Re: Feeling Old...
Happy days spent crafting config.sys
339 posts • joined 25 Oct 2007
Happy days spent crafting config.sys
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose!
What? The Jensen Interceptor can go faster than sound? That's not what my Supercars Top Trumps said.
So, I integrate my in house systems with the Mailchimp API. My in house system security is a pile of shite and we get compromised, giving the attacker full control over my Mailchimp account without needing to log on to Mailchimp directly (so the 2FA thing is actually irrelevant).
So an IT system to cover it might therefore be abbreviated to CRAPIT, the first version of which might reasonably be entitled CRAPIT_A. What could possibly go wrong?
The guy is obviously a pro. Getting arrested and chucked in a cell would scare the shit out of me.
Agree with Jason. @adnim, at some point you have to trust others with stuff that you don't want to or can't do. Most self employed people will relatively blindly trust an accountant to compile and file all the correct returns and keep them out of trouble with HMRC. If you've ever bought a house, did you make sure you fully understood every last legal technicality of the conveyancing process, or did you trust a solicitor to ensure that the property was legally yours and unencumbered at the end of the process. There are many things that need to be entrusted to others, including rock solid backups if you're not technically minded. The art is choosing good suppliers.
Much of the advice, scare mongering and FUD about GDPR focuses on consumer data. One thing I can't find a clear answer on is the impact of GDPR on B2B businesses. Say you run outsourced IT support for other companies. On your help desk system you hold personally identifiable information on all the employees of each of your customers. Do you need to get explicit consent from each of those employees to hold their data? Do your customers' employees have the right to be forgotten with respect to your help desk system?
Has anyone seen an authoritative legal opinion on this specific issue?
One dreads to think what "sticky" in a bad way might be. Ann Summers perhaps?
900 is barely a gaggle. If you want a proper swarm you have to go the way of Elon who plans to put 12,000 satellites into low earth orbit. How can there be room? Thinks of the space debris? How can you launch rockets through that kind of gauntlet? So may questions.
Tinder plugs hole
What are you talking about? Maplin would never have had any assets to strip. They have basically no cash, large debts and crippling store rental commitments. There is the stock, but that's basically worthless if you try and sell it in bulk. The only reason you'd buy Maplin is for the dividends, and as dividends can only be paid out of profit, there won't have been many of those in the last twenty years.
Montagu bought Maplin for £244 million and sold for £85 million to Rutland who will be lucky to achive a token tenner for a sale. I don't think either Montagu or Rutland will be congratulating themselves on their spectacular corporate raiding skills.
A rock star scientist in the fullest sense. RIP.
Tragic. I'm still using my original Swift. It's been a brilliant phone.
Has anyone got any recommendations for similar handsets i.e. a solid Android phone with regular software updates for those who don't need a penis extension with super high definition video and a gazillion megapixel camera?
CTRL-F "post pub" found Mycho. My thoughts exactly although amazed it wasn't the first comment on the list! RIP the legendary Lester. My first pint will be raised to him this evening.
I'm not going to beat around the bush here. It's about fucking time that these subbie bashing, small business destroying, undercutting, tax payer and pensioner robbing, corrupt and criminally negligent outsourcing wankers got their comeuppance. Not just Capita, all of them. They are all from the same mould and they have been getting away with it for far too long.
In our industry, the big consultancy/outsourcers are like supermarkets are to the farmers. If they can buy it cheaper abroad they will, or if not they'll squeeze the domestic suppliers until their pips squeak. Employees, the supply chain and ultimately the customer are there to be milked dry for the benefit of the share holders and senior management, who are generally long gone when the shit hits the fan.
Don't get me wrong, I am not remotely anti-business, it's just that these companies are not viable businesses, they are organised criminals.
That's the trouble with too much caffeine. It addles the brain with the result that extreme sarcasm goes straight over your head.
That's a big ten four.
Only because they couldn't be arsed.
With neural networks doing some deep learning to which we apply some AI algorithims this is no problem.
We simply scan in the new EU/UK trade agreement and the computer can then execute a billion trade transactions with itself and by the morning it will outperform even the greatest living customs officer. Particularly when chasing a bloke from Luton who's just smuggled in a van load of cheap fags from Bulgaria. Or opening a container door to check that what's in it matches the bill of lading.
The question is, does this raise the spectre of a total meltdown?
to reveal an old fashioned honest-to-goodness HTML web page. So the legal aid registration is borked but it gives you a powerful sense of nostaligia. It happened to me the other day on the BBC website and the emotional effect was quite surprising, a bit like a smell or a tune that reminds you of a moment long ago. Ahh - them were the days - simpler times!
We could still be the biggest system you bastards.
Yes, but why ruin a good story with the truth?
