* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Linux-loving lecturer 'lost' email, was actually confused by Outlook

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Re: Cruel and unusual

A Microsoft sales droid took the right wrong person out to lunch?

FTFY

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"imagine the doctor taking the piss out of his patients all day"

It's called a sample.

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Re: Remember those days when you'd go on a course...

"we all stopped doing it about fifteen years ago."

Because vendors arbitrarily changed UIs so fact the courses couldn't keep up?

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"The FIRST thing you do when entering a hostile users environment is make sure the computer is on , and they are logged in , or booting."

This doesn't work if the problem is related to a boot-time failure so you miss the error message.

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Re: Cruel and unusual

"Asking anyone who is used to Linux to move to Windows - and, worse still, to use Outhouse - is cruel and unusual punishment."

As far as I can make out from the article it was a Linux server that was being replaced and we're not told what the previous desktop or mail client was. It seems unlikely that they'd have swapped a Linux desktop out just because they'd swapped the server. So here we have a Windows or Mac user having their mail client swapped out. If the user had actually been, as the headline almost certainly misstates, a Linux user he'd just have fired up his existing mail client and connected it to the new server.

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Re: Client support, we've heard about it

"Other staff have just the same responsibility to learn how to continue to do their job, be reasonable, respectful, and proportionate to the problem at hand, as we do."

You need to be able to see it from the other side.

The user has been doing their job for years. They know how to do it Doing it is their job.

Suddenly an unasked for change is imposed which means they now find themselves in the position that what they've known for a long time no longer amounts to knowing how to do their job.

Their job hasn't changed.

What they know hasn't changed.

What they need to know has been arbitrarily (at least as far as they can tell) changed.

So now instead of doing their job they need to acquire a whole lot of new knowledge which takes time and doing that isn't their job, at least not as they see it.

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Re: Client support, we've heard about it

"He just didn't want to be bothered to learn anything new outside his interests."

Understandable. Time spent learning something deemed unnecessary is time not available to do what is deemed necessary.

Australian money cops gain powers to regulate cryptocurrency

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Re: Property is the best way to launder money in Australia

“The problem with Australians is they are very slow. They ask their lawyer, they ask their financial adviser, they ask their family, they ask everybody. The Chinese don’t ask anybody, they come off the plane, buy their unit and go.”

Easy come, easy go. If it was you you did the hard earning of the cash you're careful of it on your only purchase. If not then you can afford a few misses amongst the many.

Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: brexit cost

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_true_Scotsman

In this case when everything falls apart it will be blamed on the negotiating team not being true believers as real Leavers would have done a better job.

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Re: Light begins to dawn?

"As every day goes by I believe more and more that Brexit is a huge mistake"

Unfortunately some people will cling to this mindset regardless of all that has and is happening.

What's all this stuff that's happened and is happening that's supposed to show us that it isn't a huge mistake? I know there are occasional quotes that the negotiations are all going well but given that it's politicians saying that it gets discounted by almost 100% without any solid evidence to show for it.

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Re: brexit cost

The real question is if the gov will take the saving and the opportunity of freedom to make good decisions for the country or if they will continue with what we did while in the EU/worse.

The "No true Scotsman" excuse being warmed up already.

for some die hard EU supporters they also want the same destructive goals if we leave the EU

No we don't want this. We do, however, see it as the inevitable consequence of doing this damn stupid thing in the damn stupid way we voted against.

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Re: brexit cost

"Does government and general public has a complete understanding how to practically make this separation happen and what will it mean for UK."

Not in the least. That's why so many of them voted for it, including in areas where major employers were EU bases for non-EU corporations.

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Re: 1400?

"What on Earth makes you think that we want to duplicate everything associated with that benighted and undemocratic monument to self perpetuating inefficiency, graft and pork barrels that is the EU?"

The answer should be starting to be clear in a couple of years' time.

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Re: 1400?

@ John Lilburne

But this is DEFRA we're talking about so what you describe is simply Business As Usual.

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Re: Brexit

"There will be no meeting of minds on this one."

And when it's finally impossible to ignore the consequences we know what the few who will still admit to having been Leavers will say. We've already seen the "No true Scotsman" explanation being rehearsed.

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Re: Brexit

Would it be too much to ask that you STFU with the whinging and actually try and make it work?

How? If you have an answer please let the cabinet know because they don't seem to have one.

