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Just curious, but why/how were admin rights available to install software in the first place on the work laptop?
+1 for disciplinary event comment above though.
Re: The wages are rubbish - so is the tax
1. If you're any good then go contracting and that $125k Aussie salary will look like peanuts.
2. Don't forget that the Aussie salary looks good now due to the exchange rate which can go down as well as up. Around 2000-2001 the Pacific Peso was 3:1 to the Pound. That's your GBP40k right there.
I'd like the Government to make it illegal to strip the metadata from uploaded material. Effectively creating orphan works in order to directly benefit from the process is a despicable act and a taxpayer funded body like the BBC should be dealt with harshly - our funding, so stop trying to rob us you thieving bastards.
Re: Do you need a degree to...
Total myth. The best programmers I've ever worked with were physicists, mathematicians and, of all people, an economist. People with CS degrees rarely featured. If you're smart and have the aptitude you're there, you don't need to have backed yourself into an alleyway by doing a CS degree.
Re: Save us all money
Agree wholeheartedly. As for...
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reported on its radio news that state treasurers are offering to look at scrapping taxes such as stamp duty on new homes, if the federal government is willing to play ball.
That was the condition for them originally getting GST revenue as far as I'm aware, and offering to look at something is not offering anything at all - thieving little parasites should get their accounts in order. Despite having huge mineral wealth states like QLD are still $80bn in the hole.
"That inquiry conducted public hearings in March 2013, at which Microsoft Australia's Pip Marlow appeared and said she was content that the laws of supply and demand would determine whether Australians are asked to pay too much for Redmond's wares. If Microsoft does overcharge, she said, customers would vote with their wallets and buy rivals' products."
If it were really about supply and demand they would vote by buying the same products from other channels around the World but they aren't allowed to. That is a form of price fixing.
The windmills will save you all!
Re: Sensible approach
and to make the process more efficient for when you do dial 999 the exact location of your phone should be tracked all the time thus not wasting valuable time when that vital call goes out. Can't see a problem myself.
Re: Going short and long
"It wasn't that hard to go long or short in housing, you could use homebuilders stock to do it"
Errr, no. That's like investing in gold miners as a proxy for the metal itself - generally a piss poor idea.
Re: Shiller - quite!
If you want your pension pot paying out VAT on every transaction then go for it mate but that's some hurdle rate you'll be setting yourself for having a pot to piss in when you retire.
Re: Surely, people can lie...
For the first part Google "the five stages of a bubble". What the author is implying though is that you need to be able to speculate, to take the other side and say "I think that's overpriced shit" and to go short otherwise the market is absent crucial pricing pressure on the other side. Bubbles are human nature though.
Re: And so it begins
It's evolution in realtime - if you're stupid enough to use Facebook then this is what you can look forward to.
"There's also the argument that OS X Mavericks is on the horizon, and folks are simply waiting until it is released to pop out their credit cards, and thus avoiding the – admitedly minor – hassle of upgrading. "
Or there's the case that machine obsolescence isn't as great any more. I'm still running my Macbook from 2008 happily despite Apple not allowing me to use the latest OS. Replaced the HDD with a SSD (a model you still could do that on) and it works fine. Add in the hardware cost and the post GFC environment and it's not hard to see why Apple's sales aren't growing - they are expensive and increasingly non-modifiable. My next Mac will definitely be a Hackintosh.
Re: Not just in the US
Standard practice in Brisbane to advertise IT jobs at well below market rates so the visa end-run is in the bag when nobody applies.
Re: Can someone please explain WHY I'd connect my fridge?
You'll be able to get one that doesn't phone home in future because, unless the manufacturer wants to supply mobile internet subscriptions for free with their product, it cannot just connect to the local network.
Re: not back to normal
Last time I used SSO with my yahoo id (through sourceforge or stackexchange as I recall) I ended up with my email account spewing spam left, right and centre. May have been a coincidence but I am now reluctant to use SSO involving any email account.
Re: "Hashed using MD5"
The question I would ask is that, given how the attacker was able to escalate their privileges, were they able to see how the password was being hashed i.e. algorithm plus salting mechanism or was the system setup correctly in this regard?
VPN back to base before browsing?
Re: re Tits-n-Guns
Good subject for a documentary on Channel 5 - it has got two of the three "sharks, tits, and Hitler" topics.
And there was me thinking it was the job of the police to actually investigate crime. This sort of arrangement is little better than abuse of RIPA for investigation of rogue dog shit and does nothing to restore the public faith in law and order or the police in general. It is abuse of public trust and shows there is now precious little oversight in policing or Government with people just doing whatever the fuck they please.
The most worrying part is that someone with that little common sense to think they could get away with posting something like that on Facebook would get to decide your fate in court.
