* Posts by Alistair

2500 posts • joined 18 May 2007

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?

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“In your greenfield you can introduce a microservice architecture so that the developers and new applications can use the latest technologies, build tools, frameworks, and methodologies to help the business innovate and adapt quickly.”

The only greenfield this has direct relevance to is the green field(s) that are now legal here in Canada. Someone done been smokin a bit too much.

I'm the body that knows the 20 year old legacy system. I'm movin on.

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How an over-zealous yank took down the trading floor of a US bank

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Re: Console

I was on a DRP exercise once where our Z mainframe ran into this issue as they'd used a FF printer as the 0 console....... Even mainframe's can run out of memory eventually.

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Developer goes rogue, shoots four colleagues at ERP code maker

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Re: A gun is involved in every single mass shooting.

--- no gun, mass shooting? -- I'd say that would be video coverage of a magnetic linear accelerator?

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Got any ecsta-sea? Boffins get octopuses high on MDMA – for science, duh

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Re: Humans in Ibiza

@Chris G :

That just depended on where you lived. No one *ever* called it ecstasy before the late 80's anyhow.

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Spent your week box-ticking? It can't be as bad as the folk at this firm

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Re: “were quoted a ridiculous price and told it would take four months”.

@AC

Morel of the story, never ask someone you've shafted/pissed off for a reference.

I've been kept in the dark and had $#!+ thrown at me for almost 20 years, thanks, I think I'd make a better morel.

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Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Break date.

--- B side ready for a break -- time to put the A side back to work.

While I get the distance/risk bit I'm still somewhat curious as to why they don't swap them on a regular schedule. Especially now that they've patched the original issue on the A side. (something like every 200 sols or such)

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Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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Hang on a moment folks, I think I left my notes at the other end of my integral tree.

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You'll never guess what you can do once you steal a laptop, reflash the BIOS, and reboot it

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Re: OMG we're all skrude!!!

@steve 124:

so -- with wasting a beer, you're now to be known as steve 123?

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New MeX-Files: The curious case of an evacuated US solar lab, the FBI – and bananas conspiracy theories

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perhaps a massive TOR exit point and the FBI are there to check the logs?

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2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit

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Re: Problem-solution dichotomy

@Voyna:

You keep saying these things that make me want to meet you .......

"So... why shouldn't we have stuff? So long as society as a whole is treating people decently, and things are sustainable, I really don't care."

And sometimes I think you're layering stuff in there that means far more than the words on the page.

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Chromebooks gain faff-free access to Windows file shares via Samba

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people keep forgetting that Server Message Block is a communication protocol. That there was at one time a number of stupid uses of this communications protocol is the problem.

Common internet file system is slowly and quietly catching up to networked file system.

Samba was a suite of tools that (at the time) made using and connecting to the stupid services run out over Server Message Block somewhat doable. Sometimes. When MS wasn't playing hide the pickle.

<and if you get that last line, a) you're old enough to know better and b) I can tell you where you were in May of 2002>

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A boss pinching pennies may have cost his firm many, many pounds

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Once, long ago, in the darkness of a friday night I was faced with an initialization process after the 5 node cluster came up, and whilst I was looking at logs, I noted that the bundle of software that had been laboriously unpacked and distributed across the cluster was a) using about 48% more memory than it typically had prior, and while the daemons were starting up they were dumping debugging output to the logs instead of "INIT_START, INIT_DONE RUNNING".

I quietly pointed out to the release manager that we'd received a debug set from the QA team and we'd best either roll back or have QA do up a run without the debug. QA reported that it would take between 20 and 38 hours to recompile the application suite.

Y'all just *SPOILED* buggers with your 10 minute compiles.......

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Google skewered in ad sting after Oracle-backed bods turn troll

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Re: Freudian slip?

@Bibbit:

Glad I'm not the only one that caught that. I'm hoping that it was a sly nudge on the whole 'we're radicalizing both ends of the entire population so they don't see what we're letting the wall street financial trolls get up to in the next 5 years'. But I suspect it was just a typo.

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Thunderstruck: Azure Back in Black(out) after High Voltage causes Flick of the Switch

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Re: How odd ...

@ Milton.

I have an email to send to quite a few folks I've worked with over the last 20 years soon. I think that main paragraph, in white 6 pt text on a white background may just sneak in there......

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Re: Title should be

@Diodesign

Since we're going musical I guess it's safe to say that MS has seen the clouds from both sides now?

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: has anyone else

@ Jake :

I lost two toenails to an HP L6000 CPU heatsink in the early 00's. Mind you having it drop off the top node in the rack probably didn't help.

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anyone recall laserdisks as permanent data backup?

powder fire extinguishers?

long hot humid days in storage?

Migration to new permanent data backup media..... *sigh*

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Roskosmos admits that Soyuz 'meteorite' hole had more earthly origins

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Please dear lord DO NOT put this one on DJT's desk. Find *SOMEONE* saying something untoward about Melania for him to read.....

