Are you saying that, growing up as a kid, your parents were keeping things like bank statements safely locked in the family vault because god forbid if the kids got to see those and steal the bank account #?
147 posts • joined 25 Dec 2009
> "...every single piece of fruit is checked..."
... from outside the crate, through those tiny hole used for air flow and whatnot, while being loaded 10,000 at a time in a cargo container ...
Re: Fragile evidence...
... but I play one on the internet.
Re: Smile :)
> Then again, if you have 10,000 machines, why are you on Win10AE rather than on Win7?
Or at the very least, if Win10 has to be a thing for you, on the LTSB version!
Evil staff, scheming so their bosses can hit their goals...
And management was just as surprised as those guys at Volkswagen were when they discovered that all their engineers had been scheming behind their back in a worldwide conspiracy to cheat on those diesel tests without management's knowledge.
Re: "Pete' has omitted some details...
What makes me skeptical on this one is that he has just the *one* call / voice mail? So the intern didn't call 50 times in a panic, just once, left a voice mail, and waited the rest of the day?
Re: Why oh why...
Because the user would then simply click yes and think "of course I'm sure, what a stupid question".
After all, they're the one that pasted 100 addresses in "to:" in the first place. That's what they wanted to do.
"Only participating nations on Earth have the plans for the International Docking Standard, so passing Aliens will be completely unable to connect to it."
Unless they have MacBooks which, as we know, include universal Terran-to-Alien protocol converters.
Re: The Cloud...
"You mean other people's computers that cost much less to run and are far more reliable than the ones you do have control over? That cloud? Where do I sign."
It's a good debate to have for sure but it's not nearly as "rainbow and unicorns" as that statement claims.
"Cost much less" ?
In some cases. In others, not. We've selectively targeted workloads that would be cheaper in the cloud as candidates, other workloads, not so much - in fact, some would cost many times more.
"far more reliable" ?
Google Compute Engine's SLA is 99.95%. That's a very good claim, but that one 211 minutes alone sets them at 99.5% for that month. A 10% credit towards the next month (as per their SLA) doesn't make up for 3.5 hours of unscheduled chaos.
In the end it depends on how critical your systems are and how good you are at maintaining them. I trust Google to know their shit, obviously, so yeah their cloud is very reliable. But I also understand that my SLA (the one I provide my customers) is the last thing on their mind when things go tits-up (and things invariably do). For these "absolutely must not fail", where you can afford to plan specialised backup / redundency / disaster recovery scenario, you can definitely be more reliable than the cloud. Or at least, when all hell breaks loose, you get direct control of the fixing process.
As you can probably see from that, I'm a bit cloud-shy. I do see it as "another guy's computer, that won't even take your calls when things go wrong" (well, you sure as hell are not going to talk to "the guy" unless you have a lot more clout with Google than I do)!
My general thinking is that I'll happily "cloud" anything that I would have run on a rented server at the local datacenter/colocation facility. Anything more serious than that, and I get scared.
"in pure Biblical terms, Google probably aren't the Antichrist."
That cracked me up. Have a pint!
Looking for a problem to solve...
"For us, Kinetic storage still has elements of clever engineering technology looking for an end-user problem to solve."
That's what I was thinking immediately / wanted to comment until it turned out to be the last paragraph of the article. Seems more like a toy for proof of concepts, the management issues you'd get at scales with that would be terrible, and you'd need so much effort to manually handle redundant storage in case of failures, and so on.
Maybe as a cheap, proof of concept object storage system for dev work...
I mean, it seems clever, but it also seems to have no real large scale practical application.
... and the tinfoil hat brigade rides in!
Also, fake moon landings, illuminato or free masons or somesuch.
Re: Silver Bullet
No Silver (or Platinum) Bullet will ever stop Dave.
What kind of actual damage can he have done that would truly have cost $189k to fix?
Or does that include $180k in legal fees to track / sue him?
Re: There is *something* somewhere ...
