* Posts by zebthecat

115 posts • joined 23 Jun 2008

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BlackBerry admits: We could do better at patching

zebthecat

Ah bollocks is more like it

I really like my Priv and am pretty hacked off about this news. The overheating thing was sorted out a while ago and I love the combination large screen and keyboard.

Plan to carry on using it until it finally dies but won't be purchasing another BB after this. If you can't be arsed to carry on supporting your products then don't expect anyone to buy them.

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Massive iPhone X leak trashes Apple's 10th anniversary circus

zebthecat

They’re introducing a bunch of new 3D animated emojis that are based on the user’s facial expression...

...when they are having a poo

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

zebthecat

Re: Jerry will be sorely missed

Eh?

SDI was a catastrophic and expensive failure, not one of the projects succeeded.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: First, read the memo

D'Amore, however, presents precisely no evidence to back up his supposedly scientific assertions. Firing him was a bit harsh but don't pretend that this was a well researched paper. For all the apparent logic the premises of arguments are worthless

"What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence."

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Assange offers job to sacked Google diversity manifestbro

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Obligatory xkcd

https://xkcd.com/1357/

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

zebthecat

Re: Share and Enjoy!

So now we know why they were first up against the wall when the revolution came.

Anyone who tries to sneak comms stuff into my toater can go stick his head in a pig!

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

zebthecat

Re: I don't get it

Me neither - I guess there must be some use case but I can't think of one apart from spying on your own family.

Very weird

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Agile consultant behind UK's disastrous Common Platform Programme steps down

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Sounds as if they weren't actually doing Agile at all but merely spouting the management bullshit that can surround it.

The projects I have been a part of that did use Agile were all about delivering working software first and foremost. From what i can remember that is pretty much top priority in the original manifesto.

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Google Spanner in the NewSQL works?

zebthecat

"Traditional relational database system do this by only having one master, the keeper of the truth and slaves which keep copies and may actually be wrong!"

Unless you use the Master/Master circular replication set up that is

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Java? Nah, I do JavaScript, man. Wise up, hipster, to the money

zebthecat

Re: Java is absolutely crap for web applications

You have clearly never coded a Java web properly so shut your cake hole.

Ignorance is not a strong position from which you should try to frame an argument

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

zebthecat

Re: Make something new

Long form TV, however, would be a perfect fit.

I'd love to see Netflix/HBO/whoever take on Use of Weapons

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Oracle effectively doubles licence fees to run its stuff in AWS

zebthecat

Those yachts don't pay for themselves you know

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British military laser death ray cannon contract still awarded, MoD confirms

zebthecat

HMS Sharky McLaserface

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Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

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Since when has supporting an election winner become mandatory?

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

zebthecat

"And you forget the only thing that matters: Germany needs to export to the UK. Their auto industry will be rioting if the EU insists on tariffs."

Hi Govey!

You're flat wrong by the way. Politics will trump economics - the EU will not give us tariff free access unless we accept the four freedoms and that is that. They cannot give us a special deal as it will encourage others trying it on.

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Linus Torvalds releases 'biggest ever' Linux 4.9, then saves Christmas

zebthecat

Re: Why have you included a picture of Christopher Biggins!

Definitely Biggins

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Continuous Lifecycle 2017: Ten days to tell us how DevOps really works

zebthecat

I have an open mind about this.

Where I work we have a large collection of web applications running on a portal server and deliver new stuff monthly using agile and continuous deployments and it works pretty well. Probably the most productive I have been in twenty years and our business bods are pretty pleased with what we do.

One of our management people is muttering about DevOps (largely because our ops team aren't particularly good) but I have yet to hear anything about how this approach will help us be more productive, it appears to be all about architecture rather than actually churning our working new stuff (which is what the business side are actually interested in).

Does anyone here have any practical answers?

I have read papers that say that data (which, after all, is the heart of most applications) is difficult without actually explaining how this difficulty is overcome.

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Sharing's caring? Not when you spread data across gov willy-nilly

zebthecat

Wha!?

