* Posts by Brett Weaver

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Dave's not here, man. But this mind-blowingly huge server just, like, arrived

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I had an employee

I had a salesman who seemed fine. In hindsight he Used a lot of mouthwash though. I was too slow to fire him he hid his alcohol dependency well. He cost me a lot. The dope smokers I couldn’t afford to employ at all while dope was illegal. Most financial institutions and vendors had fits about drug convictions. They were our market. Funny how straight laced you are when your livelihood could be ruined.

Datacenters still a boys' club, staffing shortages may change that

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A "boys" club?

The headline implies that there is a filter on membership of the "club". Its fashionable to assert that every underrepresented minority is that way because the Pale, Male and Stale people somehow caused this.

In IT I am pretty sure this has never been the case. If it was, then with the positive actions being taken by businesses we would lately see more minorities involved in IT professions.

In my experience we have less women, in particular, in software development and technical team leading than we did in the middle of the 1980's.

An observation about the 1970's and 1980's: Because no one had an IT degree, and degrees were more optional, aptitude tests were made available to all staff who thought they might want to "go into computers". Those that did well were offered positions in Data Processing.

Yes, the data entry operators (Punchgirls!) were mainly women, but programmers and systems analysts could be anyone and were a pretty good mix.

Apple just cut Tim Cook's pay by 40%. How ever will he get by on that $50m?

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Maybe no one is worth 50 mill...

But the answer to your heart felt comment is to value the service worker more, not the bosses less, IMHO.

Nurses, doctors, teachers, care givers should all get bloody good wages. No argument.

How do we change society so it values the servant? Christians have been trying for 2000 years and failing badly.

We now have organised religion that institutionalises the same devaluation of the worth of service.

I don't know the answer, I just don't think paying the bosses less is going to fix the problem .

Exchange Online and Microsoft Teams went down in APAC because Microsoft broke itself

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We got rid of the team that supported the software that eventually failed. Cost our customers, but we've only been out of university for six months so anything that works but we don't understand is "legacy"

Google looking outside the usual channels to fix security skills gap

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Re: Some evidence please?

No.. Proper systems analysis is required. In the olden days, before Universities did IT studies, we got into jobs by doing tests the IT companies invented. IBM's tests were highly regarded. Guess what? Biology Majors did better at Systems Analysis. When you think about it - It makes sense.

Maybe its Academia that has reduced the diversity.. There were a lot of women who moved from Biology, Stats, and Mathematics to Computers in the olden days...

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Ok I'll ask

How do you have people from all walks of life in a cyber security team? I don't know security well, but I know a bit about software development. What you suggest is that employing florists and mechanics will improve cyber security? If not, what exactly do you mean? Are the IT folk not going to learn the same things at the same places?

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Im not trying to troll...

But are there ANY peer reviewed papers to support the following statement? "The infosec community — still mostly male (76 percent) and mostly white (72 percent) — needs diversity to produce better outcomes, Palmore said. "

I keep seeing statements like "The more diverse a company is the more successful it is"

As someone who has run teams but is crap at managing a lot of people at one time, people who can communicate well and have a common understanding seem to me to make more efficient teams. Even within the stale, male, pale group in IT we get folk that are on all sorts of curves so off the wall suggestions can be common..

That being said, I always recruited for the bright eyes and attitude regardless of sex, race or football team preferences. In the '80's I had about 40% women in my professional services team and the team was mostly Poms, Yanks, Aussies and Sri Lankans with a handful of local Kiwis. Since the '80's it seems to have got harder to attract woman into business IT roles. Maybe its just my experience though.

BOFH: Don't be nervous, Mr Consultant. Come right this way …

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What? You wanted History loaded?

You want historical transactions available in your new system?

A rare and novel concept indeed!

Tell you what, we've had a talk with our techies and they can get the data loaded if you format the data into this CSV file with about 2600 columns. They have put useful column headings (limited to 8 characters) above each one so you will know what to put where.

Otherwise you will have to write a program which keys all of your transactions into our system via the pretty web interface..

Another great episode, and for me, timely.

Billionaire CEO tells Googlers 'we shouldn’t always equate fun with money'

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Never mind Google

I want the name of the editor that thought it added to the value of the piece to include the Google output that was irrelevant.

