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Oracle users open can of whup-ass on licensing policies

Gerhard Mack

Re: new business

The trouble is that once you base a produce around Oracle, it is extremely hard to change.

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You can thank Brit funnyman John Oliver for fixing US broadband policy, beams Netflix

Gerhard Mack

Re: So

The bottleneck (and the monopoly) are the last mile. The actual routing of packets is the cheap part and in places where there is actual competition, traffic prices are falling sharply and there is no reason other than keeping an obscenely large profit margin that an ISP should be having congestion anywhere other than the last mile where the customer has control of what gets transferred anyhow.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

Gerhard Mack

Re: Hosting providers in Canada and Germany

I suppose someone had to maintain the Canadian stereotype...

The fact that Canada has a set of privacy laws that the EU considers acceptable rather than the American voluntary system makes Canada two years behind? And somehow Canada's strict limit on personal donations and total ban on corporate donations rather than the American's unlimited somehow makes Lobbying more effective in Canada?

You really don't seem to know much about your own country.

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Safe Harbour +

There are perfectly good cloud hosting providers in Canada and Germany so there is no reason to host in the US.

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Why are Fujitsu and Toshiba growing lettuce in semiconductor plants?

Gerhard Mack

Re: The next step...

I'm not so sure there would be much left of the pizza after being heated to 600C

http://www.cham.co.uk/phoenics/d_polis/d_applic/d_chem/cvd/transien.htm

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Cost-cutting Barclays bank swings axe on 5,600 IT and ops bods

Gerhard Mack

Re: Tech jobs

From what I hear there is a shortage of COBOL programmers to the point where (at least in the US) they are paying people not to retire.

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Slow IPv6 adoption is a GOOD THING as IETF plans privacy boost

Gerhard Mack

Re: Getting more peopel to adopt IPv6

I'll start with just changing ISPs because that is the more common scenario: radvd supports renumbering of the prefix.

For load balancing, You can use SNAT with load balancing scripts balancers that already exist to manage two or more ISPs at the same time.

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94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

Gerhard Mack

Re: Permastory ?

It really does not work like that. A previous employer of mine tried some outsourcing and the first thing he learned the hard way was that if the wages were set at a rate where he actually saved money, it was harder to find people who knew what they were doing. And on the off chance that he lucked out and got someone good they would build up their experience and bail for the next better paying job offer.

If you expect to pay 40% less than the rates here, you will get either a ridiculously high turnover, or the bottom of the barrel employees who couldn't manage to find jobs at better paying places.

Outsourcing is not a good way to save money.

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

Gerhard Mack

Re: Only 6 hours

The patch was easy and I had all my customer's stuff patched by the end of the first day they were down.

The problem for CRA though isn't the time to patch it is the time to install the update on the test server, test the update, document the test, install the update on the live servers and then document the roll-out onto the live servers.

Internal procedures are fun

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Mozilla takes Windows 8-friendly Firefox out back ... two shots heard

Gerhard Mack

Re: Thanks Mozilla

If it's crashing your display driver than the bug is in the display driver and not Firefox.

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Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

Gerhard Mack

Re: Well, that screws...

"Interesting... I get plenty of downvotes here for accusing Google of being evil on a par with Murdoch, yet when I comment here about how dangerous the amount of power Google has over our data from pre-cradle to grave I get upvoted..."

How about this? It is indeed dangerous to give them as much power as they have over our data but that doesn't make them evil.

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Terrifying photo special: 'Electric Cannon' anal orgasmo-probe in use ... on a BULL

Gerhard Mack

Reminds of a day I had in Spain

My friend came to me begging me to come to his office and fix the project that needed to be working for the next day? My task? Fix the custom USB cable on a system designed to freeze pig semen.

Fun fact.. The tubes of semen are loaded by sticking one end in the semen and sucking the fluid into the straw. (thankfully not my job)

My life in Madrid will always have the best stories.

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Google to banish mobe-makers using old Androids: report

Gerhard Mack

???

