HP were another company that was a top-tier and turned to corporate shit.
Nothing matters apart from profit, profit profit. Fcuk the customer, fcuk the staff and just maximise profit.
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I had a PA complaining that she couldn't print. I told her that the font was too big for the cable and that she needed to disconnect the cable and shake the characters out, which she promptly did.
Then there was a drinks machine that had been configured so that you could order a "strong" water - so I had a few people trying to tell the difference.
Then fairly recently a friend had a standalone recirculating water feature as a present so set it up but thought it was too loud. So I suggested that the water was too hard and that it needed soft water to reduce the noise.
I've also got a squint where one eye goes off on a wander - I tell people that it's good because I can see around corners.
I hate advertising. I don't expect it baked into an OS that I pay for.
This crap really makes me angry. Get to a point where you have a product that is worthy of buying and then start pan-handling from advertisers and give an option to either get a free version of Windows with ads or paid with no crap baked in.
I met my partner in the early days of the Internet boom - I think it was 1988/9. She was working for a Quango and had this thing called email. I'd just started a new job and managed to negotiate a Compaq DX2/66 luggable PC.
The whole idea of the Internet was to me at the time fascinating so subscribed to Demon using dial up with a Sportster 14,000 modem. I think the DOS package was Demon DIS? - then I got Trumpet Winsock running (pre-TCPIP stack in WIndows) and Mosaic 1.0 and an email client that can't remember. Had a lot of fun playing Doom on-line and thanks to Demon I introduced the company I was working with to the Internet and ran two lunch sessions and EVERYONE in the company (40+ people) came to see what it was about.
I owe Demon a lot - I'm not directly involved in the IT industry - I work for a semiconductor manufacturer but do support our Ethernet switches and supporting software. I cut my teeth with Demon and will always have fond memories of the days of DIS and dial up.
Demon was a brilliant company.
So if France wasn't a sovereign state, why could it close the border to the UK?
Both my partner and a friend were due to be in the Yard of Ale when it was blown up. About 15 years ago I bumped into a chap whose brother had been in there and lost his life. It was the first time he had been in Birmingham since that day. We went there and raised a glass to his brother.
Anyone who thinks the GFA is a political negotiating too for their xenophobic, nationalistic agenda is not right in the head. People died.
So the benefits (apart from job creation from Brexshit bureaucracy) are a reduction in tampon tax and glorious crowns on our pint glasses. What a win!
I would also have expected decent bandpass filtering on the input of an altimeter RX. If this was to be an issue then why wasn't it raised before $80Bn was taken from the sale of the spectrum? I would have thought that the FAA would have screamed loudly when the spectrum was up for sale?
I remember years ago hearing that the CAA had a massive issue with PLT power line comms in the UK but failed to do anything about it.
You can't allow companies to bid and legitimately purchase spectrum and then whinge that it may be an issue once the deal is done. I don't know how spectrum sale operates in the US, but there must be a due process to allow other spectrum stakeholders to raise concerns.
I was of the impression that getting flight approval was one of the hardest to achieve - maybe I'm wrong. I would have expected a good level of bandpass filtering if the altimeters are critical for fight approval. Maybe someone more knowledgeable of the regulations can put me right.
And that's from another greybeard :)
My late uncle worked for ICL.
When I was a kid he brought me bits and pieces such as core stores, magnets from printers and all sorts of stuff. He fired my imagination and a desire to work in electronics / communications. When I was at school he gave me dead boards and I learned my soldering skills desoldering 7400 series chips off the boards and more than anything else he gave me the confidence to go into engineering. When I went to college and poly he was there for me and gave me lots of encouragement and kit to play with.
He was my mentor and whilst he was a cantankerous old git sometimes, he was a real shining light in my life. Great bloke, hence the pint.
Yup - We lost the HF spectrum to non EMC compliant switched mode power supplies, xDSL and Fuckwit Powerline junk. I fought against it and Ofcom took it up the arse like good little puppies.
Nothing is protected from not putting barriers up to innovation / business. Just junk whatever so someone else can make a fucking fortune.
I quite liked dbx back in the day - seemed to be a much better system than crappy Dolby C. It was a PITA that you couldn't play back dbx tapes on a non-dbx casette deck but apart from that I quite liked it.