Get over it: Microsoft is a Linux and open source company these days

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Re: 'The Register purchased by Microsoft?'

So you are saying that its the opinion of Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols that MS is no longer evil. He bases this on "feelings" rather than metrics as he quotes no real metrics that can be measured.

Statements such as "So when Satya Nadella took charge of Microsoft as its new CEO and said: "Microsoft loves Linux," that wasn't just lip service." are interesting, as are opinions from other writers. They are not a strong support for the premise of the opinion article though.

His embarrassment in the future, IMHO, is assured.

In the mean-time, The Register knows that one of the ways to get readers engaged is to publish a sycophantic article about MS or IBM and all the commenters will sharpen their metaphorical pencils..

To be fair, a lot of times the comments are more entertaining than the article.

Not enough desks and parking spots, wobbly Wi-Fi: Welcome back to the office, Tesla staff

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The tweetings will continue...

I liked that sub heading. I thought it was clever and fun.

Bank had no firewall license, intrusion or phishing protection – guess the rest

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Re: IT is a cost center isn't it?

.. So the age of the CEO is the main thing eh? That's the sort of shallow, muddy thinking I have come to expect from young people ...

Spot the irony: India's Reserve Bank says outsourcing and offshoring are risky

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Well, I mean, they would know...

Keeping your info in the cloud, in other jurisdictions, using foreign resources to develop your key software... Its just as well the the Indians have thought about it.. It might filter back to the rest of the world...

Google splurging cash on UK offices to lure staffers back from the kitchen table

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I have no problem with the requirement to get vaxxed or go home.

Why describe a positive policy like that as draconian?

Scientists took cues from helicopter seeds to invent tiny microchips that float on wind

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Slow Glass

Maybe it will be the real implementation of Slow Glass... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_of_Other_Days

Cameras everywhere..

Brexit trade deal advises governments to use Netscape Communicator and SHA-1. Why? It's all in the DNA

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Re: The lawmaker problem

In my experience, the majority of business developers are "aging boomers" (Even Python and Node.js etc).This seems to be especially so around enterprise database development for some reason. Its a major issue for a lot of organisations. Outsourcing to India and attracting overseas applicants is one approach which is being tried, but for succession to work in the workplace, being tech savvy is going to have to become more attractive to younger participants to ensure support for the applications being developed now, let alone any legacy code the organisation relies on.

Japan sticks the landing: Asteroid sample recovered from Hayabusa2 probe

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Fantastic! (meaning wonderful)

What a great story to read. Co-operation between nations. Hard science. Stuff that has not been done before, lights in the sky..

Fantastic! Bring on more of these!

I could be boring and say how the automation is delivering neat stuff to Earth based systems.. But thats not so important as the success of the mission, however wrought!

I love the fact that its going on for another 10 years too!

Well done all the folks involved.

Microsoft's Bill Gates defrag is finally virtually complete: Billionaire quits board to double down on philanthropy

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I'm sorry

I'm sorry

But I like the fact that Bill spends the majority of his money on things a a fairly bright committee thinks are good for this word.

As someone who has had success and failure in business I think its great if the lucky ones share the love.

Everyone gets frustrated by Windows. Especially us folk who have programmed against proper enterprise class OS's..

But I get frustrated by a lot of products and their bosses don't do good in the world.

If you hate Bill, go out and prove him wrong by the quality of your software and market it intelligently so that the market knows...

BOFH: Here he comes, all wide-eyed with the boundless optimism of youth. He is me, 30 years ago... what to do?

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The business is bigger than one department

"Yes, we often feel that the business is not doing the right thing (from our view) but the business is much bigger than one department (IT)."

I'm afraid I disagree.

The IT department tends to be a microcosm of the whole organisation. If management is unfocused and drifting, with little in the way of objective measurement of projects and policy.. I'm afraid it will be the same in all of the departments.

You can't have a department driven by egos and knee jerk reactions in a vacuum. If it exists in IT it will be there in the C-Suite...

Listen up you bunch of bankers. Here are some pointers for less crap IT

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Re: Here's my list, and not just for banks...

While I pretty much agree with all of your points, I don't mind working with contractors that are technical specialists. Team composition should be around personality, skill and general capabilities. You generally need more than one type of tool in your belt to create a system.

The big unacknowledged issue is that banks have lost a huge amount of business knowledge. If you want to build a new system you need to know what and how and why the current system does what it does .

