* Posts by haiku

14 posts • joined 17 Jul 2014

Lawsuit klaxon: HP, HPE accused of coordinated plan to oust older staff in favor of cheaper, compliant youngsters


A rattlesnake has more ethics than the modern corporation.

As an HP user since the late 70's (including 250's & 3000's) I think that I can honstly say that Bill & Dave would be horrified,

Australian contact-tracing app leaks telling info and increases chances of third-party tracking, say security folks


>> Remind them how little time they think before they download dozens of free, adware crap games

>> that are likely far worse for their data & privacy than this ever would be!

A case of two wrongs making ME right ?

COBOL-coding volunteers sought as slammed mainframes slow New Jersey's coronavirus response


CYA anyone ?

In short, a polician's standard fix for CYA: blame someone else.


Pray tell ...

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


Ensuring that all code is tested

An added incentive would be to include (as passengers) all programmers whose code is being tested on all live test flights ...

What did turbonerds do before the internet? 41 years ago, a load of BBS


My first "eureka" moment - understanding the concept of McLuhan's global village - came when posting a question (sitting in South Africa) on CompuServe (in Ohio) and receiving an answer (from Holland) ten minutes later.

For some or another reason this blew my mind, even though I had used FIDOnet for many a year.

You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec


The Missing Elephant

One of the 'elephants in the room' missing in the discussion thus far is the age-old (weak pun intended) problem of age-ism: on one's fortieth birthday all IT skills are lost and one becomes totally unemployable.

The Reg Coding competition – 10 times as hard as the last one!


Re: This sounds totally too easy, I don't get it!

How much work is this going to be, really? Is there only one question - "The Question"?. Or is it one per week, day, hour, phase o' the moon? The "Time Limit" paragraph hints at "Questions"?!"

Exactly my first thought.

Then I realised that the actual challenge was in fact more life-like: make sense of an ambiguous specification ... !

Google's dream city isn't a new idea


Re: A True Utopia

Don't forget: the rats will be there from the first ...

IT as a profit centre: Could we? Should we?


In my experience IT as a cost centre works well

IT was a cost centre in the company that I worked for in the late 70's, with all IT expenses reflecting on the companies' monthly financial statements.

All work for the other companies in the group was charged for on a fixed-price contract basis, with the other companies having the option of employing outsiders. So pencils were pretty sharp when it came to both quoting and delivering.

The first benefit of the system was that all companies - as part of the annual budgeting process - had to budget for their IT requirements, so we had a pretty good idea of what was coming, and could plan accordingly.

More importantly, however, was the fact that all work was going to reflect on somebody's budget. So the 'customers' made sure that everything was specified correctly 'cos, if not, they were going to blow their budget on re-work. Ditto the IT department if we screwed on a development.

And asking the Group Financial Director for extra funds was, to put it mildly, not something one did twice ... 8)

Britain needs more tech immigrants, quango tells UK.gov


Don't forget that - in an employer's eyes - on the very day that you turn forty your skills become obsolete ...

For pity's sake, you fool! DON'T UPGRADE it will make it worse


Re: This story just goes to prove...

A customisable keyboard has been available since 2012.

The Optimus Popularis is available from Amazon for $1,500.

It would probably be cheaper for Mrs D to switch professions ...


Re: This story just goes to prove...


UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law


Re: Dangerous precedent

>> Snowden has had no such "opportunity".

And, if the US government - and its allies - have their way, never will.


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