* Posts by J. Cook

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Oh snap: AWS has only gone and brought out its own Backup

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Snapshots...

I'm assuming (that horrible, horrible word) that they are similar to 'block level' snapshots, similar to what other virtualization, backup, and storage vendors use. (VMware uses change block tracking and delta disks, Nimble and (IIRC) Veeam use change block tracking as well. If I recall how SQL server snapshots work correctly , it writes the old data that got changed to a seperate database file when a row is updated or added to a table.

I've not actually looked at AWS for anything, it's something of an anathema here at [RedactedCo]. Azure, if anything would probably leverage whatever methodology Hyper-V uses for snapshotting it's VMs, although I could be waaaaay off.

I find it ironic that they are charging for restores.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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Re: Jet

DHCP uses the ESE, just like AD, Exchange, and other 'small' services where the admin is not supposed to fiddle with the database directly, but through the tools MS provides.

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Access is ok for... simple things that aren't expected to get a lot of use ever. It's a terrible way to learn RDBS design, though- start directly with a SQL of some form (MySQL, Orkable, SQL Swerver Express, PostGreSQL, etc.). You'll be happier in the long run.

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Re: MDBs? Really?

nope- There was a small business I went to once in 2002; the 'server' they were using was a windows 3.11 for workgroup machine acting as a file server and I think a database server for some in-house app they had build on dBase or FoxPro for windows.

(After I did what I could there, which was also advising that customer to upgrade to something that's at least year 2000 compliant, I let the bosses know that I didn't want to go back there.)

That is hell.

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Re: Jet

Been there, done that. (The dreaded "USN Rollback" message in the event log, along with the afflicted domain controller absolutely *refusing* to authenticate anyone not logging locally.)

ESE isn't all that bad, considering it's roots. the heaviest use I've seen is down in the very core of Exchange; there's an ESE instance for each mailbox database a mailbox server has, and anyone who's dealt with a busy exchange server knows it gets pounded on hard by it's users.

What a cheep shot: Bird sorry after legal eagles fire DMCA takedown at scooter unlock blog

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Boing Boing's forum has a thread for this latest missive; as one might expect, it's full of the more flighty people, punning around.

https://bbs.boingboing.net/t/bird-scooter-tried-to-censor-my-boing-boing-post-with-a-legal-threat-thats-so-stupid-its-a-whole-new-kind-of-wrong/

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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The other thing that got broken some time ago appears to be a browsing cache glitch of some sort- replies (at least for me on multiple machines and multiple browsers) don't appear after submitting unless I reload the page; then they pop in.

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Re: How do the vultures find time to make these changes

Kinky!

Upvoting / downvoting bug

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Re: Looks like it might be licked?

Testing the 'replies don't appear unless I reload the entire page' quirk; Since [RedactedCo]'s internet access uses a MitM security appliance, I thought that might be the reason for the quirk....

Edit: still broken- tested with the three major browsers on win7 x64 bit (Firefox64.0, Chrome 71.0.3578.98, IE 11.0.101 )

(the two replies below were from my testing, not trolls. :D)

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Re: Looks like it might be licked?

I should probably report this, but it might be my organization's nanny filter messing around as well, which is why I'm only now mentioning it. Comments (and replies) don't appear for me after posting unless I reload the entire page.

I'll give it a whirl when I get home and on a non-filtered connection and see if that might be it. :)

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Looks like it might be licked?

I was able to upvote both posts here, downvote one and then re-up vote it.

Looks like someone's been hard at work on how replies / threading looks as well- I rather like it.

Microsoft's 2018, part 2: Azure data centres heat up and Windows 10? It burns! It burns!

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Re: All that elderly code is one reason for the current woes of the OS (?)

A rare upvote from me as well- Having been slow roasted over lack of QA on tiny things, releasing an OS update with little QA is about as close to an unforgivable sin as possible, especially one that trashes user data...