The staff in head office who have never been without the existing system and have not been in their current role more than 18 months are useless SME.

COBOL: Five little letters that if put on a CV would ensure stable income for many a greybeard coder

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Re: First language

I guess your mileage may vary but RPG2 was an efficient language for the system /3, 32, 34 and /36. On the system/3 (1976) I had 12kb of memory, but could still write most business applications. There was a manual which told you how many cycles each instruction took so you could optimize your code. Obviously it had its day but, like cobol, it delivered a lot of business functionality. It seemed to have more popularity in the antipodes than Europe or the USA

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

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Ah yes, democracy...

The USA has a torture camp in Cuba and yet it is supposedly a democracy.

That's one that I know of, I believe it's not likely to be alone.

Democracy has never survived except under a monarchy, where there was no large group of disenfranchised.

BOFH: On a sunny day like this one, the concrete dries so much more quickly

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Re: Informal poll on whether you've ever had to do something like this

A S36 (5362) with external hard drive. Being decommissioned 33 years after installation in 1983... had to write a screen scraping program to run on a clone novell terminal emulator so I could export all the organisations fixed asset data. The computer ran smoothly from 1983 to 2006. There was quite an event to finally enter "POWER OFF"

BOFH: What's Near Field Implementation? Oh, you'll see. Turn left here

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Friday Bofh

Incisive, accurate, relevant, brilliant and fun. Cheers.

AI can now animate the Mona Lisa's face or any other portrait you give it. We're not sure we're happy with this reality

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Re: Politicians are screwed...

It may be true about the 1980's but I'd like the 1972 Christmas playmate to chat to, please!

LzLabs kills Swisscom’s mainframes – but it's not the work of a vicious BOFH: All the apps are now living on cloud nine

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The mainframe would provide 5 9's uptime. This configuration?

Microsoft slaps the Edge name on SQL, unveils the HoloLens 2 Development Edition

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I acknowledge that SQL may not be intuitively associated with AI. I do need my data stored, accessible and secure. I need this in an environment of multiple technologies, business drivers and performance requirements. What are you recommending we use to store data which will be further processed?

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: New El Reg UoM?

Just a Note: The IBM System 3 card was a 96 column card. Interestingly, the card was used, when printed, to print receipts in the early IBM ATMs.

Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

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Re: An honest question

The big thing about mainframes, apart from size and speed is reliability. OS and hardware is generally pretty bulletproof and with the backward compatibility your software investment is preserved to a much greater extent than Windows. Also braces and a grey beard are not required as much as they are in the Unix world.

The End for Fin7: Feds cuff suspected super-crooks after $$$m stolen from 15m+ credit cards

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The US do not allow their citizens to be judged in international courts (As for War Crimes etc). The handful of US citizens ever extradited mostly went to US fiefdoms.

I'm sure that there were EU citizens affected by the criminals. Why didn't the EU take care of its own?

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The USA ...

Why the hell do the suspects need to be extradited to the USA? Surely there are laws in the EU.

Brexit is justified if this is the level of protection offered by EU citizenship.

Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?

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The cynical amongst you...

We remember Bismarck’s warning not to believe anything until it has been officially denied...

Tech support chap given no training or briefing before jobs, which is why he was arrested

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Re: Back in my day

"my dad has had one for as long as I've known him"

..Its a wise man who knows his own father..

One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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Does not run Fortnite?

Well, that stops it being sold to any students...

Microsoft never seems to "get it"...

If you are going to direct a try to compete with an incumbent (Apple Ipad Pro) then you need to be cheaper, faster better. Not this.

NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours

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Re: What aren’t they saying?

To be fair you are reading The Register..

They can only afford 1.5 full time journalists because you readers wont pay them a subscription! They are forced to just regurgitate press releases for most stories.

Thank God for the BOFH...

It would be nice to once in a while find out what really went on and who the culprits were..

Super Cali goes ballistic: mugshot site atrocious

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I liked the headline

Court sends Telstra a truly premium bill, for AU$10 MEEELLION

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Why not give them a decent fine?

Agreeing to a slap with a wet bus ticket... It wasn't hard for Telstra to agree.

Why not publish the name of the dishonest chief manager responsible?

A least list the board members who were there when this was going on.

