* Posts by ducatis'r us

85 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Apr 2011


City council megaproject mulls ditching Oracle after budget balloons to £131M

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Re: What would it cost ...

Requirements gathering and specifications from a load of authorities with different processes different customisations of a variety of ERP applications would probably take about 50 years! Nice idea though.

Academics have 'no confidence' in Edinburgh University's response to its Oracle disaster

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The old old story?

The migration was from on premise long standing Oracle applications. I wonder how much customisation specific to the University existed, especially in the Finance systems? Having been subjected to a migration to Oracle Cloud HCM a few years ago I remember the staggering number of forms with no relevance to us and having to use vague generically named fields instead of those specific to the company that we were familiar with from the old system. Factors like this could make the Finance systems particularly complex to migrate and use.

Vodafone to move SAP S/4HANA ERP system to Google Cloud

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300 mobile subscribers in 21 countries !

Russia labels Meta an 'extremist' organization, bans Instagram

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So FaceBook has a right to define who it’s OK to threaten to kill? Slippery slope I think.

Co-Operative Bank today 'terminated' Capita's outsourcing contract years before it was due to expire

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Re: Ex Mutual?

The Co-op bank is not a mutual and has no connection either to the stores (or the undertakers). https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Co-operative_Bank

UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal

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Re: Of course, being centrally controlled

Source for the Warner connection?

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Reports on BBC state that app is developed by VMWare Pivotal. VMWare pivotal have exactly how much background in mobile app development???? Don't see the connection to Cummings et al either?

Have you ever seen one of these, son? Ricoh spins off 360° camera boffins to debut neuralyzer-shaped snapper

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Prosumer ??

“it quietly spins a brisk trade in prosumer digital cameras.” Last time I checked Ricoh an obscure little “prosumer” brand called Pentax.

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%

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Re: Adding insult to injury

Wtf is cultural Marxism? This is just capitalism.

California court sentences ex-Autonomy CFO Sushovan Hussain to five years in clink for fraud

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Does this mean Mike will get Lynched? My coat awaits......

Blockchain study finds 0.00% success rate and vendors don't call back when asked for evidence

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Re: Of course

Spot on. I’ve worked in IT since the Dark Ages, OK since1983, and the two leading drivers have always been snake oil and bullshit. The latest big thing is inflated way beyond its actual usefulness or it just doesn’t work. The other major theme is to put new clothes on an old concept and rename it. Still, as long as there is money to be made......

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Another Spinal Tap inspired tree

Cardiff two years ago. This thing was used only once and nobody knows where it is now!


UK.gov withdraws life support from flagship digital identity system

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I’ve used it for the past few years for tax amongst other stuff without problems, more specifically l found Government Gateway unforgiving of any validation errors and unusable.

Nokia scores a $3.5bn deal to inflict 5G on T-Mobile customers

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T Mobile is not a US telco afaik??...

Serverless Computing London: Time running out on blind bird tickets

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Agendaless computing

That’s all folks!

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Re: Obama

Perhaps you would get more of the downvotes you’re so desperate for if you re-wrote this post in English so the rest of us could understand it.

All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

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superfast broadband (sic)

Every time I see an openreach van with 'superfast broadband' on the side I feel inclined to acts of violence! The basic service is slow the router is crap and I've been waiting two months for a refund after they tried to charge me £130 for repairing a fault in the box at the end of the road!

Microsoft completes its Skype bot invasion with Web, OS X versions

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England? Not Scotland or Wales then!?! And I've checked, that is exactly what it says on Skype blogs as well.

Hurd clings to Oracle’s cloud growth as overall revenue declines

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The stark truth

with customers like these, the only way is up!


Ditching political Elop makes for a more Nadella Microsoft

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Re: ageist

So you hate your parents,well good for you. As a "boomer" I cunningly engineered the defeat of fascism fifteen years before my conception I invented the National Health service ten years before my conception to deliberately ensure that I grew up healthy rather than dying at five. Whilst I was growing up I secured a better education than my parents had (and passed that on to my children). I now cannot afford to retire because my children don't have the opportunities I had and I have to continue to support them. Is that because I ruined the planet? Or is it because the economic and political ruling classes carried on as they always have, enriching themselves at the expense of the rest of us. If you really think that the ills of today can be blamed on one generation without regard to the prevailing governance of the western world (because your dismissal of that generation cannot apply to the rest of the world's people who just struggled anyway) you have been conned. We did not engineer the world in which we grew up (in the West) and we did not conspire to keep our children in poverty.

