* Posts by Ashto5

205 publicly visible posts • joined 26 May 2016


How not to test a new system: push a button and wait to see what happens


Fortune favours the damn lucky

While being less senior than now, in a moment of madness I decided to see if I could rebuild the entire DB and Data from scripts.

It took me a few days to get it working and I was then able to recreate from scratch the main system of the company feeling pretty good about it.

I went home thought nothing of it until we came in the next day with the fire brigade lights flashing and the building shut, a water pipe had bust, and in the main server room a tsunami was occurring.

The bosses were panicking about the business not surviving so when I mentioned I could rebuild the system in a matter of hours IF they got my desktop out.

Later that day the system was back up and running slowly on my PC.

Hero back slapping ensued then it struck me the data I had been working with was at least a week out of date, best not to ruin their day so I kept quiet.

One of my Finest hours

Elon Musk to abused Twitter users: Your tormentors are coming back


Re: Seriously ?

I am NOT missing the original reason for censorship on Twitter.

What I am am writing is that you don’t have to be on there and then complain you can walk away.

Q-anon people existed before Twitter and assault rifles are prevalent in the USA as a Brit I wouldn’t presume to tell you about the craziness of that.

The statistics show more people killed by hand guns in everyday situations and not coordinated armed militias.

Hey have great day and maybe avoid the places where those nasties hang out ?


Seriously ?


It is not real

It is a website and that is all

If you feel offended then walk away

If you feel comfortable then stay

There are many platforms for different people

On the running into the ground, I don’t buy that one. Musk is NOT an idiot I think he is clearing the decks of the expensive people and people he would end up in battles with

Revenue drops but wages also drop and pretty soon the revenue will creep back up but salaries will not

I believe he will bring it in to profit

And I suspect his backers know this

But remember Twitter is not for everyone

Have a great day

Israel sets robotic target-tracking turrets in the West Bank


Palestinian will build their own

I can only surmise that the Palestinian people will build their own version.

I feel that it will not be long before there are automated killing machines on both sides.

If Isreal is so sure it is right then maybe they should just get on with the extermination of Palestinian people.

You would think the Israelis would recognise a despotic regime.

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


4D Chess

Everyone screaming about Elons Twitter play.

Twitter was losing $4m a day

Sack all the expensive staff

Keep all the support people

No new features but the site keeps up and running.

Advertisers who are “free speech washing” realise that others are still advertising on Twitter will return and maybe Elon will raise the price ?

Twitter can be a money making machine and Elon knows it.


Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes sentenced to 11 years in prison


She got off lightly

I have to say I believe that she got off lightly.

These massive frauds have massive consequences for smaller people.

Why does the tech sector still think a dropout from a massively successful institution, is some sort of success story?

There are a lot more CEO’s that need to be sent to jail.

This sort of sentence just sends the signal

Go for it, even if caught you will still be stinking rich when you get out.

Multi-tasker Musk expects to reduce time at Twitter, seek another leader


4D Chess

When I read these things I try to look for the hidden picture.

Twitter is losing £4m a day.

Scrap the staff, keep only those required to keep the platform functioning and legal.

Boom Twitter returns to profit.

The cost ?

More people piling in on poor old Elon.

But he has shown he does not give a brown swirly.

Hand it over to someone to recruit and redefine the direction of Twitter after you have cleared the dead wood.

4D Chess, check mate.

Windows 11 runs on fewer than 1 in 6 PCs


Plain Annoying

Win11 on one laptop

It is just annoying

Thank god it’s on my wife’s laptop and not mine

Ex-Uber security chief accused of hushing database breach must face fraud charges


NDA with a criminal

Who are these people making decisions about having an NDA with a criminal.

What on earth is their thought process?

The person is a criminal and totally untrustworthy and the other is a hacker.

More prisons filled with execs rather than workers that is what is needed 2008 financial crash NOT one person has been jailed for it.

Appeals court already under fire for upholding Texas no-content-moderation law


USA Today

Well what happened to the “American Dream”?

Sounds like the USA has truly moved to nightmare scenario, the UK is hot on your heels vague laws that protect no one but implicate everyone.

Our politicians are not worthy to lead a singalong.

I heard a quote on the radio “ the rich need to take care of the poor or the poor will take care of the rich”.

Supply chain normality returns for PCs but not servers, says Dell


Gaming Machines

The only real market left

The laptops need no more power so it will be hard to keep demanding more money, all the main services are cloud and browser based, they total rely on your band width.

Personally give me a phone that will run Vscode and connect to a decent monitor and wireless keyboard and mouse.

Apple app transparency changes bring in the ad bucks... for Apple


USA Big Tech

Phew thanks Apple for protecting me from FB & G.

