* Posts by HmmmYes

808 posts • joined 20 Apr 2010


It's now 2019, and your Windows DHCP server can be pwned by a packet, IE and Edge by a webpage, and so on

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I think MS has reached a point where their software i s os complex (with a lot of compekxity introduced) and their software bodies soo low (there are a lot of other peple thsn MS to work these days) that they are winging it.

Uncle Sam to its friends around the world: You can buy technology the easy way, or the Huawei

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Re: Its economic

No US compnay had much i nthe wya of market presense in 3g, 4g. Both are dominated by European cos.

NHS needs to pull its finger out and prep staff for future robotics, genomics, data-led healthcare

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Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: Out of luck.

Then its dead as far as you are concerned.

All critical boxes need to be under support. If for no other reason than to remind management these systems exist.

If you cannot get a replacement box in 1 day then its dead, just just dont know it til the psu shorts and you find yourself explaning why the companies offline for 2 weeks and there was no backup plan

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Thats never been the case, ever.

All software has bugs, some huge.

And hardware dies after 10 years.

Almost £5k for a deskslab: Microsoft's Surface Studio 2 hits UK

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Ah, the 1$ 1£ exchange rate still roles on....

Why would you spend that much to run something as shitty as windows 10 or whatever.

Maybe if it was ws2008r2, which is the cloest to a successor that w2k has.

Website programming? Pffft, so 2011. Python's main squeeze is now data science, apparently

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I like Pyhton.

I say that, as over the yars, Ive had to elarn Java and Javascript.

And support 100k+ of C++ of varioius vintage.

BT's outgoing CEO: He's officially gone, but he'll score £1m in pay, pension until Oct

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Re: BT

I dont think culture change is possible at ex public sectory/civil servicey type orgs.

Ive seen loads and, unfortunately, had to work with quiet a few.

I think the only way to to change is to sack everyone and start agian from scratch.

Upcoming report from UK's Huawei handler will blast firm for unresolved security issues

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Re: I'm prepared to believe ...

Bullshit on sytime and that report.

Sytimes valueadd was zilch - hightech company my arse. Dodgy box shifter.

That dumb hansard report details what they were doing - grey importing DEC boxes.

Describing dec as a supplier snd competitor is wrong. Sytime were breaching their license, massively so.

At tge time not only sytime breaching decs TnCs they woukd have been breaching us export controls. Total nono.

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The joint venture is a site where huawie demo their release to the intelligence community.

Id guess the following issues have occured

1 - They been unable to build the exact same release from source

2 - They dont manage 3rd party deps - letting core components go out of support.

3 - they cant fix issues as they arise.

The 3rd is the worse as it points to huawei running out of engineers.

This will be compounded further by huawie basically being a ponzi run by red army. If the stock falls then its grunts have nothing to show.

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Re: We'd like you to put our back-doors back into your equipment.

Fails as most telecom hardware is european.

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Re: A little context please

I would guess they use a long out of support version of Centos

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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Ahh yes.

Not bothered by it bar having to argue #def macros.


Ok lets use IA64 for 64 bit x86.

Oh no, we might heed to port to itanium.


A second preview of .NET Core 3? Shucks, Microsoft. You spoil us

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Re: ...running on a server since 2009...

Even with Window boxes in my building, in my network, i find they have different versions or, worse, same version but different checksums.

Anyone who goes down the road of winfows and .net needs their head testing. You are betting the farm that MS is willing and able to maintain and not break a massive lump of kutched-sinked software.

Listen to anyone whove be shat on by MS in the past - withdrawing tech, not fixing stuff, breaking stuff etc etc

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Heres my gripe - i write an application. Could be big, could be small.

I look fora long lived deployment - 10-20 years. This is not u usual. I know of lots of long lived applications, chugging away on a box in a factory and what not.

Will the application still run in 5, 10, even 2 years time? With a middleware so fucking bloated as .net the chance of the runtime ABI breaking is very high. They could have done versioning on the ABI but the size of .net will rapidly go into 10 of gbs.

Even if a rebuilt the application with each major .net release - something i really dont want to do - i bet the API will break.

