* Posts by Julz

198 posts • joined 23 Oct 2009

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Your pal in IT quits. Her last words: 'Converged infrastructure...' What does it all mean? We think we can explain

Julz

Re: The new mainframe?

Yep, but without all of the high priests preening and primping it into glorious life.

Just a continuation of the inexorable raising of the level of the presented interfaces in all hardware and software systems over time. Thus reducing in the skills and the number of people required to get any given system to perform anything like what might be required. In other words, reducing the cost of providing those systems by reducing the required skills and numbers of people needed to implement them. Or just Capitalism doing it's thing.

Perhaps Thomas J Watson legendary quote, "I think there is a world market for about five computers" may not be too far out.

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Puppet Insights arrives to shine uncomfortably bright light on DevOps

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Coat

Re: Goodhart's Law

@ 2+2=5

Have a few more up votes +1 +1 +1 +1

The basis of human behavior that Goodhart's law encapsulates is both profound and seemingly beyond the wit of anyone who gets into a position of power and influence. Thus we have a blossoming of inappropriate targets and measures in all walks of life, none of which produce the results that their originators where hoping for.

I guess you could also say that it's kind of a way of turning correlation into causation but not in the way that you might have expected.

Mines the one with all of the school league tables in the pockets...

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Chinese Super Micro 'spy chip' story gets even more strange as everyone doubles down

Julz

@ eldakka

Elbonians?

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Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story

Julz
Black Helicopters

Re: One thing is certain:

Well if you were, lets say, interested in repatriating manufacturing of high tech goods back to the homeland, then casting serious doubts over the integrity of overseas manufactured goods might not be a bad move. It might even be true but whether it is or it isn't is not really that important if your main objective is playing out in the minds of your own people.

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UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

Julz

Re: Every one spies

In the 80's the KGB/FSB thought the GRU were reckless and out of control. It would seem they might have been correct.

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What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

Julz
Black Helicopters

Re: US-Govt .vs. Auz-Govt - 'Surveillance'

I think you might have to increase your no go countries a bit. Just a starter for ten:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_government_mass_surveillance_projects

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A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee

Julz

Re: Would have been helpful...

Javascript running on node.js what could possibly go wrong.

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Take the wheel, Arm tells its notebook-grade Cortex-A76 CPU: Now you're a robo-ride brain

Julz

RND?

Red Nose Day?

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Garbage collection – in SPAAACE: Net snaffles junk in first step to clean up Earth's orbiting litter

Julz
Mushroom

Re: It's a very small step toward better recovery and preventing the Kessler effect.

I guess the problem of having a powerful laser satellite with a targeting system that can spot very small chucks of space debris and that can point said laser and hit them long enough to either directly or indirectly de-orbit them is that, well, they might be used for something else entirely...

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NPM not tied in knots over Yarn rival project

Julz
Facepalm

Optional

So, the solution to the problem concerning node.js of managing the vast amounts of package dependencies, resulting code is being loaded from all over the internet, therefore meaning you don't know what code is running on your production system at any given time, is to make the process of loading this code invisible to the developers of said production system. Either I'm not properly understanding the problem or this solution sucks.

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Equifax IT staff had to rerun hackers' database queries to work out what was nicked – audit

Julz
Big Brother

Re: Impressive consequences

Maybe I'm being over conspiratorial but, it seems that the data breach couldn't have happened (well it would have been much more likely to have been spotted) if the monitoring system had been operational and that is just too much of a coincidence to be ignored.

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Top Euro court: UK's former snooping regime breached human rights

Julz

Re: So how long until this?

In my experience specific clearances are linked to your role and most certainly get revoked once you leave that role. Generic clearance levels (currently SC, DV etc in the UK) don't and can be transferred between roles but these don't function as an 'all areas access', just a sort of indication that this chap is ok and you don't have to be too careful around them. They are also time limited.

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

Julz

NINos are not unique (at one time there were three authorities issuing them) and one person can have more that one of them, not a good candidate for a national id number.

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Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

Julz

Re: XKCD rip-off

1978: Don't include any code that you or your colleagues haven't written. Practice software engineering.

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GDPR v2 – Gradually Diminishing Psychotic Robots: Brussels kills Terminator apocalypse

Julz
Mushroom

Re: its not the fully autonomous hunter killer death machines I worry about

Is that like setting launch codes to 00000000.

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UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right

Julz

Re: fundamental bad idea

"At one point following its introduction, nearly 8,500 files containing personal data were unreadable and 93 per cent of automated checks against the police national computer failed,"

Sounds like it was quite secure...

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NASA's Kepler probe rouses from its slumber, up and running again

Julz

Re: Reaction wheel failures

Why don't they use magnetic bearings?

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Boffins are building an open-source secure enclave on RISC-V

Julz

Re: What we would actually need...Multi Ghz 8 bit

@ Tom 7

What an retired colleague of mine is doing to keep active:

https://forum.mystorm.uk/t/manchester-baby-emulation/450

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Space station springs a leak while astronauts are asleep (but don't panic)

Julz

Re: Then they're hurt or killed

or Pyrrus.

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Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn

Julz

Re: Hmm

According to an expert on the radio last night, it's opportunity and aspiration based, so pick the bones out of that...

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Super-mugs: Hackers claim to have snatched 20k customer records from Brit biz Superdrug

Julz

Which one?

@ DaveTheForensicAnalyst

Would you be meaning A.S. Watson Group or their major shareholder CK Hutchinson Holding Ltd? Given Hutchinson is a Kong working out who owns what beyond that is problematic.