GDPR: Four letters that put fear into firms' hearts in 2018

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Enjoy your upvote from me for making me giggle at the $20 words. :D

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon

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Re: woot!

That's not likely to happen, sadly.

Techie basks in praise for restoring workforce email (by stopping his scripting sh!tshow)

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This is the loop that never ends;

it goes on and on, my friends...

Some coder started running it, having forgetting to fuzz,

and now it will continue, simply because...

This is the loop that never ends;

it goes on and on, my friends...

Some coder started running it, having forgetting to fuzz,

and now it will continue, simply because...

[loops ad nauseum]

Silicon Valley CEO thrown in the cooler for three years, ordered to pay back $1.5m for bullsh*tting investors

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Just gonna quote Mr. Rogers here...

Know when to hold em,

Know when to fold em.

Know when to walk away,

Know when to run.

This one forgot when to walk away, obviously.

Error pop-up? Don't worry, let's just get this migration done... BTW it's my day off tomorrow

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Re: Along the same vein ...

Yep. I've pulled that line at least once in my career. it's a dick move for sure, but being let go is kind of one to begin with.

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Re: Trial version of Windows

The way I understand it, you are not supposed to be running a production environment on an evaluation license. However, real life frequently doesn't work like that. :)

SQL server licensing, however, lets one swap from express to standard to enterprise by re-running setup and performing an edition upgrade, which basically flips some bits around and kicks the database engine to activate the new features.

Ding dong merrily on high. In Berkeley, the bots are singeing: Self-driving college cooler droid goes up in flames

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Re: R2-D2 it is not!

We found the one with the bad motivator, at least....

Time for a cracker joke: What's got one ball and buttons in the wrong place?

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Re: Not IT related, but still funny.

"... and that is how I met your mother" /rimshot

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Re: You can also get...

I have an ancient dell lattitude E6320 sitting in my 'scratch monkey' bin with one of these; the eSATA port was for an external drive bay; the USB connector was for normal USB things. (I want to say that the drive bay could let you swap the normally installed optical drive for a floppy drive, but I don't have the floppy drive that fits that specific dock.)

US bitcoin bomb threat ransom scam looks like a hoax say FBI, cops

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Re: Terrorists Also Need Funding...

Will the feds want to declare it terrorism? Oh, hell yes. That way they get to use special terrorism laws to get special snooping rules and tools and nail them to the wall stiffer punishments.

And they can engage other resources to get the exact location of the terrorist, and make a personal visit to insure they don't do it again...

Godmother of word processing Evelyn Berezin dies at 93

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Boffin

"Berezin didn't invent the concept of word processing; or the term 'word processing'; or the first actual word processing machine. IBM did all those things. She did, however, invent the first standalone word-processing machine driven by electronic components. It was an important evolution that lowered the cost of word processing and made it more reliable," Drum wrote.

Ok, then, the first practical and accessible to the masses word processor.

Still, innovation is innovation, and I'll lift a glass up to her tonight. Hail!

Nice phone account you have there – shame if something were to happen to it: Samsung fixes ID-theft flaws

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And appaling support lifetimes on said hardware, too- While I understand that phone lifecycle times have gone from 18 months to 'NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW!!!!11111oneoneone', Some of us keep their tablets for a bit longer, and would appreciate bug fixes and extended OS support for them without having to root/jailbreak the things and put generic OS builds on them that lack certain features.. (the Galaxy Note 8 was a nice tablet; shame that the OS it came with sucked so very much, and had so much bloat and crap on it....)

Microsoft, you shouldn't have: Festive Windows 10 Insiders build about as exciting as new socks

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If they can also squash the damn bug with RDP wherein if you put in your password wrong in the prompt to connect to the remote computer, the dialog that tells you that you've fat fingered it should not get dumped to the back of the line for focus... Same with the RDP window itself, for that matter....

It's December of 2018 and, to hell with it, just patch your stuff

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Call me old, but...