Then you have the problems of a 100 machines having a 100 different versions of the library - MS magic update chooses what to update. And i get a bug that occurs on 3 out 100 boxes. Fucking insane.

If im betting money on app i dont want to be managing the hell of .net compatibility.

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C#8.0 ??

What is .net now, everything for everyone. Fools errand.

While US fires criminal charges at Huawei, UK tells legislators not to worry, everything's fine

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Re: Legacy equipment

That statement does not convey the level of urgency or out of the blueness of BTs action.

Similar actions are occuring in telecoms networks and essential infrastructure.

Repeated in all 5 eye countries, japan and taiwan. And now even Germany.

All to suck up to Trump .....

Its not Trump. The balloons gone up. Panic!

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Re: History

Ahh yes. UKGOV that centre of unparalleled software expertise....

They have a building near chippenham, run by Giles and Fiona who have an oxbridge PPE or Art History degree.

They get the chinese to show how they build and deploy releases.

They have some clever chappies loaned from industry - Oh look Giles, brown shoes and Northern! - who say - The built binary / checksum dont match.

All very clever hush hush.

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Re: Quelle surprise


The Tappy thing might sound a bit but if you look youve got an NDA signed by a high up. And youve got a Huawei grunt found with the robot in his bag. And hes probably confessed to stealing it on orders from high.

Chinese company will steal everything ftom all the source code to the spoons in the canteen.

In tge tappy case theyve got everyyhing they need to get the case thru court.

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Its software.

Most nokia hardware - CPUs are fabricated in taiwan or america. Im happy with that.

Software written in europe or states. Im ok with that.

Yes itll have backdoors in it but im fine with intercept in legal oversight.

Im not happy on any chinese software. Theres no seperation of state, law or company - all CCP, all rapacious for IP.

The chips are down: Now Microsoft blames Intel CPU supply shortages for dips in Windows, Office sales

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You say that like its a bad thing. Syste madmins, with their BO, klingon etc etc.

Oof, are you sure? Facing $9bn damages, Google asks Supreme Court to hear Java spat

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Re: Far reaching repercussions...

Shoulda coulda woulda...

You are applying development nicieties to a corporate legal pissing match.

Lawyers are cunts, greedy cunts. They dont care if the c64 is better than the spectrum.

They do care if someone can pay their fees.

There is a lesson here for companies - always check the license before committing the company to a plarform n toolset.

Anyone using .net is going to find this out sooner rather than later.

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Whats worse?

Paying 9bln.

Or having to use Java...

NHS England claims it will be all-digital within the decade

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Re: As with all things this could be great if done properly

As someone with a neighbour who's a GP - Yes. OAP use GPs as some sort ofsocialclub cum attention seeking.

Not all of them but enough to waste 50% of his time.

Any old person with a chronic condition needs to be seeign a speecialist.

A simple £20 apointment charge would solve this. It would also reduce demand for GPs by 50%, resulting in mass layoffs, which is why the BMA is so keen on 'free a tthe point of use' healthcare i.e. make work.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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MS are giving up o nwriting software.

MS are slowly but surely giving up the idea that its badly written shit software is suitable everywhere.

Today the browser.

Tomorrow the OS?

MS Winddow Server BSD 2022?

UK's BT: It's not unusual to pull Huawei from our core mobile networks

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Re: I guess what goes around comes around...aka Karma

Are you 100% on your dates?

Marconi blew up in 2001.

Huawei did not enter the UK until 2003ish - and then only minor.

Microsoft's .NET Core 3 is almost here, which means time to move on from .NET Framework

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Youve just confirmed my gripes.

ANSI->C99 - is about 2 sides of changes. It would take about 1 day to go thru and understand each update.

'Major version 3 of .NET Core. The .NET Framework is at 4.7. CLR is at version 4. '

Some, the basic platform bundle is at 3. The larger framework 4, the CLR at 4

You have 3 differently evolving packages. Then there's the combinations you might find out in the wild.

There's not static linking, everything will be dynamically linked.

Theres too many interconnections and changes for me to think that .net is a stable, long term platform.

