* Posts by Jonathon Green

525 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Jun 2007

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Nokia demos upper 6 GHz band for mobile, but UK wants it shared with Wi-Fi

Jonathon Green

Re: Pesky buildings

Is that a bug or a feature?

My (possibly, even probably naive) assumption was that more, smaller cells would improve capacity in busy urban areas and that the shorter range and reduced penetration of higher frequency signals would help facilitate that.

Study finds 268% higher failure rates for Agile software projects

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Re: Just maybe?

…but then of course recruiting, motivating, and retaining talented staff (at developer, manager, and product management level alike) is harder work and more expensive than sending a bunch of people to Scrum Master boot camp (and doesn’t look as shiny on an ambitious managers resume) so guess what happens.

Jonathon Green

Re: Just maybe?

…we ought to grow up and recognise that outcomes depend more on the quality, motivation, and morale of both managers and managed than on methodologies.

'Little weirdo' shoulder surfer teaches UK cabinet minister a lesson in cybersecurity

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Re: Situational Awareness Is Rare

I think the theory is that if they’re going to have to take responsibility they’ll avoid fscking things up in the noble cause of self preservation…

You want us to think of the children? Couldn't agree more

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Hmmm….

I’m not sure I’d put the porn industry in the same category as Meta et-al. I’ve seen much less genuinely concerning material on Pornhub than I have on Facebook or Xitter….

First Ariane 6 rocket ready to assemble as Europe begins final countdown

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Go

Presumably not heading for Venus right away…

Software support chap survived breaking his customer

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It does/did indeed,

However you need somewhere to move this stuff to for safe keeping, and depending on exactly how long ago this was that may not have been a trivial consideration…

Post Office slapped down for late disclosure of documents in Horizon scandal inquiry

Jonathon Green

Re: MPs on a jury duty style system

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen the suggestion that improving the remuneration of MPs would lead to better quality candidates. The thing is, the proposition is always that I pay more for improvements to a service I’m not happy with without offering any concrete evidence of what improvement (if any) I’ll see.

My counter to that is that maybe we should have a system of performance based pay for MPs, Ministers, Parliamentary Committee chairs, etc, etc, etc. Let them show me the improved results first, and then I’ll part with the money. Of course this does open up all sorts of questions about what the performance targets should be, who gets to set them, and who gets to evaluate performance against them…

Jonathon Green

Re: Why is Paula Vennells still walking the streets?

Because, (and on the whole I think this is unambiguously A Good Thing), the UK has strict rules on access to firearms…

Local councils struggle with ill-fitting software despite spending billions with suppliers

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Boffin

Re: Problems and solutions not welcome

That and recognising that Local Authorities (and other government or quasi-governmental bodies) often have to exist within, comply with, and be able to demonstrate compliance with very different regulatory frameworks to commercial enterprises. Things which are pointless tickboxes for Acme Widgets plc wull be statutory responsibilities for Trumptonshire Social Services, and if the COTS solutions don’t support that without customisation…

Boeing top brass stand down amid safety turbulence

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Re: Always open

Well played sir, well plated…

UK minister tells telcos to share telegraph poles if they can't lay cable underground

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Coat

About the ‘A’ in ADSL…

Also don’t forget about the “Asymmetric” bit, it’s quite possible that a relatively slow fibre connection might give significantly more upstream bandwidth than a nominally faster ADSL option, and for some people (admittedly not your regular common or garden domestic consumer) that’s a selling point in itself.

US and Europe try to tame surveillance capitalism

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Wouldn’t it be great if…

…someone came up with a distributed computing project to generate enough fake traffic and inject enough spurious information into the datasets to make them completely valueless?

Just a daydream I know, but if it happened I’d be happy to donate a few processor cycles and a bit of bandwidth…

Juno fly-by detects lower levels of oxygen on Europa than expected

Jonathon Green
Boffin

ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS…

…EXCEPT EUROPA.

ATTEMPT NO LANDING THERE.

Chinese 'connected' cars are a national security threat, says Biden

Jonathon Green

I like Americans.

They’re funny!

Meta's pay-or-consent model hides 'massive illegal data processing ops': lawsuit

Jonathon Green

Facebook are welcome to monetise all of their users.

They can still sell and serve advertising, they just aren’t allowed to use non consensual intrusive data gathering to (allegedly) improve the targeting of that advertising.

Obviously they’ve so far managed to persuade advertisers that non-targeted advertising is less valuable and they might have to develop a pricing model which reflects that, but, on the basis of what the current model puts in front of me that would probably be more reflective of its actual value to the advertiser… :-)

Dumping us into ad tier of Prime Video when we paid for ad-free is 'unfair' – lawsuit

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Pirate

Aaaaarggggh me hearties…

…’tis time to raise the black flag again and set sail on the briny deep once more in search of ad-free plunder!

Angry mob trashes and sets fire to Waymo self-driving car

Jonathon Green

Since everybody else is doing SF references…

It’s the beginning of the Butlerian Jihad!

