* Posts by Long John Brass

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Another Meltdown, Spectre security scare: Data-leaking holes riddle Intel, AMD, Arm chips

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And in other news

Apparently there is a new form of this attack call "Port Smash"

I seems to work by timing the use of the various LU blocks in modern Hyper-threaded CPUs

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Open the pod bay doors: Voice of HAL 9000 Douglas Rain dies at 90

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Re: just in yime then...

I loved it.... but my now, my girlfriend won't ever go with me to see another movie...ever again...

So it's win win then :)

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Bomb squad descends on suspicious package to find something much more dangerous – a Journey cassette

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Re: Crimes against music

Icon reflects the total lack of real relevance to IT for this article

I take it you've never used audio cassettes to load programs into your computer?

/Mines the one that goes Sweeeeerrrrkk Skwick Swick

And get the hell off my lawn you damned whippersnappers

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GitHub lost a network link for 43 seconds, went TITSUP for a day

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Re: re: Why did GitHub take a day to resync

DB replication can be a bastard. Think monotonically increasing ID style keys. If both nodes have different data records for the same primary key entry for ID 12345 that are then linked into other data records, then you have to untangle the mess. In dual node systems you can do odds & evens, but in multi node clusters it gets a lot uglier

Not a DBA, but I pretend sometimes when the real DBAs are away.

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50 ways to leave your lover, but four to sniff browser history

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Re: A whiff of the websites you've visited

My guess would be yes. It appears to be a browser based attack and therefore unlikely to be OS specific.

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The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

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Re: Meh

Yes, but not really the problem in this case. Any DHCP client is going to have to run at least part of the time as root. There's not enough nuance in the Linux privilege model to allow it to manipulate network interfaces, otherwise.

Sorry but utter bullshit. You can if you are so inclined you can use the Linux Capabilities framework for this kind of thing. See https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/capabilities

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Re: The gift that keeps on giving (systemd) !!!

Finally got all my machines cut over from Debian to Devuan.

Might spin a FreeBSD system up in a VM and have a play.

I suspect that the infestation of stupid into the Linux space won't stop with or be limited to SystemD. I will wait and watch to see what damage the re-education gulag has done to Sweary McSwearFace (Mr Torvalds)

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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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Slippery slope; And not the fun kind

The events have further strengthened the argument that online discourse needs some kind of controls for the worst kind of speech – that which incites violence

Most civilised countries already have laws on the book for that. The problem with "hate" speech laws is who decides what is hate speech? Calling for violence is easy and specific. Hate? I am X and I don't like Y, is that hate speech? Be careful what you wish for, the weapons you build to de-platform & banish from polite society then tar 'n feather *will* be turned against you down the road.

Welcome to fear and self-loathing in the internet age

Yes but it's not just the Right doing this; The Left has been de-platforming people too. Doesn't matter who is doing it; Silencing dissenting opinions is never good. We teach children not to lash out with their fists, we teach them "use your words"; what happens then when you take people words from them? How do you think that story ends?

For the record, I'm not on the right politically, I'm centre left. It sickens and saddens me that the Left has abandoned the free expression of words and ideas for an ideology of repression. As an old fart I remember when the god fearing right were the ones dictating words, thoughts and actions in the name of common decency; Now it appears its the lefts turn at the pulpit, this time under the guise of inclusion, diversity & words that hurt feelings.

♫ Dickheads to the right of me, arsehole to the left; Here I am ... ♫

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Californian chap sets his folks' home on fire by successfully taking out spiders with blowtorch

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Archnaphoobia

@Muscleguy: Not many dangerous species here in NZ. However the the Avondale Spider is fearsome to behold. It was featured in the Movie Archnaphoobia. Further reading here https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/science/plants-animals-fungi/animals/invertebrates/systematics/spiders/avondale-spider

However Orcland has other issues :)

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Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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More some sort of purply colour, I'd have thought

Big Purple?

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DXC share price tumbles on El Reg bombshell of Americas boss ejection

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Halloween story

Now gather round little ones...

