* Posts by GruntyMcPugh

1194 posts • joined 29 Sep 2016


Bless you: Yep, it's IBM's new name for tech services spinoff and totally not a hayfever medicine


Re: Poor old IBM

"They just don't make any sense anymore...."

And they no longer make Servers, or Workstations, or Laptops,.... now they've farmed off the outsourcing, leaving core IBM with,.... Cloud and Z-Series?

I did a contract at a Bank, and they had a couple of Z-Series,.. only time I've seen one in the wild. I don't know anyone who uses IBM cloud.

They cut Notes / Symphony loose some time ago. As someone forced to use 'Symphony' it was more of a cacophony.

Just how do they make revenue?


DERA, formerly DRA, quite apt. DRA to DERA to QinetiQ, then many staff farmed off to Atlas Electronik.

Which reminds me, I need to go book a camping trip with my favourite spook.

IBM creates a COBOL compiler – for Linux on x86


Re: [Aside] Storage media

and rectangular iirc.


Re: [Aside] Storage media

Yeah 8", I did a contract at a place that ran an old IBM System 34 with a floppy auto loader thingy, although I only worked on their AS/400.

Imagine your data center backup generator kicks in during power outage ... and catches fire. Well, it happened


Re: This would never have happened at a certain broadcaster I used to work for.

At our place we did think to get the tank topped up after seven years in the new location, and it proved to be quite hard to arrange, as it had never been done since the place was built and equipped. The generator and tank were in the rear car park, which is quite small and tight to get a tanker into. I never did find out how they did it in the end.

Pyrrhic victory: Co-Op wins £13m from IBM over collapse of £175m Project Cobalt insurance platform contract


Re: Well DUH!

Back in the noughties when I worked for an ISP, we were planning deploying our first Windows Active Dirctory infrastructure, and we looked at implementing Cisco dynamic DNS at the top level. The 'expert' arrived, with a photcopied version of the manual, never having installed the product previously. He wasn't even on prem long enough to sample the free tea and coffee.

Arecibo Observatory brings forward 'controlled demolition' plans by collapsing all by itself


Re: ::insert moment of silence::

Well yeah,... on the annual Snowboard trip, being suspended in a Gondola from a single steel cable, my mind turns towards maintenance schedules.

Glastonbury hippy shop Hemp in Avalon rapped for spouting 'plandemic' pseudoscience


Re: Glastonbury

A mate of mine used to work in Bristol, and live in in Congresbury, and one time I went to visit several years ago, we went for a walk around a nature reserve, then swerved bt Glastonbury for a look, as the last time we'd been there was 1986 I think,....the Market Cross was besieged by pseuds in brightly coloured clown outfits banging tambourines. I have no idea what you do if you live in Glastio, and need a bathplug or sink plunger, there didnt seem to be a hardware shop,... maybe you could learn a spell to unblock a drain,....

Uri Geller calls off 20-year ban on Pokémon trading card that 'stole' his 'signature image'


Pretty sure he got amention in a recent Michael Jackson documentary. Maybe not the coverage he was hoping for, admittedly.

IBM warns Global Tech Services staff that 346 UK heads will roll in latest redundancy action


I don't know why El Reg bother quoting the IBM boilerplate PR fluff, it's all bullshit, I worked for them 15 years and only got on two courses in that time. Staying employed was like standing on an iceberg that was slowly melting. Maybe not that slowly.

Can't quite remember the name of the song stuck in your head? Hum it and our AI will take a guess, says Google


Re: English?

I must have an accent then, 'cos I just tried it, and it didn't get my 'ah ahhh ah!' attempts from led Zeppelin the Immigrant Song. I span it up on Youtube and it got it right away though.

Flying camera drones, cuddly Echo gadgets... it's all a smoke screen for Amazon to lead you gently down the Sidewalk – and you'll probably like it


Re: Living in the box

I have dogs. Four to be precise, so when people knock on the door, or even talk too loudly, they bark. All this Amazon drone needs is several sets of teeth and the ability to surround an uninvited guest, and it'll be as good as dog v1.0.