I miss the days of having a service pack- all the updates wrapped up in one giant bundle that one could slipstream into the installer, instead of having to install the OS, manually install a set of patches in order to be able to perform automatic updates. (If you guessed the 'modern' windows 7 scratch build, you may have an internet gold star.)

Granted, the cumulative update model is reasonable enough... provided the machine is able to pull the bloody thing down.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: Offsite scripts GAH!

I would like to point out that if the workstation is company owned, then It's not your computer to begin with, and you are being allowed to use it to perform company functions.

At least that's the arguement that we respond with when people are whining about their workstations because we won't let them install Jumboautohackme.exe on their workstation because they like the pretty pretty colors it puts on the screen.

(Disclaimer: I'm one of the domain admins for [RedactedCo], and I've had to actually use that argument regarding why we don't make world+dog local admins on their workstations to vendors and sundry.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Re: Filters

This makes me wonder why they don't just release an app that simply won't allow access to flagged posts. Leave them on the system, accessible via Web browser, just not via the app. No problem with deleting anything, then, and problem is avoided.

Part of that problem is that the AI is flagging posts incorrectly, because it's been trained wrong, and there's no human intervention or guidance.

The Tumblr app just plain sucked anyway, and didn't behave the way their website did; that's why I dumped it quite some time ago.

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Re: A few interesting tidbits...

I was trying to avoid making that joke, but thanks anyway,

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A few interesting tidbits...

Tumblr is owned by Verizon, which owns Oath/Yahoo.

They are flagging pretty much anything that shows more than a certain percentage of flesh tone, regardless if there's actual nipple or genitalia showing.

They are *also* flagging a laundry list of tags, some adult oriented, but a good number of non-adult oriented. (the LGBT and furry communities were hit extra hard by that)

They are letting all the nazis, alt-right, and other hate groups stay.

In short, if you have any original content on that platform, back it up and move your stuff elsewhere. it's Not long for this world.

Windows 10 or Cisco Advanced Malware Protection: Pick one

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I'll take both.

Both, for certain.

Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: ICL - It Can't Last

Did ya have to,

Did you have to let it linger?

Mine's the one with the cranberries CD in the pocket.

Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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Please... NO! Not with *THIS* group of "developers". Look what they did to 8 and 10, when they had a perfectly good 7 that they could've just MAINTAINED.

I'll take a service pack 2 for windows 7; it beats having to dink around with putting USB3 support in using tools normally intended for OEMs and enterprises.

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Re: Office 2010

Why is anyone still using Office 2010 anyway? It's not like it'll even connect to Exchange servers anymore...

It *does*, but you have to install at the very least a service pack for Office 2010 along with a handful of patches. At least that's what I spent 9 long, painful, stress-filled months trying to tell our in-house support team, whose primary action for anything outlook related is "escalate the ticket to the Exchange admin". (which is me.)

Outlook not connecting? send it to the exchange admin. User can't connect to exchange through outlook because their account's been locked out in AD? Send it to the Exchange admin. User can't send an email with an attachment that's 523246871454233154 Mbytes? Exchange admin. User can't send or receive email because they've used 5 GB of their 1.5 GB mailbox quota? Exchange admin. Computer on fire? Exchange admin. Computer spewing neon green slime and asking for the Keymaster of Gozer? Exchange admin!

(Yeah, I'm more than a little sick and tired of the 'it MUST be a problem with the exchange server' excuse.)

Fancy Bear hacker crew Putin dirty RATs in Word documents emailed to govt orgs – report

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"I've always believed that if the US Government were ever to get really serious about Internet security, the top players in Microsoft's management hierarchy would find themselves handcuffed, blindfolded, led onto a tarmac within some obscure Air Force base, and shot." - the sig line from an old ASR post.

...Followed shortly by the chain over at Adobe that decided to bury a (crummy) scripting engine in the PDF reader.

