* Posts by circusmole

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Virgin Media only adds another 127,000 homes to Project Lightning

circusmole

I've given up on them.

For the past 6 months or so Virgin have been digging trenches and laying cables in the streets in my area (and causing chaos, I might add). Several times I have spoken to them and they ALWAYS say that they can connect me "by the end of next week" - they have been saying that for at least 2 months now. I, and several people in the area, have given up on them and are now trying to get get BT/Openreach to connect us to their FTTC service instead - one person has been successful so far. Me? I'm still waiting for BT and Virgin and having to exist on my 2Mb ADSL service :-(

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

circusmole

It's just like...

... other gimmicky products.

I got an Echo at the insistence of my wife and son a couple of months ago. Added a couple of "smart" mains sockets for some lights. For the first 2 to 3 weeks they loved it and used it all the time. But now, 2 months later, it sits there unused for days on end.

After the novelty wears off you come to realise that it is pretty stupid and is just a more difficult and awkward way of setting a timer or getting the weather forecast. I would not mind betting that in 6 months time I could surreptitiously disconnect her and put her in that bottom draw where all the other gimmicky items live, and no one would notice for days.

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Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe AGAIN

circusmole

Re: Will HP ever learn?

Yes but DXC still has the dead-hand of HP hanging around like a bad smell.

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HPE gives execs a jiggle and merges subsidiaries in shrivelling Pointnext

circusmole
Alert

Another shuffling...

...of the deckchairs?

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Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)

circusmole
Unhappy

Re: Mensa

Sob, sob :-( I am (was?) an MCSE but that doesn't mean that I'm not a nice person.

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HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last

circusmole

When I worked for HP...

...we had an "HPE Next" every couple of years and it made fcuk all difference in the long run. I'm glad I'm out of that madhouse they now call HPE.

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

circusmole

Re: If it got interrupted...

The first thing I would ask for would be the fail over test schedule and the resulting reports on how they went (if they did any).

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Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version

circusmole

Re: True Image?

And while they are about it they could go back to the understandable GUI of older versions and dump the confusing interface they now have.

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

circusmole
Happy

Re: Who?

Not long, from personal experience.

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Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight

circusmole
Meh

Re: Bah!

When I started reading this article I thought that low-life Hurd would be involved somewhere. I was not disappointed!

--From someone who suffered at his hands in the past.

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Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs

circusmole

I thought it is...

..a desktop that is running on a Debian OS, not an "OS" in its own right. But what do I know. So is this just another lightweight desktop - enlighten me!

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

circusmole
Unhappy

IGb/s

In a press release the government described it as "gold standard ‘full-fibre’ broadband, which has the capacity to reach speeds of more than 1Gbps."

A double or treble the 2Mb/s I get at the moment would suit me!

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Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg

circusmole
Thumb Down

They deserve each other.

Although I feel sorry for the coal-face workers caught in the middle of this fiasco.

This is nothing more than HPE management (term used loosely) trying to appease the shareholders for the past years of f%^kups, diminishing returns and sliding share prices, all so they can continue drawing their obscene pay packets and bonuses.

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Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo

circusmole
Happy

Re: Do people really buy them

I have a Fujitsu laptop. Attractive to look at, seems rock-solid reliable and very well put together. I'd buy another one if I needed to.

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Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this

circusmole
Unhappy

I was at a local....

...BMW/Mini dealer recently and had a look at the so-called Minis. They are f***g massive things and f******g expensive. The original concept of an affordable, space-efficient, basic vehicle has been completely lost. The Mini showroom was more like a fashion store than a car showroom - with as much space given to Mini-branded luxury goods as to the cars.

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Microsoft reveals career-enhancing .PNG files

circusmole
Unhappy

Re: Waste of time

Some years ago I spent a huge amount of time and effort, and my employer (bless 'em) spent shedloads of money, on getting various MS and ITIL certifications. The MS certification exams were a joke, all you really needed was a reasonable memory function, the ITIL exams we another thing all together, extremely hard coursework work and the exams were a nightmare. Anyway I passed them all - the ITIL ones to my surprise.