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

Julz

Re: Where To??

Where else, Russia...

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Julz

Hum

Whom at the hotel was monitoring all their guests twitter accounts? Is this normal practice in the land of the free?

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Rights group launches legal challenge over London cops' use of facial recognition tech

Julz
Black Helicopters

Re: A fine distinction

@tiggity

ANPR cameras are widely used and have been so for a long time. Ask any IRA member about changing the number plates on their vans as they drove around doing their dark business both in Ireland and on the mainland.

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

Julz

Re: US FOIA request declassifying UK documents?

# Hey Lobotoman! CALL -151!

Our cousins over the pond routinely declassify stuff that is still classified here in Blighty. Causes considerable discomfort and shuffling around in seats among the select few.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

Julz

Re: "What did you break by getting little details like dates wrong?"

Hum, I hope I would be vigilant enough to look at the actual data before making those sort of assumptions...

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RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

Julz

Re: If, as the title says, the RAF are to take on UK Military Space Ops...

Was JARIC but it's name has now changed...

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No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

Julz

Re: Some assembly required

Hum, the market for heavier payloads to LEO or anywhere else dosn't really exist because the viable means to achieve it doesn't exist. It's a build it and they will come moment.

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Yes, Emergency Service Network will be late and cost more - UK perm sec

Julz

Re: Dog bites man; details at 6

The 2012 back end IT infrastructure systems. They were horrendously over engineered though.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

Julz

Misdirection

From the letter, "I would like to take this opportunity to also share with the Committee the outcome of out further analysis of the Countries affected by Professor Kogan's app." Any affect was only possible because Farcebook already has this data and that they shared it with all and sundry via their API. To single out Prof Kogan in this way is classic scapegoating and misdirection. Farcebook still have that data (and more) and can do with it what they wish. Are you sure it's just for slinging ads?

Oh and also, isn't it the individuals in these countries that have really been affected. What communication and apology will Farcebook make to these people.

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

Julz

I already pay for my email service.

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

Julz

Re: Yawn

Not if your dyslexic

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ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

Julz

Re: Ionospheric ramjet...

Imagery sats.

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US Army warns of the potential dangers of swarming toy drones on US soldiers

Julz

Re: Fixed wing drones

Hum, the marksman at full tilt had just over 10 seconds worth of ammo...

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

Julz

Re: Tax write-off

Green goo?

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Next; tech; meltdown..? Mandatory; semicolons; in; JavaScript; mulled;

Julz

Re: Tabs v spaces

@Guus Leeuw

Can't up vote you enough...

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Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

Julz

Well, having got rid of all of their competent SPARC engineers, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for Oracle to have anything authoritative to say on this matter.

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Julz

Re: Error?

Hum, lower resolution timers will just mean that the attack code will have to make more attempts to determine the difference between the two branches; it won't plug the vulnerability.

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Forget Sesame Street, scientists pretty much watched Big Bird evolve on Galápagos island

Julz

Re: the theory of gravity

Things are just a bit bent around the earth.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

Julz

Re: Elephant in the room ...

UBI would apply only to citizens. I guess any saving in welfare bureaucracy would be made up in Home Office incompetence. Oh well...

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Julz

Re: fast forward.

If you just think of UBI as the citizen getting a proportion of the nations GDP for being a good (for some definition of good) citizen, then I think your fears become less stark. I don't see why this would cause democracy to fall or for people to stop wanting to earn more so that they can be more comfortable. Additionally, if you set the UBI at sufficient rate (basically the most of the welfare budget) then you can get rid of most pensions and benefits so you can then remove the biggest and most bureaucratic department of our government, which as the piece suggests, is a very real reason why it would be very difficult to do. Turkeys and Christmas...

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UK Land Registry opens books on corporate owners

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Headmaster

Re: May I introduce you to...

It's English, how many rules do you want?

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How is the big switch to the public cloud working out?

Julz

Re: "Neither has delivered a knock-out blow to the other"

But in the end, one or more possible technical solutions fade and die as one solution gains traction and the resulting ubiquity and lower cost makes the others the reserve of the niche markets. We can play which is the best / most suitable , processor architecture, operating system, programming language, network protocol, PC etc. but they are mostly dead issues with only a few choices now available. The live issue is which is going to be the dominant cloud architecture. I guess I've already consigned on premises to the niche...

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Secure microkernel in a KVM switch offers spy-grade app virtualization

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Old Tech

Sun had a secure version of the Sun Ray system that did this sort of thing yonks ago.

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

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Happy

Re: Printers?

Print the part...

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US army spin-off GPU database bags $50m Series A funding

Julz

Interesting

Looks like CAFS for non-structured data.

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Software glitch led to London Ambulance Service outage – report

Julz

Re: Wow

Exacly...

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Judge holds Uber's feet to the fire over alleged Waymo tech theft

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Vote with your feet/wheels

Don't use Uber...

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From landslide to buried alive: Why 2017 election forecasts weren't wrong

Julz

Stories

The media and people want a story, the polls give them that. What am I responding to? Q.E.D.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Big Brother

Someone of particular interest to the secret services since he was born as son of a known Libyan dissident, that had just returned a few weeks ago from a visit to Libya, who was checked out and back in through border control, was allowed to go on and blow himself up. It has a strong smell of MI6 fuck up.

Oh, and back on topic, yep, our politicians will use anything, however low and despicable, to try and push through snooping legislation.

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