Kioxia, the artist formerly known as Toshiba Memory Corporation, postpones IPO


Re: "Adequate" is a good word.

'whelmed' thankyou,... it's a linguistic oddity that some words are only ever expressed one way, like 'gormless', you'd never say someone was 'gormful' or whatever, and now you have opened my ears to 'whelmed', which is never 'just right' it seems.

England's COVID-tracking app finally goes live after 6 months of work – including backpedal on how to handle data


Re: Testing?

wrt Bluetooth, I've played with some 'Tile' like devices, little BT beacons that start alerting once your phone is out of range, and,... well, that's all they do. They'll mark a place on a map, which is the location your _phone_ was when it lost connection with the beacon, but as that has some range, it's only ballpark. None of them have had the option to calibrate range, so you can home in, so having said that, how does track and trace really know the 2m thing? Could be a wall attenuating the BT signal to make it look like 2m separation, when it's a wall,....?


Re: Never mind

@_LC_ : "go fascism go!"

You pay taxes. You pay for your goods. You drive on the appropriate side of the road, and stick to speed limits. You wear clothes, and don't defecate in the street. All of these things are part of living in a civilised society, just like wearing a mask to prevent the spread of a potentially deadly disease is. It's not fascism, it's civility.

Nokia rolls out midrange 5G mobile, but will struggle to fight off Motorola and pals. Plus: New platform for suits with bulk-ordered SIMs


Re: 5G will take years to be fully implemented....

I'm in no rush for 5G either, I'll adopt it once it's on commodity level phones and I really need a new handset. In lockdown, I'm not using my mobile that much as I'm WFH. I don't commute on the train any more, and I wouldn't be watching HD Netflix if I still did, I like to relax in a comfortable environment to do that, on a big telly, with a glass of wine and a dog to fuss.

What I really want,.. is more phones with a stylus. The new Note series are just too expensive. I'd consiter a Moto,.... but there are features I'll miss about my Note4, the IR blaster in particular.

Frames per second? Windows Terminal brings back text animation with the VT100 blink


Re: DEC Terminal Memories

@GlenP: "They were tough bits of kit."

I recall dropping one from a trolley onto my foot when I was sending our last few to recycle heaven. It didn't feel a thing.

She was praised by the CEO and promoted. After her brother and mom died, she returned from compassionate leave. IBM laid her off


Re: What the Hell Has Happened to IBM?

"when mainframes were going out of fashion"

And now that's the only tin you can buy from IBM, oddly.

I'm now working in local govt, medium sized enterprise, there's nothing we'd buy from IBM any more. There was an AS/400 here back in the day, IBM desktops / laptops but now there's nothing in the mid range we'd have in the datacentre, and Lenovo do the rest. I really wonder what's going to emerge from the crysalis once all these bright young things have been absorbed? I don't know anyone that uses 'IBM cloud' either,.... where do they make their money?


Re: What the Hell Has Happened to IBM?

I've been clean some five years, saw us circling the drain, and got out. Meanwhile, an IBM colleague of mine had been off with stress, macro managed by his boss like he was an Amazon packer. When he got back to work, he was given a PBC3 and put on a PIP, because you know, being told you're a poor performer in a company that sacks you for two grade 3s in a row isn't more stress. It's almost like they were trying to break people. He's out now too.

He was a skater boy. We said, 'see you later, boy' – and the VAX machine mysteriously began to work as intended


Re: Static

In the early 90s, we paid for a memory upgrade on our McDonnell Douglas 19/300 and iirc, all he did was move a jumper to enable the memory that was already there.

