* Posts by Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

2353 posts • joined 28 Sep 2007

If anyone can explain why Jupiter's Great Red Spot is spinning faster and shrinking, please speak up

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It's caused by maths...

1 : 4 : 9.

Just sayin'...

Texas law banning platforms from social media moderation challenged in lawsuit

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Why worry. Just accept it. The one thing history teaches us is that ALL empires and powers fall or decay and are replaced with something else - sometimes better, sometimes worse. It may take centuries or decades, but that change is inevitable.

Personally, as a UK citizen sat here somewhat amused as I watch the country slowly go down the pan - I feel no allegiance or obligation to it whatsoever. It's just the country I happened to be born in, and unfortunately I wasn't consulted in advance.

Senior IBMer hit with £290k demand from Big Blue in separate case as unfair dismissal claim rolls on

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I'm not so sure, but I guess so in certain areas - as those issues are the ones that primarily generate the negative headlines. But IBM Research & Labs have always done, and are still quietly doing very relevant and interesting work in the background.

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Re: An excellent look for a recruiter

Agreed. I contracted for them between 2000 - 2004 on a number of ERP projects. And whilst I did quite enjoy my time there, I was definitely glad I wasn't a "staffer".

Navigating without GPS is one thing – so let's jam it and see what happens to our warship

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Re: Not as easy as it used to be

Totally agree. I do have GPS and such like, but I think it's a lot more satisfying using old school methods.

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Re: Hmmmm....

I'm not sure it is any more as I like to discuss this with a friend who is a senior officer on a big Maersk container vessel. I know in the leisure sphere that the RYA takes the view that you should know how to navigate using charts and stuff etc, with GPS being a good tool "but not to be relied upon" due to failure.

But I think the whole commercial and military view is that GPS and such like is the primary source with good old charts and stuff being the secondary method and for close inshore work.

Happy to be corrected.

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"DR" or dead reckoning (i.e. course + speed + time) is slightly easier for a power vessel as they are less inclined to be influenced by tidal streams and leeway. For a sailing yacht however we also need to account for both of these, which when having done so ends up giving us the "EP" or estimated position. If near a coastline this might then be backed up by a 3 point fix.

Other than that, I'm based near the Solent myself, so what a lovely week they must be having mooching about in the Channel what with this sunny calm spell we are having.

Catch of the day... for Google, anyway: Transatlantic Cornwall cable hauled ashore

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Re: How long is it?

Thanks Adam, response much appreciated.

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How long is it?

Just wondering, if this goes along the bottom, and the average depth of the good old Atlantic is about 3.5km, how long does that make this cable overall? Is it one long piece that the boat has to carry, or is it constructed in sections that are delivered as it goes along its route?


We're all at sea: Navigation Royal Navy style – with plenty of IT but no GPS

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Re: Welcome to the 21sa Century

"Actually, commercial vessels have used n Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) for some time. No one in the commercial world has used charts for decades."

Agreed. And this stance is also now filtering down to the leisure market where a lot of yachties I know now only use electronic charts such as Navionics on mobile tablets and dedicated integrated chartplotters etc.

Personally, I don't necessarily disagree and everything has its place I guess, but I l still have a love of paper charts and old school navigation techniques to the point where I'm just about to buy a sextant and start my Ocean Yachtmaster course.

That said, my yacht only cruises at about 6knts, and in fog, GPS, AIS, Radar etc. are all invaluable tools.

App Annie fined $10m by the SEC for deceptive practices around how it presented data

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But in reality, and standard legal bluster notwithstanding, the fact they have paid up means they are effectively guilty as charged.

Ex-DJI veep: There was no drone at Gatwick during 2018's hysterical shutdown

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Probably similar to those senses usually followed by Sussex police, he "used the farce".

NSA: We 'don't know when or even if' a quantum computer will ever be able to break today's public-key encryption

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Re: How was the ammouncement made?

At least the cat was happy. It had previously had a hell of a time being stuck in that box for so long with not a single person physically checking in on its state of being.

Volkswagen to stop making its best-selling product for Wolfsburg workers: VW-branded sausages

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They could just install a defeat device in the nutritional testing machines.

Trial of Theranos boss Elizabeth Holmes begins: She plans to say her boyfriend and COO Balwani abused her

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Re: I just don't buy it.

