" European Works Councils are organisms ..." I've heard them called a few things before, but not that !
32 posts • joined 15 Feb 2018
Enjoying that 25Mbps internet speed, America? Oh, it's just 6Mbps? And you're unhappy? Can't imagine why
I may have read Autonomy whistleblower emails about 'inflated' sales, founder Mike Lynch admits in court
"" The 737 MAX is inherently stable and would fly perfectly well without MCAS.""
I thought the whole reason for MCAS was that Boeing decided that a software-enabled control fix would be cheaper to implement that redesigning the existing 737 fuselage (and any associated regulatory compliance costs including type-ratings), in order to accommodate the larger donks they now have and how these are forward-slung under the wings. Which implies that without the MCAS, it IS inherently unstable in certain situations. Am I wrong about this ?
Re: Is it me?
The comparison of two auction bidders leaves out the key driver: why do the bidders want it ? Bidder A might want it to make complete a collection of works by that painter; bidder B might bid because that painting was owned by their family before the Nazi's looted their town, or it might be malice because they want to thwart bidder A, or, anything else but what motivates A. Then throw depth of respective pockets into the mix. And as pointed out, the next time it might not be worth the same becuase of what is at stake at the time.
And so, introducing Oracle to the discussion of whether Autonomy misrepresented their earnings is largely irrelevant. HP would have paid up to as much as their business case could take. We don't know what that is. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it appears too much was paid.
There is some "law" (like Occam's Razor) that says one should not attribute an action to malice when poor judgement or ignorance will suffice. If Autonomy fudged their numbers, no reasonable amount of due diligence is going to uncover that; that's why representations are signed that do (or do not) warrant the accuracy of the information provided, and these direct the legal consequences that can follow. And so, here we are. Even if Leo and HP had a silly business case that caused them to pay too much, that's not necessarily a reason to forgive Lynch & Co misrepresenting their data to the market. And its worth noting that some accountants/consultants involved have settled with HP out of court rather than go to trial on this.
DXC Technology seeks volunteers to take redundancy. No grads, apprentices, and 'quota carrying' sales folk
Interesting to note that the endless virtue-signalling posts on my LInkedIn from Vodafone people about how great a leader they are/ how humble they are to get recognised/ how they support gender diversity/ etc have dried up since Which UK pointed out that people despise their company. Coincidence? However I do think that over the last 4 years Voda have noticeably improved their network coverage and data service across everywhere I go in the UK. I wouldn't have been using them at all, given a choice, but my employer has a contract with them; before that, they messed up adding bundles to my personal phone several times despite contacting them, and I kept getting hit with obscene overage charges. Oh, and I also had their home broadband until about a year ago; they refused to take seriously my complaints about constant service interruptions over several months (which matter as I am frequently skypeing colleagues around the world from home); I'm now with sky, same copper cable out to the street, and voila, no service interruptions. so yes...their customer service does suck.
" Lynch and Hussain also accuse HP of not having understood that Autonomy's accounting system was subtly different from the American megalith's practices"
HP has plenty of experience in reseller networks across the world, including the UK, and therefore an appreciation of the accounting methods available. This is either a daft argument by Lynch and Hussein and they will be exposed for it, or, HP really dropped the ball here because they have the internal experience to know how this stuff works.
Former HP CEO Léo Apotheker tells court he didn't read Autonomy's latest accounts before fated $11bn buyout
So what if Leo didn't read the latest reports. A forensic accountant needs to demonstrate that Autonomy misrepresented its earnings according to accepted accounting principles, or not. End of. A lot of you are quick to jump on the smash-Leo bandwagon (and i was at HP then, and thought Leo was an airhead) but there have been so many high-profile accounting scandals in the UK Plc environment in the past few years, yet their books are regular audited by the so-called experts in the Big 4 ....who dont catch these things (or are maybe compliant about it so they dont lose their consultancy megabucks by being "difficult" ??).... even today's BBC news highlights a call for the break up of the Big 4 accounting firms from an audit vs consulting perspective.....so if the so-called experts aren't calling out falsification, why expect a propeller-head like Leo to notice? You lot are conferring a lot of wisdom on him, and all CEO's , that is not entirely warranted.
