This is awful
I have to talk to people face-to-face! The horror!
217 posts • joined 25 Apr 2007
Could always rebrand themselves IBC (International Business Cloud).
I realise that you are making a joke but IBM have lasted for 100 years by continually re-inventing themselves as the market changes whilst keeping a name that is sufficiently broad to encompass any type of 'business machine'. At the moment they are surviving because enough people still trust the name but I don't see their reputation lasting for much longer if they cannot sort themselves out soon. A rebrand (which I think is unlikely) would be a sure sign that they are desperate and all else has failed.
At least this was around a planned 'upgrade' so people had notice of when doom may darken their banking ability.
I am (for the moment) still a customer and I found out about the outage via Twitter on Friday afternoon. I consider this to be less 'notice' and more 'afterthought'. People might be a bit more understanding if they had not done exactly the same last month. It is almost as if there is an end-of-the-month batch job that is broken.
If it were genuinely a 'planned' outage then perhaps they could have not done it on the last day of the month, being pay-day for a lot of people.
"It works, it's just disabled on cellphones."
Quite. When I said it no longer worked I meant it was blocked. There was a period when you got the annoying message asking you to install the app but it would still let you through to the messages but that option disappeared eventually.
And your suggestion to try m.facebook.com gave me the idea to try using a non-default browser. It turns out that with the Opera Mini browser I can now access messages again via the web app.
"You didn't install the Messenger app, but did you install the Facebook app or was it included with the phone and not uninstallable?"
If you uninstall the Facebook app (as I did when it made my phone too unresponsive) you find that the mobile web site is almost fully functional so there is really no need for an app.
The one thing that doesn't work is private messages. It used to work, so there is no technical reason why it shouldn't any more, but if you try to view messages you now get automatically directed to the Google Play store. It is almost as if Facebook needs the app to do more than just display some text and pictures on your screen.
I, too, am glad I never gave in to the nagging although my reason is that I want a phone that I can actually use.
I have a former colleague who is blind and so uses IRC to access Slack. I understand that Slack have a team working on accessibility but unfortunately it is still not quite there yet so by cutting support they are unnecessarily introducing a barrier to blind and partially sighted people.
Meanwhile, they have gone out of their way to shut down an attempt to provide a viable solution to the mess that is the NHS IT:
It wasn't fake, it was just old.
This isn't the first time a news article has used archive footage to say "this is happening now", typically with alarmist headlines. These instances have rightly been judged as fake even if the photographs are legitimate records of another event.
Yes, the video is genuine but using it to attract an audience by claiming that it is 'live' is deceitful.
I learned IRC nearly 30 years ago, and it hasn't gone down since.
... until you get a netsplit.
For the record, I also would be happy with IRC, which does the vast majority of what people need (apart from some essential features such as giphy), but Slack is where all the cool kids are these days.
Except in the real world, no they didn't.
I presume you are referring to CNN threatening to dox the individual - correct me if I'm wrong.
I don't know about what the amendments do or do not say but how do you explain:
"CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change."
There's no particular reason why Linux is more secure than Windows.
That is true and anyone who claims to be inherently secure simply because of any particular OS is setting themselves up for a massive pratfall.
However, any up-to-date version of Linux is massively more secure than Windows XP, which ceased being supported years ago. Of course, a modern version of Windows is also secure but the reason XP is still so widely used is because upgrading on the scale of the NHS is so expensive and such a logistical nightmare. Yes, for the sake of security they should have upgraded to Vista, then 7, then 8 and now 10 but the cost and the breaking changes each time made it impossible.
In so far as an upgrade is necessary, and the upgrade will be painful in any event, it makes sense to find a solution that is not going to result in the same problem in another 10 years time.
... and maybe IBM have finally innovated again, and come up with a sustainable energy source
Perhaps that is the plan to generate new revenue. My guess is that TJ Watson is doing a few thousand RPM right now. Someone should check on his grave to see if anyone has rigged up some wires to the nearest IBM lab.
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