Perhaps, but I didn't get the sense from the book that EH started out to be awful. I got the sense that she genuinely believed she could, and was, changing the world. I think she got carried away with her own press and that brickbat Silicon Valley mentality that "impossible is just an opinion".

More, she then put herself in a tight corner via the slow dripping of real-world design and test problems with the blood machines, which then led to the false statements, lies, mis-directions and threats to cover or hush them all up.

Balwani on the other hand has been repeatedly proven as a serial liar and does read like a nasty and rotten fruit loop.

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I just don't buy it.

I've been fascinated by this case for a while and have read the John Carryrou book twice, and also seen the documentaries. To me it seems they both know it wouldn't work; they specifically put in place competitors equipment to complete the blood tests that they said that their solution was producing, and then lied to investors and other potential customers about contracts that they had with the US DoD. All of that is pretty much documented.

Also the amount of testimony about how Theranos tried to prevent, and threatened anyone from speaking about "working at Theranos" is also telling.

I get that EH was driven, but I also think she's a bit of a sociopath who (A) really REALLY wanted to be Steve Jobs, (B) Absolutely stage managed her image and voice, and (C) couldn't accept that her idea wouldn't work.

Was she abused? Well, I don't know, but from what I've read most people say that she was a "force of personality" so I very much doubt it.

Did Balwani abuse her, again, no idea - but he does come over as a bit of a self aggrandising twat / liar who probably will get everything he deserves.

'Unicorn' startup CEO faked sales figures, deals to trick investors, prosecutors claim

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So he defrauded investors and such like, but he "acted in good faith".

Ahh, it's all ok then as long as your intentions are good while doing it.

Weird logic.

Video game curfew for South Korean teens to be more permissive by end of 2021

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The kids of today eh? Whatever happened to those older healthy teenage pastimes such as smoking, copping off with the local bike... and the copious amounts of Gold Label that our local tramp used to buy us from the cornershop that we'd drink in the park?

UK government names suppliers on £3.5bn contact centre, shared services, and outsourcing framework

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Similar to most large organisations these days, I assume a large proportion of that will be spent on bean counter centric strategies that (A) put costs before actual "public service", (B) prevent or dissuade people from actually being able to make contact in the first place, and (C) reduce the overall number of people employed, because, you know... less people always == better service right?

A new island has popped up off the coast of Japan thanks to an underwater volcano

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Environmental responsibilities....

Surely it's about time volcanoes and lava and stuff were banned or heavily taxed due to their effect on global warming.

Won't someone please think of the children, the wildlife, air/water quality or increased Government revenues etc.

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

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What a bunch of muppets...

One can only imagine how earnestly hilarious their "pre-assault" planning meetings must have been. I assume something akin to that in the film Four Lions.

United Nations calls for moratorium on sale of surveillance tech like NSO Group's Pegasus

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Too late.

Too late. The cat is out of the bag. Despite objections to the contrary I pretty much reckon that this app is the one present that ALL political leaders want under their tree this year.

£3m for 8 weeks of consultancy work: McKinsey given contract to advise UK.gov on tech project business cases

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And no doubt...

And no doubt that any of the other interested parties will raise an objection to what looks like a highly rigged ITT process due to the fact that it may put them on the blacklist for future works.

This whole thing smells a bit fishy.

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to

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Re: For those who believe in such things...

But surely this just brings the nonsense all back home. The message I take from that is that Jeebus only lasted 40 days in the desert before he gave into the physiological limits of thirst and hunger. The fact he came back at all only presses home the fact that he never really had the conviction to die for his purported beliefs and should be roundly ignored.

Thank heavens for those Romans who really did the initial experimentation of money vs mouth.

Hate to break it to you, but football's not coming home if this AI pundit is to be believed

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Jumpers for goal posts...

Like most things credited with being "AI" I'll just put my jumper down for a goalpost and call this another pile of old bollocks.

I'm assuming we'll all be able to go back to this company after the Euros and laugh at them and their seemingly lacking grasp of what AI actually is, and that what they are doing... isn't.

And yes, bring back the Octopus albeit that I assume he ended up in a pasta salad a long time ago.

Openreach slaps another 5 million premises on top of FTTP connection target, expects to pay 'minimal tax in the UK' over next few years

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Was that a pig I just saw fly across my garden?