Fujitsu will not bid for UK.gov business until Post Office inquiry closes

Jonathon Green

Re: An aside

Probably even more fun being a candidate with Fujitsu on your CV…

Jonathon Green

Re: "We welcome Fujitsu's decision to pause bidding"

In spite of the fact that (lamentably) it took a TV show to raise the profile of this mess to a point that even the government had to take notice that wouldn’t be why they were precluding Fujitsu from bidding.

It would be because they were suspended from bidding while investigations took place into a massive failure of governance, and because an unknowable number of staff were party to a conspiracy to commit perjury on an industrial scale. Which I think probably would stand a decent chance in court…

Fujitsu gets $1B market cap haircut after TV disaster drama airs

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Re: Fushitesu

Oh come on. This mess has been in the public space for a very long time.

If people chose to associate themselves, or continue their association once it became clear that something was going very wrong at Fujitsu, and that people were being seriously harmed then at the very least they’ve been taking dirty money.

The level of culpability may vary (from “lots” to “not at all”) but complicity is still there at some level, and yeah, working for or making money out of Fujitsu is, like (voluntarily) working for or making money out of IG Farben, probably not going to be something you’d want to to bring up in dinner party conversation for a while…

Jonathon Green

Re: Fushitesu

Sine the project that eventually became Horizon apparently had its roots largely, if not entirely within the former ICL that doesn’t seem like a great argument for “innocent bystander” status…

Jonathon Green

Re: Fushitesu

Hmmmm…

How many Fujitsu staff can genuinely claim completely clean hands?

This mess has been pretty much common knowledge in the industry (and thanks to the efforts of Private Eye and the like increasing numbers of people outside the industry) for a very long time. If

were willing to keep taking the money, signing new contracts, or taking employment with an organisation under a cloud of that size and nature without asking themselves (and their management) a few questions then they’re kind of part of the problem…

Jonathon Green

Re: If government contracts with Fujitsu

Courts can only act on the basis of the evidence put before them. If prosecution witnesses are colluding to present false evidence it’s not down to the court if horrible things result.

There may be questions about the use/misuse/abuse/non-use of “expert witness” status for Fujitsu employees providing technical evidence to support the prosecutions, and I think (even before Legal Aid was hollowed out) there are huge issues around the funding of defence cases which revolve around technical questions, and where the prosecution has vastly more access to resources but that’s a different (if connected) question.

The New ROM Antics – building the ZX Spectrum 128

Jonathon Green

Re: "their substantial egos"

[Shrug] Stranger things have happened. I saw a Commodore VIC-20 running a substantial chunk of Chemical engineering at an ICI site, and spent a year working on a modular interface system to allow a Commodore 64, a BBC Micro, or potentially a humble Speccy to do the sort of industrial control work previously considered the domain of DEC PDP 11s and the like…

How governments become addicted to suppliers like Fujitsu

Jonathon Green

Re: There is a shaft of light there

“ Sunak and Co are finding out what happens when people in this country get seriously pissed off.”

They continue insisting white is black (and vice versa), banking the cash, making contacts, and adding largely unearned credibility and gravitas[1] to their resume until their positions become so completely and utterly untenable that no amount of bare faced arrogance can survive, continue in lucrative careers as non-exec board members, lobbyists, consultants, and in high profile lecturer/speaker gigs, then eventually retire as highly respected “elder statesmen” with a coterie of protégés and acolytes poised to take up their mantle next time around the cycle

Yeah. That’ll totally teach them…

[1] Note that Sunak has now managed to tick off the “ordered a military operation” box.

UK government woefully unprepared for 'catastrophic' ransomware attack

Jonathon Green
Go

Re: Same old

“A task force will be set up consisting of people with no technological knowledge whatsoever, and with meetings held in expensive venues.”

Who in turn will in time honoured fashion award a generously funded contract to a newly created company with no engineers (or any other relevant resources) owned by a close friend, family member, or business associate of a senior figure in government.

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater

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Re: Pope Elanor bans Bitek

Upvoted for gratuitous Peter F. Hamilton content. :-)

Jonathon Green

Re: Toyota's plans for EVs

…and (to the boundless joy of both Mirai owners) will also announce a rollout of a national hydrogen refill point network. :-)

Jonathon Green

Re: The Register ....

…and in other news the return of both Verity Stob and The Moderatrix is announced.

UK government rings the death knell for SIM farms

Jonathon Green
Holmes

> "This will give police additional tools to disrupt the vile criminals that target the UK public."

“Are the extra pejorative adjectives supposed to help? This just makes me question the motives of the speaker and ask what my attention is being diverted away from.”

It differentiates the targets from the nice polite criminals who went to the right schools and make donations to the right political parties and lobby groups…

From yellow cabs to sky cabs: Air taxis take a Big Apple test flight

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Black Helicopters

On the bright side…

…we can all look forward to being able to star in our own personalised recreation of the opening sequence of Bladerunner!

