* Posts by Where not exists

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Yukon UFO could have cost unfortunate balloon fan $12

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Hobbyists need more obvious payloads

If the payload had looked like this maybe they wouldn't have shot it down. https://youtu.be/5REsCTG4-Gg

Aviation regulators push for more automation so flights can be run by a single pilot

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Ghosts in the code: the near crash of Qantas flight 72


Watch your outputs.

World's richest man posts memes as $44b Twitter acquisition veers off course

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The Peter Principle at work...

Somehow, I think that requiring employees to sign a death pact with the new boss is just not the best way to encourage them to stay. Although for those who have decided to just say no, I wonder if they'll ever see their 90 days severance since HR (to my understanding) has already been canned.

Python tops programming love list – but if you want a job, learn SQL

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Hooray for JCL!

Oh. Wait. They said SQL, didn't they...

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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Sounds like ransomware by another name.

IBM deliberately misclassified mainframe sales to enrich execs, lawsuit claims

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Re: What ? Little Ginny cooked the books ? Say it ain't so !

Sanjay thought so.


IT outages in the financial sector: Legacy banks playing tech catch-up risk more outages, UK MPs told

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No, banks do not run their core systems on old mainframe hardware.

They run it on current mainframe hardware such as the z14: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/17/ibm_latest_mainframe_z14/

However as stated the old code continues to run. Not having to reprogram when hardware is upgraded was a foundational element of System/360.

US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Re: 2000 election

That was an example of user error.

Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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Re: Where To??

I'm sure Reno would be happy to take away some of LV's biz.

Ego stroking, effusive praise and promise of billions: White House tech meeting in full

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CEOs will cash in

I doubt seriously that Jared Kushner knows anything of the history of major IT projects, let alone the risk of failure. It will be a colossal boondoggle like any of those in the link below. The CEOs however will be ok...


Western Digital to axe 507 California staffers

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Wait a second....

All this talk about the 580, 680, 880, 237, 101, 85, 87, to which I add 84, 92, 238, Sunol Grade, Niles Canyon, and my favorite special place in the morning, where Calaveras Blvd merges onto WB 237 with its laughable traffic metering light... I thought this was Silly-con Valley where folks would teleport, or at least telecommute to work. What the heck? Hey Musk! Where's my jetpack?????

The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: The GOOD news!!! Except that it's AA

(another Android)

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Re: What do I replace my Lumia 1020 with?

A basic phone, hotspot, small laptop or tablet, and a micro four-thirds or bridge model camera.

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Re: Too little too late

Yes, the WP is a good work phone. Not quite as no nonsense as a BlackBerry, but close. The keyboard is pretty good, but like all touch screen keyboards lacks the features of a BB, such as uppercase in a single keystoke or direct access to numbers and some special characters. The Apple keyboard is much worse in this regard (I'm forced to use one for work). Live tiles are very helpful in showing you exactly how many messages are pending, and notifications take you directly to the message you select. The only feature of the iPhone that I like better is the alarm clock. Chose a loser again (was a BB user for a decade). I guess I'll keep using my 640 XL LTE dual-sim until it becomes an electronic waste doorstop.

Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

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@Crazy Operations Guy

"Requiring candidates to pay for things like this forces them into whoring themselves to whomever is willing to trade money for political influence."

You figured it out!

Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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Oh, THAT Dublin

When I saw the headline I thought you meant Dublin, California...

America edges closer to get-a-proper-warrant-to-read-my-email law

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@jack of shadows

Read the bill:


US tech CEOs demand Congress programs US kids to be tech workers

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Re: College not the best model

"I'm pretty certain that they're not really looking for expertise at all." You got that right. Where I used to work I saw hundreds of years of irreplaceable knowledge and expertise walked out the door of any given layoff day. The software widgets still get cranked out, even though of lower quality, but still at the original full price, so management is happy with their bonuses. Human capital has no value in most places. The problem is for people who decide / need to retool in order to stay in, get back into the pool. Current systems do not support this need. For sure online education is helping, but it still has a traditional base. The process needs further updating. Even if employers don't give a hoot, people need jobs and they need constant availability of good education to help them keep running in place.

