FIFY: Adobe writes crap software but the alternatives aren’t de facto industry standards.
389 posts • joined 17 Feb 2012
One thing I always find interesting (in a good way) is how seriously this sort of thing is taken in safety-critical fields like aviation. There was no harm done, but an incident was raised to AAIB and fully investigated, with some actionable findings.
A lot of places - probably including mine - the most it would've resulted in is a "lesson learned" along the lines of "Oh that's an interesting failure mode of the system, we should document that in Confluence and try not to do it". It might not have even gone that far.
Re: Yes Boris isn't the perfect PM but...
You’re welcome to your opinion. I completely disagree. PR works well.
Source: I’m a citizen of a country widely agreed to have a better-functioning, more diverse & more accountable government than the shower in Westminster, at least some of which is attributable to use of PR. I also vote in the UK, in a safe seat where my vote is mostly wasted.
Re: Share the blame
If NHS X is duplicating functionality, then NHS Digital should have at least been able to make a case for their own capabilities and services.
Well, quite. Why does NHSX even exist?
Oh that’s right, it’s Matt Hancock’s IT boondoggle. It’s interesting how the same names and problems keep coming up over and over.
I don’t use Devuan
But that’s just laziness. Ubuntu hasn’t *quite* annoyed me enough to switch yet, and my distro-hopping days finished a decade ago.
I still leave a torrent running for their ISOs though, and I’m glad they exist. Choice is a good thing, possibly one of the greatest things about this particular ecosystem.
<looks over top of glasses>
Hmm. I see you’re familiar with the game. Well played. Well played indeed.
Of course, Mornington Crescent is only one stop away on the Northern Line. But if we’re on the Charing Cross branch and there’s no step-free access I’m not sure that’s a legal move. I may have to defer to the TMO on this one.
Leeds City Council swallows the Gartner glossary and orders up 'post-modern' ERP in £44m SAP replacement
Re: "it reserved 'the right to make substantive and relevant changes' "
Leeds City Council said in its tender that it required "the flexibility to retire and/or replace any number of the various components of the Solution over the lifetime of the contract" and that it reserved "the right to make substantive and relevant changes that relate to the transformation programme."
Translation: "We want a Big Solution. We're happy it may take 20 years, but even we accept we don't have a crystal ball about our requirements in 2042. So we want the ability to change the scope of the Big Solution at any point. This will not cause any problems, and will work better than letting a shorter contract."
I'm no fan of offshoring, and I used to quite like Rackspace back when I used them. But as a non-US techie (who's admittedly probably slightly jealous of high left-pondian remuneration) I'm not entirely surprised they're decimating their American workforce in favour of somewhere cheaper. I sometimes worry that American tech salaries are in a bubble.
Microsoft has, over the years, pointedly remarked that its Teams collaboration environment has many more users than Slack. The subtext to those jibes is that Redmond is the outfit really driving the future of work and Slack is an upstart afterthought.
I use both (paid) Slack and Teams. Teams is a qualitatively worse user experience in almost every way. Other opinions are available of course.
This should count for something, though of course it often doesn't when it comes to workplace software (oh hi Oracle HR, SharePoint).
Re: Where on Gartner's Hype Cycle is Gartner's Hype Cycle?
The worst boss I ever had was a big believer in everything that came out of Gartner. I think he used it as a crutch to support his lack of knowledge and experience despite somehow having lucked into a relatively senior position.
I still get annoyed about some of his bone-headed decisions several years later, even the ones that didn't affect me. Mostly they weren't based on Gartner analysis, but Gartner analysis was partly to blame for the thoroughly undeserved confidence in his own abilities.
Google killed desktop Drive and replaced it with two apps. Now it’s killing those, and Drive for desktop is returning
Lockdown-induced gadgetry rush sent Dixons Carphone's online sales skywards – and repaid £73m of furlough wages
It was Notes that displayed the odd hieroglyphs, yes.