Exactly. Most people, including even many esteemed Reg readers, are confused about what bitcoin mining is. Bitcoins are issued to miners by the system as a reward for so called work done. The work done in this case is the processing of transactions into new blocks in the chain. When the number of bitcoins reaches the arbitrary limit of 21 million no more bit coins will be issued. At the point the only incentive to mine will be to obtain transaction processing fees from bitcoin users.
To control the rate of bitcoin production, the difficulty of the work to be done is increased or decreased by changing the min and max allowable values of the hash of the block, requiring the miner to experiment with different values of a nonce until they arrive at an acceptable hash value.
Being able to tune the difficulty of the work to be done also avoids the scenario of transaction processing consuming every processor on the internet. That can never happen.
Won’t let make online payments, rather annoying and [an] inconvenience as our electric is about to run out! Then we will be buggered,
That's really unfortunate. First your power is going to go off and then someone is going to have anal sex with you. Really bad luck that is.
could possibly go wrong? Not like it's safety critical or anything.
Crappy Old Chips Knackered Under Pressure
A VPN won't do anything to solve this particular problem. Phishing, key logging and reuse of passwords from compromised sites will all still work.
Very good. But did you write that on a smartphone whilst packed into a railway carriage sardine style?
Yes you have been to a few what? If it's third world markets then that's fine. If it's Asdas then get yourself to the doctor. You may well have picked up an amoeba or something.
This is a crucial point. US judges can order US companies to release data even though it is held on servers entirely outside the US and have done so in the past (search for Microsoft Dublin).
- 50% savings are good
- Outsourced infrastructure good
- UK tax payer data at the mercy of the US Trumptatorship - sad. Very, very sad.
Also, is this just IaaS, or are HMRC locking themselves in to the entire proprietary Amazon application stack, in which case two suppliers just narrowed down to one. Bend over the barrel HMRC .... this is going to hurt. That 50% was just an introductory offer.
For those of you who like me think top of the pops when they see TOTP I'll save you a google.
Time based one time password
HMAC based one time password
Or (false) economy toilet paper.
False because each iteration of the while not clean loop uses 6 sheets instead of 2.
So .... the incompetent head of NHS transformation and operations is now the incompetent head of, presumably the same, at HMRC. That explains a lot, particularly about if you're having any self assessment troubles.
Exactly. It's not a bank it's a software house.
Something fishy going on here. First we have Troy Hunt and now Troy Mursch. Can this be coincidence? Troy is where trojans come from. I smell a horse.
Whatever the truth may be, if I ever become a security pundit I'm changing my name to Troy Who.
The thing about programming is that, just like spelling, it's all about attention to detail.
You are very improbably right.
And wow! Hey! What’s this thing suddenly coming towards me very fast? Very very fast. So big and flat and round, it needs a big wide sounding name like … ow … ound … round … ground! That’s it! That’s a good name – ground!
I wonder if it will be friends with me?
VMs are available from $5 per month.
Get two in different locations and mirror them. Nothing fancy, rsync and DB replication will do the trick for most web application servers. It's really straight forward and a simple DNS change saves your cured pork belly.
We go one step further and place the mirrored servers not only in a different location, but with a different service provider.
The golden rule : there is no such thing as 100% data centre availability.
Bit harsh old chap. Wrong side of bed this morning?
Massive Infrastructure as a Service or MIaaS
On the basis that being compromised is inevitable at some point for every organisation, the measure of effectiveness is whether there was a procedure in place for dealing with and mitigating the consequences, and how good that plan turns out to be. It seems that Deloitte have such a plan and time will tell how good it is.
All of that said, having an email admin account without 2fa seems to be a bit of a schoolboy error by any measure. We had a really good fire drill in place but neglected to fix the leaky gas pipes in the basement.
What I want to know is whether lenders are still consulting Equifax credit checks when extending credit to private individuals. The scale of technical incompetence at the company is clearly so huge that, breach or no breach, their credit scores cannot possibly be trusted. I suspect their credit scoring algorithm is something like :
int value = rnd.Next(10, 100);
or is that a bit too sophisticated?
... which is great if you're with a woman but ain't no good in the jungle (Robin Williams)
Dilbert had it much more succinctly back in 2000
Thumb up for Thomas Fischer of Digital Guardian. Tiger Swan cannot blame Talent Pen. If Tiger Swan is using a third party then they need to establish clear security policies and audit the third party to ensure compliance.
At a rate of £50 per hour, 8 hour days and 240 working days a year I make that 13,885 person years. I can just never comprehend this kind of thing. How can anyone spend nearly 14 millennia of people's time delivering a tax system FFS?! Or have I got my maths horribly wrong?
And precisely how many involve a background check on the ex's new shag?
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