* Posts by Dave 15

2150 posts • joined 14 Jun 2010

US, Europe formally blame Russia for data wiper attacks against Ukraine, Viasat

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shock eh

Then of course there are russian 'members of parliament' (or put another way paid sham merchants) who have stated publicly on video that Ukraine should cease to exist, Ukrainians should cease to exist and it should be expunged from history (I guess including the part where russia tried to starve the entire population to death after ww2)

Having been banned from linked in and quora for pointing this out and even for them pointing to the video on youtube I wonder how long before I am banned here.

Skills shortage puts SAP projects on hold

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Re: Skills shortage

Not immediately of course but yes, if everyone was paid a decent salary then more people would look to their future at school and study science, engineering and IT and be available for companies to provide specific experience and training in their requirements.

As it is you can take on 40 or 50k of debt to get yourself through university to be faced with job offers of 20 to 25k, what the hell is the point? I can save myself the grief and just operate checkouts for Tesco.

Or maybe I can get my tits out for the sun, or online, unwrap chinese plastic kids toys, kick a round ball around or pretend I can act and get millions! The truth is we are where we are for three reasons:

a) As a country we dont and havent for decades valued engineers, though it is engineers that provide us with the tools we use every day like mobile phones and cars.

b) As a country we put far too much money into housing and a pitiful amount into any form of development whether thats people, machinery or just products.

c) We reward the wrong things... as listed above but also politicians and the like

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Re: Skills shortage

It is not just IT it is ALL British 'industry'... no idea how to run a piss up in a brewery but they know how to take a huge bonus at the top each year until the company is shafted then they just move to another with their mates.

It has been like this for decades.

Its like the bleating about lorry drivers... you have not trained, you have used the cheapest you can find, now they arent available you are fucked... well, couldnt you have looked into your magic crystal ball, or read the paper and understood bringing in people from Poland might get harder in the near future?

Its not even as if IT has difficult exams to pass, just bring some decent engineers in and accept it will take them a bit of time to get the domain knowledge but that they will.

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a) Train some non sap people in sap? You know that good old fashioned thing

b) Take some non sap but decent engineers, they will learn it pdq anyway

c) Pay a bit more to encourage people to think... mmm, maybe I can train myself a bit and apply

d) All of the above.

Whining doesnt help, you actually have to do something!

European Union takes China to WTO over smartphone patents

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Re: Tit for tat.

What IP? They seem to just copy.

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China has long been known for this.

If companies continue to outsource manufacturing to China then they should be banned from sale in EU (and UK though now obviously different). Companies (everyone it seems from car manufacturers, electric vehicle people through to toy train manufactures) have all moved to China because it is perceived as cheap (cheap energy, cheap labour, cheap capital) but in doing so they lose control of a lot. They should ALSO lose any support at 'home', they should lose access to markets at home as well. You dont make it here you cant sell it here should just be a simple factual statement. China makes it so why cant we

Nokia Bell Labs gets funding to cool down data centres

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district heating?

How many megawatts of energy are being wasted here? Surely we can use it to heat homes, or factories, or any number of things

Google's Chrome OS Flex could revive old PCs, Macs

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Got to be good

Mind, I upgraded my old windows machines to linux last year, great success, they all now work!

Need to upgrade my wifes old window laptop as well... Microsoft inflicted an update on it and now it takes at least 20 minutes to boot and another 30 to load youtube... the only use for it anyway given that it only has 32gm ram.

I will upgrade that to mint and it will suddenly become useful as a computer, not the doorstop Microsofts updates made it.

Time for Microsoft to quite the PC software space as they have clearly lost the plot.

When I used to work for them they actually used their own shit... I guess they dont any more.

English county council blasted for 'inept project management' in delayed SAP replacement

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inept county council... what a shock

Bet the supplier isnt even a UK based one

If the supplier has agreed to produce functionality A by time B and failed why the hell is extra money being paid? The council should (if the contract was properly negotiated) be getting a compensation payment. If the council cant make up its mind about functionality then it is reasonable to accept an increased cost for your lack of clarity but again that is piss poor management starting with clearly failing to get the requirements right.

If this is a t&m contract then again we are in the realms of what richard cranium at the council thought this was ok?