"The ridiculous part was that the job I had at my old employer was sliced and diced to the point where there were six (count 'em) teams now responsible for the most of the day-to-day things I used to do. And those teams had little to no knowledge of what the other teams did or how their work might affect what the others were doing.". Sounds like your former employer is trying to make an assembly line process of your old job. I'd say, good riddance to 'em! Just turn your back and move on. Make their loss someone else's gain.

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College not the best model

College takes too long and often does not necessarily produce people with the right skill set. The whole education process needs to be reconsidered. Tiered education with multiple timely sprints that advance current skills and teach new ones would be the way to go.

Eight in ten IBM Global Tech Services roles will be offshore by 2017

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IBM means It's Bad Management.

Yelp minimum wage row shines spotlight on … broke, fired employee

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Re: Trump?

Notice that his solution to the problem is to move the jobs to Arizona.

Cardinal sin: Ex St Louis baseball exec cops to 'hacking' rival team's db

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There's a right way and a wrong way

And this employee chose absolutely the wrong way if that is the case. MLB teams have money and can hire lots of legal firepower. He should have raised his suspicion with management and let them send it to legal instead of playing junior PI.

American cable giants go bananas after FCC slams broadband rollout

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Re: Thanks FCC

I'd sure like to get 1M down and .03M up...

If you want a USB thumb drive wiped, try asking an arts student for help

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Arts students

Of course they knew what to do. Copyright protection!

Compuware promises mainframe DevOps as old programmers croak

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Re: Real Problem

What you seem to be saying is the new kid on the block suffers from a lack of corporate knowledge and doesn't know the often undocumented business rules that lie deep within the code. In the "good ol' days" (whenever that was) the newbie was mentored extensively. Now however with limited staff the few people who remain, even if they want to mentor, simply can't. They don't have the cycles to spare. The overlap that mentoring requires simply doesn't happen anymore. It's a "luxury" of a glorious past. Experienced personnel get shown the door on one day, and recent budget hirings come in the next. Wash, rinse and repeat...

What do you need to deliver next-gen Enterprise applications?

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Still hierarchical after all these years


Software update borked radar, delayed hundreds of flights, says US FAA

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It all depends

If your goal is to find bugs, then you will find them. If your goal is to find zero defects, then that is what you will find. Different thought processes. Lockheed is a manufacturer. Manufacturers strive for zero defects. And that is what they found.

Intel left a fascinating security flaw in its chips for 16 years – here's how to exploit it

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Sales going up!

Sounds like a good way for Intel to ramp up orders for new hardware.

Citrix CEO retires as activist investor Elliott snatches the wheel

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Time to start the engines and race to the bottom

"In June, the fund's management said it had reviewed Citrix's business with a team of senior software execs and come up with a "strategic and operating plan" that it claims will make the company more efficient and valuable."

Translated: We're going to bring in a bunch of the fund manager's buddies who will run the company into the ground by strategically dumping employees until costs are brought into line with soon to be ever shrinking revenue after the products go south when there is no one left to build or fix them...

US govt now says 21.5 million people exposed by OPM hack – here's what you need to know

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Good luck getting notified...

The information page about the "incident" on OPM's website states that they will be sending notification letters to everyone effected by the breach. If OPM does as good a job of finding people as the VA did, then most people will never get any notification.


As the US realises it's been PWNED, when will OPM heads roll?

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finger pointing

You must not have read the memo. Finger pointing is the primary function of the best congress that money can buy.

Privacy advocates descend on proposed domain name change

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Re: @Graham Marsden

"Imagine if you're operating a Gay Rights organisation in one of the many countries where homosexuality is criminalised?

Or what about parts of the world where one schism of the religion you follow deems your particular schism to be apostasy and punishable by death?"

Then why not choose a TLD other than .com? There are many more now than there used to be, with many of them generalized and without a business intent.

Elon Musk's $4.9bn taxpayer windfall revealed

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Re: Consumer subsidy per car

Simply stated, the well off are financially positioned to take advantage of the $7500 rebate, so they do.

