Re: Zuck Schmuck
demon/lawyer whats the difference?
About three grand an hour.
77 posts • joined 29 Jan 2013
demon/lawyer whats the difference?
About three grand an hour.
Here's an idea. Why not put a skilled developer with a skilled operations engineer and see how you get on? That way, if they work closely together then you get the best of both worlds, and they will learn some of each other's jobs too.
You could even have - say - a team of Developers and another team of Operations people who work together doing the stuff that they're best at? Exchanging ideas and learning from each other. You could then bundle these people into a department that does IT properly, splitting their time between business-led and innovation-driven projects using on-premises and cloud deployments depending on which is most appropriate for the requirement.
Who am I kidding, that'll never take off...
I would assume that you could only download configurations from a government controlled website, and that there will be a centrally administered body to ensure that only approved activities are allowed.
Or maybe you'll be allowed to download voice packs like you could do with the TomTom satnavs back in the day. You could have Tasty Theresa, Margaret the Minx or Saucy Sturgeon for those chaps north of the border, or for the ladies you could have Dirty Dave, Girthy Gordon or...no. Just no.
Obviously the UK-approved bedroom-bots would have a chip-and-pin reader on the front too, to allow easy payments to HMRC for the 50% todger-tax that would inevitably be levied against any robo-humping.
How is it, that at the tail end of 2016, we still have people in positions of authority and power who don't have seasoned, experienced and knowledgeable technical advisers?
Why does the House of Commons not have a select group of experts they can mandate all MPs to run this sort of idiocy past prior to it being given air-time?
Why do the mainstream media organisations not have tech-savvy people (and I don't mean the usual muppets they trot out for a three-minute session on the news when the latest iPhone drops, or - worse - Stephen Fry) who can pick apart this sort of nonsense?
I give up, I really do.
Backups for data in theological organisations strike me as about as logical as lightning conductors on church steeples. Surely if you place your belief in a God, then under what circumstances would your deity of choice decide to smite the building in which you worship, or destroy your data-set?
Unless, of course...there's...
It's yet another example of biased risk-awareness.
You can take a service - let's say...a calendar. You've got a choice of going with provider A, who will give you a product that's free but with a few adverts and some behind-the-scenes data-slurping and the possibility that any details you give them may end up being sold in bulk by whichever unscrupulous group has compromised the security of that organisation.
Or you go with company B, who don't give you adverts, don't mine your data and invest heavily in their cyber-security platforms - but it'll cost you £10 a month for a product of a comparable standard.
Probably 95% of people would go for the former, and accept the risk that there's a very slight chance that some of their credentials will be compromised. If company A doesn't need your address and bank details, then the compromise is an inconvenience to the average user. If company B is compromised - and let's remember that no connected system can ever be 100% secure - then potentially you'll be exposed to a significantly larger loss - not just getting spammed for viagra and russian brides, but you may lose real beans-and-beers money from your bank account or credit card.
So yeah. I don't like the message but I kind of understand it. It feels like people increasingly see "being hacked" in the same vein as getting a speeding ticket - you do what you can to avoid it, and if it happens you'll be annoyed, but it's not the end of the world.
Good article. Any sysadmin with half a clue has been doing all of these for years. How does this translate to an off-premises cloud deployment though?
I wouldn't dispute that. But its a bit of a niche case, isn't it? How often do we expect to be attacking impoverished land-locked countries with no functioning government, no modern defences, no international allies, but who are surrounded for hundreds of miles by nations hostile to both them and the West?
Based on the things I've seen so far in my lifetime, pretty often, I'd say!
It'd make a great movie!
Now ask the same question for an on-premise solution.
It's probably just me, but it bugs me when people refer to it as 'on-premise' when it should actually be 'on-premises'. Picking up the Concise Oxford (or rather, Googling it) we have:
a previous statement or proposition from which another is inferred or follows as a conclusion.
"if the premise is true, then the conclusion must be true"
...as opposed to...
a house or building, together with its land and outbuildings, occupied by a business or considered in an official context.
"the company has moved to new premises"
So, "on-prem" kinda works, but I guess there's some sort of cloudy cognitive-bias going on here. You're as well saying "on-tomato" - it'll make about as much sense.
