* Posts by PeterM42

682 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

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Russia's new space chief confirms it will leave ISS after 2024

PeterM42
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Re: How about...

Zarya is right in the middle of everything. - Oh! SHHHHHHHITTTTTTT!

Outlook email users alerted to suspicious activity from Microsoft-owned IP address

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I always thought....

...one of the advantages of 't'internet was that you could access things like your emails from anywhere in the world where you have internet access.

Just need some decent security to prevent hackers.

My mistake, obviously!

Cable cut blamed for global four-hour internet disruption

PeterM42
FAIL

So much for internet resilience

Obviously does not really exist.

Mitsubishi Electric again admits to widespread quality control cheating

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WTF?

Re: Culture change

And the list goes on to B.O.E.I.N.G. (Bits Of Everything In Neighbours Garden).

As you indicate, @Alumoi, Microsoft have been demonstrating this for years. Bill Gates would be turning in his grave if he was dead.

Upgrading to Android 12.1 ... in Windows 11: Telemetry disabled by default

PeterM42
Headmaster

Bluestacks......

....is VERY gaming oriented. takes AGES to install, and used to be very resiurce hungry.

Trying v5 now.

IBM secures DWP contract worth up to £2.1m for 6 months of cloud services

PeterM42
Facepalm

One good thing for the government....

----will probably stop payments to the unemployed.

Capgemini wins contract to look after legacy HMRC Aspire tech

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Mushroom

Soooo TRUE! Big corporations, etc don't outsource their tech, as such. - They outsource their problem. An indication of incompetent management.

Car radios crashed by station broadcasting images with no file extension

PeterM42
Trollface

If it is any help....

.....I can get some cat's whiskers

Machine learning the hard way: IBM Watson's fatal misdiagnosis

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Re: One doesn't imply the other

"Douglas Adams was a programmer, and knew that 42 represented the *, which can mean anything. So the answer to the question of "life, the universe, and everything", means anything you want it to be."

Every day is a School Day - thank you for pointing out that crucial piece of information.

Windows boss Panos Panay talks up 'new era of the PC' – translation: An era of new PCs

PeterM42
WTF?

What IS "Windows 11" ???

When I type VER into a command prompt, I get:

"C:\Users\Peter>ver

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.22538.1010]"

and this is on my "Windows 11" machine on the "Insider program" of very frequent updates.

Key pillar in the UK's border control upgrade programme 'lacks a systems integrator'

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Coffee/keyboard

Plus ca change.

As an "Office Automation" consultant back in the 1980s, I remember attending an MOD presentation on their requirements for CHOTS (Corporate Headquarters Office Technology System). A theatre the size of a cinema was full with interested vendors.

Their requirements were totally ridiculous, so I was left with the problem of how to stop our company getting into such a cesspit without actually saying they were nuts.

Answer: Suggest it would cost around £2 - 3m to become involved. Sorted!

Poor old ICL got the bulk of the business which is why, I suspect, they fell into Fujitsu's arms.

The year ahead in technology fail: You knew they were bad, now they're going to prove it

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Trollface

Re: New Dell Laptop...

"Is there any particular reason why Windows versions are starting to resemble flu strains?"

Probably the same reason that people used to ask "What is the difference between IE and a Virus?"

Answer: You can get rid of a virus.

Too busy feasting on meatballs, Windows struggles to update itself in IKEA

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Joke

Have you heard....

....IKEA are merging with Tesco.

If you buy a chicken, when you get it home, the legs fall off.

UK's Defra and Ministry of Justice facing £120m IR35 tax bills thanks to inaccuracies in assessing contractors' status

PeterM42
Headmaster

Correction

“……..HMRC is not accurate and is not fit for purpose."

There - FTFY

West Sussex County Council faces two-year delay to replace ageing SAP system for Oracle

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Facepalm

Oh well.....

......it's back to the spreadsheets, then.

Lack shame? Fancy some festive Windows knitwear? We've got your back

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Microsoft Christmas Knitwear......

....with a knitted sticking plaster - obviously!

