Even on the desktop I still remember my first Database system - the hierarchical Delta IV, which was followed by the better but still a major PITFA - Delta V. Mind you, these were the same bastards who stole my 'object output report' format. However, being an piss ignorant little whelp at the time, I did nothing about it...
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Ask not for whom the (security) bell tolls
Am I the only one scratching their head trying to put the words 'Facebook' and 'Security' together in an actually meaningful way?
Secure for whom? Sure Joe Punter can encrypt their data whilst in flight and potentially at rest, with some probably real nifty neato encryption, and kudos for Facebook et all for doing this - but - Facebook itself is an open cesspit of information that Zuck Inc has enabled itself to freely distribute in the name of 'advertising'.
Now there's a shock...
Sadly this surprises me as much as finding out that water is wet.
The day the police have been shown to follow rules like this religiously, is the day I knock off the nearest bobby's hat, sprinkle a little bit of salt on it (and perhaps garnish it with a sprig of parsley), and proceed to chow down on the bloody thing...
Only if you have Candy eating Penguins there as well (or the inverse as well)
Re: Works for me, too
So you want to directly or indirectly pay for content somehow?
And therein lies the issue. Even if one DOES pay there's still a shit tonne of web beacons out to grab every last mouse click and adverts waiting to drop poison ads onto your PC.
I'd have no issue paying for something that provides original contents IF the adverts were static AND there were zero third party hooks and beacons out there.
As it is, even paywall sites still have way too much fucking crud to make it worth my while.
"Sure Mr Murdoch, I'll pay to read your shite whilst you still allow any fecker out there to track me and poisoned ads to fuck up my PC."
Sounds like a deal to me...
"Life is wasted on the living"
Or at least that what Zaphod Beeblebrox IV's thought was during his seance with his great grandson...
The entire cast of the original show made a huge impact to this now somewhat curmudgeonly old gal way back when it was first originally broadcast back in the late 70's and Trillian was always a standout for me - the girl who wanted better for herself and went out and made it happen. Ms Sheridan brought Trillian to life for me and I'll always thank her for giving me the impetus to not put up with the same shit that I might otherwise have done. If Trillian can leave the planet then this gal can certainly move to another country, gawd-dammit!
May Susan enjoy her life thereafter, hopefully now able to enjoy a meal and a large round of drinks (Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster anyone?) at Milliways because I'm convinced that's the easiest way to get there and not have to worry about getting back afterwards...
Except that that '640K' quote that's been attributed to Bill has never ever been verified. Not one single citation exists that can categorically confirm he stated it, just a huge amount of Internet lore that's been built up where other people have quoted it and attributed it to Billy Boy.
It's time to let it die (though I'm under no illusions whatsoever that it will given that it just sounds soooo good).
A new form of scope creep?
Granted I'm not privvy to their operations,l but one would have thunked that the moment they put anything in the cloud that even gazed upon PHI, that everything else in the same cloud would be then in scope for the next PCI audit.
We had it bad when all the internal desktops were suddenly all in the crosshairs for an upcoming PCI audit after a small change in the DMZ put them in scope. So how would BofA manage to not place every single solitary server, both physical and virtual on whatever OpenCompute cloud they use, under the gaze of their ever increasing team of PCI auditors...
Sounds like a disaster of mammoth proportions waiting to happen - and no doubt the bean counters looked at the bottom lines and told them to go for it.
It's Outsourcing, part deux.
Yet, no fucker ever seems to outsource the executives or bean counters...
At the risk of being controversial...
...I can see one subtle difference between the two.
The NSA (there are other equally as nefarious agencies in the US, but I'll group them under the NSA umbrella for brevity's sake) wants backdoors into everything so they can spy on you and everything you do, irrespective of that annoying concept of due process. But, at the end of the day their hearts are in the right place, it's just they're being totally and utterly evil about it in every conceivable fashion. Any advantage they want is simply to disable the enemy in any way possible. Of course their methods are wrong and despicable, but since when did that ever stop a good spy agency doing whatever their dark hearts desired. (And if some of that tech should just "accidentally" fall into commercial hands then oops!)
China wants to backdoors not only to spy, but also to gain competitive business advantage to their state sponsored businesses and other businesses that will provide a competitive advantage over everyone else in roughly equal amounts. Much of the information gleamed will almost certainly make it's way to China's "Independent Commercial Business" (which honestly have no connection to the ruling Communist Party whatsoever...) as a simple matter of process. For them there'll be no accidents, it'll be methodical and deliberate.