Looking back I think they were a waste of time and effort. The MS certifications didn't help me one iota in the real world. The ITIL certifications were of some limited benefit but not near the level that matched the considerable amount of time, effort and money that went into getting them.

If I had my time over again I would not bother with them.

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TalkTalk's appeal against paltry ICO data breach fine thrown out

circusmole

Just another example...

...of the strange bubble/parallel universe that ego-centric Dido and her mates live in. If she spent as much time and effort sorting out TalkTalk's security issues... but that's part of her paid job, so no chance of that getting done.

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Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn

circusmole

Re: Oh but the premium

SoftBank is borrowing the cash from the banks for this acquisition - hence debt funded.

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Linus Torvalds in sweary rant about punctuation in kernel comments

circusmole
Meh

Re: Well...

Absolutely. It's very lightweight, and doesn't make you feel bloated. I always get a good night's sleep after a dose of nano and a bit of C coding.

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circusmole
Happy

Well...

...nano highlights comments, what more do you need :-)

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Dell finds liquid cooling tech on eBay, now wants you to buy it

circusmole
Mushroom

This reminds me of...

...the time when some ICL1900 systems used disc drives with hydraulic actuators. There were pipes and pumps everywhere in these these things and changing an actuator was a major plumbing job, which nearly always resulted in a leak somewhere that needed fixing. Nightmare!

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

circusmole

Don't worry...

...moiety, it will never work. They will discover this after spending a few hundred million and then quietly can the 'project'.

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You deleted the customer. What now? Human error - deal with it

circusmole
Alert

Re: sometime it's the OS (here looking at you linux)

I still miss file versions from my days working with VAX/VMS and before that, RSX-11M. Every time you change (edit ?) a file and save it you simply create a new version with an incremented version number, the previous version is still there. VMS operators/programmers/users soon learnt never to delete files but always purge old versions as necessary with "$purge foo.bar /keep=3". (for instance).

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circusmole
Mushroom

When I was in...

...this line of business, when I investigated calls like "Our system is down, we've lost XXXXX customer records, our DB is suddenly corrupted, we can't log on - we MUST have a VIRUS - help!!!!" I found that 90% of the time it was an operator error. More often than not some normally sane and reliable operator had brain fade and done something stupid because they did not document their process and procedures with sufficient rigour - if at all.

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Don't split Openreach, says BT, and we'll splash BEELLIONS on broadband and 4G

circusmole

I should be so lucky...

<My "superfast" broadband with an estimated 30Mb only gives me 7Mb...>

Me, and a lot of people in my immediate area in a largish town, are lucky to get 2.5MB/Sec on a good day.

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You can always rely on the Ancient Ones to cock things up

circusmole
Mushroom

So-called security.

<Discovering without any surprise that my nine-year-old username and password were still valid, still granting me admin rights that I had no rights to any more,...>

Reminds me of a few years ago when I want back to a well-known bank which I had last done some work for about 4 years previously. Logged straight in with my old username and password, admin rights... The thing that surprised me was that the 3 or 4 IT admin guys watching me didn't say a word!

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Your broadband speeds are up by 6Mbps, boasts UK watchdog Ofcom

circusmole
Unhappy

Hmmm...

@RPF Currently running 10Mbps <1 mile from the county's capital.....

Currently running <2Mb/s (on a good day) 2 miles from the centre of a large town (90,000 population) in South East England.

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Wait... who broke that? Things you need to do to make your world diagnosable

circusmole
Alert

What about...

...strict control of administrator rights and a proper, enforced change management process?

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British Airways, IT staff job cuts, an outsourcing biz ... you get the point

circusmole
Unhappy

I see many entries...

