* Posts by trevorde

139 posts • joined 2 Jun 2015


Don't get the pitchforks yet, Apple devs: macOS third-party application clampdown probably not as bad as rumored


May as well get a ChromeBook

First, Google touts $150 AI dev kit. Now, Nvidia's peddling a $99 Nano for GPU ML tinkerers. Do we hear $50? $50?


My understanding is that CNC routes are all calculated in advance before the g-code is downloaded to the controller...

If you're worried that quantum computers will crack your crypto, don't be – at least, not for a decade or so. Here's why


Grant application

"Using virtual reality powered quantum computers to break blockchain powered AI in the cloud"

Can I have my grant money now?

Big and Blue: IBM boss's wage package shrinks in 2018 on her own recommendation


Next step...

Ginny didn't get all of her bonus, so cue more RA's (personal chauffeur+pilot exempted)

Burn an offering and backup your system cuz Windows 10 19H1 might actually arrive for spring


Emoji support in editor - AT LAST!!

"Oh, and the new editor also features Emoji support. Imagine it – Emojis in developer comments. What a time to be alive."

We often use the smiling poo emoji in comments in our code base, so it's nice to see they'll be rendered correctly on the Mac.

'They took away our Cup-a-Soup!' Share your tales of bleak breakout areas with us


Re: First they came for the coffee

Company I worked for was bought by Big Blue. First thing to go was our free lunches, albeit a simple sandwich or roll. Obviously, that didn't p155 off the minions enough, so they stopped the free tea and coffee. I left shortly afterwards.

Blockchain is bullsh!t, prove me wrong meets 'chain gang fans at tech confab


Solution looking for a problem

"The challenge, she said, is getting traction in markets where problem-solving is more important than cool tech."

Business pitch is probably: "We don't want to solve your problems, we just want to use some cool tech!". WTF?

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi


Can I buy more than one Pi Zero?

Would almost make the trip to Cambridge worthwhile!

At least Sony offered a t-shirt, says macOS flaw finder: Bug bounties now for Macs if you want this 0-day, Apple


Market share

when you only have 10% of the desktop market, and falling, why should you care?

Raspberry Pi Foundation says its final farewells to 40nm with release of Compute Module 3+


Storage prices

"8, 16 and 32GB versions costing $30, $35 and $40"

Only a minor increase in price for doubling storage, unlike certain fruity phone manufacturers

Ginni, you may have to get out and push: IBM sales, profit stuck in the mud. $13bn is $13bn, tho


Must be the 'Red Hat' effect

Wall St moneymen on IBM Q4 financials: Don't get your hopes up


Next step...

... more RA's

Ministry of Justice abandons key plank of £280m IT project


Re: IT, fostering delusions since 1977

Here's how things work in the real world of software development:

Customer spends 2 years and massive amounts of money developing an unambiguous, watertight specification. This takes endless rounds of meetings, consultations, requests for comments, workshops and fact finding trips.

Specification is put out to tender. The only companies willing to wade through the 3000 pages of specifications are massive, multi-national conglomerates (MMNC). Small, innovative software companies know to avoid this potential clusterf*ck.

After a year, there are only 3 tender bids, all from the same 3 MMNCs. All 3 bids are similarly priced and will take several years to complete. The tender is awarded to the same MMNC which has several other, similarly sized contracts.

Work commences and initially proceeds well until the first change request. It turns out that some requirements have changed since the spec was developed 3 years ago. Some things are no longer needed but other things are now essential. MMNC does an impact assessment and says project will be only delayed by 1 month, with no impact on cost. This emboldens people who now think that *all* changes are free. Changes now come in thick and fast as a lot has changed in the intervening 3 years. MMNC then says that project will be delayed and cost more as changes are not really free, after all.

Work still goes on until someone notices that the colour of a widget is not specified. All work stops while the colour is queried with the company. This takes endless rounds of meetings, consultations, workshops and fact finding trips. After 3 months, a decision is made on the colour of the widget and work recommences.

The above cycle is repeated until something is *eventually* delivered at twice the cost and twice the time. Users try it but their needs have changed in the 6 years since the spec was written, so they don't use it.

The 'blame game' now starts in earnest with the company and MMNC each pointing the finger at each other. This continues until the next specification is developed and put out to tender.

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


I am a 'Sanitation Engineer'

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes


Apple business plan

Sell less and less, even more expensive devices to fewer and fewer rich people.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals


Value added installer

Many years ago, I worked on some *really* expensive software. It was about $25k USD *per seat* about 20 years ago. Only problem was the installer only took a few seconds to run. Where is the value in that? I wrote a small, err, 'installer helper' which just displayed a dialog box with a progress bar and some customisable text eg 'Configuring datastore' (there was none), 'Acquiring network connections' (not required), 'Updating discombobulator' etc. The installation procedure went from 20s to well over 10 minutes. Now *that* is value for money!

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine



The browser is the new operating system.

Developers still have to test on all supported (versions of) browsers. Some large organisations are on a fixed version of a browser for several years. Browsers have regressions and inconsistent support for 'standards'.

Chrome is now the dominant browser ie same as Windows on the desktop.

We are really no better off.

And the next 7nm laptop processor will be designed by In, er, AM, um, Qualcomm: The 64-bit Arm Snapdragon 8CX


If all you ever do is run Chrome...

... then get a ChromeBook

Surface Book 2 afflicted by mystery Blue Screen Of Death errors


Introducing New MS VP of Windows Development

Linus Torvalds

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth


But, but, but...

