* Posts by Just An Engineer

70 posts • joined 4 Nov 2010


Leaving Las Vegas... for good? IT industry conference circuit won't look the same on other side of COVID-19 pandemic

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Back in the day there was the "EMC Technical Symposium" which was geared to the technologist. You could get hands on with the products get training and make contacts on the tech side. At some point around 2005, it became EMC World, which was that taken over by the Marketing Droids. Nothing useful ever came and I stopped attending.

If you want the real story talk to the tech folks, you want B**L S**t talk to the marketing and sales droids.

Yelp finally gets its chance to tell US Congress how Google screws its listings service every minute of every day

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Re: Google Fu required

Damn, I miss Alta Vista..

Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump

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Re: To be honest ...

You really should stop watching Faux News. These are all talking points presented by the entertainment division of that lofty and august network.

Unfortunately you are wrong. The Presidents "legal" team is not a relevant partner in these proceedings. The opposition party was in the room at all times, and had an equal amount of time to question the witnesses. This was not a Court of Law it was an Impeachment Inquiry.

If the president Cheeto wanted equal time he should have allow the witnesses that were called to testify.But as that would have been under oath, they would not want to run the risk of perjury, so they would have had to tell the truth. Based on the evidence presented, even the shame the Senate perpetrated would have been difficult to pull off.

Since the FCC won't act, Congress finally moves on robocalls by passing half-decent TRACED Act

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Re: Reboot

There are currently 250 bills passed by the House sitting on the, or under the desk of the Senate President. So i guess the house has been busy over the last 10 months.

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Re: Color me skeptical

But until they actually include the Politicians, in this robo-call ban, then it will make a difference.

Between my mobile and landline, i get as many as 5 a day, and during the high campaign season, there are as many as 10 a day. I live in a small state where the "first in the nation Primary" is held.

I cannot wait until the first of the year when and sitting quietly at home the land line will ring every few minutes until 9:00 PM, i just wait for my caller ID to tell me it is an unknown number, and then ignore it. I usually have to turn off the ringer and let CID tell me I have a call.

Steve Bannon-backed flick attempts to expose evil lurking at heart of Huawei *cough* Huaxing

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Re: One America News Network

Currently only available on systems with access to ~10 percent of cable connected homes, not sure if available via satellite.

But it is a pay channel, and only the most die hard Trumpettes or Breitbart devotees would watch it and they probably can't afford the price.

They are mostly sustained by throwing out the most vile conspiracy theory's they can. But they do have a "reporter" with White House credentials.

Getronics CEO on HMRC winding-up petition: An 'embarrassing' blip with cash in the wrong places

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Wondering why most companies

... don't pay their sales droids on gross margin instead of revenue.

i have been with sales that essentially give the product away at cost or less to the company, but still made the commission on the revenue.

selling at a loss and then expecting full commission is just wrong. I have had this discussion before, but they usually say "well that is how everyone does it". Just because everyone is jumping off the building does not mean we should as well.

If you gave them 33 % of the GM the corp makes money and the droids will do quite well.

US regulators push back against White House plan to police social media censorship

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He may want to be careful what he wishes for

Since the Twitter in chief is the biggest purveyor of lies and misleading crap on his feed, he should have been banned a long time ago.

He is always insulting, misleading or just plain lying about his rivals and calls them out by name. I thought this was contrary to the T&C / rules of engagement of Twitter. It would have gotten many people banned for less.

Equifax to world+dog: If we give you this $700m, can you pleeeeease stop suing us about that mega-hack thing?

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Re: Passing the loss to the shareholders is fine

It was legal until the Enron. WorldCom, Lucent fiascoes.

The law was changed after all of the value of these companies was essentially zero'd out, by mismanagement and fraud.

There was a time when 401K plans could be directed to company stock, and a second option was a guaranteed interest fund. Since there is no return on the GI fund, everything was "forced" into company stock.

Now they are no longer allowed this option, but you can have, I believe, up to 15% of your 401K invested in company stock, but it is the employees option, and cannot be decreed by the company.

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Re: Settlement is BS

Nope, in about half the States they are appointed by the Governor. But still politicians...

The Empire Strikes Back: Trump discovers $10bn JEDI cloud deal may go to nemesis Jeff Bezos, demands probe

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Re: Here is a first

“I suppose the Republicans' mistake was to write letters. They should have gone on Twitter.

Still it is an odd way to run a country.”


