* Posts by D.A.

32 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Oct 2007

Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home


Re: Tonight's Headline

That’s absolutely shocking if they forgot the capital “R”.

Rackspace literally decimates workforce: One in ten staffers let go this week



Their Glassdoor reviews (particularly for the U.K. business) are enlightening.

Looks like the old-school management they brought in utterly decimated the previous culture of the company. Surprise surprise.

Trello moved 'Facelift' card to Completed on Go Live board


Trello is as much of a Kanban tool as Jira is

I.e. not at all.

Let's check in now with the new California monolith... And it's gone, torn down by a bunch of MAGA muppets


Re: I wish these people had read the Gospels at least once...

That would require them to be able to read.

Test and Trace chief Dido Harding prompted to self-isolate by NHS COVID-19 app


I’m sure it’s only a bug.

I’ll get my coat.

Atlassian sprays more machine learning over its cloudy BitBucket, Jira, Confluence wares


Maybe if they’d fix the years-old bugs and the feature requests that have been festering in their backlog for years (or almost a decade) it would be more useful...

Elite name on Brit scene sponsors retro video games preservation project at the Centre for Computing History


Much more important than any of that though:

Maddie & Greg did Let’s go Live from there last Saturday.

(If you know, you know)

Atlassian to offensively price itself through the post-pandemic patch


Allow me to be the first to say that Jira is a massive pile of crap, and one of the worst things to happen to software engineering in decades.

Your Agile-built IT platform was 'terrible', Co-Op Insurance chief complained to High Court


Re: Idiots

Kanban is NOT an Agile methodology (although it often gets lumped in there).

To clarify: Kanban (on its own) is a process improvement framework.

The Kanban Method for Software Development (by David Anderson et al) is a means of leveraging Kanban to develop software in a less wasteful way.

Agile is not a process or a framework. It’s a mindset or way of being that allows you to change direction quickly. “Doing” Scrum or Kanban does not make your business agile.

And implementing SAFe definitely doesn’t.


Re: Erm


Typical IBM - introduce (fake) Agile in a situation where it makes absolutely no sense to do so.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing


Re: Light the fire

‘Cos I neeeeeeeed... your love.

Anyway, in our part of the world, go-carts were known as “bogies” (yes, really).

MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after workers jailed over accounting errors


“Commit suicide”

Suicide hasn’t been a crime for decades, so it’s not possible to commit it.

Please update the article in line with best practice for reporting on suicide.

Bus pass or bus ass? Hackers peeved about public transport claim to have reverse engineered ticket app for free rides


Does this only apply to the Manchester app?

Corethree apps are used by numerous public transport companies, including Lothian Buses and Translink in Northern Ireland. (More are listed on their website)

Also, recall the massive outage they had last year: https://www.transportxtra.com/publications/local-transport-today/news/59045/silence-from-corethree-as-app-outages-cause-travel-chaos/

Accenture sued over website redesign so bad it Hertz: Car hire biz demands $32m+ for 'defective' cyber-revamp


Re: Wow!

I believe you're correct. One of the directors in my previous company moved to Hertz as their new CTO in 2018 IIRC.

And she actually had a clue what she was doing, so I imagine the two events are connected.

Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions


Re: Lira?

ROL (old) -> RON (new)

I actually once had a 1 million ROL note.

Scared of that new-fangled 'cloud'? Office 2019 to the rescue!


Will the Mac version finally get voting buttons in Outlook?

Atlassian releases 'Stride', because HipChat isn't hip enough to whack Slack


This is the company that owns Jira. 'Nuff said.

Teen who texted boyfriend to kill himself gets 15 months jail


Stop saying “committed suicide” please - suicide isn’t a crime...

ServiceNow's new CEO thinks IT can spare us from corporate re-orgs


Allow me to explain...

Allow me to point out that ServiceNow is a massive steaming turd.

We are forced to use it in work and are gradually losing the will to live trying to extract the simplest of data from it for metrics purposes...

Three VoLTEs to victory as it jumps into UK 4G voice offering


"Across the country", my a$$!

They still haven't managed to roll out 4G data *anywhere* in Northern Ireland yet, despite originally promising to have it by the end of 2014...

Tech, telcos, and digital crusties gang up against the EU's Digital Single Market


"A ropey Romanian ISP".

Hang on a minute - I lived in Romania for two years, and had faster and more stable broadband there than I've ever had in the UK. In addition, mobile connectivity and signal coverage was also much better.

The Romanians are *miles* ahead of the UK.

Google drops a log into its cloud. A log analyser, that is


Well done on getting the Ren and Stimpy photo in there.

Now, where's the story on Powdered Toast?

Inside GOV.UK: 'Chaos' and 'nightmare' as trendy Cabinet Office wrecked govt websites


Re: Useless

"Whilst if you know what you are looking for legacy pages can be accessed I don't believe they are being kept currant."

There must be a good raisin for that,

Free WiFi coming to UK trains ... in two years


Re: Already exists on Scotrail

You are correct - Translink/NI Railways in Northern Ireland already has free Wifi on all their trains, but it does of course use the mobile network, therefore data rates are generally absolutely dire.

Note that we also have it on our express (Goldline) buses, which is slightly better due to the lower number of passengers attempting to all use the same connection simultaneously.

Car? Check. Driver? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt


Re: rule 163

Or those who indicate right at a roundabout and then go straight on.

Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables


Yep, as pointed out previously, you need to change your headline - it isn't all of the UK.

If it were all of the UK, they would have to have somehow managed to wrangle the data out of the death grip of the astonishingly incompetent Translink in N. Ireland.

iPhone VoIP tussle heats up



You've missed the point on the T-Mobile story. If Skype only works over Wifi on the iPhone, then how exactly could it slow down the T-Mobile network as they are claiming???? Telco morons...

Deadfish iPhones send users into deep freeze



Took you guys long enough to get around to reporting this, given that I notified you of it about a month ago.

Speaking as one of those whose phones have been affected, it is a royal pain in the butt. It's blindingly obvious that the problem has been caused by 2.2.1 (or possibly it already existed in 2.2, but just affected less people for some reason). Apple *appear* to be investigating it (since they requested me to send them some files from my phone), but it would be nice if they would actually come out and say so on the forums.

And no, the problem was not caused by yellowsn0w, since many 2G iPhones have been affected by it, and also many un-jailbroken phones. (of course, I couldn't comment on which category mine falls under ;-) ).

The Apple Store replaced mine, no questions asked. Now my only problem is that DHL have apparently lost the replacement whilst delivering it to me...

UK.gov to push Obama for tougher rules online

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'Burnham said: "Leaving your child for two hours completely unregulated on the internet is not something you can do.'

Well, don't bloody leave them for two hours then! It'd be a lot cheaper (and more reliable) than trying to implement a technology solution...

EDS hits TfL with restraining order



I worked on the early stages of the project years ago, and I can only remember Fujitsu Services (ICL) and Cubic actually doing any work on the project. I can't honestly remember exactly what involvement EDS had in anything which was happening. Which is probably because they did nothing.

UK gov superfast broadband summit decides... erm... nothing



In that well-known technological Colossus known as Romania, I'm getting 10Mb down/1Mb up cable for the huge sum of 9 quid per month.

Although it would be nice if I didn't have water running down my walls at the same time.

eBay employee 'torpedos' fraud trial



Last time I looked, both Exeter and Belfast were in the UK...