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Comment Three trillion a day, you say? (Score 2) 372

Sounds like it might be worth training some new programmers.

You can re-write any or all of your legacy systems in modern languages (if you choose to undertake the cost and risk, of course), but one day they won't be modern any more, and there will be new modern languages, all with their advocates shouting about pieces of the sky falling.

Or you can leave these highly reliable core systems in place and suck up the cost of training new maintainers, and deal with the cost and problems of interfacing them with a "customer-centric" model. Of course, you may have to offer incentives to induce young programmers to use something that's not hip and modern, i.e. $$$

So customers can already do a lot of the work that used to employ bank tellers, billing/accounts staff, and travel agents. None of which changes the fact that "customer-centric" does not and never will have direct access to the core systems. Who cares if the back-end runs COBOL-sourced object code on a mainframe? Methinks people who advocate for C## and Java in core systems have no concept of core systems and their workflows.

Comment Re:The stents do actually work (Score 1) 271

My GP said that stopping smoking was the biggest factor in reducing my cardiovascular risk profile, even though I subsequently put on 10 kilos in 6 months. He said (being an ex-smoker himself), that if you're going to smoke - and of course you should *never* start, but if you're going to do it, quit by your 50th birthday. At that point, your body still has the capacity to heal the damage, and he's quite pleased with the sound of my lungs now, four years since my last cigarette. If you keep smoking after 50, it's all downhill - you keep doing damage, and lose the ability to heal it.

Comment Re:Minority Report (Score 2) 89

They're talking about an event on June 3rd. Males can take advantage of this time frame by 1. growing a full beard, if they don't normally have a beard, or 2. if they do normally wear a beard, shave it off on June 2nd. That, a couple of team logo decals on your cheeks and forehead, and a pair of dazzle glasses or sunglasses should take care of it. A celebrity-face t-shirt (perhaps an image of one of your team's players) will help.

Maybe some gimmick sunglasses with LEDs flashing away around the rims.

Comment Re:Then it wouldn't really help (Score 1) 148

Yeah, it's more about the sender covering their arse. It's one of the reasons I left my last employer.

That, and the practice of my boss' boss copying his boss in the CC, and using read receipts, and getting pissed off when people used the "don't send the read receipt" function in Outlook. Being management, his inbox limit was....large.....so he had a sub-folder for each and every employee he dealt with, above and below him, and a processing rule that put the read receipts into the employee's sub-folder, i.e. send an email to dwywit, and the read receipt would be placed into the sub-folder 'dwywit' (except I never sent them). Obviously this was his practice so that he could come down on staff who didn't read his emails. He came down heavy-handed on one of my underlings, accusing the kid of not reading his emails. The look on his face when I pointed out that 1. read receipts were optional, so there were probably a lot of people who chose not to send them, and 2. making read receipts non-optional acros the organisation would quickly fill up the mail server, was, as they say, priceless. Bonus, said underling was able to quote the email in question and answer its concerns.

Said manager was later named in an audit report - being named in such a report is one step away from being referred to the public prosecutor. He didn't last long after that.

And that's what happens when you promote an accountant beyond his competence, and put him in charge of IT.

Comment Re:Not what I expected (Score 1) 359

The first doctor I saw after I saw blood in a bowel movement (not my regular GP - he was away) advised me to increase fibre intake, including metamucil.

This was after I told him that it was a rare day for me to have less than two visits to the porcelain throne. I described my routine in detail - consistency, volume, colour (other than blood, of course), diet, etc. So he suggested metamucil.

Fortunately my GP, when I finally got to see him, agreed with me that *more* fibre was not the solution.

Comment Low-cost is the factor here (Score 2) 129

A "low-cost" device sent into LEO? So it's being sold on the admittedly astonishingly low cost compared to traditional launch costs.

So any additional costs (such as end-of-life mechanisms designed to put it into a burn trajectory) are going to have a proportionally greater impact on that "low cost" selling point, which means the proponents have a motive to resist such extra mechanisms and costs.

Anything sold on its main benefit being "low cost" will eventually result in a race to the bottom, and the cost-cutting that entails - "hey, our module is lighter and cheaper to get into orbit (because we decided to do without expensive impact shielding/temperature control/whatever)"

Comment Re: Can the update work on a Dell system? (Score 1) 103

Except that W10 trashed the partitions on one of my customers' machines. HP laptop, and I could see the recovery partition when viewed in a cradle via gparted, but the computer absolutely could not access that partition. Had to stump up for recovery discs (cheap, but a long time coming from HP) to get it back to out-of-box condition.

W10 is an abomination. I'll stick to W7 until something better comes along.

Comment Re:The language isn't the issue (Score 1) 300

If that's an offer, thanks, but I'm way out of the game.

Hadn't touched an AS400 since 2004, but I'm still keen, so a little while ago I made an account on pub400.com to play around. I re-keyed a short RPG program from my source code printout and it compiled the second time. For some reason I couldn't get it to recognise a compile-time array, so I changed it to static data structure and BOOM! I was quite pleased with myself - it came from a V3-era F35. I plan to spend a few hours a week bringing my RPG up to current standards, then maybe I'll put a few feelers out.

Comment Re:I'm honestly blown away... (Score 5, Insightful) 130

And every time someone mentions agricultural runoff (specifically from sugarcane), the lobbyists hit up the national party, and we're all reminded that natural resources and agriculture are untouchables.

No, it can't be the farmers, they're all "generational custodians" who couldn't possibly do anything harmful to the environment.

Apologies to those farmers who actually give a crap.

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