* Posts by defiler

993 posts • joined 18 Oct 2010

Scanning an Exchange server for a virus that spreads via email? What could go wrong?

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Re: Deleted Emails

In the end the only inconvenience to the deleted users was that they had to set new passwords for themselves when they came back a month later


Okay, first of all, well done for getting yourself back up and running - let's not consider taking that away from you. But a month? Gotta love academia... I've seen myself staring down the barrel of a figurative gun if the email server wasn't back up by the morning.

Got any good jobs going?

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Re: Thing of the past, thank god! -users just do not get why you need to limit their mail to 2Gb

...or in a previous job a financial adviser who filled his mailbox with porn. I emailed him several times to ask him to trim it down and he ignored me.

I got the (female) office manager to come with me to his desk, as she was above me in the org chart. He protested that he "needed" everything in his mailbox.

<sort by size>

Me: How about this? <opens PPT full of porn>

Him: Ah - not that one, but I need the rest.

Me: How about this one then? <opens a different PPT full of porn>

Him: No, not that either.

Me: What about this? <opens a pornographic movie>

Him (by this time going very red): I'll have a little clear-out.

Me: I think that would be a good idea.

Office manager wasn't impressed with him.

Besides which, I don't understand why people have this propensity to hoard porn - it's not like the internet is running out any time soon!

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Restoring EDBs...

One of our clients accidentally started a restore in Exchange. I think it was a block-level restore of the database rather than of a mailbox or folder - it was a while ago and I (luckily) wasn't there. When she realised her mistake she pulled the power on the email server...

My colleague had to regedit the hell out of it to force the database out of restore mode, and then restore a complete copy of the database from before the errant command. I don't think that database was quite right ever again.

Still, after I'd left that job, my ex-line-manager managed to torpedo the server nicely in a different way, but that's a story for another Monday...

Yale Weds: Just some system maintenance, nothing to worry about. Yale Thurs: Nobody's smart alarm app works

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Re: "I’m an engineer, I work in IT..."

Came here fully expecting this legitimate tirade.

I looked at the Yale smart alarms when I was alarm shopping. Then I realised that it offered me almost precisely nothing I cared about and introduced 1000 things that could go wrong and which I was in no control of.

At least one of those should have flagged itself in the mind of an 'IT' 'engineer'. Unless, of course, he's a civil engineer who unjams printers because nobody's pouring concrete just now.

PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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Re: Silicon bugs not fixed yet

That's because they need the capacity now.

Look at it this way. Do you think that the Amazons, Googles, Facebooks of this world will sit back and say "Nah - the CPUs have a really funky little flaw. We simply can't expand operations until <undefined date> when that's fixed."

Companies in particular need them now, or their competitors will take them and move ahead.

It's a cert: Hundreds of big sites still unprepared for starring role in that Chrome 70's show

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Consequently there more more house fires and electrocutions back then, fuses blow for a reason.


Yes, and this leads to more data theft and more fraudulent activity online. But people will still use the figurative nail in their browser. It's the old "it didn't happen to me, so it must be fine" gambit.

Microsoft yanks the document-destroying Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Re: "were made available for other OS" @ defiler

Just because different GUIs are available on Linux, it does not prevent applications with different look-and-feel from running simultaneously on a system.

I totally accept that. I used to run Xubuntu as my daily desktop. Games compatibility (or lack thereof) put me back to Windows, but I could at least get my fix of KSP!

But you and me are not "the average person". The average person will wonder why one application looks so weird next to the others. The average person will be confused and concerned by the lack of consistency. In fact, the average person will succumb to decision paralysis before actually selecting a window manager. They'll likely have been told that Linux is "quite hard" or "complex", and this is their first step in getting into it, and they're faced with a question that they're not expecting and likely not equipped to make a judged decision about.

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Re: "Too much "fun" and ninja cat and not enough hard graft and data."

Dan Ashcroft, Preacher Man.

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Re: "were made available for other OS"

Mate, Cinnamon, Gnome, KDE, and even vtwm have multiple desktops and have had them since 2005 or earlier.