Anyone else find it weird that the bloke tasked with probing tech giants for antitrust abuses used to, um, work for the same tech giants?

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Re: I'm shocked, shocked, that gambling is going on in this establishment!

Organised crime is jealous for a reason. Largely because they are labelled as criminals whereas the politicians and their appointed flunkys are not.


Do Not Track is back in the US Senate. And this time it means business. As in, fining businesses that stalk you online

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Re: Bad comparison

"promises to be "similar to the national 'Do Not Call' list," "

"Considering that the Do Not Call list isn't effective at all and mostly ignored,"


Banhammer Republic: Trump declares national emergency, starts ball rolling to boot Huawei out of ALL US networks

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The People at the Wharton School and all of the alumni, must really be cringing on this Dim Wits really solid grasp of Economic Principles.

The biggest uptick in demand for software devs by bosses is for... *rubs eyes* blockchain engineers?!?

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Re: Blockchain

Could also be called a Management Chain..

WeWork restructuring bites El Reg hacks where it hurts as afternoon brew delayed

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Pot Plants?

" artfully lit and adorned with pot plants, brick walls,"

Having this benefit alone would make not having Mugs agreeable.

US prosecutors: Hey, you know how we said 'net gambling was OK? LMAO, we were wrong

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Considering this DOJ, I would assume the Giant Orange Pillock will be trying to get back into the Casino business, in the not too distant future, and wanted NO additional competition. Either on-shore or Off.

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues

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Re: I think the real problem is...

You beat me to it.

Notice it doesn't ask, "what if it screws up N% of the time?" or "what if it wrongly identifies you?" or "would you support strict limits if facial rec. wrongly identified and caused X people per day to be detained for Y minutes/hours?" and "what if one of those wrongly identified and detained caused a delay to your flight?"

They did not ask as they know the results, if it becomes personal, then no one would want it around. if it caused them to miss a flight to see the grand kids they would be right pissed.

I have always had a healthy skepticism of the accuracy of "online" polls. Since most of us just ignore them and only those with nothing better to do will fill them out. But I am SURE it must be reflected in the margin of error.

Hubble 'scope camera breaks down amid US govt shutdown, forcing boffins to fix it for free

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

I think you meant G.W. Bush shut it down. Started the shut down in 2004.

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Re: How many Shuttles could have been kept operative..

To keep him at his word, 1956 Miles x 23 million = ~ 45 billion. Granted there are rivers and natural barriers, but he did say a wall from sea to shining sea.

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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Re: Tax allowance for costs is a grace

"Now they're making money, as the shareholders insisted on some return on their equity"

I might just be me, but if stock purchased prior to 2006 for around $5.00 per, or even in 2016 when it priced out at ~$300.00 and today it is $1650.00 per share, I think they have gotten more then a fair return on equity.

Shareholders have not asked for profitability only share price appreciation.

Gartner to wearables biz: Through failure comes success!

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The 2018 Ig Nobel Prize Winner

NUTRITION PRIZE [ZIMBABWE, TANZANIA, UK] — James Cole, for calculating that the caloric intake from a human-cannibalism diet is significantly lower than the caloric intake from most other traditional meat diets.

REFERENCE: "Assessing the Calorific Significance of Episodes of Human Cannibalism in the Paleolithic," James Cole, Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 44707, April 7, 2017.


Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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I think Caddy Shack 2 should get a reboot. The Original was so bad a reboot could not help but improve it.

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: .cobol

"when the boss comes in at 5:30 in the evening and says he has a presentation at 10am at CeBIT the next day and needs 40 slides..."

There are 4 little words that come to mind when this happens to me. "sucks to be you".

Or conversely "it's really going to be a log night for you, boss."

Usually when this happens the "Boss" has known about it for 3 to 4 weeks, then the Oh Shite moment happens and remembers the night before. Usually when his boss asks if he is ready for tomorrow...

Abracadabra! Tales of unexpected sysadmagic and dabbling in dark arts

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Re: Case sensor

In the WAAYYY back in the day, you did the same with the Sparc IPXs and IPCs. If for some reason the system was shutdown over a weekend, you did not hit it with a mallet, you dropped it on the desk.

It seems the lubricant used on the drive spindle would congeal when it cooled off, specially if the system was a couple years old, so a good slam on the desk top while powered on would crack it free and it would boot up nicely.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Karma can be tough

Working for a large Financial Services firm via a well known Professional Services firm in the early 2000's. My jobs was to keep the Solaris systems running and ensuring the replication to the DR center was running and up to date, with limited back log.