Oracle hosting TikTok US data. '25,000' moderators hired. Code reviews. Trump getting his cut... It's the season finale


Re: Why????

exactly this, 'Big Data' is as dumb as a bag of bricks. I use an ad blocker, and the few places I don't use it, when I see ads, it's for stuff I've looked at online, sure, but it's not demonstrating any insight or understanding, if 'Big Data' understood me it would show me adverts for dodgy rock music and army surplus, not whatever gadget I last looked at on Bangood.

Vinyl sales top CDs for the first time in decades in America, streaming rules


I'd be more interested in unit sales, given vinyl is often sold at a premium / novelty price point. Also, the few vinyl albums I've examined often come with codes for digital downloads, so expensive vinyl is just a bulky gift card often, with little intention of it actually getting played.

Lastly, I still buy CDs, as I often go places that don't get a phone signal. Although, as I'm an old fart, I'm often picking up 2nd hand CDs that were released some time ago, by bands I'm late getting into. I use Spotify for the introductions, then buy the CD.

IBM calls for US export bans on facial recognition tech including cameras and big iron


Given facial recognistion technology isn't mature, and performs really poorly, isn't this proposed ban just lip service? It's a rather convenient way to bow out of the arena, claim it's for human rights reasons (not that high tech companies have great reputations there) when really it's probably more about not seeing a return on the investment.

Russia tested satellite-to-satellite shooter, say UK and USA


Re: Weapons in Space

The TP82 triple barreled Russian survival gun is a thing of beauty, and bonkersness at the same time.

960 LinkedIn employees will be let go... If only there was some kind of 'social network for suits' to assist job hunts


Re: 960 LinkedIn employees will be let go.

Zippy´s Sausage Factory: "Your third level contact,..."

Isn't _everyone_ a 3rd level contact on Linkedin? I don't have that many contacts, but I do have a few recruiters, so I guess that's where it all links up, but when I check out anyone I come into contact with through work, new people from new companies,... yup, 3rd level.

IBM to GTS staff: Not volunteering to leave with a redundo cheque? We'll give you a helping hand


Re: So, Covid 19,..

@Dr Syntax: "Everything goes in, out"

KInda, we had partitions and subsystems on our Mainframes and Midrange kit decades ago, long before full OS virtualisation, but it was the same idea I guess,.. before we starting hurling discrete tin at racks like there was no tomorrow..... but with cloud, getting your data back is going to be the sticking point I fear.


So, Covid 19,..

... has seen Microsoft promote Teams, and tbh, now we've been WFH I've been using it a lot more, and I've quite warmed to it. MS have been advertising Teams, and how it is keeping people working together, and collaborating. IBM were advertising before Covid 19,... haven't seen the ads recently,... and well, what have they got to offer us in our hour of need? Give it ten years and IBM will be beyond recognition, living off patent royalties, and possibly still alive in the mainframe market,... although I'm in the middle of a presentation by Microsoft at the moment, as we're moving more to Azure, and well, on prem compute is looking like it doesn't have much of a future, bar maybe banks and research establishments.

We could have pwned Microsoft Teams with a GIF, claims Israeli infosec outfit


Re: Seems like a lot of hoops

@Captain Scarlet : "Scooby Doo and Garfield"

When I used to use an instant messenger service to communicate with a colleague, our two favourite animated .gifs were tumbleweed and a bunny banging it's head against a wall. I don't think I need to explain either : -)

Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party


Re: Another thing...

@Captain Scarlet: "Don't forget the fireworks..."

I wish people would NOT let off frikking fireworks, ... two reasons, first, many key workers work shifts, so if people really give a hoot about key workers, stop waking the poor buggers up every Thursday,... second, this Thurs we were out in the garden as it was sunny,... out wth our dogs, and I wasn't paying attention to the time, then some idiot started letting off fireworks, so the dogs ran inside, one went and hid under the dining table.

Realme's X50m is a decently specced 5G phone – for the price of a 1995 Nissan Micra


Re: The thing about a 1995 Nissan Micra is...

