Re: Physical access required
Why would you want to give your car to one of the fathers of the Internet? Or did you mean serf?
I know, sarcasm gets you nowhere, but I couldn't resist.
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Why would you want to give your car to one of the fathers of the Internet? Or did you mean serf?
I know, sarcasm gets you nowhere, but I couldn't resist.
Hear hear!. The only bit I don't get is this continual comparison of engineers/techies and sales staff. It's not what you do, it's about how well you do it.
If the sales person in question is a cold calling telesales person they get paid peanuts - probably less than an equivalently skilled tech job. If they have the rare ability to make sales of tens or hundreds of millions of pounds a year they of course get paid a shed load.
Equally if I fix PC hardware or hack code I get paid peanuts. If on the other hand I write a brilliant search algorithm and pair that up with an ingenious page rank system in order to enable highly targeted advertising, I get paid a bomb. As I would if I were to invent cold fusion in my garage.
To get paid well, it's not enough to do a good job. You have to be creative, innovative and several cuts above average. It's nothing to do with engineering vs sales.
And to those who argue that the City is hoovering up all the best IT talent for huge salaries, of course they do. Finance is basically an IT industry now and they need the best software architects and network architects in the world to compete. It proves that there is indeed a a very well paid market for the best tech talent.
Agreed. So, like Brenda, I assume you give up a good slice of your time working with school kids and nurturing their enthusiasm. Unlike you, I don't, but am seriously considering doing so for the reasons you mention.
This is great news indeed for the kids and for the country.
I have a good female friend with a senior tech position who also does the STEM ambassador stuff. A very worthy and admirable thing to lend your time to!
Saw it last year at the Shoreham airshow where it stole the show and stress tested the ear drums! An iconic machine which I'm glad my kids by happy chance got to see in action see before it was retired.
Without any hesitation I can recommend CloudFloor DNS (http://www.mtgsy.net) who have provided us and our customers with a top notch, highly reliable service for many years now. They're brilliant. The shocker is, their service actually costs a few pounds a month. Unbelievable isn't it! Who'd have thought that you have to pay a reasonable fee to get a good service. Just doesn't make any sense.
Reminds me of an episode of Red Dwarf where Lister is, in a virtual/drug induced world, snogging a gorgeous bird, whereas the lips he is actually kissing in the real world belong to some slobber mouthed alien beast.
Thumb up to that. There seems to me to be an opportunity here to set up a business purely for the purpose of "co-ordinating and managing a large number of SMEs" on behalf of government departments. Based on a management fee of one percent of contract value that would be 100 million pounds on the HMRC contract alone. Sounds like a worthwhile venture to me. Who's in?
To boldly go where no Platonic solid has gone before.
I too was greatly tickled by that particular phrase!
"Darling, just popping out for a spot of terrorism. Should be back in an hour or so. Love you."
I hope Symon and Voland aren't programmers. Their grasp of syntax is clearly somewhat lacking.
Indeed. Which could be messy if their internal software system fails to correctly route the egress traffick, resulting in the shit hitting the fan instead of the correct target destination (the pan).
But this article is just awful. The quote from Sol Cates clearly demonstrates that he has no idea whatsoever what he's talking about. I doubt there was any "backdoor link" that left the "computer database wide open" (what does this even mean?).
I suspect that the only encryption in place was between client and server via https. The "backdoor link" was most likely an unencrypted database, open to anyone either via a web application vulnerability or via direct access to the database server.
You will also notice that even now, the site does not enforce https. If you go to paymypcn.net you end up on a standard http connection (even though they still display the Verisign Secured logo at the foot of the page). You have to explicitly go to https://paymypcn.net to get an encrypted link.
To try and blame the DVLA for this is disingenuous of PaymyPCN.net. This is just a shite web application full of all the usual holes, and John Leyden should have spotted that whilst blindfolded and with his hands tied behind his back.
Which is very good to hear for an open source fan such as myself, but in this context makes the sums look even worse. If the software licence costs are lower, that means that an even more ridiculous and frankly unbelievable sum is being spent on development.
Let's be generous and allow 400 million for hardware expenditure and software licensing (assuming they won't use FLOSS because you don't get the thoroughly outstanding support that can be received from proprietary vendors such as Oracle and MS).
That leaves 10 billion for development. If we assume an average rate of £60 per hour for people involved in the project and working on an 8 hour a day 240 day a year basis, that seems to me to work out at 86806 man years of development time. I could write quite a nice system on that sort of timescale.
