* Posts by Death_Ninja

133 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007


DXC's new boss has quite the cleanup ahead after frankenfirm exits Q2 nursing $2bn loss


Talk is cheap Mr Salvino

Talk is cheap, but on the other hand, the previous regime didn't even talk - that's how s0dding miserable and despotic they were. Not even at the beginning.

I've seen "Sal" already engage with employees in the areas that he has talked about selling and listen to them.

This is unheard of under Mikey...

There is a glimmer of hope...

Open wide, very wide: Xerox considers buying HP. Yes, the HP that is more than three times its market cap


Trashing the competition

Its a strategy some pursue, but buying a competitor three times your market cap only to trash it?

The pressure from Wall Street would break CEO after CEO thats for sure - the shares would surge on the merger and then expect to see the share price go up, not for you to basically dismantle it and throw it in the skip.

You'd be hard pushed to show that the drop in value was just due to merger turmoil while you seek "synergies" if you actually were simply removing a brand from the market - at that point, your own brand.

I see your blue passport and raise you a green number plate: UK mulls rewards scheme for zero-emission vehicles


Re: Go Dutch?

TBH the idea of vehicle weight being a major factor is something I've long wondered why nothing has been done about in the UK.

It goes without saying that the more the weight, the more the energy needed to propel it, therefore the more the pollution.

Why don't we simply set a 1 tonne limit for personal vehicles and everything else is commercial?

Why does a 2019 Vauxhall Astra weigh ~1.8 tonnes? The 1990's version weighed 900kg.

And that's only an Astra - not some monster peasant crusher 4x4.


Treasury revenue

There are a number of different ideas they are floating at the moment, but what is definitely true is that the current regime of subsidy on purchase, zero road tax and standard electricity prices will not remain in the coming years.

All of these things will be swept away "when the EV just becomes 'the car'" (as the government propaganda is telling us).

I'd guess we'll see these measures in place as soon as EV's reach 20% of the vehicles on the road - not too far away I'd guess.

Some of the different options being considered are outlined here:


The next thing after tailpipe emissions btw is particle emissions from tyres and brakes. Expect to see low pollution zones where electric vehicles are given a pollution rating and you pay a pollution charge to drive a 4.5 tonne electric peasant crusher vs a Renault Zoe. Probably also a significant scrappage charge on EOL battery packs.

One thing is for sure though - all those people that imagine they are escaping the endless tax war on motorists by buying an EV are wrong.

Another 3,900 staffers gone, 3 data centres to be closed, and yet DXC revenues keep falling


Re: Highest costs first

I'll tell you what L3/L4/L5 do - exactly what they are told by L1 and not a single extra thing.

In a properly functioning company with devolved powers to drive the various divisions along, these people are the key to success.

In DXC there is only one person allowed to make decisions.

Its this absolute dictatorship that is the root of all of DXC's problems - and I'm not using the word "dictatorship" just to be nasty about Mikey, its the actual case of that is how the company works.

Others won't believe me, but trust me, that is why its so chaotic and fails so hard - just like CSC did when Mikey took charge of that.

So yes, I agree that L3/L4/L5 have no purpose. Automation could replace them - an inbox rule in Exchange server.

Not-so-paltry towers: Vodafone gears up to flog off massive masts business


Re: Oh dear

Yup in a 5G world those masts are almost certainly "legacy" that will have little value into the future.

Offload and rent mast space back while the legacy goes away over time.

Maker of US border's license-plate scanning tech ransacked by hacker, blueprints and files dumped online


Re: snatch.....

Bent as the Soviet sickle and hard as the hammer that crosses it

How do you sing 'We're jamming and we hope you like jamming, too' in Russian? Kremlin's sat-nav spoofing revealed


Re: Just the Russians...

"Are they field testing it against Russian or Chinese military exercises though?"

I'd say very likely but "they" aren't releasing press statements about it and the Russians and Chinese won't be talking about it either.... so its impossible to say.

