to fulfil the legal requirement to report how many employees you have by ethnic group.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Sitting on the fence.

Linus does have a valid point as far as kernel development goes. For x86 you configure and compile a kernel once and it will run on any similarly speced x86 hardware anywhere. For arm you need to configure and build not just for every chip set, but, for every board. The flexibility of the arm design becomes a handicap when deploying an OS.

On the other hand most application level code these days is written in php, Python or Java and it really does not matter which platform you deploy to. If you are unfortunate enough to develop in Enterprise Java you will be stuck with deploying on the exact same release as you developed and tested on but you could easily deploy on different hardware if the specufic J2EE version was available.

Eggheads want YOU to name Jupiter's five newly found moons ‒ and yeah, not so fast with Moony McMoonface

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Cox, Jansch, McShee, Renbourn, Thompson

Pentangles original lineup, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentangle_(band)

plus you get 10 spare names from other lineups in any more moons appear.

Return of the audio format wars and other money-making scams

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Re: Two words

Many years ago on the long bus ride from London to Edinburgh and back I used to stare out of the window and wonder about the strange ethereal clumps of brown shiny tumbleweed that would appear on the side of the motorway.

A couple of years later I was in a car with a mate who was attempting to play Hendrix on his 8 track, as the horible cobination of white noise and mechanical crunching was clearly not the guitar genius he ripped the offending cassete out of the player and through it out of the window with a ritual "f*k*ng eight track" curse. Another clump of brown shiny tumbleweed and another mystery solved!

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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Re: Had the chance to pose with one once

Did you sit through the video of a Panda giving birth. As the hamster sized new Panda popped out the mother looked confused for a few seconds and then went back to munching bamboo. Then one of the keepers rushed in to grab it before the mother sat on it.

Apparently in the wild the average mother has three goes before it realises they need to nurture these strange objects.

Santander hands over $700m to IBM in hopes of becoming incredible banking machine

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AI vs Real Intelligence

I spent the first half of my career in Financial Services IT, writing and implementing systems that put everything under head office control and so they could de-skill or remove branch managers.

The second half of that career was building humongous data warehouses, analytics systems, data lakes etc.. The goal of which was to glean information and insights that a traditional branch manager would have known instantly.

Funny old world.

The Lance Arm-strong of performance-enhanced CPUs: Armv8.1-M arch jams vector math into super-microcontrollers

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Re: next-gen 32-bit microcontrollers????????????

The clue is in the "micro" bit of microcontroller.

Some tasks don't nee that much computational power or memory, and IoT things are usually in very price sensitive markets.

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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Re: Similari

Well why would the UK impose punishing import tariffs on itself?

Without a trade agreement the importing country is free to decide on how much to charge if anything.

Several countries Hong Kong, Singapore, Dubai have zero tariffs on imported goods.

On the other hand without a trade agreement the country you export to can charge as much as it wants!

Which is a major problem for exporters, but, all the project fear panic is directed at imports which would seem to be a non-event. It all seems like a re-run of the pathetic Y2K non event remember "Millenium cupboards" now we have "brexit cupboards" .

James Anderson

Re: Similari

Given the massive imbalance between what Britain imports from the EU and what it actually exports to EU countries any tarrif war would hurt the EU far more than the UK. Not that that would bother Junker et al as they are interested in defending thier institutions not the well being and prosperity of the people of Europe.

Even worse there is very little that the UK imports from the EU that it cannot get cheaper and better from countries outside the EU. The goods from the EU counties are only competitive because of tariffs which will no longer apply.

Everyday doings of a metropolitan techie: Stob's software diary

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Re: Not from the Midlands...

I hail from the Kingdom Of Fife where it is considered really bad form to utter any phrase that does not contain a negative. So when offered a beer you reply "A Widne mind" or "No a bad idea". A sincere "Yes Please" would result in you wearing said beer.

Amazon takes aim at MongoDB with launch of Mongo-compatible DocumentDB

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Re: Ohh

Really only sensible -- Cloud computing especially things like Elastic Compute does not and cannot work with licensed software.

How could you fire up another server to support an unexpected load if you had to acquire a bunch of licenses first?

IBM to kill off Watson... Workspace from end of February

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Sametime viable ?

How bad could Watson be that "SameTime is a viable alternative"?

If at first, second, third... fourth time you don't succeed, you're Apple: Another appeal lost in $440m net patent war

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Re: This company is simply outrageous

Keep up the good fight Apple.

Be very clear if they lose this smaller companies will be left with no choice but to feed the patent trolls.

