* Posts by GuildenNL

64 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Oct 2011


Details of '120,000 Russian soldiers' leaked by Ukrainian media


Re: Greenhouse madness

As an Environmental Studies major in the mid-70s we were buried with “We’re headed to a massive Ice Age due to carbon in the atmosphere!” So “mid 19th century” knowledge got lost somewhere in all that Purple Haze.


Re: The best way to eliminate an enemy is to make them a friend.

Certainly nowhere near 50% are Russian, but somewhere north of 33% are. Based on personal experience while working there over the years. I’d quote a source, but trust virtually no mainstream sources these days.

Oracle, SAP suspend business in Russia amid invasion



We shouldn’t be surprised that nobody is Russian to be Putin their software into the failed oligarchy.

Now if we can just get the US government to stop buying oil from Putin & restart the Keystone pipeline.

IBM cannot kill this age-discrimination lawsuit linked to CEO


Re: Semantic alert

I’m thinking they are only speaking of (or perhaps out of) the lower digestive tract part of the system.

What is it with cloud status pages not reflecting reality?


Re: Was MUCH larger than even reported here

I didn’t say who. My thoughts were either Russia or Ukraine (let’s be honest admit where many of these good live.) Perhaps Ukraine to anger America?

Who knows?

I tried to get comments from former L3 people and no comment. Something was off on a backbone or two, but what and why?


Was MUCH larger than even reported here

My ISP was down across the USA (Cox). Thinking major USA cyber attack, I checked 15-20 major ISPs and services, all had a hit at this time. Google, Azure and AWS took hits. Nothing reported in public makes me consider that my initial suspicions were not off. Was a 5-10 minute hit.

Comparing the descendants of Mandrake and Mandriva Linux


Very nice write up!

I never gave Mandrake a test drive, but always love hearing about distros. I first started with Linux in Dec ‘93? and seriously started driving it in ‘94. I used it by myself at home until Red Hat dropped their first version in ‘95. I moved all of our home to Linux in 1999.

Around 2000 I installed SUSE on a couple of laptops and was happy with RH & SUSE for a few years. Over the years I test drove many distros - though I was short on time due to work and setting several frequent flyer records.

I ended up settling on Mint for desktop & RHEL for all of my servers. I’m actually busier in my 60s than before, so haven’t had time to try anything else. These articles are like reading about new candy and ice cream without indulging.

Thanks again for a great write up! I might ask my 92 yr old Linux Geek Dad to give it a try and let me try it on his laptop.

Machine learning the hard way: IBM Watson's fatal misdiagnosis


I Be Moronic

I'm a blatant IBM hater for many decades. No idea about Watson, thought it another IBM BS move. Last year took on a Fortune 50 client that has a division who swears by Watson. My team discovered after not a lot of research that their performance was down about 35% less than the rest of the company who wasn’t using Watson on the specific business process they were cheerleading it for.

Irony times three. They approached me late last week to inquire as to whether we would like to take over maintenance of the former IBM contract. I informed them that we presented to the C-level and our main goal is to rip and replace. Their gnashing of teeth made my single malt go down much smoother Friday evening.

Former Oracle execs warn that Big Red's auditing process is also a 'sales enablement tool'


Re: Sales...

I noted your handle and immediately thought you might be Tom Cruise, but your comment clearly indicates you are not!


Thing is, we all knew that Oracle was a thug back in 1995, so anyone buying into them from that point on reminds me of people who have ruined their lives by first making the bad choice of abusive partners, then stuck with them for years "because of no alternatives." Seriously?!?

Another US president, time for another big Intel factory promise by another CEO


Re: Wishful thinking

Most clothing production for N.America has already moved out of China to other SE Asia countries. And the move has been underway for at least five years.

Tesla Full Self-Driving videos prompt California's DMV to rethink policy on accidents


Re: Two Teslas

You are 100% wrong about Tesla using only GPS with no video. No idea where you got that information, but Tesla has been 100% Video with no LIDAR used ***in combination*** with GPS.

