* Posts by Mayday

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F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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FFS

This totally wouldn't work in Aussie.

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All through the house, not a creature was stirring... especially Samsung smartwatches: Batteries empty at 3AM

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"However, we're told that if you get through to the South Korean giant's customer service reps, you're advised to disable the "report diagnostic and usage info" option underneath the Settings >> Gear info menu"

This is the sort of thing everyone should turn off anyway.

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Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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Green Credentials

All of these companies (I include Apple. Samsung and just about any other personal tech manufacturer) crap on about reducing greenhouse gasses, renewable energy, efficient data centres etc and how wonderful for the environment they are.

There is no way all that will make up for these disposable products which would be difficult to recycle and going into landfill with all the glue and muck in them, Green my arse.

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IBM talks 'emerging, high value segments' – so you know the Q3 numbers aren't great

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Ginny's bonus

Time for some more Resource Actions!

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PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters

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Can someone tell me why?

I have to have pretty much my entire life, my ability to get a place to live, approval to get a credit card, to even get a mobile phone from shit cunts such as this?

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Hey you know what the smart-home world really needs right now? Yup, Google screaming in

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Re: this is just the start of a very ugly battle for your home

1984 - Indeed.

"As to the details of Google's Home Hub. It is cheaper that its competitors: $149 where the new Amazon Echo Show is $229 and Facebook's Portal is $199/$349 depending on the size of the screen."

As to the details of Google's Home Hub. It is cheaper that its competitors: $149 where the new Amazon Echo Show is $229 and Facebook's Portal is $199/$349 depending on the size of the telescreen.

There, FTFY.

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Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Re: The bad news...

Why would Northrop Grumman (Northrup apparently) or General Dynamics bid for this? Where is their cloud capability? Same goes for Leidos or whoever else you wish to include on that list.

All of those players are capable of private cloud deployments but none of them are a cloud provider per se.

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Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: I'm still amazed

Voluntarily voluntarily?

Make mine a double thanks barman. Too late to edit. :)

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I'm still amazed

That people will voluntarily put telescreens such as this in their house voluntarily.

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IT bosses worried about network security reckon AI Jesus can save them, says Oracle survey

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Re: AI

I don't care enough to look either of those up.

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Salesforce dogged by protests, leaked emails, and guerrilla blimps on first day of Dreamforce

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Re: Wait, what? Did I miss something?

I'm not into metal, but even I know that they are one of the best in the business of their genre.

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Secret IBM script could have prevented 11-hour US tax day outage

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5 9s

It's simple really. A risk assessment - on the provider that is.

"We can sell a contract with $x profit after overheads, SLA breach is $z, if it breaks and we can't fix it within SLA and z < y% of x then we're in front".

It's got nothing to do with uptime or reliability at all.

Nevertheless, it's the tech guy on the ground who gets shat on/KPI/performance managed if the SLA is breached, not the BDM who sold the unserviceable contract.

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Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook

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I can see how she feels, kind of.

I am friends with someone who works in a "law enforcement" field. I wont go into too much detail what the agency or their role is.

One of their jobs is to view criminal content such as this and child abuse to assess so they can pursue, arrest and gather information for assessment and refer to the courts. They have told me it is rather harrowing to say the least. They manage semi-ok. As well as one can I suppose. They told me that at work after they view this material they are told to play Tetris because that helps activate other areas of the brain to get their mind off it (don't ask me, I'm not a psychologist). More aggressive "relief" such a first person shooter just makes them more angry and fuels the anxiety, so Tetris it is.

I'm glad that people like my friend and Selena do this work so we don't have to deal with it and can maybe stop/reduce it occurring but they really need all the help and support they can get.

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Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

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I had to read this twice

"This is the same draft law that was floated earlier this year, before a change in prime minister gummed up the works"

I thought it said the same "daft law".

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Tick-tock, tick-tock. Oh, that's just the sound of compromised logins waiting to ruin your day

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Paris Hilton

Every time I see an article like this

It reminds me to check if my battery horse staple is indeed correct.

https://xkcd.com/936/

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Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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Trollface

"There's always going to be a market for Time magazine while we still have dentists waiting rooms"

Only for editions from the previous decade?

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: Congratulations

Totally agree.

Good on him for actually being able to realise and get help for it. Not everyone can of course and it isn't always that simple.

Others in similar positions should hopefully be able to do the same. I'm looking at you Mr Musk.

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US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

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Re: This raises the question

"Me either but I'd wager a thesaurus"

Don't you mean thesaur.us?

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Python joins movement to dump 'offensive' master, slave terms

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Big Brother

Doubleplusgood?

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Dislike

There's more to the Internet than www. Sure it's a web browser, primarily used for www. Either way a URL is supposed to go in the URL bar. All of it. Not just some bits.

