113 posts • joined 5 Mar 2012
I reckon Rackspace will take anything you'll pay for
All this talk of real men reminds me that I worked at IKEA as a student and had so much assembly practice that I could assemble a BILLY bookcase in 6 minutes.
Top that you lot. And I also defy you to come up with a better definition of true masculinity.
Seveneves bad, Anathem good
Seveneves is a weird, weird, weird choice for a movie. It just sprawls so much and - spoiler alert - has a big, big pivot.
Anathem might be filmable. I hope it is. Probably Stephenson's best work. And I say that as a drooling Stephenson fanboi.
Re: Down under
I'll tell you as soon as I can ride my Kangaroo to the office, wrestle the crocs out of the way to get into the data centre and smoke the snakes out of the aircon. Once I'm done I'll drink a slab of Fosters (assuming it still exists) and tamper with a cricket ball.
Did you buy another or splice?
Re: Going Dutch?
Yeah I did think of that but couldn't remember which dike would get me in trouble
Re: "I was able to get all my junk on the desk"
You're very naughty. Just the way we like our commentors
Source for the 25%
Re: old "news"
Yup, happened a while back. But has gone unnoticed for quite some time. As other comments here show, the news seems not to have traveled too far
WTF? No hate from me. Just poining out what looks to be a rather odd reversal
Re: It can't be worse than
Queensland health wasn't mostly IBM's fault - it was given a very tough brief that kept changing. Government admitted it managed the project very poorly. IBM did, however, get its foot in the door with - ahem - interesting behaviour.
Re: Charles Stross
We scour the net so you only have to read footnotes in clickbait to stay on top of things
Yes. Water plus electricity. And the bonking news emerged over time
Rather cruel to the peacock IMHO. Bad enough for a human to fly United.
Re: Hmmm ...
Well FWIW traffic and comment counts have been pretty good for the first two columns. I reckon it will take a while for the column to find a groove. And obviously there's only so many "i forgot to backup" stories worthy of being told. But I'm optimistic we'll get something rolling here.
Re: Question the regurgitation
Latency. Metro clusters are tricky enough. Wide area clusters just gwt too hard
Re: Confused, SPARC vulnerable or not?
Oracle keeps saying 'no comment' on its own OS. Expect it has less than that to say about BSD
Re: Productivity slump ahead?
As if anybody was going to be at their best next week anyway!
Feel like I gotta add the Australian perspective.
To quote Tim Minchin, Christmas is all about white wine in the sun. My family usually nips down to the beach for an early swim at about 0700. The roads are empty and there's nearly always a beach-related gift under the tree.
Lotsa seafood. Prawns are a must. I usually queue at a local wholesale fishmonger at about 5AM on Christmas Eve to buy a coupla kilos of prawns. There's then a nice moment when the best prawn-peelers in the family don aprons and get 'em ready to cook.
The prawns kick things off and there's usually a big roast something too. If possible we get it done on the BBQ with the lid down, to keep the heat outside rather than cooking the kitchen.
By mid afternoon it's best to keep drinking - stop and the heat means you get a 4PM hangover
Tell you what - explain to us how this bot helps you as a manager, helps IBM staff and helps IBM.
Give us an example of better outcomes it delivers.
Asking cos the IBM staff who pointed it out to us feel it's just more impersonal but insincere "we care about you" stuff in the wake of relocations, resource actions that strip the company of skills needed on live projects and drop remaining colleagues in it, attempts to reduce benefits and a bifurcation of the company in which those who work on the strategic initiatives are valued and the rest just aren't.
Re: So basically, management are admiting IBM's failed as a company?
I'd love to hear from IBM. But it doesn't even send press releases. Local people here in oz know nuh-think. So we rely on other sources
Re: Why hasn't anyone done a Thomas Covenant series/film?
It would be a fine alternative to Gitmo, but with worse torture
Re: Why hasn't anyone done a Thomas Covenant series/film?
Because the niche for an endlessly self-loathing protagonist is occupied by BoJack Horseman.
And because they're boring.
Re: Did anyone else expect something else?
Something smutty? Tut tut. We're not that kind of site. Snigger
Re: "They looked for the password on the CD . . ."