Could add as much as 10% to the price of anything with software inside.

HSBC suggests it might have found a... use for blockchain?

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Risk Averse?

My experience of merchant banking is they are quite the opposite of "Risk Averse".

Certainly in their financial dealings they will take any amount of risk if it generates larger bonuses.

Their IT departments has a penchant for shiny new technologies and bleeding edge software.

The first time I saw a serious Linux box deployed for a serious application was at an investment bank in 2003.

Before dipping a toe in the new ThinkPad high-end, make sure your desk is compatible

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Re: Bah

If you want better battery life and bigger keys just buy a T series --- you have choices.

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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IBM -- the new Unisys

Once you navigate your way through the fog and obfustication of IBM's financial reports it becomes pretty clear that the only real profits are from z/OS mainframes and the associated software and facilities management.

So they are firing the expertise running the only profitable operation -- duh.

They have invested heavily in Watson -- no profits (and very few paying customers) so far.

They are investing heavily in Blockchain ( the worlds most successful snake-oil brand.).

Oh and they make a lot of noise about cloud computing. Where they have lots of customers. Customers like me who spent 20$ in 2011 on a DB2 benchmark and have spent nothing

in the last 7 years -- but cannot find any way to close my customer account.

At least Unisys faded gracefully milking there DOD accounts.

The D in SystemD stands for Dammmit... Security holes found in much-adored Linux toolkit

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Re: I guess it's a good time

syscntl status sense_of_humour


syscntl status irony_detection


You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Zero inflation for digital devices

If you look at the price of something digital, you can reasonably expect to get more

for the same price or less.

A good example would be Thinkpads, the one that went into space

a year 2000 T series had a list price of $3,699 by 2014 a T450

was listed under $2000. With 8 times the merory, 16 times the processing power

20 times the disk space etc. etc.

So apple charging twice as much for something just marginally better really

goes against the grain.

Especially when you compare a 2015 Galaxy S6 at $699 with the latest

2019 S10 at $799.

Border guards probe 'suspicious bulge' in man's trousers to find he's packing fluffies

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...did he not realise how sharp kitten claws are?

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project

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Re: "an excessive number of defects"

There are defects and there are serious defects.

I have worked on projects which went live which hundreds of defects. But they were along the lines of "Customers title 'Marquis' truncated to 'Marqui' on mail address".

Had we had any "Orders entered on 29th February are lost" type defects another round of fixes and testing would be required.

The important question is how many of those defects were "critical" and who decided what was "critic all"?

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

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Re: Firefox

Junkers corollary to Godwin's Law!

Any Register Forum will de-generate into a Brexit argument within 50 posts.

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re-Moaners ... You lost

And you will lose a second referendum.

If the actions of Barnier and Junker cannot convince you that the EU is a beurocracy interested only in expanding its own powers then a re-moaner you will remain.

But for the majority of the population they will only reinforce the conviction that we should leave the sorry mess.

Oh and if there is another vote will the remain side find anything positive to say about the EU? 'Cos last time they could only come up with scare stories about how we couldn't manage on our own.

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Re: != Brexit dodging

Try naming more than five wholly owned UK brand name companies.

Cadbury -- the yanks

Boots -- the Italians

Norwich Union -- the French

Jaguar -- the Indians

ARM -- the Japanese

You were sold down the river long ago.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Confidentially as a member of an elete military unit cunninly disguised as Drunken Revellers and/or greey haired pensioners I can say the invasion is well under way from the Island Fortress of Ibiza and the mainland stronghold of Benidorm we have established secure beach heads on most of the Mediteranean coast (inland areas being deemed of no strategic importance).

We are currently instructing the natives on the Joys of British culture -- Pints of Stella, lethally hot curry, shopping at Aldi, etc. -- which they have taken to quite well, although queuing and how to make a left turn at a roundabout needs a lot more work.

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Whats with all these Spanish owned comapnies in the UK.

Telefonica operate a very reliable service in Spain (albeit with crap customer service).

Sabadell in Spain manage to keep their computer systems up and their customers happy.

AENA run some of the best Airports in the world (Badajas by Madrid is superb example of how to do an airport right) -- but the UK gets Heathrow and Gatwick.

If you gave them Gibraltar back would they leave you alone?

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Re Re: That's a lot of notes for Notes

Except the awful notes UI has not changed much in the last 20 years.

Windows got better 98 -> NT -> XP

The flatlined -> Windows 7

The downhill -> Windows 8

Followed by a crash dive that would impress a herd of lemmings --> Windows 10

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Did not even get the cube right!