Since I was a contractor and being paid by the hour, I did not care if I had to go to the Office once every 6 months, so the DR could be tested on a Saturday.

For the next 14 months This was done and duly documented. Then the S&%T hit the fan. There was a new Service Delivery Manager put in place, who frankly did not know his Arse from a hole in the ground, and he wanted his "own" people on the contract.

Since my contract only had another month to run I was shown the door at the end. He was "smart" enough to wait until after the bi-annual test. Test went smoothly and everyone was happy.

Then a mere 6 weeks after I was shunted out the door, a real disaster occurred. Apparently a contractor managed to dig up the networking cable to the building where the DC was located, and they assumed the fail over would occur automagically. It didn't since the clustering SW in use at the time did not have the intelligence to perform that act.

So my phone rings on a Wednesday night and it is the new SDM, and he is begging me to drive into the city and help restore the services. I politely decline the offer. My replacement was supposed to be fully certified in this particular SW and should have been a no brainer. Turns out that was BS as well (no one ever checked the certifications).

Since I had already accepted a new position and was awaiting my start date, and since I had tee times for the rest of the week I felt absolutely no guilt watching from afar the CF that was this disaster.

Hooo boy, Commvault, your activist investor is not a happy chappy

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Dear Elliot Mis-Mangelment



Commvault Management

HPE HQ to leave Palo Alto birthplace as it 'consolidates' offices

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Dear Mug

"no one dares tell you the clothes you wear are invisible."

Now I will have that visual in my head for the rest of the day, Thanks A Lot...

Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: Rudd

that would be something like Amber Rudd Raxacoricofallapato.

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

You had me right up until you mentioned Agile...

Tech can do a lot, Prime Minister, but it can't save the NHS

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Re: What will this country do once everything has been outsourced?

We don't want them, we have enough dysfunctional Pols of our own..

A Beer because that will be the only thing left.

US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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Hmmm, well. Either it will become:

Actually not surprising at all.

They only want to inconvenience "them Forinars". We cannot be inconveniencing the locals, you know the folks that pray at the alter of the Great Orange One. Of course because it kills the tourist trade, they also do not care since it will keep them "Forinars" out of "our" country. Yep Making Amerika Great Agin....

But you also miss the real reason: It becomes a money making scheme for the airlines. T

Use this as a way to rent device to the parents of fidgety kids o long and short haul flights. Those who really need to have something can rent the "approved" tablets to watch the airlines entertainment offerings. Win Win for the airlines.

So the evil overlords get something out of it, and they do not care since they fly private anyways.

Wow, someone managed to make money on Fitbit stock – oh, 'fraudulently'

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Actually it is called the Death Penalty. They can be shut down. It never happens but it can.

Also in the Good Ole US of A corporations have all the same rights and "privilages" and a real person. At least according the the SCOTUS. But they also have legal protections. Don't Get Me Started....

Need one of these now.

IBM's pension fund sells most of its IBM shares

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Re: Fiduciary responsibilities and all

That is why over here they changed the laws after Enron. Firstly 410K plans in many cases gave just 2 options, Company Stock or a guaranteed interest account. So you know where the "growth" was, and most people chose the company stock. The collapse of Enron and other companies around that time, Lucent Technologies and MCI WorldCom, come quickly to mind, made this change imperative. Only a certain percentage of a pension fund can be company stock, and it is a very low percentage. Also the company can no longer dictate that the 401K must be in one or the other, GI or Company Stock.

IBM: Remote working is great! ... For everyone except us

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Re: Is it just me, or is this "retro" trend appearing in workplaces ?

Plus the bodies are not there to Hail Caesar, to massage the Managers Ego. So since this type kind of manager requires this daily, then the home worker is automatically redundant since they are not hear to kiss their @$$. In this case it will also restrict the chances of career advancement, since you were not there to learn to art of @$$ kissing.

IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs

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Ask Watson

I wonder if they have ever asked Watson to drill down into their "BIG data" and find a new business model that works. Unlike the last 8 or 10.

I think they know better then to try that, I can see it now.

Ginni: Hello Watson.

Watson: Hello Boss.

Ginni: Watson, Can you root around in our BIG data and see if there is anything salvageable and then develop a business plan to match?

Watson: Of course Watson Can.

