* Posts by HmmmYes

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

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Re: Yet again

I think you are kidding yourself about O+G esp. the North Sea and Deep Sea.

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'I'm innocent!' says IT contractor on trial after Office 365 bill row spiraled out of control

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Re: Paper trail

Well.. always have the terms /contract in writing.

Ill wait to see what happens on this.

One sides overstepped the mark.

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Ford fills up ex-Google, Uber engineers' tank: $1bn pours into Argo AI

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He's a big lad.

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IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

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Re: I use to work as a tech in the education department

To be honest, the adware and porn adware seem to come from all sites.

And email.

She could be entirely innocent.

I really dont know why people still bother with Windows.

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Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

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Re: Do not want

What about New England and the like? I liked those.

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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

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Asuze is nice at the moment.

How long it stays nice is another matter.

As far as linux tools and the like ... well, can MS make Powershell run faster, so I can use it for interactive tasks. At the moment using command completion takes 2s!

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Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit

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I worked for a company hat got shat on by Intel.

Big pitch on this + that.

New product, based on Intel silicon.

The chip did not work. it would be hard to say which was the biggest error, there were so many.

Intel's soluion - wait for the next release, which had different pin out, different power requirements. A mess

Moral of the story - do not build products on Intel silicon unless you know it a) works b) will be in production for the life span of your product.

Intel have a habit of creating teams then breaking them up before products have been in the market for long.

Intel also seem to had a lot of problems with verifying their silicon. I remember one of these chip makers tech discussion where someone from Intel said they only created a software model to test the 386 in 88ish.

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Apple weans itself off Intel with 'more ARM chips' for future Macs

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Re: Why not?

The WAUDcore'd CPU also costs about 1/10 of the the notebook CPU. Thats Intels real problem - profit margin/CPU.

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Re: Why not?

Less the cores, bump up the cache size and ARM will fly.

Intel XEONs are 80% caches.

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'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

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Rules 1->100: Work activity is in company time, according to the contract Ive signed.

I spend enough time with my fellow workers.

Agile is just a process people go thru where they disocver that they work with a bunch of clueless fucking idiots.

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Re: Agreed

You master the syntax which, language depending will take you 6 months (C), never (C++ - moving target).

Then you master where the language fkcups - 5 years.

Then'll you master how other people can fckup an implementation with a language - never.

Then'll you have Zen like lightbulb moment as you realise building any non trivial code base with anything but Makefile/cmdline, where you can archive the build options, build files, tools versions etc etc, is insane. You will then look around he office and see everyone using IDE's where not a single configuraion matches another...

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Re: "A cutting edge interior design by the John Frum Partnership..."

Three words: Pot Noodle Thermos

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Re: The Mythical Man Month

The Decline and Fall of the American Programmer was down to Yourdon's buttheaded methodology.

They Rised + Recovered once they could choose their own tools.

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Needs to a C suite - Programming Executive Officer.

Software's eating must corporate functions anyhow.

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Re: "A cutting edge interior design by the John Frum Partnership..."

The food and drink thing always get me.

I sort of expect on tap tea or coffee - Ill make it myself!

But the cool places tend to have pop and muffins. Ive seen one provide fruit.

The days of an office canteen are way over. I only worked in one place, 30 years ago, that had a canteen.

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Re: "A cutting edge interior design by the John Frum Partnership..."

The dress comment was down to Branson showing off and being 'wacky!'. People can wear whatever they want.

Apart from Jesus sandals.

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Re: Agile makes us cogs

I read a very good article on using Agile for a distributed system.

All the developers ran down the 'happy path' i.e. they got to chose the nice test paths.

They spent 80% of the time doing the easiest 20% of the project, leaving the hard 80% of time/20% of work for another methodology/team.

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Re: One rule does not fit all

Once business get beyond doing grunt labour, like digging holes in the road, people and their skills and knowledge become less + less fungible.

Not that most orgs of the last 20 odd years have learned any of that, as I arrive and look at steaming piles of sh1t with noone around to actually do the work.

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His comment about 'knowing how to prrogram Excel' is wrong.

Going by the mistakes Ive pulled out of pretty much every Excel spreadsheet Ive had to use, very few people can program Excel.

Spreadsheets are a stupid answer to whatever the question is.

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Re: Agile makes us cogs

Agile is just another word for letting loads of people fuck up development.

he more people you add to a development, the worse i gets. The more idiots and people who are are winging it join, it fucks up more.

