* Posts by K

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Future of Misco UK hangs in the balance – sources

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Re: Pricing

"I will stay with a supplier and not consider anyone"

If only you suppliers knew the power of the dark BoFH side.

I've got 1 small supplier I started using when I worked at an SME, they were honest and understood how to work with an IT manager, when budgets were tight they worked miracles with the vendors for me.. since then I've moved up, now working in FTSE companies, and taken this supplier with me, and rather £5000-£15000 orders, they now get £500k.

I still remember 1 new underhanded supplier, who I was discussing Microsoft licensing with, I won't name them (they are named after something toddlers/kids Colour with), they were about £50 cheaper than my usual supplier and something stank about them, so I decided to stick with the devil I knew - next thing I know, the underhanded supplier was on the phone to call my head of finance!

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BOFH: Oh dear. Did someone get lost on the Audit Trail?

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Mwhahaha

Brilliant, excellent way to start my holiday... Cackling in the departure lounge, now the stewards are gonna think I'm a nutcase and precent me boarding.

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Got a software development and deployment story?

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Continuous Lifecycle ...

Sounds a lot like Application Lifecycle Management, which if we learn from history, ruins companies that begin to believe their own hype, just look at Borland and Rational.. DevOps is heading the same way, yay :D

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Legacy clearout? Not all at once, surely. Keeping tech up to snuff in an SMB

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Re: One model of PC or laptop?

All USB-C docks suck ass.. just read the reviews of the Dell TB15, then for anything half decent your looking at £200-300... I still swear by my eport replicator, worked flawlessly for the past years, across 5 generations of laptops.

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BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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Just four years ago, Gartner reckoned by 2017....

And if you look back, El Reg was peddling article after article about this - Yet if you read all the comments from the same period, nearly every (clued up) el-reg reader called this bollocks!

So next time El Reg, rather than referencing Gartner, who we know are charlatans... Listen to the real experts - Your dear readers who are at the coalface, rather than academics and PFY's who can bearly produce stubble!

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Ex-sperm-inate! Sam the sex-droid 'heavily soiled' in randy nerd rampage

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Re: Gimmi!

Search YouTube for MGTOW... You'll be in good company.

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IBM launches unified data analytics system, promises machine learning for all

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Re: Maybe try applying it internally first?

Of course... How else would those middle managers justify their salary.

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¡Dios mío! Spain blocks DNS to hush Catalonian independence vote sites

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@wolfetone

How dare you post this fake news.. The UK press is impartial, never pushes the political agenda of their owners and can be trusted. They are 110% honest, and can be trusted, it's the right thing!

Donald Trump, owners and editors of major UK press publications approve this message

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US Homeland Security Dept to collect immigrants' social media handles and more

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How exactly will this work?

DHA: Excuse me sir, whats is your Facebook ID?

ME: I'm not on Facebook

DHA: Oh ok. What is your Twitter handle?

ME: I'm not on Twitter

DHA What about instagram?

ME: I'm not on Instagram

DHA: Thank you sir, you may enter..

ME: Thank fuck for that, I thought you were going to ask for my Pornhub ID, that would have been embarrassing.

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Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

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Re: Containers

@Scrubber.. Pssstt Pssstt over here..

I'll share what I know... Nobody actually uses them!

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North Korea attacks Bitcoin bods to swell its war chest says FireEye

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North Korea's efforts are already traceable

Being traceable is one thing.. putting a stop to it is much more difficult.

Penguin.. because the Dear Leader looks and waddles like one!

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Container adoption still low, barks Cloud Foundation

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Containers are not difficult, they just have limited uses and people are sick of the hyperbole..

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Research productivity is declining

The truth is a process can only be optimised so much, and each iteration becomes progressively more difficult. The fact we've got this far with silicon is a testament to the folks who work in the industry.

Saying that, we really do need a paradigm shift, with a move to light based processing or meta-matetials (troll Face)!

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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@Dr Mantis Toboggan

Let me guess, you just graduated? Now go make the tea little padawan!

There are 2 things you need to learn, and quickly:

1) There is no "beginner languages" or "real languages", each language has it uses and its a case of choosing the best for the intended purpose.

2) Elitest (aka newbie) developers who scream "my language is better", typically lack the skill, confidence or dexterity to recognise this, then often leave a mess when they depart as they lacked the insight to recognise point 1.

Broaden your skillset and widen your appeal (as well as salary), or forever be working on the same shit day after day, then when your "real language" goes out of vogue, start panicking that there are insufficient roles and two many "Elite developers" fighting for them.

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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Would they be subject to GDPR rules?

Interesting to understand the future impact of the new EU rules, especially if they were holding UK/EU citizen data.

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What's your flava? Ooo, tell me what's your flava... of Ubuntu

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Re: I must be missing something ...

I may be misunderstanding this.. But I've used Kubuntu for a couple of years for development, and the Desktop has always been a folder..

