* Posts by Terrance Brennan

24 posts • joined 6 Jun 2008

Ted Cruz channels Senator McCarthy in wrongheaded internet power grab crusade

Terrance Brennan

Re: I don't know much about Cruz.

Cruz is a not only a dangerous demagogue he is a lying, phony, corrupt sack of shite. While convincing legions of idiots he is ant-establishment and against the Power structure he took millions of dollars in "loans" from the financial industry and then "forgot" to declare them in his financial disclosure forms when running for the Senate in that strong hold of idiots, Texas.

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Google-funded group mad that US Copyright Office hasn't abolished copyright yet

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Re: Your paranoia is showing, Andrew

Patents and copyright are two different beasts. The example you give is a good example of the difference. MSFT patents something they never used or knew how to use. An author actually puts out a piece of work and wants his rights to it protected.

I agree there is great room for improvement in both systems; but, they both are supposed to provide protection for people who actually create new things so they are rewarded for their work. Unfortunately, the patent system has gotten a bit carried away with itself.

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IT security pro salaries: Silicon Valley? You'd be better off in Minneapolis

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Minnesota

I have lived in NY(born and raised there), Denver, Ohio, Houston, and the Twin Cities and can say without hesitation Minnesota is my favorite place. The weather is "invigorating" but you can't let it get to you. There are lots of things to do all year round, either indoors or out depending on your preference. Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, swimming, ice fishing, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, snow mobiling, Great museums, lots of music venues and theaters, and good restaurants. A great place to raise kids; good schools, lots of parks, and plenty of things to do. The St Paul Winter Carnival was designed to give winter the finger with parades, fireworks, snow and ice sculptures, outdoor music, and a great outdoor beer festival at the end of January.

Now, where are those great IT security jobs? There are loads of big companies here; but, none seem to be hiring right now. They tend to prefer contractors who get no benefits.

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Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did

Terrance Brennan

Re: "Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt?"

We are whipping Donald for what he does and says, not what some delegate he has never met has done and said.

He was sued and fined twice by the feds for racial discrimination in his housing. A former casino employee reported all blacks had to leave the casino floor when Donald and Ivanka were there. He told a manager he did not want a black guy counting his money. He filed for bankruptcy at least three times. His businesses have been involved in hundreds of lawsuits and hundreds of small companies have complained about non-payment of bills. He encouraged crowd violence at his rallies. His comments to and about women not in his immediate family are classic examples of misogyny. The Speaker of the House of Representatives from his own party called other comments text book racism. He has expressed admiration for Vladimir Putin, Saddam Hussein, and Moammar Qadafi. He insulted not just John McCain but every American veteran who was ever captured and held as POW, while he used four student deferments and finally a medical exemption to avoid serving in Vietnam. He promised to raise money for veteran groups but didn't actually deliver the money until the "liberal media" kept asking about it. He ahs been endorsed by the KKK and the American Nazi party and instead of disavowing either is fine with it.

I don't care what any of his ignorant delegates or supporters think, do, or say. Donald thinks, says, and does enough stupid, vile, hateful things all on his own.

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Alleged Aussie plum plucker pleads guilty to motel tissue swipe

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I would have liked to have seen the ad he placed for the service.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

Terrance Brennan

Re: We all know what happened

I have been to Frankfurt and found it a very nice city with public transport, parks, culture, good infrastructure, including a major international airport.etc. Depending on how the break up actually develops I can easily see well paid financial experts happily moving there. As usual, the devil is in the details. My concern is I do not see any motivation for the EU to strike a friendly bargain for the UK out of concern it would only encourage similar exits from other countries.

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Don't go chasing waterfalls, please stick... Hang on. They're back

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Agile is simply going back to the bad old days

The reality of the Agile deployments I have had the pain of having to deal with is that it is nothing more than an excuse for developers to go back to the bad old days of no planning, no designing, and no testing. Just throw some crap code into production and then fix it as you go along. I agree with the comments above that the best method is to have good developers do a conscientious job in test and dev and then when the code is stable move it into production. Not sexy but nothing breaks as a result.

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Guilty! Trump delivers orange justice to Amazon

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Re: Dump! Dump! Dump!

So far he has only gotten a plurality of the Republican primary votes; but, partisan politics being what they are these days many Republicans will simply shut up and fall in line. I would like to be confident he could never win in November; but, the prospect is so terrifying I am more scared than confident. Surely, a majority of voters overall in November can't be as ignorant as 35-40% of the Republican primary voters? Right? Right? Please?

