* Posts by Trixr

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

Trixr

Re: It was so much simpler . . .

...and the 80s were pretty much peak Filofax, and well into the 90s. Plenty of places that weren't IT-related businesses were using paper diaries, address books and so on into the 00s (and there are still dinosaurs where I work who insist on ordering a bound diary each year).

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

Trixr

Re: No problems encountered here ...

If you don't know how to configure your environment so that you have no concerns about forced OS updates - I agree this should be unnecessary - better that you leave it off.

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Not entirely

...you know that "Read" a policy means APPLY the policy. There are user policies that you do not want applied to all Authenticated Users.

The workaround for those, apparently, is to add Read permissions for Domain Computers so that the workstation can begin processing the GPO.

We will be testing this thoroughly.

As for the Known Issues part of the KB, for something that majorly changes the behaviour of GPO processing, I'd expect a few MSDN blog articles to generate more publicity about the exploit and the patch. In advance of its release.

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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

Trixr

Nice "explanation", Telstra

Surely there was more than one DNS server configured, with each modem configured with a primary and a secondary? And surely they should have planned to update the secondaries and verifying those before updating the primaries?

Also, no matter now many modem restarts it does (why would it recycle just due to bad DNS?), why would they "brick"?

Definitely more to this story.

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Google tries social again

Trixr

Is that why the recent update to bloody StreetView wanted to get new perms to every kind of media available on the device as well as "identity", etc?

Still not installed.

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

Trixr

Mine's an LG G3. Not one OTA. Not cheap and not crap.

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Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

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Re: Developer forum is murdering ImageMagick

So I've been using ImageMagick since the late 90s - not on a website, just for a few personal projects - and I've never heard of GraphicsMagick before.

Cool there is an alternative tool, but a shame they didn't manage to get the word out there very well.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Flame

Another month of no OTA for LG G3

I really like the phone, but the lack of updates is super irritating, not to mention the convoluted regime required to apply an updated ROM.

End-users aren't capable of this stuff, and I simply don't have the bandwidth to waste an hour or so on an unfamiliar procedure that can potentially brick my phone.

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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

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Re: I just keep wondering...

Wake up, it's not 1998 any more.

SQL is a good functional database platform.

I'd take SQL over Oracle's price gouging and ridiculous toolset. Not to mention the abortion that is RAC. I can't think of many reasons that enterprises would persist in subsidising Larry's latest gin palace.

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NZ government scraps e-voting trial

Trixr

Postal voting is worse

I used to considerately fill in postal votes for local body elections in Auckland for all the people who had previously lived at the address, but who hadn't updated their address details after moving out.

Since this was a large shared house that had been operating as a shared house for the best part of a decade, with 6-8 people living there at any time, there were literally scores of these things.

Just my bit of civic service.

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I bless the reins down on .africa ... Dot-word injunction hits ICANN

Trixr

Re: Damn you, headline writer

I have to give points to the writer for getting the line in the song right!

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

Trixr

Re: Missing the real point

Funny how no-one here has mentioned the biggest problem with PHBs that I have found, is that THEY say NO, for years and years and years.

"We would like to upgrade the email system, we would like to upgrade the desktop, we would like to put in instant messaging, we would like to automate our patching and monitoring, we would like to develop a better reporting system for end users."

And every goddamned time I've been involved in such an initiative, it's been knocked back - sometimes for half a decade - by PHBs who don't want to spend money. Or who are to chickensh*t to try something new.

And then some vendor comes along with a cloud offering, which actually ends up costing MORE in the medium-long term, and suddenly the credit card comes out. And WE get the blame for management inertia and not being "agile" enough.

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

Trixr

I missed this!

Still dying at "Malus aforethought" and all the rest.

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Windows 7's grip on the enterprise desktop is loosening

Trixr

Re: Saddo!

So what's your point?

I have a Dell XPS I bought in 2008, recently upgraded with SSD + 8GB ram and it's still running Win 7 fine.

Macs don't last any better than Wintel machines of similar spec.

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PayPal freezes 400-job expansion in North Carolina over bonkers religious freedom law

Trixr

Re: America

Isn't it funny that certain Americans are all about their Second Amendment "rights" based on a shonky interpretation of what a "militia" means, but those same Americans somehow forget the Jeffersonian principle of the separation of church and state, embodied in the First Amendment.

