* Posts by hoofie

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Red Hat layoffs spark calls to unionize, CEO wades in



When I lived in the Middle East, IBM stood for Inshallah, Buchra, Muunkim - Tomorrow, God Willing, Maybe.

They were still light years ahead of everyone else. Staffed by sharp suited Lebanese guys who were superb salesman but I would count my fingers if I shook hands with them.

IBM pauses counting its billions to trim Red Hat staff


Re: When your company is bought, start looking for a new job

True - I lasted about 8 months. They decided to make me redundant after many years at the previous mob which meant I got to leave, cash a very large cheque and walked into a better paid and less stressful after a lovely short holiday.


Colour me surprised - was only going to end one way. Sack the locals and farm it all out to India.

One thing I have learned about transferring workloads to India is the churn there is fantastic as the good operators constantly bugger off to the US, UK and Australia.

Victims of IT scandal in UK postal service will get fresh compensation


This was all understood

To be fair, if you read various books on this whole scandal, the financial outcome and the money taken to pay fees was made very, very clear at the beginning. The only way this was ever going to happen was via a litigation funder who would shoulder the risk.

The court cases were very risky and the Post Office did their utmost to run the clock down so the plantiffs would run out of money. At one point they had more or less runout of money - if the Post Office lawyers found out they may well have sought to keep it going so the legal actions would have been abandoned.

However - the main issue is still the absolutely terrible miscarriages of justice - innocent people went to jail or committed suicide over this and the contract between the postmaster and the Post Office [which many never saw] was such that any deficit was automatically your problem. Also there was no protocol or mechanism or any analysis of the discrepancies : computer says you owe us 20,000 quid. Pay up - and when you do we will prosecute you for False Accounting since the system was designed is such as way as to set people up [as theft was funnily enough almost impossible to prove in court due to the lack of evidence].

It's an absolute trainwreck of deceit and injustice. There are senior figures who were in the Post Office and Fujitsu who should be in the Criminal Court dock about this. They stood up in Court and said Horizon is infallible plus the various Acts had the provision that computers basically could not be wrong unless the Defence could prove otherwise; which couldn't be done anyway as the Defendants had no way of doing so.

Startup raises $30 million for wireless power delivery system


Re: Pigs might fly.......

There was Russian Scientist who managed to get his into a high energy proton beam - and survived.



Yeah Right

If Reach think the FCC is going to allow them to blast 50w out at the edge of the microwave ISM Band they are smoking the good stuff.

They will be operating under an FCC experimental and scientific licence at the moment which basically means dummy loads and faraday cages [if they bothered to do it legally].

This RF wireless transmission bollocks pops up every couple of years as apparently the laws of physics can be bent by good marketing videos and PR puff.

Note the website has sweet f-al on the technology itself.

Britain has likely missed the boat for having a semiconductor industry


Re: Silicon Glen - not what it used to be

I was a student in the mid 80's in Silicon Glen. There were strong links between various Uni's and the Semiconductor plants.

I spent on and off 2 years at National Semiconductor whilst getting my EE Degree from what was then Paisley College of Technology which had strong links with them. My final year project was based on chip fabrication and utilised wafers from Nat Semi

All gone now.

Iterable co-founder claims he was ousted because of racial discrimination, not LSD use


Re: As an employer...

Employers in civilised parts of the world have a duty of care towards their employees.

Having them rock up high or stoned doesn't really help in that matter especially if they then hurt themselves or others.

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


I was that idiot

A number of years ago on a new hospital build with lots of IT

It was time for the power down test on a data center. A proper power test - severing of supplies etc to test data centre failover.

Everyone in a room. For some reason Data Storage guys were adamant they needed a soft shutdown because anything else would knack the arrays.

Idiot here popped up and pointed out that if they were going to be damaged they weren't a lot of use in a major power loss scenario.

All hell breaks loose with lots of angry questions from the customer to the Storage specialists.

At that point I made my excuses and left before I got lynched.

Intel plans immersion lab to chill its power-hungry chips


Not exactly novel

Not exactly new. There is a mob a few streets away from me in Perth Australia who use immersion cooled GPUs for heavy mining data processing and imaging.

US Army may be about to 'waste' up to $22b on Microsoft HoloLens


Looked at for Mining

We had a couple of customers interested in them a few years ago for use in Iron Ore Mining and electrical utilities. Unfortunately their biggest drawback was cooling - they would not have handled the outdoor temperatures in an Australian summer plus are useless in sunlight. Also no GPS or magnetic compass on it [bear with me...]

It could have been an absolute game-changer if an electrical crew could put them on, look at a piece of equipment and get all the stats and info on it. Not impossible but too many basic drawbacks. Same with mining - overlay crucial data and graphics on them.

