97 posts • joined Tuesday 30th June 2009 00:10 GMT
Yup, if you want whoever does security in your environment - or worse, the legal team - to have the ability to muck around with your personal phone, you're a mug.
I'm also in the IT team, and I will continue to keep my personal devices air-gapped, thanks very much.
Managing iPhones and BYOD in general is a full-time job for two people in my organisation. That's the equivalent of 1/5 of the infrastructure team that manages ALL the server platforms (hundreds of servers). A ridiculous situation.
Are you in fact serious?
What "successes" did Elop achieve at Nokia? He (deliberately?) nearly ran it into the ground before the miracle Microsoft buyout.
...for the gripes about the "support" Exchange is currently offering for on-premises installs, and their constant screwups of Exch 2K13 updates.
Yeah, she's in the top dozen world architects, easily. Personally, I think of her as the architectural version of Helmut Newton (photographer) - ostentatious, glossy and completely soulless.
Most of her stuff tends towards the pointier end of the scale, but some more blobular shapes are happening lately.
Re: Maybe they should use LDAP instead...
What does DNS - name resolution for internetworked hosts, if you've forgotten - have to do with LDAP?
If you are using LDAP for authorisation, authentication or directory services and If your name resolution isn't working, you're not going to reach your LDAP hosts either with DNS down. Unless you've hard coded the IPs.
best ever built?
It was fine in its day, but eh, much prefer Media Monkey these days for music. Foobar 2000 is decent too.
Media Player Classic for light video playback.
VLC is still going strong if you need the kitchen sink approach.
Unless they are directly handing me cash for a pre-agreed service or good, then they are not "customers", they are "staff". We are all staff of the same organisation.
And yes, external customers who purchase services from the organisation I work for are also "customers'. Of the organisation, not me personally.
Re: Lifestyle choice
And just how many blokes have you voiced this opinion to? You know, all those dads in the office who have their super-privileged jobs - how much less crap do they receive if they work ridiculous hours and neglect the family.
And "the starving children in Africa would be grateful for your leftovers" is an argument that wears off when you're about 12, I reckon. We're not talking global inequity here - we are talking about the differences between colleagues sitting right next to each other.
If you're working those hours, more fool you. Unless of course this is a 2-month roll-out, and you're having a month's break afterwards.
I'm not married, hah, nor do I or will I have kids.
But my life is not about "putting the infrastructure first". Yeah, the weeks I'm on call, I'm on call. If there's a project getting close to deadline, I'll put some extra hours in. But if your systems are so unstable, or you have so little backup, or it's one crisis-deliver-NOW project after another, that you are getting called every night or you're not leaving until late o'clock, you don't have too far to look around to see where the problem is.
I'm female, I'm a sysadmin, I couldn't give one toss about family obligations (they are not gender-dependent and I wish more people realised that), and yet I still want a life outside the server room.
You don't get any greater rewards or sufficient recognition for working ridiculous hours constantly, other than a bit more cash in your pay-packet, Perhaps. If you never get the time to spend and enjoy it, what's the point?
Amazingly, I've gotten through a 15 year career so far, working with scores of men, and not once have I needed to take out a sexual harassment complaint.
Then again, I've been fortunate enough to work with guys with a modicum of respect, not dickwads who insist on making "funny" jokes or sending crass pics around. Or worse.
If you're genuinely guilty of none of the above, no inappropriate remarks, touching, jokes, etc, then yeah, there is the rare female dickwad as well.
Although I am extremely curious as to what this "good communication protocol" is, and why you felt you needed to go out of your way to establish one with the (sole?) female you worked with.
... And nearly half the men
Can we leave out the shock-horror gender-based crap for this one?
Actually, it's not just the Brits who send up political figures - have you seen American "roasts"? They do it to their FACES.
Oh FFS. Obama isn't a "Kenyan", birther.
Given how well their email archiver worked in v9 ... can't wait. No, really.
Re: "Most" enterprises "want" hybrid cloud??
Yes, with MS holding their hands every step of the way, I'm sure. And at "mate's rates".
With a well-connected internet backbone in the US, it makes sense. For those of us using a couple of tin cans and some string in the nether regions of the world, not so much for business-critical stuff, thanks.
"Most" enterprises "want" hybrid cloud??
OK, you've just described an example of a smallish business (@ 50 users) being *forced* to hybrid cloud for their email (although I would personally recommend it myself these days for places with decent internet links and where email is not business-critical).
I don't know of many large businesses - i.e. thousands of users - using cloud for anything important (again, any Office 365).
So what is this "most enterprises" wanting hybrid based on? Numbers please?