There exists a tribe called the PHBs whose grasp on facts reason and reality is very thin

They believe that the most important thing for companies is efficiency and profit

They calculate this by money payed by in customers / money spent on techies

They reason that as they reduce the number of techies the more money they make from the customers

So if you reduce the number of techies to zero you have *infinite profit*

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SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: Seriously though

Yeah 15 down-votes thus far.... I guess they don't like a CoC up their pun

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Seriously though

That CoC is a load of wank

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Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

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Re: I see butt plug, i upvote...

11 down-votes, I see the puritan I'm offended by that crowd are out in force again today

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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Re: a bit thin?

A real Canadian is someone who knows how to make love in a canoe. The secret starts by finding a nice romantic spot under a tree to put the canoe down...

Is that when they get eat (out) by a bear?

OK ok I'm going

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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Re: I just got back from a rather large data center.

Like, oh, I dunno, CODE, maybe?

If they could code they wouldn't be complaining. They would be too busy doing something actually useful!

Here is the problem; The people who complain will never ever be satisfied. If you give in to them once, they will just come back for another byte of the "I'm offended pie". It's all they know and it's all they can do; They have no other use, skill or ability.

The one and only solution is to starve them of their oxygen by simply ignoring them. Don't answer or respond in any way (just send all comms they spurt to the wast-bin)

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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not being a jerk

I do wish the "I'm offended by that" crowd would learn this lesson

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Register-Orbi-damned: Netgear account order irks infosec bods

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Imagine if you had to check-in with Toyota or BMW

Don't image; That's already happening! A few EL-Reg articles ago they were talking about the problems de/re-registering connected cars with the mother-ship.

This kind of stupid is everywhere now. I think I'll be hanging on to my '94 Civic until the wheels fall off. Unfortunately that could be any day now :(

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Re: Developer PC

[1] Silly question in this forum: of course half of you remember that!

X11 from scratch from sunsite.unc.edu - 4 days.

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NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies

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Re: Is there anyone who ISN'T...

I used to; Had to take them down.

Various animal protection agencies wanted to prosecute me for animal cruelty. Something to do with the mange ridden, starving, blind, lame, overweight, rabid animal I was keeping.

Not very flattering.

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European nations told to sort out 'digital tax' on tech giants by end of year

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Re: taxation vs economic activity

@MrBombastic:

Yes taxation depresses economic growth. However if $BigCorp doesn't pay their share, then the slack must be picked up by others. Roads, Police, Military, Water, Power infrastructure there are many things that taxes pay for that we all use. You end up in a tragedy of the commons type of situation if some players don't pay their share.

Now the question becomes how do you encourage (force) entities to play fairly? I don't know the answer, don't think anyone does; If they did there would be a well established protocol for that. The fact that everyone is banging around trying everything and anything in hopes of stumbling across the right answer is proof of that.

The argument "are the taxes here or there too high or too low" is moot until we can find a way to make sure that in a globally interconnected world that at least the majority of players either can't cheat or won't cheat for $reasons.

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Cheap tools

My policy is similar... Buy the cheapest that will actually do the job (Really cheap tools cause more problems than they solve). If you use it enough to kill it buy a "good" one.

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Heads up: Fujitsu tips its hand to reveal exascale Arm supercomputer processor – the A64FX

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Makes me feel old. No love for Doom any more.

Imagine a Beowulf cluster of these things :)

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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Unlimited; that word does not mean what you think it means

This customer purchased a government contract plan for a high-speed wireless data allotment at a set monthly cost. Under this plan, users get an unlimited amount of data but speeds are reduced when they exceed their allotment until the next billing cycle

To be fair if the fire department only pays for the cheapest plan available then what do they expect to happen? And reading closer I see "data allotment at a set monthly cost".

Corporate double speak ... do you want a unlimited limited plan or a limited unlimited plan?

Still bit of a dick move on Verizons' part.

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Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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Re: Low Impact - Really?