TBH testing jamming by jamming your potential opponents during peacetime is counter-productive. All you are doing is showing your hand and giving them a chance to measure your systems and develop counter-measures.


Just the Russians...

Yes, only the "bad guys" have the kit to jam/offset satellite location systems... just the same as only the Russians sail ships in international waters near other countries or fly bombers near others.

Yes of course, nobody else does any of that...

Only one Huawei? We pitted the P30 Pro against Samsung and Apple's best – and this is what we found


Re: It doesn't really matter anyway

x200 zoom? Assuming that you have a full frame sensor, that's ~2000mm... I've seen smaller anti-tank weapons!

DXC Security exec: Yes, I'd have thought we'd spend more on certs and laptop kit for staff, too


Re: Maintaining certifications

I'm with you on that...

Security perhaps more so than other domains, but really the purpose of those "qualifications" is more about getting another job than being able to do the one that you already have.

CISSP does suck though. Its hardly a true gauge of anything in the same way as my O level in Physics doesn't in itself suggest that I could be employed as a rocket scientist for NASA...

Ransomware drops the Lillehammer on Norsk Hydro: Aluminium giant forced into manual mode after systems scrambled


Not a worm...

LockerGoga is not a worm.

Norsk was hit by someone sh1t bombing their systems with it - possibly using AD logon scripts and/or their own patching system.

Unlikely to be mass emailing, but they were targeted by someone...

So its either an inside job or network penetration - both possible!

The gimlet gaze of Azure to be turned upon UK footpads thanks to cop-friendly analytics


Re: CPU type?

In an Intel lead operation?

Fancy Bear hacker crew Putin dirty RATs in Word documents emailed to govt orgs – report


Re: Here we go again

But the document will also tell you that you can't see the content unless you click "enable macros"...

Now obviously that would be a big red flag to switched on guys and gals, but you'd be surprised how many will accept the offered choice when they can't see what it is they are getting...

Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report


Re: Drone wars, not

There's another problem facing the military:


As the drones become cheaper, chucking highly advanced (aka "expensive") weapons at them as a counter measure is increasingly problematic. The price of the anti-aircraft weapons needs to come down or that swarm of $200 drones is going to bankrupt you and take you out of the war.

So everyone is rushing to create gun based systems to deal with the threat.


Re: Missiles, Torpedoes, Mines etc.

You are correct... I suppose the difference comes in so far as a "drone" deploys a weapon and (subject to enemy return of fire) comes back to rearm. A missile does deploy a weapon (its warhead) but is destroyed in the process.

In terms of the morality question, its pretty much the same, you unleash something which will seek and destroy the enemy within a set of parameters (usually a relatively small "target area" for missiles/torpedoes). I guess though the key is that a "drone" is probably seeking people in an area with a lot of potential collateral damage rather than a ship or aircraft in a 100% military target area, although those can go wrong in the same way (eg hitting an airliner not a warplane in the same area).

Its this piece where the computers are identifying legitimate targets in an area with plenty of illegitimate ones that is making this a bigger question.

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator


Re: Without the ability to be Anonymous, you cannot have free speech


I think you make a good point here - eliminating anonymity would obviously reduce shite postings, but equally cause the "I once said that" problems that can cause issue - particularly for the youth who like all youth from all time say and do very silly things they later regret.

I am lucky in that being older, my youthful thoughts and deeds are not available to my employer to review now I am my forties.

It doesn't need to have been something totally outrageous and stupid to later tar you for life.

Look at politicians and other public figures. Their words have always been quotable and discoverable and they suffer from the backlash of history regularly and they are usually careful what they say. Average Joe doesn't operate in that world.


Re: Hmmm

No idea about foreign jurisdictions, but under UK publishing law the publisher was always responsible for the content of the published article.

Back in those days BBS and forums were considered publication.

In the UK written work promoting terrorism, racism, sex with minors/animals, crime, liable/slander etc aren't allowed even under "free speech". Other countries may have different views on the matter.

