* Posts by HmmmYes

862 publicly visible posts • joined 20 Apr 2010


What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell


Re: Why Symbian failed

Theres a good book on Symbian,. written by the CEO or CTO.

Its good because hes written a quite honest overview of the start, the success - and the failure.

They hired a lot of clever people to write software whod not written software. But they were clever, so there should be no issue.

They choose c++ because thats what clever people used. ... for an un supported platform ... with a crappy c++ compiler.

First problem they hit - limit of linker symbol names, so everything was named in a elaborate short notation -CxLL

Rapidly downhill from that

Dell to spin out remaining VMware stake, cements Friends With Benefits status for at least five years


Mickey + Co were a huge blood sucking leech on the VMwares arse.

Tata Consultancy Services added just 7* customers in FY21 ... and 40,000 staff as revenue, profit flattened


Majority companies operate on contracts not on best intentions.

If you cannot operate your IT infrastructure in a way that your company can manage and afford then you really should not be trying to write outsource contracts.

The JavaScript ecosystem is 'hopelessly fragmented'... so here is another runtime: Deno is now a company


... The Javacript eco system is hopelessly fragment.....

Everything about javascript is ff-ing hopeless.

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


To be honest, although these type of devices are neat, all-in-one units, I find I can get by with a Android phone and a blue tooth keyboard.

Under pressure: K3 to put loss-making UK Microsoft Dynamics reseller biz into administration


I'm not really sure how a MS dynamis reseller can run out of cash.

I've not looked but id guess they get licenses on long invoice from MS.

Bill up front for any work.

Unless they are doing bill on success. And are crap.

Dixons fined £500,000 by ICO for crap security that exposed 5.6 million customers' payment cards



Written in Java ... running on XP ....

Why not just leave the doors and till open at night?

GlaxoSmithKline ditches IR35 contractors: Go PAYE or go home


Re: Killing the Goose that lays the Golden Eggs

Dont contractors make a big fuss about keeping up to date?

Anderson went under in 2002.....

If theres only a few people in the world with your skills why would they work for Accenture?

Lets take your story at face value - 750k is transfered from Me Inc to AnotherLtd. Theyll pay tax on PAYE, corp tax, etc.


Re: Killing the Goose that lays the Golden Eggs

US companies are riddled with lawyers.

Obe thing most US orgs are careful about is obey the law - habit picked up from operating in US which is a minefield.

If UK creates a law, us org will obey it.


"Vessey noted that Glaxo risks losing experienced and skilled staff ....."

Yees....... when ive contracted or engaged contractors, theyve gained limited knowledge of the org. They were hired to implement a specific part of a system for a limited period, using specialist knowledge outside of the company. Then they are out, 6 months tops.

If a contractor is import andor has useful experience, essential to the company is not a contractor.

Open-source Windows Terminal does the splits: There ain't no party like a multi-pane party


Why dont MS just say Fuckit and port xfce to the windows kernel.

And why in fucksake was this stuff not dorted out 20 years ago?

Intel's back. Can't keep it down. Back with 5G. Back in the game, back with modems... that have 'MediaTek' written on them


5g modems shoved into PCs....

Hmm, Intel just wont let 'Native Signal Processing' die, will it?

Mysterious IT snafu at British Airways causes bunch of inbound flight delays and cancellations


Im glad that 99% of my work is tunnelled via a ssh connection.

I used to flay a lot. I hate business travelling.

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


Hold on.

The contractors are always saying that they are paid more as the company can get rid of them instantly.

Now they are suing when a company gets rd of them.

20% of UK businesses would rather axe their contractors than deal with IR35 – survey


Re: Greedy communist HMRC

How many large companies?

Few id guess.

Most one man bands stay that size.

Im open to counter examples.


Not really.

Rangers were hiding loads of tax.

Hmrc made a good guess, which was revised later.

Microsoft says .NET Framework porting project is finished: If your API's not on the list, it's not getting in


Once an API starts having version then its time to look for another platform.

Once youve git above 3, well, youre a sucker.

The OS is 'no longer' important to Microsoft, and yet new Surface kit has 3 Windows flavours


Sadly, MS make a bigger hash of their APIs than they do of their OSes.

Winsocket 1, 2, 3, etc....

Powershell, v6 at mo.

SPARCs fly as Oracle recharges Arm server processor designer Ampere with $40m


Comparing Apples n Ford trucks.

ARM licenses its design.

The more suitable comparison would be Arm and all its licensee investments.

Intel is toast.

You know SAP's doing a great job when a third of German users say they 'have no confidence in it'


Re: Interesting...

Yep, me too. Give us a product name!

Oracle's Mark Hurd hits pause as co-CEO, says he needs time to deal with health issues


With his history, I assume its veneral.

Another sign of the End Times: Free software guru Richard Stallman speaks at Microsoft HQ


Re: One thing

I think i had access to einfows source code - legally - at one place.

I looked.

It was not worth the effort.

Latest sneak peek at PowerShell 7 ups the telemetry but... hey... is that an off switch?



