Jaglan Beta, Krikkit, Magrathea, Preliumtarn and Ursa Minor Beta
318 posts • joined 5 Oct 2007
Two incidents come to mind. Once, at the local authority where I worked, we had building work going on in our computer room. I was working upstairs when all went dead. I rushed down with others to find that the builders had been hammering so hard on the door that they had triggered the emergency kill switch near it. Half an hour of doing the headless chicken dance and all was back with the world. In those pre outsourced, pre SLA, pre critical indident days there was a bit of a meeting which involved reading the riot act to the builders and all went back to normal. I dread to think what would happen now.
Second was at the same authority but a different computer room. We had to shut down for weekend electrical work. I was doing the Sun boxes while colleagues were doing the Windows stuff. The facilities guy was there to turn off the power when we were done. I had just got the payroll DB server to the OK prompt and typed the words power off when the facilities guy hit the off button at the exact same moment that I hit return. Cue silence and a lot of swearing from the Windows people who had only got half way through their shutdowns.
Beer cos it is Friday.
"Within Deliver in the UKIIMEA* Region we are continuing the rolling programme of transforming our operating model and structure to better align and optimise to support our client base on the digital journey.
OK. so they always use bullshit bingo as much as possible when doing something evil so I get that there is something nasty about to happen but:how on earth can they think that aligning and optimising can be done without doing it to something. My bullshitometer needs recalibrating as it keeps exploding these days. Poor buggers at DXC though.
I am emphatically not an expert except in transferring contents of bottle to glass and then to stomach. There is certainly an argument that 'old world' wines have traded on their reputation for quite a while. I am not so sure though. As I am almost certainly never going to be able to afford a premier cru I am not going to be able to compare it with an equally expensive Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon. I have had some god awful plonk with fancyish european labels and some exquisite new world wine that cost less. Most recently though the best wines I have tried were a Mas de la Plana from Penedes and a Bulgarian red the name of which has slipped my mind.
With regard to the question of civil servants getting pissed on the taxpayers money - I suppose that if they are they should have the opportunity to do so with decent plonk. Decent plonk being defined as being good value for money of course.
I used to be a Solaris admin. Now I am a linux admin in a red hat shop. Sun was bought by Oracle and more or less died a death. Will the same happen now? I know that Sun and RH are _very_ differeht beasts but I am thinking that now is the time to stop playing on the merry go round called systems administration.
Every group of young people are what the world is coming to. We are of course all doomed - to be grumpy old gits who go on about how it was much better "when I were young. blah blah blah'. I write this as an IT professional who doesn't get this social media stuff.
I shouldn't bite and others have responded more effectively than I can to your allegations. All I will add is that one anecdote does not a trend make. Whether the story about your sister is true or not you cannot extrapolate her alleged behaviour to all women in the workforce.
I look after a part of this at work (Radius infrastructure) and it is not trivial. I can't see being able to get an entire AAA system on home routers being a goer for reasons people have outlined above. BT struggles to get a stable NAT and firewall on their hubs after all.
The principle sounds like a good one though if manufacturers can be persuaded to go along. I think that this might be an area for legislation though. Manufacturers could then be compelled to put a standards compliant authentication system in their toys and also be prevented from using it to harvest/sell personal data.
I make no comment about an internet connected fridge though.
In my final year at uni I had an Atari ST on which I wrote my dissertation. I then lent it to a friend to write hers. She had trouble saving it to the floppy disk so I went over to help. It said the disk was full so I grabbed another disk at random and saved dissert.doc on there. Just as the floppy kicked into gear I realised that it had my dissertation on it and it was called dissert.doc. Cue lots of panic and visions of having to rewrite the whole thing in three days. Then I realised that Atari created a copy called file.bak and was able to recover mine from there. It was a short but sharp brown underpants stuff and I don't think that my friend really twigged how serious it was.
I worked for a local authority once. We had two V880s next to each other. One of them needed a patch and after installing it the reboot was taking ages for some reason, it had a lot of hardware to do a POST on, so some mug decided to reset it. You held the power button in for five seconds or so and it would go donk. All the disks were quiesced so what could go wrong?
Trouble was I hit the button on the housing management rather than the payroll. Cue a whole department wondering what had happened.
This was the days before strict change control so I got away with it by grovelling to the application lead who just laughed!
I have never understood why ameriplods feel the need to put mugshots of everyone they pinch on the intertubes for all and sundry (in this case sundry) to see.
Cany any stateside commentards enlighten?
Beer as over indulgence in said beverage could lead to you becoming a victim of these turds.
It is oddly difficult to not use social media. I deleted my facething just before the Cambridge Analytica thing hit the mainstream. But, here at work, they are saying that social media is an excellent way of staying in touch with the users and we should be expanding it's use. Are they going to hoover up all the intellectual property of said university? Am I going to have to reactivate my facething just so I can tell a user that I have patched their server, or rather that puppet has.
Does that make me a sheeple?
Also, no one seems to be getting exercised about what Google is doing with all the data that people hand over to them.
I know that I don't have the answers I just hope that cleverer people than me come up with some.
Thankfully my brother provides all the user support to my Mother. My wifes though. They live in Jamaica and are probably the only ones in their family to have broadband. Explaining across the Atlantic that you have to patch it when she struggles to correlate the movement of the mouse with the movement of the funny little arrow on the screen.
The Windrush generation were never taught to type so getting an email sent takes quite a while as well. Sadly, the broadband provider in Jamaica has decided to jack their prices through the roof now and it is not in use at all. That will be something else to fix next time we go down there.
Penguin because I have always had her on ubuntu. Still I will look forward to the rum punch.
I can sort of see the bad logic to this. If you know that the person at the top is on the take. Getting rid of them is going to be expensive and might fail given that they can probably afford good (read bent) lawyers who may make the whole thing fail anyway. Better to cut your losses and only cost the taxpayer a severance package rather than have them fleece the taxpayer of even more in the long run.
I am not saying it is right and the fact that underlings wind up getting shat on is adding insult to the theft of taxpayer money.
Where I worked we had a thing called Symian as I remember. It was hideous but better than pine which the students were expected to use. I noticed recently that you can still get Alpine on linux these days for the die hards!
Beer because of it being the last week before the Christmas bacchanalia.
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