Re: If only
pier to pier?
Talk about the slow boat to China.
41 posts • joined 16 Oct 2017
I saw the message this morning on my laptop, a W10 pro that followed the upgrade process from 8.1 to 10. Not an insider machine. I checked the tenforums.com site and el reg, and it is fairly clear that it is a temporary issue. I've seen similar with malwarebytes when they do DB maintenance and I get a warning that the application is not up to date.
Not a huge problem but it's surprising that it occurred.
I have driver updates turned off. This was in response to never obtaining quality driver updates from Intel or Dell for the 7260 AC wireless adapter. New adapters previously downloaded, either by the Win 10 updates or by me trying to find a fix for intermittent outages, left me with a buggy wireless adapter and the decision to leave the stock MS drivers as installed and quit farking with it, which actually solved the problem. It seems this might have also prevented some of the recent issues reported due to the Win 10 update. I'm thinking I should probably set the delayed updates to the 35 day limit. I've never had an issue with Win 10 updates but think I should probably take some preventative measures as I'm due for borkage.
Some time ago there were reports of a utility billing a customer billions of dollars, and when customer service was contacted they couldn't seem to understand what the problem was. Imagine if that had hit a no-limit credit card and how long it would take to work it out. Bear in mind that some wealthy people but huge transactions on their Amex Centurion cards - there was a recent report of a Japanese man who put $100,000,000 on a work of art bought at auction.
If more people understood what a convoluted, bureaucratic nightmare the process involved in immigrating to another country is, the calls for immigration reform would include making it less expensive, more efficient, and expeditious. This includes all of the immigrant-accepting countries, not only the USA. I’ll share a couple of personal experiences to illustrate.
I was a Canadian foreign service officer for twenty years. Although I was not an immigration officer, I frequently issued visas when I was assigned to small diplomatic missions without resident immigration staff. This isn’t unusual in the Canadian foreign service – our diplomatic missions are a small fraction of the population of US embassies/consulates.
I was frequently asked by potential immigrants if they should engage an lawyer to assist with their application. At the time, my usual response was that if the applicant was truly qualified, an immigration officer would process their application without the need for a lawyer. During the past twenty years, I have changed my opinion considerably. Due to the legal morass that immigration processing has become, without a lawyer ensuring that applications are correct, the chances of refusal are almost guaranteed. The immigration lawyers have morphed from being visa officer groupies to an essential part of the algorithm. The point: I know something about the process and business of immigration.
I left the foreign service in 1998 for a career in management consulting. In 2005, I was approached to take on a contract in the US – allegedly a short-term engagement to assess the implementation of an enterprise system. I entered the US on a TN-1 visa (the “free-trade”, or NAFTA visa), valid for one year. During this period, the relationship with the client flourished, and they offered to sign a seven-year contract.
With a substantial investment in legal and other business services, I incorporated, and was granted an L1-A visa. I moved my family to the US and bought a home. I hired staff, sub-contracted work to both American and Canadian consultants, and grew the business. Collectively, we paid well over US$1MM per year in taxes – these included remittances to the IRS from my Canadian consultants. To be precise, we were legal: we utilized the professional services of accountants and lawyers, and all requirements across the gamut of local, state and federal government were met.
The L1-A visa is a method for obtaining a green card. With the business growing and going well, I applied. It was refused. Despite hiring staff and expanding the business, I was judged to be performing more consultant-type work and not those of a corporate president (even though I was the president). We appealed. We lost. The government visa processing fees and professional services cost well over $200,000 during the seven years I was there.
My L1A status expired. I let my staff go, folded the business, and returned to Canada.
What chance does an independent applicant have?
Back when this story made the news, I was curious as to why Mercedes needed the BlueTec solution to solve emission compliance, while VW et al only needed software. It was an engineering & design issue, so it seems engineers would have devised a somewhat similar solution.
I had a GL320 and GL350 (not at the same time), and while diesel fuel consumption was decent, having to buy new BlueTec urea-based stuff as part of regular maintenance pretty much cancelled out the economies of diesel over gasoline.
Wikipedia notes that "In February 2016, Mercedes-Benz was sued by private plaintiffs alleging BlueTec violates standards in a manner similar to the Volkswagen emissions scandal. On December 6, 2016 U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares threw out the lawsuit, finding the plaintiffs had alleged no standing." This doesn't explain if there was any merit to the claim.
Me too. I wonder what is causing people to BSOD. Every Win 10 update I have done works without issue: goes in clean and starts up error-free without any B/GSOD ever.
I run VPN (three - two for employer/client), a Virtualbox Linux VM, and a fairly standard set of apps, including a few that are a bit old The one setting I have changed is to disable the driver update. I have an Intel 7260 wireless adapter that is known to be problematic. The Intel drivers for Win 10 just do not seem to work well, so I've kept a MS driver from 2015 that is rock solid.
