* Posts by Ken G

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Lawyers say changes to UK data law will make life harder for international businesses

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Paris Hilton

Re: And nothing much will change for 95% of companies

I'm not sure why the downvotes, do people think I'm wrong about that or just disageee with the Irish citizenship law?

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Re: And nothing much will change for 95% of companies

Irish nationality is based on the residency of ancestors on 6 December 1922, the 24 hour period after Independence and before Northern Ireland seceded.

Elon Musk set to buy Twitter in $44b deal, promises stuff

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Holmes

Re: "Authenticate all humans"?

That probably just means we have to spot more buses, bikes and traffic lights to log on. Tesla's self driving AI needs all the help it can get.

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If it is an ego project

wouldn't buying $40M of Ukrainian government bonds instead result in gold plated statues of him going up post war in every Oblast?

Accenture announces 'Accenture Song' – not a tune, but a rebrand

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They did!

They hired another Big 4 consultancy to assess the client reaction to various names and followed their advice.

Putin reaches for nuclear option: Zuckerberg banned

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Re: Well, damn

Unless Zuckerberg gets there first or tops the offer. Putin has a lot of money by Russian standards but he's no Jeff Bezos.

Yandex speaks out from front line of Western sanctions against Russia

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Re: Not Enough

There's some nuance but not much - soldiers of any army may commit war crimes, the measure of the country is whether they are then prosecuted or given a medal.

Given the Russian army are awarded medals for killing civilians then it's fair to blame the state and with the displays of support for that state by it's population, to use the measures available, including financial, to demonstrate that is not OK.

Beanstalk loses $182m in huge flash-loan crypto heist

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Re: Remind me again

because Blockchain.

Review: Huawei's Matebook X Pro laptop is forgetful and forgettable

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Re: "you can do better for the $2,000 or so Huawei charges for it"

that'll beat this Lenovo machine?

You're making up your own comparative reviews now.

Why the Linux desktop is the best desktop

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Re: Linux "Desktop"

I use the community WPS Office on Linux (too many ads now on Windows or Android).

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Linux "Desktop"

I run Mint myself, I have for about a decade. I also run Windows 10 and 11.

My wife refuses to use a Linux desktop (but will use her Chrome tablet). It's about branding and convenience. I know I like a Debian derived release for at home (I've run rpm derived ones for work too) and I know I like the Cinnamon desktop or XFCE and I'm not crazy about Gnome 3 and don't like KDE and I'll live with Fluxbox on old machines etc. That's the kind of requirements setting that's second nature to a techie but too confusing for non techies.

If I recommend a Linux, the moment I need to change or configure it for my wife to run a programme, she'll say she wants Windows. There Microsoft makes all the decisions (or Apple, as I think there are still people running Macs somewhere) and a programme either runs or doesn't, there's no "if we change this and configure this and put this element there, we can run this other versions". It's simple.

Anyway, I like Linux, I use Linux but we can't pretend there's a single Linux Desktop to compete with MS.Apple.

Blood pressure monitor won't arrive for Apple Watch before 2024 – report

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I've seen people jogging with their phone strapped around their upper arm

just glad to know what that was all about.

Joint European Torus celebrates 100,000 pulses: Neither Brexit nor middle age has stopped '80s era experiment

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Didn't you have that 3 years ago?

Finnish govt websites knocked down as Ukraine President addresses MPs

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Re: A Rant, of Course

I'm sure I'm not alone in thinking Manfred Weber was the better candidate.

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Re: Putin is accomplishing all of his goals

It could, if it wasn't corrupt. It could have been successful under communist party rule, if it wasn't corrupt. It could have been successful under a right wing dictatorship like Putin's, if it wasn't corrupt. Look at China, Vietnam or Taiwan and Singapore. People will put up with a lot, international businesses even more, so long as the rules are consistent and the wealth gets spread around.

NASA will award contract for second lunar lander to a biz that's not SpaceX

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Re: FOMO

It's easier than going direct to Mars and will solve some of the habitat challenges for the latter. I would hope there is also some energy capture and manufacturing done on the moon to build near Earth infrastructure.

Bank had no firewall license, intrusion or phishing protection – guess the rest

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Holmes

How many millions of Rupees?

There's a reason the Crore is a unit of measurement - a million Rupee is about €12K, maybe the loss was less that the cost of the licenses?

IBM highlights real-time fraud detection in z16 mainframe

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Re: truly useful quantum computers may be a decade away

Useful in Funging Tokens in real time?

Microsoft arms Azure VMs with Ampere Altra chips

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Which is a really decent spec for a free VM

if you can put up with it being offered by Oracle.

if you have an exit strategy to another host.

Elon Musk buys 9.2% of Twitter, sends share price to the Moon

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Devil

Why didn't old Trumper think of this?

It's got to be easier than starting your own social network from scratch, especially when you're not very good at business.

Wing launches drone deliveries in the US where people actually live

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Modem-wiping malware caused Viasat satellite broadband outage in Europe

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Re: Data backhaul Redundancy?

Here in Luxembourg none of the affected wind turbines were offshore.

