* Posts by JMiles

75 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009

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DXC Tech asks staff to profile their skills

JMiles
Angel

I wonder...

... how many will be listing 'familiar with basic security techniques'

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DXC spills AWS private keys on public GitHub

JMiles

Re: Techie dummy?

I get that most developers will have limited knowledge on IT kit. However, if a developer has any business working with access keys / encryption tokens / etc. then they should understands the ins and outs of how they work and how to protect them (I don't suggest they need to understand the maths of it all) but otherwise they're just monkeys working with tools they don't understand.

Oh wait. I just realised. DXC. I take it all back - monkeys working with tools they don't understand = normal.

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Techie dummy?

"a member of the technical team created a personal space on the public Github"

We always laugh about how silly the average user is with their online security but to read that a techie made this type of error is beyond amazing.

Honestly, I would automatically fire any techie that had no understanding of the implications of publishing internal corporate material on a public resource. They shouldn't need training to tell them that's a bad idea FFS!

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

JMiles

The downvotes must be from all the OSS zealots. Fact remains, despite all the hard work that has gone into LibreOffice, it remains a major step down in many respects that matter to the average office user. Instead of castigating those that don't like it, why not go improve it so its more competitive than MS Office?

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

JMiles

Jeez and the woman still wonders why tech people sneer at her. If AI were that good it'd prevent people like her from ever being born!

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Want to provision a new VM on Azure? Get in line

JMiles

Cloud is meant to be the new jewel in the Microsoft crown. What gives? Google & AWS don't have this sort of issue.

Part of me thinks Azure is very much a 'one foot in the door' endeavour by Microsoft. If they can figure out how to white-label AWS it would not surprise me one bit.

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IBM kills Bluemix, a year after killing SoftLayer

JMiles

All IBM lacks really is a single vision. They need a Bezos, Nadella or Benioff that can actually lead a coherent vision.

Not saying that any of these names are necessarily role models but at least they actually know how to do something other than accounting and marketing gimmicks. When one of those three have something to say many people listen; when was the last time anyone cared what an IBM CEO had to say?

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TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

JMiles

To their remaining customers...

If you didn't learn after the many previous **** ups that maybe you should take your business elsewhere then it may be best for you to remain silent and not complain.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Where do they think those savings came from? Maybe it had something to do with Amazon's tax rate!

Petition started here: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/fair-public-sector-procurement

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Open source sets sights on killing WhatsApp and Slack

JMiles

Re: XMPP?

What I was thinking too - XMPP (formerly Jabber) was the open source attempt to standardise messaging. It never really took off so I don't understand why making another open source protocol is going to be any different (even if it is 'easy to turn on' for sys admins).

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UK Treasury Committee chairman calls on Equifax to answer for breach omnishambles

JMiles

Any company that submitted data to Equifax is in trouble...

... when a company tells you they'll share their info with credit reference agencies they remain responsible for what happens to the data once they send it off. Once in a while I wish we did have the litigious ambulance chasing lawyers in the UK like they have in the US and can sueball Equifax into non-existence.

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Onwards to Valhalla: Java ain't dead yet and it's only getting bigger

JMiles

Re: It occurs to me...

Java on the server is well suited. The GC issues happen only in the most latency sensitive situations - think financial transactions and the like (and can be worked around - take a look at some of the high performance messaging software on java). Your average Java web app can be chugging along without anyone noticing a stop-the-world GC occurring.

When you compare it to node, ruby, php java tends to scale well too. Then you add to the mix the millions of java developers and probably the widest set of libraries that exist anywhere. Why exactly wouldn't you think it's suited server side?

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Your boss asks you to run the 'cloud project': Ever-changing wish lists, packs of 'ideas'... and 1 deadline

JMiles

"One peach was that all the data from the cloud had to come back through site to go through box “X” before going back out to the internet at large. Because, security, obvs. "

No one from the business side is likely to request anything like that. Sounds like Bobs problem was also internal to the IT department.

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Memo to Microsoft: Keeping your promises is probably a good idea

JMiles

Re: MS-as-usual

To me and many others it was obvious it was implemented horribly. That didn't stop the Microsoft loyalists rally round it and proclaim it was gonna take over in the enterprise app space when to any sane observer it had no chance of success.