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Hawaiki cable to go ahead with US$300 million Au/NZ/US build

Trixr

Re: Laying cable across an ocean

Still love this article in Wired in the mid-90s by Neal Stephenson, describing the FLAG submarine cable. (Leaving aside cute wee words like "meatspace").

http://www.wired.com/1996/12/ffglass/

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nbn says Telstra's copper in better shape than expected

Trixr

And in little old NZ, they're doing FTTP in the cities, which are even less dense than Australia's. Even my tradie brother has been hooked up. So, you know, the conclusion of the "conversation" isn't as cut-and-dried as you make out.

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nbn tries to shift the conversation to future copper upgrades

Trixr

Please grammar

"So yesterday, nbn drove I and several other journalists around Brisbane..."

Dude, it doesn't matter how many objects there are in the sentence - they ALL take the objective case.

"This phrase drove me spare..."

"nbn drove ME around Brisbane..."

"nbn drove me and several other journalists around Brisbane..."

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Oh, sugar! Sysadmin accidently deletes production database while fixing a fault

Trixr

"Senior IT person"? What, the senior Mac desktop support person?

Also, if it was actually Active Directory (and not NT domains), there ain't such a thing as an "AD primary server" (yes, PDC Emulator, but that's not the same).

As for making him a manager, well, safest place, I suppose.

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'Microsoft Office has been the bane of my life, while simultaneously keeping me employed'

Trixr

Re: MS Orifice - so aptly named

MS has the powershell Output-CSV cmdlet output all fields with the data surrounded by quotes*. I had to look it up, but the use of quotes in this way to force interpretation as strings is in fact *legitimate* for CSV.

* Amusing they have to build in the workaround to their own stupid product.

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Flash – aaah-aarrgh! Patch now as hackers exploit fresh holes

Trixr

Re: Jeesh!

Let's not talk about Certain Hardware Vendors who have written their consoles in this crapware. I'm almost nostalgic for Java.

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When asked 'What's a .CNT file?' there's a polite way to answer

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Re: Faith in Humanity

Not a point at all. A few hours of his "hourly rate" to learn how to review the emails and dictate responses to his secretary would have saved a lot of time in the long run.

I lost all patience with that excuse when I worked at a major law firm in the late 90s that placed PCs on every desk, including those of the senior partners. Once such gentleman (he would have been in his late 60s/early 70s, very aristocratic) phoned the helpdesk to get assistance with sending his first email (his secretary was away). I walked him through using the space bar to insert spaces between the words, and the return key to put spaces between paragraphs. He was delighted.

I imagine he still dictated 99% of his email responses, but he could now do emailing himself in a pinch. He told me he no longer required his emails to be printed out - it was quicker for him (as it was, naturally), to read them himself. Of course, his secretary triaged them in advance, but it was an excellent hybrid solution.

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Re: What's a .cnt?

I can't agree more. I have to say that unlike most technical documentation, at least man files exist. And they use a standardised formal. The content, however, is a great exemplar on how NOT to write technical documentation.

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

Trixr

Re: Tailes from the support desk

Regarding the Sendmail snafu, all I can say is thank god for Postfix. Everytime I see a Sendmail config, I say it again. Over and over.

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How to help a user who can't find the Start button or the keyboard?

Trixr

What's even worse is when you work for an organisation that hasn't implemented ITIL, and yet has a "Service Desk" with very few of the supposed ITIL processes and functions to even get the job routed the right way. Sometimes we don't see jobs till 6 months after they were originally logged.

To be fair, ITIL does specify the escalation path if the first level support can't solve the problem. I doubt there is an escalation path for "fails to correctly understand and log the issue". Then again, just because people aren't doing so these days, there's no reason in ITIL you can't hire reasonably skilled triage staff to log or properly categorise inbound calls.

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Why does herbal cough syrup work so well? It may be full of morphine

Trixr

And actually, in terms of intractable coughs, morphine is not "snake oil". Any opiate does an excellent job of suppressing coughs. Of course, often you actually want the cough to do its job, but I've had one or two bouts where the cough was the problem, rather than the underlying lurgie.