Re: One thing is sure.
""If it *WAS* only curiously creative accounting, will shareholders sue someone (who?) for not doing proper due diligence?""
I believe HPE has already reached a settlement with the investment banks and/or consulting firms who undertook due diligence and prepared the numbers for HPE. Happy to be corrected on that point.
Reading emails , without making a cup of tea while each one opens, requires a laptop less than 3 years old does it ? Puh-leeease.
There are no compute or graphic-intense apps on my 5 year old, stock samsung i5 processor laptop - the win10 upgrade mess wiped them all off, i had to install the OS from scratch and work with the helpdesk to get out of the reboot cycle. Now the laptop is no use for anything much, i keep my accounts on it, but mostly do email and itunes on an ipad. MSFT single-handedly killed off any desire to invest in another WIN machine ever again, so no, i wont be resolving this problem by spending more moola on the latest laptop only to have MSFT bork it 2 years later.
I'm just a dumb user. I loathe my WIn10 home PC. Just opening one email in my outlook inbox - MSFTs own proprietary email app that should be seamless - takes 10 seconds or more, and if the email has images embedded, some dont ever load. And on days ending with "y", connectivity to my default HP printer disappears and I have to set up the printer again. Now imagine a Tesla-like future (its here now) where car makers wirelessly send SW updates to your car. Cant start your car to get to work because of a 2 hour update, or a broken startup cycle requiring a week of interaction with the helpdesk to fix (that was my first win10 upgrade) ? The howls of protest from the media and consumer orgs would drive the car maker to the wall, or at least force compensation. Meanwhile. MSFT flip us the bird.
Surprised it took this long. Any business unit created in Voda that isnt about selling more consumer sim cards automatically sparks a case of organ-rejection. And I'm willing to wager a week's pay that the quid-pro-quo here is that Voda will win (or has recently won) a chunk of IBM's mobile connectivity business in Europe,
Despite having a crappy app, my usual chain coffee shop lets you cash out from Quidco onto their loyalty card. Only their loyalty card isnt a card. It isnt even in their app. Its an email with a QR code. An email that has to be dug out and scanned in order to pay. After scanning their app to get the loyalty credit. And you cant tell how much balance you have left unless you click on a link in the email. A link that doesnt work (404 error) . And if you access the help team via the app, to discuss why you cant determine your card balance....they send you a link to contact another help team. What a palaver.
The carriers are taking advantage of the same human inertia that means people stay with banks and insurance companies, even though newcomers are getting better deals. So you can make the same argument that these businesses should also automatically offer a better deal; or you can make the argument that if people are too lazy or cant be bothered, the higher rate is the price they pay for avoiding the hassle of changing. Or call it a "stupid tax". Whatever.
What makes me vomit in my mouth is that the same companies who do this - presumably to a substantial block of customers who are vulnerable/can least afford it - also love to flog their social responsibility credentials every chance they get.
When I see that ad, I am reminded that this is exactly my experience at home. Guess who my broadband provider is?
And when I call Voda about the constant yet random disconnects....even quoting the time of the last one....first they try to make me do the rain-dance of "reboot", "change the wifi channel", "unscrew the BT plate and change the plug".....and then they tell me that their systems say there are no line problems and everything is fine....
Have always hated conferences in Vegas. The company-enforced 12 hour flight in coach (or longer when the travel dept tells you its $100 cheaper to take a 3 hour layover in Chicago), the jet lag, the half mile walk to a 7am breakfast in a aircraft -hanger -sized basement, the 10 hour days in a dark presentation hall, the false bonhomie of corporate drones trying to pretend they are natural entertainers up on stage. OK I have seem some pretty cool presenters over the years I admit. And enjoyed some cheap shopping. But this year my room was entered twice by staff (whose?) delivering branded corporate bumf such as T shirts and coffee mugs during my absence. And the hotels jam you with "resort fees" on top of the room rate.....but then they dont send you the email invoice you were promised to avoid the queue*** to check out,....so more unnecessary chasing and paperwork to get that money back, even though the room was paid for in advance. And now this......
