* Posts by Tom 13

7611 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Women account for just one fifth of the EU’s 8m IT jobs

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Re: Just as I thought the ethics in journalism

Then you haven't been paying attention. El Reg regards #Gamergate as another manifestation of the He Man Women Haters club, and has studiously avoided reporting on it. There is no surer sign of an SJW fortress.

The last time Earth was this hot hippos lived in Britain (that’s 130,000 years ago)

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Re: As I remember it one or two rent-

Yes, we're all aware that Warmists can't remember anything that contradicts their religion. It was not one or two science journalists. It was EVERY Major publication, and mostly they referred back to peer reviewed journals. At the very least they were quoting leading scientific authorities in the field.

In short, substitute "Coming Ice Age" for "Warmest Year on Record" with the appropriate adjective changes through the article and they read EXACTLY like this article.

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Re: Let me try to help you with that

NO, let me help you with that. In the 1970s EVERY major media outlet led with stories about the impending ice age. It was the Environmental boogie man of the age meant like AGW is today. I still recall a prominent article about it in Ranger Rick magazine and all the scary mass people killing scenarios it described. AGW is EXACTLY the same thing except a different shibboleth.


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Re: There will always be bureaucratic mismanagement.

If it were mere mismanagement you might have a point. It's not. It's deliberately funding the people you claim as non-partisan for precisely the reason that they ARE partisan. And yes, I HAVE been in the room when the head of the agency is explaining that because AGW is what is being funded, that's what we're going to push so we can get more money. Oh, like you they were so more adroit with their words, but I've always preferred blunt honesty.

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Re: wouldn't have already started impeachment proceedings?

Only the completely uninformed would believe they would have.

Impeachment is NOT a criminal punishment. It requires 2/3 majority to convict. Since we all know the Demoncrats would vote against impeachment even if The Big 0 were found with a smoking AK-47 in his hands while surrounded by 30 dead bodies all with slugs that match that specific weapon, they would not start it.

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Re: I wonder how many readers agree

Whether you are left leaning or right leaning isn't a matter of opinion. It's a matter of fact. If you are left leaning and there really isn't anything wrong with your position, you shouldn't be ashamed to admit it. That so many leftists deny they are leftists is the most telling thing about how evil they are.

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Re: @Douglas Lowe It's true!

No trickery involved. In fact, we're just trying to hold the Warmists accountable for their claims. If the models work you SHOULD be able to make an accurate prediction about what you're modeling for the next 20 years. Looking back at the predictions the Warmists made 20 years ago, none of them have come true. They claim they've made adjustments to the models, but for some reason they keep saying the same thing: the Earth should be warming faster than it is. So, either ALL of the actual physical instruments or wrong, or the models are badly flawed and should be scrapped. I know which one is the correct scientific approach. Apparently none of the Warmists do.

And yes, sitting at the Service Desk where I do, from time to time I get to hear the bean counters at one of the largest and best known nests of Warmist vipers. They DO actually target money toward Warmist propaganda instead of actual science.

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@Pompous Git

You shouldn't play the sarcasm card. The Warmists don't understand it, and even now are working to claim the satellite data is wrong and needs to be "adjusted" to match the models.



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Re: We have had a science channel

Yes, but the point we've made repeatedly is that regardless of the letters behind the names, this isn't science.

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Re: It's called "science"

No it's not. In fact science is quite the opposite. In point of fact, this Warmist claptrap has much more in common with The Spanish Inquisition than it does with science.

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Re: I fail to see

Yes you do. You should probably start with the fact that Hottest Year Since ... claim was thoroughly debunked about an hour after the first PR release from the Warmists was issued.

Serving up IT on a silver platter, also known as ITSM

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When I started reading this entire article

that old refrain "to err is human, to really foul it up takes a computer" rang through my brain. By the time I got to the end of the I was thinking "This fouling it up squared."

I also concur with Mark 110, this article reads like it was cut and pasted from other stuff by someone who know little about either automation or ITSM. Especially that bit about delivering solutions in seconds instead of days. Given our current virty desktop experience, I'll take the slow checks and sending a person. It's faster and doesn't break as often. That leads to the boss blowing fewer gaskets when crap isn't working.

For pity's sake, enterprises, upgrade your mobile OS - report

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Re: they are liable for the costs.

Even that wouldn't do it. If it isn't patched in a timely manner, they have to provide free cell service (including data charges) from the time expiration of the 30 days until they get it patched.

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Re: a large percentage of users

Not iOS. Since Apple have total control, so long as the hardware supports it, it's ready to roll when they release it. I don't care for much about Apple, but that part they do reasonably well. Apple's primary issue is the one I referenced above: no central management mechanism for their phones.

