219 posts • joined 4 Apr 2007
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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.
Return? Check out "vines" animated Gifs have been back in style for awhile now with the younger generation.
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.
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
@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?
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.
@jonathanb Re: This does not surprise me
Adult Video News Awards.
That is why I run flashblock. I don't mind ads but I hate anything that is musical or uses most of my CPU.
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.
Re: So it comes ....
It's far more likely that PC cases will start including 2.5" bays as a standard.
@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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Re: What the task says about the asker.
No longer speaking to IT? You act like this is a new problem when it's been happening for pretty much as long as we have had IT departments.
The real issue is that managers often don't like to hear dissenting voices even if they are completely correct. The results are predictable: Ask one of my previous employers about the kit he bought and based an entire business model on that ended up being useless because it simply wasn't designed for the distance he needed it to work. Guess who got blamed for it not working? The very IT people they didn't bother to consult in the first place.
Re: Its true.
I'm in the "have no idea camp". I used to be a happy HTC Desire Z user but that phone is just getting old and HTC is discontinuing phones with keyboards in favor of "me too" touch screen only devices and it seems like all of the good keyboard phones with Android are for the US market only.
Re: connection comes with a 99 per cent contract guarantee
As someone with several years experience connecting servers to both networks and power sources with 99.999% uptime guarantees I can tell you exactly what they are worth: nothing. When the connection goes dead they pro rate the time you were down and refund that amount.
Out for an hour? lets say you pay $1000 a month for your rack. Assuming 30 days that is 720 hours in the month $1.30 an hour. Your refund after an hour of being off-line? $1.30. And that is standard operating practice for the industry. I have yet to see 99% actually ever be 99%
You mean the XFS that, comes with everything except an online FS repair? I have had to boot far too many XFS systems with Linux rescue CD just to run the FS repair to have any love for that FS.
"I tend to find though after a couple of years you need to ditch an old email and sign up for a new one as eventually no matter how hard you try to keep it off the radar it will become full of spam."
Hurray for Bayesian filtering. I've had my email address for 13 years now where it's been on websites and posted to mailing lists that forward to newsgroups. Since my last anti spam upgrade I only get a few spam emails per day.
Re: Still a fail...
It actually does require them to stump up a bond.
The main problem is that most registrars haven't implemented support for uploading the needed DS keys needed for DNSSEC yet. Other than that, there aren't many downsides. On my system I had to switch Registrars and implement some changes to how I update my zone files but since then it has been working flawlessly.
Re: DNSSEC and GSLB
It's not that difficult to sign zone files. I have scripts that I've tested on my personal server that handle the resigning after zone file updates and am about to roll them out to my employer's servers.
Not a lot of money?
If they split evenly (unlikely) That's €90909 each or €7575 monthly. Given that the median wage in Spain is €1400 they should be able to live pretty well off of that. Of course, if they aren't living anywhere near Madrid, the money will go even farther.
> As to the other points, it's about 100% compatibility.
No such thing. There is a problem now where we get Power Point slides for guest speakers that work prefectly on their system with their version of Office but load mangled or refuse to even load on our version. In the end, I installed LibreOffice on the machine as well to at least read the worst cases.
Worst case procedure:
1. Import in LO and resave.
2. Read the presentation with our version of office and edit so it looks roughly how it is supposed to.
3. Load the fixed presentation into our presentation software (uses MS Office to render the slides)
Don't talk to me about 100% compatibility.
Re: But at what price
>I suppose you would just buy the USB drive and pull it out of the case for a sata-III install.
Be careful trying that these days. I have had at least one drive come to me for repair that had the USB3 connector built into the drive's electronics directly rather than the USB -> SATA adapter were all used to.
@DanceMan Re: Sorry, wrong.
Last month I had 2 infected machines in my office so I downloaded a bootable Anti Virus CD from one of the more popular companies and was shocked that it was a bootable Linux CD.
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