* Posts by circusmole

140 posts • joined 13 Jan 2012


Apple launches incredible features everyone else had more than a year ago – this time for the 'smart home'


Thank you...

...for this thoughtful, expansive and deeply considered contribution to this thread.

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing


Re: The Cake is a lie !

I seem to remember that it was reported that her favourite question at board meetings with her directors at TT was "What's for lunch?" Has this woman got a food fetish?

SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon cleared to hoist real live American astronauts into space


Re: EST not EDT

RE: RobThBay

Check again!

HPE's Black Thursday: Staff face pay cuts or the ax, office closures to save $1bn+ after coronavirus slams IT titan


I must agree that...

...Fiorina was the beginning of the end of a once great company. Since her disastrous time there have been a succession of slash-and-burn CEOs, and one a notable crook, and the latest one has the perfect excuse for continuing this tactic "Well, it's the coronavirus, what else can I do?". The perfect excuse of another CEO with no vision, ambition, plan or drive to see further than keeping stockholders (i.e. gamblers) happy.

Where have all the real leaders and innovators gone?

Users of Will.i.am's Wink IoT hub ask 'Where is the love?' as they're asked to pay for a new subscription service


My VeraPlus...

...(not withstanding its foibles) cares not at all if the internet connection goes down or does not exist as far as its home automation tasks are concerned. Obviously it needs a connection for me to access it remotely, send me notifications and also for it to perform its automatic backups to a remote server, but otherwise it makes no difference to its automation duties if it has a connection or not.

I have no connection with Vera Control Ltd and quite capable of slagging it off for some of its 'features'

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand


When they did this at...

.. HP (pre-HPE) HR were almost killed in the rush and buried in EoW (Expression of Wish) request forms :-) Mind you that was before Covid-19.

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis


After 3 years my iPhone...

... started to die, the battery lasted less and less time, the device would start behaving strangely and just hanging. I looked at replacing it with another iPhone but the prices seem crazy to me. So, I got an el-cheapo Android device. I would rate it subjectively as 80% as 'good' as an iPhone at 30% of the cost. Several family members and colleagues have taken the same route. I think this is a big problem for Apple as well as the pandemic effects.

The Adobe Flash Farewell Tour 2020: LibreOffice to axe export support for .SWF in version 7


Re: "Word 2010 users should upgrade to LibreOffice."

I'm still on Office 2007 - works perfectly.

BepiColombo probe swings by Earth on way to Mercury – the Solar System's must-visit coronavirus-free resort


Re: It is incredible

Yup, know what you mean. I have a friend that works for a Japanese camera company. She is working on a product that will not be available to the public until at least 2025!

Buy now, pay later: HPE says demand for financing jumps amid pandemic


Re: And Xerox?

It was HP Inc anyway, not HPE.

Listen up you bunch of bankers. Here are some pointers for less crap IT



...they should try reading the ITIL documentation, it tells them exactly what they should be doing.

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday


Re: We shouldn't have skipped the time when it was the Intranet of Things

I've been using z-wave devices for over 7 years for this sort of stuff and devices I originally purchased still work properly despite the z-wave protocol being updated over the years. They are serviced by a z-wave controller that is the single point of access to the internet, so only one thing to worry about being well locked down. Even if the controller vendor, and it's servers, go belly-up I can still access the controller directly with a bit of jiggery-pokery at the router although some of the facilities delivered by the vendor's servers would go away.

Hubble grabs first snap of interstellar comet... or at least that's what we hope this smudge is


110,000 MPH ...

...relative to?

Let's see what the sweet, kind, new Microsoft that everyone loves is up to. Ah yes, forcing more Office home users into annual subscriptions


I know this a bit late...

... but I actually purchased Microsoft Office 2007 on DVD, err... back in 2007, and have used it ever since. Does all I want it to do and I haven't spent a penny on it for 12 years!

Another rewrite for 737 Max software as cosmic bit-flipping tests glitch out systems – report


Re: Without googling (of course) Hands up who knows about "Hamming distance" ?

"A classic case of the brainy and arrogant nerds designing something outside of real practical knowledge of the real world..."

I wonder if Boeing employed the same software engineers that programmed the chassis ECU on my BMW. When one wheel speed sensor failed it indicated all three GOOD sensors were faulty !!!

UK government buys off Serco lawsuit with £10m bung. Whew. Now Capita can start running fire and rescue


So, as I see it...

...the Government has just dished out £10M of our (taxpayers) money without giving us (taxpayers) the reason why they have done it. Have I got this right?

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity


Re: WTF?