Great, racism combined with ignorance in one amazing paragraph. Looks like the US black helicopter brigade are among us.
Actually, I don't know how you jump to "liberal regulators", since a large part of the damage leading up to the GFC was caused by Bush II and his puppeteers (don't worry, I know that Clinton had a role to play too... but not nearly as much as Bush I and II).
I have read many many many books about the causes and lead up to the GFC and not one of them cite regulators "forcing" banks to create and sell sub-prime mortgagers. No, the not-so-liberal regulators were decimated and made toothless and were asleep on the watch. That is, of what was there to be watched still after so much deregulation.
All the CDOs and synthetic CDOs and so on were invented by mathematicians and bankers who thought they were smarter than everyone else. Sure, they geared themselves to make very high profits from imaginary money, forgetting that it was *people* whose money they were "leveraging", and those people do not behave rationally all the time, despite the fairy tales of classic economists. High gearing means a high level of catastrophe once the house of cards starts to fall down.
So forget your racist/classist conspiracy theories - which hardly relate to the UK economy thatwas hit even harder. Get the facts right.
Re: 12mm better
You're assuming that both the chassis material and the battery density are identical to your Xperia. I'm sure they aren't.
As for your comparisons to notepads and whatever in **1988**, I don't think anyone is making the phones *thicker* these days.
Re: If you've got to do all this work to change your OS..
Oh, god, the effort contained in setting up Samba to replicate an AD makes no sense at all. Buy the Windows Server licence, slap it on, install AD services/DNS, DONE. For that purpose, it *is* easier to set up.
And then suggesting you go through the PITA process of setting up Kerberos on top of it and then configuring all your clients? Uh, you already did that when you installed your domain controller and joined the workstations to the domain.
Look, I think Linux is great (I wouldn't run web services or email gateways on Windows) but for a tightly-controlled enterprise environment with more than a few dozen workstations where you're running business-critical Windows apps, you need to get real. if you think Kingston Office good enough for, say, a legal firm where macros and templates are crucial, you're having a laff (and it doesn't support ODF, WTF?). And this is not to mention the specialised apps running on Windows - if you think Air Traffic Control systems aren't running on Windows, have another think.
Re: Luwak coffee - a question
Regarding the logic of what you say, it's obvious you're not a vegan - "absolutely not" is correct. Honey from bees is not permitted either by strict vegans.
Add to that the fact that the beasts are now mostly farmed to produce the "processed" beans - including feeding the coffee berries all the time, when it isn't their natural eating pattern - and it's double-fail.
I'm not a vegan, but at least I've spent some time understanding their principles rather than coming out with some half-baked "logic" out of my own arse. So to speak.
Re: Its not just deleting that proves difficult.
Which is why - in 2013 - I don't understand why many women change their names when they get married.
Fair enough if you can't stand your birth name and do the whole deed poll hassle - you should be able to easily change your ID in that instance - but for marriage?
Fine for home devices, not for the enterprise
It's not rocket science. This will be great for personal devices. It should be disabled with prejudice on enterprise devices.
These "the sky is falling" security analysts need to get to grips with the idea of different risk profiles for different users and use-cases. SOME password is better than none at all, and how many people are wandering around with no security at all on their devices?
Re: It works like this...
Thank god for a proper comment without the rabid fanboism from the Linux contingent (yeah, yeah, I run Mint on my home desktop and am a RHCE).
That's the thing, though - in an enterprise environment, there really is no replacement for AD + Exchange + desktop management.
The big thing in the enterprise is managing thousands of desktops and thousands of user accounts accessing hundreds of resources - mailboxes, files, devices, apps, etc etc. How do you manage that in Linux-land for the typical userbase?
Sure, for less than a hundred users, baking your own in Linux-land may well make better sense now. But I don't see it for the big enterprises, unless they have extremely minimal software requirements.
There are plenty of ROMs you can get without GApps installed. If you want to add a new app, you have to do it the hard way, but not having the Google stuff is fairly straightforward if you're happy to flash a ROM.
Or, get a Chinese No-Name phone that isn't compatible with the "Play" store. Definitely a few of those around as well.
Re: I miss this!
...or use the "WinXP mode" virtual machine to run them on your Win 7 device, if the XP compatibility mode doesn't work
Seriously, if your machine has enough horsepower to run Win 7 plus modern games, why on earth go through the hassle of building a physical box for playing retro games? Unless you need some 3D acceleration, of course. And then VMWare or VirtualBox will give you 3D acceleration through Direct 3D.