Plenty of sysops/admins back in the day had their systems shut down because of it and you used to have to actively censor content.

Today, if you have a website with user comments, you can be in the same place - I'm sure even El Reg protect their backsides against that too.



I never understood how FB and friends got away with it.

In the days of BBS's the sysop was liable for the content. In the later days of forums, the forum owner was liable for the content.

There were plenty of system owners who got in serious trouble for failing to moderate the content created by their users.

I don't get how Facebook or Twitter etc are not liable for the content on their systems. Claiming to be an ISP doesn't cut it - ISP is someone who provides network connectivity, not computer systems to write drivel on.

Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap


Re: Chisholm trail

Ironically, Carillion were actually a demerged part of Tarmac...

Palo Alto Networks rattles tin, wants $1.5bn for, er, stuff and things


Re: Really?

Oh wow, they have a bug list.

I'll bet you work for the vendor who doesn't disclose their bugs.

I could tell you how to mitigate nearly all of those Palo bugs before they are even published but sounds like you don't need to know anyway because your company are writing their own firewalls.


Re: Really?

You can break through a Palo firewall? Really....

I could argue all day about the pros and cons of the different firewall vendors but being able to break through ANY of them is some sort of movie based nonsense.

If anyone is achieving access into a network beyond a palo firewall then its because someone has configured the rule base to allow it.


Re: Really?

I'd disagree.... but much like Cisco have one decent product followed by a inventory of burning dog poo, Palo have a decent firewall and a load of other fluff around it which doesn't offer much...

Cisco opens its network automation system to the unwashed masses


Rubbish Cisco software

Given their appalling track record in any software product, you'd have to be a stupid customer to buy this.

I can't count the number of amazing promises Cisco have rolled out over the last 25 years and every single one was a bug filled, feature lacking pile of unfinished dross that never ever works even after years of "improvement".

So unless you are seeking the 8th layer of hell, I'd suggest giving this a wide old berth...

(their routing and switching hardware products are generally fine though...)

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency



....I thought he actually told us that the security services were fully capable of subverting most of the common forms of messaging platforms anyway... by virtue of leaning on the providers themselves and installing taps on the unencrypted data centre connections beyond the transport security... Actually, not just able but actually doing this for some time.

Oh hang on, thats GCHQ and the NSA, not the NCA, local plod or my borough council, who obviously all have need to spy on me too. Couldn't they just ask to share nicely? Oh hang on, security doesn't like to share.

Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt


Re: So sad

"an obscure six hundred year old battle that almost no one has ever heard of"

I take it that you aren't too familiar with major British/English victories much then...

Or Shakespeare come to that...

Commodore 64 owners rejoice: The 1541 is BACK


Full emulation?

Will it need a heavy thing stood on the cable to pull the connector down so fixes the broken solder on some of the pins?

Really bad connector assemblies were the biggest nightmare I had with Commodore gear.... but I loved it still!

UK Ministry of Justice knocks down towers, brings IT BACK in-house


Re: Who??

No, not Capgemini.... CGI bought what was the UK business Logica...

Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?


Re: First of all, I don't accept bribes. Ever. Personal policy.

"Does it matter to you what his daughter looked like? Really?"

You aren't picky?

Infosec brainiacs release public dataset to classify new malware using AI


Re: Antivirus needs a different approach

Whitelisting doesn't work for most environments, particularly if the user is responsible for the whitelist adding...

Sandboxing is increasingly defeated by modern malware too after big organisations deployed thinks like FireEye, Wildfire etc etc.


Interesting sort of

Various security vendors have already done this sort of thing using both supervised and unsupervised machine learning algorithms.

There are numerous products out there for some time using it.

In case you hadn't noticed, it hasn't stopped malware yet, because it never will.

Its always offence vs defence and a new defence spawns a new offensive technology. Given both the rewards and the players involved, it always will be an endless war.

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector


Worthy cause...

...but these figures don't show you much of any use.

I'd love to highlight cases where there was genuine discrimination because I'm fairly sure it does exist.