Workload written by student made millions, ran on unsupported hardware, with zero maintenance

Jonathon Green

Re: Proof Of Concept Business

It could be worse…

Macro abuse.

Better still, nested macro abuse!

Trumps function abuse any time, not only has it left me scarred but I’m still acquiring new scars from a particularly enthusiastic practitioner of it right now in spite of the fact that he left the company almost a decade ago…

The home Wi-Fi upgrade we never asked for is coming. The one we need is not

Jonathon Green
Coat

I’ve found that a lot of the problems with WiFi in the home can be solved quickly and easily by investing in a bunch of ethernet cables for those things which don’t actually need to move around…

…but then that won’t generate any revenue for the ISP and doesn’t look great on the marketing material.

Largest local government body in Europe goes under amid Oracle disaster

Jonathon Green
IT Angle

Re: I detect an element of extreme bias in that headline. :-0

“ It seems very strange that the headline exclusively focuses on a company that makes up a partial contributor to the issues and costs and even that may have been caused by the council and not by whowever is proving systems such as oracle‘

I dunno, could it be because El Reg is primarily an IT related publication and hence tends to focus on those bits of the story which its contributors and readership have a specific competence and/or interest in?

Florida Man and associates indicted for conspiracy to steal data, software

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans…

…they’re funny.

We need to be first on the Moon, uh, again, says NASA

Jonathon Green

Re: So reading between the lines ...

Ships in the night eh…

Cigna sued for using software to deny healthcare insurance claims

Jonathon Green
Trollface

“Algorithm!”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…”

'There has never been a realistic plan' for UK's £11B Emergency Services Network

Jonathon Green
Trollface

You know, I can’t help thinking that you could buy an awful lot of prepaid SIMs and ruggedised generic mobile terminals for $11Bn and probably still have money left over when you’ve bunged the network operators a bit of cash to bring the not-spot level down to something manageable….

Bosses face losing 'key' workers after forcing a return to office

Jonathon Green

I’ve seen a couple of those conversions…

…and it wasn’t pleasant. I wouldn’t want to live in one, and I wouldn’t inflict them on anybody else, we already have plenty of shoddy, poor quality housing stock and adding to that isn’t really going to do anybody any favours.

While I’m sure it’s theoretically possible to do good quality conversions my suspicion is that the poor quality lash-up on a building which was cheaply constructed in the first place, and which just about scrapes through planning rules will always look better on the developer’s spreadsheet, and so that’s what we’ll get.

Jonathon Green

Re: I went into the office for 40 years

So did I.

And now I don’t, and I’m not going back…

Google accused of ripping off advertisers with video ads no one saw. Now, the expert view

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Go

Could this be…

…one of those rare and delicious cases where you can cheer on both parties in a contractual spat, and a pyrrhic victory where the lawyers walk away with all the money looks like a win for humanity.

BOFH: Get me a new data file or your manager finds out exactly what you think of him

Jonathon Green

Re: Oh the pain!

I actually have some sympathy for “solved it now guy”.

Nobody wants to go on a technical forum and admit that they made totally unrelated changes to address an unrelated problem on a system which didn’t interface with the problematical one in any obvious way, and which wasn’t even in the same time zone, the original problem went away, and that they’ve now change freezed their entire corporate infrastructure across four continents in the forlorn hope that it doesn’t recur…

When it comes to Linux distros, one person's molehill is another's mountain

Jonathon Green

“ This led me to my current little project, which is to create a bootable image which has busybox, dpkg and apt-get, so that I can install a system by adding, rather than subtracting, packages.”

Isn’t that pretty much what Alpine is?

Red Hat layoffs spark calls to unionize, CEO wades in

Jonathon Green
Trollface

I like Americans. They’re funny…

Musk tried to wriggle out of Autopilot grilling by claiming past boasts may be deepfakes

Jonathon Green

“This seems unlikely to work. Folding your arms and saying, "yeah, but can you PROVE it?"

The legal equivalent of folding your arms and engaging autopilot in your Muskmobile at 80MPH?

UK PM Sunak plans to allocate just £1bn to semiconductor industry

Jonathon Green

Shipless ferry company, fabless semiconductor company. Same thing really isn’t it… :-)

CEO sorry after telling staff to 'leave pity city' over bonuses

Jonathon Green

Re: 90-second clip taken out of context and posted on social media

That’s the incident I had in mind… :-)

Jonathon Green
Trollface

Re: 90-second clip taken out of context and posted on social media

A video clip of her arrival at the airport and transfer to the venue so that we can all see that she’s downsized both the private jet *and* the helicopter?

Jonathon Green

Re: No awareness

"... and I'm getting no bonus either until you get a bonus"

Maybe she has just enough shame to draw the line at outright lying, because one way or another, sooner or later, there’s *always* a bonus to be had in the C suite…

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