Moral: NOT better management of updates and backups by the Cloud Provider, but if anything is part of your core business, run it on your own servers. Only use 3rd Party Datacentres for your Internet presence (probably core of it your own servers, co-lo to get connectivity) or temporary collaboration.
This, this a million times this!
No-one wants a nuclear aerospaceageinferno in their airspace if they can possibly avoid it.
Given what the scores of Russkies were presumably intending to do, I'd say a relatively small nuclear conflagration in the troposphere in a sparsely populated area would be more desirable than a nuclear armageddon at ground level in your cities.
I don't understand why - halfway through 2016 - this sort of thing is still a surprise.
First proper job was supporting OS/2 Warp 4 workstations on a Token ring network, talking SNA back to an IBM mainframe. So all this Windows using TCP/IP over Ethernet is something of a breeze.
We used to have a problem whereby every so often the entire floor we were sat on would just fall over - I remember standing in front of the Madge Networks "Ringswitches" and watching them go into full-on Christmas-tree mode. The relays used to make a great noise when they tripped. Cue many hours of playing hunt-the-knackered-balun under people's desks. One ring per floor, so when one device failed, 300+ people fell off the network. Nothing like a bit of segmentation.
I also remember another issue - encountered as they were upgrading to NT4. Turns out that the new IBM servers had been installed with dual NICs inside them. The primary was cabled to a dedicated 100Mbit HSTR ring, but the second was simply connected to the user ring on that floor, so when the HSTR switch failed (which was about once a month), then all of the servers would fail back to the 16Mbit floor ring, massively overloading it and reducing the entire floor to a standstill. And this was in the day when network management was very much an afterthought, so the usual diagnostic process involved staring at the box and hoping for divine inspiration!
In terms of tools:
1) Ethernet cable joiners - straight-through and XO
2) Assorted screwdrivers
5) RJ45 plugs and crimps
6) Leatherman (with belt-holster, because the ladies love a belt-holster)
7) Domain-admin password, written on post-it
8) Various network patch cords and fibres
10) Vanilla netbook purchased from PC World to get around USB-lockdown
11) USB-to-serial cable plus assorted console cables
12) Aftershave, just in case
And how would spam filters look like, and how would you install them?
A cricket bat, and manually.
ElReg needs to have a new unit of disinformation/bollocks. I propose the "Gove". So "Instead, if the spacecraft successfully enters Jovian orbit, it will be descending into its fluffy clouds." would qualify as about 0.2 Goves.
Surely 1.0 Goves would be a constant, like 0K or e. So to deal with mundane stuff like this you'd need to have smaller units, such as the milligove or the microgove.
A minor sexing-up of the editorial pales into insignificance next to the Reference Unit himself. Maybe a couple of milligoves at most.
I'd like to propse the use of the Bojo too - a bit like the Becquerel - but instead of one radioactive decay per second, one Bojo would reflect the number of words spoken by an individual that would generate one lie per second. Obviously that's a tiny, weeny little unit, so we'd need to go the other way with the sequence - the kilobojo, megabojo, gigabojo and terabojo respectively.
Not a problem we get up here in lovely Clackmannanshite.
No, but we have plenty of others!
I would not want to be responsible for that screw up. This is likely to get some one in front of HR firing squad .
Surely Mr Kim wrote the website himself, just after completing a great work of art and just before composing a new opera...
What should they use? USB flash drives? Why not floppies?
Well, I am not 100% sure, but I'm going to guess that the answer to that would probably be "The Cloud".
We don't, our PHBs do.
Tinkywinkyium, Dipsyum, Lalaium, Poum
I look forward to registering my new number plate - A123 BCD ''' DROP TABLE *
So a new car will have a head-up display and now radar as available options.
Can I have a big, red button too please? Preferably with a flick-up guard...middle-lane moron locked on...Fox Two!
The setup of Squeezebox may require more neurones than that of Sonos, but navigating and using it is just as easy.
I made the move from Squeezebox to Sonos about a year ago when I was lucky enough to win a Play:3 in a competition.
Squeezeboxes are great. I've got an original Black 'n' Silver and a more modern Logitech branded wireless version too. Both have given me many, many years of reliable service, and both can be thought of as a very high quality digital source - I was using one with my 5:1 AV amp and the other with some decent speakers in the bedroom.
So why make the move?
