* Posts by James Anderson

645 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007

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

James Anderson

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.

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

James Anderson

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.

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

James Anderson

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.

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DXC axes Americas boss amid latest deck chair musical

James Anderson

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

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

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

James Anderson

Re: Linkedin duplication

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

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HMRC rapped as Brexit looms and customs IT release slips again

James Anderson

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.

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

James Anderson

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.

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

James Anderson

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.

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

James Anderson

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?

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

James Anderson

Re: 777?

Bac 111

Still flying Heathrow to Copenhagen in the early 90s

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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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