* Posts by Ken 16

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NHS contact-tracing app is best in the world, says VMware CEO... whose company helped build it

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Paris Hilton

Re: Wear the mask

Yeah, I've got 2 phones - my old Blackberry Classic and the MS Lumia 650 I updated to when prices dropped at the start of this year. Which of those should the government track?

The point of containers is they aren't VMs, yet Microsoft licenses SQL Server in containers as if they were VMs

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Good to know the gotchas

Licensing is one of the constraints that goes into a systems operational architecture. I have seen developers include relational databases in containerised solutions but to me this should be tiering issue, any persistent data that requires ACID compliance should be in a self contained tier and if cost is your objective that makes more sense to be on a physical cluster or a dBaaS. Non-persistent data and application configuration is better off on an OSS data store and probably non-relational so stick it in the container. the nightmare is when you have to containerise an older application, because you don't have time to fix it properly, and then scale horizontally but consider MS licensing as being a fine on bad behavior then.

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FTFY

Or you buy a car (software) and the road tax (license fee) is flexed depending on the size of the engine (number of cores)?

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand

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Re: IBM postpone redundencies?

I don't think you know who GTS is - it's the descendent of IBM Global Services in the same way BCS is the descendent of PwC Consulting after the sorting hat of 2003.

They've been cutting costs by cutting experienced staff ever since and losing revenue by cutting experienced staff at the same time.

Cosmo Communicator: Phone-laptop hybrid is neat, if niche, tilt at portable productivity

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Agree - when my tablet/convertible broke I stuck a small Linux distro on my eeePC701 and it let me Citrix into the office whenever I needed to show online presence from the airport lounge. The sweet spot is probably 8"-10" especially if the display is edge to edge without bezels. I did try an 8" Fire tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard case but that didn't work as smoothly.

As this is definitely an 'at need' device, I'd be curious about a Psion Revo style device (maybe larger but jacket pocket sized at most) with a USB-C connection to my actual phone which just serves as UI, relaying screen and keyboard and not doing any actual processing or storage. That would have a lot longer lifespan as it could move from phone to phone as I upgraded.

Hong Kong makes wearable trackers mandatory for new arrivals, checks in with ‘surprise calls’ too

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Re: Exercise?

I'd imagine it's like here, the government will drop off food parcels at your door daily.

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Headmaster

comma

"...will be sent to the Department of Health, and Police."

Register journalists are probably working from home, beside their beer fridge, and are doing their best in difficult circumstances.

Gin and gone-ic: Rometty out as IBM CEO, cloud supremo Arvind Krishna takes over, Red Hat boss is president

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Paris Hilton

Re: Will anything change?

Lenovo Z?

Microsoft frees Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 from the shackles of, er, Windows?

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Support

If a company has a supported application on a supported platform then it won't pay to change.

Supported Linux costs about the same as supported Windows Server.

Regression testing an application...

Appareils électroniques: Right to repair gets European Commission backing

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Re: Farrage-phones

I didn't think the owner would want to hear what anyone else is saying

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Megaphone

Farrage-phones

I'm picturing something with large buttons, a very sensitive microphone and no speaker. I assume it can't make international calls either.

The Reg produces exhibit A1: A UK court IT system running Windows XP

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in fairness

We're talking people who still wear wigs and gowns and consult laws on parchment, using anything from the 20th century is still progress.

How does Monzo keep 1,600 microservices spinning? Go, clean code, and a strong team

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Facepalm

The first question has to be "Why?"

I actively have to damp down my own love of new and shiny tech and techniques to remind myself what we're actually trying to do. Why is the new approach better than using something off the shelf? Why choose a technology where you need to pay premium for niche skills rather than premium for experience? If you can't answer that why to the satisfaction of all your stakeholders then stop.

Otherwise you're just blockchain.

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Re: You don't need to know how 1,600 services work

10 years? Give it at least 40 before you compare it with other banking systems. You need a few changes of technology management, generations of tech and trends in architecture and deployment for real entertainment value.

Motorola bounds out the G8 with a harder, better, faster smartphone for the thrifty

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There are a few cute Chinese models I'd like to check out

Phrasing?

Do a search for "Melrose","Unihertz" and "i9s" to find a few and then spin off from there.

