* Posts by Evil Auditor

1796 posts • joined 13 Jan 2009

Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Misread as: Flying to Mars will be so sad

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Volkswagen faces fresh Dieselgate lawsuit in Germany – report

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Re: So...

No. The investors complain that VW hasn't informed the market once it knew about the emissions problem but rather kept it secret until U.S. Environmental Protection Agency made it public in 2015.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: Awesome

You can't spin bullshit if your audience is 100x more knowledgeable than you.

This, unfortunately, is only true for the small minority of people who are aware of the technical or social implications. Such as you find among El Reg readers and commentards. The majority of voters though, at least in my perception, are deceived/convinced by the criminally moronic phrase "if you've got nothing to hide..." or simply don't care at all.

Where's the We Are Fscked icon?

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Phased out: IT architect plugs hole in clean-freak admin's wiring design

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Re: Plot twist? What plot twist?

strangely nothing went wrong

What should go wrong there? Even in my home installation I run the peripherals (screens and stuff) on one phase and workstations/servers distributed over all three phases. Strangely, I haven't been electrocuted yet ;-)

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Prank 'Give me a raise!' email nearly lands sysadmin with dismissal

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In a former life, working for a large financial institution, we found some unsecured SMTP servers on the intranet. Their purpose was to send notifications of some sort.

When discovering such an issue there are different possible ways to get it rectified. Being an auditor, an obivious way would be to raise it in a report. If found outside of a regular audit, a memo would work, too. Or even a phone call. But we, very cleverly, decided that best would be to send and e-mail from the CEO to the person responsible for maintaining those servers. Luckily, no typos. And only now I'm getting aware of the risk involved... it was not exactly the type of CEO to fsck with.

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Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn

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Re: Timing is everything

Symon, excellent teamwork! That reminds me of a job interview I once had. The line manager gave me a "problem" to solve: you have two sandglasses, one with five and the other with three minutes - how do you measure four minutes? (It was a wee bit more complicated than this, something with three hourglasses.)

I thought for a few seconds and gave my answer.

The manager was not amused. He proudly mentioned that this is a test they use at Google and it is to see how an applicant communicates in problem solving.

Needless to say, I wasn't interested in getting this job and, presumably, neither was he very eager to hire me. Anyway, if someone wants to see my problem solving communication skills they better give me a problem that I cannot easily and infallibly solve on my own.

As a side note: my answer wasn't what was in his paper and grudgingly (I'd like to believe) he had to admit that it was also correct.

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Another German state plans switch back from Linux to Windows

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Re: The excuse is a reason to stay with Linux

With or without GDPR - I can't really follow the argument with teleworkers; I don't buy this. If it's about teleworkes, give them some remote desktop solution! Easier to maintain, easier to keep (more) secure.

This rather seems to be an excuse. For what I don't know. Even after 15 years I wouldn't underestimate the resistance to change or to adapt to Linux. Especially not after having been in between the fronts of a long-lasting Win vs. Mac war. And neither would I exclude some other motivation for the change...

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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Re: Elon Musk

CORRECTION: Elon built a vacuum cleaner* from salvaging a useless miniature submarine that no one neither wanted nor needed. And he called Matt Damon a pedo.

*For future reference, noun: the musk (plural: musks); verb: to musk (muskt, muskt); use: "have you muskt the Martian dust?"

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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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Re: I'm actually surprised that it works on raw samples at all

I agree, also to me it seems counterintuitive using wave forms instead of score, e.g. midi. Especially, as I believe that it would be easier to detect/learn the structures of a piece of music from musical notations rather than from wave forms. (Having played and failed with artificial neural networks doing midi many moons ago, I might be a bit biased though.)

On second thought, it is maybe not a bad idea. Musical notations are, after all, only a limited language to describe music. They are not music. Going back to the actual music, which is much closer represented by wave forms than notations, might be an interesting approach.

Haven't listened to the samples yet. I'm curious how they sound, being first samples. And comparing to how far "AI midi" got (or didn't go) in all the years it's been around...

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Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

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Creepy!

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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Re: Key word is "Trainee"

Drinking tea is a part of the job?

Without tea I wouldn't get beyond checking the e-mails in the morning. And with checking I mean opening the e-mail client and see how many new mails I've got and not reading any. Let alone any other even more sophisticated tasks.

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Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs

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Re: Need a test signal...

@jake

Nobody's even given me a passing glance, so far as I know.

With USA immigration officers I've only had pleasant, funny experiences, every single time.

I assume, you, living around Napa County, are a citizen of the USA. I'm not but used to "profit" from the visa waiver programme. But now would have to apply for a visa and if you'd check what information they ask for, you might understand why I prefer to stay away. For example, IIRC, they ask information about former spouses which I don't even know.