But, Bob - that's half the problem. You've banged out 5 different window managers right there. Your average user doesn't want five different window managers. They just want one. One that works. One that works sort-of like their old one. One that they know their way around, and that they can collar their nephew into talking them through a fix over the phone.

I've said before about toothpaste. Too many choices! Windows, you get one UI and everybody is (in the main) happy. If they don't like it they can buy a Mac where you get one (slightly different) UI. If you don't like that, sure there's Linux, but people stumble over "do I want Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Xubuntu, What-the-fuckbuntu?"

Choice is sometimes overrated.

Also, I'll take this opportunity to apologise for being rude the other day. Too little sleep and not really any good excuse. You're a bit rabid, and your Linux flag-waving is a bit too much like zealotry for the real world that I live in, but the place would be missing something without your foil-hatted rants!

30 years ago, NASA put Challenger behind it and sent a Space Shuttle back out into the black

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Re: What a machine.

I'm 37 and still want to go in a space shuttle.

Of course, but he's too young to remember them flying. Still, I just checked with him, and given the choice of Apollo/Saturn V, Soyuz or STS, he went with the Space Shuttle without a pause.

They just fire little imaginations in a way that normal rockets don't manage to...

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What a machine.

What a ludicrous, ridiculous, magnificent, spectacular machine.

My 9-year-old son still wants to go up in one.

Convenient switch hides an inconvenient truth

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The real war stories end up in the comments. The article only seems to serve as an air duster to clear the mental cobwebs away.

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Re: a bit thin?

like tea where the teabag barely hit the water

In Shetland that's called "water bewitched", and not kindly. Sheep, oil, and robust tea. Lovely place.

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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On the other hand...

...it's encouraging that I now know that NASA actually stands for Not the Australian Space Agency.

Glad they could differentiate.

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Re: Maralinga and Woomera

I wouldn't be here without the nukes.

Do you have superpowers? Enquiring minds...

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Re: Wow.

If a year is 40000 years then <year>=0. No?

Yes, I'm avoiding work.

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Re: Planet X?

known as Planet Nine

From Outer Space? Is that not where Bela Lugosi went to die?

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Re: 11Gb/sec

SWMBO thought the cable count was mad.

That's how it works. I did some moderate cabling in the old house which was useful because WiFi was 11Mb/sec. Then there's been a race between cheap wired and wireless. Every now and then I think I could get away with wireless, and then I hit something that could really use the extra bandwidth.

So when we were tearing the house apart I just went for it. Even the spark was astonished by the amount of cable that went in. :D

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Does that mean we can look forward to cheap uplinks of >10Gb/sec soon? Even 10 is pricey enough, but anything above that is currently eye-watering.

(Flooded my house with Cat6A and crammed some OM4 between strategic points during renovations, and currently driving it at 1Gb...)

Linux, HCI and more, all from the new release of Windows Server 2019

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Re: the arrival of Shielded VMs for Linux VMs

Seriously, WHAT advantages are there to running cloudy VMs on a Windows host, vs something LIKE CentOS or FreeBSD?

Veeam, Bob. They have Veeam. And it's been requested to support KVM, but it's never happened yet. So you can have Veeam without the mental licensing storm that is VMware.

Now fuck off and lie down before you give yourself an aneurysm.

Intel boss admits chips in short supply, lobs cash into the quagmire

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Yep. I agree with you 100% on both counts. Just pointing out that every time I've bought servers, per-core performance and more recently license costs associated with the extra cores have been a significant factor.

I would absolutely love to see AMD going toe-to-toe with Intel in the server market. Save getting gouged for these Xeons...

And whilst I'm writing my letter to Santa, if they could use the same sockets that would be nice too. Being able to swap Intel to AMD on a whim was great. But it was also twenty years ago.

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If Azure proves AMD CPU's work well in the cloud

The problem historically (I don't know if this is still the case, but I believe it is) is that the Intel Xeon chips gave better performance per-core than the AMD Opterons. Now, that wasn't a big problem on the surface because the AMD chips gave more cores for the same purchase price and power consumption, so they worked out well.

Enter per-core licensing.

For Microsoft running their own DCs, I'm pretty sure they'll cut themselves a good deal on the licensing. But for the rest of us, for Oracle users, for anyone not rolling their own or running a FOSS stack that hurts over time. And that's why Intel still rule the datacentres.