Just do a simple internet search and you’ll find true information about this. One of the posts above posits about pranksters and speed limit signs. Gee, maybe that could be tested?



Autonomous vehicles

My son is a senior manager (VP Research and Operations) of an autonomous transport company. It’s all he’s done since university, started in development, promoted to run research and ops with famous company #1, moved on to famous only in the US company #2 that has no human passengers, then global famous company #3 that has no human passengers.

Has hired people from Tesla & relayed a few (WTF?!?) tidbits to me they confidentially told him.

Bottom line is there is no way possible for video only to be safe. A combination of at minimum LIDAR and video are required. Musk keeps poo pooing LIDAR due to cost, but there are some in the larger autonomous industry willing to testify in court that video only is a ridiculously dangerous approach.

As someone above noted, why would you buy an autonomous vehicle to ride in? I’m against the “assistive“ highway tech off GM for example because it encourages inattentive behavior, but at least can understand the motivation of the traveling salesman as I frequently drove 300-400 miles/day 40 yrs ago while in sales.



Let’s be honest with each other, many drivers in the UK can’t read. Same in the US. Both countries’ Highway/motor vehicles safety departments are considering which cartoon characters will work best in future.

Intel's mystery Linux muckabout is a dangerous ploy at a dangerous time


Re: Paranoia?

Use cases support both, and as long as own vs SaaS are both available, that's fine. Just use your brain.

I rent a Caterpillar product when I need one, but I own 23 and 21 yr old cars that were expensive when I bought them new, but still serve me well today. I won't be moving dirt with either BMW, and have no need to.

What's for Christmas, Google? Oh, you're taking away free phone calls from our Nest speakers


I literally don’t know a single person here in the USA who has a mobile plan that charges for minutes. Even $19/month plans are unlimited minutes and SMS.

You are correct about CPP vs RPP, but the concept is outdated in reality.

System at the heart of scaled-back £30m Sheffield University project runs on end-of-life Oracle database


And, ahem.. when students end their lifecycle by dying.

Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims


Re: No print? No buy.

My 2008 HP multifunction color ladder still works well.

Not the best scanner, but I don’t need great scanning all that often. I hate HP, but got it for free from them.


Re: Fax

I hate HATE HATE HATE fax, but to be fair, I haven’t seen a printed fax in well over 20 years. Businesses use fax apps, the images sit on servers and access is limited by permissions.

PSTN telephony is many times more secure than email. FoIP less so, but still more than email.

Working in IT Healthcare, the challenge is primarily B2C. There may be some B2B challenges I’m not aware of, but even small medical practices all seem to be connected to a health hub. B2C is improving, but Fax will still be with us until at least 2026. Arrrgh! I’m old enough to remember sending my first fax using an acoustic coupler to an old fashioned phone. If memory serves me right, this was sometime around 1978.

'Father of the Xbox' Seamus Blackley issues Twitter apology to AMD over last-minute switch to Intel CPUs


Re: Final and best price

Try Twitter #BillGates No image rehaBILLation there.

Ad-blocking browser extension actually adds ads, say Imperva researchers


So when it comes to browsing the Internet, everything is all forked up?

Soaring cloud division turns things around for SAP after annus horribilis that was 2020


Re: "It is estimating sales to grow by up to 19 per cent year-on-year"

Larry? Is that you?

How Windows NTFS finally made it into Linux


Re: I can only warn

I chortled because I say exactly this behavior at MSFT back in 2002. My team was down the hallway from the top Office people. The comments they openly had about the OS folks was hilarious (or sad, dependent on your perspective.) I think the Office people got along with Apple MacOS people better than the Windows crew.

A Burger King where the only Whopper is the BSOD font


Windows has fallen and can't get up!

Seems Mrs. Fletcher took Clara Peller's place in asking "Where's the beef?!?"

USA 1980's TV commercials....

HPE finds second new CTO in 16 months with Fidelma Russo


Re: Dancing at a Dismal Digital Derelict

You're right, all of the executives have changed so many times.


The executive merry go round remains the same.


