$680m in his pocket and he's not able to look up which countries have no extradition treaty and hop on a chartered jet?
55 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009
Very clear they put some code into production that quietly fooked up database records and it took them a week and a half to realise.
Yes it happens, but only because something was missed during testing.
Seriously, the old guard of tech need to quit hiring old-guard CEOs who have little clue on leadership and innovation. The only corporate knob they know to turn is on how to cut costs and come up with new marketing spin.
William Hewlett, Dave Packard, Guglielmo Marconi, Charles Ranlett Flint - more I haven't mentioned - are all collectively turning in their graves!
Microsoft moves fast and with little notice for a big organisation. Just try to recall Silverlight, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Internet Explorer (I was thankful when they finally ditched it and started pushing Edge) - the list goes on!
If you want slow and steady then pick Java. If you want fast and furious pick MS. No one should be surprised by Microsoft taking pragmatic decisions very quickly when they need to.
3 year bidding cycle?
Customer deserves to get shafted. No sympathy for them - and it's clear they're not even clued up to know what they were buying or how it was going to work. It doesn't matter what IBM told them - the customer just isn't qualified to make an assessment of whether it was genuine or fraudulent
Wait until next year..
They won't get the expected tax take from this measure and will determine that the 'only' explanation is that those who aren't paying the right taxes moved into the private sector. Therefore, expect Her Majesty's Arse to announce that the rules will be expanding to the whole economy, not just the public sector.
So do PageGroup still regard CrapGemini as a global leader? And is this the first time the 'well they had ISO certificates so we figured they knew what they were doing' defence has been used in public?
Long gone are the days that Mac users were more secure because they'd represent a more technically astute user-base and because the base was small enough for malware authors not to bother targeting them...aka The Good Ole' Days.
Re: Interesting footnote
Who you calling an EBCDIC!
(Just kidding of course). Having seen something very similar happen at a large 3 letter NGO based in the land of gold and chocolate... I can see how this sort of stuff happens when code gets outsourced, then offshored and little bits of knowledge get lost along the way and then one day. BAM.
Twice in my career I've found such errors when inspecting code trying to debug it and finding serious errors in financial calculations. Both times the project management were in shock and took remedial action but hushed it up from going higher up the chain out of embarrassment.
More like shared accountability which, if you are generous enough to share your responsibility means that no one is really responsible at all!
Ha, given the headlines they've been making its quite clear they have absolutely NO commitment to jobs in the UK. They should get back to keeping their bean counters busy with beatshoring.
Re: What goes around, comes around
Typically the relations from a vertex to an edge is stored as a physical location to the on-disk record so theory is you avoid having to create an index and then perform an index lookup.
In my previous post I mentioned using Postgres ctids - this id in Postgres is a physical location to the record on-disk (its what an index lookup might return). The caveat with ctids is that when a record is updated then the ctid will change so you'd have to update any references to the old ctid updated.
Relational databases are king. Except when your schema changes frequently (common in applications these days) - don't let RDBMS DBAs fool you by telling you ALTER TABLE can support these use cases; in most databases it can't.
As for Gremlin on top of SQL - it's possible but the whole point of Graph databases is to avoid JOINs when traversing a relationship. This can be done in things like Postgres where you can have an array column containing a list of ctids and its performance should be comparable to Graph databases using this approach but write operations will be slower (since you need to keep ctids up-to-date on UPDATE operations).
Microsoft want to get everyone on the same and latest OS to reduce the number of platforms they need to issue security fixes for.
Imagine you don't upgrade for a while and then some security weakness gets discovered in your version of the OS and you become an unwitting participant in a botnet. I suppose the damage caused elsewhere would come out of your pocket since you were the one who decided not to update to get the latest codebase?
OSv by cloudius systems Is another newcomer trying to be a cloud OS. Takes a different approach to mesosphere. Is Open Source. Worth checking out.
Theresa Connor, who works on US competitive strategy for productivity at Microsoft, said the "minute you engage in a price conversation it's very difficult to compete".
So... one mega corp (Microsoft) can't compete with another mega corp (Google) on price. Begs the question, are Google just more efficient at creating business applications? Or maybe its because Google don't rely on Google Apps to subsidise the rest of their empire.
"RBS Group has also pledged to spend £750m on its computer systems, both front and backend, and says it already spends £2bn a year as part of its IT budget."
They do spend well, but not particularly wisely. Like most large companies they will spend years dreaming up requirements, then go buy up various blocks of enterprise software that they think may do the job and then expect lowly-paid techies to implement a solution in a few short months.
Just as bitcasa does the opposite
£49.8m revenue and 24m UK users. So average revenue per user of £2 per year. It must surely cost them a big chunk just to keep the lights on in the data centres so what kind of profit is everyone expecting them to make?
