* Posts by HmmmYes

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BlackBerry's QNX to run autonomous car software

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I like QNX.

~5 years ago I bought one of the BB tablets. It was really nifty. The speed of the ARM SOCs masks what a clunking lump Android/Darvik is.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Why dont fb and twatter issue a statement telling the UKGOV to stop importing radicalised Sunni Muslims from the arse end of nowhere?

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Equifax's disastrous Struts patching blunder: THOUSANDS of other orgs did it too

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Read this:

https://incubaid.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/the-game-of-distributed-systems-programming-which-level-are-you/

Come back and comment on Java after youve read it.

Java/JINI just did not work. It got it all wrong, long after people had pointed out the RPC just doenst work when you gave states.

Youll be pushing RPC next. Or Corbra.

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I guess accounting/tax is to blame too.

Software needs to be written off when the hardware it runs off is.

Or at least shipped with some sort of regression/acceptance test suite.

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Re: What a sad state of mind

Its not technical. Its business!

Dont get into the silly game of CEO cannot program, so they do not understand the software.

Its business continuity/risk. Pure + simple.

Do Equifax run software - yes/no?

Is that software supported and maintained - yes/no?

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They are paying for it now.

Looks like the cost is several orders of magnitude the cost of paying the developers.

Live and learn. Or not.

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Yeah ...

You audit everything that makes up a system

You record any 3rd party deps - and their licensing.

And, if producing a built system, yu make sure it can be built on a fresh build box, generating identical binaires i.e. exact same at the binary output level.

Problem with 'Enterprise Architects' is most they are fly by night bandwagon jumping shyters

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My ideal world?

I dont run Windows boxes on production machine.

Its not 100% ideal but I dont get my company riddled with viruses and ransomware.

You have to work out where your critical systems are and what the cost of those boxes failing are.

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Dont buy plant/expensive stuff with embedded Windows on it.

I insist on stuff having CLI access only.

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File under 'Java bug'

How I laugh when I read all those Java/Jini claims of 20 years ago.

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No you won't - new version and tools have their own bugs and errors in.

There's no easy solution.

You manage your software infrastructure, maintaining a list of versions deployed. You pay for maintenance - proper maintenance rather than a support payout that never delivers an update/fix.

You either pay someone to support your working set of software or you employ someone to maintain it.

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DXC squeezes suppliers for extra margin, issues ultimatum

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Mass employment in UK manufacturing has gone away.

UK manufacturing has not. Its just employs less people and produces high value products.

The days of an Easter (as was) leaving school on Friday and walking into a metal bashing job on Monday are long gone.

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Re: Not surprising

'Even if it takes the offshore guys 20x longer to do something, they're still cheaper,'

Only if they are less than 20x as expensive.

In reality, when you add the extra management overhead, the extra time taken, etc youll find that the Indian outourcer is more expensive. Been there, done the maths, walked away.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: @HmmmYes

The reason farming isnt a great way to make money is that the price of land has been bid up to use up the subsidy and the (UK) tax advantages.

Treat farmign like a normal business rather than a expensive arm of the DSS - remove subs, remove the farming-only tax treatment and - TaRah! - you'll see farmers make profit.

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I dont know why people are getting so excited about Europe.

The EU is just a slush fund for farmers.

Stop spending ~50% of a bunch of useless, corn chewing dossers - yes, I come from a rural background and know farmers - and Ill start getting a bit more excited.

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Not backing up the buffoon but as he has set a precedent, I hope the Stats head honcho well be commenting on the numbers and claims by all other pols and civil servants.

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DXC Technologies mails another corp message (gulp)

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Basically, the plebs need to all resign en masses.

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Reading the report again, this looks like they are are down on software bodies but dont want to pay for them.

Id guess the are fucked and have lost a lot of software heads.

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I wish youd list the old names in brackets.

It gets hard to follow all these rebrandings.

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ICO whacks Welsh biz with £350k fine for 150 MEEELLION nuisance calls

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

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Re: "Cloud" is just marketing

And someone elses idiot IT body turning stuff off and pulling cables.