... why isn't it flat? Like Earth?

As sales slide, virtual reality fans look to a bright, untethered future


Magic Leap FTW!!

Have you seen their demo video? These guys are going to CRUSH it!!

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence


Flawed study

Because it did not projects also including artificial intelligence, machine learning and virtual reality. Every entrepreneur knows you need those elements to guarantee success(*).

(*) getting lots of investor money

Tape vendors feel the cold, clammy hand of AWS on their shoulders. Behind them grins the Glacier Deep Archive


There is no such thing as the glacier...

... it's just someone else's tape archive

Not a price cut! Apple perks up soggy iPhone demand with rebate boost


Peak Apple

TBH, I think we reached it a few years ago

I was once one of you, F1 star Lewis Hamilton tells delighted IT bods

Thumb Up

Re: What a knob

"...before the race on 2 June 1929, she indulged in a long night of champagne, morphine and sex.

She won regardless,..."

You go, girl!

1,700 lucky Brit kids to visit Apple Stores for 'Year of Engineering'


Real world software engineering

- endless, soul crushing meetings

- coffee

- pointless documents to review

- micromanagers

- clueless CTOs

- buzzword bingo

- using outdated technology

- maintaining someone else's cr4p code

- very occasionally writing code

- impossible demands from marketing/sales

- last minute requirements from marketing/sales

- conflicting requests from marketing/sales

- constantly changing priorities

- 'performance' reviews

- annual Resource Actions (IBM only)

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger


Other side of the fence

Quite some time ago, I had to interview a candidate for a software development role. His CV seemed to indicate all the right-ish sort of experience, so we asked him in for a chat. He arrived in a suit and tie, and, according to my work colleague, smelt of chip fat (!). He was more than a bit overweight, sweating and very nervous, so I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt and served up a few soft ball questions. His answers were invariably: "I'm sorry, I can't remember", even as the questions got progressively easier and easier. Needless to say, he didn't get the job. We suspected the recruitment agent had sent over his local pub landlord for a bit of a laugh.

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report


Missing a few things

"Powered by advances in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and computing..."

Where is the blockchain and VR?

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day


True story...

Well, it was told to me as a true story and one should never let the truth get in the way of a good story...

There is this bloke in Melbourne, Australia who goes around to all the government auctions and buys up all their obsolete computer gear eg washing machine disk drive etc. He gets the stuff for pennies/cents since its all obsolete and nobody wants it. He then stores it all in a disused aircraft hangar and waits... Inevitably, some *other* government department urgently needs a washing machine disk drive to keep their legacy system going. Guess where they have to go to get one? I'm sure he doesn't mark it up too much!

Graph database biz Neo4j doubles total funding courtesy of $80m E-series splurge


Graph databases are also good for...

... blockchain and VR!

I've used neo4j and there're other graph databases out there which do more or less the same thing, probably even AI too

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat



I give it 18 months max before the Resource Actions start

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...


Manual override?

If the car has the choice of running over a worthless celeb (eg Kim Kardashian) or a fat granny, I'd like the option of a manual override as I wouldn't trust the AI to make the correct decision

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort


A solution looking for a problem

Blockchain has been around for over 10 years. If it hasn't found wider application by now, it probably never will.

DXC axes Americas boss amid latest deck chair musical


Bet he got a 'golden hello' *and* a 'golden parachute'. I could do that job ie turn up for a few months, realise it's CTD, and then 'leave to pursue other opportunities'.

IBM spits out one cloud manager to rule them all


If you can't beat 'em...

... join 'em! (and Ginny will get her bonus)

Though you'd have to be pretty desperate when there're other offerings available.

Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside


Re: Counting is not so easy.

Does anyone use Linux on the desktop? </troll>

IBM won't grow, says analyst firm while eyeing flatlining share price



will still get her bonus

Groupon to pay IBM $57m after getting money off e-commerce patent settlement


New IBM business model

Patent troll

Google taking action against disguised code in Chrome Web Store


Easier option

Release app for iOS

Sopra Steria exec on warpath as its UK Government profit crashes ... by millions




Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'


It happens to all companies eventually

Substitute Apple for Google, Microsoft, IBM...

VR going mainstream? Yeah, next year, says Facebook, for the third year in a row


Here we go again!


Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say


The answer is...

... BLOCKCHAIN!! Optional Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Virtual Reality.

What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM



... would any youngster want to work for IBM over Apple, Google, Microsoft or anyone else? Working for IBM used to get some kudos on your CV, now it's more of a black mark.

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds


Re: Developer PC

Worked at a company on a *huge* C++ app where one of my good mates was working on the 'main module' for the system. Over the years, the 'main module' turned into a dumping ground for everything which didn't have an obvious home (or if the devs were too lazy to figure it out). Inspite of having the fastest hardware money could buy, linking the main module took over 20 *minutes*! My mate could only try about two dozen changes a day. He did a *lot* of web surfing.

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts


Re: religious co workers

Heard a similar story, told to me as a true story...

It was a company employing *lots* of PhD level maths geeks, who all got an 'I love you' email from the rather attractive receptionist. In spite of their collective genius, they *all* fell for it; each thinking their ship had finally come in!

Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year


Re: I've said this before

Please don't forget the microsd slot

Teardown chaps strip away magic from Magic Leap's nerd goggles


Missing parts

Where were the unicorns and fairy dust?

IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND


Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Patent says it could server important or famous people first, so it'd go to whoever is on stage :-(


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