Facebook fined peanuts after Giphy staff quit and firm didn't tell UK competition regulators

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For a while we did

Then the rich got upset sotheir lackies changed it back again. I wonder when the UK will be the Republic of the UK Queenie knights the liar blair then want Barker howls to be on the throne with the non entity Charles,still unanswered questions about Dianne

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Re: Surely we need a "totting up" system for corporate scofflaws

We are pussy footing round the yanks again. They finebp billions for some yank corporations fuck up and we find them a few pennies to avoid offending them. I would block them and fine them their annual turnover for a first offence, a second offence would be permanently blocked and their last 10 years turnover

This is going well: Meta adds anti-grope buffer zone around metaverse VR avatars

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Yes, would love that s a day rate, even bankers don't get that, how many of those heads were Bangalore engineers not paid that much a year, someone making a killing

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Russia's naval exercise near Ireland unlikely to involve cable-tapping shenanigans

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Check out

Check out on youtube the interview by NBC of Putin, the interviewer way out of his depth, also look into John Mearsheimer (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrMiSQAGOS4) and Potsnam (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X7Ng75e5gQ) all of which give a somewhat different slant on what is happening. Basically it appears the USA has been throwing its weight around, breaking promises and keeping quiet about a lot that is wrong on its side. For example how well has it published exercises taking place in Alaska, right on the Russian border? What about the USA behaviour when a country (Cuba) wanted some Russian presence on ts soil? Compare that with the current state when the USA wants an excuse to put troops and missiles actually on the border of Russia. What would the USA do if Canada or Mexico formed a military alliance with Russia? Or even Brazil?

Brocade wrongly sacked award-winning salesman who depended on company insurance for cancer treatment

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Re: A timely reminder

What privatization? It has not happened despite decades of bleating it might, in fact now we are out of the EU it is actually less likely to happen, the EU were looking at forcing privatization of health (health insurance is private in Germany for example) and if they had done one of their infamous directives the civil servants would have immediately started looking for whichever US based health company gave them the best back pocket returns

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Broadcoms UK HR dept.

This group leaves a lot to be desired, not the first people to be made redundant and then have their termination terms changed as they were illegally selected

UK think tank proposes Online Safety Bill reviewer to keep tabs on Ofcom decisions

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Lets stop messing around shall we?

Every person must have a government approved and employed political commissar sitting on their shoulder at ALL times (awake, asleep, on the loo, having sex, where ever and when ever) to ensure they do not say or do anything that isnt government approved. Any misbehaviour will first result in a severe beating followed by a long period in room 101 to adjust back to behaving.

The government will control all sources of information - news, internet, and even speech - to ensure you get only he information that is government approved as correct.

Waymo sues California's DMV to block autonomous car crash data from publication

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What they really mean

Is that there have been a number of accidents created by badly written and designed systems at least as embarrassing as the mess Tesla is using and they dont want the humiliation to be out there

US Navy in mad dash to salvage F-35C that fell off a carrier into South China Sea

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The Saab is a good jet, the sukov is a match for the f35 and you get a 3 for the price of 1. The Brits are finally growing some balls and going back into plane making, the tsrw of the 1950s would outclass the f35 in every way except it didn't crash. The Harrier didn't lose any operational time nor were any shot down in the Falklands. The yanks never could make a plane, even the Mustang needed a British engine to make it any good

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Why not

Why not build fighter jets that fly? The Harrier is a good one.

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel green-lights Mike Lynch's extradition to US to face Autonomy fraud charges

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Even if he is as guilty as hell..

We should stop sending people to the yanks, they have no idea of justice and their citizens are allowed to slaughter people on our roads and run away to avoid justice here. So what if a few yanks lost some cash, it was stolen from the British empire in the last two wars anyway. Stop thinking the yanks are our friends, look at steel tariffs, look at the way they refused to share the nnuclear stuff with the people that helped them create it, look at the IRA, Suez and all the rest, the yanks hate us except when they need our help to spread their poison around the world

Crack team of boffins hash out how e-scooters should sound – but they need your help*

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Re: Route Master

That will be very difficult, the Routemaster was an AEC bus not Leyland, it is also brilliant Nd much missed, curse the bonehead Labour mayor who replaced them with inflammable mercedes bendy buses that didn't fit but furnished him with a personal backhander

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Obviously should be ride of the valkyries

How did no one think of this? However with people afraid of their own shadow and governments full of bullshit bring in pointless laws to restrict every facet we make in order to get backhanders from companies that benefit from the rules these scooters are going to be stifled, leaving people using cars for short journeys

You're fabbing it wrong: Chip shortages due to lack of investment in the right factories, says IDC

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The UK is failing

We have people that design chips the world uses then we outsource making them. How totally stupid. We rely on chips in everything so it is a strategic blunder to outsource, same as it is a strategic blunder not to be able to produce steel, aluminium, nylon and all manner of other useful materials on UK soil. That we dont have to would be a relief, but that we cant is a danger.