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'Let me expand on that. It’s OK to point the finger at management, but all those Bobs have a part to play in this game. You have to ask yourself: “Is what I am being asked to do reasonable?” “Do I have the time, resources and political will to do what is being asked of me?” and “Can I ingest cloud learning at the required speed to provide what is being sought?”

If the answer to all these questions is “no”, you’ve got a problem and need to feed that up.

And here’s where you need a good project manager.'

Yes ... you're assuming that the Bobs of this world were invited to the meeting, told about the change and asked to contribute. Lots of time these decisions are took and the implementation and rollout is meant to happen like magic - no change and no budget.

As far as good project manager goes. Is that the person who was laid off a few quarters ago? He was a manager, so we get one one of the general mangers to to their job.

For their own sae, I wish companies would keep on top of what their required skills bases is and who many (or few) people have those skills.

I spent a pointless few months sitting in on a mid sized companies 'staff retention/business continuation' meeting. It was new. It had evolved from a flap when they released all the 80% of their software bodies were flying out on the same plane. Oh they shouted! Only x% should ever fly on a single plane! All very well + good for the very unlikely event of the plane crashing. Much self congratulations of averting disaster, readout in the quarterly heads up, plastic plaques handed out the continuity czar.

Next meeting, I asked 'What is the notice period of the software people?' 1 month they answered.

'How long does it take to recruit a software person?' 4 months came the answer.

'Do our products need maintaining and are their penalty clauses?' Yes.

'Are we paying the top decile in the local market?' 'Err our package is very competitive.' Thats management for No.'

Next 6 months saw 50% of the software team leave for better paid jobs.

The economy and job market is driven by supply and demand. There's a lot of demand for software people. Hardly surprising as it really is eating the world. There's little demand for general managers.

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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Yes.

http://www.contractorcalculator.co.uk/contractor_travel_expenses_tax_24_month_rule.aspx

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Err no.

You are ignoring the other advantges, other than the lower NI rate.

My brothers into all this hoohah The only way he can do his job is thatIR35 allows him to take his commute and accommodation costs from his pre-tax pay.

As a PAYE Id *love* to be able to claim my transport before paying tax.

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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Re: I've drummed it into the friends and family for years ...

No

Its confidence tricksters with inside knowledge of the process and customer.

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Im sure the Indians employed by BY are honest, upstanding citizens.

However, their feckless bent family member, who is given a USB disk with all the data on .....

Don outsource personal data to India FFS. Any compnay doing so risks getting sued some time in the future.

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Oracle staff report big layoffs across Solaris, SPARC teams

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Oracle bought Sun because most of their big DB deployments ran on Solaris and used Java.

Unsure about what looks like the death of Solaris. There must be demand for a large scaling enterprise OS outthere. RHEL, for all its pros, does not scale or provide the non-stop/hopt replacement of Solaris/SPARC.

Hopefully enough of ZFS and DTRACE have leaked out to survive on BSD.

I like Zones/Containers. A design that, given another 10 years, you see Docker moving too. All the VC money wasted on creating something thats done way better in Solaris/Containers. I guess VC are wary of puting money in ventures like SmartOS and the like. What with Larry being lawsuit happy.

I hope someone puts a bullet in Javas VM. Bain of my life for 20 odd years. How can noone see its a pile of shite??

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BBC’s Micro:bit turns out to be an excellent drone hijacking tool

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Ah get eLua on the bare metal.

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Raspberry Pi gains new FreeBSD distribution

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Oh

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London cops bust fake Cisco hardware chain

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Oh for the good old days of high quality, fake Cisco kit *cough* Huawei *cough* finest Chinesium

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Virgin Media mulls ditching 1 in 3 UK facilities, starts £20m spend audit

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I thought this was gong to be something let 15 sites to 10.

45! Christ. Great forward thinking there.

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Profits plunge 40% as BT coughs up £225m to avoid court battle

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What a shower of shit.

Claw back a10 years ll wages off anyone on more than 50k.

Slash there pension by 60%.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Chrome and google make me uncomfortable.

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HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit

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I dont think HP<whatever> are racist or agist.

They fuck over everyone.

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The drinks are on Juniper: Revenue and profits up in Q2 2017

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Interesting contrast between Juniper and Cisco.

