Job rotation is a standard security practice. The idea being someone new in the job can pick up on irregularities and it makes it harder for people collude for nefarious purposes in privileged positions. Granted I don't think many outside of banks and financial services do this.
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Re: Fucking idiots
The difference is ios only has a small overall market share. The reason microsoft get a kicking is because they have a monopoly on the desktop OS market. If you have a dominant or monopoly position on one product you cannot use that to attempt to get a monopoly in another market.
Will senior management accept that there is a finite amount of resource so if the amount of change exhausts the amount of resource then no more work can be done? No it will be business as usual pushing for more and more work to be done quickly so it can be billed. Those same senior management will then blame the overworked stressed workers that make a mistake due to having to much work and too little time.
I'd guess in practice you'd need some sort of marking system to decide how critical a patch was and something thats easy for a customer to understand ie 1-10 with anything above 5 being installed within a suitable window. ie give people a week or a month grace before it invalidates there insurance.
Its going to get to the point soon where you must really want to goto the US to visit. Its already close to ritual humiliation with the security precautions and thats not even considering the fact the airlines treat you like crap. I'd be tempted to do the transatlantic trip to Canada or Mexico first then a smaller hop to get where you wanted. IE goto Toronto and goto New York from there, or if going to California, Texas or Florida transit through Mexico.
All very short sighted. Regular face to face contact with customer stakeholders significantly improves customer satisfaction in my experience in the industry. Saving a few thousand per contract could lead to contract termination later down the line. You'd be surprised how even the worst f*ck ups are smoothed over by a 1-hour face to face.
Re: If Only OfCom Did What They Were Paid For...
Then we go back to the days of a few set speeds like when we could choose 512k, 1MB or 2MB, granted I'd hope for the most part we could better those speeds these days, but I'm pretty sure people who are sold lets say 15MB but see the line sync at 17 or 20 MB will be unhappy. Regardless of the speed delivered the cost to provide ADSL broadband is pretty much the same if you get 256k or 20MB, similarly with VDSL cost is the same regardless of actual speed delivered. So the only way for that to work would be to charge everyone the same as now but then increase price regardless of actual cost to deliver.
Would you like to pay 4x the cost to go from 20MB VDSL to 80MB VDSL regardless of the fact the cost for the ISP to deliver is the same and would you like to be stuck on set values and lose out on the line sync speed?
I've had it on my PC and laptop since it first came out and am very pleased with it. Was dubious and installing it on my niece's netbook but after doing it wish I had done it when it first came out. Its like its a different machine compared to it running windows 8.1. Definetly if you have windows 8 or 8.1 upgrade. For windows 7 support will eventually stop and you'll have to pay for an upgrade is that what you really want?
It doesn't matter who owns Openreach as long as its run on commercial lines they have to worry about competition rules, have to be careful about cross subsidies, have to make some sort of profit and the cash to put fibre into every home would have to come from somewhere. Now we're slowly edging there with FTTC and now G.Fast. However to do the last 10% will cost more than the other 90%. It will never commercially even come close to breaking even, you goto the market looking to borrow billions more than you make each year and say we want to borrow this money and spend it on something that we wont even be able to cover the cost of it and you'll get laughed out of the door.
The unpalatable options are :-
1) Slowly keep creeping fibre closer to homes(Works for 70% of the population mainly in towns and cities)
2) Massive government subsidies for rural areas.
3) Ofcom to agree increases in openreach charges so that money can be reinvested in rural areas. Two problems its anti competative as it decreases the incentives for other people to compete in those areas and customers would be up in arms if say £5 to £10 a month was added onto combined bills.
4) Tell rural people they will have to pay for roll out of fibre to there communities. I cant see many people in rural communities accepting being told they have to each pay £10,000 to deliver fibre to there homes.
Reality is you're responsibility ends at the end of your employment. The IT director is an idiot and should have handled this properly by ensuring that other people within the organisation were aware of the system and could support it going forward before sacking anyone. If that wasnt possible then he should have had the guy work his notice to ensure a proper handover.
Also given the costs involved it points to lax internal controls that would allow someone to order something that was that costly without senior management sign off.
Microsoft got batted because they were the dominant player in one market and were trying to use that muscle to move into another market. Now if the new license is loss making, and oracle have a dominant position in the database market (Over a certain market share) then they could be in trouble however there are plenty of other players in the commercial database market including microsoft and IBM.
Of course microsoft is crying blue murder they and other American cloud providers know that the rest of the world will dump American cloud services if this goes ahead. It also would most likely put microsoft in breach of EU law and most likely in breach of its contractual obligations. What EU company could live upto its legal never mind moral data protection obligations if this judgement is allowed to proceed. How long before people start pulling office 365 hosted sharepoint and email provision?
Reality is various government departments have pretty much unfettered access to your calling and internet records. Three/EE/Vodaphone have opted the method with the least overhead. So O2 have a department that checks for full stops in the right places. Given that the departments concerned can have everything the automated system allows them to have what difference does it make? Have O2 given any indication of the numbers of requests they've knocked back? And even more importantly what happens next? I suspect its just a case of the relevant department correcting a few minor errors.
The problem isnt the companies is the overly broad law with no proper oversight.
Re: Merkel has the right idea, make the non-UK EU internet like a corporate intranet
Great idea until you realise that the US already has the back doors to all of the solutions that the EU could deploy. And if it doesn't it will just install fibre taps like its already done before. That is unless the EU wants to fund a ground up re engineering of computers and networks starting at the hardware and firmware level and working up?
I like this idea I'm hopeful eventually you buy your hardware like a PC and use whichever OS suits you best. Got bored of android, try firefox OS, dont like that go back to the latest google vanilla android, then a month later fancy checking out windows phone makes sense for MS too as more people will be willing to try windows phone if they arent stuck with it for 2 years!
Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT
What nobody else has mentioned as well is what use is a secure browser if its running on an OS with backdoors, running on hardware with potential back doors is transmitting unencrypted information or is relying on trusted certificates from companies that would probably provide any certificate requested by the government which incidentally has a whole number of side channel attacks. Just mearly saying "OMG open source will fix it" which seems to be a common reaction in these parts just luls people with a false sense of security. If the NSA/GCHQ wanted to implant back doors do you think they couldn't create people with a history to do that? Don't you think they could hide the back doors in such a way that it looks like a bug rather than simply adding something that looks like a backdoor? Do you think the NSA cant find ways to intercept passwords and code being passed to and from a CVS system, or can't find a way to have the CVS code repositories including but not limited to sending someone into the physical location of the server?
People go on and on about open source as though it automatically makes everything more secure. Given the size of most open source projects it would most likely be fairly simple for the NSA to slip in a back door and thats not even considering slipping something into libraries. Additionally unless you've actually downloaded and compiled the source you cant be sure that the source code online is whats been used to compile the executable you're using.
Tweets weren't sufficiently detailed and came across with a presumption of guilt. It would probably be best to tie this into people actually being found guilty. I suspect a slap on the wrists is coming and is this prejudicial to the court case given that the tweets present it as someone is guilty rather than just charged.
Not always sometimes a business needs someone who is focussed on costs. Plenty of businesses go bust when they mature and change from a low volume, high margin product to a high volume, low margin business. I worked for a company that specialised in pay as you go mobile phones back in the 1990s for a few months they basically went down the pan as margins on handsets went from approaching 50% back to 1 or 2% in less than a year.