Attempt to clean up tech area has shocking effect on kit

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Re: Cleaners and lights

why I was in the ladies' toilets in the dark

...with a hole drilled through to my work bench...

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Re: Inadvertent Van de Graff generator

...or they were nicked from Tesco's for £1 each

Nicked for £1 means bought for a bargain!

Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: .cobol

when the boss comes in at 5:30 in the evening and says he has a presentation at 10am at CeBIT the next day and needs 40 slides...

That pretty-much means your boss is a bellend. Just saying.

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And then billed 3 extra hours?

Can't be any more dishonest than the IBM guys who would lock themselves in the computer room, eat their sandwiches, read the paper for an hours, and then flick a switch to "upgrade" the hard disc capacity... Apparently...

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Re: Other OS are available

Take back control people!

Disappointed at the lack of "sheeple" and extra exclamation marks. It's Friday and I could use some good tin-foil-hattery. Might skulk off to ATS...

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Re: but that keyboard tho

*sigh* New phones are great, but I still miss my physical keyboard gamepad.

There - fixed that for you.

/me looks sadly at dead Xperia Play in a drawer.

Bombing raids during WWII sent out shockwaves powerful enough to alter the Earth's ionosphere

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Re: Approx

But what MPG is that?

US or Imperial?

Blueprint of modern construction can be found in a tech cluster... of 19th century England

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"it does less better with tension"


Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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Re: Wouldn't it be funny...

Teabag, water. You don't need anything else in tea.

For the wife, milk, then teabag, then water. But she's one of those weirdos that take milk...

Barclays and RBS on naughty step: Banks told to explain service meltdown to UK politicos

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Re: MPs are not Knowledgeable enough to ask these questions

Banks suck at I.T. and try do anything they can to avoid modernising.

But banks pretty-much *are* IT. They're a machine for storing, processing and moving numbers. When you distill it down, you should be able to completely automate a bank (except for when somebody wants to speak to staff). In a perfect world where nothing broke and everything followed the rules, the operational systems in a bank shouldn't need a human touch at all.

I know, I'm reducing it to an absurd level, but the point still stands that banks are IT with a layer of marketing.

Curiosity's computer silent on science, baffling boffins

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Re: Break date.

Because if it's working, leave it the hell alone. The number of servers (looking at NetWare) that ran literally for years until somebody noticed a keyboard attached...

It's not something I'd think they would do regularly, but it would appear to be the obvious action in this case.

Scottish brewery recovers from ransomware attack

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Re: Well worth a visit

Not for me. When I went to visit we all paid, got inside and the place was shut down. They'd gone out of business and the new owners weren't up and running yet. I'm guessing that's around 10 years ago. They showed us some nice bottles as we came out in the style of "look at what you could have won"...

Their beer is very pleasant, and it is indeed a lovely island, but the brewery tour was certainly disappointing that day.

Microsoft's Jet crash: Zero-day flaw drops after deadline passes

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Re: MS Office Suite

For consumer desktop applications, you don't want to be installing SQL server.

Really? It's only SQL Express, the freebie one. I've seen it on all sorts of desktop applications, for well over ten years. Worked with a mortgage adviser once who had 3 different instances of SQL Express on his desktop because different applications were hard-coded to these instance names. Would have helped him a lot to have one instance and three databases...

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MS Office Suite

Yeah, but that's just in Access, isn't it? In which case it's only Office Pro.

Let's be honest, most applications that have been updated in the past 10 years will be hitting SQL Express for the back-end database. Or at least all the ones I've seen.

Edit - I lied. One of our clients has an Access DB for something horrible. But just one. And we don't talk about it.

Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money

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Re: 100Mb/s?

Why not put fibre in instead

Yep - from a technical perspective I agree completely. But that's expensive compared to sweating the copper. Perfect being the enemy of done, I have no problem with the deployment of VDSL / G.fast / whatever, so long as there's an ongoing rollout of fibre alongside. And I think it's unconscionable that new builds aren't built with fibre as a matter of course. The cost is negligible as an addition to the copper phone line that's going out already, as most of it is planning and labour. And it doesn't need to be lit up immediately, so long as the damn stuff is in place.