Hence the subtle difference to me.
So the way I see it is that the NSA are only 99% evil, China's hitting the five 9's.
And GCHQ and our English Secret Service Pals? Well - we all know us British play the best evil characters in movies for a good reason...
OK, now please, downvote away!
Is anyone surprised?
From the moment Martha put her head in the lions mouth that was UK Gov PLC, it was all but guaranteed misery and disaster would be her close bedfellows.
Government IT only works in small doses. The very idea that you could encompass the width and breadth of all that is now Gov.UK under one single entity was enough to tell even the dimmest of the political wonks that this was going to be one hell of a spectacular fuck up.
Add in whole departments who now feel they're fireproof and you have what at least will serve as an example for future generations on how not to run an IT project.
/Paris (again, gotta love me some Paris) because she's probably got a better idea on how to do this than all the Cabinet Office combined...
Pathetic attempt: D-, must do better
C'mon Microsoft, you were showing great promise with your 2992611, a patch so insidious that like some of the greatest fuckups, waited for a while before pouncing and taking servers down wholesale.
Now you've regressed to just PowerPoint? Aw, c'mon MS, we expect far bigger disasters than just this. Give us something that will require us underworked and overpaid engineers something to deal with at 3AM on a Sunday morning...
Perhaps your QA department is still too large - might want to slim that down. Good to see that you cut out the early warning system unless we're willing to pay beaucoup dollars for it. Wise move, can't be having anyone know in advance what might be coming. You might want to also change Windows Update to force these patches through the moment they're released no questions asked - can't be too careful you know...
Perhaps you should cut down the patch writing department and, I dunno, one under-worked playful type who'll really do a number on your software.
I never thought I'd say this, but things seemed to be better when Steveyboy was in charge...
Re: Is it just me
You mean like the USA, where you can walk around your local Kroger* with an Automatic slung around your chest.
But make sure you're wearing shoes and a shirt because they'll kick you out if you're not - gun or no gun.
Yeah, that's fucked up, I know...
* Supermarket chain.
Really thought we'd been invaded by another planet on my first day in CapeTown
It was the mid 90's and my first full day in Cape Town.. Driving around Bellville in my little Toyota Corolla Rental for the first time, radio on, Coolio just finishing the last bars of 'Gansta's Paradise' on the radio, sun shining and it's a beautiful Summer day (late November).
Music stops, traffic report starts.
"And the Robots are out on De Grendel Road and Herbert Baker Street, so take care driving."*
Robots? ROBOTS? We're under attack by soulless automatons (Daleks, or even Cybermen perhaps) and I'm been told in a soothing Suid Afrikaan tone to take care driving? WTF???
Then I found out, a Robot is a traffic light.
Yeah, driving was fun! Red light rule. Stop (if in daylight and surrounded by other cars). Now slowly edge forwards. Once 50% of the vehicle is over the line, hammer it. If at night, accelerate through the lights as fast as your gas pedal will take you. You'll be fine.**
Motorway driving: Drive Really Fast.
Yes, I mean it, really fucking fast, as fast as you can***. In the outside lane. Stay on the outside lane until you exit at which point cross over all the other lanes really quickly to exit. Don't worry, you'll be fine, everyone else will know you're exiting so will avoid you.****
I miss Cape Town. Had a absolute blast there.
*Or somewhere around there.
** Usually. But don't blame me if you're not.
*** If you're unlucky enough to get caught for speeding you can take part in the wheel of fines game. Spin the wheel and see how you deal.
**** Actually, no they won't, but somehow luck keeps you alive.
Re: Anti VM my foot
nor does it help when you have file shares connected to Virtual machines, because at that point it don't care - if it see's a drive or mounted share, it eats it.
...imposing a single set of rules, regulations and everything else that comes with it across a vastly different set of peoples can never have unintended consequences.
Yup, worked so well with the USSR, they only had to use force and fear to keep everyone in line with the soviet way. Worked terrifically for the British empire as well - why on earth wouldn't Johnny Foreigner want to do things 'the English way'?
Even us yanks love the rules and regulations the good old federal government imposes on the states - it's what we live and breath for (at least we're just a single country - just).
Yup, you go right ahead Europe. The Euro has already been such a major success so obviously we need more harmonization to bring everyone in line. And don't worry about how much of your existing laws you already had in place, worked. Ours will be better because they'll be European! And everyone will follow them.*
Someone pass the whip, please. Think we'll be needing it.
*Except those who don't which is OK because we're used to that as well.