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See, the thing is, I *like* ANSI C/C99.

Specced in 1988. Minor update in 2000 - ooh 64bit!

30 years ago.

30 years of being able to assume what available on a C platform. OK, its limited but thets not a problem.

I do the value add, he bells whistlses, and Ive got a reliable , proven, as a good as bug free SDK youll ever find in software.

Yes, its not perfect but it works.

WHat the fuck do I get with .net?

Well, for one, we are at major version3, after just 10 years of exitense.

Is the new stuff usefull, add vlaue, something Ill ever use? Probably not.

Is it bug free. No.

Can I rely on it to be around in 30 years time. Can I fuck.

Does the new stuff break the old stuff? Probably.

Ex-Autonomy boss Mike Lynch, finance VP Stephen Chamberlain charged with fraud in US

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Re: All stuff that has been seen in *any* number of buyouts.

But thats all well known, both by auditors and companies.

Any basic due dilligence would be looking for cash and contracts.

I doubt Autonomy had that many customers - a few 1000? Would nit take long to review a few years orders and costs.

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Suign the wrong people.

Need to have your auditors/due diligence team and the HP board in court.

Amazon's homegrown 2.3GHz 64-bit Graviton processor was very nearly an AMD Arm CPU

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Re: how clueless

If I was bilionaire shave headed interweb billlonaire, sitting in my old volcano HQ, thinking out a CPU for my cloud farm then I would be looking at the following:

- Processing/Wattage.

- How well the chipset/ISA plays with VM.

- Big caches.

- IO permfromance.

Compilerer performace is a no brainer. I can hire LLVMers to tweak that.

Joe Public wants NHS to spend its cash on cancer, mental health, not digital services

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This will be some sort of indirect lobbying by one of the many NHS self interst groups.

The survey would do better by asking Joe Pleb where the NHS spends its money and seeign how that correlates to acutal spend.

I think Joe Pleb will be surpised that most NHS goes on privding a talkign shop for OAPS whinging about whatever, mainly being old. And providing a midwifery service to the rst fo the world.

Capita, Serco, Sopra Steria to write cheat-sheets for UK.gov in case they collapse

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Let me rewrite that:

The bit of UKGOV failed to write enought detial i nthe contract and identify who owned what.

What the #!/%* is that rogue Raspberry Pi doing plugged into my company's server room, sysadmin despairs

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When Ive found myself cursing at a useless/crooked 'professional' business - lawyers, EAs amainly - Ive sat here brooding about ways I could fuck roaylly fuck them over.

It used to be stink bombs/hidden sardines.

These days, a small wireless ARM device deve - those gur plug things, or smething hanging off a USB dongle for power would do.

IT security? Why have expensive consultants when you a payd an agency cleaner NMW and they work out of office hours.

Behold, the world's most popular programming language – and it is...wait, er, YAML?!?

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Is YAML a programmign lanaguge?

DOnt know, dont care.

YAML is *not* XML, and thats all I care about.

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT

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Re: Pointless

Ben Goldacre is prepared to put sicence and good health practise first.

A large part of the NHS is about churn and vabity - google NHS homoepathy.

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Ive had this arugment abot Music = software.

Its not.

Sure, softwrae has some similarities with music - its a sequence of codes, some of which repeat.

However - Music does not have state. Fucking up one note does not fuck up the entire concerto 20 minutes later.

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Number of things.

Now bear in mind the NHS is one of he biggest orgs in the world. The fact that these are an issue is dammning for the people working in the NHS. No excuses.

Ome there are import technicla aspects that need looking at, namely interoperation./standards. The NHS centre should not be stipulating which application of what not to use. It *mus* be saying yo they interwork.

A lot of the problems with the boave have been mainly fixed with HL7. How Labours digital NHS failed when the bulk of the stuff was available, which the NHS pays money for is damming of the NHS as an organisation.

The other one problem, which is less technivcal and more orgnaisation - there's no point trying to automate a dysfunctional org where people ignore or are unwilling to use prcedures. No ammount of IT will fix that.