Unidentified substances in your cough syrup aren't the way to go, however. I just pop a couple of Panadeine unless you can get a doctor to prescribe the good stuff (syrup with codeine).

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999 What's your emergency: Mega millions Met call handling IT muckup?

Trixr

Since there are at least two well-known public safety/incident management systems available for purchase off-the-shelf (yes, with a pretty heavy support cost, and some customisation required... but it's proven technology), what makes the Met different to the British Transport Police, which uses one of these systems?

Not to mention all the other police forces and fire and ambulance services that use these products around the world. The Philippines alone covers 100 million people across a number of public safety agencies. And it doesn't take £25m to implement either solution that I'm aware of (not for the likely size of the implementation). Maybe Northrop/Lockheed are just going to rebadge one of these and slap a bit of who-knows-what on top.

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Zombie OS lurches through Royal Melbourne Hospital spreading virus

Trixr

Now they've spent a sh!tload on manual fallback, and are preparing to pay ransom money for XP crap, and now the public embarrassment and loss of confidence to the public, perhaps they could actually spend funds on UPGRADING the systems.

Yeah, yeah, I know some old physical kit may well have some "turnkey" XP back end that can't be decoupled from it. If it hasn't reached the end of life, isolate those consoles from any network and superglue the usbs and CDs. For anything else that isn't attached to your multi-million dollar MRI machine that is currently mid-life, UPGRADE.

(Yes, I know what it's like ferreting out old applications, asking the vendor if there's an upgrade, purchasing and implementing said upgrades (or writing new code), and migrating data, but that can all be done if tackled incrementally and thoroughly. And sometimes the solution is better, if you actually spend some time on requirements analysis first, ha! ha! ha!).

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Server retired after 18 years and ten months – beat that, readers!

Trixr

Re: The WANG that would not die

Ugh, I had to run some kind of maintenance procedure on one of those things every month when I worked for an insurance company, even though I was the "Windows admin". The Wang guy was paid three times more than I was, but it apparently wasn't in his job description to get out of bed to do the job.

Here's me very nervously typing hieroglyphics for at least 15 minutes into the console at 9pm on a Thursday night in the lonely datacentre, hoping like hell I don't typo some weird crap and make the thing completely die. This was in the late 90s, and so I really feel your pain if one of those buggers was still running a year ago!

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Engineer's bosses gave him printout of his Yahoo IMs. Euro court says it's OK

Trixr

Re: Separate work from private life!

Yes, but any employer in NZ - and in fact also in the UK and Australia - would take it to a formal warning if the behaviour wasn't modified.

Also, if your contract said that you were not allowed to browse porn at anytime and it would be grounds for instant dismissal if found, the "friendly warning" doesn't really matter in that instance.

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Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

Trixr

No need to reinvent the wheel

GWX Control Panel is great, well documented and does the biz. Much quicker than manually uninstalling patches and farting around in the registry.

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Good news, OAuth is almost secure

Trixr
Headmaster

It's not Facebook's

Facebook merely use OAuth, like many other sites and services. They certainly don't own it, and they weren't involved in developing it.

If you said "used by Facebook and Twitter, among others", then maybe you would not be implying it's their standard.

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Australian government urges holidaymakers to kill two-factor auth

Trixr

Re: Blimey

I travel all the time, and use local SIMs, and if have a single SIM phone and I'm expecting something from home - or I feel a compelling need to logon to My Gov (hah) or other services using 2FA - I can spend the 2 minutes putting in my home SIM and waiting for the text.

In reality, because I do travel so much, I have a dual SIM phone. Problem solved.

It's not rocket science, and I can't believe this money was spent - cute illustrations aren't free - on something that is bad advice, hardly a common use-case, and one that can be worked-around easily.

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iiNet struggles through five-day outage to get thousands back online

Trixr

Re: How low can it go?

Internode support has gone downhill in recent years as well. My partner has an ongoing issue with the telecom pit outside her house. Every time there's a rainstorm, speeds go to about 12kbps. Every time we ring up and do the dance of "please test with another modem". Why we need to do this when it's the same issue every time - at least half a dozen times - is beyond me.

They used to send out their own pre-configured modems to test with, complete with a pre-paid box to send it back, but no longer do so. . Since most people don't keep spare ADSL modems in their back pockets, it takes days to track down one we can "test" with - many people in this town are on cable.