The Apple argument is - unfortunately - a good one (I'm an Android user, so resent the implication!). It got to the point that more and more services started to drop off from the Squeezebox platform - a lot of my favourite Internet radio stations stopped working, and it got to the point that I simply couldn't be bothered to mess around adding them manually. I just wanted something that works.
I have quite a few friends who would describe themselves as audiophiles and have spent many hours debating the usual arguments. These devices are quite simply not aimed at them. Likewise, they're not aimed at people who want to rig up a Raspberry Pi as a source, or people who want to spend a grand on a piece of turntable uber-engineering. They're aimed at people who value content. People who want to listen to music with a minimum of fuss. And in that sector, they're peerless. The whole thing feels well made and you can tell that a lot of thought has gone into it, from the quality of the box (yes, really - they make fantastic presents!) to the fact that you really can get it up and running in less than five minutes, and as has been previously stated, the UI is fantastic. You're not paying for a burr-brown DAC. You're not needing to worry about the Thiele-Small parameters of the individual drivers, or the sound stage height and width, or the class of amplifier or any of that stuff - if you care about that then there's a huge industry waiting to separate you from your hard-earned. Alternatively, buy one of the PLAY:Connects and use that as a source - in exactly the same way as a Squeezebox. Then you can fill your boots with all of your audiophile goodies.
If you want something relatively inconspicuous that won't require a dedicated listening room and a second mortgage, then the Sonos range is ideal. It isn't perfect, but it's a damn good product.
I do miss the old VU meter display though. That was cool.
Every time I hear the term "rogue engineer" in this story it makes my blood boil. The chance of middle and upper VW management not knowing about and approving this type of defeat device is precisely zero, regardless of whether what started it off was an engineer saying "hey, I know how we can pass the emissions limits without urea injection" or a manager saying "come on guys, you gotta find me a way to pass the emissions tests without urea injection 'cos we've publicly said we don't need it and it's too expensive".
Finding documented proof of how far up the chain this went might be more difficult, this is the type of thing where people are often given verbal "don't put anything in writing" instructions so there can be some chance of deniability -- like the phone hacking scandals, nobody believes the denials of Rebekah Brooks and the like but if they say "I didn't know" or "I can't remember" enough times they get away with it.
So from this we can assume that:
1) Governance in the VW group is inadequate and the management weren't aware, and every component of every vehicle they produce should he investigated to make sure that they're fit for purpose;
2) Governance in the VW group is adequate and management were aware, in which case the individuals who sanctioned the change should be fired;
3) VW employs engineers who are dumb enough not to get everything in writing and act on verbal instructions even when they know that what they were being asked to do was amoral and had potentially catastrophic ramifications, in which case the engineers and the management should be fired.
Most organisations won't even let you take a midday dump without raising a change and having half the management team sign off on it. Are we really supposed to believe that some "rogue" engineers can commit several hundred lines of code into the engine management software used in hundreds of thousands of engines worldwide without anyone higher-up knowing about it?
Dear HM Government
We, the people, will agree to give up strong cryptography when you agree to give up Parliamentary Privilege, and make public any and all correspondence into which you have entered since assuming office. Because that's effectively what you're asking us to do.
You also acknowledge that by doing this, you effectively condemn the digital economy of the UK, significantly weaken our international trading position, undermine the future of the UK's STEM talent and relegate us to the IT equivalent of the dark ages (well, 1997, or thereabouts).
Honestly, who advises the government on this stuff?
If humans were smarter, we probably wouldn't need to spend $55bn on bombers in the first place.
Maybe they should get Foxconn to build these new power stations. I mean, they glue iPhones together and people seem to be quite happy with those.
Just make sure you don't hold the fuel rods the wrong way.
I used to play this on holiday when I was a kid down in Swanage. I was hooked, and wanted to play at home, so bought the tape for my ZX Spectrum - that was predictably dreadful so for Christmas that year I got my first computer, and I was hooked. I guess people figured out that it was cheaper in the long run than feeding 50p into the machine every ten minutes!
I still remember completing it - in the posh cabinet version - there was a small crowd of people watching by the end.
Afterburner Climax - despite sounding like a weird, Japanese STD - was pretty good.
Thanks for the trip back down memory lane, El Reg!
One thing I have always wondered about is where VW group cars which have had aftermarket performance engine maps loaded will sit in all this.