Re: Where the "report errors" link gone
There's something about "have the reigns" in there as well (can't be bothered finding the actual sentence).
It's REINS, in that context. REIGNS is what the queen does, and it's a VERB, not a noun that you can "have" or "hold".
Re: "insisting on special treatment"
Some feminists argue quite vociferously against AA.
Some acknowledge that even given equivalent skills and qualifications, there are plenty of places that will hire men first, with such excuses as "team fit" and so on. Most AA schemes are about ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL, give women a fair shake (and are designed for environments which are still dominated by men for no good reason).
"Hopper did more than most to beat chauvinism in our industry, not by protesting or insisting on special
treatment, but by getting out there and doing the job better than anyone else"
So why should women have to be so much better to be considered for this kind of thing? It's that whole narrative about "exceptional" women breaking the bounds that gets up my nose.
I'm a good sysadmin, but I don't pretend to be a guru. And nor should I have to for my mid-range job. And yet I'm the only female systems administrator (I'm not talking DBAs or developers) I've encountered in any organisation I've ever worked in (except one, in one other job), in 15 years of IT. That's really appalling if you think about it.
Re: Still enforcing "real names"?
I use Gmail, but I was deeply bothered by the lastest set of nags on YouTube to provide a profile (in the last couple of months). I had to go through a number of steps to INSIST I wanted to keep my current handle with relatively anonymous information. Since I signed up with YouTube years before they got bought by Google, it's even more irksome.
Definitely seems like a slippery slope at present. Look at Google Play - I enjoy my Android, and I used to leave reviews of apps regularly. Not any more since their latest change enforcing a G+ profile.
Re: Rule #1 : Read the man pages
I have to put a big caveat in here, that SOME man pages are excellent. But there are so many full of endless cruft, and it's a fairly unintuitive format - obviously written by old-school engineers.
When I was a real newb, I was endlessly frustrated with the endless advice to "read the man page" when I needed a quick one-line solution to an issue. WHICH man page? (Sorry, man -k can find even more cruft.) Then multipage listings of obscure switches that are never used in real life and lengthy explanations of underlying architecture can make it almost impossible to get to the info you need. Not to mention the idiosyncratic format and use of conventions that a naive user find difficult to decipher.
The famous example of sudoers 5 is a great case in point. Ok, after traversing many many pages, you get to some examples of how the thing might work, but wow, it's a mission.
So, sure, I think any documentation is better than none (a particular curse for opensource), but the accessibility of many of those pages could be vastly improved.
Still enforcing "real names"?
Meh, if they still have that stupid policy of insisting you use something like a "real name", I'm still not going to venture in there.
Where's the "wanker" icon when you need it?
Yeah, who gives a toss about your system load without any idea of the underlying hardware spec?
And no, I don't give a toss your hardware spec EITHER.
What a waste of time
If you want an AD server in your environment, go out and buy the licence and get over it. Sure, use your Samba implementation for your file shares, but why all this effort on reinventing the wheel?
Oh, right, *gasp*, Microsoft's implementation of LDAP + kerberos is actually easily maintainable and works in enterprise environments. There has been nothing stopping these earnest Unix admins from rolling their own LDAP implementations, but if anyone has been involved in one of those from the ground up, you know it's a horror story.
AD server - install, add user + computer accounts, and it "just works" (with apologies to the Jobs-ites). Ok, I do see where if you're in a single small/home office, saving the OMG $500 on an unsupported solution might seem to stack up financially, or if you have expensive Unix gurus on tap who can get all low-level with their troubleshooting and fault-fixing.
For most environments, buying something you can get vendor support for is just common sense. I'm sure Red Hat or Suse will be releasing Samba 4 in due course with their offerings... and have you seen how much a full RH licence costs?
I'll take it all back if the opensource implementation gives you vastly improved performance benefits without any additional administrative overhead compared to a standard MS implementation... but I haven't yet seen any analysis along those lines.
(steps into flameproof suit)
Re: "Chances are..."
This is pretty obsolete, though. Distros like Ubuntu are pretty much using the microwave. If you want a hardcore roll-your-own distro, good on you, there are plenty out there.
But I do get sick of techie purists wanking on about "learn to configure all the gnarly stuff under the hood, moron, before you're pure enough to lay your hands on the Holy OS". A computer - for nearly all of us - is a tool, not the sum of our lives. I personally don't like the Mac experience, because I do in fact want to have reasonably simple control of my computer, but I'm not going to bag out people who are "plug it in and use it". How many techies know how to drive, but don't have the faintest clue how to replace brake pads or do an oil change?