I have both the latest version of Android and a MicroSD card on a year old phone updated with Cyanogen so I'm not understanding your point here.

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Survey: Just 1 in 3 Euro biz slackers meets card security standards

Gerhard Mack

Re: Not perfect but still a good start

Having actually passed a PCI-DSS audit I can tell you that the the problem with PCI-DSS is that it looks great until you actually have to go through the trouble of maintaining a compliant system. It's not the technical requirements that are the problem it's the mountains of paperwork. When faced with having to spend more time filling out forms than actually applying system updates it ended up that the PCI-DSS portion of our network got security updates less often than the rest of it and that's a very bad thing.

There are also parts of the standard that have nothing to do with actual security such as the demand that all system updates be applied to a test machine before going live. It's as if someone read every book on system administration and then tried to codify the combined content and I wonder if whoever wrote the standard has actually ever maintained a system for themselves.

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Android users running old OS versions? Not anymore, say latest stats

Gerhard Mack

Re: So why didn't you buy an iPhone?

There is nothing stopping you from bringing your own handset to Telus. I recently moved back into the country and took my Galaxy S Relay with me to the Telus store. Not only did they not have a problem with that, they gave me a 10% "bring your own phone" discount on my service.

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Pre-Xmas phone numbers: Apple slips, Windows Phone grabs 1 in 10 new sales

Gerhard Mack

Re: Market Share vs Profit?

"And since, unlike XP (and Android apparently), there is no need for Anti-Virus software or malware protection, WP7 requires no further updates."

Nothing (including windows phone) is 100% secure and any phone not getting security updates will eventually become a malware magnet.

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Android, Chromebooks storm channel as Windows PC sales go flat

Gerhard Mack

Re: I don't get it

I don't know who modded Jonathanb down but he is right. Sales from Apple stores are direct so they do not count as channel sales.

Apple has been actively cutting back on things they sell through "the channel"

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Microsoft 'cautiously optimistic' about Christmas sales

Gerhard Mack

@Tom 35

I just spent some time hunting down that IDC article and was wondering why their worldwide figures still show Iphone in second place but then I found it: "Windows Phone outsells iOS in Latin America"

In other words, what they said was technically true while still being misleading and more than a little dishonest.

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

Gerhard Mack

Re: There my be trouble ahead.

Exactly. They fired their experienced staff, ended up in trouble, and are now trying to solve the resulting problem by throwing more technology at it.

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Microsoft releases wonderfully loopy experimental GIF-jiggler

Gerhard Mack

Re: Points

Return? Check out "vines" animated Gifs have been back in style for awhile now with the younger generation.

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BOFH: Resistance is futile - we're missing BEER O'CLOCK

Gerhard Mack

Re: Ha, the pitfalls of the cloud-based strategy

He should have had a UPS but the data should be fine. Just pop the drives into a Linux machine and rebuild the raid.

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iTunes-for-corporates private app stores put firms at risk – survey

Gerhard Mack

bad store design?

Why should it matter how many times you download an app? Shouldn't the store be tracking that sort of thing and reusing the old license rather than granting a new one?

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

Gerhard Mack

Re: Cretins!

Not exactly true. Iran funds competing terrorist groups (ex Hisbollah, the Mahdi Army in Iraq etc). The problem is that there has been a Sunni vs Shia proxy war using terrorist groups for decades and the west keeps blundering into the middle of it without realizing what the full consequences will be.

Quite frankly, no one involved in the middle east has clean hands

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Want to keep the users happy? Don't call them users for a start

Gerhard Mack

Re: Do not trust but don't dismiss either

Indeed, I was just on the receiving end of this attitude when a co worker asked me to find out why our credit card processing system stopped working and the upstream provider blamed us because "no one else is having the same problem"

Turns our their SSL certificate was on it's last day and we were the first to notice because we were in an earlier timezone (gmt+1). If I hadn't caught it their staff would have been having a *very* bad day in a few more hours.