Dancing at a Dismal Digital Derelict

I had the poor luck to have been with a great company acquired by this dud. My brief time there was highlighted by my walking out the door as they tried to make their mind up as to what they wanted to be.

HPE goes through executives like diapers on a baby with diarrhea.

Come to think of it, I would prefer changing those diapers instead of spending one more day at HPE.

Tennessee agrees to pay Oracle $65m for Nashville location plan


HQ not moving here

Just for clarification as several people here mentioned HQ.

As reported in the Austin American-Statesman April 14, 2021: Austin-based Oracle considering $1.2 billion expansion in Nashville


Proton welcomes Sir Tim Berners-Lee to its advisory board – as ProtonMail suffers a privacy backlash


Re: Logging...

Yep, turned it off first thing.

Chinese developers protested insanely long work hours. Now the nation's courts agree


Re: Long hours <> productivity

I've been working in Korea for 30+ years. I wouldn't say it is an across the board norm in the society, but it certainly is prevalent in certain industries, mainly not in the roles where knowledge is a key component.

And I am speaking of the hours worked. However on the "stuff rolls downhill" side, it definitely is a cultural attitude.

SCO v. IBM settlement deal is done, but zombie case shuffles on elsewhere


Re: Legal blackmail

Here, my wife baked you some nice ziti. "Pauli, take the man's jacket."

Zoom incompatible with GDPR, claims data protection watchdog for the German city of Hamburg


Meanwhile there is considerable concern still on the USA about Zoom's ties with China.

84-year-old fined €250,000 for keeping Nazi war machines – including tank – in basement


Re: WTF?

1966...Beatles? Govt sex scandel? Soviet Spy in M6?

Nothing else to think of.

Hard drives at Autonomy offices were destroyed the same month CEO Lynch quit, extradition trial was told


Re: Lynched?

I have to be very careful here, but I screamed at the top of my lungs to Leo and his cronies that Autonomy was almost a nobody in the segment that they competed in. But Leo was hell bent on moving to a "Software company" and Meg was clueless. What really irked me was Marc Andreesen's attitude. Out of all of them, he should have known better.

I was out of HP in June 2012, and was happy for it.

Once Larry Ellison posted the PowerPoints that Lynch used to pitch Autonomy to Oracle, it was very clear to me that Lynch wasn't just a sleazy salesman, but also a complete fraud.

Just wish Meg and Marc could be neighbors to Lynch once he's settled in behind bars.

IBM's 18-month company-wide email system migration has been a disaster, sources say


Pretty sure they are solely focused on manufacturing Soylent Green.

Pure frustration: What happens when someone uses your email address to sign up for PayPal, car hire, doctors, security systems and more


Re: Netflix

"What I do not understand, though, is when you want to sign up for a service where you will have to verify you e-mail address, why would you use an address that does not belong to you?"

Woman in Florida using her husband's email addy that is 1 letter different from mine. 30-50 times. I called a gynocologist office in Florida to inform them that they broke HIPAA laws, and please inform their patient to get her own email addy as I was tied of receiving emails from various Cadillac dealers she was test driving at, house development realtors, etc. Clearly she's dreaming of big money while her son is still in prison and husband not long out in the free world.

The curious case of a WordPress plugin, a rival site spammed with traffic, a war of words, and legal threats


Here's hoping the people at kotrynabassdesign.com tie up dear old Phil in the courts for years, while draining all of his financial assets.

HPE slices and dices globo org chart


Less chairs to shuffle on the Titanic

Yet I see the lunatics at Dropbox added the clueless Meg to their BoD. Another Walking Dead company.

How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler


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

and don't forget that they aren't going to make the sprint without a Scrum Master Guru leading them!

HP Inc, HPE both slapped with racism, ageism lawsuit



HPE's layoffs since 2011 have been openly touting ageism. Of course, it's nothing to do with skills or even value extracted. It's purely pay related.

Silicon Valley IT biz boss cops to lying about Cisco H-1B jobs


Re: I think this is the business model of those companies.

Ah yes. The 1 in a million guy.

"Everybody else is full of it" in his mind.