No ZX80 for me - I was a child from the ATOMic era
My old man was a cheap fucker; knowing that he wanted his kids to get into computers, but wanting one that looked somewhat substantial, he skipped past Sinclair and went for an Acorn Atom. Being the aforesaid cheap bastard though he went for the kit version figuring he'd put it together.
Yeah, right. Within 5 minutes he gave up and left it on the table in a pissed off mood. I ended up building it learning a shit tonne of stuff in the process. Lasted me years it did. Loved it to death and even ended up hard wiring on an Atari 2600 joystick onto it so I could use that to play games as opposed the keyboard.
So, was he wrong? Cheap yeah, but hey, I was all the better for it! So, God bless him!
First cloud provider to hit a new low of 99%
Assuming this is the only outage of the entire year (far fetched, but let's work with it) this 48 outage along takes them down to a rounded 99% uptime (99.45%)
Surely a new low in the industry. I can see enterprise customers even now having serious discussions as to where they're going next, along with their legal bods consulting contracts to ascertain how big a breach of contract this is.
/Paris 'cause she apparently has as much clue on how to run a cloud as Verizon do.
Just like IRC...
...except in this version Zuckerberg monetize it by flogging the data generated to its customers (aka advertisers).
Hmm, no thanks.
Paris, because this only someone as dense as her would think this is anything close to being as anonymous as IRC is...
Re: Easy to say
If you know Verizon then this isn't a surprise at all. In fact it's exactly the sort of behavior that I've come to expect from pretty much all the US IP providers.
It's a brick!
A wafer thin brick perhaps, but a brick none the less.
Sharp angular design, a keyboard that would have looked good in the 90's and a name that's now tarnished beyond saving...
Like the Walking Dead, the #Deadphone is back, but unlike the walkers, I don't see this sucker surviving very long.
Re: If you are after a modern day version.
Not so much a rip off, more a spiritual successor from DKII, made with the blessing of Peter Molyneux and starring Richard Ridings back as old Horny himself.
And without doubt a more valid entry into the franchise than the awful - no, scrub that - shit-fucking goddamn awful, EA Dungeon Keeper iPhone and Android app that managed to take all the enjoyment and fun of the originals and turn it into hatred and loathing (Henceforth known as DuKINO...)
Without even trying to pretend otherwise, this so far feels horribly laclustre.
Let's see - new features : NFC, Barometer, bigger screen, higher resolution, wearable.
All these are Android features available for sometime now.
What scares me, as an Android user, is that there's nothing here that'll force the Android vendors to innovate further since now the iPhone is basically playing catchup. I really wanted (honestly, I did) to see Apple's new wearable be something that would blow anything away in the Android camp. As it is, it's 'just another wearable'.
And don't get me started on the price - starting at $299 for a phone with less memory than the LG G3.
That all said, there's going to be Apple folk who'll happily pay the price simply because it's a new flashy shiny Apple. Good luck to them and well done Apple for creating a business model that is seemingly designed to part fools from their money.
Re: Just shows...
It shows nothing without other empirical evidence.
For example, any one of these could be a reason:
1) Apple users are more likely to have their phone left in a stealable position
2) Thieves are brainwashed to think that iPhones are the only smartphone worth stealing
3) The 2nd hand market for Android phones is not as hot because they're not overpriced
4) The 2nd hand market for Android phones is not as hot because they're more secure
5) iPhone users are more likely to report a theft than Android users
6) Any other reason you, I or anyone else can think of.
Granted none of these could be the case, all could be, or some could be, but to simply come up with a typical Fanboy response of "Android's are crap, that's why" simply perpetuates the feeling Fandroid folks have that Apple folk are elitest (and yes, there's a shit tonne of Fandroids who are JUST as obnoxious).
And this is why...
...I always use ad blocking extensions etc. on all my browsers. It's not that I don't understand the need for advertising to help pay for the sites, it's just that one click on one bad ad can lead to an absolute world of hurt that I'm not willing to expose myself, or my PC's to.
The advertising industry needs to come together and decide just how they're going to keep this clean and free of malware etc - and if that means coming up with a whole new controlled system working with sites and browser authors then so be it.
They created this problem, now they need to fix it. Until then, AdBlock stays firmly installed on my Chrome's.
Re: There's a news article on this?
There's an article because, shockingly, Microsoft and Sql Server are still very popular in today's world.
Listen, we can argue pros and cons as to each RDBMS and No-Sql DB out there - however posts like yours that simply attempt to denigrate a technology that you personally don't feel is relevant, does nothing to help and serves mainly to inflame.