Ginni: How long will this take?

Watson estimates the time till Hell Freezes Over to be 1.6 million years.

'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Re: At the risk of sounding controversial...

"On a personal and moral level it may be dubious, but companies aren't people." Actually in the US according to the SCOTUS they are people.

Dell EMC lifts the post-acquisition axe, swings

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Re: Hopefully...

Agreed since that is where the cuts I know of have taken place.

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: "While streamlining is never our first alternative, and we strive to minimize it as course of action, in a merger of this size it is necessary given some overlap in functions."

I call BS. Overlap in functions are not design, development and engineering. That would be the marketing droids, and HR functions that are an "oeverlap in functions". Engineering no so much.

They are eliminating folks from the higher paid locations, and will more then likely just keep everything in business friendly, (read Cheaper) Texas.

At least there are jobs available in the Ma, and Ca areas for those affected.

A vintage year for snoopers and big state-ists

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" CEO Ginni Rometty, meanwhile, wrote to the President-elect explaining how she, for one, welcomes the US’s new orange overlord, and reminding him how as the chief of a large technology company she could be helpful in rounding up others to make America great again."

Now this was nearly "laugh out loud funny", since this company has done all to can to make America the land of the H1Bs and outsourced native workers.

Since the overall US head count is down about 70 percent over the last 10 years, but world wide headcount has remained pretty steady, I would guess they can certainly "MAGA", in the image of the Orange Man.

Facebook hires Hillary Clinton to lead assault on fake news*

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Re: Sharing is not Believing

You also forget that Darwinism has been put on hold by the Nanny state. Which means there are millions out there with their uneducated preconceived notions, that believe these to be absolutely true. If the evolution of the human race had not been put on hold for the last 30 years, this may not be the case. The "weakest" or "weakest minded" among us would have been eliminated from the gene pool years ago.

And if you doubt what I say about Millions. How do you explain the ~63 Million who voted for Trump. I could excuse about half that number, but not all of it.

Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: "Lukewarm Lemmings and the Lysenko Larceny" at FauxScienceSlayer

"Only those who are profoundly ignorant, ill-educated, ill-informed or who in the pay of oil and coal companies deny the reality of climate change."

You just described 40 percent of the American population, and I am not sure it might be higher. At least if describes the 25 percent of the population which showed up and voted for the man of Orange.

Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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In this part of the world...

they ask you on the application if "you have even been convicted of a felony" if you answer yes then the little box asks for details. If you answer no then move on.

The last question on the app is usually "do you attest to the accuracy of the statements above", if you answer yes, then move on.

However, by not disclosing you had a conviction, you have essentially lied on the application, and this in and of itself is enough to get you fired, or not hired at all , depending when it was caught.

Not sure the rest of the world has the same type of system.

KCL staff offered emotional support, clergy chat to help get over data loss

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Re: Get the IT head's head on a stick.

"It's too bad they got rid of all the old punishments", otherwise impalement might be an option for complete incompetence.

Trumped? Nope. Ireland to retain corporate tax advantage over the US

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Re: Yeah Donald, you punish those coastal elites

trickle down yes, and not to forget teh elimination of the Estate Tax, that only him and his rich buddies have to pay. If eliminated as he wants, it would save the Trump Spawn 4 Billion if his self stated worth is correct.

Computer forensics defuses FBI's Clinton email 'bombshell'

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Re: What's truly important here...

Actually I see an independent investigation into the leaks from the FBI, and many career officers being shown the door with extreme prejudice.

Dum dum dum - another cloud bites the dust (Adobe's photo cloud)

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It is the 1st rule if IT, but IT does not control the Bean Counters and they want you out at the first opportunity, in order to "reduce the cost of IT". Since most of these fools still see IT as a cost center and not the keeper of the family jewels.

ICANN taking over the 'net from Uncle Sam? Ted Cruz to the rescue!

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Lack of Intelligence

How can you tell it was written by the Staff of one of these fools? Someone actually knew what the root zone file was and how it was spelled. You knew these 4 ID10Ts didn't.

Email reply-all cat-nado drenches Cisco inboxes with pics, memes

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Re: Usually

It is even funnier when they hit reply all and tell everyone "do not reply all".

Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) IS THE PROBLEM!

That is how it is already done. You work for XYZ corp, and you invent something, the corp usually has the ownership of the patent, you register it in your name but the patent is assigned to, and all resulting possible revenue belongs to the corporation.



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