* Posts by Trixr

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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

Trixr

Re: Hmm

And has anyone requesting home support actually heard from a real engineer? Without paying loads of cashmoney up front?

My one and only consumer interaction with MS (the one-a-year freebie support) consisted of some purported "MVP" telling me the reason I had a niggly issue with Start Menu searches (in Win 7) was because of a virus. He didn't even attempt to ask me to rebuild the search cache, check the search location configuration, etc etc. No, it was a virus. Even when I told him I had done all the above steps, it was *still* a virus. My computers have not had a virus since circa 1990.

And no, he didn't want me to prove that wasn't the case by supplying a report from any AV he proposed. He "resolved" the case with the "solution provided". Even if it had been a virus, he actually hadn't provided a solution either. The thing that particularly grates my cheese is that there was no mechanism of providing feedback on the "support" I received from that moron.

My experience with Premier Support has been consistently great, so that was a rude shock.

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Oz government on its Centrelink debacle: 'This is fine'

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Re: Communication

Except the purported "facts" are not actually facts, for many of the people who have received speculative invoices. Which, the last I heard, is illegal in this country.

Not to mention that the principle of the presumption of innocence (and thereby, the burden of proof residing with the accuser) is a legal principle going back to Roman law as codified by Justinian in the 6th century. Modern legislation and case law is based on this principle, with additional definitions around standards like "preponderance of evidence" or "more probable than not" required for civil cases.

The supposition that a yearly figure provided by the ATO equates to a fortnightly income spread equally across 26 fortnights over the year is patently false for probably most of us, including those of us who have never in their lives received a Centrelink payment. Nor can it be determined from the ATO data that anyone received X income in any specific fortnight over that period. It certainly doesn't meet a test of "more probable than not" that someone double-dipped during any fortnight they received payments.

Also, that supposition is known and has always been known to be false by staff on the ground, which is why the review process (once a (former) Centrelink client's income was flagged by matching with the ATO data) was manual prior to this govt's budget-boosting exercise based on entirely false figures.

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NSW government drops a Catch: Bus Wi-Fi is a privacy nightmare

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Re: Is that even legal?

Privacy law downunder, compared to what EU regulation was even in the early 2000s (when I was living in the UK), is complete and utter shite.

My first IT jobs were in the UK, and I was trained on privacy stuff accordingly. Doing IT work in Oz and NZ still continues to gobsmack me with the breathtaking liberties organisations can take.

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Australia: Stop blaming Centrelink debts on its IT systems

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Re: Garbage In → Garbage Out

A retired senior Centrelink worker wrote a post that says that the former process (after the data match) was manual precisely because they KNOW that tax figures are yearly, and their payments are fortnightly. And they did the work of following up with employers and so on - I sure as hell don't keep 6 years of my pay slips!

But you know, they save staff costs by scaring the sh*t out of people, and by ensuring people who are already "disempowered" in many ways (sorry for the wank word, but it's true - people who are on the dole often aren't the most technical, and the challenge process is online-only) are more likely to simply pay up rather than go through an opaque and challenging process. It's challenging even for people who have been in reasonably-skilled work for years and who have the pay records! (See The Guardian for the pieces written by the guy who started kicking up a fuss last month.)

Also, I don't actually believe the govt spin that 80% of the debts are genuine - I think it's 80% that haven't been challenged, which is something else.

Finally, from a technology point of view, there is some room for improvement. There is no means of recording a fortnightly breakdown of your earnings (assuming you have the proof) on the form that they've provided to challenge the debt.

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

Trixr

Re: Oops

People like to sh*t over Exchange for some reason (metaphorically speaking), but I have had plenty of cause to be grateful there's a single-line command that can yoink that kind of thing out of every mailbox in the organisation.

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Sayonara North America: Insurance guy got your back when Office 365 doesn't?

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...AND the mitigating "technical solutions", as alluded to in the article. Such as the backup the vendor doesn't actually provide or charges several body parts for. Such as inter-site replication (if they offer it).

It all adds up, and frankly for apps that are used by all staff, such as email, particularly if there is a high service expectation, I don't think it makes sense once you get into medium-sized enterprises, unless you literally have no on-prem IT at all. Or if the on-prem IT is insecure and unreliable.

Sure, use the cloud to supplement your backup solution. Use it for apps that are not business-critical or have a small user base. For what remains, BE CAREFUL.

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Itchy-fingered OnePlus presses refresh, out pops value champ 3T

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Would love to get one...

But unfortunately it (in any of the three variations) doesn't support the primary 4G bands used by the mobile services I'm on in Oz and NZ (two different providers).

I could live without the storage expansion, but having to use 4G bands with less coverage is a deal-breaker.