Anyway, as I say I don't know what the widely deployed technologies are in the USA, but it seems silly to me to peg your threshold higher than what virtually every available option can offer. And no, I can't believe I'm advocating slower broadband as "adequate" either.

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That's high. I mean really high. The overwhelming majority of the UK is unable to get that yet, so if that were set as the base level I imagine the results would look pretty paltry.

Surely it would make sense to pick a technology that should be widely available and plant your flat somewhere near the top of that speed? Say VDSL and 72Mb/s.

(That being said, I could be spouting crap here because I don't know if it's common for US broadband to be delivered by phone or if it's overwhelmingly cable.)

Trump pulls trigger in US-China tit-for-tat tariff tiff: 10% slapped on $200bn of imported kit

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Re: China supply the world

in Trump's mind if you hurt somebody more then they hurt you then you have won, even if there was no reason for anyone to get hurt to begin with.

Yes, he appears to think that everything is a zero-sum game. Has nobody ever told him that a rising tide lifts all ships?

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China supply the world

I don't imagine taking a hit in their US markets is going to hit all that hard. Sure, the US consumes more per head than anyone else, but they're still less than 5% of the world.

I'm pretty confident the US needs Chinese goods enough to overcome some silly tariffs.

Maybe this is how Trump reduces government debt. By taxing people more through trade tariffs...

Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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Deja Vu

Didn't this happen before, just a handful of years ago?

"Oh no! We know all the voting machines are shit, but we were too busy fucking about to check until now, and now we've got no choice!"

(I may be paraphrasing slightly, but the essence is there.)

First Boeing 777 (aged 24) makes its last flight – to a museum

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Re: 777?

I still have a 706

I still have a 6502. Does that count?

Watt the heck is this? A 32-core 3.3GHz Arm server CPU shipping? Yes, says Ampere

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125W for ARM?

Ouch! Ee when I were a lad and all that...

Not saying it's not doing something useful with that energy, but still. Ouch.

Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: This counts as _not_ going to the Moon

I could never quite lower my standards enough to read it.

I worked in a paper shop at the time. There were loads of cracking headlines in that rag.

Vodafone cops ads rap over Martin Freeman's vanishing spaceship

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But then advertisers should not such use a non-metric

You mean like The World's Favourite Airline or something? It sounds great, but it's mealy-mouthed enough to shrug off scrutiny.

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

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Re: Penny pinching boss

a Computer Concepts LaserDirect card for my Acorn A310

And then the podule backplane because the A300 range didn't come with them (from memory - I had a 420/1, and could have used more than 20MB HDD...)

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Re: Penny pinching boss

This was over 20 years ago - Laser Printers were new on the market and expensive.

Your time dilation is strong. You could get a Canon LBP4 for maybe £500-£600 in around 1996. And that's over 20 years ago. It's depressing when you're thinking "I dunno - 15 years maybe?" and it turns out to be 25...

Also, the LBP4 was slow as hell.

Revealed: British Airways was in talks with IBM on outsourcing security just before hack

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Re: It used to be...

london city 190 planes

Embraer. They're Brazilian, which terrified me because I've seen how bad Brazilian manufacturing could fuck up a bomb-proof design like the Honda CG125. However, they're nice planes. I like them one EDI<->LCY route. It's about the only route I fly BA on.

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

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Re: It's pronounced EE-din-Berg*

no it's pronounced Edd-In-burr-ah

This means that you don't remember the audio file that used to bundle with the Linux source code (don't know if it still does because it's been years since I rolled my own) of Linus Torvalds saying:

"My name is Linus Torvalds, and it's pronounced Lee-noox."

Heading off a holy war between the proponents of lee-noox and lai-nux.

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Re: New! It's the elReg trip advisor

Scotch whisky for the Irish version...! :-(

Yeah - sorry. I tend to do that. It's one of those things that I know I always get wrong, so I always correct it, but I've learned to get it right. But I still correct it, only the other way now... Damn.

Still, I tend to spell it "Glenlivet", "Talisker" or "Laphroaig".

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