* Posts by LHGFLICOD

38 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Dec 2010

Gov flings £10m to help businesses get Brexit-ready with, um... information packs


Re: Govt. Leaflets...

until about a week ago the government didn't know how EORI numbers work. for example.

If you export to France you need and EORI number, so does the business receiving the goods on the other end, if your moving stuff between bits of your own company you need a GB and a French EORI number.

then you need to either understand the whole customs process of find a customs agent to manage it for you who can take on your business.

For a lot of small businesses its not going to be worth preparing for this if you only send goods to other EU countries.

If you sell services cross border your screwed.

ATM fees shake-up may push Britain towards cashless society


Re: own bags? My experience...

Or commit carrot fraud.

Dark times for OmniOS – an Oracle-free open-source Solaris project


Re: getting old I suppose.

No one who uses a fire control system or radar or who relies on one to keep them alive wants one written in Javascript. The moron who makes the decision on what to commission/purchase may not know the difference.

Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system


Re: Lots of assumptions that we will even get WTO membership

The UK already a WTO member see https://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/countries_e/united_kingdom_e.htm

So at least that's one thing less for or genius leaders to sort out.

You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg


Accuracy will be no defense.

The way the Law is worded all costs are paid by the newspaper/website regardless of the outcome/merit of the case. Given that UK Libel law is already so bad many countries refuse to help enforce any penalties awarded this is not a good thing.

So say a newspaper uncovers something the size of the expenses scandal and attempts to publish it, then they could be sued by hundreds of members or parliament and regardless of outcome be on the hook for the lawyers fees. Under those circumstances I suspect no one would be using a cheap lawyer to sue either.

Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister


Re: Thursday's explosive anti-Brexit judgment

"It seems to be shaping up to be a total disappointment for everyone, regardless of how they voted."

Democracy working as intended, as long as everyone is unhappy its probably all working correctly.

Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert


Problem is.

Free movement of people:-

I am biased as during the great financial crisis of 2008 I found myself with no contract and almost no new contracts coming up in the UK.Got a call about a role in Amsterdam on a Monday, phone interview on the Tuesday flew out for a face to face interview on the Thursday and started work the Monday following. All nice and easy, with no freedom of movement I would have been stuffed.


Are not the worst hing in the world, the thing is we also have a customs union this is why we can't currently have a free trade agreement with countries outside the EU. A simple example is garlic, Garlic from outside the EU is subject to a 9.6% import duty, so if I import garlic into the UK I can export it to the rest of the EU with a minimal amount of paperwork. Norway has a free trade deal with the EU, however its import duty for garlic is 0% so if you want to export garlic from Norway to the EU there is far more paperwork involved as the duty depends on where the garlic originated. If you grow garlic for export the duty is 0% if you import form outside the EU and reexport then the duty is 9.6%.

Generally I will be okay as either it will all be great beer will be a pound a pint and everyone will own a British made car. Or it will go to shit at which point I will hopefully have finished my Master degree so will qualifier for either an EU blue Card/Emigration to New Zealand/Australia/Canada.

Oracle takes aim at AWS with cheap, fast public and hybrid cloud


$175 a month Exadata Cloud service

175 dollars gets you a single 5GB schema in a multi tenant database.

An exadata quarter rack is 40-80k per month.

Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back


Round here.

Agile seems to be interpreted as waterfall without the testing...

Oracle kicks Amazon after Glacier download bill shock


Re: "forget about the maths"

But Oracle Licensing is simple...

They send round some large men and shake your company until all the money has fallen out.

India launches hypersonic space shuttle precursor


Aid money is a way to ensure we have access to local markets, it may be called something else but aid/development funds sounds better

Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane


Re: WiFi routers are an ideal local advertising tool.

I think my favorite has to be

"Its not chicken you know"

A WiFi hotspot near a certain fast food franchise.

Cinema boss gives up making kids turn off phones: 'That's not how they live their life'


this problem has already been solved.


British booter bandit walks free after pleading guilty to malware sales


An odd thought...

Why does the headline contain the value of his parents house? I wonder if its possibly to scrape the headlines from the daily mail and see if there is a correlation between the value of a house and the types of crime committed by the occupant (and reported by the mail)

Behold, Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – and a firm screw-you to Oracle


Re: Too louses

Listen you, stop confusing the issue with facts and logic we want none of those new dangerous concepts around here thank you very much.

