* Posts by Marc 13

34 posts • joined 21 Nov 2012

Bloke fined £460 after his drone screwed up police chopper search for missing woman

Marc 13

Re: F*ck every single flying peeping tom!

The NT do not allow "drones", quads or other power aircraft.

They DO allow gliders... and if the glider has a motor/folding prop, the prop needs to be disabled (e.g. elastic band to stop it being used)

Oh Capita! Thirsty outsourcing titan finds small oasis in contract desert

Marc 13

"Apparently Capita is preparing to roll out the big guns and will “deploy advanced digital and customer management capabilities to drive improvements in experience across all channels”."

But they have been doing it for the last 10 years... Why'd they wait?

Samsung starts cranking out 512GB eUFS storage

Marc 13

I'd like to go back to a simpler car

Yup... I'm with you on that! We have a (LandRover) Disco 3 - its been in the shop about a year now in the last 3 chasing a LIMP mode issue... they just can't nail down what it is. (and its clearly electronics related, not physical)

Meanwhile my daily is a '99 323 'vert:

Electronic fuel injection - check

Heated seats - Check

AC - Check

DAB radio/Bluetooth H/Free (retrofit/portable) - Check

Too clever by half other electronic stuff - NONE, nada, nope :-)

I get mid 30's mpg on most distance runs. service parts are <£30 every 10K, time based service parts/longer life parts might be £100 every 60K...

I put 35K a year on it and it hasn't skipped a beat.

and if it gets nicked/written off, its disposable. I'm £450 out of pocket buying a replacement (which is less than the voluntary XS!)

Budget 2017: How to make a downbeat forecast sound better. Say 'tech' a lot?

Marc 13

Re: Big up Tech and then screw Tech contractors - illogical dear Chancellor

Which budget did you see/read? He as much said "We're going to do the same thing to Private sector as we did to public sector IR35 rules". the (below) is just lip service, it *will* be implemented and the "approved" test outcome *will* be Inside by default (TM), just like the Public sector test. Any protests by IPSE et al will be ignored, business will just roll over and hide, not wanting to attract HMRC's attention. Rates will go up some, incomes will go down some and the drag on the economy will increase yet again.

(via contractor calculator email) Verbatim the Budget document:

3.7 Off-payroll working in the private sector – The government reformed the off-payroll working rules (known as IR35) for engagements in the public sector in April 2017. Early indications are that public sector compliance is increasing as a result, and therefore a possible next step would be to extend the reforms to the private sector, to ensure individuals who effectively work as employees are taxed as employees even if they choose to structure their work through a company. It is right that the government take account of the needs of businesses and individuals who would implement any change. Therefore the government will carefully consult on how to tackle non-compliance in the private sector, drawing on the experience of the public sector reforms, including through external research already commissioned by the government and due to be published in 2018.

You can yacht be serious: Larry might be planning his own version of America’s Cup

Marc 13
Trollface

Might have to be careful with a name... there's already a World Cup Series of sailing

http://www.sailing.org/worldcup/home.php

Still, I guess there will be a license involved to take part... you must have a license for each Tiller (steering wheel) used by your team... BUT Just having one Tiller does not mean 1 license, if you have 3 test boats that you *could* use that Tiller on, you must also license those boats too...

Splunk hits Oracle's Larry where it hurts: His failure to win America's Cup boat race

Marc 13

Re: Learning to sail

/pedant_alert

...most cats use Gennakers rather than Spinnakers but either way, lots of fun :-)

(I'll let you off though as you sail cats!)

Check in my all-flash server-storage system? You must be mad! I'm taking it on-board

Marc 13
FAIL

Hand luggage its not...

The "small" container weighs 60lbs (27Kg)

A Quick look at Skyscanner* suggests most airline cabin baggage weight limits are 7 - 10kg... So you'd be limited to just Delta and Easyjet (who have no weight restrictions)

(and dims are not give, but I'd bet they're bigger than most airlines let you carry on!)

mj

*https://www.skyscanner.net/news/cabin-luggage-guide-hand-baggage-sizes-and-weight-restrictions

Currys PC World rapped after Knowhow Cloud ad ruled to be 'misleading'

Marc 13

Know How Cloud back up is a white label version of Live Drive*

Restoration of folders from the client app (WinTel) is straight forward: Reinstall Win (assuming its a DR situation), download/install LD client app (2 mins) and sign in. Click restore, choose the folder to restore and where to put it and let it cook...

Did this last week for a mate.

The real issue is that the LD client is a bit hit and miss at putting the data IN the cloud...

...and not very vocal about the miss parts. We discovered this when my mate's data showed up with bits from Dec last year included, rather than the week before last. (It was a migration, not a DR so easy to sort). But the logs showed the LD client had been diligently running delta uploads every hour for weeks, yet there were clear sections missing!

