* Posts by John 104

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Brit spooks 'kept oversight bodies in the dark' over data sharing

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So, just like the NSA

Do things you aren't supposed to do, knowing you shouldn't, but not giving a damn anyway. Keep doing it until you get caught, and then explain your way out of if, while lying about how you are going to fix it and not do it again. Then do it again. Fuckers.

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

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Priceless

Best ending in a long while. Love it!

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Blade Runner 2049: Back to the Future – the movies that showed us what's to come

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@ROLLERBALL

Also the original Deathrace 2000

Back to the Future II 1989 2015 Hoverboard

Seriously? An electric skateboard with the wheels turned sideways does not HOVER! unless you consider that split second before you hit the deck after you loose your balance as hovering? But, really, that seems more like falling with the very slim chance of missing the ground entirely.

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Re: V for Vendetta, 1984 etc.

@Brazil

Or 13 Monkeys

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Thomas the Tank Engine lobotomised by fat (remote) controller

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Re: Expensive importing goods to the area.....

@Pedigree-Pete

Considering the nature of the line, I'd guess they are running back dead-head (empty).

For those who don't know, multi engine trains are no new thing. Go watch vids of Tahachapi Pass or Cajon pass on the West coast for some good examples. Or older footage of the SP lines in Oregon.

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

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So we mandate that the users must have some form of encryption on their devices. For Macs this is pretty easy (just turn it on); it's harder on Windows but still doable.

Harder on Windows? Only if you are a biased, clueless MAC user. Enable bitlocker. Done. The decryption keys are stored in AD. End of problem.

As for keeping data on the phone secure, that's easy too. Require encryption on your mail app. Require RBA on documents. Use Office365. Done.

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Twitter: We also made a shedload of cash from Russia's trolling during US White House race

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Outrage!

As in, where is it?

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Am I Insane or...

I see a lot of folks sticking up for the two that got sacked. Excuse me, but they knew about it, failed in their implementation and then what? Did nothing? These two are not off the hook. Expect to see them in congressional hearings at the very least.

As for Equifax, sure they are doing what they can to assuage consumers fears, but not enough. Their check your SSN site is still a joke. A user should be able to just put the last 4 of the SSN in, along with a last name and get results. WITHOUT signing up for anything.

I expect a class action lawsuit will be forthcoming. It will present damages so high that Equifax will be no more. What monies they have after the pay out will go to government fines and an escrow account used to pay for identity protection for the entirety of the US for the next 80 years. They are finished as a company. Anyone besides damage control folks would be wise to start looking elsewhere for work.

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Re: What you knew yesterday (or when you graduated) about cyber security is already outdated

@have a sip on me.

You cheap bastard! It's a virtual beer! At least give him the whole pint!

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: Personal experience

Maybe they stopped working because you weren't talking nice to them?

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Re: LMFAO

@AlexGrayhead.

You're welcome.

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Re: People compare apples to oranges, as usual

@llsa Loving

OK. Samson RTE 2 - Bluetooth. $47. 40mm driver, rechargeable, blah blah.

Argue all you want, but $200 is still a hilarious price for crap headphones. These ones don't have a cool B on them, but I bet you could fix that with a sharpie and impress all your friends as you jog along prettily with your $1,000 iPhone on the arm holder, you know, so everyone can see what you bought.

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LMFAO

Sorry, but anyone who punts $200 for consumer grade headphones is an idiot. Go to Amazon, search for reference headphones and buy a $50 set of Samson's. They sound incredible and are NEUTRAL! beats are nothing more than over-hyped bass biased headphones with very clever marketing.

And good luck in the lawsuit. This is Apple after all. Even if they loose, they'll never pay out.

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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@ITNoob.

Wow. Lot of fur flying in that thread! Thought I was on Gizmodo for a minute

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Starting at $1000

TL:DR all the posts, but I haven't seen anyone mention this. The X starts at 1k. This will likely buy you the 32 or 64GB version. To get more storage, it will be $1,200 or more. Just wait.

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Flying electric taxi upstart scores $90m from investors

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Re: "it can land vertically in practice, much like the F-35 fighter jet"

@inmypjs

Sure, but that helicopter has 5 wings with fans on it. You can see because they are slowly rotating around the axis to provide even lift.

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: Pressure suits?

@DuncanLarge

What the hell are you going on about?

You would only be accelerated if there was a breach behind the direction of travel.

