* Posts by HmmmYes

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Capita's UK military recruiting system has 'glitches' admits minister

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Re: Cuts?

Just take the Carrier cost out of Scotlands budget.

It was all a Brownian bit of pork, let the Scots bear the brunt.

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Causes of software development woes

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Agile is not a methodology.

Its inexact way of trying to define what you're meant to be doing.

No problem with that, as long as it recognised that its a small team creating a prototype.

Might be differerent when you have 50+ people working on a release, to a deadline.

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IBM kills Global Technology and Global Business Services: It's all ‘IBM Services’ now

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Re: IBM “has the most skilled, [..] IT and business consulting professionals in the world.”

Nope.

In the 80s/90s, the last time anyone really paid much attention to IBM, they had the most IT people. A lot of times, they had the *only* IT people.

IBM were expensive, clumping, process bound but they did have people and they did deliver products.

Its not the PC that killed IBM; its the competition.

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They cant deicer low margin services due to their overhead.

They also cannot deliver products high skilled, high paid individuals due to their bureaucracy and focus on management being top dogs.

Fucked.

But then so are a lot of orgs.

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PowerShell comes to MacOS and Linux. Oh and Windows too

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Its a nuisance s you have to download stuff over the interw.b

Its fucking annoying when the computer is disconnected from the internet as its unpatched/out of support and only kept to verify an App wotks on an old Windows version - contract and all that,

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So many posters, so much bitching ..

But no-ones picked the most obvious bitch - its version 6.0 FFS!

Remind me what version is tcsh up to?

My bitch is that, over the years, Ive moved a few Windows boxes that are around he office to PowerShell - I can be arsed with GUIs and the original pitch on PS was/is a good one - script stuff!

However, I take my new script, which works on WS2088R2. Put it on an old box, which I do need, and it does not work - feature x not available.

My choice is to rewrite the script or down load several 100Mb of .net update, which will sometimes not work as something else is out of sync.

My big bitch about PS is that shell needs to be small, fast and useful.

PS is large, slow and useful, in places. But cannot decide whether its a shell or a progranming language.

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Does you PS scripts take a long time to run too?

Does your command completion spin air for ~3s seconds whilst PS does 'something'?

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Worst-case Brexit could kill 92,000 science, tech jobs across UK – report

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Its macro economics. Its like astrology without the science.

Im surprised they didnt predict a loss of 92,505.5 jobs.

Macro economics is total fucking junk. Anyone - remsin or exit - who leans on a macro economics report is a fucking moron.

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BlackBerry and Baidu buddy up on autonomous autos

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Re: QNX toolsets are the money

Yep. Ive been working with variants of the QNX for ~20 years, since QNX4.

I like Neutrino. Pretty good OS - have a look at the OS PDFs, worth the reads.

QT was an inspired choice. I did wonder if MS bought Nokia in an attempt to kill QT - both QT and HTML are still big threats to MS.

As far as Intel competing with vxWorks ..... as someone who has worked with vxWorks, on, and now thankly off, for 25 years. Its shit. Its dire. vvxWorks was OK in the mid 90s. Terrile choice now.

And frankly Id guess that Intel have either laid of the SW people. Or theyve walked. Not a great company to work for if you work outside of transistor fabrication.

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Women reboot gender discrimination lawsuit against Google

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Re: The Pence Rule

Not just primary school, secondary too.

When I was at primary in the late 70s, ~50% of my teachers were male.

Secondary the divide was slightly more men.

My kids today - primary is 95% female. Secondary is about 70%.

There's a similar female bias in the NHS - and, no, I dont mean Nurses, most DRs and GPs are female.

Who do I sue?

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Re: The Pence Rule

Ahh theres 3 genders at play here - men, women and lawyers.

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Meltdown, Spectre: The password theft bugs at the heart of Intel CPUs

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Re: Maybe we dodged a bullet?

Surely that requires a single threaded kernel?

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Re: Is this latest Intel BUG really a surprise????

When i worked at intel, apart from the fabs, which were given a pass, mainly as sod all people worked in them and they were so key to Intels profit, the rest if intel operated in a lunatuc, ranknrate, paranoia, run around hell.

Intel need to realise that their core comoetence is running software.

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Hmm,

Made bbc front page

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-42553818

Note to semifabbers - dont let your fuckup be found in a slow news week.

Intel must be running short of feet to shoot.

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Re: Where is the recall

Nah.