UK suit over reselling surplus Microsoft licenses rolls on

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Re: Ireland

I'm with you - tax licensing and royalties in both directions.

If you fire someone, don't let them hang around a month to finish code

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Re: I had a three month extension like this once

It's nice to work with good people.

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Y2K+

I gave my notice at a certain IT department in late October 1999 as I had a new job waiting in January. I wasn't working on anything Y2K, my documentation was up to date and I did a good handover but the (contract) project manager appealed to management to keep me on "just in case" of something. I took December as holiday (as there was a "use it or lose it" policy and that same PM had stopped me using it during the summer, leaving me 5 weeks to burn.

January 4th I was back at the office. I chatted to my colleagues, made some tea, browsed the internet and swivelled my chair left, then right. I repeated that for 4 weeks. Occasionally some managers not from the IT department would ask what I was doing these days and I'd tell them. I didn't sabotage anything except that PM's contract.

The time you solved that months-long problem in 3 seconds

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Re: Fuck that

Is there a gameshow based on it's use?

Russia's Mir space station returned to Earth 21 years ago

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Re: See it for yourself

I'll put it on my list, with the Buran in Speyer Technical Museum.

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It also means "walled village" and "world" as in the name VladiMIR "the one who owns the world".

IT outage at Scotland's Heriot-Watt University enters second week

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Oracle ERP operating normally?

That should be the headline!

Best of luck to H-W IT team.

114 billion transistors, one big meh. Apple's M1 Ultra wake-up call

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Holmes

Re: "Testing more than any country in the world ( per capita per day )"

I live in Luxembourg.

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Paris Hilton

"Testing more than any country in the world ( per capita per day )"

Can you cite your sources for that? I've seen the same claim made for the US, Israel, Malta, Iceland and Luxembourg. I've probably missed some.

Containers may be more effective than VMs for hybrid apps – Gartner

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Containers may be more effective

They may not. Gartner says hedge your bets and implement everything.

Canonical: OpenStack is dead, long live OpenStack

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slow, buggy and expensive?

We can sell you services to address two of those issues...

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Re: Control

That aged well, didn't it?

Prototype app outperforms and outlasts outsourced production version

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Re: "Or written a temporary bit of code that ended up becoming too permanent?"

Someone is crazy and brave enough to sign off the business case for shutting down Domino servers?

Brit techie shows us life in Ukraine amid Russian invasion

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Re: REDCROSS

https://vostok-sos.org/en/ukraine-under-fire-support-vostok-sos-aid-operation/

Not saying anthing against the UK red cross but these people are working on the ground in Ukraine.

Russia labels Meta an 'extremist' organization, bans Instagram

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The enemy of my enemy isn't always my friend.

If Zuckerberg's yacht gets sunk or impounded or Clegg's put on a no-fly list then I'll try not to laugh. Ukrainians are the only victims, not them.

Afraid of the big bad Linux desktop? Zorin 16.1 is here

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Re: Support for Ukraine

No reason why not. That's recent by Linux standards.

The long-term strategy behind IBM's Red Hat purchase

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Which market? I know home/desktop is mostly based on Debian/Ubuntu but most servers are RHEL, CentOS, OEL, AMI etc.

Fujitsu: Dumping older workers will wipe out quarter of forecast profit

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50+

So they left college early 90's, probably know unix, sql, java and have been through Y2K and .com bubbles. They'll have been working on phones and tablets for other a decade, probably remotely for 2. How could they understand the wonders of "digital"?

If I were cynical (I am) this is more about pension funds than skills.

UK govt signs IT contracts 'without understanding' the needs

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It's called risk transfer, it's meant to be a good thing

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Thick?

FreeDOS puts out first new version in six years

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Re: "It installs to a FAT32 partition"

I'm sorry I binned all the disks recently.

AI-created faces now look so real, humans can't spot the difference

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Re: Fascinating

You really didn't like Police Academy VIII did you?

Machine learning the hard way: IBM Watson's fatal misdiagnosis

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Re: Watson

I always assumed Thomas rather than John

UK.gov threatens to make adults give credit card details for access to Facebook or TikTok

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If this magic filter was built into the OS, then who decides if it gets turned off? How does it recognise nudity without resort to online machine learning? How does it distinguish between art, holiday snaps and porn or sand dunes?

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On the fence

Anything that harms the Meta pocketbook and cuts down on background rap music is good, but anything that gathers more data for the government is bad. I'm only reassured by the thought that they won't have anywhere to store it, any way to analyse it and will lose millions in the tenders for both systems. All they will be able to do is sell it back to Meta to better target ads

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Re: Dead Cat

Controversial take.

Happy birthday, Windows Vista: Troubled teen hits 15

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Windows

I missed Vista, or dodged it, going Dos > Win 3.11 > OS/2 > 95 > XP > 7 and wish I had avoided 8.1 but had it on one device.

US Navy in mad dash to salvage F-35C that fell off a carrier into South China Sea

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Saab Grifins are great BUT following their F-104 experiences the Canadians ruled that they would only buy twin engined aircraft for operations over ice. Dassault Rafale is probably next best in terms of bang per tooney.

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