I've still got my circa 1984 Akai HXA3x tape deck and it's still running after all of these years. But I did succumb to a Revox B77 half track high speed which delights to this day :)
When you have companies that are selling devices at almost no margin and trashing global pricing, the money suddenly goes out of the business and profits start to go south. So what do you do? Cut back on high capital investments. Investors need to see a return on their investments - if they don't you don't have cash to run your business.
Couple that with the commodification of even microcontrollers and aggressive PICOS supplier antics and you end up with where we are today.
Said companies leadtimes go out to over 12 months and then suddenly you start having conversations with their disgruntled clients to help them design your stuff in. And the stupid thing is that when we come out of this partly client generated clusterf**k they will switch back to their previous slightly cheaper suppliers because beancounters told engineering to do so.
Problem is that when the next dip comes along (as it will) there will be a lot more pain after such a large amount of investment in capital and the cuts will likely be deeper.
Yes - very aggressive PICOS techniques adopted by auto makers have cut down the margins that semiconductor manufacturers can expect to make from these huge accounts and partly lead to the streamlining of semiconductor production.
What do automotive manufacturers expect? They are partly to blame for the problems they are facing. Now they are reaping the rewards. If I've got 100k pcs of a part and I can sell them to one account for $1 and another for $1.30 it's not a difficult decision as to who gets the priority when there are supply constraints.
What really irks me is the cost of electronic car components when they go tits-up knowing that the manufacturer will have paid bottom dollar for the parts inside it.
Yes. I had an issue when I upgraded to 1Gbps where the s/n ratio wasn't sufficient for DOCSIS3 and a new cable was pulled to my home. But I think the real mark of a good provider is not having the problems that need to be put right in the first place.
We've had a few issues with power outages which have been outside VM's ken, but the network seemed to come back up as soon as power was restored.
There have been outages when they have worked on the network, but in the 2 decades that I've been with them, I'd be surprised if I've seen 5 days down-time.
I don't mind having a pop at a service provider that doesn't, but in my experience I've consistently been very pleased with what VM have provided me. I don't have any connections (apart from cable) with the company and if I thought they were shit I wouldn't be with them.
But the alternative of crappy xDSL fills me with dread.
Another +1 from me for pfsense.
I had a Netgate SG-3100 for about 4 years which ran out of puff when I upgraded the broadband service to 1Gbps/50Mbps and is now running on a Dell R210 Mk2 with an Intel i340 NIC and a 120GB SSD and it cost me £100 to put together. Faultless. Machine is pretty much silent and lives in my home office next to my desk although Mk1's are more noisy AFAIK.
I use it on a fairly regular basis for developing demo code for Ether CAT systems. I'm very much an engineer.
Structured Text is a Pascal based- it's part of the IEC 61131-3 suite of programming languages.
Implementations can be a pain in the Boris, but it works.
I keep a 100W transceiver / digital MODEM and antennae for different HF/VHF and UHF amateur bands in the back of my car.
HF NVIS (low-slung antenna, maximum RF at 90 degrees or so to the Ionosphere and illumination such as a parasol) and works very well and gives me UK wide comms when it isn't fucked with crappy tech that shouldn't be on the market / is not compliant with EN55022...
Oh - but we are leaving the EU, so that shit legislation most likely won't matter any more.
I don't blame them in the slightest. Sound move to protect their interests. One of many high tech companies that are running from the carnage that Brexit will bring.
But so long as we can protect the fishing industry and get gammony blue passports, what could go wrong? As Boris said "Fuck business". At least his younger sibling has some common sense.
Let's hope we get a Peoples Vote and the ability to get out of this dogs dinner that infighting withing the Tory party has inflicted on the nation.
Typical Brexiteer - No collateral just an empty brain and no comments.
Ram your blue passport up your arse and I hope you feel all of the ramifications of voting to protect the likes of Rees-Mogg, Banks and the rest of the off-shore tax-dodging arseholes that want to destroy my country to serve themselves by whipping up hysteria over immigration.
You fell into the trap.
I hear the sound of one hand clapping. You won, get over it.