I thought that sharing personal data without consent was contrary to the data protection act?

Might be pretty hard to get the private to play nicely if the government decides it is above the law

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Gov's industrial strategy: 'Look, we've changed the words above our door'

zebthecat

Not surprising that the Hayek inspired IEA are calling for a slashing of regulation as that is their only strategy. Worked for the banks didn't it?

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You work so hard on coding improvements... and it's all undone by a buggy component

zebthecat

Re: Best practices like remediation coaching and eLearning

Indeed they do

They are also running a devops security roadshow tour at this very moment

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Criticize Donald Trump, get your site smashed offline from Russia

zebthecat

The real question is... why would the Russians want Trump to win?

Pretty obvious that one:

Trump and Putin have been acquaintences for a while.

Trump is rowing back on the US's NATO article 5 commitments (collective defence).

Trump thinks Russia didn't invade eastern Ukraine (even though they admitted it).

Trump is, by nature, an isolationst.

All this would give Russia a free hand in foreign policy to carry on its military adventurism unchecked by the US. Trump's comments on article 5 could potentially leave the Baltic states vulnerable to an invasion similar to Ukraine

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4K-ing-A! Roku bangs out broad range of new streaming boom boxes

zebthecat

I agree

Got a 3DTV a few years ago by accident purely as it was at a huge discount (and a bloody good plasma screen as well).

Have watched a fair few 3D movies on it and only two have ever worked well (even Gravity was so-so). This two were TT Closer to the edge because the on bike 3D sequences are terrifying and it really brings home how scary the TT course is. The other was Dredd purely for the 3D blood flying everywhere in balletic slomo.

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Bad news: MySQL can dish out root access to cunning miscreants

zebthecat

Re: I've got a cunning plan my lord

I was wondering that too.

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Facebook, Twitter and Google are to blame for terrorism, say MPs

zebthecat

Re: Is another term for press subjugation to the Home Affarirs committee...

You are in the right anatomical area

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Time to re-file your patents and trademarks, Britain

zebthecat

Re: 'EU' -> 'UK' -> 'K'

Dismaland?

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

zebthecat

Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

Perverse it might be but that is exactly what the leave campaign implies

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Outsourcery to perform ULTIMATE outsource as it enters administration

zebthecat

Re: The Cloud...

According to the article they deal with the failing cloud.

Funny old business model that

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Microsoft and LinkedIn: What the CEOs are planning

zebthecat

Hmm...

"He assures them, with apparent belief, that the company will remain independent of the Beast of Redmond."

I give it two years max

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

zebthecat

Re: Problem is that Agile doesn't work

Disagree completely - I have worked in three places that did Agile well and it worked very well indeed. As far as I can tell the main thrust of the article is creect in that you really need everyone (especially the business sponsors) to buy into it too. If they don't understand the process then you might as well not bother..

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HSBC swinging axe on UK IT department, 840 heads to roll

zebthecat

Re: Cunts

You beat me to it (Wankers was my choice)

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GDS gets it in the neck from MPs over Rural Payments Agency farce

zebthecat

Where, presumably, many government ministers learned all they know about IT.

Says it all in one sentence *sigh*

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zebthecat

If only...

...it was fail fast - at least that is relatively inexpensive.

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Surprise! British phone wins Best Product at Mobile World Congress

zebthecat

Re: Want

Yep, me too

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All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

zebthecat

Well done...

...that is the most idiotic comment I have read for a while. It is satirical I hope.

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Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off

zebthecat

SOAPY TIT WANK!

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Eighteen year old server trumped by functional 486 fleet!

zebthecat

Re: Long-lived VMSclusters?

There, indeed, are - I worked for one.

I am pretty sure their two main cluster incarnations have been since 1990 (I recall rewriting some ancient C++ code that run there where the previous edit had been done in 1992 and this was five years ago).

They also did a full data centre move, mainframes and all, in a weekend which was pretty bloody impressive.

OpenVMS really is spectacularly resilient, the only downside (apart from debugging which was hideously slow) was the boxes puny network cards.