Stuff eaches the errata years later.

Youll get a term like In certain situation this impossible to work around problem occurs, causing you to spend millions looking for a software error.

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Re: No joy from Intel

I worked for Intel.

Other parts of Intel would not talk to us, even when we were finding significant issues with the silicon.

The way intgl works is every now snd thrn, it thorws lots of silicon at the wall. Some stick. Some fall off. Some slowly slide down.

Once a product meets an internal gate - poof - all the people go off and wotk in other stuff.

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'Twas the night before Y2K and a grinch stole the IT department's overtime payout

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A bit.

I think its more that management think that middle managers are rare bests. And that whatever they manage are bursting out of every hole.

Reality is , that as you go up the skills level, the number of people fall away to nothing.

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Oh good, half of Defra's Brexit projects involve IT

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Re: How difficult is it really?

So, now, rather subbing production, we sub the likes of grouse moor - thats where millions of agri sub are going.

And, speaking as someone who comes from a high farming area, we create these de-treed landscape which cause flooding to the lower lying land.

Tarrifs are enough.

If you want to sub agri productin then you need to to let everyone bid for sub rather than just doling it out to the same bunch of people every year.

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Re: How difficult is it really?

Not really.

The sub goes on hill sheep farming.

Noone eats mutton.

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Re: How difficult is it really?

Is farming a business or division of the DSS?

If farmers are dependent on subsidies then lets call it what it is - expensive countryside dole.

And in a country with people cramped in tiny, expensive housing, can you make a case for epople having to work to pay for someones hobby that uses up lots of land?

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Re: Standard systems...

And all overseen by a number of civil servants with not a technical bone in their body.

Who, when the shit hits the fan, will move elsewhere to bring their special magic.

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One more credit insurer abandons Maplin Electronics

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Re: They are full of it. overpriced tat?

You might be confusing incompetence with benevolence.

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Ex-Microsoft intern claimed one of her fellow temps raped her. Her bosses hired him

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The alledged attack took place outside of the company.

All that MS could do would be seperate the people involved until the investigtion completes.

As a manager id not want to be sat in a meeting room with a bunch of hungover interns asking them what had happened on Saturday night - its not my fucking job.

Im at a loss to explain why a person should expect a company to manage their life.

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Funnily enough, no, IT admins who trash biz machines can't claim they had permission

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Loon.

Just follow company procedure.

I remember one place where legal/hr had a hardon for escorting off the building thennthere anyone who resigned . I think they saw it in a filum.

30% of the group quit over a 6 month period.

Despite the claims of people being fungible, they could not get anyone with any thing approaching the skills into an interview.

So, the other 60% minys 1 quit on the say day. All escorted off the building.

How do i know you ask, i was the minus one - i was waiting for a new job place to complete before quitting.

Companies luve and due by their procedure and employees.

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Hello, Dixons Carphone? Yep, we're ringing from a 2015 handset. Profits down 60%, eh?

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Re: Worst company ever

I have done one call to get back my money.

Then, if the matter was not resolved, just ring up the credit card company fro refund.

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Language bugs infest downstream software, fuzzer finds

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Re: but... will anyone learn from this?

Ah, not a problem. I have a fix for that - I never use XML.

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Re: but... will anyone learn from this?

Well ..... this fuzzing thang is pretty new-ish.

Im sure well run projects will incorporate the tests into their release tests. I know Im looking at using fuzzing - anything a computer can do testing wise rather than me is 'A good thing (c)'

I note the XDIFF tool is written in python, so Python cant be that bad ...

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So you're 'agile', huh? I do not think it means what you think it means

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Agile fucks me off more than most stuff I have to deal at work.

The original Agile might have some merit, at least in the early stages of development where teams are struggling to work out what and how to do a project.

Its a fucking disaster for everything else. The term is so pointless that any piss poor products gets classified as Agile to overcome the vast number of shortcomings.

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Microsoft emergency update: Malware Engine needs, erm, malware protection

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Oh Microsoft seem to ....

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Inside Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for PCs, mobes: Cortex-A75s, fat caches, vector math, security stuff, and more

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Re: RaspberryPi 4?

They didnt.

Broadcom drivers were a binary blob.

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Staff at Steria gov shared services centre offered voluntary redundo

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Re: Let me finish that paragraph.

Shhhh!

HR people might read this!

'Oh my God! Amanda (all HR are women and have upwardly mobile names). I think I have discovered a flaw in our head reduction plan ...'