Many (most?) domestic electricity meters in the US "plug in" to a fixed base mount. Ours was a smart meter that went unsmart and the tech replaced the meter in about 5 seconds - he did not even cut the supply.

DXC Technology seeks volunteers to take redundancy. No grads, apprentices, and 'quota carrying' sales folk


Re: What this really means

"Get rid of older, more experienced, more expensive people." another way of saying get rid of the people who actually know what they are doing.

Autonomy's financial reports? I didn't even read KPMG's due-diligence, says ex-HP CEO Léo Apotheker


It seems to me that...

...he said to himself "Result, got the top job at HP, now I can sit back, put my feet up, rake in the cash and do fcuk all. If anything goes titsup I can always blame some other stupid b'stard"

How'd your servers get that baby-smooth look? Dutch and Brit cool kids dunk Supermicro systems in synthetic oil


How about using...

...castor based oil that used to go into my old Manx Norton. You then get the benefit of the glorious smell.

Ethiopian Airlines boss confirms suspect flight software was in use as Boeing 737 Max crashed


It seems that the 737 MAX...

..is somewhat like the latest generation of military fighter aircraft. Fundamentally unstable and impossible to fly without the aid of a computer. When the computer (for whatever reason) makes a mistake it's time to bail out - difficult in a 737 Max.

DXC Security exec: Yes, I'd have thought we'd spend more on certs and laptop kit for staff, too


Re: Sounds like HPE mk2

I left HP (as was) a couple of years prior to you and it was just as bad then. Had to get VP approval, in advance, to travel to a customer site to carry revenue-generating work. The approval was quite often denied. Insane. Travel mileage was "checked" with Google Maps to see if you went by the shortest route, the whole place was crazy. No pay rises for 5 years, even if you "exceeded requirements". I could go on.

Excuses, excuses: Furious MPs probe banking TITSUPs*



...denied me access to my Natwest credit card account for about 5 days last week. When I called them they told me they knew all about it - well why the fcuk didn't you tell me Natwest? They said it was quite a widespread problem.

BTW - it was only after the 4th phone call that they admitted to the problem.

If you have inner peace, it's probably 'cos your broadband works: Zen Internet least whinged-about Brit ISP – survey


Re: ISPs' biggest mistake - Including Wi-Fi routers

I switched from Sky who offered me 18Mb/sec FTTC to Virgin who offered FTTP at 200Mb/sec for less money! However the Virgin router's wireless is absolute crap so I also use it in modem mode with my own router - works a treat. I am not an apologist for Virgin but in 10 months I have had one short outage and the speed has been a revelation. When I was with Sky I had an outage a week on average, some lasting hours.

HPE UK shunts cloud biz into London hipster shack amid rebrand


My sympathies...

..are with the Cloud Technology Partners (CTP) and RedPixie employees who now find themselves fully fledged HPE droids. I know the feeling, I've been there, got the tee-shirt.

WPA3 is the magic number? Protocol refresh promises tighter Wi-Fi security



I have a Virgin SuperHub in modem mode with a TP-Link AC3200 as a router - works perfectly.

Even Microsoft's lost interest in Windows Phone: Skype and Yammer apps killed


Re: That's really going to upset...

...every one of the Windows Phone users - all 50 of them.

Equifax peeks under couch, finds 2.4 million more folk hit by breach


I asked them...

...what personal information they had leaked to the unknown hackers as a result of their incompetence. To provide this data they requested a whole raft of additional, personal information from me!!! I told them they must be fcuking joking.

Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm


Just a thought

I know little (nothing??) about threads in Windows, but what percentage of time, that the device is in use, will it actually use 8 cores.

Just curious.

No 2017 bonus for you, HPE tells employees


Re: Is anyone surprised?

On my last "Performance Review" at HP, I was told the usual "No pay increase", No Bonus". I asked my manager since I have worked for HP for XX years, always went the extra mile for the company, always exceeded requirements - "Does loyalty not count for anything?" His reply was "No, not a thing. If you don't like it leave." So I did.

HPE confirms Belfast-based 3PAR engineering office to close



...if you don't know about it it cannot be important. Yeah right.

@AC> You're all reading far too much into this. I work for HPE, in this area, and I didn't even know we had an engineering office in Northern Ireland!

Virgin Media only adds another 127,000 homes to Project Lightning


I've given up on them.

For the past 6 months or so Virgin have been digging trenches and laying cables in the streets in my area (and causing chaos, I might add). Several times I have spoken to them and they ALWAYS say that they can connect me "by the end of next week" - they have been saying that for at least 2 months now. I, and several people in the area, have given up on them and are now trying to get get BT/Openreach to connect us to their FTTC service instead - one person has been successful so far. Me? I'm still waiting for BT and Virgin and having to exist on my 2Mb ADSL service :-(

Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...