There are still a few small phones. I haven't yet found one that ticks all my boxes (4g, NFC, fingerprint, 16:9 display, <100g) but I'm hopeful.

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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Trollface

Re: "a cynical streak so wide they could land an A380 on it."

Wide enough for all British owned airlines to lands their fleets side by side?

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I remember, about a decade into my IT career, being taken aside by my manager, a born consultant on the track to junior partner and being told I needed to be less cynical. Unfortunately I'd been told 5 years before that by someone more senior and who had earned more of my respect that if I wanted to get ahead I needed to be more cynical. They were both probably lying.

It is 50 years since Blighty began a homegrown and all-too-brief foray into space

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Trollface

"We would be abandoning a certain political independence ..."

The current government would probably have something to say about that, unless they are also getting safeguards from the americans.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate

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Re: Popcorn time

I'm not in the UK.

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Popcorn time

The UK Government on one side and hundreds of patent lawyers on the other. It will drag out for generations and I really don't care who loses.

Energizer Hard Case H280S: A KaiOS-powered blower that can withstand a few knocks

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How about a usability review?

This is some nice background but has the author actually held the phone and used it?

I'm intrigued by KaiOS (and open source GerdaOS) but what I've read about devices using it so far is negative, mainly on usability factors like button press, navigation, readability of displays, etc. For all I know Energizer may have put in the time to fix all those, if so please include that in the article.

Microservices guru warns devs that trendy architecture shouldn't be the default for every app, but 'a last resort'

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Alleluia!

"The core issue seems to be that it is hard to do microservices well."

I've certainly seen them done badly multiple times in multiple places, since that seems easier. Then there are the changes of mind, are the services accessed directly, via an API gateway or via an ESB. Why not all three? Why not change your mind half way about which API gateway? Once the microservices are distributed then it's almost impossible to reuse them so lets develop multiple ones doing the same job and flip a coin which to use. Then lets do a version upgrade...

If your problem isn't the problem that microservices are intended to solve then why, aside from religious conviction, use them?

IBM exec told that High Court evidence in Co-Op Insurance case wasn't 'truth, whole truth, and nothing but the truth'

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Holmes

Re: Old Codger Talks About the "old days"

Maybe once upon a time that happened but it sounds like a fairy story to me.

Software selection was done by writing a requirements document. It would be very detailed on the bit the people writing it knew and kind of vague on the rest. It would add some operational requirements that varied from absent to aspirational to impossible.

Every vendor then said they could meet all requirements in full. If not in this version of the software then in the next, probably and certainly by configuration rather than modification. The buyer would then ask for demos and customer references and would see a mock up and read about some customers using an unrelated product from the same brand. Coins would be tossed, drinks consumed, trips to vendor conferences taken and the product that was in the magic quadrant would get the nod, even if completely unsuitable to the job at hand.

The salespeople got their commissions and leveraged them into a promotion or a change of employer and then the delivery team arrived, read the contract and began cursing....

Have you fallen asleep yet or should I continue?

It's only a game: Lara Croft won't save enterprise tech – but Jet Set Willy could

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Headmaster

Re: ZX Spectrum != Legacy corporate IT

It's always the support. Those legacy systems aren't a problem because they're old or because they're slow, they're a problem because the hardware supplier has end of life'd them, the OS won't get any more patches and the last person in the company who understands the software is due to retire in 18 months.

BOFH: Gosh, IPv5? Why didn't I think of that? Say, how do you like the new windows in here? Take a look. Closer...

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Trollface

"There are no stupid questions..." as I always start my Q&A sessions

"...only stupid people"

Northrop Grumman's space zombie slayer grants Intelsat 901 five more years in orbit

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Pint

Ambitious

They are starting with MEV-1 boosting older sats to higher orbits but the plan is to carry out inspection, repair and refuelling in orbit with later MEV versions.

Good news, everyone: The US military says it will be ethically minded about how it develops AI

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Re: In other news...

The landings can get quite messy though

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Holmes

"Traceable"

Nice trick, I hope they share how they manage that.

