* Posts by Dave 15

1781 posts • joined 14 Jun 2010

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: It was ever thus

Why did the UK vote to leave, because EU contracts never came here, German and French gvmt never buy from anyone else, our gvmt sacrificed our industry on the altar of being good Europeans. If you want to know who to blame look no further than a European worshipping civil service and a bunch of weak willed, grease pole climbing, back pocket filling charlatons collectively known as politicians (not party political I hate them all)

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Re: This project is, though

If we are still pumping cash into it then it isn't eu funded! , as I said, no play no pay, remove all funding, and just to avoid being shafted again stop funding or buying anything from abroad. Get back to developing and making it ourselves, when we have recreated the expertise we can export it or at least not give money away

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Answer is simple

I bet our chicken politicians and our europe worshipping civil servants will not take the only appropriate action. The obvious and only reasonable response is to immediately stop all UK funding to ESA and all other European projects. We need to build a navigation system of our own so use the money for that, then invest in creating rockets and launch facilities, after all we used to have them. Stop squandering our money by giving it to these unpleasant and ungrateful bar stewards

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors

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Then just wait

By the end of the year there will be no contractors left, yet another rise in unemployment and companies bleating they can't get engineers and moving abroad. The civil service that runs the country seem incapable of choosing to do anything other than deliberately and with malice against the UK damage us. MPs are pointless and backpacker filling lackeys giving this whole charade a so thin it's transparent pretence at democracy. It is no better under Labour or Conservative because it is the civil service at fault

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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And yet

People here having a go at Cisco. The UK gvmt sends India billions in aid (despite India having a space program we can't afford) and thousands of companies have Indian call centres and development offices (including Microsoft and Intel). But as usual where there is money or profit for the rich shareholders there is, and never has been, any conscience (or any Christianity etc.)

It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

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Very performance oriented

We were bought by MS, 2 years later killed off, we were not as profitable as windows phone despite being (a) in a different market segment anyway - feature phones and (b) making millions a year, it was just not enough for them not even when it was seriously positive cash flow. When working for the the rewards system was fairly horrendous, compared to your peers and if considered not as good getting kicked out so new could be bought in. You didnt need to be behind your peers by any measurable amount but it was very harsh as a company from every side.

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Re: Track record

windows phone based on wince, in itself a hack of windows. android and iphone based on hacks of linux. All hacks of desktop operating systems designed to run with unlimited volt.

Symbian was an evolution of epoc32, epoc32 was designed from the ground up to run on batteries, which is why my old Nokia S60 (Symbian) phone runs a whole week without a charge, including browsing, email, phone and using the apps built in and downloaded. Of course out of fashion now so no new applications coming along unles I write them.

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Re: Track record

Windows phone was around long long long before iphone, it made no dent on Symbian or even Blackberry.

Then of course the bozos on the board of Nokia imported a failure from Microsoft (the only guy in Microsofts history to reduce the sales of office) and he bought in Microsoft phones despite the massive popularity and profitability of the Symbian devices (that could make phone calls, operate as a smart phone, had a store and a battery that lasted more than 4 hours). He then trashed the whole Symbian thing (including the 3d screens they had working) before closing all the linux development (those in the market and the clipper phone which was ready for launch) before finally closing the whole of the Nokia phone division because the Micorosoft phones never went beyond their historical 3% of the market (despite the 'burning platform' still accounting for over 50% of smartphones when he stopped the Symbian phones.... an accounting limited only because Nokia couldnt produce as many as people were trying to buy).

So, no, Microsoft didnt bring out their smartphone out of envy of Apple, they bought it from envy of Nokia

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Re: Isn't it obvious......

Turning them off seems remarkably simple though the mouth continues to carry on, its the turning them on that take the time... oh, just a minute, windows... er... yes, same applies there (15 minutes this morning from the on switch to being able to restart all the apps it had destroyed, 30+ minutes to be usefully functioning... the time cost of yet another update for windoze 10

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: ...delightful cakey accompaniment is pronounced "scone"...

The majority of times the e appears on te end of the word it alters the sound of the preceeding vowel so it matches its name (eh, ee, eye, ow, you)

so if it was meant to be scon thats how it would be spelt, its got an e on the end for a reason :)

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Re: I solved this when I was eight

What???? NO NO NO NO NO.. your solution has entirely the wrong scone to cream ratio.