If you're using Dell EMC Avamar, even in VMware's vSphere, you need to grab and install these security updates

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... which is why you have the management console sitting on a limited access vlan?

Just saying.

Microsoft: You looking at me funny? Oh, you just want to sign in

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FAIL

That's going to fly well with corporates...

... who probably turned off Hello first thing during their rollout when they discovered that Batman (tm) was trying to log into to a laptop using it, because it locked onto the person's shirt instead of their face.

Facial recognition is till in it's infancy; And despite biometrics having been around for the better part of 30 years, it's still not in widespread use except as a second (or additional) authentication factor, and even then it's not infallible.

and requiring internet access to unlock the machine locally? what happens if I'm trying to troubleshoot why the internet has gone down and I need to unlock the workstation? how does it fall back? what's the action if it fails?

Microsoft sysadmin hired for fake NetWare skills keeps job despite twitchy trigger finger

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I still get the odd email for level one gruntwork from the last agency I toyed around with some four years ago. I dropped like a hot rock when I found out that they were speaking with the boss I was trying to get away from, AND they were also pulling the same shenanigans mentioned by previous commenters. (at one point I went to their office to interview for a SQL admin position, and they asked me to lie through my teeth about my experience; I didn't, the guy thanked me for being honest, I apologized for wasting his time, and that was that.

Another 3D printer? Oh, stop it, you're killing us. Perhaps literally: Fears over ultrafine dust

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Remember, life will kill you in the end.

'Frontline workers' of the world, unite! And grab yourselves a Surface Go White Van Man edition

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Re: I think...

Well, the "FREE CANDY" sign painted on the side didn't work...

Monster mash: Spectra Logic's tape library now twice the beast it was

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Tape is not dead....

... although it's moved positions here at [RedactedCo] from backup to archive.

Admittedly, we are looking at one of SpectraLogic's smaller offerings to replace our aging and out of support library, but not this kaiju of a setup.

Windows XP? Pfff! Parts of the Royal Navy are running Win ME

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Re: Few comments

IDE to compact flash converters; unless the software does Stupid Controller Tricks with the drive itself, that's the easiest way around that issue. the real trick is finding good quality CF cards that small now...

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@simonlb: *groans*

It's not pub-o-clock here... yet. Two more hours.

Bill Gates joined on stage by jar of poop as he confesses deep love for talking about toilets

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the poo puns have bowled over this powerfully painful and potent punster.

Either that, or I'm taking the piss.

don't forget to wipe!

iPhone XR, for when £1,000 is just too much for a smartmobe

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Off topic...

Note sure if this has been discussed elsewhere or not, but if that an actual taxidermied vulture, a still breathing one, or a very good replica?

Commvault revenues grow – but only just – as it switches to subscription pricing

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I can tell you that the middlemen don't like the subscription model either. This whole thing of "we must keep increasing our sales every quarter" is a fantasy, and it not sustainable.

Clunk, bang, rattle: Is that a ghost inside your machine?

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Re: toner powder

@Evil Auditor:

Ex-Janitor here. the men's room was messy in the usual manner (discoloration by the urinals, the occasional crap cleanup from a drunk/high person who missed the toilet, etc.) but good bog the messes in the ladies room on occasion.. Ugh.

PortSmash attack blasts hole in Intel's Hyper-Threading CPUs, leaves with secret crypto keys

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Boffin

To pull off this secret surveillance, the exploit code must run on the system under attack, specifically on the same CPU core as the process you want to pry into. That means it can't be used to eavesdrop on software remotely, or easily on the same host, but it could be useful for determined miscreants and snoops who have managed to infiltrate someone else's computer. You basically have to already be able to run your own evil code on a machine in order to PortSmash it.

Well, if someone's gotten that far to be able to run code on your machine, then it's not really your machine at that point. Just sayin'...

on the flip side, I can see this as a legitimate problem for web hosting/cloud computing companies that cram as many instances on a box that it will handle...

Just saying.

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