As for the fraud case, I have sympathy as fraud trials tend to go on and on with reams of paperwork to get through and plenty of tax/accounting/legal arguments. In fairness most jurors often do not understand the complexities of the cases and I've frequently thought them to be specialised and as such should be dealt with differently, whether that be with more selective juries or panels of judges etc.
Re: Higher resolutions...
"I'm waiting for an Air that has a (nearly) 13" screen in the case of the 11" Air. "
But the same application to the 13" would give it a near 15" screen which may harm the sales of pro machines. They could probably stick a quad core in one of these as build to order but Apple don't generally try to cannibalise their product line - witness how you can't get a 13" quad core pro (retina or otherwise).
Re: Connectivity is a deal-breaker
"You need a second display as the screen is too small and too low-res to work from for the entire day"
Me thinks you bought the wrong device. If you buy a laptop with an 11" screen you are buying it for its portability not its screen real estate. I'd have trouble working for a day on a 15" screen irrespective of its resolution and so would consider a separate screen a necessity in any office setting so budget accordingly. If you're that bothered then buy something cheaper.
Re: Passion is one thing
Someone committed unstable shit as stable code and wasted the guy's time. He has to deal with a myriad of commits and keep the project rolling forward. What he doesn't need is some fucking idiot wasting time that he probably has very little of. To then come back with a series of "speak to me nicely" missives probably made the Finnish volcano blow its top. If you act like an idiot and show utter contempt for somebody else's time then don't expect their reaction to contain please or thank you. Simply - do your fucking job.
You'd need to be full retard to give permission to anything that caused the display of such a message. "Oh, it's written backwards, isn't that clever? I best give it access to my system." Unless you then give it raised permissions via the necessary authentication dialog it will still only have rudimentary user permissions.
Having just backed up data to a USB3 portable drive using rsync from a 2010 iMac (USB2 only) I can vouch for how much of a pain in the arse the older standard is when backing up. I'm looking forward to the day when my machines have USB3 / thunderbolt especially after reading the Macbook Air review where 50+GB transited in a little over 2 minutes.
The question I have is "does USB3 experience the slowdowns of USB2 in the real world when performing this sort of task (backing up rather than rsync per se)?"
USB2 just slows to a crawl as time goes on.
Re: Do a search
In the good old US of A you're either rich or totally fucked. You don't get to choose.
EU case for restraint of trade in...3...2...1
Aren't they already being looked at by the EU for previous behaviour?
Re: Now is the time?
"Question - and a serious one - that I think needs answering: what exactly does Office 2013 offer me that LibreOffice doesn't? I mean, besides FUD?"
Ooo ooo ooo, I know - probably another undocumented fucking file structure with a few pointless inclusions to make it incompatible with everything on the planet bar the latest Office version. Given the 365 creation it ain't hard to see where this is headed for corporates. Slow bleed like a cut that just won't heal.
So at peak rates this is transferring and storing 25MB/s (200Mbps) or, more simply, it's in the realms of a USB 2.0 portable drive. Would a USB 3.0 portable drive not make more sense as the storage medium or perhaps if you had an Airport Extreme with a USB 3.0 port? To me that's just shit and even being an Apple fan I wouldn't touch it.
Re: Now is the time?
If anything they should be lessening the cost of these things in order to get people on board - that's how you get your market share, encourage usage amongst the dev/IT crowd by allowing them to setup and play with all manner of configs that can be persisted and re-used. Just think, you setup some infrastructure, start coding an app that you want to sell or make publicly available and sooner or later that's going to result in sales. This is dumb. Oracle got its market through ability but retained it largely through lock-in. You can tell its desperation to stop its decline through purchases like Sun which went oh-so-well. If that's the route MS wants to take then so be it, but it isn't a smart move.
Re: MS shilltime!
"But really, anyone claiming "Microsoft" and "love" in the same sentence is either an MS shill, or has bet the cards on the MS ecosystem, like those devs who only knew .NET and were afraid of the Java switch one of my former employers was planning..."
Dude, when enterprise shops mainly use Windows on the desktop (by some margin) it makes sense to only use .Net. Java as a front-end on Windows has always been fugly and switching from .Net to Java on windows desktops makes no sense at all.
Re: Wrong choice
Good at his job? The man believed he could do whatever the Government wanted with the internet and filtering in particular - I'd call that pretty sh!t at your job unless your job is "technical arsehat". He was totally ignorant of the ease at which filtering is circumvented. His statement about pants on heads really said it all. Total numbnut.
As for Lundy having an interest in technology, that's all well and good but so does my two year-old. An aptitude is what you want, not an interest. Given the peer group I'd say ability in this area is all relative.