Your answer does NOT provide nearly enough cream. One other thing, if you have both halves of the scone just how are you supposed to get cream on your nose?

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Re: Sorry to be technical

Never drink scrumpy with a cream tea, always have the cream tea mid afternoon or mid morning, and the scrupmy at breakfast, lunch and all night (well as long as you last before collapsing on the floor)

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Re: As an outsider

Look online, there are ways to make it. Amazon will also deliver it in 1kg pots (and smaller if you only have half a scone).

What is amazing to me is how few countries actually have cream. The Germans translate 'sahne' to cream, if you check the actual product it is 'whipping cream' in its unwhipped state. They dont have single cream, double cream, extra thick double cream or clotted cream. I was able to demo to a German that with clotted cream you can stand your knife in it, then you can turn the pot upside down and the knife stays in the cream that stays in the pot!

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A good way out

I love both Devon and Cornwall, its difficult to choose which way is best to eat the cream so why not split the scone in half and do one half cream on top and the other half cream first? You dont really lose out unless you are skimpy with the cream....

Which leads to another thought... cream first, jam and then cream last ... now that IS an answer!

Ex-barrister reckons he has a privacy-preserving solution to Britain's smut ban plans

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Re: This could actually make $$$

We used to swap magazines nicked from the top shelf, found in bus shelters (assuming the pages werent stuck together), books and 'health magazines' not to mention some pretty but dubious playing cards.

Its not really abnormal. True we didnt do any of this at 6 or 7 years old, normally from about 11 on. But at 6 and 7 my kids dont get to use devices without some supervision.

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Entirely legal

The other thing is the fragillity anyway of modern stuff.

Coffee Philips machine broke again.. its been back under warranty but once again broke.

Synology NAS - main board broke down 1 week after warranty.

AEG washing machine, 15 months and the pump broke, 5 years and the main bearing in the drum is buggered

The only toys bought for my kids that last more than 5 minutes are Mamod steam engines and 1960/70 vintage TriangHornby or lego.

My Monday morning taxi driver had to return his 90k km Merc because it stopped functioning at all

Manufacturers buy up brand names and then cheapen everything to the point the brand is worthless. Hersheys have done it to Cadbury (not that those in America would know, Cadbury was a good chocolate everywhere else in the world - the American version was made under licence by Hershey and just as shit as they have now made it world wide), Colmans of Norwich ENGLISH mustard is now going to be made in Germany by Unilever, HP sauce with the houses of parliament is made in Holland...... it is FRAUD and is only happening because it doesnt matter who I buy X from, at the end of the day the same over arching company is making it, no competition is leading to shit products, high margins and disappointment for consumers. Any attempt at breaking into the market is stiffled by laws and rules designed to keep people out and keep the cozy monopolies. The politicians know where their back pockets get filled and have no interest at all in fixing it, either in the USA or EU

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Re: Entirely legal

Which is an excellent reason not to buy an Apple product. Making something which is deliberately fragile, loading it with software that deliberately slows it down to unusable to 'force' you to upgrade etc etc is a despicable behavior.

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Re: Solution

Possibly, but I dont think it is illegal in the EU, certainly fixing your printer so it will only work with approved supplies (i.e. your own very over priced ones) is perfectly legal and widely done.

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Re: Solution

In the UK we have safe seats because no one in the area ever elects another 'party'. The problem is that we ALL know from bitter experience that it doesnt matter which tosser you vote for they are all the bloody same, back pocket open at all times and dont give a flying fig about electors between elections, and not even much at elections because once in they are in for life.

Competition? We've heard of it. MoD snubs cloud rivals to hand Microsoft £17.7m Azure hosted services gig

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Re: Only the beast of Redmond could meet 'data sovereignty and reliability' needs

One week of using Windows 10 proved beyond any doubt Microsoft has zero concept of reliability. When I worked for them the email servers on exchange were dead at least twice a day and we had a helium blimp to fly the it's dead and it's back up messages around the office

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Re: Data sovereignty, eh?

