* Posts by DB2DBA

31 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Dec 2012

Retiring greybeards force firms to retrain Java, .NET bods as mainframe sysadmins


System z training

Interestingly, IBM is no longer in the business of directly providing training. If you go to their training and education website you'll find the courses are offered through several vendors, but not IBM. They have a university initiative which provides prepared curriculum and system access to enable schools to offer courses is assembler, COBOL, DB2 and the like. I suspect that the results are mixed as I'm seeing some of these programs being shuttered. SHARE has its own zGen inititive. In a recent web conference the 20 somethings had some interesting insights. All mentioned that they thought a college education was not necessary to the job of sysadmin (sysprog) and as I recall at least one and maybe more stated that they prefered working with the green screen rather than a GUI, in part for the arcane nature of it, but also its efficiency.


Re: I'd love to do that

"Moving back to mainframes would mean getting away from all the MS shit that I have to deal with day-in, day-out."

Wrong. All the front end pieces are java. You'll be spending all your time figuring out what is going wrong with the Rube Goldberg connection system this time...


Re: in a free market there's no such thing as a skills shortage


Tata says USA rejecting HALF of Indians' work visa requests



I agree with the sentiment but, it's not gonna happen. What should happen however is that issuance of H1Bs should be tied to the unemployment rate. Once the rate falls below 3 percent, H1Bs are allowed. For each additional 1 percent drop in unemployment, the number of visas issued are increased by a fixed amount.


Re: onus was on the part of the employeer to prove they could not fill the position

Generally, these situations speak to the incompetence of HR.


Re: careful who they hire?

"When they have to shell out more money, they become much more careful about who they hire."

When you look at the spin rate for CEOs I don't think you will find care in hiring decisions being made at US companies whether at the very top or the very bottom.

Break out the scatter cushions: Google rents out NASA blimp hangar


Re: Wow. That thing's HUGE

Absolutely. When the 747 that used to shuttle the Space Shuttle back to Florida after Edwards landings would park behind it, it looked like a toy airplane. It was simply dwarfed by the structure.

Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight


Investor class

This is what passes for "investment" in the US today. Blow up the safe, grab the cash and let others repair the damage.

First Dell, now IBM: 15,000 jobs face the axe at Big Blue, says union


Re: weird

In another era it was called "trickle-down".

HP offers $150,000 for 'exploit unicorn' in Pwn2Own hacker competition


Re: Whatever.

IBM needs to get into this game too.

The talk below is on TN3270 exploits.


Private pain: Dell layoff bloodbath to hit over 15,000 staffers – insiders


COBRA health insurance

As a note, COBRA is just a continuation of the employer's health care plan, but this coverage is not paid for by the employer. The full burden of cost is on the former employee, often hundreds of $ for the employee alone or well over $1000 per month for those with dependents.

Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors


Re: It's all part of the plan. To sell the area off.

If that's the case, why do they call it a "trust"?

Trust: the condition of one to whom something has been entrusted.

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines


Productivity loss?

Has anyone done a study of the actual cost to businesses due to a loss of productivity when they switched to W8 (aka Wait)? That is, of course, if any have...

T-Mobile US: AT&T's mobe buyout deal is so 'desperate', we'll do it too


Not enough

While it sounds like a lot of money, you would still pay out of pocket unless you have only one phone line. Generally, the cost to break your contract is $200 per line. If you have a family plan the charge is separate for each line in the plan. What is needed is for all providers to abolish contracts. AT&T's rollover minutes should be enough incentive to stay there. T-Mobile's lower cost is an incentive to others. Verizon's claim to nearly universal service is an incentive to those who need such coverage. (Obviously V would have to improve their game to keep customers based on previous remarks.) Sprint might need to bring back unlimited data to compete. Just offer people a reason to stay instead of handcuffs.

Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw



This article gives me a greater appreciation for the S0C4.

Yahoo! boss! Mayer! sez! soz! for! lengthy! mail! outage!


Re: Yahoo layout boohoo

Eudora was better...

Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown


Your tax dollars at work

Considering all the resources NSA has available, shouldn't they be decrypting the CL key(s) and making them publicly available? Then at least taxpayers would get something useful from the money they've spent.

RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'


A question of (data) integrity

I find this statement by an RBS spokesman (quoted in The Guardian) to be telling: "If any customer is experiencing issues they should get in touch with our call centres or come into our branches, where our staff will be ready to help." This suggests that they don't have a handle on the data loss and need customers to identify the errors for them.

IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers


Appear to be two problems here

First was a failure that blocked customer access to their accounts, then secondly a failure in recovering from the first failure, highlighted by the loss of (what should have been) previously committed transactions (i.e. recent credits are missing. Is anyone missing debits?) As a major mainframe user RBS is likely to be running one or both of IBM's DBMSes, IMS or DB2. The hallmark of these systems is data integrity with recoverabilty. Expertise however in using them is still a necessity no matter how advanced the system becomes. The loss of data shows that this skillset may be lacking at RBS.

WD slips bullet between teeth, gets ready to hand $706m to Seagate


Employees will pay

While it's not really clear to me that WD was complicit in doctoring the Doctor's Powerpoints, ultimately it is WD employees who will pay for this. With the books so gravely in the red you can be assured that layoffs will ensue. Yes, his tenure at WD was indeed costly...

NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze


Unexpected snooze?

Of course it was snoozing. congress ordered it to when it shutdown the government!

Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig


The next Blackberry

After watching Blackberry's descent into oblivion you'd think these guys would take a hint.

Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?



"ALL laws and policy should be subject to a public voting system, (after all this is democracy right?) otherwise you will always be at the whim of a select few."

It doesn't work that way. Those in power will do whatever it takes to stay in power, and those willing to pay for access to power reap the benefit relative to what they pay. "The best Congress money can buy" as the saying goes.

Referendum follows the same rules. Look to California for how this works. "The people" with enough money can get their initiatives on the ballot and voted on by the small percentage of the population who registers to vote and then actually does.

A cynical view, yes, but this is how modern government works.

BlackBerry's retro-look QWERTY Q5 mobe: Resentment by design



Thanks for the review. I'm convinced. I'm keeping my 9300. The features of this lowly consumer grade BB clearly outshine anything BB offers today.



Thanks for the review. I'm convinced. I'm keeping my 9300. The features of this lowly consumer grade BB clearly outshine anything BB is offering today.

CIA-funded upstart: The truth about Prism and NSA's web snooping

Big Brother

Re: Palantir CEO interview, vintage 2009

You're correct about the disconnect. This article posted today on Techwire shows that Palantir do indeed work with government, in this case, the State of California Department of Justice.


Forget tax bills, here's how Google is really taking us all for a ride


Another possibility

DavCrav said "We will have armies of unemployed. Expect 1) revolution and anarchy, or 2) a massive war to kill off lots of young people."

Another possible outcome is described in Kornbluth's short story "The Marching Morons".

Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report


Making a late project later

The remark about throwing staff from other Apple products onto the iOS7 fire makes me wonder if anyone there has ever heard of Fred Brooks and "The Mythical Man Month"...


Single IPv6 packet kills Kaspersky-protected PCs, fix emerges



And the additional flaw where it foists the next version on you even though you did not request the download.

Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?


Peter Goldmark

Goldmark, who was hired by CBS in 1936 as its chief TV engineer, enjoyed classical music and was frustrated with having to flip the records over every few minutes. He set about solving the problem for himself and thus we have (had) the long playing record. His target length was for the record to play long enough to encompass an entire symphony on one record. He also moved the disk from shellac to vinyl, thus making it much less breakable (although not as easy to glue back together...) Interestingly, Sony president Norio Ohga had a similar motivation for the development of the CD, setting its length so that it would encompass Beethoven's 9th in its entirety.

Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong


Re: 6/8 time...why not 3/4 time?

Why? Consider the 6/8 march "The Washington Post", which was a popular two-step dance tune in its time. Try doing that with an extra beat to the bar...