* Posts by Skiver

57 publicly visible posts • joined 30 Sep 2021


Dell said to be preparing broad Return To Office order this Monday


RTO policies are for one thing only: manager job justification. Having people in the office lets managers "keep an eye" on their people, thereby justifying their position.

Which is, of course, complete BS reasoning.

Techie climbed a mountain only be told not to touch the kit on top


For some reason when I read cold and mountainous, I pictured a shack on a mountain, not a town.

‘I needed antihistamine tablets every time I opened the computers’


When I worked at DEC, one of my customers was one of the big newspapers in the city where I lived. They had an 11/70 system in the basement. The room was air conditioned, but it wasn't a computer room. Just outside the door was where they moved around the giant rolls of paper used to print the newspaper. The room was always dirty and required frequent preventive maintenance to make sure nothing got clogged up.

In contrast, one of my customers was the USPS. There main place was the bulk facility at the airport. The computers were used for tracking mail that was being transported on commercial carriers. The systems were in their own customer made air conditioned cabinets. The site itself was a typical factory floor type situation, so not too clean.

Elon Musk made 1 in 3 Trust and Safety staff ex-X employees, it emerges


Re: Yet....

If right wingers were getting banned, it's because they're the absolutely worst when it comes to posting racist, homophobic and transphobic crap. And now that they're back, it as become an ever worse cesspool that it ever was before Elmo took over. There's a reason advertisers have run away from the site.

HP customers claim firmware update rendered third-party ink verboten


Re: "If a printer is connected to the internet, the update downloads automatically"

"Carly Fiorini happened and set up the merger with Compaq which started the death spiral off, and that was only done so that HP could have a range of Windows servers to sell and some better desktop PC's."

100% on point. I survived the DEC -> Compaq -> HP adventure and worked there during Fiorina's tenure. I didn't survive the layoff that saw me and a few hundred of my colleagues who were working on the same project. A handful of people found jobs elsewhere in the company. The rest of us hit the bricks.

Windows 12: Savior of PC makers, or just an apology for Windows 11?


Re: Local accounts

Subscriptions ensure as steady stream of revenue, which is why many companies have moved to it.

SpaceX celebrates Starship launch as a success – even with the explosion


Re: The other guys.

Blowing up millions of dollars of hardware is not success.

Soon the most popular 'real' desktop will be the Linux desktop


This thread is the typical dumpster fire that this topic becomes every time it comes up.

WFH mandates bad for staff morale and stunt innovation


Having a good WFH policy means a company can recruit and hire the best talent anywhere. Not just the best talent where the office is.

The bonkers water-cooled shoe PC, hexagonal pink workstations, and IKEA-style cases of Computex 2023


Re: Transbuds


Laid-off 60-year-old Kyndryl exec says he was told IT giant wanted 'new blood'


Re: Why not tell the truth?

This kind of well considered, nuanced perspective will, sadly, fall on deaf ears.


Re: Let it go

Nobody is being done a favor by getting fired.

Intel to rebrand client chips once Meteor Lake splashes down


I'm wondering how much money Intel spent engaging a branding company for this nonsense.

Parent discovers the cost of ignoring Roblox: £2,500 and heart palpitations


I'm glad this stuff wasn't around when my kids were growing up.

Elizabeth Holmes is going to prison – with a $500m bill


Re: Mixed feelings today

She's not going to rot in jail.

She's probably being sent to white collar criminal prison and it is unlikely she will serve her whole sentence actually incarcerated.

Since she comes from money, her life is likely to continue relatively unchanged once she's free from prison and probation.

Fancy trying the granddaddy of Windows NT for free? Now's your chance


As someone who worked for DEC in the days when PDP-11s ruled the world and the only VAX was the 11/780, I've been eagerly anticipating a hobbyist version of VMS on x86. In the field, I was mainly an '11 guy familiar with RT-11, RSX-11 and RSTS (with a side helping of MUMPS). When I got out of the field, I took a job at DECs Bedford MA training center and taught VMS and Unix classes. I'm interested in running VMS mainly curiosity and walking down memory lane.

Atlassian to dump 500 – by email – in the name of 'rebalancing'


Re: How about... not hiring so many newbies?

The important metric is what were the salaries of the people getting sacked vs. the people they hired. If it's like other corporate sackings, there is a net savings on salaries.


Re: I’m fine with it…

The problem isn't Jira. As a tool, it works well and is useful. But like any tool, how it's used makes a big difference on how it's perceived. Where I work it isn't any kind of impediment.

Gartner: Oracle probes orgs for Java compliance after new licensing terms


Re: Oracle is targeting users on Java compliance after new licensing terms

: The concern, that led to a lot of businesses banning it, is that a bunch of the plugins aren't free.

That's what happened where I work.

DigitalOcean waves goodbye to 11 percent of staff


Re: US Hiring and Firing.

re: best and worst

Fealty to Wall St. and focus on quarter by quarter results drive this behavior. And the C suite is greatly reward for keeping Wall St. while everyone else gets the shaft.

The Twitpocalypse may have begun, as datacenter migration reportedly founders


Re: Don't be so dramatic

"but unfortunately it seems more than likely he'll turn that bloated pile of ..."

He's already turned it into that.


Re: Hmmm...