Better still, charge the firm with racketeering and close them down if guilty..

Would straighten up a lot of corporate practices and might even serve as an example to the Aussie cricket team...

World Vasectomy Day: 15k men line up for live vent-blocking

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The vasectomy reversal is by no means as reliable as the vasectomy. Even a successful reversal can reverse itself again fairly quickly through tube scarring etc. This happened to me. I believe there are only a small percentage of long term reverses.

Note that your wigglers go into your body after a vasectomy so your body develops anti-bodies to your sperm as well. There is a school of thought that this could reduce your sex drive.

I am happy that I have the IOFB tie, but when I got my vasectomy done I was told it was symptom free and "so much better than your wife getting her tubes tied"... I'm not as sure as I was then.

Judge: You can't call someone a c*nt, but a C∀NT is a cunning stunt

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As we know..

The Australians were picked by the finest Judges in the Commonwealth..

Now we have a fine Judge in Australia..

BA CEO blames messaging and networks for grounding

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I'm not a BA Customer or Shareholder

I just have 40 years experience in IT. The CEO should be fired (After he fires the CIO)..

Actually I am sick and tired of organisations insisting that issues that have been addressed successfully for generations are somehow new, and different and they could not have anticipated....

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Heathrow and Gatwick?

The article says that flights from Heathrow and Gatwick are affected. BA flies from a lot of other locations so presumably the systems are not down but the local delivery of GUI...

CEO should be fired just after he fires the CIO for allowing this to happen. No excuses. Airlines are computer system reliant companies. Unless a super hero or other unworldly event is involved, management should be frog marched out today.

Well this is awkward. As Microsoft was bragging about Office at Build, Office 365 went down

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Re: Microsoft has refused to say what caused today's outage.

Illusions..: :-)

I've looked at clouds from both sides now

From up and down, and still somehow

It's cloud illusions I recall

I really don't know clouds at all

BOFH: The Boss, the floppy and the work 'experience'

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Re: Being on a placement myself...

RPGII was a great language - I wrote commercial applications in it for the S/3 Model 6, and Model 15, S/32 , S/34, S/36, RPGIII on S/38 AS/400...Have not used it much since 1993 though. It was brilliant for normal ERP applications but you would not write a game in it... Several international banking applications still have an RPGII core..

The rise, fall, and rise (again) of Microsoft's killer People feature

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IT Angle

Range of comments..

The range of comments on here highlight an issue in the audience. When The Register started, you could expect that the audience could all write a program or complex script and had technical knowledge. Now people who work *with* computers like Project Managers and Service Desk types have become involved.

Attitudes to the products being discussed are going to be different because the worlds they are existing in are different

US nuke arsenal runs on 1970s IBM 'puter waving 8-inch floppies

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Nobody has mentioned

Its an EBCDIC processor, which makes it bloody secure :-)

Yes, Ascii terminals could be attached through a RS-232 port, but they were emulating ebcdic terminals.

I remember being pretty impressed when they were marketing them as air traffic controlling machines in '78.. A lot flasher than the S/3's 32's etc I was working with

Register has made format changes...

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Register has made format changes...

Hi There

I know I'm a grumpy old crusty.. But I don't like the look of the Register on my Windows 10 PC...

Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

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Re: I tried this

@David 132 - Thanks - I just wanted confirmation as I had a senior moment when HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate setting was missing

I like the trend in later posts towards punishing Microsoft developers - but also include the Google drongos who made a useless App out of an acceptable browser...

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I tried this

Its really important to me that Microsoft not try to upgrade my Dad's Laptop. He's 85 and not going to have the energy to learn a new OS. All he wants to do is check E-mail.

Its bad enough the changes made to Outlook 2013.

I'm not sure about the HKLM part of those registry entries.. On my Win 8.1 machine I don't see anything similar.. Is it an acronym I can't see?

Also on my Win 8.1 machine Google Chrome has "upgraded"itself to a buggy, frustrating App.. Anyone know how to load Chrome classic?

IBM ushers in BIGGEST EVER re-org for the cloud era, say insiders

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When we have flying cars...

"I wonder what will happen when businesses finally migrate completely away from mainframe, iSeries ..."

I don't know about AIX, but the mainframe and iSeries will be here for at least another 25 years..

Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight

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Enjoyed the video interview too..

Onward and upward Folk