Exactly. I have no doubt the lack of experienced staff was a factor in the recovery time.
104 posts • joined 6 Jan 2010
Re: What Does BA Mean?
I want to fly with James O'Shea!!
You reap what you sow
I worked at Big Airways in the 1980s when the IT department led the way with advanced GUIs for Inventory Control, pioneered ticketless travel for Shuttle passengers and other innovations.
When you lose control, outsource your core PSS (Passenger Service System), treat programming like building an Ikea wardrobe and the competition is beating you on pure ticket price, then you get an endgame like this.
Thank goodness I left HP years ago.
Standard of staff
Personally, I found the professionals in Immigration and Security to be in TLV.
EWR/JFK/LAX/MIA - no, they might have a weapon, but they didn't necessarily have brains.
I'm claiming Asylum in Nigeria. Just look at all those Visa applications from there!
The z/TPF mainframe stayed up - it was unaffected.
All the decentralised systems (Flight Info displays, kiosks, online check-in etc.) failed.
Source: TPFers Group on Facebook.
Not scoring points and would never gloat over the failings/disasters of others - all too aware that the next operational failure could be in my own back garden.
Yep. This robot usage sets a precedent.
There was no chance of the shooter being taken alive. But I have severe doubts about the endgame in this case.
I only hope TCS don't write the controlling software for the robots.
What is going on at BA?
WHO loaded that code just before the busiest weekend of the year?
It's all they know
All they know is how to cut costs. Innovation? Hmmmm....
Amdahl was a legend from the days when IT was run by people who actually knew how to program a computer instead of Excel merchants, Accountants, "Project Managers" with zero technical knowledge and a plethora of subcontinent workers. I have no problem with the latter driving down my Terms and Conditions. That's life. But I do have a problem dealing with the amount of blatantly fake CVs I see.
Was it better then?
On balance, yes it was.
We got more stuff done, we had less meetings. We learnt everyday.
And we didn't have to waste time filling in time sheets or producing cost-benefit analyses to do the bleeding obvious.
Maybe I am.
RIP Gene. They don't make them like you these days...
I learnt something new:
"People doing the same work in UK, Holland etc, quite often with having less knowledge, earn 3-4 times more than we do"
I think you earn a lot more than someone "with having less knowledge" (sic) in other parts of the world e.g. the Indian sub-continent.
Don't gloat about your piitance of a salary.
I will save you the trouble
Read what Ms. M has done.
Not just a few complaints.
000s. See the Stats thread which is what this El Reg article is about
Marissa and Flickr
She is destroying Flickr for serious photographers in an attempt to make the Stats look better.
Google for Flickr Help Forum to see some of the damage.
The site doesn't work quickly or conveniently anymore.
But who cares, the Statistics look good...
What a story!
Not sure I'd have coped so well. At least he's got a girlfriend and doing what he wants - I wish him the best.
Re: Should have shipped it to the UK ...
China Airlines is Taiwan - but that's close enough now there are direct flights between the two :-)
But seriously, I think this guy didn't have a good enough lawyer. I can't believe the technology was *that* sensitive.
Without going into the Technical details, I tried to edit a Wiki Page which was blatantly incorrect.
I was over-ruled by the Admin.
I'm not bothering again.
Fingerprinting to come.
"UNABLE TO PROCESS" when someone with 4 fingers and 1 eye arrives at Immigration.
"In the good old days"
"In the good old days" when you programmed for the company you worked for, isof for an outsourced multi-national, I felt a connection with the company and enjoyed the work.
Now - after been outsourced, bankrupted, bought, sold and bought again, I feel like a pawn in a beancounters' chess game.
The technical side is still fun, but those accountants and their multiple time-reporting systems have made the overall job like swimming in treacle.
As others have said
"The RBS spokesman stated that "the software error occurred on a UK-based piece of software" but declined to give details on where the staff overseeing the software were based."
"UK-based piece of software"
I obviously don't work in marketing because only a Spin Doctor could come up with nonsense like that.
Got the solution
Works for me everytime.
What? That's not how a mainframe works?
I am an old mainframer and I'm caught between thinking "there for the grace of God go I" and "you got what you deserve you bunch of non-technical beancounters for outsourcing something you had no clue about".
As Bill Gates said
"Show me the code"
I would like to see it!!!
Apologies for Gay reference
Grow up, Melanie."
I am growing up. I'm in my 30s now:
If you want my autograph, check out my Homepage.
"Ng Boon Gay" - probably not the 3rd one...
Cloud this, cloud that, been there, done that.
Hybrid cloud, Converged cloud, cloud solutions etc.
Can't we just call it a mainframe with Time Sharing Option? .-)
Erm, am I allowed to write this?
Has Dr. McHale used any racial factors in his statistical analysis when analysing the English Team?
At least they didn't call the Army in.
If your LinkedIn password is the same as your Paypal, Gmail or Amazon account, you could be in trouble.