It's our civil service. All educated at Oxbridge to hate the Uk just as Burgess was. They would rather see the whole country prostrate than do anything for us. Why did we leave the EU? Because our civil service loved using the mantra of EU rules to screw us all over. They have been systematically destroying British industry since they started on our aircraft industry in the 1950s.

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Re: Data sovereignty, eh?

Really? And you don't think the na or whoever are powerless to put people into Microsoft or just to threaten the CEO?

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Re: Yeah, f**k UK industry...

If we don't have the expertise it is one we should be developing. Having other countries able to read your secrets and give them to others fuck the while point of having the MOD. The yanks shafted us over suez and would have done over the Falklands if they could have read and given our secrets to their friends in Argentina. Make no mistake a very significant number of Americans hate us even mire than they dislike the Russians. (And no, the Eu countries dont like us any better)

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Re: Fish

The usual stench of corruption and backhand that reeks from everything our civil service does.

Why the hell doesn't someone sort it out? Millions that could have supported a really secure and independent uk system that the U.S. government couldn't listen to which would have created technology and expertise the Uk could sell abroad and are money from which would in the meantime have supported uk jobs has now been given to their second bum buddies. I wonder if it will be as successful as the millions given to Microsoft to develop a software apprenticeship scheme that never happened? Probably about the same, and just as that apprenticeship stab in the back it will kill one or two British companies.

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Security??????

Sharing all your data with the USA is secure????????????? Are they stark staring bonkers? Yet again the UK civil service screws British industry right up the arse. All those engineers in the UK can't put together a solution? Blocks as normal. The civil service just hates this country. Better to give the yanks all our secrets directly isnt it? It's a wonder they didn't choose a Russian or Chinese service but I guess they are selling our secrets to them as Burgess and his Oxford educated bunch did. Why the fuck does BoJo not hang the whole civil service as the traitors they are. Can't buy our own pie, can't buy our own police cars, helicopters, jet fighters, Nhs computer systems, tax systems, tanks (just bought some kraut ones). In fact I would love to know how many decades ago our civil service spent any of our money in ou country. Hang them all, traitors

Penny smart and dollar stupid: IT jobs slashed in US, UK, Europe to cut costs – just when we need staff the most

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While we are talking about GDPR etc

A while ago the EU decided to do something about cookies. Now it seems sites, including el reg, have decided to splurge a huge banner right across the page so you can't use it. I am pretty sure that is NOT what the EU intended. I am 100% sure they didn't want people to be forced to accept 'essential' cookies because in honesty any decent engineer can design a cookie free website that functions. So el reg, you bang on about others then fuck us all over with your lazy approach.

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Intelligence?

You don't expect leaders of companies to use their brains for anything harder than working out how to spend the billions they pay themselves?

Next they will be bleating about a lack of skills rather than realising they are paying so badly people decide on collecting bins, driving taxis or working abroad. If you want seriously well educated and intelligent engineers you do not get them by paying peanuts.

Of course business today is never about building for tomorrow it is only ever about reporting today as profitable so they can pay themselves another multi million bonus.

Sad really

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

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Re: Why the heck not a UK developed app?

Why not a UK company for this app, for PPE, for the NHS system, army tanks, navy aircraft, police cars, ambulances, fire engines? All the same problem. The civil service was educated at Oxbridge, universities that have produced the Russian spies that gave away our secrets. These people loath, decide and hate the UK and the pleas that live here. They hate with such a passion they wish to destroy our economy and jobs.

There is no other explanation, if it was once in a while I would suspect backhanders, but as it is always the same I discount that

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Nice to see

Nice to see HMG using UK tax payers money to buy software engineering expertise from the UK. What a refreshing change from supporting US companies and paying US engineers the higher salaries they get compared to our own. Who knows it might mean salaries in the UK are increased with increased demand. An increase in salary might mean the jobs are more interesting and attract our yuff to the more difficult STEM subjects.

Oh? What's that? The government hasn't changed and we are still buying foreign as we did with the oh so successful NHS computer system and those wonderful not compliant PPE kits that were partly picked up by the RAF because delivery didn't happen? Oh cool thought for a moment someone with brains and economic nonce had penetrated the civil service.

