* Posts by Jc (the real one)

36 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Oct 2016

Graphical desktop system X Window just turned 38

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Surely a perfect example of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it"? Better than having a new version every year that is guaranteed to break something

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UK watchdogs ask how they can better regulate algorithms

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Many years ago when I was looking for work, I used to think that agencies employed YTS (that dates ir!) people to process CVs. Then my daughter had 2 weeks work experience in an agency (so she was probably about 15) and given the task of finding suitable applicants from the CV database. Finally, I understood

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Are we springing into a Y2K-class nightmare?

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Re: historical memory loss

The argument that it will be [too] dark in the morning [for] kids if we make #DaylightSavingTime permanent ignores the fact that we are already on it for 36 of the 52 weeks a year

Yes, you are on it for the 36 summer weeks, but the issues occur in the 16 winter weeks. How do people without a brain ever get elected?

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‘What are the odds someone will find and exploit this?’ Nice one — you just released an insecure app

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LinkedIn on my android device just wanted to add "let me know the phone number this device is currently talking to".... Time to start double checking and removing apps that are clearly asking for too much. If I loose "free apps", so be it

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Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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Re: "sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee"

In many organisations, time doesn't have to be *exactly* correct, just the same at all systems. But still, only a single time source?

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Re: The

Many years ago I was talking to a big bank about DR/HA. Shortly before, they had run their fail over test and went to the pub to celebrate the successful procedure. Suitably refreshed, they went back to the office to perform the fail back, only to discover that one of their key steps was missing (and code needed to be written) so they had to carry on running at the DR site for several months until the next scheduled downtime window.

Never forget the fail back

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Tesla Autopilot is a lot dumber than CEO Musk claims, says Cali DMV after speaking to the software's boss

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Re: failure to yield the right of way to the car

I learned to drive around 1970 and I can still remember a quote from my driving instructor. "it does not matter who is RIGHT, it is who is LEFT that matters"

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UK digital secretary Oliver Dowden starts national security probe into proposed Arm-Nvidia merger

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Did the UK government complain when ARM was bought by softbank, or don't they consider Japan a foreign country?

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MPs slam UK's £22bn Test and Trace programme for failing to provide evidence that it slows COVID pandemic

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Re: 22 billion

Tendered? Such an archaic concept

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Very little helps: Tesco serves up 3-for-1 borkage special to self-scanning Tesco shoppers

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My Mondeo has a Microsoft system at the heart of the "no-driving" controls. Does satnav, radio, heating, fan etc.... And every so often, while driving, it will perform something it calls maintenance which involves it rebooting. I seriously have doubts about autonomous driving should systems like this be allowed access to driving controls.

If I had known how much of the vehicle is controlled by MS I seriously would have looked at a different car

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Consultants bag £375m for their role in developing the UK's faltering COVID-19 Test and Trace system

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Re: Test and trace...

I had a test on the 6th of August and still have not received the results. Yes, I chased up after the requested 5 days but all they could suggest was to take another test

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Dutch officials say Donald Trump really did protect his Twitter account with MAGA2020! password

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I still have an old briefcase (remember them?) that has a 3 digit code for each catch, so a 6 digit code in all

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What a Hancock-up: Excel spreadsheet blunder blamed after England under-reports 16,000 COVID-19 cases

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This bodes well for the new (beta =fully tested) software being rolled out for customs on the 1st of January!

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Contractor convicted of pinching supercomputer cycles to mine cryptocurrency

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Re: Economics 101

Don't forget the electricity cost isn't $0

Of course, with the right management software, idle machines would power down and consume minimal electricity $ until there was work to be done

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Hello, support? What do I click if I want some cash?

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Windows appears in the most unlikely places

Quite a few years ago, I was shown how to access the windows system built into EMC Clariion storage arrays - possibly the last place I would have expected to see a windows desktop (and this was years before Dell bought EMC)

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Apple calls BS on FBI, AG: We're totally not dragging our feet in murder probe iPhone decryption. PS: No backdoors

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Re: Chip by chip.

... (how much GPU/CPU power do you have)....

Rather a lot, I believe

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Player three has entered Cray's supercomputing game: First AMD Epyc, now Fujitsu's Arm chips

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Re: Not even a codename

They are available now to the right people - we have them running in our development lab

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Look at me. Look at me. I'm the El Capitan now: Cray to build US govt's $600m cray-cray exascale nuke app super

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probably can mine a few bitcoins even if it can't play games!

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Meet ELIoT – the EU project that wants to commercialize Internet-over-lightbulb

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What happens when someone leaves the room and turns out the light....do all of the devices go off line?