Musk isn't stupid, but he thinks he knows everything. It would not be surprising if he actually made people change jobs.

School laptop auction devolves into extortion allegation


Re: Investigating RDA ?

Imagine being a famous, respect artist who had a hugely successful career who is now mostly known for the Streisand Effect.

Google institutional investor calls for wider cuts: 30k jobs


Re: 50% not needed...

That person has no idea what a day looks like for developers, etc.


Re: 50% not needed...

I love anonymous cowards with terrible hot takes.

Twitter has one business focus in one domain. Alphabet has many business focuses on lots of different areas.

The situations are different.

Twitter is a dumpster file under Musk. He's fired so many people that it isn't at all certain what would happen if

there was a major issue/outage.

Oh, WoW: Chinese gamers to be cut off from Blizzard games next week


Re: As if by magic...

Based on the fairly frequent in-game emails I get, gold farming is alive and well. I can't say for sure who is doing it or where they are.

Microsoft axes 10,000, already breaking bad news to staff


MS is going to lay off thousands, but probably not change their roadmap, milestones or deliverables. The net effect is those that are left will be required to pick up more work.

Microsoft to move some Teams features to more costly 'Premium' edition


Re: SatNad's move to everything being subscription

Adobe really isn't any different than any other company when it comes to subscriptions. They were one, if not *the* first to move their products to the subscription model.


Re: SatNad's move to everything being subscription

You wrote that as if you think anyone cares. The problem with "enjoy your lockin" is that a) it's smarmy and b) in many cases, people don't really have a choice because applications are dictated by the company they work for.

Some engineers are being paid between $250k and $1m, says salary survey


: Rule of thumb is that the more money you make, the less time you spend working, because you typically know how to do your stuff and it doesn't take you 80 hours, but more like 8 hours to do the same thing.

The real rule of thumb is that top performers are often called upon to take on more responsibilities.


Re: Though to be fair

: Not sucking at your job generally helps more than most other factors when the axe starts swinging

It can. But in big corporate layoffs like this one, it is often where someone is standing when the axe falls, rather than their individual performance.

San Francisco investigates Hotel Twitter, Musk might pack up and leave


Re: No, way, they beat us?

Salon workers don't just cut hair. They do all kinds of hair work, including some with chemicals that have to be handled and used properly to avoid injuries and other issues. Requiring a license is sensible.

Linus Torvalds to be 'more hard-nosed' as Linux 6.2 merge window meets Christmas


For the uninitiated (me), is there specific reasons why anything needs to happen over the Christmas holiday? Is there some deadline or other factors that couldn't wait until after the new year?

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


Re: Cut him a break

In a now deleted tweet, Musk wrote, paraphrased:

How do you make a little money (in tech)

Start with a lot of money

Swiss bankers warn: Three quarters of retail Bitcoin investors are in the red


This is my surprised Pikachu face.

Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home


Re: Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Men and a Man. Amen.

I'm gonna need this post translated. :)


Twitter employees should be going hardcore out the door.

Musk paid way too much for twitter and now he's desperate.

More than 4 in 10 PCs still can't upgrade to Windows 11


Re: Nothing much against Win11 but can't see the point!

The UI sucks, but otherwise you're 100% correct. There have been a lot of changes under the hood in win11, including better scheduling for P and E cores. I'm running 11 on all of my windows systems and it's been rock solid and performs well. I did install software to make the UI work like it did in windows 7.


Re: Windows - why is it always crap++

> Essentially these days it seems that Microsoft does not support its users, it's just busy making everyone buy new hardware and trash their original hardware.

There are many legitimate complaints about MS. But this isn't one of them. Win7 stopped being supported in 2020. There should be no expectation that any newer devices will "just work".

Software fees to make up 10% of John Deere's revenues by 2030


Re: Avoid.

We're not talking about consumer products here. It's an easy choice when there are alternatives available and the stakes aren't high. These days there are few alternatives for farmers and they can't afford to just stop using what they have and use something else.

Taking CHIPS Act cash? You're banned from planting advanced fabs on Chinese soil



It's perfectly reasonable for a country that is giving subsidies to put conditions on it. It has nothing to do with PNAC.

Former Microsoft UX boss doesn't like the Windows 11 Start menu either


Re: Open-Shell

I'm using startallback to fix the start menu and that irritating right click behavior.

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


Re: "Hunter Bidens Laptop"

"The Day Twitter Stopped" sounds like the title of a 1950's scifi movie.

Apple to compel workers to spend '3 days a week' in the office


Bold move when talented and qualified people have plenty of options that don't including being at the office.

Microsoft asks staff to think twice before submitting expenses


Re: M$ looks to be pinching pennys

Every company has done belt tightening exercises like this at times. It might be penny pinching or it might not be depending on the kinds of expenses the company is looking to reduce. This is not to discount what others have posted in the thread, because I've seen plenty that kind of stuff in other companies I've worked for. When we've had belt tightening where I work now, it wasn't about nickel and dime stuff.

The headline of the article is massive clickbait. It makes it sound like people aren't supposed to ask for reimbursement for expenses.

Sick of Windows but can't afford a Mac? Consult our cynic's guide to desktop Linux


I'm pretty savvy and I still don't know which distro is best for a daily driver system.