UK government responds to post-Brexit concerns and of course it's all the fault of those pesky EU negotiators

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Re: .....but in the "sunny uplands" this sort of c**k up never happens, does it?

Of course they lied, just like the remainers did (in the 1970s as well). The 350 million is probably around somewhere but try finding that in the morass of crap that is our government finances. The frictionless trade seems to be one way (them to us) not helped of course by the fact that no one in whitehall seems to have a clue about designing a website.... use their cock up to tell me what form I need to export cheese and I will mark you as a total genius.

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Re: .....but in the "sunny uplands" this sort of c**k up never happens, does it?

yup, but after we all gave all our money to the USA we dont have any to spend on having a nice war any more.

Although the Balkans had a good go didnt they? Seems that there have been quite a few squabbles around Russia as well... and a new one about to start (though I did see a really good video where a USA university of Chicago professor very neatly showed why the USA is to blame for that as well.

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The idiots in charge our side should be shot

I mean, the civil service negotiated what has to be the worst deal ever, we seem to be paying a thumping great bill and getting sod all back.

The civil service are also responsible for the farce that serves as a web crap pile (sorry, web page) apparently telling people what form to fill in to export goods to the EU, I know there are some total genius people reading this, perhaps they an use the website to tell me what form is needed to export a lump of cheese?

Court papers indicate text messages from HMRC's 60886 number could snoop on Brit taxpayers' locations

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Re: The irony… HMRC using a company owned in a tax haven

Yup, no wonder the government are screwing us all with yet another tax rise, they call it national insurance but it goes from my pay packet so it is income tax...

I dont think the government needs all these tax types and tax agents, a single flat tax is all we need, and a single flat benefit to stop people starving to death (though to be honest given inflation in prices and deflation in the wages of 99.99% I am pretty sure we are going to see that soon)

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Big Brother is watching you

As long as you are poor enough not to have fancy accountants and lawyers HMRC wants to know exactly where you are so they can come round and ream you.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines

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Last update wrecked so much

I am down to one windows machine largely because it's so fatally wounded by the last update it's now in use as a door wedge. Others were converted to Linux of different flavours so they work

Rolls-Royce consortium shopping for factory sites to build mini-nuclear reactors

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Re: Money for old rope

Because we don't design and build we just ask foreigners to do it. Those cheap and nasty Chinese toys that break as you unpack them... What makes you think a Chinese reactor or reactor component would be any better? Substandard crud

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Re: SMRs are expected to produce 300MWe per unit.

Given how damned cold my feat are right now i would host one at home. Of course the next question has to be when we will build aircraft carriers and frigates round one

European silicon output shrinking, metal smelters closing as electricity prices quadruple, trade body warns

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Re: Market Control Plus Scarcity Means Huge Profits

Even worse when the retailer and producer are owned by the same as is the case for most in the UK. The wgole thing like privatisation of social housing, trains and water was to make the rich immensely richer and the rest of us poorer

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Re: Not only that

The truth i it is better under no one's thumb.

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Re: The North African

Yes, unfortunately the electrical connection was too expensive. However that solar power could be used to make liquid and gas fuels from the atmosphere or seawater (fuel from air exists and is being used, fuel from seawater is proven and being researched by the US navy to fuel it's aircraft) this solution could be piped (easier than russian gas) and would allow Europe to be carbon neutral for transport without paying for millions of charge point and new cars

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Re: turning off nukes

Merkal wanted to make Germany dependent on the east and Russia in particular so they would never be in a position to stop Russia retaking the eastern block. She succeeded

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Stop the stupid green crap then

Look, even if you accept global warming is a real issue the unrestricted breeding and the continued coal use by China and others mean there is no point in destroying our industries especially when it looks increasingly like we will need them for war

BOFH: What a beautiful classic car. Shame if anything were to happen to it

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Austin Cambridge

Lovely cars, would have had a dynamo though. Only ever had one car short-circuit and that was my own fault for having wired the radio in without having bolted it properly in place...