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JMiles

MS-as-usual

Anyone remember Silverlight? Windows 8.1, the 'essential' OS for 'Enterprise'? Or the promise of a unified .NET development experience across Phone/Tablet/Desktop?

Microsoft rally its army of developers and customers around its new shiny with promises of enterprise support and commitment and then ditch it as soon as they think they're onto the next New Shiny.

I always laughed when I saw the MS fanboys in the office salivate over Silverlight and try to redo all the corporate apps in it. Then they salivated at the unified .NET vision and discovered it to be a marketing puff. Then they salivated over the 'come back' of Windows Phone. Those guys never learn - with MS you HAVE to ignore their hollow commitments and look at the bigger picture. Always.

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Small biz breaks out pen, paper after Brit tax collectors' Digital Form Service goes down

JMiles

Stop referring to 'tax payers' as 'customers'!?!

Tax payers don't buy anything from you.

You don't sell them anything.

It's a LEGAL obligation for tax payers to hand you money and/or fill out your turd forms online and offline.

Tax payers can't 'shop elsewhere': You have an absolute monopoly on the service you provide.

So.... please can someone tell HMarse stop with the 'customer' rubbish.

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

JMiles

In the end, the tax payer is paying for the profits of some commercial entity and the jobs of people elsewhere in the world.

I must be in the minority who believe that taking tax payers money to give it to a commercial operator who was only chosen because they could offer the lowest price by sending jobs abroad is wrong.

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Three: No fixed date yet for 4G services abroad

JMiles

*yawn*

Three 'feel at home' was misleading at the very least. They had always capped the speed abroad to worse-than-2G speeds. Finally the EU action has it seems kicked them into behaving https://jmcomms.com/2017/06/18/sort-it-out-three-using-data-abroad-feels-nothing-like-at-home/

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Hortonworks reshuffles C-suite, gets third COO in 12 months

JMiles

Big Data is not like a Big Mac

Lots of companies have experimented with Big Data solutions because they were told it is the 'next revolution' (just like data mining before it...).

However, there are 2 truths that few could deny:

1. The number of customers who have try 'big data' needs is quite small - small enough that I don't think there's room for the kind of growth that Hortonwork's early investors were betting on.

2. The techies who have to sell this stuff haven't figured how how to apply their big data capabilities to solving enough concrete business problems (all the clients I worked with who wanted this stuff already had a good idea of what they needed it for).

So extremely niche market, over-funded startup and a bunch of geeks who struggle to actually demonstrate use cases. That's why they had to IPO... their investors needed to unload their shares to the Big Stupid.

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Ofcom creates watchdog specifically to make sure Openreach is behaving

JMiles

we're watching you...

...but we have no clue what we're looking for

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Why Uber threw top engineer Levandowski under self-driving bus

JMiles

$680m in his pocket and he's not able to look up which countries have no extradition treaty and hop on a chartered jet?

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Comodo database glitch causes billing problems

JMiles

Very clear they put some code into production that quietly fooked up database records and it took them a week and a half to realise.

Yes it happens, but only because something was missed during testing.

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IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

JMiles

Seriously, the old guard of tech need to quit hiring old-guard CEOs who have little clue on leadership and innovation. The only corporate knob they know to turn is on how to cut costs and come up with new marketing spin.

William Hewlett, Dave Packard, Guglielmo Marconi, Charles Ranlett Flint - more I haven't mentioned - are all collectively turning in their graves!

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Microsoft's .NET-mare for developers: ASP.NET Core 2.0 won't work on Windows-only .NET

JMiles

Microsoft moves fast and with little notice for a big organisation. Just try to recall Silverlight, Windows Phone, Windows Mobile, Internet Explorer (I was thankful when they finally ditched it and started pushing Edge) - the list goes on!

If you want slow and steady then pick Java. If you want fast and furious pick MS. No one should be surprised by Microsoft taking pragmatic decisions very quickly when they need to.

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Pennsylvania sues IBM for fraud over $170m IT upgrade shambles

JMiles

3 year bidding cycle?

Customer deserves to get shafted. No sympathy for them - and it's clear they're not even clued up to know what they were buying or how it was going to work. It doesn't matter what IBM told them - the customer just isn't qualified to make an assessment of whether it was genuine or fraudulent

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Tech contractors begin mass UK.gov exodus in wake of HMRC's IR35 income tax clampdown

JMiles

Wait until next year..