Equally I'd love a proper look at equal pay full stop.

DXC Tech CEO continues to wash away HPE old guard


Re: Just following IBM

...following IBM also into the grave...

But yes, you are right, DXC are no leaders of anything, simply followers. Bad followers.


On strike....

...maybe everyone will go out on strike to protest this sacking...

Looks like DXC Belgium has already:


Tech’s big lie: Relations between capital and labor don't matter


Where did it go wrong?

I think a combination of things conspired to create what we see today (which is what the article talks about):

1) IT people being both part of a new industry on an upward path, being paid very good money, didn't see that unionised labour was needed. They were the rich, the untouchable and unions were kinda seen after the 1980's as protectors of legacy and dying industries. Coupled with UK law attempting to blot out union power, why would you join a union?

2) Moving 30 years forward, the IT bubble has definitely burst. Sure, every business needs IT but the massive deployment of IT is over. Its run and maintain by and large. The days of endless new leaps forward in tech are done, dusted and gone. Unless we see something new and big... I think it will be new but not big.

3) Combining #2 with the crash in 2008 (which technically we haven't actually recovered from), we now live in a world where there isn't real growth anywhere. Big business (IT and others) moved to cost reduction as their only vehicle for growth. Its false growth of course, particularly in the case of IBM et all because the only true value they have are their technical skills in deploying complex IT solutions for customers. The axe swings not to remove excess wastage but actually to remove vital organs. The CEO gets paid huge rewards for his/her carnage and the impact won't be felt in the limited number of years of their employment. Sadly, their replacement won't have another game plan and just looks to cut even harder.

This possibly isn't felt in smaller operations, but certainly the big names in IT services (IBM, HP, DXC, Accenture) are slowly spiralling into the ground.

Maybe the future is smaller, more dynamic niche companies.

None of this helps the generation who built what we know today - their future (my future) is outside of IT it seems. Which is a shame, as we built this digital world. I'll see you all with an orange apron at B&Q.

Hate to add to the wanky jargon – but your digital transformation is actually a bolt-on


Crystal balls

"GE is still in the middle of a continuous transformation"

So if its continuous transformation, ie over the length of the company's existence... and they are half way through it then if we track back to when they started it we can predict when GE will collapse.


TalkTalk to splash £1.5bn laying full fibre on 3 million doorsteps


I thought it was quite good for a company to tell investors that they were paying for the investment with their dividends.

Makes a change for the stock market to actually be about something real (although obviously it upsets the pin stripe w@nkers a lot)

Twilight of the idols: The only philosophy HPE and IBM do these days is with an axe


Re: Corruption on an epic scale

El reg post of the week for me!

Have an upvote!


Re: Delusional Thinking

When offshoring happened big time I stated the (seemingly obvious) that the fall in quality would cause rejection by clients, like it did with offshored call centres.

What I hadn't realised at the time was that clients actually care less about quality and more about cost. If you pitched the offshoring deal as "same price" (not not "cheaper") vs onshore "more expensive" (ie price RISES) to the client, they took the cheaper option.

Clients care about their SLA's being met. Their SLA's being defined as a good enough service to meet their requirements and supplier cock ups are a positive financial thing to their balance sheets as long as it doesn't totally kill their business. The SLA and indeed the entire deal is "good enough" and as cheap as possible.

Basically, most clients do not reject offshoring, despite every person in the Western IT world knowing that its an inferior service.

In the same way as people buy a cheap car brand and not a premium one. Its good enough.

If you were able to find someone exclusively offering a truly gold standard service, I doubt if you'd find their order books full.

Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly



Haven't we been here before?

For those of you not old enough to remember....

"Representatives enthusiastically described a language that could work in a wide variety of environments, from banking and insurance to utilities and inventory control. They agreed unanimously that more people should be able to program and that the new language should not be restricted by the limitations of contemporary technology. A majority agreed that the language should make maximal use of English, be capable of change, be machine-independent and be easy to use, even at the expense of power"

(Wikipedia quote)

And what happened to COBOL? Far from being an enabler which rid the world of computer geeks, it simply created a new one - COBOL programmers.