...here complaining about BAs quality/level of service/whatever... I agree with most of them. However, I fly regularly (about 3-4 times per year) to the USA from the UK and I have used Delta/AA/BA and Virgin and I must say they are all much of a muchness these days. Many of their aircraft look clapped out and are never cleaned very well, there seems to be fewer and fewer cabin crew as time goes past, the attitude of cabin crew quite often leaves much to be desired, punctuality is usually dire (they are nearly always late leaving/arriving), the food is now almost reached the state of being unsuitable for human consumption... I could go on. The fact of the matter is that nearly all (all?) major airlines are crap these days, so as consumers we have to just suck it up and live with it - it's now a fact of life.

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Comcast's Xfinity home alarms can be disabled by wireless jammers

circusmole
FAIL

Re: Even the simplest wired alarm system gives an alert on fault conditions.

Exactly. My wired alarm system, which is 15 years old, will issue an alert if ANY sensor cable is either cut or short circuited. This is basic security system good design. The same should be true of wireless systems - if communication with any sensor, or the klaxon, is lost for more than a few seconds an alert should be issued. Oh, and it will continue to operate for over 24hrs if the power should fail.

This is a basic problem seen in other "systems", they are designed and implemented by technology geeks, not subject matter experts. I am the owner of a well know car that has had a problem since last June that is software related. Neither the local franchised dealer nor the manufacturers UK subsidiary seem able to fix it because they just do not understand how the software works and my suspicion is that it was written by geeks who do not understand how cars work and are used.

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LogMeIn adds emergency break-in feature to LastPass

circusmole

Re: Seems sensible ...

I've spent many an hour trying to find a replacement for FastPass. None I have tried have the functionality of FastPass, in fact most are an absolute pain to use.

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Trustworthy x86 laptops? There is a way, says system-level security ace

circusmole

Re: Ok, lets bring back the days of simple CPU's

But the PDP11/45 ran DEC proprietary micro-code (along with other PDPs - 11/40, 11/70...) so you still cannot be absolutely sure what the machine is getting up to. Later versions of the 11/70 even had a built-in micro-PDP processor for system management (also with micro-code - this was unpublished I seem to recall).

On the other hand DEC did provide the micro-code listings for the 11/45 etc... - if you could understand or figure out how the hell it worked :-)

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Dr Sue Black among handful of IT Brits getting New Year gongs

circusmole

Re: My contender was ignored!!!

True, I'll bet that Martha and Dido have a right old giggle between themselves between snoozes when they actually bother to attend the house.

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circusmole

My contender was ignored!!!

Not to besmirch all the people mentioned - just some of them...

Why wasn't Dido Harding awarded a gong for her services to the IT industry? She seems to fit the bill - one of the luvvies that is in a well-paid job and is basically useless and incompetent.

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Good news! US broadband speeds are up. Bad news – they're still rubbish

circusmole
FAIL

I would think I had gone to heaven...

...if I got better than 2Mb/s here in a large town in the UK. I also have no hope of anything better in the foreseeable future - thanks to the tossers at BT.

"I consider myself lucky when my connection goes above 8Mbps (usually around 4.5Mbps) "

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Cyber security buck stops with me, says Dido Harding

circusmole
Happy

Well, you have to eat, don't you?

She said: "I was clear by lunchtime [the next day] that the sensible thing to do to warn customers, that would make them safer...

But she went on to say "...that it seemed a shame to leave the splendid spread that had been laid on for the board, and such a waste. When we had finished at the trough (what a blow-out!) we had a little chat about telling our customers about the cock-up."

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

circusmole
FAIL

Re: Uh huh.

I agree.

This proclamation is the output of an "Internal Investigation" carried by VW expressly for VW's benefit. Tell me what springs to mind when you hear about "Internal Investigations" - that's right, bullshit, bullshit and more bullshit. This is all about management CYA, nothing more.

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Electrician cuts wrong wire and downs 25,000 square foot data centre

circusmole
Unhappy

I would start...

...by employing good change practice. Plan the change carefully under the control of the Change Manager, include the "business" in the planning process, document it, test it if possible and implement it. In the plan make the assumption that it will go wrong and in that case figure out what you would do to then recover - this should have been a major part of the plan. This is basic major change management practice that neither JF nor the IT management people seemed to employ.

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Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax

circusmole
Happy

Weren't the pundits...