But if somone wants to change my photo on my LinkedIn page to Mickey Mouse, not a problem.
Stupid Facebook Revenue Question
I use Firefox with Adblocker Version x.
I don't see any adverts at all on Facebook.
So how can Facebook get any revenue from me clicking an Advert when it doesn't exist?
Sure they know my name and Date of Birth, but they won't get me to click on their Adverts because I can't.
Almost restored my faith in democracy!
Q153 Chair: What is the company?
Rob Whiteman: I would rather not say.
Q154 Chair: I am sorry, Mr Whiteman; this is a Select Committee of the House-
Rob Whiteman: It is Atos
One rule for some...
Try getting an internal job transfer if you're an ordinary worker.
15 Sharepoints to update
400 e-mails to various exotic Eastern parts of the world
6 simultaneous escalations when nothing is done
Guess the rest....
3 little words
"during planned maintenance"
Well, we all have a few bar-room stories there...
Proviso: I'm an old mainframe systems programmer, so naturally biased .-)
It's the begining of the end.
Whilst moving house recently, I gave away 00s of books.
I felt sad, but I liken it to ditching my father's old 78rpm records and LPs.
Times are changing and our children won't be reading as much paper as we did.
They will be reading their news on tablets and their favourite books on e-readers.
Now pass me my Horlicks and slippers, I'm going for an afternoon sleep, I'm that old.
What's that English saying?
"You can't fit a quart into a pint pot".
And that's Heathrow Airport - a pint pot.
We don't run our systems at 99% capacity - because there is no contingency.
You need to run an airport with space for contingency.
All it takes is an aircraft blowing a tyre at LHR and the resultant chaos lasts all day.
A rather large exaggeration
This claim is hyperbole.
"She also praised the Passenger Name Record (PNR) data program as having helped to prevent thousands of “individuals with potential ties to terrorism” from entering the US."
What does happen daily is that passengers who've forgotten to renew their Green Cards get refused boarding for a flight to the USA. Typical profile: 50+ years of age, lived in USA for years, and "just forgot". In the old days, we would call the Embassy and ask for an exemption. Nowadays, we just offload them.
These are not "individuals with potential ties to terrorism", but I suspect they are being included in the numbers...the days we do find someone suspicious are few and far between. And normally that's just someone with the same name/birthdate as a listed name.
I thought it was "Cockfighters jumpstart MPs"
Let me guess at a "Route Cause Analysis":
Software upgrade to record the DNA and urine specifications for non-EU resident Kent Strawberry Pickers Temporary Summer Visas went wrong.
That kind of thing...
310 GOTO 340
It feels "strange" to write that now as if I've gone back in time to an ancient civilisation...
I'm biased, but NO OTHER INDUSTRY reports its incidents so openly as the Aviation Industry.
Google for AAIB and see all the UK incidents
If this had been a boat or a bus, you'd never have heard of it.
And if it had been a medical incident, well, the Doctor would have "buried it". Literally...
Well done to the crew for handling it well.
Judge for yourself - Instagram Example Photos
Here you go:
Would you pay 1 Billion for that tool?
Cheap at the price
If Leo Apotheker was still at HP, he would have paid 10.3 Billion for Instagram.
Oh hang on, that was what he did for Autonomy .
Admiral Grace Hopper
I salute you - thanks for jogging my memory about the RAM thieves.
And a great article as well.
@David Hicks I don't know you, but we've had the same conversation with Indian colleagues:
"The top flight people, they all go to the US for the money. The rest of the good people come to Europe for a little less money. What's left is, well, what's left."
I've been lucky, even I would say privileged to work with some excellent Indian programmers.
The caveat: NONE of them still live in India.
We're talking Singapore and Switzerland if you are interested...
What's the problem?
HP attiutude in our limited time:
If you don't like it, you know where the door is.
And then go and book your flight to India, Bulgaria, China or Vietnam.
Take your pick .-)
Someone robs my 75 year old mother's purse with cash + house keys from her shopping trolley.
The Police do nothing.
They're not interested.
Someone makes some racist "jokes" - nick him and jail him.
We should all take up smoking
So we can get some regular exercise.
I declare I have a professional interest in the future of the emirates.co.uk domain.
Mr Toth is a squatter. Even El Reg thinks so:
Enjoyed the article and will now be praising my excellent manager at this morning's Team Meeting. He's great, I love him and we're doing well.
I thank you all!
I have serious doubts
I have serious doubts about the Yanks calculation for the amount of revenue that site brought in.
I don't have any doubts that he will be "forced" to plead guilty and enter a plea bargain e.g. 6 years in prison isof. 120.
Yeah, he did something wrong, we all did when we were young, but he never killed or injured anyone and yet he'll be receiving more time in Prison than UK rioters got.
If I was Richard O'Dwyer, I would be seeing Political Asylum in the United Arab Emirates Embassy right now!!