> Or you could ditch the daft, geeky feature list and go with something sort of retro / steampunk. Maybe purely mechanical, with little gears and a way you could see them?......(looks at own wrist).
May as well go full-blown crazy then: http://www.hytwatches.com/collection-h3/watch/h3-titanium-and-platinium-2/
Re: Oh wont someone think of the EULA
> Uhhhhh, why would you expose a DB server to an open internet connection?!
The topic here is not exposing the server to the internet, but rather granting the server internet access (so the server can get critical updates, anti-virus signature updates and so on).
Definitely not a great idea but any smaller organisation without WSUS tends to default to that.
Re: Why carry on sending spam?
"If I was a spammer, I wouldn't want to waste my bandwidth sending out email that was automatically deleted."
The thing is, bandwidth is cheap, and if you're a spammer it's also quite often not YOUR bandwidth. 1% inbox rate, if you send 1 billion, is still 10 million people. Then 1 in 1000 of those click something, you still have 10,000 people on your (drive-by malware / blue pill / whatever) site.
Facebook and Google IDs are both more and more used as a sign-in alternative to creating local accounts by a LOT of online services. You know, for user convenience and ease of development (offload authentication and account management to Facebook = save days of work!)
So besides the obvious "high % of Facebook users will use the same password everywhere" and "their Facebook email will be behind the password recovery scheme of other sites", the actual Facebook ID itself is quite valuable - would take seconds to test every phished credentials against hundreds of sites where valuable things might be stored.
Voters database *in the cloud*?
Shame on the whoever is responsible for this incorrect config cock-up.
How can the setup / configuration of a database of all citizens be left to a single guy (or have no review / audit policy of any sort in place, given that even the simplest "IT security for Dummies" check would have caught that)?
And then, how is it even acceptable that such an official database be hosted in the cloud, by Amazon, in the first place? I'm pretty sure item #1 on most governmental data security policies is "don't upload private citizen data on Amazon or Google"...
Re: That table again...
> Seek time has nothing to do with rotational speed as it is a measurement of time taken to move the read/write heads from one track to another and average seek time is approximately the time taken to move over one third of the tracks on a drive.
Seek times are generally listed to include stroke time / settle time as well as "waiting for the beginning of the track to reach the head once the head is in place". Basically "how long before you can actually read the next thing 1/3 of the drive away". So rotational speed does have an effect on average seek time - although clearly not a huge one.
Re: That table again...
Enterprise drives will have a 2-4 ms seek time depending on size and rotational speed. You basically won't find anything that's not at least 2 to 3 times faster than 10 ms on and Enterprise-class drive (that's sold for speed - those slow "backup" drives are another story).
But where I agree that the numbers are waaaay off is DAS / SAN. You're looking at those same 2-4 ms drive, with an I/O subsystems that will add *microseconds* worth of latency.
You can easily have a DAS subsystem that's filled with spinning rust (say, 15k rpm, 2.5 inchers) that will have an average access time below 5 ms.
More or less for the same reason you go to the restaurant.
Cinemas also have those 3D / dbox / etc. gimmicks that are fun once in a while, and they certainly have a better sound system than what I have in the living room.
(With that said, I guess I've only seen one movie in a theatre in the last year).
Re: ..bouncing incorrectly addressed mail
> This is a security issue, as it allows spammers to identify real email addresses in an organization. If it doesn't bounce, it's a real address.
That's such a 1990s strategy.
- So many email addresses at companies are publicly listed everywhere that this isn't a useful "secret" to protect (see "security through obscurity")
- Anti spam systems are smart enough nowadays to block dictionary attacks - have been for a looong time
- Anti spam systems are pretty good at actually stopping the spam too even if you know the adresses
Re: Do you really think online criminals are looking at your card?
> Not sure whether that affects fraudulent buying from Amazon.
Amazon have their own fraud detection systems that seem to be really efficient. Twice now they've reversed the transaction within minutes on e-books I bought from "strange locations" (once while travelling, once because I was still connected to a "screw you, Netflix" VPN).