Did it reduce development costs? Maybe. Did it create a whole new layer of hell? For sure.

HMS Queen Lizzie formally joins the Royal Navy


Re: Two ways to look at it: Massive overkill or massive target

Wasn't the same always true for RN or USN carriers since ww2?

Just because some military asset can be destroyed is not a reason for it never to have been built.

That's just stupid arm chair general top trumps.

The perfect indestructible weapon system has never existed and never will. Assets are consumable and you expect to use them up.

Strategy is how you preserve them or choose when they get eaten up.



"The ceremony, held this morning at Portsmouth Naval Base inside the carrier’s own hangar"

They built a hangar to put the carrier in? No wonder the project cost so much!

Denied: Uber's request to skip to UK Supreme Court to appeal workers' rights


Game of Monopoly

Yes, undercutting and driving out competition is what they are doing. Its the modern business model isn't it? That and ensuring that even when you do make money, you don't...thereby avoiding staff pay raises, bonuses (for plebs, not C level), pay no tax and no dividends.... all the while promising jam tomorrow.

They've all seen Amazon, Apple, Google etc do it and they want a piece of it too because they too are "sexy market disruptors" (even when they aren't)

MPs draft bill to close loopholes used by 'sharing economy' employers


Re: I run a business that competes


"The assumption that capitalism will eat itself was alway the hope of the Marx's of the world. It's hopelessly naive though."

Actually, Marx uses the term "dialectic of history", which implies that Socialism is inevitable because of the nature of capitalism.

Much like the Baby Jesus, all we have to do is wait :D

Anyhow, when I used the term "Socialism", it doesn't have to be the sort of thing many imagine when they see that word. Most of Europe is actually a socialist democracy. Their people are far happier than ours and their workers more profitable for their businesses too.

We seem to be caught up in American style ultra-capitalism, which really isn't healthy for anyone in the long term.

However, the moneymen have led us away from the possibility of European Social Democracy and into the arms of the offshore banking slave labour world. Ironically, by telling everyone that the EU is all about big business. Quite an effective lie it would appear too....


Re: I run a business that competes

Trouble is, these days, people see these ultra-race to the bottom sorts of business model as the "new idea".

Ultimately though, the race to the bottom game has an ultimate bottom level... no, not that its impossible to cut costs any more, but that eventually when everyone has taken part in this game things actually fall apart in a much wider sense than your own business.

Its short termism. They think they are being clever and making a fast buck, but ultimately it will crash the system. Where is the market for your goods and services when nobody has the money to buy them?

I suppose that is the end game of capitalism (it will eat itself) and actually what will be needed to correct that is socialism.

Shut the front door: Jewson 'fesses up to data breach


Card details ripped by the ripper

Cryptic message left behind in the logs

"The Juweson are the men that will not be blamed for nothing."

Rackspace, HPE pitch pay-as-you-go private cloud


Re: CIOs are becoming buyers of Cloud

Unless you fancy getting murdered by GPDR you'd better hope shadow IT caused by random people with credit cards is something you can fix...

Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed


Re: Improvised Marketing Term to defend the defence industry.

Yes, improvised bomb... explosives and a detonator.... that's pretty much covering every base isn't it? Unless they mean that it wasn't commercial, hadn't got EU type approval and didn't come with a risk assessment and environmental impact assessment paperwork.

I believe "bomb" also now has a EU Protected Designation of Origin claim filed by BAE Systems. Its not a bomb if its not made in one of their factories.

SSL spy boxes on your network getting you down? But wait, here's an IETF draft to fix that


Re: Huh?

If you are talking about nation state spying, they have compromised/paid for the root certs higher up the chain and are decrypting further down the line - boxes in ISP's or taps on international cables or simply ordering your favourite social media provider to allow them to sniff the unencrypted traffic at the other end.

Did you not read Snowden?



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