Guess what, it's a big world out there and we like this little thing called 'Choice'.
(Paris, because she's apparently got more tact than ATeal)
Re: And yet we're still to believe...
I saw a comment from someone recently who said better to get ripped off in EVE Online, at least that's got spaceships.
A few less now than there were a month ago... Kinda like Mt Gox actually...
So that's it! - someone over there forgot to pay the bloody rent....
Re: And yet we're still to believe...
Sadly, having worked in the industry AND having to deal with the after the effects of very nice hack job that involved a very creative usage of reverse credits that took quite some time to discover and gobs of $ to prevent in the future, I know all too well just how hard it is to mitigate yourself from being a target.
And that was after we'd been audited by the good folks at PCI and given a clean bill of health.
So, here we have BitCoin and it's ilk which, because of its very design, makes it almost impossible to ascertain what's good and what's not. Like I say I fear that this is just the tip of the iceberg and the good ship SS-Bittanic is heading for a massive crash.
And yet we're still to believe...
...that the security issues were unique to Mt Gox and that ALL the other exchanges out there are fireproof?
Heaven's above people, even with PCI compliance dictating our every move in the US credit card industry we STILL get regular attacks and thefts from the servers. Why on earth would anyone trust that a two-bit(coin) operation can be more secure than any of the others? Do they go through regular penetration testing, audits, etc?
I'm sorry but from what I can see here, each and every Bitcoin et al exchange out there is simply another Mt Gox failure waiting to be announced. If the thefts from Mt Gox had been going on for years, how do we know if the same isn't true anywhere else?
ElReg: Please - we need a new "EpicFail" Icon for when "Fail" just isn't epic enough...
Re: Yeah no offense to anyone but
Well, apart from the fact that ICE Homeland Security Investigations is responsible in part for combating piracy and counterfeit goods.
Crazy, perhaps but there it is. Perhaps you may want to investigate before sounding off...
Paris, cause she's apparently got more clue's than you do...
Re: Going to be a painful future
When one makes a statement like "in utah of all fucking places" then one are signifying knowledge of the locale. Thus, one sounds monumentally stupid.
Re: Going to be a painful future
Gawd, for an AC you're monumentally stupid.
First off, it's OHIO - that's in the Midwest, not freakin' Utah - that's over the western part of the US! How can we expect you to have anything worthwhile to say when you can't get the fucking state correct? Just because I-80 happens to go through both doesn't mean it's the same bleeding state.
Secondly, http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2014/01/21/google-glass-at-easton-theater.html. Columbus Dispatch - well regarded newspaper in our humble state.
For fuck's sakes, stop being a blithering troll and try using a brain cell next time (your other one is apparently desperately lonely).
Going to be a painful future
Just as the plods are busy spying on us, the rest of the world is going to be spying on them. If they haven't worked it out yet that Google Glass is just the tip of the iceberg, then they're going to have a hell of a wake up call.
I blame Governor Kasich myself. We've been going downhill ever since the idiots voted him in.
Missed out the 'Incompatible Operating System' Antimanager.
We had one of them. The moment she (begrudgingly) took us lot on board, she did her damnedest to bad mouth us.
That of course led to a quandary once it was time for her to move on - she'd done such a successful job at convincing everyone else that we were gawd-awful that no other manager would dare take us on.
Solution: She outsourced the entire feckin' department.
20 people lost their jobs, she got a promotion. What a bitch....
Re: Not Storagebods, DBbods
We're not all idiots - some of us have progressed from the days of going down to the stripe # of a Unix disk (ah, distant horrific memories of the early 90's).
Right now my issue isn't disk contention (my FusionIO drive hums at a nice speed these days), it's resources forced down from the bloody host that keep killing my shit.
Virtualization is good, I'll grant you, but it's not the most effulgent of solutions for everything when the masters dictate what resources you might be able to share with the bosses pet project.
They're just pissed off because Bob can't sign on Carol while she nurses her second hangover off the week.
Good lord, ISS is actually requiring people to work the hours they're paid for instead of bunking off? Oh, the inhumanity of it all...
Re: Smoking Friendly Airport
Only 'cause Cincinnati airport is actually in Kentucky and they've yet to ban smoking out of existence ala Ohio.
Confused the crap outa me when I first flew in there knowing I had to get to Cincinnati OH and they announced as we approached the runway "Welcome to CVG airport in Kentucky".