Heat from braking? Conventional brakes would only work if the train was on rails... Remember, this is a maglev. It will be hovering and all braking and acceleration will be provided by magnetism. Any heat generated by these systems should easily be shunted outside of the tube.

I'm no engineer, but these things didn't take much time to consider...

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Strip club selfie bloke's accidental discharge gets him 6 years in clink

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Illegal Transport?

That has to be mis-information. There are no laws against moving a firearm from state to state. There may be restrictions based upon the type and state law such as magazine capacity, or bullet buttons, etc, but that would just about be it. Typically pistols don't fall under this category except large capacity automatics.

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Celebrate Diversity!

Just don't say someone is different.

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Creditors urge Toshiba to consider bankruptcy – reports

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Re: The world never stops to amaze me...

The company I work for never makes a profit. It is by design. Has Amazon EVER made a profit?

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GPS III satellites and ground station projects get even later as costs gently spiral

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Paris Hilton

Re: Do you have any idea how GPS works?

@Lee D and Sir Wired 1

And that, folks, is the state of today's The Register. The ole gray mare just aint what she used to be.

Even Paris misses the old days.

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Sysadmin Day 2017: Still time to get the beers in

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Re: Seriously?

Trevor, we don't all live in a dream world.

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WTF?

Seriously?

DevOps made developers into sysadmins

Don't even dare to put developers into the sysadmin bucket. Some have a clue as to what it takes to install, configure, and maintain infrastructure. Most do not. So please, don't cheapen our work any more by saying that.

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Democrats (still a thing, apparently) are super unhappy about AT&T's Time-Warner merger

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Re: Time Warner is Not a "Telco"

@Daniel M

Which is why the FCC isn't involved.

Didn't AT&T try this years ago and got told no way by the FCC?

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Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

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Netflix Worth It?

We don't pay much a month for the service. Around $20 for streaming and DVD rental. But the content isn't that great either. Streaming is OK if you are into documentarys. Their original shows are not to my liking, so there is no value there. Disc rental has a so so library. We keep our subscription because it is cheap and offers some entertainment. If the prices ever go up dramatically, I'll likely just cancel. Plenty of content to stream on Amazon Prime after all..

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Stop this crazy crusade! Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon scold FCC over net neutrality

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Netflix

Kudos to Netflix. They had a nice banner on the home page encouraging subscribers to write the FCC and tell them to knock it off. So I did. Looks like the big players were getting ready to do so as well, but I beat them to it, so there. :)

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Vendors rush to call everything AI even if it isn't, or doesn't help

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Re: Same thing...

I may be dating myself here, but this was the same sort of thing with VCRs back in the 90s.

Everything was advertised as HQ. "4 head vcr with HQ" was the hype. Labels on all the boxes, panels, everywhere. What was this amazing HQ they spoke of? High Quality. Fucking genius.

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Kerberos bypass, login theft bug slain by Microsoft, Linux slingers

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Dick?

"We will never be reimbursed for the cost to our lives and the lost time to our companies for having done this favor to the world," he said. "As a society, we need to understand what the costs of this work are."

I'm sorry, but if you don't enjoy doing this sort of thing, that is your own fault. No one is asking you to do it (but we are glad you did). Find something else to do with your time and get paid for it, or quit bitching about not getting compensated for what you do in your spare time.

I spent 5 years restoring a vintage boat. It cost me a lot of money and time. In the end, I have a beautiful boat that I enjoy motoring about with the family in. When I got done with it, I didn't bother crying to the classic boat community about how I'll never get reimbursed for my time on the project. Or how the world needs to be informed about the cost of restoring old shit. I did it because I enjoyed the work and the reward.

Perhaps a lesson in humility is in order here...

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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It is feared that Russia will try and obtain sensitive acoustic data from the carrier by sneaking a submarine into the trials area. That acoustic data can be used to precisely locate the “Big Lizzy” while she is at sea and ultimately be used to launch torpedoes at her.

Meh. Satellites would do just as good a job against surface ships.

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Rackspace goes TITSUP in global outage outrage

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I'd like to know who the load balancer vendor is. Any equipment that just says fuck off because it is out of license is something that I'll never buy. No support because that expired, well, that's just a gamble that something won't go sideways, but it should still work regardless...

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French general accused of nicking fast jet for weekend trips to the Sun

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Silver Spitfire

Added to Amazon cart. LOL, .98c. It will cost more to deliver it than to buy it! Prime is your friend. :)

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Murderous Uber driver 'attacked passenger and the app biz did nothing. Then he raped me'

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Fired At Will

Are we the only country that expects people to actually do the job they are hired for or else? I know the Frenchies have some ridiculous entitlements (still baffled by the riots several years ago when people were upset about having to work more than 30 hours a week or whatever). Is this common in the euro zone or?