And before people star syaing 'O hhe Drs n Nurses are there to help pepole get better ..' They are. The bulk falls on the non clinician staff, which make up 50%+ of the NS employees. And the clinican staff have their part to play - NHS operates like a wierd ,expensive feudal system.

Consultnats are not Kings. They are paid employees of the NHS.

Super Micro chief bean counter: Bloomberg's 'unwarranted hardware hacking article' has slowed our server sales

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Bloomberg needs at least one of these servers wit hthe magic spy chips stored in its lawyers safes.

If it hasnt than it can expect to sued out of business.

a far as the Supermicro needing to prove the other side a leir. Simple - MI Lud, does Bloomberg have one of these hacked machines it can provide to a 3rd party for insopection and analysis?

Tumble weeds rolls across the court ...

Having a jounro in court saying 'A big boy told me it was posbile' doesnt cut it.

Dell melts in face of investor dissent, ups offer for Class V stock

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Mikey spends way too much time with Wall street types.

Given half the chnace, theyll piss every cent away on fees for 'clever' schemes that blow up at a later date.

VMware is a high margin, high growth business.

Dell - the hardware bit - is mainly low margin low growth.

If I wa a VM sahre holder Id fucked oof that Mikey was taking my equity and pumping into a low margin busienss like Dell. And paying millions in fee to Wall street for this.

MIkey and Wall street spent a fortune taking Dell private.

Trun that into a high margin, high grwoth business and I might cosnider merging VMware.

This is nothing more that the biggest idiot being able to leverage up o ruin two businesses.

SAP can claim to change its culture, but can it convince customers?

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Re: Ex-SAP victim

Im not sure ERP really is complex.

SAP is as brittle as fuck. But thats because its all strung together with that 1960s junk language.

Just one Corretto, give it to me... AWS brews its own blend of Java with free long-term support

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What do you call Java running in the cloud?

. . .


Former Intel love rat Krzanich finds his calling, lands at biz that sells tech to car dealers

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A comptuer scientist will just keep rewtiing algothims, in MX.

Intel needs to be run by a bunch of people who write software.

Thats what there chip is used for.

No point having chemists or ltihographics. Yes, they are very important for production but not stragegy.

Intel are now beyond hte point of small die/economic pay off.

There's no more bail outs if they fuck up like they did with P4.

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Re: from a CDK customer

There's two kinds of 'good' support:

One, the good kind - where a product is well supported.

Two, the bad kind ,where the product is so shit the support are well versed with the various fuck ups.

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Re: Del Boy?

Ha I thoguht Swiss Toni too.

A car is like a beutiful shy intern .... need to grasp the wheel firmly and ease yourself in.

Talk about Micron-aggression: US charges Chinese biz, staff over DRAM chip secrets theft

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Re: Now the mob will try to extort more and more...

Not even close.

US and west sniff around intelligence.

Us leaves non military tech alone.

China looks to rob everything and tutn the ip into a profit centre for the red army.

We (may) now know the real reason for that IBM takeover. A distraction for Red Hat to axe KDE

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Re: Does anyone use an IDE on RHEL anyway?

Me too.

Installed rhel centos 100s of timr.

Cant think of ever running a gui - and thats not a bad thing!

I know what you're thinking: Outsource or in-source IT security? I've worked both sides, so here's my advice...

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Re: As long as you don't offshore security

Well, at its base, business is about money.

Saying outsurcing/offshoring is about money is not enough.

However ....

If you make a casr that outsourcing/offhsoring exposes the business to operational risk or, worse, large fianncial costs, then you are on the right line.

Me peroanlly, utsorucing/offhsoring would need to save me a lot of money and cost save me 50% before Id consider it worthwhile.

As it stands, each time Ie gone thru the initial figures, the saving from outsroucing have been pretty marginal - less than 20%. And the riskspretty high.

Whne I've gone thru actual figures, Ive found the outsourcing of my kinda work is actually more expensive.

Haha, good times: Larry Ellison regales noobs about when Oracle staff almost didn't get paid

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Re: Sage advice


He got very very lucky once.

Then brutal time and time after again.

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It wont have been a real fire, with logs n stuff.

Just a pile of customers money, burning in the hearth.


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