Mind at least the Cambridge probably had negative earth making fitting radios easier than in my older less rusty positive earth Morris cars

Big shock: Guy who fled political violence and became rich in tech now struggles to care about political violence

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Re: Doh!

Not when bone headed employers still insist you attend their climate wrecking office... how else do you feed yourself?

Of course the simple replacing of fossil fuels with artificial fuels generated using the CO2 in the environment would mean we can become carbon neutral without the costs and problems of replacing everything But hey ho, doesnt seem that the environmental lobby are blessed with any brains either

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Re: The land of the "free"

Made in China just means it will break tomorrow and your bargain becomes landfill.

But you are right, no one cares and people keep doing it.

Try finding a headset for your phone or computer thats not made in China... not a chance

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Re: The land of the "free"

Too much greed.

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why was he blasted, no one does care

Or at least an insignificant number of people profess to care.

Ask how many companies are still moving their production and even R&D to China regardless of these stories, despite the production being shite and just for profits

Ask how many people are still buying products from companies that are making second rate crap in China instead of products made by people who give a fig in countries where they dont bollox the environment and use slaves

The fact is sadly people dont care, we have been conditioned to not care, too many people buying crap products from crap companies again and again and again, often because there is no longer an alternative because every company has moved their stuff to China regardless of what they do,

Tesla driver charged with vehicular manslaughter after deadly Autopilot crash

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Re: Who's Driving The Car?

Not true, tesla didnt sell him a cruise control button they sold him full self driving, they have crowed about it and how it will save lives and drive the car for you so it is reasonable to argue that you were NOT driving the car, the expensive self driving software was driving the car, thats what it was advertised as doing

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Re: Who's Driving The Car?

with standard cruise control yes, cruise control just holds the speed and that is well known and has been around for several decades. Supposedly adaptive cruise control that they now have on lorries and maybe some cars is supposed to be able to latch onto and follow a vehicle in front.

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Re: It would make Musk even more of a liar

Have you ever read every page of your drivers handbook?

Hands up anyone who has.

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Re: <auto> from Greek autos, reflexive pronoun, "self, same" ...

Not thinking in the conventional sense for sure, but they can and do their jobs. Teslas fsd/autopilot/expensive con doesnt, its a crock of shite.

I can sell you an autopilot attachment for your car, you strap it to your steering wheel and it will drive the car for you, merely 2000 dollars... (not a bad price for an empty plastic box)

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Teslas should be removed from the road and this abortion of a piece of marketing crap removed from them all. Tesla should never ever ever be allowed to market 'FSD' or 'auto pilot' or any other version of this until they can prove without doubt that their software actually can drive a car. They wont be able to and so we hit the end of the stupidity immediately.

If I tell you that the box I sell you will tell you about police speed cameras you dont expect to get a speeding ticket because it didnt. or let me ask, do you... you seem to expect a driver sold a full self driving software package at great expense to himself to not expect it to work and he should be charged for expecting the product to work as advertised. If you really think it is ok I have a cardboard box here I will paint with a log and you can give me 100 bucks and stick it to your dashboard where I promise (wink wink) that it will warn you of any police speed traps.

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I wonder if we could claim that anyone paying the money for 'fsd' is ignoring prudent behaviour and is therefore stupid enough to be removed from the highways as a safety measure for others

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its designed to make sure it damages the car enough to make a large profit on spare parts.

cynic? not me

going straight to abs means leaving it too late, ice or snow and crash. oops

once again inadequate sensors and far from adequate thinking on the software part

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I will stick with my dumb cars. I dont like these ideas of some computer boffin screwing up software and landing me in a ditch, I am capable of avoiding the ditch a good deal of the time (touch wood) and dont need some badly thought through design by a wet behind the ears 12 year old dumping me in a ditch because they didnt think of something or other.

My strong preference is for a Morris Minor or Vauxhall Vva HA neither of those feature ANY silicon chip and neither have any motors to twitch my steering wheel, they have hydrailic fluid from my brake pedal to the wheel cylinders and cables if the fluid leaks. Both have circuit diagrams that are readable when printed on A5, just the way I like my cars.


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