I've disabled the stuff in Windows that I don't use or like: e,g.,telemetry and Cortana, etc. It's not my intention to debate the virtues of any OS, I just wonder why I don't experience the problems that are reported on this web site.
I am eternal.
I am an aging WASP boomer, manager, with a finance MBA. I have never written a line of code beyond "hello world".
I dorked my large-breasted Asian secretary on my bosses desk, and followed it up by taking her on a business trip and joining the mile-high club on the company's dime. Ask your parents what secretaries were.
If it wasn't for me, there would be no need for diversity programs, labour lawyers, crisis interventions, and morning-after pills.
Tremble in my presence.
Tut-tut. Let's focus on what is important: the Uber IPO, which is a year-ish out. And consider the options plays on a company that will come out the gate with a market cap greater than FB.
What is it that they do? A technology company you say?
I have a driver for my network adapter, TYVM. Why would I buy one for $3.37?
They restructured all the compensation specialists (it's not difficult to find work as a payroll specialist, so they weren't waiting for a call to come back to work) and cut-over to the new system without running parallel. The data base for the old system had point-in-time data that couldn't be rolled-back to because the new system was in production for months before it really became apparent how farked it is. They couldn't re-mediate. It is a text-book case of terrible organizational change and project management, mostly because of political goals defining the triple constraint, rather than good project management.
I've followed this saga for a couple of years because a) i know Canadian public servants who were done-in by the new system (I used to be one, many years ago), b) I do enterprise project management, including HR/payroll, and c) right from the get-go IBM crushed their client, as usual, by claiming the change management process meant that they had delivered exactly what they were contracted to deliver, numerous change orders included. People really do need to get fired for hiring IBM.
I had a municipal government client who hired a consultant, each year, to ensure they were paying Oracle correctly, i.e, not necessarily according to the invoice. This is a government with a gaggle of lawyers and professional procurement managers on the payroll.To me, this is the best example of the bizarre universe of software licensing: when you need outside expertise to decypher it for you.
I think WP is still in use in some law firms - it was popular with that industry. Corel is still selling it, so perhaps it has some advocates :) From the Wikipedia page on Corel: "In March 2005 Corel announced that the United States Justice Department purchased 50,000 licenses of WordPerfect "
Back in the 90's the Govt of Canada used Corel office exclusively, probably because Michael Cowpland, and his trophy wife, lived a short distance from Parliament, and an even shorter distance from the PM's official residence.
As a civil servant back then, I used the Corel suite - I even handed out about 100 copies of the CD when assigned abroad. Back then some folks thought it was great (and the price was right...). After we cut over to MS Office, it took a little while to transition to MS Word because we had become so used to WP.
Goose is a strategically important airport, simply because it is damn near half-way between Europe and North Am (even though it is in NorthAm....). Ask the folks who landed there during the 9/11 crisis. Documentaries were made about how the Newfies took care of their guests.
During the cold war days the airport had the largest RCMP detachment in Canada. Every flight from the USSR (& satellites) en route to Cuba had to stop at Goose to re-fuel. Therefore, it had the highest number of claims for political refugee status.
I took a flight from Austria to NYC on Lauda Air (1980/81?). I was going to visit my parents in Nova Scotia (yes, I'm Canadian). I didn't realize we would be re-fueling in Goose, and figured it would be easier to grab a flight from there to Halifax. So, I went to the passport/immigration officer, and said "I'd like to stay here". "Oh futz", said he "Another one." And we laughed and laughed.....
I worked for the Canadian version of the FCO for 20 years. Promotions came rarely: it wasn't unusual for lifers who were nearing retirement to receive a couple of promotions during their entire career, perhaps every decade or so. I was assigned to one of our embassies in a (shytehole) developing country when a long-awaited promotion finally materialized, and calculated that it resulted in an increase of C$1.38 per pay. Those were the moments that made the decision quite easy to give up the lifestyle in favour of doubling my salary plus a previously unknown thing called a "bonus".
There are a lot of silly gits in the foreign service - it's still difficult to consider them as diplomats. Political appointees as diplomats are absolutely the worst people on the planet.
The environment as described is a bit odd. If it was simply described as SAP with a DB2 database then it would be much simpler to completely refute the NYPD statements, rather than assuming they're simply FOS. It's not clear that the "Property and Evidence Tracking System (PETS)" is actually the "integrated ERP system from SAP", although one could assume that. That it runs on a mainframe is sort-of odd also: more like R/2. But whatever.
Assuming that it is a SAP system on DB2, there are many, many SAP system administrators who might wonder what the problem is with accessing a backup or data. There certainly are enough SAP tools available to run queries without opening up the DB.
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