Re: Managers beware
Ah! Then I should behave like all the other vendors.
Screw the customer for as much money as l can and deliver as little as possible.
Larry Ellison will be proud of me.
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It’s irrelevant now anyway. The smart money is moving to RISC-V (NASA is almost the definition of smart in this er.. space) nobody will ever trust ARM to be independent and impartial again.
Yet another case of British industry being destroyed by the City of London avarice.
Sorry but this systematic failure has nothing to do with BREXIT or the EU.
London has for years been running a massive financial industry whose only purpose is to pay its senior staff massive bonuses. Nothing else! All they know how to do is asset stripping.
They force companies to make short term gains via cost cutting the result of which is long term decline. When they are no longer profitable they are sold to foreign investors who are only interested in the brand name.
Think about it the whole world runs on LCDs, lithium batteries and ARM chips. All of which were developed in the UK but not a single UK company makes these. The City of London did not invest a penny in these world changing innovations.
Solve food poverty eat the Bankers. mmm trader sausages ...
SHMBO’s laptop upgraded from w10 without asking so we are stuck with it.
It took a couple of weeks to get used to but it’s not better or worse just a bit different (and pointless).
The really annoying thing is the logon screen. There is a seminar transparent widget covering the password box. If you click it it starts the edge browser in the background and opens some pointless travelogue page. You need to move the mouse away from the password box click on the background then enter the password to get around this. Message to MS —— I DO NOT WANT TO RUN EDGE.
Basic problem here is thar “seconds” is about the only SI unit that shares an name with an older unit. Second used to be defined as 1/86400 of a day. In the SI it is based on the transition frequency of a ceasium which unlike an earth day will never vary ever. Over the years to two defintions have diverged but everybody still thinks of it as a fraction of a day.
NFTs are basicly a digital version of the "Certificate OF Authenticity" you get when you spend decent money on an artwork, and, pass on if you sell it.
These certificates have no real value and are easy to fake but you always get one from the dealer and any buyer expects to see one. Its the the equivalent of kicking the tyres when you buy a used car. It's pointless, but everybody does it and is part of the ritual.
So now we have a digital equivalent of the shiny parchment sheet which is just as worthless and just as useless, and much much easier to fake. Just how would you verify that an NFT is genuine? How would you verify that its not the tenth copy of the NFT that is being sold to you. How is your copy of the digital artifact better than the millions of other copies without an NFT?
The main use case for blockchain is to part the gullible from there money.
We already pay for almost everything digitally. direct Debit for the leccy bill, Credit Card for airline tickets, Online Banking for the gym subscription, bonking the debit card at the supermarket checkout. About the only time I use cash is in bars and restaurants as I like to have some change to leave the staff a tip that won’t be snaffled by the management.
All of this is “digital” and it’s reasonably secure and reasonably energy efficient.
The only real use case for crypto currency is Money Laundering.
Uber used billions of Venture Capitalist dollars in a failed attempt to get an Amazon style monopoly on taxi services. They operate at a substantial loss charging fees that do not cover costs hoping to bankrupt existing services.
In the UK at least taxis and mini cabs are heavily regulated although over priced and decidedly old tech and not particularly user friendly.
The one good thing about Uber is that it gave existing services a wake up call. Almost every taxi company now has on line booking.
Nope -- even pettier gripe it sounds like CDE.
I had the misfortune to work with the early unix CDE desktop and what a mess of obscure config whiles it was.
The unix bods seriously believed they could compete with windows desktop and were totally deluded.
I can never contemplate KDE because the spelling (if nothing else) is so similar to CDE.
Absolutly. What is required is a well defined set of message formats and protocols for exchanging medical data.
The financial world has had these for years SWIFT, FIX, etc. These are standards based message formats which the various institutions are free to implement however they like as long as they follow they structure the messages correctly and follow the communications protocols.
I have a 40 year IT career and this is the first time I have come across "Purpose Based Access Control".
I quick google come up with some results but nearly all relate to palitar's sales bumf/propaganda and a couple of obscure research papers.
I would guess that "purpose" is a synonym for "paid".
You could have a situation where your doctor whose "purpose" is healing would have trouble accessing data that a big pharma company whose "purpose" is profit can easily mine.
A long time ago I was at a site where they used a mainframe (370/MVS/TSO) spreadsheet.
It was actually slightly better than 123!
Well their are two sides to the climate change issue, scientists who have spent years researching the issue gathering data and checking the results versus a bunch of nutters and shills financed by oil companies,
Likewise on vaccines we have bio-chemists, doctors and health safety officials who do careful research double blind trials who can point to millions of lives saved dure to vaccines versus a discredited doctor who failed in a scam with a scus bag lawyer to blame autism on vaccines and sue the health services based on falsified research. Yet millions choose to believe thew charlatan and children are dying of preventable diseases as a result.
It is worth noting that while the doctor was thrown out of the profession the law firm who sponsored the "research" is still practicing.
Did you read the post.