Even weirder is that, in order to get to the airport we have to first leave Ohio and drive into Indiana THEN drive into Kentucky.
Finally Cincinnati makes it to Britain's most highly esteemed tech rag, El Reg - only for the most non techy story yet... Bummer....
C'mon Reg, surely there's something ELSE you could have picked upon from here? We do have excellent three-ways (even four and five ways if your taste goes that far).
Here we going AGAIN!
Xobni was already fucked up before Yahoo! even got their greasy paws on it (costs, no Outlook 2013 support and other such griping)
Not sure how much more Melissa can screw around with the app or the people. If it were an Aqui-hire then I wonder just how many of those beaming smiling faces of the Xobniites featured on the blog post that detailed the purchase, will be just as beaming and happy as a Yahooligan.
I know that every time I've had one of the business I worked for had been purchased by someone else that it pretty much meant it was time to get the ol' resume updated and get the flock out of there before the shit-hammer hit.
Don't think Ms Mayer's going to be happy until she's Borg'd half the Internet.
Think he's now onboard the GSV "Well, that about bugger's it up".
What a tremendous shame - another great author lost.
This can be beneficial for head hunters...
...got a good candidate? Check them up on this site first and if they're on it then eradicate them from your list of possibilities as they're far too vain and shallow to actually be good employees.
Re: Lots and lots and lots...
It was most, er, entertaining driving on the freeway, windscreen wipers a whipping just to remove the bugs from the glass. Almost biblical. Certainly worthy of an Irwin Allen disaster movie in the 1970's
Cicadas are meant to find their one true love on a tree, but are so amazingly stupid (or desperate) they'll settle for any vertical port in the storm, walls, sides of cars, humans. Just as long as it's vertical.
It was, how shall we say, an experience. Fortunately being in the Brood X zone, we're free of the buggers now until 2021 (although a few may pop up in 2020 having a terrible head for time).
Noisy little buggers...
...and made a fine continuous meal (indeed, it was a veritable Smörgåsbord) for our resident Chipmunk when we were hit by Brood X in 2004.
Wackiest thing was at night though when, at a certain point in time, the entire local population would go silent. It wouldn't be a decreasing volume, just sudden silence.
Bit like they'd all been hit with a BSOD. (Yay, got an IT angle in there!)
Re: One would assume
@Mayday: Not the lot I worked at. Security was always an afterthought and a massive inconvenience. It took two attacks by the Russian's before they decided otherwise, then, in the spirit of corporate lunacy that prevails, threw money and resources are what they perceived to be the problem, without actually asking us (the one's who'd identified the attack) what was needed.
Year 1. Spend $10,000 on infrastructure
Year 2: Spend $5,000. Get hacked
Year 3: Spend $5,000 (it was, of course, a fluke)
Year 4: Spend $1,000 on some auditing software (and only because I'd been bitching and moaning about needing it for several years). Get hacked again (discovered through aforesaid Auditing software)
Year 5: Spend $500,000 and replace every last single solitary server we owned in a year long project. Yeah - knee-jerk time.
At what point...
...do the legal costs outweigh the financial rewards?
I've not been keeping track, but I can't quite shake the feeling that Apple going are going to end up paying it's legal team more than it makes in court, even if they do eventually win. By which time, of course, we'll be on the iPhone 10, GS XIV and Windows Codename Chartreuse.
/Paris, 'cause she's just as scrupulous as them lawyers are...
Well, this is just damn sad news to hear
Although I'm more of his Culture books than owt else, I was first introduced to Mr Banks by way of The Wasp Factory.
Not read any of his books recently but do keep my current collection on the bookshelf ready for another journey. Think I may have to do just that.
Thanks Iain, you have provided this comtentard with many many hours of enjoyment and wonder. Your vision will live on.
"Apple's lawyers have asked a Californian judge to dismiss a case against the company on the basis that no harm was caused by Apple storing detailed maps of users' movements."
So, it's OK to drink and drive as long as you don't actually hit someone?
Re: Easy now,
So, the lawyers run Apple now?
Tim Cook loose a spine recently?
Still life in the old dog yet
We've a large dart mart running on Sql Server 2012 and I have to say those new xVelocity ColumnStore indexes are blisteringly fast.
Took 3 minute reports and turned them into sub-second responses.
Still got a few people who ask why we've not gone NoSQL yet. These, of course, the same people who don't have a clue...
Just managed to convince my lot to get me 8TB of FusionIO
And I'm outdated already... Dammit.
What's a DBA to do these days?