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Darkness to fall over North America from a total solar eclipse

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Can't Wait

We'll be watching in Madras, OR. Supposedly the best location weather wise in the nation to watch. We had already planned to take time there this summer so this was a bonus. Getting lodging was a huge obstacle. However, we lucked into a rental to the south, about an hour away.

There will be an estimated 70k people converging on a town of a few thousand. They've opened the airports for camping, parking lots, you name it. Should be a proper mess. :)

Staying for the week after will allow us to ride some of the best mountain bike trails in the US and drink some of the best beer in the word.

And for fucks sake, can't we keep politics out of at least one commentard section?

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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@AC

"I have always said that the US is a thirld worl country with money.

Look at it: almost no electrification in rail, very expensive infrastructures crumbling for lack of maintenance, very expensive yet overall innefective health system, and very little done to prevent serious injury or death in many aspects: badly designed electric plugs, no decent protections in trucks, no serious safety building standards, almost no checking of drinking water quality, etc etc etc."

You have no idea what you are talking about.

In large metro areas we do have electrified rail. The size of the country prohibits running a 3rd rail for class A railroads. The distances are too great.

Health Care. Well, it isn't perfect and is getting worse from a cost perspective, but I've heard plenty of horror stories about the 'free' health care in the UK.

Building code in the US is probably the best in the world. We have high rise buildings that can withstand 7.0+ earth quakes and homes that can do the same. Older buildings are either required to be brought up to code or are condemned. And considering the tragic fire last week in the UK due to cutting corners, I don't think you have any room to talk there.

Car safety requirements are a big reason why a good percentage of cars built in Europe are not allowed into this country.

Shall I continue?

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Hacker exposed bank loophole to buy luxury cars and a face tattoo

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So which tattoo did he get? The snake? The snow flake? All of them? What a tard.

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Software 'submarine' surfaces data protection for the Nutanix hypervisor crowd

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FAIL

Silly me, I thought it was an article. Turns out, it was a marketing advert.

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You're all too skeptical of super-duper self-driving cars, apparently

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Aircraft/public Transit

Not a very good argument. Aircraft fly for hours at a time with very little to no positional changes.And there aren't thousands of them in a few square miles all moving about. So yes, it is easy to be reliable when things are nearly static. Throw in a zillion obstacles, and thousands of things trying to do the same thing you are doing and it suddenly gets very complicated and the chance for an error is high. There are just too many variables with cars vs aircraft to compare.

As for public transit. It isn't very useful in the states because the infrastructure isn't built for it. In metro areas it is OK at best. Factor in the long distances between cities in the US and it becomes slow, impracticable, and a bother. Trains are the same here in the US. Too slow, too expensive.

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IBM will soon become sole gatekeepers to the realm of tape – report

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For 2.5mm spinners to completely go away, SSDs need to become very cheap in the enterprise. And I mean cheap. We are coming up on end of life on some of our first gen SSD deployments. Its not pretty. SSDs don't gradually tip over like a traditional hard disk might. They just stop working. Placed in a RAID, you can have sudden, dramatic loss of RIAD and no rebuild option. Better hope you have good backups at that point. (we just moved to LTO7 and I'm quite happy with the capacity).

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Waymo waves off original Google Firefly driverless car

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Don't hold your breath..

This is SO far down the road for practical usage it is barely newsworthy. The tech isn't there. It is pretty amazing, but there are so many random things to deal with as a human driver that you can't account for all of them. If these things go live, it will last as long as it takes for one to kill a pedestrian and that will be all she wrote.

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Lockheed, USAF hold breath as F-35 pilots report hypoxia

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@Vonya i Mor

I get that, but comparing an F104 to just about any currently operating combat capable aircraft from any country is a bit silly.

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@F104

Why are you people even bringing that aircraft up? It's decades old. In fact, its a 61 year old platform from the very early days of the jet age. Why was Germany even flying these in the 80s as trainers when there were more suitable aircraft to train on? Sorry, but bringing up the safety of something that old, based on tech from the 40s and 50s doesn't support your argument much.

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Congressman drafts COVFEFE Act to preserve Trump's Twitter tantrums

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@PDH

The same thing happened with campaign finance. The democrats pushed the bill identifying corporations as people so they could get huge corporate donations. Well, they got it and celebrated. But when the pendulum swung the other way, suddenly it was outrage.