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Mayday, mayday. Cray, you cray cray: Investor attempts to halt HPE's $1.3bn biz gobble

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Re: The problem with HPC

A sales colleague of mine always refers to HPC as Half Price Computing

Not too long ago I was with a customer complaining about one vendor - how their prices didn't reduce in line with Moore's Law (they had bought an HPC cluster several years before and expected to get at least twice the performance from the same $$$ outlay). With these expectations, it is hard for any hardware vendor to get rich on HPC alone

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Cray's found a super scooper, $1.3bn's gonna buy you. HPE's the one

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Re: SGI,...

To be fair , it was Compaq that killed the DEC brand...long before HP bought Compaq

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'BMW, Airbus and Siemens' get the Brexit spending shakes

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Even Baldrick had a plan!

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Skype Classic headed for the chopping block on September 1

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We use skype a lot at work (most of us are remote from any office) and skype 7 has been a good tool. When the first update to 8 hit , most of us took the update... hated it and went back to 7. We even put up with the (usually more than once a day) nag to take the update.

Microsoft clearly *KNOW* what is a better interface for us , they even have psychic power (because they have never asked me, for sure).

Does anyone there recognise the "if it ain't broke...don't fix it" mantra?

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Office junior had one job: Tearing perforated bits off tractor-feed dot matrix printer paper

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Ah... the days of a (miss-spent? ) youth!

I can remember removing the manual typewriter ribbon from the secretaries typewriter and using a paperclip to attach a tiny message. Mid morning she shrieks "it's talking to me".... she had seen the paper with "Good morning Jenny" just go past her eyes!

I wonder where she is today!

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Can GCHQ order techies to work as govt snoops? Experts fear: 'Yes'

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Re: What if...

If the telco asks someone to do this , and they refuse...presumably they can fire them!

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BA IT systems failure: Uninterruptible Power Supply was interrupted

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Re: Restore in the wrong direction?

Too many years ago (37 , if you want to know) I talked to a customer who had just tested his backup process ("just to get the feel of the syntax")

At that time , some utilities had a syntax of "$Copy {input device} to {output device}" while others had a "$backup {target device} from {source}".

This chap managed to copy an 8" floppy to his 100MB database drive (and it worked... perfectly.... database was now about 300KB! )

Could BA have just run a backup / recovery in the WRONG direction?

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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In the interest of balance

So... lots of announcements from people who disagree. Have there been any announcements from businesses who support this?

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Telecoms fail in UK takes down passport scanners in Australia

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Re: The real issue

Around 20 years ago , I was working with a Telco in the UK talking about DR. They were proud of their diverse routing. The Data Centre manager took me along the route of the fibre , while my colleague followed the other one. You should have seen the DC Managers face when we met the other guy where both sets of fibre went through the same conduit out of the building!

I doubt if much changes!

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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Re: Creep Em Out

I get too many , and do my share of keeping them busy when I feel inclined. Recently , I was having a bad day and landline rings...starts talking about PPI in what sounds like the usual recording. Oh F*** off , I shouts , but before my handset went down I heard the female voice say "oh!!!". Well, it sounded like a recording to me lol

Now I *DO* like the Eliza idea - any pointers to some phone answering software?

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

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I thought this was a great idea... my android phone was triggered and immediately the google search pointed to this story (not the el-reg version).

Of course, if Google and/or Motorola would release some updates, maybe they could make it not recognise the BK actors voice!

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$310m AWS S3-izure: Why everyone put their eggs in one region

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'Pouring one hundred gallons of water through a one gallon hose'

If only commentators could use analogises that make sense. How long is a gallon? What diameter? ;)

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You're doing Hadoop and Spark wrong and they will probably fail

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Re: Isn't that like any project

re Bright,

True... but it allows you to have HPC, Hadoop and OpenStack on the same physical cluster and re-assign the nodes pretty much at-will!

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Re: Isn't that like any project

You could use products like those from Bright Computing, that allow you to run your Hadoop on top of Lustre or GPFS.... use a genuine , centralised high performance storage system

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Zuckerberg says just one per cent of news on Facebook is fake

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A lot may depend on what Zuckerberg calls "news"

On the run up to the UK EU referendum, several people told me that the reason the UK National Flag isn't being seen flying these days is "because the EU banned flying it". Not believing this...I checked...the EU has no such rule... but when questioned, I was poo-poo'd saying that "it must be true, everyone on FaceBook says so".

Maybe not technically "news"... but was repeated often enough for people without the intelligence, or the will, to check just believed it to be true!

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Digital minister Matt Hancock promises 'full fibre' eating plan for Blighty

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For those of us where you can't get fast anything (Vodafone, O2 and EE will often drop below GSM here if distant West Berkshire)....the only option is some form of wired connection....to get 100% connectivity that will be a hell of a lot of road digging....invest in tarmac shares now!

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