@Tom 38 "90s Fiat Panda 4x4" Still see those up in various ski resorts when I go Snowboarding, rocking a set of chains. But cripes, that price! I thought people were buying them as cheap 4x4s, but it appears they are hipster fashion accessories ; -)

Three years ago, IBM ordered staff to work in central hubs. Now its new CEO ponders mid-pandemic: Is there a better way of doing things?


@Randall Shimizu: "Rommety was a good CEO"

Like F*ck she was. In the very same podcast she mentioned how much money IBM were investing in Watson2, she told us that Grade 2s weren't getting a bonus that year. It's almost like she wanted to demoralise people so they'd leave.

NASA's classic worm logo returns for first all-American trip to ISS in years: Are you a meatball or a squiggly fan?


Re: Meatball

@Quantum Leaper "A maned mission can do far more Science than an Uncrewed mission."

Horse puckey son. Manned missions are very limited in scope to the very few trips we've have to the Moon (although we'd already had regolith reruned to Earth via a lander, and there's a long list of non-manned missions), plus Skylab, Mir and ISS time. Manned missions have told us nothing about Mars, nor any of the other celestial bodies probes have visited. We've been further, and done far more, sans meatsacks.

You're not fooling anyone on that vid-conference call: Walmart says shirt sales soaring, pants not pulled up


Meanwhile I'm WFH,....

.... have had a couple of conf calls today, no video, and I'm sat here in a fleece and combat trousers, same outfit I wore first thing when I walked my dogs. I'm not doing costume changes, I'm not Britney frikking Spears.


Re: Video?

I agree completely, I have no interest in a moving mugshot,... most video conferencing apps allow you to use a static pic, and that's good enough, file and screen sharing are far more productive than stacked up rows of faces, like that composite they used to have in 'University Challenge'.


Re: It's 2020, what you wear is irrelevant

Anonymous Cowherder: "What you wear is irrelevant" - Have an upvote.

I worked for a company, that got bought by a larger company, that then outsourced it's IT to another company, so have seen some management fads. First company, formal attire, shirts and ties. Tie was mandatory. We got bought, casual wear, jeans are OK, Express Yourselves! So jeans and long sleeved tees it was. We got outsourced, 'smart casual', so shirts polos, chinos, dress trousers, tie was not mandatory. At no point did I look at my self in the mirror, and think 'what would the guy in the tie do?''

Drones intone 'you must stay home,' eliciting moans from those in the zone: Flying gizmos corral Brits amid coronavirus lockdown


Line of Sight,..

.... given drones must be operated withing Line of Sight of the operator, and should not be flown over populated / built up areas, not within 50m of people and buildings etc, for safety concerns,... they are throwing drone safety out, when as mentioned, they could just use a megaphone. That is a rather poor example to set. Can we revisit the word 'Essential',.. is it 'Essential' to be flying a drone to get the message over. No. So, stop please.

Announcing the official Reg-approved measure of social distancing: The Osman


'Pointless' is OK,...

.... but Richard Osman's House of Games is far better Tea Time viewing.


I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour


Re: Has anyone told GoSafe?

@Tom7: "XR3i" ? I bet that was a right fanny magnet: https://www.flickr.com/photos/19864651@N00/4793617160

Netflix starts 30-day video data diet at EU's request to ensure network availability during coronavirus crisis


@Zolko Nobody really needs to video conference, voice only works just fine.


Re: You are so clever.

There's a pandemic happening, it's real. What you've pretty much said is that everyone is stupid, has no self control, and can't use resources sensibly. I know we've seen panic buying of toilet roll and tinned goods, but really, do you need to panic stream Netflix when you're suposed to be working? Somebody else has to manage us, because we can't behave ourselves in a crisis? That we are sheep?

If we can't act sensibly during this crisis we've really quite failed as a society. I have higher expectations of people than you, but feel free to carry on holding those 300 million people in contempt.


Re: What about the CDN?