SPY FRY: Smart meters EXPLODE in Californian power surge

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"Good God, whatever happened to old fashioned thinking?"

It went out of fashion.

Stale pizza, backup BlackBerrys, payroll panic: Sony Pictures mega-hack

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What execs fail to realize

Is that today every company is an IT company, no matter what your business is. That's the lesson for Sony here, and anyone else who thinks only of the business product, and not the underpinnings of their whole organization.

Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: the above problems point to one root cause

So what happens when the employers decide to leave?

Shock! Nork-grating flick The Interview WILL be in cinemas – Sony

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Other way

If Kim Jong-un is so upset about the movie, why doesn't he just slap a lawsuit on Sony? It worked for Hitler against Alan Cranston.


El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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What redesign? I'm not seeing anything different on my BlackBerry.

Nork-ribbing flick The Interview AXED: Sony caves under hack terror 'menace'

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Postponed, not cancelled

It's not unusual for Hollywood to postpone a film release. This happened right after Sept 11. (Can't remember what films were held back then.) This one could well see release sometime later.

Orion hacker sends stowaway into SPAAAAACE

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Re: flying chips

Sounds reasonable. NASA is unlikely to just throw something out into space without a purpose for it.

'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Re: Oh, for Christ's sake...

While the message reads like a typical spam mail that I delete after reading the first two words, the fact that whoever sent it also has the recipient's home address, phone numbers, social security number, date of birth, income, bank account info (if they had direct deposit), probably the names and ages of their family members (from health care data, emergency data, etc.), among many other details, yeah, I'd be scared.

Stupid humans and their expensive data breaches

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Article Summary

To err is human, but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

Sony Pictures MEGAHACK: Securobods pull out probes, analyse badness

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Re: Complexity is a defense too

The green screen shot posted at krebsonsecurity.com shows that Sony does run on multiple platforms. But these days it's very easy to grab data off the mainframe, so data like that shown in the screen shot could have easily been exported by users and grabbed off their hard drives by GOP.

Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

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Private v Public

Considering that this is a private company and not a public agency like NASA, I wonder if there will ever be a full, detailed account published on the accident.

BlackBerry claims ugly duckling Passport mobe is a swan in the offing

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For me one of the best features of the BB has always been the holster and its recognition of having been holstered. Then with proper notification settings (vibrate when holstered) you don't need to pull it out to look at it because you know what's going on without looking. I guess you can get that from the pocket too, but at a volume that notifies everyone else of your messages. Unfortunately it looks like this new design is not going to be holsterable. I'm keeping the 9900 for now.

Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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Re: Give me a break

Agreed. Google is just another corportation. But Google has also branded itself as something of a do gooder. The do gooder image is in conflict with its business image. Google management will need to figure out how to reconcile the two in order to retain the popular support the company has long enjoyed. It will be interesting to see what they do and the result that they arrive at.

YOU'RE HISTORY: Ancestry.com goes titsup for TWO DAYS

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Geez! While digging up your ancestors is fun I didn't realize that Ancestry.com and FindaGrave.com were such an addiction of the genealogy set.

TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: Combo Upate

"You mean some sort of service pack?"


It's Google's no-wheel car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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No-Wheel car - It's not a first

Scroll almost half-way down this page to see a shot of an autonomous highway system test from the 1950s.


Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst

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Re: FUDmobile

"The traffic light logic is also dubious"

I agree on this point, but for an entirely different reason. At its extreme, if non-autonomous cars are banned from all roadways, then there would be no need for traffic lights. The cars would work it out among themselves before entering the intersection, pace and plan accordingly. They could choreograph interweaving movement through the intersection. They would brake for foot traffic and cyclists and signal this to the other cars to stop. Heck, if they are talking among themselves they could let other cars that have turned on the "looking for parking" signal on know when a parking space is available. They could talk to their own components, query the tires for their condition or ask the engine "how's the oil", IoT. But do I want them to take over nearly every aspect of personal conveyance? No, however at the insistance of others, I may not have that choice.