* Posts by whileI'mhere

53 posts • joined 18 Dec 2014


Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019


Re: FailCEO

They may have been less agile but were still just a very long slow waterfall, irrespective.

The BMC in OpenBMC stands for 'Burglarize My Computer' – thanks to irritating security flaw


Re: "Burglarise" ?

So if you were burglarised it was presumably done by burglarizers, who later burglarisered your house because they were burglariserisers?

(Burglers burgle and burglarisers burglarise. Buglers play for the Buggles.)

Oregon can't stop people from calling themselves engineers, judge rules in Traffic-Light-Math-Gate


Re: FailCEO

"Tight rein', 'loose reign', 'free rein' "

Umm - 'loose reign' is probably less to do with horses and more like not paying due care and attention while in charge of a monarchy.

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP


Re: insurance

"Makes sense, given the banks are also insurance brokers."

No. No it does not. Brokers are agents - they sell insurance but do not write it. They do not underwrite or carry third party risk. Conversely, for many risks that you might assume they would insure against, they may choose to self-insure (i.e. just take the risk and suffer the loss). The fact that banks sell some forms of insurance to customers has no link to why they may or may not be insured by a insurer for acts of theft or criminal damage.

Must listen: We've found the real Bastard Operator From Hell


Re: Fucking Awesome

"Someone has a career waiting in the wings."

Yes. Yes, they do.

This is art. In Tate Modern it would have strokey-beard critic types .... well, stroking their beards.

Creaky systems 'cost lives': Health secretary Matt Hancock pledges to solve NHS IT woes


Gosh. If only we had a NATIONAL health service. That has always been a fiction.

Nah, it won't install: The return of the ad-blocker-blocker


Re: Branded Advertising

"Hendrix Lives" is a slogan, not a brand, nor an advert.

British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage


Reminds me of an apocryphal WWII RAF exam question for pilots. Something like 'you are the pilot flying Winston Churchill, the PM, and his staff to an overseas conference when the rear cargo hatch blows open and WC is ejected from the plane. How do you react?' The answers varied from ' swoop down and catch him', jump out with a parachute and catch him', to 'divert to RIo and disappear'. The correct answer was, of course, 'adjust rear ailerons to compensate for reduced weight in rear cargo compartment'

Mastercard goes TITSUP in US, UK: There are some things money can't buy – like uptime


Re: Backups and redundancy, FFS

Did you dictate that using some voice to text thingy? I can only assume that "wants" was meant to be "once", and as for a "baster" (turkey baster?) CC company, my mind boggles.


Re: Cash is King

According to some stories last year (?) a £50 note is not cash. Rather, it is a drug-smuggling/criminal proceeds money-laundering device. Apparently they are so rarely used by normal people and disproportionately used by those types that some central bankers and law enforcers want high denomination notes removed from circulation.

And anyway, what with the advent of super jumbo extra outsize choccy bars and the price of the stuff in general, I reckon a couple of said bars would not get much change out of £50 these days.

UK pub chain Wetherspoons' last call: ♫ Just a spoonful of Twitter – let's pull social media down ♫


Re: Brillaint

Several years ago I was heartened to see the French media regulator tell the French public broadcaster's TV news guys to just stop advertising their Twitter ID on air, as it was de facto advertising for a commercial entity on the public airwaves, and other social media were available. They probably long since lost that battle, but an admirable stance, for sure.

Best thing about a smart toilet? You can take your mobile in without polluting it


Re: FailCEO

"...and it's the new office - not sure about client meetings though."

I seem to recall some time ago (1970s?) seeing a film extract on Barry Norman's Film programme of that year (if only I could remember which year) where the concept was to reverse eating and shitting. The extract showed a company board meeting taking place with everyone on a shitter, free to raise the lid and let rip, while those needing any food or drink had to excuse themselves to a small ante-room and do it in private, quietly. It was, of course, a foreign-langauge film. Wish I could find out what it was...

Web searching died the day they invented SEO


Re: The B ark.....