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Microsoft adds nothing to new Semi-Annual Windows Server preview

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So, 30 years and many billion dollars later MS basically implement a software version of Amstrads 'card that sounds like a fan'.

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Good. Theyve stopped adding crap to the procuct.

Now they need to start fixing the stuff theyve broken.

Im totally fucked off with MS. They bring out new stuff and break old stuff. Nothing major, just nigly fuck ups that make me wonder is they are on top of their testing.

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French activists storm Paris Apple Store over EU tax dispute

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Re: Vive la France

Here you go. Current figures. France pips Sweden.

https://www.economist.com/news/europe/21731825-good-deficit-timid-structural-reform-frances-budget-less-bold-emmanuel-macron

France is also carrying a hefting amount of national debt, which is deferred tax in all but name,

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I hope they used white bottles for their petrol bombs, with suitably round corners too.

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Infosys names a new CEO: welcome to the hot-seat Salil S. Parekh

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See, what I dont understand about these Indian outsources is, despite their claim to be gobal companies, they are all managed by an Indian clique.

Just what is it about their operations they dont want non-Indian to find out???

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Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

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Re: According to the Times [usual disclaimers apply]...

Here's a 2x2 pixel donkey porn: .

Want something more extreme?

1x1: Osama bin Laden gay orgy: .

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Re: According to the Times [usual disclaimers apply]...

Im guessing superITcopper has not heard of a multitasking OS?

Even less spyware that could be downloading pics automagically.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Re: Two points

Define porn.

Men - big boobs

Women - shoes.

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WDC to move all its stuff to RISC-V processors, build some kind of super data-wrangling stack

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I remember when HDDs were just magnetic platters and a stepper motor ....

As software gets more + more important, the software's target ISA gets less + less important.

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Google Chrome vows to carpet bomb meddling Windows antivirus tools

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Google v. Microsoft.

My web browsing is beginning to feel like a small, non-aligned south american country during the cold war.

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A certain millennial turned 30 recently: Welcome to middle age, Microsoft Excel v2

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Re: Increased productivity

How do they do it?

Painfully slow and ask great risk of fucking all the data up.

Using Excel for this sort of thing is the sort of thing you'd expect from a one man company.

It does not reflect well on either organisation.

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Re: Increased productivity

If you have multiple people using Excel to control the stock of whatnot in a hospital then I can guarantee you, 100%, they will have no fuckign idea what the stock level is.

Again, Excel is a tool for displaying and parsing numbers. Its is not a database. Excel does not support transactions from multiple sources.

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Re: Clicky-pointy number-crunching fools

Whats 'Business Intelligence'?

An oxymoron.

For all those millions with business degrees and MBA from Fulchester Poly, thats a treatment for acne.

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If his name was Charles then i workedfor him.

I proved my computer genius credential to him by getting his computer to work whilst waiting for my interview.

How did you do it ? He asked.

Oh just press the right buttons.

I actually just put the kettle lead back him which hed trod on and pulled out,

We should recruit this one, he said, hes a genius...

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Dont use spreadsheets for any numbers that are important.

Just keep excel for displaying data.

Do not start puting code into spreadsheets - its never tested, always has bugs in.

There are a surprising number of large companys who base their decisions on storing and manipulating numbers. Its fuking nuts. No transation, no seperation of data and code. Limited testing - one had test and real data in the same file which, inevitably, got mixed up at some point.

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10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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I love my kindle. On second now - keyboard to paperwhite, which i fantastic.

Useful for all the rfs i wade thru. And nerd books.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Yeah bbc is greay. Channel 5 is cheap porn.

Last night (Friday) bbc1 offered the one show, followed by a warmed up totp corpses, followed by eastenders then that god awful mrs brown.

Ch5 offered a 1h documentary on that big french brudge, followed by bethany hughes.

The bbc is mainly shit, admit it. 80% of its budget goes on junk.

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Stick to the script, kiddies: Some dos and don'ts for the workplace

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It has an object pipeline, thats the main differencre

Rather than a fifo of characyers, you have fifo of objects.

And, like anything involving objects, everything expands like mad.

And they did not have a No man when it came to adding new commands and options.

Powershell is open source now. Maybe somone wil fix it...

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Digital Entrepreneur Awards help UK tech cop an eyeful of... WTF?

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I just dont do conferences or awards.

Not to protest at booth babes and the likem jyst they are boring and i keep social life way away from work.

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