Microsoft: What's that? A patch for make-me-admin vuln? Sorry – can't hear you. Have a new jumper instead

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FAIL

There was a good Windows once........

Windows 7.

Microsoft issues patch to Insiders to undo carnage caused by expired digital certificate in Windows 11

PeterM42
Alert

IF....

.....the Android subsystem actually WORKS, it will be the ONLY reason to have Windows 11, otherwise........

There are 875 million good reasons why the paperless office won't happen soon

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Re: The continuing non-arrival of the paperless office

I used to give a presentation on "Office Automation" MANY years ago for a computer manufacturer.

My first slide gave the different terms, such as "The Electronic Office", "Office Automation", "Computers on the Desktop" and "The Paperless Office".

If I got a laugh when I said that the Paperless Office was as likely and as useful as the Paperless Loo, I knew the presentation was going to go well.

I didn't get a laugh out of a bunch of Trade Union Officials!!!!

EasyJet flight loadsheet snafu caused by software 'code errors' says UK safety agency

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Full investigation.....

....stops UNPLEASANT THINGS happening.

I used to support some of the reporting systems as well.

Better pilots know WHAT can go wrong, than repeat someone else's mistakes.

PeterM42
IT Angle

Oh yes they do

"The various elements of the IT system architecture do not 'talk' directly to each other but operate through a variety of interfaces"

I used to work in IT for a significant UK airline and can tell you - YES, there are LOTS of interfaces between different parts of "the system(s)" which get you to your holiday destinations.

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Re: Weight of passengers

Cost!

And finally... Oracle bags £25m ERP deal to replace East Sussex County Council's SAP R/3 system

PeterM42
Flame

Surely....

...that should be out of the fire into the frying pan?

Get coated in oil.

THEN back to the fire.

Beijing appears to block Lenovo's debut on Shanghai bourse

PeterM42
Unhappy

Maybe

A chink in someone's armour?

Want to deploy a new Windows VM on Microsoft Azure? Today might not be your lucky day

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Joining Office and Windows .....?

.........364½ or less

Boeing's Calamity Capsule might take to space once again ... in the first half of 2022

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If it's Boeing.....

.....I'm not going.

Yikes, tough crowd: Only 30% of German-speaking users are happy with SAP's cloud push

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Re: There are People who Don't Hate SAP?

Perhaps they are not SAP users?

Microsoft responds to PrintNightmare by making life that little bit harder for admins

PeterM42
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Oh, come on........

You didn't expect M$ to actually FIX it, did you?

Print spooler has been rubbish for years.

It's broke, so don't fix it.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday bug drought: No, it's not climate change or unexpected code quality improvements

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HP Printers

The last good one they made was the Laserjet 4.

You MUST present your official ID (but only the one that's really easy to fake)

PeterM42
Trollface

Re: but there is logic

"Was it first initial/lastname and Freda Uck and Edwin Ore complained?"

Possibly lastname/Initial?

We had a Steve Ball who didn't seem to mind.

Financial Ombudsman Service to ditch tech heads as it open arms to Workday and outside service provider

PeterM42
Flame

How many..........?

...........brown envelopes.

Not only is Hubble back online after outage, it's already taking photos of the cosmos

PeterM42
WTF?

Re: Galaxies colliding in 'expanding space'....

" *finite* universe."??????

So what is beyond the *finite* universe?

Er,,,,,,,,,,,,More of it, I suspect.

To infinity ........

........and beyond!

Jackie 'You have no authority here' Weaver: We need more 50-somethings in UK tech

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Big Brother

One reason

One reason for a "shortage" of over 50's in IT is most likely because too many have been outsourced to Indian firms who then dump them to be replaced by young Indians (onshore or offshore). Unlikely to be predominantly to do with a need to re-skill.

Gov.UK vows to chop red tape in the digital sector. What could possibly go wrong?

PeterM42
Facepalm

What could possibly go wrong?

EVERYTHING

IBM insiders say CEO Arvind Krishna downplayed impact of email troubles, asked for a week to sort things out

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IBM

Itty Bitty Mail

What were you expecting from IBM? - something that worked?!?!?