*** more accurately, the hotel avoids paying the wages to staff the front desk sufficiently
Re: When no people are left being paid a salary...
Bingo. That's why I got out of that game. Mark Hurd killed all R&D spending at HP (whose motto, ironically, was "Invent") on his quest to meet quarterly wall street numbers and pocket his bonus and share options; and CSC never had any money to spend on inventing anything anyway.
Yes the likes of EDS, HP and CSC moved labour offshore to cut costs - the easy option - but lets not forget they once presided over the skills and the cashflow needed to invent the layers of automation that are also driving a reduced need for jobs performing break-fix and resource management and orchestration. These companies could have created new profit streams to replace declining ones, and somewhere for staff to redeploy into. But their execs are programmed to milk a cash cow and meet a quarterly number, rather than invest andcreate anything. And the Boards of these companies know even less about IT than they do, so the cost cutting will go on because its the only option they have....
Re: Remember the 2016 Census
Certainly was IBM that ran the census. A monumental clusterf**k.
And then there was the Prime Minister's highly advertised "innovation nation" election promise to drive technology development and industry in Australia....
So let's solve both problems at once by giving the work to a non-Australian company with a track record of failure. And yet , people wonder why I moved my IT career from Australia to Europe.
Knowing people who've been through the black dog, mental health is not an issue to be trivialised. And it can be helped with the the smallest gestures I once ran a 20 minute session on "mindfulness" in one of my team meetings .... turns our I had one chap who simply couldn't settle into it , restless as hell.....we unpacked that later 1:1 and it turned out he was carrying a load of stress not just from work . Just the simple act of talking about it lifted the burden for him so much that his wife noticed the difference when he walked in the door that evening.
Good to see this topic getting some cover on El Reg.
"" While the lumbering old leviathans who had been with the company for decades (and who desperately wanted early retirement) were kept on as they were too expensive to axe.""
Not always too expensive ! A mate of mine who was at IBM for about 20 years received tiny annual salary increases over this time; but new PM's hired off the street had to be paid bigger salaries. He's over 50, has no kids, paid off his mortgage, hated what IBM had become, and wanted to take a package when packages are being offered every week - and couldn't get one. Why? His boss flat out told him - he saves more money making redundancies to the newer, younger, more expensive guys. What surprised me most is that they were letting people go IRRESPECTIVE of the customer and revenue impact of that decision. No wonder IBM suffered 22 consecutive quarters of shrinkage... yet somehow the CEO keeps her job!
Re: Silly move - give a US company the keys to whatever you do?
Having sold to Airbus in the past, I can assure you they are not stupid. I found their procurement very organised, considered, and robust.
However, since then, there is a new CIO , ex-Qantas, who I recall went down the O365 route before he left....did he have a bad experience with that ? (I dont know . Anyways.... Airbus will be under immense cost pressure as a result of the A380 order book .... and Brexit probably is bothering their supply chain....and a key supplier (GKN) is under takeover threat from a VC (and VC's are notoriously short-termist and profit-centric in their operations).... ongoing subsidy disputes seem to suggest the biggest market in the world (the USA) is acting to protect chief competitor Boeing (opinion divided on that one).....all in all, if Airbus are fighting for survival as some pundits suggest...well you can "blame the beancounters" all you want if they chose the low-cost option, but I'm not sure the beancounters created any of these issues causing it ?
i want a slice of that $600M
I'm with Frank. Two weeks without my home laptop because the latest win10 auto update borked it. Couldnt even access a boot USB stick. 5+ hours spent with MS tech team on Monday night, with them calling me back every 30 mins for an update on progress. In the end I think I found the way to access the USB, not them ! Lost all my apps since a cold install was required...more time still being lost as I recover those. All this on a consumer laptop that was originally win8, but not a low-spec machine. Absolute shower of a company that takes little responsibility for the trouble it causes....every auto update, hell even the original win10 online install, has been fraught with freezes and excessive downtime.