Regarding the COVFEFE act. Surely we have more important things that our 'representatives' should be spending their time on?

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In detail: How we are all pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed or numbered – by online biz all day

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@AC

although I always loved computers, I now really hate the way we use them these days.

Hopefully someone very smart will come along soon & find a way to stop people being such a bunch of greedy, selfish cnuts.

Have one on me.

I'm eagerly awaiting the day when the kids are out of the house and I can move away from the metro area I live in and take up some silly retirement job, spending my days in innocence and generally disconnecting from the modern world as much as is practical. Back in my day...

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Donald Trumped: Comey says Prez is a liar – and admits he's a leaker

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Re: The tech angle

@ ACH

I guess that is all that is needed these days on el Reg.

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Why The Fuck

Is this an article on Reg?

Where is the tech angle? What does this have to do with ANY technology of any sort? Is it interesting? Yes. Does it belong on this site? No.

Fucks sake, this site used to be a refuge from the political BS of the world where tech geeks could get the latest news on -gasp- technology. Might as well just navigate to MSNBC or Fox news.

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Ex-NSA bod sues US govt for 'illegally spying' on Americans: We drill into 'explosive' 'lawsuit'

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"a liberal mainstream media conspiracy to keep the people uninformed and ignorant as their representatives continue to wipe their asses with the Constitution and spit on the graves of the Founders."

Sounds about right.

We know that Stingray devices illegally listen in on unwarranted individuals, all in the name of justice of course.

We know that the various TLA agencies have access to our online computer usage from hard lines, and likely from our cell connections as well. Just in case we might have links to terrorism or something.

All approved by closed courts with no oversight.

Mainstream press does very little to call out these violations of civil rights. Lawmakers are in the know and do nothing except pretend to be outraged once in a while and vow that they are going to "Do Something." only, something never happens and we are expected to forget about it in a day or so.

And these guys are the crazy ones...

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When can real-world laws invade augmented reality fantasies? A trial in Milwaukee will decide

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I say, let them have their ordinance. then go to town on it. A 1 million liability policy is super cheap. I carry 2 million on myself and its a couple hundred a year. Order in a few hundred porta-potties and have them placed on the park, occupying all sorts of space. Tie up resources from the city or county in managing all of it. when it starts to cost them money, they may just change their tune...

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Hand in your notice – by 2022 there'll be 350,000 cybersecurity vacancies

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@AC

"What those responsible for the headline gloss over is that the ranks of real computer scientists (and technologists whose experience gets them close to the mark) is shrinking. A huge percentage of those currently in the field are happily retiring year over year, and warning their sons and daughters to find some other more lucrative pursuit."

As one of the latter, technologists with experience, and with kids, I have encouraged them to pursue careers in anything but IT. Not development (shit hours, low pay), not infrastructure (declining need). My son is pursuing aerospace engineering, and my daughters are undecided at this point (young). They are all smart and will do fine after college.

It isn't helped by the cloudification of everything. Companies see an IT salary that can be cut since infra moves to the cloud. Problem solved! So there are less positions open as the infrastructure is consolidated to the big players. As such, salaries will go down for those roles in the short term.

Folks that grew up tinkering with PCs to get games to work are aging out (myself included). Its all plug and play these days and doesn't require any troubleshooting skills or thinking to make things work. And the next step was a career in IT because not everyone could do it. You should see how useless our help desk guys are when there is an actual problem with hardware or operating systems...

So you are either very adept at technology or go to college and get a high paying job, or you don't have the exposure that a lot of folks had to get them started and get low pay and low prospects. Doesn't bode well for the industry in the next 20 years.

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Microsoft SCOM crashed some web apps, but the fix didn't fix it

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The APM started as Avicode Intercept Studio in the 00's .MS bought them out and integrated it into System Center, so it isn't exactly 'their own code' that is causing the issue. That isn't to say that they should do better testing. Then again, who the eff runs .net 2.0 any more? I'm guessing anyone that does doesn't give a whiff about performance tuning...

At any rate, turning it off isn't that big of a deal. You can leave it running all the time and get up to the minute information about your .net stack/IIS app, but it really isn't necessary. Unless your app is total crap, that is.

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Goodness gracious, great Chinese 'Fireball' malware infects 250m systems worldwide

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FAIL

Reg Fail

Thanks for the article. Always good to be aware of new threat vectors.

However, perhaps the next time you could write your own review instead of directly lifting the content, verbatim, from the referenced article.

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