Worst of all, what parts may be hidden or obfuscated in the future because the world's biggest advertising company says so? And malware/dodgy sites doctoring the URL to appear a little more legitimate? Etc. etc.

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Brit teen pleads guilty to Minecraft-linked bomb and airline hoaxes

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Brain not ready yet

Yes, you can argue that a 25yo is not "mature" yet if you will, but even a 4yo knows that making threats such as these is "bad" and that they are doing something wrong here and would get into trouble if caught.

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Hundred-million Kiwi Oracle project on hold after Deloitte review

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Expensive Oracle Cockup

That's doesn't do what it's supposed to do and generally doesn't work.

Who'd have thunk it?

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Strewth! Aussie ISP gets eye-watering IPv4 bill, shifts to IPv6 addresses

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Not el Reg

nslookup theregister.co.uk

Server: XXXXXXX.au

Address: XXXXXXXXX

Non-authoritative answer:

Name: theregister.co.uk

Addresses: 104.18.224.129

104.18.226.129

104.18.223.129

104.18.227.129

104.18.225.129

These guys do:

X:\>nslookup facebook.com

Server: XXXXXXXXX

Address: XXXXXX

Non-authoritative answer:

Name: facebook.com

Addresses: 2a03:2880:f119:8083:face:b00c:0:25de

157.240.8.35

And yes, I get a chuckle from the latter.

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Microsoft takes a pruning axe to Skype's forest of features

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Coffee/keyboard

You got me

"Users who have stuck with the product through the frustrations may or may harbour scepticism"

Very much so.

So would this bloatware/feature reduction shrink the size from the ~100MB it is now? My guess is no.

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Surprise: Sage Group head honcho has left the building

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Contracts

"Kelly's year-long notice period kicks in immediately and he's to spend the first nine months on gardening leave"

How do I get one of these? A year notice is a real drag but 9 months (paid) gardening leave? Crikey!

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Oracle trying hard to make sure Pentagon knows Amazon ain't the only cloud around

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Re: Final Source

This is very true. They are also after a "single throat to choke" which is very common in Defence procurement.

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ZX Spectrum reboot scandal: Directors quit, new sack effort started

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Company Management

Aussie with a question here.

What happens in the UK if the entire board resigns? There appears to be only one director remaining as per the article. Googling only seems to find US references which all seem to conflict with each other anyway.

Does the company fold? Does the majority shareholder (whoever that is) automatically become a director and become liable? Something else?

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Windows 0-day pops up out of nowhere Twitter

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Gone

https://twitter.com/SandboxEscaper/

That didnt take long. Sure to be elsewhere of course.

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Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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Re: I've said this before

"I just got a 2850mAh battery case for my 6"

My view is the fact that we need such items, as well as USB power bricks for on-the-go recharging purposes is a sad indictment that the initial products themselves are fundamentally flawed.

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I've said this before

and I "generally" like Apple things (you don't have to, buy whatever you like).

But I dont want to pay $1579 (Aussie) for the "entry" iPhone X or similar. I'm positive it and Androids in the same price segment have a better screen, better camera, better everything than whatever other phone there is but really what I want is to do news/email/social media and the odd happy snap. I don't need to spend nearly $1600 on something just because I happen to have the money. I also want the battery to last all day too if you don't mind.

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If it doesn't need to be connected, don't: Nurse prescribes meds for sickly hospital infosec

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Sterile

"Healthcare without [basic] security is like surgery without sterile instruments,"

Don't think I could put that one better myself. 100% truth there. It's so good and appropriate I am going to steal it and use it myself. Change "Healthcare" for industry of choice if required.

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'Surprise!' West Oz gummint is hopeless at information security

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Possibly (well I hope at least) that usual account lock out after x attempts and retry times were temporarily disabled for the duration of the audit. If they weren't in place at all to begin with then that's of course as bad as you say it is.

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Ex-UK comms minister's constituents plagued by wonky broadband over ... wireless radio link?

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Re: A microwave link to populated areas?

This reminds me of something I had to deal with a (long) while ago.

Customer complains of dropouts to a building the other side of the road served by a microwave service of some sort. Local council etc would not allow a cable or similar to go across the street and microwave at the time was a good option. Upon investigation it seemed that the dropouts occurred rather regularly (to the point of predictability and the same times each hour) and for a minute or so. Went outside with the customer when the next drop was due. Lo and behold a bus came and stopped at the bus stop and blocked the signal for the duration as passengers got on and off. "There's your outage Mr Customer" :) Higher pole at each end fixed the problem.

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Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV

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I have a "Smart TV"

And guess what? The wireless in it is turned off and it has never had any passwords in it. Solves that problem.

When I was shopping around all I wanted was a dumb panel but finding a 4k screen which is not "Smart" proved difficult.