If VW are forced to put out a new map, is it compulsory to have your car flashed with the "fixed" map? If so, would those ECUs then be put into a read-only mode (therefore locking the "proper" map onto the ECU for life), or is it merely a trivial task to take your car to VW for the upgrade so you get a tick-in-the-box on their system and get a nice, official certificate (i.e. so your car is compliant with the type and therefore subject to the correct VED), and then stop off on the way home to have a performance map put back on again?
If the former then that's a big nail in the coffin for car tuning specialists; if the latter then it would appear that this is a completely pointless exercise.
The red line? At about 3000rpm if you want to meet the NOx emissions rules and you drive a VW!
"I wonder if the take-off/re-entry/landing process has any part to play... normal whisky isn't generally exposed to high acceleration and chucked around roughly?"
In the cask, no. In the bottle...that's an average night out in Glasgow!
"Within 24 hours the colour had changed and the odour had mellowed. In about 4 years i'll report what it tastes like..."
Is that when you get your eyesight back or when you finally sober up?
Cloud Dating. You just described Relationship as a Service.
Hard to tell which is the more cathartic - Quake with infinite ammo and God mode enabled or ruthlessly crushing your foes in Civilization. Both incredibly satisfying!
There's a reason we've nicknamed them "Nothing Nowhere".
FaaS - Fart as a Service, love it!
you want them to declare their support for U2? I know patent-trolls are scum but...crikey. That seems a little harsh.
or if you were a famous TV personality in the 1970s, please STOP thinking of the children!
As we've not read about an individual winning the lottery five times over, I'd say he's probably still playing with his spreadsheet!
A case in point being BBC's website where they try to explain what this really means, claiming that one Gigabit is 1024 Megabits.
Also remember how different technology will be in ten years time, let alone fifty. Refitting an ageing warship or aircraft or freighter is already expensive down here on the surface, so I'd imagine it'd be hundreds of times more expensive in orbit.
Sounds daft but it probably is cheaper just to de-orbit your old space station and bung a new one up there.
You wouldn't expect a traffic warden to insist on performing a full body search of you and everyone in your car after telling you can't park somewhere or giving you a ticket.
Shhh - you'll give them ideas!
Perhaps it's just me but all I can muster is a shrug and a "here we go again".
More millions of $/£/€ into the pockets of lawyers. Yawn.
@ Moeity - That's what they want you to believe! :)
Yup. What next? Befriend Chewbacca on Facebook? Or perhaps Anakin has a MySpace page...
Not sure I agree with this entirely.
A network monitoring tool - provided it's been set up and maintained by someone that knwos what they're doing - is invaluable. Nested maps, sensible views, common-sense approach to polling and retention, and the right choice of software can all work well. Granted, that's a lot of variables though.
The most common issues I've seen are under-investment, under-performance, and under-specification.
Your network is mission-critical. You have tens of thousands of pounds a year spent on contracts, maintenance etc - spend a few more on some decent monitoring tools. Don't just install a single piece of software on an old bit of tin and expect it to work. Invest in high-performance equipment and the right software (there's plenty out there to choose from), and budget money for annual maintenance and some time (say, 0.25FTE) to administer and update it.
Once you've got your baselines in place you can look at some of the more esoteric stuff out there - remote probes for end-point monitoring; inline taps; netflow; buffer-replay captures etc.
Oh and I'm anal as hell about this stuff, so all maps are drawn by hand. That way I know what I see is actually what's there.
It's like anything we do in IT - you get out of a system what you put in.
The game is really very pretty (PS3 version) and once you get used to the controls it's quite good fun in a sort of kill-everything-that-moves-and-nick-their-money way. A bit like a night out in Croydon. The beautiful scenery is just what you need on a cold, dark Autumn night too. Also, it has some proper British accents for once. Fantastic!
On the downside, it is a little formulaic. Each mission feels kinda like the last. I only paid about £35 for it from Amazon so worth it if you've got some time to kill. I know I'll be going back to Dishonored after a few more hours though.
The Only Way Is Endor!
As anyone who's been there will testify, TOTS-2000 in Saaaarfend on a Saturday night bears more than a passing resemblance to the Cantina scene from Episode IV. Even the description Obi Wan gives of Mos Eisley is appropriate for that particular town!