Tim Cook is often in the market for chip related things. Not sure he's interested in having an aging fab though but a US-based fab that Apple owned and ran for chip development and proofing? Could be a possibility, maybe even as a joint-venture with IBM.
"Infected scanners once connected to one firm's wireless network attacked its corporate network via the SMB protocol, morphing to infect using the RADMIN protocol more than nine servers after it was initially blocked by a firewall."
The worst sentence construction award goes to this 'journalist'. I know The Reg are a bit laid back when it comes to their (ab)use of the Engish language but a school kid would get sent to the head for this effort here.
How the tides have turned. 10 years ago it was the operators who got to push around even the largest mobile makers (at the time it was Nokia).
Truth is, operators have tried to be sneaky too - pushing Android devices to consumers who were clearly after Apple ones. Now operators are less likely to do that.
In the end, it is the operator who decides how many iDevices they want from Apple. If they under-estimate they'll lose out to competitors and if they over-estimate they'll be left on the hook for commitment they can't meet. This type of model is not unusual in other industries (e.g. try getting a multi-gig data connection to some remote location without an up-front commitment)
"Whitman, a former Republican candidate for the governorship of California"...
Well the woman is certainly well versed in futile pursuits. The taliban have as much chance of getting a seat at Westminster as any Republican has of becoming governor of California.
So IBM will now have to pay for...
1. Mindlessly slashing costs in the mistaken belief that customers ONLY care about price. Amazon won on a HIGHER priced because their solution was judged to be better.
2. The mistaken belief that 'technical' work should be totally outsourced to far away places with no focus on driving their brightest onto interesting things that push technology forward (no, those interesting 'R&D' roles are reserved for phd types who are busy banging out patents). Once Amazon was done using its smart engineers to build a book store it put them to work to innovate cloud hosting and they've done a remarkable job. IBM could never match this, they resource people in the belief that technical resources are just like cheap manual labour - undifferentiated and easily replaceable.
Unfortunately, in places like IBM where the bean counters are entrenched - they're often the last ones to go after all the useful people have been fired / rebalanced / off-shored.
Niche hardware maker in a world where...
every specialised element is rapidly becoming commoditised and a significant base of potential customers are cost focussed (Facebook wants it high-density, fast and CHEAP - Google puts as much as it can in whiteboxes, etc.).
I wouldn't short the stock but it isn't likely to be going up until one day it might get acquired.
Not sure what the fuss is here, there have been/are mobile nosql solutions around - db4o being one of the early ones I remember.
Re: Are companies really responsible...
Well someone has to handle it, those chips and pins won't find their way to charges on a credit card on their own.
Never spend your own money on them, never think they're worth more than the cost of the ink and paper used to produce the certificate.
If you want to learn something real take an OU course or if you want something free then take one of the many online courses offered by MIT and others. If you need a qualification to further your career then you've got the wrong employer - of almost everyone I've worked with, few have been hired on the basis of a vendor qualification.
Mark this moment...
For THIS is the moment that Microsoft as an IT heavy-weight ends. Many did not like Microsoft under Bill Gates for all their anti-trust issues, and even more criticised Ballmer's failings but when the financial whiz kids get onto the board... well the phrase 'there goes the neighbourhood' comes to mind.
Re: An unvetted temporary contractor sysadmin?
Well the NSA must have been aware of Microsofts usual incompetence so expected 'sharepoint' to do anything but. Guess Microsoft didn't drop the ball for once.
And with Google behind F1 the 'cool kids' will either go back to SQL databases or will start rolling their own SQL-interpreters on top of their favourite NoSQL systems. I like the NoSQL approach for many use-cases but I have grown tired of inexperienced developers trying to use it for everything and proclaiming how great their achievements are when their problem never warranted a 'BigData' solution or a 'NoSQL' solution.
What amazes me is that Google is now in the position that IBM once held: whatever it does technologically, a large part of the IT industry will follow.
I thought Elop was a man who could spot a burning platform when he saw one. Guess I was wrong.
this project's failure “may be the most spectacular example of all the unsuccessful attempts to impose a uniform solution on a highly complicated and individualised agency.”
Does anyone else notice how organisations large and small almost proudly state how complex and unique they are? Maybe they could think about standardising and simplifying their processes and rules - then they could think about using off-the-shelf solutions with lower implementation risks!
I did some time at a bank in Switzerland where there were two separate networks with PCs connected to each. Regular work PCs were connected to the internet and had email, etc. The 'other' network was connected to internal servers (used for banking) and had USB slots physically disconnected - oh and the PCs on that other network required a smart card to login.
I know this sort of setup is expensive and most businesses won't be able to do it but financial, energy businesses should have the resources to put this in place and they should do it.
Language good for another 10 years, great. That means some sucker student may just about have it mastered before it becomes extinct. No thanks.