I recently opened a bank account and was told - by a teller who could see my password in plaintext - that my password was too long and complex. She suggested I pick a simpler password intsead to avoid forgetting my properly complex password. This is why we can't have nice things.
Re: I see a simple solution
Or until the super intelligent monkey from the labs gets out and starts an ape army ...
Re: See where it says " Tips and corrections" at the bottom of the article?
Speaking as the author, a gentle ribbing is fine. Sometimes readers sent rather mean and rude notes as if to say we simply should not ever err.
FWIW the SFO and LON offices have a production desk to check for mistakes. Here in Oz we just try our very hardest.
Re: Ped-ANT-ic typo in title
Damn. Busy day and I missed it. [Slaps self sharply, slinks into corner]
Back to sub-editing school for me, then :-(
Re: Headline should be Oracle admits "expensive licences have no new functionality for on prem"
IMHO plenty of readers found that between the lines ...
Re: No lunch for me
Well played IMHO
Re: Not an apology
Not that we expect readers will kiss and tell, but ...
Re: Last Friday your correspondent snorkeled on a tropical island
Back to the island? Ok. Off I go then. I could get two bars from the bar there. If I absolutely must work there and snorkel on my coffee breaks, then I will to satisfy commentards.
Re: Facile Emanations
It's a followup story. One I felt was worth doing for the sake of completeness. It offered a chance for some fun. Seriously - what is Samsung doing having anything that alludes to its problems in this new name.
Anyway if you didn't like it I'll try for better puns next time. Or I could point you in the direction of our many recent scoops.
Will signal suffice? My number is on the contacts page
There once was a horse named 'hoof-hearted'. Made for interesting race calls
Re: But the real issue is
Public holiday here in Oz on Friday. Soz.
Can we please put this 'The Reg slips in paid puff pieces' thing to bed? Because we don't. Ever.
I'll be outta here and driving an Uber if we do under my byline or any other.
You also seem to have missed the bits where I say VMware has weak and confusing products. Who would pay for that?
To your point of closing services being shameful, vendors are businesses. Of course they start with ShinyHappy. And of course they run like hell if the money doesn't flow. Would you rather they persist with duds forever? Would your pension fund?
The emails were entirely civil, from both parties. Mine >>always<< are. FWIW I grew up writing formal letters and maintain that etiquette in email to this day.
The offer of an interview was made when the outage was fresh news. I twice chased up the offer, but the email trail went cold.
After more than a week, the offer of an interview was revived. I explained the line of questioning I intended to pursue before the interview and, as the story explains, said I wanted to talk to someone with operation responsibilities rather than marketing.
Anything else you'd like to know?
Sorry to disappoint- no nipples were excited during the writing of this story
As I tried to explain in the piece, I came in expecting B-arkers and found myself in the company of informed and intelligent people.
This event was much more than a luvvie-fest.
Alternative alternative headline
Property developer in corner-cutting let the tenants sort this out later non-shocker.
It's the weekend here - this is moonlighting so obvs not up to my Mon-Fri standard
That's an awesome KB. Makes me think we need a reader-discovered amusing KB hotline.
Remember that airports now make more money from ground activities than from airlines. Rents are high. Ads are pricey. And don't get me started on parking charges
Re: The best lessons learnt
Not apologising for this decision, but politicians usually have a busy roster of engagements in their electorates over the weekend - I've seen mine running water for a junior footy team. Their departments close for the weekend. They should stay in Canberra why?
Re: Oh Gawd
That's just what the NSA is asking too!
Re: It looks great, must be perfect then ( Apple Speak)
YMMV but in my long experience, even a few minutes with a phone tells you a lot. Is it fast? Is it responsive to the touch? How good is the fit and finish? Is the UI cluttered and does it get in the way of the device? In my experience, premium devices quickly stand out. Lesser smartphones just don't quite behave as nicely. Having said that, it doesn't take long for battery life to dwindle and devices to slow a little.
And yeah, I think there was a need for it. There's huge curiosity about the iPhone. We're trying to sate it ASAP.
I worried some folk might perceive it as a disguised promo.
Our rule is we don't disguise promos. I thought this was interesting, but because it is All About A Product, and a product that needs to be seen rather than described, slipped it in as a news byte rather than a full story.
Does that answer the question?
Sigh. Damn you autocorrect