Surge current is a thing. You may well damage the "smart" switch, the device that connected to it and possibly trip the breaker. Depending on the design I wouldn't put it past the "smart" switch to catch fire either :(

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Shrug

Personally I support the Atheist Alliance League.

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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squash racket

Should take care of the little bouncing buggers :)

On the other hand; Getting the couch potatoes out into the big blue room should be a cause for celebration no?

/icon Paris cuz she likes to play with balls; or so I'm told.

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Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

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Human bloody nature...

Anyone with eyes in their head and a brain between their ears that has seen kids interacting with each other will quickly realise they are pack animals; and with good reason! Children are small weak and vulnerable, as such the bigger the heard the safer they are.

The robots in question are very "childlike" it's no surprise that kids would be swayed by them.

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Australia's Snooper's Charter: Experts react, and it ain't pretty

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Watch em squeal...

Once facebook, google, amazon, netflix etc suddenly block all Australian subnets/routes. Doesn't AWS have a couple of big DCs there?

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It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

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Re: no-brainer for sysadmins

I don't see why you can't just park a reverse proxy in front that speaks TLS1.3 (or better, as time passes) on the user side, and whatever outdated version of SSL/TLS on the server side

That's what I'll probably have to end up doing; But not all middle-ware etc type systems play nice with proxies. Hell... I'm *still* trying to convince some particularly broken ugly nasty server side stuff to play nice with TLS1.2.

It's nice that TLS1.3 looks like a drop in replacement (probably via openSSL) but to think that solves all problems everywhere is not reflected in reality. Hopefully the libs get backported to CentOS/EL 6 & 7

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no-brainer for sysadmins

Yeah right...

Except for crusty old appliances that the vendors will never release updated firmware for

Except for crusty old systems that are running on decades old OS/application stacks that the business has no budget for but are business critical.

Except for crusty old load balancers, firewalls etc that will need to upgraded/replaced that there is no budget for but are business critical.

I agree that it's a no-brainer for sysadmins, but manglement have no brains!

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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Other than...

The spiking of other peoples drinks; Who the hell cares about what they were spending their money on?

Hookers & blow? So what! I'm guessing the stash was personal use based solely on their hungover mugshots!

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Greybeard greebos do runner from care home to attend world's largest heavy metal fest Wacken

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Re: Care Homes had better get used to it

Now I have this vision of an album cover featuring an ageing rocker on his Harley, getting airborne as he bursts through the wall of his care home, wings of Death looming in the red sky behind.

Album title anybody?

Shirly it must be; Don't fear the reaper

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Build your own NASA space rover: Here are the DIY JPL blueprints

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Re: Optional...

Lots of US readers on the reg these days

Not a septic; Just a lover of killer robots :)

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Optional...

Mount for a .50-cal?

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Saving the internet, fake news warts and all

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Which internet have *YOU* been using

Remember when the internet was a thing of beauty – connecting us to long-lost friends, the innocent pleasure of buying books using “e-commerce”, of sharing photos of cats?

Its always been a cess-pit. Even before it was the internet! BBS and Fido net forums were filled with trolls and flame-wars galore...

I don't know which walled flower garden happy clappy unicorn infested corner you came from, but, Where I'm from Trolls, Scams, Fake news are all *OLD* news. I have seen UseNet forums you people wouldn't believe!.

/oldFart Icon because...

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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Re: Green screens making a comeback?

The correct and proper colour scheme is black background with amber text.

Now get the hell off my lawn!

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Mixed mode

In my experience semi open plan works well. If you are sited with your "team" the low partition wall idea seems to work well. But only if the team is somewhat isolated from the rest.

That doesn't necessarily mean high cubicle walls, just enough space so that you have room to breathe. But them means you stuff as many rats into the can :(

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Snooping passwords from literally hot keys, China's AK-47 laser, malware, and more

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You can also CONFINE acoustic waves within maser-heated air cavities to form a long-distance audio emissions system and actively target a SINGLE PERSON or LOCATION to make them think they're hearing ghost voices!

*sniff* *sniff* I smell bacon!