I wish there was something I could do for them hmm

Tesla expands Powerwall-to-grid program to cover most of California


Oh how did we survive 100 years ago

I am amazed that the human race managed to survive without solar wind hydro battery and nuclear.

Gosh how did they manage it ?

California asks people not to charge EVs during heatwave



I look forward to the IPO


The Sunshine State

Err guys can you not like put up some solar panels and like get some of that sweet sunshine to make electricity ?

I know it seems like some mad idea to do this in the state where the sunshines for like 360 days a year.

Underwater datacenter will open for business this year



So now we are going to use the cold of the ocean to cool our data centres

Is that not warming the ocean by putting a freaking massive heater in it?

Co2 and all that crappola, warm seas release Co2.


Micron wants tax breaks for '$160b' Texas chip fab plant


USA national debt

If you look back the records for incentives given to US big corps

It totals the USA national debt

It makes no sense to keep giving rich mega corps these tax breaks

You have bridges falling down cities rotting and homelessness on an industrial scale and you want to give this money to these people

Cancel student debt, cap property prices

Finally give some hope to the people of the west

Zuckerberg: Yes, Facebook kept Hunter Biden's laptop under wraps


Re: A Dutch saying

That’s the funniest thing I have read in ages


$50m+ contract for crime-fighting IT system won by Fujitsu after no one else bid


Re: As its Fujitsu

Perhaps there was some direct integration in place ?

Post office system to police system

Qualcomm, GlobalFoundries double down on US chip production


3 Trillion USA Debt

If you tally the subsidies given to USA companies it totals the 3 Trillion debt held by the USA and which the public have to pay interest.

The USA version of capitalism is just pure BS.

No wonder the USA is in massive decline and China is in ascendancy.

Copper shortage keeps green energy, tech ventures grounded


BT Cabling Home Phones

As we move to 5G could we not remove the copper cabling and recycle.

I remember about 15 years ago the value of the copper BT had was higher than the total value of BT the government of the day stopped BT from pulling the copper out and selling it.

Choosing a non-Windows OS on Lenovo Secured-core PCs is trickier than it should be


Let the buyer beware

MS have provided OS and IDE that have allowed me to have a very profitable career.

So thank you MS, BUT ffs can you please stop shooting yourself in the face.

FBI and MI5 bosses: China cheats and steals at massive scale


Sounds like jealousy to me

Jealous much ?

Leaked Uber docs reveal frequent use of 'kill switch' to deactivate tech, thwart investigators


UBER revolutionised Taxis

UBER revolutionised taxis

But now with dynamic pricing you just get screwed by a different group.

Everyone back to the office! Why? Because the decision has been made


Jacob Reese Mogg


Is the current minister for

“Returning to Dickensian Values”

Microsoft postpones shift to New Commerce Experience subscriptions


Re: "customers will be asked to sign up for the scheme soon"

I do

It is not about the customer it is about the income stream and if some firms have to lose so that MS wins, then I expect MS to just do it; they do have deep pockets.

India extends deadline for compliance with infosec logging rules by 90 days


Fax Machine

OK, we need the tel number and then we can spam them

Intel demands $625m in interest from Europe on overturned antitrust fine


£650m to pay the lawyers fees

Lawyers be having money fights in their plush offices.

Seniors the only ones allowed to use the Ben Franklin notes.



Ban Intel from EU systems

Just make the decision to not use any intel chips within the EU institutions.

The EU will recoup the £650m payment in about 5 years.

The EU could make a deal with its suppliers to only use a another chipset exclusively and get a huge discount.

Job done move on.

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035


Yawn Fantasy

Expect this to be sidelined

EU & UK do not have the capacity to build the electricity generation in that time scale

So now we have to turn coal back on or buy Russian gas

The rare earth ores required mean digging up half of Australia that’s going to go down really well.

You will be forced on to public transport and cycling to get anywhere

As for electric prices they will be through the roof

So no saving on fuel

Hybrid is the only way froward at the moment

But hey let’s close the door on that muppets

Meteoroid hits main mirror on James Webb Space Telescope


NASA Guys are just awesome

These guys are just off the scale awesome

Factor in the hits and have plans to deal with it

That’s how they kept the Hubble chugging along and why voyager 1 & 2 are still wizzing through space.

Just on awe of these guys.

Microsoft accidentally turned off hardware requirements for Windows 11


Win 10 is good enough

Don’t want win11

Small nuclear reactors produce '35x more waste' than big plants


Why the HELL Nuclear

It takes thousands of years to clear up the waste.

This is a trap to ensure energy companies can continue to make profits and YOU pick up the tab for the ridiculous clean up cost.

Solar and wind are free once you have the panels / blades.