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Re: Need a test signal...

Proud, here at least. Born, bred and absolutely insane.

That's what I like about Cal! Unfortunately, since having visas of some "evil" countries in the east in my passport, it's out of question to go back there any time soon*.

* Yes, I could apply for a USA visa. And no, I certainly won't go through that.

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Re: Odd.

Exactly.

And even if this newfangled detector AI stuff is better at sniffing whatever is going on than the current monitoring of decay products, the detected test activities still need to be attributed to a location to be meaningful.

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Re: Need a test signal...

...all but declared war on California...

Difficult to tell if you're playing the victim or if you're being proud of that ;-) Anyway, I wonder which features of decay lead to the orange-skin-yellow-hair syndrom.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Re: Yeah but...

...condensation problems... Right.

And a good argument for condensation would be if you want to grow mould. But where's the tin foil hat icon?

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No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

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Damn glad for this change. With an 18 hours day I wouldn't get any sleep at all.

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NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Re: Passing the Buck

Once the asteroids will hit them, why would they need trees, fossil fuel and all the other stuff that we consume/mess up?

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MCubed: Blind bird ticket offer set to expire

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One problem with blind birds is, they crash into things breaking their neck.

And another problem that I can't justify this to my boss.

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Artificial intelligence... or advanced imitation? How DeepMind used YouTube vids to train game-beating Atari bot

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Delusion

taught artificially intelligent programs to play classic Atari computer games by making them watch YouTube videos

That's all cool stuff but someone seriously believes they can get intelligent by watching YouTube videos? What did this world come to...

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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Re: Major Overreach

Can't just have them all intoning "I'll be back".

"I hear covfefe", does that count? Ain't no AI but rather a NU* one-liner though. Kind of funny, nevertheless.

*Natural Unintelligence

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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: QA's Fault?

Programmer, QA, Audit...? It's not unheard of that the specifications that the techies get do not entirely reflect what the business needs or wants - unit tests might not pick that up. Someone on the business side, however, must have tested the bloody thing and signed off UAT results.

Although, having worked at the UK headquarter of one of the major banks at that time (later known as G-SIBs) I'm not surprised by Bob's experience - both the code and the manager's resonse.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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Re: "The trigger happy moron who actually pulled the trigger"

Taking life-or-death decisions in split seconds is not easy*, not at all. It is something, however, I expect professional police forces to do with high accuracy. Just like I expect them to evaluate the reliability of their sources.

*In an earlier life I'd been trained to do exactly that. Luckily, I never had to apply - wasn't very good at it.

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As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

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Did His Muskiness forget to take his dose of lithium, again?

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Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

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42

Sorry, that's a different cult.

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The function will also help users answer the big questions

I expect the answer to be 42.

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Braking news: Tesla preps firmware fling to 'fix' Model 3's inability to stop in time

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Is there also a firmware update which prevents its battery from catching fire? After a crash, that is. Anyhow, the guy who crashed and burnt last week in his Tesla is not going to complain but his family probably will.

On an even more serious note: for petrol tanks there is rather strict regulation of what they have to endure without leaking. How is that for battery packs? A mobile phone battery fire is unpleasant, to say the least. But sitting on a whole bunch of such beasts, I'd rather they don't start burning.

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Want to know what an organisation is really like? Visit the restroom

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Re: We need some ...

And Dabbs, even five months old don't flush away easily on a standard UK toilet. Anything older than that only when chopped up. Needs specific instructions?

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Re: We need some ...

Just like Dabbs I thought that we, we all, learnt how to use toilet facilities already as small children. Now working in an office without any instructions in the toilet it amazes me that quite a few people don't know. "Flush the toilet", "clean your crap tracks", "do not pee on floor", "put paper towels in the bin and do not throw them on the floor" - just to name a few obviously needed instructions.

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Boffins build a 2D 'quantum walk' that's not a computer, but could still blow them away

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Alien

as soon as someone "reveals" what one of them is, the other one is automatically determined

Are you saying that we may be what we are just because some wrinkly E.T. in a remote galaxy looked at some entangled photons?

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Fixing a printer ended with a dozen fire engines in the car park

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Re: Don't wear high vis

How many times did you face a fire alarm? Does it often happen around you? Does it, Vulture forbid, even have to do with you?

An inquiring mind wants to know...

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The false alarm didn't mess me around. Rather, I messed my colleagues around.

My office was facing south and had no aircon. During a hot summer period, one evening being the last one in the office calling it a day, I left the window wide open. The idea was, of course, that the during the night the office would cool down a bit.