As a somewhat angry DBA my recommendation often depends on the skill of the development team, developers who engage and speak to us pretty much get to run what they want (hence we have stuff running on postgres and MongoDB). Idiots get either Microsoft SQL Server or Oracle as we end up needing the recovery tools and/or performance diagnostic tools.

Whew! How to tell if a DevOps biz is peddling a load of manure


Washed Up DBA

I am making a good living cleaning up after badly DevOpsified stuff, much like agile its not some kind of magical unicorn tears that you sprinkle around and everything works.

Currently I see a lot of the following:-

Agile = Waterfall without the testing.

DevOps = Writing puppet modules that only sort of work then finishing the configuration by hand.

Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine


Re: Alternate and Traditional Medicine

Problem with citing a single study is there is usually an equal and opposite study, looking just at Glucosamine sulfate the full text of the study referenced is available here as a pdf here http://www.oarsijournal.com/article/S1063-4584%2805%2980007-X/pdf a brief look suggests it is a reasonably well run study however of you head over to http://www.arthritisresearchuk.org/arthritis-information/complementary-and-alternative-medicines/cam-report/complementary-medicines-for-osteoarthritis.aspx an analysis of multiple studies shows that its effects are uncertain.

Also as its a dietary supplement there are issues with over use (people taking more than the recommended safe levels) which could potentially increase the risks of diabetes (ref http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20923823 full text available free of charge).

Also commercially available glucosomine products are not what you would call natural being ground up shellfish shells that are then subject to various chemical processes.

This isn't to say the products of 'big pharama' are any better as there is a tendency to hide or not publish research that is negative or indicates problems.

DevOps is no excuse for cowboy devs. Right. Let's talk Composable Infrastructure


I worry that..

software defined infrastructure takes the same route as agile development which around here mostly means waterfall without any testing.

Its all fun and games until some moron installs oracle on a silicon graphics UV3000.

Oracle ordered to admit on its website that it lost the plot on Java security


I am getting that..

Printed on a t-shirt and wearing it whenever I get dragged into a meeting with out oracle sales reptiles.

Microsoft steps up Windows 10 nagging


Wasn't paying attention...

I am reasonably certain I hit the download but don't install option (is that even a thing or did I read it wrong). win10 then came along with its size 12's and installed itself. It all looks pretty and everythign but absolutely refuses to recognize either the Ethernet or the wifi cards...

And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...


Not just an SMB problem.

worked for as large energy provider once with some Sun servers 13 years out of support with sun but under contract with some third party outfit to replace failed hardware. Talking to an engineer replacing a CPU I asked what the warranty period was on the replacement parts and the answer was if it boots then that is the end of the warranty period. That combined with the power input/heat output of the older kit and the space it took up proved to be useful levers for getting some newer hardware.

US 'swatting' Bill will jail crank callers for five years to life


Where is the fun in that? Much better to carp on in the comments and display ones grammatical abilities* and editorial prowess.

*I have none as I was educated in the English Comprehensive system where grammar was not taught.

Ex-Microsoft craft ale buffs rattle tankard for desktop brewery


Re: If it's fully automatic ....

The US defines a craft brewery as one producing less than 6 million barrels a year, produces mostly beer from traditional ingredients an is not 25% or more owned by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not a small brewer.

Making something drinkable is not on the list of requirements.

Oracle swaps around its licence police bods' top ranks


Oracle licenceing strategy..

Don't they just sent some large men round to hold you upside down and shake until all the money has fallen out.

No Silicon Roundabout U-Bend U-Turn: Build that peninsula boys


Tried with varying degrees of success...

Exhibition road by the science museum technically shared space although the occasional taxi seems to be playing carmageddon as its a bit too much of a straight through road to really work.

And this crossroads https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.524463,-0.084104,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1s9urVPP1riysE-32fand4bw!2e0 which works pretty well, except at lunch time when three street food stalls are there and the queues form diagonally across the intersection. The confused look on drivers faces is priceless and the chicken/lamb kebabs are good, the other two food vendors seem a little heavy on the salad/wierd grain based hipster food so haven't tried them yet.