If its mission-critical that must mean its worth a lot of money to keep running. If its worth a lot to keep it then it should be worth enough to deserve the investment required to modernise it - in C++, Java, .NET whatever. Oh, no one knows how the existing code works? Well, that's not a problem that's gonna change and your odds of understanding this code will be better WHILE there are developers left who understand the code.
So, quit being cheap, moaning about lack of skills and just migrate/upgrade.
He got one...
...then realised it is Windows only in name and can't run is usual apps...
...just like most other customers who've been snared by this clever marketing trick.
Ok, if you're one of these customers the situation is surely bad right now. But to all those slating the 'cloud' - are you going to say that your on-premise equipment never had a hiccup?
No tech is going to give you 100% uptime and there will be times when end users will be dis-satisfied by the response of the IT personnel trying to resolve a problem. The advantage that cloud brings is that reliability and response should be a grade better than doing it yourself.
From experience I've seen all manner of in-house tech failures and I've read about plenty of cloud outages. I still feel cloud outages have affected me less than in-house ones. Lets get some perspective.
The house always wins?
Not in this case it seems!
Meanwhile, workers also reported seeing a ghostly figure of a man in a turtleneck. Company insiders denied that the outage was in fact the work of Steve Jobs' spirit.
If you don't like it, sell
Obviously one has to wonder about the smarts of owning 5% of AOL at the moment. Aside from that, if you're in and don't like the way they run their business then sell your holdings and put your money some place where you'll be happier. While I'm by no means a fan of AOL, activist shareholders are like back-seat drivers.
They can't get the price below $1000 to compete with the MacBook Air so the next best plan of attack is to discredit the whole concept.
Ahh the Series 5
I think it had one of the best keyboards on a mobile device, ever. Even now, that clamshell design is unbeatable.
i'm on mine now
and I prefer it to my iPad but the fact the built-in mail client requires a BB phone sure does knock the end-to-end experience for those without...
"Free & Open Source Software won't matter when a Consultancy or Outsourcing company loads up a contract with tasks requiring many person weeks of expensive billable time."
True, but a lot of consulting time is also spent not on techies but also on project managers, programme managers, business analysts, enterprise architects and a whole manner of surrounding areas. These guys are often there to solve business problems, not technical ones.
"If there isn't a FOSS advantage, there's still clearly a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) advantage."
Says who? What do you base this on? As I said earlier, a lot of consulting time goes into doing tasks which would be done regardless of whether an off-the-shelf product was used - .e.g. a business analyst will still have to figure out business needs.
"One of the main purposes of these sites (apart from serving static information pages) is to provide a portal for file download."
Is that in the report or is it an assumption?
"Commercial open source software packages such as CogniDox allow you to do this in a completely secure and flexible manner. It costs thousands of pounds, not millions, and it delivers those features out of the box. And it has competitors such as Alfresco and Nuxeo that can also do the same."
And there comes the plug. I don't know about CogniDox but tools like Alresco and Nuxeo are not the types of software that any organisation will just go and install and the costs of implementation will reflect that.
Self-funding by charges to the public?
"The £800m operating cost of the scheme over ten years will also be saved, though Labour claimed this would be self-funding by charges to the public."
What's the difference between funded by taxpayers and funded by charges to the public?
In my opinion any broad programming course should consist of
- Short course on assembly (just enough to understand registers and memory management). Too many developers these days who only know managed languages (PHP/Java/.NET) don't understand fundamental principles of resource management and end up with poorly performing code.
- Short course in a procedural language (C or pascal)
- Short course in a declarative language (XSLT)
- Long course in an OO language (C++/.NET/Java)
Each one of those components is essential in getting students to understand the fundamentals of programming.
Ruby is all good but JRuby?
Surely most Java shops will look at Groovy/Grails or Scala if they want the benefits of Rails but in a Java environment? As for Ruby/Rails users who migrate to JRuby for scalability, performance or security.. well I don't know of any case studies - anyone got any pointers?
Anyone remember the P900?
SE prematurely dropped software updates for that device (see http://developer.sonyericsson.com/community/thread/39963), leaving loyal adopters in limbo with a somewhat buggy phone. The reality is that SE know the entertainment phone market but not smartphone market.
Who is going to trust them now when the likelihood is that SE will just drop their shiny new toy when they feel like it?
Do they have an office in California?
Because then perhaps Harriet Harman can get back on her soap box and challenge Arnie to take them out.. you know such morally bankrupt behaviour and everything.
I guess it goes to show how out of ideas and direction this government has come when it has to pick on a site which is active in alerting law enforcement to trafficked and underaged girls whilst promoting the services of women who choose a profession based on their own free will.
We may be morally or ethically against said profession but we live in a country which allows people to work freely and choose things for themselves.
Harriet is just blowing hot air because she can't find anything else to blow. She knows Arnie isn't going to do anything about it but its something to excite the conference attendees.