In many many ways I would rather have my website compromised than have someone take control of my zone file.
It could give a new meaning to privilege escalation.
Home Central Heating Controller->Smart Watch->Smart Phone->Email Account->Password Reset->Work Laptop->passwordless Private Key->Admin Access to work servers.
The most offensive stuff is not the mandatory company information but the disclaimer and confidentiality notices, which are often enormous. You'll notice from the Out-law article you posted (which is excellent and one I often refer people to) that these notices are to all intents and purposes pointless and carry no legal weight. They should never be included in a routine email footer.
Does the Crown Hosting Service take me to major international sporting events? No it does not.
Does the Crown Hosting Service have a plush office in the West End and does it take me to a 3 Michelin star restaurant for lunch after meetings there? No it does not.
Does the Crown Hosting Service even know what a round of golf is? No it does not.
Asking when rather than if your systems were/will be compromised is good security practice.
So your strategy is to make life as hard as possible for miscreants once they are in. One useful tactic might be to avoid (presumably) unencrypted password stashes called things like Extranet Oracle & SQL passwords 4.3.06.txt.
"it arrived at its decision using magic"
That is a very neat way of describing what most of my customers think. Being a developer of custom business applications, something I hear often is "shoudn't it just do that?". The "it" in the sentence is the key word. I will forever be amazed at how hard it is to explain that "it" does nothing except that which we tell "it" to do.
Ask the developers of climate models whether they really believe that if they just had enough data, if the data were *really* big, the truth would emerge ... as if by magic.
A significant minority of victims change their behaviour after becoming victims. For example, nearly half (45 per cent) opted to shut the stable door after the horse had bolted and 42 per cent report being extra vigilant to avoid a second lightning strike.
Didn't know I was so popular ,,, or controversial.
Pah! Lotus 123 ... modern drivel. SuperCalc, now there's a real spreadsheet.
I bet they make each other produce a current STD test certificate before they feel able to undertake their act of enclosive sexual intercourse.
Accident and Emergency : OpenWound
Geriatrics : OpenGrave
Maternity : OpenLegs
Maternity (for the the executive with a meeting to get to) : OpenSunroof
Plastic Surgery : OpenChequebook
Pharmacy : OpenAllHours
Breaking news - Ukraine crisis over as Putin killed by high velocity frozen pint of British beer. President Obama, currently in Cardiff for the NATO summit, said "I wanna thank you guys. We got carriers and aircraft coming out of our asses, but it takes Brit genius to truly kick ass. Just like WWII." David Cameron couldn't comment. He was chillaxing having just downed his eighth pint of Brains SA (god no).
The meaning of hacker in popular language has come to be the same as cracker. The two are now pretty much interchangeable. We the congoscenti will either have to find an alternative to replace the original meaning of hacker. How about code artiste or vim jockey or extreme keyboarder or even god forbid programmer? More likely we'll just have to be smug in our superior knowledge.
If I'm talking to a non-technical person I always say hacker when I mean cracker. Life's too short to fight the crowd on something which makes no difference to anyone.
Language does change. The meaning of gorgeous is literally "like a pile of of gore". How it got to mean beautiful over the aeons is anyone's guess.
It says "I woz 'ere" and "Kev 4 Shaz 37000BC"
Now a year is not exactly 365 days, but if it were then that would be 525600 minutes. At four nines that allows for an outage of 5256 minutes or 87.6 hours. SLAs calculated on an annual basis are worthless. The same service level would allow for an outage of 7.44 hours before being triggered if worked on a monthly basis, which is more reasonable.
All of the above is of course meaningless if there's no (or trivial) compensation in the event that the service level is breached, which is the case with most SaaS offerings.
One must not however confuse SaaS with cloud. It's quite possible to get a robust infrastructure in the cloud by using two or more infrastructure providers and installing your own business software. That's why SugarCRM is infinitely preferrable to SalesForce. You are in control be it in the cloud or on your own infrastructure.
I agree. It's certainly unlikely and it does sound too simple. But it fits. Each time they switched from their emergency site back to the full site the thing died, presumably because the missing cache caused a database overload. So they then switched to the emergency site for several hours, probably to restore the cache from a backup, meaning it wouldn't have to be rebuilt organically.