...saying that a certain Jeremy Corbyn would never get elected as party leader a few months ago?

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UK gov sinks £25k into Pi-powered cyberdesk

circusmole

Re: Mmm-

The sad thing, the really, really sad thing is that I think these fools actually believe the bullshit they are spouting.

My current desk has been in use now for, oh it must be 15 years, and I have never felt the need to "update" it. The only thing I have to "update" are my desk chairs which seem to disintegrate after about 5 years.

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One-armed bandit steals four hours of engineer's busy day

circusmole
Unhappy

In days of yore...

I worked for a well known mainframe company, I was a field engineer team leader with responsibility for about 6 customers in central London. When I was appointed to this role I spent about 6 months in constant contact with 'my' customers educating them on how to fix common trivial problems, how to pre-diagnose problems so when they called me I had a better idea what was wrong and could go armed with the necessary resources, parts... After all this my team call rate went from about 5 a day to 5 a week and my customers were as happy as Larry- I was well chuffed.

My manager wasn't happy - because we weren't running running around like blue-arsed flies all the time doing stupid things like cleaning read/write heads on tape drives, removing paper jams from printers, bursters etc.. he called us a load of idle bastards and we all got poor annual reviews!!!

Shortly after I told said manager he could stick his job where the sun doesn't shine and left.

So, don't curse those 'trivial' calls, they may mean job security and good pay rises.

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CPS fined £200k over theft of laptops holding 'sensitive interviews'

circusmole

Re: Government fines government

Agreed, completely pointless. So the director of the CPS just shrugs shoulders and carries on exactly as before.

What should have happened is that the person(s) directly responsible and the person accountable (the director?) for the loss of data should have been personally fined £200K. That would make the the useless b'stards sit up and take notice.

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TalkTalk attack: 'No legal obligation to encrypt customer bank details', says chief

circusmole

With respect...

...@Stuart Halliday. This is most likely absolutely nothing to do with any "Talk Talk IT Engineer". The fault lies with the senior technical management and the Board for not ensuring that the appropriate policy, procedures and technology was put place that enabled the "Talk Talk IT Engineer" secure the customer data. The senior technical management and the Board should also put in place a mechanism and review cycle that checked that the policy and procedures were effectively implemented.

This is no fault of the guys at the coal face - it is a management failure.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

circusmole

Re: Ignorance across the Board!

I would not be surprised if a Talk Talk board meeting went something like...

CEO: Where are we with customer data security?

CTO: Funny you should mention that, I bumped into The Head of IT yesterday. He's a difficult bugger to track down sometimes (general titters and laughter around the room). I asked him the very same question and he said that all was fine.

CEO: Good. That's what I like to hear. Next item on the agenda...

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circusmole

The brass neck...

...of people like her never ceases to amaze me.It was HER JOB to make sure that customer date was secure - it's called good governance. If she had an shred of decency she would first say, words to the effect of "I personally fcuked up big time, I didn't do my job properly" and then say "I am resigning with immediate effect and I will refuse to take my obscene golden parachute and also my overly inflated bonus payment. Goodbye".

Well, I can dream can't I?

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Nippy, palaver and cockwomble: Greatest words in English?

circusmole

I quite like...

Toe-rag - a completely useless and ignorant b'stard.

From my days as a assembly language coder:

No-Op - as in the computer instruction common to most architectures (NOP - no operation), meaning a person who has no discernible purpose or function in an organisation, or indeed in life, and never does anything detectable, good, bad or indifferent. Oh, except draw a salary.

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Top boffin Freeman Dyson on climate change, interstellar travel, fusion, and more

circusmole
Joke

Re: So you've reached 0.5c...

...and how do you get home?

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BT to shoot 'up to 330Mbps' G.fast into 2,000 Gosforth homes

circusmole

Re: Standard kneejerk response

Likewise in non-rural Hampshire where I live. A flakey 2Mb/s on a good day.

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HP Enterprise will axe 25,000 to 30,000 staff

circusmole

What happens when...

...they run out of people to dump?

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