I think they cover the bands used by Voda, but I'd set my phone on fire rather than use them.

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Lenovo: If you value your server, block Microsoft's November security update

Trixr

Re: Go ahead

Try and get that all up and running in a day, complete with robust HA. Exchange just works, for enterprises with more than a few dozen people.

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Brit upstart releases free air traffic app for drone operators

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Yeah, thanks, whether or not a drone being ingested into an engine during a critical flight phase can cause a catastrophic failure - btw Concorde crashed because of a small strip of metal - frankly, as a passenger, I'd rather that pilots were entirely undistracted by things buzzing them outside the windshield while they're on final approach to an airport like LHR, FRA, LAX etc.

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SQL Server on Linux: Runs well in spite of internal quirks. Why?

Trixr

Re: Exchange?

Bollocks. Sendmail isn't even the best MTA. I'd rather Postfix as my gateway x1000.

Exchange is frankly unrivalled in the enterprise for scheduling, shared mailboxes, general mailbox management, HA, etc etc etc. Set it and forget it.

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Microsoft's cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell in Windows 10 preview

Trixr

Re: Well Done Microsoft

WIN+R > "cmd"?

That's the way I've accessed the command prompt for nearly 20 years. That's not going to change.

I mean, with all this screaming, you'd think that MS was doing away with it altogether, which is patently not the case. They're rejigging a couple of shortcuts, FFS.

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Trixr

Re: Yet another Windows 10 annoyance

So they'll not "pry cmd.exe from my cold hands" and yet you use Cygwin anyway. Logic fail.

I detest Cygwin - back in the NT/early 2000s days, I installed Perl on servers to get away from the dreaded VBscript when you needed to chain a lot of stuff together or do heavy string manipulations.

But PS is even better than Perl in terms of Win systems management, and is pretty good with strings/regexes (although the -match syntax is odd). I just wish PS had an equivalent to DataDumper, which would help old batch scripters get used to what's going on inside arrays/hashtables (yes, you can do get-member, but that's not the same).

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Trixr

Re: ksh or nothing, thank heavens for cygwin

I'm no Mac fangirl, but frankly, if you detest windows so much, why on earth aren't you running PS on a Mac?

It sounds like your environment is virtual, but there's workarounds for installing a Mac guest.

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Three-commas Thiel expresses love for himself, Trump and downtrodden millionaires

Trixr

I can't believe he's gay

That is literally the worst haircut I've seen on a gay man. Although the "Trump junior comb-over" doesn't really favour anyone.

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Boffin's anti-worm bot could silence epic Mirai DDoS attack army

Trixr

Re: "prompt the user to reboot"

Yeah, I don't know what the angst is, other than breaking laws. How many consumers are using telnet with these devices?

For those who are, you'd expect they'd be savvy enough to use another way to get in and reset their telnet environment, although then again, the apps that are supplied probably don't expose that configuration interface.

So, maybe an app update to allow that config to be exposed, assuming they're not using port 80 and no key exchange to do it.

SSH would be more of a conundrum, although I suppose if it's compromised, the same mitigations would apply.

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You work so hard on coding improvements... and it's all undone by a buggy component

Trixr

Re: Biased?

*cough* Heartbleed?

Two years to fix that little number. If you're not *paid* to go searching for problems, assuming you actually have the skill and know-how, how often do you do so?

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SAP fixes gaping authentication bypass flaw after 3 YEARS

Trixr

“Scanning conducted by our researchers revealed that there are at least 256 vulnerable services accessible online,”

So who is correct? You, or the researchers?

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NBN is essential, says Essential poll, but not Turnbull's NBN

Trixr

Re: Why, why, why?

Well, I live 4.5km from the centre of town in a state capital, and yet I can only get 4Mbps on a good day. So yes, perhaps I'd only choose to connect at 25Mbps, or even bloody 12Mbps, but at least I'd actually get those speeds.

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Trixr

Re: NBN

Yes, I'm sorry, how is that different to the regular c*ckups and delays to service when changing over copper lines at times? Obviously you've never had to get ISDN lines changed in the past.

And if they're not having to maintain two separate sets of infrastructure everywhere, then perhaps the whole thing will be more seamless/better resourced (if the latter is currently an issue).

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ACCC could spoil startups' exit strategy

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Business in the modern age

I don't know, I think that "startup" implies quite clearly that the thing is not designed as a standalone business expected to make its own profit in a few years.

Sure, if you say your business is in a startup phase, or maybe even "do you want to invest in our startup?", fine. As soon as you say the startup IS the business, or a startup is a KIND of business, then you're talking buyout as a "strategy" once your VC dries up.

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Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills

Trixr

Re: What's wrong with the Oxford comma?

Ah, but adding the Oxford comma in your example would have confused the issue if you hadn't used the word "parents".