Elevating cost-cutting to a whole new level with million-dollar bar bills

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Re: CRT

Who remembers CRTs with degausing buttons :)

Not to mention funny apps like drain.com and funny.com

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Re: remote diagnostics

The wires I used had the wires but also a shielding wire... we used to earth that at one end

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The most confusing defect I ever had...

Installed a computer in an office and a controller terminal and printers in a factory. The terminal and printers communicated with rs232 as they were nice and close, the terminal and computer with 422 as they were a long way apart. The comms of course had checksums etc so we never printed anything we didnt want to.

It worked well from when it was installed all the way through winter and into the spring, then in summer it stopped. I went up to investigate, put on the debug mode and the computer was seeing the messages it sent, which it didnt like and rejected. The terminal was similar. I checked out the connectors (ip57 in the factory and very tough), nothing seemed to be wrong. I buzzed out the wire, very very odd, I seemed to be getting short circuits. All of this took most of the day (it was a good long walk back and forth). Eventually I spoke to some of the guys and said we would have to trace the wire all the way, something seemed wrong. They did, right up to the factory roof where they found that an automatic vent opener had activated in the summer heat, opened and cut the cable.

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For that distance...

Rs422 would be better as it uses a pair of wires in each direction with a larger voltage difference so is more suited for long distances. The protocol clearly needed a checksum as well... I know things were 'simpler' in those days but we new about checksums and comms (hell I was even taught it in college way way back in prehistory when comms were achieved by cutting marks in stone). If you do the right type of checksums you can even correct the message when it is scrambled. Even without some form of data validation is quite a good idea... if the number is beyond plausible then throw the communication away. And then there is a need for acknowledgement and confirmation. Seems to me that the problem here is rs232 - a perfectly good standard - but the use made of it. Its a bit like saying matches are bad because some idiot tries to use the stick instead of the head to light a fire

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Re: Heres a novel idea ...

The best thing we could do with the police is disband them... chasing around whooping because they catch someone doing 100mph in a car that in Germany would be doing 120 or 130mph quite safely on their roads. They are never to be seen sorting out speeding outside schools, on village high streets or housing estates because that doesnt give them an excuse to go joy riding in souped up cars.

Then moaning about people going out and getting exercise if they are doing so at an isolated piece of countryside instead of a crowded city street.

As to the top brass of the navy in this instant... its a pity we arent at war and cant line them up and shoot them. I wonder just how many Admirals are moaning about the 1 boat left in the Navy?

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Give him a medal

Give the Captain a medal for not being stupid. 9 months in the tin can means they have not been in contact with the virus. They were having a party together. The reporter was stupid not to have pointed this out and the top brass even more stupid for bothering their collective little brains. Clearly the situation was safe, very safe, more safe than going home to wives and sweethearts who may have been in contact.

There is no need to be stupid, its not compulsory even at higher levels of authority, though it does seem that the ability to think, decide and be sensible diminishes sharply

Controversies aren't Boeing away for aircraft maker amid claims of faulty oxygen systems and wobbling wings

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Re: unexpected cracks

Another interesting thing to do is to watch the British airways video on the major service of a 747... right down to welding up the cracks -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYQ6Xl3yuZI look at around 20:51, cracks in a floor support

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Re: That's quite a pickle

And despite fixing the issue the Americans made such a fuss about the Comet that it only sod to the British military where it served for decades.

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Re: So what?

Exacty what you are told not to do.

Sound like the pilot had a bad landing day, planes can land on water and stay afloat a surprisingly long period of time if it is done correctly. Plenty of time to leave. In fact even helicopters can ditch in the sea and the passengers escape if the training is right

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I seem to remember

That the yanks managed to jump on board the early problems with a certain British jet airliner (it was the first jet airliner) and even continued to trash the plane after the issue had been fixed by a major redesign rather than just trying to patch it up with bullshit as Boeing have been doing.

As for the cracks in the wings? Cracks... doesnt that remind you of the British airliner... maybe grounding your Boeings before the wings drop off might be a wise descision, then try redesigning the damned things so they dont crack up... wings are supposed to flex, not crack

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I wonder if they...

Perhaps have a backup system so they dont rely just on one... after all its not like Boeing to rely just on one thing is it?