"So as you can see, that tax benefit does fund a significant proportion of this incremental FTTP build"

Yeah, nice words. I'd be highly surprised if ANY of that actually goes towards improvements in either service or operations.

More like the normal snouts in the trough will get their dividends and other backhanders.

App Tracking: Apps plead for users to press allow, but 85% of Apple iOS consumers are not opting in

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Anyone know how to block ads from playing on the iOS YT app? I've not found a way yet :-(

There may have been problems with the JEDI deal but you still wouldn't have won, Oracle told by US govt

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Par for the course, for Oracle at least...

Sounds about right. Whilst the sums involved are vast magnitudes less, I have several experiences that spring to mind of being involved in ERP and other solutions procurement processes for UK regulated businesses where Oracle have challenged scoring despite very clearly not fulfilling the response requirements of the underlying RFP or regulated tendering process itself.

Notwithstanding the fact that they do obviously win a lot of business, I think perhaps some parts of their organisation (in the UK at least) have this view that the rules don't apply to them, or that they can just bully their way through to a successful conclusion.

Some stayed in Croatian castles. Some hid in cars. We speak to techies who experienced lockdown in very different ways

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I agree, and this is the sole reason I am and remain a contractor. Yes, the money is good - but I like the fact that I and I alone am in charge of my time and direction. Across my work career I've taken quite a few sabbaticals - or "mini retirements" as I call them and my next year out is planned for when I finish my current contract in February :-)

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Re: Live where you want to live, not where you have to

I agree. I'm lucky enough to have worked throughout and am now planning to sell up and move onto a sailing boat while I continue to do IT work remotely and at the same time continue to build my day-trading pot to keep the pocket money coming in.

Still a bit of work to do - but it's all very exciting.

Which? warns that more than 2 million Brits are on old and insecure routers – wagging a finger at Huawei-made kit

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Re: Catch 22

I have to say I found he article a bit TLDR, not necessarily with the El Reg reporting of it, but I find Which to be a bit of a scaremonger that is quite happy to take " minor risks" and present them as "critical issues" as long as it gets them some publicity.

However, where did you read this about lack of support if you switch routers? I have had a VM router in my house in one form or another for the last 8 years and they have never raised any form of issue with my having it in modem only mode and connected upstream from my 3rd party router.

Philanthropist and ex-Microsoft manager Melinda Gates and her husband Bill split after 27 years of marriage

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Re: Clippy!

"And the app only reminds you to wash your hands for 20 seconds when it detects you are actually washing you hands."

If that is the sort of thing you need to be reminded of, when you are actually doing the thing you are being reminded about - then you do truly need all the help you can get.

The Wight stuff: Marconi and the island, when working remotely on wireless comms meant something very different

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Don't forget the overpriced cafe, standard gift shop tat, and odd coloured sand ornaments that you'll regret buying as soon as you've left the shop.

Other than that, it's a great place.

Fancy a piece of sordid tech history? Fleabayer is flogging the first production Spectrum Vega+ console for £1,500

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That seller is optimistic if he thinks that anyone will pay £1500 for it. But hey, EBay right?

I would have thought the best end for it would be to dismantle it piece by piece, give the components to an electrical waster or recycling firm, and then just walk away and get on with your life.

Apple vs Epic Games trial kicks off featuring the same old arguments, hundreds of angry Zoombombing tweens

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Re: "anyone can opt to use alternative platforms"

I think you've intentionally missed the point. I read this to mean that Apple see "platform" as both the hardware and software layer combined.

Still, nice of them to keep 30% of my (sometimes) hard earned cash just to "protect" me eh? Can someone get them to explain how? And once they have validated that that transaction has been made "securely" why they aren't only charging a couple of cents on the $ like my bank does.

I'm with Epic on this.

So what if I pay peanuts for my home broadband? I demand you fix it NOW!

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But but but...

"on mute and then wait while they work out for the seven billionth time where the same old un-fucking-mute button is"

Shhhh... this is one of my closet strategies to avoid having to contribute anything of any value to any tedious meeting I'm invited to.

Billions in data protection lawsuits rides on Google's last-ditch UK Supreme Court defence for Safari Workaround sueball

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Re: errmmm

I see it similarly, but slightly different...

"It doesn’t matter to me that my reward is £0.00 or that the lawyers take most of it. What matters is that the company at fault is legally held accountable and forced to change their ways with the knowledge that people are now paying full attention."