I'm confused.. can anybody shed some light on this? Beers on me if you do :D

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VMware wants security industry to shrink so its ambitions fit into market

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Thats a good bet.. Given AWS's size these days, I'm surprised they don't make an offer for VMWare and absorb it (Not saying they should), but would put a rocket under the current crap which powers EC2.

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Agreed.

The big problem I see between Cloud an On-prem at the moment is the disjointed security, I wish somebody would come up with a solution for that. Certain things you would take for granted with on-prem, such dropping a couple of Next-gen Firewalls to a core-location, or tapping a port to give traffic forensics etc.. Are very difficult or impossible in AWS, and AWS don't seem interested in offering a decent alternative.

Instead what you get is, a few security policies groups to control port and IP access.. no IPS, DPS, DPI or App filtering. Everytime I think about this, I have 1 single thought "... Hey AWS, 2003 just called, they want their security methodology back.."

If AWS offered the hypervisor capabilities of ESXi to customers on the normal EC2 platform, the world and cloud would be a much better place!

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80% of IT projects in public sector delayed due to IR35 – report

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Re: Google leave the UK?

@AC Becareful what you wish for.. if they have to pay the correct amount of tax, then they'll use that an excuse to raise prices, follow by a press release stating "Due to increase overheads within the UK, a price increase is required to offset the differences!"..

These companies have one rule - Placate the shareholders..

Shareholders have one rule - Screw everybody to get maximum return

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UK.gov unveils six areas to pilot full-fat fibre, and London ain't on the list

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scheme for speeds of more than 30Mbps in 2013-15

My local council at the time (Portsmouth) was begging for companies to take the cash - surprisingly few companies took this up (at least in the beginning).

It was a good deal though, allowed me to crank up the companies interpipes and give us not only better connectivity, but delivery a workable DR (as data had to be replicated offsite).

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LG teases us with svelte V30 but refuses to say if it's coming to Blighty

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Re: So £x100 for a phone. Battery fails, you're f**ked.

Brilliant! Made me laugh which wrapped up my work day... (must admit I thought it was friday) :(

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Re: 30"

I tip my hat to you sir, have a beer... that was meant to be 30% battery left.

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Samsung keeps the smartwatch alive. Just

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Fitbit claims four days...

I get 7-10 days out of my Garmin HR.. An I use it all the time, help keep fresh and alert (I use it as a sleep monitor)

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Ex-Harrods IT worker pleads guilty to PC repair shop trip

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I would have wet myself laughing if I hadn't done exactly this recently (Infrastructure -> Infosec)

(Though, the team I've joined isnt compliance orientated and my role is still infrastructure, thank god! bonus point for you: same infrastructure role pays 30% more just by tacking "security" on the title..)

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Re: Try pihole....

Good post.. but any pointers to installing it on android? If it's Linux only, or requires root, it won't be of much use to your average user.

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Re: That's it, blame it on phone users

@chris 125

But your specifically talking about contracts there - But the handset you usually receive is the "base" (with any of the bloatware or crapware) from the Network operator, additionally it is unlocked, so your free to put a SIM in it from another network.

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Re: That's it, blame it on phone users

"Sadly, the opposite is true"

Not the last time I brought my phone from there - but that was a couple of years ago!

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Re: That's it, blame it on phone users

You seem to have forgotten the "Carphone Warehouse" part of the name, which typically operate separate stores dedicated to Mobiles.

Now would I buy a phone from Carephone Warehouse? Probably, as they are usually unlocked and can be on any network.. So you're better of getting one from there, than going directly to the Network operators where you will be tied in.

As for the rest of the losses, not surprised, as the place is a bureaucratic hell-hole, I'm surprised anything ever gets done! Interesting news on the Connected World Services, and great shame (they develop business-2-business software solutions etc), as they've got some awesome platforms and are probably the most agile and "non-corporate" division of the company. I wonder if part of these loses though are down to re-organisation internally, for example a recent acquisition being shifted away from CWS into Dixons..

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VMware's desktop plan: On your command line, unleash hell!

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which are now in version 14

What happen to 13? Or did VMWare get superstitious and skip it..

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Biz sends apps to public cloud, waves 'bye to on-premises server folk. NO! WAIT!

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I realised the stupidity of HR and "Strategic focused IT Managers" (IT Managers who don't have an ounce of IT experience) just after graduating Uni in 2003, when I saw an an job ad for "a .NET developer, must have 10 years experience!"..

If you can't spot the issue here, you either too young, or you've got a future career as an Strategic-focused Manager in IT.

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10% of UK's top firms would be screwed in a cyber attack – survey

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Re: BS... That is way to over optimistic, I'd reverse that figure

Doh! And Meh.. I wasted the chance for an icon..

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BS... That is way to over optimistic, I'd reverse that figure

50% of companies don't have a plan, 40% have an untested one, whilst 10% have a tried and tested..

Then there is the question of how prepared are they to detect an attack, over the past 4 years I've worked at 3 different companies, only 1 of them was properly prepared. My current company (its in the FTSE) doesn't even have an IPS/DPS or EndPoint Security on their customer facing infrastructure (its AWS, .. doing security like its 1999!). If we got hit, we would never detect - though thankfully we are now changing that.