They won't get the expected tax take from this measure and will determine that the 'only' explanation is that those who aren't paying the right taxes moved into the private sector. Therefore, expect Her Majesty's Arse to announce that the rules will be expanding to the whole economy, not just the public sector.

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Recruitment giant PageGroup hacked, Capgemini dev server blamed for info leak

JMiles

So do PageGroup still regard CrapGemini as a global leader? And is this the first time the 'well they had ISO certificates so we figured they knew what they were doing' defence has been used in public?

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Apple fans using Chrome on alert for Mac malware

JMiles

Long gone are the days that Mac users were more secure because they'd represent a more technically astute user-base and because the base was small enough for malware authors not to bother targeting them...aka The Good Ole' Days.

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Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

JMiles

Re: Interesting footnote

Who you calling an EBCDIC!

(Just kidding of course). Having seen something very similar happen at a large 3 letter NGO based in the land of gold and chocolate... I can see how this sort of stuff happens when code gets outsourced, then offshored and little bits of knowledge get lost along the way and then one day. BAM.

Twice in my career I've found such errors when inspecting code trying to debug it and finding serious errors in financial calculations. Both times the project management were in shock and took remedial action but hushed it up from going higher up the chain out of embarrassment.

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Shared services centres supposed to save £128m saved £0... and cost £4m

JMiles

Shared Services?

More like shared accountability which, if you are generous enough to share your responsibility means that no one is really responsible at all!

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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers

JMiles

HPE?

Ha, given the headlines they've been making its quite clear they have absolutely NO commitment to jobs in the UK. They should get back to keeping their bean counters busy with beatshoring.

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Neo4j CEO: We're at 'a huge inflection point for graph databases'

JMiles

Re: What goes around, comes around

Typically the relations from a vertex to an edge is stored as a physical location to the on-disk record so theory is you avoid having to create an index and then perform an index lookup.

In my previous post I mentioned using Postgres ctids - this id in Postgres is a physical location to the record on-disk (its what an index lookup might return). The caveat with ctids is that when a record is updated then the ctid will change so you'd have to update any references to the old ctid updated.

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JMiles

Relational databases are king. Except when your schema changes frequently (common in applications these days) - don't let RDBMS DBAs fool you by telling you ALTER TABLE can support these use cases; in most databases it can't.

As for Gremlin on top of SQL - it's possible but the whole point of Graph databases is to avoid JOINs when traversing a relationship. This can be done in things like Postgres where you can have an array column containing a list of ctids and its performance should be comparable to Graph databases using this approach but write operations will be slower (since you need to keep ctids up-to-date on UPDATE operations).

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Microsoft's 200 million 'Windows 10' 'devices' include Lumias, Xboxes

JMiles

Maybe...

Microsoft want to get everyone on the same and latest OS to reduce the number of platforms they need to issue security fixes for.

Imagine you don't upgrade for a while and then some security weakness gets discovered in your version of the OS and you become an unwitting participant in a botnet. I suppose the damage caused elsewhere would come out of your pocket since you were the one who decided not to update to get the latest codebase?

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Silicon Valley high rollers toss $36m at 'data centre OS' Mesosphere

JMiles

OSv...

OSv by cloudius systems Is another newcomer trying to be a cloud OS. Takes a different approach to mesosphere. Is Open Source. Worth checking out.

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Microsoft's 'loss leader' Office 365 pricing strategy? NO THANKS

JMiles

Theresa Connor, who works on US competitive strategy for productivity at Microsoft, said the "minute you engage in a price conversation it's very difficult to compete".

So... one mega corp (Microsoft) can't compete with another mega corp (Google) on price. Begs the question, are Google just more efficient at creating business applications? Or maybe its because Google don't rely on Google Apps to subsidise the rest of their empire.

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

JMiles

Hmm

"RBS Group has also pledged to spend £750m on its computer systems, both front and backend, and says it already spends £2bn a year as part of its IT budget."

They do spend well, but not particularly wisely. Like most large companies they will spend years dreaming up requirements, then go buy up various blocks of enterprise software that they think may do the job and then expect lowly-paid techies to implement a solution in a few short months.