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Blighty's laziness over IPv6 will cost us on the INTERNETS - study

Gerhard Mack

Re: alain williams IPV4 best for the general public

Spoken like someone who knows nothing about programming. IPv4 is stored as a 32 bit int at a fixed point in the headers so adding the two extra octets will break everything just as much as IPv6 would.

The idea was to make sure that we only have to go through this pain once in our lifetimes rather than just having to do it all again in a few years and that's why they went with 128 bit addresses. Same pain, more gain.

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

Gerhard Mack

Re: I purchase and pirate the same movies

In one case I had a freaking Blu-Ray in my hand but somehow the Blu_ray I ordered on amazon.co.uk wouldn't play because it was actually sourced in the US. I simply could not play the movie I legally bought and had to rip it instead.

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Web.com DNS hijack: How hacktivists went on a mass web joyride spree

Gerhard Mack

Why does anyone even use NetSol at this point?

I don't get why anyone even trusts them to fix their internal processes. Network Solutions has known about this method of hijacking domains for over a decade and has still done nothing about it other than to argue in court that it's not their problem and they have no responsibility to fix it when it does happen.

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Google FAILS in attempt to nix Gmail data-mining lawsuit

Gerhard Mack

@BiscuitBoy Re: Whatever happened to the concept of

My server side spam filter (Bayesian) reads each email and sorts them into tokens, then rates the email based on whether they are statistically likely to be included in a Spam email or not this is a fairly common spam filtering system.

Either way it is opening the email and since auto-learning is enabled it is, in fact storing information from the email in a database to aid in future spam detection.

My worry is that there is actually very little difference between what Google does and what I do from a technical standpoint and if non Google users can sue Google for what they do, what prevents spammers from making the same argument against me or any other mail provider that uses modern filtering techniques?

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Whatever happened to the concept of

Tell me, what's the difference between scanning it for ads or scanning it for spam? We need to be VERY careful what precedent gets set here.

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

Gerhard Mack

@jonathanb Re: This does not surprise me

Adult Video News Awards.

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The REAL winner of Microsoft's Nokia buy: GOOGLE

Gerhard Mack

That is why I run flashblock. I don't mind ads but I hate anything that is musical or uses most of my CPU.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

Gerhard Mack

Re: Quite sad...

Part of doing desktop support means crawling under desks. Part of doing server support means crawling around under raised flooring or having an up and close look at some dusty cable duct. If you are wearing clothing not fit for those tasks than regardless of gender, I'm not going to take you seriously.

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Samsung's cooking 3D NAND flash chips. WHAT did you say the specs were?

Gerhard Mack

Re: So it comes ....

It's far more likely that PC cases will start including 2.5" bays as a standard.

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

Gerhard Mack

@Slawek Re: Shock and horror

Touting Hotmail as the champion of privacy is hilarious given that Hotmail is the only one of the big three email providers to not support encryption for server to server mail transfers.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

Gerhard Mack

Re: CAN-SPAM is toothless

It's all about having the right mail provider. A good one will block the domain/IP at the mail server at your request.

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

Gerhard Mack

Re: Worrying

Actually the concern was that, rather than listen to the judge's explanation of how things works, they went off and and listened to someone who had a couple of patents of his own.

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Rackspace won't match Amazon on prices

Gerhard Mack

Re: Good

Not so much "bottom feeder" as "splits the pricing to make it harder to judge total cost". For instance, they split the network transfer cost from your instance cost. More traditional server hosting vendors will instead offer package deals that are often better value than Amazon.

I ran into this when I needed a Nagios/backup DNS server and ended up grabbing one for $20/month for better specs than anything Amazon had in the same price range.

A far more extreme example was when I was pricing out a high speed capable VPN server in the UK for my friend's pub in Madrid. Total cost? £35 ($53). Afterwords someone told me "no man that's the old way. You should have gone cloud" so I priced it out and discovered that with Amazon I would have payed over $1000 for the same amount of transfer I was getting included with the server.