*This I discovered when a mate had tried LD and then bought (been fobbed off with) KHC at the till... tried to register and couldn't ... the reason? His email address (used as username) was already in use o the LD client app, so the KHC branded version thought he was already registered (which I guess he was)

M

Volterman 'super wallet': The worst crowdsource video pitch of all time?

Marc 13
Flame

OK, hands up... who wants to (repeatedly) sit on a 2600 mAh battery in a flexible case?

UCL ransomware attack traced to malvertising campaign

Marc 13

Re: Outlook Obscur-o-matic link checker...

Not just Outlook but also ProofPoint's (mentioned a number of time in the article) own "URL defense" does exactly that too!

America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

Marc 13
Trollface

This is a business move...

By a Drumphf associate:

Here's the fag packet business plan:

Step 1 or 2: Ban laptops,

Step 2 or 1: setup/buy a VDI provider

Step 3: setup "Ingress studios" to clone your Corp/Personal laptop into VDI environment (Charge £/$/E big time for this)

Step 4: Rent "approved devices" airside (Charge £/$/E big time again) to passengers to access "their" VDI version of their device in flight.

Step 4a: Do a deal (Charge £/$/E big time some more) with a number of three letter acronym agencies for backdoor access.

Step 5: Pay finders fee to Don Cheeto

Greater Manchester cops fined after victim interview vids lost in post

Marc 13

Until this kind of phuck-up costs someone their pension, the public sector and Pseudo-public sector will not care... its not their money being fined.

M

Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

Marc 13

I've just run the proof of concept plugin... works pretty well, nice big words "AdChoices Identified" etc on the ads... They should write a version to highlight Fake news...

M

FreeNAS sheds storage skin, tries on sexier hyperconverged garb

Marc 13

Re: What's in a name?

Or because they want a "brand" for their Hyperconverged play - Imagine the CV:

.... VMware 5.5/6.x, Hyper-V, FreeNas Conv / Hyper / etc etc

vs

.... VMware 5.5/6.x, Hyper-V, Corral.

and it helps to steer the brand away from having "Free" in the title too (which put a lot of people off, even though paid support and retail hardware is available)

VMware bumps certification exam prices, one by $2700

Marc 13

Errm...

vCDX resits are $900 for the re-defense, no need to pay the full £3K again. (here: https://blogs.vmware.com/education/)

And then there's the cost of the "normal" exams - who pay full price themselves? You can't get the exam validated unless you have sat one of their approved courses.... All the courses I have come across in "corporate world" include the exams anyway (in the eye watering, corporate aimed, course fee).

If you go the VMWare Academy route (which is very specifically aimed at self-funding/non corporate funded trainees), they include a discount voucher for 70% off the exams anyway...

M

DraaS-tic times call for DraaS-tic measures in VMware's cloud

Marc 13

No, no, you miss the point - All sys-admins are now code warriors too... All we need to SSH, Powershell, Cli and an encyclopedic knowledge of multiple system's text based commands and operators to wrangle stuff...

On a related note, even the "official" cert training guides state on the one hand: "All VMware features since 5.5 need to be managed via the web client" (as opposed to the fat client). Then a few pages on its talks about how the Fat client is often useful when the web client doesn't work correctly. So at least they are (sort of) acknowledging its short comings.

Installing disks is basically LEGO, right? This admin failed LEGO

Marc 13

Re: HTFU?

Yeah, I had to google that one...

Apparently its "Harden the ...FU"

Urban dictionary to the rescue ;-)

Trump's cybersecurity strategy kinda makes sense, so why delay?

Marc 13

Wont someone think of the children...

He's just waiting 'till his youngest child is old enough to interact with the media... He's seen Putin retain control for 17 years and counting, so he's only got to wait 9 years for Barron to take charge.

"I have a son. He's 10 years old. He has computers. He is so good with these computers, it's unbelievable."

Guess who's suffering an email outage. Go on, it's as easy as 123-Reg

Marc 13

For once, it may not be their issue... (well, their issue may be a single carrier of failure)

We had issues with Virgin yesterday - apparently an issue with a router in Poplar that ment we couldnt get to a lot of Amazon based sites.

Then today, Virtual1 /V1 had issues with a fiber break connecting them to a TalkTalk backbone - it took out our MPLS.

Its entirely possible 123 use one of both of these carriers/services.

M

Wanna protect your data center? Take tips from the US Secret Service

Marc 13

erm...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/white-house-fence-jumper-made-it-far-deeper-into-building-than-previously-known/2014/09/29/02efd53e-47ea-11e4-a046-120a8a855cca_story.html?utm_term=.95bd41d6027b

That is all...