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Huawei Mate 20 Lite: A business mobe aimed at millennials? Er, OK then

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Headphone jacks:

Currently the only purpose to a headphone jack on any phone that I use is to provide the FM antenna. I have several very dead button type headphones about (thanks to cats, 12 year old and shoddy build) that provide this service admirably. So I can listen to the FM radio on my phone. On a bluetooth headset.

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Fast food, slow user – techie tears hair out over crashed drive-thru till

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And of course, there's always:

Me: "Good afternoon, @#$%@#$% command centre, how can I help you?"

Her: "I was told that the power outage in the data centre was repaired and everything was back online, is this correct?"

Me: "Well, yes, we've recovered from the power failure and most systems are back online, how can I help you?"

Her: "Well, you're absolutely wrong, I'm at my desk in the data centre and none of the lights are working, and I can't turn on my computer!!! You guys need to change that message on your phones right now, and get back to work on the problem!!!"

<queue puzzled look at my compatriot, who can hear this woman screaming at the top of her lungs into my headset>

Me: "Ma'am, which data centre are you in please?" <We do have several, although there are *NO* desks in any of them and certainly damned few user desktops>

Her: "I'm in the 8th floor computer centre at 888 #@$%@ street, in room *#$%^, and the lights wont go on, my computer wont go on and I'm pretty sure my phone isn't working either"

<aaaaaahhh!!!! Thats an outbound call centre phone pharm, not a data centre, aaaaaaaaaaand there *should* be a rather long banner hung on the doors about the building service and where the reps are supposed to go instead for the day>

Me: "Are you aware that the building is under power maintenance, and you are supposed to be across the street in 1 @#$%&^#& @#$%&# on the 9th floor?"

Her: "Oh, so it was you that told the security guards that lie!!!!"

We wont go into where I and my compatriots took this dear lady, but we'd already had a 4 hour power outage to deal with in our data centre that day and we were looking at about another 11 hours of work to sort out the fallout on a long weekend sunday. All I can say is that I was thankful for the hold button. She ended up across the street on the 9th floor with her co-workers about an hour and half later, but *ONLY* because we had a call from someone already there and managed to connect the two bodies to convince her that we were not "Utterly incompetent lying @$%^@#$%^s" Sadly for her, it ended up being her second last day on the job. Inbound calls were recorded all the time, and she got pretty darned foul.

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@Arthur.

*shudder*

adb scripts. *shudder*

No, I have no idea what the hell I'm talking about ever, ever ever again.

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Golden State passes gold-standard net neutrality bill by 58-17

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Re: no surprise

@Fatman:

They were just demonstrating that you can't teach a sneech.

@Eds: Along with the popcorn icon, we also need a Horton, sitting on an egg icon.

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Re: no surprise

Ahhh Bobby.

I really think that your best move now will be to try and obtain residence in the 1800 block of Pennsylvania in DC. You could at least then have the company of your equals.

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Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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Re: an anarchic term

@JB(nb)

ITYM archaic :-)

Considering the back and forth in this thread on the subject it seems pretty anarchic to me. Perhaps chaotic is more apropos.

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Salesforce boss Marc Benioff objects to US immigration policy so much, he makes millions from, er, US immigration

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Well -- H1B and whatnot notwithstanding.

I've just handed in my resignation with my long term Canadian employer, and I'll be working for an American company now. From home. Remote. No visa needed. Although, having asked the question, I've been told I'd be greencarded without issue.

First time I've needed a passport in a long time. (Have to visit head office for the initial Hi, howareya, this is how we do it meetings).

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OMG! Battle looms over WTF! trademarks

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WTF P&G, Ur TMing LOL? U Cdnt CLN a Pmoji!

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Just how rigged is America's broadband world? A deep dive into one US city reveals all

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@Jtom:

The word is spelled L A T E N C Y.

Now, Unidirectional services just buffer that out of the way.

Try voip over Satellite Internet. < I have, on a boat. it can be an Interest ing ex per ience > I don't recommend trying out FPS. Especially when its snowing.

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

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Re: Boo Hoo

@AC It's almost as if this was done on purpose,

Congratulations, you're a good bit of the way there. A bit more reading and observing and you'll be on to the game......

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

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Re: Keep Calm and Carry On

--- so -- thats where the grey smoke comes from.......

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Re: Err

@Atomic:

The red stuff or the black stuff?

And if the Heineken was red, I don't want to know the rest of the story yet. (There's a quart of stout upstairs somewhere I'll need to grab)

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You want how much?! Israel opts not to renew its Office 365 vows

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Re: Libreoffice is free and just fine.

Hamish:

I have a tendency to use RTF. It seems from my experience that it is far *more* portable than even PDF.

But I don't rely on fancy formatting or fonts.

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Microsoft Visual Studio C++ Runtime installers were built to fail

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I like the header pic on the article. I can think of a *whole bunch* of news worthy articles that it would work very well against.

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Use Debian? Want Intel's latest CPU patch? Small print sparks big problem

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Re: Groan...

@GrumpenKraut:

So, now the Copyright infringement folks can follow your trail and hunt you down!

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Re: Groan...