Whilst I agree with you and have seen this in action I also believe that we in IT must shoulder some of the blame. I have been on both sides of this fence. Often the message from those on the ground and in the know are misrepresented or poorly translated to those in the business so that it often seems as like a demanding child asking for the latest toy. It would work a lot better if we considered our position to be somewhat similar to an old arcade game - you only have so much health/credits to utilise so you need to use them well as when they're all gone the game is over. That's the way it often is from the business perspective - you only have so much credit, don't waste it. In your case I'm guess your credit got used up by some middle-management carbon waste touting something worthless he'd read in some buzzword riddled middle-management IT rag.
Re: Judges still don't understand computers, do they?
More bizarrely, how would they know if he securely wiped something?
Re: I call bullshit .
The main issue as I see it is that employers want their staff to work, not f*ck around with social media bullshit.
Re: How does this translate in usage terms?
Sounds like the benchmark is heavy on multi-threading and the Samsung is a quad core. Don't PC benchmarks use real-world tests these days because of this (my i7 is likely slower than an up-to-date i3/5 with higher clock but shits on it in video encoding)? i.e. time to open app x, do task y etc etc. Sounds like phones need a similar routine.
Re: Fascinating article
"and do you think there is no a correlation that and financial instruments that no one has any control?"
Please, inflation and house prices have everything to do with the Government - do you honestly believe that if they didn't want the price pumping to occur that they couldn't have stopped it? House prices are pumped by the Government for two reasons - taxation, and wealth affect. Housing is the one area where tax is near impossible to avoid. Stamp duty on transfer, council tax on value, and debt slavery for good measure to keep you under control. The wealth effect is just there to convince you you've all got more money in the pot whilst you are systematically getting shafted by the wealth destruction that is inflation. A little sugar coating if you will. Ever notice how the only people with consistently inflation busting pay rises and pensions are politicians? Sure they'll slow it down for a year or two (and suckle harder on the expenses teat to compensate) to keep the voters appeased but they'll always be well ahead of the curve. Public sector wage inflation during the same period was vote buying by Labour as they pissed the country's wealth away. Benefits rose mightily as well to buy a few more votes. Notice the uproar when you try and lower public sector pay or benefits despite the private sector being hammered? Sense of entitlement anyone?
You can ride along on the banker bandwagon with all the other general public suckers that believe the political spin of "it's all the nasty banker's fault" if you like but I prefer not to live in ignorance. The people in the limelight before the financial world imploded were the expense cheating leeches in the corridors of power. The people that pissed away the money in the good times so that we now have a structural deficit in the bad. You might want to ask yourself whose responsibility it was to regulate your favourite bogeyman? Didn't occur to you that what was happening was fine and dandy by them until it went boom?
Take away every single penny of the nasty bankers debt and the UK still has a massive structural deficit. Know what that means? I'll spell it out for you - we're spending way more than we have, every bloody year. Get rid of the city (err, and the billions in taxes generated incidently), manufacture your heart out all you like but the UK cannot afford the payments it is making whether that be for middle eastern wars, benefits, or the NHS.
Get used to it because the country is long-term f*cked.
Re: Don't want to be in Ed Snowden's position, right now...
I'd say it was the Americans with the balls. I mean, seriously, you hack their institutions, tap their citizens internet, slurp as much data as you want then have the f*cking cheek to ask them to hand over the guy that told them what you were up to! I'd say the Americans might be getting more than one polite "get f*cked" to any extradition requests, treaty or not. How many countries, with the exception of the UK, will be adopting a "yeah whatever" attitude to the US now they know just how special each of their relationships really is?
The UK is obviously just a conduit for gathering information on American citizens. The NSA don't do it, sure, but I bet they get a nice big feed of data GCHQ may have gathered in a quid-pro-quo "you barge through our loophole and we'll barge through yours" arrangement.
Handy having all those buddies in power
It wasn't an algorithm problem, it is believed that the market making testing software got released into production with the market making software. It then did its job and tested the automated market making software - across the entire market, not just KC's.
Re: Does not compute
I still don't get what difference there'll be between now with ipv4 and the future with ipv6. I don't think any company in their right mind will allow direct connection to the Internet and everything will go through proxy server and boundary appliance. I also don't think many will trust a windows box for the protection. As for home networks I'll still be sat behind one appliance as I don't need to expose ports left, right, and centre. YMMV.
Does not compute
I know the whole lovely rose-pettle covered IPv6 world everything is supposed to be exposed but I cannot see even one sane network admin letting devices not sit behind a single protective device shielding them all in one fell swoop from invasion
Re: why the paranoia?
Is this just a rebadge of the SV35 range? Weren't they the ones for NAS applications?
Re: Its nice to hear the honesty
Yep, ploughing the recruitment/HR minefield of buzzword word search in order to score an interview is normally the hardest part.
Re: Loose talk costs
So what occupies the section for current employer on your CV that they will be passing to the potential new employer? Like it or not they want your current CV and you won't be going far without it.