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Pusher's purist: Five steps to reaching your DevOps zen

Terrance Brennan

Nothing but the bad old days

DevOps is nothing more than lazy developers trying to get back to the bad old days when they did no planning, design, or testing and just wanted to push their new code directly into production. I did battle with the Dev team a decade ago and after much pain, noise, and blood got them beaten into line where they had to present a coherent plan and verifiable test results before we would let their crap code near prod. Now, under the guise of DevOps, I am on a project where the developers had no plan, no design, and even though we set up a full test environment they never really looked at it. Doing development in production is a recipe for disaster and nothing more. I suppose 123-Reg should just say their issue this week was a good thing because it showed they are "disruptive" and cutting edge with DevOps.

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Microsoft struggles against self-inflicted Office 365 IMAP outage

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Re: Exchange IMAP outage?

I would argue that on-premises Exchange was a great piece of software up until Exchange 2013. I found it easy to install, configure, maintain, and use. My systems rarely had downtime and troubleshooting was relatively easy. However, since MS decided the cloud was where the money was on-premises Exchange has gone south. Exchange 2013 is written for Microsoft's use in their cloud and is not a good idea for a company to run themselves. MS wants all their users to move to their cloud and seem happy to make on-premises life miserable if need be. Then, when you get to the cloud this kind of crap happens.

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Terrance Brennan

Re: Yet...

I would say the issue is not so much with Office365 per se as with blindly putting their faith in a cloud solution which, as an earlier commentator pointed out, is a black box to the end users who have no control and are hoping whichever vendor they have entrusted their corporation to is halfway competent and really cares about them. The latter is improbable and the former unlikely. The cloud makes lots of money for the vendors based on scale so they want to get as big as possible whilst doing as little as possible. All of them.

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Microsoft: We’ve taken down the botnets. Europol: Would Sir like a kill switch, too?

Terrance Brennan

Get over yourselves

Listening to MS bashers gets tiresome. No OS, or any other piece of computer software, is perfect or completely safe. Windows, Android, Apple, all variants of Linux are subject to bugs and security holes. If you think your favorite is the exception you're fooling yourself or trying to fool a potential customer. While St. Jobs was alive he insisted on the myth that the Apple OS never needed to be patched. Some of the Linux apostles on these forums believe Linux is bullet proof. All software is shit, deal with it. At least Microsoft makes an effort to keep their buggy product patched; but, in the end it depends on the end users. If they don't patch whatever they use then they and everyone else on the Internet with them will suffer. And, stop whining because Windows beat your personal favorite and keeps beating it. Deal with that as well. Regardless of it's technical merits it is much better suited for the masses.

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How to build the next $1bn tech unicorn: Get into ransomware

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Good point. One big reason to use Bitcoin is to buy illegal goods or engage in otherwise dubious activity. Another reason is to avoid taxes. As I once read in an El Reg commentary "Civilization is expensive, deal with it". Everyone wants the benefits of an advanced society but would prefer someone else pay for it. What is a legitimate use for Bitcoin?

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Apple had more CVEs than any single MS product in 2015, but it doesn't really matter

Terrance Brennan

Re: People?

Just because meaningless metrics are used to make decisions does not make them meaningful. Customer satisfaction? Most users do not respond to the surveys so how valid are the responses you do get? If your QA people didn't find any bugs last quarter does that mean you can assume your coders will never write buggy code again so your QA people are no longer needed? There are precious few valid metrics in this business and just because management wants them does not mean they exist. I had a manager who wanted dynamic DNS to work. After a lot of wasted hours of data collection and research I proved that with the domain and DNS configuration dynamic DNS was never going to reliable. He reviewed all the data and agreed; but, still wanted it to work so we kept using it and kept having to deal with production servers disappearing.

"If you're running a team, you need to be able to communicate to the upper management in a language they can understand, what is happening and why." This is the real problem, upper management is usually ignorant of what they are managing so middle management has to resort to shiny dash boards that look good but mean nothing.

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Terrance Brennan

Re: People?

One of the problems with Managers in general and especially with IT management is the mantra "you cannot manage what you cannot measure". No mention whatsoever about understanding what you are supposed to manage. If you are manufacturing widgets it is easy to measure output. If you are trying to keep an IT infrastructure running what do you measure that is meaningful? User satisfaction? Number of help desk tickets? Uptime or downtime? None of these are clear cut but managers love "metrics" so they will measure something, create pivot tables and charts, and send the meaningless reports to higher management.

I always thought MBA meant "Me Before All".