In a piece of software not known for its usability touches, I thought that was quite a nice one. Made it easy to see if you’d typed your password correctly without actually giving it away.
I seem to recall it was actually somewhat secure too. I forget the exact details but it was a little more sophisticated than a simple “A = bird, B = wavy line, C = head, etc” substitution.
Nurserycam horror show: 'Secure' daycare video monitoring product beamed DVR admin creds to all users
SitePoint hacked: Hashed, salted passwords pinched from web dev learning site via GitHub tool pwnage
Missing GOV.UK web link potentially cost taxpayers £50m as civil servants are forced to shuffle paper forms
GOV.UK has a webpage for this titled "report a change of circumstances if you have a visa or BRP". Importantly, the page only links to hard-copy forms for people wanting to update their BRP addresses.
Except it doesn’t just link to hard-copy forms? In fact there’s a link to the online form right in the page (and seems to have been for a while).
Harry Fone from TPA has told me exactly why I’m supposed to be livid about this. Which is helpful of him because otherwise I wouldn’t know what to think.
Perhaps El Reg could clarify what exactly the Government should have done differently?
That's it. It's over. It's really over. From today, Adobe Flash Player no longer works. We're free. We can just leave
Re: IBM Enterprise software from just a couple of years ago still uses Flash
IIRC we had some shitty IBM ILO up until a few years ago that we had to keep an old Windows VM around for. It was the only way we could conjure up the very special, ancient and insecure concoction of browser versions and JVMs necessary to make the damn thing work.
Re: HOWTO: hack their voting machines
in Australia it's illegal to NOT vote. If you don't vote, you either demonstrate and prove a bloody good reason or you get fined or potentially jailed
There’s much else wrong with your post besides, but this is overwrought bull excrement. You do not get jailed - even “potentially” - for failing to vote in Australia.
Rocky Linux is go: CentOS founder's new project aims to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Ubuntu is slightly better than Debian for this sort of thing*. We used to use it over Debian because it was free but there were commercial support offerings available for production if we needed them. And we did buy support contracts with Canonical at various points.
This whole debacle feels like it could be a good validation of Canonical's business model.
* yes I know there are other reasons people might prefer Debian, don't @ me.
HP CEO talks up HP-ink-only print hardware and higher upfront costs for machines that use other cartridges
How the US attacked Huawei: Former CEO of DocuSign and Ariba turned diplomat Keith Krach tells his tale
Watchdog signals Boeing 737 Max jets can return to US skies following software upgrade, pilot training
Re: They missed the obvious.
I don't want them distributed independently either. Except when I do, because the distro's package is broken, obsolete or some similar reason. Various development frameworks and minor applications have fallen foul of this over the years. In one memorable case I now run the Windows version of a little utility under WINE because it relies on (IIRC) a no-longer-shipped Qt version and has never been updated. The Windows version ships with all the necessary old DLLs or whatever and more or less just works.
That said, web browsers are hardly edge-case, seldom-used niche applications.
Remember when the keyboard was the computer? You can now relive those heady days with the Raspberry Pi 400
Shots fired! WordPress's Matt claims Jamstack's marketing is 'not intellectually honest' in debate with Netlify's Matt
Proposed US fix for Boeing 737 Max software woes does not address Ethiopian crash scenario, UK pilot union warns
Re: Making bricks fly
When the 737max comes back I'll just avoid airlines that have them in their fleet. I mostly fly BA anyway and they use A3xx for their short hauls.
This. I sometimes fly long haul on Boeings but they're not the ones with the problem. Would happily get on a 777 any day.
Short haul, the airlines that operate 737s are mostly ones I'd rather not fly anyway for other reasons. Ryanair being the obvious example.
Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide
Re: You had one job...
It shows either a staggering level of overconfidence in their systems or a staggering level of disregard for the wider public. Considering we're talking about Über, I'll let you decide which one of those it likely was
Considering we're talking about Über, it could be both.