I gave up at 5.

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected


Im not sure is this is a positive or negative but FB use mercurial, investing a lot of time in it to make it scalable and fast.

Checkmate, Qualcomm: Apple in billion-dollar bid to gobble Intel’s 5G modem blueprints, staff – new claim


The story isnt Apple or Qualcomm here.

Its Intel and Intel's inability to create new silicons.

Intel area one or two trick pony. Sure, their fabs n processes are great but shit design in, shit silicon product out.

The question of Intel stockholders is - Why cannot Intel design good silicon products? Where are all the chip designers? In an age of fabless semi's Intel is rapidly approaching irrelevance.

Intel are painting themselves into a corner, clinging to Xeon.

Banks bid legacy tech farewell as they sail to the cloud – but now all that infrastructure is in hands of the big three


Re: Remember when...

Thats the spin.

However, it was all written by IBM - despite what banks development team tell you - and was limited in functionality and cost a fortune.


I dont see how increasing the latency/transmission time between the application gui and the disk/cpu backend is really going to make a more reliable system.

Putting aside replication and the like, having a box sat in the banks DC room is no more unreliable than having the box sat in Amazons DC .In fact, probably less so as you have OpenReach and a man in digger doing road works.

Now the Cloud do allow you to hedge your man inthe digger a bit, allowing both increased capacity - more grunt - and increased geographic location hedging.

But that comes with with a price tag of something more C suite dont graps - you now have to write a distributed transnational system. See, a big IBM lump of iron may have been expensive, may have cost more per TFLOP than a lorry load of PCs ... but it works! Reliably!

Its not the hadrware, or where the hardware is located - ITS THE FUCKING SOFTWARE.

And, no, .Net does not really work. Yes, I know the nice man with PWC, who has a direct line to MS, said different thigns but he really is lying.

Industry reps told the UK taxman everything wrong with extending IR35. What happened next will astound you


Re: gig ecomony

If the locum DR or agency Nurse were working FT, at the same hospital, then, yes, they would have a problem.

Theres no issue with temporary staff who move *between* different locations.

People affected by IR35 have a simple solution - create a compnat of 2+ people and move them between customers.

I find bleeting contractors who fail to understand how the tax system/compnay law works a bit annoying.

Guy is booted out of IT amid outsourcing, wipes databases, deletes emails... goes straight to jail for two-plus years


I just charged them double the salary I was getting when working there full time.

You priced yourself too cheaply then.

As a rule of thumb, when contracting, you need to be looking for 2x the equivalent employed rate.

For some sort of disaster, mess, then the rate is going to much higher.

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer


They had a contractor in in the early 90s.

Ripped of BSD, then MSified the interface, hence WInSock 1, 2 ,3, 4 ,5 ,6 ....

No, this would be take the BSD layer as is - -hey take th file system later, get ZFS ditch the crap MS whatever FS.

There is a *huge* latent demand to have WIN32 compatibility but not have the rest of the never ending breaking junk updates.


There you go, Ive just sorted out MS OS problems.


I dont know. Youd have to speak to someone whos been an MS kernel developer fir a long time - theres not many, most gave been poached a long time ago.

The MS bid needs to define 'public domain'. The early MSDN used to publish enough header files for dome to reverse engineer a lot. I remember going thru them in my DDK days and thinking 'Should this be in published headers?' MS are were sloppy on many different levels.

I hope reactos are not doing a vertabim winfows.

What would be killer would be a small NT 2k compatible kernel on L4 with the BSD network stack and ksh.

IVE HAD ENOUGH! iQuit. Jobs done. Jony cashes out at Apple to run his own design biz



The 'quick, give Apple some money or we'll be a monopoly! really back fired on MS'

I look at Apples rebirth with a mixture of awe and regret (I didnt buy any shares FFS!)

I say Apples rebirth but the Apple of the mid 90s was pretty shit and washed out - crap non MMU scheduler from the mid 80s.

Now Apple v2 (NeXT) is/was fucking fantastic.

Ive about 4 mac minis. They are fantastic boxes, from both the hardware design (not he round corners) and the software.


This sort of nonsense pisses off.

What 'made' Apple the company it is was taking Next software, ditching that godawful half-arsed Pascal scheduler, then hardware becoming fast and cheap enough to run Next over BSD over MAC.

The round edges had nothing to do with it.

Ive a few mac minis. They sit on a hidden shelf.

Mike Lynch in court: I was not aware of every single thing Autonomy did around the world (so don't blame me)


Automy comes out looking bad.

Hp looks terrible.

And leo the loon like the worlds biggest moron.

And these are the type of people who are the movers n shakers.

DXC Technology warns techies that all travel MUST now be authorised


Thats fine.

It means no travel.

Driving Xtreme Cuts: DXC Technology waves bye bye to 45% of Americas Security divison


Re: Another reason not to use DXC

Id train my replacement .... for big bucks.

However the obvious flaw just does not seem apparent to HR n management - Ill do I shit job because they cannot sack me for it.