For Ubuntu and Mint, etc, they're pretty much at that "plug and play" level on most consumer hardware. This means that the Linux desktop has been gaining traction with average users, thus making it a stronger OS - more users means more investment, in both money and time.
Seen that coming
Meh, if you expect to be doing classic sysadmin work in the next decade, you will either be guru-class or one of the lucky few working in these barns.
I've got my exit strategy planned - 5 years should be a good time to be onto something else (since my interest in managing clouds in barns is fairly minimal)
Re: The plural of box...
Yeah, I remember about the boxen with the blinkenlights, but good lord it's irritating to see in a semi-formal article. The joke wore pretty thin back in the day.
Re: Appreciate the irony..
Oh, so you were the cowboy who left behind half-b0rked Samba "BDCs" all over the place when the time and effort involved in standing up a vanilla domain controller and file server in Windows was *significantly* less.
Samba was adequate for doing file shares if you were too cheap to buy MS server operating system licences, but if cost wasn't a factor, it was a waste of time.
Re: So what?
I also think its valid to know whether a company uses its profits to lobby/support political campaigns/candidates.
But knowing how a PRIVATE individual chooses to spend their income? None of anyone's business. Or doesn't the idiot know the difference between individuals and the companies they work for?
If so, he doesn't seem to know much about "individual rights" the Repubs are supposedly so big on. Or is everyone supposed to follow the Chick-Fil-A model, and just funnel company profits in the right directions.
Re: I'm far from being a native speaker
Well, that's really the ONLY two valid uses these days, possessives and contractions.
Despite the attempts of many idiots to turn it into another plural for words ending in vowels, or dates. "I ate lots of pizza's" = ARRRRRGH
I hate to say it - but an engineerinng perspective is appropriate
I dislike it in general when engineering principles are shoehorned willy-nilly into IT operations, but in this instance it's worthwhile. The analogy with aircraft at the end of the article echoes this.
Firstly, someone has actually carried out a proper root-cause analysis here, in terms of looking at the actual decision and process chain, not just individuals and software products. That's a refreshing change in this business.
The next step is to follow up that root-cause analysis with actual fixes and improvements.
In the aviation industry, while certain standards are thoroughly mandated, what you do underneath to achieve the right outputs is kind of moot, as long as you have your standards covered (e.g. triple redundancy, outputs in x format, etc etc). If there is a failure, then the regulator can and will pull an operating licence if there is a standards breach. Root-cause analysis will go right back to manufacturing processes, staff management/training processes and so on and so forth to base its airworthiness directives on to enforce the appropriate fixes.
Cumbersome processes have been stripped away with airworthiness directives - at one point, there was a dozen-step procedure for pilots to get through before they could evacuate themselves from a burning plane. I believe it is now 4 steps (shut down engines and fuel being the major components).
Of course, in this instance, the regulator has the power to enforce anything they like, with the operating licence as their ultimate fallback. Financial sector regulators seem to only concern themselves with accounting standards - ok in the days of paper - but this is not the reality now. Perhaps they need to start concerning themselves with all the operating aspects of a financial entity, including how transactions - people's livelihoods and life savings - are processed, secured and managed, beyond the basics of balancing the books.
I've got a Cisco jobbie, but really, it's pants. I had a Belkin a few years ago that was great, but obviously that model isn't up with the times now.
And yes, with DD-WRT written for legions of router devices, are there that many variations on ADSL connectivity? (There may well be - I have no idea)
But I'm not going to buy two devices when you can get one that does the job for not much more than the router price (not to mention the clutter).
G+ lost me at "real names"
I've got two fb profies - one for the innocent lambs that consist of my family and colleagues, and the other for my actual friends. While FB say in their ToS that you should use your real name, they don't seem to enforce it, and even if they did, I wouldn't give a toss if they closed down one.
However, Google say you MUST use your real name, and if you don't they will yank your ENTIRE google account, not just the G+ part. Since I am pretty married to my Gmail and Gcal, I can't take that risk with my default Google account (which certainly not in my real name).
so, yeah, joined for a while, learned about this stupid policy, and got out quick.
Yup, it's quite revealing that all these blokes (as I assume the majority of commenters in this forum are) think it's all a bit of a laff.
So quaint, since that his govt is busy trying to bully NZ into NOT getting rid of patents for software, which is currently on the agenda.
Markdown is just really nice ... and I'm speaking as someone who first learned 'er tagging in SGML. (Roll your own DTD, bitches)
As for BBCode, yup, "sanitised" html - what's the point.
And another vote for *<code>* please! (<pre> is deprecated for that purpose!)
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