UK government resists pressure to hold statutory inquiry into Post Office Horizon scandal

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Re: Depressing

This is my view as well. Bearing in mind that the burden of proving the guilt or "crime" would have been on the Post Office, at what point did the defendents legal teams not reply :

1. Defendants (presumably) all had historically correct accounts up to the point they started using the new system?

2. Defendants (presumably) all started to find and then be accused of accounting discrepancies at the point of starting to use the new system.

It's just too big a coincidence and I'm surprised it even passed the legal sniff test.

State of Maine lays off 15 independent consultants on $13k a month amid efforts to implement troubled Workday system

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"the state changed the specification once the project had started. For example, it did not inform Workday of its need for a Labor Cost Distribution solution "until the configuration and prototype stage of the deployment.""

Err... An RFC perhaps? A change request process? A programme change management and governance function?

Sounds like all parties are at fault in this clusterf**k.

Huawei wins big intellectual property case in Europe – against fashion house Chanel

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"Oi, big nose..."

"Oh... it's 'blessed are the meek'. I'm glad they're getting something, they have a hell of a time..."

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: Religion in the UK?

Apparently you can, but mostly in the Eastern District of Texas.

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Re: Religion in the UK?

When you chose to be Christian and discounted all of the other religions, what was it about Buddhism and Shintoism and such like that didn't appeal?

Global pharma firm GSK opens Pandora's Box of its SAP system to find 28,000 variations on a process

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It's always nice...

It's always nice to read about a success story. Having led part of a SAP centralisation programme for a global insurer the other thing not to underestimate is backyard politics.

We need to talk about criminal adversaries who want you to eat undercooked onion rings

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Nope. I have once of the Ninja ones and it gets used 3 or 4 times a week for baking, roasting and frying.

It's one of those gadgets that really has made a difference in my kitchen and thankfully does not have the option of needing to connect to the intertubes.

Seeing a robot dog tagging along with NYPD officers after an arrest stuns New Yorkers

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Guy Montags worst nightmare...

Wonder if it was what Ray Bradbury was imagining when he came up with the Mechanical Hound?

Still, looks more like a remote control drone to me rather than full-on robot.

Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess

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Only for the insecure or office "hero" I guess?

"a boiling water tap for instant tea and coffee seems to be the killer app here. "

Doesn't make sense unless the respondents really didn't take it seriously, or they targeted lots of those insecure / hero types that feel they can't be away from their desk for more than a few minutes. Going down to the kitchen to make tea and/or to have that regular break from the screen is a very welcome relief, and I would expect part of most companies updated H&S policies for working from home for extended periods. It certainly was at the client I'm working for.

How not to apply for a new job: Apply for it on a job site

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Re: LinkedOut.

Agreed. LinkedIn really is just a cesspit of industry buzzword-bullshit bingo posts.

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Re: another beautiful bit of prose


I think you just need to remind yourself that (A) a lot of these smaller "consultancies" post fictitious jobs, or repost others adverts simply to harvest CVs from people. Also, (B) the entire recruitment industry is mostly filled with people that couldn't hack it or make it in the industries that they recruit for; and (C) the entire recruitment industry is mostly filled with B & C - Ark type people that couldn't hack it or make it in ANY industry... hence why most of them have no clue about the actual jobs they are trying to fill.

State of Maine says Workday has shown 'no accountability' for farcical $56.4m HR upgrade

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Who actually "owned" the programme / project plan as a deliverable?

Commercially, deliverables and the responsibility for the ownership and delivery of them are usually detailed out in the work contract between the two parties.

The overarching Programme and Project plan is then usually pulled together by the "owner" of the overall plan, from the leads from different workstreams such as Development, Data migration, Testing, Release, Business change etc etc. It is then their responsibility, sometimes with the assistance from a PMO or project support team to pull all of this together into a whole and then validate that (A) it works as an end to end plan, and (B) do all of the disparate teams and stakeholders agree to, and support it.

So who "owned" the plan?

Either way though, the PMs from both sides should have been regularly reviewing the plan and raising risks and issues etc if they felt it didn't work.

Bless you: Yep, it's IBM's new name for tech services spinoff and totally not a hayfever medicine

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Polishing turds.

More turd polishing. Nothing more to add than that really.


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