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Re: Part of the problem...

Don't forget the User is God and Tech don't know shit attitude from some of the vendors. With no way to push updates to the devices it's a nightmare to update them. And that's assuming there's a viable update available for the device.

Computer sales not a matter of life and death, they're more important than that

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Re: keep the EOL systems from getting pwned

Ultimate example:

Windows 95 box with one job: dedicated data collection for a 100 day* test on a pressure vessel. Hardware and software were custom made for the outfit by a company now long gone. Re-engineering the solution would be a million dollar project on a $50K test. So instead they kept around a lot of spare parts for the 9x box.

*Yeah, they can't actually run it the full 100 days because of that weird bug MS never fixed where the system locks up at one of those you've exhausted your bytes counts, but after they hit that the first time they learned to reboot the PC at the appropriate hour on day 50.

The planets really will be in alignment for the next month

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Re: the locals after a few too many pints

Wait, I thought after a few too many pints you stumbled off into the grass to sleep then wake after winning first prize.

No wait, that's the lads to the north. Never mind.

JetBlue blames Verizon after data center outage cripples flights

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Re: Beancounters and incompetence

I'm with Squirrel on this one. Both Jet Blue AND Verizon deserve the full fury of everyone affected by the outage.

Power plants, utilities 'just hanging right off the internet's tubes'

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I've looked over those Aussie recommendations

Three of them look very good to me. But I must confess, even as a Windows guy I have some concerns about the 4th:

patch applications such as Java, PDF viewers, Flash, web browsers and Microsoft Office

Not so much in the advice per se (patching is usually good), as in the assumption that any critical system with all/any of this software installed can be made safe in the first place. Yes we run all of this software on the corporate network where I work (God help us), but we aren't a critical system. Okay, you might be able to find a web browser that isn't a high risk, but add in any of the rest and you're pretty much toast.

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Re: Accountants are the issue

I wouldn't say the accountants per se. Accountants are a predictable bunch and will do whatever the numbers tell them to do. What is necessary is to an input into their system that monetizes the risk of compromise. Once you do that the accountants will line up neatly behind or possibly even in front of the engineers insisting the appropriate measures be taken.

I will grant this is the one place where it will be necessary for governments to act to create the financial incentive. It is actually fairly simple:

1) The corporation will be responsible for all damages that result from a compromise of their systems. This will include not only the cost of repair but the total cost of down time for any and all of their customers who are affected by the compromise.

2) While the corporation may engage in risk pooling, it may never completely transfer the risk to another corporation.

3) In the event the corporation does not have sufficient means to fulfill its responsibilities under item #1, the officers of the corporation and its board of directors will be held personally liable for the uncovered damages.

Even with the typical lead times for infrastructure improvements in these industries, I expect that were laws specifying this enacted, 85% of the problems would be fixed within a year, and in excess of 95% would be fixed in two. By year three we'd be approaching several sigmas of assurance.

Human cost of California gas well leak revealed

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Re: Mass Transit Declined (Master of sanctimony, Roberty Helpmann)

And like so many of the brain dead progtards who've moved to Northern Virginia, you've quite missed his point. Where you live is part of the DC metro area. You aren't commuting BETWEEN cities, you are commuting WITHIN the city. Because, yes, it is one huge city that just happens to cross state boundaries. Commute between two actually distinct cities like DC and Philadelphia or even Baltimore which for planning purposes is frequently considered part of of the megacity that contains DC and the options disappear. Even within the city it depends on your EXACT location. Northern Virginia to DC is the paid political patronage route and well supported. I'm in Germantown. My commuting options suck, which is why MOST people drive their cars down 270.

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Re: That blown-out well is actually a big deal

Not V, just W.

Stephen Hawking reckons he's cracked the black hole paradox

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Re: is a theory in which things happen without a definable cause.

Yes, and that's a real solution. It's just not one that you like.

Gaming souk Steam spews credit card, personal info in Xmas Day security meltdown

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Re: I never really understood "save payment details" options

Well, if they don't include that check box by default, they can get in serious trouble with their credit card processing company.

Last time I was involved with it (which was over 10 years ago) you had to destroy the information no more than 60 days after the transaction was completed (including you receiving the money). I don't imagine that number has gone up. If you have a cockup like this, it's only bad PR and sodding users you piss off. If you don't have that check box you'll get your credit processing dropped immediately. That's some serious bad karma.

The Police Chief's photo library mixed business, pleasure and flesh

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Re: shortcuts to various porn sites.