Cisco wont 20 years ago with routers.

Juniper win today with switches.

Cisico business is entirely down to a fuckup in the IPv4 header design.

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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

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Re: You can't afford a fickel company for long-lived products

This.

Unless you buying billions of silicon a year then dont get into bed with Intel.

Even if you are be wary as Intel churn out a lot of silicon that dont work.

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Re: Group that came up with it is history

24 months, speaking as someone who's been thru the whole Intel VC buyout, followed by fuckup, followed disengagement.

Intel are *desperate* to open up new markets. But they are a binch of idiots who dont really seem to grasp how Intel makes it money.

Intel are very good at fabricating chips and selling them at high margins. Thats.

Desgning those chips, picking new markets, working with other companies, etc - they are shit at.

Intel is about 3% world class silicon fbaricators, 10% workers, and 87% seat warming morons.

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The Reg chats to Ordnance Survey's chief data wrangler

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A load of buzzword bingo.

'yes we’re thinking about moving into the cloud, Azure and Microsoft'

Really? OS are a pretty big org, with lots of data. Are you *really* sure on that MS/Azure cloud thing?

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Q. What's today's top language? A. Python... no, wait, Java... no, C

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I like python, on top of C.

In fact, I regard any language written in C as a C language. Apart from Java, thats shit. And Perl.

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Re: Learn all of them, but NOT Java

I can top that.

Having to port a networked unix server to DOS using a TSR and a 3rd party TCP/IP stack. I almost quick the profession.

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Re: I suspect there are quite a few Java devs out there

I have ~20 odd years of Java experience.

I try and implement something in it. Its shit, its slow, I have to install 20mb of JVM and crap.

I pull it and re-write the stuff in C + python.

This is just for internal tools. A quick read of the Java license scared me off doing any billable product in Java.

I struggle to remember what the problem that Java is the solution.

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One-quarter of UK.gov IT projects at high risk of failure

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Re: Why go Anonymous you coward!

Ranting aside, youve make the same mistakes that all naive people doing long running, comples projects.

1. Assuming you are going to get exceptional people.

Whats todays term - super stars?

English football team makes the mistake, time + time gain. Large projects are team work, some will be good, some will be bad (but you can hopefully sack those - maybe not with civil servants), most will be average. Design and plan for the average.

I blame 'Commando' comic - With my last grenade ...

2. Over focusing on the implementation/coding.

Focus on the specification, then focus on change control, then test/verification, then the implementation.

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We are only seeing failing UKGOV IT projects because we are looking for failure.

Whats the success rate on UKGOV non-IT projects?

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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How much?

How much today?

How much in 3-5 years when I renew?

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Strange the Beeb. Full of naice, liberal people, all on high wages and large pensions.

Scrape the veneer off and its jails more people than any 3rd world brasshat.

Me? I pay the license but Im watching less and less BBC TV. I watch more ITV and CH5 than BBC - I dont like making cakes and I dont like dancing.

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Male escort says he gave up IT to do something more meaningful

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I gave up being a rent boy to write javascript.

I scrub myself so hard after every day at work that I bleed ...

I just cant get the dirt of me ...

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: It will take 1-2 more WannaCries

Windows has large secutiry holes all thru it.

Avoid.

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Re: Yet another distro?

I dont know know but Id guess ts more of a stripped down, less choices of a particular Ubuntu release - i.e. XFCE only, no dev stuff- bascia kernel, X, and web browser.

i.e. nothing more than a stripped down YUM repo.

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Thanks fuck for that.

Cost is important everywhere. And you have to be careful with what your costs are.

From my experience in deploying a number of simple machines, Windows license costs are the least of worry. There's the cost of installing Windows - a PITA when compared to being able o PIXIEboot a new machine and install an image. I can commision a Linux box in the time it takes for Windows to boot the install media.

NHSubunt should just deply a simple GUI desktop, and shove all the logic behind a web browers.

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Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

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Nope. *Other* companies corporate gigs are *the* best to make an absolute pig out of yourself. Especially if youll never meet the company or people again.

Oh the heady days of the 1st interweb boom. I mad an total pig out of myself at some of those. My hangover lasted longer than some of the companies.

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