"I'm sure my father, Boris Johnson, and the Queen would agree."

So your dad is Boris, eh?

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IBM botched geo-block designed to save Australia's census

Trixr

Re: Disconnect it from the outside world

And if you wanted to fill in your census in such a scenario, then you would presumably have the minimal intelligence required to turn off the VPN if you'd received "you must be residing at an Australian address at the date of the census" geoblock warning.

If they'd planned for the idiocies of VPN-users, I'd object to my tax money being wasted, frankly.

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Dear sysadmin: This is how you stay relevant

Trixr

Re: Dear sysadmin: This is how you stay relevant...

Most of us have actually moved on from 1994, actually, and we even no longer wear belt holsters and pagers.

Yes, there are some old farts who fit your lovely stereotype of wanting to block progress of any kind, but the majority of us - by far - do not.

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Trixr

Re: 70% BS

Yeah, so you get one old fart who likes paper-shuffling and patching with their hand-crafted script they have to manually update with each patch release. Most of us sysadmins live in the real world, thanks.

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Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app

Trixr

I use Logparser - one of those awesome MS apps like Robocopy. Shame they can't extend that kind of quality to their OSes or Office.

Logparser will process a structured text file (doesn't have to be CSV - it's easy enough to create parsing rules) using SQL-type queries, and is lightning fast. Outputs to CSV, text, on-screen sortable grid and even graphs.

If you've got big log files (or even not so big ones) or lots in a series, that's the tool to use.

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The Rise, Fall and Return of TomTom

Trixr

Re: TomTom got me round the UK & France without once getting it wrong

In my experience, HERE is not reliable enough for route-finding in Australia/NZ, certainly not compared to the TomTom, which has never led me wrong in these countries.

In each country, HERE has let me to remote forestry roads that peter out in the middle of nowhere (yes, I knew it was wrong each time, but followed the routes out of curiosity).

And with most TomTom, devices, you can pair your phone, and use it to answer calls, etc.

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

Trixr

Re: OK Jeremy--renationalization--what then?

You can "nationalize" what you like, but the name of the party is the Labour Party. Just as it's the "Labor Party" in Australia, a country that uses Commonwealth English spelling, but the party founder was a Yank.

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Your wget is broken and should DIE, dev tells Microsoft

Trixr

I love PowerShell and use it hourly at work, but I think it's bloody stupid idea from MS.

It's bad enough they aliased "ls" to Get-ChildItem without (again) the same functionality, but creating default aliases that mask well-known tools that exist outside the shell is stupid.

If you want to create your own aliases inside PowerShell, that's all good, and if you want to use a well-known name for whatever you've rolled, that's up to you. But introducing it as a default, stupid.

Thanks for giving the rest of us grown-up and real-world Windows admins a bad name (18+ years Windows experience, but I'm also a RHCT).

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Microsoft: Why we had to tie Azure Stack to boxen we picked for you

Trixr

Sorry, that's garbage. MS has had their Hardware Compatibility List for the various products forever, and if your config is not running on the approved hardware, it's unsupported. Ring up PSS about something not on the HCL, and they'll politely pss themselves laughing.

If they had any brains, they'd make the HCL for the Azure stack super-restrictive, which would almost effectively cause vendor lock-in, but without making it look like they're trying to line their mates' pockets for no reason.

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#Censusfail aftermath: Here's what's happening inside Australia's board rooms this morning

Trixr

ASD*

It hasn't been DSD for ages.

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

Trixr

Re: I wouldn't know...

Are you seriously running your updates the same day they were released? Wow.

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics has made a hash of the census

Trixr
Black Helicopters

Re: Data matching

Citation please.

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Victims stranded as ID thieves raid Aussie driver licences

Trixr

Re: circumvent

Being an "expat"/immigrant who's lived in both the UK and Australia, I have to say UK drivers are much better on average than Aussies in traffic. If it's a big highway with nothing much around, yes, the Aussies are better (not so much dithering).

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Hands On with Project Centennial: A better app installer for Windows

Trixr

Re: Well but isn't it the primary selling point of Windows...

Since when? Even if an app consists of one exe, there are also generally a shedload of dlls and registry entries.

Sure, there are apps like Putty that consist of a monolithic exe, and Portable Apps leverages some tricks to make more complex apps portable, but I'd hardly call it a "PRIMARY selling point".

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A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet

Trixr

Re: Actually in many cases

And in the example given in the article, that's precisely the use-case they have here. Multiple interconnected tables. Relational database.

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When is a refurbished server not refurbished? Ask this Dell reseller

Trixr

Uh, the millions of businesses that rely on Dell server kit don't seem to have any problem with it. Home users are something else.