And the one that was properly prepared, was a SME company with about 200 staff... which ironically went backrupt (hmm perhaps I overspent?!)

A/C to protect the innocent.. and my job :D

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Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box bruiser

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Realistically

MITM is the only decent way of doing this. Using agents is very cumbersome and in my experience unreliable, there always some users who will try to subvert it, then there is the issue of deployment, management and users who bring personal devices into the corporate network.

Just my 2 pence, feel free to disagree, and I'd be interested to hear of other people's experience on this front.

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Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

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Re: Don't know anything about Infosys..

Steve.. wow we must have worked together! Have a beer and upvote

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Don't know anything about Infosys..

But working in a poisonous environment isn't good for any one, even a CEO.. one of my former CEO's, was a lovely guy, looked after the staff (he even took us Techies on a skiing holiday), but the poor guy ended up having a breakdown due to similar circumstances.

If its as described, the guy has got my sympathies.. have a beer and enjoy your new free time!

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US cops point at cell towers and say: Give us every phone number that's touched that mast

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Re: It doesn't explain why the carrier would store some of the data

Also if you've ever worked at a tech company, you'll know that data is "gold".. They hoard it, slice it, dice it and monetise it!

From that data alone, they can generate a map of where you hang out, what shops you visit etc etc, then try to find a way of making money from it (via advertising, selling it etc).. even if they anonymise the data, it still has value to somebody.

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FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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"Except at quality titles like El Reg.."

As they don't display ads.. at least not in my browser!

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Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

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had yet to “invoke our maximum powers”

Don't shout this too loud... This is acting as a great catalyst to get needed investment for security infrastructure.

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DevOps, Containers, Continuous Delivery? Tell us your stories

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"Tell us your story.."

Sure - Over the past couple years I've worked at 3 companies (all SME's ranging from 200 to 3000 employees) as an IT Manager, all of them swore they practised DevOps and were "investigating containers", none of them successfully delivered it..

I now work for a FTSE 250 company, who practise a loose DevOps (Formerly known as Dev and elements of Infrastructure working closely), they stuck with the traditional "lets just add a few more VM's when we need to scale", and it works f*cking brilliantly.

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Gov workers told their social posts are more believable than politicians' statements

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The whole thing reeks of arrogance..

You can almost see what the author wished he could add to the end:

".. Will believe you are privy to the real workings of government,"

Follow up by

"But you know nothing, Jon Snow"..

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Brit uni builds its own supercomputer from secondhand parts

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I keep dreaming of building a Pi HPC...

But I'm waiting for somebody to build a decent chassis, with back-plane etc... something akin to a blade chasis, where I can drop the Pi into a case and slot it in :D

Anyway, congratulation on running a successful recycling scheme..

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Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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including El Reg

You mean like having the whole background as a click-on advertisement?

Sorry el-reg, your far from the worst offender, but that's the very reason I started using a blocker!

As for trusting Google's and block, depends if it's part of the chromium base or added after!

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So who exactly was to blame for Marketo losing its dotcom?

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Lets extrapolate 2 simple questions from this:

1) How the hell did El-reg manage to squeeze 2 articles from what was likely a simple mistake?

2) Does anybody really give a f*ck?

I know its summer, and things slow down.. but this is scraping the barrel.

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BBC’s Micro:bit turns out to be an excellent drone hijacking tool

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Hmmmm

Wonder if I can get a 5 1/4" floppy drive for it, dust off my original copy of Elite

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Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

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@Lotaresco

"Err they do know that have an entirely shit brand and reputation"

Personally I agree, but enough shoppers obviously still trust them, as they've just reported bumper sales.

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Confessions of an ebook eater

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Claim to fame..

I used to exchange messages with Danny Thorpe on the Borland newgroups! The guy never knew it, but he was a "virtual" mentor to me, I was only a teenager and it was his input that pushed me into programming... wow memory lane.

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US spies hacked our phones over the air, claim pipeline protesters

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Re: In other news

A little while ago, I was watching this documentary called Iron Sky's.. Highly recommend it if you want a proper history lesson and true understanding of the US Shadow Government.

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Firefox doesn't need to be No 1 – and that's OK, 'cos it's falling off a cliff

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Re: Finally!

Hands down the best power-user browser.. Only thing that stop me using it full time are

- No Google account sync (XMark is not so good, found it crashing Vivaldi and not syncing)

- Tearing off tabs is incredibly slow compared to Chrome and Firefox (take 2-3 seconds to re-appear)

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House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

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Mine runs perfectly safely on a Raspberry Pi

Guess that means they were testing the version that runs on BullShi-te.. I have heard some dodgy and that its not very reliable!

Typical of that all those organisations, if the legal challenge is too big, then revert to granny scare tactics. I remember the same thing a few year ago about software - not excluding the fact that software was usually obtains from the developer, but just a hockey key was used!

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