I think this is more about being seen to do something, than the something actually mattering. Streaming services automatically adjust quality depending on bandwidth, so if a household os battering it's Internet connection that's going to happen anyway, and if bandwidth were an issue, I'd expect ISPs to step in and ration all traffic, not just one provider to throttle one source. We'd need all the streaming services to pitch in if we expect endpoints to solve this 'problem' so, NowTV, Prime, iPlayer, all eth freeview catch up services, etc etc.



Then don't do that. While you are being paid to work, work.

IBM puts 1,248 frontline techies at risk of redundo, warns of data centre closures


Re: Relevent?

@YetAnotherJoeBlow: "not relevant"

I now work in a medium size enterprise, some 6000 seats, and we have a decent IT budget,.... but there's nothing we'd buy from IBM. Back in the day, we had an AS/400, bought IBM desktops and laptops, but now there isn't an IBM product we'd want, and it seems IBM just don't want our money. How IBM can turn their back on all of those small and mid sized businesses baffles me. Betting on cloud doesn't seem smart, 'cos we're Azure/O365 and a little AWS.


Re: Training

@AC Training,... oh dear, when we were TUPEd in the early 2000s, the guy that came to tell us how brilliant is was going to be working for IBM told us we'd get two weeks training a year, not necessarily classroom, but at least CBT. In the 15 years I was blue, I got on two courses, one because there was cash for training while I was benched (and to my knowledge this happened precisely once) and one other time because someone dropped out of a course and we couldn't get a refund, so I went.

So, CBT,.... well, no. We were pressured to make all time booked chargeable to customers, in fact, if you had a 'flat' quarter, and didn't bill overtime to a customer, you'd get a nag about that, so using admin or training codes on our timesheets was a definite no no, any 'training' would have be done in our own time, or billed to a customer. One year there was a training goal set for everyone, that we all had to complete 40 hours of training (a fad that lasted precisely one year) but conference calls discussing the deployment of new centralised server management tool counted,..... so no actual training.


Re: Redundancy

@AC: "Statutory minimum is sure to encourage lots of people to go voluntarily. Not."

Gotta admit, it was this that pushed me over the edge to take VR, I knew the more than stat min offerings wouldn't last forever, so cashed out, and it turns out my redundo round was the last to offer more than stat min.


Re: How do they have

@Pete4000uk: "Any staff left?"

Any contracts left? I was hoovered up into Big Blue in an outsourcing deal, as were many local employment options,... one poor bugger I worked with left IBM, only for his new employer to outsource to Big Blue and he was back in again. I just had a virtual mooch around Linkedin, and it would appear all the people I knew that were working on outsourced IBM contracts now appear to work directly for the company.

Broadcom sues Netflix for its success: You’re stopping us making a fortune from set-top boxes, moans chip designer


Those patents seem a bit, wait for it,... "Broad",..

... and hardly novel. They also seem to be largely focussed on the transmission of data, which would be the network level, not the application level Netflix operate at. So this really does look like a "rotating shaft" (©zuckzuckgo ; -) )

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit


Re: That $11,000 valve story

@AC: "Tell me it ain't so...."

That's the reason why a guy I used to work with at the Local University, who now works for a medical equipment supplier, owns three Ducati Motorcycles and some sporty looking Kawasaki Z something or other.

Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'


I thought this was common knowledge....

... 'Unbox Therapy' just looked at the device info, which bears an SM designation SM-F900F which is the same designation;



No need to get creative (or destructive) with a 'box cutter' (SpiderCo Endura 4?)

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground


Re: Problem: Math does not know if you are crook or cop.


As usual the politicos haven't thought this one through, if they weaken encryption it will get broken, and quickly, and then all of those WiFi web cams people have for home security will actually become a liability. We've already had snooping scare stories that WiFi cams have been hacked (https://www.silicon.co.uk/networks/m2m/hacked-ring-camera-323651), it's only going to get worse, so, will nobody actually think of the children?



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