It's a workable tool for indoors use with a lot of programming effort but 10mins is about the max you can cope with the weight on your head.

Ironically Google glass was much more appropriate but it was killed.

Atlassian Jira, Confluence outage persists two days on


Gets Expensive

You move off the on-premise JIRA because that's costing you time and money to maintain the VM.

Once you are on the cloud version you find your yearly expenditure is matching or more than what you paid to manage and maintain the VM.


Meg Whitman – former HP and eBay CEO – nominated as US ambassador to Kenya


CEO of one failed business and who managed to trash another. Great candidate.

Nine floors underground, Oracle's Israel data centre can 'withstand a rocket, a missile or even a car bomb'


Re: Will it withstand

Nothing in the Universe has been found that can withstand that


Neutron bombs are just low-yield nuclear weapons with a higher neutron burst. Their main use was against armour formations. Using one against a hardened target would still really vaporise it the same way as a conventional nuclear bomb although the lethal radiation range would be a bit further.


Any attempt by the Iranian Proxies in the area to get any kind of aerial capability will be removed from the surface of the Earth tout-suite. Iran are currently too far away plus Syria for all their fun and games know from painful experience what will happen if they step too far out of line.

Egypt, Jordan and firmly in the "my enemies-enemy is my friend" territory at the moment plus the first two also have long and painful memories of the result of their last unfriendly engagement with the Israeli military.


Ah the brave IRA approach to urban regeneration

Sun sets: Oracle to close Scotland's Linlithgow datacentre


Re: Why not continue to use it as a cloud node?

<cough>Hunterston B Nuclear station puts about a GW into the grid with Torness adding the same BUT it will shutdown for good next month with only another 8 years or so of life in Torness</cough>

Thanks to the SNPs seemingly fanatical hatred of oil/gas/nuclear Scotland is going to be royally screwed for base load supply in the next 5-10 years. I can remember as a lad in Glasgow in the 70s having to use a candle to light my way up the stairs to bed thanks to the power cuts. Looks like those times will be coming back.

Tech Bro CEO lays off 900 people in Zoom call and makes himself the victim


Re: No surprise

The mob I work for have grown from nothing to $250m ozzie in 20 years with the same guy at the helm. He is aggressive on business but we have bent over backwards to treat people with respect and NOT let people go during the GFC, Covid etc and it's noticeable how many people have been here for more than 10 years.

It seems to be a US thing where being an utter prick as a boss in charge of a very large company is seen as good whereas in Europe etc. it's seen as an absolute no-no and not part of the social compact between company and employee.

Good CEO's attract and keep talent in the business.

How to destroy expensive test kit: What does that button do?


Re: Sailors and Buttons

* The ship ended up at the bottom of the South Atlantic.

The Belgrano ??

Theranos' Holmes admits she slapped Big Pharma logos on lab reports to boost her biz


Re: Hung Jury!

The reporter who broke the whole Theranos story, John Carreyrou, worked for the WSJ which is owned by Murdoch and was given full reign and editorial support and ended up costing Murdoch a very large sum of money indeed.

He is on record as saying their was no pressure put on him whatsoever


Re: Hung Jury!

You can steal more or less anything if you turn up with a high-vis jacket, a truck, clipboard and a big bucket of chutzpah

Report details how Airbus pilots saved the day when all three flight computers failed on landing


Computer Control ?

Personally I'm surprised that Reverse Thrust could only be commanded by the computer and not via the throttle pedestal or am I missing something ?

Yes you REALLY don't want to engage the buckets in flight but Aircraft have managed for many decades with manual reversers

In space, no one can hear cyber security professionals scream


You can easily communicate to/from a low earth orbit Amateur Radio satellite with a 30 quid handheld radio. Telemetry is piss-easy to download with modern SDR radio dongles. I've sent data packets up the ISS on 10W from the West Coast of Australia and had them re-transmitted down to the East Coast.

That's of course Amateur Stuff which is designed to be accessible.

Last year an Amateur operator found an old "Military" satellite that turned out to be alive. Reverse Engineering a signal/data stream is easier with modern computers and technology - the cost/effort to getting the raw signal is a lot lower than it was 20 years ago.

Brit says sorry after waving around nonce patent and leaning on sites to cough up


Legal Opinon

May I refer him and his learned friends to the advice given in the commonly cited precedent of Pressdram vs Arkell ?

Electrocution? All part of the service, sir!


Re: "The power lead approached the PC..."

When I lived in Saudi Arabia in the 90s it was common in Housing compounds to have both 110 and 240V sockets dotted everywhere about the house. US style for 110V, European style for 240V [or 220V can't remember]

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War


You utter twat.

Go and read the Hansard reports from the time. Michael Foot, a Labour Leader who was unfairly maligned by the press, explicitly supported Military Action.