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Moving aside from the article's main point a bit ... I dont get this posh chairs, wacky work place wank.

If you want me to work for your company then pay me loads.

Dont bother with free food. Pay me more and Ill buy my own food.

Just give me an adjustable chair + desk. A few decent systems and proper backup server.

All this wacky Richard Branson 'We're so cool. Im wearing a dress! (Dont look at the salary)' drives me nuts.

It comes down to supply and demand. For various reasons, there are few people out their with lots of software skills. There is currently a lot of demand - some proper profit, some gnomes underpants.

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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Its not just email and web stuff.

My parents get about 4-5 phone calls a day from Microsoft Indian support team.

Just as well they dont have internet. Or a working computer.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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Dont forget the 'L' between the 'Di' and 'do'

How can a compnay built on being cheap and sh1t not reflect that in he CEOs pay?

NMW should suffice for this shambles.

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NHS reply-all meltdown swamped system with half a billion emails

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The person was a an ICT bod not a DR.

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Unite: CSC UK set for 'jobs massacre' as 1,101 heads put on chopping block

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Re: It's just a IT joke...

I think you mean binary.

1101 = 8 + 4 + 1 = 13

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After promising Donald Trump jobs will come home, IBM swings axe

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Re: The last trump?

I would not worry about being confused by what IBM are doing. Even IBM managers dont know.

Id recommend googling Robert Cringley and IBM.

Id also recommend not put any business with IBM, and looking for a new supplier for any work that is with IBM.

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Is Kubernetes a little too terrifying? Platform9 has a safe space for you

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Re: the best cloud use-case done badly on premises!

Cart before the horse.

Its the application that counts, not wether its running on some spoofed harware platform.

Me? As long as I can get a webserver, postgreql and python up + running, I can shift my applications to cloud, boxen, whatevery.

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Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers

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Well, vim/vi will work over a 9600 baud serial link, which, in the days of a GSM mobile in every corner of the world, should be considered the worse case scenario for accessing something and changing config.

I should point out Ive had to access stuff over a crappy mobile link.

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Solaris 11.next plan brings continuous delivery of OS upgrades

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Re: Enterprise != consumer market

To be honest, the Solaris minor number is pretty much a major/maintenance release.

Solaris 11 has been kicking around for almost 10 years.

Ive tried 11.2 11.4 11.5 (I think).

As far as user land goes, Solaris shared objects have version fucntion interfaces.

As far as kernel land goes the hadrware/DDI is pretty unchanged since Solaris 8 - minors odds + sods.

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Stallman's Free Software Foundation says we need a free phone OS

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Oh oh - Can I say:

WIll it run HURD?

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The DOS/Windows parallel dont fly.

Phones have too much personal data on them and are connected to 3rd parties. I find the lack of control on a smart phone pretty uncomfortable - I just dont know its doing.

ME? I stick to feature phones - text + talk. And use it as a bluetooth modem.

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One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Re: The Forbes article on this suit

Oh one of those employment contracts.

Iv been to a couple of places where they wanted me to sign something along those lines.

I was happy too -providing the company paid me double time for the hours when I was not at work as, I read the contract, they were contracting me for the full 7x24.

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Nadella calls for AI sector to move beyond 'worshipping' a handful of companies

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Its like watching a 55 years old divorcee trying to pull 20 year old women at the local night club.

He babe. Dig the crazy Cliff Richards sounds.

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About 20 years ago I was at an industry presentation where Ballmer was spouting some crap about NT.

It was a specific sector, so someone put their hand up and asked when a specific protocol was to be supported. Ballmer assured us that MS were working on it and a release was imminent.

20 years down the line and still no sign. I did ask someone I knew in MS. He said they had looked at it but backed away as they did not have the skills. And thats when MS managed to recruit people.

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UK's largest hospital trust battles Friday 13th malware outbreak

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Re: Scenario

How about not using Windows?

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US Marines seek more than a few good men (3,000 men and women, actually) for cyber-war

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Maybe just maybe the stratgey that beat the USSR - force the Ruskies o wreck their economy by upping spending - a war of attrition on the military budget - has now backfired on the US?

The threats to the US - apart from itself -are Russia and China. There's no way either of those will get into a spending war with the states on planes and guns and ships. Fckit, they are years behind.

