High time companies paid their staff a decent wage and this fudal payment system was outlawed.
466 posts • joined 23 Jan 2010
Ransomware victim Colonial Pipeline paid $5m to get oil pumping again, restored from backups anyway – report
Japan to start stamping out rubber stamps and tearing up faxes as new digital agency given Sept. 1 start date
Website maker Wix embarks on weird WordPress-trashing campaign, sends 'influencer' users headphones from 'WP'
A colleague was adjusting a microwave link and prior to the tweak decided that it would be good to speak to his opposite number on the other tower via moble (cell) phone so they could synchronise their actions. They agreed a course of action: Switch off towers, make adjustments, affirm safe to switch back on via phone call. Bet you can't guess which tower was routing the phone signal.
Ministry of Defence's cyber warfare drive is helping burn a hole through its budget, warns UK's National Audit Office
We were involved with a similar role out and hit the problem of preparing the system with existing data. Decided to call upon the services of the, soon to be made redundant, typing pool and they were brilliant! Once they got going and realised that each data sheet was identical and they had to tab through each field including null values the stuff was going in at fast rate. One problem, they were entering the data that fast and being touch typist they very rarely needed to look at the screen the screen refresh rate was struggling to keep up and the buffer could only cope with so much. We had to ask them to pause every 5min to allow the buffer to clear and the screens update :-)
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro would be the best Android flagship on the market – were it not for the US-China trade war
Business top brass are terrified their companies will simply be collateral damage in a future cyber-war
Tanks are very expensive to purchase, maintain and operate. The Challengers are at least 30 years old technology and for some reason they are never in the right place. The next big battle/war is going to be fought where???? So the next MBT design needs to be capable of what??? Using what technology????? The lead time between concept to ready for action is 10 years+ minimum.
Easier to win the lottery yet the MOD is expected get it right :-)
Backup a sec – is hard drive reliability improving? Annual failure rate from Backblaze comes in at its lowest yet
Lies, damn lies and Statisitics
The only way you can compare reliability is to place many samples of each drive in identical situations for a period of years. The current method of seeing how many complaints/comments each type of drive gets is flawed as we don't know things like sales. Seagates get lots of complaints but that might be because they sell twice as many? So overall they could be more reliable. IMHO :-)
'Get out of my office, you're being a pest!' Yes, son. Toymaker releases work-from-home-themed play sets
British Army does not Excel at spreadsheets: Soldiers' newly announced promotions are revoked after sorting snafu
Nokia 5310: Retro feature phone shamelessly panders to nostalgia, but is charming enough to be forgiven
Oh sure, we'll just make a tiny little change in every source file without letting anyone know. What could go wrong?
What does London's number 65 bus have to hide? OS caught on camera setting fire to '22,000 illegal file(s)!!'
So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise
Re: Fear the
According to the About bit he is still working here but there again this was last updated in 2019....
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Microsoft blocks Trend Micro code at center of driver 'cheatware' storm from Windows 10, rootkit detector product pulled from site
Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police
I had the task of putting together a procurement request for our very first office PC as one of our suppliers was now setting up an online ordering system. Our boss wanted to be in the forefront of this brave new world so muggins was summoned to the enclave and greeted with the comment "you've got one of these things at home we need one here, get it costed out" List duly drawn up I wondered back in to the enclave and the list was perused prior to approval. "what's this mouse thing?" (From memory the total cost was £2,000 and the mouse £15) You try and explain the function of a mouse to someone who has never seen one or seen anything other than a dumb terminal. I must have been convincing because the purchase was approved :-)
(The shenanigans of connecting the dial up modem using the internal phone system and shared lines etc. are a whole new story)
Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style
Forget tabs – the new war is commas versus spaces: Web heads urged by browser devs to embrace modern CSS
Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'
BT Openreach prepares to declare UK MBORCed* as all new phone line installations halted over coronavirus
Getting through interviews is a bit like the advice given to me by an examiner for business studies. You need lots of ticks (not the ones found in the fields). Just download your brain on to the exam paper, the examiner is looking for key words and each one gets a tick the more key words the higher the mark. The HR droid doesn't have a clue about the work but they have a list of key words (job spec) supplied by the dept looking for the minion. Get loads of key word out and Robert is your uncle :-)
BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms
"Or they could hire those contractors the same way as they hire, say electrical contractors to do a wiring job."
There are issues with this: 1) The company will need to fully spec the work to be done and 2) The contractor will need to fully spec how they intend to carry out the work.
Might make for interesting conversations on both sides :-)
Meet Clippy 9000: Microsoft brags about building Earth's largest AI language model, refuses to let it out of the lab
I can't recall ever writing a letter before that irritating bit of bent wire popped up and said that I was. To be honest I can't recall the bloody thing ever suggesting anything else before it was binned.
Clippy managed to put to death any suggestions of user assistance in any format and in all applications from that period hence. So on reflection it was a good thing :-)