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As it turns out, no, you can't just run an unlicensed Bitcoin money exchange

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Oh dear

Whilst being an advocate of the "do the crime, do the time" argument, I do feel that the yanks are wayyyyyy harsh in a lot of their "justice" and sentencing processes.

Having said that, multiple border crossings on consecutive days into USA with just under the declarable amount of $10k (as per the attached doc) is really asking for trouble. He know's he's doing wrong there.

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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Crikey! This is still a thing?

I thought people got over the whole Pokemon Go thing. Kind of like me and Ninja Turtles in the 90s. However a cursory Google show's there's a Pokemon World Championships, this weekend in fact. I must be old and/or out of touch or uncool or something.

For those more on the pulse than me, one can still register it would seem. Unfortunately spectator seats have sold out and I will be missing out on the action.

https://www.pokemon.com/us/play-pokemon/worlds/2018/registration/

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DXC Technology asks field-based techies if they'd like to leave

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Re: I heard from one of their recruiters this week...

Me too - except last week.

In Aussie, if that matters. Mentioned that they normally take one on a six month contract at first to test the water before extension or going permie. There is no way I am leaving a stable job to go there. This mob are on my rather short list of places to not work at. Never go to a place that's laying people off. The only circumstance would be if I were unemployed (which I'm not) and there wasn't much else available.

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Rejoice! Thousands more kids flock to computing A-level

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Re: Fundamentals of IT

"Now you need 3 weeks of meetings - some of which must be conducted standing up"

Funny because it is unfortunately very true. I think we can blame (to a degree) ITIL, Agile, Six Sigma et al.

Back in the day, my boss rang me at 2pm on a Wednesday and said, "Hey can you go to $CUSTOMER tomorrow and upgrade all the campus switches with new hardware, configure it all and do all that etc? Come in the office this afternoon to grab the new switches and see the customer Thursday, if you need to be there Friday too that's ok". I got the kit (6 switches) and spent Thursday and Friday morning doing the work.

I can't see that happening now. Changing an interface description or changing a vlan assignment is a labour of Hercules which requires explaining to all these people who dont know what the difference between a patch lead and an SFP is all sorts of things, not to mentions the meetings and documentation. What used to cost a customer $250 now costs them about $5k.

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Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

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I love it when...

...the people smarter than me discover things like this.

Keep up the great work!

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Mozilla-endorsed security plug-in accused of tracking users

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Standard

"We take privacy very..."

Slightly different tack here. Normally it is "seriously". This time it is "important".

I think mine and any vendor/supplier etc definitions differ.

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Cisco patches IOS in response to boffins' IKE-busting breakthrough

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Nice find

However I can't think of a single instance in the past 20 or so years of doing this where I've seen rsa-encr (as opposed to rsa-sig) being used for IKE/ISAKMP.

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Too many leftover screws? Ikea website backend goes TITSUP

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Kinne and Ikea

Sorry, I always think of this one when I hear about Ikea

Things never sad whilst assembling Ikea

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Is Apple going ease off its HomeKit chokehold? Sure looks like it...

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Re: I say no

"I've been into this home automation stuff for a couple of decades now"

I've a very cursory look into some non "Big Slurper" home automation stuff, but as I mentioned very cursory. Where's a good place to start?

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I say no

to all of this home monitoring^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H automation stuff.

You can all (Apple, Alexa, Google Home etc) can keep your telescreens out of my house thanks.

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Nearly half of IBM's $1bn Aussie framework deal comes from mainframes

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Re: final solution

"WTF are you on about?"

In short, there's a book out there that blames IBM for the Holocaust because the Nazis used IBM products (punch card technology etc) here and there. Personally I blame a bunch of c*nts for it.

I'm not a huge fan of IBM, particularly in recent years with their staffing practices, however blaming them for these atrocities is drawing a rather long bow.

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Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?

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Re: So they tell us version 2 and 3 are already on the way?

Looks like it.

However for $2300 (plus the accessories mentioned) I'd expect it to work as advertised and cook my breakfast and supply my hookers and blow habit.

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FAIL

So they tell us version 2 and 3 are already on the way?

And version 1 is both shit and expensive. Do they really expect anyone to buy a v1?

I wont. Pity. Something like this would be good for my use case if it were any good (flight sim).

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Cisco let an SSL cert expire in its VPN kit – and broke network provisioning brokers

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Re: Manual Patch?

CCIE here.

I can assure you that I do know how to install a certificate!

Even so Cisco docs are generally pretty good with all this kind of stuff, although I'd have to say they have been in decline in recent years particularly with acquired and new or "non traditional" products (ie not routers/switches/security products).

In addition Cisco GUIs are traditionally woeful and on the occasion I need to dive into the config I generally prefer the CLI. Having said that ACI GUI in the current version is better than previous version, just like dried up cow shit is better than dog shit.

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