Arriving next morning I stumbled into a bit of a turmoi - fire brigades just leaving, colleagues standing around chatting. It turned out that early morning, before anyone was in the office, there were some roadworks going on with pouring tarmac right underneath my office window. And the fumes from the tarmac entering my office triggered the fire alarm. Oh well, the company had to pay the equivalent of around 5'000 quid for a false alarm.

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My PC is on fire! Can you back it up really, really fast?

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Holmes

The coffee, obviously, was to extinguish the fire.

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Karma?

Having had worked in help desk myself I have great sympathy for helldesk staff. It comes to a limit though when a guy half across the globe remote controls my computer for five hours straight without solving the problem. Only after these five hours and resetting all my custom settings in MS Office/Outlook he could be convinced to relay to someone who could solve it.

Maybe it was karma biting back... Then again, a colleague of mine got it worse: one day and a half -a total of twelve hours- of not being able to work because one of those helldesk drones tried to solve an issue.

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Good news: AI could solve the pension crisis – by triggering a nuclear apocalypse by 2040

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Re: Nice try

Tetley's? So what, I'm more of a Twinings guy.

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Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Two robots

Did they also argue with each other about how to assemble the furniture?

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Size does matter, chaps: Oversized todgers an evolutionary handicap

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there is no way Audi and BMW drivers are highly evolved

That is what we - the ones neither driving Audis nor BMWs - would like to believe to bolster our sense of superiority. Be reminded though, that intelligence is not necessarily an evolutionary advantage. And neither is moronism necessarily a disadvantage for successful procreation. Very unfortunately.

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The first rule of maths class: Don't start a fight club

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Kids these days....

9th Rule: don't fucking record fight club!

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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Re: What happens in Sinsheim ..

...and at best some Wieners?

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Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out

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Why?!

Disclaimer: I had ideas like this. I smiled. I moved on. And I didn't make nor lose a fortune.

Here though, all that comes to my mind is a fool and his money...

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User asked why CTRL-ALT-DEL restarted PC instead of opening apps

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Re: Feeling Old...

The mighty, mighty Gravis Ultrasound! Lots of fiddling. But its wavetable sound was worth everything. And hours, no days!, of tinkering with tracker software and .mod files...

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MIT boffins build rubber robot, invade privacy of unsuspecting sealife

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I want RoboShark. I want laser on RoboShark.

(sorry) This SoFi's pretty cool though

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1 in 5 Michigan state staffers fail phishing test but that's OK apparently

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Re: A colleague (no it wasn't me!)

Beware internal messages. After all, during an audit we had found unprotected e-mail servers. And the next thing I know is that someone (no, it wasn't me, honestly... anyway it's a long time since and I can't remember any of this) sent e-mails apparently from the CEO to some people making them aware of their wide-open SMTP servers hanging out in the network.

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Re: Security Testing

yoganmahew, I fully agree.

first-born has been kidnapped by HR

I used to work in a place where this probably could have happened. This being in the mid naughties, among other things they also tried to dump sub-prime securities products on to employees after the clients started to be suspicious and refused buying that crap. So, the company was sitting on a steaming pile of dung and wanted to sell it to its staff. Abducting close ones, blackmailing into submission - wouldn't have suprised me.

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Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!

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The proper backup suction that I came across some decade ago. Setting up a backup procedure just about as manually as Ben did. For checking if the procedure worked as expected they didn't want to wait until the tape was fully written. Instead to the tape they directed the data stream to /dev/null - the backup ran flawlessly, answered with a success message and was ready to be deployed.

Problem was, no one changed the device to write to the tape. Until their auditor asked if they ever did backup restore tests.

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Surprise: Norks not actually behind Olympic Destroyer malware outbreak – Kaspersky

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Re: Which country was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Re Nerve Agent

Well, AC, call me too dumb. Then again, I don't have an MSc in chemistry either. So far, all I know -from the media- is that it was neither VX nor sarin. That leaves a few substances left which I remember from CW training, both persistent and non-persistent ones. But I've got no bloody clue if any of those had links to something north-easterly. From the little I've heard I'd guess something from the V series. But please, dear AC, enlighten us, the dumb.

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Re: I don't think computers work the way you think they do.

Unless you only accuse those you are bias against?

I thought that's the first and general rule of this game, isn't it?

Anyway, for all I know it could have been Elbonians made it look like Russians made it look like Norks made the malware.

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More money than sense? Saudi Arabia invests $400m in Magic Leap

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Re: Taking investments now!

trevorde, you lost the tender.

revolutionise everything is probably not exactly what Saudis like to hear. You'd rather promise huge profits or ruling Shias to get their money.

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Sysadmin left finger on power button for an hour to avert SAP outage

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Re: Typed 'Reboot' where ... ?

@I am the liquor

I fully agree with you.

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