Unlike many of the communist morons in his party at the time, Foot had seen in WW2 what would happen when you didn't defend your own people and what dictators could do.

A paper clip, a spool of phone wire and a recalcitrant RS-232 line: Going MacGyver in the wonderful world of hotel IT


Re: Luxury

In about 1990 or so, I was privy to seeing a military-grade RS232 encryption device with its case open. All compartmentalised with gold chips, EMP protection etc.It was used for serial comms across phone lines between some government departments.

And voila - the encryption key was loaded via paper tape. Apparently the reason was the key could be instantly destroyed.

New IBM CEO Arvind Krishna says hybrid cloud will be bigger than mainframes, services, middleware


A joke locally

Here in my local market IBM is a joke.

Their 5 years gigs are coming to an end so they are being kicked out and replaced with a more nimble Tier 2 player. All of their extravagant promises have never been fulfilled with a procession of people being steadily replaced by India-based employees with a stunning level of ignorance of the product and business. Remember - the really good Indian Developers/Specialists have already left for the US/UK/Australia/NZ. I should know; I've employed many of them.

If we go back 5 plus years the local IBM was a very different place - I worked alongside some quality people then at customers who were a pleasure to deal with. Needless to say all have since left IBM, mostly not by choice.

At a Federal level they are still a big player but their recent performance has not exactly been stellar but scale is what matters at that level not quality.

Hapless AWS engineer spilled passwords, keys, confidential internal training info, customer messages on public GitHub


Engineer ?

Engineer eh ? I'll bet 100 quid the closest the person involved ever got to Engineering was taking a bus ride over a bridge.

A fine host for a Raspberry Pi: The Register rakes a talon over the NexDock 2


Re: Well

I've got about 5 PI's running in various modes - one is a telescope controller, one runs as a APRS gateway for Amateur Radio and one acts as an SSTV receiver for ISS piccies and others.

The first 2 are headless, the last one sits in a case with a PI touchscreen display.

I really don't see the need for this - all you need is an old keyboard, monitor and mouse at a pinch.

Totally Subcontracted Business: TSB to outsource entire IT estate to IBM for a cool $1bn after 2019 meltdown


Virtual Bank

So basically it's moving towards a Virtual Bank - hire in all services you need and just stick a name over the top.

Outsourcing your ENTIRE banking IT landscape to IBM and just "supervise" - what could possibly go wrong ?

Is anyone organising a bulk order for popcorn ? We are just at the opening titles of this saga and it will run and run.

Whirlybird-driving infosec boss fined after ranty Blackpool Airport air traffic control antics


Re: fined £1,600 plus £870 in legal costs

The costs involved be small potatoes to him BUT he is now suspended, cannot fly and will have fun and games getting his licence back. The CAA are not known for their largesse.

Tragedy: CES squeeze forces frequent flier hotshots into economy hell


Ultimate Upgrade

I once scored a promo flight on Concorde from the Middle East to London - cost me a couple of hundred quid extra on the normal BA Economy Ticket in 1992.

When I was checking in I met someone I knew. She had a standby ticket for the normal BA flight which was leaving at the same time and was promptly handed a Concorde Ticket instead since the normal flight was full. #jammybastard

And then there were two: HMS Prince of Wales joins Royal Navy


Re: And All Who Sail In Her

The problem with nuclear propulsion was cost, complexity and manning requirements. Since they are using F35 there is no need for steam for catapults [the US are going down the route of electromagnetic catapults].

Cost was probably the biggest issue - whilst they are eye-wateringly expensive as they stand, if we had gone down the nuclear route there would only have been one. Two carriers offer much more flexibility than a single hull [ask the French...]

It's hard enough getting Nuclear qualified engineering staff for the underwater brethren - add two Nuclear carriers on top of that and it's a no-go. Also some friendly ports [e.g. New Zealand] aren't so friendly if nuclear boats are asking to come alongside.

From that what I gather the whole nuclear propulsion question was seriously considered - the UK has the technology to do it - but was ruled out early on as just not a good choice.

The US supercarriers are impressive but apparently envious glances are being stolen from across the pond at the non-nuclear option plus the very high levels of automation on the QE class carriers means the manning requirements are much, much lower than the US - the latter is especially relevant as the US Navy tends to train a sailor for one job only whereas the RN has always worked on the basis of multi-skilling the crew e.g. a steward or chef would also be first-aid trained and act as a medic or damage control crew member.

It's really great to see the Senior Service sailing the world's oceans again with a proper maritime strike force - suitable for putting the frighteners on uppity foreign types, annoying the French [which I'd suggest has ALWAYS been the purpose of the RN] and delivering exceptional cocktail parties.

Irish eyes aren't smiling after govt blows €1m on mega-printer too big for parliament's doors



When you reply to the tender you will indicate your proposed cost, conditions of sales, tender terms etc.