That's a pretty dumb argument, extensions are by definition not standard, and allowing some extensions designed for a competitive product to run on yours is just a competitive edge that you're trying to narrow. And from there you jump to "because not ALL extensions will work on Edge (or Firefox), that will make it the new IE6"? Shouldn't you be saying that it makes CHROME the new IE6, i.e. the source of lots of non-standard addons? (Not that I support this idea in any way, but that's what your logic implies).
Re: Oh really
No kidding, you can smell the astroturf from here.
Re: Cost of an Astrology site
"(oddly enough, I'm writing this as a joke, but seriously wondering about the business opportunities of something like that.)"
This is exactly the way newspaper astrology sections are created daily. Some of them license the picture of a "famous" local astrologist to headline the column for extra credibility however.
Re: What surprises me most..
"I thought Apple hated TheReg?"
That was 2010. A different era. Pre "peak Apple" and all :)
Re: You What?
Utilizing proactive synergies, you can leverage hyperconverged, software-defined devops... no...
By leveraging hyperconverged synergies, software-defined devops can...
Nah, I give up.
"Whittingdale also opened fire on ad blocking companies, comparing them to a “modern day protection racket”. "
What a load of crap. Ad blockers are as much a "protection racket" as "cops" are.
This is about as stupid as the tinfoil hat brigade that claimed anti-virus companies were the ones that released all virii in the wild to sell their product. (Not that many modern security suite aren't just as bad as the malware they want to protect us from, but I disgress).
"Companies should also be doing more to hire a diverse team, panelists said. Currently, women only account for around 10 per cent of information security positions, and with minorities, that falls to just 2 per cent, meaning there is a reservoir of untapped talent out there."
Bullshot. I'd *love* to hire more women in IT jobs. Seriously, it would create a better working environment for developers and ops staff. But it's a simple fact that (less than) one applicant in 10 is a woman. How does the lack of interest for a certain group in a certain class of job equate to "untapped talent"?
Either way, point the finger at schools / etc for not getting enough women interested in the field, not for companies that are not hiring non-existent candidates.
"Generally, you've got a choice of a job being interesting, legal, or well paid – and you only get to choose two of those."
Yeah, screw that. I'll go for interesting, legal AND well paid, thank you very much.
"As for Ms whiny pants....why does she choose to live in expensive SF area when she only has the capability to earn a paltry $1500? Perhaps she should move to somewhere where someone that generates as little value as she does can afford to live."
Wow. Or maybe Mr. Yelp could pad his retirement fund by just 1 million less this year and actually not require of his employees that they SPEND MONEY for the privilege of working for him?
The level of stupidity required to blame the employee never ceases to amaze.
Re: Gold Plated HDMI Cables
When it's about tarnishing and so on and the cable is priced normally, that's all fine and well.
But don't dout that there are vendors out there (and resellers) that sell gold-plated HDMI cables at 50 to 100 times the price and will swear left and right that colors are better with their $200 cable - complete with "proof" in the form of two identical setup on two identical television sets, one using the cheap cable, one using their $200 cable, to prove that blacks are darker, colors are brighter, framerate is better and so on.
Of course, there's noooo way that one of the TV sets is tweaked to look like shit, am I right??
As a side note, I did get in a rather heated argument a few years back on this very topic with the owner of my local high-end audiophile store that ended in me being banned from his store!
"“There has to be a purpose for using technology,"
And why the hell is entertainment not a good enough purpose for a game?
Re: Blank media?
This is just step 1.
Soon enough, the argument will be made that USB sticks are the most common storage medium for copied media. Then of course it's just a small leap to hard drives and them newfangled SSD. Come to think of it, your phone stores music too.
Per-gigabyte tax on any form of non-volatile storage is the only way to be fair!
The real fun starts...
When the first recipient hits REPLY ALL to complain about the cock-up.
My "kerberos for Dummies" question ...
The updated quote ends with:
"It is important to be aware that only organizations that already have a fully compromised domain controller are vulnerable to this technique."