GitLab.com melts down after wrong directory deleted, backups fail

Marc 13

Yup, love ZFS snapshots (but only as an add-on to other backup methods - its nice to have choices!) - simple to mount and restore from.

Stop replying! pleads NetApp customer stuck in reply-allpocalypse

Marc 13
FAIL

This NetApp one presumable contains IT types, who should know better than reply all, especially once the tsunami started!

We had a variation in our office the other week, a couple of hundred tenants got spammed by a gritting contractor who'd left a distribution list able to be replied to from outside the organisation so when a few recipients started replying with unsubscribe/remove etc...

Add it to the tab: ICO fines another spammer as unpaid bills mount

Marc 13

How is this still a thing?

Liquidating the company shouldn't matter... there's already a process to take the proceeds of crime from criminals.

mjcp

Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

Marc 13

They will test its comparative-ness... but it depends who designs the tests :-(

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/f-35-pilots-not-happy-perform-10-comparison-tests-16090

Marc 13

One of my fav aircraft...

But back to reality, its seems its a very cost effective one too:

http://nation.time.com/2013/04/02/costly-flight-hours/

$17K per hour vs £70K for the combat ready F22... I suspect the F35 will be in this ball park too once its deployed. Even if it reaches the deployment size of the F-16 ($22K per hour), it will still be more per hour...

Keeping it on staff is money well saved!

Is this the most puzzling DEF CON attendee badge yet on record?

Marc 13
Black Helicopters

1057 the plot.

Quote: " One side features the number "13782 1A 1057-271828" "

That ALSO contains the numbers 1057 or LOST as you point out further down...

Waiting for the black helicopters!

NERDGASM as Apple announces 'special event'

Marc 13

Special event? I'll set my watch!

You know, the watch that I already own, thats already made of Gold/Steel/Titanium etc, the one that already tells me what date and time it is... the one thats made by a suitably subtle manufacturer that only certain types will recognise and appreciate, the one thats thinner than a £1 coin yet doesn't need a battery...

yawn.

Received surprise new Redmond licenses? You might be pwned

Marc 13
Facepalm

Re: IT professional

"I don't understand how an IT professional can fall for a such a trick. (Note the word professional)."

Because there's a lot of IT run by the guy (or gal) in the office who "knows about computers". They then get another job "in IT" because they "ran" the last company's IT.

He/she is now an IT Professional. Q.E.D.

EE squashes Orange UK: France Telecom's been 'destroying it for years'

Marc 13

Orange was great... 'till the French arrived

I had an Orange phone soon after they launched, it was cheaper p/min than the BT payphone in halls (once you'd bought the handset, but Radio Rentals (remember them!?!) did a nice deal on that) and it was almost half the price p/min of Voda and Cellnet. It was great 'till the French bough them, out went the great customer service, out went the free this, free that, in came the price gouge for everything and duff billing - I paid a bill over the counter and they (to this day) never applied it to my account!

I'm now on Three who has much the same ethos of the early Orange (Hutchinson's hand?) and soon will have O2's network to play with ... O2 the only network I have never been on.

mjcp

Demon Internet goes TITSUP: Outage borks ancient ISP

Marc 13

It was up for a 2 mins at 10:10 :-)

Long enough for my client's boxes to email me and tell me they couldn't update their AV definitions!

mjcp

Nvidia flops out teraflop X1 for self-aware cars

Marc 13
Facepalm

Re: I hope it is heat tolerant

No, my car's radios etc do not fail with heat. But we get 3 laptops a week over the counter with nVidia GPUs that have baked themselves loose!

BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

Marc 13
WTF?

BT - the new largest player in 3 markets

So BT will be:

34% of Fixed line Internet (next biggest: Virgin 205)

37+% of Fixed line telecoms (Plus EE's share) (next largest: Virgin 12%)

33% of Mobile comms (EE's share) (Next largest VF/O2 @ 26% each)

So BT is now dominant in all three markets... and we know how well they play with others when in dominance!

media.ofcom.org.uk

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Windows desktop VDI

Marc 13

Budget for a server why not go buget pc...

I'm a recycler/refubisher.

MS does W7 and Office 2007 licences charities etc for $6 USD each via its Citizenship licenses.

We just bought some ex corporate Lenovo X61 laptops (Core 2, 2Gb, 80Gb HDD) for £20 each

So for £1000 plus labour, you could have a W7/Office equipped core 2 duo for each user. WAY cheaper than a go faster Server 2012 piece of tin!

Contact your local MS Registered refurbisher....

Prince William 'day with my chopper' pics reveal more than intended

Marc 13
FAIL

The versions I have just looked at on the Duke's website all looked like they had been blurred... you did say an MoD PHOTOGRAPHER didn't you? Even my 8 year old can get 2 or 3 photos out of 10 in focus!

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