When I enquired as to why they no longer offer test modems, it's because "we kept losing them". Well, if the replacement cost ended up on the next bill for the people who kept "losing" them, they'd probably find more of the modems finding their way back.

Also, I don't know why there's all this about "if Internode goes the same way..." They got bought out by iiNet years ago, and I presume we're all in the TPG happy family now.

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Philips backs down over firmware that adds DRM to light

Trixr

Re: Makes me sad

So you think the executives who made this hairbrained decision are millennials? Please.

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Trixr

Re: Current through wire in a (near) vacuum - IoT

Have you tried the LED bulbs that have been around for years now, rather than CFLs? Massive power savings, last longer than incandescents, smaller bulbs than CFLs, and don't have the "flicker".

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Body-worn cameras a 'Pandora's Box' says ex Vic Police chief Nixon

Trixr

Did this just say that BYOD was part of this trial? WHY???

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Facebook arrives at commonsense 'real names' policy

Trixr

Re: Bah!

I have no idea what you mean by "SJW bullying", but yeah, I don't see FB shutting down accounts made for pets. I have at least half a dozen of them in my feed.

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Trixr

Re: Affirmative Inaction

I AM queer, and that's actually one of the reasons I don't use my legal name, but the main one is that my *friends* don't use my legal name.

In short, it's ridiculous. You should be able to call yourself what you like. If there are stalkers/spammers/abusers, surely you can report the account on that basis, and an analysis of the account activity would back the report up (or not).

So yeah, I'd select the "stalking" option in your case as well. I got queried by FB, and I simply sent them a suitably-edited JPG scan of my passport, which they accepted. Good luck gleaning info about me with a fake name, birthdate and city of birth. Complete pain in the arse and waste of everyone's time.

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Windows' authentication 'flaw' exposed in detail

Trixr

Re: Well, Ain't that dandy!

From the MIT site:

Kerberos is a network authentication protocol

So what, exactly, is it supposed to be, in your world? Or are you quibbling about the semantics of "service" vs "protocol"?

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Samba man 'Tridge' accidentally helps to sink request for Oz voteware source code

Trixr

>How about the govt hires some devs

For this govt, anything third party or outsourced is better than what you can come up with in house. For 99% of things, I actually agree with using third party if it's an established product. For counting the nation's votes, nope, it should be written in house, with the Aussie govt's IP and no third parties getting in the way. And no excuses for releasing the code.

I have to say the Aussie preferences system is a pretty crappy kind of proportional representation, and the "resellability" of such code would be limited anyway.

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CIOs aren't loving SAP's HANA. Yep, somebody's afraid of commitment

Trixr

> 67% of worldwide transactions flow through some SAP platform.

Of WHAT transactions? Absolute bullpuckey.

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IBM kills Hack A Hair Dryer women-in-tech vid after backlash

Trixr

What is very rarely stated is why it is important for women to achieve parity in particular subjects...

Why is important for people of different races not to be

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Trixr

And who makes the ads about "idiot men"? Hint: ad agencies are still dominated by men, especially in senior roles.

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Trixr

Re: Fucking typical.

What IS your point? So women, who have just had babies and whose hormones are all over the wazoo, and who are undoubtedly experiencing all kinds of fun with their periods at that time aren't supposed to discuss it EVER to for others (or maybe some of those same women!) to find the IBM campaign patronising at best? Please. Talk about false equivalence.

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Trixr

Re: Oh no

I'm not in the slightest bit offended. I do think it's f#cking stupid, though.

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Trixr

Re: Shocking

It's not the fault of the people who objected to Sir Tim's clueless remarks that UCL fired him, seriously. I saw a lot of eye-rolling, but not one person calling for his resignation. If UCL's a bunch of chickensh!ts about social media, that's their problem.

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Why are only moneymen doing cyber resilience testing?

Trixr

The US != the entire world

Just because the US doesn't do basic testing doesn't mean nowhere else in the world does. Whether they act appropriately on such testing is something else.

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Half the staff go gardening at the now not-so-jolly Jolla

Trixr

Re: bugger

Just set up a bullsh*t Gmail account - h4ndsoffmyd4t4@gmail.com - if you want to go the Android route. Done.

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