Re: re: worst parasites
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Our HQ was in Germany, so were usually an hour ahead of us in the UK.
Once we had a network problem, so I rang them up at about 4.25pm (UK time) to let them know. The phone rang, and then silence.
So I rang again, same thing. I thought they'd all disappeared off home early, and muttered "Bastards!" as I hung up.....
A few minutes later, someone rang my number and said "er... hello.... you called us bastards?"..... It turned out they were still in the office, it was just they could hear me, and I couldn't hear them... oops!
I apologised profusely, and they were surprisingly OK about it.
For several weeks afterwards they signed off their emails to me with "from the German Bastards" :)
1. Not all hotels have Opera cloudy servers. Some are still physically at the hotel.
2. It's quite possible that they breached "Valhalla", their back-end reservations database. This is probably why it is limited to Starwood hotels and not the whole group, as Marriott use a different system.
I agree with most of your points, however, once I swapped my bank (savings only), and they spent ages giving back my personal details, so I went into complain, and they said they were sorry, but they were waiting for a credit check to complete.
When I asked them why that was needed as it was only a savings account, they said it was in because they were also offering a non-savings account at the same time (which I didn't want, and didn't ask for), so there's no guarentee this wont happen when you open a normal account.
Gent had a power cut yesterday, and now all the hotels of a certain owner can't process cards :(
We got 2 replacements for our devices taxied to Brussels from Luxembourg yesterday to fix 2 that were broken here, but I doubt anyone else is that lucky.
We were lucky cos we were doing a migration at the time, and our provider (3C) thought that they had caused the issue I assume.
At least the replacements worked or that would be 1 more hotel broken.
Apparently I'm not allowed to reflash the broken devices myself for security reasons, which is a bit shit, as surely everything is cryptographically signed anyway isn't it??......... <tumbleweed>.......
That reminds /me/ of a time when I was using cheap walkie talkies at a horse jumping day to talk to my dad. After a few minutes a soldier came over to ask if we could stop using them as it was interfering with his trailer-mounted, army issue radio... oops!
We were slightly concerned that our crappy device could distrupt army comms :(
Don't get me wrong, I like /Oracle/ products. It was so horrible going from Oracle DBs at Uni to MS Access in my job. (Yes I know they work at different scales (in terms of both capacity and cost), but it was a shock moving from a decent product to "My First Database Application").
It will be a happy day when I do not have to deal with Micros products ever again. Sadly that day is a long way off.
Don't get me started, oh, wait, you did... sorry:
Someone told me recently that the only reason Oracle bought Micros was to lower their tax bill...
And no, he didn't seem to be joking.
Micros Fidelio support has been crap for as long as I have had to deal with them, but according to ex-colleagues they've got worse still, which is hard to believe is possible.
Their tills are ridiculously expensive for their specs, and when I contacted them about a directory traversal attack on their crappy software, I was told that it wasn't a security problem and to go away!
Oh, and don't get me started about that piece of crap Property Management System called Opera that they keep saying only supports an antiquated version of Java, and needs 15 specific browser settings and IE in compatibility mode to work properly....
I mean, sheeet, the company is too tight to even buy a SSL Cert from a company that any browsers know about, and that's their cloudy platform, not just some random internal server!
Last year, a project was delayed because Oracle shut down their ordering systems for a month so we couldn't order any upgrades! What sane company does that???
"Voter ID reforms present a significant barrier to democratic engagement and could disadvantage young people, older people, disabled, transgender, BAME communities and the homeless"
I'm confused, I thought you had to have an address to vote anyway, so that won't make it any worse for the homeless, surely? (Not that I'm for or against Voter ID at the moment).
It's still in heavy development.
For me it's a toss-up between ring and tox (https://tox.chat).
They are both promising, and I'm running a relay for tox to help out (and for ring if OpenDHT will behave on my system).
The major problem on both is lack of caching messages for someone if they are offline. When that gets fixed they will be awesome!
"Before we all march off to laugh at the dunderheads eating their crayons over at the Guardian let's just do a check on this idea. Shell's reserves (just reserves, not resources) in 2013 were some 14 billion barrels of oil equivalent."
So shell says....
Both reserves and resources have been overstated in the past by oil companies, and it seems difficult to verify (on purpose, I expect).
From the Shell disclaimer on their report:
"Neither the Company nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this Report."
So it could all be BS anyway.
Part of the problem is that copyright was not specifically waived, so while conversion could be done, from a legal POV copies are not allowed without contacting the original sources for the information:
"Provider covenants for itself and respective agents and representatives not to.... directly or indirectly support, assist, fund, lend resources to, or otherwise participate in any litigation...... alleging any form of copyright infringement arising from Google's exploitation of the rights licensed by the provider....."
So it's specifically about copyright infringement, not any other part of the contract, but still, it means if one of your mates (or a group you are member of) has a beef about it, u can't even help...
Anything that isn't under support, and is within the "PCI Scope", IE processes or transfers credit card data, will fail PCI-DSS.
At our company a few years ago, we had loads of Windows 2000 servers, which of course were going to be out of support. We looked at paying MS for extended support as they ran some rather critical stuff that was within PCI scope, but as that would come in at about $100k, we sacked off that idea.
Somehow we managed to pass PCI anyway, and we have now finally upgraded, so it doesn't matter, but the point still stands, if your vendor wont support a particular version past a certain date, then you can't be PCI compliant after that date.
We've now got the fun prospect of upgrading all our old cisco switches as they go out of support soon too, and they are also are in the PCI Scope.
The key seems to be making your PCI scope as small as possible, which isn't a bad idea in theory, it just causes problems if you've got a flatish network and loads of dependant systems.
Well, what my email said was that because of problems, accounts that hadn't upgraded wouldn't be disconnected today (16th Sept).
I know when I tried a few weeks ago, the link to the T&Cs didn't work, and when I contacted one of those "live chat" people, they said to try again in a few days.
Today I notice the ordering interface is similar, but it won't take my DD account number, so I still can't sign up for it, there's also no mention of T&Cs, which is a bit concerning....
I've got a Thecus N7700+ from a few years ago.
Runs some kind of linux 2.6 from flash, has a nice lot of modules, supports iscsi, and i've seen reports of people upgrading the CPU from a celery to a dual core something or other and increasing the RAM from 2 to 3 gb.
I might do this at some point to increase the performance.
I've got 7 x 2gb WD "Green Power" drives in it, running RAID5 and encryption, and it's great.
Max read rates are ~50mb/sec for me, which isn't bad I think from an encrypted ZFS drive and software raid (there's 2 marvell RAID cards in there running md).
The interface isn't great - it uses flash (yuk), and the "English" can be a bit confusing, esp. if you're hesitating about swapping a failed drive, but from a HW point of view, I love it.
Encryption's great as you just boot it with a usb stick with the key stored on it, and then remove it once booted.
I've had 2 drive failures, and swapping them has been dead easy, although at 2tb each, rebuilds take around a day.
I'm seriously thinking of getting another one, and you can connect 15 of them together with iSCSI, which is nice.
They are doing rack mount beasties now up to 16 drives, which is good too, the only problem is their newer offerings don't support ZFS as far as I can tell, which is a real shame, and they are starting to include HDMI and audio ports, which is a bit pointless for a NAS, IMO.
I guess they are just using standard motherboards so don't have much choice.
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