* Posts by PeterM42

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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

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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?

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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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Facepalm

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

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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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Facepalm

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.

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Facepalm

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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Facepalm

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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Thumb Down

Capco Employees........

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

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

We need a 20MW 20,000-GPU-strong machine-learning supercomputer to build EU's planned digital twin of Earth

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Trollface

Has DestinE Crashed?

No - the wind dropped, so the turbines stopped. We didn't predict that.

D'oH!

Pyrrhic victory: Co-Op wins £13m from IBM over collapse of £175m Project Cobalt insurance platform contract

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Facepalm

IBM

It's Been Mucked up

Citibank accidentally wired $500m back to lenders in user-interface super-gaffe – and judge says it can't be undone

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Facepalm

Re: "six-eyes" policy

Ah! - UI - the downfall of many a piece of what could have been decent software.

Having spent many years on application support, I have seen CRAP design far too often.

When ready for testing - give it to someone who has NO IDEA what the software is supposed to do.

Then take it back to development!!! (usually)

Co-founder of coronavirus vaccine biz holds in-person tech event... 20+ attendees later test positive for COVID-19

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Facepalm

So.....

... The organiser has "..an undergraduate degree in molecular genetics, a graduate degree in aerospace engineering from MIT, and an MD from Harvard Medical School"

And, presumably, a Professorship in STUPIDITY in the University of Life.

Accenture, Capita, IBM jump on £800m framework to make the NHS more agile as UK.gov announces further reforms

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Facepalm

As if.....

.....the NHS didn't have enough problems!

O2 UK overcharged exiting customers by £40.7m over 7+ years: Ofcom slams senior managers, fines it £10.5m

PeterM42
Facepalm

Why have a contract?

When you can have PAYG with a monthly renewable/monthly variable Goodybag with GiffGaff or similar?

Microsoft Patch Tuesday gaffe leads netizens to 'Microosft' typo-squatting domain

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Facepalm

As usual......

Output from MicroCRAP that has been THOROUGHLY tested and checked for errors and absolutely nothing can go wrong...........

go wrong...........

go wrong...........

go wrong...........

go wrong...........

go wrong...........

go wrong...........

go wrong...........

go wrong...........

There may be not one but two new air leaks in International Space Station: Russian boss tells us not to panic

PeterM42
Alien

Re: It's obviously the .......

Yep - and they will take over any satellites that get too near the ISS.

The curse of knowing a bit about IT: 'Could you just...?' and 'No I haven't changed anything'

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Facepalm

Re: Printers attached to PC's

HP LaserJet 4 was the LAST good one from HP.

The next time Microsoft 359 craps itself, at least it'll be easier to hunt down help

PeterM42
Facepalm

Er.....

"Support and knowledge base articles consolidated into a single and search engine-friendly location".

Hopefully hosted on someone else's cloud..........

I always remember being asked about 365 when it was launched and warned about the potential issues of being totally dependent on "the cloud".

But...... there 'y' go!

Fujitsu gets ready to eat its own dogfood as company-wide digital transformation project kicks off

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Facepalm

And absolutely nothing will.....

......Go wrong

......Go wrong

......Go wrong

......Go wrong

......Go wrong

......Go wrong

......Go wrong

......Go wrong

IBM manager had to make one person redundant from choice of two, still bungled it and got firm done for unfair dismissal

PeterM42
Devil

Re: These point scoring things....

Enneagram? - Mmmmmm - not heard of THAT particular Human Remains Bollox before.

The best thing is to get yourself "put out" with a chunk of money and already have a job to go to.

Only managed that once. 3 months (tax free) money and 3 weeks before new job start - RESULT!

Highways England primes market for £2bn tech spend as part of massive investment in crumbling roads network

PeterM42
Facepalm

How about.......

....they fix a few potholes first?

Just what you want when stuck working from home: Microsoft domain mixup downs Remote Web Access

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FAIL

Ah clouds.......