Revenues up, taxes down: Google UK reports its slice of the Chocolate Factory pie

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And yet another tax fiddle

Amazingly the tax man in the UK is hounding every little one man show and trying to grab tax off him but at the same time big American corporations are allowed to offshore their profits through administrative costs... oh look, income up 200k, costs up 200k.... what a coincidence.

Its balls. Time the UK decided to tax everyone and every company on income, regardless. If google, starbucks and the likes decide to fuck off out of the country then so be it.. just do what Brazil and China do... if you want to sell here you have some form of R&D/Production here in proportion to your sales, you dont do that you dont sell here... period. Even if it means blocking google from the UKs internet (block it, China manages so I am damned sure we can).

I dont want to penalise google, I just want a fair and level playing field. The corner shop, the corner cafe, the little consultant etc etc we ALL have to pay our damned taxes and we ALL get hounded for them.. .why the fuck should the big boys have free reign... it is what kills small business, how the HELL can any of us compete when we pay 25+% of oour income in tax and the big boys pay 0.00000000001%???

Honor 9X Pro: Better specs can't save this smartphone from a barren app store

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Tell us about the camera

Thats a lot of pixels... I worked on the 808 and that was 'only' 41MPix... but we had a moving lens system to focus which this looks to thin to have (if you want something to move it has to have space to move!), but you also need a decent size lens and decent size sensor area before that number of pixels becomes really interesting.

We also had the pixel techique you talk about leading to 'lossless zoom' where as you zoom in we swapped from multiple pixel groups to 1 in order to avoid interpolating missing data as you zoomed in ... leaving you with a nice sharp and accurate zoomed in image.

'Anything' related to remote working is a winner for Euro disties, but classic enterprise hardware? That's another story

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But if there is ever an end to this...

It looks like there will be piles and piles of junk to recycle because it is clear that the moronic unthinking dinosaurs in middle management are already planning to have us chained back at our desks after fighting through the same rushhour pollution creating mess as before because otherwise we cant work as a bloody team (except of course those cheapie people frmo Bangalore and Romania who of course can work as part of our team remotely without any problem because they are so much cheaper)

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response

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Re: COBOL programmers wanted

You cant be in the UK

In the UK they dont pay 1970s rates, not even close. No, they offer less than they will pay in Bangalore and then threaten that if you dont work for that you wont get any benefits either

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Re: Over thinking this?

Is the guy asking for volunteers leading by example and voluteering himself? No, hes getting bloody well paid

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Re: Volunteers?

Its especially galling when you get the shove because someone else is 'cheaper' then get begged to help... they didnt give a flying fukc about you when they found someone cheaper so let them find out the hard way that when you show no loyalty yourself you cant expect any back. Companies also need to take note as they keep requiring dedication, loyalty etc etc from their workforce and then stab them in the back when they arent needed any more

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Re: Volunteers? After they outsourced everything years ago?

The main problem with the IRS is the 5000 page tax return. Never seen anything like it anywhere. When you leave just dont tell them where you go, they've not yet sent a hit squad for me

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Re: Volunteers? After they outsourced everything years ago?

I think you are being far too cheap... lawyers are 10 a penny really, millions of them around. If they go pleading to India for them to fix this it will cost them a quarter of a million to get a quote, they will pay through the nose and it wont get delivered anyway (see the NHS computer system for a UK government all time fuck up of biblical proportions.... one they still learnt the square root of fuck all from as they still use the same bloody French consultancy and the same bloody model... those in charge in the UK civil service are a bunch of anti British fuckwits who should all be hung drawn and quartered).

You are needed, you can, and should, charge a bloody fortune, no more than that, enough that it hurts them right to the very core.

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Re: Solving the wrong problem...

Data migration isnt a problem... you just spit it out and read it in... not rocket science even if you have to write a bit of code. Even if you find there is an endian difference its not difficult to fix.

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Re: Solving the wrong problem...

Everything in processors memory or disk cache... of yes, the wonderful reason a 'modern' operating system takes two hours to start up and 3 to shut down, loading the world and its friends into cache.

No, you just need to write it so you do the slow operations once, you dont waste time loading 65,000 colour icons for everything 20 times and recalculating the edge of a display window and what of the background no one gives a fig about you have to reload into the display memory. FFKS todays huge processor machines run like crippled slugs becuase of the stupidity of the idiots who program the operating systems and applications.

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