So both countries have done the smart thing and chosen the battle they want to fight - cyber war. Which happens to be the one that the US has ignored - mainly because it was too busy wasting money on plane and guns and boats.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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I should add that Ch5 screened Gotham. Thats the only boardcast dframa Ive watchedo nterristial telly.

Its great. I make the BBC look like Pravda.

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I could be watching Ch5 on demand!

The fact is Im starting to watch less + less telly.

If you up the quality of the stuff you watch then you tend not to bother the crap stuff.

Sadly, I still am paying the license. More habit than anything else.

If the aerial fell off my house then Id not replace and change to all online.

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Sadly Netflix gets my money.

I just dont watch enough BBC telly to make the license fee worth my while.

I watch more Ch5 than all the BBC channels.

The kids watch youtube or play on computers.

The only people I know who watch much BBC are my parents. They get a free TV license.

The BBC really has to put its finger out and decide what its going to do.

Id guess its only got around 5 years left.

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Soz fanbois, Apple DIDN'T invent the smartphone after all

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Re: I am puzzled by the premise of this article

True.

RIM wnated 100% of a small pie rather than 50% of much bigger pie.

WhatsApp is basically BB messenger re-written in Erlang and off the BB platform.

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Microsoft scores nearly $1bn non-compete contract with US military

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Re: "Blue badge support"

Ms problems with security and the like are not caused by poor QA, its poor design.

The MS code base and install is too big and too interconnected.

I can strip down a Linux or BSD system to bare minimum; chuck all the stuff I dont want in it out. Christ I can even re-compile and use a different magic number in the ELF file, so the system will not run a binary that ive not built.

Cant get close to that with Windows.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

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Port XFCE to QT and Id be a happy man.

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Capita is STILL the BIGGEST tech services supplier to UK.gov

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Makes me sad.

US have Microsoft, Apple, Google.

UK has Capita.

One country has tech companies that make lots of money.

The other a 'tech' company that employs a load of moronic management and retards. And loses a lot of money.

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Oracle finally targets Java non-payers – six years after plucking Sun

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Re: ransomware model

I select Erlang/OTP over Java for all of those requirements.

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Thought about this over the weekend.

The only places I come across Java these are 1) Kids running minecraft. 2) Server side stuff.

If you are embedding Java in a product, be it a Bluray player or a supercomputer then you pay Oracle.

If you are running your web/services backend stuff with Java then you have to either pay Oracle or move to Linux and OpenJDK.

If you are consumer who installs a JDK on a product, be it a PC or a tablet, then you should be OK.

If you are a company shipping JDK on a product then Oracle have you over a barrel.

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Re: "read the license"

You make it sound likes its something obvious. Trust me, even in companies, most people do not read the license. They see stuff being avilable for download to free and think the free continues.

As far as not being a layer - Im not. But Im a lot better at reading a contract than the corp lawyers are understanding technology terms and licenses - trust me, Ive spent many hours sat with legal dummies.

But I can scan a contract and anything that jumps out is an immediate red flag. The term 'general purpose computer' is not legal boiler plate. It was put in there for a purpose/trap.

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Always read the license that software comes with.

Back in the early days - 1998ish - we were considering Java. I had a quick scan of the license it came with and ran away.

As the article mentions, we had a problem with the meaning of “general purpose computing”'.

Our software does not run on a general purpose computer. It runs on a dedicated platform. Sure, under the covers it was an x86 PC. But not a 'general purpose computer'

My interpretation (IANAL) was any closed, turnkey system is not a 'general purpose computer'

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Microsoft announces 16 years of support for Windows, SQL Servers

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I like 2008R2.

Very epxensive but does it stuff without annoying me.

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Broadcom quietly dismantles its 'Vulcan' ARM server chip project

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Re: Xeon price rise coming in 3, 2, 1, ....

Well ..... Intel wants every bit of your cash and they dont care too much about how much current/power their customers use - bar setting alight the motherboard.

Big server farms want lots of powerful server using as little as power as possible.

i.e. Intel trade offs between CPU performance and grunt are different to Serverfarm's.

A server farm could be persuaded to ditch the x86 legacy. Intels business depends on x86 legacy; without that thats its just another silicon fab.

Arms dont make chips. Not sure about Softbank; ARM customer toes and all that.

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Re: Xeon price rise coming in 3, 2, 1, ....

They might.

At the mo. server co.s have very specific requirements which dont match fully match with the Intel Xeon roadmap - which is more about extracting money.

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