Brit firm fined £200k for banging on about missold PPI in 11.4 million nuisance calls

PeterM42
Trollface

Re: 1.75 pence/call - fine not large enough

They do:

Brazier Consulting Services Ltd

Legal services in Morley, England

Address: 7, Victoria Court, Bank Square, Morley, Leeds LS27 9SE

Hours: Open ⋅ Closes 5PM

Phone: 0113 457 2681

The great fire sale continues as Capita sells government joint venture Axelos for £380m

PeterM42
Trollface

Unusually....

..... I suspect those Crapita employees will be pleased at being TUPE'd.

Bye Bye, sinkung ship.

Brit IT firms wound up by court order after fooling folk into paying for 'support' over fake computer errors

PeterM42
Devil

Re: Just this afternoon

Nah! - just wait until you get through, then take a VERY deep breath and blow a whistle into your phone's mic. VERY satisfying.

Space is hard: Rocket Lab's 20th Electron launch fails

PeterM42
Facepalm

What one has to remember is.......

............this IS rocket science.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

PeterM42
Trollface

WOT? "...there are just 7,100 roundabouts in the US"

Huh! - I think there are that many in Adeyfield in Hemel Hempstead + The Magic Roundabout (6 junctions)

Big Blue services enjoy a lie-in: IBM cloud gets the Monday blues and its customers won't have been happy either

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Re: Does anyone care?

I think it reflects It's a Big Mistake's steady collapse as a major power in computing.

The only good thing I can recall since getting into computers in 1967, was the "invention" of the PC and giving control over it to Bill Gates.

We've finally hit Peak Bork: Microsoft man reveals home-grown welcome back BSOD at Redmond HQ

PeterM42
Mushroom

I wonder......

......what Bill Gates would have done if he had seen that?

George Clooney of IT: Dribbling disaster and damp disk warnings scare the life out of innocent user

PeterM42
Trollface

Long before the PC.....

......I created a "different" version of the PDP-8 'Binary Loader' paper tape.

After intalling the 'Binary Loader'. attempting to install a binary tape caused the ASR33 Teletype (THOSE were the days) to burst into life and print out those fatal words: "HELP - LET ME OUT" followed by much chattering and EOL bell ringing.

DEC engineers loved it, but my boss unfortunately could only manage a sick smile and comment "It's not supposed to do that!"

FSF doubles down on Richard Stallman's return: Sure, he is 'troubling for some' but we need him, says org

PeterM42
Headmaster

If an organisation is DEPENDENT on one person.........

..... they should be working on replacing him/her with other people who can do the same job.

Same principle as having a backup of your data. (Which we all do, obviously?!)

For blinkenlights sake.... RTFM! Yes. Read The Front of the Machine

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Re: Not Me But.......

Absolutely - don't assume the "professionals" know their job. My gas boiler main valve kept dropping out then back in again. After 3 or 4 visits from British Gas, I had a look and realised it was the relay on the circuit board which was faulty (slight vibration and it dropped out), Still took British Gas TWO more visits to fix it.

I only paid for ONE visit. They weren't getting away with that.

‘Radiation upset’ confused computers, caused false alarm on International Space Station

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Coat

What is the plan for a solar storm?

Solar umbrellas of course!

I'll get my solar raincoat.

PeterM42
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Re: Radiation hardening

What like Chernobyl?

Windows 10 Insider build fixes the fix it sent out to fix the fix that broke printing? Afraid not, but here's a new Notepad icon

PeterM42
WTF?

Re: Paperless

The "Paperless Office" is about as likely (and as useful) as the paperless loo.

(For the Yanks: Loo = Restroom/Bathroom)

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Re: Those deckchairs won't rearrange themselves

They will have to fix that in the usual way.

Wipro buys London-based banking and tech consultant Capco for US$1.45B

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Capco Employees........

........prepare to meet thy redundancy notice.

(But not until you have trained your low-paid replacements.)

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