Or would you really prefer to see it all end in disaster just so you can stand in the queue at the dole office telling everyone "Well, I told them so." ?

No we wouldn't but have a nasty suspicion that that's what will happen anyway. And when it does you'll scarcely be able to find anyone who claims to have voted leave.

FYI: Web ad fraud looks really bad. Like, really, really bad. Bigly bad

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Re: I think most of us realize that internet ads are bollocks.

"BigCo buys online advertising to sell its product, SpecialStuff.

Googazon sells ads to BigCo, and makes much money."

I think you've missed out several steps here. Somewhere in there is an ad agency selling to BigCo. They then place the ads with a chain of several businesses before it gets to your Googazon, each taking their cut.

It's one of those that's in cahoots with your BotBuilder to increase the number of cuts they get. Of course it's in the interests of all the others in the chain to make sure this doesn't happen - or is it?

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Re: Why am I not surprised?

"if it costs companies 10x more to advertise do you think they take that hit on profits.. or pass it on to the consumers?"

And then they find they're competing on price with vendors who don't waste the customers' money with advertising.

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Charles,

IIRC you've previously said you don't actually work in the ad industry. If that's so you've clearly fallen for their hype in which case you need to remember what it is they actually do for a living: they persuade people that advertising works.

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It could be worse

A greater percentage of ads could be being pushed in the face of potential customers and sending them elsewhere.

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Re: Pants

"What the hell did you do that for? Given that the internet has given you access to a world wide market , it'd be a coincidence if the best deal was at the local independant retailer - and also it was a carryable size item, ideal for posting."

It depends on the purchase and how you do the carrying. Yesterday I went to a local independent builders' merchant to buy some stone product. I carried it home by car. I'd dread to think what postage might be or how it might be managed (70 stones, each individually wrapped and posted?) but delivery by the vendor would have added nearly 20% to the cost.

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Re: Pants

"Now, EVERY SINGLE FUCKING WEBSITE I VISIT is covered with adverts for pants - and bras."

Try running an ad-blocker. It will make them go away.

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Re: Advertising is often overhyped...

"lets just imagine a world without coca cola ads, or mcdonalds ads."

No problem.

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Re: Advertising is often overhyped...

"They have access to a damn' sight better data than your gut instincts, or mine, or even their own."

And what data do they have on the reaction so commonly expressed here: that after being subjected to obnoxious advertising the potential customer will go elsewhere? They can show net effects of advertising but I doubt they'd even dare go looking for the negative effects.

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Re: Advertising is often overhyped...

This isn't surprising. It's an industry that specialises in hype and only sells one product: advertising.

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"Why do you think static banner ads fell out of favor?"

Because they didn't piss of enough potential customers. This, of course, wouldn't have been how the ad industry represented it to their clients.

UK.gov is hiring IT bods with skills in ... Windows Vista?!

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Re: 2003?!

"I guess the HR wonks have just cut and pasted a spec from another older job."

Alternatively HR only provided something very vague and then someone at the agency googled 'list of PC operating systems'.

Or maybe it's just a case of hiding what they're really interested in in a list of other stuff. Can't tell you what it really is. Security.

Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

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BINGO!!!!!

Singapore court awards $2.9m over bad job reference

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We'd just taken on a new employee (assigned to me although I didn't ask for anyone) a couple of weeks before the company announced a relocation. Not surprisingly he gave in his notice. How do you give a sensible reference for someone who has only been with you a few weeks?

Nine months and a lot more b*llocks to go before new EU data protection rules kick in

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Company after company is pushing "self-assessment" kits to prove how under-prepared organisations are, while others are selling various widgets, gizmos and services that claim to help them comply.

Given that so many companies have shown themselves to be unprepared to deal with what's already law and has been for a few decades not I'd have thought that anything which spurs them into activity should be considered a Good Thing.

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Re: In all fairness

"That's the sort of woolly thinking that causes arguments and problems."

Quite. Just what company is going to admit to itself that what it's doing might not be fair.

NotPetya ransomware attack cost us $300m – shipping giant Maersk

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"But with this and my skills, I had no intuitive idea on how to move forward.”

So, having no intuitive (?or any other) idea of what to do he took charge.

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Re: Maersk hit by NotPetya

"Once you find those bastards, lock them into a shipping container, and have an 'at sea' accident."

