The Man With The Golden LUN
526 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009
The Man With The Golden LUN
If you want to know how to get on a Crown Commercial Services Framework it seems you just need to get your tinsel out and show off your baubles. Send it to CCS with a threat to send another one just like it next year, bingo: Santa will bring you an RM1054 for Christmas.
So glad I didn't get one of these.
Quick answer is "yes, but". All cloud services for NHS and wider .gov.uk use are required to adhere to tighter information governance certifications and standards than would necessarily be the case for a private company or user. In many respects this is more secure than can be reasonably achieved by a local NHS Trust due to budgets, expertise etc...
New rules regarding ISO certification for NHS email solutions, for example, mean getting internal solutions up to standard and certified or some other option of which Office365 is a possibility.
Please note that UK Data Centres Only is a requirement. No data leaves the UK. Encryption in transit and at rest is minimum mandatory.
"Kevin" showed great customer focus and dedication going through that process to help the user long after he should have gone off shift. That's a very admirable trait.
It shouldn't have taken him that long to realise that this was a communication problem not a "stupid user" problem even though the user was stupid. Nor was it a particularly difficult technical issue.
Nor, in fairness, did he log the call, shake his head, declare the problem to be beyond his ability to fix "sounds like a CPU nanometer core misalignment problem to me, I'll need to escalate to second line who'll be there in the morning kthxbye" like some people I've worked with have done.
Helldesk most certainly wasn't the role he was best matched with, just as I expect it wasn't for most of us who started there. If I were "Kevin"'s boss I'd have written up a good report and recommended a promotion to a second line break/fix team.
If your keyboard has a number pad it's the long button at the bottom right, helpfully with the word "Enter" printed on it.
I don't think anybody in history has ever actually used it rather than the big reverse-L button that's closer to the typing hand.
If any private sector company working on a public sector contract says they "Delivered value for money for the taxpayer" what they really mean is "We did stuff".
They certainly won't/can't say "Yeah we ripped them off properly. Pork *and* gravy, yum!" and the Public Sector body that hired them, having a duty of care to spend public money wisely aren't going to admit they screwed up and got fleeced so will agree that the private partner company "delivered value..."
It's a nothing phrase that carries no weight. In my experience it's also likely to be untrue.
But our VDI estate lives on XtremeIO so now I'm fucking bricking it that my Xbricks will, er, brick it.
Those who knew what the fuck they were talking about and those who voted Leave. You are correct, Sir.
Because we sell kit that's supposed to stop DDOS attacks so it must have been something else, obviously, nothing to see here, these aren't the useless boxen you're looking for, move along.
Having read the El Reg review and deliberated for some time I figured I could learn to live without the app drawer feature.
In the first week I had it, two updates including: bam! Return of the App Drawer home screen.
Yes. My reaction when I read that was "Holy shit, how? This is 2016 and supposed to be a reputable site competing with Google!"
I can't pay my broadband bill without a bunch of security questions and a recaptcha that checks if I am able to distinguish all the pictures that contain donkey balls for however long it decides to show me such things.
I suspect that Vimeo have forgone security in order to make it easier to get more signups. More accounts = more ad revenue after all.
Once is unlucky, twice is careless. If this happens to this bloke one more time he's going to have some explaining to do.
"Sir, are you sure you're not just trying to fuck spiders?"
Ooh! Ooh! I know how this one ends! No redundancies in Sales and massive axe carnage in Delivery. Sales is what drives profits after all innit?
Been there, seen that.
Nah, guv. That was supposed to 'appen innit? It's noooormal.
So I've ordered an LG G5 on the basis that, apparently, the paint on the metal body is a bit "plasticky" and it's a flagship phone. Also does that gimmicky dual main camera thing which I'm not sure about. Also the "Friends" modular thing which is very beta. That said, the last phone I owned that felt as good in the hand was the Moto G 4G Gen 1 and that's biblically old and slower than my bus when I'm late for work.
Why would you need to win more than once?
Shit that carries comms over the data network that the telco didn't monetise^W bundle.
I have anecdotal evidence that the "HD" Sky Sports feed from Virgin Media isn't. It seems Sky let them have a 720p version and keep the 1080p for their own direct (consumer) customers so if you really want to see Wayne Rooney in all his *ahem* gloriousness then VM can't provide that.
Not that I feel I'm missing out in any meaningful way.
Absolutely. Federated Active Directory scares me and I've had cloud hosting providers request the ability to connect to my domain controllers from the cloud and slurp my user credential data. Nope.
Is it bollocks! If it was then HMRC would have spent some of the "lost" money in recovery action. Instead each attempt to re-write IR35 or otherwise change the goalposts indicates that in it's current form IR35 isn't actually doing anything and is not economically enforceable.
Any national infrastructure that relied, at any point, on that peer, was banjaxed. I walked into a shitstorm at work until it was confirmed as a nationwide issue as the NHS WAN sits over BT Infrastructure. It was still flaky at 1pm and now I have had confirmation that there were ongoing effects that knackered broadband connections, including my own Virgin Media FTTC, by the time I gave up on it at 10:30pm.
My VM connection is stable again today and, touch wood, so far this outage hasn't affected us at work.
If you look at the Safe Harbor stuff then a) yes they do and b) by advising against using non compliant services hence making the people who want to sell those services up their game and/or by adding legal liability for data breaches caused by using non compliant services.