Like an ice pick, but used to make holes in cats instead.


Well if they are looking for 'snorkles' they may wish to search for 'snorkels'

DXC confirms veep level shake-up in new world order


Re: Night of the Long Knives

"This company isn't a Board run company. It is the private plaything of PRESIDENT, CHAIRMAN and CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, Mike Lawrie."


(Appropriate corporate governance also not a big thing in Lawrie's world.)

Ever wondered why tech products fail so frequently? No, me neither


Re: FailCEO

THIS! "Screwfix £20 polish up nice as well."

Bought a pair of own-brand steel toecap 'Chelsea' style boots from Screwfix for £40. Would have expected to pay 2-3 times that at a 'shoe shop' selling brands. Workwear can often be very economically viable.

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet


Re: Rasberry Pi to the rescue?

Which piece of your mind is that, then? The bit that craves some peace?


Re: Rasberry Pi to the rescue?

Which piece of your mind is that, then?


Re: Battery life on the sensors?

What is "burglarization"? Is it what burglarizers do? (Hint: 'burglary')

IT giant CSC screwed its 1,000 sysadmins out of their overtime – jury


Re: "... a significant driver of CSC’s profits and success..."

If 'no pun intended' then the correct spelling is 'plain'.

Volvo puts Swedish families to work on driverless data-slurp trials


Re: Chelsea Tractors

I'm guessing all that tech has to go somewhere and may be a bit bulky? As it develops, miniaturisation will kick in along with manufacturing scale and smaller/cheaper cars will be able to have it shoe-horned in?

DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub


Re: Tribal Frankenfirm

It is ambiguous. "legacy CSC staff" could be as opposed to "bright, thrusting wave of the future colleagues" or it could be as opposed to "legacy HPE colleagues". Either way, "one DXC" is clearly fractured and the splints are not yet working.

Activists launch legal challenge against NHS patient data-sharing deal


"they could perhaps control one of the world's easiest borders to control a little better than turn the NHS into big brother. "

Which prompts a thought. If the NHS is now to act as a de facto border force, perhaps the real Border Force could start doing health screenings at passport control? This could catch on. Let's get the MOD to run whatever DEFRA is called these days and let the farming and food lobby play with the ships, planes and tanks.

IBM: We're now a, what's not losing money? Ah, a cognitive cloud champ!


Two people in this thread have now claimed that staff reductions (a COST-reducing action) have propped up revenue. Please explain how cutting costs increases the money people spend with IBM?

Layoffs may be propping up margin or profit but do not impact what clients spend (REVENUE) other than perhaps negatively in the short term.

Sometimes, bean-counters can be useful to help us all understand what it is we are actually counting!

€100 'typewriter' turns out to be €45,000 Enigma machine


Re: FailCEO

Cool you? Why? Are you hot? And why "as well"? Nobody else mentioned needing to be cooled.

(Punctuation. Makes a difference, every time!)

When we said don't link to the article, Google, we meant DON'T LINK TO THE ARTICLE!


Re: Not so easy...

We're at war with Europa? Jeez, how did I miss that?

From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong


Re: So when will the politicians learn?

"A politician thinks of one thing only. Their next election."

I guess Jeremy Corbyn is not a politician, then.

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


Re: How many times must HP "Invent" itself?

They reinvented themselves agin in 2017 when they spun ES into CSC to create DXC. And now with ALL the baggage dumped, time to start chopping off the limbs

DXC Technology puts reluctant office movers on naughty step


Re: 2.5 miles may not sound like a lot

Which stop is that?

Capita call centre chap wins landmark sex discrimination lawsuit


So much fuss?

So much fuss for a principle, actually.

Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update


Brick or Jelly?

Brick or jelly? Which is it? I feel there may be a slight difference...

Or is it this: http://www.instructables.com/file/FXINSU9FN82TMFF/

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding


by the death birth of idiots.