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"He doesn't birth his own vision" Good Grief!

Apple drinks Putin’s Kool-Vodka, shoves Russians' iCloud data into Russia – report

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Big Brother

Re: Hang on a minute

It's the second case. Although not on Apple's scale we have had to move all personal data on Russian citizens into Russia. You are allowed to continue processing data outside Russia you just have to be careful to keep everything in Sync and make the Russian authorities aware of this. One curious condition that I have just discovered is that the processing of personal data of Russian citizens in a database outside the Russian Federation is only possible if the databases on the Russian territory contain “bigger or equal amount of data”of Russian citizens than the foreign database. Whatever that means...

EXTREME FEEDING: BLUE whales' gluttonous gobbling of fishy fluids

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Presumably they had to go to Iceland to find a dead whale

Oracle's Larry Ellison quits as CEO – new bosses are Hurd'n'Catz

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A new beginning for Larry...

...as a Tom Jones tribute act

Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Bloody Daleks again this week

I watched the first episode with low expectations, which were met, right from the appearance of the 300 foot tall T. rex (why and how?). I lost interest when it spontaneously combusted and didn't pay attention to the rest of the episode.

As a child I remember plots which were challenging (at least to a 10 year old) combined with Special effects which were laughable. Now thanks to CGI the the SFX are really good but the plots vacuous, relying on retreading the same old characters and plot lines over and over, why is it always set on Earth for a start?

I think I might be 'Who'd out', but I do live in Cardiff home of the program and the 'Dr. Who Experience'. BTW for those of you thinking of visiting the Experience, it's smaller on the inside than it looks on the outside.

Pleased to meet you. I'm Joe Bloggs, MVP, vExpert, Cisco Champ

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over qualified

Scanning the headlines quickly, I read that as Cisco Chimp, which seemed appropriate....

UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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11 actually

Add in the seven nuclear powered attack submarines for accuracy although not disagreeing with impracticality of the idea

Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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where's the data?

So Wipro was the system integrator, everything including payroll is on Morrisons own installation of Oracle eBusiness Suite. who runs the data centre and where?

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

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Interesting article but:

Avago, the re-named Avaya, is buying LSI, partly for its PCIe flash card business

Surely some mistake??

IBM flashy January announcement: Wanna know what's in it?

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Re: A long time in the planning?

This is nonsense, end of. Hands up who wants to keep everything on a single disk, whatever that means....

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Re: A long time in the planning?



they may not make them but they still sell them

DVLA declares J14 HAD on BU14 SHT and SL14 AGS

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Re: Lennon's Roller...

'Fraid not


London schoolboy cuffed for BIGGEST DDOS ATTACK IN HISTORY

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Great name, operation Rashlike. They were all over him like a rash???? Where do they get these names from??

I'd get me coat but I can't from the mobile app.

Lawsuit: Infosys abuses visas to discriminate against US staff

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Re: Check out Wilco and H1B visas for a similar case going on.

what's Jeff Tweedy been up to now?? Or should this be Wipro.....

Boffins, Tunnel Tigers and Scotland's world-first power mountain

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But it's not British anymore

In Wales there is the equally impressive, IMO, Dinorwig pumped storage Hydro power scheme which delivers more power, up to 1800 MW, but for a shorter period, 6 hours. There is also the smaller Tan y Grisiau station which was actually the first pumped storage power station in Britain opening two years before Cruachan.

However Tan y Grisiau, Dinorwig and Cruachan lauded here as great British achievements are now foreign owned, Cruachan by Iberdrola of Spain and the two stations in Wales by a company jointly owned by EDF and Mitsui. I'm not sure why ownership by a foreign state controlled company, EDF is 85% owned by the French Governent is a 'good thing', whilst British government ownership of strategic assets like this is a 'bad thing'.

Oracle: We WON grey market software and Solaris support case

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Rimini Street

And the ongoing spat with Rimini Street??

Oracle and SAP are Big Software, but for how long?

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oracle in the clouds

The latest Oracle magazine has an interesting article where they interview a real Cloud Customer


...or perhaps not.

I think it says quite a lot about Oracle cloud that they can only find a fictional company to interview!

Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

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Re: lost almost all respect for consumer reports

Maybe a transatlantic language problem here? I think @TheVogon is referring to LPG power which is usually Butane or Propane rather that the US meaning of 'gas' which of course is 'petrol' in Europe! LPG is very clean as far as particulate emissions go and produces about 80% of the CO2 of a petrol/gasoline engine. Whether that makes LPG vehicles 'better' than an EV I couldn't say.