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Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER

JMiles

Just as bitcasa does the opposite

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

JMiles

ARPU

£49.8m revenue and 24m UK users. So average revenue per user of £2 per year. It must surely cost them a big chunk just to keep the lights on in the data centres so what kind of profit is everyone expecting them to make?

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IBM can't give away its chip business: report

JMiles

Apple?

Tim Cook is often in the market for chip related things. Not sure he's interested in having an aging fab though but a US-based fab that Apple owned and ran for chip development and proofing? Could be a possibility, maybe even as a joint-venture with IBM.

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Infected Chinese inventory scanners ships off logistics intel

JMiles

Language?

"Infected scanners once connected to one firm's wireless network attacked its corporate network via the SMB protocol, morphing to infect using the RADMIN protocol more than nine servers after it was initially blocked by a firewall."

The worst sentence construction award goes to this 'journalist'. I know The Reg are a bit laid back when it comes to their (ab)use of the Engish language but a school kid would get sent to the head for this effort here.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

JMiles

How the tides have turned. 10 years ago it was the operators who got to push around even the largest mobile makers (at the time it was Nokia).

Truth is, operators have tried to be sneaky too - pushing Android devices to consumers who were clearly after Apple ones. Now operators are less likely to do that.

In the end, it is the operator who decides how many iDevices they want from Apple. If they under-estimate they'll lose out to competitors and if they over-estimate they'll be left on the hook for commitment they can't meet. This type of model is not unusual in other industries (e.g. try getting a multi-gig data connection to some remote location without an up-front commitment)

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HP CEO Whitman: We've built the PC that GOD wants

JMiles

Futility

"Whitman, a former Republican candidate for the governorship of California"...

Well the woman is certainly well versed in futile pursuits. The taliban have as much chance of getting a seat at Westminster as any Republican has of becoming governor of California.

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Judge smites IBM's anti-Amazon cloud campaign

JMiles

So IBM will now have to pay for...

1. Mindlessly slashing costs in the mistaken belief that customers ONLY care about price. Amazon won on a HIGHER priced because their solution was judged to be better.

2. The mistaken belief that 'technical' work should be totally outsourced to far away places with no focus on driving their brightest onto interesting things that push technology forward (no, those interesting 'R&D' roles are reserved for phd types who are busy banging out patents). Once Amazon was done using its smart engineers to build a book store it put them to work to innovate cloud hosting and they've done a remarkable job. IBM could never match this, they resource people in the belief that technical resources are just like cheap manual labour - undifferentiated and easily replaceable.

Unfortunately, in places like IBM where the bean counters are entrenched - they're often the last ones to go after all the useful people have been fired / rebalanced / off-shored.

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Violin Memory falls through basement in first day of trading

JMiles

Niche hardware maker in a world where...

every specialised element is rapidly becoming commoditised and a significant base of potential customers are cost focussed (Facebook wants it high-density, fast and CHEAP - Google puts as much as it can in whiteboxes, etc.).

I wouldn't short the stock but it isn't likely to be going up until one day it might get acquired.

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Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats

JMiles

Not sure what the fuss is here, there have been/are mobile nosql solutions around - db4o being one of the early ones I remember.

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Torched £30 server switch costs phone firm millions in lost sales

JMiles
Angel

Re: Are companies really responsible...

Well someone has to handle it, those chips and pins won't find their way to charges on a credit card on their own.

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

JMiles

Vendor certifications...

Never spend your own money on them, never think they're worth more than the cost of the ink and paper used to produce the certificate.

If you want to learn something real take an OU course or if you want something free then take one of the many online courses offered by MIT and others. If you need a qualification to further your career then you've got the wrong employer - of almost everyone I've worked with, few have been hired on the basis of a vendor qualification.

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Microsoft cedes board seat to activist investor

JMiles

Mark this moment...

For THIS is the moment that Microsoft as an IT heavy-weight ends. Many did not like Microsoft under Bill Gates for all their anti-trust issues, and even more criticised Ballmer's failings but when the financial whiz kids get onto the board... well the phrase 'there goes the neighbourhood' comes to mind.

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

JMiles
Devil

Re: An unvetted temporary contractor sysadmin?

Well the NSA must have been aware of Microsofts usual incompetence so expected 'sharepoint' to do anything but. Guess Microsoft didn't drop the ball for once.

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