DXC Technology warns staff of multiple office closures


That memo you quoted from must be a fraud. Because it said "Royal Pavillion" which as any fule kno is in fact "Royal Pavilion" and I can't believe anyone inside DXC wouldn't kn... (oh, wait, as you were, par for the course)

IBM marketeers rub out chopper after visit from CEO Ginni


That'll be Ginny Streisand then (or Barbara Rometty)

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election


Re: FailCEO

I think this graphic from the Ministry of Acquired Information is more apposite: https://twitter.com/richard_littler/status/753169513722552320

Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers


Re: Only one rule needed

"Is there a professional, journalism trained editor in charge?"

Like the Evening Standard? (Not that I'd pay attention to a single thing it published before or after that smarmy git took over as editor.)

'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'


Re: Bureaucracy

An American? Talking about regular verbs?

HINT: Dive is a regular verb whose past participle is dived, and dove is a type of bird


Re: Bureaucracy

You're saying a FRENCHMAN said that????? My experience is that French bureaucracy is the most rigid and petty of all.

Customer satisfaction is our highest priority… OK, maybe second-highest… or third...


Re: "coffee please"

I remember the greasy spoons where it was instant (powdered, not freeze-dried) Nescafe - black or with cold milk in (and ordinary milk, too, no reduced fat choices, and with a fruit bowl of sugar on the counter, next to a teaspoon with a chain on its handle, and the other end of the chain nailed to the counter.

Unlike a visit to Star*ucks today, there was no confusion at all. I prefer that. I wish I could walk into Star*ucks and simply say "mug of Nescaff please".

Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate


Re: Okay mr lets tax everyone regardless.. because reasons?!!?

You use that term "commercially viable" like it is the only criterion. There things that are a social good. I want there to be an efficient transport system that adds to the economic and social health of the country, even though I rarely use it, because I want it to be there when I actually DO need to use it. So I am not enamoured of the "marketise everything" approach that says all railway costs must be borne by passengers. You sound like one of those neo-liberals who knows the price of much but the value of almost nothing.


Re: Yours is really the standard pro argument

... Jaguar ... Nissan...

You do realise that your unypothecated taxes are to some extent subsidising both, don't you. What all the licence fee haters seem to hate more than the BCC is hypothecated tax. But we need it to be hypothecated to PREVENT it becoming the state broadcaster, or the LCD ad-fest of US TV example.


Re: Public good

I disagree about it not operating FOR the public good, but you fail to understand the subtle but important difference between "for the public good" and "a public good". Whatever your OPINION as to whether it operates in the public good or not, it is clearly a public good.


Re: Privatise It

It is not a monopoly (other broadcasts are available) and it is not a state broadcaster, being independent of any government of the day. Please rewrite your drivel taking account of these facts.

Get orf the air over moi land Irish farmer roars at drones


How does a drone control crim? How does it do it in an obvious manner? What is crim?

(Or perhaps "drone-controlling crim"?)

A hyphen had gone quite astray.

Made things sound quite a different way.

The drone was controlling.

So I came here trolling

The grammar of young folk today

RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears


Re: A very long time ago...

And here (thanks SkippyBing) we have, in one simple comment, the full argument against autonomous/driverless cars that are not in fact actually sufficiently autonomous to be capable of operation without mandating that a 'driver' is 'at the wheel' and ready to use the wheel at a nanosecond's notice.

Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable


Re: Out of State

Because after the usual suspects at whom the memo is directed are excluded, the only options left are the boneheadedly stupid ones. But at least they are an option (the memo writers figure, not paying attention to that option's consequences). If they do not vote for the only other option available, the memo does not get sent.

Rivals' keyword marketing activity censured by High Court


One or other of them will no doubt be creating a "win fountain" and calling it a Victory Plume.

Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot


M&S - yes

Marks & Spencer - yes

Marks & Sparks - ok


Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers


Re: Company law

These are the people for whom the phrase "attention span of a butterfly" was invented. Frankly it's amazing they can envision a quarter, let alone anything longer.


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