Even if you include delivery and installation you will have a lovely set of exclusions that makes sure it's the CUSTOMERS responsibility to have somewhere to put it, suitable utilities services, air conditioning, suitable floors etc.

As a vendor you cannot carry the can for the customer being completely unable to organise a pissup in a brewery.

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup


I worked on Clipsal C-BUS Home Automation stuff years ago. Yes it's old and expensive and requires different wiring from a normal house.

What is DOESN'T NEED THOUGH is a server on the internet to work. Each device is programmed individually to talk to each other.

Royal Bank of Scotland IT contractor ban sparks murmurs of legal action


Re: Poor well paid tax-dodgers

"They choose not to pay proper tax" - you are a moron and I claim my 5 quid.


Re: Just the start

Imagine if you moved from London to Newcastle. New job, new house, new schools etc etc.

Change that from London to Australia and it's the same really, just a question of distance.

Except that the weather is a damn sight better.

Don't look too closely at what is seeping out of the big Dutch pipe


Re: Test bed

Sometime in the early 2000's I think. We pulled a server from a hosting company somewhere in London after they had repeatedly dropped the ball etc.

On getting the server back to the office [we jumped in a taxi to their site, unplugged it and legged it out the door] a cursory examination showed it was full of ripped DVD's of films etc. Interesting as it all it did was host a rather large website.

Now I know for a fact none of us did it [why ?] - turned out the "Admin" staff at the facility has used it for storage. That was quite useful as we were in dispute about the remaining bill.When presented with displays of the files, who created them according to the logs and dark threats of suing them [the organisation I worked for was 90% lawyers] they suddenly decided not to pursue payment.

There were so f***ing hopeless they couldn't even cover their tracks properly.

Conspiracy loons claim victory in Brighton and Hove as council rejects plans to build 5G masts


Re: Many microwave ovens leak microwaves

You are thinking of Cosmic Radiation which does have enough energy to cause random errors in Modern electronics. That's been known about for decades and is countered by "Radiation Hardening"

You also have to be outside the atmosphere to be at severe risk but there is an increased risk to aircraft cabin crew, passengers who travel constantly at high altitudes.


Re: Neoliberalism SUCKS

"it's ALWAYS ON rather than on demand"

Yeah unlike 4G and Wifi which is always er....um...on.

"5G is an order of magnitude (i.e. TEN times) higher frequency than 3/4G and WiFi and my microwave oven."


Loathed Aussie mining magnate Clive Palmer punts libel sueball at YouTube comedian


Re: Good on ya Aussie

Yet he still won an election that was Labor's for the taking. Dutton got back in despite huge efforts by that paragon of electoral fairness Getup! to unseat him. His vote went UP not down.

If there is one thing the last election showed, Australians do not like being lectured by progressives.

Orford Ness: Military secrets and unique wildlife on the remote Suffolk coast


Re: You got one bit wrong

From what I've read of it Chevaline was a major technical achievement but also a huge industrial undertaking. We had to invent technologies the UK had never dealt with before.

Royal Navy seeks missile-moving robots for dockyard drudgery


Re: mousetrap

Fibreglass cannons? What will we do if the French Fleet hove into view outside Portsmouth Harbour ?

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected


Re: Git

Bastard - I had finally eliminated that from my memory

US soldier cleared of taking armoured vehicle out for joyride – because he's insane, court says


Re: How things have changed

Shades of the old joke about the RAF pilot stopped at Customs at a German Airport years later

Customs:"Have you ever visited Germany before?"

Retired Pilot:"Err...Yes...."

Now you see them... IBM made over 800 UK jobs vanish in 2018 despite improving fortunes


Re: Who's left?

>> I even had my salary cut during a probation period because the firm said it was to compensate my employer while I was learning to use their proprietary software, which I didn't even see during my employment.

I'm struggling to understand how that would be legal in the UK ?

World recoils in horror as smartphone maker accused of helping government snoops read encrypted texts, track device whereabouts


Nope I'm lost

I can't quite make out the target of this article : Huawei ? The US Government ? Uganda ? The WSJ ? The Red Sea Pedestrians ? All of Them ?

I get a feeling the author is trying to be clever in their writing but I think they made it a bit too opaque - sorry.

I could throttle you right about now: US Navy to ditch touchscreens after kit blamed for collision


Command Failure

From what I've read of it the ultimate problem was a poisonous command atmosphere, lack of training and shortage of personnel.

It's a warship being navigated - it literally is not rocket science, navies have been doing it around the world for centuries.

The US military hammers down any individuality in it's Officers and Men - Ratings are trained for one task alone and not encouraged to think out of the box. It's stunning that the bridge on a US Navy Warship could be so dis-functional - but it was.