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HTTP 2.0 interop tests slated for August

Gerhard Mack

I doubt it, people have gotten used to those little boxes providing a firewall so IPv6 enabled boxes will likely still just drop anything they don't recognize.

Even Cisco barely supports SCTP.

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Google Chromebooks now in over 6,600 stores

Gerhard Mack

Re: Acer C7 losing the hard disk

More likely they prefer the much lower power consumption/ increased performance of SSD. At any rate, you can install Linux on 16 GB with room to spare.

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Windows Phone piques CIO interest says analyst

Gerhard Mack

Re: Unfortunatly, the old adage.

Tell that to Clara Furse, the former CEO of the London Stock Exchange, who resigned after the Windows/.NET based system she migrated the exchange to crashed repeatedly. The new CEO immediately moved the exchange to a Linux/ C++ based system.

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HTC woes prompts 'leave now' tweet from former staffer

Gerhard Mack

too many models

They seem to have taken the "too many models" complaint to heart. This year they have done the opposite and released too few,. Extra frustrating since former Desire Z owners like me now have no upgrade path and are left looking for a new manufacturer when replacement time comes.

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IT bloke publishes comprehensive maps of CALL CENTRE menu HELL

Gerhard Mack

Re: HMRC system is the worst I've encountered...

For me it's a tossup between Telefonica Spain and UPS.

UPS because it demands I speak the 18 Character and I know it will fail be cause the system chokes on my Canadian accent every time. It will repeat the number back to me in a monotone artificial slow speaking voice with the digits wrong and when it realizes it has failed it will ask me to repeat the process twice more before giving up and passing me to an actual human to sort it out.

Telefonica because of their chipper First verse (and only the first verse) of Be Ok by Ingrid Michaelson in a tight loop.

"I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok

I just want to be ok today

I just want to be ok, be ok, be ok

I just want to be ok today "

Ask yourself how long you can stand to hear that before homicidal urges become irrepressible and consider that their hold times are well over half an hour. Picture half an hour to an hour of hearing that stupid verse repeatedly. Even the BOFH was never so sadistic.

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

Gerhard Mack

Re: Concert spending

There is a missing category: people like me who download what they can't buy. I'm here in Spain and where can I even pay for the shows I like to watch? Most video streaming services lock me out for being in Spain. anything on TV will be badly dubbed into Spanish (Spanish voice actors are terrible).

And here is the best part. I believe authors should be compensated. I have an extensive DVD/Blue-Ray/CD collection and I try to grab whatever series I like that come out on DVD but more than half the time there is no one willing to even take my money.

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Facebook crashes into networking with open switch

Gerhard Mack
FAIL

Re: Riiigghhtt

Because they've gotten fat and lazy doing it? In the case of Cisco, they are overpriced, the command set changes according to the model, security updates are a pain to get your hands on, and worse yet some basic features are insecure by default and require extended options to make them secure. (SSH1 by default, SSH2 requires the Advanced encryption pack)

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Gerhard Mack

Re: Available in all good shops?

I have yet to see reasonably priced hardware with multiple ports. The last time I needed something along these lines I ended up building my own.

https://www.innerfire.net/pics/projects/21portfirewall/21portfirewall_2.jpg

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Microsoft: All RIGHT, you can have your Start button back

Gerhard Mack

Re: I don't get it.

IT people don't mind change for the right reasons, it's the end user that absolutely hates it. Just look at the noise Facebook gets every time it revamps it's interface.

Now consider how upset users get with each minor change and you wonder why on earth Microsoft thought changing everything was a good idea. Users like familiar and tend to want retraining on each little change. They want those little step by step "click here now click there" guides they depend on to be accurate.

With Windows 8 I'm hearing more noise from the people I know who least understand computers than I do from the IT pros. IT people just change settings and install addons until they have what they want.

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Virgin Media: SO SORRY we fined your dead dad £10 for unpaid bill

Gerhard Mack

Re: Outstanding

There is no need to go through all DDs that got declined, just the ones with messages the system didn't manage to parse on it's own.

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