....blowing in the wind.

Forget about Wipro chairman saying no one would lose their job due to COVID-19: UK staff told they're facing redundancy

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Unhappy

Re: To those affected

Yes - most imortant that you UK outsourced staff train your cheapo Indian replacements.

This is not racist - it's fact!

From off-prem to just off: IBM Cloud goes down planet-wide so hard even the status page didn't work

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FAIL

Ah clouds.......

......those things that blow away......

OK for backup, but that's all.

Microsoft's carefully crafted Surfaces are having trouble with its carefully crafted Windows 10 May 2020 Update

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Thumb Down

At least......

.......Windows 7 was reasonably stable.

Since then, nothing but crap from Redmond.

It is unclear why something designed to pump fuel into a car needs an ad-spewing computer strapped to it, but here we are

PeterM42
Trollface

To be sure, to be sure.....

.....isn't a "paymant cared" an Irish payment card? (To be sure)

Microsoft goes into Windows lockdown for builds from May, citing 'public health situation' (yes, the coronavirus spread)

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FAIL

Re: If MS want to do something for the world

"You should have stopped using W7 ...."

WHY???? it's a fuck sight better than ANYTHING MicroCRAP have produced since.

TeamViewer is going to turn around and ignore what you're doing with its freebie licence to help new remote workers

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Facepalm

Re: TeamViewer detection,

I thought it was if one of the machines was on Windows Pro (vs Windows Home).

The Unihertz Atom XL: An iPhone SE-sized rugged phone that's also a walkie-talkie

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Thumb Up

Got a Unihertz Jelly Pro

GREAT little phone - I mean LITTLE!!!!

If only I could get a SMALL fine-point dibber to help with typing..........

IBM veep partly blamed Sopra Steria for collapse of £155m Co-Op Insurance Agile project

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Re: What no TLS?

"As to a complexity... no, its pretty straight forward to solve."

Yes, but IBM make something simple VERY expensive for the poor mugs who outsourced to IBM.

You can't hold black horse down: Brit bank Lloyds goes full multi-cloud, signs up with Google as well as Microsoft

PeterM42
Facepalm

Nothing quite like.......

.......outsourcing your CORE BUSINESS.

(Any banks who don't think IT is core business - refer TSB)

Broadband providers can now flog Openreach's new IP voice network in bid to ditch UK's copper phone lines by 2025

PeterM42
Mushroom

Not to mention.....

Das svitchenmachin is nich fur gefingerpoken nur mittengrabben.

Itz eazy broken mit spitzen sparken.

Zo, put das hands in der pocketen, relaxen

Und vatch das blinkenlightz

Raw sunlight is going to cause our asteroid belt to spin itself to death by YORPing – but not for another six billion years

PeterM42
Unhappy

In this is true.....

...I'm not going to bother with being cryogenically preserved.

Trivial backdoor found in firmware for Chinese-built net-connected video recorders

PeterM42
Joke

A friend of mine......

.......has a Huawei phone and asked what all the fuss was about.

so I explained about Chinese "eavesdropping" - he laughed.

I laughed with him.

So did an oriental voice on his phone.

Poor, poor mobile networks. UK's comms watchdog plans to stop 'em selling locked-down handsets

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Re: See the light

YAY! - another convert to Giff Gaff.

(You know it makes sense!)

Ever wonder how hackers could possibly pwn power plants? Here are 54 Siemens bugs that could explain things

PeterM42
Trollface

Apply the patches

And nothing ca go wrong.......

go wrong.......

go wrong.......

go wrong.......

go wrong.......

go wrong.......

go wrong.......

go wrong.......

go wrong.......

'Big Bang': Great for creating the universe, but not as an approach to IT migration, TSB told

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Facepalm

who says......?

"IT is not core business"

Satellite operators' shares plummet as FCC plumps for public 5G spectrum auctions

PeterM42
Trollface

Money......

Makes the world (Internet) go round.

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