Tech hiring freeze doesn't mean people won't leave


Does not matter

The ONLY issue for IT roles

If Rishi Sunak insists his father in laws Indian workers must be allowed UK visas

That will kill the market.


Spot On

You nailed it there

The only people demanding you back in the office are the ones who cannot sell you something unless you out of your home.

Elon Musk orders Tesla execs back to the office


Musk is like a bright light

He will attract the moths

He knows it

You know it

He is just another Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates etc

You only have the option to not work for him and or not buy his products.

He has pushed things forward massively.

The world requires these people otherwise we fall into bureaucrats Hands then nothing happens ever.

VMware customers have watched Broadcom's acquisitions and don't like what they see


VMWare will become truly virtual

If you have the scripts you can move your production environments to many other stacks.

It is only for VMWare to fun at it up and the move away will become a flood

Any existing bugs will be attributed to the take over

Your data's auctioned off up to 987 times a day, NGO reports


Clicked my 1st advert link in a long time

I clicked my 1st ad link in a very long time

I did this in my phone

The same ad now appears on

My laptop

My phone

My works laptop

My VM on my works laptop

It is ridiculous as I now will NOT buy the t shirt on principal.

It’s not really optional to have a system that says we will spam you to death or make an account and we will spam you to death but the spam might be a bit more relevant.

Voyager 1 space probe producing ‘anomalous telemetry data’


45 Years and still nothing changes

160 bits per second, and signals take 20 hours and 33 minutes to reach the probe. Yes – that means round trip latency of 41 hours and six minutes.

Pretty sure some off the newest websites run at those speeds and only get away with it because they are relying on your phone etc to have mega powers.

Legacy IT to blame for UK's inflexible benefits system


Why slag off COBOL

COBOL is a brilliant language.

Very linear no “promises” that work would be done.

I worked on the National Insurance system back in the late 80’s.

The problems stemmed from Authur Anderson’s “droids” six weeks out of uni designing the architecture of the system and carrying out the analysis.

I was let go for correcting one of their specs that basically had an IF statement that was so wrong it would have taken a genius to find a way to get it wrong.

Back in the 80’s they charged £1,000 a day for these grads.

John Deere tractors 'bricked' after Russia steals machinery from Ukraine


GPS & Automated Vehicles

If you have all of that cant you just tell the kit to come home ?

Or even have if FUBAR the planting / harvesting process if it is not in the place it should be ?

Or you could take the pay to plant option

Please swipe your credit card to operate the tractor bit like the fairground rides

Study: How Amazon uses Echo smart speaker conversations to target ads


Not in my house

I won’t have one in my house

Did you really think that anything these American tech companies offer is nit used to profile and sell shite to you

Or at least con advertisers into paying

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs, is 40



Loved it still have a place in my heart.

ZX Spectrum, friends had that for playing games.

Glad I had the ZX81 as I invented games which lead me to a career that is still going strong.

GOTO don’t knock it

GOSUB awesome

The combination key word keyboards

Man I could type fast on those faster than todays keyboards actually.

Funny that most modern IDE give you shortcuts to place a code snippet but you could do it naturally from the Sinclair keyboards

Enjoy your memories

Happy Birthday Speccy

Netflix to crack down on account sharing, offer ad-laden cheaper options


Add ADS Subtract SUBS

You think the drop off is large now?

Once you put ads in there it will be a cliff edge fall off.

I hate YouTube’s ads they are irrelevant to me no I do not wish to holiday in Qatar and having it shoved at me while I am listening to some Cuban cafe music has me reaching to turn off the service.

I will be unsubscribing from Netflix as the cost of living crisis hits bye bye Netflix bye bye Disney Amazon is the hardest to lose because it is tied in to so many other features but hey I could save thousands without its convenience.

These big tech USA companies cannot continue just putting prices up.

Apple iOS privacy clampdown 'did little' to reduce tracking



Let us be honest Google etc tracking us has already happened.

Your data is out there, you cannot get it back.

The only true way to enforce privacy is to actually make tracking you a crime.

And like that is ever going to happen.

Samsung boss Lee Jae-yong in trouble again – this time over financial filings


The best justice money can buy

Well they did follow the American dream model, so should we be surprised ?

Swedish firms ink deal to make green hydrogen with wind power


Re: Oxygen by product

Oxygen is a valuable product in its own right

So I am sure they will be using it, the Swedish and Scandinavian countries really have a handle on this stuff, unlike the UK which has to be seen to talk the talk

And as for the USA well they don’t even talk the talk anymore.

Microsoft hikes prices for non-profit customers, ends on-prem software grants


Wow just wow

It’s like not even a coffee

Jeez get over it