In 20 years of experiencing offshoring, Ive yet to come across a 'cheap offshore' location. At least, not for long.

Closest Ive ever seen this promise being met was some stuff going to Estonia. They were good but they were not cheap for long. And theyve all gone now

Cheap workforces do not exist. Any company that thinks there is is kidding themselves. yes I know this is a load of ratweasel MBA types pissing around with Excel.

UK.gov must sort out its crap data and legacy IT, warns spending watchdog


Start sacking civil servants.

Make them go down with the failed o over budget project.

Until you start doing that, and get a message thru the thick, useless, responsibility dodging skulls of all those Oxbridge n PPE high flyers then nothing will change.

You like magic tricks? See this claim that IBM bungled an Obamacare IT project? Whoosh, now it's a $15m check


Isn't his a massive change for IBM?

They used to fuck over customer, knowing they had deeper pockets and could ride out any legal proceedings.

If IBM is going to stra folding then its totally different ballgame - Or their products are now soo shit that its obvious to anyone.

No backdoor, no backdoor... you're a backdoor! Huawei won't spy for China or anyone else, exec tells MPs


Lets get a couple of things straight.

John Suffolk is just a nobody. His background is a an IT body in a failed small building society.

He has about much clue about telecoms as my Gran does.

His next statements, made on the record, are total dumb crap:

“We’re quite clear, and it’s quite proven, we’re an independent company,” Suffolk answered. "No one can put us under pressure – we’ve made it very clear, regardless of who the country would be, if we were put under any pressure by any country that we felt was wrong, we would prefer to close the business."

One, Huawie is pretty much well know to be a Red Army controlled organisation. It is not independent of the CCP/Chinese state.

Theers been a couple of goes at looking at owenrship/control:



Two, noone can put pressure on us.

The guy is a moron.

Hauwie have already admitted this is not the case:


FInally does Mr Suffolk have much in the way of a grasp of Mandarin? Bet he doesnt.

Why would Huawei pick a neverwas from a small building society to front its telecom business? Were there no other suitable candiates??

Tangled in .NET: Will 5.0 really unify Microsoft's development stack?


Its like WinSocks but 1000x worse.

P-p-p-pick up a Pengwin: Windows Subsystem for Linux boffins talk version 2


Ah, versions.

Therell be one, then another, then another.

And bits wont work, not all of them, just the odd ones that are hidden.

Then you need to down download a 10mb update, which is bundled in a 4gb package....

Meet Microsoft's new Visual Studio Online... not the same as the old Visual Studio Online


Does anyone look at the .net releases and think maybe, just maybe, ms are digging a big hole of complexity.

IBM Watson Health cuts back Drug Discovery 'artificial intelligence' after lackluster sales


IBM fails to undersrand its new customers and what they want.

I say new as the number of old IBM customers is shrinking due to blues hook and rip practises.

Can you leverage AI for medicine. Unproven. IBM cannot though.

Huawei thanks US for 'raising 5G awareness' by banning telecom kit giant's wares



John Suffolk.

A quick look at the wahwee blurb ...

Worked for some small UK building socities, which blew up in 07.

Then worked for ukgov for 7 years.

Pretty thin, in terms of large, distributed soft real time that are telecoms systems.

Why Qualcomm won – and why Tim Cook had to eat humble Apple pie


Im the biggest most profitable company - Qualcomm.

No I am! - Apple.

There seems to be a lot of corporate dick waving here.

However, as mentioned by the an earlier poster the company that comes out the worst, eating humble pie is Intel who, once again, have proven they really struggle to actually design silicon.

Sure, Intel were a winner back in the days when they could afford to marshall more n more capex to get those transistors smaller and those clock speeds higher.

However, transistors are not getting (economically) any smaller. And clock speeds are stuck around 3ghz.

Another incident where it shows that, outside of fabrication process, Intel are just shit.

Autonomy was a 'pure-play software company', testifies former HP chief exec Léo Apotheker


Did Mike Lynch write down that we are all software quote, and sign it in front of Automys legal dept?

Otherwise its just bollox.

Several 10s of million on execs and accountants and legal does not seem to buy you a lot competence

Stop us if you've heard this one: IBM sued after axing older staff, this time over 'denying' them their legal rights


Re: People joining IBM, do you seriously think you'll never be over 40 ???

I my ~30 years of working life, no smart person every went to work for IBM - well, not the business, money making bit.

IBM used to attract dull plodders. No problem with that, IBMs core business tended to be slow n steady.

However, thee deal always was - IBM gives you a goot middle icnome but keeps you employed for ever.

SInce it all went wrong i nthe mid 90s, IBM has lost its way as an org.

Its trying to play hire n fire but not offering the salary.

Freelance devs: Oh, you wanted the app to be secure? The job spec didn't mention that


Firther studies found that a a radnom person, picked up in Greggs, cannot secure an internet box.

This is daft.

Another sign thata lot of academics are just morons.

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it


Bill for the full day. At 2x rates.