* Posts by Ken 16

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Microsoft delivers CouchOps capability with Android TV upgrade to Remote Desktop app

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Re: "a close-to-optimal work environment for a remote sysadmin"

Better your system gets a virus than you do.

SpaceX pulls off an incredible catch, netting both halves of its Falcon fairing as they fell Earthwards after latest launch

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Re: Parachutes

They nest on the side of Hawaiian volcanoes and brief the next generation, of course.

IBM Watson GPU cloud cluster Brexits from London to Frankfurt – because GDPR

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Re: Pointless And Political

Have you familiarised yourself with "The Data Protection, Privacy and Electronic Communications (Amendments etc) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019"?

You may find that, as a 3rd country, the UK is no longer a suitable processor for UK data.

Oh deer! Scotland needs some tech smarts to help monitor its rampant herbivore populations

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Deer stalking by drone?

That sounds much more fun than crawling around the undergrowth. We just need to develop a missile that won't make too much mess of the meat, oh and a recovery drone.

UK government marks 'at least' £115m for new Brexit systems against backdrop of chequered IT project history in customs and border control

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Don't you mean Australia-style deal?

I'm not sure if that refers to deportation and prison ships for those stealing bread or an outcome similar to that Churchill planned for the Aussies at Gallipoli.

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Re: Brexit is coming

I can only answer one of those; it will take the form of large brown envelopes full of cash (dollars or euro preferably) with thick elastic bands around them dropped on the floor beside Cabinet ministers meeting lobbyists in fancy restaurants.

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Aer Lingus breakfast

Is the only airline meal I happily paid for - never quite as good as a real fry up but with juice, coffee and soda bread for under a tenner it saved me time at home.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Fizzog

I was just thinking about retro-phrenology. In the same way as the man with the little hammers could bring up bumps to improve character, will plastic surgeons be able to rehabilitate criminals or is it something that's too difficult to change, like their eyes being too close together?

US starts sniffing around UK spaceports – though none capable of vertical launches actually exist right now

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That's if you're launching South...

Paging technology providers: £3m is on the table to replace archaic NHS comms network

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Re: The NHS - uniquely the same

No, it has to be British and World-beating.

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner

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Better invest

In some strategy consulting then

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Rename it 6H

That will convince them the danger is gone or get them burning pencils instead.

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Re: 5G also causes missing words syndrome

"Not all men"

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: SHOCKED! I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you...

Allegedly some people are into that sort of thing. There are even videos available.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram

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I just vaguely remember a Double Elephant is bigger than an A0

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I've had no problems drinking half litres of beer in Germany and any problem with litres of beer is not due to difficulty ordering

Gulp! Irish Water outsources contact centres to Capita for up to €27m over 7 years

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Re: I'm a tax payer in Ireland and ...

It doesn't just fall out of the sky you know!

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Re: "new software and digital capabilities"

OK, I'll bite - whoever downvoted this, explain why the name of the country is whatever you want it to be?

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Re: "new software and digital capabilities"

Just a reminder, the name of the country (in English) is Ireland. Even the British government came to accept that after the first 60 years being reminded.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Re: Adi.eu

Adi is actually Luxembourgish for goodbye.

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Re: How dare they...

Maybe the British government can offer a .eu.uk domain as an alternative?

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New icon?

What would you suggest? I think eggplant is taken.

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Re: I always thought .eu was for European nations, not the European Union.

In fairness while I do have a .eu domain I'm just posting because I woke up early and I'm bored so I'm perfectly willing to believe people comment here on subjects they don't care about.

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Re: @codejunky

Whose taxes are paying for that?

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Re: It's what a sad, angry minority wanted

India is keen to do a trade deal with the UK but for some reason the UK backpedaled as soon as business and work visas were mentioned.

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Re: It's what a sad, angry minority wanted

It's in his interest to be optimistic about it, don't expect to hold him to account when it takes longer.

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Re: Realpolitik

Any trade deal needs ratification by all member states, including devolved assemblies. That's why Wallonia held up the Canadian deal so long, until it got additional structural support for their potato industry. The EU really isn't the monolith that you British think. Whatever deal emerges will have to benefit Estonia, Malta and Slovakia as well as Germany, France and Ireland if it's got any hope of approval. The UK team will be aware of this and should have been working for the past 3 years to build goodwill among smaller countries for their proposals.

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I'm sure the UK government will then quickly move to stop Scots and Welsh from registering .uk domains.

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

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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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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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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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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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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?

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