US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

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Re: iTunes

My question is why is it available on iTtunes in Australia but not in the UK?? BTW obviously you don't need an apple device to run iTunes.....

Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Re: Problem?

Read the article. This is not about unemployed benefit claimants, doleites scroungers or whatever derogatory label you might like to employ but is about Disability Living allowance, which can only be claimed if you have severe mobility problems or care requirements. I have not seen the website but the paper form was about 50 pages long. My wife received DLA for several months before her death last year. Dying many years before qualifying for a pension, in common with many DLA recipients, means that she saved HMG thousands of pounds so i find any implication of 'scrounging' etc pretty offensive

Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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Re: It's in the ears of the beholder

I have to agree with Alistair, having heard through a related young person, that Beats (tm) is just a loudness switch you can't turn off

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It's in the ears of the beholder

I'm probably a little older than Alistair Dabbs as I went to university in the late 70's. The average student then generally had a crappy mono 'record player' , or more accurately record destroyer, whilst only the more fussy/rich had a set up usually based around components from Wharfedale, Garrard and that other colossus of the cheap British 'HiFi' Clive Sinclair. At home My parents had a 'radiogram' where the quality of the wood veneer was far more important than the sound. So most people put up with sound quality far worse than today's MP3 players. I think that the average, admittedly not Hi Fi, sound quality of music that people listen to is much higher than it was 30 or 40 years ago and for most people that is good enough as it always has been. There will also always be people for whom this isn't good enough, myself included although i wouldn't go as far as:


Context is also important. If I really want to listen to music i will always prefer the source whether it's Vinyl or CD, I have never messed around much with FLAC etc, but when i am enjoying an evening around the dinner table with some of my amazingly witty and intelligent friends then MP3 is fine, plus I don't have to keep changing things. The same for listening in the car.

So chacun à son goût as Nigel Farage would say. He likes a pint or two, apparently.

Brit comic-book-guy-vs-gangsters film goes straight to Xbox Live

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Re: Films not even fit for "stright to DVD"

'Tony Leary, the nice-guy owner of Junk Comics, is gearing up for one last roll of the dice. His new superhero title, The Sodomizer, launches at the British International Comic Show, and nothing will stop Tony from making it a success. Nothing except a gang of Geordie criminals ....'

What a great super hero name, wonder his super power is???

Straight to Etch a Sketch...

It's the Peer 2.0: Martha Lane Fox now a crossbench baroness

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Re: Her dad is a laugh

Actually this happened in 1991 and Batson D Sealing was an Egyptologist rather than an internet guru.

(departs with coat under a hail of stones with the crowd yelling 'Pedant! pedant!')

Rogue Squadron: Unit of X-wings Kickstarts in response to Death Star

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Re: Supraluminal?

but no toilets or snack facilities...

Stricken 2e2 threatens data centres: Your money or your lights

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the vanishing clouds

As well as the £960k demanded to keep the data centre running until the 15th the admionistrators' letter states: ( http://www.2e2.com/docs/jacqui/letter-for-non-data-centre-customer.pdf?sfvrsn=2 )

'As you will understand, we have received a number of requests from customers seeking to gain access to their data

immediately. Unfortunately, the levels of data held in the Companies’ Data Centres are such that this process could

take up to 16 weeks and we will need to ensure that the integrity of third party data and security is maintained.'

That is a lot more money yet to be demanded. I assume that as the numbers of customers with data declines the demands on the remainder will go up.

This is a haemorrhoidal clusterf**k

Ten stars of CES 2013: Who made the biggest splash?

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An outrageous omission

Your pub bound correspondent missed booth 35853 obviously, where they would have seen THE MOST SIGNIFICANT THING EVER.....


and it's from SPAAAAACE

Apple ships 'completely redesigned' iTunes 11

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possibly related to the patent action mentioned here, even though the judgement was subsequently reversed??


I liked Cover flow but apart from that I think it is an improvement over 10.

Android and Apple OS shares show mountain MS must climb

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Re: From my weblogs...

Actually if you look at this page for data on mobile Browser/operating system market share, you will see that Apple is way ahead although Android has grown steadily. For some reason Apple users are more active in terms of internet use. I'm sure someone will have a salacious/abusive explanation for that ;-)