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Comment: The UK Cobol Climate Is Very Different (Score 4, Informative) 270

by Idimmu Xul (#47924369) Attached to: College Students: Want To Earn More? Take a COBOL Class

I looked in to Cobol rolls as a potential career shift as I keep reading on Slashdot how amazing a Cobol job can be...

After a quick scan of most UK job sites for Cobol in London (where all the banks are ..) e.g.

Pretty much all roles are £40l-£60k a year and require some kind of real world, commercial experience with Cobol/mainframes etc etc

That's not that exciting, The salaries are lower than equivalent positions in other areas of development. You have to work for someone like Lloyds. Chances are you'll need to wear a suit to work. Have to work in London. By definition, you're going to be supporting ancient, systems which have undergone years of maintenance by probably dozens of different developers and it's going to be super enterprisey, loaded to the gills with change control and red tape, etc etc.

I don't get it.. sounds awful..

+ - Gaming Journalism In Disarray

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The internet is awash with scandal today after accusations that game developer Zoey Quinn is exploiting the nepotism of the gaming industry by getting favourable coverage from people she has supposedly slept with. Garnering favours to push her game 'Depression Quest' through Steam's GreenLight platform, whilst attacking with DMCA takedown requests and legitimate female game developers.

Reddit is now also currently heavily censoring anything to do with the discussion thanks to her manipulation.

Whilst manipulation, corruption and illicit acts have corrupted old, mainstream media to the point that no one trusts it, are modern reporting methods and new media just as corruptible? Is Internet journalism at all trustworthy?"

Comment: Automation Resistance (Score 2) 228

by Idimmu Xul (#47629079) Attached to: What Do You Do When Your Mind-Numbing IT Job Should Be Automated?

One of the tasks here is the daily generation and collation of statistics across our various platforms to present to the clients. It contains things like the state of the tickets, number of tickets raised/closed, peak data across the platforms, systems metrics for utilisation and other similar things.

Currently these metrics are gathered manually be people eyeing up graphs and manually reading the data from them or running scripts that pull out metrics they need, it went from a half hour task to a 120 minute task, daily, as we've been growing.

I created a scaleable system that polled all the required statistics, from all of the various different systems in place, directly accessing the RRD files that generate graphs, polling our ticketing systems API to access the data, etc etc and then pushed them in to a database which could be polled easily for historic data as well as interrogated via a front end to generate the reports. It even allowed you to alter text in the report and export it to PDF to email to the clients.

After 2 years it's still sat, waiting to be rolled out, because of politics. The guys that run the reports just work from a process document and aren't really good enough to do much else. With the additional free time they have it would be too transparent that they can't do anything other than follow process but we do need them for various other tasks that can't be automated. At least by doing the reports manually they look really useful and the clients are happy..

Comment: Re:Encryption (Score 1) 220

by Idimmu Xul (#47097563) Attached to: PHK: HTTP 2.0 Should Be Scrapped

No, you really don't. Encryption is good for Facebook, but enforcing it for your Internet-of-Everything lightbulb or temperature probe in the basement gains nothing other than more complex bugs and lower battery life.

arent these the exact situations where encryption is necessary? i dont want someone sniffing the plain text credentials of my fridge as they fly through the air and then turning the temperature up to 40 ...

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