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BlackBerry stock spikes on Lenovo buyout mumble

Terrance Brennan

Re: Not happening

We did drop Lenovo as soon as the brand was sold to China. Also, while BB now says they have no way of reading messages passing through their infrastructure I don't think too many people would trust a Chinese company with the data flow.

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Secrets of an ad broker: NoSQL, millisecond auctions and FLASH ARRAYS

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Re: Wasted talents?

I have no problem with Marketing in general; as some others have noted how do I know a product exists if it is never marketed. I have a big problem with people making money off my activities and stalking me based on past web activity. I don't want Company X being paid by Company Y to shove an ad in my face because at some point in the past I visited or looked for information about Company Z.

I remember when Cable TV first started here in the US (yes, that's how freaking old I am) and one of the big selling points was that sure you had to pay for TV, but there wouldn't be any adverts on it. Yeah, that didn't last long; now we pay for Cable and still have to watch ads.

I fully agree with the original Wasted Talents post: companies should spend more on R&D to improve their products and less on trying to market half-assed products. Marketing may get someone to buy a bad product once; but, an excellent product keeps customers coming back.

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Russian ransomware strikes Queensland doctor

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Typical

I have worked at a hospital system among other diverse industries and the root cause for problems like this is the bottom line. Most would like to do the right thing, as long as it was free. The IT infrastructure and the data on it have become critical to most businesses; but, most businesses still look at IT, and especially security, as a cost to be contained. Horror stories like this are either not read by the decision makers, or they just decide it couldn't happen to them. I currently work at a defense contractor and it is no different. Government rules and regulations are helpful, but every business works to simply be able to check the boxes without really trying to accomplish the purported end goals.

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Microsoft concocts cloudy mixture with System Center 2012

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Stop

Letting users create their own servers? Bad idea.

Although for Microsoft it could be a windfall as every idiot developer would spawn new servers every day leading to a terrible surprise come license true up time. Most developers don't bother using an MSDN license, or they try to use one for a prod server, so letting them set up servers whenever they wanted without control would either break the bank or exhaust all available resources.

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Desktop minipoll results – user ignorance is bliss?

Terrance Brennan

Users aren't always the problem

Sure, users can do some very silly things and some times malicious things as well, and they rarely confess to what they do. However, to them a computer is just another tool to do their jobs: accounting, scheduling, reporting, engineering, etc. I have yet to work at a place that bothered to train the user in how to use this tool; they were given a computer and some credentials and set on their own. Training simply is not a priority with businesses. So, even though I agree with the basic results of the survey, that users are the casue of most calls, the root cause is management refusing to train the users in how to use the computers and networks.

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Lawyers claim ringtones are public performance

Terrance Brennan

Its the phone companies

AT&T charges their customers for the ringtones so why shouldn't the copyright holder get some benefit? At least they are going after the phone company who sold the ringtone and not the phone users who bought them. it's no different than if AT&T decided to sell CDs without paying royalties.

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Reg server and chip hack molested by Gray Lady

Terrance Brennan

See you on the other side

As a reader of both El Reg and the New York times I look forward to seeing your new work and compare it to what you did here. When can I expect to see your byline in The Times?

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San Franciscans prep monument to US prez

Terrance Brennan
Flame

Bush v Clinton

Screwing the pooch in Afghanistan, Iraq in general, New Orleans, Torture, Warrentless wiretapping, destruction of documents, refusing to cooperate with congress, the latest Justice Department investigation showing illegal political interference with the civil service, bullying and ignoring our allies, and a general tendency to ignore the constitution, in addition to being an arrogant, ignorant, greedy little sucker versus engaging in legal, if somewhat questionable, sexual activity. Hmmmm, yeah, I guess they are equal. Morons; people like Robert Scott and Mark Deal give all Americans a bad name and make me fear for the November elections. Does anyone need a systems/exchange admin anywhere outside of this country if another Republicanazi wins?

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'Legit' website compromises reach epidemic proportions

Terrance Brennan
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Missing the point

All the comments about how best to protect your computer such as Linux, Firefox, VMs, etc are all fine and good for tech savvy users. However, the only way the Internet survives as a viable commercial enterprise and keep many of the people who visit this web site employed is by being available to the masses. If only tech savvy users were allowed on the Internet any site depending on traffic volume to survive whether through ads, public funding, or whatever would disappear. Say what you want about M$ they helped make computing accessible to almost everyone in developed countries and as a result you are going to have a wide variety of sophistication amongst users. You don't put the onus for plane safety on the passengers, you put it on the airlines and air plane manufacturers, same with cars and most other consumer products. The Internet is just another consumer product and the people making money on it need to take responsibility for the crap they put up.

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