I count 8 blue squares -- so even the best the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation would sell could not solve this one.

If I close my eyes, the end-of-life kit vanishes: UK banks in doghouse over poor resilience

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Not so mainframe hardware is under constant development and newer faster shinier machines are released every thre or four years.

Shiney enough that most Banks replace thier production kit every five years or so.

An obsessive commitment to backward compatibility means in most case it just a case of wheeling out the old machine and plugging in the new one.

Software is a different matter the above mentioned obsession with backward compatibility means you can happily run software written in the seventies.

The worst offenders in the obsolete hardware stakes are Windows servers, systems stuck on obsolete operating systems and out of support databases because of the expense and risk involved in each upgrade.

Although my personal best was in 1999 I saw a pdp-11 running a production mail server. It was due to be replaced because no Y2K fix was available. So it went to a museum after 25 years service.

IBM's Ginni Rometty snipes, er, someone for being irresponsible with data, haven't a clue who

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Once you know something .. You know

Knowledge is pretty much unforgettable.

You can legislate against gathering knowledge -- it's called spying, or, voyerism and the laws are reasonably effective.

But asking a business to forgret who bought some thing from you or who walked into your shop -- you are now in a legal swamp. You need to keep records about who was sold what, you pay attention when Boris Johnson wanders in but does not actually buy. You cannot legislate forgetting. The current meatspace situation has always been fraught with high profile cases -- slander, gagging orders D notices have always resulted in controversy and mixed public opinion.

So what not go for the Scott McNeally approach and admit you have no privacy on line.

This would work a lot better than thinking you were somehow protected by a government who's elected representatives were funded by the companies that gathered your data.

SAP can claim to change its culture, but can it convince customers?

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Bespoke is cheaper

Not only could you build the system you want and need for less than trying to install the one size fits nothing package.

Your in house maintenance will cost less than the annual licence cost.

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat

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Look what happened to wunderground

Www.wunderground.com went from being the best weather channel to absolutely useless within months of IBM borking the weather company.

In doing so it will gradually lose the 1000's of users who contribute thier personal weather station data, which, is also used by the rest of the weather channel sites.

Short sited accounting always trumps long term economics at the new IBM.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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Re: Redhat employees - get out now

A short list of IBM aquistions of previously successfully companies then went nowhere:

Encina, Rational , Informix, Greenplum,

Feel free to add to the list. Given past performance red had will be renamed Blue Shorts and disappear from view within two years.

DXC axes Americas boss amid latest deck chair musical

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Getting to rival Premier league"Managerial Long Service" time scales.

Although "Leroy Rosenior – Torquay (10 minutes, 2007)" is going to be hard to beat.

LinkedIn has a Glint in its eye and cash burning a hole in its pocket

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Re: Linkedin duplication

Every fule know when peoples contact me on linked in they sacked and luking for job.

HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

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Re: Don't worry. Be happy.

Obviously you have not driven up the M6 anytime in the last 30 years.

You would see as you drove through the "desolation of Thatcher" that there are no working factories, Britain does not make anything anyway, apart from the odd formula 1 car, and some high end vacuum cleaners.

IBM won't grow, says analyst firm while eyeing flatlining share price

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The mainframe is the problem.

Not because they are bad, rather, because they are very very good, and very very profitable, unlike the rest of IBMs product lines.

The problem is that 20 years ago the all the Fortune 500 companies would be substantial mainframe customers. Since then NONE of the new entries to the list (think Amazon, UBER, etc. ) use an IBM mainframe. Those companies with mainframes are running old ( and probably excellent ) software, but, I have not seen any major mainframe projects for about 10 years. Nobody is developing new software for these beasts.

While the hardware is actually quite competitive the software license fees are eye wateringly expensive, and, you need a long list just to get the system running.

Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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Her Indoors

Has permanently lost WiFi on her venerable think pad as the Intel Fi we is no longer supported. Plus there is no option to revert to the previous release.

Thanks been trying to persuade her to switch to Linux Mint for a couple of years now.

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Re: Microsoft can never be an 'aspirational' brand

They have dropped or abandoned so may "consumer" products over the years you would be foolish to pay good money for the latest ( latest as in last to market) attempt to jump on the consumer band wagon.

Bizarrely the current Windows 10 release bundles the Groove music front end even though the service was dumped six moths ago. Does anyone at Redmond actually know what is going on?

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: 777?

Bac 111

Still flying Heathrow to Copenhagen in the early 90s

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

@Richard C: not sure why no comments but

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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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