The law in dispute bans social media sites from moderating content.
The challenge is that social media companies have a right to set the rules on their platforms.
It seems strange that this “conservative views are suppressed” keeps coming up given the deluge of petty prejudice, misogyny, misinformation and hate that spews out of large scale media operations like Fox News.
Hate speech and “conservative” views cause actual harm; witness the recent deaths in Buffalo.
Low end laptops and celerion based “sticks” purchased as late as 2021 are now obsolete.
Bill Gates no longer runs the company, but is busy saving the planet. Perhaps he could have a word with the current management who are consigning millions of perfectly good machines to landfill.
This venerable OS started life in 1978 and was christened "System/38" but by the time it got to high school age it was renamed OS/400 but it must have done something bad around 2004 as it souk anonymity as "i5/OS" or just plain "i" to its mates.
The whole AS/400 series were strange beasts featuring many unique architectural ideas some like addressing ram and all the disk storage as one single address space faded away others like concatenating file systems (libraries in OS/400 terms) are now mainstream and the basis of modern container systems like docker.
Yep for years the mainframe hardware and software been subsidising the increasingly frantic efforts to grow a profitable AI/cloud/quantum/boondoggle business.
Creative accounting has transferred mainframe revenues to whatever current fantasy products they are pushing to convince wall street they have a long term future.
IBM is in the same position as UNISYS were twenty years ago. An extremely profitable legacy hardware and software business with lots of locked in customers but no viable new products.
At least UNISYS faded gracefully without abusing its customers and employees.
Thatchers policies all ended up as ignominious failures.
Take for example the triumphant privatisation of the gas and electricity boards.
No long term planning for the end of North Sea gas has left us in hock to Putin and some rather unpleasant Shieks.
Our electricity supply chain is now owned by the French and German governments and your bills are doubling every year.
Given that most contractors have made it very clear that they will walk if they are placed under IR35 it's likely that managers have been gaming CEST in order to keep vital contractors on board and get their projects done sometime near the deadline and somewhat compliant with the original requirements.
I very much doubt the many contractors have returned to permanent employee status, or, if they did not for very long.
One of the joys of being freelance is that you do not have to deal with HR. Catbert is not a parody but a pretty accurate picture of the average HR bod.
The Irony is that the overall tax take will be less as the various departments with be forced into the hands of serial tax dodgers (and bodgers) from Crapita, App-sent-manure et al.
Ads are literally the price you pay for free search and content.
Its the model that drives 95% of the web.
There are a few "must subscribe" sites like the Economist or New York Times, and, a few beg for money sites like Wikipedia but if its not e-commerce the chances are its funded by adverts.
Still its fun to search for items you will never ever purchase like "John Deere Parts" and see yourself uselessly targeted for those products.
Paid for licensed software negates all the advantages of running applications in the cloud.
Business booming -- fire up another instance and clone the software -- but not if you need to get a another set of licenses.
Trust IBM to spork billions on a company with a dead business model.
I don't get this nukes are expensive meme.
France's electricity is half the price of UK electricity largely because of the amount of nuclear power they have on tap. This in spite of the UK getting 5% of its electrical power from cheap French imports.
The UK has had great early experience of nuclear energy with the Magnox reactors (which were not really built generate electricity but rather to provide weapons grade plutonium). Later projects were economic disasters due to insisting on the use of untried "innovative" local designs.
The problem is most of the kernel code and commonly used libraries were written in C before every computer was connected to the internet and random scumbags could send malicious packets down the wire.
There was no such thing as buffer-overflow attacks when most of this stuff was written. New code written in C is written with security in mind and check for vulnerabilities. It simply a matter of using the "safe" calls and writing sensible code.
I can program in about 20 languages and C++ is the only mainstream language I truly dislike.
Horrible syntax, unstable APIs , the unreadable Soustrup tome.
Rust is OK but a tad immature and definitely not for application code.
": "C combines the power and performance of assembly language with the flexibility and ease-of-use of assembly language."
IBM 360 assembler is much more powerful and easier to use than "C".
I use vim a lot -- and it is very powerful if you know how to use it.
Years ago I made a deliberate choice to use it as my default text editor.
This was because I knew that when I got a call to fix some security hardened server stuck behind numerous firewalls so the only option was to go to the machine room and access a green screen.
The only editor on the system would be plain old "vi" and the only shell would be "ksh".
"ksh" operates like a one line window into a text editor. You had the choice of "vi" or "emacs" coomands. As no one would ever contemplate allowing "emacs" on a secured machine (its basically a front end for a LISP interpreter and would be like installing a whole dev environment on your production machine).
So learn vi and use it often so you know how to move up and down the command history in "ksh" and edit commands without the aid of the O'Reilly mini manual.
While banks developed their own software in the 1980s and many of these systems are still running, most banks buy off the shelf solutions from companies like Fidelty andTenemos.
Financial services are an extremely complex and sensitive area. While many solutions are based on open source software and tooling there are very very few actual FOSS applications.
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