@Rich2:

Ask wallstreet about "over inflated worth". You might be surprised about the perspective of over inflated.

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@Updradt102:

Well, sadly, your example is already reality, if one owns a VolksWagen with a TDI MKV engine.

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Et tu, Brute? Then fail, Caesars: When it's hotel staff, not the hackers, invading folks' privacy

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@ Jon:

If you're willing to absorb the penalty you will likely be nailed with, have the SO engage that while you're in the hall. Use your card to unlock the bolt, take two steps back and give the door a good solid kick. You will then understand the utter uselessness of those cute little chains and or slidy loops of white metal, that have been plated in brass like finish.

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Re: NEUKlearer HyperRadioProACTive IT Weapons Systems ... Not a Foe for Fights ...

@AMFM:

There was a time in the *past* where the mob had a huge influence in Vegas, and there is little question that the "What happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas" expression *probably* came out of their blackmail habits. I'm not so certain that we're dealing with the same mentality in whatever security theatre is running Ceasars. I'm inclined to agree with the "We had some shit happen, so now we have to be SEEN to be DOING something" class of theatre.

As for why Vegas, well, it is on one of the more solid portions of that section1 of the continent. I suspect that in the zombie apocalypse, it will be quite well defended and, other than starving to death, rather well defended.

1. It is still however quite prone to earthquakes, relative to, say, the lower portion of the Canadian shield, or, say, Cincinatti.

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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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Re: "No, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange"

That was a rather punny reference.

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Prenda lawyer pleads guilty to moneyshot honeypot scheme

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There is a pivot to the *current* case, and that is that Hansmeier still has an outstanding appeal pending that could in fact toss out *all* charges against him, resulting in *this* judgement being moot and invalid.

Apparently his partner in crime is 'helping' the investigation and is basically free and clear at the moment.

I know a *real* lawyer, who actually takes her job quite seriously, and one just has to mention these two and she has a tendency to become volcanic.

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Prenda pringe prang

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Prenda pringe prang

Hansmeier copped a guilty = bypass a trial now, hang off the contest of the 'pitch out all the charges'.

can someone *not* find this bugger and help him to do his time for screwing folks over?

Oh, and locate the stash of cash while you're at it and help out a couple thousand homeless folks.

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Facebook Messenger backdoor demand, bail in Bitcoin, and lots more

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Re: Animoto

@ThatOne:

It *might* be possible that the location data is relevant to IP law, but who knows these days, since IP law seems to be better phrased as Disney's law.

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Re: Facebook privacy?

They'll have more than enough info on a particular phone if they do that

Quite sure they can tap the endpoints (phones) with the assistance of the network provisioners (i.e. telco's) **SINCE THOSE LAWS ALREADY EXIST**, and could track the conversations before they were encrypted. The issue here is that ... well... finding these bodies on the street, or finding out what their real cell numbers are requires that the FBI, ICE, Border Patrol, Local Cops, CIA, NSA, and NASA all talk nice to one another and do this thing that is so ultra new, cutting edge and outrageously exotic called COOPERATING, instead of DICK WAVING.

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Re: @ psychonaut

@Pascal, And this is why I hunt down WoW time cards rather than give them a CC number. Damn I can't wait for Blizz to get the BlizzCash cards out......

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Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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Re: Old Linux ?

@ PeterM

Similar hardware, my mom gave me a copy of minix for christmas. Had a blast.

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If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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Re: big screen landfill

"Erm no, as I can't hold a keyboard a tablet and wipe my arse at the same time as I love using a tablet while on the toilet. "

Sounds like its time to invest in a bidet.......

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We've Amber heard a NASty rumour: Marvell man touts private cloud box

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Re: As old fashioned as I probably sound

@GIRZIM:

I'm going to have to take a flamethrower to your post, if only for the mention of G.P.'s stupidity sink. Possibly for the lack of the sarcasm font, but I suppose I can't blame you for that.......

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Oh my Tosh, it's only a 100TB small form-factor SSD, SK?

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Re: No-one will ever...

I'm sorry Pen-y-gors, I cant see anyone doing that.

And the pod bay doors are still locked.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: The one thing I wholeheartedly agree with Jobs on ...

Without a stylus my touch pad signature rather looks like it was written on board an outhouse atop a Falcon 9 as it passes through maxQ.

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Wasted worker wasps wanna know – oi! – who are you looking at?

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Re: Wasps

I found diatomaceous earth to be more effective than poisons.

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

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Security did no homework, just gut reaction

@Iain: "when a scumbag whose name isn’t worth remembering "

Thank you. This is something we need to do more often in cases like this, both on SocMed and in journalism! Kudos!

Looking at the tweet, yes, it is in context clearly a joke by someone who is actually *capable* of the implicit 'threat', the problem, I suspect, was that someone in the security team on the hotel side went "Oh shit man, this guy could make all the slot machines shit tokens all over the carpets!"

Issue: Cost management processes, the hotel is employing cheaper security and they've not the wherewithal to deal with the idea that someone could live by the 'just because you can doesn't mean you should' perspective.

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