It's just like...

... other gimmicky products.

I got an Echo at the insistence of my wife and son a couple of months ago. Added a couple of "smart" mains sockets for some lights. For the first 2 to 3 weeks they loved it and used it all the time. But now, 2 months later, it sits there unused for days on end.

After the novelty wears off you come to realise that it is pretty stupid and is just a more difficult and awkward way of setting a timer or getting the weather forecast. I would not mind betting that in 6 months time I could surreptitiously disconnect her and put her in that bottom draw where all the other gimmicky items live, and no one would notice for days.

Dump X of your crew, DXC Technologies UK told. Hundreds face axe again


Re: Will HP ever learn?

Yes but DXC still has the dead-hand of HP hanging around like a bad smell.

HPE gives execs a jiggle and merges subsidiaries in shrivelling Pointnext


Another shuffling...

...of the deckchairs?

Ubuntu Linux now on Windows Store (for Insiders)


Re: Mensa

Sob, sob :-( I am (was?) an MCSE but that doesn't mean that I'm not a nice person.

HPE hatches HPE Next – a radical overhaul plan so it won't be HPE Last


When I worked for HP...

...we had an "HPE Next" every couple of years and it made fcuk all difference in the long run. I'm glad I'm out of that madhouse they now call HPE.

BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted


Re: If it got interrupted...

The first thing I would ask for would be the fail over test schedule and the resulting reports on how they went (if they did any).

Acronis adds automated ransomware protection to latest Backup version


Re: True Image?

And while they are about it they could go back to the understandable GUI of older versions and dump the confusing interface they now have.

IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut


Re: Who?

Not long, from personal experience.

Oracle sues its own star sales rep after she wins back $200k in pay fight


Re: Bah!

When I started reading this article I thought that low-life Hurd would be involved somewhere. I was not disappointed!

--From someone who suffered at his hands in the past.

Raspberry Pi Foundation releases operating system for PCs, Macs


I thought it is...

..a desktop that is running on a Debian OS, not an "OS" in its own right. But what do I know. So is this just another lightweight desktop - enlighten me!

UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband



In a press release the government described it as "gold standard ‘full-fibre’ broadband, which has the capacity to reach speeds of more than 1Gbps."

A double or treble the 2Mb/s I get at the moment would suit me!

Hewlett Packard Enterprise to outsource global IT team to CSC borg

Thumb Down

They deserve each other.

Although I feel sorry for the coal-face workers caught in the middle of this fiasco.

This is nothing more than HPE management (term used loosely) trying to appease the shareholders for the past years of f%^kups, diminishing returns and sliding share prices, all so they can continue drawing their obscene pay packets and bonuses.

Fujitsu seeks PC exit, finds willing buyer in Lenovo


Re: Do people really buy them

I have a Fujitsu laptop. Attractive to look at, seems rock-solid reliable and very well put together. I'd buy another one if I needed to.

Lessons from the Mini: Before revamping or rebooting anything, please read this


I was at a local....

...BMW/Mini dealer recently and had a look at the so-called Minis. They are f***g massive things and f******g expensive. The original concept of an affordable, space-efficient, basic vehicle has been completely lost. The Mini showroom was more like a fashion store than a car showroom - with as much space given to Mini-branded luxury goods as to the cars.

Microsoft reveals career-enhancing .PNG files


Re: Waste of time

Some years ago I spent a huge amount of time and effort, and my employer (bless 'em) spent shedloads of money, on getting various MS and ITIL certifications. The MS certification exams were a joke, all you really needed was a reasonable memory function, the ITIL exams we another thing all together, extremely hard coursework work and the exams were a nightmare. Anyway I passed them all - the ITIL ones to my surprise.

Looking back I think they were a waste of time and effort. The MS certifications didn't help me one iota in the real world. The ITIL certifications were of some limited benefit but not near the level that matched the considerable amount of time, effort and money that went into getting them.

If I had my time over again I would not bother with them.

TalkTalk's appeal against paltry ICO data breach fine thrown out


Just another example...

...of the strange bubble/parallel universe that ego-centric Dido and her mates live in. If she spent as much time and effort sorting out TalkTalk's security issues... but that's part of her paid job, so no chance of that getting done.

Brit chip biz ARM legs it to Softbank for $32bn


Re: Oh but the premium

SoftBank is borrowing the cash from the banks for this acquisition - hence debt funded.



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