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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

Trixr

Re: Least bad?

Atlas is a great Android browser, but it's in abandonware land now. No updates for nearly 2 years, alas. I still use it, because the single-click to disable JavaScript is the best (paid version lets you save sites that should default to JS-disabled). It's also got a decent ad-blocker built in. And it's very light.

I wish the writer would revitalise it, because it does have some slight bugs that need fixing - it crashes on me maybe once a month. And there are probably some security holes (not that I use it to logon to anything other than comment forums).

I tried FF again recently, but meh. As is Chrome.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

Trixr

Re: It was so much simpler . . .

...and the 80s were pretty much peak Filofax, and well into the 90s. Plenty of places that weren't IT-related businesses were using paper diaries, address books and so on into the 00s (and there are still dinosaurs where I work who insist on ordering a bound diary each year).

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Admins in outcry as Microsoft fix borks Group Policy

Trixr

Re: No problems encountered here ...

If you don't know how to configure your environment so that you have no concerns about forced OS updates - I agree this should be unnecessary - better that you leave it off.

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Trixr

Not entirely

...you know that "Read" a policy means APPLY the policy. There are user policies that you do not want applied to all Authenticated Users.

The workaround for those, apparently, is to add Read permissions for Domain Computers so that the workstation can begin processing the GPO.

We will be testing this thoroughly.

As for the Known Issues part of the KB, for something that majorly changes the behaviour of GPO processing, I'd expect a few MSDN blog articles to generate more publicity about the exploit and the patch. In advance of its release.

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Telstra's confession to DNS-messin' explains broadband borkage

Trixr

Nice "explanation", Telstra

Surely there was more than one DNS server configured, with each modem configured with a primary and a secondary? And surely they should have planned to update the secondaries and verifying those before updating the primaries?

Also, no matter now many modem restarts it does (why would it recycle just due to bad DNS?), why would they "brick"?

Definitely more to this story.

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Google tries social again

Trixr

Is that why the recent update to bloody StreetView wanted to get new perms to every kind of media available on the device as well as "identity", etc?

Still not installed.

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

Trixr

Mine's an LG G3. Not one OTA. Not cheap and not crap.

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Server-jacking exploits for ImageMagick are so trivial, you'll scream

Trixr

Re: Developer forum is murdering ImageMagick

So I've been using ImageMagick since the late 90s - not on a website, just for a few personal projects - and I've never heard of GraphicsMagick before.

Cool there is an alternative tool, but a shame they didn't manage to get the word out there very well.

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3-in-4 Android phones, slabs, gizmos menaced by fresh hijack flaws

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Flame

Another month of no OTA for LG G3

I really like the phone, but the lack of updates is super irritating, not to mention the convoluted regime required to apply an updated ROM.

End-users aren't capable of this stuff, and I simply don't have the bandwidth to waste an hour or so on an unfamiliar procedure that can potentially brick my phone.

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Restaurant booked, flowers ordered ... Microsoft has a hot date for SQL Server 2016

Trixr

Re: I just keep wondering...

Wake up, it's not 1998 any more.

SQL is a good functional database platform.

I'd take SQL over Oracle's price gouging and ridiculous toolset. Not to mention the abortion that is RAC. I can't think of many reasons that enterprises would persist in subsidising Larry's latest gin palace.

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NZ government scraps e-voting trial

Trixr

Postal voting is worse

I used to considerately fill in postal votes for local body elections in Auckland for all the people who had previously lived at the address, but who hadn't updated their address details after moving out.

Since this was a large shared house that had been operating as a shared house for the best part of a decade, with 6-8 people living there at any time, there were literally scores of these things.

Just my bit of civic service.

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I bless the reins down on .africa ... Dot-word injunction hits ICANN

Trixr

Re: Damn you, headline writer

I have to give points to the writer for getting the line in the song right!

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Your pointy-haired boss 'bought a cloud' with his credit card. Now what?

Trixr

Re: Missing the real point

Funny how no-one here has mentioned the biggest problem with PHBs that I have found, is that THEY say NO, for years and years and years.

"We would like to upgrade the email system, we would like to upgrade the desktop, we would like to put in instant messaging, we would like to automate our patching and monitoring, we would like to develop a better reporting system for end users."

And every goddamned time I've been involved in such an initiative, it's been knocked back - sometimes for half a decade - by PHBs who don't want to spend money. Or who are to chickensh*t to try something new.

And then some vendor comes along with a cloud offering, which actually ends up costing MORE in the medium-long term, and suddenly the credit card comes out. And WE get the blame for management inertia and not being "agile" enough.

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V. R. R. Stob's magnificent saga A Game Of Dog-and-Bones

Trixr

I missed this!

Still dying at "Malus aforethought" and all the rest.

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