Departing MI5 chief: Break chat app crypto for us, kthxbai

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Trollface

"demanded that companies such as Facebook compromise"

Good plan. In fact that should be made a condition of trade talks with the US. It's important the UK demonstrate to the US they are “sovereign equals” and will need to play by British rules. I'm sure Facebook, Google and Amazon will just roll on their bellies once they see that stiff upper lip.

Xiaomi in the UK: Multi-eyed Mi Note 10 hits Blighty festooned with cameras and hefty battery life

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Windows

Phablet?

I'm just curious what qualifies this as a phablet rather than a phone?

I agree the screen is big but so are those of pretty much all competitors that El Reg calls phones.

I would actually love if someone came out with a phone with 18:9 or 21:9 display ratio in the same form factor as my old Sony Xperia Ray - call it 53mm wide for about a 4.4 screen size.

The Wristwatch of the Long Now: When your MTBF is two centuries

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Re: This is a nonsense comparison.

Or a Vostok Amfibia?

There are more modern designs of movement, with less moving parts or plastic elements but they don't better the cheap Chinese standard movement in any real way.

London's Metropolitan Police flip the switch: Smile, fellow citizens... you're undergoing Live Facial Recognition

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Childcatcher

Re: The next step

That sounds reasonable. Good idea, that man.

Life in plastic, with a classic: Polymer £20 notes released into wild sporting Turner art

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Stop

money saving tip

Until pulp supplies from Sweden have tariffs applied next year, toilet paper is still cheaper than £20's.

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Holmes

Brexit-flavoured

What does Brexit taste like?

I can imagine what it smells like, but scratch-n-sniff counterfeit protection is at least a decade off.

Hey, Brits. Your Google data is leaving the EU before you are: Hoard to be shipped from Ireland to US next month

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Devil

Rockall is Irish*

* unless it's Danish**

** unless it's Icelandic***

*** unless Scotland declares Independence

But until then at least 50/50 chance it's EU territory

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Trollface

Re: What makes a user a Brit?

Why did you think Alexa started reading the Bible to you when it heard 'Oh God, Yes"?

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Re: Do No Evil ?

I used to be anti-Microsoft but I've mellowed and I prefer their cloud services as a consumer. I'm reasonably confident that all they want is my money.

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Re: Convenient BS from Google...

During the transition period, the EU has agreed to treat the UK as it had before Brexit (and vice versa) but that doesn't apply to Third Countries and Google US are taking advantage of their 3rd Count. status.

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass

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I had pictured it as being flexible on one axis only - spring steel rather than armour plate.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a flying solar panel: BAE Systems' satellite alternative makes maiden flight in Oz

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Trollface

we can rise to the challenge the UK government has set industry

to seriously piss off the French by claiming to build a rival "optionally manned" fighter and so defer customers from making a decision by at least 5 years

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia

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Re: CPUs? Apple stopped making servers even though there was a demand

Don't forget RISC-V bridging the gap between what you call recent legacy and ARM64. I suspect it will be the University CPU of choice for postgrad researchers even if it never gets any real market traction.

Deutsche Bank calls in AWS, Microsoft and Google to tout for cloud biz: Come in to tender, deal value unknown

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Trollface

+20 years: The last person who understood the system has retired and it will now cost too much to re-engineer from scratch, lets start a POC for SAAS migration...

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Happy

You haven't working in banking, have you?

Meet Clippy 9000: Microsoft brags about building Earth's largest AI language model, refuses to let it out of the lab

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Terminator

Re: The awakening..

Or Microsoft are afraid it will take over all other processing worldwide, including defense networks and satellites then...

<Bluescreen>

Hear, hear: The first to invent idiot-cancelling headphones gets my cash

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Trollface

Thor, is that you?

Vendor-bender LibreOffice kicks out 6.4: Community project feel, though now with added auto-█████ tool

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There isn't advertising on the Linux version. I agree the Windows version does have annoying ads.

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I moved over to WPS Office years ago - I had enough of format bugs.

It's been one day since Blighty OK'd Huawei for parts of 5G – and US politicians haven't overreacted at all. Wait, what? Surveillance state commies?

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Holmes

"government intervention to create an alternative to Huawei"

State sponsored industry - isn't that the actual definition of Socialism?

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program

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EU countries can supply weather

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Trollface

Re: Immigration

Because the Home Office will have new better IT systems by the end of the year to apply those controls?

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