Happened to us as well... so it must also be "standard practice" with most companies.
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Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning
The lesson we can learn out of this is that once you send your CEO/CFO/COO over into international territory, said territory may be hostile and may attach any data devices (laptop/usb memory stick/etc) said CEO/CFO/COO may have on their person, or have with them.
Expect a lot of paranoia to erupt all over the place, and CEO/CFO/COO-types to request danger pay.
From the Usenet Oracle :
The Usenet Oracle has pondered your question deeply.
Your question was:
> O great Oracle, the one who sees all and knows all, please accept
> this humble question from thy grovelling supplicant...
> Why is Windows 95 Beta so bug-ridden it's not funny?
And in response, thus spake the Oracle:
} THE SCENE: A dark antechamber of the Gates estate, dimly lit by three
} 20" monitors suspended from the ceiling. In the middle of the room is
} a Pentium/100Hz, sheathed in a black casing. Three programmers dance
} around the machine, chanting horribly. Their pale, clammy complexion
} is cast hideously by the light of the monitors, rendered even more
} repugnant to the watchful eye bye the 60Hz flicker of the monitors.
} FIRST PROGRAMMER: Thrice the brinded net hath mewed.
} SECOND PROGRAMMER: Thrice, and once the Warp-pig whined.
} THIRD PROGRAMMER: MacHarpier cries. 'Tis time, 'tis time!
} FIRST: Round about the terminal go;
} In the poisoned upgrade throw.
} Code, which by a student done
} In minutes numbering sixty-one.
} Run-time error, protection fault,
} Crash ye first, crash ye shalt.
} ALL [as they dance around the Pentium]:
} Double, double, toil and trouble;
} Tempers burn and data bubble.
} SECOND: Fillet of a Sound Card bake,
} In the Pentium no sound make;
} Point of arrow, click of mouse,
} Scream of user, frightened spouse,
} OS/2's net use appeal,
} Steve Jobs' look and Wozniak's feel.
} For a charm of powerful trouble,
} Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
} ALL: Double, double, toil and trouble;
} Tempers burn and data bubble.
} THIRD: Click "Start" button, speed of slug,
} You would think you forgot the plug.
} Multitasking, ha ha ho
} If just one worked you'd be good to go.
} This should grab those straggling few
} Who aren't using DOS 6.22.
} Now we shall the Mac eclipse,
} While curse words cross our users' lips.
} Leave the errors in so we can fix
} And sell more...Windows 96!
} And so we will release the Beta
} For corruption of their data.
} ALL: Double, double, toil and trouble;
} Users buy, our profits double.
} SECOND: Compile it with errors through,
} Since the users have no clue.
} [Enter BillGate to the other three programmers.]
} BillGate: O, well done! I commend your pains,
} And everyone shall share i' the gains.
} And now about the program get,
} But NEVER use it on OUR net.
} Security is scarce put in.
} [Beeps of PONG heard in the background.]
} [Exit BillGate.]
} SECOND WITCH: By the usage of my UMBs
} Wicked Windows this way comes.
} Open locks,
} Whoever knocks!
} [Fade to black.]
} Remember, Obsolescence isn't an accident, it's an art form.
} You owe the Oracle a signed, handwritten manuscript of MacBeth, and a
} copy of the Windows upgrade for the P6.
Had one user who fessed up on clickee onna linkee inside a very suspicious email - but who deemed it fit to only let IT know a day or two after that incident.
I went full retard when said luser did not want to hand in his laptop for "processing" and went all the way to the top, and luser was forced to hand over his laptop. He was not too happy.
Boohoo. I don't care. If *you* don't take care, I won't be able to help you if your laptop get cryptolocked.
Unfortunately salesweasels are a nice, plump target for ne'er-do-wells as salesweasels will open any email from any sender, even if it looks highly dodgy, and click on allsorts of links just because of shiny and flashy stuff.
It's been a long while since and nothing bad had happened yet. Think my anal sphincter can take a rest now.
Microsoft reveals terrible trio of bugs that knocked out Azure, Office 362.5 multi-factor auth logins for 14 hours
When a bank starts up, it have a simple system. Which requires x amoint of people to maintain.
Over time it is discovered that this system only offer functions A, B, C and D.
And it needs extra systems to offer extra functions. So these got added duly.
Unfortunately said new systems also needs its own maintenance, so therefore extra people.
Which brings us to the here and the now. People have forgotten why there are so many people requires in order to maintain the system, and is lured by the outsourcing siren, and start outsourcing.
Now systems are failing, people don't know why, the outsourcer(s) don't give a damn about your SLA... and the people who have an intimate knowledge how the system works have been chased away, never to return.
What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs
OK Google, what is African ISP Main One, and how did it manage to route your traffic into China through Russia?
Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges
Put yourself in the cops shoes.
What would you've done if you get a 911 call regarding a hostile hostage situation, you go out to try to defuse that situation.
Of course you'll have to ASSUME that ANYBODY walking out of the door is part of the hostile party, and if said person do things quite contrary to your orders (dropping hands when ordered to place his/her hands up) you'll shoot, questions asked later.
In this case the police merely acted as a proxy - so the person who originally did the swatting is guilty of "pulling the trigger by proxy". (If such a term do exist in law).
At the recent MyBroadband 2018 an advertisement was aired about some new satellite internet SP hitting town - and they promised that lag is taken care of with certain *ahem* protocols and optimizations.
I beg to differ - have had the experience of 2000ms ping at three sites using satellite Internet to link the three together due to cable theft. We had to tune Informix to compensate for the latency.
When I demonstrated that 3G was faster and had better latency, we switched the sites over to 3G - and the satellite guys was not happy about that.
And at long last, fiber has come to the rescue, now we have 3G as a fallback option should a backhoe decide to nom nom nom some fiber cabling.
Unfortunately for some folks out in the sticks/boondocks/whatever the only feasible option is satellite Internet, and that's what they'll have to use. My sincere sympathies go with them.
Re: Simple business...
Microsoft have a choice of...
1, invest in proper QA and development, keep customers happy and lose very few customers.
2, save money on QA and development, piss customers off but still lose very few customers because most of them have no choice.
Shareholders will force them to choose 2, the users are locked in and they can't go anywhere - why would they bother offering a better product if the users are still buying the shoddy one?
This....I think we're looking at an option 2 future :(
More fun to come yet. And it may take a while to resolve as people now will disable windows updates front, left, right and center.
Won't it be a real hoot if M$ inadvertently causes some critical servers to crash and burn badly due to some dodgy server updates? (Bound to happen sooner or later, given the lack of QA).
Can't somebody produce a standard size laptop case into which you can then put your own motherboard, SSD, RAM, monitor etc?
Then whenever something fails, it's simple to just replace that part. And if the motherboard need replacement/upgrade, it can be done easily.
Case broken? No sweat. Just buy a new one, transfer all the components, and send the broken case for recycling.
Oh and make it Linux friendly too, so that any Linux/Unix-based OS/distribution can be installed on it without major hassle....
Or am I too optimistic to think that laptop companies will work together to make that a reality?
Money talks, the less money that can be wasted on the consumer and more that can go into manglement and shareholders nasty pocketses, the better...
Samsung 'reveals' what looks like a tablet that folds into a phone, but otherwise we're quite literally left in the dark
Billywindows fun again, I see.
Now we wait for Bombastic Bob to have a go at them :)
We got one laptop with the clap at the moment. Waiting for the user to come back from wherever so that I can have a prod 'n poke at said laptop and see what's going on.
Thanks M$ for the extra work. Now go away.