Fun as it is shooting in the dark, it would be rather nice for the Beeb's technicians to provide El Reg with a full explanation, so that we can all take away the learnings (you've no idea how much I hate that phrase but I'm sure they use it a lot at the BBC).
It would make sense that if the cache was wiped, the load on the database servers would suddenly shoot through the roof as every request would have to be served from the original metadata. The cache failure may therefore be the root cause of the problem, not a coincidental second problem.
Could have been worse. They might have gone the whole hog and cast Johnny Depp as Turing. Mind you, code breaking is probably about as close to swashbuckling pirate activity as boffinry gets.
It's easy to find. It's right in the middle of Fuckall.
The most astonishing single thing here as that the server logs were unavailable. How can you do any kind of system administration, let alone security, without log files?
You're a braver man than I Mr MacLeod. After 170 downvotes and rising on 3 posts a weaker spirit may have quit while he was behind.
I sort of see where you're coming from and you're right, we haven't found our next door planets teeming with life and we haven't had any radio signals from nearby starts, but that's a very small neighbourhood. The odds are very good indeed that in the whole universe there is other life somewhere. Probably lots of it in fact. This does not preclude the chance that Earth contains the only life in the universe, but that's a vanishingly small chance.
To use a famous quote from one of Capaldi's other legendary characters :
"If some cu*t can fu*k something up, that cu*t will pick the worst possible time to fu*king fu*k it up cause that cu*t's a cu*t."
Having skimmed their website, at first glance this looks to be very nice stuff. In many ways it helps address the main criticism of running your stuff on cloudy infrastructure, namely the dependence on a single third party whose operations a opaque. You can run CoreOS instances all over the place, say Amazon, Rackspace, Google, and on your own hardware in your own DC and use the whole lot as a single cluster. With Docker in the mix, I'd say this is well worth keeping an eye on.
If you ask the guys at Indego, they'll tell you that theirs is a lot less bovver than a hover.
That's just utter bo**ocks. This has nothing to do with the cloud and everything to do with truly dreadful system administration. It could just as well have happened in a private data centre as on a cloud service. Cloud services may have their faults, but this is categorically not an example of one of them.
Is unknowable and is more likely to be born in a garage in Milton Keynes than in a creative co-working space in Shoreditch.
I cannot however argue with those who are lapping up the gravy. I would. It's those who are pouring it that are to blame.
That a new born gnat grows at a faster rate than a full grown elephant.
9600 baud (I know that doesn't exactly match bits per second). I missed a 1024 out, so it's actually 44,739,243 times faster than my first modem. I think.
If my sums are right then that's about 43690.67 times faster than my first modem. Blimey. Is my life 43690.67 times better for this technology though? Probably not.
My thoughts exactly. Looks more like a pretty untalented unenthusiastic bloke with a copy of Photoshop's impression than an artist's impression to me.
What's all this two weeks business? You've either got an infected machine, in which case you need to clean it up asap, or you haven't in which case you don't need to clean it up.
Nothing has changed in terms of the measures a sensible end user should be taking to protect themselves against these and other nasties. Run up to date software including anti-virus, don't open unknown attachments and the rest.
In fact, apart form shutting down a couple of command servers, which in the greater scheme of things is irrelevant, and convincing some idiot to headline their news with it, nothing at all has changed. There are nasty things out there and there always will be, so protect yourself.
I completely don't understand what this whole thing is about. What am I missing?
Never mind over the phone. What if you walked in to a physical shop (I know, SO last century) and before they allowed you to buy anything you had to give the the shop assistant your full name and email address. You just wouldn't do it.
Inflatable balloon that goes like a rocket, but with high endurance, and delivers a large payload at the end of it all. Hmmm.
Build brand loyalty by developing trust, by communicating, and by providing exemplary customer service. People expect stuff to go wrong, it's how a company deals with problems that matters.
We use Rackspace over Amazon because their motto is Fanatical Support, and they mean it. In the ten years that we've been using them the odd thing has gone wrong of course, but the support has always been first class.
Don't pretend your rubber dog turd is better than the next guy's rubber dog turd. Instead, supply it with a smile and savour the whiff of success!
If "the cloud" refers to virtualised computing environments, be they private, public or hybrid, then I am a fan.
Containerisation is an incredibly powerful tool for the development and delivery of applications in the virtualised world. Docker appears to have found a way of bringing containerisation into the mainstream. If you haven't looked at it yet, it is worth having a look. https://www.docker.io