Put down that Oracle database patch: It could cost $23,000 per CPU



INMEMORY_QUERY doesn't enable the feature. It allows sessions to use the feature if it is enabled, to enable the feature the parameter INMEMORY_SIZE is used to assign memory to the column store this defaults to 0 (disabled) and requires a restart to set, so not quite as on by default as it seems.

So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...


We have the opposite.

We have some marvelous chaps (in IT development) called chief scientists. They do nothing scientific and produce software that requires constant care and feeding to keep it barely functional. I believe we have actually discovered the anti-boffin capable of wiping out rational thought on contact.

Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet


you may not starve as much as you think

I think you are using the wrong value for calories in rice, dried long grain rice is around 350-380 calories per 100g, 2kg gives around 7000 calories, unless you do indeed have 2kg of cooked rice hanging around in the fridge then you only have 2720 calories of potential food poisoning to enjoy.

Having said that I'm not sure I could eat 2kg of rice in a week so good luck.

Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved


The pincushion effect is noticeable, on a wide screen with a short projection distance the edges of the image bow outwards noticeably, curving the screen fixes this, I'm not sure the light striking the screen at different times is relevant but it would be a side effect of fixing pincushion distortion by curving the screen and sounds good in marketing literature.

AMD: Why we had to evacuate 276TB from Oracle DB to Hadoop


Re: "row limit for query results [of] 100,000 rows on the Oracle system" - !?

never seen this limit, (going back as far as version 7.3.4) so not sure what they are talking about, there is a limit of 1000 columns in a table although that would indicate your doing something really stupid.

Possibly they have performance problems with data > 100,000 rows being returned but there is no hard limit.

Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership


Re: Seems they're getting less and less popular

On some lines the tube trains already drive themselves but still have a driver. Bob Crow may be an odious throwback but as far as the members of the RMT are concerned he is excellent value for money.

Ask Santa to give you our pricey certs for Christmas, says Oracle


I'm sure my family are going to pay for that!

The only really worthwhile qualification for the database product is the OCM, for which you need to have an OCP first so total cost is all your money, as the OCP requires you take a qualifying course from oracle first and the OCM requires an additional 2 courses.

Courses are between 1500 and 2500 pounds and the OCM exam was about 1500 last time I looked, so all in around 7,000 to 9,000 pounds provided you pass first time. I'm not sure I will get that under the Christmas tree and frankly there are things I would rather have. The big advantage of the OCM is its recognised as a professional Qualification by some other countries so can help if you want to emigrate and don't have a degree (Or failed to get one (twice)).

Facebook fans fuel faggots firestorm


Re: 'Twas ever thus

You remember incorrectly, rowers give way to sail as there are directions of travel a sail can not take you in, however its polite to take into account the fact that an 8 man boat may have a bit of a turning circle issue an being in the right doesn't help fix the holes or mend bones.

HP 100TB Memristor drives by 2018 – if you're lucky, admits tech titan


Re: Biiiiiiig Changes

An entertaining alternative to dissolving things in Ferric Chloride, is to employ an angry person and supply them with a lump hammer and gas torch.

Elon Musk unveils Hyperloop – the subsonic tube of tomorrow


Re: 7.4m passengers

Did someone drop an order of magnitude somewhere?

Yes I think you did (although my maths is often dodgy) 7.4 million divided by 24 is 308,300 trips per year, divide by 365 is 845 trips per day, divide by 24 is 35 per hour. If 7.4 million is one way that is an average of 17.5 per hour in each direction.

However demand is not going to be even so during peak load its could be a long wait for a capsule (Mr Erlang had some maths for this but its been a while and I don';t know what the assumptions are in the 7.4 million guesstimate), also there is an assumption that the whole boarding,security and luggage loading process can be streamlined, if so could Mr Musk please sort out Heathrow and Gatwick airports baggage systems.

Apple relents, doubles EU warranty (sort of)



Buy your I-Device from John Lewis and get a 2 year guarantee (3 years on I-Macs) and better customer service as well.

Number-crunching in the Cloud


The City still runs on Spreadsheets

Plus millions of lines of VBA Code, there are contracts available for what seem like massive daily rates for Excel, VBA and sql/access skill until you realise that the pay is essentially danger money.

Oracle slashes software prices on own iron


Named user plus...

Um, you may want to check the named user plus licences its 25 users minimum per core, (as defined by whatever Larry is calling a core these days an if he needs another yacht)