Welp maybe we do. Unless we already have legislation in place that covers this in which case we're already compliant. If we don't then maybe we should listen to Johnny F this time round.
I suspect come Wednesday when she no longer has the Home Office brief she'll find it to be SEP.
Would be useless as a deterrant. Cruise are way too easy to defend against, they'd carry no viable threat.
When Russia are investing in next gen ballistic missiles that have countermeasures just to ensure the threat of the weapons is continued, downgrading to Cruise would be like scrapping the Naval surface fleet in favour of some slightly pissed off rubber ducks. Or scrapping a Harrier/Carrier Fleet on the promise of some non existant planes twenty years down the line which would never happen, obvs.
SInce it flew straight from the US I'd say it landed with the Merkin one and will be retrofitted with ours later.
Blue skies Lester.
I made the mistake of buying Aldi tonic water the other day. In fact it is labelled "Tonic flavour soft drink". I made a normal sized G&T with it and it was disgustingly sweet. The correct proportion of G to T required to make this shite drinkable was 1:1.
The fact that it's also soon to be a tax efficient way of getting banjaxed is just a bonus!
"Yeah, that's just as fucked up as we wanted it."
Is this some strange backwards exam where failing it actually indicates a pass?
Go check whether or not The Queen's Arms round the corner serve one of her Maj's standard pints. Rather nice in there.
Funnily enough they've thought of that. The outer layers are designed to provide radiation shielding as well as impact shielding for micro debris of the type you mention. This is one of the checks that I assume they will be carrying out while it's up there, assessing the proofiness of the proofing.
"Sorry Officer, I'm an Oracle installation engineer and I needed to look up 'a load of random arse'"
Bloody hell. HM Official Opposition in actually opposing things shock!
No, hell no. As much as I abhor this Government there's such a thing as Voter Fatigue and with the Scottish IndyRef, General Election, Local/Mayoral elections and the EU Ref all within a short space of time and with this being such a low priority/visibility issue for the majority of the population who aren't as interested/invested in IT security and privacy issues as the like of us El Reg readers, turnout could well be fuck all enough to allow the bill to pass in whichever monstrous form Theresa May so chooses because terropaedogrants is planning attacks on house prices innit.
At the moment you need to opt-in to the 24 hour trial. After that, I suspect you'd need to opt out in a manner that will be very awkward to find/do since the benefits to Three as a carrier are obvious.
I guess it depends how well the trial goes.
Move will "monetise" mobile advertising. Yep, I reckon you've got that right, AC.
They already have this in place as you can restrict access to, for instance, porn, over the data network until you opt in as an adult. That's been around for years.
What's new is the targeting of adverts rather than fairly non controversial stuff like adult content.
Now I'm not an expert in this but I think these sites detect whether you've got an ad-blocker installed, browser side. They wouldn't be able to detect at a network level. I know my users can still get to these sites even though our web filtering software blocks the ads.
How many eyes did this "trouser snake" have?
"and Facebook has other legal methods in place to transfer data between countries"
We have an army of really expensive laywers who can tie this up in knots until it goes away.
Are your friendships based around the OS of your smartphone rather than actual personality and human interaction? Is your social circle actually just a WinPho version of the "No Homers" club and by extension, WinPho users being unable to join it are "failures"?
At worst you could say they might be technical prdiection failures based on adoption of a failed ecosystem but I'm pretty sure everyone I know with a Lumia chose it because it was a good enough smartphone with nice hardware rather than nailing themselves to the Redmond/Espoo mast forever.
Hahahaha nope. With no agreement in place I'm not having any corporate data leave the UK, never mind the wider EU and certainly nowhere near the US. Just no.
We've landed a probe on a comet. As far as most news organisations are concerned that's the new bar for public interest. Sticking something on an asteroid is obviously simple by comparison therefore not noteworthy.
Which is bollocks because this is going to do some brilliant science if it all comes off as planned.
Also: top backronyming.
needed to tighten his nuts.
It's called "fucking off to a different provider".
Anyone here a TalkTalk customer who can give some examples of the "upgrades" offered?
Increase in broadband speeds? Extra TV channels? If it's the former then all they've done is decrease the throttling they've put on your "up to 8Mb" line that you were getting 2Mb on and now get 4.
Ah yes, the Internet of Thongs.
Too late, 3 have already done that prior to this decision in order to get the 5 years of price hikes in early. They've already squeezed their extra cash from the customer only now they get to spend it on lawyers instead of bonus^W infrastructure invesntment.
This is the Russian response to US plans to put an anti-ICBM launch site in Poland, pretty much a direct challenge to the Russian nuclear deterrant. "To our NATO strategic partners. Try shooting this one down, suckers. Love, Ivan".
Basically, for Russian ICBMs to remain a part of a strategic defense (as well as projection of national power - Putin's Big Thing) they needed to a) replace the older system anyway and b) keep them technologically relevant.
No, this should not be a case of "should" it needs to be a case of "must or else..."
I'm not a fan at all of government intervention in private commerce but when it comes to the safety of data of customers and employees there needs to be a minimum mandated requirement for infosec or no data handling privs for you, Corporation X.
Your Joy organ, perhaps?
Sometimes it's OK just to enjoy looking at something interesting that doesn't happen every day. If you have kids or are a schoolteacher it can be educational, maybe sparking an interest in astronomy.
Even if you, personally, have no interest in it, others do so quit being a wet blanket and let people get excited if they want to.