They don't even need an accident. Just park it in some odd corner of a large depot and quietly delete the container's records from the system.

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Re: Easy to mitigate

"Did you forget - they need to be able to do work from these computers... ;)"

Did you forget? They weren't able to.

UK govt steams ahead with £5m facial recog system amid furore over innocents' mugshots

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"That approach was declared illegal by the High Court back in 2012 and Lord Justice Richards told the police to revise its policies, giving them a period of "months not years" to do so."

Perhaps the then Home Secretary should be hauled up for contempt of court for failing to implement this.

Comp sci world shock: Bonn boffin proposes P≠NP proof, preps for prestige, plump prize

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"SELECT TOP 100 FROM students ORDER BY InfluentialFriendRelationWeight, FamilyWealth DESC"

Not entirely. You've got to iterate your way through this eliminating any who are paired in the list with someone already selected.

Personally I'd go with the "if list is less than 150" approach. If it's more than 150 allocate any that don't appear on the dean's list, then sort the students on the list in DESC order of the number of occurrences. The one who appears most is obviously a trouble maker so eliminate, take any of his pairs who aren't paired with someone else and add them to the allocation until it reaches 100.

In real life, of course, my sort is probably fairly near the reverse of yours as obnoxiousness would correlate strongly with InfluentialFriendRelationWeight and FamilyWealth.

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"That gives one solution. Not all solutions."

The section highlighted in the article doesn't specify all possible solutions are to be provided.

We come to the familiar developer's situation: an inadequately refined requirement.

Red Hat banishes Btrfs from RHEL

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Re: @doctor syntax

"I can't think of any malware or virus that got its way into a system via writing to the filesystem."

And once it gets in it never does stuff like, let's say, overwrite all a user's files?

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Re: After so many version of Fedora that promised brtfs as the default filesystem

"This doesn't bode particularly well for the future of large scale GPL projects."

Look at any desktop Linux userland and see how many licences are already in play.

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"Given the way that technology is going, I suspect that the future is going to involve file systems that were designed specifically for flash storage."

I think that, in response to malware, we might have to start looking at storage in a new way. Rather than letting any old application write to whatever lump of storage to which the user has access it will need to ask a service to do the writing and the service will ensure that the application has the appropriate credentials.

Lenovo thought PC salesfolk could sell servers and was wrong by about $500m

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I'm sure IBM have a spare server sales team they could let Lenovo have.

Months after breach at the 'UnBank' Ffrees, customers complain: No one told us

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Man overboard?

"All organisations have a duty under the Data Protection Act to keep people's personal information safe and secure,"

I wonder if that carries an implication about what sort of response would be required.

Here's an analogy. A ship operator has a responsibility to keep passengers safe from falling overboard. The first line of this might be a guardrail. But if, despite this a passenger were to go over the side then one would expect some form of rescue attempt - anything from throwing a lifebelt to calling out air-sea rescue as appropriate.

So perhaps a mere "oops" to the ICO isn't sufficient response to a breach. The requirement to keep data subjects safe continues and one element of discharging that would be to alert those affected to that they could help themselves - in addition, of course, to any additional help from the company which would be appropriate.

Creepy backdoor found in NetSarang server management software

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Re: FTFY

"NetSarang, as well as others in the computer software industry, is taking very seriously now."

Not so much now, more like once they've been hit.

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"What is a DLL? Sounds like a really secure way to build an OS."

In Unix and Unix-like OSes the equivalent would be an SO.

You can debate whether this is a more or less secure system than a self-contained fully linked binary. Both have strengths and weaknesses.

Slurping people's info without a warrant? That's OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

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"government disinterest in privacy"

Disinterest or uninterest? Or interest but not in a good way?

Big legacy tech companies in UK govt start to feel pinch – report

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Looking at some of the recent news they'll be looking for some yet-to be defined temporary customs, frictionless import/export or other magic nostrum to be ready by Brexit. Temporary. Right.

APT-style attack against over 4,000 infrastructure firms blamed on lone Nigerian 20-something

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Re: Eh?

"as long as nobody bothers to read the header."

Header? What's a header? Is it something I'm supposed to read? What's all this mean?

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APT-style attack

Debian or Ubuntu?

Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

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"a habitat for trolls"

I'll see your Habitat & raise you an Ikea.

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"Fewer."

No, less. You need the walls to be small enough to climb over.

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