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European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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European Parliament baulks at copyright reform vote

deserve to be reimbursed by companies that link to their material

Links? No! If I run a news aggregation site for say retro steam shirt presses. and link out to other sites that cover the hobby. If I present this as a headline, short blurb and hitting that entry links out the the site with the article. Now the endpoint websites may have a wider content type that my very specific interest group is interested in. Or if I run an aggregation site that covers electronics and again link out to various sites then someone who is interested in the link I have for an article on a Valve Ham Radio speciality site can click the link and end up on the site. We both get paid!

Now I should I be paying to link to these sites when I'm driving traffic to them? Really? Both sites get paid either by advertising or paid sub or whatever. If I have to pay to link to your site then I simply won't link.

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India tells WhatsApp to add filters, ASAP

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I am deeply nervous of...

Any calls to curtail communications platforms in the name of fake/hate/anti/pro/whatever speech.

Who get to decide which is what? The government? The Media? The angry mob?

Sorry, but no. People need to start taking responsibility for the shit they do in response to the shit they read or see in a "video"; That goes for all of us. I understand the comment up-thread about "less developed" parts of the world struggling to separate fact from fiction and that boiling over into violence. But to be fair, that happens in the west too :(

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UK.gov outsourcers must prove their 'social value' to win contracts

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This includes higher standards for ...

I thought standards, reason, logic, science & maths were tools of the patriarchy?

When systems and services are being managed and run by Lesbian Dance Therapy Majors then we will see a repeat on a larger scale than the Equifax fiasco. Aren't the Chinese doing dome thing like this for the whole population? Some sort of Social Credit Score that's meted out by "anonymous" members of the public/community? There ain't no justice like ideologue mob justice eh?

If the screaming, crayon munching morons could avoid burning civilisation down until *AFTER* I have retired I would be extremely grateful. Thank you for your kindness and consideration.

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: What is it about Reg readers?

Yeah! But what does Google say about you?

That they have a restraining order that says I'm no longer allowed on their campuses/offices/home/pools/cars/planes/trains and that I am not to phone/e-mail/smoke signal/flags/wave/smile or make any further attempts to contact them :(

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: I'm feeling left out

Running the one of the tarpit extensions is also great fun. Watching some dickhead running a dictionary attack against users in my @foo.com domain and knowing they are slowly exhausting their PORT pool brings smile to my cold dead heat.

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Worst. Birthday. Ever. IPv6's party falls flat

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Who in their right mind wants cloud based...

There is no way in hell I would trust my DSL router running in the cloud. The only reason I can see for this is the ISPs want more control over what flows to and from my home network.

Hell no, no way, fuck off. I'm keeping my edge router exactly where it is thank you. You can stick your DSL routing up your "cloud" if you like; But I say what goes in my network!

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US govt mulls snatching back full control of the internet's domain name and IP address admin

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Re: Yay choices

4) IEEE

5) IETF

Or do we hate them as well?

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You blithering Ajit! Huawei burns Pai for FCC sh*tlist proposal

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*Evil thought for the day*

If the US FED won't subsidise various ISPs if they use Chinese gear; Then maybe the Chinese Govt/Manufacturers should! I would *LOVE* to see the look on the US politicians faces :)

Especially if those ISPs suddenly offer better services for lower prices!

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Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream

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So the Mun is getting promoted?

Luna - Radius: 1,737 km

Pluto - Radius: 1,188 km

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A Reg-reading techie, a high street bank, some iffy production code – and a financial crash

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Re: On time, on budget, good quality.

Or have I got this wrong?

Nope you have it exactly right. Most of the problems I have seen in various companies system can be traced back to their accounting practices.

This chunk of work never gets done because no one wants it to come out of their bucket of money. This results in games of hot potato until production crashes, customers start screaming at upper management; And IT are then the idiots who should have fixed this thing before it became a problem.

And don't get me started on the bureaucratic hell that most change management procedures become. A Sisyphean rubber stamping exercise that doesn't do anything to manage or control change/risk in systems, but IS the arse covering process so no one (Except the poor monkey at the coal face) is to blame.

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