* Posts by James Anderson

664 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007


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.

James Anderson

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.

James Anderson

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Pirate radio is harmfull

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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

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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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