I claim only minimal knowledge of Kerberos & co, but that quote basically makes this article a case of "if you are already 100% compromised, more bad stuff can happen"?
Or is the truth something else?
Re: Roll on IPv6
They're not bogus announcements, they acquired these blocks when the MoD released them. It's the MoD's error (not cleaning up the entries associating them with these blocks) that is at fault here (well, and the spammers for not correcting them either before using the blocks).
The BGP bit in there is just "in the past we've seen hiijacked blocks and this here smells just as fishy but is not the same thing".
Manpower retention might be part of that equation? You won't keep your best guys around for long if all they get to handle is IE8 bugfixes?
Or am I dreaming and no organisation that size actually gives a rat's ass about their staff's well-being? Well in that case chalk it up to loss of opportunity. Covering costs is not sufficient, any competent staff stuck maintaining legacy systems is not helping build the next shiny new thing.
Are you implying a correlation between sheep migration and All Blacks plays?
Re: Ah, there's the rub...
" The boss soon sent him on his way when he showed MS bod one paragraph of a contract we had with [redacted] that stated 'Data belonging to [redacted] must under no circumstances be stored in premises that are not under the direct control of [redacted]'. "
Many thanks to Mr. Snowden for, above all else, making many more of my clients paranoid and insisting on such a clause in their contracts. That was the final nail in the coffin for any management push towards the cloud - I will be forever grateful :)
Re: Some sympathy
They're not a mom and pop shop here, they're a multinational making billions in profit a year.
Like it or not, search engines regulate access to content so they'll run afoul of all sorts of legislations, this isn't the first nor the last time.
If they want to have any chance of complying with all the crap various courts all over the world will ask of them, they need to regulate search results based on where the search comes from, not what google ccTLD the request is sent to.
Sure, complying with the ruling is going to be annoying. They'll bitch and moan about the impossibility and unfairness of it all. But I wouldn't call it a big technical challenge for the likes of Google.
Re: If I were running Google
Meanwhile, in the real world, Google would prefer to keep doing business in France (or anywhere else for that matter, see China for example), not do a PR stunt that would backfire in their face across all europe instantly.
So they'll simply comply after the proper amount of "taking a stand for freedom!!" PR.
There is no level of "private" that exists that justifies uploading what are basically financial credentials in clear text form to a 3rd party.
If YOU do that in your private repository, you're just the guy that will headline the next article of this sort.
Right, because as we all know, once his code is reverse-engineered, no current-day computer could possibly brute-force an algorythm that a WW2 scout-type person was able to encode by hand. Am I right?
Setting Windows aside for a second...
It used to be that PCs got a lot faster on a year by year basis. Along with that, Windows was bloating at a frightening rate and the older PC just couldn't run it.
Consumer PCs just don't scale at that rate anymore. The systems people bought 5 years ago are probably still good enough. They had Windows 7 back then, but they could run 8, 8.1, and probably can also run Windows 10 as is. And they're probably still good enough for whatever they're used for.
If the whole PC industry was eagerly awaiting the next Windows because the "bloat factor" would have forced new purchased, or worse (as some always do), were hoping new hardware purchase would happen because "Win 10 drivers aren't compatible with your old hardware" (hello, Creative Labs), that's really THEIR issue, and has nothing to do with Microsoft.
So, Windows 10 popularity aside, even if it were to become the most popular OS ever, I still don't get why "the industry" expects a new OS to resuscitate an industry that's slowly winding down - they need to accept that some people are happy with just their phone and are unlikely to ever buy a home desktop PC again.
Re: a ha ha ha ha ha :(
"You may be too young to remember such classics as the FDIV bug"
My favorite quote at the time - "We are Pentium of the Borg. Division is futile. Prepare to be approximated."
Re: As the lid sped into space, it was heard to say ....
By the bowl of petunias?
Re: Yeah, right
"Hasn't stopped them elsewhere"
France doesn't count?