One summer we were called in to help a local private middle school lock down all of their computers with something called Freeze. We didn't ask a lot of questions as we figured the kids were probably brighter than most if not all of their teachers. Then we got to the library and turned on one of the computers before they could wave us off. Wallpaper on the Windows 9x box was set to Kara's Adult Website (or some such if I've butchered the name after all these years).

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Re: Bloody Angora wool!

Be thankful it was bloody Angora wool.

One of our work from home customers (deposition transcriptionist) was a chain smoker who'd owned the desktop she was using for 7+ years. The layer of crap that we peeled from the inside of the box was NOT something you really wanted to touch even when wearing latex gloves.

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Re: 133 page deletes later the text miraculously reappeared.

Ugh! That reminds me of one of the worst delayed bug problems MS ever issued. I forget the exact version of Office now, but one of them had the Journal which would get a one-line entry every time you opened any office document. It would sit their getting bigger one line at a time until ... BOOM! When you tried to do almost anything the app would blue screen. What you could do was delete ONE line. Not a page, not even a group, just ONE line. Then it would re-index the whole damn thing. So after about 20 minutes of deleting one line at a time I got brave and deleted 2. Then I tried 4. And so on until I got up to the point where I could mark a couple of pages. Four hours later the user could use their Office programs again.

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Re: Not once but twice

Reminds me of a well know commercial outfit (I think they even still make regular appearances in El Reg stories) our very, very small screw driver shop one supported. As it was a smallish local office, corporate let them sub out support for them as they were too small to be part of their normal process. We dutifully installed the appropriate tape back up software for their Novell 3.12 network on the desk for the receptionist (she was one of the only two people who were almost always in the office). One of the things they did was sell high quality optics to a customer who was even larger than their company. One day they had a problem with their customer database. After fiddling with it for a bit, the manager for the receptionist hit on a brilliant idea. Since rebooting computers fixed so many problems they'd delete the database and let it start again from scratch to fix the problem. Upon discovering this didn't actually work we got a panicked call about the database. "No worries," reassured the Senior Pilot Fish. "I'll be right over and we'll restore it from your backup." He arrived on site and asked for the tapes, then put them in the machine and ... There was no data on the tape. So he tried the other set. Then he noticed the blinking light on the tape machine. "How long has this light been on?" he inquired. "Oh a couple of months now. Why? Is it important?" answered the receptionist (and yes, she was blonde).

Remember that network system? Yeah, it was a good thing too. Fortunately for Receptionist and Boss, SPF had turned on the Novell recover system and all the database files were still there. So he painfully rebuilt it over the next three hours. Still, at $450 it was a cheap fix. They'd wiped out at least 10 years of data and one of the cheaper items in their catalog priced out a $100K.

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Re: Ah floppy disk stories

Yes indeed. My favorite question is, what are the ten (10 but not base 2) ways to insert a floppy disk into a drive?

Most people can figure out 8, but have trouble with the last two. If you are as well, remember one of my favorite puns: nothing is ever foolproof because fools are so ingenious.

Christmas comes early at US Patent office after massive IT outage

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Re: No need for them to shut the office down for an IT fail...

Yes, but as a cost saving measure all the rubber stamps have been replaced with computer controlled virtual ones.

2015 chip market battered by everything bar earthquakes and nuclear war

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Re: *Did they leave out the 'ID' in IDIOT?

Yes. Repeatedly.

Okay, actually that's sort of insulting to idiots, because even idiots aren't as stupid as IOT.

Software bug sets free thousands of US prisoners too early

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Re: The goal should be reform

I don't concur on that. While that should be part of the goal, there is also a goal in proper punishment itself.

That being said, it was the Dept or Ineptitude that screwed up. The state discharged them as sentence served. That shouldn't be revocable. We law and order not reform types can be real hard asses about that. You can't build your life if the rules keep changing randomly.

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Re: One would hope that a blind eye

Not a chance. The Dept of Corrections dumbocrats have been caught being incompetent. The public wants their heads on a pike. No chance they'll be giving thought to anything other than placating the public.

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Re: surely its normal to check these things

You ain't no servicedesk guy either. From where I sit, it's even more obvious nobody would bother to check.

And that's assuming there's someone in the organization who knows how to run the maths TO check it.

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Re: As for the former prisoners,

I'm a law and order type as far and hard on it as you can get before you fall into outright thuggery calling itself law and order.

On this count I'd have to say the prisoners have been discharged by the state and are free. It's not their fault the state didn't properly keep track of the time they served and they were released early.

As to the jackalope who delayed the patch... Yeah, he wouldn't want me for his judge. I'd probably make HIM serve all the time for all the prisoners he let out early.

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Without more information the median is as useless as a mode or median. In this instance I'd want all three.

Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Re: He didn't have specific intent to photograph the property

Oh, that's an outright lie. The drone was hovering over the property. That's proven by the fact that Meredith had time to retrieve his shotgun and shoot it down after he saw it.

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Re: is claiming this means the FAA's jurisdiction takes precedence

In my professional experience, I've found lawyers lie a lot, especially when making initial claims in court.

The FAA may have precedence for planes, but not for privacy. Also, when you appeal, you don't get to redetermine facts. Only the initial hearing can do that.

After checking just the first paragraph of the filing, I think the case gets tossed. Boggs was clearly not "traversing" the airspace. He was spying on them and frankly given the noise a drone makes, harassing them.

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Re: But I'm probably an old-fashioned troglodite.

That's okay. I for one am convinced the world needs more old-fashioned troglodites like us.

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Re: If Meredith was so concerned about the drone, why didn't *he* call the Police

Because on this side of the pond, not all of our men have been castrated.

Also, when seconds count, the police are only minutes away.

If Meredith had called the police, they would have arrived sirens wailing and the thug would have been long gone with his ill-gotten gains of photos of Meredith's daughters sunbathing. Boggs needs to be up on Peeping Tom charges, not whining about his property loss.

Getting metal hunks into orbit used to cost a bomb. Then SpaceX's Falcon 9 landed

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Re: into the regular business of week in, week out

Hey, I'll be pleased as punch if they get it to the month in, month out stage! The Shuttles were supposed to keep up that hectic schedule yet we rarely launched them more than once every 3 months even when we had a fleet of them.

Not that I'd object to a week in, week out schedule.

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Re: I don't know why people are getting so worked up

Everything up to now is a model, even the assumption that firing them on the ground is the same as running them during launch. This is our first real data point.

Software engineer sobers up to deal with 2:00 AM trouble at mill

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Re: The only way crappy business practices will be fixed

While I commiserate with that fact, my read on this one is that BT would have gotten canned because he didn't cover for The Boss.

Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

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Re: Potentially the contractor can shuffle bodies around at their whim hurting the organization.

I've worked in IT for about the last 20 years, before that I did Desktop Publishing. Half of that time I've either been doing screw driver shop field work or contact work. The other half I was doing internal support for a contracting company. The only time place I saw bodies get shuffled around at whim was on the internal support gig. All the contracting jobs have specified positions that need to be filled, and certain requirements for those positions. In fact, I'd say it is nearly impossible for our contracting agency to shuffle people around at whim. The people overseeing the contracts know our faces and our work. When one of us is reassigned, questions are asked. In fact, to the extent I see people coming and going, it is in a different branch of the agency and at the direction of the government employees.

Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and heads in the clouds

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Let me fix a couple of things for your

Microsoft in 2015: Mobile disasters, Windows 10 and shows heads in their clouds arses


The problem with Windows 10 and the UWP app strategy is that most mobile devices run iOS or Android

No the problem with Windows 10 is nobody wants it. The only reason I installed it on my mother's new computer is that she won't keep her fingers off the download button when the notices pop up, so it was better to put it on up front instead of answering the frantic call when it stopped working.

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Re: NT was the server OS and Win 95 the desktop OS.

Not quite.

NT was the commercial product and Win95 was supposed to be the consumer product. They had NT desktops for at least 4 and I think as far back as 3.5. But the commercial world preferred Win95 to the NT desktops so the model didn't take off. That gave the marketing department the leverage to backport Win95 features into NT for XP.

I will grant bad coding is at the heart of all the MS problems in that time period. These days it seems to me more of a fingers in ears whilst singing "Nyah-nyah-nyah-nyah! I can't hear you!"

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Re: there's nothing wrong with the NT kernel Windows is built on.

No, there are problems in the kernel too. IIRC they're still running some stuff there that ought to be out a couple of layers, and they do it to gain speed. As a result they have some potential security issues. Granted the cruft on top is an even larger problem, but the Linux kernel is better developed.

Doctor Who storms back in fine form with Season 9 opener The Magician's Apprentice

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Re: Could we have some coherence from Moffat?

It's not just Moffat, the series invites contradictions. Remember, Mars is home to not one, but two ongoing threats to Earth. I do grant Moffat seems to be a bit more casual about it than most.

OpenBSD source tree turns 20 – version 5.8 of project preps for show time

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Re: "it's still CVS."

Well some of us at least have WallGreens.

After Death Star II blew: Dissecting the tech of Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

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Re: Christenson plays Anakin;'s conversion to the dark side perfectly.

Don't need to. The plot was so badly written no actor could have played perfectly. The events driving his conversion simply weren't there. The whole thing was contrived and just badly written. Possibly the worst part was the adolescent girl having a love interest in an 8 year old boy. That was just creepy.

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