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zebthecat

Re: Power

That reminds me.

Years and years ago my department's intranet web server lived in the same office as the network manager (next to mine) as there was nowhere else to put it and it had a dinky UPS to keep it alive just in case.

However, when the time came, and some Thames Water workers accidentally cut the power cable for our building.

1. Everything goes dark with just the sounds of dying fans piercing the silence.

2. There is a loud explosion

3. The slightly singed Network Manager stumbles, coughing, out of his office in the midst of a cloud of smoke.

4. Smoke alarms go ape (thanks to PP3 batteries)

I have been wary of UPSs ever since

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Viglen staff mark CEO Tkachuk's passing with a royal tribute

zebthecat

Many years ago the company I worked for was merged into our parent and, as a result, we moved into the parent company's office building.

The whole move was organised by the MD including a nice little goldfish bowl for said MD.

Rather callously the MD's prize for the smooth office move was getting fired on the Monday morning directly after the weekend of the move itself.

I arrived on the office on Tuesday morning to find crime scene tape all over the ex-MD's office complete with chalk dead body outline and oodles a fake blood.

We never did find out who was responsible...

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Cisco bitten by Java deserialisation bug, working on patch

zebthecat

Re: Drop Java

No wonder you posted as AC.

Ignorance is bliss and you are very blissed out.

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UK.gov creates £500K fund to help universities teach cyber skills

zebthecat

Re: Universities can't do training, they just do "Education"

I am old enough to remember the days when most employers recruited bright kids and then trained them. If a company is short sighted enough not to even consider this approach when the job market is competitive then tough titty.

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Vanished global warming may not return – UK Met Office

zebthecat

Indian Summer?

As I see the cherry picking season is still in full swing.

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BT broadband in broad-based brownout and TITSUP incidents

zebthecat

It gets better...

...My home connection went iffy last night and still is this morning,

I called BTs help line to be informed that their fault recording system is down for "maintenance" and could I call back in 2-3 hours.

Useless planks!

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Minister for Fun opens consultation on future of the BBC

zebthecat

Re: That's the problem with politicians....

I am with you on that, the BBC is too important to leave to (quoting Robin Day) "here today, gone tomorrow" politicians.

The charter renewal should be the responsibility of a non partisan body and this should lead it to be less open to party political abuse.

Also the license fee is becoming increasingly anachronistic (even if it is a simple and cheap way of collecting revenue). I think it should paid from general taxation BUT there should be legislation to protect it from the grasp of the Treasury.

The idea that it should not attempt mass appeal TV is ludicrous and a pretty transparent ruse to make the BBC a lesser broadcaster therefore easier to take to pieces politically (having said that - The Voice is still shite).

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Dormant ALIEN SLIME LIFE frozen in SPEEDING comet will AWAKEN - boffins

zebthecat

Re: I, for one, welcome our slimy alien overlords...

Blimey! It's The Blob!

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

zebthecat

Funny that

A couple of years ago I had the letter asking to change my electricity meter for a smart one as the meter was due for replacement (it looked pretty new to me).

I said no thanks but was happy for them to put a new dumb meter in,

Never heard back

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HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

zebthecat

Have to agree with anon

There is now way that this HP will have enough grunt to play Minecraft acceptably and certainly won't be up for video editing.

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Hated biz smart meter rollout: UK.gov sticks chin out, shuts eyes

zebthecat

I don't get it at all.

What on earth are these smart meters meant to achieve?

Unless they have some magic powers to reduce electricity if course. Do they contain some secret electical fairy dust?

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

zebthecat

And there was me thinking...

...that the GDS was staffed entirely by Agile code ninjas. Have we been misled?

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Google Glass DIED from TOO MUCH ATTENTION, Captain Moonshot admits

zebthecat

He missed the main problem...

...in that glass was a stupid idea in the first place and no amount of positive PR was ever going to change that,

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A gold MacBook with just ONE USB port? Apple, you're DRUNK

zebthecat

Re: self-indulgent onanism

Furious

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